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Groundbreaking for Village at Prasada
Friday, December 3, I, along with Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Duffy, and Councilmembers Winters, Cline and Judd joined SimonCRE for a Ground Breaking ceremony! Josh Simon, President of SimonCRE, held the ceremony in honor of the beginning of the Village at Prasada near Loop 303 & Waddell Rd.! The Village at Prasada is the first major power center on the West Coast in over a decade! Thank you for choosing Surprise!
Paws & Relax
On Tuesday, December 7, I joined Ottawa’s student activities team along with Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program in the Student Union at their Paws and Relax event. Pet Partners’ mission is to improve human health and well-being through the human-animal bond. Visit petpartners.org to learn more.
Friday, December 3, Mayor and Council attended the tree lighting ceremony to kick off the Annual Surprise Party in front of Surprise Stadium. Thank you to the community for coming out to enjoy another successful holiday celebration, and to our Surprise Parks and Recreation team for all they do to make this a Winter Wonderland in the desert.
Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival
The 10th annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, presented by Thunderbird Artists and the City of Surprise, returns January 7-9, 2022.
The event will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Admission is $3 and is cash only.
Live music and a variety of food trucks will add to the atmosphere of the art arena. In addition to tasty meals, there will be plenty of goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth, including kettle corn, caramels and ice cream.
For more information about the Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, please contact Thunderbird Artists at 480.837.5637 or visit thunderbirdartists.com.
Surprise Christmas Tree Drop-Off
The City of Surprise is offering four Christmas tree drop-off locations for residents’ convenience now through January 18, 2022 at the following locations:
- Bi-Centennial Park
16705 N. Nash St. (south end of the parking
- Surprise Recreation Campus / Youth Baseball Complex
15795 N. Parkview Pl. (across from Valley Vista High
- Dick McComb Softball Park
17894 Westpark Blvd. (parking lot on corner of 180th Ave & Westpark Blvd.)
- Asante Community Park
16763 W. Vereda Solana Dr. (parking lot at the north end of the park)
Please be sure to remove all decorations before dropping off trees, and place them in the designated areas only. There is a limit of two trees per household. For more information, please call 623.222.1900.
Fire Stations 304 & 308
On Tuesday, December 14, the City of Surprise held a shared Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in celebration of two Surprise fire stations built in 2021; Fire Station 304 in our northern area and 308 in southeast Surprise. The ceremony included remarks from Mayor Skip Hall, Councilmember Roland Winters, Councilmember Chris Judd and Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott. Thank you to all Surprise voters who made these projects possible!
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events
The City of Surprise is excited to announce two events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2022. The programs are for all ages and will include a variety of local musicians, performers and speakers.
- Wednesday, January 12 – MLK Musical Celebration & Reflections
- Saturday, January 15 – MLK Day of Celebration & Service
Stay up to date on these events at surpriseaz.gov/MLK
2022 Spring Training Packages
Season ticket and mini-plan packages for the 2022 Spring Training Season are on sale now at SurpriseStadium.com. Each ticket option will offer unique perks, savings over the individual game ticket price, choice of the best available seating locations and exclusive access to special season ticket plan holder events and pre-sale opportunities.
- Full Season Plan: Starting at only $210
- Half Season Plan: Starting at just $105
- 7 Game Mini-Plans: Starting at ONLY $49
Sunday in the Park
Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park in January! Join us on January 23 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are February 13 and April 3.
Meet and Greet
Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on Saturday, January 8, at 9 a.m. at Sweet Tea, 15278 W. Bell Rd. Suite 102. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have. You can also subscribe to my Notify Me mailing list on my city webpage at d5.surpriseaz.gov so you never miss any important District 5 news.
City Council Meetings
The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are January 4 & 18 at 6 p.m. in the City of Surprise Council Chambers, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Dr. City Council meetings are open to in-person attendance, or you may tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 to watch the meetings live. Instructions for virtual public comment will be available on the meeting agendas at surpriseaz.gov/agendas.