March was another busy and productive month for Surprise. I was able to attend two of my district’s HOA meetings. Thank you to Mountain Vista Ranch and the Orchards for inviting me.
The City Center Community Meeting that was held on March 7 provided positive input from residents on ideas and desires for designing the new downtown. Since then, there have been two additional meetings in different districts. Keep an eye out for additional meeting notifications if you’d like to contribute or please feel free to message me your ideas so I can relay them as part of the City Center Master Plan.
State of the City
The State of the City and City Hall 10-year Anniversary Celebration took place on Thursday, March 28. The city courtyard was lit with string lights and music filled the air. Residents mingled and spoke to the different departments about city updates. The Council Chambers were filled with excited residents and elected officials from across the Valley. City staff did a terrific job preparing for the event and producing the video production that gave detailed insight into the future of Surprise. If you missed it and would like to view it, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC.
Read Across America
In honor of Dr. Seuss week, I had the opportunity to read to a 2nd grade class at Countryside Elementary School. It was a privilege to be included in this event. Thank you to Ms. Axeness’ class for hosting me.
Meeting with Surprise Youth Council
I met with five members of the Surprise Youth Council on Monday, March 13. They discussed what projects they are working on in our city. It was my pleasure to get to know these young individuals. I was truly impressed, and I know they have bright futures ahead of them.
Primerica Financial Ribbon Cutting
The city of Surprise celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Primerica Financial Services on Wednesday, March 27. They now have 38 offices in Arizona with the newest one located at 12213 West Bell Road.
Household Hazardous Waste Event
The annual Household Hazardous Waste event is now underway. Residents can make an appointment before April 12 by visiting https://www.surpriseaz.gov/hhwevent, or by calling 623.222.1900. Pickups will be scheduled between April 8-19. Residents are asked to place their items on the driveway or in front of the garage. Items must be properly packaged, sealed and labeled.
Surprise Day of Service
Show your community pride by volunteering for the Surprise Day of Service. Volunteers will participate in a number of community service projects including painting, gravel spreading, yard cleaning and more. It is your chance to help the city. This event will focus on the Surprise Original Town Site. Volunteers will meet at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday April 6. This event will end at noon. Breakfast and lunch will be served!
Sunday in the Park- Food Truck Festival
The next Sunday in the Park festival will be held on April 14 at the Mark Coronado Park,15850 N Bullard Ave, from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. This is a free, fun family event with live music provided by the Steven P Project and amazing food!
On Saturday, April 20, head out to the Kansas City Royals practice field, located at 15850 N Bullard Ave, for the Spring EGG-stravanganza. This free, family event will welcome face painters and balloon artists. Toddlers to children 10 years old are invited to participate in the search for more than 50,000 candy and toy filled eggs. Mr. & Mrs. Bunny will also make an appearance. The gates will open at 7:30 a.m.
Thank you to Surprise Sundancers
To all 750 Surprise Sundancers, I cannot begin to thank you enough for the fantastic job you all do year in and year out for the city of Surprise. With Spring Training such an integral part of the makeup of Surprise, it is very important to have a reliable group to help support it. The hard work, dedication, and pride you take in your work to help pull off Spring Training for the Rangers and Royals is truly admirable.
I had the pleasure of attending the Surprise Sundancers Reception with Mayor Hall on March 24 following the final game against the Royals and Rangers and was able to meet several of you. The one common trait that you all share is that you enjoy what you do. You enjoy volunteering, each other, the city of Surprise, and the Rangers and Royals!
You all have been an integral part of the stadium since its opening 16 years ago. With an average of 200 Sundancers volunteering each Spring Training game, you provide Surprise with significant economic savings of approximately $890,000 a year. That is very impressive! Equally as impressive is knowing that to-date, you have donated nearly $1,150,000 — with $800,000 in scholarships awarded and $250,000 donated to Dreamcatcher Park.
So, thank you again Sundancers for all you do for Surprise. I look forward to seeing you again next season. I am sure you look forward to next season as well. Your hard work and energy are infectious! You all make this city a better place.