Events & Meetings
Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce held their monthly breakfast meeting on Tuesday, October 14. The key-note speaker was none other than Dan Majerle. Dan Majerle is a retired professional basketball player who played 14 years in the NBA, primarily with the Phoenix Suns. He is the current coach of the Grand Canyon University Antelopes and owner of the five successful Majerle’s Sports Grill restaurants located throughout the Valley.
The Chamber also recognized new businesses in Surprise. Those businesses are Barbara Reed Nelson LLC, Affordable Caregivers, Axberg Wealth Management, Re/Max, Primerica, Surprise Dental & Denture and Champ’s Family Automotive. Welcome to Surprise!
Tourism Advisory Commission Meeting
On Tuesday, October 4, I attended the Tourism Advisory Commission meeting. Mark Coronado, Community and Recreation Services Director, discussed the success of the 2014 Surprise Fiesta Grande and its overall economic impact surrounding the businesses and restaurants in Surprise. The Fiesta proved impactful to the City and its residents while bringing a new emphasis on growth and awareness to the Grand Avenue Corridor.
Paul Frie, Youth and Adult Sports Division Manager, reviewed the 2014 Summer Tournaments while providing insight into future tournament bidding opportunities to list the City as host to a wider range of nationally known tournaments. Members of the Commission emphasized their support towards the continuation of these types of events in addition to Senior Adult softball events.
With Spring Training just around the corner, the Surprise Recreation Campus would like to add a “Spring Sports Festival” celebration to the line-up of spring events. This post game event would bring nightly entertainment featuring a live concert, beer festival, memorabilia showcase and a family entertainment zone. Anxious to proceed, the Commission has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, October 28 at 9 am to review a brief outline of all events and their estimated costs.
I toured the WHAM facility with Connie Whitlock on Wednesday, October 15. Recently, improvements to the facility have been made including the addition of gallery space. WHAM is located at 16560 N. Dysart Road.
CRS Public Meeting
The City’s Community and Recreation Services Department held a public meeting regarding the final plans for Veramonte and Surprise Farms Parks. Mayor Wolcott, Councilman Roland Winters, Councilman Todd Tande and I were in attendance with approximately 60 residents. Design teams for the parks engaged those present to provide feedback on the proposed designs and programming. SITE Design Group, Inc. took feedback from the youth in attendance and distributed a questionnaire to skateboarders as part of a skate park workshop. These items will be discussed at the CRS Advisory Commission regular meeting on Monday, October 27th at 6 pm in the Community Room at City Hall.
Mountain Vista Ranch HOA Meeting
Mountain Vista Ranch HOA held their quarterly meeting on Wednesday, October 15. Wayne Tuttle, President of Mountain Vista Ranch and Misty Lawson, Community Manager invited me to attend. During this meeting, the HOA approved their FY 2015 budget. A presentation was also given from their new landscaper, Mike Wagoner of ProQual regarding tree trimming and landscape enhancements. Eight residents were in attendance and they all expressed positive comments on the new landscaping! Additionally, they expressed some issues with the City that need to be addressed. These issues will be forwarded to the appropriate staff for proper handling.
Valley Metro RPTA
I attended the Valley Metro RPTA meeting on Thursday, October 16. Much of our discussion concerned West Valley bus routes and Route 571. Statistics indicate that bus ridership in the West Valley has increased 13.5% but bus ridership, in general, has decreased .6% while light rail travel increased 1.5%.
Mark Your Calendars!
G.A.I.N. Night 2014
The Surprise Police Department invites you to attend G.A.I.N. (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) Night on Saturday, October 25. The event will take place in the northeast parking lot of 8 Acres Park (15960 N. Bullard Road) from 6 pm until 9 pm. The event will include the Surprise Police Department SWAT Team and K9 units display, the Surprise Fire-Medical Department fire prevention trailer and medical helicopter, food vendors, face painting, free raffles, bicycle safety tips, inflatable children’s rides, and much more! G.A.I.N. Night is hosted by the Surprise Police Department.
Call to Artists
The West Valley Arts Council (WVAC) is currently accepting submissions for a juried show at the West Valley Arts Council HQ gallery. The Surprise Invitational will feature the best visual artists in the area. Artists may enter any 2D or 3D media and up to 3 items per entry. The Surprise Invitational will be on display from November 15 through December 18, 2014. The deadline for submission is October 28, 2014. For more information, please feel free to contact the WVAC at 623.935.6384.
Surprise Super Swap Meet
The fall Surprise Super Swap Meet will be held on Saturday, November 15. This popular community-wide garage sale, sponsored by the Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department and the Surprise Senior Center Council, will be held in the Surprise Aquatic Center parking lot at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue from 8 am until 1 pm. Parking and admission is free. Vendor spaces are now available for rent. If you are interested in space, please contact 623.222.1500.
Surprise Health and Wellness Fair
The Surprise Health and Wellness Fair will be held on Saturday, November 15 from 9 am until 12 noon. The Fair will be held at the Banner Health Center at 13995 W. Statler. There will be several health screenings, demos, clinics and displays. This event is free to the public.