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District 5 Newsletter • March 2020

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. As always, it is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. In addition, you can find me at www.facebook/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! You can always reach me at david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at http://d5.surpriseaz.gov. As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.

2020 Surprise Retail Survey

The 2020 Surprise Retail survey is now open until Sunday, March 15. I can assure you that participating in the survey truly makes a difference. Many of our Top 10 most requested restaurants have already opened in Surprise including Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, Texas Roadhouse and In-N-Out Burger. Café Rio, Raising Canes and Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken have all held grand openings since the survey first launched and each one appeared on surveys we received. Furthermore, Costco was consistently at the top of the most desired retailers list on every survey we conducted and thankfully, they are opening soon!

Surprise Retail Survey Banner

Please complete the survey at www.surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Heritage District Art Hour

Earlier last month, WHAM and Gorman USA hosted a tile painting hour with community leaders and guests. Each attendee painted one mosaic tile that will be utilized in the new art feature at Heritage at Surprise. I look forward to seeing the finished project!

2020 Spring Training Welcome Back Lunch

The City of Surprise hosted the 2020 Spring Training Welcome Back Lunch on Friday, February 14. Representatives from both the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers provided updates on their respective teams. I hope you are able to stop by the award winning Surprise Stadium to catch a game this spring training season!

Ottawa University Campus Ribbon Cutting & Dedication

Ottawa University-Arizona hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication for their three new campus buildings. The O’Dell Center for Athletics is a 97,000 square foot athletic complex adjacent to Spirit Field to the west, just north of Tierra Buena Lane. The complex includes a recreation center, four court gymnasium, locker rooms, an athletic training room, the Spirit Performance Center, five classrooms, and the faculty and athletic department offices. The OUAZ Student Union is a two story, 27,000 square foot building that houses the cafeteria, an outdoor and indoor dining space, the Spirit Fan Shop, campus mailroom, student lounge with an indoor/outdoor fireplace, conference center and designated quiet study spaces. Lastly, there’s Residence Hall, which is 76,000 square foot, four story residence hall to the east of Spirit Field. This 83 room, 332 bed dormitory features fully furnished, four person suites, four student lounges and the campus security office.

Congratulations to OUAZ on their expansion and continued success! I’m elated to have them in District 5!

Rangers Village Ribbon Cutting

City Council joined Texas Rangers owner Ray Davis and Texas Rangers staff to cut the ribbon on Rangers Village on Friday, February 21. Rangers Village is a three-story, 36 suite, 70,000 square foot team housing complex along Bullard Avenue, just north of Greenway Road. It also includes a 13,000 square foot sports-training lab next door for the players.

Surprise City Council, Rick Davis and Texas Rangers staff hold scissors in preparation of the ribbon cutting.

Congratulations to the Texas Rangers on their new housing and training facitilies!

Chamber of Commerce State of the Cities 2020

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual State of the Cities on Tuesday, February 25 at West-Mec Northwest Campus. Mayor Skip Hall joined Mayors Michael LeVault, Alexis Hermosillo and County Supervisor and Chair Clint Hickman as each presented their future goals, accomplishments and business updates for their respective cities.

Recent Openings in Surprise

Amigo’s Authentic Mexican Grill and Bar hosted a ribbon cutting on February 3. They are located at 13621 N. Litchfield Road, Suite 131.

De Boa Jiu Jitsu Academy hosted their ribbon cutting on February 26. They are located at 14763 W. Cactus Road.

Community Needs Forum

The City of Surprise’s Human Service and Community Vitality Department hosted another Community Needs Forum at Dysart Unified School District Administration Building on Friday, February 28. Local leaders and representatives from the business, education, non-profit, faith community and government sectors were invited to hear presentations regarding the human service needs assessment that was completed in December.

Economic Development VIP Spring Training Event

Our Economic Development Department hosted more than 200 businesses for our Annual Spring Training Home Run Legends Deck Event on Friday, February 28. Everyone was able to network and talk about Surprise amenities as we watched the San Francisco Giants play the Kansas City Royals.

Mountain Vista Ranch Block Party

Mountain Vista Ranch HOA hosted their annual block party on Saturday, February 29. Mayor Hall and I were able to talk to many residents and engage with the great community!

Homeowner Associations

I have enjoyed meeting so many of you at the community HOA meetings. If you would like me to attend your HOA meeting, please contact the Council Office at 623-222-1300. Representing you is very important to me and attending your meetings provides me with the opportunity to hear your voice and listen to your concerns.

Meet and Greet

My Meet and Greet events are held at Starbucks, 14369 W. Bell Road, from 9 – 10 a.m. on the last Saturday of each month. I hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

Please make sure to mark your calendars for the State of the City address on March 26, 2020 at 6 p.m. at Surprise City Hall. This special event marks the city’s 60th Anniversary and will include a video presentation, art wall unveiling, live music and entertainment in the Courtyard. For more details, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC.

District 5 Newsletter • February 2020

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. As always, it is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. In addition, you can find me at www.facebook/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! You can always reach me at david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at http://d5.surpriseaz.gov. As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.

Meetings with Local Youth

Last month, I had the opportunity to hold two different meetings with some of our finest youth residents. I had a meaningful conversation with members of the Student Youth Council regarding a few of their projects, and I was able to provide an updated on current happenings in the city. I truly appreciate having open discussions with these future leaders to learn more about them and how they envision their future.

Councilmember Sanders and members of Surprise Youth Council have a discussion in a conference room.

Mayor Skip Hall, Councilman Duffy and I had the pleasure of meeting with a local high school student from Shadow Ridge to discuss her concerns about recycling in Surprise. We appreciate the opportunity to hear her thoughts and discuss sustainable, long-term solutions.

Public Works Director Mike Gent, Councilmember Duffy, a Shadow Ridge High School student, Mayor Hall and Councilmember Sanders.

New Council Conversations Show – Surprise Youth Council

Councilmember Duffy and I hosted a Council Conversations show with our Surprise Youth Council. Hear from our youth about what the Surprise Youth Council is and what projects they are working on. Plus, get their perspective on what’s important to them, some of city’s greatest strengths and weaknesses, and their favorite places to visit in Surprise.

Check out the episode here:
https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/watch?v=tWUDZWhXIP8

FY21 Budget

City Council recently started the budget building process for FY21. There will be an ongoing series of presentations to City Council by the Finance Department regarding the process and overall development of the budget. Additional presentations related to department operating and capital budget development are planned for future Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings. Each of the staff budget presentations can be viewed at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget on the following day.

The Recommended Budget will be released in April. There will be a Council and public review before the adoption of the balanced FY21 budget in June. The fiscal year begins July 1.

City Council meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. Work Sessions begin at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas for Council agendas which will be posted no later than two business days before the meeting. Also, meetings are broadcast live on Surprise TV for cable customers and also streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV.

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Celebration & Service

The 3rd Annual MLK Day of Celebration and Service was held on Saturday, January 18. Each year, I look forward to this special event. It is both humbling and inspiring to see so many members of the community come together to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s distinguished legacy and volunteer for community projects. Thank you to Congresswoman Debbie Lesko’s State Director Lisa Gray, Arizona State Senator Rick Gray and State Representative Kevin Payne for joining us.

2020 Cactus League Spring Training

There are many upcoming events to celebrate the 2020 Cactus League Spring Training season.

The Annual Welcome Back Luncheon will kick off the Spring Training season on Friday, February 14, at 11 a.m. at Surprise Stadium. Event admission includes hors d’oeuvres, a special commemorative gift and a complimentary entry into the College Baseball Classic at 1 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 623-222-2222.

The Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic takes place February 14-17 at Surprise Stadium and features the Gonzaga Bulldogs, New Mexico Lobos, Oregon Beavers and Brigham Young Cougars. Individual tickets and tournament passes are available for purchase at https://www.surprisestadium.com/events/college-baseball.

Spring Training games begin Friday, February 21, and continue through Saturday, March 21. There are many promotions and special events such as Military Appreciation Days and Coca-Cola Family Four Pack Fridays. Also, kids can run the bases after every Sunday game. For schedule and ticket information, please visit https://www.surprisestadium.com/tickets.

On March 6, Jimmy John’s is sponsoring the Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K at 7 p.m. All participants receive a race shirt, medal and a discount coupon for the Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds game on March 7. Please visit https://www.surprisestadium.com/events/5k for more information.

Surprise Police

YOUR Surprise Police Department recently promoted three of its finest. Congratulations to Sergeant John Wiehn, Sergeant Joshua Waldeck and Lieutenant Tim Klarkowski! Our community appreciates all that you do for the residents of Surprise.

Recent Openings in Surprise

City Council joined many other community members to celebrate the official opening of the Toll Brothers Sterling Grove community. Sterling Grove will include over 2,000 new homes spanning over 780 acres. The next phase of development will bring such amenities as a 35,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, pools and an 18-hole Nicklaus-designed golf course. Welcome to Surprise!

The brand new Asante Library, 16755 W. Vereda Solana Drive, opened on Saturday, February 1. This is the third library in the City of Surprise and is the first to offer study and meeting rooms. The 10,000 square foot space offers such amenities as self-check kiosks and specific areas for adults, children and teens. I appreciate the partnership we have with the Maricopa County Library District which made the addition of this new facility possible.

Homeowner Associations

I have enjoyed meeting so many of you at the community HOA meetings. If you would like me to attend your HOA meeting, please contact the Council Office at 623-222-1300. Representing you is very important to me and attending your meetings provides me with the opportunity to hear your voice and listen to your concerns.

Meet and Greet

My Meet and Greet events are held at Starbucks, 14369 W. Bell Road, from 9 – 10 a.m. on the last Saturday of each month. I hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

If you are looking for a great family event, the Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival is Sunday, February 9, from noon – 4 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park. The park is located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. There will be live music from Steven P & Diversity Jukebox, a variety of food trucks and lots of fun entertainment for the family. Event admission is free. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

The Artisan Treasures Cool Daze Food Truck & Handmade Market opens at 9 a.m. at Mark Coronado Park on Saturday, February 15. The first 100 shoppers will receive a free Treasure Bag. For more information, please visit www.woodnme.com.

There will be a co-ed Sand Volleyball Teen Tournament for ages 12-17 on Saturday, February 29. The tournament will be held at the Surprise Community Park volleyball courts at 15930 N. Bullard Avenue from 4 – 7 p.m. Please call 623-222-2000 for more information or you can register here.

Please make sure to mark your calendars for the State of the City address on March 26, 2020 at 6p.m. at Surprise City Hall. This special event marks the city’s 60th Anniversary and will include a video presentation, art wall unveiling, live music and entertainment in the Courtyard. For more details, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC.

Please remember that city offices will be closed on Monday, February 17, in honor of Presidents’ Day.

District 5 Newsletter • January 2020

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. As always, it is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. In addition, you can find me at www.facebook/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! You can always reach me at david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at http://d5.surpriseaz.gov. As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.

#TechtheHalls

The City of Surprise is home to the AZ TechCelerator, an innovative business incubator that focuses on new business start-ups, technology and innovation. Every year, our Economic Development team hosts #TechtheHalls which is a great way to view exciting sci-tech exhibits, tour the facility and play games to win tech prizes. There were many great prizes such as an Amazon Fire HD tablet, Shark ION Robot Vacuum and Samsung Chromebook, among others, this year. If you would like more information about the AZ TechCelerator, please visit https://www.aztechcelerator.com/.

Facebook Live

My Facebook Live interviews continue. I interviewed Luv 2 Play on December 28th. Luv 2 Play is located at 15495 W. Bell Road. We learned more about what makes this facility unique and I enjoyed seeing the children learn and explore in such a fun, interactive environment in our very own city.

I hope you will keep watching my Facebook Live series as I highlight some of the amazing businesses that we have in Surprise. I have some fantastic upcoming interviews planned so be sure to follow me on Facebook.

Meeting with Locals

I had the pleasure of having coffee with Jana McDonald, Area Director of the Surprise chapter of Young Life. I was inspired to learn more about Young Life and their efforts to work with kids from middle school through college. I truly appreciate all that they do to make a difference in the lives of others.

Jana McDonald and Councilmember Sanders having coffee.

Kingswood Elementary

I had the pleasure of meeting with the Principal of Kingswood Elementary School, Jeremy St. Germain. During our visit, it was evident that he provides a great amount of care and attention to his students. One such example is the Knight’s Code Recognition Shield wall which is filled with the names of students that were recognized for meeting expectations and making good choices. Principal St. Germain truly does excellent work. I would like to thank him and his amazing staff for all they do.

Deck the Hock

The Surprise Senior Center is truly an amazing place for seniors in our city. The staff works diligently to make sure there are a variety of things to do throughout the year, including the annual Deck the Hock event. This event brings the community together to decorate trees, participate in arts & crafts and listen to carols sung by local children. There was even some “snow” for the youngest attendees.

Fire Station Open Houses

As part of the ongoing series of open houses for fire stations around the City of Surprise, my sons and I toured Fire Station 306 located at Clearview and Loop 303. I would like to thank Captain Clarke and his team for leading the tour of the fire station and teaching us about their fire trucks and fire-fighting equipment. We recognize how important their jobs are to our community and we appreciate all that they do to keep us safe.

There are a few more opportunities if you would like to meet the firefighters, tour a fire station and get an up-close look at the equipment and fire trucks. The next open house will be at Fire Station 307, 16171 W. Cactus Road, on January 11 and Fire Station 301, 16750 N. Village Drive, on January 25. For more information on times and locations, please call 623-222-5000.

Growth and Development

We are happy to announce another new business has arrived in Surprise. Angry Crab Shack, 11340 W. Bell Road, recently held a ribbon cutting and I was honored to attend. Angry Crab Shack is a casual restaurant that serves seafood, burgers and sandwiches for both lunch and dinner. We welcome them to Surprise and wish them much success!

Homeowner Associations

I continue to meet with HOAs to provide updates. If any HOA would like me to attend, please contact the Council Office at 623-222-1331, and I would be happy to facilitate the request.

Meet and Greet

My Meet and Greet events are held at Starbucks, 14369 W. Bell Road, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the last Saturday of the month. I hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

There are two events this month in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Wednesday, January 15, there is a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service Special Event: Lecture & Songs at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Vista High School’s Performing Arts Center. On Saturday, January 18, our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service event starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Surprise City Hall Courtyard. Please visit http://www.surpriseaz.gov/mlk for more information.

The Kachina Kennel Club presents the Copper Classic Dog Show January 24 – 26, at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue. For more information, please email info@kachinakennelclub.com.

The City of Surprise Sports & Tourism Department has a number of upcoming events. If you would like more information, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3676/Sports-Tourism.

Opening day for 2020 Cactus League Spring Training is Friday, February 21 and continues through Saturday, March 21. For schedule and ticket information, please visit https://www.surprisestadium.com/.

If you would like to participate in an evening fun run, the 3rd Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K is March 6 at 7:00 p.m. The course takes participants on a scenic city route with the finish line at the ballpark. All runners will receive a Jimmy John’s race shirt, medal and a buy one get one free coupon for selected sections for the March 7 Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds game. Take advantage of the early registration discount before March 5. Please visit www.SurpriseStadium.com/events for more information.

District 5 Newsletter • December 2019

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. As always, it is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. In addition, you can find me at www.facebook/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! You can always reach me at david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at http://d5.surpriseaz.gov. As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.

IRIS USA Tour

Councilmember Chris Judd and I were fortunate to tour the IRIS USA plant located in Surprise. We were honored to meet with IRIS USA President, Hiroyuki (Doc) Takahashi, and Plant Manager, Tetsushi (Ray) Konoike. This is their third facility in the US. This facility is used to manufacture and distribute various plastic products for storage, organization, home, office, pet and now small appliances. The Surprise location also houses their US headquarters.

Councilmember Judd and Councilmember Sanders shake hands with the President and the Plant Manager of IRIS USA, Hiroyuki (Doc) Takahashi and Tetsushi (Ray) Konoike.

Facebook Live

As part of my continued Facebook Live Series I was able to chat with Chef Tran from Saigon Kitchen and also meet with Dennis Kleidon as he hosted his art show at the WHAM.

Chef Dennis Tran, owner of Saigon Kitchen, gave us a behind the scenes look at what it takes to run a successful restaurant.  Saigon Kitchen is conveniently located at 14071 W. Bell Road and serves up a range of classic contemporary Vietnamese food.  Thank you Chef Tran for allowing me this opportunity to interview you and tour your facility.

WHAM is located at 16560 N. Dysart Road and offers several ways for the community to get involved with the arts. Recently, WHAM hosted the Textures of Taliesin exhibit, and I was privileged to interview the artist behind it all, Dennis Kleidon. Thank you Mr. Kleidon for sharing some insights into the inspiration behind your exhibit.

Sun Village Scam Class

Sun Village hosted a Scam Class to discuss various scams that have been affecting residents. I was asked to present on city topics that relate to different scams that the Surprise Police Departments are currently dealing with. It is important for all residents to remain vigilant and protect themselves from becoming a victim. If you suspect that you have been a target of a scam, please call the Surprise Police Department non-emergency number at 623-222-4000.

Veterans Day

This year, Veterans Day was truly memorable as it began with the dedication of the Veterans Reflection Circle. The city would like to thank the countless individuals and contractors for donating their time and materials to complete the Veterans Reflection Circle. I would also like to thank the many special guests that attended the ceremony. The memorial is located next to the Northwest Regional Library and honors the late Surprise resident and combat wounded war veteran Sergeant First Class Brian Scott Mancini. Following the ceremony, was the annual parade. Residents came from across the city and lined Bullard Avenue to show their respect and gratitude for our local veterans. I was honored to have WWII Veteran Ed Foerster ride with me and my son in the parade. Thank you to the staff who worked so hard to make this event a success and thank you to all the Veterans for your service.

Councilmember David Sanders, his son, and WWII Veteran Ed Foerster in their parade vehicle during the Veterans Day Parade.

Fire Station Open Houses

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is hosting a series of open houses for the various fire stations around Surprise. You can tour the fire station, meet the firefighters and get a close look at the equipment and fire trucks. Our first responders protect us every day and I cannot thank them enough.

The next open house will be at Fire Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Road, on Saturday, January 4. Fire Station 307, 16171 W. Cactus Road, will be open on January 11 and Fire Station 301, 16750 N. Village Drive, on January 25. All open houses are from 9:00 a.m. to noon. For more information, please call 623-222-5000.

Growth and Development

Brookside Village welcomes Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Tap House! This family friendly restaurant is located at 15332 W. Bell Road. They offer a variety of traditional American favorites and the kids will love the s’mores pit.

Mayor Hall and Surprise City Councilmembers prepare to cut the ribbon at the Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Tap House grand opening.

Vein Envy, located at 13991 W. Grand Avenue, is a highly-rated vein specialist that has opened its doors in Surprise. This is their second location. They offer a wide variety of treatments of many different vein disorders.

Mayor Hall and Surprise City Councilmembers prepare to cut the ribbon at Vein Envy's grand opening event.

Ugly Tuna Sushi is conveniently located in the SE corner of Bell and Reems roads at 15459 W. Bell Road. This new family owned business puts a new look on traditional sushi.

Richi’s Diner II is located at 17221 N Litchfield Road. The restaurant offers a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a full bar and live music on select nights. They have traditional favorites as well as Greek and Italian cuisine. This is the second Surprise location, and I welcome the continued growth.

OUAZ

While they may have lost their final regular-season home football game to the Lyon’s (14-18), no one can deny that the OUAZ Spirit football team has been amazing to watch. I am truly proud of the OUAZ Spirit, and congratulations on making it to the 2019 NAIA Football Championship Series in only the 2nd year of the program! I wish you all the best and am excited to see what next year holds.

The newly completed Faith Arena will be able to support Ottawa’s winter sports programs with new limits. For more information, tickets and game schedules please visit www.ouazspirit.com.

Homeowner Associations

I continue to meet with HOAs to provide updates. If any HOA would like me to attend, please contact the Council Office at 623-222-1331, and I would be happy to facilitate the request.

Meet and Greet

Please note that my Meet and Greet for December has been cancelled. I will resume this event in January. My Meet and Greet events are held at Starbucks, 14369 W. Bell Road, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the last Saturday of the month.

Upcoming Events

The 18th Annual Surprise Party kicks off on Friday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m. at the Surprise Recreation Center, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. The night will consist of skydivers, live music, hot air balloons, food and a visit from Santa. The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the night will conclude with a fireworks display at 8:55 p.m. Admission is free with a canned food donation. On Saturday, December 7, the party continues! Join residents for a day of fun-filled activities, a petting zoo, crafts, bouncy castles and more. The gates will open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Santa’s workshop will open its doors at the Surprise Stadium Team Shop, 15930 N. Bullard Ave from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on December 11-13. This is an opportunity for children to enjoy cookies and milk with Santa and Mrs. Clause.

The 4th Annual Tech the Halls event will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on December 12 at the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road. This is a free family fun event that will offer tech exhibits, entertainment, games, prizes and more.

Countryside Recreation Center, 15038 N. Parkview Place, is hosting Cookies and Crafts with Santa on December 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. as well as 1:00-3:00 p.m. This event requires registration, and the cost is only $10 for residents. If you would like to register, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival, will be held on Sunday, December 15 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park. Live rock music will be performed by Blaine Long & Rosas del Rey. There will be yard games, bouncy houses, activities and more for the entire family. Food and drink will be available for purchase, and admission is always free!

The 3rd Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K is scheduled for March 6 at 7:00 p.m. This is an evening fun run that will take participants on a scenic city route before finishing at the ballpark. All runners will receive a Jimmy John’s race shirt, medal and a buy one get one free coupon for selected sections of the Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds game on March 7. Be sure you register early to take advantage of the early registration discount. Please visit www.SurpriseStadium.com/events for more information.

Just a friendly reminder that City Hall offices will be closed on December 25 and January 1 in observance of the holidays.

District 5 Newsletter • October 2019

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. As always, it is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. In addition, you can find me at www.facebook/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! You can always reach me at david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at http://d5.surpriseaz.gov. As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.

Ottawa University Football

City Council attended the first Ottawa University home football game on Saturday, September 7, against Western New Mexico. The stands were full and school pride was dominant. The Spirit have only two home games left, October 19 and November 2. I hope to see you there soon! Also, be sure to check out my Facebook Live interview with Ottawa Head Football Coach, Mike Nesbitt. What a great coach!

Fire Station 304

As the City of Surprise continues to experience growth in the northern area, a permanent fire station is necessary. The current developer plans indicate construction of over 17,000 new homes and the current temporary facility is not equipped to support this growth.

Fire Station 304 will be the largest station in Surprise with a total of 18,000 square feet. It will be complete with multiple bays which will accommodate a number of different service vehicles. The new addition to the Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be completed in the fall of 2020.

Mayor Hall and Surprise City Council hold shovels to break ground at the Fire Station 304 groundbreaking ceremony.

Eve’s Place Drive for Survivors

I was honored to participate in the fundraising event for Eve’s Place on Sunday, September 15. The City of Surprise regularly partners with Eve’s Place. They even have a satellite location at our Surprise Resource Center. This non-profit organization provides assistance to victims of domestic, sexual and teen dating abuse.

Constitution Day

I had a great time attending Constitution Day at Canyon Ridge Elementary School. The celebration included Freedom: A History of the United States Traveling Exhibit. Seventh grade social studies classes performed in costumes as Founding Fathers and Mothers, while offering details on colonial life and the importance of America’s seminal documents. Thank you Canyon Ridge for another year of outstanding work displaying your patriotism.

Ribbon Cutting

SeaCa Plastic Packaging held their ribbon cutting on Wednesday, September 25. SeaCa Packaging is owned by Seattle Tacoma Box Company, which has been a family owned and operated business for over 125 years. They produce quality wooden, plastic and corrugated shipping containers. We welcome this new addition to Surprise.

Peace Pole

The Rotary Club of Surprise, in partnership with the Arts Commission, placed a Peace Pole at City Hall. The Peace Pole is a monument that displays the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the four most commonly spoken languages in Arizona: English, Spanish, German and Navajo. Thank you for this remarkable art piece.

Hollywood Night

Surprise Elementary School, in conjunction with Dysart Community Coalition and Saigon Kitchen, hosted a Hollywood Night Fundraiser. This event brought elected officials and residents together for a night of entertainment and fun.

Care and Share Expo

The Surprise Care and Share Expo is a free community event creating connections to human service organizations, health resources and medical checks. This is your chance for accessing programs and services that promote health resources, financial growth and self-empowerment. There will be fun events for the entire family! Please stop by the City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, on Saturday, October 5 from 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Surprise Day of Service

The City of Surprise is searching for over 200 volunteers to participate in the Fall Day of Service on October 19. There are several indoor and outdoor community projects planned throughout the city. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, at 8 a.m. to receive their assignment; and should plan to serve until noon. Groups of 10 or more are required to register with their group name and estimated number of volunteers. Group leaders should contact Ervin Cutwright at 623-222-3241 to sign up. This is a great volunteer opportunity and all who participate are encouraged to attend an Island Party afterwards which will include food, music, games and more.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival

The next Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival is Sunday, October 20 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. This month, the family event will feature live music by Steven P. & Diversity Jukebox. Admission is free. As a friendly reminder, all dogs must be on leashes!

Public Safety G.A.I.N Night

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 26 as Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, transforms into a family-friendly event. The Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods (G.A.I.N.) event, hosted by the city’s public safety teams, will consist of a gaming trailer, dinosaurs, trick-or-treating and much more that will keep your kids entertained from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Admission is free! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. If you bring two cans of food for the Salvation Army, you will earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win some prizes.

Memory Café

Beginning on October 8, the Salvation Army, 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts, will open the Memory Café. As part of Dementia Friendly Surprise, this café will provide a social and resource place for people living with memory loss and their care partners. The program is free of charge and no reservation is required. They will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, please call 623-832-6637.