Tag Archives: Special Events

District 5 Newsletter • November 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.

Care and Share Expo

This collaborative effort between the Human Services & Community Vitality Department and the Surprise Veterans, Disability & Human Services Commission was an amazing success. This free community event provided information regarding numerous community programs at one, central location. I was humbled to see and meet so many of our community members.

Surprise Day of Service

Surprise Day of Service was held on Saturday, October 19. The Day of Service is a community clean-up and reinvestment event that is free to the neighborhoods served, and is organized with the intent to foster community pride. It includes painting, landscaping and removal of refuse.

It was impressive to see more than 300 volunteers assembled for this event! Thank you to all of our residents who participated! If you are interested in participating in future events, please register at 623-222-3241. Everyone is welcome!

Fiesta Grande

The 6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande event was nothing short of amazing. We were honored to welcome special guests Barry Wong, Executive Director from Governor Ducey’s Office of Equal Opportunity, as well as Deputy Consul General of Mexico Armando Esparza. This street-style celebration, held at the Original Town Site, celebrates our city’s cultural heritage. The event is always free, and it is a great way to spend time with your family. If you didn’t attend, I hope to see you next year!

Ottawa University

Ottawa University (OUAZ) has added two new buildings to their growing campus! The Student Union offers a cafeteria, indoor and outdoor dining spaces with a fireplace, Spirit Fan Shop, conference center, student lounge and designated quiet study spaces. The new Residence Hall has over 300 beds, four student lounges and a campus security office. Soon, the highly anticipated O’Dell Center will be open and will include five classrooms, recreation center, athletic center and much more.

Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Fest

GPEC Fest is an annual event that provides the opportunity to meet and network with hundreds of leaders across the valley. I was fortunate to attend this event along with our Economic Development team as we celebrated our successful and collaborative relationship with GPEC.

Dysart College and Career Expo

Over 1,000 students, parents, and various community members attended this event. A variety of programs were presented including Dysart’s Career and Technical Education programs, business, military, local colleges and West-MEC.

G.A.I.N. Night

This free, family-friendly public safety event not only brings the community together but also contributes to a good cause. Many families were in attendance and enjoyed such things as laser tag, face painting and public safety demonstrations. I would like to thank everyone for donating cans of food for the Salvation Army. This is a great way to give back to our community.

West Valley Council Mixer

I would like to thank the City of Peoria for hosting the West Valley Council to Council Mixer at Scorpion Bay and providing a scenic, sunset cruise. These events provide a valuable networking opportunity for West Valley councilmembers.

WHAM Art Association

I recently met with Connie Whitlock, WHAM Art Association Executive Director, to discuss her ongoing dedication to the arts. WHAM is a 501(c)3 non-profit art organization that was founded in 2006 by Mrs. Whitlock. The organization has grown to more than 150 artists that work in a variety of different mediums. In addition to helping to promote local artists through exhibits throughout the West Valley, WHAM is also involved in numerous projects such as public art murals, art festivals, art walks, veteran initiatives and community art classes.

Councilmember Sanders and WHAM Art Association Executive Director, Connie Whitlock.

I really appreciate how that continues to help the community and Surprise residents. Connie, we thank you for all you do!

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

I enjoyed meeting a number of you at my October Meet and Greet. My Meet and Greet events are held at Starbucks, 14369 W Bell Road, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on the last Saturday of every month. Please feel free to stop by to introduce yourself and let me know if I can be of service to you!

Upcoming Events

  • November 11, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day
  • November 28-29, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving
  • December 6-7, 2019 – Annual Surprise Party celebration, Surprise Recreation Campus

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.