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District 5 Newsletter • October 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. 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.

Small Business Resources

The application for the Surprise Small Business Relief Grant is now available! To apply, go to www.supriseaz.gov/smallbusinessgrant before October 16. Applicants will need to create an account with Arizona Community Foundation as part of the application process and have their Surprise Business Registration License & W-9 form to apply. For questions, please email SurpriseRelief@azfoundation.org or call 623-222-3300.

Surprise Day of Service

If you are looking for an opportunity to help others in the community, the Surprise Day of Service is a great way to do just that! Volunteers are needed on October 10 to help with revitalization and cleanup events to assist neighborhoods and homeowners who may not be physically or financially able to maintain their homes as required by local codes. Volunteers will help with landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal and more. To get involved, you can register as an individual or as a group, by contacting Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov, or calling 623-222-1522.

Honoring Our Heroes

Thank you to Dysart Unified School District for their beautiful tribute to our first responders and military. On September 11, students from Valley Vista High School police and fire programs placed 100 flags on the lawn of the school to honor first responders and military. The 100 is in representation of Dysart’s Centennial, which it celebrates this year. Dysart Unified School District has been a tremendous partner to work with and I am proud to have worked so collaboratively with them throughout my term.

Dysart Unified School District's Honoring Our Heroes flyer.

Veterans Day Tribute

The City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting Veterans Day tribute submissions in the form of a video or sign. The City of Surprise will not be able to put on a parade for Veterans Day this year, due to COVID-19, but will be using signs and videos to create a virtual alternative. To participate, please record a video tribute, no more than 15 seconds, thanking our veterans. Videos can be uploaded to surpriseaz.gov/veteranvideo. This compilation of community messages will be featured on Veterans Day on the Surprise TV cable channel, our Parks & Recreation social media pages (Facebook and Instagram), and the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov. Entries must be received by October 29 at 5 p.m.

You can also participate by making a sign to display your gratitude. Signs will be displayed on Bullard Ave. near Surprise Stadium on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 10 – Thursday, November 12 until 5:00 p.m. Blank signs are available for pick up Monday, October 12 through Friday, October 30 at the Parks and Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and should be returned to the Parks and Recreation Office by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 6 so that they can be included in the display. For more information, you can contact Steve Castillo at 623-222-2267, or by email at steve.castillo@surpriseaz.gov.

7th Annual Fiesta Grande goes virtual

Celebrate our city’s cultural heritage at the seventh annual Surprise Fiesta Grande-To Go style! This virtual celebration, presented by the City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with 101.9 FM Radio La Campesina, includes a line-up of fun all this week! Enjoy authentic Mexican food, cooking and dance classes, crafts, games and more! Please see the schedule of events below:

  • October 5, at 6:30 p.m.: Holy Guacamole & Salsa Dippin’ Virtual Cooking Class (view at facebook.com/SurpriseRec and Surpriseaz.gov/SurpriseTV). While this event is over, you can see the video online at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande
  • October 6, at 6:30 p.m.: Virtual Folklorico Class/Performance (view at facebook.com/SurpriseRec and Surpriseaz.gov/SurpriseTV)
  • All day on October 6, Let’s Taco ‘bout a Good Meal! Where local restaurants will be offering discounts!
  • October 7 at 6:30 p.m.: Nacho Average Virtual Bingo! Register at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov by clicking on ‘Special Events’ by 12 p.m. on Wednesday 10/7 for a chance to win fun prizes!
  • October 8, at 6:30 p.m.: Virtual Arts and Crafts, featuring WHAM (to participate, pick up your craft kit at the Parks & Recreation office, Monday 10/5 through Thursday 10/8 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 15960 N Bullard Ave Surprise, AZ 85374).
  • October 9, at 5 p.m.: Fiesta Food Truck Friday & Swag Bag (Villanueva Recreation Center, 15660 N Hollyhock St, Surprise, AZ 85378. Register for swag bags at http://surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov by clicking on ‘Special Events’).

City Council Meeting Schedule

Our next regularly scheduled meetings for the month of October will be Tuesday, October 6 and October 20. The Surprise City Council meetings have reopened to limited in-person public participation. In keeping with CDC guidelines, in-person participants will be required to wear a facial covering when entering or exiting the chambers, but may remove it while seated, if they so choose. Capacity will be capped at 50 people, and physical distancing measures will be in place. Virtual participation options will remain available and instructions for that are posted on each meeting’s agenda at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

As always, I am available via david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Please feel free to reach out. I always want to hear from my constituents.