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Skip Hall: Mayor Newsletter — September 2022

Posted 9/1/22

The City of Surprise is partnering with Vitalant Blood Donation to host a blood drive on September 6.

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Skip Hall: Mayor Newsletter — September 2022

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The City of Surprise is partnering with Vitalant Blood Donation to host a blood drive on September 6. Members of the community wanting to participate are encouraged to make an appointment through the Vitalant website Vitalant.com/BloodDrive. Although walk-ins are welcomed, those with an appointment will be given priority. 

As a local non-profit, donations through Vitalant stay in the community to help our neighbors. On average, Vitalant needs to collect about 5,500 blood donations every day to meet patient needs, so this is an opportunity to transform your life and the lives of so many others!

a person holding a sign

Incentives for Surprise residents for being water-conscious

Surprise water customers can save water and money thanks to new rebates. From now through April 2023, City-serviced residential and business customers can take advantage of the water conservation rebate programs listed below: 

  • Single-family turf removal rebate
  • WaterSense®-labeled irrigation controller rebate
  • Single-family new home Xeriscape landscape installation
  • HOA, commercial, multifamily turf removal rebate

For detailed information and to learn more about the rebate programs, visit surpriseaz.gov/waterconservation

Surprise Fire-Medical starts recruitment for multiple positions

The City of Surprise Fire Medical Department will be opening recruitment for multiple positions from August through September. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D. Each of the positions has its own set of requirements and qualifications listed below: 

  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT): August 22 - September 12
    • Possess Arizona EMT & CPR certifications at the time of application
  • Paramedics: August 22 - September 12
    • Possess Arizona Emergency Paramedic Certification at the time of application
    • One year experience as a Paramedic, or two years experience as an Emergency Medical Technician
  • Firefighter Recruit: September 1 - 30
    • Possess EMT & CPR certifications at the time of application
    • Possess a Certified Physical Ability Test (CPAT), dated within six months prior to submitting an application

Fire Medical Recruiting

Baseball is back in Surprise!

Major League Baseball has announced the Arizona Fall League 2022 schedule. The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams who compete in the Arizona Fall League, will begin their season on Tuesday, October 4 at Surprise Stadium. The roster for the Surprise Saguaros will include the top prospects from the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Individual game tickets will be available for purchase online or on game day, one hour prior to game time, at the stadium box office. During the 2022 season, box office transactions will be cashless. Accepted forms of payment include: Visa & MasterCard.

Single Game Tickets
Adult: $10 | Senior 55+: $8
Kids 12 and under are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. 

To check out the 2022 Arizona Fall League schedule or to purchase a season pass, go to AZ Fall League. For additional information, contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 or visit MLB AZ Fall League.

Now accepting vendors for Surprise Fiesta Grande

Join us for the Surprise Fiesta Grande street festival celebrating our unique culture, traditions and community! This family-friendly event on Saturday, October 8, from 5 - 9 p.m. in the Original Town Site on Hollyhock Street in the Grand Avenue corridor, offers a fun evening of live music, food, dancing, vintage classic cars and so much more! There is a $20 pre-event registration fee, which includes a t-shirt, dash plaque and goody bag.

The street festival offers promotional opportunities for interested businesses, organizations and non-profits. The booth fee is $150 for non-profit organizations and $500 for all others. Booths includes a 10 x 10 vendor tent, (1) table and (2) chairs. Please note that space is limited!

The City is also accepting Classic Car Show entries in-person at the Parks and Recreation Office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave., and online at surpriseaz.gov/FiestaGrande. For more information, contact Daniel Luvisi at 623.222.2251 or daniel.luvisi@surpriseaz.gov

HIGHLIGHTS

Epic UTV Ribbon Cutting

On Tuesday, August 24, we joined Epic UTV for a Ribbon Cutting event! Shawn Cotton, Owner of Epic UTV, hosted the ceremony in honor of the opening of their new shop, located at 10937 N. Solar Canyon Way. Welcome to Surprise!

Mayor Hall and Councilmembers in a blue UTV

Great turnout at Day of Service event

What an amazing turnout for our Day of Service held on August 17 at St. Mary’s Food Bank. Our volunteers from the Kansas City Royals, American Legion Riders Post 96, JustServe, Grifols Plasma Center and community members from Surprise and surrounding neighborhoods are the best! 

Surprise Day of Service is an opportunity to give back to our community. From community cleanups to food bank events, join us and help make our city a better place for all! Event dates are:

 •   Wednesday, September 14 St. Mary’s Food Bank
 •   Saturday, October 15 Community Cleanup event
 •   Saturday, December 10 Community Cleanup event

 Want to serve? Go to surpriseaz.gov/DayofService and sign up!

a group of people wearing safety vests inside a warehouse a group of people fill bags at a table

Benefitness Adaptive Gym ribbon cutting

On Wednesday, August 10, councilmembers Judd and Winters and I joined Benefitness Adaptive Gym for a Ribbon Cutting event! Joanne Thomson, CEO of Benevilla, hosted the celebration in honor of the opening of their new facility, located at 16752 N. Greasewood St. Thank you for choosing Surprise!

a group of people standing outside a building behind a red ribbon

Deer Valley Bridge now open

The 711 ft. Deer Valley Road Bridge is now open to drivers! Councilmember Winters and I celebrated the new connection in Northwest Valley. This improves traffic flow, gives emergency vehicles a direct route to residents living in unincorporated Maricopa County and provides a shorter drive time for residents commuting to and from the City of Surprise.

Mayor Hall and Councilmember Winters take a photo next to a sign

COMING UP

Surprise Fiesta Grande

Join us for Surprise Fiesta Grande October 8! Surprise Fiesta Grande street festival celebrates our unique culture, traditions and community! This family-friendly event on Saturday, October 8, from 5 - 9 p.m. in the Original Town Site on Hollyhock Street in the Grand Avenue corridor, offers a fun evening of live music, food, dancing, vintage classic cars and so much more!

Surprise Fiesta Grande ad

Surprise seeking sponsors and exhibitors for SciTech event

The City is currently seeking event exhibitors and sponsors for the 2022 SciTech event that will take place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 in the Mark Coronado Park parking lot, 15850 N. Bullard Ave.

More than 600 science enthusiasts of all ages attended the City’s last SciTech Festival to view robotics presentations, fun experiments and learn about opportunities to engage in STEAM-related (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programs. Organizations, schools and businesses with hands-on, interactive STEAM projects or presentations are invited to request a free booth to participate in this year’s event.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for organizations who would like to partner with the City to host the event. View available sponsorship levels. To participate in the Surprise SciTech Festival or for more information, visit surpriseaz.gov/SciTech or contact Lord Garcillano at 623.222.1647 or lord.garcillano@surpriseaz.gov.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, upcoming City Council Meetings will be held on September 6 and 20. City Council Work sessions begin at 4 p.m., while City Council Meetings follow at 6 p.m. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11. We hope to see you there.

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