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Sheriff's office shooting range surprises Pinal neighbors

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Pinal County personnel are clearing a road to an isolated 10-acre tract for a future sheriff’s shooting range, which neighbors fear will cause property values to plummet in …
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Surprise Rib Fest aims to attract big music acts

Surprise city leaders have long wanted a signature event to bring people in from across the Valley and even further.
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Surprise homes still selling fast

Chuck Hawkins and his wife put their Surprise house on the market on a Friday afternoon. By the following Monday, it sold for $55,000 over the asking price. 
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Surprise Councilman Ken Remley cancels District 4 meetup

District 4 Councilman Ken Remley has canceled his regular monthly district meeting because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Dickerson:: Give new life to a deserving Arizona pet for Adopt a Senior Pet Month

At the Arizona Humane Society, we care for and love each and every one of the more than 15,000 sick, injured and abused pets that walk through our doors each year. But, of course, we can’t help but have some that pull on our heartstrings just a tad bit more than others … this includes our beloved senior pets.

Wealth versus worth: Remembering Tex Earnhardt

If you’ve ever traveled by motorcycle, you know stopping for gas can be time consuming. Dismount, take off your helmet and gloves, unzip your riding pants, dig your wallet out of your jeans, angle the pump perfectly to avoid squirting gas on the tank, etc. It can be cumbersome.

Reminiscing: Arizona chefs, restaurateurs share cherished Thanksgiving memories

Prominent chefs and restaurateurs from around the Valley share some of their favorite Thanksgiving memories with the Independent Newsmedia reader community, including favorite holiday dishes and some of the unique family traditions they’ve cherished over the years.

Remembering Thanksgiving at 400: America’s original holiday beer bash

A holiday question persists year after year, probably stretching all the way back to the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621: “What are we going to do with all the uneaten turkey?” The Pilgrims, on the other hand, could have asked a different question after that first celebration exactly 400 years ago: “What are we going to do with all the empty kegs?”

Thanksgiving safety: Why do frozen turkeys explode when deep-fried?

Deep-frying a turkey is a great way to get a delicious, moist meal for Thanksgiving; but this method of cooking can be a very dangerous undertaking. Every fall, millions of dollars of damage, trips to the emergency room and even deaths result from attempts to deep-fry turkeys.
Celebrating & Connecting the Community
A Benevilla Caregiver Support Group.

Benevilla groups gain support in Sun City area

Benevilla, the West Valley’s premier family services nonprofit, again joined the online global altruism movement called “GivingTuesday.”
The kitchen crew prepares holiday meals at Birt’s Bistro on the main Benevilla campus in Surprise. The nonprofit wi;; provide free meals for those living alone or struggling to care for a loved one for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Benevilla provides meals for holidays

Benevilla, the West Valley’s premier family services nonprofit, will provide complementary, freshly prepared holiday meals to go again this year for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays …
On Feb. 2 District 8 Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, presented a certificate of special recognition to Chance Shelter, a Surprise nonprofit founded by Audra Colson in 2015. The mission of Chance Shelter is to provide compassionate care to animals through adoptions, education, crisis intervention and community involvement. Ms. Colson and her team of more than 70 volunteers are waiting on architectural drawings for a new building in Surprise. Chance Shelter can be reached at, or 602-394-1595.

Furry festival in Surprise offers fun with adoptions for Chance Shelter

Chance Shelter will play host to its third annual Furry Festival, the premier adoption event of the year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 at Surprise Toyota, 13543 N. Auto Show Ave., …
The outside courtyard of Surprise City Hall will host the Surprise Care & Share Expo Nov. 13.

Surprise Expo serves as link to local social services

The city leads the Surprise Care & Share Expo: Creating Connections to Community Services from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 in the City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The …
The AAUW Northwest Valley special interest group, Girlfriends and More, met for lunch at Nick’s Diner in Surprise and then saw the movie “The Last Duel” at the AMC Theatre. Pictured are Babette Spatz, Cindy Harrison, Rosemary Dougherty, chair of the group, Suzanne James, AAUW president, Kathryn Maurdeff, Corrine Popvich and Beth Tewhill.

AAUW Girlfriends gather for lunch, movie in Surprise

The AAUW Northwest Valley special interest group, Girlfriends and More, met for lunch at Nick’s Diner in Surprise and then saw the movie “The Last Duel” at the AMC Theatre earlier …
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Sun City Grand church kicks off the holidays with gospel show

Leon Patillo will kick off the holidays 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 at Grand Community Baptist Church, 18350 N. Goldwater Ridge Drive. A love offering will be taken in support of his ongoing …

Comedian Brian Regan brings laughter to Wickenburg

Veteran comedian Brian Regan will bring his newest stand-up comedy material to the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts stage, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Road, Sunday, Dec. 5, for two shows at 5 and …
ProMusica Arizona is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. [Submitted photo]

ProMusica Arizona Chorale, Orchestra announces auditions

ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra is holding auditions for its spring semester, by appointment only, during December and January. All instruments and voice parts are welcome to audition, …

Country Western Dance is Dec. 3 in Sun City Grand

Western Bred featuring J. David Sloan will be the featured entertainers at a Country Western Dance Club gathering Friday, Dec. 3 at the Sonoran Plaza, 19763 N. Remington Drive. A local country …

Christian trio performs at local church

Award-winning Christian recording artists The Martins will be featured 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Grace Bible Church, 19280 N. 99th Ave. Siblings Judy, Joyce and Jonathan Martin have …
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