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Oral screenings available in Surprise for young kids, pregnant women

The city of Surprise in collaboration with First Teeth First, First Things First, and Maricopa County Department of Public Health, will be hosting a free oral health screenings and flouride varnish for children up to 5 years old and basic oral health screenings for pregnant women.
City Government

Ken Remley to host another community meeting

District 4 Councilman Ken Remley will host another of his monthly district meetings at  6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Surprise Community Center.

Surprise homelessness shelter to open in spring

Beginning next year, the Southwest Valley will have more tools in its kit to help combat the rising wave of homelessness, especially among families.
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Home is where the art is for Surprise man

When Bill Frank first started copying comic strips in his adolescent years, little did he know his talent for art would lead to such an interesting life.


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The Paradise Honors High School counseling department will lead a senior parent night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the charter school’s performing arts center.
Police agencies from nine West Valley cities have worked with Glendale Community College to launch a full-time law enforcement training academy serving the needs of their respective communities. 
Parent, teacher and student organizations exist in every school district.
The high school student council at Imagine Prep Surprise hosted a rally around the flag event the morning of Friday, Sept. 9.
Dysart Unified School District has once again received awards for meeting high standards on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Dozens of permits issued for construction in August in Surprise

Here are permits the city of Surprise issued for construction in August
Real Estate

Landsea has Surprise homes for sale

Landsea Homes Corporation recently announced that 315 new homes are now selling at The Villages at North Copper Canyon in Surprise.

More Surprise city items up for auction

The city of Surprise has some surplus equipment up for acution at

Surprise issued hundreds of commercial projects in August

Here are commercial permits the city of Surprise completed in August.

Marshall needs 75 workers in Surprise

Marshall needs workers for its new location in Surprise at the Village at Prasada, 13560 N. Prasada Pkwy., which plans to open Nov. 17.
Opinions: Highlighting Surprise Voices

Letters: Surprise transit issues are a huge mess

It’s hard to understand why the governor would have vetoed the extension [Re: “Prop. 400 extension is key to growth,” Sept. 14]. Will we get our half cent back if it doesn’t go through? Right?
Christine Pritchard

Pritchard: Board president fights through anger, 'agendas'

On May 5, driven by anger and very personal agendas, an application for the Recall of myself and Ms. Chrystal Chaffin was filed with the Maricopa County superintendent of schools to invalidate the voices of our Dysart community members by canceling their 2020 vote through a recall election.

Letters: Wyyerd story didn’t tell whole picture

I enjoyed reading the very rosy picture the Surprise Independent painted about Wyyerd and the new fiber optic network.
Merrill Edelstein

Edelstein: Final farewell from the arts scene

The summer is slowly drawing to a close as kids are back in school and temperatures are coming down.
John Williams

John Williams: It’s easy to be a volunteer for Dysart

It’s easy to become pessimistic about the state of the world and division of the community today.
Entertainment & Things to Do
Art from Ground Floor Artists is at The Vista Center for the Arts lobby in Surprise

Art Exhibit continues at Vista in Surprise

Ground Floor Artists sponsors a juried art exhibition and sale located in The Vista Center for the Arts lobby through late October. The Vista is at 15660 N. Parkview Place, Surprise.
Chalk pastel is one f the WHAM fall break classes.

WHAM provides fall break camp in Surprise

WHAM Art Alliance will offer fall break camp Oct. 11-14, with two classes each day at its center, 16560 N. Dysart Road, Surprise These kids arts & crafts classes are designed for children 8 to …
Ground Floor Artists plays host to a beginning felting class led by Julie Kay Saturday, Sept. 24.

Ground Floor starts felting class in Surprise

A beginning felting class with Julie Kay will be from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Ground Floor Artists, 13343 W, Foxfire Drive, Suite 3, Surprise. Those who are intereted in learning …
The AZ Swing Kings perform in concert. Their next show in Surprise will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Grace Community Church in Sun City Grand. Grand residents will add vocals to the performance.

Swing Kings set up show at Sun City Grand church

The next AZ Swing Kings Jazz Orchestra concert event is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 concert at Grace Community Church in Sun City Grand, 16165 W. Mountain View Blvd., Surprise.
Movies in the park resumes in Surprise Sept. 24.

Surprise resumes movies in the park

The city of Surprise will hosts a free movie in the park. ‘Addams Family 2’ (rated PG) is the featured movie at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard …
Lips and Lashes will play Friday, Sept. 23 at I & J Fountain Restaurant in Surprise.

Lips & Lashes brings sound to Surprise

Live Music at I & J Fountain Restaurant, 12221 N. Bell Road, Surprise. Lips & Lashes  will play from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. This duet performs country, blues, waltzes and …
Laura Strickland and Alex Mack are SoSco Duo and will play in concert at WHAM Art Center in Surprise on Oct. 22.

Duo brings stage, screen sounds to WHAM in Surprise

SoSco Duo performs an instrumental concert of music from Broadway and Hollywood from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at WHAM Community Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road.
Mod Podge Collage is the next WHAM Kids Saturday Arts and Crafts program at the art center in Surprise.

WHAM continues kids arts in Surprise

WHAM's next kids Saturday Arts & Crafts program is from 1 to 3 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 17 at WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road.
Musician A.J. Rodriguez has two shows the rest of September at Irish Wolfhound Restaurant and Pub in Surprise.

Surprise pub fills September with song

Irish Wolfhound Restaurant and Pub, 16811 N. Litchfield Road, Suite 102, has resumed offering regular live music performances on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles will present “Ofrenda” Oct. 29 at The VIsta Center for the Arts, in celebration of Dia de Los Muertos.

Show at The Vista in Surprise provides folklorico feel

Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles, and the musicians of Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar, led by three-time Grammy award-winner Jimmy Cuéllar, return to The Vista Center for the Arts to celebrate one of Mexico’s most beloved holidays: Día de Los Muertos.
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