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Surprise News

Registration for Surprise spring youth sports ends Friday

The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for spring youth sports which includes baseball, T-ball, volleyball, and softball leagues, as well as Esports …

Signal work Wednesday will snarl traffic around Dysart, Greenway

Daytime work to install flashing yellow arrows and upgrade the vehicle detection equipment on traffic signals at the Greenway and Dysart roads intersection.

Curb recycling still long way off in Surprise

To some Surprise residents, it felt like curbside recycling disappeared overnight. Unfortunately for those who want it back, it won’t be overnight to see it’s return to the …
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Some free speech events in Surprise will need permits

Planned events for political speech will need a permit to gather in Surprise if the group is at least 50 people.

A look back at Surprise's history on this week

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, and the city of Surprise historical records.

Abrazo Health offering heart health tips in February

Heart disease still ranks as the No. 1 killer in the United States, and Abrazo Health is marking Heart Month in February with weekly email tips to inspire and empower individuals to commit to a healthy heart in 2021.

Investments topic of Benevilla financial planning workshop

Benevilla will host a financial planning workshop via the Zoom online video platform at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Copyright basics part of next AZ Techcelerator webinar

The AZ Techcelerator is hosting its next business webinar, titled "Copyright Basics," from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Opinions: Highlighting Surprise Voices
Sharon Connors

Connors: New year brings a new hope

Hallelujah. A sparkling new year. A long-awaited and hoped-for beginning.
Sintra Hoffman

Hoffman: The West Valley is competing, attracting smart people

Westmarc is focusing on reaching California’s brokerage and young talent communities.
Merrill Edelstein

Edelstein: Arts options abound as 2021 begins

Well, it’s 2021, and like a lot of you, I’m on the couch staying safe.

Letters: Too much trash is taking over across Surprise

Surprise is a beautiful city and rapidly growing.
Jim Dean

Dean: Middle schools expand school choice in DUSD

In the Dysart Unified School District, we have been and continue to be dedicated to providing extraordinary experiences to our students.
Celebrating & Connecting the Community

New Leaf tax assistance program starts this month

Surprise has partnered once again with A New Leaf to offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
Several members of the Benevilla board of directors meet with leadership. They are, from left to right, board secretary Dawn Tompkins, Benevilla employee Dan, Benevilla CFO Anthony Valencia, board chair Shannon Arriola. Benevilla CEO and President Joanne Thomson, back shown, and Ex-Officio Conrad Graff.

Benevilla thanks board after trying year

Benevilla leadership recently thanked its board of directors who have successfully met head-on the challenges of 2020 and the COVID19 pandemic.
Surprise Civic Center

Surprise invites teens to justice project

The Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department is accepting applications for the Surprise Youth Justice Project.
The city of Surprise is tackling litter with a new campaign, "Keep it Beautiful, Surprise!"

Surprise wants residents to 'Keep It Beautiful'

The city of Surprise is taking steps to make the city look a little better.

A look back at Surprise's history on this week

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, and the city of Surprise historical records.
Surprise Entertainment
BuckGuyz returns to I&J Fountain Restaurant in Surprise Jan. 29.

Music shows bookend months at I&J Fountain

I and J Fountain Restaurant, 12221 W. Bell Road, will finish this month with a pair of live performances, both from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The shows include Buckguyz on Friday, Jan. 29. Buckeye …
Gaylan and Em Taylor and Steve Godfrey, known as the Couple Next Door, will perform regularly as the Friday night happy hour band at The Chicken Ranch, 14051 W. Grand Ave.

Couple Next Door lands regular happy hour gig

The Couple Next Door now has a regular Friday Happy Hour gig from 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday night at The Chicken Ranch. 14051 W. Grand Ave.
WHAM Art Center in Surprise hosts regular self care classes.

WHAM ends month with pair of painting classes

WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road, ends January with several classes.

Surprise's MLK celebration going virtual this year

This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service is going virtual for the city of Surprise.
Dr. Jeff Hall

AAUW to host talk with director of Lowell Observatory

Join the American Association of University Women — Northwest Valley for a Zoom conversation Jan. 21 with Dr. Jeff Hall, director of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.
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