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SURPRISE NEWS & COMMERCE
Surprise News
Subscriber Exclusive

The Vista restarts with crowds returning

When Tamara Larson of Sierra Montana recently went to see a Pink Floyd cover band play at The Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place, it checked off all the boxes for her.
City Government

North Surprise neighborhood meeting canceled

A neighborhood meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 23 regarding a major general plan amendment request for the northeast corner of 163rd and Grand avenues has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a date to be determined.
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE

Chris Judd to meet with District 6 residents at Freddy's

Surprise City Councilman Chris Judd is hosting one of his regular bi-monthly district meetings at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23 at Freddy's Custard and Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road.
Subscriber Exclusive

Surprise Councilman Ken Remley to host District 4 meetup

District 4 Councilman Ken Remley is hosting one of his regular monthly district meetings at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23 at the Surprise Community Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St.
Public Meetings

Upcoming city meetings in Surprise

Here are upcoming public meetings held in Surprise.
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE

Surprise council unanimously approves Paloma Creek annexation, OKs rezoning by 6-1 vote

 Following four months of debate, charges and counter charges,  proposals and counter proposals, compromise and intransigence, the Surprise City Council unanimously approved a 10-acre annexation on the doorstep of a Maricopa County neighborhood.
Permits

Dozens of Surprise permits completed in May

Here are commercial permits the city of Surprise completed in May.
RESOURCES

Donate blood, maybe win a new car

Vitalant has partnered with Valley Volkswagen dealers for its Summer Drive to Save Lives, in which donors will be entered to win a 2021 VW Tiguan 2.0T S.
EDUCATION & HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Opinions: Highlighting Surprise Voices

Letters: Resident wants light signal near new Fry’s

I live northwest of 172nd and Jomax Road. We’re all looking forward to the new Fry’s grocery complex coming to 163rd Avenue and Pat Tillman Boulevard.
Roland Winters

Roland Winters: District 1 Newsletter — June 2021

Well, hello to all my friends in District 1, indeed to everyone in the great city we call Surprise.

Letters: Affordable housing isn’t benefit to all

I just read the article about the mayor’s proposal of creating affordable housing in Surprise.
Ken Hicks

Ken Hicks: Transparency, accountability key to school budgets

There is a long history of the community wanting and needing transparency in schools for many reasons.
Jack Hastings

Jack Hastings: District 5 Newsletter — June 2021

The city of Surprise welcomes our new Police Chief, Benny Pina, who has served as the Peoria Deputy Police Chief since 2014.
Celebrating & Connecting the Community
Neighbors
Members of the Surprise Knights of Columbus deliver snack bags to the Surprise Police Department over the Thanksgiving 2020 weekend. Pictured are, from left to right, Grand Knight Don McLane, club member Colby Brandt, who is also a Glendale Police officer, Jimmie Avancena and Frank Davis.

Surprise Knights of Columbus persevere through COVID challenges

COVID-19 certainly changed the normal events for the Surprise Knights of Columbus — no golf tournament, no rummage sale with the guild, no helping Arizona Special Olympics, and no Tootsie Roll …

Surprise history on this week

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week.
Vehicle donations strengthen the programs provided by Benevilla, such as free Home Services, including assisted transportation to medical appointments.

Benevilla teams up with ‘CARS’

For the first time, Benevilla officials will give residents the chance to support charitable programs and services through vehicle donations.
From left, Buckeye firefighter Pete Shiple, Buckeye Interim Fire Chief Bill Stokeley, Puerto Penasco Fire Department Capitán Alan Ontiveros, Rotary Club Mar de Peñasco Representative Shandra Keesecker, Puerto Penasco Fire Department Capitán Rey Ramón Pérez González, Puerto Penasco Fire Department Capitán Alex Chavez, and kneeling, Rotary Club of Surprise President Amanda Sanchez gather at the Buckeye Fire Department yard May 12.

Surprise Rotary aids Rocky Point firefighters

The Rotary Club of Surprise with members of the Rotary Club Mar de Peñasco organized the delivery of several donations of needed firefighting equipment to the Fire Department/Bomberos of Puerto Peñasco from the Buckeye Fire Department.
Northwest Valley Connect is seeking volunteer drivers to help residents without access to transportation.

Northwest Valley Connect seeking volunteers

Northwest Valley Connect, a nonprofit that serves nearby residents who need transportation assistance, is seeking additional volunteers to help the cause.
Surprise Entertainment
Cactus Acrylic Painting is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at WHAM Art Association in Surprise.

WHAM art center wraps its June program list

WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road, finishes its June art classes with: • Come Fly Away @Memory Lane Trinkets & Treasures in downtown Glendale is a mixed media watercolor painting …
“Zen” by Arizona resident Giai Tat is one of the embelished masks on display as part of the “From Darkness to Light” exhibit now on display at Arts HQ in the Surprise Civic Center. Tat wrote that it has been an honor to be asked to embellish this radiation mask for Cancer Support Community Arizona. Art therapy is for everyone, and it does not matter what your age is, whether you are a man or woman, or what your race or situation is, art makes everything better.

Masks continue journey to Arts HQ in Surprise

Cancer Support Community Arizona, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that delivers free support services, programming, and resources to cancer patients and their families, is kicking off National Cancer …
WHAM West Gallery in Surprise will have its next poetry slam night June 18 and its next basic photography class June 19.

WHAM prepares next Poetry Slam night in Surprise

The next Poetry Slam at WHAM event is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 18 at the WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road.
Glendale native and CMT artist Ashley Wineland will perform Saturday, July 19 at The Chicken Ranch in Surprise.

CMT staple from Glendale plays Chicken Ranch

Chicken Ranch in Surprise welcomes Country Music Television recording artist Ashley Wineland to June 19.
“The King of Zu Island,” is the latest book by Surprise resident Mark Enlow.

Surprise author debuts new book for kids

Surprise resident Mark Enlow recently released my middle grade novel, “The King of Zu Island.”
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