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Surprise News
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Surprise P&Z to tackle 6 regular agenda items

The Surprise Planning and Zoning Commission has six items on its regular agenda for its 6 p.m. Thursday, April 15 meeting at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

Surprise resident comment wanted on hazard plan

The city of Surprise, other municipal governments and Maricopa County have completed a final draft of the five-year Hazard Mitigation Plan and are looking for citizens to review and provide feedback.
Public Safety

Surprise police looking for runaway teen

Surprise Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Johnny Staves, a 16-year-old runaway. 
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Cline to host online meeting for District 2 residents

Surprise District 2 Councilwoman Aly Cline is hosting another of her virtual monthly district meetings at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14.
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Surprise may be loosening rules on A-frame signs

If any business could use more visibility, it’s Spencer Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road.

Fulton eyes Prasada real estate project in Surprise

While Fulton Homes is still fairly early in its process of selling new homes at its Escalante development in northwest Surprise, the Valley-based builder already has identified its next project in the city.
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Surprise Retail Survey open for requests through May 9

It’s time for Surprise residents to sound off in the 2021 Surprise Retail Survey.
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EPCOR water to get franchise vote in Surprise

The Surprise City Council approved the calling for a November mail-in special election for issuing a franchise extension to EPCOR Water Arizona Inc.
Opinions: Highlighting Surprise Voices

Letters: Trash cans should be kept out of sight

I am writing concerning the article in the newspaper dated March 17 [“Property rules up for discussion”].
Roland Winters

Winters: District 1 Newsletter — April 2021

Hi out there to the residents of District 1 and all the citizens of Surprise.
Michael Troop

Troop: AZ Merit test season calls for tips, best practices

Standardized testing season can be a stressful time for students even under normal circumstances.
Patrick Duffy

Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — April 2021

Mayor Skip Hall has signed a proclamation terminating the face covering mandate in Surprise.
Chris Judd

Judd: District 6 Newsletter — April 2021

Mayor Skip Hall has signed a proclamation terminating the face-covering mandate in Surprise.
Celebrating & Connecting the Community
The public is invited to bring all outdated sensitive and personal files to Toyota of Surprise April 17 with proceeds to benefit Chance Shelter.

Shred for bread to help open Chance Shelter in Surprise

Chance Shelter is having a fundraiser this month for its new building in Surprise.
Benevilla C.A.R.E.S. care management expert Crystal Littlejohn

Benevilla workshop helps caregivers care for themselves

Stress management and self-care are difficult enough, but tend to be even harder for those who have significant caregiving responsibilities.

Surprise history on this week

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week.
People help pack emergency food boxes at Valley View Food Bank.

Surprise looking for bean baggers during volunteer week

Surprise residents can celebrate National Volunteer Week by bagging beans for those in need and show community pride by participating in the fouth annual “Bean Bag Day” event on Saturday, April 24.
Volunteers Orrin Johnson and Marie Farmer; Ms. Farmer is in studio C reading the local news for West Valley Talking News and Mr. Johnson is directing, overseeing the recording so it is error-free. [Submitted photo]

West Valley Talking News welcomes patrons, volunteers

Like many local organizations, West Valley Talking News has felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Surprise Entertainment

Next AZ Humanities Speaker Series set for April 14

A local expert from Arizona Humanities’ AZ Speaks program will present on the following topic: "Lives of Arizonans from Memoirs and Fiction" by Jim Turner from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 14.
The next Friday Night Art Madness event at Grand Floor Artists in Surprise, entitled "Paint a Bird’s Nest" is from 6 to 8 p.m. April 23.

Art forms at Ground Floor range from acrylics to Encaustics

Ground Floor Artists classes at the end of this month include Friday Night Art Madness.
The next Kids Painting and Drawing Class for ages 8 through 12 is April 13 and the topic is hot air balloons — acrylic painting.

WHAM Art Center fills up in mid April

WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road, continues its April class schedule.
The main focus at Ground Floor Artists in Surprise.

Ground Floor hosts landmark art show this month

Ground Floor Artists will turn its gallery over to “Famous Landmarks,” a juried art show from April 7 to 29 with artists from Arizona and several other states.
John Leo (vocals, harmonica), from Surprise, Sun City residents Guy Dobbins (drums) and Larry Kubiayk (bass), and Anthem resident Scott Severtson (guitar) as Rockin’ The Blues will perform around the West Valley in April.

Rockin’ The Blues set for West Valley gigs in April

Rockin’ The Blues will be hitting spots around the West Valley this month.
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