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Surprise News

Surprise man starts sports handicapping website

Since legal sports gambling began Sept. 9 in Arizona the focus has been on betting apps and sportsbooks opening in major sports stadiums and tribal casinos, the apparatus around the sports betting …

Valley districts look to spend millions of dollars in COVID relief funds

Valley school districts have received millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funds, with potentially tens of millions more coming that will need to be spent in the next two years. That …

Surprise party trailer revved up for fun

From its spring training games to its scenic mountain views, the selling points of Surprise are obvious to most. But Marley Park resident Natasha Hamburg said she thinks she’s found …

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 …

Surprise Youth Foundation grows after starting school camp

Born out of the ashes of the waylaid Boys & Girls Club proposal in Surprise, the nonprofit Surprise Youth Foundation is now fulfilling some of the same functions five years later. The …

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Opinions: Highlighting Surprise Voices

Eland: Having empathy for potential adversaries is not weakness, it’s smart

Although bipartisanship seems to be rare in a polarized Washington, after Donald Trump was defeated for a second term as president, the coast was clear for Republicans to join Democrats in bashing both Russia and China.

Experts:  How vulnerable is your personal information? Here are 4 essential reads

When you enter your personal information or credit card number into a website, do you have a moment of hesitation? A nagging sense of vulnerability prompted by the parade of headlines about data breaches and hacks?

Herrington: Regarding discovery of a COVID-19 variant called ‘Omicron’

On Tuesday, Nov. 23, the Arizona Department of Health Services and medical leaders appealed for Arizonans to do the following to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Rittenhouse trial: The problem with public opinion for American justice

The Kyle Rittenhouse trial is a case study in why public opinion doesn’t (and shouldn’t) matter in a court of law. Everyone, White or Black, should be able to plead self-defense. Even if the public hates them.

Sayler: Violence against women now an international crisis in America

Violence against women is an epidemic — a global health crisis. The World Health Organization estimates about 30% of women have been subject to either intimate or non-partner violence during their life. 42% of female victims of intimate partner violence report being physically injured and some have fatal outcomes like homicide or suicide.
Celebrating & Connecting the Community
Benevilla Educational Event workshops provide important information to attendees on how to face the challenges of senior life changes.

Surprise-based Benevilla gives senior community tips

Benevilla will host its next free Educational Workshop Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8. This online interactive workshop titled “How to Choose the Best Senior Living Community” will …
The Surprise Police Department is accepting toys for its annual drive for less-fortunate children, at its headquarters and several other sites in Surprise until Dec. 15.

Toy drive starts at sites throughout Surprise

The Surprise Police Department annual toy drive is underway, and police are accepting new, unwrapped toys in the manufacturer’s original packaging from those who want to donate. Surprise …
Robert “Bob” Bove

Meet Your Neighbor: Robert 'Bob' Bove

Robert “Bob” Bove Where do you live? Arizona Traditions in Surprise. When and why did you move here? Retired and came down in late 2008 to care for my mother. What do you like …
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 …
Surprise Entertainment

Blues Band plays two shows

The Hallelujah Blues Band announces two upcoming engagements. They will first perform 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at Chef Peter's Bistro, 17300 N. Sun Village Parkway, Surprise (call 623-322-1011; …

Rockin’ the Blues slate two shows

Rockin’ the Blues will perform 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at The Eagles Aerie, 12425 W. Bell Road, No. 100. There is a $3 charge for nonmembers. Call 623-584-1660. The group will …

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, …
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