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SURPRISE NEWS & COMMERCE
Surprise News
City Government

Surprise postpones city manager search

The Surprise City Council is postponing the recruitment for the next city manager.
Public Safety

New Surprise fire house opens

Construction is complete on Fire Station 308, located on the south side of Cactus Road, east of Litchfield Road, and the station is operational.

Independent seeks veteran submissions

Independent Newsmedia is featuring a Veterans Day Salute to honor those who have served our country. Thank you for your service. Residents are encouraged to submit a photograph along with the …
Subscriber Exclusive

Surprise area education leaders say future still bright

Dysart Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis uses a literary classic to describe the state of education today.
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE

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

Surprise City Councilman Chris Judd is hosting one of his regular district meetings at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at Freddy's Custard and Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Who is the West Valley Preps 2021 football Week 3 player of the week?

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Opinions: Highlighting Surprise Voices

Statement from Maricopa County Chairman Jack Sellers about the Sept. 24 Senate audit hearing

Members of the Board of Supervisors watched the Senate/Cyber Ninja hearing and the County’s social media team, working with elections professionals, responded to allegations in real time.  …

Statement from Maricopa County Chairman Sellers about the draft Senate audit report

You don’t have to dig deep into the draft copy of the Arizona Senate/Cyber Ninja audit report to confirm what I already knew – the candidates certified by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General – did, in fact, win. This means the tabulation equipment counted the ballots as they were designed to do, and the results reflect the will of the voters.  That should be the end of the story.  Everything else is just noise.

Sjolander: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

With Arizona marking September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many stressors, including emotional hardships, that can impact the overall health and mental well-being of Arizonans. It has never been more important for us to stay connected to the people we care about.

Minard: Commission celebrates International Deaf Awareness Week Sept. 20-26

The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing celebrates Deaf Awareness Week September 20-26 to promote and raise awareness about the language, culture and diversity of the deaf community worldwide — “Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities” is this year’s theme.

Maricopa County Supervisor Chucri: I am resigning effective Nov. 5, 2021

It’s hard to believe I have been involved in Arizona politics now for 28 years. When I first ran for Maricopa County Supervisor in 2012, I campaigned to bring civility, innovation and most …
Celebrating & Connecting the Community
Neighbors
Superstition Mountain near Goldfield Ghost Town, by Curtis Roberts, of Peoria. [Submitted photo]

2022 Scenic Arizona Calendars are now available

Copies of Independent Newsmedia’s 2022 Scenic Arizona Calendar are now available for purchase. Photographers with submissions featured in the calendar include: Curtis Roberts, of Peoria; …

Friends of Poor Walk strides in Surprise for those in need

The 2021 Friends of the Poor Walk/Run hosted by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Clare’s of Assisi Conference is set up for later this month. This event takes place on Sept. 25 at …

This week in Surprise history

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week.
Rita McBride

Benevilla workshop helps find new home for loved ones

The Benevilla Education Event Series continues at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 with a free, online workshop titled “Home is Where the Heart Is and Where to Turn When Home is No Longer an …

Daughters commemorate 9/11, U.S. Constitution

Members of the White Tank Mountain Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) met Sept. 11 to remember those who lost their lives 20 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, and to celebrate the …
Surprise Entertainment
Saturday night The Watering Hole at Wickenburg Ranch will play host to a benefit concert, “Sunset Symphony.” The Humane Society of Wickenburg and the West Valley Symphony String Ensemble are presenting the concert

Benefit concert in Wickenburg is a ‘Sunset Symphony’

The Humane Society of Wickenburg and the West Valley Symphony String Ensemble present a benefit concert, “Sunset Symphony,” featuring works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at The Watering Hole at Wickenburg Ranch.
Arizona Winds, seen in a past performance in Glendale, returns from an 18-month hiatus due to COVID, with a show Oct. 17 in Surprise.

Arizona Winds switches homes from Glendale to Surprise for new season

The Arizona Winds, which for decades had performed in Glendale, will be back with live music after a nearly 18-month pandemic-generated hiatus and in its new live space in Surprise.
Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg and the West Valley Symphony will start the 2021-22 season in Surprise Nov. 21. Before then, the symphony is leading auditions for 15 chairs in early October in Chandler.

West Valley Symphony sets early October auditions

The West Valley Symphony has scheduled string auditions on Saturday, Oct. 2 and for principal tuba and second bassoon on Saturday, Oct. 9 for the six-concert 2021-22 season, which begins Nov. 21 and …

The Vista Center for the Arts hosts patriotic Country Music Festival

The Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place, is celebrating and remembering the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001 with a Country Music Festival Sept. 10 and 11. Day one features Shooter Jennings …
A classic car show, like this one in 2019, is part of the Fiesta Grande celebration at the Villanueva Recreation Complex.

Surprise Fiesta Grande returning in person

Surprise announced the return of the annual Surprise Fiesta Grande in person.
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