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Plan for 5K homes north of Surprise sent back to P&Z

A plan to build 5,000 homes north of Surprise has been sent back for review by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. One role of local planning and zoning commissions in Arizona is to …
Things To Do

Surprise library to celebrate 20 years with party

The Surprise community is invited to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of Northwest Regional Library from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4 with crafts, games and prizes.
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A look back at this week in Surprise history

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.
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OUAZ releases 2022 football schedule

The defending Sooner Athletic Conference champion OUAZ football team announced its schedule for the 2022 season, featuring nine games — all conference games — with four contests scheduled at Spirit Field.

Benefitness prepared for Aug. 10 unveiling in Surprise

Benevilla recently confirmed a Wednesday, Aug. 10 ribbon cutting date for its Benefitness adaptive gym, its latest program designed to meet a need in the Northwest Valley. Joanne Thomson, …


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Members of the Sun City Agua Fria National Society Daughter of the American Revolution Chapter were invited to a special event at Canyon Ridge Elementary School.
Shadow Ridge High School engineering students won top honors in the Racing the Sun solar-powered go-kart competition hosted on April 23 at Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson.
The McDonald’s restaurant at Litchfield and Waddell roads in Surprise raised $2,470 for local schools during its annual McTeacher’s Night Challenge in April.
The Dysart Unified School District former superintendent resigned with board approval earlier this week.
Two recall petitions for district governing board members Christine A.K. Pritchard and Chrystal Chaffin were filed May 4 with the Maricopa County school superintendent.

More Surprise city items up for auction

The city of Surprise has some surplus equipment up for acution at
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Surprise completes dozens of permits in April

Here are commercial permits the city of Surprise completed in April.

North Surprise land sells big

Marcus & Millichap, a commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in investment sales, financing, research and advisory services, announced the sale of a 7.589-acre parcel of land in Surprise.
Retail Survey

Old favorites atop most desired list in Surprise

The Cheesecake Factory and the Hobby Lobby are again the most desired restaurant and retailer, respectively, in the Surprise area.
Health Care

‘Angel nurses’ aid Surprise parents

A local couple whose baby spent three weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, after her mother was hospitalized more than six weeks for preterm labor, returned to personally thank nurses at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus during National Nurses Week.
Opinions: Highlighting Surprise Voices

Letters: Removing Kellis would be the right move

I believe the DUSD board members are correct and that Kellis should be removed.

Letters: Student throws support behind superintendent

I am a student from Willow Canyon High School. I am writing this to advocate for Dr. Quinn Kellis.

Letters: Kellis is best thing to happen to Dysart district

I recently heard that the Dysart Unified School District Governing Board is trying to pay off Dr. Quinn Kellis’ contract by spending millions of tax dollars to get rid of him. 

Letters: It’s time to change how we conduct voting

I have voted by mail for a long time. After the 2020 elections, I started to wonder if I can trust the integrity of our voting systems, here in Arizona as well as in the U.S.

Letters: Pair of restaurants would be good in Surprise City Center

I live In Sun City Grand in Surprise and have followed the Surprise City Center development. 
Entertainment & Things to Do
WHAM West Gallery in Surprise.

WHAM lines up next Poetry Slam in Surprise

WHAM Art Gallery is hosting a Poetry Slam June 17, 2022 at its location, 16560 N. Dysart Road, Surprise. The public is welcome to this free event. WHAM's poetry reading is in its sixth year and is …
Ground Floor Artists studio in Surprise.

Ground Floor members display work in Surprise

Ground Floor Artists is a nonprofit art center in Surprise features a gallery, Artisan Boutique, art classes and 29 resident art studios open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through …
Riverton Piano Company and Arizona Broadway Theatre have formed a new, multi-year partnership. Pictured are James L. Harding, director of sales and marketing for Riverton and Jamie Hohendorf-Parnell, production supervisor for ABT. [Submitted photo]

Local businesses team up for performing arts

Riverton Piano Company and Arizona Broadway Theatre have formed a new, multi-year partnership designed to enhance live performance experiences for residents all over the West Valley.In cooperation …
Artist Joe Tyler, right, stands next to His a\steel sculptures at Arts HQ in Surprise.

West Valley Arts Council offers development classes

West Valley Arts Council invites the public to sign up for its creative aging professional development training program. The deadline to apply is May 16.
From left, actresses Cindy Covington, Suze St. John, Katryce Bridges and Jillian Walker take a break from rehearsal of The Revolutionists, which will play at Stage Left Productions in Surprise May 19-29.

Stage Left finds comedy in French Revolution

Four beautiful, badass womenwill  lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin …
The 1,300-seat professional Vista Center for the Arts in Aurprise.

The Vista to offer summer theater camp in Surprise

The Vista Center for the Arts is presenting a two-week summer theater camp for students in grades five through 12.

Surprise library to reopen on Sundays this week

The Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave., is beginning the resumption of Sunday hours this week.

Next Surprise Day of Service event upcoming

Volunteers are wanted for Surprise’s next Day of Service event, which takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18.
Kona Ice and Sandwich Street gourmet sandwiches will join the Surprise Party truck at Northwest Regional Library for a grand reopening of the Friends of the Surprise Libraries from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15.

Friends of Surprise Libraries to host reopening party

In Celebration of Library Month, the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave., and Friends of the Surprise Libraries used bookstore will have a grand reopening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15.
An Adult Drawing Class (age 16 and up) for beginners is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at Ground Floor Artists in Surprise.

Ground Floor in Surprise teaches art basics

Ground Floor Artists at 13343 N. Foxfire Drive, Suite 3, Surprise has the following classes in early May: • “Continuing Beginners , Express Yourself in Watercolor!” with Paula …
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