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SURPRISE NEWS & COMMERCE
Surprise News
Transportation

City to activate traffic signal at 145th, Waddell

The city of Surprise has completed work to install traffic signals at the intersection of Waddell Road and 145th Avenue and will activate the signal lights on Tuesday, July 27. 
Subscriber Exclusive

No monthly meetup for Surprise Councilman Ken Remley

District 4 Councilman Ken Remley is not hosting one of his regular monthly district meetings this month.
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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, July 28 at Freddy's Custard and Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road.
Public Meetings

Upcoming city meetings in Surprise

Here are upcoming public meetings held in Surprise.
Recreation

Surprise's Hollyhock Pool closed because of maintenance issues

Surprise's Hollyhock Pool in the Original Town Site is closed until further notice due to maintenance issues.
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Meet Your Surprise Business: One Step Beyond

Meet Your Surprise Business: One Step Beyond.
Permits

Hundreds of Surprise permits issued in June

Here are permits the city of Surprise issued for construction in June.
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Lawyer to host Surprise webinar on estate planning

Making sure an IRA is secure is an important question these days since changes in legislation have occurred.
EDUCATION & HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Opinions: Highlighting Surprise Voices
Arizona School Boards Association Governmental Relations Director Chris Kotterman

ASBA: Arizona’s school districts follow official public health guidance

Arizona’s school districts have a fundamental obligation to protect the students entrusted to their care and provide a safe working environment for their employees.
Skip Hall

Skip Hall: Sunrise road extension is needed priority

Improving transportation safety in the city of Surprise is a priority for our city.

Letters: Volunteers make big difference with schools

With Back to School just a few weeks away, there are lots of new happenings going on around Dysart where volunteers would make a big difference.
Merrill Edelstein

Merrill Edelstein: Art viewing as hot as temperature

It’s summer, and I bet everyone is looking for ways to escape the heat. I am, too.

Letters: Completed road would be great help to residents

I have been a resident of Mountain Vista Ranch for about 11 years.
Celebrating & Connecting the Community
Neighbors
The Intergenerational Program is one of many award winning programs Surprise-based Benevilla offers in the community.  This picture was taken pre-COVID-19.

Surprise-based Benevilla maintains 4-star rating

West Valley nonprofit Benevilla announced earlier this month that it achieved a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator for the second year in a row — showcasing its commitment to non-profit …
Pictured above, from left, are American Association of University Women Northwest Valley branch Past President Sharon Astle, Treasurer Tina Byrne, President Suzanne James, Barbara Potter, Sue Macdonald and Narcine Lohse.

AAUW food drive collects for Valley View food bank

Members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Northwest Valley branch, held a food drive July 4 for Valley View Community Food Bank in Sun City. Cash donations and hundreds of …
Merv and Joy Schantz of Surprise celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary  at Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant in Glendale on June 25.

Schantzes celebrate 50th anniversary in style

Merv and Joy Schantz of Surprise celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family at Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant in Glendale on June 25. They met on a blind double date in November …

Surprise history on this week

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week.
Benevilla Home Services volunteers deliver groceries to a homebound senior.

GIVE65 begins Tuesday for Benevilla

Benevilla is participating in the sixth-annual GIVE65 Event, presented by Home Instead Charities, to raise funds for their Home Services program. This program helps West Valley older adults and …
Surprise Entertainment
Following more than a year marred by COVID-19, The West Valley Symphony announces a six-concert schedule at The Vista Center for the Arts in Surprise, beginning Nov. 21.

West Valley Symphony returns to Surprise in November

The West Valley Symphony launches its 53rd season with a diverse 2021-22 six-concert schedule under the baton of Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg at The Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place …
Brian Childress, Mike Giacalone, Jeff Leece, Rob Ywanauskas and Dave Raheb make up Western Fusion Band, who will play The Brookside II for regular country dance nights on Thursdays.

Country dance night back at Brookside II in Surprise

Country Dance Night is back at The Brookside II Sports Bar, 15710 W. Bell Road, Suite 115. Come out on Thursday nights for two free country dance lessons from AZ Boots and Dukes Dance Group. …
Ground Floor Artists in Surprise offers a Zentagle 101 class July 28.

Ground Floor Artists ready moments of Zen

Ground Floor Artists, 13343 W. Foxfire Drive, Suite 3, in Surprise, presents Zentangle 101 from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 28. Cost is $40 and includes all supplies. Sign up here. This …
People watch a previous dive in movie while relaxing in the pool at the Surprise Aquatic Center.

Dive in for ‘Raya & the Last Dragon’ at Surprise Aquatic Center

The city of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department recently announced a second dive in movie as part of its summer special events series. Join in on the family-friendly, “Raya & The …
Larry Kubiayk is back for an encore July 31 at I and J Fountain Restaurant in Surprise.

I & J Fountain wraps up July show calendar

I and J Fountain Restaurant, 12221 W. Bell Road, continues offering regular live music performances at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Karaoke Nights with Sandie are from 5 to 8 …
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