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SURPRISE NEWS & COMMERCE
Surprise News
Development

Up to 440 home lots planned near Peoria, Surprise, Sun City West

Up to 440 new home lots are planned for about 163 acres near the alignments of 115th Avenue and Williams Drive in Maricopa County near the boarders of Peoria, Surprise and Sun City West.
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Surprise water demand could double by 2035

Estimates from various studies show Surprise’s population by 2035 is likely to creep up on 300,000 residents — more than double its current population.
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Surprise removing 16 trees from City Center park

Some trees will be removed in the Surprise Community Park to allow for better conditions for existing trees and the turf around the park.
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Surprise opens police chief search

Surprise has officially opened up its search for its next police chief.
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Surprise still seeing less new COVID cases

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the overall number of Surprise COVID-19 cases at 11,967 on Feb. 25. That’s an increase of 193 from Feb. 18.
COVID-19

Free facemasks available at Surprise Salvation Army Feb. 23

The Salvation Army is teaming with Ford Motor Company and local Ford dealers to provide over 1.3 million free medical-grade face masks to communities across Arizona.
COVID-19

Sun Health incentivizes shots

Sun Health Communities, 14719 W. Grand Ave., began its successful rollout of the coronavirus vaccine into the arms of those in the 1A group in December with a great sense urgency to protect its residents on its three senior living campuses.
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Cozying up to Costco in Surprise

Since Costco announced its intent to build in Surprise, it has been easier for officials and staff to sell the city.
EDUCATION & HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Opinions: Highlighting Surprise Voices
Leonard Kirschner poses near the canyon during a pre-pandemic visit to Grand Canyon National Park.

Kirschner: America’s national parks are calling, and you must go post COVID-19

It was a year ago when COVID-19 struck and our world changed. Social isolation, masks and hand-washing became the norm. Travel stopped.
Sharon Connors

Connors: Do something uncommon this month

I think it was 1995. While I can’t be precise about the date, the ineffable experience there in Yucca Valley, California, is still palpable, vivid — and instructional.
Merrill Edelstein

Edelstein: Romantic month ends with laughs

February is the most romantic month of the year. Hopefully Valentine’s Day brought a smile to everyone’s face — even though we still can’t see those beautiful smiles. 

Letters: Costco-area growth takes from city center

Surprised and a bit concerned to read about the growth which is happening around the new Costco location off the 303 (“Costco creating nearby growth,” Feb. 17).
Raoul Sada

Sada: 2021 brings opportunities for businesses

This is an open letter to all elected officials at the federal, state and local levels.
Celebrating & Connecting the Community
Neighbors
Benevilla GSE members, from left, Kevin Moran, Kaylyn Pool, job coach Cody Stapleton and Christine (Chrissy) Kozlik prepare to deliver meals to seniors in the West Valley.

Benevilla expands employment skills program

The nonprofit Benevilla, 16752 N. Greasewood St., announced the expansion of its Groups Supported Employment program in the Northwest Valley.

Day of golf in Glendale to benefit cancer patients’ healthcare

A day of golfing to support healthcare for cancer patients takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at Topgolf Glendale, 6101 N. 99th Ave.
Surprise resident Hadley Gray, 11, was named Arizona's top Middle Level Youth Volunteer in the 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Prudential honors Surprise girl, 11, for volunteer work

Hadley Gray, 11, of Surprise was recently named one of Arizona’s top two youth volunteers of 2021 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
A mariachi band performs during the 2019 Surprise Fiesta Grande celebration in the Original Town Site.

Study: Surprise ranked 221st for cultural diversity

A new study said Surprise has a long way to go to becoming one of the most culturally diverse cities in the U.S. — but it’s far from the worst.

Surprise history on this week

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week.
Surprise Entertainment
Ground Floor Artists in Surprise offers Still Life in Acrylics & Oil Pastels is from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 4.

Ground Floor class teaches still life skills

Ground Floor Artists has one event set up for early March at its gallery, 13343 W. Foxfire Dive, Suite No. 3. Still Life in Acrylics & Oil Pastels is from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 4.This …
Comedian Bill Engvall visits The Vista Center for the Arts in Surprise for two shows the night of Feb. 27.

Engvall ready for 2 shows in Surprise

Grammy Award-nominated comedian Bill Engvall is scheduled to perform two shows at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at The Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place.
"Clever Chameleon" is the next kids art class, set for March 4 at WHAM Art Center in Surprise.

WHAM ushers out February, starts March

WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road, ends February and starts March with several classes.
Larry Kubiayk has gigs this week in Peoria and Surprise.

‘Beach Show’ cruising to 2 West Valley spots this week

Sun City singer Larry Kubiayk, aka “Ol Porch Dog,” will twice bring beach vibes to the West Valley this week.
Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission Vice Chair Deborah Welch discusses the possibility of offering a grant to improve the arts scene in Surprise.

Commission hopes grant can spark more art

The Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission had asked previously for a budget package for additional funding to get the grant off the ground, but it wasn’t included in any of the final budgets.
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