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Surprise needs volunteers to aid food bank

The Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department is looking for volunteers for its day of service events on Wednesday, July 20. Volunteers will assist with sorting bulk food items, …
Recreation

Surprise wants input on its 3rd city pool

The city of Surprise is asking residents for help designing its third city pool.
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Village at Prasada in Surprise fills tenant roster

Following more than 15 years of waiting for a large shopping project in the Prasada area of Surprise, the Village at Prasada fell into place quickly. In mid-June, a bit more than six months after …
Public Safety

Heart group honors Surprise Fire Department

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus achievement award for its commitment to offering rapid, research-based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attack, ultimately saving lives.
Tourism

Surprise drops new visitor’s guide

The city of Surprise released a new visitor’s guide, inviting guests to “Find Your Surprise” and explore why Surprise is an award-winning travel destination.

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SURPRISE SCHOOLS & COMMERCE NEWS
Education
The following local students recently earned academic honors in college: • Lillia Shameran Mrza of Surprise graduated May 21 with a master of science in nursing in nursing master entry from …
Catholic Charities Westside Head Start has begun enrolling students in the 2022-2023 school year, which includes enrollment for Head Start, Early Head Start, pregnant mothers and home-based programs.
A recent high school graduate is focused on her future, and she will chase an opportunity for the chance to play basketball in Greece.
The Dysart Unified School District is accepting new student enrollment applications for the 2022-23 school year.
My Duyen Tran, a member of the Willow Canyon High School International Baccalaureate class of 2018 was highlighted in the senior spotlight at the University of Arizona College of Science commencement ceremony for going above and beyond.
Business
Awards

Surprise's Sterling Grove named top masterplan of year

Toll Brothers announced its Arizona division has received five Grand Award honors from the Pacific Coast Builder Conference (PCBC) at The Gold Nuggets, one of the home building industry’s most prestigious national awards competition.
Permits

Several permits issued for construction in Surprise in May

Here are permits the city of Surprise issued for construction in May.
Openings

Sephora opens inside Surprise Kohl’s

The Surprise Kohl’s store at 14020 W. Bell Road is one of hundreds across the country celebrating the grand openings of Sephora at Kohl’s.
Jobs

Surprise to host jobs hiring event

The city of Surprise, in partnership with ARIZONA@WORK and Maricopa County Library District, is hosting a hiring event on Thursday, June 30 to connect job seekers with 15 different employers currently hiring in the West Valley.
Permits

Surprise completes hundreds of permits in May

Here are commercial permits the city of Surprise completed in May.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Opinions: Highlighting Surprise Voices

Letters: Taxpayers shelling out a lot for Bell Road

I suppose doing a facelift to Bell Road‘s center islands makes sense because of the overpopulation of Surprise and how much time you spend staring at palm trees stuck in traffic.
Nick Haney

Nick Haney: Proud of his public service record

I’m proud to come from a family of public servants. My grandfather, who also lives in Surprise, served in the United States Navy as a corpsman and is a veteran of the Vietnam war. 

Letters: Letter wasn’t directed at councilman

I recently sent an opinion letter targeting our election integrity [“It’s time to change how we conduct voting,” May 18].

Letters: Affordable housing better than I thought

All people need an affordable place to live. There is much debate in Surprise over affordable housing. Affordable housing is not low-income housing. 
Lew Guyn

Lew Guyn: Surprise seeing best, worst of times

Charles Dickens opens his novel, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Sometimes I feel the same way about Surprise. 
Entertainment & Things to Do
The lobby of Ground Floor Artists at 13343 W. Foxfire Drive in Surprise. The studio will host two weeks of art camps during July.

Spots still open at art camps in Surprise

Ground Floor Artists, 13343 W. Foxfire Drive Suite 3, have a few openings rfemaining at their summer camp classes in July and registrations should be made as soon as possible. Camps are packed …
WHAM Art Association in Surprise offers beginning wheel throwing classes in the month of July, with one group meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays and the other Wednesdays and Fridays.

WHAM in Surprise begins basic wheel throwing lessons

WHAM Art Association, at 16560 N. Dysart Road in Surprise, starts the month of July with the following classes: • Beginning Wheel Throwing 1 with Kay Attarzadeh is $208 non-members/$188 …
BuckGuyz returns to I&J Fountain Restaurant in Surprise July 15 and July 30.

Buckguyz back for regular Surprise shows

Buck Guyz are back for their regular shows locally from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 30 at I & J Fountain Restaurant, 12221 W. Bell Road, Surprise. The duo consisting …
Thaddeus Rose will perform at the Irish Wolfhound Pub in Surprise again in July.

Irish Wolfhound sets up music in Surprise

Irish Wolfhound Pub, 16811 N. Litchfield Road, Suite 102, released its July entertainment schedule.
Valley artist Kevin Caron works on 3D-printed sculptures on his eight-foot tall Gigante 3D printer.

3 Valley artists illuminate Arts HQ in Surprise

At most art exhibits light is shined on the art. At “Illuminate,” the light is integral to the work itself.
Vito Mandarino will play waltzes, foxtrots, swing and Latin dances at the next Sun City Grand ballroom dance July 16.

Sun City Grand ballroom dance has historical, military theme

Sun City Grand will host a special ballroom dance next month honoring the role music and dance have played in war.
The Sun City Cycling Club is hosting its third annual “12 Hours of Sun City Challenge” Friday evening, July 29, through the morning of Saturday, July 30. [Submitted photo]

Sun City Cycling announces annual bicycling challenge

The Sun City Cycling Club is hosting its third annual “12 Hours of Sun City Challenge” Friday evening, July 29, through the morning of Saturday, July 30.
The Sounds of the Southwest Singers is under the direction of founding director Matt Deller. [Submitted photo]

Southwest Singers choir performs patriotic concert

The Sounds of the Southwest Singers community choir will perform their patriotic themed “Faith & Freedom” concert 6 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at Bellevue Heights Church.
Los Chicos del 512: The Selena Experience — 2022 has been added to the 2022-23 season at the Vista and will perform the night of Aug. 26 in Surprise.

Selena tribute kicks off Vista Center season early

General ticket sales for The Vista Center for the Arts in Surprise will open on June 24.

Splash Bash to return to Surprise shopping center

The Surprise Towne Center is hosting another Splash Bash at the shopping center at Bell Road and Grand Avenue.
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