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Surprise releases Founders Day Party schedule

The city of Surprise has released the time schedule for its Founder’s Day Party over the weekend.

Surprise police toy drive is back

The Surprise Police Department is teaming up with local businesses and community members to bring holiday joy to children in need this year.
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City Center update at next Surprise P&Z meeting

An update on City Center plans is on tap for the next Surprise Planning and Zoning Commission at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

One Step Beyond racks in $175,000 at Gala

One Step Beyond, a provider of innovative education programs for adults who have intellectual disabilities in Surprise and across the Valley, raised $175,000 at the annual Help Us Grow Gala.
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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.


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The Dysart Unified School District will play host to a Career Fair from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec 5 at The Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place.
School labels came out Nov. 1 and the Dysart Unified School District is celebrating its improvement. Back in 2016-17, school labels from the Arizona Department of Education switched to letter …
Students entering high school in the 2023-24 academic year, and their parents, are invited to attend an incoming freshman meeting on Dec 5 hosted at all four Dysart high schools. Future Freshman …
Dysart Unified School District offers the community a choice in school enrollment.
Jennifer Drake and incumbent Dawn Densmore still appear in good shape in the Dysart Unified School District Governing Board race.

Dignity Health campus up for public review in Surprise

A neighborhood meeting has been scheduled regarding a major planned area development amendment to the Prasada PAD to revise the land use plan for approximately 40 acres generally located at the southwest corner of Greenway Road and Loop 303 for Dignity Health West Valley Campus.

Hundreds of permits issued in Surprise in October

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

Surprise Coldwell teams up with Biszantz

Shannon Biszantz has associated with the Sun City Surprise office of Coldwell Banker Realty Arizona, 19509 N. Sunrise Blvd., as an affiliate agent.

More Surprise city items up for auction

The city of Surprise has some surplus equipment up for auction at

Surprise completed several permits in October

Here are commercial permits the city of Surprise completed in October.
Opinions: Highlighting Surprise Voices
Stephen Poling

Poling: Schools offer variety of job opportunities

You might think that you have to be a teacher to work in a school, but schools actually offer an extremely wide variety of job opportunities to the community.
Jack Hastings

Jack Hastings: District 5 Newsletter — November 2022

Join us in honoring our service men and women at the 8th annual city of Surprise Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 11.
Ken Remley

Ken Remley: District 4 Newsletter — November 2022

The city is gathering feedback from residents about the programs and services they would like to see in the future Multigenerational Community Resource Center.

Skip Hall: Mayor Newsletter — November 2022

On Friday, October 7, I joined Larry Tabloff, General Manager of Toyota of Surprise, in presenting Surprise business owner Mario Rodarte with a new Tacoma.
Kelsey Lamphier

Lamphier: City sheds light on libraries operational transition

The recent announcement that the City of Surprise will assume operations of its three libraries, (rather than contracting that service through Maricopa County) has spurred some questions from residents about funding, programming and general library operations.
Entertainment & Things to Do
Trumpet player and bandleader Dan Reed brings the Dixieland Hotshots to Grace Community Church in Sun City Grand Friday, Dec. 2.

Hotshots start holiday merriment in Surprise

Grace Community Church in Surprise will play host to Dan Reed’s Dixieland Hotshots at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 16165 W. Mountain View Blvd., Suite 4900.
“WHAM Nights” Family Paint Party focuses on Christmas paintings from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 in Surprise.

Holiday creations at center of WHAM paint night in Surprise

The December edition of “WHAM Nights” Family Paint Party focuses on Christmas paintings from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at WHAM Community Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road, …
The duo of Cheri and Dave plays in concert Friday, Nov. 25 at I & J Fountain Restaurant in Surprise.

Duo delights crowd at Surprise restaurant

The duo of Cheri and Dave plays a variety of music including oldies rock from the 1950’s through 1970’s by artists like Creedence Clearwater, Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Elvis, The Beatles …
The cast Sun City Grand Drama and Comedy Club’s production of “Curious Savage” is rehearshing for a four-day run in early December.

‘Curious Savage’ comes to Sun City Grand

The Sun City Grand Drama and Comedy Club is rehearshing for its early December play. “Curious Savage” is coming to the West Valley next month, with performances Dec. 8-11. Show times …

Surprise MLK celebration back for 7th year

The city of Surprise announced the seventh annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service will be held Saturday, Jan. 14.
The city of Surprise is hosting its Surprise Founder’s Day Party on Dec. 3 at the Surprise Recreation Campus. The party was renamed from the annual Surprise Party.

Founder’s Day Party plans set in Surprise

The city of Surprise is inviting interested outreach organizations, promotional vendors and local businesses to participate in the city’s Surprise Founder’s Day Party.
The West Valley Singers will perform in Surprise Nov. 17.

West Valley Singers celebrate season in Surprise

The West Valley Singers will present a free concert open to the public at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in RISE at Rio Salado College, 12535 W. Smokey Drive, Surprise. “Musical Seasons of …

Surprise to host family kickball tournament

Gather your friends and family for a fun and friendly kickball tournament from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18.
The Breeze band will perform at the Sun City Grand Dance Club’s Turkey Trot dance Nov. 18.

Sun City Grand dance club hearkens back to Turkey Trot

The ballroom group in the Sun City Grand Dance Club remembers the Turkey Trot fad that was so popular in the early 1900s. Dancers of the time were listening to ragtime and dancing to the …
Aleksander Vasilev, sitting, plays Angus Tuck and Kate Donick, laying down, is Winnie Foster in Stage Left Production’s youth theater production of “Tuck Everlasting,” starting Friday, Nov. 11.

Stage Left youth starts ‘Tuck Everlasting’ in Surprise

“Tuck Everlasting” is on stage Nov. 11-18 at Stage Left Productions, in the Bell Mar Plaza at 11340 W. Bell Road Suite 105, next door to Hurricane Grill and Wings.
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