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El Mirage PD: School lockdown 'worked to a T' despite tasing, arrest of parents

 Police arrested three parents, shocking two of them with stun guns, as they tried to force their way into a school that police locked down Friday after an armed man was seen trying to get on …

Infill housing starts vertical march in West Valley

Residential infill development in the West Valley is tilting from single-family communities toward more vertical apartment- or condo-style dwellings. The speed of the changeover in three suburbs west of Phoenix depends on the degree new housing units are truly “infill”
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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.

Group opposing Dominium plan will pack Surprise council meeting

The Voice of Surprise group in opposition of the Dominium Inc. Truman Ranch Marketplace plans to show up in force Aug. 16 when the Surprise City Council decides on the affordable housing …


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School is back in session and the student and staff safety is a priority.Dysart Unified School District communications director Renee Ryon said school safety is embedded in everything district …
Jim Grieshaber, director of career and technical education at Dysart Schools, was named the CTE Administrator of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona.
West-MEC, a career and technical education public school district in the West Valley, begin most programs Aug. 3, after a two-month long summer break. Culinary, EMT and fire science programs start …
The first day of school is complete for the Dysart Unified School District. There were 22,901 students filling the seats through the district Aug. 3. Enrollment numbers typically fluctuate …
Volunteers of Peoria-based Hart Pantry packed 350 backpacks for at-risk high school students in their programs at Peoria, Dysart and Glendale school districts.

Several projects active in Surprise

Here are active projects under review with the Surprise City Council with hearing dates listed.

More Surprise city items up for auction

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

Surprise development meeting set for zoning change

A development project neighborhood meeting has been called for a possible zone change to allow a multi-family residential project at the southwest corner of Mountain View Boulevard and White Horse Trail.
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Surprise to host blood drive with Vitalant

The city of Surprise is partnering with Vitalant Blood Donation to host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

Hundreds of permits issued in Surprise in June

Here are permits the city of Surprise issued for construction in June.
Opinions: Highlighting Surprise Voices
Ken Remley

Ken Remley: District 4 Newsletter — August 2022

The City of Surprise Water Conservation Program is an important component of the City's water resource portfolio management strategy.

Skip Hall: Mayor Newsletter — August 2022

Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program that provides eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions or community improvements.
Patrick Duffy

Patrick Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — August 2022

The City of Surprise is asking residents for help designing our third City pool.
Aly Cline

Aly Cline: District 2 Newsletter — August 2022

In this episode of Council Conversations, we talk water – from current conditions to planning and conservation measures.
Chris Judd

Chris Judd: District 6 Newsletter — August 2022

We’ve launched an online performance dashboard that puts City data at your fingertips.
Entertainment & Things to Do
“Gray Dining Room” by Larry Ortega is part of the “Illuminated” exhibition now open at Arts HQ in Surprise. From Aug. 26-Sept. 9 Arts HQ will go dark, lit up only by the exhibits.

‘Illuminated’ pieces provide only lights in Surprise's Arts HQ

West Valley Arts Council’s “Illuminated” art exhibition goes dark Aug. 26-Sept. 9 at WVAC’s Arts HQ Gallery, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise Rather than shining light …
Valley artist Kevin Caron works on 3D-printed sculptures on his eight-foot tall Gigante 3D printer.

Exhibit lights up Arts HQ in Surprise starting Friday

At most art exhibits light is shined on the art. At “Illuminate,” the light is integral to the work itself. “Illumination refers not only to the way light is used to create the …
Circular plate weaving is the next WHAM Kids Saturday Arts & Crafts class Saturday, Aug. 13.

Kids learn weaving in Surprise art center

The next WHAM Kids Saturday Arts & Crafts session will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road, Surprise. Brought to the public by WHAM Apples for Art; …
The Breeze Band which will play waltzes, foxtrots, swing and rhythm dances at a luau put on by the Sun City Grand Dance Club Aug. 20 in the Sonoran Plaza.

Sun City Grand dance club goes on island trip

The Sun City Grand Dance Club will host a special August luau and ballroom dance and the group is heading to the land of grass skirts, pineapples and Hawaiian drums. The dance will be from 7 to …
One Lev, in front, Ilan Gorny; in back, left, Lori Kate Lowenhar; in back, right, Mikhail Monkevich. [Submitted photo]

First Baptist Church hosts Jewish-flavored concert by One Lev

A concert including invigorating music with lyrics from scripture will be performed by One Lev 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at First Baptist Church, 17419 N. Conquistador Drive. One Lev is a …
One Step Beyond Fine Arts Program artist Rene, a Surprise resident, stands in front of his art exhibition at the Arts HQ Gallery in Surprise. One Step Beyond’s one-of-a-kind educational, recreational, employment, and life skills programming enables participants to achieve independence, self-sufficiency and employment. OSBI Fine Arts Program's work is on display at Arts HQ through Aug. 5.

Artists go beyond in Surprise exhibit

The West Valley Arts Council hosted One Step Beyond Fine Arts Program participants and opened an exhibit of their art at the WVAC Arts HQ Gallery in Surprise.
The Aug. 4 theme is Sweet Cakes at the next drawing class at Ground Floor Artists in Surprise.

Surprise studio sweet on drawing class

Ground Floor Artists hosts regular kids drawing classes for ages 5 to 7, led by CARee Tolle.
OUAZ President Dennis Tyner, left, WHAM executive director Connie Whitlock, center, and OUAZ Academic Dean Frank Nainoa smile after WHAM presented a Little Free Library to the university in July.

WHAM, Cline team for free library at OUAZ

WHAM Community Art Center is not just about visual arts, rather the association has been promoting literary art through poetry slams for five years, collaborating with Surprise Arts and Cultural Commission.
The Vista Center for the Arts recently confirmed pop and Christian music legend Amy Grant will perform at the venue in October.

Amy Grant to arrive in Surprise this October

Christian/pop music artist Amy Grant is coming to the Vista Center for the Arts from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.
WHAM Art Center in Surprise offers Beginning Drawing - AZ Desert from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

WHAM provides basic drawing in Surprise

WHAM Art Alliance will offer a beginning drawing class featuring the Arizona Desert from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at 16560 N. Dysart Road.
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