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In preparation for the transition of the three city of Surprise libraries from Maricopa County Library District staffing and programming to city of Surprise staffing and programming, the libraries … more
At just 5 years old, a young student in Surprise has helped inspire an entire school to raise record funds. more
The Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department is looking for volunteers for its next day of service event on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at St. Mary’s Food Bank. more
The Friends of the Surprise Libraries has released the names of the teachers in local schools who received a combined $65,605.71 in school grants in 2022. more
The city of Surprise Youth Services is inviting first- through fourth-grade students to register for the Surprise Literacy Challenge. more
Surprise residents will be able to schedule appointments to have hazardous waste picked up directly from their homes during the city’s winter household hazardous waste collection event. more

The holidays are brighter for foster youth thanks to more than 200 toy donations made to Thrive Arizona by Sun Health staff and residents at Sun Health’s The Colonnade and Grandview Terrace. more
The city of Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department and the MLK Advisory Committee plan to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the seventh annual MLK Day of Celebration and Service Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Vista Center for the Arts. more
Surprise offers four Christmas tree drop-off locations for residents’ convenience. more
‘Tis the season for live performances of festive holiday music. more
The basement of a bank branch in Surprise seems like a most unlikely place to find the North Pole. more
The Sun City West/Surprise P.E.O. Founders’ Day Luncheon registration deadline is Jan. 14. more
The Dysart Unified School District maintenance department has been busy collecting toys and gift cards for an annual toy drive. more

After serving as executive director of Northwest Valley Connect for nearly nine years, Kathy Chandler has announced her retirement at the end of February 2023 to spend time with her family. more
Surprise Police Department is teaming up with local businesses and community members to bring holiday joy to children in need this year. more
Residents who know a middle or high school student who is having difficulty reading their assigned novels or texts can refer them to a new program that can help. more
Octogenarian Betty Shelton is living her best life as she recalls being an alumnus of Motown, going on vacations since retiring from education, and moving to an active-adult community in Surprise. more
Fiesta Bowl Charities granted 400 teachers — including nine teachers from Surprise and El Mirage — with $2,500 each through the Palo Verde Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers Draft Day presented by SRP. more
The Arizona Department of Revenue’s Unclaimed Property program is seeking members of the U.S. military who have unclaimed property or funds in their names from a time they were stationed in Arizona. more
Friday, Nov. 4, the fifth-grade class at Imagine Schools Rosefield, 12050 N. Bullard Ave., will give back to Phoenix Rescue Mission by donating non-perishable foods and hygiene items to Valley residents experiencing homelessness. more

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Rotary Club of Surprise is hosting a Military Appreciation Ceremony honoring veterans from all branches of the military. more
Surprise resident Dave Boucos recently got $50,000 as he was greeted with a gigantic-sized check, balloons plus all the fanfare and excitement that goes with winning the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. more
Three years after its inception, the Dementia Friendly Surprise collaboration of city staff, research and care groups, and local nonprofits is flourishing. Surprise was second of nine communities to join Dementia Friendly Arizona in 2019. more
The end of this month is an ideal time to join the Surprise Senior Center with the fall member appreciation event and barbecue coming up on Friday, Oct. 28. more
Before Becky Kennard was selected as a contestant on the CBS game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” the Surprise mom of five decided if she had the chance to win any kind of money, she wouldn’t risk it on a possible bigger prize. more
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