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Aly Cline: District 2 Newsletter — December 2022

Posted 12/6/22

On Monday, October 31 Mayor Hall and I visited My Daddy’s Italian Bakery to deliver a donation check to the owner, Jori Gentile, for her non-profit Natural Hope.

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Guest Commentary

Aly Cline: District 2 Newsletter — December 2022


On Monday, October 31 Mayor Hall and I visited My Daddy’s Italian Bakery to deliver a donation check to the owner, Jori Gentile, for her non-profit Natural Hope. Natural Hope’s mission is to empower cancer patients with helpful and hopeful information about how foods can battle the side effects that can occur during treatment. Keep up the great work!

Vice Mayor Cline, Jori Gentile and Mayor Hall hold an over-sized donation check.

Purple Heart proclamation

At the November 1 City Council Meeting, Mayor Skip Hall officially proclaimed November 11, 2022, as the “240th Anniversary of the Purple Heart Award” in the City of Surprise. As part of the proclamation, the City took part in the national initiative “Light to Unite” and lit City Hall purple on November 11. This show of appreciation was meant to honor the sacrifices all Purple Heart Medal recipients made while defending our freedoms. The City of Surprise has been a Purple Heart City since 2017. To learn more about the initiative, please visit

Mayor Hall presents the a proclamation

Stronger Today Fitness ribbon cutting

On Thursday, November 3, Mayor Hall, Councilmember Winters and I joined local business owner Diana Smithson for the grand opening of her new Stronger Today Fitness location at 11294 W. Bell Rd. Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Cline and Councilmember Winters pose for a picture with Stronger Today Fitness

8th Annual Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise came out to honor our Veterans at the 8th Annual Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 11. Thank you to the Parks and Recreation team for putting together such an amazing event that has become a family tradition. And a big thank you to all who have selflessly served and continue to serve our country.

a group of people in uniform holding flags

Deck the Hock holiday event

Join us for our Deck the Hock holiday event! This free, family-friendly celebration will be held on December 8, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center. Help bring holiday cheer to local families in need by bringing a new, unwrapped gift and a handmade or new ornament to the celebration. We are sponsoring two families this year. Click here to see their wish lists and more information about the event. If you are unable to make it, but would still like to donate, you can drop items off at the Surprise Senior Center, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., between November 30 and December 8.

Deck the Hock, December 8

Surprise SciTech Festival

Join us in celebrating STEAM efforts in Surprise on December 10 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Mark Coronado Park Parking Lot. Come interact with hands-on information STEAM exhibits! Admission is free! For more information, visit

2022 SciTech Festival

1Stop Nails & Spa

Monday, November 21, Surprise Mayor Skip Hall, Councilmember Roland Winters and I joined Chris Huynh, the new owner of 1Stop Nails & Spa, for a ribbon cutting to celebrate their new ownership. 1Stop Nails & Spa is located at 19509 N. Sunrise Blvd., Suite 2. Welcome to Surprise!

Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Cline and Councilmember Winters join 1Stop Nails and Spa for a ribbon cutting

Poetry, art and more!

As temperatures cool, the arts scene in Surprise is heating up. You can find amazing arts and cultural events – from theater performances, gallery tours, poetry readings and more. Check out what’s coming up and mark your calendar to attend!


  • December 8 ● 10 - 11 a.m.
    Public Art Tour of City Hall
  • December 15 ● Noon
    Lunchtime Theater – West Valley Chorale | Arts HQ, $15
  • December 16 ● 6 - 8 p.m.
    Poetry Slam at WHAM


  • January 19 ● 9 a.m. - Noon
    Public Art Tour of local art galleries
  • January 21 ● 10 a.m. - Noon
    Tour of artist Joe Tyler’s Home & Studio
  • January 24 ● 11 a.m. - Noon
    AZ Speaks at Council Chambers
    “Deconstructing the Taco: The History and Lore of a Beloved Food” by Gregory McNamee
  • January 26 ● Noon
    Lunchtime Theater  Phoenix Opera | Arts HQ, $15

All dates and times are subject to change. All events are free unless otherwise stated. To register for Public Art Tours and AZ Speaks presented by Arizona Humanities, head to For Lunchtime Theater, contact Arts HQ at 623.584.2626 or visit To learn more about Poetry Slam, contact WHAM at 623.584.8311 or visit Want to see what else is on the 2022-2023 arts & culture calendar? All events are listed online at

ArchWell Health ribbon cutting

On Tuesday, November 29, Councilmember Remley and I joined Dr. Lauren Maxham, ArchWell Market Medical Director, for a ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of the new ArchWell Health in Surprise!

Councilman Remley and Vice Mayor Cline join ArchWell Health for a ribbon cutting.

Day of Celebration and Service

The City of Surprise is excited to announce the 7th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service, to be held Saturday, January 14 at The Vista Center for the Arts. In preparation for the celebration, the City is seeking sponsors, performers, art contest submissions and community service volunteers. For more information, please contact Lord Garcillano at or visit

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration and Service

Spring Training schedule & ticket information

Spring Training single game tickets are now on sale! Opening day is Friday, February 24 with the Kansas City Royals taking on the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium.

Surprise Stadium will host 30 games this season, including matchups against every team in the Cactus League. Additionally, the Royals have been selected to host a World Baseball Classic exhibition game at Surprise Stadium against Great Britain.

For questions or more information about Spring Training, please visit or call 623.222.2222.

2023 Spring Training, Feb 24 through March 25

Registration open for Spring Training 5k & 1k

Friday, March 3 is the 5th Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K and 1K Fun Run presented by Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. Register now at to take advantage of the discounted rates; 5K: $30 and 1K: $15. Early registration ends March 2 and then prices increase to 5K: $40 and 1K: $20. 

Special promotional and vendor opportunities are available. For vendor information, contact Cecilia at 623.222.2253 or

Spring Training 5k 1k

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Community Meeting

My monthly Community Meetings will be at 6 p.m. on January 24 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr., and at 10 a.m. on January 27 at Arizona Traditions in the Ballroom, 17221 N. Citrus Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest City news and answering any questions you have. 

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is December 20 at 6 p.m. You can also watch live on, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at or on Cox channel 11.