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Aly Cline: District 2 Newsletter — January 2024

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My next monthly Community Meetings will be at 10 a.m. on January 26at Arizona Traditions in the Ballroom, 17221 N. Citrus Rd., and at 10 a.m. on January 30 at The Grand in the Agua Fria Room, 17100 W. Clearview Blvd. As promised, sign language interpreters will be at all of my Community Meetings at The Grand this year. I look forward to discussing the latest City news and answering any questions you have.

Christmas Tree Disposal

Need a place to dispose of your Christmas tree and large holiday cardboard packaging? The City offers several Christmas Tree disposal sites. The drop-off period runs from December 27, 2023, to January 17, 2024. Please ensure all decorations are removed from trees and boxes are broken down. Trees must be placed in designated areas only, and there is a limit of two trees per household. Find a list of locations at surpriseaz.gov/TreeDisposal

a car with a christmas tree tied to the top and text reading-Holiday Drop Off, Christmas Trees December 27 through January 17. Find locations at surpriseaz.gov/treedisposal

Audition to perform at Spring Training in Surprise!

Surprise Stadium is seeking National Anthem and color guard submissions for the 2024 Spring Training season! Experienced vocalists, musicians and color guards can audition to perform at Surprise Stadium for Cactus League Spring Training games, February 23 - March 23, 2024. Interested performers, can get more information here.

An American Flag and people watching a baseball game with the text Now Accepting National Anthem submissions for the 2024 Spring Training Season

Community Blood Drive

The City of Surprise is partnering with Vitalant Blood Donation to host a blood drive on January 9, 2024, at City Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community members wanting to participate are encouraged to make an appointment through the Vitalant website. Although walk-ins are welcomed, those with an appointment will be given priority.

Surprise City Hall is located at 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. The blood drive will take place inside the Community Room near Council Chambers in the east wing of City Hall.

As a thank you for your willingness to help others through blood donation, Thunderbirds Charities is providing a voucher to redeem online for a free one-day admission to the 2024 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

A person holding a sign reading, Give Blood Save Lift and text Blood Drive January 9, 9 am to 1 p.m Surprise Ctiy Hall

MLK Day of Celebration and Service

The City is excited to announce the 8th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service will be held on Saturday, January 13 at the Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Pl. This amazing event provides a way to serve the community with hands-on projects and a celebration for all ages filled with local musicians, performers and inspiring speakers.

For more information, please contact Lord.Garcillano@surpriseaz.gov or visit surpriseaz.gov/MLK.

Sunday in the Park

Come enjoy this fun family event on Sunday, January 21, from 3 - 7 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park with live music from 8 Tracks and delicious food. Event admission is free; food and drink are available for purchase. Also, support local vendors by shopping at the outdoor market!

If you can’t make it to this event, join us for the next one on Sunday, February 18, with live music from N-the-Mix!

Surprise Pops Band

Enjoy an afternoon of music as the Surprise Pops Band performs on January 28 at 3 p.m. at The Vista Center for the Arts. The theme is “Heroes - Real and Imagined” and will feature music from the Blues Brothers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Highway of Heroes, Rocky and more! The concert is free; however, non-perishable food donations to support the Valley View Community Food Bank are appreciated.

Learn more at surprisepopsband.com

Orchestra instruments and chairs with text reading Surprise Pop Band, January 28, 2024. Doors open at 2:15. Show begins at 3 pm. The Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place. "Heroes - Real and Imagined"

Arts & Culture Events

Are you ready to discover arts and culture events in Surprise? From theater performances, gallery tours, poetry readings and more, the City offers a number of events throughout the year. Here's what’s coming up:

Tour of artist Joe Tyler’s Home Studio*
 January 20 • 10 a.m. - noon

AZ Speaks* | Archaeology’s Deep Time Perspective on Environment and Sustainability
 January 24 • 11 a.m. - noon

Lunchtime Theater* | Phoenix Opera: My Favorite Things
 January 25 • noon - 1 p.m.

*Registration required. Find details and sign-up information at surpriseaz.gov/ArtEvents.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ASU

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University (“OLLI at ASU”) is a community of engaged learners discovering the joy of lifelong learning. OLLI at ASU members have the opportunity to learn and grow from something new, explore immersive experiences and make connections inside and outside the classroom via campus events, local affinity groups, group discounts to local cultural and art events and social media networks.

At my community meeting in November, I had a representative speak about the programs available for City of Surprise residents and promised to promote the new Spring 2024 Programs Catalog now that it is available. For more information on OLLI at ASU or for any questions about the programs, please contact Kristi Schneider at kristina.schneider.1@asu.edu.

DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

Mr. & Mrs. C

December was a busy month for Mr. and Mrs. C! Three of the many events we attended were at El Mirage Elementary School, Nadaburg Elementary and the Homestead at Marley Park. These events not only brought the community together, but also encapsulated the true spirit of the season. Thank you for inviting us and for putting together such spectacular events!

Councilmember Cline and her husband dressed and Mr. and Mrs. Claus Councilmember Cline and her husband dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus
Councilmember Cline and her husband dressed and Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Barrio Queen Grand Opening

The Surprise location of Barrio Queen is now open! Mayor Skip Hall, Vice Mayor Chris Judd, Councilmember Nick Haney, Councilmember Patrick Duffy and I joined Chaz Hopper, Surprise Barrio Queen General Manager, in celebrating their grand opening and ribbon cutting. The special event featured live entertainment, tastings and an appearance by the "real" Barrio Queen. Also partaking in the Grand Opening fiesta were Al Hank, Chief Operating Officer; Adam Lehr, Senior VP of Operations; Dallas Massey, VP Off-Premise and Marketing; Patrick Lacek, Area Director of Operations; Julio Mata, Head Chef; Magaly Cacheiro, Operations Training Manager; Andrew Patti, Marketing and Creative; Joe Patti, Public Relations; and Gennaro Garcia, Surprise Barrio Queen Artist. Welcome to Surprise! We're excited to have you! Barrio Queen Surprise is located at 13434 N. Prasada Pkwy.

a group of people posing for a photo

Cimarron Springs Craft Fair

I enjoyed joining Cimarron Springs Middle School for their first-ever Holiday Craft Fair. The event had several vendors, including Toasty Cottage Creations, Nelson Woodworking, Millie’s Goodies Dog Treats, Young Hope Candle Company, Bayou Bistro Food Truck, Kona Ice and more! There was plenty of food and fun for everyone. Thank you to Officer Suggs for representing the Surprise Police Department and educating the community on public safety.

Councilmember Cline and a Surprise Police Officer standing next to a patrol car

City of Surprise Employee Holiday Luncheon

Mr. and Mrs. C had a great time at the City’s final employee appreciation event of 2023, where employees are celebrated for their hard work. The fantastic volunteers put on a festive gathering that had everyone in the spirit of the holidays (despite the warm temperature)! Vice Mayor Chris Judd received his Five Years of Service award and Councilmember Patrick Duffy received his 15 Years of Service award. Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy and participate in the City’s Employee Holiday Luncheon.

Councilmember Cline and her husband dressed and Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Surprise Senior Services Holiday Party

On Monday, December 18, I attended the annual City of Surprise Senior Services Holiday Party at Briarwood Country Club. The event is held for members of the Senior Center to celebrate the holidays, which includes a catered lunch, live music and several raffle baskets. This year’s event had a surprise performance during lunch by the varsity pom team from Paradise Honors High School. Thank you to the Surprise Senior Center for hosting such a fun event!

Councilmember Cline and her husband dressed and Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Arizona Charter Academy Spelling Bee

I had the privilege of being a judge at the Arizona Charter Academy Spelling Bee on Thursday, December 21. Thank you to the school for inviting me, and thank you to Othel, who served as the second judge. Together, we had the tough job of crowning three winners: 1st place was Santana, 2nd place was Justin and 3rd place was Sharif. I am honored to have been a part of an initiative that encourages students to embrace the beauty of words and language skills.

Councilmember Cline poses for a photo with the winners of the spelling bee

SAVE THE DATE

Surprise Announces Inaugural Vet Fest

Surprise is excited to announce the inaugural Vet Fest event is happening Saturday, February 10, from 5 - 8 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park. This new event, hosted by the City of Surprise Veterans, Disability & Human Services Commission, is a part of Surprise’s ongoing mission to be a veteran-friendly city, offering support services and building community connections. This event will feature music, food, vendor booths, information from different veteran service providers and more for the whole family! 

If you would like to learn more, visit surpriseaz.gov/VetFest.

A patch with text reading Surprise Vet Fest Bringing Our Community and Veterans Together, Save the Date Saturday February 10, 5 - 8 pm Mark Coronado Park

Spring Training Ticket Information

Opening day is Friday, February 23, with the Kansas City Royals taking on the 2023 World Series Champions, the Texas Rangers. Surprise Stadium will host 30 games this season with plenty of exciting matchups, including the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, National League Champions and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Tickets can be purchased online at SurpriseStadium.com or by phone at 623.222.2222. Ticket prices start at just $8! The Surprise Stadium Box Office will open for in-person ticket sales on Saturday, February 3, beginning at 8 a.m. AZ time. The box office is located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave.

Curbside Recycling is Returning to Surprise

The City of Surprise, in partnership with Waste Management, is preparing to reintroduce a curbside recycling program. Starting Monday, March 4, recycling trucks will begin picking up blue curbside recycle bins and taking approved items to a recycling center for processing.

You can find more information on Surprise’s curbside recycling program and tips on how to “Recycle Wise” at surpriseaz.gov/Recycle.

a person pulling a blue recycle bin and posing with a thumbs up. Curbside recycling returns March 4. Recycle Wise in Surprise.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is January 16 at 6 p.m. You can watch live on surpriseaz.gov/SurpriseTV, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/CityOfSurprise or on Cox channel 11.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me anytime at aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov or by calling 623.222.1322. You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram for frequent notifications. To receive my newsletters by email each month, please visit surpriseaz.gov/Subscribeand sign in or create an account. Then select text and/or email for “District 2 Council Updates” and any other news you may want to receive.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SURPRISE!

Surprise was incorporated on December 12, 1960. We are celebrating 63 years!