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Aly Cline: District 2 Newsletter — September 2022


Valley Metro’s RideChoice program, which offers discounted transportation options for eligible riders, has been expanded to allow more access for Surprise residents. Persons age 65 and over and people with disabilities still automatically qualify for this program. For more information, click the link below surpriseaz.gov/RideChoice or call 602.253.5000.

Special event license no longer required for some events

The Surprise City Council voted to amend Chapter 26 of the City of Surprise Municipal Code so that a special event license will not be required for the following:

  • Special Events, defined as: a fair, ceremony, show exhibition, festival, street dance, circus, carnival, concert, performance, rodeo, organized race, seasonal/holiday sales lot or other temporary activity which invites public participation and patronage (with or without charge), whether held on public or private property, and that is no more than seven consecutive days.
  • Special Event Vendors, except for Mobile Food Vendors, for a special event as defined above. Mobile Food Vendors are still required to obtain a business license regardless of the duration or type of event.

While a special event promoter, sponsor or vendor may not need special event license, most special events such as carnivals, festivals, holiday events, fairs, grand openings and sidewalk and tent sales still require a Special Event Temporary Use Permit

For questions on business licenses, please contact the City of Surprise Finance Department at business.license@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1836. For questions on special event temporary use permits, please contact Development Services at developmentservices@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3000.

Now accepting vendors for Surprise Fiesta Grande

Join us for the Surprise Fiesta Grande street festival celebrating our unique culture, traditions and community! This family-friendly event on Saturday, October 8, from 5 - 9 p.m. in the Original Town Site on Hollyhock Street in the Grand Avenue corridor, offers a fun evening of live music, food, dancing, vintage classic cars and so much more! There is a $20 pre-event registration fee, which includes a t-shirt, dash plaque and goody bag.

The street festival offers promotional opportunities for interested businesses, organizations and non-profits. The booth fee is $150 for non-profit organizations and $500 for all others. Booths includes a 10 x 10 vendor tent, (1) table and (2) chairs. Please note that space is limited!

The City is also accepting Classic Car Show entries in-person at the Parks and Recreation Office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave., and online at surpriseaz.gov/FiestaGrande. For more information, contact Daniel Luvisi at 623.222.2251 or daniel.luvisi@surpriseaz.gov..

Baseball is back in Surprise!

Major League Baseball has announced the Arizona Fall League 2022 schedule. The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams who compete in the Arizona Fall League, will begin their season on Tuesday, October 4 at Surprise Stadium. The roster for the Surprise Saguaros will include the top prospects from the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Saguaros will compete against the Glendale Desert Dogs, Scottsdale Scorpions, Mesa Solar Sox, Peoria Javelinas and Salt River Rafters, each team assembling the top talent from each of the 30 Major League Baseball affiliates.

Individual game tickets will be available for purchase online or on game day, one hour prior to game time, at the stadium box office. During the 2022 season, box office transactions will be cashless. Accepted forms of payment include: Visa & MasterCard.

Single Game Tickets
Adult: $10 | Senior 55+: $8
Kids 12 and under are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. 

To check out the 2022 Arizona Fall League schedule or to purchase a season pass, go to AZ Fall League. For additional information, contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 or visit MLB AZ Fall League.

Surprise Fire-Medical starts recruitment for multiple positions

The City of Surprise Fire Medical Department will be opening recruitment for multiple positions from August through September. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D. Each of the positions have their own set of requirements and qualifications listed below: 

  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT): August 22 - September 12
    • Possess Arizona EMT & CPR certifications at the time of application
  • Paramedics: August 22 - September 12
    • Possess Arizona Emergency Paramedic Certification at the time of application
    • One year experience as a Paramedic, or two years experience as an Emergency Medical Technician
  • Firefighter Recruit: September 1 - 30
    • Possess EMT & CPR certifications at the time of application
    • Possess a Certified Physical Ability Test (CPAT), dated within six months prior to submitting an application

Fire Medical Recruiting

Surprise seeking sponsors and exhibitors for SciTech event

The City is currently seeking event exhibitors and sponsors for the 2022 SciTech event that will take place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 in the Mark Coronado Park parking lot, 15850 N. Bullard Ave.

More than 600 science enthusiasts of all ages attended the City’s last SciTech Festival to view robotics presentations, fun experiments and learn about opportunities to engage in STEAM-related (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programs. Organizations, schools and businesses with hands-on, interactive STEAM projects or presentations are invited to request a free booth to participate in this year’s event.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for organizations who would like to partner with the City to host the event. View available sponsorship levels. To participate in the Surprise SciTech Festival or for more information, visit surpriseaz.gov/SciTech or contact Lord Garcillano at 623.222.1647 or lord.garcillano@surpriseaz.gov

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Community Meeting

My monthly Community Meetings will be at 6 p.m. on September 27 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr., and at 10 a.m. on September 30 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 September 20 at 6 p.m. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11.