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Chris Judd: District 6 Newsletter — December 2022

Posted 12/6/22

The City of Surprise came out to honor our Veterans at the 8th Annual Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 11.

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Guest Commentary

Chris Judd: District 6 Newsletter — December 2022


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.

Councilmember Judd and his daughters ride in a red jeep in the Veterans Day Parade

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

Americo Builders ribbon cutting

Monday, November 14, we joined Chris Kent, President of Americo Builders, for a ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of their new office. Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Surprise City Council members join Americo for a ribbon cutting

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., until December 8.

Deck the Hock, December 8

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

Winter Adult Sports registration

The Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting team registration for Winter Adult Co-Ed and Men’s Softball; Co-Ed and Women’s Kickball; Adult Basketball; Co-Ed Indoor Volleyball; and Adult Flag Football leagues. 

Returning teams from Surprise Fall 2022 Adult Sports Leagues may register now by contacting the Parks & Recreation office in person between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m, by calling 623.222.2000 or by emailing

Registration will open to non-returning and new teams starting December 7 online, over the phone or at the Parks and Recreation office - 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Must register as a team (minimum number of players listed on registration page). Registration available online at

For more information, visit

Key to the City

During the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 15, Mayor Hall presented a key to the city to Senator Rick Gray. The mayor expressed his appreciation for the Senator’s support of policies and initiatives that have advanced health, safety and quality of life in Surprise. Congratulations to Senator Gray!

Surprise City Council and Senator Rick Gray take a photo in the council chambers.

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 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

Connect with District 6

Please check out my District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the "like" button to get District 6 news and updates. Please also visit my District 6 webpage at where you can subscribe to my ‘Notifications’ list to receive important District 6 updates.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will take place on December 20 at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live at or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at Cox channel 11 also carries the meetings live. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. 

If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is

Community Meeting

Please join me for my D6 Community Meeting on December 21 at 6 p.m. at Tap House Sports Grill, 13699 N. Litchfield Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have. 

Please check my webpage at for updates to my meeting schedule.

Surprise, City Council, Chris Judd, District 6