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Patrick Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — January 2024

Posted 1/3/24

My next District 3 meeting will be on January 6 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd.

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Patrick Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — January 2024

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My next District 3 meeting will be on January 6 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. Please check surpriseaz.gov for updates to my Community Meeting schedule. As always, feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

Community Blood Drive

The City of Surprise is partnering with Vitalant Blood Donation to host a blood drive on January 9 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

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

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, as well as a celebration for all ages filled with local musicians, performers and inspiring speakers. 

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

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration and Service

City Council Meeting

The next City Council Meeting is on January 16 at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend in person, or you can tune in on surpriseaz.gov/SurpriseTV, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/CityOfSurprise or on Cox channel 11. Please continue to check the City of Surprise website, at surpriseaz.gov for updates to meeting schedules and other important announcements.

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"

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

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.

DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

Barrio Queen Grand Opening

The Surprise location of Barrio Queen is now open! Mayor Skip Hall, Vice Mayor Chris Judd, Councilmember Nick Haney, Councilmember Aly Cline 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 Councilmember Duffy posing for a photo a the Barrio Queen host station

City of Surprise Employee Holiday Luncheon

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy and participate in the City’s Employee Holiday Luncheon. This was the final employee appreciation event of 2023, and the fantastic volunteers put on a festive gathering that had everyone in the spirit of the holidays! At the event, I was honored and grateful to have received the 15-year service award, marking a significant milestone in my dedication to the city. I appreciate the opportunities, the meaningful collaborations and the supportive work environment that have contributed to this achievement.

Councilmember Duffy poses with City Manager Bob Wingenroth and two others

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, at Surprise Stadium. Surprise Stadium will host 30 games this season with plenty of exciting matchups to include the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and the National League Champions, 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. Additional information on 2024 special events, promotions and special offers will be available at SurpriseStadium.com.

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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SURPRISE!

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