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Patrick Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — November 2023

Posted 11/1/23

Monday, October 16, Mayor Skip Hall, Vice Mayor Chris Judd, Assistant Director of Economic Development, Mike Hoover and I visited the Phoenix location of Barrio Queen for a meet and greet with their team in anticipation of the new Surprise restaurant currently under construction.

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Patrick Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — November 2023

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Monday, October 16, Mayor Skip Hall, Vice Mayor Chris Judd, Assistant Director of Economic Development, Mike Hoover and I visited the Phoenix location of Barrio Queen for a meet and greet with their team in anticipation of the new Surprise restaurant currently under construction. Head Chef, Julio Mata, and his team treated us to a delicious preview of the award-winning menu, a wonderful taste of things to come to Surprise later this year at their Village at Prasada location!

A group of people including Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Judd and Councilmember Duffy pose for a photo at the entrance of Barrio Queen in Surprise A group of people including Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Judd and Councilmember Duffy hold bowls of food and pose for a photo around the host station at Barrio Queen in Surprise

Special Bond Election Information

The City of Surprise will have a Special Election on November 7 with two General Obligation Bond Questions. Question 1 focuses on transportation projects to reduce traffic congestion and improve traffic safety and Question 2 is for public safety facilities to include a fire station, police substation and land for future public safety facilities. More information on the projects, funding costs and tax impacts can be found at surpriseaz.gov/Bond.

Veterans Day Parade

Join us in honoring our service men and women at the 9th annual City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will be routed along Bullard Avenue between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes. It will feature community floats, bands, dancers and more! This annual event has become a tradition in Surprise, honoring the men and women in uniform who have selflessly served our country.

If you're arriving early to get a spot, there's an option to purchase breakfast and coffee from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Surprise Stadium in the Centerfield Plaza. This year's breakfast is $7 and will be proudly served by the Surprise Police Department.

City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

At the Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 3, Mayor Hall proclaimed the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Dana Martinez, Director at A New Leaf, was in attendance to accept the proclamation with Daniela Celaya, Program Manager at A New Leaf's Faith House Domestic Violence Shelter. Lilia Plescencia and her team from the Surprise Prosecutor's Office, Renee Gronski and her team, Carol Johnson, Patty Young and Tina Cound from Victim Services at the Surprise Police Department were also in attendance.

A group of women dressed in purple pose for a photo with Mayor Hall and Police Chief Pina

Ikea Cinnamon Roll Day

On Wednesday, October 4, the Economic Development team hosted a very special event highlighting our recipe for success to become one of the U.S. IKEA expansion locations! This event celebrated Cinnamon Roll Day, in honor of Sweden's much beloved "Kanelbullens Dag" (Cinnamon Bun Day) celebrated every October 4. Thank you to all our “only in Surprise” bakeries for your delicious entries and our special guest judges from SACC Arizona!

Fiesta Grande

Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated Surprise Fiesta Grande with us on Saturday, October 7. It was a beautiful night filled with music, dancing, food and community!

Large metal letters filled with paper flowers spell out the word fiesta

G.A.I.N. Night

Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods Night was held on Saturday, October 21. Thank you to everyone who came out and the departments who made it possible. The event is aimed at uniting the Surprise community and promoting our safe and family-friendly city. It was a great evening filled with entertainment, food and community!

Members of Surprise Police Department show equipment and supplies to children Members of Surprise Fire Department give stickers and plastic hats to children.

2023 Best of the West Event

The annual WESTMARC Best of the West Awards Dinner is a West Valley signature event. WESTMARC celebrates and recognizes outstanding contributions to the quality of life, education, workforce, economic development and innovation in the West Valley. This year, the City of Surprise had projects nominated from the Parks & Recreation, Transportation and Economic Development departments. The Surprise Transportation Department brought home the Innovation Award for our new WeRIDE Microtransit Program, along with Avondale and Goodyear. WESTMARC’s President's Choice Award was given to all West Valley mayors for their partnership and collaboration. Village at Prasada was nominated for the Economic Engine Award and the Surprise Adaptive Recreation Program was nominated for the Quality of Life Enhancement Award. Although they did not win their categories, they received Finalist awards.

A group of people including Mayor Hall pose for a photo in front of a WESTMARC banner

Champions for Clean Air

The WeRIDE Microtransit Program also won the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Livable Communities award at the 36th Annual Champions for Clean Air Awards ceremony held on Friday, October 20.  This award recognizes agencies who have made a special effort to improve transit, bicycle or pedestrian facilities that make communities more livable. The City of Surprise, along with the City of Goodyear and the City of Avondale accepted the prestigious award. 

Arizona Women Leading Government Award

Congratulations to our Arts, Culture & Library Director, Kelsey Lamphier! Kelsey was presented with the inaugural Arizona Women Leading Government "Women Leading in Excellence Award" on October 20. This award recognizes an individual committed to women's advancement into leadership positions within local Arizona government.

A picture of a projection screen displaying a congratulations message. A glass award with text printed on it.

Motorcycle Safety Class

Join the Surprise Police Department for a Motorcycle Safety Class on Sunday, November 12. After demonstrations and discussion, participants will apply their learned skills on an interactive course!

To apply, please fill out an application at surpriseaz.gov/MotorcycleClass

For current motorcycle riders only, a motorcycle and helmet are required.

Sunday in the Park Returns

The City of Surprise presents Sunday in the Park on November 5. The event will feature live music by Thaddeus Rose, various food trucks, an assortment of beers and wines, entertainment and more! Admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. All Sunday in the Park events will be held at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. from 3 - 7 p.m. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair! Dogs must be leashed.

More information: surpriseaz.gov/SpecialEvents.  

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 coming up: 

One More Step | Art Exhibition at Surprise City Hall
November 6 - December 15 • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

Lunchtime Theater* | John Fitzsimmons: The Comedy Trickster
November 9 • noon - 1 p.m.

*Registration required. 

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

Free Health Screenings Added to Surprise Resource Center Offerings

The Surprise Resource Center has partnered with Adelante Healthcare to offer expanded services to our local community. Free health screenings are now available on the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Residents can be screened for blood pressure and glucose and also receive valuable health-related education. These new services are in addition to the other Adelante Healthcare services available at the Surprise Resource Center, including: 

  • Benefits Assistance: Tuesdays from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., application assistance for AHCCCS, SNAP, KIDSCARE, Marketplace and sliding scale eligibility is available.
  • Women, Infants & Children (WIC): Wednesdays from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., services are available for pregnant mothers and families with children under age five.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Adelante Healthcare at 480.964.2273. Walk-ins are accepted. The Surprise Resource Center is located at 12425 W. Bell Rd., Ste. 124. 

For more information about services offered at the Surprise Resource Center, please visit surpriseaz.gov/ResourceCenter or call 623.222.1600.  

Surprise Public Library System Home Delivery

Surprise Public Library System is introducing Words on Wheels, a six-month pilot program to deliver a wide variety of library materials, including books, DVDs, music, audiobooks and more. 

Surprise residents of all ages who are unable to visit a library on their own may request deliveries to their residence once a month.

To be eligible for direct-delivery, patrons must:

  • Have an active Surprise Public Library card
  • Live within Surprise city limits
  • Be unable to visit a library because of temporary or long-term illness, injury, impairment, medical condition or disability
  • Be able to manage an online account, search and select items, place holds, etc.
  • Read and sign the online Service Patron Agreement

Call 623.222.2901 for more information and complete a Words on Wheels Service Patron Agreement

After six months of service, the Arts, Culture & Library Department will review the successes and opportunities of the pilot program and adjust accordingly. 

To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, please visit surprisepubliclibrary.gov.

Community Meeting

My next meeting will be on November 4 at 9 a.m. at Total Wine & More, 13440 N. Prasada Pkwy. in the meeting room in the back. Please check surpriseaz.gov for updates to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have. 

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings are on November 6 and 21 at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend, 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.