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Fight against sex trafficking highlighted in Chandler

A Night of Hope – described as “an all-city worship and prayer night uniting city officials, more than 26 Valley churches and frontline organizations to equip families and communities to fight the practices of human trafficking – will be held at 5 p.m. today, Jan. 12, at A.J. Chandler Park in downtown Chandler.

To mark National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Bethel Church of Chandler is hosting the free event to draw attention to sex trafficking and get the public involved in stopping it.

Professional athletes, Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke, Street Light USA, A21, Survivors of War and the Dream Center are attending.

The average age of entry into sex trafficking as a minor in Arizona is approximately 14 and the average life expectancy is seven years due to homicide and HIV/AIDS, organizers said. 

“Shedding light into the dark world of sex trafficking is the first step towards making change in our communities,” said Bethel Lead Pastor Mike Gowans.

Arizona is not only a main destination for sex trafficking, but also a major transit point nationally and internationally. There are several factors that make Arizona a focal point for sex trafficking.

A Night of Hope aims to educate residents so they can be the eyes and ears in their neighborhoods and assist local organizations.


Seniors can audition for 

annual talent show here

Auditions will be held this week and next for Chandler’s annual Spice of Life Senior Variety Show.

Adults over 50 who can sing, dance, or perform a talent to entertain an enthusiastic crowd are invited to audition for the show,  held March 18 and 19 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue.

Auditions are slated 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, and 6-8 p.m. Jan. 22, at the Senior Center, 202 E. Boston Street.

Auditions will be held for solo and group performances in vocals, dance, musical instruments or comedy. Acts cannot exceed five minutes, including set up and stage exit.

Audition times will be scheduled from completed applications.

General admission is $8 and goes on sale Feb. 1, at the Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers.

For more information, contact Trevor Groth at 480-782-2730 or visit


City names exhibits curator for its gallery exhibits

The City of Chandler’s Cultural Development Department hired Jillian Nakornthap for a newly created post of exhibits curator.

Nakornthap will provide exhibition development and coordination for Chandler Museum, Gallery at the Chandler Center for the Arts and Vision Gallery, “lending to the continued growth of arts and culture in the City of Chandler,” a city spokesman said.

Nakornthap has a bachelor’s of arts in art history from the University of California, Irvine, and a master’s in exhibition design from California State University, Fullerton. Her most recent position was at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University, she curated exhibitions and served as liaison for artists.

Jody Crago, Chandler Museum administrator, called the position “an essential part of the team, helping to create in-house exhibitions to tell a story and create conversation. The position also coordinates traveling exhibits.”


Chandler Chamber announces new board members, chair

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce board named Go Daddy customer development leader Molly Bell as its new chairwoman.

Terri Kimble, President/CEO of the Chandler Chamber said, “Molly inspires others through example with her passion for excellence and her ability to create a culture of success through accountability and clarity of vision.”

New board members include: Jackson Armstrong, Ginger Monkey; Hilen Cruz, Salt River Project; Jason Dawson, Local Listing Pro; Kurt Johansen, Western State Bank; Justin John, Great Western Bank; Mahes Prasad, Juncture Wealth Strategies; David Ralls, Commit Agency; Judge Jay Tibshraeny, former mayor; Farah Tuten, NXP Semiconductors; and Jessie Vaca, Compass Christian Church.


10th annual Libcon scheduled at Chandler Library Saturday

  Chandler Public Library will host the 10th annual LibCon celebration for teenage fans of comics, anime, video games, cosplay and other fantasy and science fiction entertainment 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 17, at the Chandler Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Avenue. 

LibCon is a free, “teens only” event with no registration required.

This year’s event features tabletop gaming, video gaming as well as a selfie station, crafts, a cosplay fashion show and a raffle. 

DJ Jamal will host a dance party. 



Chandler fitness studio brought sick kids cheer

Jabz Boxing, a full-body circuit workout utilizing boxing-inspired exercises designed specifically for women, partnered with HopeKids at its Chandler location last month to cheer families with children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

Christmas trees were placed in its studio with ornaments that included a HopeKids family member’s name, age and gift request. Clients who wanted to participate took an ornament and purchase the gift. 

Jabz Boxing adopted five HopeKids families, and collected 86 gifts. 

Screamery offering $1 ice cream cones this Wednesday

To celebrate “National Strawberry Ice Cream Day” on Jan. 15, The Screamery ice cream parlor, 140 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, will offer $1 strawberry ice cream cones noon-10 p.m. 

Information: 480-597-3322 or


Thirsty Lion’s new Chandler

locale seeks workers

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill is looking to fill 120 positions at its new Chandler Viridian restaurant, which opens next month.

 The Gastropub is looking to fill a variety of jobs, positions now through February. 

Employees at Thirsty Lion have access to benefits, including health insurance, 401K and meal discount program and offers career advancements and mentorship. Employees also have access to a job pool at its locations in Oregon, Colorado and Texas. 

Applications are online: Open interviews at Chandler Hyatt Hotel, 3535 W. Chandler Blvd., Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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