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THIS IS HOW WE ROLL: Sushi chefs Will Perlaza and Tony Carrera prepare sushi rolls for guests at Rock Lobster. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington.

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Rock Lobster rocks Chandler’s culinary scene; Tumbleweed Christmas tree a Chandler tradition; New Year’s Eve celebration coming to downtown Chandler; Thanksgiving feasts tempt hungry diners: Page 41

Chapel Center announces Treasure Sale and Restaurant Raffle; Dentist offers military discount, donation to Wounded Warrior Project: Page 43

Botanicare is collecting jackets and toys; ICAN hosts 11th annual Festival of Trees gala; Yoga workshops help improve mobility; Holiday boutique set for Nov. 21 through Nov. 22: Page 44

Work off Thanksgiving meal while raising funds: Page 45

Annual Barbecue and Turkey Raffle set for Oldenburg Farm; CapTel Captioned Telephone presentation scheduled; Arts and Crafts Marketplace slated for Nov. 22; Dieck publishes book about abandonment to self-love: Page 46

Aquatics programs ongoing despite cooler weather: Page 47

Fishing Clinic, Outdoor Safety Event set for Veterans Oasis Park; CHoP overall winner for annual TASTE; Ocotillo Golf Resort hosts Post Turkey Day Shootout; Goodwill opens Chandler location: Page 48

Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities hosts Wine and Design evening: Page 49

Where Kids Eat Free: Page 51

TASTE.: Page 52


Neighborhood Networks:

Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly meeting you would like listed in Neighborhood Networks, email complete details to News@SanTanSun.com. Note: The SanTan Sun News now has a Spiritual Connections column in the Spirituality section for ongoing religious-related events.

LAST REVISED DATE: 10-19-13

About Care
Monthly volunteer training, by individual appointment.
A nonprofit serving homebound Chandler and Gilbert residents; provides transportation, shopping and errands, friendly visits, reassurance phone calls, minor home repairs.
Info: 480-802-2331, aboutcare.org

Absolute Business Builders: Business Networking International
8-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays
Chompie’s
3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler
Info: Nikki Janulewicz, 480-570-1835, Nikki@azbestmove.com

Action Networkers: Business Networking International
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays
Chompies
3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler
Info: Marty Recht, 602-315-2056, Marty@AZMarty.com

Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Chandler
5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month
Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required.
Chandler Regional Hospital, Morrison Building, Learning Resource Room
1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler
Info: Mindy, 602-528-0545, ext. 201

Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Gilbert
1:30-3 p.m. first and third Friday of the month
Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required.
First United Methodist Church of Gilbert
331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert
Info: Mindy, 602-528-0545, ext. 201

American Legion James O. Schroeder Post 55
7 p.m. third Tuesday of the month
Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Room
25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes
Info: Commander Byron Weston, 480-802-6623

American Society of Women Accountants, Mesa East Valley Chapter
5:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month
Nonprofit organization holds monthly networking and educational sessions for women in accounting.
Landmark Restaurant
809 W. Main St., Mesa
Info: Shelby, 602-430-8834, aswa-mev.org

Arizona Business Connection Networking Group
7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays
Networking / referral group holds weekly breakfast meetings with member presentations and marketing training sessions. Guests are free. Call in advance.
Dobson Ranch Golf Course Restaurant
2155 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa
Info: Danny, 602-363-0147, Danny.Balanon@RealLiving.com

Arizona Special Education Network, Chandler area
Provides disability-related education, advocacy and resources to help parents navigate the complex special education system.
Info: 602-531-0230

Business Referral Exchange Worldwide (BREW)
Noon-1:30 p.m. first and third Thursday of the month
Industry-specific referral and networking group
Dobson Ranch Inn
1666 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
Info: Jeremy McClymonds, 480-444-2228, BREWus.com

Build Your Own Business: Chandler
8 a.m. first and third Thursdays of the month
East Valley networking and referral organization, meets in Ahwatukee at a private location; address will be provided upon contact.
Info: Lisa, lisa@lisamatusak.com, facebook.com/BYOBAZ

Chandler Airport Commission
7 p.m. second Wednesday of the month
The Commission makes recommendations to Chandler City Council regarding airport operations, physical growth, economic development and proposed land use.
Chandler Municipal Airport terminal
2380 S. Stinson Way, Chandler
Info: 480-782-3540

Chandler Business Alliance
7:30-8:30 a.m. Thursdays
Professional business coalition dedicated to the economic and social development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole.
1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler
Info: chandleralliance@gmail.com, chandleralliance.com

Chandler Chamber Business Golf
7 a.m. tee time, first and third Wednesdays of the month
Includes nine holes of golf, continental breakfast and networking opportunities. Preregistration required online. Golf venue varies.
Info: chandlerchamber.com

Chandler Farmers Market
3-7 p.m. Thursdays
Weekly market with more than 30 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet food and handmade crafts. Free admission.
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, east side of Arizona Avenue, Chandler
Info: 480-855-3539, downtownchandler.org

Chandler Lions Club
6:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of the month
Area residents are invited to come join like-minded volunteers and make new friends.
Atria Chandler Villas, Community Room
101 S. Yucca St., Chandler
Info: RuthJon Wick, 480-895-3569, az1ruthjon@q.com

Chandler Rotary Club
Noon Tuesdays
Dynamic, service-oriented group meeting for fellowship, lunch and informative programs on topics of global and local importance.
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler
Info: Kevin Dempsey, 480-216-2849, chandler-rotary.org

Chandler Young Professionals: Kiwanis
6-8 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays of the month
For busy professionals who volunteer to primarily help the children of the world.
Mimi’s Café
2800 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler
Info: Jeremy McClymonds, 480-241-7256, Jeremy@formprosperity.com, facebook.com/KiwanisCYP, meetup.com/KiwanisCYP

Childfree Friends
First Thursday and third Saturday of the month
Times and locations vary
Fun social club giving couples and singles without children an opportunity to meet one another and participate in a variety of activities.
Info: childfree.meetup.com/274

Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter: Chandler, Tempe, Mesa
7:15 a.m. Tuesdays
Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals.
Crackers & Co. Café
535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa
Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, christianbusinessnetworking.com

Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter
7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month
Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals.
Chandler Christian Church, Room B202
1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler
Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, christianbusinessnetworking.com

Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter
7:30 a.m. Wednesdays
Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals.
Mission Church Seminar Room
4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert
Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, christianbusinessnetworking.com

Countryman Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association
10 a.m. fourth Tuesday of the month
Sun Lakes Country Club, Friendship Room
25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes
Info: Commander Joe Schneider, 480-883-0122

East Valley Entrepreneurs
Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursdays, biweekly, call for date
Valley professionals from various businesses actively refer business and clients to one another.
Old Spaghetti Factory
Chandler Fashion Center
3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler
Info: Matthew Coates, 602-332-3321, meetup.com/eastvalleyents

East Valley Job Club
6-7:30 p.m. last Monday of the month
Free group supporting the success of its members by talking candidly about job searching and career advancement. Open to the public.
Epiphany Lutheran Church, Room 325, South Campus
800 W. Ray Rd., Chandler
Info: Jim, 480-244-4953, evjobclub@gmail.com

East Valley Marines
7 p.m. second Tuesday of the month
Marine Corps League Detachment 1296; all Marines and FMF Corpsmen are welcome to help other Marines through social and charitable projects.
9240 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes
Info: Chuck, 480-250-0984, eastvalleymarines.org

Gilbert Art Walk
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays
Local art in variety of mediums for sale. All ages. Free.
45 W. Page Ave., Gilbert
Info: gilbertartwalk.com

Memory Care Support Group
Support for those caring for a loved one with a memory loss disease such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Hosted by Copper Creek Inn Memory Care of Chandler.
10 a.m. second Tuesday every month
Copper Creek Inn Community
2200 W. Fairview St., Chandler
10 a.m. fourth Friday every month
Chandler Senior Center
202 E. Boston St., Chandler
Info: 480-634-4191

Moms Club of Chandler East
For stay-at-home moms who live between McQueen and Gilbert roads and between Chandler and Ocotillo roads; see blog for full boundaries.
Playgroups, park days, special outings for kids, a monthly moms’ night out and more.
Info: momsclubchandlereast.blogspot.com, momsclubchandlereast@gmail.com

Mom Club of Chandler San Tan
For stay-at-home moms who live between McQueen and Greenfield roads and between Ocotillo Rd. and Hunt Hwy.
Weekly get-togethers, outings for moms and kids, moms’ night out and more.
Info: momsclubchandlersantan.webs.com, momsclubchandlersantan@gmail.com

Mom Club of Chandler-Ocotillo North
Open to stay-at-home moms who live between Dobson and McQueen roads and between Queen Creek and Ocotillo roads. Age-appropriate playgroups, fun weekly activities, monthly Recipe Club and moms’ night out, plus community support events throughout the year.
Info: momsclubchandlerocotillonorth.com, ocotillonorth@yahoo.com

Mom-e Club Chandler
9:30-11 a.m. second Wednesday of the month
Monthly networking group designed for local mom entrepreneurs to build business relationships and learn from others in similar situations.
Floridino’s Pizza
590 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler
Info: mom-eclub.com

Mom-e Club SE Gilbert Evening
6:30-8 p.m. third Wednesday of the month
Monthly networking group designed for local mom entrepreneurs to build business relationships and learn from others in similar situations.
Total Wine, SanTan Village
2224 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert
Info: mom-eclub.com

Mom-e Club SE Gilbert Morning
9:30-11 a.m. first Thursday of the month
Monthly networking group designed for local mom entrepreneurs to build business relationships and learn from others in similar situations.
Designer Cakes by April
2743 S. Market St., Suite 104, Gilbert
Info: mom-eclub.com

National Charity League, Inc., San Tan Chapter
NCL fosters mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Daughters must currently be in 6th through 9th grades.
Info: Suzanne, suzannepetty19@yahoo.com; nclsantan.org

Neighbors Who Care
Grassroots nonprofit serving homebound elderly in Southern Chandler and Sun Lakes since 1995.

  • 1 p.m. fourth Thursday of the month: New volunteer orientation

10540 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes

  • 1 p.m. Mondays: Caregiver discussion group

Risen Savior Lutheran Church

23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler

  • 9 a.m. third Tuesday of the month: Educational workshop; call for details

Sun Lakes United Methodist Church

9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes

  • 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Educational workshop for caregivers

10540 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes

  • 12:30 p.m. second Tuesday of the month: AARP driver safety course; call for reservations

10540 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes

  • 8-10 a.m. third Tuesday of the month: Auto check

Sun Lakes Country Club Phase 1

25425 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Chandler

Info: 480-895-7133, nwcvvsc@gmail.com, neighborswhocare.com

Ocotillo Breakfast Club Toastmasters
7:45-9 a.m. Wednesdays
A weekly “learn by doing” workshop on public speaking and leadership abilities; new members welcome.
Gold Canyon Candle
6205 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler
Info: obctoastmasters.com

Ocotillo Chamber of Commerce
9-10:30 a.m. second Monday of the month
Business networking coffee & learn meeting
Ocotillo Golf Resort
3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler
Info: Marion, 480-363-0014, ocotillochamber.com

Ocotillo Women’s League (OWL), Community Service Group
10 a.m. first Monday of the month
Women who reside in the Ocotillo area, want to have fun and perform local community service projects.
Ocotillo Golf Resort, Director’s Room
3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler
Info: owlsgroup.org

Profit Producers Chapter of Business Network International
11:30 a.m. Thursdays
BNI is among the largest business networking organizations in the world, offering members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals.
Iguana Mack’s
1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler
Info: Dan Sleezer, 602-859-2804, bniarizona.com

Promenade Farmers’ Market
3:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays
Produce, breads, jams, honey, olive oils, jewelry, soaps, candies, salsa, nuts, dog treats and gift items. Free, open to the public.
The Promenade at Fulton Ranch
4950 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler
Info: Chris of Ray’s Market, 602-214-1653, raysmarket.net, promenadeatfultonranch.com

Soroptimist International of the San Tans
Noon-1 p.m. Thursdays
Service club for women business owners and professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life for women and families. Call ahead for a reservation.
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler
Info: 602-999-1410, si-santans.org, siofsantans@yahoo.com

Southeast Valley Women’s Club
10:30 a.m. first Thursday of the month
Nonprofit, nondenominational, nonpolitical and volunteer-run social club of women wanting to meet other women. Annual dues $25.
Gilbert Historical Museum
10 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert
Info: Sylvia, 480-821-8693

Suggesting and Empowering the Vision of Entrepreneurial Networking (S.E.V.E.N.) – Chandler
9-10:15 a.m. Thursdays
Networking group for women entrepreneurs.
BLD
1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler
Info: s-e-v-e-n.org, info@s-e-v-e-n.org

Sun Lakes Breakfast Lions Club
8 a.m. second and fourth Wednesdays of the month
For those who like to help others.
Sun Lakes Country Club
25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes
Info: Jim Brotherton, 480-802-7318

Teen Education Encouragement Networking and Support (TEENS) 4 Teens
5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays
Offers support and guidance to teen moms and their babies.
Chandler Regional Medical Center, Morrison Building
1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler
Info: Lindsay Robertson, 480-728-3918, chandlerregional.org

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
5:15 p.m. Thursdays
Weight-loss support group general meeting.
Kon Tiki Mobile Home Village
555 W. Warner Rd., Chandler
Info: Jackie, 480-206-9078

Valued Voices Toastmaster Club
Noon-1 p.m. Thursdays
General meeting focusing on speaking and leadership skills.
Chandler Fire Department Administration Building, 2nd floor
151 E. Boston St., Chandler
Info: 602-740-0159, valuedvoices.toastmastersclubs.org

Veterans of Foreign Wars
7 p.m. Wednesdays
The VFW hosts a bingo night with proceeds benefiting disabled or homeless veterans. Win as much as $500. All are welcome.
Sun Lakes Country Club
25801 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes
Info: 480-895-2257; Commander Gene Nelson, 480-659-5510

Weeders Garden Club
9:30 a.m. second Thursday of the month
Cottonwood Country Club, Phoenix Room
25630 Brentwood Dr., Sun Lakes
Info: Janice Giachino, 480-895-5509, ergivg@wbhsi.net, weedersgc.org

Women on a Mission to Earn Commission
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. second and fourth Wednesday of the month
Women-only networking group for successful businesswomen who want to grow their business. Cost is $15, all inclusive. RSVP requested; guests welcome.
Cantina Laredo at SanTan Village Market
2150 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert
Info: Renee S., 480-258-0583

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