District 3 Update

Vice Mayor John Williams’ Quarterly Newsletter – Sept. 2015

It is hard to believe that fall is upon us as is the last quarter of 2015. As we move into the last three months of the year, I want to reiterate just how deeply committed your Council is to Surprise’s youth, veterans, community engagement and economic development.

Voter Engagement

The City of Surprise has been designated as an Early Voting Site for the Northwest Valley for the November 2015 election. All registered voters within Maricopa County will be able to vote at City Hall, including voters from Surprise, El Mirage, Waddell, Wittmann, etc. With that being said, there will be no voting at City Hall on Election Day since the site has only been designated as a satellite early voting location.

Please make note of these important dates:

  • Monday, October 5th – Voter registration closes
  • Wednesday, October 7th – Early voting begins at Surprise City Hall (City Clerk’s Office)
  • Friday, October 23rd – Last day to request an Early Ballot be mailed to you
  • Friday, October 30th – Early voting ends at City Hall at 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 3rd – General Election Day

If you are not voting early, please go to your designated polling location to vote in person. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on November 3. For more information, please feel free to call the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602.506.3535, or you can visit our website at www.surpriseaz.gov/electionnews.

Veterans Day Events

The City of Surprise will host its First Annual Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday, November 11 at the Surprise Recreation Campus. The parade will honor the men and women in uniform who have selflessly served our country. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run along Bullard Avenue.

I hope to see you there!

America’s Mighty Warriors (AMW)

623Strong is hosting the 1st Annual America’s Mighty Warrior Fitness Challenge on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Surprise Recreation Campus. The fitness events will include a 5K run/walk around the Campus, a Splash and Dash event, and two versions of a fitness competition, called the Mark Lee Challenge, that requires participants to swim 150M, run 1 mile, and complete a series of fitness moves that include 14 rounds of 8 cleans, 2 push press, and 6 burpees (representing Marc Lee’s call number Charlie One Four, and the date of his passing on August 2, 2006). The event will support America’s Mighty Warriors (AMW), a 501c3 founded by Marc Alan Lee’s mother, Debbie Lee, after Marc was killed in combat in 2006. Marc was the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq, and Ms. Lee, a resident of Surprise, continues to support families of our fallen through her non-profit. To learn more about Debbie and her mission, visit www.americasmightywarriors.org.

The winner of the competition will be honored, along with AMW Founder Ms. Debbie Lee, in the City’s first annual Veterans Day Parade. For event details or to register go to http://www.active.com/surprise-az/running/distance-running-races/america-s-mighty-warriors-fitness-challenge-2015.

Anthony Bates Cardiac Screenings at Willow Canyon High School on October 3

DYSART UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – On Saturday, October 3, the Anthony Bates Foundation will offer cardiac screenings at Willow Canyon High School from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. A High School athlete dies every three days from sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the United States. SCD is the single largest killer in the United States with symptoms including shortness of breath, chest pain, heart palpitations and lightheadedness. The screenings are a preemptive approach to often hidden ailments and will be available for a tax-deductible donation of $65 per student or $75 for adults.

The Anthony Bates Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization formed in 2002 and is dedicated to save young lives through early detection of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. The Anthony Bates Foundation is actively promoting public outreach programs through education and awareness for the need to provide heart screening events.

For an appointment, interested participants should call (602) 482-5606 or email appts@anthonybates.org. Appointments will be held at Willow Canyon High School located at 17901 W. Lundberg St. Surprise, AZ. Additional information available at www.anthonybates.org.

Cactus Road Update

For residents in the southwest portion of District 3, including students and faculty of Paradise Honors High School and Shadow Ridge High School, Cactus Road improvements are coming! The hold-up has been gaining right-of-way along the portion of Cactus between Cotton lane and 175th Avenue. While there is no timeline to date, we are working hard on this and have high hopes that this can be completed within the next few months. If you have any questions or concerns, please shoot me an email or give me a call!

Surprise Youth Update

The Surprise Literacy Challenge kicks off in October and runs through February. The literacy challenge is open to all schools in the Surprise area for grades 4th – 6th. Last year, nine schools competed with 70 classrooms participating. The purpose of the reading challenge is to build upon the emphasis in reading that typically takes place with younger students and their development and to encourage reading outside of the school day. The overall winning 4th & 5th grade classrooms citywide will get a special pizza party where they will be awarded medals and also get recognized at a City Council meeting where the Mayor will present the class with a trophy. The overall winning 6th grade classroom citywide will be recognized down on the field at a Spring Training game where they will receive their medals and trophy. Tickets will be provided for the game along with a food voucher for each student.

The elected officers of the Surprise Youth Council attended the League of AZ Cities & Towns Conference in Tucson on August 19. Youth Mayor, Nithya S., represented the City of Surprise in the opening Ceremonies and Parade of Flags. Nithya S., Jada H. , & Anthony C. along with Youth Services Administrator, Paul Bernardo, and I presented a session with the Globe City Manager, Brent Billingsley, and Goodyear City Council Member, Joanne Osborne. The session topic was Innovative Ideas and Strategies for Successful Partnerships. We talked about the SYC Strategic Plan and variety of programs the City of Surprise is doing with Youth. Twenty other Youth Councils were in attendance and guest speakers presented sessions on the Entrepreneurial Civic Leader and 101 Ways to Change the World. The officers also networked with the other Youth Councils, shared information, and enjoyed lunch with me and Surprise City Council Members Jim Biundo & Skip Hall.

Youth Council members will be volunteering at the City G.A.I.N. Night on October 3 as well as the Senior Idol event on October 14. Watch for more news about the Surprise Youth Council in the coming months as they begin to implement various aspects of their Strategic Plan including a public awareness campaign around a teen issue, a teen special event and partnership with the West Valley Art Council and City’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission on a mural project.

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Surprise Competitive Sports

The City of Surprise is now accepting team registrations for its competitive youth soccer league this fall. The fall competitive youth soccer league includes 10U, 12U and 14U competitive divisions for boys and girls. The league will begin in early November. Games will be played on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings at local Surprise venues.

Registration is open now through September 26 at the Community and Recreation Services Office located 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm. A special Saturday registration event is also scheduled onsite for September 26 from 8 am until 11 am.

The City has designed the competitive sports program to provide youth athletes with a wide range of organized sports activities that assist with skill development and personal growth while providing the atmosphere and fundamental tools to compete at a high level. This league encourages sportsmanship, enjoyment, cooperative participation and socialization with peers.

For additional information regarding youth competitive sports opportunities, please visit www.surpriseaz/recreation.

Upcoming Registration Dates:

Registration for fall youth sports including girls’ volleyball, Babe Ruth softball and Cal Ripken tee-ball and baseball began on September 8. Registration will be offered through September 25, with a special Saturday registration on September 26 from 8 am until 11 am at the Community and Recreation Services Office located 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.

Fall Line-Up of Teen Events – The City of Surprise is thrilled to offer teens a full lineup of fun and exciting things to do this fall! Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Sierra Montana Open Recreation

Foosball, karaoke, video games and so much more are available all month long. Monday through Friday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Sierra Montana Recreation Center, located at 14821 N Spring Lane. Open Recreation is free to join with a completed registration form. Ages 11 and up are welcome; children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Teen Pool Party

It’s the end of summer in Surprise, but only the beginning of fun planned for the aquatic center! The Surprise Aquatic Center will be making a splash Friday, September 18 from 7-10 p.m. with the Surprise Teen Pool Party for ages 13-17. The $5 entry fee includes night swimming, contests, inflatables, music and prizes! Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Dodgeball Tournament

Duck, dip, dive and dodge! Gather your friends for a friendly co-ed dodgeball competition on Saturday, September 26 from 5-9 p.m. at Countryside Recreation Center, located at 15038 N. Parkview Place. The $5 entry fee includes individual tournament participation, food, drinks and fun. Youth ages 13-17 can participate.

Teen Night

A cool event for 6-8th graders featuring music, dancing, dodgeball, video games and more. It’s happening October 9 from 7-10 p.m. at Sierra Montana Recreation Center, located at 14821 N Spring Lane. The entry fee is $5.

Haunted Maze

Find your way through a spooky maze at Sierra Montana Recreation Center this fall. The maze will be open nightly October 29 – 31 from 6-9 p.m. Sierra Montana Recreation Center is located at 14861 N. Spring Lane. $5 entry for screamers of all ages. Children under age 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

Bubble Soccer Tournament

Put on a bubble and bash into your friends at the upcoming co-ed Bubble Soccer Tournament on Saturday, November 21 from 5-9 p.m.! The tournament will take place at 8 Acres Park, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. The tournament is open to teens ages 13-17. The individual cost to participate is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Teams of five are welcome.

Jr. Sundancer Volunteer Program

The City of Surprise Junior Sundancer Volunteer Organization offers cool ways for youth to give back to their community while completing community service hours! The Community and Recreation Services Department offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities at its events and community programs. For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact Tim Manley at 623.222.2264 or timothy.manley@surpriseaz.gov.

Be sure to follow Surprise Teen Programs on Facebook at www.facebook.com/surpriseteenprograms to keep up with exciting events and opportunities! For more information regarding Surprise Teen Programs or other programs offered by the Community and Recreation Services Department, please call 623.222.2000.

As always, thank you for your support.

Vice Mayor John Williams



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