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Ottawa’s 1st Home Football Game
Ottawa University hosted its first home football game on Saturday, September 4. Ottawa wanted to spotlight its partnership with the City of Surprise during halftime by recognizing Mayor and Council, who support the partnership.
Surprise Fiesta Grande
Our annual street festival is back! Join us for the 8th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande to celebrate our city’s cultural heritage on Saturday, October 9 from 5–10 p.m. Admission and parking are free! Plus, we’ll have free shuttle drop-off to the area. Authentic Mexican food, classic car show, arts and crafts, music & live entertainment, and more! Please visit surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande for more details.
October Day of Service
Show your community pride by participating in a day of community service on October 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St., before venturing out to various cleanup and beautification projects across the city. To volunteer, contact Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Care & Share Expo
The 2nd Annual Care & Share Expo will be held on Saturday, November 13. This year’s all-ages event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. Your participation or sponsorship will help the community connect to human service organizations, health resources, and medical checks. This free event is a one-stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth, and self-empowerment. Plus, there will be fun for the entire family! For more details, go to bit.ly/3yM9LGs
Washington, D.C. Trip
Last month, I traveled to Washington D.C. with elected officials from Glendale, Goodyear and Phoenix to meet with members of Congress, the Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin regarding FY22 legislative initiatives, Luke Air Force Base updates and initiatives, and infrastructure needs in Surprise. Luke Air Force Base provides a $2.5 billion annual economic impact to the West Valley and remains a priority for surrounding cities to keep it for generations to come. Luke AFB is the home to nearly 6,900 active duty and reserve airmen as well as civilian employees. As part of the F-35 training program, the base population has grown and is expected to grow to nearly 24,000 by 2026. I had the opportunity to visit Lockheed Martin and try the F35 simulator. It was so much fun and I was able to avoid motion sickness!
Surprise Public Safety officials invite you to attend the upcoming G.A.I.N. Night (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods). This free, interactive community event is Saturday, October 23, from 5 – 9 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park – 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There will be trick-or-treating, a gaming trailer and laser tag, live music, a Chick-Fil-A hot air balloon, public safety displays by Surprise Police and Fire-Medical, and so much more! Food and beverage will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/specialevents
Surprise Veterans Day Parade
The City of Surprise is hosting its 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade to honor those who have bravely served our country. The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 11, and will run along Bullard Avenue between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes.
Sunday in the Park
Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on October 17 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are November 7, January 23, February 13 and April 3.
2050 MAG Regional Transportation Plan
Do you want a choice of safe and reliable options to get around the Valley of the Sun? From September 13 – October 13, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is asking for your input and review of the MOMENTUM 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program, and 2021 MAG Conformity Analysis. More details here: azmag.gov/Newsroom/Public-Notices
Surprise AZ Fall League
The month of October truly is for baseball, and with the start of the Arizona Fall League, the City of Surprise sets the stage for baseball’s future breakout stars. The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams who compete in the Arizona Fall League, will begin their season Tuesday, October 14 at Surprise Stadium. The roster for the Surprise Saguaros will include the top prospects from the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, and Washington Nationals. Click here for schedule and pricing: bit.ly/2XOn0dj
Meet and Greet
My next meeting will be October 9 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #B101. Please check surpriseaz.gov for updates to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, feel free to email me at email@example.com with any questions or concerns you may have.
City Council Meetings
The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings are October 5 and 19 at 6 p.m. Please 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.