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What is CTE? Career and technical education, or CTE, prepares students for high-wage, high-skill, high- demand careers in established and

Software development

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The city of Chandler is on a mission to ensure its aging community remains active and connected to the resources it needs, Chandler Community Services Director Andy Bass said, but city ocials have real- ized existing amenities and programs may not meet the needs of the growing number of active adults in Chandler. Chandler is embarking on a study to look into the feasibility of a multigenerational center in the city as well as capitalizing on new programs at the city’s existing senior center. “When you talk about seniors today, it’s really like two dynamic and dierent groups of seniors,” Bass said. “You have people who are between 50 and 75 who don’t necessarily t with what we traditionally think of as a senior. Then you have a 75-plus popula- tion that may be more ‘traditional’ seniors.” Bass said the population of seniors in Chandler has grown substantially over the years. The Chandler population over 55 grew from nearly 16% in 2010 to CONTINUED ON 16 City to focus on growing active adult population BY ALEXA D’ANGELO SOURCES: CITY OF CHANDLER, U.S. CENSUS BUREAU COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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7,391 Average national high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs Number of CUSD students enrolled in CTE courses in 2019-20

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Film and TV

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CTE classes diversify tomeet industry needs

The number of students enrolled in career and technical education courses has steadily increased over the years in Chandler, and in response part- nerships with businesses and industry profession- als are leading to more opportunities for student internships and the creation of talent pipelines for companies looking to ll trade positions. Career and technical education, known more Career and technical education programs continue to expand BY ALEXA D’ANGELO

commonly as CTE, is the practice of teaching spe- cic career skills to students in middle school, high school and postsecondary institutions. Students in Chandler high schools are able to take classes during their typical school day as electives and work their way toward earning a certication that can get them into a career immediately after graduation, if they so choose. Chandler USD has 19 CTE program clusters that each have a variety of classes. Students can take classes in automotive technology, bioscience, business, cabinet making, culinary arts, digital

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8 Bibio , a Korean restaurant, is set to open in Chandler at 6140 W. Chandler Blvd. The restaurant has a location open in Gilbert. The business is expected to open sometime in February. https://bibiokitchen.com 9 Lilac OBGYN , a new OBGYN practice is expected to open Feb. 17. The business is located at 655 S. Dobson Road, Ste. 101 in Chandler. 480-459-2555. www.lilacobgyn.com 10 Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restau- rant , a chain of Napa-inspired restau- rants, tasting rooms, and wine bars will open sometime in 2020 in Chandler. The location will be just outside Chandler Fashion Center. https://chwinery.com 11 Construction began on a new Salad & Go located at the southeast corner of Gilbert and Queen Creek roads in Chandler. Salad & Go, a drive-thru salad restaurant, has multiple locations across the Valley. It also offers coffee and breakfast. https://saladandgo.com

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NOWOPEN 1 Open since Dec. 12, 5.11 Tactical offers tactical gear ranging from police and fire gear to knives, belts, flashlights, boots, bags and more. It is located at 2880 E. Germann Road in Chandler. 480-536-7175. www.511tactical.com 2 Chicago’s Pizza With a Twist opened Dec. 23 in Chandler. The restaurant is located at 3950 W. Ray Road and serves traditional and Asian-inspired pizzas as

well as vegetarian and vegan options. 602-675-6777. www.chicagospizzatwist.com/home 3 Doughnuttery opened at Chandler Fashion Center on Nov. 28. Located at 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, the eatery offers an array of doughnuts and dipping sauces. 480-530-0064. www.doughnuttery.com 4 Hot Bamboo , a dumplings restau- rant, opened Jan. 10 at 980 E. Pecos

Road, Ste. 4, Chandler. The restaurant specializes in handmade steamed buns, rice bowls and more. 480-257-3304. www.hotbamboo.com 5 My Sister’s Attic opened Jan. 11 at 2915 W. Ray Road in Chandler. The move will allow for more space at My Sister’s Attic, a furniture resale shop. The new space will be the largest My Sister’s Attic

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12 Sola Salon Studios ,located 2680 E. Germann Road in Chandler, is a salon suite business now under construc- tion. The business, which has another Chandler location, does not yet have an opening date. 480-210-8699. www.solasalonstudios.com 13 Ted’s Hot Dogs will open in Gilbert instead of Chandler. The restaurant signed a lease in October at Gilbert Road south of Germann Road and will break ground in February. No opening date has been announced. www.tedshotdogs.com ANNIVERSARY 14 BKD’s Backyard Joint celebrated its one-year anniversary Jan. 25. The restau- rant, located at 980 E. Pecos Road, Ste. 5, in Chandler celebrated the landmark

with a party for its patrons. 480-935-2537. www.bkdsbackyard.com NEWOWNERSHIP 15 Bourbon Jacks American Tavern is the new name for Bourbon Jacks Bar & Grill in downtown Chandler. The busi- ness is under new ownership. The bar and restaurant is located at 11 W. Boston St. in Chandler. 480-269-0800. http://bourbonjacks.com CLOSINGS 16 B2 Burgers & Brews closed in Chan- dler on Dec. 29. The restaurant had been in its location at 393 W. Warner Road, Ste. 121M for two years, according to the company’s social media pages. www.facebook.com/b2burgersbrews

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EXPERIENCE THE BLACKVIOLIN TOUR CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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Black Violin is led by classically trained string players Wil B. and Kev Marcus. A DJ and drummer join the duo on stage to blend classical and hip-hop music. $36-$56. 7:30 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680. www.chandlercenter.org (Photo courtesy Chandler Center for the Arts)

The Angry Crab Shack Southwest Cajun Fest will celebrate Cajun culture, cuisine, handcrafted beer and more. The event is presented by Abita Brewing in downtown Chandler. $8-$45. Noon. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. 602-276-2499. www.southwestcajunfest.com (Photo courtesy HDE Agency)

The Golden Dragon Acrobats will bring their act to Gilbert. (Photo courtesy Higley Center for the Performing Arts) WORTH THE TRIP Golden Dragon Acrobats This touring acrobatic troupe represents the best of a time- honored Chinese tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The show combines acrobatics and traditional dance with ancient and contemporary music. 7 p.m. $28-$40. 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert 480-279-7194 http://higleycenter.org

JANUARY 30 LEARN THE HISTORY OF THE BERLINWALL The Chandler Museum is hosting a presentation about the history of the Berlin Wall as a starting point to address what walls have meant throughout history. According to the event website, the discussion about walls is prompted by the suggestion of a wall at the United States and Mexico border. Free. 7 p.m. Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive. 480-782-2717. http://chandlermuseum.org 30 DISCOVER RAPTORS IN CHANDLER Learn more about the predators that monitor the skies. Discover Arizona’s raptors as participants learn the importance the animals have in the environment. Birdwatchers will identify species of birds, such as hawks, and detail their habits and the ways they hunt. $7 registration. 6:30 p.m. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler. 480-782-2000. www.chandleraz.gov FEBRUARY 01 SEE GEORGE LOPEZ PERFORM LIVE Stand-up comedian George Lopez brings his act to Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino for two shows in one day. Lopez is known for his commentary on growing up Hispanic and being Mexican in a politically divisive time in America. The show is part of his "The Wall" world tour. $47-$77. 10 p.m. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. https://playatgila.com 07 CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY IN CHANDLER The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment and the right of black men to vote after the Civil War. The theme of the historical celebration this year is rooted in African Americans making their voices

weekend pass). Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler. https://arizonarootsfestival.com/contact 22 CELEBRATEMARDI GRAS IN DOWNTOWN CHANDLER The Perch Brewery hosts its sixth annual Mardi Gras party this year. Featured performers include The Irie, Southbound and Blackbeards Delight, with other announcements for performers expected to be released in late January and early February. The Perch Brewery is best known for its house brews and birds which are displayed on the restaurant's large patio in cages. $10 (early bird). 4 p.m. The Perch Brewery, 232 S. Wall St., Chandler. 480-773-7688. Now, she brings her talent to a show in Chandler. She has become a featured soloist for Josh Groban and toured with Chriss Botti, among others, according to her biography. Micarelli will showcase her talents in everything from jazz to classical to Americana. $38-$58. 7 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680. www.chandlercenter.org 25 SUPPORT THE ARTS BY EATING OUT Eat Your Art Out Chandler is a community event that brings together Chandler restaurants, arts patrons and sponsors for one day to show support for the arts in Chandler. Donations raised support the Chandler Center for the Arts free arts programs, which serve more than 16,800 individuals per year. Restaurants can sign up to help donate a percentage of their proceeds for one day to Chandler Center for the Arts. Costs vary. Locations vary. www.chandlercenter.org/support-us/ fundraising-events/eat-your-art-out- chandler http://perchpubbrewery.com/ 23 SEE LUCIAMICARELLI IN CONCERT Lucia Micarelli, a Juilliard-trained artist, entertained audiences with her vocals and violin skills across the country.

heard at the ballot box. The event is put on by the South Chandler Self-Help Foundation in cooperation with the city. Free. 5 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680. www.chandlercenter.org 08 ATTEND THE CHANDLER SCIENCE SPECTACULAR The Chandler Science Spectacular showcases the businesses, artists, students and innovators in the community as Chandler participates in the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival. The event oers opportunities for attendees to explore the discoveries of science created in their own city. Free. 10 a.m. Downtown Chandler, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2000. www.chandleraz.gov/explore/special- events/chandler-scitech-festival 20 ATTEND CHANDLER'S STATE OF THE CITY EVENT Join Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke as he takes the audience through the State of the City, an annual event that celebrates Chandler's successes from the last year and oers a preview of the upcoming year. Prior to the address, attendees can head to the Made in Chandler Expo, which showcases several products that are made in Chandler, according to the city of Chandler website. The expo begins at 5:30 p.m. and the address begins at 6 p.m. Free. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2000. MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL In this second annual event, a range of performers join the lineup for the festival. The Arizona Roots Festival is brought to Chandler by the same producers as the California Roots Music & Artist Festival in Monterey, California. The event features plenty of live music as well as green initiatives, VIP experiences and partnerships with nonprots. $109 (general admission www.chandleraz.gov 22 THROUGH 23 HEAD TO THE ARIZONA ROOTS

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Gilbert Sweets Festival This event has sweets for children and drinks for the adults. It also has rides, photo opportunities, a pie- eating contest, cookie decorating, a live art mural and a photo booth. Dogs on a leash are welcome. A portion of the proceeds will benet Foster Arizona. Free (12 and under), $7 (over 12). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gilbert North Civic Center Campus 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert 480-586-6711 https://www.sweetsfest.com

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ONGOING PROJECTS 1 Queen Creek Road improvements Queen Creek Road between McQueen and Gilbert roads will be widened to six lanes and include raised medians. Status: In the week of Jan. 6, crews began installing reclaimed and water pipeline extensions in various locations between Cooper and Gilbert Road. Also the week of Jan. 6, crews began grading and conducting excavation for a reten- tion basin between Emmett and Cooper roads. Timeline: March 2019-August 2020 Cost: $17.25 million Funding source: city of Chandler 2 Loop 101 widening The Arizona Department of Transpor- tation is adding a travel lane in each direction on a stretch of the Loop 101 freeway. The project began last year and will continue through summer 2020. Status: The southbound Loop 101 on- ramp at Guadalupe Road and off-ramp at Elliot Road closed starting Jan. 10 and will remain closed until 5 a.m. Feb. 27. Timeline: May 2019-summer 2020 Cost: $76 million Funding sources: half-cent sales tax, federal highway funds

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3 Val Vista Drive improvements The Town of Gilbert is conducting work on Val Vista Drive from Appleby Road to Riggs Road to widen Val Vista. The improvements include a six-lane section with a raised landscaped median, bike lanes, sidewalks and streetlights from Ocotillo Road to Merlot Street. Status: Currently the work on Val Vista and Chandler Heights is development work. There are utilities associated with the project that are being relocated on the shoulders of Val Vista. Timeline: mid-February-June 2021 Cost: $25.96 million Funding source: town of Gilbert

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Chandler USD tomodify high school boundaries in 202122

School board asks city to annex innewschool CHANDLER USD At a governing board meeting Jan. 8, the Chandler USD board unanimously approved an item requesting the city of Chandler annex the district’s latest high school into the city. The land for the new high school is located at the corner of Brooks Farm and Gilbert roads. The land on which the school will be built is in Maricopa County and is considered a county island, which is a parcel of land near a city or a town that is not technically in that city or town and that is owned by the county. According to the item on the board’s agenda, being a county island can present some challenges at a school in the areas of police, re, potable water and more. District ocials expect the new high school will open for the 2021- 2022 school year. BY ALEXA D’ANGELO

YOUR COMMENTS MATTERS. WE DO TAKE INTOACCOUNT EVERYTHING YOU SAY.” DAVID EVANS, CUSD SCHOOL BOARDMEMBER Chandler USD The board on Jan. 8 voted to keep Barb Mozdzen as board president and Laura Bruner as vice president of the board. Mesa Public Schools The Mesa Public Schools board voted to keep Elaine Miner as board president Jan. 14. Marcie Hutchinson was elected clerk of the board. Kyrene School District The Kyrene MEETINGHIGHLIGHTS Chandler USD board Feb. 12, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. 1525 W. Frye Road, Chandler 480-812-7000 • www.cusd80.com Kyrene School District board Feb. 11, Feb. 25, 7 p.m. 8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe 480-541-1000 • www.kyrene.org Mesa Public Schools board Feb. 11, Feb. 25, 5 p.m. 549 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa 480-472-0000 • www.mpsaz.org Tempe Union High School District board Feb. 5, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. 500. W. Guadalupe Road, Tempe 480-839-0292 • www.tempeunion.org board elected Jan. 14 to keep Michael Myrick as president and Kevin Walsh as vice president. Tempe Union High School District The board elected Berdetta Hodge as president and Brian Garcia as vice president Jan. 15 . MEETINGSWE COVER

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board at a meeting Feb. 26, and in April, the board is expected to adopt the new school boundaries.

CHANDLER USD At a governing board meeting Jan. 8, the Chan- dler USD school board heard a presentation on proposed high school boundary changes that would take eect in the 2021-22 school year and would account for enrollment at the district’s latest high school. According to the presentation, the boundary change would relieve the increased projected enrollment at Hamilton and Perry high schools. District ocials project that the high school enroll- ment districtwide is expected to climb by 2,600 students by the 2023-24 school year. District ocials will gather pub- lic input and present a recommen- dation on boundary changes to the

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2021-22 Implementation of new boundaries SOURCE: CHANDLER USD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Chandler sees increased open enrollment applications this year, according to ocials

applications from rst day of enrollment last year 220 2020 DAY 1 OPEN ENROLLMENT

Terry Locke, a spokesperson for CUSD, said as of Jan. 16 the district had seen 220 more applications than the same time last year. Locke also said online applications for elementary schools came from ve countries and four states from prospective future Arizona resi- dents. High school open enrollment occurs in person at the district oce. Open enrollment in CUSD is

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CHANDLER USD Open enrollment began Jan. 13 in Chandler USD, and district ocials said they saw an increase in the number of enrollment applications on the rst day. Open enrollment is the process by which parents and guardians can apply for their student to attend a school outside of their neighborhood boundaries.

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Chandler Center for theArts receives grants for youth CHANDLER Chandler Center for the Arts was awarded $20,000 in grants from the Arizona Lottery and the Gila River Indian Commu- nity Council to support the city’s Connecting Kids arts programs. Arizona Lottery gave the Chan- dler Cultural Foundation a $10,000 grant. The foundation is a not-for- prot organization contracted with the city of Chandler to create pro- grams and raise funds for Chandler Center for the Arts in 2019. Chandler Center for the Arts received funding from the Gila River Indian Community Council through a city of Chandler grant opportunity. The $10,000 was received in October and is the result of a resolution the com- munity passed in 2002 to share gaming revenues with nearby communities to improve the overall quality of life for residents in Arizona. BY ALEXA D’ANGELO Grant breakdown Chandler Center for the Arts was awarded grants to support programs for kids. $10,000 From the Arizona Lottery $10,000 From the Gila River Indian Community Council SOURCE: CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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The Housing Choice Voucher Pro- gram is a type of federal assistance provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development dedicated to assisting low-income families, the elderly and the disabled whose incomes do not exceed levels set by the federal government. In October, the city opened the Housing Choice Voucher for the rst time since 2016, but the opening of the wait list was delayed “until further notice,” according to a release from the city at the time. As of print deadline, it was not clear when the list would open.

CHANDLER At a meeting of the public housing authority commission Jan. 6, the commission approved an amendment to a resolution that details eligibility, selection and admission policies for Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs in Chandler. The amendment is to the 2015- 2020 Five-Year and 2019 Annual plans and would allow the city to move to a lottery system for place- ment of applications on the wait list, according to city records. This system used to be rst-come, rst-served.

CITY COUNCIL.” RENÉ LOPEZ, CHANDLER VICE MAYOR

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS CHANDLER René Lopez was elected vice mayor at a City Council meeting Jan. 9. Lopez will serve in the role for the next year. He has been on the City Council since January 2015, and his term expires in January 2023. CHANDLER City Council approved Jan. 9 an ordinance that would rezone from single- family residential to planned area development nine single-family homes on the southeast corner of Shawnee Drive and Dobson Road. CHANDLER The City of Chandler will hold a special election March 10. The deadline to register to vote for the ballot-by-mail election is Feb. 10. The election will feature a proposed amendment to the city charter that would change the city's election dates to conform with state law. ARIZONA Feb. 18 is the deadline to register to vote in the March 17 Presidential Preference Election. The Presidential Preference election is for registered Democrat party voters only. Chandler City Council Feb. 13, Feb. 27, 6 p.m. 88 E. Chicago St., Chandler 480-782-2181 • www.chandleraz.gov MEETINGSWE COVER

City issues requests for proposals for a new contractor for the cafe at downtown library

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automatically receive notication of any additions to the solicitation. A preproposal conference will be held Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. in the Copper Room at the Downtown Chandler Public Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. A one-time site visit will be conducted immediately following the conference.

CHANDLER The city announced Jan. 6 it had issued a request for proposals seeking a new contractor for the cafe located inside the Down- town Chandler Public Library. According to a news release from the city, the city is looking for con- tractors who can propose the “best available customer experience and pricing for cafe amenities.” Propos- als may include, but are not limited to food, drink and coee sales; coee- and tea-related merchandise; and gifts. Proposers must register via the online vendor registration system to

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State Forty Eight has two brick-and-mortar locations, one in Phoenix and one in Chandler.

BUSINESS FEATURE

Stephen Polando (left), Nicholas Polando and Michael Spangenberg founded State Forty Eight in 2013.

State Forty Eight Clothing company aims to celebrate Arizona pride, community W hen Michael Spangenberg, Stephen Polando and Nicholas Polando started State Forty Eight in 2013, they were Stephen asked his brother, Nicholas, to create the company’s rst logo, and from there, the owners said, the company took o. “It’s surreal; we never really expected it to be what it is now,” Stephen said. BY ALEXA D’ANGELO

operating out of a spare room in a house in Chan- dler. Seven years later, the trio has expanded State Forty Eight to two locations—one in Phoenix and one in Chandler—not to mention the hundreds of partnerships they have with local municipalities, sports teams and schools. The business creates specialty shirts, hats, stick- ers and jackets, but Spangenberg said State Forty Eight is about much more than selling T-shirts and hats. “We are a fan of representing Arizona with pride,” Spangenberg said. “It’s so much more than just a product to us.” Spangenberg said he had always had an entre- preneurial spirit and a love of clothing. “Back-to-school shopping for clothes was my favorite thing,” he said. Stephen and Spangenberg had been friends since elementary school, and when Stephen pitched the idea of a clothing company rooted in a love of Arizona, Spangenberg knew this was the business he wanted to help create.

Nicholas said the last seven years have been exciting, but there is even more the business wants to do. “There are so many cool opportunities out there,” Nicholas said. State Forty Eight brand clothing items are now available at the Chase Field Team Shop, the Phoe- nix Suns Team Shop and plenty of other retailers, including some casinos, across the Valley. The owners said they also make an eort to have philanthropic partnerships in which proceeds go to a nonprot. One of the company’s shirts is designed for rst responders, and proceeds go toward former Diamondbacks player Luis Gonza- lez’s nonprot, Gonzo’s Hometown Heroes Fund. The company also has plenty of partnerships with local cities. “We started by all buying in with $400 each guy, and to see where we’ve ended up so far is really emotional for us and hard to put into words,” Stephen said.

State Forty Eight specializes in T-shirts, jackets, stickers and a variety of other Arizona-themed products that showcase state pride.

State Forty Eight 3245 N. Arizona Ave., Ste. E4, Chandler 480-616-4899 www.statefortyeight.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., closed Sun.

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LOCAL GUIDE

Compiled by: Alexa D'Angelo Designed by: Damien Hernandez

Chandler is home to several bars and restaurants, but it is also the location of several locally owned breweries.

Check out our guide to our local breweries.

FlyingBasset Brewing Located on the Chandler-Gilbert border, Flying Basset oers daily food and drink specials in addition to a breakfast menu. The brewery is locally owned and -operated. The business also has a dog-friendly patio and bike parking. Popular brews: Let It Fly, Basset Blonde, Livin The Dream, Lazy Hazy, 747 Heavy 720 W. Ray Road, Gilbert 480-426-1373 https://yingbassetbrewing.com P F H HelluvaBrewingCo. Owners and brewmasters Steve Stone and Shawn Shepard meshed their love of beer with business when they opened Helluva Brewing in Chandler. The restaurant and brewery markets itself as an artisan beer and fun dining experience. Popular brews: Hopedelic, Das Gut, Up in Smoke 3950 W. Ray Road, Ste. 5, Chandler 480-664-6488 www.helluvabrewing.com P F H HopCentral Hop Central boasts more than 36 taps of domestic and imported craft beer, including six of its own, and also oers wine for wine enthusiasts. The mission of the brewery and taproom is to create an exceptional experience for those who venture in. Popular brews: Anchocolate Stout, Get O Mailbock, House IPA, Any Storm In A Port(er) 5055 W. Ray Road, Ste. 2, Chandler 480-284-6320 https://hopcentralbrewery.com H ThePerchBrewery The Perch Brewery and Pub is not just a place to grab a beer; it also serves as a home to more than 50 tropical rescue birds. With a rooftop bar and a garden landscape, patrons can enjoy the view and sip on the 40 craft beers the brewery oers. Popular brews: The Perch Parrot Strong, The Perch Autumn Migration Lager, The Perch Hopped Up 232 S. Wall St., Chandler 480-773-7688 http://perchpubbrewery.com L P F H

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“brewstillery” oering small-batch vodka and 25 independent craft beers, including at least one brew of its own at all times. The brewery shares a campus with Civic Market, which oers pizza, salads, and snacks. QuartHaus is a recent addition to downtown Chandler, as part of the city's overall eort to expand oerings in the downtown area. Popular brews: Polly Dolly, Roadie Grapefruit

ArizonaWildernessBrewingCo. Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. was created to celebrate hand-crafted, artisanal beers that are inspired by the state of Arizona. Founders Jonathan Buford and Patrick Ware melded their love of travel and the Arizona wilderness with beer to create the brewery. Popular brews: Bear Wallow Berliner Weisse, Druid 721 N. Arizona Ave., Ste. 103, Gilbert 480-497-2739 https://azwbeer.com P F H

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SanTanBrewery Founder Anthony Canecchia began SanTan with a mission to pair great food and great beer with a great atmosphere, according to the company’s website. The business has been open since 2007 in downtown Chandler and has since expanded to include a spirits room at that location and a distillery elsewhere in Chandler. Popular brews: Juicy Jack, Epicenter, Hop Shock, Devil's Ale, Sunspot Gold 8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler 480-917-8700 https://santanbrewing.com P F H

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. (Photos by Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

FlixBrewhouse At this brewhouse, patrons can grab a meal, a movie and a drink. Flix Brewhouse brews nine of its own beers and oers 38 other draft beers for guests to enjoy. Popular brews: 10 day Scottish Ale, Luna Rosa Wit, Flix Golden Ale 1 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler 480-476-8080 www.ixbrewhouse.com F H

Juicy Jack is a popular brew at SanTan. The busi- ness also boasts a lunch and dinner menu.

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DINING FEATURE

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Leon Espinoza took over Espo's from his parents nearly 40 years ago.

Espo's Mexican Food brings together family and tradition to create meals such as the El Jefe, a carne asada burrito. (Photos by Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Espinozas purchased a small market rst before the Espo's location.

Espo's is known for its traditional Mexican dishes and avors.

Espo’sMexican Food 3867 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler 480-588-7377 www.facebook.com/EsposMexican Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. ESPO'S HISTORY 1967 David Espinoza leases old Estrella Market. 1974 David Espinoza opens Espo's Restaurant. 1982 Leon Espinoza takes over operations.

Espo’sMexican Food Mexican restaurant serves up tradition and authenticity in its dishes M ore than 50 years ago, David and Olga Espinoza opened Espo’s as a restau- any of the work he did as a kid; he said it made him who he is today. “I am my parents’ child,” he said. Espo’s Mexican Food is best

Exquisite Space in the heart of Downtown Chandler “My favorite time of the day is when I am in here all by myself and everything is quiet,” Leon said. “I’ll feel them here with me. Like a tap on my shoulder saying, ‘You’re doing good, kid.’” supporting the barrio.” Leon said he has grown with the restaurant as time has passed and learned to appreciate the lessons his parents taught over the many years they worked together. “Everything Espo’s is today is because of them,” he said. “I am lucky enough to carry on their legacy.” David and Olga have both died, but Leon said he knows they are with him whenever he is in the restaurant alone.

rant serving American cuisine. But years ago, the family-owned business made a shift in the food that was served and began serving Olga’s traditional Mexican dishes. Espo’s is run by Leon Espinoza, Olga and David’s son. Leon began working at the restaurant when he was 13 or 14, he said, and took over operations nearly 40 years ago. “I was cleaning grease traps and picking up trash in the parking lot and helping my mom cook,” he said. “My father said to me that he wanted me to know everything about every aspect of the business.” Leon said he would not change

known for its green chili, and Leon said patrons of the restaurant who do not live locally will ask him to ship it to them. He said they are shipping their green chili across the U.S., but the restaurant thrives o of regulars. “I’ve seen generations of cus- tomers and employees; I’ve seen four generations of a family come through here,” he said. “My mother and father always said we have to give back to our community, and they really wanted a place where we were able to give back to our community. They were all about

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Chandler sees enrol lment growt h in CTE

Career and technical education courses have grown in popularity in Chandler USD over the years, according to district data. With new course oerings, and a new high school in 2015, the district has seen a growth in CTE enrollment since 2015-2016.

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photography, drafting, early childhood education, engineering sciences, fash- ion design andmerchandising, graphic and web design, marketing, lm and television, network security, nursing, plant systems, software development, sports medicine and technical theater. In Maricopa County, according to the Arizona Department of Economic Services, construction, administrative and waste services, information technology, health care and social assistance, nance and insurance, and manufacturing are the top in-demand industries. Comfort Systems USA Southwest President Joe Nichter said he is seeing a signicant labor shortage in lling positions at the heating, ventilation and air conditioning business. “It is not a quick path to ll this shortage,” Nichter said, noting he is waiting for students to get out of school and workers to get out of apprenticeships. He said in order to ll the positions he needs, he needs technicians and leaders. “I don’t want to see schools teaching a kid to turn a wrench; I want them to learn about technology and customers so they are better prepared About a decade ago, longtime Chan- dler educator Ken James said he saw a shift in the way career and technical education courses were talked about. “It used to be these classes were for the kids that weren’t going to college,” James, executive director of educational programs, said. “There was a stigma on ‘those kids’ who took those classes; it was expected they’d get blue-collar jobs. Now CTE is seen as really for all students.” With a mentality shift and a change in programming over the years, enroll- ment in CTE courses has increased, according to CUSD ocials. About ve years ago enrollment across the district’s six high schools in CTE programs was at 5,858. In the 2019-20 academic year, that enrollment was 7,391. James said much of that growth for the future,” Nichter said. Changes inCTEperceptions

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is due to the opening of Camille Casteel High School in 2015. James said that while Casteel is the biggest contributor for enrollment growth, he hopes "additional promotion of CTE programs and families understanding the value of taking CTE classes has contributed to some of the growth." “It used to be called ‘vocational education,’ and classes were limited to agriculture and auto and cabinet making,” said Lindsay Duran, assistant director of CTE for CUSD. “Then we looked at trends in our community and added more options and made adjustments over time. Chandler stands out because we look at what is happening and what is coming up and what we can add for students.” "ITDOESN’TMATTER IF THEYAREGOINGTO AUNIVERSITYORA TECHNICAL COLLEGE; THERE ISAPLACE FOR EVERYSTUDENT.” In the 2019-20 school year, CUSD added its network security CTE program at Basha High School. The program is designed to teach students cybersecurity skills. “Students can start as freshmen and continue through their senior  LINDSAY DURAN

school year, 620 students were enrolled in EVIT courses, according to CUSD ocials. But it is more than just training students for a career, though career training is the main focus of CTE. “They will learn leadership; they will learn how to work with someone else,” James said. “You have to work together as a team a lot of times. Those are just some of the soft skills you don’t get in a traditional classroom.” Looking to the futureof CTE Gov. Doug Ducey proclaimed February as Career and Technical Edu- cation Month in 2019 to recognize the importance of preparing students for college or a career after graduation. Ducey’s scal year 2019-2020 bud- get invests $10 million to expand CTE oerings across Arizona. Through a grant program, high schools with CTE programs will receive up to $1,000 for each student who graduates with a certication in specic industries. Renee Levin , community aairs manager at Intel who also served on the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Develop- ment Coalition, said partnerships between businesses and schools to get students interested in CTE programs end up beneting the community. “The more training and education

year in these classes, and by the time they nish, they can come out with multiple certications preparing them for a job,” Duran said. Duran and James said CUSD is continuing to look at expanding CTE oerings based on industry needs, but also based on student interests. The district is in the early stages of looking at a rst responders CTE program. “I see CTE only getting bigger and better,” James said. “And we are always looking at new programs here in Chandler.” What CTEoers students Classes in CTE programs oer hands-on training for students, Duran said. It is required that at least 51% of class time is spent doing hands-on training, she said. “They learn the content and then can immediately apply it,” Duran said. “Sometimes it’s project-based, like making a marketing or business plan. Or in nursing, students will go to clini- cals. It’s all about learning the content and applying it in the real world.” In addition to the courses available at CUSD schools, students can take CTE classes through the East Valley Institute of Technology, which oers more specialty CTE classes, such as 3-D animation, aviation and cosme- tology, that many schools do not have the ability to oer. In the 2019-20

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