Now that we have turned our calendars to November, we are preparing for our fall traditions and anticipating the holidays. For our city, this month begins planning for our next fiscal year and fairly soon, we will begin the process to update our General Plan 2035.
Council Conversations Show
The overall housing market and affordable housing, in particular, has been discussed at great lengths over the last few months. To help provide insight for residents on the situation, I interviewed Arizona Department of Housing Director Tom Simplot about the current housing status and potential solutions for the state and our city. In addition, I interviewed Community Development Director Chris Boyd regarding the local development process and much more. My latest Council Conversations show can be found at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/watch?v=k-TZU5dr08w.
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) is responsible for re-drawing maps for congressional and legislative districts every decade. The Commission was created by voters in 2000 to limit political influence by the legislature in re-drawing congressional and legislative district maps. It consists of two democrats, two republicans and one independent.
The IRC has been hosting meetings across the state as part of a listening tour, and they have been gathering information from the public via their website in order to prepare draft maps. I contributed my thoughts at their meeting in Surprise on October 7. If you would like more information on the process, meetings or maps, please visit the IRC website at https://irc.az.gov/.
Veterans Day Parade
Our 7th Annual City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade will be held on Thursday, November 11. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will be routed along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane. It will feature community entries honoring the men and women in uniform who have selflessly served our country.
The morning starts with breakfast from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at Surprise Stadium in the centerfield plaza and will feature pancakes, choice of sausage or bacon and breakfast refreshments. Tickets for the breakfast will be sold the day of the parade for $6 per plate and $2 for refreshments (Cash only).
Parking will be available for parade attendees at the Surprise Community Park and Surprise Aquatic Center parking lots, located at 15953 N Bullard Avenue.
In preparation for the parade, the following roads will be closed at 9:30 a.m. and will reopen shortly after the conclusion of the parade:
- Paradise Lane between Bullard Avenue and Buck O’Neil Way
- Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane
We hope to see you there!
The Surprise SciTech Festival will occur on November 6 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall outside courtyard at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. This free, fun-filled educational event features interactive science, technology, engineering, art and math exhibits and demonstrations. There will also be a variety of food trucks, music, and a gaming trailer!
Demonstrations and displays include:
- Dysart Unified Electric Karts and Robotics Team
- Surprise Police, Fire-Medical, Water Conservation and other City Departments
- Business and Higher Ed Institutions
- Plus, Dino Crew, 30-minute Mad Science Shows (10 a.m. & 12 p.m.), a Virtual Gaming Truck and more!
For more information on the event, please visit surpriseaz.gov/scitech
Surprise Care & Share Expo
The Care & Share Expo is a free community event that will help create connections to human service organizations, health resources and medical checks. It’s a one-stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth and self-empowerment. Plus, there will be fun events for the entire family to enjoy!
Here’s a look at some of the services and activities you can expect:
- Food pantry
- Pet wellness services and supplies provided by Chance Shelter (dogs & cats only)
- Dental screenings and fluoride varnishing for kids aged 0-5 and expectant mothers, provided by First Teeth First
- Health screenings
- Utility assistance for Surprise & El Mirage residents
- Veteran & Disability Services Info
- Kids’ Zone with activities
- Free lunch (while supplies last)
- Raffle prizes
- and more!
The Surprise Care & Share Expo is Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the City Hall Courtyard at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. This event is hosted by the City of Surprise Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission and is presented by First Things First and Health Choice Arizona.
Wishing you and your families a happy Thanksgiving!