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April 2022 • Newsletter

Thank you for signing up for Mayor updates. It is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me at skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov, 623.222.1313 or 623.451.3975. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at mayor.surpriseaz.gov. Follow me on Facebook facebook.com/SurpriseMayor and Twitter @SkipHall2.

Arts & Culture Grant Program

We are now accepting applications for an Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission-led grant program that supports qualified community-based organizations pursuing arts and cultural events or activities benefiting Surprise residents. Applications are being accepted now through April 22. The application, program details and eligibility requirements are available online at surpriseaz.gov/artsgrant

2022 Surprise Retail Survey

2022 Surprise Retail SurveyWe want to hear from you! If you could have anything in Surprise, what would it be? The Retail Survey is open until April 24 and is available at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey. This year, we’re also offering a youth survey for those under the age of 18.

Summer Job Program for Teens

The City of Surprise is offering a summer job program for Surprise teens between the ages of 15 – 19 who are income-eligible. Through the City Council approved Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), applicants must be available to work up to 25 hours a week for six weeks between June 6 and July 15. Chosen interns will receive professional development training, from shadowing engineers to working with youth and seniors, and earn $12.80 per hour. Click the link for more details surpriseaz.gov/syep

Yellow Cooking Oil Disposal Station

Someone wipes oil from a frying pan with a paper towel.Surprise has opened a second permanent disposal station for yellow cooking oil in the parking lot of Fire Station 303, located at 15440 N. Cotton Ln. This is in addition to the disposal station located in the parking lot of Fire Station 305 at 15517 N. Parkview Pl. Both disposal stations are open year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for used kitchen oil disposal ONLY. Motor oils are not accepted at this facility. Cooking oils disposed at the station will be processed and reused to make other products such as biofuel, soaps and candles.

The City will continue to operate seasonal stations so residents can dispose of excess used kitchen oils, such as those used for frying turkeys. The City hopes that installing this second location will encourage residents to Be Guardians Regarding Our Sewer System (Be G.R.O.S.S.) and properly dispose of yellow oils to help lower the cost of maintenance on City sewer lines and wastewater treatment infrastructure. Learn about proper fat, oil, grease and wastewater disposal in Surprise at surpriseaz.gov/BeGROSS.

Public Notice

Notice of 2022 Annual Action Plan Public Hearing on April 13, 2022: In accord with its Citizen Participation Plan and in anticipation of receiving approximately $665,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the City of Surprise announces an opportunity for organizations and citizens to comment and provide input on any housing and/or community development needs they may have identified. See link to public notice for details: surpriseaz.gov/notices.

April is National Safe Digging Month

It’s a great time to remember to put safety first before starting any digging project. Whether a large-scale project or a simple do-it-yourself job in the backyard, safety should always be the top priority. Utility lines that serve the community with vital services such as natural gas, electricity, sewer and water can be buried anywhere. Striking a utility line not only poses a safety risk but can also cause an interruption of service to customers. Be safe and always know what’s below before digging!

Red, yellow and orange paint marks power lines under ground.Southwest Gas encourages homeowners and contractors to call 811 or go online at Call811.com and click on your state at least two full working days prior to digging to request a utility line locate, You’ll then be connected to the appropriate one-call center for your area, Be safe and always know what’s below before digging!

Last Chance for Tax Preparation Services

This is the last month to take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households making less than $58,000 and need help processing their annual income tax returns for free! Tax preparation assistance will be available through April 18 at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd., Suite 124 and through April 13 at Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd. No appointment is necessary, and walk-ins are welcome on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information: surpriseaz.gov/TaxPreparation.

Seeking Applications for Commissions Vacancies

The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in the City of Surprise.

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission
    1 vacancy – term expiration June 30, 2023
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission
    1 vacancy – term expiration June 30, 2023
  • Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission
    2 vacancies – terms expiring June 30, 2023
  • City Audit Committee
    1 vacancy – resident
  • Judicial Selection Advisory Commission
    1 vacancy – resident
  • Public Safety Retirement Commission (Fire & Police)
    1 vacancy – resident

Applications are available online at surpriseaz.gov/boards. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person by appointment or by email to clerk@surpriseaz.gov.

HIGHLIGHTS

Read Across America Week

Read Across AmericaRead Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child, in every community to celebrate reading. In celebration of Read Across America Week, on March 2, I read to a first and second-grade class at Canyon Ridge Elementary and on March 3, at Countryside Elementary School, I read to a third and fourth-grade class. Thank you to all the schools who participated here in Surprise.

Sterling Grove Golf + Country Club Ribbon Cutting

On March 3, City Manager Bob Wingenroth, Council Member Duffy and I joined Sterling Grove for a private ribbon cutting! Sterling Grove held the event in honor of the opening of the Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club, located at 11530 N. Greenwich Blvd., Surprise, AZ 85388. Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Surprise Project Connect

Human Services Campus Project ConnectOn March 22, the Salvation Army North West Valley Corps hosted Project Connect at 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts here in Surprise. Project Connect is a traveling resource fair for all individuals and families who need assistance with housing, shelter, benefits, identification and other essential health and human services. Our services are concentrated on serving people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Mayor Hall speaks to a reporter at Fox News.

COMING UP

Water Awareness Month

Water Use It WiselyThe City of Surprise Water Conservation Program is an important component of the City’s water resource portfolio management strategy. Its purpose is to educate and promote the efficient use of water across sectors in the community including residential, commercial and industrial uses. If you are a City of Surprise water utility customer, you can set LEAK ALERTS. Just access the portal through the “pay my utility bill online” option on our website at surpriseaz.gov/Utilities to set it up.

Spring Egg-stravaganza

Celebrate the spring season with us on Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus. This FREE family event will also feature fun for the whole family. Food and drink are available for purchase, and there will be a minimal fee on some activities. Children 10 and under are invited to take the field to hunt for plastic eggs filled with candy and toys!

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. and hunt times are as follows:

  • 8:20 a.m. – 2 and under
  • 8:50 a.m. – 3 – 4 year olds
  • 9:20 a.m. – 5 – 6 year olds
  • 9:40 a.m. – 7 – 8 year olds
  • 10:00 a.m. – 9 – 10 year olds
  • 10:20 a.m. – all ages

Schedule subject to change, please visit surpriseaz.gov/calendar for details.

KIDZ Jamboree

KIDZ Jamboree Celebrating the Week of the Young ChildJoin us for KIDZ Jamboree on Friday, April 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Surprise Resource Center – 12425 W. Bell Rd. This fun, family event will showcase early childhood programs and services available in the community, like resources, child care/preschools, libraries and more! More info: bit.ly/3tR0uN4

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, the upcoming City Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 19. City Council Work sessions begin at 4 p.m. while City Council Meetings follow at 6 p.m. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11. We hope to see you there.

March 2022 • Newsletter

Thank you for signing up for Mayor updates. It is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me at skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov, 623.222.1313 or 623.451.3975. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at mayor.surpriseaz.gov. Follow me on Facebook facebook.com/SurpriseMayor and Twitter @SkipHall2.

Spring Training Delay

Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association have not yet been able to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.

We are disappointed that we are not able to start as scheduled and apologize for any inconvenience this causes you. Tickets bought through an authorized outlet to canceled games will be refunded or exchanged. MLB is working to get the game back on the field as quickly as possible.

  • If you purchased tickets to a canceled game for the Kansas City Royals or Texas Rangers through an authorized Surprise Stadium outlet, tickets may be refunded or exchanged.
  • Please go to surprisestadium.com to review the updated schedule for the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers or contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 for more information.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at a game at Surprise Stadium later this spring.

Now Recruiting for Surprise Youth Council

Surprise Youth Council logoThe City of Surprise is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC) a group of trailblazing teens who are making a difference in their community!

SYC members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, including Mayor and City Council, to give a voice on City issues and help solve youth issues through awareness campaigns, service projects, and community-building events.

Students who are currently in grades 7-11 may apply, as long as they reside in or are attending a middle school or high school within Surprise city limits; or are attending a Dysart Unified School District high school.

Applications are being accepted from February 7 – April 8. For more information please go to surpriseaz.gov/Archive.aspx?ADID=10845

Seeking Applications for Commissions Vacancies

The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in the City of Surprise.

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration: June 30, 2023
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration June 30, 2023

Applications are available online at surpriseaz.gov/boards. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person by appointment or by email to clerk@surpriseaz.gov.

Cotton Lane Closed until July 1

Cotton Lane will be closed from just north of Cactus Road to just south of the Legacy Traditional School driveway from February 21 – July 1 for flood mitigation work. A soft closure will be in place from the school driveway north to Waddell Road, allowing for local traffic and school traffic only.

A map showing the area of the Cotton Ln. and Cactus Rd. road improvement closure.

Homeless Project Connect

Human Services Campus logoThe Human Services Campus (HSC) (501c3 non-profit) is partnering with the Salvation Army and the City of Surprise to bring back the homeless Project Connect event Tuesday, March 22nd at the Salvation Army from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us as a volunteer by signing up at hscforms.com/projectconnect. Salvation Army Northwest Valley 17420 Avenue of the Arts. For questions please contact 602.282.0849 or volunteer@hsc-az.org

West Valley Women Luncheon

Mayor Hall and Vice Mayor Cline at the West Valley Women's Luncheon.On Tuesday, February 1, I joined Vice Mayor Cline at the West Valley Women Networking Association’s Bring a Gentleman to Lunch event at the Arizona Broadway Theatre. The event was sponsored by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and discussed ways in which the Commerce supports business in the community. This organization endeavors to promote professional women who desire to be successful and connect with the community, while members share information, ideas, contacts and network.

Free Covid-19 Testing

Maricopa County has opened multiple community testing sites across the Valley including a new location at Ak-Chin Pavilion. The site is open seven days per week from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Details of all Maricopa County-supported testing events are listed at Maricopa.gov/COVID19 Testing in English and at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Pruebas in Spanish. People who need assistance finding a testing location or scheduling an appointment can also call the MCDPH CARES Team at 602.506.6767.

Tax Season

A New Leaf - Housing, Health, Community ServicesThe City of Surprise has partnered with A New Leaf, who facilitates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax preparation assistance. VITA sites offer free tax preparation and help taxpayers apply for benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

The program will be available until April 15 at the Surprise Resource Center and through April 14 at Riverboat Bingo. No appointment is necessary, and walk-ins are welcome on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For additional information visit turnanewleaf.org/services/financial-empowerment.

Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd.
Wednesdays, Feb. 2 – Apr. 13: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd. Blgd. A, Suite #124
Mondays, Jan. 31 – Apr. 18: 4-6 p.m.
Tuesdays, Feb. 1 – Apr. 12: 4-6 p.m.
Thursdays, Feb. 3 – Apr. 14: 9-11 a.m.

HIGHLIGHTS

A to Z Polish Market

February 4, Council Member Winters & I joined A to Z Polish Market for a ribbon-cutting. A to Z Polish Market hosted the ceremony in honor of their official Grand Opening, located at 17221 N. Litchfield Rd., Ste 50. Welcome to Surprise; we are happy to have you!

Mayor Hall, Councilmember Winters and Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic join A to Z Polish Market inside their store.

Benehealth

Friday, February 11, City Manager Bob Wingenroth, Council Member Winters and I joined Benehealth for a ribbon-cutting! Benehealth CEO, Dr. Tanya Carroccio, hosted the ceremony in honor of their Grand Opening located at 16952 W. Bell Rd., Suite 304. Thank you for choosing Surprise!

King Cuts Barber Shop

Council Member Winters and I joined King Cuts Barber Shop for a ribbon-cutting on Valentine’s Day. King Cuts Barber Shop hosted the ceremony in honor of their Grand Opening at 15557 W. Bell Rd. Welcome to Surprise!

Mayor Hall and Councilmember Winters join King Cuts Barber shop in the lobby of their business.

Surprise & Ottawa Celebrating 5 Years

Thursday, February 17, the City of Surprise and Ottawa University presented a joint proclamation in the City courtyard. For the presentation, I joined Ottawa University President and CEO Bill Tsutsui.

While the partnership between the City and university is small, the success on the shared campus over the past five years is huge. The Ottawa University Board of Trustees conducted their annual Spring meeting in Surprise, and the joint proclamation kicked off their visit.

Dysart USD & City of Surprise Essay Contest

These talented students were recognized by City Council as the winners of the Dysart Schools / City of Surprise essay contest, where we asked, “Why is ‘My Surprise’ an extraordinary community to be a part of?” Congratulations to Caleb Leavitt, Freedom Traditional Academy, Kacy Dunn, Canyon Ridge (not pictured), and Valerie Ortega, Valley Vista HS. Thanks to Dysart’s English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist Danielle Edgerton for her help coordinating the contest!

Caleb Leavitt and Valerie Ortega join Mayor Hall and City Council in front of the council dais.

Surprise City Academy

On February 28, the City Manager’s Office, Mayor and Council, and Finance presented at the Surprise City Academy. City Academy is an opportunity for residents, students and business owners to learn about their City directly from the Council, City Manager and upper-level City staff. City Academy aims to educate residents on municipal government structure, process and funding. It also aims to generate interest and innovation in local issues; to provide a forum for residents to voice their ideas in a structured educational environment; to build a pool of informed residents ready to engage in community affairs; to help residents become effective community leaders; and to increase trust between residents and the City.

COMING UP

2022 State of the City Event

City of Surprise State of the City - March 31, 2022Join me for the State of the City, followed by an outdoor event with a variety of performances and a showcase of City programs and services.

March 31, 2022 at 6 p.m.
Surprise City Hall Outdoor Courtyard
16000 N. Civic Center Plz.
Surprise, AZ

Spring Egg-stravaganza

Celebrate the spring season with us on Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus. This FREE family event will also feature fun for the whole family. Food and drink are available for purchase, and there will be a minimal fee on some activities. Children 10 and under are invited to take the field to hunt for plastic eggs filled with candy and toys!

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. and hunt times are as follows:

  • 8:20 a.m. – 2 and under
  • 9:20 a.m. – 5 – 6 year olds
  • 10:00 a.m. – 9 – 10 year olds
  • 8:50 a.m. – 3 – 4 year olds
  • 9:40 a.m. – 7 – 8 year olds
  • 10:20 a.m. – all ages

Schedule subject to change, please visit surpriseaz.gov/calendar for details.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on April 3 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.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, upcoming City Council Meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 15, and Tuesday, April 5. City Council Work sessions begin at 4 p.m. while City Council Meetings follow at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there.

February 2022 • Newsletter

Thank you for signing up for Mayor updates. It is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me at skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov, 623.222.1313 or 623.451.3975. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at mayor.surpriseaz.gov. Follow me on Facebook facebook.com/SurpriseMayor and Twitter @SkipHall2.

City Manager Announces Leadership Structure Changes

City Manager Bob Wingenroth has announced changes to the City’s leadership structure as Surprise continues to grow and serve more residents and businesses. This includes promotions for the City’s three Deputy City Managers and the appointment of new department directors in Public Works and Marketing and Communications. Learn more: bit.ly/3tGFTMM

A New Leaf Adding Shelter in Surprise

The West Valley Housing Support center in Surprise.In December, the Arizona Department of Housing awarded $1.14 million to A New Leaf to support the West Valley Housing Support center in Surprise. Construction is set to begin on the $1.5 million project in April with an opening expected by September.

The Center will offer temporary housing to women and families as well as housing support services to far-West Valley residents in need of permanent housing, employment and other related services. It represents an expansion of a partnership between the Surprise Human Services and Community Vitality Department and A New Leaf that began in 2016.

2022 Vice Mayor Selection

The Surprise City Council selected District 2 Councilmember Aly Cline to serve as Vice Mayor at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 18. Per city code, City Council must select a Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30. The Vice Mayor acts on behalf of the Mayor in the event of absence.

2021 Tax season

The City of Surprise has partnered with A New Leaf, who facilitates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax preparation assistance. VITA sites offer free tax preparation and help taxpayers apply for benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

The program will be available until April 15 at the Surprise Resource Center and through April 14 at Riverboat Bingo. No appointment is necessary, and walk-ins are welcome on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For additional information visit turnanewleaf.org/services/financial-empowerment.

A New Leaf tax assistance schedule.

Register for 2022 Surprise City Academy

Learn about the structure of city government, get updated on local issues and get to know your city leaders. Surprise City Academy begins on February 28 and will meet weekly on Mondays from 6 – 8:30 p.m. through April 18. Most classes will be held in the City of Surprise Public Safety Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plz. It’s free to participate, but registration is required by Monday, February 21. For an application and/or more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/cityacademy or contact Lord Garcillano at lord.garcillano@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1647.

Highlights

MLK Celebration

I would like to thank our incredible community for coming out to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service on Saturday, January 15. I would also like to thank the City of Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department for putting together such a wonderful event! Pictured below in the left with me is a resident of Surprise, Steve Doolittle, and State Representative Joanne Osborne. Pictured on the right is Gideon Missionary Baptist Church Choir.

360 Physical Therapy Ribbon Cutting

Monday, January 24, Vice Mayor Cline, Council Member Winters and I joined 360 Physical Therapy for a ribbon-cutting. Clinic Director, Anthony Kuhl, hosted the ceremony in honor of the Grand Opening of 360 Physical Therapy, located at 11340 W. Bell Rd., Suite 101.

Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Surprise City Council joins 360 Physical Therapy for a ribbon cutting.

Coming Up

USTA Tennis Series

A tennis ball on a tennis court.The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is proud to welcome several United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments to kick-start the new year.

  • February 4-6: Adult 65 and Over 6.0 and 9.0 Men and Women
  • February 11-13: Adult 65 and Over 8.0 Men & Women

These events will take place at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex located at 14469 W. Paradise Ln. For information on open court availability and tennis programs, please contact the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex at 623.222.2400.

Surprise Pops Band performance

The Surprise Pops Band will perform “Showtime with the Pops” during their concert on Saturday, February 5 at The Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Pl.

Doors open at 2:15 p.m., the show begins at 3 p.m. The concert is free; however, non-perishable food donations to support the Valley View Community Food Bank are requested and appreciated. Learn more at surprisepopsband.com

2022 State of the City Event

Join me for the State of the City, followed by an outdoor event with a variety of performances and a showcase of City programs and services.

March 31, 2022 at 6 p.m.
Surprise City Hall Outdoor Courtyard
16000 N. Civic Center Plz.

More details to come!

Watch the 2021 State of the City

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on February 6 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. The next Sunday in the Park is April 3.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, upcoming City Council Meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 15 and Tuesday, March 1. City Council Work sessions begin at 4 p.m. while City Council Meetings follow at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there.

November 2021 • Newsletter

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.

2022 Redistricting

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!

Sci-Tech Festival

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!

October 2021 • Newsletter

Fall is here, and we welcome it with open arms! I hope you are getting the opportunity to enjoy the cooler temperatures and get outside. This month, we have many fun events happening in Surprise that will give you that chance, whether it be Surprise Fiesta Grande, Surprise Day of Service, Sunday in the Park, G.A.I.N. Night, catching one of the Fall League tournaments and much more. For more information on these events, please visit our website calendar at surpriseaz.gov/calendar.

City Manager Appointment

The Surprise City Council unanimously voted to appoint someone familiar to serve as the next City Manager. I am sure most of you remember Bob Wingenroth who served as our City Manager from June 2014 to November 2018. He began his service to Surprise in 2013 as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Assistant City Manager. In each role, he earned many successes for Surprise. Prior to joining the Surprise team in 2013, Bob served as the City Manager of Anaheim, CA from 2012-2013 and as the city’s CFO from 2010-2012. He also spent 28 years with the city of Phoenix, departing as the Finance Director. He is a life-long public servant. Bob will resume his service to Surprise on December 13, 2021.

Bob Wingenroth

Surprise Fiesta Grande Street Festival Returns

The Surprise Fiesta Grande street festival celebrates the city’s cultural heritage and features mariachi music, a piñata plaza, games, food, music, dancing, kids’ zone, classic car show, live entertainment and more. The celebration will be held on Saturday, October 9 from 5 – 10 p.m. outside the Villanueva Recreation Complex, located at 15660 N. Hollyhock St. in the Grand Ave. corridor.

As a celebration of our cultural heritage, the festival generally falls within National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is September 15 to October 15. National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the cultures of both Hispanic and Latino Americans and pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. The City is proud to celebrate its Hispanic heritage this month and all throughout the year! For more information on the Surprise Fiesta Grande, please visit surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

G.A.I.N. Night

Surprise Public Safety officials invite you to attend the upcoming G.A.I.N Night (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) on October 23 from 5-9 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. This annual event is designed to bring community members together to enhance relationships between neighbors and public safety officials with one common goal, to make our community safer. We can build a safer community by working together, knowing our neighbors and our surroundings.

This FREE, family event will have plenty of great entertainment, live music, activities for kids, trick or treating, and much more. The Salvation Army will be accepting non-perishable food donations for the holidays. Your donation will impact those in need and is greatly appreciated!

Surprise Day of Service

We are looking for volunteers for our Surprise Day of Service on Saturday, October 16. Volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal and more. The neighborhood revitalization and cleanup event assists neighborhoods and homeowners who may not be physically or financially able to maintain their homes as required by local codes.

Individuals and groups can register with Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov or 623 222-1522. Groups, please submit a group name and estimated number of volunteers – limited to no more than 10 people. 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. Projects will run until approximately noon.

Pavement Preservation

Drivers can anticipate lane restrictions while the city performs pavement preservation activities on the following roadways, weather permitting:

  • Parkview Place, Bell Road to Greenway Road – October 15-23

Milling work will occur overnight between the hours of 8 p.m. – 5 a.m. Daytime work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes while pavement preservation work is occurring.

View a complete list and maps of pavement preservation projects at surpriseaz.gov/ppp.

December 2019 • Newsletter

Thank You!

Thank you for signing up for Mayor updates. It is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me at skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1313 or 623.451.3975. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at https://mayor.surpriseaz.gov/. Please follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/SkipHallD5), Twitter (@SkipHall2), and Instagram (@SkipforSurprise).

Shared Active Transportation Vehicles (SATV)

The SATV (E-Scooter) pilot program has begun and the city is looking for your feedback. The SATV survey will be available during the SATV Pilot Program, November 1 until April 28. The purpose of the SATV Pilot Program is to gather and evaluate information pertaining to the use and deployment of SATVs as a transportation option in Surprise. Your opinion is important to the city and will help shape the future city codes related to the SATVs. The survey is located online by visiting http://surpriseaz.gov/satv.

Home Modifications

The City of Surprise Neighborhood Services Division has now partnered with Ability 360 to assist low to moderate income people with disabilities, or senior citizens, to get modifications to their home which would improve accessibility and safety. Typical modifications would include ramps, widened doorways, grab bars, modified sinks and toilets and more. Ability 360 is a non-profit corporation that promotes programs to continue independent lifestyles. If you would like more information on this program, please contact Neighborhood Services at 623-222-1550.

Fire Station Open Houses

The City of Surprise Fire-Medical Department (SFMD) is opening its doors for a series of fire station open houses. Residents are invited to meet the firefighters, check out the living quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks. Attendees will also get a look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear and tools used on emergency calls. Open houses in January include, FS 302 (18600 N. Reems Road) on January 4, FS 307 (16171 W. Cactus Road) on January 11 and FS 301 (16750 N. Village Drive) on January 25. All open houses are held from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.. For more information or any questions please contact the SFMD at 623-222-5000.

Surprise Spring Training 5K

The 3rd Annual Spring Training 5K/1K will be held on Friday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. This evening fun run will take you on a scenic city route before heading to the ballpark. All runners will receive a Jimmy John’s Spring Training Race shirt, finisher medal and a buy one get one free coupon for select sections of the Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds game on March 7. Early registration is now open and offers discounted rates. Please visit SurpriseStadium.com/events for more information and registration forms.

MLK Day of Service

The City of Surprise is seeking event sponsors and community service volunteers for its 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration and Service on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The Day of Service is the perfect time for you to gather your groups, teams, clubs and families to join with other residents in taking on service projects to help our community. This annual program celebrates the life of Dr. King with a light breakfast and musical performances at 8:30a.m. and a ceremony at 9:00 a.m. in the City Hall courtyard. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Seth Dyson at seth.dyson@surpriseaz.gov.

National Guard

The Arizona National Guard made a special trip to Surprise to conduct a workshop with students from Ottawa University’s School of Business. This partnership helps to support a growing community and a positive outreach for staff, students and military members.

Mayor Hall, Surprise City Managers, Ottawa University students and the Arizona National Guard.

Highlights

DUSD Veterans Celebrations

Dysart Unified School District hosted many events to recognize Veterans as part of their Veterans Appreciation Celebration. I was honored to be invited to speak at two of the events. Kingswood Elementary started off the celebrations by welcoming residents to their amphitheater where all Veterans in attendance were recognized. West Point Elementary hosted a Tribute to Our Veterans which featured their band, choir, students and guest speakers. These events bring our community together and allow the youth to have an opportunity to thank the men and women of our military. I thank Dysart Unified School District students and staff for their outstanding display of patriotism.

Veteran Recognition Event

Solana at the Park hosted the 2nd Annual Veterans Celebration that welcomed many guest speakers who gave emotional tributes to their military experiences. Retired United States Army Chief Warrant Officer Glenn Stark was the Master of Ceremony and guest speakers Debbie Lee, Alysse Jackson, Jessica Roza, and Jaime Wasden-Ryum gave powerful presentations on their lives with the military. Thank you to all who came out to support this event and honor the ones who have served to keep our country free.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day began with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Veterans Reflection Circle, an outdoor memorial built through donated products and services, in honor of late Surprise resident and wounded combat war veteran Brian Mancini. Special guests in attendance were Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, AZ State Senators Rick Gray and David Livingston, as well as State Representatives Joanne Osborne and Frank Carroll. Following the ceremony, our annual Veterans Day parade took place and many residents gathered along Bullard Ave waiting to express their gratitude for our veterans. I would like to thank everyone who participated and all the staff who dedicated so much time into making these events a success.

Congratulations to the following Veterans Day Parade participants for winning in their respective categories:

  • Best Veteran Service Organization Entry: VFW Post 285
  • Best Military Entry: Vietnam Veterans of America West Valley Chapter #1043
  • Best Motorized Entry: Rotary Club of Surprise, honorable mention Surprise Police Department Citizens Patrol
  • Best Non-Motorized Entry: Ottawa University
  • Best Musical/Performance Entry: Valley Vista High School Marching Band
  • Best Youth Entry: Girl Scouts Cactus La Promesa
  • Best Classic Car Entry: Psychedelic Rolls Royce

Ribbon Cuttings

Bonfire

Bonfire Craft Kitchen and Taphouse has opened its doors in Surprise. This family friendly restaurant brings re-inspired American classics to Brookside Village, just north of Bell Road and east of Reems. I welcome you to Surprise and wish you much success.

Vein Envy

Vein Envy is a medical facility that specializes in many different vein disorders. They are located throughout the valley and now here in Surprise off of Grand Avenue. I welcome the Vein Envy team to our city and wish them continued growth.

Ugly Tuna

Located in the SE corner complex of Bell and Reems Roads, Ugly Tuna Sushi has opened its doors to allow residents a fresh new dining experience. This family owned business offers a family atmosphere with a new spin on traditional sushi. Thank you for choosing Surprise as your home and I look forward to your success.

Surprise Health and Rehab

Surprise Health and Rehabilitation offers several types of care for a wide range of needs. They have a full time in house therapy team that offers customizable programs as well as certified therapists in specialty areas of practice. Surprise Health and Rehab also has return home programs. They offer integrated cognitive programs as well as speech and language therapy. Welcome to Surprise!

Richi’s Diner II

Richi’s Diner became a huge success in Surprise and now Richi’s Diner II has found its home. This second location in Surprise offers a wide variety of meals, live music and a full bar. They have every day favorites like hamburgers and traditional American dinners to Greek favorites like gyros, kabobs and more. Thank you for allowing Council to be a part of your newest location!

Coming Up

Surprise Party

There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than our annual Surprise Party! Mark your calendars for Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 and head to the Surprise Recreation Campus, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave, for musical performances, skydivers, Santa’s workshop and much more. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. on December 6 with our tree lighting ceremony at 7:00 p.m. On December 7, the party runs from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This festival is a great way to kick off the holiday season as admission is free with your donation of a canned food item or a toy for the Sanderson Ford Operation Santa.

Deck the Hock

Deck the Hock is a family friendly event that features themed Christmas tree decorations, choir performances, crafts, treats and more. Bring the family to the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, on December 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and let get yourself into the Christmas spirit.

Tech the Halls

Join residents and staff at the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road, on Thursday, December 12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for our 4th Annual Tech the Halls event. This family fun event will have tech exhibits, entertainments, games, refreshments, prizes and more.

West Valley Symphony

The West Valley Symphony presents a collection from the Nutcracker Suite, Festive Lights of Hanukkah and holiday selections with the West Valley Youth Orchestra on December 22 at 3:00 p.m. Head over to the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place, to hear a variety of holiday music.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, City Council Meetings will be held on Tuesday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 17 this month. City Council Work sessions begin at 4:00 p.m. while City Council Meetings follow at 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there.

December Office Closure Dates

All City offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 25 in observance of Christmas Day. Offices will resume regular business hours on Thursday, December 26.

November 2019 • Newsletter

Thank You!

Thank you for signing up for Mayor updates. It is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me at skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1313 or 623.451.3975. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at https://mayor.surpriseaz.gov/. Please follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/SkipHallD5), Twitter (@SkipHall2), and Instagram (@SkipforSurprise).

Surprise Fire-Medical Department

A new federally funded grant awarded eight new firefighters to the Surprise Fire-Medical Department. This grant pays for the majority of training and salaries for the first two years with a little under half paid in the third year. In addition to the eight federally funded firefighters, five new firefighters were funded through the city’s current budget. All 13 new firefighters will graduate the academy and complete training by June of 2020, making them potentially available to staff Engine 305 at Greenway and Parkview. Twelve of these new positions will eventually be assigned to Fire Station 308 once construction is completed in late 2021 or early 2022. Further discussion regarding the full-time operation of Engine 305 will be part of the FY2021 budget process.

Toll Brothers Tour

Toll Brothers is bringing luxury resort-style living to Surprise! This gated community, Sterling Grove, is almost 800 acres and will feature 13 model homes with up to 31 different floor plans. The amenities will include an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, 3 pools, clubhouses, spas, tennis courts and much more. The models are scheduled to open in January 2020.

Many thanks to Aaron Insco, Director of Land Development, as well as Senior Project Managers Dan Rhea and Devin Hobbs for the tour. We greatly appreciate your time, and we look forward to the grand opening of Sterling Grove.

Surprise Fiesta Grande

The 6th Annual Fiesta Grande brought residents and elected officials together in this celebration of Surprise’s heritage. We were honored to host Barry Wong, Executive Director at Governor Ducey’s Office of Equal Opportunity, who presented a Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation; as well as special guest Consul Deputy General of Mexico Armando Esparza. Thank you to our Parks and Recreation team for all of their hard work and dedication in putting on this event.

Mayor Hall holds the proclamation presented by Barry Wong at Surprise Fiesta Grande.

The Stable

Shadow Ridge DECA Club hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for their student run school store, the Stable, on October 1. The DECA program is a non-profit career and technical student organization that prepares youth in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. I was honored to be a part of this celebration and personally thank the staff and students of Shadow Ridge High School for their forward thinking initiative.

Highlights

Valley Vista Homecoming Parade

Valley Vista High School invited me to participate in their Annual Homecoming Parade. I was honored to ride alongside Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis as we made our way through the neighborhood. Families were lined up on the road as their children waited for the candy to be thrown. Thank you to Dysart Unified School District Board, administration, students and staff who continue to make events like this successful.

Mayor Hall alongside Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellisin in the Valley Vista High School Annual Homecoming Parade.

Auviana Groundbreaking

Auviana Medical Development held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate their new Surprise medical and professional offices. This 52,000 square foot project will be complete in 2020 and contain five single-story buildings and one two-story building. They are located just off of Mountain View Boulevard. Welcome to Surprise, Auviana!

G.A.I.N. Night

G.A.I.N. Night is the annual public safety event that allows our residents to gather for a night of fun! The Surprise Public Safety Department hosted hands-on activities, displays and information booths as well trick or treating, music and much more. Thank you to the Public Safety Departments as well as our Parks and Recreation team for making this event successful.

AZ TechCelerator Cyber Warfare Range

The City of Surprise welcomed the AZ Cyber Warfare Range (AZCWR) to the AZ TechCelerator with a ribbon cutting ceremony. AZCWR, in collaboration with the City of Surprise, is working to help solve the cybersecurity skills gap by producing competent cybersecurity talent. AZCWR offers training in a hands-on environment that is mentor-led utilizing volunteers from the local cybersecurity community. This initiative focuses on supporting the local veteran community to aid in their transition from service to their country in the armed services to serve their country in the private sector.

Mayor Hall and Arizona Cyber Warfare Range cut the ribbon for their ribbon ceremony at AZ TechCelerator.

City Council Special Recognition

In August, Surprise resident Larry Brown was awarded the 4th Annual Congressional Veterans of Distinction Award by US Senator Martha McSally. City Council wanted to recognize Mr. Brown in front of his peers and Surprise residents so we did so at our City Council meeting on October 15. I would like to thank Veteran Outreach Manager Keith Forte, from Senator McSally’s office, for presenting Larry Brown with the certificate for his outstanding community service in Arizona. Mr. Brown, I thank you for your service and dedication to this country as well as your continued service to our community.

Surprise resident Larry Brown displays his award with Surprise City Councilmembers.

Coming Up

Dysart Veterans Appreciation Kick Off

Dysart Unified School District will host a Veterans Appreciation Kickoff Celebration at Kingswood Elementary School on November 4 at 4:00 p.m. Veterans from across the city are invited to attend and be recognized by DUSD Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis as well as students from Valley Vista High School and Kingswood Elementary.

Veterans Reflection Circle Dedication Ceremony

On November 11 at 8 a.m., the City will hold a dedication ceremony marking the opening of the Veterans Reflection Circle, which is being constructed near the north entrance of the Northwest Regional Library in Surprise.

The Veterans Reflection Circle is an outdoor memorial in honor of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini, who spent his life serving his country and helping other wounded veterans find healing. Dozens of construction and landscape companies have donated their time and resources to honor our veterans and bring this incredible project to life.

Prior to the celebration, the city will host a pancake breakfast at the Surprise Stadium, which will run from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Following the dedication ceremony, the Veterans Day Parade will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. This annual celebration brings veterans from across the city to honor and celebrate the freedoms they have provided us.

Veterans Reflection Circle event map.

West Valley Symphony

The West Valley Symphony will be holding a concert at 3:00 p.m. on November 17 at the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place. This performance will feature the works of Respighi, Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov and Strauss. For ticket details, please call 623.707.8844, Option 1.

Surprise Party

There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than our annual Surprise Party! Mark your calendars for Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 and head to the Surprise Recreation Campus, located at 15850 N. Bullard Ave, for musical performances, skydivers, Santa’s workshop and much more. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. on December 6 with our tree lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. On December 7, the party runs from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This festival is a great way to kick off the holiday season as admission is free with your donation of a canned food item or a toy for the Sanderson Ford Operation Santa.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, City Council Meetings will be held on Tuesday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 19 this month. City Council Work sessions begin at 4:00 p.m. while City Council Meetings follow at 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there.

November Office Closure Dates

All City offices will be closed on Monday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Offices will also be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28-29, in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday.