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Chandler’s diversity on display CCA renovation
Enjoy traditional music and dances from Ireland, India,
discussed
Assyria, Mexico, the South Pacifi c and more at Chandler’s
14th annual Multicultural Festival held in historic downtown
Learn about renovation plans for
Chandler from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 17.
Chandler Center for the Arts by
The free event offers hands-on children’s activities, artisan
attending one of two meetings held
and refreshment booths, and performances in the Downtown
at 7 p.m. Wed., Jan. 21 and Thu.,
Library Plaza at 125 S. Commonwealth Ave., and on the east
Jan. 22.
side of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park at 3 S. Arizona Ave.
The center, built in 1989 and
The festival also includes history displays by the Chandler
jointly owned by the City of Chandler
Museum, a Chandler Library used book sale and a Childsplay
and the Chandler Unifi ed School
production of “Ferdinand the Bull” presented by David Saar
District (CUSD), is scheduled to
at 4 p.m. in the Chandler Community Center. Free tickets
undergo renovations from May of
for the Childsplay production are available at the festival’s
this year through May 2010. The
information booth after 1 p.m.
improvements, based on a 2007
In addition, performances by Celebration of Unity Creative
study as well as public input, will
Expression contest winners are featured on two stages
include rigging system replacement,
throughout the day.
physical plant upgrades, fi re alarm
For festival information, call 480-782-2735 or go to
upgrades, auditorium handrails,
www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
new signage, seating refurbishment,
In conjunction with the Multicultural Festival, visitors can
and improvements related to the
“Travel the World in Downtown Chandler” from noon to 5
Americans with Disabilities Act.
p.m. Jan. 17 by visiting local shops, restaurants and galleries,
At the meetings, Westlake, Reed
diverse in their businesses as well as in the backgrounds of the
and Leskosky (WRL), hired along
owners of those Submitted photo
with Brignall Construction to
businesses.
HOOP IT UP: Hoops Dancer Derrick Suwaima Davis performs a traditional Native
provide design and preconstruction
The event
American dance at the 2008 Chandler Multicultural Festival. services, will present drawings of
will feature the
the planned work and discuss the
sights, sounds and smells of far-fl ung destinations such as Russia, Ireland, France
renovations, which will be paid for
and Italy. Travelers can pick up “passports” from one of the Ambassadors or at the
with $6.7 million in bond funding
“main terminal” on San Marcos Place. Participating businesses will have a large
approved in 2006 and 2007 by CUSD
fl ag of their “country,” and those who get stamps from all the “destinations” will
and City of Chandler voters.
be entered into a raffl e for a grand prize: an overnight stay at the Crowne Plaza San
Chandler Center for the Arts is
Marcos Golf Resort and a certifi cate for dinner for two at a downtown restaurant.
located at 250 N. Arizona Ave. To
For more information, call 480-855-3539 or visit www.downtownchandler.org.
learn more, call 480-782-2683.
Submitted photo
VISIT CHINA: di Sciacca, with mouth-blown glass
and antique furniture, goes back to its Chinese
roots during “Travel the World in Downtown
Chandler.”
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