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In celebration of the award-winning national event EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week, massage therapists at LaBella Salon and Day Spa are lending their hands to SanTan Sun area residents July 19 to 24. The event is sponsored by Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), the nation’s largest massage membership association.

During the week-long event, there will be special offers on aromatherapy and therapeutic massages. Those who purchase a one-hour massage will receive a half- hour massage free.

LaBella will also be sponsoring a food drive to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank, with cans of food redeemable for haircuts, manicures and chair massages. “The use of massage therapy has boomed in the last two decades,” explains Diane Bodkin, LaBella spa manager and a long-time massage therapist. “Massage has proven health benefits, such as effectiveness in treating persistent back pain and arthritis pain, as well as strengthening the immune system. It also reduces symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.”

Bodkin says consumer research shows first-time massage therapy clients report very positive feelings about their experience.

“What a great opportunity to do something positive for your health and wellbeing and help your community as well with a food donation,” Bodkin concludes. LaBella Salon and Day Spa is located in The Falls at Ocotillo at 1035 W. Queen Creek Rd. in Southern Chandler. Call LaBella at 480-726-9700 for more details and to set appointments.


July 17 - Aug. 6, 2010

CrossWoods hosts qualifiers for competition

The American Long Drive Association (ALDA) holds qualifiers for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships at CrossWoods Indoor Golf of Chandler from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat. Aug. 7.

“Spectators are welcome to come and watch or even enter to qualify. These guys can really hit the ball and it’s impressive to watch,” says Brad Lefebvre, owner of CrossWoods Indoor Golf. “Come by, grab a bite to eat, a cold drink and watch them crush it!”

Long drivers from several states will be in attendance and attempting to qualify, including several hitters who participated in previous RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships. The next one will be held in October in Mesquite, NV. CrossWoods offers golf simulator technology, featuring more than 35 courses and multiple practice venues. Golfers young and old can test their skills on world- class courses including Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and St. Andrews; watch their favorite sports team on big screen HDTVs; and use their own clubs or rentals. CrossWoods also has leagues and tournaments.

“It’s a great place for family night, a social outing or a corporate outing,” says Golf Professional John Hyer. “We also offer instruction for all ages and club fitting.” CrossWoods Indoor Golf Centers are located in Gilbert, east of Higley on Baseline, and in Chandler, west of Kyrene Road on the north side of Chandler Boulevard. Regular rates for 18 holes start at $22.

For more information on the ALDA register, visit, email or call 866-387-1888.

New Chandler budget reduces departments

Chandler’s recently adopted budget for 2010 through 2011 calls for one less City department. The Public Works and Planning & Development departments have now been merged into a single Transportation & Development Department. A decrease in development and construction activity and a search for cost savings and efficiencies prompted the merger.

Under the leadership of R.J. Zeder, the current

Public Works director, the T&D Department will employ 180 people and work under a budget of $120 million. Position transfers, early retirements, voluntary separations and job eliminations will reduce the new “combined” department by 84 fewer positions in by the end of fiscal year 2011.

Changes being made include the realignment of some staff, including the transfer of the Civil Plan Review group from the Building Division to

the Planning Division, and moving traffic planning responsibilities from Public Works-Operations to Planning, as well as melding the Long Range Planning and Current Planning divisions and forming one work group out of various public works inspectors. For more information on the consolidation, visit


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