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Neighbors Oktoberfest brings bit of Germany to Chandler

Bratwursts, brews, and oompah-pahs will spice up historic downtown Chandler for the Third Annual Chandler Oktoberfest on Sat., Sept. 25. An estimated 5,000 Oktoberfest revelers will gather at SanTan Brewing Company at 8 S. San Marcos Pl. beginning at 2 p.m. and party until 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at SanTan Brewing Company, one of the festival sponsors. First celebrated in 1810, Oktoberfest is a dazzling festival held each year in Munich, Germany. Participants enjoy Bavarian brew and feast on traditional German dishes. Many cities around the

globe, including Chandler, hold their own Oktoberfest celebrations similar to the German event. Local microbrewer SanTan Brewing Company will set up Bavarian style Biergartens and offer an assortment of fi ne craft beers for purchase by adults 21 and older. SanTan Brewing and Von Hanson Meats will also serve signature-style Bratwurst, German sausages and many other Oktoberfest treats. Chandler Oktoberfest 2010 also features beer Olympics, strongest man competition with the Tundra Tug provided by Big Two Toyota, beer pong tournament, bratwurst eating contest, keg stacking,

LilyAnna Blu’s Splash for a Cure

Almost 8-year-old LilyAnna Blu of Chandler was just three weeks old when she had a seizure. It took six years and many tests to determine Lily has a mutation on the CDKL5 gene, a devastating, rare genetic disorder that affects mostly girls, depriving them of any kind of a normal life. The disorder causes relentless seizures, severe neuro-developmental impairment and many other medical problems. She went undiagnosed for six years and has been wheelchair bound, spoon fed meals, has a visual impairment, scoliosis and still suffers unstoppable seizures.

LilyAnna Blu’s Splash for a Cure, to raise funds for CDKL5 research, will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 22 at Hamilton High School pool in Southern Chandler. Dinner will be provided by Tom’s BBQ and raffl e prizes have been donated by PF Changs, Famous Dave’s, Ivanhoe Couture, Domestic Bliss, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Eddie V’s, Hot Rod Tattoo and more. Her family, the Nothdurft’s, reside in Chandler and

LilyAnna and her younger sister, Andi Jane, attend Ryan Elementary School.

“We chose Splash for a Cure as our primary event because LilyAnna loves to swim,” says Kimberly Nothdurft. “It is in the water that LilyAnna’s body can move as it should and she doesn’t have to fi ght every move. We also wanted a place where families can come and have fun. This doubles as Lily’s birthday party, and what better place to do it than in Chandler in August.”

Despite her medical challenges, her mother says Lily is very happy and so sweet. But she suffers severe seizures on a daily basis, and requires around the clock care and monitoring, including at night to monitor seizures and breathing.

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FUNDRAISER: LilyAnna Blu, 8, of Chandler, suffers from a genetic disorder that causes relentless seizures. A fundraiser Aug. 22, LilyAnna Blu’s Splash for a Cure, will help raise funds for research.

“We are living in a nightmare we can’t wake up from, and it takes our breath away.

Hamilton High School is located at 3700 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. For more information on Lily’s disease, visit

as well as kid-friendly activities and games, including bounce houses, tricycle races and bag toss. The line- up of entertainment includes authentic polka tunes from the Arizona Accordion Club and live music and entertainment to be announced.

“As a member of Arizona’s best Oktoberfest band, I can tell you we felt like rock stars,” says Jack Dermody, president of the Arizona Accordion Club. “It is the fi rst such event of the season and, well, the best one.” For more information, call 480-917-8700 or check out

Aug. 21 - Sept. 3, 2010


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