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Prime Time kicks off by Joan Westlake

Once their sons completed stints in an NFL-approved fl ag football league in Scottsdale, local residents Gaylen and Suzy Flynn say they knew it would be a great addition for the children, families and businesses in the SanTan Sun area. Neighboring companies such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Don Beebe’s House of Speed and the Arizona Cardinals agreed and are among the partners and sponsors for Prime Time Athletics in Chandler.

The coed age divisions are 5 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 11 and 12 to 14. There are eight regular season games, a league playoff and a prime time playoff bowl with other city’s PTA teams including Scottsdale, Mesa, Glendale and Arcadia. A former high school football player and Chandler Youth Football coach, Gaylen

says fl ag football offers the chance to hone football skills without the child or the parents being distracted or concerned by the possibility of injuries. “There’s a lot of awareness now about concussions. You see the NFL paying a lot more attention to them than they once did,” he says. “Many parents don’t want to subject their kids, especially young ones, to tackle football because of the violent nature of the sport, so they go to fl ag football.

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LET’S GO: Teaching young children the safer game of flag football is one of the goals of Prime Time Athletics, now in the Chandler area.

Chandler Jazz Fest swings downtown

International jazz music infused with high energy will be heard April 1 and 2 as the 12th annual Chandler Jazz Festival returns to downtown Chandler. The two-day festival features the authentic Cuban rhythms of Azucar on Friday night, and a mix of African and Latin American cultures on Saturday night with the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Jazz Sextet. The event also highlights some of the best musical talent in Arizona including the Fred Forney Quintet, Pete Pancrazi Quartet, Mike Vax Quintet, Papa John DeFrancesco, Young Sounds of Arizona, Jeff Jones and Mosaic, Stan Sorenson Trio and Higher Ground Brass Band.

The festival includes both indoor and outdoor musical performances, and all are free. The main stage

Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Jazz Sextet

is located in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., and music is scheduled from 4:45 to 9:30 p.m. on April 1 and noon to 9:15 p.m. on April 2. On Saturday, bands will perform on the sidewalk in front of several downtown businesses from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional music venues include the courtyard of the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, SanTan Brewing Company and Kokopelli Bistro. Some performances inside downtown businesses include Stan Sorenson Trio at Kokopelli on Friday night and at La Stalla on Saturday; Vandal-Hancock Duo at La Stalla on Friday; Laurie Fagen and Richard Palalay in AJ’s Cafe at the San Marcos Saturday;

Mom of the Year award Nominate your mother, grandmother, sister, aunt or friend for the SanTan Sun

News fi rst Mom of the Year award. In 100 words or less, send an email telling why the special lady in your life deserves this honor.

Thanks to the generosity of local advertisers, prizes for the top mothers include: From Honda Superstore: Olive Garden gift certifi cates and movie tickets La Vida Massage: $100 gift card Filbertos: dinner combo gift certifi cates Enclave at Downtown Ocotillo: fashion consultation Pitta Souvli Mediterranean Grill: gift certifi cate Kokopelli Bistro: handpainted bottle of champagne

DC steakhouse: gift certifi cate

Everyone’s a winner. For the top mom selected by a SanTan Sun News panel, a photographer will take her photo, and her story will be included in the May issue of the SanTan Sun News. The next top three mothers will have their nomination letters printed, and all moms nominated will get their names in the paper.

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with Anthony Manzella at Kokopelli on Saturday. Some venues may continue as late as 2 a.m. on both nights. The festival also features an Art and Crafts Fair in the park on both days during festival hours. On Saturday, a traditional New Orleans Parasol Strolling Walk will be held at 12:40 p.m. along San Marcos Place starting at the corner of Boston Street and ending at Buffalo Street. It will be led by musicians playing “second line” jazz, complete with free Mardi Gras beads. From 3 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday there, will be an interactive music session for children of all ages called “How Cool is Jazz.” Jazz Festival attendees may want to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the outdoor performances. The Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, the offi cial hotel of the Chandler Jazz Festival, offers special room

rates by calling 888-233-9527.

The 2011 Chandler Jazz Festival is presented by the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, The Chandler Republic, East Valley Yamaha Music School, Jazz in AZ, Arizona Classic Jazz Society, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Chandler Arts Commission and the City of Chandler.

There is free parking in the downtown area, and a parking map is online along with the complete entertainment schedule at For more information, call 480-782-2735.

March 19 - April 1, 2011

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Prime Time kicks off first flag football season

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Deadline is April 15. Email information to, and put MOM OF YEAR in the subject line.

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