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Entertainment, water safety tips and water games for all ages await attendees of the free 4th Annual Summer Splash Festival 2011 event held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., June 18 at Dr. AJ Chandler Park West in historic downtown Chandler. There will be a Lil Splash Kiddie Zone presented by SRP, BubbleMania sponsored by Toyota and the Boys & Girls Club, Family Chill Zone presented by Western Bank and Fry’s, Pet a POOLooza sponsored by Diggity Do Dog and a Water Safety Kids Zone offered by Cardon Children’s Center and Aqua Tots. Aqua Tots has taught thousands of children to swim safe since its inception in 1991.

Summer Splash is presented in partnership with the City of Chandler and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and local charities. For more information, sponsorships and vendor booths, call 602-276-2499.


June 4 - 17, 2011 CCCC salutes volunteers

A Mexican-themed recognition dinner held at Gangplank in downtown Chandler celebrated Chandler Christian Community Center’s volunteers. More than 700 area residents volunteered at the Center in 2010, donating more than 13,000 hours of service. Several volunteers were honored for donating more than 100 hours of service to CCCC in 2010, including Carmen Olmedo, 1,150 hours; Lori Dayton, 876; Leticia Cardona, 634; Fernando Martinez, 545; and Fritz Passolt, 436 hours. CCCC is a nonprofi t organization feeding local family needs since 1966, providing emergency food boxes for and programs that develop skills needed for self-suffi ciency and long-term change.

The center is located at 345 S. California St. in Chandler. For more details, visit

Gilbert student, nonprofit to benefit from fundraiser

When Ed Dassie’s former wife, Lisa, was pregnant with twins seven years ago, the couple heard words no parents-to-be should ever have to hear. “They told us that Lucas had a rupture in his amniotic sac,” says Ed, an Ahwatukee resident. “The doctors told us to abort the pregnancy.” Instead, Lisa went on bed rest for 12 weeks, and Lucas and his sister, Caitlin, were born at 28 weeks gestation.

While Caitlin’s health is normal, Lucas had severe health issues to overcome including lung disease, acid refl ux and a brain bleed. At age 2, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and he still has very fragile lungs, asthma and daily breathing treatments.

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and amber. Pearls form when a foreign body such as a grain of sand or parasite fi nds its way into a seawater oyster or

mollusk. To protect itself from the “intruder,” the living creatures deposit layers of a substance called nacre over it that becomes the pearl. Freshwater mollusks form pearls, but they are generally less valuable. Cultured pearls, or the cultivation of pearls, now accounts for the vast

majority of pearls on the market. It involves introducing mother-of-pearl beads into the tissues of certain types of mollusks, which deposit concentric layers of nacre around the foreign body. Another type of cultured pearl is the non-nucleated cultured pearl. In this

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with white, pink or silver colors. T e knowledgeable staff at Rakhman Jewelers can show you an excellent assortment of cultured pearl jewelry as well as loose “South Sea” pearls and unique faceted pearls. Care for pearl jewelry by occasionally cleaning them gently with a soſt cloth dipped in alcohol diluted

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QUESTION OF THE MONTH Question: What is a pearl formed from?

For all those who answer correctly, their names will go into a basket and one winner per family will be chosen. T e winner will receive a free CITIZEN watch. Contact Jane Rakhman by calling 480-857-9707 or email with your answer. Include your full name and a telephone number (not for publication). Answer to the May question:

What material is traditionally used to treat emeralds for fl aws? Oil.

After trying traditional therapies with little result, the Dassies turned to alternative forms of therapy for their son. Ed says Lucas, who lives in and attends public school in Gilbert, has responded well to a movement and touch-based treatment called the Anat Baniel Method, as well as hyperbaric oxygen therapy and a homeopathic remedy called G-Therapy.

Paying for the treatments that were helping his son to improve has been extremely diffi cult, Ed says. The couple lost their home and borrowed money to pay bills.

In an effort to help raise money for both their son and other parents who are struggling fi nancially to help their children with cerebral palsy, the Dassies

started the Cerebral Palsy Hope Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofi t organization, in January 2010. At 7 p.m. on Fri., June 10, Ed hosts a charity dinner followed by a free organized Texas Hold ’em poker tournament. The event, called A Night For Lucas, will be held at the Best Western Inn, Dobson Ranch, 1666 S. Dobson Rd. in Mesa. Tickets to the dinner cost $50, and table sponsorships are available.

For ticket information, call Ed at 480-707-7621; to sponsor a table call 956-501-0816. For more information about Cerebral Palsy Hope Foundation, visit and click on “Our Non-Profi t Organization.”


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