Your Friday Night Plans are Covered

Feb. 13, 2017
By Karli Ragan

Who ya gonna call when you have no weekend plans? Your mom, your sister, your partner? Well dial them up and let them know that Friday night plans are set because the Family Flicks Art Walk is this Friday, Feb. 17. Grab a blanket, find your spot on the grassy lawn of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, and enjoy the original Ghostbusters movie. Oh, did we mention this event is free-to-attend? 

Here's a run down on the activities that will be happening for the night. 

·  Arizona Ghostbusters group (yes, they'll be bringing a Marshmallow Man and a Ghostbusters vehicle) will be doing a costume contest. Dress as a ghost or dress as a Ghostbuster. Let's see which side wins... Costume contest is at 6:30 p.m.

·  East Valley Engineering for Kids will be providing a green slime activity for the kids (or kids at heart) from 6-7 p.m. Because, what's a Ghostbusters event without some green slime? 

·  Chandler Christian Community Center will be accepting new socks and underwear for their program iHelp, which helps those experiencing homelessness. You can win a $50 gift card to a Downtown Chandler business if you bring items to donate. 

·  Murphy's Law Irish Pub will be giving free green apple cider as supplies last. 

·  For the first time, this event will be tied with the Chandler Art Walk, so you can also shop local artisans. 

·  Oh yeah, and we'll have a foam machine. *drops mic*

You don't even need to hide your Twizzlers in your purse because you're allowed to bring your own snacks and beverages (non-alcoholic beverages only please). There will also be popcorn for purchase.

This event kicks off a weekend of science in Downtown Chandler. The following day, on Saturday, Feb. 18 is the City of Chandler's Science Spectacular event.

The event runs 6-9:30 p.m., movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Address for the event is: 
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, west
3 S. Arizona Ave.
Chandler, AZ 85225

Check out all the free parking locations via this map. 

You need to make plans Because Valentine's Day is Coming


Feb. 6, 2017
Karli Ragan

If you've started to notice all the pink and red hearts, you have probably realized Valentine's Day is quickly approaching. We know you like to procrastinate, but it's time to make those plans. Whether you're looking for a romantic date night, a gift for a loved one, or something to do with your friends or little ones, downtown Chandler has you covered. 

Paletas Betty
They make your life simple by offering a special flavor; called their San Valentin flavor; it's strawberry with a dark drizzle (excuse us, got a lil' drool on the keyboard), and letting you order online. Yes. Online. You're probably reading this while sitting in pjs and mopping the sweat off your forehead as you realize you haven't made any plans, but you're also lazy, like us. Fear not! Just go to their website (or GrubHub, or Ubereats - you have options), and order your sweetheart, your friend, your sister, some delicious paletas. 

SanTan Brewing Co. 
It's a win-win for couples that have both a brew-loving partner, and another that's more interested in the food (raises hand *cough* me *cough*). Support local by ordering one of their house made beers and something off their special Valentine's menu.  

Sibley's West: The Chandler and Arizona Gift Shop
Okay, but what about those loved ones that prefer a tangible gift, something they can hang on to? Please don't get one of those generic teddy bears from Walmart again. Instead, call up the good people at Sibley's West and order one of their Valentine gift baskets. It includes 1lb. assorted chocolates, a votive candle with heart-shaped ceramic holder, a lavender eye pillow (to steal the night after Valentine's Day, because you can finally relax, you did good kid), and 2 oz. lotion (because we live in a desert and it's dry). All of these items usually cost $60, but they're offering a special of $49.95 while supplies last because they're charitable and they probably really don't want your loved one to have to get another synthetic teddy bear again. 

Burst of Butterflies - Create & Paint Studio
Looking to add some romance a la the iconic Ghost ceramic scene? Or maybe just something fun to do while you talk about how there are no good options available with your girlfriends? How about that little one in your life that just ate a whole box of sweethearts and is now bouncing off the walls? Head on down to Burst of Butterflies Art Studio for one of their many classes they're offering for the week of Valentine's day. Offerings include a heart fused glass project and BYOB painting on canvas classes. In addition, they're offering 14% off (Get it? No? You really need to be better at looking at your calendar) all pottery and canvas painting, all day on Valentine's Day. That day will be kid-friendly from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and turns into BYOB (beer or wine, you crazies) Adult Date Night from 6-9 p.m. Visit their website for more information and to sign up for a class. 

DC Steakhouse
Hello love birds; this one is for you! Sit across from that special someone at DC Steakhouse and enjoy their special Steak and Lobster Valentines Sweetheart Dinner. They'll be offering the dinner all-week-long (into the weekend). Don't forget to add some of their wine in for good measure. 

Chandler Center for the Arts
You've stared into each other's eyes long enough that it's time to look at something else. Enter the Chandler Center for the Arts. Enjoy the Sunday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. showing of National Dance Company of Ireland's Rhythm of Dance at a special of buy one get one free. Just mention you would like the Downtown Chandler Valentines Special when you stop by or call. Limited quantities, so dance to it! 

TechShop Chandler
Maybe your loved one loves wine. Therefore, they need a lot of wine glasses. Enter TechShop Chandler. They'll have an Etched Wine Glass Date Night on Valentine's night. For those looking for something to do with their little ones, they'll also have a Tie Dye Night and a plushy 'love craft' build night earlier in the week. 

The Brickyard Downtown
Score some major brownie points and schedule reservations at one of downtown Chandler's newest hotspots, The Brickyard Downtown. They're offering a 4-course dinner ($65++ per person) with an optional (do it) cocktail pairing ($35 per person). Call for reservations; 480.963.1373. 

Lauren Snow Beauty
This one is for the ladies. Those familiar with the show Parks and Recreation should recall Galentine's Day. Now, you too can enjoy this holiday Leslie Knope style, sans waffles. Lauren Snow Beauty, a new merchant to our downtown, is hosting a Galentine's Day Bash on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 7-9 p.m. Kendra Scott will have a pop-up Color Bar shop at 15% off and Couple of Bartenders will be serving up sips while you shop. Finishing things off, Lauren Snow Beauty will offer complimentary makeup touch-up and they'll give $10 off your first service if you book an express facial. 

Bourbon Jack's
The perfect spot for a couple with an affinity for country music, dancing, and good times is Bourbon Jack's. They'll have surprise (you'll just have to wait and see) Valentine's Day food specials and they'll have free two-step dance lessons starting at 7:30 p.m. They promise the lessons are perfect for all levels of dancers, even those with two left feet. You're welcome to even attend Han Solo style (sans date). 

Cup O'Karma: A Community Café for a Cause (inside the Downtown Chandler Library) 
For those who have never been, the Cup O'Karma coffee shop is a hidden gem. Yes, it may be a bit scary trying to find the place if you're against libraries (we hope not), but all you have to do it enter the main entrance of the library and then a hang a right to find this coffee spot. This a coffee shop with heart, they remind us that February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and they'll be accepting donations at the shop to spread awareness. Any donation over $5 scores a free stuffed animal. The cherry on top? Their specialty drink this month is a White-Mocha Raspberry Latte, can be served ice, hot or frappe-style to keep up with the ever-evolving weather.