city of surprise

Surprise, AZ (February 22, 2020) The Milwaukee Brewers vs. Texas Rangers game scheduled for Saturday afternoon, February 22, at 1:05 p.m. in Surprise Stadium has been canceled due to inclement weather and field conditions. This game will not be made up.

city of surprise

Free Tax Preparation

The Human Services and Community Vitality Department has partnered with A New Leaf to offer free tax preparation services to benefit individuals and families with low to moderate income. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households that make less than $56,000 annually. VITA sites offer free tax preparation and assist taxpayers to apply for benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Tax preparation assistance will be available until April 14 at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Road, Suite 124, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4-8 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. No appointment is necessary. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call 623-222-1600.

city of surprise

City of Surprise offices open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. More info at www.surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise, AZ (February 18, 2020) Spring training opening day, traditionally known as the “Surprise Sundancers Charity Game,” represents the excitement of a new baseball season and reminds us of the significance it brings to the local community.

The game on Friday, February 21 at 1:05 p.m., will feature the Kansas City Royals against the Texas Rangers. All proceeds from this home team face-off will benefit Surprise/Northwest Valley youth-related programs and scholarships. In 2019, the Surprise Sundancers presented $213,750 in youth scholarships and donations to local area non-profit organizations.

Founded in 2002, the Surprise Sundancers are the official Spring Training volunteer organization of the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and the city of Surprise. The group currently consists of over 750 members contributing over 32,000 hours of service annually and raising over $1 million for the local community since inception. The Surprise Sundancers are known nationwide for their high level of commitment and service, along with their yellow shirts and smiling faces, helping to earn Surprise Stadium multiple awards and recognition as the “best place to watch a spring training game.”

Surprise Stadium Opening Day Tickets

Single game ticket prices start at just $8. To find your perfect seat, check out SurpriseStadium.com or visit the box office. Purchase tickets in advance of game day and save at least $2 per ticket.

Chiles and Chocolate

AZ Humanities Speaker Series presents Chiles and Chocolate on Tuesday, February 25, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Come by to listen to the rich and savory history of chiles and chocolate while exploring how early people used them and helped spread them to all corners of the world.

Lunch & Learn

The AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road Building D, is offering a Lunch & Learn session on getting the most out of Facebook. Facebook can get complicated with constant updates, new options, format changes and more. Join residents on Thursday, February 27, from 12-1 p.m. for this information packed session on the latest trends, when/how often you should be posting, how to tap into your existing followers and much more. Registration is required by visiting https://www.aztechcelerator.com/events/event-details?occurrenceID=85.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The City of Surprise offers Household Hazardous Waste Collection events to help protect the environment by properly disposing items which may contain harmful chemicals. Scheduling will begin on March 9. Residents are able to request an appointment through the My Surprise app, or call Customer Service at 623-222-1920. For a complete list of acceptable items, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3399/Household-Hazardous-Waste. I encourage you to take advantage of this free collection service!

city of surprise

Surprise, AZ (February 20, 2020) The city of Surprise invites the public to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment at a Women’s Suffrage Open House on Tuesday, March 3 from 3-5 p.m. at Surprise City Hall.

Surprise, AZ (February 19, 2020) The Surprise Parks & Recreation Department welcomes teens ages 13-17 to come and join the fun at the Sand Volleyball Tournament!

The tournament will be held at the Surprise Community Park sand volleyball court, 15953 N Bullard Ave, on Saturday, February 29 from 4-7 p.m. The cost for participating is $5 for residents and $15 for non-residents.

Registrations are currently being accepted at the Parks & Recreation Office located at 15960 N Bullard Ave; registrations will also be accepted from 4-4:30 p.m. at the courts on the day of the event. Teens can choose to create their own team or be placed on a team.

The tournament games are scheduled to begin at approximately 4:45 p.m.

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 623.222.2000 or visit http://bit.ly/teensandtournament.

Surprise, AZ (February 19, 2020) Follow in the footsteps of the city’s original trailblazers during the Women’s Heritage Trail Tour on Tuesday, March 10, 1 – 3 p.m.

Women’s Heritage Trail participants will spend the afternoon learning about the city’s history while visiting points of interest in its early development.

Scheduled tour stops are:

  1. 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – First Baptist Church, 12987 W. Market Street
  2. 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. – Fulcher Home, 12533 W. Santa Fe Drive
  3. 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Community Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street

This is a multi-stop roaming tour; attendees must coordinate their own transportation to each location.

Be sure to arrive at the first stop, First Baptist Church, at least 10 minutes prior to the event start time to participate in the tour.

The Women’s Heritage Trail Tour is sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission. For more information, contact Deborah Welch at 602.670.2667.

Surprise, AZ (February 18, 2020) If you love baseball memorabilia, you’ll want to swing by city hall for the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” art reception! In celebration of the upcoming Spring Training season, the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission has a collection of baseball art and collectibles on display, as well as a few fun pieces from other sports.

The exhibit is in the Surprise City Hall art gallery and Mayor’s Atrium, 16000 Civic Center Dr., and runs through April 23. A free reception will be held Thursday, March 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. Come enjoy sports-themed artwork; historic, autographed Sports Illustrated covers; replica jackets; historic artifacts; and light refreshments.

For more information, please contact Susan deJong at 623-214-7537.

Surprise, A‌Z (February 14, 2020) Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would like to see open in Surprise? What about a unique shopping experience that you want added to your hometown? Tell us in the 2020 Surprise Retail Survey!

We want to know how we can make our city a one-stop shopping and dining destination, and we’ll be giving away gift cards to four randomly-selected survey-takers just for offering their thoughts!

The survey will help the city identify retail strengths within the community, as well as opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. Every response helps the Surprise Economic Development Department better reach the retailers you want the most.

Participating in the survey really does make a difference. In the 2015 and 2017 Surprise Retail Surveys, we asked what restaurants and retailers you wanted us to target, and some of your Top 10 picks have already opened in Surprise – including Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, Texas Roadhouse, and In-N-Out Burger! Other resident-requested restaurants have opened too. Café Rio, Raising Canes and Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken have all held grand openings since our survey first launched. Plus, your most-wanted retailer, Costco, is slated to open this summer! We are still actively engaging with others on the list, and hope to see more of your favorites open up shop in Surprise soon.

It’s important to us that we attract businesses you want, because the money you spend here, stays here. In fact, local sales tax makes up nearly 40 percent of our city’s General Fund revenues which support public safety, clean parks and street maintenance.

The Surprise Retail Survey runs through March 15 and is available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Surprise, AZ (January 6, 2020) Surprise Parks & Recreation will open registration for 2020 Winter Sports programs from January 6-25.  A special Saturday registration will be held on January 25 at the Parks and Recreation office from 8-11 a.m.

Leagues start early March and run through mid-May. 

Leagues are $60 for residents and $80 for non-residents, with the exception of recreation plus volleyball and baseball majors 50/70, which are $75 for residents and $95 for non-residents. 

Surprise, A‌Z (December 23, 2019) With the New Year’s holiday fast approaching, be sure you know the laws regarding the use and sale of fireworks within the city of Surprise for this time of year.

City of surprise

Running for Office?

Candidates running for office in Arizona are able to upload their nomination paperwork online! Candidates will also be able to upload a photograph of themselves along with a campaign message that will appear on the election website.

Candidates running for federal, statewide, or legislative office in Arizona may now collect 100% of their required nomination petition signatures (all candidates) or $5 Qualifying Contributions (publicly-funded candidates only) through the E-Qual system. E-Qual enables eligible voters to electronically sign these petitions or make these contributions. And for candidates that still wish to gather signatures on paper, our system enables a candidate to electronically design a nomination petition (including insertion of the candidate’s photo) that may be printed for in-person circulation.

Officeholder Annual Financial Disclosure Statements

If you are a current officeholder and are required to file an annual Financial Disclosure Statement with the Secretary of State’s office, you may fill it out using this Portal. Log in or create an account, fill out the form electronically, upload and submit. It’s that easy! © 2020 Arizona Secretary of State V2.2

city of surprise

Surprise, A‌Z (February 10, 2020) The city of Surprise is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC) – a group of impactful teens who are making a difference in their community!

SYC members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, including the Mayor and City Council, to give youth a voice in city issues and to help solve youth issues through awareness campaigns, service projects, and community-building events.

Students who are currently in grades 7-11 may apply, as long as they are attending a middle school or high school within the Surprise city limits, attending a Dysart Unified School District high school, or reside within Surprise city limits.

Applications are being accepted now through March 22. The application consists of a video submission, no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds, and should include the following information:

Surprise, AZ (February 3, 2020)   Surprise, Arizona has been selected by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) as one of two sites for the Baseball Americas Qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The event will begin March 22, 2020.

city of surprise

The Surprise City Council invites you to attend the 2020 State of the City video presentation and 60th Anniversary Celebration on March 26th from 6-8 p.m.! We’ll take a look at significant achievements that have transformed our city and celebrate the progress we have made over the past 60 years. 

Following the video presentation, city council will reveal a new history wall that tells the story of Surprise from founding day to modern day. This artistic mix of story and photograph is a must-see art piece.

After the reveal, we invite you to stroll the courtyard and city hall for a showcase of the city’s programs and services, including police and fire vehicle displays! We also have live entertainment planned, with performers from some of our local schools and city-run specialty classes. Plus, we’ll have free desserts and finger foods.

Surprise, AZ (February 10, 2020) The city of Surprise is now offering registration for the West Valley Babe Ruth Baseball League! Both individual and team registration is available; league play begins in late April.

Resident and non-resident registration will be held February 10 – March 20 at the Parks & Recreation Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave. Registration is also available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

Make a difference for youth in your city; join the Surprise Youth Council

Aisha Alexander<aisha.alexander@surpriseaz.gov>2/10/2020 11:48 AM 

1 attachment

For your coverage consideration…

Surprise, A‌Z (February 10, 2020) The city of Surprise is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC) – a group of impactful teens who are making a difference in their community!

SYC members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, including the Mayor and City Council, to give youth a voice in city issues and to help solve youth issues through awareness campaigns, service projects, and community-building events.

Students who are currently in grades 7-11 may apply, as long as they are attending a middle school or high school within the Surprise city limits, attending a Dysart Unified School District high school, or reside within Surprise city limits.

Applications are being accepted now through March 22. The application consists of a video submission, no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds, and should include the following information:


city of surprise

Surprise, AZ (February 11, 2020) Creativity will be on display this weekend at a handmade market in Surprise! Over 150 local artists and vendors will bring you the ultimate shopping experience.

The Artisan Treasures “Cool Daze Food Truck & Handmade Market” is Saturday, February 15 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Admission is free with a donation of three non-perishable food items or $2.00 per person; youth 12 & under are free. 

The first 100 guests will receive a treasure bag full of goodies, courtesy of participating vendors and Artisan Treasures.

For information about the event, visit woodnme.com/events or contact Surprise Stadium at 623.222.2222.

Surprise, AZ (February 11, 2020) Medical professionals nationwide are now able to practice specialized vascular surgical training outside of the operating room thanks to the revolutionary product created by the AZ TechCelerator’s newest tenant, ReSuture.

Founded by Hannah Eherenfeldt and Benjamin Knapp in 2018, ReSuture develops simulations for a carotid endarterectomy (common vascular surgery procedure) using compact, portable systems that provide open surgical training. The portable training device features an accurate synthetic material that mimics human tissue and simulated blood flow.

ReSuture incorporated in April 2019 after winning a technology competition and securing their first seed funding. 

As a tenant of the AZ TechCelerator, ReSuture will benefit from the business incubator’s entrepreneurial mentorship programs, collaborative workspaces, technological resources and more!

Learn more about ReSuture at resuture.com.

Explore how the AZ TechCelerator can help you grow your business at aztechcelerator.com

city of surprise

Surprise, A‌Z (February, 11 2020) City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Monday, February 17 due to Presidents’ Day.

Also due to the holiday, city of Surprise sanitation customers ONLY are reminded there will be a modified collection schedule that week that will postpone collection by one day. There will be no service Monday. Collection will resume on Tuesday, February 18.

To receive weekly reminders about your pickup schedule, including on holiday weeks, sign up to receive texts or emails on the My Surprise App. The app is available in both the Apple and Android app stores, or online at surpriseaz.gov/mysurprise.

city of surprise

Surprise, A‌Z (February 13, 2020) The city’s one-stop-shop for social services will soon expand its evening hours.

Beginning March 4, the Surprise Resource Center will extend its closing hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The new hours will be:

Monday & Tuesday: 8 a.m – 5 p.m.

Wednesday & Thursday: – 8 a.m – 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Through strategic partnerships with a growing number of community-based organizations and government agencies, the center offers Surprise and Northwest Valley residents connections to human services that include everything from rent and utility assistance to employment support to food and nutrition resources.

The Surprise Resource Center is located within the city’s AZ TechCelerator campus at 12425 W Bell Road, Bldg.  A, Ste. 124. Please call 623. 222.1600 for more information and referrals to services and programs.

For more information about the Surprise Resource Center, including a list of programs and partners, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/ResourceCenter.

For information on additional social service resources provided by the city and other regional assistance agencies, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/compassionatesurprise.

Surprise, AZ (February 12, 2020) Join the Oregon State Beavers at Surprise Stadium as they host their 2020 season debut right here in Surprise.

The Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic will take place February 14-17 at Surprise Stadium, featuring the Oregon State Beavers, New Mexico Lobos, Gonzaga Bulldogs and Brigham Young Cougars.