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SURPRISE NEWS & COMMERCE
Surprise News
2020 Election

Here's where to vote, drop off ballot in Surprise

Here are the sites and times for voting and ballot dropoffs in Surprise through Election Day.
Public Meetings

Upcoming city, school meetings in Surprise

Here are upcoming public meetings held in Surprise.
2020 Election

Surprise ballots mail deadline upcoming

Surprise early voters only have a few days left to mail back ballots before the deadline.
Community

Storm spotter webinar coming Nov. 10

Residents interested in learning how to properly identify and report significant weather phenomena can attend a training webinar from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Almanac

A look back at Surprise's history on this week

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records.
Business
PERMITS

Several projects under review in Surprise

Here are active projects under review with the Surprise City Council with hearing dates listed:
Auction

Items up for bid in Surprise public auction

The city of Surprise has dozens of items up for bid at a public online auction Friday, Oct. 23 through 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
Business

Surprise nabs 5 economic development awards

The International Economic Development Council is bestowing five big honors on the Surprise Economic Development Department.
PERMITS

Surprise issues hundreds of permits in Sept.

Here are commercial permits the city of Surprise completed in September.
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SURPRISE SCHOOLS

Who is the West Valley Preps 2020 Week 1 football player of the week?

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Education

The Dysart Unified School District is celebrating 100 years of educating the community in the 2020-2021 school year.

The Dysart Education Foundation will host the annual Dysart Dash 5K and Kids Challenge virtually this year.
Surprise Entertainment
Endangered pygmy hippos cool off in their enclosure at Litchfield Park’s World Wildlife Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.

Wildlife World Zoo back open after COVID-19

What do pygmy hippos, clouded leopards, spider monkeys, nilgai antelope, sarus cranes and stingrays have in common?
'Colors of the Desert’ by West Point Elementary School seventh-grader  Destiny Banda took third place — behind two high school students — in U.S.  Congresswoman Debbie Lesko’s 8th Congressional District Art Competition.

West Point student 3rd in congresswoman's art contest

U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko announced the winners of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition for Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District.
Tess Jenkins stars in a one-woman play, “Bad Dates,” which comes to Stage Left Theatres Oct. 21 through Nov. 8.

Valley actress going on ‘Bad Dates’ starting Oct. 21

Following an abbreviated 2019-20 season, Stage Left Productions, 11340 W. Bell Road, is reopening under secure virus-protected conditions with a series of one-character plays.
The West Valley Symphony will not opens its 2020-21 season until at least January in Surprise.

West Valley Symphony season shelved until January

The West Valley Symphony's next season is now scheduled to start with “A Salute to England” on Jan. 10 in The Vista Center for the Arts.
WHAM Art Association founder Connie Whitlock will teach a clay vase class for adults in November.

Clay vases take 2 half days at WHAM

WHAM Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road, regularly hosts half-day workshops for adults.
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