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Sample craft spirits at new Chandler festival

Apr 25, 2014

East Valley Tribune

Chandler elected officials - Get drunk, not stoned!!!

It's kind of interesting that the elected officials in the city of Chandler want you to get drunk, but not stoned. Well only get drunk if the city of Chandler gets a cut of the loot.

This article is about a liquor festival that is being held in AJ Park, in downtown Chandler. I suspect the city of Chandler will get a cut of the revenue from each drink sold at the festival.

It's followed by an article from the folks at ICAN against teenage drinking. ICAN is a local group in Chandler that is heavily funded by the city of Chandler government.

So I guess the message is that drinking is bad, bad, bad. Well only bad, bad, bad, when the city of Chandler doesn't get a cut of the loot.

Last I don't have an article on this, but from the articles I have read in the past, the elected officials in Chandler, along with the Chandler police have been totally against medical marijuana and against legalizing marijuana. Of course the city of Chandler doesn't get any cold hard cash from marijuana sales.

Oddly the Chandler Police Department is one of the biggest marijuana dealers in the state of Arizona!!!!

But don't count on getting any high quality marijuana from the Chandler Police Department. Instead you will get robbed.

The Chandler Police Department routinely have snitches that will offer to sell you 50 to 100 pounds or even kilos of marijuana.

When the Chandler cops have found a sucker that to rob, they will get some marijuana out of the evidence room and sell it to the sucker.

Of course after the deal is over the Chandler Police will arrest the guy, steal the marijuana back and keep the money too.

The elected officials on the Chandler City Council love these crooked cops, because they literally steal hundreds of thousands a dollars in year from marijuana dealers, which the members of the Chandler City Council get to spend.

Sample craft spirits at new Chandler festival

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 4:26 am

Cocktails? Check. Food trucks, music you can dance to, and giant Jenga? Check, check, check.

You’ll find them at the first-ever Chandler Craft Spirits Festival, slated for 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. Liquor — from bourbon and vodka to tequila and gin — will take center stage amid the music of a live disc jockey, a bartender cocktail competition, and a cigar and whiskey lounge.

“We’re shaking things up — pun intended — with this event in an effort to let folks know that there are a bevy of beverage options beyond beer and wine out there,” says Jennifer Lindley of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership.

“There aren’t too many occasions where industry insiders and avid fans of Arizona’s beer, wine and booze culture can sample such a vast selection of spirits in one place,” she says.

General admission passes are $35 and include 15 tasting tickets. For information, visit

Tickets are available at; use the code “LetsDrink1” for a $7 discount.


Jackson: Alcohol Awareness Month brings dangers to light

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:07 am

Guest commentary by Becky Jackson

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and ICAN is partnering with two East Valley organizations to help spread the word about alcohol and its dangers. Alcohol use by youth is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors. Annually, more than 6,500 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related accidents and thousands more are injured.

ICAN founded the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA) in 2006 and continues to grow this critical program. CCYSA addresses the issue of youth alcohol abuse through programs that include peer leadership, social marketing, community outreach and political advocacy. Teens also participate in programs such as “party patrol” where CCYSA youth provide Chandler police with information about upcoming parties where they suspect alcohol and drug use will be present.

During the time frame of April through June, there is a rise in alcohol-related traffic fatalities and incidents due to prom and graduation season. ICAN and CCYSA are partnering with Tempe Coalition and Mesa Prevention Alliance to combine resources to be more effective and far-reaching with their messages and prevention efforts.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence released some frightening statistics for Alcohol Awareness Month:

• Each day, 7,000 kids in the United States under the age of 16 take their first drink.

• Those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21.

• More than 1,700 college students in the U.S. are killed each year — about 4.65 a day — as a result of alcohol-related injuries.

• Twenty-five percent of U.S. children are exposed to alcohol-use disorders in their family.

• Underage alcohol use costs the nation an estimated $62 billion annually.

The promise of a healthy future for the youth in the East Valley and across the world requires reducing underage drinking through cooperative efforts from parents, schools, community organizations, business leaders and government agencies. Chandler’s CCYSA, Tempe Coalition and Mesa Prevention Alliance are taking the first step to work in tandem to address this social issue.

Please help us spread the word about the staggering statistics of alcohol abuse among our youth and talk to your kids about the serious implications of alcohol use.

• Becky Jackson is the president and CEO of ICAN Chandler — Positive Programs for Youth, which operates the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse.


April 26, 2014 | 5-10 p.m.

​Downtown Chandler | A.J. Chandler Park | 3 South Arizona Avenue

April 26, 2014 | 5-10 p.m.

​Downtown Chandler
A.J. Chandler Park
3 South Arizona Avenue
Chandler, Arizona

Cheers to Craft Spirits!

Imagine your favorite beer festival. Little cup = Big fun.

Now picture your cup filled with any one of 50 cocktails, craft spirits or moonshine.

That's the Chandler Craft Spirits Festival. That's fun.


April 26, 2014 | 5-10 p.m.

​Downtown Chandler | A.J. Chandler Park | 3 South Arizona Avenue Sooo. What's the Skinny on this Event?

You had a falling out with blueberry vodka. You're too damn old to order a pink drink. You like wine. Like, really like. You drink craft beer. And now, your taste for spirits has matured beyond the sweet and cheap libations of your youth.

Maybe you've learned to love a good bourbon. Maybe craft vodka wets your whistle.

We get it. And we want to celebrate with you.

Welcome to Arizona's First-Ever Chandler Craft Spirits Festival presented by Up Agency, the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation, local distributors and award-winning distilleries.

From 5 pm – 10 pm Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Dr. AJ Park in Chandler (3 South Arizona Ave.), more than 3,000 21+ fans of Arizona’s burgeoning booze scene will mix, mingle and make new friends and contacts while sampling dozens of diverse alcoholic beverages fit for fans of all types, from the alcohol apprentice to the cocktail connoisseur.

While the bulk of walk-around tasting events in and around town involve food, wine and beer, event organizers decided the time has come to mix things up with a special celebration of the state’s explosive cocktail culture and all the camaraderie, companionship and community-building that comes with it.

A top DJ will supply the musical backdrop for this event, while guest enjoy cocktails, bartending and mixology competitions, tasty treats and promotional giveaways.

General Admission is $35 and include 15 tasting tickets, and VIP passes are available for $75, and include 20 tasting tickets, a few special liquors, swag plus food.

Tastings include generous pours of a variety of different spirits, cocktails and craft beer.

Pace yourself, kids. You're in for a treat. Who Benefits from the Event?

Chandler Craft Spirits Festival is a fully licensed event produced by Craft Spirits Festivals, LLC and its marketing partner, Up Agency. A portion of proceeds go to our partner and sponsor, the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation (DCCF.)

01(c)3 not-for-profit charitable foundation that provides grants for projects, programs and special events of other non profits, service organizations or businesses supporting projects that meet a critical community need within the Downtown Chandler area or relative proximity. These grants gives selected organizations funding to support their efforts, generating community support and vibrancy in the area.

Cool, right?