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📘 Storytime in Gilbert, Christmas Trees Dive into Fish Tales, and Square Pizza's Grand Arrival!

Issue #100 - February 9, 2024

📘 Local Landmarks and Family Journeys: New Children’s Book Celebrates Gilbert

🎄 Gilbert's Christmas Trees Get a Second Life Underwater to Boost Fish Habitats

🍕 Detroit's Square Pizza Comes to Gilbert: Jet's Pizza Opens New Location

🌟 Celebrating Life’s Milestones: The Unique Lens of Kara Hendricks Photography

🎈 Discover Local Events Coming Soon

And more…

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Local Landmarks and Family Journeys: New Children’s Book Celebrates Gilbert

Maria Nilmeier, a Gilbert-based attorney and mother of two, has published a children’s book titled “Sam’s Trip to School,” available on BarnesandNoble.

The book is inspired by the daily drives she takes with her daughter to school, showcasing the landmarks and neighborhoods of Gilbert, Arizona. Nilmeier’s work aims to create a memorable connection between her daughter and their hometown, highlighting the beauty and activity of Gilbert from the perspective of a child’s curiosity and wonder.

Facing challenges like balancing her time between her profession and passion for writing, as well as finding the right illustrator through the freelance platform fiverr.com, Nilmeier successfully completed the book targeted at 2 to 5-year-olds.

The book has been well received by her daughters, with one enjoying hearing it read to her and the other taking pleasure in reading it aloud. Encouraged by the positive response and feeling a sense of accomplishment, Nilmeier plans to release a Spanish version and write another book featuring her second child, exploring new adventures reflective of her unique personality.

Gilbert's Christmas Trees Get a Second Life Underwater to Boost Fish Habitats

In a unique blend of post-holiday cleanup and environmental conservation, the Town of Gilbert, has made significant strides with its Christmas tree recycling initiative.

Last month, the town contributed over 600 Christmas trees to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, earmarked for an innovative purpose: enhancing fish habitats in Roosevelt Lake. This donation forms a crucial part of the Department's Aquatic Habitat Program, aimed at bolstering the ecosystems within local reservoirs by providing new homes for fish through submerged Christmas trees.

These trees, collected from several designated drop-off points around Gilbert from late December to mid-January, were anchored to cinder blocks and strategically submerged in various lake areas.

Gilbert's annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program amassed nearly 2,000 trees this year, with the remainder being repurposed in equally beneficial ways. A portion fed the goats at Goats With Horns Animal Sanctuary, another served as training material for the Gilbert Fire & Rescue Department, and about 1,200 trees were processed into mulch at the CTS Greenwaste Recycling facility.

This comprehensive recycling effort highlights Gilbert's commitment to sustainability and community engagement, extending the life of holiday trees far beyond the festive season. For more information on Gilbert's recycling initiatives, including new glass recycling drop-off points, residents are encouraged to visit the town's official recycling webpage.

Detroit's Square Pizza Comes to Gilbert: Jet's Pizza Opens New Location

Jet's Pizza, known for its signature Detroit-style thick-crust pizza, has expanded its footprint in Arizona by opening a new outlet in Gilbert on February 2. Located at 1458 N. Higley Road, Suite 101, the new restaurant has revitalized a space that was previously home to Geno's Giant Slice Pizza.

This latest addition marks the fifth Jet's Pizza location in Arizona, contributing to the chain's national presence across 24 states. The Gilbert community can now enjoy the unique square pizzas that have made Jet's a favorite among pizza enthusiasts.

To place an order or for more information, patrons can contact the Gilbert location at 480-674-4400 or visit the website at https://www.jetspizza.com/

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Archer’s Bikes

Pixie Sticks Boutique

Romeo’s Euro Café

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Celebrating Life’s Milestones: The Unique Lens of Kara Hendricks Photography

In the heart of the East Valley, Kara Hendricks Photography emerges as a beacon of creativity, passion, and unparalleled service. Kara, a former educator with 20 years of experience, has channeled her understanding of children's self-esteem and family dynamics into her photography, creating not just images, but lasting memories for high school seniors and their families.

A Mission Rooted in Empathy and Excellence

Transitioning from a teacher to a photographer, Kara brings a unique perspective to her craft, emphasizing the importance of capturing the essence of her subjects. As a mother of two college students and a devoted wife, she deeply understands the whirlwind of emotions and significance that senior year brings to both students and their parents. Her commitment to easing the stress of this busy time, coupled with her dedication to excellence, has made her a sought-after photographer in the East Valley.

Accolades and Acknowledgments

Kara’s work has not only captured the hearts of her clients but has also earned her recognition in prestigious publications like the "Best of 2021 Senior Year Magazine," "Senior Year Magazine - Guys Only Edition," and "Shoutout Arizona." These accolades are a testament to her talent and her ability to tell unique stories through her lens.

Creating Memories Beyond the Click

For Kara, photography is more than capturing moments; it's about creating an experience that boosts self-esteem and celebrates individuality. Her approach ensures that children and high school seniors see themselves as valued members of their families, contributing to a stronger sense of self and belonging. Through her guidance, these precious moments transition from digital files to cherished prints and albums, adorning the homes of her clients.

A Personalized Senior Experience

Kara Hendricks Photography specializes in senior sessions that are as unique as the individuals she photographs. Recognizing that each senior is on the cusp of a new chapter, Kara is dedicated to providing a fun, relaxed, and personalized photoshoot that reflects each student's personality, passions, and journey. With a variety of locations, outfit changes, and professional hair and makeup services, each session is designed to celebrate and immortalize this pivotal time in their lives.

Investing in Memories

Understanding the significance of senior year, Kara offers sessions starting at $650, tailored to showcase each senior's distinct qualities. Her goal is to encapsulate the essence of this special time through vibrant, personality-driven images that families will treasure forever.

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