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🏁 New Indoor Entertainment Complex, Glitter at the Gala, Bubble Tea Bliss, and Jacob's Hope Heals Hearts!

Issue #114 - February 29, 2024

🏁 Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Races into Chandler with Grand Opening

🤵 Join the Night at the Museum Gala for a 24K Themed Evening

🧉 Daboba Bubble Tea Brews Up New Flavors at Gilbert Location

🌟 Healing the Smallest Victims: How Jacob's Hope is Changing Lives in Gilbert

🎈 Discover Local Events Coming Soon

And more…

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Races into Chandler with Grand Opening

In a move set to rev the hearts of Southeast Valley's racing aficionados and entertainment seekers alike, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games announces the grand opening of its first Arizona location in Chandler on Wednesday, February 28. This sprawling 95,000-square-foot facility, situated at the southwest corner of the Loop 202 Freeway and Cooper Road, promises a diverse array of attractions beyond its four high-speed go-kart tracks, including a motion-simulated dark ride, laser tag, an extensive arcade, duckpin bowling, and three immersive virtual reality games.

The Chandler venue, the ninth installment in the Andretti Indoor Karting & Games national expansion, also boasts over 10,000 square feet of versatile event space, addressing a notable demand in the local market for such facilities. Ed Childs, the general manager of the Chandler location, shared his enthusiasm for bringing a project of this magnitude to the area, drawing on his deep-rooted passion for racing-based entertainment which began with his first job at Malibu Grand Prix in Tempe.

Not only does the venue offer a plethora of gaming and racing options for individuals of all ages, but it also incorporates dining experiences ranging from a full-service restaurant to a quick-service counter, ensuring visitors can refuel without missing a beat of the action. The establishment pays homage to the Andretti racing legacy, with decor celebrating the accomplishments of Mario Andretti and his family, who have left an indelible mark on motorsports.

The facility's race tracks cater to various age groups and skill levels, with electric vehicles whose speeds are adjusted according to the driver's experience. In addition to racing, guests can embark on adventurous rides through the 7D Xperience, compete in a two-story laser tag arena, or explore virtual worlds with the latest VR technology. The venue's extensive event space is designed to host a wide range of gatherings, from corporate events to social celebrations, with a dedicated kitchen team ready to customize menus to clients' preferences.

As the community gears up for the grand opening, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is set to become a cornerstone of entertainment in Chandler, offering a unique blend of high-octane excitement and family-friendly fun. With nearly 400 staff members recruited to ensure an unparalleled guest experience, the venue is poised to make a significant impact on the local entertainment landscape.

Join the Night at the Museum Gala for a 24K Themed Evening

HD South, also known as the Gilbert Historical Museum, is preparing to host its annual Night at the Museum Gala on March 2. This year's event, themed "24K," promises an evening filled with entertainment, gourmet dining, and a journey through art and history, all set against the backdrop of Gilbert's sole landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.

The gala includes a silent and live auction, offering an array of gifts and experiences for guests to bid on. Proceeds from the event are critical for the preservation of the HD South building and its historical collections.

Tickets are available at $100 per person, providing access to dinner, live entertainment, auctions, and the museum's exhibits.

Daboba Bubble Tea Brews Up New Flavors at Gilbert Location

Daboba USA, a globally recognized bubble tea brand, celebrated the opening of its latest branch in Gilbert on February 2, located at 2743 S. Market St., suite 104.

This new outlet marks the brand's fifteenth location across the United States, following its entry into the U.S. market in 2018. Daboba is celebrated for its extensive selection of bubble tea flavors, combining traditional tea with innovative tastes to create refreshing and delightful beverages.

As bubble tea continues to captivate the taste buds of Americans, Daboba's newest location in Gilbert stands as a testament to the brand's commitment to spreading the joy of bubble tea to more communities.

Customers seeking to explore Daboba's range of bubble tea can find more information at http://www.daboba.us/.

Peacock Wine & Book Bar

Schnepf Farms

Archer’s Bikes

Pixie Sticks Boutique

Romeo’s Euro Café

Sip & Shop

Healing the Smallest Victims: How Jacob's Hope is Changing Lives in Gilbert

In the East Valley, a unique and compassionate organization, Jacob's Hope, stands as a testament to love, resilience, and the power of community support. Founded by Brian and Jo Jones, the organization is dedicated to providing specialized care for substance-exposed newborns, a mission born from personal loss and a deep understanding of the challenges these infants face.

A Personal Tragedy Inspires a Beacon of Hope

Jacob's Hope was born out of tragedy—the loss of Brian and Jo Jones' beloved son, Jake, who struggled with the long-term effects of prenatal drug exposure. Despite his brilliance, charisma, and service in the Army, Jake's life was cut short at just 25 years old. Determined to prevent other families from experiencing similar heartbreak, Brian and Jo turned their grief into action, establishing Jacob's Hope to offer critical support to newborns affected by substance exposure.

Bridging the Gap with Specialized Care

Jacob's Hope operates as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) specialty care nursery, filling a vital gap between hospital NICU care and the transition home for infants experiencing withdrawal symptoms at birth. The organization's inpatient infant program provides 24-hour medical care in a home-like setting, ensuring these vulnerable infants receive the immediate, short-term medical attention they need during this critical period.

Supporting Families in Need

Beyond medical care, Jacob's Hope extends its support to the families of these infants through a comprehensive family support program. Understanding the complex challenges that parents and caregivers face, the facility offers a compassionate, medically equipped environment where families can learn, grow, and prepare for the journey ahead with their new arrivals.

Community Reflections

The impact of Jacob's Hope on the East Valley community and beyond is profound. Families who have benefited from the organization's services often speak of the warmth, expertise, and dedication of the staff. "Jacob's Hope was a lifeline for us during the most challenging time of our lives," shares a grateful parent. "Knowing our baby was in caring, capable hands gave us peace and hope for the future."

A Legacy of Love and Compassion

As Jacob's Hope continues to serve the East Valley, Brian and Jo Jones' legacy of love, resilience, and hope endures, providing a brighter start for the most vulnerable among us. Through specialized care, family support, and community awareness, Jacob's Hope not only honors Jake's memory but also offers a beacon of hope to countless families navigating the challenges of prenatal drug exposure.

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