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🎤 Shake It Off with Swift in Gilbert, New Moves in Teen Safety Strategy, and Spotlight on AZ Active Recovery & Urgent Pet Care!

Issue #149 - April 18, 2024

🎤 Dance, Shop, and Celebrate at Taylor Swift's Album Launch Party in Gilbert

📋 Gilbert’s Fresh Approach to Teen Violence: Task Force Expansion and New Safety Measures

🗺 Get to Know Us: AZ Active Recovery & East Valley Urgent Pet Care

🎈 Discover Local Events Coming Soon

And more…

Dance, Shop, and Celebrate at Taylor Swift's Album Launch Party in Gilbert

Verde at Cooley Station is set to host a grand Taylor Swift-themed album release party, "The Next Era," on April 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This celebration marks the debut of Swift's new album "Tortured Poets Department" and is open to fans of all ages at no charge.

The event promises an evening filled with music and dancing, where Swift's latest tracks will be played, immersing guests in the vibrant world of her music. In addition to the auditory experience, attendees will be treated to a visual journey through Taylor Swift's career with curated photo scenes depicting various eras of her musical journey. One of the highlights is expected to be the Tortured Poets Department photo scene, offering fans a unique backdrop inspired by the new album.

Swift enthusiasts are encouraged to engage fully by dressing in attire that represents their favorite Taylor Swift era, adding a personal touch to the festivities. Moreover, the event will feature Taylor Swift-inspired shopping experiences and special promotions from Verde tenants, ensuring that the celebration extends into every corner of the venue.

Verde plans to introduce Swift's new songs throughout the evening, creating an atmosphere that is both celebratory and immersive, allowing fans to connect with her music on a deeper level.

Gilbert’s Fresh Approach to Teen Violence: Task Force Expansion and New Safety Measures

In Gilbert, a concerted effort is underway to combat teen violence, following a comprehensive review by the town’s Teen Violence Subcommittee. The subcommittee recently presented its final report, leading to the town council directing the formation of an enhanced Community Engagement Task Force dedicated specifically to this issue.

The newly outlined plan includes several proactive measures: the addition of a police officer focused on youth engagement in the upcoming fiscal year, the development of a Family Advocacy Center scheduled in the five-year capital improvement plan, strengthening council liaisons with local school districts, and potential ordinances aimed at regulating juvenile possession of brass knuckles and enforcing parental responsibilities.

The Community Engagement Task Force will be expanded to 14 members, including a minimum of four teens, to ensure the inclusion of youthful perspectives. This task force will also feature advisory members from school districts and the police department, reflecting a collaborative approach to addressing teen violence.

The council expressed a commitment to rapid action, emphasizing the importance of coordination with school districts to expand the responsibilities of council liaisons. These efforts aim to foster a more consistent approach to safety and wellness programs across Gilbert's educational institutions.

Applications for the reformed task force open soon, with a target to operationalize by June. This move is part of a broader initiative to ensure Gilbert remains a safe and welcoming community, underscored by the council's prompt direction to revisit the issue with concrete actions at their next meeting.

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East Valley Urgent Pet Care

Semper Fi Heating & Cooling

Peacock Wine & Book Bar

Odin Energy

Pixie Sticks Boutique

Sip & Shop

Romeo’s Euro Café

Archer’s Bikes

Spotlight Your Business!

Would you like us to spotlight your local business in front of thousands of Gilbert area residents in an upcoming issue of Gilbert Thrive?

We ❤️ Local Businesses!
We know our community is brimming with businesses that have fascinating stories and big hearts. If you're a local business owner making waves, crafting unique experiences, or simply putting a smile on our faces, we want to chat with you! Gilbert Thrive is eager to shine a light on the unsung heroes of our town. Let's collaborate and let the community know what makes your business special. Send us a message, and let's celebrate the spirit of Gilbert together!

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Go have fun this spring with Pogo Pass!

Annual membership provides free admission to some of the best attractions in the valley…

🌊 Sunsplash - 1 visit
🐘 Phoenix Zoo - 1 visit
🙃 The Rush Fun Park - 1 visit
🎤 Mic Drop Comedy Club - 1 visit
⛸ AZ ICE - 1 visit per month
🧗‍♀️ Phoenix Rock Gym - 2 visits
🏌🏼‍♀️🎳 Fat Cats - 1 game bowling AND golf per week at each location
👣 Uptown Jungle - 2 visits
⛳️ Golf ‘n Stuff - 3 visits
⚾️ Diamondbacks - 2 home games
🏈 Rattlers - 3 home games
🏀 Phoenix Mercury - 4 home games
🙃 Rush Extreme - 1 visit
🛹 KTR - 1 visit at each location
🏒 Tucson Roadrunners - 2 home games
😈 ASU sporting events - multiple sports
🎳 810 Billiards & Bowling - 1 visit per month
🐱 U of A sporting events - multiple events
❤️ Luv 2 Play - 1 visit
🎨 Bubbly Brush - 1 visit

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