The Chandler Fire Department is holding a free open house for the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Fire Station No. 8 at 711 West Frye Road. The event is part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to educate residents about the services provided by Chandler Fire, and to share safety, fire prevention and emergency preparedness information with the public.
In addition to tours of the station, there will also be fire truck & apparatus displays and demonstrations, drowning prevention information, and children will get hands on instruction on how to get out of a smoke filled environment at the Fire Safety House display. Department mascots will also be on hand, and free balloons and fire helmets will be available for children.
Throughout the event, Fire Department staff will be available to talk about the Crisis Response volunteer program, smoke alarm program, Fire Cadet program, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
This open house will also feature instruction on Hands-OnlyTM CPR, which when performed by a bystander has been shown to be as effective as “conventional” CPR in emergencies that occur at home, work or in public. There are only two steps to remember: Call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest.
Fire Station No. 8 is located on the south side of west Frye Road between Alma School Road and Arizona Avenue. For more information about the open house, please call 480-782-2120.
As part of our growing efforts to share our activities publicly, here are meeting notes from our weekly community meeting in Chandler. (Transcribed by Jeremy S.)
START: 4:04PM OCT 16, 2013
FOCUS TOPIC: Downtown Chandler Rock the Block
Rock the Block
The large DCCP-sponsored event Chandler Rock the Block is upcoming on November 9th, 2013, 10 AM to 4 PM. It is a 15,000 person event that is held literally outside our doors up and down Chandler Blvd.
Last year, Gangplank had an open-house for the second year of the event. Kameron W. had a photo booth, Ed A. provided demonstrations of the 3d printing, and many Gangplank tours.
Lets brainstorm what we can do this year and put it together.
Feedback has been given that suggests that the Gangplank Chandler Newsletter should be published on another date. Jonathan K. of VUURR/Levers (live from SF, CA!) shared some feedback that metrics suggest that Friday PM is a poor time to send out. Brian L. is frustrated as it is difficult to get content for a newsletter timely. Discussion on both. New deadline for content submission is Wednesday after Community Meeting. Send time will move to Thursday at 10 AM, with opportunity for change based on metrics.
Lounge Happy Hour
Jeremy introduced happy hour on Mondays days before he got assigned weekly field work every Monday. He asks more people to get behind it. Derek suggests that we “sponsor”, not necessarily financially, a night by inviting people and friends to their day.
Excuse our Dust
Painting in back rooms is underway. Don will be helping us, let him do his thing! Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to help us move furniture when needed. Also, be flexible with room schedule, etc. We will be done by Nov 1.
260 Construction may begin Monday! We need to finish clear out of 260… like the couches! Please keep your eyes and ears open to help with 260-related stuff too!
Next Week Topic: SciTech Festival
ASU CTI is bringing the local maker community together to share best practices. Mark your calendar now to join them! Invitation and agenda to follow.
Keynote speaker and breakout sessions to be announced. If you are interested in presenting on a topic about making, or know someone who would be, please contact Katherine.M.Clemens@asu.edu.
Not only does supporting your community feel good, those that are hard work making it better appreciate it. Library manager Brenda Brown said it best, “We loved this!”
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Chandler Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to remind the community of the importance of having a library card and all the benefits that go along with it.
There is no excuse to not have a library card. If you are a Gangplanker and you don’t have one yet, fix it this month. :)
Make use of your library and read for free. Modern public libraries offer a variety of resources and services to library cardholders; many of them online and electronic, such as e-books, e-magazines, music downloads, and numerous online databases and educational resources. The libraries often host family storytimes, computer classes, resume workshops, seminars, cultural events, and more.
Library cards are available in person at each of the four Chandler Public Libraries serving the community:
Nearly 222,000 library cards are possessed by people with Chandler addresses, and more than 60,000 of those cards were used in the past year.
For more information on how to sign up for a library card visit www.chandlerlibrary.org.
If you work out of Gangplank Chandler you qualify for a Chandler Library card.
Gangplank Chandler Announces Free Learn to Draw Series
Find your creativity on Monday nights by learning to draw.
CHANDLER, September 12, 2013
You were born creative. You have the capability to write, sing, draw and so much more. You have just learned to supress it. This four week series will help you re-discover the creator inside you have disconnected with. Pick up a pencil and start sketching. These weekly classes with professional artists will get you out of your comfort zone and start drawing. You will be amazed at what you are capable of creating.
Monday nights October 7th through October 28th at Gangplank Chandler from 7:00pm to 8:00pm will be the free Learn to Draw series. The first two sessions will be on using Perspective with local artist Christy Mackellar and will guide the beginner through a basic understanding of perspective to make sketches look more realistic. The second two sessions will be Drawing from Life with local artist Gilead and will feature a live model and a tutored opportunity to learn to draw from life.
These four classes are designed for beginners looking to get started. They will be kicking off a regular Monday program at Gangplank that encourages artists to practice their crafts and help each other improve. There is no cost to attend the classes but you will need to bring your own supplies (pencil and paper).
Gangplank is a group of connected individuals and small businesses creating an economy of innovation and creativity. We envision a new economic engine comprised of collaboration and community, where industries come together to transform our culture. Gangplank was founded in 2008 in Chandler by Derek Neighbors and Jade Meskill. Since then, the Gangplank network has expanded to Tucson, Arizona, Avondale, Arizona, Sault St. Marie, Canada, and Richmond, Virginia.
Derek Neighbors, Catalyst
As part of our growing efforts to share our activities publicly, here are meeting notes from our weekly community meeting.
START 4:00PM 9/11/2013
Jeremy S shared that service was performed on our system last Thursday. It was found in good order, and not the source of the smell. Someone adjusted the temperatures of the systems (why it was so hot). The system was indeed recirculating the “dead fish” air, but not the source. Like we said last week, please don’t adjust the system. It is programmed to work optimally for us.
Source of smell was determined to be a collapsed bee colony on the roof & facade & our north walls. Beekeepers killed the remainder of the hive on Friday and went in for removal over the weekend. Smell is better!
Jeremy wishes to thank to Timmus and Derek for the help in rethinking the solution. Original solution fell through due to donation promised wasn’t in working order like was originally thought. A plumber is coming on Friday to quote the installation of a waterless R/O cooler. R/O cooler will be funded with current donations with funding gap covered by Integrum (thank you!). If you are willing to give further funding to help cover gap, donate to email@example.com via PayPal.
WiFi has a fresh set of eyes (Jill R & David M & Geoff S) to get a better solution for the failing system (due to DNS caching issue). The firmware upgrade from 6 weeks wasn’t sufficient to fix issue. The new team is speccing a trade in for a different system, more to come. Current fix for DNS issues is still: set custom DNS (google or open DNS). Ask Jill or Trevor for help.
Gangplank presentation to MBA and ASU WP Carey Alumni as part of a wider review of Arizona Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. Saturday 2:30 – 5:00 PM on Saturday 9/21. Jeremy S (Chandler Location) and Vincent N (Avondale Location) to speak. Ignite-style presentation with lots of photos, so help us make it awesome. Email Jeremys@gangplankhq.com some cool graphics/photos/etc. Can come participate in networking as well. Dress code: shorts and GP/black shirt. :)
Greg T to lead new blog series “Where Are They Now” as discussed on Facebook Group. Will interview old Gangplankers and tell stories of Gangplank success stories. Is accepting input.
Should we make a UserVoice… like the “Things I Want” email discussion. David M & Chuck R to build, share.
Saturday 9/21/2013 needs keyholder to open, Matt S is gone in SF. There will be two events that day. Public hours are 9AM to 4PM also. David M & Tim A will cover.
Timmus A wants to thank to everyone who went to the idea/brainstorming/planning meeting this week on Monday. Big announcement: Monday’s to become Creativity Open House night. 6PM – 9PM ala Hacknight The naming/branding of the night TBD… we will use the UserVoice that will be started to determine it. Activities should be creativity focused. Catch-all for creativity events that ask to schedule. Encourage organic growth, but would like to see jam nights, open mic nights, writing groups, etc. Provision Coffee to offer free coffee on Mondays. Promotion: Ryan G says he will literally street team it at local art nights, etc. Starting next month on Monday’s: Learning to Draw Free Classes led by Eileen Kane with help from local artists. Weekly on Mondays starting in October. Help promote!
Note: Next week Initiative of the Week is Business, Week After 9/25 is Labs
Gangplank has been wildly successful on a number of fronts, but we always push for more. It is in our DNA. Recently Gangplank Chandler has been struggling with defining what an anchor is, what social obligations exist and how to operate without an appointed leader. These are things all locations have or will struggle with at some point. It was time for a retrospective of sorts. We asked for help from Kim Kressaty of Future Pull Consulting (and a Gangplank Board Member) to facilitate a discussion on What is next?
The full report can be found at Gangplank Report.
The TL;DR version.
Five Day Plan
Thirty Day Plan
Community Builders. Let’s build it together.
Ninety Day Plan
Community Builders. Let’s build it together.
We should all be asking ourselves, “How can we drive towards these priorities?”. As a first step towards starting to message the manifesto we have started the Dangercast. Where we will be talking about the manifesto and culture that makes Gangplank work. We expect community participation in it. The first episode is available (and transcribed) at “Dangercast #1 : Collaboration over Competition“. It is also available on iTunes at “Dangercast“.
So if you love Gangplank and want to go deeper let us know you are interested in becoming a Gangplank Community Builder.
Be Dangerous. Be Excellent.