Is there some cooler air finally approaching at the end of the summer tunnel now that Labor Day Weekend has arrived?
Well, we all know we still have several weeks to go before biking, jogging and walking in the great outdoors of Chandler will seem appealing again on a daily basis. If you are staying in town this weekend, don't forget to read through the Chandler Recreation fall Break Time magazine to see what kinds of classes might interest you, your family or friends for the fall months. Registration is open for all programs at www.chandleraz.gov/registration. Call 480-782-2727 for more information.
Chandler pools open Labor Day weekend
Chandler Aquatics staff will have five of the six pools (all but Folley) open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12-5 p.m. so you can stay cool for your Labor Day relaxation. For more information on swim programs, call the hotline at 480-782-2733 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics. Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center (MGAC) will host a "Dive-In Movie" night with a showing of "Flipper" on Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is $0.75 for children, $2 for adults and $1 for seniors. The MGAC is located at 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr. (480-782-2635) off of Riggs road next to Basha High School.
Labor Day fitness at Tumbleweed
If you want to get an extra work out in before (or perhaps after) your weekend barbeques, shopping or movies, Tumbleweed Recreation Center is open all three days for its normal hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Sunday and 5 a.m.-10 p.m. on Monday. For more information on fitness passes or group exercise classes, visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed or call 480-782-2900.
EEC Sonoran Sunset Series returns for fall
On Thursday, Sept. 9, the Environmental Education Center's "Sonoran Sunset Series" outdoor fall entertainment program returns to Veterans Oasis Park (northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads) with a performance at 6 p.m. by a local mariachi band celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This all-ages event is free and there will be refreshments available for purchase. The next event will by Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. with Halloween-themed music from the Encore Quartet. For more information, call 480-782-2890 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
AZ Kids Expo approaching!
The Chandler Recreation Division and the Chandler Center for the Arts will have information tables at the AZ Kids Expo at University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m-5 p.m. There will be a variety of activities from many Valley organizations at the stadium all weekend for children and parents, so stop by and let staff at the booth know you are from Chandler. For more information, visit www.azkidsexpo.com.
New teen programs
Chandler Teen Programs offer many different activities this fall, ranging from cooking and camping to basketball and art. The Teen Chef is a program that helps teens learn some basic cooking skills that they can take home and actually repeat for their families. The next session will be held September 13 at Snedigar Sportsplex where participants will learn the art of creating delicious, easy and quick-to-prepare appetizers.
Team T.R.E.E. is a new outdoor club ("Teen Recreation Environmental Education") that provides hands-on experience in outdoor survival techniques. Fire making and edible desert plants have been highlights of recent classes, which are free and meet every Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Snedigar Recreation Center. "Everybody's Got a Story to Tell" that includes teens ages 13-17 and senior citizens interacting in free workshops on filming, interviewing and sound design. It takes place at the Senior Center on Wednesdays at 3:30. To register for other teen classes, visit www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime or call 480-782-2727.
Unitown Camp applications due Sept. 30
Chandler Recreation Teen Programs feature a new array of performing arts, outdoor activities and career development classes this fall, including "Teen Chef," "Survivor Teen Edition and "Friday Night Fun." One of the most popular events is the annual Chandler Unitown Camp that fosters diversity and leadership for teens 15-18 Oct. 6-11 in Prescott. Applications are available at www.chandleraz.gov/teens and are due Sept. 30. To find out about more teen programs, please follow "Chandler Teens All Access" on Facebook Groups or call 480-782-2727.
TRC fall toddler activities
Tumbleweed Recreation Center will host its popular fall parent and toddler drop-in activities "Bubble Blast" and "Bikes, Bounce & Boogie" from 9-11 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and Nov. 24. There is a $2 fee ($3 non-resident) per child. TRC Family Nights continue every Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. The fall activities schedule is available at www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed or call 480-782-2900 for more information.
Chuckwagon cook-off seeks vendors
Chandler Museum is looking for a variety of vendors to participate in the inaugural Chuckwagon Cook-Off on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Tumbleweed Ranch. This new event will have an "old west" lifestyle on display as wagon teams will engage in an old fashioned cooking competition using just the methods and utensils from the 1880s. Vendor applications are due Friday, Sept. 10. For more information, call 480-782-2669 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Aquatics & recreation fun facts
• More than 100,000 people visited the six Chandler Aquatics Centers during July and 30,000 during August after schools were back in session.
• There are 177 teams (2,768 total players) registered for the fall season of Chandler Adult Sports Leagues for basketball, football, softball and volleyball. The season starts the week of Sept. 13.
• The two historic homes at Tumbleweed Ranch in Tumbleweed Park date back to 1913 and 1917.
For the latest information, you can sign up for the monthly e-newsletter at www.chandleraz.gov/listserv.html , follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) or Facebook (Chandler Recreation). The next episode of "Come Out & Play Chandler!" will begin airing Friday, Sept. 10 on Channel 11 and YouTube with an overview of fall special events, including the fourth annual Day of Play on Oct. 16 and third annual Woofstock on Nov. 20, both at Tumbleweed Park.
Liam O'Mahony is an information specialist with the City of Chandler Community Services Department. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.