Ready for Chandler's Day of Play at Tumbleweed Park?
By Liam O'Mahony
Next Saturday, Oct. 16 promises to be a fun morning for everyone at Tumbleweed Park as the City of Chandler Community Services Department presents Shape Up Arizona at Chandler's Day of Play from 8 a.m. to noon.
The city has partnered with Shape Up US, a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive wellness programs, and the Chandler Unified School District to host this fourth annual free community event for all ages to enjoy a variety of exciting outdoor activities.
This occasion also commemorates Chandler's selection as a "Playful City USA" winner for the fourth consecutive year, making it one of 18 cities across the country to have this distinction since the award started in 2007.
For runners, another reason to come to Tumbleweed Park for the Day of Play is the Fit City Chandler 5K Fun Run presented by Shape Up US and Club del Sport. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the run starts at 8 a.m. The race fee is $25 until Oct. 15 and $30 the day of the event. Register at www.FitCityChandler.com.
The Day of Play recognizes the importance of teaching fitness, health and wellness to children and will offer more than 100 booths with games, activities and information organized by Chandler's Aquatics, Center for the Arts, Library, Museum, Parks and Recreation Divisions, non-profit organizations and many Valley businesses. In addition to the interactive games and fitness demonstrations, vendors will distribute information on leading a healthy lifestyle.
A sampling of participants includes the ASU Cheerleaders; Sportball Phoenix, Kangoo Club Arizona, AZ Velocity & Coba Cobras Jump Rope Team, Mascot Olympics and U.S. Olympic gold medalist Amanda Bordon. From bean bag tosses to face painting to parachute games to tug-o-war, there will be something for everyone. If you attend, stop by the information booth and tell staff you read about Day of Play in this online East Valley Tribune column and receive a souvenir bag or soft frisbee while supplies last. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/special-events or call the hotline at 480-782-2735.
Following the Day of Play, Tumbleweed Park will also host the Fall Rhythm Fest next Saturday from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of free music by K.C. Blues Band and The Big Zephyr, followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. Just bring a chair or blanket; there will be food, beverages, merchandise and games available. For more details, visit www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Chandler Special Olympics Golf Fundraiser
Chandler Mayor Boyd W. Dunn's Committee for People with Disabilities presents the 14th annual Chandler Golf Challenge at Bear Creek Golf Complex on Friday, Nov. 5 at 12:30 p.m. Foursome teams, individual players and sponsorship opportunities are available until Oct. 27. The funds raised from the event benefit Chandler residents with physical and developmental disabilities. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/therapeutic or call 480-782-2709.
EEC Sonoran Sunset Series on Oct. 14 On Thursday, Oct. 14, the Environmental Education Center's "Sonoran Sunset Series" outdoor fall entertainment program continues at Veterans Oasis Park (northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads) with a performance at 6 p.m. by the Encore Quartet with Halloween-themed music. For more information, call 480-782-2890 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
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: 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 schedule is available at www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed or call 480-782-2900.
Chandler Swimmer Advances to Special Olympics World Games
Great news from the Chandler Therapeutic Recreation staff: athlete Alex Hayes recently qualified for the swimming competition for the 2011 Special Olympics World Games to be held in Greece.
Paseo Vista Recreation Area Receives Valley Forward Award
Last Saturday, the Chandler Parks Division received a Crescordia award from the Valley Forward Association at its 30th annual Environmental Excellence Awards. The honor was for the Paseo Vista Recreation Area, located at the northwest corner of McQueen and Ocotillo roads, in the site development and landscape category for its unique amenities built above a closed landfill.
Southwest Ambulance Partners With Chandler Aquatics
Last Friday, Southwest Ambulance, a partner with Chandler Aquatics, announced that its "Pool Pack" free and reduced-cost swim lesson provided 2,695 children with swim lessons throughout cities in Central Arizona during the summer. Since 2005, the program has proved 1,224 Chandler children with lessons. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics or call 480-782-2750. You can also receive news on Twitter by following @ChandlerAquatic.
Chandler Tennis Center Fall Hours
The Chandler Tennis Center at Tumbleweed Park began its fall and winter hours last Friday as follows: Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 3-10 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday: 12-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/tennis or call 480-782-2650.
Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey
The annual Chandler Recreation customer satisfaction survey is in progress and can be filled out by visiting the main city web site at www.chandleraz.gov. The survey will close on Friday, Oct. 29.
Winter Break Time Update
The winter Break Time will be available beginning Friday, Oct. 22. Registration for winter classes and programs starts Saturday, Nov. 6 (Friday, Nov. 12 for non-residents). You can still check out the fall issue of Break Time to see which classes might interest you for the rest of October and November. Registration is open at www.chandleraz.gov/registration or call 480-782-2727 for more information.
For the latest information, you can sign up for the 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 Nov. 5 on Channel 11 with the "Top 10 of 2010" Chandler Recreation highlights.