There are a few certainties in Chandler in August: school is well under way, the temperatures are still 100-plus and the anticipation of many fun local fall activities looms on the cooler horizon along with the return of football season.
As the prospect of enjoying the outdoors again begins what seems like a long, slow approach, I have outlined some upcoming special event information so you can begin planning for a productive, active autumn.
Phoenix Zoo visits TRC
On Wednesday , the Phoenix Zoo pays a visit to the Tumbleweed Recreation Center Family Night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Several critters from the great outdoors are scheduled to accompany the Zoo staff in a presentation to children and parents. The fee is $2 for children, $3 for teens ($3/$4 for nonresidents). You can view the schedule at www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed or call (480)
782-2900 for more information.
Dive-in movie night
Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center hosts a special “Dive-In Movie Night” at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 with a showing of “The Incredibles.” Admission is $2 for adults, 75 cents for children and $1 for seniors. The center is located at 5901 S. Hillcrest Drive, adjacent to Basha High School. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics or call (480) 782-2635.
Day of Play seeks wellness vendors
Youth, family and wellness-oriented businesses are invited to submit vendor applications to be a part of Chandler’s third annual Day of Play. This free event is 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 17 at Tumbleweed Park. It celebrates the City’s distinction as a three-time winner of the “Playful City USA” award from Kaboom, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C.
Day of Play will feature a variety of fun activities organized by the Chandler Community Services Department and many local nonprofit organizations, ranging from old-fashioned games to sports to history exhibits to fitness demonstrations.
The vendor applications are available at www.chandleraz.gov/special-events under the Day of Play section. The deadline is Sept. 4. Call (480) 782-2665 for more information.
Rhythm Fest returns
Following the Day of Play on Oct. 17, musicians will take the stage for the 23rd annual Rhythm Fest in Tumbleweed Park from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The concert will feature Chuck E. Baby and the All-Stars with fireworks following the show (www.chandleraz.gov/special-events).
Special event funding
The City’s Special Events Sponsorship Program is still accepting applications from local nonprofit organizations that would like funding support for hosting special events in the community.
Each year since 2002, the City Council has approved $30,000 to be allocated to organizations that present special events in Chandler. Funding is awarded to qualifying events that enhance the community through cultural and educational enrichment, diversity and heritage and community pride.
Applications are available at www.chandleraz.gov/special-events and should be submitted by Sept. 9. A panel of citizens who serve on city-appointed boards and commissions will review the applications and submit its recommendations to the Chandler Cultural Foundation for approval.
Historic Chandler tours
The City of Chandler Museum Division offers several historical awareness programs this fall, including tours of the Tumbleweed Ranch and McCullough-Price House. Residents and visitors are invited to discover the architecture and local lore behind the Price House with free 30-minute tours at 10 a.m. beginning Sept. 5 on the first and third Saturdays of each month. For more information, call (480) 782-2717 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/pricehouse.
At the Tumbleweed Ranch, located at McQueen and Germann roads, the 1917 McCroskey House will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 and Nov. 14 for visitors to experience the agricultural heritage of Chandler with tours, garden walks and family activities.
Fall youth camps
The new Break Time features fall intersession camps that will be held Oct. 5-9 and Oct. 12-16 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, the Environmental Education Center and SanTan, Willis and Andersen junior high schools. The popular Chandler Unitown Camp will be Oct. 8-12 in Prescott. The trip offers a rewarding learning experience for teens ages 14 to 18 to develop leadership skills and camaraderie while in the great outdoors. Applications are due Oct.1 and can be downloaded at www.chandleraz.gov/teens.
Break Time registration
The fall Break Time magazine outlining all classes and fall special events in September through November is available at many city facilities, libraries and recreation centers. All programs and rentals now include a nonresident fee, which is 25 percent higher than the resident rate (and rounded up to the next dollar). For more information about residency verification, call (480) 782-2727 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/registration.
The monthly Chandler Recreation e-newsletter subscription list continues to grow, so spread the word to your friends and neighbors to sign up at www.chandleraz.gov/listserv.html. If you use the social media site Twitter, you also can stay current with the latest news, events and activities by following @ChandlerRec.
Liam O’Mahony is an information specialist with the City of Chandler Community Services Department. He can be reached at liam.o’firstname.lastname@example.org.