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Chandler Recreation springs into March activities

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Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 10:31 am

Is spring break really just around the corner? It's hard to believe that March has arrived so quickly, but the City of Chandler Recreation Division has many activities, classes and spring intersession youth camps during the two-week school break to keep everyone active and excited about spring.

The spring Break Time magazine is available at many City facilities and features a variety of all-ages classes for March, April and May, including the spring youth camps from March 14-25 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC) and from March 14-18 at the Environmental Education Center (EEC). Registration is still open for residents and non-residents online at, so make your March selections as soon as you can. For more information or registration assistance, call 480-782-2727, 480-782-2900 for the TRC or 480-782-2890 for the EEC.

The March episode of the "Come Out & Play Chandler!" show is scheduled to start airing on Channel 11 and on YouTube (just search for the Chandler Recreation channel) the week of March 7, so stay tuned as it will feature biking and skating activities at Chandler Parks.

To stay connected with the latest information, you can follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) and Facebook (Chandler Recreation) or sign up for the enewsletter, which is sent out at the end of each month, at

Below is an overview of upcoming March activities and events for all ages to enjoy the great spring temperatures.

Chandler Aquatics Has Two Pools Open for Spring Break

Chandler's Hamilton and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Centers will be open for recreational swimming during the two-week spring intersession break for the Chandler Unified School District from March 12-27. Mesquite Groves features a lap pool, diving area, two slides, water vortex, lazy river with tumble buckets, and a play area for kids. Hamilton features a lap pool, diving area, two slides, water vortex, current river and a play area for kids. Admission is $1 for kids ages 2-17, $2.25 for adults, and $1.25 for seniors 55 and older. For daily hours and more information, call 480-782-2733 or visit

Chandler Senior Center Hosts Senior Expo on March 9

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny's Committee for the Aging is hosting the 21st annual Chandler Senior Expo, sponsored by sponsored by CIGNA and Brookdale Senior Living, on Wednesday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. It is free and open to the public and features representatives from health care agencies, leisure services and senior-related product firms. For more details, visit or call 480-782-2720.

Irish Band to Play at Environmental Education Center on March 10

The Environmental Education Center's Sonoran Sunset Series continues on Thursday, March 10 at 6 p.m. with an early St. Patrick's Day celebration featuring free musical entertainment by the lake at Veterans Oasis Park. This month, The Knockabouts, a traditional Celtic band from Flagstaff, will perform traditional Irish tunes. The Sonoran Sunset Series will also be held on Thursday, April 14. For more details, visit or call 480-782-2889.

Senior Variety Show March 16-18

The Chandler Senior Center presents its 18th annual Senior Variety Show at the Chandler Center for the Arts for three days: Wednesday, March 16 (2 & 7 p.m.), Thursday, March 17 (2 p.m.) and Friday, March 18 (7 p.m.). The theme is the "Spice of Life" and features many performers ages 50 and older singer and dancing. Tickets are $5 at the Senior Center (202 E. Boston St.) and can also be purchased at the Center for the Arts box office one hour prior to each performance. For more information, visit or call 480-782-2720.

TRC Offers Mom & Toddler Activities

Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC) will host its popular parent and toddler drop-in activities "Bikes, Bounce & Boogie" from 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9 and "Bubble Blast" on Wednesday, March 23 from 9-11 a.m. For more information, call 480-782-2900 or visit or call 480-782-2900. The fee is $2 ($3 for non-residents).

March Family Nights at Tumbleweed Recreation Center

Join in the fun at Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center every Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. The March activities include: 3/9: Jumpstart Kids Fitness; 3/16: St. Patrick's Day; 3/23: Spring Is Here and 3/30: Movie Night with popcorn. The fee is $2 ($3 for non-resident ages 1-12). Call 480-782-2900 or visit for more information.

Help Chandler Prepare for Centennial Celebration!

A community celebration is coming in 2012 to mark the City of Chandler's 100th birthday. There will be a variety of cultural and historical events during the year. You can help by volunteering or contributing your ideas. Just call 480-782-2751 to share your ideas or volunteer or take the short survey at

Summer Camp Preview

The summer Break Time magazine will be available at many City facilities and online at beginning Friday, April 22. It will feature a variety of all-ages classes for June, July and August, including youth summer camps from June 6-July 22 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC), Snedigar Recreation Center (SRC) and the Environmental Education Center (EEC camps are June 6-July 1). There also are Teen Adventure Camps at Andersen Junior High School. Summer program registration for Chandler residents will begin on Saturday, May 7 (Friday, May 13 for non-residents). For more information or registration assistance, call 480-782-2727.

Liam O'Mahony is an Information Specialist with the City of Chandler Community Services Department. He can be reached at liam.o'


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