It was a busy morning Saturday for the Chandler Recreation staff and Break Time Web site (www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime), as the registration period for fall activities began for residents, who have priority registration until Friday, when the nonresident period starts. Even though there is another month or two of torrid temperatures to keep us inside, there still is an abundance of activities for all ages at various city recreation facilities to keep you cool and active until the pleasant fall bliss returns.
The fall Break Time magazine outlining all of the Chandler classes, programs and fall special events in September through November is available at many city facilities, libraries and recreation centers. All classes, activities, programs and rentals provided by the Chandler Community Services Department now include a nonresident fee, which represents a 25 percent increase above the resident rate (and rounded up to the next dollar).
For information about residency verification, call (480) 782-2727 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/registration.
Sign up for fall adult sports leagues
Registration for Chandler's fall adult basketball, volleyball and flag football leagues is in progress, and there are several openings for teams in all of these leagues. You can review the registration information at www.chandleraz.gov/adult-sports or contact Ken Sipes, adult sports coordinator, at (480) 782-2704.
Community center fall open house
The Chandler Recreation staff is presenting its first open house at the Downtown Community Center Aug. 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to preview the many types of fall classes and programs. A variety of instructors will be available to showcase arts, crafts and dance classes for youth and adults as well as offer demonstrations and hands-on activities. Light refreshments will be served, and 10 raffle prizes of free classes and movie passes will be given away. For information, call (480) 782-2727.
Chandler aquatics in August
Even though school is back in session, there still is time to take a dip at one of Chandler's six aquatic centers, which have hours of noon to 5 p.m. on weekends throughout August. A few also remain open into September. Mesquite Groves Aquatics Center is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (play pool only) until Aug. 23, while Desert Oasis is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 12. Mesquite Groves also offers fall aqua fit and silver and fit water walking (age 55-plus) classes until Oct. 22. For specific dates and times of these classes, call (480) 782-2635 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics.
Admission for all Chandler pools is 50 cents for children (2-17), $1.50 for adults (18-54) and 75 cents for adults over 55. Effective Sept. 8, new admission fees will be: children 75 cents; adults $2 and seniors $1. For specific facility hours, policies and other swim program information, call the aquatics hotline at (480) 782-2733.
TRC puppet show on Tuesday
The Tumbleweed Recreation Center is joining with the Great Arizona Puppet Theater to host a showing of "Rapunzel" for children 5 and under at 10 a.m. Tuesday. There is a $6 fee per child, and you can register at www.chandleraz.gov/registration (480) 782-2900. The center is located at 745 E. Germann Rd.
Wednesday family nights at TRC
Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center continues every Wednesday night through August and September from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This week features Happy Notes Music Time for kids and the Teen Rock Band Challenge ($2 for children, $3 for teens). You can view the schedule at www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed (480) 782-2900.
Family nature open house at EEC
To promote environmental awareness for all ages, the Environmental Education Center offers its next free Family Open House 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18. This event includes fun nature-based activities, crafts, hikes, stories and science labs. Registration is not required. The EEC offers Tuesday Moonwalk 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Aug. 25 and nature-themed birthday parties for children. For information, call (480) 782-2890. The EEC is located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road.
For parents with toddlers looking to get out of the house for some activities, Tumbleweed Recreation Center offers "Tumble Tots" indoor playground 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday. This area is for children 5 and under to play under parental supervision. There also is a clubhouse for children 5 and under and their parents on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Downtown Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. (480) 782-2730. There is a $2 fee per child (included in annual Tumbleweed Recreation Center family passes).
Parks & Recreation Board update
At Tuesday's monthly Chandler Parks and Recreation Board meeting, Damon Testa was voted the new chairman and Dean Visser was named vice chairman. The Chandler Ojo Rojo Lions Club presented a check for $5,000 to the board to help with improvements at the Snedigar Sportsplex.
You can sign up for the monthly Chandler Recreation e-newsletter at www.chandleraz.gov/listserv.html. If you use Twitter.com, you 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.