How did the holiday season creep up on us so fast? Halloween always gets the celebratory circuit started and hopefully ushers in the better permanent temperatures that we all look forward to for the winter. There are a variety of free all-ages weekend events on the horizon in Chandler, so there is no shortage of options to get out and enjoy the cooler autumn air while participating in entertainment and wellness activities. The outdoor events schedule commences with some Halloween fun this weekend and continues through the popular dog-friendly Woofstock event on Nov. 19 before culminating with the 55th annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights on Dec. 3. An outline of upcoming Chandler Recreation events and activities follows. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/recreation.
Winter Class Registration Starts Nov. 5
The winter Break Time magazine outlining all recreation classes and special events for December through February is now available at many City facilities, libraries and recreation centers and online at www.chandleraz.gov/registration. Resident registration for all-ages winter classes and activities begins Saturday, November 5 at 10 a.m. (Monday, November 14 at 10 a.m. for non-residents). For more information, call 782-2727.
Halloween Spooktacular at Chandler Library on Friday
The annual Halloween Spooktacular event returns to the downtown Chandler Library courtyard this Friday, Oct. 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. It is a free event for all ages and features a costume contest, haunted house, souvenir photos, games and arts and crafts. Light refreshments and will be available for purchase. For more information, call 782-2727.
Mesquite Groves Presents "Haunted Swamp" on Saturday
Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, located at 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr. next to Basha High School, will host its second annual "Haunted Swamp" activities for swimmers and people in costume on the deck on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1-3 p.m. Admission is $1 for children, $2.25 for adults and $1.25 for active adults. For more details, visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics or call 782-2635.
Mayor's Golf Challenge is Friday, Nov. 4
Chandler Mayor Boyd W. Dunn's Committee for People with Disabilities presents the 15th annual Chandler Golf Challenge at Bear Creek Golf Complex at 500 E. Riggs Rd. on Friday, Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. Foursome teams, individual players and sponsorship opportunities are available until Oct. 26. The event's proceeds benefit Special Olympics Chandler programs and participants with physical and developmental disabilities. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/therapeutic or call 782-2709.
Sonoran Sunset Series Features Outdoor Music
The Environmental Education Center presents the Sonoran Sunset Series outdoor entertainment on Thursday, Nov. 10 with a performance by Simply Three Trio and Thursday, Dec.8 with music performed by the Basha High School holiday choir, both shows start at 6 p.m. S'mores, hot chocolate and other beverages will be available for a small fee. The EEC is located at the northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads. For more information, call 782-2890 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
Parent & Toddler Activities
Parents and toddlers can enjoy a playful morning with "Bubble Blast" on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Dec. 14
from 9-11 a.m. This play area is intended for children five and younger to play under parental or guardian
supervision with a bounce house, tricycles, other toys and music. The TRC also hosts "Bounce, Bike & Boogie"
at Tumbleweed Recreation Center's outdoor courtyard on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 9-11 a.m. There is a $2 fee
per child ($3 for non-residents). For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleeweed or call 782
Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off at Tumbleweed Ranch Nov. 11-12
Bring the whole family to Chandler Museum's second annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off and savor the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Old West that will be on display at Tumbleweed Ranch on Friday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This free event features a unique cooking competition as several chuck wagon teams will prepare meals including meat, beans, bread, potatoes and dessert in the style of 1880s cattle drives. There also will be musical performances from Pioneer Pepper and the Sunset Pioneers and others. Parking and admission is free. Tumbleweed Ranch is located at the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. For more information, call 782-2717 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/museum.
Wednesday Family Night Activities
Join in the fun at Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center every Wednesday throughout November and December from 5:30-7 p.m. There is a different activity each week. The fee is $2 ($3 for non-resident ages 1-12) and $3 ($5 for non-residents ages 13-17). Call 480-782-2900 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed for more information.
Woofstock Returns to Tumbleweed Park on Saturday, Nov. 19
Bring your family and four-legged friends to the fourth annual Woofstock event at Tumbleweed Park (2250 S. McQueen road) on Saturday, November 19 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. This free event features a charity dog walk, a concert, demonstrations, pet costume parade, a raffle, vendor booths and other fun outdoor activities. Visit www.chandleraz.gov/woofstock for more information.
Winter Youth Intersession Camps
Tumbleweed Recreation Center offers winter youth intersession camps during the weeks of Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2-6 for boys and girls ages 5-12. There are half-day and full-day sports and arts camps. Register at www.chandleraz.gov/registration or call 782-2900 or more information.
Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights is Dec. 3
The 55th annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade of Lights will be held in historic downtown Chandler on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 4:30-9 p.m. Enjoy the festive music, entertainment , arts and crafts and food and beverage. The Parade starts at 7 p.m. followed by the lighting of the Tumbleweed Tree. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Santa's House in Downtown Chandler
The annual Santa's House will be at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park with photos on Saturday, Dec. 3 during the Parade of Lights & Tumbleweed Tree Lighting from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Santa's House continues on Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, noon-5 p.m.
Teen Art Exhibit Starts Dec. 8
The second annual Chandler Teen Art Show will be held from Dec. 8-22 at the Environmental Education Center (4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.). The opening night reception on Thursday, Dec. 8 is from 6:30-8 p.m. during the EEC's Sonoran Sunset Series music event. Teens ages 13-18 are invited to submit their paintings, ceramic works, photography and other artistic mediums by Friday, Dec. 2 to the Chandler Community Center (125 E. Commonwealth Ave.). For more information, call 782-2746 or 782-2890.
Stay Connected With Chandler Recreation
The Chandler Recreation Division distributes a monthly e-newsletter available for opt-in registration at www.chandleraz.gov/listserv.html. You can also follow @ChandlerRec on Twitter, Chandler Recreation on Facebook for the latest information. Chandler Recreation produces a television show called "Come Out & Play Chandler!" on Channel 11 that highlights programs, events and facilities. The winter episode will feature the "Top 12 Monthly Highlights of 2011". To watch the show and other videos, visit www.youtube.com/chandlerrecreation.
Liam O'Mahony is an Information Specialist with the City of Chandler Community Services Department. He can be reached at email@example.com