Happy Labor Day weekend, Chandler! I hope you are finding some time to relax with family and friends, swim, bike, go to the gym or prepare for another exciting football season.
As we inch closer to the desirable fall temperatures and start to emerge from our summer "bunkers," it will be time to get out and enjoy Chandler parks, the Paseo Trail, Snedigar Sportsplex and Tumbleweed Park again after our 100-plus temperature odyssey subsides.
As you know, there is never an off-season with Chandler Recreation, and this weekend we make the transition into the fall schedule of classes and drop-in programs for all ages.
There are a lot of great family fall events on the horizon that you can find in the pages of the latest Break Time (www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime), but here is a preview of what's going on in September so you can go outside and play again soon.
EEC celebrates Grandparents Day
Grandparents Day is officially recognized on Sunday, Sept. 13, but the Environmental Education Center will celebrate it on Saturday at 9 a.m. as it invites grandparents to enjoy breakfast with their grandchildren while sharing an experience with nature. Participants will learn about Arizona's snakes and have a chance to pet live snakes. There is a $14 fee for residents ($18 for nonresidents), and registration is required for adults and children 3 years and older at www.chandleraz.gov/registration. Call (480) 782-2890 for more information.
Therapeutic recreation golf challenge
Mayor Boyd W. Dunn's Committee for People With Disabilities presents the 13th annual Chandler Golf Challenge to benefit individuals with disabilities at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Bear Creek Golf Complex, 500 E. Riggs Road. The registration form for individuals and teams of four players is available at www.chandleraz.gov/therapeutic (480-782-2709).
Celebration Plaza nominations open
Nominations are being accepted for the third class to be inducted into Celebration Plaza at Tumbleweed Park next spring. Celebration Plaza opened in spring 2008 and features a fountain and plaques honoring a select group of residents, living or deceased, who have displayed outstanding civic commitment, leadership, public outreach and service to the community. The deadline is Sept. 30; the application is free and can be downloaded at www.chandleraz.gov/parks.
Active adult programs on 'Come Out & Play' show
The fall episode of "Come Out & Play," the Chandler Recreation Division program on Channel 11, featuring various active adult programs and activities at the Chandler Senior Center and Tumbleweed Recreation Center, began airing on Friday. It will be on the programming schedule for several weeks and can also be viewed online at www.chandleraz.gov by clicking on the Channel 11 tab.
Special event funding deadline
The city's Special Events Sponsorship Program is accepting applications until Wednesday's deadline from local nonprofit organizations that would like funding support for special events in the community. Funding is awarded to qualifying events that enhance the community through cultural and educational enrichment, diversity and heritage and community pride. The application is available at www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Day of Play vendor applications extended
The deadline for vendor applications for the third annual Chandler Day of Play, a free, all-ages community event from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 17 at Tumbleweed Park, has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday. Local businesses and organizations with a focus on youth activities, family entertainment and health and wellness are encouraged to download the application at www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
The Day of Play will feature a variety of fun activities organized by many of Chandler's nonprofit organizations, ranging from old-fashioned games to sports activities to living history exhibits and health and fitness demonstrations. In July, Chandler was honored as one of 22 cities in the U.S. to be named a Playful City USA for the third consecutive year.
Recreation survey online
The annual Chandler Recreation customer satisfaction survey is available at www.chandleraz.gov/recreation until Sept. 30. Residents and nonresidents are invited to take the survey, which takes just a few minutes, to provide feedback on the programs, classes and special events offered throughout the year.
Liam O'Mahony is an information specialist with Chandler's Community Services Department. His recreation column is published Sundays in the Chandler Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.