Can you believe that July is upon us already and 2011 is half-over? The tough news ahead of course is our long stretch of 110-degree days, but the good news is that Friday marks the start of National Parks & Recreation Month for July. At the June 20 City of Chandler Council Meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny read a proclamation stating Chandler's participation in Parks & Recreation Month and presented it to Chandler Parks & Recreation Board Chairman Dean Visser.
Will you participate in any new recreation programs or visit local parks during these hottest months of the year? How many different activities can you accomplish during July to stay cool, fit and active? Let us know what you are up to this month by commenting on the Chandler Recreation Facebook wall (you can scroll down to the June 24 "Parks & Recreation Month" photo and post your updates there). Whatever you enjoy doing this summer, always remember to "Come Out & Play Chandler!"
The summer Break Time is still available at city facilities and features classes for July and August and youth camps that continue through July 22 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center and Snedigar Recreation Center . The camps feature sports, arts and crafts, science activities, theater, cooking and other youth development activities. The Teen Adventure Camp at Andersen Junior High School for seventh, eighth and ninth graders continue through July 15. Every Friday features a different field trip, which teens can register for separately from the camp. For more information, call 480-782-2718.
Registration for summer classes remains open for residents and non-residents at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime or in person at facilities. The fall Break Time will be available starting Friday, July 22 and will be mailed to subscribers prior to that date. Fall registration begins on Saturday, August 6 for residents and Friday, August 12 for non-residents. For more information , call 480-782-2727.
July Newsletter Now Available
You can stay active, fit and cool in July for Parks & Recreation Month by checking out the many activities outlined in this month's newsletter that is available at www.chandleraz.gov/recreation and on the Chandler Recreation Facebook page and Twitter news feed (@ChandlerRec).
Watch the July "Come Out & Play Chandler" Show
Are you getting hungry for summer barbeques? Check out the July & August episode of "Come Out & Play Chandler!" show at www.youtube.com/chandlerrecreation or Channel 11; it showcases cooking classes offered by Chandler Recreation. You also can watch summer water safety videos from Chandler Aquatics staff. There are 165 videos on the YouTube Channel that have received 30,000 video views over the last two-and-half years.
Historical Friday Fun Fact
Chandler had only been a town for a little more than a month when it hosted its first game of baseball on June 23, 1912. Enthusiastic that his new town already boasted eighteen fine baseball players, Dr. A.J. Chandler was quoted as saying, "Seems to me a winter league would be a great thing for the Valley, the biggest kind of advertisement." 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 volunteer by calling 782-2751 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/100 for more information.
Ready for Fireworks at Tumbleweed Park on Monday?
Are you getting ready for the July 4th weekend to celebrate America's 235th birthday? Activities start at Tumbleweed Park (southwest corner of McQueen & Germann roads) at 4 p.m. on Monday, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5. See www.chandleraz.gov/special-events for more details.
Recreation Facilities Closed Monday for Holiday
A reminder that all six Chandler Recreation facilities (Senior Center, Community Center, Snedigar Sportsplex, Environmental Education Center, Chandler Tennis Center and Tumbleweed Recreation Center) will be closed Monday for the Fourth of July holiday. Facilities will reopen Tuesday, July 5 for normal weekday hours.
TRC Hosts Blood Drive July 5
After the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Tumbleweed Recreation Center will host a blood drive with United Blood Services on Tuesday, July 5 from 4-6:30 p.m. To make an appointment, call 480-782-2907.
Aquatics Centers Open July 4 & Throughout Summer
Chandler Aquatics will have five pools open on Monday, July 4 until 5 p.m. (all except Folley Pool) so you can stay cool throughout the holiday weekend. There also are a variety of special events at the pools during July. For details, see page 20 of the Break Time or follow @ChandlerAquatic on Twitter and Chandler Aquatics on Facebook for the latest news. The three Chandler Spray Pads (Chuparosa, Desert Breeze and Espee) are open for 9 a.m.-7 p.m. in July and August. For specific hours at each pool, visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics or call Aquatics Hotline at 782-2733.
Arizona Parks & Recreation Association Swimmer's Classic is July 23
Registration is open for the 24th annual Arizona Parks & Recreation Association Swimmer's Classic event to be held on Saturday, July 23 at the Kino Aquatics Complex in Mesa for swimmers under age 18. There is a $15 fee and the deadline is Thursday, July 14. Participants can register at www.swimmersclassic.com. For more details, call 782-2756.
Triathlon to Benefit Special Olympics Arizona
The fourth annual Red Rock Sprint and Unified Triathlon that raises funds and awareness for Special Olympics Arizona athletes will be held at the DC Ranch Village Health Club in Scottsdale on Saturday, Sept. 10. Beginners and advanced athletes are invited to register at www.specialolympicsarizona.org (click on calendar at top) or call 602-230-0081 for more information.
Special Olympics World Games in Greece
Alex Hayes is currently representing Chandler Therapeutics Recreation at the Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece by competing in the butterfly, freestyle and 4x100 relay events. Results are available at http://www.athens2011.org/en.
Environmental Education Center Has Rental Options
Are you looking for a unique venue to host a meeting, seminar or training session? The Environmental Education Center (northeast corner of Chandler Heights & Lindsay roads) has several meeting room options available for private rentals. Visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis or call 480-782-2890 for more information.
Celebration Plaza Nominations Open
The City of Chandler is accepting nominations from the public for the 2012 inductees to Celebration Plaza, a permanent monument near the center of Tumbleweed Park designated as a place to recognize individuals or organizations for significant and enduring contributions to the community. Visit www.chandleraz.gov/parks or call 480-782-2727 for more details. The deadline is September 30.
Liam O'Mahony is an Information Specialist with the City of Chandler Community Services Department. He can be reached at email@example.com.