Is it already time to make another December to remember here in Chandler? As the holiday season takes over, ushering in events, shopping and decorations around the city and winding down another calendar year, Chandler Recreation has an assortment of activities and special events for everyone to enjoy with their families, relatives and friends.
For children ages 5-12 beginning their winter intersession break, there are half-day and full-day intersession camps available at Tumbleweed Recreation Center from Dec. 26 -Jan. 6 that include sports and arts activities. Register at www.chandleraz.gov/registration or call 782-2900 for more information.
The winter Break Time magazine outlining many all-ages recreation classes, youth intersession camps and special events for December, January and February is available at City facilities, libraries and recreation centers. The spring Break Time magazine will be distributed beginning Friday, Jan. 20. Spring registration starts on Saturday, February 4 (Friday, February 10 for non-residents). An outline of some upcoming December events and activities follows; for more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/recreation.
Tumbleweed Tree Lighting is Saturday
Everyone is invited to celebrate the season in downtown Chandler for the 55th annual Parade of Lights and Tumbleweed Tree lighting this Saturday, Dec. 3. Activities start at 4:30 p.m., the parade begins at 7 p.m. with the tree lighting immediately following around 8 p.m. Enjoy music, entertainment, arts and crafts and food and beverage.
Santa's House in Downtown
Children can have their picture taken at Santa's House, which will be at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park on Saturday, Dec. 3 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. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Chandler Centennial Art Contest
There is a new Centennial contest for local artists ages 18 and older who are interested in submitting a design for the program cover for the 2012 Chandler Centennial Celebration Weekend. The artwork entries should represent the theme of "Happy 100th Birthday, Chandler!" as the winning submission will be featured on the souvenir program to be distributed at Centennial events in May. Application and artwork are due by January 9. For more information visit www.chandler100th.com and click on "contests."
Holiday Music on Dec. 8 at Environmental Education Center
The Environmental Education Center presents the Sonoran Sunset Series outdoor entertainment on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. with music from the Basha High School holiday choir. 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.
Teen Art Exhibit Starts Dec. 8
The second annual Chandler Teen Art Show will display nearly 100 works of art from several local high schools and will be held from Dec. 8-22 at the Environmental Education Center (4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.). The opening night reception is Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. during the EEC's Sonoran Sunset Series music event. For more information, call 782-2746.
Give the Gift of Swimming
With the holiday season upon us why not give the gift of swimming? Punch passes are available for Chandler residents that provide access to all six aquatic centers year round. With no expiration date, punch passes make an excellent stocking stuffer for the kids to use when Hamilton and Mesquite Groves re-open in March. Or better yet, for your loved one looking to get in shape - punch passes can be used for lap swim year round at Hamilton and Mesquite Groves. Stop by the Hamilton or Mesquite Groves Aquatic Centers to purchase passes (Punch Passes are available for Chandler residents only). The Punch Pass fees are as follows:
Punch Pass* 5 punches 20 punches 30 punches
Child $2.50 $10 $15
Adult $7.50 $30 $45
Chandler Aquatics Year-Round Lap Swimming
Chandler Aquatics encourages fitness through swimming, and lap swim continues throughout the year at Hamilton and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Centers. Hamilton's Early Bird Lap Swim is open Monday-Thursday 5:30 - 7:30 a.m. and the Mesquite Groves Night Owl Lap Swim is open Monday-Thursday 7-9 p.m. Admission for lap swim is $2 regardless of age. The last day for lap swim at both facilities will be Thursday, December 15. These lap programs will resume on Monday, January 2. Looking for a gift for the athlete in the family? An annual lap swim pass is available for purchase at Hamilton and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Centers for $200. For more information, call 782-2750 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics.
Parent & Toddler "Bubble Blast" at Tumbleweed Recreation Center
Parents and toddlers can enjoy a playful morning with "Bubble Blast" on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 9-11
a.m. at Tumbleweed Recreation Center. 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. There is a $2
fee per child ($3 for non-residents). The TRC is located at 745 E. Germann road. For more information,
visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleeweed or call 782-2900.
Teen Talent Competition is Jan. 20
Chandler Teen Programs presents the eighth annual Teen Talent Competition at the Chandler Center for the Arts (250 N. Arizona Ave.) on Friday, Jan. 20 from 6-9 p.m. Applications for singers and musicians to audition for the show are available at www.chandleraz.gov/teens and due by Dec. 30 Admission for the show is $5. For more information, call 782-2711.
Wednesday Family Night Activities
Join in the fun at Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center every Wednesday throughout the winter 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 782-2900 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed for more information.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.