Have you read through the spring Break Time and made your selections yet for Chandler recreation and aquatics classes and activities in March, April and May?
You still have time as Saturday morning at 10 a.m. marks the beginning of the resident registration period (nonresident registration starts Friday, Feb. 12). If you haven’t received your copy yet, you can pick it up at city facilities, libraries, recreation centers, Fry’s stores and www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime.
Do you want to learn something new this year? Take the plunge and explore the wide-ranging assortment of all-ages classes from yoga to aqua fit to pottery to Web site design to financial planning. Other activities include spring intersession youth camps and nature classes at Chandler’s recreational facilities during the Chandler Unified School District’s two-week break from March 15-29.
Staff encourages residents to register as soon as possible for classes in which you are interested because if you wait too long, you may find that a class could be canceled due to low participation. When you register for a class that is canceled, you will be refunded or your account credited, whichever you prefer. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/registration or call 480-782-2727.
Thank you to all the residents who voted for their favorite 2009 Chandler Recreation activity or special event during January on the city’s Web site. The results are still being finalized, but on Friday it appeared that the winner was the 53rd annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights with 22 percent of the votes.
The rest of the votes were evenly spread among summer swimming at the aquatic centers, the third annual Day of Play in October, Tumbleweed Recreation Center family and youth programs, the Environmental Education Center star party, the urban fishing clinic and the second annual Woofstock event in November.
Blood drive tomorrow
A reminder that the Tumbleweed Recreation Center will host a blood drive with United Blood Services Monday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Cotton Room. You can drop in or call 480-782-2907 to make an appointment.
Parks Board meeting Tuesday
The February Parks & Recreation Board meeting will be held Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers in the downtown library. For more information and to view the agenda, visit www.chandleraz.gov/Content/ParksRecBoardAgenda.pdf.
Bikes & Bounce at TRC
For parents with children 5 and under, Tumbleweed Recreation Center offers “Bikes, Bounce and Boogie” from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday for $2 per child ($3 nonresident); parents and annual TRC family pass holders are free. This Wednesday’s Family Night activity is the “Box Car Derby” from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 480-782-2900 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.
Teens to rock the stage
The sixth annual Teen Talent Competition will be held Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ($5 admission) at Mesquite High School, 500 S. McQueen Road. You can cheer on local aspiring singers, musicians and dancers. D.J. Karlie Hustle of 98.3 FM will once again serve as the show’s emcee.
Visit www.chandleraz.gov/teens or call 480-782-2711 for more information.
Daddy Daughter Dance has spaces
For the sixth year, fathers and their little girls ages 4-10 are invited to attend the Daddy Daughter Valentine’s Day Dance on Feb. 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the community center. This year’s theme is “A Night in Paris” and includes dancing, crafts, contests and dinner.
Parents can register at one of the recreation facilities (online registration is not available). The fee is $25 for couple ($32 for nonresidents). There are 120 dads and daughters registered with about 30 spaces remaining. Last year 130 couples turned out, the highest total to date. For more information, call (480) 782-2641.
February nature programs
At 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, will host its monthly “Sonoran Sunset Series” with Apache storyteller Ken Duncan, who weaves illustrative images of Coyote, the Night Sky and Mother Earth.
His program is enhanced with humor and music and is suitable for all ages. There will be s’mores and hot chocolate available for purchase.
The staff conducts its free monthly Family Birdwalk Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon with guides from the Desert Rivers Audubon Society departing every half-hour. The Arizona Herpetological Association will present a demonstration on snakes, chuckwallas and other native reptiles on Feb. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. ($6 fee for residents, $8 nonresidents). For more information, call (480) 782-2890 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
Green workshops continue
Residents are invited to attend the second in a series of free monthly workshops called “Your Green Life Now” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Road.
This month features instruction on how to create a tropical or Mediterranean-style yard that uses less water. Ensuing workshops will feature solar energy, recycling and “greening the home.” Call (480) 782-2890 or e-mail to email@example.com to register.
Mayor’s Youth Commission
Do you know or have a teenager interested in being involved in community outreach programs, discussing adolescent issues and learning more about local government? The Mayor’s Youth Commission is looking for new candidates this spring and summer when the seniors graduate. The next meeting is 5 p.m. Feb. 9 at the new Chandler Boys & Girls Club. Call (480) 782-2906 for more information.
If you haven’t seen the January episode of “Come Out & Play,” you can catch it at 4:30 p.m. today on Channel 11 at and Monday at 1 p.m. or just visit YouTube and search for Chandler Recreation. To stay informed, follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) and Facebook Fan Pages (City of Chandler Recreation).
To sign up for the monthly e-newsletter, visit www.chandleraz.gov/listserv.html.
Liam O’Mahony is an information specialist with the City of Chandler Community Services Department. His recreation column is published Sundays in the Chandler Tribune. He can be reached at liam.o’firstname.lastname@example.org.