Now that it is June, schools are letting out and everyone is starting to make their summer activity plans. If you are staying in town for most of the summer, you don't have to look very far to find that the Chandler Recreation Division has a variety of things to keep everyone active. There are all kinds of arts, sports and educational classes for all ages to enjoy at the city's six recreation facilities, and the summer Break Time magazine is your complete guide for family fun.
Break Time is available at many city buildings and libraries and features classes for June, July and August. It also outlines several half-day and full-day summer youth camps that will run from June 6-July 21 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC) and Snedigar Recreation Center (SRC) and June 6- July 1 at the Environmental Education Center (EEC). The TRC summer camps feature sports, arts & crafts, computer and science activities, the SRC camps are offered at the same times and include skits, cooking and other youth development activities and the EEC camps have half-day options (7:30 a.m.-noon and 1-5:30 p.m.) and full-day (7:30-5:30 p.m.) that will help youth explore the great outdoors through nature-oriented games, hikes and experiments.
Teens are invited to participate in the Teen Adventure Camp at Andersen Junior High School where they can meet new friends, swim and play a variety of games. The six-week camp runs from June 6-July 15 and is designed for teens entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades. Every Friday features a different field trip, which teens can also register for separately from the full-week camp options. Register for all six weeks or individual weeks beginning Saturday, May 7. For more information, call 480-782-2718.
Registration for all summer classes is still open for residents and non-residents online at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime, in person at facilities or via mail with the form in the Break Time. For more information or registration assistance, call 480-782-2727 or 480-782-2900.
New Videos on YouTube
The summer episode of "Come Out & Play Chandler!" is now available on the Chandler Recreation YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/chandlerrecreation). This show features the Chandler Aquatics facilities. Staff has also produced a couple of short informational videos about water safety and pool rules on the channel as well.
Youth & Adult Summer Zumba Classes at TRC
For teens who don't enroll in summer camps, there are other ways for them stay active during the summer when they want to get out of the house. One option is taking the popular group exercise class Zumba. All TRC pass holders over 13 can take the class following a teen orientation of the fitness center. Girls may even want to try the class with their mothers for a family workout. The group exercise class is available at www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed. The classes are included with the TRC fitness passes or $3 for teens ($4 for adults; $5 and $6 respectively for non-residents) at the daily drop-in rate. For more information, call 480-782-2900.
All 6 Chandler Aquatics Centers Are Now Open
Chandler Aquatics now has all six aquatic centers, Arrowhead, Desert Oasis, Folley, Hamilton, West Chandler and Mesquite Groves, open for the summer swim season through July 24. The operating schedules vary between the pools, so check page 18 of the Break Time, visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics or call the hotline at 480-782-2733 for the latest information on hours, fees and swim programs. There also are a variety of special themed events that will be held at the pools during June and July. For details, see page 20 of the Break Time; you can also follow @ChandlerAquatic on Twitter and Chandler Aquatics on Facebook for the latest news. The three Chandler Spray Pads (Chuparosa, Desert Breeze and Espee) are now open for their seasonal hours of 9 a.m.-7 p.m. for June-August. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/parks or call 480-782-2727.
Swimmer Heads to Greece for Special Olympics
Alex Hayes, a 24-year-old swimmer with the Chandler Therapeutics Recreation programs, will be traveling to Greece to participate in the World Special Olympics Games in two weeks. Good luck to Alex as he competes in the butterfly to try and bring home gold to Chandler. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/therapeutic.
Teen Program Completes "Sew For Survivors" Bags
The Chandler Teen Recreation "Sew For Survivors" program would like to thank all of the teen participants, organizations and 65 community volunteers who contributed materials and sewed 150 duffle bags that were donated to the Chandler Crisis Response Team, Victim Services Unit and Arizona Adoption and Foster Care agency. The bags help address a common issue faced by these social service agencies and one that causes anxiety for the displaced children in their care. The teens had a vision of creating a supply of quality bags for children's belongings to help ease a difficult transition when they are confronted with housing changes. Due to the contributions, staff and teens are planning to make it an ongoing program. For more information on teen programs, visit www.chandleraz.gov/teens.
Summer Family Nights at Tumbleweed Recreation Center
Join in the fun at Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center every Wednesday throughout the summer 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.
TRC Hosts Blood Drive
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.
Adopt-A-Park and Plant A Tree Programs
Did you know that there are 61 City of Chandler Parks? Many of these parks are available for organizations and groups to adopt them and help staff clean and maintain the parks and the various amenities. The Chandler Parks Division also has a Living Tree Donation program at the parks. For more information, call 480-782-2727 or visit www.chandleraz.gov.parks.
Chandler Prepares for Centennial Celebration
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 help by volunteering or contributing your ideas. Just call 480-782-2751 to share your ideas or volunteer or take the short survey at www.chandleraz.gov/100.
Stay Updated With Social Media
To stay connected with the latest information, you can follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) and Facebook (Chandler Recreation) or sign up for the enewsletter, which is sent out at the end of each month, at www.chandleraz.gov/listserv.html. The May edition of the newsletter is now available on the Chandler Recreation Facebook Page or Break Time web site at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime.
Liam O'Mahony is an Information Specialist with the City of Chandler Community Services Department. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.