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Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2009 3:34 pm | Updated: 12:45 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The big day is almost here! Saturday is the third annual Chandler Day of Play at Tumbleweed Park from 9 a.m. to noon.This free, all-ages community special event commemorates Chandler’s status as a “Playful City USA” for the third consecutive year.

The big day is almost here! Saturday is the third annual Chandler Day of Play at Tumbleweed Park from 9 a.m. to noon.

This free, all-ages community special event commemorates Chandler’s status as a “Playful City USA” for the third consecutive year as named by Kaboom (www.kaboom.org), a nonprofit parks and recreation organization in Washington, D.C.

To commemorate this honor, and the city’s continuing status as one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People,” the Chandler’s Community Services Department has teamed up with numerous youth-oriented nonprofit organizations and local businesses to organize a variety of activities, games and information booths that are sure to provide a morning full of fun.

The Chandler Education Foundation will host its third annual Chandler Challenge 5K/10K run and walk at 8 a.m. The course goes through Tumbleweed Park to the Paseo Trail along the Consolidated Canal. You can register for the race at www.4PeaksRacing.com.

Vice Mayor Bob Caccamo is scheduled to address attendees to kick off the event. The new Boys & Girls Club opening next month will be recognized, and ICAN will receive an award from a national sponsor of its Peer Leadership program that builds leadership skills in youth ages 13 to 18.

The Day of Play encourages youth to engage in fitness, recreation, the outdoors and safety through an assortment of activities and vendor exhibits.

As a Playful City USA award winner, Chandler creates and delivers programs that promote healthy habits, educational opportunities and caring adults, all considered essential in the development of young people.

Activities will include water safety, hula hoops, races, field sports, sundial making, arts and crafts, child identification kits and environmental and historical presentations. The Chandler police and fire departments will be on site to provide safety information, and the Mayor’s Youth Commission will sell concessions to raise funds for their community outreach programs.

Julius Szakolzai, a Chandler resident and professional yo-yo performer (www.allyoyo.com), will entertain the crowd on stage with a demonstration of the tricks of his trade. Yo-yos will also be handed out to those who want to join in and work on their skills.

The Day of Play has become a new Chandler tradition in just two years, and you can bring your family out to join the celebration with neighbors, new friends, local organizations and city staff.

It promises to be an exciting morning for all, and the annual Fall Rhythm Fest will follow it later that day from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Tumbleweed Park. Nineball, a rock-and-roll band, will take the stage at 5:45 p.m. and featured band Chuck E. Baby and The All-Stars will play at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow the concert at 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/special-events or call (480)-782-2727.

Winter Break Time

The winter Break Time magazine outlining all recreation classes and special events for December through February will be available at many city facilities, libraries and recreation centers and online at www.chandleraz.gov/registration beginning Oct. 23. Resident registration starts Nov. 7; nonresident registration starts Nov. 13.

The 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 for the latest program and event information.

'Come Out & Play’

Chandler Recreation produces a bimonthly show called “Come Out & Play” on Channel 11 that highlights city programs, events and facilities.

The next episode will feature Chandler teen recreation programs and is scheduled to air beginning Nov. 6.

A program schedule and streaming Web versions are available at www.chandleraz.gov. For more information, call (480) 782-2727.

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 liam.o’mahony@chandleraz.gov.

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