Is it already time to march ahead full force into spring tomorrow? Even though the official equinox is still three weeks away, now is certainly a prime time nonetheless to be in Chandler and enjoy the best weather all year. The Chandler Recreation staff is busy preparing for the March 15-29 school intersession break with several half-day and full-day sports, arts, science and nature youth camps and classes at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Snedigar Recreation Center and the Environmental Education Center.
A reminder that the Break Time registration period for all-ages classes and activities occurring in March, April and May is still open for residents and nonresidents. Register at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime, visit any recreation facility or call (480) 782-2727. So as we bid farewell to February, below are some other March activities to welcome spring.
Spring open house at Snedigar
The staff at Snedigar Recreation Center will host a spring class open house on March 20 from 10 a.m. to noon. This free, all-ages event will feature activities, "make and take home" projects, raffle prizes and class demonstrations by instructors. Information: (480) 782-2640. Snedigar is located at 4500 S. Basha Road.
Openings for track prep class
There are still openings for this week's Hershey Track Meet preparation class for boys and girls ages 6-14 looking to compete in the annual event on April 17. The class will teach skills, techniques and proper form for stretching, jumping and running each week starting Wednesday through April 7 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Snedigar Sportsplex. Fee is $24 ($30 nonresident). Registration: www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime (code: 100SN.340) or (480) 782-2704.
Chandler pool hours for spring break
Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center will be open to the public for recreational swim hours starting March 13 for the Chandler Unified School District spring intersession. Admission is 75 cents for children, $2 for adults and $1 for seniors (punch passes also available for residents). During the break until March 27, hours will be Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.; and closed Sundays.
A Junior Guard Camp that teaches basic lifeguarding skills to youths age 13-15 will be March 15-19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No preregistration is necessary, but participants must try out on March 15 at 10 a.m. at Mesquite Groves only (once qualified, there is a $12 fee/$15 for nonresidents). For more details, call (480) 782-2750 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime. Hamilton Aquatic Center also will be open for spring break from March 13-27 Monday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and will host the annual Water Safety Awareness Day March 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Therapeutic football team to nationals
The Chandler Therapeutic Division's Unified Flag Football team, which consists of 10 players (including six athletes with disabilities and four partner athletes) and two coaches, was recently chosen to compete at the second annual Special Olympics USA Games in Lincoln, Neb. The unified team will represent Chandler while traveling with Team Arizona along with an aquatics coach and swimmer. The staff and its sponsors will be hosting fundraisers in the coming months to help cover the team's travel costs. Information: (480) 782-2709.
Tumbleweed Recreation Center will be closed March 12-14 during the 22nd annual Chandler Ostrich Festival. First-time Tumbleweed Recreation Center customers can still take advantage of a free one-week trial. Visit the customer service desk for details. Information: (480) 782-2900 or www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.
Saturday Birdwalk at EEC
The Environmental Education Center offers a free guided Family Birdwalk with the Desert Rivers Audubon Society on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The Environmental Education Center is located at the northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads. Information: (480) 782-2890 or www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
Monthly web poll
Don't forget to log your vote today before the February City Web site opinion poll (www.chandleraz.gov) closes Monday. This month's question: What is your favorite place to enjoy the outdoors in Chandler? Currently, the West Chandler Bark Park is leading with 34 percent, followed by Tumbleweed Park with 24 percent.