Now that we are into May and closing in on the feared century mark on the thermometer, it is time to start thinking about summer activities in Chandler. This weekend marks the beginning of the resident registration period for all youth camps, swim lessons and adult classes outlined in the summer issue of the Break Time magazine, which covers all programs in June, July and August.
The Break Time is available at many City facilities and Chandler Fry’s Stores as well as online at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime. Non-resident registration begins Friday morning at 10 a.m., so residents have all week to make their priority selections.
Several facilities, including Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Snedigar Recreation Center and the Environmental Education Center, will be offering a variety of half-day and full-day camps for ages 5-12. Many camps run from June 7 through July 23. There also is the popular “Teen Adventure Camps” for students entering seventh, eighth and ninth grade that are held at Andersen Junior High School from June 7-July 16. Each week features a different theme and a field trip on Friday. For more information on the teen camps, call 480-782-2718. For assistance with any other summer classes, call 480-782-2727.
Chandler Pools Are Opening!
As the summer heat approaches soon, Chandler Aquatics will be ready as the six pools will open on separate schedules. The full summer season operation schedule starts June 3. Mesquite Groves is currently open daily; Hamilton and West Chandler are open weekends noon-5 p.m. Desert Oasis and Arrowhead will open for weekends noon-5 p.m. on May 22 and Folley Pool will open for the season on June 3. For more detailed hours, swim lesson and special event information, call the Aquatics Hotline at 480-782-2733 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics.
May “Come Out & Play” Show
The May episode of “Come Out & Play Chandler!” began airing on Friday on Channel 11 and online at www.chandleraz.gov. It will also be viewable on the Chandler Recreation YouTube video gallery next week. The show highlights all six Chandler Aquatic Centers and previews the summer your camps for June and July.
McCullough-Price House Student Art Exhibit
The City’s Historic McCullough-Price House will host an art exhibit created by Basha High School Students May 15 and May 17-21 (closed Sunday May 16) from 4-7 p.m. There is a reception with refreshments on opening night May 14. This free exhibition is sponsored by the Chandler Museum. The Price House is located at 300 S. Chandler Village Dr., southwest of Chandler Fashion Center. For more information, call 480-782-2717 or go to www.chandleraz.gov/history.
Therapeutic Recreation Fashion Show
Chandler Therapeutic Recreation will partner with the City of Tempe and Mesa to present the 11th annual “You Look Marvelous” Fashion Show on Saturday, May 15 at the Mesa Arts Center. Doors open at 1 p.m. for a raffle and desserts followed by the show at 3 p.m. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased in advance by calling 480-782-2709 or at the Mesa Arts Center box office (www.chandleraz.gov/therapeutic).
Bubble Blast, Bikes & Boogie
For parents with children 5 and under, Tumbleweed Recreation Center offers "Bubble Blast" on Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. and “Bounce, Bikes & Boogie” on Wednesday, May 26 from 9-11 a.m. Both drop-in activities are $2 per child ($3 non-resident). Call 480-782-2900 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.
Family Nights at TRC
Tumbleweed Recreation Center Family Nights continue every Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. Each week there is a different activity for children and parents. This week there will be a movie “The Princess and the Frog” with popcorn and teen video game challenges. The fee is $2 for children and $3 for teens ($3/$4 non-resident). For a schedule, call 480-782-2900 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.
Did you know May is National Tennis Month? So it is still a great time to get out and hit some balls at the Chandler Tennis Center located at 2250 S. McQueen Rd. in Tumbleweed Park. It is a public facility that has something to offer all age tennis enthusiasts and those learning the game and looking to improve their racquet skills. There are group and private tennis lessons for adults and children (ages 4-17), adult leagues, drop-in play, tournaments and ball machine rentals. The Tennis Center has 15-lighted tennis courts, a lobby and locker rooms.
The Tennis Center will host its annual NTRP tournament Friday-Sunday, May 21-23 for competitive players of all levels. A variety of divisions are offered in the tourney, including men’s and women’s singles 3.0-4.5 player ratings and open; doubles 6.0-9.0 ratings and mixed doubles 6.0-9.0. Players are guaranteed a minimum of two matches and must be a U.S.T.A. member to participate. Registration is available at www.USTA.com (tournament code: #759318210) and the deadline is Wednesday. For more information, call (480) 782-2651.
Green Life Workshop
The free “Your Green Life Now” workshop series continues with a session called “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle at Home” on Thursday, May 20 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center from 7-8:30 p.m. Call 480-782-2890 for more details and to reserve space.
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Liam O’Mahony is an information specialist with the City of Chandler Community Services Department. He can be reached at liam.o’firstname.lastname@example.org.