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Exercise works kids’ bodies, minds by Alison Stanton
As a physical education teacher at Tarwater and Knox Elementary schools in Chandler, Leslie Hicks spends her days teaching children about how fun it is to be physically active. Hicks, who is also president of Arizona Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, knows firsthand that what looks to the kids like an enjoyable 25-minute game of kickball is actually much more: the physical activity is also helping the students perform better in the classroom. “Exercise is not only important for physical health but it’s also important for learning,” she says. “I’ve been reading up on brain research and how not just PE but FIT LEARNING: Research shows regular exercise and activity helps children keep both their also recess time and extracurric- bodies and their minds healthy. iStockphoto.com ular activities help students in school, and how they need years you can see how obesity has grown Avoid recess time outs what are called brain breaks across the nation. Obesity levels are now When she is speaking with teachers, more than 25 to 30% in Hicks also stresses the importance of and other enermany states. I feel this trend recess and tries to caution using the loss gizers that can be goes hand in hand with the of morning or afternoon playtime as a done right in the classadvances in technology that punishment. room. Exercise can actually we have today, which have change the brain and can “I understand that kids can be disrupessentially engineered exer- tive, and teachers might think about takimpact how learning is cise out of our day.” done.” ing away recess as a punishment, but As part of her work, what they might not realize is that those High-tech habits Hicks also teaches classes students are probably being disruptive in both the Chandler While Hicks says tech- because they need recess and need to get Unified and the Kyrene nology can definitely be a up and get moving.” Elementary school districts In fact, Hicks says teachers may wish positive thing, what conon the whole concept of cerns her is how the health to view the disruptive child as a baromemind and body connection of both children and adults ter for the rest of the class. and how everything works “If he or she’s getting wiggly, the rest have taken a great hit as a together. She instructs of the class is probably right behind,” result. teachers on how they can For example, when she she says. find ways to integrate physParents can also do a lot to make sure teaches physical education ical activity into their classes, Hicks says she their children get enough exercise and school days. notices that kids’ skill levels activity, Hicks says. “The longer the students EXERCISE: Leslie Hicks “Parents and their kids can start the are decreasing, probably teaches physical education sit, the less focus they at two Chandler elementary because they are not outside school day with a morning walk, maybe have,” she says. playing as much as previous by walking to school or dropping off the schools and is president of “Exercise is the number Arizona Association for kids further away from school. This will generations used to do. one manager of a student’s Health, Physical Education, “Their knowledge of bring the students in ready to learn,” she learning state. Research has Recreation and Dance. games and activities is not says, adding that getting exercise before Submitted photo found that you can actually as good,” she says. “Many class has been shown to help students change this learning state kids and their parents learn better and process the information and the ability to focus just by exercising. will go home and go inside and close they are being taught throughout the They have to get up and get moving, which the door.” entire day. will give them what I like to call “butt As a bonus, parents who can walk to Hicks says she is also worried about the power” meaning they are ready to sit down recent trend of cutting back on physical school with their children are also getand learn.” ting needed exercise. education classes. Another reason children need to be as “The research is no different from kids “Schools are getting further away from active as possible both at home and at the recommendation of 30 minutes of to adults; they should get up and do school, Hicks says, is because of rising obe- exercise a day, and hopefully we can stop activity as well,” Hicks says. sity rates. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who the decline of taking PE out of schools. We “If you look at the statistics in the U.S. need to be thinking about how we can lives in the East Valley. She can be reached relating to obesity, during the past 20 or 30 keep those PE times,” she says. at Alison@SanTanSun.com.
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Hicks created a physical education page for the Chandler Unified School District filled with information about physical activity recommendations and much more: www.chandlerschools.schoolwires.net/domain/98. She also recommends the following books and websites: “Spark: the Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” by John Ratey, M.D. “The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement,” by Michael S. Kuczala and Traci Lengel. “Brain Rules,” by John Medina. www.sparkinglife.org www.brainrules.net
www.learningreadinesspe.com The City of Chandler offers a wide variety of parks, swimming pools and classes that provide both children and their parents the chance to stay active including: Pools and aquatic centers; splash/spray pads; Playtopia at Tumbleweed Park; Paseo Vista Recreation Area; Paseo Trail; Veterans Oasis Environmental Education Center; tennis classes; extreme sports; archery and horsemanship classes and more for kids, individuals and families. Visit www.chandleraz.gov for more information. City of Chandler information provided by the Communication and Public Affairs Department
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FAMILY FUN 3 SANTAN FAMILY FUN ARRIVES! SanTan Family Fun Arrives! Pick it up the first Saturday of each month in the center spread of the SanTan Sun News to plan your month.
OSTRICH FEST PARADE Ostrich Festival Parade and Ostrich Festival Fun Run, registration starts at 6:30 a.m. and run begins at 8 a.m. with the parade at 10 a.m., downtown Chandler. See local bands, dance students, the El Zaribah Shriners, Hall of Flame Museum representatives, dignitaries riding in Corvette Club of Arizona cars and local floats. The procession travels south on Arizona Avenue from Ray Road to Chicago Street. 866-993-2477, www.ostrichfestival.com.
3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 AZ RENAISSANCE FEST Arizona Renaissance Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday through April 1, near the foothills of the Superstition Mountains. Cheer for brave knights and roam a 30-acre festival illage filled with castles, cottages, pubs and 12 stages of nonstop performances of music, dance and comedy. Enjoy nearly 2,000 colorfully costumed characters, jousting, live entertainment, music, artisans and a marketplace. Children’s activities include
people-powered games and rides. Buy tickets online at www.RenFestInfo.com, or save with discount tickets purchased at Fry’s Food Stores. Discount ticket prices are $20 for adult, $10 ages 5 to 12, free ages 4 and younger. Tickets purchased at the festival are $2 more. Senior discount tickets are $19 for those 60 and older, available only on festival days at the front gate ticket booth. Parking is free courtesy of Fry’s Food Stores. Located east of Apache Junction on U.S. 60, past Gold Canyon Golf Resort. 520-463-2700, www.RenFestInfo.com.
4, 11, 18, 25 SUNDAY STORIES Sunday Stories, 2 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, located 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Enjoy guided activities that follow featured stories: “Storm on the Desert,” March 4; “Sing Down the Rain,” March 11; “The Three Little Javelinas,” March 18; and “Cactus Hotel,” March 25. All ages. Admission: $9 ages 13 and older, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2723, http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.
for families. Free admission. 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. 480-994-2787, www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 WIGGLE WORMS Wiggle Worms, 10:30 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Tots have fun with flannel board rhymes, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 18 months-3 years with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
5 LUCKY CHARM PLATE Lucky Charm Plate, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. As You Wish. Ages 4 and younger decorate themed plates during Mommy & Me, a special session for moms and their young artists. $20; includes pottery. Preregistration recommended. Locations: Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100.
7, 14, 21, 28 FAMILY NIGHT
4, 25 SUNDAY A’FAIR Sunday A’Fair, noon-4 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater. Enjoy performances by local bands, arts and crafts by Arizona artists and hands-on activities
Family Night, 5:30-7 p.m. Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Enjoy themed r ecreational activities and entertainment each week. All ages. $2-$3. 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2900, www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.
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Baby Time, 10:30 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Introduce baby to books, songs and fingerplays. Ages newborn-20 months. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
Pre-K Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Preschoolers have fun with flannel board rhymes, dancing, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 3-5 with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
7, 21 JUST 4 KIDZ Just 4 Kidz, 4:30 p.m. Queen Creek Branch Library. Ages 7-11 enjoy crafts, experiments and other fun activities for free. Learn to make pop-up cards on March 7 and soda bottle rockets on March 21. Preregistration required. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
8 SONORAN SUNSET Sonoran Sunset Series, 6-7 p.m. Veterans Oasis Park. Experience an evening of entertainment by Firefly, a trio of sisters from Gilbert, under the desert moon in the outdoor amphitheater. Refreshments available for purchase. All ages. Free admission. Located on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads in southeast Chandler. 480-782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
9-11 OSTRICH FESTIVAL 24th Annual Ostrich Festival, 2 p.m.-midnight Fri., March 9; 10 a.m.-midnight Sat., March 10; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun., March 11; Tumbleweed Park. Enjoy the World Class Midway, entertainment, music, animal shows, carnival rides and family fun. There will also be more than 100 vendor booths offering arts, crafts and unique gift items; and Ostrich Alley featuring ostrich burgers, emu oil, hand-painted ostrich eggs and more. General admission at the gate is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for youth ages 5 to 12 and free for ages 4 and younger. Parking is $5. Discounts are available at all local Fry’s Food Stores, and Family Fun Packs are $65, which includes two adult, two youth and two all-day carnival ride passes. Fry’s also carries $20 all-day carnival ride passes and regularly priced admission tickets. 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. 866-993-2477, www.ostrichfestival.com.
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9-18 CREATIVITY FEST Mesa Festival of Creativity, noon-9 p.m. Mesa Arts Center. Enjoy Architects-ofAir’s giant inflatable sculpture MIRAZOZO, live entertainment, music, food and more. Most activities are free; there is a $5 fee to visit MIRAZOZO or to take a Studio Sampler class. Children younger than 3 are free with an adult. 1 E. Main St., Mesa. 480-644-6500, www.MesaArtsCenter.com.
FAMILY FUN Located 45 minutes east of Mesa on U.S. 60 near Milepost 223. 520-689-2723, http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.
Ave. in downtown Chandler. 480-782-2680, visit www.chandlercenter.org
Junior Rangers, 2 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, located 45 minutes east of Mesa on U.S. 60 near Milepost 223. Kids of all ages find out if they can get water from a barrel cactus, how to tell which direction is north and much more via guided activities designed to give them confidence when outdoors. Admission: $9 ages 13 and older, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2723, http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.
Science Saturday, noon-4 p.m. presented by the Chandler Museum on the porch of the 1917 McCroskey House. Explore chemical reactions while making baking soda rockets and visit historic homes and gardens at this free event for children and families that combines science experiments with historic home tours at Tumbleweed Ranch. The 12-acre ranch features a collection of historic homes, active planting fields, unique agricultural equipment and animals. It serves as a living classroom engaging learners of all ages in an outdoor setting to connect with science, history and the art of farming. The science experiments are held at 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2717, www.chandleraz.gov/museum.
Tumbleweed Tots, 9-11 a.m. Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Children ages 5 and younger with an adult enjoy a safe play space with toys, equipment and activities. $2 to $3 per day. 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Info: 480-782-2900, Registration: 480-782-2641, www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.
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Wildflower Walk, 11 a.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Learn to identify common Sonoran Desert flowers and some unusual rarities, too, on a guided tour with Cass Blodgett, the co-president of the Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Native Plants Society. All ages. $9 ages 13 and older, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger.
Spring Break ‘Glee’ Intensive, 9 a.m.-noon, Chandler Center for the Arts. During each week-long intensive, campers learn pop songs and hip dance moves under the direction of Kristen Drathman and staff. Camp concludes with a short presentation for friends and family. Ages 8 and older. $160 per week. Preregistration required. 250 N. Arizona
Highlights include three stages of nonstop entertainment, “Hale Mana O’ Educational Workshop Area, Island music, Polynesian dance and shopping. Dine on Island cuisine such as laulau, poi, kalua pork and manapua, as well as Hawaiianstyle teriyaki, island wings and Hawaiian barbeque chicken. Free youth activity area with craft making for children. Admission is free. 602-697-1824, www.azalohafest.org.
10, 17, 24 10 ANCIENT TECHNOLOGY Ancient Technology Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pueblo Grande Museum. Families get hands-on experience with the technology used by the ancient Hohokam. Visitors throw an atlatl (spear), create a petroglyph, weave cloth and try roasted agave. Demonstrators show visitors how prehistoric people created various technologies like flintknapping, pottery, shell and stone jewelry, weaving and more. There are free craft activities for kids. Also sample food from the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community’s traditional kitchen. Free Admission. 4619 E. Washington St. Phoenix. 602-495-0901, www.pueblogrande.com.
10, 11 ALOHA FESTIVAL Arizona Aloha Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tempe Town Lake. Celebrates the history and traditions of Hawaii and Polynesia.
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made items, St. Patty’s Day Menu and a photo booth. Free admission. 2955 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Info: email@example.com.
ST. PATTY’S PARADE 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire, 10 a.m., Margaret T. Hance Park. Parade Route: 3rd Street from Sheridan south to the park. Faire immediately follows and features two stages of Irish Music and Dancers, a special kids area, food and beverage, crafters and more. $10 ages 13 and older, $8 military and seniors, free ages 12 and younger. 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-280-9221, www.phxirish.org.
Night Camp, 5:45 p.m.-9 a.m. Arizona Museum of Natural History. Ages 6-12 and their chaperones spend a night at the museum. See the new exhibit “Rulers of the Prehistoric Skies: The Pterosaurs.” Complete details available at www.AzMNH.org. $35-$45. Preregistration required. 53 N. Macdonald, Mesa. 480-644-3553.
Dog Socialization Walk, 7-9 a.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Bring your leashed canine friend for a guided tour with Lynn and her dog, GoodBoy. Ages 10 and older. $9 ages 13 and older, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. Located 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. 520-689-2723, http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.
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Flower Pot Plaque, 7-9 p.m. As You Wish. Ages 10 and older make a flower garden plaque or suncatcher and learn the basics of cutting and gluing glass plus noodles, stringers and glass frit. $45. Preregistration recommended. Locations: Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100.
Local Lily St. Pat’s Street Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Whole Foods Market. This free event for adults and kids offers interactive events in celebration of the season and green living. Highlights include the Kids Planting Event, a coloring pages play area, local vendors featuring food locally
FAMILY FUN 21, 22 STORYTIME & MUSIC Storytime & Music, 10:30 a.m. March 21, 7 p.m. March 22, Queen Creek Branch Library. Enjoy a music concert and storytime by children’s entertainer and author Kevin Roth, the singer for PBS-TV’s “Shining Time Station” based on Thomas the Tank Engine. Roth garnered a Parent’s Choice Award and numerous American Library Association awards. Free tickets, available 30 minutes before event time, are required to attend the March 21 event, but not the March 22 one. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
22 BOOKHYPE Bookhype, 3:30 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Teens evaluate YA books from more than 30 participating publishers. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
24 BAT DAY Bat Day, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Arizona Museum for Youth. Representatives from the Sierra Club and the Arizona Game & Fish Department discuss bats and their importance to the ecosystem. Kids do bat-related activities. Free with $7 admission. Preregistration
required. 35 N. Robson, Mesa. 480-644-2467, www.arizonamuseumforyouth.com.
24 TWILIGHT CAMP Twilight Camp, 6:15-10 p.m. Phoenix Zoo includes a guided trail hike, private train tour, animal encounters, activities, late-night snack and night camp souvenir. Ages 5 and older with a caregiver. $35-$40. Preregistration required. 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. 602-914-4333, www.phoenixzoo.org.
25 FREE CONCERT Free concert, 3 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts. “Fountain of Youth” stars the Chandler Symphony’s Youth Competition winner. Donations are accepted to help defray symphony operating costs. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680, visit www.chandlercenter.org.
29 CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINER Children’s Entertainer, Musician, Author Kevin Roth, 10:30 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Ages 3-5 enjoy a music concert and storytime by the singer for PBS-TV’s “Shining Time Station” based on Thomas the Tank Engine. Roth garnered a Parent’s Choice Award and numerous American Library Association awards. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.
30 ASTRONOMY Astronomy Open House, 8-10 p.m. Bateman Physical Sciences Center, H Wing, Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn about the stars from experts and look through professional telescopes. Families also enjoy displays, demonstrations and other astronomy related activities. Ages 4 and older. Free. The building is on the southwest corner of University Dr. and McAllister Ave. in Tempe. Park for free in Structure 2 at McAllister Ave. and Tyler St. Walk to the H Wing of the Bateman Physical Sciences Center, fifth floor and roof. 480-965-0665, 480-965-5081, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.astopenhouse.com.
sky with high-powered telescopes. On a clear night, visitors can view Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. Includes interactive activities. Best for ages 6-10 with a parent. Inclement weather may cancel event. $15-$18. 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. 480-941-1225, www.dbg.org.
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30, 31 JAZZ FESTIVAL 2012 Chandler Jazz Festival, 4:30-9:30 p.m. March 30, noon-9:30 p.m. March 31, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. Listen to headliner and local bands. Bring blankets or chairs. All ages are invited. Free admission. 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. www.chandleraz.gov/jazz.
31 ASTRONOMY NIGHT Astronomy Night with the Family, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Desert Botanical Garden. Join members of the Phoenix Astronomical Society to explore the night
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Keep ‘em active during spring break by Brian Hugins of i9 Sports
School will soon be out for spring break, which means some kids will be camping out on the couch or glued to their cell phones, texting and tweeting. With more than a third of American children overweight, what can parents do to get kids moving and active over the upcoming spring vacation? “The trick is to make it fun,” says Brian Sanders, COO of i9 Sports, the nation’s fastest growing youth sports franchise with local leagues in the SanTan Sun area. “You can sneak exercise into spring break activities, and it won’t feel like hard work. ... Parents have a responsibility to get off the couch themselves, explore fun activities and engage with their children.”
10 ways to get them moving While on vacation, play with children and join the fun. Bring a football, basketball or even a hula hoop. While watching TV, have a contest of who can come up with the most fun exercise during commercial breaks. Create a spring break tradition such as a trip to the woods, a visit to a skating rink – replace sedentary habits with more active ones. Encourage the use of active toys for kids like
jump ropes, Twister or even a movement-based video gaming system like Xbox Kinect or Wii Sports. Create your own Spring Olympics with friends and neighbors. Kids who don’t want to participate can help judge. Walk the neighborhood or area parks to check out spring gardens, bird watch or identify insects. Take the dogs for daily walks. Visit indoor jump houses, trampoline houses and indoor playgrounds that have open play for kids. Have a closet cleaning competition to see who can clean out the most stuff and unload it at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Bake and hand deliver cookies to the neighbors. To keep kids active over spring break, i9 Sports, a new concept in youth sports that’s sweeping the sidelines of the nation, has indoor sports camps such as indoor soccer, football, baseball and basketball. Local families who prefer not to engage in do-or-die competitiveness can get more information about the local i9 Sports by contacting Grant Gunkel or Kim Olsen at 480-664-4039 or email@example.com, or visit www.i9sports.com.
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The City of Chandler Recreation Division Sonoran Sunset Series at Veterans Oasis Park on March 8 The Sonoran Sunset Series at the City of Chandler’s Environmental Education Center returns on Thursday, March 8 from 6-7 p.m. with a performance by Firefly. Guests may bring blankets or chairs and food. This free lakeside event is open to the public and great for all ages. The next performance with musician John Vold will be April 12. Visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis for more information or call 782-2890.
Parent & Toddler Activities at Tumbleweed Tumbleweed Recreation Center offers preschool activities in a safe play area for children five years old and younger to play under parental or guardian supervision with “Tunnels, Tikes and Tunes” on March 14. There is a $2 fee per child ($3 for non-residents). For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed or call 782-2900.
The spring Break Time magazine outlining many all-ages recreation classes, youth intersession camps and special events for March, April and May is available at City facilities, libraries and recreation centers. Spring registration is open for residents and non-residents. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime or call 782-2727.
Chandler Aquatics Swim Hours for Spring Break Hamilton Aquatic Center and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center will be open for public swim hours during Chandler Unified School District’s Spring Break from March 10-20. Mesquite Groves will remain open for daily public swim hours during the spring. Facility hours and available features vary; visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics or call 782-2733 for more information.
Family Easter Celebration is April 7 at Snedigar The annual Family Easter Celebration will be Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Snedigar Sportsplex (4500 S. Basha Rd.). There will be Easter Egg Scrambles starting at 10:30 a.m. for children ages nine and younger. There will also be a variety of activities and information booths. Admission is free, but there are nominal fees for some of the activities. For more information, call 782-2640 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.
Wednesday Family Night Activities at Tumbleweed Join in the fun at Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center every Wednesday 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 782-2900 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed for more information.
Chandler Jazz Festival is March 30-31 in Downtown Enjoy free concerts at the Chandler Jazz Festival at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park on Friday, March 30 from 4:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 from noon-9:30 p.m. There will be several bands featured. Bring your blankets or chairs and enjoy a great weekend in downtown. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/jazz.
Stay Connected! Chandler Recreation distributes a monthly newsletter available for registration at www.chandleraz.gov/listserv.html. You can follow @ChandlerRec on Twitter and Chandler Recreation on Facebook. Check out the new episode of the “Come Out & Play Chandler!” that is now airing on Channel 11 and the YouTube Channel.