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Helping socially struggling child by Alison Stanton
Spend a few minutes on the playground of any elementary school, and it is easy to see children, just like adults, have all sorts of different personalities. While some kids are quiet and shy, others are outgoing. Although some students breeze through their days at school with nary a concern, others can struggle socially. Cassie Curran, a fifth-grade teacher at Jacobson Elementary School in Chandler, says from observing both her own students and others around campus, children from all Cassie Curran, grade levels can be Jacobson challenged socially. Elementary She says especially SHY: Some children struggle with social skills if they are not as outgoing as others. difficult times for these students are photospin.com during recess or when they need to choose a partner to work with. speak or play with other students. students to take pride in the hard work Because every child is unique and “This way it breaks the ice and then they put forth.” comes from a different background, the student doesn’t have to worry about Curran says there is not a one-size-fits-all asking to join a group, because the group Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who description of a socially struggling child. has already been made,” she says. lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at “It can be from family issues at home, Curran, who says she was very shy as a Alison@SanTanSun.com. acting out in class, not knowing how to child, remembers how much she loved make and keep a friend or simply the being part of an extracurricular dance student is struggling in their academics,” Resources class. The experience helped make Curran Books: she explains. a “firm believer” in extracurricular sports. • “The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple “I truly believe it helped me overcome Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends,” Talk, listen my shyness and gain confidence in not by Natalie Madorsky Elman and Eileen When she notices one of her students only my dancing, but also schoolwork Kennedy-Moore is having some difficulties with social and in everyday life.” • “How to Make & Keep Friends: Tips for Kids interactions, Curran says she starts by to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges,” having a talk with him or her. Parents by Nadine Briggs and Donna Shea who notice the same issues in their child Trio of traits • “Raise Your Child's Social IQ: Stepping Stones should do the same, she adds. Sherri Beck, student services coordinato People Skills for Kids,” by Cathi Cohen “Always make sure you are there for tor at Jacobson Elementary, says within your child,” she says. “Once you know the Chandler Unified School District she what is going on, communicate that with and other staff memWebsites: the teacher. The teacher will do their best bers look at three com- schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/ to make sure they are doing everything ponents that can help article/10786-help-your-child-fit-in-at-school they can to help your child to be successchildren reach their ful in the classroom and with friends.” full potential. kidsenabled.org/articles/index.php/201109/ The main advice she offers parents is “We believe the tridoes-your-child-struggle-socially/ to make sure they keep the line of comangle consists of social munication open with their children at skills, academic skills psychologytoday.com/blog/growingall times. and behavioral skills,” friendships/201108/what-are-social-skills BALANCING ACT: “That way your child will always feel she says. Successful stucomfortable talking to you and know “Social skills come dents are those that find and they can come to you with any type of from participating in develop a healthy groups with their feelings they may be experiencing.” balance between Curran says she also works hard to peers, sharing ideas, social, academic make sure socially struggling students feel and behavioral accepting different comfortable talking to her about anyskills, says Sherri viewpoints, listening Beck, student ser- to others and working thing from homework to a funny thing vices coordinator together in and out that happened over the weekend. at Jacobson “From what I have experienced, once of the classroom,” Elementary. that feeling of comfort is in place, it can she says. Submitted photo make it easier for the student to start to Academic skills open up.” come from setting high expectations and helping students fulfill them, Beck adds. For example, in the early years the district Peers help focuses on the foundations of reading, Other students can be quite adept at writing and math. As for behavior skills, identifying children who are struggling Beck says the district set clear rules and socially, Curran says. Sometimes they take it upon themselves to include them in expectations. class activities or during recess time. Overall, social growth is equally as “If the students don’t pick up on the important as academic growth, Beck adds. student, teachers may then ask certain “At Jacobson we have a variety of students to talk or ask that child to play.” social events which encourage students to In addition to speaking one-on-one be involved,” she says. “Our teachers use SOCIALLY STRUGGLING: It’s harder for some with a student who is struggling socially, social opportunities in their classrooms children to get involved with others due to Curran says she also tries to set up situaand on the playground. We celebrate our family issues, academics or other reasons. photospin.com tions that give the child the chance to academic successes and encourage our
Plant Walk Winter Visitors “Cinderella” Gourd Art
Cinderella’s Ball Sunday A’Fair
Walking Tour Family Storytime
14 LEGO Kit Club Family Storytime
20 Sunday A’Fair
21 Walking Tour
Puppet Show DRUMline Live
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
28 LEGO Club
Sunday A’Fair Puppet Show Camera class
Babysteps Mommy & Me Family Storytime
Visitors 5 Winter “Cinderella”
SanTan Family Fun Arrives!
Happy New Year!
Knit Happens Magic Treehouse Wiggle Worms
Wiggle Worms Toddler Time Storytime
“Cinderella” Baby Time
16 Baby Time Toddler Time
“Cinderella” Pre-K Storytime Family Storytime
17 Pre-K Storytime
Storytime Wacky Wednesday
Family Storytime Sonoran Sunset Paper Adventures
Wiggle Worms 22 Knit 23 Baby Time Happens
Pre-K 24 Storytime Family Storytime
Toddler Time Storytime Toddler Storytime
Toddler Time Storytime Cake Stands
Storytime Wiggle Worms Toddler Time Toddler Storytime
Baby Time Toddler Time Storytime
Puppet Show Toddler Storytime
“Cinderella” Glass Class
Burrowing Owls Veterans Choir Puppet Show
Puppet Show Pottery Pals
“Cinderella” Free Concert Geocaching Paws to Read Walk 19 Plant Puppet Show Multicultural Fest Paws 2 Read
Puppet Show Geology Walk
Pre-K Storytime Family Storytime Toddler Storytime
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5, 6 Welcome Winter Visitors Weekend, tours each day at 11 a.m., concerts at 1 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Show your out-of-state license with pride and get a special 2-for-1 admission discount on a weekend featuring guided tours and afternoon concerts both days featuring Minnesota humorist Mark Fogelson and Arizona singer-songwriter Eric Laubach. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. Annual memberships start at $45 per couple or $60 for a family. All ages. 520-689-2811, ag.arizona.edu/bta, facebook.com/ boycethompsonarboretum.
5-6, 9-12 “Cinderella” Puppet Show, 10 a.m. Wed.-Friday; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. Great Arizona Puppet Theater. A beautiful girl, a wicked step-family, a fairy godmother, a handsome prince and transparent footwear all add up to true love, lots of laughs and happily ever after in this popular version of the famous fairytale. Recommended for preschoolgrade four. $6 ages 2-15, $9 adults. 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050, azpuppets.org.
6 Gourd Art Class, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Learn to make original gourd art with paints, etching and woodburning tools and coaching from expert gourd artists. $30-39. Registration includes gourd, instruction, use of tools and paints. Ages 10 and older, enrolled along with a parent or adult chaperone. 520-689-2811, ag.arizona.edu/bta, facebook.com/boycethompsonarboretum.
6, 19 Plants of the Bible Walk, 1:30 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Queen Valley Bible scholar Leda Fide leads a walking
9, 16, 23, 30 Baby Time, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
tour to see figs, palms, pomegranates and pines. Stroll through Arboretum gardens. $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2811, ag.arizona.edu/bta, facebook.com/ boycethompsonarboretum.
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, mcldaz.org.
7, 21 Walking Tour, 11 a.m. daily. Boyce
10, 17, 24, 31 Pre-K Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. Perry
Thompson Arboretum State Park, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Learn about botany and natural history during a relaxing guided walking tour of the Arboretum. All ages. $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2811, ag.arizona.edu/bta, facebook.com/ boycethompsonarboretum.
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, mcldaz.org.
7, 14, 28 Family Storytime, 6:30 p.m. Basha
Branch Library. Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays for the whole family. All ages. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.
Library. Families enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, flannel board stories and puppets. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850, chandlerlibrary.org.
8 Magic Treehouse Book Club, 4-4:45 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Read the selected book “Christmas in Camelot” before the club meets and come ready to talk about the book and make a fun craft. Preregistration required online. Ages 7-9. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.
8, 15, 22, 29 Wiggle Worms, 10:30-11 a.m. or 11:15-11:45 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Tots have fun with flannel board rhymes, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 18 months-3½ years with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.
8, 22 Knit Happens, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Teens earn community service hours while knitting or crocheting and continue the tradition of fun, food and friendship. All levels welcome. The current service project is lap-sized blankets for Project Linus. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.
10, 17, 24, 31 Family Storytime, 6-6:30 p.m. Perry
11 Glass Class, 7-9 p.m. As You Wish. Learn glass fusing techniques while making a glass clock. $15 plus glass base of your choice. Ages 10 and older. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100; asyouwishpottery.com.
12 Free Symphony Concert, 2 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts Hal Bogle Theater. Chamber Music Series performance by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. All ages. Donations accepted. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-899-3447, ChandlerSymphony.net.
Geocaching, 9-11 a.m. Veterans Oasis Park. Learn how to use a GPS unit to engage in the sport of geocaching from a pro. Geocaches are hidden worldwide, and now the park has some of its own. GPS units are provided. Sun protection, closed-toe footwear and drinking water are recommended. Preregistration is required. Ages 6 and older. Cost $9-$13. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890, chandleraz.gov/ veterans-oasis.
Paws to Read, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Southeast Regional Library. Paws to Read pairs Delta-registered therapy animals and their handlers with young readers,
which increases reading levels and word recognition, and gives kids a higher desire to read and write. Registration is on a first-come, first-served-basis on program day. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.
13 Cinderella’s Ball & Puppet Show, 2 p.m. Great Arizona Puppet Theater. Dress up like a prince or princess for this special event. After the performance of "Cinderella" puppet show, stay for games, activities, face painting and more fun. $10 per person includes both the show and the Ball. Reservations and advance payment required. 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050, azpuppets.org.
13, 20, 27 Sunday A’Fair Concert, noon-4 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Park. Bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of musical entertainment with friends and family. Each Sunday A’Fair features two bands along with a fine arts and crafts market, fun activities for kids and free admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Grilled foods, crepes from Nosh and cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase. Free guided tours of the Museum are offered at 1:30 p.m. and of the sculptures in the park at 3 p.m. Band schedule includes: Jan. 13, Marty & The Party Band, noon-1:30 p.m.; Tesoro, 2-4 p.m.; Jan. 20, Peace and Community Day, RastaFarmers, noon1:30 p.m.; Jan Sandwich Band, 2-4 p.m.; Jan. 27, Silver Thread Trio, noon – 1:30 p.m.; The Big Fellahs, 2-4 p.m. 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-499-TKTS (8587), ScottsdalePerformingArts.org.
14 LEGO Kit Club, 4 p.m. Basha Library. The library supplies a variety of skill level kits for kids to put together during this hour of fun. Ages 5-12. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850, chandlerlibrary.org.
15-16, 22-23, 29-30 Toddler Time, 10:15-11 a.m. Queen Creek Branch Library. Books, songs, finger plays and a special friend are featured at every event. Wednesday is a repeat of Tuesday's story time. Ages 18 months-4 years. Free. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.
15-16, 22-23, 29-30 Storytime with Miss Karrie, 11:1511:45 a.m. Queen Creek Branch Library. Stories, songs, rhymes, games, videos, finger plays and crafts. Wednesday story time is a duplicate of Tuesday story time. Ages 3-6 years. Free. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.
16 Wacky Wednesday, As You Wish. Free studio time all day. Pottery not included, not valid with any other offer or coupon. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100; asyouwishpottery.com.
17 Sonoran Sunset Series Concert, 6-7 p.m. Environmental Education Center. Live, lakeside entertainment suitable for the entire family, featuring the music of singer songwriter Courteney Castillo. Participants may bring blankets, chairs and food. Dress warmly during cooler months. Program may be moved indoors or canceled due to inclement weather. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase, and a local food truck prepares meals. Free admission. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2889, chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
Continuing Adventures with Paper for Kids, 4-5 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Learn how to transform paper into homemade paper toys. Registration needed. Ages 8-12. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.
18 Desert Discovery: Burrowing Owls, 10-11 a.m. Veteran’s Oasis Park. Visit a known Burrowing Owl Habitat. Wear good shoes for walking on the trails and bring a water bottle. There will be stories, games, finger plays or crafts all about owls. Fee is per child, with 1 unpaid adult permitted. Preregistration is required. Ages 3-4 years with parent. $11-$14. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890, chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
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Calendar, From Page 3 18 New Directions Veterans Choir, 8 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts. A performance in conjunction with the City’s Celebration of Unity, honoring the community's heritage, diversity, spirit and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. An award-winning a cappella group that sings renditions of doo-wop, soul, traditional gospel and popular music, consisting of current and former residents of New Directions' transitional facility, a Veterans Administration drug rehabilitation program. Tickets: $18-24. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680, chandlercenter.org.
18-20, 24-27 “Two Bad Mice” Puppet Show, 10 a.m. Wed.-Fri.; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Great Arizona Puppet Theater. Two bad mice make big trouble and a big mess in a dollhouse when a little girl and her dolls go out to play. This funny show, full of slapstick action, is based on the story by Beatrix Potter. Recommended for grades K-3. $6 ages 2-15, $9 adults. 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050, azpuppets.org.
19 Chandler Multicultural Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Chandler Public Library Courtyard. Chandler’s 18th Annual Multicultural Festival highlights the cultural diversity of our community through music, dance, art, storytelling children’s area and more. Winners of the
Creative Expression Competition will be announced. Free. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=157
Paws 2 Read, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Join a registered therapy dog that loves stories. Ages 5 and older are invited to read their favorite book to the special library dog. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.
20 DRUMline Live, 7 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts. DRUMLine Live is an international tour based on the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition. With riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy. The staged show is a synchronized musical showcase of the HBCU experience. Equally at home performing the hottest hip hop, R&B and classic Motown tunes, the group’s performances range from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences with the rousing sound of the great brass tradition. Tickets: $38-46. 250 N. Arizona Ave. 480-782-2680, chandlercenter.org.
22-23, 29-30 Preschool Storytime, 11:30 a.m. Southeast Regional Library. Preschoolers enjoy storytime including books, songs and finger plays. Ages 3-5. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.
22, 24, 29, 31 Toddler Time Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Southeast Regional Library. A fun storytime including stories, finger plays and songs. Toddlers learn letters, sounds and have fun with music and movement activities. Toddlers up to age 3 with adult. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.
23 Beginning Technique Class – Cake Stands, As You Wish. Learn basic painting techniques and how to fuse pottery pieces together to create a cake stand. Ages 12 to adult, $15 plus pottery of your choice. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100; asyouwishpottery.com.
25 Pottery Pals – Cupcake Time Clock, As You Wish. Create a whimsical clock featuring cupcake add-ons that can be switched out for different add-ons throughout the year. Ages 5 and older. $25 all inclusive. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100; asyouwishpottery.com.
26 Geology Walking Tour, 1:30 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. This guided walk teaches about the
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rocks and volcanic formations seen along the main trail, spanning almost two billion years of geologic history. Learn why the rocks make this region one of the world’s richest in copper and how an active geologic past shaped the landscape of today. All ages. $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2811, ag.arizona.edu/bta, facebook.com/boycethompsonarboretum.
27 Camera Basics Photography Class, 1-3 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Learn basic photography skills including composition, lighting, white balance and aperture-exposure. Scottsdale artist Tom Boggan helps improve camera skills on a relaxed outing surrounded by beautiful gardens, with plenty of chances to ask questions about the dials, settings and controls on cameras. Ages 12 and older. $20-29. 520-689-2811, ag.arizona.edu/bta, facebook.com/boycethompsonarboretum.
28 LEGO Club, 4 p.m. Basha Library. The library supplies the LEGOs and kids supply the imagination to engineer creations. Ages 5-12. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850, chandlerlibrary.org.
Mommy & Me – Love Prints, As You Wish. Using your child’s hand and footprint create a whimsical platter expressing your love. Preschooler / toddler and a
parent, $20 all inclusive. Locations: Crossroads Towne Center in Chandler, 480-899-1231; Ahwatukee, 480-753-9500; Tempe Marketplace, 480-557-9100; asyouwishpottery.com.
Babysteps, 9:30-9:55 a.m. Queen Creek Branch Library. Share stories, finger plays and movement to help baby wiggle, giggle and grow through brain-developing activities. Ages newborn-22 months with parent or caregiver. Free. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.
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IQ controversy Can schools, parents make a difference? by Dr. Eleanor Jordan and Carol Elias
The topic of IQ growth in children can be loaded with controversy. For decades researchers pondered whether Intelligence Quotient – the figure derived through testing that purports to measure an individual's "intelligence" – can be manipulated or is it simply a static product of our DNA and therefore unalterable. New Vistas' directors have longsuspected IQ is not a predetermined number solely, but one that parents and educators can influence in positive ways. Noted psychologist and education researcher, Dr. Richard Nesbit, asked a simple question concerning IQ: "Is it nature, nurture or a combination of the two that fosters IQ growth?" "His findings and ours may surprise you," says Carol Elias, co-director of Carol Elias New Vistas Center for Education with Eleanor Jordan. "You may ask why New Vistas would even be interested in exploring the answer to such a question. Quite simply, because we have repeatedly demonstrated that certain environments and input can positively influence a child's IQ. "Yearly, we have marveled as children dramatically increase their ability to reason, solve problems and think abstractly – all essential skills that are basic to IQ levels," continues Elias. "We wanted to understand the science behind our results at New Vistas, namely, that our children consistently perform on average two to six years above grade level. It is here that we must rely on Dr. Nesbit's research to help us explain what we have already seen and experienced
in our own students, namely, children's brains are not the product of a genetic lottery, but of environment coupled with heredity. So, schools and how they teach, as well as parents and how they parent, count." Here are the common threads that seem to link what New Vistas' parents and teachers do on a daily basis with Nesbit's research and findings, according to Elias and Jordan. In each case, New Vistas' co-directors agree all three – parents, teachers and Nesbit's conclusions – point to the fact that adults in positions of influence to a child can indeed influence a child's IQ, as well as contribute to the child's ability to acquire life-long skills; thus, serving as facilitators of overall academic success. Here is a partial list of the adult behaviors that make a difference: • Adults who model that there is a positive correlation between rewards and a high quality of performance. Praise is linked to effort not outcome. • Adults who "encourage" children. • Adults who utilize and encourage high levels of vocabulary and actively engage children in adult conversations. • Adults who encourage analysis and evaluation of interesting aspects of the world. • Adults who openly model organizational skills and expect organization from their children. • Adults who allow time for creativity in problem solving. • Adults who model the value of delayed gratification and patience. • Adults who praise children for effort, not intelligence. • Adults who encourage children to solve problems and
model constructive ways of handling frustration. • Adults who offer games and activities that foster focus memory, listening, concentration, conflict resolution and inhibitory control. • Adults who encourage physical activity and value recuperative rest. In short, the adults in a child's life can help to enhance not only learning, but increased cognitive ability simply by offering new challenges in an encouraging, supportive environment. "Neuroscientists from Columbia University in New York and Harvard University have discovered that the brain can, and will, adjust itself when confronted with new challenges, even through adulthood," concludes Elias. Founded in 1979, New Vistas Center for Education was named a Top Ten School by Johns Hopkins University CTY. The private school, serving preschool through sixth grade school August through May and preschool through high School June through August, is at 670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35, Chandler. Info: newvistasaz.com, newvistasblog.com. This article was contributed by New Vistas Center for Education in Chandler.
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Teen Talent Competition Chandler Teen Programs presents the ninth annual Teen Talent Competition at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Friday, Jan. 11 from 6-9 p.m. Applications for singers and musicians to audition are available at www.chandleraz.gov/teens. Admission for the show is $5. For more information, call 782-2711.
Sonoran Sunset Series The Environmental Education Center presents the Sonoran Sunset Series on Thursdays in the winter that feature free lakeside entertainment by musicians. The next performances will be Jan. 17, Feb. 21 and March 21 from 6-7 p.m. at 4050 E. Chandler Heights road. The January 17 concert features the melodies of local rising star Courtney Castillo. The Dry River Yacht Club will provide an eclectic performance in February and the rousing Irish sounds of The Knockabouts will fill the park in March. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis or call 782-2890.
Stay Connected! Follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) and Facebook (Chandler Recreation) for the latest news. Check out the January episode of the “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” show on the Chandler Recreation YouTube Channel. Sign up for the monthly e-newsletter at www.chandleraz.gov/listserv.html. For more information, call 782-2727.
Celebration of Unity is Jan. 19 The 18th annual Chandler Multicultural Festival will be held on Saturday, January 19 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and feature a day of dance, music, art, crafts, and ethnic foods from the courtyard of the downtown Chandler Public Library, at 22. S. Delaware Street. The free festival includes entertainers, artisans and an interactive area for children. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/special-events or call the Special Event Hotline at 782-2735.
Wednesday Family Nights 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 nonresidents ages 1-12) and $3 ($5 for non-residents ages 13-17). Call 782-2900 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed for more information.