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Grateful for grandparents by Alison Stanton

“What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance,” former New York Mayor Rudolph “Rudy” Giuliani is quoted as saying. “They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.” Take a quick look around, and it’s easy to see Giuliani’s words in action. Every day, grandparents can be spotted picking up their grandchildren after school, taking them to appointments, playing at the park and – most of all – just being there for them.

as you can,” she says. “Also, kids don’t get much mail anymore, so don’t hesitate to send them a sticker in a card or maybe a photo of yourself or something like that. It doesn’t have to be expensive.” Although Merk says she feels like technology will never replace human contact, she does know of many grandparents who are having a ball using Skype to stay in touch with their grandchildren and feel connected to them that way.

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In some cases, grandparents are more than the people who pick up Johnny from school or take Emily to her ballet lesson – they are also “mom” and “dad.” The most recent census counts 2.5 million Ties that bind households where grandparents are the “Grandparents these days are helping primary caretakers. The census notes these their families in many ways,” says Patty grandparents are responsible for most of Merk, Ph.D., an area agent and the basic needs like food, shelter and regional specialist for the clothing for one or more grandchildren. University of Arizona Grandparents take over as Cooperative caretakers for a variety of reasons, Extension, Family and Merk says, most often due to Youth Development. substance abuse, either “Grandparents provide alcohol or drugs, by the parents varying levels of child who may be in prison. care support, even if just “The grandparents are the for a few hours on an occasafety net for the grandchildren. sional basis. Grandparents are They get them and either there to be a sounding board become foster parents to them and give parenting insights. or end up adopting them Grandparents are there for their because as grandparents, they grandchildren as extended famhelp families survive. And, they ily, providing a different type of Patty Merk will do whatever it takes to relationship to the children.” help their families survive.” “Just go hang out at the parking lot of Ann Miller, who moved from Gilbert any school at pick up time,” says Jennifer to help her grandchildren in San Tan Hutchison of Chandler via Facebook. Valley and Coolidge, says via Facebook “Grandparent central.” that it took finding the right tool to help And for new parents who are just learning how to take care of a brand new baby, Merk says grandparents are very helpful in providing emotional support and knowledge about child development and child rearing.

enough to survive on his own as an adult when that time comes. It is hard, but nothing can trump ‘grandparent love!’” As an article on AARP’s website notes, these grandparent caregivers and the children often feel isolated. “They lack information about the range of support services, resources, programs, benefits, laws and policies available to help them successfully fulfill their care-giving role,” the article states. “To better serve children, families and older adults, educators and program practitioners need access to information about these key resources.” Merk says there are a variety of local support groups for grandparents who are raising grandchildren. Grandparents are also welcome to email her at with any questions or concerns they may have. No matter what role grandparents play in their grandchildren’s lives, Merk says she likes to think of them as the proverbial icing on the cake. “Grandparents add a lot to the top and help smooth things over and make everything look pretty, but they are also between the layers.” Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

Family jewels Overall, Merk says, what grandparents provide the most is stability. “When they are able to help by volunteering their time, spending time with their grandchildren or running errands, it not only helps out a family economically, but it also helps with the overall stability of the family.” Children who spend a lot of time with their grandparents will benefit from learning life skills, Merk says. “Grandparents have a lot of wisdom and knowledge to share, from how to tie shoes to developing other important skill levels. This knowledge can then be transferred from generation to generation.” Grandparents who live far from their families can still be involved in their grandchildren’s lives, Merk says. The key, she notes, is to focus on making the visits as meaningful as possible and spend a lot of time with the grandkids doing things they enjoy doing. “Try to make connections from the time the child was born, and try to visit as often

Resources Books:

“The Extra Parent: How Grandparents Are Helping Out, Pitching In, and Raising Their Grandchildren,” by Elaine Denholtz “Ticklebelly Hill: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren,” by Hilda Osborne LONG DISTANCE GRANDPARENTING: Even grandparents who live far way can spend quality time with grandkids. Noah and Helena Sherman of Chandler play piano with their Grandpa Jim, who lives in East Syracuse, NY. Submitted photo

her special needs grandchild. “I have a disabled grandson, age 10, who could not add or subtract. I took time off work a couple years ago and researched many hours. I found a math tool called TouchMath and within 20 minutes, I had him adding and subtracting. He will never be a regular student, but my concern is to make sure he can know

“The Grandparent Guide: The Definitive Guide to Coping with the Challenges of Modern Grandparenting,” by Arthur Kornhaber

Websites: grandfacts-sheets/ grandparentingissues/tp/GrandChildCare.htm



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HeyDay 4 Drag Boat Race

Arizona State Fair Little Red Hen

Walk 11 Bird Bugorama

Veterans Day


Manga Club Wiggle Worms


Music Festival Little Red Hen Symphony Concert

VA Parade The Little Mermaid Jr.

Heritage Festival Imagine This!

Wiggle Worms Steampunk Goggles


Show 25 Auto Bird Walk Little Red Hen Fall Foliage



Wiggle Worms


Election Day Preschool Time

13 Wiggle Worms

Preschool Time Magic Treehouse Novel Creations


Wiggle Worms Berry Special Mashup


Wiggle Worms Preschool Time


Little Red Hen Preschool Time Family Nights Time 14 Preschool Family Nights

Free Dinner Origami Yoda Imagine This!


Family Nights Mashup Little Red Hen Berry Special


Little Red Hen Preschool Time Finger Painting Family Nights


Día de los Muertos


Farmer’s Market Little Red Hen Knit Happens Picasso's Market 15 Bookhype! Farmer’s


De Los 3 Dia Muertos

North & South Dakota Admission Day (1889)


Chuck Wagons Fall Festival Veterans Celebration Gilbert Art Walk Little Red Hen Walk 16 ArtImagine This!

Imagine This! Sunset Series

Sesame Street Seussical Jr. Chess and Games



Auto Show Little Red Hen Thanksgiving Day

Auto Show Little Red Hen

Caroling Farmer’s Market Little Red Hen

Shrine Circus Little Red Hen Chess and Games


CPR Class Fall Carnival Gilbert Art Walk

Wagons 10 Chuck Block Party

Little Red Hen Earth & Space Save Animals Old West Days


Woofstock Imagine This! Solar System Paws 2 Read Gilbert Days Heritage Festival

Show 24 Auto Little Red Hen

Arboretum Rocks! Fall Foliage


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Fulton Ranch Towne Center 4040 S. Arizona Ave., Suite #13 Chandler, AZ 85248

Always call to verify information as some events change or cancel after the calendar is printed.


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FAMILY FUN 3 CPR Certification Class, 2:30-6:30 p.m. SWIMkids USA. Get CPR certified, learn how to perform CPR and help in other common emergencies involving illness or choking. Course includes a basic skills test and certification. Ages 16 and older. Space is limited. Preregistration required. Class is $60 including workbook, materials and pocket mask. Childcare is $10 per child. 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa. 480-820-9109,

Fall Carnival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Carnival games, a farmers market, craft vendors, food and other fun activities are part of the American Leadership Academy Gilbert Campus Fall Carnival. Admission and parking are free, but there is a charge for activity tickets. 3155 S. SanTan Village Pkwy., Gilbert. 480-988-3204

Dia De Los Muertos, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dr. AJ Chandler Park. The festival features traditional music and dance by local performers, storytelling, children’s activities, folk arts and crafts, ethnic food, community altar and candlelight procession. All ages. Free. 3 S. Arizona Ave.

3, 10 Gilbert Art Walk, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Downtown Gilbert. Stroll around local artists’ art exhibits featuring a variety of mediums, with art for sale. All ages. Free. 45 W. Page Ave., Gilbert.

4 Drag Boat Race, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Firebird International Raceway. See the season finale of the Napa Auto Parts IHBA World Finals, the biggest professional drag boat race in the country. All ages. $10-$41. 20000 Maricopa Rd. off I-10, Chandler. 602-268-0200,

Arizona State Fair, 10 a.m. Arizona State Fairgrounds. The 128th annual Arizona State Fair hosts a variety of fun-filled attractions, activities, concerts and rides for all ages at its traditional location at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix. $10 adults; $5 seniors ages 55 and older and kids ages 5-13; free age 4 and younger. 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix. 602-252-6771,

Alma School Ray Heyday, noon to 4 p.m. The four corners of Alma School and Ray roads are back to business. Help celebrate the end of the construction with live music by The Chubby Dog Band, bounce houses, face painting, pony rides and more. All ages. Free. Southwest corner of Alma School & Ray roads. 4, 7-11, 21-25, 28-30 “Little Red Hen” Puppet Show,

8 Picasso’s Painters for Kids,

9-10 Chuck Wagon Cook-off,

4-4:45 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Become Picasso for a day and create a painting masterpiece. Bring a smock or old T-shirt to wear over your clothes. Registration needed. Ages 4-8. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Tumbleweed Ranch at Tumbleweed Park. A unique culinary competition combining the sounds, smells and tastes of the Old West as teams work from authentic 1880s chuck wagons to cook five courses in a judged competition. Ages 13-17 years old can also enter a new event this year, the Dutch Oven Pizza Contest. Enjoy entertainment and activities that highlight history, cooking and local foods. Free admission and parking. Nominal fees for food and beverages. 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler.

Knit Happens, 2:30-3:45 p.m.

10 a.m. Wednesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Great Arizona Puppet Theater. Hear American folk songs and sing-alongs in this story about the little hen that just needed some help. Preschool-Grade 3. $6 ages 2-15, $9 adults. 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602262-2050,

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,

5 Manga Club, 6-7 p.m. Queen Creek

8, 15, 29 Farmer’s Market, 3-7 p.m.

Branch Library. Manga and anime fans join the club to meet every other month for snacks and fellowship, share favorite manga and anime series and make new friends. Ages 12-18. Free. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000,

Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, in its new location on the east side of Arizona Ave. Come experience homemade and farm grown foods and vegetables available for purchase. Various other trinkets, jewelry, crafts, pictures and more are on sale from local businesses and artists. Free. 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-855-3539,

5, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 Wiggle Worms, 10:30-11 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,

6, 7, 13, 14, 27, 28 Preschool Storytime, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Queen Creek Branch Library. Stories, songs, rhymes, games, videos, finger plays and crafts for preschoolers. Wednesday storytime is a duplicate of Tuesday storytime. Ages 3-6 years. Free. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000,

14, 21, 28 Family Nights, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Each Wednesday’s activities vary from theme nights to arts and crafts to performances and more. All ages. $2 for residents and $3 for nonresidents younger than 12. 745 E. Germann Rd. 480-782-2908.

9 Veterans Day Celebration, 9 a.m. Navarrete Elementary School. Veterans and active service members of Navarrete student families are invited to a school-wide ceremony, preceded by a breakfast in the school library. A speech by Capt. Robert Polston, performances by the Basha High School Color Guard and selected presentations by Navarrete students from each grade level highlight the celebration. 6490 S. Sun Groves Blvd., Chandler. 480-883-4800

Fall Festival, 5-8 p.m. TotSpot Preschool. Festivities include music, petting zoo, bounce houses, food, carnival games, face painting, balloon twister and silent auction to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The teacher who raises the most money will kiss a live pig at the event in a “Kiss the Pig” contest. Some games and activities require ticket purchase. Food available for purchase from Tom’s BBQ. Free admission. 4844 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert.

10 Downtown Chandler Block Party, noon-8 p.m. Downtown Chandler. Residents are invited to come downtown for a massive block party, including three stages of entertainment, a 12,000-square-foot KidsZone, more than 100 retail and arts and crafts vendors, and the debut of the Chandler’s Got Talent Competition. Free. Arizona Avenue, between Frye Road and Chandler Boulevard, Chandler.

Earth & Space Exploration Day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Arizona State University Tempe campus, Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV. Family event featuring hands-on activities with earth and space scientists at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, including a variety of interactive exhibits and science demos; the Marston Exploration Theater with 3-D astronomy shows; a replica of Curiosity rover; a guided field trip to Tempe Butte; panning for gold; digging for meteorites; building an alien; earthquake activities; constructing rockets and robots; and driving underwater robots. Children can bring rock samples from their backyard to Dr. Rock for analysis. Ages 5 and older. Stop by the welcome table for information and special surprises. Free admission and parking. 781 E. Terrace Rd., Tempe. 480-965-3071, earth-and-space-exploration-day

Fun, Food and Fido: Walk to Save Animals, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tempe Beach Park at Tempe Town Lake. Family and dog friendly 2K and 5K pet walks to


benefit Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA. Features dog agility demonstrations; dog training advice; pet photos with Santa; adoptable dogs; low-cost vaccine clinic; up-close interactions with exotic pets; pet vendors; kids’ zone with bounce houses, face painting, games and prizes; food court; and entertainment by the Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Show. Bring milk bones and/or pet collars to the walk for a chance at a raffle prize. $30 donation or fundraising minimum per person to participate. 54 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. 480-423-1511,,

Mesa Old West Days 2012, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Main Street, Mesa. An “old west” style, family event, with vendors selling western related arts, crafts, merchandise and foods. Enjoy music, entertainment, cowboy shootouts, games, children’s rides and a costume contest. Free admission and parking. 129 West Main St., Mesa.

11 Symphony Concert, 3 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts. A “Veterans Celebration” is the next performance by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. All ages. Free; donations accepted. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-899-3447,

Bugorama Volkswagen Drag Racing, 7 a.m. Firebird International Raceway. The Southwest’s longest running VW event features the finals for the Bugorama Racing Series 2012 race schedule, Show & Shine Car Show and Vendor Row Swap Meet. Adults $20, ages 6-12 $5. 20000 Maricopa Rd. off I-10, Chandler. 602-268-0200,,

Music Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. A day of live music with a

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Calendar, From Page 3 new performer each hour featuring Jim Pipkin at 11 a.m. singing ballads about miners, outlaws and Arizona characters from Territorial days; ‘The Storm’ at 1 p.m.; Millie Davis with well-known standards from the ‘40s through modern pop at 2 p.m.; and the Close Enough String Band in the picnic area at 3 p.m. $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12. 520-689-2723,,

11, 25 Bird Walk, 8:30 a.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Go on a two-hour guided walk and learn to identify resident birds and seasonal migrants. All ages. $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2723,,

12 Phoenix VA Health Care System’s Annual VA Veterans Day Parade, 11 a.m. Downtown Phoenix, starting at Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center and going north on 7th Street and Central to North Phoenix Baptist Church. Pays tribute to veterans, with the theme “Healing Wounds, Honoring Their Sacrifice,” featuring 100 entries including large helium balloons, Veterans organizations, floats, bands, military vehicles, color guards and a military flyover. Free. 602-222-2667,

The Little Mermaid Jr., 7 p.m. Queen Creek Performing Arts Center. Ariel the mermaid is in love with Eric, but he is a human? Will Ariel succeed in living above the waves with her father, King Triton? $15. 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek. 480-987-7469,

13 Magic Treehouse Book Club, 4-4:45 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Read the selected book “Thanksgiving on Thursday” 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,

Novel Creations-A Crafty Gift for Bibliophiles, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Create an upcycling craft project to turn gently used books into a book purse. Basic supplies provided, including ribbon. Bring other items from home to personalize your purse such as old costume jewelry or buttons, rhinestones, beaded or wood handles. Registration needed. Ages 14-18. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

14 Free Dinner, 5 to 7 p.m. ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Youth Center. The entire community is invited to enjoy ICAN’s annual

Thanksgiving dinner with fun activities, live entertainment and a sumptuous meal. All ages. Free. 650 E. Morelos St.

Origami Yoda & More, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Queen Creek Branch Library. Learn how to fold a variety of different origami Yodas, Darth Vaders and Wookiees to celebrate the release of the most recent book in author Tom Angleberger’s “Origami Yoda” series, “The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee.” Beginning and experienced folders and Star Wars fans welcome. Ages 7-11. Space and supplies limited; registration needed. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000,

14-18 Imagine This!, 10 a.m. WednesdaysFridays; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Great Arizona Puppet Theater. This program features original stories written by children and performed by professional puppeteers. All ages. $6.00 ages 2-15 years, $9.00 adults. 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050,

15 Bookhype! 3:30-5 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Teens evaluate YA books from more than 30 participating publishers. Ages 12-18. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

Sonoran Sunset Series, 6 to 7 p.m. Environmental Education Center. Features

Lessons, Training and Horse Sales

live lakeside entertainment by the Chandler Gilbert Community College Big Band. Patrons may bring blankets, chairs and food and should dress warmly. Program may be moved indoors or canceled due to inclement weather. At all performances, beverages and snacks are available for purchase. All ages. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. 480-782-2889.

16 Downtown Chandler Art Walk, 6-10 p.m. Downtown Chandler. See various art in galleries, purchase jewelry or just enjoy the sights and sounds of the historic downtown Chandler area. This is a free event sponsored by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. 480-855-3539,

“Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Super Heroes,” 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m. Comerica Theater. See Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and others as super heroes singing and dancing their way through lessons on healthy habits, as they discover how exercise, rest, nutritious food and good hygiene can save Super Grover. $25-50. 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix.

“Seussical Jr.,” 7:30 p.m. Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre. A Children’s Theatre production and a musical

extravaganza with some of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters, featuring Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. $15. 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. 480-483-1664,

16, 30 Chess and Board Game Club, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunset Library. Keep your chess skills in check, and play other board games with friends and family. Ages 6-18. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler.

17 Solar System Walk, 8 a.m. Chandler Environmental Education Center. All ages are invited to take a free, half-mile self-guided tour of the monuments and signs representing the sun, planets and other objects in the solar system – placed at scale distances along the pathway that surrounds the lake. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890,

Woofstock – The Great Chandler Dog Walk, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tumbleweed Park. Family and dog friendly activities including: charity dog walk, concert for critters, pet contests, raffle prizes, interactive demonstrations, dog massages, pet psychic, mini bark park and pet-friendly vendors. Free admission.


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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,

Annual Gilbert Days Parade, 9 a.m. Downtown Gilbert. Kicking off Gilbert Days, the parade is a celebration of Gilbert’s Western roots and heritage and involves local businesses, nonprofit organizations, special interests groups and schools. Gilbert Road between Guadalupe and Elliot roads. 480-503-6200, 17-18 10th Annual American Heritage Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Schnepf Farms. A family friendly educational event with a creative, interactive and historic activities celebrating American heritage, such as battle reenactments of the Revolutionary War and Civil War, parades, artillery, music, historic church service on Sunday, living history demonstrations, food and shopping. The Colonial era through the American Revolution, mountain men, pioneers, the Civil War, westward expansion and more are represented by craftsmen, musicians and actors portraying diverse historic roles and famous Americans

such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. $15; ages 3 and younger free. 22601 E. Cloud Rd., Queen Creek.

19 Steampunk Goggles, 5-7 p.m. Queen Creek Branch Library. Learn about steampunk books to read and make steampunk goggles. Space and supplies limited; registration needed. Ages 12-18. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000,

20, 21 Berry Special Storytime Mashup, 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesday; 11:15-11:40 a.m. Wednesday. Queen Creek Branch Library. Join Miss Karrie and Mr. C for a “berry” special storytime mashup. Free. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000,

22-25 Arizona International Auto Show, 9 a.m-7 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Phoenix Convention Center. Children are invited to climb into cars, interact with robots and more, as adults inspect hundreds of new cars, trucks and other vehicles in a nonselling environment, sit behind the wheels, view engines, kick the tires and even take a spin in several new models. On Family Day, Sun., Nov. 25, all children 12 and younger are free with a paying adult. $10 adults; $6 ages 62 and older,

ages 7-12 and military w/any DOD ID. Ages 6 and younger free. 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix.

24 Arboretum Rocks!, 1:30 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. This geology walk teaches about the 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. 520-689-2723,,

24-25 Fall Foliage Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. See the Chinese Pistachio trees turn shades of gold, pumpkin-orange and red along with other seasonal autumn leaves. The annual festival includes live music, hot spiced apple cider and arts and crafts vendors. All ages. $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2723,,

28 The Fine Art of Finger Painting, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Queen Creek Branch Library. Find out how Ruth Faison Shaw, an American woman, invented modern finger painting and the formula for the nontoxic paint in the 1920s. Learn finger painting techniques to create amazing works of art. Wear old clothes or bring a smock. Space and supplies limited; registration needed. Ages 7-11. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000,

29 Caroling in the Library, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Usher in the holiday season with caroling, gingerbread cookie decorating, pajama storytime, hot chocolate and coffee. All ages. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,



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30 El Zaribah Shrine Circus 2012, 6:30 p.m. WestWorld of Scottsdale. Featuring the Jody Jordan Circus from Las Vegas, “A Sparkling Jewel Among Circuses of the World.” The Shriners give away one boy’s and one girl’s bicycle at each performance. Pony rides for children available at each performance. All ages. $15 adults, $12 military and seniors, ages 11 and younger are free when with a paying adult. Tickets may be purchased one hour prior to each show. 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. 480-946-3696,

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Register for Winter Classes! The winter Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes and special events for December, January and February is now available at libraries and recreation centers and at Registration begins on Saturday, November 3 at 10 a.m. (Friday, November 9 for non-residents). For more information, call 782-2727. This month’s Just4Kids Page is sponsored by:

The City of Chandler Recreation Division Wednesday Family Night Activities! 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-residents ages 1-12) and $3 ($5 for non-residents ages 13-17). Call 782-2900 or visit tumbleweed for more information.

Stay Connected! Chandler Recreation distributes a monthly newsletter (sign up at You can follow @ChandlerRec on Twitter and Chandler Recreation on Facebook and YouTube.

Special Events in November The third annual Chandler Chuckwagon Cook-Off will be Saturday, November 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Tumbleweed Ranch. This culinary competition combines the sounds, smells, and tastes of the Old West. Teams work from authentic 1880s chuck wagons to cook five courses: bread, beans, meat, potatoes, and dessert. The event also features entertainment and activities that highlight history, cooking and local foods. Admission is free, but chuck wagon meal tickets are $10 and they sell fast. The Environmental Education Center hosts its Sonoran Sunset Series outdoor entertainment on Thursday, November 15 from 6-7 p.m. with a Veterans Day-themed concert. The series features free lakeside entertainment for the entire family. Beverages and snacks will be available for a small fee. Participants may bring blankets, chairs, or food and should dress warmly. For details on performers, visit The fifth annual Woofstock event will be at Tumbleweed Park on Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. There will be a variety of dog-friendly activities and entertainment for all ages. Admission is free.

Parent & Toddler Activities at the TRC! Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC) will host its popular fall parent and toddler drop-in activities from 9-11 a.m. “Bikes, Bounce & Boogie” will be held on Wednesday, November 7 and “Bubble Blast” will be on Wednesday, November 21. There is a $2 fee ($3 non-resident) per child. Call 782-2900 for more information.


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