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April 2013


Kids, concussions: prevention is key By Alison Stanton

For decades, kids who play sports have occasionally conked their heads. In many cases, the impact can be hard enough to cause a concussion. Historically, concussions in children were thought to be fairly benign, but Mark Garrett, M.D., a neurosurgeon at Chandler Regional Medical Center, says recent evidence suggests otherwise. “It was once thought that recovery following a concussion was immediate, but better studies of concussions in athletes have shown that symptomatic recovery in high school athletes after an injury generally takes seven to 14 days, and functional or neurocognitive impairment can persist much longer than that,” he explains. “Also, newer studies with specialized MRI scans on patients after mild head injuries have shown changes in neural function that was not recognized in previous studies that relied on CT scans alone.” As Garrett explains, “concussion” is often used interchangeably with the terms mild or minor traumatic brain injury. “There actually continues to be some debate on the exact definition, but generally it is immediate or transient impairment of neural function due to a mechanical injury to the head from external forces,” he says. Common signs of a concussion, Garrett says, include loss of consciousness; amnesia to events both before and after the event; confusion and disorientation; and emotional and behavioral changes. “Symptoms can include headache, dizziness, visual changes such as double vision, drowsiness, insomnia, fatigue, balance problems and problems with attention.” Young athletes who have sustained a head injury should stop playing, Garrett says, because immediately following a concussion there is “an increased vulnerability to a second insult due to changes in the blood flow and energy demands of the brain.” Although the long-term outcomes of cumulative head injuries are not well known and controversial, Garrett says evidence increasingly suggests that longterm impairment can be associated with repetitive minor head injuries. In an effort to reduce the chances of kids getting a concussion, i9 Sports, a youth sports franchise in Chandler, as well as the Chandler Unified School District have taken definite steps to keep young athletes as safe as possible. “i9 Sports has assumed a leadership role in raising youth sports safety standards by implementing a number of measures designed to maintain both the physical LEADERS: i9 Sports and mental safety is considered a leader of our players,” in raising youth says Kim Olsen, sports standards, league coordinator says League for i9 Sports. Coordinator Kim Olsen. For example, Olsen says i9 Sports Submitted photo was the first national youth sports organization to institute a “when in doubt, sit them out” policy that requires any player suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury be immediately removed from

SPORTS INJURIES: Many sports can cause a variety of injuries, including concussions. i9 Sports has a “when in doubt, sit them out” policy for players suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury. Submitted photo

the practice or game and not allowed to return to play without written clearance from a licensed health care provider. “i9 Sports instituted a system wide concussion awareness campaign which educates all officials, coaches and parents on concussion safety including the signs of a concussion and the steps to take should a concussion be suspected,” she says. “All parents and coaches in our programs must sign a waiver acknowledging that they have received and read the concussion safety information.” Olsen also says i9 was the first national youth sports organization to ban heading in all of its soccer leagues for kids under the age of 14. Marcus Williams, director of athletics for the Chandler Unified School District, says the district takes plenty of precautions to keep its student athletes safe and reduce their risk of getting a concussion. CUSD is a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), which is the governing body of high school sports in Arizona. “The AIA requires all coaches of seventh through 12-graders to take a concussion education course, NFHS ‘Concussion in Sports – What You Need To Know,’ as well as the NFHS ‘Fundamentals of Coaching’ course,” Williams says. In addition, the AIA requires student athletes in grades nine through 12 to take the “Brain Book Concussion Education” course, Williams explains. Students must pass with a score of 80% or better and turn it in to the school’s athletic department. This same group of students must also sign the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI)/Concussion Annual Statement and Acknowledgment Form. CUSD also requires student athletes who are in the seventh and eighth grades to complete the MTBI Concussion Annual Statement and Acknowledgement Form, Williams says. “CUSD high schools invest in concussion baseline testing, which varies per site and is site-driven, so our medical staff of doctors and trainers have baseline information when treating a concussion,” he adds.

All secondary programs for grades seven through 12 have an athletic administrator who is responsible for daily operations of athletics at their sites, Williams says, and each high school in CUSD has two trainers who work with the coaches and athletes regarding injury prevention and rehabilitation. Marcus Williams, No matter what CUSD director of sports kids and athletics teens decide to Submitted photo play, Olsen says i9 Sports wants to do away with the myth that injuries are a natural and acceptable consequence. “Injuries can happen as kids participate in any sport or activity,” she says. “Our goal is to educate both children and their parents about the importance of safe play. Yet beyond that, we at i9 Sports want to provide programs that foster healthy, safe play regardless of the chosen sport.” Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

Resources Books:

• “Concussions and Our Kids: America's Leading Expert on How to Protect Young Athletes and Keep Sports Safe,” by Dr. Robert Cantu and Mark Hyman • “Ahead of the Game: The Parents' Guide to Youth Sports Concussion,” by Rosemarie Scolaro Moser • “Sports Concussion and Neck Trauma: Preventing Injury for Future Generations,” by Dr. Kelly J. Roush Websites:

• concussion.html •



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Spot 6 Family LibCon

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7 Airport Dayz

14 Disney on Ice


8 LEGO Kit Club Game Hall

15 Game Hall

22 Earth Day Game Hall LEGO Club

28 Ballet Etudes

29 Game Hall

Airport Dayz SanTan Family Fun Arrives!

Club 9 Anime Wiggle Worms Preschool Storytime Toddler Storytime Knit Happens

Study Club

16 Bookhype Anime Club Wiggle Worms Toddler Storytime Preschool Storytime

10 Game Hall Preschool Storytime Baby Time

Hall 17 Game Preschool Storytime Baby Time LEGO Club

Club 23 Anime 24 Wiggle Worms Preschool Storytime Toddler Storytime Knit Happens

30 Anime Club Wiggle Worms

Game Hall Preschool Storytime Baby Time

11 Toddler Storytime Pre-K Storytime Infant Lapsit Disney on Ice

18 Toddler Storytime


Ride 13 Bike Solar Walk

Disney on Ice

Paws to Read Crochet Bracelet Science Saturday Disney on Ice



Pre-K Storytime Infant Lapsit Magic Treehouse

Earth Day Celebration

Paws 2 Read BBQ Festival Tree Tour




Toddler Storytime Pre-K Storytime Infant Lapsit

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Ballet Etudes Superhero Run

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up the first Saturday of each month in the center spread of the SanTan Sun News to plan your month.

Library. We supply a variety of skill level kits for kids to put together during this hour of fun. Ages 5-12. No registration needed. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850,

Family Spot Play On The Go, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Southeast Regional Library. Storytime and hands-on activities for parents and children. Take-home activities will also be provided. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

LibCon 2013, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Hamilton High School cafeteria. Teens can enjoy the Library Convention for all things anime, manga / comics, sci-fi / fantasy, cosplay and gamer, raffles and more. The event includes keynote speeches by Janni Lee Simner, author of the “Faerie After” series, and Liz Danforth, columnist, author and blogger on games, gamers and gaming. Panel topics include sword fighting, Japanese candy making, “Doctor Who,” “Star Trek,” zombies and more. Participate in the Cosplay Contest at lunchtime or shop in the vendor hall. The Buzznbeez Good Food Truck will be on site with treats available for purchase. Free. Registration required. Ages 12-18 years old. 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler.

6, 7 Chandler Airport Dayz, 8 a.m.5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Chandler Municipal Airport. See some of the types of aircraft, such as a Citation jet, gyrocopter, Stearmans, experimental helicopters, Cessnas, Pipers and Beachcraft, and businesses that operate at the Chandler Airport to help the Commemorative Air Force honor veterans. Rides will be available in helicopters and biplanes. Family rides will also be available. View classic cars, sports cars, hot rods and unique cars on display. An Apache helicopter will be on display provided by the Arizona Army National Guard. Live music will be performed by UncorkedThe Band. The Hangar Café will be open for dining. Hamburgers, hot dogs and refreshments will be on the ramp. Sponsored by the Chandler Airport Alliance at Chandler Air Service. 2380 S. Stinson Wy., off McQueen and Queen Creek roads. Free admission. 480-963-6420,

8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 Game Hall, 3-5 p.m. Mondays; 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays. Sunset Library. Hang out and play video games, or just grab a seat and study. Wii and Xbox available. No registration needed. Free. Ages 12-18. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2800,

9, 16, 23, 30 Anime Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Basha Library. Teens explore Japanese culture, anime and manga. Age 12-18. No registration needed. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850,

9, 16, 23, 30 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-3 ½ years with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 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,

9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 Toddler 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,

9, 23 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,

higher desire to read and write. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the program. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

10, 17, 24 Baby Time, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Crochet a Friendship Bracelet,

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,

11, 18, 25 Pre-K Storytime, 10:30-11 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,

11, 18, 25 Infant Lapsit, 11:30-11:55 a.m. Southeast Regional Library. A special storytime designed to encourage development of language and motor skills by incorporating stories with simple songs, rhymes, movement activities and finger plays. Ages newborn-12 months with one parent or caregiver. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

11-14 Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove, 7 p.m. Thursday; 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. – Spanishspeaking performance Sunday. US Airways Center. Enter the worlds of Disney’s favorite princesses on ice – Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and Snow White, set sail with Peter Pan, trek the wild of Africa with Simba and Nala and don’t be late for a very important date with Alice and the Madhatter. Tickets $10-$58 plus fees. 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.

13 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

11 a.m.-noon. Southeast Regional Library. Beginners learn to crochet by making a simple, but cute friendship bracelet. Materials provided. Ages 8-14 years. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

Chandler Family Bike Ride, 8 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. ride begins. Chandler Park and Ride. Enjoy a family friendly 7.4-mile ride along the Paseo Canal. The first 100 people to preregister will receive a free T-shirt. Free. 2100 S. Hamilton St., Chandler.

Solar System Walk, 10-11 a.m. Veterans Oasis Park. Take a guided tour along the Solar System Walk, a series of monuments and signs representing the sun, planets and other objects in our solar system, placed at scale distances along the pathway that surrounds the park’s lake. While the walk can be enjoyed as a self-guided journey, there are also monthly guided tours that include additional information about the solar system and the inspiration for creating the Solar System Walk. This is an easy, half-mile walk around the lake. All ages. Meet inside the EEC at the designated time. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890,,

Family Science Saturday: Be an Innovator, noon to 4 p.m. Tumbleweed Ranch at Tumbleweed Park. Bring the whole family to do a science experiment. The ranch features animals, farm equipment and historic structures from Chandler's agricultural past. Free. 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler.

16 Teen Study Club, 3-4 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Teens can use a quiet space to get homework done, study for tests, work on group projects or get help on research papers. Computers are available to use and a librarian is on hand to help with research. Teens can learn a few tools to help make


work a little easier. Staff Conference Room. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

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, 17 LEGO Club, 6-7 p.m. Hamilton Library. Come meet new friends and have fun building with LEGO bricks supplied by the library. Ages 6-12. No registration required. 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2828,

18 Magic Treehouse Book Club, 4-4:45 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Read the selected book “Monday with a Mad Genius” 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,

19 Earth Day, 5-Year EEC Anniversary and Arbor Day Commemoration, 4-7 p.m. Environmental Education Center. Fun and educational activities for all ages. Discover nature, science, the environment and great outdoors. Experience hands-on activities, live animal presentations and discover ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle from vendors and exhibitors. Features food and beverage vendors, merchants, prize giveaways and special outdoor activities. Outdoor portion may be canceled due to inclement weather. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2889,

20 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,

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April 2013


Calendar, From Page 3 Water Safety Awareness Day, 1-4 p.m. Hamilton Aquatic Center. The City of Chandler Aquatics aims to educate children and their families about ways to stay safe in and around water. Knowing how to swim is one of the best ways to safeguard against water-related injuries and drowning. Children who attend will learn valuable water safety skills and knowledge. Enter a raffle for a chance to win a free session of swimming lessons and other prizes. Enjoy activities and games around the pool area and visit the Chandler fire engine display. Chandler Aquatics staff will swim test children at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to determine what level of swim class in which they should enroll. Watch sun safety, CPR and rescue demonstrations performed by the City of Chandler aquatic staff. Free. 3838 Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2733. 4th Annual Arizona BBQ Festival, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Families can enjoy more than 25 barbeque purveyors serving everything from $2 sample cups to full racks of ribs and barbecue plates; the Redneck Games Arena including: watermelon seed spitting contest, dead lawn mower races, beer pong tournament, arm wrestling, hub cap hurling challenge, bobbing for pigs feet, pie eating contest, horseshoe

tournament with toilet seats, “redneckiest” tattoo contest, “Rock Out With Your Dentures Out” eating challenge, mullet beauty pageant, “Daisy Dukes & Cowboy Boots Pageant” and best ‘stache contest; live music; cooking demonstrations and bartender challenges and more. There will also be a kid’s zone featuring bouncies, rides, games and other fun attractions, some of which may cost a nominal fee. Tickets $12 general admission; kids 12 and younger free; $60 VIP. Free parking. 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale.,

21 Tree Tour, 1:30 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 45 minutes east of Mesa on U.S. Highway 60 near Milepost 223. Visitors learn what an arboretum is and about the park's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the arboretum. Tom McDonald, owner of Smiling Dog Landscapes Company in Gold Canyon, leads this walk. All ages. $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2811,, boycethompsonarboretum.

22 LEGO Club, 4 PM- 5 PM. Basha Library. Library supplies LEGO, kids supply the imagination. Ages 5-12. No registration needed. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850,

26 Friday Movie Night: The Avengers (PG-13), 7-10:30 p.m. Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center. Bring an inner tube and the entire family to enjoy the adventure poolside. Float along or watch from the sidelines. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. The team includes superheroes Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and The Hulk. $1 children; $2.25 adults; $1.25 seniors. 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2635.

27 KA-POW! Superhero Adventure Run, 8 a.m.-noon. Freestone Park. A costumed run fit for the whole family with fun and challenging obstacles. Runners come dressed in their favorite superheroes costume as they

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participate in either the 1-mile “Wolverine” Adventure Run or the 2.4-mile “Superman” Adventure Run. After the adventure course, participants can visit “Gotham City” from 8 a.m.noon which consists of superhero guest appearances, DJ music, finish line refreshments, inflatable activities and the “Flash” Dash Run. All ages. $20 prior to April 18, $25 on event day. Ages 7 and younger require a registered parent to be with the child at all times and some obstacles are not recommended for children younger than 5 years old. Children in strollers and pets are welcome but may not participate on some obstacles. 1045 E. Juniper Rd., Gilbert.

27, 28 Ballet Etudes - Cinderella, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Chandler Center for the Arts. A fan-favorite, with rich sets and costumes and original choreography set to Prokofiev's breathtaking score, this production of “Cinderella” will be sure to leave you believing in magic. Backstage tours are offered following most performances. Tickets $15 and $20. A 20% discount for groups of 10 or more. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680,

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April 2013



Arrested development Counselors address problem of young adults unwilling to leave mom and dad College graduation: it’s a day that growing numbers of parents may have reason to dread, at least if their expectations were that their son or daughter would be heading off to start a career. For last year’s graduates, the class of 2012, more than a million of those graduates moved back home to their parents. Those graduates joined a growing number of young people still living with their parents. Census Bureau data compiled by the University of Minnesota Population Center found that the number of 18 to 30 year-olds still living with their parents has grown to 20.7 million, and the number of 26-year-olds still living at home has increased almost 46% since 2007. For many families, it might be a welcome change to have their child back home, but that welcome can begin to wear out as time passes and there is no movement toward an independent life. While the economic problems of the last few years have led to fewer jobs being available for recent graduates, there can also be a number of other factors that make that moving back in with mom or dad a viable alternative. Not facing rent or utility bills, being able to exist on the wages from a low-paying or part-time job, plus having that full refrigerator always handy are a just a few things that can make being home again a comfortable arrangement for many young adults. According to Licensed Professional Counselor Michael D. DeVine, psychological problems can develop over time that make it difficult for the young person to seriously contemplate moving out on his or her own. Making that happen often involves help from a skilled and trained counselor using the latest research and psychological tools to successfully help young adults move into a responsible, self-supporting lifestyle. It can include methods such as structural family counseling, motivation interviewing and vocational theory, but the goal is always to help the young person who has become too dependent for too long a time to finally begin his or her adult life. Contributed by the American Counseling Association, the nation’s largest association of counseling professionals with more than 53,000 members in all 50 states and 80 foreign countries.

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May 24th - 31st This week features field trips to Peter Piper Pizza and a morning of horseback riding at Silver Lining Hunters/Jumpers horse ranch.

July 1st - 5th This week features field trips to Peter Piper Pizza, Puppet Theater and Hamilton High School Swimming Pool.

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This week features field trips to Peter Piper Pizza, Harkins Summer Fun Movie, and the 2013 summer blockbuster Epic!

This week features field trips to Peter Piper Pizza, Puppet Theater and Hamilton High School Swimming Pool.

June 17th - 21st This week features field trips to Peter Piper Pizza, Harkins Summer Fun Movies, and Jumpstreet.

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July 22nd - 26th

This week features field trips to Peter Piper Pizza, Harkins Summer Fun Movie, and the 2013 summer blockbuster Despicable Me 2!

This week features field trips to Peter Piper Pizza, and a day of fun at Flipside with unlimited laser tag, bumper cars, bowling, laser maze, ball cage and much more! ($10 upgrade.)

This week features field trips to Peter Piper Pizza, Harkins Summer Fun Movie, and the 2013 summer blockbuster Turbo!

June 24th - 28th This week features field trips to Peter Piper Pizza, Harkins Summer Fun Movie, and the 2013 summer blockbuster Monsters University!

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April 2013


Just4Kids Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Spring Activities! Register for Summer Classes May 4th! The summer Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes, youth camps and special events for June, July and August will reach mailboxes the week of April 8. Break Time will then be available at libraries, recreation centers, and online at starting April 19. Registration opens Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. (Friday, May 10 for non residents). For more information, call 480-782-2727.

Free City of Chandler Family Bike Ride April 13 This month’s Just4Kids Page is sponsored by:

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The annual Chandler Family Bike Ride is back! The 7.4-mile ride is free, but pre-registration is recommended. The first 100 people to pre-register will receive a free T-shirt. The ride starts and ends at the Chandler Park and Ride near Tumbleweed Park (2100 S. Hamilton St.). All riders must wear helmets. An adult must accompany riders under 18 years of age. Contact Ann Marie Riley at 480-782-3442 or for more information.

Free Earth Day Celebration April 19 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 480-782-2900 or visit for more information.

Stay Connected! Follow us on Instagram (@ChandlerRec) Twitter (@ChandlerRec), and Facebook (Chandler Recreation) for the latest news. Check out the March / April issue of “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” on YouTube. This episode features Geocaching at the Environmental Education Center. You can sign up for the Chandler Recreation monthly newsletter at For more information, call 480-782-2727.

Friday, April 19th is going to be a busy day at the Environmental Education Center as they celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day Commemoration and their 5th anniversary! This event is perfect for the entire family. Discover nature, science, and the great outdoor while you participate in fun, educational activities from 4 – 7 p.m. at the EEC (4050 E. Chandler Heights Road). For more information, visit or call 480-782-2890.

April Parent & Toddler Activities Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11 a.m., the Tumbleweed Recreation Center host “Tumble Tots” indoor activities designed for children 5 years of age and under to play under parental or guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area provides a variety of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes. There is a $2 fee ($3 non-resident) per child. Call 480-782-2900 for more information.

Free Teen Lounge Nights Teen Lounge Nights at the Chandler Senior Center are a great way for teens to get to know other teens and have an awesome time for free! Participants will play the Wii, Xbox, and PS3; make crafts, watch movies, play pool and all sorts of other fun games. Drop in and make the most out of your Thursday nights from 5-8 p.m. This is a drop-in program; no registration is needed. You can find the class information at or call 480-782-2727 with any questions.

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