As the holidays approach and the shopping season begins, the new tradition of Chandler dogs having their day in the form of a festival of outdoor activities continues.
The city's popular event for dog lovers and their four-legged canine friends is back with Woofstock - The Great Chandler Dog Walk at Tumbleweed Park on Saturday, November 20 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for the third year in a row.
It's a free family-friendly day of tail-wagging fun for all pet owners and well-mannered and leashed dogs. The event will feature a variety of activities to participate in whether you bring your dog or just come to enjoy the atmosphere.
Start the day off with a walk around one of the three courses with the American Service Animal Society (ASAS) hosting the Great Chandler Dog Walk. Proceeds from the walk benefit the ASAS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disabled veterans live a more productive life through the use of service animals. The walk includes three distance options to fit the different abilities of all pets and their owners.
The three noncompetitive courses include a small 400-yard course, dubbed the "Dachshund Dash"; a one-kilometer medium course called the "Bichon Buzz"; and a 3.5-kilometer course, the "Husky Hustle". Dog walk registration is recommended and the fee is $20 per dog by November 19 at www.dogs4vets.org/woofstock.php or by calling 480-802-9339. Onsite registration is $25 and begins at 8:45 a.m.
Once you're done with the walk, come over to the stage where there will be a Concert for Critters presented by Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC). Four bands will perform throughout the day - Exit 40, 9 a.m.; Duo, 10 a.m.; Rattlesnake Necktie; 11 a.m.; Surf Guitar Villains; and Come Back Buddy at 12:30 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on the grass and rock out to some great tunes.
Even though Halloween is over, you can still break out your favorite costume and dress up your dog for the Pets on Parade at noon. Pets dressed in costume will parade in front of the stage and compete for prizes. The top three best dressed dogs will win a basket full of goodies. Registration is free and begins at 11:30 a.m. for the first 100 dogs.
Woofstock also features food and beverages, a small off-leash dog park and a variety of pet-oriented vendors. There will be caricature drawings, face painting, pet photography, a pet psychic, dog massages and a balloon artist to entertain the family and provide some great souvenirs.
The MCACC will provide a number of services to pet owners and guests interested in becoming pet owners. The Mobile Pet Adoption Bus will be on-site to help find a new home for a number of cats and dogs, large and small. Stop by the bus and consider taking home a new friend. Staff also will administer rabies vaccinations for $20, microchips for $25 and dog licenses for $17 for sterilized dogs and $42 for unaltered dogs.
Local organizations such as Blazin' K9s, AZ Disc Dogs and Good Dog Agility will demonstrate their sporting activities, ranging from flying-disc catching to agility drills and flyball. These demonstrations will take place throughout the day and you may just be chosen to try one out for yourself.
During the event, you can test your luck at winning one of several fabulous raffle prizes or bid on silent auction items. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $25 and you don't need to be present to win. Stop by Woofmart to see all of the possibilities.
Woofstock would not be possible without the support of the event presenters and sponsors. The ASAS, MCACC and the City of Chandler are proud to present this great dog-friendly festival for the third year in a row. Sponsors also include Pet Butler, Pete and Mac's, Pet's Weekly, Sun Lakes Charity, Chandler Rotary, AZ Disc Dogs, Blazin' K9s and Good Dog Agility. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/woofstock or call the Special Events Hotline at 480-782-2735.
Winter Class Registration in Progress
The winter Break Time magazine is available at Chandler Recreation facilities, libraries and at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime. Registration is in progress for residents for all-ages classes in December, January and February (non-resident registration begins Friday, Nov. 12). For more information, call 480-782-2727.
Come Out & Play Chandler's Top-10 Countdown
Check out the winter episode of "Come Out & Play Chandler!" that counts down the "Top 10 Highlights of ‘10". You can view it on the Chandler Recreation YouTube Channel.
Teen Art Show
Teens are encouraged to submit their artwork for the Teen Art Show to be held from Dec. 9-11 at the Environmental Education Center at 4050 E. Chandler Heights road. All mediums are welcome from sculpture to paintings to photography. Submissions must be dropped off at the Chandler Community Center at 125. E Commonwealth Ave. by Friday, Dec. 3. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/teens or call 480-782-2746.
Holiday Teen Dance
The Tumbleweed Recreation Center is hosting its first "Winter Wonderland Teen Dance" for seventh and eighth graders on Friday, Dec. 10 from 6-9 p.m. The dance is free and teens should bring their school identification card. There will be prizes, refreshments, photos and music. For more information, call 480-782-2900. The TRC is located at the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads.
EEC Hosts Urban Fishing Clinic
Join the Environmental Education Center for an urban fishing clinic at Veterans Oasis Park (northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads) on Saturday, November 13 from 8 a.m.-noon. It is free to attend and sport fishing instructors from the AZ Game and Fish Department will provide a limited supply of bait and loaner rods. Participants who register at the AZGFD booth during the event may fish without a license during clinic hours. For more information, call 480-782-2890 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
Toddler Activity on Nov. 24 Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC) will host the parent and toddler drop-in activity "Bikes, Bounce & Boogie" on Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 9-11 a.m. There is a $2 fee ($3 non-resident) per child. Call 480-782-2900 for more information.
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Hermelinda Llamas is the Special Events Coordinator for the City of Chandler Community Services Department. She can be reached at Hermelinda.Llamas@chandleraz.gov.