Run, swim, play in '09; '10 will be the same - East Valley Tribune: Chandler

Run, swim, play in '09; '10 will be the same

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Posted: Saturday, December 19, 2009 8:27 pm

Let this year's highlights reel commence:

On Jan. 30, the fifth annual Teen Talent Show showcased the budding talents of 25 singers, dancers and musicians at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

The Daddy & Daughter Valentine's Dance was a big hit with a record 135 fathers and daughters at the downtown community center.

It was a busy March for the Chandler Senior Center as it hosted the Senior Olympics Swimming and 5K and 10K runs with 250 participants on March 1, followed by the 19th annual Senior Expo with 63 vendors and 1,300 attendees and the Senior Variety Show with 30 acts, 50 performers and 900 attendees.

The 10th annual Chandler Jazz Festival in April drew 15,000 people downtown.

600 boys and girls competed in the Hershey Track & Field Meet at Chandler High School in April. Two competitors, Ethan Gaiser and Nathan Rodriguez, advanced to the nationals.

Chandler Mayor's Youth Commission hosted its first Teen Town Hall in April with 28 teens discussing community issues facing their peers.

On April 19, Tumbleweed Recreation Center and the Environmental Education Center celebrated their first anniversaries.

The Therapeutics Division hosted the 10th annual "You Look Marvelous" fashion show May 9 at the Center for the Arts with 53 models.

On May 26, the Chandler Service Club was inducted into Celebration Plaza at Tumbleweed Park, which honors those who have made Chandler a better community.

The McCullough-Price House was named to the National Register of Historic Places on May 20.

The "Evening With Kids" program on July 16 showcased the dancing skills of youth performers for nearly 900 family and friends at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

The ninth annual Leadership in Training mentoring program grew from 35 graduates in 2008 to 42 in July.

In August, the Chandler Community Services Department received four industry awards. The Parks Division received the 2009 Arizona Community Tree Council award.

The Museum Division's Public History Program received the National Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History in August.

Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center completed its first year of operations in August, with more than 190,000 swimmers using the year-round facility. It also hosted a "dive-in movie" with 140 floating film fans of "The Incredibles" on Sept. 19.

The popular Unitown Camp drew a record turnout of 69 teens for the leadership development excursion to Prescott in October.

Nearly 3,000 people came out to Tumbleweed Park and braved a hot Saturday morning on Oct. 17 for the third annual Chandler Day of Play to commemorate the third straight year winning the national "Playful City USA" honor.

On Oct. 24, 400 people participated in the EEC's fourth "Star Party" and viewed 20 celestial objects through telescopes.

The Halloween Spooktacular at the downtown library plaza had more than 1,000 attendees in costumes enjoying a haunted house, carnival games and contests.

On Nov. 14, the EEC hosted 300 people at its Urban Fishing Clinic at Veterans Oasis Park lake, which was stocked with 4,500 catfish and 4,000 rainbow trout. The center also welcomed 200 people at its six monthly Family Birdwalks, when more than 90 species were spotted.

The second "Woofstock" festival was held Nov. 21 at Tumbleweed Park. More than 3,000 canine lovers and 600 dogs turned out for a variety of activities.

It wouldn't be the holidays without the Parade of Lights and the 53rd annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting, as more than 10,000 people converged on downtown to kick off the season Dec. 5.

Santa's Calling Program received 205 applications from parents, and Santa's helpers, Chandler firefighters, made the calls to children last week.

"Lunch With Santa" was held Saturday for 24 winners of a holiday coloring contest, which drew 143 entries from children ages 3 to 8.

More than 314,000 people visited the TRC for the fitness center, preschool classes, youth sports, teen drop-in programs, group exercise classes and pickup basketball.

In wrapping of this review, stay tuned for the upcoming opening of the Paseo Vista Recreation Area.

Dash & Splash reminder

If you are looking to start the new year with a great fitness challenge, Chandler Aquatics presents Dash & Splash, a two-mile run around the Basha High School track followed by a 200-yard swim at the Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center on Jan. 2 at 9 a.m. All ages are welcome; there is a $2 fee. Sign up in advance at"> by Dec. 30 or at the event starting at 8 a.m. There will also be a health information fair from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call (480) 782-2750 for more information.

Spring Break Time

The Spring Break Time will be available Jan. 22 at city facilities and"> Spring registration begins Feb. 6 for residents.

Staying connected

To stay informed in the new year, follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) and Facebook Fan Pages where news and photos are updated. The next "Come Out & Play" show on Channel 11 is scheduled forJan. 15. For more information, call (480) 782-2727.

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