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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2009 2:36 pm | Updated: 2:33 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Can you believe next week is Labor Day Weekend? “Where did the summer go?” used to be the standard refrain with lament growing up in western New York whenever this day came around. But of course here in Chandler, we are ready and eager to get into the fall season.

If you have a long weekend ahead and you are in town but still debating about what to do, allow me to share some options with you for the highly anticipated holiday break.

TRC family nights AND fitness

Family Night activities at Tumbleweed Recreation Center continue every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. throughout September and October. This week features “KidzArt Adventures” and “Teen Rock Band Challenge”; next week is the popular “Bubble Blast” in the TRC outdoor courtyard.

For the schedule, visit or call (480) 782-2900. If you are looking to get in that extra workout over the extended weekend, just remember that the TRC opens at 5 a.m. on Friday and Labor Day, 7 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. So there are plenty of opportunities next weekend if you are in town to get back in the gym or hit the cardio machines!

Also this fall, the TRC is offering a series of games in its lounge for adults, including chess, billiards, bunco, rummy royal and Wii sports. The schedule of these activities is outlined on page 71 of the fall Break Time. You can register at

Laboring by the pool

There is still time to cool off by visiting five of the six Chandler aquatic centers this Labor Day Weekend. All pools except Folley will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 5-7. Hamilton, West Chandler and Mesquite Groves will be open weekends in September from noon to 5 p.m.; Mesquite Groves is also open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Mesquite Groves also is hosting its “Dive-In Movie Night” at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 with “The Incredibles.” Admission is $2 for adults, 75 cents for children and $1 for seniors.

Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center is located at 5901 S. Hillcrest Drive adjacent to Basha High School.

Effective Sept. 8, all Chandler pools will have new admission fees: children, 75 cents; adults, $2; and seniors, $1. For more specific facility hours and swim program information, call (480) 782-2733 or visit

Rediscover nature in September

The Environmental Education Center will offer a free family open house from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15. This event includes fun, nature-based activities, crafts, hikes, movies, stories and science labs. Registration is not required; just stop by and join the fun. The center will also offer a Saturday Nature Walk from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Sept. 19.

Annual recreation survey

Each year, Chandler Recreation conducts a customer satisfaction survey for participants to provide feedback. The survey is available until Sept. 30 at this link: If you complete the survey at one of the recreation facilities or print out the online receipt from home, you can receive a giveaway at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Environmental Education Center or Downtown Community Center.

Break Time

The Break Time magazine outlining all classes and fall special events for September through November is available at many city facilities, libraries and recreation centers. For more information, call (480) 782-2727 or visit

The monthly Chandler Recreation e-newsletter subscription list continues to grow, so spread the word to your friends and neighbors to sign up at If you use the social media site Twitter, you also can stay current with the latest news, events and activities by following @ChandlerRec.

Liam O’Mahony is an information specialist with Chandler’s Community Services Department. His recreation column runs Sundays in the Chandler Tribune. He can be reached at liam.o’

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