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{Olympic Day with Chandler's Own Olympian Lyndsey Fry}: The spirit of the Olympic Movement will roll into Chandler as the Ice Den Chandler in partnership with the City of Chandler hosts a free public skate in celebration of Olympic Day.
 
On Friday, June 5, children from the City of Chandler Summer Camp program will participate in an on-ice skating event with Lyndsey Fry, member of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Hockey Team that won silver at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Following the exclusive event, the Ice Den Chandler will host a free public skate from noon-2 p.m. as part of the festivities. The Arizona Coyotes Fan Development team will be on-site to provide photo opportunities with Howler and other activities.
 
“I am excited to take part in Olympic Day and to inspire kids in the Chandler community,” Olympian Lyndsey Fry explains. “Having grown up in this rink and more recently reflecting on my experience participating in the 2015 Winter Olympics, makes me proud to work with the city and the Ice Den Chandler to support the Olympic Movement and encourage children to lead healthy, active lives.”
 
The Ice Den Chandler activity is one of more than 700 events taking place nationwide between June 1 and 30. The events, designed to engage youth and promote the ideals of the Olympic movement, feature athlete appearances, family-friendly activities and interactive learning experiences.
 
“I met Lyndsey when she was on my cable show last year and found her to be a tremendous ambassador of the sport of hockey, and for our community,” Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. “Olympic Day not only embodies the best of the world’s athletes, it promotes health and wellness in Chandler and across the globe.”
 
Around the world, more than 160 countries take part in the annual celebration. Olympic Day, created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games, focuses on the Olympic values and ideals such as fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship. In the U.S., Olympic Day events range from small gatherings to large, city-wide events.
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{#Chandler Police to Conduct Memorial Day DUI Task Force}: The Chandler Police Department’s Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI Task Force over the Memorial Day weekend. The task force will run from Friday, May 22, 2015 through Monday, May 25, 2015.  The DUI Abatement Council provided grant funding for the event.
Chandler officers will team up with officers from the Gilbert Police Department to conduct saturation patrols in select areas of the two cities on May 22, 2015.  Chandler and Gilbert will share a command post at Val Vista and Warner Roads in Gilbert. 
 
On May 23, 2015, Chandler will once again team up with officers from the Gilbert Police Department, along with officers from Mesa, Tempe, and Scottsdale.  Saturation patrols will ensue in select areas of each respective jurisdiction with a joint command post at 2330 W. Rio Salado Drive in Mesa. (This is the parking lot of the Chicago Cubs spring training facility.)
 
On May 24 and May 25, 2015, Chandler officers will conduct saturation patrols within the City of Chandler. Participating Chandler officers are specially trained in the detection of roadway impairment from excessive alcohol consumption and use of illicit or excessive prescription drugs. 
 
Please remember to always wear your seatbelt and to designate a driver when alcohol consumption is a part of your holiday celebration.  A special thanks to our nation’s veterans for their service and sacrifice here at home and overseas.
 
Happy Memorial Day!
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{#Chandler pools prepare swimmers to be lifeguards}: Get a head start on a future as a lifeguard by enrolling in Chandler’s Guard Start or Junior Lifeguard programs. The programs introduce participants to the skills and techniques used by lifeguards, offering training in rescue skills and drills, general pool operations, hands on training during swim lessons, and more.
 
The Guard Start program is for swimmers ages nine and 10, and Junior Lifeguard training is for swimmers ages 11 to 15. Fee assistance is available to qualifying families through grants from the American Red Cross Centennial Funding program. 
 
“Our Guard Start and Junior Lifeguarding programs are a great way for participants to learn about water safety and what it takes to become a lifeguard,” said Chris Smith, a Chandler Aquatic Coordinator. “I participated in this program for a few years starting at the age of 10. I learned a lot and it prepared me to take the Lifeguard certification class.”
 
To participate in the Guard Start and Junior Lifeguard programs, swimmers must be able to tread water for one minute, float on their back for 30 seconds, submerge and swim 10 feet under water and swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side. The programs are offered throughout the months of June and July at Arrowhead Pool and the Hamilton, Mesquite Groves and Nozomi Aquatic Centers.
 
Enrollment is limited to 10 participants in Guard Start and 20 swimmers in Junior Lifeguarding. The Junior Lifeguard program introduces participants to the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard; however, this course will not certify anyone to be a lifeguard. Participants will have an introduction to First Aid and CPR/AED and build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills in preparation for the American Red Cross Lifeguard course.
 
“Junior Guards and Guard Start programs are a great way to gain on the job experience,” said Aquatic Coordinator Traci Tenkely. “We have had many staff over the years become lifeguards after enjoying their experience in these early programs.”
 
Registration fees for Guard Start are $47 for residents and $64 for non-residents. Fees for the Junior Lifeguard program are $57 and $74, respectively. For more information and to register, visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics, or call 480-782-2750.
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{Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play Seeks Vendors and Sponsors for October 24 event at Tumbleweed Park}: #Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play is a free, all-ages celebration of the community’s health, wellness and fitness that will return to Chandler for the ninth year Saturday, October 24. The outdoor event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads.
 
“We are currently looking for health conscious, wellness focused and fitness vendors to contribute to our annual event,” said Stephanie Feldaverd, Recreation Coordinator I with Special Events for the City of Chandler. “As extra incentive to make Day of Play as active as we can, we’re offering vendors a $10 discount for including an interactive activity at their booth.”
 
There will be a variety of free activities for the whole family to enjoy. Kids of all ages will play and keep their minds active throughout the event. Meanwhile, parents can explore the various information booths promoting many of the non-profit organizations, businesses and municipal divisions working to support a healthier lifestyle for East Valley residents.
 
“Mayor Jay Tibshraeney's Day of Play is continually seeking interested individuals, organizations, and companies who want to sponsor our great festival with either in-kind services or monetary donations,” said Hermelinda Lllamas, Special Events Coordinator with the City of Chandler. 
 
The benefits of being a sponsor vary based on sponsorship level and range from on-stage logo recognition and announcements during the festival to name and/or logo recognition on the festival program, flyers, posters, postcards, websites, press releases, and more. For more information on becoming a sponsor, email Hermelinda.Llamas@chandleraz.gov or call 480-782-2665.
Visit www.chandleraz.gov/dayofplay for event information and vendor application. A complete list of upcoming special events in Chandler is available online at www.chandleraz.gov/special-events or by calling the City’s Special Event Hotline at 480-782-2735.
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Planning a visit to the Downtown #Chandler Art Walk & Vision Fest activities? It has been cancelled tonight due to weather! The next opportunity to participate in the Vision Fest is at the Vision Workshop, this Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St. #ChandlerGenPlan
 
Unable to join the study team at these events?  Interested in contributing more to the conversation? Complete the Visioning Questionnaire online. Visit http://www.chandleraz.gov/GPupdate ... Keep the great ideas coming!
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What does the future of ‪#‎Chandler‬ look like to you? For some, it is creating a more walkable city! Don't forget! Vision Fest continues tomorrow with two scheduled Drop-In Charrettes:
- Friday, May 15: Airpark Drop-In Charrette, 10 a.m. to noon, Transportation and Development Building, south Atrium Conference Room, 215 E. Buffalo Street
 - Friday, May 15: North Arizona Avenue Drop-In Charrette, 3 to 5 p.m., Chandler community Center, Room #101, 125 E. Commonwealth Avenue ‪#‎ChandlerGenPlan‬

For more details, visit: http://www.chandleraz.gov/GPupdate
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#‎VisionFest‬ kicks off today with the Downtown Drop-In Charrette and Vision Workshop! Complete this questionnaire to let us know what you want in ‪#‎Chandler‬'s future: bit.ly/ChandlerVision
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Join us this week for #VisionFest! With work underway to update #Chandler’s General Plan, residents and stakeholders are invited to participate in a series of events and activities May 12 through 16 as part of ‘Vision Fest’.
 
There are events planned for most days this week. Tomorrow, there will be a Vision Workshop, from 6-8 p.m. at the Downtown Library, and a Drop-In Charrette, from 3-5 p.m. at the Downtown Police Station Community Room, 250 E. Chicago St.
 
State law requires cities to readopt or update their General Plans at least once every 10 years.  The current General Plan was adopted by the City Council and ratified by voters in 2008.
 
Collaboration and broad meaningful involvement from the community are critical to the success of developing the General Plan update. While the project may seem to be in its early stages, significant work has already been completed, including the development of a discussion paper titled Chandler Today, Foundation for Tomorrow.  This paper offers various development trends and regional impacts, serving as a “discussion starter” for the planning policy considerations that will be discussed during Vision Fest. The paper is available for review online at www.chandleraz.gov/gpupdate.
The Chandler General Plan Update will build upon the community's strong vision and Chandler's long history of quality planning. The update process will result in the revision of the current plan (November 4, 2008) through Council adoption and voter ratification. Due to Chandler's maturing nature ...
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{Library summer reading programs bring out the hero in all of us}: This summer, be a hero and use the super power of reading to save yourself from the evil clutches of boredom. Sign up for the annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) at the four Chandler Public Libraries, which begins on June 1, and runs through Aug. 1, 2015. The program is sponsored by the Maricopa County Library District and this year’s slogan is “Be a Hero @ Your Library!”
 
There are four SRP categories for all ages – from parents and their young children (pre-readers under age 5) to young readers (ages 5 to 11), teenagers (ages 12 to 17) and adults (age 18 and older). By reading, playing games, going to library events and experiencing community activities, participants collect badges and earn points they can redeem for some great rewards. Prizes include free food (Chipotle and more), books, toys, and a chance to win a GoPro camera (Teens) or an iPad Mini (Adults).
 
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to fill your summer with stories of adventure, mystery, thrills, chills, comedy, romance and more. It doesn’t matter if you are turning pages, scrolling on a screen or listening to a narrator tell the tale, you will earn one point for every minute you record in your reading log. If you aren’t sure what to read, Chandler Library staff is more than happy to provide reading recommendations, and book lists can be found online at www.chandlerlibrary.org/book.  
Start your summer reading adventure now! Register for an account so you're ready to start logging your reading on June 1. Sign up at any Chandler Public Library or online at www.chandlerlibrary.org/srp.
In addition, each of the four Chandler Public Libraries are hosting free Summer Reading Program Kickoff events, starting with Hamilton Library from 9 a.m.-noon on May 30. Sunset Library will hold their kickoff event on June 1 from 9-11 a.m., the Downtown Library on June 4 from 2-4 p.m., and the Basha library from 2-3 p.m. on June 5.
Check out the event calendars at http://www.chandlerlibrary.org for information on these and other summer activities, or call 480-782-2800.
 
You can also show support for the summer reading program through social media by posting photos of what you are reading on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and using the hashtag #CPLHeroes
 
Chandler Library Summer Reading Program Categories
• Every Hero has a Story!  Summer Reading Program for Pre-Readers (under 5 years old)
• Every Hero has a Story! Summer Reading Program for Readers (ages 5-11)
• UNMASK!  Summer Reading Program for Teens (ages 12-18)
• Escape the Ordinary!  Summer Reading Program for Adults (ages 18+)
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{City planners hear from residents, students at ‘Vision Fest’}: Planners charged with updating the City’s General Plan held a series of activities and meetings last week to solicit feedback from residents and stakeholders about the future development and redevelopment of the City.
 
Participants attending ‘Vision Fest’ elected to attend drop-in meetings focused on five areas of #Chandler or at topically-based vision workshops. Discussions centered on the best way to leverage Chandler's assets for the future. Hot topics included potential of future light rail; defining housing balance and composition (e.g., what is the best mix of and location for single-family detached residences versus denser condo and multi-family units); making the City more bike and walk friendly; and enhancing trail and recreational amenities.
 
The Planning team also asked the next generation of residents what their hopes and dreams are for Chandler. Nearly 500 students in grades 5 through 11 provided their thoughts on what they want Chandler to be when they grow up.
 
State law requires cities to readopt or update their General Plans at least once every 10 years. The current General Plan was adopted by the City Council and ratified by voters in 2008. Input from the community will help Chandler plan some of the City’s last growth areas, including the municipal airport, the Price Road Corridor, and potential redevelopment along North Arizona Avenue, among others. 
Those who were unable to attend Vision Fest are encouraged to visit http://bit.ly/ChandlerVision to participate in a visioning questionnaire and follow the project and comment online at www.chandleraz.gov/gpupdate.
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{Operation Back To School Chandler seeks donations, sponsors}: Donations and sponsors are needed for #Chandler’s annual citywide drive to supply disadvantaged students with backpacks, school supplies, shoes, socks, underwear and uniforms.
 
Now in its third year, Operation Back to School Chandler helps hundreds of Chandler families who struggle to provide basic school supplies for their children each year.
 
“This drive ensures that all children will start the school year with the supplies they need to learn and be successful,” said Kevin Hartke, Chandler’s Vice Mayor and Director of For Our City-Chandler, the organization coordinating the supply drive in partnership with the City. “This effort is not about any one organization or person, but about families and community coming together for the benefit of our children.”
 
There are opportunities to be involved on many levels, including sponsorships, hosting a drive at work, making a financial contribution, donating supplies or volunteering. Information on how to get involved is available online at www.backtoschoolchandler.org and includes a list of supplies needed for various grade levels ranging from pre-school to high school.
 
Donations will be accepted beginning June 1 through July 15 with a list of locations to be posted online by June 1. Donation sites will also be collecting shoes, uniform tops (red shirts are most common) socks and underwear.
 
For those unable to shop for supplies, cash donations can be made online. A $30 donation will supply a child with a backpack filled with spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, erasers, highlighters, markers, index cards, crayons, glue sticks, filler paper, folders, construction paper, composition books, dry erase markers, colored pencils, a pencil case and ruler.
 
Local businesses and organizations can get involved by contributing funding at a number of different sponsorship levels. Contact niki.tapia@chandleraz.gov for more information, or call 480-782-2214.
 
The drive will culminate in a July 18 event at Chandler High School where the backpacks and donated items will be distributed to needy elementary, middle and high school students.
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We thank all of you for your service, #Chandler Police Department! National Police Week 2015 is Sunday, May 10 through Saturday, May 16. Tomorrow is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. ‪#‎NationalPoliceWeek‬ ‪#‎ThankACopDay
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