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SWIMkids USA is ‘Best Swim Class’
The Best Swim Class in Phoenix is SWIMkids USA in “top picks” in their city. Parents’ Picks businesses starting with infants and continuing through swim
Mesa, says Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect, the online were nominated based on recommendations from team.
resource for parenting advice and community, which Nickelodeon’s local city editors that live and work in Whitehead speaks at conferences around the
recently allowed parents to pick the best of their local the cities they cover, in conjunction with the sites’ world on the benefits of swimming on early brain
communities with its second annual Parents’ Picks user feedback. User votes development and has
Awards. ultimately determined the integrated those philosophies
SWIMkids USA was Phoenix’s winner for Best winning venues in 30 different into SWIMkids USA’s
Swim Class following online voting earlier this year. categories. curriculum.
SWIMKids and other 2009 award winners will be SWIMkids USA was founded “From its Mesa location,
featured on ParentsConnect throughout the year. in 1971, formerly as Swimfants, by Lana Whitehead kids exercise their brains as well as their bodies in
The Parents’ Picks Awards identifies winners in 52 after she taught her infant to swim. SWIMkids USA swim, gym and dance lessons, preparing themselves
major U.S. cities in categories including best museum has grown to one of the largest swim schools in the for academic learning,” says publicist Britt Kimball.
for families, best toy store, best playground/park country, teaching more than 50,000 students over SWIMkids USA, Inc. is located at 2725 W. Guadalupe
and more. Users voted for nominees online at www. the years. SWIMkids USA emphasizes water safety, Rd. in Mesa. Call them at 480-820-9109 or visit to determine the a highly trained staff and individualized attention,
Smiling Sydney’s Squad strolls for diabetes
Win a Lexus through CEF
Tickets for the annual luxury car raffle sponsored
by the Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) are
Submitted photo
now available for purchase, and the lucky winner
WALK TO CURE: Seven-year-old Sydney Jardina of Southern
will receive a 2010 Lexus IS250 C, a red two-door,
Chandler, second from left, and her friends, far left, Luke,
Hannah and Adam, walked together during the recent
four-seat convertible valued at $45,000. The car is on
Walk to Cure Diabetes at Tempe Town Lake. They were
exhibit at the Chandler Fashion Center. all members of Sydney’s Squad, a team of 35 walkers
The raffle supports CEF’s Vision: College Bound
who participated on her behalf. Sydney was diagnosed
Scholars program and other foundation-funded
at age 4 with Type 1 diabetes, and this was her third
year walking for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,
programs in the Chandler Unified School District.
Desert Southwest Chapter’s annual event. Sponsored by
Raffle tickets are $20 and can be purchased, the Oct. 31 walk raised $1.5 million towards
at the display in front of Sears at Chandler
a cure, with the Internet domain company’s team of 800
Fashion Center, at any school or online at
contributing $125,000; Bashas’ gave $45,000; Sonora
Quest Laboratories raised $90,000; and Discover Financial
Services raised $30,000. Other supporters included Gila
River Indian Community, Western Refining and Angel
Winter Registratationion Underwaway!
Registration is now open for residents and non-residents for all winter programs and classes.
The Break Time magazine outlining all classes for December-February is available at City
facilities, libraries and recreation centers and at
Woofstock is Today at Tumbleweed Park! Santa Activities for Kids!
Woofstock, “The Great Chandler Dog Walk,” returns for the second Have Santa call your kids: Surprise your child (ages 3-6) with a
year at Tumbleweed Park, today from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring the family phone call from Santa! Pick up a “Santa’s Calling” form (due by
for a morning of dog-friendly activities, contests, music, prizes and Dec. 8) at any Chandler recreation center or www.chandleraz.
more! For information, visit gov/special-events. Calls will be made Dec. 13-17.
Holiday Expo at TRC
TRC Polar Express
Enjoy a night of story telling, crafts and cocoa as the
Tumbleweed Recreation Center will host a free “Holiday
Tumbleweed Recreation Center recreates the North Pole u
Expo” on Wednesday, December 2 from 4-8 p.m. during the
for a night of magic on for Thursday, Dec. 17 from 6-8 p.m. Join
weekly Family Night. This event will feature local businesses
excited children ages 3-7 and parents as they wait for Santa exc
showcasing their products and selling gifts. The TRC’s
ClausCl . There is a $2 fee per child ($3 for non-residents). For
“Frosty” mascot will be available for photos with kids for
more information,m visit
a small fee to benefi t the Mayor’s Youth Commission.
Lunch With Santa
TRC Family Nights
Children ages 3-8 can enter the holiday coloring contest
“Family Night” is every Wednesday at Tumbleweed Recreation on
to win a lunch with Santa at the Elephant Restaurant on
Center throughout December from 5:30-7 p.m. It features a
Saturday, Dec. 19 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Contest forms are
different activity each week and is only $2 for children ($3 non-on-
available at Chandler recreation facilities and at: www.
residents); parents are free. You can view the schedule at . All entries are due by Monday, Dec. 7. or call 480-782-2900.900
Social Media Update
Parade of Lights
If you haven’t signed up for the monthly Chandler Recreation
The Parade of Lights and 53rd annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting event e-newsletter, you can receive it in December by registering at this
in downtown Chandler is Saturday, Dec. 5 from 4:30-9 p.m. Bring the link: Thank you to everyone
family for music, food and a visit to Santa’s House, which will also be held who is following us on Twitter @ChandlerRec, and you can also
Thursday, Dec. 10, 6-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 12 & 19, noon-5 p.m. fi nd “Chandler Recreation” on its new Facebook Fan Page.
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