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SanTan FAMILY FUN

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Chandler’s Cinco de Mayo

Festival, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Chandler Public Library Courtyard. Chandler goes to the dogs with Chihuahua Races and the crowning of the King and Queen Chihuahuas. Enjoy music, entertainment, activities and refreshments in celebration of the Hispanic Community. All ages. Free admission. 22 S. Delaware St., downtown Chandler. 480-782-2735.

Children’s Day, or Día de los Niños, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Chandler Downtown Library. This health fair is sponsored by Arizona IPA and includes free health screenings, cooking demos, music, dancing performance by SíSe Puede, crafts, local schools’ robotic club demos and more. All ages. Free. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. 480-782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.

Meet the Creature, 11 a.m.

Chandler Environmental Education Center. Children get up close to live animals each month, while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation during this interactive program. Ages 2-6. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.

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Pajama Yoga Class, 6 p.m. Joyful Yoga. Parents are invited drop their kids ages 5-10 off for a 90-minute yoga and story time session. Children should wear comfortable pajamas or workout clothing. $12 per child. 3900 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-726-6399. www.joyfulyogastudio.com.

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Spring Concert Series, 6:30-8:30

p.m. SanTan Village in the SanTan Plaza north of Harkins Theatre. Listen to the sounds of Chuck E Baby on May 1; Apple playing a Beatles tribute on May 8; Raun Alosi’s classic rock, disco and R&B tunes on May 15; the ‘80s music of Shining Star on May 22; and Cold Shott’s soul, blues, funk and jazz music on May 29. All ages. Free. 2218 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. 480-792-1500.

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Target’s 3 For Free, noon-5 p.m. Get

free admission to Mesa Contemporary Arts center, Arizona Museum of Natural History and Arizona Museum for Youth. Activities include interactive exhibits and special engagements. All ages. MCA: 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500, www.mesaartscenter.com; AzMNH: 53 N. MacDonald St., Mesa, 480-644-2230, www.AzMNH.org; AzMY:

35 N. Robson, Mesa, 480-644-2467, www.arizonamuseumforyouth.com.

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Mother’s Day Book Adventure,

3:15 p.m. Chandler Sunset Library. Make a craft for mom during this after-school storytime. Ages 3-8. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2840, www.chandlerlibrary.org.

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GameHall, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Chandler Downtown Library. Play Rock Band, Wii Sports, Super Smash Brothers Brawl and more on a big screen. Ages 10 and older. Free. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. 480-782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.

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Pre-K Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Preschoolers have fun with flannel board rhymes, dancing, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 3-5 with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.

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Arizona Snakes, 4-5:30 p.m. Chandler Environmental Education Center. See real snakes and learn how to protect yourself from the squiggly creatures. Watch a snake eat. Ages 7 and older with a parent. $8-$10. Preregistration required. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.

Lego Club, 3:30 p.m. Chandler Sunset Library. The library supplies the Legos and kids supply the imagination to engineer creations. Ages 5-12. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2840, www.chandlerlibrary.org.

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Wiggle Worms, 10:30 or 11:15 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Tots have fun with flannel board rhymes, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 18 months-3 years with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.

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Art Adventures, 4 p.m. Chandler Downtown Library. Explore Picasso and learn about his unique style. Then, make a masterpiece to take home. Ages 6-12. Free. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. 480-782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.

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Farmers’ Market, 3-7 p.m. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. Visit more than 30 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet food and handmade crafts. Free admission. 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-855-3539, www.downtownchandler.org.

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Celebrate May, 9:30 a.m. Chandler Downtown Library. Celebrate the month with stories, special events, songs and crafts. Learn about Mother’s Day, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Cinco de Mayo. Ages 5 and younger. Free. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. 480-782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.

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Auditions for “The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast,” 5 p.m.

May 7 and 9 a.m. May 8 for ages 8-11; and 7 p.m. May 7 and 11 a.m. May 8 for ages 12-18. East Valley Children’s Theatre. Read from script, sing and dance. No advanced prep necessary; dress for movement and bring a photo of yourself. Free. 4830 E. Main St., Mesa. 480-756-3828, www.evct.org.

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Brain Time, 10 a.m. for ages newborn-23 months, 11:30 a.m. for ages 2-3, 1 p.m. ages 4-5. Sunset Library. Parents spend quality time interacting with children to develop early literacy skills, encourage brain development and prepare kids for success in school. Free. Preregistration required. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2842, www.chandlerlibrary.org.

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National Train Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Arizona Railway Museum. Tour railcars currently under restoration that are not normally open to the public along with other locomotives in the park. See what the inside of a working caboose looks like and maybe get a ride in it. Go into the cab of a Baldwin diesel locomotive where guests can blow the horn. All ages. Free. 330 E. Ryan Rd. in Tumbleweed Park, Chandler. www.azrymuseum.org.

Explore Nature, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Veterans Oasis Park. See a variety of native plants and animals on a leisurely guided tour of the park’s desert and wetland habitats. All ages. Free with a suggested donation of $5. Located at the northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads, Chandler. 480-782-2890.

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Queen Creek Peach Festival,

7:30-4 p.m. with chef demos at 10 a.m. and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. May 8-9 and 15-16. Schnepf Farms. Enjoy the Peach Pit Toss, the Pie Eating Contest, peachy gunny sack races and $2 train rides through the orchard. Shop for farm- fresh produce in the Farmers Market and watch celebrity chef demonstrations. Sample 20 different peach-based gourmet foods for just $2. For $10, get an unlimited ride wristband and ride the roller coaster, honeybee adventure, giant slide, swinging lady bugs and the train. U-pick organic veggies cost $1.50 per pound, and peachy pancake breakfasts are available for $7-$9. All ages. Admission is free. 22601 E. Cloud Rd., Queen Creek. 480-987-3100, www.schnepffarms.com.

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Mother’s Day: See Page 45 of the SanTan Sun News for activities, or visit www.SanTanSun.com and click on “Neighbors.”

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Lego Kit Club, 4:30 p.m. Basha Library. The library supplies the Legos and kids supply the imagination to engineer creations. Ages 5-12. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850, www.chandlerlibrary.org.

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Meet the Creature, 4 p.m. Chandler Environmental Education Center. Youths get up close to live animals from around the world, while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation during this interactive program. Ages 6-13. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.

Concert, 7-9 p.m. Freestone Park. Listen to the jazz, blues and rock sounds of Digital Blues under the stars. All ages. Free. 1045 E. Juniper Rd., Gilbert. 480-503-6200.

Kamping Kids, 11:30-1 p.m. Chandler Environmental Education Center. This workshop uses games and contests

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“Cinderella” 7 p.m. May 14-15, 3 p.m. May 16. Chandler Center for the Arts. Ballet Etudes performs this classic rags to riches fairytale. All ages. $10-$15. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Tickets: 480-782-2680, www.chandlercenter.org; info: www.balletetudes.net.

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Baby Time, 10:30 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Introduce baby to books, songs and fingerplays. Ages newborn-20 months. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.

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Fly-tying, 9 a.m.-noon. Chandler Environmental Education Center. Learn to tie flies for fly fishing through one-on-one instruction. Ages 12 and older. $22-$25. Preregistration required. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.

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Summer Reading Kick-Off, 10:30

a.m., Southeast Regional Library. Get excited about the summer reading program with stories, songs and fingerplays. Ages 5 and younger. Free tickets distributed to first 75 occurs 20 minutes prior to program. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.

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Downtown Chandler Art

Walk, 5-9 p.m. Children can take part in a free children’s art project, see various art in galleries, purchase jewelry or just enjoy the sights and sounds of the historic downtown Chandler area. This is a free event sponsored by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. 480-855-3539, visit www.downtownchandler.org.

Historical Tour, 5 p.m. meet 10 minutes prior to tour. A member of Chandler Museum leads visitors on foot through historic downtown Chandler and discuses the stories about town during the 1920s and ‘30s. Stroll down San Marcos Place and Boston Street and learn about

Arizona Reptiles, noon-1 p.m. Chandler Environmental Education Center. Join the Arizona Herpetological Association for an intriguing presentation on fascinating reptiles. See live snakes, chuckwallas and more. All ages. $6-$8. Preregistration required. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.

to teach children basic camping skills for a safe, enjoyable experience. Learn to camp and hike with minimal impact on the environment. Activities include walking a short trail, hanging a “bear bag,” pitching a tent and packing a backpack. Ages 7-16. $8-$10. Preregistration required. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.

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the town’s founding, the cotton crash and how the railroad impacted the area. All ages. Free; preregistration is required. Meet at the Starbucks at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. 480-782-2751, www.chandleraz.gov/history.

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Star Party, 7-10 p.m. Veterans Oasis Park. Members of the East Valley Astronomy Club bring their telescopes to help visitors explore the night sky. Check the sky as program will be cancelled if cloudy. All ages. Free with a suggested donation of $5. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.

Pirate Storytime, 10:15 a.m. Chandler Sunset Library. Become a pirate and enjoy stories with mateys Lisa and Trish. All ages. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2840, www.chandlerlibrary.org.

Fishing Basics, 4-5:30 p.m. Veterans Oasis Park. Ages 7 and older learn casting, baiting and more. $12-$15. Preregistration required. Meet at Chandler Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.

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Noise Guy, 10 a.m., Southeast Regional Library. Sound impressionist Charlie Williams, the “Noiseguy,” kicks off the summer reading program for ages 6 and older. Listen to him imitate bubbles, flushes, squirts and more. Drippy, splashy, slobbery stories come to life out of his toy box. Free tickets are distributed to first 350 20 minutes prior to program. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.

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Build ‘n’ Play, 10:15 a.m. Chandler Sunset Library. The library supplies the DUPLO blocks and children ages 3-5 supply the imagination to engineer creations. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2840, www.chandlerlibrary.org. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80
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