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SanTan Family Fun Arrives! Pick it up the first Saturday of each month in the center spread of the SanTan Sun News to plan your month.


Blake’s Miracle Festival, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., SWIMkids USA. The annual event benefits Cardon Children’s Medical Center and drowning prevention programs, and features a SWIMkid-a-thon and float-a-thon, silent auction and expo, face painting, a cake walk and a bounce house. All ages. Free to spectators; donations appreciated. 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa. 480-820-9109, www. blakesmiracle.org or www.swimkidsaz.com.


Family Bird Walk; tour starts every 30 minutes 8 a.m.-noon, Chandler Environmental Education Center. The Desert Rivers Audubon Society leads guided, one-hour treks through Veterans Oasis Park. Identify a variety of birds while exploring wetlands and desert habitats. Liberty Wildlife brings captive birds to view. All ages. Bring water and binoculars. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.


5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-67 Arizona Renaissance Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. and Sun. through April 3, seven miles east of Apache Junction on US-60. Visit a massive re-creation of a 16th century European market faire near the Superstition Mountains area. Twelve 12 stages of nonstop entertainment, a 30-acre circus, jousting with armored knights. Costumed knights, knaves, lords, ladies and hilarious jesters amuse visitors. Families enjoy clowns, animal performers, people-powered rides, silly games, stories, crafts and food vendors. All ages. $10-$22, free for ages 4 and younger; buy advanced tickets online or at Fry’s stores for a discount. Free parking courtesy of Fry’s. 520-463-2700, www.renfestinfo.com.


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Dogs Socialization Day, 8:30 a.m., Boyce Thompson Arboretum, located 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Well-behaved dogs on short leashes are welcome to join their owners for a guided dog socialization walk. Owners must pick up after their pets. All ages. $7.50 ages 13 and older, $3 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2723, http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.


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Free Sports Class: Beginners Edge Sports Training, LLC, (B.E.S.T.), owners of SoccerTots, Lil Sluggers, SlamDunkerz and Blitz’Em Football for kids ages 18 months to 6 years old, invites all SanTan Family Fun readers to try a class for free at the Fulton Ranch Towne Center or Chandler facilities or enroll for a full session and B.E.S.T. will waive the registration fee. Be sure to mention Code STFFISTHEBEST when you call 623-748-9453 to obtain a schedule and register. Valid for new students only. Info: www.thebestinaz.com.


6, 13, 20, 27 Sunday Stories, 2 p.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, located 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Learn about cacti and desert plants, take a hike and enjoy a snack after hearing a live reading of “Who Pooped in the Desert” on March. 6, “Coyote Places and Stars” on March 13, “Condor: Spirit of the Canyon” on March 20 and “How


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Family Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Enjoy themed recreational activities and entertainment each week: JumpStart Kids Fitness, March 9; St. Patrick’s Celebration, March 16; Spring is Here, March 23; Movie Night with popcorn, March 30. All ages. $2-$5. 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2900, www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.


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Sonoran Sunset Series, 6-7 p.m. Veterans Oasis Park. Experience an evening of entertainment by The Knockabouts, an Irish band, under the desert moon in the outdoor amphitheater. Refreshments available for purchase. All ages. Free admission. Located on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads in southeast Chandler. 480-782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.


Jackrabbit Got His Very Long Ears” on March 27. All ages. $7.50 ages 13 and older, $3 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2723, http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.


7, 14, 21, 28 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.


Weee Play, 11 a.m. Chandler Downtown Library. Jump, catch, freeze, toss and more during this high energy preschool program that encourages exercise, coordination, self-awareness and other development skills. Ages 3-5. Free. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. 480-782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.


Game Hall, 3-5 p.m. Sunset Library. Play Wii Sports, Guitar hero, Rock Band, Super Smash Brothers Brawl and more on a big screen. Ages 9-18. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.


8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 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.


8, 15-16, 22-23, 30 After School Crafts, 3:30-5 p.m. Chandler Downtown Library. Make a different craft each day, using crayons, scissors, glue sticks and paper. Snacks provided. Ages 6-11. Free. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. 480-782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.


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Bikes, Bounce & Boogie, 9-11 a.m.; subject to cancellation with inclement weather; Tumbleweed Recreation Center’s outdoor courtyard, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Enjoy a fun-filled morning of bikes, tricycles, pedal push cars, a bounce house and music. Ages 5 and younger with an adult; max of four children per adult. $2-$3. 480-782-2900, www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.


10, 17, 24, 31 Farmer’s Market, 3-7 p.m., Dr. AJ 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.


Mother Nature’s Storytime, 10 a.m. Chandler Environmental Education Center. Children explore nature through stories and activities. Be prepared to go outside. Ages 3-6. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.


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.


Nick the Guitar Guy, 11 a.m. Chandler Downtown Library. Listen to stories, sing songs with Nick the Guitar Guy. Ages 5 and younger. Free. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. 480-782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.


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Anime Club, 2:15-4:15 p.m. Basha Library. Participate in Anime conversation and impromptu Japanese lessons. Watch Anime and hang out with friends – old and new. Ages 12-18. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850, www.chandlerlibrary.org


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Little Seeds Playdate, 11 a.m. Chandler Environmental Education Center. Little ones enjoy unstructured play with others in a safe, nature-based area for kids, and parents meet other moms and dads. Beverages provided for adults. Ages 1-4 with a caregiver. $3-$5 per adult. Preregistration required. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.


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Ostrich Festival, 2 p.m.-midnight March 11, 10 a.m.-midnight March 12 and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. March 13, Tumbleweed Park. Along with ostrich races with human jockeys, ostrich-themed activities and ostrich fare, experience the thrill of a carnival with rides and games. Continuous live entertainment runs all day and night, boasting nationally known headliners on the Main Stage and favorite local bands performing on the Community Stage. See martial arts demonstrations and enjoy exhibits, interactive displays, a Kids Zone with petting zoo, medieval jousting and other activities. Vendors will sell arts, crafts, goods and services. For a complete schedule of activities and live entertainment, visit www.ostrichfestival.com. 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. 480-963-4571.


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Chess & Game Club, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Chandler Sunset Library. Tweens and teens test their wits and make new friends during informal Chess and board game play. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.


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17th annual Aloha Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tempe Town Lake. The event features music, dancing, entertainment, island crafts, games for families and Hawaiian food. All ages. Free admission. 620 N. Mill Ave.,


Tempe. 602-697-1824, www.azalohafest.org. 14


Greasepaint Youtheatre Audition Workshop, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Paiute Neighborhood Center. Ages 6-18 learn skills to help them audition for “School House Rock Live.” Brush up on your audition song and learn standard dance steps used at musical auditions. Dress for movement and bring a sack lunch. Auditions are March 20-21 and show dates are May 6-22. $50. 6535 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale. 602-889-7609, www.greasepaint.org.


Family Storytime, 7 p.m. Queen Creek Branch Library. Preschoolers to adults enjoy themed stories and songs. Tales of luck are presented on March 14 and pizza is the topic for March 28. Free. 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.


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“Canyon Condor,” 10 a.m. Chandler Environmental Education Center. Follow the story of Boo Boo, who hears stories about condors just like him. They lived 10,000 years ago in the Grand Canyon, but now they are endangered. Ages 5 and older. $6-$9. Preregistration required. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.


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Rhythm & Rhyme Music Time, 11:30 a.m. Chandler Sunset Library. Clap, stomp, and dance to the beat with music, bells, beanbags and more. Ages 2-5. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.


Storybook Kitchen, 3 p.m. Chandler Sunset Library. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by learning how to cook “Cat in the Hat” pancakes – then eat them. Ages 6-12. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.


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Erin Go Green, 9 a.m. Chandler Environmental Education Center. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by learning how to going green – eco-friendly green, that is. Ages 1-6 with a parent. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890.


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Build ‘n’ Play, 10:10 a.m. Basha Library. The library supplies the DUPLO blocks and children ages 18 months-5 years old supply the imagination to engineer creations. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850, www.chandlerlibrary.org


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Fly Fishing Lessons, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Veterans Oasis Park. Those ages 13 and older learn the basics of fly fishing through one-on-one attention. Fishing licenses required for those 14 and older. $19-$24. Preregistration required. Meet at Chandler Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.


So You Want to be a Writer, 10 a.m., Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near milepost 223. This interactive workshop is taught by renowned children’s writer Conrad Storad. Kids learn writing and analysis


skills and receive an autographed copy of Storad’s newest nonfiction work, “Rattlesnake Rules.” Ages 9 and older. $45- $52.50, includes admission to arboretum. Preregistration required. 520-689-2723, http://Arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.


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Kids Photography Workshop, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Boyce Thompson Arboretum, located 45 minutes east of Mesa on US-60 near Milepost 223. Through classroom and in-field shooting, learn simple camera functions such as shutter speed, aperture and lighting. Bring a camera, preferably digital, but disposable cameras are okay. Make sure batteries are charged and media cards are empty. Ages 7-15. $10 per child, $7.50 for accompanying adult. Preregistration required. 520-689-2723, http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.


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Greasepaint Youtheatre Audition, 5-9 p.m. by appointment. Ages 6-18 are welcome to audition for “School House Rock Live.” Dress for movement and be prepared to sing 16 bars of music. An accompanist will be provided. Show dates are May 6-22. Free. 7020 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. 602-889-7609, www.greasepaint.org.


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Beginners Edge Sports Training, B.E.S.T. at Fulton Ranch Towne Center in Chandler, begins its eight-week spring training sessions. The focus is on providing a fun environment for kids while teaching them how to play the sports that interest them, such as soccer, baseball and basketball. Schedule, info: 623-748-9453, visit www.thebestinaz.com.


Water Safety Awareness Day, 1 to 3 p.m. event, noon- 5 p.m. swimming, Hamilton Aquatic Center. Enjoy free swimming. Enter a raffle for a chance to win a voucher for free swimming lessons and other prizes (must be present to win). There will also be games, free popcorn, a water safety coloring activity and a Chandler Fire Department vehicle display. Chandler Aquatics staff will simulate a water rescue and provide CPR demonstrations and information on sun safety. Parents can learn how to properly fit a life jacket for their child or themselves. At 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., lifeguards swim test children to help determine which swim class they should enroll in this summer. All ages. Free admission. 3838 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2733. www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics.


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Bugs, Bugs, Bugs, 2 p.m. Hamilton Library. Make a dragonfly, butterfly or other buggy creature. Ages 5-12. Free. Preregistration required. 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2828, www.chandlerlibrary.org.


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Bubble Blast, 9-11 a.m. Tumbleweed Recreation Center’s outdoor courtyard. This soap-filled morning offers fun with bubble wands and machines in a safe atmosphere. Ages 5 and younger with an adult; max of four children per adult. Program is subject to cancellation with inclement weather. $2-$3. 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2900, www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.


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Astronomy Open House, 8-10 p.m., Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. Kids learn about the stars from experts and look through professional telescopes. Families also enjoy displays, demonstrations and other astronomy related activities. Ages 4 and older. Free. ASU is on the southwest corner of University Dr. and McAllister Ave. Park for free in Structure 2 at McAllister Ave. and Tyler St. Walk to the H Wing of the Bateman Physical Sciences Center (fifth floor/roof). 480-965-0665, 480-965-5081, astopenhouse@ gmail.com, www.astopenhouse.com.


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Bookhype, 2 to 3 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Teens evaluate YA books from more than 30 participating publishers. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, www.mcldaz.org.


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Feathered Friends Festival, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch. Highlights include more than 60 activities and exhibits centering on amphibians, reptiles, insects, wildlife, birds and more. Educational activities include crafts, games, hands-on learning and nature walks. All ages. Free admission, but $2 donation requested. 2757 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert. 480-503-6744, www.riparianinstitute.org.


Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek Family Rodeo, 1-6 p.m., Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre. Celebrate Queen Creek’s rural heritage with a truly western experience. Enjoy family-friendly contests and activities such as greased pig chases, money calf scramble, wild cow milking, calf dressing, carnival rides, pony rides, vendors, blacksmith displays, horseshoe contests, a petting zoo and more. All ages. Admission fee may apply. 20464 E. Riggs Rd., Queen Creek. 480-358-3700, www.queencreek.org.


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Chandler Old Town Days, noon-9 p.m. 5700 W. N. Loop Rd., south of Ahwatukee. A weekend of live music, food and western entertainment, with attractions priced two-for-one for Chandler residents. 480-502-5600, visit www.rawhide.com.


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Chandler Symphony Orchestra Concert, 3 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts. Listen to a professional concert for free. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680, www.chandlercenter.org.


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BUGORAMA, call for times and price, Firebird International Raceway. Experience America’s longest running VW event, with VW drag racing, the world’s largest VW swap meet, a show and shine and a vendor alley. All ages. 20000 Maricopa Rd., off I-10, Chandler. 602-268-0200, www.firebirdraceway.com.


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Baby Signs, 10:45 a.m. Chandler Sunset Library. Ages newborn to 4 years old with a caregiver enjoy music, stories, bubbles and basic baby signs. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.


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