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Jan. 24, 2012

For information contact:         Hermelinda Llamas
                                 Special Events Coordinator

Official Chandler Centennial events continue in February

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Chandler’s yearlong birthday celebration continues in February
with a variety of special events that will help commemorate the City’s Centennial.
The events include an exhibit on Ann Frank, the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame
induction ceremony, a series of science events for students, a classic car show, and
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s 2012 State of the City address. The organizers of these
events applied for and received the Official Centennial Event designation from the
Centennial Steering Committee. A complete listing of Centennial events for the
entire year is at

February 2012 Official Centennial Events

   Wednesday’s, February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
    Tumbleweed Recreation Center Family Nights
    City of Chandler – Recreation Division
    5:30-7 p.m.
    Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd.
    Ages 1-12: $2 for Residents/$3 for Non-Residents
    Ages 13-17: $3 for Residents/$5 for Non-Residents
    Every Wednesday Tumbleweed Recreation Center host Family Night for kids of all age.
    Each week’s activities vary from theme nights to arts and crafts to performances and
    much more. For more information call 480-782-2908 or visit

   February 2-29
    The National Ann Frank Exhibit
    5:30-8:30 p.m.
    East Valley Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Road
    Free Admission
    The Anne Frank exhibit will feature the heroes of the Holocaust called Whoever Saves a
    Life. The exhibit recognizes those who risked their lives to save people during the
    Holocaust. In addition, the Faces of Tolerance exhibit will work with students to make
    masks symbolizing their views of tolerance. Tours will be done every 15 minutes and
    each group will be 15 guests at a time. Please visit to get your free ticket
    or for more information call 480-897-0588.

   Thursday’s, February 2, 9, 16, and 23
    Downtown Chandler Farmers Market
    Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP)
    3-7 p.m.
    Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Avenue
    Free Admission
    Come experience homemade and farm grown foods and vegetables available for
    purchase. In addition, various other trinkets, jewelry, crafts, pictures and more are on
    sale from local businesses and artists. For more information call 480-855-3539 or visit

   Friday, February 3
    Arizona Centennial Celebration Concert
    Chandler Symphony Concert Series
    Co-Presented with the Chandler Cultural Foundation
    8 p.m.
    Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue
    Free Admission
    This event is also an Official Arizona Centennial Event
    Chandler Symphony Orchestra will present a free Centennial celebration concert
    featuring music that reflects the rich heritage of the Southwest. Celebrate the Centennial
    Aniversary of Chandler and Arizona with Flamenco guitartist Chis Burton Jacome, Native
    American flutist Arvel Bird, composer Frank Darmiento and Chandler Celebration Choir.
    For more information call 480-782-2680 or visit

   Tuesday, February 7
    Centennial 100 Day Countdown Kickoff Party &
    Mayor Tibshraeny’s 2012 State of the City Address
    5:30- 8:00 p.m.
    Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Avenue
    Free Admission
    Join our kickoff party as the Mayor announces the Birthday Cake contest winner,
    Birthday Weekend Program cover design winner, the Centennial Scholarship, and the
    start of the Whiskerino Contest. You can also bring in your items to be placed in the
    community time capsule that will be dedicated on May 17.

   Saturday, February 11
    8th Annual Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
    Presented by the Chandler Historical Society
    11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m
    Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue
    Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door
    The Chandler Sports Hall of Fame honors athletes, coaches, teams, and administrators
    who have brought fame and recognition to Chandler through athletic achievement. A
    committee of coaches, athletic directors, and former Hall of Fame inductees select each
    year’s Chandler Sports Hall of Fame class. Past inductees include boxer Zora Folley,
    professional football player Adam Archuleta, professional baseball player Cody Ransom,
    professional basketball player Lindsay Taylor and the 2003 Chandler National Little
    League team. For more information visit
   Saturday, February 11
    Museum: Science Saturdays
    Presented by the Chandler Museum
    Noon – 4 p.m.
    Tumbleweed Ranch at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd.
    Free Admission
    Chandler Museum presents a 12-acre ranch that features a collection of historic homes,
    active planting fields, unique agricultural equipment and animals within Tumbleweed
    Park. It serves as a living classroom engaging learners of all ages in an outdoor setting
    to connect with science, history and the art of farming. The science experiments are held
    on the porch of the restored McCroskey House. Obtain more details by calling 480-782-
    2717 or visiting

   Tuesday, February 14
    Basha Elementary School 4th Grade Annual Concert
    6:30-7 p.m.
    Basha Elementary School, 3535 S. Basha Road
    Free Admission
    This annual music event will feature students playing recorder, singing, and some
    presenting dramatic text. Songs and speakers will highlight Arizona, Chandler and the
    Centennials for both.

   Friday, February 17
    Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman
    Desert Dance Theatre
    Co-Presented with the Chandler Center for the Arts, the City of Chandler, and the
    Chandler Unified School District
    8 p.m.
    Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue
    Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior adults, and $5 for students
    Sister Moses: The story of Harriet Tubman is a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s
    determination to free her people from slavery through Underground Railroad. She was
    one of America’s first liberated women of color, who fought against all odds for the sake
    of freedom and equality. Our goal is to bring light to the incredible accomplishments of
    Harriet Tubman, the anti-slavery activist. This powerful dance drama features dance,
    narration, African drumming, strings, and a chorale ensemble, creating a unique blend
    that highlights the most important episodes of Harriet Tubman’s life. For more
    information email

   Thursday, February 16
    Chandler Tech Crawl
    Part of the Chandler Science Spectacular
    5:30 p.m.
    Various locations in Chandler
    Free Admission
    Some of the biggest names in science are opening their doors to families during the
    Chandler Tech Crawl. Microchip and Air Products, along with the laboratories at
    Chandler's Innovations Incubator are hosting an open house. Get the inside scoop on
    how the future is being created in our own backyard. For more information, visit

   Friday, February 17
    DCCP Art Walk - A Night of Art & Science
    Part of the Chandler Science Spectacular
    Downtown Chandler Community Partnership
    6-10 p.m.
    Historic Downtown Chandler, 3 S. Arizona Avenue
    Free Admission
    Technology meets the arts as Downtown Chandler transforms its monthly third Friday Art
    Walk into a creative look at the science behind the food and drink, beauty, art and
    invention around us. Participate in discussions, exhibits, hands-on activities, shows and
    tours of the science behind candle making, glass blowing, oil painting, wood burning,
    clay molding, tea, beer, wine and pottery making, kids crafts, and more! For more
    information call 480-855-3539 or visit or

   Saturday, February 18
    Chandler Science Saturday
    Part of the Chandler Science Spectacular
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Multiple Downtown Locations
    Free Admission
    Science converges in downtown Chandler in a Saturday extravaganza, featuring
    interactive demonstrations and activities by Chandler’s technology companies,
    Gangplank and the most inventive student STEM projects. Chandler’s Science Saturday
    will showcase student work at the Chandler Center for the Arts from 9 a.m. to noon,
    technology demonstrations at Gangplank from 9 a.m. to noon, along with interactive
    booths and activities showcased along Commonwealth Avenue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For
    more information, visit

   Saturday, February 18
    Chamber Orchestra Enchantment
    Chandler Symphony Chamber Series
    Co-Presented with the Chandler Cultural Foundation
    2 p.m.
    Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue
    Free Admission
    Chandler Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert featuring conductor Jack
    Herriman as he chooses some of his favorites to share. For more information call 480-
    782-2680 or visit

   Friday-Sunday, February 18-20 and 24-26
    19th Annual Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout
    Presented by the Chandler Horizon Rotary Club
    10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Place
    Free Admission
    Chandler Horizon Rotary, Thorobred Chevrolet, GoDaddy & Crowne Plaza San Marcos
    Golf Resort Presents the 19TH Annual Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout. This exciting
    event runs for three consecutive weekends from February 18 to March 3. Players make
    a $1 charitable donation per shot for a chance to win daily prizes such as rounds of golf,
    golf clubs, restaurant gift certificates and other great items each day of qualifying. In the
    $1 Million Finals, each of the 5 holes placed in the Finals green is matched with a
    fabulous cash prize, new car, new truck, or $1,000,000 in cash! For more information,

   Saturday, February 19
    Arizona Senior Olympics Swimming Competition
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Drive.
    Free Admission
    Seniors compete for medals and bragging rights as they swim various styles and
    distances. The Games are open to anyone over fifty, regardless of residency and are
    held in venues throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Arizona Senior
    Olympics is a program of the Arizona Lifelong Fitness Foundation, a non-profit
    organization dedicated to promoting and implementing fitness programs and activities for
    people fifty years and better. For more information, visit

   Saturday, February 25
    Chandler Classic Car Show
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Historic Downtown Chandler, 3 S. Arizona Avenue
    Free Admission
    A family-friendly event featuring cars, music, cars, a kids zone, cars, arts and craft
    vendors, cars, food and beverage vendors, cars, static police and fire department
    displays, and cars! This highly popular event includes more than 250 pre-1980 vehicles,
    representing both car clubs and individuals. Proceeds benefit youth organizations in the
    community. For more information, call 480-389-7709 or visit

A complete list of upcoming Centennial events in March and the rest of the year is at


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