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Kiwanis invites kids to shoot and score in summer soccer camps July 8, 2009

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Kiwanis Recreation Center, 6111 S. All America Way, offers boys and girls ages 5 to 10 years old a chance to develop sound fundamental soccer skills in two four-day Indoor Soccer Camps in July.

Corona del Sol Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Dan Salas will help participants learn the rules and strategies of soccer while emphasizing dribbling, passing, headers and shooting.

The camps will be held at the Kiwanis Recreation Center’s 23,000 square foot multi-purpose gymnasium. Each camp session is $95 and will be from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 20- 23 (15911) or July 27-30 (15912). Advance registration is required.

Camp participants should bring their own size 4 or 5 ball and wear loose fitting clothing and tennis shoes. Each participant will receive a camp T-shirt.

For more information or to register, visit www.tempe.gov/kiwanis or call 480-350-5201 or 480-350-5050 TTY

Savor summer with six months of savings at Kiwanis Recreation Center July 8, 2009

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Kiwanis Recreation Center, 6111 S All America Way, provides residents looking to stay active with an irresistible opportunity this summer.

From July 1 through Sept. 30, guests that purchase an unlimited use six month fitness card for $154 will receive their choice of one of the following passes at no extra charge: 20 punches for lap swimming, eight punches for water fitness or a youth or adult wave pool season ticket.

The Kiwanis Fitness Center features various fitness tools that include cardiovascular and strength equipment, free weights, stability balls, tubing and bands. Packages are available with no contract or joining fees for various levels of use. New users can inquire at the front desk to receive two free weeks of unlimited use.

For more information, visit www.tempe.gov/fitness or call 480-350-5201 or 480-350-5050 TTY.

Tempe Community Center Offers Weekend Activities March 17, 2009

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North Tempe facility features fitness center, computers and more

Families in need of cost-effective and fun weekend diversions can turn to the North Tempe Multi-Generational Center for ideas to keep everyone happy. The facility, 1555 N. Bridalwreath St., is located in north Tempe near Scottsdale and McKellips roads. Weekend offerings at the center include everything from fitness equipment and pool tables to a computer lab and board games.

The Tempe Public Library Resource Center, located inside the facility, is a place for learning, research and fun. With a free Tempe Public Library card and a no-cost membership to the North Tempe Multi-Generational Center, patrons can make use of 14 Internet-accessible computers, a small book collection and activities for kids.

The facility’s Fitness Center, which is open to patrons 16 and older, includes 11 pieces of cardiovascular and strength training equipment. It is equipped with four TVs and FM radio receivers for patrons to plug in their own headphones. A North Tempe Multi-Generational Center membership is required for use.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley offer two rooms of fun through their Youth and Teen centers. The drop-in offerings include pool tables, an air hockey table, pingpong and board games. Patrons need a Boys & Girls Clubs membership, which is $20 per school year. Children ages 5-18 are welcome in the Youth and Teen centers.

Additional programs include YMCA volleyball teams and city-led toddler classes on Saturdays. YMCA and city class fees apply. Other fun weekend activities include Family Bingo Night on Friday, March 27, from 6-7:30 p.m., and Family Movie Night on Friday, April 24, from 6-8 p.m. The North Tempe Multi-Generational Center’s weekend hours are until 8 p.m. Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-6 p.m. Sundays. Center memberships are free and open to residents and non-residents.

Unaccompanied children are welcomed in the facility with these guidelines: Boys & Girls Club (age 5+); computer lab (age 6+); and Fitness Center (age 16+). The facility’s Senior Center is closed on weekends, but for more information on weekday programs and services there, please call 480-858-6510.

For more information on weekend activities or anything else at the North Tempe Multi-Generational Center, call 480-858-6500 or visit www.tempe.gov/northtempe

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule City of Tempe Arizona November 23, 2008

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City of Tempe Arizona

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

City of Tempe Thanksgiving holiday schedule

TEMPE, Arizona – In observance of Thanksgiving Day, the City of Tempe will close all administrative offices on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov.
28.

Emergency services will be unaffected by the holiday, and residential and commercial recycling/solid waste collection will take place under normal operating hours. Bus service will operate according to holiday/Sunday schedules on Nov. 27 only. The Tempe Transit Store will be closed.

PARKS AND RECREATION
Tempe Beach Park will be open from 5 a.m. to midnight. Tempe Town Lake will be open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tempe. The Rio Salado Operations Center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 but will be open on Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday Nov. 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kiwanis Recreation Center, 6111 S. All-America Way, will be closed (480-350-5201). Kiwanis Park Batting Range will be closed. (480-350-5727). The Jaycee Splash Playground, 715 W. Fifth St., (480-350-5200), the Esquer Park Splash Playground, 2407 E. McArthur Dr., (480-350-5200), Beach Park Splash Playground, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, (480-350-8625), the Clark Park Swimming Pool, 1730 S. Roosevelt St (480-350-5203), and the McClintock Swimming Pool, 1830 E. Del Rio Dr. (480-350-5202), are all closed for the season.

LIBRARY AND CULTURAL CENTERS
The Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd., will be closed (480-350-5500). The Tempe Historical Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., will be closed (480-350-5100). The Petersen House Museum, 1414 W. Southern Ave., will be closed (480-350-5151). The Edna Vihel Center for the Arts, 3340 S. Rural Rd., will be closed (480-350-5287). The Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, will be closed (480-350-2822). The Lounge at TCA, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, will be closed (480-350-2822).

COMMUNITY CENTERS
The Escalante Multi-Generational Center, 2150 E. Orange St., will be closed (480-350-5858). The Westside Multi-Generational Center, 715 W.
Fifth St., will be closed (480-858-2400). The Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., will be closed (480-350-5211). The North Tempe Multi-Generational Center, 1555 N. Bridalwreath St., will be closed (480-858-6500). The Cahill Senior Center, 715 W. Fifth St., will be closed (480-858-2420).

GOLF COURSES
Ken McDonald Golf Course, 800 E. Divot Dr., will be open sunrise to sunset (480-350-5250). Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 N. Mill Ave., will be open sunrise to sunset (480-350-5275).

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers to perform at Destination: Tempe light rail opening event November 22, 2008

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Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers to perform at Destination: Tempe light rail opening event

Entertainment, family activities and free rides to mark light rail’s debut

Tempe, Arizona – What’s there to do in the Valley once the presents are unwrapped and the holiday leftovers have been gobbled up? Party in Tempe, of course!

The city is gearing up for a major celebration in conjunction with the opening of light rail on Saturday, Dec. 27, and has arranged a terrific lineup of entertainment to mark the occasion. Destination: Tempe includes the light rail grand opening, the Insight Bowl, Insight Fiesta Bowl Block Party, APS Fantasy of Lights, P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and other fun celebrations of the season.

Residents across the Valley will mark the opening of the new 20-mile light rail system with parties along the alignment on Saturday, Dec. 27.
That day in Tempe, there will be free celebrations at five of the city’s nine light rail stations, with a centerpiece community party from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. near the new Tempe Transportation Center at Fifth Street and College Avenue. The new Tempe Transportation Center also will be celebrated Dec. 27, alongside the light rail festivities. As the transit hub of Tempe, the center serves local and regional bus patrons and, starting in late December, light rail riders.

Arizona band Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers will headline Tempe’s main light rail station celebration from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. In addition, the Chris Parker Project will play two sets on the main stage from 2-3:45 p.m. Chuck E. Baby and the Allstars will play from 10 a.m. to noon, and Ringo McLennonSon will play from noon to 2 p.m. Fireworks over “A”
Mountain will wrap up the day starting at 5:30 p.m.

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers’ well-known passion for green causes makes the band an especially good fit for Tempe’s biggest light rail celebration, which will focus on environmental sustainability. Clyne, an Arizona State University alumnus, started The Refreshments in the 1990s, which evolved into Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. Current band members include Clyne, P.H. Naffah, lead guitarist Steve Larson and bassist Nick Scropos. Their latest CD, Turbo Ocho, was released in March. More information about the band is available at http://www.azpeacemakers.com. A downloadable photo of the band is available at Tempe’s Web site, http://www.tempe.gov/newspix/RogerClynePeacemakers.jpg.

The Chris Parker Project, headed by Mix 96.9 FM disc jockey Chris Parker, is a popular cover band that performs the work of diverse artists from the country, hip-hop and rock genres. CPP’s unique sound includes a lively horn section and the powerful voice of lead singer Chris Parker. More information about the band is available at http://www.chrisparkerproject.com.

Chuck E. Baby and the Allstars is a lively Arizona cover band – more information is at http://www.chuckebaby.com. Ringo McLennonSon is a local Beatles tribune band – more information is at http://www.ringomclennonson.com.

Beyond the tents and attractions at Tempe’s largest party Dec. 27, there will be parties from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the light rail stations at:
Priest Drive and Washington Street; Third Street and Mill Avenue; Dorsey Lane and Apache Boulevard; and Apache Boulevard and the Loop 101.

From Dec. 29 through Jan. 15, the Tempe Rail Rewards program will allow shoppers to collect 10 punches from participating businesses and be entered into a drawing for prizes such as a $250 US Airways gift card, tickets to the upcoming Childsplay production of Busytown and more. The drawing will take place Jan. 16. For more information and to get an entry form, visit http://www.destinationtempe.com. For questions, e-mail business@tempe.gov or call 480-858-2059.

Just a few days after riding the rail, head over to Sun Devil Stadium on Wednesday, Dec. 31, to cheer on the Big Ten and Big 12 teams playing at the 20th annual Insight Bowl. The game kicks-off at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.insightbowl.org. Football fans can continue the festivities at the Insight Fiesta Bowl Block Party on the night of Dec.
31 in the Mill Avenue District. More than 100,000 revelers are expected to attend Arizona’s biggest and best midnight countdown event.

All things Destination: Tempe can be found at http://www.destinationtempe.com – check the site for updates each week until the event.