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Spring into something new!
Tempe’s latest programming session helps you make the most of spring months
Posted Date: 2/27/2013
Denise Rentschler
Public Information Officer

TEMPE, Ariz. – The City of Tempe invites individuals and families to spring into something new and explore the hundreds of activities and classes offered during the Spring 2013 programming session. Course topics include: health and fitness; sports; books and reading; dance, music and theatre; arts and crafts; business and computers; boating; aquatics; adapted recreation; and special interest topics. Tempe’s quality programs are available for all ages and abilities at convenient times, locations and affordable prices.

The Spring 2013 Tempe Opportunities Brochure, complete with course descriptions and schedules, can be picked up at city facilities or viewed online at Registration is now underway for Tempe and non-Tempe residents.

Classes begin the week of March 18. Here are just a few of Tempe’s new and continuing offerings:

Tots (0-5):
Basic Art Skills, Parent/Child: Parents are invited to join this class with their toddlers ages 2 -4 as they develop basic art skills. Children will learn how to use art supplies and tools like glue, paint, markers, glitter and more as they develop fine motor skills and become prepared for future art classes.

Storybook Chef: Perfect for your mini Julia Child or Wolfgang Puck, Storybook Chef is a group of courses that will take your child on a journey through the kitchen while listening to a story. Each session will begin with a favorite children’s book, which then becomes the inspiration for the recipes your mini-chef will learn to make that day.

Youth (5-12):
Science Art Lab: Discover a world where art and science collide with this class that blends concepts like chemistry and colors. Students ages 6 to 9 will increase their scientific vocabulary and creativity by exploring evaporation, magnetism and color mixing and will answer questions about the chemistry behind paint-mixing and why materials such as clay harden over time.

Youth Sports: Tempe offers a variety of youth sports programs for your child’s inner-athlete. Whether your youngster wants to learn to play softball, basketball, football or golf, Tempe’s programs has something just right for kids of all ages and skill levels. Opportunities are available for youth in Pre-Kindergarten through High School and help develop participants’ abilities, learn teamwork and stay active.

Teens (12-18):
DSLR Photography Basics: If you have a DSLR camera that’s stuck in “automatic” mode, this class is for you! Learn the basics of using this camera through lessons that include different types of photography, shutter speed, exposure, composition, lighting, focal point and more. Students ages 16 and older will walk away with a better understanding of how to capture incredible images using their camera.

Creative Writing: Move beyond classroom essays and papers and get your creative juices flowing! Teens will review various forms of writing from celebrated authors included fiction, short stories and poetry. Through class exercises, writers will build skills for well-crafted fiction, such as character development, setting and themes.

Adults (18+):
Pilates Back Care: Perfect for anyone looking to get back in to shape or for those with back pain or injuries, this class will work at a slow pace to emphasize technique and proper alignment of the body. Exercises will focus on increasing spinal awareness and movement while strengthening all of the muscles of the back; as well as the deepest abdominal muscles attached to the lower back.

American Folk Art Crafts & Traditions: Many of today’s popular arts and crafts come from folk art traditions, and new forms of the style are constantly emerging. Go back to the basics of and learn the fundamentals of these new crafting techniques. This class will give students the opportunity to learn several skills including knitting, basket-weaving, rug-making, leather work and more.

Adults (50+):
Computer Classes: Trying to understand your computer a little better? A variety of computer classes are presented for Adults 50+, looking to learn the basics or brush up their skills in particular areas. Class topics include learning how to use a computer, exploring the internet, going wireless and searching Google.

Tai Chi: There are a variety of fitness opportunities from yoga to aerobics to help you stay active, including a brand new Tai Chi class. This class will help improve flexibility and strength as exercises emphasize balance, stability and breathing.

Adapted Recreation:
Special Olympics: Adults and youth ages 8 and older with intellectual disabilities are invited to join Special Olympics Arizona to learn sportsmanship and teamwork while achieving their personal goals! This season’s sports include kayking, powerlifting, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

Buddy Bowling: This unified bowling league is a fun program that provides a great way for athletes with and without disabilities to participate together! These sessions are held on Saturday mornings for participants ages 7 and older.

Registration can be completed online with any major credit card, via mail, by fax or in person. For more information about the Spring 2013 programming session, visit or call 480-350-5200.


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