Here are 12 events to help you get through the dog days of summer — all without leaving the Chandler city limits.
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9/3: Kids’ Yoga
Sumits Yoga Chandler will offer an introductory yoga class for children ages 5-10. The 80-minute session will incorporate music, storytelling, yoga games, art and lots of physical activity to introduce kids to the benefits of yoga in a fun, nurturing environment. Bring a yoga mat and comfy clothes.
Details: 4 to 5:20 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. Sumits Yoga Chandler, 4080 W. Ray Road, Chandler. $10 drop-in. sumits-yoga.com/chandler/classes.
9/7: Book Lovers Group
This monthly Book Lovers group is flexible in allowing participants to read what they want and still have a common thread with the rest of the group. Attendees introduce themselves, decide on a theme and are free to read any book that fits within the genre. Book Lovers meet the first Thursday of every month in the Citrus Room at the Chandler Downtown Library.
Details: Thursday, Sept. 7, through Thursday, Dec. 7. 1 p.m. Thursdays. Chandler Public Library – Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800, chandlerlibrary.org.
9/8: Color Me Badd
Color Me Badd is an R&B vocal group hailing from Oklahoma City who reached success with hits like ‘I Wanna Sex You Up’ and ‘All 4 Love.’
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. $29-$79. 800-946-4452 ext. 7370, www.wingilariver.com.
9/8: The Cosmonauts Sketch Comedy Show
The Cosmonauts Sketch Comedy Troupe has been entertaining audiences throughout the Valley with their live sketch comedy show for the past five years and are returning to The (SIC) Sense Theater for a third time. Join them as they address such hard-hitting topics as exorcisms, Swedish box stores, band competitions, butt doubles, finger guns and the national legalization of marijuana. Shows contain mature content and are only suitable for audiences 18 and over.
Details: Friday, Sept. 8, through Saturday, Sept. 9. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The [SIC] Sense Theatre, 1902-9 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix. $12. thesicsense.com.
9/9: Fourth Annual Chesshelps Tournament
This annual chess charity event is organized by Chandler high school student and National Chess Master Prateek Pinisetti. Proceeds go to Chandler Basis School and KIVA, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people via lending to alleviate poverty.
Details: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. BASIS Chandler, 4825 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. $25 advance; $30 Sept. 6-8 (by 7 p.m.); $35 day of event. www.chesshelps.org.
9/10: Camelback Collectables Coin Show
The Camelback Collectables Show is the longest continuously running monthly coin show in metro Phoenix. The show is for those looking to add to their collections, invest in silver or gold bullion, or are new to collecting. Residents interested in selling a collection can visit multiple dealers at one time to get on-the-spot cash offers.
Details: 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. American Legion Post 35, 2240 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Free. 480-821-0002, www.legionpost35az.org.
9/16: Rockin Taco Street Fest
The sixth annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest will feature creative tacos including fish, shrimp, chicken, carnitas, carne asada, veggie and more from two dozen local restaurants. The event will also feature live entertainment, extreme midget wrestling, taco eating competitions, a salsa competition, low rider car show, margarita hut with flair bartending, mariachi bands, ballet folklorico dancing and a kids play zone.
Details: 12-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. $10-$75. 480-782-2709.
9/22: Chef Robert Irvine Live
This high-energy, multimedia and multi-sensory theatrical experience is more than just a cooking demo; audience members are in for an interactive show that provides multiple opportunities for audience participation while witnessing the challenging nature of the hit TV show, “Dinner: Impossible.”
Details: 8 p.m Friday, Sept. 22. Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. $39-$79. 800-946-4452 x7370, chefirvine.com.
9/23: Pushcart Players: The Velveteen Rabbit, Reborn
Enjoy this musical retelling of one of America’s favorite storybooks. The Velveteen Rabbit follows a young boy who uses love and a little nursery magic to transform his beloved plaything into a real rabbit. The boy and the rabbit embark on exciting imaginary adventures where they learn the true meaning of friendship.
Details: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. $10. 480-782-2680, www.ticketmaster.com/event.
9/23: Dragonfly and Butterfly Bash
Dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies flutter over the wetland habitats at Veteran’s Oasis Park during the late summer. Celebrate these beautiful insects while enjoying guided nature walks, hands-on crafts, and presentations available for all ages. Nature walks are approximately 20 minutes in duration over easy terrain, schedule announced the day of the event.
Details: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. City of Chandler Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler. Free. 480-782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov.
9/17: The Ultimate Willy Wonka Party
Alamo Drafthouse is holding a special screening of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factor, with a full Q&A after the screening with actors Paris Themmen, who played Mike TeeVee, and Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt. Each member of the audience will also receive a special edition Wonka poster signed by Paris and Julie.
Details: 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Chandler, 4955 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Call for prices. 520-213-8129.
9/30: A Taste of Greece of Chandler
Join the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church for a weekend celebration with traditional Greek foods, pastries, Greek music, costumed folk dancing, Greek imports and a Kids Fun Zone.
Details: 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday. Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 1. St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 2716 N. Dobson Road, Chandler. $3; free for children under 12. www.ATasteofGreeceAZ.com. 480-899-3330, www.st-katherine.org.
9/17: Chandler Mariachi & Folklorico Festival
The 18th Annual Mariachi and Folklorico Festival will once again delight audiences with the music and traditional dances of Mexico featuring dynamic folkloric dancers and outstanding and popular mariachi groups.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. $25-$45. 480-782-2680, www.chandlercenter.org.