Parks & Recreation Update for May 3, 2012
05/03/2012 | Dave Nash, Public Affairs Coordinator
Events Happening at Historic Yuma Theatre, Yuma Art Center, Yuma Civic Center, Desert Sun Stadium
Historic Yuma Theatre and Yuma Art Center Events, 254 S. Main St.
- "King of Devil's Island," a thriller from Norway, is the next movie in the ongoing Thursdays at the Theater series presented by the AWC Foundation. This true story based on the brutal conditions in the Bastoy Boys Home correctional facility in Norway features Stellan Skarsgard. This gripping movie airs Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 or $2.50 with a valid AWC/NAU student ID.
- Yuma Orchestra Association presents: "Concerto Classics" at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Historic Yuma Theatre. Experience the Twinklers, String Ambassadors and AWC Civic Orchestra as they perform orchestra repertoire by Beethoven, Sibelius, Grieg and Faure. Tickets are $10 each for general admission; $15 per couple, $5 each for students, seniors and military; free for children 12 and under; they are available at the Yuma Art Center front desk during business hours or at the door.
- Infinite Imagination Youth Theatre presents Disney's "101 Dalmatians Kids" 7 p.m. Friday, May 11 and Saturday May 12 at the Historic Yuma Theatre.In a loving home in the city of London, Dalmatian parents Pongo and Perdita happily raise their Dalmatian puppies until the monstrous Cruella de Ville plots to steal them for her new fur coat! Join us for an adventurous evening. Tickets are $5 each for reserved seats, and are available at our ticket outlets and online.
- Current exhibits in the Yuma Art Center: "Steven Wallace: Exotic Places/Colorful People." This beautiful and colorful exhibit of Wallace's outstanding photography will run through June with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. on May 17 in the Central and South Galleries. In the West Gallery, the Lettuce Days exhibit featuring a wide variety of media including paintings, glass, and photography - the exhibit runs through April. In the North Gallery, Ellen Wagener's, "Way Out West: Arizona Landscapes." This exhibit of finely wrought pastel landscapes runs through April. For more information about these and other exhibits and events at the Yuma Art Center or Historic Yuma Theatre please call 373-5202.
Purchase tickets at our ticket outlets, online at www.yumaaz.gov/events, or call 373-5202 (Art Center/Theater) or 373-5040 (Civic Center) for more information.
Camp Awesome! is coming to Yuma this summer for children ages 6 to 12 to experience days full of sports, games, activities, swimming, field trips and much more. Camp days are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, conveniently scheduled for working moms and dads, and you can sign up for one, two or all three sessions so it's convenient for any summer vacation you may have planned. Location is Gila Vista Junior High School, 2245 S. Arizona Avenue. Sign up now, as space is limited. Fee is $130 per session, plus a one-time $10 registration and camp T-shirt fee. Sessions will be held June 11-21; June 25 through July 11 (no classes July 2-6); and July 16-26. For more information please contact the City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Department at 373-5243 or go online at www.YumaAZ.Gov/parksandrec .
Summer Series Sand Volleyball Tournaments - Leapin' Lizards
One good thing about the warm weather - it's sand volleyball season. Enjoy the weather and have an exciting time with friends while participating in the Leapin' Lizards volleyball tournament, 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 12 at Kennedy Volleyball Courts, on Kennedy Lane north of 24th Street. This is the first of three in the summer series of sand volleyball tournaments scheduled. Ages 14 and up may participate. Register now at the City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Department for $30 per 4-person co-rec team - the registration price goes up to $40 if you wait until the day of the event, so call and sign up soon in person at City Hall or by phone at 373-5243.
Some bugs can make you go "ewww!" but others are very useful and some are even fun. Learn all about them as Stacey Bealmear of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension guides folks of all ages (parent or guardian must attend with children under 13) through the diversity of insects that live in our area. You'll learn about bugs that crawl, bugs that fly, bugs that swim and more. It's free to attend, taking place 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Friday, May 11 at Gateway Park, Ramada 37. The event will remain wheelchair assessable.
The sport of archery is here and ready for your shot at the bull's-eye. This class will teach ages 8 and up (parent/guardian must stay with children under 16) basic mechanics of compound bow shooting and range safety guidelines. Class takes place either 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. or noon to 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the Yuma Readiness and Community Center, 24th Street and Araby Road. Sign up now for $15 or just $10 if you are a City resident.
Summer Youth Sports Clinics
Summer is here and what a better way to spend your summer days than trying a new sport. The coaching staffs of this summer's sports clinics are ready to teach basic fundamentals of soccer, dodgeball, basketball, football and cheerleading to ages 5 to 14 in any or all of three sessions this summer - all in the air-conditioned Yuma Civic Center. Times vary between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays though Thursdays, depending on the program. Sessions are: June 4-14; June 18-28; July 2-12 (except July 4); July 16-26. Each session is $39 per person or $27 for city residents. Register now with Yuma Parks and Recreation.
Teen Programs: 5-on-5 Flag Football for High Schoolers
All high school students are invited to take part in the 5-on-5 Flag Football High School Regional Championship, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at Kennedy Athletic Complex, 23rd Street and Kennedy Lane. Cost is 10 per participant. 5-on-5 flag football is coming back and this tournament will be bigger and better. Teams from all over the region will meet for a night of fun but intense competition. Sign up today with Parks and Recreation.
Adult and Senior Activities
- Arts and Crafts
- Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 30
- Time: 9 a.m. to noon
- Location: North End Community Center
- Age: 50 and up
- Monthly Fee: $19; $13 with City resident credit
- Season Fee: $55; $37 with City resident credit
- Daily Fee: $2
- Aqua Zumba
- Aqua ZUMBA is an intense aerobic and body sculpting class set to hot Latin rhythms, incorporating range of motion, balance and resistance, while easy on the joints and bones. Don't be fooled, your heart will pump and your body will burn butter ... then your face will smile and you will find yourself looking forward to the next workout. Two of Yuma's funniest instructors, Misty from KTTI and Cindy, will be the perfect party hostesses to your Aqua Zumba party in the pool. Sessions are held 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through June 1 (no program May 28) at Marcus Pool, 5th Street and 5th Avenue. All ages are welcome. Fee: $4 daily drop in (cash only).
Spring/Summer Activities Guide
Activities Guide Now Available; Registration for All is Under Way
Time to plan your spring and summer! The Spring/Summer Activities Guide is available online and in any Parks and Recreation facility, and registration for all is under way now. Additionally, you can download the guide and print or save the PDF document to your computer for easy reference. Old favorites such as swimming lessons and the Fairy Party return, while new programs such as Camp Awesome make their debut. For questions or more information about the programs mentioned within, call Parks and Recreation at 373-5243.
Take Pride In Yuma
There were 33 cases of graffiti abated the period of April 25 - May 1. This compares with 23 cases the prior reporting period. Graffiti cleanup and vandalism currently costs the Yuma taxpayers over $200,000 per year. Please help us reduce vandalism by reporting incidences of crime to 78-Crime (782-7463) and graffiti to the Graffiti Busters hot line, 329-2828. If you witness a crime in progress, call 911.
Parks and Recreation This Week
Activities for the week of April 25 through May 1:
- 33 incidents of graffiti were responded to and abated
- 961 rounds of golf played at Desert Hills and Desert Hills Par 3 golf courses
- 571 meals were served at Desert Hills Bar & Grill
- 22 events held at the Yuma Civic Center with an attendance of 7,304
- 157 games played which is inclusive of all sports
- 1 events held at the Yuma Art Center with an attendance of 352
- 127 event tickets sold for Art Center and Civic Center
- 278 ramadas, parks, and fields were used
- 1,817 customer service transactions
- 31 programs offered by Parks and Recreation
- 4,125 people attended Parks and Recreation programs