Parks & Recreation Update from May 10, 2012
05/10/2012 | 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.
- 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 at www.yumaaz.gov/events.
- Thursday, May 17, Yuma Fine Arts Association presents, "Stephen Wallace: Combined Arts," exhibit opening reception, 5-7 p.m. This outstanding photographer presents the best of his latest works from his travels from around the world. These gorgeous, over-sized works reveal the diversity and complexity of life in nature and in human contexts in all its inherent beauty. Also on display, works by Linda Calahan, Adair Bentley, Josue Santana, and Mickey McLean, all winners from the recent 2011 Yuma Artists Annual. This event is free and open to the public.
- On Friday, May 18, the Yuma Art Center and our local flourishing artists' community hosts the North End Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. in businesses, gallery spaces, and studios throughout the Historic North End. Over 30 locations are participating in this free event, including the Yuma Art Center, the Mexican Consulate, the Sanguinetti House Museum, Tompkins Pottery, and Yuma Fine Arts. Dozens of local artists will showcase their work in ceramics, jewelry, prints and canvases, calligraphy, photography, glass, and mixed media. However, the North End Art Walk isn't just about visual art - also featured is Yuma Community Theater and great music on the street. Strolling through downtown galleries and businesses, participants will be treated to light hors d'oeuvres and beverages as they experience the art and mingle with friends. For more information on the North End Art Walk, please contact the Yuma Art Center at 373-5202, send them an email, or stop by 254 S. Main Street in Historic Downtown Yuma. The North End Art Walk is presented by the City of Yuma Arts and Culture Commission.
- Saturday, May 19, Arizona Classical Ballet presents, "An Enchanted Evening." This fundraiser will feature classical music and Arizona Classical Ballet dancers. For more information, contact Terri Irizarry (928)366-7913 or Erika Farrar-Romanyuk (928)446-3648. The event runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and tickets are just $20.00.
- Currently showing in the upstairs Gallery 254 in the Yuma Art Center are works from the Community Intervention Associates, "The Lived Experience," celebrating Mental Health Month 2012. The exhibit runs through May 31. This exhibit is open free to the public.
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.
Adult Sports: Men's 12-inch Softball Home Run Hitting Contest
The Men's 12-inch softball home-run hitting contest takes place 6:30 p.m. May 25 at Sanguinetti Athletic Field, 3rd Street at Avenue A. Competition includes divisions in lightweight, middleweight, heavyweight, and super-heavyweight. Registration takes place April 9 through May 24 for $4 or $7 on-site per division after May 24.
Adult Sports: Arizona/California Men's 16-inch Slow-Pitch Softball State Tournament
The Arizona/California Men's 16-inch Slow-Pitch Softball State Tournament takes place in Yuma May 26-27 at various City softball fields. Format: Round robin play followed by championship playoffs. Registration: April 9th through May 17. Fee: $235 per team plus the $24 ASA sanction fee. Register in person or by mail with Yuma Parks and Recreation.
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.
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.
Outdoor Recreation: Summer Kayak Trip
Let's kick off the summer with an adventurous kayak trip down the Colorado River, beginning 8 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at Gateway Park. . Be cool and explore the river as you have never done before and if it gets too hot just take a dip in the cool water. A delicious carne asada lunch will be served upon completion of the trip. Age: 10 and Up (Parent / Guardian must stay with children under 16). Fee: $28.
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).
Teen Programs: 6 on 6 High School Dodgeball Tournament
Ready! Set! DODGEBALL! Wow, a night of fun with high-school-age friends playing dodgeball, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the inline hockey rink at Kennedy Park, on Kennedy Lane north of 24th Street. This tournament will be fast, fun, and furious. Sign your teams up now and get ready for an event you won't forget. Fee: $5 per participant. Open to all high school students.
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
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 37 cases of graffiti abated the period of May 2-8. This compares with 33 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 May 2-8:
- 37 incidents of graffiti were responded to and abated
- 631 rounds of golf played at Desert Hills and Desert Hills Par 3 golf courses
- 611 meals were served at Desert Hills Bar & Grill
- 17 events held at the Yuma Civic Center with an attendance of 788
- 189 games played which is inclusive of all sports
- 2 events held at the Yuma Art Center with an attendance of 384
- 201 event tickets sold for Art Center and Civic Center
- 292 ramadas, parks, and fields were used
- 2,208 customer service transactions
- 26 programs offered by Parks and Recreation
- 3,827people attended Parks and Recreation programs