Parks & Recreation Update for August 16, 2012
08/16/2012 | Dave Nash, Public Affairs Coordinator
Events Happening at Historic Yuma Theatre & Yuma Art Center
Historic Yuma Theatre and Yuma Art Center events, 254 S. Main St.
- Thursday, Aug. 23, the Historic Yuma Theatre hosts Thursdays at the Theatre - A Film Series by the AWC Foundation presenting a new film, "Prairie Love," a comedy-thriller. "From the frozen plains of North Dakota comes this wonderfully bizarre story about three people searching for love in the oddest way." Director Dusty Bias combines the Midwest's harsh winter landscape with exquisite production design to create a world seemingly frozen in time. The absurd humor and quirky onscreen oddities make the characters seem strangely lovable. The film starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are just $5 at the door and AWC/NAU student tickets are just $2.50 with a valid student ID.
- The City of Yuma Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission invites the community to submit nominations for the 2012 Tribute of the Muses Awards. Nomination forms are being accepted at the Yuma Art Center through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4. The person, persons, or group honored reflects acknowledged excellence in a chosen arts field, years of service in the local arts community, leadership, arts advocacy, or encouragement of others to become involved in the arts, or philanthropy. Nominees may be full or part-time artists, art teachers, leaders, supporters, or volunteers in the arts community. The awards ceremony will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Yuma Art Center, 254 S. Main St. For more information or to request a nomination form, please contact the Yuma Art Center at (928) 373-5202 or send an e-mail.
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.
Events Happening In A Park Near You
Day of Champions
This Saturday Arizona Western College will conduct their annual "Day of Champions," doing projects and cleanup at various facilities throughout the City.
Adult SportsASA Men's Class D 12-inch Slow Pitch Western National Tournament
This is a big deal - a tournament for the serious competitive softball player with a trip to nationals on the line. It all happens Aug. 31 through Sept. 3 at Kennedy Athletic Complex. Fee: $375.00 per team plus $24 ASA sanction fee. Registration ends Aug. 23 or until filled. For more information please contact the City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Department at 928-373-5243.Fall Slow Pitch Softball League (Men's, Women's and Co-Rec)
The season is Sept. 4 through Oct. 13, with games starting at 6:30 p.m. at various City softball fields. Registration ends on Aug. 23 or until the leagues fill. Fee: $370 per team plus $24 ASA sanction fee. For more information please contact the City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Department at 928-373-5243.Archery lessons for the Hunger Game-ish among us (or Olympics-inspired)
This class will teach ages 8 and up the sport of archery in a safe and fun way. Students will learn all the basic mechanics of compound bow shooting and range safety guidelines. Sign up now for one of these two classes on Aug. 25: 10 to 11:45 a.m. or noon to 1:45 p.m., both held at the North End Community Center, 1st Street and Gila in downtown Yuma. Fees apply and registration is required; parent or guardian must stay with children under 16.
Yuma Babe Ruth (Fall Baseball)
The season may be changing but here in Yuma we still play baseball! Yuma Babe Ruth fall season for 13- to 19-year-old players takes place 6 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays Sept. 3 through Nov. 15 at various city fields. Fee: $65. Register with Yuma Parks and Recreation.
Yuma Youth In-line Hockey League
Boys and girls ages 5-18 are invited to feel the rush of fast-paced in-line hockey. Season runs September through November with games played Monday through Saturday at Kennedy Hockey Rink. A special registration event will take place 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Yuma Civic Center. An original birth certificate is required at the time of registration for new players. Draft evaluation dates mandatory for all new and unprotected players unless it is approved in advance by the board. For more information, call Christal Ott (928) 502-0123 or Christy Land (928)246-8932 or go to www.yumahockey.com. (This link will take you to an external website that is not part of the City of Yuma official website.) Team Draft: Sept. 10 (High School); Sept. 11 (Pee Wee); Sept. 12 (Squirts); Sept. 13 (Mites). Draft held at Kennedy Hockey Rink at 5:30 p.m.; must have necessary equipment. Registration ends Sept. 6. Fee: $60.
Pools and Aquatics
Open Swim Hours
Valley Aquatic Center, 4381 W. 18th St.
With the beginning of the school year, regular summer pool hours for open swim have ended and starting this weekend Valley Aquatic Center will be open on weekends only, 1 to 5:45 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 30. Admission fees have dropped as well. Other pools are closed to open swim for the season, though some will host other programs.
Session III: August 6, Current session runs through Aug. 31, offering classes for a $4 drop-in fee (cash only) 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Monday through Friday at Kennedy Pool. All ages are welcome to get their hearts pumping to the Hot Latin rhythms of Aqua Zumba. This is a great way to get in shape while having fun the pool.
Take Pride In Yuma
There were 50 cases of graffiti abated this 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 Aug. 8-14:
- 50 incidents of graffiti were responded to and abated
- 259 rounds of golf played at Desert Hills and Desert Hills Par 3 golf courses
- 303 meals were served at Desert Hills Bar & Grill
- 22 events held at the Yuma Civic Center with an attendance of 904
- 150 games played which is inclusive of all sports
- 3 events held at the Yuma Art Center with an attendance of 354
- 187 event tickets sold for Art Center and Civic Center
- 143 ramadas, parks, and fields were used
- 728 customer service transactions
- 27 programs offered by Parks and Recreation
- 2,583 people attended Parks and Recreation programs