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April 25, 2012

Chandler Centennial festivities in May include Cinco de Mayo, Relay for Life, National Train Day, and three Celebration Weekend events

Chandler Centennial LogoChandler’s 100th birthday is almost here, and the month of May features several events that exemplify the unique heritage, culture and tradition of the community. The festivities culminate in the Centennial Celebration Weekend, May 17-19, 2012.

The annual Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 5 includes the exciting and popular Chihuahua dog races. Fiddle artist, Peter Rolland, is featured in the season finale performance for the Chandler Symphony on May 6. The impact of the railroad on Chandler’s development is celebrated at the Arizona Railway Museum on National Train Day, May 12 at Tumbleweed Park.

The organizers of these events, and the others listed below, applied for and received the Official Centennial Event designation from the Centennial Steering Committee. A complete listing of Centennial events for the entire year is at

May 2012 Official Centennial Events
  • May 1-31 (Mondays through Saturdays)
    Years Gone By – A Decade in Retrospective: Invitational Artworks 
    Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago Street
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
    Free Admission
    For more information and to register call 480-782-2695 or visit

  • May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Wednesdays)
    Tumbleweed Recreation Center Family Nights
    Presented by the Chandler Recreation Division
    745 E. Germann Road
    5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Ages 1 to 12: $2 for Residents/$3 for Non-Residents
    Ages 13 to 17: $3 for Residents/$5 for Non-Residents
    Every Wednesday Tumbleweed Recreation Center host Family Night for kids of all ages. Each Wednesday’s activities vary from theme nights to arts and crafts to performances and much more. For more information call 480-782-2908 or visit  

  • May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (Thursdays)
    Chandler Farmers Market
    Presented by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership
    Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Avenue
    3 to 7 p.m.
    Free Admission
    Come experience homemade and farm grown foods and vegetables available for purchase. In addition, various other trinkets, jewelry, crafts, pictures and more are on sale from local businesses and artists. For more information call 480-855-3539 or visit

  • May 5
    Cinco de Mayo Festival & Chihuahua Races
    Presented by the Si Se Puede Foundation
    Downtown Library Courtyard, 22 S. Delaware Street
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Free Admission; Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
    The annual Cinco de Mayo celebration honors the Hispanic community's many contributions to the City of Chandler. The festival also features the popular Chihuahua Races and the crowning of the King and Queen Chihuahua.

  • May 5
    Chandler Relief Society: A Century of Sisterhood and Service
    Presented by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
    Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue
    7 to 9:30 p.m.
    Free Admission
    Great women have always made Chandler a great place to live and raise a family. Women of all faiths are invited to gather and celebrate the work of one of Chandler’s oldest women’s organizations. Doors will open at 6 p.m. to enjoy displays of local service, homemaking skills and worldwide humanitarian aid. The program begins at 7 p.m. and will highlight 100 Years of Sisterhood and Service in the Chandler Relief Society. Following the program, please allow plenty of time to mingle with friends and enjoy refreshments!

  • May 6
    Chandler Symphony Orchestra: Fiddle Finale
    Presented by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra and the City of Chandler
    Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue
    3 p.m.
    Free Admission
    Chandler Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert with Fiddle Artist, Peter Rolland as he performs on the season's grand finale program. For more information, call 480-782-2680 or visit  

  • May 11-12
    Relay for Life Chandler
    Presented by the American Cancer Society
    Basha High School
    6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    Free Admission
    Relay for Life of Chandler is a community volunteer event sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Prior to and during the event teams raise money that is donated to the American Cancer Society to sponsor research and support services. Relay for Life is an overnight relay-style event, with the goal of each team to have at least one member circling the track to symbolize the fact that cancer never sleeps. Team members camp along the track and food, entertainment and fundraising opportunities are present for the duration. Highlights of the event include a survivor and caregiver lap and a memorable Luminaria ceremony. Relay is a life changing event. For more information, visit  

  • May 12
    National Train Day
    Presented by the Arizona Railway Museum
    Arizona Railway Museum, 330 E. Ryan Road (in Tumbleweed Park)
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Free Admission
    National Train Day is a celebration of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. Amtrak sponsors the event to commemorate that historic event and celebrate what passenger railroading has done for the country. While freight takes the majority of rail traffic, it is passenger rail travel that most people think of when they think about railroads. The Arizona Railway Museum opens all of its equipment so guests can see history up close and in person. Many of the cars in our museum are one of a kind or the last of their kind. For more information, visit

  • May 12
    Vision Kidz Workshop: Graffiti Art vs. Urban Art
    Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago Street
    10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
    Free Admission, Advanced Registration
    Come learn the difference between Graffiti Art and Urban Art as artist J. Pierce guides students in creating with bright, happy colors in a respectful and positive way. For more information, call 480-782-2695 or visit  

  • May 19
    Vision Kidz Workshop: Express Yourself!
    Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago Street
    10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
    Free Admission, Advanced Registration
    Arizona Photographer Joanne West leads students through technique and thought process that are used in creating unique photos. For more information call 480-782-2695 or visit

May 17-19, 2012 – Centennial Celebration Weekend

  • May 17
    Happy 100th Birthday, Chandler!
    City Hall Plaza, 175 S. Arizona Avenue
    4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Free Admission
    It's Chandler’s 100th birthday! Check out the new 50-year time capsule and plaque dedication; local entertainment and special speakers; see our community birthday cards and try a piece of the winning Centennial birthday cakes! Enjoy history and art exhibits. The Mayor will recognize Chandler centenarians and Birthday Cake Design Contest winners.  

  • May 18
    Happy 100th Birthday, Chandler!
    Historic Downtown Chandler, 3 S. Arizona Avenue
    4 to 10 p.m.
    Free Admission
    Enjoy a relaxed evening in downtown Chandler, where our City’s history began, with artists, music, food, history and more. Check out the expanded art walk and Farmers Market, and local entertainment. Pick up a Centennial neighborhood history cookbook, funded in part by the Arizona Humanities Council. Centennial sponsors