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Parks & Recreation
Engaging residents and visitors in diverse opportunities to live, invest and play in the community

Parks & Recreation
5970 W. Brown St.
Glendale AZ  85302
623-930-2820

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CAPRA
Glendale Parks and Recreation is Nationally Accredited.
CAPRA provides quality assurance and quality improvement of accredited park and recreation agencies throughout the United States. CAPRA is the only national accreditation of park and recreation agencies, and is a valuable measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management, and service to the community.
 

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Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival performers with guitars and harmonica Entertainment and Vendors Needed for Folk & Heritage Festival!
The Folk & Heritage festival is an annual event celebrating folk music, its history and culture. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22 in 2015. If you have a musical group, perform storytelling, poetry or a cultural program that would be a great fit for this event, or if you would like to be a vendor, click here to download an application.
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Registration Begins for More Than 100 Classes
Friday, Aug. 1
Glendale Parks and Recreation offers more than 100 classes  for adults, teens and youth in the areas of arts, cooking, fitness, sports, wellbeing, music, dance and personal development.  Registration begins Aug. 1.  All the class information can be found in the Glendale@Play magazine available by clicking here or the Glendale libraries, Glendale Adult Center and the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center. 

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Before/After School Recreation Programs Start Again for the School Year
G.R.A.S.P. (Glendale Recreation After School Program) is a licensed recreation program, which provides a variety of activities for children ages 5 to 13 such as arts and crafts, recreation activities, guest speakers and much more. Click here for details.

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Chef's hat Kent Cooks! with You
6 to 8:30 p.m., various dates, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Kent McDonald, certified personal chef, is here to help you master a few basic cooking skills, learn a few tricks of the trade and start to enjoy cooking in your own kitchen. Register for one or all of the specialty cooking classes, including Healthy French Cooking (Nov. 5); How To Cook Fish (Nov. 10); and Girl’s Night In! (Nov. 17). Click on class titles for details.
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Halloween costumes - wizard and witch Not So Scary Halloween Luncheon
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Join your fellow ghosts and goblins for this Glendale Adult Center annual favorite. Enjoy a morning of fun, food and entertainment by “Scary Mary.” Click here for details.
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Golf ball Golf 101
11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturdays for 4 weeks beginning Nov. 1, or 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays for 4 weeks beginning Nov. 5, at the Glen Lakes Municipal Golf Course, 5450 W. Northern Ave.
This course is designed to teach everything you need to play in just a few lessons. Ages 18+. Click here for details.
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Zumba logo Zumba!
Various times, dates, and locations
Classes for all ages provide a fun way to get in shape. The Adult Center offers Zumba (Drop-in) and Zumba Gold (Drop-in), while the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center offers Zumba, Zumba Kids, and Zumba Kids Jr. Click on class titles for details.
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Paint palette Yes I Can Paint! – Acrylic Painting
6 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 4-25, at Gallery Glendale at Westgate, 9380 W. Westgate Blvd., D-109
Your instructor will guide you step-by-step as you complete a painting in just one fun and exciting class! No experience is required. Click here for details.
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Child singing Singing
Wednesdays for 5 weeks beginning Nov. 5, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
This program is full of fun methods that will allow students to learn proper voice technique. Classes include Singing for Little Stars (5:30 to 6:15 p.m., ages 4-7), Super Singers (6:30 to 7:15 p.m., ages 8-14), and Adult Singing (7:30 to 8:30 p.m., ages 18+). Click on class titles for details.
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Legs wearing cowboy boots dancing Country Partner Dancing
6:45 to 7:35 p.m., Wednesdays for 6 weeks beginning Nov. 5, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Learn to dance the basics of Two-Step! No partner needed. Ages 15+. Click here for details.
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Red velvet curtain Teen Acting
5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursdays for 4 weeks beginning Nov. 6, at the Brelby Theatre Company, 6839 N. 58th Ave.
(Ages 13-18) Level 1 for first-time students is designed to teach new actors and to push established actors to the next level. Level 2 for returning students includes scene study and character building, improv, musical theater, movement for the actor, stage combat, etc. Click here for details.
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Baseball, bat, and glove Lil’ Sluggers Baseball
Held for 6 weeks on Saturdays beginning Nov. 8, at Oasis Park, 79th Ave. & Utopia
This course introduces fielding, throwing, hitting, base recognition and overall motor skill development to children ages 2-6. Parental assistance is required for the 2-3 year old classes only. Please bring a baseball glove and baseball tee. Each session lasts 45 minutes with ages 2-3 playing at 9 a.m. and ages 3-6 playing at 10 a.m. Click here for details.
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Thanksgiving cupcakes decorated with Pilgrim hats Thanksgiving Cupcakes
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Learn to make cupcakes and discover the exciting and unusual ways to decorate them using fondant. Cupcakes will be taken home. Click here for details.
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Teapot pouring into a cup How to Host a High Tea
12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9 at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
Learn the history and elegant charm of High Tea. Enjoy tea tasting with scones accompanied by whipped cream and award-winning preserves made from scratch. Bring your own teacup. Click here for details.
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Microgreens Microgreens
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at the Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Microgreens are certain vegetables and herbs harvested young that can be grown in containers either indoors or out. Learn about the nutrient value of each microgreen and what you need to know to harvest and enjoy these fast growing, highly-nutritious foods in less than two weeks. Click here for details.
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Fingers playing a guitar Guitar
Mondays for 6 weeks beginning Nov. 10, at Gallery Glendale at Westgate, 9380 W. Westgate Blvd., D-109
Learn the basics of guitar playing. No prior experience required. Student will be required to provide their own guitar. Classes include Guitar For Little Hands (6 to 6:45 p.m., ages 4-7), Beginning Youth Guitar (6:45 to 7:30 p.m., ages 9-14), and Beginning Guitar (7:30 to 8:15 p.m., ages 18+). Click on class titles for details.
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Baby Child Care & Babysitting Workshop
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center, 5600 W. Union Hills Dr.
(Ages 12-18) Learn safe and fun ways to babysit and care for children. Class covers CPR, first aid, techniques for active children and how to have a successful babysitting adventure. Bring a sack lunch. Click here for details.
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Historic Main House Museum Tour
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays–Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m., Sundays,
in September at Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave.
Enjoy a trip back in time. Learn about the house built between 1891 and 1898, the history and the people who lived there.  Please note that tours are closed in August. For more information about these free tours, click here.

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glendale adult center Discover the Glendale Adult Center
Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday-Friday, 5970 W. Brown St.
The Glendale Adult Center offers a variety of programs and activities for adults. Fitness programs and center, billiards, traveling, games, lunch program, classes, clubs, computer access, special events and so much more can be yours. Take a tour today. For information, click here.
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image of a present Looking for Great Gift Ideas?
Don’t give an impersonal gift card!
Have a niece that loves “Dancing with the Stars?” A dance class is perfect. Have a friend going to France? A French language class will be appreciated. Give your friends and family something they can learn and enjoy for years to come. Classes make great gifts that are and thoughtful and fun. Think of the people in your life and match them with the right class here!
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Gallery Glendale logo Visit Gallery Glendale!
6 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday nights
Gallery Glendale at Westgate, 9380 W. Westgate Blvd.

This gallery features a sampling of Glendale’s art collection, along with art exhibits, events and classes.  For details, click here.
View the grand opening video here.
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Sports Organizations in Neighborhood Parks
Many of Glendale's 55 neighborhood parks have become destination points for youth and adult sports organizations. These parks are generally not designed for such use.  Read more...

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Experience Nature at Thunderbird Conservation Park
Come discover the peace, serenity and beauty at the Thunderbird Conservation Park wildlife viewing blinds located at 59th Avenue and Melinda Lane in Glendale. Check out the video now.

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We provide a variety of recreation, educational and social activities for Glendale citizens from toddler to senior adult through special interest classes, the Adult Center, sports, aquatics and after school programs. We are responsible for park maintenance, park planning and the scheduling of 44 facilities including meeting rooms, ramadas, swimming pools, recreation centers and lighted and unlighted sports fields.

 

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