A partner gym of Rocks & Ropes, The Bloc climbing + fitness is a 20,000 square-foot, air-conditioned rock-climbing destination. Inside, a dozen autobelays allow visitors to make high, harness-assisted ascents. Or, you can test your bouldering skills on a 7,000 square-foot wall. In addition, the gym offers yoga, meditation, and pilates classes in its 2nd-story heartSTONE studio, welcoming both beginners and experts. The gym also includes cardio and weight equipment for those looking for a vigorous exercise or a heart-to-heart talk with a treadmill.
As part of the organization’s Santa Cruz River restoration project, volunteers will replant native mesquite trees and combat invasive species such as Russian thistle, amaranth, and bermuda grass. Volunteers will also conduct water-harvesting tasks such as earth contouring and rock work to help slow the flow of water and increase water infiltration in order to reduce erosion and promote the growth of native vegetation. The restoration project needs funding so that the Sonoran Institute can purchase supplies including an emergency-first-aid kit, pruning shears, spade shovels, McLeod rakes and hoes for water harvesting, and snacks for volunteers.
Sponsored by Hope4Heroes and the MLB Players Alumni Association, the Wounded Heroes Baseball Classic game supports charitable causes through a casual game played by war veterans, active soldiers, and MLB greats. This year's game will feature appearances by several baseball pros, including Gaylord Perry, Rollie Fingers, Fergie Jenkins, Jeff Kent, Micah Bowie, Chuck McElroy, Jay Bell, and Jay Johnstone. A portion of the proceeds from the March 12 game will go to a community fund in honor of Christina-Taylor Green, the youngest casualty of the January 8 Tucson shooting, which will be used to provide for education programs in southern Arizona.
The volunteers at Triple R Horse Rescue practice their own version of the Three Rs—Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Rehome. Twice each day, these committed individuals arrive at Rockaway Hills Ranch in Cave Creek to feed, bathe, and groom the 15 horses that live at the shelter at any one time. They also provide the horses with medical care and basic attention in preparation for finding them permanent, loving homes. In 2013, the organization was awarded “Approved Shelter” status by Adopt-a-Pet.com in recognition of its efforts in the rescued equine community.
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Little League Rescue changes the fate of animals on high-kill shelters' euthanasia lists. The volunteer-run rescue lifts the animals out of the shelter system, placing them instead in loving, temporary foster homes. Many of these animals are ill, injured, or suffering from malnourishment, so the organization attains the necessary medical care to return them to health. Every animal is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped, and loving foster parents, as well as trainers, help them overcome psychological issues and again be healthy, happy pets ready for their permanent homes.
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In 1991, Chandler youth were constantly in the news. Gang members were killing other gang members, turning children into statistics. Frustrated by the violence, Henry Salinas sought out gang leaders to ask why they spent their time on the streets instead of at youth centers. As a result of what he learned, he founded ICAN—Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods—a free program set in local parks and gymnasiums, designed to keep youth active and making more of their lives.
Today, ICAN continues this mission on a larger scale. ICAN's youth programs include homework help, job-skills development, non-traditional learning programs, and social and leadership development. Recently, its Peer Leaders program filmed a public service announcement to point out the dangers of drug use by comparing it to shoe licking, according to an article in AZ Central. A group of teens took part in the project, which will appear before every film for the next four weeks at Harkins theaters in the Chandler Fashion Center and Chandler Crossroads.
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