New year, new recreation opportunities!
Welcome to the first Recreation Department update for 2012! We try to update the community about all things recreation, education and community – so if you have an event coming up that you’d like us to highlight in our weekly column, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s a supplementary Winter Brochure that the Recreation Department put out in December – there’s lots of new programs starting in January – including Hip Hop, a Computers course, Children’s Art Classes, and a new set of Gymnastics classes. Call or email the Recreation Department to register.
Public Skating for the week is Wednesday, January 4 from 6:30-7:45pm; Friday January 6, from 5:00-6:30pm; Sunday January 8, from 2:30-4:00pm and again from 6:00-7:30pm. If you can’t get enough skating and want more than we’ve scheduled, enjoy the outdoor rink, located on 3rd Ave, between Spokane Street and Washington Street. The Public Works Department has installed a fire pit and benches – bring some wood to build a fire and enjoy our beautiful outdoor ice rink! Red Mountain also has an outdoor skating rink to enjoy – look for it to the left of the road that goes up to the Maintenance Department.
Computers for the Rest of Us, starts January 17 and runs until March 6, 2012. This class is on Tuesdays, in the MacLean Elementary School computer lab. The class introduces the Mac computer to relative beginners and includes a wide range of topics, including; Word, email, iPhoto, communicating ideas and accessing information.
Hip Hop & Jazz starts on Tuesday, January 24 with different times for kids 6-8 years, 9-11 years and 12+ years. Adults are on Wednesdays at 7:00pm, starting January 25, 2012. This is a fast paced, energetic class with an emphasis on having fun and feeling good.
Art Classes start next week, with a great selection of interesting and challenging classes for kids. The Preschool Art Class’s theme is “under the Sea” and children will enjoy drawing, tracing, painting and sculpting using a wide variety of materials. All the projects are based around creatures found “under the sea”! For older kids between the ages of 8-12 years, the course focusses on Drawing and Painting. The first part of the course focusses on improving sketching, techniques, looking at perspective, proportion and shading. Students will work with artists pencils, charcoal and pastels. The second part of the course focusses on transferring drawing techniques over to painting with watercolour and acrylic paints. This class runs on Wednesdays, from 5:00-6:00pm and starts on January 11, 2012.
Sr.’s Duffer Hockey on Tuesday mornings runs from 9:30-10:45am each week. This is a great program for enthusiastic Seniors who would like to learn how to play hockey or already know and want to get out and play.
Betty Go Hard is running a Junior Betty’s Snowshoe and Hot Chocolate series for girls ages 8-13 years that starts Friday, January 27 at 6:30pm. This course runs for 3 consecutive weeks and has the girls exploring local trails and having fun in the snow. Each evening ends with a gourmet hot chocolate.
Co-Ed REC Hockey resumes this week, with regularly scheduled times on Tuesday from 9:45-11:00pm, Saturday from 9:15-10:30pm and Sunday from 9:15-10:30pm. Cost is $10.00 for drop in and players must have full safety equipment.
If you enjoy backcountry and cross-country skiing at the Nancy Greene summit, stop by the Recreation Department to pick up a topographic map of the area, complete with locations of all the cabins.
The Little Gretzky’s Hockey program is a great introductory skating and hockey program for Preschoolers. If your little person is just learning how to skate, hold a stick and chase a puck, this is a great way to learn basic skills and enjoy socializing with other families. Skaters need a full face hockey mask, neck guard, skates, good mits or gloves and a hockey stick. Parents are encouraged to come out on the ice and will also need a full face hockey helmet and skates. Drop ins are welcome at $10.00 per family.
The Recreation Department will begin working on the Spring Brochure in the next week. If you would like to run a program with the REC Department, please give us a call or drop by to discuss your ideas. The deadline for submitting a program description is Friday, Feb. 10.