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Fall fun on tap at county parks and rec

By Staff | Sep 12, 2014

As summer ends and holidays are fast approaching, Jefferson County Parks and Recreation offers a variety of options to enjoy fun for those both young and old. Their fall and winter offerings cover everything from sports and fitness to arts and crafts.

Staffers housed at the Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michaels Park, make available such any number of classes ranging from gymnastics and dance to Rookie Rugby and karate. Soccer skills, Pony School and Finger painting and other crafts round out a packed fall and winter calendar.

Dance classes, which have always been popular at the Parks and Rec, will be offered in a new dance studio developed within the community center building. Specialized dance flooring has been installed as have ceiling to floor mirrors. Lessons are available from toddlers to teens and cover ballet, hip hop, tap and more.

Martial arts expands from karate to self defense for adults while those interested in gymnastics and cheer can find specialized training and practice to perfect tumbling skills.

Now that school is back in session, the ever-popular middle school dances resume on the first Friday of each month. Designed for sixth to eighth graders, the evening offers a deejay concession and games in which students may participate. A current school identification or a parent sign in is required to attend the dances.

Craft classes abound as holidays are approaching. Crafty Christmas Time has children making Christmas crafts as well as enjoying a movie. Pumpkin painting is available and attendees can come in and create a Thanksgiving plate.

For sports enthusiasts, camps and classes can be found for tennis, basketball, golf, rugby, volleyball, soccer, running and archery. Co-Ed adult volleyball leagues meet each Saturday from October to December

In addition to classes, camps and crafts, the Parks and Recreation offers a variety of special events throughout the season. Bus trips are scheduled to Ocean City and New York City. Call the offices for availability and pricing.

A new offering on the calendar is a Firefighter Dinner to be held Oct. 10 as the parks offers a way to say thank you to the county’s firefighters. A weenie roast and bonfire make the event one not to be missed. Running all day, the event will welcome Smokey the Bear and other special guests.

Annual happenings including the Wee Warrior Dash, the Halloween Happening and Lunch with Santa return this year. Each of these events have been welcomed by the community over the years and Parks and Rec staff continue to improve them each year. A trick or treat trail will be added at Sam Michael’s Park this year on Oct. 25 where favorite childhood characters will greet those of all ages. Costumed characters will hand out candy and prizes along the way.

For information on any of the Parks and Recreation offerings, one need only visit www.jcprc.org or call the Community Center at 304-728-3207. Pre-registration is required for many of the classes and camps as well as special events.