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SPRING / SUMMER 2023 THE BUZZ | AQUATIC CENTER | THE WREC PlayCherokee.org

Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA)

After nearly two years of hard work, Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency (CRPA) achieved national accreditation. The final steps of the eighteen-month self-assessment process culminated with a detailed written report and successful completion of the CAPRA site visit.

As part of the accreditation process, CRPA approved and instituted a new Standard Operations Procedures Manual covering more than fifty new or amended policies or procedures; instituted a new Park Maintenance Manual that guides maintenance processes and schedules in all twenty-three parks and facilities; adopted a new strategic plan that will guide program and facility development for the next five years; and trained staff in areas such as de-escalation tactics, developing and evaluating programs, social media usage, and reducing risk in agency programs and facilities. At the CAPRA hearing, the agency officially passed 149 out of 154 standards, becoming the eleventh accredited agency in Georgia.

Certified Parks and Recreation Professionals (CPRP)

Currently, seven full-time employees at CRPA are CPRP certified professionals. A CPRP certification is the national standard for parks and recreation professionals desiring to be at the forefront of their profession. Attaining the CPRP designation reflects a person’s education, experience, qualifications, commitment, knowledge, and understanding of the profession. CRPA is proud to have so many employees that continue to excel in their education in efforts to make CRPA the best it can be.

Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider

Today’s youth sports climate overflows with programming choices making it a challenge for organizations to stand out among the crowd and difficult for parents to gauge which programs deliver high-quality experiences for young athletes. Using the National Standards for Youth Sports, the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation recognizes those organizations that have met the highest standards. CRPA has earned this prestigious designation, thus parents can rest assured that specific safety and quality measures have been implemented.

What’s inside © 2023 by Enjoy Magazine, Inc. (EMI), a division of Tri-State Communications, and the Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Agency (CRPA). All rights reserved. Every effort is made to ensure the contents of this publication are true and accurate. Copyright holders assume no responsibility for misinformation. Correction requests are always welcome at info@EnjoyCherokee. com. Reproduction in whole, or in part, without permission of copyright holders is strictly prohibited. Enjoy Magazine, Inc, P.O. Box 4666, Canton, GA 30114 | 678-454-3950 SimplyTheBest@EnjoyCherokee.com 4 | Cherokee County Park Map 5 | Registration & General Information 6 | Special Events 9 | Community Outreach Programs 10 | Aquatics 12 | American Red Cross Safety Classes 14 | Cherokee Youth Sports 16 | Instructional Programming 17 | Adult Athletics 18 | Therapeutic Recreation 20 | Outdoor Recreation 22 | Ms. Maureen Classes 24 | Programs at The Buzz 26 | Tumble • Cheer • Gymnastics 27 | Fitness 28 | Camps 30 | Additional Recreational Opportunities 31 | Facility Rental Information 31 | Silver Roamers Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency (CRPA)
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REGISTRATION & GENERAL INFORMATION

General Information

→ Registration is available online or in-person at the Recreation Center or the Aquatic Center.

→ Cash, credit/debit cards, and checks are welcome forms of payment.

→ ALL debit/credit card purchases will incur a small transaction fee.

→ Returned checks are subject to a $35 fee.

Cancellation Policy

→ In the event of class cancellation on the part of CRPA, all registered students will receive a notification. Class cancellations may be due to low enrollment, inclement weather, or instructor unavailability.

→ A full refund will be granted upon class cancellation by CRPA.

→ Programs, events, and classes missed due to personal reasons will not be refunded. Neither will such absences be granted make-up opportunities.

Credit/Refund Information

→ All refund/credit requests must be completed in person during regular business hours and at least five (5) working days prior to the beginning date of the program. As well be in writing and are subject to approval by the Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency staff.

→ Refunds may take up to thirty (30) days for processing. There are no cash refunds.

→ Participants requesting a refund will incur a $5 administrative fee.

→ Credit agreements will not incur a $5 administrative fee.

→ For Aquatic Center refund policies, please see our website.

Scholarship Program

A family or individual may apply for a scholarship one time per calendar year (January 1–December 31, 2023). Some restrictions apply. Applications must be received ten (10) business days before the

end registration date. Call 770-924-7768 for details and applications.

Registration Requirements

→ If a participant requires special accommodations, the Program Coordinator must be notified fifteen (15) business days before the beginning of the program to attempt accommodation.

→ Please find specific age and gender requirements under the program description on each page.

→ All participants (or their parents/guardians) must complete a waiver/release form before participating in any program.

Open Gym

The Recreation Center gymnasium is available for open-play when scheduled programs and rentals are not occupying the facility. Call before you visit to request open gym hours. The fees for utilizing the open gym are $2.00 per day for people thirteen (13) years of age and older and $1.00 per day for children twelve (12) years of age and younger.

Advisory Board

A Recreation Advisory Board has been appointed by the Board of Commissioners to act as a guide for CRPA planning and implementation of public recreational activities and programs as well as offering advice on a system of parks and facilities that will accommodate the needs of the public. Board members’ terms run concurrently with appointing Board of Commissioners.

Photography

& Video Policy

CRPA may photograph or videotape registrants, participants, and spectators in Agency programs, special events, or facilities. Such photographs are for Agency use only. Agency reserves the right to print and publish said pictures and videos in publications, brochures, pamphlets, flyers, websites, or video productions.

The WREC Center Hours of Operation

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Cherokee Recreation and Parks will host the 17th Annual Guns and Hoses 5K Run/Walk to raise money for charitable causes selected by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Cherokee County Fire Department. When registering, each runner will select a team to represent and a portion of the registration fee will go toward their chosen charity.

The Guns and Hoses 5K is a certified race for the Peachtree Qualifier!

Date: Saturday, February 11 Time: Race starts at 8:00 a.m. Location: Hobgood Park Cost: $30 per runner for early registration, $35 per runner on day of registration Contact: Adam Fussell cafussell@cherokeega.com Sponsorship contact: Jessica Hallman, jshallman@cherokeega.com GUNS & HOSES 8 AM FEB 11 2023 5K SPECIAL EVENT!
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FLASHLIGHT EGG HUNT

Join us for a flashlight egg hunt under the stars at Cherokee Veterans Park Children will be separated into age groups before the hunt. You’ll be able to meet the Easter Bunny, make and take crafts, dance to music, get your face painted, shop at vendors and food trucks, and enjoy the kid zone.

Date: Friday, March 31 Time: 6:00 p.m. The hunt will start promptly at 8:30 p.m. Location: Cherokee Veterans Park Ages: Up to 12 years old Cost: $10 per child upon entry. Please bring cash. No preregistration required.

Spring has sprung and we are celebrating with an Easter-themed extravaganza! Children will enjoy a bounce house, rabbit petting zoo, face painting, arts and crafts, music, and egg hunts inside the pool and outside on the lawn. Bring your camera—you won’t want to miss selfies with the Easter Bunny!

EGGS-TRAORDINARY EXTRAVAGANZA Date: April 8 Location: Aquatic Center Cost: $15 per person For more information, contact Amanda Lane at aclane@cherokeega.com. SPECIAL EVENTS!
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BUNNY

SPECIAL EVENT!

UNWIND WEDNESDAY

Join us for Unwind Wednesday at Cherokee Veterans Park for dinner in the park with food trucks, vendors, music, and more! Unwind with family and friends at the park on the last Wednesday of the month from April to October. Cherokee Veterans Park is a 149acre park with a state-of-the-art playground, skate park, tennis courts, pavilions, veterans’ memorial site, community garden, and paved paths perfect for walking.

Special monthly activities may include axe throwing, bounce houses, cornhole tournaments, trivia, archery, and more.

Date: Last Wednesday of every month (April–October) 2023

Time: 5:30–8:00 p.m.

Location: Cherokee Veterans Park, 7345 Cumming Highway, Canton, GA 30115

Cost: FREE Contact: Jessica Ascenzo, jnascenzo@cherokeega.com 770-924-7768

SPECIAL EVENT!

SPRING INTO SUMMER FEST TALENT SHOW

Therapeutic Recreation is proud to present a Talent Show! Enjoy an evening with raffle, food trucks, crafts, magician, dance party, singalong, and games with prizes.

Date: Friday, May 26, 2023

Time: 5:00–8:00 p.m. Location: The Buzz Admission: $10 per person No entry fee for talent

Contact: Skyler Cox, srcox@cherokeega.com Jessica Ascenzo, jnascenzo@cherokeega.com

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS

PROJECT VALENTINE

We collect donations for Project Valentine each year. Items include: chapstick, lotion, sticky notes, pens, markers, word searches, any art or music activities as well as candy (sugar-free and regular), and any holidayrelated items. These items will be made into goody bags and delivered to Empower Cherokee.

Dates: Donations will be accepted from January 9–February 8

Location: Donations may be delivered to The WREC, The Buzz, or the Aquatic Center during regular business hours.

Contact: Jessica Hallman, 770-924-7768 jshallman@cherokeega.com

SOME

Dates: March 1–April 7, 2023, during regular business hours.

Location: Donations may be delivered to The WREC, The Buzz, or the Aquatic Center during regular business hours.

Contact: Jessica Hallman, 770-924-7768 jshallman@cherokeega.com

BUNNY SPECIAL
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Please bring a fully-loaded Easter Basket, handmade or purchased, to The WREC. You may wrap the baskets in clear wrapping if you
All candy must be contained in the original, sealed packaging. Basket Contents Ideas (Easter-related items only, please): → Easter Candy → Easter Coloring Books → Crayons → Colored Pencils → Easter Socks → Easter Puzzles → Bunny, lamb, or chick stuffed animals → Toy Easter Eggs → Easter books (ages
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AQUATICS

The Pelicans

The Aquatic Center is the home of the Pelicans Summer Swim Team and the Pelicans USA Club Swim Team. All teams provide a fun and safe environment for young swimmers. Tryouts are required for each group—see below for minimum qualifications. We also provide the opportunity for swimmers to get ready for the summer swim season with our Dive Certification and Stroke Clinic programs.

Pelicans Summer Swim Team

Registration Open: February 1

Minimum Tryout Requirement: Must be able to complete a 25-yard swim demonstrating freestyle and backstroke skills without stopping.

Summer Swim Season: May 1–June 29

May Practice Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings

June Practice Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings

Cost: $180

Pelicans USA Swim Team

Registration Open: June 7

Minimum Tryout Requirement:

Must be able to complete a 25-yard stretch demonstrating freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke skills without stopping.

Year-round club season: August 9, 2022–April 27, 2023

Cost: Annual registration fee + monthly installments

Club team practice: There are options for one- to threeday practices on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Options vary depending on the group.

USA Pelicans Long Course Swim Team

Registration Open: February 1

Minimum Tryout Requirement: Must be able to complete a 25-yard swim demonstrating front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly without stopping.

Summer Swim Season: May 3–July 29 Practice Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Saturday morning

Dive Certification Classes

Dive Certification classes will be held during the months of April and May. Please see our Facebook page (@CherokeeCountyAquatic) or our website (PlayCherokee.org) for class dates and times.

Cost: $5 (ages 11 and up), $10: (ages 5–10)

Stroke and Turn Clinics

Stroke and Turn Clinics for swimmers will be held during the months of April and May. Please see our Facebook page (@CherokeeCountyAquatic) or our website (PlayCherokee.org) for clinic dates and times.

Cost: $10 per class

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SWIMMING LESSONS

FOR ALL AGES

Cherokee County Aquatic Center swimming lessons emphasize water safety and skill development in a safe, fun environment. Group swim lessons and private lessons are offered.

Group Lessons: The American Red Cross and Water Safety program is offered at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center. The different courses seek to help participants of all ages and varying abilities develop familiarity with being in the water and learning basic skills for aquatic safety, survival, and recreational swimming while developing an awareness of how to stay safe in and around water.

Parent/Child: 6 months to 3 years of age

Preschool: 3–5 years of age

ARC Levels 1–5: 6–12 years of age

Adult: over 12 years of age

Private lessons are available for ages five and up. Request forms can be found on our website (PlayCherokee.org) or at the Aquatic Center front desk. Requests are filled on a first come-first served basis and are only scheduled once the group lesson schedule for the session has been determined.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT/ PARENTS AFTERNOON OUT

Drop the kids off at the pool so you can enjoy adult time! We will play in the pool, provide a pizza meal, make crafts, play games, and end the outing with a movie! The ratio of kids-to-counselors is 10 kids per counselor. Please send kids with a dry change of clothes or pajamas to change into after swimming. For more information, contact Kendall Gianfala at kogianfala@cherokeega.com, 678-880-4760.

POOL SCHEDULES

→ Pool schedules are posted online and on Facebook.

→ High school swim season begins October 10, 2022

» Lap swimming space at 6:00–8:00 a.m. and 4:00–8:00 p.m. will be reduced through this time.

→ HS meets are every Friday and Saturday from October 29 to January 28—lap swimming will be reduced on these nights.

→ Competition pool closed at noon on May 29, July 4, and September 4, 2023

→ Facility closure dates: April 9, May 21, August 1–3, 2023

POOL PARTY PACKAGES

Come celebrate with us! Our Paradise Package accommodates up to 25 guests and includes 2½ hours of pool and pavilion time. This package includes the rented space; the party host can bring their own decorations, cake, and food. Contact Kendall Gianfala, kogianfala@cherokeega.com, 678-880-4760.

Package Price: $275

*Each person (child and/or adult) in attendance is considered a guest.

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→ Outdoor Oasis closes at 4 p.m. on July 4 and August 20, 2023 For more information regarding Aquatic Center classes, lessons, registration and more, call 678-880-4760 or visit PlayCherokee.org.

ADMISSION INFORMATION Indoor Recreation and Competition Pools Group Daily Admission 3-Month Pass Annual Pass Under 2 FREE FREE FREE Ages 2–13 $6 $70 $230 Ages 14–54 $7 $105 $345 Ages 55+ $6 $70 $230 Family Pass* X $230 $500 Family Add-On Pass** X $50 $125 * A family pass includes admission for four people living in the same household. **A family add-on pass is only available to those who have purchased a family pass.
Year-Round Fitness Classes WATER AEROBICS Shallow Water: 8:00–8:50
Deep Water:
Class Days:
Thursday Cost: Daily pass, $6 10-punch pass
$50 25-punch
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March 24
April 28
May 26
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June 30
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August 25 Cost: $20 early registration
late registration
Out 5:30–10:00 p.m.
Afternoon Out 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

For over 100 years, the American Red Cross has been preparing people with the skills and expertise necessary in an emergency. Our Red Cross courses and training are the best available, designed to keep you informed on the latest and most effective lifeguarding techniques while keeping the lives around you safe and in skilled hands.

The contact person for American Red Cross Safety Classes is Amanda Lane. She can be reached at aclane@cherokeega.com or 678-880-4760. Alternatively, you can point your smartphone camera here for more information about American Red Cross Classes offered through Cherokee Recreation and Parks.

LIFEGUARD CLASS

American Red Cross Lifeguarding classes are designed to teach you the basics of water safety and the proper protocol when dealing with emergencies in and around water. The Red Cross blends both traditional lecture-style with crucial hands-on training to teach you effective techniques to deliver prompt care to those in need. This course will teach you to respond safely and efficiently to water emergencies with lifeguard classes from the American Red Cross. Students who pass this class successfully will be lifeguard certified.

Dates: March 4–5 | March 11–12

April 1–2 | April 16–17 May 6–7

June 10–11 | July 15–16 August 19–20

Times: All class sessions are 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Location: Cherokee County Aquatic Center

Cost: $225

Contact: Amanda Lane aclane@cherokeega.com, 678-880-4760

Prerequisites:

→ This award-winning Blended Learning Course requires an online component of the course to be completed prior to the first day of class.

→ Students must be at least 15 years of age by the last day of class.

→ Students must pass a pre-course swimming skills test prior to taking lifeguarding courses.

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BABYSITTING + PEDIATRIC CPR CLASSES

The course provides aspiring babysitters with the knowledge and skills to care for children and infants safely and responsibly. This training helps participants develop leadership skills, learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe, help children behave, and learn the basics of childcare and first aid. Safe Kids of Cherokee County will be stopping by to present a course in Safely Administering Medication and Safe Sleeping. This course will also certify participants who meet the requirements in pediatric first aid and CPR.

Location: Cherokee County Aquatic Center Cost:

Times: All classes are 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Prerequisite: Students must be aged 11 to 15.

CPR/ AED/ FIRST AID CLASSES

When you take a first aid class from the American Red Cross, you gain skills to help others during times of crisis. Designed to last just a few short hours, our first aid classes can help you recognize the signs that someone needs help and administer the right type of care.

Location: Cherokee County Aquatic Center

Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Cost: $65

Dates: March 19 April 23 June 25 July 9

Blended Learning: Featuring award-winning simulation learning, our blended learning programs combine self-paced, interactive instruction and in-person skills sessions. This Blended Learning Course allows you to learn on your schedule, then demonstrate your skills to a certified instructor.

Prerequisites:

→ This award-winning Blended Learning Course requires an online component of the course to be completed before the first day of class.

→ Students must be at least 15 years of age by the last day of class.

Dates: March 18 April 22 May 13 June 24 July 8 August 12
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CHEROKEE YOUTH BASKETBALL

Cherokee Youth Basketball is your local recreational basketball league that is open to all eligible Cherokee County residents (kids in grades K/1–12). This basketball league has over 4,000 players throughout our county playing basketball every season. Through the strategic partnership with the Cherokee County School District, players in grades K–5 can represent their current elementary school; players in grades 6–8 can represent the high school that they will attend; and players in grades 9–12 must form their own rosters and register as a team.

Location: Various Locations Dates: October–March Time: TBD Ages: Grades K–12 Cost: Grades K–8 $170 per player Grades 9–12 $875 per team Registration: August 1–October 2 Contact: Cameron Riles cariles@cherokeega.com

CHEROKEE YOUTH SOFTBALL

Fall 2023 Season

Cherokee Youth Softball (CYS) is a youth recreational softball league for girls ages 3–18. The league’s age control date is January 1, 2024. Locations: Twin Creeks Softball Complex, Weatherby Park, Macedonia & Kenney Askew (other Cherokee County Parks may be used as needed)

Date: August–October 2023 Time: TBD Ages: 3–18 Cost: 6–18+ years of age: $165 5 years of age (T-Ball); $125 Registration: June 5–August 1, 2023 Contact: Leigh Prickett laprickett@cherokeega.com

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CHEROKEE YOUTH LACROSSE Fall 2023 Season

Spring 2023 Season

Time:
Ages:
Cost:
$60
$200 Registration:
Contact: Nick
Cherokee Youth Lacrosse (CYL) is a youth recreational lacrosse league for participants in Cherokee County grades K–8. The league is broken down by gender, age/grade, and respective high school districts when possible. Location: JJ Biello Park (Riverside Athletic Complex) and other parks as needed Date: August–October 2023
TBD
5–14 years of age
Little LAXers (K–1 )
Grades 2–8
June 5–August 6, 2023
Hoskins nchoskins@cherokeega.com 770-924-7768
CHEROKEE YOUTH GIRLS FLAG FOOTBALL
Cost:
Contact: Nick
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Cherokee Youth Girls Flag Football is a program that provides elementary and middle school girls with their own shot at the world of football. CYGFF allows athletes to properly learn flag football fundamentals before taking on the sport at the high school level. Locations: Sequoyah Park, Hobgood Park (other Cherokee County parks as needed) Date: March 27–May 17, 2023 Time: TBD Ages: Enrolled in grades 6–8 Elementary Division, grades 4–5
$125 Registration: February 6–March 20
Hoskins nchoskins@cherokeega.com 770-924-7768

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMMING

MAGIC CAMP

Learn the closely-guarded secrets of magic. Participants will learn to make objects vanish into thin air and reappear again in a different location, read a spectator’s thoughts, predict future events, and more. Students will gain valuable social skills and develop the confidence to perform

in front of a group of their peers. At the end of the week-long camp, there will be a special Magic Show to which the family is invited to see the students perform. All materials are included in the price, and students make a special take-home magic box for storing their magician tools.

LEARN TO ROW CAMP FOR YOUTH

This Olympic-style rowing camp will have participants rowing on machines and in boats. Campers will learn the basics of rowing and how to move a rowing boat effectively. All participants must be competent swimmers with the

ability to remain afloat for 15 minutes, swim 50 feet, and put on a life vest. The first day of camp will be held at Strive Health and Fitness on Towne Lake Parkway. The remaining four days of camp will be held on Lake Allatoona.

LITTLE STARZ SOCCER – THUMPERS

Buckle up for this exciting class! While movement education is a priority, we are now incorporating learned soccer skills into the team activities. Imagination is still a focus. We will look at creative story lines and adventures to keep them moving. Players will be

introduced to scrimmages/games. Each participant will get a medal and their own soccer ball.

Spring I: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 12 (Not April 5, as it is Spring Break) Spring II: April 26 and May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

LITTLE STARZ SOCCER – WIGGLES & GIGGLES

In this parent/tot class, the goal is to continue to build core movements such as balance, coordination, hopping, jumping, and running. While parent involvement is part of this program, the class helps bridge the gap between parallel play and

LEGO CAMP

Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO parts. Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineerdesigned products such as air boats, a double decker bus, Minecart, and a Nether Portal.

Location: BridgeMill Fire Station

Dates: June 12–16; June 26–30; July 17–21 Mornings: 5–6 years of age, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Afternoons: 7–12 years of age, 1:00–4:00 p.m Price: $180 Contact: Jessica Ascenzo, jnascenzo@cherokeega.com

sharing. The body and mind engage with to aid in accomplishing growth milestones. Soccer ball included!

Spring I: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 12 (Not April 5, as it is Spring Break)

Spring II: April 26 and May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

FENCING

Location: BridgeMill Comm. Room

Regular Camp: 6–10 years of age

June 5–9, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Advanced Camp: 10–15 years of age June 5–9, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Instructor: Jeffrey Williams Cost: $150 Contact: Jessica Ascenzo jnascenzo@cherokeega.com

Location: Strive Health and Wellness and Lake Allatoona

Dates: June 12–16, Monday–Friday Time: 7:30–9:30 a.m. Cost: $210 Registration Closes: June 5 Contact: Jessica Ascenzo AllatoonaRowing@gmail.com

Location: JJ Biello Park Dates: Wednesdays Time: 3:45–4:30 p.m. Ages: 4–5 years of age Birth Date Range: 3/2/16–3/1/18 Cost: $60 per 6-week Session

Rain Dates: Mondays as needed Register By: SI: Feb. 22 / SII: Apr. 19

Contact: Jessica Ascenzo jnascenzo@cherokeega.com

Location: JJ Biello Park Dates: Monday–Friday Time: 3:00–3:30 p.m. Age: 3 years of age Birth Date Range: 4/27/18–4/26/19 Cost: $45 per 6-week Session

Rain Dates: Mondays as needed Register By: SI: Feb. 22 / SII: Apr. 19

Contact: Jessica Ascenzo jnascenzo@cherokeega.com

Want to try a sport that’s fun and different? Learn the exciting sport of Olympic-style fencing. This coed class provides all of the equipment and safety is a top priority. Classes run monthly!

Location: The WREC

Dates: Wednesdays beginning January 11

Children’s Classes: 8–12 years of age 6:00–6:55 p.m.

Teens/Adult Classes: 13 years of age and up 7:00–7:55 p.m. Price: $85/month (registration is ongoing) Contact: Jessica Ascenzo, jnascenzo@cherokeega.com

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ADULT ATHLETICS

ADULT SUMMER MEN’S BASKETBALL

The schedule will consist of an 8-game season with all teams making the playoffs.

Monday—A League

Tuesday—B League Starts

MONDAY, JULY 10

AT THE WREC Register May 14–June 25 16+ years of age | 9-team max $650 per team

ADULT FALL FLAG FOOTBALL

The schedule will consist of an 8-game season with all teams making the playoffs.

Wednesday—Men’s Starts

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 6

AT HOBGOOD PARK Register Jun. 5–Aug. 20 16+years of age | 9-team max $650 per team

ADULT KICKBALLSUMMERLEAGUE

Although it’s hardly a new phenomenon, kickball is a fast-growing sport played by more and more U.S. adults, especially young professionals in their 20s and 30s. The schedule will consist of a 6-game season with all teams making the playoffs.

Monday Nights Wednesday Nights

MONDAY,StartsJUNE 5

AT TWIN CREEKS SOFTBALL COMPLEX

Registrer April 2–May 21

16+ years of age | $350 per team

ADULT ONE-PITCH SOFTBALL

The schedule will consist of a 6-game season with all teams making the playoffs.

Monday—Men’s Tuesday—Coed

MONDAY,StartsJUNE 19

AT HOBGOOD PARK Register April 17–June 4 16+ years of age $350 per team

ADULT FALL SOFTBALL LEAGUES

The schedule will consist of an 8-game season with all teams making the playoffs.

Monday—Men’s | Tuesday—Coed Wednesday—Coed & Men’s Thursday—Church Starts

MONDAY, AUGUST 7

AT HOBGOOD PARK Register June 5–July 23 16+ years of age | $650 per team

For more information regarding Adult Athletics, contact Lakia Langston at ldlangston@cherokeega.com.

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THERAPEUTIC RECREATION

LEISURE SPECTRUM

Leisure Spectrum is an all-inclusive six-week program for those with special needs. Participants enjoy a variety of organized activities that involve exciting leisure and/or recreational activities.

Dates: Session 1: March 7–April 18 (no Leisure Spectrum April 4)

Session 2: August 1–September 5

Time: 5:30–8:00 p.m. Location: Drop off at the WREC Cost: $145 Ages: 15+ years of age

BOWLING

This is a month-long program for those with special needs to get involved in weekly bowling at Cherokee Lanes.

Dates: Mondays in May (4 weeks) Time: 1:00–3:30 p.m. Location: Drop off at the WREC Cost: $50 Ages: 21+ years of age

LIL’ ROAMERS

Lil’ Roamers is a leisure outing program for youth with special needs. Enjoy an evening of bowling, pizza, and games with friends at Stars and Strikes.

Date: Friday, May 12 Time: 4:15–7:00 p.m. Location: Drop off at The WREC Cost: TBD Ages: 9–14 years of age

MOVE IT MONDAY

This workout class is encouraging and motivating for all abilities. Work all muscle groups with a variety of strengthening and conditioning exercises each week that will be adapted for everyone!

Dates: Mondays in March & April Time: 4:30–5:00 p.m.

Location: The Buzz Cost: $25 Ages: 14+ years of age

COOKING FOR INDEPENDENCE

Learn important cooking techniques ranging from easy food preparation to advanced kitchen skills. This is an all-inclusive, four-week course. Dates: Thursdays in April and May Time: 5:00–6:20 p.m. Location: Drop off at the WREC Cost: $115 for the 4-week class Ages: 11+ years of age

WORKOUT WEDNESDAY

This workout class is encouraging and motivating for all abilities. Work all muscle groups with a variety of strengthening and conditioning exercises each week that will be adapted for everyone!

Dates: Wednesdays in March, April, May, and August Time: 4:30–5:00 p.m.

Location: The WREC Cost: $25

Ages: 14+ years of age

HOLIDAY COOKING

Join us for a seasonal cooking class!

Dates: Session 1 Summer Fun: Thursday, June 8

Session 2 Hot, Hot, Hot: Tuesday, July 13

Session 3 Back to School: Thursday, August 10

Time: 5:00–6:20 p.m. Location: The WREC Ages: 11+ years of age Cost: $38

LEISURE ROAMERS

Join us for a fun-filled day visiting with the animals at Hidden Acres Animal Sanctuary.

Date: Friday, April 21

Time: 4:30–7:30 p.m.

Location: Drop off at the WREC Cost: $15 Ages: 16+ years of age

SPRING INTO SUMMER FEST

Join us in saying goodbye to spring and hello to summer! Get your family and friends together and enjoy food, drinks, and music, and participate in a talent show! **Must bring own items for talent show**

Date: Friday, May 26

Time: 5:00–8:00 p.m.

Location: Cherokee Veterans Park Cost: $10

Ages: Any age; minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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Registration for Therapeutic Recreation opens February 6, unless otherwise noted. For more information regarding Therapeutic Recreation programs, contact Skyler Cox at srcox@cherokeega.com.

SOCIAL FRIENDS GAME NIGHT

Join us to play classics such as Uno, Go Fish, and Bingo.

Date: Tuesday, April 25

Time: 5:00–6:30 p.m. Location: Drop off at The WREC Cost: $10 Ages: 9+ years of age

HELLO SPRINGTIME: NATURE AND CRAFTS AT THE BUZZ

This class, led by Master Naturalist Graham Penniman, will include a nature walk on the Veterans Park grounds followed by a craft activity at The Buzz. Activities may include tree identification and leaf etchings, pine cone creatures, park planters’ raised beds, pressed flowers, and germination of spring flowers such as zinnias and mammoth sunflowers. Come and join this active and outdoor-based class.

CAMPS

Therapeutic Recreation camps require an assessment for each participant prior to registration, to determine individual skill and ability levels. For more information about scheduling an assessment, please call 770-924-7768. True Friends accommodates individuals in wheelchairs and other assistive devices.

TRUE FRIENDS SPRING BREAK CAMP

True Friends Spring Break Camp is for individuals with special needs.

Dates: April 3–7

Time: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Location: The WREC and The Buzz Cost: $175 Ages: 6–22 years of age

Registration: Monday, February 6

EVERYBODY DANCE

Get ready to move! A variety of rhythmic music will spur interaction and physical fitness through dance. This is an all-inclusive 4-week course with monthly registration.

Date: Thursdays in March, April, May, August

Time: 6:30–7:15 p.m. Location: The WREC Cost: $36 Ages: 13+ years of age

CHEROKEE COURAGE BASKETBALL

This all-inclusive basketball program is for all abilities and skill levels. Practices will include learning skills and techniques. Participants will be split into appropriate age groups.

Info: Tuesdays in May at The WREC Mondays in August at The Buzz Time: 4:30–5:00 p.m. Cost: $25 Ages: 8+ years of age

Date: Monday, March 27 Time: 5:00–6:30 p.m. Location: Drop-off at The Buzz Cost: $35 Ages: 15+ years of age

TRUE FRIENDS CAMP

True Friends Camp at The Buzz for individuals with special needs.

Dates: June 5–July 28 (no camp July 3–7) Time: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Location: The Buzz Cost: $175 Ages: 6–22 years of age Registration: Monday, April 10

TRUE FRIENDS SUMMER CAMP

True Friends Summer Camp for individuals with special needs.

Dates: June 5–July 28 (no camp July 3–7) Time: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Location: TBD Cost: $175

Ages: 6–22 years of age

Registration: Monday, April 10

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OUTDOOR RECREATION

Contact: Adam Fussell, cafussell@cherokeega.com

EXPLORE ARCHERY

Explore Archery is an innovative educational program focused on introducing novices to the sport of archery.

Date: Thursdays, March 2–30

Time: 6:15–7:30 p.m.

Location: Recreation Center Cost: $30 for the session Ages: 8–12 years of age

Registration: February 6–March 1

ARCHERY COME AND TRY DAYS

If you’ve never picked up a bow and arrow but want to see what all the hype is about, this is your chance! This single-day event will introduce participants to the basics of the sport. Space is limited.

Dates: Friday, May 12 at The WREC Friday, August 18 at The Buzz Time: 6:00–7:15 p.m. Cost: $10 per participant per class Ages: 8+ years of age

Registration: February 6–May 10 and February 6–August 16

TEEN/ADULT BEGINNER ARCHERY

Join us for a 3-week session as we explore one of the fastestgrowing sports in the southeast!

Date: Wednesdays, August 16, 23, and 30

Time: 6:15–7:15 p.m.

Location: The Buzz Cost: $15 for the session

Ages: 13+ years of age

Registration: February 6–August 14

VOLUNTEER PARK CLEAN-UP AND MAINTENANCE

Join us as a volunteer to clean and maintain our beloved parks! We will provide as many tools as possible. Please register for this event so we can plan accordingly.

Date: Saturday, May 6 Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Location: TBD Cost: Free Ages: All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult) Registration: February 7–May 4

FISHING CAMP

Young anglers will get hooked on the sport of fishing during this experience. Due to the popularity of this camp, participants are allowed to register for only one Fishing Camp session per summer. Bring your own lunch, snacks, drinks, and sunscreen.

Dates: Week 1: June 5–9 Week 2: June 19–23 Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Location: The Buzz Cost: $200 Ages: 9–13 years of age Registration: Week 1: April 10–June 2 Week 2: April 10–June 17

GARLAND MOUNTAIN DAY HIKE

Join us for a beautiful morning hike (approximately a 4-mile loop) as we enjoy the natural beauty of the Appalachian foothills! Difficulty level for this hike is considered moderate.

Date: Saturday, April 15 Time: 10:00 a.m. Location: Garland Mountain Horse and Hiking Trails Cost: $10 per participant

Ages: All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult) Registration: February 6–April 13

OUTDOOR CAMP–SPRING BREAK

Enjoy a week of fun-filled outdoor activities. Camp activities will include hiking, archery, fishing, kayaking, and climbing. All equipment is included. Bring your own lunch, snacks, and drinks. Date: April 3–7 Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Location: The Buzz Cost: $200 Ages: 9–12 years of age

Registration: February 6–March 30

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LEWIS PARK NIGHT HIKE

Join us as we hike through the trails of Lewis Park at dusk (approximately 1.5 miles) to add an extra layer of excitement to the adventure! Snacks and water will be provided.

Date: Friday, March 3

Cost: $10 per participant Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Lewis Park

Ages: All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult)

Registration: February 6–March 1

LITTLE RIVER KAYAK RUN

Please join us as we take a kayak run down a river in Cherokee County! There will be limited availability for this trip. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Date: Saturday, May 20

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: TBD Cost: $40 includes kayak rental, $15 if you bring your own kayak

Ages: All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult)

Registration: February 6–May 14

WATERLOGGED CAMP

Great water-based field trips daily!

Date: Week 1: June 12–16

Week 2: July 10–14

Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Location: The Buzz Cost: $250

Ages: 9–12 years of age

Registration: April 10–June 23

HIKING SCAVENGER HUNT: EASTER

Hop through the trails of Lewis Park as we take on an Easter-themed scavenger hunt!

Date: Wednesday, March 29

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 per participant

Location: Lewis Park Ages: All ages are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an adult)

Registration: February 6–March 27

OUTDOOR CAMP

Enjoy a week with fun-filled outdoor activities. Camp activities will include hiking, archery, fishing, kayaking, and climbing. All equipment is included. Bring your own lunch, snacks, and drinks.

Date: July 24–28

Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Location: The Buzz Cost: $200 Ages: 9–12 years of age Registration: April 10–July 21

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP (TEEN)

Join us for a daily dose of adventure! Camp activities include climbing, hiking, archery, kayaking, ropes course, and white water rafting. Bring your own lunch, snacks, and drinks.

Date: June 26–June 30

Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Location: The Buzz Cost: $250 Ages: 13–16 years of age

Registration: April 10–June 23

WATER ADVENTURE CAMP (TEEN)

Join us for a daily dose of water-based adventure! Camp activities include water-based theme parks, kayaking, and white water rafting. Bring your own lunch, snacks, and drinks.

Date: July 17–21

Time: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Location: The Buzz Cost: $250 Ages: 13–16 years of age

Registration: April 10–July 14

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MS. MAUREEN CLASSES

EXPLORE CAKE DECORATING

Come and learn tricks of the trade for cakes for any occasion! Hands-on, so dress appropriately. We will learn piping basics, fondant secrets, garnishes, fillings, and more.

Dates: Tuesday, February 28

Cost: $60

Times: 6:30–8:00 p.m. Ages: Any and all Registration Closes: January 20, 2023

Dates: Saturday, March 4 Cost: $60 Times: 9:30–11:30 a.m. Ages: Any and all Registration Closes: February 24, 2023

MAKE AND TAKE TEA AND BISCUITS GIFT SET

Gifting made easy! Learn how to create a beautiful and tasty tea-andbiscuits gift set you can keep for yourself or give to someone special.

Dates: Saturday, February 4 Cost: $60 Times: 9:30–11:00 a.m. Ages: Any and all Registration Closes: February 2, 2023

A NOTION TO SEW BASICS

Learn the basics of quick project sewing. Make and take home an accessory bag and an additional small practice project. Use a sewing machine, serger, and needle/thread.

Date: Saturday, January 21

Cost: $80

Times: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Ages: Any and all Registration January 18, 2023

GIFT BASKET SECRETS

Learn the secrets for creating pretty gift baskets. We will practice skills needed for gift basket-making and build a hostess-style basket to take home.

Dates: Saturday, May 6

Cost: $60

Times: 9:30–11:00 a.m. Ages: Any and all Registration Closes: April 28, 2023

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FOOD GIFT SECRETS

Learn the secrets of food gifts. Pretty to look at, easy to make—a special homemade gift along with packaging tips. Make-and-take class with two food gifts. Packaging and labeling how-tos.

Dates: Saturday, April 15

Cost: $60

Times: 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Ages: Any and all

Registration Closes: April 7, 2023

MAKE AND TAKE TEA CUP CANDLE

This gift is perfect for Mother’s Day! Make a precious gift and learn new skills while having fun. Learn easy candle-making tips and take home a beautiful tea-cup candle.

Dates: Saturday, April 29

Cost: $60 Times: 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Ages: Any and all

Registration Closes: April 21, 2023

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The L.B. “Buzz” Ahrens, Jr. Recreation Center is located at Cherokee Veterans Park. This is a state-of-the-art 32,623-square-foot facility with two full-sized basketball courts, cardio/fitness area, multiple classrooms, a dance studio, a large banquet hall with a catering kitchen, and a rock-climbing wall in the main atrium.

PROGRAMS AT “THE BUZZ”

Fitness For Life Total Body Group Exercise

Group exercise for the active adult focusing on balance, core strength, stabilization, and total body strength. Gina will work closely with you to tailor workouts to help you meet your goals and current fitness ability.

Date: Weekly on Thursdays Time: 9:30 a.m. Cost: $20 per class Ages: 18+ (perfect for 50+)

Registration: Ongoing

Mommy and Me Clay Handprint Crabs

Little artists will play with clay while creating a clay crab using impressions of their handprints! After sculpting and glazing our crabs, they will be kiln-fired and returned to The Buzz about two weeks after class.

Date: Saturday, June 24

Time: 10:00–11:00 a.m. Cost: $25 per child

Ages: 4–7 years of age

Limitations: Class is limited to 4–10 participants.

Registration: Closes June 16

Mommy and Me Clay Cupcakes

Little artists play with clay while creating a clay cupcake that looks good enough to eat! After sculpting and glazing the cupcakes, they will be kiln-fired and returned to The Buzz about two weeks after class.

Date: Saturday, February 18

Time: 10:00–11:15 a.m. Cost: $25 per child

Ages: 4–7 years of age

Limitations: Class is limited to 4–10 participants.

Registration: Closes February 10

Yin Yoga

This slower-paced yoga class consists of a thorough warm-up, gradually building heat to facilitate the opportunity to take it to floor-based postures and focus on a deeper stretch.

Date: Fridays in February Time: 10:00–11:00 a.m. Cost: $20 per class

Registration: Ongoing

Youth Summer Scents

Candle-Making Workshop

Create a set of three candles and personalize them with colors, scents, and embellishments with a summer theme. Candles will need an additional 30 minutes to set after class before they are ready to take home and enjoy.

Date: Saturday, July 15 Time: 10:00–11:00 a.m. Cost: $40

Ages: 9–12 years of age

Limitations: Class is limited to 5–10 participants.

Registration: Closes July 7

Flow and Go Yoga

This class will consist of a thorough warm-up, heat-building, and strength and balance postures to help you feel powerful and energized.

Date: Monday & Wednesdays beginning in February Time: 10:00–11:00 a.m. Cost: $20 per class Registration: Ongoing

Mixed Martial Arts

Participants learn a reality-based program of anti-bullying techniques, meditation, and breathing exercises. No experience necessary.

Dates: Mondays, February 6 through March 27 Time: 4:30–5:30 p.m. Cost: $175 per session Ages: 5–16 years of age

Registration: Closes January 30

Mommy and Me

Floral Arrangement Workshop

Children and their moms/caregivers will have a fun morning creating a beautiful flower arrangement just in time for Mother’s Day!

Date: Saturday, May 13

Time: 10:00–11:00 a.m. Cost: $46 Ages: 5–8 years of age

Limitations: Class is limited to 5–12 participants.

Registration: Closes May 5

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Adult Summer Scents

Candle-Making Workshop

Create a set of three candles and personalize them with colors, scents, and embellishments with a summer theme. Candles will need an additional 30 minutes to set after class before they are ready to take home and enjoy!

Date: Saturday, July 15

Time: 12:00–1:30 p.m. Cost: $45 Ages: Adults

Limitations: Class is limited to 4–10 participants.

Registration: Closes July 7

Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds

The Monarch and its cousins are simple to attract and use the same nectar sources as hummingbirds. Learn how to use and place hummingbird feeders around your home and select plants that attract both butterflies and birds. Maureen Penniman will help you plant a small butterfly garden and create an upcycled feeder.

Date: Saturday, May 13

Time: 9:30–11:00 a.m. Cost: $40 Ages: All Limitations: Class is limited to 4–10 participants.

Registration: Closes May

Attracting Birds to Backyard

This interactive class covers feeder types, bird feed, and tips on how to limit squirrels from crashing your backyard bird party. We will also introduce Feeder Watch. You’ll make an upcycled feeder using found objects and a nutritious bird food mixture.

Date: Saturday, April 1 Time: 9:30–11:00 a.m. Cost: $45 Ages: All

Limitations: Class is limited to 5–10 participants.

Registration: Closes March 24

Building Birdhouses

Learn about different birdhouse designs for specific species and how to use Nest Watch, a Cornell University website that monitors and collects data on bird populations. Each participant builds an Eastern Bluebird Birdhouse made of rough-cut cedar.

Date: Saturday, April 29

Time: 2:30–4:00 p.m.

Cost: $55

Ages: All (Minors must be accompanied by an adult.)

Limitations: Class is limited to 5–10 participants.

Registration: Closes April 21

Adult Watercolor Pet Portraits

Create a portrait of your pet using watercolors and a custom stencil made just for you of your pet. Pet photos will need to be submitted in advance to be used to create your stencil.

Date: Friday, March 10

Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Cost: $40

Ages: Adults

Limitations: Class is limited to 5–12 participants.

Registration: Closes March 3

An Introduction to Birding

Get involved with one of America’s most enjoyable pastimes! Learn how to identify Cherokee County birds. Learn to choose affordable binoculars, use field guides and birding apps, and how to use the Peterson identification method. You will even make a bird ornament from felt.

Date: Saturday, March 25 Time: 9:30–11:00 a.m. Cost: $45 Ages: All Limitations: Class is limited to 5–10 participants. Registration: Closes March 17

Tennis Lessons

Whether you are new to tennis, need to brush up on a few skills, or are looking to move your game to the next level of play, our tennis program has something for you. Lessons are taught at Cherokee Veterans Park.

Youth Session Dates: January 23–March 6

Juniors 8 years of age and up–$72/session

Mondays, 3:30–4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 3:30–4:30 p.m. Saturdays, 9:00–10:00 a.m.

Juniors 10 years of age and up–$72/session

Juniors 15 years of age and up–$72/session

Mondays, 4:30–5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Saturdays, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Mondays, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Adult Session Dates: January 23–March 6

Beginner Adults–$75/session

Adult Live Ball–$15/night

Register weekly, from the above session dates

Mondays, 7:00–8:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, 7:00–8:30 p.m.

Registration: Closes January 16

For more information on programming, contact Jessica Ascenzo at jnascenzo@cherokeega.com.

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PARTICIPATION INFORMATION

Participants are required to pre-register to guarantee a space in their desired class for each nine-week session.

Attire: Participants are welcome to wear leotards or may wear a t-shirt with shorts.

Safety: Long hair is to be pulled back into a ponytail.

Location: The WREC Registration: Ongoing Contact: Jessica Ascenzo jnascenzo@cherokeega.com

INDEPENDENT GYMNASTICS CLASSES

Beginner/Intermediate

MONDAYS

Dates: Winter: January 9–March 6 Spring: March 20–May 15 Time: 5:15–6:10 p.m. Ages: 6–13 years of age Cost: $99

Homeschool

SESSION DATES

Winter: January 9–March 9 Spring: March 20–May 18

GYMNASTICS CLASSES

AGES 4 & UNDER

Tiny Tumblers

MONDAYS

Dates: Winter: January 9–March 6 Spring: March 20–May 15 Time: 10:00–10:45 a.m. Ages: 2 years of age, Parent Assist Cost: $80 per nine-week session

Super Tumblers

Dates: Winter: January 9–March 6 Spring: March 20–May 15 Time: 11:00–11:45 a.m. Ages: 3–4 years of age Cost: $80

WEDNESDAYS

Super Tumblers

Dates: Winter: January 11–March 8 Spring: March 22–May 17 Time: 5:30–6:00 p.m. Ages: 3–4 years of age Cost: $89

WEDNESDAYS

Dates: Winter: January 11–March 8 Spring: March 22–May 17 Time: 12:30–1:25 p.m. Ages: 5–12 years of age Cost: $99

Kinder Kids

Dates: Winter: January 11–March 8 Spring: March 22–May 17 Time: 3:45–4:25 p.m. Ages: 5–6 years of age Cost: $89

THURSDAYS

Kinder Kids Time: 3:15–4:00 p.m. Ages: 5–6 years of age Cost: $89 per nine-week session

Beginner/Intermediate Time: 5:00–5:55 p.m. Ages: 6–13 years of age Cost: $99 per nine-week session

INSTRUCTOR-APPROVAL NEEDED GYMNASTICS CLASSES

MONDAY

WEDNESDAYS

Hot Shots

Dates: Mondays, January 9–March 6 Mondays, March 20–May 15 Time: 4:15–5:15 p.m. Ages: 6+ years of age Cost: $89

Intermediate/Advanced

Dates: January 11–March 8 March 22–May 17 Time: 4:30–5:25 p.m. Ages: 7+ years of age Cost: $99

CHEERLEADING/TUMBLE

Cheerleading/Tumble

Dates: Winter: January 12–March 9 Spring: March 23–May 18 Time: 4:00–4:55 p.m. Ages: 6–14 years of age Cost: $99 THURSDAYS

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FITNESS

SMALL GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING

The active adult comes face-to-face with a certified personal trainer in a fun, energetic, and semi-private setting. Gina Baumgartner is a certified NASM Personal Trainer and Functional Aging Specialist who takes into consideration your current medical condition and evaluates your fitness level to customize achievable goals. Enjoy different sessions as you incorporate flexibility, core, balance, stabilization, fall prevention, strength, and power. You will increase health and longevity to better enjoy daily activities, travel, and family.

LABLAST WITH LAURA

LaBlast is a revolutionary dance fitness program that fuses many ballroom dance moves into one calorie-burning workout. This will get you into shape! The patterns are accessible to any fitness or dance skill level!

Dates: Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Monday nights Times: 9:00–9:55 a.m. or 6:15–7:15 p.m.

Location: The WREC Cost: $32 per month Ages: 18+

Contact: Jessica Ascenzo, jnascenzo@cherokeega.com

Registration: Ongoing

CARDIO KICK

The ETO Cardio Kick class is appropriate for all fitness levels for ages 14+! Created by ETO Martial Arts & Fitness Founder and Step Aerobics Champion Missan Edwards, this “kick butt” workout improves cardiovascular endurance, muscle tone, and flexibility while incorporating a variety of cross-training elements. Join us for lots of fun in a safe, comfortable, and no-judgment environment.

Dates: Tuesdays Time: 7:00–8:00 p.m. Cost: $65 per month Ages: 14+

Registration: Ongoing

YOGA

WREC. Mondays 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Date: Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays

Time: 9:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m.

Location: The WREC Cost: $28 per session Age: 18+ (Perfect for 50+ age group)

Contact: Jessica Ascenzo, jnascenzo@cherokeega.com

Registration: Ongoing

YOGA WITH NICOLE

Happy Hippie Health presents Yoga with Nicole! Vinyasa flows for beginners & beyond. Move your body and join us for our yoga classes. Utilize your yoga class package for any of the class times.

Dates: Monthly | Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Times: 9:30–10:30 a.m.

Location: The WREC Cost: 4 classes: $100, 8 classes: $180, 12 classes: $230 Ages: 18+

Contact: Jessica Ascenzo, jnascenzo@cherokeega.com

Registration: Ongoing

STRETCHING CLASS WITH GINA

Stretching helps increase flexibility and improves posture, agility, and balance. Stretching also decreases stress, joint pain, and risk of injury. Enjoy a full body stretching class led by Gina Baumgartner, a certified personal trainer. Stretches can be done either seated or on a mat.

Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: The WREC

Cost: $17 per session

Age: 18+ (Perfect for age 50+)

Contact: Jessica Ascenzo, jnascenzo@cherokeega.com

Registration: Ongoing

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CAMPS

FEBRUARY BREAK CAMP

Non-Stop Action Break Camp

School’s out! During this Winter Break camp, campers go on three field trips during the week and all lunches are provided. Come join us for some fun! Visit our website for the itinerary or contact Anna Leigh Nielsen at alnielsen@cherokeega.com for more information.

SPRING BREAK CAMP

Spring Into Action Break Camp

Happy spring break! During our Spring Into Action Break Camp, we go on three field trips during the week and all lunches are provided. Come join us for some fun! Visit our website for the itinerary or contact Anna Leigh Nielsen at alnielsen@cherokeega.com for more information.

SUMMER CAMPS

Adventure Express Day Camps at The WREC

School’s out for summer! Adventure Express Day Camps are our annual summer break camp. The program strives to provide campers with high-quality recreational experiences that will be beneficial throughout their lives, as well as provide fun in a safe environment, conducive to the growth of each child. Adventure Express offers an opportunity for each child to build personal/social skills through teamwork, and individual or group interaction. For more information, contact Anna Leigh Nielsen at alnielsen@cherokeega.com.

Adventures Express Summer Day Camp at The WREC: K–8 years of age

Dates: Monday–Friday, June 5–July 28 (No camp the week of July 4)

Cost: $200 weekly per child

$50 deposit due at registration each week (nonrefundable). Deposit goes toward $200 weekly total.

Hours: 7:00–9:00 a.m. Drop off 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Camp activities

4:00–6:00 p.m. Pick up

Ages: Kindergarten to 8 years of age

Dates: Monday, February 20–Friday, February 24, 2023

Time: 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Location: The WREC & The Buzz Ages: 5–12 years of age

Cost: $200/week per camper

Contact: Anna Leigh Nielsen, alnielsen@cherokeega.com

Dates: April 3–7, 2023

Time: Monday–Friday 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Cost: $200 for the week, per camper

Location: The WREC & The Buzz Ages: 5–12 years of age

Contact: Anna Leigh Nielsen, alnielsen@cherokeega.com

SAFE KIDS

Safe Kids is a worldwide non-profit organization that teaches kids how to prevent injuries and stay safe in various situations. Safe Kids has been a partner with Adventure Express Summer Day Camps for three years and uses interactive techniques to teach kids how to be safe.

Adventures Express Summer Day Camp at The WREC: 9–12 years of age

Dates: Monday–Friday, June 5–July 28 (No camp the week of July 4)

Cost: $200 weekly per child

$50 deposit due at registration each week (non-refundable). Deposit goes toward $200 weekly total.

Hours: 7:00–9:00 a.m. Drop off

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Camp activities

4:00–6:00 p.m. Pick up

Ages: 9–12 years of age

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Adventures Express Summer Day Camp at The Hickory Flat Gym: K–8 years of age

Dates: Monday–Friday, June 5–July 28 (No camp the week of July 4)

Cost: $200 weekly per child: June 5–July 28

$50 deposit due at registration each week (nonrefundable). Deposit goes toward $200 weekly total.

Hours: 7:00–9:00 a.m. Drop off 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Camp activities 4:00–6:00 p.m. Pick up

Location: The Hickory Flat Gym

Ages: Kindergarten through 8 years of age

Contact: Anna Leigh Nielsen, alnielsen@cherokeega.com

Adventures Express Summer Day Camp at CCSD: 9–12 years of age

Dates: Monday–Friday, June 5–July 28

(No camp the week of July 4)

Cost: $200 weekly per child

$50 deposit due at registration each week (nonrefundable). Deposit goes toward $200 weekly total.

Hours: 7:00–9:00 a.m. Drop off 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Camp activities 4:00–6:00 p.m. Pick up

Location: TBD

Ages: 9–12 years of age

Adventures Express Summer Day Camp at CCSD: K–12

Dates: Monday–Friday, June 5–July 28 (No camp the week of July 4)

Cost: $200 weekly per child. $50 deposit due at registration each week (non-refundable). Deposit goes toward $200 weekly total.

Hours: 7:00–9:00 a.m. Drop off 9:00 am–4:00 p.m. Camp activities 4:00–6:00 p.m. Pick up

Location: TBD

Ages: Kindergarten through 12 years of age

Contact: Anna Leigh Nielsen, alnielsen@cherokeega.com

Adventures Express Summer Day Camp at The Buzz: 9–12 years of age

Dates: Monday–Friday, June 5–July 28

(No camp the week of July 4)

Cost: $200 weekly per child

$50 deposit due at registration each week (non-refundable). Deposit goes toward $200 weekly total.

Hours: 7:00–9:00 a.m. Drop off 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Camp activities 4:00–6:00 p.m. Pick up

Location: The Buzz

Ages: 9–12 years of age

Contact: Anna Leigh Nielsen, alnielsen@cherokeega.com

Contact: Anna Leigh Nielsen, alnielsen@cherokeega.com

Adventures Express Summer Day Camp at The Buzz: K–8 years of age

Dates: Monday–Friday, June 5–July 28 (No camp the week of July 4)

Cost: $200 weekly per child. $50 deposit due at registration each week (non-refundable). Deposit goes toward $200 weekly total.

Hours: 7:00–9:00 a.m. Drop off 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Camp activities 4:00–6:00 p.m. Pick up

Location: The Buzz

Ages: Kindergarten through 8 years of age

Contact: Anna Leigh Nielsen, alnielsen@cherokeega.com

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ADDITIONAL RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

BASEBALL

Canton Dizzy Dean Baseball 470-316-5907 CantonBaseball.net

Kenny Griggs

East Cherokee Baseball 770-609-9854 EastCherokeeBaseball.com Rodd Thrasher

Hobgood Park Baseball HobgoodParkBaseball.com Matt McKenna

Macedonia Baseball 770-362-5917 MacedoniaBaseball.org Chris Johnson

North Cherokee Baseball 770-548-5528 LeagueLineUp.com/Welcome.asp George Parton

South Cherokee Baseball 770-823-7489 SouthCherokeeBaseball.com Zach Dickens

BASKETBALL

Cherokee Youth Basketball 770-924-7768 PlayCherokee.org

CHEERLEADING

Cherokee Youth Football Cheerleading 770-710-2835 CYFA.org

FOOTBALL

Cherokee Youth Girls Flag Football 770-924-7768 PlayCherokee.org

Cameron Riles

Melissa Hilliard

Nick Hoskins

Melissa Hilliard North Georgia Falcons 678-230-6542 NorthGeorgiaFalcons.com Diana McDaniel

Cherokee Youth Football Association 770-710-2835 CYFA.org

IN-LINE HOCKEY

C.H.I.L.L. 770-851-1558 CherokeeHockey.org

LACROSSE

Matt Hackett

Nick Hoskins Creekview Girls Youth Lacrosse 404-372-3841 GrizzlyGirlsLAX.com Chris Holmstrom Creekview Boys Youth Lacrosse 404-839-0411 JrGrizzlyLAX.org Eric Smith

Cherokee Youth Lacrosse 770-924-7768 PlayCherokee.org

ROWING

Allatoona Rowing Association 678-234-7233 AllatoonaRowing.org Ann Carey

SOCCER

Cherokee Impact 770-704-0187 CSAImpact.com

Nicole Vinette Cherokee YMCA 770-591-6092 YMCAAtlanta.org/YMCA-Locations/Cherokee

NASA Tophat Soccer 678-439-6730 NASATophat.com Dave Smith

SOFTBALL

Cherokee Youth Softball 770-924-7768 PlayCherokee.org

Leigh Prickett Cherokee Senior Softball 770-757-8467 teampages.com/organizations/2042 Norm Theim South Cherokee Recreation Assoc. southcherokeesoftball.com Joy Fricks

TRACK AND FIELD

Sequoyah Youth Track Club Eteamz.com/SequoyahYouthTrackClub Mike Leake Woodstock Youth Track Club 404-654-0093 sports.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=380255

SWIMMING

Cherokee County Aquatic Center 770-924-7768 PlayCherokee.org

Cherokee Summer Swim Assoc. CherokeeSummerSwim.Swimtopia.com Mike Davis

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Cherokee County Special Olympics CherokeeCountySpecialOlympics.org Ben Farist

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HICKORY FLAT GYM

This newly-renovated facility includes a stage, kitchen, and athletic court.

Monday–Thursday 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Friday 4:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Saturday–Sunday 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

THE WREC

The WREC has a variety of rentals. � Monday–Thursday

9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. � Friday

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. � Saturday

9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. � Sunday Closed

FIRE STATION COMMUNITY ROOMS

Imagine a Fire Truck themed birthday party at the fire station!

L.B. “BUZZ” AHRENS, JR. RECREATION CENTER

Finding the perfect location for your next special event is easy when you look to Cherokee Recreation and Parks. From weddings to business networking to HOA meetings and family reunions—we’ve got it all.

UNION HILL COMMUNITY CENTER

Ideal for weddings! � Monday–Thursday

8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. � Friday–Saturday

8:00 a.m.– 11:00 p.m. � Sunday 1:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Birthday parties � Business meetings � Wedding showers � 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

PAVILIONS

Several pavilions throughout our county parks available to rent.

� Family gatherings � Picnics � Birthday parties � 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

L.B. “BUZZ” AHRENS, JR. RECREATION CENTER

“THE BUZZ”

� Monday–Thursday

7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

� Friday 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

� Saturday 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. � Sunday 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

SILVER ROAMERS Club Membership Benefits: → Discounts on events and trips! → Win prizes through Mileage Club! → See wonderful attractions in Georgia and surrounding states! Best of all… meet a group of amazing men and women! → All Cherokee County residents, 55 and better, are welcome. → To register, visit Cherokee County Senior Services or PlayCherokee.org. → Contact Wayne Urquhart at 678-493-6116 or wlurquhart@cherokeega.com Cherokee County Senior Services | 1001 Univeter Road, Canton, GA 30115 JOIN TODAY!
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