Issuu on Google+

JANUARY - APRIL 2017

Join us for the Winter Farmers’ Market! details page 7


FROM THE DIRECTOR Dear Resident, I’m not sure about you, but the Fishers Parks & Recreation team feels like we blinked and now it’s 2017! As we embark on a new year, we have to pause for a second and celebrate record attendance of our programs and events over the last year. Your patronage of our recreation programs, community-wide and inaugural events truly created a sense of place in our community. In 2017, we’ll look forward to continuing creating special traditions for your families, year-round. This spring, we encourage you to get outside! Typically a busy testing time in our school system, spring months offer opportunities to watch our natural environment come back to life. Our diverse programs offer opportunities for your child to

Tony Elliot

enjoy outdoor recreation, learn more about our changing natural

Director of Fishers Parks & Recreation

environment and explore the world and our community. This spring, we’ve teamed up with the National Recreation and Parks Association’s (NRPA) Commit to Health program. Alongside roughly 1,000 parks and recreation departments across the country, we’ll be encouraging children to get active and healthy. We encourage you to connect with us on social media and to check out our section in Think Fishers for additional information about our farmers markets, now running during winter and summer

Director's Choice

months, and our community garden program. Both offer exciting

January 15 - Winnie the Pooh Day

ways to engage your children in conversations about health and

Come hangout with that silly, old bear! We’ll have games,

nutrition. We also encourage you to join us, and NRPA on social

crafts, and story time as we celebrate A. A. Milne’s

media using hashtag #committohealth to share how your family

fantastic tales.

is prioritizing health and physical fitness in Fishers! Continue reading the January through April Fun Guide for details on some

February 25 - Fairy Tale Tea Party

of your favorite events, along with brand new programs coming

Enjoy a fancy celebration at one of our most beautiful

soon! We look forward to hearing what you think at our events

facilities complete with a visit from a special Princess!

and on social media. Sincerely,

April 17 - Pottery & Pinot Adults can enjoy painting their own pottery during this crafty night out.

Tony Elliot Director, Fishers Parks & Recreation

2

JANUARY - APRIL 2017


Contents 04 Volunteer 05

Special Events

07 Parks 08 Programs 14

Our Environment

15

Partner Programs

17 Contact

How To Register ONLINE: Visit www.Fishers.in.us/Parks to register

BY MAIL OR IN PERSON: Visit www.Fishers.in.us/Parks to print out and complete a registration form, and return the form, with payment, to

Parks & Recreation 11565 Brooks Schools Road Fishers, Indiana 46037 PAYMENTS: Payments in person can be made by credit card, or by check or exact cash. Payments mailed must include exact cash or a check.

REFUND POLICY: If a class is canceled by Fishers Parks & Recreation, a full refund will be given. Refund requests prior to the registration deadline will be granted, minus the cost of any special program supplies. Refund requests made after the registration deadline will only be given (minus the cost of special program supplies) if the minimum required number of participants has been met. Summer camp programs and dances are exceptions, and additional information about specific refund policies can be found online at www.Fishers.in.us/Parks.

3


Volunteer Searching for a way to make an impact in the community? Consider volunteering some of your time to assist with various events and programs happening throughout the City. Fishers Parks & Recreation relies upon volunteers throughout the community for assistance. Each volunteer is matched with opportunities of interest so that the experience is rewarding and fun. Volunteer opportunities are available all year long. Volunteering with Fishers Parks & Recreation is a meaningful experience that connects residents with neighbors, causes and opportunities that help to make our community a better place. Curious about opportunities that are currently available? Visit the calendar at www.Fishers.in.us/Volunteer to learn more.

Volunteer Spotlight Join forces with local businesses and residents to leave a lasting impact on our community! Keep Fishers Beautiful (KFB) is Fishers’ largest, community-wide volunteer event and returns on April 15th, 2017. KFB includes opportunities to participate in the 13th annual Spring Service Day at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, to partner with residents to lend a hand to those in need during the Neighborhood Blitz, and to complete other beautification projects in our local parks. Keep Fishers Beautiful is rain or shine, and we encourage volunteers to wear clothing that can get dirty and closed toed shoes. Volunteers are welcome to participate as individuals or with a group! All supplies will be provided by our team, and our staff is happy to sign off on any volunteer hours completed by local students, organizations, scouts or athletes! Please contact Dan at domsicd@ fishers.in.us to confirm your individual or group registration for participation in the Neighborhood Blitz or at a local park by March 6. Pre-registration is appreciated

Dan Domsic

for Spring Service Day by April 8, however registration is not required to volunteer.

Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordination

Upcoming Opportunities DATE

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Discovery Club

EVENT

January 13

2

Winnie the Pooh Day

January 15

18 (max)

Mad Scientists Heart Hikes Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance Play Date Night

February 3

2

February 3 & 4

13 (per day)

February 8

2-3

February 10

3

February 21 - 24

2 - 3 (per day)

February 25

2-3

Keep Fishers Beautiful

April 15

Unlimited

Pre-K Prom

April 21

1-2

Arbor Day

April 27

8 (max)

Little Chefs Fairy Tale Tea Party

4

JANUARY - APRIL 2017


Winnie the Pooh Day

Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance

Sunday, Jan. 15 | 1 - 3 p.m.

sponsored by Mill Top Banquet & Conference Center

Cumberland Park Building | Free

Wednesday, Feb. 8 | 7 - 8:30 p.m. Mill Top Banquet Center, 802 Mulberry Street, Noblesville

Families of all ages are invited to escape the house during our

Resident $8, Nonresident $12

National Winnie the Pooh Day open house. Bring or wear your favorite Winnie the Pooh clothing and stuffed animals to enjoy

Fishers Parks & Recreation wants to help you surprise the littlest

the celebration. For convenience, activities will take place in and

love of your life! Fathers, you and your daughter, ages 5-12 are

outdoors, ensuring your family can warm up inside! Outdoor

invited to our annual sweetheart dance. Dress in your semi-formal

activities include Pooh Sticks, animal artifacts, a 100 Acre Wood

attire and enjoy light refreshments, prizes and dancing the night

story nook, and games. Inside, families can enjoy crafts, games

away while Pro-Sound Entertainment plays some of the top hits.

and light refreshments. Don’t forget to bring your camera,

A photo booth will be available and professionals from Goldberg

Winnie the Pooh will be stopping by during this program, and

Photography will be present to capture photos for an additional

parents, we encourage you to share your best photos with hashtag

fee. Parents, please note: tickets for this event must be purchased

#WinnieinFishers for a chance to be featured!

in person or through the US Mail. Tickets also must be picked up at the Fishers Parks & Recreation Office, and tickets must be presented for entrance into the venue. Register by February 1 with

Heart Hikes

Activity Title “Father Daughter Dance”.

Friday, Feb. 3 & Saturday, Feb. 4 | 1 - 3 p.m. Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve | Free

St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon

Ecotherapy is an initiative we talk about year-round as we look

sponsored by Hamilton Trace Exceptional Senior Living

for creative ways to encourage our community to unplug and head

Friday, Mar. 17 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

outdoors. This February, our Heart Hikes are returning to Ritchey

Roy G. Holland Park Building | Resident $8, Nonresident $12

Woods Nature Preserve. Planned on Hamilton Southeastern School’s half day, the open house style program invites students,

Join us for our annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, complete with

business professionals taking a long lunch and residents to enjoy

a delicious meal, friends and games. Specifically designed for

the great outdoors. Photographs of natural hearts found in nature

residents 55 and up, guests will enjoy a catered lunch from Sahm’s

will line the trails and guide your path. Hot cocoa will be provided,

including corned beef and cabbage. After lunch is finished, guests

and guests can warm up by the campfire. Heart Hikes are free to

can enjoy a few games of bingo! Don’t miss a seat at the table.

attend, and take place on two separate days for convenience.

Register by March 10 with Activity Title “St. Patty’s Lunch”.

JANUARY - APRIL 2017

5


Movies in the Park

Family Love

Friday Nights, Apr. - May | Sunset

Monday, Apr. 10 | 6 - 7 p.m.

NPD AMP | Free

Billericay Park Building | Resident $6, Nonresident $9

Roll out a blanket, stop by concessions and get ready for a free

Parents, let your children celebrate #NationalSiblingDay while

show! Spring Movies in the Park return offering the perfect

you enjoy a few moments on the sideline watching! Let us referee

opportunity to unwind under the stars on Friday nights.

their friendly competition during this evening program as your

Beginning at sunset, movies are selected to meet the interests

children enjoy light refreshments, physical competitions and

of a large number of people. We trust parents to make decisions

brain games. This brand new program encourages your children

on which movies are most appropriate for their families! This

to have some fun, and take a moment to appreciate each other.

year, mobile concessions will be available during each show! Stay

This program is for ages 3 through 12. Register by April 3 with

tuned for additional details, and be sure to share your photos

Acitivity Title “Family Love”.

using #FishersMovies for a chance to be featured! 4/14 Star Wars: Episode VII

5/12 Cinderella (2015)

4/21 Pete’s Dragon (2016)

5/19 Storks

4/28 Huntsman: Winter’s War

5/26 Finding Dory

5/5

The Secret Life of Pets

Arbor Day - Let’s Flock NPD Wednesday, Mar. 1 - Thursday, Apr. 27 Around the NPD | $3/Flamingo (while supplies last) Ready, set, decorate! Arbor Day is the perfect time to flock the Nickel Plate District with a flamingo, decorated as you see fit. Our annual decorating contest begins early March, ensuring your family has enough time to let those creative juices flow! Stop by our office to pick up your lawn flamingo and a set of rules so you qualify for the contest. Decorating is open from March 1st through April 27th, and all flamingos are due back to the Nickel Plate District AMP on Friday, April 28th between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Winners will be selected in five categories, and the winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Wasson Nursery that can be applied towards a tree purchase! We’re doing things a bit different this year in that flamingos will be auctioned off by Burgess Auction and Appraisals from 7 to 8 p.m. All proceeds will be used to plant tree(s) at Fishers parks in honor of Arbor Day! Don’t worry, you can choose to keep your flamingos if you’d like. Stick around after the event for #FishersMovies beginning at sunset! Please visit our website to learn more about Let’s Flock the NPD. Registration due by April 27.

Nature Program

6

JANUARY - APRIL 2017


SHOP FRESH. SHOP LOCAL.

ALL WINTER LONG. Taking place on Saturday mornings from now until March 18th, Fishers Parks & Recreation is excited to host the Winter Farmers Market presented by IU Health Saxony. Hosted inside the Billericay Park building, the farmers market invites residents to shop local during cooler winter months.

VENDORS INCLUDE:

Although smaller in size than the summer market, the Winter Farmers Market features local produce, baked goods, and other artisan items. The market takes place from 9 a.m. to noon, and residents are encouraged to arrive early!

JANUARY - APRIL 2017

• Artisano’s Oils & Spices • The Bacon Guy • The Bearded Baker • Bliss Haven Farms • Garcia Gardens • Generations Pie Company • Gluten Free Creations, Inc. • Grace and Truth Farms • Grandpa’s Beef Jerky • Guacamole & More, LLC • Harvest Café Coffee & Tea • Johnnie Raber Family Farm • Lousie’s Sweets • Love & Cobbler • Master Hand BBQ • Mathoo’s Eggrolls • Morehouse Premium Pork • Mother Noble • Our Garden Soap • Skillington Farms • Some Like it Hot • Your Family’s Pasta

7


Playfull Hours

Music & Movement Monday, April 3 | 10 - 11 a.m.

Ready. Set. PLAY! Attention parents, PlayFULL Hours

Holland Park Building | Resident $2, Nonresident $3

programs are back this Spring offering little ones ages 1

Activity Title: PFH Music

through 5 opportunities to explore different materials and activities all centered around a specific theme. Parent

Takes place indoors and outdoors. Register by March 31.

participation is required, so you can get in on the fun and make new friends, too!

Two Times the Fun

PAYMENT OPTIONS • Pay as you go • Flex Pass which cost R$6/NR$9 and include entry

Bring your curiosity and have some fun! Two Times the Fun programs are designed specifically for two year

into 5 classes for the price of 3

olds to explore the world and discover new things. Each Be sure to visit www.fishers.in.us/parks to learn more

program is complete with interactive play, songs, crafts

about PlayFULL Hours payment options

and games with new friends. Parents, participation and pre-registration are both required.

Things That Go! Tuesday, January 31 | 10 - 11 a.m.

Snow Angels

Billericay Park Building | Resident $2, Nonresident $3

Friday, January 27 | 10 - 11 a.m.

Activity Title: PFH Go!

Billericay Park Building | Resident $6, Nonresident $9 Activity Title: TTTF Snow Angels

Program takes place indoors only. Register by January 30. A brand new theme, this program invites your little one for winter themed crafts, songs and activities! Your child can

Natural Wonderland

play with “snow”, participate in an indoor snowball fight,

Monday, February 27 | 10 - 11 a.m.

and make craft snowmen, penguins and more. Register by

Holland Park Building | Resident $2, Nonresident $3

January 20.

Activity Title: PFH Natural Program takes place indoors only. Register by February 24.

Sealed with a Kiss Tuesday, February 14 | 10 - 11 a.m. Billericay Park Building | Resident $6, Nonresident $9

Seasons & Holidays

Activity Title: TTTF Kiss

Wednesday, March 22 | 10 - 11 a.m. Holland Park Building | Resident $2, Nonresident $3

Join us for hearts, Valentine and love bug inspired crafts,

Activity Title: PFH Seasons

songs and activities. We’ll also have Valentine themed sensory bins so your child can explore different materials

Program takes place indoors only. Register by March 21.

and textures! This program also includes an indoor, heart scavenger hunt! Register by February 7.

8

JANUARY - APRIL 2017


Polar Bears, Penguins & Igloos, OH MY! Blossoms & Buds

Friday, February 17 | 10 - 11 a.m.

Monday, March 6 | 10 - 11 a.m.

Roy G. Holland Park Building | Resident $8, Nonresident $12

Holland Park Building | Resident $6, Nonresident $9

Activity Title: Polar Bears

Activity Title: TTTF Blossoms Indianapolis no longer has a polar bear, but we’re not letting that A brand new season is coming our way! Join us for a spring

ruin our winter plans! Join us to explore cold weather animals.

celebration. Your little one will enjoy spring inspired

Children ages 3-6 are invited for games and crafts with snow,

crafts, songs and activities during this program. We’ll

polar bears, penguins and igloos. During this program, your

explore birds, rainbows, chicks, bees, flowers and more!

child will also complete a polar bear insulation experiment!

Register by February 27.

Registration is due by February 10.

Lil’ Bunnies

Cowabunga, Dude!

Friday, April 14 | 10 - 11 a.m.

Tuesday, February 21 | 10 - 11 a.m.

Holland Park Building | Resident $6, Nonresident $9

Bubba’s 33 Restaurant | Resident $10, Nonresident $15

Activity Title: TTTF Bunnies

Activity Title: Cowabunga Dude

We’re celebrating Easter with crafts, activities and stories!

Hang ten with Fishers Parks & Recreation! This program is back

Two year olds and a parent are invited to join us as we

by popular demand, and invites children ages 4-7 for a TMNT

make Easter chicks, fingerprint baskets, bunnies, Easter

celebration! Learn about your four favorite turtles and their very

eggs and all sorts of Spring time crafts! Register by

favorite food – pizza. The staff from Bubba’s 33 will help your

April 7.

little one create their very own pizza while they enjoy games and crafts during the program. Registration due by February 14.

Preschool Programs

Fairy Tale Tea Party Saturday, February 25 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Chinese New Year Celebration!

The Historic Ambassador House | Resident $20, Nonresident $30

Tuesday, January 24 | 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Activity Title: Fairy Tale Tea

Billericay Park Building | Resident $2, Nonresident $3 For every child that’s ever wanted to be a Prince or Princess, we

Activity Title: Chinese New Year

have a brand new program just for you! Children ages 2-10 are January 28th, 2017 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year,

invited to the Historic Ambassador House for a very special tea

an event that celebrates the start of the farming season and a new

party. During the event, your little one will enjoy cookies and

year for businesses searching to increase profits and success. This

lemonade (or water) and complete a princess inspired game

year, Fishers Parks & Recreation invites little ones ages 2-5 and

and craft. Parents, bring your cameras, a special Princess will

a parent/guardian to our very own Chinese New Year celebration!

stop by with a story, song, meet-and-greet with your child,

During this program, your child will learn about the holiday

and a photo opportunity to capture the memory! Parents, your

through several craft activities! Children will also sample egg

participation is required during this program, and we ask you not

drop soup. Registration is due by January 17.

bring any additional children due to space of the venue. Register by February 17.

JANUARY - APRIL 2017

9


Youth & Teen Programs

End of the Rainbow Friday, March 3 | 10 - 11 a.m. Billericay Park Building | Resident $8, Nonresident $12

Discovery Club

Activity Title: Rainbow

Friday, January 13 | 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Billericay Park Building | Resident $17, Nonresident $26

Let’s hurry up and find that pot ‘o gold! Children ages 2-5 are

Activity Title: Discover Club

invited for a special St. Patty’s Day themed program. Complete with rainbow, shamrocks, and leprechauns, this program takes it

Half days can be tough on working parents, and this January we

a step further with a scavenger hunt to find Louis the Leprechaun

want to make them a bit easier! Children ages 5-12 are invited

and a chance for your child to make their own gold! That’s not all,

to join our Discovery Club. Parents, while you return back to

our staff will send home instructions so your little one can create

work after lunch, your children will enjoy different games and

their very own leprechaun trap. Registration due by February 24.

activities with new friends. High and low active games, a STEAM projects and crafts will all be packed into this three hour program. So what are you waiting for? Registration due by January 6.

Bird Feeding Frenzy Tuesday, April 18 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Billericay Park Building | Resident $2, Nonresident $3

Chime-In! Glass Fusing

Activity Title: Bird Feeding Frenzy

Saturday, January 21 | 1 - 2 p.m. Holland Park Building | Resident $26, Nonresident $39

We survived the cold winter months, and now we’re ready to

Activity Title: Chime In Glass Fusing

celebrate the arrival of spring, especially in our yards! Parents, you and your little one, ages 2-5 are invited to join us for this

Birds are chirping and we’re thinking spring! Children ages 8 and

special program. Duos will work together to create several bird

older are invited to join us and experience the techniques and

feeders that can be placed in your home garden or throughout

fundamentals of glass fusing. No prior experience is needed as

your yard! This program includes a group story and game, offering

staff members from Creative Escape help your child assemble a

opportunities to also make a new friend. Register by April 11.

simple wind chime that can be used to decorate your windows for years to come. Creations will be fused after the program is completed, and will be available for pick up from the Fishers

Pre-K Prom

Parks & Recreation office 14 days after the program is complete.

Friday, April 21 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

All supplies are provided. Registration is due by January 19.

Saxony Hall | Resident $5, Nonresident $8 Activity Title: Pre-K Prom

Mad Scientists Finally, a program for all of our preschool parents wishing they

Friday, February 3 | 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

could attend the sweetheart dance! Children ages 2-5 and a parent

Billericay Park Building | Resident $17, Nonresident $26

are invited for this special evening together. During the program,

Activity Title: Mad Scientists

a DJ from Pro-Sound Entertainment will play music for guests to dance the night away! Cookies, juice and water will be served and

Turn your children’s half day into a science lab with our staff!

parents are encouraged to bring a camera as a photo backdrop

Children ages 5-12 are invited to transform the Billericay Park

and props will be available for use. Tickets must be purchased

building into the ultimate science lab on their half day from

for everyone attending the dance, and can be picked up at the

school. During this program, your child will enjoy a STEAM

Fishers Parks & Recreation office located at 11565 Brooks School

themed day complete with gloop, lava lamps, optical illusions

Road during normal office hours. Web registration is not available

and much more! Registration due by January 27.

for this event. Registration is due by April 14.

10

JANUARY - APRIL 2017


Be Mine Pottery

Lil’ Sharkie Pottery

Saturday, February 4 | 1 -2 p.m.

Saturday, March 4 | 1 - 2 p.m.

Holland Park Building | Resident $15, Nonresident $23

Holland Park Building | Resident $15, Nonresident $23

Activity Title: Be Mine Pottery

Activity Title: Lil Sharkie Pottery

Celebrate Valentine’s Day during an upcoming pottery program!

Take a bite out of Shark Week! Your child, ages 2-10 is invited to

Your child ages 2-10 will enjoy hearing Splat, the Car Funny

celebrate sharks with our staff. During this program, we’ll read

Valentine, a humorous story, and then paint their very own heart

Smiley Shark and paint and awesome shark figurine that can be

pottery box that you can store your precious keepsakes in. All paint

used to decorate any room! All paint and supplies will be provided

and supplies will be provided, and pieces will be kiln fired after

and no prior experience is needed. Once the program concludes,

the program concludes. Finished projects can be picked up before

pieces will be kiln fired and available for pick up at the Fishers

Valentine’s Day at the Fishers Parks & Recreation office, located

Parks & Recreation office located at 11565 Brooks School Road.

at 11565 Brooks School Road. Registration due by February 2.

Registration is due by March 2.

Play Date Night

Pie Day

Friday, February 10 | 5 - 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 14 | 6 - 7 p.m.

Holland Park Building | Resident $20, Nonresident $30

Billericay Park Building | Resident $5, Nonresident $8

Activity Title: Kids Night Out

Activity Title: Pie Day

Let’s face it, finding a good baby sitter is hard, and it isn’t always

Pi or pie – how about both?! Let your child join in on the sampling

affordable! That’s why Fishers Parks & Recreation is offering

fun! As we celebrate Pi day, your child can taste test different

a brand new program that allows parents to enjoy a kid-free

flavors of pie, but that’s not all. Children will also be sampling

evening while your children are having some fun. A brand new

food that start with “pi”, like pineapples and pizza, and foods

drop-off program, Play Date Night offers your children ages 2-12

that are circular in shape, like pancakes and cookies! During this

an opportunity to play various games and create Valentine crafts.

program, we’ll have a contest to see who can recite the most digits

Refreshments will be provided, though we do recommend children

of the famous constant and play pie related games. Pie Day is best

have dinner before they arrive. Parents, you can drop them off as

suited for children ages 6 - 12. Registration is due by March 7.

early as 5 p.m., but please plan to pick up your children promptly at 9:30 p.m. Register by February 3.

Creative Canvases Tuesday, March 21 | 5 -6 p.m.

Little Chefs

Holland Park Building | Resident $10, Nonresident $15

Tuesday, February 21 - Friday, February 24 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Activity Title: Creative Canvases

Holland Park Building | Resident $12, Nonresident $18 Whether you’re a passionate artist, or simply looking for

Activity Title: Little Chefs

something fun to do, families can get ready to paint together On your market, get set, top chef! Calling all chefs, ages 7-12,

with our staff! Families of all ages will receive 4 canvases to paint

you’re invited to a brand new program where you can learn about

during this program, but instead of paint brushes, you’ll use your

and/or improve your cooking skills! This drop-off program will

hands. Groups can make a creative, abstract art piece to display

teach your little one how to make various breakfast and dinner

and memories to cherish for years to come! Registration due by

meals, as well as delicious deserts. Nutrition will be covered

March 14.

and chefs will make their very own recipe book during the class. Secure a spot in the kitchen! Registration is due by February 14.

JANUARY - APRIL 2017

11


Adults

Safe Sitter Friday, March 31 | 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Billericay Park Building | Resident $38, Nonresident $57

Book Club

Activity Title: Safe Sitter

Tuesdays, Jan. 17, Feb. 28, Mar. 28, & Apr. 25 | 3 - 4 p.m. Holland Park Building | Free

The nationally recognized Safe Sitter program returns this spring

Activity Title: Book Club

offering opportunities for young adults, ages 11 - 14, to learn child safety skills, child care skills, first aid skills and more! This

This winter, we’re offering a new opportunity for you to connect

one day program will help your pre-teen prepare for emergencies

with other readers in our community through a monthly book

and know what actions to take. Beyond that, it will help them

club. Adults 16 and older will meet on one Tuesday of the month

learn a few life and business skills! Registration due by March 24.

to explore different novels. Participants should come prepared to share and discuss possible book choices during the first meeting on January 17. Pre-registration is appreciated, but registration is

Spectacular String Art

due before the first meeting on January 17.

Thursday, April 13 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Billericay Park Building | Resident $12, Nonresident $18

DIY: Reversible Blocks

Activity Title: String Art

Thursday, January 26 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Ready, set, craft! Join us for this hands on art program, where

Billericay Park Building | Resident $20, Nonresident $30

you can create wood art to display around the house. Artists 14

Activity Title: DIY Block

and older are invited to create a popular DIY Pinterest project. We’ll provide wood, string and nails that will help you create a

This January, we’ve got a brand new program that can help you

masterpiece, all you need to bring is a hammer. You can create

decorate for every occasion! Adults 18 and older are invited to

your own design using or template, or bring one of your own,

join us while we create a very festive DIY project. Each participant

just be sure that it is able to fit on a 10” x 10” piece of wood.

will decorate blocks, so that each side has a different decoration.

Registration due by April 6.

When they’re displayed year round, you can rotate the blocks as different holidays approach! Registration is due by January 19, and this program is a great idea for a girl’s night out.

Blossom Into Spring Pottery Saturday, April 22 | 1 - 2 p.m. Holland Park Building | Resident $15, Nonresident $23

Travel Adventures

Activity Title: Blossom Pottery

Saturday, March 11 | 2 - 3 p.m. Holland Park Building | Free

Children ages 2-10 are invited to this pottery program. Parents,

Activity Title: Travel Adventures

your participation is required as you help your child paint a flower vase. Vases make beautiful decorations around the house, or may

Join radio personalities and travel experts Ann and John

be the perfect gift for your mom or mother figure this Mother’s

Cinnamon for an informative travel presentation. Through

Day! After the group has completed their painting, our staff with

vivid photography and colorful storytelling, they share their

read Mommies are for Counting Stars. All paints and supplies

experiences of traveling to all 50 states, all seven continents and

will be provided during this program, and no prior experience

more than 80 countries; experiencing such things as running

is needed. Pieces will be kiln fired after the program concludes

with the bulls in Pamplona, hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, trekking

and available for pickup at the Fishers Parks & Recreation office 7

gorillas in Rwanda and snorkeling with sea lions in the Galapagos.

days after the program ends. Register by April 20.

Registration due by March 3.

12

JANUARY - APRIL 2017


Adult Softball League

Pottery & Pinot

Sundays, March 19 - June 11 | Noon - 6 p.m.

Monday, April 17 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Holland Memorial Park | Resident $472, Nonresident $708

Saxony Hall | Resident $17, Nonresident $26

Activity Title: Softball

Activity Title: Pottery and Pinot

Get ready for some friendly competition, our spring softball league

Enjoy a special night out with some help from our staff! Adults 21

is back! Adults 18 and older are invited for 8 weeks of play with

and older are invited to bring their own wine as we help you create

2 weeks of a tournament to follow. Your team can choose from

a vase, bowl or mug. This program makes and ideal parents’ night

three competition levels, A, B and C. Captains, plan on attending a

out, date night or fun activity to enjoy with a group of friends.

mandatory captain’s meeting on March 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the

Registration is due by April 10.

Roy G. Holland Memorial Park building. Please note: residency is based on team captains. Rain make-up dates are 4/16, 5/14 and 5/28. Playing as a free agent? Contact our office to be matched with a team! Registration is due by February 25.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail Thursday, April 6 | 7 - 8 p.m. Billericay Park Building | Resident $20, Nonresident $30 Activity Title: Peter Cottontail Easter’s on its way and our staff wants to help you create the perfect, festive centerpiece! Adults 16 and older are invited to catch up with friends during this artistic program. Each participant will create their own bunny centerpiece. Registration due by March 30.

JANUARY - APRIL 2017

13


This spring as the natural environment comes back to life, we don’t want you to watch from the sidelines! With a variety of parks, we’ve created one that invites your family to dive into the dirt and start exploring. Now, not every Fishers Parks invites your child to dive in and start exploring. Our community is home to Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, a protected area where we ask guests not to touch, move or remove anything. But, at Flat Fork Creek Park we invite you to dive right in and start engaging! Book mark the Fun Guide on your mobile device or jot these questions in a notebook so you can engage your children in nature education, while enjoying an outdoor adventure! Remember, if any questions arise that you don’t know the answer to, you can always tweet me at @RitcheyWoods and I’ll do my best to find or provide an answer. Here are a few prompts for your children: Q: Do you know the difference between dirt and soil? A: Dirt is just one ingredient in the soil. Soil is actually an amazing, living system that supports life. Q: What is dirt? A: Dirt is the very small particles of rock found in soil. Dirt comes in three sizes: sand, silt and clay. Q: What gives soil it’s earthy smell? A: You’re actually smelling microorganisms! There are more microorganisms in a teaspoon of soil than there are people on Danesa Stolz

the earth!

Chief Naturalist Q: What does a microorganism do? A: Microorganisms serve many roles! They decompose organic matter, provide nitrogen for plants through fixation, detoxify harmful chemicals, suppress disease organisms and are the source of most of the antibiotic medicines we use to fight diseases. They also give soil its odor! Did you know: Soil is a natural antidepressant. By smelling soil, your body is triggered to produce serotonin which causes you to relax and be happy! So next time you’re having a tough day, or feel a little overwhelmed with life, head out to a park and stop to smell the soil!

Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals. Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949 Our vision is to heighten awareness for the natural environment, encourage lifelong learning in natural and cultural history, allow opportunities for outdoor recreation, maintain habitat diversity and instill a sense of stewardship for all living things.

14

JANUARY - APRIL 2017


Kids Programs

Adults 50 or Better

The Kiwanis Club of Geist Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Senior Classes

Friday, April 14 | 6:30 p.m.

Oasis

Holland Memorial Park | Free (no registration needed)

50+, and can be registered for by calling

offers

a

by Oasis

variety

of

classes

for

ages

(317)396-3751, or by visiting www.OasisIndy.org. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be

Classes are planned for a minimum of 10 participants

at 5:30pm so bring your camera!

and a maximum of 25. There is a $15 registration fee per individual

The

per trimester. For more information, visit www.OasisIndy.org.

Easter

Egg

Hunt

begins

promptly at 6:30p, so don’t be late. The eggs go fast! The Kiwanis Club

Chair Pilates

of Geist appreciates your support and will be

Session 1 - Tuesdays, Jan. 17 through Feb. 28 (7 Classes) | $30

graciously accepting donations on the day of the hunt. Questions?

Session 2 - Tuesdays, Mar. 14 through May 2 (8 Classes) | $34

Call 317.490.0352.

Both sessions meet 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Holland Park Building A NIFS Instructor will lead this class as you learn to concentrate

Family Programs

on strength to stabilize the spine and joints. Participants can be seated or standing. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing.

Mountain Bike Classes Flat Fork Creek Park

Strength, Balance, & Flexibility

Register at http://dnkpresents.com/fishers-mt-bike-clinics

Session 1 - Thursdays, Jan. 19 - Mar. 2 (7 Classes) | $30

Call (317)296.4440 with questions

Session 2 - Thursdays, Mar. 16 through May 4 (8 Classes) | $34 Both sessions meet 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Holland Park Building

Children’s Mountain Bike Clinic Wednesday, April 19 | 4:45 - 6 p.m. | Ages 7-13 | $50

Resistance bands and body weights are used for strength work

Kids will learn basic skills for mountain biking and afterwards

alongside seated and standing support. You are encouraged to

will be more confident riders on the trail! We will start with a

bring light weights (3-8 lbs.) and wear comfortable clothing.

clinic and then hit the trails for fun group rides with your ride guides! Danielle and Kate of DNK Presents are certified Level I

Beginning Line Dance

Mountain Bike Instructors through the Professional Mountain

Session 1 - Thursdays, Jan. 19 - Mar. 2* (6 Classes) | $26

Bike Instructors Association (PMBIA). DNK Presents are Leave

Session 2 - Thursdays, Mar. 16 - May 4 (8 Classes) | $34

No Trace (LNT) trainers and practice and teach LNT ethics.

Both sessions meet 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Holland Park Building

Participants are required to have their own bike, helmet and proper shoes for.

If you have always wanted to learn to dance, this is the class for you! In this beginner class, you will have fun and get exercise

Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic

while learning how to move with ease and charm. *No class 2/9.

Sunday, April 30 | 9 a.m. - Noon | Ages 18+ | $85 Flat Fork Creek is an awesome park to learn how to ride, and

Sugar, Salt, and Fat!

become more confident mountain bikers. Participants will

Thursday, March 9 (1 Class) | 1 - 2:30 p.m.

learn basic skills and then participate in group rides. Come to

Holland Park Building | Free

the optional sunrise yoga from 8:00-8:45am before the clinic! Danielle and Kate of DNK Presents are certified Mountain Bike

Meet the foods that can sabotage anyone’s healthy diet and

Instructors through the Professional Mountain Bike Instructors

weight loss efforts! Participants will taste-test healthy snacks

Association (PMBIA). Participants are required to have their own

and experience fun games that increase physical activity, all of

bike, helmet and proper shoes for the clinic.

which are important components to weight management.

JANUARY - APRIL 2017

15


Sustainable Retirement Income

Tai Chi for Health

Thursday, March 16 (1 Class) | 1 - 2 p.m.

Saturdays, January 7 - April 29 | $40 per Month (first class free)

Holland Park Building | Free

Holland Park Building (classes April 15 at Billericay Park) Ages 18+ | Register by calling (317)509-1835 or (317)509-6264

This workshop focuses on sustainable retirement income to keep up with inflation and how to plan for long-term care expenses. Understanding Diabetes Today Tuesday, April 4 (1 Class) | 1 - 2:30 p.m. Holland Park Building | Free This session will have a peer led discussion regarding the latest facts about diabetes, causes and medications, key actions to

Derived from martial arts, this “walking

address pre-diabetes, proper diabetes control, including lifestyle

meditation” is now practiced worldwide

changes that can affect your personal goals and more!

as a means of improving ones health. Research has shown that Tai Chi can

Brain Games

lower blood pressure, ease arthritis pain, increase flexibility and

Thursday, April 6 (1 Class) | 12:30 - 2 p.m.

improve range of motion, improve balance and reduce stress. Tai

Holland Park Building | $20

Chi for Health is offering two levels of classes:

Playing games is a great way to keep your mind sharp! The

Beginner Level One, with classes from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

presenter will demonstrate several games you can play on the

Intermediate, with classes meeting from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

internet, smartphones and tablets that will challenge your thinking and improve your brain’s cognitive ability.

Anti-Aging Fitness: Ageless Grace Diabetes - Healthy Habits

Adults 55 and older are invited to join a

Tuesday, April 11 (1 Class) | 1 - 2:30 p.m.

certified Ageless Grace Educator and Trainer

Holland Park Building | Free

for an upcoming excercise program, based on the science of neuroplasticity, movement,

In this class we will focus on food-label interpretation, making

mindfulness

good choices, how to incorporate healthy carbs and avoid highs

excellent for all abilities, and will work your mind and body! All

and

music.

This

class

is

and lows, develop a plan to counter hypoglycemia, the importance

exercises are done in a chair, and are for people of all abilities. For

of foot care and how exercise affects blood sugar.

more information visit http://agelessgrace.com/kathy-woods/. To register, contact Kathy Woods at kathy@agelessgraceindiana. com or 317-288-4079. Classes are $36 per session.

Five Wishes Thursday, April 13 (1 Class) | 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Session 1

Holland Park Building | Free

Wednesdays, Jan. 4 - Feb. 8 | 10 - 11 a.m. Join us for a free film screening and discussion with medical

Holland Park Building

professionals on what matters most to patients and families facing difficult treatment decisions. Learn how to have these

Session 2

conversations before a medical crisis occurs.

Wednesdays, Feb. 15 - Mar. 29 (No class Mar. 22) | 10 - 11 a.m. Holland Park Building

16

JANUARY - APRIL 2017


Do you have questions about a program, registration, or one of our parks in general? Please contact us. We are ready to assist you in getting the most out of our City’s parks, trails, and programs!

OUR OFFICE Fishers Parks & Recreation 11565 Brooks School Road Fishers, Indiana 46037

PHONE (Registration Questions can be Directed Here) (317)595-3150

www.Facebook.com/FishersParksAndRecreation

www.Twitter.com/FishersParks www.Twitter.com/RitcheyWoods

TONY ELLIOT Director of Fishers Parks & Recreation elliota@fishers.in.us @warmtonesmalone

AMBER MINK Recreation Manager minka@fishers.in.us

DANESA STOLZ Chief Naturalist stolzd@fishers.in.us

DAN DOMSIC Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator domsicd@fishers.in.us @FishersDan

17


January-April Fun Guide