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Contacts Parks & Rec News Special Events Athletic Division Golf Academies Tennis Youth Sports Assoc. Aquatics Youth 2-12 Tween & Teens Grown Ups 18+ The Summit Active Adults Park Map & Matrix Calendar of Events City News Section

Stay Cool @ Joe Pool Hit the trail at Joe Pool Lake’s Walnut Creek Paddling Trail. Canoes, kayaks, paddles and life vests will be available for rent at the park.

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Contacts ADMINISTRATION

FACILITIES

Rick Herold

Bob McGlothlin

Director of Parks & Recreation 972-237-8375 • rherold@gptx.org

Sr. Superintendent of Lake Parks 817-467-2104 • bmcgloth@gptx.org

Duane Strawn

Chip Nami

Manager of Parks and Lake 972-237-8106 • dstrawn@gptx.org

Ruthe Jackson Center General Manager

972-237-7501 • cnami@gptx.org

Danny Boykin

Gregg Driggers

Sr. Superintendent of Recreation 972-237-8084 • dboykin@gptx.org

GPMemorial Gardens General Manager 972-237-3002 • gdriggers@gptx.org

Tim Shinogle Manager of Park Planning & Development 972-237-8104 • tshinogl@gptx.org

Elspeth McDonald

Kurt Benson

Linda Long

Uptown Theater Manager 972-237-8409 • elmcdonald@gptx.org

Facility Services Manager 972-237-8017 • kbenson@gptx.org

The Summit Manager 972-237-4141 • llong@gptx.org

Parish Lowery

Rosalind Miller Dalworth Recreation Center Supervisor 972-264-7670 • rmiller@gptx.org

Sr. Recreation Supervisor 972-237-7529 • plowery@gptx.org

Steve Plumer

Mariana Espinoza

Sr. Parks Project Manager 972-237-8392 • splumer@gptx.org Celebrating over 50 years of existence, the Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to “creating a GRAND lifestyle”. The Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation department features world class parks and facilities, a wide-array of exciting program opportunities, and numerous special events throughout the year. The City of Grand Prairie has over 5,000 park acres, including the exciting 3,000 acres surrounding Joe Pool Lake. The staff is proud to be the caretakers for the citizens of Grand Prairie and welcomes comments about the Parks system or recreation offerings of the city. Dedicated to providing “world class service” the department has won the prestigious Gold Medal Award in 2004 from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS), the organization’s highest honor. In 2007 and 2008 the department was nominated by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) as a finalist to the National Gold Medal Award, one of 4 in America. Awards are no stranger to the department, for it has racked

up honors for Park Development, Maintenance Innovations and Recreation programming over the past few years.

Susan Henson

The parks and recreation re-birth in Grand Prairie began 8 years ago with the passage of the ¼ cent sales tax for parks and recreation by the Citizens of Grand Prairie. With dynamic city leaders, trusting citizens, awesome partners and a dynamic staff, the Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation system is destined to be one of the finest in America.

Supervisor of Special Events 972-237-8112 • dbeich@gptx.org

Enjoy your parks. Play golf at your two golf courses. Enjoy some exciting recreation programs. Visit your exciting Ruthe Jackson Conference Center. Boat, swim or golf at Joe Pool Lake. Work out at the Bowles Life Center. Go for a jog on our trails. Take your dog to play at Central Bark. We even offer the Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum for that special time of need. Come visit YOUR Parks and Recreation department… Together we are building a GRAND lifestyle!

Bowles Life Center Supervisor 972-237-7529 • mespinoza@gptx.org

Chris Ginapp

Horticulturist/Arborist 972-237-8102 • shenson@gptx.org

Charley Taylor Recreation

Center Supervisor 972-264-6890 • cginapp@gptx.org

Doug Beich

Amanda Alms Aquatic Fitness Manager 972-237-8145 • aalms@gptx.org

Beverly Grogan Community Events Coordinator 972-237-8329 • bgrogan@gptx.org

Rod Hayes

Kelly Eddlemon Marketing & Communications 972-237-8339 • keddlemon@gptx.org

Bradley Kent Marketing & Communications 972-237-8355 • bkent@gptx.org

Athletics 972-237-8109 • rhayes@gptx.org

Glenn Sockwell Prairie Lakes Head Golf Professional 972-263-0661 • gsockwell@gptx.org

Mark Viskoski Tangle Ridge • Director of Golf 972-299-6837

NRPA Gold Medal Department

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Administration Office 326 W. Main St. 972-237-8100 Mon–Fri

FACILITIES

Charley Taylor Recreation Center

8a.m.–5p.m.

Alliance Skate Park

1002 Lone Star Pkwy. 972-262-4479 Mon–Fri 3p.m.–10p.m. Sat 11a.m.–10p.m. Sun 11a.m.–6p.m.

601 E. Grand Prairie Rd. 972-264-6890 Mon–Thu Noon–8p.m. Fri Noon–6p.m. Sat 9a.m.–1p.m. Sun Closed

Alliance Skate Park

Dalworth Recreation Center

2750 Graham St. 972-237-7533 Mon–Fri 9a.m.–6p.m.

2012 Spikes St. 972-264-7670 Mon–Thu Fri Sat Sun

Bowles Life Center

Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens

Athletics – Bowles Life Center

2750 Graham St. 972-237-7529 Mon–Thu 8a.m.–10p.m. Fri 8a.m.–7p.m. Sat 9a.m.–6p.m. Sun Closed Mon–Fri Open at 6a.m. for Grand Plan Members

Lake Parks

Noon–8p.m. Noon–6p.m. 9a.m.–1p.m. Closed

3001 S. Belt Line Rd. 972-237-3001 Mon–Fri 8a.m.–4p.m.

Kirby Creek Indoor Pool

3201 Corn Valley Rd. 972-263-8174 Mon–Thu 9a.m.–9p.m. Fri–Sat 9a.m.–6p.m.

Lake Parks Office

5610 Lake Ridge Parkway 817-467-2104 Mon–Fri 8a.m.–4:30p.m.

Prairie Lakes Golf Course 3202 S.E. 14th St. 972-263-0661 Everyday Dawn–Dusk

Ruthe Jackson Center

3113 S. Carrier Pkwy. 972-237-7500 Mon–Fri 8a.m.–5p.m.

The Summit

2975 Esplanade 972-237-4141 Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 5:30a.m.– 9p.m. Thu 5:30a.m.– 10p.m. Sat 9a.m.–9p.m. Sun 1p.m.–5p.m.

Tangle Ridge Golf Course 818 Tangle Ridge Dr. 972-299-6837 Everyday Dawn–Dusk

Theater Uptown Theater 120 E. Main St. 972-237-UPTN Call for hours.

Veteran’s Event Center 925 Conover 972-237-7500 Private Rentals Only

GRAND PRAIRIE PARKS BOARDS & COMMISSIONS Parks and Recreation Board

The Parks and Recreation Board is an advisory board to the City Council on parks, recreation and related developments. Citizens are encouraged to attend and provide valuable input. Meetings are the 4th Wednesday of the month at City Hall Briefing Room at 6:30p.m. Joe Arredondo Jonathan Head Sallye Moore Jim Dart Christina Kang B.J. Nichols Patrick Greenwade Tony Lawrence David Pecor

Commission on Aging

Back Left to Right: Jonathan Head, Dr. Tony Lawrence,David Pecor, B.J. Nichols (Chair), Jim Dart, Patrick Greenwade and Joe Arredondo. Front Left to Right: Sallye Moore & Christina Kang (Co-Chair).

The Commission on Aging is an advisory committee that makes recommendations to the City Council regarding the senior population in Grand Prairie. Citizens are encouraged to attend and provide valuable input. Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday each month at 11a.m., and location varies to garner additional input. Please call 972-237-8100 for locations. Mindy Brooks Roxcie McCuller Greg Wiggins Galdino Castro Mike Rehfeld Carolyn Williamson William Krug Jerry Long Ouida Smith

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PARKS & REC

NEWS

Children in Grand Prairie received a brand new playground thanks to the effort of more than 200 volunteers from Foresters, a life insurance provider, Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation, Grand Prairie Boys Baseball and KaBOOM! The new playground will serve an estimated 26,000 children and their families in the Grand Prairie community for years to come. Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in March when local children and community leaders met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters to design their dream playground. The children’s drawings were then used to create the final playground design. “Foresters shares its financial strength with its members and communities where they live, such as Grand Prairie,” said Bob Pashby, National Sales Manager. “Playgrounds are an ideal place for families to get to know other families and build strong communities. This new playground at Prairie Park will

provide opportunities for families to spend quality time together for years to come.” Foresters has invested over $3 million with KaBOOM! to build 36 playgrounds across North America since 2006. These playgrounds will eventually serve more than 575,000 children, providing them and their families with a place where they can play, learn and have fun together. “We understand the importance of play,” said Rick Herold, Grand Prairie’s Director of Parks & Recreation. “And, we’re very excited to work with Foresters, KaBOOM!, and Grand Prairie Boys Baseball to provide the community another opportunity for kids and families to enjoy the outdoors, stay active, and have fun.” The playground at Prairie Park will provide 26,000 children and their families in the Grand Prairie community with a great place to play and engage in healthy family time. In less than eight hours, the child-

designed playground was built from scratch by hundreds of volunteers from Foresters, Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation, Grand Prairie Boys Baseball and the surrounding community. In addition, children and families spent the day playing games and participating in arts and crafts activities. “We’re very excited to partner with the City of Grand Prairie on this project,” said Gene Campbell, President of Grand Prairie Boys Baseball. “We genuinely care about the development of healthy, active and responsible youth in Grand Prairie. And we believe that projects like this will enhance the quality of life of the families in our community.” Thanks to the work of Foresters, Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation, Grand Prairie Boys Baseball and

KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 2,500 squarefoot playground to call home that includes features such as a Glide Slide, Spiral Climber and Swing Sets. The City of Grand Prairie is also working with 9th graders at South Grand Prairie High School to plan and build a one-of-a-kind playground at Fish Creek Forest Preserve on Saturday, May 14. The students, who have been studying late 1800s history, gave input on a design which reflects early Grand Prairie. The P3 project, which stands for Partner, Plan, & Play, in April 2009, the city worked with students on the first one-day playground build in the city at Charley Taylor Recreation Center, 601 E. Grand Prairie Rd.

Walnut Creek Paddling Trail at Joe Pool Lake As part of Texas Travel Rally Day on May 10, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the City of Grand Prairie will be launching the brandnew Walnut Creek Paddling Trail at Loyd Park on Joe Pool Lake. This 4.9 mile trail in Loyd Park crosses a bit of open water, goes past two islands and up the winding, shaded waters of Walnut Creek. It offers excellent opportunities to catch some fish and see herons, osprey, hawks, bobcats, beavers, coyotes, turtles, frogs and other wildlife. Don’t have the right equipment? Don’t worry – Canoes, kayaks, paddles and life vests will be available for rent at the park.

The trail will be the first of seven trails opened that day with a grand opening beginning at 8 a.m. This brings the total number of paddling trails in the Metroplex to eight, making it the area with the highest concentration of trails. “These trails represent what is simply the biggest water park in Texas, showcasing some of the state’s most remarkable natural areas convenient to our growing urban population,” says Carter Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s executive director. “Their opening reinforces the crucial message that travel matters to all Texans and our communities that depend on tourism dollars.” For more information on the paddling trail, visit GrandFunGP.com or tpwd.state.tx.us or call 817-467-2104.

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NEWS

Welcome Back To Texas

Former Texans Olympian Cat Osterman and Texas Longhorn Megan Willis as they lead the USSSA Florida Pride versus NPF Diamonds August 5-7, 2011 at Quik Trip Park in Grand Prairie. These teams are part of the NPF (National Professional Fastpitch League) along with the Akron Racers and the Chicago Bandits. These teams have numerous past Olympians representing them.

CAT OSTERMAN

MEGAN WILLIS

For more information call (972) 237-8084 or stay tuned to www.grandfungp.com for updates on tickets sales.

Please join us on Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m. for the Uptown Theater’s Annual Season Announcement Party. This year’s festivities feature light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, live entertainment and special announcements! Come and hear about the season, tour the theater, and then stay around to subscribe. You won’t want to miss the 2011-2012 series. For more information, visit UptownTheaterGP.com or call 972-237-8786.

WE COULD USE YOUR HELP!

The Uptown Theater couldn’t survive without its sharp volunteers. From ushering to the Popcorn Popping Academy – our volunteers have a blast! There are only three easy steps to becoming a volunteer at the historic Uptown Theater: 1) Please visit UptownTheaterGP.com and click on the “Friends of the Uptown” tab at the top of the page. 2) Please click on the Volunteer Application link, and fill out the application. 3) You will then be invited to an upcoming training session via the email you supplied on the application. * Background checks are completed on all applicants post training session.

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SPECIAL EVENTS Bowles Life Center’s 5th Anniversary-

This July is National Parks and Recreation Month and it’s Bowles 5th Anniversary! Bowles Life Center will celebrate its 5th birthday with cake, ice cream, and fun for the whole family. Join us on Friday, July 29, 2011, for this day of family fun. Fee: Free. Day Dates Time Fri 7/29 11a.m.-5p.m.

BOWLES MEMBERSHIP SPECIALS MEMBERSHIP SPECIALS –

HATCH CHILE FESTIVAL

In Celebration of Bowles 5th Anniversary specials good from July 1-29, 2011

P3 Playground Build

Juneteenth Celebration

Kirby Creek Linear Park Text

Days Dates Fri-Sat 6/17-6/18

Days Dates Time Sat 5/14 8a.m.-2:30p.m.

Tyre Park, 972-264-7670

The Summit 1 Year Anniversary Celebration

GRAND PLAN SPECIAL –

Purchase a Grand Plan Individual Annual or Family Annual and receive a Bowles T-Shirt, water bottle and duffle bag. Purchase a Prairie Plan Individual Annual or Family Annual and receive a Bowles T-shirt.

2975 Esplanade Come join the party and live music.

Grand Plan Annual Individual Family $196.00 $396

Vought/Optimist Club Bass Fishing Tournament

4th of July Fireworks Show

Prairie Plan Annual Individual Family $106.00 $216 Resident $216 $436 Non-Resident

Days Dates Sat 5/21

Days Dates Sat 7/4

Mayfest – Central Park 2975 Esplanade, 972-237-4141

Days Dates Time Sat 5/21 9a.m.-3p.m.

Lynn Creek Park, 817-467-2104

Memorial Day Ceremony 2011

Veterans Memorial, 925 Conover Speaker – Brigadier General Leon Johnson • Commemorative Air Force Flyover • Bag Piper • 21-gun Salute • Wreath Laying Ceremony • Live Music by the Levee Singers • Free Trees • Free All American Lunch and USO Show Day Dates Time Mon 5/30 10a.m.-1p.m.

The Soul Food Festival – Lynn Creek Park Coming to Lynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake. The Soul Food Festival is an inviting event that highlights the aroma of traditional soul food cooking while bringing together families and friends in an outdoor social setting for a day of reunion, fellowship and live national award winning entertainment! Please visit www.ilovesoulfood.com for ticket and event information. Day Dates Time Sat 6/18 5p.m.-Midnight

Days Dates Time Sat 6/18 6p.m.

Lynn Creek Park Starts at dark, park entry is $15/car up to 6 people.

Resident

FortyFest – Lynn Creek Park

Coming to Grand Prairie on Saturday, August 13, at Lynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake. FortyFest 2011, featuring P.O.D., is the Christian Alternative Rock Music Festival that will resonate from Dallas to Fort Worth, across Texas and the Southwest. Don’t miss the experience! For more information on FortyFest, including schedule, lineup and tickets, please visit www. fortyfest.org.

Course# Day NA Sat

Dates 8/13

Back 2 School Carnival – Charley Taylor

All Ages. Come enjoy the end of the summer by cooling off with the Charley Taylor Recreation Center’s Back 2 School Carnival. Fun, games, and bounce houses will be available for the children. Donated school supplies will be given out on a first come first serve basis. SCHOOL SUPPLY DONATIONS NEEDED! Fee: Free.

Course# Days N/A Th

Dates 8/18

Time 5-7p.m.

4TH OF JULY OVER JOE POOL

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Special Events Hatch Chile Festival

Market Square, 120 W. Main, 972-237-4599 Back by popular demand, delicious worldrenowned Hatch chile peppers, chef demonstrations, arts, balloon artists, face painting, farmers market, bounce houses and concessions (including beer and wine) hit downtown Grand Prairie at the Hatch Chile Festival from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. at Market Square, 120 W. Main St., Grand Prairie, Saturday, August 20, 2011. Open-flame roasted and fresh chile peppers from Hatch, New Mexico, will be available for purchase at the event, so plan now for a hot time at the Hatch Chile Festival. Check gptx.org/farmersmarket for details.

Saturdays • 8a.m.–1p.m. 120 W. Main St.

Days Dates Time Sat 8/20 9a.m.-3p.m.

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Athletics YOUTH SPORTS LEAGUES & CAMPS

Couch Potato Basketball League

Boys Youth Baseball League “The Minors”

McFalls West Park Ages 7-10. The City of Grand Prairie will offer a youth summer baseball league for the ages of 7 to 10. This league will help establish a good foundation for baseball. Fee: $70 per player Registration: May 2 – June 3 Recreation League (Individual) Course# Days Dates Time 12209 Tue 6/21 6:30–9:30p.m.

JV/High School Summer Basketball League

Grades 9-12. Summer High School Basketball League will be offered for boys and girls who will be entering into grades 9-12 in the 2011-12 school year. Fee: $350/team. Boys/Girls Basketball League Grades 9th-12th Course# Days Dates Time 12207 Sat 6/11 9a.m.-5p.m.

Jr. Tennis Program – Bowles Ages 6-14. This class will be devoted to the development of youth tennis by teaching basic skills, technique, teamwork, sportsmanship while offering a fun and exciting atmosphere. Fee: $25/4 sessions. Course# Days 12203 Sat 12204 Sat

Dates 5/28 7/9

Time 9-10a.m. 9-10a.m.

Grand Prairie Boys Basketball Camp

Get ready for summer by having a fun week of basketball. This camp will balance teaching skills and fundamentals with games, contests and fun. The basic skills of ball handling, passing, shooting and defense will be taught throughout the week of camp. This camp will have an open enrollment and there is a daily cost and a weekly cost. The camp is designed to help each kid improve as a player while providing a fun and encouraging environment. Course# Days 12210 M-F

Dates Time 6/13-6/16 9a.m.-Noon

Grand Prairie Speed & Agility Camp

Basketball speed and agility training can make you lighter on your feet and a worthy opponent on the court. It can give you the edge you need in the game that you love. Come get put to the test in this camp that will help you explode to the top of your game. Course# Days 12212 Tues

Dates 6/21

Time 9-10a.m.

Youth Rugby Clinic FREE

On Saturday May 14, 2011 starting at 9a.m. Maverick Rugby will host a FREE RUGBY CLINIC for boys and girls ages 8 to 18. Come learn the laws of the game, ball-handling, passing and much more. All participants will receive a free t-shirt and lunch at the conclusion of the clinic. Contact the Athletic Office for more information (972)237-7533

ADULT SPORTS LEAGUES Men’s Softball League – Mike Lewis Park

Ages 16+. The City of Grand Prairie offers adult softball league play for men and coed. Bring your family and friends out to play and have a good time at the ballpark. Come play at Mike Lewis Park. Fees: $350/team.

Registration: January 3rd – March 8th Season Starts: Week of July 4th Summer Leagues

Men’s D Softball League – Mike Lewis Park Course# Days Dates Time 12177 Tue 6/21-7/29 6:30-10p.m. 12178 Wed 6/22-7/29 6:30-10p.m. 10979 Fri 6/24-7/29 6:30-10p.m. Men’s E Softball League – Mike Lewis Park Course# Days Dates Time 12185 Tue 6/21-7/29 6:30-10p.m. 12186 Th 6/22-7/29 6:30-10p.m. 12187 Fri 6/24-7/29 6:30-10p.m. Mixed D Softball League – Mike Lewis Park Course# Days Dates Time 12192 Th 6/22-7/29 6:30-10p.m. 12193 Fri 6/24-7/29 6:30-10p.m. Men’s Church Softball League – Mike Lewis Park Course# Days Dates Time 12201 Th 6/22-7/29 6:30-10p.m.

Coed/Men/Women Adult Volleyball League

Bowles Life Center/Charley Taylor Ages 16+. Take the volleyball challenge and let’s see what you can do. Bring your best team to the court and spike your way through the competition. Fee: $175/team. Women Volleyball League Course# Days Dates 12197 Tue 6/21

Time 6:30-9p.m.

Men’s Volleyball League Course# Days Dates 12195 Wed 6/22

Time 7-9p.m.

Coed Volleyball League Course# Days Dates 12196 Th 6/23

Time 6:30-9p.m.

Bowles Life Center Ages 35+. Come and join this fast paced league. Let’s show everyone that there’s a place on the court for the couch potatoes. The nets will be swishing with long range 3’s all night. Fee: $350/team. Course# Days 12199 Mon

Dates 6/13

Time 6:30-9p.m.

Women Basketball League

Dalworth Recreation Center Ages 16+. All adult women are invited to participate in this recreational league. Come play in this one-of-a-kind league where the ladies rule the court. Fee: $350/team. Course# Days 12200 Mon

Dates 6/20

Time 7p.m.-10p.m.

Women 23 & Under Fastpitch Softball League Mike Lewis Park/Jennifer McFalls Park Ages 23+. OK ladies, your wish is our command. Are you looking to continue playing in a fastpitch softball league? If so, we have the new and up and coming league just for you. So go gather your team together and bring them to the park to finish what was started. Fee: $350/team. Course# Days 12202 Mon

Dates 6/13

Time 7-9p.m

Coed Adult Kickball League

Mike Lewis Park Share your love of kickball with your colleagues, friends, and family. Grab the big red bouncy ball and jump on the green grass and let’s get the games going. I can guarantee you will have tons of fun. IT’S THE NEW AMERICAN PASTTIME! Course# Days 12198 M/W

Dates 6/20

Time 7-9p.m.

WANT TO BE A VOLUNTEER COACH?

Three easy steps to becoming a volunteer coach for sports leagues in Grand Prairie: 1) Pick a sport. 2) Contact a Recreation Center or the Athletic Office 3) Fill out application Athletic Office: 972-237-7533 Bowles Life Center: 972-237-PLAY Charley Taylor Rec.: 972-264-6890 Dalworth Rec.: 972-264-7670 *background checks and drug tests are completed on all applicants.

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Golf Academies TANGLE RIDGE

PRAIRIE LAKES GOLF ACADEMY

Beginning Adults: 4 session series. Fee: $80. Days Dates Time T/Th Starting in May 6-7:30p.m. Juniors: 4 sessions series. Fee: $60. Days Dates Time Wed Starting in June 6-7:30p.m. For more information or to sign up, call or drop by Prairie Lakes Golf Shop 972-263-0661

SUMMER JUNIOR CAMPS 6/6-6/9 7/11-7/14

Fee: $80/student/clinic. Taught by PGA Professional & Director of Instruction Alan Rasberry Call to reserve a spot 972-740-1032

3202 SE 14th St. 972-263-0661 • PrairieLakesGolf.com

ARLINGTON TENNIS CENTER

Arlington Tennis Center is a public facility, conveniently located in south Arlington at 500 W. Mayfield Road, just north of I-20 and just west of Hwy 360.

ATC has 20 lighted outdoor courts and a fullservice pro shop that carries the latest in racquets and equipment, as well as dozens of tennisthemed gifts. ATC’s teaching staff are certified professionals (including two top level P-1), with additional on-court staff hired during peak seasons, and ATC has 48-hour turnaround on racquet stringing.

6/27-6/30 7/25-7/28

818 Tangle Ridge Drive 972-299-6837 • TangleRidge.com

ATC offers classes, drills and leagues for players of all ages and levels from beginner to advanced, as well as private lessons and tournament play. Call Arlington Tennis Center at 817-459-6163, or visit ATC at arlingtontennis.net for class and league schedules, or to arrange lessons with a teaching professional.

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Grand Prairie Parks & Recreation

YOUTH SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS Grand Prairie Boys Baseball Inc. (GPBBI)

Boys Baseball has a level of play for everyone from the beginner to the competitive. Two levels of play from the recreational league (A Division) to the more competitive league (AA Division) Games are played at Jennifer McFalls West, Charley Taylor and Waggoner Parks depending on the age division. A 3-4 age T-Ball league known as Wam Ball was formed in 2009 and has been a great success and continues to grow. Visit our website at www.gpbbi.org League registration will be held at the Grand Prairie Boys Baseball office, 113 S. Center St. in downtown Grand Prairie. For more information call 972-266-0801.

Grand Prairie Girls Softball Association (GPGSA)

Girls Softball provides a variety of leagues and levels for those wanting to play and learn the game of fastpitch softball. Games are played at Jennifer McFalls East Park. Visit our website at www.gpgirlssoftball.com or call 469-767-9107.

Grand Prairie Soccer Association (GPSA)

Grand Prairie Soccer Association provides soccer leagues for all ages, including adults. Games are played at the 18-field Mountain Creek Soccer complex. Visit our website at www.gpsoccer.net, or for more information call 972-264-4424. Online registration is available at the website. Registration is also available at the GPSA office located 2305 Oak Lane Ste. 127 during posted hours. Please email questions to info@gpsoccer. net

Grand Prairie Youth Football Association (GPYFA)

Grand Prairie Youth Football Association provides a tackle and flag football program for Grand Prairie youth. Also, GPYFA has a Cheerleading program that coincides with the fall football season. All games are played Saturday’s beginning in August. Registration is on-going. ALL GAMES ARE PLAYED IN GRAND PRAIRIE. NO TRAVELING. For more information on football or cheerleading, visit www.gpyfa.net or call 972-237-5919.

Athletic Field Rentals

Rent your own athletic field for $10/hour without lights and $15/hour with lights. All fees must be paid in full prior to use of the field. Reservations may be made in person at 2750 Graham St. or by phone at 972-237-7533. To reserve for: Call on or after: Monday and Tuesday Friday Wednesday Monday Thursday Tuesday Friday and Saturday Wednesday Sunday Thursday

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Aquatics

Registration is first come first serve. Register early due to limited enrollment. Call or stop by today!

AMERICAN RED CROSS SWIM LESSON

ADULT (AD) – (45-min class) This class is for adults who want to learn how to swim. You will learn floating to efficient strokes at a personalized speed. The adult class is great for first time swimmers. Fee: $50. FIRST SPLASH – (FS) - (30-min class) First Splash allows your baby to develop his/her natural movement in the water. The class teaches water confidence and safety skills. It allows you to develop a close bond with your child while having fun. The skills you and your child will learn will stay with you for life. (Age: 6 months to 3 year old). Fee: $35. LEVEL 0 [L0] – (30-min class) This class introduces the students to the water, being comfortable with the water and teaches them to swim independently. This group lesson is without a guardian in the water. Student must be 3 years old before beginning Level 0. Fee: $40. LEVEL 1 [L1] – (30-min class) This class introduces freestyle and backstroke. Students must stream-line on their front and back independently before beginning Level 1. Fee: $40. LEVEL 2 [L2] – (40-min class) This class focuses

on primary skills of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke along with side breathing and diving. Students must be swimming freestyle and backstroke before beginning Level 2. Fee: $50.

LEVEL 3 [L3] – (40-min class) This class builds on coordinating strokes while increasing endurance. Swimmers must be able to swim freestyle with side breathing, backstroke and breaststroke for 15 ft or longer before beginning Level 3. Fee: $50. LEVEL 4 [L4] – (40-min class) This class focuses

on stroke development, start dives and flip turns while introducing butterfly. Students must swim 25 yards with freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke before beginning Level 4. Fee: $50.

BLAZE - Adaptive Swimming – (45-min

class) This specialized class offers swimming lessons for anyone with special needs. Classes are organized to fit the needs of all participants. Parents or guardians are encouraged to assist in the water at all times. Fee: $30 session.

Course# Pool Days McFalls Wed McFalls Wed

Dates Time 6/8-7/6 6-6:45p.m. 7/13-8/10 6-6:45p.m.

PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS – (PL) Private lessons

are for all ages and swimming levels. Private lessons focus on what the student wants to learn at a personalized pace. There are eight 30-minute lessons in this session. Fee: $100/student.

SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS – (SPL) This lesson is

for two or more students with similar swimming skills. Classes focus on what the students want to learn. There are eight 30-minute lessons in this session. Fee: Two students: $75 per student; Three students: $55 per student.

SPLASH Summer Swim Team –

Recreational Swim Team Join this fun-filled swim team that introduces swimmers to competitive swimming. Practices focus on stroke technique, endurance and training young athletes. Swimmers are encouraged to participate in swim meets. Spend your summer with us! (Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards) Fee: $65. Days M/W T/Th M/W T/Th T/ Th M-Th Outdoor

Dates Time 5/2-5/25 7-7:45p.m. 5/3-5/26 7-7:45p.m. 6/6-7/27 5-5:45p.m. 6/7-7/28 5-5:45 p.m. 6/7-7/28 9-9:45a.m. 6/6-7/28 6- 6:45p.m

Wahoo’s Swim Team

Location Kirby Creek Kirby Creek Kirby Creek Kirby Creek Kirby Creek Bowles

Year around Swim Team This team practices and competes year round. Swimmers need to become USA certified in order to compete in swim meets. The coaches offer more individual coaching that focuses on technique, total immersion, speed and endurance. Depending on the day, swimmers will have land workouts along with normal water workouts. The main goal of this team is to help young athletes become competitive swimmers and take them to

the next level in their swimming career. Monthly Dues: $35. Free try outs are on Wednesdays (Call before coming to try out) Days Dates Time Location M-F School Year 4:15-5:45p.m. Kirby Creek M-F Summer 7-8:45a.m. Kirby Creek

SWIM EVALUATION –

Free swim evaluations are available for proper placement in any of our Learn to Swim classes. This is a great way to make sure your child gets placed in the proper class. Please call for more information. To set up an evaluation please contact the aquatic coordinator.

OUTDOOR LEARN TO SWIM INFORMATION

Outdoor pools will offer Level 0-4 classes. For session dates and times see information under each specific outdoor pool. Fee: $35.

McFalls Outdoor Pool –

Morning and evening lessons, Levels 0-4.

Bowles Outdoor Pool –

Evening lessons, Levels 0-1. Along with Splash Summer Swim Team.

Tyre Outdoor Pool –

Evening lessons, Level 0-1. *Refund Policy: No refunds other than medical emergencies. All registrations are final due to a limited course enrollment. Fees less than $5 will be refunded only if cancellation is made 5 days prior to the start of the class or a $5 transfer fee will be applied.

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Aquatics

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PRIVATE POOL PARTIES

Aquatics

Kirby Creek Indoor Natatorium

Days Time Fee Fri, Sat 6:30-9p.m. $150 Sun 2-5p.m. $150 Sun 5:30-8:30p.m. $150

Splash Factory Water Playground

Days Time Fee M-Fri 6:30–8:30p.m. $125

Bowles, McFalls, Tyre Outdoor Pools

Days Time Fee Fri, Sat, Sun 6:30-8:30p.m. $100

OPEN SWIM POOL PARTIES Kirby Creek Indoor Natatorium Days Time Sat 1-3p.m. Sat 3:30-5:30p.m.

Fee $75 $75

Splash Factory Water Playground Days Time Sat, Sun 1-3p.m. Sat, Sun 3:30-5:30p.m.

Fee $75 $75

Bowles, McFalls, Tyre Outdoor Pools Days Time Sat, Sun 1-3p.m. Sat, Sun 3:30-5:30p.m.

Fee $50 $50

Fees provided are for 0-50 guests. For a higher guest limit please contact the facilities.

AQUATIC FITNESS

Wet Works - Water Aerobics – Kirby Creek Days Time M/W/F/Sat 9-10a.m. M/T/Th 6-7p.m.

Fees (monthly) Single $38 55+ $34 Student $34 Couple $59

Lap Swim - Fitness Swim – Kirby Creek Days M-F M-Th M-Th Sat

Times 7-9a.m. 10a.m.-1p.m. 8-9p.m. 10a.m.-1p.m.

Fees $2 $2 $2 $2

Passes - Fitness Swim pass – Kirby Creek Kirby Pass Annual Pass Family Pass

$40 for 30 visits $100(payment plans are available) $250(Family of four)

DAILY OPEN SWIM Kirby Creek Indoor Natatorium Days Time M-Th 1-4:45p.m. Fri/Sat 1-6p.m.

Fee $2 $2

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THIS SUMMER AT THE OUTDOOR POOLS All Pools Open Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend

Spend the first summer holiday weekend, May 28, 2011, all the way through the last summer holiday weekend, September 5, 2011, with us at the pool!

OPEN SWIM INFORMATION McFalls Outdoor Pool

505 Dickey Road • 972-264-1203 Days W-M

Time 1-6p.m.

Splash Factory Water Playground

601 East Grand Prairie Road • 972-266-5272 Days Time M-F 10a.m.-6p.m. Sat, Sun 1-6p.m.

Bowles Outdoor Pool

2714 Graham Street • 972-264-4872 Days Time Fri-Wed 1-6p.m.

Tyre Outdoor Pool

2327 Tyre Street • 972-660-6269 Days Th-T

Time 1-6p.m.

All pools may close early due to weather and/or low attendance.

Outdoor Pool CLOSINGS Pool McFalls Tyre Bowles

Day Tue Wed Th

SPECIAL EVENTS Opening Day – 0utdoor Pools Day 5/28

Times 1p.m.

Cost $1/swimmer

Family Swim Night Day 7/30

Times 6:30-9p.m.

Cost $3/swimmer

Kirby Klassic Swim Meet

Day Times 8/13 Warm-Up 10-10:30a.m. Meet Starts 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Cost

$3/swimmer $5 heat sheet

Closing Day – Outdoor Pools Day 9/5

Cost $1/person

Times 6p.m.

Dog Splash Day 9/10 9/17 9/24

Cost $5/family $5/family $5/family

Times 10a.m.-2p.m. 10a.m.-2p.m. 10a.m.-2p.m.

Kirby Klassic Swim Meet –

This fun swim meet is open to everyone. Come experience what a competitive swim meet is all about or come to try for your personal best time. All swimmers need to swim 25 yards or more to enter the meet. Race your friend, parent, coach or lifeguard. Parent volunteers are needed! Day Time Fee 8/13 10a.m.-12:30p.m. $3/swimmer

Family Fun Night –

The first-ever Family Swim Night at the Kirby Creek Natatorium. Bring the whole family out and enjoy the water together. Have fun with games, inflatables, water basketball and the diving board! Compete in the Games of Kirby Competition and win the title of 2011 champions. The winning family will get in free next year to defend their title. Day 7/30

Time 6:30-9p.m.

Fee $3/swimmer

Dog Splash –

Tired of the same old Dog Park? Then come experience dog day at the Splash Factory! You and your dog will leave fully soaked. Meet other dog lovers in the area. A great time for the whole family and your dog! Day 9/10 9/17 9/24

Time 10a.m.-2p.m. 10a.m.-2p.m. 10a.m.-2p.m.

Fee $5/family $5/family $5/family

Note: Event may be cancelled due to poor weather. Contact 972-263-8174 the day of the event if you are unsure.

Youth 2-12 SUMMER CAMPS

Bowles Life Center, Charley Taylor Recreation Center, & Dalworth Recreation Center The Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department offers summer camp for youth ages 6-12 for 11 weeks beginning June 6, 2011. Camp is structured around a weekly theme and includes arts and crafts, gymnasium activities, field trips, and swimming. Each camp requires a $10 registration fee to hold spaces for the weeks your child will attend camp and a $10 t-shirt fee per camper. Camp costs $80/ week/child. Camp tuition is due weekly, every Friday proceeding the camp week. Lunch is provided. Parents/Guardians are required to attend a mandatory camp orientation (dates vary depending on camp site). For more information, please call the recreation centers listed below:

Bowles Life Center Charley Taylor Rec Center Dalworth Rec Center

972-237-7529 972-264-6890 972-264-7670

Weekly Camp Themes Include: • Sports Week • Outdoor Wilderness Week • Olympic Week • Animal Planet Week • Stars & Stripes Week • Around the World In 5 Days • Movin’ & Groovin • It Starts In Parks Week • Splish Splash Week • Technology Week • A Summer to Remember

FITNESS

6-Under Basketball League – Charley Taylor Ages 4-6. SWISH!! It’s back by popular demand. This six-week league focuses on fundamental aspects of the basketball. Your child will learn dribbling, passing, and shooting in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Jersey/trophy is included. Spots are not guaranteed until payment is received. Fee: $50 per child. Course# Days 12064 Sat

Dates June

Time 9a.m.-Noon

Boxing – Bowles Life Center

Ages 7-12. Boxing class will teach participants proper conditioning, weight loss, self-esteem, body toning, fitness, confidence, and self-defense. Fees: $40/mo.

Course# Days 11714 T/Th 11714 Sat 12147 T/Th 12147 Sat 12164 T/Th

Dates May May June June July

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Time 6:30-7:30p.m. 12:30-1:30p.m. 6:30-7:30p.m. 12:30-1:30p.m. 6:30-7:30p.m.


Youth Ages 2-12 Funderful Fitness – Bowles Life Center Ages 5-12. Let’s get fit in the Funderful Fitness Class. We will focus on strength, flexibility, and nutrition. Fee: $12/month. Course# Days 11792 M/W 12167 M/W 12168 M/W

Dates May June July

Time 4:30-5:30p.m. 4:30-5:30p.m. 4:30-5:30p.m.

Indoor Pre-K Soccer League – Charley Taylor

Ages 3-5. Sign your little one up today for some fun and challenging soccer play! The Charley Taylor soccer league is looking for future superstars ready to use their soccer skills and have fun in the process. Teams or individuals may sign up, so come and join! Each child will play in six games and receive a trophy at the last game. Jersey, shorts, and socks are included. Fee:$50/child.

Course# Days 12065 Sat

Boxing – Bowles Life Center

Ages 7-12. Boxing class will teach participants proper conditioning, weight loss, self-esteem, body toning, fitness, confidence, and self-defense. Fees: $40/mo.

Course# Days 11714 T/Th 11714 Sat 12147 T/Th 12147 Sat 12164 T/Th 12164 Sat

Dates May May June June July July

Time 6:30-7:30p.m. 12:30-1:30p.m. 6:30-7:30p.m. 12:30-1:30p.m. 6:30-7:30p.m. 12:30-1:30p.m.

Basketball Youth League – Dalworth

Ages 7-8 and 9-10. We will provide quality instruction from volunteer coaches. This league will help establish a good foundation for basketball and allow kids an outlet to remain physically and socially involved in a positive atmosphere. Players will have one scheduled night of practice with their teams once a week. All players will receive jersey and awards when league is completed. Fee: $65.

Course# Days 12235 Sat 12236 Sat

Dates 6/11 6/11

Time Noon Noon

Baton Twirling – Bowles Life Center

Ages 5-12. Learn the basics of baton twirling including marching and basic twirls. Fee: $10/mo. Course# Days 11796 Tue 12103 Tue 12104 Tue

Dates May June July

Time 4-5p.m. 4-5p.m. 4-5p.m.

Jr. Sport Explorers! – Charley Taylor

Daily Activities – Dalworth

Ages 6-12. Come join us for an exciting time and engage in your favorite sports and activities throughout the week such as volleyball, soccer, hockey, dodge ball, mat ball, etc. Have fun by interacting with your peers from various recreation centers and the community and learn new games and activities. Fee: Free. Membership required.

Course# Days NA M-F

Dates Time Ongoing 2-4p.m.

Monday – Volleyball Tuesday – Soccer Wednesday – Indoor Tennis Thursday – Kick ball Friday – Free Play Family Fitness – Bowles Life Center All Ages. No Babysitter, no problem! This class is designed for those who want to work out but have a child still in a stroller or a under 5 years old. Join this class and you and your little one can work out together. Fee: $50-70/family. Family of 2 = $50/mo Family of 3 = $60/mo Family of 4 or more =$70/mo Course# Days 11808 T/Th M/W 12177 T/Th M/W 12118 T/Th M/W

Dates May May June June July July

Dates Time August 9a.m.-1p.m.

Time 11a.m.-Noon 8-9p.m. 11a.m.-Noon 8-9p.m. 11a.m.-Noon 8-9p.m.

Ages: 3-6. This is a four-week class designed to help children ages 3-6 grow socially and physically through the exploration of sports. Tee ball, basketball, soccer and flag football will be introduced to the children in four different sessions. Fee: $25/4 weeks.

Course# Days 12059 Tue 12060 Tue

Dates June July

Time 1-1:45p.m. 1-1:45p.m.

Karate-Tae Kwon Do – Charley Taylor Ages 6+. Come experience traditional Tae Kwon Do from the longest running Martial Arts Academy in Grand Prairie. You will learn Karate from white belt through black belt. Emphasis is placed on self-discipline and self-esteem. Charley Taylor classes are taught by 9th degree black belt, Bill Simpson. Students will receive monthly membership pass at time of purchase. Fee: $45/monthly pass. Course# Days N/A T/Th N/A T/Th N/A T/Th N/A T/Th

Dates May June July August

Time 6-7p.m. 6-7p.m. 6-7p.m. 6-8p.m.

Kids’ Music Round – Charley Taylor

Ages Infant-4. Be the first parents in Texas to participate in this fun-filled, innovative and developmentally appropriate curriculum that has been created with the whole child in mind. Activities include singing, voice play, chanting rhythmic rhymes, use of props/instruments, tonal patterns, rhythm patterns and movement will create an environment abundant in opportunities

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Youth 2-12 Kids’ Music Round – Charley Taylor

for fitness and musical discovery. Parent participation is required during this class and it will meet twice a week for four weeks. Fee: $100 includes Songbook and CD.

Course# Days 12052 T/Th 12053 T/Th 12054 T/Th

Dates June July August

Time 9-9:45a.m. 9-9:45a.m. 9-9:45a.m.

Physical Fitness Skills Challenge – Dalworth Ages 6-12. Let’s work hard to get in shape! Youth will participate in a variety of challenges such as push-up and sit-up competitions, relay races, and jump rope challenges. The Challenge promotes fitness, gives youth the opportunity to learn new movements and skills and help them improve their speed, strength, and agility while enjoying the excitement of preparing for their favorite sport. Course# Days NA Th

Dates Time Monthly 4-6p.m.

Summer Soccer Squad – Bowles Life Center

Ages 3-10. Stay on top of your soccer skills during the summer time and practice with the coolest soccer squad around! The Bowles Soccer Squad will practice like a team for eight weeks on all the fundamentals of soccer. Fee: $35/player.

Course# Days 12176 T/Th

Dates June

Time 6-7 p.m.

Tumbling for Fun - Pre Tumblers –

Charley Taylor Ages 3-5. Tumbling stars will learn basic tumbling moves beginning with the log roll, crab walk, forward roll and front straddle roll. Tumbling is great for developing coordination skills. All children should wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Girls should tie back long hair. Class lasts four weeks. Fee: $30/session. Course# Days 12055 Th 12056 Th 12057 Th 12058 Th

Dates May June July August

Time 6-6:45p.m. 6-6:45p.m. 6-6:45p.m. 6-6:45p.m.

DANCE

A+ Dance Class – Charley Taylor Ages 6-12. A+ Dance Class teaches a variety of different dances such as modern, ballet, hip hop and praise dance. These dance classes will get you out of your seat and on your feet! Hip-hop and praise dance classes emphasize modern movement with a vivacious urban feel. Fee: $30. Course# Days 12214 Mon 12215 Mon 12216 Mon 12217 Mon

Dates Time May 6-7p.m. June 6-7p.m. July 6-7p.m. Aug 6-7p.m.

Creative Movement/Tap – Bowles Life Center Ages 3-4. Class time will be divided between tap and ballet. Tap will be introduced following the basics of ballet. Fees: $30/mo. Course# Days 11712 Mon 11712 Sat 11712 Mon 11712 Sat 12164 Mon 12164 Sat

Dates May May Jun Jun July July

Time 6-6:45p.m. 10:15-11a.m. 6-6:45p.m. 10:15-11a.m. 6-6:45p.m. 10:15-11a.m.

Ballet/Tap – Bowles Life Center Ages 5-6. Students will learn the positions of the feet and hands, along with specific terminology to assist with proper execution of dance moves. Both girls and boys will gain strength in posture and rhythm. Fees: $30/mo. Course# Days 11712 Tue 11712 Sat 12163 Tue 12163 Sat 12164 Tue 12164 Sa

Dates May May June June July July

Time 5-6 p.m. 11 a.m.-Noon 5-6 p.m. 11 a.m.-Noon 5-6 p.m. 11 a.m.-Noon

Ballet Folklorico – Bowles Life Center Ages 5-10. Ballet Folklorico dance classes will teach the traditional dance steps from various regions in Mexico. Fee: $25/mo. Course# Days 12114 M/T 12115 M/T 12116 M/T

Dates May June July

Time 6-7p.m. 6-7p.m. 6-7p.m.

Coaches Needed! – Dalworth

Interested in coaching a sports league with the City of Grand Prairie? Dalworth Recreation Center is looking for coaches who can help in basketball leagues. If you are interested, please contact us at 972-264-7670. Background check and drug test will be required before coaching.

FUN

Birthday Parties – Bowles Life Center

Have your birthday celebration at the Bowles Life Center! Choose from two different meeting rooms or the Bowles game room. Meeting room rentals range from $20-$75 an hour depending on time, and seat up to 120 people! Game room rentals include use of all game room equipment: air hockey, ping pong, pool tables, and foosball. Bring your own food and drinks, and have a great time!

Birthday Parties – Charley Taylor

Looking for a perfect place to celebrate your child’s birthday? Charley Taylor has a big multipurpose room, playground, and gym to celebrate in style in. Meeting room rentals range from $25-35 per hour with a $75 deposit depending on time, and seat up to 80 people! Bring your own food and drinks, and have a great time! Food is not permitted in the gym. Call a staff member for more details.

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Teens & Tweens FITNESS

Boxing – Bowles Life Center

3-on-3 Basketball Tournaments –

Bowles Life Center Ages 12-14; 15-17. Teen 3-on-3 basketball tournaments will take place during Summer Break. Get your favorite buddies together and register. Registration ends one week before the tournament. Fee: $20/team. Course# Days 12171 Fri

Dates Time June 10 9a.m.

17-Under Recreational Basketball League –

Charley Taylor Ages 15-17. Stay active and in touch with your friends this summer by playing in this recreational league. Requests to play with friends will be granted. Practice will be once a week and games on Friday nights. League will consist of six regular season games and playoffs. Champions will receive trophies. Coaches needed! Fee: $40 includes Jersey. Course# Days 12080 Fri

Dates Time July 8-Aug 12 6-8p.m.

Ages 12-15. Boxing class will teach participants proper conditioning, weight loss, self-esteem, body toning, fitness, confidence and self-defense. Fees: $40/month. Course# Days 11712 T/Th 11712 Sat 12147 T/Th 12147 Sat 12148 T/Th 12148 Sat

Dates May May June June July July

Time 6:30-7:30p.m. 12:30-1:30p.m. 6:30-7:30p.m. 12:30-1:30p.m. 6:30-7:30p.m. 12:30-1:30p.m.

Karate-Tae Kwon Do – Charley Taylor Ages 6+. Come experience traditional Tae Kwon Do. You will learn Karate from white belt through black belt. Emphasis is placed on self-discipline and self-esteem. Charley Taylor classes are taught by 9th degree black belt Bill Simpson. Students will receive monthly membership pass at time of purchase. Fee: $45/monthly pass. Course# Days N/A T/Th N/A T/Th N/A T/Th N/A T/Th

Dates May June July August

Time 6:30-8p.m. 6:30-8p.m. 6:30-8p.m. 6:30-8p.m.

Modern/Lyrical Dance – Bowles Life Center Ages 12+. Learn music interpretation through sustained extensions and expressive motion. Students will develop great flexibility and strength. Fees: $30/month. Course# Days 11724 Sat 11210 Sat 12108 Sat

Dates May June July

Time Noon-2p.m. Noon-2p.m. Noon-2p.m.

Physical Fitness Skills Challenge – Dalworth

Ages 13-17. Let’s work hard to get in shape! Youth will participate in a variety of challenges such as push-up and sit-up competitions, relay races, and jump rope challenges. The Challenge promotes fitness, gives youth the opportunity to learn new movements and skills and help them improve their speed, strength, and agility while enjoying the excitement of preparing for their favorite sport. Course# Days NA Wed

Dates Monthly

Time 4-6 p.m.

Sports Conditioning – Bowles Life Center

Ages 12+. Sports conditioning will work on strength and cardio. Participants will take part in drills used in professional football, basketball, tennis and baseball. Fee: $20/month. Course# Days 11812 M-Th 12172 M-Th 12174 M-Th

Dates May June July

Time 5-6p.m 5-6p.m. 5-6p.m.

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Teen & Tweens Teen Weight Room Program – Charley Taylor

Ages 13 and up. Interested in the weights and equipment and wondered how they all worked? Join us for this supervised Teen Weight Room Education program designed for one-on-one instruction on how to properly use the equipment in the weight room. Open to all teens with Center membership. Course# Days 12077 Mon 12078 Mon 12079 Mon

Dates June July Aug

Time 6-7p.m. 6-7p.m. 6-7p.m.

FUN

Bridge Builders Mentorship Program – Dalworth Ages 12-18. Attention all teen and pre-teen boys! The Omicron Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. introduces the “Bridge Builders” Mentoring Program. The mission is to work with and establish relationships with young men by offering support and guidance. In addition, the program will teach basic principles involved with the transformation to manhood. The program will focus on critical areas necessary for this successful transformation. Parents are encouraged to attend the sessions as we will bring in guest speakers to reinforce many of the program topics. However, parent

attendance is not mandatory. The program focuses on scholarship, health, community/social involvement and church. Course# Days Dates 11555 1st & 3rd Wed

Time 7-8 p.m.

Sparkle Mentorship Program – Dalworth Ages 12-18.

Attention all Teen and Pre-Teen Girls!

There’s a new group in your area and we’re Diamonds of Distinction! We, along with Dalworth Recreation Center of Grand Prairie, are looking for you! But first, you must answer Yes to at least one of these questions: Are you looking for a new way to strut your style? Are you looking for some tips and advice to becoming a better you? Or do you just need some girl time to chat and talk about life experiences? Better yet, do you want to sparkle like a diamond? Then hang out with us through the Sparkle Mentorship Program so you’ll know just how a diamond really shines! We all know diamonds are a girl’s best friend! This program is designed to help teenage girls (ages 12-18) develop into strong, healthy, sophisticated and goal-orientated young women of the future. The objectives of the mentoring program will be to offer sessions on dressing for success; independence; being lady-like; cooking

lessons; setting goals; nurturing the mind, body, and soul; dating and respecting oneself; self esteem; stewardship; leadership; partnership; excellence and friendship. We will meet every other Saturday at the Dalworth Recreation Center in Grand Prairie, TX. Scholarships available. For more information, please visit our website at www.diamondsofdistinction.org or call 214-7242784.

Course# Days 11555 Sat

Dates Continuous

Time 10a.m.

Teen Nights – Bowles Life Center Ages 12+. Teens participate in homework tutoring, game room challenges, library and computer time, aerobics, sports, fun trips and awesome volunteering opportunities. Free with Center Membership. Course# Days 11725 M-Th 12107 M-Th 12111 M-Th

Dates May June July

Time 6-8p.m. 6-8p.m. 6-8p.m.

Teen Night – Thursdays at Charley Taylor

Ages 13-17. Come out and explore a great time at the Rec with some basketball, fun in the game room, and snacks. Open to all teens every Thursday night from 7:30p.m.-9p.m. throughout the summer. Center membership required. See staff to register!

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Grown Ups

Ages 18+

MEMBERSHIP SPECIALS In Celebration of Bowles 5th Anniversary specials good from July 1-29, 2011

Intermediate Computer Education – Dalworth Step up your computer I.Q. with an introduction to Microsoft Office programs, including Word and Excel. These programs can help you write letters, essays and reports. This class offered monthly starting the second Tuesday and Thursday. For more information call Dalworth Recreation center at 972264-7670. Fee: $5. Course# 11552 11553 11554

Days T/TH T/TH T/TH

Dates Continuous Continuous Continuous

Time 6:30-8p.m 6:30-8p.m 6:30-8p.m

FITNESS

Abs & Buns – Bowles Life Center Ages 16+. This class focuses on abs while remembering other areas of the body including legs, gluts and lower back. Fee: $25/month. Course# Days 11728 M/W/F 12143 M/W/F 12144 M/W/F

Dates May June July

Time 9-10a.m. 9-10a.m. 9-10a.m.

Boot Camp – Bowles Life Center Ages 16+. Boot Camp is a total body workout good for all ages. This total fitness workout is effective and guarantees results. You will lose fat and build lean muscle. Fees: $80/month or $7/class. GRAND PLAN SPECIAL

Purchase a Grand Plan Individual Annual or Family Annual and receive a Bowles T-shirt, water bottle and duffle bag. Purchase a Prairie Plan Individual Annual or Family Annual and receive a Bowles T-shirt. Grand Plan Annual Individual Family $196.00 $396

Resident

Prairie Plan Annual Individual Family $106.00 $216 Resident $216 $436 Non-Resident

Intro to Computer Education – Dalworth Learn the basics of the personal computer. We will teach you the absolute basics of the computer- how to get started, terminology, etc. You’ll be introduced to a whole new world! This class is offered monthly starting the second Monday and Wednesday. For more information call Dalworth Recreation Center at 972-264-7670. Fee: $5. Dates Continuous Continuous Continuous

Dates May May May May May June June June June June July July July July July

Time 9-10a.m. 5:30-6:30p.m. 6-7a.m. 6-7p.m. Noon-1p.m. 9-10a.m. 5:30-6:30p.m. 6-7a.m. 6-7p.m. Noon-1p.m. 9-10a.m. 5:30-6:30p.m. 6-7 a.m. 6-7p.m. Noon-1p.m.

Boxing – Bowles Life Center

EDUCATION

Course# Days 11374 M/W 11376 M/W 11448 M/W

Course# Days 11631 M/W 11631 M/W 11631 M/W/F 11631 M/W/Th 11631 Tu/Th 11629 M/W 11629 M/W 11629 M/W/F 11629 M/W 11629 Tu/Th 11630 M/W 11630 M/W 11630 M/W/F 11630 M/W 11630 Tu/Th

Ages 16+. Boxing class will teach participants proper conditioning, weight loss, self-esteem, body toning, fitness, confidence and self-defense. Fees: $60/month. Course# Days 11714 T/Th 12147 T/Th 12148 T/Th

Dates May June July

Time 6:30-7:30p.m. 6:30-7:30p.m. 6:30-7:30p.m.

Time 6:30-8p.m. 6:30-8p.m. 6:30-8p.m.

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Grown Ups

Full Body Advanced Cycling –

Ages 18+

Bowles Life Center Ages 16+. Spinning is a group exercise workout performed on a stationary bike. This class is an excellent cardio workout to great music. Fee: $40/month. Course# Days 11732 T/Th 12135 T/Th 12137 T/Th

Challenge Court Pickup Basketball Games -

Dalworth Ages 18+. It is show time at the Dalworth Recreation Center. Come play with some of the best competition in the city. Bring your A-game and come for some fun. Fee: Membership required and $2 person. Course# Days NA M-F

Dates Time Ongoing Noon-2p.m.

Ages 16+. This class will introduce you to traditional clogging steps and contemporary footwork. Clogging is a great workout and tons of fun with friends! Additional performance dates will be scheduled. Fee: $40/8-week session. Dates Begins Apr 28

Time 6-9p.m.

Fitness Assessments – Bowles Life Center

Ages 16+. Ongoing by appointment. Fee: $15/ session. Course# Days 11730 M-Sat 12151 M-Sat 12153 M-Sat

Dates May June July

Ages 16+. Your very own personal trainers are available at the Bowles Life Center daily during operating hours. Fees: vary starting at $40/ session.

Course# Days 11731 Sat 12127 Sat 12128 Sat

Dates May June July

Time by appointment by appointment by appointment

POWER Boot Camp – Bowles Life Center

Clogging – Bowles Life Center

Course# Days 11615 Th

Personal Training – Bowles Life Center

Time by appointment by appointment by appointment

Ages 16+. POWER Boot Camp includes a combination of body sculpturing and muscle toning. Monday’s workouts include legs. Wednesdays focus on the chest, triceps, back and biceps. Fridays conclude with shoulders and combat training. Fees: $40/month of $7/class.

Course# Days 11729 M/W/F 12155 M/W/F 12156 M/W/F

Dates May June July

Time 9-10a.m. 9-10a.m. 9-10a.m.

Dates May June July

Time 7:15-8:15p.m. 7:15-8:15p.m. 7:15-8:15p.m.

Weight Room – Dalworth Ages 17+. Come check out the perfect work-out setting at the Dalworth Weight Room. There are two treadmills, one elliptical machine, and one exercise bike, and flat screen televisions inside the weight room. Weight Room Membership is $7 per month, $35 for six months or $60 per year. Weight room hours M-Th Noon-8p.m. Fri Noon-6p.m. Sat 9 a.m.-1p.m.

Yoga – Bowles Life Center Ages 16+. Enjoy the benefits of yoga and pilates in this class for an overall mind/body fitness experience. Yoga will teach proper body alignment, breathing and muscle control. Fee: $35/month or $7/class. Course# 11733 12139 12140

Days M/W M/W M/W

Dates May June July

Time 7-8p.m. 7-8p.m. 7-8p.m.

Zumba – Bowles Life Center

Ages 16+. Zumba is a great quality workout to fantastic music. Get fit while dancing to Salsa, Mambo and Chacha with a belly dance twist! Fee: $30/month.

Course# Days 11734 M/W 11647 M/W 11648 M/W

Dates May June July

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Time 6-7p.m. 6-7p.m. 6-7p.m.


The Summit Premier 50+ Club MEMBERSHIP FEES Resident Memberships Ages 65 & up - $50/year Ages 50-64 - $200/year

Non-Resident Memberships Ages 65 & up - $200/year Ages 50-64 - $500/year Note: You must be a member to register for classes and events at The Summit. Purchase your membership and register for classes in-person or online at www. GrandFunGP.com.

AMENITIES Facility Rentals

Consider The Summit for your next event! Group meetings, wedding receptions, banquets, pool parties, and church functions are just a few of functions that have been hosted at The Summit. The ballrooms, dining area, conference room, patio and pool are all available to rent. Call 972-237-4141 for more information.

Fitness Opportunities

We have everything you will need to help accomplish your fitness goals! The Summit has a full line of cardio and strength equipment, 1/10th of a mile indoor track, aerobics classes, gym sports, massage therapy and personal training.

Gardening Opportunities!

At The Summit, you’ll find great ways to get started in gardening, or increase your knowledge if you’re already a “Green Thumb.” Featuring a large, climate-controlled greenhouse and community garden space, you’re sure to find the facilities an inspiration (through classes and clubs) to discover the fulfillment of gardening!

Nutrition

There’s no need to dine alone. Come join your friends or make new ones at The Summit. Delicious and nutritious meals are served daily. • Monday- Friday, Noon • Application must be filled prior to eating • 2-day advance RSVP required • 60yrs or better • Donations accepted

Nutrition

Meals are sponsored by the City of Grand Prairie and Dallas Area Agency on Aging. For more information call 972-237-4141 or 972-237-4148.

Social Games

During most building hours stop by to play billiards, shuffleboard, darts, cards, dominoes, Wii, horseshoes, washers, bocce ball.

Summit Handmade Gift Shop

At the Summit Gift Shop you’ll find only the finest hand-made crafts. Very affordable, you’re sure to find that perfect gift! Anyone can shop at the Summit Handmade Gift Shop, but you must be a member of The Summit to become a vendor in the store.

Terrace Café

Our café is the perfect place to grab a quick healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner! We serve drinks, snacks, sandwiches, salads and soups!

Travel Opportunities

Throughout the year The Summit hosts dozens of day trips to local attractions, restaurants, theaters, casinos, etc. Three or four times a year we travel overnight, out of state, or even internationally! Highlights for summer trips include: • Deep Sea Fishing • Granbury • Marksville, LA

Volunteer Opportunities

The Summit team is looking for a few good men and women. Retain your knowledge, skills, and abilities by putting them to excellent use at The Summit! Volunteers are needed for all areas especially as cart drivers and café attendants. See the front desk at The Summit for a volunteer application.

Water’s Edge Pool and Spa

The Water’s Edge Pool & Spa has up to four lap lanes available for daily swimming. Our 25-yard pool with infinity edge and views of the lake will be unlike any other pool you have worked out in. Massaging jets are located in the 84-86 degree pool on the in-water benches. The jets increase circulation and provide a comfortable area for therapy, stretching or relaxation. The Vortex resistance training area for toning, balance and cardiovascular fitness can be enjoyed by members of all fitness levels.

Wings Theater

Enjoy a variety of entertainment activities in our very own theater! Featuring 80 comfortable tiered seats, a 12-foot screen with high definition projector, INCREDIBLE surround sound, and our own concession booth, you’ll think you’re in a private Hollywood screening room! Check with us for our monthly theater schedule for upcoming movies. Fee: 1 item minimum per person at concession booth. Days Tue Th Fri Sat

Dates Weekly Weekly Weekly Weekly

Time Location 6:30p.m. Wings Theater 2p.m. Wings Theater 6:30p.m. Wings Theater 4:00p.m. Wings Theater

CREATIVE & FINE ARTS

Ceramics – Open Studio

Let your creativity shine through in ceramics. No matter what your skill level, you are sure to discover your creative side! Learn from each other in this group setting, paying only a monthly firing fee. Fee: $10/month. Days Dates Time Location Wed Weekly 10-2 p.m. Discovery 1

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The Summit

Learn to Crochet and Tat

Learn the basic stitches, how to read patterns, and how to tat. Great evening activity and a great way to make new friends! Days Dates Time Location Tue Weekly 7-9p.m. Discovery 1

Oil Painting – With Mattie Kenney

Learn the intricacies of oil painting with the help of Signature Award Artist Mattie Kenney. Mattie has earned numerous accolades, and has had her art displayed at prestigious events and locations such as The Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Available to students of all levels, this class will teach you the basics or help you refine your style. Fee: $15/ class. Days Dates Time Location Fri Weekly 9-11a.m. Discovery 1

Pottery Class – Hand Building with Teresa Griffin Hand building can create wonderful pieces of pottery, and is a great way to build into pottery on the wheel. Learn how to make your own pottery from start to finish! Make tiles, clay sculpture, pots, plates and more! Paint them with colorful glazes and fire them in our kiln! Fee: $30/class. Days Sat

Dates Time Location Weekly 10:30a.m.-1:30p.m. Discovery 1

Pottery Class –

On the Wheel with Teresa Griffin Learn pottery making on the wheel from professional Teresa Griffin. Make unique pots, vases, bowls and more, and paint them with beautiful glazes. Fire them in our kiln, and use them as beautiful, functional art pieces! Fee: $30/ class. Days Sat

Dates Time Location Weekly 10:30a.m.-1:30p.m. Discovery

Woodcarving – FREE with membership.

Learn how to whittle, carve, chisel and make impressive pieces of art that will awe your family and friends.

Days Tue

Dates Time Weekly 6:30-8:30p.m.

Location Discovery 1

Thursday Night Dance

There will be dancing and a live band, as well as the best food in town. Come on out for the fun and do not worry if you don’t have a partner, you’re sure to find one at the dance. Light snacks and dancing for an incredibly affordable rate. Fee: $6. Dates Time Weekly 7-9:30p.m.

Walter & Eula Brewer The Summit’s social ballroom dance instructors teach in a fun-filled pressure-free style. They teach ballroom movements and figure, introduce good leading and following techniques, and demonstrate alternate movements for those with limitations. All courses are $20/month/dancer. Sign up for both classes in the same month and the fee is $32/month/dancer.

Waltz I

The waltz is a lovely dance and is considered by many to be the most important of the standard ballroom dances – plus, it’s used a lot in country & western dancing. You’ll be introduced to both the American and International styles of the waltz. Learning the waltz will prepare you for the additional ballroom dances (foxtrot, quickstep, tango). Fee: $20/month. Days Tue

Dates May

Time Location 6:30-7:30p.m. Ballroom

Quickstep I

The quickstep is a great rhythm that incorporates components of waltz, fox trot and one-step. It is often characterized by speed and fancy footwork. The quickstep can be danced to most dance music. Fee: $20/month. Days Tue

Dates May

Time Location 7:30-8:30p.m. Ballroom

Jive II

This is a continuation of Jive 1. You’ll be introduced to additional figures while working on good dance technique and leading and following skills. Fee: $20/month. Days Tue

Dates June

Time Location 6:30-7:30p.m. Ballroom

Waltz II

This is a continuation of the Waltz I class. You’ll learn additional figures and leading and following techniques for the waltz. Fee: $20/month. Days Tue

Dates June

Time Location 7:30-8:30p.m. Ballroom

Two-Step I

DANCE

Days Th

Social Ballroom Dancing –

Location Ballrooms

The 2-step is a fun, versatile dance that is especially suited for country & western (C&W) dancing. Learn basic concepts of dance movement and introductory level dance figures. Fee: $20/month. Days Tue

Dates July

Time Location 6:30-7:30p.m. Ballroom

West-Coast Swing

Known by many names (Push, California Swing, Texas Swing) West-Coast Swing is a fun and creative variation of the jive. Key elements are dancing in a “slot” and smoothness. You’ll learn the basics of the dance using the “Sugar,” “Whip,” and “Passing” figures. Fee: $20/month. Days Tue

Dates July

Time Location 7:30-8:30p.m. Ballroom

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EDUCATION

German Class – FREE with membership

Guitar Lesson

It’s never too late to learn how to play the guitar! Chuck Harris of Southern Pride Band teaches chords, strumming and much more. Must bring your own guitar. Fee: $20/lesson. Days Tue

Dates Time Weekly 2p.m.

Location Discovery 2

Brush up your Spanish

A fun place to practice your conversational Spanish with friends. Sessions, led by Eduvina Cruz, consists of 8 meeting times. Fee: $10. Days Fri Fri

Dates Time Location 6/3-7/22 2:30-3:30p.m. Discovery 2 8/5-9/23 2:30-3:30p.m. Discovery 2

Spanish - Beginner

Learn the basics of conversational Spanish including vocabulary and sentence structure. Easy and fun to learn, consists of eight meeting times. Textbook is included, which you get to keep! Fee: $40.

Days Wed Wed

Learn the basics of conversational German taught by Ron Engle. It is easy and fun to learn.

Days Tue

Dates Time Location Weekly 10-11:30a.m. Discovery 2

Organic 101

Learn the difference between what you might think is organic vs. what really is organic. This class is the basis for a life changing “how to” in your every day gardening. Days Wed

Dates 5/18

Time 11:00a.m.

Location Wings Theater

Perennials in North Central TX

GAMES

Billiards 9 Ball Tournaments

Participate in a monthly tournament to see who the best player is! Playing in the tournament is fun and will bring out your competitive spirit. Fee: Free. Days Dates Time Last Fri Monthly 9a.m.

membership Join Summit members for a fun Tuesday afternoon of playing cards and other games, such as Skip-bo, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Bunko and others.

Days Tue

Containers & Hanging Baskets

Texas Hold’em

Dates 6/15

Time 11:00a.m.

Location Scores

Cards and Game Play – FREE with

This class teaches you the obvious and the not so obvious returning plants of North Texas. Some might be quite surprised. Days Wed

The Summit

Dates Time Weekly 1-4p.m.

Location Ballroom 1

Location Wings Theater

Dates Time Location 6/8-7/27 1:30 -2:30p.m. Discovery 2 8/3-9/21 1:30 -2:30p.m. Discovery 2

Computer Skills – Just the Basics Learn the basics of the personal computer. We will teach you the absolute basics of the computer– how to get started, terminology, etc. You’ll be introduced to a whole new world! This class is offered in 4-week sessions, starting on the first Wednesday of each month. Fee: $15. Days Wed

Dates Time Monthly 3-4:30p.m.

Location Discovery 2

Computer Skills –

Internet, Email, & Social Networking Discover the unlimited possibilities created by the internet! Keep in touch with family! Find long lost friends! Read online publications, do research, follow your stocks in real time, check your favorite updates for your favorite sporting event and more. This class is offered in 4-week sessions, starting on the first Wednesday of each month. Basic computer skills are a prerequisite. Fee: $25. Days Wed

Dates Time Monthly 9-10:30a.m.

Location Discovery 2

Defensive Driving – NEW! Instructor Johnny Price makes defensive driving entertaining! Learn to improve your driving skills and be aware of other drivers. This course can be used for a discount on car insurance. However, it does not meet the requirements for removing a ticket. Fee: $14/class with AARP card, $16 without card. Dates 5/18, 6/15

Time 1-5p.m.

Location Ballroom 1

Want to increase your curb appeal for your yard? Become the talk of the neighborhood by learning tricks and short cuts on designing your beautiful hanging baskets. Learn uses for containers that otherwise would be thrown out with the garbage. Days Wed

Dates 7/20

Time 11:00a.m.

Location Wings Theater

Community CPR

Interested in learning about how you can help save lives? This is the CPR class for you. Upon successful completion of all course work you will receive a CPR certification. Fee: $45. Days Thur

Dates 8/18

Time Location 8:30a.m.-1p.m. Discovery 2

Monday evenings is the night for cards! Texas Hold’em the fun never stops! Days Mon

Dates Time Location Weekly 6:30-8:30p.m. Dining

GROUPS & CLUBS

The Summit Aviators – Free with membership

Have you always been an aviation enthusiast? Then join this club of like-minded individuals with certified instructors covering topics such as: recurring training, getting your license again, and information for beginners on how to obtain their private or sport license. This club is for those who simply have an interest in aviation and share the love of this fun and fast growing hobby.

Days Sat Sat Sat

Dates 5/14 6/25 7/23

Time 1p.m. 1p.m. 1p.m.

Location Discovery 1 Discovery 1 Discovery 1

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The Summit Travel Club

Do you like to travel? Come join the group that is all about travel. We talk about trips, packing, travel emergencies, and many other travel related topics. Days Dates Time 2nd Tue Monthly 1:30pm

Location Ballroom 1

The Sunday Strum

Are you looking for someone to play guitar with? Well come and join our acoustic jam session on Sundays. Bring your guitar and a couple of songs to share. Fee: Free. Days Sun

Dates Time 1st & 3rd 2p.m.

Location Ballroom 1

AARP

The American Association for Retired Persons helps retirees enjoy their retirement, build stronger communities and increase knowledge on political issues. Special entertainment or guest speakers will be featured at most meetings. You must be a member of this chapter. Membership Fee: $2. Lunch is available through the Nutrition Program. Reservations must be made one week in advance through club president. Days 3rd Fri

Dates Time Monthly 11a.m.

Location Ballroom 1

Book Club – FREE with membership

Do you enjoy reading? Come and join the Book Club at The Summit. Dive into a new book each month and discuss your thoughts, views, and ideas.

Days Dates Time Location 2nd Tue Monthly 11a.m.-Noon Ballroom 1

Creative Jewelry – FREE with membership

Design and make your very own jewelry. Share ideas and designs with fellow classmates. Once you get started you’ll be hooked! Come in person to find out what supplies you will want to bring.

Days Fri

Dates Time Weekly 1-5p.m.

Location Discovery 2

Crocheting – FREE with membership Learn the quick and easy styles of crochet from others in the group. Supply your own yarn and needles. Crocheting builds strength in your hands and fingers and helps regain eye hand coordination. Days Mon

Dates Time Weekly 1-3p.m.

Commission on Aging –

Toastmasters

FREE with membership Join in on important information regarding active adults in Grand Prairie. The commissioners, appointed by the City Council and Mayor, make recommendations to the City Council based on public suggestions. This is a great chance to give input to the group dedicated to serving active adults. Days Dates Time 2nd Wed Monthly 11a.m.

Location Wings Theater

Green Thumb Gardening Club

Come and grow with us in one of the nicest green houses you’ll ever see! Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you’ll quickly learn from the experts in this group for gardening enthusiasts. You must obtain your “Green Thumb Certification,” a 3-hour green house training session, before you can join. The trainings are offered every 3rd Saturday. Check with the front desk for dates. Fee: $20/Yearly for supplies. Days Dates Time Sat 5/14, 6/25, 7/23 10-1p.m.

Location Greenhouse

“THE SUMMIT” CHANGES LIVES! Summit Success Stories –

Do you have 30, 50, 100 or more pounds to lose! This is for YOU! Join a GRAND Summit Support Team! We will not only lend support, but we will feature great low-calorie recipes, hints for diabetics, and provide other speakers and support, weekly weigh-ins, motivational emails, tools, recipes and food tastings.

NEW Biggest Winner Challenge. You may be familiar with television show “The Biggest Loser,” but at The Summit we call it “The Biggest Winner!” For every pound we lose or every level our blood sugar or blood pressure lowers, we are winners! Prize for Biggest Winners. Fees: $10. Days Mon Mon

Dates Time Weekly 1-2p.m. Weekly 7-8p.m.

Location Ballroom 1 Ballroom 1

Improve your communication and leadership skills through this internationally recognized organization. Toastmasters will help you feel more competent and comfortable in front of an audience – take the fear out of public speaking! Days Th

Dates Time Location Weekly 10-11:30a.m. Discovery 1

Suddenly Single

A unique new social/support group for our single members who have lost a spouse through death or divorce. One component is group discussions and support in the areas of grief counseling, depression and anger management led by a professional family and marriage counselor, Bob McIntosh. Individual counseling will also be offered at a reasonable fee on a sliding scale. An additional component is the opportunity to meet new friends who have had similar experiences and to enjoy activities such as attending plays/musicals at local theaters, dinners out, day trips. Meetings are every first and third Thursdays at 1 p.m. If you would like to be on the mailing/email list for notification of additional activities, sign up at the Summit Front Desk. Days Th Th Th

Dates 5/5 & 5/19 6/2 & 6/16 7/7 & 7/21

Time 1p.m. 1p.m. 1p.m.

Location Tech Rec Room Tech Rec Room Tech Rec Room

Summit Red Hat Society Chapter

Meets for lunch on 2nd Monday of each month. Meet in Summit Lobby at 10:30 a.m. to carpool to selected restaurant. To join, obtain membership form at the Front Desk and pay $10 annual dues. The Sassy Jewels is led by Queen Mother Debbie Jennings. Other activities such as “Red Hat Day at Lone Star Park,” joint activities with other area Red Chapters, etc., will be announced through the membership email distribution by the “Empress of the Email,” Marge Baker and phone calls from the telephone committee. All members wear red hats and purple clothing to all Sassy Jewels activities. Days Wed Wed Wed

Dates Time 5/11 10:30a.m. 6/8 10:30a.m. 7/13 10:30a.m.

Location Discovery 2

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Location Lobby Lobby Lobby


The Summit Wii Fit Club – FREE with membership

Kinesis Training Equipment -

Get fit with Wii fitness. Play games, participate in guided workout programs and enjoy every minute of this new form of exercise. Sign up at the fitness desk.

Days Dates T/ Th Weekly

FREE with membership Kinesis One allows for the freedom to explore an infinite range of natural movements and exercises. This zero-impact exercise is for wellness-seekers of all levels of fitness and abilities, whether working on balance, strength or flexibility.

Time Location 9:30-10:15a.m. Wii Room

GYM GAMES

Wellness Key

Basketball – Around the World Basketball

Boost your workouts by tracking your progress through your very own wellness key. A bonus to your workout training plan that will keep you motivated in order to achieve your fitness goals and track your progress. It’s just that easy. Training session and Wellness Key Fee: $30.

FREE with membership Looking to shoot some hoops with others who love basketball too? Get some exercise while improving your game. Days Dates Time M/ W/ F Weekly 1-2p.m.

Location Gym

3-on-3 Basketball – FREE with membership Days Sat

Dates Weekly

Time Location 11a.m.-1p.m. Gym

Volleyball – FREE with membership

Join in on a friendly game of volleyball with your friends or meet some new ones over some fun filled volleyball. Come join in!

Days T/Th Sun

Dates Time Location Weekly 6-9p.m. Gym Weekly 1:30-3:30p.m. Gym

Table Tennis – FREE with membership Batting a small hollow ball around on a regular basis offers a mix of mental, physical and social benefits. Come and join the fun. The table will be set up upon request. Days M/W

Dates Time Weekly 5-7p.m.

Location Gym

Table Tennis Tournament 1st Monday of every month at 6p.m.

Pickleball – FREE with membership

Batting a small wiffleball around on a regular basis offers a mix of mental, physical and social benefits. Come and join the fun. The nets will always be set up upon request. Days Wed T/Th

Dates Time Location Weekly 10:30-11:30a.m. Gym Weekly 9:30-10:30a.m. Gym

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Health Check-Up – FREE with membership

Come and visit the friendly nurses from the Texas Department of Health and get your free monthly health check! Blood pressure, iron, glucose and weight will be checked. One more great benefit included with your Summit membership!

Days Th Th Th

Dates 5/26 6/23 728

Time Location 8:30-Noon Ballrooms 1 & 2 8:30-Noon Ballrooms 1 & 2 8:30-Noon Ballrooms 1 & 2 (GP Wellness Center)

Healthy Tips – FREE with membership

Health and wellness experts from across the metroplex discuss a variety of health topics each month to help create a healthier YOU! Join us for topics on diabetes, healthy eating and exercise. Live Longer. Live Stronger.

Days varies

Dates varies

Time 11a.m.

Location Dining Room

Massage Therapy

Relax, relieve stress, and improve breathing, circulation, flexibility and posture. Lower your blood pressure, help to manage pain, and strengthen immune system. It’s exhilarating. For a total Relaxation – Specialty Massage such as Massage Facials, Reflexology, Body Polishing and Dry Brushing. Prices vary. Fee: $1/minute. Days Dates Time M-Sat Daily See Fitness Desk Location: Upper Fitness Area

DRY SAUNA

Located in each locker room, 10-15 minutes in the dry sauna to detoxify, alleviate pain and improve joint mobility.

FITNESS & PERSONAL TRAINING Cardio Fitness Equipment –

FREE with membership We offer a wide variety of cardio equipment with touch screen easy-to-use LCD TV monitors. Bring your headphones to enjoy 39 channels and iPod compatibility.

Strength Training Equipment –

FREE with membership A multitude of upper and lower body strength building equipment, as well as abdominal and back equipment choices is offered all with a goaloriented display for your motivation.

Personal Training Sessions

A one-on-one fitness assessment and guidance from a personal trainer can make all the difference. Improve your current exercise techniques to maximize your workout efforts. Ask today at the fitness desk near the gym about opportunities to meet with a personal trainer. Training Package Fees: Training Option #1 - (1) 30-minute session Individual Fee: $40 Partner Fee: $60

Training Option #2 - (3) 30-minute sessions Individual Fee: $100 Partner Training Fee: $170 Training Option #3 - (6) 30-minute sessions Individual Fee: $180 Partner Fee: $300

ABC’s = Absolute Body Conditioning

Tone, tighten and strengthen arms, legs and abs all in one class filled with good times and great exercises to increase endurance, strength and flexibility. Get moving two nights a week will do a body good. Fee: $3/class $30/monthly or ABC’s and Pilates Combo - $45/monthly. Days T/Th

Dates Time Weekly 7-7:45p.m.

Location Aerobics Rm

Bootcamp

Tone, tighten and strengthen Arms, Legs and Abs all in one class filled with good times and great exercises to increase endurance, strength and flexibility. Get moving every Sat. Fee: $8/class or $15/monthly. Days Sat Wed

Dates Time Location Weekly 10-10:50a.m. Gym Weekly 6:50-7:30pm Aerobics Rm

Ask the fitness desk about our Early Bird Special offered this spring/summer.

Light & Lively – FREE with membership This low impact exercise class focuses on improving your muscle tone, cardiovascular system, endurance and balance. Exercise at your own pace among friends. Join in on the fun! Days M/W/F

Time 9:30-10:30a.m.

Location Gym

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The Summit Tai Chi – FREE with membership Dr. Oz does it everyday and says it is vital to a healthy lifestyle. So, if you are looking for another way to reduce stress and help with a variety of health conditions, this is the style of exercise for you. The rhythmic patterns of movements that are coordinated with soothing breathing can help to achieve a sense of calm while ensuring the body is in constant motion. Days Dates Time Location M-Th Weekly 10:30-11:15a.m. Aerobics Rm Wed Weekly 7-8p.m. Ballroom 1

YOGA with Love

Shirley Love, certified Yoga instructor, has over 20 years experience with the traditional physical and mental disciplines of Yoga. A proven activity for relaxation, yoga improves flexibility in muscles and joints as well as strengthens the body and immune system. Fee: $3 per class/ $25 monthly. Days Dates Time Location T/Th Weekly 8-9a.m. Aerobics Room Tue Weekly 5:30p.m. Aerobice Room

ZUMBA

Ditch the workout and join the party with easy-tofollow moves that will blow you away. Work out and love the calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to captivate for life! Fee: $5/class or $45/monthly. Days M/W Sun

Dates Time Location Weekly 7:30-8:30p.m. Aerobics Rm Weekly 9:30-10:30a.m. Aerobics Rm

WATER’S EDGE POOL & SPA

Lap Swimming – FREE with membership

Up to four 25-yard lap lanes available for lap swimming with an infinity edge that boast views of the lake unlike any other pool you have worked out in.

Vortex Resistance Pool – FREE with membership Resistance training in the water can be enjoyed by members of all fitness levels with ease to joints and muscles. Run, jog or walk to increase toning, balance and cardiovascular fitness.

Arthri-cise – The Wellness Workout The Arthritis Foundation and staff work together to offer water exercises that include range-ofmotion workouts, muscle strengthening, balance and endurance building activities. This class is not only fun, but great exercise with wonderful participants. Fee: $3/class or $20/monthly. Days M-F Th

Dates Time Location Weekly 10:40-11:30a.m. Pool Weekly 6-7p.m. Pool

Aqua-cise – The Aerobic Workout

Keep moving in the water. Preserve flexibility and strength, all while improving coordination, endurance and your ability to perform daily tasks. Water workouts are a safe and ideal environment for an aerobic workout plan that will get you moving and muscle toning. Fee: $3/class or $20/ monthly.

Heated Spa – FREE with membership Enjoy the luxurious sun drenched heated spa overlooking the patio and lake area with massaging jets to increase circulation. It’s a comfortable area for therapy, stretching or relaxation.

Days T/ Th M/ W M/ W/ F

Learn to Swim

Aqua-Personal Training

Learn to swim with us in a fun and safe way. Learn everything from floating to efficient strokes at a personalized speed. The classes are small for individual attention. Fee: $45. Days T/Th T/ Th T/ Th T/ Th T/ Th T/ Th

Dates 5/3-5/25 6/7-6/30 7/19-8/11 5/3-5/25 6/7-6/30 7/19-8/11

Time 9:45-10:30a.m. 9:45-10:30a.m. 9:45-10:30a.m. 4:30-5:15p.m. 4:30-5:15p.m. 4:30-5:15p.m.

Private Swim Lessons

Location Pool Pool Pool Pool Pool Pool

One-on-one attention to learn to swim in a fun and safe way. You set the pace and learn what you want to know about swimming. Inquire at the fitness desk. Fee: (4) $50, (6) $70, (8) $90.

Dates Weekly Weekly Weekly

Time 8:15-9a.m. 6-7p.m. 9:30-10:20a.m.

Location Pool Pool Pool

Learn the best exercises for you to use in the water. Easy to follow, calorie burning, feel-it-tothe-core water workout in an ideal environment for all. Get moving and improve your muscle tone in the water. Training Option #1 - (1) 30-minute session Individual Fee: $40 Partner Fee: $60 Training Option #2 - (3) 30-minute sessions Individual Fee: $100 Partner Training Fee: $170 Training Option #3 - (6) 30-minute sessions Individual Fee: $180 Partner Fee: $300

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Tri-Summit-athlon

Swim Bike Run at The Summit. Work your way toward participating in The Summit’s first ever Tri-athlon. Try your hand at a 20-minute swim, bike and run. T-shirt included for all participants. Fee: $20. Days Dates Time Location Sat 7/23 8a.m.-Noon Pool/Gym/Track

Family Swim Night

Bring your family for swimming, basketball, ping pong, outdoor games and patio grilling. Fee: $25 for family of 4/ $7 each additional person. Please sign up in advance. Days Sun

SPECIAL EVENTS Enjoy a relaxing evening at The Summit with friends, learning about wine & food pairings. Explore the variety of wines that will go perfectly with your dinner party. What a great way to spend an evening with your friends! Fee: $25. Days Dates Time Location Sat 5/14 6-8p.m. Ballroom 1/Patio

A Night of Jazz on the Patio

Enjoy the rhythmic sounds of a UNT Jazz Trio while treating yourself to a delicious shish kabob dinner on the beautiful Summit patio overlooking the lake. Drinks will be available for purchase. Fee: $20. Days Dates Time Location Sat 6/4 6-8p.m. Patio

Father’s Day Cookout –

Join us for an evening of games and burgers on the patio to celebrate the father from yesterday and today. Fee: $10 each. Days Dates Time Location Friday 6/17 7p.m. Patio

4th of July Picnic

Celebrate Independence Day at The Summit with a hamburger lunch and live entertainment. Tickets must be pre-purchased at The Summit due to limited availibilty. This event is open to the public. Fee: $10 for adults/ $5 kids. Dates 7/1

Time 11a.m.-1p.m.

Location Ballrooms

Travel Expo

Do you enjoy traveling? The travel expo is a great place to find your next trip or just get some ideas. We will have many travel vendors and door prizes. This is a free event and is open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Please no outside food. For vendor tables and sponsorship information please contact Meg Pumphrey at 972237-4147 or mpumphrey@gptx.org. Days Fri

Dates 7/30

Time 10a.m.-2p.m.

Location Pool/ Patio

Grandparent/Grandchild Carnival

Summer Wine and Dine

Days Fri

Dates Time 7/31 5:30-8:30p.m.

Grandparents, bring out the grandkids for a funfilled morning at The Summit! We will have bounce houses, a cake walk, carnival games, back-to-school supplies for prizes and much more! What a great way to spend some time with your grandchildren! Concession items will be available for purchase. Fee: Free! Days Sat

Dates 8/20

Time 9a.m.-1p.m.

Kiowa Casino

The Summit

Board the charter bus and try your luck in Oklahoma. Included on this trip is $10 free play plus a buffet lunch. Fee: $15 (perks). Days Dates Time Wed 6/22 7a.m.-6p.m.

Dinner Out

Enjoy a dinner out at a local area restaurant with your friends. Join us once a month for a great night of food and fun! We take a bus, so you can ride with all of your friends! Check the monthly newsletter for restaurant locations. Fee: $3.

5-Star Dining

Treat yourself once a month to a five-star experience! Explore fine dining opportunities throughout the DFW metroplex. We’ll do the driving; you simply enjoy the fantastic food and fun with your friends! Check the monthly newsletter for restaurant locations. Fee: $5-$45.

Location Summit

TRAVEL

Throughout the year we take dozens of day trips to local attractions, restaurants, theaters, casinos, etc. Three or four times a year we travel overnight, out of state, or even internationally! Below are just a few of the trips that are coming up! See monthly newsletter for local day trips. Reflections of Italy w/ Collette Vacations Highlights on this trip include: • Rome • Colosseum • Assisi • Perugia • Siena • Florence • Chianti Winery • Venice • Murano Island • Lugano, Switzerland • Como! Double Occupancy: $3,349! 10 Days, 14 Meals, AIRFARE INCLUDED! Departs on October 31, 2011. Informational brochure available at the front desk of The Summit.

Blueberry Hill Farm

Join us for a fun day of berry picking and shopping at the Tanger Outlets. Do not forget your walking shoes, sunscreen and hat. You know what they say about blueberries. They are brain food. Fee: $12 includes box lunch. Days Dates Time Wed 6/1 7a.m.-4p.m.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Casual classic concert just for you! Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet. Fee: $15, lunch not included. Days Dates Time Thu 6/9 10a.m.-3p.m.

Location Ballrooms

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Active Adults Ages 50+

EDUCATION

Clip, Learn and Save Course – Charley Taylor

Ages 18+. Learn how to shop smarter and save more on your drug store and grocery items each week through this informative class. Get insight on how to better manage and use your paper and electronic coupons more efficiently on sale items. Find specials throughout the store and how to interpret store sales tags to get more out of your dollar. Also, learn more about what are bargains and what are really not such a good buy. Classes are once a month. Fee: Free.

Course# Days 12081 Mon 12082 Mon 12083 Mon 12084 Mon

Dates 5/23 6/20 7/18 8/15

Time 6-7p.m. 6-7p.m. 6-7p.m. 6-7p.m.

Intro to Computer Education – Dalworth Learn the basics of the personal computer. We will teach you the absolute basics of the computer– how to get started, terminology, etc. You’ll be introduced to a whole new world! This class is offered monthly starting the second Monday and Wednesday. For more information call Dalworth Recreation Center at 972-264-7670. Fee: $5. Course# Days 11374 M/W 11376 M/W 11448 M/W

Dates Continuous Continuous Continuous

Time 6:30-8p.m 6:30-8p.m 6:30-8p.m

Intermediate Computer Education – Dalworth

Step up your computer I.Q. with an introduction to Microsoft Office programs, including Word and Excel. These programs can help you write letters, essays and reports. This class offered monthly starting the second Tuesday and Thursday. For more information call Dalworth Recreation center at 972-264-7670. Fee: $5. Course# Days 11552 T/Th 11553 T/Th 11554 T/Th

Dates Continuous Continuous Continuous

Time 6:30-8p.m 6:30-8p.m. 6:30-8p.m

Pirates of the Caribbean – Charley Taylor

Ages 18+. Aaargh, matey! Learn everything you wanted to know about these ruthless characters and the Golden Age of Piracy! This four-week course will enlighten you about the role of pirates in the New World and why they are romanticized in modern day history. Get ready to set sail in your imagination as we are enthralled by true stories of pirates and plunder! Fee: $20/4 classes. Course# Days 12061 Wed 12062 Wed 12063 Wed

Dates Time 6/8-6/29 7-8p.m. 7/6-6/27 7-8p.m. 8/10-8/31 7-8p.m.

Toastmasters International #6332 – Charley Taylor All Ages. Improve leadership and communication skills with the Grand Prairie Club #6332. You will develop your communication skills in a friendly and helpful atmosphere. Visitors are welcome at no charge. A must for improving public speaking! Visit their website for more information about the club at http://grandprairie.freetoasthost.com Course# Days Dates Time N/A Continuous Tue 7:30-9p.m.

FITNESS

Fitness Membership – Bowles Life Center

Ages 62+. Stay fit after 62 for only $8 a year! A Senior Pass Plan includes access to the Bowles Life Center Fitness/Weight Room which includes recumbent bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, spin bikes, dumbbells, weight machines and indoor track. Fee: $8/year.

Hours of Operation: M-Th 8a.m.-10p.m. Fri 8a.m.-7p.m. Sat 9a.m.-6p.m.

Karate-Tae Kwon Do – Charley Taylor

Ages 6+. Come experience traditional Tae Kwon Do. You will learn Karate from white belt through black belt. Emphasis is placed on self-discipline and self-esteem. Charley Taylor classes are taught by 9th degree black belt Bill Simpson. Students will receive monthly membership pass at time of purchase. Fee: $45/month. Course# Days N/A T/Th N/A T/Th N/A T/Th N/A T/Th

Dates May June July Aug

Time 6:30-8p.m. 6:30-8p.m. 6:30-8p.m. 6:30-8p.m.

Open Play Volleyball – Charley Taylor Ages 18+. Volleyball is back by high demand. Come out for Monday night open play. Bring a friend and get your game on. FREE play with a Rec ID or $3 day passes. Course# Days N/A Mon

Dates Time Continous 7-9p.m.

Seniorcize – Bowles Life Center

Ages 50+. Low impact aerobics specifically for seniors. A general movement class where participants keep one foot on the floor at all times (no jumping). Patterns and sequencing are designed for basic movements only. Fee: Free with Bowles Life Center membership.

Course# Days 11813 M/W/F 12131 M/W/F 12132 M/W/F

Dates Feb Mar Apr

Time 10-11a.m. 10-11a.m. 10-11a.m.

Weight Room – Charley Taylor Come out and enjoy the perfect workout setting at the Charley Taylor Weight Room. A perfect place to come at the end of a long day’s work. Weight Room Membership is $35 for six months or $60 per year. All Grand and Prairie Plan memberships from Bowles Life Center are welcome at this location. Summer Special! – Buy a yearly weight room membership and get a 2nd for a family member at half price! All additional family members will be charged at the 6-month rate per person. See staff for details! Business Hours: M-Th Noon-9p.m. Fri Noon-6p.m. Sat 9a.m.-1p.m.

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Weight Room – Dalworth

Come check out the perfect workout setting at the Dalworth Weight Room. There are two treadmills, one elliptical machine, and one exercise bike, and flat-screen televisions inside the weight room. Weight Room Membership is $7 per month, $35 for six months or $60 per year. Weight Room Hours M-Th 11a.m.-8p.m. Fri Noon-6p.m. Sat 9a.m.-1p.m.

FUN

Birthday Potluck – Dalworth Bring a dish to share, and a place setting for a potluck style lunch. Following the meal, we will celebrate three months of birthdays. Center membership required. Course# Days NA 4th Fri

Dates Time Quarterly Noon

Carter Oliver Senior Club – Dalworth

Age 50+. Join this jolly group for a fun afternoon of entertainment. There are special birthday parties and arts and crafts. The Carter-Oliver Seniors have adopted nursing homes in the city. Come visit for good fellowship where friends meet and greet.

Singing - Willing Workers – Dalworth

We do in-home visits for shut-in’s, church groups, hospitals, rest homes and others.

Course# Days Dates Time NA 2nd Tue Monthly Noon

TRAVEL

1st Friday Tea Room Trips - Dalworth Join us on the 1st Friday of every month to go to lunch at a different tearoom in DFW. Transportation provided. Each person pays for his or her meal ($10-$15). Sign up by the 27th of each month for the next trip. Membership Required. Fee: varies. Course# NA NA NA NA

Days Fri Fri Fri Fri

Dates ? ? ? ?

Time 10:30-2p.m. 10:30-2p.m. 10:30-2p.m. 10:30-2p.m.

HELP

Active Adults

Instructors Needed! – Charley Taylor Ages 21+. Do you have a special talent or skill that you feel would be a great asset to our Gold Medal recreation centers? Charley Taylor is looking for music, dance, theater arts, Spanish, ESL, cheerleading and Pre-K Learning Camp instructors! Enrich people’s lives and earn some extra income by getting in contact with the Charley Taylor Staff @ 972-264-6890 or email Chris Ginapp at cginapp@gptx.org *Background checks and drug tests are completed on all applicants. Donations Needed! – Charley Taylor

The Charley Taylor Recreation Center is asking for donations of the following items: old camcorders, digital cameras, sound systems, and age appropriate board games. We only ask that donations are in working order. Donated items will be used by the summer camps for creating art, music videos, and skits!

Course# Days Dates Time NA 2nd Tue & 4th Fri Monthly Noon

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Fish Creek Forest Preserve Crossland Blvd. (Behind Kohl’s) Come play on the newest playground in town at Fish Creek Forest Preserve – built in just one day by hundreds of community volunteers. This playground, which is modeled after Grand Prairie in the late 1800s, was designed based on input from 9th graders at South Grand Prairie High School. The unique design encourages imaginative play and even features real sounds that kids will find as they play! In addition to plenty of open space in the park, visitors can run or walk on the one-half mile trail that follows the creek, or have a party or picnic at the covered pavilion.


YOUR DEPARTMENT &YOU PARKS & RECREATION

NRPA – Healthy Lifestyles. Livable Communities. For 40 years, the National Recreation and Park Association has advocated the importance of thriving, local park systems, the opportunity for all Americans to lead healthy, active lifestyles and the preservation of great community places. As a city park and recreation department, we are proud to be a member of the NRPA. Go online to nrpa.org to see what the NRPA is doing to fight obesity in America, and promote healthy living.

TRAPS The Texas Recreation and Park Society is a nonprofit professional and educational organization founded more than 65 years ago to advance the profession of parks, recreation and leisure services in Texas. As a state affiliate member of the National Recreation and Park Association, the Society also maintains professional affiliate relationships with several state universities, athletic and civic organizations, recreational entities, state agencies and commercial vendors who provide services or programs related to parks, recreation and leisure service management. We are a proud member and supporter of TRAPS and their efforts to make a difference in peoples’ lives through recreation.

TAAF The City of Grand Prairie is one of more than 140 organizations that are members of Texas Amateur Athletic Federation. TAAF is a nonprofit organization that promotes, organizes and conducts amateur athletics in our state and allows amateur athletes to compete in similar leagues across Texas under the same rules and regulations. To find more about the TAAF organization, visit taaf.com.

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Saturday, May 7 Farmers Market featuring Crawfish Boil 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Market Square 120 W. Main St. • 972-237-8100 GrandFunGP.com

Saturday, May 14 – Sunday, May 15 Thoroughbred Horse Racing 1:35 p.m., Lone Star Park 1000 Lone Star Parkway 972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.com

Saturday, May 21 Farmers Market and Art Show 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Market Square 120 W. Main St. To enter the art show call 972-642-2787 or visit artsgp.com

Saturday, May 7 Thoroughbred Horse Racing – Kentucky Derby Day simulcast begins at 5:35 p.m. 1:35 p.m., Lone Star Park 1000 Lone Star Parkway 972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.com

Sunday, May 15 Thomas & Friends 2 p.m., Verizon Theatre 1001 Performance Place 214-373-8000 • verizontheatre.com

Saturday, May 21– Sunday, May 22 Pop-in-Play Inflatable Party Zone Dalworth Recreation Center 2012 Spikes $7 per child, $5 for siblings Call for times: 972-264-7670

Saturday, May 7 Viva Uptown Elvis – That’s the Way it Is! Starring Kraig Parker 8 p.m., Uptown Theater 120 E. Main St. • 972-237-8786 uptowntheatergp.com Sunday, May 8 Thoroughbred Horse Racing – Mother’s Day Diamond Dig – dig for a diamond worth $2,500 1:35 p.m., Lone Star Park 1000 Lone Star Parkway 972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.com Tuesday, May 10 Walnut Creek Paddling Trail Grand Opening 9:30 a.m., Loyd Park 3401 Ragland Road 972-237-4144 • grandfungp.com Thursday, May 12 & Friday, May 13 Thoroughbred Horse Racing 6:35 p.m., Lone Star Park 1000 Lone Star Parkway 972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.com Thursday, May 12, Friday, May 13 & Saturday, May 14 AirHogs vs. Gary SouthShore Railcats 7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark 1600 Lone Star Parkway 972-504-9383 airhogsbaseball.com

Sunday, May 15 AirHogs vs. Gary SouthShore Railcats 6:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark 1600 Lone Star Parkway 972-504-9383 airhogsbaseball.com Monday, May 16, Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18 AirHogs vs. Lincoln Saltdogs 10:35 a.m., QuikTrip Ballpark 1600 Lone Star Parkway 972-504-9383 airhogsbaseball.com Tuesday, May 17 City Council 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St., 972-237-8035 Tuesday, May 17 Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae 7 p.m., Verizon Theatre 1001 Performance Place 214-373-8000 • verizontheatre.com Wednesday, May 18 Kylie Minogue 8 p.m., Verizon Theatre 1001 Performance Place 214-373-8000 • verizontheatre.com Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20 Thoroughbred Horse Racing 6:35 p.m., Lone Star Park 1000 Lone Star Parkway 972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.com

Saturday, May 14 Farmers Market and Car Show 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square 120 W. Main St. gptx.org/farmersmarket

Thursday, May 19 Avenged Sevenfold 7 p.m., Verizon Theatre 1001 Performance Place 214-373-8000 • verizontheatre.com

Saturday, May 14 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day 9 – 11 a.m., Development Center 201 NW 2nd St. Register gptx.org/wq/hhw 972-237-8055

Friday, May 20th Free Event Uptown Season Announcement 7 p.m., Uptown Theater 120 East Main St. 972-237-UPTN uptowntheatergp.com

Saturday, May 14 P3 – Partner, Plan, Play Playground Build Fish Creek Forest Preserve, Crossland Boulevard (behind Kohl’s at Interstate 20 and Carrier Parkway). Register as a volunteer, GrandFunGP.com • 972-237-8329

Friday, May 20 Yanni 8 p.m., Verizon Theatre 1001 Performance Place Tickets: 214-373-8000 verizontheatre.com

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Saturday, May 21– Sunday, May 22 Bowles, McFalls and Tyre and Outdoor Swimming Pools and Splash Factory Open 1 – 6 p.m., 972-263-8174 or grandfungp.com Saturday, May 21 Mayfest 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Summit 2975 Esplanade • 972-264-9729 e-mail tracyhollis@gpisd.org Saturday, May 21– Sunday, May 22 Thoroughbred Horse Racing 1:35 p.m., Lone Star Park 1000 Lone Star Parkway 972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.com Saturday, May 21– Sunday, May 22 Greet 500 Veterans of War. See story page 37. Info 214-361-5896 or 972-288-8030 Saturday, May 21 Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart 8 p.m., Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place 214-373-8000 • verizontheatre.com Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27 Thoroughbred Horse Racing 6:35 p.m., Lone Star Park 1000 Lone Star Parkway 972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.com Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 AirHogs vs. Shreveport-Bossier Captains 7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark 1600 Lone Star Parkway 972-504-9383 airhogsbaseball.com Saturday, May 28 Farmers Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square 120 W. Main St. gptx.org/farmersmarket

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Saturday, May 28 – Monday, May 30 Bowles, McFalls and Tyre and Outdoor Swimming Pools and Splash Factory Open 1-6 p.m., 972-263-8174 or grandfungp.com

Calendar

Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 Thoroughbred Horse Racing 1:35 p.m., Lone Star Park 1000 Lone Star Parkway 972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.com Sunday, May 29 AirHogs vs. Shreveport-Bossier Captains 6:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark 1600 Lone Star Parkway, 972-504-9383 airhogsbaseball.com Monday, May 30 Memorial Day holiday City offices, Arlington ISD and Cedar Hill ISD closed. Grand Prairie ISD and Mansfield ISD classes in session. Monday, May 30 Memorial Day Ceremony Grand Prairie Veterans Memorial 10 a.m., 925 Conover Dr. 972-237-8100 Monday, May 30 Thoroughbred Horse Racing 1:35 p.m., Lone Star Park 1000 Lone Star Parkway 972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.com Wednesday, June 1 Luis Miguel 8 p.m., Verizon Theatre 1001 Performance Place Tickets: 214-373-8000 verizontheatre.com Friday, June 3 Last day of school all districts Friday, June 3 Thoroughbred Horse Racing 6:35 p.m., Lone Star Park 1000 Lone Star Parkway 972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.com Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 AirHogs vs. Saint Paul Saints 7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark 1600 Lone Star Parkway 972-504-9383 airhogsbaseball.com Saturday, June 4 Farmers Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Market Square 120 W. Main St. gptx.org/farmersmarket

OF EVENTS Saturday, June 4 1-6 p.m. All outdoor pools open for the summer Splash Factory open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday and 1-6 p.m. Saturday – Sunday 972-263-8174 or grandfungp.com Saturday, June 4 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day 9 – 11 a.m., Development Center, 201 NW 2nd St. Register: gptx.org/wq/hhw 972-237-8055 Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 Thoroughbred Horse Racing 1:35 p.m., Lone Star Park 1000 Lone Star Parkway 972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.com Sunday, June 5 AirHogs vs. Saint Paul Saints 6:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark 1600 Lone Star Parkway 972-504-9383 airhogsbaseball.com Monday, June 6 Planning and Zoning Commission 7 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St. 972-237-8255 Monday, June 6 and Tuesday, June 7 AirHogs vs. Amarillo 7:05 p.m., QuikTrip Ballpark, 1600 Lone Star Parkway, 972-504-9383 airhogsbaseball.com Monday, June 6 Deftones with the Dillinger Escape Plan 8 p.m., Verizon Theatre 1001 Performance Place Tickets: 214-373-8000 verizontheatre.com Tuesday, June 7 City Council 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 317 College St. • 972-237-8035 Wednesday, June 8 AirHogs vs. Amarillo 11:05 a.m., QuikTrip Ballpark 1600 Lone Star Parkway 972-504-9383 airhogsbaseball.com Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10 Thoroughbred Horse Racing 6:35 p.m., Lone Star Park 1000 Lone Star Parkway 972-263-PONY • lonestarpark.com

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On the Grow

Dallas County Courthouse Annex A $6 million Dallas County Courthouse Annex will be built on the site of the former Army Navy building in downtown Grand Prairie. The facility will house the justice of the peace, constable, tax office, juvenile justice office and other county operations.

Parkland Clinic Parkland Hospital will build a clinic at the site of the former police headquarters building on the corner of Carrier Parkway and Conover Drive. The ground breaking is set for May 17 and the clinic will open in summer 2012.

The façade at 109 E. Main St. is under construction, which kicks off a city initiative to revitalize storefronts in downtown Grand Prairie. The city is partnering with building owners to restore façades that will reflect the classic beauty of 1950s downtown architecture. In early 2010, the City Council approved a $1 million funding grant

Grand Prairie Municipal Airport A new 7,000-square-foot airport terminal is under construction and scheduled to be complete by August 2011. The new facility will feature four city offices for airport and emergency management personnel and one office for the airport’s fixed base operator. The terminal’s waiting area will be a large open space with a mostly glass wall on the west side. It will also include a snack bar with fresh-cooked foods.

Grand Prairie Outlet Mall Construction on a new retail outlet mall on I-20 and Great Southwest Parkway is scheduled to start in summer 2011 with plans for the mall to open in late 2012. According to the developer, Paragon Outlet Partners, 70 percent of the mall’s retail space has been leased.

Façade Renovations Underway to Revitalize Downtown to begin the Main Street Façade Renovation Program, which includes buildings along the 100 block of Main Street between Center and SE 3rd streets. The city funds 90 percent of the cost while building owners cover the remaining 10 percent.

The first 13 buildings are anticipated to be complete by the end of the year.

“Based on citizen surveys, Grand Prairie residents want to see our downtown revitalized,” said Mayor Charles England. “The downtown image reflects upon the community as a whole, and this is a way the city can support the business community and help improve that image.” The designs of the new façades are based on photos pulled from city

Airhogs Acquired by Dallas Group It’s a new ballgame at QuikTrip

Ballpark! New owners are now in charge of the Grand Prairie AirHogs. A DFW group, Southern Independent Baseball (SIB), now owns the team. The city still owns the stadium and contracts with SIB to operate the venue.

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Seconds and Surplus A 64,000-square-foot Seconds and Surplus opened on April 1. The store is located on 2725 S. State Highway 360 behind Rooms to Go and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Services and features construction materials such as granite and tile, doors, flooring, plumbing fixtures, lighting, cabinetry and more.

archives that showed what the original downtown storefronts looked like during the 1920s through 1950s.

The first façade under construction at 109 E. Main St. is owned by the Lena and Harry Turner Foundation and is currently used by Iglesia Sinai. Construction on sidewalks and parking lots also begins this summer.

fans in Dallas County and Tarrant County to make this a destination place for fun during the summer. We’ll have a lot of things going on during games.” SIB purchased the AirHogs from Ventura Sports Group. Grand Prairie Mayor Charles England is enthusiastic about the new ownership group.

“This is a real home run for Grand Prairie,” said Mayor England. “I think it’s very important that the new owners are local guys. They live and work in Dallas County and that means a lot to us. I’ve Facebook.com/GrandPrairie

talked to quite a few AirHogs fans and they are really excited about the new ownership group.”

SIB owns two other teams in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball – the Shreveport-Bossier Captains and the Amarillo Sox. The AirHogs begin their fourth season at QuikTrip Park on May 12 when Grand Prairie meets the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Individual game tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 972-504-9383 or by visiting airhogsbaseball.com.

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City News Farmer’s Table at Grand Prairie Farmers Market Only 100 tickets available for this exclusive farm-to-table gourmet dinner. On May 26, Grand Prairie Farmers Market’s chefs, local farmers and food artisans will join together to create a one-of-a-kind farmto-table dinner.

We’re Always Cooking up Something Fun at Grand Prairie Farmers Market

Every week offers something new at Grand Prairie Farmers Market, open 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays, 120 W. Main St. Upcoming not-to-miss events include (Events subject to change. Check www.gptx.org/farmersmarket for current information.):

Set in Market Square, the elegant Farmer’s Table will feature several of Farmers Market’s finest chefs donating their time and talent to prepare a feast of food from Farmers Market in support of Farmers Market and downtown redevelopment. Only 100 tickets will be sold at $50 each for the collaborative dinner. Dinner will include wine, desserts and bountiful foods.

To purchase your tickets, call 972-237-8012.

Farmers Market May 7 May 14 May 21 May 28 June 4 June 11 June 18 June 25 July 2 July 9 July 16 July 30 Aug 6 Aug 13 Aug 20 Aug 27 Sept 3 Sept 10 Sept 17 Sept 24 Oct 1 Oct 8 Oct 15 Oct 22 Oct 29 Nov 5 Nov 12 Nov 19 Nov 26 Dec 3 Dec 10 Dec 17 Dec 24 Dec 31

Crawfish Boil Car Show Arts Council Art Show Everything is Peachy Homemade Pimento Cheese! Prairie Paws Adopt-a-Pet Man Cave: Chef Demo Recycling bins – expose your green side! Red, White and Blueberries Rain Barrel: Make It and Take It. Pre-Register by calling 972-237-8377 Chef Demo Cool off with Watermelon Fresh Figs for a Limited Time Honey and Relish Hatch Chile Festival and Chef Demo Recycling bins – expose your green side! Rain Barrel: Make It and Take It. Pre-register by calling 972-237-8377 Prairie Paws Adopt-a-Pet Main Street Festival: Art Walk, Concerts, Grab a Seat artist-decorated benches available for purchase, Art Sale Master Composter Demo Pumpkin Craze Homemade Soups, Baked Goods Street Food Festival, Bluegrass Band Tamales! Tamales! Tamales! Pumpkin Patch, Harvest Photos Zucchini Persimmons Chef Demo: Thank goodness someone else is cooking! Dressing, Sweet Potatoes, Bread Pudding Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday Gifts, Photos with Santa Holiday Gifts, Photos with Santa Holiday Gifts, Photos with Santa, Chef Demo Closed for Christmas Closed for New Year’s

For more information on Farmers Market, check www.gptx.org/ farmersmarket, email farmersmarket@gptx.org or call 972-237-4599. Facebook.com/GrandPrairie

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Grand Prairie Farmers Market Cookbooks

Brand new to the Grand Prairie Farmers Market is the 2011 Cookbook featuring a delicious selection of recipes with many ingredients you can find at Grand Prairie’s Market. Priced at $13, the cookbook includes colorful photography and 75 recipes contributed by chefs, Farmers Market vendors, shoppers, city staff and Council members. Pick up your copy or buy it as a gift, available OKBOOK at the Grand Prairie Farmers Market, 120 W. Main St., O C 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays, while supplies last. Funds raised benefit the Grand Prairie Farmers Market.

$13

Lake Ridge Parkway Extension to SH 161 Started The Lake Ridge Parkway extension project has begun, connecting SH 161 to Lake Ridge Parkway. As a result:

• Vineyard Lane is closed at Dorothy for

• Dorothy

Lane is closed and being rebuilt as a six-lane divided Lake Ridge Parkway. • Ernie and Vicky lanes are closed to through traffic and now end in a culde-sac.

Ultimately, Vineyard on the west side of Lake Ridge Parkway will be rebuilt as a permanent concrete cul-de-sac. On the east, it will be connected to Lake Ridge Parkway.

Support Veterans of War

New Interactive Maps on gptx.org

Help greet 500 veterans of war as they Run for the Wall in a cross-country motorcycle ride that comes through Grand Prairie mid-May. Residents are encouraged to line the south side of I-20 frontage roads between 5-6 p.m. Sat., May 21, from Great Southwest Pky. to Matthew Rd.; and again from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Sun., May 22, from Matthew Rd. to the Fish Creek/Dechman overpass. For info: 214-361-5896 or 972-288-8030.

construction on the intersection with Lake Ridge Parkway.

The city of Grand Prairie has released a new online mapping application that makes it easy for residents to access city data from their own computer. The interactive tool at www.gptx.org/ maps allows users to research property information, zoning and future land use, quickly find street addresses, and pinpoint locations of city facilities, city council districts, gas wells, special use permits, schools, historic sites and more. Visit gptx.org/maps to explore! For questions or comments on the new interactive maps, please contact GISMaps@gptx.org.

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CITY NEWS Expose Your Green Side – RECYCLE!

Get caught with your bins down in the city’s new push to increase the number of homes that recycle at the curb.

Let’s double Grand Prairie’s curbside recycling from 3,700 tons annually to 8,000 tons, saving valuable landfill space, extending the life of our landfill, and saving the city and its taxpayers millions of dollars. Be Seen, Be Green Get Started Pick up a recycling bin at: • Landfill, 1102 MacArthur Boulevard • Prairie Paws, 2222 W. Warrior Trail • City Hall, 317 College Street • Lake Parks Operation Center, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway • Fire Station #9, 315 Polo Road • Bowles Life Center, 2750 Graham Street

• Paper.

• Recycling

bins are available free of charge to new customers. Additional bins are $5 per bin. Please bring your water bill to show that you are a Grand Prairie resident. • Residents may also use blue plastic bags, which can be found at any grocery store. • Check www.gptx.org/recycling or call 972-237-8061 for your recycling day.

Newspapers, magazines, coupons, junk mail and envelopes, flattened cereal and cardboard boxes, phone books, etc., will be collected. • Glass. Glass bottles and containers, regardless of color, may be recycled. Please rinse all bottles and jars and remove caps and lids. • Plastic. Any plastic bottle may be recycled. No plastic grocery bags, please. Rinse all jugs and bottles and remove caps and lids.

Decent Exposure Residential Recycling Guidelines • Residents use a green bin or blue plastic bag for collection of recyclables. • Recyclables do not need to be separated — bottles and jars, plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum cans, steel cans, newspapers, magazines, phone books, junk mail and boxes may go in together. • Cardboard boxes can be flattened and placed under the bin.

Team Green NOT Recyclable at the Curb • Pizza boxes • Plastic bags (take to local grocery stores) • Toys (take to local non-profits) • Dishes, bowls and china • Buckets • Styrofoam • Window/auto glass • Ceramics • Light bulbs • Mirrors • Aluminum foil • Plastic containers that held oil, antifreeze, or pesticides. (Dispose properly as Household Hazardous Waste)

Don’t be trashy, recycle What goes in Green Bins and Blue Bags • Steel, tin, and aluminum cans. It is not necessary to remove paper labels from cans, but please rinse out all cans.

• Medical

waste such as needles, syringes and lancets

For more information, check www. gptx.org/recycling or call 972-2378061.

Clip and Exchange for your FREE Green Bin!

Take this coupon to one of these locations for your free green recycling bin and go green today!

• Landfill,

1102 MacArthur Boulevard

• Prairie Paws,

2222 W. Warrior Trail

• City Hall, 317 College Street • Lake Parks Operation Center, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway

• Fire Station #9, 315 Polo Road

• Bowles Life Center, 2750 Graham Street

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Annual Photo Contest Now Open for Entries

Amateur and professional photographers who live in Grand Prairie are invited to enter the 2012 City Calendar Photo Contest. Entries accepted through Oct. 1, 2011. A panel of judges will select photos most appropriate for the 2012 City Calendar. Photo must feature Grand Prairie: • Entertainment attractions, parks, events • City services, facilities, programs, employees at work • Pretty places in Grand Prairie

• GPISD students, facilities, activities (only one month in calendar may feature the schools

Format may be 8 x 10 inch print or 600 DPI digital file on CD or e-mail with your name, address, phone number to asprinkles@gptx.org. Prints can be returned if return address is on back of photo. Photos will be used in city publications. Credit will be attributed in calendar, but may not be possible in other publications and uses. Winning photos will be published in the calendar. No cash

Grand Prairie Arts Council announces the Farmers Market Art Contest

Grand Prairie’s Farmers Market has partnered with the Grand Prairie Arts Council to host an art show and contest Saturday, May 21, at Farmers Market, 120 W. Main St. The art will be displayed during Farmers Market, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Best of Show will be awarded in adult and student categories. All hanging media will be considered including, but not limited to, oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixedmedia, drawing and photography. Artwork should focus on the theme “Farmers Market” and/or “Market

Square.” The exhibition is open to middle school and high school students in Grand Prairie and adults.

For those who want to get familiar with the topic, Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays at 120 W. Main Street through the end of the year. To enter the Farmers Market Art Show and Contest go online to: www.artsgp.com or call 972642-2787. Entries must be handdelivered on May 17 and 18 to the Marketing Department at City Hall, 317 College St.

awards will be offered. Entrants must include name, address and phone number with entry. Winners will be notified in November 2011. The city calendar will be printed in December 2011. Send entries to: Amy Sprinkles – Marketing & Public Information City of Grand Prairie P.O. Box 534045 Grand Prairie, Texas 75053 asprinkles@gptx.org

Holiday Ornament Design Contest Now Open and Targeting the Youth of Grand Prairie

Kids in Grand Prairie are invited to submit suggested designs for the city’s annual holiday ornament. Designs are due by May 27, 2011, to: Amy Sprinkles PO Box 534045 Grand Prairie Texas 75053 asprinkles@gptx.org 972-237-8140

Possible themes: • Parks • Farmers Market • Hometown • Native Wildlife • Bluebonnets • Native Flowers • Lake Joe Pool • Railroad/train • GP Events • Dream Big Play Hard

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• Entertainment District • History • Fun things to do in GP • Holiday Spirit

Kids age 18 and younger who live in Grand Prairie are eligible to enter. A panel of judges will select winners. No cash award. Winning entry will be featured as the 2011 Holiday Ornament. Winner will receive one complimentary ornament. The ornament is a project of First Lady Janice England and proceeds from sales go to the Lone Star Charitable Foundation. For more information, call 972-237-8086.

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Mature native Texas trees cover the lake side property. Weather you are looking for a campsite for your tent or RV or staying in one of our plush cabins. The scenery at Loyd Park makes you feel as if you are miles away from the city. Campsites

We have 221 concrete pads complete with 30 amp electric and water hookups. Each site also has a picnic pavilion, table, grill, and fire ring. At Loyd Park if you have a favorite campsite in the trees or by the lake you can make reservations by campsite number. Come out

Group Campsites

Have a group and need a place to stay? We have several large pavilions surrounded by 10 individual sites with water and

Park Admission Fees Annual Pass

Purchase during Mar. 1 - Feb. 28 Purchase after Oct. 1

$100 $50

Vehicle Fee, per day

$10

Seniors per person

$2

Up to 6 people. Additional people $2 each. Children 5 and under are free. (a senior in a vehicle with a person ages 6-64 will be charged $10 for that vehicle.)

Boat Launch Fee $10

Cabins

Pictures | Cabin Information If camping is not your thing try a fully stocked cabin that sleep 6 people! One and two bedroom models available.

Cabin Amenities Include:

Central Heating/ Air Conditioning Kitchen with utensils Cooking range and oven Refrigerator/ Freezer Microwave and coffee maker Dining table Satellite TV Bathroom with shower Front porch with ceiling fan Camp by the water, hike or bike miles of trail, fish on the shore, and above all relax!

to the park or make an online reservation select your specific site on a map and it is yours! Campsites have a 14 day use limit and a maximum of 2 vehicles and 8 campers per campsite. There is a limit of no more than 2 tents or 1 trailer and 1 tent at each campsite.

electricity. These group sites are available for $150 per night plus vehicle entry fee.

Camping Fees

Campsite, per night Group Campsites, per night

$18 $150

does not include vehicle admission

Cabins, per night

1 bedroom – Mon-Th 1 bedroom – Fri-Sun & holidays

$100 $125

2 bedroom – Mon-Th 2 bedroom – Fri-Sun & holidays

$125 $150

-all cabin prices exclude tax-

Group Picnic Pavilion, per day Monday - Thursday Friday - Sunday & holidays

Club House, per day

Monday - Thursday Friday - Sunday

$25 $100 $125 $150

Campsites subject to 14 day use limit. Reservations must be made a minimum of 14 days in advance.

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