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FEB. 2018 - APR. 2018

SPECIAL EVENTS KID CITY

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ADULT DAY TRIPS

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Adult Softball Registration Begins February 12, NEW Double Header Option!

YOUTH RECREATION

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ADULT RECREATION

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NATURE CENTER PROGRAMS

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GENERAL INFO

MAPLEWOOD PICNIC SHELTERS

The City of Maplewood has picnic facilities at several of our parks. Picnic shelters not listed are a “first come, first served” shelter. There is a fee and a $100.00 damage deposit required to reserve a shelter.

CONTACT US PARKS & RECREATION

PROGRAMS/ATHLETICS 1902 COUNTY ROAD B EAST 651-249-2111

NATURE CENTER 2659 EAST 7TH STREET

PICNIC SHELTERS

651-249-2170

651-249-2120

EMAIL: recreationonline@maplewoodmn.gov ONLINE REGISTRATION: https://apm.activecommunities.com/maplewoodmn/Home

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WHAT IS RECREATION ONLINE

It’s simple, just send your email to recreationonline@maplewoodmn.gov and we will enroll you in our email system. You can stay current with our latest events and programs so you never miss a deadline again! Sign up today to avoid disappointment!

RECYCLING IN THE PARKS

In an effort to reduce trash and promote recycling, the City of Maplewood now offers recycling in our parks. Look for the blue bins and do your part in helping keep our parks clean!

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Wakefield Park will undergo renovations during the summer of 2018 and will be unavailable for reservations. Thanks for your patience while we make this park an even better place to play!

HOW DO I RESERVE A PICNIC SHELTER?

PICNIC SHELTERS CELEBRATE SUMMER EVENTS SPECIAL EVENTS YOUTH RECREATION KID CITY ADULT RECREATION ADULT DAY TRIPS MUSIC IN THE BARN MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER SUPPORT MAPLEWOOD PARKS & REC COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Applewood $50.00/fee Small Shelter *Afton Heights $25.00/fee Park Building Hazelwood $50.00/fee Small Shelter Joy $50.00/fee Small Shelter Lion’s $25.00/fee Small Shelter Pleasantview $25.00/fee Small Shelter Maplewood Hts. $25.00/fee Small Shelter *damage deposit required

•Contact recreationonline@maplewoodmn.gov or call 651.249.2120 for availability and to reserve the shelter. Details to include in the request: name of shelter you are interested in, event date and time, number of attendees, and the intended use of the shelter. •Fees are due at the time of reservation and are required to reserve the picnic shelter. Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and America Express credit cards are accepted. •The shelter permit and building key (if applicable) must be picked up the business day before the rental date and returned to Maplewood Parks & Recreation Department the following business day. Park buildings and shelters are limited to use by rental applicant and party only. •Damage deposit is due at the time the rental permit is issued. Damage deposit check should be written out to Maplewood Parks & Recreation. The damage deposit will be forfeited if damage is done to the interior of the park building and/or the key is not returned on the following business day after the rental. •Place all trash in appropriate trash receptacle. We offer recycling in our parks! Please recycle your cans and bottles in an effort to reduce waste and protect the environment. Additional trash and recycling containers are available with an advance request.

CANCELLATION POLICY

No cancellations due to inclement weather. All other cancellations must be received four weeks prior to rental.

Organized tournaments and food sales are not allowed in our parks without prior approval and obtaining proper permits.

PARK HOURS: 5:00AM - 10:00PM

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SPOTLIGHT A PARK: NEBRASKA

AT MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER SATURDAY, APRIL 21 The Maplewood Parks & Recreation Commission invites you to participate in our annual spring clean up. Please consider donating a few hours to spruce up our parks while meeting other people in the community. Cleanup materials (bags and gloves) along with coffee and snacks will be available from 8:00AM – 10:00AM. For further information contact: audra.robbins@maplewoodmn.gov

MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY GYMS Carver Community Gym • 2680 Upper Afton Road • 651.249.2135 Edgerton Community Gym • 1929 Edgerton Street • 651.249.2145

These gymnasiums are available for rental for basketball, volleyball, tournaments, birthday parties, and special events.

RENTAL RATES

(rental rates below do not include tax)

2018 Rates: $40.00/Court/Hour • $50.00/Full Court/Hour • $500.00 Full Gym (8 Hours)

COMMUNITY GYM PARTY PACKAGES

June 6, 6-7:30PM

•Bike Rodeo and Kid’s Duathlon

June 26, 5:30PM-activities, 6:30PM-movie •Movie at the Farm

Looking for somewhere to have a party or just get together with friends for some fun? You can rent the gym alone or add the jump castle for an additional fee (when available). We offer partygoers equipment to play volleyball, basketball, soccer, floor hockey, football, and other activities. Have a game or activity that you would like to play? Bring it with! Must be approved by gym monitor. This is a great option for adult outings, family gatherings, birthday parties, and more! For parties we allow light decorating of the area during your scheduled rental time and we’ll have tables set up when you arrive for gifts, cake or pizza and have the gym ready for fun. Call 651.249.2121 to book or to ask any questions.

PARTY PACKAGE

2 Hour 1/2 Court Rental w/ Jump Castle • $150.00 + Tax Gym Rental • $40.00/Hour + Tax Subject to availabilty

July 4th

•Light it up Maplewood Celebration

July 18, 6-7:30PM

•Touch a Truck

August 14, 5:30PM-activities, 6:30PM-movie •Movie at the Farm

August 22, 6-7:30PM

•End of Summer Celebration

WELLNESS, ARTS, & FUN FOR EVERYONE!

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GENERAL INFO

Maplewood’s newest playground is located in Nebraska Park. The design for this playground was unanimously chosen by residents at a neighborhood meeting last fall and the project was completed in November of 2017. It is Maplewood’s first Biba Smart Playground where visitors can download an app for added play value and interactive fun!

ANNUAL MAPLEWOOD ALL PARKS CLEAN-UP


NATIONAL TRAILS DAY TREASURE HUNT

SPECIAL EVENTS

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 7:00AM

Challenge yourself to a treasure hunt! Find the golden hiking boot in one of our parks and win!! We’ll post clues on our Facebook page and Twitter account at 7:00AM on June 2. Find the boot and claim your prize by calling 651.249.2125.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 31

Ages 3-8 At Edgerton Community Gym 1929 Edgerton St.

Prehunt Activities • 10:00am Hunt: Ages 3-5 • 11:00am Ages 6-8 • 11:30am

Mark your calendars for our annual Easter Egg Hunt! We will start our morning off with breakfast treats, colorful crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny - then its happy hunting! Children will be divided into two age groups and will be hunting for wrapped candy and plastic eggs, some of which may be redeemed for great prizes. Bags of goodies will be available for children under 2 years of age. Don’t forget your camera! In the event of inclement weather, treat bags will be given away at 11:00AM at the Edgerton Community Gym. Cost is $5.00 per child.

Pre-Registration required

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ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY BOWLING CELEBRATION

SPECIAL EVENTS

SATURDAY, MAY 12 • 4:30PM-6:30PM

(AGES 5-12) AT SUNRAY BOWLING CENTER • 2245 HUDSON RD Join us for a great time at our annual Mother’s Day bowling outing. Kids, show your mom how much you appreciate her by giving her a Mother’s Day out! Each mom will receive a flower and each child will receive a special prize. Everyone will get to bowl and enjoy a pop/pizza dinner. If you would like to bowl with specific people, please let us know at registration. Dads are welcome to register too. Everyone must be registered prior to the event. Please no smoking or alcohol during the event. Registration deadline is May 3. Cost: $15.00 per person. Pre-registration Required

Register at https://apm.activecommunities.com/maplewoodmn.home or call 651.249.2111

NINJA WARRIOR SUMMER CAMP (AGES 8-13)

AT WOODBURY CONQUER NINJA GYM S1: JUNE 25 - JUNE 28, 9:00AM - 12:30PM S2: JULY 30 - AUGUST 2, 9:00AM - 12:30PM Have you ever dreamed of being a Ninja Warrior? The Ninja Warrior Summer Camp is for YOU! This week long camp is perfect for the ninjas in your family to come and play around on obstacles while learning technique and staying active! Made for kids wanting to be a Ninja Warrior!! This program is designed to work on strength, conditioning, flexibility, problem solving and coordination as they overcome the obstacles designed for their skill level. They will run obstacle courses, play games and have a ton of FUN, of course!! Campers depart from the Maplewood Community Center at 9:00AM and return at approx 12:00PM. Cost is $150.00. Space is limited, Register early!

CARVER SUMMER SPORTS CAMP (AGES 7-12)

AT CARVER COMMUNITY GYM • 2680 UPPER AFTON RD S1: JULY 9 - JULY 13, 9:00AM - 4:00PM S2: AUGUST 6 - AUGUST 10, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Maplewood Parks & Recreation is offering a fun sports camp. This exciting camp will introduce campers to different sports/activities each day and will teach them the basics with fun drills, games and activities from our experienced and energetic staff. This is a great way for kids to experience many different sports, keep them active, and allow them to have fun with others in a structured and organized camp, regardless of skill level or previous knowledge. This full day camp is sure to be a bright spot of the participants’ summer! Snack will be served in the afternoon. Additional snacks available for purchase (chips, candy, Gatorade, water, pop). BRING: Lunch, gym clothes, and tennis shoes. Cost: $160.00.

WELLNESS, ARTS, & FUN FOR EVERYONE!

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YOUTH RECREATION

YOUTH SPORTS CLINICS

YOUTH SOCCER CLINIC (AGES 4-12)

AT CARVER ELEMENTARY COMMUNITY GYM THURSDAYS, MARCH 15 - APRIL 26 (NO CLASS APRIL 5) Fine tune your soccer skills with this fun and exciting clinic. This co-ed youth soccer clinic is designed for beginner players and will teach the basic skills of soccer with drills, group games, and scrimmaging. Cost is $55.00, *Clinic T-shirt included. AGES 4-6 AGES 7-9 AGES 10-12

5:30PM - 6:30PM 6:30PM - 7:30PM 7:30PM - 8:30PM

YOUTH VOLLEYBALL CLINIC (AGES 6-14)

AT CARVER ELEMENTARY COMMUNITY GYM TUESDAYS, MARCH 20 - MAY 1 (NO CLASS APRIL 3) Get your volleyball game on! Experienced, enthusiastic, and excited coaches are waiting for your young player to hit the courts. Players will establish better skills in passing, setting, hitting and learn good court movement. Mini games are held at each session. Knee pads are required. Cost is $55.00. AGES 6-8 AGES 9-11 AGES 12-14

5:30PM - 6:30PM 6:30PM - 7:30PM 7:30PM - 8:30PM

LIL’ SLUGGERS PRESCHOOL BASEBALL/SOFTBALL CLINIC (AGES 2 -5)

AT GETHSEMANE PARK MONDAYS, APRIL 30 - JUNE 11 (NO CLASS MAY 28) Hit, run, and throw your way into fun with Lil’ Sluggers! Lil’ Sluggers is a nationwide company that teaches the fundamental skills of baseball and softball to the littlest athletes in a fun and positive environment. The program is designed to prepare the littlest athletes into their journey of organized team play by improving and developing their social and physical skills both on and off the field. Sluggers will learn how to throw, field, catch, hit, and run the bases. Program will build upon the skills learned in previous sessions. Cost is $55.00. AGES 2-3 AGES 4-5

5:30PM - 6:30PM 6:30PM - 7:30PM

YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL CLINIC (AGES 4-12)

AT CARVER ELEMENTARY COMMUNITY GYM THURSDAYS, MAY 10 - JUNE 14 This program is designed to provide youth of all skill levels with an opportunity to participate in organized, recreational, non-contact football. Participants will work to develop football skills, teamwork, and most importantly have fun. The sessions will be a combination of skill development/instruction and scrimmaging. Cost is $55.00, *Clinic T-shirt included. AGES 4-6 AGES 7-9 AGES 10-12

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YOUTH RECREATION

TUMBLING AND GYMNASTICS CLASSES AT MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER COST FOR ALL 2018 CLASSES IS $50.00

Class options build upon each other. If your child fits into multiple age classes and you are unsure of what class to register them for, register them for the lower class.

TUMBLING TOTS CLASS OPTIONS TOTS 1 - INTRO

This class is for children ages 9 months - 3 years, who have little to no experience in tumbling. This class will include log rolls, forward rolls, climbing, crawling, running and jumping. Equipment will consist of small beams, low bars, mats, and foam courses.

TOTS 2 - BEGINNER

This class is for children ages 2 - 4 years. This class will include forward and backwards rolls, handstands, cartwheels, building skills with balance, crawling, running and jumping. Equipment will consist of low and high beams, low bars, mats, and foam courses.

TOTS 3 - ADVANCED

This class is for children ages 3 - 5 years. This class will teach the skills that enable increasing flexibility, and prepare them for the Gymnastics program. We perform splits & bridges, handstands & cartwheels, and build on skills with running and jumping. Equipment will consist of high beams, low and high bars, mats, and intermediate foam courses.

GYMNASTICS CLASS OPTIONS GYMNASTICS 1 - INTRO

TUMBLING & GYMNASTICS CLASS SCHEDULE SESSION 1: MONDAYS, MARCH 5 - APRIL 9 SESSION 2: MONDAYS, MAY 7 - JUNE 18 (NO CLASS MAY 28) 5:30PM - 6:15PM 6:15PM - 7:00PM 7:00PM - 7:45PM

Tots 1 Tots 2 Tots 3

This class is for children ages 4 - 6 years. This structured class will include somersaults, cartwheels, intro to back and front walkovers and increasing flexibility. Equipment will consist of small beams, low bars, mats, and foam courses.

SESSION 1: THURSDAYS, FEB 15 - MARCH 22 SESSION 2: THURSDAYS, APRIL 12 - MAY 17

GYMNASTICS 2

5:30PM - 6:15PM 6:15PM - 7:00PM 7:00PM - 8:00PM

This class is for children ages 4 - 7 years. This structured class will include vaulting, basic leaps and turns on high beams, independent routines, one handed cartwheels, and flipping. We will be rotating on bars and improving balance and flexibility. Equipment will consist of low and high beams, low bars, mats, and foam courses.

GYMNASTICS 3

This class is for children ages 6 - 12 years. This structured class will include vaulting, basic leaps and turns on high beams, independent routines, one handed cartwheels, and flipping. We will be rotating on bars and improving balance and flexibility. Equipment will consist of low and high beams, low bars, mats, and foam courses.

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Gymnastics 1 Gymnastics 2 Gymnastics 3

SESSION 1: SATURDAYS, FEB 24 - APRIL 7 (NO CLASS MARCH 31) SESSION 2: SATURDAYS, APRIL 28 - JUNE 9 (NO CLASS MAY 26) 9:30AM - 10:15AM 10:15AM - 11:00AM 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:45PM

Tots 1 Tots 2 Tots 3 Gymnastics 1

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YOUTH RECREATION

T-BALL (AGES 4-8)

AT EDGERTON FIELDS (possibly other various parks based on need) SUNDAYS, JUNE 10 - AUGUST 5 (NO CLASS JULY 1) 4 - 5 YEARS: Always hit off a tee 6 - 8 YEARS: Opportunity to hit coach pitch, then hit off a tee Cost is $65.00 The t-ball program is designed to teach the fundamentals of baseball to girls and boys. We work with Lil’ Sluggers, who provide a field coach for each game and emphasize individual growth, cooperation, fair play and having fun! The ages are split to provide better program tailoring for more progressive skill development along the way. All games are played as controlled scrimmages, no score is kept, and we use a ball designed for safety and confidence. There will be 20-25 minutes of practice time led by the Lil’ Sluggers coach with each team’s parent coach(s) working with their team, followed by 40-45 minutes of game play. During the game play, the Lil’ Sluggers coach will help with proper positioning, encouragement and general game help. The parent coaches will still set the lineup, manage the players’ position, play time and rotation, base coaching etc. If interested in volunteer coaching, please indicate so during the registration process or contact the League Director. AGES 4-5 AGES 6-8

5:00PM - 6:15PM 6:15PM - 7:30PM

BOYS AND GIRLS YOUTH BASEBALL (GRADES 2 - 5)

AT FIELDS IN MAPLEWOOD, ROSEVILLE AND LITTLE CANADA Maplewood Parks & Recreation is offering baseball for boys and girls in 2nd - 3rd (C League) and 4th - 5th (B League) with teams from Roseville and Little Canada. These leagues are recreational and instructional with the goal of ensuring that the kids have fun while improving their baseball skills. INCLUDED WITH REGISTRATION : Team shirt and hat; each team will have some bats and batting helmets PLAYER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Fielder’s glove, protective cup, batting gloves (optional), rubber baseball cleats (optional), personal batting helmet (optional but encouraged) Both leagues will need volunteer coaches for their teams. If interested in volunteer coaching, please indicate so during the registration process or contact the League Director. C LEAGUE BASEBALL: 2nd - 3rd Grades The C League is for current 2nd and 3rd graders. The C League utilizes pitching machines to induce more playable balls in the field and to develop player batting skills. PRACTICE: Will be determined by the volunteer coach and League Director GAMES: Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:15PM DATES: Practices start mid/late April (weather permitting), Games start late April LOCATIONS: Fields in Maplewood, Roseville and Little Canada COST: $90.00 Registration deadline is March 21. B LEAGUE BASEBALL: 4th - 5th Grades The B League is for current 4th and 5th graders. The B League is the introduction to kid-pitch baseball. All kids, once they have established the ability to hit the strike zone, will have an opportunity to pitch if they choose to do so. There is typically an end of season tournament the week after the 4th of July. PRACTICE: Will be determined by the volunteer coach and League Director GAMES: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15PM DATES: Practices start mid/late April (weather permitting), Games start late April LOCATIONS: Fields in Maplewood, Roseville and Little Canada COST: $100.00 Registration deadline is March 21.

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YOUTH RECREATION

SPRING YOUTH SOCCER (AGES 4-9)

AT MAPLEWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL TUESDAYS, MAY 1 - JUNE 5 THURSDAYS, MAY 3 - JUNE 7 *Kids will be split between Tuesdays & Thursdays* Maplewood Parks and Recreation is proud to offer our co-rec youth soccer starter program. The 3v3 format for ages 4-6, and 4v4 format for ages 7-9 will provide for more touches, increased playing time, and most important more fun! This program is six weeks in length and will be played Tuesdays or Thursdays with the groups being split between the two days. The sessions will be a combination of skill development/instruction and game play. *AN ADULT VOLUNTEER HELPER WILL BE NEEDED FOR EACH TEAM* Cost is $65.00. Registration deadline is April 6. Age 4 Ages 5-6 Ages 7-9

6:00PM - 7:00PM 6:00PM - 7:00PM 7:15PM - 8:15PM

CHALLENGER SPORTS BRITISH SOCCER CAMPS (AGES 3 -16)

AT HAZELWOOD SOCCER FIELD #5 JULY 16 - JULY 20 FIRST KICKS (AGES 3-5): 8:00AM - 9:00AM • $85.00 HALF DAY (AGES 6-11): 9:15AM - 12:15PM • $150.00 HALF DAY (AGES 11-16): 1:00PM - 4:00PM • $150.00 Includes replica jersey, ball, t-shirt, evaluation and poster. Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the country. Hundreds of Challenger coaches each year have helped the company develop one of the most innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer in the US. Our experienced staff study the game at all levels and we have identified the key techniques and skills that your players need to work on and master to reach their true potential. Each day includes individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages, and a daily World Cup tournament. NEW FOR 2018 - participants will be provided free access to the Challenger App and a collection of skill-building videos!

Register at https://challenger.configio.com/

WELLNESS, ARTS, & FUNFOR EVERYONE!

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YOUTH RECREATION

SUMMER YOUTH TENNIS ($60.00/SESSION) LITTLE STARS (PARENT/CHILD AGES 4-6) TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 6:00PM - 6:45PM S1: JUNE 5 - JUNE 21 (MAPLEWOOD HEIGHTS) S2: JULY 10 - JULY 26 (MAPLEWOOD HEIGHTS) S3: AUGUST 7 - AUGUST 23 (MAPLEWOOD HEIGHTS) This innovative program gets parents on the court working with their kids. The kids will have fun learning basic tennis skills and hand-eye coordination. Lightweight rackets and smaller nets are provided. Parents should bring their own racket. BIG STARS (AGES 7-9) TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 6:45PM - 7:30PM S1: JUNE 5 - JUNE 21 (MAPLEWOOD HEIGHTS) S2: JULY 10 - JULY 26 (MAPLEWOOD HEIGHTS) S3: AUGUST 7 - AUGUST 23 (MAPLEWOOD HEIGHTS)

SPRING YOUTH TENNIS ($60.00/SESSION) LITTLE STARS (PARENT/CHILD AGES 4-6) AT MAPLEWOOD HEIGHTS TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, MAY 8 - MAY 24 6:00PM - 6:45PM This innovative program gets parents on the court working with their kids. The kids will have fun learning basic tennis skills and hand-eye coordination. Lightweight rackets and smaller nets are provided. Parents should bring their own racket. BIG STARS (AGES 7-9) AT MAPLEWOOD HEIGHTS TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, MAY 8 - MAY 24 7:00PM - 7:45PM Participants will learn all of the basic tennis strokes: serve, volley, and groundstrokes. Lively drills will keep the class fast moving and loads of fun! Lightweight rackets are provided.

Participants will learn all of the basic tennis strokes: serve, volley, and groundstrokes. Lively drills will keep the class fast moving and loads of fun! Lightweight rackets are provided. YOUTH BEGINNING (AGES 10-12) TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, JUNE 5 - JUNE 21, 7:30PM - 8:30PM AT MAPLEWOOD HEIGHTS This program is for kids that want to play tennis! You’ll learn all of the basic strokes and rules of tennis. Each session will end with group games that emphasize fun while improving strokes. Students must bring their own racket. YOUTH ADVANCED BEGINNING (AGES 12-14) TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, JULY 10 - JULY 26, 7:30PM - 8:30PM AT MAPLEWOOD HEIGHTS This program is for youth who want to take their game to a higher level! They will imrpove their stroke technique, footwork and serves. Students should be able to maintain a short rally and must bring their own racket. YOUTH INTERMEDIATE (AGES 12+) TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, AUGUST 7 - AUGUST 23, 7:30PM - 8:30PM AT MAPLEWOOD HEIGHTS This program is for youth that have play experience and know the rules of the game. They will gain consistency while adding pace to their groundstrokes and serves. Students must bring their own racket.

KARATE (AGES 4-ADULT)

AT MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER Unleash potential with the power of martial arts! Participants will learn the skills they need to be successful in life and learning; exercise, discipline, respect, team work and problem solving to name a few. Taught by Mr. Schafer of The Edge Martial Arts. *Uniform required for participation through The Edge Martial Arts. Available to purchase for $30.00 the first day of class. *Registration is for a full calendar month. Cost is $63.00 per month. Little Dragons (Ages 4-6) MONDAYS, 5:30PM - 6:00PM Beginner (Ages 7+) MONDAYS, 6:00PM - 6:45PM Advanced Beginner (Gold Belt and Higher) MONDAYS, 6:45PM - 7:45PM

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AT VARIOUS FIELDS IN MAPLEWOOD, WHITE BEAR LAKE AND LITTLE CANADA MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS TIMES: 6:00PM or 7:15PM The softball season will begin league play the week of June 4 and conclude with a season-end tournament. Practices will begin approximately 2 - 3 weeks prior to the start of the season. All ages as of January 1, 2018 determine league age. Cost: $80.00 All leagues will need volunteer coaches for their teams. If interested in volunteer coaching, please indicate so during the registration process or contact the League Director. 10U: Games Tuesdays and Thursdays 12U: Games Tuesdays and Thursdays 14U: Games Mondays and Wednesdays 16U: Games Mondays and Wednesdays 19U: Games Tuesdays and Thursdays

PRESCHOOL GYMBOREE (AGES 1-5)

AT MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER THURSDAYS, 10:00AM - 11:30AM, NOW - MARCH 22 Join us in the gym for a roly poly good time. We provide the balls, mats, music, toys & games – you bring the fun. Preschool Gymboree is not a structured program and children must be accompanied by an adult. If you bring outside equipment along, it must be approved by the gym monitor. Jump Castle included. Cost is $5.00 per child *Children under 12 months are free.

JAM THE GYM (GRADES K-5)

AT CARVER ELEMENTARY COMMUNITY GYM FRIDAYS, FEBRUARY 16, APRIL 13 & MAY 18, 6:00PM - 8:00PM Parents, drop off the kids and enjoy a night out! Your child will enjoy floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, a bounce house, activities, music, and games! Concessions are available for purchase. Drop-in program, no registration required. Call 651-249-2121 for more information. Cost $5.00 per child.

YOUTH RECREATION

YOUTH SOFTBALL


YOUTH RECREATION

WINTER/SPRING DANCE WITH MAYER ARTS AT MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER

Winter/Spring Dance Recital Theme: Follow Your Dreams Shows: Saturday, June 9, 2:00PM & 3:30PM Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, June 7, 5:00PM-6:30PM

PRE-BALLET AND TAP (AGES 3-5) SATURDAYS, FEBRUARY 10 - JUNE 2 9:30AM - 10:15AM OR 10:15AM - 11:00AM (NO CLASSES MARCH 24 & 31 AND MAY 26)

This class includes the Wish Upon A Ballet curriculum with the added fun of tap! An introduction to the movements and vocabulary of these disciplines are taught with the help of musical instruments, parachutes, and scarves. Students will develop poise, strength, and flexibility. Ballet and tap shoes are required. Cost is $150

WISH UPON A BALLET (AGES 3-5) SATURDAYS, FEBRUARY 10 - JUNE 2, 11:00AM - 11:45AM (NO CLASSES MARCH 24 & 31 AND MAY 26) MONDAYS, FEBRUARY 12 - JUNE 4, 5:15PM - 6:00PM (NO CLASSES FEBRUARY 19, MARCH 26, & MAY 28)

Wish Upon a Ballet is a dance program for children that incorporates popular children’s stories as well as ballet stories to create a dance class that is more than ballet steps. Using musical instruments, parachutes, and scarves we will create a complete fairy tale experience while we skip, leap, jump and spin. This way, an introduction to the movements and vocabulary of ballet are taught in a fun and creative manner. Children will learn an appreciation of dance and music while developing strength and flexibility. Parents, family, and friends will be invited to observe a special performance at the end of each session. Come join the fun! Girls and boys will need ballet shoes. Girls should wear a leotard and tights. Boys should wear comfortable clothes they can move around in. Cost is $150

BALLET AND TAP (AGES 6-9) SATURDAYS, FEBRUARY 10 - JUNE 2, 11:45AM - 12:45PM (NO CLASSES MARCH 24 & 31 AND MAY 26)

We can’t stop the beat! Young dancers will float and leap in ballet and them jump and jive to fun songs while learning about tap. An introduction to the movements and vocabulary of these disciplines are taught with the help of musical instruments, parachutes, and scarves. Students will develop poise, strength, and flexibility. Ballet and tap shoes are required. Cost is $160

BALLET AND TAP (AGES 8-12) MONDAYS, FEBRUARY 12 - JUNE 4, 7:00PM - 8:00PM (NO CLASSES FEBRUARY 19, MARCH 26, & MAY 28)

More jumps, more turns, more fun! Dynamic dancers will float and leap in ballet and jump and jive to fun songs while learning about tap. All levels are welcome to experience these disciplines in a fun and creative environment. Students will develop poise, strength, and flexibility. Ballet and tap shoes are required. Cost is $160

HIP HOP AND TAP (AGES 5-8) MONDAYS, FEBRUARY 12 - JUNE 4, 6:00PM - 7:00PM (NO CLASSES FEBRUARY 19, MARCH 26, & MAY 28)

Growing dancers will experience the upbeat and energetic style of hip hop as well as the exciting rhythms of tap. Proper terms for dance steps will be taught as well as body awareness to improve posture, strength, and flexibility. Students will gain poise and confidence as they leap and spin! Ballet and tap shoes are required. Cost is $160 *Registration fee does not include the costume fee for recital. For the recital, girls in ballet, tap/ballet, and tap/hip hop will need to provide their own white leotard (any style) and flesh colored tights. Boys need black pants.

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ADULT SUMMER SOFTBALL (Ages 18+)

Maplewood Parks & Recreation offers both summer and fall softball leagues for men’s, women’s, and co-rec teams. For a full softball registration packet visit our website or call 651-249-2204. Summer league options are listed below.

AT MAPLEWOOD HEIGHTS BEGINNERS (AGES 18+) MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, MAY 7 - MAY 23, 6:00PM - 7:00PM This class is for those who have had little or no tennis experience. You’ll learn all the basic strokes and rules of tennis. Each session will end with group games emphasizing fun while improving strokes. Participants must bring their own racket. Cost is $60.00

DATES: FEBRUARY 6 - First day for returning teams to register FEBRUARY 12 - Registration open to all teams APRIL 22 - Single Header Leagues start (weather permitting) MAY 6 - Double Header Leagues start (weather permitting) COST: Single Header League - $590.00 (14 weeks, 1 game/week) Double Header League - $680.00 (10 weeks, 2 games/week) LEAGUE OPTIONS GAME DAY LEAGUE SINGLE OR DOUBLE HEADER Monday Men’s D Double Co-Rec D Single Tuesday Men’s D Double Co-Rec D Single Wednesday Men’s D Single Women’s D Single Thursday Men’s D Upper Double Men’s D Lower Single Sunday Men’s D Double

ADVANCED BEGINNERS (AGES 18+) MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, MAY 7 - MAY 23, 7:00PM - 8:00PM This class is for those who want to take their play to a higher level. You’ll improve stroke technique, footwork, and serves. Students must bring their own racket and be able to maintain a short rally. Cost is $60.00

MAX TEAMS 8 Teams 8 Teams 8 Teams 8 Teams 12 Teams 12 Teams 8 Teams 8 Teams 12 Teams

BEAN BAG TOSS LEAGUE (Ages 18+)

AT FOUR SEASONS PARK-HOCKEY RINK AREA 1685 GERVAIS TUESDAYS, 6:30PM - 8:30PM SPRING SESSION: MAY 1 - JUNE 26 (NO GAMES MAY 29) REGISTER BY APRIL 23 SUMMER SESSION: JULY 31 - SEPTEMBER 18 REGISTER BY JULY 23 The City of Maplewood offers a fun “Bags” league. Grab a partner and join other teams in throwing some bags in our fun bags league. Games are played outdoors at Four Seasons Park. Teams consist of 2 players and each week teams will play a match consisting of 3 games. League champions will receive champion t-shirts. League rules available online. Cost is $60.00/team/season.

T’AI CHI CH’AUN (Ages 16+)

AT DRAGONS KUNG FU STUDIO, 2572 7th Ave E., North St. Paul WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 14 - MAY 16, 7:30PM - 8:30PM T’ai Chi Ch’uan, practiced in China for 2500 years, uses slow relaxed movements to develop strength while eliminating tension. While doing so you will strengthen your arms and legs, improve balance and flexibility, reduce stress, and help increase energy levels. A growing body of research also suggests that practicing T’ai Chi Ch’uan has many benefits, resulting in relaxation, improved balance, and a significant improvement in quality of life! Come experience the benefits for yourself! Class is taught with a traditional set of training ideals by Gold T’ai Chi Ch’uan group Head Instructor, Elaine Schrade. Cost is $75.00.

WOMEN’S SPRING VOLLEYBALL LEAGUES (Ages 18+)

AT EDGERTON COMMUNITY GYM & MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER WEDNESDAY EVENINGS Our volleyball leagues are offered at various levels of competition. Teams will play one match per week for eight weeks starting in early April. All leagues are officiated and play by the same rules; the difference in leagues being in the skill of the players. Cost is $250.00 per team. LEVELS OF PLAY • Upper League: Our upper league volleyball is played at a high level of skill. Players have above average skills and understand game strategy. • Lower League: Our lower league teams have a mix of players ranging in skill levels from slightly above average to below average. REGISTRATION DATES: FEBRUARY 1 - Returning Teams FEBRUARY 15 - Returning Teams REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 12 (or before if leagues fill)

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ADULT RECREATION

ADULT TENNIS ($60.00/SESSION)


ADULT DAY TRIPS

ADULT DAY TRIPS

Come and join us for one of our fabulous adult day trips! Sign up with friends for a fun getaway or on your own and meet new people. All day trips depart from and return to the Maplewood Parks and Recreation Office located at: 1902 County Road B East, Maplewood, MN 55109. Please park on the far end of the parking lot. In an effort to limit trip cancellations, full refunds are allowed until the registration deadline. A $20.00 cancellation fee will be charged for refunds after the trip deadline. Space is limited to 10 participants. *REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE TRIP*

*REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 28* FROM AVA TO ETERNITY - THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF FRANK SINATRA AT THE IVES AUDITORIUM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11

LEAVE THE MAPLEWOOD PARKS AND RECREATION OFFICE AT 10:30AM AND RETURN BETWEEN 4:30PM - 5:00PM Before he was “Chairman of the Board”, he was simply Francis Albert Sinatra, a man whose humble beginnings in Hoboken, New Jersey led to his becoming the best-known entertainer of the twentieth century. This new musical explores the complex psyche behind the unforgetable voice of Frank Sinatra, showing his rise and fall from grace, his tempestuous romance with Ava Gardner, and his triumphant Oscar-winning career turnaround in “From Here to Eternity.” From the creator of the acclaimed musical, “Unsung”, this thrilling new musical features such hits as “I’ve Got the World On a String”, “All of Me”, and “New York, New York”, all accompanied by on-stage musicians. Lunch includes Baked Chicken Breast with herb cream sauce, seasoned vegatables, rolls, parsley potatoes, dessert, and coffee/tea. Cost is $65.00 (includes transportation, lunch, tax, gratuity, and theater ticket).

DRINKING HABITS BY TOM SMITH AT DAYTRIPPERS DINNER THEATER WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

LEAVE THE MAPLEWOOD PARKS AND RECREATION OFFICE AT 11:15AM AND RETURN AROUND 4:15PM All heaven is about to break loose at the Sisters of Perpetual sewing. Just don’t tell that to their teetotalling Mother Superior. For years Sister Philamena and Sister Augusta have been making grape juice for the poor and also wine to earn money to keep the convent afloat. When the wine unexpectedly wins a $500,000 prize local reporters Paul and Sally go undercover as a nun and priest to investigate. Their presence spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. The Sisters keep the audience in stitches as they run their secret wine-making industry. Enjoy a buffet style lunch that includes Chicken Kiev, Roast Loin of Pork, and Country Sausage with Sauerkraut as entrees; a salad bar; and a number of options for sides. Cost is $60.00 (includes transportation, buffet lunch, tax, gratuity, and theater ticket).

GUYS & DOLLS

AT OLD LOG THEATRE WEDNESDAY, MAY 16

LEAVE THE MAPLEWOOD PARKS AND RECREATION OFFICE AT 10:00AM AND RETURN BETWEEN 4:30PM - 5:00PM Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong. Choose your lunch from these options; braised boneless short ribs, seared pork chop, dill roasted tilapia, or vegetarian pasta dish. Cost is $65.00 (includes transportation, lunch, tax, gratuity, and theater ticket).

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AT MALL OF AMERICA WEDNESDAY, MAY 30

LEAVE THE MAPLEWOOD PARKS AND RECREATION OFFICE AT 10:15AM AND RETURN BETWEEN 4:00PM - 4:30PM Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic creatures, including a large collection of sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and freshwater fish. The aquarium includes a 300 foot clear tunnel that will let you explore the underwater world while remaining dry. Lunch will be provided at Firelake Restaurant inside the Radisson Blu Hotel Lunch options: half sandwich & salad, half sandwich & soup, or half salad & soup. Sandwich options: Bloomington Club or Bloomington B.L.T. Soup options: chicken & wild rice soup, leek and mushroom, or heirloom tomato soup Salad options: Gathered Greens-Minnesota Amablu cheese, apple, cranberries, candied walnuts, sherry vinaigrette or Minnesota Salad Cranberry-wild rice croutons, Montechevre, bacon, local tomatoes, corn, cucumber, onion, balsamic vinaigrette After the aquarium tour feel free to shop at the Mall of America (if time allows) Cost $45.00 (includes transportation, lunch, tax, gratuity, and aquarium ticket)

ADULT DAY TRIPS

SEA LIFE AQUARIUM TOUR AND LUNCH


MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER YOUTH AND ADULT PROGRAMS

NATURE CENTER

2659 EAST SEVENTH STREET, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119 • 651.249.2170 • WWW.MAPLEWOODNATURECENTER.COM

ABOUT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER

Maplewood Nature Center is a 40-acre preserve operated by the City of Maplewood. The Visitor Center is located at 2659 East Seventh Street in Maplewood and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Nature Play Yard adjoins the Visitor Center. Trails wind through oak woods and marsh and are available to explore every day from dawn to dusk. Use of facilities is free of charge. For more information about Maplewood Nature Center and its programs visit www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com or call 651-249-2170.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR A NATURE CENTER PROGRAM

Register by credit card in person, by phone or online at www.maplewoodnature.com. You may also send or drop off a check or cash to Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119, by the date indicated. Program sizes are limited, register early. For more information or to register by phone please call 651-249-2170. Most programs are held at Maplewood Nature Center unless indicated otherwise.

ENJOY NATURE ON YOUR OWN

When you come to the Visitor Center, request these self-guided activities for your group so that you can explore nature on your own. They are perfect for families and small groups. •SELF-GUIDED NATURE TRAIL: Pick up a trail map and match pictures with the posts as you walk the trails. •NATURE BINGO HIKE: Grab a clipboard with pictured items to mark as you explore! Will you get four in a row? BINGO! •WATERWORKS SCAVENGER HUNT: This activity sends you on a hunt for artsy items on our various stormwater structures, and explains how they work. •TREE QUEST: Follow the clues to find and identify ten trees on the trail! Inside, visit the Touch and See Room during building hours or explore the Nature Play Yard just adjacent to the nature center parking lot. Spring can be busy with large groups so a quick call to see what times are available will ensure better access to the exhibit room. Please note: large school and preschool groups are asked to call ahead and reserve a time! Hope to see you outside!

SNOWSHOW HIKE (ADULTS AND CHILDREN AGES 4+ WITH AN ADULT) AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 10:00AM - NOON Learn about snowshoes, strap on a pair, and walk with a naturalist through our Winter Wonderland. Instruction and snowshoes provided. Wear sturdy winter boots and bring your own mug for hot cocoa. *Note: If snow is scarce, we will hike to search for animal tracks. Fee: $5/person, prepay by Thursday, Feb 8.

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NEW VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION (ADULTS AND

CHILDREN AGES 12+ WITH AN ADULT) AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2:00PM - 3:00PM FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 10:00AM - 11:00AM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 10:00AM - 11:00AM It’s FUN to volunteer at the Nature Center and Neighborhood Preserves! Come find out what it takes to be a regular volunteer, and learn about all the cool opportunities available, such as… · Trail guide, Program Aide, Receptionist · Youth & family opportunities · Citizen Science Monitors: open space, frogs, pollinators · Gardener: at nature center’s native gardens and the community vegetable garden Register online at www.maplewoodmn.gov/nc for a specific program date, or call: 651-249-2173 to reserve a spot.

EDGERTON COMMUNITY GARDEN PLOT REGISTRATION FOR 2018 SEASON (ADULTS)

AT EDGERTON COMMUNITY GARDEN: Corner of Roselawn & Edgerton, north of Edgerton Elementary WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21: Returning Gardner Registration Begins WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7: New Gardner Registration Begins Grow Your Own Local Organic Food! Rent a 12’ x 15’ plot, or 4’ x 8’ raised bed (eighteen inches height, priority for raised beds will be given to those with self-reporting mobility issues, though not wheelchair accessible) for the 2018 garden season. The City will stake the plots, and provide a water tank. Renters agree to plant, maintain, and harvest their plots using organic (chemical-free) methods. Fee: $25 per plot or raised bed for the entire 2018 garden season: April 27-October 24. Online Registration: www.maplewoodmn.gov/communitygarden Garden Questions: 651-249-2173 or help registering online: 651-249-2170

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(FOR CHILDREN BIRTH-5, BEFORE KINDERGARTEN) Time: 10:00AM - 11:30AM Fee: $5 per child per session. Make nature discoveries and get resources to explore & protect your world together. Meet new friends! This class is offered at the Maplewood Nature Center in collaboration with Early Childhood and Family Education, 622 staff. Parents or guardians stay with their child(ren) during the entire class. To register contact ECFE: 651-748-7280 or register online at www.isd622.org/ecfe Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119 2/24/18

Owl Hoot-Along

3/17/18

Maple Sap Into Syrup

4/14/18

Spring Pond Creatures

HIKE BY THE LIGHT OF THE BLUE MOONS

(ADULTS AND CHILDREN AGES 7+ WITH AN ADULT) AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 6:30PM - 8:00PM BLUE MOON FRIDAY MARCH 30, 7:00PM - 8:30PM Join us as we hike the trails by the light of the full moon – 2 full moons in the month of March! In 2018, there are also 2 full moons in January but none in February. Peer through a scope to get a grand look at the moon if the skies are clear, but we’ll hike whether clear or cloudy! Discover some fun facts about the moon, Enjoy a hot beverage and treats to mark this occasion! Fee: $5 per person; register by 2 days prior to each hike – Come to one or both!

VEGETABLE GROWING BASICS (ADULTS)

AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 9:30AM - 4:00PM Taught by Master Gardeners, this workshop is an introduction to vegetable gardening covering topics such as soil, prepping your garden space, seed and seedling selection, planting, organic methods, and garden maintenance. Each participant creates a design and a needs list for their garden. Please bring your own bag lunch, or several restaurants are located nearby. Fee: Early-bird registration $25/person by Friday, February 23, prepay $30/person by Friday, March 2.

SMARTPHONE BIRDING BY SHARON STITELER (ADULTS)

AT MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER, 2100 WHITE BEAR AVENUE, MAPLEWOOD, MN 55109 TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 7:00PM - 8:15PM Smart phones have changed birding. You can check out multiple field guides, get real time bird reports and take incredible photos and videos of your favorite birds. This program gives you the latest information on how to maximize your phone for birding. Sharon Stiteler, in addition to her day job with the National Park Service, runs the popular birding blog, Birdchick.com and has been in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, All Things Considered and on NBC Nightly News as well as making regular appearances on Twin Cities’ TV and radio stations. She wrote the books Disapproving Rabbits, City Birds/Country Birds and 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know. When she’s not digiscoping or banding birds, she’s a blue ribbon beekeeper. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram under Birdchick. Free! Preregister by Monday, March 5th, online or call 651-249-2170. Program sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Nature

INATURALIST TRAINING (ADULTS AND CHILDREN

AGES 10+ WITH AN ADULT) AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER FRIDAYS, MARCH 9, APRIL 13, & MAY 11 9:00AM - 10:30AM Learn to Track Phenology with iNaturalist. We’ll meet one Friday every month March-May. We will walk and observe plants and wildlife happenings on the trails, and then record what we see back at the nature center. Option to bring your own smartphone or tablet (ideally download the iNaturalist app ahead of time). If rainy, program will be cancelled. Free-Drop-in

LIVE ANIMALS

(FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGES 3-10) AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Get up close and personal with an American Toad and Tiger Salamander, meet a friendly snake. Try on a turtle shell or ‘snake skin’ and watch the salamander slurp up an earthworm treat. Optional self-guided hike afterward. Free. Seating is limited, pre-register by Friday, March 9. WELLNESS, ARTS, & FUN FOR EVERYONE!

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NATURE CENTER

NATURE FAMILY FUN WITH ECFE 2018


NATURE CENTER

NATIVE PLANTS DO DOUBLE DUTY: STOP, WATER AND FEED POLLINATORS!!

SAP INTO SYRUP FAMILY EVENT

(FAMILIES WITH KIDS AGES 6+) AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2:00PM - 3:30PM Carry the sap from roots to buds on our ‘maple tree’. Get acquainted with the tools and equipment and how to identify trees in the maple family. Help tap a real tree! Taste maple sap and real maple syrup. Fee: $5/child, prepay by Thursday, March 15.

(ADULTS) AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 7:00PM - 8:30PM Deep rooted plants help reduce flooding, filter pollutants and provide food for disappearing pollinators such as Monarch Butterflies and non-aggressive bees. In addition, replacing turf with these native grasses and wildflowers reduce geese problems. In this class, learn to identify 10 workhorse plants and the Pollinators that depend on them. Dramatic research on the ability of raingardens to help prevent run-off will be shared, and take home some initial designs that will work in most sunny spots. Free. Seating is limited, register early!

FROG MONITOR VOLUNTEER TRAINING REFRESHER & UPDATES (ADULTS AND CHILDREN

NATURAL DYE EGGS-STRAVAGANZA

AGES 12+ WITH AN ADULT) AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 10:00AM - 11:30AM Bring a buddy and become Maplewood Frog Monitoring Volunteers! Monitors follow an established, ten-stop-route; listening for frogs after sunset. Learn about Minnesota frog species, their calls, ranges and how monitoring works. Monitors must commit to three nights, each in a specific date range, AprilJuly. Monitoring is for night-owls with a keen sense of hearing only! Must be willing to use a smart phone to enter data on an App. Please sign up for a frog hike program in May or June if you do not plan to volunteer. Free. Pre-register by Wednesday, April 4.

SPRING INTO YOUR SENSES PUPPET SHOW

NESTING AND OVERWINTERING HABITAT FOR BEES (ADULTS)

(AGES 6+ WITH AN ADULT) AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 1:00PM - 2:30PM What is an egg? Which wild animals make eggs? We will answer these questions and more while dyeing eggs with environmentally friendly, natural dyes. Learn a new craft and do other fun activities while your eggs soak. BRING 3 HARD BOILED eggs per person and an egg carton for drying and transport. (To hard boil, use enough cold water to cover eggs plus 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and let cool. Refrigerate.) Fee: $5/person, prepay by Thursday, March 22. (ALL AGES - BEST FOR AGES 2+) AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 10:30AM - 11:45AM Laugh and sing along with squirrel, duck, goose and more, as they get ready for spring! Outside, use your eyes and ears to look and listen for the REAL wild animals! Complete the Alphabet Nature Bingo on your way. Snack and craft included. Great for families and small day care groups (up to 8 kids). Fee: $5/child, prepay by Monday, March 26.

SNAKES ALIVE!

(ALL AGES) AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 10:00AM - 11:00AM Meet a live western hognose snake, boa constrictor, egg-eating snake, and lots of other visiting snakes from ‘Snake Discovery’! You’ll get to see them up close, touch, hold, and even feed some of the program snakes! Snakes play an important role in the ecosystem; discover how to help them, so they can help us. Fee: $5/person, prepay by Thursday, March 29.

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AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 1:00PM - 4:00PM The availability of nesting habitat is a critical yet often overlooked factor impacting native bee populations. This training will offer practical approaches to creating and managing a variety of nesting and overwintering habitat features for bees, including dead wood, stems, brush, rock piles, bare ground, leaf litter, and more. Approaches are relevant to gardeners, landscapers, natural resource professionals, and anyone interested in taking the next step in supporting pollinators. The training will include both classroom and field components, including a search for active nests of stem-nesting bees! Instructed by Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces Society) and Colleen Satyshur (University of MN), in partnership with Maplewood Nature Center and Great River Greening. Funding provided by the MN Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Space is limited, so register early to hold your spot! Register online through Maplewood Nature Center. Free. Pre-register by Wednesday, April 18.

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NATURE CENTER

EDGERTON COMMUNITY GARDEN OPEN HOUSE (ALL AGES)

AT EDGERTON COMMUNITY GARDEN: CORNER OF ROSELAWN & EDGERTON, NORTH OF EDGERTON ELEMENTARY FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 4:30PM - 6:30PM Drop-in and take a tour of the Edgerton Community Garden. Poor weather back-up location inside Edgerton School Gym. Meet other garden enthusiasts and get gardening information from a Master Gardener.

SERVICE PROJECT DAY FOR GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS (ADULTS AND CHILDREN AGES 8+ WITH AN ADULT) AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 10:00AM - 2:00PM Schedule a community service project for your group, family, or on your own at Maplewood Nature Center! Help with litter pickup and other tasks. Call the nature center to schedule a time and task: 651-249-2170. FREE!

TREES FOR THE BEES - Girl Scout Arbor Day Celebration (GIRL SCOUTS, AGES 11-13, AC-

COMPANIED BY ADULTS) AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER SATURDAY, MAY 5, 1:00PM - 4:00PM Grades 6-8: Celebrate Arbor Day at the Maplewood Nature Center by investigating the relationship between Trees and Pollinators! Discover how trees and pollinators depend on each other and how to protect them. Explore trees at the nature center, make fun tree art, and learn about food products that come from trees, including maple syrup and fruits. Please dress for the weather and plan on both inside and outside activities. Tree Badge included. Adult chaperones required to register and attend with the girls. Fee: $15/child. Register beginning Monday, January 8 at Trees for the Bees Cadette Event (girlscoutsrv.org/events/), or call 1-800-845-0747. (https://www.girlscoutsrv.org/en/events-repository/2018/trees_for_bees.html)

FEBRUARY 10 - Snowshoe Hike 10 - New Volunteer Orientation 21 - Returning Gardner Registration Begins 24 - ECFE Nature Family Fun (Owl Hoot-Along)

MARCH 1 - Hike by the Light of the Blue Moons 3 - Vegetable Growing Basics 6 - Smartphone Birding by Sharon Stiteler 7 - New Gardner Registration Begins 9 - iNaturalist Training 10 - Live Animals 17 - ECFE Nature Family Fun (Sap into Syrup) 17 - Sap into Syrup Family Event 24 - Natural Dye Eggs-stravaganza 28 - Spring to your Senses Puppet Show 30 - New Volunteer Orientation 30 - Hike by the Light of the Blue Moons 31 - Snakes Alive!

APRIL 5 - Native Plants Do Double Duty 7 - Frog Monitor Volunteer Training Refresher 11 - New Volunteer Orientation 13 - iNaturalist Training 14 - ECFE Nature Family Fun (Spring Pond Creatures) 21 - Nesting and Overwintering Habitat for Bees 27 - Edgerton Community Garden Open House 28 - Service Project Day

MAY 5 - Trees for the Bees-Girl Scout Arbor Day 11 - iNaturalist Training

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GET INVOLVED!

HOW CAN I SUPPORT MAPLEWOOD PARKS & REC? ADOPT - A- PARK

The goal of the Adopt-A-Park Program is to provide an opportunity for interested parties to take part in maintaining our parks system. Providing this opportunity not only encourages and promotes community involvement, but also allows us to beautify and improve our parks. All Adopt-A-Park projects should aim towards benefiting the majority of park users. This opportunity is available to any individual, family, resident, group organization, or business that is eager to help beautify our parks. The Adopt-A-Park commitment period is from April 1 – October 31. Applications are accepted throughout the year and require a minimum of once a month dedication.

ADULT ATHLETIC SIGN SPONSORSHIP

The adult athletic sign sponsorship is a unique marketing opportunity for local businesses. Maplewood Parks & Recreation has started an outfield sign program at Veteran’s Memorial Park (formerly Goodrich). This is an opportunity to purchase one, two, or three 4’ x 8’ outfield signs that are visible from the softball fields as well as North St. Paul Road. Veteran’s Memorial Park houses the entire adult softball program (summer, fall and late fall leagues) and hosts multiple youth tournaments throughout the season. The funds from these sponsorships will go directly to maintaining and upgrading this facility, keeping the fields suitable for the high level of play they receive.

FRIENDS OF MAPLEWOOD NATURE

This non-profit organization works to promote, support and enhance the growth of the Maplewood Nature Center and Neighborhood Preserves. You can support Friends of Maplewood Nature with your membership fees, 1-time-donations, purchase of Neighborhood Preserve Calendars, by participating in the Photo Contest, or volunteering on the Friends Board!

YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Youth Scholarship Fund serves Maplewood residents (under 18 years) who demonstrate a financial need and may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in recreation programs. Qualifying families are asked to pay 1/3 of the program fee and the scholarship fund covers the remaining 2/3 of the fee. Sponsorship of our scholarship program is a great way to show your support for Maplewood Parks & Recreation and the community. Your contribution will make a huge difference in the lives of our participants and enable them to build a positive and healthy lifestyle through recreational programming. Please consider making a donation to the scholarship program and making “wellness, arts, and fun for everyone” a reality for our Maplewood youth.

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COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

PARTNERSHIPS

Maplewood Parks & Recreation would like to recognize the community organizations that we partner with to serve the youth of Maplewood. *Note that these associations operate independently of the Maplewood Parks & Recreation Department.

JR. POLAR FOOTBALL

Jr. Polar Football is a volunteer youth sports organization committed to building teamwork, understanding the fundamentals of the game, developing skills, encouraging sportsmanship and most importantly having fun playing football. The program is open to residents that live within or attend school (public or private) within the geographic boundary of North St. Paul - Maplewood - Oakdale and is part of the North St. Paul Athletic Association. The football program is open to all youth. The goal of the football program is to encourage sportsmanship and to teach the fundamentals of football. Flag Football is available to boys & girls entering Kindergarten up to 2nd grade. Tackle football begins in 3rd grade and continues through 8th grade. For more information visit www.jrpolars.com or contact Jon Halko at jhalko72@yahoo.com

MAPLEWOOD AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Maplewood Area Historical Society and the Bruentrup Heritage Farm is located on 2.5 acres of land with nine buildings that date back to 1891. It is surrounded on two sides by a 22-acre prairie maintained as open space by the City of Maplewood. The Farm is used for public events and exhibits and can be rented for private events such as weddings. Visit our website for information about the summer Farm-to-Table day camp offered at the farm (www.maplewoodhistoricalsociety.org).

NEU

It is our mission to promote, provide and teach soccer in the “Spirit of the Game.” FUN, FAIRNESS and SAFETY. We provide traveling soccer for players; boys and girls ages 9-19. We try to provide the best competition for all players at their level of play. Our traveling soccer teams compete against other soccer clubs from communities in the East Metro Area. Travel distances are within 15-45 minutes from Maplewood. We are also proud to partner with Maplewood Parks and Rec for their fall recreation league; providing coach clinics, weekly skills sessions and certified referees to the program. For more information visit www.neusoccerclub.org or contact LeRoy Andrle at leroyandrle@outlook.com

NORTH POLARS FASTPITCH

The North Polars Fastpitch Association (NPFA) is a non-profit organization established to foster the girl’s fastpitch softball program in the area of Independent School District 622, which is within the boundaries of North St. Paul High School. This includes all or portions of the communities of North St. Paul, Maplewood, Lake Elmo and Oakdale. The association exists to fulfill the girl’s fastpitch softball needs of the community and is the primary advocate of the traveling program. The association supports good sportsmanship and the sound development of softball fundamentals within the community, to ensure that girls participating in the program will have a positive and rewarding experience that will maximize personal and team growth. The association requires quality coaching and provides an atmosphere for learning softball skills for both coaches and players. The association sponsors membership in appropriate leagues to encourage quality competition. For more information visit www.northpolarsfastpitch.com or contact Pat Hogan at radatzave@msn.com

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Maplewood Parks & Recreation is always looking for dedicated, reliable and energetic staff for a variety of openings. Visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/maplewoodmn for the most up-to-date listings.

Recreation Issue  

February - April 2018

Recreation Issue  

February - April 2018