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Welcome to the SOAR Program! Battle of Fredericksburg
SOAR is the Montgomery County Department of Recreation’s “Senior Outdoor Adventures in Recreation” program. It is a program designed for active adults, age 55 and over. Each activity or trip requires a substantial amount of walking and/or physical exertion. Program participants should be in good physical condition and consult with their physician if they have any concerns before registering/ participating in an activity. Also, since these programs are held rain or shine, participants should plan to dress accordingly. Every effort will be made to accommodate individuals with disabilities on each trip. However, due to the historic nature and outdoor adventure components of many trips, this might not always be possible. Please call the SOAR Trip Coordinator at 240-777-4926 to discuss your individual needs/concerns. The Department also offers a less strenuous travel program, the new FEET (Family Entertainment and Exciting Trips) program for all ages. Individuals seeking this less strenuous travel program should review the upcoming trips listed in the “Guide to Recreation & Park Programs” or contact the FEET Coordinator at 240-777-4933. MONTGOMERY COUNTY
General Information About SOAR • Please read the registration procedures carefully. Also note the withdrawal policy as it varies from policies listed in the Montgomery County “Guide to Recreation & Parks Programs” due to the nature and financial commitments of the program. • NEW! All trips depart from and return to the Olney Manor Recreational Park. The address is 16605 Georgia Avenue, Olney, Maryland. This is at the traffic light at Georgia Avenue and Emory Lane. It is accessible by both automobile and public bus. Turn into Emory Lane and take the second left and follow signs for Skate Park and Ballfield #1. SOAR has used this parking facility for all Fall trips since September, and the SOAR participants have been pleased with this location. (Our former parking lot is in the process of a lengthy stormwater project by the WSSC.) • Unless noted, all motorcoaches are equipped with restrooms. • Trip itineraries and fees may be altered. • Montgomery County Government is committed to complying with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need auxiliary aids or services (such as an ASL interpreter, large print materials, or lift equipped bus), please call 240-777-6870, TTY 240-777-6974 a minimum of three weeks before the activity.
Registration Procedures Please read the registration directions carefully. For our new participants, welcome! We hope you find these procedures easy to understand and follow. However, please be aware that incomplete or inaccurate registration information may delay the processing of your application, or in some cases, require us to return your application unprocessed. So please, fill out all of the information as accurately and as legibly as possible! You may register for SOAR in any of four ways. The fastest and easiest way is to use the internet and go to RecWeb at: www. montgomerycountymd.gov/rec Please note: You must register and receive a Pin # prior to registering online.
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You may also mail-in your registration, fax it to 240-777-6818, or walk it in to our registration office located at 4010 Randolph Road. All registrations that are mailed must be sent to the following address: MCRD - Attn: Registrar, 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902. If faxed or mailed registration forms are received prior to the first day of registration, they will be held in a secure location and processed as first day mail-regardless of when received. While mailed and faxed registrations will be processed as quickly as possible, walk-ins will be processed as they arrive. Full payment is required with your registration. Non-County residents must pay an additional $15.00 per person per trip. On many of our more popular trips you may see more than one date listed. You may sign up for the date you desire. However, if there are not enough registrations to meet our minimum requirements, you may be called and asked to switch to another date or placed on a waiting list. You will have the option to decline and have a credit placed in your Recreation Department account or request a refund. You must provide all of the information requested on the registration form. You may not list “guest” as your traveling companion. If you are traveling with one or more friends, please submit a separate registration form for each of them. (Spouses can use one form). You should put all of the registration forms in the same envelope if you want to travel together. Again, partially completed registrations may go unprocessed or be delayed while we request more information, and since all trips are filled on a first-come, first-paid basis, any delays may cause you to be placed on a waiting list. Please note: Only the person paying for the trip will receive a written receipt/confirmation. If you have any questions about the registration process, please call 240-777-6840. If you have questions or require more information on a specific trip, please call the SOAR Coordinator at 240-777-4926. For more information on payments, refunds, and withdrawals, please see pages 19 and 20 of this brochure.
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SOAR TRIP SCHEDULE
FALL/WINTER 2013 Guided Tour of Historic Odessa, Delaware. A Tiny Town That’s Big on History, Plus a Guided Tour of the Biggs Art Museum Trip number: 354985 Trip number: 354986
Wednesday, September 18 Thursday, September 19
A New Tour! The historic village of Odessa, Delaware, known in the 18th Century as Cantwell’s Bridge, played a vital role in commercial life along the Delaware River as a busy grain port. We will stroll along the tree-lined streets and admire examples of 18th and 19th Century architecture. We will be guided through four of the properties that make up the Historic houses of Odessa, which are in very close proximity to each other. The historically preserved buildings are the Corbitt-Sharp House, the Wilson-Warner House, the Brick Hotel, the Collins-Sharp House and the Bank building which is the Visitor’s Center. Lunch at historic Cantwell’s Tavern is included. We will also be guided through the Biggs Art Museum which houses works of MidAtlantic artists. Fee: $65
Leave 7:15 am, Return 5:30pm
Walking Tour of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia Trip number: 354988
Thursday, September 26
Walk W the historic part of town led by a National Park Service Ranger. Hear the history of Robert Harper’s ferry service, and John Brown’s raid. Then take a guided hike to Jefferson’s Rock which Thomas Jefferson declared to be “a stupendous scene in nature,” to view the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers crashing their way through the mountains and converging below. Buffet lunch (included) at the Quality Hotel. Fee: $55
Leave 8:15am, Return 4:15pm
Tour Fredericksburg, Virginia Civil War Battlefield with Renowned Civil War Historian, Ed Bearss Trip number: 354989 Trip number: 354990
Wednesday, October 2 Thursday, October 3
Take a walking and riding tour of the Fredericksburg Civil War Battlefield with Ed Bearrs, a retired Park Service Chief Historian and author of 15 books on the Civil War. Be mesmerized as you hear about regiments and commanders in a stirring narrative with someone who knows war first hand as a Marine Corps Veteran of Guadalcanal and New Britain in WWII. Buffet lunch, included, at Golden Corral Restaurant. Fee: $65
Leave 7:45 am, Return 5:00 pm
*Ed Bearss, a United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II, is a military historian and author known for his work on the American Civil War and World War II eras and is a popular tour guide of historic battlefields. He served as Chief Historian of the National Park Service from 1981 to 1994.
70th Annual Homes Tour and Crafts Festival in the Village of Waterford, Virginia Trip number: 354992
Friday, October 4
Join us for this unique festival, the oldest juried craft fair in Virginia. Enjoy music & dance demonstrations. See demonstrations of traditional craftsmanship by over 140 acclaimed artisans. Art exhibits and tours of 18th and 19th century homes range from simple Quaker buildings to spacious Victorian homes. Wear comfortable walking shoes as you stroll the music filled streets. Please note: There is a lot of walking on hilly terrain. Fee: $49
Leave 8:45 am, Return 5:00 pm
Guided Tour of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, An Historic Town Settled in the Eighteenth Century Trip Number: 354993 Trip Number: 354994
Wednesday, October 9 Thursday, October 10
A New Tour! Carlisle, Pennsylvania played host to its first settler, James LeTort, in 1720. Thirty years later, Carlisle was on the frontier of the French and Indian Wars, becoming the site of its first military barracks and munitions factory. Over the past 250 years, Carlisle has been foremost in educating military officers. Carlisle is a lovely historic college town with sprawling campuses. A local guide will lead us on a Carlisle Town Square Tour (where George Washington, Ben Franklin and other patriots met), a Carlisle Barracks Tour (the oldest Army post in the U.S), a tour of the U.S. Heritage and Education Center (which preserves and interprets the story of American soldiers in war and peace from the French & Indian Wars through Vietnam) and Boiling Springs Park (a quintessential village with sweeping oak trees lining a spring fed lake surrounded by picturesque Victorian homes). Lunch at Hossâ€™s Steak and Seafood House is included. Fee: $69
Leave 7:00am, Return at 6:00pm
Take a Hike! . . . in Shenandoah National Park at Fall Foliage Time Trip number: 354996
Thursday, October 17
A Registered Guide will lead a hike to the top of Hawksbill Mountain or a horizontal hike along a picturesque trail during the height of brilliant Fall colors. View a film about the history of this national park. Then have a buffet lunch (included) at Skyland Lodge, overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. The trip includes a drive along scenic Skyline Drive. Fee: $70
Leave 7:00am, Return 5:00 pm
Visit to Luray Caverns and Shenandoah Vineyards in Virginia Trip number: 354997 Trip number: 354998
Wednesday, October 23 Thursday, October 24
Travel through the Northern Virginia countryside at Foliage Time. Weâ€™ll take a one-hour guided walking tour to witness the splendors of Luray Caverns. The profusion of formations and the variety of natural colors in this underground wonderland are unsurpassed. Discover monumental columns in rooms more than 10 stories high. See unique rock formations, and beautiful crystal clear pools. Then, visit the Shenandoah Vineyards, where weâ€™ll have lunch, included, a guided tour of the winery, and a wine tasting. Please Note: There are seventy steps to descend/climb at Luray Caverns. Fee: $79
Leave 7:15am, Return at 5:30 pm
Tours of the Covered Bridges of Frederick County, Maryland, the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, and The National Grotto of Lourdes Trip Number 354999 Trip Number 355000
Wednesday, October 30 Thursday, October 31
A New Tour! Northern Frederick County is home to three historic covered bridges, which are listed in the National Park Services National Register of Historic Places. The Utica Mills, Loyâ€™s Station, and Roddy Road covered bridges all cross streams in Northern Frederick County, within twelve miles of each other. Besides their beauty, the bridges are all structurally interesting, as all three have different truss systems. We will learn about the architecture and history of each bridge. We will be able to walk around and tour two of the bridges by foot. We will also tour the National Firefighters Memorial which was constructed in 1981. We will see a monument with an eternal flame which symbolizes the spirit of all firefighters, and plaques circling the monument listing the names of the fallen men and women of the fire service. We will finish the day by walking the National Grotto of Lourdes above lovely valley of Emmitsburg, Maryland. The shrine traces its linage to the very beginnings of the spread of Catholicism in America. Buffet lunch at the famous Cozy Restaurant in Thurmont, is included. Fee $55
Leave 8:15am, Return at 4:15pm
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SOAR’s Own Winfield Parker and His Revue – A Rhythm and Blues Concert Trip number: 355002
Wednesday, November 13
Winfield Parker is an acclaimed singer who has performed to soldout audiences in New York, London, England, Frankfort, Germany, Amsterdam, Holland, Tokyo, Japan, and the Washington, DC area in the last two years. Winfield has a long history in the music business and was a singer and musician with the Temptations and Little Richard in his youth. He was recently inducted into the New York Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame. His voice today is better than at any time in his life. He will headline this two-hour revue, also featuring other singers in his group. The event will take place in the theater in the Department of Recreation building at 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, Maryland. Many of SOAR’s participants have seen him perform and have suggested that SOAR include him in our agenda so that others may enjoy his work. Fee: $25
Visit the Udvar Hazy Annex of the Air & Space Museum Near Dulles Airport, Virginia Trip number: 355004
Thursday, November 21
This facility houses the majority of the historically significant restored aircraft and spacecraft collection of the Air and Space Museum. Docents well versed in aircraft history will lead us through this huge hangar filled with aircraft from the beginning of flight in the last century, barnstorming aircraft of the early days of flight, WWI and WWII fighter planes, Korean War jet fighters, the Enola Gay, the Concorde, hundreds of vintage aircraft, and spacecraft including the space shuttle Enterprise. Lunch (on own) at Subway on premises. Fee: $35
Leave 8:30am, Return 3:30pm
A Longwood Gardens Holiday Lights Visit Trip number: 355005
Thursday, December 5 View exquisite decorations, spectacular lights, and colorful displays. See thousands of brilliant poinsettias, lavishly decorated trees, and fragrant flowers in acres of indoor gardens. After dark, view a night blooming garden of 420,000 lights strung on 40 miles of wire, and displays of flowers fashioned from lights. View a 5-acre Main Fountain Garden outlined in blue lights. Walk the outdoor gardens with Natureâ€™s seasonal ornaments. Lunch (included) in the self-service cafĂŠ, which includes soup or salad, sandwich or hot selection, dessert, and soft drink.
Leave 10:30am, Return 8:30pm 11 10
Ski Trip at Whitetail Mountain Resort Trip number: 355006
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Join in the fun at Whitetail Mountain Resort in Mercersburg, PA for our annual ski trip. The fee listed below is for transportation only. The lift ticket and equipment rental fee are paid directly to Whitetail upon arrival. Transportation by van or bus, depending on size of registration. Inclement weather date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Fee: $25
Leave 8:30am, Return 4:30 pm
Enjoyment is what youâ€™ll find when you get in touch with your fun side!
FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT AND EXCITING TRIPS (FEET) LATE BREAKING TRAVEL NEWS . . . In addition to all of the exciting SOAR trips contained in this brochure, we wanted to let you know that the Department of Recreation has expanded its travel program. TRIPS & TOURS . . . Whatever your age, we have a trip for you! Get ready to explore some of the most exciting destinations in the Mid-Atlantic! New York . . . Ocean City . . . Virginia . . . Pennsylvania… here we come! Take in museums, sports events, theaters, festivals, special events and Amusement parks. Whether it’s a day at the beach or a Kennedy Center show, you will want to register early, AS SEATS GO FAST. Go by yourself, with friends or take the whole family – or just your special grandchild! F.E.E.T. offers trips for all ages with a variety of destinations – a day trip program planned with your interests in mind. Join us for our fun family and adult trips offered throughout each season and leave the driving to us. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (Trips leave and return from the Holiday Park Senior Center)
Trips currently planned . . . September 7 Sa 46th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival Sandy Point, Maryland
The Seafood festival is a tasty and entertaining tradition, with music, great food, exhibits, arts and crafts, and featuring family fun and feasting event is expected to draw 20,000+ visitors from the all across the mid-Atlantic region. Maryland’s top restaurateurs and chefs participate in the weekend festival showcasing the great seafood that the state has to offer. This tradition has been built around a safe, family friendly environment while bringing people in from all over the East Coast in the off season. Live music performances, local charities selling delicious treats, creative craft booths, not to mention everyone’s seafood favorites. Price includes transportation and festival admission. Fee: $49 Leave 9:30am, Return 4:30pm
September 14 Sa Sharpsburg Heritage Festival 361614 Sharpsburg, Maryland This year marks the 151st anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Antietam. Every year on the second Saturday after Labor Day, Sharpsburg celebrates its past, present and future, featuring live music, arts and crafts, food, contests, lectures, book signings, living history and entertainment by Wildcat Regimental Band, 2nd Maryland Fife and Drum Band. Includes transportation. Meals on your own. Fee: $39 Leave 9:00 am, Return 4:00pm September 21 Sa Artsfest ‘13 Annmarie Sculpture Gardens & Art Center 361615 Solomons, Maryland It’s Artfest’s 20th Anniversary – Juried fine arts and crafts festival held at a sculpture park and arts center! Indoor and outdoor booths in beautiful Arts Building. Performing arts, children’s activities, demonstrations, and exhibits. Great food, wine tasting and micro brews. Includes transportation and admission to the festival. Meals on your own. Fee: $49 Leave 8:00am, Return 5:00pm September 28 Sa Frederick’s Oktoberfest Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick, Maryland
A traditional Oktoberfest with German bands, Alpine dancers, polka, Strongperson contests, Biergarten, children’s tent, entertainers, German/American foods, 50 craft vendors, Hobby Hollow, minicar racing, dance, storytellers, clowns, magicians and crafters. What would Oktoberfest be without Food? There’s plenty of food to satisfy everyone’s tastes . . .German bratwurst, sauerbraten, German potato salad, sauerkraut, hotdogs, and pretzels. And don’t forget the strudel. What would Oktoberfest be without beer? There’s always an Oktoberfest brew on tap, and you’ll likely find a kolsch, but there are more to sample. Includes transportation and entrance fee. Meals on your own. Fee: $39 Leave 10:00am, Return 4:00pm Riverside Winefest at Sotterly Plantation 361669 Hollywood, Maryland Celebrate the Best of Maryland in the breathtaking setting of this National Historic Landmark! Twenty-three Wineries last year! Enjoy an afternoon of multiple wine tastings, live music, great food, exhibits and demonstrations, artisans, children’s programs and more! Fabulous foods for purchase featuring such Southern Maryland specialties as crab cakes, fried oysters, stuffed ham, pit roasted meats, freshly made ice cream and more. Free mini tours of the 1703 Plantation House, 1830s Slave Cabin, and Colonial Revival Gardens. Includes transportation, wine tasting admission and house and garden tours. Meals on your own. Fee: $69 Leave 10:30am, Return 5:30pm
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Catoctin Colorfest Thurmont, Maryland
The main festivities include craft vendors from around the country. Juried arts and crafts show featuring nationally well known and recognized artisans. Many residents, shops, and local organizations set up food stands and yard sales throughout town. This year there will be more than 360 vendors selling crafts like quilts, furniture, pottery, art, candles, and stained glass decorations. There will be hundreds of tents all over town. Crafts are being sold all along main street and inside the community park all within walking distance throughout the town. Includes transportation. Meals on your own. Fee: $39 Leave 10:00am, Return 6:00pm October 20 Su
“Chorus Line”, New Candelight Theatre Ardentown, Delaware
Travel to the New Candlelight Theatre in New Castle County, Delaware and spend an afternoon with the cast of ‘A Chorus Line.’ Winner of 9 Tony Awards, ‘A Chorus Line’ highlights the pain and struggle of working actors pounding the pavement to get hired for a Broadway musical. A powerful metaphor for all human aspirations, this show has been inspiring audiences for years and includes such classics as ‘Dance Ten, Looks Three,’ ‘At the Ballet,’ and ‘What I Did for Love.’ Before the show, enjoy dining on a delicious buffet lunch. Includes transportation, buffet and show. Fee: $99 Leave 11:00am, Return 8:00pm November 2 Sa Peddlers’s Village “Apple Festival” Shops, Restaurants & Penn’s Outlets Lahaska, Pennsylvania
Peddler’s Village has something for everyone from 70 specialty shops and 6 restaurants and Giggleberry Fair family entertainment center. Enjoy the Apple Festival with Scrumptious apple treats including country apple butter, apple cider, apple zeppoles, apple fritters and everyone’s favorite -- apples dipped in caramel! Take home a bushel fresh from the orchard. Juried Artisans sell their wares and demonstrate their skills at our Street Road Green Artisan Area. Live entertainment and apple pie-eating contests add to the festivities of this traditional autumn celebration. Adjacent to Peddler’s Village, you will find Penn’s Purchase Factory Outlet Stores which offer over 40 of the best names in Outlet Shopping nestled in a charming country village setting. Includes transportation. Meals on your own. Fee: $59 Leave 7:30am, Return 7:30pm
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Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater & “Kentuck Knob” 362125 Where, Maryland?
Enjoy a day exploring the well-known ‘”Fallingwater” & “Kentuck Knob”, the homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and their surrounding grounds. Enjoy lunch at the Cafe’ @ Falling water. Please note: there are over 100 steps in the home on six levels. Our trip includes transportation, tour admissions to the homes and their surrounding grounds and a lunch voucher for the Cafe’ @ Falling Water. Fee: $109 Leave 6:00am, Return 7:00pm November 10 Su “Sister Act” at the Kennedy Center Washington, D.C.
The irrepressible Deloris Van Cartier, aka Sister Mary Clarence, will be in Washington DC this fall! Sister Act The Musical, the high spirited Broadway show inspired by the blockbuster 1992 comedy film. When Deloris becomes a witness to a hideous crime, her glitzy life as a nightclub singer is turned upside down. She is put under witness protection and sent to a place where the criminals will not think to look – a convent. Under the suspicious and vigilant watch of the convent’s Mother Superior, Deloris is forced to conform to her confining life as a fake nun. Under Mother Superior’s watchful eye, she helps her fellow sisters find their voices, not to mention her own. Fee: $139 Leave 11:45am, Return 5:45pm November 17 Su “Jersey Boys” at the Hippodrome Theatre Baltimore, Maryland
How did 4 blue collar kids become one of the greatest successes in pop music history? The 2006 Tony Awardwinner for Best Musical takes you up the charts, across the country and behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Discover the secret of a 40-year friendship: Four kids working their way from the streets of Newark to the heights of stardom. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were 30! And experience electrifying performances of the golden greats that took these guys all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: ‘Sherry’ , ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Dawn’, ‘Can’t Take my Eyes off You’ and more. Worldwide, more than 14 million people have seen Jersey Boys, and now it is ‘Working Its Way Back’ to Baltimore! Includes transportation and show. Fee: $139 Leave 11:00am, Return 5:00pm
November 30 Sa “Festival of Trees”- Maryland State Fairgrounds Timonium, Maryland
Join us for Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees – a three-day holiday-themed festival held to raise funds for research, patient care, special education, and community programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute. With more than 600 spectacular holiday trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses created by a wide variety of individuals and community organizations, PLUS live holiday entertainment, more than 100 seasonal merchants, a children’s craft and game area, a magical carousel, “reindeer” pony rides, and of course, Santa, you’re sure to have fun with the entire family! Price includes transportation and show admission. Meals are on your own. Fee: $49 Leave 9:00am, Return 4:00pm December 7 Sa 30th Pennsylvania Christmas and Gift Show Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
It’s Big! It’s Beautiful! It’s All Indoors! It’s Christmas in Harrisburg! Christmas shop at the largest holiday show in the country, over 750 specialty shops selling a wide array of exclusive, unique gifts for family and friends. See a life-size re-creation of Olde Christmas Village, decorated trees and mantles, 110-foot train display, cooking clinics, choral and musical groups, dance troupes Santa and children’s workshop and much more! Free package check, 600- seat cafeteria and much, much more! Includes transportation and show admission. Fee: $59 Leave 8:30am, Return 5:30pm December 21 Sa “Miracle of Christmas”, Sight & Sound Theatre Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Before the show enjoy a delicious Buffet lunch at Hershey Farm Restaurant Adjacent to the theatre in Lancaster, PA . We will proceed to the Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre. Christmas memories jump to life as a brand-new sensory experience highlights the return of Miracle of Christmas to the Millennium Theatre. The Millennium Theatre will be grandly decorated with lights, greenery, Nativity scenes and a spectacular thirty-foot Christmas tree. But all of the holiday finery is only a prelude to the thrilling story of Christmas - Jesus the Messiah coming to earth in human form. Miracle of Christmas is the touching story of kings, angels and a simple, faithful couple used by God. As the Wise Men and shepherds did so long ago, follow the star to witness the miraculous truth of the Savior’s birth! Includes transportation, buffet lunch and show. Fee: $129.00 Leave 8:30am, Return 6:30pm
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Payment Information • Full payment must be made at time of registration. • Non-county residents must pay an additional $15.00 per participant per trip. • Make checks and money orders payable to MCRD. Checks and money orders must include name, address, home and work telephone numbers, driver’s license number, and participant’s full name. VISA or MasterCard payments are accepted. Registration form must include correct credit card number, expiration date, authorized signature, and authorized amount. • The Department of Recreation reserves the right to pursue all available options to collect any funds owed as the result of a dishonored check or credit card, charges incurred due to unsubstantiated credit card disputes, or any outstanding debt. If your check is returned unpaid, your account will be debited electronically for the original check amount and electronically or via paper for the state’s maximum allowable service fee. Payment by check constitutes authorization of these transactions. You may revoke your authorization by calling 800-666-5222 ext. 2 to arrange payment due for any outstanding checks and service fees due.
Your Responsibility as a SOAR Participant You, the participant, assume all risks associated with participation in the program. The County assumes no liability for injury or damages arising from participation in the program. Due to the strenuous nature of some activities, the County encourages each participant to consult his or her physician concerning fitness to participate in the program. The participant consents to emergency treatment. The participant also consents to the County’s use of any photographs taken or videotapes made of the program.
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Full amount of the trip cost if a replacement is not found. If a replacement is found, you will be charged a $20 fee.
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*This policy varies from the one listed in the Guide to Recreation and Parks due to the nature and financial commitments of the program.
On or after the start date No requests will be considered No Refund of the trip If the Department cancels a trip, changes a location or time and you cannot attend, or the program is full, you will receive a full credit to your Recreation Department account or a refund. Your written request must include the participantâ€™s name, payerâ€™s name, address, phone number, course number, and reason for withdrawal. All credits will be posted to your Recreation Department account unless a refund is specifically requested. All refunds will be issued to the payer in the same form (check or charge) as the payment was received. Refunds will be processed within 2-3 weeks of receipt of your written request.
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