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TONS OF FUN RETURNS TO TANGLEWOOD FEBRUARY 2 p.20

Winter2013

Family Fun Guide

Success Stories from personal training participants at Green Ridge pg. 38

PROJECT AWESOME A new music event for teens pg. 18

Hiking With Bears Tips for bear safety on the Tinker Creek Greenway pg. 44

Healthy Travel Tips for Holiday Trips pg. 32 ON TARGET Why archery is one of the

fastest growing youth sports pg. 40

Civil War Society In Roanoke Valley & Beyond New historical events and trips pg.48

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Winter 2013

A publication of:

Roanoke

County Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Family Fun Guide

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C l a s s e s & Ac t i v i t i e s

Cultural Arts

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Life Skills

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Arts, crafts, pottery, ceramics, painting, music & dance

Technology, cooking, home improvement & special events

Aquatics 27-31 Swimming lessons, water aerobics & family play

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Wellness & Fitness

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Athletics

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Yoga, pilates, group exercise, martial arts & health Archery, tennis, basketball, baseball, soccer & football

Outdoors 44-47 Hiking, skiing, environmental education & Camp Roanoke

Travel 48-51 Vacations, bus tours, van outings & overnight trips

pg.28

Winter Events

Santa Visits and Christmas Tree Lighting

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Teen Music Events

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Tons of Fun and Camp Fair

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We’ve added several new chances to visit the jolly old elf Learn more about project awesome and teen club nights

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This year, two fantastic kids events have been combined

Civil War Comes to Life

Check out a new historical music event and trip

R e cr e a t i o n S e r v i c e s

Green Ridge Recreation Center

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Indoor aquatics, family fitness, daily admission & membership

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After School Programs 11 Reserve your space now!

Therapeutic Recreation Services 54 Recreation programs for individuals with disabilities

Parks Map & Facility Rentals

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How to find our parks and recreation centers, plus rental info

Online Registration Begins December 8 See next page for details!

Registration 55 How to register for our classes & activities


Using This Publication

Stay in Touch Recreation Phone Line Call (540) 387-6455

Program Ages

Look for symbols like those shown below to quickly determine age-appropriate

programs on each page. Look for specific age requirements in the program details box under the course description.

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Registration is taken online, by phone, by mail, or walk-in at any of our recreation centers. More information about registration can be found on page 55.

Early Online Registration - Begins Saturday, December 8 for County Residents ONLY County Resident Registration - Begins Monday, December 10 for County Residents Open Registration - Begins Wednesday, December 12 for Non-County Residents Online Registration is available by visiting

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Recreation Television

Online

www.RoanokeCountyParks.com, Click on the Register Online icon shown here, and visit the “My Account” tab to sign in or create an account. New accounts are not activated until you complete your first program registration. Scan the barcode shown to the right with a smart phone and link directly to our website.

A quarterly program about recreation

Watch this half-hour program on Roanoke Valley Television. Available on Cox Cable Channel 3 on Tuesdays at 8:30pm and Saturdays at 10:00am and 3:30pm, or online at RoanokeCountyParks.com.

• Herman L. Horn E.S.


Doug Blount is director of Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

Dear friends and neighbors,

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t is hard to believe that another year is winding down and we are entering into the heart of winter. As the days get shorter and weather gets crisp and cool, please don’t forget to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of Roanoke County. With the many miles of greenways and trails, walking and biking are a great way to experience the rural charm of the area, and maybe to meet a few neighbors along the way. Roanoke County also offers a wide variety of indoor recreation classes and programs to meet your needs if the outdoors isn’t your niche. With several convenient locations throughout the County for classes and programs, there’s truly something for everyone! Recreation enhances “quality of life” for everyone, and our staff is proud to maintain some of the area’s best green spaces and recreational facilities. We hope you’ll let us help you enjoy all that life has to offer! Sincerely,

Roanoke County PRT Advisory Commission Catawba District Donna Wooldridge Larry Peterson

Cave Spring District Fred Corbett Beth Doughty

Hollins District Troy Kincer Max Beyer

Vinton District

Windsor Hills District Sunny Shah Murray Cook

Member At Large

Mike Roop Vacant

Debbie George

Administrative Staff

Doug Blount, Director Mark Courtright, Assistant Director of Parks David Weir, Assistant Director of Recreation Alternate Magazine formats are available Call 772-7529 ext. 2

The advisory commission meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6pm at our administrative office at 1206 Kessler Mill Rd. The public is welcome, but we request you contact the office in advance to add an item to the agenda.

Recreation Family Fun Guide is a publication of Roanoke County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. It is published for the benefit of the citizens of Roanoke County and the greater Roanoke Valley. Advertising contained herein does not constitute an endorsement by the County of Roanoke or its staff. Send comments about this publication and advertising inquiries to our administrative office by calling (540) 777-6300. Individuals with disabilities wishing to participate in general recreation programs must contact Roanoke County two weeks prior to the start of the program to discuss reasonable accommodations.

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Gift Cards Are Back!

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ast winter, we introduced Recreation Gift Cards, and they were a huge success. We hope you’ll consider the gift of recreation again this year! Gift cards can be used to pay for programs, camps, facility admission, merchandise, personal training, and picnic shelter rentals. Now you can give the gift of an experience, rather than just another decoration or gadget to clutter up your shelves. These cards are:

Purchase $50 or more and get a $5 bonus card For a limited time, get money back for every $50 you spend in gift card purchases.

• Available in any denomination • Usable for programs or facility admission • Reloadable at any time • Great for Christmas gifts, or to keep for yourself

Where can I purchase gift cards? Gift cards are available Brambleton Center and Green Ridge Recreation Center. Purchases must be made in-person at the front desk. Cash or credit only, no checks.

Use gift cards for personal training and SAVE! New this year, use your card to pay for personal training at Green Ridge and get 50% off your first 3 sessions. (See pg 38)

For a Limited Time: Get a free $5 bonus card when you purchase $50 or more in gift cards! Offer ends December 31.

Gift Cards: They’re available in any denomination, and reloadable for your convenience! Pick one up at Brambleton or Green Ridge Recreation Centers. 6

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY

Use For: • Programs • Facility Admission • Summer Camps • Shelter Rentals • After School • Merchandise • Personal Training Discounts (pg. 38)


Visit www.GreenRidgeRecreationCenter.com to find up-to-date schedules for our group exercise classes, gymnasium and pool. Look for the schedule icon shown here.

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Roanoke County offers healthy fun for everyone. While membership plans are available, you don’t have to be a member to enjoy this state-of-the-art facility!

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2) Daily Admission - Visit for the day and make use of our unique indoor pool, wellness center, walking track, gymnasium and activity room. (Please note that group exercise classes are not included with daily admission) 3) Program Participation - This program guide contains an amazing variety of general public classes held at Green Ridge. There’s something for everyone! 4) Facility Rental - Green Ridge features a pool party room, two multipurpose rooms and a large gymnasium available for public rental. See page 53 for more information.

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Contact PHONE: (540) 777-6300 EMAIL: GreenRidge@RoanokeCountyVA.gov ADDRESS: 7415 Wood Haven Rd. • 24019

Green Ridge Hours Monday-Friday 5:30am-10:00pm Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm Daily Admission Rates

I love the water programs, and the people I’ve met here have been wonderful. It helps my body stay young - Serena Austin

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Adult (18-54)

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Child/Teen (1-17)

$7

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Over Fifty Five (55+)

$7

$5

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Green Ridge Amenities Indoor Aquatics

Our indoor aquatics area is designed with family fun in mind. Whether you’re looking for a place to swim, splash, slide, or relax, there’s something for everyone. We also offer aquatics exercise classes and group or private lessons. The pool is kept at a comfortable 84 degrees, so it’s never too chilly to swim. The kids will love our 2.5 story slide and aquatic play area. Adults won’t want to miss the hot tub. Due to programming and lifeguard schedules, portions of the indoor pool may be closed each day. View our schedule at GreenRidgeRecreationCenter.com.

Gymnasium

The gym features two full-size basketball courts with hardwood floors that can be divided with a center curtain. The facility is fully air conditioned, with six basketball backboards and two volleyball courts. Ping pong is now also available in the gym during scheduled hours. Due to programming and large sporting events, portions of the gym may be closed. See schedule for details.

The walking track at Green Ridge is the next best thing to walking outside this winter!

Walking Track

Green Ridge offers one of the longest indoor tracks in the area, with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains in all seasons. The track is open at all times during center operation. FAMILY & STROLLER TIMES: Children ages 6-9 and adults pushing strollers may use the track with a parent ONLY during the following times: • Monday-Friday from 11:30am-4:00pm (through Dec) 1:00am-4:00pm (Jan through Mar) • Saturday-Sunday from 11:30am-1:00pm and 4:00pm-6:00pm

We’ve added air hockey and foosball to the activity room, plus a new ping pong table in the gym. Check it out!

Activity Room

This unique play area features a variety of active gaming equipment for you and your family to enjoy. Jump around on our interactive LightSpace Play Floor. Dance with your friends using the Xbox Kinect, or take advantage of one of the many other interactive games designed to keep you moving and fit. New this winter, we’ve added an Air Hockey and Foosball table to the amenities.

Wellness Center

We offer a wide range of cardiovascular equipment and free weights, plus a full-body circuit of strength training equipment from some of the best names in the industry like: Precor, Hammer Strength, Free Motion, Atlantis, Cybex and Hampton. Our trained staff, including personal trainers are available to help you achieve your healthy lifestyle goals.

Have a Party at Green Ridge

Rent the party room adjoining the indoor pool for year round aquatic fun. Parties include one hour in the pool and one hour in the party room. See page 53 for more information.

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Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY

Get a complete guide of Green Ridge amenities at schedules next time you visit. This unique tri-fold brochure won at 2012 Gold Summit Award for best Print Publication from the Public Relaitons Society of America, Blue Rigde Chapter.


Become a Member! Becoming a Green Ridge member not only saves you money while

Membership Options

helping you improve your overall health. Membership also provides additional benefits not available to daily admission customers.

Individual Adult

Membership Benefit Classes

Adult Couple / Single Parent

Green Ridge offers dozens of land and water group exercise programs FREE with your membership. For a complete look at our schedule, visit GreenRidgeRecreationCenter.com Member benefit classes do not require pre-registration but fill on a firstcome, first-served basis. Members are welcome to sign up for any group exercise or recreation program shown throughout this guide at the published rates. As a member, these are the courses that come with your membership:

Land Group-Ex

• Arthritis Foundation Exercise • Awesome Arms & Lethal Legs • Back in Shape • Barre Exercise • Body Attack ™ by Les Mills • Body Pump ™ by Les Mills • Boot Camp • Cycling • Fusion • Kick Punch Class • Memory Pump • Piloxing (starting Jan)

Ages 18 to 54

Two adults ages 18 and up OR a single parent with up to 6 children

Family Two adults ages 18 and up with up to 6 children

Teen Ages 13 to 17

Children Ages 1 to 12

• Power Sculpt • RIPPED (starting Jan) • Tabadas (starting Jan) • Yogilates • Zumba • Zumba Gold

55+ Individual Ages 55 and up

55+ Couple

Water Group-Ex

Two adults ages 55 and up

• Arthritis Foundation Aquatics • Hydro-Fit • Sunrise Tai Chi • Wave Walker / Runner

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The rates shown here offer flexible monthly payments with no long- term contracts and NO joining fee! Visit us at 7415 Wood Haven Rd and take a free tour today. When you’re ready to become a member, simply sign up at the front desk.

Join In December and Get a FREE Gift Card

Become a member during the month of December and immediately receive a $20 gift card redeemable for programs, guest admission, t-shirts or picnic shelter rentals. Membership registration is taken at the front desk only. For more information, call 777-6300 or visit www.RoanokeCountyParks.com. Get a $20 gift card when you join Green Ridge in the month of December.

Did you know that in December, you can get 50% off three personal training sessions if you pay with a gift card? See page 38.

Pre-paid Membership Discounts

New!

Want to save 10% off your membership fee? Pay in advance for your 6-month or 12-month membership and save!

Early Online Program Registration

As a Green Ridge member, you qualify to register early online for programs held at the center. Your membership allows you to sign up for your favorite classes online the Saturday before each quarterly sign-up period.

KidZone & KidVenture

Don’t worry about keeping an eye on the little ones while you’re at Green Ridge; we’ll do that for you! Children who are members from 6 weeks to 9 years of age are welcome for up to two hours per day. We’ve expanded our child care options for members this winter, providing extra fun for ages 5 to 9 during peak hours. When available, older kids will be taken to areas throughout the facility for guided activities with our staff. KidZone and KidVenture are available for MEMBERS ONLY.

The people here are great! -Pete Peters

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Green Ridge Events

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Winter Friday Family Fun Night

One night only...Friday Family Fun Night featuring HOLIDAY Karaoke. Sing your favorite holiday tunes individually or as a family from 7 pm - 8:30 pm. We will have a fun filled competition for those who ‘dare to sing’. Also that evening we will have Green Ridge’s famous 14 foot tall, 35 foot wide inflatable obstacle course and our new preschool bounce house in Gym A. ‘Come bounce the night away’ from 5 pm - 8 pm! Green Ridge’s Children’s Holiday Art Show winners will be announced during Karaoke! Enjoy our ‘pretzel dipping station’ and a light beverage! Friday Family Fun Night is FREE for members and only $5 for non-members (maximum $20 per family) starting at 5 pm. Ages

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Dec 14

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5:00pm-8:30pm

Green Ridge

21929

$5

SOUP-per DAY at Green Ridge

January is National Soup Month and National Soup Swap Month! So we decided to have a “SOUP”-per DAY for Members on Wednesday, January 16th 11:30am-1:30pm & 5:00pm -6:00pm. Veggies to GO will be in the Green Ridge Lobby offering “samplings” of their soups to taste. To add to the excitement, we are asking members to SWAP their homemade recipe with other Green Ridge Members by completing a form available at our front desk. All forms to be completed by January 4th 2013. Ages

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Green Ridge is home to a GIANT inflatable obstacle course. Take it on at one of TWO family fun nights this season.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Come join the Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’ with crafts, activities, dancing and even ‘eggercising’ with the funny bunny. Photo opps scheduled in the lobby so bring your camera...don’t miss the ‘eggstra’ special activities just for you. Daily admissions apply and members are free. Ages

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First Floor

Water Slide

Spring Friday Family Fun Night

One night only...Friday Family Fun Night featuring Karaoke. Sing your favorite tunes individually or as a family from 7 pm - 8:30 pm. Help us welcome Spring with “flower power night!” Dress for the 70’s and turn sugar cookies into flowerin art. lso that evening we will have Green Ridge’s famous 14 foot tall, 35 foot wide inflatable obstacle course and our new pre-school bounce house in Gym A. ‘Come bounce the night away’ from 5 pm - 8 pm! Friday Family Fun Night is FREE for members and only $5 for non-members (maximum $20 per family) starting at 5 pm. Light refreshments-please register. Ages

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5:00pm-8:30pm

Green Ridge

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Current River

Lap Lanes

Locker Rooms Double Gymnasium

KidZone Whirlpool

Water Vortex Water Playground Zero Depth Entry

Birthday Party Room

Activity Room Family Kitchen Changing Rooms

Multipurpose Rooms (3)

Second Floor Free Weights

We love being members here! Green Ridge has been very accommodating for my family’s diverse needs. We especially love the indoor pool. It feels safe and fun.

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Group Exercise Studios


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Designed for Working Parents with Fun-Loving Kids! Roanoke County now offers after school programs at most elementary schools. Programs are either school based, or come with transportation included to Green Ridge Recreation Center.

Don’t worry about your snow day, enjoy it at a rec center!

• Back Creek E.S. • Burlington E.S. • Cave Spring E.S. • Clearbrook E.S. • Green Valley E.S. • Herman L. Horn E.S.

• Masons Cove E.S. • Mount Pleasant E.S. • Mountain View E.S. • Oak Grove E.S. • Penn Forest E.S. • WE Cundiff E.S.

Snow Day Programs

• Fort Lewis E.S. • Glen Cove E.S. • Glenvar E.S.

After School for Kids (A.S.K.)

This school-based recreation program allows children to have fun while fostering physical, social, emotional, & cognitive development. Choose between 3-day or 5-day weekly options, with daily snacks and homework help. Take advantage of multiple child discounts! Activities include gym or playground time, snack time, quiet time and group or self-directed activities. Call 857-5035 for more!

Ridge Kids

Similar to A.S.K., Ridge Kids is an after-school program at Green Ridge Recreation Center, serving K-5 students at Fort Lewis, Glen Cove, and Glenvar Elementary Schools. Transportation is provided from schools daily. Daily activities include use of the gymnasium and pool, fitness classes, snack time, homework time and group games. Registration is $60 per week, or $50 per week for Green Ridge members. Call 777-6315 for more!

When Roanoke County Schools are out DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, Green Ridge Recreation Center and Brambleton Center will be available for drop-off. These camps run from 7:30am-6:00pm and include structured activities, games and crafts. Green Ridge camps include swimming, so please bring swimsuit and towel. Pack a bagged lunch with no peanut products and get ready for a full day of fun! • Brambleton Center - Call 857-5035 $30 Full Day and $15 Half Day • Green Ridge - Call 777-6300 $35 for Full Day and $25 for Half Day. Green Ridge members or Ridge Kids participants save an extra $5. Additional sibling discount an extra $2.

School’s Out Camps

School’s Out! Join us for a day of fun when Roanoke County Schools are out. Enjoy games, crafts, and field trips each day. At Green Ridge, bring your swim suit and be prepared for a great time. Register for morning, afternoon, or all day. Morning snack and afternoon snack will be provided. Please pack a sack lunch if staying from 12-1. Please register in advance as spots will go quickly! For the Green Ridge Camp, discounts are available for multiple child participants and Green Ridge members. Call 8575035 for info about Brambleton Camps and 777-6300 for Green Ridge camps. Ages

Roanoke County offers enrichment programs for your K-5th grader whenever school is out.

Drop & Shop

Need to get some holiday shopping done and a dinner out? Kids will have a fun evening at Green Ridge with swimming, inflatables, structured games, crafts and activities. A pizza party will be provided. Registration Deadline: December 12. Ages

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7:30am-6:00pm

Green Ridge

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$35

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7:30am-6:00pm

Green Ridge

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$35

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7:30am-6:00pm

Green Ridge

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$35

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7:30am-6:00pm

Green Ridge

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$35

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7:30am-6:00pm

Green Ridge

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$35

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7:30am-6:00pm

Brambleton

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7:30am-6:00pm

Green Ridge

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7:30am-6:00pm

Brambleton

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7:30am-6:00pm

Green Ridge

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Green Ridge

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Arts

Music is a Road Not a Destination

Randolph Walker is a music instructor with Roanoke County parks, and currently teaches several of the courses shown on page right.

By Randolph Walker

Beginning guitar students sometimes ask me, “How long will it take until I can, you know, really play?” I say, “There is no point at which you can say, ‘I’m finally here, and there’s no more left to learn.’ And that’s the way I like it.” I started music training some 41 years ago, when I was ten. I was fortunate to have parents who supported my interest. They arranged for cello lessons with a nice lady who played in the Richmond Symphony. Later I had lessons on the upright bass and piano. After private lessons and training in school band, I had learned enough to pick up guitar, harmonica and drums on my own. That led to playing in bands and learning how to arrange harmony vocals, run a PA system, write and record songs, and produce CDs. Music is a road. The beginning of it looks pretty similar for everyone--it covers the basics of pitch and rhythm. Further along, it splits off into different directions. One exit leads to bluegrass, another to rock, to jazz, or classical. One signpost says “Playing By Ear,” another says, “Reading Music.” The guitar highway alone has many exits, leading to fingerpicking, flatpicking, classical, rock, flamenco, and more.

be a nourishing craft and even a therapy for someone spending time alone by choice or by circumstance. How far will I get down this road? I don’t know, but when I lay my guitar down for the last time, there will still be vast, unexplored territory out in front of me. And that’s the way I like it. Nobody, not even the Eric Claptons of the world, will die knowing everything there is to know about music. Once we get started, momentum can keep us going. But it helps to have a push. That’s the way I think of music lessons. I enjoy seeing students’ eyes light up when they first understand how to read guitar tab and haltingly bring forth the melody to “Amazing Grace” or “Smoke on the Water.” So, that’s my answer. Music is a road, not a destination. And I hope you travel long and far on it, discovering places that perhaps you or I never dreamed of.

Once we get going, we can travel from one territory to another, for a long residence or just a brief visit. Some roads lead into related fields, such as photography, video production, and graphic arts. So many wonderful choices! And that’s not to mention the many friendships and relationships that start in a high school band room, or in someone’s living room over guitars and a song. Music can be a highly social activity, bringing minds and hearts together to create soundscapes of power and beauty. It can also

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Want to hear more local bands? See page 18 to learn about a new teen concert!

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Guitar for Absolute Beginners

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Place

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Jan 8-Feb 26

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6:00pm-7:15pm

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5:45pm-7:00pm

Brambleton

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for Daisey’s final resting place.”

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Learn to tune, play chords, read tablature and perform easy melodies. Bring your own guitar to class. Eight week program. Instructor: Randolph Walker.

time to help us find the perfect urn We’re available by phone 24/7 and we also provide a pet loss support group that meets the second Saturday of every month. If you would like to attend, please call 540-265-7297. • On-site Cremation starting at $39.00

Keyboard for Absolute Beginners

Have fun with your keyboard as you learn to read music. No previous musical knowledge needed. Required materials: portable keyboard (AC Outlets available), extension cord, and method book ($13, will discuss at first class). Eight week program. Instructor: Randolph Walker. Ages

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Time

Place

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12+

Jan 7-Feb 25

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7:05pm-8:20pm

Brambleton

21596

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• Removal & Transportation • Caskets, Urns, Markers & Keepsake Jewelry, DVD Tributes, Memorial Folders

Harmonica for Absolute Beginners

Learn how to play campfire favorites ‘straight harp’, as well as beginning blues. Bring your own harmonica in key of C or G (Lee Oskar recommended) to class. Eight week program. Instructor: Randolph Walker. Ages

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Time

Place

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Fee

12+

Jan 7-Feb 25

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5:45pm-7:00pm

Brambleton

21595

$51

Beginning Fiddle

Roanoke’s First Pet Funeral Home. 540-265-7297

5416 Airport Road • Roanoke, VA • www.oakeypetloss.com Hours: 8 am to 5 pm, M - F; Sat. 8 am to 12 pm; Sun. Noon to 5 pm

This class is designed for beginners interested in learning to play the fiddle. Students will learn bowings, scales, and songs. Required materials: Fiddle (Violin) and bow. Eight week program. Instructor: Earl Henritze. Ages

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Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

12+

Jan 8-Feb 26

Tu

7:30pm-8:30pm

Brambleton

21610

$43

Family Fun Guide

Bluegrass Banjo

Learn to play chords, rolls and songs in this introductory bluegrass style banjo class. Students must bring a banjo to class. Eight week program. Instructor: Earl Henritze. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

16+

Jan 8-Feb 26

Tu

6:00pm-7:00pm

Brambleton

21609

$43

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Blues Band

If you have had two months or more of previous classes or lessons, join this ‘Instructional Band’ for guitar, harmonica (key of C) and bass students where you will perform real blues songs. Bring your instruments to class. Eight week program. Instructor: Randolph Walker. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

12+

Jan 10-Feb 28

Th

7:05pm-8:20pm

Brambleton

21598

$51

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Arts

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Adult

Arts

Oil Painting by the Bob Ross Method

With the Bob Ross method of Oil Painting, you will complete each painting in just one class. Even people who have never painted before can create a work of art! Each painting is done on a 16x20 inch canvas using Bob Ross supplies. All supplies are included in the fee for Judy Moore-Gist classes; for Ed Gowen’s classes beginning in January student must supply own canvas, all other supplies included Ages

Date

Instructor

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 26

18+

Feb 9

Gowen

Sa

9:30am-4:30pm

Brambleton

21618

$79

Gist

Sa

9:30am-3:00pm

Brambleton

21586

18+

Mar 9

$79

Gist

Sa

9:30am-3:00pm

Brambleton

21587

$79

18+ 18+

Feb 21

Gist

Th

9:30am-3:00pm

Brambleton

21589

$79

Feb 23

Gowen

Sa

9:30am-4:30pm

Brambleton

21619

$79

18+

Mar 21

Gist

Th

9:30am-3:00pm

Brambleton

21590

$79

18+

Mar 23

Gowen

Sa

9:30am-4:30pm

Brambleton

21620

$79

Oil Painting

This course will cover surface preparation, palette layout, materials handling, color and shading techniques. Great for beginners, those who have painted with acrylics, or those who want to brush up on their skills. Six week program. Supply list will be given when class minimum is met. Instructor: Michael Farrar. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 23-Feb 27

W

1:00pm-3:00pm

Brambleton

21673

$86

Brushstroke Seminar

Learn different brushstrokes to create designs, patterns, and detail work. The variety of brushstrokes can be used to detail pottery, ceramics, wood pieces and scrapbook pages. Also included will be pattern transfer techniques. Fee includes three brushes, practice tablet and pattern sheets. Three week program. Instructor: Jo Robertson. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Feb 5-19

Tu

7:00pm-9:00pm

Brambleton

21616

$48

Stained Glass

As a beginning student, you will learn the basics of design, glass cutting and joining. You will also learn two or three different ways to frame your project. A beginning student will finish the course at the intermediate or advanced skill level. Fee: $231 includes tools and supplies; $182 includes tool rental and supplies; $148 includes supplies only no tools; $63 for last four weeks of project help. Eight week program. Instructor: Tanya Leslie. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 14-Mar 4

M

6:00pm-9:00pm

Brambleton

22120

$63-$231

Drawing

Drawing is an essential first step in laying the base for painting in any media. Enhance your skill by learning shapes, shading, lighting, picture composition, contour drawing, gesture drawing and one and two point perspectives will be covered in this six week program. Instructor: Michael Farrar. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 23-Feb 27

W

10:00am-12:00pm

Brambleton

21671

$86

Watercolor Basics & Beyond

This class is for the beginning level student and for those who wish to refresh their basic watercolor skills. At each class the Instructor will demonstrate watercolor techniques and a critique of the students work will be included in some sessions. Six week class. Instructor: Charlotte Hanks. Supply list will be given when class minimum is met. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 22-Feb 26

Tu

10:00am-12:00pm

Brambleton

21787

$86

Intermediate Watercolor

Techniques covered in this class include wet paint on dry paper, wet into wet, lost edges, color glazing, color mixing, palette layout and different brush techniques. Sound composition in both still lifes and landscapes will also be covered. Six week program. Supply list will be given when class minimum is met. Instructor: Michael Farrar. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 23-Feb 27

W

6:00pm-8:00pm

Brambleton

21672

$86

Collage

Drawing Fundamentals

Dismiss the idea that Drawing is difficult. This class will focus on what you are really seeing as you experiment with different drawing surfaces and tools. You will be introduced to Drawing basics using a grid and drawing objects. Six week class. Instructor: Charlotte Hanks.

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Instructor Ed Gowen can teach almost anyone how to paint just like Bob Ross.

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 24-Feb 28

Th

6:00pm-8:00pm

Brambleton

21789

$86

This class will explore the abstract, representational, semi-abstract and non-objective imagery through a variety of collage techniques. Bring along your scissors, glue, copies of your favorite old photos, paper scraps, fabric pieces and paint and see what the exciting world of Collage is all about. Three week class. Instructor: Charlotte Hanks. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Feb 2-16

Sa

10:00am-12:00pm

Brambleton

21786

$52

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Crafts

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Pottery & Ceramics

Adult

Beginning Knitting

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

13+

Jan 9-30

W

6:00pm-8:00pm

Brambleton

21640

$35

Beginning Sewing

If you’ve always wanted to learn to sew, or are looking to refresh your sewing skills, this class is for you. Terminology, techniques, hand sewing, pattern reading and much more will be covered in this six week course. Students will use the knowledge gained from this class to make a pair of pillowcases. You must bring your own portable sewing machine, accessories, and manual to class. Six week program. Instructor: Norma Silvius. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 7-Feb 11

M

6:00pm-8:00pm

Brambleton

21599

$89

Basic Quilting Techniques

Learn to make a small quilted project from start to finish. The techniques you will learn include fabric selection and layout, cutting, piecework and quilting. Supply list given when class minimum is reached. Four week program. Instructor: Carol Mesimer. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Mar 6-27

W

6:00pm-8:00pm

Brambleton

21639

$35

New!

Slate Welcome Sign

Every home needs a welcoming feel that puts visitors at ease as they enter your home. Paint your own slate welcome sign using the classic symbol of hospitality, the pineapple, as your theme. Includes all supplies. Two week program. Instructor: Jo Robertson. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Mar 5-12

Tu

7:00pm-9:00pm

Brambleton

21634

$28

New!

Polymer Bead Course

This course is an introduction to the materials, tools, equipment, and techniques used to make unique polymer clay beads in a variety of shapes, colors and finishes. Demonstrations will include conditioning raw clay, creating marbled beads, as well as millefiori from canes. You will be guided during each session as you make your own creations. Finally, instructor, Ruth Cline will teach you some of the tips she has learned from experience with clay that you will not find in books. Three week program. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 15-29

Tu

10:00am-12:00pm

Brambleton

21205

$52

New!

No Sew Fabric Bins

Organize your stuff in cute bins. These bins turn ordinary into extraordinary and once you get the knack you can make more! Please bring 1.5 yards of heavier-duty fabric for the outer layer of the bin and one yard of a complementary fabric for the lining. All other materials provided in fee. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Mar 7

Th

6:00pm-8:00pm

Green Ridge

22026

$18

Pottery Courses

The Brambleton Center offers a well equipped studio with all tools necessary to create original works of clay in both wheel and freeform. Equipment includes 13 electric wheels, with one being wheelchair accessible. A variety of glazes are mixed in the studio offering about 23 colors. Clay must be purchased through Brambleton Center at $25/25 pounds. Ten week program. Ages

Date

18+

Jan 2-Mar 6

18+

Jan 3-Mar 7

18+

Instructor

Day

Time

Course #

Fee

Jordan

W

6:30pm-9:00pm

21819

$175

Legg

Th

1:00pm-3:30pm

21820

$175

Jan 3-Mar 7

Dowling

Th

6:30pm-9:00pm

21821

$175

18+

Jan 5-Mar 9

Hodges

Sa

10:00am-12:30pm

21815

$175

18+

Jan 7-Mar 11

Leslie

M

1:00pm-3:30pm

21816

$175

18+

Jan 7-Mar 11

Jordan

M

6:30pm-9:00pm

21817

$175

18+

Jan 8-Mar 12

Campbell

Tu

6:30pm-9:00pm

21818

$175

18+

Jan 8-Mar 12

Werstlein

Tu

10:00am-12:30pm

22066

$175

Arts

Keep your mind and hands active by learning how to knit! Master the basics of knitting from casting on stitches, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, gauging, to binding off. Supply list given when class minimum is reached. Four week program. Instructor: Carol Mesimer.

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Adult

Handbuilding in Clay

Pottery can be created without the use of a potter’s wheel. You can create beautiful pots and clay forms by hand using simple tools, slabs of clay, or just by using your hands and fingers. In this class you will explore many techniques for handbuilt pottery. Instructor: Becky Carr. Ten week program. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 4-Mar 8

F

9:30am-12:00pm

Brambleton

21827

$175

Beginning Clay Sculpture

This course will present you with a basic knowledge of sculpture using a variety of techniques. Fee includes two tools, the use of additional tools, and clay. Carlos Dowling is an accomplished Bermudian artist. His major works are in pottery, sculpture and mold making, much of which can be seen in numerous collections in Bermuda & America. Eight week program. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 15-Mar 5

Tu

6:30pm-9:00pm

Brambleton

21860

$139

New!

Beginner Bisque

Learn something new in the new year! The basics of making designs and painting ceramics will be taught. Choices of projects included are wall plaque, plate, mug and tray. All materials and glaze firing provided. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

13+

Jan 14-Mar 4

M

6:30pm-8:30pm

Green Ridge

22038

$60

Ceramics

Paint and fire your own ceramic greenware with the assistance of certified instructor Jo Robertson. Ceramics are available for purchase at Brambleton, or order from our extensive catalog selection. Eight week program. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 10-Feb 28

Th

10:00am-12:00pm

Brambleton

21612

$52

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Dance

A

Adult

Arts

Clogging

Adult clogging classes are high impact, high energy and lots of fun! Based on traditional steps, the teacher will teach a syllabus consisting of basic clogging technique and will progress to more difficult steps based on the skill level of those in the class. Taught by the staff of Floyd Ward School of Dance. Ages

Date

18+

Jan 7-28

Day

M

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

11:15am-12:15pm

Green Ridge

22049

$35

Shag Dance

This is still one of the most popular dances taught in this area. Learn to shag, then join the Roanoke Valley Shag Club. Couples only. Singles will be put on a wait list and matched with partners. Five week program. Instructor: Donna Richardson. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 7-Feb 11

M

7:30pm-9:00pm

Brambleton

22097

$31 Fly across the dance floor in your clogging shoes, with lessons for beginners!

Dancing is for Lovers

Teen Arts

Valentine’s Day is coming! Get romantic with your sweetheart and learn the sexy Rumba and the Night Club 2 Step. Both dances Te e n are popular dances at weddings, dances and cruises. Dance steps New! will be taught with Oldies, Pop, Latin, Jazz and Country Music Beginner Bisque Genres. Dance partners required. Six week program. Learn something new in the new year! The basics of making deAges Date Day Time Place Course # Fee signs and painting ceramics will be taught. Choices of projects 18+ Jan 12-Feb 16 Sa 3:00pm-4:00pm Green Ridge 22058 $38 included are wall plaque, plate, mug and tray. All materials and glaze firing provided.

Salsa Dance Lessons

Ages

Date

Day

T

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

13+ Jan 14-Mar 4 M 6:30pm-8:30pm Green Ridge 22038 $60 Join Liz Becker on Thursday nights at Green Ridge to burn the floor with hot Salsa moves. Never be a wallflower again. Learn basic Salsa figures that will impress your friends on the dance Beginning Knitting floor. All are welcome and no partner is required. Keep your mind and hands active by learning how to knit! Master Ages Date Day Time Place Course # Fee the basics of knitting from casting on stitches, knitting, purling, 18+ Jan 10-Feb 21 Th 7:30pm-8:30pm Green Ridge 22057 $38 increasing, decreasing, gauging, to binding off. Supply list given when class minimum is reached. Four week program. Instructor: Egyptian Style Belly Dance Carol Mesimer. Ages Date Day Time Place Course # Fee This style of belly dance involves every part of the body, isolating 13+ Jan 9-30 W 6:00pm-8:00pm Brambleton 21640 $35 major muscles groups and working them in isolation or in opposition to other parts of the body. Major components include circular movements of the arms, hands, head, upper torso and hips. It’s a Knitting Leg Warmers fun and effective way to exercise, relax and enjoy as an entertain- Learn the basic knitting stitch, knitting pearl to start a pair of leg ing hobby. Six week program. Instructor: Elizabeth Watson. warmers. From this basic stitch your knowledge can grow for Ages Date Day Time Place Course # Fee your own personal creatons. Instructor: Bhawana Scaer. 18+

Jan 22-Feb 26

Tu

7:00pm-8:00pm

Brambleton

21674

$38

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

10-15

Feb 23

Sa

10:00am-12:00pm

Craig Center

22027

$21

Unique Handmade Jewelry

Your child will enjoy designing their own personal touch jewelry, options include earrings, necklaces, and bracelets made with beads. All supplies included.

Belly dancing is a fun way to exercise and socialize!

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Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

10-15

Feb 16

Sa

10:00am-12:00pm

Brambleton

22015

$21

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Youth Arts

Pottery For Ages 7+

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Yo u t h

Pine Cone Bird Feeders

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

5-9

Jan 19

Sa

10:00am-12:00pm

Brambleton

22039

$21

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

7-15

Jan 13-Mar 3

Su

2:00pm-4:30pm

Brambleton

22130

$159

Arts

Have fun at our winter celebration creating pine cone bird feeders you can hang outside just in time to welcome the birds for winter time.

Let you child experience the excitement of working in clay as Professional Potter, Yolanda Eaddy, brings out their creative side. Learn to design pieces out of slabs of clay along with learning coiling and pinch techniques. For students with the physical ability to do wheel work, the lessons will be centering, pulling and shaping clay. One bag of clay included. Eight week program.

Winter Welcome Mats

Kids, come and join our Winter Wonderland Workshop! Have fun making your own personalized winter themed welcome mats that will greet all of your guests as they come in from the cold! Instructor: Tania Jones. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

5-9

Feb 2

Sa

10:00am-12:00pm

Craig Center

22029

$21

Handmade for Valentine’s

Nothing says love like a handmade card. Your child will enjoy making cards for Valentine’s. All supplies included. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

10-13

Feb 9

Sa

10:00am-12:00pm

Craig Center

22014

$12 Now select pottery classes are open to youth ages 7 to 15.

Wouldn’t you love to make a scarf that involved no sewing? Then come to this class and get ready for cold weather learning to make fleece scarves. All supplies included. Instructor: Bhawana Scaer. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

7-12

Feb 16

Sa

10:00am-12:00pm

Brambleton

22024

$21

Duct Tape-It

Create your own personal duct tape wallet, flip flops, flowers, or even a tote bag! Learn how to recreate this common household fix-it into fun crafts! Many colors will be available for the craft (black, pink, camouflage, any many more!). Fee includes materials and instruction. Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

8-13

Feb 28

Th

6:00pm-8:00pm

Green Ridge

22040

$21

In this class your child will design their own unique Easter sweat shirt in time for the Easter bunny. All supplies included. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

6-8

Mar 9

Sa

10:00am-12:00pm

Craig Center

22011

$21

Ceramic Easter Eggs

Create your own eggs for your Easter basket, then join us and have fun painting ceramic eggs! Supplies included. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

7-13

Mar 16

Sa

10:00am-12:00pm

Craig Center

22022

$21

Preschool Arts

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re s h o c

P

Ages

Easter Bunny Sweat Shirts

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Plush Assorted Scarves

Preschool Tap/Ballet Combo

Preschool classes consist of 1/2 hour of tap and 1/2 hour of ballet. In tap class, the teacher will use the Al Gilbert Grade 1 syllabus. Beginning at the barre, students will learn the basic building blocks of tap technique and will gradually progress to work across the floor. In ballet, students will explore movement creatively as well as learn the basics of classical ballet. Taught by the staff of Floyd Ward School of Dance. Dress requirements will be sent to parents of participants when minimum participation is met. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

3-5

Jan 7-28

M

10:00am-11:00am

Green Ridge

22048

$35

New!

Making Music

Triangles, drums, and cymbals on my! Your child will have fun making music and creating musical instruments out of everyday objects in this fun program. The last day they will give parents a performance at the end of the class. All materials included in fee. Teach your child to love music early in life, and they’ll be rewarded for the rest of theirs!

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

2.5-5

Feb 7-28

Th

10:00am-12:00pm

Green Ridge

22016

$50

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Project Awesome A Teen Music Event

Awesome Pictured here are music groups performing at Brambleton Center on Dec. 29; The Stilettos (top left), Levi’s Gene Pool (bottom left) and DJ Harvest Blaque.

By Scott Ramsburg

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eens often complain that there’s nothing to do in the Roanoke Valley. To a certain degree, they’re right. There is a surprising lack of activities and events geared towards the teen population in this region. The solution... Teens are beginning to use their own creativity to entertain both themselves and others. While you may not have heard of them, talented teen bands are cropping up all over the area. Local R&B artist Bryan Hancock (stage name - Harvest Blaque) caught onto the teen music scene several years ago, and he’s working with Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism to create a new venue to showcase local talent. It’s called Project Awesome, and it will kick-off December 29th at 8:00pm at the Brambleton Center as a one-night-only event. “I’ve always been a big believer that great things start right here at home,” says Bryan. “I wanted to do whatever I could to bring attention to arts and entertainment right here in the heart of Southwest Virginia because you’ve got so many talented people. They’re the best and brightest coming out of Virignia right now. They’re leaders, and they’re part of the arts and entertainment community.” Hancock had already been serving on the committee to bring a new Arts and Entertainment Conference event to Roanoke, when he approached Roanoke County Special Events Director Wendi Schultz about Project Awesome. “I feel like teens are a portion of the population that are always overlooked,” says Wendi. “We have events for seniors, little kids and families, but rarely teen events.” Several groups will be performing, including one of the area’s youngest groups, Levi’s Gene Pool. This group of siblings from Blacksburg features an electric show with a mix of original songs and covers of classics from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Neil Young, and Talking Heads, to modern rock like The Raconteurs, Linkin Park and Cage the Elephant.

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According to Levi’s Gene Pool father and manager Daniel Moneyhun, it’s a good idea for teens to get involved at an early age. “All people including young people are very creative. The important thing is kids are allowed that opportunity.” Also performing at the event will be The Stilettos, an all female band that blends a retro vibe with their own unique sound, mixing old school rock with a new school sound. Bryan Hancock will take the stage as DJ Harvest Blaque, infusing the sounds hip-hop with blues and rock undertones to create a new sound he calls, “soul hop.” Bryan is inspired by everything from Led Zeplin to Run DMC. If the music alone is not enough, teens will be able to enjoy prizes, snacks and a safe haven within a chaperoned environment. Hancock hopes that Project Awesome will be the first of many local events geared towards teens. “Reaching out to youth at home and saying we’ve got talent right here. We need to support it, and all the arts. That can be a legacy they can put their mark on and carry on.” All proceeds from this event will go towards the new Arts and Entertainment Conference, coming to the Roanoke Valley on April 12-13. This event will feature workshops for all ages, movie screenings, social events and special pricing for teens already involved in the performing arts. Wendi Schultz believes the time is right for events like Project Awesome and the conference, exposing kids to things they wouldn’t normally get to experience. “Roanoke is unique in that we have a lot of opportunities to showcase talent like theater venues, art exhibitions, shadowbox theater, and a local improv troupe,” says Wendi. “There are a lot of places where artists can exhibit their work in a much more inviting way than a big city. I think the advantage here is that Roanoke is a very accepting community.”

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Teen Events

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Project Awesome

Rock out to the sounds of live music from local teen bands Levi’s Gene Pool. The Stilettos, and Harvest Blaque. Dance the night away with food, music and your friends. All proceeds from the event will benefit Roanoke County’s Arts and Entertainment Conference to be held in April. Cash only at the door. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Fee

11-17

Dec 29

Sa

8:00pm-12:00am

Brambleton

$5

Zombie Mystery Dinner Night

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

12-15

Feb 15

F

7:00pm-10:00pm

Green Ridge

22147

$20

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Calling the undead! Dress like a zombie for a night of food and mystery. Follow the clues to find the answer to the mystery of a fellow zombie. Roles in mystery will be distributed as zombies check-in. Zombie dress-up is not mandatory but is recommended for this fun activity. Please contact 777-6315 with questions.

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New!

Christmas Events & Santa Visits

Santa Claus is comin’ to town! Roanoke County is planning several FREE events this year featuring the jolly old elf. Join us on December 3rd for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, now at the new South County Library. There will be a ceremonial lighting at 6pm, followed by a fireside visit with Santa, plus a puppet show, refreshments, crafts, and a showing of the The Polar Express movie. Over the following weeks, Santa will be visiting recreation centers throughout the County to spread Christmas cheer! Don’t forget to bring your camera. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Fee

All

Dec 3

M

6:00pm-8:00pm

South County Library

$0

All

Dec 8

Sa

7:00pm-8:00pm

Brambleton Center

$0

All

Dec 15

Sa

7:00pm-8:00pm

Craig Center

$0

All

Dec 22

Sa

7:00pm-8:00pm

Green Ridge

$0

Super Bowl Night

Don’t miss out on the fun at the Craig Center, bring your family for a night of fun watching the Super Bowl on a big screen TV. Enjoy refreshments, Pizza and lots more! Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

5+

Feb 3

Su

6:00pm-10:00pm

Craig Center

22017

$10

Father / Daughter Dance

Get dressed up and come out for a fun night of memories! Fathers/grandfathers/uncles come in your suits or tuxes and daughters/granddaughters/nieces come in your best party dress. Twirl the night away as the DJ spins your favorite dance tunes. Fee includes appetizers, drinks, keepsake picture and frame, and fun. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

All

Feb 8

F

7:00-9:00pm

Green Ridge

22021

$15

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Family Events

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Fa m i l y

New!

life

Civil War Music Brought to Life

Music played a critical role throughout the Civil War, providing both marching orders and a relief from the tensions of war life. Take a commemorative tour of the sounds of the 1860’s and enjoy authentic cuisine of the period! Come hear military music, music from the underground Railroad, parlor music with its Irish, Scottish and German roots, plus classical and religious favorites from the time. Experience in-depth workshops highlighting the historical importance of the music. Prices below reflect discounts for advance purchase by phone at 387-6078 ext.0 or online at www.RoanokeCountyParks.com. Advance tickets must be purchased by Feb 15. After that time, all event only and food tasting tickets increase to the $12 gate price. Children under five are free. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Advance/At Gate

13+

Food & Event

Feb 24

Su

3pm-8pm

SoCo Library

22146

$20

5-12

Food & Event

Feb 24

Su

3pm-8pm

SoCo Library

22148

$15

All

Food Only

Feb 24

Su

3pm-8pm

SoCo Library

22149

$10/$12

13+

Event Only

Feb 24

Su

3pm-8pm

SoCo Library

22150

$10/$12

5-12

20

Ticket

Event Only

Feb 24

Su

3pm-8pm

SoCo Library

22151

$5/$12

We’re celebrating our 14th annual day of FREE family activities; including balloon sculptures, face painting, clowns, creative crafts and more, brought to you by representatives of many local community organizations! Tanglewood mall will be filled with activities designed for children ages 12 & under and their families. Back again this year are hands-on learning “Fun Stations”, where children can participate in skills-building enrichment activities. As always, there will also be rides and giant inflatables for youth of all ages. You’ll be delighted by all there is to see and do. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Fee

All

Feb 2

Sa

10:00am-4:00pm

Tanglewood Mall

FREE

Summer Camp Fair at Tons of Fun

New this year, the Roanoke Camp Fair will be held at in tandem with Tons of Fun. This is your chance to meet with representatives from camps located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Talk to the counselors, enter to win great prizes, and find out which summer camp is right for your child. See page right. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Fee

All

Feb 2

Sa

10:00am-4:00pm

Tanglewood Mall

FREE

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY


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Two FREE Events Tanglewood Mall Saturday, February 2 • 10am-4pm

Tons of Fun:

A day of FREE indoor games, storytelling, rides, costumed characters, hands-on activities, entertainment and more for children 12 & under and their families. Event Sponsors:

www.RoanokeCountyParks.com

County Parks, Recreation and Tourism

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Roanoke

Meet with representatives of summer camps throughout the Mid-Atlantic, and find out which camp is right for your child. Door prizes including free weeks at camp!

(540) 387- 6078 ext. 0

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Roanoke Camp Fair

New!

Coffee & Crayons

Mix and mingle over crafts, games, coffee (for parents of course!) and juice. The relaxing environment helps everyone socialize and have fun. Every Monday morning will be a different craft, game and fun time with other parents and toddlers. All materials and refreshments provided. Parent participation is required. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

1.5-3.5

Jan 7-28

M

8:00am-9:00am

Green Ridge

22056

$15

1.5-3.5

Feb 4-25

M

8:00am-9:00am

Green Ridge

22122

$15

1.5-3.5

Mar 4-25

M

8:00am-9:00am

Green Ridge

22123

$15

New!

Littlest Chef

Nom-nom-nom YUM! Your child will have a yummy good time creating lunches of their own in this fun class. They might even save you a few morsels! Learn kitchen safety while you create healthy snacks and entrees. All materials will be provided. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

3-5

Jan 8-29

Tu

11:00am-1:00pm

Green Ridge

22042

$40

New!

Noodling With Numbers

Your child will learn numbers through play! Educational games, crafts and activities will help them with learning kindergartenready math skills. Among skills practiced will be shapes, sorting, matching and of course number recognition! Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

4-5

Jan 10-31

Th

10:00am-12:00pm

Green Ridge

22059

$35

Princess Tea Party

Come play princess in this fun program! Girls will be able to play dress-up, learn princess manners, and participate in princess activities. All girls will go home with their own tiara. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

3-6

Jan 12

Sa

11:00am-1:00pm

Green Ridge

22041

$20

New!

Nursery Rhymes Back in Time

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall and Little Bo Peep lost her sheep! Your child will have a blast learning classic nursery rhymes through games, crafts and activities. Learning is always more fun with others! All materials are provided. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

2.5-5

Feb 5-26

Tu

10:00am-12:00pm

Green Ridge

22020

$40

New!

Motor Mites and Tot Explorers

It’s play time at Green Ridge! Green Ridge is opening it’s gymnasium to kids ages 18 months to five years in two separate sessions. There will be riding toys, mats, dramatic play toys and FRIENDS to play with. Moms, think of it like a really great indoor play date...and you don’t even have to clean your house! Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at all times. Ages

Session

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

1.5-3

Motor Mites

Jan 9-30

W

8am-9am

Green Ridge

22032

$15

3-5

Tot Explorer

Jan 9-30

W

9am-10am

Green Ridge

22033

$15

1.5-3

Motor Mites

Feb 6-27

W

8am-9am

Green Ridge

22034

$15

3-5

Tot Explorer

Feb 6-27

W

9am-10am

Green Ridge

22035

$15

1.5-3

Motor Mites

Mar 6-27

W

8am-9am

Green Ridge

22036

$15

3-5

Tot Explorer

Mar 6-27

W

9am-10am

Green Ridge

22037

$15

New!

Berenstain Bears Club

Love the series? Your child will have fun in this storytime themed program. We will bring out the classics for storytime, crafts, games, and snacks. Brother, Sister, Mama and Papa will come to life in this fun program which includes a special guest on the last day! Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

2.5-5

Mar 5-26

Tu

10:00am-12:00pm

Green Ridge

22060

$50

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY

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New!

Hollywood Productions

Ready, Set, Action! Create your own mini-movie and learn the basics of creating a movie from toys and/or clay. Please bring your own digital camera with a memory card of at least 4GB. The movie will be created and burned to disc. There will be a presentation at the end of the program for friends and family.

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Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

7-11

Jan 7-Feb 4

M

5:30pm-6:30pm

Green Ridge

22050

$30

12-15

Jan 7-Feb 4

M

6:45pm-7:45pm

Green Ridge

22051

$30

New!

Magic For Muggles

Accio! Learn magic with a Harry Potter twist. Kids will be able to create their own magic kit to take their show with them! Last day of the program will be a magic show for parents to show off their new skills. All materials provided. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

7-11

Jan 10-Feb 7

Th

5:30pm-7:00pm

Green Ridge

22043

$80

Lego Saturday for Kids

Build, build, build! Have a blast playing in our large lego supply of kits. We will also have lego building challenges and games for you to play. Have a Lego-type of morning! Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

6-8

Feb 9

Sa

9:00am-11:00am

Green Ridge

22053

$15

Lego Camp For Tweens

Watch your Legos come to life! You will have a blast creating fun Lego creations and adding a robotics component to your robots. We will use Lego Technic Sets as well as Mindstorms in this fun spring break camp. Register early because spots are limited. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

9-13

Apr 1-5

M-F

9:00am-12:00pm

Green Ridge

22052

$125

Etiquette For Tweens

Tweens will get an edge in what could be difficult or awkward social situations. They will learn proper table etiquette during a multiple course meal as well as learn about proper phone etiquette. Please call 777-6315 if there are any food allergies. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

8-13

Feb 21

Th

6:00pm-8:00pm

Green Ridge

22055

$15

New!

Spring Candy Fun

Sticky, yummy candy to take home to fill your baskets! We will be creating a few of the most popular basket fillers-marshmallow peeps, lollipops, and chocolate candy. All materials provided. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

8-13

Mar 28

Th

5:30pm-8:30pm

Green Ridge

22018

$25

New!

Drop & Shop

Need to get some holiday shopping done and a dinner out? Kids will have a fun evening at Green Ridge with swimming, inflatables, structured games, crafts and activities. A pizza party will be provided. Registration Deadline: December 12.

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Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

4-10

Dec 14

F

5:00pm-9:30pm

Green Ridge

21636

$10

Cooking

Try this at home! After you take a sushi class at the Brambleton Center.

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Adult

Sushi Workshop

Love sushi? It is a lot easier to make than you think! This very popular hands-on workshop is designed to teach you everything you need to know to make delicious, healthy sushi at home. You will learn how to prepare and cook sushi rice, create fillings, and make great sushi rolls. Instructor: Maxine Fraade. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Feb 12

Tu

6:00pm-9:00pm

Brambleton

21889

$34

Valentine’s Day Sushi

Share Valentine’s Day with the one you love in this special couples sushi workshop! Grab your sweetie and learn everything you need to know to make delicious, healthy sushi at home: how to prepare and cook sushi rice, create fillings, and make great sushi rolls. Bring a romantic dessert to share with the class. The fee is per couple. Instructor: Maxine Fraade. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Feb 14

Th

6:00pm-9:00pm

Brambleton

21890

$65

Thai Workshop

This workshop will focus on two traditional and popular Thai dishes and gives a good in-depth understanding of Thai ingredients and seasonings. You will make authentic Pad Thai, a very popular noodle dish, and Thai Satay with a lovely coconut creambased peanut dipping sauce. Instructor: Maxine Fraade. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Feb 9

Tu

6:00pm-9:00pm

Brambleton

21891

$34

Advanced Thai Workshop

Love Thai food and want more recipes? In this advanced class we’ll learn about and make Thai curries, jasmine rice, Thai Papaya Salad, and an unusual Thai dessert. You should be familiar with basic Thai cooking and ingredients for this class which goes beyond the Thai Workshop. Instructor: Maxine Fraade. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Feb 28

Th

6:00pm-9:00pm

Brambleton

21893

$34

Phyllo Dough Workshop

Phyllo is a paper thin dough popular in many Middle Eastern treats and useful for all kinds of delicious, light, crunchy dishes. It’s found in most local groceries and is easy to work with, once you know the tricks. You will make the famous dessert baklava (sweet but not too sweet), and a traditional appetizer, spinach triangles, great for parties or snacks. Instructor: Maxine Fraade. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Fee

18+

Feb 26

Tu

6:00pm-9:00pm

Brambleton

21892

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY

$34


New!

Seared Salmon Plate

Join Chef Jose as he demonstrates and helps you prepare a delicious meal. On the menu is Seared Salmon Fillets accompanied by Baby Veggies and Risotto. For dessert, a delicious Chocolate and Fruit Parfait. All supplies and instruction included in fee. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 14

M

5:30pm-8:30pm

Green Ridge

22071

$34

COOKWARE - CUTLERY - GOURMET FOODS - SERVING PIECES

YOU LOVE COOKING. AND SO DO WE.

New!

Sweetheart Cooking Class

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Feb 12

Tu

5:30pm-8:30pm

Green Ridge

22072

$65

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Bring your date to this fun cooking class with Chef Jose. He will demonstrate and help you prepare Chicken Cordon Bleu with a Wine Sauce, Roasted Baby Potatoes, Julienned Veggies and finished off with a Gargonzola-Stuffed Poached Apple with a Wine Sauce for dessert. You and your date will have a blast preparing this delicious meal together. Fee is per couple. Only one registration is necessary per couple.

Fantastic Spring Roll Wrappers

You can make all kinds of yummy, imaginative dishes using easy-to-find Chinese Spring Roll Wrappers! Learn to make traditional Chinese spring rolls, nontraditional super-simple Indian samosas, and a surprising new dessert with spring roll wrappers and bananas! Learn how to wrap it all up with Maxine Fraade. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Fee

18+

Mar 5

Tu

6:00pm-9:00pm

Brambleton

22125

$34

Roanoke: 305 Market Street, 540.769.8181 Lexington: 13 S Main Street, 540.464.3838 LadlesAndLinens.com

COOKWARE - CUTLERY - GOURMET FOODS - SERVING PIECES

Private Cooking Party

Are you looking for a different kind of girls, couples or friends night out? Planning a shower or retirement party? Why not have a private cooking party, just for your own special group in the Brambleton Center Teaching kitchen. The minimum number is 7 and the maximum is 10. You arrange the time and choose the menu from several options with our popular cooking instructor, Maxine Fraade. For information call 772-7529. Fee is $34 per person.

Family Cooking

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Yo u t h

Adult

Holiday Homemade Cookies

Make the perfect homemade gift-cookies! A variety of homemade cookies will be taught according to age level of class. This is sure to be a fun class complete with snacks and holiday music. Recipes, materials and instruction are all provided. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

$20

3-6

Dec 19

W

3:30pm-5:00pm

Green Ridge

21645

7-12

Dec 19

W

5:30pm-7:00pm

Green Ridge

21643

$20

13+

Dec 20

Th

5:30pm-7:30pm

Green Ridge

21644

$20

Gingerbread Houses

Enjoy a special family night to celebrate the holidays! Design and decorate a gingerbread house together. Everything will be provided along with a holiday snack, beverage, and holiday music. One registration for each gingerbread house you would like to create. Registration Deadline: December 13. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

All

Dec 17

M

5:30pm-7:00pm

Green Ridge

21635

$20

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY

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echnology classes shown on this page are taught in South County Library’s new state-of-the-art computer lab featuring 18 computers, SMARTBoard technology, and projection and sound system. All classes are taught by experienced instructors who also serve as library staff, which means that fine-tuning your knowledge doesn’t stop once the class ends. Staff is available by phone, email, chat, text, or visit to the library. South County Library is located in the heart of Cave Spring at 6303 Merriman Road, directly across from Penn Forest Elementary School. Registration will be taken online at RoanokeCountyParks.com, at recreation centers, or at South County Library.

Technology

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Adult

iPhone: A No Boundaries Smartphone Solution

You can do more with your iPhone than send or receive telephone calls and emails. This wildly popular smartphone is a high-powered computer. During this two-hour class, we’ll discover the world of the iPhone, including eBooks, free streaming music, Facebook, CardStar, TripAdvisor, and other useful apps. We’ll also talk about the benefits of Apple’s iCloud. Be sure to bring your iPhone to class! Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 8

Tu

1:30pm-3:30pm

SoCo Library

22114

$15

New!

iPad as a Life Tool

New!

Getting to the Root of Genealogy

Genealogical research has exploded in popularity as more information has become accessible online. During our first class, we’ll focus on making the most of the library version of Ancestry.com. In the second class we’ll try our hand at the popular Heritage Quest and other free genealogy websites. Bring a few names to research, including birth and death dates if you have them. A basic understanding of the Internet is required. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 17-24

Th

1:30pm-3:30pm

SoCo Library

22113

$40

So you’re the proud owner of a new or new-to-you iPad. Now you’re asking yourself, “What’s next?” Let us show you during this two-hour class. Not only will we cover the iPad’s many features, we’ll also help you personalize yours so it works best for you. After we have these basics out of the way, we’ll focus on the fun part — apps! We’ll show you how to find, download, and start using new apps, and then we’ll showcase a handful of popular and useful ones. Don’t forget to bring your iPad to class! Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 9

W

1:30pm-3:30pm

SoCo Library

22111

$15

New!

Mac 101

Apple’s Mac computers are quickly gaining popularity in businesses and households everywhere. If you have a friend, family member, or neighbor with a Mac — or perhaps you’re the proud new owner of a Mac product yourself — let us get you oriented through this two-hour introductory class. In addition to navigating your way around the desktop, we’ll show you how to personalize your Apple laptop or desktop, use the basics of the new Mountain Lion operating system, and explore the helpful and fun features unique to the Mac. This is an instructional class and is not hands-on, but please feel free to bring your own MacBook Air or MacBook Pro so we can answer any questions you may have.

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Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Fee

18+

Jan 15

Tu

6:30pm-8:30pm

SoCo Library

22115

$15

18+

Jan 16

W

10:00am-12:00pm

SoCo Library

22116

$15

Researching your family history has never been so easy! Find out how.

Personal Computers for Seniors

Those new to personal computers (PCs) will appreciate this finely focused course that teaches you about the basics in easy stages. During the first session, we’ll cover hardware, terminology, and using the mouse and keyboard. The next week we’ll step things up a bit and focus on the Internet, including choosing search engines and landing on the website you want, such as Amazon, MapQuest, and WebMD. Participants will leave the class with a fundamental knowledge of how a PC works and how to perform basic tasks. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Feb 4-5

M-Tu

1:30pm-3:30pm

SoCo Library

22112

$40

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY


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id you know that you can come to any Roanoke County Public Library to download free eBooks onto your iPad, Nook, Kindle, iPhone, or other digital device? Call 777-8782 for more information.

Photo & Video

A

Adult

IDigital Photos - Get to Know Your Settings

Count on the experts at the South County Library for the best technology instruction!

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 8

Tu

6:00pm-8:00pm

Brambleton

21642

$19

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Are you baffled by all those symbols and options on your digital camera? Ever wonder what white balance really means? Let us demystify the digital process for you. This class is open to beginners with a basic knowledge of their digital cameras. Participants should bring a digital camera and user’s manual to class. Instructor: Shannon Lugar.

Black & White Photography

Explore the aesthetic possibilities of black and white photography including camera handling, picture content and composition. Bring your own digital camera and manual. Class is appropriate for beginners as well as more experienced photographers. Instructor: Shannon Lugar.

Online Scan this code with your smart phone to go straight to online registration! Don’t know how? Take a class.

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Feb 9

Sa

10:00am-12:00pm

Brambleton

21641

$19

New!

Tips & Tricks for Shooting Video

Excel for Beginners

Excel has become a cornerstone program for the workplace, and you don’t want to be left behind. This course will get you up and running. Here you’ll learn about the Excel interface, entering and editing data, managing worksheets, basic formulas, autosum, sorting and filtering, and printing your final creation. A basic understanding of computers is necessary for this class. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Feb 4-11

M

6:30pm-8:30pm

SoCo Library

22108

$40

Ever wonder how you can get your home movies and videos to look more professional? Join us as we discuss setting up your camcorder, creating perfect lighting and tips including everything from saving your battery life, shooting in the dark and recording special events. We will be sure to discuss using the video function on your smart phone for on the go capture. Instructor: Shannon Lugar. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Fee

18+

Mar 12

Tu

6:00pm-8:00pm

Brambleton

22119

$19

Excel: The Next Step

In this course we’ll delve into some of Excel’s more popular and useful advanced features. These include the functions wizard (including a tutorial on VLOOKUP, INDEX, and MATCH functions for database lookups), charts, pivot tables, data validation, what-if analysis, and more. An understanding of Excel basics is necessary for this class. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Feb 18-25

M

6:30pm-8:30pm

SoCo Library

22109

$40

Making Word Work for You

Let’s take your knowledge of Microsoft Word up a notch or two, or even three! We’ll review the fundamentals of Word — creating, formatting, saving, and printing documents — then build on that foundation to more advanced skills, such as proofreading and research tools, keyboard shortcuts, and working with tables, graphics, and text boxes. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Mar 7-21

Th

1:30pm-3:30pm

SoCo Library

22110

$60

Shoot video like the pro! You don’t have to have a professional camera like this one to take great video. Today’s phones get pretty close to perfect HD quality already.

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY

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Home Life

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Adult

Concepts of Interior Design

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Nationally known Interior Designer, Randall Neely invites you to join him in experiencing the exciting world of design. Randall will instruct the art of Interior Architectural Detailing, floor plans, theory/application, furniture arrangement, color use and misuse, backgrounds, floor coverings, window finery and furniture styles. This informative class also includes a comprehensive interactive project which teaches the subtleties and nuances of true Interior Design. Nine week program. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 15-Mar 12

Tu

6:30pm-9:30pm

Brambleton

21204

$89

New!

Budgeting Basics

Have you ever wondered where all your money is going? Recieve an edge on life by learning about personal budgeting basics. A Certified Counselor from Money Management International will help you develope a personal budget and spending plan. All materials will be furnished. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 28

M

6:00pm-8:00pm

Craig Center

22019

$25

Home Improvement Series

Got some home improvement projects you want to tackle but just don’t know how to go about it? Join us at Green Ridge on Saturday mornings in the month of February to learn from the expert and gain the skills to do it yourself. In this series we will cover basic window installation, siding, roofing and guttering. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Feb 2-23

Sa

9:00am-11:00am

Green Ridge

22007

$30

Build the living room of your dreams, with advice from the experts.

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Lunch Around the Valley

Everyone is invited to meet at 11:30 AM for lunch on your own at a variety of area restaurants listed below. Please register by the Thursday before so reservations can be made. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

55+

Dec 18

Tu

11:30am-1:00pm

Parker’s Seafood

21237

$0

55+

Jan 28

M

11:30am-1:00pm

Golden Corral

21687

$0

55+

Feb 25

M

11:30am-1:00pm

Bellacino’s

21688

$0

55+

Mar 25

M

11:30am-1:00pm

Shaker’s

21689

$0

Driver’s Safety Program

Refresh your driving knowledge in this two session program presented by AARP. Fees: $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members paid to the instructor at the first session. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

55+

Mar 25-26

M-Tu

8:30am-12:30pm

Brambleton

21677

$12-14

Pot Luck Lunches

Join your friends for a social gathering and meal. Bring a covered dish to share. Bingo will be played after each lunch, so bring a gift to be used as a prize. Glenvar luncheons are held at the Living Well Church of the Nazarene, located in Salem. Mason’s Cove area luncheons are held at the Mason’s Cove firehouse.

Do it yourself! All you need is a little help from Roanoke County Parks.

New!

Cute Gifts for Baby

Create a super-cute Diaper Wreath and Onesies Cupcake Set for an upcoming baby shower. These gifts are fun to make and give a fun twist to the diaper/onesies gift that are popular on registries. Please bring four onesies that you would like to use as ‘cupcakes’. All other materials and instruction is included in the fee.

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Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Mar 14

Th

5:30pm-7:00pm

Green Ridge

22012

$20

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

55+

Dec 28

F

12:00pm-2:00pm

Living Well Ch

21233

$0

55+

Feb 22

F

12:00pm-2:00pm

Living Well Ch

21686

$0

55+

Mar 22

F

12:00pm-2:00pm

Living Well Ch

21683

$0

55+

Dec 13

Th

12:00pm-2:00pm

Mason Cv. Fire

21229

$0

55+

Feb 21

Th

12:00pm-2:00pm

Mason Cv. Fire

21679

$0

55+

Mar 21

Th

12:00pm-2:00pm

Mason Cv. Fire

21680

$0

Social Clubs

Did you know that the Brambleton Center offers several weekly clubs that are free and open to the public? Find out more by calling 772-7529. Widowed Persons Support Group - Third Saturdays Roanoke Valley Social & Craft Club - Third Fridays Social Service Club - Fourth Tuesdays Pokeeno - Every Wednesday Pinochle - Mondays and Fridays Canasta - Every Friday

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY


Recruit Training at Green Ridge

Aquatics

Water Survival

Roanoke County’s Police Department uses the unique features of Green Ridge Recreation Center to train new recruits.

By Teresa Hall

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reen Ridge Recreation Center is visited by people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities for a variety of reasons, one of which may surprise you. You may not know but Green Ridge is used by the Roanoke County Criminal Justice Academy for recruit training. The Academy utilizes the Center’s indoor and outdoor pools to teach future police officers the basics in water safety and rescue. The fact Green Ridge has a pool inside is of particular benefit to the Criminal Justice Academy because it provides recruit training year ‘round. Chances are few people - no matter their age - would want to train in an outdoor pool in 30 degree weather! Before the recruits begin training in the pool, they receive four hours of classroom training and are given a ResQue Me, a tool used to break glass and cut seatbelts in the event of an emergency. The pool itself is used to show the recruits how it feels to be in water in a full uniform including a gun belt and shoes. While in the water, they are also shown how to safely assist people who may be in distress. New recruit K. Myers says that training in such a unique environment challenges her to keep a level head under pressure. Says Myers, “I learned how you need to verbalize what you want the subject to do, and how important it is to keep your self calm, because if you are calm you can keep the victim calm.”

The lazy river, part of the indoor pool, is another benefit of using Green Ridge for water safety and rescue training. The current generated by the lazy river helps the recruits understand what it might be like to walk in a current. Green Ridge lifeguards also help with the onsite training by demonstrating some of the techniques used to aid in an emergency situation as well as how the recruits can protect their own safety during a rescue situation. Police academy participants train at locations throughout Roanoke County, including foot pursuit training at Green Hill and Walrond Parks, active shooter training at County elementary schools, and graduation at the South County Library. Sergeant Steve Short believes that training at a variety of locations helps build relationships between County departments, as well as providing valuable knowledge for recruits. “Future officers need to become more aware of what facilities are in the County, where they’re located, and what resources they have available in their own backyard.” Says Short, “Training at these locations also offers a chance to project a positive image of the police department to the public through friendly interactions with the citizens we’re charged to protect.” The Academy began using Green Ridge as a location to teach its water safety and rescue classes in July 2010 and it’s an arrangement that’s worked well for everyone involved.

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY

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Baby Drops

No need to wait! Start building your baby’s confidence and swimming readiness now. This is a fun opportunity for you and your child to explore the water and become adjusted together. Parents will learn basic water skills to keep their children safe and help them to love the water. Parental participation is required. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

6-18mo

Jan 15-Feb 7

6-18mo

Jan 19-Mar 9

Tu, Th

5:50pm-6:20pm

Green Ridge

21810

$43

Sa

10:45am-11:15am

Green Ridge

21811

6-18mo

Feb 19-Mar 14

$43

Tu, Th

5:50pm-6:20pm

Green Ridge

21812

$43

Join your child as they discover the world of water. Toddlers will experiment with arm and leg action, floating and going under water. A comfortable, fun, and engaging class which will keep your child wanting to come back even as they are learning about safety and swimming skills. Parental participation is required. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

19-36mo

Jan 15-Feb 7

Tu, Th

5:10pm-5:40pm

Green Ridge

21822

$43

19-36mo

Jan 19-Mar 9

Sa

9:20am-9:50am

Green Ridge

21824

$43

19-36mo

Feb 19-Mar 14

Tu, Th

5:10pm-5:40pm

Green Ridge

21823

$43

Little Splashes

Come enjoy swimming with your child as they unleash their love for water. Participants will be learning basic aquatic skills to build independence, confidence, and the foundation of swimming skills for years to come. While parental participation is required in this class, there will be some time of independent swimming to test your child’s readiness for the next level. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

3-4

Jan 15-Feb 7

3-4

Jan 19-Mar 9

Tu, Th

5:50pm-6:20pm

Green Ridge

21828

$43

Sa

10:45am-11:15am

Green Ridge

21830

$43

3-4

Feb 19-Mar 14

Tu, Th

5:50pm-6:20pm

Green Ridge

21829

$43

Big Ripples

Celebrate your child’s independence in the water. Children are encouraged to develop arm strokes, kicking, floating, and submerging independently. For this class, your child must be able to participate fully in class without a parent or care giver. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

4-5

Jan 15-Feb 7

Tu, Th

6:30pm-7:00pm

Green Ridge

21836

$43

4-5

Jan 19-Mar 9

Sa

10:00am-10:30am

Green Ridge

21834

$43

4-5

Jan 19-Mar 9

Sa

10:45am-11:15am

Green Ridge

21835

$43

4-5

Feb 19-Mar 14

Tu, Th

6:30pm-7:00pm

Green Ridge

21833

$43

Toddler Fun

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Aquatics

Tiny Bubbles

Green Ridge Recreation Center follows the guidelines of the American Red Cross Learn-toSwim, Preschool and Parent-Child swimming lesson programs. Red Cross standards help us maintain the quality, consistency and credibility of our Aquatics Program. Our facility provides a safe and fun learning environment utilizing certified water safety instructors. Each level is a progression through basic swimming skills and water safety. Students must be able to follow directions and to take turns in order to participate in group lessons. Classes may be offered as combination classes and/or cancelled due to lack of enrollment.

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Preschool Squirts

It’s fun to be a Preschool Squirt at the indoor pool at Green Ridge. Your preschooler will be involved in a mini swim-lesson, water play time, crafts and water safety instruction - all of which will emphasize water adjustment, water safety, basic swimming skills, and most of all, FUN! Children may be dropped off for class and will be under the care of Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructors the entire time. This program is open to children who are 3-5 years old and are potty trained. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

3-5 yrs

Feb 4-Mar 6

M, W

10:00am-11:30am

Green Ridge

21904

$60

New!

Nemo’s Challenge

Join Nemo, Dory, Bruce and Squirt as we journey through ‘the deep blue sea’. There will be aquatic games and water activities as we learn all there is to know about the ‘down under’. Instructors will utilize exciting and fun games to teach water adjustment and basic swimming skills. This program is designed for preschool age children who are comfortable in the water and are potty trained. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

3-5 yrs

Jan 12

Sa

9:30am-11:30am

Green Ridge

21931

$20

Tidal Waves

Jump in, float, and swim! Children get moving with their face in the water, arm strokes and kicking with freestyle and back stroke. They will also begin learning breathing patterns. Water safety is highly emphasized and discussed at every opportunity. Children move directly to Level 2 after completion of this course. Ages

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Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

4-5

Jan 15-Feb 7

Tu, Th

4-5

Jan 19-Mar 9

Sa

6:30pm-7:00pm

Green Ridge

21840

$43

10:00am-10:30am

Green Ridge

21842

$43

4-5

Feb 19-Mar 14

Tu, Th

6:30pm-7:00pm

Green Ridge

21841

$43

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY

Join your favorite characters from Disney’s Finding Nemo, in a new course designed for preschool age children.


Level IV Lessons

This is your chance to push yourself and really enhance your swimming skills. To participate in this class you must be able to jump into chest-deep water, swim front crawl for 15 yards with your face in the water and utilize a rhythmic breathing pattern. Focus at this level is on performing strokes efficiently to increase your endurance. Upon completion of this class participants will have been introduced to butterfly, sidestroke, breaststroke and turns on the wall. Ages

Work in small groups with a Red Cross certified instructor while you learn to swim.

Youth Lessons

Y

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

7-12

Jan 15-Feb 7

7-12

Jan 19-Mar 9

Tu, Th

5:10pm-5:50pm

Green Ridge

21866

$58

Sa

10:00am-10:40am

Green Ridge

21868

$58

7-12

Feb 19-Mar 14

Tu, Th

5:10pm-5:50pm

Green Ridge

21867

$58

Stroke Refinement

Yo u t h

Let’s have fun learning to swim! This is a class for the older beginning swimmer to become comfortable and confident in the water. Participants will learn beginning swimming strokes, breath holding, floating, and kicking, all of which will help to keep them safe. Games and activities will help teach them to enjoy and become adjusted to the water. In addition, they will participate in a safety lesson each week that will encourage them to be safe around all aquatic environments. Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

5-12

Jan 15-Feb 7

Tu, Th

6:00pm-6:40pm

Green Ridge

21845

$58

5-12

Jan 19-Mar 9

Sa

9:10am-9:50am

Green Ridge

21847

$58

5-12

Feb 19-Mar 14

Tu, Th

6:00pm-6:40pm

Green Ridge

21846

$58

Complete your swimming journey by taking this final class. Here you will refine all your strokes so that maximum efficiency and coordination is accomplished and you are more at ease with your swimming skills. Longer distances will not seem so challenging as your endurance increases. Flip turns are also introduced at this level. Must be able to swim front crawl and back crawl for 25 yds. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

7-18

Jan 15-Feb 7

Tu, Th

6:00pm-6:45pm

Green Ridge

21871

$63

7-18

Jan 19-Mar 9

Sa

10:00am-10:45am

Green Ridge

21872

$63

7-18

Feb 19-Mar 14

Tu, Th

6:00pm-6:45pm

Green Ridge

21873

$63

Aquatics

Level I Lessons

Ages

Date

Level II Lessons

Be ready to reach and exceed your expectations! Participants will become more confident and adjusted to placing their face in the water. Emphasis in this class is on learning to float without support, alternating arms and leg actions on front and back along with breathing patterns. Fun and safety are not forgotten either! Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

7-11

Jan 15-Feb 7

7-11

Jan 19-Mar 9

Tu, Th

5:10pm-5:50pm

Green Ridge

21850

$58

Sa

10:00am-10:40am

Green Ridge

21852

$58

7-11

Jan 19-Mar 9

Sa

9:10am-9:50am

Green Ridge

21856

$58

7-11

Jan 15-Feb 7

Tu, Th

6:00pm-6:40pm

Green Ridge

21853

$58

7-11

Feb 19-Mar 14

Tu, Th

6:00pm-6:40pm

Green Ridge

21854

$58

7-11

Feb 19-Mar 14

Tu, Th

5:10pm-5:50pm

Green Ridge

21851

$58

Level III Lessons

Now you’re really a swimmer! At this level, the swimmer should be very confident and comfortable in the water. They must be able to float on their back, rollover, and perform front float prior to the start of this class. Emphasis on coordination of breathing, arm strokes, and kicking in front crawl and back crawl. Dolphin kick, scissor kick and elementary backstroke are also introduced. Safety lessons become more in depth and cover more topics. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

7-12

Jan 15-Feb 7

Tu, Th

5:10pm-5:50pm

Green Ridge

21861

$58

7-12

Jan 19-Mar 9

Sa

10:00am-10:40am

Green Ridge

7-12

Feb 19-Mar 14

Tu, Th

5:10pm-5:50pm

Green Ridge

21863

$58

Is your child ready for a friendly competition? Water wars is the ultimate aquatic adventure!

Youth Fun

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Yo u t h

New!

Water Wars

Got swimming skills? Put them to the test and participate in a water scavenger hunt, tag games, underwater tic-tac-toe and water hole! This is the ultimate aquatic adventure and more. Test your strength, coordination and reasoning skills all while enjoying our indoor pool and having a blast. This program is designed for students who are able to swim independently. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

6-13

Mar 16

Sa

9:30am-11:30am

Green Ridge

21930

$20

$58

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY

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Adult Aquatics

A

Adult

New!

Aquatic Tai Chi

Connect mind and body by blending the flowing moves of Tai Chi with the properties of water in our heated indoor pool. Improve mental focus, posture, balance and coordination, flexibility and strength. All abilities welcome. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 11-Mar 15

F

8:00am-8:45am

Green Ridge

21927

$35

Aquatics

Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program

Do you have trouble moving or have pain in your joints? Try the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program! The warmth and buoyancy properties of the water will help decrease pain and stiffness in joints while improving your range of motion. Stretching is a key component to gaining increased quality of life. Program exercises are designed specifically for people with arthritis and related diseases. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 7-Mar 13

M, W

10:00am-10:45am

Green Ridge

21908

$70

18+

Jan 11-Mar 15

F

10:00am-10:45am

Green Ridge

21909

$35

Hydro Fit

This medium intensity class is a total body workout which includes intervals of short cardio bursts and strength training exercises. Develop your flexibility, core strength and endurance. A variety of water fitness equipment will be utilized. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 7-Mar 13

M, W

9:00am-10:00am

Green Ridge

21914

$70

18+

Jan 11-Mar 15

F

9:00am-10:00am

Green Ridge

21915

$35

Wave Walker / Runner

This class uses the river current to build cardiovascular endurance. Hand buoys are provided to increase upper body strength. Students are given modification options for their ability level. Water shoes are recommended. Challenge yourself to go against the flow! Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 8-Mar 14

Tu, Th

8:00am-8:50am

Green Ridge

21916

$70

Aquatics instructor Susan Kraughto leads an exercise program at Green Ridge.

Adult Swimming Lessons

It’s never too late to learn how to swim! An introductory water program designed for adults or teens that may be fearful about participation in water activities or may need assistance developing their basic swimming skills. We have a comfortable, nonthreatening environment and patient instructors to help participants reach their full potential. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 15-Feb 7

Tu, Th

6:00pm-6:45pm

Green Ridge

21881

$63

18+

Jan 19-Mar 9

Sa

10:45am-11:30am

Green Ridge

21882

$63

18+

Feb 19-Mar 14

Tu, Th

6:00pm-6:45pm

Green Ridge

21883

$63

Adult Stroke Technique

Jump in and take this opportunity to increase your swimming efficiency and gain confidence by improving your stroke technique, breathing pattern, and endurance. We welcome all levels of fitness, from those who are looking to improve their basic strokes, through the triathlete. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 15-Feb 7

Tu, Th

6:00pm-6:45pm

Green Ridge

21876

$63

18+

Jan 19-Mar 9

Sa

10:45am-11:30am

Green Ridge

21878

$63

18+

Feb 19-Mar 14

Tu, Th

6:00pm-6:45pm

Green Ridge

21877

$63

Beth’s Story: Two years ago Beth Rossi underwent surgeries in her knees and ankles. Her doctors recommended water aerobics. Not only did Beth regain the mobility in her knees, she surpassed all of her doctor’s expectations. Beth says best part about water aerobics is that you work at your own pace. At Green Ridge, participants work together to keep each other going. According to Beth, “You get taken away for an hour. Your step and gate is rejuvenated. The class gives me an hour of personal time and gets me ready for the day.” No matter your level of fitness, we’ve got an aquatic program to meet your needs.

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Ellis Lifeguard Training

Be a part of the aquatics team! This intensive training teaches high protection standards for guests from catastrophic injury or drowning. This program gives lifeguards the skills and technical knowledge to become an effective member of an aquatics emergency response team. Upon completion of course, participants are eligible for employment at the Green Ridge indoor pool. Prerequisite: Must be 15 years old and be able to swim 100 yds, retrieve a brick from a depth of 8 ft. and tread water for a minute. Classes are Wed-Fri 4pm-9pm, Sat-Sun. 8am-1pm. (April 2nd5th class will be Tues-Wed 8am-4pm, Thurs-Fri. 8am-1pm) Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

15+

Feb 6-10

Various

Various

Green Ridge

21918

$240

15+

Mar 6-10

Various

Various

Green Ridge

21919

$240

15+

Apr 2-5

Various

Various

Green Ridge

21920

$240

15+

Apr 17-21

Various

Various

Green Ridge

21921

$240

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Tuesday, February 12 5:00pm to 7:00pm 6 months to adult

Pre-registration is required by calling 777-6303. Spaces are limited.

Interested in becoming a certified Water Exercise instructor? The United States Water Fitness Association will be holding a national testing day at Green Ridge. Pre-Registration is required by calling USWFA at (561)732-9908. Register early! Course materials will be mailed directly to you. Materials include training manual, study guide, and pre-test to begin your training program. On testing day there will be a written test, participation in workshop, and participants will teach a water exercise lesson. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Fee

18+

Feb 10

Su

9:00am-5:00pm

Green Ridge

CALL

Aquatics

New!

Water Exercise Training

Private & Homeschool Private & Semi-Private Lessons

A certified swim instructor will develop a program that meets the goals and swim lesson needs of each individual. Days and times are flexible to accommodate your schedule. Semi-private lessons are for two-to-three individuals at once. Please form groups of similar ages and/or ability levels. Register by calling 777-6303. Ages

Lesson Type

Quantity

Duration

Fee

All

Private

5

30 minutes

$75

All

Private

10

30 minutes

$140

All

Semi-private

5

30 minutes

$45 per person

All

Semi-private

10

30 minutes

$80 per person

Homeschool Lessons

Join our home-school classes at a new time and have your child’s PE class at the pool, now at a new more convenient time. Although the levels have been combined, they will contain all the skills from each level so that the participants will gain an all around good swimming introduction. They will all contain a safety component and will work on skills from the beginner swimmer through a more advanced swimmer. It’s easy to become a fitness instructor. Simply take the training course on February 12.

Special Needs

New!

Adaptive Swimming Lessons

Have a child with a disability who loves the water, but does not know how to swim? This is the perfect class! The lessons will include water safety, motor function, breathing and water acclimation in a fun, safe environment tailored to your child’s needs. Class size is limited to be sure all swimmers are able to stay engaged and get the most from each lesson. Please contact Jim Moshier at 777-6302 or Kari Decker at 777-6357. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

All

Feb 6-Mar 13

W

6:00pm-6:40pm

Green Ridge

21932

$58

Ages

Level

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

3-5

Pre

Jan 15-Feb 7

Tu, Th

1:20pm-1:50pm

Green Ridge

21898

$43

3-5

Pre

Feb 19-Mar 14

Tu, Th

1:20pm-1:50pm

Green Ridge

21899

$43

5-12

1&2

Jan 15-Feb 7

Tu, Th

1:20pm-2:00pm

Green Ridge

21886

$58

5-12

1&2

Feb 19-Mar 14

Tu, Th

12:40pm-1:20pm

Green Ridge

21887

$58

5-12

3&4

Jan 15-Feb 7

Tu, Th

1:20pm-2:00pm

Green Ridge

21895

$58

5-12

3&4

Feb 19-Mar 14

Tu, Th

1:20pm-2:00pm

Green Ridge

21896

$58

Bring Your Own Swim Group

New!

Bring your own swimming group! Having a hard time finding a group lesson that works for your family’s busy schedule? If you have four or more people, we are happy to find an instructor and a time during our morning pool hours so that you can have your swim lesson at your convenience. Gather four or more of your friends together and call 777-6303 to set up your personal group lesson.

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY

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Healthy Travel Tips

Don’t Let Holiday Plans Unravel Your Health Wellness

By Laura Markowski, of Carilion Clinic

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ith the holiday season in full swing, many of us may find ourselves traveling to visit family and friends. While it may be a busy time of year, it’s important to not let our health take a backseat. Whether you’re taking a trip by plane, train, car, or bus, you can eat healthy while on the go. The most important thing to remember is to plan ahead. By taking extra time before a trip to think about your family’s nutrition, you can make the whole trip a more pleasant and healthy experience. But before thinking about what kinds of healthy items to pack, make sure you get a good night’s sleep. “Getting plenty of rest the week before a trip can keep you alert and oriented,” Amanda Gilley of Carilion Clinic Nutrition Services, said. “Feeling rested can also help you from feeling excessively hungry, which can prevent excessive snacking.” Along with getting a good night’s sleep before a trip, make sure you allow enough time for breakfast before rushing out the door. This can help with the temptation to grab a large coffee or sugary pastry while on the go. Snacking while traveling can be easy. When you’re stuck in the car for several hours or waiting for a flight, boredom can kick in and many people fill that time by oversnacking. “Again, here’s where planning ahead can help,” Gilley said. “Plan activities like reading a book or playing a card game. If you’re driving, make sure you have a variety of CDs or an audio book to listen to. These can help keep you occupied instead of passing time by eating.” When it does come to snacking, there are healthy options. “Trail mixes are a great option, but portion control is key,” Gilley said. “If you don’t have time to make your own, you can buy trail mix at most grocery stores, but think about adding dried fruit for an extra boost of nutrition. As far as portion size, a quarter cup scooped into a plastic sandwich bag is an appropriate amount.” Fresh fruit and veggies are also great options not just for adults but also for kids. Pack apple slices, baby carrots, sliced peppers, or cherry tomatoes, along with packets of salad dressing or a quarter cup or peanut butter for dipping. A small bag of popcorn can also be a good snack. Remember, these snacks aren’t just for road trips. Food is allowed through security at airports, so take advantage of it!

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Don’t just rely on what’s sold in the airport, which are often overpriced and lacking nutrients. “Proteins are important as well,” Gilley said. “Roll up a piece of cheese in a piece of lunch meat, add a little mustard, and you’ve got a great snack. Feel free to add spinach, lettuce, chopped onions, or tomatoes for even more nutrients.”If you can’t pack a cooler ahead of time for a road trip, there are healthy options at convenience stories or fast food restaurants. You just have to choose wisely. “Many convenience stores offer salads, hardboiled eggs—which are a great source of protein—and fresh fruit or veggies,” Gilley said. “And if your kids are asking to stop at a fast-food restaurant don’t fret! Most of these restaurants now offer healthy choices like milk and apple slices.” And nutrition isn’t just about food. Remember to stay hydrated. While you may be worried about having to take extra bathroom breaks, staying hydrated can help keep you attentive and your appetite under control. “Water is the best choice for both adults and kids,” Gilley said. “But for those early morning trips, a small cup of coffee can help sleepy travelers perk up!” So, whether you’re hitting the road or flying the so-called “friendly skies” this holiday season, make sure you are keeping your nutrition a top priority. It will not only help you feel better, it’ll also help your wallet, which can make us all a little merrier over the holidays. For more health and wellness information, visit CarilionClinic.org. .


Senior Health

55+ Ov

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Medicare Decisions Made Easy

You have been told that you are eligible for Medicare, but what does that really mean? This educational presentation will help you understand the Medicare program and what you need to do to make the right decisions for yourself regarding your medical and prescription drug needs. Presenter: Lynn Atkinson. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

55+

Jan 12

Sa

10:00am-11:00am

Brambleton

22067

$0

55+

Feb 9

Sa

10:00am-11:00am

Brambleton

22068

$0

55+

Mar 9

Sa

10:00am-11:00am

Brambleton

22069

$0

Healthy Living

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Adult

Baby Bump Wellness

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 24-Feb 28

Th

6:30pm-7:30pm

Green Ridge

21907

$42

Meditation

Learn how meditation can help you relax, quiet the mind and body and provide tools that help you gain greater focus. Emphasis will be on breathing techniques as well as methods to calm the mind and turn off the daily stress we all face. Meditation is simple and easy to learn and the benefits are immediate and long lasting. Four week program. Instructor: Angie Kayte. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 7-28

M

6:30pm-7:30pm

Brambleton

21617

$30

Managing Menopause Series

Join us for one or all of the workshops within the series. You will find easy solutions to increase energy, eliminate irritation attacks, and decrease night sweats. This series also provides simple solutions to re-gain control over emotions, lose the belly weight, and finally get some beauty rest. You will learn relaxation techniques, triggers to avoid, and natural remedies to control Menopause moments. Instructor: Laura Gentile, Certified Holistic Life Coach. Ages

Topic

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Manage Hot Flashes

Jan 17

Th

6:30pm-8pm

Green Ridge

21902

$10

18+

Reduce Anxiety Attacks

Jan 24

Th

6:30pm-8pm

Green Ridge

22077

$10

18+

Reduce Irritation

Jan 31

Th

6:30pm-8pm

Green Ridge

22078

$10

18+

Lose the Muffin Top

Feb 7

Th

6:30pm-8pm

Green Ridge

22079

$10

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Group Exercise

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Not sure which workout is right for you? Check the intensity scale to help decide if you’re up to the challenge.

Adult

Low Intensity

Medium Intensity

High Intensity

Zumba

It’s Hot! It’s Latin! It’s Zumba (pronounced ZOOM-buh)! Zumba is a style of intense dance-aerobics workout with pulsating Latin music. Get lost in the music and dancing while making exercise fun. This class focuses on dance steps and ab work while dancing! Exercise experts say Zumba can offer a good cardio workout. Instructors: Mellisa May at Brambleton; Sally Payne at Craig Center. Ten week program. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 7-Mar 18

M

6:45pm-7:45pm

Craig Center

21933

$46

18+

Jan 8-Mar 12

Tu

5:30pm-6:30pm

Brambleton

21934

$46

Zumba Toning

The Zumba Toning Program utilizes an innovative muscle training protocol with the addition of lightweight toning sticks or dumbbells. Created to emphasize muscle work along with rhythms, this combination of cardio and resistive exercise is an effective use of progressive light weight training to improve overall performance. Eight week program. Instructor: Ginger Tanks.

Wellness

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 7-Feb 25

M

6:30pm-7:30pm

Brambleton

21807

$37

18+

Mar 11-Apr 29

M

6:30pm-7:30pm

Brambleton

21808

$37

New!

Zumba Sentao

This class is the newest Zumba Fitness format that transforms a chair into a sizzling dance partner. Enjoy the great high energy Zumba music but with less dance. The class is designed to compliment a regular Zumba class by adding more resistance training to strengthen your core, burn calories and sculpt muscles. Fees vary according to course length. Instructor: Maka Price. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 3-Feb 7

Th

7:40am-8:40am

Brambleton

22008

$32

18+

Feb 21-Mar 21

Th

7:40am-8:40am

Brambleton

22009

$27

New!

R.I.P.P.E.D

The One Stop Body Shock! Experience this total body “plateau proof fitness formula” workout, utilizing resistance and cardio training, which masterfully combines resistance, intervals, power, Ppyometrics and endurance as the workout portion along with diet suggestions to help you attain and maintain your physique in ways that are fun, safe, doable and extremely effective. Check out www.rippedusa.com for more information. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

18+

Jan 16-Feb 20

W

5:30pm-6:30pm

Green Ridge

22085

18+

Jan 17-Feb 14

Th

9:30am-10:30am

Green Ridge

22087

New!$40 $40

18+

Feb 27-Apr 23

W

5:30pm-6:30pm

Green Ridge

22086

$40

18_

Feb 28-Apr 4

Th

9:30am-10:30am

Green Ridge

22088

$40

New!

Piloxing

PILOXING is an exciting, new inter-disciplinary program that is attracting die hard followers including Hollywood celebrities and international stars. PILOXING uniquely mixes Pilates and boxing moves into a fat torching, muscle sculpting, core-centric interval workout, guaranteed to whip you into shape, using a class format that’s both fun and challenging. PILOXING blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the beautiful sculpting and flexibility of Pilates. In addition to Pilates and boxing movements, the exercise incorporates the use of weighted gloves which adds to the workout by toning the arms and maximizing cardiovascular health. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 14-Feb 18

M

6:30pm-7:30pm

Green Ridge

22094

$40

Total Body Workout

Increase your energy level, lose body fat, strengthen, sculpt and tone your muscles, and improve your cardio fitness with this class. Instructor: Anthony Bryant. Fees based on course length. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 7-Feb 25

M

5:30pm-6:30pm

Brambleton

21629

$35

18+

Mar 4-25

M

5:30pm-6:30pm

Brambleton

21631

$18

Primal Power

Train your inner beast! Combines functional strength movements with explosive athletic power. Develop speed and agility using battle ropes, tires, sledge hammers, agility ladders, and oh so much more. This class is designed for the already conditioned gym goer wanting to take it to the next level. Participants should expect to be outdoors. You will be backed in the corner; be prepared to fight!!! Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 7-Feb 27

M, W

5:30pm-6:30pm

Green Ridge

21901

$65

18+

Mar 4-Apr 24

M, W

5:30pm-6:30pm

Green Ridge

22089

$65

Piloxing is an exciting new way to stay fit, just like your favorite Hollywood stars.

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Fee

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Hula / Tahitian Fitness

Inspired by the dances of the Pacific Islands, Hula and Tahitian fitness class breaks down the elements of the various movements and then combines them into a routine. Participants learn a complete dance over a period of weeks, then a new one is introduced. Appropriate dances are taught to strengthen basics and hand movements. It provides a total body workout in 60 minutes. This class isolates your larger muscle groups, increasing strength and definition to your core with specific emphasis on the abs, glutes, quads and arms. Appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. Bare feet are preferred for the workout. Fees vary according to course length. Instructor: Maka Price. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 3-Feb 7

Th

6:30pm-7:30pm

Brambleton

21994

$32

18+

Jan 8-Feb 12

Tu

6:30pm-7:30pm

Brambleton

21992

$32

18+

Feb 26-Mar 26

Tu

6:30pm-7:30pm

Brambleton

21993

$27

18+

Feb 21-Mar 21

Th

6:30pm-7:30pm

Brambleton

21995

$27

Women’s Boot Camp

The fastest way to get your body in shape! This six-week program combines cardio, strength, high intensity interval training, and plyometrics to give you amazing results! Come prepared to work hard, and break a sweat! Hurry and sign-up as class fills up quick! Six week program. Instructor: Amy Light. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Dec 18-Feb 5

Tu, F

12:00pm-1:00pm

Brambleton

21666

$40

18+

Feb 12-Mar 22

Tu, F

12:00pm-1:00pm

Brambleton

21667

$40

Women’s Extreme Bootcamp

Are you ready to achieve extraordinary results??? If so, then this class is for you! This six-week program combines cardio, strength, high intensity interval training, and plyometrics to help you transform your body. Come prepared to work hard, and leave the excuses at the door in this class! Instructor: Tiffany Stacy. Workout gloves required. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 8-Feb 14

Tu, Th

5:30pm-6:30pm

Green Ridge

21906

$40

18+

Feb 26-Apr 4

Tu, Th

5:30pm-6:30pm

Green Ridge

22030

$40

18+

Apr 16-May 23

Tu, Th

5:30pm-6:30pm

Green Ridge

22031

$40

Build Your Own Workout

Socialization is an important motivating factor to help you keep up that workout and take off the pounds.

Jazzercise

This popular dance fitness program is a fun, high energy class geared to all ages and fitness levels. Get a great workout using today’s hit music. Ten week program. Instructor: Cindy Bryan. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 3-Mar 7

Th

6:30pm-7:30pm

Life Academy

22062

$40

18+

Jan 8-Mar 12

Tu

6:30pm-7:30pm

Life Academy

22063

$40

18+

Jan 26-Apr 13

Sa

10:00am-11:00am

Brambleton

21661

$40

18+

Feb 11-Apr 15

M

5:30pm-6:30pm

Brambleton

21657

$40

18+

Feb 22-Apr 26

F

5:30pm-6:30pm

Brambleton

21658

$40

18+

Mar 19-May 21

Tu

6:30pm-7:30pm

Life Academy

22064

$40

18+

Mar 14-May 16

Th

6:30pm-7:30pm

Life Academy

22065

$40

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 21-Feb 25

M

6:35pm-7:35pm

Brambleton

21633

$59

Wellness

Working with a personal trainer with over 20 years of experience, you will learn the basics of working out. This includes strength, cardiovascular and flexibility training. You will be assisted in designing your own workout program catered to your individual fitness needs. You’ll also learn proper techniques on most major exercises so you can use them when planning your own personal workout. Six week program. Instructor: Anthony Bryant.

Jazzersculpt

This class is the Jazzercise version of toning and strengthening, focusing on endurance and flexibility. You will use hand weights and do some mat work to get yourself in shape. Ten week program. Instructor: Cindy Bryan. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

18+

Feb 20-Apr 24

W

6:30pm-7:30pm

Brambleton

Course #

Fee

$40

UNLIMITED! Sign up for unlimited Jazzercise and Jazzersculpt classes for just $99. Brambleton Center classes with Cindy Bryan ONLY. Register online using course #21664, or call 772-7529 to get this special rate.

Not ready to commit to a personal trainer? Start out with a workout at Green Ridge or Brambleton Center!

AFAA Primary Group Exercise Certification

This course is a review of AFAA’s Basic Exercise Standards and Guidelines, anatomy, exercise science, exercise evaluation and exam criteria. The program format includes practical application of group exercise, study guide overview and question and answer sessions. The day concludes with written and practical exams. Current CPR certification is required before certification is issued. Contact AFAA at (800) 923-2346. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Fee

18+

Apr 20

Sa

9:00am-6:00pm

Brambleton

CALL

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Gentle Group Ex

A

Adult

Barre Exercise

This low impact, extraordinarily effective program firms, lengthens, and shapes muscles to their optimal form! We start with warm-up exercises and stretches, then we use light hand weights for toning the upper body, followed by highly effective deep tissue concentrated exercises to work the thighs and seat. We will finish with some ab targeting mat work. You will feel new strength, increased flexibility, and become more graceful. Popular throughout the country, the barre workout has evolved over the years from the Lotte Berk Method and Callanetics. Six week program. Instructors: Annelise Egan (GR) or Amy Light (BC). Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 3-Feb 7

Th

5:30pm-6:30pm

Green Ridge

21926

$35

18+

Jan 7-Feb 15

M, F

10:30am-11:30am

Brambleton

21650

$66

18+

Jan 7-Feb 14

M, Th

12:00pm-1:00pm

Brambleton

21648

$66

18+

Jan 8-Feb 13

Tu-W

5:30pm-6:30pm

Brambleton

21652

$66

18+

Feb 14-Mar 21

Th

5:30pm-6:30pm

Green Ridge

22091

$35

18+

Feb 18-Mar 28

M, Th

12:00pm-1:00pm

Brambleton

21649

$66

18+

Feb 18-Mar 29

M, F

10:30am-11:30am

Brambleton

21651

$66

18+

Feb 19-Mar 27

Tu-W

5:30pm-6:30pm

Brambleton

21653

$66

Wellness

Body Recall

A safe, tested program of gentle exercise and movement, Body Recall has something to offer adults of all ages. It’s slow movements help circulation without threatening the heart, generating energy without sweating. Body Recall is designed to improve strength, flexibility and balance. The sitting, standing and floor movements in Body Recall work to enhance body function without injury. Many exercises are done from a sitting position in a chair. Ten week program. Instructor: Norma Silvius. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

30+

Jan 4-Mar 13

30+

Jan 4-Mar 13

F, M, W

9:30am-10:30am

Brambleton

21654

$60

F, M, W

10:40am-11:40am

Brambleton

21655

$60

Not sure which workout is right for you? Check the intensity scale to help decide if you’re up to the challenge.

Low Intensity

Medium Intensity

High Intensity

Grace and Gusto

Feeling hunched over, tight and a little toxic? Then this class is for you. This 60 minute barefoot workout blends the best of Pilates, Yoga and Dance for a total body workout that is congruent with nature, Grace and Gusto is 30 minutes of gentle cardio, followed by 10 minutes of core work, 10 minutes of Barre work and ends with 10 minutes of restorative relaxation. Eight week class. Instructor: Amy Light. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 9-Feb 27

W

11:30am-12:30pm

Brambleton

21656

$44

Low Impact Aerobics

This low impact class is designed for all levels of fitness. The benefits of this program include improved stamina, cardiovascular health, strengthening and toning of the upper and lower body muscles. Fees for sessions already in progress will be prorated. Ten week program. Instructor: Jane Powell. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Feb 19-Apr 25

Tu, Th

5:30pm-6:30pm

Brambleton

21646

$49

Nia

Try one of the most innovative and safe cardiovascular programs around. It lets you bop to the beat without jarring your joints and is a great workout for men and women of all ages and fitness levels. It will pump your heart, lubricate your joints, release tension and enhance your balance. Nia uses gentle yet powerful movements that blend dance with martial arts, yoga and other techniques. Eight week program. Instructor: Laura Pole. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 7-Mar 4

M

5:30pm-6:30pm

Brambleton

21559

$39

Zumba Gold

This program brings the excitement of the popular Latin danceexercise program to beginner or older adult participants. Created to emphasize the basic steps of ZUMBA, this explosive program is so easy to follow that everyone of all ages can do it. Instructor: Ann Lavery. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 7-Feb 13

M W

4:30pm-5:30pm 4:00pm-5:00pm

Green Ridge

21905

$46

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) is a group, recreational exercise program designed specifically for people with arthritis and related diseases. The program uses gentle activities to help increase joint flexibility and range of motion, to maintain muscle strength, and to increase overall stamina. Instructor: Susan Kraughto.

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Improve your strength and flexibility without straining muscles. Find out how in a group exercise class.

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 8-Feb 28

Tu, Th

9:00am-9:45am

Green Ridge

21923

$40

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Yoga & Pilates

A

Adult

Beginning Yoga

This is a gentle form of Yoga to encourage flexibility and strength in your body and confidence in yourself. This class is appropriate for new and continuing students. Bring a blanket to class. Instructor for Wednesday class is Norma Silvius, instructor for Saturday class is Amy Light. Eight week program for first session classes; four week program for second session Wednesday class. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 2-Feb 20

W

5:30pm-6:30pm

Brambleton

21601

$44

18+

Jan 12-Mar 2

Sa

9:00am-10:00am

Brambleton

21600

$44

18+

Mar 6-27

W

5:30pm-6:30pm

Brambleton

21602

$22

Hatha Yoga

Great health, a clear mind, boundless energy and a positive spirit can be yours when you discover Hatha Yoga. Floor poses build upper body strength while standing poses increase hamstring, quadricep, and abdominal strength which is critical for people of all ages. Wear comfortable loose clothing, expect to be barefooted and bring a blanket, and yoga mat. Fees vary according to course length. Instructor: Trudi Mardian. Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 9-Feb 27

W

6:00pm-7:00pm

Walrond Park

21627

$60

18+

Mar 6-27

W

6:00pm-7:00pm

Walrond Park

21628

$30

Yoga

Beginners and intermediates benefit in flexibility, posture, and balance. Wear loose, comfortable clothes and enjoy the many benefits of yoga. Fees vary according to course length. Instructor: Trudi Mardian. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 3-Feb 21

Th

6:00pm-7:00pm

Brambleton

21625

$41

18+

Jan 7-Feb 25

M

6:00pm-7:00pm

Brambleton

21621

$41

18+

Jan 7-Feb 25

M

7:05pm-8:05pm

Brambleton

21622

$41

18+

Mar 4-25

M

6:00pm-7:00pm

Brambleton

21623

$21

18+

Mar 4-25

M

7:05pm-8:05pm

Brambleton

21624

$21

18+

Feb 28-Mar 21

Th

6:00pm-7:00pm

Brambleton

21626

$21

Gentle, Flowing, Restorative Yoga

Are you interested in learning about Yoga but don’t know where to began? This class combines a variety of forms including Osteo, Restorative, and Hatha Yoga to allow your body to stretch with a flowing movement and ease. This is an excellent class for those starting out in Yoga or for those who enjoy a slower, gentler, stretch. Fees vary according to course length. Instructor: Trudi Mardian.

Center your mind and body with yoga and pilates classes from Roanoke County.

Yogilates

A mix of elements from yoga and pilates is used to create a workout that relieves stress, helps to gain coordination and balance, lose weight, and relax all at the same time. Eight week program. Instructor: Amy Light. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 9-Feb 27

W

10:15am-11:15am

Brambleton

21603

$44

18+

Mar 6-Apr 24

W

10:15am-11:15am

Brambleton

21604

$44

Wellness

Ages

Fundamental Pilates Mat Work

Condition your total body by combining flexibility and strength techniques, using both Eastern and Western methods. Pilates increases physical and mental strength, improves posture, promotes ease of movement and boosts the immune system. It reduces stress, fatigue and assists in a good night’s sleep. Ten week program. Instructor: Sondy M. Shiplett. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 24-Mar 28

Th

5:30pm-6:30pm

Brambleton

21675

$40

Pilates Intermediate

This class concentrates on lengthening and strengthening the body with emphasis on your core muscles and stability. Some Pilates experience is strongly recommended. Ten week program. Instructor: Sondy M. Shiplett.

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 3-Feb 21

Th

10:30am-11:30am

Brambleton

21607

$41

18+

Jan 24-Mar 28

Th

6:35pm-7:35pm

Brambleton

21676

$40

18+

Jan 3-Feb 21

Th

7:05pm-8:05pm

Brambleton

21605

$41

18+

Feb 28-Apr 18

Th

10:30am-11:30am

Brambleton

21608

$41

18+

Feb 28-Mar 21

Th

7:05pm-8:05pm

Brambleton

21606

$21

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Martial Arts

A

Adult

Aikido

A Japanese martial art teaching self defense using efficient body movements, not strength, to redirect the force of an attack and diffusing it. Increase awareness, flexibility, and balance. Train your body and mind with movement, breathing, and meditative exercise helping you learn principals that are practical for self defense as well as daily life. Instructor: Eric Goodbar and Devin Hamden. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 5-Apr 27

Sa

9:30am-11:30am

Brambleton

21584

$35

18+

Jan 10-May 2

Th

6:45pm-8:45pm

Brambleton

21585

$35

18+

Jan 7-Apr 29

M

6:30pm-8:30pm

Green Ridge

21463

$35

Wellness

T’ai Chi

T’ai Chi Chaun can be described as an exercise consisting of slow, relaxed movements that help us develop internal and external balance and harmony. The moves are practiced in a slow controlled fashion that builds strength as well as balance. T’ai Chi Chaun requires mindful concentration similar to meditation. The slow rhythmic movements relax the body and clear the mind. The movements are done with a feeling of buoyancy and lightness as if swimming in air. Another important aspect is the positive effect it has on circulation and stimulating blood flow to the organs. Six week program. Instructor: Denis Spencer Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 7-Feb 11

M

11:15am-12:15pm

Green Ridge

22028

$42

18+

Jan 16-Feb 20

W

10:00am-11:00am

Brambleton

21938

$42

18+

Jan 16-Feb 20

W

5:30pm-6:30pm

Brambleton

21939

$42

Our judo classes feature family training for both youth and adults ages 12+.

Judo

Judo is a system of self-defense; a physical and mental discipline that was first contested at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964. Judo is one of the best sports for boys and girls not only to develop self-confidence but as a sport that teaches skills that are transferable to all other sports. This course will be taught by current Olympic National coach Tarek Monier. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

12+

Jan 17-Mar 7

Th

7:45pm-8:30pm

Green Ridge

22129

$33

Personal Training Special Offer Give the gift of better health to yourself or a loved one. Now through December 31, get your first THREE personal training sessions for 50% off when you pay with a Recreation Gift Card. Gift cards are available in any denomination, reloadable, and useable for any Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism program. Get yours at the Brambleton Center or Green Ridge front desk. Linda Foster’s Story I started at the gym as a middle aged novice after a physician's recommendation having not set foot in a gym or exercise class since high school 30 years before. I was over weight, suffered from chronic knee pain, and out of shape. Over the past six months, I've lost almost 30 pounds, my knee pain is gone, I no longer need blood pressure pills, and I sleep better. Initially starting in a Lose Big class, I added a personal trainer as a way to enhance and speed up the positive changes in my body. Working with a personal trainer has helped me become healthier, while providing individual attention to my specific problems.

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Personal Training

Lose Big

Start the year off right by joining Lose Big! Lose Big is a 12Did you know that you can participate in Green Ridge personal week program for all people and all fitness levels. Whether you training and weight loss programs without a membership? Let need to lose weight or gain muscle, Lose Big can help. You will us help you meet your personal fitness or weight loss goals! See workout with a Certified Personal Trainer twice a week and work in a team of four. You will be given nutritional guidance and be pages 8-10 for more information about facility admission. taught lifestyle changes. If you’re nervous about joining, know that our personal trainers will help you each and every step of Green Ridge Personal Training A Certified Personal Trainer will work with you individually to the way. They are committed to helping you succeed. Lose Big develop a program based on your specific needs. Services begin is exercising made fun, but be prepared to work hard! There will with a complimentary consultation to discuss specific health his- be monthly team challenges where you will go head to head with tory, current fitness level and specific fitness goals. Our certified other Lose Big teams. Workout times are based on your availabiltrainers will work with individuals to improve cardiovascular ity. You do not need to be a member to join the program. This a fitness, strength, and flexibility. Benefits of personal training value of $1000 for only $250! Installation payments of $62.50 are include improved motivation and increased exercise retention. also available. Why not try to be Green Ridge’s Lose Big winner Clients will also receive basic nutrition guidance and innovative and start 2013 off right?! For further information, please contact fitness routines. Personal training is available for adults as well Chelsea Arner at 540-777-6310. Ages Date Day/Time Place Course # Fee as teens and tweens ages nine and up. Call 777-6300 to register! Number of Sessions

One Hour Session Rate

1/2 Hour Session Rate

1 to 9

$45 / session

$25 / session

10 to 19

$42 / session

$25 / session

20 or more

$39 / session

$25 session

18+

Jan 14-Apr 1

Various

Green Ridge

21924

New!

New Year New You!!!

Ages

Date

Day/Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 7-Feb 11

Various

Green Ridge

22025

$150

Benefits of Personal Training • Provides motivation • Reduces chance of injury by ensuring correct form • Maximizes time • Improves results • Increases exercises retention • Improves fitness knowledge • Breaks through plateaus Overall Health Benefits • Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease • Lowers resting heart rate • Lowers blood pressure • Lowers cholesterol • Maintains and increases bone mass • Increases well being and self esteem • Lowers risk of developing diabetes • Improves joint stability • Reduces stress

Wellness

It’s a new year…time for a new YOU! This 6-week program is guaranteed to get your body in shape. Be prepared to work hard and eat right! You will train hard in a group of four with a Certified Personal Trainer THREE times a week. You will also receive a free consultation with our Nutritionist and a Wellness Coach. What more could you ask for? Our awesome Personal Trainers will encourage and motivate you inside and out of the gym. Let us help you change your life for the better! Signup now and start 2013 off with a bang! For only $150, what are you waiting for? For more information, contact Chelsea Arner at 540-777-6310.

New!

Lose Big 2.0 (Bundle Deal) Not ready for personal training? We’ve got two NEW classes to get you started. See page right.

$250

Are you ready to see major results? Are you ready to burn through body fat and drop the pounds? If so, Lose Big 2.0 is for you! This is a combination of our Lose Big program and our New Year, New YOU program. For 6-weeks you will work with a Certified Personal Trainer FIVE times a week and then finish up the last 6-weeks training twice a week. Be ready to be sore and work every muscle in your body. Our trainers will help you discover muscles that you didn’t even know you had! This program is open to all fitness levels. Don’t hesitate to signup…just jump in! Your personal trainer will guide and assist you every step of the way. Take your workouts to the next level with Lose Big 2.0! Are you up for the challenge? For only $350, this is a steal! Installation payments of $87.50 are also available. For more information, contact Chelsea Arner at 540-777-6310 Ages

Date

Day/Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 14-Apr 1

Various

Green Ridge

22096

$350

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Beyond Traditional

Archery, & the New Trend in Youth Sports By Maureen Wilson

Athletics

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know you’ve seen it. Everyone has…well at least every teenager in America has. Arrows, bows, and kids with cool leather quivers are showing up everywhere! The youth of America have targeted archery, making it one of the fastest growing sports in the nation. Archery has been around since sports where about surviving, and not just competition. Now, a new set of movies highlighting the sport, from Hunger Games to Brave, have brought archery back in into the forefront of athletics. Roanoke County public schools are among the many localities that have been including archery as part of their athletic curriculum, thanks to a nationwide effort to promote the sport. The National Archery in the Schools Program (N.A.S.P.) setup an initiative about 10 years ago to promote, train, and encourage youth to pick up a bow. Today, more than two-million students nationwide will experience archery in gym class, and judging by its popularity among students, they’ve really hit the mark! Bob Shelton has taught archery in Roanoke County public schools for the past 6 years. He says that the sport attracts a wide range of kids and is among the safest sports taught in physical education classes, surpassing even table tennis! “We teach the kids to be responsible, careful, respectful of equipment and procedures. If you can follow the steps to archery, you can follow the steps to almost any kind of work. Even better, it gives them a chance to have success without it being a matter of strength. Boys and girls are evenly matched, and often girls do better than boys.” It’s not just a gym class trend either. Archery offers kids who might not excel in more traditional sports a chance to shine and perform. These kids don’t have to be fast runners, or outstanding athletes. Youth who don’t like or are not interested in traditional ball and bat sports can get together with other kids just like them and have fun!

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Find out why archery is one of the most popular youth sports in the nation.

Archery is a unique sport that is particularly good at promoting self confidence among youth. Why? When you shoot an arrow, your competing against your personal best, rather than a direct competition with your peers. You’re trying to better yourself. Lisa Sink, a Roanoke County Archery Instructor, wants parents and youth to know that there are no real physical boundaries with this sport. “It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, in a wheel chair, or even deaf. I’ve taught every kind of student there is and it still works out the same. The kids love it. Some of them even end up asking their parents for bows for Christmas.” Archery provides a chance for your child to really grow in areas where they may be lacking due to not being involved in sports or athletics. Instructors and parents are happy to see kids develop strong Hand/Eye coordination and motor skills. Archery also tends to help kids with attention disorders focus and can help build upper body strength in all kids, especially children with special needs. Overall, it can really be a great avenue for your child to take part in sports without having the athletic background. Archery isn’t just for hunting anymore. It’s a lifelong sport that can be a great option for a child who is not interested in traditional sports. To excel at archery you need to learn patience, focus and perseverance. Archers are independent, and target shooting gives immediate feedback – either you hit the target or you didn’t. There’s no need to wait around to hear from the coach. Archery can be a great hobby and, if there’s an interest, can also be used for hunting. There are special hunting seasons reserved just for bow hunters. Want to know more? Roanoke County now offers a series of weekend classes for beginner level youth, designed to take that next step past gym class instruction. N.A.S.P. has competitions locally, nationally and internationally so the possibilities are endless. Get your kids signed up today!

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Youth Clinics

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Archery Classes

Roanoke County’s newest program is designed to open the world of archery to children in a safe and fun environment. The classes core content includes archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, and self-improvement. All instructors are certified by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and have undergone a certification program referred to as BAI, ‘Basic Archery Instructor.’ This is the perfect opportunity to open the world of archery to children. Please note that this program will focus on the skills of archery, not hunting. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course

Fee

8-10

Jan 13-Feb 10

Su

1:30pm-3:00pm

Brambleton

21989

$75

8-10

Feb 17-Mar 17

Su

1:30pm-3:00pm

Green Ridge

22131

$75

10-12

Jan 13-Feb 10

Su

3:00pm-4:30pm

Brambleton

21990

$75

10-12

Feb 17-Mar 17

Su

3:00pm-4:30pm

Green Ridge

22132

$75

12-14

Jan 13-Feb 10

Su

4:30pm-6:00pm

Brambleton

21991

$75

12-14

Feb 17-Mar 17

Su

4:30pm-6:00pm

Green Ridge

22133

$75

Keep your eye on the ball... And learn the skills you need to play the game.

Indoor Baseball & Batting Clinic

Looking to keep the rust off your child’s bat over the winter? If so, we have the perfect four session instructional clinic for you! The clinic will focus on the fundamentals of hitting and will be taught by qualified instructors, primarily high school coaches. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course

Fee

6-8

Jan 15-Feb 5

Tu

6:15pm-7:15pm

Hidden Valley HS

21949

$49

9-11

Jan 15-Feb 5

Tu

7:15pm-8:15pm

Hidden Valley HS

21950

$49

New!

Indoor Flag Football

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

8-12

Apr 9-18

Tu, Th

6:00pm-7:00pm

Garst Mill Park

21967

$39

8-12

Apr 30-May 9

Tu, Th

6:00pm-7:00pm

Walrond Park

21968

$39

8-12

May 21-30

Tu, Th

6:00pm-7:00pm

Darrell Shell Park

21965

$39

Athletics

Spring rains got you stuck inside? Join us for a fun time playing Baseball & Softball Preseason Clinics indoor flag football. This is a non-contact game and encourages Roanoke County has provided an opportunity for the youth of the good sportsmanship between players. Players will learn how to Roanoke Valley to knock the rust off their bats and break in thier play and rules of the game. Games held in Green Ridge’s Gym. gloves prior to the 2013 recreation season. This fun and exciting Ages Date Day Time Place Course Fee camp will cover the fundamentals of baseball including hitting, 8-11 Mar 7-Apr 11 Th 6:30pm-7:30pm Green Ridge 22054 $15 infielding, outfielding, and base running. Local coaches are welcome at no cost. Boys camps are led by the Hidden Valley High School Varsity Baseball Coaching Staff. Girls camps are led by Tennis for Beginner Level Youth the Virginia Class Action Scrappers, an area competitive organiLearn to play tennis with little or no experience. This program is zation that is dedicated to developing softball for girls. The properfect for improving children’s coordination, agility, and fitness. grams will go on, rain or shine! In the event of inclement weather, Registration fee includes instruction from current and former col- the boys program will be moved indoors at Hidden Valley High lege coaches and players on the basics of the tennis stroke, court School, and the girls program will be moved to Northside High. Ages Gender Date Day Time Place Course Fee positioning and scoring system. Registration is limited to allow 6-12 Boys Mar 24-31 Su 1:30pm-4:30pm Hidden 21948 $39 for adequate court time and personalized instruction for all particValley HS ipants. In the event of inclement weather, instructor will contact 6-14 Girls Mar 24-25 Sa-Su 1:30pm-4:30pm Northside 21952 $39 all registered participants with make up dates. HS

Fast Pitch Softball Pitching Clinics

The perfect clinic to allow your child to focus on her future desires to be a rec, school or travel softball pitcher. The clinics are led by the Virginia Class Action Scrappers, an area competitive organization that is dedicated to developing area softball for girls. The clinic will focus on the fundamentals of pitching, techniques, strategy and footwork to get the absolute best out of your child. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course

Fee

8-16

Jan 13-Feb 3

Su

6:00pm-7:30pm

Brambleton

21951

$50

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Youth Team Sports

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Yo u t h

Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism offers youth athletics programs in cooperation with local Recreation Clubs. Youth Athletic participants must sign up through the local Recreation Club that serves the child’s area determined by their elementary school. If you have questions about which Recreation Club serves your school area, or if you need more information about various sports offered by each Recreation Club, please contact us at 387-6078 or visit www.roanokecountyva. gov/recclubs. Participants must be a Roanoke County resident or attend Roanoke County Public Schools to be eligible, and must play in their age bracket. Each club will have cut-off dates for sign-ups, so sign-up EARLY! Registration is taken through your local recreation club! Find yours at RoanokeCountyVA.gov/recclubs

Practice

Games

Ages

Baseball/T-ball

January

April

Late April

6-18

Lacrosse

January

April

Late April

6-18

Softball

January

April

Late April

6-18

Soccer

May/June

August

August

6-18

Football

May/June

August

August

6-12

Cheerleading

May/June

August

August

6-18

Basketball

September

November

January

7-18

Recreation League Directory

Cave Spring American Little League • www.eteamz.com/csall Cave Spring National Little League: • www.eteamz.com/csnll Cave Spring Recreation Foundation • www.eteamz.com/cavespringrec Glenvar Recreation Booster Club • www.glenvaryouthboosters.net Hidden Valley Youth Sports Assoc. • www.hvysa.com Masons Cove Recreation Club • www.mceagles.org Mt. Pleasant Recreation Club: • www.mprecreation.com North Roanoke Recreation Club • www.nrrc.net South County Softball League: • www.eteamz.com/SouthCountySoftballLeague Valley AFC Soccer (SW County) • www.valleyafc.org Vinton Recreation Booster Club: • www.vintonboosterclub.com

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Great Beginnings Youth Clinics

Athletics

Signups

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Preschool Athletics

Sport

Did you know that studies have shown 49% of kids under 10 do not have the basic motor skills they need to compete in organized youth sports programs? This result often leads to frustration, embarrassment and fear that cause over 70% of young athletes to drop out of organized sports by age 13. To combat this problem, Roanoke County has developed a program designed to help prepare children for the challenges of organized sports in a non-threatening atmosphere, without the worry of competition. The program, Great Beginnings, is a five week instructional program targeted to preschool and Kindergarten aged boys and girls with little to no organized sports experience. Under the supervision of trained coaches, this program helps parents to work together with their children to learn how to properly teach the basic motor skills that are needed for team sports. Using progressive skill stations, children are challenged to learn both fundamentals and new techniques. Active parent participation required.

Great Beginnings Basketball

Great Beginnings is a five week instructional program to help prepare children for the challenges of organized basketball in a non-threatening atmosphere, without the worry of competition. Learn basic skills while getting great social interaction. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

4-6

Jan 19-Feb 23

Sa

9:00am-10:00am

Green Ridge

21945

$65

4-6

Jan 19-Feb 23

Sa

4:30pm-5:30pm

Green Valley ES

21946

$65

Great Beginnings Soccer

Great Beginnings soccer is designed to teach the basic motor skills needed to successfully move on to organized soccer including kicking, trapping, running and agility. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

4-6

Apr 13-May 11

Sa

9:00am-10:00am

Bonsack ES

21947

$65

Great Beginnings Baseball & Softball

Each child, along with his or her parents, will work together to learn basic motor skills needed to successfully move on to more organized baseball or softball; including throwing, catching, hitting, and base running. As the program progresses and children show improvement, the skill stations are altered so that each child remains challenged Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

4-5

Apr 13-May 18

Sa

12:00pm-1:00pm

Walrond Park

21942

$59

4-5

Apr 13-May 18

Sa

2:00pm-3:00pm

Bonsack ES

21943

$59

4-5

Apr 13-May 18

Sa

4:00pm-5:00pm

Clearbrook ES

21944

$59

Be a superman to your child, by participating in Great Beginnings clinics.

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Quick Start Tennis

Quick Start is a new format to help children eight and under learn to play. A few things have changed; the court size, the racquet sizes, the balls, the scoring system, the height of the nets. QuickStart Tennis stresses the importance of actually playing the game of tennis and getting involved in team competition. This means that even more children will have the opportunity to experience this new format, have fun playing with their friends and develop skills that will become the foundation of their game. Fee includes all equipment needed, including age appropriate racquets. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course

Fee

4-8

Apr 1-22

M

6:00pm-7:00pm

Garst Mill Park

21953

$39

4-8

Apr 29-May 20

M

6:00pm-7:00pm

Walrond Park

21954

$39

Teen Tennis

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Tennis for Beginner Level Teens

Roanoke County is pleased to offer a fun and exciting series of tennis lessons for beginner level teen players with little or no tennis experience. This program is a wonderful opportunity to get your teen off the couch and interested in a healthy lifetime sport!! Registration includes instruction from current and former college coaches and players on the basics of the tennis stroke, court positioning and scoring system. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

13-17

Apr 1-22

M

7:00pm-8:00pm

Garst Mill Park

21959

$39

13-17

Apr 29-May 20

M

7:00pm-8:00pm

Walrond Park

21960

$39

Preschool Gymnastics

Roanoke Academy will introduce your child to all the fun gymnastics has to offer! This class is designed with fun in mind! Children begin to learn proper skill development and basic gymnastic terminology. Our instructors will help your child learn exciting new skills, interact successfully with other children, and develop confidence through achievement. Sign up for one session, or both! Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

3-5

Jan 9-30

W

5:00pm-5:45pm

Green Ridge

22101

$56

3-5

Feb 6-27

W

5:00pm-5:45pm

Green Ridge

22102

$56 Need instruction on how to hold your racquet? We can help!

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Adults Classes

Adult Team Sports

Adult

Roanoke County is pleased to offer a fun and exciting series of tennis lessons for beginner level adult players with little or no tennis experience. This program is perfect for improving your coordination, agility, and fitness. Registration fee includes instruction from current and former college coaches and players on the basics of the tennis stroke, court positioning and scoring system. Registration is limited to allow for adequate court time and personalized instruction for all participants. In the event of inclement weather, instructor will contact all registered participants with make up dates. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

16+

Apr 9-18

Tu, Th

7:00pm-8:00pm

Garst Mill Park

21977

$39

16+

Apr 30-May 9

Tu, Th

7:00pm-8:00pm

Walrond Park

21987

$39

16+

May 21-30

Tu, Th

7:00pm-8:00pm

Darrell Shell Park

21978

$39

Fencing

This course is designed to introduce complete beginners as well as further develop intermediates in modern Olympic-style Fencing. It will include a brief history of the sport and general sword use over time, specific stretching and drill work, regular instruction periods, and weekly fencing bouts with classmates and visiting instructors. Instructor: James A. Moser. Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

15+

Ages

Beginner

Level

Jan 16-Feb 13

W

6pm-8pm

Green Ridge

22044

$75

15+

Intermediate

Feb 20-Mar 20

W

6pm-8pm

Green Ridge

22046

$75

Softball League The following softball leagues will be conducted by the Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Athletic Division. 1. WOMEN’S OPEN: Open to any sponsoring organization. AGE: Sixteen (16) years old and above. (Women Only). 2. MEN’S OPEN: Open to any sponsoring organization. AGE: Sixteen (16) years old and above. (Men Only). Divisions: American (Mon/Wed), Central (Mon/Wed), National: (Tues/Thurs)

Athletics

Tennis Lessons for Beginners

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Adult

3. MEN’S METRO: This competitive league is open to any sponsoring organization. AGE: Sixteen (16) years old and above. (Tues/Thurs) 4. MEN’S 35+: Open to any sponsoring organization for ages 35 and older. (Tues/Thurs) 5. MEN’S CHURCH: Open to church sponsored teams only. (PARTICIPANTS MUST BE A MEMBER OF THE SPONSORING CHURCH) AGE: Sixteen (16) years old and above. (Tues/ Thurs). 6. COED: Open to church or company sponsored teams only. AGE: Sixteen (16) years old and above. (Men and Women). Divisions: Church (Tues/Thurs), Industrial (Mon/Wed) SEASON BEGINS: The week of April 29. Practice starts April 1. ENTRY FEE: $375 must be paid by check or money order. DEADLINE: Last year teams – March 3-9 New teams – March 10-23 ALL REGISTRATION WILL BE TAKEN ONLINE AT: www.roanokecountyva.gov/athletics

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Bears... Oh My Safety on Tinker Creek Greenway

The new Tinker Creek Greenway at the Hollins Trailhead is a great place to spot some of the area’s most unique wildlife.

By Maureen Wilson

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risp fresh air, far reaching vistas and all that gorgeous green space makes the Roanoke Valley one the most beautiful places in the nation to live. People come from all over to see our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. With such a large base of avid outdoor adventure seeking residents, Roanoke County has been working with the Greenway Commission and other localities on growing our Greenways. The joint efforts of the Roanoke Valley communities have given us over 25 miles of trails, with many more still in the planning stages. Families enjoy the bike rides and avid hikers love the treks through the mountain areas.

Outdoors

One of the newest sections of trail in the valley opened to the public just a few months ago. Tinker Creek Greenway, with a trailhead just north of I-81 exit 146 near Hollins University, features a particularly dymanic environmental ecosystem. Some of the first hikers on this two-mile connection to Carvin’s Cove Reservoir have reported a wide range of species in the area, including birds, rabbits and to their surprise... BEARS! Black bears are the only native bear in this area. They are rarely seen, because they are a shy species preferring to avoid people if possible. In fact in a recent survey done by Virginia Department of Inland Game and Fisheries, most residents report that they have never seen a bear, let alone encountered one in an aggressive manner. Most bears are scared off before the hikers even notice they are there. However, there are some things to keep in mind when using the greenways. Hiking at dawn or dusk increases your chance at encountering a bear. Use extra caution in places where hearing or visibility is limited, such as brushy areas, near streams, where trails round a bend and on windy days. Make sure to be noisy when traveling through common bear areas. The more noise the better the chances are that you won’t surprise any roaming bears. Make sure to keep your children and pets close by or within sight at all times. Keeping your dog on a leash or leaving it at home is also a good idea.

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There are no definite rules about what to do if you meet a bear. In almost all cases, the bear will detect you first and leave the area. Unprovoked bear attacks are very rare, and have never been documented in Virginia. If you do meet a bear here are some suggestions from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries: • Stay calm. If you see a bear and it has not seen you, calmly leave the area. As you move away, make noise to let the bear discover your presence. • Stop. Back away slowly while facing the bear. • Give the bear plenty of room to escape. Bears rarely attack people unless they feel cornered or provoked. • Do not run or make any sudden movements. Running could prompt the bear to give chase, and you cannot outrun a bear. If on a trail, step off the trail and slowly leave the area. • If there is a bear in your yard and it approaches you, make yourself look big and make loud noises. Remain at a safe distance and throw rocks to make the bear feel unwelcome. • If there is a bear in your house prop open all doors to the outside and get out of the way of the exit. Never close a bear into a room. Make noises and yell at bear to leave the house. Don’t approach the bear but make sure it knows it is violating your territory. • If you surprise a bear speak softly. This may reassure the bear that you mean it no harm. • Fight back. If a black bear attacks you, fight back. Black bears have been driven away when people have fought back with rocks, sticks, binoculars and even their bare hands.

More information on Virginia’s Diverse Wildlife can be found at www.dgif.virginia.gov Many studies have shown that our population of bears do not pose a threat. Enjoy the Greenway and feel free to explore, just make sure you’re singing your favorite tune and laughing loudly as you hike through.

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Youth Education

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Yo u t h

New!

Birds of Prey Investigation

Explore the fascinating world of birds of prey with a hands on investigation into their habitats and habits. Kids will have the opportunity to see raptors, such as hawks and owls, up close while discovering what they eat. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

6-10

Dec 19

W

6:00pm-7:00pm

Green Ridge

21797

$12

New!

Cozy Critters

Ever wonder how so many animals can survive the cold and snowy winter? We will search for answers to this question by learning about some common adaptations that critters around here have been using to stay cozy during the winter. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

6-10

Jan 16

W

6:00pm-7:00pm

Green Ridge

21799

$12

New! New!

Wigglin’ Worms

!!!

Smell the Roses

Worms are constantly wiggling and working beneath our feet, but what on Earth are they really doing down there? We will discuss the role worms play in the environment and how they can help us reduce our own wasteful habits. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

6-10

Feb 20

W

6:00pm-7:00pm

Green Ridge

21801

$12

4822J Valley View Blvd. Valley View Mall 540-777-0990

301 Market Street Downtown Roanoke 540-777-2727

Dive into the FUN

New!

Wilderness Survival School

Learn basic skills critical to winter survival in a real wilderness setting. We will build fires and survival shelters, and discuss locating and collecting food in the winter wilderness. Dress in warm layers and bring a lunch. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

8-13

Mar 2

Sa

9:00am-1:00pm

Camp Roanoke

21706

$25

New!

The Great Resource Hunt

Animals are constantly on the hunt for natural resources such as food, water, and shelter. To better understand the struggles wildlife face in finding these resources, kids will take on the role of different wild animals and search for their own valued resources. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

6-10

Mar 6

W

6:00pm-7:00pm

Green Ridge

21805

$12

Two FREE Events Tanglewood Mall Saturday, February 2 • 10am-4pm

Outdoors

A Camp Roanoke camper examines a small piece of the natural world. She knows that environmental stewardship starts at home!

Tons of Fun:

See Pg. 20 For More!

A day of FREE indoor games, storytelling, rides, costumed characters, hands-on activities, entertainment and more for children 12 & under and their families.

Roanoke Camp Fair

Meet with representatives of summer camps throughout the Mid-Atlantic, and find out which camp is right for your child. Door prizes including free weeks at camp!

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Family Outdoors

F

Fa m i l y

New!

Orienteering - An Off The Trail Adventure

Don’t wander aimlessly through the woods when you can travel with direction. In this course, participants will explore the backwoods of Camp Roanoke while learning the basics of navigating with a map and compass. No experience necessary. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

7+

Dec 15

Sa

1:00pm-5:00pm

Camp Roanoke

21798

$15

New!

Holiday Bird Count

Bring your binoculars and bird identification guides and spend the morning searching for chickadees, cardinals, and other birds that come home to Camp Roanoke for the holidays. This is a great activity for the whole family. Previous bird knowledge helpful, but not required. Limited binoculars and bird identification guides are available. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

6+

Jan 5

Sa

7:00am-10:00am

Camp Roanoke

21707

$15

New!

Evergreens of Virginia Hike

Whether your New Year’s resolution is to gain knowledge or to get out more, this hike is a great way to ring in the New Year. Spend the day at Camp Roanoke learning how to identify common Virginia evergreens and some practical uses of these plants. Bring hiking shoes, a lunch to eat on the trail, and warm layers. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

7+

Jan 12

Sa

10:00am-1:00pm

Camp Roanoke

21694

$15

No experience is needed to go on our cross country getaway in late January.

Cross Country Skiing Getaway

Experience the breathtaking beauty of West Virginia’s snow covered mountains by cross country skiing. This winter getaway is a great opportunity to learn the basics of cross country, and to explore the natural wonders of our neighbor to the west. Begin your journey Friday as we head up to Davis, West Virginia. Saturday, we’ll have an early breakfast and immediately hit the trails at Whitegrass Cross Country Center. We’ll return to town for dinner & relaxation that evening. Sunday, we will again spend the day skiing. Finally, take in a final meal, then head home.Fee includes ski rentals, ski lessons, accommodations, transportation, two breakfasts, two lunches, and one dinner. Bring money for two meals on your own. Reserve your spot before January 9! Ages

Date

Day

Time

Depart From

Course #

Fee

14+

Jan 25-27

F-Su

4:00pm-11:59pm

Kessler Mill

21795

$300

New!

Discover Falls Ridge Preserve Hike

Winter is a great time to enjoy the natural beauty of our area. This February, join us for a gorgeous winter hike at Falls Ridge Preserve which is home to an 80 foot waterfall and fascinating geological formations and biological diversity caused by the presence of the Salem Fault. Bring your hiking shoes, a lunch to eat on the trail, and warm layers. This is a moderate 4.8 mile hike. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Depart From

Course #

Fee

8+

Feb 9

Sa

9:00am-5:00pm

Kessler Mill

21705

$35

New!

Horseback Riding Outdoors

Don’t be afraid to get dirty on our exciting caving trip January 13.

Caving - An Underground Exploration

Here is your chance to explore one of Virginia’s spectacular limestone caves. You will have an opportunity to experience a unique underground environment firsthand under the safe leadership of our trained guides. No experience necessary. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

12+

Jan 13

Su

10:00am-4:00pm

Camp Roanoke

21806

$35

Hiking at Spring Hollow Reservoir

Your family is invited to join us for a hike along the Spring Hollow Reservoir. This is a light to moderate hike with opportunities for bird watching (bring your binoculars), picture taking and enjoying the peaceful surroundings. The reservoir is closed to the general public, so you don’t want to miss this great opportunity to explore its natural beauty. Please bring a bag lunch and water.

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Share your love for the outdoors with your family on a fun and exciting horseback riding trip. Participants will receive lessons and instruction on riding, then will be paired with a horse that’s right for them. Next, the group will set off on a guided trail ride and explore the beautiful countryside. No experience necessary. Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Transportation, helmets, and all supplies included. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Depart From

Course #

Fee

8+

Feb 23

Sa

1:00pm-6:00pm

Green Ridge

21804

$50

Zip Line & High Ropes Course

Camp Roanoke is home to an awesome array of adrenaline pumping high ropes challenges. Participants will experience eight different elements under the safety of trained professionals. Activities include: Zipline, high multi-vine traverse, cargo net climb, plank bridge, and more. Usually only available to private user groups, we are opening our gates to you. Come out and experience them all. No experience necessary.

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

12+

Mar 3

Su

11:00am-5:00pm

Camp Roanoke

21800

$15

12+

Feb 24

Su

12:00pm-5:00pm

Camp Roanoke

21803

$27.50

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY


Camp Roanoke

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Discovery (rising grades K-5)

Looking for an outdoor adventure based day camp experience? Participants will be introduced to a wide range of activities that include: archery, arts and crafts, field games, social development, rock wall climbing, hiking, creeking, special events, a trip to Splash Valley, and much more! Free satellite transportation is available from Tanglewood Mall. Grades

Sessions

Availability

Place

Fee Before Apr 8

Fee After Apr 8

K-5

Weekly, M-F

Jun 17-Aug 9

Camp Roanoke

$195

$220

Est. 1925

Explorer (rising grades 3-4)

Want to create the memories of a lifetime? The Explorer program provides a safe and fun co-ed, residential experience in a pristine outdoor environment. Your days will be spent canoeing, hiking, climbing our rock wall, playing field games, making arts and crafts, learning about the environment, archery and many more exciting camp activities! Grades

Sessions

Availability

Place

Fee Before Apr 8

Fee After Apr 8

3-4

Weekly, Su-F

Jun 16-Aug 9

Camp Roanoke

$400

$425

Pioneer (rising grades 5-6)

Designed for kids with a passion for the environmental sciences, this program takes a hands-on approach to learning and fun! Experience the latest in green technology with an on-site learning lab, and learn about the natural world with an emphasis on environmental sustainability. Your days will be filled with fun camp activities like canoeing, crafts, field games, campfires, archery, the low ropes course and much more. Grades

Sessions

Availability

Place

Fee Before Apr 8

Fee After Apr 8

5-6

Weekly, Su-F

Jun 16-Aug 9

Camp Roanoke

$410

$435

Voyager (rising grades 6-7)

Grades

Sessions

Availability

Place

Fee Before Apr 8

Fee After Apr 8

6-7

Weekly, Su-F

Jun 16-Aug 9

Camp Roanoke

$430

$455

Adventure (rising grades 8-9)

Take your summer excitement to the next level with this program designed for new and veteran campers alike. Throughout the week, campers will experience high-adventure activities such as: high and low ropes course, zipline, kayaking, environmental education, rock climbing, hiking and more. Participants will travel to West Virginia for a three day, two night adventure. Grades

Sessions

Session Start

Place

Fee Before Apr 8

After Apr 8

8-9

Weekly, Su-F

Jun 16, Jul 21, Aug 4

Camp Roanoke

$460

$485

Outpost (rising grades 9-10)

Geared toward campers looking for a backcountry wilderness experience, Outpost is guaranteed to be rewarding and fun! Campers will start the week at Camp Roanoke participating in the high and low ropes courses and then venture off-site to experience three nights of tent camping, a day on the river, overnight backpacking, rock climbing, and outdoor living skills. Leave no trace principles and environmental awareness are incorporated into all aspects of this program. Grades

Sessions

Session Start

Place

Fee Before Apr 8

After Apr 8

9-10

Weekly, Su-F

Jul 7

Camp Roanoke

$480

$505

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Trek - Beach & Surfing (rising grades 9-11)

Grab your swimsuit and join us for a week of fun in the sun! We’ll travel to the east coast and set up camp right next to the beach. Come make new friends and have the best week of your summer! Our time will be spent exploring unique local habitats while learning to surf, sea kayak, and stand up paddle board. There will also be plenty of beach play, swimming and evening sunsets. No experience necessary. Grades

Sessions

Session Start

Place

Fee Before Apr 8

After Apr 8

9-11

Weekly, Su-F

Jun 23

Camp Roanoke

$575

$600

Outdoors

Looking for real summer adventure? The Voyager program is an exciting co-ed residential experience that engages children in activities ranging from canoeing to rock wall climbing. Campers will also participate in: arts and crafts, environmental education, mountain boarding, creeking, hiking, horseback riding, and more.

Participants who register for Camp Roanoke programs by December 31 will receive a free stainless steel water bottle.

Trek - New River Gorge (rising grades 9-11)

Join us on our trip to wild and wonderful West Virginia! This Trek is an extreme experience not to be missed. Campers will begin their trip at Camp Roanoke going through the low ropes course as well as practicing on our climbing wall. They will then journey to West Virginia and experience tent style living, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, hiking and environmental education in the beautiful and historic New River Gorge. Plunge down our three-story high zip line, either as a camper or as part of our family program on February 24. (left)

Grades

Sessions

Session Start

Place

Fee Before Apr 8

After Apr 8

9-11

Weekly, Su-F

Jul 14, Jul 28

Camp Roanoke

$550

$575

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY

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Civil War Society In the Roanoke Valley & Beyond By Scott Ramsburg

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ost people don’t think of the Roanoke Valley as playing a significant role in the Civil War. There are very few tourist attractions or museums in this corner of the Commonwealth drawing attention to historic battles or landmarks. Nevertheless, this area had an important part to play, as a supplier of staple items such as wheat, corn, wool and cloth.

Living history re-enactor Eddie Goode will show off his fife playing skills at our February 24th event, Civil War Music Brought to Life.

While that may have been a bit of an exaggeration, leisure time was certainly at a premium. Rather than participating in sports leagues or summer camps, children would often turn their daily chores into games. For example, it was the child’s duty to prepare wool for spinning by loading it in baskets filled with river water and stomping the fibers down so they were pliable.

Music was also a big part of life during the war. Kagey notes, “They did a lot of sing-songs, especially as they were working, or quilting, or churning butter. Since this was a heavily wooded area, there were some musical instruments, mostly handmade, like the lute, mandolin or fife.” Not only was the Roanoke Valley rich in culture from immigrant settlers, it was also a crossroads of two major routes, several natural springs, and the Virginia/Tennessee Railroad, which brought new economic life to the area in 1852. As a result, this area, perhaps more than most in Southwest Virginia, became a cultural mixing “Their faith, work ethic and their belief in the family was their bowl. strength.” says Kagey. “If you look at letters, most of the time everything was connected whether the time was right to grow wheat You can learn more about the way this blending of cultures influor other crops.” Furthermore, Kagey notes, this region may have enced music in our area on Sunday, February 24 at the South Counseen fewer of its sons go off to fight as a result of the two colleges ty Library. Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism is pleased here. Both Roanoke College and Hollins remained open during the to present “Civil War Music Brought to Life,” a commemorative tour duration of the war, often resorting to barter to keep operating. of the sounds and cuisine of the time. (See page 20)

Travel

According to historian Dr. Deedie Kagey, Roanoke was largely a farming community during the 1860’s, consisting of the descendants of German immigrants who had traveled Southward through the Shenandoah Valley and settled here after completing indentured service in Pennsylvania. Compared to other parts of the south, the Roanoke Valley had very few slaves, and its residents were more divided in their sympathies to the North or South.

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Residents here still underwent tremendous hardships during the war. Just like most of the South, they were in a mode of struggling to survive. With most doctors serving on the war front, medical care was also hard to find. Women and children took on a greater role as farmers and merchants.

It wasn’t until the later years of the war that the Roanoke Valley saw the blood of skirmishes. Two incursions in 1863 and 1864 targeted the Confederacy’s supply lines here, underscoring the importance of the region as a breadbasket for General Lee’s tattered forces. By the end of the war, the communities here were struggling to survive. Union troops passing through would steal food, horses, wagons and With so much to take care of on the home front, recreation time even clothing as they passed. The economy was in shambles, with a became limited. Dr. Kagey says that years ago she interviewed a large amount of municipal debt going to support the wounded and 97 year old woman who had lived near the Botetourt and Bed- survivors of fallen soldiers. ford County line since childhood. She asked what the woman did for fun, and the woman replied “We didn’t have time for fun. We Within a few years, however, the community bounced back thanks had chores until we went to school, came home, ate supper and to the linkage of three new railroads in the area. Perhaps some of worked until bedtime.” the resilience of the area also came from its people, who overcame adversity through a strong faith and a diverse society. Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY


Adult Daytrips

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Exchange Hotel, Civil War Museum & Fried Chicken

Gordonsville, Virginia is home to this historic Hotel and Museum, which is Virginia’s only standing Civil War Receiving Hospital. Before the Civil War, the Hotel with its high ceilings and grand veranda welcomed weary passengers from two railway lines. But, in 1862 with the onset of War, the Confederate Army transformed the Hotel into the Gordonsville Receiving Hospital. By the war’s end over 70,000 soldiers had been treated at the hospital. The Museum houses a world-renowned collection of artifacts relating to medical care during the Civil War. Gordonsville’s famous fried chicken is a tradition brought up from the pre-civil war past and carried thru today. This is the ‘chicken leg center of the universe,’ described in 1869 by Dr. Bagby who witnessed the everyday scene as the Chicken Ladies sold their fried chicken, cornbread and pies to the train passengers waiting for their connections. The secret recipe has been passed downed thru generations. A special highlight is a lunch of this wonderful chicken recipe prepared by one of the direct descendants of the Chicken Ladies. Also, a visit to the Barboursville Ruins, the mansion of former Governor, James Barbour preserved as a ruin after its destruction by fire in 1884. This is one of three residences designed by Thomas Jefferson, Barbour’s close friend. Today the estate is an award winning vineyard. It is a 10 minute walk to the Ruins. Fee includes breakfast biscuit, all tour fees, lunch, wine tasting, bus and escort. Ages

Date

Days

Time

Depart From

Course #

Fee

18+

Apr 9

Tu

7:30am-6:00pm

Brambleton

21809

$67

18+

Apr 9

Tu

8:00am-5:30pm

Green Ridge

21809

$67

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ivil war buff? You’ll want to check out our Civil War Music Event which will be held at the South County Library in February. For more information, see page 20.

During the civil war, the Exchange Hotel admitted tens of thousands of sick and wounded from area battlefields.

Lunch at the Greenbrier

Since 1778 distinguished guests from around the world have been coming to this award-winning resort located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Enjoy the Greenbrier Resort’s classic architecture, exquisite interior design, carefully sculpted landscape and unique gift shops as you have full access to the public areas. Your luncheon is a delightful plated lunch served in the Dining room. Dressy casual attire is requested. The Resort’s seasonal activities such as tour of the hotel, the bunker, golf, etc. are available at your own cost. Fee includes bus transportation, plated lunch, escort and more! Ages

Date

Days

Time

Depart From

Course #

Fee

18+

Apr 19

F

8:30am-6:30pm

Brambleton

21638

$75

18+

Apr 19

F

9:00am-6:00pm

Green Ridge

21638

$75

New!

G Street Fabrics

Take a trip to G-Street fabrics, one of the region’s best known fabric shops.

Ages

Date

Days

Time

Depart From

Course #

Fee

18+

Mar 9

Sa

6:00am-9:00pm

Brambleton

21693

$58

18+

Mar 9

Sa

6:30am-8:30pm

Green Ridge

21693

$58

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY

Travel

This trip is for anyone who loves to sew, quilt, crochet, knit, or embroider. Located in Rockville, Maryland, this mega-store is a sewers paradise! Started in 1942, the store quickly became a Washington DC landmark, where dignitaries sought couture fabrics to replicate garments seen in Paris and New York. The flagship store grew and expanded and moved to Rockville in 1983. In addition to selling apparel and quilting fabrics, they offer a wide range of sewing related products, including Bernina machines, unique patterns, sewing books and an extensive selection of notions, buttons and trims. Lunch is on your own at restaurants within walking distance. Fee includes breakfast biscuit, bus transportation and escort.

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Vacations

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Adult

New!

Register Online: it’s fast, easy and secure! Simply log onto www.RoanokeCountyParks. com and click on the icon shown here.

Online

Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park

Beginning in the Canadian province of Alberta, your tour combines the best of the prairies, the majesty of the Canadian Rockies, and the beauty of Montana’s Glacier National Park, giving you a superb overview of these U.S. and Canadian wonderlands. Highlights include a drive aboard the famous Jammer cars built in the 1930s over the breathtaking Going to the Sun Road, Banff where you will stay in the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel known as the Castle in the Mountains, the Icefields Parkway and Columbia Icefield, and Calgary Alberta. Fees include round trip air from Roanoke Regional Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel transfers, six Breakfasts, one lunch, two dinners, and is fully escorted by Collette Tours. Not included is the Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $165 per person. Save $150 if you book by December 15, 2012. For a brochure with full details and to register, call 777-6351 or 6352. Deposit of $250 per person is required at registration with balance due on April 16, 2013. Ages

Date

Days

Depart From

Single

18+

Jun 15-21

Sa-Sa

Brambleton

$3949

Double

$3149

Triple

Course #

$3119

22004

See over 550 hot air balloons at the world’s largest ballooning event!

New!

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

New Mexico is a place diverse in culture and scenic beauty. In both Albuquerque and Santa Fe, you will discover cities rich in multiculturalism, natural beauty and profound history. Highlights of the trip are the Balloon Fiesta, Old Town Albuquerque, the Nuclear Science & History Museum, The Indian Cultural Museum, Turquoise Train, Santa Fe, Louetto Chapel and Santa Fe School of Cooking. Fee includes air transportation from Roanoke, five Breakfasts, three dinners, lodging at the Albuquerque Marriott & the Lodge at Santa Fe, fully escorted. Not included is cancellation waiver and insurance of $165 per person. A deposit of $250 is required at registration. A discount of $100 per person is good until April 8, 2013 For full details of this trip, call 7776351 or 6352. Want to see some real mountains, eh? Travel to Canada with us!

Ages

Date

Days

Depart From

Course #

Single

18+

Oct 8

Tu

Brambleton

22117

$3069

Double

$2469

Triple

$2439

Travel

Discover Scotland

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An overnight flight transports you to a country of stunning landscapes, lively cites, stirring history plus distinct myths and stories. You will experience the Orkney Islands during a full-day guided excursion, see the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, search for the infamous Loch Ness Monster from the beautiful shores of Loch Ness, learn the art of producing Scotch whisky during a distillery tour and tasting, and witness the remarkable skills of working Scottish sheep dogs. Fee includes round trip air from Roanoke Regional Airport, air taxes and fee/surcharges, hotel transfers, lodgings, eight breakfasts, six dinners and is completely escorted by Collette Tours. Not included is cancellation waiver and insurance of $220 per person. A deposit of $250 per person is due at registration with the balance due July 4, 2013. A discount of $250 per person is good until March 2, 2013. For a detailed brochure and to register call 777-6351 or 6352. Ages

Date

Days

Depart From

Course #

Single

18+

Sep 2-9

M-M

Brambleton

22003

$4249

Double

$3849

Triple

$3,819

Scotland is the perfect mix of history and natural beauty.

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lease note: We are unable to accommodate large motorized chairs on bus trips. Participants using wheel chairs must be able to walk up steps to get into a bus. Contact Kari Decker at 777-6357 for accommodations

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY


Over 55 Trips

Graves Mountain Lodge

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Wohlfahrt Haus - Country Christmas

The brand new holiday production, Country Christmas Celebration, is performed in true country fashion and features songs you know and love by artists both old and new. This fun-filled show features a breath-taking Nativity which is sure to put the whole family in the Christmas Spirit. Join us for one of Virginia’s favorite Christmas traditions. Fee includes matinee theatre ticket, lunch, bus transportation and escort. Ages

Date

Days

Time

Depart From

Course #

Fee

55+

Dec 20

Th

9:45am-6:15pm

Brambleton

21563

$69

55+

Dec 20

Th

10:15am-5:45pm

Green Ridge

21563

$69

Wohlfahrt Haus - Southern Nights

This is Country music at its best! You will be entertained by the singers and dancers of the Wohlfahrt Haus performing many of your favorite Country songs. Just a few of the top charting hits include Hey Good Lookin, Before the Next Teardrop Falls, Rhinestone Cowboy, Coalminer’s Daughter, Boot, Scoot and Boogie, Delta Dawn, Honky Tonk Angels and many more. Sit back and relax to some of the most beloved music of all time. Fee includes New! theatre ticket, lunch, bus transportation and escort. Ages

Date

Days

Time

Depart From

Course #

Fee

55+

Mar 28

Th

9:45am-6:15pm

Brambleton

21691

$69

55+

Mar 28

Th

10:15am-5:45pm

Green Ridge

21691

$69

Graves’ Mountain Lodge in Syria, VA has been handing out down home hospitality for the last 135 years. Known for their famous home cooked food, your lunch will be served family style. You’ll have time to shop at the gift shop and purchase some of the wonderful Graves Mountain Brand preserves and jellies. Also, a visit to Yoders Country Market which sells a variety of jams, spices, nuts, candies and delicious homemade baked goods, which are made from scratch in Mennonite homes and sold at the market. You’ll also get a tour of Hebron Lutheran Church, the oldest Lutheran church in continuous use in the United States and is only one of a handful of wooden Virginia churches that pre-date the Revolutionary War. Fee includes breakfast biscuit, family style lunch, all tour stops, bus transportation, and escort. Ages

Date

Days

Time

Depart From

Course #

Fee

55+

Apr 24

W

7:00am-6:30pm

Brambleton

21708

$67

55+

Apr 24

W

7:30am-6:00pm

Green Ridge

21708

$67

Highland Maple Festival

Be a part of the Highland County tradition of opening the trees and boiling down the sugar water. This annual festival celebrating its 55th year, draws visitors from around the world to this unspoiled, rural region of Virginia. You will experience a unique and educational view of syrup making. No visit to Highland County would be complete without the sampling of plain or buckwheat pancakes smothered in butter and delicious maple syrup. Fee includes pancake breakfast, tour of sugar camps, festival, bus transportation and escort. Ages

Date

Days

Time

Depart From

Course #

Fee

55+

Mar 16

Sa

7:00am-6:45pm

Brambleton

21692

$45

55+

Mar 16

Sa

7:30am-6:15pm

Green Ridge

21692

$45

In a good harvest year, Graves Mountain collects 100,000 bushels of apples and 12,000 bushels of peaches.

Family Trips

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New!

Snowtubing at Winterplace

County schools are out! We have planned a snowtubing trip to Winterplace Ski Resort. Bring a change of clothes and extra spending money for snacks. Lunch at Ryan’s Buffet, transportation, staff, four hour snowtubing ticket all included in fee. Must be minimum height of 44” for the snowtubing slopes. Registration Deadline: Jan 8. Ages

Date

Days

Time

Depart From

Course #

Fee

6+

Jan 11

F

6:30am-5:00pm

Green Ridge

22010

$80

6+

Jan 11

F

6:00am-5:00pm

Brambleton

22010

$80

New!

Washington, DC - Smithsonian

The Highland Festival was designated a “Local Legacy” by the Library of Congress in 1999.

Ages

Date

Days

Time

Depart From

Course #

Fee

All

Mar 15

F

6:30am-9:30pm

Brambleton

22013

$59

All

Mar 15

F

7:00am-9:00pm

Green Ridge

22013

$59

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY

Travel

View the wooly mammoth in the Natural History museum or take in the Apollo capsule at the Air and Space Museum. Choose the Smithsonian, or two or three of interest that you would like to see! No thoughts about where to park-transportation via Abbott bus. Drop off and pick up will be in front of the Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum-walking to other sites is independent and tours are self-guided. Price includes transportation. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Lunch and dinner is not included. Registration Deadline: Feb 28.

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Parks & Athletic Complexes 1

Arnold R. Burton Complex 1760 Roanoke Blvd. • Salem,VA 24153 Adult Softball Fields

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Bent Mountain Park 10148 Tinsley Ln. • Bent Mtn.,VA 24059 Playground, Baseball Field, Softball Field,Tennis Court, Basketball Court, Trails

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Bonsack Park Crumpacker Rd. • Roanoke,VA 24019 Shelter, Baseball Field, Soccer Field, Horseshoes, Playground, Grill, Portable Toilets

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Brookside Park 20 Verndale Dr. • Roanoke,VA 24019 Shelter, Playground, Basketball Court, Portable Toilets, Baseball, Softball and Soccer Fields

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Clearbrook Park 5335 Clearbrook Park Rd. • Roanoke,VA 24018 Shelter, Grills, Playground, Basketball Court,Tennis Court, Portable Toilets, seasonal Softball and Soccer Fields

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C. Darrell Shell Park 6328 Merriman Rd. • Roanoke,VA 24018 Shelter, Grills, Bathrooms,Tennis Court,Volleyball, Basketball Court,Water Fountain, Playground,Trails, Softball and Football Fields Garst Mill Park 2699 Willowlawn St. • Roanoke, VA 24018 Shelter, Grills, Playground, Bathrooms, Electricity, Water Fountain, Basketball Court, Tennis Court, Walking Trails, Softball Field, Baseball Field, Soccer Field

Read Mountain Park 6101 Crumpacker Dr. • Roanoke, VA 24019 Hiking Trails

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Sadler Park 8166 Emerald Ln. • Roanoke, VA 24019 Playground, Basketball Court, Field, Portable Toilet

M.A. Banks Park 131 Craig Ave. • Vinton, VA 24179 Playground, Basketball, Horseshoes, Grill, Portable Toilets, Water Fountain

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Roanoke River Greenway Access & Parking at Green Hill Park Paved Walking Path

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Wayside Park 5880 West Main Sr. • Salem, VA 24153 Small Boat Launch for Roanoke River

Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail Access & Parking along Kessler Mill Rd. Crushed Cinder Walking Path

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Wolf Creek Greenway Access & Parking at Goode & Stonebridge Parks Crushed Cinder Walking Path

Whispering Pines Park Absalom Smith Rd. • Salem, VA 24153 Shelter, Bathrooms, Grills, Tennis Court, Playground, Basketball Court, Softball, Baseball and Soccer Fields

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Tinker Creek Greenway/ Hollins Trailhead Access & Parking just north of I-81, exit 146 Hiking trail and access to Carvin’s Cove

Full Day Facility $50 $80 $150 $350 Call

Any park Any park EXCEPT Oak Grove Happy Hollow & Bonsack Green Hill, Vinyard & Walrond Parks Green Hill Park ONLY Green Hill Park ONLY

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We have 15 parks with picnic shelters that may be reserved between April 1 and October 31 each year, with reservations beginning February 1 for the upcoming calendar year. Shelters are open to the public unless they have been reserved by another group. Make advance reservations to guarantee the use of a particular shelter. Rentals are now FULL DAY ONLY, regardless of the time needed for your rental. ou may also book via phone by calling (540) 387-6078 ext 0, or book online at RoanokeCountyParks.com, by clicking on the Register Online icon, then selecting the Picnic Shelter Rentals tab. No refunds are provided if a reservation is cancelled; however, we will reschedule your reservation to another available time or date during our current season. “Special Use Permits” from the County may be required for certain events, and those requiring special equipment including moon-bounces, dunking booths, and tents. For large events requiring portable toilets or staffing, direct costs will be applied to your rental. Please note that C.Darrell Shell Park• isRegister no longer for reservation. Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com byavailable phone 540.772.PLAY

New this year, book your shelter online! Visit us online at RoanokeCountyParks.com, click on the Register Online icon!

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Walrond Park 6842 Walrond Dr. • Roanoke, VA 24019 Shelter, Grills, Playground, Bathrooms, Tennis, Baseball, Soccer, and Football Fields, Disc Golf Course

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Garst Mill Park Greenway Access & Parking at Garst Mill Park Paved Walking Path

Trails

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Ingersoll Rand Field Old Mountain Rd. • Roanoke, VA 24019 Baseball Field, Softball Field, Soccer Field

Oak Grove Park 5005 Grandin Rd. Ext.• Roanoke, VA 24018 Shelter, Bathrooms, Grills, Playground, Baseball Field, Tennis Court, Water Fountain, Hiking Trails

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Vinyard Park 150 Vinyard Park Dr. • Vinton, VA 24179 Shelter, Playground, Grills, Portable Toilets, Electricity, Water Fountain, Baseball Field, Soccer Field, Football Field

Blue Ridge Parkway Access from Route 220 Scenic Drive and Hiking Trails

Horseshoe Pits

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Hollins Park 5688 Hollins Rd. • Roanoke, VA 24019 Playground, Soccer Field, Walking Path

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Happy Hollow Gardens 6697 Mt. Chestnut Rd. • Roanoke, VA 24018 Shelter, Hiking Trails, Amphitheater, Grill

Stonebridge Park 420 Swan Dr. • Vinton, VA 24179 Shelter, Bathrooms, Playground, Grills, Baseball Field, Tennis Court, Trails, Basketball Court

Appalachian Trail Access & Parking off Route 311 in Catawba Hiking Trail and Camping Areas

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Green Hill Park 2500 Green Hill Park Rd. • Salem, VA 24153 Shelters, Playground, Bathrooms, Hiking Trails, Event Field, Softball, Baseball, Soccer and Football Fields, Equestrian Center

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Starkey Park 5701 Crystal Creek Dr. • Roanoke, VA 24018 Shelter, Water Fountain, Portable Toilet, Baseball Field, Soccer Field

Ballfields

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Mount Pleasant Park 3071 Pitzer Rd. • Roanoke, VA 24014 Shelter, Playground, Basketball Court, Baseball Field, Softball Field, Seasonal Soccer, Football Field

Goode Park 1594 Goode Park Rd. • Vinton, VA 24179 Trails, seasonal Softball and Soccer Fields

Water Fountain

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Merriman Soccer Complex 6657 Merriman Rd. • Roanoke, VA 24018 Shelter, Ballfield

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Mayflower Hills Park 3319 Rutrough Rd. • Roanoke, VA 24014 Shelter, Playground, Grill, Ballfield

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Facilities, Rentals & Parties Green Ridge Recreation Center and Splash Valley Water Park

7415 Wood Haven Rd, Roanoke, 24019 • (540) 777-6300 For rental inquiries, email: clblankenship@roanokecountyva.gov With two multipurpose rooms, a party room, and a double gymnasium, Green Ridge has plenty of space for your next community meeting or birthday party. All rooms have FREE Wi-Fi Internet access. • Indoor Pool Party - Enjoy exclusive use of a party room adjoining the indoor pool for one hour, then spend an hour in the pool. It’s our most popular rental package! Rates start at $150. • Splash Valley Pool Party - . Get 45-minutes exclusive use of the party pad picnic area, a drink and ice cream cup for participants, and UNLIMITED swim time afterwards! Rates start at $190. • Basic Room Rental - Reserve space in a multipurpose room. Rates start at $50 per hour. • Sports Banquet - Get time in a banquet room to celebrate with your team. Then give them unlimited play with Green Ridge day passes. Rates start at $150 on weekdays and $175 on weekends. • Combination Packages - Ask about pre-packaged party options including the gymnasium, activity room, indoor pool, and more! Three-hour packages start at just $300. • After Hours Rentals - Exclusive use of the indoor pool. Packages may include use of additional areas of the facility as negotiated. Prices start at just $600 for a two-hour indoor pool rental and $950 for a Splash Valley rental.

Brambleton Recreation Center

3738 Brambleton Ave SW, Roanoke, 24018 • (540) 772-7529 For rental inquiries, email: plocks@roanokecountyva.gov Brambleton offers meeting facilities of all shapes and sizes, with FREE Wi-Fi internet access in select rooms. Audiovisual equipment is available on site. Amenities include seven meeting rooms, a large kitchen, a 2,500 square foot community room with stage, and a 2,500 square foot rec-room with a cafe. Rates start at $25 per hour.

Camp Roanoke

6498 Dry Hollow Rd, Salem, 24153 • (540) 387-6114 For rental inquiries, email: gmartin@roanokecountyva.gov Camp Roanoke’s overnight and meeting facilities are available for group rentals, business retreats and more! This location features presentation-ready meeting rooms, cabins for overnight retreats, on-site catering and a variety of outdoor recreation options. Ask about our Challenge Course programs, Climbing Tower, canoe trips or custom programs for groups and businesses.

Catawba Center

4965 Catawba Creek Rd, Catawba, 24070 • (540) 387-6078 For rental inquiries, email: dreid@roanokecountyva.gov The Catawba Center features a kitchen area, space for dining or meetings, along with tables and chairs, playground, outdoor basketball court and baseball field. Picnic shelter available with building or separately.

Craig Avenue Recreation Center

900 Chestnut Rd, Vinton, 24179 • (540) 857-5035 For rental inquiries, email: mdougherty@roanokecountyva.gov Featuring a weight room, lounge, auditorium, kitchen, and gameroom, each available as separate rentals or in combination. FREE Wi-Fi internet access is available for rentals.

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitors Center

Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 115 • (540) 427-1800 For rental inquiries, email: msellers@roanokecountyva.gov Featuring a large indoor theater with small stage and full audiovisual setup. Seating available for up to 118 people.

Administrative Office

1206 Kessler Mill Rd, Salem, 24153 • (540) 387-6078 This facility is not available for rent. Contact for general park questions.

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY

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Therapeutic Recreation

We’re proud to be the Roanoke Valley’s regional service provider of recreation for individuals with disabilities. In partnership with the City of Roanoke and City of Salem, we provide top quality programs and services to people with a variety of disabilities. The programs shown here are a small sampling of our many offerings. Visit www.RoanokeCountyVA.gov/trs for more, or call 772-7529 ext. 2.

Valentine’s Dinner Dance

Attend the 28th Annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance at the elegant Hotel Roanoke ballroom. Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Monday February 11th. Come and enjoy delectable food, rocking music, delirious dancing, and an evening of fun and surprises. The sit down dinner begins at 6 PM sharp, followed by the crowning of the King and Queen of Hearts. Then dance to the good ‘ole rock and roll music of Insufficient Funds. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Feb 11

M

5:30pm-9:00pm

Hotel Roanoke

21790

$26

Monday Night Social Club

The Valentine’s Dinner Dance is our most popular event of the year!

T

wenty-eight years is a long time to hold ANY type of event! Amazingly, the Valentine’s Dinner Dance for individuals with disabilities has be come more popular than ever, boasting over 300 participants each year. Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism is thankful for the generous support of several local institutions that make the event possible. For the past six years, the Hotel Roanoke has provided space free of charge for this exciting event. Hotel Roanoke’s senior catering manager Peggy Wright says it’s an honor to be part of such a grand evening. “There is so much excitement in the air as the guests arrive. To see eyes light up as they come into the beautifully decorated room is delightful. It’s so much fun to see them dancing and having a good time.” The Roanoke Jr. Women’s Club has been volunteering at The Dance since 2008, starting with funds for scholarships. For the past four years this organization has volunteered to take photos of the each participant and printed them on site. Each participant is able to leave with a photo of the evening. The Dance just would not be The Dance without the Roanoke Jr. Women’s Club supporting this event. Finally, what would an event be without music! The band Insufficient Funds will be celebrating their 10th year of providing inkind musical services for the dance. Our participants really enjoy the live music, and the songs they can all sing along to. If your organization would like to be involved, TRS is accepting donation for door prizes and scholarships so that all adults with disabilities who are interested in attending are able to attend regardless of their financial restraints.

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This new program is for adults ages 31+ who are looking to meet new people and create friendships while having fun and fostering independence. All activities will be planned by the group and may include things like bowling, eating out, arts & crafts or wellness & fitness activities. The group will meet every other week at the Brambleton Center from 6:30-8:30. Transportation is extremely limited, but we will work with you to help you find transportation and carpooling options. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

31+

Jan 14-May 20

M

6:30pm-8:30pm

Brambleton

22107

$32

Snow Tubing

Grab your hats, gloves, and jacket as we head to Liberty Mountain in Lynchburg for an afternoon of snow tubing! Liberty Mountain offers multiple snow tube slopes year round, so we are guaranteed to have a blast! After two hours of tubing we will wrap up our adventure with a fast food dinner. Participants need to bring their own money for dinner. Participants must be capable of walking on uneven and slippery terrain with minimal assistance. Participants will be expected to provide their own winter attire, such as snow bibs, gloves, and jackets, if you have any questions on what to wear please contact TRS. Transportation will be provided from pick up points only. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Depart From

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 26

Sa

3:00pm-6:30pm

Brambleton

22093

$18

Zumba

Join TRS as we try the latest and most popular dance-aerobic class, Zumba! Learn the basic dance moves, then combine them with fun and upbeat Latin music to get your body movin’. Get lost in the music and dancing while making exercise fun! Participants of all abilities are encouraged to try Zumba. Ages

Date

Day

Time

Place

Course #

Fee

18+

Jan 28-Feb 25

M

10:00am-11:00am

Green Ridge

22090

$40

The City of Roanoke and City of Salem are valued partners in providing Therapeutic Recreation Services to individuals with disabilities in the valley.

Register online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com • Register by phone 540.772.PLAY


Program Registration 1) Online Registration

Visit Us Online at www.RoanokeCountyParks.com. Click on the Register Online icon

Scan the barcode to go directly to our site!

shown to the right. Browse our programs and register online using your VISA, MasterCard or Discover card.

Already a Participant? If you have previously registered with us for any program, or if

you have rented a Roanoke County picnic shelter, you ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT with us. You can get your USER ID and Family PIN by calling any number listed below, or by using the “Forgot My Password” feature on the sign-in page.

A New Participant? To register online, you will need to have your User ID and Family

PIN. Request a new account online by selecting the “My Account Tab” within our online registration portal. Then click on the “Create New Account” button. New accounts are not activated until you complete your first program registration. You may also request an account via telephone by calling any number listed below.

2) Phone

or

Walk-in Registration

Simply Call one of the numbers below to register for programs, or for more information about our offerings. Please direct questions about general recreation programs to the Brambleton Center, and questions about Green Ridge admission and membership to Green Ridge Recreation Center. 3738 Brambleton Ave. 24018

540.777.6300 Green Ridge Recreation Center 540.387.6078

2) Mail-in Registration

Now on sale, pick up a gift card at any recreation center!

Use The Form Below to complete your registration, and mail with check, money order or credit card information to any of the facilities listed above. Name ________________________________________________________________ Date of Birth ____________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City ________________________________________________________ State _______________ ZIP___________________________ Home Phone ______________________________________ E-MAIL ADDRESS _____________________________

RESIDENT OF ROANOKE COUNTY? ______YES ______NO

How — Registration is on a first come, first pay basis. Registration will be taken until a class is full, or a class is cancelled for insufficient enrollment. You may mail-in, walk-in, or phone-in to any Roanoke County Parks facility or register online at www.RoanokeCountyParks.com. Payment — Payment is required in full at the time of registration to reserve your space, unless otherwise stated. This policy excludes programs for which payment by installment is available. Payment may be made by VISA, Mastercard, Discover Card, check, money order or cash. Make checks payable to: Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Confirmations — Please show up for the first class at the appointed time and place unless you are notified by phone. You will only be notified if your registration cannot be accepted in cases where the class is full or has been cancelled. If Programs Are Full — Sometimes programs may fill. If this happens, we will gladly add your name to the waiting list. Mail-in registrants will automatically be placed on the list. You will be contacted if a space becomes available. Weather Cancellation Policy — Recreation programs held in Roanoke County Schools will be cancelled when the Roanoke County Schools close due to inclement weather. Cancellation announcements for all other programs and events held at County Parks, the Brambleton Center, Green Ridge, and Craig Center will be available by calling (540) 387-6455 and online. When possible, closures may be listed on local TV and radio stations.

540.772.7529 Brambleton Center 7415 Wood Haven Rd. 24019 Roanoke County Parks Offices 1206 Kessler Mill Rd. 24153

Program Registration Policies When — Winter registration begins online Saturday, December 8 for County Residents only; Monday, December 10 walk-in and phone for County Residents only; and Wednesday, December 12 for non-county residents. Registration will be taken between 8 AM-5 PM each work day at all offices and recreation centers. You can also register during evenings and weekends at selected recreation centers, and online at any time.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS? ? ______YES ______NO

Refunds — In the event Roanoke County cancels the class, you may elect to receive a refund within 3 weeks. Refunds will not be given after the first session of the class or after the deadline date for trips, tours and special events, unless your place can be filled. A credit may be requested in lieu of a refund. Refunds for charged payments will be made by credit to your account. A minimum of $5 is required for a refund. Registration Periods — Seasonal registration takes place in early December, March, June, and September. County Residents may register first and Non-County residents after two days. Early online registration will be available each session for County Residents.

Winter 2013 Registration METHOD OF PAYMENT

Roanoke

County Parks, Recreation and Tourism

MUST BE RECEIVED WITH REGISTRATION

COURSE #

DAY/TIME

LOCATION

PARTICIPANT NAME

AGE

FEES

1

___ VISA

___MASTERCARD

___DISCOVER

___ CASH

___ CHECK (CHECK #_________) ___MONEY ORDER

2 3

CHARGE CARD AUTHORIZATION

®

TOTAL AMOUNT TO BE CHARGED: $ _________________________________

TOTAL REGISTRATION FEES: Assumption of Risk And Indemnification Agreement

I, the undersigned, do hereby agree to participate in or allow the individual named herein to participate in the aforementioned activity. I assume all risks and liability that may arise from my or my child’s involvement and participation in this activity. I understand that this program carries the possibility of physical injury and may involve physical activity that may be strenuous and there are risks inherent in this recreational activity. With regard to the activity to which this form applies, nothing shall be construed to grant an expressed or implied warranty of safety. I further understand that Roanoke County and its officers, agents and volunteers are not liable for any injury that may result from the negligence of persons conducting this program. Roanoke County recommends that participants secure adequate medical insurance to cover any injury that may arise from participation in Roanoke County’s recreation programs. In accordance with section 8.0140 of the Code of Virginia, I hereby give permission to be photographed during this activity, and I give the department permission to use or distribute such photographs and identification. Must Check Yes or No: _____ Yes _____No IF PARTICIPANT IS UNDER AGE 18, PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST ALSO SIGN

®

EXPIRATION DATE: _________________________________________________ CARDHOLDER NAME: ______________________________________________

®

CARDHOLDER ZIP CODE: ___________________________________________ CARDHOLDER SIGNATURE: _________________________________________

CARD NUMBER:

Authorized

PARTICIPANT SIGNATURE:________________________________________GUARDIAN SIGNATURE: ________________________________

SIGNATURE :_______________________________________________________

HOME PHONE: __________________ BUS. PHONE: _________________ DATE: ___________________

Check one:

_____PARENT

_____GUARDIAN

______PARTICIPANT


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Recreation Family Fun Guide - Winter 2013  

Roanoke County's complete lineup of recreation programs for December 2012, and January & February 2013.

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