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As the Roanoke Valley’s oldest and only Nationally Accredited park and recreation agency, it is the responsibility of Roanoke Parks and Recreation to connect you with endless, exciting recreation opportunities throughout the region and beyond.


FACILITY INFORMATION

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR ATHLETICS Aquatics Youth Athletics Adult Athletics COMMUNITY RECREATION Fitness and Wellness Adult Personal Enrichment Youth Personal Enrichment Youth Development Trips and Tours OFF THE RAILS TRIATHLON EVENTS NATIONAL KIDS TO PARKS DAY OUTDOOR EDUCATION Environmental Education Outdoor Adventure CAMPS THE PLAY STORE REGISTRATION FORM

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See Buddy Bison’s travels Buddy Bison has been all over the United States on National Kids to Parks Day. Check out the following pages to see where some kids have gone with Buddy. Where will you go this year?

Eureka Center: 853-2675 Garden City Center: 853-2778 Grandin Court Center: 853-2446 Main Office: 853-2236 Mill Mountain Discovery Center: 853-1236 Mountain View Center: 853-2679 Norwich Venture Center: 853-1276 Preston Center: 853-2770

ADA AND THE ROANOKE PARKS AND RECREATION SYSTEM Roanoke Parks and Recreation welcomes participants with disabilities into all department programs. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide adaptation or accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities for all programs, including alternative formats for printed materials. Contact Parks and Recreation staff at 853-2236 at least two weeks prior to the event or class to request reasonable accommodations to participate in the programs.

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SERVICES OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY We co-sponsor therapeutic programs offered by Therapeutic Recreation Services of the Roanoke Valley. Qualified individuals may participate in the county-sponsored recreation programs for individuals with developmental disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, visual impairments and head injury related disabilities. The office is located at 3738 Brambleton Ave. For more information, please call 772-7529, ext. 2.


Register for programs online at www.PlayRoanoke.com or visit the Parks and Recreation Administration office.

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100 Years of parks and recreation History buffs may remember 1914 as the beginning of the first World War, while any great sports enthusiast will tell you that it was the year of Babe Ruth’s first professional baseball game. But within these four walls in our downtown office, we know that 1914 marked the inauguration of Parks and Recreation here in the City of Roanoke.

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With a century of good times behind us, we look forward to another century of family, fun and friendships. Along the way, we genuinely invite you to join us in this wonderful venture.

Steve Buschor, Director

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Roanoke Parks and Recreation publishes PLAY four times each year. It is available at the Parks and Rec Administration office, city libraries, Dicks Sporting Goods or at www.PlayRoanoke.com.

To celebrate, our 100 years, we’re asking you to take to the parks and join us for a couple jovial celebrations. In April we’ll invite the community for a grand opening of a brand new park at the former Countryside golf course location, and in May you’re encouraged to join our family-friendly and free National Kids to Parks Day at River’s Edge (see page 26-27 for details). www.PlayRoanoke.com

Roanoke Parks and Recreation 215 Church Avenue Room 303 Roanoke, VA 24011 Phone: 853-2236 Fax: 853-1287 E-mail: parksrec@roanokeva.gov Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., M–F

As our first official open spaces, Highland, Elmwood and Melrose Parks have worked to put smiles on faces throughout the 100 years, and since then, we’ve established more than 70 additional parks or greenways to serve our citizens.

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

YOU CAN PLAY TOO!


Fallon Park Pool 2150 Dale Ave. SE Open Friday and Saturday: noon–7 p.m., Sunday: noon–6 p.m.

Washington Park Pool 1919 Burrell Ave. NW Open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: noon–6 p.m.

Municipal Pools Schedule Pools Open for the Season: June 6, 2014 Pools Close: Aug. 10, 2014

Admission Fees Children ages 4 and under: FREE Youth (ages 5-15): $2 Adults (ages 16 and up): $3 Both City of Roanoke outdoor aquatic facilities offer one Olympic-size pool with diving boards and slides, one 7,000-gallon wading pool, concession stand and picnic areas. Deck chairs and chaise lounges are also available for relaxing poolside.

Swim Lessons

Parent/Child (Baby and Me, Toddler and Me, Preschooler and Me): (6 months–4 years). Instructor works closely with parent in helping infant/toddler develop basic water skills, including water adjustment, safety, and experiencing supported movement through the water. Parents/guardian must participate in each class. Children must wear swimmer diapers. Preschool Aquatics: (4–6) This is the first time that a child is going to be in the water without a parent or guardian. Skills introduced include water adjustment, breath control, underwater exploration, water safety and swimming movements on front and back. An excellent class for children who have little or no previous water experience. Children should be emotionally ready to separate from parent. Parents are requested to watch class while sitting on the pool deck. Swimming 1: (6+) This course is designed to orient participants to the aquatic environment. Instruction includes basic breath control, supported kicking on the front and back, familiarization with arm/leg action for front crawl and safety skills. No experience is necessary.

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Roanoke Parks and Recreation will offer swim lessons to participants, ages 6 months through adults, at both Washington and Fallon Park Pools this summer. Swim lessons are based off of the Virginia Swims

Swim Class Descriptions

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In addition to public swim hours and special group fees, both facilities are available for private party rentals on weekend evenings and also offer the following programs. For more information, call 853-2236.

core curriculum. Please refer to the dates below for class descriptions and session schedules. Each course includes eight 25-minute sessions in the morning at Washington Park Pool or six 35-minute sessions in the evening at Fallon Park Pool. In the event of inclement weather, please call the Weather Hotline at 853-1196. Participants must pre-register one week prior to start date. A $25.00 registration fee per participant is due at the time of registration. (Please be advised that participants may be placed in a different session by the instructor based upon skill level).

ATHLETICS

ATHLETICS

Aquatics


ATHLETICS

Swimming 2: (6+) This class builds on the fundamental skills learned in Swimming 1. Class focus is on unsupported front and back float and glide, combined stroke on front and back, and increased safety skills. Participants must have successfully completed Swimming 1. Swimming 3: (6+) Aquatic skills learned in previous classes are continued. Coordination of front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, rotary breathing, treading water and basic rescue skills are taught. Swimming in deep water is introduced. Swimming 4: (6+) Participants will become more independent and increase their endurance in the water by practicing and refining elementary backstroke, front and back crawl and breaststroke. Diving skills are also introduced.

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Swimming 5: (6+) Participants refine and coordinate the key strokes learned in previous swimming courses at increased distances. Front and back open turns are taught. Deep water work includes diving, water entries and treading. Swimming 6: (6+) This class is often used to introduce some basic lifesaving skills (not a lifeguarding class) to help the student be more aware of water safety. Learners at this level should be able to do all strokes successfully, and be able to switch between strokes on command. They should be able to dive effectively, and swim from one end of the pool to the other without stopping. Adult: This class is designed for the beginner swimmer to the advanced. Abilities will be evaluated in the water by a certified instructor.

Fallon and Washington Park Pools Lesson Schedules Washington Park Pool Course

Dates

Levels

Time

4605 4608 4611 4613 4616 4606 4609 4615 4614 4612 4607 4610

June 16–19, June 23–26 June 16–19, June 23–26 June 16–19, June 23–26 June 16–19, June 23–26 July 7–10, July 14–17 July 7–10, July 14–17 July 7–10, July 14–17 July 7–10, July 14–17 July 21–24, July 28–31 July 21–24, July 28–31 July 21–24, July 28–31 July 21–24, July 28–31

Parent/Child Pre-school Swimming 1 Swimming 2 & 3 Adult Parent/Child Pre-school Swimming 4,5,6 Swimming 2 & 3 Swimming 1 Parent/Child Pre-school

10–10:25 a.m. 10:30–10:55 a.m. 11–11:25 a.m. 11:30–11:55 a.m. 10–10:25 a.m. 10:30–10:55 a.m. 11–11:25 a.m. 11:30–11:55 a.m. 10–10:25 a.m. 10:30–10:55 a.m. 11–11:25 a.m. 11:30–11:55 a.m.

Fallon Park Pool Course

Dates

Levels

Time

4618 4620 4622 4624 4619 4627 4623 4625 4628 4621 4626 4629

June 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26 June 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26 June 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26 June 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26 July 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17 July 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17 July 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17 July 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17 July 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31 July 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31 July 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31 July 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31

Parent/Child Swimming 1 Swimming 2 & 3 Swimming 4,5,6 Parent/Child Pre-school Swimming 2 & 3 Swimming 4,5,6 Pre-school Swimming 1 Swimming 4,5,6 Adult

6–6:35 p.m. 6:40–7:15 p.m. 7:20–7:55 p.m. 8–8:35 p.m. 6–6:35 p.m. 6:40–7:15 p.m. 7:20–7:55 p.m. 8–8:35 p.m. 6–6:35 p.m. 6:40–7:15 p.m. 7:20–7:55 p.m. 8–8:35 p.m.


VARIOUS

Dates

Region III – South City Knights

Youth Baseball/Softball Course # n/a

contact your director

CALL

(6–17) As partners with the volunteer-operated Recreation Clubs, the City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation is offering spring baseball and softball for city youth. Practices begin mid-March and games begin in April. The age cut-off for participants is May 1 of the current season (2014) with the following exception: 5 year olds must have turned 6 on or before Dec. 31, 2013. Contact the Recreation Club Athletic Director in the region in which you live to register.

Mitch DeWeese

798–3015 (Softball)

Mitch DeWeese

798–3015 (Baseball)

ATHLETICS

Youth Athletics

Region IV– Greater Southwest Mark Ayles

312–0023 (Softball)

GSA Office

904–6442 (Baseball)

Register online: www.gsasports.org (Region IV only)

Youth Baseball/Softball Divisions Tee Ball

6&7

Coach Pitch

8

Pee Wee

9 & 10

Little League

11 & 12

Junior League

13 & 14

Senior League

15–17

Girls’ Softball

U8–U16

REGION I

581

REGION II 460

354–8599

Sandy Bond

345–9367 (Asst. AD)

Region II – Williamson Road 366–1078 (Softball)

Darryl Hall

314–6762 (Baseball)

REGION III 220

As partners with the volunteeroperated recreation clubs, Roanoke Parks and Recreation seeks to provide a variety of organized sports for all city youth for little or no cost.

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Shelby Bryant

REGION IV

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Region I – Star City Geraldine Reid


ATHLETICS

Instructional Programs and Clinics APRIL-JUNE

13-7

APRIL

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NFL Youth Flag Football Course # see below

see below

$50

(5–17) Roanoke youth have yet another option to stay conditioned and active this spring with the Roanoke Valley’s only Spring NFL sanctioned flag football league. Participant’s age on Sept. 1, 2014, will determine the division each child should play in. All divisions are co-ed. Please note that age division times are subject to change based on the number of participants registered. Course No.

Ages

Time

4436

5–7

9:30–10:30 a.m.

4438

8–10

10:30–11:30 a.m.

4439

11–13

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

4441 14–17 12:30–1:30 p.m. Location: River’s Edge-South Field 4. Register by March 13. APRIL

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Great Beginnings: Baseball/Softball Course # 4597

6–7 p.m.

$65

(3–6 with a parent) In this five week instructional program, parents and children will work together to learn the basic motor skills needed to successfully move on to more organized sports. This program will prepare young children for the challenges of organized sports in a non-threatening atmosphere without the worry of competition, while spending quality time with their parents. Location: Maher Field (Reserve Ave). Register by April 8.

Great Beginnings: Soccer Course # 4598

6–7 p.m.

$65

(3–6 with a parent) In this five week instructional program, parents and children will work together to learn the basic motor skills needed to successfully move on to more organized sports. This program will prepare young children for the challenges of organized sports in a non-threatening atmosphere without the worry of competition, while spending quality time with their parents. Location: River’s Edge North Field 1 (Reserve Ave). Register by April 10. APRIL

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MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition Course # n/a

noon–1 p.m.

FREE

(7–14) The official skills competition of Major League Baseball is back! The Pitch, Hit & Run competition provides youth across the county an opportunity to showcase their skills in an exciting baseball competition. Boys and girls compete separately. For more information, visit www.PlayRoanoke.com/athletics. Registration will be taken the day of the event only, from 11 a.m. to noon. Location: Jackson Park Baseball Diamond. APRIL

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Hershey’s Track & Field Games Course # n/a

10–11:30 a.m.

FREE

(9–14) Roanoke Parks and Recreation is hosting the Hershey’s Track & Field Meet again for 2014. Everyone is encouraged to do their best no matter what their skill level. It’s a day of fun and fitness featuring events such as running, jumping and throwing. Please call 853-1111 to register. Location: William Fleming High School Track. Register by April 20.


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Adult Spring Softball Course # see below

see below

VARIES

Sign your team up at RoanokeSoftball.weebly.com for the city’s largest adult athletic program! Teams play 10 regular season games plus tournament play. Register by March 23. A $25 late fee will be added after March 23. No registrations after March 30. Days M,W

Fee $350/team

Course No. 4397 Men’s Church (16+) Location: Wasena and Fallon.

Teams 24

Days T, Th

Fee $335/team

Course No. Teams 4396 Co-ed (18+) 24 Location: River’s Edge and Huff Lane.

Days T, Th

Fee $335/team

Course No. 4398 Women’s (16+) Location: River’s Edge.

Days T, Th

Fee $335/team

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Teams 8

Fastest Woman in the Valley Race Course # 4593

noon

FREE

12:15 p.m.

FREE

(18+) Do you think you are the fastest man in the valley? If so, come out and prove it in this first annual 100 meter sprint race. Winners will receive an award and bragging rights! Location: William Fleming High School Track. Register by April 24. VARIOUS

Dates

Adult Kickball League (Co-Ed) Course # see below

6–10 p.m.

$175

(18+) Register your team today for Roanoke’s only adult kickball league. Rules are similar to both baseball and softball with a maximum of ten (10) players on the field. Teams are guaranteed nine (9) games (8 regular season games and 1 postseason tournament game). Space is limited to the first 32 teams so register today to reserve you team’s spot. Practices begin June 23. Course No. 4631

Start Date July 7

Days M, W

Register by: June 27

4632

July 8

T, Th

June 27

Location: River’s Edge Sports Complex South. Register by June 26.

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(18+) Do you think you are the fastest woman in the valley? If so, come out and prove it in this first annual 100 meter sprint race. Winners will receive an award and bragging rights! Location: William Fleming High School Track. Register by April 24.

Course # 4594

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Course No. Teams 4399 Men’s (18+) 32 Location: Huff Lane and Wasena.

APRIL

Fastest Man in the Valley Race

APRIL

ATHLETICS

Adult Athletics


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COMMUNITY RECREATION

We encourage you to try any of our fitness and wellness programs by participating in one class before registering to see if it’s the right fit!

Class rating system Low intensity, low-impact class. Movements are slow and precise with no high-impact moves such as jumping, running, bouncing, etc. This class level is appropriate for all fitness levels. Moderate intensity, low-impact class. This class does not contain high-impact moves such as jumping and running; however, some exercises will be intense requiring some muscular strength and endurance. This class level is appropriate for active participants at beginning, intermediate or advanced fitness levels.

High-intensity/high-impact class. Movements are intense and require the ability to perform high-impact moves like lifting heavier weight, jumping, sprinting and running. This class level is designed for advanced fitness levels.

Dates

Zumba Gold Course # see below

1–2 p.m.

$29

(55+) Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music and dance movements for seniors. This program lets you move to the beat at your own speed. The class provides modified, low impact moves for older adults. Taught by instructor Tee Barlow. Classes meet Monday and Tuesday. Course No.

Dates

Register by

4684

March 3–25

March 10

4685

March 31–April 29

4686 May 5–27* Location: Eureka Center. *No class on May 26. VARIOUS

Dates

April 7 May 12

Zumba Fitness Party–1 or 2 Nights! Course # see below

5:30–6:30 p.m.

VARIES

(18+) Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music and dance movements, creating a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness system! The class combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using an aerobic/fitness approach. One class a week is $25, two a week is $30.

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Course No. Dates Days Fee Register by 4692 March 3–26 M, W $30 March 10 4688 March 3–26 M or W $25 March 10 4693 April 1–30 M, W $30 April 8 4689 April 1–30 M or W $25 April 8 4694 May 5–28* M, W $30 May 12 4690 May 5–28* M or W $25 May 12 Location: Mountain View Center. *No class on May 26.

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Moderate/high-intensity, moderate/high-impact class. A mixture of slow, controlled movements with fast-paced more intense moves including some low jumping and bouncing. This class level is designed for intermediate to advanced fitness levels.

VARIOUS

COMMUNITY RECREATION

Fitness and Wellness


COMMUNITY RECREATION

VARIOUS

Dates

Garden Cardio Course # see below

VARIOUS

6:30–7:30 p.m.

$28

(18+) Experience this versatile, low-impact fitness class that offers step, dance and kickboxing aerobics with a touch of strength training to transform your workout and your body! Any fitness level welcome. Course No.

Dates

Days

Register by

4696

March 3–31

M,W

March 10

4697

April 2–30

M,W

April 9

4698 May 5–28* M,W Location: Garden City Center. *No class on May 26. VARIOUS

Dates

May 12

Pilates Course # see below

5:45–6:45 p.m.

$27

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(18+) This mat-work class will radically change your body by strengthening and toning muscles, increasing flexibility, agility, economy of motion and improving posture and balance. No matter what your age or fitness level is, it will work for you. One class a week is $22, two a week is $27. Course No. Dates 4700 March 4–27 4703 March 4–27 4701 April 1–24 4704 April 1–24 4702 April 1–May 29 4705 April 1–May 29 Location: Grandin Court Center.

Days T or Th T, Th T or Th T, Th T or Th T, Th

Fee $22 $27 $22 $27 $22 $27

Register by March 11 March 11 April 8 April 8 May 6 May 6

Dates

Aquatic Fitness Course # see below

see below

$23

(18+) If you experience joint or back discomfort, have an existing injury or disability or just love the water, then aquatic fitness is the exercise program for you! Swimmers and non-swimmers can get a great cardio workout, shape and tone muscles, reduce stress and socialize with friends old and new. Pool shoes are recommended. Water barbells or swim gloves are highly recommended. Course No. Dates Time Days Register by 4677 March 3–28 7–8 a.m. M, W, F March 10 4678 March 31–April 30 7–8 a.m. M, W, F April 7 4679 May 2–30* 7–8 a.m. M, W, F May 9 4680 March 3–28 8–9 a.m. M, W, F March 10 4682 March 31–April 30 8–9 a.m. M, W, F April 7 4681 May 2–30* 8–9 a.m. M, W, F May 9 Location: Gator Aquatic Center. *No class on May 26. VARIOUS

Dates

Basic Yoga Course # see below

6–7:15 p.m.

VARIES

(18+) This class is for any experience level. The instructor will present the basics that are common in most yoga classes. Students will work on simple poses and breathing techniques to stretch and strengthen all major muscles groups. This class will help relax the entire body and calm the mind with the goal of improving your quality of life. Course No. Dates Day Fee Register by: 3972 June 13–July 11* Th $40 June 20 3973 July 18– Aug. 15 Th $50 July 25 Location: Grandin Court Center. *No class on July 4


Dates

Gentle Yoga Course # see below

VARIOUS

10–11:30 a.m.

$50

(18+) If you are at an age where you feel your flexibility has gone the way of all things youthful you will enjoy this new Gentle Yoga class. It is designed specifically for people who feel they are out of shape, for Seniors, for people with minor physical challenges or just for folks who want to be kind to their bodies. Included will be some breathing practices, poses and a deep relaxation. Movements can be made from a seated or reclining position. The class will have a peaceful tone to help the student’s ability to navigate the world we live in. Course No. Dates 3967 June 4–July 2 3968 July 16– Aug. 13 Location: Grandin Court Center.

Day T T

Register by: June 11 July 23

Dates Course # see below

10 a.m.–1 p.m.

FREE

Dates March 7 April 4 May 2

$25

Dates

Days

Register by

4529

March 4–25

T

March 11

4530

April 1–29

T

April 8

4531 May 6–27 Location: Garden City Center.

T

May 13

Ceramics Workshop Course # 4532

10 a.m.–noon

$15

(18+) If you are curious about ceramics then you should join us for a mini workshop on what it is, where to buy your greenware, how our regular adult ceramics class is structured, and try your hand at painting a piece! Program is hosted by our master ceramics instructor, Helen Hancock. Location: Garden City Center. Register by April 28. APRIL

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Young at Heart Birthday Club Course # 4528

11 a.m.–1:30 p.m..

$5 a year

(50+) Your birthday is so special why not celebrate in style? Be remembered on your birthday and celebrate with friends. You will receive a birthday card, phone message, calendar and a chance to win prizes at the birthday games; bring a dish for our potluck lunches. Desserts and bread are provided. Location: Mountain View Center.

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Course No. 4773 4526 4774 Location: Mountain View Center.

10 a.m.–noon

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(All) It’s a foot-tapping good time when the musicians show up at Mountain View! We’ll have fun playing, singing and listening to a wide variety of music. Meet new friends and bring your lunch! Please call 853-2679 to RSVP.

Course # see below

Course No.

5

First Friday Fiddlin’ at Mountain View

Adult Ceramics

(18+) This craft has been enjoyed for many years. Class members will focus on fine motor skills and creativity while having fun. You will learn everything from preparing greenware to applying special finishes. Participants will purchase their own greenware and most supplies. Contact instructor Helen Hancock at 853-6865 for a list of vendors.

MAY

Personal Enrichment Adult Personal Enrichment VARIOUS

Dates

COMMUNITY RECREATION

VARIOUS


COMMUNITY RECREATION

VARIOUS

Dates

Line Dancing Course # see below

VARIOUS

6:30–8 p.m.

$25

(18+) You’ll burn calories, tone and strengthen your body, reduce stress and meet new people as you learn a wide variety of line dances such as hip hop, country and rhythm & blues! Line dance is a fun way to improve your health, and you won’t even know you’re getting fit! No partner or previous dance experience needed. Course No.

Dates

Days

Register by

4707

March 6–27

Th

March 3

4708

April 3–24

Th

March 31

Th

April 28

4709 May 1–29 Location: Mountain View Center. VARIOUS

Dates

Coed Volleyball Course # see below

7:30–8:30 p.m.

FREE

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(18+) Come out to a night of fun and fitness while playing volleyball as a team sport. Bring a friend or members of an organization to play volleyball in a non-competitive environment. Participants must wear athletic wear and tennis shoes. Course No.

Dates

4567

May 12

4568

May 19

4569 Location: Eureka Center. Register at the door.

May 26

Dates

Wii Bowling @ Garden City Course # see below

1–3 p.m.

FREE

(18+) Join us to experience the excitement of this fabulous Wii game guaranteed to have you move at your own pace while having fun. Amaze your grandchildren with your finesse with the Wii remote! Course No. Dates 4786 March 10 4565 April 14 4787 May 12 Location: Garden City Center. Register by the day of each program. MARCH

The Photographic Artist

5-26 Course # 4533

7–8:30 p.m.

$35

(18+) This course will provide aspiring artists with fundamental knowledge about how to develop and explore photographic concepts, forge individual style and begin building a broader body of work. We will also discuss the importance of presentation formats and materials to further support artistic concepts, as well as strategies for personal promotion and sale of artwork. The program is every Thursday. Location: Jackson Park Branch Library. Register by Feb. 26. APRIL

Intro to Photographic Lighting

2-30 Course # 4534

7–8:30 p.m.

$35

(18+) This four week course will provide you with a solid understanding of the technical and creative aspects of studio and location lighting. We’ll examine the sources and qualities of light and identify strategies for shaping light to improve your images. Program is every Thursday. Location: Jackson Park Branch Library. Register by March 26.


Color Theory for Photographers

7-28 Course # 4535

7–8:30 p.m.

$35

(18+) Discover how to improve the dynamic qualities of your color photography through in–depth knowledge and application of color theory. We’ll discuss a variety of approaches and techniques that will help support meaning of your images and improve viewer interpretation. Class meets every Thursday. Location: Jackson Park Branch Library. Register by April 30. MARCH

Dates

6–7:30 p.m.

$30

(18+) What is your journey? What are the important moments that have made who you are? Artists use symbols images that explore their interests and experiences. In this class students will learn how to create and compose images that explore the major lessons or events in their lives thus far. Students will learn basic watercolor, mixed media and college techniques and create a unique handmade book. Students are responsible to purchase their own materials. The class is on Monday. Location: Grandin Court Center. Register by Feb. 24.

Art & Craft: Drawing From Nature 6–7:30 p.m.

$30

10–11 a.m.

FREE

Course No.

Dates

4559

March 19

4600 Location: Eureka Center. Register at the door. VARIOUS

Dates

April 16

Music at Morningside Course # see below

2–4 p.m.

FREE

(All) Join us for a great time playing, singing and listening to a variety of music. Bring a snack to share with your new friends. Sessions are the fourth Tuesday of each month. Course No.

Dates

4778

March 25

4546

April 24

4779 May 27 Location: Morningside Manor. No deadline to register.

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(18+) Before photographs were invented scientists needed to draw what they observed in nature. The skills of drawing from observation can be learned. Students will focus their attention on a variety of natural objects such as shells, bones and plants. Students will practice the skills of observational drawing: measuring, rendering value, shading. Those of you who say you cannot draw or do not have talent, the instructor can teach you to see as an artist does. The student is responsible for their own materials. Class meets every Thursday. Location: Garden City Center. Register by March 24.

Course # see below

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3-24 Course # 4558

Healthy Lifestyle

(18+) Have you taken control of your Health Today? Life Live Screening will be at Eureka Center. They will conduct blood pressure screening, measure your pulse and heart rate, as well as your weight. Learn to be more proactive about your health and how to live longer for yourself, family and community. Register at the door.

Art & Craft: Journey Books

3-31 Course # 4557

APRIL

VARIOUS

COMMUNITY RECREATION

MAY


COMMUNITY RECREATION

VARIOUS

Dates

Pages and Potluck Course # see below

EVERY

11 a.m.–1 p.m.

FREE

(21+) Expand your horizons and share your opinions with old friends and new. It’s a get together to share the joy of reading and food with a potluck lunch. Books will be suggested by the group leader and participants. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch. This program is presented in cooperation with Roanoke Public Libraries. Call 853-1027 two weeks before program to find out what book we will be discussing. Course No.

Dates

4780

March 27

4543

April 24

4781 May 29 Location: Garden City Center. There is no deadline to register.

Cards & Games at Mountain View Center EVERY

Tuesday

Drop-In Canasta Players Delight Course # 4524

10 a.m.–4 p.m.

FREE

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SPRING 2014

(50+) Enjoy a day of fun and fellowship with us. Light refreshments served occasionally. Register by calling 853-2679. Every Tuesday! EVERY

Wed.

Duplicate Bridge Players Time Course # 4523

12:30–4 p.m.

FREE

(50+) Bring your group to the mansion to play Duplicate Bridge on Wednesday afternoons. Register by calling 853-2679.

Monday

Party Duplicate Bridge Course # 4522

12:30–4 p.m.

FREE

(50+) Fun and fellowship with friends playing Party Duplicate Bridge on Monday afternoons. Register by calling 853-2679. EVERY

Tuesday

Tuesday Cards and Games Course # 4521

noon–4 p.m.

FREE

(50+) Bring your group, the cards or your board game, grab a table and spend a fun day with us. Call 853-2679 to reserve lunch for only $6.25 on the first, third and fifth Tuesdays of the month. Reservation required by each preceding Friday. EVERY

Wed.

Wednesday Drop-In Bridge Course # 4520

noon–3 p.m.

FREE

(50+) High score stays and low score moves. Rotate partners and tables every 45 minutes. No partners needed. EVERY

Thursday

Hand and Foot Canasta Course # 4519

10 a.m.–3 p.m.

FREE

(50+) Calling all Canasta players! Join us for this unique game. Light refreshments occasionally provided.


VARIOUS

Dates

MARCH

14

Garden City Games Course # see below

4:30–5:30 p.m.

FREE

(13+) Looking for something to do in the afternoon? Come to Garden City Center. We have pool tables, ping pong, foosball and a Nintendo Wii game waiting for you. All skills are welcome. We will meet every Monday. Course No.

Dates

4775

March 3–31

4552

April 7–28

4776 May 5–19 Location: Garden City Center. Registration is ongoing. VARIOUS

Dates

6:30–11:30 p.m.

$12

Course No.

Dates

Register by

4782

March 15

March 12

4538

April 12

April 9

May 10

May 8

4783 Location: Preston Center.

7–11 p.m.

$12

VARIOUS

Dates

Lock In Course # see below

7 p.m.–7 a.m.

$15

(6–12) Children are invited to hang out all evening for fun activities. The program will consist of basketball, dodge ball, races, jump contest, music, ping pong, billiards, skating and other activities throughout the night. Food and drinks will be provided. Adult supervision will be provided. Course No.

Dates

Register by

4777

March 21

March 19

4541 Location: Eureka Center.

May 30

May 28

MARCH

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Sports Night For Youth Course # 4555

7–11 p.m.

$12

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(1st – 5th grade) Parents! Do you need some adult time with your family or friends? We are having a Friday Night Special for your child which includes dinner, games, snacks and more activities. If weather is permitted, we may have a trip too. So have your child wear their favorite team shirt or cheerleader outfit and be ready for a fun night. Location: Eureka Center. Register by March 14.

www.PlayRoanoke.com

(6–12) Plan a date with your spouse or enjoy a night out with your friends. Drop your child off with us and they will have dinner, crafts, video games and more activities.

Course # 4554

(1st – 5th grade) Who is behind the mask? Put on a mask and start dancing to the music. Masquerade parties are a tradition that goes back centuries. Wear your favorite outfit and mask and let’s have some fun. The fee includes a picture, manicure, makeup, food and more activities. Location: Grandin Court Center. Register by Feb. 26.

Parents’ Night Out Course # see below

Masquerade Party at Grandin Court

COMMUNITY RECREATION

Youth Personal Enrichment


COMMUNITY RECREATION

Youth Development VARIOUS

Dates

6–11 p.m.

FREE

Course No. Dates 4771 March 7 4788 April 4 4772 May 2 Location: Eureka Center. Registration is held at the door.

Dates

SPRING 2014

Course # see below

(14–18) This program offers fun activities and a chance to meet new people in a fun, safe, nurturing environment. Activities include basketball, beach volleyball, dodge ball, races and technology games. Food, drinks and adult supervision are provided by Roanoke Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

VARIOUS

18

Fifth Quarter

After school P.L.A.Y. (Positive Leaning and Adventure for Youth) Course # see below

2:30–5:30 p.m.

$25

(5–11; must be enrolled in Kindergarten through fifth grade). This program provides a place for children to receive homework assistance, enrichment activities, structured recreation and general after-school care. In order to properly staff the program and provide sufficient supplies, registration fees must be received by 5 p.m. the Wednesday before each weekly session. Space is limited so register early. There is no online registration for these programs; please check with the center to determine space availability. *Program will begin at 12:30 on Roanoke City Public Schools early dismissal days scheduled for May 29. The program will not be in operation April 21-25 (see below for special programs) and May 26. The program is not in operation on days Roanoke City Schools are closed for inclement weather.

Eureka Center-Course #: 2659 Dates March 3–7 March 10–14 March 17–21 March 24–28 March 31–April 4 April 7–11 April 14–18 April 28–May 2 May 5–9 May 12–16 May 19–23 May 27–29

Days M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F T–F

Fee $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25

Grandin Court Center-Course #: 2660 Dates March 3–7 March 10–14 March 17–21 March 24–28 March 31–April 4 April 7–11 April 14–18 April 28–May 2 May 5–9 May 12–16 May 19–23 May 27–29

Days M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F T–F

Fee $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25


VARIOUS

Dates

Days M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F T–F

Fee $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25 $25

Smart Teen Club Course # see below

7–11 p.m.

$5

Dates

Register by

4784

March 29

March 26

4561 4785 Location: Eureka Center.

April 25 May 23

April 23 May 28

Course # 4556

7–11 p.m.

$12

(1st – 5th grade) Girls Only! It’s dress up time. Remember when you dressed up in a play gown or outfits and walked around the house with high heels on? This event is for you. Bring some high heels and let’s have some fun. The fee includes a picture, manicure, makeup, food and more activities. Location: Preston Center. Register by March 28. APRIL

12

Spring Basketball Tournament Course # 4536

7–11 p.m.

$25 per team

(14–18) Bring your best basketball team to the Spring Basketball Tournament. Friendly competition will allow you to meet new friends. Live music will be played by a local DJ. Refreshments and drinks will be sold at the concession stand. Adult supervision will be provided by the Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Location: Eureka Center. Register by March 28. APRIL

21-25

Spring Break Week for Youth - Preston Course # 4639

7 a.m.–6 p.m.

$75

(5–12) Spring break is looming just around the corner and you are wondering how you are going to keep your child entertained for a week. We are offering an exciting all day camp for your child. The fee includes breakfast, trips, exercises, crafts and more fun activities for 5 days. Location: Preston Center. Register by April 9.

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Course No.

Diva Night

www.PlayRoanoke.com

(15–18) Come and join the Smart Teens who pledge to remain alcohol and drug free. Teens will enjoy playing fun games and mentoring elementary students. Activities include Pump It Up play, basketball, and ping pong, foosball, movies, music and other programs. Adult supervision will be provided. Requirement: Teens are required to get a recommendation letter from a parent and two classroom teachers. Deadline for recommendation letter is March 21, 2014.

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COMMUNITY RECREATION

APRIL

Preston Center-Course #: 2661 Dates March 3–7 March 10–14 March 17–21 March 24–28 March 31–April 4 April 7–11 April 14–18 April 28–May 2 May 5–9 May 12–16 May 19–23 May 27–29


COMMUNITY RECREATION

APRIL

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Spring Break Week for Youth - Eureka Course # 4639

7 a.m.–6 p.m.

$75

(5–12) Spring break is looming just around the corner and you are wondering how you are going to keep your child entertained for a week. We are offering an exciting all day camp for your child. The fee includes breakfast, trips, exercises, crafts and more fun activities for 5 days. Location: Eureka Center. Register by April 9. APRIL

21-25

Spring Break Week for Youth - Grandin Course # 4641

7 a.m.–6 p.m.

$75

(5–12) Spring break is looming just around the corner and you are wondering how you are going to keep your child entertained for a week. We are offering an exciting all day camp for your child. The fee includes breakfast, trips, exercises, crafts and more fun activities for 5 days. Location: Grandin Court Center. Register by April 9. MAY

20

SPRING 2014

17

Fun Day Course # 4563

noon–6 p.m.

$7

(12–14) A Fun Day for middle school students ages twelve to fourteen years old. Activities include basketball, beach volleyball, 2013 Mad Madden Football Game, ping pong, foosball, and mini cheerleading camp, Wii game, races, soccer skills games and other programs planned. Food and drinks will be available at the concessions stand. Location: Eureka Center. Register by May 15.

Trips and Tours Discover the treasures of the Roanoke Valley through our “Right In Your Own Backyard” (“RIYOB”) series of day trips! We’ll enjoy a vineyard visit and head to Lexington during the Virginia Historic Garden Week. We also have several motorcoach excursions to interesting destinations. Sit back and leave the driving to us! APRIL

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RIYOB:Virginia Historic Garden Week Course # 4590

8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

$40

(18+) The tour is hosted by Lynchburg and Hillside Garden Clubs. This tour highlights homeowners who are landscape architects and artists. The styles of the homes vary from one that emphasizes heirloom antiques to another filled with treasures found while traveling to Europe. The gardens are all vastly different and include informal, formal and cottage gardens. Transportation and tour admission is included in the fee. Lunch is on your own at a local restaurant. Departure location: TBA. Register by April 18. MAY

5

RIYOB:Open House at Peaks of Otter Winery Course # 4587

11:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

$22

(21+) We’ll visit the Peaks of Otter Farm and enjoy the many fruit tree blossoms used to create unique wines. Wine tasting is available. You may bring your own glass, purchase a souvenir glass or taste out of a free plastic cup. Transportation and light snacks included. Departure location: TBA. Register by April 21.


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RIYOB:Home Place &Catawba Farmer’s Market Course # 4589

3–7 p.m.

$30

(55+) Shop the Farmers’ Market for USDA-inspected beef; fresh & smoked trout fillets; baked goods including gluten–free and organic products, fresh herbs, jams, jellies, pickles; crafts and fresh–cut flowers in season. Then it is over to the Home Place Restaurant for great southern food. The fee includes transportation and family style dinner. Departure location: TBA. Register by March 28.

APRIL

5

13

RIYOB:Black History of Roanoke Tour Course # 4588

9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

$22

(15+) Take advantage of learning the Black History of a Roanoke Community. Grab hold of the rich history that made Roanoke the Star City of the South. There will be a guided tour sponsored by Ms. Mignon Chubb-Hale and guest speakers who played a role in the history of the black community. Transportation and lunch will be included. Departure location: Gainesboro Library. Register by May 12.

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Course # 4586

10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

$59

(18+) A sight seeing narrated tour on the Virginia Dare Cruise is a unique experience during a two hour luncheon and fellowship among old and new friends. Come and see what makes Smith Mountain Lake such a desirable vacation destination. Departure location: Gravel parking lot on Reserve Ave. SW. Register by April 30.

$65

Bucket List Series- Part 2: Hot Air Balloon Ride Course # 4062

TBA

$335

9-17

Maine Multisport Adventure Course # 4664

n/a

$799

21

(18+) Maine is a land rich with outdoor recreation opportunities. Take advantage of rock climbing and hiking in Acadia National Park, canoeing the West Branch of the Penobscot River and Chesuncook Lake, and hiking to the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail— mile high Mount Katahdin. This trip includes all lodging (camping and some hotels), activities, transportation, and most meals. For more information, visit PlayRoanoke.com. Departure location: Public Works. Register by July 24.

www.PlayRoanoke.com

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RIYOB:Virginia Dare Cruise

TBA

(18+) Everyone has their own bucket list, so Roanoke Parks and Recreation is offering a series of bucket list items/trips to help those adventure seekers put that much needed check mark on their list. Fee includes hot air balloon ride, transportation to and from East Bend, NC and dinner. After the ride, participants will unwind with a cookout and bonfire. Departure location: Reserve Ave. Register by May 4. AUGUST

MAY

Course # 4595

(5+, under 17 with adult at least 21 years of age) After taking a season off, we’re back to take another great trip to the Nationals Park Stadium in Washington, D.C. to see the Washington Nationals play the Atlanta Braves. Trip includes a ticket to the baseball game and transportation to and from Washington D.C. Departure location: Reserve Ave. Register by March 23. MAY

MAY

MLB Road Trip: Nationals vs. Braves

COMMUNITY RECREATION

MAY


OFF THE RAILS

EVENTS

Off the rails Sprint Triathlon

The USAT Virginia State Championship Sprint Triathlon has made its way to the Star City! Benefiting the Access to PLAY Youth Scholarship Fund, this sprint triathlon features a 300 meter swim at Fallon Park Pool; a 15K bike throughout the City; and a 5K run along the scenic Tinker Creek Greenway. This event is appropriate for participants of all ages and abilities. Come join us May 31, 2014 starting at eight in the morning. The event is limited to the first 400 participants, so make sure to register as soon as possible. If you register before May 9 you will also receive a free form-fitting t-shirt provided by Next Level Apparel.

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Participants can pick up their packets at Fallon Park Pool on the following dates: • Friday, May 30, Noon – 6:00 p.m. • Saturday, May 31, 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. • Participants must pick up their own packets and must have a photo ID. All USAT members must show a valid USAT membership card or pay the one day membership fee of $12. View the swim, bike, and run course at www.PlayRoanoke.com


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Events MARCH

VARIOUS

Carvins Cove Photo Scavenger Hunt

15-16 Course # 4653

all day

FREE

(All) Explore this Natural Reserve with intention to find all of the unique aspects of it! This family-friendly activity will have you out hiking, biking, and horseback riding searching for old historic sites, trail signs and more all while enjoying the trails of Carvins Cove. Via e-mail on March 14th, participants will receive the detailed information about the Scavenger Hunt. All photos must be received by Monday, March 17th. Location: Carvins Cove Natural Reserve. Register by March 13. APRIL

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24

SPRING 2014

26

6 p.m.

VARIES

(10+) This award winning race series has quickly made its way up the list as one of Virginia’s grooviest mountain bike events. Bring your fat tired friend and ride hump day away as you pedal through one of Roanoke’s finest trail systems. There will be categories for beginners all the way to expert riders, so don’t be shy. Grab your bike and get your groove on! Course No.

Dates

Fee

4660 (Series)

April 23, May 7 & 14

$25

Mill Mountain Mayhem Trail Run/Race

4661

April 23

$10

Course # 4654

4662

May 7

$10

9 a.m.

$25

(13+) The sixth annual Mill Mountain Mayhem 10K will corkscrew around and to the top of the City’s favorite outdoor playground. This race will challenge the best of the best, and has been voted the best and hardest trail run in the area the past two years. As a part of the Roanoke Non Ultra Trail Series (RNUTS), this event will be timed and managed in conjunction with Mountain Junkies, LLC. Location: Riverland Road Parking Lot to Mill Mountain Park. For more information, visit MountainJunkies.net APRIL

Wednesday Night Disco Mountain Bike Race

Dates Course # see below

Blue Ridge Marathon Course # n/a

7:35 a.m

VARIES

(All) Runners from all over the U.S. will descend upon Roanoke for America’s Toughest Road Marathon - the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon – and you’re invited to join them. Run the full or halfmarathon, or run the new Stark 10K course. For full details, visit BlueRidgeMarathon.com. Location: Downtown Market District.

4663 May 14 $10 Location: Discovery Center . Registration available in advance and the day of the race. Visit WednesdayNightDisco.com. APRIL

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Earth Day Roanoke Course # n/a

10 a.m.–4 p.m.

FREE

(All) Come and enjoy great music, fun children’s activities and festive food vendors at Earth Day Roanoke. Visit with your Roanoke neighbors who have started community gardens or back yard farms with chickens, bees and ponds. See many great ideas for saving money and increasing our health as people and as a community! EarthDayRoanoke.com Location: Grandin Village.


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Gallop 4 the Greenways Course # n/a

5–9 p.m.

$30-$40

(All) Take a Gallop down the Greenway and help raise money to support a growing network of Greenways in the Roanoke area. Not your ordinary 5K, the Roanoke River Greenway provides the base for an excellent course that is friendly to walkers and runners in all age groups. For specific race details or information about the area’s best race after party, click on www.Gallop4theGreenways.com. Location: Roanoke River Greenway near Wiley Drive. JUNE

1

EVENTS

MAY

Conquer the Cove Trail Marathon and 25K Course # 4655

TDB

VARIES

www.PlayRoanoke.com

(16+) For the fourth year running, the Roanoke Valley’s only trail marathon invades Carvins Cove. This spectacular marathon and 25K race gives participants the chance to see 80% of the trails that wind through the area’s largest municipal park. Both race distances boast a massive amount of climbing, especially the marathon which includes 3500 feet of elevation gain throughout the course. This event will be timed and managed in conjunction with Mountain Junkies, LLC. Location: Loch Haven Lake and Carvins Cove Natural Reserve. For more information, visit MountainJunkies.net

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NATIONAL KIDS TO PARKS DAY

EVENTS

National Kids to Parks Day at Rivers Edge North

Kids to Parks Day (KTP) is an annual nationwide day of play organized by National

Park Trust (NPT). The goal is to engage kids across the country with parks and public lands to promote environmental stewardship and healthy outdoor living. At the heart of the initiative is Buddy Bison, NPT’s mascot whose message to children and their families is to “Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!”

Equally important, the national grassroots initiative has been designed to help teachers, especially those in underserved communities, to introduce parks and public lands to their students and their families. KTP Day offers students from urban and rural communities the opportunity to participate in hands-on environmental education, while providing health and wellness through outdoor recreation.

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For the 3rd year running, Roanoke Parks and Recreation will host our own celebration of Kids to Parks Day. This fun-filled event will be absolutely free and have a variety of kid-friendly activities including inflatable bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, various games and more. Join us along with Buddy Bison this coming May 17th on the Reserve Avenue side of River’s Edge Sports Complex. By the Numbers: • More than 139,000 participants • 418,000 online media hits • 306 mayors in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. issued proclamations • America’s state parks in 14 states hosted events at more than 186 parks • Senate resolution passed – Introduced by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) Co-sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) • 367 park events were registered on www.kidstoparks.org


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OUTDOOR EDUCATION MARCH

Nature Lab Series: Springin’ into Nature

(6-10) Nature Lab is a six-week series of environmental science lessons that supplement the home-schooled student’s curriculum through hands-on activities, outdoor exploration and crafts. From flowers to rain showers, learn the science behind the changes that we observe in nature during spring. Weather, plant growth, insects, birds and habitat studies are some of the topics that we’ll explore. Class will not meet the week of April 20. VARIOUS

Dates

Tuesday Afternoon Series Course # 4724

2–4 p.m.

$30

(6–10) We will meet every Tuesday from April 1 to May 13. Participants will partake in hands-on activities, outdoor exploration and crafts. Dates

Thursday Morning Series Course # 4725

10 a.m.–noon

$30

(6–10) We will meet every Thursday from April 3 to May 15. We will join in on hands-on activities, outdoor exploration and crafts. Dates

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

$6

(5–10) Learn all about the amazing ways birds are adapted to fly. Find out the difference between true flyers and gliders. Construct and launch a few of your own flying toys in the park. Location: Discovery Center. Register by Feb. 26. MARCH

8

Clues Animals Leave Behind Course # 4710

10–11:30 a.m.

$6

(8+) Wild animals can be very secretive, but if we know what to look for next time we’re outdoors, we’ll be able to find their clues. We’ll learn about basic tracks, track patterns and scat to aid us in finding clues. Location: Discovery Center. Register by March 5. MARCH

15

Migrating Birds Course # 4711

10–11:30 a.m.

$6

MARCH

22

Equinox Adventures Course # 4712

10–11:30 a.m.

$6

(5+) The sun is the center of attention in our exploration of changing seasons. Learn more about what makes the sun such an important element for all life on earth and build your own solargraph – a device that tracks the path of the sun over several months. Location: Discovery Center. Register by March 19.

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April 3, 10, 17 & May 1, 8, &15 Location: Discovery Center. Register by March 30.

Course # 4497

www.PlayRoanoke.com

Dates

Fly Like a Bird

(6–12) Did you know that the Wood Thrush, a summer resident on Mill Mountain, is a long distance migrant and can fly across the Gulf of Mexico in a single night? Through games and hands-on activities, we’ll explore the amazing world of birds. Location: Discovery Center. Register by March 12.

April 1, 8, 15, 29 & May 6 & 13 Location: Discovery Center. Register by March 28. VARIOUS

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OUTDOOR EDUCATION

Environmental Education


OUTDOOR EDUCATION

MARCH

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Who Lives Here? Course # 4713

MAY

10–11:30 a.m.

$6

(5–12) Spring is a time of much animal activity. Many animals are emerging from hibernation or returning from a winter vacation “down south”. Come join a naturalist to look for signs of animals on the mountain. Location: Discovery Center. Register by March 26. APRIL

5

10–11:30 a.m.

$6

(12+) Ever wonder what kind of rocks make up the Roanoke Valley? Are you curious about the difference between the Blue Ridge and the Appalachian Mountains? Take a guided walk on the mountain with a naturalist to learn about the geology of Mill Mountain and the Roanoke Valley below. Location: Discovery Center. Register by April 2. APRIL

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Course # 4716

10–11:30 a.m.

$6

(6+) Join us to discover the wet and wild world of amphibians. Explore amphibian characteristics and learn which amphibians can be found in Virginia. Location: Discovery Center. Register by April 9.

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APRIL

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10–11:30 a.m.

$6

(7–12) Come learn some basics of astronomy during the daytime. For example: How do we go from day to night? What’s the Vernal Equinox? And why does the moon seem so bright? Location: Discovery Center. Register by April 16.

Course # 4718

10–11:30 a.m.

$6

Slithering Surprises Course # 4719

6–7:30 p.m.

$6

(5+) Come meet our resident snakes at the Discovery Center and learn what makes these reptiles such interesting, but often misunderstood, animals. You might just be surprised by what you learn! Location: Discovery Center. Register by April 30. MAY

Squishy Sensations Course # 4720

10–11:30 a.m.

$6

(8–12) Join us in creating slimy, squishy, bouncy, springy balls out of different materials while learning the steps of the scientific method. This program is messy, so please wear clothes that can get messy! Location: Discovery Center. Register by May 7. MAY

Earth, Moon and Sun Course # 4717

3

10

Awesome Amphibians

Predator and Prey

(6+) Do you know the top predators and their prey in Virginia? Did other predators used to live here and don’t anymore? Learn more about Virginia’s wildlife through games and activities. Location: Discovery Center. Register by April 30. MAY

Roanoke Rocks Course # 4714

3

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Oh Deer! Course # 4721

10–11:30 a.m.

$6

(5–12) Springtime is a busy time for our Virginia whitetail deer population up on the mountain. Come and learn some basic deer essentials. Take a short hike with a naturalist to look for deer signs. Location: Discovery Center. Register by May 14.


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Wildflower Walk Course # 4722

10–11:30 a.m.

$6

(All ages) Dutchman’s Breeches, Spring Spuds, Bloodroot, what’s in a name? Join us for a walk in the wildflower garden to learn about the life cycle and identification of these interestingly-named spring flowers and more. Location: Discovery Center. Register by May 28.

Outdoor Adventure Astronomy Extravaganza

Monthly stargazing programs on the Blue Ridge Parkway (mile marker 139) allow you to meet other people as you peer through large telescopes to distant stars, planets and galaxies. All programs are FREE, but advance registration is required by calling 853-2236 at least five business days before each program. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Programs lead by Frank Baratta, an experienced amateur astronomer and member of the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society, www.rvasclub.org. MARCH

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OUTDOOR EDUCATION

MAY

Equinox Time Course # 4726

8–9:30 p.m.

FREE

(All) Spring is here, yet Orion and the other winter constellations are still prominent. Tonight we’ll view the early spring skies while probing the nature of the equinox and why this one is called “vernal.” Register by March 20. APRIL

19

Leo and Company Course # 4727

8:30–10 p.m.

FREE

MAY

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The Galactic Plane Course # 4728

9:15–10:45 p.m.

FREE

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(All) We usually see the glow of the Milky Way arcing across the night sky. But sometimes that glow blends with our horizon, surrounding us in all directions. Tonight we’ll encounter this convergence as we observe the season’s sky treasures. Register by May 22.

www.PlayRoanoke.com

(All) As winter’s constellations move into the west and set, Leo leads the spring patterns higher in the east. Come observe this area of the sky, along with great views of Jupiter. Register by April 17.


OUTDOOR EDUCATION

Hiking Ratings for Hikes

MARCH

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Prepared surface, relatively flat, gradual ascending and descending, one to three miles in length On trail, moderate ascending and descending, approximately two to three miles in length More technical trail (roots, rocks, etc.), moderate/ strenuous ascending and descending, two or more miles long Technical trail (roots, rocks, etc.), strenuous ascending and descending, approximately two or more miles in length MARCH

13

Poverty Creek and May Apple Hike Course # 4573

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$6

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Pandapas Pond has an expansive trail system just outside of Blacksburg in the Jefferson National Forest. The Poverty Creek trail links many of the more advanced trails to one another while following the creek and the forests with rhododendrons as the undergrowth. May Apple is a beginner side trail that allows for a great loop. Fee includes transportation and leadership. Departure Location: Norwich Center. Register by March 11. MARCH

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Full Moon Hike to Tinker Ridge Course # 4715

6:30–10 p.m.

$10

(12+, with participating adult) Everything changes after dark- the trails, the trees, the entire park. Join us this full moon to experience the Tinker Ridge trail in a whole new light. Take in the spectacular and inspiring views as the moon rises over mountains and surrounding valley. Listen for owls and absorb the peace, tranquility and beauty of the trail after sunset. Departure Location: Public Works. Register by March 14.

Chestnut Ridge Trail Hike Course # 4574

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$6

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Chestnut Ridge trail is right outside of downtown Roanoke. Don’t pass up this gem of a hike! Five miles on trails off of the back side of Mill Mountain that head towards the Blue Ridge Parkway allow for scenic views of the Roanoke Valley and the mountains around us. Fee includes transportation and leadership. Departure Location: Norwich Center. Register by March 18. MARCH

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Hay Rock Hike Course # 4582

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$6

Hay Rock is a formation high atop the Appalachian Trail just south of Daleville. Overlooking Carvins Cove and the Roanoke Valley, the views from this section of the Appalachian Trail are sure to be great. This 8 mile out and back hike is suitable for experienced hikers. Fee includes transportation and leadership. Departure Location: Public Works. Register by March 20. MARCH

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Bluff Hike at Wilderness Adventure Course # 4575

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$6

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Craig County is a rural gem that is only 30 minutes from Roanoke. Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing hosts many activities for the adventurous and those just starting to venture out. Join us as we hike the established trails on the Wilderness Adventure property up to the Bluff Overlook where there are expansive views of Craig Creek and North Mountain. Fee includes transportation and leadership. Departure Location: Norwich Center. Register by March 25.


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Roaring Run Family Hike Course # 4583

9 a.m.–3 p.m.

APRIL

$6

(All ages) Roaring Run is an interactive trail that keeps you looking for wildlife and water at every turn. A relatively easy hike to a series of waterfalls through a wild forest will be a day to remember. The focus of this hike is getting out as a family and tips and tricks to get the little ones experiencing the outdoors and having a good time. Enjoy the company of other families, views of waterfalls, and get an easy workout while exploring this gem in the Jefferson National Forest. Fee includes transportation and leadership. Departure Location: Public Works. Register by April 3.

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Flat Top Hike Course # 4584

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$6

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Flat Top is a classic Virginia hike. This 5.2 mile round trip (out and back) hike at the Peaks of Otter is one that will leave you wanting to return and hike some more. This lovely trail is full of wonderful views, large rock formations, and flora that changes with each turn of the trail. Fee includes transportation and leadership. Departure Location: Public Works. Register by April 3. APRIL

Course # 4577

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Little Mountain Falls Trail Hike Course # 4578

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$6

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Waterfalls of Douthat State Park Course # 4576

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$6

(18+, 14+ with an adult) Just north of Clifton Forge, Douthat State Park offers a broad range of recreational facilities and activities in a breathtaking mountain setting. This advanced hike will take you on an 8.8 mile journey to the waterfalls of Douthat—Blue Suck Falls and Stony Run Falls. Picturesque views will abound! Fee includes transportation and leadership. Departure Location: Norwich Center. Register by April 22.

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(18+, 10+ with an adult) The Timberview Road side of Carvins Cove has been getting some love from the trail fairies. Come on this hike to check out the new improvements that have been made on the Horsepens Trail as well as one of the new trails at Carvins Cove—Lakeside. This hike is mostly flat with some low rolling hill climbs that offer magnificent views of Carvins Cove and the dam. Fee includes transportation and leadership. Departure Location: Norwich Center. Register by April 8.

$30

(18+, 10+ with an adult) There is something magical about this park, and it is not just the cross shaped stones. These “fairy stones” are an interesting find, but you will have to keep your eyes out for them on the trails. This state park wraps around Philpott Lake, so the views will be impressive as well. Fee includes transportation and leadership. Departure Location: Norwich Center. Register by April 15. APRIL

$6

5 a.m.–7 p.m.

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Horsepens and Lakeside Hike

Course # 4659

(18+) This new hike is the best of the best in the region—20 miles of scenic Appalachian Trail all in one day! Bring your “A” game for this one folks. It’s looking like a 5:00 a.m. alpine start, light and fast, high adventure experience ahead! Starting at US 220 in Daleville, we will hike as a group to VA 311 near Catawba all in one fell swoop. Price includes tee shirt, guided hike, and transportation. Departure Location: Public Works. Register by April 7. APRIL

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Hiking and Homeplace Course # 4579

9 a.m.–6 p.m.

MAY

$23

(18+) What a great combination—a good, long, hard hike and an all you can eat southern style buffet. Join us as we push our limits on North Mountain trail across from the Dragon’s Tooth parking lot for a point to point hike that will have you using everything you’ve got. After the hike, the group will enjoy a family style dinner at the Homeplace Restaurant in Catawba. Fee includes dinner, transportation, and leadership. Departure Location: Norwich Center. Register by April 29. MAY

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Appalachian Trail Overnight Trip Course # 4585

8 a.m.–7 p.m.

$59

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Price Mountain &Sulphur Springs Ridge Course # 4580

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$6

(18+, 10+ with an adult) The Roanoke International Mountain Biking Association (RIMBA) chapter is reviving this long lost trail system on the border of Craig and Botetourt Counties and the rewards are more than words can describe. This 5 mile loop has beautiful views, streams, and high quality trail. Fee includes transportation and leadership. Departure Location: Norwich Center. Register by May 20.

Devil’s Marbleyard Hike Course # 4581

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$6

(18+, 10+ with an adult) This three mile round trip hike will take us to a boulder field. Recently named Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s ultimate 100 activities. Great views, unique boulders and good company are sure to be had on this excursion. Fee includes transportation and leadership. Departure Location: Norwich Center. Register by May 27.

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(18+, 14+ with an adult) If you are looking for an introduction to backpacking, look no further than the Appalachian Trail from Daleville to Catawba. This 20 mile section of trail over 2 days has great views, steady inclines, great campsites and good company. Our knowledgeable staff will help you along the way with hiking techniques, campsite selection, reading the weather and using trail maps. Participants should have their own backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and tent. Group gear such as stoves and tarps are provided. Dinner on Saturday is included. Participants need to provide lunch on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Departure Location: Public Works. Register by May 7. MAY

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Bike Maintenance Basics: UnderDog Bikes Course # 4731

6–7:30 p.m.

$15

(14+) Bicycles are big investments! With the experts at UnderDog Bikes you’ll learn how to do basic repairs and routine checks of your big investment. This bike maintenance class is geared towards the beginner and intermediate levels. You will learn skills like maintaining and adjusting your brake and derailleur systems, on-the-road repairs, fixing a flat tire, basic lubrication and adjustment of the bicycle and how to identify problems requiring professional attention. Meeting Location: UnderDog Bikes. Register by March 4. MARCH

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Bike Maintenance Advanced: UnderDog Bikes Course # 4732

6–8 p.m.

$20

(14+) The Advanced Bike Maintenance class is for someone who has a good knowledge foundation and solid level of experience and comfort with bike repair…but is ready to learn more! You will learn skills like maintaining and adjusting your brake and derailleur systems, on-theroad repairs, bearing adjustments, basic wheel trueing and touch-up and how to identify problems requiring professional attention. Bring your own bike to practice on! Meeting Location: UnderDog Bikes. Register by March 18.


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Cooking in the Backcountry Course # 4729

6–8 p.m.

Rock Climbing $15

(10+) Who says that granola bars are the be-all end-all for trail food? Add a little variety to your backcountry diet and join us for dinner to learn how to keep your meals lightweight and fuel-efficient without having to compromise flavor or nutrition. You’ll learn how to prepare dinner and dessert on some of the market’s most popular backpacking stoves and have new recipes to take home and try! Dinner, equipment & instruction included. Location: Norwich Center. Register by April 18. MAY

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Cooking in the Frontcountry Course # 4730

6–8 p.m.

Dates

Chainsaw Safety Training Course # see below

8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Dates

$60

6–8 p.m.

$10

Course No.

Dates

Register by

4642

April 30

April 28

4643 May 21 May 19 Location: AT Parking Lot on VA 311 at Catawba Mountain. MAY

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Introduction to Rock Climbing Course # 4644

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$39

(18+, 10+ with an adult) Interested in learning how to rock climb? This course will get you climbing on real rock and get you learning the basics in no time. From learning about the gear (harnesses, shoes, ropes, belay devices) to styling the technique on the climbs, you will climb away from today with more knowledge than you can fit in your chalk bag. Fee includes all gear, transportation and leadership. Departure Location: Public Works. Register by May 1.

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Course No. Dates 4827 May 14 4828 May 15 Location: Municipal Building and Fallon Park. Register by May 8.

Course # see below

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(18+) Operating a chainsaw can be dangerous work. Learn the safe way to start a chainsaw, change the chain, adjust the tension, and cut deadfall. This training is required for any volunteers who are interested in cutting deadfall off trails in city parks.

McAfee Knob Bouldering

(18+, 10+ with an adult) The boulders along the Appalachian Trail towards McAfee Knob afford the best bouldering in the Commonwealth. Grab your bouldering pad and some shoes and find out where the secret stashes of incredible climbing are in your own backyard! Fee includes use of group bouldering pads, climbing shoes and instruction. Participants should have some basic climbing experience.

$15

(8+) Outdoor adventures and camping in the frontcountry allow for you to have the option of bringing all the comforts of cooking at home without having to be limited by fuel or weight. Learn how you can go big on flavor and learn how to prepare a top-notch meal using a camp stove and fire. You’ll be sure to impress your family and friends on your next camping trip. Dinner, equipment and instruction included. Location: Norwich Center. Register by May 16. VARIOUS

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Paddling VARIOUS

Dates

Learn To Stand Up Paddleboard Course # see below

6–8 p.m.

$20

Course No.

Dates

Register by

4737

April 30

April 28

4738 May 28 Departure location: Public Works.

May 26

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(12+) Come learn everything you need to know to get started in the exciting sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding or “SUP.” Our American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor will help you learn the proper stance for balance and control, essential paddle strokes and other techniques. No experience is necessary. Come with us to learn one of the fastest growing paddle sports in the world. All equipment and instruction is provided. You must be able to swim.

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MARCH

Learn to SUP: Women’s Excursion Course # 4739

6–8 p.m.

Open Kayak Roll Session Course # 4733

6–8 p.m.

$5

(All) Already own your own boating gear and looking for some cheap pool time to nail that roll? Join us at the Gator Aquatic Center tonight for an open kayak roll session. Professional staff will be on-hand to assist you and ensure water safety. No formal instruction or equipment will be provided. Must be able to swim. Location: Gator Aquatic Center. Registrations are accepted day of program, walk-ins welcome. MARCH

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Kayak Roll – Instructional Series Course # 4734

6–8 p.m.

$20

(14+) Tired of bailing your boat every time you flip? Our certified kayaking instructors are ready to help you take your skills to the next level. They will spend most of their time in the water next to you as they guide you through each step of the roll. Our low student-to-instructor ratio gives you plenty of personal attention during each lesson. Classes are held in a controlled indoor pool. All technical equipment can be provided or you can bring your own. You must be able to swim. Location: Gator Aquatic Center. Register by March 14.

$20

(12+) Spend an evening on the river learning fundamentals of Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and river safety with other like-minded adventurous women. This exciting beginner clinic prepares you to paddle on your own, and you will discuss proper stance for balance and control, essential paddle strokes and other techniques. All equipment, leadership and transportation are provided. Participants must be able to swim. Departure location: Public Works. Register by May 19.

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Canoeing at Sunset Course # 4736

6–9:30 p.m.

$15

Spend the evening enjoying the beauty and peacefulness of the Carvins Cove reservoir at sunset as you unwind from a hard week of work. Watch as the bright colors of the sunset illuminate and fill the sky amongst the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All transportation, leadership, equipment, and hot cocoa, tea, and dessert provided. Participants must be able to swim. No experience necessary. Departure location: Public Works. Register by April 23.


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Sea Kayaking Course # 4740

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$29

(10+ with participating adult) Nestled among the rolling foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge, Philpott Lake is almost paradise - a picturesque wonderland. Spend the day exploring miles of diverse shoreland as you learn the basics and techniques of flat-water paddling, safety and equipment. Fee includes transportation, equipment and leadership. Location: Public Works. Register by May 14. MAY

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Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Course # 4645

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$39

(18+, 14+ with an adult) Spend a day on the river learning fundamental whitewater kayaking skills and river safety. Our ACA instructors will discuss paddling strokes, “reading a river,” equipment selection and basic river rescue. This exciting beginner clinic prepares you to paddle on your own and will familiarize you with nearby river access points, outfitters and more. All equipment, leadership and transportation are provided. Participants must be able to swim. Departure location: Public Works. Register by May 14. MAY

Intermediate Whitewater Kayaking Course # 4646

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$39

Course # 4735

10 a.m.–2 p.m.

$9

(5+, with participating adult) Spend the day enjoying the beauty and peacefulness of the Carvins Cove reservoir. Perfect for beginner paddlers or seasoned paddlers who want to introduce a youngster to the wonders of exploring the water. Learn the FUNdamentals of canoeing, how to work together to control your boat, challenge yourself to our games and races and most importantly, enjoy time together as a family on the water. Transportation, leadership and equipment provided. Participants must be able to swim. No experience necessary. Fee is per person. Departure location: Public Works. Register by May 15. VARIOUS

Dates

Roanoke Gorge Whitewater Course # see below

5:30 p.m.

FREE

(18+, 14+ with an adult) You’ve got the whitewater kayak basics down and now want to get on the best beginner whitewater run around. Join local paddlers and Roanoke Parks and Recreation Staff in an after work run of the Roanoke River Gorge. This section of the Roanoke River starts at the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge and winds through the scenic gorge with class 2 whitewater rapids to the end of Rutrough Road at the confluence with Back Creek. This is a great way to meet other people who want to get out and on the water know there are knowledgeable people in the group with river safety. You must have your own gear for this trip. Life jackets/PFDs and helmets are required. Course No.

Dates

Register by

4648

May 27

May 26

4647 June 3 June 2 Location: Roanoke Gorge Overlook Parking Lot on Blue Ridge Parkway near mile post 115.

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(18+, 14+ with an adult) You’ve been to the roll clinic, you have the basics of river navigation, but you want to take your kayaking to the next level. Our ACA instructors will teach you scouting rapids, catching eddies, ferrying, surfing, advanced paddling strokes and more. Participants must be able to swim, wet exit a kayak and have the ability to control and navigate a whitewater kayak on flat water. Fee includes all equipment, transportation, and leadership. Departure location: Public Works. Register by May 14.

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Family Canoeing at Carvins Cove

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Caving MARCH

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Beginner Caving Course # 4741

APRIL

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$29

(10+, with a participating adult) Come experience the adventure of caving and the thrills of challenging yourself as we crawl and climb deep underground to a place seldom seen. Explore hidden passages, admire beautiful cave formations, experience total darkness, and see a whole new world...in a different light! Responsible safety and environmental practices for beginners to intermediate cavers will be stressed. Note: this is a strenuous activity! Be ready to crawl, climb, squeeze and get muddy! Instruction, equipment and transportation are provided. Departure Location: Public Works . Register by March 6. APRIL

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Biking

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$29

(10+, with a participating adult) Beginner cavers will experience all the marvels of the world beneath us while learning to capture the experience with their own hand. Not only will you see all the natural wonders of the cave but you will also be taught the basics to sketching the features underground. Responsible safety and environmental practices for beginners to intermediate cavers will be stressed. Instruction, equipment and transportation are provided; bring your sketchbooks and pencils, markers, etc. Note: this is a strenuous activity. Be ready to crawl, climb, squeeze and get muddy! Departure Location: Public Works . Register by April 10.

Le Tour de Roanoke Course # 4745

6–8:30 p.m.

$25

(16+) Enjoy an evening of cycling and dining at a few of Roanoke’s greatest local eateries. You will be accompanied by fellow cyclists/ foodies to take a sectional tour of the city, stopping at each featured restaurant and sampling the best they have to offer. In total you will have ridden approximately 5 miles in roughly 2.5 hours. Fee includes your guide for the evening and the food selections. Don’t forget to BYOB (bring your own bike)! Locations: TBD. Departure Location: TBD . Register by April 7. MAY

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Cave Art Underground Course # 4743

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Bike the Battlefields Course # 4744

7 a.m.–8 p.m.

$385

(13+ with participating adult) Join us as we travel to historic Gettysburg, PA, to immerse ourselves in the rich history of the area and enjoy the beauty of South-central Pennsylvania. We’ll hop on our bikes to take a grand tour that will take you through all three days of the battle, through all the scenes of the important fighting on the Union lines during the days of July 2nd and 3rd--the bloodiest and most critical days of the battle. Additionally, we’ll enjoy visits the celebrated Cyclorama, Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and exploring all that the town has to offer. Fee includes all transportation, tour guide, leadership, bike rental (if needed) and overnight accommodations. For more info call Sarah Delise at 853-1276 Departure Location: Norwich Center . Register by April 24.


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Women’s Beginner Mountain Biking Course # 4650

6 p.m.

MAY

$6

(18+, 14+ with an adult) Get off the greenways and out into the woods. This women’s specific program will start out with a run-down of what to check on your bike before the ride, then move into a talk about women’s specific body position, gears, cadence and conclude with a beginner friendly ride on the new Bennett Springs loop trail across from the Bennett Springs Parking Lot. Taught by women and for women, this course will allow you to explore the realm of mountain biking from a different perspective. No experience is necessary. Participants must have a bike, helmet and pass to Carvins Cove. Fee includes instruction only. Carvins Cove day passes are available at the Bennett Springs parking lot. Day passes are $2.00, yearly passes are $20.00. Cash or check only for the passes on site. Location: Bennett Springs Lot, Carvins Cove. Register by April 13. APRIL

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Beginner Mountain Biking Course # 4649

6 p.m.

$6

Intermediate Mountain Biking Course # 4651

6 p.m.

$6

(18+, 14+ with an adult) You’ve ridden the easy stuff but don’t know where to start when the trails change from green circle to blue square. Check out this clinic for the low down on gearing for longer rides, what to do to keep your energy level up, how to ride trail that is steeper, rocks and root features and switchbacks. Participants must have a bike, helmet and should have ridden a bike before. Location: Discovery Center Parking Lot. Register by May 4. MAY

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Features Focus Mountain Biking Course # 4652

6 p.m.

$6

(18+, 14+ with an adult) Do log crossings, root step ups and log stacks intimidate you? Dominate them in this evening mountain biking clinic! Participants will head out on the Songbird and Enchanted Forest trails with a quest to ride all of the technical features along the way. Spotting will be taught to participants and encouraged throughout the ride. Fee includes instruction only. Participants are required to have their own bike, helmet, and pass to Carvins Cove. Carvins Cove day passes are available at the Bennett Springs parking lot. Day passes are $2.00, yearly passes are $20.00. Cash or check only for the passes on site. Location: Bennett Springs Lot, Carvins Cove. Register by May 18.

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(18+, 14+ with an adult) Get off the greenways and out into the woods. This program will start out with a run-down of what to check on your bike before the ride, then move into a talk about body position, gears, cadence and conclude with a beginner friendly ride on the new Bennett Springs Loop trail across from the Bennett Springs Parking Lot. No experience is necessary. Participants must have a bike, helmet, and pass to Carvins Cove. Fee includes instruction only. Carvins Cove day passes are available at the Bennett Springs parking lot. Day passes are $2.00, yearly passes are $20.00. Cash or check only for the passes on site. Location: Bennett Springs Lot, Carvins Cove. Register by April 27.

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Volunteer Trail Workdays VARIOUS

Dates

Carvins Cove Volunteer Trail Workdays Course # see below

see below

APRIL

22

SPRING 2014

FREE

Join fellow trail enthusiasts—hikers, bikers and equestrians—to maintain and build new trail out at Carvin’s Cove. These workdays will be administered by Roanoke Parks and Recreation and will work on projects to better the trails that we currently use as well as to add to the network of existing trails. Roanoke Parks and Recreation will provide the tools, just show up with sturdy shoes, water, work gloves and some excitement. Visit greenways.org or roanokeimba.org for more dates. Course No. Dates 4656 March 20 4657 April 10 4658 May 8 Location: Timberview Rd. Parking Lot.

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Alternative Adventure

Time 3–7 p.m. 3–7 p.m. 4–8 p.m.

Earth Day Work Day at Mill Mountain Course # 4665

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

FREE

(18+, 14+ with an adult) Today is Earth Day! Give back to your community by helping to maintain the trails that get people outside and appreciating the world around them. We will meet up at Mill Mountain’s Discovery Center and have trail care crews work on trash pickup, trimming back bushes and cutting deadfall, fixing muddy spots by adding water diverters and armoring and blowing leaves. Bring your bike or hiking boots, as afterwards there will be a free guided hike or bike option to enjoy the work we put into the trail system. Lunch will be provided. Location: Discovery Center. Registration is available in advance or the day of the program.

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Aerial Adventure Course Course # 4755

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

$59

Experience the exhilaration of Virginia’s newest aerial adventure course! Prepare for an adrenaline kick as you challenge yourself with over 30 elements including: sky bridges, swings, rope ladders and zip lines and more. You’ll see through the forest in an entirely different light as you climb, crawl, and glide amongst the tree canopy. In addition to Tree Climbing we will also take a short hiking adventure in scenic Giles County. Departure location: Public Works. Register by March 20. APRIL

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Spring “Snow” Tubing Course # 4750

10 a.m.–2 p.m.

$35

(6+ and greater than 36 inches tall, with participating parent or guardian). Who says that you can’t enjoy all of the fun of traditional winter sports in the Spring? Neveplast is an artificial material used to craft ski slopes and simulates the true experience of tubing…and allows for traditional winter sports to be enjoyed during any season! Bring the kids (or embrace your inner kid) and enjoy 2 hours of tubing as you whiz down the slopes reaching speeds of up to 30 mph! Departure location: Public Works. Register by April 16. MAY

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Tree Climbing with the Pros Course # 4749

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

$69

(13+) See what it’s like to view the world from a tree. Join us as we travel to Richmond, Virginia, to visit the professionals for a tree climbing adventure. Instructors will teach you the techniques that professional arborists use for ascending into the tree, limb walking and descending. All the encouragement, coaching and care climbers need to move beyond their initial comfort zone and realize the reward of tree climbing


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Dates

Haunted History of Roanoke Tour Course # see below

7–8:30 p.m.

$15

(8+) Join us as we discover the rich - and seldom shared – ghostly and eerie history of downtown Roanoke. Who was “The Woman in Black?” What – or whom - might still lurk in “The Patrick Henry?” These and many other questions will be asked and answered as we find out which of our favorite downtown locations might have more to them than we thought! Tour will cover approximately 2 miles. Course No. 4747 4748 MAY

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is provided. In addition to Tree Climbing we will also take a short hiking adventure through the amazing James River Park System. Departure location: Public Works. Register by April 24.

Register by April 22 May 20

Via Ferrata Experience Course # 4746

7 a.m.–7 p.m.

$185

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(13+, with participating adult) Extensively popular in European and international outdoor recreation, via ferrata is a type of mountain climbing route which has a safety system permanently installed, making the climb suitable for persons without prior training and using minimal equipment. Join us as we visit 1 of only 8 via ferrata sites in the entire United States! Steel rungs, ladders, bridges and similar installations that are used to provide you access to high, vertical faces and extreme mountain terrain which would otherwise be accessible only to experienced mountaineers. Prepare for the thrills of climbing up sheer rock and to be overwhelmed with breathtakingly scenic mountain terrain that can only be viewed by way of via ferrata. Fee includes transportation, equipment and leadership. Departure location: Public Works. Register by May 15.


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Athletic and Aquatic Camps

Outdoor Exploration Camp

Dates Course # see below

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

JUNE

$125

(8–11) Explore the outdoors through hands-on nature activities and fun-filled outdoor recreation. Your child’s week will be split between nature activities like wilderness survival classes, orienteering, GPS skills and other nature lessons and outdoor recreation like hiking, caving, water sports (canoeing, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding) and indoor rock climbing. We will travel each day to a new adventure. Course No.

Dates

Register by:

4751

June 23–27

June 13

4752 July 21–25 Departure location: Norwich Center.

July 11

VARIOUS

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Time

Fee

Little Strikers (Ages 4 – 5)

9–11 a.m.

$75

Half-Day (Ages 6 – 13) 9 a.m.–noon $100 Location: River’s Edge – South Field #4. Register by June 6.

Future Stars Football Camp

Dates

Register by:

4753

July 7–11

June 27

4754 Aug. 4–8 Departure location: Norwich Center.

July 25

FREE

(6–15) Join Coach Alan Fiddler of Patrick Henry High School along with his staff and players for three fun-filled evenings of football. Participants will learn proper football techniques and how to improve speed, passing, catching and agility. Course No.

Date

4634

July 14–16

4635

July 14

4636

July 15

4637

July 16

Location: Patrick Henry HS Football Stadium. Register by July 15.

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Course No.

6–7:30 p.m.

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(12–15) Explore the outdoors through hands-on nature activities and fun-filled outdoor recreation. Your child’s week will be split between nature activities like wilderness survival classes, orienteering, GPS skills and other nature lessons and outdoor recreation like hiking, caving, water sports (canoeing, kayaking or Stand Up Paddle Boarding) and indoor rock climbing. We will travel each day to a new adventure.

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Course No.

14-16 Course # see below $125

see below

(4–13) Join 4-time ODAC Coach of the Year Philip Benne along with his Roanoke College players and staff for this ultra-fun soccer camp. Campers will experience technical instructions, games, and much more. Call 540-373-3770 to register or visit ElevenOne.com

JULY

Outdoor Venture Camp

Dates Course # see below

Eleven-One Soccer Camp

9-12 Course # see below

SUMMER CAMPS

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SUMMER CAMPS

Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp

JULY

7-11 Course # see below

see below

VARIES

(2–16) Roanoke area youth have a second soccer option as the number one soccer camp comes back to Roanoke in 2014. Players get the rare opportunity to learn from Challenger’s team of international experts as they guide your budding soccer stars through all aspects of soccer while promoting good practice in respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and leadership. Every camper receives a soccer ball, camp t-shirt, personalized evaluation, giant poster and a 12-month access code to the thechallengerway.com – Challenger Sports coaching drills and skills database. Register before May 23 and you will receive a free 2014 jersey worth $40. Program Name

Time

Fee

First Kicks – Age 2-3

10:45–11:45 a.m.

$96

Mini Soccer – Age 4-6

9–10:30 a.m.

$114

Half Day – Age 6-16

9 a.m.–noon

$151

Full Day – Age 6-16 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $219 Location: River’s Edge – South Field #4. To register visit challengersports.com/camps or call Carol Horvath 800-878-2167 ext. 239. Register by July 5.

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AUGUST

4-8

TetraBrazil Soccer Camp Course # see below

see below

VARIES

(6–18) TetraBrazil camps and team clinics will inspire players to practice and improve their ball control, foot skills and moves that Brazilian soccer is famous for. With our unique programs combining learning and fun, players are grouped according to age and ability.

From there players will be challenged to raise their game and reach new heights within an excellent learning environment. Every camper receives a soccer ball, camp t-shirt, personalized evaluation, giant poster and a 12-month access code to the thechallengerway.com – Challenger Sports coaching drills and skills database. Register before May 23 and you will receive a free 2014 jersey worth $40. Program Name

Time

Fee

Half Day – Age 6-18

9 a.m.–noon

$195

Full Day – Age 6-18 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $265 Location: River’s Edge – South Field #2. To register visit challengersports.com/camps or call Carol Horvath 800-878-2167 ext. 239. Register by Aug. 2. VARIOUS

Guard Start: Pre-Lifeguarding Camp

Dates Course # see below

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

$78

(13–15) Lifeguarding is a job in high demand. In this program, participants will be introduced to lifeguarding skills, play teamand leadership-building games, and learn how to apply for a future lifeguarding job. After completing Guard Start, participants can join our Junior Lifeguard sessions to earn community service hours or simply to gain experience for a resume. Early drop-off for Guard Start is optional at 7:30 a.m., with late pick-up until 5:30 p.m. Course No.

Date

Register by

4667

June 16–19

June 9

4668 July 7–10 Location: Washington Park Pool.

June 30


Junior Lifeguard Program

Dates Course # see below

noon–5 p.m.

JULY

FREE

(13–15) After attending our Guard Start Camp, participants can choose to become Junior Lifeguards and enjoy the pools while observing and working with our lifeguard staff. Participation as a Junior Lifeguard provides experience for future job applications or can be used to gain community service hours in public aquatic safety, which looks great on college applications. Up to 40 hours are available! Course No.

Date

Register by

4670

June 23–24

June 16

4671

June 30– July 1

June 23

4672

July 14–15

July 7

4673 July 21–22 Location: Washington Park Pool.

July 14

VARIOUS

Scuba Bubble Maker

Dates Course # see below

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

$42

Course No.

Date

Time

Register by

4601

June 20

5–7 p.m.

June 11

noon–2 p.m.

July 10

$44

(6–8) This camp is for young swimmers who have already had a swim lesson or two. Certified swimming instructors will focus on basic topics such as water safety, stroke skills, and simple training techniques. Great water games will also be played, of course! Participants must be able to swim. Location: Washington Park Pool. Register by June 30. JULY

Medley Swim Camp

21-24 Course # 4675

6–8 p.m.

$44

(9–12) This program is designed for participants who already understand the basics of swimming and are looking to improve their skills in the four basic strokes used during competition. Certified swimming instructors will focus on improving swimming technique and performance, and skills will be tested with games and races. Participants must be able to swim. Location: Washington Park Pool. Register by July 14. AUGUST

4-8

Master Seal Team Camp Course # 4603

1–5 p.m.

$299

(6–8) This awesome new program is for young divers who are looking for action-packed fun in a pool by doing exciting scuba Aqua Missions. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to dive with flashlights, take digital pictures underwater or float effortlessly like an astronaut? These Aqua Missions introduce you to wreck, navigation, buoyancy, underwater photography, environmental awareness and more! Scuba equipment and book are provided. Location: Fallon Park Pool. Register by July 23.

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4602 July 19 Location: Fallon Park Pool.

6–8 p.m.

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(8+) Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? While not an actual scuba certification, during the Bubble Maker experience you’ll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. Scuba equipment provided.

Jellyfish Swim Camp

7-10 Course # 4674

SUMMER CAMPS

VARIOUS


SUMMER CAMPS

VARIOUS

Dates

Summer P.L.A.Y. (Positive Leaning and Adventure for Youth) Course # see below

7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

$75

(K–5th grade only; must have completed Kindergarten). Join us for a summer packed full of activities! With convenient weekly sessions at two locations, this all-day version of our After-School P.L.A.Y. program includes sports and games, summer reading program, special speakers/instructors, arts and crafts, and various field trips, all with a focus on overall youth development. Special activities will be provided during the morning hours that will not be available in the afternoon program. Lunch and snacks are provided. Qualified, trained, and experienced counselors will initiate fun and challenging activities for all participants.

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Application forms and registration packets are available at the Main Office at 215 Church Avenue, Room 303, at Preston and Eureka during the after school program. Participants can register weekly or for the entire summer. Weekly registrations are due the Wednesday before the following week’s session. Registration is taken on a first come, first served basis so you’ll want to register early; limited numbers are being accepted. Multiple child (in household) discount is available. Eureka Center-Course #: 4825 Dates June 9–13 June 16–20 June 23–27 June 30–July 3 July 7–11 July 14–18 July 21–25 July 28–Aug. 1 Aug. 4–8

Days M–F M–F M–F M–Th M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F

Fee $75 $75 $75 $75 $75 $75 $75 $75 $75

Preston Center-Course #: 4826 Dates June 9–13 June 16–20 June 23–27 June 30–July 3 July 7–11 July 14–18 July 21–25 July 28–Aug. 1 Aug. 4–8 *No camp on July 4. VARIOUS

Dates

Days M–F M–F M–F M–Th M–F M–F M–F M–F M–F

Fee $75 $75 $75 $75 $75 $75 $75 $75 $75

Afternoon Summer Fun Camp at Preston Course # see below

2–6 p.m.

$40

(K–5th grade only; must have completed Kindergarten). This is a 9 weeks summer camp being offered to those who are attending summer school program or other children who are in need of a half day program. Topics such as Super Hero Week, Mad Scientist Week, Adventure Week and more. We also are offering crafts, snacks, sports, cooking class, exercises, weekly trip and a variety of activities. Space is limited; therefore, registration is taken on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 853-2770. We are closed on July 4, 2014. Course No.

Date

Register by

4790

June 9–13

June 2

4830

June 16–20

June 9

4831

June 23–27

June 16

4832

June 30–July 3

June 23


July 7–11

June 30

4834

July 14–18

July 7

4835

July 21–25

July 14

4836

July 28–Aug. 1

July 21

4837 Location: Preston Center

Aug. 4–8

July 28

VARIOUS

Dates

Afternoon Summer Fun Camp at Eureka Course # see below

2–6 p.m.

$40

(K–5th grade only; must have completed Kindergarten). This is a 9 weeks summer camp being offered to those who are attending the summer school program or for others in need of a ½ day program. Topics such as Super Hero Week, Mad Scientist Week, Adventure Week and more. We also are offering crafts, snacks, sports, cooking class, exercises, weekly trip and a variety of activities. Space is limited; therefore, registration is taken on a first come, first served basis. We are closed on July 4, 2014. Register by

4838

June 9–13

June 2

4839

June 16–20

June 9

4840

June 23–27

June 16

4841

June 30–July 3

June 23

4842

July 7–11

June 30

4843

July 14–18

July 7

4844

July 21–25

July 14

4845

July 28–Aug. 1

July 21

Dates

July 28

Continental kids camp Course # see below

2–6 p.m.

$40

(K–5th grade only; must have completed Kindergarten). Come join us for a summer full of fun exploring different countries from around the world. We will spend each week in a different country. Activities include guest speakers, music, crafts, food, games and more. Snacks will be provided.. The deadline to register is one week before each camp. We are closed on July 4, 2014. Course No.

Date

Register by

4806 – Brazil

June 9–13

June 2

4810 – Kenya

June 16–20

June 9

4817 – Jamaica

June 23–27

June 16

4818 – Egypt

June 30–July 3

June 23

4819 – Germany

July 7–11

June 30

4820 – Israel

July 14–18

July 7

4821 – Norway

July 21–25

July 14

4822 – Philippines

July 28–Aug. 1

July 21

Aug. 4–8

July 28

4823 – United Kingdom Location: Grandin Court Center.

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Date

VARIOUS

Aug. 4–8

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Course No.

4846 Location: Eureka Center

SUMMER CAMPS

4833


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The Play Store

Check out some of the cool things Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s PLAY store has to offer. If you can’t think of a great gift for that active someone in your life, how about a PLAY inspired t-shirt? Best of all the proceeds go to help Roanoke Parks and Recreation initiatives, programs, and amenities.

Tee’s

PLAY Sports Splat tees and hoodie $16.85 - $42.70

This is the paintball inspired sports silhouette line. It’s a staff favorite and we know it will be one of yours too. This line comes in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors.

THE PLAY STORE

The Play Store

If you don’t have access to the internet visit a local library branch to look at some of the other items in our virtual store.

www.zazzle.com/roanokeparks

Mugs

PLAY Sports Mug $13.95 - $20.95

Our PLAY sports inspired letter mug is available in a variety of styles and colors

Tee’s

The PLAY tees and Hoodie $16.85 - $48.35

The PLAY tee is a mixture of art and color. What more could you ask for? Available in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors. www.PlayRoanoke.com 49


THE PLAY STORE

Bags

PLAY Tote Bag $11.20 - $29.20

A marker and crayon tote bag that was inspired by a few of the kids in our programs. Also available in colors.

Sticker

Love 2 PLAY sticker $5.60 a sheet

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Show your parks and recreation support with this great PLAY decal!


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You will be contacted before the program begins to be given course or program details or to answer questions. Your expectations and concerns are important to us! Refunds are made when classes are filled, cancelled, or when changes in day, time or location of the activity would prohibit the registrant’s attendance. No refunds are given after the deadline unless your place can be filled.

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