2018 Fall Activity Guide

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ACTIVITY GUIDE

SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER

Fall 2018

Active recreation and life-enriching programs for youth and adults


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2 GENERAL INFORMATION

MISSION STATEMENT Parks, facilities and recreation programs for the citizens of South Whidbey Island. CONTACT INFO

STAFF

DISCLAIMERS

SWPRD Recreation Center & Offices

Parks & Recreation Director Doug Coutts, (360) 221-6488 dirswprd@whidbey.com

Updates & Errors

Location/Mail

5475 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA 98260

Office Phone

(360) 221-5484

Fax

(360) 221-7323

E-mail swparks@whidbey.com Website www.swparks.org Office Hours

Mon-Thu, 8:30am–5pm Fri, 8:30am–4:30pm

Office Closed

September 3, November 12, November 22-23, December 25, January 1

Recreation Supervisor Carrie Monforte, (360) 221-6788 programs@whidbey.com Office Manager Peggy Nelson, (360) 221-5484 swparks@whidbey.com Facilities & Grounds Supervisor Tom Fallon, (360) 221-7181 trfallon@hotmail.com

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS The SWPRD Board of Commissioners meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6pm at the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation Center, 5475 Maxwelton Road, Langley, Room 111. Commissioners are: Dennis Hunter • Josh Coleman Don Wood • Mark Helpenstell • Matt Simms

RECREATION TRENDS

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Do you have ideas or suggestions for new program directions? Is there something you’d like to see us try? Email us your ideas at programs@whidbey.com. We want to hear from you!

INCLEMENT WEATHER & POWER OUTAGES Programs may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or power outages. We encourage you to call our voice messaging system at (360) 221-5484 or check our Facebook page before leaving home to determine program status.

This schedule of classes is published for information purposes only. We strive to produce the most accurate brochure possible. However, some program information may have changed after this brochure has gone to print. We will make every effort to notify participants of the changes.

School Disclaimer

Participants in South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District (SWPRD) programs agree to hold harmless the SWPRD, Island County, and South Whidbey School District, and their officials, employees and agents for any and all claims for personal injury and damage in which damage and injury is or appears to be proximately caused by their participation or the participation of the child for whom they are responsible in SWPRD’s recreation programs. Furthermore, they consent that images (photographs, video recordings, etc.) of them or their child engaged in above activities may be used for promotional purposes. South Whidbey Parks and Recreation programs are NOT sponsored by the South Whidbey School District or the Coupeville School District, and the South Whidbey School District and Coupeville School Districts assume no responsibility for the conduct or safety of the activity. In consideration for the privilege to distribute these materials, the South Whidbey School District and the Coupeville School District shall be held harmless from any cause of action, claim or petition filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of these materials, including all costs, attorney’s fees and judgments or awards..

ADVERTISING Whidbey Weekly prints and distributes three activity guides a year. We welcome you to advertise your program or business along with us. For details, email advertise@ whidbeyweekly.com.


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Sometimes programs are canceled because people wait too long to sign up. All programs have minimum attendance. By registering at least 2 weeks in advance of a program, you ensure we our program minimum, and give us adequate time to prepare for you. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

REFUNDS & CREDITS 1. Full refunds will be given for all classes canceled by SWPRD. 2. Refunds requested and submitted in writing using the Refund Request Form before the early fee deadline date (or at least 5 business days before start of program if no early fee deadline) will be subject to a 10% service fee, with a minimum service fee of $10. 3. SWPRD account credits requested and submitted in writing using the Refund Request Form before the early fee deadline date (or at least 5 business days before start of program if no early fee deadline) will be good for one calendar year from issue date, for the full fee paid and will not be subject to service fee.

GENERAL INFORMATION

REGISTRATION INFO § Symbol indicates contracted programs that have their own refund policies. Contact the contractor directly to inquire about their specific policy. Advance registration is required for all programs unless otherwise stated. It is best if you register at least two weeks in advance of any program start date. All fees are due at the time of registration. We cannot “hold” a space for you without full payment and registration. All programs have a minimum and maximum enrollment. We request that you register early to ensure class minimums are met. We reserve the right to cancel a program if minimums are not met. There is a $25 service charge on all returned checks and declined credit cards. Registration forms are available online at www.swparks.org

HOW TO REGISTER Online

For your convenience, you may register online for many of our programs, with no additional fees. Check out this service at www.swparks.org.

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HIYI YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP FUND The Healthy Island Youth Initiative (HIYI) Committee solicits donations to support ongoing efforts to keep organized healthy activities affordable for all local youth in Island County. The HIYI Scholarship Fund addresses these needs by helping cover the cost of registration fees, equipment and/or other expenses so that youth in Island County can participate in organized physical activities, regardless of their family’s economic status. The South Whidbey Parks & Aquatics Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, is the fiscal agent for HIYI, and receives, holds and distributes funds upon direction from the HIYI committee. Donations to this fund may now be tax deductible. Donations to the scholarship fund should be made payable to South Whidbey Parks & Aquatics Foundation, and should be mailed to PO Box 157, Freeland, WA 98249, with a note on the memo line directing it to the “HIYI Scholarship Fund”. Any Whidbey Island youth may apply for assistance to participate in any organized sport or physical activity. The needs-based scholarships are awarded based on financial criteria and commitment to the activity. Those interested in receiving financial assistance should call Carrie at (360) 221-6788 or visit www.islandcountywa. gov/Health/AHC/Pages/HIYI-Scholarship.aspx.

By Mail

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR PROGRAMS

4. Refunds or credits will not be issued if cancelled after deadline date or within 5 business days of program start.

Send completed registration form and full payment to: SWPRD, 5475 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA 98260

5. To request a refund, a Refund Request Form must be submitted to the SWPRD office in writing. Verbal requests will not be honored. Forms are available at the SWPRD office or online. Please be aware that refund requests may take up to 45 days to process.

By Fax or Email

There are several needs-based resources available to enable youth to participate in programs with SWPRD. Call (360) 221-6788 for info.

6. Refunds will not be issued from an account credit.

In Person

7. Refunds will not be issued for programs costing $10 or less (unless cancelled by SWPRD).

Fax or email completed registration form with credit card authorization. Fax to (360)221-7323 or scan and email to swparks@whidbey.com. Always call the office at (360)221-5484 to confirm receipt. Walk in to our SWPRD office at 5475 Maxwelton Road, Langley, during our regular business hours. We take cash, check or credit cards at the office.

8. One day classes, trips, or special events are not covered under this policy (no refunds or credits available).

STAY INFORMED

9. Certain contract programs, indicated with this symbol: §, have their own refund policies. Contact the contractor directly to inquire about their specific policy.

Subscribe to our e-newsletter and receive regular updates. Visit www.swparks.org and sign up for the e-newsletter. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ACCESSIBILITY & ACCOMODATION Individuals with or without disabilities may register for all programs offered by South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District provided program safety can be met. The District provides reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Contact the SWPRD office three weeks in advance of the program start date to discuss accommodations. Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.


COMMUNITY PARK

5495 Maxwelton Rd, Langley

DEER LAKE PUBLIC ACCESS

4330 Bucktail Lane, Clinton

GOSS LAKE PUBLIC ACCESS

5235 Lakeside Dr, Freeland

LONE LAKE PUBLIC ACCESS

5075 Lone Lake Rd, Langley

RECREATION CENTER & OFFICES

5475 Maxwelton Rd, Langley

SPORTS COMPLEX

5598 Langley Rd, Langley

TRUSTLAND TRAILS

Craw Rd & Hwy 525, Langley

We request that all groups planning to use our facilities or fields notify us in advance by submitting a Reservation Request Form, which is available on our website and at our park office. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on availability. Rental fees may apply. For additional information about availability

Sports Fields

We have softball, baseball, soccer, and open fields available. Scheduling information for leagues, tournaments and teams is available by calling the Director at (360) 221-6488.

Facilities

Reservation Options ($)

Classrooms

Toilets/Restrooms

BBQ Grill

Picnic Shelter

Skate Park & Pump Track

Soccer Fields

Basketball Court

Horse Trail

Play Structure

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and rates, call (360) 221-5484 or visit www. swparks.org/reservations.

RESERVATIONS

Fishing

Boat Ramp

Lake Swimming*

Trails

*Always check for posted closures before swimming

Waterfront

SOUTH WHIDBEY PARKS & RECREATION PARKS & FACILITIES

Baseball & Softball Fields

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4 FACILITIES RESERVATIONS

You can affordably rent space for parties,

meetings, classes, and special events at our new recreation headquarters or The Crow’s Nest (located on the 2nd floor of the Concession Stand) at Community Park.

Picnic Shelters

Our picnic shelters are available for reservation for your party or event, advance reservations required for groups of 20+. Picnic shelters can accommodate 45-75 people.

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EARLY RELEASE PROGRAMS • SPECIAL EVENTS

The South Whidbey School District has Early Release Days most Wednesdays. We’ve pulled together a couple of programs to coincide with those days.

SWES-North Campus flagpole after school at 2 pm and together they will walk to the class. Parents who choose to use the Walk-Over service must indicate this when registering for the program, then notify the school via “PickUpPatrol.”

ART CLUB Early Release Wednesdays!

GRADES 2-4 A place for children to have fun making art, explore ideas, stimulate curiosity and build skills using a variety of methods and art materials. Students will learn foundational skills of drawing and painting while developing confidence in expressing their imagination and how they see the world. All art materials will be provided.

DISCOVER MAGIC CLUB

Min 6/Max 12

Become a Magician!

Wed | Oct 17–Nov 14* | 2:20–3:50pm** | $72

AGES 8-12, BEGINNERS

*Except October 31. These are SWSD early release days. **Instructor can meet SWSD students at the

Become a magician! Discover Magic, is an innovative national education program specially designed to teach key life skills to kids through the process of learning

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Island County Public Health South Whidbey Parks & Recreation South Whidbey Children’s Center GoWhidbey Media & DJ Services Sno-Isle Libraries Toddler Learning Center Goosefoot Community Fund Island County Fair Association Whidbey Island Nourishes Good Cheer.

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to perform magic. Kids will be engrossed in learning and performing magic while developing valuable social interaction skills: communication skills, self-discipline, and confidence. The tricks are designed for first time learners that will not only fool adults, but will develop and unlock exciting possibilities in every child. Visit www.DiscoverMagic.com for more info. Class features custom created props, top secret private files for every child and special bonus material the kids can unlock with a secret code after class. Contact the Park Office about possible after school pick-up/walk-over service. (360)221-6788.

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Instructor: JR Russell, Professional Magician, Seattle Magician of the Year 2012, President Society of American Magician Seattle Assembly, Northwest Regional Vice President, Society of American Magicians, Youth Leader of Society of Young Magician Assembly #145, Member of Kidabra Family Entertainers Society, Member of International Brotherhood of Magician. jr@jrrussellmagic.com, 360-929-5679


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Location: SWPRD Room 111

SLOTH ARMY RUNNING CLUB

Min 5/Max 15

Wed | Sep 26–Nov 14 | 2:30–4pm | $100* *Additional $50 materials fee due on first day paid directly to instructor. Provides custom magic props, folders, secret files, custom tricks, secret video links. Returning students pay only $80, and don’t need to pay the materials fee.

INTRO TO FLY FISHING ADULTS Want to learn how to fly fish in a fun, lowkey environment? This class will teach you everything you need to know to get started fly fishing. We’ll cover fly tying, casting techniques, regulations, and end with a fishing trip. Women are strongly encouraged to sign up! Supplies: Fly rod, reel, and line will be supplied if needed, just indicate at registration. Students will need to purchase a 1-day combo fishing license for the fishing day ($12 at Sebo’s).

ADULTS Come explore the trails of South Whidbey in a fun, relaxed group. We will meet twice a week for our runs. Meet great new friends, get some much needed Vitamin D and fresh air, and get a nice workout in a beautiful setting. “We’re slower than a herd of sloths stampeding through peanut butter, but we run.” Bring: Good running shoes, water bottle, weather-appropriate clothing (layers). Instructor: PJ Beaven is a certified fitness instructor with South Island CrossFit. As a zookeeper for 15 years previously, PJ relies on her experiences in animal training, enrichment, and conservation to make fitness fun, effective, and to promote a positive impact on the environment. Learn more about her ZooFit program at earthfitnow.com.

described as a combination of ping-pong, tennis, and badminton. Played on a small court with a low net, it uses whiffle balls and paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast paced, competitive game for experienced players. Pickleball is FUN. Stay active with us, it is a great work out. Location: South Whidbey Community Center Auxiliary Gym, 723 Camano Avenue, Langley. Min 12/Max 18

Tue/Thu | Sep 4–Nov 29* | 10:30am–12:30pm | $35/month** or $6 drop-in *No Pickleball November 22. We may add early December, on a drop-in basis. **From the beginning to end of each month.

Location: Trustland Trails Trailhead Min 2/Max 10

Instructor: Jeana Dominguez, followingtherise@gmail.com Location: SWPRD Building, Room 111 and outdoors. Fishing field trip to a nearby location.

Sun/Thu | Oct 21–Dec 16 | 8–9am | $30

PICKLEBALL

INTRO TO PICKLEBALL

Min 8/Max 10

ADULTS, ALL LEVELS WELCOME

Beginner Player Course

Wed | Sep 26–Oct 10 | 9–11:15am | $110

Pick up a paddle and try a new sport! Due to popular demand, we’re bringing you one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, Pickleball. This fun and social game was created on Bainbridge Island, and is

ADULTS, BEGINNERS

*Add’l $5 materials fee for fly tying materials paid directly to instructor at first class.

Learn as you play and become a Pickler in no time! If you are new to the game, or would like to brush up on your skills, this is

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8 ACTIVE LIVING the course for you! You will learn the basics of pickleball rules, terminology, primary skills, coordination, introduction to the court, and more. Come catch Picklemania! We will have some loaner paddles available.

OUTDOOR NAVIGATION FOR BEGINNERS

Location: South Whidbey Community Center Auxiliary Gym, 723 Camano Avenue, Langley

ADULTS & YOUTH AGES 10+

Min 4/Max 6

Tue/Thu | Sep 18-20 | 12:45–2:15pm | $20

PICK-UP BASKETBALL ADULTS 35+* Come out and play a pick-up game of basketball with your peers. Refine your skills, get in shape, and Hoop It Up! These programs are free, but donations are appreciated and support our Youth Basketball Scholarship fund. Participation is at-your-own-risk, and you must sign up in advance. Coordinator: Greg Hein, (360) 661-1560, heinmarine@whidbey.com Location: South Whidbey Community Center Main Gym*

Mon/Wed | Sep 10–Dec 19** | 6:30–8:30pm | Free*** *The 18+ pick-up basketball is suspended until further notice due to unauthorized gym use by some individuals. **Schedule varies frequently. Always check with the coordinator and/or website for updates before coming. *** Although drop-in is free, we require a quarterly registration fee of $5 per quarter in order to create an email/text notification system. Registration must be complete before participating.

Intro to the sport of orienteering We’re natural-born explorers; all we need is a lively intro to map reading techniques to open up adventures in our local parks. This is a great way to introduce orienteering, a sport which combines racing with navigation. Check out www.youtube.com/ watch?v=OZOI9kKuA4I. Learn the fundamentals of map-based navigation and apply them right away in an outdoor orienteering course at Community Park. Students will learn: • Elements of a good map • Commonly mapped features • Orientation & relocation • Thumbing & contours • The joy of knowing where you’re going! Bring: Outdoor shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, and compass if you have one. Instructor: Bob Forgrave is former director of the state orienteering youth league and former middle school team coach, bob. forgrave@flatbike.com. Location: The Crow’s Nest at Community Park, then outdoors in the park. Min 10 / Max 30

Sat | Sep 29 | 1–4pm | $12* *Youth ages 12 under, accompanied by a registered adult, are half price.

OUTDOOR NAVIGATION FOR INTERMEDIATES Putting navigation skills to use

ADULTS & YOUTH AGES 10+ In this intermediate follow-on to the orienteering intro course (Exploring is Awesome), we take your new map navigation skills into a larger park. Explore Putney Woods as you navigate with a contour map, get familiar with a compass, learn to “relocate”, and more. After some preliminary training, you’ll complete a course in the park at your own speed. Also good for refreshing orienteering skills if you haven’t been to an event in a while. The intro course offered the day before is not required, but is recommended for novice or young map readers to ease the learning curve. Bring: Outdoor shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, and compass if you have one. Instructor: Bob Forgrave is former director of the state orienteering youth league and former middle school team coach, bob.forgrave@flatbike.com. Location: Putney Woods Trail System. Meet at the parking lot off Lone Lake Road. Min 10 / Max 30

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Sun | Sep 30 | 10am–1pm | $12* *Youth ages 12 under, accompanied by a registered adult, are half price.

INDOOR SOCCER SCRIMMAGE AGES 7-12 Join us for these exciting sessions of indoor soccer, the fast-paced game. Kids will have lots of fun developing their skills, touches and teamwork whilst playing soccer. Lots of


www.swparks.org running involved and therefore it’s a great way to keep active during winter. All ability levels are welcome. Please bring normal athletic shoes (no cleats) and wear good active clothing. Limited space available so register early. Instructor: Martin Coombe, martin@ marcon.com Location: South Whidbey Community Center Auxiliary Gym Min 8/Max 12

Fri | Nov 2–Dec 14* | 5:30–6:30pm | $38 each player *Except November 23.

LITTLE DRIBBLERS BASKETBALL Basketball skills development program

GRADES 1 & 2, FIRST TIMERS Little Dribblers focuses on the basics of basketball and is a fun first introduction to the game. Players will learn passing, shooting, dribbling and basic rules. Focus

ACTIVE LIVING 9 is on respect, teamwork and responsibility. This is not a basketball league and players will not be assigned to teams. Some Little Dribblers may choose to continue on to our Youth Basketball League this Winter. Coach can meet students at the SWES North Campus flagpole after school to walk them to class, if needed. Please indicate this at registration and notify the school via “PickUp Patrol.” Bring: clean court shoes, gym clothes, afterschool snack and a water bottle. Location: SWES, South Campus Min 8/Max 12

down and fun. Every day we’ll head out on the trails and fields of Community Park. Be prepared to participate rain or shine, and help create a supportive environment for your teammates. Coach can meet students at the SWES South Campus flagpole after school, and escort them to the program. Great conditioning for other sports during the year! Coach: Kelly Henriot, (425)238-1812 Location: SWPRD Building Room 111 Min 6/Max 15

Tue/Thu | Sep 25–Nov 8 | 2:30–3:30pm | $50

Tue/Thu | Oct 23–Nov 8 | 3:45–4:30pm | $60

FALL YOUTH TENNIS

RUNNING CLUB

GRADES 2-4

GRADES 5-6 The goal of Road Runners Club of America is to see a youth running club in every school and community in the U.S. Each meeting we will have short discussions regarding health and fitness followed by physical activity. We will focus on proper form, running etiquette, stretching, warming up, cooling

Kids will learn and practice the basic strokes of tennis and will be playing points after just a few sessions. The focus is developing good technique and having lots of fun–sportsmanship is always taught and modeled. Players of all abilities are welcome. Coaches can meet SWES students at the flagpole after school and will walk together to the South Whidbey Elementary South


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10 ACTIVE LIVING • SPORTS FOR DOGS Campus Gym. Students will have a few minutes to eat a snack if they choose to bring one. Loaner racquets and all equipment will be provided.

Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash. No retractable or “flexi” leashes allowed. No aggressive dogs allowed. Location: The “Dog House” at Community Park

Instructor: Caryn Ploof Location: South Whidbey Elementary South Campus Gym

Min 4/Max 10

Wed | Sep 19 | 1–3:30pm** | $10*** Sat | Sep 22 | 2:15–4:45pm** | $10***

Min 6/Max 12

Tue/Thu | Sep 18–Oct 18 | 3:40–4:30pm | $60

MIDDLE SCHOOL TENNIS GRADES 5-8 (YOUNGER WITH COACH PERMISSION) For players of all levels, including total beginners. Students will learn the basic strokes as well as singles and doubles strategy. If rain forces a class to be canceled, the next class will be twice as long to make up the canceled class. Loaner racquets are available. Instructor: Caryn Ploof Location: SWHS Tennis Courts Min 6/Max 12

Tue/Thu | Sep 18–Oct 18 | 4:45–5:45pm | $60

JUNIOR CHEER Visit swparks.org for updates on our Junior Cheer program, coming late this fall. Join us for this fun, no pressure introduction to cheerleading where kids will have the opportunity to learn basic jumps, kicks, cheers, and a dance routine.

READING WITH ROVER THERAPY DOGS Reading with Rover is a therapy dog program which started out as a communitybased literacy program volunteering in the schools and libraries of the Puget Sound area. They now offer the comfort of our therapy dogs at local hospitals, assisted living homes, rehabilitation facilities and are very popular college stress relievers! Visit www.readingwithrover.org for more info. Instructor Diana Trupiano has owned and trained dogs all her life. For the past 15 years she has been an active member of Reading with Rover children’s literacy charity. She currently holds the positions of volunteer, event coordinator, team evaluator, team protocol mentor, therapy team evaluator and therapy prep instructor. needlebeetle@comcast.net

THERAPY TEAM MINI EVALUATIONS

Is My Dog a Therapy Dog?

ADULTS AND YOUTH 12+* This evaluation will determine you and your dog’s readiness to enter the Animal Therapy Prep class. The class will help prepare you to take the Reading with Rover team evaluation to become a registered therapy team.

*Youth must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian. **Participants will choose a 15-minute time slot. ***Fee is per evaluation, per dog-handler team.

ANIMAL THERAPY TEAM PREP

Reading with Rover

ADULTS AND YOUTH 12+* This class will help prepare you and your dog to successfully take the Reading with Rover therapy test. Once you have passed the test, you will become a registered therapy team. Our teams volunteer in schools, nursing homes, hospitals (hospital and hospice visits require additional training). Dogs must have basic obedience skills. In the class we will practice each test exercise using role play. Teams will receive coaching, as needed, to help pass the test, and to use in future visit situations. No aggressive dogs are allowed in class. Bring to class: Blanket, treat pouch, treats. Location: TBA Min 4/Max 10

Wed | Oct 3–17 | 7–9pm | $150** per dog *Youth must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian. **Fee is per student. Additional $15-45 for treat pouches, leashes, training collars.

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Pre-requisites: Must provide proof of current vaccinations at first class. Participants must be able to keep physical control of their dog. We reserve the right to restrict any dog’s participation for any reason, for the safety of other dogs and participants. Bring: a collar, harness with chest-pull D-ring, treat bag, treats your dog loves, good stout leash (recommend waist belt), and water.

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12 SPORTS FOR DOGS Location: The orientation will take place at SWPRD at 5475 Maxwelton Rd, Langley, Room 111. The working sessions will take place at South Whidbey Sports Complex at 5598 Langley Road. Please park and meet up at the smaller, southwest part of the parking lot. Other possible nearby “field trips.” Min 4/If class fills an additional class may be added before or after current class, TBD.

HUMANS-ONLY ORIENTATION– MUST BE REGISTERED FOR CLASS: Tue | Sep 18 | 6:30–7:30pm WORKING SESSIONS: Sun | Sep 23–Oct 21 | 10–11am | $100 *Teens welcome with a parent/guardian.

CANINE SPORTS SAMPLER HUMANS 16+; DOGS 6+ MONTHS, BEGINNERS This is the golden age of dog sports with more ways than ever before to deepen your

Tue | Sep 25–Oct 30 | 11:30am–1pm |$100* Sat | Sep 29–Nov 3 | 11:30am–1pm | $100*

bond, have fun, and earn titles and ribbons. This class will give you a taste of Parkour, Rally, Agility, Barn hunt, Tracking and Tricks training. Activities will be safe foundation behaviors suitable for dogs and people at all levels of physical fitness. Included for each sport will be information about how to follow up on your new interests.

*Fee is per dog.

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN Charm school for your dog!

Must provide evidence of basic vaccinations. Mixed breeds and rescues are welcome. No previous obedience training required but dogs will sometimes be working near each other. You must be able to control your dog on leash and get its attention with food. Class will be tailored to weather conditions and dog temperament. Depending upon the activity, dogs may be worked one at a time.

HUMANS 16+; DOGS 6+ MONTHS, BEGINNERS Do you wish your dog were more courteous? Or better behaved in public? Learn how to teach your dog good manners using the power of positive reinforcement and games you’ll both enjoy. We’ll work on polite greetings, loose leash walking, being handled, and meeting strangers, with an emphasis on self-control, patience and cooperation. Prepare your dog to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, learn how to address problem behaviors and teach a few cute tricks along the way. This class is for dogs who are rude or uneducated, not for those who are aggressive or fearful. Dogs will sometimes be working near each other, so you must be able to physically control your dog on leash and get its attention with food.

Bring to Class: Treats, a buckle collar and a 6’ leash are required. A harness and portable crate or mat are recommended and will be discussed in class. Instructor: Victoria Farrington, howsofdogs@gmail.com Location: “The Doghouse” at Community Park and outdoors. Min 2 / Max 6

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www.swparks.org Bring to Class: Treats, buckle collar, and a 6’ leash required. A harness and portable crate or mat are recommended and will be discussed in class. Toys will be used. Instructor: Victoria Farrington, howsofdogs@gmail.com Location: “The Doghouse” at Community Park, outdoors, and nearby locations Min 2 / Max 4

Tue | Sep 25–Oct 30 | 10–11am | $100* Sat | Sep 29–Nov 3 | 10–11am | $100* *Fee is per dog.

K9 NOSEWORK Sniffing out fun on Whidbey

HUMANS 16+; DOGS 4+ MONTHS (ALL VACCINATIONS COMPLETED) This fast–growing dog sport teaches you how to encourage and develop your dog’s amazing natural scenting ability by using its desire to hunt and its love of food, toys, and exercise. This exciting detection style activity is appropriate for dogs of any age, breed, or physical ability and handlers of all ages and abilities. Each dog works separately, one at a time, so this is a class for dogs unsuited for a group setting. Classes are offered at all levels, from beginning to advanced dog handler teams. Instructor: Georgia Edwards is a nationallyCertified NoseWork Instructor. A retired cancer physician, she first became interested in canine scent discrimination 25 years ago when her hospital therapy dog was able to identify patients with metastatic breast cancer. k9nosework@whidbey.net Location: Varies; classes meet in “The Doghouse” at Community Park and outdoors; advanced classes may be held offsite on “field-trips.” Schedule: Ongoing offerings of 6-week sessions for beginning to advanced levels are held Sundays OR Wednesdays. Times vary by level. See www.swparks.org for detailed schedule. Fee: $150 per dog, plus a small materials fee.

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Pay: Minimum wage to $15/hour, DOE. SWPRD is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic person to assist us in our recreation programs. Focus is on our youth basketball programs, but will include other programs including dodgeball, 5k races, triathlon, special events, and more. Ideal candidate loves the game of basketball and has experience in other sports as well. The position works with youth, adults, volunteers, coaches, and referees. Basketball programs run October– March, will occasionally assist with other recreation programs as needed. Duties may include locking/unlocking gyms, keeping score, and ensuring that facilities are left in good condition. This is seasonal, part-time position. Application and job description available from www.swparks.org/employment. For info, call (360) 221-6788 or email programs@whidbey.com.

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BASKETBALL REFEREES

Pay: Minimum wage to $15/hour, DOE. SWPRD is seeking referees for the Youth Basketball League. Referees are paid for their time working on the court, in addition to the intangible reward of impacting youth lives. The Basketball Referee is responsible for officiating scheduled games and supervising at local gyms. A high level of judgment is necessary. Applicants must successfully pass a criminal background check. Job is seasonal, part time, paying

Application deadline: September 10 or until filled

Apply by December 1. Contact Carrie at (360)221-6788 or visit www.swparks.org for info.

RECREATION & PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS

Pay: Unpaid, but the rewards are endless!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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SCHEDULE OF FUN SEPTEMBER Sep 3

Labor Day (SWPRD Closed)

Sep 4

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Sep 10 Pick-Up Adult 35+ Basketball Sep 18 Intro to Pickleball

OCTOBER Oct 2

Pickleball

Oct 3

Animal Therapy Team Prep

Oct 15 Winter Program Proposals due Oct 17 Art Club Oct 21 Sloth Army Oct 23 Little Dribblers Basketball

Sep 18 Fall Youth Tennis (Grades 2-8)

NOVEMBER

Sep 18 Reactive Dog Clinic Orientation (Humans Only)

Nov 2 Indoor Soccer Scrimmage

Sep 19 Reading with Rover Therapy Team Mini Evaluations

Nov 12 SWPRD Closed

Sep 22 Children’s Day

Nov 6 Pickleball Nov 22 Thanksgiving, SWPRD Closed Nov 23 SWPRD Closed

Sep 22 Reading with Rover Therapy Team Mini Evaluations Sep 23 Reactive Dog Clinic

Nov 26 Coach Application Deadline for Youth Basketball League

DECEMBER

Sep 25 Canine Sports Sampler

Dec 2 Registration Deadline for Youth Basketball League

Sep 25 Running Club Sep 25 Canine Good Citizen

Dec 3 Coach Meeting for Youth Basketball League

Sep 26 Discover Magic Club Early Release Days! Sep 28 Intro to Fly Fishing

Dec 8 Youth Basketball League Skills Assessment

Sep 29 Outdoor Navigation for Beginners

Dec 25 Christmas (SWPRD Closed)

Sep 29 Canine Sports Sampler

JANUARY

Sep 29 Canine Good Citizen Sep 30 Registration Deadline for Grade 7-8 Girls Basketball Travel Team Sep 30 Outdoor Navigation for Intermediates

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