SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – Jefferson County Parks and Recreation has a full schedule of courses and events for the New Year.
According to director Jennifer Myers, the winter / spring program guide was released in early December and includes several program selections for all ages.
Classes include several dance options. Aeriel silk / lyre dance is offered for two levels, as are long-time favorites such as ballet, tap dance and jazz. Both adult and children’s courses are offered.
A new class offered this season is for those who are currently participating in, or are hoping to participate, in Color Guard. The courses will help you learn the basics to serve in a color guard and help hone skills already acquired.
Other favorites return to the program, including martial arts classes for all ages, as well as youth athletics, including floor hockey, soccer, volleyball, and gymnastics. Membership in an indoor soccer league is also offered.
Those looking to learn new, less physically active skills can try their hand at quilting or knitting / crocheting. Both skills are taught to beginners and advanced learners.
Myers announced that several special events are planned for the winter / spring season. The traditionally titled Daddy / Daughter Dance will be replaced by the Ties and Tiaras Dance, which will take place on February 18th. A Valentine’s Day-themed dance welcomes children from 2 years old with their fathers, guardians, grandpas or other special people to enjoy a live DJ, handicrafts and a photo box on site. The event is now offered in two different time slots.
The female counterpart of the dance takes place on May 14th with Sweethearts Under the Stars, where kids invite mothers, guardians, grandmas or someone special for a fun night of outdoor dancing. Funny games, activities and a photo box complete the magical experience.
Another popular event is a Princess and Superhero Donut Date, where kids can enjoy delicious donuts with their favorite superhero or princess. Handicrafts and an obstacle course make this another fun park and leisure event. The donut date is set for March 19th.
“Even more exciting than the current offers is that the employees have started planning for the summer,” said Myers. “We can look forward to many activities including the return of the Shenandoah Junction Levitt Music Series,” she added.
The music series, which welcomes bands from near and far, will be offered free to the public every Thursday evening from May 26th and will run for 10 weeks.
“The planning of movie nights and concert events with tickets is also under way,” said Myers, adding that one of the goals of the parking system is to get The Amp at Sam Michaels to good use. “We look forward to an exciting and rewarding year 2022.”
Those interested in registering for current programs by spring can do so online at www.jcprc.org. The current program guide can be found on the website.
Prices vary for residents of the county and for non-residents, and scholarships are available for those in need of assistance. Call the park office at 304-728-3207 for more information.