Rec commission announces programs
The Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission has announced the following upcoming programs. For more information, visit www.cbrcparks.org, click on the programs tab and then the program that you are interested in. The link to the registration page is on the right of that page.
Art Fun Shop – Cartooning is designed for the artists who really like to draw. Participants will learn how to draw funny faces, looney lettering, awesome aliens, super heroes, adorable animals and create their own comic strip. Cory Geishauser will be the instructor for this workshop, which will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at Altoona Area Junior High School, 1400 Seventh Ave., Altoona. This class is for ages 7, 8 and 9. The cost is $35 per participant with a maximum of 12 (minimum of six) participants. The deadline for registration is Feb. 3.
Theater Arts – This exciting and interactive class will combine the basic skills in theater. The class will focus on performance, improvisation, character performance and showmanship. No experience is necessary.
Tony Greiner will hold the class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 19 through March 26 at the Juniata Elementary School, 418 N. Eighth Ave., Altoona. This class is for ages 7 to 14 with a maximum of 10 (four minimum) participants. The cost is $40, and the deadline to register is Feb. 17.
Balloon Twisting – This colorful fun-filled course will teach the basics in creating awesome balloon creations, from simple dogs and swords to advanced flowers and hats, performance tips are included. Tony Greiner will hold class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 18 through March 25 at the Juniata Elementary School. This class is for ages 7 to 14. The cost is $40 with a maximum of 10 (four minimum). The deadline to register is Feb. 14.
Creative Paper Crafting – This creative course combines origami and kirigami to produce colorful floral designs, coasters and magnets. Paper and crafting tools are supplied for class use only.
Learn this fascinating art technique combining paper, scissors, some patience and lots of fun.
This class is for ages 7 to 14 and will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 20 through March 27, at Juniata Elementary School. The instructor is Tony Greiner. The cost for this program is $40 with a maximum of eight (four minimum) participants. The deadline to register is Feb. 18. Water Color Painting – In this class, students will learn how to mix and use the primary colors to create a water color wheel. They will learn how to mix primary colors to create both secondary and intermediate colors for their own color wheel and how to use different wash and brush painting techniques to create their own paintings. Raymond Wolfe, a retired Hollidaysburg Area High School art teacher and recognized water color artist, will have class from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12, 19 and 26 at the Altoona Area Junior High School. This class is for ages 8 and older and will cost $40 with a maximum of 15 (eight minimum) participants. The deadline to register is Feb. 7.
Creative Mask Making – Students will learn some history of mask making and how different cultures make and use masks. Students will learn how to create their own mask using symmetrical design methods and decorations. Masks will be worn by students to celebrate their creations at the end of the project.
Raymond Wolfe will hold class from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13, 20 and 27 at the Altona Area Junior High?School. It is for ages 6 and older. The cost is $40, and the registration deadline is Feb. 7.
Youth Tumbling – Is your child ready to roll? If so, enroll them in this new and exciting beginner’s class. Participants will learn and practice basic skill such as splits, rolls, handstands and cartwheels after a fun and dance-like and strength building warm-up. No experience is necessary. The program, for ages 6 to 11, will be held from 4:15 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 11 through March 18 at the 6th Ward Community Center. The cost is $25.
Children’s Self-Defense – This four-week introductory program will teach children the fundamentals necessary to gain self-confidence and to stop being bullied or being a victim on the playground. They will learn to stand up to aggression. This program introduces children to a variety of martial arts skills while emphasizing the importance of physical fitness. The sessions will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 3, 10, 17 and 24 at Progressive Martial Arts Systems, Route 764, Duncansville. This program is for boys and girls in grades three to six. The cost is $40, and the deadline to register is May 2. The instructor is Rocco Alianiello, a fourth-degree black belt.
Learn to Skate – Classes will be held at Galactic Ice for ages 5 and older. Class “A” will be from 6 to 6:40 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 18 through March 25, and Class “B” will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays from April 5 through May 10. The Learn to Skate Basic Skills program is endorsed by the U.S. Figure Skating Program. Participants will learn the most important fundamentals of skating for hockey or figure skating from the Galactic Ice professional coaching staff. If you register with the CBRC office at 2101 Fifth Ave., Altoona, or on the CBRC website, the cost is $40 for Class A session and $45 for Class B session. For more information regarding this program, visit www.galacticice.
net or call Galactic Ice at 942-7500.
Swim Lessons for children ages 4 and older will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays nights, from 6 to 7 p.m. for Group A or from 7 to 8 p.m. for Group B, at the Altoona Area High?School swimming pool. Two sessions are being offered. The first session is from March 4 to April 1, and the second session is from April 3 to 29. There is a maximum of 20 participants per group, and the cost is $60 per session. The deadline to register is Feb. 27 for the first session and April 1 for the second session.
Winter Competitive Swim Program – Would you like to improve your swimming skills and eventually compete on your high school’s swim team or another competitive program?
Children ages 6 to 18 will learn and improve upon the basics of competitive swimming. Proper stroke techniques and training methods will be emphasized. Participants must be able to satisfactorily swim the length of the AAHS pool using the crawl stroke and rotary breathing to qualify for this program.
Instruction will be under the direction of certified volunteer instructors Ron and Tina Johnston. The program will be held Wednesdays and Saturdays from March 12 to April 26.
Times are 5 to 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturdays for ages 6 to 12, 6 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Saturdays for ages 13 to 18. The cost is $35, and the deadline to register is March 10.
Instructional Basketball – This program offers instruction to children in grades two and three. Volunteer coaches teach the basic fundamentals in basketball using eight-foot baskets. Games offer instruction with no score or standings being kept. The program fee is $40 per participant. An organizational meeting will be held on Saturday. Call the CBRC office at 949-2231 for the time and location of your school’s meeting. Parents are asked to attend. Participants are not required to attend. Practice times will be determined at this meeting and then practices will be held on Jan. 18 and 25 and Feb. 1. Games will begin on Feb. 8 and continue for seven weeks. The deadline to register is today. Scholarships are available for low- to moderate-income Altoona Area School District residents. Scholarship applications are only accepted at the CBRC office with proof of income.
Junior Hoopsters – This program will teach the fundamentals of basketball to help children enter CBRC’s second- and third-grade instructional basketball program. The program will be held on Saturday mornings at the 6th Ward Community Center, beginning Jan. 25 and continue for eight weeks. Each session will last 45 minutes.
An organizational meeting will be held on Jan. 18. The cost for this program is $37, and the deadline to register is Jan. 16.
Scholarships available for low- to moderate-income AASD residents. Scholarship applications are only accepted at the CBRC office with proof of income.
Elementary Community Basketball Clinic – The third annual CBRC/Penn State Altoona Elementary Basketball Clinic for boys and girls in grades four through six will be held on March 22. There will be two sessions: Session 1 for fourth-grade participants will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and session 2 for grades five and six running from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This clinic will offer instruction to participants on lay ups, shooting form, ball handling, passing and team-building drills.
Bill Clapper, Penn State Altoona men’s basketball coach, will be assisted by his staff and student athletes. This clinic will be held at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse at a cost of $10 per participant. Tennis Camp – This six-week instructional clinic, which will focus on the fundamentals of tennis. Participants will use the newest training aids. The classes will be held at ProCare Health and Fitness at 3200 Fairway Drive, Altoona, at a cost of $50.
Classes will be held Saturdays from Feb. 15 through March 29 with no class being held on Feb. 22. There are two age groups; Classes for ages 4 to 6 will be from 11 a.m. to noon, and classes for ages 7 to 10 will be from noon to 1 p.m. The deadline to register is Feb. 13. Paintball – Paintball is an intense indoor paintball action in a safe environment. There are a variety of games to play including Capture the Flag and Total Team Elimination.
Paintball includes running, eye/hand coordination and team-building skill used to play competitive paintball with friends.
Instructors will go over all the rules, regulations, equipment and facility use and proper safety. Participants must wear protective clothing (no exposed skin, wear a hood or hat). Parents will be asked to sign a liability waiver at the facility.
The cost is $60 for four sessions for ages 10 to 18. The sessions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Urban War Zone, 3519 Route 764, Duncansville. There will be one referee for every 10 players. Protective face mask, paintball equipment and 100 paintballs will be provided at each session. Instructional Sports Clinic for children ages 4 to 6 – This is an instructional clinic for beginners, to teach them the fundamentals of baseball, basketball and soccer. The clinic will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays from April 5 to 26 at the 6th Ward Community Center. The clinic will also teach sportsmanship, basic skills, teamwork and proper warm-up and cool-down activities. The cost is $25 with a maximum number of 20 participants. The deadline to register is April 4.
Max Sportacus Pre-Soccer – This program is for children ages 2 to 5. Program one – Kick-n-it with Mommy or Daddy for ages 2 to 3 – is a parent/child interactive class led by a soccer instructor to learn the basics of the game while incorporating colors, numbers and shapes with music and fun.
Program two – Lil-Kickers – is for ages 3 to 5 and is an introduction to learning the game of soccer and the basic skills to play the sport. There is an emphasis on improving gross motor skills and coordination while reinforcing colors, numbers and shapes with music and fun. The programs will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 4 to 27. The morning session, for age 2 and 3, is from 9 to 9:30 a.m., and age 3 to 5 is from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. There is also an afternoon session for ages 2 and 3 from 12:30 to 1 p.m., and ages 3 to 5 is from 1:15 to 2 p.m. The cost is $40.
Flower and Vegetable Gardening – Learn some of the trade secrets that Penn State Master Gardeners use to produce beautiful floral displays in their backyard. During week one, the instructors will review basic principles of gardening and will highlight topics such as site preparation, garden planning, varietal selection, nutrient management and insect and disease control. Week two will spotlight flower gardening, delving into annual, perennial and shade gardening.
During the final week, the focus will be on vegetable gardening and topics like soil testing and transplant production. All participants will receive a reference packet containing some of Penn State Extension’s most authoritative gardening publications. The classes will be held on from 6 to 8 p.m. March 25 and April 1 and 8 at the Altoona Area Junior High School. The cost is $20 per adult with a minimum number of participants of 10. The deadline to register is March 21.
Strong Women – The CBRC and the Penn State Extension office are offering a Strong Women program for a cost of $70. This program is a safe, simple and highly effective strength training program for women 40 years of age and older. Classes will be held from Jan. 21 through April 10. The morning session is held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the East Juniata Community Center, 1608 N. Fifth Ave., Altoona. The evening session will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Juniata Civic Association, 206 W. 12th Ave., Juniata. The deadline to register is Jan. 17.
Gentle Yoga – Slowly stretch tight muscles and loosen stiff joints with this gentle class. Postures that will build strength, flexibility and balance will be taught at a comfortable pace. No experience is necessary. This class for adults (18 and older) will be held from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 11 to March 18 at the 6th Ward Community Center. The cost is $30. The deadline to register is Feb. 7. Quilting – This class is for beginners to advanced quilters. The goal is to complete a project such as a small quilt, a pillow or a table runner. Participants must purchase supplies such as fabric and needles, which will be discussed at the first class. Sally Detwiler will teach color selection, choosing fabrics, quilt construction, basting a quilt, hand quilting, machine quilting and tying a quilt. The class, which is for those of any age, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at Altoona Area Junior High?School. The cost is $30..
Zumba Party – Zumba is a high-energy fitness class featuring upbeat world rhythms with fun choreography for a total body workout for all ages. Burn calories while having a blast. The Zumba program is designed for everyone, people of any fitness level and age. The instructor is Jessica Riley, a certified zumba and toning instructor. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays. There are two sessions: Session One is Feb. 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25 and March 2. Session Two is March 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30. The cost is $30 per session or $6 per class. There is a minimum of six participants to hold the class.
Upcoming – Information about fifth- and sixth-grade girls volleyball, fourth-grade girls volleyball, baton and cheerleading beginning in March and April will be sent home with students in AASD elementary schools.