Rec commission announces programs

The Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission is offering a variety of programs in the upcoming months. Online registration is available at www

.cbrcparks.org. You can also register at the CBRC office, 2101 Fifth Ave., Altoona. For more information, call 949-2231.

Art About Music — This fun class brings art and music together in a unique way. Hear live performances by local musicians, ask questions about the instruments, do live sketches inspired by the music and turn your sketches into art. This class will have fun with drawing techniques, chalk pastels, cut-paper collage, pastels and more! The six-week program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Feb. 5. The program is available to boys and girls ages 7 to 12 at a cost of $55 and will be held at the Altoona Area Junior High School. The registration deadline is Jan. 29.

Art Funshops/Cartooning for Kids — Join Cory Geishauser, cartoonist, caricature artist and children’s book author and illustrator, to learn the basics of drawing through the wacky and wonderful world of cartooning. The program will be held from April 2 to 30 at Altoona Area Junior High School. There will be two sessions to choose from: Session one, for grades one and two, is from 6 to 7 p.m. and session two, for grades three and four, is from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. The cost is $50, which includes paper. Students are encouraged to take their own art supplies. Kneaded erasers and white plastic erasers are strongly recommended. No pink pearl erasers, please. The deadline for registration is March 30.

Balloon Art — This class provides endless opportunities for kids to use their imagination. Instructors, Kerrie and Bart Baughman, will teach children how to inflate, tie and twist to create anything from food to animals and much more. For children ages 8 to 12, this program will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays at the 6th Ward Community Center. The cost for the program is $40. No experience is necessary. Only 10 spots are available; reserve before Feb. 15.

Joe Landolfi Basketball Clinic — Instructor, Joe Landolfi, is head coach of the Altoona Area Junior High School Maroon eighth-grade girls team and head coach of the Freedom Basketball AAU Girls Program. Available to boys and girls in kindergarten through 6th grade, this instructional program will focus on offensive skills, enhancement keying on shooting and ball handling. The program will be held Saturdays from April 7 to May 12 at the East Juniata Community Center. A session will be held for students in kindergarten through third grade from 9 to 10 a.m. and a second session from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. will be for grades four to six. The cost is $48. The deadline to register is April 5.

Junior Hoopsters Basketball — This program, for children in kindergarten and first grade, teaches the fundamentals of basketball while improving motor skill development and increasing hand-eye coordination, self-confidence and teamwork skills. The program will be held Saturday mornings at the 6th Ward Community Center beginning Jan. 20. An organizational meeting will be held on Jan. 13. View details at the CBRC website. The cost for this program is $42. Scholarships are available for low- to moderate-income residents in the AASD. Scholarship applications are accepted only at the CBRC office by Jan. 11 with proof of income.

Instructional Basketball — This program offers instruction to children in grades two and three. Volunteer coaches teach the basic fundamentals of basketball using 8-foot baskets. Games offer instruction with no score or standings being kept. The program fee is $42. Practice times will be determined at an organizational meeting to be held Saturday. Visit the CBRC website for details of your school’s meeting time and location. Practices will be held beginning Jan. 20; games will begin Feb. 11 and continue for seven weeks. The deadline to register is today. Scholarships are available for low- to moderate-income residents in the AASD. Scholarship applications are accepted only at the CBRC office with proof of income.

Baton — This program, designed for boys and girls in grades one through six, will teach the foundational elements necessary for baton twirling and marching. Participants will need to wear shorts or sweatpants and sneakers to practices. Participants will need to come to the class with batons, which can be purchased at any local dance shop. The program will be held Mondays from April 16 to May 21 with an optional Thursday night practice on May 24. This boot camp will end with the opportunity to march in the Memorial Day Parade on May 28. Two session times will be offered. Session 1 will be for children in grades one through three from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.; session two will be for grades four to six from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. The cost is $42, and the registration deadline is April 12. Scholarships for low- to moderate-income residents are available for this program.

Cheerleading — In this six-week instructional class, children in kindergarten through 6th grade will learn the basics of cheerleading. Clinics will be held at the 6th Ward Community Center on Tuesdays from April 3 to May 8. Kindergarten and first grade will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and grades two to six will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $42. The deadline to register is March 30.

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. Learn to stand up to the aggression and walk away a winner. 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. Satur-days from April 7 to 28 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 April 5. The instructor is Rocco Alianiello, a fourth-degree black belt.

Competitive Swim — Would you like to improve your swimming skills and eventually compete on your high school’s swim team or another competitive program? This is a structured competitive swimming program designed to teach and improve on stroke techniques, disciplined water works as well as starts and turns. The clinic is run by AAHS swim coach Andy Smearman. To qualify, participants must be able to swim 25 yards without stopping. It is not for non-swimmers or beginners. The program includes a swim cap and a certificate of completion. This clinic is for children in grades three through 11. It will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays from March 6 to April 12 at the AAHS pool. There is a maximum of 45 participants (15 minimum). The cost is $70. Scholarships are available for low to moderate income AASD residents.

Creative Writing — Learn the basics of writing poetry and short stories using music as inspiration in finding your niche. Students will learn to write haiku, stanza and lyrical poetry as well as the basics of short story telling. Join this fun class to use words and music to create little masterpieces. The instructor, Jessica White, is a musician, avid reader and lover of words. The program will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays from March 7 to April 11 at AAJHS. The cost is $40 per participant. The deadline to register is March 5.

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 April 21 to May 12 at the 6th Ward Community Center. There will be two sessions to choose from: Session one is from 10 to 11 a.m., and session two is from 11:15 to 12:15 p.m. The clinic will incorporate elements of early childhood education while also teaching sportsmanship, basic skills and teamwork. The cost is $30 for one session alone or $50 if paired with the Pre-Soccer Program. There is a maximum number of 20 participants per session. Deadline to register is April 20.

Keep It Fit: Motivational Recrea-tion Class with Mascot D. Lion — This is a motivational recreation class with music, exercise, fitness and fun that leaves children motivated. The class will be held from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Saturdays from April 21 through May 12 at the Booker T. Washington Community Center. It is for ages 4 to 10. Cost is $30 per child. The registration deadline is April 20.

Kids Zumba — Certified kids Zumba instructor Pam McConnell will get you moving and having a great time. Kids can come alone or bring the whole family. This class will be held at the Booker T. Washington Community Center, 1010 19th St., from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. April 21 and 28 and May 5 and 12. It is for ages 6 and older (parents included). There is a maximum of 30 participants. Cost is $30, and the registration deadline is April 20.

Learn to Skate Classes — There are three levels to choose from:

Snowplow Sam is for children with no prior skating experience. This class is designed to help children develop the ABCs of movement (agility, balance, coordination and speed).

Basic Level teaches fundamentals of ice skating and provides the best foundation for figure skating and hockey. There are six different levels within the basic level which introduces forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers and turns.

Hockey Level is where skaters will learn the basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, use of edges and other necessary fundamentals to be successful in hockey practices and game situations. There are two sessions to choose from. On the first night of class, the instructor will place children in the appropriate level based on their ability. For more information visit www.galacticicerink.net or call Galactic Ice at 942-7500. Participants will receive the discounted price listed for these sessions when registering through CBRC. Fee includes skate rental, helmet, practice session and instruction. Session 1 is $50 and will be held at

6 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 13 through March 20; Session 2 is $50 and will be held at 11 a.m. Saturdays from Feb. 24 through March 31.

Line Dancing for Seniors — Seniors age 55 and older can join Cory Geishauser for this class of easy level dancing. No partners are necessary. Dance to rock ‘n’ roll oldies and country-western music. This class will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays from Jan. 17 to Feb. 21 at the Booker T. Washington Community Center. The cost is $40.

Max Sportacus Pre-Soccer — This program 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 program will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturdays from April 21 to May 12 at the 6th Ward Community Center. The cost is $30 for this class alone or $50 if paired with the Instructional Sports Clinic. The registration deadline is April 20 with a maximum of 20 participants.

Paintball — Paintball is an intense, pulse-pounding, indoor activity! It involves running, eye/hand coordination and teambuilding skills. Instructors will go over all the rules, regulations, equipment and facility use and proper safety. Participants must wear protective clothing (no exposed skin and a hood/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 are offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays from Jan. 22 through Feb. 12. There will be one referee for every 10 players. This program will be held at the Urban War Zone, 3519 Route 764, Duncansville. Protective face mask, paintball equipment and 100 paintballs will be provided for each session.

Quilting — This class is for beginner and intermediate quilters. The class will complete a table runner (or quilt) using Dresden Plate, a traditional quilt block. Participants must purchase supplies, including fabric; some fabric will be available to purchase at the first class (take cash). The instructor, Sally Detwiler, will teach color, fabric selection and quilt block construction. Det-wiler has been a member of the Red-bud Quilt Guild for more than 21 years; she has taught two classes at Juniata College and four previous classes at CBRC. The quilting class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays from March 1 through April 12 (no class on March 29) at the Altoona Area Junior High School. It is for ages 15 through adult. The cost is $30 with a maximum of 15 participants (five minimum). The deadline to register is March 1.

Introduction to Realism and Abstract Paint — In this beginner level acrylic painting class, students will pick a subject and the instructors, Robert and Abraham Onkst, will demonstrate how to paint the chosen subject. Besides learning the art of realism, students will be taught about abstract art and the importance of both painting styles. The class will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays from April 4 to 25 at the Booker T. Washington Community Center. The cost is $40. Students will need to supply their own canvas or canvases, acrylic paints, brushes of various sizes, No. 2 pencils and ideas for painting.

Square and Folk Dancing for Homeschoolers — Instructor Cory Geishauser will introduce youth ages 8 to 18 to square dancing and other folk dancing styles in a fun way that leaves the class snapping, clapping, tapping and even stomping. This fun workout on the brain and body will be held from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Thursdays from Feb. 1 to March 22 at the Booker T. Washington Community Center. The cost is $50.

Strong Seniors — The CBRC, in cooperation with Jenn Cagle, senior fitness instructor, will present a newly developed Strong Seniors program. The program is structured for both men and women ages 55 and older and will be held at the East Juniata Community Center, 1608 N. Fifth Ave.

This program will be a combination of light weight training, body awareness and proper stretching. The program will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 8. The cost is $70. The deadline to register is Friday.

Swim Lessons — Lessons for children in kindergarten through grade six will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (Group A) or from 7 to 8 p.m. (Group B) at the AAHS swimming pool. Two sessions will be offered. The first session is from March 6 to 29, and the second session is from April 10 to May 3. There is a maximum of 20 participants per group. The cost is $70 per session. The deadline to register is March 2 for the first session and April 6 for the second session. Scholarships are available for low- to moderate-income AASD residents. Each scholarship is $30 with the participant paying the remaining $40. Scholarship registrations with proof of eligibility are accepted only at the CBRC office.

Tennis Clinic — This six-week instructional clinic will focus on the fundamentals of tennis. It offers a great combination of learning, skills and games. Participants will use the newest training aids. Classes will be held Saturdays from Feb. 24 to March 31 at Gorilla House Gym at a cost of $60. There are two age groups: Ages 4 to 6 will meet from 11 a.m. to noon, and ages 7 to 10 will meet from noon to 1 p.m. The deadline to register is Feb. 22.

Elementary Volleyball Clinic — The fourth annual CBRC Elementary Girls Volleyball Clinic is set for April 7 and 8 at the Booker T. Washington Community Center. The clinic will stress volleyball skills such as passing, setting, hitting and serving. The girls will receive instruction from former AAHS and Penn State Altoona standout Brandon Stitt. The clinic will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. each day and will cost $25. There is a minimum of 10 participants. The deadline to register is April 5.

CBRC will begin accepting pavilion rentals for the Highland Park and Leopold Park pavilions beginning Jan. 15. Pavilions are rented on a daily basis at a cost of $65. The parks will open on May 18 and will close on

Oct. 14.

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