The Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission is offering a variety of programs and activities this summer. Preregistration and prepayment is required for all programs.
Online registration is available at www.cbrcparks.org, click on the programs link listed on the top of the home page and then click the registration link. Interested individuals also can register at the Rec Office, 2101 Fifth Ave., Altoona. For more information on programs, call 949-2231 or check the website.
Amusement park tickets -?The recreation commission is selling discount tickets to regional amusement parks. The tickets are available at the office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 22. No personal checks are accepted, only cash and Visa or MasterCard (a $2 convenience fee will be charged if using a credit card). There are no refunds. If paying by cash, exact amounts of purchase would be appreciated. The following tickets are available: DelGrosso's Park - all day rides/waterworks/slides, $14; HersheyPark -?adult (ages 9 to 54), $47; child (ages 3 to 8) or senior (ages 55 to 69) $35; Idlewild and Soak Zone - any day (ages 3 to 59), $29; Kennywood -?any day (ages 3 to 54, over 46 inches tall), $28; Pittsburgh Zoo -?general admission (ages 2 and older), $11; Sandcastle - any day (ages 4 and older), $22.
Fourth annual golf tournament -?The recreation commission will hold its fourth annual golf tournament Aug. 11 at Iron Masters Country Club, Roaring Spring. Play is scheduled to begin with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The format is a four-player scramble. A lunch and awards banquet, including prize raffles, will follow play. Other activities include a closest to the pin contest and a long and straight drive contest. To register or to become a corporate sponsor, call Steve Sauers, superintendent of recreation at the recreation commission, at 949-2231.
Max Sportacus' Summer Day Camp -?The rec commission will offer a summer day camp program that is like playing with your friends in your own backyard. The camp is held in a safe, structured, indoor environment with air conditioning. Students entering kindergarten through sixth grade in the 2014-15 school year are invited to participate in supervised, age-appropriate activities throughout the 10-week program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays from June 18 to Aug. 22. The cost is $85 for a week and $65 for three days or less. Breakfast and lunch are provided through the Altoona Area School District summer program. Registrations are limited and are on a first-paid, first-served basis. A $30 non-refundable fee, which includes a T-shirt, will be assessed when you register.
Summer Rocks Outdoor Recreation Camp -?This camp will provide outdoor fun and recreation at local community parks. Qualified staff will organize daily activities that support weekly themes. There will also be sports, arts and crafts, educational experiences and special guests. The program will include weekly field trips, at an additional cost, supporting the theme of the week.
The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
Session One will run from June 23 to July 18 (deadline to register is June 19) at Valley View Park, 302 Valley View Blvd., or Evergreen Manor, 5919 Evergreen Court (registration for IDA residents only).
Session Two will run from July 21 to Aug. 15 (deadline to register is July 16) at Leopold Park, 200 Leopold Park (Veterans Memorial Highway). New this year, in the second session, every Friday the camp will be at a different area park. Parents will drop off their children at the park location.
Due to a grant from Operation Our Town, the cost is $50 per child, per session, which includes a T-shirt. There are scholarships available for low/moderate income residents of the Altoona Area School District. Each scholarship is $10, and the participant pays the remaining $40.
Prospect Pool information - Prospect Pool is at 1201 Second Ave., Altoona. Hours are 12:30 to 7 p.m. through July 31 and 1 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 to 17, weather and attendance permitting. Season passes are available, as well as daily admissions. The concession stand will be open. No food or beverage will be permitted to be brought into the pool.
Swim passes cost $65, which includes entry into the pool for the summer. Passes may be purchased from the Recreation Office or the cashier at the pool. the deadline for season passes is 4 p.m. June 18 or until the maximum 50 per age group is reached.
Swim lessons - 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 23 to July 3. Fridays will be used as rain make-up dates. The cost is $60, and lessons will be under the direction of certified lifeguards. Register with the pool cashier.
Pool rentals - The pool is also available for rentals. Call the CBRC office to reserve a spot for your special swimming party.
Summer?Competitive Swimming Program - In this introductory 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. You must be able to satisfactorily swim the length of Prospect Pool to qualify for this program using crawl stroke and rotary breathing.
The goal is to evolve into a summer swim team in a league against other teams. Participating in the Keystone Games swimming competition could be another goal of this program.
An organizational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. June 22 at Prospect Pool. Parents and participants are encouraged to attend. The program runs from June 23 through July 24. The program will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. for ages 6 to 12 and from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. for ages 13 to 18.
This program is free for Prospect Pool swim pass holders or $50 for non-pass holders.
Scuba -?Mike's Scuba will do a "Try Scuba" experience where participants will don scuba gear and try it out for about 15 minutes. They will be under the supervision of an instructor and a dive master. This experience is free, but participants must schedule it in advance. This class is for those of age for a scuba certification (age 10 to adult). The class will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday and July 12 at Prospect Pool. Call Mike's Scuba at 695-4666 to register by Thursday and July 10, respectively.
Bubblemaker Class - Mike's Scuba will host a PADI Bubblemaker class. This is for ages 8 and older. Participants will get an hour session in the pool. They will don scuba gear and play games. Snacks and a drink will be provided, and participants will receive a certificate. The class will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 13 at Prospect Pool. The cost is $25 per participant. Call Mike's Scuba at 695-4666 to register by July 8.
T-Ball?Clinic - The CBRC will conduct a T-Ball Clinic for boys and girls who are at least age 4 July 31 and entering kindergarten in September. The players will be hitting the ball off a tee, and the players will need a baseball glove. The program runs six consecutive weeks with practices beginning the week of June 23. Practice will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (with Thursday used for rain-outs). Choose either field location of Fairview or Columbia Park, with the games played at the Dick Bickel Memorial Field at Garfield Park beginning July 8.
An organizational meeting for parents only will be held at 5:30 p.m. June 19 at the 6th Ward Community Center. There is a discounted cost of $40 for registration received no later than 4 p.m. June 17. Registrations after that date will be $47. This cost includes a T-shirt and a certificate of participation. Scholarships are available for the low/moderate income residents of the AASD. Each scholarship is $20. The participant pays the remaining $20.
Instructional Baseball?Clinic - The CBRC will hold an instructional baseball clinic for boys and girls entering first, second or third grade in September. This program offers the basic fundamentals of baseball with the instructor pitching the ball to the player. Players will need to bring their own baseball glove. The program runs six consecutive weeks beginning the week of June 23. Practice will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (with Thursday used for rain-outs). Participants choose Fairview or Columbia Park, with games being played at the Dick Bickel Memorial Field at Garfield Park beginning July 8.
An organizational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 19 at the 6th Ward Community Center. There is a discounted cost of $40 for registration received no later than 4 p.m. June 17. Registrations after that date will be $47. This cost includes a T-shirt and a certificate of participation. Scholarships are available for low/
moderate income residents of the AASD. Each scholarship is $20. The participant pays the remaining $20.
Instructional Soccer -?The goal of this newly structured instructional soccer program is to teach young players the skills they need to advance to competitive soccer while learning the fundamentals of the game. The basic skills of soccer will be emphasized throughout the program, including dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting and good sportsmanship in a fun environment. The games will be held at Dick Bickel Memorial Field at Garfield Park. Practice times and field locations will be provided at the parent organizational meeting on Sept. 15.
There are three age divisions; PreK4 and 5, Grade 1 and 2 and Grade 3 and 4. Each age division will have a choice of a Monday/
Wednesday session or a Tuesday/
Thursday session. You must specify your choice at registration. Practices start Sept. 17 or 18, and games will begin on Oct. 1. There are four practices and eight games scheduled. There is a discounted cost of $40 for registrations received no later than 4 p.m. Sept. 12 in the CBRC office. The online registration deadline is Sept. 12 to receive the discounted cost of $40. Registrations after this date will be $47. The cost includes a T-shirt and certificate of participation. Scholarships are available for low/moderate income residents of the AASD. Each scholarship is $20 with the participant paying the remaining $20. The scholarship deadline is 4 p.m. Sept. 12. Scholarship registrations with proof of eligibility are accepted only at the CBRC office.
Boxing Fundamentals and Combat Art Conditioning - This program will introduce the participant to the basic fundamentals of the art of boxing, including footwork, punching techniques, bag work, defensive maneuvers and conditioning. The class will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. July 12, 19 and 26 and Aug. 2 at Progressive Martial Arts Systems, Route 764, Duncansville. The instructor is Jeremiah Witherspoon, local professional boxer. The cost is $30 with a minimum of six participants. The deadline to register is July 10.
Learn to Skate Classes -?In this Learn to Skate Basic Skills program, which is endorsed by the U.S. Figure Skating Program, participants will learn the most important fundamentals of skating for hockey or figure skating from a professional coaching staff. Tot through adult classes are offered for ages 5 and older. The program will be held from 6 to 6:40 p.m. Tuesdays from July 1 to Aug. 5. There is a $45 discounted price for this six-week session if you sign up through the CBRC. This fee includes skate rental, helmet, practice session and instruction. Register at the CBRC office by June 30. For more information, visit www.galacticicerink.net or call 942-7500.
Tennis Camp - This six-week instructional clinic will focus on the fundamentals of tennis. It offers a combination of learning, skills and games. Participants will use the newest training aids throughout the six sessions. This program is a great form of exercise and provides an introduction to a sport they will enjoy for a lifetime. The camp will be held Saturdays from June 21 through Aug. 2 (no class on July 5) at ProCare Health & Fitness, 3200 Fairway Drive,?Altoona. The times are 11 a.m. to noon for ages 4 to 6 and noon to 1 p.m. for ages 7 to 10.
The cost is $50 per participant, which includes a T-shirt and a certificate of participation. There is a maximum of 20 participants per age group. The deadline to register is June 19.
Robertson's Fitness Camp - This well-rounded camp runs for six weeks under the direction of John Robertson, local coach/
trainer and member of the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame. The camp runs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays from June 23 to Aug. 1 at the 6th Ward Community Center. The cost is $1 per day. The class is appropriate for beginners and experienced participants. Preregistration is not necessary.
Zumba Fitness -?The Zumba program is a Latin-inspired, dance-fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music and dance movements, creating a dynamic, exciting, exhilarating and effective fitness system. The Zumba program is designed for people of any fitness level and age. It will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through July 1 at the Sixth Ward Community Center. The cost is $35 for eight classes or $6 per class. Classes will run continuously throughout the summer. The instructor for this session is Jessica Riley, certified Zumba and toning instructor.
Pavilion rentals - Pavilions are available for rent on a daily basis at Highland and Leopold Park. The cost to rent each pavilion is $65 per day. The parks will close Oct. 19. To reserve a date, call 949-2231 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Total payment must be received three weeks prior to the reserved date. No alcoholic beverages or live music are permitted.
Free summer concert series -?Concerts are held at 6 p.m. Sundays at the Valley View Amphitheater. The concerts include Big Mac & The Fries on June 22, The Chrome Hearts on June 29, Yesterday's Classics on July 20, The Syrins on July 27, Altoona Community Band on Aug. 3, Your Dad's Friends on Aug. 10 and the SharpTones on Aug. 24. Take your own seating. The park is handicap accessible. No pets are permitted. The concerts are also sponsored by the Blair County Park & Recreation Board.
Movie at Vets Field - An outdoor showing of Disney's "Frozen" will take place at dusk on Aug. 22 at Veterans Memorial Field, 2300 Maple Ave., Altoona. Admission is free, and the concession stand will be open. The movie is sponsored by the OverFlow Church and Element Church, in cooperation with the Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission. The rain date is Aug. 23.