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Rec commission offers summer programs

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. You can also register at the Rec office, 2101 Fifth Ave., Altoona. For more information on programs, call 949-2231.

The programs are as follows:

Amusement park tickets — The commission is selling discount tickets to regional amusement parks. The tickets are available at the office from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m weekdays through Aug. 18. No personal checks will be accepted — only cash and Master Card or Visa (a $3 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 Amusement Park, all-day rides/waterpark $23; HersheyPark, adult (ages 9-54), $51; and child (ages 3-8) or senior (ages 55-69), $40; Idlewild and Soak Zone, any day (ages 3-59), $33; Kennywood, any day (ages 3-54, over 46 inches tall), $31; Pittsburgh Zoo, general admission (ages 2 and older), $12; Sandcastle, any day (ages 4 and older), $24.

Sixth annual golf tournament — The commission will hold its sixth annual golf tournament at Sinking Valley Country Club Aug. 7 with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. 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. Call the Rec office at 949-2231 for more information, to register or to be a sponsor.

Summer Rocks Outdoor Recreation Camp — Boys and girls ages 6 to 12 who attend this camp will have the opportunity to enjoy outdoor fun and recreation in the sun at local community parks. Qualified staff will organize daily activities that support weekly themes. There will also be sports, arts and crafts, educational experiences, special guests and other surprises. The program will include weekly field trips, at an additional cost. Session 1 is already underway. Session 2 at Leopold will run from July 10 to Aug. 4. The deadline to register for Session 2 is July 6. During Session 2, every Friday the camp will be at a different area park. Parents will drop off their children at the different park location on Fridays. This program runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The cost is $70 per child per session and includes a T-shirt. There are scholarships available for low/moderate income residents of the Altoona Area School District. Each scholarship is $30, and the participant pays the remaining $40.

Prospect Pool information — Prospect Pool is open from 12:30 to 7 p.m. through July 31 and 1 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 to 13, weather and attendance permitting. Season passes are available, as well as daily admissions. The concession stand will feature a variety of items. No food or beverage will be permitted to be taken into the pool.

Swim lessons will be offered from 7:15 to 8:15 Monday through Thursday from June 19 to 29. Fridays will be used as rain make-up dates. The cost is $65 and will be under the direction of certified lifeguards. Register with the pool cashier.

The pool is also available for rental after hours between 7 and 9 p.m. at a cost of $200. Pool parties are available, which includes a pavilion. The cost is $8 per child, and each child will receive two cuts of pizza or one hot dog, one small bag of chips and a drink. Adults are charged $2. Cakes or cupcakes are permitted to be carried in for the party. The minimum number of children is 10 and the maximum is 40. Parties can be booked for a two-hour period between 1 and 5 p.m. by calling the CBRC office.

Juniata Memorial Spray Park — The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays, weather and attendance permitting. Season passes are available, as well as daily admissions. The concession stand will feature a variety of items. No food or beverage will be permitted to be taken into the spray park. The spray park is available for party rentals during the day at a cost of $8 per child, which includes two cuts of pizza or one hot dog, one small bag of chips and a drink. Adults are free, and there is a minimum of 10 children and a maximum of 40. There is also an after hours rental for $225 from 7 to 9 p.m. Call the CBRC office to book a party.

Instructional Baseball Clinic — CBRC will hold an Instructional Baseball Clinic for boys and girls ages 6 to 9. This program offers the basic fundamentals of baseball with the instructor pitching the ball to the player. Players will need to take their own baseball glove. The program runs six consecutive weeks beginning the week of July 17. Practice will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (with Thursday used for rain-outs). Participants can choose either Fairview or Columbia Park location, with games being played at the Fye Field at Greenwood Park, 201 Albright Drive, Altoona beginning Aug. 3. An organizational meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. July 12 at the 6th Ward Center. There is a discounted cost of $35 for registration received no later than 4 p.m. July 11. Registrations after this date will be $42. This cost includes a T-shirt and a certificate of participation. There are scholarships available for the low/moderate income residents of the Altoona Area School District. Each scholarship is $20. The participant then pays the remaining amount of $15.

Get Fit For Confidence — This program is for elementary school children and will focus on anti-bullying and fitness. The classes 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 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 program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays from June 17 to July 22. This program is for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 and is held at the Progressive Martial Arts Systems, Route 764, Duncansville. The cost is $40 per participant. The instructor is Rocco Alianiello, a fourth-degree black belt. The deadline to register is Thursday.

Learn to Skate Classes — CBRC has three different 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). The 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. The Hockey Level (only available on Tuesdays) 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. CBRC is offering two sessions. The instructor will place children in the appropriate class, based on their ability, on the first night of class. For more information regarding this program, visit www.galacticicerink.net or call Galactic Ice at 942-7500. You will receive the discounted price listed for these sessions if you sign up through CBRC. The fee includes skate rental, helmet, practice session and instruction. Session 1 is $50 and will be held at 5 p.m. June 20 and 27 and at 6 p.m. July 11, 18 and 25 and Aug. 1. Session 2 is $50 and will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 8, 15, 22 and 29 and Sept. 5 and 12.

Tennis Clinic — 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, as well as providing and excellent introduction to a sport they will enjoy for a lifetime. The clinic will be held Saturdays from June 17 through July 22. 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. at Pro-Care Health & Fitness, 3200 Fairway Drive, Altoona. The cost is $55 per participant, which includes a T-shirt and a certificate of participation. There is a maximum of 25 participants per age group. The deadline to register is Thursday.

Robertson’s Fitness Camp — This is a well-rounded camp that 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 is offered from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and runs through July 14 at the 6th Ward Center. The cost is $1 per day. The class is appropriate for beginners and experienced participants. Preregistration is not necessary.

Pavilion rentals — Pavilions are available for rent on a daily basis at Highland and Leopold Park. The cost to rent each pavilion is $65 for the day. The parks will be open until Oct. 15. To reserve a date, call 949-2231 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. In order to ensure a reservation, total payment must be received three weeks prior to the date. No alcoholic beverages or live music are permitted.

Free summer concert series — Free concerts will be held at 6 p.m. at the Valley View Amphitheater. The dates are June 18 — Blossom Hollow; June 25 — Free Donuts, July 9 — DD and the Pub Crawlers, July 16 — Altoona Community Band, July 23 — Raining Blue, Aug. 6 — Jerry Intihar, Happy Music for A Great Time, and Aug. 13 — The Chrome Hearts. Take your own seating; handicap accessible; and no pets are permitted. These concerts are sponsored by the Central Blair Recreation Commission and the Blair County Recreation Board.

Movie at Veterans Memorial Field —

An outdoor showing of “Beauty and the Beast” at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at Veterans Memorial Field, 2300 Maple Ave. Admission is free. The concession stand will be open. Sponsored by the OverFlow Church, BTW Corporation and in cooperation with the Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission. The rain date is Aug. 26.

Instructional soccer — The goal 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.

There are three age divisions: PreK4 and 5, grades one and two, grades three and four. The two younger groups will have a choice of a Monday/Wednesday session or a Tuesday/Thursday session. Participants must specify their choice at registration. Grades three and four will have practice and games two nights per week. Practice nights will be determined at the parent meeting. There are four practices and eight games scheduled. There is a discounted cost of $42, which includes a

T-shirt and certificate of participation. Scholarships are available for low/moderate income residents of the Altoona Area School District. Each scholarship is $22 with the participant paying the remaining $20.

Instructional third-grade flag football — This instructional program will focus on teaching young players the skills needed to advance, to the fourth-grade competitive flag football league. Basic concepts and football fundamentals will be taught, as well as good sportsmanship, in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Practices and games are held at Vets Field on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning Sept. 21. A parents and coaches organizational meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Vets Field. Rosters and practice times will be finalized. The cost is $42 per registrations if received no later than 4 p.m. Sept. 11. Registration after this date will be $49. Scholarships are available for low/moderate income families of the Altoona Area School District. Each scholarship is $22 with the participant paying the remaining $20. The deadline for scholarship registrations is Sept.11.

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