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Recreation commission sets winter 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.

Joe Landolfi Basketball Clinic — Instructor Joe Landolfi is the head coach of the Freedom Basketball AAU Girls Program. Available to boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grade, this instructional program will focus on offensive skills, enhancement keying on shooting and ball handling. The program will be held Saturdays at the East Juniata Community Center. Two sessions will be held for kindergarten to third grade from April 18 through May 16. Session One is from 10 to 11 a.m. Session Two is from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Two sessions will be held for grades four to six from May 23 to June 20. Session One is from 10 to 11 a.m. Session Two is from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Cost is $50. Deadline to register is April 16 for grades K to three and May 21 for grades four to six.

Baton Boot Camp — This program, designed for boys and girls in grades one through six, will teach the foundational elements necessary for baton twirling and marching. Partici-pants will need to wear shorts or sweatpants and sneakers to practices. Participants will need to come with batons to the class, which can be purchased at any local dance shop. The program will be held Mondays from April 20 to May 18 and a Thursday session May 21. This boot camp will end with the opportunity to march in the Memorial Day Parade May 25. Two session times will be offered. An inexperienced session will be available to kids new to the Baton Boot Camp from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.; an experienced session for kids returning to Baton Boot Camp will run from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Scholarships for low-to-moderate income residents are available for this program.

Soft Play/Tumbling for Special Needs — Offered by Katrina Townsend, area independent cheerleading coach and certified safety instructor. This is a fun program for kids with disabilities to tumble, play and interact with peers. Kick your shoes off and enjoy time to express yourself with soft play items and movement. Classes will run for four weeks; limited to 10 kids per session. Satur-days Jan. 25 to Feb. 15 at the 6th Ward Community Center. Times are

4 to 4:30 p.m. to kindergarten to second grade; 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. for third and fourth grades; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for fifth and sixth grades. Cost is $30. Register by Jan. 23.

Altoona Cheerleading Program — In this six-week instructional class, children in kindergarten through sixth grade will learn the basics of cheerleading. This session will be instructed by Jamie Dyer, along with the AAHS varsity cheerleaders. Clinics will be held Tuesdays from March 31 to May 5 at the 6th Ward Community Center. Kindergarten and first grade will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and second to sixth grades will meet from 6:30 to

8 p.m. The cost is $45 per participant. Deadline to register is March 27.

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 Altoona Area High School swim coach Nanette Cummings. 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 3 through 11. It will be held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays from March 3 to April 9 at the Altoona Area High School pool. There is a maximum of 45 participants (15 minimum). The cost is $70. Scholarships are available for low-to-moderate income AASD residents.

Pleasant Valley Bowling Learn to Bowl Clinic — This six-week instructional clinic will focus on the fundamentals of bowling. The program is open to kids ages 5 through15. There will be two sessions available. Session One began Jan. 11. Session Two is from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 29 through April 4. This program offers a combination of learning skills and team participation. Participants will have access to the proper equipment (shoes and balls) to aid them in learning the sport. Cost of program includes two games, hot dog, chips and soda each week. Cost is $30 per participant and registration is available through Jan. 10 for Session One and Feb. 28 for Session Two.

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. Instructor Jessica White is a musician, avid reader and lover of words. Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays from March 4 to April 8 at the Altoona Area Junior High School. The cost is $40 per participant. Deadline to register is March 2.

Art Class/Drawing — Learn to create your own character design and lettering style with basic drawing lessons to explore the creative world of cartooning and wall art. Instructor Jae Bennett offers this fun and creatively open class where a good laugh is as important as a good pen. Participants may take their own supplies; but needed materials will be available. All paper will be provided. It will be held Wednesdays from March 4 to Apri 8 at the Altoona Area Junior High School. It will be from 5 to 6 p.m. for ages 12 and younger, and 6:30 to 8 p.m. for ages 13 and older. The cost is $40 per participant. Deadline to register is March 2.

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 18 to May 9 at the 6th Ward Community Center. There will be one session from 10 to 10:45 am. 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 16.

Learn to Skate Classes — This program has three levels to choose from: Snowplow Sam: 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 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 2 will be from

11 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays from

Feb. 15 to March 21. Session 3 will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 18 to March 24. Session 4 will be from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays from March 28 to May 2. Session 5 is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays from March 31 to May 5. Session 6 will meet from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays from May 12 to June 16. Cost is $50 per session.

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 18 to May 9 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 16 with a maximum of 20 participants.

Swim Lessons — Lessons for children in kindergarten through sixth grade 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 3 to 19 and the second session is from March 31 to April 16. 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 March 30 for the second session. Note: Enrollment in the first session does not guarantee enrollment in the second session. Scholarships are available for low-to-moderate income Altoona Area School District 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. 22 to

March 28 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. 20.

Elementary Girls Volleyball Clinic — This clinic will focus on basic volleyball skills such as passing, setting, hitting and serving. Participants will receive hands-on instruction from John Saboe and Chris Keagy. Saboe is the AAHS varsity boys head coach and girls assistant volleyball coach. Sessions are offered to girls in grades four, five and six from 1 to 4 p.m. March 8 at the BTW Community Center. Cost is $25.

Pavilion rentals — CBRC will be accepting pavilion rentals for the Greenwood Park, Highland Park and Leopold Park pavilions beginning

Feb. 3. Pavilions are rented, for a full day, at a cost of $65. The parks open on May 15 and close on Oct. 11.

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