The smoky haze has been thick and it’s been a long, hot summer. There is usually a light at the end of the tunnel about this time of year, but lately it’s been hard to see…. The kids did start school again and that is definitely a marker of the season that it is time the shift gears and move into fall.
Here at CCPRD we put out three Recreation Guides per year. One each for Spring/Summer, Fall/Winter, and Winter/Spring. With each new season comes some new classes and programs as well as the familiar ones you have grown to love and expect. We try hard to keep the prices affordable for the classes and programs we offer, but I realize that there are times in life where even a little is too much. If this is you, or you know someone who would like to register themselves or their kids up for a program but can’t afford it, there is way. Crook County Parks and Recreation Foundation has a program called Happy Healthy Hearts that makes it very easy to get some financial help. The main requirement is that you have a third party vouch for that fact that there is truly a financial need. We have a simple application you can download online at www.ccprd.org. You fill out the first part and the individual who is your reference fills out the second part. You will need to turn in the application in person at our office to receive the benefit. The scholarship will cover the cost of a program up to $75 per individual per season. This program is not just for kids. Anyone who has need can utilize it. Happy Healthy Hearts is funded by generous gifts from individuals and businesses, fundraiser sports tournaments, etc. We want you to participate in heathy activities so don’t let the checkbook balance keep you from signing up.
Even though the temperature is still quite warm, we are already starting to think about Christmas. Yes, you heard me right! Each year in November, we put on a craft day for kids to give them the opportunity to make some Christmas presents for their friends and family. This year, Santa’s Workshop is November 18 and we could use as many folks as we can get to help prepare crafts for the kids to assemble on the big day. If you would like to help, we would love to have you. You can even take home some supplies and work on them as you have time. Give Eli a call at 541-447-1209 if you are interested.
The pool is closed for the season, but the Skating Rink is now open! We have plenty of fun on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm. There are skates you can use if you don’t have you own, and plenty of candy to keep you hyper and rolling fast! We have themed parties scheduled for Halloween, New Years, St. Paddy’s Day and End of Season this year. The cost to skate is $5 per skater or $15 per family. We have good music, disco lights and creative games for the kids to play. If you are interested in scheduling a private skating party, that is available too! There are times available mid-day on either Saturday and Sunday, so call the CCPRD office for details. Come on down to the Pioneer Gym (old Crooked River Gym) on Fairview and show off your moves!
Some of the recreation programs you can sign up for right now are Karate – Youth and Adult, Youth Gymnastics, Horseback Riding, Youth Basketball, Pickleball, Youth Dance Classes, Adult Dance and Barre Fitness, Chair Yoga, First Aid/AED/CPR, Work Zone: Traffic Control, Firearms Safety (conceal carry permit) Art Classes, Photography, Dog Obedience, and Spanish Class.
You can find and register for any of these programs and classes online at www.ccprd.org , or you can stop by and see us and sign up at our office at 296 S. Main St. Follow us on Facebook. This is where we try to keep you well informed on the latest news and updated information as it happens! Keep in mind that we are always on the hunt for folks who would like to teach a class or coach a sport or be a referee. We can help with the administration and give you the tools you need to share your gifts and talent with others. Enjoy the end to your summer and the beginning of fall!