SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – Jefferson County Parks and Recreation has a full program of classes and events planned for the start of the New Year.
According to director Jennifer Myers, the winter / spring program guide was released in early December and includes several program selections for all ages.
The courses include several options in the field of dance. The Aeriel silk / lyra dance is offered for two skill levels, as are long-standing classics such as ballet, tap and jazz. Courses for adults and children are available.
A new course offered this season is for those currently participating or hoping to participate in the Color Guard. Classes will help learn the basics of what it takes to serve in a Color Guard, as well as refine skills already learned.
Other favorites return to the program, including martial arts classes for people of all ages, as well as athletics for young people, including floor hockey, soccer, volleyball and gymnastics. Indoor football league membership is also available.
Those wishing to learn new skills of a less physically active nature could try their hand at quilting or knitting / crochet. Both of these skills are taught to beginners and intermediate students.
Myers shared that there are several special events planned for the winter / spring season. The tie and tiara dance will replace the traditional daddy / daughter dance, which will be held on February 18. A Valentine’s Day themed dance welcomes kids ages 2 and up with their dads, guardians, grandfathers, or other special someone to enjoy a live DJ, crafts, and on-site photo booth. The event is now offered on two different time slots.
The female counterpart of the dance takes place on May 14, featuring Sweethearts Under the Stars, where kids invite moms, guardians, grandmothers or someone special for a fun night of outdoor dancing. . Fun games, activities and a photo booth will complete a magical experience.
Another popular upcoming event is a Princess and Superhero Donut, allowing kids to enjoy delicious donuts with their favorite superhero or princess. Arts and crafts and an obstacle course make this another event of leisure and recreation. The date of the donut is set for March 19.
âEven more exciting than the current offerings is that the staff have started planning for the summer,â Myers said. âWe have a lot of activities to look forward to, including the return of the Shenandoah Junction Levitt musical series,â she added.
The musical series, welcoming groups from here and elsewhere, is offered free to the public every Thursday evening from May 26, for a period of 10 weeks.
âMovie nights and planning for paid concert events are also underway,â Myers explained, adding that making good use of The Amp at Sam Michaels is a goal of the park system. âWe look forward to a fun and rewarding year 2022. “
Those interested in registering for current program offers through spring can do so online at www.jcprc.org. The most recent program guide can be found on the website.
Prices vary for county residents compared to non-residents, and scholarships are available for those who may need assistance. For more information, call the parks office at 304-728-3207.