March 2019 Newsletter
New Programs
Now is the time to sign up for the second session of our NEW ART CLASS
On  March 7 , Timea Gorgey will be beginning the second of two 6 week sessions of project-based art classes for students 5 and up. Classes will be on Thursdays at Stearns Gym:
3:30-4:45 pm for ages 5-8
5:00-6:30 pm for ages 9+ (note the age change)

Each session will be $60 + $10 material fee for the first child, and siblings will be $48 + $10 material fee.

Please email Timea ( ) or Laura ( ) if your child is interested, or sign up HERE. Participation is limited to 15 students per age group each session. Due to room size, parents are welcome to wait in the gym.
Program Updates
Family Dance Party

Join us at  Saluda Library  on  Wednesday March 20 , or  Columbus Library  on  Tuesday March 26  or at  10:30 am , for our next  Family Dance Parties ! Aimed at our youngest community members (ages 5 and under) and their parents & guardians, this hour of fun will include stories, music, dancing, and musical games! Dance parties will be at Saluda Library on the 2nd Wednesday of each other month and at Columbus Library on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
Total Body Fitness

Join Debbi Ware and strengthen, tone and improve flexibility for better health and fitness in this fun and personally challenging group fitness class. Resistance bands and your own body weight will be used as we complete a variety of high repetition exercises. Designed to be safe for all ages and abilities, yet effective in making you stronger, fitter, and healthier! Free!

Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. All ages are welcome. See you soon!
Give Qi Gong a Try!
Qi Gong combines breathing, posture, and slow, careful movements to create a quiet, calm fitness class. Our instructor, Ed, has been studying Tai Chi for decades, and has been teaching since 2006.

Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30 pm
Class fee: $6.00
Call Ed for more information: 828-899-0038
PEAK Gardens
Our Garden Guardians are making plans for their gardens! They are hoping to grow tomatoes, onions, peppers, squash, pumpkins, sunflowers, and so
 much more! If you ha ve leftover seeds after you plant your own garden, we would love to plant them in ours!

Click below for more pictures of our Garden Guardians and Junior Adventurers:
We're having fun with our homeschoolers!

Meet-ups are   at Stearns Gym  and are free. Exercises and games are adapted for the group that is present.

Tu esday afternoons  for ages 5 and up: 
1 pm - 3 pm
Thursday mornings for ages 5 and under: 
9 am - 11 am (you can come any time during this is easy to join right in!)

March 5, 7, 12 & 14: Teambuilding challenges
March 19, 21, 25 & 27: Soccer
Apr. 2, 4, 9 & 11: Tennis (meet at the Recreation Complex Tennis Courts)
You may come on either day or both! Contact  Laura Baird  for more information!
Sports Updates
Spring Soccer Registration has been extended!

The cost to register is $40 per player, and registration will remain open until Friday, March 8th. Make sure you get signed up before it is too late!

Spring Volleyball is underway!

Teams are practicing and the games have begun! Come cheer on your favorite team!

Youth Baseball/Softball Update

Registration for the 2019 Spring Baseball/Softball season has closed and teams are being picked! Practices are starting right now, and stay tuned for the game schedule! 

Basketball Wrap-up

The 2018-2019 Youth Basketball season is in the books, and it was another amazing season! This season saw over 220 players sign up to form 30 exciting teams! These teams made up six different age groups featuring players from 6 to 18 years old.
We would like to thank all of the coaches, parents, and community members who helped make these leagues an incredible experience for everyone involved. We could not do it without you!
We would also like to thank our year-long sponsors for their generous contributions!!
The sponsor for the 2018-2019 Sports year is
Ashworth Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Trails Update

March Work Days for the Recreation Complex Trail:
Saturday, March 8th @ Alexander's Ford. 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday, March 14th @ Polk Recreation Complex. 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, March 23rd @ Alexander's Ford. 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday, March 28th @ Polk Recreation Complex. 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

*Contingent on weather*

The next Trails Committee Meeting is scheduled for March 25 at 6 pm  at Saluda Outfitters, 435 E Main St, Saluda, NC 28773.

Our Nature Navigators have been busy! Check out the middle school hiking club's pictures on  flikr!

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