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September 2017    

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Quick Updates
  • The Fall Activity Guide was mailed by Monday August 7th with registration beginning that same day at 6am!  The current activity guide is always available, 24/7 365/year, at as well as online registration.
  • September's Newsletter is Early!
    We are sending out the September Newsletter early since Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner and we would like to invite you and your family to come celebrate the last Hoorah of summer at your CRC!  We'll be open from 545am to 4pm on Labor Day, with normal hours the rest of the weekend.
  • Veteran's Day Flag Dedication at the CRC. 
    In partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans, the flagpole at the CRC will be dedicated on Saturday November 11th, 2017 at 1pm.  Please join us and help in honoring our veterans and active duty men and women in uniform!  Also, the Board of Directors voted unanimously at the August meeting to allow veterans and active duty military to be admitted free to the CRC on Veteran's Day!  Thank you for your service! 
  • Field House Grand Opening on Saturday December 2nd!
    Save the Date!  Please join us for the Field House Grand Opening on Saturday Dec. 2nd.  The Field House is at 25 Colorado Ave, at the old pool.  We'll start with an open house and game sign up at 10am, hold the dedication at 11am and begin free use by all of the Field House from 11:30am to 3pm.  Then, head to Main Street that evening for the parade of lights!  Although the Field House will officially be dedicated on Dec. 2nd, drop-in programs will begin in October and Youth/Adult leagues begin in November.  See the Fall Guide for details: page 34 for youth and page 38 for adults.
  • Do You Forget Your Pass Alot??  Use this quick trick: take a picture of the barcode on the back of your pass and scan the picture.  This way, you don't have to always have your pass on you when you see us, which is hopefully often!
  • Thanks to Forum at Heidi's for Having MRD Present and Report Back on the Community's Recreation Center! 
    Last Wednesday 8/23, Exec. Director Ken Sherbenou and Board President Barbara Bynum reported back on the CRC.   In an effort to follow through on our promised accountability, we reported back on how well we have been able to execute on our plan.  If you missed it, check out page 18 of the Fall Guide for our 'Report Card'. 
  • Youth Appreciation Day was yet again a wonderful success!  Thanks to all who participated as well as the numerous contributing organizations. 
    Click here to see everything that happened and who made it happen.  Youth of Montrose, have a great school hard and play hard!
  • The Outdoor Fields at the CRC are Open!  As a part of the GOCO grant from lottery proceeds that funded phase II of the CRC, 4 acres of multipurpose fields were installed at the CRC.  Other Phase II Outdoor Facilities are also online including the 2 climbing boulders, 6 pickleball courts and the newly completed perimeter trail.  Enjoy and thanks again to Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Colorado Lottery!
  • The Annual Maintenance Shutdown is Complete!  We were very happy to open back up on August 23rd; we missed you all!  Hopefully, you were pleased with what you saw when you came back.  Staff worked very hard to make the CRC new again, completing scores of maintenance projects and deep cleaning, under, above and throughout!  The wood floors took longer than the rest of the shutdown due to the need for the floors to cure.  Fitzone opened back up on Aug. 26th, the gym will reopen on Wednesday Aug. 30th and the brand new racquetball courts will open on Friday Sept 8th!   Thanks for your patience.
  • To Help Manage and Take Care of Your CRC, Please Remember, Cameras Are In Use.  On August 3rd at 9:30pm, a car was egged in the CRC parking lot.  We reviewed the cameras, identified the individuals who did the egging and then referred the information to the Montrose Police Department.  We also suspended the offending individuals.  This incident is a reminder that MRD staff are using the 40+ cameras inside and outside the CRC to help promote patron safety, protection of property and help ensure the CRC is a positive place.   
  • Scholarships for youth in need now apply to facility access!
    Thanks to effective fundraising by the Montrose Recreation Foundation, generous grants from the Montrose Community Foundation, the City of Montrose and the Anschutz Family Foundation, youth in need may now get a scholarship for a 20 punch pass! 
    We are also offering a new program, the Intro to Your CRC, a one month program that will teach youth how to best take advantage of the CRC.  At the end, youth will earn a 20 punch pass.  All this for only $36 for youth eligible for free/reduced lunch.  That is $1.80 per visit plus the program! Youth of free/reduced lunch may also obtain a 20 punch pass at any time for only $36.  See p. 37 of the Summer activity guide.
  • A Request for Proposals for Program Partners at the Field House Has Been Released! 
    If your organization is looking for programmable space, the Field House might be the perfect place.  We will have three multipurpose rooms available, the Apex, Omni and Summit rooms. Please email Ken Sherbenou at for a copy of the RPF.  Proposals are due September 15th.
Program Highlights for more info., see corresponding program section below or the Summer Guide):
    1. Tribal Belly Dance:
      deadline is September 6th
    2. Beginning Spanish for Adults:
      deadline is September 19
    3. Youth Indoor Soccer at the Brand New Field House!: deadline is October 16th
    4. Adult Indoor Soccer at the Brand New Field House!:
      deadline is October 30th
    5. Fall Youth Basketball, 3rd and 4th grade:
      deadline is October 23rd
    6. Adult Dodgeball:
      deadline is October 30th
    7. Aqua Aerobics:
      Classes for every level from Twinges in the Hinges (Tues/Thur at 9am), to Aqua Aerobics (MWF at 8am), the Aerobic Zone (Tues/Thur at 8am), the Splash Aerobics (MWF at 11am) and the Deep (Tues/Thur at 11am).  Classes are included with admission. 
    8. Fit Zone: 42 classes per week included with admission!
    9. Swim Lessons are ongoing, including private and semi private. 
      Hurry, classes fill quickly.
Thanks for being a patron and/or supporter!  Happy Fall!   
-The MRD
MRD News Article: It is More Fun Than It Looks   
By Justin Mashburn, MRD Youth Coordinator

Being a sports official, referee, or umpire is fun. I know what you are thinking. This guys is nuts. How can it be enjoyable when every decision you make upsets someone? Then, there's the criticism you can face from coaches and fans. Believe me, the rewards of officiating far outweigh these challenges. In fact, I would argue that the personal challenge is the main reason I enjoy it - yes, my wife thinks I'm crazy too.

Officiating requires physical fitness, mental toughness, and an in-depth knowledge of the game and rules; a combination that pushes me to my limits every, every year. My excitement builds up before every basketball season just like when I was a kid at Christmas. Opening the emails from the assignor relaying how many college games I received and which high school rivalries I'm working is just like opening presents on Christmas morning. If you grew up playing sports, you've experience the personal satisfaction of playing a great game; it's why we play. It's also why I officiate. Sure, I still play from time to time, but it's not the same. Now, I'm lucky enough to experience that feeling of overwhelming pride when I walk off the court after an intense, competitive contest knowing I officiated a great game. 

There are other, more tangible, reasons why I officiate. It's great exercise. The extra money, while not much, is nice too. Youth games typically pay $15 to $25 per game and high school officials get paid $40 to $50 per contest. Think of it this way: YOU GET PAID TO EXERCISE. Where else are you going to find a deal like that? I also get to interact with the young men and women, who despite being locked in a battle for supremacy, rarely lose site of the fact that they are playing a game. Want to see what real sportsmanship looks like? Get on the field. Our kids know how to treat their opponents and the officials. More times than not they are able ignore any disrespectful 
comments from the crowd because of what they've learned through sports: working as a team, setting goals, breaking barriers, and supporting others. Next time you offer up your voice from the stands, I encourage you think about how your child would respond (or how you hope they would respond). A great rule of thumb to follow is only offer cheers of support not defeat. 

If any of this sounds appealing to you, I have great news. There is a massive shortage of officials at all levels in every sport. Become an official and no matter where you go you will always have a skill in high demand. I can't tell you how many intramural games I officiated in college. It helped pay for the late night snacks not covered by room and board. One of the first things I did when I moved to Montrose was seek out the local high school basketball officials. They welcomed me with open arms and have provided an immeasurable amount of advice. The type advice mentors dole out, not the kind you hear from the geniuses in the stands. Many of the people I have connected with through officiating have also become great friends. 

If you have little to no experience officiating, the Montrose Rec District is the perfect place to start. Our youth sports leagues offer a low-pressure environment. We always on hand to help out and offer friendly advice to those new to the profession. We even train and equip new referees with gear for FREE. Convinced yet? Give me a call at 249-7705. I'm happy to answer any questions and point you in the right direction if you decide to don the stripes.
Photo Gallery

Fieldhouse Construction is Progressing.  The clear, non-yellow new skylights will be installed at the end of September, which is one of the final construction tasks. 
Grand Opening Celebration is December 2nd!  Please come join us.

The picture below shows some of the area around the old skylights.  We again thank the Community for supporting the Community Rec. Center and Field House projects.  Any more time with the pool in that building without renovation could have led to a demolition project sooner than later.  Because we are completing the renovation, the building is now reinforced and will be able to serve Montrose for decades to come!

New Pickleball Courts are getting a lot of use!

GOCO Site Visit with the Montrose Recreation District and City of Montrose for the Connect Proposal.  The picture below shows Mayor Judy Ann Files, her husband Ralph and GOCO Executive Director Chris Castilian

The CRC from the Friendly Montrose Skies

Montrose Music Calendar  
September 1 MSMS, BCGC Kris Lager w/ The Johnson County Coroners 6PM FREE
September 9, Mountain States Ranch Rodeo, Montrose Fairgrounds, Chancey Williams & The Younger Brothers Band 8PM
September 23 Altrusa's Voice of the San Juans Competition, Montrose Pavilion, Final Competition, 6:30PM
September 30 Oktoberfest, TBA, Taylor Scott w/ Intuit 1PM
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Youth Sports
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Join the inaugural indoor youth soccer league in Montrose!  The league will be geared towards intermediate and advanced athletes.  Players are guaranteed to play half of each game.  Space is limited to the first 44 kids in each division so register early!  Games and practices are Monday through Thursday.  
  • Divisions
    • 5th &  6th Boys
    • 5th & 6th Girls
    • 7th & 8th Girls
  • Registration Deadline:  Monday, October 16th
  • Coaches Meeting:  Wednesday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Fee:  $40 ($45 after deadline)
  • Practice Begins:  Week of Nov. 6
(Ages 3 - 4)  Intro to soccer is a great way to introduce your 3 and 4 year old to the sport of soccer.  We have three 1-hour long practices where we will introduce the most basic skills in a fun, laid-back environment.  We will cover shooting, passing and dribbling.  Much of our equipment is modified specifically for this age group.   
  • Fee:  $25
  • Session 1:  Tuesdays Sept. 26 - Oct. 10
  • Session 2:  Wednesdays Sept. 27 - Oct. 11
  • Session 3:  Thursdays Sept. 28 - Oct. 12
  • Time:  4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
  • Location:  McNeil Fields
A great introduction to the sport.  Eight foot hoops, smaller basketballs are used to teach the fundamentals of the game while having a blast!  The first three practices will focus on skill development.  The last two dates are games.
  • Dates:  Saturdays Nov.  11 Thru Dec. 16 (no practice on Nov. 25)
  • Fee:  $32
  • Location:  Community Rec. Center
  • Time:  8:30 - 9:45 a.m.    

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Get your team together for the first Flag Football tournament in Montrose.  This tournament is for adult teams from around the Western Slope and is 6 v. 6 non blocking.  
  • Dates:  Saturday, October 28
  • Registration Deadline:  October 23
  • Team Fee:  $200
  • Time:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Ute Park


Individuals can purchase a 20 punch pass or drop-in and play.  All games will be played at the new Fieldhouse.  There will be a new game starting every hour.  There is a limited number of spots during each hour of play.   

  • Leisure Drop-in:  Mondays & Wednesdays 
  • Competitive Drop-in:  Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Fee:  20 punch pass ($50) or $3 per visit
  • Location:  MRD Fieldhouse (25 Colorado Ave.)
  • Time:  New games start at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.
(Ages 15 - 99) 6 person teams will compete in a fast paced best 3 out of 5 games.  Each team will play at least 2 matches each night.  The deadline is the deadline, so register early.  
  • Dates:  Mon/Fri, Nov. 6 - Dec. 22
  • Registration Deadline:  Oct. 30
  • Time:  6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Team Fee:  $150
  • Divisions:  Men's Mondays; Coed Fridays
  • Location:  MRD fieldhouse
50+ Trips & Programs
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CASINO TRIP - 4501010  
Ute Mountain Casino
The Ute Mountain Casino offers southwestern hospitality and gaming excitement.  Ute Mountain Club Members earn free play, meals and other special offers.  Every Tuesday earn 100 points and receive a $10 food voucher.
  • Date:  Tuesday, Sept. 12
  • Time:  6:45 am - appox. 7:30 p.m.
  • Fee:  $45
  • Location:  Meet at the Senior Center at 6:30 a.m.
We have a new format for ceramics class.  Your are responsible for obtaining your own bisque projects.  You may purchase them locally or at Mary's Ceramics, 2807 C1/2 Road, Grand Junction.  Underglaze and acrylic paints are provided.  Call Cindy at 252-4884 if you have questions.  
  • Session 1:  Wed, Sept 6. - Dec. 20
  • Session 2:  Wed, Jan. 3 - May 23, 2018
  • Fee:  $13/session (paid in class)
  • Location:  Senior Center Craft Room
  • Time:  12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Silver Sneakers is on a mission to make fitness more fun and accessible to boomers and beyond by provided well designed fitness classes set to your favorite tunes.  Please note:  You do not have to be a Silver Sneakers member to participate in these classes.  See page 14 in our activity guide for a description of classes.  Classes take place at the Montrose Community Recreation Center and are led by certified instructors.  
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Aquatic Programs
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After a one week annual closure the Rec. Center pool is now open!  Thank you for your patience during the closure and we are glad to have you back.  Click here for current pool hours.  

The next round of swim lessons begins in September.  All swim courses and instructors are certified by the American Red Cross.  Not all courses are available each lesson time.  Please check the schedule for specific course sessions and times  Class sizes are limited, so please register early!  Dates and and class information are available  here.  

Thanks to a grant from the Montrose Community Foundation, we are able to offer free swim lessons for the District Third Graders this year.  Please contact Liz or Melissa at 249-7705 for more information.  
  • Days:  Wednesday
  • Dates: 
    •  August 23 - Sept. 20 (Olathe)
    • Sept. 27 - Oct. 25 (Pomona)
    • Nov. 1 - Dec. 6 (Northside)
The CRC allows kayaks and scuba equipment into the pool for practice sessions.  Participants must make a reservation in advance.  Please pre-schedule times through the Aquatic Activities Coordinator at 249-7705 ext. 575.
  • Fee:  Regular admission + $5/boat or tank
  • Time:  Saturdays 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
The purpose of this class is to help participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies.  The courses in this program teach skills that participants need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advance medical care arrives.  These are blended learning courses.  A majority of the coursework is done on the computer and the hands-on skills are practiced in the classroom.  This course offers a 2 year certification for both CPR and First Aid.
  • Session 1:  Wednesday, Sept. 13
  • Register by:  Sept. 3rd
  • Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Fee:  $60
  • Location:  CRC Party Rooms
  • Instructor:  American Red Cross Instructor   
Recreation Activities
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Want to learn to dance?  Here is  your chance.  Bring water and your happy dancing  feet.  No partner needed to participate. Instructor, Loraine Adams, is passionate  about dancing and enjoys teach both beginning and intermediate dances.  She has been dancing since the 70's and teaching off and on for about 10 years.  She  believes dancing should be fun for everyone!
  • Monday Night
    • Location:  MRD Fieldhouse Apex and Omni
    • Time:  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • (this date is updated from incorrect date in activity guide)
  • Session II ($35):  Country 2 step Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2 
  • Session III ($35):  Swing, Country/East Coast - Oct. 9, 16, 23, 20 
  • Session IV ($35):  Cowboy Cha Cha Line Dance Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 
  • Wednesday Afternoon
    • Location:  Montrose Pavilion Senior Center 
    • Time:  2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
  • Session I ($10):  Dance basics review - Cowboy Cha Cha and Electric Slide Sept. 6
  • Session II ($10):  Dance Basics Review - Country Waltz and Country 2 step Sept. 13
  • Session III ($35):  Country Swing - Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Session IV ($35):  Country 3 Step - Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29
Level A - Greetings and Small Talk 4203018-01
Learning a foreign language is fun!  This 8 week course for first-timers will teach greetings, numbers, months, dates, etc. and introduce simple Spanish vocabulary and how to ask questions.  Students will be able to speak and interchange through hands-on practice, music and games.  Students will need pen/pencil and paper.  All other materials will be provided.  (The follow-up class, Beginning- Level B:  School and home, will be offered next season in the winter activity guide).
  • Days:  Tuesdays
  • Time:  9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
  • Dates:  Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7
  • Fee:  $90
  • Instructor:  S. Escalera, career Spanish teacher, CDE licensed.  
  • Location:  Apex Room at the Fieldhouse

Job Openings
Youth Soccer Officials
- This is a part-time season position that provides a critical competent of running our youth sports programs.  Our officials receive free training, uniforms, and whistles.  Officials will ref soccer games that range from age 5 up to 7th and 8th grade games.  Pay is based on the level of each game officiated.  Opportunities to officiate other sports throughout the year are also available to officials interested in officiating other sports.  Please email Kevin, Recreation leader at if you are interested.  Must be 14 years or older to apply.  

Climbing Wall Staff Member
- Responsibilities include the safe supervision of the Montrose CRC Climbing Wall.  Climbing experience, a passion for climbing, and excellent customer service skills are required.  Please submit full application packet to   Please email Craig, Climbing Wall Supervisor, a letter of interest, resume and completed application. Applications may also be turned in at the MRD CRC, 16350 Woodgate Road.  The application is found by going to   

Customer Service Representative  - This part time position provides critical customer service to MRD patrons.  Duties include, but are not limited to: completing program registration, computer and phone skills, and general multitasking. This is a part-time position and hours will vary with some weekends and holidays.  With the right person, this position includes the possibility of a steady 25-35 hours per week.  Bilingual ability is a plus.  Please submit full application packet to   Please email Tracie a letter of interest, resume and completed application to the individual listed for more information. Applications may also be turned in at the MRD Community Rec. Center, 16350 Woodgate Road.  

Custodial Attendant - This position is responsible for supporting the general operation of the new Montrose Community Recreation Center, specifically in our custodial department. Attendant will be responsible for overall cleanliness of facility. Shifts are available in the evenings, weekends and in the summer.  For questions, contact Tanelle at 249.7705 or  Please submit a completed application (found at, a resume and a cover letter attention Tanelle Cruz. This can be emailed to or dropped off at the Montrose Community Recreation Center, 16350 Woodgate Rd., behind Wal-Mart.  Must be 18 years old with a high school diploma. 
Lifeguard - Responsibilities include the safe supervision of all pool and deck area, as well as basic pool maintenance. Consistent rule enforcement along with excellent customer service skills required. Candidates must have current American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid Certifications. Please submit full application packet to   Please email Liz a letter of interest, resume and completed application to the individual listed for more information. Applications may also be turned in at the MRD CRC, 16350 Woodgate Road.  The application is found by going to  
Water Safety Instructors
This position is responsible for planning and implementing swim lessons according the American Red Cross standards. Instructors will be asked to provide both public and private swim lesson classes. Bilingual ability is strongly desired. Candidates must have a current American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors certification. Classes for this certification are held on an ongoing basis. Please submit full application packet to   Please email Melissa a letter of interest, resume and completed application to the individual listed for more information. Applications may also be turned in at the MRD CRC, 16350 Woodgate Road.  The application is found by going to  
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