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To provide a variety of quality leisure opportunities to the diverse population of Staunton for the purpose of improving Stauntonian’s quality of life via well maintained historic parks housing superior facilities paired with innovative recreation programs, athletic leagues, trips, and outstanding child-minding programs.

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Before and After-School Childcare


2016: What's new?

Natural Play Area
Pickleball Courts
Lake Tams Renovation
Dog Park  

Treemendous Tree Hunt


GHP Tree Hunt
MHP Tree Hunt


What's going on at Staunton Parks and Recreation this week?

September 18 - September 24

Aikido is the gentle martial art of harmonious movement. Learn to redirect aggression through circular movements designed to destabilize an attacker or restrict an attacker’s movements in a way that protects the defender as well as the aggressor. Aikido will increase range of motion in the joints, improve hand eye coordination, and increase well-being through breathing exercises. Instructor James Jacenich. Ages 7+. GHPGC, 8am-9am Mondays and 6:30pm-7:30pm Thursdays. Ongoing class.
Class option 1: Attend class one time per week Price: $48/month.
Class option 2: Attend class twice per week Price: $58/month.

Line Dance with Sharon “Bimbi Line Dancers”
“Alice Bimbi started this group 23 years ago. It is important to keep moving and staying active. Most of us love to dance but hate to exercise.” – Sharon Sturdivent. Partners are not needed to join this informal, social and friendly dance group for adults 55 and wiser! Coordinator: Sharon Sturdivent, GHPGC, 11am-12pm on Mondays. Price: $10 per brochure

Vinyasa Yoga
A flowing style yoga class, linking yoga poses together to bring balance and harmony as we move our bodies with our breath. This type of yoga flow features cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility, strength, and relaxation. Leave with an overall feeling of well-being and relaxation. Multilevel class, start any time! Instructor: Maggie Mairena. MHPA, 6pm-7pm, Mondays. Ongoing class. Price: $5/class when purchasing 4 or more classes. Drop-in Price: $8.

Basic Shotokan Karate Techniques
Learn basic Shotokan techniques characterized by deep long stances that provide stability, enable powerful movements and strengthen the legs. Shotokan is regarded as a dynamic martial art as it develops anaerobic, powerful techniques as well as developing speed. Ages 7+. Instructor Ivan Pesic has studied Shotokan karate for 19 years and holds a black belt. He has been awarded many times in competitions held in Serbia and Europe. GHPGC, 5:30pm-6:30pm Mondays and 8:30am-9:30am Wednesdays. Ongoing class.
Class option 1: Attend class one time per week Price: $45/month
Class option 2: Attend class twice per week Price: $60/month

Intro to Scottish Country Dance
Join the dance! Scottish Country dancing has been called “the most fun you can have on two feet,” and is both the modern and historic social dance of Scotland (you needn’t be Scottish to enjoy it!) This is a continuing class but beginners are welcome at any time, and encouraged to give it a try. No partner or previous experience necessary; soft-soled, flexible shoes are highly recommended. Age 14+. GHPGC, 7pm-9pm, ten Mondays beginning September 19. Price: $25/person (#5732) or $40/couple (#5733). Drop-in price: $5. Register by ASAP.

Sunrise Yoga
Comprehensive rise-and-shine yoga held in the early morning to awaken and energize your mind, body, and spirit; preparing you to take on the day. Class offers a balance of both slower, longer held postures as well as more fluid, active sequences to create a holistic practice. Instructor: Maggie Mairena. GHPGC, 7am-8am, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Price: $20/four classes, $50/ten classes, or $8 drop-in. *Drop-ins please call ahead to make sure the session is taking place that day.


Full Body Fitness
 Want to meet new people with similar fitness goals and challenge yourself to become a better you? This group class is a great way to reach your weight loss goals and get in shape in a supportive environment. Instructor: Shunda Smith. GHPGC, 9am-10am, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Price: $30 for 6 classes. Drop-in Price: $7. *Please call ahead (332-3945) to make sure the session is taking place that day.

Yoga for Every Body
Designed for those looking for a comfortable starting place in order to grow and nurture their yoga practice. Whether you are a beginner, nursing an injury, or have restricted movement due to age, ailment, weight, etc. this is the class for you. No experience required. All ages, levels, and body types welcome! This slower paced yoga class focuses on basic Hatha techniques and pranayama breathing. Instructor: Maggie Mairena. MHPA, 10am-11am, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Price: $20/ four classes, $50/ten classes, or $8 drop-in. *Drop-ins please call ahead to make sure the session is taking place that day.

Lunch Hour Power Yoga
Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice. Designed as a light Vinyasa class, these three aspects will be brought into union without pushing ourselves over the limit. The perfect class to generate a lunch time second wind, it emphasizes strength, muscle tone, flexibility, rhythmic breathing, and flow. Instructor: Maggie Mairena. MHPA, 12pm-1pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Price: $20/four classes, $50/ten classes, or $8 drop-in. *Drop-ins please call ahead to make sure the session is taking place that day.


Mommy and Me Handprint Plates
Create lasting memories and enjoy creating art at the same time. Join us in making different themed ceramic dinner plates using your child’s hands and/or feet. Everything is non-toxic and washable. Class for parent and child. Instructor: Rebecca Razul of The Crafty Fox Cville. MHP 10am-11am or 4pm-5pm, please indicate which time slot you would like when registering. Third Wednesday of the month September-December. Price: $34. #5739 September 21, Sunrise in the Blue Ridge. Register by: ASAP


Therapeutic Qi Gong
This is a series of 24 simple looking postures which help enhance posture, balance, strength and flexibility. Performed in repetitions, qigong movements are a powerful means of building inner strength, mental calm, and replenishing the body’s natural state of wellness. No previous experience necessary. Instructor: Karen Becker. #5704 GHPGC, 4pm-4:45pm Wednesdays. Ten weeks this fall beginning September 14. Price: $60. Drop-in price: $12

Sun Style Taiji 10 Form
The Sun style of Taiji (Tai Chi) is characterized by natural, upright, and relaxed postures, easily flowing from one to another. Taiji has been shown to be effective in dealing with hypertension, stress, balance and postural issues, nervous system disorders, and Parkinson’s disease. No previous experience necessary. Instructor: Karen Becker. #5705 GHPGC, 5pm-6pm, ten Wednesdays beginning September 14. Price: $60. Drop-in price: $12


Hatha Yoga Basics and Beyond
Explore yoga fundamentals in this safe, welcoming environment. Suited for individuals new to yoga as well as those with existing practices who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding or simply move at a more moderate pace. Bring your own mat, blanket or large towel, and wear clothes you can move freely in. Instructor: Maggie Mairena. MHPA, 6pm-7pm, Wednesdays. Ongoing class. Price: $5/class when purchasing 4 or more classes. Drop-in Price: $8.


Little Known Secrets of Paying for College
The cost of college education is higher than ever. How will you afford this expense? Discover how to send your children to the college of their dreams without bankrupting your own retirement. You will learn strategies that may enable you to qualify for financial aid and minimize your tax exposure- giving you greater cash flow for funding a college education. Instructors: Franklin Butler Jr., Charlie Allen. GHPG, 6pm-8:30pm. Price: $25 #5716 September 21. Register by: ASAP


Abstract painting for Kids and Adults
This is an abstract painting and mixed media class. Learn how to use paint and different materials to make beautiful abstract paintings that you will get to take home! Play with your creativity. Basic painting techniques are taught as well as learning to mix acrylic paints with sand for different textures. In the first class we will learn how to make abstract backgrounds and then follow up in the second class with how to paint on the background. Ages 6+. Instructor: Ivan Pesic. #5748 MHPA, 7:30pm-8:30pm two Wednesdays September 21 and 28. Price: $59. Register by: ASAP

Eighteen Immortals Qigong, Part 1
An unusual qigong form in which each posture or exercise is done once, rather than repetitively, the Eighteen Immortals Qigong also shows a certain influence of Yoga on Chinese healing arts. The complete form is a total mind and body workout! Some experience with taiji and/or qigong helpful but not required. Instructor: Karen Becker. #5706 GHPGC, 8am-8:45am Thursdays. Ten weeks beginning September 15. Price: $60. Drop-in price: $12


Advanced Line Dance with Sharon
Take those next steps! Class geared for those 45 and wiser! Some line dance experience necessary. Coordinator: Sharon Sturdivent, GHPGC, 11am-12pm on Thursdays. Price: $10 per brochure.


Party Bridge Club
For experienced bridge players who are interested in socialization as well as brushing up on their game. Party on! Not an instructional club. MHPC, 1-4pm on Thursdays. Price: $10 per brochure

Retirement Lifestyle Planning
If you are 50+ years old and wondering what your retirement will look like, this class is for you. In this interactive lecture / workshop, you will determine where to retire, how to replace your work identity, how to establish a healthy and active lifestyle, how to stay socially connected and involved, how to resolve relationship issues and concerns, and how to make the most of your God-given skills, talents and wisdom. NOT a financial planning class, Retirement Lifestyle Planning will help you turn your retirement dreams into a retirement plan and ultimately into a retirement lifestyle. Ages: 50+. Instructor: Cindi Dawson of Dawson and Associates. MHPA, 6:30pm-8:30pm, three Thursdays beginning September 22. Register by: ASAP #5713 Single Price: $45 #5714 Couples Price: $75

Gypsy Hill Walking Club
Sponsored by Staunton Parks and Recreation and Subway on North Augusta Street Did you know that one lap around Gypsy Hill Park equals 1.3 miles and takes around 25-30 minutes to complete? Club currently meets Friday mornings at 9am in Gypsy Hill Park at the bandstand. No obligation to come Friday mornings, however it can be more fun to walk and burn calories with a friend. Recorded miles do not have to take place in Gypsy Hill Park. If you would like to establish an evening/weekend “group walk” please email Steven Taetzsch at


Fall 2016 Activity Guide
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Staunton Parks & Recreation Department
PO Box 58
Staunton, VA 24402-0058
Phone: (540) 332-3945
Fax: (540) 332-3983

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