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2015 Winter/Spring Brochure click HERE.

Ways to Register:
ONLINE: (2 step process)

Download this form and return it by mail

The Staunton Recreation Administration Offices are located in Montgomery Hall Park.

Canine Corner

Canine Scent Detection
The nose knows! Michelle Carter of Leader of the Pack
Dog Training will help develop your dog’s natural scenting
abilities through fun and games. By practicing basic searchdog skills, the class builds confidence, burns off physical and mental energy, and enhances the bond between owner and dog. No obedience required! Learn at your own pace. Age 18+. #5163, 3–4pm, five Sundays beginning February 8. Price: $114. Register by: February 2.

Dog Obedience and Manners
Your dog CAN be a good dog! Make your best friend
even better! Training can prevent or solve most common
behavior problems. You’ll learn basic problem solving
skills for jumping, housetraining, puppy nipping/chewing,
and obedience commands such as loose leash walking,
sit, stay, down, come, leave it, drop it and several tricks.
Training location provided upon registration. Instructor:
Michelle Carter of Leader of the Pack Dog Training. All
ages, all breeds. Price: $125/6 class session.
Please choose from one of the following class dates:

#5164 6:30–7:30pm, six Mondays
beginning January 12. Register by: ASAP
#5165 2–3pm, six Sundays
beginning February 1. Register by: January 28
#5166 6:30–7:30pm,
six Thursdays beginning March 5
Register by: February 25.
#5167 6:30–-7:30pm,
six Mondays beginning April 6.
Register by: March 30.

Canine Good Citizen
Advance your dog’s training skills and learn how to use
them around the high level distractions of real life. This
course practices known obedience & attention behaviors
around distractions without the use of treats and other
training aids, with the goal of earning the Canine Good
Citizen title for your dog. This course requires you have
already been through Dog Obedience and Manners with
your dog. Training location provided upon registration.
Instructor: Michelle Carter of Leader of the Pack Training.
#5168 3–4pm, six Sundays beginning March 15.
Price: $125. Register by: March 11.

Therapy Dog Intro Class
If you’d like to take your compassionate canine on the road
to visit and help others, learn more at an easy-going social
meeting to discover how you can let others benefit from
your furry friend. This workshop will provide a training test
and evaluation of your dog to help you meet your goals.
Instructor: Michelle Carter of Leader of the Pack Training.
#5169 3:30–5:30pm, January 25. Price: $30.
Register by: January 21.


Parent’s Night Out
Bring the kids and drop them off while you enjoy an evening to yourselves. Enjoy a date night, entertain, catch the newest blockbuster, or use this time to take care of that shopping list. Parks and Recreation will provide a structured, fun evening of activities for children at the Gypsy Hill Park Gymnasium. Ages 5+ GHPG 6–10pm, January 23. Price: $10/child. Register by: 12pm, January 21.

Childhood Nutrition: Building a Healthy Foundation for Life
An evening you won’t want to miss! Dr. Andrew Dodge,
chiropractic neurologist, will talk about building a strong
foundation for your children: when/how to start solids,
food allergies, supplements, and how to help your picky
eaters! And we promise this won’t be an evening of
studying a food pyramid! Parents will take a “Which Foods
When” brochure home with them. Lap babies welcome!
Instructor: Dr. Andrew Dodge. #5170 MHPA 6:30–8:30pm,
January 27. Register by: January 23. Price: Free, but please
let us know you are coming: (540) 332-3945.

Babywearing Basics
Join us as we cover the benefits of babywearing,
babywearing safety, and types of carriers. We’ll also
have our full library of more than 30 carriers available
for you to try on toward the end of class! We’ll be talking
about how to wear your baby, so absolutely bring your
baby with you! This is a beginner class for parents (or
expectant parents) who want to know what babywearing
is all about, and for those who feel overwhelmed by the
choices that they have in baby carriers! Instructor: Nicole
Dodge. #5171 MHPA 2–4pm, February 21. Register by:
February 18. Price: Free, but please let us know you are
coming: (540) 332-3945.

Babywearing Workout Group
Are you a baby/toddler wearing Mom or Dad and want
to meet some like-minded folks? Come to this interest
meeting to chat and determine a time that works best for
everyone to convene in our park and exercise together.
Strollers also welcome. MHPA 9am, Wednesday, April 15.
Please call to let us know you are coming: (540) 332-3945.


The Explorers Club

Parents are you ready for new activities and adventures
for your little ones? Join us once a month as we explore new
places in and around Staunton such as the hiking trails at
Montgomery Hall Park, Staunton Fire Station, offices at City
Hall, and local farms. Look out for clues on our Staunton
Parks and Recreation Facebook page. Parent/guardian
must remain present with children. Ages 5 and under.
Trips held on the third Friday of the month in the morning.
Price: $10 membership fee (includes an Explorers Club
t-shirt). Additional fee per trip estimated at $5 but could
cost more depending on the activity. Please call Parks
and Recreation office at (540) 332-3945 for more information.

Toddler/Preschool Art Workshop
Parents bring your little ones over to Montgomery Hall Park
for fun simple art activities. This fun creative atmosphere
will include easy art projects and materials for your little
ones to draw, color, paint, glue, and get messy. Parent/
guardian must remain present with children. Ages 5 and
under. MHPA 10–11:30am. Workshops held on 1st
Thursday of the month beginning January 8 through
April 16. Price: $5/child each visit. Please call for more
information and to let us know that you are coming,
(540) 332-3945.

Toddler/Preschool Open Gym
As the weather cools down and the snow begins to fall
we find ourselves cooped up in the house with not many
options for running and play. Join us on Wednesday
mornings at the Gypsy Hill Park Gymnasium. Balls, toys,
and games available for the little ones to play with as well
as plenty of open space for running and being silly. Parent/
guardian must remain present with their children. Ages 5
and under. GHPG, 9:30–11:30am, Wednesdays January
through March. Price: $3/child each visit.
* This class will not be available on the fourth Wednesday
of every month.

Staunton Parks and Recreation Youth Choir
Calling all singing youth! This is a choir for young voices
who are looking for extra opportunities to practice and
improve their singing abilities! As we develop our talents
we will have opportunities to perform for the community.
All experience levels welcome. We plan on growing
this choir into a long lasting community program serving
Staunton for years to come. Choir director Lindsey Wilson
is a JMU School of Music graduate with several years of
music teaching experience. She has experience working
with elementary, middle, and high school students and
teaching choir as well as piano classes and private lessons.
Age: 11+. Parents, please call if younger children are
interested and we will hold a children’s choir if there is
enough interest. BTW 4–5:30pm, ten week program held
on Thursdays beginning February 5. Price: $74. Additional
$15 charge for sheet music. Register by: ASAP.

Stretch-n-Grow Fitness Classes
These fitness classes are specifically designed for children
ages 2-12 yrs. Each class covers the basics of exercise:
warm-up, endurance, resistance, stretching, and cool-down.
Classes will incorporate the use of equipment (hula-hoops,
parachute, noodles, bean bags, etc.) and music. Activities
include obstacle courses, relay races, cardio, endurance
training, agility, and sports drills. Instructors are youth
fitness certified. Children are split into age groups (see
below). Classes held weekly on Tuesday afternoons and
Wednesday mornings at the Gypsy Hill Park Gymnasium.
Ongoing monthly class.
2-5 year olds 9–9:30am, Wednesdays
6-12 year olds 4–4:30pm Tuesdays
Price: $29/month. Please register: ASAP.

Marbling Workshop
You will be taught the age old process used by bookbinders
known as marbling. This is a method of decorating paper
through the use of floating colors. The color is transferred
from the surface of the liquid to the paper. The patterns
resemble marble slabs. Instructor: Sandra Carter. #5172
MHPA 2–4pm, February 16. Price: $14. Register by:
February 6.

Junior Get Golf-Ready!
Several one-time sessions will be offered this summer for youth to enhance and expand their golf skills. Basic instruction will be provided. Small groups of 4 will allow for plenty of one-on-one time with the PGA Professional Wesley Allred.  Price: $25 per child. Register ASAP, space limited. Ages 8-13
Registrations taken at the Gypsy Hill Golf Shop.
Choose a date and pick a session time.
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Session 1: 9am-10:30am
Session 2: 11am-12:30pm



No Pain, No Gain Fitness Sampler

This four week fitness sampler allows you to experience and
test the waters with each of the following; Yoga, Tai Chi,
Pilates, and Booty Barre. Discover the best fit for you! Price:
$39. Choose only one of the yoga classes held on Monday
or Wednesday evenings. Please call the recreation office at
(540) 332-3945 for details and scheduling. Please register
with Staunton Parks and Recreation.

Tai Chi and Qigong for Good-ness Sake!
Harvard Health Publication called Tai Chi “moving
meditation” and wrote of the “myriad health issues it has
been proven to help with”. Tai Chi and/or Qigong can
boost immune function by 50%, increase brain size, reduce
depression and anxiety, and reduce stress by providing
powerful stress management tools. These arts also improve
respiratory function, reduce or eliminate chronic pain
issues, dramatically improve balance and dexterity, and
much more. It is used in hospitals, businesses, prisons,
schools, and other health aware institutions. Our classes
encompass all levels and we specialize in working with
those with health issues, improving overall health and
recovering health! Tai Chi and Qigong is a wonderful
natural health/healing platform! GHPGC. Ongoing class.
Register by: ASAP.

Tai chi/Qigong Classes: Mondays 1–2pm, Wednesdays 6–7pm (both can be attended as drop-in class)                         
Advanced Tai chi/Qigong Classes: Mondays 2–3pm

Class option 1: Attend class one time per week. Price: $48/month
Class option 2: Attend class twice per week. Price: $58/month
Class option 3: Drop-in Mondays at 1pm or Wednesdays at 6pm. Drop-in price: $15 per class-payable at time of class.

Vinyasa Yoga
A flowing style yoga class linking yoga poses together to
bring balance and harmony to our bodies as we move
our bodies with our breath. This type of Yoga flow features
cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility, strength and
relaxation. Leave feeling relaxed and with an overall feeling
of well-being. Multi-level class, please wear comfortable
clothes, bring a yoga mat & water. Start any time!
Instructor: Zoe Berg. MHPA 6–7pm, Mondays. Ongoing
Class. Price: $38 per 8 weeks. Drop-in Price: $7.

Hatha Flow Yoga
A fun mix of traditional & modern styles of Yoga, with a
variety of approaches to the postures and breath. Focusing
on peace of mind is emphasized, while stretching and
holding poses within your comfort level. All levels are
welcome. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a yoga mat
if possible; some props are provided. Start any time!
Instructor: Elle D’Orado. MHPA 6–7pm, Wednesdays.
Ongoing class. Price: $38 per 8 weeks. Drop-in price: $7.

Morning Warm-ups with Jolene
This class is great for seniors with tired muscles and as a
follow-up for physical therapy. Bring hand weights, exercise
mats and resistant bands. Learn chair exercises, healthy
eating and diet tips. Men and women invited! Jolene has
been offering her classes with our department for over
25 years! Ages 50+. Instructor: Jolene Dewey. GHPG,
9–10am on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Price: $32 per
12 classes. Ongoing class.

Booty Barre
Are you tired of exercising and not seeing results? If you
need a change, Booty Barre may be just what you need.
With dedication to the practice and the workout, one may
see a more toned strengthened, lengthened, and balanced
body. So if you want to work your booty in a new way
then come to the barre to see what you have been missing.
Instructor: Sheree Kiser. Classes are held at Be Well
Fitness behind Terry Court. Ages 15+. #5173 6–7pm,
Wednesday evenings and 9:30am, Wednesday, Friday
and Saturday mornings. Price: $60 for 6 punches. Punches
can be used for either Booty Barre or Pilates Mat offered
at Be Well Fitness. Please register with Staunton Parks and

Pilates Mat
Want a stronger core and feel better when you move? To
stand taller and perform daily activities with ease? Pilates
Mat class could assist you in reaching these goals. Have fun
with others who want to move easier in life. The instructor
for this class is Sheree Kiser and class will be held at her
fitness studio Be Well Fitness behind Terry Court. Ages
15+. #5174 6–7pm, Monday evenings. Price: $60 for 6
punches. Punches can be used for either Booty Barre or
Pilates Mat offered at Be Well Fitness. Please register with
Staunton Parks and Recreation.

Gypsy Hill Park "100 Mile Walking Club"
Stay active this winter by putting on those layers, zipping up, and JOINING our Gypsy Hill Walking Club. Get out and move! Club will meet Friday mornings at 9am in Gypsy Hill Park at the bandstand. Participants may walk and record their miles any time and at their convenience. No obligation to come Friday mornings, however it can be more fun to walk and burn calories with a friend. Using the honor system, walkers will record their laps on a formatted slip of paper that can be found at the green drop box located behind the Little Free Library just past the Lewis Creek Watershed Information sign by the small gazebo. One lap around Gypsy Hill Park equals 1.3 miles. Participants and miles will be updated weekly and can be viewed online by visiting the Parks & Rec page on the city website. At the end of the season we will hold a ceremony for both walkers and runners and t-shirts will be awarded acknowledging participants’ milestones and accomplishments. The first club walk will be Friday morning
January 16 at 9am and final ceremony held on April 25 at
9am at the Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand. If you would like to
establish an evening group please email Steven Taetzsch at All ages welcome. Price: $10.
Please register with Staunton Parks and Recreation ASAP.

1000 Mile Runners Club
Calling all Gypsy Hill Park Runners! This message is for you. Log your laps around Gypsy Hill Park by filling out a formatted slip of paper found at the green drop box located behind the Little Free Library just past the Lewis Creek Watershed Information sign by the small white gazebo. Participants and their miles will be updated weekly and can be viewed on the Parks and Rec webpage on the city website. Go online and see who else is closing in on 1000 miles this spring. At the end of the season we will hold a ceremony for both walkers and runners and award specifically colored t-shirts acknowledging participants’ milestones and accomplishments. The final ceremony will be held on April 25 at 9am at the Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand. Price: $10. Please register with Staunton Parks and Recreation ASAP.


Confident City Cycling

Confident City Cycling is led by League of American
Bicyclists certified instructors and gives cyclists the
confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic
and on the trail. This course covers bicycle safety checks,
fixing a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques,
and includes a student manual. Ages 14+. Students ages
14-17 must be accompanied by an adult who is taking the
course. Students of all skill levels are welcome and will find
the course beneficial. A bicycle in good working order and
a bicycle helmet are required. Students who successfully
complete the course will receive a League Traffic Skills 101
certificate of completion. Instructors: Angela Crow & Carl
Droms. #5175 MHP please call for location, 9am–1pm,
April 18. Price: $15. Register by: April 8.

Fun with Fish of the Shenandoah Valley
Prepare to be splashed and slimed as you learn about the
fish that live in your local rivers. Jason Hallacher, Assistant
Aquatic Biologist with the Virginia Department of Game
and Inland Fisheries, will talk about his role with VDGIF,
how they manage game fish in Virginia and provide a
show, touch and tell of real live fish caught that day! This
presentation is a blast for all ages. #5176 GHPGC, 6–7pm
on April 27. Price: Free. Please call and to let us know you
are coming: (540) 332-3945.

Virginia Game & Inland Fisheries Hunter Education Course
Virginia now requires all first time hunters and hunters who
are between 12 and 15 years of age to complete this FREE
12 hour course. Course will cover: firearm safety, archery,
modern & black powder firearms, tree stand safety, outdoor
survival, map and compass use, basic first aid, turkey and
waterfowl hunting, ethics and more. GHPGC 6–10pm,
March 17 and 18. Price: Free, but pre-registration required
by visiting


Dressmaking Workshop
The basics and fundamentals of dressmaking will be
demonstrated by the instructor. Participants will follow
along at their own workstation and bring sewing machine,
pattern and fabric they are interested in making a dress
out of. This class will review the basics of operating the
machine, laying out patterns, and cutting fabric. Depending
on time we may begin sewing the garment on the first day.
During the week between classes participants will work on
their dresses at home. The second class will be devoted to
helping participants complete their project. Participants must
supply their own sewing supplies and fabric (supply needs
provided upon registration). #5177 MHPA 10am–noon,
February 7 and 14. Price: $29. Register by: January 30.

Not Your Average… Jewelry Making
At last! An opportunity to make jewelry no one else can.
This introduction to wire wrapped jewelry, will give your
artistic soul a voice! Not only will you be introduced to wire
wrapping, you’ll also make your own beads from cloth,
paper and high fired stoneware clay. Start your jewelry
journey today! Instructor: Mary Tuttle, whose jewelry can
be purchased at Virginia Made. #5178 NSC 6–8pm,
four Mondays starting February 23. Price: $37. Register
by: February 18. Participants will need to bring their own
round-nosed and needle-nosed jewelry pliers (pliers are at
Michael’s or Walmart). There is also a $5 supply fee for
beads and findings.

Paint w/ Diane
Join Dianne for a fun day of learning how to paint! Create
beautiful blue Hydrangeas on an 11x14 canvas with oil
paints. This painting class is for beginners or the fun at
heart. All supplies included. Instructor: Diane Ricketson of
Paint 4fun. Age 18+. #5179 GHPGC 9:30am–3:30pm,
April 18. Price $54. Register by: April 8.

Interior Design…Where to Begin?
This introduction to interior design will help you get over
that hurdle of “where to begin?” Learn interior design basics
and start planning this winter. Bring photos and together we
will work on resolving and overcoming any of your design
fears from paint selection to tackling a large design project.
Instructor: Kathy Thomas, Thomas Design. #5180 MHPA
10am–noon, January 17. Price: $29. Register by: ASAP.

Pressed Petal Designs
Learn how to press botanicals from your garden and
create colorful designs using these pressed petals. Create
symmetrical art resembling kaleidoscope designs, mandalas
and quilt squares. Your original designs will be framed.
Unleash your creative side using affordable materials found
in your backyard! Petals, paper, and other tools will be
supplied. Students please bring a pair of small scissors
to class. Instructor: Barbara Hodgen. #5181 MHPA
9:30am–noon, April 22. Price: $46. Register by: April 15.

Classical Drawing Class w/ artist Carmen Shenk
Learn the basic principles of drawing, technique and tips
on how to improve. Classes are structured with the first
half hour focusing on instructional skills training exercises
followed by an hour working on student’s individual projects
with guidance by instructor. Materials not included but
list available upon request. Classes held at geSHENKe
Gallery. Tuesdays 6–7:30pm, beginning January 6 and
runs through March 31. Price: $15/class. Please sign up
for Tuesday dates ahead of time with Staunton Parks and
Recreation. Location: Holiday Court suite 6, 240 North
Central Ave., Staunton.


Cooking 101 Series

Have you ever wanted to be able to recreate your favorite
restaurant dish or that dish you saw on the Food Network?
Cooking 101 will give you the skills to be a better cook
for yourself, family, and friends…and impress your motherin-
law. We will cover the basics of cooking in a relaxed, educational environment. Cooking 101 is taught by Chef Marsha Hyatt from Louisiana with over 20 years of experience. Marsha has spent many hours as a culinary instructor and currently runs her own business Shenandoah Meadows Grain Co. Join us for the entire series or feel free to register for one. #5182 MHPK 6–8:30pm. Price: $39/
session or $145 for all four. Please register for all classes
by: March 6.

*Participants please bring your own paring and chef

Class 1: Culinary Basics
Learn knife skills, Mirepoix, basic vegetable soup,
basic French bread, and basic Crème Brule.
#5183 March 17.

Class 2: Culinary Meats
Learn to prepare Chicken Piccata, Steak Diane,
and Roast Chicken. #5184 March 24.

Class 3: Culinary Vegetables
Learn to prepare Sautéed Spinach, Corn Maque Choux,
Grilled Vegetable Salad, and Sweet Potato Soufflé.
#5185 March 31.

Class 4: Culinary Desserts
Learn to prepare Cream Puffs, Chocolate Éclairs,
Chocolate Truffles, and Cheesecake. #5186 April 7.

Do You Have a Food Allergy?
If you’re tired of feeling sick and tired, this 6 week course
will help you determine if you have any food allergies or
symptoms that may be causing you to not function at your
best. Learn how to detoxify your system with whole foods in
a simple, and cost effective way. Class led by chiropractor
Dr. Rachel Heneberry and assisted by local Nutritionist
Anne Buzzelli. Age 18+. #5187 MHPC 6–7:30pm,
six Wednesdays beginning January 21. Price: $5.
Register by: ASAP.

Guten Appetit! Historic German Cooking in Your Kitchen
Join the Frontier Culture Museum’s interpreters to explore
historic German recipes from 300 years ago. Learn how to
make these recipes in your own modern kitchen. Ages 18+
#5188 Kitchen at the FCM Pavilion. 1–6pm, February 28.
Price: $29. Register by: February 20.

Golden Gourmet Winter
Are you tired of eating alone? Tired of fast food? Or just tired of eating the same old thing? This could be the opportunity you’re looking for. Entertain your taste buds by experiencing dining at its best at some of the “local” and “not so local” finer restaurants of the area. This group will meet on Thursday nights, January 29, February 26, and March 26. Departing from GHPG at 5:30pm, returning by 8:30pm. Price: $5 (covers transportation only).

Pop Up Cooking with Chef Camille’s Cooking Academy
Camille is not only enthusiastic and knowledgeable about
food, she also teaches numerous cooking classes for Whole
Foods. Watch our Facebook page for more information
about Pop Up Cooking with Camille throughout the winter
and spring.


Ticknor’s English Country Dance
Learn dances from the 17th & 18th centuries.
All experience levels are welcome to attend! Wear low
heel shoes. For details, call coordinator Becky McGovern
at 886-9729. GHPGC, 7:30–9pm, 2nd/4th Fridays.
Price: $2 per class.

Learn Ballroom Dancing / Country Western 2-Step
Tuesday and Thursday evenings this Winter beginning
January 6. Lessons are an hour long. Instructor: Donald
Dollins. GHPGC, 6–9pm. Price: $24 per couple, per
lesson. Pay as you go. Please call the parks & recreation
office at (540) 332-3945 for more information.

Intro to Scottish Country Dance
Back by popular demand- Please join the dance! Scottish Country dancing, that is. Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of the social dancing of Scotland. It’s the most fun you can have on 2 feet! No partner or previous dance experience necessary. Soft-soled, flexible shoes recommended. Instructor: Karen Becker. Age 14+. #5189 GHPGC, 7–9pm, 8 Mondays starting January 12 for first session, second session (#5190) will begin April 13. Price: $25/person or $40/couple. Ongoing class.

Line Dance with Sharon “Bimbi Line Dancers”
“Alice Bimbi started this group 23 years ago. The group
used to perform at events, nursing homes etc. When
she retired one of her students, Dorothy, took over the
class. I joined this group seven years ago and soon
became her substitute teacher. Not long after, I started
the advanced class per student’s request. Dorothy retired
when she was 90 years old and I then took over. It is
an important lesson to keep moving and staying active.
Dorothy was a perfect example of that. 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, 11am–12pm,
Mondays GHPGC. Price: $10 per brochure.

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

Beginner Clogging Lessons for Youth and Adults
Clogging is for the young and young at heart. In this class
you will master the basics of clogging, a high energy form
of dance similar to tap, Irish and Canadian Step Dancing.
You will learn to dance to traditional music as well as pop
music. Whether you are doing this for fun, exercise, or to
eventually perform, this is where it all begins. Clogging
has been known to help lower blood pressure, increase
flexibility, increase lung capacity as well as to help lose
weight. For ages 7+ Instructor: Lisa Johnson. #5191
GHPGC, 5–5:45pm, six Wednesdays starting February 4.
Price: $36. Register by: January 30.

Staunton for Stauntonians

Beginner Stained Glass
Learn the beautiful art of stained glass! In this class you will learn the basics of stained glass construction: pattern designs, glass cutting, fitting, copper foiling, soldering techniques & finishing details will be covered. A suncatcher and simple stained glass panel will be completed. Tools provided by instructor. #5192, at L&L Stained Glass Supply on West Beverley Street 6–8pm, February 17. Price: $45 (includes class materials & instruction). Register by: February 10.

Star B Stables
About: Star “B” Stables, located near Staunton, VA in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley has been in business since 2000. They take care of multiple horses at their facility. Activity: Star B Stables provides the opportunity for you to “escape” into the countryside for an hour while you enjoy a guided horse trail ride. Horse rides are available year round (weather permitting). You don’t have to have any experience with horses to enjoy the trail rides. Experienced guides provide any assistance and guidance that you need to make you feel comfortable and relaxed so that you can have a great time. Age 6+. For more information, please call parks and recreation, (540) 332-3945.

About: GeSHENKe (Geschenke is the German word for gifts) features the artwork of owner/ artist Carmen Shenk, and eclectic work from regional artisans. Visit to explore handmade jewelry, hand dyed wearable textiles, fine art photography, and a collection of alphabet photography from Staunton’s own architecture. Experience the creative process in our working/teaching studio, and enjoy a class with qualified instructors. In addition, we offer a selection of musical instruments and the musical instrument services of Xaver Wilhelmy including piano and pipe organ tuning, voicing, and repair. Activity: The Tuesday Lunch Time Sketchers. Bring your packed lunch (or purchase from the neighboring restaurant) and sketch for your lunch hour. Enjoy the company of others with similar interests and share tips. Materials not included but list available upon request. Tuesdays noon-1:30pm, beginning January 6 and runs through March 31. Price: $5/class. Please sign up for Tuesday dates ahead of time with Staunton Parks and Recreation. Location: Holiday Court suite 6, 240 North Central Ave, Staunton.

National Astronomy Day: Stokesville Observatory Open House
About: Astronomy Day is an annual event in the United States intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. National Astronomy Day is on April 25, 2015. Event: there will be an Open House at the Stokesville Observatory which is sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Stargazers astronomy club and free to the public. A scope clinic will begin at 7pm for those who want help with their own telescope. After sunset the observatory and club member telescopes will be available for the public to enjoy. Directions to the observatory can be found at or you can call (540)248-6293 for information or the Parks and Recreation office at (540) 332-3945.

Rec Biz

Starting a Small Business
If you had to pitch your business idea in 30 seconds to win over an important customer, could you do it? If you went in to apply for your business license, would they tell you to go back a few steps first? Are you ready to turn your awesome idea into a successful business? This class will give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence to do all of this and more… and have some fun in the process! Instructor: Staunton Creative Community Fund.
#5193 MHPC 6–7:30pm, January 12
#5194 MHPC 6–7:30pm, April 13
Price: Free, but please let us know you are coming:
(540) 332-3945.

Business Plan Basics
Putting together a solid business plan is one of the best things you can do to ensure a strong foundation and lasting success for your start-up or existing business. As part of this class you will walk through all of the elements that should be included in a strong business plan, including your business concept, a description of your products and services, management structure, marketing plan, financial projections, and more!!! Instructor: Staunton Creative Community Fund #5195 MHPC 6–7:30pm, February 9. Price: Free, but please let us know you are coming: (540) 332-3945.

Funding Your Business
We will cover not only traditional business loans, but other
exciting funding options, including- Virginia Individual
Development Accounts, which offer a matched-savings program for up to $6,000; crowdfunding, via platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, which allows you to raise money online from friends, families, and the community at large, and more!! Instructor: Staunton Creative Community Fund. #5196 MHPC 6–7:30pm, March 16. Price: Free, but please let us know you are coming: (540) 332-3945.

Social Security: Your Questions Answered
If you are 55 and older and have the following social security
questions than this class is for you! When should I start taking my social security? Why should I wait? Am I able to still work and take my social security? Sarah Fowler a retired school teacher and current Edward Jones financial advisor discusses how social security fits into your retirement income plan including when to take it and important tax considerations. #5197 MHPC 7–8pm, April 7. Price: $5. Register by: April 3.

Health and Self

Aromatherapy Blending Series
So you love Essential Oils, but what on earth can you do with them besides just enjoying the smell? Join us for a few evenings of Aromatherapy Blending and find out! We will begin each workshop by learning about the oil profiles for each Essential Oil that we are working with, and then you get to create your own blends & products to take home and enjoy. Age 18+. GHPGC 6–8pm. Price: $30/session or $75 for all three (all supplies included). *Please note* We will be smelling a lot of essential oils and working to create our own blends, so please do not wear any perfumes or other scented products as that may interfere with the process. #5221 whole series.

Part 1 Aromatherapy Blending for Cleaning
#5198 February 24. Register by: February 18.

Part 2 Aromatherapy Blending for Skin and Beauty
#5199 March 3. Register by: February 25.

Part 3 Aromatherapy Blending for Health and Wellness
#5200 March 10. Register by: March 4.

Learn American Sign Language
This course teaches the basic communication skills in American Sign Language. Along with an array of vocabulary, you will also learn specific etiquettes of deaf culture, such as facial expressions and classifiers. Be able to develop an expressive language and improve on receptive abilities. Age 16+. Instructor: Amy Tussing. #5201 MHPC 5:30–7pm, eight Thursdays beginning January 22. Price: $94. Register by: January 19.

Advanced Sign Language
This class developed out of a demand for further education in learning sign language. This class is for those who have already taken our learn American sign language class or already have basic knowledge and practice. In this class you will build upon the basics to improve your vocabulary as well as overall understanding of sign language and deaf culture. Age 16+. Instructor: Amy Tussing. #5202 MHPC 7:30–9pm, eight Thursdays beginning January 22. Price: $94. Register by: January 19.

Get Rid of the Ick: Emotional Release
Some emotions can be like Velcro in the mind: you just can’t unstick yourself from them! Anger, anxiety, fear and other uncomfortable emotional states can impact you physically. Come talk about what emotions are for, why it’s important to let them go and, most importantly, an easy way to release them. Age: 13+. Instructor: Anne Buzzelli of BuzzNutrition. #5203 MHPC 6–7:30pm, January 26. Price: $5. Register by: ASAP.

The Heart is Not a Pump
Come learn the intriguing true tale of the heart! If the heart does not pump your blood, what does it do? And what pumps your blood? Learn why the heart is your “third brain,” as well as some specific methods you can use to enhance your “heart energy.” All ages. Instructor: Anne Buzzelli of BuzzNutrition. #5204 MHPC 6–7:30pm, February 17. Price: $5. Register by: ASAP.

Questions, Answers and What You Need to Know about Your Car
Would you like to know more about your car and understand the repair industry? Learn how to ask better questions and have peace of mind when you open your wallet. Q & A with a REAL MECHANIC about your car. Instructor: Richard Clavin. #5205 MHPA 1–3pm, April 11. Price: $10 (how much was your last car repair bill?). Register by: April 3.

Getting to know Medicare
Learn the A, B, C’s, & D of Medicare. Rebecca Coss of Old Dominion Insurance will educate participants about what Medicare is and what it can do for you. Learn how to manage your healthcare as well as supplement options. Learn how to manage prescriptions and make your healthcare more affordable. Age 62+. #5206 MHPC 6–7:30pm, April 21. Price: $5. Register by: April 15.

Genealogy: Find Your Roots

Beginning Genealogy
Genealogy, aka Family History is the second most popular
hobby in America. Join us as we learn the basic foundation
needed to begin searching for your ancestors. Debra
Fischer of Genealogical Appointments will teach beginners
how to fill out a pedigree chart, family group sheets and
research logs to begin your search. Start a lifelong hobby!
Age 18+. #5207 MHPA 11am–noon, four Mondays beginning February 2. Price: $54. Register by: January 28.

Genealogy: Surfing the Net at 3am
Learn some of the ins and outs of searching for your
ancestors on the internet. What sites might be free and
what sites need your credit card. Can I find my ancestors
who were living in the old country without having to book
a flight there? Learn the art of saving and printing the
documents that you find. Bring along a laptop, tablet or
USB flash drive. Instructor: Debra Fischer of Genealogical
Appointments. Age 18+. #5208 MHPA 11am–1pm,
March 2. Price: $39. Register by: February 25.

I Found This Genealogy Document, Now What?
You have searched many places and while you have
accumulated various information, are you really dissecting
it for all its worth? What are we finding on those census
schedules, vital records and the likes thereof? Debra
Fischer of Genealogical Appointments will help you answer
some of those questions and more on how to move forward
from those documents. Bring to the workshop some records
that you have collected and let’s tear them apart. Age 18+.
#5209 MHPA 11am–1pm, March 9. Price: $39. Register by: March 4.

Genealogy: Organize It Now
And the papers keep piling up all over. Where was that
document that I needed? With this workshop you will be
taught how to organize your masses of paper that you
have compiled. Learn how to organize your computer
area while coordinating it with your physical file cabinet
and your software program. Bring either your laptop or
a flash drive along with either a pedigree chart or family
group sheets. Instructor: Debra Fischer of Genealogical
Appointments. Age 18+. #5210 MHPA 11am–1pm,
March 16. Price $39. Register by: March 11.

Life Organization

I am Overwhelmed by Paper

Do you have too much paper lying around the house or
office? Do you get overwhelmed with emails and to-do
lists? Do you have an effective filing system for important
papers in your home or office? Professional Organizer,
Kathryn McMillan will teach you how to effectively manage
every piece of paper you come in contact with and set up
simple organizing systems to deal with emails and files for
your home or office. #5211 MHPC 6–8pm, February 10.
Price: $20. Register by: February 6.

There is Too Much Stuff in My Space
Do you get anxious when you look at a particular area
and see all of the clutter? Kathryn McMillan professional
organizer will teach you the basics of de-cluttering and
space organizing for any room in your home and give you
practical storage solutions. #5212 MHPC 6–8pm, April 14.
Price: $20. Register by: April 8.

Downsizing Made Easy
If the thought of downsizing leaves you terrified you will
want to attend this class! Kathryn McMillan, Professional
Organizer, assists many people through this process and
will share with you the tricks and tips she uses to make
this process easier. #5213 MHPC 6–7:30pm, March 24.
Price: $20. Register by: March 20.

Ducks in a Row
The best gift you can leave your loved ones is an
organized estate at your journey’s end. Learn how to
address important matters that can save you and your
family lots of time, money, and extra work. Prior planning
can also save family from discord and disagreements. This
course includes options for preparing a will, organizing
family memorabilia, burial/cremation preferences,
distribution of belongings, financial planning, and much
more! Price includes book, planner, and instruction.
Instructor: Mary Ann Stripling. #5214 MHPC 6–8pm,
three Wednesdays beginning April 8. Price: $50.
Register by: April 1.

Mixed Bag

Amazing Magic and Illusion
Have you ever wanted to be a magician? Do you like to
entertain your friends and family? This is the class for you! Our Amazing Magic and Illusion Class will be a hands on interactive environment where you will learn some amazing “behind the scenes” magic and illusions. Each student will learn, create, and have a chance to perform the great magic that will be taught by Brian Bence. So, if you are an aspiring magician or just want to learn some cool magic basics, we hope you check it out! Price includes magic kit. All ages. #5215 GHPGC, 6–7:30pm, four Thursdays beginning February 26. Price: $39. Register by: February 20.

Record /Cassette Tape Interest Group
Still like the feel of that record or cassette tape in your hands? Do you proudly display your music collection and understand the awesomeness of having the record covers, art inserts, and musical “package” of an album (maybe even in alphabetical order..we won’t judge). If you are a music lover and would like to share, sell, or swap your records and cassettes then come to Montgomery Hall Park Activity Room on January 20 at 6:30pm.

Introduction to the Piano and Piano Tuning
Have you ever wondered what exactly is going on inside of that piano sitting in your living room? Are you curious about how it works and how to properly tune it? This class provides instruction on the inner workings of an upright piano or grand piano and how to properly tune this instrument. Choose from one of two sessions or both. #5219 First session will meet 2–3:30pm three Wednesdays beginning February 4. #5220 Second session will meet 7–8:30pm three Thursdays beginning April 9. Classes will meet at GeSHENKe gallery at 240 North Central Avenue, Suite 6 in Staunton. Price: $79. Register by: ASAP.




Nelson Street Teen Center
Boys & Girls Club, (540) 213-6559

Gypsy Hill Park Gym
Monday: Women’s Open Gym 6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday: Men’s 30+ Open Gym Basketball 7-9pm
Monday through Thursday: After School Open Gym TBA
Friday & Saturday: When posted or available
Sunday: B-Division Volleyball Open Gym (18+) 6:30-9:30pm
Dates and times are subject to change when recreation leagues and school sports begin. Other times are subject to change by request and reservation. Gym hours may also be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Booker T. Washington

Yarn, Hook, Thimble Circle
Do you want to learn how to sew, knit, or crochet? Discover new techniques and materials or practice your craft in this laid back environment. Free, No Registration Required. 12:30pm-3pm, Tuesdays at BTWCC. For more information: (540) 332-3991

Mat Pack Wrestling
6:15pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays at BTWCC.
For information, call Coach Jessie West at (540) 849-9017

Rhythm and Blues from 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s
Join us for this monthly class where we listen to oldie records as well as discuss artists, record labels, and the history of Rhythm & Blues from early to mid-1900’s. Instructor: Al Leichter Free- No Registration Required. 5:30pm-6:30pm, 1st Tuesdays of the Month at BTWCC. For more information: (540) 332-3991

The Big Squeeze
Did you know that 1 out of every 3 adults have high blood pressure? High blood pressure can permanently damage your heart and can lead to heart attacks and heart failure. Come have your blood pressure checked! Free blood pressure screenings and health education. 6–7pm. 1st Tuesday of the month in February, April, June, August, and October in 2015. This program is in partnership with Augusta Health.

Free Income Tax Preparation Service
Valley VITA will be offering free tax preparation of both
federal and state income tax returns for eligible taxpayers
with income of $51,000 or less. This service will be available at Booker T. Washington Community Center in Staunton on Thursday evenings (4–8pm) from February- April. Preparers are IRS trained and certified. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins will be accepted if time is available. For more information or to schedule an appointment at any of the locations, call Deb at (540) 221-1654.

Montgomery Hall

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.








MHP- Montgomery Hall Park
Montgomery Hall Park Conference Room
Montgomery Hall Park Activity Room
Gypsy Hill Park Gym
Gypsy Hill Park Garden Center
Nelson Street Teen Center
Booker T. Washington Community Center

Would you like to teach a class or see a certain program offered?

Staunton Parks & Recreation is always looking for responsible new program instructors with innovative and creative ideas.

To submit a Program Proposal, go HERE.

For more information, or to discuss an idea, please contact Steve Taetzsch at or (540)332-3945

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