Classes & Workshops
Summer 2016 Classes and Programs
ChildcareCamp Staunton: Spark Creativity
June 13-August 5
We take great care in the hiring process by only interviewing qualified and mature staff. The majority of our employees have been with Staunton Parks and Recreation for over 10 years. Our Park Setting makes us unique from some of our counterparts who use institutional settings. We have acres of green space, state-of-the-art playgrounds, woods to hike, outdoor sport courts and fishing lakes. We value creativity and have researched the many ways play in the outdoors enhances creativity in children. The Enrichment and activities we provide are exceptional. Choices and Interests: Your child will chose from many activities like archery, creative writing, flag football, hiking, disc golf and cooking. We take Field Trips to various fun and exciting places, such as Boxerwood Gardens and Museums. Does your child need Exercise? Whether it is organized or unorganized play, there is no way around it. We play numerous recreational activities each day. Age Matters! It’s all about the age and appropriate activities for each age group which includes field trips. We separate our three camps according to age. The Staunton Parks and Recreation Summer Playground program has been in operation for over 30 years. Our reputation precedes us, just ask any previous summer playground parent or camper about our summer playground program. Register for the entire 8 week program, or pre-register for certain weeks. Program Fees: $620 pre-paid for 8 weeks, OR $90 weekly. Registration begins Monday, February 29 at 8am at the Irene Givens Administration Building in Montgomery Hall Park
HEART: Healthy Environmental Afterschool Recreation Time
The HEART afterschool program is a latchkey program that provides a home away from home to children of working parents. Concerns about safety and being home alone or under-supervised is a good reason to enroll your child in this program. We have little staff turnover from year to year giving us confidence that your child’s caregiver is both qualified and trustworthy. We have known each member of our child care staff for at least five years and they have extensive training and experience. They understand that parents want their children to be kept safe and feel acceptance and belonging. Most of our staff are parents and grandparents themselves, which can be very reassuring given staff maturity is the common denominator when establishing security and trust in a caregiver relationship. The HEART program has quite a tradition with its roots beginning 30 years ago with the first pilot program at McSwain Elementary School. We have since branched out to each elementary school in Staunton and have developed a credible and professional reputation. This year we are continuing with our enrichment to enhance what is already provided by the Staunton City Schools bookmobile activities, contracted creation artist Sandra Carter and our favorite animated storytellers Brenda and Diana from the Staunton Public Library. Registration is now being taken. Afternoon HEART is $126 per month. Morning HEART is $27 per month, both together are $140 per month. For any questions regarding the HEART program, please contact Claire Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 332-3945.
YouthThe Explorers Club
Parents, are you ready for new activities and adventures with your kiddos? Join us once a month as we explore new places in and around Staunton, such as the hiking trails at Montgomery Hall Park, visiting the Staunton Fire Station and local farms. Information can be found on our Staunton Parks and Recreation Facebook page. Parent/guardian must remain present with children. Ages 5 and under. Trips held 10amnoon on the third Friday of the month. Price: $10 membership fee (includes an Explorers Club t-shirt). There may be an additional fee per trip estimated at $5, however most trips will not have an extra cost. For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation office at (540) 332-3945.
Sensory Play DIY
This class is designed for 3-6 year olds and their parents to create some easy sensory play activities that can be recreated at home! Example projects include scented play dough, cloud dough, and bubbles. Let’s involve all 5 senses in this playtime experience! Parents will receive recipes to take home and recreate! (All scented projects will use essential oils). Instructor: Nicole Dodge of Valley Family Wellness & Chiropractic. #5600 MHPA 1011am, July 23. Price: $12.50. Register by: July 15
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 10-11am or 4-5pm, please indicate which time slot you would like when registering. Third Wednesday of the month May-August. Price: $34. #5601 You Are My Sunshine: May 18. Register by: ASAP #5602 One Fish, Two Fish: June 15. Register by: June10 #5603 Flag and Fireworks: July 20. Register by: July 15 #5604 Safari Fun: August 17. Register by: August 12
Use the wool from sheep to make an incredible creature straight out of your imagination. The fibers of wool are combined with soap and water and lots of rubbing to make it stick together like fabric. It’s so much fun and we get to make a mess without getting in trouble! Children of all ages welcome (parent assist with ages 5 and below). Classes held at Artful Gifts, LLC at 6 Byers St., Historic Wharf District. Price: $18
#5605 May 28, 4-6 pm. Register by: May 20
This week-long innovative STEM camp provides participants with the tools, products (w/complete electronic package), instructions and coaching to enable participants to build their very own Remote Controlled (RC) aircraft. Learn the basic function of each part and how they team up to influence the flight. Practice your takeoffs and landings on the classroom flight simulator to get ready to “safely” pilot your new aircraft. This Monday through Friday 15-hour camp provides a unique hands-on experience of “how to” build, fly and maintain your very own creation that will certainly make an impact on your summer and beyond. #5609 MHP 1-4pm, July 11-15. Price: $225. Register by: June 24
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 will take place directly after the youth fishing derby. Lake Tams 11am, May 7. Price: Free.
Finding the ‘Paw’fect Dog for You
Hey Kids…are you looking to get a new best friend that’s a dog? Then take this class to help you decide which dog is right for you! This class is designed for 6-12 year olds. Learn about different breeds, doggy stats such as height, weight, and things they like, as well as what type of care they need. Receive a special surprise for your new best friend. Instructors: Izaiah Reed and Makeba Robinson #5610 GHPGC 1-2pm, August 20. Price: $9. Register by: August 17
(SAQ) Speed, Agility, and Quickness- Athletic Training for Youth
In this 6 week off-season strength and conditioning program, youth athletes will perform fun drills designed to discretely train and improve performance. This program is ideal for football players in preparation for the upcoming season. Participants will utilize multi-joint exercises, plyometrics, and field drills focusing on speed, agility, and quickness which helps to improve balance, coordination, and muscular endurance. Desired outcomes also include an improved neuromuscular system which creates quicker response times, as well as efficient movements aiming to reduce potential injuries. Instructor: Certified Personal Trainer Christopher Wright. MHP lower field, six Mondays and Tuesdays beginning June 13 and ending July 26. There will be a break for the week of July 4. Price: $135. Register by: June 6
#5611 6-7 yr. olds 12-1pm
#5612 8-13 yr. olds 10:15-11:45am
#5613 14-18yr. olds 8:30-10am
The Stretch-n-Grow cheerleading program is designed to teach the fundamental skills needed for cheerleading routines. In this beginner’s class, learn cheerleading skills like arm motions, jumps, and fun cheers. We will also emphasize the importance of regular exercise as a lifetime habit, and teach stretching and exercises to increase flexibility. Each child will receive a set of pom-poms and a routine booklet during the first class. Children should be dressed appropriately for exercise. Instructor: Stephanie Taylor. GHPGC six Tuesdays beginning August 16. Price: $50. Register by: August 10
#5614 Part A 5:30-6pm, for ages 3.5 to 4
#5615 Part B 6:15-6:45pm, for ages 5 to 9
This cheer class is aimed towards girls who have had a brief introduction to cheer, and some previous experience with cheer moves. However, this will still be geared towards overall beginners. We will have a brief review of basic cheer components and then focus on learning a couple of cheers, as well as 1-2 cheer dances to go along with music. Pom-poms and booklets will be provided. Please dress appropriately for activity. Ages 8-12. Instructor: Stephanie Taylor. #5616 GHPGC 7-7:30pm six Tuesdays beginning August 16. Price: $50. Register by: August 10
Gypsy Hill Walking Club
Augusta Health operates this program
This free walking program is for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! Join us on the first Saturday of each month this summer at 8:30am in Gypsy Hill Park for an hour-long walk led by a local physician. Kick-off date is April 2 at the Bandstand. Participants will receive a free pedometer and t-shirt!
CreativityPaint w/Diane “For the Birds”
Join Diane for a fun day of learning how to paint “For the Birds,” a Brenda Harris design. Two birdhouses surrounded by beautiful flowering shrubs in a garden on an 11 x 14 canvas using water based oils and sea sponges to tap in shrubs. For beginners or the fun at heart. All supplies included. Instructor: Diane Ricketson of Paint4FUN®™. Age: 18+. #5629 GHPGC 9:30am-3:30pm (bring lunch and drink), June 11. Price $54. Register by: June 1
Paint w/Diane “Ocean Dusk”
Join Diane for a fun day of learning how to paint “Ocean Dusk”, a Wilson Bickford design. Using water based oils on an 11 x 14 canvas; students will create this beautiful ocean scene. This painting class is for beginners or the fun at heart. All supplies included. Instructor: Diane Ricketson of Paint4FUN®™. Age: 14+ #5630 MHPA 9:30am-3:30pm (bring lunch and drink), July 9. Price $54. Register by: June 29
Bring your favorite sweat shirt and we will re-design it into a jacket and make a striking signature piece. This will be the most comfortable and most eye-catching piece in your wardrobe. Using the dry method of felting, we will use a specialized barbed needle to embellish your “new” jacket that will be just right as the sun goes down this summer! (You provide the sweatshirt and we’ll provide button(s) and a wonderful assortment of colored embellishments). Classes held at Artful Gifts, LLC at 6 Byers St., Historic Wharf District. Price: $55
#5631 May 19, 5-8pm. Register by: May 13
#5632 June 9, 5-8pm. Register by: June 3
#5633 July 21, 5-8pm. Register by: July 15
#5634 Aug 11, 5-8pm. Register by: August 5
Intro to Machine Sewing/ Learning How to Sew
This is a 4 week class that will get you well on your way to starting your new sewing hobby. Learn how to use your machine for your own basic sewing projects. The first class will focus on tackling the sewing machine itself, class 2 you will cover hemming, class 3 will include sewing from a pattern, and then the last class will be hand stitching. All ages welcome (children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult for no additional charge). Instructor: Angela Brady of ‘Craftations by Angela Brady’. MHPA 6:30-7:30pm. Price: $85. #5635 Four Tuesdays beginning May 10. Register by: ASAP #5636 Four Tuesdays beginning June 7. Register by: June 1
Distressing and Antiquing Furniture
Do you have that great piece of furniture in need of a makeover? Would you like it to have that highly fashionable “distressed” or “antiqued” look? If so come join us to learn the many techniques for giving your old furniture a new look! Ages: 18+. Instructor: Angela Brady of Craftations. 9am-noon. Price: $105
#5637 MHPA May 14. Register by: ASAP
#5638 GHPGC June 18. Register by: June 10
Creating Primitive Décor
Do you LOVE primitive décor but don’t want to pay outrageous prices for it? Check this class out! We will learn how to create grunge candles, lighted rag garland, silicone bulbs, aging techniques, and much more. No self-pinterest fails here! Ages 18+. Intstructor: Angela Brady of ‘Craftations by Angela Brady’. MHPA 6:30-8pm. Price: $85
#5639 Four Thursdays beginning June 9. Register by: June 1
#5640 Four Thursdays beginning July 14. Register by: July 8
Getting Your Camera Out Of Automatic Mode
This camera workshop will teach you all about camera settings and how to use them to create beautiful photos. You will also discover how to adjust your camera’s settings in different lighting situations. Students will need to bring their own camera, DSLR preferred, but not necessary. Point and shoot cameras can be used. Instructor: #5641 MHPA 1-4pm, July 23. Price: $59. Register by: July 15
A fun and collaborative course for teens, adults, and seniors to experiment with different types of creative writing! Meet other aspiring writers, get feedback on your work, and try new things in a supportive environment. All students should plan to bring two printed copies of the week’s challenge to each class. Instructor: Erika Zipser. #5642 MHPC 7-8:30pm, Five Wednesdays beginning July 27. Price: $42. Register by: July 20
Beginning Wheel/Intermediate Pottery
Students will work closely with instructor on elements of throwing pots, such as centering, pulling, and trimming on the wheel. When not using the wheel, more advanced hand-building will be available. This is high fired stoneware with a selection of glazes. Instructor: Mary Tuttle. #5643 MHP 6-8pm, four Mondays beginning August 8. Price: $49. Register by: July 29
Music and Glass Ceramic Painting in Gypsy Hill Park
Enjoy TWO relaxing past times in the beautiful outdoors, tunes and art in the park! The Crafty Fox will be offering ceramic or glass painting on alternating months and alternating bandstand music throughout the summer. Whatever your choice, ceramic or glass painting, all supplies will be included and every completed project is food safe and completely useful. All you need to bring is your creativity! Ages: 18+. Instructor: Rebecca Razul of The Crafty Fox Cville. GHP Bandstand.
#5644 Glass 7:30-9pm, June 13. Price: $20
#5645 Ceramics 6:30- 8pm, July 12. Price: $26 or $34 depending on piece you select.
#5646 Glass 6:30-8pm, July 27. Price: $20
#5647 Ceramics 6:30-8pm, August 11. Price: $26 or $34 depending on piece you select.
Pottery for Beginners
Explore your own creativity in 3D! Each person will make several high-fired, functional pieces that can be used or just enjoyed as art. The basic properties of clay will be covered as well as the historical uses and significance of pottery. Hand built technique will be used. Beware: once you start pottery you may not be able to stop! Families, singles, pairs, all welcome. Instructor: Mary Tuttle whose jewelry can be purchased at the Smith center and Virginia Made. Age 14+. #5648 MHP 6–8pm, four Mondays beginning June 6. Price: $35. Register by: May 27
Let’s Make Feta Cheese
Edible Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation Workshop
In this workshop discover easy, low-cost methods for growing delicious gourmet mushrooms such as shiitake, garden giant, and oyster. Learn how to inoculate logs and wood chip beds so that you can harvest mushrooms right from your garden year after year! Rain or shine! Class held at AMI Urban Farm on the campus of Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind. 113 New Hope Rd. Staunton, VA. Instructor: Charlie Aller. #5651 10am-1pm, May 21. Price: $15. Register by: ASAP
First Fridays Open Music Session at Montgomery Hall
Map and Compass/Backcountry Navigation Clinic
Dawg Pound Y'all
Savvy Sniffers Scent Detection School
Nelson Street Teen Center
Boys & Girls Club, (540) 213-6559
Gypsy Hill Park Gym
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
Boys & Girls Club, (540) 213-6559
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) 332-3945
6:15pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays at BTWCC.
For information, call Coach Jessie West at (540) 849-9017
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. MHPA, 1-4pm on Thursdays.
Price: $10 per brochure.
James Corbett - CorbettJR@ci.staunton.va.us
MHP- Montgomery Hall Park
MHPC- Montgomery Hall Park Conference Room
MHPA- Montgomery Hall Park Activity Room
GHPG- Gypsy Hill Park Gym
GHPGC-Gypsy Hill Park Garden Center
NSTC- Nelson Street Teen Center
BTWCC- Booker T. Washington Community Center
Would you like to teach a class or see a certain program offered?
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