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2014 Fall Brochure click HERE.

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



Dog Behavior and Training
Do you have a dog with issues? Do you have a good dog and want to help him/her be even BETTER? This course is designed for anyone looking to have a harmonious and balanced relationship with their dog. Jessica Troop of The Balanced Dog LLC will teach the basics of dog behavior, including how to stop unwanted behavior and increase desirable behavior. Bring your dog out of the house and over to Gypsy Hill Park for this fun class. Meet other doggies and their owners! You will have the opportunity to address specific concerns during class. Please bring proof of current vaccinations. Space limited! Age 10+ but parent/guardian must be present. #5100 GHP 6–7pm, four Wednesdays beginning September 24. Price: $69/per family. Register by: September 19

Canine Scent Detection
The nose knows! Michelle Carter of Leader of the Pack Dog Training develops your dog’s natural scenting abilities through fun and games. By practicing basic search dog 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. Please call Staunton Parks and Recreation for registration and details. Age 18+. #5101 6:30–7:30pm, five Thursdays beginning October 2. Price: $109. Register by: September 29


Get Organized for the Holidays

If you want to enjoy the holidays with friends and family instead of dreading them, I have solutions and tips that guarantee you will have a Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Kathryn McMillan of Clutter Conversions has designed this class specifically to help you overcome the stress of the holidays through time management and organization techniques. #5102 MHPC 6–8pm, October 1. Price: $20. Register by: September 26

Where Does the Time Go?
Always in a rush and never enough time for you? Are you always in a hurry to be somewhere, doing something for someone else or rushing to get ready in the mornings? Kathryn McMillan of Clutter Conversions will teach you basic time management skills to get you through the day, week, and year. Knowing these skills will help you achieve the things you want to accomplish heading into the holidays and New Year! #5103 MHPA 6–8pm, November 4 and 18. Price: $35. Register by: October 31

It’s all about My Kitchen
Learn how a kitchen should be organized, the various zones, and meal planning. Kathryn McMillan of Clutter Conversions will educate participants on how to prepare enough menus to last you through two months, as well as grocery lists for each month. Bring a list of your family’s favorite meals or a couple of your favorite recipes and cookbooks. #5104 MHPC 6–8pm, October 7 and October 21. Price: $35. Register by: October 1

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. #5105 MHPC 6–8pm, three Thursdays beginning October 23. Price: $50. Register by: October 17


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+. #5106 MHPA 11am–noon, four Mondays beginning October 20. Price: $48. Register by: October 15

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+. #5107 MHPA 12:30–2:30pm, November 3. Price: $37. Register by: October 29

I Found This Genealogy Document Now What?
You have searched many places and while you have amassed piles of papers are you really dissecting them for all that they are worth? What are we finding on those census schedules, vital records and the likes there of? 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+. #5108 MHPA 12:30–2:30pm, November 10. Price: $37. Register by: November 5

Genealogy: Organize It Now
And the papers keep piling up all over. First on the desk, then expansion to the kitchen table, finally onto the floor. Where was that document that I needed? With this workshop you will be taught how to organize your masses of paper that you have accumulated. 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 stick along with either a pedigree chart or family group sheets. Instructor: Debra Fischer of Genealogical Appointments. Age 18+. #5109 MHPA 12:30–2:30pm, November 17. Price: $37. Register by: November 12


Hand Dipping Candles
Discover this age old craft using minimal equipment, and various waxes. The technique is simple, and the results beautiful. These candles make wonderful Christmas gifts and will fit in well with your other decorations. Instructor: DeDe Stroup. #5110 MHPA 6–8:30pm, December 2. Price: $26. Register by: November 24

Paint: Winter Chickadee 11x14 Canvas
Paint a beautiful winter chickadee bird on a snow covered branch with red berries. You will complete an 11x14 canvas oil painting to take home and frame or give as a gift. This painting class is for beginners or the fun at heart. All supplies included. Instructor: Diane Ricketson of Paint 4fun. #5111 GHPGC 9:30am-3:30pm, November 1. Price $54. Register by: October 24

sARTurdays in the Fall
Join us this fall on the second Saturday of every month for an art project at the Gypsy Hill Park Garden Center. This class is for all ages and a fun way to get out of the house and be creative. Instructor: Sandra Carter. 10am-noon at the Gypsy Hill Park Garden Center. Ages 6+
#5112 October 11: Spooky Gingerbread House
Price: $15. Register by: October 1
#5113 November 8: Mosaic Trays
Price: $15. Register by: October 29
#5114 December 13: Candy Tree
Price: $15. Register by: December 3

Beginner’s Pottery
This class will offer students the opportunity to explore their 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 significance of pottery. Historical uses of pottery will be covered. 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+. #5115 NSTC 6–8pm, four Mondays beginning September 22. Price: $35. Register by: September 17

You can do it! Create a Life You Love Through Collage
Tap into your subconscious and achieve your goals through collage art therapy. Using magazines we will explore goals you have for your life as well as issues of self-esteem, & self-acceptance. All materials provided. Students are encouraged to bring snacks and magazines to share. Join us for all four sessions or feel free to drop-in on just one. Instructor: Joy Boardman of Planet Joy. #5116 MHPA 4–5:45pm, four classes on Thursdays starting October 23. Price: 2 hOURs per each class, or $15 per each class. Please let us know if you are paying in hOURs: (540) 332-3945. Register by: October 17

English Paper Piecing: A Hand Piecing Technique for Quilts and Textiles
Join Maureen Gray experienced quilter and Laurie Gunderson proprietor of Appalachian Piecework for this fun informative class. Learn how to hand stitch fabrics into beautiful designs using a paper foundation. What you create can be used in a quilt, pillow, bag, or any textile you desire. We will make designs using the popular hexagon shape, affectionately known as “Hexies”, and discuss other possibilities. It is recommended that you have some hand stitching experience. Class will take place at Appalachian Piecework located at the train station, 38 Middlebrook Ave. Age 18+. #5117 1–3pm, September 17 and October 1. Price: $49. Register by: September 10


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.

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. Instructor: Zoe Berg. MHPA 6–7pm on Mondays, ongoing class. Next 8 week session starts October 6, or drop in immediately. Price: $38 per 8 weeks. Drop-in Price: $7 Register: ASAP

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 6–7:15pm, on Wednesdays, ongoing class. Next 8 week session starts October 8. Price: $38 per 8 weeks. Drop-in price: $7. Register: ASAP

Morning Warm-ups with Jolene
This on-going class is great for seniors with tired muscles and as a follow-up for physical therapy. Bring hand weights, exercise mats and resistant bands. Healthy eating and diet tips are also shared. Men and women invited! 50+ Instructor: Jolene Dewey. GHPG 9–10am on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Price: $32 per 12 classes. Ongoing class. Register: ASAP

Gypsy Hill Walking Club
Watch the fall leaves change color and your health change for the better as you record your miles while walking in the park. Join our Gypsy Hill walking club and get out and move. We will meet on Friday mornings at 9am at the bandstand. Participants may walk and record their miles any time and at their convenience. Participants are not obligated to come every Friday morning, however walking and burning calories can be more fun with a friend. Using the honor system, walkers will record miles on a formatted slip of paper that can be found at the drop box by the bandstand. Participants and their miles will be updated weekly and can be viewed on the Staunton Parks and Recreation website. At the end of the fall season there will be a ceremonial final walk and we will award specific colored t-shirts acknowledging participants’ milestones and accomplishments. The inaugural walk will be Friday, September 12 and our final “chilly” walk November 21 at 9am. All ages. #5118 GHP 9am beginning September 12. Price: $10. Register by: ASAP

Booty Barre
Are you tired of exercising and not seeing results? If you need a change, Booty Barre may be just for you. 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. The instructor for this class is Sheree Kiser and class will be held at her fitness studio Be Well Fitness behind Terry Court, for ages 15 and older. #5119 6–7pm, beginning Wednesday evenings September 17 and also Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings at 9:30am. Price: $60 for 6 punches. Punches can be used for either Booty Barre or Pilates Mat offered at Be Well Fitness. Punches must be used between the following dates September 15, 2014 and November 17, 2014. Please register with Staunton Parks & Rec..

Pilates Mat
Want a stronger core and want to feel better when you move? Want to stand taller and perform daily activities with ease? Pilates Mat class could assist you in reaching these goals. Come 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, for ages 15 and older. #5120 6–7pm, Mondays starting September 15. Price: $60 for 6 punches. Punches can be used for either Booty Barre or Pilates Mat offered at Be Well Fitness. Punches must be used between September 15, 2014 and November 17, 2014. Please register with Staunton Parks and Recreation.

Baby Wearing Workout Group
Are you a baby 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, September 23. Please call to let us know you are coming: (540) 332-3945


Vaccine Information Session: Asking the Right Questions

Chiropractic Neurologist Andrew Dodge will present an information-packed lecture to parents with facts and questions to ask about vaccinations for their families. This session is neither pro- nor anti-vaccination, but attempts to be an unbiased look to allow parents to make informed decisions. This is the type of information no parent should be without! #5121 Staunton Library, 7–8:45pm, November 3. Price: Free. Register by: October 31

Nutrition Before and After Pregnancy
Food choices have a major impact on ‘Team MomBaby’ long before conception... and the strong influence continues through breastfeeding! (And let’s not forget food’s impact on Dad.) We’ll discuss how to use food to achieve a healthy, comfortable pregnancy, along with supplement ideas and preventative blood testing. Instructor: Anne Buzzelli of Buzz Nutrition. #5122 MHPA 6–8pm, November 20. Price: $15. Register by: November 17

The Heart is NOT a Pump
What is the heart for? To throb for a crush; to ache when love’s lost; to tirelessly pump life-giving blood through your body... But what if the last bit were not true? What if the heart is NOT a pump!? If not, then what is it? And what does pump the blood? Come learn the intriguing true tale of the heart: its true role in the body, what actually does pump your blood and what vital nutrient assists the body in circulation. Instructor: Anne Buzzelli of Buzz Nutrition. #5123 MHPC 6–8pm, December 4. Price: $15. Register by: December 1

Amazing Thyroid
Learn about the Thyroid’s link to: weight gain or loss, fatigue, stress, depression, lack of energy, mental sluggishness, low body temperature, intolerance to cold, and more! Thyroid dysfunction can be a hidden cause of neck pain and other aches and pains. Learn natural ways to help restore healthy thyroid and endocrine function. Instructor: Don Wetsel, MA, LAc, and Susanna Wetsel, DC, DABCN of Health TLC. Age 15+. #5124 Staunton Library 7–8:45pm, September 11. Price: Free, but please let us know you are coming: (540) 332-3945

Introduction to Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Safety
Aromatherapy is one of the fastest growing fields of complementary healthcare, but what is it really and how do you use it? Join Hope Staton of Integrative Health Therapies for an evening to learn about what Aromatherapy is, how essential oils are processed and how to use them for yourself and your family safely and effectively. There will also be an opportunity for you to experience many of the oils for yourself. Come enjoy the aromatic wonders! #5126 MHPC 6–7:30pm, October 14. Price: Free, but please let us know you are coming: (540) 332-3945

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 affordable. Age 62+. #5127 MHPC 6–7:30pm, September 18. Free, but please let us know you are coming: (540) 332-3945


The Art of Conversation
Have you noticed how other people can make you feel energized or drained, inspired or apathetic? Much of that effect may come from their conversation style. Conversation is about much more than trading words. It’s how we connect as people and share our ideas and concerns. From small talk to navigating difficult conversations, we’ll discuss ways to engage, respect and enjoy people though our style of conversation. Instructor: Anne Buzzelli of Buzz Nutrition. #5128 Staunton Library 6–7:30pm, October 22. Price: Free, but please let us know you are coming: (540)332-3945

Craving Change
“I know what to eat, but I just can’t seem to do it!” Does this sound like you? If so, your relationship with food might need some improvement! Craving Change is designed to do exactly that. It is a workshop series intended to help you understand why you eat the way you do. Melinda Martin, RD of The Home Cooked Dietitian will teach you to identify your personal eating triggers and how to respond to them appropriately, which can result in a healthier you! #5129 GHPGC 6:15–8pm, four Tuesdays beginning September 23. Price: $35 includes a workbook. Register by: September 17

Labor Support Massage
Bring massage and relaxation to your childbirth! Learn how massage can help reduce the need for pain medications, soothe your contractions, and become more centered. A great supportive class to bring you closer through your birthing experience. For moms and dads “to be” and please bring pillows and mats. Perfect for those in their 3rd trimester. Expectant mothers should consult with their OBGYN or midwife before taking this class. Instructor: Tai Blakey NCTMB of Refreshing Effects Massage Therapy in Harrisonburg. #5130 GHPGC 6–8pm, October 21. Price: $44. Register by: October 17

My Get Up and Go… Got up and Went
Are you finding less enjoyment in life and feel tired most of the time? Is it harder to get through your day? Are you unhappy with how you look and feel? Are you experiencing increased aches and pains, weight gain or increased stress from trying to get everything done? Discover common causes associated with these concerns and simple changes you can make to improve your health and recapture your joy in life. Instructor: Don Wetsel, MA, LAc, and Susanna Wetsel, DC, DABCN of Health TLC. Age 15+. #5131 Staunton Library 7–8:45pm, November 4. Price: Free, but please let us know you are coming: (540) 332-3945

Learn Sign Language: Adult Class
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. Instructor: Amy Tussing. #5132 MHPA 6–7:30pm, eight Thursdays beginning September 25. Price: $79. Register by: September 19

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 mechanic about your car. Instructor: Richard Clavin. #5133 MHPA 1–3pm, October 18. Price: $10. Register by: October 10



The symbiotic relationship between pollinating insects and flowers is an amazingly complex evolutionary adaptation. Working with honeybees is a fascinating experience that will enlighten your perception of bees, flowers, the weather, and the environment in which you live. Join us for information packed sessions about the honeybee and how to start keeping bees sustainably. Leave this class with a basic understanding of beekeeping and enough to know how to begin keeping bees successfully with a minimum of expense. Topics will include: apiary site selection, hive types, hive construction, honeybee biology, physiology, behavior; disease identification, prevention and treatment; queen rearing, swarms, hive extraction from buildings, beeswax and honey collection, and more. All registered students will receive a free 98 page “Beekeeping Basics” booklet published by the Pennsylvania State College of Agricultural Sciences Department and a free one year membership to the Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association (SVBA), both compliments of the SVBA. Instructor: Bill Theiss. #5134 GHPGC 6–8pm, two Tuesdays and Thursdays starting September 2. Price: $39. Register by: August 27

Beginner Disc Golf Class
Learn to play disc golf on one of Virginia’s premier disc golf courses located at Montgomery Hall Park. Disc Golf has gained popularity over recent years for several reasons- it is economical (free to play at Montgomery Hall Park), allows one to develop their skills, Enjoy the outdoors, and provides health benefits as a result of walking the 18 hole course. During the beginner class, students will learn how to properly identify different types of discs, how to properly hold and release, and how to putt & approach. We will discuss course etiquette and all things disc golf. All ages. Instructor: Colin Butgereit. #5135 MHP 6:30–8pm, Thursdays September 18 and September 25. Price: $12 (includes disc to take home). Register by: September 12.

Intermediate Disc Golf Class
Has it been a while since you have played disc golf? Perhaps you have learned the basics but have hit a wall in developing your game? Join us for the intermediate disc golf class at Montgomery Hall Park where you will spend time polishing up the beginner techniques and then move on to developing new skills. We will add steps to the release in order to gain more throwing distance and learn about different throwing techniques (backhand, forehand, overhead, etc.). Included in the price of the course will be a disc for participants to keep after the course. All ages. Instructor: Colin Butgereit. #5136 MHP 6:30–8pm, Thursdays October 2 and October 9. Price: $12 (includes disc to take home). Register by: September 26. *Beginnerdisc golfers can continue on to this course for only an additional $5.

From Lawn to Lush: How to Start,
Maintain, and Enjoy a Garden

Join us at the new Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind Educational Farm and learn how to turn your yard into a beautiful and productive vegetable garden! Whether you want to feed yourself and your family or simply enjoy working with plants outside, this workshop series is right for you. Garden Educators Emily Melvin and Ben Samuelson, from the Allegheny Mountain School, along with guest instructors, Holly Parker and Sue McKown, will teach the basics of cultivating a garden amidst the new and growing VSDB Educational Farm. This will be a hands-on workshop, where you can get your hands dirty and actually build a garden. Children are welcome. Register with Staunton Parks & Recreation.

Enjoying the Fruits of Your Labor: Putting the garden to sleep for next year, season extension, food storage and a harvest potluck—along with Q&A sharing with the instructors and staff! #5005 September 20 from 11am–1:30pm. Register  ASAP. Price: $5

Composting 101 w/Black Bear Composting
Interested in composting at home, but not sure where to start? Learn what is compostable and how easy it is to divert these materials into your own compost bin to create a nutrient rich soil amendment for your garden or lawn. This class will include building a cost-effective bin and everything you need to know to become a backyard composter. Instructor: Eric Walters with Black Bear Composting. Visit them at #5137 GHPGC 3–4pm, October 25. Price: $10. Register by: October 20



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! Join a hands-on interactive environment and discover 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 to see you! Price includes magic kit. Age: 7-14 but older ages welcome! #5138 GHPGC 6:30–8pm, four Thursdays beginning September 25. Price: $39. Register by: September 22

Community and Homeschool Choir
Calling all youth to come and sing together! This is a choir for young voices in the community and homeschoolers to participate in a choir made up of their peers. As we develop our talents we will have opportunities to perform for the community, including Christmas carols around the parks and nursing homes of Staunton. We welcome all experience levels and plan to grow this program into a long lasting community program serving Staunton for years to come. Class will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-5pm beginning October 7 at Booker T Washington music room. This class will run up to the Caroling in the Park Event at the bandstand in Gypsy Hill Park on December 20 where the choir will perform. Instructor: Lindsey Wilson JMU Music graduate and experienced school choir director in Richmond and here locally. Age: 11+. Younger children please call if interested and we will hold a children’s choir if there is enough interest. #5139 BTW, 4pm-5pm, Tuesday and Thursday starting October 7. Price: $65 plus an additional $15 music fee due upon registration. Register by: ASAP.

Teen Comedy Improv
At the Groove Lounge, we have a rule: No judgment, total acceptance. It’s idealistic, it’s groovy, and it makes for good comedy. At the heart of our acting method is the childhood game of make-believe. We use our imaginations to experience the reality of each scene, and we invite our audience to join us on that journey. Taught by Emmy award winning director David Webster and founder of Groove Cat Comedy. Age group: Teenagers. GHPGC 5–6:30pm, Monday evenings starting in September. Price: $49/month

Learn Sign Language: for Children
This course teaches the basic communication skills in American Sign Language. Along with an array of vocabulary, you will also experience specific etiquettes of deaf culture, such as facial expressions and classifiers. Be able to develop an expressive language and improve on receptive abilities. Ages 6+. Instructor: Renee’ Saraceni. #5140 MHPA 4–5:30pm, eight Wednesdays beginning September 24. Price: $79. Register by: September 17

Do Your Children Think Money Grows on Trees?
There are many ways you can teach your children about money, but the key to learning is by doing. Join us as we pass on valuable tools to encourage early goal-setting, good savings habits, and other valuable lessons. This class is for parents. Instructor: Sarah Fowler, Edward Jones Financial advisor. #5141 MHPA 7–8pm, November 11. Price: FREE. Please call to let us know you are coming (540)332-3945.

Toddler 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 to run and play. Join us on Friday mornings this winter for Toddler Open Gym 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 presence required. Ongoing class through winter. Ages 1-3. GHPG9:30–11:30am, Wednesdays beginning November 5. Price: $3 per child each visit. *This class will not be available on the last Wednesday of every month

Stretch-n-Grow Fitness Classes
These fitness classes are specifically designed for children aged 2-12 yrs. The instructor will cover the basics of exercise: warm-up, endurance, resistance, stretching, and cooldown. Each class incorporates the use of equipment (hula-hoops, parachute, noodles, bean bags, etc.) and music. There will be obstacle courses, relay races, cardio, endurance training, agility, and sports drills, etc. Instructors are youth fitness certified. Classes held weekly on Tuesday afternoons at the Gypsy Hill Park Gymnasium beginning October 7. Ongoing monthly class.
Session One: 2 year olds from 3–3:20pm
Session Two: 3-5 year olds from 3:25–3:55pm
Session Three: 6-12 year olds from 4–4:30pm
Price: $29/month. Please register ASAP

Baby Spa (Infant Massage)
Infant massage is a wonderful way to communicate with your baby. Learn nurturing touch techniques to help relieve discomfort from colic, gas, and constipation. Help ease your stress by relaxing and unwinding. Please bring blankets and appropriate baby items. Limited space, so please register quickly! Instructor: Tai Blakey NCTMB of Refreshing Effects Massage Therapy in Harrisonburg. #5142 GHPGC 10–11:30am, four Tuesdays beginning September 23. Price: $110. Register by: September 19



Starting a 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 #5143 MHPC, 6–7:30pm, September 22. 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 #5144 MHPC 6–7:30pm, October 20. 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. #5145 MHPC 6–7:30pm, November 10. Price: Free, but please let us know you are coming: (540) 332-3945

Introduction to Local Investing: Make Your Money Work for You and Your Local Community
Ever wonder if there was a way for your traditional 401k, forgotten retirement accounts from previous employers, or even personal savings to be better put to work for you and your local community? In this workshop, we’ll look at how local communities around the country are using retirement and investment dollars to strengthen their local economies. We’ll explore practical, hands-on-ways that you can gain control over your retirement accounts using Self-Directed IRAs, as well as local investment options like small business loans, peer-to-peer lending, investments in alternative energy, and other examples of how local residents are democratizing capital in their communities. All are welcome. MHPC 6–7:30pm, October 16. Price: 1.5 hOURs

Financial Permaculture Workshop
The principles of permaculture are an inspiring basis for designing sustainable, renewing, and regenerative systems. Used around the world to design agricultural systems that benefit both people and planet, the same principles can help entrepreneurs design sustainable and vibrant small businesses. This two-part workshop will give an overview of permaculture design principles as they apply to small businesses, and then feature an interactive session where participants use the principles to brainstorm and design better business models. Entrepreneurs of all stripes are welcome to participate. Class will be held in downtown Staunton’s Maker Space at 222 S. Washington St. Instructors: Kate Hopkins and Meghan Williamson. 6–8pm, September 30 and October 7. Price: 1.5 hOURs. Register by: September 26



Want to Know the Banjo?
This class will cover all of the bases when it comes to the banjo. What to do when beginning to play, the history and origins of this great instrument, and the innovators of the banjo. Discover different banjo styles and how they relate to different areas in history and their respective region in the US. Instructor: Cutch Tuttle of “Hound Dog Hill”. #5146 MHPC 6pm-8pm, October 9. Price: $6. Register by: October 3

“Closet Pickers” Open Bluegrass Jam for Beginner and Intermediate Players
Have you ever wanted to play bluegrass with other people? Tired of practicing alone? Looking to meet other musicians to play with? This class will focus on “Jam Etiquette”. Learn the most commonly played Bluegrass songs, history of the Bluegrass tradition, and listen to the “Masters of Bluegrass”- Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and Doc Watson. Participants should be able to play a few chords and bring their own instrument. CD’s and Songbook will be provided. Emphasis will be placed on group playing, with the instructor providing as much individual attention to each student concerning technique, tips, and tuning as time will allow. Talk and play with working bluegrass musicians from local Bluegrass band “Hound Dog Hill” and professional players from the area. Instructor: Cutch Tuttle. #5147 NSTC 1:30–3pm, four Sundays starting November 2. Price: $75. Register by: October 27

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

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+. #5148 GHPGC 6:45–8:45pm, eight Mondays starting September 15. Price: $30. Register by: September 12

Line Dancing with Sharon (formerly 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! Instructor: 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 learn the basics of clogging, a high energy form of dance similar to tap, Irish and Canadian Step Dancing. 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. #5149 GHPGC 5–5:45pm, six Wednesdays starting October 1 *option to continue. Price: $36. Register by: ASAP


Carmen’s Cuppy Cake Seminar
Start with an introduction to baking cupcakes along with hands on experience, and discussion of basic cake recipes and formulas. Learn about icing and practice decorating. Students may sample various flavors and take some home. There will be two seasonal sessions, Autumn and Christmas, with each focusing on the delightful flavors of the season such as pumpkin and eggnog. All classes are hands on and delicious! Instructor: Carmen Shenk of the former Jimmy Andersons Casual Gourmet. MHPK 6–8:30pm. Price: $36/session
#5150 Autumn cupcakes session, October 30. Register by: October 24
#5151 Christmas cupcakes session, December 4. Register by: November 28

Juicing Workshop
An introduction to juicing, followed by a demonstration of various kinds of juicing machines. Have the opportunity to juice various fruits and vegetables picked from the farmer’s market that day! Plenty of sampling will take place. Recipes for juice blends will be provided along with a reading list for more information. And finally, a question and answer session rounds out this fun and informative workshop. Instructor: Carmen Shenk of the former Jimmy Andersons Casual Gourmet. MHPK 6–8pm.
Price: $36/session
#5152 October 1. Register by: September 26
#5153 October 29. Register by: October 24

Superfood Smoothie Workshop
Start with an introduction to smoothies, followed by a demonstration of various kinds of blenders. Participants have the opportunity to explore a variety of superfood ingredients. Recipes for green smoothies, fresh yogurt smoothies, and superfood boost smoothies are provided along with a reading list for more information. And finally, a question and answer session to follow. Instructor: Carmen Shenk of the former Jimmy Andersons Casual Gourmet. MHPK 6–8pm. Price: $36/session.
#5154 September 17. Register by: September 12
#5155 October 15. Register by: October 10

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 grandma or even more important your mother-in-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. MHPK 6–8:30pm. Price: $39/session or $145 for all four.

Class 1: Culinary Basics: How to begin in the kitchen
Learn knife skills, Mirepoix, basic vegetable soup, basic French bread, and basic Crème Brule. #5157 October 7. Register by: October 1
Class 2: Culinary Meats:
How to Understand and Prepare Meats. Learn to prepare Chicken Piccata, Steak Diane, and Roast Chicken. #5158 October 14. Register by: October 8
Class 3: Culinary Vegetables
How to prepare Vegetables: Learn to prepare Sautéed Spinach, Corn Maque Choux, Grilled Vegetable Salad, and Sweet Potato Soufflé. #5159 October 21. Register by: October 15
Class 4: Culinary Desserts
How to prepare Desserts
Learn to prepare Cream Puffs, Chocolate Éclairs, Chocolate Truffles, and Cheesecake. #5160 October 28. Register by: October 22

Basic Home Brewing: Holiday Edition
Home Brewing, the process of making beer for personal use, is a rewarding hobby which offers the home brewer the opportunity to expand and diversify. Beginning in the brewing hobby, the brewer can produce the majority of beer types with small investments in equipment and supplies. As the brewer grows in the hobby, a wide range of facets become available from which the brewer may choose to enhance the art of brewing. This course will provide the participant with the knowledge needed to make the right choices when embarking in the home brewing hobby as well as discuss delicious winter and holiday beers. Receive course materials and get a first-hand look at ingredients and Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company’s equipment. Must be 21 and over. Instructor: Mike Chapple. #5161 Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company at 17 Middlebrook Avenue, Suite 300. 9am–12pm on November 29 and December 6. Price: $29. Register by: November 24



Polyface Self-Guided Tour
About: Polyface, Inc. is a family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. They produce: Salad Bar Beef, Pigaerator Pork, Pastured Poultry (Eggs, Broilers, and Turkeys) Forage-Based Rabbits, and Forestry Products. Experience the satisfaction of knowing your food and your farmer, building community. They are your clean meat connection. Event: Visit Polyface and enjoy a self-guided tour of the farm. See what local farming is about and learn about a local food source. Farm store hours are Mon-Fri 9am–Noon and Saturday 9am-4pm. The farm itself is open Mon–Sat 9am–4pm for anyone who wants to come for a self-guided tour of the farm. Price: Free

Camera Heritage Museum
About: The Camera Heritage Museum houses a unique collection of antique cameras dating from the 19th century to modern times. They often have both a historical significance and a provenance that is interesting to all. There are not many open camera museums since collections are often private. Event: See a collection of over 2000 cameras as well as accessories and photos. The collection is open to the public so that everyone has an opportunity to view these historical treasures. The museum is located in downtown Staunton at 1 West Beverley St. Price: Free

Cellar Ghost Tours at Historic Montgomery Hall
About: The Ghosts of Staunton Walking Ghost Tours offer a variety of walking ghost tours of the “Queen City”, Staunton Virginia. Now entering our 7th season, our tours are fun for the entire family. Their aim is to provide a quality tour that blends history and hauntings. They strive to educate, enlighten, and entertain you with our own unique blend of the paranormal, science, history, and local legend. Their guides are paranormal investigators that provide further insight into the world of the unknown. Event: During the month of October the cellar ghost tours of historic Montgomery Hall will run from 7–9pm. Learn local history of this old estate as you tour the cellar. Space limited! Reservations required. or call (540) 448-2743. Let Us Haunt You!

Dwell Collective: Portrait Fridays in September
About: DWELL COLLECTIVE, known for live painting and artistic collaborations, has a retail gallery and studio workspace in the heart of Staunton’s vibrant downtown located at 18 East Beverley Street. DWELL COLLECTIVE’s location functions as a place to purchase unique artistic creations, and also as a working studio, where visitors can watch art being produced on site.
Event: Friday’s throughout September from 6–9pm come have a free 10-minute portrait made of yourself, enjoy live painting, and conversation on creativity and the arts. Free, but please call to let us know you plan to attend (540) 332-3945.

VSDB 175th Anniversary
About: Celebrating their 175th Anniversary the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (VSDB) is hosting multiple events this fall. One of the oldest schools in Virginia and the second of its kind in the world, VSDB was established by an act of the Virginia General Assembly on March 31, 1838. As the school celebrates its 175 years of continued excellence in educating deaf and blind children, it remains at the forefront of educational technology. Please contact VSDB for all event information.
Event: Time Capsule opening. The time capsule was placed on November 15, 1989 and states it should be opened 25 years later. This event will be in front of Main Hall at 10am on November 14. VSDB will also be a destination on the Historic Staunton Foundation’s Holiday House Tours this December. VSDB will be open for tours on Sunday December 7, 1–5pm and noted architectural historian, Calder Loth, will present a lecture at VSDB on Sunday at 2pm focusing on ancient precedents for the Greek revival character of VSDB’s historic buildings and its kinship to a wide variety of Greek revival works both in America and Europe. Please call the Historic Staunton Foundation for tickets and more information.



Let’s Talk Whiskey: Shenandoah Valley History

Americans are good at rewriting history and here in the Shenandoah Valley we have conveniently forgotten how important whiskey was to Augusta and Rockbridge counties. In fact some of our oldest Presbyterian churches and at least one of our local colleges owe a lot to liquor – specifically whiskey! In the 18th and 19th centuries, distilling was carried out by dozens of individual farmers as part of their routine farm operation, and as a means of getting their corn and grain crops to market in a way that could bring them a profit. Local historian and writer Nancy Sorrells will present a program on distilling in the Upper Valley at 6pm on November 6 at the Gypsy Hill Park Garden Center. #5162 Price: $5. Register by: October 30



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









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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