A volleyball court has been set aside for recreational pick-up games on Thursdays from 8 to 10 p.m. through Feb. 7, 2013. These open gyms are designed for men and women, ages 16 and older, who want to get together and play volleyball in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Organized team practices are not permitted. Volleyball open gyms are free for TRC Blue and Gold members and $8 per person for non-members.
Youth Future Fitness Club
Encourage children to make 2013 a healthier year with the Future Fitness Club. The Tallmadge Recreation Department is working with Kohl's Community Youth Fitness, by Akron Children's Hospital to offer a fitness program for children ages 8 through 13. Future Fitness Club will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Jan. 7 through March 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants will learn about healthy fitness and eating habits while participating in games and other non-competitive activities. The program is designed to teach children that fitness can be fun and to motivate them to make healthy lifestyle choices. The group weight management program provides participants the foundation they need to be active on a daily basis for the rest of their lives. The class is free for TRC Gold members (child must be member) and $30 per child for all others. Registration is recommended by Jan. 2 at the TRC or online (use online registration number 421204).
The Tallmadge Recreation Department has added to the number of programs included in its online registration. Almost every program offered at the TRC can now be registered for online. Most current TRC members may also renew their monthly or annual memberships online (annual memberships must be paid in full). Visit www.tallmadgerecreation.org and click Register. The registration site may be browsed as a guest, but one must login to register. Those who have been a member of TRC, Maca Aquatic Center or participated in a Tallmadge Recreation Department program in the past already have an account in the system. To obtain a Webtrac ID, username, or password, or for help using the site, please call 330-634-2349.
Tallmadge Home School Open Gym
Home school open gyms will be available for all home school students in kindergarten through 12th grade on Thursdays from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. The next session will run Jan. 3 through March 21. Students will learn a variety of sports skills, key health and fitness concepts and how to establish personal fitness goals. No pre-registration is necessary and students may attend as often as they choose. Parents may choose to pay and play or pay to work out on their own. Cost is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Each class begins with a half to 1 mile timed run.
• Jan. 10 -- Basketball and Theraballs
• Jan. 17 -- Flag football and jump ropes
Leapers with Renee
Little Leapers is a program designed to introduce children to the world of gymnastics. Friday afternoon classes and Saturday morning classes are available. The next session begins Jan. 11. Classes will be scheduled Fridays, Jan. 11 through Feb. 15 or Saturdays, Jan. 12 through Feb. 16. The Dynamic Duo class is designed for parents and children ages 18 months through 3 and will take place Fridays from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Parents of children ages 3 and 4 may sign up for the Puddle Jumpers class, offered Fridays from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Pond Hoppers is designed for children ages 4 1/2 through 6 and will take place Fridays from 2:15 to 3 p.m. or Saturdays from 10:45 to 11:30 p.m. A new class for children ages 6 through 8, called Rising Stars, will be offered Fridays from 4:15 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Puddle Jumpers, Pond Hoppers and Rising Stars will introduce participants to beginning skills and progressions on floor, vault, beam and bars. Cost is $45 for Tallmadge residents and $50 for non-residents. Register at the TRC or online by Jan. 7.
Introducing Crafty Club for Preschoolers
A new arts and crafts program for children ages 3 through 6 will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and March 9. Participants will work with Miss Kim and Miss Monica creating fun, age-appropriate crafts to take home. Parents may register for one class or for all three. Cost is $6 per class or $15 for all three classes for residents and $8 per class or $21 for all three classes for non-residents. Register by the Monday prior to the class.
Go from Couch
Potato to Runner
in Eight weeks
A program to train participants to run a 5K is being offered Saturday mornings, Jan. 12 through March 2, from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. This eight-week training session will help participants go from walking in the first week to jogging 3.1 miles (5K) by the last week. The class will end with paid admission to the Shamrock Run at Woodridge High School. The class is taught by a certified personal trainer. Cost is $75 for residents and $85 for non-residents and includes training, race fee and race T-shirt. Register in person or online by Jan. 8.
Girls ages 3 through 5 are invited to don their favorite princess costumes for the Princess Parade on Jan. 18 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The day includes princess-themed games, crafts and stories and ends with a regal parade around the TRC track. Cost is $5 for residents and $7 for non-residents. Register in person or online by Jan. 14.
Junior All Star Sports program
The TRC, in conjunction with Jump Start Sports, will host a new preschool sports program Saturdays, Jan. 18 through Feb. 23 from 9 to 10 a.m. The class provides children ages 3 through 5 with a positive, age-appropriate introduction to a variety of sports. Participants will learn the fundamentals of sports such as soccer, baseball, football and more to help them decide which sport they enjoy most. This class is designed to help build children's confidence and social skills while burning excess energy through highly active games. It will help children prepare for more formal sports programs and for a lifetime of fitness through sport. Cost is $60 for residents and $70 for non-residents. Register in person or online by Jan. 14.
Dance & Cheer with Jessica
A recreational dance and cheer class for children ages 4 through 10 will be offered Saturdays, Jan. 19 through March 9. Class for children ages 4 and 5 is 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. and class for children ages 6 through 10 is 10:20 to 11:05 a.m. Participants will learn the fundamentals of dance, cheerleading and fitness. The class session will end with a dance and cheer performance by each class at the regularly scheduled class time. Participants should take water bottles and dress comfortably in workout or dance attire and athletic shoes. Cost for the eight-week session is $50 for residents and $55 for non-residents. Register online at www.tallmadgerecreation.org or in person at the TRC by Jan. 15.
Coffee Talk -- Senior
A coffee talk presentation will be offered Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Tallmadge Recreation Center. Lt. Chad Cunningham from the University of Akron Police Department will show seniors how to increase their safety by understanding basic self defense concepts and techniques. This interactive program will provide positive strategies on how to escape a potential attacker. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reserve a spot by calling 330-634-2349 or stop by the front desk. Registration due by Jan. 16.
Boys ages 3 through 5 are invited to dress as their favorite superhero Jan. 25 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The day includes superhero-themed games, crafts and stories and ends with a crime fighting parade around the TRC track. Cost is $5 for residents and $7 for non-residents. Register in person or online by Jan. 21.
Scrapbookers are invited to "crop till they drop" at the new monthly Scrapbooking Nights at Ritchie Memorial Shelter House. The first Scrapbooking Night is planned for Jan. 25 from 6 p.m. to midnight. The night includes open space for laying out projects, a swap table for unwanted scrapbook items and a light dinner. Presale tickets are recommended and are on sale now at the TRC or online. Cost is $10 presale for residents and $12 presale for non-residents. For those who wish to pay at the door, the cost is $12 for residents and $14 for non-residents.