Adult volleyball open gyms
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.
expanded for programs
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 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. 17 -- Flag football and jump ropes
• Jan. 24 -- Lacrosse and tag games
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
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
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 Self Defense
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.
Employee becomes certified parks,
The Tallmadge Recreation Department announces that Jessica Simons, assistant recreation facility manager, has become a certified parks and recreation professional. The standards and requirements for this certification are set forth by the National Recreation and Park Association. Certification involves passing an exam relating to all aspects of the parks and recreation field as well as attending continuing education seminars to remain certified.
Simons has been employed with the TRC since October 2011 and has worked in the parks and recreation field since 1999. She received a bachelor's degree in leisure studies from Kent State University. Simons has also served in a volunteer position with the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association since 2010.