By Betsy Thorpe
In 1995 the Williamson County Parks & Recreation Department established the Fairview Recreation Center located at 2714 Fairview Blvd. No membership is required to utilize the center’s facilities and registration for the various classes and programs offered by the Parks Department are open to both county and non-county residents.
In 2008 an outdoor walking trail was added to the property, and on January 10, 2009 the “Fun Run Walk” took place on the new trail, celebrating the formation of this years “Kids’ Country Music Marathon” team. In April, the team will participate in the tenth annual Country Music Marathon. The “Fun Run Walk” followed an open house in the Wellness Center where attendees were invited to free samples of fitness classes offered at the center. Participants were also instructed in the individual use of the Cardiovascular strength training equipment available inside the facilities Wellness Center.
The Recreation Center is used often by people of all ages within the community. Debbie Sims, Williamson County Public Information Assistant said, “the Fairview complex serves two to three thousand residents a week through exercise classes, a wellness center, gymnasium activities, arts and crafts classes, group meetings, senior citizens center, special events and more”. “Seniors are particularly well served at the center, an enthusiastic seniors group of thirty to sixty persons meets twice weekly for lunch and fellowship.” “Seniors also enjoy a daily general admission rate of just $1.00 when utilizing any Williamson County Parks and Recreation indoor facility.”
The various classes available at the center offer opportunities for creative fulfillment and self improvement. Classes currently listed in the Williamson County
Parks And Recreation Monthly Newsletter are:
SCRAPBOOKING – At February’s class, make a stunning Valentine’s Day album, and in March, an adorable “I Love My Pet” scrapbook. Make a 12-page, 6”x6” paper bag album filled with hidden tags. Embellishments include ribbons, fibers, clips, brads, grommets, tags, pop dots, glitter, specialty paper, and much, much more. Have fun and learn new techniques. Drawings for prizes at each class.
ULTIMATE SCULPTURE – Experience creating your own original sculpture from an assortment of recycled material. All aspects of the process will be explained with hands on demonstrations and a personal one on one with instructor.
GUITAR LESSONS – Private, one-on-one, easy to follow instruction, including all styles of music, foundations, positions, mechanics, forms, scales, theory, and time measure. Beginner students will advance into level students. Classroom guitars will be provided or you can bring your own.
COUNTRY LINE DANCING– Whether you can “boot-scoot” with the best of them or you want to test your “two left feet” out on the dance floor for the first time, you will love participating in our Country Line Dancing Class. You’ll have a great time and feel the benefits of a cardio workout. Come learn the latest and hottest new line dances.
RED CROSS BABYSITTER TRAINING – Each month, this class for 11 to 15-year-olds gives participants the skills and confidence they need to become great babysitters. Become an American Red Cross-certified babysitter. This course covers training in care giving, decision making, safety and first aid skills, and preventing and responding to emergencies.
KIDS BALLROOM DANCE – Finally, ballroom dancing is gaining the attention it deserves with primetime shows such as Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. Each six-week session will concentrate on at least one smooth dance, such as the Waltz, Foxtrot or Tango and one rhythm dance, such as the Swing, Hustle, Rumba, Cha-cha, Mambo or Samba.
ROCK, RHYTHM, & ROLL DRUM LESSONS – A complete drum program from beginner to advanced. Lessons on a real drum set, how to read and write drum music, all 26 American and 40 international rudiments, the roll of a drummer in a working band and drum theory, the roll of a drummer in a working band and drum theory.
Stress Management – People experience stress everyday and unmanaged stress can lead to anxiety, depression, withdrawal, etc. This workshop addresses the signs of stress and teaches stress management techniques. The workshop topics will include anxiety, depression, and methods to achieve state of relaxation.
INCREASING YOUR SELF ESTEEM – This class focuses on awareness of how self esteem affects personal lives. Understanding the relationships between self esteem and the decisions a person is making is tough to do. This two week workshop with help you understand those things better and you will also learn ways to enhance self esteem. Workshop topics include: What is self esteem?, a self esteem survey, body image, barriers to self esteem, and more.
HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS – Basic understanding of the components of healthy relationship with family, intimate partners, and friends. Topics include communication, conflict resolution, equality wheel power and control, and domestic violence.
SCALE DOWN – A free community weight loss education and support group that focuses on three key areas to a healthy lifestyle: thinking smart, eating well and moving more. The objective of the program is lifelong wellness by adopting healthy behaviors.
To register for any of these classes call the center’s office at 799-9331.
On Friday, January 16th, Children’s Entertainer Rachael Sumner will appear at the recreation center’s “Family Night”. Sumner is a well known musical artist who offers lively, audience participation performances. Her music videos appear regularly on The Learning Channel’s “Ready, Set, Learn”. She has appeared in television and radio commercials as well as in children’s theater, bands and orchestras. “Family Night” begins at 6:30 p.m, the cost for the show and dinner is $6.00 per person, children two and under are free. Reservations and pre-payment are required by Wednesday, January 14th.
For more information on upcoming events at the Fairview Recreation Center or to register for a class offered to the community by the Williamson County Parks And Recreation Department call 799-9331.
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