All month, City of Bishop Community Services will be offering new and returning recreational, social and entertainment opportunities for Bishop residents, from tots to elders.
Dance and art programs, multi-level gymnastics and a festival for senior citizens are all in the offing as the fall season gets under way.
The Adult Zumba six-week dance program will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:10-7:10 p.m. The class started Tuesday, Sept. 3. Cost is $60 or $8 per class for drop-ins. Minors, ages 15-17 years, may attend with parental permission, Community Services Secretary Karey Poole said.
An all-new, four-week Zumba Kids Jr. session, for ages 4-6 years, will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays starting Sept. 16. Introductory cost is $35. “It’s not just Zumba,” Poole said. “It’s an educational dance program” with dances, games and activities that teach children about different cultures and parts of the world.
Students may register at the first class, however pre-registration is preferred, Poole said. Instructor Pam Galvin will hold all classes in the City Auditorium, 377 W. Line St.
The soccer season will start Friday, Sept. 6. Men’s teams will play in the city park on Fridays and Saturdays and co-ed teams will play on Sundays, until season-end in mid-October.
The art program, for kids ages 6-10 years, has been revamped this year, Poole said. “They will make things that are keep-forevers. Classes will be themed around family togetherness.” For one project, instructor Kristy Allred will have kids make a popcorn bowl to encourage family movie nights. Tuesday classes will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. starting Sept. 10. The four-week session, in the City Hall executive conference room, 377 W. Line St., costs $40; a second session will follow. Pre-registration at City Hall is required to plan for adequate materials and supplies.
The Third Annual Skate Jam will be held the City Skate Park on Sunday, Sept. 22.
“There’s usually more prizes than skaters,” Cleland said, “so we want everyone to come out.” Skaters, from 2- to 5-year-old class level to the veteran class, can register early at City Hall, or starting at 8 a.m. at the event. Cost is $10 per skater but the hot dogs, burgers and deejayed music are on the house.
All classes will be held in the City Auditorium, 377 W. Line St.
The two Wednesday play days with instructor Alix Ellis are: Baby Gym at 9 a.m. and Tumble Tots at 9:45 a.m. on Sept. 11 and Sept 25. Drop-in cost is $5 per 45-minute play-time. Space is limited and events are first-come-first-serve; no pre-registration.
Regular five-week gymnastics sessions will include:
Babygym, for ages 18 months to 3 years, will be held by Kaitlyn Louk on Mondays at 3 p.m., starting Sept. 16; cost is $35. Parents must be on the floor for the 30-minute classes. Tumble Tots, for potty-trained kids ages 3-4 years, follows at 3:35 p.m.; cost is $40. Kindergym, for ages 4-7 years, follows at 4:15 p.m.; cost is $40.
Instructor Francisco Santana will teach Gym Stars advanced classes for ages 8-14 years, on Mondays at 6 p.m. staring Sept 16; cost is $40. Beginning/intermediate Gym Bears, for ages 7-10 years, will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Sept. 18; cost is $40.
For the first time ever, Community Services is offering a Senior Living Festival for older Bishop residents. It will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the back of Bishop City Park.
Since community member Katherine Little first asked Community Services Director Keith Caldwell to help her initiate and coordinate an outreach event to inform seniors about the many activities and services available to them, 10-12 agencies have committed to hosting booths at the festival, Caldwell said.
Representatives will briefly introduce their agencies, there will be an outdoor exercise center demonstration and more, Caldwell said.
Caldwell invites all elder-services agencies and programs to participate. Refreshment sponsors are needed.
For more information, contact Caldwell or Poole at City of Bishop Community Services, (760) 873-5863.