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Garden City Recreation Department News: December 13, 2011

In case of inclement weather, the Recreation Department’s website will be updated to show program cancellations. Please visit the website at www.gardencityrecreation.org to see if any event is canceled or postponed due to the elements.

Adult Yoga Registration Begins

Connie McKnight, our certified yoga instructor, has designed adult yoga classes with all ages in mind. Each class is one hour long. All classes will begin in mid January. Any resident of the Inc. Village of Garden City is invited to join these relaxing classes. The session will run for 14 weeks at a cost of $91.

The course schedule is as follows:

Mondays at 7:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 23 to be held in St. Paul’s Senior Center

Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. beginning Jan. 11 to be held in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall

To register, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or download and mail an application from our website at www.gardencityrecration.org.

Adult Tennis Lesson

Interest Form Now Available

Registration for the winter session of our Adult Tennis Lessons has now started. Classes will begin in January and are played at the Community Park Tennis Center. The department’s 10-week, one-hour class will cost $249. The Recreation Department offers lessons for adults in all ability levels. In order to create sessions geared to the needs of our residents, we are asking any adult who is a resident in the Inc. Village of Garden City and is interested in our tennis lessons to fill out an interest form by visiting either our office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or downloading an application at www.gardencityrecreation.org. Please follow the directions listed.

Choose the days and times you are available to play and self-rate your tennis ability. Either drop off or mail your application with a check for $249 made payable to the Inc. Village of Garden City to the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. by Dec. 30. Payment must accompany the form. Classes will then be made by grouping people of similar abilities according to the dates they are available. Your check will not be cashed until you are entered in a class.

Ultimate Workout for Experienced Tennis Players

We also offer a tennis workout program that drills experienced tennis players. This 1-1/2 hour class is available on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. at a cost of $249. To register, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

After School Programs for Grades K-5

The Garden City Recreation Department is pleased to announce that this winter, the recreation staff will conduct a gym program for children in grades three to five.

This free program will consist of organized games and activities in a supervised setting. It will run from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m. in St. Paul’s Field House beginning the week of Dec. 5 through Feb. 10, according to the following schedule:

Girls in grades three to five: Mondays from 3:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Grades K-two (All): Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Boys in grades three to five: Fridays from 3:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Sneakers must be worn for any activity in the field house.

Note-Once the children are in our facility, they will not be allowed to leave unless accompanied by an adult. Please come into the building to pick up your child and please be prompt. Again, this is a free program but a registration form is necessary, so please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to fill out a form.

After School Open Gym for Grades 7-12

The Garden City Recreation Department is pleased to announce that this winter we will sponsor an Open Gym program for basketball and volleyball for middle and high school aged students. This program will be conducted weekday afternoons after school in the St. Paul’s Field House.

The Winter Open Gym Program will provide the students an opportunity to participate in after school activities in a supervised setting. This program will begin on Dec. 6 and will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Please note: This is a time set aside for middle and high school students to enjoy our facility while having fun with their friends. No organized practices may take place at this time. Since the Recreation Department will provide supervision, no adults will be allowed in this field house at this time.

Interview Dates for Summer Pool Employment

The Recreation Department is announcing the start of a series of interviews for summer jobs at the Garden City Pool. If you enjoy being outdoors and are willing to make a commitment to be a part of a team that works hard to provide quality facilities to our residents, we’d like to meet you!

If you are presently a high school senior (graduating in June 2012) or older, are available to start working June 12, 2012, and are looking for a great summer job, stop in the Recreation Office in Village Hall, pick up an application and make an appointment for an interview. To register for an interview call the Recreation Office at 465-4075.

Reminder: Even if you were employed by the pool last year, you are still required to reapply and be interviewed for the upcoming season.

Interviews will be held in 15-minute sessions at Village Hall on the following dates (meeting room in parentheses):

Tuesday, December 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Cluett Hall)

Wednesday, December 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Main Rec. Office)

Thursday, December 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Cluett Hall)

Friday, December 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Cluett Hall)

Tuesday, January 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Cluett Hall)

Wednesday, January 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Cluett Hall)

Thursday, January 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Cluett Hall)

Christmas Candy Contest

In addition to sending their letters to Santa, kids can take a chance at guessing the number of candy pieces in the jar next to Santa’s Mailbox and the child whose guess is closest to the actual number will win the jar, candy and all. As with Santa’s mailbox, the candy contest will be available from Dec. 1 to Dec. 20.

Letters to Santa

It’s time to send letters to Santa and the Recreation Department will speed up the process. A special “Santa’s Mailbox” will be set up in the waiting area of the Recreation Department’s Administrative Offices at 108 Rockaway Ave., beginning Dec. 1. Children can drop their letters in the mailbox and Santa will send them a personalized reply. Santa’s mailbox will be available through Dec. 20.

A Visit From Santa

Santa will visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave., for visits and photos on Dec. 15, from 3 to 4:15 p.m. The Recreation Department staff will be available to take and print photos. There is no fee for a photo but a donation of a small gift for Toys for Tots would be appreciated.

Community Tennis Center Instructional Programs for Winter 2012

We are pleased to announce the start of registration for our Winter Indoor Tennis Program for Children at the Community Park Tennis Center. Registration for Session One lessons begins immediately for residents of the village.

A schedule of classes and a registration form is on the reverse side of the information sheet. Walk-in residents and nonresident children attending Garden City Public Schools will be accepted beginning Dec. 19. Make checks payable to: Inc. Village of Garden City.

Winter Session — Classes begin Monday, January 23

Tots Ages 4-5, PeeWee - Ages 5 to 7: Introduction to Tennis, emphasizing basic movement and striking skills in a fun game-playing environment.

Novice - Ages 6 to 7: Continued development of basic movement and striking skills on a full size court. Serving and scorekeeping will be introduced. Past tennis experience required.

Junior - Ages 8 to 11: Extension of Novice Level program. Continued emphasis on striking concepts, movement, and skills related to tennis.

Junior Advanced - Ages 8 to 11: For the more serious, more advanced students. These lessons are offered in 1 1/2 hour time slots. Experience required.

Senior - Ages 12 and older: Extension of Junior Program, continued emphasis on fundamentals and skills related to tennis play.

Senior Advanced - Ages 12 and older: For the more serious, more advanced student. These lessons are offered in 1 1/2 hour time slots. Experience required.

Ultimate Workout: For experienced Junior and Senior Level Tennis Players who want to hone their skills and get a good workout.

To register: by mail only, no walk-in registrations will be accepted until Monday, Dec. 19. We cannot be held responsible for delays in the mail. To register, pick up an application at the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or download the application from www.gardencityrecreation.org. You can also make your own by listing your child’s name, address, phone number, birth date, grade, the class for which you are registering with a first and second choice. Mail all information with full payment to the Garden City Recreation Department at 108 Rockaway Avenue. Please make all checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City.”

The classes offered are as follows:

Tots Cost $150 Ages 4 to 5 (preschool)

Tuesday 3:30 – 4:25 p.m. TOTST

Wednesday 3:30 – 4:25 p.m. TOTSW

Friday 1:30 – 2:25 p.m.TOTSF1

Friday 2:30 - 3:25 p.m. TOTSF2

Friday 3:30 – 4:25 p.m. TOTSF3

Saturday 12:30 – 1:25 p.m. TOTSS12

Pee Wee Cost - $150 Ages 5-7 (5 and in kindergarten) Beginners

Monday 3:30-4:25 p.m. PWM3

Monday 4:30-5:25 p.m. PWM4

Tuesday 3:30-4:25 p.m. PWT3

Tuesday 4:30-5:25 p.m. PWT4

Wednesday 3:30-4:25 p.m. PWW3

Wednesday 4:30-5:25 p.m. PWW4

Thursday 3:30-4:25 p.m. PWTH3

Thursday 4:30-5:25 p.m. PWTH4

Friday 3:30-4:25 p.m. PWF

Saturday 11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m. PWS11

 Novice Cost - $210

Ages 6 -7 with tennis experience

Monday 3:30-4:25 p.m. NVM3

Monday 4:30-5:25 p.m. NVM4

Monday 5:30-6:25 p.m. NVM5

Tuesday 3:30-4:25 p.m. NVT3

Tuesday 4:30 -5:25 p.m. NVT4

Wednesday 3:30 – 4:25 p.m. NVW3

Wednesday 4:30-5:25 p.m. NVW4

Wednesday 5:30-6:25 p.m. NVW5

Thursday 3:30-4:25 p.m. NVTH3

Thursday 4:30-5:25 p.m. NVTH4

Thursday 5:30-6:25 p.m. NVTH5

Friday 3:30-4:25 p.m. NVF3

Friday 4:30-5:25 p.m. NVF4

Saturday 10-10:55 a.m. NVS10

Saturday 1:30-2:25 p.m. NVS1

Junior Cost - $240 Ages 8-11 Beginners

Monday 3:30-4:25 p.m. JRM3

Monday 4:30-5:25 p.m. JRM4

Tuesday 4:30-5:25 p.m. JRT

Wednesday 3:30-4:25 p.m. JRW3

Wednesday 4:30-5:25 p.m. JRW4

Wednesday 5:30-6:25 p.m. JRW5

Thursday 3:30-4:25 p.m. JRTH3

Thursday 4:30-5:25 p.m. JRTH4

Thursday 5:30-6:25 p.m. JRTH5

Friday 4:30-5:25 p.m. JRF

Saturday 11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m. JRS

Saturday 1:30-2:25 p.m. JRS1

Junior Advanced Cost - $320 Ages 8–11 with tennis experience

Monday 5:30-6:55 p.m. JRADM

Tuesday 5:30-6:55 p.m. JRADT

Wednesday 5:30-6:55 p.m. JRADW

Friday 5:30-6:55 p.m. JRADF

Saturday 11 a.m.-12:25 p.m. JRADS

Ultimate Workout Cost - $320 for children drills for the experienced player

Friday 5:30-6:55 p.m. Juniors ages 9-11 JUW1

Friday 5:30-6:55 p.m. Seniors ages 12 and up SUW1

Senior Cost - $240 Ages 12 and up Beginners

Tuesday 5:30-6:25 p.m. SRTU

Wednesday 5:30-6: 25 p.m. SRW

Thursday 5:30-6:25 p.m. SRTH

Friday 4:30-5:25 p.m. SRF

Saturday 12:30-1:25 p.m. SRS

Senior/Advanced Cost - $320

Ages 12 and Up with tennis experience

Monday 5:30-6:55 p.m. SRADM

Tuesday 5:30-6:55 p.m. SRADT

Wednesday 5:30-6:55 p.m. SRADW

Friday 5:30-6:55 p.m. SRADF

Saturday 11 a.m.-12:25 p.m. SRADS

Saturday Men’s Basketball

The Recreation Department’s Saturday Men’s Baskeball program began on Saturday, Dec. 3 in the Middle School South Gym. This free program is open to adult residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. Games are strictly “pickup” and game time is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program is monitored by the Recreation Department’s staff. For further information, please call the Recreation Office at 465-4075.

Second Session of Peewee Sports Sampler Announced

The second session of the Recreation Department’s Peewee Sports Sampler began the week of Dec. 12. This program is designed especially for the young child as a positive introductory experience to sports. Each session runs for six weeks and each class is 50 minutes long. Children participating must be 4 years old by the start of the session in order to attend. Classes are offered according to the following schedule:

Tuesdays at 1:45 p.m.

Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. or 1:45 p.m.

The cost of each session will be $75. To register, please visit our Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. download and mail an application from our website at www.gardencityrecreation.org.