Active Life: Activity guide offers new programs for variety of skill levels

NANAIMO – New programs open for registration this spring and summer.

By Tammy Toor

As I write this, the sun is shining, and I see the first traces of blossoms on the cherry trees that surround me.

What a great time of year. Do you know what else is great about this time of year? The release of the City of Nanaimo’s Spring and Summer Activity Guide.

Here are a few new programs you may want to consider participating in this season:

Junior river stewards (ages 6-12) – Become a nature steward by exploring the Millstone River ecosystem and learning about the plants and animals that live there.

Youth band (ages 11-18) – Discover the joy of playing music where you can try a variety of instruments before choosing one. You will then continue learning to read and play music with others in the band.

Zentangle – Try this new and creative patterned drawing class where you will complete unique pieces of art while enjoying the meditative quality that this art form has to offer.

Baking bread (The Basics) – Learn some traditional techniques of yeasted bread making by hand and then take home your creations to share with others.

Gentle ballet – It’s never too late to learn the basics of ballet. This graceful class is focused on gentle stretching, musicality and barre work.

Edible landscaping – Love to garden? Get some great ideas on how to integrate vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers into your landscape.

Butts and guts – Join us for an energetic muscle-toning class that will target the abs and glutes. It’s great for all levels of fitness.

Creating positive posture – Find out how to improve your posture and how better posture improves self-confidence and provides many overall physical benefits.

Intro to dragon boat racing – Discover what dragon boat racing and training is all about. Learn paddling techniques, calls and the thrill of working together as a team to race.

Yoga hike – Explore Nanaimo’s beautiful trails while combining trail walking and yoga breaks. A great way to clear the mind and release stress.

For more information on these courses or other program ideas, please pick up the new City of Nanaimo Spring and Summer Activity Guide or view it on our website at

Tammy Toor is a communications specialist with the City of Nanaimo’s Parks, Recreation and Environment department.

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