BY TAMMY TOOR
What an amazing summer we are having in Nanaimo. Between the great entertainment at the Concerts in the Park series, visits to the playgrounds for games and crafts or the amazing Canada 150 celebrations held at Maffeo Sutton Park last month, we have all had many opportunities to take advantage of the fun summer season. Summer is definitely my favourite time of year!
Yesterday I saw my first back to school flyer. It’s hard to believe that in less than a month, the kids will be back in school and the rest of us will be returning to our regular fall routines.
As we anticipate the return of the fall season, parks and recreation staff is busy putting together the final touches of programs and events for fall and winter. The upcoming activity guide, full of over 1,000 programs, will give you details on all of them. Our prevalent theme in the activity guide will be ‘Take a Moment to Move’ where we are giving you ideas on what you can do personally to be active which is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
Here is a sneak peek at some of our new classes that will be offered to keep you moving:
Jumpin’ Jellyfish is for toddlers where they will make crafts, sing songs and play some active games.
Let’s Dance is for children 3-12. Participants will try a variety of dance styles that are popular in cultures around the world.
Family yoga is for parents and children (6-13 years) where you work on posture flows, partner poses and guided meditation.
Taekwondo and hapkido is for teens 12-18 years where youths will learn the Korean art of self-defence which places a strong emphasis on self-confidence.
Bollywood dancing is huge right now, and we are offering it for the first time this season. Come and try out this amazing workout that is really fun.
Tabata is a type of high intensity interval training that gets your heart rate up for short periods of time to really get you fit.
Want to know what other new classes we have for you? Pick up your new fall and winter activity guide starting on Aug. 19 at our recreation facilities. Program registration begins on Aug. 23. For more information, visit www.nanaimo.ca or call 250-756-5200.
Tammy Toor is a communications and graphics specialist with the City of Nanaimo’s parks and rec department.