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Auburn Recreation District celebrates new catalog

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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The Auburn Recreation District can help a lot of people with their 2010 resolutions. The Winter/Spring 2010 Activity Guide has been released and registration is now open for all courses listed, everything from youth sports and swimming to triathlon training and solar cooking. The newest activity guide boasts 23 new classes and a heavy emphasis on health and fitness. “One of the things you’re going to see in our new activity guide is the health component of our mission statement,” said Sheryl Petersen, Auburn Recreation District recreation services manager. “We’re really trying to take a look at all aspects of physical and mental health.” One of ARD’s new classes is “The Healthy Side of Auburn,” offered 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays April 6 to April 27. The course takes a look at alternative health practices such as herbal healing, hypnotherapy and yoga. “This particular course, we wanted to bring a natural approach,” said Mariscela Alvarez, lead facilitator. “This is oriented to living with a healthy body and a healthy mind.” Another first-time offering is “16th Century Sword Play,” open to everyone 15 and older with courses held weekly, on Tuesday nights, in one-month increments, starting this month. “It’s like a physical game of chess, where you have to out-think and out-maneuver the opponent,” said instructor Matthew Kind. Get to know the foothills a little better with “The Wild Side of Auburn,” another first-timer in the catalog. Laird Thompson is lead facilitator for the class, to be held Wednesday nights in April. The focus of the class, which also includes Saturday morning hikes, is local geology, ecology and human and natural history. “It’s just a neat place to get out and a neat place to look around,” Thompson said. Some programs, like the Short Shots & Hoopsters youth basketball clinics, begin this weekend. There’s no hard and fast rule about registration, but the basic idea is that if you see something you like, sign up sooner than later, Petersen said. Freebies include Special Needs Gymnastics, Senior Bridge, pickle ball, Understanding Medicare and Medicare Supplement Plans, Understanding Long Term Care Insurance, and open gym. Pick up a copy of the activity guide at the Auburn Recreation District office, 123 Recreation Drive, or call (530) 885-8461 to request a mailed copy. View the complete lineup, and register for classes, at auburnrec.com.