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Recreation district offers new programs and free classes

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Whether working on layups or attempting clogging is more your style, the Auburn Area Recreation and Parks District is offering something for everyone this winter. All age groups, from pre-schoolers to seniors can choose from a well-rounded selection of programs, according to Sheryl Petersen, recreation services manager. The recreation district has not only added new classes, but is also offering some for free. This allows residents to try out a class before they make a commitment. “We try and offer a wide variety of programs that are accessible and affordable for everyone,” Petersen said. Some free classes include therapeutic yoga for adults and itty bitty ballet, a new class for kids 18 months to 3 years old. Young dancers play games and learn how to follow directions in preparation for the next level of ballet. For older kids one of the more popular programs is the basketball Youth Development League. Each week, teams made up of 600 youth from the greater Auburn area gather for practice, with games taking place on Saturdays. A three-on-three basketball league was recently added for those who want to continue to play basketball recreationally through 12th grade, as well as pick-up basketball for those over 50. The Shorts Shots and Jr. Hoopsters program is a series of skills workshops followed by game play for three weeks. Classes are taught by Jason Belles and four seniors from Placer High School girl’s varsity basketball team, including Amy Clark, Ariana Jensen, Brittany Stephens and Sarah Paolini. “I think it’s very important to get kids introduced at a young age to coaches and players at the high school level,” said Placer girls varsity basketball coach, Tony Camillucci. “Some of them I’ve seen since the third grade.” While Camallucci did say you could tell who some of the athletes were, it is fostering the initial interest in the sport that makes recreational leagues important. Bill Hogdson who was one of the founders of the over 50 pick-up basketball has maintained his interest in basketball throughout his life. “We invite anyone who is interested,” Hogdson said. “It is a good workout and the level of play is high, but with good sportsmanship.” Currently, they meet every Sunday night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The cost is free and Hogdson said they are always looking for new players. For families who want to participate in something together there are several options, but Petersen recommends swimming. “Swim teams are a good family activity because the kids are swimming and parents come in supporting capacities by volunteering and helping to run meets,” Petersen said. Adults looking for new ways to stay in shape can attend cardio kickboxing, taught at Karate-Do in downtown Auburn or try one of the many unique dance courses offered. Styles range from hula to salsa and Argentine tango, even including some for couples. “I didn’t even know what clogging was before I saw it at the state fair,” Petersen said. “But I was looking through the activity guide and saw we even offer a class on that.” Groups in search of a team sport can take part in men’s and women’s slow-pitch softball. Registration for men’s and women’s teams is Feb. 1 through Feb. 28. If you are looking for a new adventure in athletics or a place to connect with locals who share your passion, the recreation district has plenty to offer. According to Petersen, the responsible fiscal planning of the department has also kept them from having to downsize classes, so residents have no need to worry about programs being cut. “We are definitely not contracting,” Petersen said. For more information on these and many more programs being offered in 2011, pick up an activity guide from the recreation district at 123 Recreation Drive in Auburn, visit the website www.auburnrec.com or call 530-885-8461 ext.0. Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com ______________________________________________________ Free classes coming up through the Auburn Area Recreation and Parks District Chi Kung Jan. 15 10:30-11:30a.m. Recreation Park, Teen Center Yoga March 29 6-7:30p.m. Canyon View Community Center Therapeutic Yoga March 30 8-9:30a.m. Canyon View Community Center For more information on ARD Programs: Call: 530-885-8461 ext. 0 Click: www.auburnrec.com Visit: 123 Recreation Drive, Auburn