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Youth Programs

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Storywalk

Location: Downtown Park
Co-Sponsored by: Christiansburg Library and Christiansburg Recreation Dept.
Additional Information: This is a nationally – known program which promotes reading 
and exercise in the outdoors for children.  A new book is put in the story boards each month. 
Come exercise, read and enjoy the fun!


ENERGY OUTLET FOR ELEME?NTARY HOME SCHOOLERS –
INSTRUCTOR: LISA BASS

Eligibility: Ages 5-9
Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center – Multi Purpose Room 1/Classroom 1
Additional Information: Experience a weekly dose of physical education for students ages 5-9 years old.  Physical activities will be provided to improve physical fitness, enhance the overall health and wellness, and influence learning opportunities. 
Minimum: 4             Maximum: 8

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

TR/NR

Weeks

Fall

June 1

Aug. 15

Aug. 18

Friday

11 - 11:45 a.m.

$20/$40

6


ENERGY OUTLET FOR OLDER HOME SCHOOLERS –
INSTRUCTOR:  LISA BASS

Eligibility: Ages 10-12
Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center – Multi Purpose Room 1/Classroom 1
Additional Information: Experience a weekly dose of physical education for students ages 10-12 years old. A wide variety of physical activities will be provided to improve fundamental skills, teamwork and lifetime fitness development.
Minimum: 4            Maximum: 8

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

TR/NR

Weeks

Fall

June 1

Aug. 15

Aug. 18

Friday

12 - 12:45 p.m.

$20/$40

6


YOUTH KUNG FU – INSTRUCTOR: MATHEW KOMELSKI

Eligibility: Ages: 7-12
Location: Recreation Center – Multi Purpose Room 1
Additional Information: Dragon-Tiger-Eagle Kung Fu is a system of martial arts and self-defense that helps children improve their fitness and flexibility, while building confidence and learning about discipline.  The fundamental elements of the style include tumbling, grappling, kicking and punching.  Students also learn the ethical tenets of Kung Fu:  Loyalty, Respect, Compassion, Cooperation and Conflict Resolution.  The class is led by 6th Degree Black Belt, Dr. Matthew F. Komelski. Participants need to wear black sweatpants and white t-shirts.
Minimum: 3          Maximum: 15

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

FEE

Weeks

Session I

Mar. 20

April 20

April 25

Tuesday

7 - 8 p.m.

$50

8


BALLET – INSTRUCTOR: PAT HORNE

Eligibility: Ages 4-7
Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center – Multi-Purpose Room 1
Additional Information: Introduction to ballet. Participants will need to have ballet slippers. Parents are asked not to stay during class time. The last class will be Parents Day.Minimum: 5          Maximum: 8

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

TR/NR

Weeks

Fall

June 1

Aug. 17

Aug. 21

Monday

5 - 5:45 p.m.

$20/$40

6


MOVEMENT TO MUSIC– INSTRUCTOR: TERRY WILSON

Eligibility: Ages 4-7
Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center – Multi-Purpose Room 2
Additional Information:  This class combines dance moves that are not as structured as a beginners dance class.  Class includes fun dance music with easy movements and motivational skills for the child that enjoys learning and exercising.
Minimum:  5    Maximum: 15

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

TR/NR

Weeks

Session I

April 3

May 19

May 23

Tuesday

4:15 - 5 p.m.

$20/$40

4


BEGINNING JUNIOR FIRST LEGO LEAGUE- INSTRUCTOR: LISA BASS

Eligibility: Ages 6-9
Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center – Classroom I
Additional Information: The Junior First Lego League captures children’s curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology.  This program features a theme-based concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction and imagination.  Lego bricks are used to build a model that moves using simple machines.  Teams will develop a “Show Me” poster to illustrate their journey for an end of session event.
Minimum: 4          Maximum: 6

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

TR/NR

Weeks

Session I

May 1

Aug. 25

Aug. 31

Thursday

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

$40/$60

8


ADVANCED JUNIOR FIRST LEGO LEAGUE- INSTRUCTOR: LISA BASS

Eligibility: Ages 6-9
Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center – Classroom I
Additional Information: The advanced class is for children who have taken the beginner class before.  Participants will be able to combine Lego bricks with working motors and sensors to build a model themed on a real-world scientific concept.  These activities will introduce children to robotics.  Teams will develop teamwork, STEM and cross-curricular skills resulting in a final model and a “Show Me” poster to illustrate their journey for an end of session event, possibly an optional Jr. Lego League Expo in the community.
Minimum: 4          Maximum: 6

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

TR/NR

Weeks

Session I

May 1

Aug. 25

Aug. 30

Wednesday

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

$40/$60

8


BEGINNING HORSEMANSHIP – INSTRUCTOR: CHELISTA LINKOUS

Eligibility: Ages 8-17
Location: 866 Silver Lake Road, Christiansburg
Additional Information: Have a great time learning how to ride a horse during this four-week program.  Participants will learn all about the horse, the tack, how to mount/dismount, trotting, etc.
Maximum: 2

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

TR/NR

Weeks

May

April 3

April 27

May 3

Wednesday

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

$125/$145

4

June

April 3

May 31

June 7

Wednesday

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

$125/$145

4

August

April 3

July 26

Aug. 2

Wednesday

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

$125/$145

4


TEEN POLICE ACADEMY

Eligibility: Christiansburg High School Students or other High School students with a valid one-year Recreation Center membership Current Grades 9-12
Date: June 5-9
Location: Recreation Center and Police Dept.
Co-Sponsored by: Christiansburg Police Dept. & Christiansburg Recreation Dept.

Merit Badge Programs

The following activities are available for boys ages 10-17 interested in improving their health, learning new skills and expanding their work.  Also, this is an introduction to Boy Scouting and starting a journey of earning badge requirements while having fun!  Once a Boy Scout submits a “blue card” (provided in each class) to his troop leader, his troop will purchase and award the badge.

 **Non-Boy Scouts (boys and girls) are also welcome to sign up and learn new skills and topics through these programs as well as experience a part of the Boy Scouting program.

Explosion 1: NEW
CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY – INSTRUCTOR:  LISA BASS

Location: Recreation Center – Classroom 1
Minimum: 4          Maximum: 15
Additional Information:  Living in a community means more than residence.  In order to be productive citizens, children need to learn more about their neighborhoods, town and counties as well as become knowledgeable in the governments and organizations within those borders.    This is an Eagle-required merit badge for Boy Scouts.

  Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

TR/NR

April 3-May 25

Ages 10-17

Tuesday, May 30

9 a.m. - noon

$12/$22

Explosion 1: NEW
CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD – INSTRUCTOR:  LISA BASS

Location: Recreation Center – Classroom 1
Minimum: 4          Maximum: 15
Additional Information:  Youth today can make a bigger impact in the world.  Learn about governments, rights and travel in other countries.    This is an Eagle-required merit badge for Boy Scouts.

Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

TR/NR

April 3-May 25

Ages 10-17

Tuesday, May 30

1 – 4 p.m.

$12/$22


EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS – INSTRUCTOR:  LISA BASS

Location: Recreation Center – Classroom I
Minimum: 4          Maximum: 15
Additional Information:  Learn to be prepared by learning the actions that can be helpful and needed before, during, and after an emergency.   This is an Eagle-required merit badge for Boy Scouts.

 Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

TR/NR

April 3-May 25

Ages 10-17

Wednesday, May 31

9 a.m. – noon

$12/$22

Explosion 1: NEW
SAFETY – INSTRUCTOR:  LISA BASS

Location: Recreation Center – Classroom 1
Minimum: 4          Maximum: 15
Additional Information:  Knowing about safety helps kids make the right choices to take the best action to avoid accidents in their everyday lives and to respond appropriately during an emergency situation.  

  Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

TR/NR

April 3-May 25

Ages 10-17

Wednesday May 31

1 – 4 p.m.

$12/$22

Explosion 1: NEW
COMMUNICATION – INSTRUCTOR:  LISA BASS

Location: Recreation Center – Classroom 1
Minimum: 5          Maximum: 15
Additional Information:  The ways that we communicate help our ideas grow and relationships stay strong.  Learn the many methods of communication, the etiquette and the steps in getting your message clearly shared. This is an Eagle-required merit badge for Boy Scouts.

  Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

TR/NR

April 3-May 25

Ages 10-17

Thursday, June 1

9 a.m. – noon

$12/$22

Explosion 1: NEW
JOURNALISM – INSTRUCTOR:  LISA BASS

Location: Recreation Center – Classroom 1
Minimum: 5          Maximum: 15
Additional Information:  The media keeps us informed of what is happening in our community and why the 1st Amendment Freedom of the Press is so important.  Participants will review different media types, learn the 5W’s and ways to write the news.

  Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

TR/NR

April 3-May 25

Ages 10-17

Thursday, June 1

1 – 4 p.m.

$12/$22


COOKING – INSTRUCTOR:  LISA BASS

Location: Recreation Center – Kitchen
Minimum: 4          Maximum: 15
Additional Information:  To stay active, young people need to eat healthy.  Techniques on planning, shopping and cooking meals will be taught, along with a visit to a local grocery store, cooking a lunch and preparing a meal for an afternoon hike (weather permitting).    This is an Eagle-required merit badge for Boy Scouts as well as a lifelong skill.

 Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

TR/NR

April 3-May 25

Ages 10-17

Friday, June 2

9 a.m. –  4 p.m.

$25/$35

 

Youth Gymnastics

 *For information regarding classes and inclement weather, please contact VA Techniques at (540)381-5151 or visit their website at www.vatechniques.com

LEAPING LIZARDS GYMNASTICS

Eligibility: Girls and Boys Ages 5-7
Location: Virginia Techniques Gymnastics, 1550 Roanoke Street, Suite C, Christiansburg
Additional Information: No Virginia Techniques membership fee required. Children should wear comfortable clothing, bare feet, no jewelry, and long hair should be pulled back. Class Description: Basic through intermediate gymnastics skills, coordination, agility, and balance are the main components of this class. Also, expect increased self-esteem, confidence building and working through fears. An emphasis of developing strong and flexible bodies will be through repetitions of chin ups, rope climbs, splits, standing bridges, handstands and cartwheels. Students in this class will spend time perfecting their basic skills while learning safe progressions into more intermediate skills. All students will grow at their individual pace with encouragement and positive reinforcement.

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

Fee

Weeks

May

April 3

April 25

May 2

Tuesday

6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

$70

4

June

April 3

June 1

June 6

Tuesday

6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

$70

4

July

April 3

July 3

July 11

Tuesday

6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

$70

4

August

April 3

July 25

Aug. 1

Tuesday

6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

$70

4

Sept.

April 3

Aug. 29

Sept. 5

Tuesday

6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

$70

4


LEAPING LIZARDS GYMNASTICS

Eligibility: Girls and Boys Ages 5-7
Location: Virginia Techniques Gymnastics
1550 Roanoke Street, Suite C, Christiansburg
Additional Information: No Virginia Techniques membership fee required. Children should wear comfortable clothing, bare feet, no jewelry, and long hair should be pulled back. Class Description: Basic through intermediate gymnastics skills, coordination, agility, and balance are the main components of this class. Also, expect increased self-esteem, confidence building and working through fears. An emphasis of developing strong and flexible bodies will be through repetitions of chin ups, rope climbs, splits, standing bridges, handstands and cartwheels. Students in this class will spend time perfecting their basic skills while learning safe progressions into more intermediate skills. All students will grow at their individual pace with encouragement and positive reinforcement.

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

Fee

Weeks

May

April 3

April 27

May 3

Wednesday

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

$70

4

June

April 3

June 1

June 7

Wednesday

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

$70

4

July

April 3

June 28

July 5

Wednesday

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

$70

4

August

April 3

July 26

Aug. 2

Wednesday

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

$70

4

Sept.

April 3

Aug. 30

Sept. 6

Wednesday

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

$70

4


KARTWHEELING KOALAS GYMNASTICS

Eligibility: Girls 3rd-5th grade­­
Location: Virginia Techniques Gymnastics
1550 Roanoke Street, Suite C, Christiansburg
Additional Information: No Virginia Techniques membership fee required. Children should wear comfortable clothing, bare feet, no jewelry, and long hair should be pulled back. Class Description: Basic through intermediate gymnastics skills, coordination, agility, and balance are the main components of this class. Also, expect increased self-esteem, confidence building and working through fears. An emphasis of developing strong and flexible bodies will be through repetitions of chin ups, rope climbs, splits, standing bridges, handstands and cartwheels. Students in this class will spend time perfecting their basic skills while learning safe progressions into more intermediate skills. All students will grow at their individual pace with encouragement and positive reinforcement.

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

Fee

Weeks

May

April 3

April 25

May 2

Tuesday

6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

$70

4

June

April 3

June 1

June 6

Tuesday

6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

$70

4

July

April 3

July 3

July 11

Tuesday

6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

$70

4

August

April 3

July 26

Aug. 1

Tuesday

6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

$70

4

Sept.

April 3

Aug. 30

Sept. 5

Tuesday

6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

$70

4


TUMBLING TIGERS

Eligibility: Boys 1st-5th grade
Location: Virginia Techniques Gymnastics
1550 Roanoke Street, Suite C, Christiansburg
Additional Information: No Virginia Techniques membership fee required.   Children should wear comfortable clothing, bare feet, no jewelry, and long hair should be pulled back.   Class Description:  Tumbling Tigers is designed for school aged, beginner level boys. It’s not only great for boys interested in learning gymnastics, but also for those trying to stay in shape during the off season of other sports. With an emphasis on learning skills such as balance, coordination, agility, flexibility, and strength, this class is sure to help any athlete reach their full potential in any sport they wish to pursue. Tigers introduce boys to equipment designed specifically for boys, as well as other standard gymnastics apparatus. All students in the Tumbling Tigers class will row at their individual pace with encouragement and positive reinforcement.

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

Fee

Weeks

May

April 3

April 27

May 4

Thursday

6:15 - 7:15 p.m.

$70

4

June

April 3

May 26

June 1

Thursday

6:15 - 7:15 p.m.

$70

4

July

April 3

June 28

July 6

Thursday

6:15 - 7:15 p.m.

$70

4

August

April 3

July 26

Aug. 3

Thursday

6:15 - 7:15 p.m.

$70

4

Sept.

April 3

Aug. 31

Sept. 7

Thursday

6:15 - 7:15 p.m.

$70

4


TUMBLING AND TRAMPOLINE BEGINNER

Eligibility: Girls and Boys 1st grade and up
Location: Virginia Techniques Gymnastics
1550 Roanoke Street, Suite C, Christiansburg
Additional Information: No Virginia Techniques membership fee required. Children should wear comfortable clothing, bare feet, no jewelry, and long hair should be pulled back. Class Description: This class is designed to help any child learn how to flip! From boys to girls, cheerleaders to dancers, or just anyone who likes to go upside down, tumbling specific classes use aids such as skill cushions, incline mats, back handspring trainers, spring floors, trampolines, and foam pits. Children will focus on core body strength, coordination, flexibility, and body awareness to safely accelerate learning time. Experienced spotters are available to help athletes maintain, develop, and improve handspring and aerial skills. 

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

Fee

Weeks

May

April 3

April 27

May 6

Saturday

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

$70

4

June

April 3

May 25

June 3

Saturday

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

$70

4

July

April 3

June 23

July 1

Saturday

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

$70

4

August

April 3

July 28

Aug. 5

Saturday

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

$70

4

Sept.

April 3

Aug. 25

Sept. 2

Saturday

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

$70

4