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Fit in the OV: Stay active, have fun in 2018

December 6, 2017

Some of us have been thinking about these things since that second helping of Thanksgiving stuffing! Meanwhile, your Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Department has been hard at work, planning activities, classes and special events to make sure the first quarter of your year is filled with more choices than ever before! The new Spring 2018 Program Guide is already available, so it’s time to get planning! I wanted to personally give you a preview of what Oro Valley’s residents can look forward to in the coming months.

By now you know that the Oro Valley Community Center has everything you need for fitness, including strength equipment, swimming pools, cardio machines, group fitness classes and boot camps. But did you know you could get personalized training as well? One-on-one instructors ranging from fitness professionals, golf lessons, tennis pros, swimming, archery, Karate and more, all to help you reach your potential in specific areas.

If fitness classes don’t interest you, maybe you’re looking to gain a new skill or pick up an old hobby. How about multiple art classes that can teach you some new techniques? Or the popular “Oh, For the Love of Music” community group that jams together once a month? New this year will be an acting class Friday nights for those thespians out there wanting to hone their craft. Speaking of crafts another new class will be creating “Pinterest” style cards everyone will be impressed with. A wide array of classes and instruction is available to anyone yearning to learn.

And hey, people aren’t the only ones who need to learn new things. Don’t forget about your pets! Parks and Recreation has you covered with multiple K-9 classes, including obedience training, behavior modification, and even the popular flyball training is available. New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be limited to just humans!

To add even more to your calendar, we have several great events lined up. The Hot Cocoa 5k on New Year’s Day is a great time to grab a jog and a cup. The Third Annual BEYOND Ultimate Frisbee Tournament on Jan. 13 will showcase some great talent, and a Valentine’s Day archery shoot will be held for all those Cupids out there. Feb. 24 is our annual MOVE Across 2 Ranges hiking challenge, highlighting the mountainous beauty of Marana and Oro Valley. And let’s not forget the stampede that is known as Easter Eggstravaganza on March 31. This popular event quickly outgrew the Pusch Ridge Golf location, so we’re moving the party over to James D. Kriegh Park! The new location will have more parking, allow for egg hunts segmented by age group, and have more space for the hundreds of people who have enjoyed it in the past.

You can also fill your weeks with many ongoing programs. A new kickball league will bring you and your friends out for some fun. A mural making camp is available for those who want to build something that will showcase their talents. Meet your friends (or make new ones) at weekly pickleball games, tennis leagues, and golf outings. In Oro Valley, you can stay as busy as you want to be!

Want to keep your kids busy too? We’ve got some awesome Spring Break camps this year. Some will definitely want to get a head start on a summer job by earning a lifeguard certification this spring. Others can hang with horses, or play dodgeball at the Community Center. Others can learn all about the natural world at Nature Camp. We’ve got plenty of options to keep kids active and learning while school is out.

Regardless of your age, interests or ability, the professional staff at Oro Valley Parks and Recreation is hard at work, ensuring that the start of 2018 is as great as you want it to be.

Details on all of these exciting opportunities can be found in your Spring 2018 Program Guide. View it online at www.orovalleyaz.gov or stop by the Community Center to pick one up. We’ve opened the door, all you have to do is walk on through.

By Kevin Marts, Oro Valley Community Center manager - Explorer Newspaper, 12/6/17