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Make sure you check The Hays Recreation Commission web site for any upcoming events that did not make the program guide. Updates will be made weekly on Wednesday Gazette E-mail newsletter as well.  If you have any question on activities going on or would like to see an activity please contact Haley Nixon, Program Director at 623-2650 or haley@haysrec.org.

REFUND POLICY
Your satisfaction is important to us.  Due to program costs, including instructors, supplies, and to help maintain our minimum numbers, we ask for your cooperation when requesting a refund or credit.  Our policy is to provide a full refund or credit, your choice, to anyone who gives us two (2) business day’s notification prior to the start of class.  Anything after the two (2) business days will not receive a refund/credit unless your spot can be filled.

SHARE YOUR TALENTS
If you are interested in sharing a skill or talent with others, give us a call.  We are always looking for new activities and we need instructors for them.  The pay is competitive and it is a great way to meet and help people.  Call us today for more information on how you can be a part of sharing your talent with others.

THURSDAY NIGHT PITCH
Join us on Thursday nights for a fun evening of playing pitch.  This program will meet from 7:00 - 9:00pm at the Recreation Center in the Dale Allenbaugh Conference Room.  This program is open to anyone age 18 & older.

MONDAY NIGHT PINOCHLE
All you have to do is show up for a great night of Pinochle.  Bring your own partner or come alone and pair up with someone.  We will meet each Monday from 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Recreation Center in the Marcy Allenbaugh Conference Room.  Wal-Mart of Hays will provide the pop.  The HRC will provide the popcord, cards and other supplies.  You supply the FUN!!!  This program is open to anyone age 18 & older.  The program is free of charge although donations will be accepted each night to offset the cost of supplies and the supervisor.

PRIVATE SMALL GROUP DANCE LESSONS
Looking for a more one-on-one or small group setting to practice your dance moves? We will now be offering small group dance lessons that can be tailored to fit your schedule and needs.  Style selections can by individualized whether you’re looking for cha cha, waltz, swing and more!
Entry Deadline:  Anytime!
Entry Fee:  $60.00
  3 sessions - up to 8 participants
  Additional Person $5.00
  Additional Session $25.00
Held on:  Set up on individuals basis
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  13th Street Gym – 323 West 13
Instructor:  Tim & Melanie Folkerts
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BEGINNERS CROCHET
Learn the basic crochet stitches and techniques to make a scarf. You will also learn the basics of reading a crochet pattern. An H-hook and 1 skein of yarn will be provided for you. You will need to bring a pair of scissors.
Entry Deadline:
  Session 1: September 13
  Session 2: November 15
  Session 3: January 17
  Session 4: March 14
Entry Fee:  $30.00
Held on:  Session 1: September 19 & 26
  Session 2: November 21 & 28
  Session 3: January 23 & 30
  Session 4: March 20 & 27
Times:  7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages:  16 & older
Location:  Dale Allenbaugh Conference Room
Limitations:  Min. 3   Max. 8
Instructor:   Jamie Zerr

FUR-EVER FRIENDS: PUPPY COURSE
This class is for puppy’s ages 10 weeks to 6 months.  Handler must provide a copy of first round of shots.  There will need to be one handler per dog. In this class the puppies will learn socialization and a few of the basic obedience commands.  On week 4 of the class, the puppy will have fun with agility obstacles and will also receive a diploma.
Entry Deadline:  Session 1: Sept. 13
  Session 2: March 14
Entry Fee:  $50.00
Held on:  Session 1: Monday’s - Sept. 18 – Oct. 9
  Session 2: Monday’s - March 19 – April 9
Times:  6:00 – 7:00pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  
  Session 1: Hank Speier Ballpark - 10th & Vine
  Session 2: Bickle/Schmidt Sports Complex
Limitations:  Min. 3   Max. 8
Instructor:   Raina Alm, Certified Dog Trainer

FUR-EVER FRIENDS: BASIC DOG OBEDIENCE COURSE
This class is for dog’s that are ages 6 months and up.  Handler must provide a copy of shots that include rabies and bordatella.  There will be one handler per dog.  In this class the handler will be trained to train their dog.  They will learn basic obedience which includes sit, down, sit-stay, and down-stay; leave it and how to walk on a leash.  A head collar or pinch collar is preferred for this class.  NO choke chains are allowed.  No flexi-leashes are allowed, prefer a 6-8 foot nylon leash (they will be dragging the leash around).  On week 6 of the class, the dogs will have fun with agility obstacles and will also receive a diploma.  If the handler is unsatisfied with the dog’s progression, they can retake the class for half price.
Entry Deadline:  Session 1: September 13
  Session 2: March 14
Entry Fee:  $75.00
Held on:  Session 1: Mon.’s - Sept. 18 – Oct. 23
  Session 2: Monday’s - March 19 – April 23
Times:  7:00 – 8:00pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:
  Session 1: Hank Speier Ballpark - 10th & Vine
  Session 2: Bickle/Schmidt Sports Complex
Limitations:  Min. 3   Max. 8
Instructor:   Raina Alm, Certified Dog Trainer

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
What if you were following a plan for your money that you KNEW worked? With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money, get out of debt, and create a plan for your future and your children’s future. Join us this fall for a 9-week course, meeting once a week. Visit: www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1046304 for more information and to enroll in this course!
Entry Deadline:  September 13
Entry Fee:  Kit-Fee Online $93.00 (There is no other charge for this course, just the kit fee.)
Held on:  Saturday’s – Sept. 16 – Nov. 11
Times:  9:00 – 11:00am
Ages:  16 & older
Location:  Dale Allenbaugh Conference Room
Limitations:  Min. 4   Max. 20
Instructor:  Tori Flax

KNITTING
Learn the basic stitches of knitting during this class. You will learn how to make a dishcloth.  As a part of the fee each participants will receive a pair of knitting needles and yarn.
Entry Deadline:  September 27
Entry Fee:  $25.00
Held on:  Tuesday’s – October 3 & 10
Time:  7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Dale Allenbaugh Conference Room
Limitations:  Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor:  Deanna Newberry

INTRODUCTION TO MASSAGE THERAPY
Have you ever wanted to learn some Massage Therapy techniques to work on friends, family, and loved ones??  This is your chance!!  This is a 3 hour hands on workshop to help you save your hands, learn to apply pressure, and feel more comfortable with this therapeutic craft.  Please, feel free to contact me with more questions 785-639-7218 or h20floatcryomassage@gmail.com.
Entry Deadline:  Session 1: October 4
  Session 2: November 8
Entry Fee:  $100.00
Held on:  Session 1: Tuesday, October 10
  Session 2: Thursday, November 16
Times:  6:00 – 9:00pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  H20 Float/Cryo/Massage, LLC, 1011 W. 27th Street, Suite F4
Limitations:  Min. 2   Max. 8
Instructor:  Ceena Owens

MULTIGRAIN BREAD
Want to increase the wholesomeness of your bread without it turning into a dense brick?! Come learn the tricks for making a multigrain bread made with 50% combined whole grains and seeds (wheat, rice, oats, corn, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds) that is delicious and versatile enough to make hearth loaves, pan loaves and rolls. In this hands-on class, you’ll go home with a baked loaf plus dough for 3 more. Bring a 12-cup lidded bucket, a mixing bowl and a digital scale if you own one.
Entry Deadline:  October 4
Entry Fee:  $30.00
Held on:  Sunday, October 8
Times:  1:00 – 3:30pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 6   Max. 12
Instructor:  Cathy Drabkin

SMALL SCALE GARDENING
Would you like to find out what kinds of vegetables you can grow in a small, sunny space out of doors?  Whether you are a beginner, or a seasoned gardener, you will enjoy learning gardening basics, extended season practices, wise use of water, and even some ideas for re-purposing materials.  We will start by talking about how to prepare our soil in a patch of earth, or for a large pot, and will proceed with demonstrations and information about how to grow our own food early, seasonally, and late.  
Entry Deadline:  Session 1: October 4
  Session 2: November 1
  Session 3: January 10
  Session 4: February 14
  Session 5: March 7
Entry Fee:  $20.00
Held on:  Session 1: Wednesday, October 11
  Session 2: Wednesday, November 8
  Session 3: Wednesday, January 17
  Session 4: Wednesday, February 21
  Session 5: Wednesday, March 14
Times:  6:30 – 8:30pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Dale Allenbaugh Conference Room
Limitations:  Min. 2   Max. 10
Instructor:  Nan Sundgren (Prairie Nana)

FOOD PREP: FREEZER MEALS
Learn how to prepare freezer meals in freezer-safe bags that can be cooked in less than an hour. Great for busy nights, single households, or traveling parents. This course includes grocery lists and recipes, but does not include food.
Entry Deadline:  October 11
Entry Fee:  $15.00
Held on:  Tuesday, October 17
Times:  6:30 – 7:30pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 1   Max. 25
Instructor:  Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

TO EAT ORGANIC OR NOT-FIND OUT THE ANSWER
Learn about why physicians are recommending organic foods, and how to work within a budget while still remaining health conscious.
Entry Deadline:  October 18
Entry Fee:  $12.00
Held on:  Tuesday, October 24
Times:  6:30 – 7:30pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 1   Max. 25
Instructor:  Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

PIES FOR THE HOLIDAY TABLE
Get ready for the holidays with homemade pies! In this hands-on class you’ll learn the tips for making two types of all-butter crusts, better than any of the pre-fab ones at the grocery store! You’ll go home with a completely baked Apple or Chocolate-Pecan Pie, as well as dough to make another at home. Bring a pastry cutter or food processor if you have one, a 9” pie tin, and a digital scale.
Entry Deadline:  October 25
Entry Fee:  $40.00
Held on:  Sunday, November 5
Times:  1:00 – 4:00pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 6   Max. 9
Instructor:  Cathy Drabkin

CITY LIGHTS
It’s time to see the twinkle of lights!  Saturday we will take a hay rack ride (truck & trailer) departing from Westview Church, Sunday we will enjoy the comfort of the HRC passenger bus departing from the Recreation Center. Both nights we will enjoy some Christmas music provided by the Hays High Chamber Singers. Don’t forget Mrs. Claus will be busy with stories and crafts, while Santa listens to your Christmas wish lists. Cookies, cider and hot chocolate will be provided before your ride.  Please show up 15 minutes before your schedule time. Tickets on sale at the Rec Center Mon. Oct. 30 through Friday, Dec. 8. Thanks again to this year’s sponsor: Ameriprise Financial Michael Schaffer & Associates!
Held on:  Saturday, Dec. 9 & Sunday, Dec. 10
Time:   Pick ride time when you buy tickets
  6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm or 7:30pm
Location:  Sat. - Westview Church - 3000 W 41st
  Sunday – Recreation Center

GREAT, GOOD, AND GUILTY
Cheat days, bad days, family vacations, stress, and holidays- all reasons why we have guilty feelings about what we eat. Come enjoy a different prospective on eating better, and how you can make the change to a better nutritional lifestyle, without the guilt.
Entry Deadline:  November 1
Entry Fee:  $12.00
Held on:  Wednesday, November 8
Times:  6:30 – 7:30pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 1   Max. 25
Instructor:  Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

TATTING
Get registered today and learn the lost art of Tatting.  You will learn the basics of how to make rings, joining and chains.  You will learn how to make a snowflake and edging.  As part of the fee each participant will receive a shuttle and thread.
Entry Deadline:  November 1
Entry Fee:  $25.00
Held on:  Tuesday’s – November 7 & 14
Time:  7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Dale Allenbaugh Conference Room
Limitations:  Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor:  Deanna Newberry

NOT ALL CALORIES ARE CREATED EQUAL
Why does a 100-calorie bag of chips taste so much different than 100 calories of nuts? And why am I hungry after a 700-calorie fast food meal? How can I eat only 2000 calories each day without being hungry? If you have ever asked yourself these questions, this class is the answer!
Entry Deadline:  November 8
Entry Fee:  $12.00
Held on:  Monday, November 13
Times:  5:30 - 6:30pm
Ages:  16 & older
Location:  Leisrue Center
Limitations:  Min. 1   Max. 25
Instructor:  Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

READING NUTRITION LABELS
With the recent increase in catchy food labels such as “GMO Free”, “Organic”, and “Gluten Free”, it is difficult to follow what really is the better choice. Equip yourself with the nutrition label knowledge to understand if a food really is a great as its label claims. Learn how to tell which brands are better, and if the generic brand is of equal product value, for a better price.
Entry Deadline:  November 29
Entry Fee:  $12.00
Held on:  Tuesday, December 5
Times:  5:30 - 6:30pm
Ages:  16 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 1   Max. 25
Instructor:  Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

ADVANCED KNITTING
Learn how to read patterns and make slippers.  You will need to bring to class knitting needles and 4 ounces of yarn.
Entry Deadline:  January 3
Entry Fee:  $25.00
Held on:  Tuesday’s – January 9 & 16
Times:  7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Dale Allenbaugh Conference Room
Limitations:  Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor:  Deanna Newberry

DE-STRESS YOUR SLEEP
Do you sleep for 8 hours and never feel rested? Do you lay in bed for hours before ever falling asleep? Often times sleep becomes a stressful part of our daily lives, hindering its ability to provide us with the reset we hope for. Come learn some simple tricks to improving your sleep, without pharmaceuticals and medical tests. Take home samples provided.
Entry Deadline:  January 3
Entry Fee:  $15.00
Held on:  Tuesday, January 9
Times:  5:30 - 6:30pm
Ages:  16 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 1   Max. 25
Instructor:  Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

EAT YOUR VEGETABLES
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier? Want to try more vegetables but just don’t know how to prepare them? In this mixed demonstration and hands-on class we’ll use multiple cooking methods for over a dozen veggies to create a delicious buffet lunch. Menu will include such items as bruschetta, ratatouille, garlicy beans & greens, curries, stir-fries, and more. We’ll explore eating in season, using legumes and grains to create vegetarian entrees, using a variety of herbs and aromatics for maximum flavor, cooking without recipes, and clever ways to increase our vegetable consumption. Bring a chopping knife, a paring knife and a cutting board.
Entry Deadline:  January 3
Entry Fee:  $40.00
Held on:  Saturday, January 13
Times:  9:00am – 1:00pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 6   Max. 12
Instructor:  Cathy Drabkin

OPEN FLORAL DESIGN
Attendees should have taken the Beginning Floral Design class previously. We will use those skills to assemble a wreath, swag, or centerpiece. It’s your choice! An assortment of flowers, containers, and supplies will be available for your use. Feel free to bring your own container and/or artificial flowers as well. Additional items will be available for you to purchase at a discounted rate if you desire.
Entry Deadline:  Session 1: January 17
  Session 2: February 14
Entry Fee:  $25.00
Held on:  Session 1: January 24
  Session 2: February 21
Times:  7:00 – 9:00pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Impressions Everlasting Design Studio, 2514 Vine Street, Suite #2
Limitations:  Min. 2   Max. 4
Instructor:  Sally Klausmeyer

BEGINNING FLORAL DESIGN
The motto for this floral designing class is keep calm and design on! Let us teach you stem wrapping, design planning and other basic design techniques. If you would like to begin your own creation, please bring a container and artificial flowers or purchase these items as well as supplies at a discounted rate during class. Other supplies and tools will be available for your use at no additional charge.
Entry Deadline:  Session 1: January 31
  Session 2: February 28
Entry Fee:  $10.00 per person
Held on:  Session 1: Wednesday, February 7
  Session 2: Wednesday, March 7
Times:  7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Impressions Everlasting Design Studio, 2514 Vine Street, Suite #2
Limitations:  Min. 2   Max. 4
Instructor:  Sally Klausmeyer

STRESS FREE SOLUTIONS - TEAS AND DRINKS
What’s in your cup? Come learn about drinks that help promote calmness, clarity, and stress-free energy, without putting you to sleep or boring you with their flavor. A variety of samples will be included with this presentation.
Entry Deadline:  January 17
Entry Fee:  $15.00
Held on:  Tuesday, January 23
Times:  5:30 - 6:30pm
Ages:  16 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 1   Max. 25
Instructor:  Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

STRESS FREE SOLUTIONS - BREATHING EXERCISES
At this point, the “count to 10 backwards” secret is no longer a secret. Come learn why it works, and what other free alternatives you can do, without letting others know you are doing them. These techniques also work when children and adults who have difficulty holding aggression and expressing frustrations.
Entry Deadline:  January 31
Entry Fee:  $12.00
Held on:  Tuesday, February 6
Times:  5:30 - 6:30pm
Ages:  16 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 1   Max. 25
Instructor:  Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

ECLAIRS AND GOUGERES – FUN WITH PATE A CHOUX DOUGH
With a little practice, the French pastry dough “pate a choux” is easy to master and allows for endless variations of desserts, appetizers and entrees. In this hands-on class, we’ll produce eclairs with multiple fillings and cheese gougeres to take home, as well as taste-test cream puffs, profiteroles and other treats made with this simple dough. Bring to class: whisk, large spatula, wooden spoon, and a cookie sheet.
Entry Deadline:  February 7
Entry Fee:  $40.00
Held on:  Sunday, February 18
Times:  1:00 – 4:00pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 6   Max. 12
Instructor:  Cathy Drabkin

STRESS FREE SOLUTIONS - ESSENTIAL OILS
Learn the foundation of essential oils. Featuring oils that help relieve stress and promote calmness. Take your own mixture home!
Entry Deadline:  February 7
Entry Fee:  $15.00
Held on:  Tuesday, February 13
Times:  5:30 - 6:30pm
Ages:  16 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 1   Max. 25
Instructor:  Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

STRESS FREE SOLUTIONS - OFFICE EDITION
Office positions often leave our bodies in lockdown, feeling pressure points, tight muscles, headaches, and stress. Come learn a few stress-relieving options that you can use at work, in school, and at home.
Entry Deadline:  February 14
Entry Fee:  $15.00
Held on:  Tuesday, February 20
Times:  5:30 - 6:30pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 1   Max. 25
Instructor:  Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

WEEKEND WARRIOR
This three-part course will help provide fun ideas for travel- including what to pack, what to bring in the car, and how to pack an affordable cooler of food. Includes first aid and road safety tips. Get out in nature, have a blast, and avoid spending a fortune on your trip.
Entry Deadline:  February 14
Entry Fee:  $25.00
Held on:  Tuesday’s – February 27 – March 13
Times:  5:30 - 6:30pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 1   Max. 25
Instructor:  Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

FRENCH FRUIT TART
Impress your family and friends with a French fruit tart. This beautiful dessert is made with pate sucree (a crispy short-bread style crust), filled with vanilla bean pastry cream, and elegantly topped with fresh fruit. In this hands-on class students will make a ready-to-eat tart, plus go home with a batch of tart dough to use later. Class fee includes a 6” stainless steel Matfer tart ring to use and take home.
Entry Deadline:  February 21
Entry Fee:  $45.00 (includes tart ring)
Held on:  Sunday, March 4
Times:  1:00 – 4:00pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 6   Max. 12
Instructor:  Cathy Drabkin

HAND EMROIDERY
Explore the beauty and versatility of hand needlework. Learn a variety of techniques and be exposed to a unique skill. You will have the opportunity to create your own personal work of art!
Entry Deadline:  February 28
Entry Fee:  $25.00
Held on:  Tuesday’s – March 6 & 13
Time:  7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Dale Allenbaugh Conference Room
Limitations:  Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor:  Deanna Newberry

MAKE A TABLE CENTERPIECE: EVERLASTING FLORAL DESIGN
Attendees should have taken the Beginning Floral Design class previously. We will use those skills to assemble a low table centerpiece. An assortment of materials and supplies will be available for your use and are included in the price of the class. Additional items may be purchased at a discount if desired.
Entry Deadline:  March 21
Entry Fee:  $30.00
Held on:  Wednesday, March 28
Time:  7:00 - 8:30pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Impressions Everlasting Design Studio, 2514 Vine Street, Suite #2
Limitations:  Min. 2   Max. 4
Instructor:  Sally Klausmeyer

CHALLAH AND OTHER CELEBRATION BREADS
Challah, the traditional bread of the Jewish Sabbath, is a lightly sweetened egg-bread, elaborately braided into a beautiful loaf, worthy of any celebration. In this class we will learn braiding techniques for four and more strands and flavor variations on the traditional dough.
Students will go home with a braided challah ready to bake, plus dough for a second project.
Please bring a cookie sheet.
Entry Deadline:  March 28
Entry Fee:  $35.00
Held on:  Sunday, April 8
Times:  1:00 – 4:00pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Leisure Center
Limitations:  Min. 6   Max. 12
Instructor:  Cathy Drabkin

MAKE A WREATH: EVERLASTING FLORAL DESIGN
Attendees should have taken the Beginning Floral Design class previously. We will use those skills to assemble a crescent of fall flowers to attach to an 18” wreath form such as a grapevine wreath or loop of honeysuckle vine. An assortment of materials and supplies will be available for your use and are included in the price of the class. Additional items may be purchased at a discount if desired.
Entry Deadline:  April 18
Entry Fee:  $30.00
Held on:  Wednesday, April 25
Time:  7:00 - 8:30pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location:  Impressions Everlasting Design Studio, 2514 Vine Street, Suite #2
Limitations:  Min. 2   Max. 4
Instructor:  Sally Klausmeyer

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