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Rec center gears up for fall season

by Frances Potts

Adults, children and the in-between ages will find some old favorites among the fall season activities being planned by Joan Niemeyer and her staff at the Sunnyside Recreation Department.

Knitting, an old fashioned handicraft that has come back into style, is offered to beginners in classes that started Sept. 13. There are still two classes left for those who want to get in on the ground floor. Check dates and times at the center, 837-8660. An intermediate class is also ongoing.

Line dance exercise for beginners, intermediate and advanced dancers got underway Sept. 12 and will continue through Oct. 24. Sandi Buchmann is instructing these classes at the community center in South Hill Park, 1521 South First Street.

Jim and Nan Ide still have dancing space in their basic ballroom classes, which are held on Fridays at the Pioneer School gym on Lincoln Avenue, west of Wal-Mart.

The Ides are open to bringing dancers up to speed, if they have missed the first few sessions, but another class will begin Nov. 4. It also will be held on Fridays at Pioneer.

Niemeyer said the popular computer classes for senior citizens, which the rec center co-sponsors with the Sunnyside Library, are going to be repeated free for those 55 years and older. There will be two Thursday sessions in October, on the 20th and 27th, from 4 to 6 p.m. Sessions will also be held in November and December.

"Sessions will cover basic computer skills and internet and e-mail. John Baldridge is the volunteer instructor," said Niemeyer.

Participants may register for a maximum of two classes, with only four participants in each class. Pre-registration is required.

Sunnyside Food Pavilion will once again sponsor its fun-filled pumpkin coloring contest from 10 to noon on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the store at 615 Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside.

Food Pavilion not only provides a pumpkin for every child from 3 to 12 years old, but awards prizes in five age groups. A grand prize, compliments of the store, will also be awarded to the overall winner.

Children who want to get into the spirit of Halloween and demonstrate their coloring skills will want to get in on this. The store will provide black markers, with which the children may use to color on their pumpkins, or participants may bring colored markers.

Niemeyer said youths from grades three through six formed teams for volleyball and flag football early in September.

"And we have now opened our Sunnyside Basketball Skills Plus to girls," said Niemeyer. "Before it was only for boys 14 to 18." The program, which is designed to improve basketball skills, focuses on shooting and conditioning. Classes will run through Nov. 10.

For more information on any of these programs, stop in at Sunnyside Recreation Department at 1521 South First Street or call 837-8660.

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