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**NEW**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 cancels by the deadline.  Anything after the deadline, 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 people.  Call us today for more information about how you can be a part of sharing your talent with others.
 
ONGOING EVENTS - Join us for these great ongoing activities!
 
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 Hays Recreation Center in the Marcy Allenbaugh Conference Room.  The HRC will provide pop, popcorn, 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 to help offset the cost of supplies and supervisor.
 
TUESDAY BRIDGE TIME
Do you love playing Bridge?  If you are, come on out to the Recreation Center and play.  Get together with your friends and meet some new ones while you play this great card game.  This program will meet every Tuesday from 1:00 – 5:00pm, in the Dale Allenbaugh Conference Room.
 
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.
 
PICKLEBALL
WE HAVE GROUPS LOOKING FOR PLAYERS!!  
(We have a group specifically on Wednesday Morning 8:00am - 10:30am)
*See new Pickleball class on next page!
The fastest growing sport in America is played on a smaller court (the size of a badminton court). It is played with a paddle (larger than a ping pong paddle, smaller than a tennis racquet) and a whiffle ball. The balls & paddles are furnished, or bring your own. 
We have groups that just hit the ball around for fun and others that play by the rules.  The idea is just to get out and HAVE FUN, and get some exercise!  
Held on: Monday - Friday
Time:  8:00am - 12:00pm
(depending on court availability)
Age: 55 & older
Location: Recreation Center Gyms
 
DROP IN PICKLEBALL
We have a court reserved on Wednesday evening just for pickleball.  Come give it a try, make new friends.  There are people of all skill levels who play.
Drop In Fee: $1.00
Held on: Wednesday
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Age: 18 & older
Location: Recreation Center Gym #3
 
PRIVATE AND SMALL GROUP DANCE LESSONS
Looking for a more one-on-one or small group setting to practice your dance moves? We offer small group dance lessons that can be tailored to fit your schedule and needs.  Swing dancing and line dancing lessons are available upon request.
Entry Deadline: Anytime!
Entry Fee: $10.00 per person/Groups of 5+
$20.00 per person/Groups of 4 or less
1-hour sessions
Held on: Set up on individual basis
Ages: 18 & older or under 18 w/an adult
Location: Leisure Center
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt
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ESSENTIAL OIL KICKSTARTER
This class will provide you with recipes for successfully integrating essential oils into your home for cleaning, aromatherapy, and more. It will also include a 6-pack starter set of Prospectively Healthy Essential Oil Blends.
Entry Deadline: April 10
Entry Fee: $25.00
Held on Wednesday, April 17
Times: 5:30 – 6:15pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt
Certified Health Education Specialist
 
DIY CHOCOLATE
Come learn the history of chocolate, and how it’s made, and make your own bar to take home!
Entry Deadline: April 10
Entry Fee: $15.00
Held on Wednesday, April 17
Times: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt
Certified Health Education Specialist
 
PREPARE FOR YOUR SPRING 
GARDEN
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Entry Deadline: April 17
Entry Fee: $15.00
Held On: Saturday, April 20
Times: 2:00pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 10
Instructor: Nan Sundgren (Prairie Nana)
 
KANSAS HUNTER EDUCATION CLASS
Kansas Hunter Education teaches new hunters to be ethical, safe and knowledgeable. The course consists of subjects covering hunter response bility, ethics, fair chase, history of firearms, firearms basics, ammunition, basic gun safety, field safety, bow hunting, conservation and wildlife management, wildlife of Kansas, outdoor emergencies, Kansas hunting regulations and boating safety for hunters.  The traditional hunter education course is organized and conducted by volunteer instructors. Students MUST turn 11 by the last day of class in order to receive their Hunter Education Card.  All parents are welcome to attend the classes with their child.  Students are REQUIRED to attend both days. 
Entry Deadline: Session 1: April 17
Session 2: August 14
Entry Fee: $5.00 per person
Held on: Session 1: Friday & Sat. - April 19 & 20
Session 2: Thurs. & Sat. - August 15 & 17
Times: Session 1: Friday – 1:00 – 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Session 2: Thursday – 6:00 - 9:30pm
Saturday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Ages: 11 & older as of the last day of class
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 10   Max. 35
PRESENTATION IS 
EVERYTHING AT THE FAIR
Want to show your flowers in the Ellis County Fair but you are not in 4-H? Yes! Then this workshop is for you! Learn some tips, tricks and entry requirements from Certified Master Gardeners to help make your flowers look their best for presentation. There will be a few changes in the Open Class Flower categories for 2019. Those changes will be discussed in this class. You will also be creating a small arrangement to take home with you. Sign up right away! 
Entry Deadline: April 17
Entry Fee: $10.00
Held on: Tuesday, April 30
Times: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Ages: 15 & older
Limitations: Min. 8   Max. 20
Location: Ellis County Extension Office
Instructor: K-State Extension Master Gardeners
 
HOW TO CREATE A T-SHIRT QUILT
T-shirt quilts are a great gift idea and remedy for the box of shirts we love but don’t wear anymore. In this “How To” course, you will learn how to cut, stabilize, design, piece, and finish a quilt in a traditional finished look. Sewing experience is required but for this course you will not need to bring your sewing machine. I will provide handouts to help take the information home and a Teflon sheet for stabilizing. A supply list will be given to you when you register! If you are looking to start sewing take the Beginner’s Sewing class and get in some experience so you can join us for this class as well.
Entry Deadline: Session 1: April 24
Session 2: May 29
Session 3: July 3
Session 4: July 31
Entry Fee: $25.00 per session
Held on: Session 1: Wednesday, May 8
Session: 2 Wednesday, June 5
Session 3: Wednesday, July 10
Session 4: Wednesday, August 7
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 12
 
CHALKING WITH MARIE
Chalking is done by using screen-print transfers and either ink or paste. It is done by laying transfer down and spreading the paste over top and remove the transfer. Can use a variety of transfers on projects. It’s up to your creativity on how you want to do your project. Every project is different. A different project will be made at each class. All supplies will be provided and projects will be completed that day.
Entry Deadline: Session 1: May 1
Session 2: May 29
Session 3: June 26
Session 4: July 31
Entry Fee: $20.00 
Held on Session 1: Tuesday, May 14
Session 2: Tuesday, June 11
Session 3: Tuesday, July 9
Session 4: Tuesday, August 13
Times: 6:30pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 10
Instructor: Marie Schmidtberger
Chalk Couture Designer
 
PRINTED PHOTO ORGANIZING
You have printed photos stored in boxes, tubs, and albums.  You know you should organize them but the task is just too overwhelming!  The first session of the class will teach a step by step system to help you finally get those photos out of the boxes and easy to share with friends and family.  The second session will show options for converting those photos, slides, and tapes to digital.  Please bring your box of photos so we can start organizing together!
Entry Deadline: Session 1: May 1
Session 2: July 3
Entry Fee: $30.00
Held on Session 1: Tuesday’s – May 7 & 14
Session 2: Tuesday’s – July 9 & 16
Times: 7:00 – 8:00pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 1   Max. 10
Instructor: Sandy Werth
 
GARDEN CONSULTATION FOR BEGINNER GARDENERS
Are you thinking about having a garden for the first time this year, yet you are not sure how you should start?  Sign up for a consultation with Prairie Nana, Nan Sundgren.  We will talk about your specific situation, and you can get an idea of what you can do with what you have.  Bring pictures or sketches of your lot or area where you will be gardening if you have them.  Enjoy an hour and a half of thinking about what you might grow, and learning about practical ways you might do it.
Entry Deadline: Session 1: May 1
Session 2: May 29
Entry Fee: $15.00
Held On: Session 1: Wednesday, May 8
Session 2: Wednesday, June 5
Times: 6:00pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 1   Max. 5
Instructor: Nan Sundgren (Prairie Nana)
 
COMBATTING SEASONAL 
ALLERGIES
Take a look at how the body fights allergies, and learn how it can be helped with these simple tricks. Free samples included.
Entry Deadline: May 15
Entry Fee: $15.00
Held on Wednesday, May 22
Times: 5:30 – 6:15pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt
Certified Health Education Specialist
 
SUMMER SMOOTHIES
Come learn how to make smoothies are both refreshing and delicious, all while helping maintain health. Make your own recipe in class and then try it out!
Entry Deadline: May 15
Entry Fee: $15.00
Held on Wednesday, May 22
Times: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt
Certified Health Education Specialist
 
PUPPY COURSE BY FUR-EVER FRIENDS
This class is for puppy’s ages 10 weeks to 6 months.  The Handler must provide a copy of first round of shots. There must be at least 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: May 29
Session 2: July 10
Entry Fee: $50.00
Session 1: Monday’s – June 3 - 24
Session 2: Monday’s – July 15 – August 5
Times: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Early Childhood Connections Playground
(Formally known as Washington Elementary)
305 Main Street
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 8
Instructor: Raina Alm – Certified Dog Trainer
 
DOG OBEDIENCE BY FUR-EVER FRIENDS
This class is for dog’s that are ages 6 months and up.  The Handler must provide a copy of shots that include rabies and bordatella.  There must be at least 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: May 29
Session 2: July 10
Entry Fee: $75.00
Held on: Session 1: Monday’s – June 3 – July 8
Session 2: Monday’s – July 15 – August 19
Times: 7:30 – 8:30pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Early Childhood Connections Playground
(Formally known as Washington Elementary
305 Main Street
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 8
Instructor: Raina Alm – Certified Dog Trainer
 
BUILD SOIL AND MAKE 
COMPOST 101
Learn why microorganisms in your soil and compost are the foundation to gardening success, and how you can help them thrive.
Entry Deadline: May 1
Entry Fee: $15.00
Held On: Saturday, May 4
Times: 2:00pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 10
Instructor: Nan Sundgren (Prairie Nana)
 
ADULT GOLF LESSONS
Are you looking for a great activity to do during the summer?  If you are a beginner or just needing to clean up on your skills, why not learn how to play the great game of golf? 
Entry Deadline: May 29
Entry Fee: $60.00
Held on: Tues.’s & Thurs.’s – June 4 - 13
Times: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Ft. Hays Municipal Golf Course
1450 Golf Course Road
Limitations: Min. 6   Max. 14
 
ADULT TENNIS LEAGUE
Ever wanted to learn the game of tennis? It is a fantastic workout and a great lifetime sport. Many don’t know what all the 15, love and deuce talk is about. Or maybe you do. And perhaps you would “love” to relive the high school glory days and play again. Lots of folks can’t seem to find the time or a partner to hit with. Whether it is to learn something new or to revamp old talents, join us for a relaxed adult tennis outing. Victoria HS Head Coach Kaylene Gabel will be on-site each evening for instruction (for those in need) and/or to play and coordinate play. (Bring your own racket.) Feel free to contact Kaylene for any specific questions by email kaylenegabel@gmail.com or text/call 785-650-3318.
Entry Deadline: June 5
Entry Fee: $30.00
Held on: Thursday’s – June 13, 20, 27,
July 11, 18, 25
Times: 7:30 – 9:00pm
Ages: 25 & older
Limitations: Min. 4   Max. 20
Location: City Courts BEHIND AND SOUTHEAST
OF HAYS AQUATIC PARK
 
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 participant will receive a pair of knitting needle and yarn.
Entry Deadline: June 5
Entry Fee: $25.00
Held on: Tuesday’s – June 11 & 18
Times: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages: 10 & older
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor: Deanna Newberry
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour, evidence-based class that teaches community members who work with adolescents to recognize and intervene appropriately when a youth is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. (This class is for adults who work with children, not for children.) Topics include anxiety, depression, substance use, suicide prevention and much more. The class focuses on de-stigmatizing mental illness in the community. Those who attend the full eight hours will receive a certificate of completion and a manual to keep. Continuing education credits are available for some professions. Please bring a sack lunch and your own drinks/snacks. Childcare is NOT provided.
Entry Deadline: June 5
Entry Fee: FREE (Registration still required)
Held on: Tuesday, June 11
Times: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Ages: 18 & older
Limitations: Min. 10   Max. 35
Location: Recreation Center
Instructor: High Plains Mental Health Center staff
 
DIGITAL PHOTO ORGANIZING
Are your digital pictures overwhelming you? Are they located in several places…the computer, camera cards, phones, tablets, etc? Are you afraid if you lose your phone or your computer crashes that all your digital photos would be gone? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this class is for you. This class will help you take your digital photo mess and turn it into a beautifully organized collection of memories that your family will enjoy for generations. This class will be split up into two evenings to give us time to work on your digital photos.  Please bring your laptop, tablet or phone.
Entry Deadline: Session 1: June 12
Session 2: August 14
Entry Fee: $30.00
Held on Session 1: Tuesday’s – June 18 & 25
Session 2: Tuesday’s – August 20 & 27
Times: 7:00 – 8:00pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 1   Max. 10
Instructor: Sandy Werth
 
STRESS MANAGEMENT, STRONGER YOU
Come learn 25 different ways to deflect stress on your body. A take home stress remedy kit included.
Entry Deadline: June 12
Entry Fee: $15.00
Held on Wednesday, June 19
Times: 5:30 – 6:15pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt
Certified Health Education Specialist
 
BACKYARD BBQ HACKS
Score 100% on your next backyard BBQ with these easy hacks and amazing recipes, also take home some DIY BBQ Chicken!
Entry Deadline: June 12
Entry Fee: $15.00
Held on Wednesday, June 19
Times: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt
Certified Health Education Specialist
 
BRING YOUR GARDEN INTO BEING
Layout, plant, and care for your life-going garden. Let it nurture you and give you joy!
Entry Deadline: May 22
Entry Fee: $15.00
Held On: Saturday, May 25
Times: 2:00pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 10
Instructor: Nan Sundgren (Prairie Nana)
 
SLEEP SOLUTIONS
Sleep is an integral part of our health. While getting a solid 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep may be impossible, these helpful tips are achievable for anyone. Take home a sleep solutions kit to get a jumpstart on better sleep!
Entry Deadline: July 10
Entry Fee: $15.00
Held on Wednesday, July 17
Times: 5:30 – 6:15pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt
Certified Health Education Specialist
 
ONE POT WONDERS
This class will teach you all about one pot wonders. Timing, portions, ratios, and seasonings. Meal + recipe cards included.
Entry Deadline: July 10
Entry Fee: $15.00
Held on Wednesday, July 17
Times: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt
Certified Health Education Specialist
 
TATTING
Learn shuttle tatting in this class.  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: July 10
Entry Fee: $25.00
Held on: Tuesday’s - July 16 & 23
Times: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor: Deanna Newberry
 
ADULT MENTAL HEALTH 
FIRST AID
Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour, evidence-based class that teaches community members to recognize and respond appropriately when someone is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. Topics include anxiety, depression, substance use, suicide prevention and much more. The class focuses on de-stigmatizing mental illness in the community.  Those who attend the full eight hours will receive a certificate of completion and a manual to keep. Continuing education credits are available for some professions. Please bring a sack lunch and your own drinks/snacks. Childcare is NOT provided.
Entry Deadline: July 17
Entry Fee: FREE (Registration still required)
Held on: Friday, July 19
Times: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Ages: 18 & older
Limitations: Min. 10   Max. 35
Location: Recreation Center
Instructor: High Plains Mental Health Center staff
 
FAMILY UNDERACHIEVER RACE POP & PIZZA
Calling all families to join us for our family underachiever race.  We will have the course set up with obstacles in between and stations to stop at to down a cup of pop and a pizza bite before moving on to the next station.  The fun begins and ends at the finish line. Come on foot or put the kids in the strollers and let the weekend fun begin. 
Entry Deadline: July 17
Entry Fee: $10.00 - Includes shirt/drink/pizza
Held on: Saturday, July 20
Time: 9:00am
Ages: 0 - 99
Location: Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex
 
45th ANNUAL HAYS MERCHANTS GOLF TOURNAMENT
Be part of this great Hays tradition the 45th Annual Hays Merchants Golf Tournament!  Play will be held Saturday, July 27 at Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course and Sunday, July 28 at Smoky Hill Country Club. The tournament is open to both men and women, with flights for men, women & seniors (55 years old & older).  All flights must have a minimum of 10 golfers.   The number of golfers and Saturday’s scores will determine the number of flights. This tournament is open to everyone - NOT just Ellis County residents.  Cart rentals available at each location for an additional fee. (Cart fees will slightly increase this year.)
Thanks to our Gold Sponsor’s – 
Nex-Tech & Nex-Tech Wireless
and HESS Services.  
Silver Sponsors include: 
Adams Brown Beran & Ball, Auto World, Paul-Wertemberger Construction,
& RDH Electric.
Entry Deadline: July 24
Entry Fee: $80.00
Held on:  Saturday & Sunday - July 27 & 28
Times: Tee times start at 7:20am
Pick your tee time when you register
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Saturday @ Fort Hays Municipal
Sunday @ Smoky Hill Country Club
Limitations: Min. 10 per division
Divisions:  Mens, Womens & Seniors (55 & older)
 
ADVANCED KNITTING
Learn how to read patterns and make slippers.  You will need to bring to class knitting needles (Size 8 Needles) and 4 ounces of yarn. Pre-requisite for course you must have taken our entry level Knitting class.
Entry Deadline: July 31
Entry Fee: $25.00
Held on Tuesday’s – August 6 & 13
Times: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor: Deanna Newberry
 
HEADACHES + MIGRAINES
Learn about the multiple types of headaches and migraines, as well as proven prevention and management techniques. Head health sample kit of goodies included.
Entry Deadline: August 7
Entry Fee: $15.00
Held on Wednesday, August 14
Times: 5:30 – 6:15pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt
Certified Health Education Specialist
 
KIDS SNACKS + LUNCHES
Learn about the health properties (and shortcomings) of school meals, and how you can make balanced meals for the same price as a school lunch. Recipe cards and snack included.
Entry Deadline: August 7
Entry Fee: $15.00
Held on Wednesday, August 14
Times: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt
Certified Health Education Specialist
 
LOVE YOUR PET PHOTO CONTEST
Take a picture of your sweet pet and enter it in this photo contest.  All photos should be no larger than 4x6 in size, with your name and phone number written on the BACK of the picture.  All entries must be submitted at the Hays Recreation Center.  Prizes will be awarded.  Winners will be judged on the day of the Dog Swim at the Hays Aquatic Park.
Entry Deadline: Friday, August 16 @ 4:00pm
Entry Fee: FREE
Held on: Saturday, August 17
Times: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Ages: All Ages
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