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2018 Spring & Summer Information
Online Registration Starts April 6th @ Midnight
In Office Registration Starts April 9th @ 8am

 

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 Room.  Walmart of Hays will provide the pop and Brookdale Living will provide the popcorn.  The HRC will provide the 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 for supplies each night.

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 Room.  This program is open to anyone age 18 & older.

PICKLE BALL
WE HAVE GROUPS LOOKING FOR PLAYERS!! 

  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 get out and HAVE FUN, and get some exercise! 
Entry Fee:   FREE
Held on:  Monday - Friday
Time:  8am – 2pm (depending on court availability)
Age:   18 & older
Location:   Recreation Center Gyms

PRIVATE AND 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.  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 individuals basis
Ages: 18 & Older or under 18 w/ an Adult
Location: 13th Street Gym – 323 West 13th St., or Leisure Center (depending on availability)
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt
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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.  Bring your gardening questions and we will address them as a part of the class.
Entry Deadline: Wednesday before the session
Entry Fee: $20.00
Held On: Wednesday’s
 Session1: April 11
 Session 2: April 18
 Session 3:  April 25
 Session 4: May 2
 Session 5: May 9
 Session 6: May 16
 Session 7: May 23
 Session 8: August 15
 Session 9: August 22
Times: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location: Recreation 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 responsibility, 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. By law, the course must be a minimum of 10 hours in length. Most courses average 12 hours of instruction over two or more days.  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 every session. The refundable deposit will be given at the end of the session on the last session.
Entry Deadline: Session 1: April 11
 Session 2: August 22
Entry Fee: $20.00 refundable deposit
Held on: Session 1: Thurs. & Sat. - April 12 & 14
 Session 2: Thurs. & Sat. - August 23 & 25
Times: Thursday – 6:00 - 9:30pm AND Saturday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Ages: 11 & older as of the last day of class
Location:  Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 10   Max. 35

EATING FOR ONE
Come learn how to meal plan and meal prep for one person, without wasting food or dollars at the grocery store. Templates and recipes included.
Entry Deadline: April 18
Entry Fee: $10.00
Held on Tuesday, April 24
Times: 2:30pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS VOLUNTEER INFORMATION NIGHT
Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for people eager to positively impact a child and improve their community at the same time.  Join us for a night of information to learn how you and/or your family can volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Being a Big Brother, Big Sister, Couple or Family Match could be one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling things you’ll ever do. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do. Play sports together, go on a hike, read books, eat your favorite pizza, or just give some advice and inspiration.  Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little-and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.  Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing.  We have many kids waiting for you.  Call Big Brothers Big Sisters at (785)625-6672 with questions or for more information.
Entry Deadline: RSVP encouraged
 but not required
Entry Fee: FREE
Held on Session 1: Tuesday, April 24
 Session 2: Tuesday, May 22
 Session 3: Tuesday, June 19
 Session 4: Tuesday, July 17
Times: 6:00 – 7:00pm
 *Refreshments provided
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Recreation Center

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children (ages 5-17) facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  Our volunteers are well screened community members.  If you feel your child(ren) could benefit from the extra support and encouragement of a Big, we would like to share more about how your child(ren) can become a Little Brother or Little Sister in our program.  We will have activities available for your children as well.  Call Big Brothers Big Sisters at (785)625-6672 with questions or for more information.
Entry Deadline: RSVP encouraged
 but not required
Entry Fee: FREE
Held on Session 1: Thursday, April 26
 Session 2: Thursday, May 24
 Session 3: Thursday, June 21
 Session 4: Thursday, July 19
Times: 6:00 – 7:00pm
 *Refreshments provided
Location: Recreation Center

DIGITAL PHOTO STRESS TO DIGITAL PHOTO PEACE
Are your pictures overwhelming you? Do you have digital pictures on the computer, camera cards, iphones, ipads, etc? Do you have printed pictures in boxes, drawers, closets, 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 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 help you better understand the process of organizing and editing your photo memories.
Entry Deadline: Session 1: May 2
 Session 2: June 6
 Session 3: July 4
 Session 4: August 1
Entry Fee: $30.00
Held on Session 1: Tuesday’s - May 8 & 15
 Session 2: Tuesday’s - June 5 & 12
 Session 3: Tuesday’s - July 10 & 17
 Session 4: Tuesday’s - August 7 & 14
Times: 7:00 – 8:00pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 1   Max. 10
Instructor: Sandy Werth

SMALL SCALE GARDENING (Daytime Courses)
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.  Bring your gardening questions and we will address them as a part of the class.
Entry Deadline: Wednesday before the session
Entry Fee: $20.00
Held On: Tuesday’s
 Session 1: May 8
 Session 2: May 15
 Session 3: May 22
 Session 4: May 29
 Session 5: June 19
 Session 6: June 26
 Session 7: August 14
 Session 8: August 28
Times:  2:00 – 4:00pm
Ages:  18 & older
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 10
Instructor: Nan Sundgren (Prairie Nana)

SOUP FOR DAYS 
In this hands-on class you will learn about different soups, templates to use for customizing year around, and will make a soup in class for dinner!
Entry Deadline: May 9
Entry Fee: $12.00
Held on Wednesday, May 16
Times: 6:30pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

BAKLAVA AND BEYOND: WORKING WITH PHYLLO DOUGH
Layer upon layer of crispy flaky pastry filled with a rich mixture of walnuts, almonds, honey, cinnamon and rose water....baklava is a traditional part of the Mediterranean and mid-eastern dessert table.  In this class you'll learn how to work with delicate phyllo dough, taste various phyllo-based dishes, and make a batch of your own baklava to take home. Please bring with you: 8-9” square baking pan, mixing bowl, glass measuring cup,  rubber spatula, pastry brush, and measuring spoons.
Entry Deadline: May 16
Entry Fee: $35.00
Held on Sunday, May 27
Times: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: HRC Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 6   Max. 12
Instructor: Cathy Drabkin

FUR-EVER FRIENDS: PUPPY COURSE (Online listed as Puppy Course: Fur-Ever)
This class is for puppy’s ages 10 weeks to 6 months.  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 16
 Session 2: July 4
Entry Fee: $50.00
Session 1:  Monday’s – May 21 – June 18 (No Class Memorial Day May 28)
Session 2:  Monday’s – July 9 – July 30
Times: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
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

FUR-EVER FRIENDS: BASIC OBEDIENCE COURSE (Online listed as Dog Obedience:Fur-Ever)
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 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 16
 Session 2: July 4
Entry Fee: $75.00
Held on:  Session 1: Monday’s – May 21 – July 2 (No Class Memorial Day May 28)
 Session 2: Monday’s – July 9 – August 13
Times: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
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

SKIN REJUVENATION 
Homemade Toner, Face Wash, and Face Masks
This DIY class is all about your face, and how you can make healthy, skin replenishing masks and washes at home. Take home a sample of each.
Entry Deadline: May 16
Entry Fee: $12.00
Held on Wednesday, May 23
Times: 6:30pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

BASIC ARTISAN BREAD
A golden brown crust that's crisp yet chewy, a creamy white crumb with a distinctive taste and texture...Come learn this amazingly easy method for artisan-style homemade bread.  We'll make boules (rounds), baguettes and pita bread.  In this hands-on class you'll leave with a freshly baked loaf and a container of dough for four more.  Bring a 10-12-cup lidded container that will fit comfortably in your fridge, and a digital scale (if you own one).
Entry Deadline: May 23
Entry Fee: $25.00
Held on: Saturday, June 2
Times: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 6   Max. 12
Instructor: Cathy Drabkin

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 30
Entry Fee: $60.00
Held on: Tues.’s & Thurs.’s– June 5 - 14
Times: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Ft. Hays Municipal Golf Course, 1450 Golf Course Road
Limitations: Min. 6   Max. 14

HAND PIES
Come create the perfect portable dessert. We’ll make an all-butter pie crust and several seasonal fruit fillings in this hands-on class. You’ll go home with a half-dozen hand pies plus dough to create more at home. Bring a rolling pin, a mixing bowl, a pastry blender, rubber spatula and a digital scale if you own one.
Entry Deadline: May 30
Entry Fee: $30.00
Held on Sunday, June 10
Times: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 6   Max. 12
Instructor: Cathy Drabkin

PORTIONS & SERVINGS 
Come learn about what a true portion is, and how to tell if you are getting the proper servings of food groups for each meal. Easy tricks for keeping your meal balanced without counting macros, counting calories, or measuring food.
Entry Deadline: May 30
Entry Fee: $10.00
Held on Tuesday, June 5
Times: 2:30pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

MAKE AHEAD MASON JARS SNACKS 
Come learn about ten (or more!) snacks that can be made ahead of time in a mason jar or other storage container. These healthy snacks are sure to leave you feeling satisfied! Get ready for summer time with these great tricks! Recipes and samples included.
Entry Deadline: May 30
Entry Fee: $12.00
Held on Wednesday, June 6
Times: 6:30pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

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 6
Entry Fee: $25.00
Held on: Tuesday’s – June 12 & 19
Times: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor: Deanna Newberry

PRESERVING DOLLARS: GROCERY STORE TIPS & TRICKS 
Come learn how to tell if you are getting the biggest bang for your buck at the grocery store. Helpful shopping tips, grocery store navigation, coupon options, and savings for every family.
Entry Deadline: June 6
Entry Fee: $10.00
Held on Tuesday, June 12
Times: 2:30pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

DIY SEASONING PACKS 
Keep the convenience of seasoning packs such as taco, fajita, chili, and enchilada- but save money and time by making them at home. This course is a great option for anyone wanting to cut down sodium or wanting to modify heat or flavor of these tried-and-true favorites. Take home recipes to get yourself going, and sample during class.
Entry Deadline: June 13
Entry Fee: $12.00
Held on Wednesday, June 20
Times: 6:30pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

SUGAR MAPPING 
Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes are becoming more prominent, and prevention is key. Diseases aside, reducing sugar intake is a great way to increase energy, metabolic performance, and weight management. Come learn about the different types of sugars, some ways to reduce sugar in your diet, and some alternatives that will keep life sweet without the health consequences.
Entry Deadline: June 20
Entry Fee: $10.00
Held on Wednesday, June 27
Times: 6:30pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

HOMEMADE BABY FOOD 
Come learn how to make baby food from scratch at home. Keep it simple yet save a fortune with these tips and tricks. Improve the health of your child and prepare them for a well-balanced palate later in life. Hands on activity and recipe cards are included.
Entry Deadline: July 11
Entry Fee: $12.00
Held on Wednesday, July 18
Times: 6:30pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt, Community 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 11
Entry Fee: $25.00
Held on: Tuesday’s - July 17 & 24
Times: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor:  Deanna Newberry

THE KEY TO INCORPORATING WATER 
This course will briefly talk about the health properties of water and why our body needs it, as well as how much we need, but will mostly be different recipes and options for drinking water in disguise! Lots of samples and different recipes to take home with you!
Entry Deadline: July 18
Entry Fee: $12.00
Held on Tuesday, July 24
Times: 2:30pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt, Community Health Education Specialist

44th ANNUAL HAYS MERCHANTS GOLF TOURNAMENT
Be part of this great Hays tradition the 44th Annual Hays Merchants Golf Tournament!  Play will be held Saturday, July 28 at Smoky Hill Country Club and Sunday, July 29 at Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course. The tournament is open to both men and women, with flights for men, women & senior divisions (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-Wertenerger Construction, & RDH Electric
Entry Deadline: July 25
Entry Fee: $80.00
Held on:   Saturday & Sunday - July 28 & 29
Times: Tee times start at 7:20am, Pick your tee time when you register
Ages: 18 & older
Location: Saturday @ Smoky Hill Country Club, Sunday @ Fort Hays Municipal
Limitations: Min. 10 per division
Divisions:   Men’s, Women’s & Sr. (55 & older)

LIVE IN THE LADIES BATHROOM
Health is a spectrum of better choices. While going “all natural” over night is neither appealing nor an option for most, there are several small changes that can be made to drastically improve our health. Anti-aging remedies for wrinkles and scaly skin, prevention for bags under the eyes and body odor, and removal of unwanted hair- All are possible with these little tricks for improving your health and your bathroom products. Educate yourself on how to improve your product choices, and DIY recipes for those interested in making their beauty products at home.
Entry Deadline: July 25
Entry Fee: $10.00
Held on Wednesday, August 1
Times: 6:30pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 15
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: August 1
Entry Fee: $25.00
Held on Tuesday’s – August 7 & 14
Times: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Recreation Center
Limitations: Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor: Deanna Newberry

WEEK LONG STIR FRY  
Come learn how to meal plan and prep once a week for a different stir fry each night! It’s almost too good to be true, these recipes are mouthwatering, simple, and healthy. One stir fry will be made in class, plus recipes for several other options given to take home and try.
Entry Deadline: August 1
Entry Fee: $12.00
Held on Wednesday, August 8
Times: 6:30pm
Ages: 16 & older
Location: Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 2   Max. 15
Instructor: Jessica Moffitt
 Community Health Education Specialist

FLAN
Call it flan, crème caramel, caramel pudding, or purin!  From the simplest of ingredients comes one of the most popular desserts made in cuisines throughout the world. A silky smooth, soft-baked custard with a slightly bitter caramel sauce, flan is an elegantly simple treat. In this hands-on class you’ll go home with a completed flan, as well as taste-test several flavor variations. Bring a whisk, a rubber spatula, a 1.5 quart circular soufflé-style casserole dish (with straight sides), a glass measuring cup and digital scale if you own one.
Entry Deadline: August 15
Entry Fee: $30.00
Held on Sunday, August 26
Times: 1:00—4:00pm
Ages: 18 & older
Location: HRC Leisure Center
Limitations: Min. 6   Max. 12
Instructor: Cathy Drabkin

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 K-9 Swim and Play at the Hays Aquatic Park.
Entry Deadline: August 15
Entry Fee: FREE
Held on: Saturday, August 18
Times: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Ages: All Ages

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