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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.

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.

CLASSES
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.
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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 Alterra Sterling House 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.

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, or 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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CHALKBOARD WINDOW FRAME PROJECT    NEW
We will repurpose an old window frame into a chalkboard to display the word(s) of your choice and add a "clothesline" for cards or pictures if you like. You'll leave with a finished decorative piece of art to hang in your home! Consider bringing these optional items to embellish your project: decorative round knobs/handles, differently sized/shaped buttons, and/or fake flowers.
Entry Deadline:    April 12
Entry Fee:    $50.00
Held on    Saturday, April 22
Times:    1:00 – 3:00pm
Ages:    Women - 18 & older
Location:    Recreation Center
Limitations:    Min. 8   Max. 30
Instructor:    Jesica Glover

SMALL SCALE GARDENING        NEW
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: April 19
    Session 2: April 26
    Session 3: May 10
    Session 4: August 9
Entry Fee:    $20.00
Held on:    Session 1: Wednesday, April 26
    Session 2: Thursday, May 4
    Session 3: Tuesday, May 16
    Session 4: Thursday, August 17
Times:    6:30 – 8:30pm
Ages:     18 & older
Location:    Recreation Center
Limitations:    Min. 2   Max. 10
Instructor:    Nan Sundgren (Prairie Nana)

TRAVELING ON A SHOE STRING BUDGET    NEW
Ever dream of traveling the world, but unsure how you will pay for the trip? Do you long to fill your passport with colorful stamps? In this class I will present strategies I have used and researched to purchase less expensive airline tickets, pay for lodging, and save money on meals and transport. You will learn of some resources you can use as you plan your next adventure, whether it be state-side or internationally! After all, one of the best educations a person can get is experiencing life around the world! Please bring a laptop or a notepad and pen.
Entry Deadline:    May 3
Entry Fee:    $10.00
Held on    Thursday, May 11
Times:    6:30 – 7:30pm
Ages:    16 & older
Location:    Recreation Center
Limitations:    Min. 6   Max. 20
Instructor:    Jesica Glover

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. The perfect class for a bread baking beginner! 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 10
Entry Fee:    $25.00
Held on:    Sunday, May 21
Times:    1:00 – 3:00pm
Ages:    18 & older
Location:    HRC Leisure Center
Limitations:    Min. 6   Max. 12
Instructor:    Cathy Drabkin

SLAB PIES NEW
Half way between hand pies and a gigantic pop tart, slab pie is the perfect dessert for your summer party crowd. In this hands-on class, participants will taste test a variety of slab pies, make an all-butter flaky crust, mix up a fresh fruit filling, and take home an assembled pie (serves 12-18) for baking at home. Bring a 10x15x1 jelly roll pan, a rolling pin, and a 1-cup lidded container, and a digital scale if you own one.
Entry Deadline:    May 24
Entry Fee:    $35.00
Held on    Thursday, June 1
Times:    6:00 – 9:00pm
Ages:    18 & older
Location:    HRC 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 31
Entry Fee:    $60.00
Held on:    Tues.’s & Thurs.’s– June 6 - 15
Times:    6:30 - 8:00pm
Ages:    18 & older
Location:    Ft. Hays Municipal Golf Course
    1450 Golf Course Road
Limitations:    Min. 6   Max. 14

DIY WELCOME SIGN PROJECT    NEW
In this course, we will create a WELCOME sign from tall fence boards, large wooden letters & metal gate hinges. Come ready to assemble a beautiful piece you can proudly display that will brighten up your front doorway! For this class you will need to bring 1 bottle (4oz or larger) of acrylic paint (complimentary color for your front door area).
Entry Deadline:    May 31
Entry Fee:    $50.00
Held on    Saturday, June 10
Times:    1:00 – 3:00pm
Ages:    18 & older
Location:    Recreation Center
Limitations:    Min. 8   Max. 10
Instructor:    Jesica Glover

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 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:    May 31
Entry Fee:    $50.00
Held on:    Monday’s – June 5 - 26
Times:    6:00 – 7:00 pm
Ages:    18 & older
Location:    TBA
Limitations:    Min. 3   Max. 8
Instructor:     Raina Alm – Certified Dog Trainer

FUR-EVER FRIENDS: BASIC 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 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:    May 31
Entry Fee:    $75.00
Held on:    Monday’s – June 5 – July 10
Times:    7:00 – 8:00 pm
Ages:    18 & older
Location:    TBA
Limitations:    Min. 3   Max. 8
Instructor:     Raina Alm – Certified Dog Trainer

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: June 7
    Session 2: June 28
    Session 3: August 2
    Session 4: August 30
    Session 5: October 4
Entry Fee:    $10.00 per person
Held on:    Session 1: June 16
    Session 2: July 14
    Session 3: August 11
    Session 4: September 8
    Session 5: October 13
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

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 7
Entry Fee:    $25.00
Held on:    Tuesday’s – June 13 & 20
Times:    7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages:    16 & older
Location:    Recreation Center
Limitations:    Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor:    Deanna Newberry

OPEN FLORAL DESIGN    NEW
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: June 7
    Session 2: July 26
    Session 3: October 4
Entry Fee:    $25.00
Held on:    Session 1: June 16
    Session 2: August 5
    Session 3: October 11
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

FOCACCIA
The perfect summer bread! Italian focaccia is flat bread traditionally flavored with olive oil and salt and topped with herbs, olives and other savory tidbits. It's wonderfully versatile--great as a snack with drinks, as a side to salad, or as the foundation to a great sandwich. In this hands-on class, participants will taste a variety of focaccia, take home a topped and ready-to-bake round, plus a bucket of dough for another focaccia. Bring an 8-12 cup lidded container, a 9" square or round cake pan, and a digital scale if you own one.
Entry Deadline:    June 28
Entry Fee:    $35.00
Held on    Sunday, July 9
Times:    1:00 – 4:00pm
Ages:    18 & older
Location:    HRC Leisure Center
Limitations:    Min. 6   Max. 12
Instructor:    Cathy Drabkin

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 12
Entry Fee:    $25.00
Held on:    Tuesday’s - July 18 & 25
Times:    7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages:    16 & older
Location:    Recreation Center
Limitations:    Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor:     Deanna Newberry

42nd ANNUAL HAYS MERCHANTS GOLF TOURNAMENT
Be part of this great Hays tradition the 41st Annual Hays Merchants Golf Tournament!  Play will be held Saturday, July 29 at Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course and Sunday, July 30 at Smoky Hill Country Club. 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 26
Entry Fee:    $80.00
Held on:      Saturday & Sunday - July 29 & 30
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:      Men’s, Women’s & Sr. (55 & older)

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:    July 26
Entry Fee:    $25.00
Held on    Tuesday’s – August 1 & 8
Times:    7:00 – 8:30pm
Ages:    16 & older
Location:    Recreation Center
Limitations:    Min. 3   Max. 6
Instructor:    Deanna Newberry

FARMER’S MARKET “EAT YOUR VEGETABLES” COOKING CLASS NEW
Tired of steamed broccoli? Want to eat more vegetables, but just don’t know how to prepare them? In this mixed demonstration and hands-on class we’ll start at the Downtown Hays Farmers’ Market (meet at the official Market Table) to select our veggies, then head back to the HRC kitchen to prepare a delicious buffet lunch. Menu will include such items as bruschetta, ratatouille, garlicy beans & greens, ethnic-inspired dishes and more. We’ll explore eating in season, multiple cooking methods for vegetables, 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:    August 9
Entry Fee:    $40.00
Held on    Saturday, August 19
Times:    8:00am – 12:30pm
Ages:    18 & older
Location:    Downtown Hays Market (10th & Main) & HRC Leisure Center
Limitations:    Min. 4   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 16
Entry Fee:    FREE
Held on:    Saturday, August 19
Times:    11:00am – 1:00pm
Ages:    All Ages

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:    September 6
Entry Fee:    $20.00 refundable deposit
Held on:    September 7 & 9
Times:    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

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