ADULT PROGRAMS

Pre-Registration is Required for Most Programs. Watch for new programs and events throughout the year! As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program. Refer to our refund policy for information on class withdrawals and cancellations.

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BEGINNER SIGN LANGUAGE COURSE

Are you interested in learning American Sign Language (ASL) in order to communicate with a friend, family member or colleague who is deaf? If so, this course is for you! American Sign Language is a visual language, incorporating facial grammar, and made up of specific hand shapes and movements. It is the dominant language of the Deaf community, provides meaningful communication between hearing parents and deaf children, and brings people who happen to be hearing and deaf together. This beginner level ASL class will give you the opportunity to learn the manual alphabet, conversational signs, and develop communication skills. You will enjoy this fun and encouraging learning environment as you build your language skills! This class is also open to those who have taken it before and would like a refresher. You can repeat it as many times as you like.

Dates

Thursdays, October 12 - November 16

Location

Everett Senior Center

Time

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Cost

$73.00 for 6-week session with all course materials included

$55.00 for participants repeating the class who already have the book

Instructor

Carol LaCava, Coordinator of Educational Interpreting at UTK, and nationally certified interpreter through the Registry of interpreters for the Deaf (RID)

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ADULT KARATE INSTRUCTION (Ages 12 & Up)

Parks & Rec. has partnered with Maryville Isshinryu Karate School to offer the following classes to both youth and adults. They are the oldest martial arts school in Blount County and are accredited by the International Isshinryu Karate Association. Participants will learn self defense, sparring techniques, kata and much more. Benefits of Karate include confidence, flexibility, concentration, balance, discipline and respect.  For more information, visit the school’s website at https://maryvillekarateschool.wordpress.com/

Dates

Mondays & Thursdays - Classes ongoing, new students accepted at anytime.

Location

Springbrook Recreation Center

1537 Dalton Street, Alcoa, TN 37701

Time

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Cost

$120.00 per quarter (3 months) - family rates available

Registration

Taken on-site at the Springbrook Recreation Center.

For more information, please contact Mike Lewis at 984-0413 or email at mlewis@renasant.com or Pete Simmons at 970-7035 or email at pete@promediatn.com.

Instructors

Adam Budnar, Jim Cobb, Bruce Guillaume, Kirk Harris, Angie Higginbotham, Shane Lenoir, Mike Lewis, Bill McCarter, Pete Simmons, Adam Tilley, Scott DeWaard, and Daniel Wilder

NEW! HIKING IN THE SMOKIES

A new program for families of all ages – minimum Age 5. Charles Maynard and Hal Hubbs, authors of Family Hiking in the Smokies: Time Well Spent and Waterfalls of the Smokies will lead a series of family friendly hikes in the Smokies this fall.  Hikes will take place on some of the Park’s classic trails, with some often overlooked gems also being explored. During the hikes, Charles and Hal will share stories of the Smokies’ history and natural splendor. Hikes will be family-oriented on easy to moderate difficulty trails, predominately on weekends.  Cost: $5.00 per person per hike.  Pre-registration required.

 

September 30 Lynn Camp Prong – Hiking along the Middle Prong Trail, this 1.3 mile roundtrip walk is an easy one for folks of all ages and offers children ample opportunities to play in the creek. There are also numerous “artifacts” along the trail that help tell the story of this area.

 

October 28 Spruce Flats Falls – This 1.9 mile roundtrip moderately difficult hike takes hikers back to the 4 cascades that make up Spruce Flats Falls. The early history of the park is on full display as hikers will be able to see the difference in the forest make up, as it was one of the last areas in the park that was logged. Also, the Falls themselves show the geology of the region wonderfully.

 

November 18 Walker Sisters Cabin – This 4 mile roundtrip hike is an easy one that allows hikers ample opportunity to see the history of the park, in not only the cabin the Walker Sisters lived in, but various other spots along the trail. This hike also offers opportunities for children to explore the streams along the way. This trip will also offer an opportunity for an extended trip going from Walker Sisters Cabin that will increase the trip length.

 

Participants will meet at 8:00 AM at the Everett Recreation Center on the day of hike.

 

INTRO TO WHITEWATER KAYAKING CLASS

Ever thought about learning to whitewater kayak and just haven’t had the opportunity? Parks & Rec is excited to offer its first ever whitewater kayaking class! This course will be an excellent introduction to all things whitewater, culminating in a trip down the Hiwassee River, the learning grounds for boaters from all over the Southeast. During this course, participants will start out in Springbrook Pool to get oriented to their boat as well as begin to work on basic paddle strokes. Next, paddlers will get to test out their skills with an evening spent paddling around in the water at Louisville Point Park, where they will continue to build on their paddle skills, while leaving the “comfort” of clear blue pool water behind. Finally, on Saturday paddlers will spend the day putting their paddle skills to use on the classic class II+ Hiwassee River. Class size is limited to only 12 participants so get signed up as soon as possible to save your spot in this new, fun, and exciting class.

Dates, Location & Times

Thursday, August 10th at Springbrook Pool 6:30 - 9:30 PM

Friday, August 11th at Louisville Point Park 6:30 - 9 PM

Saturday, August 12th at Hiwassee River 12 - 5 PM

Cost

$100 per participant

Age

Participants must be 14 or older. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian enrolled in the course.

Supplies Needed

Comfortable clothes to wear in the water, including footwear that straps firmly to the foot for the first night in the pool. Other gear for the rest of the course will be discussed as the course goes on.

Instructors

Randy and Jo Anne Pasqua, American Canoe Association Level 4 Whitewater Kayaking Instructors

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PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS

Photography for Beginners – DSLR and/or Advanced Digital Cameras (Ages 15 & Up)

Would you like to take better pictures with your digital camera but don’t know where to start? In this class, you’ll learn how to get the most out of your camera and take great photos of your favorite people and places.

 

You’ll learn the answers to questions like:

“What are all these buttons and settings on my camera and why should I use them?”

“What is photo composition and why should I care?"

“I took some great pictures! What’s the best way to put them online for everyone to see or print them and hang them on my wall?”

 

Be sure to bring your camera to class. This isn’t a “listen to the teacher talk” class. We’ll be learning hands on. Class size is limited so sign up quickly!

 

Dates

Tuesdays, August 1-22

Location

Springbrook Recreation Center

1537 Dalton Street, Alcoa

Time

7:00-8:00 PM

Cost

$45.00 for 4-week session

Instructors

Brad Coulter

PICKLEBALL

Pickleball, the fastest growing adult sport in the country, is a fun game that is played on a badminton court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball-sized ball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. The game is popular with seniors but can be enjoyed by all. Tennis, racquetball and ping-pong players love the competitive nature of the sport and regularly participate in competitive tournaments.

 

For more information, contact Patsy Bales at 865-660-5467, bales2925@charter.net or visit the USA Pickleball Association.

ADULT POTTERY CLASSES

Introduction to Throwing

This class is a fun and total hands-on foundation course on throwing on the wheel.  Students are guided in a step-by-step process and will learn how to center, pull a pot and trim.  Students will learn to throw various shapes leading to successful bowls, mugs, cups, vessels, etc. to take home to their families to enjoy.  All work goes through two kiln firings; ᅠthe second firing will make the pottery safe for food and drink, ᅠas well as use in the microwave and dishwasher.  We use only health-approved clays and glaze-materials. ᅠCourse fee includes clay and all firing and glaze materials.

Session 1: Tuesdays, September 5-26

Session 2: Tuesdays, October 3-24

Session 3: Tuesdays, November 7-28

Session 4: Tuesdays, February 6-27

Session 5: Tuesdays, March 6-27

Dates

NEW!

Location

Studio 212, 934 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville 37804

Time

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Cost

$80.00 per 4-week session (includes all materials)

Instructor

Leanne Moe

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RUN 4 FUN RUNNING PROGRAM

For Ages 18 & up, and youth Ages 12 & up are welcome as long as accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the course. Participants should dress weather appropriate and bring a water bottle. Class includes running education, running, core work, stretching, and cooldown. As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

 

Run 4 Fun I: This 10-week training program is structured to help you cross the finish line of your first 5K at the Reindeer Run on December 3rd (which is totally optional).  This program focuses on beginners, but all levels of walkers and runners are welcome.  Along the way, we’ll provide you with motivation to keep you moving, guidance and advice, weekly group training runs or walks, and educational clinics on topics such as proper nutrition, choosing the right gear and avoiding injury.  Plus, you’ll have the camaraderie of others just like you.

 

Run 4 Fun II: This program is designed for graduates of our Level I program or for those who are able to run 3 miles at a steady pace with limited walking breaks.  This 10-week training program is designed to teach you more advanced running techniques and to help you continue on your running journey in a supportive environment.  In Run 4 Fun II, we want to help you beat your previous personal records and set new goals for yourself, while providing guidance, motivation, weekly group training runs, and more advanced educational clinics.  We’ll also cover topics designed to help you improve your 5K time such as proper pacing and good form, as well as building on previous topics like nutrition, choosing the right gear and injury prevention.

Dates

Mondays, September 18 – November 27 (No class Oct. 9)

Time

6:00-7:00 PM

Location

Springbrook Park Pavilion and Trail

Registration

$55.00 for the 10-week session

Each participant receives:

  • $5 Discount off entry fee for the Reindeer Run 5K
  • Detailed weekly training schedule
  • Weekly email with a focus topic and handouts
  • Guidance and advice from an experienced coach
  • T-shirt
  • Great feeling of accomplishment and team spirit

Instructors

Ed Dennison/Tim Spicer

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SEWING CLASS FOR ADULTS School of Sewing

Is your sewing machine sitting in the back of a closet gathering dust? Do you wish you remembered how to thread it? Do you want to learn to sew? Bring your sewing machine and all of its accessories (power cord, manual, bobbins, presser feet, needles, etc.) to this 5-hour workshop. In this class, we will learn the basics of how a sewing machine works, how to read a pattern, and we’ll finish our day by sewing a simple project together. You’ll leave feeling confident that you can sew on your own! Don’t have a sewing machine? The instructor has 3 available for use. Please let the office know if you will need to borrow one.

Dates

Saturday, April 14 (Registration Deadline: April 9)

Location

Springbrook Recreation Center - Room 102

Time

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM (Bring a lunch!)

Cost

$75.00

Instructor

Aimee Davis

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WAGON WHEELERS WESTERN

SQUARE DANCE FOR ALL AGES

This group meets every Tuesday from 7:00-9:30 PM; 7-8 PM (Class) and 8:00-9:30 PM (Club) in the upstairs Dance Room at the Springbrook Recreation Center in Alcoa. Class begins every September. If you are interested in learning Western Square Dance or are an experienced dancer, please contact Heather Courtney at 865-313-7692 for more information.

ADULT TENNIS INSTRUCTION & LEAGUES

Rain Policy: All participants are responsible for calling Parks & Rec. at 983-9244 in the afternoon in the event of inclement weather. Occasionally, decisions will need to be made at the courts. A make-up class will be held for each class canceled with the make-up date determined by the instructor.

 

Items needed for all tennis classes: Tennis racquet, athletic attire, water bottle, tennis shoes

Tennis in No Time

This class is designed for new players.  Bring a friend and learn the basics in four classes.

Dates

Session 1: Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 12, 14, 19, 21 (Rain Date: Sept. 26)

Session 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 17, 19, 24, 26 (Rain Date: Nov. 2)

Time

8:30-9:30 AM

Cost

$50.00 per session

Location

Sandy Springs Park Tennis Courts

Instructors

Janie Beswick

Cardio Tennis

This high energy class with music is designed to get you moving by combining the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise for a calorie burning work-out.  It’s tennis, fitness, and fun all in one for all levels of players! Experience: Beginner – Intermediate

Dates

Saturdays, September 9-30

8:30-9:30 AM

Time

Cost

$50.00 per session

Location

Sandy Springs Park Tennis Courts

Instructor

Janie Beswick

Co-ed 50+ Senior Tennis Play Days

A group of senior tennis players meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Caroline Haynes Tennis Courts at John Sevier Park throughout the year. Senior tennis players are welcome to join in at anytime by showing up at the courts for some fun and relaxed games of tennis. For more information, contact Jerry Tuggle at 865-789-6165.

Player Level

Any level

Dates

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Location

Caroline Haynes Tennis Courts at John Sevier Park

Time

9:00-11:00 AM March–April/September–November

8:00-10:00 AM May–August
*Start times based on season

Equipment

Participants must provide their own racquet and 1 can of balls

Cost

Free! Pre-registration required at 789-6165.

Instructor

Jerry Tuggle

YOGA CLASSES

A series of on-going Vinyasa style Yoga classes for Ages 12 & up are offered with emphasis on poses designed to increase strength, flexibility and balance.  Attention is also placed on breathing and how to better use our lungs as well as creating a mental calmness and cultivating a quiet and peaceful mind.

 

Supplies needed for all Yoga classes: Yoga mat, blanket, comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement.

Gentle Flow for All Levels

Dates

Session: Wednesdays, August 2 – September 6

Session: Wednesdays, September 13 – October 18

Session: Wednesdays, October 25 – November 29 *(5-weeks - No class Nov. 22)

Session: Wednesdays, December 6 – January 10

New participants may join class at any time during a session - cost prorated

Classes will continue every 6 weeks if minimum enrollment is met.

Location

Everett Senior Center

Time

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Cost

$54.00 per 6-week session (*$45.00 for 5-week session)

$100 per 6-week session if combined with Get Fit class

($91.00 if combined with 5-week class, $82.00 if combined with 4-week class)

Instructor

Tammy Lindsay

Get Fit Yoga

This class combines the basic aspects of beginner-advanced yoga and adds strength training through core exercise and more.

Dates

Session: Mondays, July 31 – August 28 *(5-weeks - No class Labor Day)

Session: Mondays, September 11 – October 16

Session: Mondays, October 23 – November 27 *(5-weeks - No class Nov. 20)           $82.00 if combined with Wed. class this session

Session: Mondays, December 4 – January 8 *(4-weeks - No class Dec. 25 or Jan. 1) $82.00 if combined with Wed. class this session

New participants may join class at any time during a session - cost prorated

Classes will continue every 6 weeks if minimum enrollment is met.

Location

Everett Senior Center

Time

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Cost

$54.00 per 6-week session ($45.00 for 5-week session, $36.00 for 4-week session)

$100 per 6-week session if combined with Gentle Flow class

($91.00 if combined with 5-week class, $82.00 if combined with 4-week class)

Instructor

Tammy Lindsay

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SMALL GROUP BOOT CAMP FITNESS TRAINING (Ages 15 & Up)

Need a change of routine, or a workout to take you to the next level?  Do you need to squeeze in a high energy class and don’t have a lot of time? This class utilizes a circuit format, coupled with the most progressive, innovative, and creative exercises in fitness.  Workouts will include cardiovascular and strength training, speed and agility drills, medicine ball drills, plyometrics, etc. With a little bit of effort and commitment, you will see a toned, leaner body, increased strength, endurance, and self-confidence, a new appreciation for working out, and maybe some new friends in fitness.  Workouts will be challenging, but fun with high energy.  Workouts can be modified, but this class is best suited for intermediate and advanced participants.  Participants need to bring their own mat and one set of medium based weights.  As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Dates

Mondays, October 16 – November 20 (Rain Date: Nov. 27)

Location

Greenbelt Pavilion and park area near Amphitheater

Time

5:30-6:30 PM

Cost

$55.00 for 6-week session

Instructor

Tammye Wright-Certified Personal Trainer, Masters in Exercise Science

Supplies Needed

Comfortable athletic clothing, tennis shoes, water bottle, Yoga/stretching mat, one set of medium weights

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WOMEN EMPOWERING WOMEN

"SISTERHOOD BOOT CAMP" (Ages 15 & Up)

Need to get started on a fitness routine, or need a change of routine or a workout to take you to the next level?   Do you need to squeeze in a high energy class and don’t have a lot of time? This class utilizes a circuit format, coupled with the most progressive, innovative, and creative exercises in fitness.  Workouts will include cardiovascular and toning exercises, speed and agility drills, plyometrics, etc. With a little bit of effort and commitment, you will learn how to work toward a more toned, leaner body, increase your strength, endurance, and self-confidence, have a new appreciation for working out, and maybe gain some new friends in fitness.  Workouts will be challenging, but fun with high energy.  Workouts can be modified, but this class is best suited for experienced beginner and intermediate participants. As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Dates

Session 1: Saturday, September 9 at Greenbelt Pavilion near Amphitheater

Session 2: Saturday, September 30 at Springbrook Park

Session 3: Saturday, November 11 at Greenbelt Pavilion near Amphitheater

 

Registration taken 2 weeks prior to each session.

Time

9:00-10:00 AM

Location

See above.

Cost

Free! Pre-registration required at www.parksrec.com or at Parks & Rec.

Instructors

Tammye Wright and Other Certified Fitness Instructors

Supplies Needed

Comfortable athletic clothing, tennis shoes, water bottle, Yoga/stretching mat

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