ADULT PROGRAMS

Karate Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running
Adult Softball
Kite Festival
Special Olympics Yoga
Square Dancing Adult Volleyball
Pickleball Tennis
Adult Basketball
Beginner Sign Language Course
Sewing Classes
Adult Pottery Classes
Adult Kickball Beginner & Intermediate/Advanced Running Program
Aqua Aerobics  

Refund Policy for Programs

Refunds may be given up to five (5) working days prior to the beginning of each program. If your cancellation causes the program number to fall below the required minimum, the refund will be contingent upon the vacancy being filled. After classes begin, refunds will be made for the following reasons only: 1) Illness or Injury 2) Moving from the Blount County area 3) Cancellation of the program by Parks & Rec. Refunds will be prorated according to the number of classes already held. All refunds are subject to a $5.00 administrative cost charge, unless the program has been cancelled by Parks & Rec.

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.



LEAGUE SPORTS:

Click Here for information regarding Adult Softball.

Click Here for information regarding Adult Co-ed Kickball.

Click Here for information regarding Adult Basketball.

Click Here for information regarding Adult Volleyball.




ADULT TENNIS INSTRUCTION AND 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 cancelled with the make-up date determined by the instructor.

Tennis lessons at area parks will resume in April.  Dates will be posted as soon as determined.



Co-ed Mixed Doubles Tennis League

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This 8-week league is designed for intermediate level tennis players and will be a 4-game format rotation. Winners will move up, and those with losses will move down on the courts with rotating players. The goal is to play approximately five 4-game sets each night of play. No subs are necessary, and if there ends up being an odd number of doubles, then the last odd number of doubles can play singles or sit out until the rotation starts over. Participants must bring their own racquet. Tennis balls will be supplied.

Dates: Tuesdays, April 5 – May 24 (Rain Date: May 31)
Must be preregistered by April 1!
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Springbrook Tennis Courts in Alcoa
Cost: $20.00 per person
Player Level: Intermediate (3.0 – 4.0)
Equipment Needed:
Racquet
Instructors: Karen Towle and Robby Paul

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.

Dates:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Time:
8:00-10:00 AM May–August
9:00-11:00 AM September–April
*Start times based on season
Location:
Caroline Hayes Tennis Courts at John Sevier Park
Cost:
Free!
Player Level:
Any level
Equipment Needed:
Participants must provide their own racquet and
1 can of balls.
Instructor:
Jerry Tuggle (865-789-6165)



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 Becky Paramore at 865-307-1088 for more information.

 

Adult Karate Instruction

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.

Adult Classes - Ages 12 & Up

Dates: Mondays & Thursdays - Classes are on-going with new students accepted at any time.
Time: 7:30-9:00 PM
Location: Springbrook Recreation Center
1537 Dalton Street, Alcoa, TN 37701
Cost: $120.00 per quarter (3 months) – Family rates available.
Registration:
Taken on-site at the first of each month.
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



2016 Annual

Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running

Triple Crown Rules

This event consists of the Spring Sprint (April 9), the Scholars Run (August 13) and the Reindeer Run (December 4).  To be eligible for the Triple Crown cash awards and a special memento, participants must compete in all three races.  To be eligible to win door prizes valued at a minimum of $100, participation in two races is required. Both runners and walkers at each event are eligible for great door prizes. Click Here for details regarding the 2015 Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running.

Spring Sprint 5K Road Race


This is the first event of the 2016 Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running and is a 5K (3.1 miles) road race and 1-mile fun run/walk in Alcoa. A portion of the proceeds benefit Blount County‘s Area 15 Special Olympics.

Date: Saturday, April 9
Time: Check-in 7:15-8:00 AM at Springbrook Rec. Center
5K Race 8:30 AM
1-Mile Fun Run/Walk 8:35 AM
Location: Springbrook Recreation Center
Cost: If pre-registered at Parks & Rec. or online Monday, April 4 at www.parksrec.com:
Adults $18.00 Students (18 & under) $15.00
Fee includes a race T-shirt. Add $1.50 for XXL shirt.
Day of race: Adults $25.00 Students $20.00


BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

RUNNING PROGRAM

For Ages 18 & up and youth Ages 9 & 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. As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Beginner Level: This 10-week training program is structured to help you cross the finish line of your first 5K in 10 weeks at the Reindeer Run on December 6th (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.

Intermediate/Advanced Level: This program is designed for graduates of our Beginner 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 you running journey in a supportive environment. In No Boundaries 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, February 1 – April 4
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: Springbrook Park Pavilion and Trail
Cost: $55.00 for the 10-week session
Each participant receives:
- $5 Discount off entry fee for the Spring Sprint 5K
- Detailed weekly training schedule
- Weekly email with a focus topic and handouts
- Guidance and advice from an experienced coach
- New Balance technical t-shirt
- Great feeling of accomplishment and team spirit
Instructors:
Shahin & Cheryl Hadian



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: Wednesdays, February 24 March 30 (No class March 23)*
New participants may join class at any time during a session - cost prorated.
Classes will continue every 6 weeks if minimum enrollment is met.

Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: Everett Senior Center
Cost: $54.00 per 6-week session (*$45.00 for 5-week session/$91.00 if combined with Get Fit Class)
$100 per 6-week session if combined with Gentle Flow class

Discount for participants taking both Gentle Flow class and Get Fit class!

Get Fit Yoga

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

Dates:
Mondays, February 22 March 28*
New participants may join class at any time during a session - cost prorated.
Classes will continue every 6 weeks if minimum enrollment is met.

Time:
6:00-7:00 PM
Location:
Everett Senior Center
Cost:
$54.00 per 6-week session
$100 per 6-week session if combined with Gentle Flow class (*$91.00 if combined with February 24th Get Fit Class)


Beginner Sign Language Course

For Ages 15 & Up

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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! Instructor Carol LaCava is Coordinator of Educational Interpreting at UTK and a nationally certified interpreter through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). This class may be repeated – if you’ve taken it before and would like a refresher! (class cost is adjusted for those repeating the class who have the book).  A minimum enrollment of 8 is required.

Dates: Thursdays, March 3 – April 7
Location: Everett Senior Center
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Cost: $70.00 for 6-week session with all course materials included.
Instructor: Carol LaCava, Coordinator of Educational Interpreting at UTK, and nationally certified interpreter through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)


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; the second firing will make the pottery safe for food and drink, as well as use in the microwave and dishwasher. We use only health-approved clays and glaze-materials. Course fee includes clay and all firing and glaze materials.

Dates:
Session: Tuesdays, March 1-29 (No class March 15)
Session: Tuesdays, April 5-26
Session: Tuesdays, May 3-24
Time:
5:00-6:30 PM
Location:
Studio 212, 217 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN 37804
Cost:
$80.00 per 4-week session (includes all materials)
Instructor:
Leanne Moe




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 will make a simple skirt. You’ll leave feeling confident that you can sew on your own! Don’t have a sewing machine? The instructor has 3 machines available for use.

Dates: Saturday, March 12 (Registration Deadline: March 7)
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM (Bring a lunch!)
Location: Springbrook Recreation Center – Room 102
Cost: $80.00 ($65 for workshop plus $15 materials fee)
Instructor:
Aimee Davis is the owner of daisyeyes handmade - teaching others to sew and sharing her love of handmade throughout Knox and Blount Counties.



Aqua Aerobics

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Aqua Aerobic classes, which provide the benefits of regular aerobics but with the fun and pleasure of water and music, are available to Ages 14 & up. This year, we’re adding another fun week to the session! As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Dates: Mondays & Thursdays, June 6 – July 25 (No class July 4)
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM (after pool closes to the public)
Location: Springbrook Pool
Cost: $70.00 for 7-week session (14 classes)
New participants may join class at any time - cost will be prorated. Registration taken in office only once classes have started. 
Instructor:
Tabitha Travis



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 Ole Olson at cololeolson@bellsouth.net or visit http://usapa.org/whatis_pball/index.php.