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Hays Recreation Commission calendar

Upcoming events

Back to school luau dance

Enjoy a Hawaiian luau while hanging out with your friends. The night's activities will include a live DJ, snacks and prizes. Appropriate clothing is required. Entry fee: $5. Date: Aug. 16. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Ages: sixth through eighth grade.

17th annual Youth Outdoor Festival

Area conservation groups and businesses have teamed together to offer a free day of target shooting for youth ages 17 and younger. All target shooting materials and equipment are supplied for the event, which offers trap shooting, skeet shooting, archery, air rifle/BB gun, muzzleloader, small bore rifle, computerized target shooting, paintball target shooting, BASS Casting Kids and fur harvesting demonstrations. Hunter education certification is not required, but participants must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Kent Hensley, (785) 726-3212 or Troy Mattheyer, (785) 726-4212. Entry fee: Free. Date: Aug. 17. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages: 17 and younger with an adult.

Gnarly Neon 5K

Hays' funnest 5k is a run for all speeds and ages. Runners rock out to a live DJ and then get showered in neon colors throughout the course, finishing up at the Gnarly Neon after party where the colorful chaos erupts. Early registration guarantees a T-shirt. Entry fee: $45. Date: Aug. 17. Time: 9 a.m. Ages: All ages. Location: Bickle/Schmidt Sports Complex. Register online: www.gnarlyneon5k.com.

K-9 swim and play

We are opening Hays Aquatic Park's zero-depth entry pool for all dogs to come and play before we drain the pool. The pool chemicals are adjusted for a different breed of swimmer. For human safety, only guests 16 and older can get in the water and only up to their thighs. All dogs must have current vaccinations including rabies. Owners must be in control of their pets at all times. Two pets per guest maximum. Date: Aug. 17. Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry fee: $5 per dog.

Wednesday deadline

Little spark

Toddlers and their adult will love this fun, social small group. Class size is limited so each child can receive individual attention. We will sing, move and play in fun ways that support developmental needs. Entry fee: $38 (scholarship fee, $15). Date: Wednesdays, Aug. 14 to Sept. 18. Time: 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. Ages: 8 to 24 months with an adult. Location: HRC.

Music Sparks: Machines that go

Cars, trucks and tractors in an array of colors will be the topics of our songs, chants and instrument play. This two-week sampler gives children and adults a chance to experience the fun of intergenerational groups. Entry fee: $13. Dates: Aug. 19 and 26. Time: 10:30 to 11:10 a.m. Ages: 18 months to 5 years with an adult. Location: Cedar View Assisted Living.

Fire station tour

Join us Aug. 13 to prepare for the fire station by reading a story, talking about what happens at the fire station, making an art project and building a snack. On Aug. 15, we will meet at the Hays fire station and learn basic fire safety, talk to real fireman, tour the fire station and talk about an escape route. Entry fee: $3 per family. Dates: Aug. 13 and 15. Time: 10 to 11 a.m. Ages: 3 to 5 with an adult. Location: HRC, Tuesday; Hays fire station, 1507 Main, Thursday.

Hell Creek on Heels Trail Race Series

Join HRC in conjunction with Sara Kay Carrell of Wild Within You for the third annual trail running series, Hell Creek on Heels. This race is a 5K and 10K. All trail runs will begin at the trail head for Switchgrass Trail, which is located in the Switchgrass Campground of Wilson State Park. All events are fully supported with aid stations. Check for most current trail conditions at Facebook Switchgrass Trail. Entry fee: $20 for each event; $5 late fee after deadline. Date: Aug. 11 (10K and 5K). Time: Register at 7 a.m., start at 8 a.m. Location: Wilson State Park.

Chicken foot

Chicken foot, also known as Chicken dominoes, is a game of the "trains" family, similar to Mexican Train. The object of the game is to have the lowest score at the end of the last round. For each round, the object is for the player to empty their hand of dominoes by playing them on the board. Entry fee: Free. Date: Aug. 14. Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Ages: 55 and older. Location: HRC.