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Hays Recreation Commission calendar

General information

Visit us at www.haysrec.org, where you will find entry forms, weather cancellations, schedules and much more.

The HRC office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for Wednesdays, when the office is open until 6 p.m. The HRC phone number is (785) 623-2650.

Fall-winter Hays Rec Times

The fall-winter Hays Rec Times arrived in Ellis County mailboxes Friday. Online registration has begun. In-office registration begins at 8 a.m. Monday.

NFL Gatorade punt, pass and kick

Hays Recreation Commission will host its annual punt, pass and kick competition. Boys and girls will compete in separate divisions. Winners in each division will have the opportunity to advance to a sectional and then to a divisional competition. Entry deadline: 30 minutes prior to competition. Entry fee: Free. Date: Today. Time: 1 p.m. Age divisions (as of Dec. 31, 2013): 6 and 7, 8 and 9, 10 and 11, 12 and 13, 14 and 15. Location: Nex-Tech Wireless fields at Bickle/Schmidt Sports Complex.

Wednesday deadline

My big world

The class includes an introduction to seasonal science and social development themes, along with vocabulary words, movement time with finger plays, sign language, and other kinetic learning activities to help get the wiggly out. We also will make learning fun with simple activities that teach letters, counting, patterns and shapes. Entry fee: $12 for 9 months. Dates: Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 9, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17, April 21 and May 19. Time: 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Ages: 3 to 5. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 10.

PB&J kabobs

Let's have lunch. We will play some fun games then enjoy some good old fashioned PB&J kabobs for lunch. Entry fee: $4 per couple and $2 each additional child. Date: Sept. 18. Times: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. Ages: 2 to 5 with an adult. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 12.

Treasures in a bottle

We will use a 20-ounce plastic bottle and everyday items to create a treasure hunt in a bottle. Entry fee: $3. Date: Sept. 19. Time: 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Ages: 2 to 5 with an adult. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 12.

Aikido (traditional)

"Youth (T)" (Traditional) is built for youth who learn better in a traditional, more serious (though still fun) environment. Though we still might play games that help them develop Aikido basics while having fun, the focus is directed toward practice and learning effective techniques. The teaching methods also are more structured and traditional, and the format of the class requires a greater attention span on the part of the student. Whether this class is right for your student depends on how the child learns best rather than their age, but students as young as 6 and as old as 14 could fit in well here. If they do better in a less structured, more energetic environment, they should consider "Youth (AL)," and if they need more of a challenge or are more serious, they should consider adult classes. Entry fee: $40; scholarship fee, $15; Dates: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 16 to Oct. 17. Time: 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. Ages: 6 to 14. Location: Aikido of Northwest Kansas, 208 E. Eighth, Ste. 1. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 24. Instructor: Brandon Nimz.

Aikido youth (active learners)

"Youth (AL)" (Active Learners) is geared toward children who learn best through constant stimulation, activities and games. Each game or activity is designed to help students slowly, and often unconsciously, develop strong Aikido basics. The recommended age range for the class is approximately 5 to 9 years old, but older students who learn better through such activities still could do well in this class. If your student needs more structure and has a good attention span, "Youth (T)" might be a better option. Entry fee: $40; scholarship fee, $15. Dates: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Time: 4 to 4:35 p.m. Ages: 5 to 9. Location: Aikido of Northwest Kansas, 208 E. Eighth, Ste. 1. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 24. Instructor: Brandon Nimz.

ECHSN at HRC

Get together with your fellow homeschooled friends for some fun at HRC. For all school-aged kids (5 and older) in your family, $15 pays for seven classes. Moms are encouraged to drop off kids and enjoy a break. Open to Ellis County Home School Network members only. Contact Katie Wolfe at MrsKatherineAnneWolfe@yahoo.com or (785) 639-1567 or Avery St Peter at (785) 259-5974 or avrystpeter@gmail.com if interested in ECHSN membership info. Entry fee: $15 per family. Dates: P.E., Monday, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9; art and music, Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 25. Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Ages: 5 and older. Location: HRC. Limitations: 15 kids.

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, bowhunting, 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. 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 $20 refundable deposit will be given back at the end of the session. Dates: Sept. 19 and 21. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Ages: 11 and older as of Sept. 21. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum 10, maximum 30.

Basic mindfulness meditation

Mindless living sometimes feels like our default position -- hurry, multi-tasking, working too much, checking Facebook, rushing through our relationships, feeling tired. Come learn how to encourage another way of human living -- the Mindful Life. For more information, contact instructor Gene Rice at grice@fhsu.edu. Entry fee: $10. Dates: Sept. 18 to Oct. 23. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. Ages: 18 and older. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 15.

Kanine Kollege

Kanine Kollege will provide owners with information on traditional methods of socializing and training the family dog. Exercises taught during this four-week class include heel on leash, sit, come, down and stay. There is a possibility all of the exercises will not be covered depending on the progress of the class. Owners will be shown how to use positive reinforcement techniques to teach and enforce commands. Owners will be expected to work with their dogs between classes. The instructor will provide assistance to help teach owners how to train their dogs, not train the dogs for you. All owners must have vaccination records with them during the class. Entry fee: $25 per dog per session. Dates: Sundays, Sept. 15 to Oct. 6. Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ages: humans, 16 and older; dogs, 6 months and older. Location: HRC front parking lot. Limitations: minimum five dogs, maximum 10 dogs. Equipment needed: 4 to 6 foot leash and choke collar. Instructor: Johanna Musgrove.

Free Spirit 5K/10K run

The third annual Free Spirit Run is run in memory of Jordan Claiborne, who was killed in a car accident Sept. 11, 2009. Proceeds from the run will be donated to the Free Spirit Award, which is a scholarship awarded each year to a Hays High senior who has been active in dance as well as the community. The scholarship, which was established in her name -- and the run, is named in honor of the way Jordyn lived her life -- free. The Free Spirit Run will feature a 5K and 10K division. In addition, there is a Free Spirit division for those who want to contribute and set their own race distance. Proceeds are forwarded to Hays High for the scholarship fund. Entry fee: $18; $22 after Wednesday. Date: Saturday. Time: registration starts at 9:15 a.m.; race begins at 10 a.m. Location: Dusty Glassman Ballpark, Fourth and Milner. Limitations: minimum 15 pre-registered.

High school basketball open gym

Join us at 13th Street gym and work on your game. Open to all high school/college-aged people. Entry fee includes participation fee and T-shirt. Drop-ins are welcome and will be charged $1 each session. Entry fee: $25 per season or $1 per session. Dates: Mondays through Thursdays, Sept. 16 through Nov. 14. Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ages: high school and college students. Location: 13th Street gym, 323 W. 13th.

Shrek the musical

It's time for a musical at the Salina Community Theater. Part-romance, part-twisted-fairy-tale starring everyone's favorite ogre. The smash hit movie comes to the stage with all those adorable fairy tale creatures -- including a flying dragon. We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Meal is not included. Entry fee: $28, nonrefundable. Date: Sept. 15. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Ages: 55 and older. Depart from HRC. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 15. Special Pops will see Shrek the musical Sept. 22. Entry fee: $30, nonrefundable. Depart at 11:30 a.m.

Special Pops: Variety fitness

Ready to get into shape? Join us twice a week for 45-minute workouts that will mix up your normal routine. Be sure to dress accordingly and bring a water bottle. Entry fee: $10 per session. Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 17 to Oct. 17 (no class Sept. 26). Time: 2 to 2:45 p.m. Ages: All ages. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 30.