Hays Recreation Commission calendar
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.
Open gym hours
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
HRC programs take priority over open gym time.
A gym schedule is updated weekly and is available each Friday in the office or on the website.
Hays Rec Times
Hays Rec Times 2013 spring and summer edition hit mailboxes Friday. Online registration is under way. In-office registration starts Monday.
Come cook with me
Come cook with us and cook up some fun. The class starts with a story to introduce the theme for the day. Kids will learn to create a snack based on the story. Entry fee: $3. Date: April 17. Times: Session 1, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.; Session 2, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.; Session 3, 6 to 6:45 p.m. Ages: Session 1, 3 to 5 years; Session 2, 2 to 3 years with an adult. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 12.
Children will create a variety of projects with glow-in-the-dark materials (paint, markers, crayons and clay). A black light area will be available so children will see their creations suddenly glow. Entry fee: $6. Dates: April 15, 22 and 29. Time: 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Ages: 3 to 5 with an adult. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 12.
Wee Wigglers is a fun way to develop gross motor skills and social interaction in young boys and girls. In this fun-filled class, children will use parachutes, foam balls, bean bags, scooters and more at the HRC gym in fun and exciting ways. Entry fee: $10. Dates: Tuesdays, April 16 to May 14. Times: Time A, 10:15 to 11 a.m.; Time B, 11:15 a.m. to noon; Time C, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Ages: Time A, 3 years; Time B, 4 and 5 years; Time C, 3 to 5 years. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 12.
Wiggles and giggles
Get your child registered for this program and watch your child wiggle and giggle the time away. This will be a supervised playtime for your child to run around and have fun playing with balls, balloons, dancing and just have fun playing with other kids. Entry fee: $8. Dates: Tuesdays, April 16 to May 14. Time: 9:30 to 10 a.m. Age: 2-year-olds. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 12.
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. Most courses average 12 hours of instruction during 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 last session. Entry fee: $20 refundable deposit. Time/dates: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 18 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20. Ages: 11 an dolder as of the last day of the class. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum 10, maximum 30.
With a pair of drumsticks and a stability ball, let the jam session begin. Tapping on the ball for a drum effect, let the powerful beat and pulsating rhythms of the music begin. Your child will have fun learning to keep the rhythm while learning hand-eye coordination. Entry fee: $10. Dates: Wednesdays, April 24 to May 15. Time: 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Ages: 5 to 11. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 10.
Come enjoy a ballet class for adults. The class is for the beginner as well as those who have taken ballet before. Class attire is ballet leotard and tights or tight-fitting (workout) clothes, and any soft soled dance shoe (ballet, jazz, etc.). Entry fee: $15. Dates: Fridays, April 19 to May 17. Time: 10 to 11 a.m. Age: 18 and older. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum five, maximum eight. Instructor: Aunalies Unsworth.
Basic mindfulness meditation
Mindless living sometimes feels like our default position -- hurry, multitasking, 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 Gene at email@example.com. Entry fee: $10. Dates: Wednesdays, April 17 to May 15. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. Ages: 18 and older. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 10. Instructor: Gene Rice.
By themselves or dunked in your afternoon coffee, these twice-baked, elegant Italian cookies are delicious to eat and fun to make. In this hands-on class, we'll make basic "doughs" that allow for countless variations, plus specialty doughs for double-chocolate-hazelnut and spicy-ginger biscotti. You'll sample a variety of biscotti, take home a dozen of your own freshly baked biscotti, plus mixed dough for another two dozen. Bring a medium-sized mixing bowl and a cookie sheet. Entry fee: $25. Date: April 20. Time: 10 a.m. to noon. Ages: 18 and older. Location: Hays High School Room No. 138. Limitations: minimum three, maximum 12. Instructor: Cathy Drabkin.
We are interested in offering this fun course for you and your dog. During this beginner obstacle course, your dog will be challenged to go under, over and through obstacles while on a leash. No choke collar will be used in this class. Please have your dog on a standard collar. Entry fee: $25. Dates: Sundays, April 14 to May 5. Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Ages: 18 and older. Location: Speier Ballpark, 10th and Vine. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 10. Instructor: Johanna Musgrove.
Know how to play bocce ball? Want to learn? Come down to HRC and play some indoor bocce ball with us. It's a game of teamwork, so bring your favorite friends and be ready for some fun, competitive playing. Healthy snack following. Entry fee: free. Date: April 17. Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Ages: 55 and older. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum five, maximum 15.
Rock out wellness
Explore and learn ways music can add to your health routine. Both informational and experiential opportunities will be included each week. Interests of the participants will guide the areas explored and the music used. Entry fee: $7.50 per session. Dates: April 15, 22 and 29. Ages: 55 and older. Location: HRC. Limitations: minimum eight, maximum 20.
Hell Creek on Heels trail series
Join Hays Recreation in conjunction with Sara Kay Carrell of Wild Within You for the third annual trail running series, Hell Creek on Heels. Once again, the full series of 10, 15, 25 and 30K+ trail runs will be offered. The 5Ks were such a success in 2012 that we will offer them again. Want to see what trail running is all about? Come out and test your skills with a 5K. Seasoned trail runner? Join us and test your willpower and endurance. The Switchgrass Trail at Wilson State Park will not leave you disappointed. All trail runs will begin at the trailhead for Switchgrass Trail, which is located in the Switchgrass Campground of Wilson State Park. All events are fully supported with aid stations. Come out and give your wild a try. There is great camping at the park. Camping located right near the trailhead. Make it a weekend adventure. Run distances are approximate due to the nature of trail running. Be prepared for the event to be a tad bit longer. Check for most current trail conditions at Facebook Switchgrass Trail. Entry fee: $20 for each event, $5 late fee after deadline. Date: Trail 10K and 5K, April 14. Time: 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start. Location: Wilson State Park, 5 miles north of Interstate 70 at Exit 206 on Kansas Highway 232.
USSSA men and women softball leagues
Men's intermediate leagues will play Monday nights; men's recreational leagues will play Tuesdays and Thursdays; women's leagues will play Wednesdays; and men's power leagues will play Thursdays. Due to the number of teams, these nights could change. Entry fee: $400. Games: 20 games. Play begins: week of May 6. Manager's meeting: 7 p.m. April 17.
Greg Wasinger Memorial Preseason Tournament
The preseason tournament for both the men's and women's leagues will be April 27 and 28. Come play in one of the largest tournaments of the summer on the Bickle/Schmidt Sports Complex. Nearly four dozen teams will compete with USSSA state tournament berths at stake. Entry in this tournament is limited to those teams registered for league play. Entry fee: $25. Games: double-elimination bracket.