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City of Powell River parks, recreation and culture department releases digital Summer Active Living Guide

Get active this summer with city recreation programs; registration open
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SUMMER FUN: The city’s parks, recreation and culture department has activities planned all summer to help Powell River residents of all ages get active and explore what the community has to offer, from lunch and learns for seniors to summer camps for kids.

City of Powell River’s parks, recreation and culture department has released its digital Summer Active Living Guide, and programs are now open for registration.

“We’re happy to bring back summer camps for children, swim lessons, and health and fitness programs,” says Shawna Rahier, marketing and communications coordinator. “We’ve got something for everyone, but the programs fill up fast, so don’t wait to register.

“For families with children ages six to 12, we have weeklong camps running all summer,” says Alex Craig, sport and recreation program coordinator. “Sign your child up for full-day adventures with a different theme every week. We’ll explore beaches and parks, play games and have a lot of fun.

“We also offer before- and after-care, and there are daily, weekly and sibling discounts available. Check out pages 10 and 11 in the guide for all the details.”

Mini camps are also available for children aged three to five. These camps run from 9 am to 12 noon each weekday during the summer. Details on these camps can be found on pages 12 and 13.

“For older adults, we’re excited to bring back Seniors Together, a lunch and learn session,” says health and fitness program coordinator Christine Creer. “We have two Wednesday meetings scheduled, on July 20 and August 17, which will take place at the Cranberry Seniors Centre from 11:30 am to 1 pm. The presentation topics are still being planned, but preregister soon to save your spot.”

Adults can also take part in active living bingo in July and August for a chance to win 10 free passes to Powell River Recreation Complex. Located on pages 36 and 37, residents must complete the whole card to be entered to win.

“There are a few other entry requirements,” says Christine. “When you attend a drop-in class, the instructor must sign your card in one of the drop-in class squares. You also need to share a photo of yourself doing one of the activities on social media with the hashtag for that month, or you can email the picture to me at ccreer@powellriver.ca.

“Once you complete the card, drop it off at the recreation complex before the end of the month.”

On the pool side, there are a variety of programs for people of all ages and swimming levels, including classes to train new lifeguards.

“We are fortunate in Powell River to have a dedicated crew, but there is still a crucial shortage of lifeguards across Canada,” says Tami Wood, aquatic program supervisor. “Earning the National Lifeguard Award means you are certified to work in any province in Canada. Ages 13 and up can start their life-saving training in the Bronze Medallion program, July 5 to 8, or you can test your swimming ability first in the Bronze Prep classes in June.”

The recreation complex will also be hosting some special events at Willingdon Beach during the summer. They include celebrating Canada Day on Friday, July 1, with live entertainment, face painting, activities and vendors from 3 to 10:30 pm, with a fireworks finale. Anyone interested in being a vendor should email Shawna at srahier@powellriver.ca.

Residents are also invited to the Rotary Pavilion at 7 pm on the last Wednesday of the summer months for Music in the Park, a free community concert series. Dawson Jaxn and Renelle will perform on June 29, the Blues Busters on July 27, and the Malaspina Ensemble on August 31.

The Summer Active Living Guide can be viewed at powellriverprc.ca/recreation-programs/active-living-guide. For more information or to register for programs, go to powellriverprc.ca or call 604.485.2891.

Residents are encouraged to follow the complex on Facebook (facebook.com/PowellRiverParksRecCulture) or Instagram (@powellriverparksrecculture) for the most up-to-date information.