Recs and Reads
By Anne McKay Garris
Some things come and go with the seasons. Other things go on for years and years. Tennis lessons at the Clearwater Beach Recreation Center, for instance, continue year 'round, on Monday evenings. The Yoga classes and Zumba (that's the new jazzy exercise) will also continue without interruption even though parts of the Center are still being renovated.
Summer camp is over, of course, with school starting next week. But Fantastic First Fridays are back on September 5, for youngsters in kindergarten through 8th grade. First Friday is when the Recreation Center staff provide exciting entertainment for your kids for an evening so they won't mind that you are having a great time on your own in the adult world, or, a really quiet evening at home.
Doc's fishing class finished up, yesterday, leaving a round dozen youngsters headed for the most peaceful lifetime hobby imaginable. If you missed it this year, Doc has promised to be back next summer with his expert advise on how to catch the big ones.
Two new programs, sponsored by the Beach Branch Library, are in the planning stage. One is a writer's group, open to anyone who ever thought they'd like to write . . . anything, even love letters. The other is a program about growing things on Clearwater Beach (or any Florida island), taught be a Master Gardener, bring your questions and your green (or black) thumb for an evening of information. Dates for these two programs will be announced soon.
Important for us all to remember is the fact that the final meeting on the Clearwater City Budget will be on September 18. Although it is doubtful that either the Beach library or Recreation Center would be closed at this point for lack of money, how many programs and how long hours the facilities will operate is still up for grabs. If either facility and their programs are of interest to you, now is the time to let our City Council members know about it. In fact, now would be a good time to thank them for our beautiful new library and for keeping our recreation center open.
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