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16 NEW Winter/Spring Programs

We’re always working to be creative, innovative, inclusive, and exciting. We invite you to try something NEW this winter!


The Themes of Spring!

Ages 6-11; 12-17
Using themes associated with spring (bunnies, birds, and budding flowers to name a few!) students will become familiar with the fundamentals of drawing and painting. They will learn how to use geometric shapes to construct images, experiment with mixing paint and more. Projects may include still life, landscape, or portraiture. A supply list of approximately $30 will print at the time of registration. There is a $25 non-refundable fee for this program.

Thursdays, 4-5:30p
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3909

Drawing Fundamentals

Ages 18+ | Level: Beginner/Intermediate
This drawing workshop is especially intended for artists who have some experience with art, but are not completely confident about their drawing skills. Topics covered will include ellipses, drawing in one and two point perspective, and lighting and shading. Students will gain a better understanding of these principles as they construct studies from still life.

Wednesdays, 6-8:45p
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3909

Variety Pack of Painting Genres

Ages 18+ | Level: Beginner/Intermediate
In this six-week course, students will have the opportunity to sample the classic mix of painting genres: Portrait, Landscape, and Still Life. Two weeks will be spent on each genre and Paula McCarty, MFA will guide students as they create small paintings. The basics of color mixing, paint handling, and composition will be addressed. A supply list of approximately $100 will print at the time of registration. There is a $35 non-refundable fee for this program.

Wednesdays, 6-8:45p
Springer Cultural Center
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3909

Pottery Intensives

Ages 6-9; 10-17; 18+
These classes are for those who want to submerge themselves for a shorter period into a pottery class. Emphasis will be on refinement (altering) of projects through additions or combinations of parts, or various trimming techniques.

Springer Cultural Center
Questions: michelle.olden@champaign parks.com or 217-819-3909

Creative Clay Intensive

Ages 6-9
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 4-5p

The Potter’s Wheel Intensive

Ages 10-17
Mondays/Wednesdays, 4-5p

Studio Ceramics Intensive

Ages 18+
Mondays/Wednesdays, 6-8p
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6-8p

Advanced Throwing Workshop

Ages 18+
This class is for students with throwing experience who want to further develop their skills on the wheel. Pre-requisite: students must have completed one session of Studio Ceramics.

Saturdays, 10a-2p
Springer Cultural Center
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3909


Rainbow Kids

Ages 2-4
Join your child as they discover the colors of the rainbow. Children will get messy as they create masterpieces while developing their creativity, imagination and self-expression. They will learn about color, texture and more while experimenting with new, engaging materials.

Saturdays, 10-10:45am
Springer Cultural Center
Questions: melanie.kahler@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3919


Kids On The Move

Ages 5-7
Fitness is fun! In this 45 minute class, kids move, play, jump, dance, stretch, and then relax. Playful movement, games, and age appropriate music come together to create an exciting class. We combine various movement styles to improve balance, coordination, control, and body awareness. This class aims to teach children the value of a balanced and healthy lifestyle at an early age. By focusing on fun rather than formal exercise routines, participants can start to develop lifelong habits and positive attitudes surrounding physical activity.

Saturdays, 9-9:45a
Springer Cultural Center
Questions sean.hurst@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3901

Frozen 5K

Ages 13+ (unless directly supervised by guardian)
Shake off the winter blues and embrace the winter’s newest run! Don’t (snow)flake out of your fitness routine, test your endurance in this Frozen 5K. You’ll travel through three different parks and beautiful trails. Participants will receive race swag to display your frosty fortitude.

Saturday, January 20, 9a
Hessel Park
Questions: topher.wendt@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3994

Finding Fight Self-Defense Workshop for Women

Ages 18+
In this workshop we will cover the basics of women’s self-defense and self-protection. Participants will begin to learn how to recognize violence before it happens and deal with violence if it does happen. There will be both discussion and active hands-on practice of realistic skills that will actually work in real life situations.

Saturdays, 9-11:30a
Leonhard Recreation Center
Questions: jimmy.gleason@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3986

Finding Fight Self-Defense Class for Women

Ages 18+
Finding Fight is an 8-week long realistic self-defense and self-protection class for all women. Participants will learn how to recognize violence before it happens and deal with violence if it does happen. The skills developed in this class are realistic, doable, and will actually work in real life situations, even under real life stresses. This will be an active and empowering experience!

Mondays, 5:30-6:30p
Leonhard Recreation Center
Questions: jimmy.gleason@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3986


Softball Tournament

Ages 15+
Play in a tournament at Dodds Softball Complex before the season begins to give our officials a chance to do some hands-on training. This tournament will be laid back to provide a chance to train our officials before the games really count. If the tournament gets rained out we will refund the team fee.

Saturday, April 14, 9a-3p 
Dodds 4-Plex
Questions: matthew.silver@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3985

50 PLUS!

Afternoon Board Games

Ages 50+
Grab your friends and meet here at Hays for a rousing round of your favorite board game! We have plenty of games available, or feel free to bring your favorite game from home.

Tuesdays, 3-4p
Hays Recreation Center
Questions: 217-239-1152

Friends-Giving Dinner

Ages 50+

Making friends at the 50 Plus! Program is one of the greatest benefits of being a member and it must be celebrated! At Friends-giving, we will eat a delicious meal and enjoy the company of those who we hold near and dear to our hearts: OUR FRIENDS. If you are new to the senior program or looking for the right opportunity to check us out, this would be a lovely moment to start!

Saturday, March 24, 4p
Hays Recreation Center
Questions: 217-239-1152


Ages 50+
The weather is changing and it’s time to start our trips back up. Van space is limited, so hurry and register! All trips start from Douglass Annex.

March 21, 9:30a-3:30p
Join us for shopping at Antiques & More on Staley Road, then head to lunch at the Hen House. We will conclude our trip with a visit to the Museum of the Grand Prairie. Please bring a monetary donation for the museum.

April 18, 9a-3:30p
Feeling lucky? Do not miss out on a trip to the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in Peoria, IL. Lunch will be at the casino buffet.

Douglass Annex
Questions: darius.white@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3961

Meet Me at the Movies!

Ages 50+
Spend an afternoon with friends while watching a new film or revisiting a classic flick. We will have two movies on hand at each meeting for participants to vote on; the winner will be shown for the group. Popcorn and coffee provided.

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 3-5p
Hays Recreation Center
Questions: 217-239-1152

Washington, DC Trip -SOLD OUT!

Waiting list, and possibly adding more openings

Ages 50+
6 Days/5 Nights • 14 Meals

Get inspired with patriotism as you take in the majesty of our nation’s capital on our bus tour to Washington, DC! The iconic memorials on the National Mall are the centerpiece of the city’s landscape. Return inspired with a reminder of what makes America great!

  • Motorcoach transportation
  • 5 nights lodging, including 3 consecutive nights in the Washington, DC area
  • 8 meals: 5 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Guided Tour of Washington, DC including the WW II Memorial, Capitol Hill, Embassy Row, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Smithsonian, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and more!
  • Full Day visit to the Smithsonian Institution

September 6-11, 2018
Depart from Douglass Annex at 8am
Questions: darius.white@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3961


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