Spring programs invade civic centre

The spring session at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre will be filled with new initiatives geared towards teens and attracting new faces.

Building on an array of new programs introduced in winter of 2015, the spring session at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre will also be filled with new initiatives geared towards teens and attracting new faces to Prince Rupert’s largest recreation facility.

After undergoing lengthy reviews by the Prince Rupert Recreation Commission and recreation director Willa Thorpe and her team, the civic centre will now be offering four new programs for April, May and June.

First up at the centre is competitive and non-competitive volleyball on Tuesday nights. Charles Hays students who want to work on their game can do so in the competitive strain of the sport that will feature fast-paced spiking, digging and serving for a two-hour block starting at 8 p.m. The non-competitive participants will play at the same time in a more relaxed, stress-free environment at the front gym in the same time frame.

Next is an equipment-focused social class, led by Jordan Lalonde, which pits participants in different games using the centre’s various sport and recreation equipment the department has on hand, called “Get in the Game”. The program will run for a couple Fridays in April and various Mondays in May and June from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pre-teens and teens can gather for a “Free Youth Night” in the Raven Room and auditorium for board games, sports and snacks on April 8, May 13 and June 10 at 7 p.m.

On the fitness side of things, Barb Long will be running a high-tempo, challenging and engaging “Athletic Core” class, with a focus on improving participants’ core fitness levels regardless of experience. The class has slots available in both mornings and evenings.

Following “Athletic Core” is “Boot Xplosion”, another class aimed at improving one’s core, this time with Tabata-style training with exercise equipment like bender balls and gliding discs. The class takes place on select Saturdays in April, May and June and is led by Kerrie Kennedy.

Popular returning programs include Hatha yoga, evening badminton and men’s floor hockey.