Parks and Rec guide Fall 2013 - City of St. Louis Park

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Parks and Rec guide Fall 2013 - City of St. Louis Park

Parks &

Recreation

SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER 2013

INSIDE…

Pg 3 32nd Annual

Halloween Party

Pg 18 Westwood Hills

Nature Center

Pg 32 Senior Programs

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Experience FUN in the Park.

Table of Contents / Special Events

Table of Contents

Adaptive Recreation..............................33

Adult Programs/Leagues................... 13-14

Art Programs......................................5–8

Athletic Associations........................16-17

Community Education....................... 30-31

Facilities........................................ 26-29

Friends of the Arts................................34

Hockey................................................25

Ice Skating..................................... 22-25

Recreation & Athletics.......................9–11

Registration Form.................................36

Senior Programs...................................32

Special Events.................................... 2–4

Teen Programs................................. 12-13

Volunteer Opportunities........................15

Westwood Hills Nature Center............ 18-21

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Fare For All

Food that makes cents

All ages

Fare For All is a cooperative food purchasing

program that sells groceries at

discounted prices. Fare for All is open to

anyone and everyone. There is no pre-registration

and many forms of payment are accepted.

Tues. Aug. 6............... 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tues. Sept. 3.............. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tues. Oct. 1............... 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tues. Oct. 29............. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Central Community Center, 6300 Walker Street

For more information on food packs and prices visit

www.fareforall.org.

You Betcha! Minnesota Made Festival

All ages

The Shops at West End plays host to a big dose of Minnesota

“Legends” music on Saturday, Aug. 17 at “You

Betcha! Minnesota Made Festival” featuring Minnesota

beverages, foods, bands, car show and a super-sized dose

of Minnesota nice. A day of fun and frolic for all ages.

Including:

• Live Music: 12:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

• Classic Car Show

• Food Trucks and Beverages

• Minnesota Accent &

Loon Calling Contests

Music:

• Boogie Wonderland

• The Purple Xperience

(featuring Doctor Fink

of Prince and the Revolution)

• MN Legends:

- The Castaways

- The Del Counts

- The Rave-Ons

- Pepper Fog

- Thundertree

- Peter Lange, Lonnie Knight

and Billy Hallquist

Saturday, Aug. 17, Noon – 11:30 p.m.

The Shops at West End, 1621 West End Blvd.

$10 Admission at the gate.

Details: theshopsatwestend.com

The Purple Xperience

Boogie Wonderland


Experience EVENTS in the Park.

Please join us for these events. Events are listed in order by date. Online registration is available for events

requiring advance registration at www.stlouispark.org.

Historic Train Depot Open Days

All ages

The St. Louis Park Historical Society invites you to the Historic

Milwaukee Road Depot at Jorvig Park each Saturday.

Historical Society volunteers will be available for questions

and information about St. Louis Park history.

Saturdays, June 1 – Sept. 14, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Train Depot at Jorvig Park, 6210 W. 37th St.

Free - no registration required

Go Golfing

Ages 7 - 16

Swing on over to Brookview Golf Course for a day of lessons

and a round of golf. Participants will work with the

club pro to get their game up to par. Following the lesson

you will enjoy nine holes putting your skills to the test.

Lunch provided. Golf clubs and golf balls provided for

those who need them.

Thursday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Brookview Golf Course 200 Brookview Pkwy,

Golden Valley

$22 per person

Activity # 7106

Registration deadline: Oct. 12

MEA MAGIC SHOW with Brian Richards

Ages 5 - 12

Magically appear at the St. Louis Park Middle School for

this mystical show performed by Brian Richards. Be mesmerized

by the tricks, laugh at the humor, and make those

MEA blues DISAPPEAR.

Friday, Oct. 18, 10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

St. Louis Park Middle School Cafeteria, 2025 Texas Ave. S.

Free, (children ages 5-7 must be accompanied by a

supervising adult)

32nd Annual Halloween Party

All ages (children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)

The creatures at Westwood Hills Nature Center have

nature games, refreshments and special activities waiting

for you and your family. We offer two decorated theme

trails: Mother Nature’s Trail for those who prefer bright,

friendly creatures handing out treats and Mystery Mini

Golf for those looking to play a round of golf in the dark

woods at night. Each adult and child age 2 and older must

pay to register. Register by Oct. 10 and receive an early-bird

discount rate! Tickets will be mailed Oct. 10.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Friday, Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Activity # 7263

OR

Saturday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Activity # 7264

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

Early Bird Rate (postmarked by Oct. 10):

$7.50 per person (resident) / $8.50 (non-resident)

After Oct. 10:

$9.50 per person (resident) / $10.50 (non-resident)

Children under 2 are free

Registration deadline: when program is full

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Experience EVENTS in the Park.

Special Events

Goblins on Ice

All ages

Come to The Rec Center for free indoor ice skating during

our annual Halloween skating event - one of our favorite

holidays! Free rental skates are available and costumes are

welcome. Don’t forget to check out the thrills and chills

at the Great Pumpkin Carve Event in Wolfe Park on the

evenings of October 25 and 26 (5 p.m. – 10 p.m.).

Friday, Oct. 25, Noon - 1:30 p.m. and/or 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Free - no registration required

The St. Louis Park Great

Pumpkin Carve at “Wolf” Park

All ages

We are going pumpkin crazy

this October with the St. Louis

NEW

Park Great Pumpkin Carve event at “Wolf” (really, Wolfe)

Park. We have always said our jack-o-lanterns are on the

cutting edge and we need your help - our goal is to have

hundreds of carved pumpkins light up the “haunted hill”

at Wolfe Park. Everyone is invited to carve a pumpkin (or

two, or three, or four…) and bring them to “Wolf” Park

located next to the Rec Center. All pumpkins will then be

placed on “haunted hill”, lit, and displayed for two nights.

Oh my gourd, it’s going to be great! So stop by for a spell

and don’t forget parking is for Halloween pumpkin lovers

only - all others toad. The Great Pumpkin Carve is generously

sponsored by Advanced Disposal. All pumpkins displayed

will be composted at the conclusion of the two-night

boo-ti-ful event. Remember, we need lots of pumpkins so

join us and carve out some great memories.

Pumpkin drop off: Friday, Oct. 25, 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Displayed: Friday, Oct. 25 & Saturday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

“Wolf” Park - 3700 Monterey Drive

Free - No registration required

Little Goblin Bash and Pumpkin Hunt

Ages 3 – 9 (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Come in your costume and boo-gie down!

The banquet room will be turned into Halloween

central with fun music and Halloween

treats supplied by Byerly’s. All registered

participants will get to pick out a pumpkin from our Wolfe

Park Pumpkin Patch! Volunteers welcome. After the event,

enjoy free ice skating and free skate rental until 9 p.m. Preregistration

required. Walk-in registrations not allowed.

Friday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive

$2 per child, accompanying adult is free

Activity # 7103

Registration deadline: when program is full

Pitch-A-Pumpkin

All ages

Halloween is over and your pumpkins are starting to look

tired! Your first thought may be to lug them to the garbage

bin which just fills-up space at the landfill. There are better

ways to get rid of your old pumpkins! Give your pumpkins

another life... as compost or food for farm animals. Free

pumpkin recycling is being offered to residents of St. Louis

Park. All the pumpkins will be taken to a compost facility

or given to a farm operation for animals’ food. Please remove

all candles, wax, and decorations. Painted pumpkins

cannot be accepted.

Friday – Sunday, Oct. 25 – Nov. 3, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive (next to Rec Center)

Free

Great Pumpkin Fest 2013

All ages

Come up to The Shops at West End for some friendly

Halloween-themed fun. Trick-or-Treat around the shops,

boogie down to the tunes of Radio Disney, and participate

in the costume contest and other fun games around the

Shops. Bring a non-perishable food or new item of clothing

for STEP and receive a free reusable treat bag!

Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Shops at West End, 1621 West End Blvd.

Free

Kids Turkey Bingo

Ages 6 - 12 (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Spend the morning at The Rec Center playing bingo. Prizes

awarded for the winners of each bingo game. Registrants

can stay for free ice skating/skate rental after bingo.

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. - Noon

The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive

$5 per child (resident) / $6 (non-resident)

Activity # 7104

Registration deadline: Nov. 25

Turkeys on Ice

All ages

Come to The Rec Center for free indoor ice skating! Enjoy

holiday skating just before the turkey and stuffing. Free

rental skates are available.

Wednesday, Nov. 27, Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Free – no registration needed

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Experience ART in the Park.

The Parks and Recreation Department partners with many local artists and entities to offer a wide variety

of ART in the Park!

Abrakadoodle

Our nationally renowned instructors from Abrakadoodle

teach kids how to enjoy art and expand their creativity while

having a wonderful time! All materials for the camp are provided,

and each participant will take home their creations.

Family Art Saturday

Ages 2 - 6

This is a fun art class for the family! Each class, families

will explore a new art medium in beautiful Wolfe Park!

These classes are geared for children ages 2 – 6 with a caregiver,

one parent or two parents! Take one class or try them

all! The registration deadline is one week prior to the class

or when the program is full.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Sept. 7 Explore Watercolor........................Activity # 7231

Oct. 5 Explore Pastels................................... Activity # 7232

Nov. 9 Explore Tempera................................ Activity # 7233

Dec. 7 Explore Collage................................. Activity # 7234

Wolfe Park Pavilion, 3700 Monterey Drive

$15 per child per class (resident) / $20 (non-resident)

Calendar Making Workshop

Ages 4 - 10

Join us to make masterpieces for a 2014 calendar, a perfect

keepsake or gift for the upcoming holidays! We’ll learn creative

ways to make special projects for each month. Dress

for mess, bring a beverage and nut free snack.

Friday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Wolfe Park Pavilion, 3700 Monterey Drive

$86 per child (resident) / $96 (non-resident)

Activity # 7235

Registration deadline: Oct. 25 or when program is full

I HEART KIDS

I Heart Kids’ Art is an open art studio for

young children located in Linden Hills. We

see artistic talent in each child and encourage

children to explore their creative minds, create art at their

speed, make a mess and have fun. The art projects are selfdirected

and create an opportunity for the child to explore

art that is age appropriate, confidence building and fun.

Story Time and Illustrations

Ages 12 months – 3 years (children must be accompanied by an adult)

This four-week class will teach your child about story book

illustrations. Each week we will read books with unique

illustrations and then create our own pieces in the same

medium as the book. Week one will feature Eric Carle and

collage making, week two will focus on books that are

illustrated with pencils such as “Where the Wild Things

Are”, in week three, we will read “Corduroy” and make collages

using buttons, and week four will focus on the use of

watercolors in illustrations. Supplies will be provided.

Thursdays, Sept. 5 – 26, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Wolfe Park Pavilion, 3700 Monterey Drive

$84 per child (resident) / $94 per child (non-resident)

Activity # 7236

Registration deadline: Aug. 2 or when program is full

Still-Life Drawing

Ages 7 - 10

In this session your child will learn one of the main foundations

of fine art skills – still-life drawing. Using pencils,

charcoal, and pastels, children will learn about composition,

light and shade, and negative space. Participants can

bring in a special object from home that they can draw in

their final piece as a keepsake. This class is perfect to take

before signing up for the Nature Drawing class and can be

taken as a series. Supplies will be provided.

Thursdays, Sept. 12 – 26, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Wolfe Park Pavilion, 3700 Monterey Drive

$60 per child (resident) / $70 (non-resident)

Activity # 7239

Registration deadline: Sept. 5 or when program is full

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Art Programs

Fall Art

Ages 3 - 6 (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Fall harvest is here and so are all the fun seasonal art

projects that come with it! Seed art, vegetable printing,

pumpkin decorating and more! This class will get you and

your little one ready for fall and introduce you to fun seasonal

art ideas that will keep your home merrily decorated

throughout the season. Supplies will be provided.

Tuesdays, Oct. 1 – 22, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Wolfe Park Pavilion, 3700 Monterey Drive

$84 per child (resident) / $94 (non-resident)

Activity # 7238

Registration deadline: Sept. 24 or when program is full

Nature Drawing

Ages 7 - 10

Take advantage of the last of the warm weather and sign

your child up for this fun Outdoor Nature Drawing class.

In this class we will expand your child’s still-life drawing

skills to include landscape drawing. We will go outside, sit

in the sun and draw flowers, trees, rocks, gardens and more.

Materials will be provided.

Thursdays, Oct. 10 – 24, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Wolfe Park Pavilion, 3700 Monterey Drive

$60 per child (resident) / $70 (non-resident)

Activity # 7240

Registration deadline: Oct. 3 or when program is full

Finger Paints and Play Dough

Ages 12 months – 3 yrs (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Come and play with your kiddo in this fun introductory

class to basic art materials. Your child will practice their

motor skills and coordination while making a mess with

goopy finger paints and gluten-free play dough. So put on

a smock and get dirty with your little one in this fun, artsy

class. Supplies will be provided.

Thursday, Nov. 14, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Wolfe Park Pavilion, 3700 Monterey Drive

$12 per child (resident) / $17 (non-resident)

Activity # 7237

Registration deadline: Nov. 7 or when program is full

KIDCREATE TM Studio

KIDCREATE TM Studio launches children from 18 months

to 12 years into the incredible world of art. Located out of

Eden Prairie, this studio for kids focuses on art creation

and art education. Lesson plans, designed by art education

professionals, are age appropriate and devise to inspire the

individual child. Our teachers provide a positive, fun, selfesteem

building atmosphere where children learn to express

themselves through visual arts.

Mommy and Me Classes with

KIDCREATE TM Studio

Ages 18 months – 6 yrs (Children must be accompanied by a caregiver)

Come and create right along with your child in these hands

on classes! All Mommy and Me Classes will be located at

The Rec Center Gallery and are great classes for siblings to

take together. Mondays, 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Rec Center Gallery, 3700 Monterey Drive

$48 per child (resident) / $53 (non-resident)

Big and Messy Art

Let your little artist explore the messier side of art in a big

way! Your child will enjoy many sensory experiences as

they create enormous works of art. They will paint, sculpt,

scribble, and giggle their way to discovering a grander scale

of art. These projects are way too big or way too messy to

tackle at home!

Sept. 30 – Oct. 21, Activity # 7246

Registration deadline: Sept. 23 or when program is full

Pint Sized Picasso

Come make friends with Picasso, Cassatt, Van Gogh and

others as we learn about art history and each artist’s talents

and techniques. Your child will enjoy painting, sculpting,

drawing and printmaking while creating their own fantastic

works of art. Literature and master artists’ work will be presented

as inspiration during this fun and educational class.

Oct. 28 – Nov. 18, Activity # 7247

Registration deadline: Oct. 21 or when program is full

Nursery Rhyme Time

Young artists just can’t wait to rhyme and paint with Kidcreate!

In this class, we’ll read the beloved nursery rhymes

of Mother Goose! Have you ever seen a mouse run up a

clock, or a dish run away with a spoon? Have you ever

taken your lamb to school? We’ll experience these whimsical

stories as we create with a variety of kid-friendly art

materials.

Nov. 25 – Dec. 16, Activity # 7248

Registration deadline: Nov. 18 or when program is full

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Experience ART in the Park.

Horsing Around Art Camp with

KIDCREATE TM Studio

Ages 4 - 9

Is your child crazy about horses? At this popular camp,

your child will learn simple step-by-step techniques to draw

and sculpt beautiful horses. They will also create mini horse

accessories, a pasture scene and more. These masterpieces

are sure to win blue ribbons! Please pack a nut free snack

and drink for your child each day.

Thursday & Friday, Oct. 17 & 18, 9 a.m. - Noon

Activity # 7250

The Rec Center Gallery, 3700 Monterey Drive

$60 per child (resident) / $68 (non-resident)

Registration deadline: Oct. 11 or when program is full

Holiday Craft Party – Ornament Making

with KIDCREATE TM Studio

Ages 18 mo. – 6 yrs (Children must be accompanied by a caregiver)

All New Ornaments for 2013! Join us for an ornament

making party. We will set up four stations, each with a different

ornament project. These ornaments will make great

keepsakes or holiday gifts! Come and create right along

with your child in this hands-on class!

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Activity # 7251

Rec Center Gallery, 3700 Monterey Drive

$13 per child (resident) / $18 (non-resident)

Registration deadline: Dec. 10 or when program is full

Holiday Gift Making with

KIDCREATE TM Studio

Ages 4 - 9

Come and create hand crafted gifts! Great gifts Mom, Dad,

Grandma, Grandpa and that favorite teacher would love

to receive. We’ll be making clay trinket boxes and snow

globes in this class. Wrap them up as gifts or keep them for

yourself. Sign up early for this popular class!

Monday, Dec. 23, 9 a.m. – Noon

Rec Center Gallery, 3700 Monterey Drive

Activity # 7252

$30 per child (resident) / $35 (non-resident)

Registration deadline: Dec. 16 or when program is full

Art Programs

Halloween Craft Party with

KIDCREATE TM Studio

Ages 18 months – 6 yrs (Children must be accompanied by a caregiver)

Park your broom at the door, come on in and create something

spooktacular! We’re going to create multiple craft

projects with a Halloween theme. You and your young artist

will get messy with paint and clay as you make a black

cat, ghost or jack-o-lantern. Children are welcome to wear

their costume to class. Come and create right along with

your child in this hands-on class! This is also a great class

for siblings to take together! Children must be accompanied

by a caregiver.

Thursday, Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Activity # 7249

Rec Center Gallery, 3700 Monterey Drive

$14 per child (resident) / $19 (non-resident)

Registration deadline: Oct. 24 or when program is full

New Year’s Eve Party with

KIDCREATE TM Studio

Ages 4 - 9

Take a break from the crazy holiday schedule! Send your

young artist to class to make all they will need for a

fabulous New Year’s Eve celebration. We will create noise

makers, party poppers and New Year’s Eve hats for a fun

way to ring in the New Year! Please pack a nut free snack

and drink for your child.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 9 a.m. – Noon

Rec Center Gallery, 3700 Monterey Drive

Activity # 7253

$30 per child (resident) / $35 (non-resident)

Registration deadline: Dec. 27 or when program is full

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Experience ART in the Park.

Art Programs

How to Draw Cartoons Art Camp with

KIDCREATE TM Studio

Ages 5 - 12

Have you ever wished you were better at drawing cartoons?

During this camp, we’ll teach step-by-step techniques that

will help you draw super cool cartoons! From cuddly puppy

dogs to kooky characters – we’ll do it all at this camp. You

will be impressed with how great your drawings turn out!

Please pack a nut free snack and drink for your child each day.

Thursday, Jan. 2 & Friday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Rec Center Gallery, 3700 Monterey Drive

Activity # 7254

$60 per child (resident) / $68 (non-resident)

Registration deadline: Dec. 26 or when program is full

TechStars by Computer Explorers

Programs are built for a project-based learning environment

while students reinforce core academic content and foster

the STEM skills in collaboration, problem solving, and

creative thinking.

Minecraft In Real Life

Ages 6 – 11

Minecraft is the LEGO®-like sandbox building game, that’s

been dominating the world of video gaming for the past

few years. In our course, experience Minecraft in real life -

building landscapes, mountains and terrains out of Legos.

Recreate the Nether, biomes, forests and more. Then, working

in teams, use our Lego versions of creepers, endermans,

village people, sheep, ocelots and mummies to create a mini

stop-motion movie to immortalize your Lego creations

on digital film. Take home two microfig Lego Minecraftinspired

animals and your own Minecraft movie, using official

minecraft soundtracks and sound effects. Bring a USB

drive on the last day or movies can be emailed to parents.

Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. – Noon

Wolfe Park Pavilion, 3700 Monterey Drive

Activity # 7243

$60 per child (resident) / $68 (non-resident)

Registration deadline: Oct. 10 or when program is full

Video Game Creation: Nintendo Characters

Ages 6 – 11

Create your own customized Video Game using Nintendo

Characters. Program your characters to move and

interact with one another. Students will learn to change

backgrounds and add audio effects. Working in pairs,

students will create a dynamic video animation game using

Scratch, the innovative programming language created

just for students by the MIT Media Lab. The first part of

each class will be instructor led; with the time remaining,

students will have the opportunity to customize their game

animation. Students will be able to use different Nintendo

character sprites such as: Pokémon, Super Mario Brothers,

Lego Star Wars and Sonic the Hedgehog to create their

video game animations.

Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. – Noon

Wolfe Park Pavilion, 3700 Monterey Drive

Activity # 7244

$30 per child (resident) / $35 (non-resident)

Registration deadline: Oct. 26 or when program is full

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Experience RECREATION in the Park.

Here’s where to find leisure and athletic activities for families, preschoolers, youth, teens and adults. Youth

activities are listed in order by date, then participant’s age. Adult activities follow. Online registration is

available for all activities unless otherwise noted.

Little Kicks Soccer League

Ages 5 – 6 (by Oct. 31)

League introduces boys and girls to soccer by teaching basic

skills, positioning, teamwork and rules while having fun.

Seasonal youth staff or parents coach and officiate games

and practices. Teams have one full practice at the first

scheduled meeting then meet once a week for a 20-minute

practice followed by a 30-minute game. All participants

receive a team T-shirt and schedule at the first practice.

Saturdays, Sept. 7 – Oct. 19, games vary between

2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m..............................Activity # 6983

$35 per child (resident) / $40 (non-resident)

Fern Hill Park, 4421 28th St. W.

Registration deadline: Aug. 20 or when program is full

Kicks Soccer League

Ages 7 – 8 (by Oct. 31)

This league teaches boys and girls basic soccer skills, player

positioning, teamwork, and rule interpretation while having

fun. Teams have one full practice at the first scheduled

meeting and then a 10-minute warm-up/practice before

each weekly game. Seasonal youth staff or parents will

coach and officiate all games.

Saturdays, Sept. 7 – Oct. 19, 1 p.m..............Activity # 6985

Fern Hill Park, 4421 28th St. W.

$35 per child (resident) / $40 (non-resident)

Registration deadline: Aug. 19 or when program is full

Volunteer Coaching Policy

Parents interested in volunteering to coach their

child’s Little Kicks Soccer team or Kicks Soccer team

will have their child’s registration fee returned at the

end of the season. Maximum two per team. Parent

coaches must help cover all games and practices. For

more information, please call (952) 924-2542 after

registering your child.

Flag Football

Grades 1 – 2

This program teaches kids football skills through various

drills and participants play very low-key games. This

six-week program is offered cooperatively by the New

Hope, Crystal, Plymouth and St. Louis Park parks and

recreation departments. No special equipment needed. All

participants will receive a t-shirt.

Sundays, Sept. 8 – Oct. 13 (rain make-up Oct. 20)

4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m............................................Activity # 6986

5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m......................................Activity # 6987

$59 per person (resident*) / $66 (non-resident)

Grades 3 – 4

This is an instructional league. This program teaches kids

football skills through various drills and play very low-key

games. Teams will practice once a week and have scheduled

games once a week. Teams will practice at their home

sites and play games at multiple sites. All participants will

receive a t-shirt.

Thursdays & Sundays, Aug. 22 – Oct. 6......Activity # 6988

(rain make-up Oct. 10 & 13)

Practices: Thursdays, 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Games: Sundays, times vary between 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Robbinsdale Middle School, 3730 Toledo Ave. N.

$68 per person (resident*) / $75 (non-resident)

*Resident rate applies to participants living in New Hope,

Crystal, Plymouth, Robbinsdale or St. Louis Park

Little Tigers Self Defense

Ages 3 - 5

Master Tom Malone will help your child learn basic self-defense

and martial arts skills while developing coordination

and flexibility. Basic kicks, punches and strikes are taught

through a variety of exercises and fun games. This program

promotes focus, discipline and respect - great personal tools

to carry into the future. No uniform required or provided.

Please arrive 5 minutes early so your child is ready to begin

at the start of class. *Resident rate applies to participants

living in Golden Valley and St. Louis Park.

Tuesdays, 5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Sept. 10 - Oct. 15 – Activity # 7113, Register by Sept. 4

Oct. 22 - Dec. 3 – Activity # 7114, Register by Oct. 16

(No class Nov. 5)

Davis Community Center, 5430 Glenwood Ave. N.

$54 per person (resident*) / $59 (non-resident)

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Recreation and Athletics

Tae Kwon Do

Ages 5 and up

A self-defense program for all ages that gives discipline,

focus, endurance and flexibility. Master Tom Malone will

help you achieve awesome kicks, punches and strikes while

getting in shape. *Resident rate applies to participants living

in Golden Valley and St. Louis Park.

Beginner and Intermediate

Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Sept. 10 - Oct. 15 – Activity # 7115, Register by Sept. 4

Oct. 22 - Dec. 3 – Activity # 7116, Register by Oct. 16

(No class Nov. 5)

Advanced

Tuesdays, 7 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Sept. 10 - Oct. 15 – Activity # 7117, Register by Sept. 4

Oct. 22 - Dec. 3 – Activity # 7118, Register by Oct. 16

(No class Nov. 5)

Davis Community Center, 5430 Glenwood Ave. N.,

Golden Valley

$69 per person (resident*) / $74 (non-resident)

Little Tot Playtime

Ages 1 - 5 by start of session (must be accompanied by an adult)

Enjoy “open play” time in the banquet room. Little tots can

bounce in the moon walks, ride the big wheelers, play dress

up or build with blocks on the creative carpet! This is an

unsupervised activity, parents or a guardian must accompany

their child(ren).

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Nov. 6 - March 28, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

(No session Nov. 27, 29, Dec. 24, 25, 27, 31 & Jan. 1, 3)

The Rec Center Banquet Room, 3700 Monterey Drive

$2 per session at the door OR $40 for a 30-session

punch-pass which can be used any session.

Little Tot Playtime Program

Attendant Needed

Attendant must be at least 18 years of age. Responsibilities

include set-up and tear down of all program equipment,

and supervision of the program area Tuesdays,

Wednesdays, and Fridays 9 a.m. - noon, Nov. 6 - March

28 (no session Nov. 27 & 29, Dec. 24, 25, 27, 31 & Jan.

1, 3). Salary is $8 per hour. Immediate children may attend

program for free.

Kid Smart

Ages 5 - 12

Self-defense and safety is taught by a black-belt certified

martial arts instructor. Participants learn quick responses

for “no-win” situations and what to say or do when confronted

by a threatening stranger. Learn easy maneuvers to

get out of holds and how to take control of a situation.

Friday, Nov. 1, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive

$36 per child (resident) / $40 (non-resident)

Activity # 7112

Registration deadline: Oct. 26

Outdoor Skateboard Camp

Ages 6 - 16

Beginner and intermediate skateboarders will learn or

improve balance, pushing, dropping in, and how to kick

flip, ollie, heel flip, and ramp ride. Skate park safety and

etiquette will be covered as well. Instruction provided by

3rd Lair staff and the Demo Team. Each participant must

bring a skateboard, helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and

wrist guards.

Thursday & Friday, Oct. 17 & Oct. 18, 9 a.m. - Noon

The Skate Park, 3700 Monterey Drive

$90 per person (resident) / $100 (non-resident)

Activity # 7111

Registration deadline: Oct. 16

Rain or shine - in the event of inclement weather, camp

will be held at 3rd Lair indoor skate park, 850 Florida Ave.,

Golden Valley. If weather is questionable, please call

(952) 924-2567 for camp status.

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Experience RECREATION in the Park.

Indoor Skateboard Camps at 3rd Lair

Ages 6 and older

St. Louis Park Parks and Recreation is working with

3rd Lair Indoor Skate Park to offer four exciting indoor

skateboard camps for beginners to the boarding expert

and everybody in between. Balance, pushing, dropping in,

skate park safety and etiquette are taught. Instructors are

experienced in the sport and have years of teaching knowledge.

Equipment needed for camp includes a skateboard

and helmet. Knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards are

recommended. All equipment is available at no extra charge

if needed. All participants are welcome to stay and board

after the instruction concludes.

9 a.m. - Noon

Level Cost Act. #

Camp 1: Nov. 27.....................$45..............................7259

Camp 2: Nov. 29.....................$45............................. 7260

Camp 3: Dec. 26 – 27.............$90.............................7261

Camp 4: Dec. 30.....................$45............................. 7262

Camp 5: Jan. 2 - 3...................$90.............................7301

3rd Lair Skate Park, 850 Florida Ave. (763) 797-5283

Registration deadline: Day before first day of camp

3rd Lair is an independent business and not affiliated with

the City of St. Louis Park.

Ski & Snowboard Instruction

Ages 6 – 18

Get your kids involved in a lifelong activity! Blizzard

Ski and Snowboard School offers lessons and trips for

snowboarding and skiing at metro ski and snowboarding

locations. Participants meet at Hoigaard’s (Highway 100

& Excelsior Boulevard) Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. from

approximately Nov. 23 to Feb. 22 (dates vary based on

program level), and return approximately by 5:30 p.m. For

more information or registration materials, please contact

Blizzard Ski and Snowboard School at (763) 559-3343 or

www.blizzardmn.com.

Blizzard Ski and Snowboard School is an independent

business and not affiliated with the City of St. Louis Park.

This information is provided as a service to the residents of

St. Louis Park.

Youth Basketball Leagues

Grades 2 - 6

The focus of the program is to teach the skills of basketball,

playing as a team, and teaching good sportsmanship. Teams

are coached by volunteers. Register your child for the league

based on his/her grade. Players can play one grade level up.

This program is co-sponsored with the City of Golden Valley,

Robbinsdale, and St. Louis Park and will include teams from

all three cities. We reserve the right to limit the number of

players per team, combine divisions if registration is low, and

cancel a team if a volunteer coach cannot be found. Coaches

will call team members after January 4 with practice times.

Fee includes uniform shirt. Help your child’s team off to

a good start - volunteer to be a coach! Volunteer coaches

are necessary for the success of the program. St. Louis Park

coaches will have child’s registration fee reimbursed at end

of season. Standings are not kept and there is no tournament

play. We will not make exceptions. Two players may request

to play together.

Scrimmage Day: Jan. 18

Games: Jan. 25 - March 8, 2014

Boys 2nd grade....................................................Act. # 7123

Boys 3rd grade.....................................................Act. # 7124

Boys 4th – 6th grade............................................Act. # 7125

Girls 2nd – 3rd grade...........................................Act. # 7126

Girls 4th – 6th grade............................................Act. # 7127

Practices begin mid-January, with days and times varying

due to gym and coach’s availability. Practice sites include:

Meadowlake, Neill, Northport, Forest, and Crystal Community

Center. Games will be played at the Crystal Community

Center and the Davis Community Center (Meadowbrook

Elementary), 5430 Glenwood Ave. N.

$50 per person (*resident) / $57 (non-resident)

* St. Louis Park, Crystal, Golden Valley and Robbinsdale

Registration deadline: Dec. 10 or when program is full

Recreation and Athletics

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Experience RECREATION in the Park.

Teen Programs

Paintball - Special

Forces

Ages 12 - 18

Two hours of non-stop

paintball action and excitement!

The action takes place

on the Special Forces Paintball

high quality playing field in

Buffalo. Cost includes the

necessary equipment, supplies

and transportation. Transportation

provided; pick-up

and drop-off at Minnetonka

Community Center.

Saturday, Sept. 7, 1 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Minnetonka Community Center,

14600 Minnetonka Blvd.

$38 per person (resident) / $43 (non-resident)

Activity # 7128

Registration deadline: Sept. 3

Beginning Archery

Ages 12 - 18

Here’s your chance to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow!

Instruction will be given on the proper way to shoot a bow

and arrow safely. Bows, arrows and targets will be provided.

There will be a 10-minute hike to get to our archery range

and then back again.

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$8 per person (resident) / $10 (non- resident)

Activity # 7277

Registration deadline: when program is full

“Hydro”caching

Ages 12 - 18

It’s geocaching by canoe! After an introduction to the basics of

canoeing and GPS, head out in a canoe, GPS receiver in hand

and explore Westwood Lake’s special places at your own pace.

This is a great way to get introduced to canoeing and/or geocaching.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$8 per person (resident) / $10 (non-resident)

Activity # 7278

Registration deadline: when program is full

A Trip to Screamtown

Ages 11 - 17

Prepare to be spooked! We will take a van to Screamtown in

Chaska for the evening to experience their many scary attractions

including a haunted corn maze, hillbilly motel, haunted

forest and circus asylum. Transportation provided – pick-up and

drop-off is at the Minnetonka Community Center.

Friday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd.

$27 per person (resident) / $32 (non-resident)

Activity # 7131

Registration deadline: Oct. 18 or when program is full

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Experience RECREATION in the Park.

Big Thrill Factory – Minnetonka

Ages 10 - 16

Join in on an afternoon of fun and games at Big Thrill Factory

in Minnetonka! We will spend two hours participating

in the Factory’s many attractions including the Time Challenge,

Bump n’ Spin Cars, Ropes Course and Laser Tag.

Participants will also receive $5 in game tokens. Food and

beverages are not provided, but are available for purchase.

Transportation is provided. Pick-up and drop-off is at the

Minnetonka Community Center.

Friday, Dec 27, 12:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd.

$30 per person (resident) / $35 (non-resident)

Activity # 7132

Registration deadline: Dec. 20 or when program is full

ADULT PROGRAMS

Adult Yoga

Ages 18 and older

Yoga gives you the opportunity to become “one” with

yourself through relaxation, meditation, breathing and

stretching. This is a wonderful and fulfilling way to build a

foundation of inner peace. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable

clothing and bring a yoga mat.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Sequences of yoga postures are linked together and integrated

with the breath. This class focuses on building

strength, flexibility, and balance through a continuous flow

of movement. It will begin with grounding the body and

calming the mind and end in meditation. This is an alllevel

yoga class meaning options to modify in all directions

will be offered.

Mondays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 - Oct. 14............................................ Act. # 7109

Oct. 28 - Dec. 9............................................... Act. # 7107

$41 per person (resident) / $46 (non-resident)

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Sept. 25 - Oct. 16............................................. Act. # 7110

Oct. 30 - Dec. 11............................................. Act. # 7108

$72 per person (resident) / $80 (non-resident)

Wolfe Park Pavilion, 3700 Monterey Drive

Registration deadline: one week prior to class start date

Teen Programs/Adult Programs

For more adult programs, visit the Westwood

Hills Nature Center information on page 18.

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Experience ADULT LEAGUES in the Park.

Adult Leagues

Adult leagues are offered for team registration only. Individuals who would like to participate in a

team sport, but don’t have a team, should contact the Parks and Recreation Department to be placed

on a free-agent list. Leagues may fill before the deadline, so register early! Online registration is not

available - Download registration packet online at www.stlouispark.org or call (952) 924-2540 to have

a registration packet mailed to you.

Adult 4-Person Football League

Ages 18 and older

This is a men’s, four-person, un-officiated, non-tackle

adult passing league.

Wednesday evenings, 7-week schedule begins Sept. 4

Aquila Park, 3110 Xylon Ave. S.

$190 per team

Registration deadline: Aug. 17 or until full

Adult Co-Rec Kickball League

Ages 18 and older

It’s just like when you were a kid: low-level competition

and a high level of fun! This co-rec officiated league is very

popular and space is limited.

Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings

7-week schedule begins after Labor Day

Aquila Park, 3110 Xylon Ave. S.

$170 per team

Registration deadline: Aug. 24 or until full

Adult 6-Person Broomball League

Ages 18 and older

Competitive and recreational men’s, women’s and co-rec leagues.

Monday - Thursday evenings

7-week schedule begins late Dec. (weather permitting)

Nelson Park Hockey Rink, 2500 Georgia Ave.

$390 per team

Registration deadline: Dec. 3 or until full

Adult Indoor Volleyball League

Ages 18 and older

Co-rec, six-person officiated league. Watch for our winter

booklet: more leagues begin in January.

Wednesday evenings, 7-week schedule begins Oct. 16

Junior High School, 2025 Texas Ave. S.

$180 per team

Registration deadline: Oct. 1 or until full

Adult 5-on-5 Basketball League

Ages 18 and older

Men’s officiated league offers competitive and

recreational levels.

Tuesday - Thursday evenings

12-week schedule begins Nov. 19

Central Community Center, 6300 Walker St.

$550 per ream

Registration deadline: Nov. 9 or until full

Metro Ice Hockey League

Ages 18 and up

Fall season begins mid-September and finishes in mid-

December. Winter season begins in January and ends early

April. League accepts full-team registrations only. Games

are played at the St. Louis Park Rec Center and other local

hockey arenas. The Minnesota Metro Adult Hockey league

offers two competitive levels of play; Silver and Gold (contact

the league with your team skill level). Registration and more

information can be found at www.showcasehockey.com,

by contacting (952) 920-8826 or send an email to

eric.knutsen@showcasehockey.com.

Metro Ice Hockey League is an independent business and not

affiliated with the City of St. Louis Park. This information is

provided as a service to the residents of St. Louis Park.

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Experience VOLUNTEERING in the Park.

Fall into place and become a volunteer! You can help make St. Louis Park even a better place to live. For more

information on volunteer opportunities with the City or to apply, visit www.stlouispark.org/volunteering or

contact Laura Ingebrigtson at (952) 928-2847, or via email at lingebrigtson@stlouispark.org.

Adopt-a-Street Volunteers Needed

Adopt a Street volunteers patrol their adopted street at least

once-a-year and pick up trash. Specific instructions and

equipment are provided.

City Hall Filing Volunteer

City Hall is looking for an individual to provide basic office

assistance such as copying, filing, and related clerical duties in

various departments at City Hall. Time commitment is approximately

4 to 8 hours each month during business hours, 8

a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Volunteer should be organized, self-motivated

and professional, with previous office experience. Volunteer

will need to pass a background check and interview.

Westwood Hills Nature Center

Volunteer Opportunities:

School Group Hike Assistant

Nature lovers can assist the naturalists as they conduct

educational programs for K - 6th grade students. Share the

joy of nature with children and spend time at the Nature

Center. Training is provided. The time commitment is

about 2 to 3 hours a week in the morning or afternoon on

the day of your choice.

Maintenance Volunteer

This is the perfect job for someone who enjoys fixing, building

and taking care of things. The job duties will vary by

season and may include building educational materials and

Halloween party props, maintaining bird feeders, planting

trees and flowers, eliminating non-native species, watering,

etc. The time commitment is 2 to 3 hours a week; the day

of the week is flexible.

Animal Care Volunteer

Help take care of Westwood Hills Nature Center’s captive

animals which include reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

Duties include changing waters, feeding, handling

animals and cleaning cages. Time commitment is one hour

per week between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; the day varies

according to current openings. No previous experience is

needed; training will be provided.

Halloween Party Helpers

Have fun and volunteer at Westwood’s Halloween party

the evenings of Oct. 18 and 19. Volunteers are needed for a

variety of jobs at this fun nature-themed party for children

ages 18 months to 10 years old. You can volunteer one

evening or both; help is also needed several days before the

party for set-up.

Help Youth Sports

The youth athletic associations in St. Louis Park offer a

variety of volunteer opportunities from coaching to participating

as a board member. If you are interested in learning

more about how to become involved in any of these youth

sports programs, please contact the individual association

directly. That information is listed on the city’s website:

www.stlouispark.org, parks & recreation brochure or contact

The Rec Center at (952) 924-2540 for information.

SCHOOL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Support student achievement! Become a volunteer in St.

Louis Park Public Schools. To volunteer or receive more

information on these and other programs, contact Kathleen

in the School Volunteer Office at (952) 928-6450, or

huyck.kathleen@slpschools.org.

Help with Reading, Grade K – 12:

Literacy 1st is a program designed to help 1st and 2nd grade

classrooms during literacy time. Read 180 is a highly structured

reading intervention program that provides extra help

to those that can read.

Math Helpers: Volunteer in a math class (K–12), working

with small groups or individuals, or volunteer in the math

help lab at the high school.

Classroom V.I.P.: Work with students on a weekly basis in

an elementary classroom.

Picture Person: Lead a classroom discussion about a work

of art or the artist. Training and materials are provided.

Resource Speaker: Enrich the classroom curriculum by

sharing your hobby, career or special interest with students.

English Language Learner Volunteer: Provide one-on-one

or small group help for K-12 students learning English as a

second language.

Media Center: Help at your neighborhood school: Assist in

the media center with shelving books, helping students find

books and working on special projects.

Band Volunteers: Practice and assist students with their

playing during band classes at the middle school and high

school.

Adult ELL and GED: Work with adults who have moved

here from around the world and are learning English and/

or adults working on their high school diplomas.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Experience ASSOCIATIONS in the Park.

Athletic Associations

Athletic associations run programs or leagues in St. Louis Park. Scholarships are available for individuals

with financial need. Please call the individual association for more information.

Baseball Association

www.slpbaseball.com

The association provides boys and girls ages 5 to 18 an

opportunity to play baseball. Players must reside or attend

school in St. Louis Park. The association consists of the

following leagues:

Little League

Ages 5 - 12

Little League Baseball promotes skill development in a

competitive and fun environment for all abilities. The

league plays most games in St. Louis Park and is held

from April through July, ending with the Little League

World Series on ABC TV in August. Ages 5 to 8 are

machine pitch and ages 9 to 12 teams are kid pitch.

Registration begins in January. To learn more, visit

www.slplittleleague.com.

Traveling Baseball

Ages 10 - 15

Traveling Baseball is for players who are looking for a

competitive baseball experience within their age level.

There is one team per age level, with the exception of the

14’s and 15’s they are combined – 10, 11, 12, 13, 14/15

years. It requires a greater commitment as players are

expected to attend all practices and games. Expect to

play approximately 40 + games, which include three to

four tournaments. The league runs from April through

July and games are played throughout the Metro area.

Traveling tryouts for the 2014 season will take place

this Fall. Please look for information on our website

(www.SLPBaseball.com, click link for Traveling) for

upcoming dates. Questions specific to Traveling feel free

to email slptravelingbaseball@gmail.com.

Senior Youth Baseball League

Ages 16 - 18

Teams are formed in the Senior Youth Baseball League.

Games are played in the West Metro May through July.

Junior & Senior American Legion

Ages 16 - 18

This is the highest level of competition available to

players in Minnesota provided they meet the age

requirements. Player’s age is determined by their age on

January 1st of the year in question. It is the preferred

summer program for high school players and young

college players. Senior Legion is highly scouted by

college coaches. Junior Legion ball starts in late May and

concludes by early August. Senior Legion starts in early

June and concludes by the end of August. Both teams

play in four tournaments and a regular league schedule.

Traveling Basketball

www.stlouisparkbasketball.com

Boys, Grades 4 - 8

Tryouts are currently scheduled for Sept. 22 & 29 (players

are expected to attend both). Players must be registered to

tryout. Registration is available online. This league provides

competitive play. Teams are formed based on grade level

and playing ability. Teams typically practice twice per week

and begin in mid-October. Younger grades participate

in a local league (Saturday “doubleheaders”) and a few

tournaments, while the older grades compete in weekend

tournaments. Games are located throughout the metro area

and are played November through mid-March. For more

information visit our website.

Girls, Grades 4 - 8

Registration and tryouts are held in September. Season

runs from mid-October to early March. Please contact

oriole.girls.basketball@gmail.com with inquiries or consult

www.stlouisparkbasketball.com.

Girls’ Fastpitch Softball Association

www.stlouisparkfastpitch.ngin.com

Ages 5 and older

Fastpitch is open to girls of all skill levels. Registration will

be held in February; practices begin in April and games

begin in May. Contact John Hynes at (952) 927-7738 for

more information.

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Experience ASSOCIATIONS in the Park.

Football Association

www.slpfootball.com

Grades K - 12

The St. Louis Park Football Association runs flag and tackle

football programming for boys and girls. Flag football is

for boys and girls in grades K-5 as of Sept. 1. Participants

receive skills instructions, play in flag football games and

receive a shirt. Tackle football is for boys and girls in grades

3 - 8 as of Sept. 1. Registration closes Aug. 1. Season dates

are mid-August through mid-October. For details on these

programs please visit their website.

Hockey Association

www.slphockey.org

Ages 4 - 18

St. Louis Park Hockey Association is a community-based

program open to all skill levels. SLPHA is a low-cost, fun

and safe environment where your child is taught how to

skate and basic hockey skills. This program is open to kids

and families who live or attend school in Sr. Louis Park.

Younger kids play in-house, ice times are weekends and all

ice is at the St. Louis Park Rec Center. This season runs

November to March. The traveling program is for older

players and is designed for a more competitive experience.

The traveling program runs from October to March. Spring

and summer programs are also available. Check out their

website or call or email SLPHA President, Steve Rosen, at

(612) 991-2487 or srosen4373@aol.com.

Lacrosse Association

www.slplax.com

Grades 2 - 12

Activities include fall, spring and summer teams. High

School boys’ varsity and junior varsity club teams (grades

8 - 12) play other communities in the MBSLA league. Boys

youth programs (grades 2 - 8) play on age appropriate teams

in the MBSLA and girls youth programs (grades 3 - 6) play

on age appropriate teams in the MSSLAX. High school girls

teams are ran through the high school athletic office. All

boys teams and girls (grades 3 - 12) may contact Erika Reed

at (952) 210-5865 or via email at slplax@gmail.com. For upto-date

information, please visit www.slplax.com.

Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Association

www.slpsa.com

Ages 5 - 17

Available for boys and girls who live or attend school in

St. Louis Park. The in-house league, for ages 5 - 10, is a

non-competitive recreation league. Clinics with licensed

professionals are included. Uniforms are additional.

Registration begins in July. The traveling league, for ages

9 - 17, is designed for players who want a more competitive

experience. Registration begins in June. Tryouts for

summer 2014 will take place in late July or early August

of 2013. For more information on either program, contact

admin.director@slpsa.com.

Park Flyers Track & Field Club

www.parkflyerstrack.com

Grades K - 12, Boys and Girls

Park Flyers Track & Field focuses on developing running

and field event skills in an age and ability appropriate

format. The club provides training from beginner through

higher levels of the sport. Proper form and technique are

taught using fun, dynamic workouts while enhancing

overall comprehension, fitness and athletic skill. PFTF

believes in a strong team relationship while meeting both

athlete and ream goals. Opportunity to compete in local

meets with other youth crack clubs is available to all

participants. Regional and National level competition is

available on a qualifying basis. PFTF offers Winter Indoor

(Jan-Mar) and Summer Outdoor (May-July) seasons

and is a USATF and AAU affiliated program. For more

information and/or registration forms please contact

(952) 583-2158, Coach@ParkFlyersTrack.com, or visit

the website.

Athletic Associations

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Experience NATURE in the Park.

Westwood Hills Nature Center

Westwood Hills Nature Center is a 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and restored prairie. The

preserve is beautiful throughout the seasons and provides homes for many animals including waterfowl, deer,

fox, mink and owls. Westwood Naturalists conduct year-round programs to increase visitors’ understanding and

appreciation of our natural world. The Nature Center is located just south of I-394 and east of Highway 169.

Parking and admission are free. Boardwalks, wood chipped and hard-surface accessible trails are open from

sunrise to sunset year-round.

About Your Registration

Unless stated otherwise, ALL participants (children age two

and older, including adults) must register and pay.

FAMILY PROGRAMS

Family Mushrooming

All ages (children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)

Intrigued by mushroom hunting but not sure which ones

are safe to eat? Then come and hike with your family

to learn about some common edible mushrooms. We’ll

explore Westwood (both on and off trail) in search of Giant

Puffballs, Hen-of-the Woods and Sulfur Shelves. The afternoon’s

foray will end with a small mushroom sampler plate.

Friday, Sept. 6, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ......... Activity # 7288

OR

Sunday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m...... Activity # 7267

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$5 per person (resident) / $7 (non-resident)

Registration deadline: when program is full

Honey Harvest

All ages (children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)

Buzz on down to Westwood and uncap the lives of

honeybees. Visit with our honeybees for a look at life in

a six-sided world. Find out how honey is extracted from

combs, go for a pollination hike, make a candle and get

your taste buds ready for a sweet surprise. Registration fee

is per person, including adults and children.

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$6 per person (resident) / $8 (non-resident)

Activity # 7287

Registration deadline: when program is filled

Bug Mania!

All ages (children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)

Who’s that buzzing from the tree tops or chirping from the

grasses? Find out while enjoying buggy stories and poems.

Create your own bug catcher before heading out on the

trails to look for some 6-legged critters! Use your new bug

catcher along with the nature center’s sweep nets and magnifying

glasses to catch and release bugs and other insects.

Your bug catcher is yours to keep!

Sunday, Sept. 15, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$6 (resident) / $8 (non-resident)

Activity # 7268

Registration deadline: when program is full

All About Raptors

Ages 5 and up (Children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)

Learn what makes hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons special,

and get tips to see these birds in the wild. Meet Westwood’s

resident Red-tailed Hawk and learn about her history.

Saturday, Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$4 per person (resident) / $5 (non-resident)

Activity # 7269

Registration deadline: when program is full

Apple Cider Time

All ages (children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)

Celebrate the harvest season! Learn where apple cider comes

from, help out with our old-time cider press and taste the

delicious cider. (Pasteurized cider will be served.)

Saturday, Sept. 28, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$4 per person (resident) / $5 per person (non-resident)

Activity # 7270

Registration deadline: when program is full

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Experience NATURE in the Park.

Fall Color Paddle on Westwood Lake

Ages 5 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Spend an autumn afternoon exploring Westwood Lake

by canoe. Meet at the Nature Center and enjoy a fall hike

with the naturalist to our canoe launch on the north side of

the lake. Instruction in basic canoeing strokes and boating

safety will be included. Canoes, paddles and life jackets

provided. (1- 2 adults with 1- 2 children maximum per

canoe.)

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$18 per canoe (resident) / $22 (non-resident)

Activity # 7271

Registration deadline: when program is full

Photography Scavenger Hunt

All ages (children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)

Bring your camera or use one of Westwood’s point and

shoot digitals and join the naturalist for a photo scavenger

hunt. We will hike the trails, using our camera eyes to

capture some of nature’s magic. We will share a few photos

afterwards with refreshments. Bring a flash drive to keep

your photos if you plan on borrowing a Westwood camera.

Sunday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$5 per person (resident) / $7 per person (non-resident)

Activity # 7272

Registration deadline: when program is full

32nd Annual Halloween Party

Friday, Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Activity # 7263

OR

Saturday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Activity # 7264

See details on page 3.

Beginning Archery

Ages 7 and up (children must pay and be accompanied by an adult)

Here’s your chance to learn and practice how to shoot a

bow and arrow! Instruction will be given on the history

of archery, and the proper way to shoot a bow and arrow

safely. Bows, arrows and targets will be provided. There will

be a 10-minute hike to get to our archery range and then

back to the building again.

Sunday, Oct. 27, Noon – 2 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$8 per person who shoots (resident) / $10 (non-resident)

Activity # 7273

Registration deadline: when program is full

Open Range Archery

Ages 7 and up (children must pay and be accompanied by an adult)

Get some extra practice on the range and refine your archery

technique. Bows, arrows, and targets will be provided

as well as an archery safety refresher. Previous registration

in a beginning archery class is required.

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$8 per person who shoots (resident) / $10 (non-resident)

Activity # 7274

Registration deadline: when program is full

Family Campfire at Westwood

All ages (children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)

Bundle up and come out for an evening campfire at the nature

center. We’ll take an evening hike out to the fire ring,

and then enjoy stories, songs, and s’mores before returning

to the nature center building.

Saturday, Nov. 23, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$6 per person (resident) / $8 (non-resident)

Activity # 7276

Registration deadline: when program is full

Critters Close-Up

All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)

You may have stared into the eyes of our salamander but

have you ever touched its skin? We will introduce you to

many of the live, captive animals that make their home here

at the nature center. You will get an opportunity to touch

many of them, observe some of them eating and learn more

about them.

Sunday, Nov. 24, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

Free; pre-registration required

Activity # 7275

Registration deadline: when program is full

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Experience NATURE in the Park.

Westwood Hills Nature Center

EARLY CHILDHOOD

These programs encourage awareness and appreciation for

nature through outdoor exploration, stories and hands-on

activities. Many of these programs require adult participation.

Please read descriptions carefully to determine if you

are registering for a drop-off program or one that requires

adult participation.

Tuesday Turtles Preschool

Ages 4 - 5 by the start of the session (drop-off program)

Here’s a great opportunity for preschoolers to learn lots

about nature in a fun, interactive environment. Zany puppets,

engaging stories, outdoor discovery hikes, creative arts

and nature games are just some of the many ways in which

preschoolers stay actively involved from the time they arrive

‘til the time they leave! Each class explores a new theme and

is led by Westwood’s outstanding Naturalists. Sign-up for

one or both sessions.

Session I: Tuesdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24

1 p.m. – 3 p.m........................................... Activity # 7279

Session II: Tuesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 22, 29

1 p.m. – 3 p.m........................................... Activity # 7280

$40 per child (resident) / $45 (non-resident)

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

Registration deadline: when program is full

Puppet Story Time

All ages (children must pay and be accompanied by an adult)

Join us for a morning of learning and fun. Each Story Time

the puppets will lead you through books, skits, songs and more

to learn about the animals that call Westwood their home.

Bees Make Honey!

Friday, Sept. 6

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m...............................Activity # 7281

Who Eats Apples?

Monday, Sept. 30

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.............................. Activity # 7282

The Squirrel’s Nest

Saturday, Nov. 2

3 p.m. – 4 p.m............................................ Activity # 7283

$3.50 per child (resident) / $4.50 (non-resident)

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

No charge for supervising adult

Registration deadline: when program is full

Nature for the Very Young (NVY)

These programs encourage awareness and appreciation of

nature through outdoor exploration, stories and hands-on

activities. Children need to bring along an adult to share

the morning. Register for each NVY class individually.

NVY: Busy as a Bee

Ages 3 – 5 with adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

You’ll be in for a sweet surprise when you see how busy the

honeybees have been this summer. We will visit the bees at

their hive, see how honey is harvested and make a “beeutiful”

project to buzz home with.

Friday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$7.50 per child (resident) / $8.50 (non-resident)

Activity # 7284

No charge for supervising adult

Registration deadline: when program is full

NVY: Cider Time

Ages 3 – 5 with adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Come to Westwood for happy harvesting and a taste of

cider. See how to make cider with an old fashioned cider

press, go on a leaf hike and learn along with the puppets

how apples grow.

Monday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$7.50 per child (resident) / $8.50 (non-resident)

Activity # 7285

No charge for supervising adult

Registration deadline: when program is full

NVY: Talking Turkey

Ages 3 – 5 with adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Are you ready to gobble, gobble, gobble? Come to Westwood

to learn about turkeys, where they live, what they eat

and much more. The morning will include a hike, puppets

and some turkey “talking”.

Monday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$7.50 per child (resident) / $8.50 (non-resident)

Activity # 7286

No charge for supervising adult

Registration deadline: when program is full

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TEEN PROGRAMS

Beginning Archery

Ages 12 - 18

Here’s your chance to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow!

Instruction will be given on the proper way to shoot a bow

and arrow safely. Bows, arrows and targets will be provided.

There will be a 10-minute hike to get to our archery range

and then back again.

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$8 per person / $10 (non- resident)

Activity # 7277

Registration deadline: when program is full

ADULT PROGRAMS

Fall Evening Canoeing

Ages 18 and up

Westwood’s fall canoe program returns! Meet at the

General Mills Blvd. Park and Ride lot, then paddle around

Westwood Lake among the waterfowl and marsh plants.

Dock below the nature center and hike up to the building

for pie and coffee. End the evening with a return paddle

back by starlight. Space is limited to 18 people so register

early. Call for directions to the Park and Ride lot.

Saturday, Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$10 per person (resident) / $13 (non-resident)

Activity # 7265

Registration deadline: when program is full

Backyard Birds and Feeders

Ages 18 and up

Curious about those birds at the feeder? Spend an afternoon

learning about winter backyard birds in the metro area.

Enjoy soup (choose vegan veggie OR chicken wild rice),

salad and dessert at Westwood Nature Hills Center. Then

stay for the program about birds we typically find in our

back yards, what they eat, feeder designs and what we can

do to attract a wider variety of birds to watch through-out

the winter. When registering please provide soup choice.

Saturday, Nov. 9, Noon - 2 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$17 per person (resident) / $19 (non-resident)

Activity # 7266

Registration deadline: when program is full

Westwood Hills Nature Center

“Hydro”caching

Ages 12 - 18

It’s geocaching by canoe! After an introduction to the basics

of canoeing and GPS, head out in a canoe, GPS receiver in

hand and explore Westwood Lake’s special places at your

own pace. This is a great way to get introduced to canoeing

and/or geocaching.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

$8 per person / $10 (non-resident)

Activity # 7278

Registration deadline: when program is full

Westwood Birthday Parties

Birthday parties include a one-hour naturalist-led program

and an hour’s rental of a private party room for

up to 12 children (an extra fee will be charged for

additional children). Children will meet a live animal,

explore outdoors, and then celebrate their birthday

in a private room in the Nature Center. You bring the

treats, paper ware and presents. Reservations are being

accepted for Saturdays and Sundays through November.

Call (952) 924-2544 for reservations.

$90 per party (resident) / $100 (non-resident)

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

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Parks&Recreation

September – November 2013

Ice Skating

Public Open Indoor Skating

All ages

Visit The Rec Center’s indoor ice arena during open skating

sessions. No registration is required. Please note the skating

schedule exceptions or call (952) 924-2567 to confirm dates

and times.

NO open skating in August

Fall Session (Sept. 4 - Dec. 2)

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays........... Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Saturdays............................................. 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Sundays............................................ 12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Additional open skating opportunities:

Thursday, Oct. 17................................... Noon - 1:30 p.m.

NO open skating on:

Saturday, Nov. 16, 23, 30

Sunday, Nov. 24, Dec. 1

Youth and senior admission.......................................$3.50

Adult admission..............................................................$4

10-pass youth or senior punch card...............................$30

10-pass adult punch card..............................................$35

Skate rental.....................................................................$3

Skate sharpening.............................................................$5

Rental Skates at the Rec Center!

Next time you are planning to take skating lessons or enjoy

the indoor open skating times at the Rec Center, check

out our new rental skates! We have added new figure and

hockey skates for indoor skating patrons. The fee to rent a

pair is $3.

Ice Skating Lessons

The St. Louis Park Skating School offers the Ice Skating

Institute, I.S.I, Learn-to-Skate program. Each class presents

a progression of specific skills that build upon one another.

It is not unusual for a student to remain in the same level

for a few sessions before mastering the skills needed to

move up to the next level. Skaters at the Beta and above

level wanting to quickly progress are encouraged to register

for two classes a week. Fee includes; skate rental, practice

ice and three free open skate passes. Protective head gear is

recommended for all beginning skaters. Practice ice on the

day of class is available for registered skaters and the parents

of tot class participants only.

Wait Lists - Please add your name to the waitlist if a class is

full. We are often able to add additional classes.

First Time Skaters - All first time skaters and those renting

skates should arrive 20 min. prior to the start of the first lesson.

Fall Skating Exhibition & Skate School

Open House!

Tricks AND treats included! Watch a short exhibition and

then get on the ice for our popular Skate School Open

House. Meet the coaches, parent seminars and skating tips.

Costumes welcome!

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Rec Center West Arena, 3700 Monterey Drive

FREE! Plus a suggested food donation to the STEP food

shelf. Skate rental available.

Open to the public.

Annual Skating Show - March 22-23, 2014

Mark your calendars now for an even bigger and better

show. One big show; two exciting nights! Costumes, props

and dedicated show practice ice with instruction are all

included. Detailed information will be distributed during

class. For ALL skaters - hockey and figure skaters! Deadline

for registration is early January.

Beginning Skaters

Beginner Tot - Ages 4 - 6

who have never skated or cannot get up and down unassisted.

Protective headgear is required. Maximum eight skaters.

Beginner Youth - Ages 7 - 13

who have never skated or are unable to get across the ice

unassisted. Maximum 10 skaters.

Pre-Alpha, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta

Skaters must have successfully passed the previous level to

register for the next level. If you have questions regarding

placement please contact the skating director at ksandum@

stlouispark.org or by phone at (952) 928-1395. Maximum

10 skaters.

Pre-Alpha - Forward and backward swizzles, backward

wiggles and one foot glides.

Alpha - Forward stroking, forward crossovers and one foot

snowplow stops.

Beta - T-stops, backward crossovers and backward stroking.

Gamma - Forward outside three turns. Mohawk

combination and hockey stops.

Delta - Inside three turns, lunge, forward edges, bunny

hop and shoot the duck.

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Experience SKATING in the Park.

Freestyle 1 - 5

Freestyle levels teach spins, jumps and more advanced footwork.

Skaters must have passed the previous level to register

for the next level. Freestyle classes may be combined in

a way that is most appropriate to the level of the skaters.

To pass a level, freestyle students must successfully demonstrate

the required elements and perform a program to

music using the required elements.

Specialty Classes

Jr. Club Formally “Program” Class

Jr. Club is an affordable opportunity for figure skaters to

work individually with a St. Louis Park skating coach and

work on choreographed programs to music. Each skater will

receive a 10-minute private lesson and have the opportunity

to use the full sheet of ice for practice.

Jr. Club is open to skaters who are one of the following: a

registered freestyle skater, an alpha and above skater who is

interested in competition or an alpha and above level skater

who has a strong interest in figure skating and has prior

approval from the skating director.

Jr. Club skaters should also be enrolled in their appropriate

skate school class in addition to Jr. Club. There is a nominal

fee for optional music cutting. Maximum 15 skaters.

Hockey Tot Ages 5 - 7

Skaters who have passed the Advanced Tot skating class

and should be comfortable moving quickly across the ice

and skating backwards. Skaters should wear full pads and

helmets. Sticks will not be used. Maximum eight skaters.

Hockey Skating Skills

Ages 7 an up

Skaters who are comfortable with forward and backwards

skating, cross-cuts and edges. Hockey power is an exciting,

fast moving, edge and power class for hockey skaters.

Skaters should wear full pads and helmet. Sticks will not be

used. Maximum 15 skaters.

Synchronized Team Skating * Alpha and above

Synchronized skating introduces skaters to the fastest growing

discipline in figure skating. Skaters will be introduced

to the five elements; circles, lines, blocks, intersections and

wheels. This class is a great supplement to regular skate

school class and is offered at a discounted price. Minimum

of four skaters.

Moves, Edges and Artistic Skating * New Class!

For figure skaters at beta and higher level. Highly recommended

for freestyle skaters. Skaters will work to improve

stroking, stamina, edges, posture and control. Adults who

are comfortable skating forward and backward crossovers

are welcome. This class is offered at a discounted price.

Adult Classes

Beginner Adult - For skaters with very little experience.

Teens ages 16 and up may register as an adult.

Intermediate Adult - For skaters who are comfortable on

the ice and are ready to work on crossovers and turns. Teens

ages 16 and up may register as an adult.

Advanced Adult - For skaters who are ready to learn spins,

jumps and moves in the field. Teens ages 16 and up may

register as an adult.

Ice Skating Lessons

The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive

$71 per skater (resident) / $80 (non-resident)

* Synchro & Moves, Edges and Artistic Skating classes:

$36 (resident) / $41 (non-resident)

Class assignments are not guaranteed.

Fee includes; skate rental, practice ice and three free open

skate passes.

FALL SESSION - 7 week session

Monday evening classes, Sept. 9 – Oct. 21

Level Time Act. #

Beginner Tot......................5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.............7133

Beginner Tot......................6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.............7134

Advanced Tot.....................5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m............. 7135

Advanced Tot.....................6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.............7136

Beg Youth..........................6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.............7137

Pre-Alpha...........................5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.............7138

Pre-Alpha...........................6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.............7139

Alpha ................................6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.............7140

Beta ..................................6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m............. 7141

Gamma..............................6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.............7142

Delta..................................6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.............7143

Freestyle 1..........................6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.............7144

Freestyle 2..........................6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.............. 7145

Freestyle 3..........................6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.............7146

Freestyle 4..........................6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m............. 7147

Synchro *...........................5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m............. 7148

Adult Beginner .................6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m............. 7149

Adult Intermediate ............6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m............. 7150

Adult Advanced.................7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m............. 7151

Junior Club / Program.......7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m............. 7152

Ice Skating

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Experience SKATING in the Park.

Ice Skating

FALL SESSION - 7 week session

Saturday morning classes, Sept. 14 – Oct. 26

Level Time Act. #

Beginner Tot .....................9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m............. 7183

Beginner Tot......................9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m............7184

Advanced Tot.....................9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m............. 7185

Beg Youth..........................9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m............7186

Pre-Alpha...........................9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.............7187

Pre-Alpha...........................9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m............7188

Alpha.................................10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.......... 7189

Beta ..................................10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m..........7190

Gamma..............................10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.......... 7191

Delta..................................10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.......... 7192

Freestyle 1..........................9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m............. 7193

Freestyle 1..........................11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.......... 7194

Freestyle 2..........................9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m............. 7195

Freestyle 2..........................11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.......... 7196

Freestyle 3..........................9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m............. 7197

Freestyle 4..........................9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m............. 7198

Synchro *...........................10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.......... 7199

Moves, Edges and Artistic **10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.......7200

Adult Beg ..........................9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m............7201

Adult Intermediate ............10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m..........7202

Adult Advanced.................10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m..........7203

Hockey Tot........................11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m..........7204

Hockey Skill......................11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m..........7205

Junior Club / Program.......8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.............7206

Tuesday daytime classes, Sept. 10 – Oct. 22

Level Time Act. #

Beginner Tot......................9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m............ 7173

Advanced Tot.....................10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.......... 7174

Homeschool.......................10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.......... 7175

Beginner Tot......................1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m............. 7176

Advanced Tot ....................1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.............7177

WINTER 1 SESSION - 7 week session

Monday evening classes, Oct. 28 – Dec. 9

Level Time Act. #

Beginner Tot 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 7153

Beginner Tot 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. 7154

Advanced Tot 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 7155

Advanced Tot 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. 7156

Beg Youth 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. 7157

Pre-Alpha 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 7158

Pre-Alpha 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. 7159

Alpha 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. 7160

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WINTER 1 SESSION (continued)

Monday evening classes, Oct. 28 – Dec. 9

Level Time Act. #

Beta ..................................7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m............. 7161

Gamma..............................7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m............. 7162

Delta..................................7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m............. 7163

Freestyle 1..........................7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.............7164

Freestyle 2..........................7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m............. 7165

Freestyle 3..........................7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.............7166

Freestyle 4..........................7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m............. 7167

Synchro *...........................6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.............7168

Adult Beginner .................7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m............. 7169

Adult Intermediate ............7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m............. 7170

Adult Advanced.................7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m............. 7171

Junior Club / Program.......7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m............. 7172

Saturday morning classes, Nov. 2 - Dec. 21

(No class Nov. 30)

Level Time Act. #

Beginner Tot .....................9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.............7207

Beginner Tot......................9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m............7208

Advanced Tot.....................9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.............7209

Beg Youth..........................9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m............ 7210

Pre-Alpha...........................9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m............. 7211

Pre-Alpha...........................9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m............7212

Alpha.................................10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.......... 7213

Beta ..................................10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.......... 7214

Gamma..............................10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.......... 7215

Delta..................................10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.......... 7216

Freestyle 1..........................9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m............. 7217

Freestyle 1..........................11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.......... 7218

Freestyle 2..........................9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m............. 7219

Freestyle 2..........................11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m..........7220

Freestyle 3..........................9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.............7221

Freestyle 4..........................9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.............7222

Synchro *...........................10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m..........7223

Moves, Edges and Artistic **10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.......7224

Adult Beg ..........................9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m............7225

Adult Intermediate ............10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m..........7226

Adult Advanced.................10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m..........7227

Hockey Tot........................11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m..........7228

Hockey Skill......................11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m..........7229

Junior Club / Program.......8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.............7230

Tuesday daytime classes, Oct. 29 – Dec. 10

Level Time Act. #

Beginner Tot......................9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m............ 7178

Advanced Tot.....................10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.......... 7179

Homeschool.......................10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m..........7180

Beginner Tot......................1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m............. 7181

Advanced Tot ....................1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m............. 7182


Experience HOCKEY in the Park.

Skate Shop Operating Hours

The new skate shop has opened and is located in The Rec

Center next to the Gallery. The shop features all new rental

skates, a new skate sharpening service and a small pro shop.

Stop by and check it out!

Sept. 1 - March 31

Monday....................................................5 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Tuesday – Friday...........................................5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday........................................................9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday........................................................ 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

April 1 – Aug. 31

Mondays............................................. 5:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Fridays..................................................7:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

Saturdays (April 1 - May 31)............... 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Saturdays (June 1 - Aug. 31)............... 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sundays............................................. 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Skate rental.......................................................................$3

Skate sharpening...............................................................$5

10-punch pass.................................................................$40

Youth Open Hockey

Ages 6 - 18

Bring your own equipment and have fun playing open hockey

on non-school days and holiday breaks. It is recommended

that a parent or guardian be in attendance during skating

sessions. This is a drop-in program without staff supervision.

Date Ages Time Arena

Oct. 17....... 6 - 8 yrs............9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m........West

Oct. 17....... 9 - 12 yrs..........10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.......West

Oct. 17....... 13 - 15 yrs........9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.........East

Oct. 17....... 16 - 18 yrs........10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m........East

Oct. 18....... 6 - 8 yrs............9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m........West

Oct. 18....... 9 - 12 yrs..........10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.......West

Oct. 18....... 13 - 15 yrs........9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.........East

Oct. 18....... 16 -18 yrs..........10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m........East

Nov. 27...... 6 - 8 yrs............9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m........West

Nov. 27...... 9 - 12 yrs..........10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.......West

Nov. 27...... 13 - 15 yrs........9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.........East

Nov. 27...... 16 - 18 yrs........10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.......East

Individual Admission....................................................... $5

Adult Open Hockey

Ages 16 and up

Open hockey is available at The Rec Center’s indoor ice

arena. The schedule is subject to change. To confirm dates

and times call (952) 924- 2567.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Sept. 3 - Dec. 5

Noon - 1:30 p.m. (no session Nov. 28)

Individual Admission $5, 10-pass punch card $45

Big Cats & Rink Rats Pick-Up Hockey

All ages

Parents, here is your chance to get into the game! The Rec Center

will offer parent and child pick-up hockey. Bring your own

equipment and the kids to show them that mom and/or dad can

still deek, dangle and light the lamp with the best of them!

Mondays & Wednesdays, Sept. 9 - March 26

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

(No sessions Nov. 27, Dec. 25, Jan. 1)

The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive

$5 per person; 10-punch admission card $45

Youth Outdoor Rink Rat Clinic

Ages 5 - 6

Have your rookie skaters give hockey a try. They will learn

the skills of hockey. All participants must supply their own

mandatory equipment (hockey skates, hockey stick, helmet

with mask, mouth guard, shin pads, hockey gloves, elbow

pads, and protective cup if applicable).

Sunday, Jan. 5 – Feb. 2, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m........ Activity # 7255

Nelson Park Rink, 2500 Georgia Ave. S.

$30 per person (resident) / $35 (non-resident)

Registration deadline: Dec. 13

Rink Rat Hockey

Ages 7 - 12

This outdoor hockey program for boys and girls consists

of two pre-season practices and eight instructional games.

Volunteer coaches officiate all games and clinics. There are

no goalies. Half of the games are played in other communities.

Schedules will be mailed to all participants week

of Dec. 24. League jersey and participation awards are

provided. All participants must supply their own mandatory

equipment (hockey skates, hockey stick, helmet with

mask, mouth guard, shin pads, hockey gloves, elbow pads,

and protective cup if applicable).

Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons, Jan. 5 - Feb. 2

Age Activity #

7 - 9...........................................................................# 7256

10 - 12.......................................................................# 7257

Locations vary and include Nelson Park Rink, 2500 Georgia

Ave. S. in St. Louis Park, Minnetonka, Robbinsdale,

and Plymouth.

$40 per child (resident) / $43 (non-resident)

Registration deadline: Dec. 13 (waiting lists will be taken

after Dec. 13 and partial teams will be merged with other

communities).

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September – November 2013

Experience FACILITIES & RENTALS in the Park.

Facilities

St. Louis Park offers a variety of facilities and services that you can use to have fun or help your group

have a successful gathering. For information or rental forms, call the Parks and Recreation Department at

(952) 924-2540, visit the Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive or print a form at www.stlouispark.org.

Park Pavilion Rental

All pavilions are fully enclosed, have indoor restrooms, tables

and chairs and are available for rent.

Weekends, May 4 - Sept. 22

Weekdays, June 10 - Aug. 30

Rental hours: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. (two-hour minimum)

Birchwood Park Pavilion, 2700 Zarthan Ave. S.

Browndale Park Pavilion, 4900 Morningside Rd.

Nelson Park Pavilion, 2500 Georgia Ave. S.

Louisiana Oaks Pavilion, 3350 Louisiana Ave. S.

Accommodates 30 people; features an etched glass windows

and air conditioning.

$45 per hour (resident) / $55 (non-resident)

Oak Hill Park Pavilion, 3201 Rhode Island Ave. S.

These enclosed pavilions feature a large, non-air conditioned

open area that sears up to 20 people. Birchwood, Browndale

and Oak Hill offer an indoor fireplace and ball fields near the

buildings. Oak Hill Park also has a splash pad open from May

24 through Sept. 8 (weather permitting).

$45 per hour (resident) / $55 (non-resident)

Wolfe Park Pavilion, 3700 Monterey Dr.

(Available year-round)

Accommodates 30 people; this glass and stone pavilion

features a fireplace and air conditioning.

$50 per hour (resident) / $60 (non-resident)

$300 damage deposit, Fee depends on duration of rental

For an additional fee and based on staff availability, rental

outside season listed above may be available.

Holidays: Pavilions generally cannot be reserved on

Memorial Day weekend, Independence Day weekend

or Labor Day weekend.

Picnic Shelter Rental

These open-air shelters can accommodate

groups of 20 to 100 people. All shelters have

access to electricity and grills. Renters are

not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages

into any park. A permit is required for live

bands or amplified music. To view our picnic shelters,

visit www.stlouispark.org.

Weekends, May 4 - Sept. 22

Weekdays, June 10 - Aug. 30

Rental hours: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Fern Hill Park, 4421 28th St. W.

Shelter offers seating up to 80

$90 (resident) / $120 (non-resident)

Oak Hill Park, 3201 Rhode Island Ave. S.

Main shelter offers sheltered seating for 100

$90 (resident) / $120 (non-resident)

Central shelter offers sheltered seating for 40

$65 (resident) / $85 (non-resident)

Rustic shelter offers sheltered seating for 30

$40 (resident) / $50 (non-resident)

Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive

Two open shelters offer seating up to 35

$55 (resident) / $75 (non-resident)

For additional hours before 11 a.m.

$15 per hour (resident) / $20 (non-resident)

Holidays: Shelters cannot be reserved on Memorial Day

weekend, Independence Day weekend or Labor Day

weekend. On holiday weekends, shelters

are available only on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: Shelters in all other parks cannot be reserved; they are

available only on a first-come, first-served basis.

New in 2013,

All Parks

are Tobacco

Free!

Oak Hill Splash Pad

3201 Rhode Island Ave. S.

Our water playground at Oak Hill Park lets kids activate

bubbling hoses, water nozzles and sprinkler arches. Just

wave your hand over the sensor bollard and get ready to

splash in the sun! It’s the equivalent of running through the

sprinkler on a grand scale. Parents should accompany and

supervise children. Rubber soled water shoes are strongly

recommended for all participants.

10 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily until Sept. 8 (weather dependent)

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Experience FACILITIES & RENTALS in the Park.

Veterans’ Memorial Amphitheater

Terraced into the hill on the south side of Wolfe Park (3700

Monterey Drive), the amphitheater connects the park to

the Excelsior & Grand Town Green. Its eight terraced

tiers offer seating for 200 people. The concrete stage is

edged with trees and shrubs. When no public events are

scheduled, the amphitheater can be rented for weddings

and other events from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

Amphitheater only:

$50 per hour (resident) / $60 (non-resident)

(Two-hour minimum)

Amphitheater and Wolfe Park Pavilion:

$65 per hour (resident) / $75 (non-resident)

(Two-hour minimum)

If either the amphitheater or pavilion is rented in

conjunction with The Rec Center’s Banquet room, the

amphitheater/pavilion rate drops to half price. Total fee

depends on time of day and length of rental.

Westwood Hills Nature Center Pavilion

8300 W. Franklin Ave.

This pavilion, located near the playground, has an open

design that seats up to 25 people. Windows on three sides

of this fully accessible building offer beautiful views of the

Nature Center grounds and playground. The building also

features restrooms, drinking fountains and a

sink. It’s a great place for meetings, parties and more!

Weekends & Weekday evenings: May 4– Sept. 22

Weekdays: Sept. 3 - 20

Holidays: Pavilion cannot be reserved on Labor Day

Weekend

$45 per hour (resident) / $55 (non-resident)

(Two-hour minimum)

$300 damage deposit

Westwood Hills Nature Center

Brick House

1324 Westwood Hills Road

Looking for a unique place for your next meeting or

seminar for up to 30 people? This house features a large

central room complete with air-conditioning, a gas

fireplace, two rooms for breakout activities, a kitchen, and

bathrooms. Plus, a porch looks over the beautiful grounds

of this home adjacent to the Nature Center. Available yearround,

except on holidays.

$50 per hour (resident) / $60 (non-resident)

(Two-hour minimum)

$300 damage deposit

The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive

(952) 924-2540

Banquet Room Rental

On the second floor of The Rec Center, the Banquet Room

overlooks the Aquatic Park and Wolfe Park. The room is

available for wedding receptions, birthday parties, bar and

bat mitzvah parties, company events, family reunions, and

large meetings. The room comfortably seats 160 people and

offers a caterer’s holding kitchen, dance floor, “dimmable”

lighting and sound system. Audio video equipment can be

rented for an additional fee.

Sunday to Friday (two-hour minimum)

$50 per hour (resident) / $60 (non-resident)

Saturday (8 a.m. - midnight):

$500 (resident) / $600 (non-resident)

$500 refundable damage deposit

Total fee depends on duration of rental and amenities

Gallery Room Rental

Located on the first floor of The Rec Center, the gallery can

accommodate 35 to 70 people for small group gatherings,

team meetings and birthday parties. Audio video equipment

can be rented for an additional fee.

Sunday to Saturday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

(Two-hour minimum)

$40 per hour (resident) / $50 (non-resident)

$100 refundable damage deposit

Fee depends on duration of rental and amenities

Indoor Ice Skating Party

During open public skating sessions (see page 22 for hours),

the adjacent gallery room can be rented for private parties.

Skate rental is also available for $3.

$50 for a two-hour room rental (resident)

$60 (non-resident)

Plus skating admission ($3.50 per child / $4 per adult)

Indoor Ice Rink Rental

Rent the Rec Center’s indoor ice arena for birthday parties,

family celebrations, and company or school group events.

We’ll provide the gallery room for two hours without additional

charge. The Banquet Room can also be reserved

for use at half price the cost. Rental skates are available

for $3 per pair.

$193.10 per hour, tax included.

Facilities

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September – November 2013

Experience FACILITIES in the Park.

Facilities

Court Rental

Stop by and use any of St. Louis Park’s sand volleyball, tennis

or pickleball courts. To ensure that a court is available,

call (952) 924-2540 to reserve a court, for a fee, from April

through October.

$10 per hour per court (resident rate) / $13 (non-resident)

** Pickleball will have priority at Bass Lake Courts

April 1 – Oct. 31, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Off-Leash Dog Parks

St. Louis Park’s two off-leash dog parks

offer a fun opportunity for you and

your pet to get out and enjoy the great

outdoors! The dog park locations are

Cedar Knoll Park, 2541 Nevada Ave. S.,

and at Dakota Park, 2643 Dakota Ave.

S. To use the parks, residents must have

a current St. Louis Park dog license,

which includes access to the parks.

Non-residents must purchase a

permit for the parks, which is good

January through December of the

current year. You can print

a form from the city website

(www.stlouispark.org) or pick

one up at the inspections counter at St. Louis Park City

Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd., between 8 a.m. and 4:30

p.m., Monday through Friday.

Daily hours for the dog parks are 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

$50 per permit (non-resident)

Bike Trail Map

Pick up a Bike Trail Map at City Hall, The Rec Center,

Westwood Hills Nature Center or the St. Louis Park Public

Library. To have a map mailed to you free of charge, please

call (952) 924-2540 or e-mail cvoss@stlouispark.org.

Sand Volleyball

Locations

No. of Courts

Junior High School, 2025 Texas Ave................................ 2

Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive................................... 1

Tennis

Locations

No. of Courts

Aquila Park, 3110 Xylon Ave. S........................................ 8

Bass Lake Preserve, 3501 Beltline Blvd............................ 2

Carpenter Park, 3001 Raleigh Ave. S............................... 3

Fern Hill Park, 4421 28th St. W..................................... 1

Northside Park, 2200 Louisiana Ave............................... 2

Senior High School, 6425 W. 33rd St.............................. 7

Pickleball

Location

No. of Courts

Bass Lake Preserve, 3501 Beltline Blvd............................ 2

(Painted on tennis courts)

Mobile Stage Rental

Our portable 36-foot mobile stage is available for rental on

weekdays after 4 p.m. and on weekends. Basic fee includes

delivery, set-up, built-in stage and public address system.

Extended stage is available for an additional fee.

$840 and up. For rental information, call (952) 924-2540.

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Experience SERVICES in the Park.

Gilda Houck-Markovits / SLP FOTA

Fishing at Lamplighter and Wolfe Lakes

You don’t have to leave St. Louis Park to go fishing. The

Minnesota Department of Natural Resource stocks Lamplighter

and Wolfe Lakes with sunfish, crappies, yellow

perch, small mouth bass and northern pike.

Outdoor Skate Park

Our Tier 1 skateboard park features two platforms with

four-foot high ramps on each end of the paved skating

surface as well as grinding rails and box. Public restrooms,

phones and vending machines are located next to the Skate

Park inside The Rec Center. Any scheduled classes or programs

which could limit open skating will be posted at the

Skate Park.

9 a.m. - dusk, seasonal

The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive, Free

Oak Hill Park Northern Lights

The holiday season colored lights illuminating the trees at

Oak Hill Park, 3201 Rhode Island Ave., will shine beginning

the evening of November 28 through February 17.

Winter Park Shelter Rentals

Winter warming houses open on Friday, Dec. 20 for outdoor

ice skating and winter fun. Watch for more information

in the winter brochure.

Mulch – Wood Chips

Free shredded wood mulch from tree trimming or storm

damage clean-up is available to St. Louis Park residents.

Mulch is stored near the intersection of Cedar Lake Road

and Colorado Avenue (south side of Cedar Lake Road

adjacent to the railroad tracks). The site is open weekdays

and weekends during daylight hours. Before going to the

site, you may wish to call (952) 924-2565 to verify availability.

The city also offers mulch delivery within St. Louis

Park. The cost is $60 for a half load (two to two-and-onehalf

yards) and $120 for a full load (five yards). For more

information, call Park Superintendent Rick Beane at

(952) 928-2854.

Nature Center Park Packs

If you are looking for something new to do with your family,

either close to home or away, check out one of the “Park

Packs” available at Westwood Hills Nature Center. These

themed packs are FREE to use thanks to a grant from

Waste Management Inc. for supplies and backpack donations

from Hoigaard’s Inc. A Park Pack backpack is filled

with nature activities designed for hands-on field investigations

for all ages. Park Packs include: self-guided hikes,

tools for investigation, art activities, poetry, stories, music

and games that fit the pack’s theme, each park pack has a

different theme. Themes include: insects, ponds, reptiles

and amphibians, night, mammals, wildflowers, forests and

trees, and birds. For more information, please call Westwood

Hills Nature Center at (952) 924-2544 or stop by

to check out a pack! A picture ID and valid credit card are

required for deposit.

Professional Photos

Interested in using a St. Louis Park facility for a professional

photo or video shoot, the Parks and Recreation Department

must be contacted in advance at (952) 924-2540.

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September – November 2013

Experience EDUCATION in the Park.

Community Education

Here’s a sampling of preschool, youth and adult enrichment programs offered by St. Louis Park Community

Education. Look for a complete listing in the Community Education brochure mailed to homes in early August.

For preschool and youth enrichment registration, call (952) 928-6777. For information about all adult

enrichment programs, call (952) 928-6442. Register online at www.slpcommunityed.com.

Aquatics

Infants and youth

Water safety instructors are needed. Call Cathy Taylor,

(952) 928-6780 for more information. Swim lessons are

offered for children 5 months old through 4 years old (with

participating parent/adult). Shorty Beginner classes are

for children ages 3 to 6. Swim School is for children ages

6 and up. Open family swim is 5:30–6:30 p.m. Tuesdays

and Thursdays, and 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturdays. Swim

programs begin in September at Central Community

Center, 6300 Walker St. For information, call Cathy Taylor

at (952) 928-6780.

Preschool Dance Ages 3 – 5

Kid dance classes for boys and girls teach a variety of dance

styles including basic ballet technique and creative dance

movement. Classes are held Mondays and Thursdays. For

more information, call Peggy Rick at (952) 928-6781.

Park Gymnastics

Preschool – High School

Park Gymnastics is a recreational gymnastic program with

an emphasis on fun! Classes are offered for beginners

through advanced gymnasts and are held at Central

Community Center. Instruction is given on the balance

beam, vault and floor exercise. Call (952) 928-6752 for

more information.

Kids’ Place School-Age Child Care

Kindergarten through Grade 6

St. Louis Park Community Education provides working

families with high-quality before- and after-school child

care in a number of locations throughout the school

district. For more information, call (952) 928-6777.

Early Learning Programs Ages 3 – 5

Early Learning classes provide an integrated educational

experience for children ages 3-5 years. The curriculum

focuses on language and literacy, social and emotional

development, school readiness, fine & gross motor

development. Classes are taught by licensed teachers and

classroom assistants. Opportunities for parent involvement

include monthly family interaction events, conferences

and in-class learning time. For more information, call

(952) 928-6784.

Creative Play Ages 2 1/2 – 5

An affordable, family-friendly preschool experience for your

child. Children attend two or three days per week. Classes

emphasize social skills, constructive play time and school

readiness activities with daytime and afternoon class

offerings. For more information, call (952) 928-6784.

ECFE Birth – Age 5

Early Childhood Family Education offers classes for

children and their parents or caregivers. Enjoy play

and learning activities together under the guidance of a

licensed early childhood teacher. For part of the class,

parents participate in a discussion group led by a licensed

parent educator. Families typically attend one day per

week; daytime and evening classes are available. For more

information call (952) 928-6784.

Early Childhood Screening Ages 3-5

Early screening allows any health and developmental

concerns to be addressed at least one year before

kindergarten. It is a free service, required by the State of

Minnesota for entrance into kindergarten. The ideal age to

screen is 3 ½ - 4 years old. Call (952) 928-6726 to schedule

an appointment or for more information.

Kids’ Place Early Learning Six weeks – age 6

Kids’ Place provides working families a high quality

preschool experience within a full-day child care setting

(6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.) for children ages six weeks to six years.

Spots are available in a number of locations throughout the

St. Louis Park School District.

Youth Enrichment Activities Grades K – 6

The program offers a wide variety of programs for kids,

including Extreme Legos, Young Rembrandts, Theater,

Mad Science and more. Look for details in the Community

Education catalog, at www.slpcommunityed.com or call

(952) 928-6389.

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Experience EDUCATION in the Park.

Kung Fu-Wu Shu

Ages 5 – adult

Learn the benefits of Kung Fu-Wu Shu, the Chinese art of

fitness and self-defense and build muscle, power, flexibility

and agility. Join a fun, non-competitive, full-participation

class, which focuses on skill building exercises that will

strengthen the mind and body, promote leadership skills,

discipline, concentration, coordination and balance. Parents

may register and participate with youth in class. Classes are

held Tuesdays, beginning at 6 p.m., Oct. 8-Dec. 3, at the

Lenox Community Center.

Self Defense Karate Grades 1 – 8

Respected instructor Norm Rolando teaches basic karate

moves and self-defense combinations. Class promotes

self-discipline, not aggressiveness and reinforces awareness,

safety, self-control and responsibility. Classes are held

Saturday mornings, beginning in September at Central

Community Center.

Aquatics

Adults and seniors

Water safety instructors are needed for winter and spring

session. Water exercise, adult swimming lessons and adult

lap swim are offered at Central Community Center. For

more information, call Cathy Taylor at (952) 928-6780.

Adult Enrichment Activities

Adults

Community Education offers a wide variety of classes

(arts, computer, language, fitness, health, etc.). Programs

are listed in the Community Education catalog at

www.slpcommunityed.com or by calling (952) 928-6442.

Exercise Sampler Open House

Adults

Not sure which exercise class is best for you? Join us for free

half-hour versions of some of our most popular workouts.

No preregistration is necessary – Just come to Lenox

Community Center and join in, Thursday, September

5, 5:30-7 p.m. Visit www.slpcommunityed.com for a

complete schedule of sampler workouts.

Jazzercise

Adults

This hour-long class designed for men and women of all

ages and fitness levels and focuses on coordination, balance,

flexibility, posture, stamina, and muscle tone. Bring a mat

for floor routines (weights are optional). Register at class.

Classes are held Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at

5:15 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., and

Saturdays at 9 a.m. All classes are held at the SLP Middle

School, 2025 Texas Ave. S.

Zumba

Adults

This fun workout feels more like a dance party with high

energy Latin and international music. Class is held from

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning September 12

at Lenox Community Center.

Yoga for Life

Adults

Feel tension and stress melting away as you stretch, tone,

and strengthen in this engaging yoga class. You’ll become

more flexible, feel better and sleep better. This is classic

hatha yoga, more relaxed and restorative than fitness yoga.

Classes are held from 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. and 5:50 p.m.

– 7:05 p.m.

Mondays, beginning September 9 at Lenox Community

Center.

R.I.P.P.E.D.

Adults

This workout is plateau-proof because your body never gets

accustomed to the constantly changing format, allowing

you to achieve ultimate results in minimal time.

R.I.P.P.E.D. – resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics,

endurance, and diet suggestions. No boredom – for all

levels. Class is held from 5:45-6:45 p.m. on Mondays

beginning September 9 at Lenox Community Center.

HIIT and Tabata Blast

Adults

Looking to boost your fat-burning potential and get more

fit? Try HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Short

bursts (20 seconds) of high intensity (all-out effort)

alternate with strategic recovery periods will begin to reset

your metabolism. Several HIIT formulas will be utilized,

including the popular Tabata Method. Class is held from

6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 11 at Lenox

Community Center.

Adult Options in Education

Adults

These free, local classes include English as a Second

Language, Adult Basic Education (for adults who want

to acquire or improve their math, reading, grammar or

writing skills), Family Learning and GED preparation and

testing. Call (952) 988-5343 for information.

Project Soar

Adults

Project SOAR serves adults with disabilities in the St. Louis

Park, Hopkins, Wayzata and Minnetonka school districts.

To learn more about Project SOAR services or to get on the

mailing list, call Myra Wicklacz at (952) 401-6898.

Community Education

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September – November 2013

Experience SENIOR PROGRAMS in the Park.

Senior Programs

Join over 900 members of the Senior Program and reap the benefits for your mind, body, spirit and community.

The program is open to anyone 55 years or older and offers a wide variety of year-round programs and

activities. Call (952) 928-6444, stop in at Lenox Community Center or check out The Newscaster online at

www.slpcommunityed.com.

2014 TRIPS

• Washington DC: Cherry Blossoms March 31 – April 4

• Southeastern Treasures: Savannah, Charleston &

Ashville, April 7 – 13

• Hawaiian Islands: April 24 – May 4

• California Coast and Yosemite: May 18 – 25

Travel Preview of 2014 Trips:

Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. OR Sept. 19 at 10 a.m.

FITNESS & HEALTH

Basic Ballroom Dance Lessons

Thursdays, Sept. 19 – Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m. - Noon

$16 per person (member) / $21 (non-member)

Enhance Fitness

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

9:20 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. OR 10:25 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

Punch cards sold by class time

Introduction to Pickleball

Friday, Dec. 4 & 8, 12:30 p.m. followed by open play.

Free (member) / $1 at the door (non-member)

Pickleball

Indoors at Lenox Community Center begins in November.

Outdoor courts at Bass Lake Preserve, 3501 Beltline Blvd.

Dedicated court time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 - 11 a.m.

Community Nordic and Walking Club

Mondays, Sept. 9 - Oct. 28, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Meet at Parkshore Place patio (3663 Park Center Drive)

Free (member) / $10 one time fee (non-member)

ARTS & CRAFTS

Beginning Woodworking

Tuesday, Sept. 10 – Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

$23 per person (member) / $28 (non-member)

Nuno Felted Scarf

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

$19 per person + materials (member) / $25 (non-member)

LIFELONG LEARNING

China in the World - India, Africa and

Latin America

Wednesdays, Sept. 25 – Oct. 9, 10 a.m. - Noon

$23 per person (member) / $31 (non-member)

Beginning Bridge

Wednesdays, Sept. 18 – Nov. 6, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

$32 per person (member) / $37 (non-member)

An Inside Look at Life in Minneapolis

Sister City Najaf, Iraq

Friday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

$2 per person (member) / $5 (non-member)

Story and Memory Writing

1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Oct. 22: SLP Library and

Oct. 23: Lenox Community Center

Free/Registration required by Oct. 16

SPECIAL EVENTS

Dad’s Belgian Waffle Dinner plus

Craft and Bake Sale

Friday, Sept. 20, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

$6.75 per person in advance / $7.25 at the door

Veteran and Birthday Celebration

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1:30 p.m., Free

OUTINGS

Harvest Samples in Wisconsin

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

$59 per person (member) / $65 (non-member)

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed at the

Science Museum of Minnesota

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 9:20 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

$31 per person, plus lunch (member) / $38 (non-member)

Treasure Island Overnight

(Dinner Cruise, Hotel and Casino)

Thursday, Oct. 17 - Friday, Oct. 18, 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Single, double and triple rooms available.

“It’s a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio

Play” & Lunch at St. Paul Hotel

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 12:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.

$78 per person (member) / $82 (non-member)

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Experience RECREATION in the Park.

The adaptive recreation program is a cooperative effort of cities of Chanhassen, Chaska, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park, and

REACH for Resources. REACH is an agency which serves individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in

the west and northwest metro areas. Services include information, referral, advocacy and counseling. NOTE: For persons

not living in one of the above communities, you are considered a “non-resident” and need to add the indicated nonresident

fee to the registration fee. For information and registration procedures, call (952) 988-4177.

INCLUSIONS

Reach for Resources provides inclusion facilitators for

children and adults with disabilities who would like to

participate in their city park and recreation programs.

Registration for these programs is done through your park

and Recreation Department. After registering, contact

Reach for Resources to discuss the needs/accommodations

for yourself or your child. We request a minimum of two

weeks’ notice for a successful inclusion.

Family Yoga Ages 5 +

Increase attention span, focus, muscle tone, and flexibility.

Tuesdays, Sept. 17 – Oct. 22, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

St. Louis Park Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive

$50 per parent, parent/child pair (resident) / $58 (nonresident)

($20 for each additional family member)

Bowling Ages 5 +

Join us for fun, noncompetitive bowling. You will bowl

two games each week.

Saturdays, Sept. 14 – Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Park Tavern Bowling, St. Louis Park

$35 per person (resident) / $43 (non-resident),

plus $3.22 each week

Teen Explorers Ages 13 - 21

Get to know new friends while trying new activities!

Tuesday evenings, Sept. 10 – Oct. 29

$40 per person (resident) / $48 (non-resident)

Social Seekers Ages 13 - 21

Teens and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome meet

once a week for fun and social interaction. Groups are

available for varying age groups (12-14, 15-18, and 19-30)

and at various locations. Intake is required for all new

participants. Call Sarah at (952) 988-4176.

Club West Ages 18 +

Meet new friends while enjoying games, dances, movies, etc.

Wednesdays, Sept. 11 – Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

$40 per person (resident) / $48 (non-resident)

ZUMBA Ages 18+

Have fun while learning the popular dance moves!

Mondays, Sept. 9 – Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

(no program Oct. 14)

St. Louis Park Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive

$40 per person (resident) / $48 (non-resident)

The Health Club Ages 18 +

Take some time to take care of you! Each week we will

focus on a different aspect of healthy living – yoga, hiking,

making healthy meals, and MORE! Learn important skills

and have fun at various locations.

Thursdays, Sept. 19 – Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

$40 per person (resident) / $48 (non-resident)

Walking for Health Ages 18 +

We will walk at various indoor and outdoor locations.

Mondays, Sept. 16 – Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

$25 per person (resident) / $33 (non-resident)

On the Town Ages 18 +

Social program for adults who can explore their community

with minimal supervision.

Ages 18- 30 – every other Friday beginning mid-Sept.

Ages 31+ - every other Saturday beginning mid Sept.

$20 per person (resident) / $28 (non-resident)

Transportation may be available for an additional $35 fee per

quarter/per person

SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday Night Dances Ages 18 +

7 p.m. – 9 p.m., $5 at the door

Sept. 20, Oct. 18, & Nov. 15: St. Louis Park High School,

6425 West 33rd Street, St. Louis Park

Nov. 8: Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center, 5600

85th Avenue North

FALL FORMAL Ages 18 +

Friday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (register by Sept. 20)

Minnetonka High School, 18301 MN Hwy 7

$10 per person, pre-registered or $10 at the door

Weekend Ventures Ages 18 +

Join us for a wonderful weekend getaway. We will spend

Friday evening through Sunday morning at beautiful Camp

Eden Wood in Eden Prairie. Hiking, campfires, Frisbee

golf, a challenge course and more! Call (952) 988-4177 for

more information.

Sept. 6 – 8, 2013

Camp Eden Wood, Eden Prairie, MN

$350 per person

Adaptive Recreation

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Parks&Recreation

September – November 2013

Experience ARTS in the Park.

St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts

FoTA’s 3-year Strategic Plan Now

Available

After a year-long strategic planning process supported by

the Metro Regional Arts Council, FoTA has approved

a three-year plan for the arts. In addition to continuing

ongoing programming, Arts for Life Scholarships, Arts and

Culture Grants and a bi-annual Our Town Community

arts program, their focus will grow to:

• Catalyze a new level of arts engagement in

St. Louis Park

• Identify and strengthen the arts in St. Louis Park

Strengthen the connection and collaboration among

artists, arts organizations, and the community.

Check out the complete Strategic Plan at

www.SLPFriendsOfTheArts.org.

The Park Theater Company

The Park Theater Company was formed in 2007 with the

help of the Friends of the Arts to meet the City’s challenge

of providing high-caliber theatrical/artistic performances

for our residents. The Park Theater Company is truly

dedicated to developing performances that are “In The

Park, For The Park & By The Park”. For information on

upcoming productions, please call (952) 935-5762 or visit

www.parktheatercompany.com

Maggie’s Farm Theater

The mission of Maggie’s Farm Free-Range Theater is to

provide the opportunity for people to gather and actualize

the natural need to perform theater for each other. Maggie’s

Farm Free-Range Theater cultivates sustainable theater

using local talent to create original viewpoints of an age-old

process. Check out the website for the next production:

www.maggiesfarmtheater.com

Become a reader or story-writer for

Books Alive!

Books Alive! partners with Children First and tours locally

as Asset Champions encouraging literacy and active aging.

Books Alive! is produced in collaboration with the St. Louis

Park Senior Program and Maggie’s Farm Theater.

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SLP FoTA is dedicated to supporting, promoting, and enhancing the arts in St. Louis Park.

They connect people and organizations around the arts, share arts-related information and

resources, and coordinate community arts programs. For information on current programs

and activities, contact Friends of the Arts at (952) 928-6422, visit the website at

www.SLPFriendsOfTheArts.org or stop by their office at 6715 Minnetonka Blvd., #103.

FoTA Poetry Jams

Poetry Jams continue! For more information,

visit www.SLPFriendsOfTheArts.org.

Arts for Life Scholarship Program

Want to learn to dance? Take a music lesson? Arts for Life

is a scholarship program for St. Louis Park residents

of all ages who have the desire to grow and develop

in the arts but lack the financial means. Scholarship

applications are available at City Hall, The Rec Center,

and the St. Louis Park Library, or by emailing us at info@

SLPFriendsOfTheArts.org. This program is made possible

by generous donations from the community. Applications

are reviewed quarterly. The next deadlines are Sept. 5 and

Dec. 5. Call (952) 928-6422 or visit

www.SLPFriendsOfTheArts.org for more information.

Arts & Culture Grants

Established in 2006, the Arts & Culture Grant Program

funds projects that:

• Support community pride and build bridges between

artists and communities in St. Louis Park,

• Showcase new and emerging artists, and/or new

opportunities for established artists,

• Fund projects that are accessible and appeal to large

populations,

• Engage people in creative learning experiences through

the arts, and

• Provide opportunities to increase and promote artistic

production and cultural experiences.

Grant application deadline is noon on Friday, August 9,

2013 for projects to be funded in 2014. Applications are

available from the St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts, St.

Louis Park Community Foundation, and the City of St.

Louis Park.

ArtTalk Newsletter

Enjoy numerous arts activities offered by local arts groups,

community organizations, and galleries. For listings

and monthly updates on classes and events, sign up

for our FREE monthly e-newsletter by emailing info@

SLPFriendsOfTheArts.org.

Become a Member and show your support for the Arts in

the Park! Membership information is available at

www.SLPFriendsOfTheArts.org


Register Early!

To ensure your participation, register right away. All

activities have maximum enrollment limits. Activities

also have minimum enrollment requirements, and can be

canceled if registration is insufficient. If the registration

deadline has passed, you may call the Parks and Recreation

office or Nature Center to see if any openings remain.

Registration will be accepted at our offices until the

first day of class; however, instructors cannot accept

registrations in class.

Resident Benefits

Residents pay a lower fee for many activities. A resident is

someone who lives or works full-time in St. Louis Park.

Non-residents who register as residents will forfeit their fee

and their place in the activity.

How to Register

1. Complete the registration form. Be sure to write down

the activity number, activity name and fee for each program

you’re registering for. Missing information can delay your

registration. Individuals with disabilities may request

auxiliary aids for registration; call (952) 924-2540 or email

cvoss@stlouispark.org.

2. Payment must accompany registration. We accept VISA,

MasterCard, Discover, American Express, cash and checks.

Make checks payable to “City of St. Louis Park.”

3. Mail, drop off or fax your registration form and

payment. Or, register online at www.stlouispark.org.

Sorry, we cannot accept registration over the phone.

Confirmation & Cancellations

We do not send enrollment confirmations.

You will be contacted only if:

• the program is full or canceled, or

• the date, time or location has changed.

Activities may be cancelled due to poor weather.

Please call our weather line at (952) 924-2567 if weather

appears questionable.

Refund Policy

Full refunds are given only when an activity is cancelled by

the Parks and Recreation Department. When registration is

withdrawn prior to the first day of the activity, a 20-percent

administrative fee will be assessed. Partial credit will be

considered if cancellation is due to injury or serious illness.

Financial Assistance

Partial fee assistance for some activities is available to

qualifying St. Louis Park residents who submit a fee

assistance form. For more information, call Caroline

Voss at (952) 924-2540 or visit the website at

www.stlouispark.org for a fee assistance form.

REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Online

Register online for most classes at www.stlouispark.org

Mail

Send the registration form along with payment to:

The Rec Center

3700 Monterey Drive

St. Louis Park, MN 55416

OR

Westwood Hills Nature Center

8300 W. Franklin Ave.

St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Fax

(952) 925-5663 or (952) 797-9691 with your VISA,

MasterCard, Discover or American Express payment.

Visit Our Office

The Rec Center’s service counter is open:

Monday - Thursday............................. 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Fridays................................................ 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturdays............................................ 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sundays................................................Noon - 6 p.m.

June – August

Saturdays........................................... 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sundays........................................10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Rec Center will be closed at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 30,

all day Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 and Nov. 28.

Westwood Hills Nature Center trails and playground

Open daily sunrise to sunset.

Interpretive Center Building is open:

February – November

Monday – Friday........................... 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday.......................... Noon – 5 p.m.

December – January

Monday – Friday........................... 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

www.westwoodhillsnaturecenter.org

The Interpretive Center building will be closed Aug. 31 –

Sept. 2, Oct. 20, Nov. 11, and Nov. 28 – Dec. 1.

Registration

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Parks&Recreation

September – November 2013

Registration

Parks & Recreation Department • 3700 Monterey Dr. • St. Louis Park, MN 55416 • Office: (952) 924-2540 • Fax: (952) 925-5663

Westwood Hills Nature Center • 8300 W. Franklin Ave. • St. Louis Park, MN 55426 • Office: (952) 924-2544 • Fax (952) 797-9691

Parent/Guardian_____________________________________________________________________________________ Home Phone: ( ______ )_______________

(Last Name, First Name)

Address____________________________________________________________________________________________ Work Phone: ( ______ )_______________

Email Address______________________________________________________________________________________ Cell/Pager:

(Street, City, Zip)

Emergency Contact__________________________________________________________________________________ Day Phone:

( ______ )_______________

( ______ )_______________

I am interested in being a volunteer (Check all that apply) o Coach o Assistant/Team Manager

Participant

First & Last Name

Date of

Birth

13/14 Grade & School Activity Name Activity # Activity Location

Fee

Per Person

St. Louis Park Parks & Recreation Department is committed to educating youth athletic volunteers, officials, instructors, parents and participants

about the nature and risks of concussions. Information regarding concussions is available at www.cdc.gov/conscussioninyouthsports

Total

Enclosed

REFUND POLICY: Fees, less 20%, are refunded only if cancellation is made prior to the start of the first day of the activity.

Full refunds are given only if the Parks and Recreation Department cancels the activity.

To better serve our participants,we ask that you share any information you feel our staff should be made aware of (i.e. disability, allergy, special needs, etc.):

Permission and Waiver: I hereby agree to allow myself or my child to participate in the above named Parks and Recreation Department activity. In consideration of accepting this registration, I

hereby, for myself and my heirs, waive any and all rights and claims for damages I may have against the City of St. Louis Park and its representatives, for any and all injuries from whatever cause

suffered by the above participant(s) in the indicated activity. I understand that the information that I have provided may be distributed to individuals involved with each recreation program.

The Parks and Recreation Department often take pictures, slides, and videotape of participants enjoying their activities. These are used for program promotion, brochures, scrapbooks, and staff

training. I grant permission to use the name, pictures, and quotes of me or my child (ren) for the above purposes.

Parent/Guardian Signature: __________________________________________________________ Date: __________________________________________

For office use only

Make checks payable to the City of St. Louis Park

Amount Received ____________ Date Received ____________ Received by: __________ o Cash o Check #___________ o VISA o MasterCard o Discover o American Express

Please charge my o VISA o MasterCard o Discover o American Express

Card number:__________________________________________________________ Exp. Date: _______Signature __________________________________

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