Fall 2012 - The City of Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department

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Fall 2012 - The City of Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department

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ContactsNewsEvent CalendarPartnersAthleticsGolfTennisAquaticsBowlesCharley TaylorDalworthThe SummitPark Map & Matrix461416181919162022263137Pick-up a copy of LIGat the following locations:75050Alliance Skate Park – 1002 Lone Star ParkwayBowles Life Center – 2750 Graham St.City Hall – 317 College St.Development Center – 206 W. Church St.Farmers Market – 120 W. Main St.Housing – 205 W. Church St.Municipal Court – 200 W. Main St.Parks & Recreation Admin – 326 W. Main St.Tourist Info Center – 2170 N. Belt Line Rd.Water Department – 317 College St.Uptown Theater – 120 E. Main St.75051Charley Taylor Rec. – 600 E. Grand Prairie Rd.Dalworth Rec. – 2012 Spikes St.Main Library – 901 Conover Dr.75052Betty Warmack Library – 760 Bardin Rd.Kirby Creek Natatorium – 3201 Corn ValleyLoyd Park Office – 3401 Ragland Rd.Lake Parks Operations Center5610 Lake Ridge ParkwayPrairie Lakes Golf Course – 3202 SE 14th St.Ruthe Jackson Center – 3113 S. Carrier Pkwy.Tangle Ridge Golf Course – 818 Tangle Ridge Dr.The Summit – 2975 EsplanadeWant to be added to the list? Call GP Parks & Rec at 972.237.8100This could have been deliveredto your inbox! Sign up to receiveLife Is Grand – Digital Version!sign up atGrandFunGP.com


Celebrating over 50 years ofexistence, the Grand Prairie Parksand Recreation Department isdedicated to “creating a GRANDlifestyle.” The Grand Prairie Parksand Recreation department featuresworld class parks and facilities,a wide-array of exciting programopportunities, and numerous specialevents throughout the year.The City of Grand Prairie has over5,000 park acres, including theexciting 3,000 acres surroundingJoe Pool Lake. The staff is proudto be the caretakers for the citizensof Grand Prairie and welcomescomments about the Parks systemor recreation offerings of the city.Dedicated to providing “world classservice” the department has wonthe prestigious Gold Medal Awardin 2004 from the Texas Recreationand Parks Society (TRAPS), theorganization’s highest honor. In2007 and 2008 the departmentwas nominated by the NationalRecreation and Parks Association(NRPA) as a finalist to the NationalGold Medal Award, one of four inAmerica. Awards are no strangerto the department, for it has rackedup honors for Park Development,Maintenance Innovations andRecreation Programming over thepast few years.The parks and recreation re-birthin Grand Prairie began eight yearsago with the passage of the ¼ centsales tax for parks and recreationby the citizens of Grand Prairie.With dynamic city leaders, trustingcitizens, awesome partners and adynamic staff, the Grand PrairieParks and Recreation system isdestined to be one of the finest inAmerica.Enjoy your parks. Play golf atyour two golf courses. Enjoy someexciting recreation programs. Planan event at your beautiful RutheJackson Conference Center. Boat,swim or golf at Joe Pool Lake. Workout at the Bowles Life Center. Gofor a jog on our trails. Take your dogto play at Central Bark. We evenoffer the Grand Prairie MemorialGardens and Mausoleum for thatspecial time of need.Come visit YOUR Parksand Recreation department…Together we are building aGRAND lifestyle!ContactsAdministrationRick HeroldDirector of Parks & Recreation972-237-8375 • rherold@gptx.orgDuane StrawnManager of Parks and Lake972-237-8106 • dstrawn@gptx.orgDanny BoykinSr. Superintendent of Recreation972-237-8084 • dboykin@gptx.orgTim ShinogleManager of ParkPlanning & Development972-237-8104 • tshinogl@gptx.orgKurt BensonFacility Services Manager972-237-8017 • kbenson@gptx.orgParish LowerySenior Parks Superintendent972-262-0071 • plowery@gptx.orgSteve PlumerSr. Parks Project Manager972-237-8392 • splumer@gptx.orgSusan HensonHorticulturist/Arborist972-237-8102 • shenson@gptx.orgDoug BeichSupervisor of Special Events972-237-8112 • dbeich@gptx.orgBeverly GroganCommunity Events Coordinator972-237-8329 • bgrogan@gptx.orgKelly EddlemonMarketing & Communications972-237-8339 • keddlemon@gptx.orgDavid GainesBusiness Manager972-237-8178 • dgaines@gptx.orgNRPA GoldMedalDepartmentFAcilitiesBob McGlothlinSr. Superintendent of Lake Parks817-467-2104 • bmcgloth@gptx.orgChip NamiRuthe Jackson CenterGeneral Manager972-237-7501 • cnami@gptx.orgGregg DriggersGPMemorial GardensGeneral Manager972-237-3002 • gdriggers@gptx.orgDoug VoetUptown Theater Manager972-237-8409 • dvoet@gptx.orgLinda LongThe Summit Manager972-237-4141 • llong@gptx.orgRosalind MillerDalworth RecreationCenter Supervisor972-264-7670 • rmiller@gptx.orgMariana EspinozaBowles Life Center Supervisor972-237-7529 • mespinoza@gptx.orgChris GinappCharley Taylor RecreationCenter Supervisor972-264-6890 • cginapp@gptx.orgRod HayesAthletics972-237-8109 • rhayes@gptx.orgGlenn SockwellPrairie Lakes Head Golf Professional972-263-0661 • gsockwell@gptx.orgMark ViskozkiTangle Ridge • Director of Golf972-299-6837 • prov@tx.rr.com4 Fall 2012Life Is GrandNRPA Gold Medal DepartmentGrand Prairie Parks & Rec


NewsGrand Prairie Arts Council Presents:The Best Little Whorehouse in TexasRated PG-13 for adult language & adult situationsThis happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-steppingrecounts the good times and the demise of The Chicken Ranch - known since the1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators,mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona’s cozybordello until that puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and hisrighteous indignation on the institution.September 13-15 & 20-22 at 8:00 pmSept. 16 & 23 at 2:00 pmUptown Theater, 120 East Main Street, Grand Prairie, 75050Reserved Seat tickets $11, $16, and $21 with student, senior citizen & group discountsavailable. Tickets available online at www.artsgp.com or by calling the Uptown TheaterBox Office at 972-237-UPTN. For more information: 972-642-ARTS / www.artsgp.comFarmers MarketWe’re always cooking something up at Farmers Market, Saturdays, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.at 120 W. Main St. From fresh fruits to delicious veggies, grass fed meats to homemadesalsas, free range eggs to soy candles, tamales to breads, come join the friends, food andfun. Check out www.gptx.org/farmersmarket for all the current info.Sept 1Sept 8Sept 15Sept 22Sept 29Oct 6Oct. 13Oct. 20Oct. 27Nov. 3Nov. 10Nov. 17Nov. 24Dec. 1Dec. 8Dec. 15Dec. 22Dec. 29Rain Barrel: Make it and Take itRecycling BinsAdopt a PetMaster Composter InfoVeggies GaloreHomemade soups, baked goodHarvest Fair with food trucksPumpkin CrazeMonster MashZucchiniFall veggiesGobble Daze with Food TrucksClosed for ThanksgivingHoliday Market at Farmers MarketHoliday Market at Farmers MarketHoliday Market at Farmers MarketClosed for ChristmasClosed for New Years6 Fall 2012 Life Is GrandCity of Grand Prairie | GPTX.org


“My best friend”by Derek Townsend“The Nature Center”by Bradley Kent“My best friend”by Derek TownsendNewsCitizen Police Academy begins Sept. 6Residents who live or work in Grand Prairie are invited to sign upand learn more about the Grand Prairie Police Department at theCitizen Police Academy. The free course begins on Thursday, Sept. 6,and is conducted once a week from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Three classeswill be on Saturdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Classes will meet at Public SafetyHeadquarters, 1525 Arkansas Lane.Participants must possess a valid Texas driver’s license, agree toa background criminal history check, be 21 years old or older,not convicted of a felony, and must submit application by Aug. 27.Applications are available at www.grandprairiepolice.org/CPA, call 972-237-8749 or email icastillo@gptx.org.Annual Photo Contest Now Open For EntriesGrand Prairie residents are invited to enter the 2013 City CalendarPhoto Contest through Oct. 1. A panel of judges will select photos mostappropriate for the 2013 City Calendar.Send your high-resolution photos with your name, address and phonenumber to asprinkles@gptx.org or:Amy Sprinkles, MarketingCity of Grand PrairiePO Box 534045Grand Prairie Texas 75053Prints will be retuned if return address is on back of photo. Photos will beused in city publications. Credit will be attributed in calendar, but may notbe possible in other uses. Winning photos will be published in the calendar.No cash awards. Winners will be notified in November. Calendar will beprinted in December.Graff Chevrolet Ultra Lounge at Uptown Theater to host:Learn How to Fight the BiteThe abundant rains from spring haveresulted in a bumper crop of mosquitoesand a metroplex-wide increase in thenumber of human cases of West NileVirus. Defend yourself by rememberingthe four “D’s”:DEET—Use insect repellents that contain DEET or any other EPAapproved insect repellent.Dress—Wear long sleeves/pants, loose and light-colored clothingwhen outdoors.Drain—Remove all areas of standing water. Change water in petdishes and birdbaths several times a week.Dusk/Dawn—Protect yourself during dusk and dawn.For more information about mosquito control in Grand Prairie, call972-237-8055 or visit gptx.org/FighttheBite.Vince Vance Komedy KlubFunniest Komic In Texas KontestGrand Prairie’s Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St., is calling all comics! TheGraff Chevrolet Ultra Lounge at the Uptown Theater will host VinceVance Komedy Klub’s Funniest Komic in Texas Kontest Wednesdayevenings through September, and beyond if successful. Local comediansare encouraged to sign up and test their skills in front of a live audience.Comedians will compete for the title of funniest comic, a chance to bea headliner and win prizes and cash awards. Doors will open at 7 p.m.,and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. The show is free toparticipating comics. Take a load off your mind and have Vince Vance andhis crazy comics make you laugh.Uptown Theater features popular artists, rocking music, a reasonableprice at a fabulous venue. Performers include Grammy award-winninglocal, regional and national touring artists who engage audiences in specialmusical experiences each time they play.For tickets, or to reserve your spot as a comic, email dvoet@gptx.orgor call 972-237-8409.NewsFacebook.com/GrandPrairieYouTube.com/CityofgptxLife Is Grand Fall 2012 7


NewsMaster Composter ClassOct. 11-13Thursday, Oct. 11: 9 p.m.Friday, Oct. 12: 6-9 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 13: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.Pre-registration is required by Oct. 1.$25 registration fee for Grand Prairie residents.$40 registration fee for non-residents.Training locations (over three days)Development Center, City Landfill,Kirby Creek Nature CenterParticipants will receive:• Excellent training featuring nationallyknown instructor Larry Wilhelm• Composting book• Compost thermometer• T-shirt and lunch on SaturdayTo register, call 972-237-8061, emailcomposting@gptx.org. Or register online atwww.gptx.org/composting.Police Chief To GoOver The Edge ForSpecial OlympicsGrand Prairie Police Chief Steve Dye will goover the edge of a 15-story building, rappellingdown, to raise at least $1,000 for SpecialOlympics on Saturday, Nov. 10.The event, sponsored by Special Olympics Texas,is being conducted statewide to raise awarenessand money (and your heart rate) to supportmore than 44,000 Special Olympics Texasathletes. Dallas-areas participants will rappeldown the Bank Tower at Oak Cliff, 400 S. ZangBlvd., in Dallas, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.“This is a great opportunity to support aworthy cause by doing something crazyenough I might be able to raise the $1,000,”said Chief Dye. “I think some of my policeofficers may want to push me off the edgesometimes! But seriously, the departmenthas embraced Special Olympics and all themen and women of the Grand Prairie policedepartment, as well as other city departmentsand the community, are excited about beingable to help.”To contribute toward the $1,000 Chief Dyehas to raise to participate, drop your checkpayable to Special Olympics Texas off at thePublic Safety Building, 1525 Arkansas, GrandPrairie, to the attention of Jennifer Rachels, ormail your check payable to Special OlympicsTexas to:Jennifer RachelsGrand Prairie PolicePO Box 534045Grand Prairie Texas 75053The city also has donation buckets at thesekey locations:City Hall, 317 College St.The Summit, 2975 Esplanade Blvd.Public Safety Building, 1525 Arkansas Ln.Chamber of Commerce, 900 Conover Dr.Show Your Library Card for DiscountsFrom Sept. 1-30, some Grand Prairie businesses will offer discounts to residents whoshow their library cards. The library celebrates National Library Card Signup Week bygiving you more reasons to get “the smartest card.” The cards are free of charge andavailable at any of Grand Prairie’s public libraries. Some of the special deals offered withyour library card include:News newsMixed-Up Burgers Nowat AirportMixed-Up Burgers (formerly known as PattyShack Burgers) has changed their name, but stillhave the same amazing food, superior serviceand ownership. Their original location at 510 E.Ave K in Grand Prairie, is now open again afterrepairs from a recent tornado, and is joined bythis new location at the Grand Prairie Airport,3116 S. Great Southwest Parkway. The airportlocation is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Visit www.mixedupburgers.com for info.• A free cup of coffee or tea of the day at the Brass Bean• $2 off of any combination ticket at the Palace of Wax/Ripley’s Believe It or Not!and a 15% discount on other qualifying purchases including photo and snack bar.• 25% off at the Tourist Center Gift Shop, 2170 N. Belt Line Road.Watch the city’s website, www.gptx.orgfor more information. Grand Prairie public libraries:Main Library901 Conover Dr., 972-237-5700Betty Warmack Branch Library760 Bardin Road, 972-237-5770Bowles Branch Library2750 Graham St., 972-237-75408 Fall 2012 Life Is GrandCity of Grand Prairie | GPTX.org


DOG DAYS OF SUMMER SPECIALAT PRAIRIE PAWS ADOPTION CENTERNewsIt’s hotter than heck and the last lazy days of summer are winding down…ah, the dog days of summer are upon us.Add a little excitement into theselazy days with a new pet! PrairiePaws Adoption Center, 2222 W.Warrior Trail, will run a Dog Daysof Summer special throughout themonth of August and will offer$20 off all dog and cat adoptionsevery day that it is hotter than 100degrees. There’s nothing coolerthan rescuing a loveable pet fromthe shelter!Prairie Paws Adoption center strives to place as many pets as possible intoquality homes with responsible owners. Adoptions are regularly $70. Thefee includes microchipping, 5-in-1 vaccination for dogs, 3-in-1 vaccinationfor felines and a $50 voucher for spay/neuter.The Prairie Paws Adoption Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. On Saturday, the center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and isclosed between noon and 1 p.m. for lunch. It is closed on Sunday andMonday.For more information about the “Dog Days of Summer” special, petadoptions or animal services in general, visit www.gptx.org/paws or call972-237-8575.Grand Prairie Police Adds ‘Jail InCustody’ List For Easy PublicAccess On City WebsiteThe Grand Prairie Police Department now offers a convenient way forcitizens and bonding companies to view who is in custody at the GrandPrairie jail as well as the fine/bond amount owed. The Grand PrairiePolice website, grandprairiepolice.org, now features a “Jail in Custody”tab that allows interested citizens to scroll through the list of currentinmates, their booking dates and times, charges and fine/bail amountowed.“Each day, the detention staff at the jail spend valuable time giving thispublic information to callers,” Jail Manager Kristin Spivey said. “Thiswebsite was designed to cut down on the time spent informing citizenswho is in custody.”October Heralds Fall At Farmers MarketGet into the fall spirit at the Grand Prairie Farmers Market, 120 WestMain St. Harvest Fare, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, offers specialfall activities, gourmet food truck goodies, art booths, games, face painting,bounce houses, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, music and more.The next week, it’s all about pumpkins at Grand Prairie Farmers Market’sPumpkin Craze, Saturday, Oct. 20. From pumpkin bread to pumpkin pie,pumpkin bowling to pumpkin decorating, we’re just crazy about thosegourds. Bounce houses, face painters, piñatas, food trucks and art boothsadd to the Pumpkin Craze. Enjoy the season’s fruits and vegetables andwelcome the coming of fall.Then, don’t get too spooked at Farmers Market’s Monster Mash, 8 a.m.to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27. Come in costume for our 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11a.m. and noon costume contests. Trick or treat among the market vendors.Food trucks, bounce houses, face printers, games, piñatas and more add tothe festivities.The Grand Prairie Farmers Market sells locally grown fruits and vegetables,meats, cheeses, wines, tamales, candles, soaps and much more. The marketis open every Saturday, March to December, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.For more information about the Farmers Market, call 972-237-4599 orvisit www.gptx.org/farmersmarket.Household Hazardous WasteCollection DayBring your household hazardous waste to one of the city’s nextHousehold Hazardous Collection Days, Saturday, Sept. 8, or Saturday,Oct. 13, from 9-11 a.m. at the Development Center, 206 W. Church St.Registration is required. You can register by calling 972-237-8055 oronline at www gptx.org/WQ/HHW.We accept household and automotive batteries, pharmaceuticals, motoroil, cooking oil, paint, aerosol cans, fluorescent bulbs and household,landscape and pool chemicals. We do not accept explosives, gascylinders, fireworks, medical waste, radioactive materials, or municipaltrash. No commercial is accepted.NewsFacebook.com/GrandPrairieYouTube.com/CityofgptxLife Is Grand Fall 2012 9


NewsGrand Prairie Kicks Off Its Own Police AcademyFor the first time ever, the city of Grand Prairie Police Department will conduct its own Police Academy for policerecruits. The inaugural academy kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, July 23, 2012, at the CVE PublicSafety Training Center, 310 W. College St.The inaugural academy consists of a diverse group of 16 recruits: 14 men and two women. Nine are Caucasian, threeare African American, two are Hispanic and two are Asian.Previously, the city sent its new police hires to regional police academies, which do an excellent job. However, operatingits own police academy will allow the Grand Prairie Police Department to observe its police recruits on a daily basisduring their 28 week academy and will also facilitate an 8 week Lateral Police Academy for experienced officerstransferring into the Grand Prairie Police Department from a different city or agency. Operating an in-houseacademy will be cost effective for the city and will allow police recruits to become more indoctrinated andknowledgeable regarding the city of Grand Prairie in their first weeks of employment.“We will be able to get a good look at the men and women we’ve hired to be police officers during their firstseveral months of employment, rather than investing time in a person who is trained elsewhere, only to findout we are not a good fit for each other,” said Chief Steve Dye, who championed the idea. “We can begin dayone teaching our specific Grand Prairie Police Department expectations, philosophies and standards. We willbe able to interact with the recruits daily.”The academy is run by current police officers assigned to the Grand Prairie Police Department’s Personneland Training Division. Lieutenant John Shaw leads four officers involved in mentoring and teaching duringthe 28-week academy. The academy will include daily workouts and physical training in defensive tactics;education in the state and city criminal laws and statutes; departmental policy; and specialized training at thePublic Safety Training Center’s driving simulator, indoor firearms simulator, police driving course and at thecity’s outdoor gun range.The city hires about 15-20 officers a year and plans to conduct its academy annually.For more information on how to be a police officer, visit www.gptx.org/police.News newsGrand Prairie To Hold Examination For Entry-Level Police Officer PositionsThe Grand Prairie Police Department will hold an examination for entry-level Police Officer positions on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. The eligibility list created bythis examination will be used to fill any entry-level Police Officer vacancies that arise within one year of the examination date.In order to take the written examination, interested parties must meet the following eligibility requirements:• Be citizens of the United States,• Be able to fluently speak, write and read English,• Be at least 21 years old (those over the age of 45 may not be certified for an entry-level PoliceOfficer position),• Meet at least one of the following educational requirements:• Have at least a Bachelor’s degree, or• Be eligible for certification from TCLEOSE, have at least three years of experience as a regular,full-time peace officer with arrest powers for a city, county, state or federal law enforcementagency (military experience does not count as regular, full-time peace officer experience),nd have at least 30 college semester hours, or• Have at least three years of active-duty military experience and 30 college semester hours, or• Have three years of experience in a Grand Prairie Police Department non-civil service position and30 college semester hours, and• Be able to pass a pre-employment physical agility test and medical, polygraph and psychological exams.All applicants will be subjected to a full background check concerning criminal activity and drug use. Interested parties must submit an application to sit forthe examination. To start the application process, visit www.grandprairiepolice.org/jobs. Applications must be submitted to Beatriz Juarez in the Cityof Grand Prairie’s Human Resources Department, 318 W. Main St., PO Box 534045, Grand Prairie Texas 75053, prior to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Noapplicant will be admitted to the test site if the application is received after this time. For complete information regarding testing and requirements, contactthe City of Grand Prairie’s Human Resources Department at 972-237-8192 or visit www.grandprairiepolice.org/jobs.10 Fall 2012 Life Is GrandCity of Grand Prairie | GPTX.org


NewsLake Ridge ParkwayExpansion of Lake Ridge from a four-lane thoroughfare to a six-lanethoroughfare from Great Southwest Parkway to Lake Joe Pool is scheduledto be complete in early 2013. Project updates: gptx.org/lakeridge.Lynn Creek ParkwayThe project to extend Lynn Creek Parkway from Lake Ridge Parkwayto SH 360 is under construction and scheduled to be complete inspring 2013.Sarah Jane Parkway from Forum Drive to Dead EndThe project is under construction and anticipated to be complete bysummer of 2013.Sarah Jane Parkway West behind the new Paragon Outlet MallConstruction is underway and scheduled to be complete by August 2012.Grand Prairie On the Road AgainState Highway 161State Highway 161 will provide a new 11.5-mile link in the growing looparound Dallas. The corridor consists of the tolled main lanes and untolledfrontage roads. The final phase of the project extends from I-30 to I-20 andis expected to open to traffic by late 2012.Main and Jefferson Streets at SH 161Workers are digging under Main Street on the north and Jefferson tothe south to make way for the main lanes of SH 161 to pass underneathMain Street, Jefferson Street and the Union Pacific Railroad. Emergencyroad repairs have forced SH 161 southbound frontage road to be closedbetween NW 19th Street and Main Street until repairs are completed.Interchange at IH-30 and SH 161Construction is underway on the direct connections from both I-30 toSH 161 and SH 161 to I-30. The main toll lanes continue to be underconstruction underneath I-30.I-30 Frontage Roads between Belt Line and MacArthurConstruction is underway and includes a park-and-ride on the southeastcorner of I-30 and Belt Line where the old turnpike ramp bowl used tobe located.I-20 Frontage Roads between Carrier Parkway and Belt LineDesign is underway, and the first public meeting will be held early 2013followed by a public hearing in late 2013 or early 2014. Construction isscheduled to start by early 2015.Hunter-Ferrell Road from Belt Line to MacArthurConstruction is underway to straighten and widen the road from two tofour lanes and is scheduled to be complete by spring 2013.MacArthur BoulevardThe roadway will be widened from two to four lanes from I-30 northto Hunter-Ferrell Road. Upon obtaining the right-of-way for the project,construction is anticipated to begin in late 2013.Gifford/BagdadNew four-lane road will extend Bagdad to the I-30 frontage road.Gifford Street will become a four-lane roadway. Anticipated completiondate: spring 2013.Wildlife Parkway from Belt Line to Lower TarrantIn design phase. Construction scheduled to begin in 2014.Waterwood RoadProject planned to extend Waterwood Road from Arkansas Lane to HighValley Trail. Construction set to begin in 2013.Freetown Road from Robinson to CarrierConstruction began in late March 2012 anticipated to be complete bySpring 2013. This section of Freetown Road will be closed to throughtraffic during construction.Yappy HourWine tasting and pawsitivelyawesome silent auctionbenefitting the Prairie PawsAnimal Shelter Animal WelfareFund$25 a personPlan now to celebrate yourfurry friends and help raisemoney for the welfare, majorveterinary and surgical needsof our guests at the AnimalShelter by attending YappyHour.7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25Prairie Paws Animal Shelter Conference Room2222 W. Warrior TrailFor tickets and information, asprinkles@gptx.org or 972-237-8140.NewsFacebook.com/GrandPrairieYouTube.com/CityofgptxLife Is Grand Fall 2012 11


NewsA Review Of Success:Grand Prairie Police Chief Celebrates One-Year Anniversary On The JobAfter just one year on the job, Grand Prairie Police Chief Steve Dye has racked up positive changes and numerous new programs to the benefitof the department and community. Among those new programs are:¤ ¤ Citizen Police Academy classes twice a year;¤¤ Implementation of Police Lateral Entry Program, allowingqualified officers from other cities and the military to transferinto the Grand Prairie Police Department;¤ ¤ Enhanced Police Explorer Program for youth interested in acareer in the Public Safety field;¤ ¤ Establishment of a Meritorious Conduct Board;¤ ¤ Development of Strategic Recruiting Plan;¤ ¤ Development of new Detention Center standards;¤ ¤ Expanded National Night Out coverage to increase presenceat neighborhood events;¤ ¤ Implementation of Data-Driven Approaches to Crime andTraffic Safety (DDACTS);¤ ¤ Implementation of Composite Sketch Technology;¤ ¤ Creation of a Crime-Free Multi-Housing program;¤ ¤ Establishing a free medication disposal program at the PublicSafety Building;¤ ¤ Incorporation of U.S. Marshal’s North Texas Fugitive TaskForce into Public Safety Building;¤ ¤ Formation of an Apartment Complex Managers’ Group;¤ ¤ Implementation of a police take-home vehicle for improvedpolice service and enhanced visibility in the community;¤ ¤ Implementation of a COMPSTAT Program (use of real-timecrime data to predict crime trends);¤ ¤ Creation of five-year staffing plan for the police department;¤ ¤ Development of a Problem-Solving Unit to enhancecommunity policing efforts and improve quality of life issues inthe community;¤ ¤ Development of new patrol beats to enhance police serviceand manpower allocation commensurate with increase inpopulation;¤ ¤ Development of an in-house Police Academy for recruits;¤ ¤ Move to 12-hour patrol shifts;¤ ¤ Implementation of an Unidos Program;¤ ¤ Conducting an Annual Teen Academy for middle schoolstudents;¤ ¤ Formation of the Grand Prairie Police and Clergy Coalition(GPPACC);¤ ¤ Partnership with school district for the Center for Law andPublic Safety;¤ ¤ Formation of the Grand Prairie Police Department YouthBoxing Program;¤ ¤ Creation of a Known Offenders Database.“On my one-year anniversary, I wanted to express what an honor and privilege it has been to serve as your Chief,” said Grand Prairie PoliceChief Steve Dye in a memo to the Police Department.” “I have thoroughly enjoyed this first twelve months, which has flown by, and appreciatethe opportunity to have gotten to know each of you. Your attitudes and hard work have culminated in decreased crime and improved quality oflife, in many areas, for our citizens.”News news12 Fall 2012 Life Is GrandCity of Grand Prairie | GPTX.org


Grand Prairie Hires New Fire ChiefWith the retirement of Grand Prairie Fire Chief Clif Nelson, after 34 years ofservice, 17 as Chief, the city of Grand Prairie announces Robert Fite as its newFire Chief, pending confirmation by the Grand Prairie City Council. CurrentlyFire Chief in Georgetown, Texas, Fite will make the move to Grand Prairie laterthis year. Previously, he was with the Richardson Fire Department (1992-2009),serving as Chief of Fire Training, Battalion Chief, EMS Captain, driver engineer andfirefighter/paramedic. He began his career as a firefighter/paramedic with thecity of Lancaster (1988-1992). Fite has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administrationand a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. The Chief is also agraduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.“We were so fortunate to find such agreat fit for our organization from amongmany extremely qualified applicants,”said City Manager Tom Hart. “Chief Fitewill have the benefit of bringing his highenergy, commitment to the profession andexcitement about the job on the heels of along-tenured, home-grown, very successfulChief when Chief Clif Nelson retires. ChiefFite met with a group of our firefighters anddepartment heads and every single persongave him a thumbs up.““Through all my visits and interviews, I’ve been so impressed with the familyatmosphere at the city of Grand Prairie, as well as the utmost professionalism ofeveryone,” said Fite. “In my first few months, I plan to meet with the firefightersand listen a lot to see where we can take this great department in the future. I’mtaking the reins from a very experienced Chief and look forward to taking thedepartment to the next step.”The city of Grand Prairie’s Fire Department consists of 212 employees, 9 fire stations,Emergency Medical Services, Lake Rescue Operations, and a $23 million budget.NewsGrand Prairie Police Start Youth BoxingProgramGrand Prairie Police Departmentis currently accepting applicationsfor the new Youth Boxing Program,which is designed for creating leadersthrough boxing. Both male and femaleyouth ages 13 to 16 who live in GrandPrairie are invited to participate in theprogram, which will take place in thegym at Houston Elementary School,1502 College St.The program, funded through community and corporate donations,will provide a clean, safe and well-equipped environment for youth totrain and prepare for competition. Experienced boxing coaches andpolice officers will be on hand to train participants. Academic tutoringwill also be available through a mentor program in cooperation withthe Grand Prairie Independent School District.For more information, visit www.grandprairiepolice.org/gpboxing or email gpboxing@gptx.org.Gexa Energy:The Power Behind Prairie LightsGexa Energy, which services the needsof Texas homeowners and businesseswith affordable electricity service plans,is pleased to announce it will serve astitle sponsor of the 2012 Prairie Lights.Fittingly, the 2012 event will be known as “Prairie Lights Powered byGexa Energy.”While this marks the first year of Gexa Energy’s Prairie Lightssponsorship, the company is active in a number of activities whichgive back to the communities it serves. In addition to its sponsorshipof Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, the company supports The UnitedWay and participates in food drives, toy drives and other worthwhilecauses.“We’re certainly proud to be a part of such a great holiday traditionin Grand Prairie,” says Gexa Energy President Brian Landrum. “I can’twait to be there to help flip the switch that turns on the lights for thefirst time.”Gexa Energy began providing electricity service for homeowners andbusinesses in 2002. Today, the company offers several affordable fixedrateservice plans including those with 100-percent, pollution-freewind energy. Plus, customers can sign up for a Gexa Energy fixed-rateplan and earn United MileagePlus or American AAdvantage miles.To learn more about Gexa Energy and to sign up for service, go towww.gexaenergy.com. You can “like” Gexa Energy on Facebookat www.facebook.com/GexaEnergy and follow the company onTwitter at www.twitter.com/Gexa_Energy.NewsFacebook.com/GrandPrairieYouTube.com/CityofgptxLife Is Grand Fall 2012 13


Event CalendarFall Gardening Classesharley Taylor Rec Center601 E. Grand Prairie RoadAges 18+. Interested in fall landscapingtips? Look no further than right here inyour community at Charley Taylor RecCenter. As we approach our fall series,we have tips and tricks everyone can use.Join Susan Henson, City Horticulturalistand Certified Arborist, as she launchesher informative sessions for the fallseries. Fee: FREE.The Festival will feature variousCaribbean musicians, mainly from theisland of Jamaica. Festival attendees canexpect to be rhythmically enticed bysweet, melodious steel pan music andtheir adrenaline pumped by dancehalland Reggae beats. Enjoy cultural artsand crafts from the many Caribbeanislands. There will also be variousvendors preparing famous delectable,mouthwatering island dishes anddrinks. For more information go todallasreggaefestival.com or emailinfo@dallasreggaefestival.com.event is free and no pre-registration isrequired, Parks and Recreation staff willbe on hand to register kids in order forthem to be eligible for prizes at the endof the event. Adults, or anyone 7 yearsor older, is welcome to fish after 2 p.m.,or any day after the event providing theyhave a valid Texas fishing license.For more information call 972-237-8100or visit GrandFunGP.com.National Night OutGreen Meadows Petting FarmThursday, Oct. 4-Thursday, Nov. 1Lynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake5700 Lake Ridge ParkwayBring the kids out for a day they’llnever forget! Green Meadows offersan ideal learning environment wherekids of all ages can have first-handinteraction with farm animals. Visitgreenmeadowsevents.com formore information.Sept. 6 – Fall Gardens Are FunLess work, more FUN!Sept. 13 – Landscape Design ILearn the fundamentals of landscape design.Sept. 20 – Landscape Design IIIncrease your home’s value.Oct. 4 – Organic GardeningCourse #: 14619Days: ThDates: Sep 6-Oct 4Time: 6-7 p.m.Third Annual DallasReggae FestivalSaturday, Sept. 15 • 1pm-11pmSunday, Sept. 16 • noon-9pmLynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake5700 Lake Ridge ParkwayFlight of the Monarch (NEWEVENT) & Kids Fishing Day(NEW LOCATION)Saturday, September 29: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Central Park, State Highway 161 betweenArkansas Lane and Warrior Trail.Flight of the MonarchThe migration of the monarch butterflyfrom North America to Central Mexicois one of the most incredible events innature each year. Come celebrate thismysterious occasion with the city ofGrand of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts andRecreation Department at Central Parkand support the Central Park Guardians.Activities will include: dedication of thebutterfly garden at Central Park, kiteflying, a kid zone, vendors, a contest/parade for butterfly costumes and music.Kids Fishing DayKids ages 16 and younger are invitedto Parks and Recreation’s fall fishingevent. Prizes will be awarded by agedivisions (1-6, 7-11, 12-16) in thefollowing categories: biggest fish, smallestfish and most fish caught. Anglers areencouraged to bring their own gear andbait. The lake will be stocked with catfish,but the waters are also home to otherspecies. A limited number of loaner rodsand reels will be available on a first-comebasis—while the supply lasts. While theTuesday, Oct. 2Dalworth Rec Center, 2012 Spikes St.Come out and celebrate withDalworth as we promote safety in ourneighborhood. The night will be filledwith games, prizes, activities, bouncehouses and more! All ages are welcometo attend. Call Dalworth RecreationCenter for more info at 972-264-7670.Visit gptx.org/NNO for info on otherneighborhoods participating in NationalNight Out. Fee: FREE.15th Annual TommyAlverson Family GatheringWednesday, Oct. 3-Saturday, Oct. 6Loyd Park on Joe Pool Lake, 3401 Ragland Rd.Camp out for a weekend of music,laughs and fun. Musicians and bandsfrom across Texas and beyond gather forthis unforgettable weekend of countrymusic. Good people, great music,an incredible location on Joe Pool Lake– all for an unbelievable value! For eventinformation and tickets, visittommyalverson.com.For camping information, visitGrandFunGP.com or call 817-467-2104.Fall Break CampMonday, Oct. 8: 7 am-6 pmCharley Taylor Rec Center601 E. Grand Prairie RoadAges 5-12. Campers will participate in afun field trip, exciting games, and arts andcrafts. Each camper needs to bring a baglunch, but we will provide snacks. Spaceis limited, so register now! Fee: $16/day.Course #: 14617Days: MDates: Oct 8Time: 7am-6pm26th Annual Pumpkin RunSaturday, Oct. 13Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake5700 Lake Ridge ParkwayRaces include a 10K, 5K timed run, 5Kuntimed run, 5K walk and 1-mile fun runThe event features a popular schoolchallenge, which awards the school withthe largest number of participants anda pumpkin fest for children to decoratejack-o-lanterns.To register, call 214-455-1716 or visitpumpkinrun.us.events14 Fall 2012Life Is GrandNRPA Gold Medal DepartmentGrand Prairie Parks & Rec


EventsForest of FearFriday, Oct. 19-Saturday, Oct. 20and Friday, Oct. 26-Saturday, Oct. 27Loyd Park on Joe Pool Lake3401 Ragland RoadBring the family out for a campingexperience like no other! Decorateyour campsite as spooky or scary asyou can, and possibly win a prize forbest decorated site! Can’t decorate acampsite? No worries – bring the familyout to tour the park for just a $10vehicle admission fee. Hayrides willbe available from dark until 11p.m.each night to tour the hauntedcampgrounds. There are still a fewremaining campsites open, but actquickly! Call 817-467-2104 forcampsite information. Fee: $10 pervehicle.Halloween CommunityCarnivalFriday, Oct. 26 • 6 pm-8 pmCharley Taylor Rec Center601 E. Grand Prairie RoadAll ages. Ghosts and goblins willnot want to miss the hauntingexperience we have planned forHalloween night! The spooky funincludes games, bounce houses, facepainting and candy! Fee: FREE.Kirby Creek Pumpkin SwimSaturday, Oct. 27 • 1-6 pmKirby Creek Indoor Pool3201 Corn Valley RoadStreet ‘n TreatWednesday, October 31Market Square120 W. Main StreetOne of the most popularHalloween events in Grand Prairie!Come downtown to MarketSquare for a spooky good time!This family friendly event featuresgames, bounce houses, candy, prizes,food and much more! For moreinformation, visit GrandFunGP.com or call 972-237-8100.3rd Annual KidsThanksgiving DinnerThursday, Nov. 15: 4-6 pmCharley Taylor Rec Center601 E. Grand Prairie RoadAges 18-under. Children fromthe community will enjoy a fullThanksgiving dinner made entirelyfrom donated items from localrestaurants and businesses. Pleasefeel free to donate food, money oryour time to this wonderful event!Halloween CarnivalFriday, Oct. 26 • 6 pmDalworth Rec Center2012 Spikes St.All ages. Join us on this spooky nightfor lots of good times. We will haveclassic carnival games, costumes,frights, and of course trick-or-treatcandy. Call Dalworth RecreationCenter for more info at 972-264-7670. Fee: FREE.Jump in and swim with all thepumpkins in our heated indoor pool.Pick out your favorite to take home.Limit 1 pumpkin for swimmer. Call972-237-8258 for information. Fee:$3 per person.Terror at The UptownWednesday, October 31: 5:30 - 10:30 pmUptown Theater, 120 E. Main StreetTickets are $5/person at the doorCome on downtown for a goodold-fashioned scare! It is scary, butnot too scary - everyone will enjoyit! Proceeds benefit the GrandPrairie Arts Council.For more information onthese events, and more, visitGrandFunGP.com or call 972-237-8100.Veterans Day CeremonySunday, Nov. 11Gather at 1:30 pm, ceremony at 2 pmGrand Prairie Veterans Memorial, 925Conover Dr.Honor the men and women whohave worked so hard to protectour country and our freedom. Theevent will feature a bag piper, 21-gunsalute, flag retirement ceremony,laying of the veterans wreath bythe DAR, a vintage aircraft flyover,patriotic music, free trees, freeAmerican flags and refreshments.Fee: FREE.Thanksgiving Break CampMonday, Nov. 19-Wednesday,Nov. 21: 7 am-6 pmCharley Taylor Rec Center601 E. Grand Prairie RoadAges 5-12. Campers will participatein fun field trips, exciting games,and holiday themed arts and craftsduring the week. Each camperneeds to bring a bag lunch, but wewill provide daily snacks. Space islimited, so register now! Fee: $16/day.Course #: 14618Days: M-WDates: 11/19-21Time: 7am-6pmPrairie LightsThanksgiving Night throughNew Years EveLynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake5700 Lake Ridge Pkwy.PrairieLights.org • 972-237-GLOWEventsGrandFunGP.com Life Is GrandFall 2012 15


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PartnershipBegin your exciting “Partner Experience” bycalling Rick Herold at 972.237.8375 or emailingrherold@gptx.org.Each partnership is created to maximize YOURneeds and wants! From being a title sponsor fora proven family-friendly event to naming rightson a room, park, or facility, the “Parks, Arts &Recreation Partners Program” is your opportunityto join your Gold Medal winning parks andrecreation department. Learn more today!BE SEEN!More than 30,000 Life Is Grand publicationsprinted four times a year and distributed tomore than 19,000 students in Grand Prairie.BECOME A PARTNER TODAY!This issue’s featured partners:AT CENTRAL PARKAN ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITYother parks parterns:NOW LEASINGLuxury One and Two BedroomApartment Homes(214)347-15042155 ARKANSAS LANE, GRAND PRAIRIE, TX. 75052PartnershipGrandFunGP.com Life Is GrandFall 2012 17


AthleticsYouth SportsLeagues & ClinicsGirls Youth Volleyball LeagueBowles Life CenterThis league will help establish a good foundation forvolleyball and will also allow kids to become or remainphysically and socially involved in a positive atmosphere.Ages 9-14Fee: $50/player includes jerseyRegistration Dates: 8/6–9/14Course# Day Dates Time14630 Sat 10/6 10am–5pmBoys/Girls Youth Basketball LeagueBowles Life CenterThis league will help establish a good foundation forbasketball. We develop fundamental basketball skills, selfconfidence,self-worth, team cooperation and sportsmanshipin an atmosphere of safe, cooperative fun that will also allowkids to become or remain physically and socially active in apositive environment.Ages 11-14Fee: $50/player includes jerseyRegistration Dates: 11/1–1/9Course# Day Dates Time14652 Sat 2/2 10am–6pmAllout Sports Speed & Agility Youth CampParkhill ParkThis training program is geared for the young athlete of allskill levels that will be coordinated in a fun and friendlyenvironment. This program will build your young athlete’sconfidence, coordination and physical skill. For moreinformation contact the Athletic office at 972-237-7533.Men’s D Softball LeagueCourse# Days Dates Time14621 M 9/24 – 11/5 6:30–10pm14634 T 9/25 – 11/6 6:30–10pm14635 Th 9/27 – 11/8 6:30–10pm14636 Fri 9/28 – 11/9 6:30–10pmMen’s E Softball LeagueCourse # Days Dates Time14623 M 9/24 – 11/5 6:30-10pm14631 T 9/25 – 11/6 6:30-10pm14632 Th 9/27 – 11/8 6:30-10pm14633 F 9/28 – 11/9 6:30-10pmMixed D Softball LeagueCourse # Days Dates Time14638 M 9/24 – 11/5 6:30-10pm14639 T 9/25 – 11/6 6:30-10pm14640 Th 9/27 – 11/8 6:30-10pm14641 F 9/28 – 11/9 6:30-10pmMixed E Softball LeagueCourse # Days Dates Time14646 M 9/24 – 11/5 6:30-10pm14647 T 9/25 – 11/6 6:30-10pm14648 Th 9/27 – 11/8 6:30-10pm14649 F 9/28 – 11/9 6:30-10pmCoed/Women AdultVolleyball LeagueBowles Life CenterTake the volleyball challenge and let’s see what you can do.Bring your best team to the court and spike your way throughthe competition.Ages 16+Fee: $175/teamRegistration Dates: 10/1–11/7Women Volleyball LeagueCourse # Days Dates Time14627 T 11/13 6:30-10pmCoed Volleyball LeagueCourse # Days Dates Time14625 Th 11/15 6:30-10pmCoed/Men’s AdultFlag Football LeagueMike Lewis ParkCome relive your glory days on the gridiron. Go grab somefriends and pull out the cleats and put those skills on display.Sign up for this 8-on-8 league that will be competitiveand tons of fun. The winning team will receive a berth toparticipate in the TAAF State Championship Tournament.Ages 18+Fee: $350/teamRegistration Dates: 8/6–9/7Men’s Flag Football LeagueCourse# Days Dates Times14628 Th 9/13 7-10pmAdult Women’s BasketballBowles Life CenterThe City of Grand Prairie is offering a Women’s BasketballLeague on Monday nights. Come show off your skills andplay in this competitive but fun league. Bring a team andshow that you’re up for the challenge.Ages 18+Fee: $350/teamRegistration Dates: 8/6–10/12Course # Days Dates Time14629 Mon 10/29 6:30-10pmAthleticsnewsAges 10-14Fee: $40/4-week sessionRegistration Dates: 11/1–1/9Course# Day Dates Time14650 Sat 9/12 10am–6pmCourse# Day Dates Time14651 Sat 10/10 10am–6pmAdultSports LeaguesAdult Softball Fall LeaguesMike Lewis ParkThe City of Grand Prairie offers league play for adult men,women, and coed 5 nights a week. Men’s and Coed will beoffered each night. Bring your family and friends out to playand have a good time at the ballpark.Ages 16+Fees: $315/teamRegistration Dates: 8/6–9/14Want to be a Volunteer Coach?Three easy steps to becoming a volunteer coachfor sports leagues in Grand Prairie:1) Pick a sport. 2) Contact a Recreation Center orthe Athletic Office. 3) Fill out application.Athletic Office: 972-237-7533Bowles Life Center: 972-237-PLAYCharley Taylor Rec: 972-264-6890Dalworth Rec: 972-264-7670*Background checks and drug tests are completed on all applicants.18 Fall 2012Life Is GrandNRPA Gold Medal DepartmentGrand Prairie Parks & Rec


Golf Clinics at Tangle RidgeAdult Open ClinicsAdult open clinics will be September 16 and October 7from 3 – 4 pm.Cost is $20 per player. Contact Alan Rasberry by emailor phone to register.Mistertee56@pga.com or (972) 740-1032Junior Golf TeamTangle Ridge JR golf team will be meeting on Saturdaysbeginning September 8 to set their fall schedule from2 – 3:30 pm. To sign up or for more information, contactAlan Rasberry by email or phone.Mistertee56@pga.com or (972) 740-1032Patriot Golf DayPlay Golf America and Tangle Ridge Golf Course willpromote Patriot Golf Day on August 31 - September 3,2012. As players check in for their tee times they arewelcome to make donations Patriot Golf Day. The coursewill collect all donations and send them to the PGA ofAmerica from Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie.GolfG R A N D P R A I R I E • T E X A SPrairie LakesGolf AcademyBeginning JuniorsAges 8-18. Introduction to golf.Saturdays, Aug. 11-Sept. 1, 9-10am - Fee: $60.Junior Development TeamAges 8-18. Designed for the school and tournament golfer.Every Saturday (excluding holidays), 10am-noonMust be approved by instructor to join.Fee: $120 per month or $1,200 per year (one payment).Adult BeginnerAges 18+. All areas covered including full swing, short game,putting, and on course etiquette.Thursdays, Aug. 9-30, and Thursdays, Sept. 6-27Fee: $80 (4-session series).Adult Intermediate Player DevelopmentAges 18+. Designed to develop the golfer’s skill level with instruction,practice and on course execution. Three of the four sessions will be onthe course. All areas included and all skill levels accepted.Mondays, Sept. 10-Oct. 1, 6-8pmSign up by calling the Prairie Lakes Golf Shop, 972-263-0661.TennisARLINGTON TENNIS CENTERArlington Tennis Center is a public facility, conveniently located insouth Arlington at 500 W. Mayfield Road, just north of I-20 and justwest of Hwy 360.ATC has 20 lighted outdoor courts and a full-service pro shop that carriesthe latest in racquets and equipment, as well as dozens of tennis-themedgifts. ATC’s teaching staff are certified professionals (including two toplevel P-1), with additional on-court staff hired during peak seasons, andATC has 48-hour turnaround on racquet stringing.ATC offers classes, drills and leagues for players of all ages and levelsfrom beginner to advanced, as well as private lessons and tournamentplay.Call Arlington Tennis Center at 817-459-6163, or visit ATC atarlingtontennis.net for class and league schedules, or to arrangelessons with a teaching professional.Fan us on Facebook!Arlington Tennis Center-TexasTennisGolfGrandFunGP.com Life Is GrandFall 2012 19


AquaticsAquaticsLearn To SwimSwim EvaluationGet proper placement in Learn to Swim classeswith an evaluation. Wednesday, 6-7pm.We take the last evaluation at 6:45pm. Fee:Free.Adult LessonAges 13+. Learn floating to efficient strokesat a personalized speed. Adult classes are greatfor first time swimmers. 45-minute. Fee: $50.First SplashAges 6 mo.-2 years. First Splash allowsbabies to develop at a natural pace in thewater. This class teaches water confidence andsafety skills important throughout life. Bothparent and child are in the water for this class.30-minute. Fee: $40.Preschool (Ages 3-5)Preschool Level 0 – Gets childrencomfortable with the water and teaches themto swim independently. 30-minute. Fee: $40.Preschool Level 1 – Starts students learningfreestyle and backstroke. Stream-lining onfront and back independently is requiredbefore entering L1. 30-minute. Fee: $40.Youth (Ages 6-12)Level 0 – Gets children comfortable with thewater and teaches them to swim independently.40-minute. Fee: $50.Level 1 – Start to learn freestyle andbackstroke. Stream-lining on front and backindependently is required before entering L1.40-minute. Fee: $50.Level 2 – Focus on primary skills. Studentsmust be swimming freestyle and backstrokebefore entering L2. 40-minute. Fee: $50.Level 3 – Builds on stroke coordination.Students must be swimming freestyle,backstroke for 20 ft or longer before enteringL3. 40-minute. Fee: $50.Level 4 – Focuses on stroke development.Students must be swimming 25 yards freestyle,backstroke and breaststroke before enteringL4. 40-minute Fee: $50.Registration is first come first serve. Registerearly due to limited enrollment in each class.Kirby Creek Indoor Pool • 3201 Corn Valley Rd. • 972-263-8174Session DatesNo lesson week of Nov. 19-24Monday and WednesdaySession 1: Sept. 10-Oct. 3Session 2: Oct. 8-31Session 3: Nov. 5-Dec. 5Tuesday and ThursdaySession1: Sept. 4-27Session 2: Oct. 2-25(No lesson on 16 make-up lesson on 19.)Session 3: Nov. 6-Dec. 6Wednesday (1/2 sessions)Session 1: Sept. 5-26Session 2: Oct. 3-24Session 3: Oct 31-Nov. 28(No lesson on Nov. 21.)Saturday (1/2 sessions)Session 1: Sept. 8-29Session 2: Oct. 6-27Session 3: Nov. 3-Dec. 1(No lesson on Nov. 24.)All sessions are 8 classes unless specified by ½sessions which are 4 classes.Monday-Wednesday ClassesLevelsTimesPreschool – 0 5:30pm, 7pm, 7:35pmPreschool – 1 5:30pm, 7pm, 7:35 mLevel – 0 5:20pm, 7pmLevel – 1 5:20pm, 7pmLevel – 2 5:20pm, 7pmLevel – 3 5:20pm, 7pmLevel – 4 5:20pm, 7:45pmSwim Team 7pmTuesday-Thursday ClassesLevelsTimesFirst Splash 5:30pm, 7pmPreschool – 0 5:30pm, 7:35pmPreschool – 1 5:30pm, 7:35pmLevel – 0 5:20pm, 7pmLevel – 1 5:20pm, 7pmLevel – 2 5:20pm, 7pmLevel – 3 5:20pm, 7:45pmLevel – 4 7:45pmSwim Team 7pmSaturday ClassesLevelsTimesFirst Splash 11:35amPreschool – 0 11am, 12:15pmPreschool – 1 11am, 12:15pmLevel – 0 10:15am, 1:35am, 12:15pmLevel – 1 10:15am, 11:35amLevel – 2 10:15am, 12:10pmLevel – 3 10:15amLevel – 4 11amWednesday ClassesLevelsTimesPreschool – 0 6pm, 6:30pmPreschool – 1 6pm, 6:30pmLevel – 0 6:40pmLevel – 1 6:40pmLevel – 2 6:40pmPrivate LessonsAll ages and swimming levels will focus on whatthe student wants to learn. (30-minute)4 Lesson $808 Lesson $1402 Swimmers $200 (8 lessons)DaysMon/WedTues/ThursSatTimes5pm, 7:45pm5pm10:15am, 11am, 11:35amWahoo’s – Swim Team TrainingWahoo coaches will help develop yourswimmers technique while increasing theirspeed and endurance. This is not a swim lesson.Swimmers must be able to pass level 4 and/orswim the 4 competitive strokes 25 yards each.Tryouts are on Wednesdays at 6:30pm.Fee: $35 session.Monday and Wednesday 7-8pmTuesday and Thursday 7-8pmBlaze ClassAdaptive swim lessons for those with specialneeds. Parents or guardians are encouraged toassist in the water. 40 minute. Fee: $30.Session 1: Sept. 5 – Oct. 24, Wednesdays 6pm20 Fall 2012Life Is GrandNRPA Gold Medal DepartmentGrand Prairie Parks & Rec


Bowles2750Graham St. • Grand Prairie, TX • 972-237-7529bowlesnewsYouth - Ages 2-12FITNESSFall Soccer LeagueBowles Life CenterAges 5-7. Registration begins Aug. 1, 2012. TeamT-shirt is provided. Six games total. All gamesplayed on Saturday. Teams practice one day outof the week. Fee: $35/player.Course# Days Dates Time14521 Sat Sept. 22 9am-1pmYouth Sign Language – Story TimeBowles Life CenterAges 0-3. This class uses fun activities and fantasticsongs to teach sign language vocabulary with amulti-sensory approach. Fee: $20/month.Course# Days Dates Time14523 Sat Sept 10:30am14522 Sat Oct 10:30am14524 Sat Nov 10:30amYouth Sign Language – Sign For MeBowles Life CenterAges 4-8. Parents will be provided take homehandouts such as flashcards, song lyrics andchecklists to track their child’s sign languageprogress. Fee: $50/month.Course# Days Dates Time14525 Sat Sept 11:15am14526 Sat Oct 11:15am14527 Sat Nov 11:15amCreative Movement/TapBowles Life CenterAges 3-5. Class requires a black leotard, whitetights and black ballet shoes. Fee: $30/month.Class fee is due the first week of the month.Course# Days Dates Time14528 Sat Sept 10-10:45am14529 Sat Oct 10-10:45am14530 Sat Nov 10-10:45amBallet/TapBowles Life CenterAges 6-8. Students will learn the positionsof the feet and hands, along with specificterminology to assist with proper executionof dance moves. Class requires a black leotard,white tights, and black ballet shoes. Fee: $30/month with center membership. Class fee isdue the first week of the month.Course# Days Dates Time14528 Sat Sept 11 am-12:30pm14529 Sat Oct 11 am-12:30pm14530 Sat Nov 11 am-12:30pmBallet/Jazz & Hip HopBowles Life CenterAges 7-10. Students will learn the positionsof the feet and hands, along with specificterminology to assist with proper executionof dance moves. Class requires a black leotard,white tights and black ballet shoes. Fee: $30/month with center membership. Class fee isdue the first week of the month.Course# Days Dates Time14528 Sat Sept 9:15-10:15am14529 Sat Oct 9:15-10:15am14530 Sat Nov 9:15-10:15amJazz & Hip HopBowles Life CenterAges 7-10. Students will learn the positionsof the feet and hands, along with specificterminology to assist with proper executionof dance moves. Class requires a black leotard,white tights and black ballet shoes. Fee: $30/month with center membership. Class fee isdue the first week of the month.Course# Days Dates Time14528 Mon Sept 6-7pm14529 Mon Oct 6-7pm14530 Mon Nov 6-7pmBoxingBowles Life CenterAges 7-12. Boxing class will teach participantsproper conditioning, weight loss, self-esteem,body toning, fitness, confidence and selfdefense.Hand wraps are required. Fee: $40/month with center membership. Class fee isdue the first week of the month.Course# Days Dates Time14531 T/Th Sept 6:30-7:30pm14531 Sa Sept 12:30-1:30pm14532 T/Th Oct 6:30-7:30pm14532 Sa Oct 12:30-1:30pm14533 T/Th Nov 6:30-7:30pm14533 Sa Nov 12:30-1:30pmFunderful FitnessBowles Life CenterAges 5-12. Class focuses on strength, flexibilityand nutrition. Tennis shoes and workoutclothes required. Fee: $12/month.Course# Days Dates Time14534 M/W Sept 4:30-5:30pm14535 M/W Oct 4:30-5:30pm14536 M/W Nov 4:30-5:30pmBallet FolkloricoBowles Life CenterAges 5-10. Ballet Folklorico dance classes willteach the traditional dance steps from variousregions in Mexico. A practice skirt and danceshoes are required. Fee: $35/month. Class feeis due the first week of the month.Course# Days Dates Time14537 T/W Sept 5-6:30pm14538 T/W Oct 5-6:30pm14539 T/W Nov 5-6:30pmBaton TwirlingBowles Life CenterAges 5-12. The After-School Baton Twirling teamfocuses on the basics of baton twirling includingmarching and twirls. White canvas shoes and abaton are required. Fee: $12/month.Course# Days Dates Time14541 T Sept 4-5pm14540 T Oct 4-5pm14542 T Nov 4-5pm22 Fall 2012Life Is GrandNRPA Gold Medal DepartmentGrand Prairie Parks & Rec


BowlesGymnasticsBowles Life CenterAges 5-12. This class will teach the basics ofgymnastics such as tumbles, flips and increase thebody coordination and flexibility. Fee: $35/month.Course# Days Dates Time14543 T/Th Sept 6:30-7:30pm14544 T/Th Oct 6:30-7:30pm14545 T/Th Nov 6:30-7:30pmFamily FitnessBowles Life CenterAll ages. Join this class and you and your littleone can work out together. Fee: $50-70/family.Family of 2= $50/moFamily of 3= $60/moFamily of 4 or more=$70/moCourse# Days Dates Time14547 M/W Sept 8-9pm14548 M/W Oct 8-9pm14549 M/W Nov 8-9pmFUNBirthday PartiesBowles Life CenterHave your birthday celebration at the BowlesLife Center! Choose from two differentmeeting rooms or the Bowles game room.Meeting room rentals range from $20-$75 anhour depending on time and seat up to 120people! Game room rentals include use of allgame room equipment: air hockey, pool tablesand foosball. Bring your own food and drinks,and have a great time!After-School ProgramBowles Life CenterAges 6-12. The After-School Program runsMonday-Friday throughout the school year from3:20 pm-6 pm. Bowles picks up from GarciaElementary and Harmony Science Academy. Fee:$20/week/child for Garcia. $30/week/child forHarmony Science. Center Membership per childis required and costs $5/year. After School tuitionis due every Friday prior to week attending.Day Dates TimeM-F school year 3:20-6pmFall Break CampBowles Life CenterAges 5-12. Bowles Life Center is the placeto be during your fall vacation from school!Participants will take part in gymnasiumactivities, computer lab, indoor swimming,aerobics, time in the Bowles Library and gameroom activities including foosball, air hockey, andpool. Campers must bring a lunch. An a.m. andp.m. snack will be provided. Fee: $16/child/day.Course# Day Dates Time14550 M-F 11/19-21 7am-6pmTeens/Tweens - Ages 12-15FITNESSBoxingBowles Life CenterAges 12-15. Boxing class will teach participantsproper conditioning, weight loss, self-esteem,body toning, fitness, confidence and selfdefense.Hand wraps are required. Fee: $40/month with center membership. Class fee isdue the first week of the month.Course# Days Dates Time14531 T/Th Sept 6:30-7:30pm14531 Sat Sept 12:30-1:30pm14532 T/Th Oct 6:30-7:30pm14532 Sat Oct 12:30-1:30pm14533 T/Th Nov 6:30-7:30pm14533 Sat Nov 12:30-1:30pmModern/Lyrical DanceBowles Life CenterAges 12+. Learn music interpretation throughsustained extensions and expressive motion.Class requires a black leotard, white tightsand black ballet shoes. Fees: $30/month withcenter membership.Course# Days Dates Time14528 Sat Sept 12:30-2pm14529 Sat Oct 12:30-2pm14530 Sat Nov 12:30-2pmTeen NightsBowles Life CenterAges 12+. Teens participate in homeworktutoring, game room challenges, library andcomputer time, aerobics, sports, fun trips andawesome volunteering opportunities. Freewith center membership.Course# Days Dates Time14551 Th Sept 7-8pm14552 Th Oct 7-8pm14566 Th Nov 7-8pm3-on-3 Basketball TournamentsBowles Life CenterAges 12-14, 15-17. Teen 3-on-3 basketballtournaments will take place during holidaybreak. Get your favorite buddies together andregister. Register by October 1. Fee: $20/team.Days Dates TimeT Oct 10 9amBasic Cardio ClassBowles Life CenterAges 12+. 60 minutes of cardio training forpeople just getting back to working out butwant to get the most out of it.Fee: $50/month.Course# Days Dates Time14568 T/Th Sept 6,7,8am/pmpm14569 T/Th Oct 6,7,8am/pmpm14570 T/Th Nov 6,7,8am/pmIntense Cardio WorkoutBowles Life CenterAges: 12+. 60-minute non-stop action.Intermediate/Advance class helps you burn themost calories in a short period of time. Worksfull body and increase stamina. Fee: $50/month.Course# Days Dates Time14568 M/W Sept 6,7,8am/pm14569 M/W Oct 6,7,8am/pm14570 M/W Nov 6,7,8am/pmGrown Ups - Ages 18+FITNESSAbs & Buns/KickboxingBowles Life CenterAges 16+. Class focuses on abs, legs, gluts andlower back while adding cardio kickboxing. Fee:$25/month with center membership. Class feeis due the first week of the month.Course# Days Dates Time14578 M/W/F Sept 9-10am14579 M/W/F Oct 9-10am14580 M/W/F Nov 9-10amFitness Boot CampNO EXCUSE – Bowles Life CenterAges 16+. NO EXCUSE Fitness Boot Camp isa full body strengthening and toning programtaught by Bowles’ Personal Trainer. Fee: $69/month with center membership.Course# Days Dates Time14593 M/T/Th Sept 7-8pm14593 T/Th Sept 6-7am14594 M/T/Th Oct 7-8pm14594 T/Th Oct 6-7am14595 M/T/Th Nov 7-8pm14595 T/Th Nov 6-7amBowlesGrandFunGP.com Life Is GrandFall 2012 23


Bowles2750Graham St. • Grand Prairie, TX • 972-237-7529BoxingBowles Life CenterAges 16+. Boxing class will teach participantsproper conditioning, weight loss, self-esteem,body toning, fitness, confidence and selfdefense.Hand wraps are required. Fee: $60/month with center membership. Class fee isdue the first week of the month.Course# Days Dates Time14531 T/Th Sept 6:30-7:30pm14532 T/Th Oct 6:30-7:30pm14533 T/Th Nov 6:30-7:30pmZumba w/LouBowles Life CenterAges 16+. Get fit while dancing to Salsa, Mamboand Chacha with a belly dance twist! Fee: $10/month with center membership.Course# Days Dates Time14606 M/W Sept 7-8pm14606 Fri Sept 12-1pm14607 M/W Oct 7-8pm14607 Fri Oct 12-1pm14608 M/W Nov 7-8 pm14608 Fri Nov 12-1pmbowlesnewsCloggingBowles Life CenterAges 16+. This class will introduce you totraditional clogging steps and contemporaryfootwork. Additional performance dates willbe scheduled. Fee: $40/8-week session.Course# Days Dates Time14596 Th 9/6-10/11 6:30pmPersonal TrainingBowles Life CenterAges 16+. Fees: vary starting as low as $19/session.Course# Days Dates Time14597 M-Sat Sept by appointment14598 M-Sat Oct by appointment14599 M-Sat Nov by appointmentFull Body Burn Spin ClassBowles Life CenterAges 16+. Spinning Boot Camp is a groupexercise workout performed on a stationarybike and mat work. Fee: $40/month.Course# Days Dates Time14600 T/Th Sept 6-7pm14601 T/Th Oct 6-7pm14602 T/Th Nov 6-7pmYogaBowles Life CenterAges 16+. Yoga teaches proper body alignment,breathing and muscle control. Fee: $25/monthor $7/class.Course# Days Dates Time14603 M/W Sept 7-8pm14603 Sat Sept 9-10pm14604 M/W Oct 7-8pm14604 Sat Oct 9-10pm14605 M/W Nov 7-8 pm14605 Sat Nov 9-10pmBasic Cardio ClassBowles Life CenterAges 18+. 60 minutes of cardio training forpeople just getting back to working out butwant to get the most out of it.Fee: $50/month.Course# Days Dates Time14568 T/Th Sept 6,7,8am/pm14569 T/Th Oct 6,7,8am/pm14570 T/Th Nov 6,7,8am/pmIntense Cardio WorkoutBowles Life CenterAges: 18+. 60-minute non-stop action.Intermediate/Advance class helps you burn themost calories in a short period of time. Worksfull body and increase stamina. Fee: $50/month.Course# Days Dates Time14568 M/W Sept 6,7,8am/pm14569 M/W Oct 6,7,8am/pm14570 M/W Nov 6,7,8am/pmEDUCATIONALAdult ESLBowles Life CenterAges 18+. This class will teach the beginningbasics of English language to adults.Course# Days Dates Time14611 M/W Sept 7-8pm14612 M/W Oct 7-8pm14609 M/W Nov 7-8pmActive Adults - Ages 50+FITNESSFitness MembershipBowles Life CenterAges 62+. Stay fit after 62 for only $8 a year! ASenior Pass Plan includes access to the BowlesLife Center Fitness/Weight Room. Fee: $8/year.Hours of Operation:M-Th 8am-10pmF 8am-7pmSat 9am-6pmIntroducing your newParks and Recreation mascot,Rascal the Park Pal,who has just completed hissummer adventures aroundtown. Go on an interactiveadventure with Rascal andsee where all he has been.Check it out atYouTube.com/GrandFunGPWhere you decidewhere Rascalgoes next!24 Fall 2012Life Is GrandNRPA Gold Medal DepartmentGrand Prairie Parks & Rec


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Charley Taylor601E. Grand Prairie Rd • Grand Prairie, TX972.264.6890Charley news taylorAfter-School ProgramCharley TaylorAges 5-12. The After-School program is a fiveday-a-weekprogram during the school yearthat provides your child with homework time,a snack and recreation. We pick up from nearbyschool Lee Elementary and offer van pick upsfrom Bowie, Crockett and Williams. Childrenwill be provided with snack, homework help,organized games, crafts, movies, computers andmore! Payment is due weekly. Pickup will beginonce liability form and first week fee is paid.Fee: $20/week (Lee) $30/week (Bowie,Crockett, Williams).Course# Days Dates Time14554 M-F Aug-June 3-6pmA+ Dance ClassCharley TaylorAges 6-12. A+ Dance Class teaches a variety ofdifferent dances such as modern, ballet, hip hopand praise dance. These dance classes will getyou out of your seat and on your feet! Hip-hopand praise dance classes emphasize modernmovement with a vivacious urban feel. Fee:$20/month.Course# Days Dates Time14574 M Continuous 6-7pmBallet FolkloricoCharley TaylorAges 6+. This class is preserving Latino cultureand history through dance and education usingHispanic traditions from North, Central, andSouth America, and the Caribbean. Our promiseis to offer top-notch quality for everyone toenjoy and learn! Amor A Nuestra Culturahas experience with various internationallyrecognized Ballet Folklorico instructors.Fee: $25 begin, $35 intermediate, and $50advanced/month.Course# Days Dates TimeBeginners14581 W Continuous 6-7pmIntermediate14585 Th, F Continuous 6-7pmAdvanced14589 Th, F Continuous 7-9pmPre-K Tee Ball League @ Freedom ParkCharley TaylorAges 3-5. The Charley Taylor Tee-Ball League isa non-competitive league focused on the basicsof tee-ball but in a team setting. Game dayswill be on Saturdays between 9am and 1pmdepending on the game schedule.Fee: $50/child includes jersey, hat and a trophy.Please pre-register.Course# Days Dates Time14613 Sat 10/13-11/17 9am-12pmJr. Sport Explorers!Charley TaylorAges: 3-6. This is a four-week class designedto help children ages 3-6 grow socially andphysically through the exploration of sports. Teeball, basketball, soccer, and flag football will beintroduced to the children in four different sessions.Fee: $25/4 weeks.Course # Days Dates Time14614 T Sept 1-1:45pm14615 T Oct 1-1:45pm14616 T Nov 1-1:45pmKarate-Tae Kwon DoCharley TaylorAges 6+. Come experience traditional TaeKwon Do from the longest running MartialArts Academy in Grand Prairie. You will learnKarate from white belt through black belt.Emphasis is placed on self-discipline and selfesteem.Charley Taylor classes are taught by9th degree black belt, Bill Simpson. Studentswill receive monthly membership pass at timeof purchase. Monthly Pass Fee: $45.Course# Days Dates TimeN/A T/Th Continuous 6-7pmFall Break CampCharley TaylorAges 5-12. Campers will participate in a funfield trip, exciting games, and arts and crafts.Each camper needs to bring a bag lunch, but wewill provide snacks. Space is limited, so registernow! Fee: $16/day.Course# Days Dates Time14617 M 10/8 7am-6pmThanksgiving Break CampCharley TaylorAges 5-12. Campers will participate in fun fieldtrips, exciting games, and holiday themed artsand crafts during the week. Each camper needsto bring a bag lunch, but we will provide dailysnacks. Space is limited, so register now! Fee:$16/day.Course# Days Dates Time14618 M-W 11/19-21 7am-6pmMembershipsCharley TaylorAges 6+. Memberships are available yeararound at Charley Taylor. Youth and adults haveaccess game and media room as well as thegym. See staff for details on how to get yourmembership. Membership prices are $7/youth(6-17), $12/adult (18-64), $10/senior (65+)for the year. Membership is required at allrecreation center locations.Birthday PartiesCharley Taylor Rec Center!Looking for a perfect place to celebrate yourchild’s birthday? Charley Taylor has one bigmultipurpose room, playground and gym tocelebrate in style in. Meeting room rentalsrange from $25-35 per hour with a $75 depositdepending on time, and seat up to 80 people!Bring your own food and drinks, and have agreat time. Food is not permitted in the gym.Call a staff member for more details.26 Fall 2012Life Is GrandNRPA Gold Medal DepartmentGrand Prairie Parks & Rec


Charley Taylor Night – 3rd Thursday ofMonthAges 6-14. Come enjoy an evening designedespecially for the kids in the community.Different programs and events are planned foreach CT Night. Come for the food and stayfor the fun! Fee: Free with center membership.Course# Days Dates TimeN/A 3rd Th Continuous 6-8pmOpen Play VolleyballCharley TaylorAges 18+. Volleyball is back by high demand. Come outfor Monday night open play. Bring a friend and get yourgame on. FREE play with a Rec ID or $3 day passes.Course# Days Dates TimeN/A M Continuous 6-8pmFitness RoomCharley TaylorCome out and enjoy the perfect workoutsetting at the Charley Taylor Fitness Room.Membership is $8/month, $36/six months,or $62/year. All grand and prairie planmemberships from Bowles Life Center arewelcome at this location.Business Hours:Monday-Thursday Noon-8pmFridayNoon-6pmSaturday 9am-1pmEDUCATIONToastmasters International #6332Charley TaylorAll ages. Improve leadership and communicationskills with the Grand Prairie Club #6332. You willdevelop your communication skills in a friendlyand helpful atmosphere. Visitors are welcome atno charge. A must for improving public speaking!Visit their website for more information aboutthe club at grandprairie.freetoasthost.comCourse # Days Dates TimeN/A T Contin. 6:30-8pmParks and Recreation ExplorationCharley TaylorAges 18+. This is an informative class discussingpark facilities, special events, recreation andsports programming within the city. Classesare once a month. Fee: Free.Course# Days Dates TimeN/A Th 10/20 7pmN/A Th 6/18 7pmN/A Th Nov 15 7pmWant to be a Volunteer Coach?Three easy steps to becoming a volunteer coachfor sports leagues in Grand Prairie:1) Pick a sport. 2) Contact a Recreation Center orthe Athletic Office. 3) Fill out application.Coupon ClassCharley TaylorAges 18+. Learn how to shop smarter and savemore on your drug store and grocery itemseach week through this informative class. Getinsight on how to better manage and use yourpaper and electronic coupons more efficientlyon sale items. Find specials throughout thestore and how to interpret store sales tags toget more out of your dollar. Also, learn moreabout what are bargains and what are reallynot such a good buy. Classes are once a month.Fee: Free.Course# Days Dates TimeN/A M Sept 17 7-8pmN/A M Oct 15 7-8pmN/A M Nov 19 7-8pmFall Gardening ClassesCharley Taylor Rec Center601 E. Grand Prairie RoadAges 18+. Interested in fall landscaping tips?Look no further than right here in yourcommunity at Charley Taylor Rec Center. Aswe approach our fall series, we have tips andtricks everyone can use. Join Susan Henson,City Horticulturalist and Certified Arborist, asshe launches her informative sessions for thefall series. Fee: FREE.Sept. 6 – Fall Gardens Are Fun – Less work,more FUN!Sept. 13 – Landscape Design I – Learn thefundamentals of landscape design.Sept. 20 – Landscape Design II – Increaseyour home’s value.Oct. 4 – Organic GardeningCourse# Days Dates Time14619 9/6-10pm Th 6-7pmInstructors Needed!Charley TaylorAges 21+. Do you have a special talent orskill that you feel would be a great asset toour Gold Medal Recreation Centers? CharleyTaylor is looking for music, theatre arts,Spanish, ESL, cheerleading, and Pre-K LearningCamp instructors! Enrich people’s lives andearn some extra income by getting in contactwith the Charley Taylor Staff at 972-264-6890or email Chris Ginapp at cginapp@gptx.org.*Background checks and drug tests arecompleted on all applicants.Athletic Office: 972-237-7533Bowles Life Center: 972-237-PLAYCharley Taylor Rec: 972-264-6890Dalworth Rec: 972-264-7670*Background checks and drug tests are completed on allapplicants.Charley Taylorcharley taylorGrandFunGP.com Life Is GrandFall 2012 27


Dance - A+ Dance ClassDalworthAges 6-12. A+ Dance Class teaches a varietyof different dances such as modern, ballad, hiphop and praise dance.Fee: $20/month or $5/class.Course# Days Dates Time14488 W 9/5 6-7pm14489 W 10/3 6-7pm14490 W 11/7 6-7pmEducation1st Saturday Monthly Museum TripsAges 6-12. Kids are invited to join us onthe first Saturday of each month as we visitmuseums all around the Metroplex. We willlearn about many different subjects such asscience, history, arts, and much more. Feel freeto call ahead and find out which museum wewill be visiting next. Must register at least oneweek before trip, membership required.Fee: Cost of museum admission ($5~$15depending on museum of the month)Course# Days Dates Timen/a Sat 6/2 9am-1pmn/a Sat 7/7 9am-1pmn/a Sat 8/4 9am-1pmCooking For KidsAges 9-12. This is a fun opportunity for kidsto get creative in the kitchen. They will get achance to learn how to prepare simple mealsand healthy snacks all on their own. Classwill meet once a week for a month. The nextWolfgang Puck could start here!Fee: $30/month.Course# Days Dates Time14491 Th 9/6 6-7pm14492 Th 10/4 6-7pm14493 Th 11/1 6-7pmTeensFitnessCheerleadingDalworthAges 4-15. Features fun and safety as studentsbuild skills preparing them for school tryouts!Students learn cheers, chants, jumps, pomdanceroutines and age-appropriate stuntswith opportunities to perform in competitions.Classes are held one night a week for 40minutes (Jr. Varsity ages 4-6 and Varsity ages7-8) or 60 minutes (All Stars ages 9-15).Students can earn trophies each semesteras they strengthen teamwork participation,physical fitness, self-confidence and spirit.Course# Days Dates Timen/a M 6/4 6-9pmDaily ActivitiesAges 6-15. Come join us for an exciting timeand engage in your favorite sports and activitiesthroughout the week such as volleyball, soccer,hockey, dodge ball, mat ball, etc. Have fun byinteracting with your peers from variousrecreation centers and the community andlearn new games and activities.Course# Days Dates TimeAny Sport M Ongoing 4-6pmTeam Challenge T Ongoing 4-6pmBall Games W Ongoing 4-6pmPhysical Fitness Th Ongoing 4-6pmFreeplay FOngoing4-6pmBoxingDalworthAges 7-15. Boxing class will teach participantsproper conditioning, weight loss, self-esteem,body toning, fitness, confidence and selfdiscipline.Hand wraps are required.Fee: $40/month with center membership.Course# Days Dates Time14494 T/Th 9/4 7-8pm14495 T/Th 10/2 7-8pm14496 T/Th 11/6 7-8pmHome School InstructorsDalworthDalworth Recreation Center is availablethroughout the regular school day for physicaleducation classes. Call the center at 972-264-7670 to set up a time to use the gym. Allequipment will be supplied by the center.Fun“Just Say No” Youth Power ClubThis club is designed to teach leadership,character, and drug abuse prevention. The clubmembers and volunteers participate in manypositive activities. Today’s Teens are Tomorrow’sLeaders. The membership is continuing togrow. Join us, become a leader, and make yourpledge to lead a drug-free life. Volunteers arewelcome.Days Dates TimeT Ongoing 4:30-6pmNintendo Wii TournamentsDalworthAges 12-15. Can you really exercise and play videogames at the same time? The Dalworth RecreationCenter is hosting Nintendo Wii tournaments thatwill get you out of your seat and burning thosecalories. Games such as Super Punch-Out (boxing),Tiger Woods Golf, and Madden Football 2010 willbe the focus of the tournaments. The winner willreceive a prize. Fee: Membership required.Days Dates TimeFri Aug-Nov 4-6pmDalworthSparkle Mentorship ProgramDalworthAges 12-18. Attention all Teen and Pre-TeenGirls! This program is designed to help teenagegirls develop into strong, healthy, sophisticatedand goal-orientated young women of the future.The objectives of the mentoring program willbe to offer sessions on dressing for success;independence; being lady-like; cooking lessons;setting goals; nurturing the mind, body andsoul; dating and respecting oneself; selfesteem;stewardship; leadership; partnership;excellence and friendship. We will meet everyother Saturday at the Dalworth RecreationCenter in Grand Prairie. Scholarships available.For more information, please visit our websiteat www.diamondsofdistinction.org or call 214-724-2784.Fee: $25.Birthdays – Inflatable Party ZoneDalworthHosting your child’s party at Dalworth’s“Inflatable Party Zone” is the most hassle freeparty planning experience you’ll ever have.You will love our party options including food,beverages, cake, goodie bags, balloons andmore while the kids will have a fantastic timejumping in our gigantic inflatable filled indoorarena. Slides, bounce houses, obstacle coursesand games bring out the kid in everyone! Fee:$100 and up. Call for details, 972-264-7670.DalworthGrandFunGP.com Life Is GrandFall 2012 29


Dalworth2012 Spikes St. • Grand Prairie, TX • 972.264.7670AdultsFitnessFitness ZumbaDalworthAge 16+. Zumba is a great quality workout tofantastic music. Get fit while dancing to Salsa,Mambo and Chacha with a belly dance twist!Fee: $30/month.Course# Days Dates Time14497 T/Th 9/4 6:30-7:30pm14498 T/Th 10/2 6:30-7:30pm14499 T/Th 1/6 6:30-7:30pmFunTexas Hold ‘EmDalworthAges 18+. It’s time to raise the bet, and takethe pot. Go all in on Fridays at Dalworth, andput on your best poker face.Membership required or $2/person.Course# Days Dates TimeN/A F Ongoing 11am-2pmEducationFun1st Friday Tea Room Trips - DalworthJoin us on the 1st Friday of every month togo to lunch at a different tea room in DFW.Transportation provided. Each person paysfor their meal ($10-$15). Sign up by the 27thof each month for the next trip. MembershipRequired. Fee: varies.DaysTimeF10:30am-2pmF10:30am-2pmF10:30am-2pmF10:30am-2pmdalworthnewsBasketball – Mid-Day Open GymDalworthAges 18+. Take a break from your busy workschedule and come enjoy some friendlycompetition during lunchtime. The gymnasiumwill be available for full court action and openplay between 11am and 2pm. Fee: Membershiprequired or $2/person.Days Dates TimeM-F Ongoing Noon-2pmBasketball – Wednesday Night Pick-UpGamesDalworthAges 16+. Come prove that you are king ofthe court. Winning team stays on the floor, socome show your dominance. Fee: Membershiprequired or $2/person.Course# Days Dates TimeN/A W Ongoing 6-8pmBasketball – 3-on-3 ThursdaysDalworthAges 16+. Grab two friends and play your waythrough everybody else. Our weekly minitournamentsare a great way to have somefun and get some exercise. Fee: Membershiprequired or $2/person.Course# Days Dates TimeN/A Th Ongoing 4-6pmWeight RoomDalworthAge: 17+. Come check out the perfect workoutsetting at the Dalworth Weight Room. Thereare two treadmills, one elliptical machine, andone exercise bike, and flat screen televisionsinside of the weight room.Weight Room Membership is $7 per month,$35 for six months or $60 per year.Computer BasicsAges 18+. This class is perfect for anyone tryingto become more acquainted with computers.This course will cover topics such as internetbrowsing, navigation, personal use, careerbuilding and more. The course will meet oncea week over the course of a month with a newtopic at each session. Feel free to attend for themonth, or drop in on specific sessions.Fee:$30/month or $10/sessionCourse# Days Dates Time14500 W 9/5 6-7pm14501 W 10/3 6-7pm14502 W 11/7 6-7pmSENIORSDalworth Citizen Advisory CommitteeDalworth Recreation Center Needs You! TheCitizen Advisory Committee Needs You! Areyou interested in helping to improve DalworthRecreation Center? Then consider joiningour advisory committee. You’ll help advise thedepartment of residents’ needs and desires,and recommend programs and activities thatwill further enhance the quality of life for localresidents. Meetings will take place every 3months at the Dalworth Recreation Centerat 6:30pm. For more information, please callRosalind Miller @ 972-264-7670.Wii for SeniorsDalworthAges 50+. Try your hand at sword fighting,basketball, bowling, baseball, dancing, Frisbee,wakeboarding, and more from the comfort ofour building! Come on out with friends, or justto meet new people.Membership required or $2/personCourse# Days Dates Timen/a W Ongoing Noon-2pm30 Fall 2012Life Is GrandNRPA Gold Medal DepartmentGrand Prairie Parks & Rec


The SummitPremier 50+ Club2975 Esplanade • Grand Prairie, TX972-237-4141Follow The Summit onfacebook.com/thesummitgptxtwitter.com/thesummitgptxResident MembershipsAges 65 & up – $55/yearAges 50–64 – $205/yearNon-Resident MembershipsAges 65 & up – $205/yearAges 50–64 – $505/yearAll members are required to scan theirmembership upon entry to The Summit. Youmust be a member to register for classesand events at The Summit. $5 processingfee is added to each Annual Membership.$2 processing fee is added to each MonthlyMembership.Day Pass$5 day passes are available to thosewho would like to visit the facility onan occasional basis. This is a goodoption for out-of-town visitors who arelooking to stay in shape while visitingthe DFW metroplex. Those who residein the DFW area may purchase a daypass a maximum of 3 times.Purchase your membership andregister for classes in-person oronline at www.GrandFunGP.comAmenitiesFacility Rentals – Consider The Summitfor your next event! Group meetings, weddingreceptions, banquets, pool parties, and churchfunctions are just a few of functions that havebeen hosted at The Summit. Catering servicesare also available for events. The ballrooms,dining area, conference room, patio and poolare all available to rent. Call 972-237-4141for more information.Fitness Opportunities – We haveeverything you will need to help accomplishyour fitness goals! The Summit has a full lineof cardio and strength equipment, 1/10th ofa mile indoor track, aerobics classes, gymsports, massage therapy and personal training.Nutrition Program – There’s no need todine alone. Come join your friends or makenew ones at The Summit. Tasty, nutritiousmeals are served daily to those who are 60years old or above.• Monday–Friday, Noon• Application must be filled prior to making areservation• 2-day advance RSVP required• 60 years + (suggested donation of $1)• Under 60 years – cost of meal is $6Meals are sponsored by the City of GrandPrairie and Dallas Area Agency on Aging. Formore information call 972-237-4141 or 972-237-4148.Summit Handmade Gift Shop –At the Summit Handmade Gift Shop you’llfind only the finest hand-made crafts. Veryaffordable, you’re sure to find that perfect gift!Anyone can shop at the Summit HandmadeGift Shop; however, a current Summitmembership is required to be a vendor in thestore.Terrace Café – Our café is the perfectplace to grab a quick healthy breakfast,lunch, or dinner! We serve drinks, snacks,sandwiches, salads, and soups. Stop byany Friday during lunch to experience ChefRay’s Friday Fest where a different entrée ispresented each week.Travel Opportunities – Throughout theyear The Summit hosts dozens of day trips tolocal attractions, restaurants, theaters, casinos,etc. Three or four times a year we travelovernight, out of state, or even internationally!Volunteer Opportunities – TheSummit team is looking for a few good menand women. Retain your knowledge, skills,and abilities by putting them to excellent useat The Summit! Volunteers are needed forall areas especially as cart drivers and caféattendants. See the front desk at The Summitfor a volunteer application.Wings Theater – Enjoy a variety ofentertainment activities in our very owntheater! Featuring 80 comfortable tiered seats,a 12-foot screen with high definition projector,INCREDIBLE surround sound, and our ownconcession booth, you’ll think you’re in aprivate Hollywood screening room! Checkwith us for our monthly theater schedule forupcoming movies. Fee: 1 item minimum perperson at concession booth.Days Dates Time LocationTue Weekly 6:30pm Wings TheaterFri Weekly 6:30pm Wings TheaterSat Weekly 4pm Wings TheaterWater’s Edge Pool and Spa – TheWater’s Edge Pool & Spa has up to 4 lap lanesavailable for daily swimming. Our 25 yardpool with infinity edge and views of the lakewill be unlike any other pool you have workedout in. Massaging jets are located in the 84–86degree pool on the in-water benches. The jetsincrease circulation and provide a comfortablearea for therapy, stretching or relaxation. TheVortex resistance training area for toning,balance and cardiovascular fitness can beenjoyed by members of all fitness levels.CREATIVE& FINE ARTSArt on a Shoestring – Funds limited?Time limited? How about a one hour class to whetyour appetite, get you thinking outside the box, orstir up your creativity. Mary Wykes, local awardwinningartist, will share what she has learnedabout Zentangle®. Think you can’t draw? Thinkagain! Can’t draw a straight line? Who cares?!The simple design elements of Zentangle® willrelax your mind and let the creativity flow. Greatfor regaining eye - hand coordination. $4 perclass with Summit membership.the Summit Premier 50+ ClubGrandFunGP.com Life Is GrandFall 2012 31


the Summit Premier 50+ ClubDays Dates Time LocationM/F Monthly 10am Discovery 1M Monthly 6:30pm Discovery 1Ceramics – Open Studio – Learn fromeach other in this group setting, paying only amonthly firing fee. All pieces must be workedon in class. Fee: $10/month.Days Dates Time LocationF Weekly 1pm Discovery 2Creative Jewelry – Open StudioJoin the group of beading enthusiasts eachweek where they get together and createbeautiful masterpieces. Bring your ownsupplies. Beginners are welcome, the groupwill help you get started!Days Dates Time LocationFri Weekly 1pm Discovery 2Learn to Crochet and Tat – Learn thebasic stitches, how to read patterns, and how totat. Great evening activity and a great way tomake new friends!Days Dates Time LocationM Weekly 1pm Discovery 1T Weekly 7-9pm Discovery 1Summit Media ART – Open Studio EveryWed 6-8pm FREE with Summit membership.The class is for artists to be creative and workindividually in the medium of their choice (anythingfrom graphite pencil, colored pencil, watercolor,acrylic, oil, wood, glass, etc.), each brings theirown supplies. It also provides the opportunity forartists to congregate and share their art expertise,education, network with fellow artists, and createnew friends with similar interests.Days Time LocationW 6-8pm Discovery 1Watercolor Magic – Learn the secrets topainting with watercolors from Mary Wykes,a local award winning artist. Mary claimswatercolor is not a difficult medium whenyou know the tricks! It’s all in learning to usewatercolor to your advantage! Paint and paperare provided in the price. A list of brushes willbe given to you to purchase for the class. $35per class with Summit membership.Days Dates Time LocationW Monthly 9-12pm Discovery 1Wine Bottle Accents – Design uniquewine bottle accent lights as a gift or decorationfor your home. Instructor: Sheila Manuel. Fee$20/classDays Dates Time LocationM Monthly 10am Discovery 1T Weekly 6pm Discovery 1Woodcarving – Learn how to whittle,carve, chisel and make impressive pieces ofart that will awe your family and friends. Fee:FREE with membership.Days Dates Time LocationT Weekly 7pm Discovery 1You Can Paint a Masterpiece – Youwill be amazed at the beautiful oil paintingyou can create in one lesson under the patientguidance of Master Artist Robert Garden.Bring paper towels and wear old clothes. Fee$35, and includes all suppliesDays Dates Time LocationW 9/26 9-12pm Discovery 1“Waterfall at Yellowstone”W 10/31 9- 12pm Discovery 1“Sleepy Hollow in the Moonlight”W 11/28 9- 12pm Discovery 1“Rough Water seascape at Big Sur”The SummitDANCEGet Movin’ with DJ Ivan – Get up andshake your tail feathers with Ivan and Eduvinaas they dance the hour away.Days Dates Time LocationTh Sept. 6 10:30am BallroomsLine Dancing – Learn the latest line dancesand benefit from the exercise you get at thesame time! Fee: $10/month; $3/class.Days Dates Time LocationSat Weekly 10:30am Ballroom 1Thursday Night Dances – Live countrywestern bands, refreshments and fun. Fee: $6.Days Dates Time Location1st & 3rd Th 7–9:30pm BallroomsEDUCATIONBeginner’s Spanish – It’s never too lateto learn a new language! Need five signed upto make a class.• Group Lessons –$25 for (4) one-hour sessions• Private Lessons –$50 for (4) 45 minute session Days DatesDays Month Time LocationT Weekly Nov 3pm Discovery 2AARP Driver’s Safety Course – Learnto improve your driving skills and be awareof other drivers. This course can be used for adiscount on car insurance. However, it does notmeet the requirements for removing a ticket.Fee: $14/class w/AARP card, $16 w/o card.Days Dates Time Location3rd Thu Monthly Noon–4pm Ballroom32 Fall 2012Life Is GrandNRPA Gold Medal DepartmentGrand Prairie Parks & Rec


The SummitComputer Skills – Just the BasicsLearn the basics of the personal computer.We will teach you the absolute basics of thecomputer – how to get started, terminology, etc.You’ll be introduced to a whole new world!• Group Lessons –$25 for (4) one-hour sessions• Private Lessons –$50 for (4) 45 minute sessionDays Dates Time LocationTue Monthly 9–10am Discovery 2Intro to Microsoft Excel –• Group Lessons –$25 for (4) one-hour sessions• Private Lessons –$50 for (4) 45 minute sessionDays Dates Time LocationTues Weekly (Oct) 3pm Discovery 2Concealed HandgunLicense Course – Learn how to safelyand legally protect your loved ones, yourself,and your property. The Summit is now offeringthe Texas Concealed Handgun Course for thosewho wish to have a means of legally carryinga concealed handgun in the state of Texas forpersonal, family and property protection. Thiswill be a two-day course with the classroomportion being offered on Friday and theremaining classroom and qualifying portionof the course will be Saturday. Class size islimited. Fee: $115 plus state licensing fees.Days Dates Time LocationTBA – Call for new dates – 972-237-4141.Digital Photography – Learn thedifferent functions of a digital camera, howto upload pictures to a personal computer, andhave the opportunity to ask any questions.• Group Lessons –$25 for (4) one-hour sessions• Private Lessons –$50 for (4) 45 minute session Days DatesDays Dates Time LocationT Weekly 3:30–4:15pm DiscoveryeBayDays Dates Time LocationW Weekly 1pm Discovery 2ESL for Adults – Know someone whois interested in learning English? MaryWykes will lead an ESL (English as a SecondLanguage) class each Wednesday. FREE withmembership.Days Dates Time LocationWed Monthly 2pm Discovery 2iPad – The classes will cover basic training,insight and information on the benefits andsecurity of changing technologies for personalor business use, including an introductionto social media, cloud computing and tabletcomputing.• Group Lessons –$25 for (4) one-hour sessions• Private Lessons –$50 for (4) 45 minute sessionDays Dates Time LocationTh Weekly 9am Discovery 2Facebook – Join Facebook for beginnersclass. We’ll teach you how to make a Facebookpage, add friends, change your privacy settingsor any other questions you may have.• Group Lessons –$25 for (4) one-hour sessions• Private Lessons –$50 for (4) 45 minute sessionDays Dates Time LocationW Weekly 1pm Discovery 2the Summit Premier 50+ ClubGrandFunGP.com Life Is GrandFall 2012 33


the Summit Premier 50+ ClubInternet, Email, & Social NetworkingDiscover the unlimited possibilities created bythe internet! Keep in touch with family! Findlong lost friends! Read online publications, doresearch, follow your stocks in real time, checkyour favorite updates for your favorite sportingevent.• Group Lessons –$25 for (4) one-hour sessions• Private Lessons –$50 for (4) 45 minute sessionDays Dates Time LocationTh Monthly 9–10am Discovery 2Intro to Microsoft Word –• Group Lessons –$25 for (4) one-hour sessions• Private Lessons –$50 for (4) 45 minute sessionDays Dates Time LocationWed Monthly 2:30pm Discovery 2Smart Phones – Do you have a smartphone but do not know half the things it does?If so this class is for you.• Group Lessons –$25 for (4) one-hour sessions• Private Lessons –$50 for (4) 45 minute sessionDays Dates Time LocationTh Weekly 11am Discovery 2Take Control – Sick and tired of being sickand tired? Take control of your diabetes. Inthis 6 week course you will learn how to selfmanageyour diabetes and have a healthiermore fulfilled life! Class begins September11th. Limit of 15 preregistered students. Signup in advance.Days Time LocationT 9:30-noon Discovery 1FITNESS &PERSONAL TRAININGCardio Fitness Equipment – We offera wide variety of cardio equipment with touchscreen easy-to-use LCD TV monitors. Bringyour headphones to enjoy 39 channels and iPodcompatibility. FREE with membership.Strength Training Equipment – Amultitude of upper and lower body strengthbuilding equipment, as well as abdominal andback equipment choices is offered all witha goal-oriented display for your motivation.FREE with membership.Kinesis Training Equipment –Kinesis One allows for the freedom to explorean infinite range of natural movements andexercises. This zero-impact exercise is forwellness-seekers of all levels of fitness andabilities, whether working on balance, strengthor flexibility. FREE with membership.Wellness Key – Boost your workouts bytracking your progress through your very ownwellness key. A bonus to your workout trainingplan that will keep you motivated in order toachieve your fitness goals and track yourprogress. It’s just that easy. Training sessionand Wellness Key. Fee: $30.Personal Training Sessions – A oneon-onefitness assessment and guidance froma personal trainer can make all the difference.Improve your current exercise techniquesto maximize your workout efforts. Asktoday at the fitness desk near the gym aboutopportunities to meet with a personal trainer.Training Package Fees:Training Option #1 – (1) 30 minute sessionIndividual Fee: $40Partner Fee: $60Training Option #2 – (3) 30 minute sessionsIndividual Fee: $100Partner Training Fee: $170Training Option #3 – (6) 30 minute sessionsIndividual Fee: $180Partner Fee: $300ABC’s = Absolute Body ConditioningTone, tighten and strengthen arms, legs and absall in one class filled with good times and greatexercises to increase endurance, strength andflexibility. Get moving two nights a week willdo a body good. Fee: $3/class, $30/monthlyor ABC’s and Pilates Combo – $45 monthly.Days Dates Time LocationT/Th Weekly 7–7:45pm Aerobics RoomDancing with LouAdd a new exercise class to your workoutroutine! Join Lou as she dances to all differenttypes of music, and adds in some weight worktoo. What a great workout! Fee: $3/class or$20/month.Days Dates Time LocationT/Th Weekly 1–2pm Aerobics RoomLight & Lively – This low impact exerciseclass focuses on improving your muscle tone,cardiovascular system, endurance and balance.Exercise at your own pace among friends. Joinin on the fun! FREE with membership.Days Time LocationM/W/F 9:30–10:30am GymT/Th 6–6:45pm GymThe SummitMatter of Balance – Gentle toning,stretching and balance exercises good for thewhole body to keep you moving! FREE withmembership.Days Time LocationTue 9:30-11:30am Ballroom 1Meditation – If stress has you anxious,tense and worried, consider trying meditation.Shirley Love will show you that spending evena few minutes in meditation can restore yourcalm and inner peace.Anyone can practice meditation. It’s simple andinexpensive, and it doesn’t require any specialequipment. And you can practice meditationanywhere you go. FREE with membership.Days Dates Time LocationT/Th Weekly 9:15am Aerobics RoomPower 10 – Fit/ Body Workout – Tone,tighten and strengthen arms, legs and abs allin one class filled with good times and greatexercises to increase endurance, strength andflexibility. Get moving every Sat. Fee: $8/class; $20/monthly.Days Dates Time LocationSat Weekly 9:10–10am GymWed not last Wed 6:50–7:20 pm Aerobics roomStretch for Success – This class is allabout getting stretched out before or after yourworkout! All stretch no cardio but gives youa great stretch along the way. Come on over!FREE with membership.Days Time LocationT/Th 10:30–11am Ballroom 2Swim Clinic – In this stroke clinic you willrefine each stroke, learn proper technique andbuild power speed and strength. FREE withmembership.Days Dates TimeSat 1-3pm PoolTai Chi – Dr. Oz does it everyday and saysit is vital to a healthy lifestyle. So, if you arelooking for another way to reduce stress andhelp with a variety of health conditions thisis the style of exercise for you. The rhythmicpatterns of movements that are coordinatedwith soothing breathing can help to achievea sense of calm while ensuring the body is inconstant motion. Fee: $2/class; $20/monthly.Days Dates Time LocationT–Th Weekly 10:30–11:15am Aerobics Rm34 Fall 2012Life Is GrandNRPA Gold Medal DepartmentGrand Prairie Parks & Rec


The SummitYOGA with Love – Shirley Love, certifiedYoga instructor, has over 20 years experiencewith the traditional physical and mentaldisciplines of Yoga. A proven activity forrelaxation, Yoga improves flexibility inmuscles and joints as well as strengthens thebody and immune system. Fee: $3/class or$25/monthly.Days Dates Time LocationT/Th Weekly 8–9am Aerobics RoomTue Weekly 5:30–6:30pmZUMBA – Ditch the workout and join the partywith easy-to-follow moves that will blow youaway. Work out and love the calorie-burning,body-energizing, awe-inspiring movementsmeant to captivate for life! Fee: $5/class or$45/monthly.Days Dates TimeM/W Weekly 7:30–8:30pmSat Weekly 9:30–10:30amLocationAerobics RoomGAMESBilliards 9 Ball Tournaments –Participate in a monthly tournament to see whothe best player is! Playing in the tournament isfun and will bring out your competitive spirit.Fee: Free.Days Dates Time LocationLast Fri Monthly 9am ScoresBridge for All Levels – Everyone isinvited to play bridge – a fun and stimulatingcard game. Fee: Free.Days Dates Time LocationTue Weekly 1:30pm Ballroom 2 & 3Shuffleboard –Days Dates Time LocationWed Weekly 6pm ScoresTable Games – Meet every day at 1:30 pmfor open card/game play. Fee: Free.Days Dates Time LocationDaily Daily 1:30pm Dining RmTexas Hold’em – Monday evenings is thenight for cards! With Texas Hold’em the funnever stops!Days Dates Time LocationMon Weekly 6:30–8:30pm Dining RmGROUPS & CLUBSAARP – Special entertainment or guestspeakers will be featured at most meetings. Youmust be a member of this chapter. MembershipFee: $2. Lunch reservations must be made oneweek in advance through club president.Days Dates Time Location3rd Fri Monthly 11am Ballroom 1Book Club – Do you enjoy reading? Comeand join the Book Club at The Summit. Diveinto a new book each month and discussyour thoughts, views and ideas. FREE withmembership.Days Dates Time` Location2nd Tue Monthly 11am–Noon Ballroom 1Commission on Aging – Join inon important information regarding activeadults in Grand Prairie. The commissioners,appointed by the City Council and Mayor,make recommendations to the City Councilbased on public suggestions.Days Dates Time Location2nd Wed Monthly 10:30am Ballroom 3Suddenly Single – A unique social/support group for our single members whowould like to meet new people and enjoysocial events. Family counselor Bob McIntoshfacilitates this group. Private counselingsessions are available if desired on anappointment basis.Days Dates Time Location1st & 3rd Thu 10–11:30am Ballroom 1Summit Red Hat Chapter –Sassy Jewels – Join a fun and energeticgroup of ladies! The Sassy Jewels meet on the1st Wednesday of every month for lunch at adifferent restaurant. Other monthly trips arealso planned throughout the year. Fee: $10annually.Days Dates Time Location1st Wed Monthly 10:30am LobbySummit Membership Orientation –Come join us as we will share the amenities ofThe Summit along with any questions you mayhave about our facility.Days Dates Time Location1st & 3rd Tue Monthly 10:30am Wings TheaterThe Summit Gardening Club – Withnew value packed pricing, The Summit isoffering members a chance to learn from theexperts about all phases of gardening and plantcare. Come meet City Horticulturist SusanHenson and Licensed Irrigation SpecialistDennis Slayton and gain hands-on knowledgeand experience in areas such as soil preparation,plant propagation and care, and proper plantingtechniques. No matter what your interest, beit vegetable gardening, composting, learningabout native plant material, organic gardening,or designing your own irrigation system, TheSummit is ready to assist as we move to educateand advance our members. Fee: $20 Annually.Days Dates Time LocationThu Weekly 10am GreenhouseThe Summit Golf Association – It’scooling down and we’re all looking for thoseoutdoor recreational opportunities! Why notjoin other Summit members for a round of golfthis Tuesday? The Summit Golf Associationmeets every Tuesday morning starting at 7a.m. at Prairie Lakes Golf Course for a roundof golf. The cost is $25/round including cart.Come play a game with us and attend one ofour monthly meetings, scheduled for the 1stTuesday of every month. Association Fee:$20/annually.Days Dates Time Location1st Tue Monthly 7pm Wings TheaterToastmasters – Improve yourcommunication and leadership skills throughthis internationally recognized organization.Toastmasters will help you feel more competentand comfortable in front of an audience– takethe fear out of public speaking!Days Dates Time LocationTh Weekly 10–11:30am Discovery 1Travel Club – Do you like to travel? Comejoin the group that is all about travel. We talkabout trips, packing, travel emergencies, andmany other travel related topics.Days Dates Time Location3rd Thu Monthly 5pm Wings TheaterGYM GAMESBasketball – Looking to shoot some hoopswith others who love basketball too? Get someexercise while improving your game. FREEwith membership.Days Dates Time LocationM–F Weekly 3–4pm GymSat Weekly 11:30–1:30pm Gymthe Summit Premier 50+ ClubGrandFunGP.com Life Is GrandFall 2012 35


the Summit Premier 50+ ClubTable Tennis – Batting a small hollowball around on a regular basis offers a mix ofmental, physical and social benefits. Comeand join the fun. The table will be set up uponrequest. FREE with membership.Days Dates Time LocationM–F Weekly 4–7pm GymSat Weekly 11:30am–1:30pm GymPickleball – Batting a small wiffleballaround on a regular basis offers a mix ofmental, physical and social benefits. Comeand join the fun. The nets will always be set upupon request. FREE with membership.Days Dates Time LocationM–F Weekly 10:30–2pm GymT/Th Weekly 9:30–2pm GymVolleyball – Recreational – Join inon a friendly game of volleyball with yourfriends or meet some new ones over some funfilled volleyball. Come join in! FREE withmembership.Days Dates Time LocationTue Weekly 7–9pm GymSun Weekly 1:30–3:30pm GymVolleyball – Competitive Co-Ed –Are you ready to dominate the court? If so,then come show off your skills in this gamelikesetting. Games will be played rally-styleto 21 points. Winners stay on the court to facethe next team. All teams must have at least 2people of the opposite sex playing at all times.Days Dates Time LocationThu Weekly 7–9pm GymHEALTH & WELLNESSDry Sauna – Located in each locker room,10–15 minutes in the dry sauna to detoxify,alleviate pain and improve joint mobility.Health Check-Up – Come and visitthe friendly nurses from Dallas County andGrand Prairie Wellness Center and get yourfree monthly health check! Blood pressure,iron, glucose and weight will be checked. Onemore great benefit included with your Summitmembership!Days Dates Time Location4th Th Monthly 8:30–Noon Ballrooms 1 & 2Massage Therapy – Relax, relieve stress,and improve breathing, circulation, flexibilityand posture. Lower your blood pressure,help to manage pain, and strengthen immunesystem. It’s exhilarating. For a total Relaxation– Specialty Massage such as Massage Facials,Reflexology, Body Polishing and Dry Brushing.Prices vary. Fee: $1/minute.Days Dates Time LocationM–Sat Daily By appt Massage RmWATER’S EDGEPOOL & SPALap Swimming – Up to four 25-yardlap lanes available for lap swimming with aninfinity edge that boast views of the lake unlikeany other pool you have worked out in. FREEwith membership.The SummitVortex Resistance Pool – Resistancetraining in the water can be enjoyed bymembers of all fitness levels with ease to jointsand muscles. Run, jog or walk to increasetoning, balance and cardiovascular fitness.FREE with membership.Heated Spa – Enjoy the luxurious sundrenched heated spa overlooking the patioand lake area with massaging jets to increasecirculation. It’s a comfortable area fortherapy, stretching or relaxation. FREE withmembership.Private & Semi PrivateSwim Lessons – One-on-one attentionto learn to swim in a fun and safe way. Youset the pace and learn what you want to knowabout swimming. Set your own time with aninstructor. Inquire at the fitness desk.Fee: 4 lessons/$50; 8 lessons/$100.36 Fall 2012Life Is GrandNRPA Gold Medal DepartmentGrand Prairie Parks & Rec


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Updating ofthe ParksMaster PlanThe Grand Prairie Parksand Recreation Departmenthas begun the process ofupdating the Parks, Recreationand Open Space MasterPlan, the document thatguides decision making forfuture land acquisition, andpark and recreation facilitydevelopment. The Departmenttypically updates on a 5 to7 year schedule to reviewdemographic changes, currentleisure trends and existing parkand facility standards. Theprocess typically takes about12 months to complete. Thestaff welcomes comments andrequests. Please contact thePark Planning & DevelopmentDivision either by email orphone, 972.237.8117.38 Fall 2012Life Is GrandNRPA Gold Medal DepartmentGrand Prairie Parks & Rec


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