REC REPORT: Make a resolution to get outdoors more

Grand Forks Recreation encourages residents to make their New Years' resolution about going outdoors.

Turkey and all the trimmings were enjoyed by many. Unfortunately, there are members in our community who did not have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional meal. Grand Forks Recreation (GFREC) staff would like to remind everyone to please donate to our local food bank. This time of the year is very important for those less fortunate.

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Are you starting to think about your New Year’s resolution? Resolutions seem to revolve around getting fit or losing weight.

Why not make it different next year and make it about getting outdoors and enjoying the environment.

Take a walk in the freshly-fallen snow, go skating on a frozen pond, take advantage of our local ski hill (that is only a 20-minute drive from town), learn to snow shoe or cross-country ski – equipment is available from the Big Y Auto Recycling at 250-442-3838.

These are just a few options available right out our back door and are relatively inexpensive. Take a few minutes for yourself each day and give yourself a hug and think of one good positive thing that happened in your day or in the world.

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The January 2013 flyer is now available at the pool or recreation office.

Preschool lessons will be offered Monday and Wednesdays, mornings and evenings starting Jan. 14. February sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursdays mornings and evenings starting Feb. 5. Saturday mornings will be offered again in the April.

Red Cross swim lessons will be offered on Friday afternoons starting Jan. 25.

The next session will be offered during the first week of spring break from March 18 to 22.

Parent and Tot swim lessons will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m, from Jan. 14 to 30.

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The Parent and Tot Swim and Play program is scheduled Thursday evening starting Feb. 7.  Success by Six and GFREC have once again partnered together to offer this program time free for families with children six and under.

This is a free supervised program that offers fun, active playtime, while in a safe controlled environment.

Success by Six has sponsored the Skate and Play program starting Jan. 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. Carla Bryan will have games and toys available during this one-hour supervised on-ice playtime for children six and under.

Parents are required to be on the ice with the children during this session.

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For details on the upcoming season’s activities and programs, you can view the January brochure at www.rdkb.com or give the Recreation Office a call at 250-442-2202.