Summer boredom relief

Recreation district offers a fix for everyone

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Searching for summer boredom relief is easy for Meeker residents this year, compliments of the Eastern Rio Blanco Met--ro--politan Recreation District.

The district is offering a number of fun activities for all age groups to help elevate this age-old problem of the summer doldrums. And most of the classes are reasonably priced.

Children as young as 3 can take advantage of a day camp that helps little ones learn some social interaction skills in a fun environment filled with cool projects, games and crafts. The camp runs from June 13 to 16 and starts at 8 a.m. with instructor Lori Tafoya. The cost is $10, and class size is limited to 10 children, so plan to register early.

There is yoga for 6- to 8-year-olds from 2 to 5:20 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 1 to 29.

For those older than 55 or those with joint stiffness or arthritis, there is Silver Sneakers Yoga. There are a number of other physical fitness programs that fit a variety of needs.

Kari Jo Stevens is teaching dancing for couples for $45. Classes are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 8 to July 27 at the Recreation Hall. This is a great opportunity to learn new steps or polish up old ones.

The district also is sponsoring live music in Wilber Barn at Paintbrush Park on the second and fourth Fridays in June, July and August again this year. Each night will feature local artists showcasing their talents. Concerts will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and admission is free.

Special guests also will be featured throughout the summer. On June 10, Bob Searcy and Heather Gentz will be performing, and the John Wayne Band will perform June 24.

There is also a special concert at 7 p.m. June 17 on the courthouse lawn, 550 Main St., with special guest star Jon Chandler. Chandler preformed last year and is back by popular request. He is a nationally recognized performer, songwriter and author of country music. Main Line, a local band, is the opening act and will start at 5:30 p.m. This is also a fun, family-appropriate event that is free of charge.

Johnnie Barton is spearheading the community garden again this year. The garden is located at 902 Sulphur Creek Road next to the Recreation District shop. Plots are available for families, children, seniors and anyone who would like to plant a garden. Gardeners must plant, weed and harvest their gardens. District staff will help with the watering. Johnnie Barton can be reached at 878-5761. If you have questions call the main office at 878-3403, the Recreation Hall at 878-0330, or e-mail info@MeekerRecDistrict.com.

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