Parks and Rec

Easter

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The Eudora Parks and Recreation Department are hosting their annual Easter Eggstravaganza this Saturday, April 4, starting at 3:00pm.  The event will be held at the Lucy Kaegi Park Ballfields, 1638 Elm Street.

The Eudora Lions Club will be selling hot dogs, cotton candy and water during the event. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance and his massive egg hunt will begin at 4:00 PM.

All families are welcome to the free event.

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Face_Painting_Club 7859-year-old Rainey Lewis enjoys getting her face painted by Tina Clark (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

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Over 100 kids attended the grand opening of Club 785 at the Eudora Rec Center on Saturday night.  Club 785 is a program for kids ages 9-14 where they can play and have fun in a safe environment.

Program Coordinators Sherry Sedlick and Sylvia Swain started the program to provide kids with healthy activities like basketball, dancing, and other sports activities in a supervised social setting.  One of the features of Club 785 is that once an adult signs in their child, they are “locked-in” until either a parent picks them up or they choose to leave, but re-entry is not allowed.

“Our program also allows the parents to know that their kids are being taken care of and don’t have to worry if they want to go out on date night,” Sedlick said. “They can go have dinner and see a movie and don’t have to worry about getting back home quickly.”

Basketball_Club_785Several girls participate in a hotly contested 3-on-3 tournament at Club 785 at the Eudora Rec Center Saturday night (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

Registration for Club 785 began at 7:00 PM and activities started as kids were arriving for their “night out”. Kids could roam the Rec Center to find the activity they wanted to participate in. The gym was packed as a 3 on 3 basketball tournament got underway.   Kids also enjoyed the dance room area and snacks were provided in another room.  Face painting was also a popular activity as many kids enjoyed time with peers in a controlled environment.

“There has been nothing like this for the kids in Eudora,” Sedlick told us. “We wanted to give kids the opportunity to get out and do something on a Saturday night.”

Sedlick said that they tried the program in other cities in the past but it never really took off. This time around, it appears, at least initially, that the program may be headed for success. We talked to a few of the kids attending and they seemed to like the idea of Club 785.

Snack_time_Club_785Snack time at Club 785 Saturday night (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

“I think it’s really fun,” 12-year-old Meadow Meyer told us as she was waiting to get her face painted. “I think they should definitely do it more.”

Club 785 will be “open” again on April 27, May 4, and May 18. The cost for Club 785 is $10 for those attending from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM and $20 for 7:00 PM – 11:30 PM.

 

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If you have ever wanted to learn one of the true martial arts, you will soon have your chance.

The Eudora Parks and Recreation Department will soon be offering classes in Kung Fu for both adults and children.

Instructor Bryan Peterson started learning Chinese martial arts 25 years ago. Peterson lived in Japan and China for 16 years, practicing the martial arts every day.

Peterson, who not only learned the martial arts, but the languages and cultures of both countries, will be teaching the Northern  (Chang Quan) and Southern (Nan Quan) style Kung Fu.

The cost of the program is $6 per class or you can sign up for the entire session and receive a discount on the total package.  Classes will begin on Monday April 30 at the Eudora Community Center, 1630 Elm Street.  Classes for children will be on Monday and Tuesdays from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM with the teens and adult classes running from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM also on Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more info or questions, you can contact Bryan at (402) 640-0216 or via email at: lawrencemartialarts@gmail.com

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The Eudora Parks and Rec wants to find out what you think. The City has put together a commission to learn how citizens feel about the current level of services offered by Parks and Rec and to help identify how best the community can be served by the Department in regards to possible future expansion.

The Committee has put together an online survey to help identify exactly how the population feels.  You can get to the survey from the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8BQDKCT

As a thank you for filling out the survey, the Parks and Rec department is offering a one-day pool pass to all who complete the survey.

We completed the survey so we could see what was being asked. The information requested deals with your personal opinions of how the department is doing, how much you use the parks in Eudora and your thoughts on how best to expand services offered.

The survey closes on March 11, so you have a few days to complete this survey. Other than basic biographical information (age range, sex, etc.) no personal information is asked to participate.  If you wish to obtain the one day pass, you will need to give them your name and some very basic information so that you can pick it up at either the Rec Center or City Hall.

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The Eudora Parks and Recreation Center is sponsoring a Winter Co-Ed Volleyball League.

Matches will be played on Sunday afternoons and begin December 5. Deadline for entering the league is November 24.

The ParKs and Rec is also sponsoring youth and men’s Basketball Leagues. Deadlines have already passed, but there is a late entry possibility.

For more information and to download registration forms for any of the leagues, go to: http://www.eudoraparksandrec.org/

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