- Published on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 01:00
- Written by Nora Haley - Special to the Town Crier
Photo By: Photos courtesy of Los Altos Recreation Department
If, as Leo Tolstoy once famously said, “Spring is the time of plans and projects,” then the Los Altos Recreation Department is right on target. A full spectrum of spring classes begins this week and the department has opened registration for summer camps.
Old favorites and new ideas
“Throughout the year, we survey a large sampling of participants in our classes and camps, with a special emphasis on summer activities,” Los Altos Recreation Director Beverly Tucker said.
Tucker said the department’s spring classes and summer camps reflect the feedback from active families. Working parents who enroll their children in summer camps, for example, asked for more all-day options. In response, the department has scheduled two weeks of full-day Redwood Grove Summer Camp. Another alternative allows parents to arrange all-day camping experiences for their children by mixing and matching enrollment sessions in Camp Shoup and Redwood Grove Summer Camp.
The department observed a new trend in its adult programming: Classes of shorter duration are in demand.
“People have such busy schedules that it is a challenge for them to commit to an eight-week class,” said Peggy Ford, Recreation Department senior supervisor. “But classes that meet three or fewer times have been filling up fast.”
In response, the department introduced diverse classes that have only one to three class meetings. “Raising Backyard Chickens” and “Harmonica for Health,” debuting this summer, are examples of the shorter classes available to the community.
Tucker encourages community members to get involved and contact the department.
“If you are looking for something that we don’t offer yet, let us know,” she said. “If you are interested in teaching a class, definitely let us know.”
Volunteerism is another way to participate in Recreation Department activities. Tucker noted that youth camps, Senior Center barbecues and outdoor concerts require many volunteers to organize. The department is always looking for extra hands.
“Plus,” she said, “all of these events are fun as either a participant or a volunteer. Everyone enjoys them.”