Special Interest Programs

*Select the underlined start date to register for the class online

NOVICE DOG OBEDIENCE

Eligibility: Dogs 5 ½ months and older
Location: 415 Cambria St. C’burg (building to the left of VA Varsity Storage)
Additional Information: Delete unwanted behaviors – basic dog obedience and instruction on how to train your dog. All Dogs must be de-wormed. Class on the first night will meet at 7 p.m. for lecture. No dogs the first week, just the owners.
Minimum: 6      Maximum: 12

Reg. BeginsReg. EndsStarting DateDay of WeekTimeFeeWeeks
April 1May 20May 22Wednesday6:30 - 7:20 p.m.$906
April 1May 20May 22Wednesday7:30 - 8:20 p.m.$906
May 6July 15July 17Wednesday6:30 - 7:20 p.m.$906
May 6July 15July 17Wednesday7:30 - 8:20 p.m.$906
July 15Aug. 26Aug. 28Wednesday6:30 - 7:20 p.m.$906
July 15Aug. 26Aug. 28Wednesday7:30 - 8:20 p.m.$906


INTERMEDIATE DOG OBEDIENCE

Eligibility: Dogs 6 months and older
Location: 415 Cambria St. (building to the left of VA Varsity Storage)
Additional Information: Pre-requisite: Dogs must have completed a novice dog obedience class. Improve the manners of your dog. Class will concentrate on walking with a leash, greeting people and other dogs nicely, coming when called and sit/down and stay.
Minimum: 6          Maximum: 12

Reg. BeginsReg. EndsStarting DateDay of WeekTimeFeeWeeks
April 1May 21May 23Thursday7:30 - 8:20 p.m.$906
May 28Aug. 27Aug. 29Thursday7:30 - 8:20 p.m.$906


PUPPY KINDERGARTEN

Eligibility: Puppies 10-17 weeks
Location: 415 Cambria St. (building to the left of VA Varsity Storage)
Additional Information: This class is for puppies 10-17 weeks of age. The class is designed to get the puppy off to the right start. The puppy will learn how to interact with people by sitting to greet, how to bite nicely, etc. The puppy will play with other puppies providing socialization with other puppies. The class lessons cover how to teach sit, down, stand, walk osn leash and come. Owners will learn how to teach their puppy in a positive and proactive manner. They will learn how to deal with the typical puppy problems: chewing, barking, mouthing, jumping up, etc. Each week are discussion topics related to raising your puppy. The topics include housebreaking, nutrition grooming, and health care. This is a 6 week course. The puppy comes to all classes. All family or house members are encouraged to come to class.
Minimum: 6         Maximum: 12

Reg. BeginsReg. EndsStarting DateDay of WeekTimeFeeWeeks
April 1May 21May 23Thursday6:15 - 7:15 p.m.$906
May 28July 16July 18Thursday6:15 - 7:15 p.m.$906
July 22Aug. 27Aug. 29Thursday7:30 - 8:30 p.m.$906


ADVANCED RALLY/COMPETITION OBEDIENCE CLASS 

Eligibility: Dogs most have completed a previous Beginning Rally class and must have a concept of heeling.
Location: 415 Cambria St. (building to the left of VA Varsity Storage)
Additional Information:This class introduces students to the different maneuvers and exercises of Rally Style Obedience. Rally Obedience is the combination of obedience maneuvers using the flow and interaction of agility. It includes simple items like forward, halt, left and right turns and more complicated things like serpentines around cones, U turns and more.
Minimum: 6          Maximum: 14

Reg. BeginsReg. EndsStarting DateDay of WeekTimeFeeWeeks
May 1July 16July 18Thursday7:30 - 8:20 p.m.$906


CONFORMATION SHOW DOG HANDLING

Eligibility: Dogs 16 weeks old and up
Location: 415 Cambria St. (building to the left of VA Varsity Storage)
Additional Information: If you are interested in finding out how the show dogs you see on TV learn to show, this is the class for you. This is a class for a dog and handler that teaches how to train a dog for the conformation ring. The handler will need to have a show lead for their dog. Those who do not have a show lead can borrow a lead from the instructor.
Minimum: 6          Maximum: 14

Reg. BeginsReg. EndsStarting DateDay of WeekTimeFeeWeeks
April 8May 31June 3Monday7 - 7:50 p.m.$606
June 10Aug. 9Aug. 12Monday7 - 7:50 p.m.$606


LUNCH BUNCH

Additional Information: Join us for our monthly lunch outings to various restaurants in the area. Participants are responsible for paying for their own lunch and any additional expenses.
Minimum: 5           Maximum: 8

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NRLocation
April 10-May 3018 & overThursday, June 6Leave Rec. Ctr. at 10:00 a.m.$7/$14Hometown Restaurant-Peterstown
April 10-July 318 & overTuesday, July 9Leave Rec. Ctr. at 10:30 a.m.$7/$14Lydia's Restaurant-Salem
April 10-Aug. 2118 & overWednesday, Aug. 28Leave Rec. Ctr. at 10:30 a.m.$7/$14The Barn-Rich Creek
April 10-Aug. 2918 & overThursday, Sept. 5Leave Rec. Ctr. at 10:30 a.m.$7/$14Sagebrush Steakhouse-Wytheville


SAFE KIDS NRV COALITION-CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECKS

Co-Sponsored By: Carilion, Christiansburg Recreation Dept. and Christiansburg Fire Dept.
Location: Christiansburg Fire Dept. Bay
Additional Information: Come by the Fire Dept. to make sure you have your car seat installed properly. Keep your kids safe!!

DateTimeTR/NR
Thursday, May 304-6 p.m.FREE
Thursday, June 274-6 p.m.FREE
Thursday, July 254-6 p.m.FREE
Thursday, August 294-6 p.m.FREE

 

HIKES  

Additional Information: Join us for some exercise in the beautiful outdoors! We will stop for lunch after the hike. Participants are responsible for paying for their lunch.    Minimum: 4          Maximum: 8       Eligibility: 18 & over           Difficulty of all hikes: Flat

RegistrationDateTimeTR/NRLocation
April 1 - Aug. 8Tuesday, August 13Leave Rec. Center at 9 a.m.$6/$12Segment of Roanoke Valley Greenway (Flat)


BOOK SWAP          

Additional Information: Drop off a maximum of 10 books between the hours of 8 – 5 p.m. at least two days before the scheduled Book Swap. At 5:15 p.m. on the day the swap is held, you will be allowed to select different books to take home to enjoy.  Location: Recreation Center- Classroom I

RegistrationDateTimeFee
April 8 - Aug. 21Monday, Aug. 265:15 p.m.$1 non-refundable


HEALTHY WALKS AND TALKS            

Additional Information: Join us for a health walk on the Huckleberry Trail the 2nd Wednesday of every month from May-October at the Christiansburg Recreation Center.  We will meet in the lobby and take a two-mile walk along the Huckleberry Trail.  All walks are expected to last less than an hour.  Registration is not required and there is no fee to participate, so bring some friends! Participants must wear appropriate clothing and footwear for walking, sunscreen, hates, sunglasses and bottled water are all recommended.  Fitness level must be appropriate for outdoor walking on easy to moderate trails with some incline as determined by each participant.  It is recommended to consult with your primary care physician prior to engaging in any new activity.  Walks will be moved indoors in the event of rain and/or for a heat index rated as Danger and/or Extreme Danger.  A Caution and/or Extreme Caution heat index is a warning to individuals with health related conditions.  For more information, please contact Ashley Hash at (540) 731-2017.

DateTimeLocation
Wednesday, June 125:30 p.m.
Huckleberry Trail
Wednesday, July 105:30 p.m.
Huckleberry Trail
Wednesday, Aug. 145:30 p.m.
Huckleberry Trail
Wednesday, Sept. 115:30 p.m.
Huckleberry Trail
Wednesday, Oct. 95:30 p.m.
Huckleberry Trail


INTRO TO STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING             

Additional Information: Join us on Claytor Lake for our Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) class. This one hour class will provide instruction on the basics of paddle stroke, balancing and positioning on the board, turning and board movement. This class will consist of both dry land and on water instruction.  Once you have mastered the basic skills, your instructor will take the group on a short paddle board tour on Claytor Lake.  This class is the perfect way to get started paddling the right way and experience the fastest growing watersport.  The class will be fun and informative while you improve your balance skills and workout your core muscles.  The class fee includes instruction and all rental equipment needed for the class.  The class is taught by Mountain 2 Island Paddle Board Company.  Participants will need to pay an additional fee of $4 a vehicle for park admission when they get to the park.  Mountain 2 Island Paddle Boarding Company is located in the lower level of the marina building.    Minimum: 4           Maximum: 12  Ages 12 and up    Location: Claytor Lake State Park Marina

Reg. BeginsReg. EndsDateTimeFee
April 1June 13Tuesday, June 186:30 - 7:30 p.m.$15
April 1July 11Tuesday, July 166:30 - 7:30 p.m.$15
April 1Aug. 15Tuesday, Aug. 206:30 - 7:30 p.m.$15
April 1Sept. 12Tuesday, Sept. 176:30 - 7:30 p.m.$15


BEGINNING KAYAKING              

Additional Information: This class provides the basic skills and safety techniques needed to paddle a kayak on flat water.  The class will cover launching techniques, paddling terminology, basic paddle strokes, kayaking safety and trip planning.  This is a fun and informative kayaking class followed by a short kayaking tour along the shores of Claytor Lake.  All equipment is provided:  single person kayak, paddle and personal floatation device.   The class is taught by Mountain 2 Island Paddle Board Company.  Participants will need to pay an additional fee of $4 a vehicle for park admission when they get to the park.  Mountain 2 Island Paddle Boarding Company is located in the lower level of the marina building.      Minimum: 2           Maximum: 8  Ages 12 and up    Location: Claytor Lake State Park Marina

Reg. BeginsReg. EndsDateTimeFee
April 1May 22Tuesday, May 286:30 - 7:30 p.m.$15
April 1June 20Tuesday, June 256:30 - 7:30 p.m.$15
April 1July 17Tuesday, July 236:30 - 7:30 p.m.$15
April 1Aug. 22Tuesday, Aug. 276:30 - 7:30 p.m.$15
April 1Sept. 19Tuesday, Sept. 246:30 - 7:30 p.m.$15


STEP BY STEP CANVAS PAINTING               

Additional Information:Have you always wanted to try painting on canvas, but aren’t very artistic?  Then this is the class for you.  Learn to paint using simple step by step instructions and patterns.  Pre-register  Minimum: 8       Maximum: 15  

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeFee
April 10 - June 2618 & over
Wednesday, July 310:30 a.m.$25 fee includes all painting supplies
April 10 - Aug. 118 & over
Wednesday, Aug. 710:30 a.m.$25 fee includes all painting supplies
April 10 - Aug. 2818 & over
Wednesday, Sept. 410:30 a.m.$25 fee includes all painting supplies


INSTANT POT COOKING         

Additional Information: Do you have an Instant Pot or other brand of electronic pressure cooker and are nervous to use it?  Or are you thinking about getting one and want to learn more? This class will cover the basics of how to use the Instant Pot, as well as providing ideas of what it can be used for.  Several recipes will be demonstrated that you can taste test. Feel free to bring your own Instant Pot with you for hands-on instruction.   Minimum: 4    Maximum: 8

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NRLocation
April 1-May 3118 & overThursday, June 66:30-8 p.m.$13/$23Rec. Ctr.-Kitchen


WELLNESS WORKSHOPS                

Additional Information: Join us for a one hour wellness workshop!  Attendees will learn the skills needed for a healthy lifestyle! A healthy snack will be provide at each workshop. Participants must sign up for each workshop individually   Minimum: 6             Maximum: 20

RegistrationDateTimeTopicFee
April 1 - June 5Tuesday, June 114 - 5 p.m.Wellness 101Free, Must Pre-register
April 1 - July 3Tuesday, July 94 - 5 p.m.How to Maintain a Healthy WeightFree, Must Pre-register
April 1 - Aug. 7Tuesday, Aug. 134 - 5 p.m.Sitting DiseaseFree, Must Pre-register


COOKING DEMO: SALADS-WANT TO EAT HEALTHIER?                  

Additional Information: Tired of eating plain lettuce with dressing, but want to incorporate more salads and vegetables into your diet? In this class, several salad recipes will be demonstrated (not your typical side salad) for you to try and incorporate into your meal rotation. The salads will be hearty enough to be a meal or just a side dish in smaller portions. Think quinoa, beans, and roasted vegetables. You will take home a copy of the recipes and the opportunity to eat great food.     Minimum: 4           Maximum: 8

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NR
April 1 - July 1718 & overTuesday, July 236:30 - 8 p.m.$13/$23


MAKE AND TAKE: ESSENTIAL OILS                 

Additional Information: There are so many people who have the seasonal "bug" and this workshop will allow you to experience Essential Oils and their ability to support you and your family through this Cold, Cough and Flu season. We will make blends that support the Immune System, Respiratory, Muscle Ache and Pains and Digestive. Each roller ball is $5-we will have 5 recipe stations set up. If you have your own oils, bring them and learn how to blend them for Wellness.   Minimum: 4             Maximum: 8

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeFee
April 1 - July 2518 & overFriday, Aug. 211 a.m.$25


COOKING DEMO: SHEET PAN DINNERS                  

Additional Information: Are you in search of easy dinner recipes with minimal clean-up time? Then this is the class for you!  Skip the drive-thru and make these easy meals instead. You will be learn how to prep meals ahead of time for busy evenings. The instructor will demonstrate several recipes cooked on a sheet pan, a full dinner on one pan! You will take home a copy of the recipes and the opportunity to eat great food.  Minimum: 4           Maximum: 8

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NR
April 1 - Aug. 1418 & overMonday, Aug. 196:30 - 8 p.m.$13/$23


STEP BY STEP HOME BUYERS CLASS                   

Additional Information: Join Rachel as she gives you helpful tips to be aware of when purchasing a home. Must Pre-Register.   Minimum: 2          Maximum: 15   Location: Recreation Center-Classroom 1

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NR
April 1 - Aug. 1518 & overTuesday, Aug. 206 - 8 p.m.Free, Must Pre-register


BOOK SWAP                     

Additional Information: Drop off a maximum of 10 books between the hours of 8 – 5 p.m. at least two days before the scheduled Book Swap. At 5:15 p.m. on the day the swap is held, you will be allowed to select different books to take home to enjoy.    Location: Recreation Center – Classroom 1

RegistrationDateTimeTR/NR
April 1 - Aug. 21Monday, Aug. 265:15 p.m.$1 non-refundable


MYSTERY YARD SALES         

Additional Information: Join us we search for treasures and deals. Lunch will be on your own at a local restaurant. Pre-register.    Minimum: 5          Maximum: 8

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NRLocation
April 10 - Sept. 521 & overFriday, Sept. 13Leave Rec. Ctr. at 7 a.m.$7/$14?????


VIRGINIA FIREARMS SAFETY TRAINING (CONCEAL CARRY PERMIT COURSE)

Eligibility: Ages 18 and over
Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center- Classroom 2
Additional Information: This class offered by Southwest Virginia Firearms Instruction is a classroom-based Firearms Safety Course designed to meet the requirements set forth in SP-248 Application for a Concealed Carry Permit. Upon completing the course, the attendee will receive a certificate of completion and can then go apply for a permit at the courthouse. This class has been approved by the Honorable Robert M. D. Turk, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge for the training requirement portion of the application. The instructor is both Virginia Division of Criminal Justice Certified General Instructor, as well as a Certified Firearms Instructor. The instructor is a current law enforcement officer. Must show valid EMS Identification upon registration to receive EMS discount.
Minimum: 10        Maximum: 30

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeFee
April 1 - Sept. 1118 & overSunday, Sept. 153 - 5 p.m.$35 EMS Personnel/$45 all others


INSTANT POT COOKING         

Additional Information: Do you have an Instant Pot or other brand of electronic pressure cooker and are nervous to use it?  Or are you thinking about getting one and want to learn more? This class will cover the basics of how to use the Instant Pot, as well as providing ideas of what it can be used for.  Several recipes will be demonstrated that you can taste test. Feel free to bring your own Instant Pot with you for hands-on instruction.   Minimum: 4    Maximum: 8

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NRLocation
April 1 - Sept. 1818 & overMonday, Sept. 236:30-8 p.m.$13/$23Rec. Ctr.-Kitchen


MARDI GRAS CASINO       

Additional Information: Join us as we travel to the Mardi Gras Casino in Cross Lanes, WV.  Enjoy playing the slot machines or table games.  Lunch will be on your own at the casino.  We will arrive approximately at 11 a.m. and will depart at 3 p.m. to head home. Pre-register.    Minimum: 6   Maximum: 16

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NRLocation
April 10 - Sept. 1821 & overTuesday, Sept. 24Leave Rec. Ctr at 8 a.m.$20/$30Cross Lanes, WV


CHILD FINGERPRINTING             

Additional Information:Come by the Recreation Department and have your child fingerprinted for your files in case of an emergency.  Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center Lobby

DateTimeFee
Monday, Sept. 169 - 11:30 a.m.Free


ROUTE 58 EXCURSION        

Additional Information: Join us as we travel scenic Route 58.  Several stops along the way.  Lunch will be on your own at a local restaurant. Pre-register.   Minimum: 6   Maximum: 8

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NR
April 10 - July 2321 & overTuesday, July 30Leave Rec. Ctr at 8 a.m.$7/$14