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NOVICE DOG OBEDIENCE – INSTRUCTOR: ROSIE HIGDON

Eligibility: Dogs 5 ½ months and older
Location: Christiansburg National Guard Armory
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.
Maximum: 12

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

Fee

Weeks

Session I

April 3

May 15

May 17

Wednesday

6 - 6:50 p.m.

$80

6

Session I

April 3

May 15

May 17

Wednesday

7 - 7:50 p.m.

$80

6

Session II

April 3

July 10

July 12

Wednesday

6 - 6:50 p.m.

$80

6

Session II

April 3

July 10

July 12

Wednesday

7 - 7:50 p.m.

$80

6

Fall

April 3

Oct. 2

Oct. 4

Wednesday

6 - 6:50 p.m.

$80

6

Fall

April 3

Oct. 2

Oct. 4

Wednesday

7 - 7:50 p.m.

$80

6


ADVANCED RALLY /COMPETITION OBEDIENCE CLASS – INSTRUCTOR: ROSIE HIGDON

Eligibility: Dogs must have completed a previous Beginning Rally class and must have a concept of heeling.
Location: Christiansburg National Guard Armory
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.
Maximum: 14

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

Fee

Weeks

Session I

Dec. 1

May 16

May 18

Thursday

6 - 6:50 p.m.

$80

6

INTERMEDIATE DOG OBEDIENCE – INSTRUCTOR: ROSIE HIGDON

Eligibility: Dogs 6 months and older
Location: Christiansburg National Guard Armory
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.
Maximum: 12

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

Fee

Weeks

Session I

April 3

July 11

July 13

Thursday

6 - 6:50 p.m.

$80

6

Fall

April 3

Oct. 3

Oct. 5

Thursday

7 - 7:50 p.m.

$80

6


PUPPY KINDERGARTEN – INSTRUCTOR: ROSIE HIGDON

Eligibility: Puppies 10-17 weeks
Location: Christiansburg National Guard Armory
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 on 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.
Maximum: 14

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

Fee

Weeks

Session I

April 3

May 16

May 18

Thursday

7 - 8 p.m.

$80

6

Spring

April 3

July 11

July 13

Thursday

7 - 8 p.m.

$80

6


RALLY/COMPETITION OBEDIENCE CLASS – INSTRUCTOR: ROSIE HIGDON

Eligibility: Dogs must have completed an Intermediate class and must have a concept of heeling.
Location: Christiansburg National Guard Armory
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.
Maximum: 14

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

Starting Date

Day of Week

Time

Fee

Weeks

Session I

April 3

Oct. 3

Oct. 5

Thursday

6 - 6:50 p.m.

$80

6

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

Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

TR/NR

Location

April 11 – May 3

18 & over

Wednesday, May 17

Leave Rec. Center at 10 a.m.

$7/$14

Corner Market, Lynchburg

April 11 – July 5

18 & over

Tuesday, July 11

Leave Rec. Center at 10:45 a.m.

$7/$14

Steer House, Pulaski

April 11 – Aug. 15

18 & over

Tuesday, Aug. 22

Leave Rec. Center at 10:30 a.m.

$7/$14

Bent Mtn Bistro, Roanoke

April 11 – Aug. 30

18 & over

Tuesday, Sept. 5

Leave Rec. Center at 11 a.m.

$5

Franks-lunch and movie

BODY FAT TESTING

Eligibility: Ages 16 and over
Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center – Classroom 1
Fee: $5 – Pay at the class (correct change or check)
Maximum: 10
Additional Information: Come and learn how much of your body weight is body fat. Testing is private and results are confidential. Wear loose comfortable clothes (preferably shorts and t-shirt).

Date

Time

Monday, June 12

Between 6 – 8 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 14

Between 6 – 8 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 25

Between 6 – 8 p.m.


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!!

Date

Time

TR/NR

Thursday, April 27

4 - 6 p.m.

FREE

Thursday, May 25

4 - 6 p.m.

FREE

Thursday, June 29

4 – 6 p.m.

FREE

Thursday, July 27

4 – 6 p.m.

FREE

Thursday, August 31

4 – 6 p.m.

FREE


CHILD FINGERPRINTING – INSTRUCTOR: OFFICER NATHAN DELP- CPD

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

Date

Time

Fee

Monday, May 1

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

FREE

Monday, Aug. 28

9:30 -  11:30 a.m.

FREE


HIKES –INSTRUCTOR: GARY BRUMFIELD/PAM PEYTON

Eligibility:  Ages 18 and over
Additional Info: 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: 5    Maximum: 8

Registration

Date

Time

TR/NR

Location

Difficulty

April 3- May 2

Tuesday, May 9

Leave Rec. Center at 9 a.m.

$5/$10

New River Trail Hike - Pulaski

Flat

April 3- Aug. 17

Wednesday, Aug. 23

Leave Rec. Center at 8:30 a.m.

$7/$14

Carvins Cove Hike

TBA


CPR/AED AND FIRST AID RE- CERTIFICATION COURSE – INSTRUCTOR: LISA BASS

Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center                  
Additional Information: Become certified in CPR & First Aid with Lisa Bass, American Red Cross Instructor. This course is designed to help you acquire the skills you will need to effectively respond in an emergency situation. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S., CPR helps to provide critical blood flow to the brain until professional help arrives. You will learn adult and child CPR, how to use a defibrillator, how to respond to choking victims and basic first aid. Recertification students must bring proof of certification to show within 30 days before/after of their expiration date.
Minimum: 4   Maximum: 8

Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

FEE

April 3-May 2

Ages 18 & over

Tuesday, May 9

6 – 9 p.m.

$40


CAREGIVERS GUIDE TO WANDERING

Location: Meadowbrook, Shawsville
Additional Info: Wandering is a constant concern for those who care for people with dementia. Join us for this informative program on how to keep your loved one at home longer and give you peace of mind. Master Deputy Chris Lucas with Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will talk about Project Life Saver. Janet Brennand, NRV Agency on Aging, Heather Gearhart, Alzheimer’s Association. Light dinner provided. Pre-register
Minimum: 10        Maximum: 45

Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

FEE

Location

April 11 – May 2

21 and over

Thursday, May 11

6 – 8 p.m.

FREE, pre-register

Meadowbrook, Shawsville


HOW TO PLAN AND DIRECT YOUR WEDDING – INSTRUCTOR: CHRISTINA WEBB

Eligibility: Ages: 18 and over
Location: Recreation Center – Classroom 2
Minimum: 5          Maximum:  15
Additional Information: Many couples of today are on a tight budget when planning their wedding. Join Christina Webb in this two-night program as she shares her knowledge and experience in wedding planning/directing.  Class will include “how to” information on:  interviewing vendors, ordering invitations, what you need for the reception and getting the best price, organizing the rehearsal and reception, and other wedding questions you may not have even considered.
Minimum: 5          Maximum:  15

Registration

 Dates

Time

TR/NR

April 3- May 4

Thursday, May 11 & 18

6 - 7:30 p.m. 

$35/$55

June 1-Aug. 10

Thursday, Aug. 17 & 24

6 - 7:30 p.m.

$35/$55


FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING – RIVER RIDGE DERMATOLOGY

Eligibility:  All ages (if under 18, a parent must be present)
Location: Recreation Center – Multi-purpose Room 2
Additional Information: May is Melanoma Awareness Month!  River Ridge Dermatology is hosting a free skin cancer screening at the Recreation Center.  Regular skin checks play a vital role in early detection and treatment.  Don’t miss Dr. Chad Johnston and Dr. Aleksandra Brown from 1 -5 p.m. for your screening.  This is a walk-in, first-come, first-serve event. The last patient must be checked in no later than 4:50 p.m.

  Date

Time

TR/NR

Friday, May 12

 1 – 5 p.m.

FREE


INTRO TO STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING – INSTRUCTOR: MICHAEL VALACH

Eligibility: Ages 12 and up
Location: Claytor Lake State Park Marina
Minimum:  4         Maximum: 12
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.            

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

 Date

Time

FEE

May

April 3

May 11

Tuesday, May 16

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

$15

June

April 3

June 15

Tuesday, June 20

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

$15

July

April 3

July 13

Tuesday, July 18

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

$15

August

April 3

Aug. 10

Tuesday, Aug. 15

6:30 -  7:30 p.m.

$15

Sept.

April 3

Sept. 14

Tuesday, Sept. 19

6:30 -  7:30 p.m.

$15


BEGINNING KAYAKING – INSTRUCTOR: MICHAEL VALACH

Eligibility: Ages 12 and up
Location: Claytor Lake State Park Marina
Minimum:  2         Maximum: 8
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.                                                                                           

Class

Reg. Begins

Reg. Ends

 Date

Time

FEE

May

April 3

May 18

Tuesday, May 23

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

$15

June

April 3

June 22

Tuesday, June 27

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

$15

July

April 3

July 20

Tuesday, July 25

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

$15

August

April 3

Aug. 17

Tuesday. Aug. 22

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

$15

Sept.

April 3

Sept. 21

Tuesday, Sept. 26

6:30 -  7:30 p.m.

$15


HOW TO LAUNCH A SUCCESSFUL HOME-BASED BUSINESS – INSTRUCTOR: JANELLE ANDERSON

Eligibility: Women age 21 and over
Location: Recreation Center -- Classroom 2
Additional Information:   This course leads participants through five crucial areas that become the foundation for any successful home-based business.  The information presented is geared toward midlife women who have a gift, talent, or passion and want to create a home-based business, but have little or no experience in starting a business.  Instructor is Janelle Anderson, Empowerment Coach for Midlife Women.                                                    
Minimum: 4          Maximum: 15

Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

TR/NR

April 3- May 11

21 & over

Wednesday, May 17

6 -7 p.m.

$5/$10


ALL ABOUT HORSES

Location: Terry Wilson’s Farm                          
Minimum: 5          Maximum: 10
Additional Information:    Travel with us to Terry Wilson’s farm to see her show horses.  Terry will answer any questions you have about her horses and will demonstrate what they can do when in a show.  Afterwards, we will stop for dinner on your own at a local restaurant.

Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

TR/NR

April 10-May 17

Ages 18 and over

Monday, May 22

Leave the Rec. Center at 4:45 p.m.

$5/$10


HOW TO REACH YOUR GOALS ONE BITE AT A TIME– INSTRUCTOR:  MOE MCCLANAHAN

Additional Information:   Join Moe McClanahan, certified John Maxwell – Coach/Speaker/Trainer in this informative presentation.  Now that you have your goals, learn to manage your time in order to reach them by defining consistent behaviors.  Identify the cracks in your daily schedule to take action in achieving those goals.                                                   
Minimum: 5          Maximum: 16

Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

TR/NR

April 3- May 18

18 & over

Wednesday, May 24

6:30 – 8 p.m.

$3/$6


SILVER TURTLE LUNCH – INSTRUCTORS: TAMMY CALDWELL & PAM PEYTON

Location: Recreation Center Patio
Additional Info: Join us as we provide all the fixings you need to make your own “silver turtle” lunch on the grill.
Minimum: 5          Maximum: 10

Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

FEE

April 10-May 24

21 & over

Wednesday, May 31

11 a.m.

$6/$12


THE ONLY PLACE TO KNOW-CHRISTIANSBURG, VA

Location: Recreation Center – Senior Activities Room
Additional Information: Changes are taking place daily, from new buildings to expanding trails.  This program will help inform participants, whether new to Christiansburg or a lifelong resident, by providing them with information they need to know, from the town’s citizen alert program to senior lock boxes and everything in between.  We will meet at the Recreation Department before departing for a tour of several town facilities. There will be some walking and standing involved in the program. Please take this into consideration when registering for the program. Lunch will be at the Holiday Inn in Christiansburg. PRE-REGISTER.
Minimum: 5   Maximum: 16        

 Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

FEE

April 10 – May 25

21 & over

Thursday, June 1

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Please see note above

Aug. 7 – Sept. 28

21 & over

Thursday, Oct. 5

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Please see note above


CPR/AED AND FIRST AID CERTIFICATION COURSE – INSTRUCTOR: LISA BASS

Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center – Classroom 1        
Additional Information: Become certified in CPR & First Aid with Lisa Bass, American Red Cross Instructor. This course is designed to help you acquire the skills you will need to effectively respond in an emergency situation. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S., CPR helps to provide critical blood flow to the brain until professional help arrives. You will learn Adult CPR, how to use a defibrillator, how to respond to choking victims and basic first aid.  
Minimum: 4   Maximum: 8

Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

FEE

June 1- Aug. 10

Ages 18 & over

Tuesday, Aug. 15

5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

$50


BOOK SWAP

Location: Recreation Center – Classroom 1
Additional Information: Drop off a maximum of ten 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.

 Registration

Date

Time

TR/NR

April 3-Aug. 10

Wednesday, Aug. 16

5:15 p.m.

$1 non-refundable


HUNTER SAFETY COURSE –Instructors: VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries

Register online at:  www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/education/new/
Location: Recreation Center – Multi-Purpose Room 1
Maximum: 50
Additional Information:  Virginia has implemented a new, shorter hunter education course.  Instead of 10 hours or more, the new course will be 6-8 hours.  Students will be required to complete several hours of self-study prior to the class.  Some material on the final test will be covered in the self-study material, but not during actual class time.  Students must complete the self-study to prepare themselves for the final test.  Study manuals will be available for pick-up at the Recreation Dept.  Participants must be pre-registered, NO walk-in registrations at the class.   

Eligibility

Date

Time

Ages 11 and over

Sunday, August 27

1 - 7 p.m.


STEP BY STEP HOME BUYERS CLASS - INSTRUCTOR: RACHEL HOGAN- NEST REALTY

Location: Recreation Center- Classroom 1                    
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

 Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

TR/NR

April 3-Aug.  24

Ages 18 and over

Tuesday, August 29

6 – 8 p.m.

FREE- Must Pre-Register


VIRGINIA FIREARMS SAFETY TRAINING - INSTRUCTORS: DAVID MOYE

(CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT COURSE) DCJS CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR                                                         

Eligibility:  Ages 18 and over
Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center- Classroom 2/Multi-Purpose Room 2                
Minimum: 10        Maximum: 50
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.

  Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

Fee

April 3-Aug. 28

Ages 18 and over

Thursday, Aug. 31

3 – 5 p.m.

$35 EMS Personnel/$45 all others


CHATEAU MORISETTE LUNCH/WINE TASTING

Additional Info: Join us as we travel to Chateau Morrisette to sample their wines and order a delicious lunch from their restaurant.  Participants are responsible for paying for their own lunch and beverages.  Price includes transportation, wine tasting and a souvenir wine glass.
Minimum: 6   Maximum: 9

Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

TR/NR

Location

April 10-Aug. 24

21 and over

Friday, Sept. 1

Leave Rec. Center at 10 a.m.

$17/$27

Blue Ridge Parkway


MYSTERY YARD SALE                                                                            

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

Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

FEE

Location

April 11-August 24

21 and over

Friday, September 8

Leave Rec. Center @ 7 a.m.

$10/$20

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PREPARING YOUR HOUSE TO SELL - INSTRUCTOR: RACHEL HOGAN – NEST REALTY

Location: Recreation Center- Classroom 1
Minimum: 2          Maximum: 15
Additional Information: Learn things to do before putting your house on the market and how to increase your home’s selling value.
Minimum: 2          Maximum: 15

 Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

TR/NR

April 3-Sept. 7

Ages 18 and over

Tuesday, Sept. 12

6 – 8 p.m.

FREE


HANGING ROCK RAPTOR OBSERVATORY /HIKE

Additional Info: The Hanging Rock Observatory has been a monitoring point for hawk, eagle, falcon and osprey migration along the birds’ eastern route.  Join us as we travel to Monroe County, West Virginia for a fun filled day of bird watching.  There is a 20-40 minute walk up the mountain to the observatory.  Participants should bring binoculars, sunglasses, hat, comfy walking shoes, jacket and pack a lunch/drink to be enjoyed during the day at the observatory.

Minimum: 5   Maximum: 16

Registration

Eligibility

Date

Time

TR/NR

Location

April 3-Sept. 15

21 and over

Thursday, Sept. 21

Leave Rec. Center at 9 a.m.

$10/$20

WVA