Ongoing Adult Programs
Cardio Fit Kickboxing
This kickboxing class is more than just kickboxing! Instructors have incorporated many different fat burning exercises in this class. This is a fun workout for all fitness levels. Come join in with a great group for a fun class that is changing all the time!
Instructor: Sherris Hermens and Sarah Wilder
Ongoing: T & Th | 4 – 5 pm | SPRD | $7 drop-in/$44 per month
This class is geared to the Core/Ab & Back, Glutes/Legs, Arms/Chest, and is presented on The Mat! Shannon Rackowski, certified Fitness Specialist, Personal Trainer, and Aerobics Instructor brings over 30 years of experience to her classes. Be prepared to use weights, bands, dowels, and more.
M | 10:30 – 11:15 am | SPRD | $6 drop-in/$40 for 8 classes
W | 10 – 10:45 am | SPRD | $6 drop-in/$40 for 8 classes
Restorative Yoga classes move at a slower, more relaxed pace than Hatha or Flow Yoga classes and are done mostly lying on the mat. Props are used – bolsters, blocks, blankets and straps. Poses are held through several breath cycles. Emphasis is on stretching and bringing oxygen to muscles, joints, connective tissue and organs using gravity, breath and awareness. Yoga is always about moving from the outer to our inner world – the mind/body connection. Classes begin March 5. Instructor: Bonnie Rose
T/Th | 12:00 – 1:15 pm | SPRD | $6 drop-in or $40 for 8 classes
Step Aerobics is a low impact cardio-class which utilizes 4, 6, and 8 inch steps, providing a rhythmic level of intensity. Weights, dowels, and other types of apparatus are used to create a higher intensity if so desired.
Ongoing: W | 9 – 9:45 am | SPRD | $6 drop-in/$40 for 8 classes
Stretch & Flex
Are you feeling stiff in your joints? Have you lost your flexibility? How is your balance? This class will assist you in all of these areas and more. We use chairs, never go down on the floor, and we use different apparatus to help tone, condition, and strengthen your body. This 30 minute class is filled with great fun, music, and laughter so come join us! Taught by Shannon Rackowski.
Ongoing: T & TH | 10:00-10:30 am | SPRD | $5 drop-in or $40 for 10 classes
Join Carol Ast-Milchen for a fun-filled hour of total body workout using a spicy, upbeat mixture of Latin and International music such as the meringue, salsa, cumbia, and mambo as well as other styles including hip-hop and belly dancing. Zumba is a cardio class that combines easy to follow dance moves and fitness elements. All students should workout at their own fitness level and intensity. Students will learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like toning sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all their targeted zones. Just let loose and feel the music, no prior dance experience is necessary. Open to everyone 13 years and older.
M | 9 – 10 am | SPRD | $6 drop-in/$60 for 11 classes
Th| 8:30 – 9:30 am | SPRD | $6 drop-in/$60 for 11 classes
Other Adult Programs
E Komo Mai, come join the fun and learn some fundamental skills to get you playing the ukulele quickly! The focus will be on learning to read and play cords along with different strumming techniques and even a little finger picking for this 5 week class. No musical experience is needed. If you don’t have a ukulele one can be provided. Instructor: Peggy Tehan.
May 2 – June 6 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm | TH | SPRD | $75 for 6 sessions
Adult Basic Beginning Fiddle
Ages 18 and up.
Come learn how to play the fiddle! This class will be a fun exploration of how to play the fiddle designed for total beginners. No music experience is needed – we will learn to play by ear, without sheet music. We’ll learn how to hold the fiddle, how to find the notes on each string and you’ll be playing basic tunes before you know it! Learning to play the fiddle in a group environment is so much fun because together we’ll sound better than any of us would sound alone. We try hard, mess up often, and laugh at our mistakes. We’ll also start listening to fiddle music from around the world and figure out how this amazing instrument sounds in different cultures!
Instructor: Melissa Stolasz
March 19 – June 4 | T | 6:30-7:30pm | SPRD | $100
Ages 14 and up.
This class is for players who know a few tunes on their instrument and want to learn more! We will explore things like bowing patterns and spend some time learning tunes from Scotland and Appalachia. All tune learning is by ear, not by sheet music. For those who are interested we will also be attending some local beginner jams as a group.
Instructor: Melissa Stolasz
March 19 – June 4 | T | 5:30-6:30pm | SPRD | $100
Healthy Meal Planning for Busy Families
Molly Zarnick, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, will walk you through selecting the best food options for your families, give you top 10 easy tips you can start today, help you to read labels, and teach you how to meal plan for busy families. This is a 2-part series
Instructor: Molly Zarnick
April 11 & 18 | Th | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | SPRD | $30
Come dance hula with Shannon Mokuahi Rackowski and the hula dancers of Sisters. Learn the culture, the Aloha, and language thru dance of the Hawaiian People.
Classes held the 2nd & 3rd Wednesday of every month
Jan 9 – July 17 | Wed | 5:30 – 6:30 pm l SPRD l $10.00 drop in
CO-ED Adult Softball League
Ages 18 and up
It’s time to bring adult softball back to Sisters! SPRD is starting a co-ed recreational league that will start this summer. After watching your kids sports all season, this is the time for them to come cheer you on. Our co-ed rec. league will have no umpires, but will keep track of standings for an end of year tournament. Contact Jason Huber with any questions.
Registration opens March 15.
May – July | 8-week season | SHS Varsity Softball Field
Evening of Friendly Agers
Sisters is growing quickly and beautifully and so are their older adults. However, many of them are unfortunately at risk. Some are already experiencing social isolation, depression and anxiety due to different factors such as physical disability, slow cognitive deterioration due to age, lack of close relatives and in some cases loss of their loved ones. On the other side of the spectrum of life we have new generations flourishing that are ready to absorb what the environment can provide to them. They are ready with energy and curiosity, constantly constructing new knowledge while in the process of navigating sensory motor skills to concentration and reversibility to abstract thinking. For the most part, the younger generations are all supported and enhanced with positive, healthy relationships and attachments that a family can and should provide to our emerging and growing youth.
SPRD in collaboration with Claudia Bisso-Fetzer, Ph.D. will launch a 12- week program, “The Evening of Friendly Agers”, that will be presented to the Sisters Community during a Gala Event in the Spring of 2019. The goal of this program is to connect seniors and youth to lower the physical and mental state of mind of older adults’ social isolation, depression and anxiety as well as to improve their memory and cognitive functioning. It’s like giving their brain a workout! In other words, this program has the purpose of energizing our older adult community while at the same time improving their self-esteem, all while building a strong and healthy relationship with our growing youth community.
It is expected that through interrelated activities emphasized on cooperation and sharing between both communities, older adults will experience lower levels of social isolation while our younger generations will absorb a healthier emotional and cognitive development. Once the program is complete, a summative evaluation will be applied by Dr. Claudia Bisso-Fetzer and the outcome will be shared to our community.
Stay tuned for more information from SPRD about this fascinating program made by our community, to our community. More to come in our Spring Guide.
The birth of pickleball started with Congressman Joel Pritchard from Washington State in 1965. Tennis magazine published an article in 1976 about “American’s Newest Racquet Sport”. By 1990 pickleball was being played in all 50 states. This great game is so much fun, easy to learn, and gives you a good workout!
Keep an eye out for adult and youth classes as well as leagues coming this spring!
SAGE: Senior Activities, Gatherings, & Enrichment
Council On Aging Of Central Oregon
Free Services for Older Adults in Sisters Country
The Council on Aging and SPRD are partnering to provide information and resources on a range of topics relevant to older adults living in Sisters. Visit the SAGE (Senior Activities, Gatherings & Experiences) room to browse the resource shelves or to pick up a class announcement, brochure, or list of free Council on Aging services specific to the needs of those 60 and over.
For individual assistance or an appointment to talk with an Information and Referral Specialist call the Council on Aging at (541) 678-5483.
SAGE Room Open: Mon – Fri 11 am – 4 pm
Table Tennis: Tuesdays/Thursdays 1 – 4 pm
Let’s Play Games: Wednesdays 1 – 4 pm
Come and join our senior community at SPRD. We have group games such as Mexican Train Dominoes, Scrabble, Mahjong or start a Pinochle or Gin Rummy group. Come play Table Tennis, also known as Ping Pong, or create a series of new games for your group. Interested in reserving time in the newly re-modeled senior room? Contact SPRD.
Adult Program Sponsorships
Are you looking to help others in your community? SPRD is looking for business, companies, individuals, and organizations that can help those in need. Many of our SAGE (Senior Activities, Gatherings, & Experiences) adults are on fixed incomes, and we at SPRD are reaching out to those that might be willing to enrich the quality of their lives by sponsoring excursions, gatherings, and any assistance with their needs. Call or e-mail us at 541-549-2091 or [email protected]
SPRD Senior Scholarships
Sisters Park and Recreation District is now offering senior scholarship awards. This program is for seniors who want to participate in our classes and/or excursions and need extra help paying for those activities. If you are interested or know of a senior that might benefit from such funding please contact SPRD at 541-549-2091.
SPRD partners with the following organizations to provide funding through scholarships for the seniors in Sisters Country: City of Sisters, Deschutes County, and St. Charles Foundation.
Volunteer or Contractor Opportunities
Use your time, talent, and ideas to make a difference at Sisters Park and Recreation District. As a volunteer or contractor, you can share your knowledge and skills with our seniors, youth, and some of the many events that we sponsor and partnership with. We are looking for individuals who love to teach, share, and give to others. Come help your center be all that you want it to be and support your community!