November/December 2014 Newsletter

Parks, Recreation & Environment
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER Newsletter
REGISTER FOR WINTER
BREAK PROGRAMS!
Frosty Frolic Camp
5 to 10 Years
A week of winter adventure awaits! Each day
will have a different theme. When registering
by iReg, please call 250-756-5200 to request
the camp medical form. Participants who are 5
years old must be in grade 1.
Mon, Dec 22
8:30 am-5 pm
$35/1
Tue, Dec 23
8:30 am-5 pm
$35/1
Wed, Dec 24
8:30 am-5 pm
$35/1
Beban Social Centre
Mon, Dec 29
8:30 am-5 pm
$35/1
Tue, Dec 30
8:30 am-5 pm
$35/1
Wed, Dec 31
8:30 am-5 pm
$35/1
Oliver Woods Community Centre
135190
135191
135192
135193
135194
135195
Santa Tennis Camp
8 to 13 Years
Learn basic strokes, drills and play friendly
games in a non-competitive environment.
Instructor: North Island Tennis Academy Staff
Sun-Wed, Dec 21-24
1-4 pm
$132/4
Westwood Tennis Club (2367 Arbot Rd)
132630
Mountain Kids Ski Camp - Winter
Wonderland
5 to 12 Years
Camps include lessons, lunch and an afternoon
at Ozone Tube Park. Do you need rentals and
lift tickets? Discount packages also available.
Meet at Mt Washington Ski Resort.
M-W, Dec 22-24
9:30 am-3:30 pm
M-W, Dec 29-31
9:30 am-3:30 pm
Mt. Washington Ski Resort
$189/3
$189/3
132614
135069
Xplore SportZ Winter Camp
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Calendar of Events
Glow in the Dark Skate
Finale 2014
Sports Day in Canada
Super Hero Fun Day
Held twice a month until March
on Tuesdays, 6:30-8 pm
November 4 & 18
December 2 & 16
January 6 & 20
Frank Crane Arena
Saturday, November 29
Held at Beban (Frank Crane Arena),
Oliver Woods and Nanaimo Aquatic
Centre
(see inside for more details)
Winter Wonderland
“Quebec Winter Carnival” Theme
Friday-Tuesday, December 26-30
Frank Crane Arena
(see inside for more details)
Nanaimo’s Family New Year’s Eve
Party
Wednesday, December 31
5-10 pm
Beban Park
(see inside for more details)
Saturday, January 3, 1:30-4 pm
Beban Park Pool
Family Play Day
Sunday, February 8
9:30 am-12 pm
Oliver Woods Community Centre
(more details coming in January!)
Family Day Swim & Skate Events
Monday, February 9
(more details coming in January!)
7 to 12 Years
The camp is focused on FUNdamental skill
development through a variety of sports. This
program corresponds to the Canada Sport 4
Life Fundamental and Learn to Train stages of
development.
Mon-Wed, Dec 29-31
9 am-4 pm
$99/3
Beban Park Centennial Building
135433
REGISTER ONLINE WITH IREG
IReg is the easiest way to register from the
comfort of your home.
Available 24/7 with a valid credit card.
Call us at 250.756.5200 to get your
online logon info.
Try one of our programs this winter
Play by the Bay (1-5 yrs) - An active free play experience for you and your child. Enjoy
the use of toys, mats, balance beams and more along with socialization with other
parents. Held Thursdays in January at Harewood Activity Centre.
Make Believe (3-5 yrs) - Bring your imagination and your running shoes! Each week
we will make a different type of costume and participate in a fun performance. Held
Fridays in January at Oliver Woods Community Centre.
Mucky & Messy (3-5 yrs) - Explore arts and crafts that are just too messy for home.
Held Mondays starting in January at Harewood Activity Centre.
Thank you to our
Park Ambassadors,
Stream Keepers and
Neighbourhood
Volunteers
PPlease join us for lunch
on November 20 as
our way to say thank
you for all of the work
you do in keeping our
parks, playgrounds and
neighbourhoods
beautiful.
Please contact
Deborah Beck at [email protected]
nanaimo.ca or 250.756.5203
for more information.
Wiggling Worms (3-6 yrs) - Come and learn all about worms through games, crafts
and stories. Held on Saturday, November 15 at Bowen Park.
Mud Pies - Holiday Art (3-6 yrs) - Create various holiday clay projects. This is a parent
participation course held Tuesdays in November at Bowen Pottery Studio.
Heartwarming Holiday Cards (5-10 yrs) - Create your own unique and beautiful
holiday cards. All supplies included. Held Mondays in November at Beban Park.
Kids Get Cooking - Holiday Baking (6-8 yrs) - Make shortbread, gingerbread and
more! Held Tuesday afternoons in November at Nanaimo Food Share.
Kids Get Cooking - Me and My Dad Holiday Cooking (6-12 yrs) - Learn about all of
the tasty dishes that go with our turkey dinners and other dishes that we enjoy over
the holidays. Held Wednesday evenings in November at John Barsby School.
Santa, Snowflakes & Rudolph (7-13 yrs) - Handbuild and decorate holiday-themed
clay projects and then give them as Christmas gifts. Held Mondays in November at
Bowen Pottery Studio.
Jewelry Making (8-13 yrs) - Bracelets, earrings and necklaces. What could be better
than wearing your own unique creations? Held Thursdays in January at Beban Park.
#GirlsRock (10-14 yrs) - Join us for girl time as we make crafts, try yoga, create
our own spa and more! Held Tuesday evenings in November and starting again in
January at Oliver Woods Community Centre.
Creative Christmas Cards (12 yrs+) - Spend a relaxing afternoon creating your
own cards. All supplies included to make 6 cards. Held Saturday, November 22 or
December 6 at Bowen Complex.
Social Dances - Learn how to dance for that party, wedding or vacation. Held Monday
evenings in January at Departure Bay Activity Centre.
Cardio Sculpt Circuit Training - Join us for a total body workout every Tuesday and
Thursday evening. Register for the month of November starting November 4. Held at
Oliver Woods Community Centre.
Swimming & Skating Lessons - We have new sessions for every age group starting
throughout the year. Check out IReg or our Fall and Winter Activity Guide for more
information.
Looking for more program options?
This is just a small sample of the many programs we offer at the City of Nanaimo.
See our Activity Guide for all the details and options.
GET OUT
AND PLAY,
NANAIMO!
Saturday, November 29
Be a part of RBC Sports Day
in Canada – a national celebration
FRANK
ARENA
OLIVER WOODS COMMUNITY CENTRE
of sport
atCRANE
all levels.
• Free “Learn-to-Skate” lessons from 11:30 am1-4 PM
12:30 pm at Frank Crane Arena for ages 5-11
Try the following activities for FREE!
years
Join
this
local
event
and
you’ll
be
one
• Free NHL “Learn-to-Play Hockey” from 12:15- •1-4ofpm: SPORTS TRIVIA
over
who are coming
•1-1:45 pm: FLOOR HOCKEY
1 pmaatmillion
Frank CraneCanadians
Arena for first-time
together
for
the
love
of
sport.
• 1-1:45 pm: BADMINTON
players from ages 5-11 years (skates, sticks,
•2-2:45 pm: BASKETBALL
helmets provided)
•2-3 pm: PICKLEBALL
•
Everyone
Welcome
1:15-2:45 pm
LEARN
MORE
ATSkate,CBCSPORTS.CA/SPORTSDAY
(regular admission rates) with a performance •3-4 pm: SOCCER
from Nanaimo Figure Skating Club
• Everyone Welcome Skate, 7-9 pm (regular
admission rates)
• Atom Hockey (Nanaimo Dragons vs. Nanaimo
Royals) 11:15 am-12:30 pm at Cliff McNabb
NANAIMO AQUATIC CENTRE
4-7 PM
•$3 Public Swim
•Nanaimo Synchro Club demos
•Nanaimo Riptide Swim Club demos
OTHER ACTIVITIES
•See a Clippers Game on Friday, November 28
at 7 pm
•Try a workout at the outdoor Oliver Woods
Wellness Park
•Try a workout at Beban’s Participark
W
The Frank Crane Arena will be transformed into a “Winter Wonderland” with a
“Quebec Winter Carnival” theme. These skate sessions only cost a loonie with all
skate and helmet rentals for free! Drop in during any of our public times or rent
the ice privately for your friends, family or co-workers.
$1
Admission
for All!
SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, DEC 26
11:45 am-3 pm
SATURDAY, DEC 27
10-11:30 am (Parent & Tot)
11:45 am-4:45 pm
7:45-9:30 pm
SUNDAY, DEC 28
10-11:30 am (Family)
11:45 am-4:45 pm
7:45-9:30 pm
MONDAY, DEC 29
10-11:30 am (Parent & Tot)
11:45 am-4:45 pm
7:45-9:30 pm
TUESDAY, DEC 30
10-11:30 am (Family)
11:45 am-4:45 pm
7:45-9:30 pm
December 26-30, 2014
Frank Crane Arena (2300 Bowen Rd)
Skate
& Helmet
Rentals
FREE
FINALE 2014
Nanaimo’s Biggest & Best Family New Year’s Eve Party!
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PARK PROJECT
UPDATES
Two New Neighbourhood Playgrounds Through the VIP Program
Participants from the Volunteers in Parks Program have been busy upgrading existing neighbourhood parks. This fall has seen two major
park improvements. The first is for Hawthorne Park. The playgrounds, swing and play apparatus are in with landscaping happening in the
spring. Groveland Park will have playground equipment installed on November 14. This park will also include a multi-purpose hard surface
area for basketball and other sports and games.Thanks for the many volunteers who have made these projects possible.
Groveland Park
Bowen Park Tennis
Court Upgrades
During the summer, both sets of courts at
Bowen Park got a face lift. The upper courts
got re-painted, while the lower courts
are getting a complete re-haul, including
surfacing and fencing. The lower courts
should be open to the public again once the
weather allows for the painting of the lines.
In the meantime, visit the upper courts
which are ready for play right now!
Hawthorne Park
Italian Fountain
Upgrades
The Italian Fountain, a landmark in the City
of since 1961, underwent repairs as part
of phased improvements to the structure,
including:
• Mechanical system upgrades
• Upgrades to the electrical kiosk and
system for current operation & future
consideration of the lighting and pumps
• Repair of the structure of the fountain
to repair minor leaks & major aesthetic
issues
Artificial Turf Gets
“Dressed”
The Second Artificial Turf Field at Beban Park
was top-dressed with 40,000 lbs of crumb
rubber raising the amount of rubber in the
field another ¼ inch. This helps the synthetic
fibre stand erect and allows the field to play
true to real grass.
ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
Updates
The Salmon are
Coming to the Bowen
Park Side Channel!
This 800 metre long side channel creates
habitat for coho salmon. It bypasses
a series of waterfalls in Bowen Park
allowing fish to reach productive
spawning and rearing habitat above
the falls. The side channel enables fish
to migrate and spawn in the upper
watershed and tributaries of the
Millstone Watershed.
November and December is a great time
to see salmon the channel and learn
more about their life cycle by reading
the interpretive signage found along the
trails.
Woodstove
Changeout Program
The City of Nanaimo, in partnership
with the RDN and the Province of BC, is
offering a woodstove changeout program
where a $250 rebate is given to those
residents who change
out their existing wood
burning appliance to
a CSA compliant one.
For more information
on qualifying for
this rebate, please
visit our website at
www.nanaimo.ca/goto/burnitsmart
Native Plant Salvage Pilot Program
Nanaimo is an ecologically diverse and wonderful place to reside. Protecting our natural
environment is one of the highest priorities in the City. As a result, the City of Nanaimo is
piloting a “Native Plant Salvage Program” coordinated through Environmental Services staff.
This stewardship program allows salvaging to take place on sites where access has been
granted by landowners/developers. It helps to
• Protect genetic, species and ecosystem diversity in our area
• Restore habitat for local wildlife
• Encourage the use of native plants in gardens and community projects
• Promote the preservation and restoration of environmentally significant areas
Membership and training is required in order to participate in this program. For more
information, contact Rob Lawrance at 250.755.7582 or [email protected]
“Picture” This...
Take a look at some of the adventures available through
Parks, Recreation and Environment! Join us at our programs and special events
for your own experiences!
We have a NEW Shallow
Water Aquafit Class at
Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.
Join us every Friday,
6-6:45 am for a great
workout. Start your
day off right!
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NANAIMO IS ON
FACEBOOK &
TWITTER & WE HAVE
A BLOG!
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CONTACT US:
Phone: 250.756.5200 web: www.nanaimo.ca
Internet Registration: ireg.nanaimo.ca
Questions or comments? Email us at [email protected]
Next newsletter: January 2015