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April 2019

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Saturday, April 27, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Over 80 countries and hundreds of cities in every time zone participate in this coming together! Breathe and move in a worldwide wave of healing energy for ourselves and … for the world! Experience the amazing benefits of breathing along with gentle movement and mind focus. Western medicine calls Tai Chi “Meditation in Motion,” and its health benefits are well researched. Judy Wilson will tell you about Tai Chi and Qigong and introduce you to some gentle movements and breathing practices for stress reduction and relaxation.

Creature ComMOTION

Monday, April 29, 1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Mini Movers

Little ones will learn fascinating facts about animals from A to Z, found in our parks and around the world! Group and individual activities will be included for them to expand their social skills and be creative. They will enjoy activities, age-appropriate equipment and fun music. (ages 4 – 5)

Mondays & Wednesdays, April 29 – May 15

Mommy & Me: Storytime Yoga

Tuesday, April 30, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Join certified Color Me Yoga Instructor, Megan Pooler, for this fun parent/child yoga program. Each session will include breathing techniques, games, simple yoga poses and a craft that goes along with a weekly theme. Yoga mats provided. This is not a drop-off program, parents/guardians encouraged to participate. (ages 3 – 6 with adult companion)

Tuesdays, April 9 – 30

May 2019

Booked for Lunch

Wednesday, May 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II, by Jan Jarboe Russell small book cover

May’s Discussion: The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II, by Jan Jarboe Russell

A collaborative program with Centerville-Washington History and the Washington-Centerville Public Library, Booked for Lunch is a monthly lunchtime discussion on a historical fiction or nonfiction book. Bring your lunch and we’ll provide dessert! The library will advance order copies for participants to borrow while supplies last.

Adult Archery Clinic

Wednesday, May 1, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Oak Grove Park,
1790 E. Social Row Rd.
Centerville, OH 45458 United States
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Five-week clinic designed for those with little or no archery experience. NASP certified instructors will go through basic safety methods and progress to accuracy games and competitions. Learn about different types of bows and targets to give you a well-rounded look at the art of archery. All equipment provided. (ages 18 and up)

Wednesdays, May 1 – 29

Mad Science University

Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Mad Science University

Science is all around us! Experiment with items we use every day to create something fascinating. We’re putting science to the test while your child learns about chemistry and physics. (ages 8 – 12)

Wednesdays, May 1 – 22

Intergenerational Series: Love is Blooming

Friday, May 3, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Intergenerational Smiles and Sunshine

Grandparents and grandchildren will celebrate the colorful buds and blooms of springtime with themed stories and crafts. (ages 3 – 6 with grandparent(s))

Intergenerational Series: Love is Blooming

Friday, May 3, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Intergenerational Smiles and Sunshine

Grandparents and grandchildren will celebrate the colorful buds and blooms of springtime with themed stories and crafts. (ages 3 – 6 with grandparent(s))

Intergenerational Series: Love is Blooming

Friday, May 3, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Intergenerational Smiles and Sunshine

Grandparents and grandchildren will celebrate the colorful buds and blooms of springtime with themed stories and crafts. (ages 3 – 6 with grandparent(s))

Nocturnal Nature Series: Screech Owl Search

Friday, May 3, 8:30 p.m.-9:45 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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screech owl

Search for screech owls in the park after dark! We will hike to some of their favorite spots and see if they are singing! (recommended for ages 5 and up)

Migratory Bird Celebration Walks

Monday, May 6, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Big Bend Park,
1328 Spring Ash Drive
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Migratory Bird Day is this week! Celebrate by learning our migratory birds and exploring new parks in the district! Bird identification and song recognition will be covered, as well as a mini-lesson before we begin each hike. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Various park locations throughout the week. Register for the week and attend as many walks as you can. (ages 14 and up)

Nature-based Stress Reduction

Monday, May 6, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Join Debra Venable of HOPE Reiki & Wellness Resources to explore different nature-based techniques to alleviate the stressors in your life. Build on meditation basics outdoors in the beauty of nature! (ages 14 and up)

Mondays, May 6 – 20 & Tuesday, May 28

Early Adventures

Tuesday, May 7, 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Pleasant Hill Park,
358 Zengel Dr.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Early Adventures

Taking your little ones outdoors provides them with a beneficial experience. There are new unique sounds, colors, sensations and textures to process. These leisurely hikes provide quality family time in nature! (ages 0 – 4 years with adult companion)

Early Adventures

Tuesday, May 7, 6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Pleasant Hill Park,
358 Zengel Dr.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Early Adventures

Taking your little ones outdoors provides them with a beneficial experience. There are new unique sounds, colors, sensations and textures to process. These leisurely hikes provide quality family time in nature! (ages 0 – 4 years with adult companion)

Playdate Pals: Mama Llama

Wednesday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Playdate Pals

Designed to build sensory awareness, to build motor skills and to encourage social interaction with other children through monthly nature-themed programs that include singing, dancing, crafts, learning stations and more. (ages 18 months – 4 years with adult companion)