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Not ready to return? We understand! Our parks team is working hard to maintain our beautiful parks and trails that we hope you’ll explore safely. And, our recreation team is innovating new ways to deliver recreation programming virtually, so check back often for lots of fun activities or visit the Virtual Recreation Center for lots of great ways to Play, Learn, Connect, Grow, Explore and Relax all from the comfort of your home!

Last updated: September 11, 2020, at 5:59 pm

Children, Youth, and Family Fun

children, youth, and family fun

Adventure Tuesday

Join us each Tuesday for some amazing adventure ideas that you can do on your computer, at home, or around Albany!

After School Basic Sewing (Ages 9-12)

Students will learn the basics of sewing with a machine as well as by hand. Projects will be varied to keep students excited!

After School Teen Sewing Sessions (Ages 13-16)

Students will learn to use patterns to create garments and other projects. Use of a sewing machine and hand sewing will be covered.

Albany Gems Dance Team (GRADES 3-8)

Do you love to dance? Are you interested in joining an awesome team? The Albany Gems Dance Team, a program offered through Albany Parks and Recreation, provides great opportunities to develop skills and the attitude youth need to be successful! Dancers learn fitness, nutrition, teamwork, and valuable life skills all while being part of a team.

Fairytale Dance (Ages 5-7)

There’s nothing more imaginative than fairytales! Experience the magic of ballet as your child stretches, leaps, and dances across the floor. Using props and interactive songs, this class will help improve balance and coordination while introducing your child to the fundamentals of ballet.

Hip Hoppers (Ages 5-7)

Hip hoppers will learn basic hip hop moves and fun dance routines set to hit music. This class will teach basic leaps, turns, and tumbling while helping develop an overall sense of rhythm. The steps are sure to make kids groove to the beat in their own jazzy style!

Slash Into Music (Ages 5-7)

This energetic movement and music class will keep your kiddo moving! Dancers will explore instruments and dance while they participate in activities that encourage collaboration and movement.

Teen Volunteer Program

Are you between the ages of 13-18? Join us for these amazing sessions and get hands on experience learning elements of Natural Resource Management.

Trick-or-Treat Cruise-Thru

Trick-or-Treat from the safety of your car! We want to see those cool costumes — so dress up and come trick-or-treat with us! There will be candy and goodies to collect along the way and some spooktacular decorations!!!

Tumbling 1&2 (Ages 5-7)

Somersault, roll, and jump for fun! This class teaches the basics of tumbling and gymnastics as well as other floor movements. Tumbling skills, walking across the balance beam, and jumping on a mini-trampoline will develop healthy muscles, enhance flexibility, and get your child moving.

Virtual Kidz Love Soccer (Classes for Ages 2-10)

Kidz Love Soccer livestream programs are 30-minute classes presented over the Internet. Participants join class using the ZOOM meeting client and connect through any web browser. Kids need only a ball to kick, space to play and an internet connected device to join our class.

Community Events

community events

Tailgate Tunes - Petty Fever

Come rock out with us and enjoy the last weeks of summer! It's going to be a cool evening filled with the great sounds of Tom Petty - so tell your friends & neighbors... you won't want to miss the fun!

Tailgate Tunes - Radical Revolution

Come rock out with us and enjoy the last weeks of summer! It's going to be a cool evening filled with great 80's music - so tell your friends & neighbors... they won't want to miss the fun!

Treat-or-Treat Cruise-Thru

Trick-or-Treat from the safety of your car! We want to see those cool costumes — so dress up and come trick-or-treat with us! There will be candy and goodies to collect along the way and some spooktacular decorations!!!

Aquatics

aquatics

Aqua Jog

Aqua jogging is a group fitness class with a trained professional teaching for about an hour. The classes focus on aerobic endurance, resistance training, and creating an enjoyable atmosphere sometimes with music.

Household Recreation Swim

Gather up the entire family for some fun in the pool! Members of the same household are invited to come and swim together. Adults are required with anyone under age 16.

Lap Swim

Lap Swim is exactly what it sounds like - swimming laps! Do your own personal training routine. When the shallow end is available, walking is permitted.

Personal Exercise

Aqua jogging is so fun & popular. This is not an instructor led session and participants must remain socially distanced from other participants. Flotation devices are available.

Senior Fitness

Senior Fitness is a group fitness class with a trained professional teaching for 45 minutes. The classes focus on aerobic endurance, resistance training, and creating an enjoyable social atmosphere sometimes with music.

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics is a group fitness class with a trained professional instuctor. The classes focus on aerobic endurance, resistance training, and creating an enjoyable atmosphere sometimes with music.

Youth Swim Lessons  New!

Make a splash with swim lessons at Albany Community Pool! Learning to swim teaches skills to be safe in the water and so much more. Swimming builds self confidence, develops self-esteem and makes water a safe, fun environment for a lifetime. We are focused on developing strong swimmers and confident kids.

Sports

sports

Level I Tennis (Ages 6-12)

This class is designed for students ages 6-12. Introduction to tennis with small rackets as needed. Featuring eye-hand coordination, learning drills, while having fun. The beginning elements of the game are covered.

Level II Tennis (Ages 6-12)

This class is designed for students ages 6-12. Basic fundamentals are stressed with an emphasis on forehand, backhand,, and serve with an introduction to volley. Learning to score and playing fun games is included.

Level III Tennis (Middle/High School)

This class is designed for Middle and High School students. Players that come from level II, plan to play high school tennis, or Rookie tournaments. Players will focus on improving strokes as well as singles and doubles play.

Pee Wee Tennis (Ages 4-5)

This class is designed for students ages 4-5 (sometimes 3-usually with a sibling or friend) Introduction to tennis with small rackets. Featuring eye-hand coordination, learning drills, while having fun. The beginning elements of the game are covered.

Pickleball - Adult, Youth, Middle School & High School Round Robin Doubles

This program is designed for those who desire to play pickleball in a social and fun round robin style.

Pickleball Level I (Ages 8-12)

This class is designed for students ages 8-12. An introduction to pickleball, forehand, backhand, volley. Serve and how to score and play are also covered.

Pickleball Level II (Ages 13-18)

This class is designed for students ages 13-18. Forehand, backhand, volley and serve are practiced with an emphasis on play and stradegy.

Active Adults

active adults

CULINARY CONCEPTS

Quarantine Kitchen - Cooking Kit #1: Roasted Chili Zucchini Bowls

Quarantine Kitchen - Cooking Kit #2: Cauliflower Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing

Quarantine Kitchen - Cooking Kit #3: “Instant Pot” Thai-Style Butternut Squash Soup

Join Athena Nofziger RDN, LD, registered dietitian and culinary nutrition expert from the comfort of your own kitchen as she shares tips, tricks, and cooking techniques. Each class features a new recipe and includes a kit full of ingredients for you to cook along with Athena or watch the playback and make the recipe at your convenience! These tasty recipes and cooking kits contain 4 servings each! These are a great weekend lunch; add your favorite protein to make these meals a dinner!

ENRICH, ENGAGE, ENERGIZE

Amateur Astronomy: Discover the Night Skies

Learn to find and recognize constellations and planets, and use some simple tools to see what is viewable. You will also learn about viewing meteors, variable stars, eclipses and many other phenomena and objects. This is a virtual class taught by a member of the Heart of the Valley Astronomers.

Amateur Astronomy: The Basics

Interested in learning about astronomy? Want to know how the universe works, what a light year is, how a planet orbits a star, and how much space is really out there? This is the class for you! Join the Heart of the Valley Astronomers on Zoom for an in-depth introduction to the cosmos.

Capturing the Perfect Image

Have you ever taken a photo of something that looked awesome in real life just to find out later that it wasn’t done justice? Learn some tips on how to increase the chances that this doesn’t happen! There are a few simple guidelines to follow that will help your photographs be more aesthetically pleasing and fitting to your goal. Computers and programs for editing your photos will also be discussed and some examples will be shared during this virtual class.

Oregon's Rich History - Monday Classes

Oregon's Rich History - Tuesday Classes

There’s more to Oregon than you probably know. These classes will examine the rich and diverse history of our state and will include topics covering Oregon’s frontier heritage and its role in American history from pre-European contact all the way to the modern era. This course is enlightening, fun, and out of the ordinary.

Technical Aspects of Photography

This virtual class will show you how to understand and use some technical aspects including image quality in relation to the exposure triangle. There will be discussion on perspective shifts versus lens length and how it relates to focus and depth of field. This class is especially recommended for anyone who owns or wants to own a camera with adjustable settings. Our expert will also discuss the differences between inexpensive and expensive cameras with some advice on selecting a camera.

EXPRESS YOUR CREATIVITY

Basic and Creative Calligraphy

Practice letter forms and handwriting in this class that will help you fine-tune your artistic talents. This class also covers calligraphy related art and crafts including bookbinding, basic watercolor, and more.

Beginning Sewing

This class will cover the fundamentals of sewing for the new sewist and those who need a refresher. Bring your machine or use ours. You will learn machine features, sewing techniques, and stitches. You will have the confidence to choose a pattern, fabric, and notions.

Card Making Class - Kit #1: Happy Birthday & Thinking of You Cards

Card Making Class - Kit #2: Thanksgiving Cards

Card Making Class - Kit #3: Holiday Cards

Card Making Class - Kit #4: Thank You Cards

Make your own greeting cards from the comfort of your home! We'll provide the supplies while you have all of the fun! Follow along via video while the instructor shows you how to put together these cute and unique greeting cards.

Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments (Dec 9)

Create stunning holiday ornaments! Decorate your tree or give them as a gift. Students will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. Get creative and show off your one of a kind ornament to friends and family!

Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments (Nov 23)

Create stunning holiday ornaments! Decorate your tree or give them as a gift. Students will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. Get creative and show off your one of a kind ornament to friends and family!

Fused Glass Jewlery

Create stunning glass jewelry! Keep it for yourself or gift it to someone special. Students will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. Let your imagination go wild and dazzle your friends with your unique jewelry.

Fused Glass Mystery Project (Dec 29)

Join us to create a beautiful fused mystery item, even if you’ve never worked with glass before! Students will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. You’ll make something fun, exciting, and unique!

Fused Glass Mystery Project (Sept 17)

Join us to create a beautiful fused mystery item, even if you’ve never worked with glass before! Simply arrange different shapes and types of colored glass elements to make your very own unique design.

Fused Glass Picture Holder

Join us to create a beautiful picture holder. Students will have access to a variety of beautiful glass. Let your creativity take over and create a work of art.

Holiday Sewing

Get in the holiday spirit! Learn how to sew a tree skirt, stockings, and felt ornaments. This class is great for a beginning sewist or anyone with experience using a sewing machine.

Intermediate Sewing

This class will cover sewing seams, darts, hems, zippers, and finishing a garment. You will build on the skills you learned in Beginning Sewing or from previous experience.

Intermediate Sewing Session 2

Students will expand on what they have learned in the Beginning Sewing class (sewers with experience who did not take Beginning Sewing are also welcome).

Introduction to Sewing with Knit Fabric: Leggings (Session 1)

Introduction to Sewing with Knit Fabric: Leggings (Session 2)

Introduction to Sewing with Knit Fabric: Leggings (Session 3)

Introduction to Sewing with Knit Fabric: Leggings (Session 4)

Students will learn to work with knit fabrics and how to make their own leggings for all occasions! Students must know the basic functions of a sewing machine for this class.

Introduction to Sewing with Knit Fabric: T-shirt

Students will learn to work with knit fabrics and how to sew a t-shirt. You will walk away with a handmade t-shirt! Students must know the basic functions of a sewing machine for this class.

Introduction to Sewing with Knit Fabric: Turtleneck (Session 1)

Introduction to Sewing with Knit Fabric: Turtleneck (Session 2)

Introduction to Sewing with Knit Fabric: Turtleneck (Session 3)

Students will learn to work with knit fabrics and how to sew a turtleneck. You will walk away with a handmade turtleneck for those cold winter days! Students must know the basic functions of a sewing machine for this class.

Mosaic Birdhouse

Join us to design your very own mosaic birdhouse! You will lay out and place your unique design during the first class using tiles and gorgeous glass. On the second night you will grout your creation. Invite your friends, make it a date night, or fly solo!

Mosaic Gingerbread Pair

Create a cute pair of gingerbread people! You will lay out and place your unique design during the first class using tiles and gorgeous glass. On the second night you will grout your creations. Invite your friends, make it a date night, or fly solo!

Mosaic Jack-O-Lantern Plaque

Join us to create your very own jack-o-lantern plaque! Just in time for Halloween! You will lay out and place your unique design during the first class using tiles and gorgeous glass. On the second night you will grout your jack-o-lantern. Invite your friends, make it a date night, or fly solo!

Mosaic Madness

You will design your very own mosaic item! It’s time to get creative! You will lay out and place your unique design during the first class using tiles and gorgeous glass. On the second night you will grout your creation. Invite your friends, make it a date night, or fly solo!

HEALTHY, ACTIVE AND FIT!

PiYo in the Park - Sept 15

PiYo in the Park - Sept 22

PiYo in the Park - Sept 29

PiYo combines the strength training and body lengthening aspects of Pilates with the core training and stretching elements of Yoga. PiYo is low impact and adaptable to all fitness levels. Unlike traditional yoga, PiYo is designed to burn calories and make you sweat! Bring your own mat and PiYo with us in the park!

Zumba/Zumba Toning - Final Summer Session

Zumba/Zumba Toning - Session 1 (Fall)

Zumba/Zumba Toning - Session 2 (Fall)

Zumba/Zumba Toning provides a total body workout using easy to follow choreographed dance moves to combine elements of fitness-cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, and flexibility. Zumba Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise because they are super effective and amazingly fun.

SENIOR SYMPOSIUM

Fraud & Scams Panel

Health Insurance Panel

Join us on Zoom to hear from a panel of local experts about two very important topics: health insurance and fraud & scams. We will be joined by representatives from AARP, Albany Police Department, SHIBA, Senior Medicare Patrol, and Social Security. Our panelists will discuss recent trends they have seen in these topics. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and get your answers straight from the source! Register for one session or both. Must provide a valid email address to participate.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Parking Lot Bingo  New!

Play Bingo from the comfort & safety of your own car - it's going to be a great time with fun prizes!

Senior Holiday Meal To-Go

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! While we can’t enjoy a meal together in person, we can still provide a scrumptious meal to warm your spirits. Yes, dessert is included! Swing through the Senior Center parking lot for your holiday meal to-go. Reservations are required.

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