Lots of ways to get active in Middleton

Heather Killen
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Everyone invited to show-up for MIA

This winter the Middleton recreation department is sponsoring a new contest for artists age 16 and over. And there are classes starting in drama (ages 6-12), dance and guitar.

The Middleton recreation department has lined-up lots of activities aimed at getting everyone to show-up for a healthier 2014.

Jennifer Coolen, recreation director, says every January people look for ways to follow-up on their new year’s resolutions to become more active, or explore new hobbies.

The department’s new MIA program, Middleton in Action, is a year-round initiative that aims to plan special events to get people engaged and active. Some of the activities are geared towards physical activity, while others will exercise people’s creativity.

For those who want to try something artistic, the recreation department has added classes in drama, dance and guitar. Last fall the department organized a writing contest for residents and it was so popular, this month a similar contest is starting for artists as part of the MIA program.

Artists aged 16 and older are invited to submit their work to the Artistic Impressions contest. The entries will be displayed around town for people to see, according to Coolen.  All artists who submit work will be entered into a draw for $100.

Anyone who wants to get physically active and try new outdoor activities such as skating, snowshoeing and skiing can borrow the equipment they need to get started through the town recreation department.

“We have snowshoes and skis of all sizes, and we’re building a skate inventory, so if people need equipment we can probably lend them something,” she said. “And we’re planning some free family events throughout January and February that people can join.”

This winter, the department is inviting everyone to enjoy the free outdoor skating at Centennial Park’s outdoor rink, or the Friday evening public skates at the arena.

And for those who want to try snowshoeing, two group treks are planned for Jan. 31 and Feb.28 starting at 6 p.m. in Rotary Park at the pavilion.

To register or reserve equipment for this outing, contact the recreation department. Coolen added they’ve scheduled various other weekly activities for all ages.

Various children’s and youth programs are planned this winter including ballet, Tumblebugs, and an introduction to Lacrosse. As well this winter, drama classes are being offered for students ages 6-12.

Adult programs range from stability ball, boot camp fitness, and volleyball, to guitar lessons. A senior’s fitness class is also starting this month and participants can join anytime.

For more information on the winter activities, or the Artistic Impressions contest visit the town’s Facebook page, or www.discovermiddleton.ca

 

 

Geographic location: Middleton, Centennial Park, Rotary Park

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