Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Parks upcoming events

Gazette News Report

BELLBROOK — The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Parks will host a variety of upcoming programs held at the Community Center. Call 937-848-3535 or log onto for more information or to register.

60 seconds or less

Does your family have what it takes to be quick, focused and maybe even a little goofy? If so, join the park district 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Park District Headquarters for an afternoon of laughter and exciting challenges for families to compete for the 60 Seconds Champion title. Don’t miss out on this family time of ridiculous competitions. Once we have crowned the champion family, relax with family and new friends on the patio for a pizza party picnic lunch. Pre-registration is required.

Picnic play date

The park district invites you at 11 a.m. Sept. 7 and Sept. 20 at Kehl Park, 1730 Sonoma Court for this new program that is for families with small children ages 1-4 years. Bring a picnic lunch and eat with new and old friends, then join us in some silly activities designed for little hands and big imaginations. Registration is required for this free program.

Fit club meet up

Join the park district for our new fitness program: Fit Club Meet Up. This is a great fitness program for those who want to meet new people that want to get outside to be healthier and fit. Each month there will be two fitness meetings one organized by staff and the second will be at your leisure during a designated week. Each participant will receive a passport and for every challenge you complete you will receive a stamp. For every 10 stamps you will receive a prize.

This is an on-going fitness challenge program, so don’t worry if you can’t make it to all of them, just sign up for the ones you can make it to. Join us from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Sweet Arrow Reserve, 789 Little Sugarcreek Road for a hike through the prairie and wooded trails and participate in our secret challenge the week of Sept. 26 to Oct. 2. Call 937-848-3535 for more information or email Jamie Welton at

Walk and talk book club

Walk and Talk Book Club will be hosted 9 a.m. every second Tuesday and fourth Saturday now through September. This book club is designed for those who love to read as well as enjoy fresh air on a light hike. Each month the group will meet to discuss the current book we are reading while walking through the wooded and prairie trails at Sweet Arrow Reserve, 789 Little Sugarcreek Road.

Exercise both our minds and our bodies. September’s book: H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald. This is a free program for adults.

Zumba toning

The park district offers Zumba toning classes for ages 14 to adult 7- 8 p.m. Tuesday nights at the Community Center. When it comes to body sculpting, Zumba toning combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high energy cardio work with Latin-infused moves. Torch calories while strength-training at this dance fitness-party. Learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and tone target zones, including arms, abs, glutes and thighs. One pound toning sticks are provided. Licensed instructor is Amy Kistler. Cost is $3 for residents drop-in fee and $5 for non-residents.

Okinawa karate

The park district offers Okinawa Karate for ages 7 to adults 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Community Center. Okinawa Shogen-Ryu Karate-Do is a traditional martial art that teaches self-defense, discipline, respect and confidence while providing health and camaraderie for young and old alike. Karate is something that parents can do with their children and it can be done for a lifetime. Instructor Brad Earich is a 4th Degree Black Belt.

Uniforms, called keikogi can be purchased from the instructor or from an online retailer. For more information Cost is $50 per month and $55 for non-residents per month.

Gazette News report compiled by Merrilee Embs.

Gazette News report compiled by Merrilee Embs.