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.

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.

Little learners preschool fun

Join the park district at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9 to learn all about letters, numbers, shapes, colors and so much more all while making new friends. This program is meant to help strengthen and build the skills your preschooler is learning at home and at preschool. Read stories, play games and create a project that fits each theme. This month’s theme is Sesame Street-Colors, numbers and shapes. An adult companion must attend and registration is required. This program is for ages 2-5 years and the cost is free for residents and $5 for non-residents.

Happy hands for babies and preschoolers

The park district will be offering fun music classes with instructor, Dorie Phillips. Experience music play and American Sign Language (ASL) together, while strengthening motor, social, and cognitive skills. Participants will learn ASL in combination with songs, instruments, stories and hand puppets to encourage communication and musical development. Classes will be accompanied by guitar; representing folk, classical, an originals. Registration is required. This class will be Mondays from Sept. 19 to Oct. 24 and the time will be 6-6:30 p.m. for 6-24 months and 6:45-7:15 p.m. for 2-5 years. The cost is $30 per resident and $35 per non-resident and is for ages 6 months-5 years.

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

Campfire sing-along

Join the park district’s Chief Naturalist at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 for some fun campfire songs and nature ditties as we roast marshmallows around the fire and enjoy some yummy s’mores! Bring your best singing voice and don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets. This program may be cancelled during inclement weather. This program is for all ages and the cost is free for residents and $5 for non-residents. Registration is required.

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.

Gazette News report compiled by Merrilee Embs.

Gazette News report compiled by Merrilee Embs.