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.

Pinterest Party

The parks district invites adults to learn more about how to create from the popular website Pinterest with a Pinterest Party. Create the website’s most popular crafts and food “pins” on Pinterest. Each month the group will focus and challenge our ideas in four areas: seasonal ideas, health, food, and crafty creations to brighten up your personal space. This program is 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, May 23 at the Community Center. Cost is $15 per resident and $20 per non-resident. Registration required.

Walk and Talk Book Club

Walk and Talk Book Club will be hosted 9 a.m. every second Tuesday and fourth Saturday June through September. This book club is designed for those that 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. June’s book: The Life of Elves by Muriel Barbery; July’s book: Wild by Cheryl Strayed; August’s book: Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver; September’s book: H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald. This is a free program for adults.

Creek Crawl

Join the park district for an educational exploration of the Little Sugarcreek 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 at Magee Park, 1820 Little Sugarcreek Road. Explore the waterway for frogs, fish, water striders and invertebrates with our park naturalist. Bring your plastic (no glass please) containers and dip nets if you have them. Wear your sturdy creek shoes and get ready for discovery. Pre-registration is required.

Designing rain gardens

The Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District Speaker Series continues with Designing and Creating Rain Gardens. Jerry Haun, a Greene County Master Gardener, who will be speaking on Rain Gardens 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 at the Community Center.

This overview will address all aspects of a rain garden including: purpose, construction, plant selection and uses, and maintenance requirements. This program will also show how this knowledge can be applied to commercial sites by touring the park district headquarters’ new river friendly parking lot made possible through Ohio EPA Surface Water Improvement Fund grant funding. This free program is for adults.

Sit and sketch

Join local artist Andrew Dailey for a casual afternoon of drawing in the great outdoors. Andrew will be on-site 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 12 and Aug. 20 to offer drawing tips and feedback. Andrew has taught drawing for Miami University, University of Dayton, Wright State University, and Rosewood Arts Centre. He exhibits his work in regional and national venues. In 2011, Dailey was honored with an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.

This program is for adults and will be held at Sweet Arrow Reserve, located at 789 Little Sugarcreek Road. The cost is free if you bring your own supplies or $7 if you want to purchase a kit from the instructor.

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.