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.

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.

Babysitting Certification

The Bellbrook Sugarcreek Park District will be offering a babysitting certification course for ages 12-15 years on Wednesday, June 1st from 9am-4pm at the Community Center (2751 Washington Mill Rd, Bellbrook). This course is designed for young adults who will be babysitting or providing child and infant care. You will learn emergency action steps, fire/water safety, infant care, and also CPR, basic first aid and choking management. The program will be taught by a certified Bellbrook Fire Department, American & Safety Health Institute (ASHI) instructor. Participants will receive certification cards for CPR; Basic First Aid & Child and Babysitting Safety (CABS) upon successful completion of the program. Bring a sack lunch. Pre-registration is required by 5/25. To register go to

Concert Series: Corky’s Old Time Band

Join parks as they welcome Corky’s Old Time Band 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at Bellbrock Park, 57 N. Main St. Corky’s Old Time R&R was formed in January 2004 by Corky Shull and Jeff Hill. Corky’s rock and roll style music is a crowd pleaser pulling from different decades; there is sure to be something for everyone and all ages. Corky’s has played several shows across the State of Ohio including a couple of summers at Lake Erie. The members of Corky’s consists of: Brenda Allen, Dirk Lavoy, Frank Dunn, Tom Flatter, Dale Oakley and Corky Shull. Corky’s plays the greatest hits of the 50s, 60s and early 70s. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or lawn chair. This free program is for all ages and no registration is required. This program may be cancelled for inclement weather.

Pinterest Party

The parks invites participants to come create fun items from the popular website Pinterest. This class will provide all the supplies and ingredients to create the website’s most popular crafts and food “pins” on Pinterest. Each month staff 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 held 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, June 13 and at the Community Center. The cost is $15/resident and $20/non-resident. Register please.

Family Movie Night

Kick back and relax with family and friends at the monthly movie night 7 p.m. Friday, June 17 at the Community Center. The movie will be projects onto a wall which creates a theater style experience. Kids are welcome to wear their PJs and bring their favorite blanket, sleeping bag, or bean bag chair to relax and be comfy on. There will be raffle drawings for a sweet treat as well as trivia questions that can earn you a ticket for fun family night out prizes. Call 937-848-3535 for movie of the month details. Registration is required if you want to enjoy an ice cream sundae.

Gazette News report compiled by Merrilee Embs.

Gazette News report compiled by Merrilee Embs.