Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Parks upcoming events

Xenia Daily Gazette

BELLBROOK — The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Parks will host a variety of upcoming programs held at the Community Center, 2751 Washington Mill Road. Call 937-848-3535 or visit for more information or to register.

Little learners

The parks will host Little Learners group 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20. Preschoolers will 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. 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.

Pinterest party

The parks will host a Pinterest Party. In this class, staff will provide all the supplies and ingredients to create the website’s most popular crafts and food “pins” on Pinterest. Each month we 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, Jan. 23. The cost is $15 per resident and $20 p er non-resident. Registration required.

Chili cook-off

The parks district will host its Second Annual Chili Cook-Off 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at the park headquarters. Attendees can taste and vote for their favorite chili or just spend time with family and friends. There will be a $1 per cup associated with tasting the chili to help raise money for the Family Resource Center in Bellbrook; otherwise it is free to be a part of the festivities. To become a chili competitor or volunteer contact the park district for details. Chili champion will be awarded the “Cheesy Chili Trophy” and bragging rights until next winter. Chili competitors need to register no later than Jan. 25.

Fit club meet up

This new fitness program: Fit Club Meet Up is 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 fun prize.

This is an on-going fitness challenge program. The next one is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Park District Headquarters. Also participate in our secret challenge the week of Feb. 6-12. Email Jamie Welton at

Hatha yoga

The park district offers Hatha Yoga classes for adults 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday nights. Hatha Yoga is a system of relaxation, breathing, exercise and meditation designed to reduce stress and increase energy. This class is for beginning or continuing yoga students who also want to enhance strength, flexibility, and balance. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a mat. The cost is $50 per resident for six classes or drop-in fee of $12 per resident. Instructor is Steve Chappell. To register contact the parks.

Gentle yoga

The district offers Gentle Yoga classes for adults 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. This class is for beginning as well as more experienced students who want to try a gentle, slower and relaxing practice. It will combine relaxation techniques, proper breathing, gentle stretches and meditation. People with injuries, health problems, or other issues that limit mobility or cause pain can also participate. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a mat. The cost is $50 per resident for six classes or drop-in fee of $12 per residen. Instructor is Steve Chappell.

Okinawa Karate

The parks offers Okinawa Karate for ages 7-Adults on Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 6 p.m. 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. For more information visit The cost is $50 per resident monthly and $55 non-resident per month.

ZUMBA Toning

The parks offers Zumba Toning classes for ages 14-Adults on Tuesday nights from 7-8 p.m. ZUMBA Toning combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high energy cardio work with Latin-infused ZUMBA moves. Learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and tone target zones, including arms, abs, glutes and thighs. ZUMBA licensed instructor is Amy Kistler. The cost is $3 per resident drop-in fee and $5 per non-resident drop-in fee.

ZUMBA Fitness

Zumba Toning classes for ages 11-Adults on Thursday nights from 7-8 p.m. ZUMBA combines high energy and motivating Latin and International music with unique moves and combinations that allow the ZUMBA® participants to dance away their worries. Wear athletic shoes. ZUMBA licensed instructor is Amy Kistler. The cost is $3 per resident drop-in fee and $5 non-resident drop-in fee.

Gazette News report compiled by Merrilee Embs.

Gazette News report compiled by Merrilee Embs.