Big Rapids sets summer recreation programs

The Charles E. Fairman Community Pool will open on June 11. The City of Big Rapids Recreation Department has announced a variety of programs throughout the summer for residents to participate. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — With warmer temperatures here to stay for a while, the City of Big Rapids Recreation Department has set its summer programs.

Special events throughout the summer months include Girls on the Run, the downtown farmers markets on Tuesday and Friday and National Dance Day.

The annual Girls on the Run 5K Run/Walk is set for Saturday, June 2, at the Hemlock Park Bandshell, behind Big Rapids Middle School. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m., with the event beginning at 9:45 a.m. Cost is $5, with Girls on the Run participants and coaches participating for free.

The downtown Big Rapids farmers market will open on Friday, May 11, in the parking lot at City Hall. The market will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday through Oct. 26. Vendors also will be on hand for the Tuesday farmers market, which will be from noon to 5 p.m., beginning Tuesday, May 15, and running through Sept. 25.

Janitza Sawyer will help residents bust some moves on the dance floor, celebrating National Dance Day on Saturday, June 16, at the Hemlock Park Bandshell. The free event, created by “So You Think You Can Dance” producer Nigel Lythgoe, encourages individuals to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity.

Pickleball players can hit the court beginning this week at the Ferris State University Racquet and Fitness Center. On Tuesday, games will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday players can play from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $3 per person. Paddles are available for use and all levels of players are invited to participate.

Tai Chi will be from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday beginning May 14 at Hemlock Park. The cost is $2. Certified international instructor Mary Loesch will lead participants in this ancient form of exercise developed in China as a martial art. Participants will benefit from improved muscle tone, flexibility, balance and coordination.

Line dancing classes will begin Tuesday, May 15, and run through July 26 at the Artworks Dance Studio. There will be no class the week of July 2. Cost is $2 per person. Instructed by Diane Jones, classes will take place Tuesday and Thursday each week. Step instruction begins at 8 a.m; beginner classes are at 9 a.m.; and intermediate classes start at 10 a.m.

Senior Fit Time, instructed by DeMar Hatchew, who is certified in senior fitness, will be from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning May 15 and running through July 26, at Style Station, 1619 Catherine St. The class is geared to help those in need of a low-impact routine with an emphasis on cardio, balance and muscle stretching. Participants are encouraged to bring a mat, water bottle and personal weights. Cost is $2 per person.

Instructor DeMar Hatchew will be leading a Delay the Disease — Fitness for Parkinson’s class, which is designed to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. The class will take place from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursdays, from May 15 through July 26, at Style Station, 1619 Catherine St. Cost is $2 per participant. The class incorporates a variety of chair exercises, stretching, balance work, strength training and vocal and facial exercises. Caregivers are welcome to join.

The Charles E. Fairman Community Pool, located on Hutchinson Street, opens Monday, June 11. It will be closed on July 4. For more information about schedules and fees, call (231) 796-7798 or visit its Facebook page.

For more information about the summer recreation program, visit brpr.org or contact the city’s recreation director Josh Pyles at (231) 592-4038.

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