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Posted to Park and Rec Staff Blog by Jessica Abrahams
Recreation is beneficial for obvious reasons such as improving physical health, reducing stress, having fun, and increasing self-esteem. I have personally experienced these benefits of recreation; however, there is one benefit that I believe is more important than all of these: recreation brings people together! When my now 16-year old daughter was in elementary school I met one of my best friends at my daughter’s Park and Rec volleyball games. My friend’s daughter was also participating in the program and we were both there, watching our daughters play. My friend introduced herself to me, we started talking and ever since then she has been a great friend of mine. The next time you’re at your child’s game or practice, put your phone away and get to know the person next to you, they might just end up becoming a new friend!
Another benefit of recreation is it makes you feel like a part of the community. After I finished college, I got a job in Fairmont, Minnesota. I moved there not knowing anyone. When I first moved there, I remember thinking I was just going to stay just for a short time and look for an opportunity in a larger town. I ended up joining a softball and volleyball team where I met new people while being able to participate in activities I enjoy doing. I only stayed in Fairmont for a couple of years but by the time I left I actually didn’t want to leave! I definitely felt different about the town from when I had first moved there; I felt a part of the community and it was hard leaving people I had gotten to know.
We should definitely look past the physical benefits of recreation, especially during this time; in a time when it seems like we are being torn apart, recreation is still bringing people together. The next time you’re watching your child play a sport, try talking to the person standing next to you; you never know when you’re going to meet your next great friend. Or, try signing up for one of our adult sports leagues and have some fun while meeting new people. I can attest that recreation can help improve the quality of your life in many ways!
Park and Rec Updates:
Posted to Public Works - Engineering Updates by Anna Schwichtenberg
Posted to West Hills Social Commons Blog by Jessica Abrahams
West Hills Social Commons
West Hills Social Commons is now open! Our hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm. Below you will find the schedule for the next week.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Monday- May 10
Wednesday- May 12
Friday- May 14
9:00- Weight Training
1:30- Players Choice Dice Game
Book Club– Third Monday of the Month at 1:00pm
Calling all avid readers! Adult Leisure Pursuits has a book club! Join the Book Worms at West Hills Social Commons to discuss the monthly books.
AARP Safe Driving Class
AARP Safe Driving Classes are cancelled through September 1, 2021. AARP classes can be taken online at https://www.aarpdriversafety.org. Use the code Drivingskills for a discount.
Dawnlight Senior Bowling Highlights:
Pins Over Average:
Monday, April 26:
Game 1: Jim Harlicker 213 ( 67); Rod Fletcher 245 ( 49)
Game 2: Marty Speikers 216 ( 36); Myland Vroman 193 ( 25)
Game 3: Dave Linders 180 ( 45); Willie Peterson 192 ( 39);
Marty Speikers 211 ( 31); Judy Johnson 163 ( 30);
Myland Vroman 194 ( 26); Rod Fletcher 221 ( 25)
Split Conversions: Judy Johnson (2-7-8; 2-7 twice; 3-10);
Rod Fletcher (4-5-7); Judy Drevlow (3-10);
Dennis Branstad & Marty Speikers (each 5-7);
Arlene Gleason (3-10)
Friday, April 30:
Fifth Frame Strike Jackpot: Jerry Drevlow
Pins Over Average:
Game 1: Paula Burshem 244 ( 50); Delores Boyer 201 ( 43)
Chuck Newgard 194 ( 33)
Game 2: Reuben Ebeling 205 ( 48); Marty Speikers 212 ( 31)
Game 3: Mike Dettmer 258 ( 64); Marty Speikers 217 ( 36);
Chuck Newgard 189 ( 28)
Total Pins Over Average: Marty Speikers 616 ( 73)
Split Conversions: Delores Boyer (2-7 twice); Mike Dettmer (5-7);
Judy Drevlow (5-7 & 3-10); Rod Fletcher (4-5);
Marty Speikers, Sharon Hassing,
& Reuben Ebeling (each 3-10's)
Lots of good bowling; come and join the fun and prizes!