By Ethel Yops
Grosse Ile Recreation Commission
It’s November already. The year 2017 has been a time of extreme changes in weather patterns. What will this month bring us as we begin thinking of the holiday season?
Thanksgiving is a day of feasting on turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and more, topped off with pumpkin pie, a far cry from the pilgrims with corn and wild fowl. All of us giving thanks for what we have, taking care to remember those less fortunate by sharing with food and warm clothing.
Veterans Day is Nov. 11. Fly your flags, pray for those now serving in the Armed Forces and for their safe return and give thanks for all who have served and those who have given their lives to keep our country free. We must never forget their sacrifice.
Venturing off the Island and up West Road, take notice of the Trenton library’s marvelous display of flags honoring Veterans. It causes one to appreciate our hard-won freedom which we so often take for granted.
Pre-K Basketball: ages 3-5, Tues., Nov. 14-Dec. 5 from 4:15-5 p.m. at Centennial Farm Activity Room. The goal of the program is to increase the child’s coordination of large motor skills and spark their interest in each sport.
Tiny Tigers: ages 2-3, Thursday, Nov. 30- Jan. 18 from 4:30-5 p.m. at the Centennial Farm Activity Room. This is a parent and child interactive class designed specifically for this age group. Your child will benefit from physical activity, coordination drills, discipline and social interaction with other children of their own age in an activity setting.
Little Ninjas Karate: Ages 4-5, Wednesday, Nov. 29-Jan. 17 from 6-6:30 p.m. at the Centennial Farm Activity Room. This is an introductory karate class that focuses on teaching eight important main life skills: focus, memory, teamwork, discipline, self-control, fitness, balance and coordination.
Kids Power Karate: Ages 6-12, Wednesday, Nov. 29-Jan. 17 from 6:45-7:30 p.m. at the Centennial Farm Activity Room. PREVIOUS MARTIAL ARTS STUDENTS, REGARDLESS OF RANK OR AGE, SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASS TO BE ASSESSED AND ASSIGNED THE PROPER RANK IN TANG SOO DO. The Kids Power Karate Program offers traditional martial arts training to children ages 6 through 12 and emphasizes self-defense, physical fitness, conflict resolution, team work and anti-kidnapping techniques.
Color Belt Continuation Class: Ages 6 and up, Thursday, Nov. 30-Jan. 18 from 6:45-7:30 p.m. at the Centennial Farm Activity Room. Continuation of traditional martial arts training for those students who have achieved a color belt rank in the Kids Power Karate program. Teaches traditional Tang Soo Do techniques and self-defense at a rank appropriate level.
Advanced Ninjas Continuation Class: Ages 4-5, Thursday, Nov. 30-Jan. 18 from 6-6:30 p.m. at the Centennial Farm Activity Room. Continuation of our Little Ninjas Karate class. Prerequisite: Completion of the Little Ninjas Karate class.
Cardio-Kick-Fit: Tuesday, Nov. 28-Jan. 16 from 6-6:30 p.m. at Centennial Farm Activity Room. Cardio Kickfit is a 30-minute circuit style fitness class that is great for cardio fitness, self-defense, coordination and muscle toning. All fitness levels are welcome. This course is designed for men and women ages 15 and up. Or join our 6:30-7 p.m. class.
Cardio Drumming: Thursdays, Nov. 30-Jan. 18 from 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. at Centennial Farm Activity Room. Cardio Drumming is a fun energetic workout that combines dance, rhythm and drumming. Great for teens and adults of all ages. All fitness levels are welcome.
High Intensity Training: Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays, Nov. 13-Jan. 12 from 8-9 a.m. at Centennial Farm Activity Room, featuring cardio, Pilates, weight training, yoga, strength training and boot camp. Weights, mat, towel and water bottle required. Men and women welcome. Now offering a Tuesday/ Thursday session. If you take both session Monday-Wednesday-Friday and Tuesday-Thursday in consecutive sessions save 10 percent.
Senior Fitness: Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays, Nov. 13-Jan. 12 from 9:15-10 a.m. at Centennial Farm Activity Room. Senior Strength Training is a fun filled 45-minute class that stresses flexibility, strength and toning. Join us for an exercise class that is for beginners. Now offering a Tuesday/Thursday session. If you take both session Monday-Wednesday-Friday and Tuesday-Thursday in consecutive sessions save 10 percent.
Tennis After School: at Meridian School starting Tuesdays, Nov. 14 for Grades 3-5 and Parke Lane School starting Monday, Nov. 13 for Grades K-2. All equipment is provided. Have fun while learning a great game.
Pickleball: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at Meridian School Gym. Drop in for $3.
Dreaming about breakfast at Tiffany’s? Come and have breakfast with Santa instead. He will be here on Grosse Ile, no need to travel to New York or elsewhere. Enjoy this recreational special event for all ages.
Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Centennial Farm Activity Room. Includes pancake breakfast, craft and special visit with Santa. Don’t forget to bring your camera.
Elf Workshop: Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Centennial Farm Activity Room. Children grades K-6 are invited to make at least two gifts for their loved ones.
Winter Classic: Dec.18-22 at the Water’s Edge Ice Rink. Play 3 x 3 and 5 x 5 hockey (adults and kids teams), enter the slap-shot competition. Grab your skates and gear up!
For details, information, registration, fees, on all recreation offerings go online at wwwgrosseilerecreation.com, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or in person at the recreation department, 25215 West River Road. Office hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone number is (734) 675-2364 during business hours.
The stores have been displaying Christmas since before Halloween. Wouldn’t it be nice for each holiday to be celebrated on its own? We live in such a rush, rush world. Be careful as you shop, drive safely, and live to enjoy the treasures you give and receive. Watch out for the little children especially as they get off the school buses. Take care. Be happy.
I’m thankful after three months to be home returning to most of the activities that make life so worthwhile. At the top of the list? Writing this column for the Trenton Trib. True joy.