The School District of Menomonee Falls, Community Education & Recreation Department will use this blog to share information relative to upcoming events, classes, programs, workshops and seminars for people of all ages, from preschool to older adults. Jason Husslein, Recreation Supervisor, will post information and maintain this blog, along with contributions from other staff members. Residents are encouraged to e-mail questions of interest to email@example.com. Your questions may be answered in our blog.
It's that time of year when many individuals start thinking about their new year's resolution. The problem is that most resolutions get tossed to the curb sooner than later. Sticking to your resolutions, defining clear goals, and having the resources to accomplish those goals make sticking to your new year's resolution much more successful! What's your new year's resolution? The odds are in your favor, that no matter what your resolution is, The Community Ed. & Recreation Department can provide you with opportunities to stick to your goals.
To Spend More Time With Family and Friends
According to Wanda Hope Carter, "Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches." Menomonee Falls offers a wide variety of social programs for family and friends to spend time together. Bridge, Sheepshead, Knitting, Pool, Special Events, and a daily lunch are opportunities the older adult population can enjoy at the Menomonee Falls Community Center. If it's family time you're looking for, visit North Junior High during any of our open swim times or visit one of the many parks located in Menomonee Falls. We also have our Parent/Child Free Throw Contest, Parent/Child Basketball Program and Parent/Child Football Program in the fall. The ultimate family event is the SDMF 5K Run & Walk. The goal of this family fun event is to increase obesity awareness and promote health and fitness within our community. This year's run will be held on Saturday, April 26 starting at 8:00 a.m.
To Get Fit and Lose Weight
Have you thought about losing weight in the past, but never stuck to it because you couldn't find anything "fun" to do? Look no further! Menomonee Falls Community Ed. & Recreation offers a variety of programs to help you stay on track and stay fit! From dancing to aerobics and cycling to weight lifting we have it all. A list of classes include: Body Basics Pilates, Cardio Combo, Body Basics, Yoga, Body Basics Pump, Water Workout, Indoor Cycling, Social Dance, Hip Hop Dance, Belly Dancing, Country Line Dancing and more! If you're looking for something free, enjoy walking indoors during the winter cold Monday though Friday from 6:15 to 7:00 a.m. or 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Menomonee Falls High School hallways.
To Have My Financial Questions Answered
We work with professionals in the finance and real estate fields to provide a wide array of financial classes. Whether it's buying a new home, selling a home, retiring early, managing your finances or maximizing your savings, we probably have a class for you. Visit www.fallsrec.org and check out many of our adult finance classes.
To Get a Good Job
Many individuals throughout our community are always looking for that right job, It's even more difficult for the young adult looking for his or her first job. In Preparing for the Job Market, a one hour seminar presented by Community Ed. & Recreation, young adults will learn what employers are looking for, how to prepare for an interview, and how to keep up with employers expectations. Who knows, you could be the next Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey! Being a Recreation Supervisor is a pretty great job as well!
To Broaden My Knowledge and Further My Education
Menomonee Falls Community Education and Recreation, as the name implies, offers great programs for adults to further their education and expand their knowledge. If you are interested in computers, try one of our many computer classes including: MS Word Basics, Intro to Outlook, Intro to Photo Editing, Advanced MS Word, Introduction to MS Excel, Introduction to MS Power Point, Advanced MS Excel and more! We also offer classes in television production, interior decorating, scrap booking, stamping, Spanish, electrical wiring, parenting and more. Four new programs being offered this winter and spring include: Passionate Purse-uits, Home Interior: What's the Buzz?, Porch Potential, and Cool Murals for Kid's Rooms.
To Reduce Stress
Especially after the holiday season, many people look for ways to wind down, relax, and rejuvenate. Yoga is a great way to do this (which we offer), but there are also several other programs we offer that will provide you with an array of methods for handling stress. Learn to center your body and mind with proper breathing and a variety of meditation techniques in our 4-week program called Introduction to Meditation. Taught by the same instructor, Relax, Renew, Rejuvenate is designed to provide students with an array of methods for handling stress using breathing exercises, imagery instruction, deep relaxation and simple stretching techniques.
To Volunteer to Help Others
It always feels good when we are able to help others. This is what Louise Schmidt does on a daily basis. She is the Department's Older Adult & Volunteer Coordinator. A large part of her job includes linking volunteers with those who need assistance. Volunteers in Community Education (VOICE) is a central source for volunteerism in Menomonee Falls. Louise connects individuals and groups with meaningful opportunities that benefit schools and the community. If you have a need, or a need to make a difference contact Louise Schmidt at (262) 255-8469.
I hope I have provided you with the resources you need to keep your new year's resolution in 2008! Additional program and class information can be found on-line at www.fallsrec.org, by visiting our office located in the Community Center at W152 N8645 Margaret Road, or by calling us at (262) 255-8460.
In the spirit of the holidays, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank those who make it possible to provide such a large, diverse and interesting group of programs and classes to the community. Thank you to our office staff: Patti Pirlot, Julie Hardy and Corie Thraves. Whether it's answering phones, providing quality customer service, running reports, attending meetings, or helping customers with registrations they always have smiles on their faces and are willing to go the extra mile. We also have a great "supervisory" staff. Joan Erickson, the director of the Department does a great job keeping myself, Dan Zeroth and Louise Schmidt on task. We have a great team in place, which I believe is evident by the amount of programs and classes we offer. I would also like to thank Luther Himsel, Dave Paul, Carol Hennessy, Jerry Volkman, Wendy Mohrfeld, Dan & Jamie Gebauer and Lois Darkow. These are the part time coordinators who have made and continue to make our aquatics, volleyball, basketball, instructional baseball, softball, gymnastics, tennis, and skiing programs so successful. Lastly, but most importantly I would like to thank the hundreds of instructors, leaders, teachers, coaches, officials, presenters and others who are the front line staff. Without these individuals we would be unable to provide such a large number of quality programs.
From all of us at the Menomonee Falls Community Education & Recreation Department, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!