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home : education : schools September 23, 2017

9/12/2017 11:45:00 AM
SPRD offers range of classes for all ages this fall

Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD) will be offering new classes this fall, and bring back old favorites.

Photography for Everyone is a new workshop for all skill levels, taught by Jeff Omodt, a lifelong photographic fanatic. Omodt will bring examples to illustrate various concepts and then encourage everyone to share their own special skills and


This five-week class will explore the building blocks and concepts of making better pictures using your own camera, whether it's an iPhone or DSLR. Each class session will have a skill or technique to explore and develop, then a homework assignment to go out and apply what you have learned in class. This workshop is held on Tuesday for five weeks, starting September 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

CarFit is an educational program created by the American Society on Aging, and developed in collaboration with AARP, AAA, and AOTA. The goal for this community-based program is designed to give you and your vehicle a quick but comprehensive check on how well you work together by:

• Promoting conversation among older adults and families about driving safety.

• Linking adults with relevant, local resources that can help ensure safe driving.

• Help older drivers improve the "fit" of their vehicles for safety and comfort.

"This community-based program, like the evidence-based programs that I teach for SPRD, is based on real findings, pilot-tested, driver participation, and survey follow-up," said Shannon Rackowski, adult/senior programs coordinator for SPRD. "I am just a helper," said Rackowski. "The real force behind this class coming to this community is Sharon Ling, of the Sisters Community


The class is not only for seniors; bring the whole family and learn tips and ideas for car safety. CarFit will take place on Saturday, September 16 at Sisters Community Church parking lot. CarFit is sponsored by AARP. Sign up with Sharon Ling at 541-390-6075.

SPRD will also bring back Painting in Watercolors with Jodi Schneider-McNamee.

"This adult class was so well received when it was offered in the spring that we thought we would bring it back," said Rackowski.

The Adult Ukulele, with Peggy Tehan, and Adult Hula Classes with Rackowski are also on offer.

One of the special classes offered for women is the Women's Fall Mountain Biking class with LIV Cycling USA Ambassador and MRB enthusiast Brittany Simonis.

SPRD offers indoor pickleball play at Sisters Elementary School.

Visit, stop by the office at 1750 W. McKinney Butte Rd., or call 541-549-2091 for more information.

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