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Thursday, December 12, 2019 N/Warren Town and County News Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department \ Information provided by Robin Leaper and Sarah Coburn 0 Visit us at www.morwalkparks.org 0 515-981—9206 Register online at www.norwalkparks.org or pick up registration forms 24 hours a day at the Parks and Recreation office located at 1 100 Chatham Avenue, inside the Norwalk Public Safety Building. Registration forms can be mailed, placed in our drop box, or dropped off during our office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The drop box is open 24/7. If you have any questions, please call us at 515-981-9206. Sign up for Parks and Recreation’s Alert, System! Are you missing your Weekly emails? How about your activityiguid'e? Get'signed up today! Receive Parks and Recreation program cancellations, closures, weekly updates, seasonal activity guide, and more via email and text message. Visit www.norwalkparks.org to register. Seasonal Help Needed! We are now hiring volleyball referees, facility supervisors, and more. To apply go to www.Norwalkparks.org/ and select the Employment Opportunities tab to fill out the Seasonal Employment Application. Please call us or visit our website for further details on the following events: Events Currently Open for Registration: Adult Pick-up Basketball Games — Registration closes when full YEL Junior Roboticsv— Registration dates vary per age group, see below YEL Grandmasters of Chess — Registration dates vary per age group, see below YEL Junior Coding ~ Registration through January 15 Craft Club — Registration through March 4 Non Registration Events: Family Bingo Nights — Sundays December 1,‘ January 5, February 2, March 1, and April 5, 5-7 pm at the library Family Open Gym Sundays, 2-4 pm (see dates below) OPALS Senior Exercise — Mondays/Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m., Norwalk Christian Church OPALS Well-Seasoned Potluck — Fridays, 1 1:30- 1:00 (see dates below) Events With Upcoming Registrations: Adaptive Programming: Basketball Adaptive Programming: EveryBODY Deserves to Play (winter session II) Adult Coed Volleyball Adult Women’s Volleyball Circuit/Bootcamp Fitness Class Early Bird Body SCulpting NPD Citizen Police Academy Norwalk Family Tae Kwon Do Spring Soccer (PreK-7th grade) Daddy-Daughter Dance Adult Pick-Up Basketball Games Pick-up basketball games will be offered for adults Please bring clean tennis shoes to wear for the games. This program is only for residents who live within the Norwalk school district. Program dates Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, through March 18 at Oviatt Gym. ' YEL Junior Robotics This program is for children Kindergarten through 5th grade. Four basic principles: TEACH IT! Each class students are taught the basic STEM engineering concepts behind each project; BUILD IT! Students use LEGO bricks to build different projects each session; PROGRAM IT! Then they program the project to perform different actions using drag and drop icon based software; PLAY IT! Finally they play with their projects, modify it, create extensions, and have fun working. Orchard Hills students Winter Session I: Register through January 10; Program days/times: Monday Jan 13, no class Jan 20, Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, 3:20 pm to 4:20 pm; located at Orchard Hills Elementary; OR Orchard Hills students Winter Session II: Register through January 22; Program days/times: Thursday Jan 23, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, 3:20 pm to 4:20 pm, located at Orchard Hills Elementary.*(W e have two sessions to accommodate the amount of children interested in the program. Please pick only 1 session for Orchard Hills each season. Thank you.) Lakewood students winter program: Register through January 20, Program day/times: Tuesday Jan 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, 3:20 pm 4:20 pm, located at Norwalk LakeWOOd Elementary. , YEL Grandmasters of Chess Winter Session This program is children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Four basic principles: TEACH IT! Each class students are taught different chess concepts and coaches to implement those concepts into their chess game; PRACTICE IT! Students practice positions set by the coach to improve their understanding of the concept; PUZZLE IT! Students are given chess puzzles (constructed by WIM‘Serafima Sokolovskaya) and work with coach guidance; PLAY IT! Each class ends with students playing 20 '30minutes of chess! Orchard Hills students: Register through January 20, Program day/times: Tuesday Jan 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, 3:20 to 4:20pm, located at Orchard Hills Elementary. Lakewood students: Register through January 10, Programiday/times: Monday Jan 13, no class Jan 20, 27, Feb-3, 10,17, 24, 13:20 to 4:20 pm, located at Lakewood Elementary. ‘ YEL Junior Coding Winter Session This program is for children in 3rd through 6th grade. Four basic principles: TEACH IT! Students learn different story-telling and coding techniques (movement blocks, animations, dialogue, timing etc.); CODE IT! Students use Scratch®* to code their own animated story lines: he} westerns, missions in space and even dance parties; EXPLORE IT! Students can write their own code, experiment with it and test new options. We foster a collaborative environment where students learn from each other’s creativity; KEEP IT! Students can keep their code online with Scratch®* and can access it and expand upon it at anytime. *Scratch® is an MIT created and monitored, kid-safe web interface. It uses a drag and drop programming interface to teach students of all levels coding practices. Your child will receive a Scratch® username and password so they can access their projects from any computer at anytime. Scratch® is not affiliated with YEL! nor does it endorse this program. Craft Club Get out your glue gun and imaginations for this program. Children in: 3rd through 5th grades at Lakewood Elementaryy‘ ar‘ie invited to join. They meet once a month after school, on early out Wednesdays to make special art and craft projects. Program dates are Wednesdays 1:30 p to 4:15 pm, December 4, January 15, February , and March 11. Family Bingo Nights Stop by the library on Sunday evenings and enjoy a good time with bingo and tasty treats. Please bring munchies or snacks to share and we provide beverages. All ages are invited to participate. Bingo callers are Norwalk Lions members. Program dates are Sundays, (January 5 cancelled), February 2, March 1, and April 5, from 5-7 pm. Family Open Gym Shoot hoops or play a pick up game with friends or family. Bring clean tennis shoes for the floor. No registration required, just show up and play; For residents of the Norwalk school district only. Program dates: Sundays, December 15, January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 2-4 pm: I *OPALS (Older People with Active Life Styles) Senior Citizen Programs* Senior Exercise Class ,2 Everyone ages 55 and older is invited to attend a free exercise program that will include stretching and toning. We will meet at Norwalk Christian Church, 701 Main Street. Registration is not required. Program dates: every Monday and Thursday from 10-2 10:30 a.m. Well-Seasoned Potluck Everyone age 55 and older, come and socialize with the Parks and Recreation staff for a potluck lunch. Meat, tableware, and coffee/beverages are provided. Bring a side dish/dessert to share. Call the office to register before the event so we know the amount of meat needed 515.981.9206. Program dates: Fridays, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, December 13, January 10, February 7, and March 6, at the Norwalk Public Safety Building. Page Five Iowa Public Television to Become Iowa PBS As Iowa Public Television concludes the yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary, the statewide public television network is changing its name to better position it for the future. Executive director and general manager Molly Phillips have announced beginning January 1, 2020, Iowa Public Television will become Iowa PBS. Likewise, the Friends organization which raises funds for the network will now become Friends of Iowa PBS Foundation. The name change follows on the heels of PBS’s recently announced update to its national brand. Iowa PBS will adopt the same refreshed look with a co-branded logo, a bold color palette, and a modern, custom typeface designed to be highly legible across platforms, from televisions to mobile devices. The new local identity will be implemented throughout 2020, alongside PBS’s national brand refresh. PBS claims nearly 70% of its member stations across the country are adopting the new brand identity over the next year, with the goal of providing a consistent viewer experience. Prairie Learning and Visitor Center Holiday Closures Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is now on winter hours through February 29th, 2020. The Refuge Visitor Center Will be closed on Sundays as a Cost-savings measure due to low visitation during . winter months. Seasonal hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition to being closed on Sundays, theVisitor Center will be closing at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, and, 'I‘uesdanyecember 31. The Visitor Center will also be closed all day on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, and New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2020. Visitors are welcpme to use all walking trails and drive the Auto Tour every day from dawn to dusk. For information or questions, please contact Scott Gilje at 515-994-3400 or sThe is located at. The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is located at 9981 Pacific Street, Prairie City. I Deadline for all legals, news stories, and advertising is noon on Fridays. Now Accepting Applications Norwalk Park II ‘Apartments - 1—2 Bedrooms Community Center 24/ 7 Maintenance 0 Rental Assistance May Be Available To Those Who Qualify 1-800-383-5204 WWW.TruverseManagement.c0m . This institution is an Equal Opportunity Providers; Need something different for youriv holiday dessert platters? Need a gift for someone special? Or just for you? How about Peanut Brittle? $7 per quart bag (about 1 pound) J ’8 Peanut Brittle 515-205-1826 www.facebook.com/jspeanutbrittle ~Made fresh locally~