By Brianna Sullivan
Special to the Glacier City Gazette
New programs for kids and adults surge into August as we savor that final sweet taste of the season. Filled with exercise, action, and creativity, there are classes for everyone. Ensure your final days of summer are both healthy and fun. If participation feels like a financial stretch, scholarships are available.
Girdwood Roots and Trails for ages 9-15 begins this week and continues next Tue. and Thur. with camp leaders Erin and Laura. Join the hiking group with challenging routes and learn about local flora and fauna, mountains, and wildlife. The days begin at noon.
For those who would rather pedal their way through the woods and strengthen biking skills, check out Intermediate to Advanced Mountain Biking for grades 4-8. This class will take on the local Girdwood trail systems. Four class days highlight four different rides, rain or shine, on Mon. and Wed., Aug 7-16 at 1 p.m.
Calling all budding artists! Did the artistic side not get enough engagement this summer? Perhaps it’s time to tap into the creative hemisphere. This lighthearted class will explore different art mediums and artists in a four-class series. Featured mediums are water color, charcoal, pastels and acrylics. Summer Art Exploration Series is held at the Girdwood Community Room this week and next for grades K-3 Mon./Wed. and grades 4-8 Tue./Thur.
Sea Kayaking and Wilderness Camping, Pilates, and Fly Fishing for adults are on the forefront. Pilates returns to FVCS programming with core and pilates strength training in both evening and morning options. Prepare to tone your abs, quads, biceps, back, and all the muscles in between in the Girdwood Community Room Tue. 6-7 p.m. and Thur. 7-8 a.m. through the end of August.
Local instructor Brian McGorry and Paddler’s Realm partner with FVCS to provide this great class – learning to use sea kayaks as a platform for coastal wilderness exploration and camping. This course is excellent for paddling buddies or families with teens wanting to gain exposure to kayaking and remote camping in Prince William Sound. Check the website for special rates. Aug. 25-27 is the weekend to paddle on the water with friends and family, making long-lasting memories.
A women’s fly fishing clinic is the cherry on top for August programming on the 30 and 31 from 6-8 p.m. Women interested in learning a new sport or sharpening their fly fishing skills are invited to join this two-day clinic. Experienced instructor Laura will teach casting techniques with dryland outdoor practice as well as setting up and using a fly rod, plus tie flies appropriate for Alaska rivers.
Slow Yoga also continues each Wed morning through the end of this month. Drop in to gently stretch and tone with Briana in this guided practice.
Register online and join your community at fourvalleys.org.
New to Girdwood or need refreshing? Check out our new bulletin board in the post office, created by yours truly.
“I volunteer to make Girdwood a better place. It enriches me by connecting me to kind, caring, respectful people. Many of us are a long way from families back home. Volunteering makes me part of a Girdwood family. Seeing places and programs in town and knowing we helped build them brings me happiness and purpose.”
– Jacky Graham, FVCS Board Member.