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Big Rapids parks and recreation offer multiple fall programs

BIG RAPIDS – The Big Rapids Parks and Recreation division has programs to suit all tastes and all ages.

groove: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through December 16 in the Big Rapids Middle School Cafeteria

GROOVE is an opportunity to develop your innate creativity and confidence. No dancing experience is needed and there is no choreography to remember. Simple steps can be done in the way that suits you and with the intensity of your choice. It’s a chance to enjoy ‘movin’ and groovin’ for all kinds of music, with the light on at the end. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely and comfortable shoes. Bring water and a towel or yoga mat. Coach Janita Sawyer. Take a peek at the class at

Latin Fusion: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday through December 18, in the cafeteria of Big Rapids Middle School, 500 N. Warren Ave.

Latin Fusion Dance Fitness combines Latin and international music with easy-to-follow choreography and aerobic movements for a fun cardiovascular workout. This active dance and fitness class will get you moving, rockin’, shin’, and feeling good. The class will improve your flexibility, strength, balance and endurance. We welcome all levels. Coach Janita Sawyer.

Time for seniors: 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays and 3-4 p.m. Thursdays, through December 15, at Style Station, 500 N. Warren Ave.

Senior Fittime is a seniors fitness class geared towards those who need a low-impact routine focused on cardio, balance and muscle stretching. The class will give you activity and activity. Bring a rug, a bottle of water, and personal weights. The cost is $2 per participant. Trainer DeMar Hatchw is certified in Senior Fitness.

Parkinson’s disease relevance delay: 1-1:45 p.m. Thursday through December 15, at Style Station, 1619 Catherine St.

Delay the Disease is a fitness class designed to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. No matter what stage of the disease you’re battling, it’s never too late to start exercising. The class will include a variety of chair exercises, stretching and balance exercises, strength training, and vocal and facial exercises. Caregivers are invited to join participants. The cost is $2 per participant. Instructor DeMar Hatchew, Continuing Education in Parkinson’s Disease Training Methods.

Water aerobics: 1-2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, October 3 through December 9, at Ferris State University Leisure Center Pool, 401 South Street (no classes November 23 and 25)

This is a low-impact exercise for adults, starting in the shallow area and progressing into deep water to allow for a full body workout. The cost is $4 to drop off, $40 for a 12-class punch card and $84 for a season ticket. Coach Christina Hatfield.

Pickle Ball: 5-7pm every Monday; from 9 to 11 am every Tuesday; and 8-10 a.m. Friday, through December 19, at the Ferris State University racket facility, 14342 Northland Drive. The cost is $3 outside and $5 inside. No need to paddle. We welcome new players.

Walking program: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, October 31 through March 31, in the corridors of Big Rapids Middle School, 500 N. Warren Ave. Free for participants. No walking on Fridays or days outside of school

cooking class: 1-2 pm, October 13 and 27 via video link.

Learn how to cook delicious fall recipes that are also healthy. Classes will be streamed live via google, and meet passionate baker (and sometimes cook) Pam Penny. Penny will do recipe demos focusing on fall ingredients, and review tips to make them healthy and delicious.
Video call link: Phone link: 1-323-942-0441 pin #362023228#

Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday through October 28, at Big Rapids City Hall parking lot, 226 N. Michigan Ave.

To enroll in any of the programs, call 231-592-4038, or stop at City Hall at 226 N. Michigan Ave.