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12.22.2011

Jolliness and Jazz Hands {Wylie Recreation}

Thank you working out, dancing and making music with us during the first year of operating Wylie Recreation Center!  The transformation experienced in 2011 by our Regulars (you know who you are) has been impressive to say the least.

We wish you the happiest of holidays and are excited about offering you a variety of upcoming events and activities.  Watch for Fitness Month fun in January, Kids' Indoor Tennis, PreK Parties and much more.
 

  
Carmen Powlen
Recreation Manager
City of Wylie

12.20.2011

Senior Shenanigans January 2012 {Wylie Senior Activities}

The January edition of Senior Shenanigans and activity calendar for adults age 55+ is available on our City webpage.




There is still time to register for the March 31 - April 5, 2012, 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise.  Enjoy fun, sun, and relaxation. Board the Carnival "Triumph" and travel to Progresso, Yucatan and Cozumel, Mexico! Rates start as low as $839.58. To book or for more information contact The Bart Peddicord Community Center 972-442-8119, or email recreation@wylietexas.gov.
Let us know if you have any questions!

Anthony Cook

Recreation Supervisor

City of Wylie

January Gym and Wall Schedules {Wylie Recreation Center}

January Open Gym and Open Climb schedules are available!

Check out Basketball, Volleyball and Toddler Time in the Gym.

We also have Open Climb and Homeschool Climb throughout the month of January.

Steven Harben
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie

12.14.2011

Childcare Ages 7 - 11 NEW! Jan. 3 {Wylie Recreation}

New!  Beginning January 3, 2012 Wylie Recreation Center will offer Childcare for ages 7 - 11.  This limited trial, runnig through May will be available on a first come, first serve basis to children of parents and guardians actively participating in a registered Activity, Open Gym, Fitness Floor and Open Climb.

Schedule and availability is limited, please see details, hours and fees on the City of Wylie Recreation Center webpages.

Wylie Recreation Center will continue to provide Open Gym and Open Climb active options to youth Recreation Membership Passholders.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Annika Sacco
Recreation Supervisor
City of Wylie

12.08.2011

Crafty Seniors {Wylie Seniors 55+}


Decorations for the tree?  Check! 

Seniors at the Bart Peddicord Community Center are ringing in the holidays with a Holiday Craft and Food series that started on Wednesday. Participants spiffed up glass ornaments with lots of glitter, glitz and glam.

Holiday baking is on the agenda for next Wednesday, December 14th.  Anyone age 55+ is welcome to join the crew for cupcake baking and garnishing.  Call for details, 972-442-8119.

Anthony Cook
Recreation Supervisor
City of Wylie

12.07.2011

Newcomer of the Year and Shining Star! {Employee Appreciation Awards}

Two of our own received honors, yesterday. 

Katy Burton (pictured on left with City Manager, Mindy Manson) received the City of Wylie Newcomer of the Year Award, and Earline Weathersby (pictured on right, with City Manager, Mindy Manson) received the Shining Star Award.


When you see these gracious winners around the Recreation Center, tell them, "I saw your picture on the blog!"

Katy and Earline, we are so proud of you!

Carmen Powlen
Recreation Manager
City of Wylie

12.05.2011

December Gym and Wall Schedules {Wylie Recreation Center}

December Open Gym and Open Climb schedules are available!

Check out Basketball, Volleyball and Toddler Time in the Gym.

We also have Open Climb and Homeschool Climb throughout the month of December.

Steven Harben
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie
Recreation@WylieTexas.gov

12.01.2011

Get'em While they're HOT! {Wylie Activity Menu}



Hot off the press, the first Wylie Recreation full-color print Activity Menu is now available! 


Get your copy at Wylie Recreation Center or Bart Peddicord Community Center

We will also have the Activity Menu, instructors and other goodies available at our booth this Saturday, December 3 at the Wylie Arts Festival.

Also, don't forget to save 15% during Early Bird Online registration now through Sunday, December 4 on Winter/Spring 2012, January - May classes.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Katy Burton
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie

11.28.2011

15% off Classes {Early Bird Online Registration at Wylie Rec}



Treat yourself or someone you love!

This week only, Early Bird Online Registration {November 28 – December 4}
15% off Winter / Spring 2012 Recreation Activities
No membership required!

New in 2012
Bollywood Dance Adults / Teens

Browse and Register for even more Activities like Yoga and Boot Camp online!

Activities eligible for Early Bird Online Registration may ALSO be eligible for an additional Recreation Membership Passholder Discount of 15%


Let us watch the kiddos while you take a class!
Drop-in childcare available on a first come, first serve basis to children of parents and guardians actively participating in a registered Activity, Open Gym, Fitness Floor, and Open Climb. 

NEW! Beginning January 3, 2012
Childcare: 7 years - 11 years
Limited Trial {January - May 2012}
Wylie Recreation Center will offer drop-in childcare for children age 7 to 11 years on a trial basis in the classroom. Activities include movies, video games and board games. Wylie Recreation Center will continue to provide active options, including Open Gym and Open Climb for youth Recreation Membership Passholders. Review Schedule and pricing online.


Let our friendly Recreation staff know if you have any questions!

Recreation Supervisor
City of Wylie

11.21.2011

We Wobbled and We Gobbled {Wylie PreK Event}




A big thank you to the tiny turkeys that partied with us at Wobble While You Gobble at Wylie Recreation Center.

Preschoolers and parents worked together to create festive pilgrim hats, Indian Corn crafts and decorate feathers for our "Thankful Pumpkins." A feast of turkey, cheese, grapes, juice, and crackers was accompanied by a Thanksgiving story. Party games included "Turkey Says" and "Falling Leaves." The fun also included decorating cupcakes with cookies, candy and icing to look like turkeys.

Our "Thankful Pumpkins" are displayed at the recreation center.  Help us cover these guys in your own words of thanks.  Guests are encouraged to write their thoughts of gratitude on a feather and help fill in the plumage.


Sign up now for the Ho! Ho! Ho! PreK party, which will be held Saturday, December 17, 10:30 am. Register at the Front Desk of the Wylie Recreation Center or online.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Katy Burton
Recreation Programmer
Wylie Recreation Center

Senior Shenanigans December 2011 {Wylie Senior Activities}

The December edition of Senior Shenanigans and activity calendar for adults age 55+ is available on our City webpage.



Check out the upcoming Choctaw trip and the 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise, plus a variety of fun holiday activities right here at our homebase, Bart Peddicord Community Center.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Anthony Cook

Recreation Supervisor

City of Wylie

11.14.2011

1 Month Pass Auto Renew {Recreation Center}

You may now authorize  Wylie Recreation Center to process your credit card for automatic renewal of 1 Month Recreation Passes. 

Set it up and forget about it.  Your credit card will be charged at expiration of each 1 month term.  An automatic email will be sent to you during the week prior to processing.

Passholders may access open climb on the climbing wall, open gym and the fitness floor.  Also receive discounts on class favorites like Zumba and Karate.

As always, save with "paid in full" 3 Month and Annual Passes.

Annika Sacco
Recreation Supervisor
City of Wylie

11.03.2011

November Gym and Wall Schedules {Wylie Recreation Center}

November Open Gym and Open Climb schedules are available!

Check out Basketball, Volleyball and Toddler Time in the Gym.

We also have Open Climb and Homeschool Climb throughout the month of November.

Katy Burton
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie
Recreation@WylieTexas.gov

10.14.2011

Cox 3rd Graders Make Rain {Wylie Recreation in WISD}



Cox Elementary 3rd Graders were introduced to several City of Wylie Departments, today.  The Recreation Division joined co-workers from the Library, Planning, Building Inspection, Code Enforcement, Engineering, Public Works, Parks and Fire for the presentation. 

Recreation Supervisors, Anthony Cook and Annika Sacco introduced programs and activities held at Bart Peddicord Community Center and Wylie Recreation Center.  Annika then led the entire group through a series of timed finger snaps, claps and stomps to create the sound of "rain."  We handed out Activity Menus that include our classes and events.

It was great talking to the the third graders about the fun activities like Karate and the Climbing Wall, available through Wylie Recreation.

Katy Burton
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie
Recreation@WylieTexas.gov


 

10.05.2011

Princess Brunch {Only 5 More Couples!}


Don't wait to register, we only have room for 5 more couples in the Daddy/Daughter Princess Brunch scheduled for October 23, 2011 (see previous Princess Brunch 2011 post.) 

Space is limited.  Don't miss the brunch and Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales at Allen Event Center. Dads, Granddads and Uncles are invited to register with their little princess!

Register online or in person at Wylie Recreation Center


Katy Burton
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie
Recreation@WylieTexas.gov

Senior Fit Forever Demo {Wylie Senior Fitness}


Wylie Recreation Center friends age 50+ were treated to a FREE Fit Forever demo this morning in the aerobics studio.  New instructor, Melinda Tuttle guided participants through exercises using hand weights, steps and non-weighted balls.  Check out those smiles!

It's not too late to join the class!  Regular Fit Forever courses start October 19 at 8 am.  Recreation Membership Passholders save 15% on the registration fee.  Register in-person at Wylie Recreation Center or online (transaction fee applies.)  Call 972-516-6360 if you have questions.

Steven Harben
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie
Recreation@WylieTexas.gov

9.29.2011

Senior Appreciation Luau {Wylie age 55+}



We combined forces with Garnett Hill to celebrate our friends at Bart Peddicord Community Center, yesterday.  More than 60 attendees age 55+ were treated to a fantastic lunch spread and luau, music and hula dancing. 

Next week, regular Center participants will be taking part in the 9th Annual Senior Health Fair held at the FBC Event Center on Monday, October 3, 2011, 10 am - 1 pm.  The event includes health screenings, information, door prizes and free lunch.  For more information, 972-442-2261.

Anthony Cook
Recreation Supervisor
City of Wylie
Recreation@WylieTexas.gov

9.28.2011

October Gym and Wall Schedules {Wylie Recreation Center}

October Open Gym and Open Climb schedules are available online now!

Check out Basketball, Volleyball and Toddler Time in the Gym.


We also have Open Climb and Homeschool Climb throughout the month of October.


Katy Burton
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie
Recreation@WylieTexas.gov

9.22.2011

Tennis, Anyone? {Wylie Kids Tennis}

Thank you for the great feedback we receive from the Activity Interest Survey available on the City of Wylie website. 

One of the more requested activities has been Tennis for Kids.  Working with WISD and one of our newest instructors, Jim Ward I am pleased we have now launched this program.

Kids age 5 - 10 will benefit from this USTA QuickStart curriculum.  Classes are available Thursday, Friday or Saturday starting October 13, 2011 at Founders Park.

If you are interested in signing your kiddos up for this valuable tennis opportunity, register online or visit Wylie Recreation Center or Bart Peddicord Community Center.

Steven Harben
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie

9.21.2011

Bruised and Better for it {Leadership Wylie}



I am participating in Leadership Wylie classes, which provide personal development and civic leadership opportunities.  (I'm on the front row in the picture above, second from the right.) 

Our first outing as a group was challenging.  I tackled some things I didn't think I could (yeah, 10 foot wall, I'm talking to you.)  We teambuilt, climbed, crawled, sweat and cried ... really it was just my shaking legs crying moments before the glorious free fall into the zip line, but oh so worth it.  

It's a great group and "Cloud 9," as we have been dubbed by one of our classmates, will have many upcoming chances to bond and grow over the next several months.

Challenge your vertical limits right here in Wylie.  Monthly Recreation Center climbing wall schedules available for print and viewing on the City of Wylie website.  

Carmen Powlen
Recreation Manager
City of Wylie

 

8.24.2011

Princess Brunch 2011 {Wylie Daddy/Daughter Event}


We are thrilled to offer our first "daddy/daughter" event this fall.  Charter bus and tickets have been secured for Sunday, October 23, 2011!

Princess Brunch includes tasty treats at Wylie Recreation Center, a photo for each little girl  age 3 - 9 with her escort .... then the carriage awaits .... Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales at Allen Event Center. Dads, Granddads and Uncles are invited to register with their little princess!

Register online or in person at Wylie Recreation Center

Let me know if you have any questions.

Katy Burton
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie

A Wave of Thanks!



Thank you to all the amazing kids and parents that participated in Wylie Wave Summer Day Camp and Tween Scene this year!  It is an honor to provide summer fun to the community of Wylie. 

And a mighty big "THANKS" to all the sweet kiddos that made their own thank you cards for Annika and me.

Plans for 2012 are already underway, and we look forward to another great summer of fun with friends, arts and crafts, sports, games, field trips and swimming.

We wish all of our Campers a great scholastic year!


Carmen Powlen
Recreation Manager
City of Wylie

8.02.2011

Buon Appetito {Wylie Tween Scene}


The Tweeners concocted a meal of colossal culinary proportions, yesterday.  Breaking in the kitchen at Wylie Recreation Center ... lasagna, salad and bread were served up to fellow Tweens Scene campers ... tablecloths included! 

The gents in the group pulled out chairs for the ladies and served up peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

Community Service Challenge is also on the books this Tween Scene week.


Katy Burton
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie Recreation

7.28.2011

55+ Digging the "Duke"


Today is movie day at Bart Peddicord Community Center!  Senior Regulars are beating the heat and enjoying classic John Wayne flix and popcorn.

A cinema and pizza field trip is scheduled for anyone age 55+ on August 9, 2011, and pancake buffet will be spread for the ages 55+ on  August 12, 2011, 9 am.  Pre-registration required with Center staff, 972-442-8119. 

The Senior Calendar full of Activities is available now online and at the Center.

Anthony Cook
Recreation Supervisor

Young Rembrandts Fashion Fun


Young Rembrandts Fashion Runway Camp busied aspiring fashionistas this week at Wylie Recreation Center.  Developing an eye for what's "in," campers worked as fashion magazine moguls and created one-of-a-kind magazine covers.


Young Rembrandts Wizards Enchanted Academy kicks off August 10 ... also at Wylie Recreation Center.  We have a few open registration spots still available.  Register now to experience this magical approach to learning how to draw. 


Carmen Powlen
Recreation Manager
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7.26.2011

Coyote Climb

July 21 through 23, 2011 ... climbers at Wylie Recreation Center competed in the first Coyote Climb.  Each participant was judged on speed, endurance and technical skill. 

Winners .... announced Monday, July 25 were:

1st Place - Stephen
2nd Place - Spencer
3rd Place - Tyrus
Congratulations, and thank you to all of our brave competitors.


Annika Sacco
Recreation Programmer

7.19.2011

Wylie Wavers Get Crafty

Wylie Wave Summer Day Camp participants are exploring the Arts (yes, with a capital A) during Symphony of Senses week.

Campers are using all 5 senses this week while cooking, eating and painting.

A fan favorite this week are these little guys.  Grassheads.  Precious....



Annika Sacco
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie

Aerobic vs. Anaerobic Exercise

Strictly speaking, the terms "aerobic" and "anaerobic" refer to the presence and absence of oxygen, respectively.  Most of our cells prefer to get their energy by using oxygen to fuel metabolism.  During exercise with adequate fuel and oxygen (i.e., aerobic), muscle cells can contract repeatedly without fatigue.  This type of workout will be fueled mostly by fat cells stored throughout your body.  During anaerobic or non-oxygen conditions (i.e., higher intensity exercise), muscle cells must rely on other reactions that do not require oxygen to fuel muscle contraction.  Anaerobic activity relies mostly on carbs stored in your muscles as glycogen.  The burning of glycogen in the muscles produces waste molecules that can impair muscle contractions.  In other words, you fatigue!
Depending on your fitness goals will determine where most of your activity should occur.  For the vast majority, overall health and weight loss are the main goals.  For this group, about 80% of your activities should remain in the aerobic state.  These lower intensities will allow your body to burn a higher percentage of your calories from fat, resulting in a slow and steady weight loss (as long as your diet is right).  Aerobic exercise tends to be less stressful to muscles, joints, and your heart, which may be important for individuals with arthritis, heart disease, or high blood pressure.  For athletes, or those with more competitive goals, a typical week should see 40-60% of your workouts in an anaerobic state.  These workouts will teach your body to store more sugar in your muscles which will result in more rapidly improving your exercise capacities, tolerance, and performance.
When starting a training program, most trainers like to have their clients/athletes start with lower intensity exercise (i.e., aerobic exercise).  However, a high reliance on anaerobic metabolism is unavoidable for some types of exercise or activities.  For instance, lifting weights is anaerobic.  That is why muscles fatigue so rapidly with this type of training.  Other types of activities, such as walking up stairs, can also be anaerobic - especially if you are unfit or climb too fast.
Fortunately, you do not need sophisticated equipment to detect when you transition from aerobic to anaerobic exercise.  As we approach and pass our anaerobic threshold intensity, we start to breathe harder and exercise simply becomes uncomfortable.  Typically, you can’t finish a sentence without having to take a breath.  However, if you simply love gadgets, you can use a heart rate monitor to record the heart rate at which you sense these symptoms of developing over-exertion.  You then know that heart rates below this value occur when you're in your aerobic zone, and heart rates above this value reflect an increasing anaerobic contribution to your workout.
Steven Harben
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie

7.05.2011

Welcome to City of Wyile Recreation

Welcome to the City of Wylie Parks and Recreation Department's official blog!  We encourage you to subscribe to auto-updates and take advantage of following us.

The City of Wylie website is still the place to go for static information like where we are, while this blog will provide weekly (or possiblly more often) health and well-being tid-bits, photos and special offers.


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Play nice!

5.26.2011

Launching July 5!

The City of Wylie Recreation division is super excited to announce the launch of our online community July 5th, 2011 in honor of National Parks and Recreation month, observed during the month of July.