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12.25.2012

Wednesday 12-26 Delayed Opening Inclement Weather

Wylie Recreation Center will delay opening Wednesday, 12/26/2012 due to inclement weather and hazardous road conditions. At the time of this post, we will open at 7 AM.  Should conditions remain unchanged, opening may be further delayed.

During weather events, you are urged to call ahead 972-516-6360 before heading to the recreation center. Changes to the schedule may be made without notice.

Thank you,
Annika Sacco
Recreation Supervisor

12.19.2012

Health and Fitness Month {Wylie Recreation}



January is Wylie Recreation’s Health & Fitness Month! Benefit, mind and body from more than 80 activities offered at Wylie Recreation Center and Bart Peddicord Community Center during this special month.

Your well-being is important, let us help the whole family get excited about it! Many featured activities offered at “no charge.” Space is limited! Register early.

Just a taste of healthful offerings:
-Screenings for blood pressure, mammograms, body fat and circumference analysis.
-Activities such as Tiny Tot Fitness, Zumba - Gold for seniors and Fitness Decathlon.
-Seminars covering heart health, diabetes, nutrition and CPR.

Check out the NEW Wylie Recreation Health and Fitness Month webpage for a complete listing of wellness activities coming your way, and download or pick up a brochure at Wylie Recreation Center or Bart Peddicord Community Center.

Carmen Powlen
Recreation Manager
City of Wylie

12.17.2012

Inflatables! {Holiday Break}

Inflatable fun at Wylie Recreation Center, This Friday, 12/21/12, 1 – 9 PM.

Candy Playland
Large open play area, a gumball tunnel and a gingerbread house slide.
Ages: 2 – 5 Yrs

Mega 2 Lane Slide
16’ 2 lane slide. Race your friends to the bottom.
Ages: 4 Yrs +

Recreation Pass required. Children six years of age and younger must be with parent or guardian that has valid Recreation Pass.

Annika Sacco
Recreation Supervisor
City of Wylie

12.04.2012

The Enchanted Hill Country {Wylie Recreation Family Trip}



Road trip! Register per person by 01/22/2013 for an adventure in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Enjoy historic downtown lodging and amenities, explore Enchanted Rock and tour LBJ Ranch. Visit the beautiful Wildseed Farms and soak in the sights, sounds and history of this scenic town rooted in German culture.

Trip includes a 2-night stay at Fredericksburg Inn and Suites, charter bus transportation to and from Fredericksburg, transportation to and from scheduled tours, and breakfast on 03/10/2013 and 03/11/2013.

Registration open to Ages: 6 Yrs +. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult age 18 years and older.

Bring money for all other meals, Enchanted Rock entrance fee, additional activities and shopping.

Single Occupancy: $399
Double Occupancy: $249
Triple Occupancy: $199
Quadruple Occupancy: $179
2486 Sa-M 3/9-3/11

Steven Harben
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie

Gym and Wall Schedules December 2012 {Wylie Recreation Center}

December Open Gym and Open Climb schedules are now available!

Annika Sacco
Recreation Supervisor
City of Wylie

11.28.2012

15% Off Game Design Class {Wylie Recreation Kids Teens}


NEW this winter! Game Design, Cinematography and Web Design courses for kids and teens. Save 15% on registration fees – take advantage of Early Bird Online Registration now through Sunday, 12.02.2012. Recreation Pass Holders save an additional 15%!

Learn how to make a custom video game and play right on your Windows PC in a fun and educational environment. From designing levels and creating characters to programming movements and control, learn the entire process. Take your finished game home to share. 

Ages: 7 Yrs - 10 Yrs
2536
W
1/2
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1/23
4:15
-
6:15 PM
$125
2538
W
2/27
-
3/27
4:15
-
6:15 PM
$125

Ages: 11 Yrs - 14 Yrs
2541
Th
1/3
-
1/24
4:15
-
6:15 PM
$125
2537
Th
2/28
-
3/28
4:15
-
6:15 PM
$125


Lights. Camera. Action! Learn what it takes to make your own short film. Make your movie a blockbuster success with various techniques in script writing, filming, acting and directing. Take home a personalized DVD of your finished project to share.

Ages: 7 Yrs - 10 Yrs
2558
W
1/30
-
2/20
4:15
-
6:15 PM
$125
2568
W
4/3  
-
4/24
4:15
-
6:15 PM
$125

Ages: 11 Yrs - 14 Yrs
2564
Th
1/31
-
2/21
4:15
-
6:15 PM
$125
2561
Th
4/4
-
4/25
4:15
-
6:15 PM
$125


Whether you are looking to create a personal website to share with grandparents and friends or improve on a school project, this hands on instruction helps you achieve your goals. Learn how to create and focus your ideal website to reach family and fans using leading industry software.

Ages: 10 Yrs - 14 Yrs
2529
W
5/1
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5/22
4:15
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6:15 PM
$125


Transaction fee applied to all online registrations. All courses held at Wylie Recreation Center and instructed by Adrian Sanchez.

Hurry! Early Bird Online Registration on eligible Winter Spring 2013 courses ends Sunday, 12.02.2012.

Browse the Wylie Parks and Recreation Activity Menu and register online now!


Annika Sacco
Recreation Supervisor
City of Wylie

11.26.2012

FREE Course Demo Week! {Wylie Recreation Classes}

Take a break from the Cyber Monday shop-a-thon and try out that Zumba class you've been hearing about at Wylie Recreation Center!

It is FREE seasonal Course Demo Week now through Saturday, 12.02.2012.
The benefits of recreation are endless, but Space is limited!

Register at front desk 15 - 20 minutes prior to demo start time for any of the following demos.

Monday, 11/26
Step Aerobics
Ages: 18 Yrs +, 9 - 9:30 AM

Karate
Ages: 7 Yrs +, 6 - 6:25 PM

Sewing 101
Ages: 16 Yrs +, 6:30 - 7 PM

Zumba
Ages: 13 Yrs +, 7 – 7:30 PM, Erin Larew


Tuesday, 11/27
Boot Camp
Ages: 13 Yrs +, 5:30 - 6 AM, Lauren Davis

You Can Paint
Ages: 6 - 12 Yrs, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Therapeutic Dance Workshop
Ages: 16 Yrs +, 7:15 - 7:45 PM


Wednesday, 11/28
Sewing Sampler 
Ages: 8 Yrs +, 10:30 - 11 AM

Game Design, Web Design & Cinematography
Ages: 7 Yrs +, 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Boot Camp
Ages: 13 Yrs +, 6 – 6:30 PM, Aubree Felderhoff

Karate – Instructor and Student demo
Ages: 7 Yrs +, 6 - 6:25 PM


Thursday, 11/29
Cardio Ballroom
Ages: 18 Yrs +, 10:30 - 11:15 AM

Guitar
Ages: 7 Yrs +, 4:30 - 5:30 PM

Yoga
Ages: 16 Yrs +, 5:30 - 6:00 PM, Katharine Isbell


Friday, 11/30
Yoga
Ages: 16 Yrs +, 9:30 – 10:30 AM, Patti Bradley

Creative Movement
Ages: 2 - 5 Yrs, 10:30 - 11 AM


Saturday, 12/1
Line Dance Workshop
Ages: 18 Yrs +, 7 - 7:30 PM

Annika Sacco
Recreation Supervisor
City of Wylie

Early Bird Online Registration {Wylie Recreation Classes}

Be first in line and register now for your favorites, like Zumba and Archery AND save on registration!

Save 15% November 26 - December 2, 2012 on Wylie Recreation Activities during Early Bird Online Registration.



Recreation Pass Holders save an additional 15% on most activities. 

Flip pages online, browse activities and register online.


Standard Registration online or in person begins Monday, December 3, 2012 at 9 am and runs until courses are full.


Don't miss out on FREE Course Demo week, Monday, November 26 - December 2, 2012.

Some discount exceptions apply. Transaction fees applied to online registrations.


Annika Sacco
Recreation Supervisor
City of Wylie

11.21.2012

Wylie Recreation Center Course Demo Week


Interested in joining a class, but not sure which one is right for you?  Join us at the Wylie Recreation Center November 26th - December 1st and try out as many classes as you like during our FREE DEMO week.

Steven Harben
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie

10.30.2012

Extreme Pumpkin Makeover Challenge {Wylie Recreation}



Help us celebrate fall and the glorious gourd!

Choose YOUR favorite in our first Extreme Pumpkin Makeover Challenge by Liking one of the three entries on our Instagram page @wylierecreation or voting in-person at Wylie Recreation Center.

Pumpkins were made over by the Childcare, Fitness and Climbing Wall, and Front Desk staff of Wylie Recreation Center.

LIKE your favorite of the three pumpkins, on Instagram @wylierecreation, and/or cast your vote in-person at Wylie Recreation Center by 10 pm, today 10/30/2012. The winner will be announced tomorrow morning, 10/31/2012!

Combined IG Likes and in-person votes will determine the winner. Yes, you can Like it on IG and cast a vote in-person at Wylie Recreation Center, too.

Thank you for your votes!

Annika Sacco
Recreation Supervisor
City of Wylie

10.29.2012

Eat Healthy on Holiday Budget {Motivation Monday}


How do you keep your meal plan on track (if you do) during the holiday rush? Have any great tips? Let us know. Leave a comment.

As we enter the holiday season, budgets and waistbands are a little tighter. Between the holiday shopping frenzy and delicious treats in your work break room, healthy meal plans are tossed out the window.

For most people, money and time are shifted toward gift purchases and travel. Meals are often overlooked. But there is hope! A little planning sets you up to successfully eat healthy while maintaining your budget and your time through the New Year.

1. Pre-Plan Meals – Meal planning helps reduce waste and cuts down preparation time.

2. Keep an Inventory – Know what’s in the fridge and pantry to avoid duplicate purchases.

3. Make a List (and stick to it!) – Grocery stores are designed to entice you to buy. Using a list helps prevent impulse purchases.

4. Frozen Over Fresh – Have a tendency to let fruits and vegetables spoil? Frozen fruits and veggies are a nutritious alternative and are typically less expensive and less perishable than the fresh equivalents.

5. Shop Sales - Use coupons or your store loyalty card to stock up on frequently used items. Don’t purchase rarely used items just because they are on sale.

6. Avoid Shopping When Hungry – This will lead to impulse buys. Seriously.

7. Eat Leftovers – Package “grab and go” servings in reusable containers after a meal instead of sticking the entire dish in the refrigerator. Put a couple of servings in the refrigerator for tomorrow’s lunch. Label all remaining single-servings and pop them into the freezer for another day. Additionally, mix leftovers into a new recipe to save time and money, and add variety to your meals. Google what to do with turkey leftovers. The possibilities are endless.

The end of the year can be stressful and lead to meal decisions based on ease and simplicity. Taking a little time to plan can greatly increase your chances of making healthy food decisions no matter what!

Steven Harben
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie

10.16.2012

More Bang from your Workout {Simple Changes for Big Improvements}



“If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten” - Anthony Robbins

Stuck in a workout rut? Making even small changes to your workout routine can result in major changes to your body. The trick is to keep your body guessing during your workouts. If you never vary your activity, eventually your body will become accustomed to it and stop adapting.

Check out my top 3 tips for mixing it up:

1. Change Speed/Intensity – Simply running faster for a minute, then going a little slower for a minute, can help you lose weight faster than moving at a steady pace your entire workout. Working out just a little harder will not only burn more calories during your workout, but during your recovery as well.

2. Switch from Machines to Free Weights - Machines are great for teaching you the correct movement patterns, but if you really want to engage more muscles, use free weights. Free weights will pull in the same muscles as the machines, as well as stabilizer muscles around the joint. Perform exercises on a stability ball or BOSU ball to add in your core muscles, too!

3. Try Something New – Hop on that elliptical that you walk past every day as you head towards your favorite treadmill, join in on a game of pick-up basketball or volleyball or even try out that new fitness class that you heard about. You will be surprised how much of a workout you can get when you are doing a new activity.

Share your favorite workout modifications in the comment section!

Steven Harben
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie

10.08.2012

Kickstart an Active Lifestyle {Motivation Monday}



It's Motivation Monday so brag on yourself! What kept you active this weekend? Running in a 5K? Chasing the kids at the State Fair? Leave a comment, we want to hear from you!

For many people, the hardest part of living an active lifestyle is getting started. For most, once they start, they find it hard to maintain after the first few weeks. Taking some simple steps will help keep you on track towards the active lifestyle you strive for.

1. Set goals – If you don’t have a plan, your training will lack focus. Tell someone else what your goals are.

2. Find an Activity Buddy – having a workout partner will help keep you accountable on those days you don’t feel like exercising.

3. Set Priorities – People who are active don’t simply have more time to exercise, they MAKE time. Figure out what you can get rid of during your day to make time for activity.

4. Sign up for a race – Entering a local race is a great way to gain some extra motivation as well as break up the monotony of training “just for exercise”. Visit a local bike/run shop to see what events are coming up. There are many 8 and 12 week training programs you can find online to get you to the finish line of you first 5k.

5. Relish the small victories – Even if the results are coming slower than you wished, try to see the positive side. If you only lose 5 pounds the first month, when you wanted to lose 10, you are still 5 pounds lighter than when you started. On top of that, there are LOTS of positive internal changes that your body is making that you may never notice.

Steven Harben
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie

10.04.2012

National Night Out {Wylie Recreation On the Town}


Thank you for stopping to play with us at National Night Out on Tuesday, October 2nd. Wylie Recreation handed out 100 goodie bags (and ran out of bags!) plus 250 Activity Menus from the Wylie Recreation booth. For everyone that received a Wylie Recreation goodie bag, we hope you enjoy the mini frisbee, pedometer and magnet! We had a great time hosting a hula hoop contest, mini basketball toss, crafts, Twister and other activities.


Wylie Recreation Center will be out on the town, again for Boo on Ballard, Thursday, October 25, 2012, 6 – 8 pm. We will have bounce houses set up at Bart Peddicord Community Center, and for those adventure-driven-types, visit the zip line NEW to the event this year at Olde City Park. Stay tuned for more info.

Carmen Powlen
Recreation Manager
City of Wylie

10.01.2012

Improve Energy All Day {Motivation Monday}


Almost everyone experiences it, and we have all seen the commercials to combat that “2:30 feeling”. There are some simple steps you can take right now keep your energy levels high throughout the day.

Drink plenty of water – dehydrated bodies function less efficiently.

Avoid caffeinated drinks – high levels of caffeine can cause anxiety, irritability and decreased performance.

Avoid sugary foods – Foods high on the Glycemic Index (fast food, candy, sodas, etc.) can give you a sugar rush followed by a crash.

Eat a balanced diet – A balanced diets ensures your body receives all the proper nutrients.

Don’t overeat – large meals force your body to redirect blood flow to the digestive system and away from the brain.

Get more sleep – most adults need 7-8 hours a night. Change your routine to make sure you give your body the rest it needs.

And stay active! Staying active even through the weekend helps kick start your work and school week.

What did you do this weekend? Did you work out at Wylie Recreation Center, go dancing or participate in an athletic event? Help motivate your community and share what you did to stay active this weekend in the comment section!

Steven Harben
Recreation Programmer
City of Wylie