What’s New This Fall? – by Tony Thomas

A woman in a white apron stands between to teenage boys holding a packet of ranch seasoning. They have tortillas on the table in front of them.
A woman in a white apron stands between to teenage boys holding a packet of ranch seasoning. They have tortillas on the table in front of them.
Chef Gina Michak will be teaching Baking with Ms. Gina for teens on the first Thursday of every month beginning in September.

City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation Recreation Services Supervisor Tony ThomasThe dog days of summer have come and gone and we’re now getting cooler temperatures and earlier sunsets. With a new season right around the corner, that means a new MOSAIC filled with programs is here! Fall is a popular time around the Manassas Park Community Center. The building is filled with different events, rentals, sports offerings, and so much more.

I am excited to share new classes that have been added to our already diverse and wide-ranging offering of programs. New to the Community Center this fall, are:

Ab Workout and Yoga for Everyone: Both of these classes are included in our group exercise calendar and provide a perfect workout to incorporate into your fitness training.

  • Ab Workout – Mondays 5:00pm-5:30pm and Thursdays 6:45pm-7:15pm
  • Yoga for Everyone – Mondays and Thursdays 5:30pm-6:20pm

Cake Decorating: Each month, decorate a new cake with a local pastry chef. Class dates vary. Please check the MOSAIC for times and dates.

Card Making and Scrapbooking: Both of these classes provide an artistic opportunity for kids that want to make gifts and keep memories alive.

  • Card Making – Tuesdays 4:40pm-5:30pm
  • Scrapbooking – Thursdays 4:40pm-5:30pm

Creative Writing: This is your chance to work side by side with other writers in the area as you learn to express your creativity through literature. Thursdays 6:00pm-7:00pm

Critically Thinking: The five critical thinking skills are analytical, communication, creativity, open-minded, and problem solving. Come to this class to find out how critical thinking helps exercise your judgment. Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm

Essential Oils 101: This class will teach you all about the benefits that essential oils provide, such as boosting energy and stress relief. Class is offered once a month from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Check MOSAIC for exact dates.

Math Tutoring: This tutoring opportunity is geared towards students in middle and high school level math. Subjects covered are algebra, geometry, calculus, and more. Saturdays 9:00am-11:00am

Me Gusta Spanish: This Spanish class teaches the basics of the language through songs and games. It is perfect for beginners ages 3-12. Times vary. Please check MOSAIC for times and dates based on participant’s age.

Robots.Education: This program provides an opportunity for your child to learn to build robots and understand how to program them. Wednesdays 4:15pm-5:30pm

Songwriting: This class is great for anyone with an interest in writing music. Class is open to beginners and experienced songwriters. Mondays and Fridays 4:30pm-6:30pm

Youth and Adult Art: We have teamed up with an experienced art teacher to offer classes for youth and adults! Classes and sign-ups are offered weekly.

Youth Art (Ages 7-9) Mondays 4:30pm-6:30pm

Youth Art (Ages 10-12) Wednesdays 4:30pm-6:30pm

Beginning Watercolor for Adults – Wednesdays 6:30m-8:30pm

Beginning Watercolor for Seniors – Mondays 12:30pm-2:30pm

We are thrilled to welcome these brand new classes to the Community Center lineup. I hope that you enjoy these new classes as much as you have enjoyed some of other programs that have been Community Center staples for years. All class offerings, including descriptions, times, dates and prices, are included in the MOSAIC. You can pick up hard copy at the Community Center.

Lastly, I want to extend an invitation for all of our fall special events!

  • Fall Yard Sale: Saturday, Sept. 21 – 8:00am-12:30pm
  • Annual Fall Festival: Saturday, Oct. 19 – 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Fall Family Fun Night: Saturday, Oct. 19 – 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Floating Gourd Night: Friday, Oct. 25 – 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Trunk or Treat: Thursday, Oct. 31 – 5:30pm-7:00pm

Tony Thomas is the Recreation Services Supervisor for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. He can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at t.thomas@manassasparkva.gov.

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