A variety of new programs are available through the city of Bexley Recreation and Parks Department, which just released its winter/spring brochure.
The department offers programs each season based on public demand, Recreation Director Michael Price said.
"The first thing we do is evaluate programs we've done in the past and if we need to do any tweaks to them," he said. "We make sure we can take on that program in terms of staffing and facilities."
A major new event is the First Annual Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournament Fundraiser, which will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 to raise money for the Bexley Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund. The scholarship provides financial assistance for income-eligible families who wish to participate in recreation programs.
"We try to do our best to work with individuals and make sure cost is never a factor in determining participation," he said.
New programs include a "Better Babysitters" class, which will help prepare youth looking getting into babysitting; a "Kids Home Alone" class to educate parents and children about safety precautions when children reach the age to begin staying home alone; a cotillion preparation class that will teach youth etiquette and social skills; an "Adult Adventure" class that offers planning tips for dog sledding and snow mobile trips; and a "Vision" motivational workshop, which will help participants learn to set and achieve goals.
Perennially popular programs featured in the winter/spring brochure include youth sports flag football, baseball, dance classes and the department's preschool program.
"Those slots (for preschool) tend to fill up very quickly," Price said, "so anyone who's interested in enrolling their children should register sooner rather than later."
For registration and more information, call 614-559-4300 or visit bexley.org/recreation-parks.