Tour de Grandview
Parks leaders reveal bike-race changes, new classes
The Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation Department will offer a variety of new programs for youngsters and adults this spring and summer, and a signature community event will move to a new day and time.
The 20th Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic will be held Friday night, June 28, instead of the traditional Sunday afternoon.
"In celebration of the race's 20th year, we will be holding a street party on Grandview Avenue to coincide with the racing," Recreation Supervisor Marta Durban said.
"It's going to be a new challenge for us, holding the race during the evening, making sure we have proper lighting and course safety," she said.
A community amateur race also will be held as part of the festivities; the general public is encouraged to ride along a portion of the 1.4-mile course, Durban said. A children's sprint race also will be held.
The full slate of upcoming parks programs and community events will be featured in the new and improved spring and summer community program, which the parks department began distributing to residents today, Feb. 28.
Copies of the program also will be available at the parks department office, the Grandview Heights Public Library, the Municipal Building and at Members First Credit Union, Durban said. It also can be downloaded at the city's website, grandviewheights.org.
Walk-in registration for Grandview and Marble Cliff residents begins Tuesday, March 5. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked March 6 or later and mailed registrations received after March 8 will not be processed.
Nonresidents can begin registering for programs March 20.
New youth programs will include the Grandview Junior Singers, a new performance group for youngsters in grades 6-8
"They will be able to receive group vocal instruction and have a chance to perform at a venue to be announced in the city," Durban said.
The program will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesdays, April 2-30, at the Grandview Center, 1515 Goodale Blvd. The fee is $20, payable to instructor Pam Huggins, and a $5 registration fee to the parks department.
The Grandview Bobbetts baton class will return this year, Durban said.
"It's a program that we used to offer that at one time was very popular," she said. "There has been more interest in bringing it back."
Classes will be held Wednesdays, May 8-29, in the middle school commons, 1240 Oakland Ave. A class for grades 1-3 will be held at 6 p.m. and a session for grades 4-6 follows at 6:30 p.m.
The fee is $35 to instructor Cathleen Gleason and $5 registration fee to the parks department.
The parks department will offer an eight-week Spanish language program for children six months to 9 years old, offered by Columbus-based Spanish for Ninos.
Children will learn Spanish through immersion and play in the course, which will meet Wednesdays, June 5 through July 31, at the Grandview Center. A class for ages six months through 3 years old will be offered at 2 p.m. and ages 4-9 will gather at 2:30 p.m. There will be no class on July 3.
The cost is $80 for residents, $96 for nonresidents.
Last year's popular Night Under the Stars program, which allows families to camp out overnight at Wyman Woods, will be held July 12.
"So many families came out and had such a great time together sleeping under the stars," Durban said. "This year, we're expanding the program to include a movie on Friday night. If you want, you can just come by to watch the movie, or bring your tent and sleeping bags and spend the night at Wyman Woods."
Both the campout and movie are free.
New programs for adults include the Grandview Center Volunteer Club, which meets on the first Monday of the month at the Grandview Center.
"We have a lot of great volunteers for our programs, but this will be a chance to people to socialize with each other and learn about other programs and activities they can volunteer for," Durban said.
Each session will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by a meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Instructor Sandra Street will offer a new Reiki class at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 12 and 19, at the Grandview Center.
"She will go over the history and application of this ancient practice of healing," Durban said.
The cost is $20 per class per person. For more information about the Reiki program, call 614-571-8280.
Auditions for the summer community theater production of Emma: The Musical, an original adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, will be held at 6 p.m. May 7 at the Grandview Center and 6 p.m. May 8 at Carriage Place Recreation Center.
The musical will be performed July 26-28 at Grandview Heights High School.
"We'll continue to have our series of health and fitness programs," Durban said. "We focus our daytime programs for those 50 and over and our evening programs are for all ages."