Just when we feel as though winter will never end, the snow and ice finally begin to drip away and the promise of spring and warmer months remind us of the joy of being outdoors.
After one of the coldest winters in recent memory, consider adding a bit of color to your calendar with a few classes and events from the spring/summer Activity Guide.
This edition is hot off the press and on its way to you, compliments of the city's Parks & Recreation Department.
Chock full of your favorite camps, classes, sports activities and special events, the Activity Guide has something for every interest and age-range. Parks & Recreation has worked long and hard to bring back your favorite classes while also coordinating with community partners to offer some new and exciting options for the truly adventurous -- so be sure to take a look.
•Season pass information for the outdoor community pools and tennis at Northam Park, including open swim hours and registration specifics for swimming lessons.
•Specifics on Summer Day Camps, week-long camps that introduce youth to golf, soccer, gymnastics, horseback riding, the arts and languages as well as Family Camp Out Night.
•UA schools' Summer Academy courses, including high school credit courses as well as enrichment and remediation courses for high school, middle school and elementary school.
•Times and locations for city and community special events, such as Spring Fling, the farmers market and Movie in the Park as well as the Memorial Day Run and the Fourth of July Parade.
Online registration opens for all classes on Wednesday, March 19.
If you don't get a copy of the Activity Guide in the mail, look for copies at local libraries, coffee shops and other convenient locations.
If you have questions about Parks & Recreation programming, call the department at 614-583-5300.
Golden Apple Awards
Most of us have at least one teacher who comes to mind as a positive role model when we reminisce about our childhood or how we ended up on our chosen career path.
The truly great educators do so much more than run us through the required curriculum. They awaken our creativity, they inspire us and challenge us to be the best we can be and they adapt their approach to the needs of their students.
As a parent of two teenagers, I can only imagine how much energy and time teachers must commit to this monumental task.
For many years now, our UA Civic Association (UACA) has taken upon itself the good deed of singling out and celebrating the great teachers, administrators and staff who are hard at work in the UA schools, through the Golden Apple Awards.
The UACA is accepting nominations for the 2014 Golden Apple Awards, with a deadline of Monday, March 31.
Teachers, administrators and staff from all schools in Upper Arlington -- public and private high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and preschools -- are all eligible for nominations.
Nominations can be submitted via the UACA website or by emailing your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org. So, put on your thinking caps and send in some worthy nominations for this year's Golden Apple Awards.
Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.