Did you know you can learn how to produce graffiti at the Prairie Township Community Center?
Flowhio Graffiti is among dozens of programs and classes planned this spring at the center, 5955 W. Broad St.
The class, offered on Thursdays from April 19 to May 24, costs $40 for residents, $48 for others and will focus on the fundamentals of lettering techniques and creative coloring.
LEGO Maniacs ($30/$33) will be offered on Tuesdays April 17 to May 15 and promises a new project each week. A parent/child cooking class, held on Saturdays from April 7 to May 12, is geared toward children age 7-12. Students will make a new recipe each week; class costs are $60/$67.
Recreation Director James Gant has a favorite, though, and it's straight from Hollywood.
"It's May 4, because I'm a Star Wars nerd," Gant said. "We're going to celebrate all things Star Wars and there will very likely be a Death Star pinata."
The National Star Wars Day celebration (slogan: May the Fourth Be With You) will include arts and crafts and activities, and attendees are encouraged to come in costume. Complete details are still being worked out, but Gant said the event will be free.
Yoga for kids and a cooking class for adults are among the first-time offerings this spring, Gant said.
"We've been trying for a while to have somebody who can teach an adult cooking class," he said. "It's a great way for people to get to know one another and it also helps us continue branching out into the market of adult programming."
Other classes for kids include Gym Class Heroes, tumbling, and Swim and Gym. Classes aimed at tweens and teens include Youth Hip Hop Fitness, Teen Yoga Flow and a Red Cross babysitting course.
Adult offerings include a four-week sketch and drawing class on Wednesday evenings and a fall-prevention program for aging adults.
Special events this spring include the Mother/Son Adventure Night ($28/$31) on April 6, Princess Tea Party ($15/$17) on April 14. Safety Town, a one-week program for preschoolers run by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and the Prairie Township Fire Department, will be held June 25-29 from 9 a.m. to11:30 a.m.
Prairie Township will offer nine weeks of summer camps at Darby Woods Elementary School, 255 W. Woods Blvd., in Galloway, from June through August.
Camps are available on a per-day fee structure for children ages 6-12. After parents pay for an initial five days of programming at $155 (residents), they can add on single days at $27 each.
Children must be registered in the system in advance, but don't need to sign up prior to attending any of the camps, which run from 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The "drop-in" style program allows flexibility for parents to plan around vacations, unexpected events and illness, said Jeremy Dean, recreation supervisor.
Campers will go on field trips. Other days are spent at Darby Woods.
"It's a big mix of things, so it's an active day," Dean said. "We try to be outside as much as we can and try to get back to what we did as kids.
"It's really what that group likes the most. You definitely get to form those bonds and relationships with the kids."
Once registered, children receive a camp T-shirt and a membership card loaded with their account balance, photograph and guardian information.
The community center is still accepting applications for this summer's farmers market, which begins in early June. Information and application forms are available at prairie-township.org/219/Farmers-Market.
Class lists and price information also are available online at recreation.prairietownship.org. Registrations are accepted online at tinyurl.com/ycq32cze or by calling 614-907-7990.