Bexley residents looking to counteract the post-holiday blues will have a variety of offerings to choose from in the new Bexley Recreation and Parks Department Winter/Spring Activities Brochure.

Bexley residents looking to counteract the post-holiday blues will have a variety of offerings to choose from in the new Bexley Recreation and Parks Department Winter/Spring Activities Brochure.

The brochure has been mailed to residents and is available on the city's parks-and-recreation website at bexley.org/recreation.

Among the new offerings are a series of financial planning seminars: "College Funding" (Feb. 16), "Investment Fundamentals" (March 2) and "Retirement" (March 16).

"That's a free program in which we have financial planners that live in our community to teach those classes," Recreation Director Michael Price said.

A series of holistic health workshops will be offered Jan. 23-31 that are designed to help participants focus on the mind-body-connection aspect of health and fitness, said Natalie Mullin, recreation supervisor.

"There's going to be aromatherapy, reflexology, detoxification, herbal education," Mullin said. "We're doing it right after our yoga classes."

A new class that is expected to draw participants of all ages is set for April -- pickleball, which combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis, Price said.

The classes will cover "how the game is played, but also the technique," he said. "That's a really fast-growing activity worldwide, and it's growing really fast here in Bexley."

The brochure also offers registration for summer offerings, including pool memberships, camp and athletics programs. The summer T-ball class for youth is expected to attract many participants, since coach Chris Quickert, known as "Coach Chris" in the community, is leading the program for the first time, Price said.

"Coach Chris is a well-known instructor who is popular with the children," he said. "He's one of those instructors where we'll open registration up and our classes will be (filled) in 10 or 15 minutes."

Ideas for new programming come from instructors who live both within and outside Bexley, as well as from residents, Price said.

"We're obviously fortunate to have a wealth of knowledge in our community," he said. "Oftentimes people in our community will come to us because they want to instruct a class that might be beneficial to the community."

In selecting programming, the recreation staff tries to strike a balance between perennial favorites and activities that will draw new participants, Price said.

"We have a lot of good, consistent programming that's popular year in and year out, but we want to always be looking for opportunities to expand offerings to our community," he said.

Registration opens at noon Jan. 3 for Bexley residents, noon Jan. 5 for the general public. For registration, visit bexley.org/ recreation or call 614-559-4300.

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