Powell's Parks and Recreation Department is holding registration for residents for fall classes.

Powell's Parks and Recreation Department is holding registration for residents for fall classes.

The fall 2011 program guide is available at the municipal building, 47 Hall St., or at cityofpowell.us/government-parksrec.php.

The department has classes for all age groups to enjoy, said Nick Kappler, rec coordinator.

"We are offering a new class called 'Wild about Animals,'" said Kappler. "We do fun games and crafts, as well as songs for kids who want to learn about all of the cool animals we have in this world."

For "sports-loving youths," Kappler said programs include "Lil Laxers," a beginning lacrosse class, teaching fundamentals to youngsters ages 4 to 6.

"We will go over passing, catching and shooting, as well as defense," he said.

Another class for that age group is "Lil Kickers" which shows participants the game of soccer at a slow pace, Kappler said.

"Sporties for Shorties" gives participants a chance to experience a number of sports: basketball, T-ball, floor hockey and soccer.

"It is a blast to work with these young kids and see how much they improve over the span of these classes," said Kappler.

After a few years off, the department is bringing back the popular winter-break camp, Kappler said.

The camp includes playing games and field trips and is for ages 7 to 14.

A popular first-offering from summer, "Daddy and Me," will run again this fall.

"It is a chance for dads to hang out with their 2- to 6-year-old children one night a week and do lots of cool outdoor activities, including building forts, fishing, catching fireflies and making s'mores," Kappler said.

Other new classes include "Busy Bees," "It's a Girls World," "Boys Will Be Boys," and Lego classes, including preschool alphabet and engineering for elementary age children.

The parks program department might meet city council's request to be self-sufficient, said Silas Bowers, assistant director for the parks and rec department.

The program department's 2011 budget is estimated to be $150,330 and revenue through August was $109,548.

The program had 1,327 registrations from January through August. That's up 190 registrations from the same period in 2010, which numbered 1,137, city spokesperson Jeff Robinson said.

"As far as the self-sustaining issue goes, we had an absolutely great summer and are hoping for the same turnout for class registration this fall," Bowers said. "We stand a chance at attaining our goal, but it will ultimately depend on the success of the recently released program guide."

The parks program department has a separate budget from that of the parks department.

Those who aren't residents may register for classes beginning Friday, Sept. 2.