January Newsletter

We are pleased to share the January issue of our monthly e-newsletter!

Latest News

Winter-Spring Activity Guide 
The Winter-Spring Activity Guide is now available on our website
Holiday Closure
Our offices and centers will be closed on January 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
New Membership Fees 2021

As we move into 2021, there will be new membership options for our centers. We will have four memberships available; FitRec, FitPlus, FitClass and FitWalk. The pricing structure has also been updated; some of the prices have decreased while others have increased.

Please review the attached document for price and membership information as well as Frequently Asked Questions. If you have further questions, please email us.

New Programs

Date: January 19 - February 16
Time: 3:30 - 4 pm
Location: Old Atlanta Park Recreation Center

Focus on the foundational musical concepts such as fast and slow, sound and silence, high and low and even singing and playing major scales in a fun and engaging environment. 
Intro to Musical Instruments
Date: January 21 - February 18
Time: 5 - 5:45 pm 
Location: Old Atlanta Park Recreation Center

Come learn about a new musical instrument each class! This includes learning the parts of the instrument, the sounds it makes, and getting the chance to play for themselves. 
Date: January 7 - 28 
Time: 4:15 - 5 pm 
Location: Old Atlanta Park Recreation Center 

For boys and girls, ages 3-5, Kinderdance is a developmental dance, motor skill, music, and fitness program. Kinderdance® teaches the basics of ballet, tap, acrobatics, and creative movement all while incorporating educational concepts.
Kids Yoga
Date: January 7 - 28
Time: 5:15 - 6 pm
Location: Old Atlanta Park Recreation Center

For boys and girls, ages 3-5, Kids Yoga allows children to enjoy happy music, playful poses, movements, flexibility, strength, breathing techniques, as well as calming exercises aimed to relax but inspire. It promotes the development of a strong and flexible body, increases balance, and mind-body awareness.
2020-21 Youth Spring
Baseball and Softball

For information about registration, please click here to visit the booster club websites.


Date: February 1 - March 5
Ages: 16 and up 

Join us for this one month fitness challenge! The program will provide participants with a 1 month FitPlus pass to the recreation center, weekly challenges, and encouragement. Prizes will be awarded to the male and female with the highest participation points!

Instructional Classes 

Date: 2nd Wednesday each month 
Time: 12 pm 
Location: Fowler Park Recreation Center 

Drop-ins welcome! 
Teams of Tomorrow
Date: January 5 - February 9
Ages: 3-7
Location: Old Atlanta Park Recreation Center

Teams of Tomorrow (TOT) is a unique music and movement basketball handling program for boys and girls ages 3-7. TOT teaches 25 ball handling skills, eye-hand coordination, agility, and gross motor skills using FUN music! TOT lessons also incorporate academics! We cover mixing colors, shapes, numbers (in English, Spanish, & French,) senses, and vowels! There is no other program around that involves the right and left sides of the brain and teaches athletics, agility, and academics! Don't miss out!
Intro to Improv
Date: January - April 
Ages: Students (14-18) and 18/up
Location: Old Atlanta Park Recreation Center 

Improvisation is an art form. It is a fun way of traveling on the journey to self-actualization and feeling comfortable in one's own skin. Join us for a 12 week class that will go through exercises each class and at the end of the 12 weeks, if the class is ready, they will perform a short 45 minute Whose Line Is It Anyway style show for friends and family.
Date: January 12 - March 16 
Time: 1 - 2 pm
Location: Fowler Park Recreation Center 

Whether you only want to improve your game or just have fun playing badminton; all ages and levels can find the match from this program. You’ll find it easy and fun to learn and adapt. Choose group lessons or private lessons for customizable plans.
Amazing Athletes
Date: January 9 - February 27 
Time: 10 - 10:30 am 
Location: Old Atlanta Park Recreation Center

Amazing Athletes is the premier year-round developmental physical fitness program empowering children aged 2 ½ to 6 years old to reach developmental milestones at an individual pace.
Outdoor Adventure Recreation
Sawnee Mountain Preserve
Outdoor School 
Date: March 20 - May 1 
Time: 9:30 am - 12 pm 
Location: Sawnee Mountain Preserve 

Enjoy the great outdoors and learn wilderness and survival skills!
Birthday Parties at
Sawnee Mountain Preserve

Looking for a new and exciting birthday party idea? Book a party at Sawnee Mountain Preserve! We offer themes such as climbing and ziplining, animals & nature, and amazing adventure games. There is something for everyone!
Therapeutic Recreation 
Special Needs Group Fitness
January 7 - 28 
Time: 5:30 - 6:15 pm 
Ages: 6/up 
Location: Central Park Recreation Center

Join us for a free Special Needs group fitness demonstration class. We start with some easy dance moves, followed by exercises with shaker sticks, drumsticks, and finally a cool down and stretch, to upbeat music! Our format is enjoyed by participants sitting or standing and various levels of ability.

Adult Crafts and Clay 
January 6 - 27 
Time: 2 - 3 pm 
Location: Central Park Recreation Center

Explore your artistic side through a variety of ceramic and DIY crafts! Whether your looking to create gifts for loved ones, or enjoy spending quality time with friends, we offer a social and creative environment. Classes will alternate between building with clay and making fun DIY projects. This adaptive class offers therapeutic art expression for adults with disabilities. 

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Instructor Spotlight 
Wendy Haggerty, BA, C-IAYT

Wendy Haggerty has brought a wide range of talents to Forsyth County Parks and Recreation. Wendy started as an instructor in October when she began offering Dance and Yoga classes for the Therapeutic Recreation program. Beginning in 2021, Wendy will be offering a Line Dance program on Mondays and Wednesdays at Fowler Park and Natural-All Yoga program in a tree house amidst the beautiful terrain of the Sawnee Mountain Preserve.
Wendy is a certified yoga teacher, yoga therapist and dance instructor with over 20 years’ experience and enjoys teaching youth, adults, seniors, and special populations. She holds multiple accredited yoga, fitness and wellness certifications and her university training includes a BA from Mount Holyoke College.
As a yoga therapist, Wendy works with individuals one-on-one to help them heal a variety of conditions.   As a yoga and dance instructor, she has created programs designed specifically for people with developmental disabilities, as well as those living with Parkinson’s Disease, and teaches for the general population with people of all ages and abilities.
With a dedication to quality and long-lasting outcomes, Wendy infuses a humorous, light-hearted and no-nonsense approach to expertly deliver holistic learning programs for individuals and groups.  Her passion is helping and educating people to live joyful, long, and healthier lives focusing on what they can do instead of what they can’t do. 


Nutritional Tip of the Month
Nutrition for Injury Recovery
Recovering from an injury or surgery? Now is a great time to focus on getting balanced nutrition to support your recovery. Nutrition plays a key role in the healing and recovery process. Getting good quality nutrition might even help reduce the length of time required for healing and get you back on the field or court sooner. For specific recommendations about your recovery, contact the Northside Hospital Sports Medicine Dietitian at 404-327-1626.
What injuries is this good for?
Any type of injury can be supported with good nutrition - muscle strains, sprains, broken bones, and more.
Here are some nutritional needs for all injuries:
  • Proteins
    • Provide the building blocks for healing
    • Limit muscle loss during recovery
    • Sources: chicken, beef, pork, fish, eggs, dairy, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds
  • Carbohydrates
    • Provide energy for healing
    • May need a little less than normal if your activity decreased
    • Sources: whole grains (whole wheat bread, pasta, brown rice, oatmeal), potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, peas
Your Nutritional Tip of the Month is brought to you by Lauren Cicinelli. She is a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics with Northside Hospital Sports Medicine. She works with athletes ranging from middle school through adulthood and of all levels, from recreational to competitive and professional. 

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