June 2015 Newsletter from Cookeville Leisure Services
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June ushers in the official start of summer, which means we have tons of activities going on in our parks and recreation facilities!

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Community Band Concert

The Cookeville Community Band has concerts scheduled for June 1, 8 and 22 at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion.

Round Trip: Cookeville Goes to War

A reprisal of the 2001 play will be presented June 4-6 at the Cookeville Depot.

History Hike

Enjoy some Saturday fun with the Cookeville museums' History Hike June 13.

Drawing and Illustration

A drawing and illustration class for youth 10 and older is scheduled for Saturdays starting June 13.

Third Thursday Concert Series

A free bluegrass concert will be presented with the Possum Hunters Thursday, June 18 at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion in Dogwood Park at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Doom's Summer Basketball Camp

Learn basketball fundamentals for youth June 15-19 and 22-26.

Diva Camp

Have fun with friends at the Recreation Center's Diva specialty camp for ages 7-12.

Intro to Sports Camp

Get active and learn game basics at the Recreation Center's sports specialty camp for ages 4-6.

Early Pregnancy Wellness

Learn about staying healthy during the first trimester of pregnancy Saturday, June 27.

Dance Enrollment

Sign up now for the 2015-2016 Leisure Services School of Dance.


Check out the fitness class schedule for June.

Train Tales

Join us for story time at the Depot Museum every Friday!

Movies in the Park

The After Dark Movies in the Park will be presented each Friday in June, starting June 5, at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion.

Fishing Derby

Leisure Services and the Tennessee Tech Student Fisheries Association will present the 27th Annual Kids Fishing Derby Saturday,
June 6 at Cane Creek Park.

Photography Classes

Learn something new in our Beginning Photography, Intermediate Photography or Introduction to Photoshop classes that start June 9 with professional Photographer Ron Baker.

Celebrating 75 Years of WHUB

Join the Cookeville History Museum for the opening of the exhibit "The Voice of the Upper Cumberland: 75 Years of WHUB" Saturday, June 13 from 1-3 p.m.

With the help of Tennessee Tech's Student Fisheries Association, young fishermen are able to catch catfish stocked in the lake at Cane Creek Park by the Tennessee Lifelife Resources Agency as part of the Annual Kids Fishing Derby.

Fishing Derby offers special opportunity for young fishermen

COOKEVILLE – Standing on the shoreline, waiting for that red and white bobber to go under, signaling a fish on your line, can be tough for a child who can’t stop wiggling with excitement at the thought of reeling in a big fish.
      “When I was about 10, I went to a kid’s fishing derby and won a prize for catching the biggest fish, a channel catfish,” recalls Josey Ridgway, vice president of the Tennessee Tech Student Fisheries Association and co-chair of the 2015 Kid’s Fishing Derby at Cane Creek Park. “It was a pretty big day for me.”
     Now, Ridgway is looking forward to the opportunity to share a love of fishing with the Cookeville community and watch some youngsters reel in their catch, which could be a trout, bass, bluegill, crappie, carp or catfish from the lake at Cane Creek Park.
      On Saturday, June 6, the Tennessee Tech Student Fisheries Association and Cookeville Leisure Services will present the 27th annual Kid’s Fishing Derby in the park, with some special provisions to increase the chances that youth can reel in a big catfish, from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
      “This event is about outreach, bringing recreational fishing opportunities to the community,” Ridgway said. “We are trying to reach out and show kids that fishing is fun and there are reasons why we should be preserving fish and waterways.”
      That morning, registration will be held at the Lakeview picnic shelter in the park from 7:30-8:30 a.m., fishing from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and prizes and lunch from 10:30 to noon.
      In the days before the event, block nets will be placed along a cove in the lake and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will place 500 pounds of catfish within that netted area.
      That way, kids can fish that area of the lake with greater likelihood of catching fish, but kids are welcome to fish areas outside the cove as well.
      “Catfish are typically resilient to being moved, so we can put them in the lake and they won’t be too stressed from being moved to be fishable,” Ridgway said.        “They are good-sized fish for the kids to catch.”
  The fish that are caught during the derby can either be kept by fishermen, or released back into the lake. However, TWRA fishing regulations, like size limitations on other fish in the lake, do apply. Striped bass, for example, may only be kept if they are at least 15 inches in length.
      Fish that are not caught or that are released back into the lake are incorporated into the lake habitat in the park, serving the niche of bottom feeding fish within the lake. They also provide future angling opportunities for park visitors, Ridgway said.
      The event is done each year on the state’s “Free Fishing Day,” which allows anyone to fish public waters in the state without purchasing a license.
      The Kid’s Fishing Derby at Cane Creek Park is for youth 15 and under and a prize for the biggest fish will be awarded in three categories: ages 5 and under, ages 6-10 and ages 11-15. All participants will receive a goody bag and be eligible for prize giveaways.
      Participants should bring their own fishing pole and tackle. For more information, call 931-520-4386.

Breathe - Move - Live

Start your morning in Dogwood Park with some breathing exercises, easy movements and a positive outlook. Sessions happen at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are free!

Community Band Concert

The Cookeville Community Band will perform three concerts in June, including June 1 (rescheduled from Memorial Day), June 8 and June 22. The band's summer concert series brings free performances every-other-Monday to the Dogwood Performance Pavilion at 7:30 p.m.

After Dark Movies in the Park

Leisure Services and the After Dark Series present the After Dark Movies in the Park each Friday in June, beginning June 5 with "Despicable Me," "Big Hero 6" on June 12, "McFarland, USA" on June 19 and "Paddington" on June 26. Movies are family-friendly, free and begin at dusk in Dogwood Park. Concessions available.

This year's After Dark Race for the Park 8K and kids' 1-mile fun run is scheduled for Friday, August 7 and registration is open now. For more information on the race, visit
Join the Tennessee Tech Student Fisheries Association and Cookeville Leisure Services in Cane Creek Park, Saturday, June 6 from 7:30 a.m. to noon for the 27th annual Kids Fishing Derby.

A cove of the lake will be netted off and stocked with catfish for youth 15 and under to catch. However, any portion of the lake is open to fishing that day.

Prizes will be awarded for biggest fish in three age divisions.

Registration will be held at the Lakeview Picnic Shelter in the park from 7:30-8:30 a.m., lunch and prize giveaways will be from 10:30- noon. Goody bags will be handed out to each participant and there will be other chances to win prizes as well.

A free event! No fishing license required!

All aboard! Let's go back in time to Cookeville during World War II. A reprisal of the 2001 play, Round Trip: Cookeville Goes to War by Larry Slaboda will be staged at the Cookeville Depot Museum June 4, 5 & 6; 6:30/dinner, 7:30/show. This short play was derived from articles that appeared in the Highballer newsletter, published semi-annually by the Friends of the Depot. The stories of local Cookeville folks during WWII, especially revolving around the railroad and Cookeville's west side, are told through dialogue, humor, poetry and music. Join us for an evening of 1940's charm, style and music, complete with a light, Southern supper--all for ONLY $15! Tickets on sale now; come by the Depot (931) 528-8570 (cash/check only) or Cookeville Performing Arts Center (931) 528-1313 (Cash/check/credit cards).

Photography Classes

Intermediate Photography
Wednesdays June 10- July 15 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $65 per participant
This course is for individuals who have a basic understanding of photography and want to advance themselves to more in-depth understanding of Digital SLR camera operation.  Topics include camera controls, manual exposure, white balance, lenses and composition. You will learn to take control of your camera and exploit your equipment.  You’ll develop your skills and enhance your photographs through image manipulation.  A  Digital SLR camera is required. Pre registration is required. Call 931-520-4386 or visit
Beginning Photography
Thursdays June 11- July 16 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $65 per participant
Join professional photographer Ron Baker for this course which will cover camera operation, principles of image capture, composition and subject matter. Areas of artistic expression will also be explored in addition to the organization of images and applications such as e-mail, print and storage. All types of digital cameras are welcome, including a smart phone, electronic tablet, point and shoot camera or ipod. Pre registration is required. Call 931-520-4386 or visit
Introduction to Photoshop
Tuesdays June 9- July 14 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $65 per participant
Adobe’s Photoshop program has become a main stay with graphic designers, and even hobbyists to edit graphics as well as create and manipulate images.  It’s fun to use and it can turn the most amateur photographer to a professional photographer with just a click of the mouse. Students will learn the basics so that he or she can effectively navigate Photoshop and make simple corrections and get the chance to delve into some advanced features.  Whether you are a graphic designer or photographer who wants to improve your photo skills or hobbyist who enjoys manipulating images-During this course, you will have the opportunity to learn everything about Photoshop that you’ll need to know to get up and running. Participants are required to bring a laptop computer. Pre registration is required. Call 931-520-4386 or visit

The Voice of the Upper Cumberland: 75 years of WHUB

Join the Cookeville History Museum for the opening of the exhibit, The Voice of the Upper Cumberland: 75 Years of WHUB Saturday, June 13 from 1-3 p.m. at the museum. In collaboration with Zimmer Broadcasting and the Luke Medley Family, the museum will tell the story of how WHUB went on the air in 1940. In 1944, as one of America's pioneer radio stations, it became a CBS affiliate. WHUB has filled the Upper Cumberland airwaves with music, sports, news, weather, special events, live broadcasts and talk radio for 75 years. It continues to be a treasure in our region today.

History Hike

June 13
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., come HISTORY HIKE between the Cookeville Depot Museum and the Cookeville History Museum! Pick up your entry (and enjoy some cookies) at either museum, find the answers to the trivia questions along Broad Street between the two museums and have the form back by 3:30 pm to be included in the prize drawing! If you like, you can do both hikes (Depot -> History Museum and/or History Museum -> Depot) each day. Join the fun on June 13th when we put out all the games and activities ONLY at the Depot! We'll have cornhole, checkers, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, ringtoss, lawn darts, and more. There will also be refreshments and a simple challenge or two for a chance at a gift card to Foglight Foodhouse. Every child will receive a free kids' meal from Cookeville Chili's Bar & Grill!

Drawing and Illustration

Saturdays June 13- July 25 | 10:30-11:45 a.m. | Cane Creek Rec Center | $70 per participant | For youth 10 and older
An illustration is a visualization or a depiction of a subject made by an artist, such as  drawing, sketching, painting, photography & other kinds of images of things seen remembered or imagined, using a graphical representation. Participants will learn basic drawing techniques which is the foundation of all art. Instructions will also include how to use shapes to create a shark, dog, or horse or even a lamp, desk, or car and different shading techniques. Participants should bring a sketch tablet (your choice of size) and a kneaded eraser. Austin Mesler is a professional artist living here in Cookeville. Austin is a sketch artist and a graphic designer. Austin also is commissioned to sketch portrait designs from original photos. Pre registration is required. Call 931-520-4386 or visit

Third Thursday Concert

Our Third Thursday Concert Series continues this month with the Possum Hunters Bluegrass Band performing at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion Thursday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. Third Thursday Concerts in the park are FREE.

Dr. Doom's Summer Basketball Camp

June 15-19 and 22-26 | 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Cane Creek Gymnasium | $65 per week or $15 per day |
For ages 7-18


Dr. Doom’s Summer Break Basketball Camp is where campers will focus on basketball fundamentals such as shooting, dribbling, and passing. Campers can be dropped off as early as 7 a.m and picked up as late as 5 p.m. Hours of instruction are between 8:15 a.m. and 4 p.m.  The camp will build the confidence of children with Bob Dawson’s unparalleled instruction and wealth of basketball knowledge. Coach Dawson began the Dr. Doom Camp in Cookeville in 1994 and has worked with thousands of athletes in the community. Register before June 1 for $55 per week or for $65 per week thereafter. A daily rate of $15 per day is also available. Register online at or by calling 931-526-9767.

Saturday, June 27 | 10:05 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $25 per participant or $30 per couple

Class instructions include the following:  * Food Safety for Moms-to Be *Nutrition in Pregnancy *Food/Diet Pyramid*Water/Fluid intake*Calories added during Pregnancy*Weight Gain*Exercise guidelines*Oral health in Pregnancy*Common Oral Health Problems*Chemical Safety*Toxic Exposures in Pregnancy*Preterm Labor Signs. Instructor  Amanda Garrison is a certified Doula who provides personal, non-medical support to women and families throughout a woman’s pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum experience. Amanda has been a certified doula with International Childbirth Education Association since September 2004. Amanda also teaches childbirth classes at Infinity Birthing Center in Cookeville, TN. Class will break for lunch at noon. Call 931-520-4386 or visit

Dance Enrollment

The Cookeville Department of Leisure Services is pleased to present its dance program offerings for the 2015-16 year. Classes are held at the Cane Creek Recreation Center, 180 CC Camp Road. Class offerings include Dance for Young Children, Ballet, Hip Hop/Jazz, Modern Dance, and Teen/Adult Ballet, Modern, Jazz. For tuition and scheduling information, visit

Breathe - Move - Live

Each Tuesday and Thursday |  7:45 – 8:15 a.m. | Dogwood Park | Free

Start your morning in Dogwood Park! Participants will learn a simple breathing technique that increases energy, reduces stress, and improves circulation. Learn how to move your body to get the blood flowing, muscles moving, and increase the joy factor with 25 minutes of simple motion exercises. Instructors Evelyn Soto and Lynda Wallace are both holistic health coaches. Evelyn is a registered nurse with more than 30 years experience in nursing and 20 years of experience researching and applying alternative medicine. Lynda is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Youth and adults age two and older are welcome to participate, with those under the age of 16 accompanied by an adult. No preregistration required.

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