Get moving, Huntsville! Huntsville Week celebrates healthy, active living and aging


How many ways can you get active in Huntsville? Too many to count!

To celebrate the power of sport and recreation to build community and keep people healthy, the Town of Huntsville is highlighting some of its many programs and activities during Huntsville’s Sport and Recreation Week.

From November 13 to 19, 2017, drop in or register and have some fun! Many of the activities available are free or have a nominal fee. Or if you just want to see what something’s all about, drop by and watch for a bit.

“We are hoping to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for all ages, and get people moving more and sitting less,” says Simone Babineau, the Town’s Manager of Recreation and Leisure Services.

Here’s just some of what you can experience during Huntsville Week:

Get on the ice:
Whether it’s been days or years since you last laced up a pair of skates, there are plenty of opportunities to glide around the rinks at the Canada Summit Centre. Check out the Adult/Senior Skate, Adult Shinny, Senior 65+ Shinny, Women’s Only Shinny, the Parent & Tot/Homeschool Skate, or the weekend family skates. (Check rates and schedule here.) The District of Muskoka is also sponsoring a free family skate on Saturday, November 18 from 12-2 p.m. at the Jack Bionda Arena.

The District of Muskoka is hosting a free family skate on November 18 (Photo: Town of Huntsville)

The District of Muskoka is hosting a free family skate on November 18 (Photo: Town of Huntsville)

Get social:
Stop in for a healthy treat and coffee at the free, weekday Healthy Coffee Break Drop-in break drop in, and meet some new people whether you’re at the Active Living Centre for another activity or not. If you want something more substantial, join the Wednesday Diners’ Club Luncheon and enjoy a delicious entree, dessert and tea, coffee or juice. There’s something new every week – remember to call ahead the day before to RSVP and then bring $9 and your appetite.

If you like your socializing with some movement thrown in, head outside for the Tuesday Outdoor Walking Club for a vigorous hour-long walk or hike, take a break from work at the Wednesday Lunch Break Walk — urban poles are optional — or walk the track in the Don Lough Arena, with or without poles, any time unless there’s a ticketed event. There’s no fee for walking programs or track use.

Love to play games? Meet some new friends over cards or a board at the drop-ins for dominoes, bid euchre, or cribbage, Scrabble, and chess. Games drop-ins are just $1.

How about a little friendly competition?
Maybe you used to have a table in your basement, maybe you’ve never played before — either way, table tennis is great fun. Drop in Monday afternoons or Wednesday evenings to give it a try.

Pickleball has quickly become a popular pastime for many. Never played before? Imagine a mix between tennis, table tennis and badminton. It’s lots of fun, and there are plenty of players available to show you the ropes. Give it a try Thursdays between 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. and again from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Both of these programs cost $2.50 to play.

Dennis Wilks, right, shows Ben Robitaille the Pickleball basics

Dennis Wilks, right, shows Ben Robitaille the Pickleball basics

Move your body:
Whether you prefer quieter activity like Wellness Qi Gong — a flowing series of gentle movements — or something a little more uptempo like Line Dancing, there are options to suit just about every style. Both of these are ongoing, registered programs, but you can drop in during Huntsville Week for just $10. Check out the new, free Fitness Activity Station Drop-in and try out a variety of exercises in a circuit. 

If you love the water, you can get moving in the pool, too. Try out the incredibly popular Hydrorider Aquabikes on Wednesday evening. It’s a spin class in the water!. Fees apply and you must reserve a bike in advance. Other sessions are available each week, too — check the Fall/Winter Leisure Guide for details. Also check out the H20 Boot Camp for a mix of on-land and in-water exercise using a variety of equipment, including aquamats. Or if you really just want to do your own thing, come out to a Leisure Swim. One lane is available for lap swimming.

(Pssst! Did you know that if you introduce a new participant to any aquafitness class — Body Blast, Jog & Spin, Aquafit, Joint Effort, H20 Boot Camp or Yoga — you’ll get a two-for-one rate? Get details on all of these classes in the guide.)

There are a variety of aquafitness classes available, including Hydrorider spin classes and H2O boot camps (Photo: Town of Huntsville)

There are a variety of aquafitness classes available, including Hydrorider spin classes and H2O boot camps (Photo: Town of Huntsville)

Learn with others:
Want to learn something new? Or maybe you just want to practice and learn alongside others who share your interests or passion. Check out these drop-ins and workshops to see if one fits you.

The ukulele is an easy instrument for beginners to learn with enough challenge for experienced players. You can drop in to an ongoing class on Tuesday evening during Huntsville Week and give it a try. The drop-in fee is $10 — bring your own ukulele or try one supplied by the instructor.

Like to carve wood or just like to watch something emerge as others go about their craft? Drop in on Wednesday afternoon for just $1 and bring your hand woodcarving along, or see pieces come to life in the hands of these artists.

Do finances keep you up at night? One of the greatest anxieties facing Baby Boomers and retirees is the cost of care in their later years. Attend a free, one-hour workshop — Strategies to Overcome the Financial Challenges of Aging — hosted by financial advisor Madrie Secord to learn how to maintain healthy finances as you age, whether you require additional care or not.

The fun doesn’t stop with Huntsville Week. Check the Leisure Guide for more, and watch for these special programs:

New this fall: dollar drop-in Acoustic Jam Sessions
Calling all musicians, beginning  guitarists and shower singers!  Come with a buck, leave with new friends! Open Jam is a creative music jam session that will be different from week to week.  You show up with your instrument (or voice!) and join in. Not a musician? Come on down for the music, coffee, and conversation. Friday mornings starting December 1, 2017 on the second floor of the Active Living Centre.

Maker Series
Make and take home something beautiful or tasty! This series includes Gourmet Christmas Cookies with Christine Kropp of Whimsical Bakery, Festive Decor with Kelly Musters of Sandhill Nursery, a Leave Your Brushes At Home acrylic workshop with Linda Harti, and a Fluid Inks on Tiles workshop with Marv Wastle.

Health and Wellness Series

Learn how to make Quick and Healthy Packed Lunches with Alison Dumont, how to Eat Fat to Lose Fat with Kelly Hammond (What, really? Yes!), and all about sprouting greens — it’s easy! — with Four Season Greens.

Don’t forget about holiday and PA Day fun for your kids!

Keep your five to 12 year olds busy during Christmas break, March break and PA Days at a Town of Huntsville Camp. A full day of activities will ensure you never hear them say “I’m bored.”

Check out Huntsville Week details here, and see all of the programs offered by the Town of Huntsville online here.

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