Wrightwood CSD Expands Park & Rec Programs for the Fall

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Wrightwood’s Vivian Null Park and gazebo is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the brisk Fall foliage and weather.

Exciting new activities are being offered through the Wrightwood CSD starting this Fall. While the WCSD is working on expanding its parks and recreation program, they’ve begun by offering a wide range of classes and activities for all ages.

A Creative Movement kids dance class will be held at the Wrightwood Community Building every Saturday from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. for young children ages 2-5 years. April Gould will teach the class and focus on introducing young ones to movement and physical motor skills. A Ballet Class will be offered every Saturday for older kids, ages 6-12 years, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration is $65 per student, and both programs run for seven weeks, beginning September 30th through November 18th, and will include an end-of-the-year recital during the last week.

Swing Dance lessons will be offered for teens and adults. Classes will be every Sunday from September 17th through October 22nd and will be taught by Tricia Opdahl. Participants must be 13 years or older. A beginner class will be held from 3 p.m.–4 p.m. in the Wrightwood Community Building, while an intermediate class will take place from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. for the seasoned dancers who are more familiar with dance styles. The cost is $60 per student, and registration ends on September 15th. Opdahl said she’s “Hoping to fill the classes in the Fall so we can maybe expand [dance] programs later.” She and her husband have competed in professional ballroom dancing in the past and are knowledgeable in several other dance styles, including waltz, foxtrot, and tango.

The free Women’s Line Dance lessons are still offered every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Wrightwood Community Building and have always been a popular event for the ladies in the community. But, another demographic-focused activity has been added to the rotation with the start of a Senior Social Club that’s open to senior citizens in the Wrightwood community.

Neighboring communities like Phelan and Pinon Hills have very successful senior clubs and even hold multiple weekly events with game days and potlucks. Wrightwood CSD is starting to offer similar programs and will meet on select Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. According to the 2021 census data, 28% of Wrightwood’s population is 65 years or older, almost double the rate for all of California, where only 14% of the state’s entire population comprises people 65+. A senior club will hopefully fill the need for the older community to come together and socialize free of charge. The Senior Club is scheduled for the first and third Wednesdays in September at the Wrightwood Community Building.

Finally, the widely popular corn hole games will be back this Fall. The WCSD has offered adult corn hole leagues in the past but unfortunately had to stop running them during the pandemic. Now it’s back and will take place on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the Community Building from October 4th through November 15th. Players must form their own teams of 2-5 players, ages 18 or older. The cost is $50 per team, and the registration deadline is September 29th. The playoffs will be held during the last week of the program, and all teams will participate with a chance to win $100!

To sign up for dance classes or participate in the corn hole league, fill out a registration form on the CSD website: https://wrightwoodcsd.org/services/parks-recreation/. Payments can be made in person at the WCSD office or by mail to P.O. Box 218 Wrightwood, CA 92397. Only cash or checks are accepted.

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