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County Recreation Summer Camps: The Place to Be

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It’s more excitement than kids can endure—the specialty camps we’re offering in our 2015 Summer Camps Guide, coming out today. There’s chess camp, horseback riding, cooking, fashion, theatre, electronic game design, Explorations in Science, and more, including one of our most popular camps, Mystery Academy. Look for the guide at community centers, swim centers, libraries and other county facilities, or view it online at Registration opens Jan. 20.

TINY TOTS! It’s a big-Big-BIG week for kids ages 2-6 as we have new winter sessions starting in tiny hands crafts, Abrakadoodle, messes and masterpieces, dance, pre-ballet, pre-hip hop, thunder taekwondo, music, Funfit, gymnastics, Coach Doug soccer and tennis, and more! For details, see pages 51-56 of our Winter Guide at and click on RecWeb to register.

The winter session of our women’s Sunday drop-in basketball program gets underway today at Wheaton High. The session at Walter Johnson High on Wednesday nights starts this week. You still have time to sign up for both by going to, clicking on RecWeb and typing in the course number. GO!


Give your workouts some punch with our Ultimate Boxing Boot Camp for youth and adults. Starting next week at White Oak, Wheaton, Plum Gar and Marilyn Praisner community centers, plus Bethesda-Chevy Chase High, students go through a boxer’s routine through several skill stations. There’s no physical contact but light sparring with the instructor, a former kickboxing champion with 28 years’ experience. For details on the class, see page 44 of our Winter Guide at and click on RecWeb to register.

Friday night, our 2015 Rec Zone County Cup Futsal Tournament got underway at Long Branch Community Center. This popular wintertime event features teams of high school-age players from our afterschool Rec Zone programs. Opening night featured 10 games with about 300 family and friends attending. The tourney is played each Friday night until the championship series March 13. Admission is free, so come out each Friday to see the fun and action.

Perfect timing! Our winter session of music lessons gets underway this month with fantastic instruction in piano, guitar and violin. For ages 5 and above, from beginners to advanced, these lessons are available at locations throughout the county and start at just $120 for eight lessons. For details, see page 36 of our Winter Guide at and click on RecWeb to register.

MARK IT DOWN! The public is invited to participate in a community meeting on the proposed building design of the new Good Hope Recreation Center in Silver Spring. On Jan. 28, 7-8 p.m. at the center, 14715 Good Hope Rd., Silver Spring 20905

The project involves demolition of the existing building and new construction to include a gym, fitness area, multipurpose activity rooms and social hall with kitchenette. For details on the center project, visit:

No better time than winter to add yoga to your routine and we have 21—count ’em, twenty-one!—different classes at locations throughout the county. From beginners to teens to seniors to advanced practitioners, we have a yoga class for everyone—gentle, hatha, vini, light, fundamental, with weights, massage ball, stress relief, mindful and more. And, our sessions start as low as $7 per class. For details, see pages 45-47 of our Winter Guide at and click on RecWeb to register.

Elizabeth Ortega-Lohmeyer

About Elizabeth Ortega-Lohmeyer

Multimedia Bilingual Rec Specialist at Montgomery County Recreation, loves videos, flowers and dogs. Winner of the “Poder Con Ganas” award from the Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County .


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