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  1. Stand Up Paddleboarding (Ages 13+)

    June 16, 2018 - August 18, 2018 @ Various Locations

    SUP is quickly becoming a favorite river activity for anyone who wants a fun and new way to play on the water. Start the experience with an on-land lesson taught by a certified paddleboard instructor followed by time in the water to practice and hone your paddling skills. Top off the practice sessions with a trip on the river to get a true SUP experience. Must be able to swim. Classes designed for beginners. All equipment, gear, and instruction included.

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  2. Plein-Air Water Color: Advanced (ages 12-16)

    July 13, 2018, 9:00 AM - July 27, 2018, 12:00 PM @ Explore Park

    An outdoor adventure in watercolor, improve your Plein Air skills while connecting to nature's beauty. Led by a Nationally Certified art instructor, this class is catered towards more advanced water colorists and will use the features of Explore Park as a backdrop to get your creativity flowing onto your canvas. Students will complete several paintings of live nature scenes. This course is recommended for painters who have taken the Plain air Basics course or who have equivalent experience. All materials will be provided. This program will meet at the Visitor Center and then relocate to the painting area. Pre-registration is required.

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  3. Plein-Air Water Color: Advanced (16+)

    July 13, 2018, 1:00 PM - July 27, 2018, 4:00 PM @ Explore Park

    An outdoor adventure in watercolor, improve your Plein Air skills while connecting to nature's beauty. Led by a Nationally Certified art instructor, this class is catered towards more advanced water colorists and will use the features of Explore Park as a backdrop to get your creativity flowing onto your canvas. Students will complete several paintings of live nature scenes. This course is recommended for painters who have taken the Plain air Basics course or who have equivalent experience. All materials will be provided. This program will meet at the Visitor Center and then relocate to the painting area. Pre-registration is required.

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  4. Virginia's Blue Ridge Spartan Kids Race

    July 21, 2018 - July 22, 2018 @ Green Hill Park

    We're pleased to be co-sponsor of the region's first Spartan event! and Tourism are pleased to announce the first ever Spartan Kids Race in Virginia this summer. The race will be held at Green Hill Park, targeting close to 4,000 children ranging in age from 4 - 14. This event is filled with specially designed obstacle courses, healthy food, experiential brand activations, and much more. Spartan Kids organizers will compel the local communities to rally behind the “Get Healthy, Get Active, Have Fun” mission through a public relations campaign leading up to the main event in July, and leave with the tools to keep the mission alive for years to come.

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  5. Forest Garden Ecology 101 (16+)

    July 22, 2018, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Explore Park

    Learn the basics of how to design and create a diverse perennial food forest. After this class you should have an understanding of how to weave the different elements of a designed plant community to produce many berries, mushrooms, herbs, fruit, and nuts on a small or large amount of land. It is recommended that you also take the rainwater catchment 101 class to get a full comprehensive picture of how to care for a forest garden.

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  6. Art By Your Design

    July 23, 2018, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Green Ridge Recreation Center

    Express your creative self (or learn to bring out your creative self) Monday evenings this summer! Join our newest instructor, Leandra Rigdon as she guides you in a new project every week. Leandra has a background in Fine Art and Graphic Design. Sign up for a few classes or all! July 23: Color Wheel Lesson

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  7. Excel 2016: Beyond the Basics (ages 18+)

    July 25, 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Hollins Library

    It’s on to more complex functions in Excel 2016, including grouping and linking spreadsheets, using the function wizard, inserting charts, sorting and filtering data, what-if analysis, and pivot tables. Prerequisite: •Basic understanding of Excel (See Excel 2016 for Beginners)

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  8. Indian Cooking - Vegetarian Delight (Ages 18+) Saturday

    July 28, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Brambleton Recreation Center

    Learn to cook Rajma Red kidney beans cooked in a thick tomato based sauce, Baigan Bharta an eggplant preparation and the dessert, Rabdi made by cooking sweetened milk and select nuts in a fun enviroment. Leave with new skills and full tummies! Instructor: Bhawana Scaer

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  9. Outdoor Yin Yoga (18+)

    July 28, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Explore Park

    Take your practice beyond the studio and back to its roots. Join us in the fresh air of Explore Park for 90 minutes of guided meditation, pranayama breathwork, and asana practice to strengthen both body and mind. This all levels yin yoga class will teach you grounding techniques to stabilize and grow through your daily challenges. Please bring your own yoga mat. Participants are encouraged to also bring a water bottle, towel, and an open mind. Pre-registration is required. Class will meet at the Visitor Center and then take a short hike to the yoga area.

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  10. Touch-A-Truck

    July 28, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Green Hill Park

    Get up close and personal with over 200 cool vehicles including fire trucks, motor cycles, police cars, garbage trucks and even airplanes! We're celebrating the 10th anniversary of this fantastic family event, recognized as one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Other activities include a petting zoo, climbing wall, food vendors, a magician, crafts and our famous fireman's foam. Climb up in the seat of that big rig and blast the horn! You won't want to miss it.

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  11. Firefly Hike (Ages 5+)

    July 28, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Explore Park

    Join our Naturalist for a evening hike led by the luminous Firefly! We'll take a hike to observe and learn about the different messages their flash patterns are communicating. You will also learn about the different kinds of fireflies and their life cycles. Please bring a small flashlight. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Program meets at the Visitor Center.

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  12. Art By Your Design (Ages 18+) Monday

    July 30, 2018, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Green Ridge Recreation Center

    Express your creative self (or learn to bring out your creative self) Monday evenings this summer! Join our newest instructor, Leandra Rigdon as she guides you in a new project every week. Leandra has a background in Fine Art and Graphic Design. Sign up for a few classes or all! July 30: Illuminated Letter

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  13. Italian Cooking Like Grandmom (Ages 18+) Monday

    July 30, 2018, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Green Ridge Recreation Center

    Buon Apetito! Learn Chef Dominic's secret recipes learned from his Italian Grandmom. Prepare perfectly prepared meatlballs in a warm marinara complete with the sides! Chef Dominic graduated top of his class from Florida Culinary Institute and has served some of the most prestigious golfers and sports figures in the world while serving as a Sous Chef for PGA National Spas and Resorts in Palm Beach, FL. He made an appearance on the fourth season of Fox Network's Hell's Kitchen. He looks forward to the opportunity to bring his family-friendly attitude, skills and good-natured cooking to you and yours!

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