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Recreation Department Wraps Up Busy Summer Schedule
A new class of 'tiny tots' gathered this week for a time of learning and fun hosted at the Riverbank Scout Hall in the popular program offered through the Riverbank Recreation Department.

It's just one of many activities that is available to residents in the 'City of Action' through the rec department and Recreation Supervisor Kerrie Webb said officials have been pleased with the level of participation.

"Tot Time is offered in a three-week session, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon," Webb said of the fun and educational sessions. Cost is $45 for the three-week program.

Webb also said the department stayed busy throughout the summer and now will look forward to some new fall programs.

"It was a full summer," Webb agreed. "We had four concerts in the Plaza Del Rio on Friday nights, we had four movies over the summer on Saturday nights at Jacob Myers Park, the first one was very cold and windy but the last one, we had over 200 people."

The pool was a destination point for many as well, with more than 450 kids taking swimming lessons over the summer and the pool open regularly for recreational swim.

"The pool is still open weekends until the end of August and we averaged about 35 (kids) a day," Webb said. "Now that it's (summer vacation) over, the hot weather will probably come back."

The summer was unusually mild in terms of temperature, with just a handful of 100-plus degree days to entice swimmers during the summer break.

Also offered through the rec department this summer were a new Shakespeare Camp, which ran for three days a week for two weeks, with the troupe then performing at the Farmer's Market under the direction of Robin Bjerke.

"We also had our first ever ballet and tap recital, students in a Tuesday class, and we had over 150 spectators at that," Webb said. "It's an ongoing class."

Tennis classes, a mini art camp, soccer classes and a karate camp were available as well.

"Our ballet and soccer are ongoing," Webb said. "And we'll offer tennis again."

Tot Time has just started its new session, with the rec department also gearing up for an adult and child tennis tournament and the popular 'Halloween Hayride' program at Jacob Myers Park for Halloween.

The swim team, the Riverbank Barracudas, had a successful season and Webb said the rec staff also was on hand for open gym nights and other duties.

Recreation Department Director for Riverbank is Sue Fitzpatrick, with Webb as recreation supervisor, Maryann Zoslocki as the administrative clerk and nine to 10 part-time staff also on the job.