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  1. Computer Basics (Ages 18+)

    May 3, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Hollins Library

    An introduction to the basic components of a computer and how to operate the hardware and software. Includes an overview of how to use the mouse and keyboard, an introduction to Windows 10, and how to personalize your desktop. Prerequisite: • Keyboard and Mouse or comparable skill level

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  2. Excel 2016: Just the Basics (Ages 18+)

    May 4, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Vinton Library

    Let’s stick with the basics in this Excel 2016 class. We will teach you how to navigate this spreadsheet program, format and edit cells, create simple formulas, use autosum and autofill, and print. Prerequisite: • Basic computer skills

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  3. Pickleball Clinic (Ages 18+)

    May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Walrond Park

    Pickleball? What’s pickleball? It’s a combination of tennis, badminton, ping pong and racquetball. It may be a silly name, but it’s a serious sport! It’s fast paced and easy to learn, great exercise and lots of fun! It’s the fastest growing sport in America and here’s your opportunity to see what all the excitement’s about! This clinic is designed with the novice/beginner in mind. Clinic will be held at the lower tennis courts at Walrond Park.

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  4. Introduction to Starry Skies (Ages 5+)

    May 6, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Explore Park

    Learn the basics of night sky viewing with the guidance of members of the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society. This family friendly program will include a talk in the Visitor Center introducing the night sky as well as tips for viewing stars, and even how to use a telescope. Following the talk, we will head out to view the stars! Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes. Pre-registration is required.

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  5. Buggin' Out (Ages 3+)

    May 7, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Green Hill Park

    Enjoy a stroll through Green Hill Park with a naturalist, bug nets, and aquatic nets to catch all kinds of creepy crawlies. Learn how insects survive Virginia winters and support a healthy ecosystem during spring months. From the mouths of hungry fish to buds of peonies, these friends, not foes, are sure to fascinate all. Please bring a water bottle. All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult.

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  6. Spring Blooms at Happy Hollow Gardens (Ages 5+)

    May 7, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Happy Hollow Gardens

    Spring blooms in our area are not to be missed, and Happy Hollow Gardens is a wonderful place to enjoy them! Take a guided hike with our naturalist at this hidden gem of Roanoke County. We will leisurely hike and enjoy the beautiful Azaleas and other blooming plants while talking about the woodland habitat. Please bring water and wear closed-toe shoes. No strollers, please. Pre-registration is required.

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  7. Spring Tween Crafts (Ages 9-12)

    May 8, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Green Ridge Recreation Center

    Socialize with other crafty teens. April we will celebrate spring with a festive flower headband. May we will make a easy-sew stuffed animal for yourself or to gift to someone else! No sewing machine required! All supplies are provided.

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  8. Mountain Biking - Trail Ride Essentials (Ages 13+)

    May 9, 2017, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Explore Park

    Leave the asphalt behind and let us get you in gear for the trails. Learn the basics of mountain biking with an International Mountain Bike Association certified instructor. They will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to get out there on your own. Our guides also provide plenty of information on the best local trails and rides suited for your ability, which is helpful for anyone new to the sport. No experience necessary. Mountain bikes, helmets, and all instruction provided. Course will meet at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor's Center.

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  9. Community Conversations...Let's Talk Foster Care

    May 10, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Green Ridge Recreation Center

    A Community Conversation..Let’s Talk Fostering is an inside look at foster parenting! A foster family will tell their story, open the floor for discussion and hold a Q&A. Our hope is to spark meaningful conversations about the need for foster parents in Roanoke County.

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  10. Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (Ages 13+)

    May 11, 2017, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Explore Park

    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 able to swim. Classes designed for beginners. All equipment, gear, and instruction included. Group will meet at The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.

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  11. Excel 2016: Just the Basics (Ages 18+)

    May 11, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Hollins Library

    Let’s stick with the basics in this Excel 2016 class. We will teach you how to navigate this spreadsheet program, format and edit cells, create simple formulas, use autosum and autofill, and print. Prerequisite: • Basic computer skills

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  12. Clean, Lean and Green Smoothie Workshop (Ages 18+)

    May 11, 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Brambleton Center

    Green smoothies are all the health rage, but have you tried to make them and found yours less than delicious? Greens are vital to our health because they nourish and detoxify your body. Studies have shown that greens can speed up weight loss, boost immunity, help ease respiratory and digestive issues, increase energy and mental clarity and even prevent cancer. Green smoothies are a green powerhouse in a glass! In this workshop you will learn more about the benefits of greens from a certified nutritional coach. You will make, taste and take home delicious smoothie recipes. Come join us as we sip our way to optimal health in this one day workshop!

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  13. Firearms Safety - Concealment Class (Ages 21+)

    May 13, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Brambleton Center

    Safety is paramount when it comes to firearms. This program meets the state requirements to apply for a Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit. This six hour lecture style PowerPoint course is taught by Mark Jervis, current National Rifle Association certified instructor and former instructor for the VA Department of Criminal Justice Services. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the class which can then be taken to the Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction participants reside in to apply for a Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit. Some topics included in the day are: Firearms and children, rules of firearms safety, ammunition nomenclature and function, proper safe handling of a handgun malfunction, revolver and semi-automatic handgun nomenclature, and more.

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  14. Introduction to Fly Fishing (Ages 12+)

    May 13, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Explore Park

    This workshop will compare traditional fly fishing to the Tenkara Japanese rods and methods. Topics will include casting, locating fish, and a mini fly tying demo. Participants will also get an introduction to aquatic insect life cycles, macro-invertebrates and the importance of water quality. This workshop is presented by Dr. Kevin Kelleher, Author of "Tenkara: Radically Simple Fly Fishing" and a park naturalist. Please bring a valid fishing license. Pre-registration is required. Course will meet at Journey's End Parking Lot.

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  15. Prestige Gymnastics for Tots (Ages 1-2)

    May 13, 2017, 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM @ Green Ridge Recreation Center

    Moms and tots bond over a 30-minute gymnastics class for the younger participants. This program caters to the 1-2 year olds! Parent participation is required. Your little ones will be improving on balance, coordination, and motor skills while socializing with other kiddos and parents! Leotard not required-just comfortable clothes and closed-toed athletic shoes.

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  16. Kids Paint Day (Ages 6-9)

    May 13, 2017, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Brambleton Center

    Who needs grown ups and hors d’oeuvres when you have kids and Hardees Biscuits! Sign your kids up for a morning of painting and creating just like the fun ones we grown ups get to do. Paint step by step with the easy to follow instructions with the instructor: Katie Reed. All supplies are included.

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  17. Prestige Gymnastics for Preschoolers (Ages 3-4)

    May 13, 2017, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM @ Green Ridge Recreation Center

    Preschool gymnastics classes at Green Ridge are filled with obstacle courses, tunnels, and exciting lesson plans, but your time spent with us is not all fun and games. Each preschool curriculum is carefully designed for what kiddos need most at these ages. Not only are they JAM-PACKED with fun, new activities in each class, they offer extensive physical work on balance, coordination, and motor skills. Sounds great, right? I'm not done yet! Our instructors are instilling intellectual learning into each class! Your little tots will be counting, using shapes, colors, sounds, music, and engaging all 5 senses! We haven't forgotten about good listening skills! Our most asked question by parents is, 'What can a 3 year old really do at gymnastics?' The answer is, 'LOTS', let us show you! Leotard not required-just comfortable clothes and closed-toed athletic shoes.

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  18. Medicare Decisions Made Easy

    May 13, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Brambleton Center

    You have been told that you are eligible for Medicare, but what does that really mean? This educational presentation will help you understand the Medicare program and what you need to do to make the right decisions for yourself regarding your medical and prescription drug needs. Presenter: Lynn Atkinson MBA, HIA, SCLA, AAI.

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  19. Prestige Gymnastics for School Age (Ages 5-12)

    May 13, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Green Ridge Recreation Center

    Each and every gymnast in our recreational program receives multitudes of one-on-one attention! This class boosts self-esteem and confidence as each gymnast will soon see their skills improving and bodies toning. We give our gymnasts big goals and encourage them to push themselves to succeed! Although this gymnastics class is not being held in an actual gymnastics facility, we will continue to be extremely goal oriented as we work balance, tumbling, coordination and more! Our classes are based off of USAG curriculum and mixed in with fun and effective drills. These classes will be training on a multitude of equipment. Our Beginner Program at Green Ridge is an entry level class that introduces the wonderful sport of gymnastics and build up basic skills so one day we can move to a more advanced class! Leotard is not required-just wear comfortable clothes and closed-toed athletic shoes.

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  20. Horsemanship for Active Adults (Ages 45+)

    May 13, 2017, 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Green Ridge Recreation Center

    Horses are not just for the young, but for the young at heart! No matter your age, we have the right techniques, the right horses, and years of horsemanship expertise and knowledge. Choose the experience that’s right for you! Whether you're eager to saddle-up and get on the trail or would like to learn more about horse handling, grooming, and feeding, it's all possible! Conclude the day with a cowboy-style meal served at the barn. Meal, equipment, and transportation included in the fee. Must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Depart from Green Ridge Recreation Center.

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  21. Mother's Day Kayaking (Ages 12+)

    May 14, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Green Ridge Recreation Center

    I LOVE YOU MOM! Show her you really care and bring her on a fun and leisurely kayaking trip on the nearby James River. After orientation with your sit-on-top kayak and paddling instruction, you're heading down river. Along the way enjoy quality family time in a beautiful setting with breaks and time for lunch. Each participant gets an individual sit-on-top kayak. No experience necessary. Please bring a lunch and water bottle. Must be able to swim. Transportation, guides, and all equipment provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Depart from Green Ridge Recreation Center.

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  22. iPhone for Beginners

    May 15, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ South County Library

    Discover the world of the iPhone, including phone functions, camera tips, Internet tricks, and useful apps. We’ll also talk about the benefits of Apple’s iCloud. Prerequisites: • iPhone 5 or higher with iOS 9 or higher operating system • Know your Apple ID and password* • Bring your iPhone to class

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  23. Excel 2016: Just the Basics (Ages 18+)

    May 15, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Glenvar Library

    Let’s stick with the basics in this Excel 2016 class. We will teach you how to navigate this spreadsheet program, format and edit cells, create simple formulas, use autosum and autofill, and print. Prerequisite: • Basic computer skills

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  24. iPhone: The Next Step (Ages 18+)

    May 16, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ South County Library

    Have you been using your iPhone for a while but aren’t sure whether you’re using it to its full potential? Take this class and fall in love with your iPhone again. We will cover how to use Calendar, Contacts, Music, and more. Prerequisites: • iPhone 5 or higher with iOS 9 or higher operating system • Understand basic iPhone operation • Know your Apple ID and password* • Bring your iPhone to class

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  25. Get Paid To Talk-Intro To Professional Voice Overs (Ages 18+)

    May 16, 2017, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Brambleton Center

    Have you ever been told that you have a great voice? This exciting class explores numerous aspects of voice over work for television, film, radio, audio books, documentaries and the Internet in your area. You will learn how to prepare your demo, how to be successful and earn great income in this exciting field. You will even have a chance to record a commercial script.

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  26. PowerPoint for Beginners (Ages 18+)

    May 18, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Vinton Library

    Create effective and interesting presentations that will wow your audience using America’s most popular presentation software. After a basic overview, you’ll learn how to design slides, add effects, create and view slide shows, and discover the different ways to print slides. Prerequisite: • Basic computer and Internet skills

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  27. Swing Dance Social (Ages 18+)

    May 19, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ Green Ridge Recreation Center

    Looking for something new and fun to do on Friday nights? Join Swing Roanoke for our swing dance social! No partner is required and we hold an introduction class from 7pm-7:30pm (tailored to those who come) with the social to follow from 7:30pm-9:30pm! Come just as you are even if you have two left feet! It's a deal of a lesson and dance for only $5 per person!

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  28. Wine & Food Festival at Explore Park

    May 20, 2017, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Explore Park

    It is that time of year again!! Mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Vinton Wine & Food Festival, May 20, 2017, - 1pm to 6 pm at Roanoke County’s Explore Park. It will be a day of fun, food and wine! Don’t worry though, if you aren’t a fan of the “grape”, we will have some “wheat & barley” available for your taste buds too. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.vintonwinefestival.com

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  29. Wine Making Workshop (Ages 21+)

    May 21, 2017, 7:00 AM - 6:15 PM @ Brambleton Center

    Have you ever been interested in winemaking? Or learning about how to wine is made? In this one day workshop, we will take a trip to Blue Ridge Home brewing to get private lessons on winemaking! You will learn about how to prepare the wine, learn about the fermentation process and how to properly bottle and store your wine. You will try wines made by the owners and will provide complimentary food. Must be 21 years of age by date of workshop. Instructors: Chris and Fran Arthur of Blue Ridge Hydroponics & Home Brewing.

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  30. Skydiving - Tandem Jump (Ages 18+)

    May 21, 2017, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM @ Green Ridge Recreation Center

    Ready to live life at 120 MPH? Join us for an adrenalin-filled experience with the professionals at No Limits Skydiving, where their focus is on the first-time jumper. From the pre-jump training and orientation all the way to the drop zone, they've got you covered. Transportation to and from their facilities in Victoria, VA is provided. All participants will receive a pre-jump letter to help prepare for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Departs from Green Ridge Recreation Center.

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  31. Etiquette for Tweens (Ages 9-12)

    May 22, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Green Ridge Recreation Center

    'Pleases' and 'thank yous' and 'excuse mes'! Tweens will learn etiquette to get them through what might be awkward social situations. They will learn proper table etiquette during a multiple course meal as well as learn about proper phone etiquette. Please call 777-6315 if there are any food allergies.

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  32. Excel 2016: Beyond the Basics (Ages 18+)

    May 22, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Glenvar 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 Just the Basics)

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  33. Little Known Secrets of Paying for College (Ages 18+)

    May 24, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Brambleton Center

    The cost of college education is higher than ever. How will you afford this expense? This can't miss class will teach you how to send your children to the college of their dreams without bankrupting your own retirement. You will discover strategies that may enable you to qualify for financial aid and minimize your tax exposure- giving you greater cash flow for funding a college education.

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  34. Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (Ages 13+)

    May 27, 2017, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Explore Park

    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 able to swim. Classes designed for beginners. All equipment, gear, and instruction included. Group will meet at The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.

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  35. Prenatal Yoga Workshop (Ages 18+)

    May 30, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Brambleton Center

    Pregnancy changes many things, including how you work out! Learn about how to continue a yoga practice during and after pregnancy in this one day workshop. A wide variety of poses, partner stretches, breathing and pelvic floor strengthening for labor and birthing will be taught. Leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and prepared on how to keep your body healthy during pregnancy! 1.5 hr. workshop.

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  36. Experience the Rich History of Lynchburg (Ages 30+)

    May 31, 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM @ Brambleton Center

    Travel to Lynchburg, VA to learn about its incredible civil war history. Your first stop will be at the Old City Cemetery, where an estimated 90% of Lynchburg's enslaved and free African American population is buried along with over 2,200 soliders. Your tour is self-guided throughout the grounds, which boast several museums. These museums include Lynchburg's first hospital, a reconstructed railway station and a chapel and are amist the cemetery's notable rose gardens, which should be in full bloom. Next, you will travel to the Depot Grille for lunch on your own. The restaurant is located in the historic riverfront area and provides a unique lunch experience, since the kitchen is contained within real freight cars! Your last stop is at the Point of Honor House, a beautiful historic home once occupied by Dr. George Cabell, a personal friend of Thomas Jefferson and physician to Patrick Henry. Cost includes van transportation, tour tickets and escort fees.

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