2017-12-09 / News

Array of Recreation Activities Available in Winter

A 5k run, Lakers basketball and volleyball, exercise and hobby classes, and an array of Recreation Department activities are available during the winter on Mackinac Island. Residents also can examine the city’s new recreation plan prior to city council approval. Here’s a list of sports, family-oriented and recreational opportunities:

There will be a children’s Christmas party Sunday, December 10, from noon to 2 p.m. at Community Hall, hosted by Mackinac Island American Legion Post 299 and the Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians. It includes lunch, presents for the children and a visit from Santa Claus.

The annual Cookie Exchange and Tea is Sunday, December 17 at noon in Community Hall. Participants should get out their special recipes and bake a batch of cookies to bring and swap.

A New Year’s Day 5k run, an annual event, will begin at 11 a.m. in front of Doud’s Market at the corner of Main and Fort streets. Participants can run, walk, or ski. There’s no charge to join the race but organizers will accept donations to help fund community recreational activities.

Galloping Gazelles, a fitnessrelated stair climb, is held at 10 a.m. each Sunday at Fort Holmes. Those wanting to join in should meet at the bottom of the fort stairs before the starting time.

Weigh-ins for the Biggest Loser competition, a program of support for those who want to lose weight, are held at 8 a.m. each Monday. Anyone still can join and undergo required weighins when they sign up and again on the last day, Monday, March 12. There’s a $40 charge. The weight-loss winners will receive cash prizes. Recreation Director Mary Patay says she has purchased a new scale for the competition.

A crafting club meets at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Mackinac Island Public Library.

A high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class meets 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Mackinac Island Public School. Another class meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the school.

There are two Lakers basketball games on Tuesday, December 12, in the school gymnasium. The girls eam plays Harbor Light Christian School at 1 p.m. and the boys team plays St. Michael Academy at 2:30 p.m.

There’s an adult pickup volleyball game in the school gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

A walking club meets at 8:20 a.m. each Thursday in front of the school.

Cheerleading practices for the schoolchildren are held Thursdays at 3:15 p.m. at the school.

A final draft of the Recreation Department master plan is available for viewing now at the city clerk’s office on the second floor of Community Hall and on the Parks and Recreation page of the city’s website.

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