Instructor Darla Prather, right, and Betty Ladich move their hands during a tai chi class in October at the Harker Heights Recreation Center.

For those wanting to get fit in the new year and kick start a lifestyle overhaul, the Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department is a good place to start.

The department has something for everyone, including many ongoing enrichment experience classes, youth and adult sports, and a senior recreation program.

“If you plan to make a New Year’s resolution to get fit, lose weight, start a hobby or to expand your knowledge, the Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide range of year-round recreational classes and sports for all ages,” said Nichole Broemer, recreation and events coordinator.

Some of the enrichment experience classes being offered are boot camp, fencing, tae kwon do, hapkido, tai chi/chi kung, Zumba Fitness, Zumba Kids and Zumba Kids Jr., fitness bonus, line dancing, yoga, kids cooking classes, Bricks 4 Kidz and wood carving.

The department also offers free gardening classes involving a variety of topics once a month.

“Participation in youth athletic activities will introduce your child to the fundamentals of each sport, while instilling teamwork and sportsmanship in a noncompetitive environment,” she said. “Adult sports are available whether you are looking for exercise or just to have a good time with friends.

The sports offered include youth/adult basketball, girls/adult softball, youth baseball and T-ball, youth soccer, youth kickball, youth flag football, and volleyball for youth and adults. A variety of tournaments, sporting events, and sports camps, such as wheelchair basketball, and sports clinics are available throughout the year. The Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department also has a growing Adaptive/Superhero Sports Program, which kicks off Jan. 11.

Starting next week, all regular activities for senior citizens will resume, including several new ones.

An organizational meeting for a senior bell choir will be at noon Wednesday at the Recreation Center.

“We will be playing tone chimes instead of the big heavy brass bells,” said Joyce Mayer, director of senior recreation. “They are easy to learn how to play and we will all be dinging and donging in no time.”

The first session of the six- to eight-week introduction into contemporary quilt making course will be at 2 p.m. Thursday. Starting again after a lengthy hiatus, the European folk art class return at 10 a.m. Jan. 13.

The next installment of the lifelong learning course will kickoff at 11 a.m. Jan. 14 with “Inventions that changed the World.”

“We have all sorts of activities Monday through Friday,” Mayer said. “I’m hoping to present new ideas and activities to draw in more people and get older adults up and moving.”

To register for classes, stop by the Harker Heights Recreation Center, 307 Miller’s Crossing, or go to | 254-501-7567

Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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