Gazette News Report
BELLBROOK — The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Parks will host a variety of upcoming programs held at the Community Center. Call 937-848-3535 or log onto www.bellbrooksugarcreekparks.org for more information or to register.
Vermicomposting is referred to as Black Gold for good reason. Learn more during a speaker series Vermicomposting 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. It is a nutrient-rich, all natural fertilizer and soil conditioner that helps your garden explode with productivity.
Join the parks to learn how easy it is to keep a “worm bin” that composts organic scraps you’d otherwise throw away and send to the landfill. The information is free…and for a small pre-paid fee attendees can choose to participate in a hands-on, DIY workshop where you’ll leave with your very own worm bin. This program will be presented by Mike Kinsey, Sugarcreek Twp resident and Owner of Gentleman Homestead Consulting. GentlemanHomestead.com. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. The program is free to adults and will be held at the Community Cente,r 2751 Washington Mill Road.
Enjoy kite flying 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at Sweet Arrow Reserve. The spring winds are shifting in the warm air and April is known as a prime kite flying month here in Ohio. It’s time to dust off your kite and paint the sky over Sweet Arrow Reserve with all of the colors in the rainbow. The parks will be flying the kites over the restored prairies just off the parking lot and trail. Registration is preferred to help plan for parking, however walk-in/ fly ups are welcome.
Cache in – Trash out
Cache in – Trash Out will take place 3:30-5 p.m. April 10 at Sweet Arrow Reserve. The parks will search for the treasures (caches) and gather trash on an adventure hunt through the park. When we finish up finding the caches we will reward ourselves with a picnic in the park and awards to participants for interesting trash finds. This new program is an exciting partnership with the park district and the talented boy scouts of troop 375. Registration is encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome.
The park district invites will create fun items from the popular website Pinterest. In this class, we will provide all the supplies and ingredients to create the website’s most popular crafts and food “pins” on Pinterest. Each month the group will focus and challenge our ideas in four areas: seasonal ideas, health, food, and crafty creations to brighten up your personal space. The next program is 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, April 11 at the Community Center. The cost is $15, $20 for non-residents.
The Speaker Series continues with Introduction to Permaculture. Join the park district for an overview of how to design and build balanced, beyond-organic systems that maximize your garden’s production with minimal effort. With a little forethought, you can stop fighting nature and instead put her to work for you. This negates the need for harmful practices like spraying your food with toxic chemicals.
Parks staff will discuss water harvesting, natural pest control, how/what to plant, and other ways your garden can help take care of itself. This free program will be presented by Mike Kinsey, Sugarcreek Township resident and owner of Gentleman Homestead Consulting (GengtlemanHomestead.com). This program is 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 at the Community Center, 2751 Washington Mill Road.
The parks will be offering a Wildflower Hike 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at Sweet Arrow Reserve, 789 Little Sugarcreek Road. What is our state wildflower? The beautiful Large-flowered Trillium! Hike with Chief Naturalist to see a “blanket” of these lovely trilliums and many other gorgeous spring ephemerals. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots for possible muddy trails and wet creek crossings. This hike is for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is free to residents and $5 to non-residents. Registration is encouraged.
Zumba fitness will be offered 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Community Center. Zumba routines feature aerobic fitness with Latin inspired dance rhythms. You do not need to know how to dance to Zumba. Zumba licensed instructor is Amy Kistler. Ages 11 and up. Cost $3, $5 non-resident.
Gazette News report compiled by Merrilee Embs.