The insidious couch potato and his cohorts -- the video vegetable and Nintendo nerd -- have invaded my "Leave it to Beaver" life. How would Mrs. Cleaver handle this one? Better than I would, I'm sure.
Inmy search for some outside activity to interest my group of sofa-lovers, I happened to pick up the winter-spring brochure from the countyDepartment of Recreation and Parks. It's packed with enough programsand activities to interest every member of anyone's family.
The little ones can forget about Big Bird and enjoy interacting with other 3- to 5-year-olds at a preschool movement and dance class at Lake Shore Elementary. Self-expression, creative movement and fun dancing will be stressed. Classes will take place from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday mornings for 10 weeks starting Jan. 22. The fee is $35.
Elementary-school children at High Point, Lake Shore and Riviera Beach can drop in for free after-school activities including crafts, games and basketball, starting the week of Jan. 22.
High Point Elementary students in grades 1 and 2 can drop in from 3 to 4:30p.m. on Thursday afternoons, while students in grades 3 to 5 can have some fun from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons.
Riviera Beach Elementary will offer fun and games from 3:15 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Wednesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. is funand games drop-in time at Lake Shore Elementary.
Have a MaryLou Retton or Bart Conners on your hands? Try enrolling them in one of the gymnastics programs.
Munchkins-In-Motion, a program for preschoolers ages 3 to 5, focuses on large motor skills activities. Simple games and gymnastics-type activities are featured. Two classes arescheduled from 9 to 9:45 a.m. or 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday mornings at Riviera Beach Elementary.
The fee for the 10-week program is$35, and registration is limited.
Boys and girls ages 6 to 12 can enroll in beginning gymnastics classes that will take place at Riviera Beach and Bodkin Elementary schools.
The classes will include basic tumbling, stretching and introductory work on the apparatus, taught by experienced instructors.
Classes at Riviera Beach Elementary will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturdays.
Bodkin Elementary will be the site of classes from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. onTuesdays and Thursdays. Children in grades 1 and 2 will attend on Tuesdays, while those in grades 3 to 5 will meet on Thursdays.
The fee for the 10-week program is $35.
Need an activity for your teen?
Chesapeake High School is offering teen drop-in from 5:30 to8:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Teens can play basketball, volleyball, racquetball or lift weights.
Teens can also drop inat Riviera Beach Elementary from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and High Point Elementary on Thursdays for basketball.
Now that we've gotten the children settled, let's focus on the adults.
If you love to dance and want to burn calories, the bio-aerobics class is for you. This exercise offers muscle toning and a combination of high- andlow-impact aerobics.
Classes will take place at Northeast High School from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays starting Jan. 23 and from 7 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning Jan. 22.
Want an exercise program but can't handle the dancing?Tone and Firm is for you. Classes will take place from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Northeast High School, starting Jan. 23.
The 10-week program is designed to strengthen and tone muscle groups, increase flexibility and improve total body appearance. Students have the option of using resistance devices that can increase muscle strength and endurance.
Get a workout and have some fun, if you are into volleyball. Pick-up games for men and women ages 18 and up are scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays and from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays at Riviera Beach Elementary. Games will begin next week and registration is limited.
Well, I've just about covered every bloated body on the sofa. Still not motivated? There's one last program that involves something we have all been doingfor a while, walking.
Back by popular demand is the free walking program at Northeast High School. Individuals, couples and families can walk from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting Jan. 28.
Brochures featuring countywide programs, including registration forms, may be obtained at all county libraries.
For moreinformation on programs in the northeast county area, contact Bob Brandenburger at 222-3538.
Parents of students enrolled in the Northeast High School feeder system are invited to attend the second annual PTA Principals Forum at 7 p.m. next Tuesday evening at George Fox Middle School, 7922 Outing Ave.
Questions concerning county schools in general and particular concerns about the local feeder system will be addressed.