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Ravenna parks aim to expand classes

Want to include various hobbies and interests

By DIANE SMITH Staff Writer Published: July 10, 2017 4:00 AM

The Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department is looking for instructors for its expanded line of classes. And if you don't think you have skills to offer, Parks and Recreation Director Kathy Hammonds wants you to think again.

Hammonds is hoping local residents will use their "superpowers" to teach classes, and not just athletic ones.

"We want to create an atmosphere where people feel included," she said. "We want to include experience of all kinds of hobbies and interests."

A flyer posted in City Hall encourages people to contact the Parks and Recreation Department to share skills in various areas. Suggested areas include visual and performing arts, personal development skills including physical, spiritual or mental development; professional skills such as marketing or entrepreneurship; and lifestyle and life skills such as cooking, body care or gardening.

A children's cooking class would be a welcome addition to the department's offerings, she said, but lessons could be geared toward children or adults.

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"We're looking for hidden talents in the community, because we would like to expand," she said.

The classes don't necessarily have to be held at the Ravenna Athletic Center, she said, noting that the department often partners with area schools for some of its classes, such as guitar lessons for kids. While the center doesn't have access to a professional kitchen for cooking classes, it could gain access to one, she said.

Hammonds invites all those looking to turn their passion into cash to contact her at Kathy.hammonds@ci.ravenna.oh.us or stop by the R.A.C. at 530 N. Freedom Street. Pay for the classes, as well as the cost of the classes, are assessed on a case by case basis, as the classes are as affordable as possible.

Those interested in having their class as part of the fall brochure should contact Hammonds no later than July 18.

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dowhatsright Jul 10, 2017 1:04 PM

I do not want my tax money to go to pay some hack to use park property to teach some ***** hobby. All that does is tie up the facilities from and keep the rest of the public from using them. Usually these hobby clubs have a meeting every such and such ad day. They sehcedule the use of the park for that day and then it is not free for others to use. Remember that this is not just one but many hobbies. This means many days the facilities will be denied to the general public.