Special Interest Programs

*Select the underlined start date to register for the class online

NOVICE DOG OBEDIENCE

Eligibility: Dogs 5 ½ months and older                                                                                                                                            Location: 415 Cambria St. C’burg (building to the left of VA Varsity Storage)                                                                  
Additional Information: Delete unwanted behaviors – basic dog obedience and instruction on how to train your dog. All Dogs must be de-wormed. Class on the first night will meet at 7 p.m. for lecture. No dogs the first week, just the owners.
Minimum: 6      Maximum: 12

Reg. BeginsReg. EndsStarting DateDay of WeekTimeFeeWeeks
Nov. 1Jan. 21Jan. 22Wednesday6:30 - 7:20  p.m.$906
Nov. 1Jan. 21Jan. 22Wednesday7:30 - 8:20 p.m.$906
Jan. 27Mar. 16Mar. 18Wednesday6:30 - 7:20 p.m.$906
Jan. 27Mar. 16Mar. 18Wednesday7:30 - 8:20 p.m.$906
April 1May 11May 13Wednesday6:30 - 7:20 p.m.$906
April 1May 11May 13Wednesday7:30 - 8:20 p.m.$906


NOVICE/LEVEL 1 NOSE WORK OR SCENT WORK  

Eligibility: Dogs any age that have had an introduction to odor for Nose Work or Scent Work class                                       Location: 415 Cambria St. (building to the left of VA Varsity Storage)                                                                                           Additional Information: This class builds the skills of the dog and handler team for searching for the essential oils. We build the complexity of searches slowly. This class is designed for the handler to understand how their dog searches and we also build the skills for the dog. Requirement: Dogs will work individually. Dog must be quiet while a dog works.

Reg. BeginsReg. EndsStarting DateDay of WeekTimeFeeWeeks
Sept. 3Jan. 21Jan. 23Thursday7:30 - 8:30 p.m.$1006
April 1May 12May 14Thursday7:30 - 8:30 p.m.$1006


PUPPY KINDERGARTEN

Eligibility: Puppies 10-17 weeks                                                                                                                                              
     Location: 415 Cambria St. (building to the left of VA Varsity Storage)
     Additional Information: This class is for puppies 10-17 weeks of age. The class is designed to get the puppy off to the right start. The puppy will learn how to interact with people by sitting to greet, how to bite nicely, etc. The puppy will play with other puppies providing socialization with other puppies. The class lessons cover how to teach sit, down, stand, walk osn leash and come. Owners will learn how to teach their puppy in a positive and proactive manner. They will learn how to deal with the typical puppy problems: chewing, barking, mouthing, jumping up, etc. Each week are discussion topics related to raising your puppy. The topics include housebreaking, nutrition grooming, and health care. This is a 6 week course. The puppy comes to all classes. All family or house members are encouraged to come to class.
Minimum: 6         Maximum: 12

Reg. BeginsReg. EndsStarting DateDay of WeekTimeFeeWeeks
Nov. 1Jan. 21Jan. 23Thursday6:15 - 7:15 p.m.$906
Jan. 27Mar. 17Mar. 19Thursday6:15 - 7:15 p.m.$906
April 1May 12May 14Thursday6:15 - 7:15 p.m.$906


CONFORMATION SHOW DOG HANDLING

Eligibility: Dogs 16 weeks old and up
      Location: 415 Cambria St. (building to the left of VA Varsity Storage)
     Additional Information: If you are interested in finding out how the show dogs you see on TV learn to show, this is the class for you. This is a class for a dog and handler that teaches how to train a dog for the conformation ring. The handler will need to have a show lead for their dog. Those who do not have a show lead can borrow a lead from the instructor.
Minimum: 6          Maximum: 14

Reg. BeginsReg. EndsStarting DateDay of WeekTimeFeeWeeks
Dec. 2Jan. 2Jan. 6Monday7 - 7:50 p.m.$606
Jan. 13Mar. 19Mar. 23Monday7 - 7:50 p.m.$606


INTERMEDIATE DOG OBEDIENCE 

Eligibility: Dogs 6 months and older
      Location: 415 Cambria St. (building to the left of VA Varsity Storage)
     Additional Information: Pre-requisite: Dogs must have completed a novice dog obedience class. Improve the manners of your dog. Class will concentrate on walking with a leash, greeting people and other dogs nicely,, coming when called and sit/down stay.
Minimum: 6          Maximum: 12

Reg. BeginsReg. EndsStarting DateDay of WeekTimeFeeWeeks
Jan. 27Mar. 17Mar. 19Thursday7:30 - 8:20 p.m.$906


LUNCH BUNCH

Additional Information: Join us for our monthly lunch outings to various restaurants in the area. Participants are responsible for paying for their own lunch and any additional expenses.
Minimum: 5           Maximum: 8

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NRLocation
Sept. 9 - Dec. 918 & overMonday, Dec. 16Leave Rec. Ctr. at 10:30 a.m.$7/$14Ballest Point Brewery
Daleville

Dec. 4 - Jan. 218 & overWednesday, Jan. 8Leave Rec. Ctr. at 10 a.m.$7/$14Open Door Cafe
Dec. 4 - Jan. 2818 & overTuesday, Feb. 4Leave Rec. Ctr. at 10:30 a.m.$7/$14Cheese Steak Factory-Salem
Dec. 4 - Mar. 518 & overThursday, Mar. 12Leave Rec. Ctr. at 10:30 a.m.$7/$14New Yorker-Roanoke
Dec. 4 - April 1418 & overWednesday, April 22Leave Rec. Ctr. at 10:15 a.m.$7/$14Papas-Pearisburg


SAFE KIDS NRV COALITION-CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECKS

Co-Sponsored By: Carilion, Christiansburg Recreation Dept. and Christiansburg Fire Dept.
Location: Christiansburg Fire Dept. Bay
Additional Information: Come by the Fire Dept. to make sure you have your car seat installed properly. Keep your kids safe!!

DateTimeTR/NR
Thursday, Nov. 214-6 p.m.FREE
Thursday, Dec. 194-6 p.m.FREE
Thursday, Jan. 304-6 p.m.FREE
Thursday, Feb. 274 - 6 p.m.FREE
Thursday, Mar. 264 - 6 p.m.FREE
Thursday, April 304 - 6 p.m.FREE

 

HIKES  

Additional Information: Join us for some exercise in the beautiful outdoors! We will stop for lunch after the hike. Participants are responsible for paying for their lunch.    Minimum: 4          Maximum: 8       Eligibility: 18 & over           Difficulty of all hikes: Flat

RegistrationDateTimeTR/NRLocation
Dec. 2 - Mar. 4Tuesday, Mar. 10Leave Rec. Center at 9:30 a.m.$5/$10Polar Bear Hike-TBA
Dec. 2 - April 2Wednesday, April 8Leave Rec. Center at 9 a.m. $7/$14Black Ridge Trail-Blue Ridge Parkway


STEP BY STEP CANVAS PAINTING               

Additional Information:Have you always wanted to try painting on canvas, but aren’t very artistic?  Then this is the class for you.  Learn to paint using simple step by step instructions and patterns.  Pre-register  Minimum: 8       Maximum: 15  

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeFee
Sept. 9 - Nov. 2618 & overWednesday, Dec. 410:30 a.m.$15 fee includes all painting supplies


WELLNESS WORKSHOPS                

Additional Information: Join us for a one hour wellness workshop!  Attendees will learn the skills needed for a healthy lifestyle! A healthy snack will be provide at each workshop. Participants must sign up for each workshop individually   Minimum: 6             Maximum: 20

RegistrationDateTimeTopicFee
Sept. 3 - Dec. 6Thursday, Dec. 124 - 5 p.m.Keeping your Brain SharpFree, Must Pre-register


TRADER JOE'S                

Additional Information: We will travel to Trader Joe’s where they have great produce, great prices and a lot of healthy options at exceptional everyday prices. At Trader Joes you won’t find a lot of branded items; instead, you’ll discover unconventional and interesting products.  Lunch will be on your own at a local restaurant. Pre-register.               Minimum: 6 Maximum: 8     Location: Charlottesville, VA

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NR
Sept. 9 - Nov. 1921 & overMonday, Nov. 25Leave Rec. Ctr. @ 8 a.m.$10/$20


WOHLFAHRT HAUS CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK       

Additional Information: Enjoy a delicious Holiday feast before you are completely immersed in the Christmas season. Sit back, relax and reminisce with some of your favorite Christmas carols, holiday music, dazzling dance numbers, and beautiful costumes! To complete the evening, be inspired by the greatest gift of all, the beautiful story of the nativity! From our Haus to yours, "MERRY CHRISTMAS!" Pre-register.     Minimum: 6 Maximum: 18

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NRLocation
Sept. 9 - Nov. 2121 & overTuesday, Dec. 3Leave Rec. Ctr. at 11:30 a.m.$57/$77Wytheville, VA


COOKING DEMO: HEALTHY SIDE DISHES             

Additional Information: Have a great time learning how to make and sampling healthy side dishes.   You will take home a copy of the recipes and the opportunity to eat great food.  Minimum: 4           Maximum: 8             Pre-register.    Location: Recreation Center Kitchen

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NR
Sept. 3 - Dec. 218 & overThursday, Dec. 56:30 - 8 p.m.$13/$23


LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING                 

Additional Information: Still looking for just one more gift or wanting to treat yourself to a little something?  Join us as we travel to Winston Salem to the mall. Participants will eat lunch on their own in the food court.                                Minimum: 6           Maximum: 8

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NR
Sept. 9 - Dec. 221 & overMonday, Dec. 9Leave Rec. Ctr. @ 7 a.m.$10/$20


HOLIDAY HIGH TEA            

Additional Information: Get in the festive spirit at the Palisades Restaurants annual “Holiday High Tea”. Enjoy tasty pastries, scones, cookies and finger sandwiches while sipping on delicious tea. Price includes: transportation, food, tea, taxes and gratuity.            Minimum: 8           Maximum: 16     Location: Palisades Restaurants-Eggleston, VA

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NR
Sept. 3 - Dec. 318 & overTuesday, Dec. 10Leave Rec. Ctr. @ 12:45 p.m.$23


ELIZABETH ARDEN/COFFEE POT RESTAURANT             

Additional Information: First stop, Elizabeth Arden Warehouse store for some bargains, followed by lunch at the Coffee Pot. Pre-Register            Minimum: 4           Maximum: 8     

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NR
Dec. 4 - Jan. 618 & overFriday, Jan .10Leave Rec. Ctr. @ 10:30 a.m.$7/$14


ROSIE'S GAMING EMPORIUM          

Additional Information: Join us as we visit the new non-stop gaming facility in Vinton. Lunch will be on your own while we are at Rosie's.           Pre-register.    Minimum: 6          Maximum: 16

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NRLocation
Dec. 4 - Jan. 721 & overTuesday, Jan 14Leave Rec. Ctr. at 9 a.m.$7/$14Vinton
Dec. 4 - Mar. 1921 & overThursday, Mar. 26Leave Rec. Ctr. at 9 a.m.$7/$14Vinton


BLUEPRINT FOR FINANCIAL SUCCESS             

Additional Information: Join Abbie Richardson of New York Life at this informative seminar.  The seminar provides a general overview on building a strong financial foundation.  Topics include: managing debt, building savings, protecting against risk and unexpected events.  All attendees will receive a complimentary workbook that mirrors the presentation and will reinforce what they’ve learned during the workshop. Participants must pre-register.                              Minimum: 4           Maximum: 15    Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center Classroom 2

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeFee
Dec. 2 - Jan. 1018 & overWednesday, Jan. 156 - 7:30 p.m.FREE


GET A LIBRARY CARD     

Additional Information: While you are visiting the Recreation Center stop in the lobby and meet a representative from the library  and leave with your library card.  Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center Lobby

DateTimeFee
Friday, Jan. 249 - 11 a.m.FREE
Friday, Mar. 209 - 11 a.m.FREE


INSTANT POT COOKING         

Additional Information: Do you have an Instant Pot or other brand of electronic pressure cooker and are nervous to use it?  Or are you thinking about getting one and want to learn more? This class will cover the basics of how to use the Instant Pot, as well as providing ideas of what it can be used for.  Several recipes will be demonstrated that you can taste test. Feel free to bring your own Instant Pot with you for hands-on instruction.   Minimum: 4    Maximum: 8

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NRLocation
Dec. 2 - Jan. 2218 & overMonday, Jan. 276:30-8 p.m.$13/$23Rec. Ctr.-Kitchen


WELLNESS BOOK CLUB            

Additional Information: Make healthy steps in your own life by joining the Wellness Book Club! The club is for adults and will meet at the library each month. Book discussions will be led by a library employee on topics of health, fitness, nutrition and wellness.  For more information on the monthly book selection, etc. contact the Recreation Department at 382-2349.  Participants must pre-register.   Minimum: 6             Maximum: 20                                                              Co-sponsored:  Montgomery Floyd Regional Library/Christiansburg Department of Parks and Recreation                      Location:  Library     Book: "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeFee
Dec. 2 - Jan. 2418 & overTuesday, Jan. 286:30 - 7:30 p.m.FREE, Must Pre-register


STEP BY STEP HOME BUYERS CLASS                   

Additional Information: Join Rachel as she gives you helpful tips to be aware of when purchasing a home. Must Pre-Register.   Minimum: 2          Maximum: 15   Location: Recreation Center-Classroom 1

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NR
Sept. 3 - Jan. 2318 & overWednesday, Jan. 296 - 8 p.m.Free, Must Pre-register


SAMS/GOLDEN CORRAL BREAKFAST TRIP       

Additional Information: American Heart Month represents a critical time for raising awareness of preventative actions and healthy lifestyle choices that lead to better heart health. Responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths, heart disease is a subject that needs to be addressed.  Stop by the information table in the lobby between 7:30 a.m. -5 p.m. register for door prizes to be given away. Wear red on Friday, Feb. 7 for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women’s Heart Health Day

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NRLocation
Dec. 4 - Jan. 2418 & overFriday Jan. 31Leave Rec. Ctr. at 8 a.m.$6/$12Ronaoke, VA


GO RED FOR HEART HEALTH       

Additional Information: American Heart Month represents a critical time for raising awareness of preventative actions and healthy lifestyle choices that lead to better heart health. Responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths, heart disease is a subject that needs to be addressed.  Stop by the information table in the lobby between 7:30 a.m. -5 p.m. register for door prizes to be given away. Wear red on Friday, Feb. 7 for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women’s Heart Health Day

SOUPS, STEWS AND CHILI IN THE INSTANT POT         

Additional Information: In this class the instructor will demonstrate a soup, stew and chili recipe for you to taste test and add to your winter recipe rotation.  You will also go home with a full belly and a copy of the recipes. All recipes will be less than 500 calories per serving.  Feel free to bring your own Instant Pot with you for hands-on instruction.                  Minimum: 4    Maximum: 8

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NRLocation
Jan. 2 - Feb. 518 & overMonday, Feb. 106:30-8 p.m.$13/$23Rec. Ctr.-Kitchen


MONEY TALKS

Additional Information: Join Abbie Richardson of New York Life at this informative seminar.  The seminar discusses with parents ways to talk to their children about financial matters.  Parents may even learn a few things about themselves.  Those who attend will leave with a greater understanding of the importance of financial literacy. During this event, we will discuss the importance of teaching our children about money, ways to help them make good decisions and benefits of smart choices.  Participants must pre-register.   Minimum: 4           Maximum: 15                                                               Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center Classroom 2

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeFee
Dec. 2 - Feb. 618 & overWednesday, Feb. 126 - 7:30 p.m.FREE


SUPPER CLUB          

Additional Information: Join us for an evening outing for supper to various restaurants in the area. Pre-Register    Minimum: 6    Maximum: 16

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NRLocation
Dec. 4 - Feb. 518 & overThursday, Feb. 13Leave Rec. Ctr. at 4 p.m.$7/$14Hollywood's-Roanoke


VAPING AND JULING 

Additional Information: Dr. Pam Ray, from the New River Health District and Virginia Tech, will present the facts about electronic cigarettes—how what is in the liquid, the impact of the ingredients on health, and much more. She will also give an update on the current vaping associated lung disease.  There will be a display of different electronic cigarette devices and the paraphernalia used in vaping.  The interactive session is appropriate for all ages—parents and kids are encouraged to attend.   Minimum: 3           Maximum: 30                                                                                            Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center Classroom 2

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeFee
Dec. 2 - Feb. 12All agesTuesday, Feb. 186:30 - 8 p.m.FREE, Must Pre-Register


BOOK SWAP              

Additional Information: Drop off a maximum of 10 books between the hours of 8 – 5 p.m. at least two days before the scheduled Book Swap at 4 p.m. on the day the swap is held, you will be allowed to select different books to take home to enjoy.        Pre-register.    Location: Recreation Center Classroom 1

RegistrationDateTimeFee
Dec. 2 - Feb. 19Tuesday, Feb 254 p.m.$1 non-refundable


BLOOD PRESSURE/GLUCOSE TESTING      

Additional Information: Check up on your health has never been easier! Join Carilion Clinic, in partnership with Christiansburg Recreation Center, as we offer a FREE blood pressure, blood sugar and Diabetes Risk Assessment.  Registration is not required, just show up! Results are available in minutes! For more information, please contact Ashley Hash, Community Health Educator at (540) 731-2027.

DateTimeFee
Monday, Mar. 169 - 11 a.m.Free


VIN ETCHING     

Additional Information: All vehicles carry a federally-assigned number known as Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Making sure those numbers are marked permanently on a vehicle’s windows steers thieves away. The windows of stolen VIN etched vehicles must be stripped and replaced before a thief can get rid of the car, a costly and time - consuming process.  VIN etching is simple, fast, safe and won’t mar the look of the vehicle. Numbers are etched into the glass with a chemical solution and those numbers will be there for good.       Location: Christiansburg Fire Department

DateTimeFee
Monday, Mar. 163 - 6 p.m.Free


CONSIGNMENT/THRIFT SHOPPING

Additional Information: Join us as we go to many consignment shops and thrift stores in search of that perfect outfit or unique treasure.  Lunch will be on your own at a local restaurant. Pre-register.    Minimum: 4   Maximum: 8

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NRLocation
Dec. 2 - Mar. 1721 & overFriday, Mar. 20Leave Rec. Ctr at 9 a.m.$7/$14TBA


INSTANT POT COOKING         

Additional Information: Do you have an Instant Pot or other brand of electronic pressure cooker and are nervous to use it?  Or are you thinking about getting one and want to learn more? This class will cover the basics of how to use the Instant Pot, as well as providing ideas of what it can be used for.  Several recipes will be demonstrated that you can taste test. Feel free to bring your own Instant Pot with you for hands-on instruction.   Minimum: 4    Maximum: 8

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NRLocation
Dec. 2 - Mar. 1918 & overMonday, Mar. 236:30-8 p.m.$13/$23Rec. Ctr.-Kitchen


COLLEGE FUNDING

Additional Information: This New York Life seminar helps parents and grandparents prepare for the high cost of a college education.  Those who attend will leave with a greater appreciation for difference a college education can make in a child’s future as well as a host of information about grants, scholarships, student loans, and even some lesser-known ways to save for this life-changing event. During this educational event, we will discuss why a college education is worth every penny, how much a four-year degree costs today and what it may cost tomorrow, where to find “free” money for college, and easy, tax-advantaged ways to start saving now. Participants must pre-register.                                Minimum: 4           Maximum: 15                                      Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center Classroom 2

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeFee
Dec. 2 - Mar. 1918 & overWednesday,Mar. 256 - 7:30 p.m.FREE


VIRGINIA FIREARMS SAFETY TRAINING CONCEAL AND CARRY PERMIT COURSE)

Additional Information: This class offered by Southwest Virginia Firearms Instruction is a classroom based firearms safety course designed to meet the requirements set forth in the SP-248 application for a Concealed Carry Permit. Upon completing the course, the attendee will receive a certificate of completion and can then go apply for a permit at the courthouse. This class has been approved by the Honorable Robert M. D. Turk, Presiding Judge, Chief Judge for the training requirement portion of the application. The instructor is both Virginia Division of Criminal Justice Certified General Instructor, as well as a Certified Firearms Instructor. The instructor is a current law enforcement officer.                       Must show valid EMS Identification upon registration to receive EMS discount.  Participants must pre-register.      Minimum: 10           Maximum: 40                                Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center Multipurpose Rm 2

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeFee
Dec. 2 - Mar. 2618 & overSunday, Mar. 293 - 5 p.m.$35 EMS Personnel/$45 all others


CORN HOLE TOURNAMENT AND COOKOUT

Additional Information: Come out for some friendly completion and lunch of hotdogs and hamburgers, baked beans, chips, dessert and drinks.  Awards to 1st and 2nd place winners. Tournament will be double elimination.                         Pre-register  Minimum: 5       Maximum: 13

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeFee
Dec. 4 - Apr. 218 & overThursday, Apr. 910 a.m.$7


MARDI GRAS CASINO       

Additional Information: Join us as we travel to the Mardi Gras Casino in Cross Lanes, WV.  Enjoy playing the slot machines or table games.  Lunch will be on your own at the casino.  We will arrive approximately at 11 a.m. and will depart at 3 p.m. to head home. Pre-register.    Minimum: 6   Maximum: 16

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeTR/NRLocation
Dec. 4 - Apr. 721 & overTuesday, April 14Leave Rec. Ctr at 8 a.m.$20/$30Cross Lanes, WV


SHRED -A -THON      

Additional Information: Help prevent identity theft and shred unwanted documents.  Protect your important information and clean out the clutter. For more information contact Tammy Caldwell, 540-382-2349 ext. 2003 or email: tcaldwell@christiansburg.org.  This is a drive thru event, no walk-ups will be allowed.  Papers to be shredded are preferred to be in plastic storage bin or box, no bigger than 22.5x18x11.5 limit 3 per car.  .  Please make sure you only have documents to be shredded.  Items that can’t be shredded include: Metal, including 3 ring binders, composition notebooks, hanging file folders, paint brushes, padlocks, hardback books, keys, eyeglasses, bungee cords, etc.                 Location: Christiansburg Recreation Center Parking Lot

DateTimeLocation
Tuesday, April 213 - 6 p.m.Christiansburg Recreation Center Parking Lot


RETIREMENT PLANNING

Additional Information: Join Abbie Richardson of New York Life at this informative seminar.  This seminar is designed to assist clients and prospects who are near retirement.  The content helps raise awareness of the different factors that may impact their retirement lifestyles, as well as provide some possible solutions to help them take action by addressing their retirement and legacy needs. Participants must pre-register.    Minimum: 4           Maximum: 15

RegistrationEligibilityDateTimeFee
Dec. 2 - Apr. 1618 & overWednesday, Apr. 226 - 7:30 p.m.FREE