Youth Fishing Derby on Nov. 10

Catch a fish and win a prize. Georgetown Parks and Recreation will host its annual Youth Fishing Derby on Sunday, Nov. 10. This family-friendly event takes place at Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243, from 1-4 p.m.

Admission into the derby is $3 per person, and spectators are invited to watch at no charge. Garey Park admission fees will be waived during the event. Please limit one fishing pole per person. Participation is open to children age 12 and younger. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Any fish caught will win a prize. Prizes are first-come, first-served, and only registered participants wearing a wristband are eligible to win.

Advanced registration is encouraged as event capacity is limited.

Fishing permits are required in Garey Park for anglers age 17 and older. All fish are catch and release.

For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/fishing-derby.

City hosts Halloween events in October

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting several Halloween-themed events this October.

25th Annual Halloween Festival

The Halloween Festival is on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. The Halloween Festival, now in its 25th year, will feature a free Trick-or-Treat Village, along with carnival-style games, food, entertainment, touch-a-truck, and a costume contest. Hayrides will no longer be held during the festival.

Be sure to plan ahead. Some activities include a fee, and parking is limited throughout San Gabriel Park.

For more information, visit parks.georgetown.org/halloween-festival.

Adults with Disabilities Dance

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a dance for adults age 18 and older with disabilities on Friday, Oct. 25, from 6-8 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. The theme is Haunted Mansion and costumes are encouraged.

Admission is $5 for participants and includes a meal. Advanced registration is recommended. Only cash or check will be accepted at the door. There is no charge for family members or caregivers, and they must remain present at all times.

For more information and to register, call (512) 930-3596 or visit parks.georgetown.org/adults-with-disabilities-dances.

Father Daughter Dance

Friends of Georgetown Parks and Recreation is hosting the annual Father Daughter Dance on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7-9 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. Girls ages 4 and older are invited to attend with their father or another acceptable escort, such as a granddad, uncle or older brother. The theme is “Halloween Costume Ball” and attendees are encouraged to wear a costume. This event features refreshments and light snacks. Professional portrait packages will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 per person through Oct. 25, and $20 per person at the door. Visit parks.georgetown.org/fatherdaughter-dance for more information and to purchase tickets.

Parks and Recreation hosts Hay Day event at Garey Park

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a fall celebration at Garey Park on Oct. 12 from 1-4 p.m.

The Hay Day event will feature family-friendly activities including pony rides, lawn games, a photo station, music, community vendor booths, a hayride, pumpkin patch, and more. Food trucks will also be onsite.

Garey Park entry fees are required, and some activities will include a fee.

For more information about the event including activity fees, visit parks.georgetown.org/hay-day.

City of Georgetown hosts K-9 Kerplunk on Sept. 7

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department will host K-9 Kerplunk on Saturday, Sept. 7. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-noon at the outdoor pool at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.

The entry fee is $5 per dog, and pet owners get in free. Pet owners must provide a copy of each registered pet’s current vaccination records to gain entry. Only shot records will be accepted. All dogs must be accompanied by an adult, 18 years or older, at all times during the event.

For details, visit parks.georgetown.org/k-9-kerplunk.

Georgetown Recreation Center, indoor pool closed for maintenance in September

The Georgetown Recreation Center will temporarily close in September to allow for facility maintenance, upgrades, staff training, and deep cleaning.

The recreation center will be closed Sept. 1-8, and the recreation center’s indoor pool will be closed Sept. 1-15.

The closure will allow staff to address facility needs safely and efficiently to minimize affects during the rest of the year.

Projects to be completed during the closure include re-plastering the indoor pool, improving the pool deck, replacing the floor in Gym 2, refinishing the racquetball courts, and maintenance to the fire extinguisher equipment, as well as a deep clean and reorganization of the facility.

During the closure the Williams Drive Pool will be open for current recreation center members for lap swimming on the following schedule:

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: 1-7 p.m.
Sept. 3-6: 5:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Sept. 7: 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Sept. 8: Closed
Sept. 9-13: 5:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Sept. 14: 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Sept. 15: Closed

Staff will be available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.3,-Friday, Sept. 6, to answer questions and process registrations by phone at 512-930-3596. Requests for facility rentals and program/membership registration can also be processed online at parks.georgetown.org.

Please visit parks.georgetown.org/georgetown-recreation-center-to-close-sept-1-8 for more information about the closure.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation hosts Fitness Fusion event Sept. 14

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting Fitness Fusion at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public and features 24 fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, cycling, and Silver Sneakers classes. The goal of the event is to showcase the variety of fitness programs available at the recreation center that accommodate all ages and fitness levels.

During the event, fitness instructors will host 20-minute sample classes in four locations within the recreation center. Guests can participate in as many of the classes as they would like. Representatives from Airrosti, Hibbett Sports, and Silver Sneakers will also be onsite to visit with attendees.

The event is free for both Georgetown Recreation Center members and non-members.

For more information, visit parks.georgetown.org/fitness-fusion.

Senior Dance at Georgetown Community Center on Aug. 23

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation department is hosting a Senior Adult Dance on Friday, Aug. 23, from 6-9 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St.

The event is designed for, but not limited to, adults age 55 and older. Dress is casual and light refreshments will be served.

Advanced registration is encouraged. Tickets are $5 per person in advance, $7 per person the week of the dance and at the door. Register online, in person at the Georgetown Recreation Center, or by contacting Senior Program Coordinator Robert Staton at (512) 930-1367 or robert.staton@georgetown.org.

For more information, visit parks.georgetown.org/senior-adult-dance.

2019 Sunset Movie Series continues throughout summer

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department presents its Sunset Movie Series program throughout the summer, continuing with “Mary Poppins Returns” (PG) on Friday, June 14, in San Gabriel Park. The event will take place on the soccer fields located behind the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.

This is a free community event. The movie starts at sunset, around 8:30 p.m. Moviegoers are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, and picnics. Come early for free popcorn, to explore the park, and to visit with vendors.

For details, visit parks.georgetown.org/sunset-movie-series.

Upcoming Movies in San Gabriel Park:

July 19
“Incredibles 2” (PG)

Aug. 16
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (PG)

Georgetown Parks and Recreation announces spring break camps

Georgetown Parks and Recreation will offer spring break camps for students March 11-15. Pricing and schedules vary for each program.

Participants can select from three camps:

  • Camp Goodwater (ages 5-12; $150 resident/$185 nonresident) includes a variety of activities, such as games, crafts, and weird science projects. The week will end with a field trip to Mt. Playmore.
  • Tennis Camp (ages 7-12; $150 resident/$185 nonresident) focuses on stroke instruction, footwork drills, court games, and match play.
  • Teen Adventure Camp (ages 12-17; $250 resident/$315 nonresident) will travel to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, Oklahoma, for a week of camping, hiking, rock climbing, and rappelling.

Spring Break Camp registration begins Friday, Feb. 1, at 8 a.m. For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/camp or call (512) 930-3596.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation hosting breast cancer recovery course

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting The Pink Plan, a recovery course for survivors of breast cancer, on Saturday mornings in February.

The program will provide breast cancer survivors who have undergone breast surgery with comprehensive tools for managing post-mastectomy syndrome.

The four-part course provides participants with information, techniques, and tools for self-management to reduce adverse effects such as limited range of motion, loss of functionality, muscle atrophy and muscle weakness. The course will be taught by certified personal trainer Shanna Cahill, a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and breast cancer survivor.

The Pink Plan will be held Saturday mornings from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave. Course fees are $45 for Georgetown residents and $55 for nonresidents.

For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/the-pink-plan.