Don't Let the Winter Get You Down!
We all know it. February is cold and dreary, and it can be hard to convince yourself to leave the house. Between dressing appropriately, catching the bus on time, or digging out the car, it can be quite a production just to get to the grocery store. Sometimes we forget how important it is to chase the winter blues away and enjoy the world during the cold months. Snuggling up at home is tempting, but staying active is important for both the body and brain! Luckily here in Euclid, there are many opportunities to keep your mind off gray skies and frigid temperatures.
The C.E. Orr Ice Arena, operated by the Euclid Recreation Department, is a fantastic place to learn how to ice skate or polish your skills. Located at 22550 Milton Drive, lessons are available through the Learn to Skate Program for all ages and skill levels. If you are thinking about registering yourself or your child for skating lessons, don’t hesitate! Children as young as three years old are able to learn how to skate without assistance, so it is never too early or too late to start learning. There is one session left for the arena season starting February 9th, and you can get registered for lessons at either the C. E. Orr Ice Arena or Euclid City Hall.
Open skates are held most weekends at the arena, and the staff does a great job of making sure the rink is not too intimidating for small children to enjoy with the whole family. Please call 216.289.8649 or 216.289.8114 with any questions about lessons or open skate dates and times.
If you want to completely escape the cold, lap swimming sessions for adults and lessons for all ages are available at the Euclid High School West Pool. For details about lap swimming, please call Euclid Recreation @ 216.289.8114. For details about lessons, visit University Swim Club’s website @ www.universityswimclub.com/euclid.
Shore Cultural Center offers a variety of fun programs and activities from song writing to dance to cooking, and lots in between. With such a wide array of classes to choose from, there is something for everyone under the Shore Center roof. Be sure not to miss the Lake Erie Folk Fest on February 25th. Shore Center also offers many professional services, such as child care and food assistance. Visit Shore’s web www.shoreculturalcentre.com.
For the rest of us who just want to take it easy but would still like to get out, Euclid Creek Reservation and Sims Park are excellent areas to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Going for a walk is a great way to keep your mind off stresses and refresh your attitude. Check out www.cityofeuclid.com/residents/parks to see a map and listings of the parks in Euclid. Don’t wait for spring fever to set in before taking advantage of the wonderful opportunities your city has to offer!
Maria Palmisano works for Euclid Recreation as a program administrator.