January 2021

Community Caring 

RiverStone Health Immunization Clinic open M-F to provide child and adult immunizations by appointment only. Lil Anderson Center, 123 S. 27th St. Please call 247.3382 to schedule an appointment. Vaccines are available at no charge for uninsured and underinsured children. 

American Red Cross Babysitters Training. 9am-12pm, Skills Test, Jan 23. Ages 11-15. This American Red Cross blended online course allows you to do video work when convenient for you. The course walks you through skilled scenarios. Registration closes 1-week prior to the skills test date. You will be contacted by the instructor with more information once registration closes regarding your study materials. $75/resident; $85/non-resident. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

American Red Cross First Aid CPR/AED Training. 1-5pm, Skills Test, Jan 23. Ages 16+. OSHA approved online blended learning class from American Red Cross. This 2-year certification allows you to complete the online portion at your own pace and convenience. Just come to the skills test to complete your certification. Registration closes 1-week prior to the skills test date. You will be contacted by the instructor with more information once registration closes regarding your study materials. $75/resident; $85/non-resident. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Billings Clinic Heartsaver Adult, Infant & Child CPR classes. Check dates/times online or call 657.4228 to register.

Blood Donations Needed. To make a lifesaving appointment, contact Vitalant at 877.258.4825 or go to www.bloodhero.com.

!!Please Note!! When registering for St. Vincent Healthcare’s prenatal classes, you only have to register one parent, as each registration will be considered for both. Once registered, you will receive an email prior to the class providing access info. Contact: Lauren Swain, lauren.swain@sclhealth.org.

Welcome Baby-Saturday Class. 9am-1:30pm. Billings Clinic, room B/D. Childbirth Preparation – 2-Part Series. *Take Homeward Bound for Postpartum/Newborn Information*. Feb 13 & 20. Register, 255.8440, www.billingsclinic.com/classes.

Dads 101 Webinar. 6-7pm. Billings Clinic, room B/D. For soon-to-be Dads, new Dads, and experienced Dads. Tune and talk Dad stuff! Feb 23 / April 27. Register, 255.8440, www.billingsclinic.com/classes.

Aquatics

Afternoon Swim Lessons. 4-week session, beginning Jan 12. Various times and levels available. Granite Health & Fitness. Spots limited. https://granitebillings.com/pages/swimlessons.

Afternoon Swim Lessons. 8-week session, beginning Jan 16. Various times and levels available. Granite Health & Fitness. Spots limited. https://granitebillings.com/pages/swimlessons

Active Kids 

Soccer Kids Program. 10:30am. Starts Jan 15. Granite Health & Fitness-Sport Location. Ages 3-6. Granite Soccer Kids is a developmental soccer program designed to give kids a jump-start on basic techniques and fundamental sports skills. Spots limited: https://granitebillings.com/pages/datenight.

Girls 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade Volleyball. Feb 8-April 10. Practice begins Feb 8 with three different practice locations to choose from. Designed to develop skills, build self-confidence, emphasize teamwork, and minimize the anxiety of competition. 4th graders may choose either level, based on previous experience and abilities. $85/residents; $95/non-residents. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Tennis is Elementary FREE SAMPLE. Jan 7-28. TH, Grades K-3rd: 2:10-2:55pm; 4th-5th: 2:55-3:55pm. Orchard Elementary School. Billings Parks & Rec, in conjunction with USTA Montana, is proud to offer a free intro to Tennis Elementary. Providing young players the chance to learn fundamentals, teamwork, and sportsmanship from qualified tennis instructors. Using smaller racquets, nets, and court sizes, NET Generation tennis gives kids the opportunity to learn and start to play right away. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Tennis is Elementary. Feb 1-25. M-W: Meadowlark Elementary; TU/TH: Eagle Cliffs and Orchard Elementary. All equipment provided. Cost: $40/K-3rd Grades; $45/K-5th. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

10 & Under Indoor Tennis Lessons. 9-10am (Ages 7 & under); 10-11:30am (ages 7+). March 6-April 10. North Park Center. Tennis isn’t just a summer sport; these Saturday lessons are held over 6-weeks. All lessons follow the USTA guidelines for 10 & Under Tennis and are designed around USTA’s NET Generation. Shorter nets, smaller court dimensions, a modified scoring system and balls are all better suited for younger players’ skill levels. $50. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Future Stars Super Saturday. 1-4pm. March 6. Elks Tennis Center. Ages 5-12. Billings Parks & Rec, in conjunction with the Elks Tennis Center and USTA Montana, is offering a Youth Play Day. This USTA Sanctioned, non-elimination event offers youth the chance to get on the court and play matches for an entire afternoon. A free USTA membership is required to participate. To obtain membership: USTA.com. Cost: $20/player. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Create

Adult Cooking Class: European Cooking. Jan 16, 10am-1:30pm. Yellowstone Art Museum. Learn new recipes from Scotland, Ireland, Italy, and Romania. Register: https://www.artmuseum.org/education/adult-education/art/.

Take & Make Kids Kit. Billings Public Library. Each kit includes supplies for a craft or activity designed to engage your child’s imagination and creativity. January’s kit is Origami and is available via curbside starting Jan 4. Ages 6-12. Available as first come, first serve. https://billingslibrary.org/.

Oil Painting Class. Sessions: Jan 5-Feb 9, Feb 16-March 23, March 30-May 4. 1-3pm. Billings Community Center. Explore different painting techniques and styles while trying your hand at landscapes, flowers, and animal subjects. Using class demonstrations, learn 2-point perspective, preliminary sketches, and composition to help elevate your painting skills. Supply list available for those new to oil painting. $40/resident; $50/non-resident. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Adult Art Classes: Abstract Beginnings with Connie Herberg. Jan 16, 10am-4pm. Yellowstone Art Museum. All levels of experience welcome to discuss and practice abstraction techniques using acrylic paint with the goal to better understand and experience abstraction. Students bring sketchbook and apron. Cost: $60/member; $85/non-member ($20 supply fee paid to the instructor). Register: https://www.artmuseum.org/education/adult-education

Special Interest  

Nature Nuts Preschool Program. 10–11 am. TU. Montana Audubon Center. Nature exploration comes naturally, especially for little kids! Ages 1-4 (and an accompanying adult). Join the Audubon Center's teacher naturalists for guided outdoor play and learning about the local area. $5/child; Free/member. To limit group size, ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: http://mtaudubon.org/center/.

Adult Piano Class. Feb 1-March 8. 5:30-6:30pm. Billings Community Center. At Billings Parks & Rec’s first ever adult piano class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of keyboarding and reading music while in a group setting. No instrument required. This class is presented in conjunction with the Billings Music Teachers Association. $45/resident; $50/non-resident. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Granite “Date Night.” Jan 2, 5–8 pm. Granite Health & Fitness, Sport Location. Give yourself a night off and let Granite watch your little ones. Kiddos enjoy active play, themed crafts and games, dinner, and a movie. Spots are limited; register early: https://granitebillings.com/pages/datenight

Adult Sports & Fitness

Table Tennis (NEW!). 7-9pm, TU/TH and SA mornings or afternoons. Session 1: Jan 5-March 27, Session 2: April 6-June 26. North Park. Ages 18+. Open play and all skill levels welcome. Singles, Doubles, Practice Matches, Challenge Matches, and Friendly Matches offered with 6 tables available. Tables and ping pong balls provided. Times and dates subject to change based on gym availability. $45/resident; $55/non-resident, $3/drop in. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Adult Coed Volleyball. Jan 17-April 18. Registration Deadline: Jan 12. SU games played 1-8pm. Team fee includes 9 regular season games and a double-elimination post-season tournament. Recreation and Competitive Divisions. Ages 18+. $300/team. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Corn Hole (NEW!). 6-8:30pm. W, Jan 20-Feb 24. North Park Center. Ages 18+. Although this popular lawn game is primarily played in the summer months outdoors, come inside during the winter months for a fun recreational activity. Open play and self-officiated. Non-competitive recreational activity and is open to all skill levels. Teams consist of 2v2. $50/resident; $60/non-resident (per team). www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Pickleball. Jan 20-Feb 24. North Park Center. Ages 18+. One of the fastest growing sports in the country, Billings Parks & Rec is excited to offer indoor pickleball play. Upon registration, players receive six, 1.5 hour sessions of indoor open play pickleball. $35/resident; $45/non-resident. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Shape Up Montana registration deadline: Jan 31. A team-based wellness program, sign up at https://shapeupmontana.org/. This program runs Feb 1-May 1. There is an option to only sign up for the Virtual 5K taking place March 15 to May 1 (pick a day during that time frame to complete).

Gentle Yoga. 1-2pm. TU, Feb 23-April 20. Ages 55+. This class is designed to provide increased flexibility and balance while improving strength for aging adults. Many of these classes are done from the comfort of your chair. If you have always wanted to try yoga but weren’t sure if your body could handle it, this is the series for you. $25/resident; $35/non-resident. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Fitness by Design. 10-11am. TU/TH, Feb 11-April 6. Ages 55+. A variety of instructors and workouts have been compiled into one great series. The class features strength training, aerobics, and more. All classes are tailored to fit the needs of aging adults, provide a social environment, improve strength, and increase flexibility. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Sit and Get Fit. 2:30-3pm. TU/TH, Feb 11-April 6. Ages 55+. Looking for a low-impact exercise you can do from the chair? This program focused on empowering all ages and stages to do safe and effective fitness programming. The exercises are focused on helping senior citizens age with grace. $10/resident; $20/non-resident.  www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Zumba Gold. 5:30-6:30pm. TU/TH, Feb 11-April 6. This class is specifically designed to meet the needs of seniors. Zumba Gold provides adults a fun alternative way of reaching their goals. $45/resident; $55/non-resident. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Outdoor Rec

Bird Stroll. 8:30-10am. Jan 9. Montana Audubon Center. Enjoy a morning stroll by the river and learn a few birds along the way. Great for beginning birders. Binoculars and guidebooks are available to check out. This month will talk about the Christmas Bird Count and how you can participate in this tradition of recording annual bird sightings for science. $10/person, $5/students, Free/members. To limit group size, ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: http://mtaudubon.org/center.

Weekend Wonders Family Program: Tracks, Scat, and Sign. 9:30–11 am. Jan 16. Montana Audubon Center. These naturalist-led programs are designed for all ages of explorers. Every month features a different topic. $5/person, Free/members. To limit group size, ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: http://mtaudubon.org/center/community-programs.

Red Lodge Ski Trips. 9am-4pm. Feb 13, 27, March 10. Red Lodge Nordic Ski Center. This all-inclusive trip includes transportation to the Nordic Center, cross country ski equipment, and beginner instruction. Meet at Billings Community Center for departure. $65/resident; $75/non-resident. www.BillingsParks.org, 657.8371.

Originally printed in the January 2021 issue of Simply Local Magazine

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