COOKEVILLE – As summer slides into fall, citizens of all ages and interests will have plenty of ways to spend their leisure time as Cookeville Leisure Services continues its goal of “making the good life better.”
A variety of events, activities, classes and programs – many of which are free – are in the works for the City of Cookeville’s numerous parks and public facilities, offering recreation galore.
SCHOOL OF DANCE: Registration is open for the Cookeville Leisure Services School of Dance. Classes are available for ages 3 through adult at the Cane Creek Recreation Center. Disciplines include ballet, jazz, hip hop and modern dance. Dance season is August through May. For more information, call 931-520-5299.
RACE FOR THE PARK: Runners have an opportunity to benefit Dogwood Park in the 10th annual After Dark Race for the Park on Aug. 11. An 8K for ages 13 and up begins at 8:08 p.m. at Dogwood Park, 30 E. Broad St. Registration is $35 through the day of the race. A one-mile Kids’ Fun Run for ages 4-12 takes place at 7:30 p.m. Participation is free, but registration is required. Those wishing to support the race without running may register for $25. Registration may be completed here (for a $3 fee). For more information, call 931-520-4386.
THIRD THURSDAY CONCERTS: See Bluegrass Solutions during the final Third Thursday in the Park concert of the summer at the Dogwood Park performance pavilion, 30 E. Broad St. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 18-20, 22, 24, 25
CPAC BACKSTAGE: Don’t miss the next season of the award-winning Backstage Series at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center, 10 E. Broad St. See “Clybourne Park” Aug. 18-20, 22, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. Productions are selected especially for presentation in the intimacy of the backstage theater setting. “Clybourne Park” consists of two acts set 50 years apart. The first takes place in 1959 as white community leaders try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. The second act is set in the same house as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. For ticket information, call 931-528-1313.
Aug. 19, 21
ECLIPSE ACTIVITIES: Cookeville Leisure Services will host a free meet and greet Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. at Dogwood Park with characters from WCTE-PBS’s “Ready, Jet, Go,” followed by storytelling at 7 p.m. with tales and folklore of past eclipses. At 8 p.m. the free After Dark Movies in the Park series concludes with “Star Wars: Rogue One.” On the night of the total solar eclipse, Aug. 21, the Cookeville Community Band will perform a free celestial-themed concert on at 7:30 p.m. at Dogwood Park. For more information, call 931-520-4386.
HISTORY HIKES: History Hikes take place monthly, April through August and again in October. Participation is free. Stop by the Cookeville History Museum or Cookeville Depot Museum between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to get an entry form with trivia questions to be answered between the two museums along Broad Street. Each museum will have a different entry form, and participants may do both hikes. Completed forms are due back by 3:30 p.m. to be included in a prize drawing. For more information, call the Cookeville History Museum at 931-520-5455 or Cookeville Depot at 931-528-8570.
MASTERING MINDFULNESS SEMINAR: Learn strategies to gain control over cravings, stress, emotions and more in a Mastering Mindfulness Seminar Aug. 19 from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Cane Creek Recreation Center, 180 C C Camp Road. Instructor Gina Worful is a registered dietitian and behavior change specialist. Cost is $20. Register by Aug. 14. An optional workbook is available for $16 when registering. For more information, call 931-520-5286.
AFTER DARK MOVIE: “Star Wars: Rogue One” will be shown free on the big screen at the Dogwood Park performance pavilion Aug. 19, the Saturday before the total solar eclipse. Movie begins at 8 p.m. For more information, call 931-520-4386.
COMMUNITY BAND: The Cookeville Community Band will perform a free celestial-themed concert on the night of the total solar eclipse, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Dogwood Park.
Aug. 26-Sept. 30
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF LEISURE SERVICES: The Cookeville History Museum is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the City of Cookeville’s Leisure Services Department with an exhibit titled “30 Years of Making the Good Life Better!” which opens Aug. 26 with a reception from 1-3 p.m. and continues through Sept. 30. The exhibit will include photos and department memorabilia since 1987. Admission is free. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 40 E. Broad St. For more information, call 931-520-5455.
ORCHESTRA: The Bryan Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Dogwood Park, 30 E. Broad St.
BIG BAND SOUND: Enjoy a free Big Band Sound concert Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Dogwood Park. Dancing is encouraged.
Sept. 5-Oct. 10
BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY: Beginning Photography will be offered on Tuesdays, Sept. 5-Oct. 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with professional photographer Ron Baker at the Cane Creek Recreation Center, 180 C C Camp Road. The class covers camera operation, composition, subject matter, principles of image capture, areas of artistic expression and organization. All types of digital cameras are welcome, including Smart Phones, electronic tablets, point-and-shoot cameras and iPods. Cost is $65. Register by Aug. 29. For more information, call 931-520-5286.
Sept. 7-Oct. 12
INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY: This course is for those who have a basic understanding of photography and want to advance their understanding of digital SLR camera operation. It will be held on Thursdays, Sept. 7-Oct. 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with professional photographer Ron Baker at the Cane Creek Recreation Center, 180 C C Camp Road. Topics include camera controls, manual exposure, white balance, lenses and composition. A digital SLR camera is required. Cost is $65. Register by Sept. 1. For more information, call 931-520-5286.
Sept. 5-Oct. 31
5 ON 5 BASKETBALL: Cane Creek Gymnasium’s fall 5 on 5 Men’s Basketball League will play on Tuesdays, Sept. 5-Oct. 31, at 6, 7, 8 or 9 p.m. The cost is $225 per team. The league includes seven regular season games and a single-elimination tournament. Eight teams may participate. Players must be at least 18 years old. Register by Aug. 25 at the gymnasium, 180 C C Camp Road, Cookeville. For more information, call 931-526-9767.
Sept. 8-Oct. 27
HOMESCHOOL FITNESS: Homeschool Fitness for homeschooled students in grades K-8 will be offered at the Cane Creek Gymnasium on Fridays, Sept. 8-Oct. 27, from 1-2 p.m. Cost is $25 per child for the eight-week program. Register by Aug. 25. (Or drop in for $5 per class.) To learn more, call 931-526-9767.
FALL FUNFEST: Cookeville’s annual main street festival will be held Sept. 8-9 at the Cookeville Courthouse Square offering musical entertainment, food and art vendors, numerous children’s activities, WCTE’s Stations of Imagination, and more. This will be the final year of the Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned Tony Stone Cookeville Cook-off.
BEND MASTER WORKSHOP: This workshop combines the stretching practices of ballet, gymnastics and yoga with advanced core conditioning and balance techniques on Sept. 9 from 3-5 p.m. at the Cane Creek Recreation Center, 180 C C Camp Road. Instructor Lynda LaCoax is a certified holistic coach and personal trainer with a combined 20-plus years of dance, gymnastics, ballet and stretching exercise experience. Cost is $15. Register by Sept. 1. For more information, call 931-520-5286.
Sept. 19, Oct. 31
TAI CHI: Six-week Tai Chi classes will be held on Tuesdays starting Sept. 19 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and also on Tuesdays starting Oct. 31 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Creek Recreation Center, 180 C C Camp Road. Cost is $30. Tai Chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing, low-impact movements. Participants of all experience levels are welcome to join instructor Nikki Desch, an award-winning martial artist with more than 35 years of experience. For more information, call 931-520-5286. Register at least five business days prior to program.
MEDITATION: Experience Mindful Meditation and Sound Immersion with instructor Massood Taj on Sept. 23 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Cane Creek Recreation Center, 180 C C Camp Road. This workshop begins with short dialogue on meditation, loving kindness and compassionate practices. Guided movements then bring attention to body posture and breath. While immersed at the cellular level in sound vibrations produced live by a selection of healing instruments, participants will focus on sounds carried by breath. Finally, they sit together in silence. Cost is $25. Register by Sept. 18. For more information, call 931-520-5286.
DRUMMING CIRCLE: Be part of a free drumming circle around the Dogwood Park fountain Sept. 23 from 2-4 p.m. around the fountain at Dogwood Park, 30 E. Broad St. (In case of inclement weather, it will take place at the Cane Creek Recreation Center, 180 C C Camp Road.) Ages 12 and up are welcome to participate with instructor Massood Taj in this ancient form of group meditation. Participants should bring drums if available. Dancing is welcome. Hand drumming is believed to reduce stress, create a sense of community and enhance relaxation. Registration is not required. For more information, call 931-520-5286.
TRAIN TALES: Bring the kids to the Cookeville Depot Museum, 116 W. Broad St., every Friday at 10:30 a.m. for stories about trains and railroad friends. This free program is geared toward preschoolers. Call 528-8570 for details.
WALKING TO WELLNESS: Enjoy power walking on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10-11 a.m. at the Cane Creek Recreation Center, 180 C C Camp Road. Log-in sheets are provided for keeping track of miles. Call 526-7393 for details. Free.
CHAIR YOGA: This class, held from 11 a.m.-noon Mondays and Wednesdays with instructor Shelia Barnes and on Fridays with a video at the Cane Creek Recreation Center, is designed for people with chronic pain and physical challenges who spend the majority of the class seated. Gentle range-of-motion movements and stretching combine with breathing exercises and meditation. Cost is $2 on Mondays and Wednesdays and free on Fridays.
TRADITIONAL DANCE: The Cookeville Traditional Dance class meets on the first and third Friday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Cane Creek Recreation Center. Cost is $1. The class, fun for the whole family, focuses on English Country and American Contra dancing, while adding in some traditional dances from other countries, such as Scotland. Neither experience nor a partner is required.
FITNESS CLASSES: The Cane Creek Recreation Center offers daily fitness classes at 180 C C Camp Road. Classes are $3 each or $6 for Boot Camp. No contract or membership is required. For class descriptions, visit www.cookeville-tn.org/ls/fitness or call 931-526-7393. Following is the August schedule:
- 8:15 a.m. – Beginner Step
- 9:30 a.m. – PiYo
- 11 a.m. – STAC (Strength Training and Conditioning)
- 4:15 p.m. – Cardio Sculpt
- 5:30 p.m. – Classic Step, Yinyasa Yoga, Boot Camp
- 6:30 p.m. – High Burn HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
- 7:30 p.m. – Dance2Fit
- 8:15 a.m. – Spin 30
- 9 a.m. – Mixed Yoga Flow
- 9:30 a.m. – Zumba
- 11 a.m. – PiYo
- 4:30 p.m. – STAC
- 5:30 p.m. – Cardio Core, Boot Camp
- 6:30 p.m. – Dance2Fit
- 9:30 a.m. – Yoga Flow
- 11 a.m. – STAC
- 5 p.m. – Hustle and Muscle
- 5:30 p.m. – Bend
- 6:30 p.m. – Zumba
- 8:15 m. – Zumba
- 9:30 a.m. – Step and Strength
- 4:15 p.m. – Step and Sculpt
- 5:30 p.m. – Power Hour
- 6:30 p.m. – Turbo Kick, Yin Yoga
- 8:30 a.m. – Classic Step
- 9:30 a.m. – Slow Yoga Flow
- 10:15 a.m. – Spin 30
- 11 a.m. – STAC
- 5:30 p.m. – Bend
- 8:30 a.m. – Mindful Yoga
- 9:15 a.m. – Zumba
- 2 p.m. – Zumba