Thursday Family Night new at Mt. Sterling center


(Posted Oct. 6, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

“Something for everyone.” That’s the idea behind Thursday Family Night, new at the Mount Sterling Community Center.

“It’s a way for parents to be active with their children or while they’re children are here,” said Amanda Hampton, after-school and children’s programming coordinator.

Activities start Oct. 23 and continue every Thursday in six-week blocks through the school year. Some require pre-registration. All are free. All require that a parent take part in a program at the same time their child is taking part in a program.

The offerings include:

  • Children’s programming for kindergarten through sixth grade—6-8 p.m. The first half-hour is play time in the gym. The remaining time is filled with structured activities, such as singing, dancing, art and craft projects, all based on a monthly theme. Children also can opt to get help with homework, math and literacy. The sign-up deadline is Oct. 8.
  • Adult exercises—The center offers “boot camp” style exercise classes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and open-gym volleyball from 7:30 to 9 p.m. No registration is required.
  • Family art, crochet and cooking classes—These classes are designed for parents and children to take together. (Teens can take them on their own, if they choose.) For the first six-week block, the art class will cover a variety of styles, including drawing, painting and pottery. The cooking classes will follow various themes. Class times vary. Anyone interested in taking part is asked to notify the center ahead of time.
  • Adult classes—These structured courses are presented in six-week blocks, starting with basic computer training followed by resumé building, financial management and parenting tips. Class times vary. Anyone interested in taking part is asked to notify the center ahead of time.

“Some of the Thursday Family Night programs you can join in anytime. Others are more structured, like the computer classes where each week builds on the previous week’s lesson,” Hampton said.

To learn more about Thursday Family Night, to sign up or to volunteer, visit the Mount Sterling Community Center at 164 E. Main St., call (740) 869-2453, or go online to An open house is slated for 9:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 11. Sign-ups will be taken then, as well.

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