Adult Programs

SPRD’s Fundraisers & Events

Hawaiian Luau

4th Annual Hawaiian Luau Thursday August 10 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Village Green Park, Sisters, Or.  Headlining this year, Michael Dane with Sherwood Philips.  Hawaiian Food, Hawaiian Music, and Hawaiian Hula Dancers.  E Komo Mai – Come and Join Us!  Advance Ticket Sales at SPRD –  Adults Tickets $12.00 – Kids $5.00

Buried Beef & Brew

2nd Annual Buried Beef & Brew coming back in Sept 23, 2017 at Fir Street Park, Sisters, Or.  Our beef is spiced and buried in the ground for 12 hours, beer keg beans, and other side dishes to enjoy.  Get up and dance or tap your feet to the music of Dry Canyon Stampede!

Community Dinner/Bingo

SPRD’s Community Dinner and Sisters High School Bingo Night is set for Oct 16,2017 at 5:00 pm.  Dinners are $2.00, with Bingo, Silent Auction & Desserts to follow.  Los Agaves Dinner is on the menu.  Come and Enjoy!

Oct 16 l 5:00 pm l SHS

Happy Girls Run – Sisters Half Marathon-  November 2017

Once again the biggest attended half marathon in Sisters, Oregon is here. Join over 700 runners in this great event and partnership with SPRD!  Check WWW.LAYITOUTEVENTS.COM to register!


Current Adult Programs 2017


Ages 13 and up

Join Patty Silva for a fun-filled hour of total body workout using a spicy, upbeat mixture of Latin and International music such as the merengue, salsa, cumbia, and mambo as well as other styles including hip-hop and belly dancing. Zumba is a cardio class that combines easy to follow dance moves and fitness elements.  All students should workout at their own fitness level and intensity.  Students will learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like toning sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all their targeted zones.  Just let loose and feel the music. No prior dance experience is necessary. Punch cards available.

M l 9 – 10 am & TH l 8:30 – 9:30 am l SPRD | $6 drop-in or $60 for 10 classes

Stretch & Flex      #3541601          

Are you feeling stiff in your joints? Have you lost your flexibility?  How is your balance? This class will assist you in all of these areas and more. We use chairs, never go down on the floor, and we use different apparatus to help tone, condition, and strengthen your body. This 30 minute class is filled with great fun, music, and laughter so come join us! Instructor: Shannon Rackowski

Ongoing l T-TH | 10:00-10:30 am | SPRD | $40 ID l  $5 drop in per class

The Mat Workout      #141622

This is a 45 minute class, geared to the Core/Ab & Back, Glutes/Legs, Arms/ Chest, and is presented on The Mat!  Shannon Rackowski certified Fitness Specialist, Personal Trainer, and Aerobics Instructor brings over 30 years of experience to her classes.  Be prepared to use weights, bands, dowels, and more.

Ongoing l Wed l 10 – 10:45 am l 8 classes l SPRD l $40.00 l drop-in $6 per class

Step Aerobics     #234161

Step Aerobics is a low impact cardio-class which utilizes 4, 6, and 8 inch steps, providing a rhythmic level of intensity.  Weights, dowels, and other types of apparatus are used to create a higher intensity if so desired.

Ongoing l Wed l 9 – 9:45 am l SPRD l $40.00 l 8 classes l drop-in $6.00 per class

CFK – Cardio Fit Kickboxing Classes #134301

Sherri Hermens is back teaching cardio fit kickboxing for SPRD.  Sherri holds a USAT 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and comes with 17 years of martial arts experience.  Get your cardio fit workout with this kickboxing class.

Ongoing T – Th l 4 – 5 pm l SPRD l $44.00 I $7 drop-in

Photography For Everyone

A workshop for all skill levels and interests!  This five-week class will explore the building blocks and concepts of making better pictures.  Instructor Jeff Omodt is a lifelong photographic fanatic. who will illustrate various concepts and encourage everyone  to develop their own special skilsl and techniques.  You will work with the camera you already have, whether it’s a phone, point-and-shoot, or a DSLR.  Come join us and take your photography to a new level.

Wednesdays l Aug 9 – Sept 16 l SPRD l $50.00/5 classes l 11:30 – 1 pm

Free Hearing Screening

Sisters Park & Recreation District once again will offer a Free hearing screening to the community of Sisters.  Lane Tandy, Hearing Instrument Specialist , will perform the testing for those who are interested  in having a base-line evaluation.  This service is in partnership with SPRD and All American Hearing of Redmond.  Those interested in receiving this Free service may call 541-548-5335 Redmond or SPRD 541-549-2091.

Check us out in the Fall of 2017

Health Talks     #441604

Join SPRD and some of our local doctors, physical therapists, health professionals, and fitness specialist in a 45 min. discussion with questions and answers on staying healthy and fit.  These talks will be scheduled every 4 months with different professionals speaking about their specialty field. These talks are a free community service brought to you by SPRD.  Talks are held at  Sisters Community Church.

Sept 19 l Osteopathics l Eden Miller

SPRD Sage Excursions      #541600

SPRD will be arranging excursions for our SAGE (Senior Activities, Gathering & Experiences)  year round. Space for these excursions are limited to 14, so get your reservations and payment in early.  If you are interested please call or e-mail Shannon Rackowski, Adult Programs Coordinator at SPRD 541-549-2091 or [email protected] Excursions leave from SPRD at 11am – return at 4pm, there are time that we leave early and return later if we are traveling a further distance.

All excursion are $25.00 – Senior scholarships are available for excursions.


Lava Lands – Oct 19

SAGE – Senior Activities, Gatherings & Experiences

Table Tennis Tuesday/Thursday 1 – 4 pm

Wed 1 – 4 “Let’s Play Games”

Come and join our senior community at SPRD.  We have group games such as Mexican Train Dominoes, Scrabble, Mahjong or start a Pinochle or Gin Rummy group.  Come play Table Tennis, also known as Ping Pong, or create a series of new games for your group.   SPRD also presents Health Talks, offers Hearing Screenings, Excursions, and great fellowship time, so come and be apart of SAGE at SPRD!!

Adult Program Sponsorships

Are you looking to help others in your community?  SPRD is looking for those business, companies, individuals, and organizations that can help those in need.  Many of our Sage (Senior Activities Gatherings and Experiences) Adults are on fixed incomes, and we at SPRD are reaching out to those that might be willing to enrich the quality of their lives by sponsoring excursions, gatherings, and any assistance with their needs.  Call or e-mail Shannon Rackowski, Adult Programs Coordinator @ 541-549-2091 or [email protected]

SPRD Senior Scholorship

Sisters Park and Recreation District is now offering senior scholorship awards.  This program is for seniors who want to participate in our classes and/or excursions and need extra help paying for those activities. If you are interested or know of a senior that might benefit from such funding please contact Adult/Senior Programs Coordinator Shannon Rackowski at 541-549-2091 or [email protected]

Volunteer or Contractor Opportunities!

Use your time, talent, and ideas to make a difference at Sisters Park and Recreation District.  As a volunteer or contractor you can share your knowledge and skills with our seniors, youths, and some of the many events that we sponsor and partnership with.  We are looking for individuals who love to teach, share, and give to others.  Come help your center be all that you want it to be and support your community.

Hula Sessions – Advance Class

The advance hula classes run for 8 months, the first Sat of the month, with a performance at SPRD’s Annual Luau in August.

Sat l Feb 4 – Oct 1 8:45 – 9:45 am l SPRD l $80 ID, $88 OD or $12.00 drop in

Sat l Feb 4 – May 6 l 10 – 11 am l SPRD l $40.00 or drop in fee $12.00 per class.

Adult Ukulele      #341612.02

E Komo Mai, come join the fun and learn some fundamental skills to get you playing the ukulele quickly!  The focus will be on learning to read and play cords along with different strumming techniques and even a little finger picking.  No musical experience is needed.  If you don’t have a ukulele one can be provided.  Instructor Peggy Tehan

May4 – June 8 l Th l 6 – 7:30 pm l SPRD l $60.00

Pickle Ball – Beginner’s Instruction

Interested in learning the fun game known as “Pickle Ball”?  Starting November 6, all beginners are welcome to learn this great racket game.  These instructional lessons will take place the 1st Sunday of the month from

1 – 2 pm at Sisters Elementary School Gym.  Then we follow up with regular play from 2 – 4 pm.     NO PLAY ON JAN 1, 2017 per school district regulations.

Ongoing l Sun l Nov 6 – April 2, 2017 l Instructional fee $3

Pickle Ball      #441608

The birth of Pickle Ball started with Congressman Joel Pritchard from Washington State in 1965.  Tennis magazine published an article in 1976 about “American’s Newest Raquet Sport”.  By 1990 pickle ball was being played in all 50 states.  This great game is so much fun, easy to learn, and gives you a good workout!

Ongoing l Sun l  2 – 4 pm l Nov 6 – April 30, 2017 l Sisters Elementary School Gym 10 days of play $40, $6 drop-in fee     NO PLAY NOV. 27, DEC. 25,, JAN. 1, 2017 per school district regulations.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions     #241601.01

This Stanford University Self-Management program is an indispensable guide for people of all ages who are living with a chronic physical or mental health condition.  This class will help you to explore healthy ways to live with chronic conditions, and find what your soundness of body, mind , and spirit means to your health. This evidence-based class is a partnership with COCOA, Central Oregon Council On Aging. Shannon Rackowski, certified evidence-based instructor will co-teach this class.

Coming this Fall

Living Well with Diabetes     #441604.01

This Diabetes Self-Management class was developed by Stanford University with the understanding that people with diabetes must deal not only with their disease, but also with the impact this has on their lives and emotions.  Help yourself to make an action plan!  This class is a partnership with COCOA.

Certified instructor Shannon Rackowski

Fall 2017

Matter of Balance     #441603.02

Do you have a fear of falling?  Have you stopped activities that once brought you joy?  Are you making excuses to family members and friends about staying at home?  The first step towards a healthier attitude about falling is to understand one’s own beliefs or biases.  This community workshop will teach practical coping strategies to reduce the fear of falling.  This workshop will be held for 7 weeks, every Wed. for 2 hours.  This is an evidence-based program taught by Shannon Rackowski, certified instructor.  COCOA, Central Oregon Council On Aging is a partner in this evidence-based class.

Coming back this Fall

Emergency Preparedness for Adults     #141621

Are you ready for any emergencies be it natural or man made?  Join SPRD and the American Red Cross for classes on preparedness for you and tour family.  This is a community service and FREE of charge.  You must register in advance.  Adults can be joined by their high school kids.

Fall classes, sign up early!

Walk With Ease     441602.02

This Arthritis Foundation Program is a self-management educational program.  Walking is the central activity , but participants will benefit from stretching exercises, and motivational strategies.  Classes will meet 3 days a week for 1 hour for 6 weeks.  Join Shannon Rackowski, certified evidence-based instructor for this program on Healthy Aging.  This class is a COCOA partnership.

Check us out this Fall

Winter Indoor Walking

SPRD is bringing back a community service Free of charge for Winter Indoor Walking.  In partnership with Sisters School District and Sisters Park & Recreation District, Sisters Middle School will once again open it’s doors from 3:30 – 5:30 pm Monday – Friday from December 2015 – March 2016.  Rules of participation do apply: No Alcohol or Tobacco. Food and Water allowed.  No Running. Do not block open doors, and stay on designated walking areas.  Maps available at SPRD & SMS.

Dec 1 – March 31 l 3:30 – 5:30 pm l M – F l SMS l FREE

Women’s Fall Mountain Bike Riding     #334301-1

Join local LIV Cycling USA Ambassador and MRB enthusiast Brittany Simonis for her Beginner/Intermediate Women’s MTB Class – with Emily Ford.  Learn the basics of mountain biking while improving your skills out on the trails.  We will cover body positioning and balance, climbing, descending, cornering, and much more!  Whwther you’re new to the sport or looking to take your skill to the next level this class is made for you!

Look for this Great class in Oct 2017

Computer For Seniors

Need the basics skills for navigating the computer, internet, email, tablets and technology of the future.  SPRD is bringing you this class to help with the many questions you might have about the computer world.  Dave Huni owner and operator of “In Person Help”, a computer repair company, will instruct these classes at the Dueschutes Public Library in Sisters on Mondays only starting Feb. 6,2017.  Ten computers available so sign up soon!  Additional information call SPRD

Next Class to Start in the Fall

Painting in Watercolors for Beginners #241606      New Start Date

Jodi Schneider McNamee an accomplished credentialed art teacher, photographer, author, and journalist, who also has a weekly column, Paw Prints, in The Nugget Newspaper will teach this fun class!  Classes will be held at SPRD, which includes all art supplies.  Create animal portraits, landscapes, or whatever you choose to paint from photos! There is no need for any drawing experience, the easy technique to transfer your photo to watercolor paper will be taught, so all levels are welcome!!

Ongoing l Th l 10:30 am  – 12:30 pm l SPRD l $50.00  Coming back in the Fall 2017

Vegetable Gardening Classes with Central Oregon Mater Gardener

The Central Oregon Master Gardeners Association and SPRD will bring this FREE two-hour vegetable gardening class to the Community of Sisters in April.  This class will cover the basics of vegetable gardening, and also agreat deal of information that is specific to Central Oregon, such as how to be successful in this challenging climate and what varieties of different vegetable do best.  A 24 page book on gardening in Central Oregon is also included in this FREE class!

Coming Back April 2018 l Sat l SPRD l 10 – 1pm l FREE

Aspen Lakes Golfing

Join Aspen Lakes Golf peos for a medley of programs aimed at community fun and improving your golf game!  Get in contact with us, or check online, for more program details.  Clubs provided if needed.


Get Golf Ready

May 16 – June 20 & July – Aug 15 l T l 5:00 – 6:30 pm l Aspen Lakes l $59.00


Have you been wanting to give golf a try but never had the time? Maybe now is the time. Give us 6 sessions and we’ll give you a sport for a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for a fun activity to connect with family, friends or colleagues, or you’ve got “Doctor’s Orders” telling you to find a wellness activity, or you fit into the “I used to play…and would like to learn again…the right way,” this is the IDEAL way to get started – or re-started. This Get Golf Ready Program is open to both men and women and is designed to orient you to the game of golf and teach you the basic skills in six small group sessions. We help you with instructions on how to play the game, but we also provide a complete orientation to ensure you feel good about being on the course so you can step onto the golf course and play with confidence and a sense of belonging. Get Golf Ready will be guided by our trained PGA Professional staff who will make sure you have fun each step of the way.

The emphasis for this program is for “beginning golfers”

Minimum number for the class to be held is 3 people, maximum number to be enrolled is 10.

We will provide clubs if needed. The cost is only $49 for the series of 6 sessions.

The six sessions start on Tuesday, May 16th and are held every Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm through June 20th at Aspen Lakes Golf Club.

We will offer the program again, starting on Tuesday, July 11th and are held from 5 to 6:30pm through August 15th at Aspen Lakes Golf Club. The cost for this series of 6 sessions is only $49.


Gateway to Golf

May 18 – June 22 l Th l 5:00 -6:30 pm L Aspen Lakes l $59.00


If you have recently taken golf lessons and you want to take your game to the next level, or you just want to get your game in shape for the new season, Gateway to Golf is for you. We will spend six sessions covering all aspects of the golf game, from driving, approach shots, short game, putting, course management, and the most common rules.

Start the new season off right…tune up your game!

The cost is only $59 for the series of 6 sessions.

Minimum number for the class to be held is 3 people, maximum number to be enrolled is 10.

The six sessions start on Thursday, May 18th and are held every Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm through June 22nd at Aspen Lakes Golf Club.


Monday Night Ladies League

May 15 – Sept 11 l M l 5:00 pm l Aspen Lakes l $20.00 player plus reduced Green Fees of $25.00 each day paid at Aspen Lakes


Come out and play on a team with your girlfriends or team up with other women golfers and make new friends. We play nine holes in various formats. The purpose of the league is for fun, networking, camaraderie, and… more fun.

The Ladies League is 18 weeks long – each Monday evening from May 15th through September, 11th starting at 5pm at the Aspen Lakes Golf Club. There is no expectation that you must play every week.

The cost per player is $20 to join the league. Players will also each pay a reduced green fee of $25 for each night of league play that includes 9 holes of golf and a cart. This fee is paid at the course each time you play.


Community Fun League

May 17 – Sept 13 l W l 5:00 pm Aspen Lakes l $20.00 player plus reduced Green Fees of $25.00 each day paid at Aspen Lakes


This is back by popular demand. The “Fun” league last year was a huge success. It is open to teams of four, couples, or individuals. We welcome teams and individuals of all abilities, because the emphasis is on fun and we play in scramble formats; the score doesn’t matter. Last year, after the rounds, most teams adjourned to the bar and enjoyed great food and drinks and great camaraderie.

The Fun League is 18 weeks long – each Wednesday evening from May 17th through September 13th starting at 5pm at the Aspen Lakes Golf Club.

The cost per player is $20 to join the league. Players will also each pay a reduced green fee of $25 for each night of league play that includes 9 holes of golf and a cart. This fee is paid at the course each time you play.


4 Elements of Solid Putting

May 20 & 27 l Sat l 2:30 – 4:30 pm l Aspen Lakes l $80.00


Have you heard the phrase, “Drive for Show, Putt for Dough”? This clinic will address the four critical elements: Set Up, Path, Impact and Speed. The format is a two session, four-hour clinic which touches on these basic components. The clinic is for students of all skill levels and it will give you the basic principles to begun a better putter. You’ll learn new drill and we’ll play games. There will be plenty of “high fives” and “fist bumps.” You won’t believe how fast these two-hour sessions will breeze by.

The cost for the two sessions is $80.

Minimum number for the class to be held is 3 people, maximum number to be enrolled is 10.

The two sessions will be held on Saturday, May 20 and on Saturday, May 27 from 2:30 – 4:30pm each day at Aspen Lakes Golf Club.


Adult Drive, Chip, and Putt

July 13 – August 3 l Th l 5:00 – 6:00 l Aspen Lakes l $80.00


Why should the kids have all the fun? We can’t offer you a chance to win a trip to Augusta National Golf Club, but we can offer you a chance to improve these three phases of your game. We will conduct 3 one-hour clinics covering Drive, Chip and Putt techniques. We will conclude with a one-hour on-course contest.

The first session will be Thursday, July 13th and subsequent sessions will be held each Thursday through August 3rd. Clinics will start at 5pm at Aspen Lakes Golf Club. Each session is one hour.

The cost per player is $80 for all four sessions.

Minimum number for the class to be held is 3 people, maximum number to be enrolled is 10.


PGA Junior Sports Academy

Aug 8 – 10 l T – Th l 9:00 – 12:00 l Aspen Lakes l $75.00 for sessions l ages 10 – 15


Junior Golfers – Come out and join our PGA Sports Academy! We will focus not only on golf, but nutrition, sportsmanship and other healthy, fun activities. FUN-First is our mantra for juniors. We feel strongly that golf should be fun and interactive. Though our goal is to educate our junior golfers and get them excited about the game, keeping the game fun is our primary focus.

* The Academy will be for junior golfers who are new to the game or have played very little in the past.

The Academy will be three half days August 8-10, from 9 AM until noon at Aspen Lakes Golf Club. Lunch will not be provided.

The total cost of the three sessions per participant is $75. We will provide equipment if needed.