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Dec 28

Happy Holidays from West Hills Social Commons

Posted on December 28, 2020 at 1:19 PM by Jessica Abrahams

Author: Dani Bakken, Recreation Supervisor

Happy Holidays! Hopefully 2021 will bring more stable hours for West Hills Social Commons. We are planning on opening on January 4, 2021 but this could change due to the Governor’s orders. Please check the website, Facebook page or call us at 507-444-4280 for updates. If we are unable to open, we will continue to offer virtual programming. Please check the newsletter or the website for the virtual schedule.

It is also time to renew your 2021 membership! The annual membership fee remains at $40 for 2021 year; however, our 2020 members will receive a $16 discount off their 2021 membership with a remaining balance amount of only $24.  Please note that the membership fees account for roughly 34% of the annual revenue budget for Social Commons and Adult Leisure Pursuits programming.  Due to the major budget impact the membership fee discounts will product, any 2020 member wishing to forgo their discount and simply pay the full annual membership fee is welcome to do so.  All support is appreciated as we strive toward continuing to offer programs and use of the facility to our community during these challenging times.  Membership sales will begin on January 4, 2021.

During the time that we were closed, Parks and Recreation went through a software change. We are now using the software CivicRec. With this change we will need to create a new account for everyone who is getting a 2021 membership, so we will be verifying your information to make sure we have it up to date in our new system

Other Park and Recreation News:

Session 2 of Learn to Skate Hockey, U6, U8

Registration begins Monday December 28 at 8am. Cost is $75. Program will start Saturday January 9th.

Basketball for K-2

Registration begins on Monday January 4th at 7am. Cost is going to be $32, which includes a basketball that they get to keep. There will be four 50 minute sessions that will be Saturdays on January 23 and 30 and February 13 and 20.

River Springs Water Park – Season Passes

Season passes can be purchased online or at the Parks and Recreation office. An ID card will be issued to you for unlimited access during lap swim, water walking, morning and afternoon water aerobics, tiny tot time, and open swim. Please check the Park and Recreation website for more information.

Winter Weekend Out – January 29-31 with some activities starting sooner!

We’ve got a variety of winter-themed activities planned for you to have fun and stay active!  Take a look at the activities, most are planned for the weekend of January 29-31, but some you can start earlier! 

  • Snowman Building Contest – During the month of January.  During the month of January submit a photo of your best snowman creation.  Submission deadline is Sunday, January 31, 2021.  Free to enter!  Prizes will be awarded to the Best in Snow (chosen by judges) and People’s Choice (Facebook vote). Bring your snowman to life using accessories, colors, themes, etc.  Be creative and imaginative! Winners will be contacted after judging is complete. 
  • Snowman Clue – Who Melted Frosty?  January 15 – 31.  This cold weather has gotten to the one of the Parks and Recreation Department staff!  Whoever it was punished poor Frosty the Snowman!  The Owatonna Police Department found Frosty in a puddle, melted.  Frosty’s sidekicks will not let this crime go unpunished!  Are you a good enough detective to figure out which Parks and Recreation employee finally snapped? Who did it? Where they did it? What weapon they used? Frosty’s sidekicks, miniature snowman, hold the clues to this horrendous crime! Find Frosty’s sidekicks at the following parks to help solve the crime: Mineral Springs, Morehouse, and Fairgrounds Park. Visit these parks between January 15—31, find Frosty’s sidekicks holding the clues. Use the Snowman Clue Guide (coming soon!) to help you crack the crime.  Once you have figured out this mystery, submit your guess here, or message your guess to us on our Facebook page
  • Cardboard Sled Race Rules – January 30 at West Hills Sledding Hill.  Design and build a person powered, corrugated cardboard sled capable of withstanding the descent down the West Hills sledding hill. How creative can you be using only corrugated cardboard as a building material?  Come join the fun!  
    • Class 1: Age 10 and under Class 2: Ages 11-17.  
    • Four time slots: 10:00 (class I), 10:45 (class I), 11:30 (class II) & 12:15 (class II). Max 15 participants per time slot.  Pre-registration through CivicRec required (registration coming soon!).  
    • Awards for Top o’ the Hill – Most attractive or spectacular looking and Fastest Sled.
    • Cardboard Sled Race Rules
  • Family Ice Fishing – January 31 at Lake Kohlmier.  Enjoy a Minnesota winter past-time, ice fishing!  We’ll have holes drilled for you and provide bait and equipment (limited equipment available).  Everyone who registers will receive one ticket and each fish caught earns another ticket for a drawing for various prizes!  A prize for largest fish caught will also be awarded.
    • Three time slots: 1:00 – 2:00pm, 2:15 – 3:15pm & 3:30 – 4:30pm.  
    • Pre-registration through CivicRec required (registration coming soon!), $5 per area (two pre-drilled holes provided for you per area).  Maximum of 20 areas per timeslot.