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Need a fresh way to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

By Virginia Godwin, Recreation Supervisor

Tired of doing the same old things on Valentine’s Day? How about trying something different this year?

The City of College Station’s Trail of Lights Date Night might be the answer. Join us on Friday, Feb. 14, from 6-9 p.m. at Wolf Pen Creek Park for a romantic stroll through the Trail of Lights, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, then have dinner and dance the night away.

The event is in its third year, and we’ve added more seating for dining and a dance floor with a live DJ. Food trucks will also be available, or you can bring refreshments. Just remember that glass containers aren’t allowed and coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller.

To commemorate a memorable evening, you can take photos in the selfie booth or have a caricature drawn with your date. If you’re looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift, vendors will be on hand to help you out.

If you can’t make it out on Feb. 14, you can still stroll through the lights Feb. 7-16 from 6-10 p.m., although carriage rides won’t be available. Admission and activities are free, but prices for food trucks and gift vendors will vary.

Pets are also welcome, so don’t forget your furry loved ones!

For more information, visit cstx.gov/events or call 979-764-3486.

 


About the Blogger

Virginia Godwin is in her sixth year as recreation supervisor for the Parks and Recreation Department. A College Station native, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Sam Houston State in 2019.


 

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Southwood Community Center reopening nears

By Virginia Godwin, Facilities & Events Recreation Supervisor

Droughts seem to be more common than rainy seasons in the Brazos Valley, but that certainly was not the case last year. The rain was so heavy that leaking water caused considerable damage to the 20-year-old Southwood Community Center.

The damage was severe enough that we had to close the facility for extensive repairs in early August. The facility returns to regular hours – 9.a.m-5 p.m. on weekdays – and operations on Feb. 24, but the rehabilitation is complete enough to host the initial session of the new Nia Fitness class on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The class is from 9-10 a.m. and runs through Feb. 27. Additional sessions are on tap in March and April.

When the building opened in 1999, it was christened the Exit Teen Center and served mostly teenagers during out-of-school hours. The facility began welcoming senior adults in 2005 and became the Southwood Community Center in 2010.

Last summer, senior programs moved to the new Bob and Wanda Meyer Senior and Community Center. The change allows Southwood to offer an expanded array of programs for preschoolers, homeschoolers, and adults of all ages.

To register and learn more about Southwood Community Center programs, visit cstx.gov/Southwood.

 


About the Blogger

Virginia Godwin is in her sixth year as recreation supervisor for the Parks and Recreation Department. A College Station native, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Sam Houston State in 2019.


 

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Festive Easter egg hunts aren’t just for kids anymore

By Virginia Godwin, Recreation Supervisor

When I was a kid, a typical Easter Sunday featured an Easter egg hunt after church and a feast with family and friends. As an adult, I may seem satisfied to watch the annual egg hunts from the sidelines, but in reality, I regret missing out on the fun.

I’m still a kid at heart.

If you feel the same way, I have some great news — adult Easter egg hunts are a real thing!

The City of College Station’s Parks and Recreation Department has revamped our traditional egg hunt and created one just for grown-ups 18 years and older — and it’s even glow-in-the-dark.

We invite you to join us on Friday, April 12 from 7-10 p.m. for the Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt at Wolf Pen Creek Park. The nostalgic atmosphere will help you relive your fond childhood memories with tunes from the 80s, 90s, and 00s to awake the adolescent in you.

We’ll have games, joy jumps, and face painting with a touch of the trending selfie booth to document your experience. The egg hunt begins at 9 p.m.

Last year, the parks staff wasn’t sure about what to expect as we strategically hid 10,000 eggs. Our worst-case scenario was if 1,000 attendees showed up, they’d each get 10 eggs. We didn’t realize more than 2,000 adult residents had so sorely missed the Easter egg hunts of the childhood.

We never dreamed we’d have that level of participation for a first-time event.

We planned to hide the eggs throughout the park to spread out the savage hunters. For the most part, the strategy fell flat, but the feedback we received helped us to evaluate and analyze the event effectively. We went back to the drawing board.

This year’s egg hunt will be different.

We have doubled our inventory to 20,000 eggs, which include 20 golden eggs that contain prizes from local businesses. In addition, the entire hunt will be on the Festival Site near the old Arts Council building. Our staff of egg protectors will make sure sneaky hunters don’t pilfer any eggs before the hunt begins!

For the safety and enjoyment of our participants, these two simple rules will be in place:

  • Stay out of the hunt zone until the coordinators officially start the hunt.
  • Keep your hands, feet, and body to yourself. Hitting, kicking, tripping, pushing, body slamming or other forms of physical harm to others will not be tolerated.

Don’t miss out on all the mad fun. It’ll be all that and a bag of chips!

For more information, visit cstx.gov/events or call 979-764-3486.

 


About the Blogger

Virginia Godwin is in her fifth year as recreation supervisor. A College Station native, she previously served as the staff development specialist for Kids’ Klub, the College Station Independent School District’s after-school program.


 

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