By Bernie Purser, Recreation Division Administrative Secretary
After weeks of anticipation, Bella Vista POA fitness equipment has been moved to the large room most recently utilized by the POA Member Services Department in the Metfield Clubhouse, 3 Euston Rd. The new location is ready for use by our members and guests six days per week. Monday through Thursday the center is open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Friday hours are 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday the center is open from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Clubhouse is not open on Sundays. Stop by and check it out soon! A few additional fitness machines are expected to be added in the next several weeks.
With the move of fitness equipment, the Dogwood Room is now available for member’s use for fitness classes, card and game groups and also for rent for a private party, club gathering or meeting. Please call the Metfield Clubhouse at telephone number (479) 855-8165 to inquire about reservation availabilities.
Don’t forget about the annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held at the Kingsdale Complex (by Riordan Hall) on Saturday, March 26 starting promptly at 10:00 a.m. All children age 12 and under are invited to participate in this fun-filled event. Bring your children and grandchildren with their baskets for the egg hunt and a visit and picture with the Easter Bunny. At the time of this writing a few tickets remain for the children’s carnival inside Riordan Hall right after the egg hunt. Auditorium space limits the number of carnival tickets that can be given out to POA members’ children and grandchildren. Please telephone Riordan Hall at (479) 855-8170 to inquire about the availability of tickets for children age 12 and under. In the event the carnival ticket supply has been diminished, please ask that your name be put on a waiting list for potential tickets that may have been returned. Remember, no tickets are required for the EasterEgg hunt held outdoors and is always a good time for children and Mom and Dad, too!
Kingsdale Tennis Center has scheduled Junior Tennis After-School program for all children 6 through 12 years of age, beginning April 5 and continuing through May 12, a period of six weeks. The After-School program will be held at the tennis center on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. Please stop at the Kingsdale Tennis Center, 4 Riordan Dr, to register your child for tennis instruction that is will also be fun and very affordable. Tennis Instructors, Alicia Rodgers and Andrew Todd have agreed to conduct this six week tennis program for only $60 for 1 day per week attendance or $110 both Tuesday and Thursday’s program participation. Please telephone the Kingsdale Tennis Center (479) 855-8174 for additional information.
Also, it’s not too late to have your young child participate in the Bella Vista POA Tiny Tots Tennis Program. This enjoyable and successful four week program has been scheduled on Wednesday afternoons for one hour beginning at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m., March 30th through April 23. Cost for the Tiny Tots program is $15 for the 4-week session, 1 day per week attendance or $30 for both Wednesday and Saturday tennis program participation. Call Alicia Rodgers at the Kingsdale Tennis Center (479) 855-8174 to register your child today. Alicia is offering a 20% discount for the 2nd or 3rd family member’s attending her Tiny Tots Tennis program.
Interested in youth swim lessons, Bella Vista swim team participation, summer golf, tennis or arts and crafts camp? Mark Saturday, April 16 on your calendars and plan to attend Bella Vista POA “It’s All About Kids” event at Riordan Hall. Outdoor pool passes and adult water fitness class punch cards will also be sold during this sign-up event from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon on April 16. Swim lesson sessions fill up quickly!
Do you have any gently used or unused sports equipment, apparel or treasures in your closets, garages or storage areas? You might be interested in the annual “Sports Swap” to be held at Riordan Hall on Saturday, April 16 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon. This community sale for sporting goods has given loads of folks an opportunity to unload their sporting goods and others to acquire new-to-them sports items during the past years’ Sports Swaps. Call Cathy Wilmoth at Riordan Hall, (479) 855-8170 to reserve an 8 foot table inside Riordan Hall or a parking spot outside (for larger items) for just $15 per table or parking spot. Share a table with your neighbor or friend! Boats, kayaks, canoes, bicycles, treadmills, weights, golf carts, clubs, clothes and shoes, tennis rackets, fishing rods and tackle are expected at this year’s sale.
Events the POA Recreation Division look forward to during the next several weeks include the very popular and fun “Blossoms and Bows” event at the Bella Vista Library, 11 Dickens Place, scheduled on Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Children will have the opportunity to plant and decorate something special for mom this Mother’s Day at the annual Blossoms & Bows event. The free event is sponsored by the Bella Vista Village Property Owners Association and the library. Those on hand will be able to decorate a flower pot and make Mother’s Day cards inside the library. Children will then plant blooming flowers inside that pot to take home to their mothers. Children of all ages are invited and the event will take place whether rain or shine.
The outdoor pools open for the season on Friday, May 27!