Therapeutic Recreation Winter 2012 Guide

12 Therapeutic of the Roanoke Valley Winter 2012 January-March Registration begins December 12, 8:00 am Parks, Recreation and Tourism Roanoke County Recreation Services Program Guide


Learn about the Roanoke region's recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Transcript of Therapeutic Recreation Winter 2012 Guide


of the Roanoke Valley

Winter 2012January-March

Registration beginsDecember 12, 8:00 am


and Tourism


Recreation Services

Program Guide


Therapeutic Recreation Services of the Roanoke Valley

Selecting programs that are right for you...

Outdoors & Travel 3

Wellness & Fitness 3

Cultural Arts 4

Life Skills 5-7 7

TR Staff Updates............................. pg 8

Guidelines for Registration 9

General Information 10

Registration Form 11

Table of Contents

Therapeutic Recreation Staff

Kari Decker, MS, CTRSTherapeutic Recreation Supervisor540-772-7529 ext [email protected]

Brittany Figdore, CTRSTherapeutic Recreation Programmer540-772-7529 ext 226bfi [email protected]

Kristen RussellTR Program Support Specialist 540-772-7529 ext [email protected]

TRS Support StaffSupport Staff will assist as needed in all aspects of your participation in TRS programs. Support staff duties may include assisting with transportation, supervision, limited personal care, and activity participation. If you are interested in becoming a TRS Support Staff, please contact the TRS offi ce.

Mission of TRS

The programs listed in this guide are designed to meet the needs and interests of individuals with developmental/cognitive disabilities, head injury related disabilities, psychiatric

disabilities, and those who are blind or have visual impairments. If you have questions about a program or the level of functioning needed, please contact any of the TR staff listed below.

Course #: The course # allows us to process your registration form more quickly and accurately.Program Fee: This is the fee that is charged for participation in that specifi c program.Transportation Fee: This fee is charged for programs that offer transportation. The fee is $3.00 for each round trip. Transportation is provided from home as well as the following pick- up points: Goodwill Salem, Goodwill Vinton, 460 Antique Mall, Brambleton Center, Green Ridge Recreation Center

Therapeutic Recreation Services of the Roanoke Valley provides specialized,

adapted & inclusive recreation/leisure services that empower people with

disabilities to gain the knowledge and skills needed for the development of a leisure

lifestyle that meets their interests and needs.



Lock InHave you experienced all that Green Ridge has to offer? Do you just want a night away with good friends? Then bring your sleeping bag and swim suit, and join us as we take over Green Ridge! Participants will get to swim, play games, watch a movie and explore Green Ridge. We will have dinner and build your own sundaes Friday night and breakfast before we all leave Saturday morning. Participants must be independent in personal care and medication administration. Program fee: $37 Transportation fee: $3Fri - Sat Mar 30 - Mar 31 6 pm - 10 am #19676

Snow TubingGrab your hat, gloves, and jacket as we

head to Liberty Mountain in Lynchburg for an afternoon of snow tubing! Liberty Mountain of-fers multiple snow tube slopes year round, so we are guaranteed to have a blast! After 2 hours of tubing, we will wrap up our adventure with a fast food dinner. Participants should bring money for dinner. Participants must be capable of walking on uneven and slippery terrain with minimal as-sistance. Participants will be expected to provide their own winter attire. Pick-up points only.Program fee: $18 Transportation fee: Included Sat Jan 28 3 - 6:30 pm #19678

Wohlfahrt HausAndrew Lloyd Webber’s most purr-fect

musical, Cats, comes to life on The Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre stage, a state-of-the-art German-themed dinner theatre nestled in the beautiful Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia. Upon arriving in Wytheville, you will be served a four course meal prepared by the in-house chef. Then sit back, relax and enjoy one of Broadway’s most popular shows. Bring money for a fast food dinner on the way home. This program is on a Sunday. Pick-up points only.Program fee: $52 Transportation fee: Included Sun Feb 26 1 - 6 pm #19572


Outdoors & TravelHiking, climbing, biking, day & overnight trips

Wellness & Fitness Yoga, Pilates, group exercise, aquatics, and health classes

Fitness ClubWhether you’ve never been in a gym or are a regular, fi tness club’s individualized assistance will be sure to give you the support needed to succeed! We will have access to the cardio and adaptive equipment, weight machines and indoor track at the Green Ridge Recreation Center! The fi rst week will be an orientation on how to use the equipment, and then TRS support staff will help you reach your fi tness goals each week. Join us as we get up and get moving! Fitness Club will not meet the week of the Valentine’s Dinner Dance.Program fee: $56 Transportation fee: $24Fri Jan 13 - Mar 09 10 - 11:30 am #19675

Tai ChiIf you’re looking for another way to reduce

stress and get fi t, then tai chi (pronounced “TIE-chee”) is the class for you. Tai chi is a Chinese martial art that is sometimes described as “meditation in motion” because it promotes serenity through gentle movements — connecting the mind and body. Movements are practiced in a slow controlled fashion that builds strength as well as balance, while improving circulation and blood fl ow. Program fee: $38 Transportation fee: $12Tue Feb 28 - Mar 20 10 - 11 am #19571



Cultural ArtsArts, crafts, pottery, ceramics, painting, music, and dance classes

New! Canvas Sewing Class

Spend a cold winter day hanging out with friends and learning a new hobby! Canvas

sewing uses hard plastic grids and yarn to weave a design, creating a beautiful hand sewn craft. Participants will start with a beginner level tissue box cover. When registering you will get to choose your project, either a bird house design, western motif, or butterfl y pattern. We will break for lunch from Bojangles, and then wrap- up our sewing after lunch. Take your fi nished or unfi nished project home to show off your new skills! Program fee: $20 Transportation fee: $3Sat Mar 3 10 am - 2 pm #19682

Valentine’s Dinner Dance Attend the 27th Annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance at the elegant Hotel

Roanoke ballroom to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Monday

February 13th. Come and enjoy delectable food, rocking music,

delirious dancing, and an evening of fun and surprises.

The sit down dinner begins at 6 PM sharp, followed by the crowning of the King and Queen of Hearts. Then dance to the good ole rock

and roll music of Insuffi cient Funds. Program fee of $26 includes dinner,

dancing and all the fun! Call 772-7529 for transportation

availability and details. Registration and transportation deadline for the

dance is February 1st.

Program fee: $26 Transportation fee: $3

Monday February 13, 20115:30 - 9:30 pmCourse #19782


New! Out & About

Let’s go Out & About with TRS! Each month, participants will go out to eat at various area restaurants. This program is specifi cally designed for participants who want to work on independence and money handling skills. Participants must have a concept of money handling and basic math. Participants will need to bring their own money each program to cover the cost of dinner and a tip. Program fee does not include meals. Participants may choose either Out & About or Super Suppers each month, not both. See below for restaurants and descriptions. Program fee: $7 Transportation fee: $3/ per monthMon 6:30 - 8 pm

Jan 09 Jersey Lily’s Roadhouse Grill #19573Jersey Lily’s Roadhouse Grill is one of Roanoke’s best steakhouses. Their homestyle menu consists of steaks, chicken, baked potatoes, biscuits and much more! Participants should bring $15 for dinner or more if you would like to order a steak.

Feb 20 New York Pizza- Vinton #19574If you love authentic pizza, then New York Pizza is the place for you! Menu items include pizza, hot and cold subs and sandwiches, calzones, and strombolis. Participants should bring $15 for dinner.

Mar 19 Ruby Tuesday- Rt. 419 #19575From their endless Fresh Garden Bar to Fork-Tender Ribs and their signature Sliders, Ruby Tuesdays can satisfy any craving. Participants should bring $15-20 for dinner.

Movie ClubHang out with your friends and watch a new release at Carmike 10, Tanglewood. You will have a choice between two preselected movies to watch. Bring your own money for concessions if desired. Routes for Movie Club will be mailed out the Wednesday before the program. If you want a popcorn bucket, you will need to purchase a 2012 bucket for $15 that can be refi lled for $2.50. Program fee includes movie ticket and supervision. Program fee: $11.50 Transportation fee: $3Mon Feb 27 6:30-9:30 pm #19665

International Cooking ClassLearn how to make authentic

Mediterranean, French, Japanese, & Mexican cuisine without ever leaving the Brambleton Center! We will concentrate on basic cooking techniques and skills while preparing easy international dishes that can be made in your own home. Participants will get to sample the dishes made each week. Program fee: $46 Transportation fee: $12 Thu Feb 23 - Mar 15 10 - 11:30am #19757

Life SkillsTechnology, cooking, home improvement, and social outings

Leisure SeekersLeisure Seekers provides a structured environment for skill-building, socializing with peers, and engaging in a wealth of activities. Weekly activities for winter will include everyone’s favorites like cooking, going to the movies, and bowling. We will also try some new activities like journaling, a glass fusion class at Glazed Bisque It, and a music class! There will be no program the week of the Valentine’s Dinner Dance. Activity information will be distributed weekly. Program fee covers all materials, supplies and admission fees. Call Brittany Figdore at 772-7529 ext 226 for more information. Program fee: $55 Transportation fee: $18 / $9 for trips onlyThu Jan 26 - Mar 08 6:30 - 8:30 pm #19654


Life SkillsTechnology, cooking, home improvement, and social outings

Bingo NightYou have asked...well here it is- A Big Bingo Night! Lots of games and prizes are planned. Light refreshments will be provided; so bring your lucky rabbit’s foot and come ready to play BINGO. Program fee: $10 Transportation fee: $3Fri Jan 20 7 - 8:30 pm #19658

Super SuppersJoin your friends as we explore a local restaurant each month, experiencing different cuisines and atmospheres sure to please the palette. Super Suppers is designed to help participants with ordering from a menu and working within a given budget, while enjoying a night out with friends. No money handling skills are needed. Program fees vary according to restaurant. Participants may choose either Out & About or Super Suppers each month, not both. See below for restaurants and descriptions. Transportation Fee: $3 / per monthFri 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Jan 27 Shaker’s $21 #19668Shaker’s is the area’s best place for grilled fare, from chicken, ribs, steak and chops, as well as delightful salads and pastas. Their varied cuisine will have something sure to please every palette!

Feb 24 Alejandro’s $19 #19669Voted “Best of Roanoke,” Alejandro’s is one of Roanoke’s favorite Mexican restaurants. Not only can you get tacos, fajitas, and burritos you can also try one of their 12 salsas, from their salsa bar!

Mar 23 Szechuan Restaurant $18 #19670Szechuan is a fi ne dining Chinese restaurant. Choose from their varied menu your favorite Chinese dishes like fried rice, sweet & sour pork, or a delicious lo mein.

Wednesday AdventurersExplore fun activities, new places, delicious food and exciting exercises with Wednesday Adventurers! In this 6 - week program, activities will include morning exercise and wellness activities, Valentine’s Day crafts, homemade Terrariums and outings to Hollins University Art Museum, and the Roanoke Wildlife Rescue, and photography class. Activity information will be distributed weekly to all registered participants, highlighting the next week’s activity, transportation, dates, and times. Wednesday Adventurers will not meet the week of the Valentine’s Dinner Dance. Program fees include all materials, supplies, admission, and lunches. Payment Plans are available. Contact Kristen Russell at 772-7529 ext 227 for more information.Program fee: $78 Transportation fee: $18/ $9 trips onlyWed Jan 11 - Feb 22 10 am - 2 pm #19577


MingleMingle is designed for young adults with dis-abilities, ages 18-30. Participate in socialization, recreation, and leisure activities at the Bramble-ton Center and wellness activities at Green Ridge Recreation Center. As a member of Mingle, you will work with other group members in planning monthly outings in the Roanoke Valley. Mingle will meet Tuesday or Thursday nights from 7-9 pm (You may register for one night, not both). Both groups will meet one Saturday each semester for ‘Social Saturday’. This is an opportunity for the Tuesday and Thursday night groups to meet and socialize. To become a member, you must be able to follow two step directions, be independent in your personal care, have the ability to care for your own belongings, and self administer your medications. Contact Kristen Russell at 772-7529 ext 227 to determine eligibility. Program fee: $65 for January - May. Transportation is not provided.Tue Jan 10 - May 29 7 - 9pm #19561Thur Jan 12 - May 31 7 - 9pm #19562

TRIPs: (Therapeutic Recreation Incentive Program) TRIPs programs are available to current Mountain House members or former Mountain House members who are still clients of BRBH

Expressions with Gwyn Create with Gwyn Hall; Gwyn has a degree in Art Therapy and will be facilitating and giving you the tools to express yourself in different mediums. You could be painting, sketching or sculpting- let your imagination run wild! The only pick-up point for this program is Mountain House. If you do not attend on Tuesday and are interested in this great program, if you can get to Mountain House, we will take you home. This program is 2.5 hrs for 5 weeks and includes dinner. Expressions will not meet the week of the Valentine’s Dinner Dance. Space is limited. Contact Brittany Fidgore or Mary Kay from Mountain House.Tue Jan 17- Feb 21 4 - 6:30 pm #19747

Speak Through Music This program is specifi cally designed for

BRBH Clients. Come Speak Through Music with Noel Anderson; a Board Certifi ed Music Therapist. During this program you have the opportunity to sing, play musical instruments, and perform. Pick-up point for this program is Mountain House. TRS will provide transportation home. Space is limited - contact Kari Decker, or Mary Kay.Fri Feb 03 -Feb 24 2 - 3 pm #19843

Valley VenturesEnjoy a fantastic lunch at the Pancake House before bowling two games at Lee Hi Lanes. A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon; with friends eating great food, getting physical activity and working on your bowling score. Program fee includes all admissions and transportation. Please contact Kari Decker at 772-7529 for more informationProgram fee: $8 Transportation fee: IncludedSat Jan 14 11:30 am - 2:30 pm #19949


Life SkillsTechnology, cooking, home improvement, and social outings


~TRS Staff Updates~

TRS would like to welcome 3 new staff: Warren Strickland, Stuart Greene, and Emily Gardner! Over the past semester you may have already seen these new faces at programs like Fitness Club, Valley Ventures, and Leisure Seekers, but if you haven’t be on the look out for them! Warren comes to us after many years of teaching and substitute teaching with the Botetourt County School system.Stuart’s background is in the IT fi eld, but he came to TRS looking for new experiences and a way to get involved with his community.Emily recently relocated to Roanoke from North Carolina, and has a degree in Therapeutic Recreation.

Left: Dennis & Warren working hard during Fitness Club, at Green Ridge Recreation Center

Farewell & Best WishesTRS & our participants would like to bid farewell to Pete Haslip, Director of Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism, as he

offi cially starts his retirement January 1, 2012. Pete will be ending his career with over 17 years of service to the County. Pete, know that you will be remembered for the things that you did here. Thanks for your years of hard work and dedication.

Congratulations on your retirement and remember you are always welcome to come bust a move at the Valentine’s Dance!

Welcome on BoardWith the announcement of Pete’s retirement, Roanoke County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism is pleased to introduce the new Director, Doug Blount. Doug has already been with the County several months, learning the ins and outs of each section. Doug is originally from the Roanoke area, but is returning after a 15 year period in Price William County, Virginia. We look forward to getting to know Doug and sharing with him all the fun and exciting opportunities that TRS provides in the community!


Guidelines for Registration

Transportation Participants are asked to provide their own transportation, as County provided transportation is available on a very limited basis. Space will be available until fi lled. It is TRS policy to only wait fi ve (5) minutes for a participant after their scheduled pickup time. After that, the van will continue on the route. If a participant is a “no show” without prior notifi cation three (3) times within a semester, the participant will be dropped from transportation for the remainder of that semester. When meeting at pick-up points, if a participant’s transportation is more than fi ve (5) minutes late for pick up/drop off time, three (3) times within a semester, the participant will be dropped from transportation for the remainder of that semester. If a participant is removed from transportation, they will receive a refund for those fees. Based upon registrations, activities may be moved to an alternate location to help facilitate transportation needs.

High Demand Classes & Waitlists Sometimes programs may fi ll before the registration session concludes. TRS considers these “High Demand” classes. “High Demand” classes are marked with a next to the title. If a class fi lls, the participant will automatically be placed on a waitlist. Participants will be contacted if placed on the waitlist and a space becomes available.

Registration Registration is taken via telephone, email, postal mail to the TRS main offi ce, or in person at the Brambleton Center. Mail-in and email registrations will be processed the morning of registration in the order in which they were received, and may be submitted prior to registration date. Registration begins:

8:00 am, Monday, December 12, 2011

Refunds & Credits In the event that Roanoke County cancels a class, participants will automatically receive a full credit to their account. Credits will be carried on the account and can be used toward future courses and activities. If a participant would like a refund, notify TRS and a refund will be processed within three weeks if the amount is over $25. Credit amounts under $25 will remain on accounts for future use. If a participant must withdraw from a course, they must be withdrawn before the class begins. A participant will receive a refund if another TRS participant can fi ll your spot. Credits for trips or special events (such as theatre productions where tickets are purchased in advance) cannot be given after tickets are purchased unless your place can be fi lled.

Guidelines for Inclusion: For participation in general recreation classes, with assistance from TRS staff, a participant must:• Meet registration requirements of the selected class, ie. age, residency, prerequisites.• Be able to adhere to the rules of conduct.• Be able to follow simple directions and be able to communicate your basic needs.• Have the ability to tolerate and function in appropriate class sizes based on type of program.• Be able to participate in the selected activity for the majority of the scheduled time.

* All accommodation requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the start of the program.* Transportation is not provided for Inclusion Services.


Therapeutic Recreation Services of the Roanoke Valley

General InformationCo-Sponsors

Accessible Formats: TRS program information is available in accessible formats that meet individual needs. Information is available in Braille, large print, elementary formats and other formats upon request. Call 772-7529 for more information on this award winning service.

Inclement Weather:Participants will be contacted should weather conditions postpone and/or cancel scheduled TRS classes or events. Please refer to our refund/credit policy on page 9 for details. Please call TRS at 540-772-7529 ext 2 if you have weather related questions.

Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism is proud to partner with the Roanoke Parks & Recreation to provide services for city residents through valleywide TRS programs.

TRS of the Roanoke Valley is a contractual service provider for Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare. Through this agreement, we are able to offer services through the TRIPs & EXCEL programs.

If you are interested in donating to the TRS Scholarship program, to help adults with disabilities in the Roanoke Valley continue to participate in their choice of recreation programs, please contact Kari Decker at (540) 772-7529 ext 228 or [email protected].

Payment OptionsPayments must accompany registration and may be made by cash, check, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) or money order; made payable to: Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism. If mailing a check, call to confi rm your balance before you mail in your registration. Registration is not considered complete until class fee is received.

Financial Assistance:Rec Bucks is a program which will provide a waiver or reduction of fees to residents who have demonstrated fi nancial need.

TRS is going Green!Help TRS save some trees and some green. If you are willing to only receive an electronic copy of the TRS brochure, circle YES on the registration form on page 11 when you send it in, or contact Kari Decker at [email protected]. We appreciate your dedication to our services!

Thank You for all you do for TRS:

TRS Google Calendar now available:TRS now has a Google Calendar located on the TRS home webpage. If you already use Google Calendars you can export ours so you have all the semester program information you need at your fi ngertips! Use the print option to hang a hard copy in your home.

Get organized & get involved!

Lee Hi Bowling LanesLayman Farms

Peaks of Otter Nature CenterThunder Valley


Therapeutic Recreation ServicesWinter 2012 Program Registration Form

Name:________________________________________ Birthdate:_____/_____/_____Phone: (home)__________________(work)________________(other)_____________Address:____________________________________________Zip:________________Residency: (circle) Roanoke County Roanoke City Salem Other:____________

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Subtotal: $__________ + $__________

Payment Method:__ Check __Cash __Money Order __ Recbucks __Visa/MasterCard/Discover (call 540-772-7529)

___ I will provide my own transportation ___ I need County provided transportation from: Home Pick Up Point: Goodwill Salem, Goodwill Vinton, 460 Antique Mall Brambleton Center, Green Ridge Recreation Center___ I need wheelchair accessible transportation

Are you a client of Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare? Yes NoDo you give permission for an exchange of information between TRS & BRBH? Yes No

Name of Caseworker:_______________________________ Phone:____________________*Electronic copy of brochure only: YES NO Email address :

Program RegistrationPlease be sure to fi ll out the form completely.

3738 Brambleton AveRoanoke, VA 24018



Therapeutic Recreation Services of the Roanoke Valley 3738 Brambleton Ave SW Roanoke, VA 24018 (540) 772-7529


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Registration for Winter 2012Monday, December 12, 8:00 AM

Mail Phone Walk-In

Attend the 27th Annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance at the elegant Hotel Roanoke ballroom to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Wednesday February 13th. Come and enjoy delectable food, rocking music, delirious dancing, and an evening of fun and

surprises. The sit down dinner begins at 6 PM sharp, followed by the crowning of the King and Queen of Hearts. Then dance to the good ole rock and roll music of Insuffi cient Funds. Program fee of $26 includes dinner, dancing and all the fun! Call 772-7529 for transportation availability and details.Registration and transportation deadline for the dance is February 1st. Program fee: $26 Transportation fee: $3Mon Feb 13 5:30 - 9:30 pm #19782

27th Annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance