The Town of Slave Lake’s website was buzzing, on September 17, with announcements of courses, sports leagues, and activities at the Multi-Rec Centre (MRC).
One of the courses is baby sign language. This is for babies before they can talk.
Babysignlanguage.com has a dictionary of 600 – some examples are cat, cheese, and cow.
For school-age children, there are PD Day Camps. The first camp is September 25. As in past years, the camp is limited to 20 children.
The news release says, “If you have a child ages 6-11 years old, sign them up for a fun-filled day with us at the Multi-Rec Centre. We run on every PD day scheduled by High Prairie School Division. Don’t forget to bring a bagged lunch [which don’t need microwaved], snacks, a water bottle, and the proper clothes and equipment for the day.”
In sports, there is an adult indoor soccer league and a pickleball league.
This is the first year of the pickleball league.
“This is an excellent opportunity for players of all levels as we will have some coaching,” says the news release. “The first hour of every session you will be building your skills, learning the rules, and perfecting your technique with our coaches. The second hour you will be for putting your skills to the test to play a game.”
Pickleball has been in town for a while; having a coach may help stop the string of injuries. One of the most recent is the mayor, who ended up on crutches.
In the past, soccer was drop-in, but this year it will be a league, says the news release. People sign up as individuals and town staff makes a teams.
At the walking track, there is also ‘Stroller Rollers’ and Power Walking. The town is also looking for a sponsor for the Seniors Walking Program. This will run October 2020 to March 2021. People interested in sponsoring this can contact Taylor at 780-849-8023.
The MRC has two indoor ice rinks, a walking track (with exercise machines), the fieldhouse (which is set up for various sports), an indoor play area (still closed), multi-purpose rooms, and a concession stand, with burgers etc.
The MRC is in southwest Slave Lake behind the Slave Lake Curling Rink. The parking lot entrance is off of 6 Ave SW.