By Laurel Roberts
Northeast Community Center volunteer
T. S. Eliot said, “April is the cruelest month.” The poet never spent a February in Portland, when the rain and sunless days turn people into slugs and couch potatoes who stay home in front of the television screen. How to escape cruel February and March? Come to the Northeast Community Center (NECC) and brighten up the coming months with exciting Friday family activities.
Parents Night Out is popular and fills quickly. Alternatively called Parent Date Night, it’s when parents drop off their kids for games in the gymnasium with the fun and energetic staff, followed by a quiet movie and snack upstairs in the multi-purpose room (only for members). Family Sport is a new activity. Bring the family and play a game of non-competitive family floor hockey, kickball, volleyball or other games, all organized by the NECC staff.
Family Pickleball is another new activity. Pickleball was designed in 1965 to be easy to learn and play. It’s one of the fastest-growing sports in America and great for all ages. Pickleball is played with a short net, wooden racquet and pickle ball. Flick-N-Float takes advantage of two favorite pastimes the movies and the pool. Watch a great flick while floating in a tube. It’s like a drive-in movie in the pool. Bring your own air mattress, inner tubes, or use our mats (limited supply). Family Yoga, a lighthearted family oriented yoga practice, will help you reduce stress, gain balance, get limber and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep. The class is included in membership, and guests are welcome for a drop-in fee.
Everyone loves a romantic date and since February is also Sweetheart’s Month, on February 14th, Valentine’s Day, we are celebrating with Couples Yoga, open to members and non-members, and Parent’s Night Out, members only. Make arrangements to spend the evening with the love of your life and enjoy one of these healthy activities.
For more information, reservations, exact times and prices: Visit our website at necommunitycenter.org, stop by the Northeast Community Center at 1630 N.E. 38th Ave., or call (503) 284-3377