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Pickleball, fitness, dance classes and more offered at Sunrise Parks this fall

Rusch Park, Citrus Heights
File photo, Rusch Park. // Citrus Heights Sentinel

By Thomas J. Sullivan–
Sunrise Recreation and Park District’s new fall catalog of activities and sports programs through March 2020 is now out, featuring numerous programs, sports leagues, classes and more.

A sampling of some of the popular activities are listed below, with additional listings available at

Adult Fitness. Numerous adult fitness classes are offered throughout the fall, including Zumba, Jazzercise, and yoga at the Rusch Park and the Crossroads Community Center starting in early October. Check the fall catalog for fees and start times, or visit

Volleyball. Stay in shape and participate in open gym volleyball on Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and open gym basketball on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m., both at Rusch Park Auditorium. Sign in and pay $4 at the door.

Pickleball. Need to get some practice pickleball time in before the Fourth Annual Sunrise Pickleball Fall Classic this October? Beginner and intermediate pickleball classes start on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Refresh your knowledge of the rules, scoring and etiquette, the proper techniques for the serve, return of serve, dinks, volleys, overhead and lobs. Doubles strategy and footwork will be covered. Improve your movement, shot selection, accuracy, power, and the effective use of spin. The non-sanctioned recreational tournament will be held Oct. 24-27 at Rusch Park.

Walking Wednesday. Lace up your best walking shoes and see the fall colors of Citrus Heights while meeting neighbors, as the free Walking Wednesday Park Progression continues. All walks start at 10 a.m. and meet at the parking lot associated with the park. October walks include Van Maren Park on Oct. 16, Firestone Park on Oct. 30, Lone Oak Park on Nov. 3. For more Wednesday meet-up spots, contact Colin at

Adult Kayaking. Two adult kayaking events are scheduled this fall on Lake Natoma. All equipment is provided. Your choice to enjoy the company of fellow adults, 50-plus on the lake, Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $79, which includes all equipment. A full-moon, sunset kayak paddle on the lake is also scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m., for $59.

Line Dancing. Dancers have their choice of two programs this fall to polish their moves. Classes in line dancing and social swing dancing also start in October.

Line Dancing has become a favorite activity worldwide and is a great low impact way to meet others and keep fit. Using a variety of music styles, beginners can learn the basics and progress to become a more experienced dancer. No partner is needed, and new beginners are always welcome. Classes are open year-round. Each class is divided into four progressive half-hour levels with beginners starting at 12:30 p.m. Each student is entitled to one hour of class, selecting from two of the four levels. The cost is $32 for a four-class punch card. Classes are Nov. 29, and Dec.13, 20 and 27.

Swing Dancing. East and West coast swing dance classes start Oct. 1 at Rusch Park. The cost is $40 per single, or $60 per couple. Class times are from 1-2 p.m. or 2-3 p.m. Instructor Richard Kowaleski offers a unique teaching method and a delightful sense of humor which puts his “left-footed” students at ease so they can quickly learn while also having fun. Beginners and experienced dancers alike are taught easy-to-learn moves that impress. No partner is required. You will need to bring smooth-soled shoes with good heel support to participate.

Drawing for Adults 50+.
Learn to draw or expand your artistic skills in the first of two adult drawing classes offered at Rusch Park Community Center.

Open to beginning and experienced students, the instructor will provide a short list of needed supplies. A fall, five-week first session focusing on the techniques of graphic pencil drawing starts Thursday, Oct. 3, and continues through Oct. 31. A second session with a focus on the use of colored pencils begins on Nov. 7. Class times for each fall session are Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $50. For more information contact Jake at (916) 725-6287 or Chelsea at (916) 725-8843.

Those interested in getting a copy of the district’s fall events catalog are invited to stop by the District office at 7801 Auburn Blvd., which is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional information and online registration is available at Walk-in registration is also offered at the District Office.

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