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Seasonal program provides creative outlet

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By John D. Harden / Staff Writer

SANGER — The Sanger Parks and Recreation Department is hosting another seasonal-themed program for the city’s youngest residents this fall called Fall Art in the Park, and several residents said they’re looking forward to attending. 

The program, for children ages 3 to 9 years old, is free and takes place at the Sanger Sports Park located at 2201 S. Stemmons St. from 6 to 6:45 p.m. every Tuesday in October. The event will include arts, crafts and informative sessions on local flora and fauna.

The city encourages parents interested in attending with their children to pre-register by calling 940-458-2059 or e-mailing with their child’s name and age.

Patricia Rodriguez said she’s always looking for something to do with her 3-year-old, Jacqueline. She said she hasn’t signed up for the event yet, but she said the event’s once-a-week schedule will probably make it easier for her to adjust her schedule.

“Jackie is always full of energy and wants to draw on everything she touches,” she said. “Hopefully, this will give her an outlet for her creativity and allow her to use her imagination without destroying mommy’s things.”

This month, the city is also hosting an adult softball tournament for the city’s slightly older population.

The parks department is sponsoring the one-day adult softball tournament on Oct. 12 at the Sanger Sports Park. 

The tournament format will be recreational coed slow pitch elimination with a minimum three-game guarantee. 

According to city officials, the tournament starts at 8 a.m. with games running one hour each until a winner is determined.

The winning team will be awarded T-shirts at the end of the tournament.

The tournament fee is $280 per team with a minimum of eight teams required for the tournament.

Teams can register online or at the Parks and Recreation office located at 201 Bolivar St. The registration deadline is Friday.

Since the beginning of the year, the city’s parks and recreation department has offered residents seasonal events and programs throughout the year. One of the most popular events this year was the Open Jam Sessions which will end Sunday.

The program invites musicians of all types and experience levels for the opportunity to jam together in the downtown park. The final jam session will be from 3 to 6 p.m.

In a recent interview, Brian Crenwelge, Parks and Recreation Department director, said programs like these help keep residents excited about the city in which they reside.

“When people have something to do in their own city instead of having to drive to another city, they’re happier,” he said.

For more information about the softball tournament or about Fall Art in the Park, contact the Parks and Recreation office at 940-458-2059.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.