by Rachel Hunter
The epic battle pitting humans against zombies will once again return to the Riverview Recreational Park on Saturday, October 20, 1 p.m. for the Third Annual Zombie Tag.
Director Casey Canell said the event is free, but pre-registration is required. Those wanting to portray a “zombie” should arrived dressed in costume. For more information or to register, contact the Gouverneur Recreation Center at (315) 287-0524.
This is to be the first of many Halloween-themed events and activities, sponsored by the Gouverneur Recreation Center during the month of October. Director Canell in his report to the Town of Gouverneur board on Oct. 9 also promoted the Center’s Halloween Happenings, starting Oct. 25 with the After-School Program’s 7th Annual Mummy Wrap.
On Friday, October 26, 20 a.m. to noon, there will be a Halloween Hat Contest at the monthly bingo and luncheon. Prizes will be awarded, and all are encouraged to be creative.
The 24th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Costume Party will be held on Saturday, October 27, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with costume judging at 10 a.m. There is to be free admission with a canned food item.
Director Canell also shared there will be a Halloween Movie Matinee at the Gouverneur Community Center on Saturday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The movie is free to the public. Concessions will be open for the purchase of popcorn, hotdogs, candy and drinks. The featured movie will be Hocus Pocus. The movie will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m.
On Monday, October 29, the Gouverneur Recreation Center will host the NYSARC Halloween Party.
The Toddler Town Halloween Costume Party will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There will be Halloween games, activities and a festive snack. The After-School Program will have a Halloween Bash on this day as well.
On Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31, 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a Fright Night of Fun at the Gouverneur Recreation Center. All are invited to “drop” by for a special trick or treat. This will coincide with trick or treating in the Village of Gouverneur, Wednesday, October 31, 5 to 7 p.m.
In other Gouverneur Recreation news, Director Canell reported that the Before-School Program is open to all elementary students and is located at the Gouverneur Elementary School on weekdays for early morning activities, featuring games, crafts, and recreational gym play. There will be a special Halloween Safety Program and activity this month.
The After-School Elementary Program is held at the Recreation Center, Mondays through Thursdays. Highlights this month will include autumn activities and Halloween festivals. A Kids’ Karate Class is held Tuesdays with Instructor Master Frank Palumbo.
Toddler Town operates as a recreation play group and is held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with social play and learning. Highlights this month include a guest storyteller, fall projects, Halloween Party, and Gingerbread Pre-School Music Class.
The Senior Citizen Program open to all area residents meets weekly on Friday mornings for bingo and coffee social. Highlights this month include a Halloween Pizza Party Luncheon.
Open Recreation and Game Room continues monthly featuring a Youth Activity Day on Monday, October 8 when school was closed for Columbus Day.
Director Canell also announced the Developmentally Disabled Adult Wellness Wednesdays continue to be held at the Rec Center at 10 a.m., sponsored by the North Country Cerebral Palsy Association. He also mentioned the Gouverneur Recreation Center receives weekly assistance from NYSARC Community Service volunteers.
In closing, Director Canell extended a word of gratitude to the Lawrence Manor for their extremely generous donation to Missoula Children’s Theatre.
The above report will also be presented to the Village of Gouverneur Board of Trustees at its regular monthly board meeting on Tuesday, October 16 at 7 p.m. in the municipal courtroom.