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Activities abound in City, UFM catalogs

By The Mercury

Manhattan is a busy place, and with the onset of the school year, it’s about to become a lot busier for many area families. That doesn’t mean, however, that residents won’t find time for recreation or to pursue other personal interests.

As is usually the case, options — indoors, outdoors, wet and dry — abound. They’re easy to find in the new UFM and City Parks and Recreation fall catalogues.

There’s impressive variety in the UFM catalog, which starts with a couple pages of aquatic options from swimming and water exercise classes to Scuba diving lessons. That’s followed by a page on career and finance skills before the reader turns to a broad category called “Creative Free Time.” Want to try guitar, become a scrapbooker, learn to crochet or knit, paint, write fiction or polish photography skills? A UFM class a good place to start.

Other sections focus on nature and conservation, and include fly fishing, fall garden tips, renewable energy information and how to care for your bicycle. People who want to take better care of themselves, learn self defense or simply learn to relax will find classes that will help them. Not only is yoga offered, there’s even a class on cat yoga.

There’s more — there always seems to be more — in the UFM catalog, from modern dance and belly dancing to pickleball, fitness for older adults, archery, ballet and tap dancing.

If you can’t find a UFM catalog, drop by UFM at 1221 Thurston St., call 539-8763 or go online at

UFM isn’t the only game in town and doesn’t try to be. The City of Manhattan’s Parks and Recreation Department has a whole range of options for children and adults this fall. Among the Parks and Rec catalog’s highlights are youth athletic programs. Young people can participate in city flag football, volleyball and soccer teams as well as cheerleading activities. Volunteer coaches are always welcome.

  Adults can play co-rec kickball and volleyball or join men’s or women’s basketball teams. As does UFM, the city offers classes in dance and arts and crafts. The city also puts three of its wonderful assets — Sunset Zoo, the ice rink and the Flint Hills Discovery Center — to good use for instructional and recreational purposes.

For further information, call 587-2757 or visit the Parks and Rec offices at 11th and Fremont Street or

There’s plenty for adults and children to do in this fair city. For modest fees, residents can exercise their minds and their bodies, learn or improve skills and have a pretty good time along the way.

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