By Amanda Moses
The sights and sounds of summertime fun are emanating from Spring Creek Towers (SCT). Seniors are relishing the warm weather by playing dominoes on the park benches or simply walking around the numerous pathways in the community. Families are enjoying the vast playgrounds, basketball courts, and grassland with their children. Everywhere you turn, there are smiling faces embracing the sunshine.
The Spring Creek Recreational Fund’s (SCRF) Urban Classroom Garden
(UGC) is a prime location for residents to behold this summer. Campers from both Oasis TWU and the Italian American Civil Rights League (IACRL) have spent several weeks examining the vegetation growing in the garden, and have even helped harvest and water the plants. On especially hot days, Garden Educator Jacqui Roytman uses the garden hose as a sprinkler for the children to play in.
Members of the Spring Creek Senior Partners’ (SCSP) Gardening Club have also reveled in the greenery at the UGC. Once a week the seniors help maintain the garden and harvest fresh vegetables, which they then use in their discussions on healthy recipes. For seniors who want to get out of the house and enjoy time with friends, SCSP hosts a variety of activities (in their office at 160 Schroeders Avenue), such as Movie Mondays, informational seminars, a mobile scan van offering free mammograms on August 2nd, and fun events like the International Cultural Festival on August 29th.
Seniors looking for a kosher lunch, fun birthday party celebrations, safety and healthy living seminars, trips to Trader Joe’s, Atlantic City and live theater, come on over to the JASA Starrett Senior Center (1540 Van Siclen Avenue, Lower Level). On August 14th, JASA will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with music, snacks, and an assortment of fun starting at 11:30 am. If you are interested in attending RSVP by August 4th by calling 718-642-1010 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents who want their teenagers to reduce the time spent indoors playing with technology can have their children, ages 11-18, enrolled in fun and educational activities at Spring Creek Teen Central, located in the lower level of the Brooklyn Sports Club (BSC). The program is open Monday-Friday from 3pm to 8pm, offering teens jewelry making lessons, ongoing arts and crafts projects, photography classes, board game tournaments, card playing challenges, and recreational sports (jump rope, kickball, basketball, and so much more). Mondays and Thursdays, members can swim in the BSC’s pool from 5pm to 6pm, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays, they can attend hip-hop dance classes in a BSC exercise studio from 4pm to 5pm.
The Starrett Early Learning Center’s Young Scientist Summer Camp is a great place for young children to enjoy. The seven week program began on July 1st, and will end on August 16th, inviting youth to bask in scientific exploration and discovery. In addition to the educational undertakings, the campers are also learning all about soccer and Judo under the tutelage of Parnel Legros, a United States Judo Federation’s Coach of the Year and former Olympian. Unlike other martial arts, Judo is an overall ideology that combines moral codes of conduct along with physical and mental training.
The children will learn how to throw down, takedown, immobilize, pin and force an opponent into submission. In addition, to its combative training, Legros teaches his students (also known as judokas) how to behave with discipline, respect, focus, and to never give up. He encourages each judoka to apply these lessons both on and off the mat.
The Office of Community Relations and Public Affairs sponsors a wide array of initiatives in SCT for residents to enjoy this summer, such as outdoor movie nights (the next film will be on July 27th at 7:30 pm in the BSC outdoor Basketball Courts on Schroeder and Van Siclen Avenues), year-round free computer access in the lower level of BSC, and other initiatives.
The BSC is another location that offers opportunities to stay healthy with their fitness facility and Olympic-sized pool. If you are interested in joining, check out their open house on Sunday, July 28th from 2:30pm to 5pm. This event will include: music from a live DJ, vendor samples, face painting, pool games, contests and prizes.
Photos by Amanda Moses