Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation

Upcoming Events

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Junior Lifeguarding

  • March 23 and 24Monon Community Center
  • 9 a.m-1 p.m., Monon Community Center West
  • Ages: 11-14
  • Cost: $120 for two-day program
  • This two-day Junior Lifeguarding program is designed to prepare youths aged 11-14 for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. The course focuses on building foundational knowledge for future lifeguards. This class is for youth looking to build water safety skills, confidence, and leadership experience.

Photography Club

  • March 6-27
  • 7-8 p.m., Monon Community Center
  • Ages: 18+
  • Cost: $105 for four-week session
  • Do you have a passion for photography? Join us on Wednesday nights for beginner or advanced photography club! The program focuses on the fundamentals, concepts and practices that make great photos. You will find yourself growing as you work with a wide variety of real-world exercises and engage in friendly classroom critiques.

Knee High Naturalist: Birds

  • March 1-22
  • 10-11 a.m., Monon Community Center
  • Ages: 1-5 with parent
  • Cost: $30 for four-week session
  • You and your little one will have fun learning about our feathery friends! Each Friday morning class includes a bird-themed craft or activity and an adventure outdoors to see who may be flying around Central Park.

My Park Series: Founders Park

  • April 17
  • 5-6 p.m., Founders Park 11675 Hazel Dell Parkway
  • Ages: All ages
  • Cost: Free
  • Take a walk with a naturalist in the beautiful 37-acre Founders Park. This park features open prairie, wetlands and a pond, as well as a nature-themed playground. We will explore the landscape to find what wildlife calls this park home and how its water features help to serve the surrounding community.

Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga

  • March 16
  • 10-11:30 a.m., Monon Community Center
  • Ages: 18+
  • Cost: $25
  • This specially designed yoga class includes safe postures for people who are pregnant, and exercises to boost prenatal recovery. Emphasis will be on hip flexors, breathing and meditation, in preparation for giving birth.Monon Community Center
  • Adaptive Photography, Collage & Scrapbooking
  • March 7-28
  • 4-5 p.m., Monon Community Center
  • Ages: 6+
  • Cost: $75 for four-week session
  • Program designed for individuals with disabilities.
  • If you have a creative and crafty side, then this is the perfect program for you! Join us on Thursdays for the chance to capture unique moments through the art of photography and scrapbooking. We will work through different exercises to create a variety of personalized photographs. Once our photography collection is completed, the scrapbooking process begins!


Monon Community Center Member Spotlight

Matt F. & Sam R.

Matt and Sam were on their college track team together.  Following graduation, the pair thought their days of working out together were over, but then they found the Monon Community Center (MCC). With their MCC memberships, Matt and Sam exercise together all the time! They enjoy lifting weights, playing basketball and running on the treadmills. “Fitness was such a huge part of my life in college, but after I graduated, I had a really hard time finding the motivation to keep exercising,” Matt says. “Once I became a member at the Monon Community Center, I found it so much easier to keep a consistent workout routine. I feel like the MCC has helped me become the healthiest version of myself.”

Staff Spotlight: Group Fitness Instructor

Courtney C.

Courtney has taught group fitness classes at the MCC for nine years. Cycling is her favorite class to teach. Did you know cycling classes are offered daily at the MCC? “I love when people come into the MCC who have never exercised before,” she says when asked about her favorite aspect of her job. “They’re sometimes nervous or scared to work out for the first time, but most of the time they end up loving it and realize that their physical and mental health depends on daily exercise. Whether their end goal is weight loss or just to improve their overall health, seeing those changes happen and all the hard work they put in is so gratifying.”

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