By Whitney Vickers
FAIRBORN — The dropping temperatures outside make it easy to spend more time indoors during the winter months. However, the Fairborn Parks and Recreation Department is hosting opportunities to take advantage of the crisp, cold air by offering family-friendly events throughout January.
To register for any of these programs, pick up a form and drop off a check at the Fairborn Parks and Recreation Office, 461 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road; the City of Fairborn Government Center, 44 W. Hebble Ave. or by calling 937-754-3090. Make checks payable to the City of Fairborn.
Tree Hike and Twig Vase Craft
Citizens of all ages are invited to trek through Community Park and try their hands at measuring a tree’s height, age and identification. While hiking, attendees will also gather fallen twigs and pine needles to create into a trig vase craft. Participants will gather 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Fairborn Parks and Recreation Office, 461 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road. Participants must be registered by Friday, Jan. 13; costs $3 to attend.
Participants will learn how to make a winter-themed wreath using seasonal branches, foliage and flowers using techniques applicable for making wreaths at any time of the year. It takes place 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, open to those 18 and elder at Hollon Flowers, 50 N. Centrail Ave. The event will be instructed by Carolyn Hollon and costs $40 to participate, which includes all needed flowers and materials. Participants must be registered by Tuesday, Jan. 10.
Sunrise Hike and Oaks Quarry Park
Locals are invited to experience the peaceful scenery offered by Oaks Quarry Park, 1267 E. Xenia Drive, as the sun greets the day. Park officials said mornings are the best time to observe the scavenging wildlife and attendees are invited to bring binoculars to better see the happenings. Interested individuals should gather at Oaks Quarry Park 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Coffee will be available.
Evening Trees Painting
Children aged 5 years and older are invited to be guided through a painting project portraying an evening sky, moon, trees, shadows and snowflakes with acrylic paints on watercolor paper. Acrylic paint stains clothing, so it is recommended that participants wear old clothing. The event s instructed by Terri Perkins, owner of Terri Lynn Art Studio and Gallery, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 for a cost of $15, which includes all supplies, at Terri Lynn Art Studio and Gallery, 415 W. Main Street. Participants must be registered by Wednesday, Jan. 25.
For more information contact the parks office at 937-754-3090.