Lysander Parks and Recreation: Christmas tree recycling

Lysander Park will accept trees for recycling after the Holidays from 9 to 4 p.m. Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 to 9.

Swimming lessons

Swimming lessons will be held Saturdays from Jan. 9 to March 27 at Baker High School pool. There will be no lessons Jan. 23 or Feb. 20. Pre-testing will begin Jan. 9 to make sure children are placed in the right level. Classes are designed for children 5 years and older or for children (over 44" tall) and are limited to 10 participants.

Beginner karate

This course covers the fundamentals of karate while also preparing participants for further study. Training will aid concentration, improve the cardiovascular system, increase coordination, develop muscle tone, teach discipline and encourage over-all mental and physical conditioning. In addition to effective self-defense, students will learn important concepts such as discipline, courtesy, integrity, respect and self-control. Classes include a mix of focused games and serious training to build confidence and self esteem. Parents are encouraged to join their child and learn together. Goju Ryu will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays (Jan. 6 to Feb. 24 -- no class Feb. 17) at Palmer School for ages 6 through adult. Tae Kwon Do will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Fridays (from Jan. 8 to Feb. 12) at Palmer School for ages 6 through adult.

Advanced karate

Yellow Belts and up will enjoy a deeper study of Karate, both in technique and philosophy. They will continue their traditional karate studies and be guided to explore new areas including human physiology and Chinese Healing Theory as they apply to health and self-defense. Traditional pressure point techniques will be taught with an emphasis on practical self-defense. Students will additionally cultivate compassion, open-mindedness and personal awareness through their studies and experiences. Classes are Shikaze Ryu affiliated. This class will be held 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays (Jan. 6 to Feb. 24 -- no class Feb. 17) at Palmer School.

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