Those over 50 invited to try new activities, free

On Saturday Cowichan Lake Recreation is offering its first-ever free activities day for adults over 50, and it’s going to

On Saturday Cowichan Lake Recreation is offering its first-ever free activities day for adults over 50, and it’s going to be jam-packed.

The day begins at 2 p.m. with a host of stations set up on the arena’s dry floor. Community members will have a chance to sample a wide selection of programs offered through the CVRD, and hopefully find at least one they’d like to pursue further.

“It’s to get adults out to see what we offer with Cowichan Lake Recreation and also the overall purpose is to get adults active and stay healthy,” said recreation programmer Tanya Kaul.

The rink’s dry surface will feature a number of demonstrations including swing dancing, spin class, carpet bowling and zumba. The Re-treads hiking club and the community garden will have information tables set up, and the 50-plus drop-in hockey group will also have a booth.

Visitors can check out a physical literacy obstacle course and a craft table.

In the curling rink there will be a pickle ball demonstration for anyone who keeps hearing about this sport and would like to see it first-hand.

There will be tai chi offered in the curling lounge, and yoga in the arena’s upstairs studio.

“The whole mandate is to showcase what we have in terms of recreation and activity because [for] people in the 50-plus age group, it’s tough to find an activity they can really enjoy and stick with,” said Kaul.

“We have such a variety of activities offered at Cowichan Lake Recreation we want to showcase what you can do in a short period of time that can be beneficial to your health, [allow you to make] connections and then stick with it.”

The activity stations will be available from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with karaoke offered in the curling lounge from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a band coming to play from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kaul said the day is open to people of all ability and experience levels.

“From very little mobility onwards up to people who really want to get a good workout on a spin bike,” she said.

Cowichan Lake Recreation hopes to make this an annual event, like their September free recreation day, which is open to all ages and allows people to use the arena’s ice surfaces, too.