West Knox blog: Open gym, Israeli folk dance

Sandra ClarkFarragut, Our Town Neighbors, West Knox County

John Haney of NAI Koella | RM Moore was selected Member of the Month for September by the Farragut West Knox Chamber. Haney is a senior advisor with the commercial real estate firm and specializes in professional/medical office property sales and leasing, retail properties, buyer/tenant representation, and site selection.

He has also earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation. John serves on the Chamber’s board of directors and other committees. The Chamber thanks him for his involvement not only in their organization but also in the community.

Israeli folk dance

The Farragut Community Center will feature Israeli folk dancing classes October through December.

Israeli folk dance is a community-building style of dance for girls and boys. It consists of circle and line dances. Most of the songs are in Hebrew and the choreography is used around the world!

Each class date will feature a time slot for each level of experience. There is a junior class for participants ages 7-10, a level 1 class for ages 10-18 and a level 2 class for ages 10-18. Level 1 prerequisite is encouraged for the Level 2 class, but not required. Preregistration is required for all classes.

For more information about activities at the Farragut Community Center, visit farragutparksandrec.org/programsandevents.

Pickleball, basketball open gym

Due to the popularity of pickleball and basketball, the Farragut Community Center offers opportunities to enjoy these sports indoors during open gym hours.

Pickleball Open Gym takes place from noon-2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 4-6 p.m. on Thursdays. Cost is $4 per person, or two punches on a punch card, per session. No need to pre-register – just bring a paddle and a ball. Limited equipment is available for checkout and nets are provided. Games are played on the challenge court system, played to 11 points and winning by two.

Basketball Open Gym takes place from 2-9 p.m. on Mondays; 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays; 2-5 p.m. on Wednesdays; 4-5 p.m. on Thursdays and 2-4:45 p.m. on Fridays. Cost is $4 per person per session or two punches on a punch card. There is a special Tuesday and Thursday rate of $2 per person or one punch on a punch card. No need to pre-register – just bring a ball. Limited equipment is available for checkout. Users may experience wait times or be asked to restrict play to half court. No Open Gym activities on Oct. 28, Nov. 24, Nov. 25, Dec. 9, Dec. 23, Dec. 26 and Dec. 30.

Rooms for rent

The Farragut Community Center offers a middle school-sized gym, two classrooms and an Assembly Hall for public rental. For more information and rental forms, visit farragutparksandrec.org/community-center. To reserve space, email [email protected] or call 865-281-3376.

Everyone must sign up for a free membership the first time they use the community center; this is a simple process that requires just a few minutes.

Wendy Smith, PR and marketing coordinator for the town of Farragut, contributed to this report.

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