Special Events & Family Activities Don’t miss our annual party-in-the-park! Gurney Lane Family Fun Day! FREE! It’s time for our annual party-in-the-park! Please join us for a wonderful and FUN-filled day as we celebrate summer in the park! The department is excited to welcome Ventriloquist Sylvia Fletcher, Magician Joey D., Daisy the Clown, Wildlife Education by Bernie, and for the first-time EVER, the kiddos can go on a Fossil Dig with Dinosaurs Rock®! Magician Joey D., will be entertaining us throughout the event with his Wild Wearable Balloon Animals and the Amazing Magic by Joey D magic show. There will be plenty of audience participation, so get ready for a remarkable and entertaining experience! Daisy the Clown, aka Linda Terwilliger, is the Capital Region’s 2011 Entertainer of the Year and she will add some extra fun for the kids with her incredible face painting and kid-friendly temporary tattoos. So kids, please stop by to meet Daisy and add a little sparkle to your day! World-renowned professional Actress/Ventriloquist and Comedian, Sylvia Fletcher will dazzle you with her amazing talent, lively unforgettable characters, inanimate objects, and voice illusions that will lure audiences into her hilarious and intriguing world of comedy. Sylvia’s performances are like no others you will experience! This show is a true production masterpiece that will leave you talking, laughing, and in pure amazement at her incredible talent. See the show that is nothing short of “VENTASTIC”! Wildlife Education by Bernie is an educational organization that brings LIVE ANIMALS and amazing artifacts to venues. Participants can touch and learn about Animals from Around the World. Super, cool animals and artifacts and loads of learning fun! We’ve added some extra FUN for the kids this year! Join DINOSAURS ROCK® to see specimens that are 10,000 to over 500 million years old. There will be a 30-piece Dinosaur exhibit, museum-quality pieces (many genuine and life-size) and other prehistoric-related items, including a genuine Fossil Dig and rubbing plates to make your favorite dinosaur! Children will find and keep the coolest specimens! It’s highly interactive, educational, and FUN! DINOSAURS ROCK® expert educators will be on hand to share their insight into the fascinating world of dinosaurs and fossils. For more info, please visit DinosaursRock.com. Have a blast and make a splash — there’s FREE admission to the Gurney Lane Pool, too! The Department will be serving FREE hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks. For a cool treat, Stewart’s ice cream will be served. The Department would like to thank Hannaford Supermarkets (Quaker Road) and Stewart’s Shops for their generous assistance with this event and for their commitment to our community! It will be an awesome day in the park with extraordinary entertainment, food, and the beautiful park surroundings ... sure to please the entire family! WHEN .......................................................July 14 (Saturday) TIME ......................................................... 11:00 am-2:00 pm Ventriloquist Sylvia Fletcher performance: 11:15 am Amazing Magic by Joey D magic show: 12:30 pm WHERE .... Gurney Lane Recreation Area, 118 Gurney Lane FEE ................................................................................FREE In the event of rain, the celebration will go on as scheduled. Hey, a little rain never hurt anyone! MINDFULNESS UNDER A FULL MOON ... featuring Beth Bidwell Beth Bidwell is a biologist, environmental educaBRING tor, naturalist, Adirondack Guide, Reiki Master, and A mindfulness guide. After years of using mindfulness FRIEND! techniques in her work with wildlife, Beth has set her sights on the wildest animals of all, humans! Join Beth as she helps the world become a more peaceful place, one frazzled person at a time. For more information, please visit: www.mindfulbynature.net. Being out under a full moon is a magical experience. It also happens to be the perfect time to practice a little mindfulness. Mindfulness is defined as focusing your attention on the present moment without judgment. Walking in the dark, we naturally become mindful as our senses are heightened and we focus our attention on every little sound in our environment and strain to see the path in front of us. Studies have shown that time spent being mindful in nature has many benefits including increased short-term memory, creativity, and concentration; reduced stress and inflammation; improved cognitive function; and decreased feelings of depression. Join biologist and naturalist, Beth Bidwell, for a leisurely, evening stroll through Meadowbrook Preserve as we learn techniques for quieting the mind, being present in the moment, and reconnecting with nature. You will leave with tips for including nature and mindfulness in your daily life. Appropriate for ages 8 and above. 4 NEW! FOR ................................................................ Ages 8 & Up Please Note: children must be accompanied by an adult. WHEN ...................................Session 1: July 26 (Thursday) TIME ...............................................................8:30-9:30 pm WHERE ...... Meadowbrook Preserve, Meadowbrook Road WHEN ................................. Session 2: August 24 (Friday) TIME ...............................................................8:00-9:00 pm WHERE ...... Meadowbrook Preserve, Meadowbrook Road FEE ......... Resident $5/session; Non-Resident $10/session CLASS SIZE .......................................Maximum 15/session PLEASE KEEP DOGS AT HOME. NOTE: Please bring a small flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Drinking water recommended. Program Note: trail terrain can be uneven and there are changes in slope in certain areas-please wear appropriate footwear. SUMMER 2018 PROGRAM GUIDE