Although the cold may have many in the area staying inside, the Farmington Civic Center has a plenty to offer those who want to get out this winter and shake it up.

To help kick off the new year, the center is offering special discounts on memberships throughout the month January.

According to Dustin Unger, the community program coordinator for the civic center, the center will be offering the Perfect 10’s - two programs allowing a person the chance to save money when opening a membership.

“Those who are interested in joining should take advantage of our promotional prices,” Unger said. “If you register for a monthly membership, it will only cost $10 for the first month, a savings of up to $35 dollars, and for those interested in an annual membership, the civic center will discount the membership by 10 percent for a savings of up to $50.”

Unger added that the Perfect 10’s program will end on Jan. 31 and memberships will return to full price.

One of the newest programs the civic center has to offer this season is Father and Son Nerf Wars, an hour and a half of teaming up to wreak havoc with a Nerf gun.

The civic center will supply the battlefield and the ammo, but ask the duos bring their own Nerf guns.

The event is schedule from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the civic center at a cost of $10 per person.

The center may have a special day plan for a father and his son, but they did not forget about a father and his little girl. Returning for a second year, the Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the Daddy Princess Dance from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the Centene Center.

According to Unger, there was so much positive feedback regarding last year’s dance, the department decided to expand the size of the venue and offer dinner.

“We had a really good turnout last year for the dance, so this year we are going to open the front of the Centene all the way,” Unger said. “The only changes we are making is this year we will be offering a dinner compared to last year’s hors d’oeuvre.”

This year’s dance will include the dinner catered by Bowtie Catering. Big Show Productions will be providing the music and photography will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $30 for a pair and $8 for each additional child. Deadline to register is Jan. 26.

The Parks and Recreation Department did not forget about those who would rather spend a morning fishing than anything else. Returning for the second year, the department is hosting a Fly Fishing Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 3 at Engler Park.

During the clinic, participants will learn how to properly care for the rod and other fly equipment. Additionally, each fishing enthusiast will be given instruction on casting, flies and tying knots.

The program is designed to help all skills levels from the novice learning the basics to the experienced fly fishing enthusiast who wants to hone their skills.

The cost to attend the outdoor fishing exhibition is $10 per person and an additional $2 to rent a rod, if needed.

For those more likely to run marathon than go fishing, the civic center will be hosting its first Winter Sprint Indoor Triathlon.

“This is great event for people who are training for an actual triathlon,” said Jake LaHay, aquatic and fitness coordinator, “They are pretty popular in St. Louis and a lot of other cities. An event like this really helps them understand their training,”

According to LaHay, an indoor triathlon is actually run in reverse order compared to its outdoor counterpart. Competitors will begin the race with 20 minutes on the treadmill, followed by 30 minutes on a spinning bike and finish with 10 minutes of lap swimming.

The winners of the race will be determined by the overall distance covered in each event. Medals will be given to the first place finisher in each age category and the top three overall winners in both men and women.

The entry fee for the race is $20 on or before Feb. 9 or a $25 for those who register from Feb. 10 to the day of the race. All participants who register before Feb. 10 will be guaranteed a shirt.

On March 30, the Parks and Recreation department will sponsor its first Lead Foot Trail Run at St. Joe Park. Cost is $25 before March 9 and $30 up until the day of the race.

For more information on any of the events scheduled this quarter, contact the Farmington Civic Center at 756-0900.

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Craig Vaughn is a reporter for  the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3629 or at


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