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The holiday season is underway at HP&R! Hiawatha Parks and Recreation hosted the 4th Annual Sugar Cane Hunt last Saturday with the participation of more than 70 children and their families.

Room Hiawatha teamed up with the host and offered breakfast with Santa while he and his wife were also in attendance. During four different time slots, the children searched for Santa’s lost candy canes outside along the walking path. HP&R volunteers, Kylie Nelson, Emma Bigham, Lakyn Leupold and Dalton Simmer, helped oversee the event along with HP&R Director Stacy Jasper. Sarah Kleopfer and Ashley Olson represented the HCVB and served breakfast.

“We had another big turnout for this annual event,” said Jasper. “The weather was nice and all the children were delighted to see Santa Claus and Mrs. Noel in person this year.”

The event allowed toddlers up to grade 4, including a special needs window, to hunt canes. Jasper said over 300 candy canes have been hidden and found!

Later that day, Jasper hosted another annual event, the HP&R Triple Threat Basketball Clinic at HHS.

“We look forward to this clinic every year,” said Jasper, who coaches high school girls in basketball alongside her husband, Brady Jasper. “This is our players’ chance to give back to our community by teaching our kids basketball. “

This year’s 2-week clinic saw 110 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6.

“This is our biggest group to date. It’s pretty special to see a group of Red Hawks coaching the Future Red Hawks,” she said.

Members of the high school girls ‘and boys’ basketball teams volunteer their time for this program, teaching ball handling, passing, rebounding, shooting and defense stations.

HP&R will offer its monthly Christmas take-out kits for young people and adults, as well as for New Year’s Eve.

Another fun program that HP&R has put on this month is Santa Mail. Children are invited to drop off their letters to Santa Claus at the Fisher Center Christmas mailbox by Friday, December 17 to ensure a personalized response from Santa Claus.

The next step for HP&R will be swing dance lessons offered by Troy and Robyn Kolb in January and February. Currently, there are no places available but dial 742-7176 to be placed on a waiting list. Stay tuned for more fun winter programs and events by following the Hiawatha Parks & Recreation and City of Hiawatha Textcaster “Rec Announcements” Facebook page.

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