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Family Fit Night is a quarterly youth program offered by Greenbelt’s Recreation Department. The description in the city’s Recreation Activity Guide reads: “GET ACTIVE! Join family and friends for a night of fitness activities that will get you moving. Hula Hoop Dance Challenges, hot shot drills, jump rope endurance, inﬂatable orb racing, and much more! Families with children ages 5-16 are welcome. Greenbelt, an official Let’s Move! City, created the Family Fit Night program in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity. All participants are eligible to enter a raffle for Recreation Department prizes. Location: Springhill Lake Recreation Center Gym; Date: Friday, July 6, 2012; Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm.”
This display at the entrance to the gym lists various activities offered by the Department of Recreation, from seasonal celebrations to artful afternoons, visual and performing arts programs, and sports events. On the table the white sheets are for people who want to keep track of their scores in tonight’s 7 activities.
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely triumph over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The date is celebrated in America as a de facto Mexican heritage day, with festivals and parties, many held at bars and Mexican restaurants. In Greenbelt, each year on May 5, Chevys Fresh Mex Restaurant in Greenway Center hosts a Cinco de Mayo celebration with food and drink specials, outdoor dining, and DJ music. The party usually takes place after work but this year, because May 5 is a Saturday, children’s activities were added.
Banner at Greenbelt Chevys celebrating the 150th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo. It shows a blindfolded, mustached man wearing a broad-brimmed Mexican hat breaking a pinata.
On New Year’s Day 2012, the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center hosts a polar plunge in its outdoor pool. This is the first year the Aquatic Center is doing this because normally after the outdoor pool closes in the fall, after the dogs have their chance to swim (pooch plunge), the pool is drained and stays dry during the winter season. However earlier this year, the pool was resurfaced with white coating and has to stay full for one year to maintain it. That presents an opportunity for a New Year’s Day polar plunge.