OKTOBERFEST TENNIS SOCIAL

Swim season might be over until spring, but there is still plenty of good tennis weather this fall. Adult tennis players are invited to join us for the Oktoberfest Round Robin Social on Sunday, October 20, from 4:PM to 6:PM. Here is the link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C48AFAD23A3FC1-octoberfest.

Congratulations to Kanawha’s team in the Autumn Cup, played on August 4-6. KRA finished 4th out of 8 teams and was a mere 3 points behind first place. Avalon was this year’s champion, followed by Ridge Top, Three Chopt, Kanawha, Southampton, Richmond Country Club, Metro Richmond Tennis Club, and Bon Air. It was fun weekend full of great tennis.

TENNIS BALL RECYCLING IS HERE!

We are excited to announce that Kanawha will now be recycling used tennis balls. In the covered shelters by Courts 2, 4, and 5, there are now green boxes with a hole in the top through which tennis balls will fit. If you use some tennis balls to the point that they are no longer bouncing and are “dead”, please put them in a green box. We are thrilled to be able to be even better citizens of our environment by doing this. When a box is full, we will ship it off to Recycle Balls by Wilson (at their expense) so that they can break down the balls and reuse part of them. Please help us out by putting ONLY TENNIS BALLS in these green boxes. They are well marked. Also, since they are cardboard boxes, please leave the boxes in the covered shelters.

While we’re on the subject of trash and recyclables, it would probably be a good idea to remind everyone of a few things. The dumpster at the bottom of the parking lot is for RECYCLABLES ONLY. It is NOT FOR GARBAGE or DOG WASTE BAGS. Also, pizza boxes are not recyclable because of the grease that gets into the cardboard. It would actually be good if only staff used that dumpster, so that we can be sure that only recyclable materials are placed there. Around the facility, we have several blue recyclable containers. Here is what should go in the different receptacles.

Blue Recycling Cans: empty plastic bottles, empty aluminum cans, empty glass containers (though we strongly discourage glass on the property), flattened cardboard that does not have food or grease on it

Green Cardboard Boxes labeled RECYCLE BALLS by Wilson: USED TENNIS BALLS ONLY

Gray or Neutral Color Garbage Cans: all trash and garbage that is not recyclable

Kanawha staff will take care of emptying these 3 types of containers or shipping off the tennis ball boxes when they are full. Please help us by putting your trash where it belongs.

PLEASE SHARE ALL OF THIS INFORMATION WITH EVERYONE IN YOUR HOUSE WHO WILL BE USING THE KRA FACILITIES, EVEN DURING THE NON-POOL SEASON

AN EXTRA WEEKEND TO SWIM

Hopefully, the storm will be gone, and the weather this weekend will be beautiful. Remember you have one more weekend to relax at the pool. All the pools at Kanawha will be open on Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, from 11:AM to 7:PM. Guests are welcome for the usual $5.00 guest fee. However, the snack bar will not be open, so you will need to bring your own snacks. The Hydration Station is still up and running, so there is plenty of ice and water, but you will need to bring your own cups or water bottles. If you want soft drinks or sports drinks, you will need to bring them.

We hope you have had an enjoyable 2019 pool season.

SEPTEMBER ADULT SWIM

If you are planning to purchase a key so that you can use the lap pool during the month of September, please stop by Kanawha on Monday, September 2, after 12:PM, so that you can sign the waiver form and get your key. We must have the signed waivers, since there will not be a lifeguard on duty when you are swimming.

Here are the hours when you may swim from September 3 through September 30:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5:30AM - 12:PM and 4:PM - 7:PM

Tuesday, Thursday 5:30AM - 2:PM and 4:PM - 7:PM

Saturday, Sunday 8:AM - 3:PM

The pools will be open for all members (and guests who pay the $5.00 guest fee) on Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, from 11:AM to 7:PM. For those of you who participate in the September Swim, there will be 3 lanes available during these hours, but there will be 8 lanes available from 8:AM to 11:AM those two mornings.

Labor Day Weekend at KRA

There will be plenty of excitement at KRA this weekend.

Saturday, August 31: Pool hours are 10:AM-8:PM. We are having NOODLE NIGHT from 5:PM to 8:PM. Noodles will be allowed in the L pool and in the open part of the lap pool.

Sunday, September 1: Pool hours are 11:AM-8:PM. The snack bar will be serving another “Bon Voyage Brunch” from 11AM to 2:PM.

Monday, September 2: Pool hours are 10:AM-6:PM. We will have family relays in the lap pool at 11:AM, so please gather on the bleachers at 10:50. Parents, remember this is your time to show how fast you are. Then, we will have a DJ from noon until 4:PM.

LOOKING AHEAD:

The pools will be open on September 7 and 8 from 11:AM to 7:PM and will be fully staffed. Guests will be welcome, but the $5.00 guest fee will be charged.

Adult lap swimmers who want to use the lap pool in September need to fill out a waiver form and pay the $50.00 fee to get their key. Please see Martha Hodges on either Saturday, 8/31, or Monday, 9/2.

GREEN IS COMING TO KANAWHA!

Tennis ball recycling is coming here soon

"Kanawha Recreation Association has partnered with RecycleBalls to, help ensure all tennis balls here are recycled and reused. Please help this pioneering non-profit mission by recycling your tennis balls into our new green bins when they arrive.
Did you know that the US leads the world in trashing over 125 million non-decomposing tennis balls a year into our landfills? This is a significant problem. Tennis players can now be part of the solution.

We need you. We need one key sponsor. Will you, your team or organization sponsor the RecycleBalls recycling program here? A tax-deductible donation of $50 per month x 12 will cover all program costs for one year. In return, you may opt to be recognized on a prominently displayed plaque, in awards and via local publicity. Information at www.recycleballs.org

Tennis ball recycling is coming here soon

"Kanawha Recreation Association has partnered with RecycleBalls to, help ensure all tennis balls here are recycled and reused. Please help this pioneering non-profit mission by recycling your tennis balls into our new green bins when they arrive.
Did you know that the US leads the world in trashing over 125 million non-decomposing tennis balls a year into our landfills? This is a significant problem. Tennis players can now be part of the solution.

We need you. We need one key sponsor. Will you, your team or organization sponsor the RecycleBalls recycling program here? A tax-deductible donation of $50 per month x 12 will cover all program costs for one year. In return, you may opt to be recognized on a prominently displayed plaque, in awards and via local publicity. Information at www.recycleballs.org

SEPTEMBER SWIM - ADULTS ONLY

Once again this year, we will offer lap swimming during the month of September in our lap pool!  We will begin on Tuesday, September 3, and that pool will close on Monday, September 30.  This swim-at-your-own-risk opportunity is for ADULTS ONLY (age 21 and over), because there will not be a lifeguard on duty.  The pool will be set up for lap swimming only—this is not for recreational swimming, and this is for KRA members only.  

 

The hours are as follows (same hours as last year):

         Monday, Wednesday, Friday     5:30AM-noon and 4:PM-7:PM

        Tuesday, Thursday                    5:30AM-2:PM and 4:PM-7:PM

        Saturday, Sunday                      8:AM-3:PM

 

All swimmers must enter through the gate near the swim shed and basketball court in the field.  It is suggested that you park at the bottom of the parking lot and walk across the field, though there may be times when you will be able to use the gravel road and park at the end of the field near the gate you will use. Please remember that there is a security system in the pool area, and if you come at a time not listed above, you will set off the alarm.

 

Each swimmer who participates in this program must:

        -sign a waiver and program rules agreement

        -pay a $50.00 fee (per person)

        -get a key

 

We must have a signed paper copy of the waiver, payment must be by check (to KRA) or in cash, and you must pick up the key in person. This will take 5-10 minutes, so please allow yourself some time.  Here are times when you can take care of this:

     Saturday, August 17, 10:AM-8:PM

     Monday through Friday, August 19-23, 6:AM-2:PM

Wednesday, August 21, 5:30-7:30PM

Monday through Friday, August 26-30, 6:AM-1:PM

Wednesday, August 28, 6:30-7:30PM

Saturday, August 31, 10:AM-8:PM

Monday, September 2, 12:PM-5:PM

     

If none of these times are convenient for you, please contact Martha Hodges.

MEN'S NIGHT - AUGUST 22

Mark your calendars now for Men’s Night on Thursday, August 22, 7:PM - 11:PM. Guys, this is your night to have Kanawha all to yourselves. Kanawha will provide hot grills, side dishes, beverages, and Cornhole boards. You need to bring whatever meat you want to grill. There will be 3 Cornhole sets out for a tournament, and you’re welcome to bring cards for some poker. The cost is $12.00 per person, and guests are welcome. Sign up online at www.krarva.org.

JUNIOR TENNIS CAMPS

Scott and some other area tennis pros will be offering tennis camps the weeks of August 19-23 and 26-30.

KANAWHA JUNIOR TENNIS CAMP

Weeks of August 19 and August 26

- 9:00am- 12:00pm
- Ages 6-16
- $225 per week
*Hosted by Scott Mitchell, Pat Anderson, Leslie Upson, and several college tennis players.*

Playing Level:- Beginner, intermediate, and advanced instruction for all levels!!

What to Expect:
- Intense drills, point play, and match play for experienced players to get them ready for school tryouts
- Advanced players will be grouped by ability
- Technique lessons for beginner and intermediate level players

-Pool time for the younger campers

*Email: Leslie Upson at: lecook2003@hotmail.com

or Scott Mitchell at: scott.mitchell@krava.org to sign up*

Red, orange, and green ball groups.

SENIOR STEAK NIGHT - AUGUST 8

Senior members are invited to join friends under the pavilion for great evening of friends, drinks, and STEAK. This is for our Senior members (60 or over) and everyone is asked to bring a side dish to share. Kanawha will provide the steaks and the drinks. Senior guests are welcomed, and this is a time when former members love to come to catch up with long-time Kanawha friends. The cost is $10 per person, and you may sign up on www.krarva.org or in the back office by Tuesday evening.

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Christian's Specialty Pizza Night - 8/6/19

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 6, to spend the evening at Kanawha! Why? Two reasons!

1. It is Christian’s Specialty Pizza Night at the snack bar! Order any specialty pizza from their menu (www.christianspizzarva.com) by 3:PM on Tuesday, and it will be ready for you by 6:PM at the pool! You can either order and pay at the snack bar any time before Tuesday at 3, or you can call the Kanawha office (288-4421) , and pay when you pick up the pizza. Christian’s will also be selling slices of cheese, pepperoni, and specialty pizzas (classic supreme and spinach feta pesto) on a first come, first serve basis. Bring guests for the $5.00 guest fee.

2. Come check out the new basketball hoop on the side of the big pool! Many other pools in the area have them, and ours is being delivered on Monday, August 5! Who’s excited??

COME ENJOY AUGUST AT THE POOL!

FRANK FRIDAYS

The snack bar staff is going to start a new offering on Fridays, beginning July 26. They will grill hot dogs and sell them for $1.00. If there is a big enough crowd at lunch time, they will grill for an hour or so then, but since there is usually a bigger crowd on Friday evenings, they will definitely grill hot dogs at dinner time. They have not set a specific time, and they will do it based on the crowd, but they will probably be grilling from around 5:45 until 7:00, or shortly after. The weather forecast for this Friday is beautiful, the water in the pools has cooled off, swim team and dive team are over, and it’s cool enough to play some fun tennis, so if you’re in town, come relax by the pool or on the courts and get your grilled hot dogs.

For those of you who haven’t heard, KRA’s dive team was undefeated in dual meets this season, so they won the regular season. They placed 1st overall at champs, 1st in the novice and regular divisions at champs, and 2nd in the X division at champs. The swim team place 5th out of 20 teams at champs and finished in 5th place overall for the season. Congratulations to both teams on great seasons. Thank you to all the coaches and to our volunteer league reps: Kathy Gregory for diving and Laura Walton and Tracy Collier for swimming. Now we have 5 weeks left for full relaxation at KRA. Start it off with a relaxing hot dog dinner on Friday.

SATURDAY, JULY 27

SPECIAL POOL SCHEDULE 10:AM - 7:PM

On Saturday, July 27, all pools will close at 7:PM. Our long-time dive coach, Dougie Phillips, is retiring after 40 years, and we are celebrating that with her. If you or anyone in your family has participated in the KRA dive program over the years, and you would like more details about the celebration, please contact Martha Hodges. This is a time when divers past and present can catch up with Dougie.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

On Saturday, July 13, Kanawha will be hosting one of the RVA Splash and Dash events. Children will be competing in an aquathlon: 100-meter swim followed by a 1-mile run. We need volunteers to help us with this. Some of the volunteers will be timers, and some will be on the running course directing the runners where to go. The running course is in the immediate Kanawha area, and the finish line is in our field. Volunteers can be adults or middle/high school students who need community service hours for school. Volunteers will need to be at Kanawha at 7:AM, and they will be done by 10:AM. We need 30 volunteers, and they do not need to all be Kanawha members, so student volunteers are encouraged to bring friends. If you are willing to volunteer, please contact Martha Hodges by email: martha.b.hodges@gmail.com. Thank you. We look forward to having a fun event on Saturday.

WIMBLEDON WOODEN RACQUETS TENNIS SOCIAL - JULY 14

Wimbledon Wooden Racquets Social

Sunday July 14th

Time: 9:00 - 11:30

Cost: $20

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In the spirit of the Wimbledon Championships, jump back in time for a morning of round robin point play with fellow KRA members. Registration includes Strawberries and Cream, Pimm’s Cups, and Mimosas. Wooden Racquets will be available.

SPLASH & DASH ON JULY 13

Don’t forget that the RVA Splash and Dash event on July 13 will be held at Kanawha at 8:AM. Children 17 and under may compete in a race that combines swimming and running. Each competitor will swim 100 meters and then run 1 mile. This event is sponsored by the Live Red Foundation. To register, go to www.bit.ly/rvasplashdash.

Lap Lane Availability

There have been some questions about when there are lap lanes available during regular pool hours. On weekends there are always 3 lap lanes available. On weekdays during swim team season, there are 3 lap lanes available on Mondays and Fridays, from 11:30AM until 9:PM. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, there are 3 lanes available from 11:30AM until 4:PM and from 6:PM to 9:PM. During the 4:PM - 6:PM time, when afternoon practice is going on, lane 8 is open for LAP SWIMMING ONLY. The championship meet for swimming will be on July 24, so the last day of practice will be July 23. Beginning July 24, there will be 3 lap lanes available whenever the pools are open.