It’s the last week of January and the last article in my series about programs and services at Fort Bragg that can help people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. I debated whether to use this last entry as an opportunity to share information about gyms, personal trainers, nutritionist and dietitians at Fort Bragg.
It’s no secret that losing weight/getting fit/living healthier is the number one resolution, but I thought I would write about something a little different and about programs that might be lesser known than where the gyms are located.
Learning something new is not the most popular resolution, but it can definitely be very fulfilling for those who decide to expand their knowledge and personal development.
A great source for learning new things at Fort Bragg is Throckmorton Library, located at Randolph Street Building 1-3346. The library isn’t just a place to check out books or use a computer; it actually offers a ton of programs and presentations throughout the year for children and adults.
Throckmorton will offer “64 Squares,” a free class that will teach anyone 6 years old and older how to play chess. Participants will learn the basics, how to move pieces, strategies and chess puzzles. The class is Saturday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The library also holds Author Talks throughout the year. Attendees can meet authors and listen to their presentations.
The next Author Talk is Feb. 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The guest author is Lorraina Nyanza, a U.S. Air Force veteran and clinical social worker, who shares her personal healing in her book “Moving Past Broken: Memoirs of a Wounded Warrior.” Nyanza speaks of freeing one’s soul to take hold of life’s greatest treasure.
For more information about Throckmorton Library, call 396-2665 or visit the website https://bragg.armymwr.com/us/bragg/programs/throckmorton-library.
For those who would like to learn a new craft, Frame and Design Arts, located at 794 Armistead Street, offers silver metal clay classes. The next class is Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will help participants create silver rings using metal clay.
The class is for adults 18 years old and older. The cost is $55 and includes all supplies. For more information about Frame and Design Arts and future classes call 394-4192 or visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/us/bragg/programs/frame-and-design-arts.
People who want to learn a new sport have options at Fort Bragg such as ice skating, swimming and gun and shooting options. Cleland Ice Rink offers private lessons for adults. For more information, call 396-5127 and ask for Kelda Nolen.
Registration for Adult group swim lessons is underway until Tuesday for February classes. Lessons are available at Tolson Indoor Pool, Normandy Drive, Building 4-1431.
The lessons are taught by a certified American Red Cross water safety instructor and focus on participants who have very little or no swimming experience and may be fearful or uncomfortable in the water of any depth.
Classes are Feb. 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 22 and 24 from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. The cost is $50. Register at Tolson Indoor Pool. Call 643-8533 for more information.
The Clay Target Center, located at 651 E. Manchester Rd., offers skeet and trap shooting. The center offers basic instruction. Reservations are recommended and an instruction fee will be charged in 15 minute increments. Call 436-9489 for more information.
The Rod and Gun Club, located at McKellar’s Road, Building 0-9127, offers concealed weapons classes every first and third Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class is $75. Call 818-9359 to register or for more information.
These are just a handful of offerings from the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Check out their event calendar at https://bragg.armymwr.com/us/bragg/calendar to learn what other opportunities are available here.