Activity Center ready for Old Man Winter return

As Old Man Winter lurks around the corner, the Langdon Activity Center is gearing up for the busy season that typically starts in October.

Judy Lill

Posted on 9/7/13

By Lee Coleman

“It has been kind of up and down this summer.” said Activity Center Director Judy Lill, now in her second year at the helm. “Everybody likes being outside because our winters are so long. Once October comes, it picks up again.”

New this year has been the addition of Zumba classes taught by Kahla Moutria and Peggy Davis.

Veteran trainer Lori Dettler teaches most classes including active adult, body sculpt, butz and gutz, circuit blast, CORE circuits, step and sculpt and resist-a-ball.

Sara Goodman instructs the cardio challenge class while Sarah Badding is working on developing a pilates class that could start in the fall if the interest is high enough.

“We provide a good place for people to get out of the house. That’s the main thing,” Lill said. “Senior citizens come in just to walk, have some coffee and socialize. They have somewhere to go when it’s slippery outside so they don’t have to worry about falling.”

According to Lill, there are plans in the works to continue improving the facility over the next year or so.

“We are looking at replacing the gym floor and the lighting system,” she explained. “It is getting in tough shape and it needs to have some things done to it.”

Currently, the lighting for the racquetball courts are controlled through the Center office during regular business hours but because a member has the option to purchase a door key for use of the center during non-business hours, Lill said new lighting for court one will allow members to control the usage.

The electronic key allows members to enter the facility at 4:30 a.m. and stay until 11 p.m. when the system shuts off.

Membership fees vary depending on the needs of the new member but Lill said folks can still come in and have full use of the facility for only $5 a day if they don’t want to purchase a membership.

Center policy requests new members pay up front but Lill said that should not be a deterrent for people who want to join.

“We realize people can’t always pay up front sometimes so we will work with people,” she stated. “I hope people won’t stay away because they think we won’t work with them on membership fees.

“We will.”

With such a nice facility in a small town, the Center is all about being an integral part of the community promoting a healthier lifestyle but also working within the community, including contributing to the schools.

“We work with our local schools and the young people in our community,” Lill said proudly. “We share our facilities for games and practices and it is a place for kids to go in the winter time when they want to get out of the house but it’s too cold outside.”

The Center hours through September are from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and on October 1, the hours will expand to 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday.

“Come in and check us out. It doesn’t cost anything to come in for a tour,” Lill said. “We are very fortunate to have this facility in Langdon.”

The Activity Center is located at 516 10th Avenue and Lill and her staff can be reached at 256-3318.