Langdon Activity Center a hub of activity

The Langdon Activity Center (LAC) has been a very busy place over the summer, undergoing numerous changes and updates. 

Posted on 8/30/14

By Melissa Anderson

The biggest difference those entering the Activity Center will see is the new paint on the walls courtesy of employees Jodi Hipp and Ally Gellner.

“ Jodi and Ally painted the entryway, the halls, and the office” Judy Lill, Activity Center Director said.

They weren’t the only ones doing the painting, however, a little assistance from the Water Department was needed to reach the high up places.

“We owe those guys a big thank you” Lill said.

A few leaks were found over the summer. This fall, Ryan Schrader will be  making repairs to the roof.

Another big update to the center is the new rolling system for carrying the floor covering used for events.

Prior to the purchase of the carrier, staff members would have to fold and lift the eight sections of the  floor covering. Each section weighs about 120 pounds when condensed.

“For two people, that’s a lot of work. Now we can roll it up instead of lifting it and taking the chance of someone getting hurt” Lill stated.

The system, which was fabricated by Roger Koebernick of S-M Enterprises, has 8 separate bars for each section of the floor covering.

This is just the beginning of a series of updates Lill hopes to accomplish. Projects in sight are getting a new gym floor, painting the gym, a new lighting system for in the gym, and either an air conditioning or air exchange system for the upstairs exercise area.

“All these projects are budget allowing, so any donations are appreciated” Lill said.

The LAC is also playing host to 7th and 8th grade volleyball practice every week day after school.  When volleyball isn’t happening the center will host 5th and 6th grade basketball games.

“Open gyms won’t be happening until October” Lill said.

Now with fall just around the corner the hours for the center will be changing.  Beginning September 2 the LAC hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. The center will not be open weekends until October.

If you are looking to avoid packing on any winter weight the LAC will be having a special on memberships during October. If you think that a membership is out of reach the LAC is willing work with you.

“I just want people to know that membership payments can be flexible for certain circumstances” Lill said.

The LAC also has an insurance plan  that Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and Minnesota offers that encourages fitness.  When an individual comes in to the center at least 12 times a month  they can get up to $20 back  from their membership fee per month.

“It’s like being paid to workout” Lill stated.

The LAC offers a variety of fitness classes. The following classes are covered under LAC membership. On Monday and Wednesday mornings at 6 a.m. a Step & Sculpt class is offered. On Tuesday mornings at 6 a.m. Resist-a-Ball class is offered. Friday mornings, Circuit Blast is offered at 6 a.m. All classes last for approximately 50 minutes.

If a early morning workout is not for you, evening fitness classes are offered. Wednesday evening Lori Dettler teaches Pilates 101 at 5 p.m. Sara Goodman teaches Cardio Challenge from 5:15 till 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

Kahla Moutria and Peggy Davis teach Zumba classes at the LAC, which are not covered under membership. The cost for Zumba is $40 for 10 classes. Zumba, which is an aerobic fitness program inspired by Latin dance moves, is offered Monday through Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and on Friday morning at 9 a.m.

The LAC also houses 7 Pillars Studio run by Chris Walsh. Walsh  offers different classes from the center but also works with the center providing instruction on the fitness equipment and as a personal trainer.

After a hard workout, a well deserved massage is in order which can be provided for you by Serene Dreams Massage  run by Katherine Karsky.  Massage services are usually during the evening.

These services are provided separately from the LAC.

The LAC will also be having dance classes for kids this winter. Kahla Moutria will be offering dance classes with a focus on ballet and jazz. Tumbling will also be taught. The cost for this class is $10 an hour and runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday nights.

The LAC is also available to rent for such occasions as wedding receptions, anniversaries, birthday parties, vendor shows, auctions, etc.  The center also rents tables and chairs to outside events.

The LAC is always looking for new ideas for fitness classes and teachers. Also, the LAC is looking for someone who loves basketball and wants to teach kids about the game to coach the basketball camp the LAC holds each spring. If you are interested in teaching a class or the basketball camp please contact Judy Lill at the center, 701-256-3318.

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