September Newsletter

Village of Cottage Grove Parks & Recreation Department

September 2018 Newsletter

September is a busy time of the year with school starting, summer ending and new programs beginning...but don't forget to make time for FUN! Self-Defense, Cooking, Golf Lessons, Art Projects…the fun enrichment list goes on for youth AND adults!


  • Fall/Winter Guide is here! Have you seen it yet? Click HERE to view many new youth enrichment, adult enrichment and fitness classes! Registration is open online.
  • Calendar: Don’t forget to check out the daily calendar to see what programs are going on/descriptions, cancellations, rescheduled programs, etc.! Located on our website HERE.
  • Zombie 5K Run/Walk: Sat, Oct 20 beginning at Northlawn Park – Little Zombie’s Kid Run (12 & under) 8:30 a.m. for $20. 5K Run/Walk (13+) 9:00 a.m. for $25. Included in registration: T-shirt, water and snack. Register early to guarantee a T-shirt! Proceeds go to future development of the SPLASH PAD at Bakken Park planned for 2020!



  • Wide variety of Fitness Classes beginning soon! All classes located at 210 Progress Dr.
    • Staying Fit & Strong (ages 55+) on M/W/F from 1:30-2:15 p.m. (9/10-10/19)
    • Strength & Abs to Tighten & Tone Fall 1 on M/W from 5:15-6:00 pm (9/10-10/3)
    • NEW! Cardio Toning on M/W from 6:15-7:15 pm (9/10-10/3)
    • NEW! Pilates/Barre on T/TH from 12:00-12:45 pm (9/11-10/4)
    • NEW! Hard Core on Thursdays from 6:30-7:15 pm (9/13-10/4)
  • Art Classes:
    • Ridge Road Relics: Pumpkin Patch (pebble art): Mon, Sept 10 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at 210 Progress Dr. $40/person. Registration Deadline: Sept 3!
    • Paint & Sip – Plump-kin: Thurs, Oct 4 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at 1855 Saloon & Grill $35/person (16x20” canvas)
  • Golf lessons at The Oaks with Brent Mann:
    • NEW! Women & Wine: 45-minute golf clinic, twilight golf until dark and complimentary beverage included. Sept 10-Oct 10 - Sess 2: Mondays at 6:00 p.m. & Sess 3: Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. $150/person.
    • Co-Ed Beginner: Mon, 9/10-10/8 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. $80/person
    • Co-Ed Intermediate: Wed, 9/12-10/10 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. $80/person
  • NEW! Women’s Self-Defense: Sess 1: Tues, Sept 11 Sess 2: Tues, Oct 9 and Sess 3: Tues, Nov 6. All classes at 5:30-7:00 p.m. at 210 Progress Dr. Instructor is Justin Godfriaux. Come to one class for $20 or all three for $50.
  • NEW! Stepping on Falls Prevention Program for ages 66+: Do you know someone who’s afraid of falling? This program builds confidence, reduces falls, and prevents hospital visits. Tuesdays, 10/2-11/13 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at 210 Progress Dr. with Ron Dorr. $35 for the 7 Week Course. Limited to 15.
  • Love Your Camera 101: Learn to use composition and the rules of photography to make your pictures stand out from the rest! Mon, Oct 8 and 15 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at 210 Progress Dr. $65/person *Required Equipment: DSLR Camera, Memory Card, Charged Battery & Owner’s Manual for Camera.


  • Start Smart – Soccer: Saturdays, 9/8-10/13 from 10:15-11:00 a.m. at Community Park. $50 Village Resident/$70 Non-Resident (price includes adult/child). Registration Deadline: Sept 2
  • Junior Golf Lessons at The Oaks with Brent Mann:
    • Ages 6-9: Saturdays, 9/8-9/29 from 11:00-11:45 a.m. $85/person
    • Ages 10-13: Saturdays, 9/8-9/29 from 12:00-12:45 p.m. $95/person
  • GDS Coding & Maker Club: Wednesdays, 10/3-12/12 (no class Oct 31, Nov 14 & 21) from 3:30-4:15 p.m. with Erin Finley & Shana Link at GDS. 5th-8th Grade. $50/person. Registration Deadline: Sept 12
  • GDS Glass Fusing Class: Wednesdays, Oct 3, 17 & 24 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at GDS. $35/person. 5th-8th Grade.
  • Start Smart – Basketball Camp: Taught by Madison College Women’s Basketball Team! Thursdays, 10/11-12/6 from 6:00-6:45 p.m. at Taylor Prairie Gym (no class Oct 25 & Nov 22) Ages 4-5 with parent/guardian. $50 Village Resident/$70 Non-Resident. Limited to 15 kids!
  • NEW! String Art Class: Tuesdays, Oct 16 & 23 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at GDS with Courtney Vesperman for 6th-8th Grade. $20/person – Register by Oct 1st.
  • Spanish Classes: Futura Language offers after school Spanish classes at Cottage Grove Elementary and Taylor Prairie between October and April. More info and registration at
  • NEW! Kids in the Kitchen: Thurs, Oct 18 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. with Claire Doelger at Abiding Shepherd Church. Theme: Taco Bites & Apple Berry Salsa. $20/person. Space is limited!

To register for programs online, click HERE.

Please contact the Village of Cottage Grove Parks and Recreation Department at 608-839-8968 with any questions.