From the December 17 newsletter from the office of Cheri Bryant Hamilton, District 5 Councilwoman:

Metro Parks and Recreation will offer adjusted Community Center hours and free activities for kids from Monday, December 21 to Thursday, December 31 while most Jefferson County Public Schools and Archdiocese of Louisville schools are on winter break.

Those activities can be found in a special Holiday Program Guide created by Metro Parks and Recreation and posted online at They include free basketball camps operated by former University of Louisville player Robbie Valentine, dive-in movies at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, holiday parties and movies operated at individual centers and more.

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Molly Leonard Portland Community Center—640 North 27th Street

HOURS: Dec 21-24: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. & Dec 28-31: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
WIFI CAFÉ COMP OPEN GYM - Mon-Fri, 2-8 p.m., Ages 13-17
KIDS CAFÉ Dare to Care Food Bank - Mon-Fri, 5-6 p.m. , Ages 1-18
COMPUTER LAB - Mon-Fri, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Ages 10-17

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Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center—607 South 37th Street

HOURS: Dec 21-24: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 4-8 p.m., Dec 25: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec 26: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec 28-30: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 4-8 p.m.
SENIOR MEALS - Mon-Fri, 11:30 a.m. OPEN GYM - Mon & Wed, 4-5:30 p.m., Ages 10-16
WEIGHT ROOM - Open during center hours Cardio, weights, strengthening


Southwick Community Center—3621 Southern Avenue

HOURS: Dec 21-24: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. • Dec 28-31: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
KIDS CAFÉ - Mon-Fri, 5-6 p.m. COMPUTER LAB Mon-Fri, 6:10-8:30 p.m., Ages 13-18
GAME ROOM Mon-Fri, 3-8 p.m. TEEN ROOM Mon-Fri, 5-8:30 p.m.

For more information, visit