Good afternoon, RCP members! This is your News of the Week. Here’s what’s happening at the pool …
KARAOKE was a blast … Thank you to all of our volunteers and participants who sang their hearts out last Saturday. From REO Speedwagon to Lil Nas X (twice!), the song selections kept us all singing along!
GAMES NIGHT — Saturday, June 29 … Is your family wild for board games? Bring a favorite game to the Pavilion and enjoy a fun evening with fellow fans. Sign up ahead of time so we know this is something worth doing. And, it would be a huge help if a few of you volunteered as Game Coordinators to ensure the event runs smoothly. The games kick off at 7 pm. Note: The Pavilion will be reserved for this event at 6:30 pm. GAMES NIGHT SIGN UP
JULY 4 COOKOUT … Rock Creek Pool’s 4th of July party is one of the most fun social events of the summer! Come enjoy the water balloon toss, the watermelon relay race and the iconic belly flop contest! BUT, we can’t do it without you … please enlist a friend, pick an activity and sign up to volunteer! Don’t see a game you’ve always loved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you to organize it. 4TH OF JULY SIGN UP
- July 4 hours: 10 am – 5 pm (yes, 5 pm)
- BBQ: 11 am – 2 pm
- Water balloon toss: Noon (approx.)
- Watermelon relay race: 1:30 pm (approx.)
- Belly flop contest: 2 pm (approx.)
- Coin toss: 3:30 pm (approx.)
FIESTA NIGHT IS COMING … Pencil in Saturday, July 20, for Fiesta Night! Uncle Julio’s will cater the event and the fantastic band Trio Gingando will perform baião, forró and samba music. Tickets for Fiesta Night will go on sale soon (you have to buy tickets in advance). When tickets are available, act fast … the serving order is determined by when you purchase your tickets.
FINS SCHEDULE … The dive team has a meet at Rock Creek Pool on Sunday afternoon against Flower Valley. That means the diving well will be closed for much of Sunday afternoon and evening. The swim team is away against Lakelands on Saturday and then next Wednesday against Forest Knolls. And don’t forget, you can purchase towels featuring the RC Fins logo through tomorrow, June 28. The cost is $25 per towel. Good luck and go get ’em, FINS!
EARLY BIRDS ARE BACK … Lap swimmers (adults only) can get in some early-morning exercise every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (6:30 am – 8 am) until August 23. Please sign in when you arrive and be prepared to share lanes.
MASTERS SWIMMING WORKOUTS … Coached by RCP pool manager Dale Lewis, Masters is for those that would like a somewhat structured swimming workout along with some technique tips/suggestions and drills to improve your swimming skills. Masters are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 am – 7:30 am and go until August 1. Note: there is no Masters on July 4. The price is $125 for the summer and the drop-in fee is $15 per practice. Pro-rated fee for other lengths of time can be discussed with Dale. And you should pay Dale directly; this is not processed via the RCP website.
FINS SWIM TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE … RCP is having a swim event on July 12 to raise money to help fight cancer. Register online and help them raise money that goes to cancer research in our local area. We all know someone who’s been touched by cancer and this is our chance to help make a difference. Step one is to register and start collecting donations. Step two is to come to the fun event! SWIM TO FIGHT CANCER
SWIM LESSONS? … We’re asked often about swim lessons at the pool. While RCP doesn’t officially offer them, some coaches and lifeguards do provide private lessons. Check at the front desk and/or keep an eye out for flyers around the pool. Please note: you may not bring in an outside instructor per our contract with the pool management company.
POOL HOURS … The pool is open for general use most days from 10 am – 9 pm (NOTE: July 4 hours are 10 am – 5 pm). When there is a home swim meet, the pool is closed for general use. The diving well is closed during dive team meets. And keep an eye out for Summer thunderstorms. Lifeguards must clear the pool and surrounding areas for at least 45 minutes if they hear thunder. If you’re unsure, call the front desk (301-585-1185) to check the pool’s status.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RCP … Finally, this month marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of our humble neighborhood pool! We hope to more formally recognize the occasion later this summer, but in the meantime you can read about how RCP came about on the website’s history page. Here’s a tip of the cap to Martin Wender, Harry Bender and the other original families who started it all!