Dog Swim highlights last weekend!

CALENDAR. You can check the pool calendar for hours of operation & events, but honestly, it’s only today and Sunday, then WE’RE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON!

Today (Saturday): 10am – 9pm

Tomorrow (Sunday): 10am – 5pm (Dog Swim 4-5pm)

Congratulations new Board members!

Congratulations to the new board members! Elected at the Annual Meeting on Labor Day for two-year terms are:

Michael Abate (I)
Andrew Collard
Kate Elliott
Iain Gold (I)
Marge Martin (I)
Bryan McCann
Pat Moffitt (I)
Joel Rubin

(I) = Incumbent

Dog Swim to close the pool Sept. 16, 4-5pm

Mayhem is unleashed for the last hour of the season! Come by for a last swim on Sunday, Sept. 16th, then bring your pooch (or just come by to watch) for the annual close-the-gates canine extravaganza!
NOTE: All human swimming will end for 2018 this Sunday, Sept. 16 at approximately 3:45pm. At 4pm, the dogs are turned loose for an hour!
The pool will close for the season at 5pm.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the first year of the modernized pool this year!

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

This is my last This Week@Rock Creek! After 6 years doing communications for Rock Creek Pool, including two website re-builds, hundreds of emails and posts, and a few photos added in, I’m retiring… Next year you’ll see bigger and better, and I for one look forward to it! Thanks, all, for putting up with me in your inboxes! I hope you’ve had at your fingertips the latest at the pool!  Stay safe! And see you on deck! — Rick Blum

2018 Social Calendar

This Week @ Rock Creek for Sept. 2, 2018: Labor Day grills & annual meeting

CALENDAR. Check out the pool calendar for hours of operation & events.

Labor Day needs you! Grilling 11-2
The annual Labor Day BBQ needs volunteers to help out! Thank you to all who signed up to make Labor Day fun at the pool! We still need help in a few spots, so if you have a little bit of time, you’ll help put a smile on our kids’ faces and create a fantastic day for all. Sign up now: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c45aea922a75-labor

Annual Meeting is Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day) at 4pm!

Come one, come all! Our annual Membership Meeting will take place on Labor Day at 4pm. The agenda includes electing members to the Board of Directors, hearing reports on the budget, finances and operations of the organization and answering your questions. (Only equity members will be voting, but we encourage everyone to attend!)

Valentine Slim returns to Rock Creek Pool!

When: Friday, September 7, 7-10 p.m.
It’s the final social event of the season and we couldn’t be more excited to have as our musical guest the rockin’ honkey tonk king himself, Valentine Slim! This $5/bottomless cup evening of music, dancing and fun promises to be the perfect way to close out the season.

Dog Swim to close the pool Sept. 16, 4-5pm

Mayhem is unleashed for the last hour of the season! Come by for a last swim on Sunday, Sept. 16th, then bring your pooch (or just come by to watch) for the annual close-the-gates canine extravaganza!

Social Calendar

Here’s a preview of what your Social Committee has planned for the remaining weeks of the season. Make sure you save these dates so you can attend these fun activities!

* SEPTEMBER 3 — Labor Day BBQ (11-2), Annual Member Meeting (4pm)

* SEPTEMBER 7 — Music Night with Valentine Slim!

* LABOR DAY BBQ — Volunteers needed

It’s our last griller of the season! We need you to give us a hand so please take a look and volunteer for one of the many spots available on the sign-up sheet: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c45aea922a75-labor

Stay safe! And see you on deck!

wrinkle in time

This Week @ Rock Creek for Aug. 25: Movie Night! Board Elections on Labor Day & More

Tonight’s MOVIE NIGHT featuring “A Wrinkle in Time”
PLUS Labor Day fun: Grilling (needs you!), Annual Meeting & Board Elections

 

CALENDAR. Check out the pool calendar for hours of operation & events.

MOVIE NIGHT! “A Wrinkle in Time”
THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 25: Our third movie of the season is the magical coming-of-age tale “A Wrinkle In Time” (2018), rated PG. Come join us for a visually stunning epic while enjoying complimentary happy hour beer and wine. Movie starts at 8 p.m.

Labor Day needs you!
The annual Labor Day BBQ needs volunteers to help out! Consider signing up to be a griller, server, or a part of the setup/cleanup crews. A little bit of your time goes a long way toward providing a fantastic day for all. Sign up now: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c45aea922a75-labor

Valentine Slim returns to Rock Creek Pool!

When: Friday, September 7, 7-10 p.m.
It’s the final social event of the season and we couldn’t be more excited to have as our musical guest the rockin’ honkey tonk king himself, Valentine Slim! This $5/bottomless cup evening of music, dancing and fun promises to be the perfect way to close out the season.

The Rock Creek Pool Board of Directors is looking for a few new members!

Join the can-do volunteer team that helps to make all this summer fun possible. Candidates must be full members. Elections will be held at the Labor Day membership meeting for a two-year term. Interested in learning more? Contact Board Member Jane Ward (jbrward@gmail.com). Deadline for nominations is Saturday, September 1.

Annual Meeting is Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day) at 4pm!

Come one, come all! Our annual Membership Meeting will take place on Labor Day at 4pm. The agenda includes electing members to the Board of Directors, hearing reports on the budget, finances and operations of the organization and answering your questions. (Only equity members will be voting, but we encourage everyone to attend!)

Social Calendar

Here’s a preview of what your Social Committee has planned for the remaining weeks of the season. Make sure you save these dates so you can attend these fun activities!

– AUGUST 25 — Movie Night (A Wrinkle in Time!) — 8pm

– SEPTEMBER 3 — Labor Day BBQ (11-2), Annual Member Meeting (4pm)

– SEPTEMBER 7 — Music Night with Valentine Slim!

– LABOR DAY BBQ — Volunteers needed

It’s our last griller of the season! We need you to give us a hand so please take a look and volunteer for one of the many spots available on the sign-up sheet: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c45aea922a75-labor

Stay safe! And see you on deck!

This Week @ Rock Creek: Annual Meeting is LABOR DAY (Sept. 3)!

The Rock Creek Pool Board of Directors is looking for a few new members!

Join the can-do volunteer team that helps to make all this summer fun possible. Candidates must be full members. Elections will be held at the Labor Day membership meeting for a two-year term. Interested in learning more? Contact Board Member Jane Ward (jbrward@gmail.com). Deadline for nominations is Saturday, September 1.

Annual Meeting is Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day) at 4pm!

Come one, come all! Our annual Membership Meeting will take place on Labor Day at 4pm. The agenda includes electing members to the Board of Directors, hearing reports on the budget, finances and operations of the organization and answering your questions. (Only equity members will be voting, but we encourage everyone to attend!)

Appreciate our lifeguards

Our lifeguards do a great deal to maintain a safe environment, work behind the scenes to keep the pool open, and explain the rules patiently each and every day on a, well, student’s salary. And then there’s the lifesaving training they spend hours receiving. Next time you see one, consider thanking them for their hard work.

Social Calendar

Here’s a preview of what your Social Committee has planned for the remaining weeks of the season. Make sure you save these dates so you can attend these fun activities!

 

* AUGUST 25 — Movie Night (A Wrinkle in Time!)

* SEPTEMBER 3 — Labor Day BBQ (11-2), Annual Member Meeting (4pm)

* SEPTEMBER 7 — Music Night with Valentine Slim!

* LABOR DAY BBQ — Volunteers needed

It’s our last griller of the season! We need you to give us a hand so please take a look and volunteer for one of the many spots available on the sign-up sheet: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c45aea922a75-labor

This Week @ Rock Creek: August 3, 2018: Welcome August Families!

CALENDAR. Check out the pool calendar for hours of operation & events.

  • NOTE: Happy Hour to Welcome August Families — Friday, Aug. 3 — 6-8pm

WELCOME AUGUST FAMILIES!

Welcome to our new (and returning) families who have swim privileges starting in August! Hope to see you tonight for the Happy Hour  (6-8pm). It’s an informal poolside get together. We hope you’ll come by.

Please glance through the rules for the pool so you know what to expect. They are long, but there’s a lot of white space between paragraphs so hopefully it’s easy to see. Want to bring a party (more than 10 people!) to the pool? Sounds great, but we need to know in advance. It can at times mean we need another guard at the pool. Please check out the section on parties for more details and how to send in your request.

FRONT STEPS REPAIRED

You may have noticed some shifting of the top section of the front steps leading to the Front Desk. Earlier this week those steps were reinforced and repaired.

SOCIAL CALENDAR — Happy Hours, Trivia, BBQ & Live Music

Here’s a preview of what your Social Committee has planned for the remaining weeks of the season. Make sure you save these dates so you can attend these fun activities!

* AUGUST 3 — Welcome August Families Happy Hour! This event still needs an event captain to make it happen: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0549aeaf2ca20-rcp2018

AUGUST 14 — Trivia Tuesdays At The Pool

AUGUST 25 — Movie Night (A Wrinkle in Time!)

SEPTEMBER 3 — Labor Day BBQ

SEPTEMBER 7 — Music Night with Valentine Slim!

LABOR DAY BBQ — Volunteers needed

It’s our last griller of the season! We need you to give us a hand so please take a look and volunteer for one of the many spots available on the sign-up sheet: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c45aea922a75-labor

LOST AND FOUND: SUNGLASSES

Some high-quality sunglasses were lost at the pool in mid-July. If you happened to find some, the owner would love to have them back. Please get in touch with admin@rockcreekpool.com.

This Week @ Rock Creek: July 20, 2018: Swim & Dive close out the season

Fiesta Night was a profound success! Thanks to all the planners, helpers, Uncle Julio’s, our dance instructors and you for such a fun time!

CALENDAR. Check out the pool calendar for hours of operation & events.

  • NOTE: On Sunday evening (weather permitting), swim and dive team banquet will be held, closing with the slide show. If you’ve wondered what the fun is about, come by at dusk at least to watch fun moments this summer and celebrate our swim & dive graduating seniors.

A WORD ON CIVILITY AND POOL SAFETY

Lifeguards help ensure all members and guests enjoy the pool and grounds safely for themselves and others. We have heard of a small number of incidents of incivility toward other members and lifeguards attempting to inform members of the rules of the road. Please pay attention to lifeguards and any instructions they may provide, and treat the staff and other members with respect at all times. If you have a question or concern, please refer to the rules posted prominently near the Front Desk and the full rules on the website. Feel free to bring your question or concern to the manager on duty, pool president Iain Gold (president@rockcreekpool.com) or your communications chair (communications@rockcreekpool.com).

AUGUST 3: WELCOME AUGUST FAMILIES HAPPY HOUR

Our next Friday happy hour will be on Friday, August 3rd, when we will welcome families joining us in August. Hope you can join us!

LOST AND FOUND: Items will be donated Wednesday, July 25!

Please claim lost items in Lost and Found! Remaining items will be donated on July 25th to clear the way for the rest of the season. And thanks to Elizabeth Sadqi for taking this on!

 

 

 

 

 

Lost shades? Some high-quality sunglasses were found at early bird swimming! If this sounds like yours, contact admin@rockcreekpool.com to claim them.

This Week @ Rock Creek: July 12, 2018: Fiesta Night! Swim to Fight Cancer! Trivia!

Hey all Rock Creek families! Did you get your Fiesta Night party tickets? Uncle Julio’s guac awaits you on Saturday if you did. If not, bring your own food and come enjoy the scene. Either way, see you there!  Our Social Team is really rocking the Rock Creek calendar this year!

 

CALENDAR. Check out the pool calendar for hours of operation & events.

  • NOTE: On Friday, the pool opens one hour late (11am) to general swimming. Early morning swimming will operate normally.
  • Calendar Pro Tip: In the calendar, click on the “week” view to see opening and closing times for the pool each day.

 

FIESTA NIGHT, SATURDAY, JULY 14

We’re so excited for another fun Fiesta Night! Here’s everything you need to know about the day’s activities:

1. Registered Fiesta Night attendees can sign in at the guard desk starting a little after 4:30 p.m. You will be handed your colored wristbands and any adult beverage coupons you ordered. The color of the wristband determines which group you are in for the dinner line.

2. Chips/salsa and drinks will be available around 5 p.m. The bar will have a variety of drink options. You must use coupons to pay for your drinks; no cash payments to the bartenders aside from tips is needed. You can purchase additional coupons at the guard desk. Drink coupons cost $5 for 1 coupon, $20 for six coupons.

3. We will announce the first group of dinner guests around 6 p.m. Please form a single line at the entrance to the grill area and show your wristband to the volunteers manning the gate. If you do not have the correct wristband color, please do not attempt to get in line.

4. Once the first group is sufficiently through the line, we will announce the second group. We will repeat this process through the subsequent groups.

5. Also at 6 p.m. is the Salsa Contest. Our three judges, including last year’s champion Reema Gupta, will sample the entries in a blind-tasting and declare our winner! Contact Laura Abate (leabate@gmail.com) if you’d like to enter the contest.

6. Music will be playing throughout the day, but we encourage folks to hit the dance floor after dinner for some fun salsa dancing!

7. The evening will conclude around 9:45 p.m. so please take a moment to cleanup your space.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 17 — TRIVIA NIGHT
We’re hosting round two of the Rock Creek Pool Trivia Night. Come out to the Grill Area around 6 p.m. for a fun evening of competitive questions for the entire family. Questions range from pop culture to geography to World Cup finalists, and everything in between. Participants over the age of 21 may enjoy complimentary beer.
WHAT: Trivia Night
WHEN: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
WHERE: Grill Area

 

SWIM TO FIGHT CANCER: CALLING ALL SWIMMERS!

Friday: Get ready to swim to raise money when theRock Creek Fins Swim to Fight Cancer!  

Every 15 minutes, 50 Americans are diagnosed with cancer. Everyone knows someone affected by cancer and we will dedicate our Friday, July 13th morning to finding a cure. Swim Team, Dive Team and ALL pool members are invited to join us in raising money for Swim Across America and participating in the morning swim. We will have activities everyone can participate in and the event will coincide with our annual team pancake breakfast open to all participants.  Proceeds from our swim will directly support clinical trials and cancer research at  Swim Across America labs.
WHEN: July 13, 2018
7:45 – 11:00 AM
 
Any pool member age 4+ can swim. We do ask that children who are 12 and under not currently on the swim team (or any child who cannot swim a length of the pool) be accompanied by a parent.
All you need to do is go to our swim page and register!

Just note Friday’s special hours: The pool will open at 11am to general swimming. Early bird swimming is not affected. Please consider participating … a small donation and signing a waiver is all you need!

For registration and more info, see the event page.

 

FOUNTAINS IN THE WADING POOL

For folks using the wading pool (are you enjoying the upgraded digs?), by now you’ve seen the small fountains in operation. If you come by the pool and they’re not on, just ask at the Front Desk and they’ll be happy to turn on the fountains. And did you know each fountain can be turned off or on separately? Pretty cool.

 

karaoke night

This Week @ Rock Creek for June 13, 2018: Saturday night is KARAOKE NIGHT!

Congrats all you hockey fans! C-A-P-S! And maybe the Nationals will let us do this again in November!! Wanna sing “We Are the Champions!” one more time? Come by the pool on Saturday for Karaoke Night!

CALENDAR — For a full list of hours and events, check out the pool calendar.

THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 16: KARAOKE NIGHT!
It’s your turn to shine! Get ready to wow your pals and shame your children! KARAOKE returns to Rock Creek Pool. This all-ages event is always a popular one, so be sure and reserve your spot on the set list early. We use the site http://www.karafun.com/ for our song choices so review their catalog to find your hit!
WHAT TIME: Happy Hour at 6 p.m., Karaoke at 7-9 p.m.
WHERE: Pavilion/Ping-Pong area (space reserved at 5 p.m.)
HOW MUCH: $5/bottomless cup!
SOCIAL CALENDAR UPDATE
You can always check the poster at the pool for upcoming events, but here’s a quick reminder of what’s scheduled for the next few weeks:
* Saturday, June 16: Karaoke Night
* Saturday, June 23: Movie Night (“Boss Baby”)
* Saturday, June 30: A Midsummer Night’s Happy Hour
* July 4th Cookout
* Saturday, July 7: ’80-’90s Music Night (UNCOMMON CORE)

MASTERS SWIMMING STARTING!

FINS Swim team coach Sarah Ockenhouse will run Masters swimming Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:30-7:45am starting Tuesday, June 19th. Masters swimming will consist of an organized workout and other swimmers to train with. All levels and abilities are welcome. Cost will be $120 for all 12 sessions or you can drop-in for $10. Please contact Sarah at sarah.ockenhouse@gmail.com if you are interested or have questions.

Masters swimming will run from June 19 through July 26.

QUICK REMINDERS

  • Please do not bring glass of any kind on the pool grounds. Glass doesn’t mix with water or bare feet!
  • Reserve space for parties (groups of 10 or more) in advance! We need to staff the pool appropriately (yes, it makes a difference!)
  • We need to leave the deck clear! Move strollers and scooters off to the grass and out of the way, please.
  • We’ll open up the grassy area at the front of the pool this weekend.

This Week @ Rock Creek for Thursday, June 7, 2018: Live Music at the Pool on Saturday!

CALENDAR THIS WEEKEND
Calendar — For a full list of hours and events, check out the pool calendar.

LATE OPENING ON SATURDAY, JUNE 9! Pool opens at NOON. On Saturday morning, the FINS Swim Team hold time trials — a chance for every swimmer to record a time in meet-like conditions. Come by and cheer!

RCP MUSIC NIGHT — SATURDAY, JUNE 9: Our summer concert series kicks off with the funk-flavored rock of Uno Gringo! This talented trio — Bob Kloss on drums and vocals, Mike Hernandez on guitar and vocals, and Mike Espinoza on bass — deliver a eclectic blend of funk, blues and classic rock originals and covers.
WHEN: Happy hour starts at 6:30 p.m. The band starts at 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Pavilion and Ping-Pong area. (Both are reserved at 5:30 p.m.)
HOW MUCH: $5 gets you a “bottomless” cup for beer or wine. Please bring cash.

CUTS TO FEET OF WADING POOL SWIMMERS
We checked into concerns that some young swimmers are experiencing cuts and abrasions after using the wading pool. Our construction contractor (Elite Pools) and pool operator (Georgetown Aquatics) separately went over the pool and found the pool surface itself is normal. Both suggested the problems may be “pool toe,” a condition many swimmers experience in early summer as their feet adjust to walking barefoot in and around pools.

For steps you can take to prevent and address pool toe, see: [link]. Let us know if you continue to experience similar problems and we’ll look into it.

WORKING OUT THE KINKS: DELAYED OPENINGS, SLIPPERY WALKWAY
As you have probably noticed some of our low lying areas (including the lower sidewalk) are pretty saturated with water. We are working to understand the potential sources and the recent frequent and heavy rains are not helping matters. Testing the various systems has caused us to delay the opening of the pool. Please be patient as we work through these issues.

MASTERS SWIMMING STARTING!
Swim team coach, Sarah Ockenhouse, will run Masters swimming Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:30-7:45am starting Tuesday, June 19th. Masters swimming will consist of an organized workout and other swimmers to train with. All levels and abilities are welcome. Cost will be $120 for all 12 sessions or you can drop-in for $10. Please contact Sarah at sarah.ockenhouse@gmail.com if you are interested or have questions.

Masters swimming will meet on the following days:

6/19, 6/21, 6/26, 6/28, 7/3, 7/5, 7/10, 7/12, 7/17, 7/19, 7/24, 7/26

That’s it! See you on deck!

This Week @ Rock Creek is back! New for 2018!

With a new pool comes a new This Week@Rock Creek, our regular update of happenings at Rock Creek Pool.

Thank you all for your patience with our off then on opening. It’s great to see our beautiful renovated pool with so many people! A huge shout-out to Iain Gold, our pool president, and Patrick Moffitt, our board member who led the construction efforts. Enjoy the new walk-in wading pool! Were the fountains on when you visited? We’ll take the next few weeks to touch up and get through a punch list and straighten out a few loose ends, but the pool is open and summer is underway…

HOURS

For Hours of Operation, check out the calendar! Note the pool opens at 3:30pm on school days … only a few more weeks!

SOCIAL EVENTS

This Friday, It’s Teen Night at the Movies!

Come out to the pool THIS FRIDAY (June 1) for our first movie night and happy hour. Our movie selection is the classic “Stand By Me.” You should know this is rated “R” for cursing, some crude humor and a few intense scenes. It may not be suitable for younger viewers. Happy Hour (for the adults) starts at 7 p.m., and the movie (again, may not be suitable for younger kids) starts at 8 p.m.

Trivia Tuesdays Round One — June 5

Tuck a thinking cap under your swim cap this summer as Trivia Tuesdays kicks off this Tuesday, June 5. This casual evening of Q&As is a fun way to meet new friends and put your knowledge of useless information to the test. Anyone is welcome to play; there will be questions for people of all ages. Details are here: https://rockcreek.membersplash.com/2018/05/22/trivia-tuesdays/

Tennis Programs Kicks Off

Check out this season’s tennis programs provided onsite by the Georgetown Prep Tennis Club. Interested, but have a scheduling conflict? Alex Karpenski, the director of their services here at RCP, has a flexible schedule and may be able to plan around what works best for you.

GIVE SOME TIME TO ROCK CREEK’S SOCIAL 2018 — WE NEED YOU!

As you know, our pool is run by a completely volunteer board, and all of the fun activities we like to do at the pool require even more volunteers. We are about to kick off another great season at the pool and WE NEED YOU! The social committee has been working to keep our activities fresh and fun, and your ideas and suggestions are also always welcome!

And remember, if you sign up as a volunteer to host a social event, you will win these AMAZING prizes!

  • Reserved table at the event you host–your choice!
  • Reserved parking spot in the upper lot the whole day of the event
  • Recognition and R-E-S-P-E-C-T
  • The feeling of making everyone who attends your event HAPPY!

For more information and to sign up, go here: https://rockcreek.membersplash.com/2018/05/29/we-need-you-sign-up-with-social-2018-3/

FINS SWIM AND DIVE TEAMS

Swim and Dive Teams have started! Practices have started for both the swim and dive team… For more information, check out each team’s FAQ under “Teams and Activities.”

GUEST PASSES

New this year! Daily Guest Passes can be purchased by credit card at the pool front desk. You are encouraged to keep passes on your account so they are available when your family brings visitors. (This is especially important if you have teenagers.) As in the past, we recommend purchasing passes in advance by logging into your account, selecting “Membership, Payments & Purchases”. Also please note:

  • Daily Guest Passes carry over from previous seasons so you can view the number on your account to see if you need more.
  • Immediate family members who live with you in your home (not extended houseguests) are included in your dues. All other non-member individuals (caregivers, au pairs, cousins, international students, extended family, etc.) living in your household must pay a fee of $50 per person for the season or use $5 Daily Guest Passes for intermittent visits to accompany your children to the pool regardless of whether they swim.
  • We still accept checks but please do not ask the guards to take cash.
  • Be sure to check-in all family members and guests at the front desk each time you visit the pool so that we are in compliance with insurance regulations.

We’ll have more for you as the season gets underway. For now, see you on deck!

Suggestions? Comments? Complaints? Send them to communications@rockcreekpool.com. (Praise? Send that to president@rockcreekpool.com.)