Fun with NORDC: Family Fun Walk to celebrate Park and Rec Month _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

This summer, the public is invited to explore natural habitats while canoeing in the lagoons at Joe W. Brown Park. NORDC is offering free canoeing outings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 8, weather permitting, except on June 13 and July 4.

Canoeing with NORDC is a fun family outing even for those with no previous experience. Participants can take a ride with an experienced NORDC team member or on their own. Life jackets are provided, and children as young as 3 may enjoy the outing.

Rides are first-come, first-paddle, but it’s recommended to arrive by 1 p.m. to have enough time to enjoy the experience. Check with the NORDC team members at the lagoon behind the Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Blvd.

Spending time outside can help relieve stress, and canoeing is also a great low-impact activity that can enhance cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility.

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FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION: Registration has been extended through Monday, June 22. The season begins on Monday, July 13. Flag football is a fun noncontact sport where girls and boys ages 5 to 14 can throw and catch the ball, make interceptions, pull flags on defense and run for touchdowns — all while having a good time, making friends, getting exercise and having fun.

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PIANO LESSON REGISTRATION: NORDC offers free individual and group lessons to New Orleans residents 6 and older each spring, summer and fall. Remaining registration dates for the summer program, which runs through Aug. 7, are Wednesday, June 10, at Sanchez Rec Center, 1616 Caffin St.; Thursday, June 11, at Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Blvd., and Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave.; and Friday, June 12, at Gernon Brown Rec Center, 1001 Harrison Ave. Registration takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at all locations.

HOLLYGROVE COMMUNITY FAMILY FEST AT CONRAD PARK: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Conrad Park, 3400 Hamilton St. Free activities, entertainment and food and a community resource area.

Victor N. Richard III is the chief executive officer of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. For more information, visit