Programming, soccer among fall activities

HUMBOLDT — It was a chance for people of all ages and skills to find an activity for the fall and winter.

Humboldt’s city-wide registration, held Sept. 5, featured 29 different organizations, ranging from dance, 4-H, gymnastics and hockey all the way to water polo and the local Kinettes.

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CoderDojo, a free programming club for kids, was one of the newest clubs at the registration night. Chris Nienaber with the club said students will learn how to code in Microsoft Small Basic.

“They'll learn the fundamentals of computer programming to make apps and code to create robots. They just learn the basics of computer programming.”

Nienaber said computer programming is becoming more important in today’s world, but there aren’t a lot of courses in school to expose youth to coding. He added there’s a cap of  20 registrants for the year.

“We’re hoping it'll take off and we'll be able to get more kids involved and eventually they'll be able to come back and mentor some of the younger kids.”

The Humboldt and District Soccer Association is beginning its season with a Learn to Play Soccer event for youth under 19 at Glenn Hall Park on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“We're going to set up little training kiosks for the kids and for the young adults, and whoever and they can just go around and learn how to play kick the ball, learn to pass and have a little bit of fun,” said Jesse Schwartz with the association.

He added that while it’s a come-and-go event, the sooner people show up, the more activities they can take part in.

Schwartz said people should come because soccer is a lot of fun.

“It's a cheap sport to play, for the most part doesn't require a lot of equipment if you have a pair of running shoes, and we can play in the winter and we can play in the summer, so it's year round.”

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