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Harris Center

425 Perry St

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  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Ann Bergman

Public Relations Specialist

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2936
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LeisureLink: The City of Auburn's Parks and Recreation Weekly Newsletter

The Week of June 14 - 20, 2021

The Gouge Center & JDCAC presents Summer Film Series


The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University and the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) are excited to announce the Summer Film Series. Join us at the Amphitheatre at the City of Auburn Lawn and Porch for free outdoor screenings of Disney’s live-action “Cinderella” on Thursday, June 17 and Pixar’s animated favorite “Ratatouille” on Thursday, July 15.

“Cinderella” is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden and Helena Bonham Carter. A girl named Ella (Cinderella) lives in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin her life. Ella becomes one with her pure heart when she meets the Prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes – and a little help from her fairy godmother, of course.

“Ratatouille” is directed by Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava and stars (voices) Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Romano and Brian Dennehy. In one of Paris’s finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family’s wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal, Linguini, set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turn the City of Light upside down.

Amphiteatre gates will open at 6 p.m., and movies will start at 7 p.m. Come early and participate in thematic and interactive art activities provided by JDCAC and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Movie-themed concessions will be available for purchase from the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

These events are FREE, family-friendly and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or soft seat cushions to enjoy the movies. The Gogue Center adheres to a clear bag policy for all outdoor events and follows the guidelines established by Auburn University for game days at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Make sure to visit to review all policies, protocols and procedures.

For more information, contact the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center at (334) 501-2963 or visit

Day In Clay

This summer, the Dean Road Ceramics studio will host its annual Day in Clay open house event on Saturday, June 26th from 1 – 4 p.m. The event will take place at their studio, located inside the Dean Road Recreation Center at 307 South Dean Road.

This annual event is an opportunity for the public to tour the fully-equipped studio, enjoy complementary snacks, and watch sculpture and throwing demonstrations by studio members. Participants are also invited to create a hands-on project with studio instructors. Guest may select an adult or kid’s ceramic project to create for $10/each with the choice between a hand-made ceramic pocket wall planter or a dog/cat fold-over style statue.


All projects are led by Dean Road Ceramics Studio instructors and will be taught every hour, on the hour, from 1 – 3 p.m. Make plans to arrive 10 minutes prior to each hourly lesson to ensure that you do not miss any instruction. Participants wishing to partake in the hands-on clay experience must register and pay at the Harris Center. Walk-in’s may be accepted day-of based upon availability, but spaces are limited so register today!

Come learn all about the benefits of a studio membership and discover a variety of ceramics classes and programs offered each quarter! For more information, please contact Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist, at or (334) 501 – 2944.

Sidewalk Chalk Challenge

This summer, the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) once again challenges the Auburn community to see who can create a masterpiece out of sidewalk chalk with the JDCAC Sidewalk Chalk Challenge.


Following the success of last summer’s Sidewalk Chalk Challenge, this year’s chalk creations must again be inspired by a famous artist or architecture. The submission must also include three facts about the artist or architecture selected or three reasons how the artist or architecture inspired the completed chalk work.

No entry fee is required and registration is encouraged. No chalk kits will be handed out this year.

The JDCAC will be partnering with the Auburn Arts Association (AAA) on this challenge. All chalk creations must be submitted no later than Sunday, July 25th. Judging will take place July 26th - 27th with winners announced Wednesday, July, 28th on the AAA’s Facebook page. Prizes will be awarded. Guidelines and information as well as an application to participate is available on the AAA’s website, and JDCAC’s website, starting on Thursday June 10th.

The Auburn Stride Walkers Schedule

After being postponed for COVID-19, the Auburn Stride Walkers are back! The Auburn Stride Walkers is a program for citizens who are interested in walking various City walking trails as a group.

Walks will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. Participants can walk at their own pace and distance. The Auburn Stride Walkers is a great way to have fun, make friends, and walk your way into a healthier lifestyle.


June 16 Dean Road Recreation Center

Located at 307 South Dean Road

Jun 18 Kiesel Park

Located off Chadwick Lane

Jun 21 Town Creek Park

Located on South Gay Street

Jun 23 Ogletree Shopping Center

(meet in the parking lot by the flower store)

Jun 25 Yarbrough Tennis Center

Located on Richland Road

Jun 28 Town Creek Park

located on South Gay Street

Jun 30 Ogletree Shopping Center

Meet in the parking lot by the flower Store

City Market returns to Town Creek Park every Saturday throughout the summer

City Market will be at Town Creek Park every Saturday morning this summer through August 28 from 8 to 11 a.m. this summer. The purpose of City Market is to help local farmers, growers and artists sell their fresh, local and handmade products to the community.

Parking will be available for all market attendees in the gravel parking lot across from Town Creek Park.


We look forward to seeing everybody again at City Market this summer while still enforcing social distancing and sanitation guidelines. High-risk community members and those feeling ill should not attend. Due to health code regulations, animals are not allowed near vendor tents.

For more information about upcoming markets, please follow City Market on Facebook and Instagram @citymarketauburnal or visit

Yarbrough Tennis Center Updates


Check out the 2021 Auburn Parks and Recreation's spring brochure for information about tennis clinics.  Auburn Parks and Recreation offers tennis clinics for children and adults. For more information visit to view the brochure online or contact Sarah Hill at if you have additional questions.