Melanie Bess-Haight is the new administrative assistant for the Contemporary Center in Crystal Falls. She came on board in December and will be helping out as the non-profit organization works to add new programs.
CRYSTAL FALLS—The Contemporary Center has a new staff member, Melanie Bess-Haight, who has a focus on improving existing programs and planning new activities.
Since its inception in 1992, the Contemporary Center has sought to provide a venue for various community activities. But being an all-volunteer organization has provided challenges.
“We hired Melanie to help us get organized,” said Vice President Joyce Ziegler. “Our mission is to provide needed activities for both youths and adults in the community. It’s a center for the whole community, and we’re hoping Melanie can help us bring things together.”
Bess-Haight was brought on board as part time administrative assistant in November. Since then, she has helped with the Contemporary Center’s core activities: after school programs for children, exercise groups and crafts like the pottery classes. Now she and the group’s directors are looking to expand.
“I’d like to get more art classes,” Bess-Haight said. “Most people seem to view it as a place with programs for kids, but we would like to expand on that.” Ziegler and Bess-Haight agree that the facility has an important role in the community.
The center may start a youth pottery class this spring, recently started Zumba exercise classes and began a yoga club.
The Reboot Your Body boot camp starting Feb. 6 is a 12- week program that offers interval training under certified physical trainer Jessica Jauquet’s supervision. Registration is Feb. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m. Classes will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m.
The Contemporary Center is located at 200 Superior Ave. in Crystal Falls.