General Department Information Recreation Staff
Registration Opens Monday, December 4 at 8:00 PM Youth Brochure posted on our website
Josh Smith Director
Nikki Taylor Assistant Director
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12 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730
Raeann Gembis Adult Program Coordinator
Monday, 8:00 am-7:00 pm Tuesday-Thursday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm Friday, 8:00 am-1:00 pm
Alex Plodzik Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Brendan McEvoy Kids’ Club Director
Deb Squillini Administrative Assistant
Robin Steele, Chair Julie Halloran Michael O’Donnell Ron Richter Heidi Trockman
Lisa Silva Kids’ Club Administrative Assistant
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Register online at www.bedfordrecreation.org or in person, by mail or by fax. Registration form is in this brochure for non-online registration. Tuition must be paid at the time of registration. We do not prorate. We accept VISA, MasterCard, AmEx and Discover. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Bedford. There is a $25 penalty fee for returned checks. Those requiring special assistance, please contact the Recreation Director.
Notice must be given 5 business days prior to program start for refund. If the required notice is given refunds will be issued less 10% of the cost of the program. Medical refunds given after a program has begun will be prorated and the 10% fee will be charged. Other exceptions are noted in program descriptions.
Financial Aid For consideration, please submit the Financial Assistance Form and Registration form. Forms can be found on our website.
Scholarship Fund In order to continue offering quality programs at affordable costs, please consider donating to our scholarship fund. Bedford Recreation's goal is never to turn away an interested participant due to economic hardship. With your help of $5, $10, $25 (or more!), we will be able to continue this practice.
Flexible Spending Town of Bedford Tax ID: 04-6001082. Receipts may be printed from Active (online registration system).
Photo Permission Participants in Bedford Recreation sponsored activities permit the taking of photos and videos of themselves and their children for publication and use. Instructions to the contrary must be made in writing to the Recreation Director.
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Showcase Tickets: $10.00 (regular price prime-time tickets $12-$13) AMC Yellow Tickets: $9.25 (regular price prime-time tickets $10.50-$13)
Recreation Department Inclusion Support
Adult Program Information REGISTRATION OPENS: MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 AT 8:00PM (unless otherwise noted)
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Class format (in-person, hybrid or virtual) is listed in the description of each program. Updates and changes to programs will be listed in the online version of this brochure. Information such as the directions, materials lists and instructor biographies available at www.bedfordrecreation.org. Please Note: Program refunds will not be issued unless notice is given to the Recreation Office 5 business days prior to the scheduled program/event. Please see our refund policy on page 2.
VIRTUAL CLASS INSTRUCTIONS: Please register in advance of the class start and include your email address. Any additional instructions that you will need will be sent by email. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive.
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Give a Great Gift! Adult classes and programs make great gifts for holidays and special occasions. Buy someone a unique, thoughtful gift this season; purchase a Bedford Recreation class or event perfectly suited for that special someone. We will provide a certificate to present to the gift recipient.
Bedford Adult ESL Program Bedford Adult ESL Program in Partnership with the Cummings Foundation is offering free English classes If you are interested in learning English or improving your English, please register for either: Beginning ESL Class, Intermediate ESL Class or Advanced ESL Class Spring Semester: Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm, January 25 through April 18 (no class 2/22) Location: Bedford High School, 9 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730 Please register via email to Carrie Powers, EL Director K-12, email@example.com and indicate the class you are interested in taking. Bedford Public Schools is one of 150 local organizations that will share in $30 million through Cummings Foundation’s major annual grants program. The Bedford-based organization was selected from a total of 630 applicants during a competitive review process. Bedford will receive $60,0000 over three years. Link to the Bedford Public Schools English Language Learners Program: https://www.bedfordps.org/district/englishlanguage-learners
Food & Beverage Fermented Pickle Workshop Instructor: Emily Makrez, MS Owner of F-Word Farm (Farming, Foraging and Fermenting) Come show yourself some love and learn how to make probiotic pickles for your health and happy taste buds. You will learn how to pickle anything! Emily Makrez will show you how to pickle what's in season to make the most of your veggies, capture gut-healthy microbes & prevent food waste. This will include the basic science of fermentation and methods so you will leave with the knowledge and confidence to be able to safely ferment practically anything! Leave knowing the difference between a vinegar pickle and a fermented pickle. You will make your own fermented pickles (e.g. carrot or beet pickles) and take home your very own jar. We will talk about the benefits of lacto-fermented food & how they are a benefit to our overall health. Samples will be provided! Please bring a knife, cutting board and a scale that weighs in grams (if you have one). Class held at 12 Mudge Way, Room 152. (min 7/max 10) Tuesday, February 13, 7:00-8:30pm Fee: $53 includes materials Emily is the owner of F-Word Farm and educator on all things fermenting, farming, and foraging related. She's passionate about bringing the joy of microbes to others through explanations and demos of all the fermented foods we know and love! Vinegar, Pickles, Hot Sauce, Sauerkraut, Miso, and more!
Specialty Coffee Tasting & Roasting Experience Instructor: Paul “Del” Delmonico, Owner/Roaster Del’s Coffee Roasters Coffee is love! Learn where specialty coffee comes from, how it is processed, graded, and roasted, then taste a few different types. After the group has decided which coffee they like the best, we will fire up the roaster and develop a batch of freshly roasted beans. After they have cooled, we will bag them and everyone will leave with a 12 oz. bag of their own freshly roasted coffee. Stay after and go have lunch at one of the many great downtown Waltham restaurants! Class held at Del’s Coffee Roasters, 100 Felton Street, Suite 105, Waltham. Parking available in the building parking lot adjacent. (min 6/max 9) Saturday, January 27, 10:00am-12:00noon Fee: $50 Paul Delmonico is the founder of Del’s Coffee Roasters, which was born from his love of coffee and a drive to discover, roast, and enjoy the best cups of coffee the world has to offer. The soul of the company emerged in early 2020 while delivering his freshly roasted beans door to door to friends, family and his local community during the pandemic. "I learned just how much the simple pleasure of coffee can bring comfort, connect people, and lift us when we need it most – Coffee is love, and who can’t use more of that?" For more information www.delscoffee.com
Regional Italian Pasta Sauces Instructor: Diane Manteca, Professional Chef Eating the same old pasta sauce can be boring, so let’s jump in and try some new ones out! In this class we will prepare sauces from different regions of Italy, and pair up the proper store bought pasta to serve them on. Join Chef Diane and learn to cook her favorite cuisine! You will be making Quatro Formaggio with Speck (smoked prosciutto), from Emilia Romagna in the Northern part of Italy. Brown Butter Sage Sauce from Tuscany, Rustic Meat Ragu, from Orvieto, Umbria, and Amatriciana Sauce from the Campania region. Finish up with a wonderful Walnut-Gorgonzola sauce from Venice. Go away with exciting new recipes to sauce your pasta! Please bring an apron, and take out containers for any leftovers. Ingredients fee $15, payable to the instructor at class. Class held at 12 Mudge Way, Rm 149. Age 16+ (min 5/max 12) Thursday, February 15, 6:30-9:00pm Fee: $60 Diane has been a professional chef for thirty-four years, working in high end gourmet establishments as well as catering. She owned the Brickyard Café in Cambridge, an eclectic and popular café style restaurant and Sassy River Sauces, a specialty food company, selling at farmer’s markets and major food establishments. Diane has co-authored a Zone cookbook about healthy eating and she worked as a food consultant and developed recipes for a major specialty food company. She is now a personal chef with clients in the Boston area. Her teaching career spans 30 years, with Italian cooking her specialty. She travels to Italy often to expand her collection of regional Italian recipes. Please contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific questions about her classes.
Food & Beverage Heartwarming Spices: Indian Dishes to Make for Valentine’s Day! Instructor: Sandhya Rege Nadkarni, of INDFUSED Cooking Classes Learn to make a memorable meal for your loved one or embark on this fun, culinary adventure together! Discover the secrets of pairing the aromatics and the spices and learn invaluable tips to create a delicious and elegant Basmati Rice and Chicken Pullav. We will make a Carrot Raita with Tadka that complements the Chicken Pullav perfectly and also make a uniquely scrumptious Beetroot Sheera for dessert, to round the meal. Ingredient fee of $20 payable to the instructor at the class. Class held at the instructor’s home professional/licensed kitchen in Lexington (right on the BedfordLexington border) (min 5/max 8) Thursday, February 8, 6:00-8:30pm Fee: $80
Indian Cooking Using the Instant Pot Instructor: Sandhya Rege Nadkarni, of INDFUSED Cooking Classes In this interactive class, we will make a hearty, delectable Curried Lentil Soup with carrots, spinach and coconut milk and savor a one pot meal of mouthwatering Basmati Rice Pullav with veggies. Learn about the ingredients, spices and spice mixes, from sourcing to storing them, the tips and techniques that will help you gain the confidence to recreate these recipes on a regular menu rotation. This class is a two for one! Get to know the Instant Pot and how to make authentic, flavorful and timesaving Indian dishes using the Instant Pot. All skill levels welcome. We will gather around the table to savor our creations, and for discussions and questions and answers. Ingredient fee of $20 payable to the instructor at the class. Class held at the instructor’s home professional/licensed kitchen in Lexington (right on the Bedford-Lexington border) (min 5/max 8) Thursday, March 7, 6:00-8:30pm Fee: $80
Sandhya Rege Nadkarni has been teaching public and private cooking classes for over 12 years. She creates content and develops authentic Indian and innovative fusion recipes for her popular blog INDFUSED @indfused.com which also offers branded online products, including spices and recipe kits. Her focus is to create healthier, streamlined, delicious recipes with easily available ingredients. Some of her popular classes can be found at https://indfused.com/ cooking-classes-2/
Be Creative Pysanky: Painted Easter Eggs Instructor: Hanka Robertson Pysanky (pee-san-key) are decorated eggs created by using a written-wax batik method with traditional folk motifs and designs. In this workshop, you will learn how to draw on a whole plain white chicken egg with a special pen (kistka) and melted wax, then dye the egg with special dyes. The drawing and dyeing are repeated several times as each layer of the design is applied until the egg is finished at which time the egg is blown out, the wax removed, and a ribbon is threaded through. Everyone will receive an egg to work on and a kistka to use. Hanka will share a short history of Pysanky, instructions with an explanation of the process, motifs and pictures for design inspiration. She will provide information on how to care for the completed egg, and provide a container in which to take the egg home. All supplies are provided. Ages 15+ (min 5/max 14) Class held at 12 Mudge Way, Flint Rm. Thursday, March 14, 6:30-8:30pm Fee: $50 Hanka was born in Slovenia and as a child learned to make Pysanky from her mother who was from the former Czechoslovakia where making Pysanky every Eastertime was a tradition. Hanka is an avid Embroiderer and a member of the American Needlepoint Guild and the New England Lace Guild.
Be Creative Fun Night Out at Tiny Tile Mosaics! Friday, March 1, 7:00-9:00pm Tiny Tile Mosaic Studio, 37 Central Square, Chelmsford Center Cheers to a creative evening out! Grab a friend or a few and come create a set of mosaic glasses. You can choose from a pair of wine, martini, margarita, and champagne glasses. Included will be tea, water, chocolate and a nice snack box from Graze with cheese, crackers, fruit and veggies. You are welcome to bring along a beverage of choice too! Start out at one of the many great restaurant options in the center and make it a full night out of fun. A take-home grout kit is included in this class or leave it with us to be professionally grouted for an additional $10.00. Please bring cash if you would like to choose this option. Ages 18+ (max 8) Fee: $69 Tiny Tile Mosaics is owned by Crystal D’Abbraccio, an artist that finds great pleasure in teaching mosaics to diverse learners of all ages. She enjoys creating and instructing others how to use mosaics as a way to inspire and spread joy to communities everywhere. Furthermore, she believes that mosaic art can also encourage healing from trauma, illness and loss. In many ways, the process of creating a mosaic can be used as a healing approach to personal growth and self reflection. For more information: https://www.tinytilemosaics.com/
Zentangle® ZenAnimals/Gems & AlphaZen (virtual) Instructor: Susan McFarlane, artist Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to class. Material list available in registration link, in the office or can be emailed. (min 4/max 25) 3wks
ZenAnimals & ZenGems II: Going beyond the basics of Zentangle, we’ll create compositions using animal silhouettes as the starting place. You may use your own animal, or the ones provided. Include ZenGems, a colorful addition using Prismacolor pencils, bring sparkle and jewel-like depth to your animals. All sessions are recorded so you do not need to be present at the live class to participate. Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm, 1/17-1/31 Fee: $65
AlphaZen: Zentangle® Letterforms: Using letters as a starting off point, go beyond the basics of Zentangle and create amazing art. Letterforms may be the “string,” or provide the focal point of the composition. Previous experience with the Zentangle method is recommended. Take the process farther, or stay close to the basics, it is up to you. Relax, focus, trust your creativity and have fun. All sessions are recorded so you do not need to be present at the live class to participate. Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm, 2/7-2/21 Fee: $65 Susan was born and raised in Massachusetts where she was constantly drawing, painting, and making things. She earned a B.S. in Design from Brigham Young University, a Post Baccalaureate Certificate from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,a Masters in Museum Studies from Harvard and is a certified Zentangle® Teacher. She has studied with Kathleen Conover, James Toogood, and Marie Natale combining techniques from each into her own style. Susan is an instructor at LexArt, has taught at Snow Farm, and Rockport Art Association & Museum. For more information: mcfarlanearts.com
Be Creative Slow Stitch Workshop Instructor: Lisa Magnuson, Fiber & Felting Artist Join Lisa for an introduction to slow stitching, a creative textile art where you will begin with fabric, needle and thread and start creating. Slow stitching is a combination of different forms of hand stitching. Taking influence from Japanese Boro and Sashiko, Indian Kantha, European embroidery, turned into its own version of hand stitch work. Slow stitching is a good mindfulness activity to enjoy one stitch at a time. In this workshop you will create a journal cover or artwork that can be framed or mounted onto canvas. There will be a $15 materials fee paid to the instructor at class; includes all supplies and tools to complete the project. This class in collaboration with Bedford Arts and Crafts Society. Class held at 12 Mudge Way, Rm 152 (min 5/ max 7) Age 15+ Thursday, January 18, 10:00am-12:00noon Fee: $32 Wednesday, January 24, 7:00-9:00pm Fee: $32 Lisa loves crafting of all sorts including sewing, needle felting, crocheting, and Ukrainian egg decorating. She also loves teaching and helping others learn these arts. Lisa created a series of “I Made It” workshops in connection with the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, and offers workshops at the New England Botanical Garden at Tower Hill and the Old Mill House Coffee in Chelmsford. This past November, Lisa taught at the SewMagical Expo in Orlando, Florida. She is now thrilled to be offering programs at the Bedford Recreation Department. Follow Lisa on Instagram at Crafting Through Life.
Sewing Classes Instructor: Zoya Designs INC Teaching Staff Class held at Zoya Designs, 200 Great Rd, Suite 3B
Beginner Sewing Crash Course This is an intensive session on how to use a sewing machine, troubleshoot possible problems and jams, how to use different stitching techniques and create a quick project. This class is all you will need to start sewing! All supplies provided. Bring your own machine or rent at class for $5. Ages 16+ (max 5) Thursday, January 4, 6:15-8:30pm (1wk) Fee: $60 Thursday, February 1, 6:15-8:30pm (1wk) Fee: $60 Thursday, March 7, 6:15-8:30pm (1wk) Fee: $60
Beginner Sewing Class Get a thorough introduction to basic sewing and garment construction skills and theory with this Basic Sewing class! Over the course, students will become familiar with different machine stitches and their functions and maintenance, the use of chalk, rulers, scissors, & pins, different hand seams and finishes, attaching buttons, hooks & eyes, and elastic, and how to create a project from a concept to a pattern to a finished product. Most materials provided, Fabrics can be purchased in the class or brought from home. Bring your own machine or rent at class for $25/session. Ages 16+ (min 2/max 5) Tuesdays, 6:45-9:00pm, 1/16-2/13 (5wks) Fee: $275
Home Décor Workshop We will make pillows with embellishments, like cords and fringes, including advanced patterns and fabric manipulations. We will also learn how to create drapes with pleats, and roman shades. $10 for sewing supplies, fabric can be purchased in the class or brought from home. Prerequisites: Basic Knowledge of sewing skills and operating a sewing machine. Bring your own machine or rent at class for $15/session. Ages 16+ (min 2/max 5) Mondays, 4:30-6:30pm, 1/29-2/12 (3wks) Fee: $180 In July 2010, Zoya Derman was invited to participate in one of the fabulous fashion events organized by Baku Sunset and she presented a small collection of 4 dresses, modeled by her sister and friends. Then more fashion shows followed, and Zoya was hooked on the idea of creating and sewing for the public, the idea of someone benefiting from her skills. She decided to take a chance on opening her own boutique with tremendous help of her partner Konstantin Derman, Zoya Designs opened in 2012. Website: www.zoyadesigns.com
Be Creative Introduction to Watercolor: Painting Flowers Instructor: Laurie Engdahl, Artist Let’s paint! In this workshop, you will learn basic watercolor techniques of painting wet-into-wet and wet into dry. We will use these techniques to create vivid floral paintings, letting the paint flow in unexpected ways. You will also find that, as you become absorbed in the process of painting, the creative side of your brain dominates - - everyday worries diminish and you connect with a more peaceful inner self. You are guaranteed to leave this workshop not only having learned to paint with watercolors, but more refreshed! There will be a $10 materials fee paid to the instructor at class; includes all supplies. This program in collaboration with Bedford Arts and Crafts Society. Class held at 12 Mudge Way, Rm 152 (min 5/max 10) Age 16+ Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm, 1/25-2/8 (3wks) Fee: $75
Watercolor: Open Studio Instructor: Laurie Engdahl, Artist For aspiring artists who have had at least a basic introduction to watercolor techniques, this open studio will allow participants to further experiment with various watercolor techniques and color mixing. The open studio is largely self-directed, but we will begin each session with a demonstration or prompt highlighting a technique or paint quality. The aim is to explore and have fun with this surprising paint medium! Participants will bring their own supplies, and we will provide the space and community! Student material list available in registration link or at the Recreation Department. This program in collaboration with Bedford Arts and Crafts Society. Class held at 12 Mudge Way, Rm 152 (min 5/max 10) Fridays, 10:00am-12:00noon, 3/8-3/29 (no class 3/15) 3wks Fee: $75 Laurie has been painting in watercolor as long as she can remember; her work often focuses on the New England landscape, capturing light and shadow and their influence on the landscape. More recently, she has been exploring loose and abstract floral still life subject matter with watercolor. Laurie’s art education has included numerous workshops with artists Amy Brnger, Betty Lou Schlemm, Serge Hollerbach, Nancy Howell, Paul George, Emily Passman, Maris Platais. In 2016, Laurie completed a Master of Arts in Teaching (Visual Arts) at Salem State University. Laurie has been in many shows and won numerous awards in New England. To view her work and more information visit her website at https://breatheinbreathearts.com/
Exploring Watercolor Pencils and Beyond (virtual) Instructor: Anastasia Semash, artist Watercolor paintings are among the most beautiful and luminous works of art and also one of the most difficult to master. Watercolor pencils have made this process much easier. We’ll work with these water-soluble color pencils combined with a more traditional watercolor painting approach. You are also welcome to use other water-soluble materials, as well as ink and pens. Learn about watercolor pencils and expand your skills to new media and techniques. All levels are welcome. Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to class. Material list available in registration link, in the office or can be emailed. This program in collaboration with Bedford Arts and Crafts Society. (min 5/max 12) 4wks Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am, 1/9-1/30 Fee: $95 Anastasia is an artist and an art educator residing in Bethesda, MD. She recently relocated from Boston, MA. Her artistic journey began at a young age, thanks to the exposure she received from her father, an artist, who introduced her to various painting mediums. Anastasia got a master's degree from Saint Petersburg State University. Upon moving to the United States 12 years ago, she completed a certificate program in graphic design and illustration at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston. In 2024, Anastasia will celebrate her 20th year in education. Anastasia's special interests are botanical art and book illustration. To see her works, you can visit her website at www.artsemash.com.
Be Creative Drawing Faces and Features Instructor: Trish Ng, Artist and founder of Artspark School of Visual Art Adult students will learn to draw the human face by focusing on features and composition. This 6 week class will start with a deep dive into facial features with a special concentration on eyes, noses and lips. One class will be focused on a ‘generic’ portrait to learn about the proper composition of the features to achieve a realistic human face. Our final class can be a portrait of the student’s choice or one of the many interesting faces available for reference. Students of all levels are welcome but some drawing experience is preferred. We supply all the paper and materials needed for this pencil drawing class. In-person classes held at Artspark studio, 41 North Rd. (min 3/max 8) 6wks Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00noon, 1/11-2/15 Fee: $220
Drawing in Pen and Ink Instructor: Trish Ng, Artist and founder of Artspark School of Visual Art Adult students will learn key drawing concepts (such as contour/shape, light/shadow, texture, color) through various projects executed in ink. These classes will utilize several different materials over the course of the 4 week program including markers, dip pens and India ink, technical fine line pens and ink washes. Beginner and intermediate/advanced students welcome. We supply all the papers and materials needed. In-person classes held at Artspark studio, 41 North Rd. (min 3/max 8) 4wks Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00noon, 3/7-3/28 Fee: $135 Trish has been a professional designer for 30+ years, specializing in footwear, apparel and accessories for several local and international companies. She teaches drawing to children and adults. In addition, Trish currently teaches college level design courses in footwear and soft-goods design at Wentworth Institute of Technology in the Industrial Design Department. Throughout her career, Trish has utilized her creativity and drawing skills to express her ideas. She founded ArtSpark School as a place to teach the lifelong drawing skills she has come to rely on for career success and everyday enjoyment.
Stone Carving Saturdays Instructor: Scott Cahaly, Stone Artist, Scott’s Stone Carving Studio In this popular one-day workshop, you have the opportunity to carve your own stone, an art form that is not typically accessible. Beginners and experienced sculptors alike will be guided through the process of looking into the rock for imagery, carving into material, planning and forming a sculpture, and using tools. Hand-carving techniques will be demonstrated and stone carving lore will be discussed. Safety in the studio and stone and tool sourcing will also be addressed. You will leave with a stone sculpture in hand. Please bring a bag lunch to class. All materials will be provided. Ages 16+ Class held at Stone Carving Studio, 80 Loomis St. 2nd floor. (min 1/max 4) Saturdays, 9:30am-2:30pm Fee: $175 each option Options: December 16, January 20 or March 23
Scott graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in fine arts. While working as a resident sculptor at the Vermont Marble Exhibit, he carved a 5,000 pound block of Vermont Marble. Scott relocated to the Boston area where he started exhibiting his work in many galleries and universities. He is a member of The New England Sculptors Association and he has been teaching at several major sculptural institutions in the Boston area.
Personal Interest Telling Your Life Story: A Gift to Future Generations, A gift to You! (virtual) Instructor: Liana Henry, CEO, The Black Dog Group Have you ever wanted to write your memoir but aren’t sure how to start? Have your children or grandchildren asked about past family history but you don’t have it documented anywhere? Maybe you want to write a full-blown memoir or craft and collect more modest sketches or vignettes, but regardless, actively telling your life story is a gift to you and your descendants. Whether you want to record your life history, impart values to the next generation, or simply explore your past, this workshop can help you get started. In this two-hour guided autobiography workshop, we will provide writing prompts to help mine your memories for the best stories that you can put into short essays. This workshop will be held on Zoom, login credentials and handouts will be provided ahead of the class via email. (min 6/max 12) Tuesday, January 23, 7:00-9:00pm Fee: $40
Broadcasting Your Stories: Tips for Producing Your Own Podcast (virtual) Instructor: Liana Henry, CEO, The Black Dog Group Do you have a story to tell? An important point of view? Something others will want to hear or learn? Podcasting is a great way to start the conversation to get your personal position or brand front and center - quite literally, in YOUR own voice. Ever wonder what goes into creating a podcast? From concept to format to equipment, we will walk you through the logistics of podcast production. With a background in corporate podcast management and as hosts of a locally produced podcast, we’ll provide the checklist for resources you’ll need to be able to tell your story out into the world across such podcast stations as Spotify, Amazon, and Apple. This workshop will be held on Zoom, login credentials and handouts will be provided ahead of the class via email. (min 6/max 12) Tuesday, January 30, 7:00-9:00pm Fee: $40 Liana Henry is the CEO of The Black Dog Group, a marcom and project management firm in Bedford, MA, and an accomplished, passionate storyteller. She is on a mission to inspire the next generation of storytellers to find their voice and use it to grow both professionally and personally. Through her background in journalism, communications, and marketing, she’s been telling stories for almost two decades. Today, she helps companies tell their brand stories through content marketing, is the host of “The Starfish Storytellers” podcast, and teaches storytelling workshops across Massachusetts. For more information: The Black Dog Group
Art and Soul: Intriguing Museum Tours Tour Leader: Mary Hurley Visit 5 “off the beaten track” museums in our area. We carpool and meet for a docent-led tour of an intriguing variety of historic, artistic and educational venues. Discover where we live through museums and what they tell us about our place in history. Docent led tours add a new dimension to the museum-going experience. After registering, please make sure to email MaryHurley@comcast.net to receive your first meeting place and directions. Optional, some weeks we may stay longer to have lunch. Museum admission is an additional fee each week. (max 6) Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm, 2/28-3/27 (5wks) Fee: $109 Mary, a long time resident of Bedford, has been the spirited leader of hikes, bike trips and other marvelous adventures for more than 30 years in our local area of historic New England. Previously, she worked as the Adult Education Coordinator for the Bedford Public Schools. Her passion has turned into quality leisure time. Now she lives to PLAY. Learning about our region and how it relates to us and to history is her passion. The shared knowledge of these connections and a desire for all of us to feel as though we are young forever is why she continues to lead people in local adventures.
Personal Interest Microgreens and Indoor Gardening Instructor: Ray Pourali, founder EnviroPal.org Would you enjoy growing some nutrient packed microgreens that can be harvested right from the kitchen counter top? It is easy, fun and a rewarding hobby that can become a part of your healthy lifestyle. In this workshop we will learn about indoor gardening techniques such as: Microgreens, Hydroponics and Sprouting. You will be able to set-up a growing unit by upcycling items in your home. A small amount of organic sample seeds will be provided. Join this informative workshop and explore the positive financial and environmental impacts of indoor gardening. Class held at 12 Mudge Way, Rm 152 (max 10) Thursday, February 1, 7:00-9:00pm Fee: $35
Excel Functions and Formulas (virtual) Instructor: Ray Pourali, founder EnviroPal.org Spreadsheet skills are essential in today's workplace but merely compiling all your data into a spreadsheet is one thing; making sense of it is another. Workshop covers working with shortcuts, formulas, conditional formatting and the most useful functions including VLOOKUP, SUMs, COUNTs, LEN, MAX, and more! You will be emailed a Zoom link in advance of the class. (min 4/max 10) Wednesday, January 31, 7:00-9:00pm Fee: $50 Ray Pourali is academically and professionally experienced in several engineering disciplines, as well as a Clean Energy Researcher and founder of EnviroPal.org. He is passionate about protecting the environment and has been delivering indoor/outdoor year-round composting solutions nationwide. Ray has 15+ years of experience with data analysis and presentation of complex data. Learn more at EnviroPal.org
Reducing Your Home’s Carbon Footprint & Energy: Usage Tips and Techniques Instructor: Mark Garvey, BPI, ICSL, Owner AirSealing America Ice dams, uneven heating throughout your home, icicles and high energy bills can be symptoms of an imperfect thermal envelope in your home. Not sure what that is? Every home has one, and we’ll discuss how to identify and improve yours, from simple steps like caulking and weatherstripping to more involved projects such as air barrier installation, ventilation and insulating, Stopping air leaks (airsealing) is the most important part of reducing energy usage, and industry best practices will be discussed. Mark will cover methods and materials for reducing heat loss through floors, walls and ceilings, as well as strategies for determining air infiltration through the home’s thermal envelope. This class in collaboration with Concord-Carlisle Community Education and will be held at Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street. (max 10) Tuesday, February 6, 7:00-8:30pm Fee: $29 Mark founded AirSealing America in 2008, and is based in Concord, MA. He has a degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Energy Issues from SUNY Plattsburg. He specializes in evaluating a home's energy efficiency through visual inspection and testing (blower door, infrared and combustion safety testing), and improving the home by sealing air leaks and increasing insulation levels, if needed. More info at www.airsealingamerica.com
Emerson, Shakespeare & The Art of Being a Person Instructor: Ron McAdow, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote of Shakespeare: “He is inconceivably wise. With this wisdom of life is the equal endowment of imaginative and of lyric power. An omnipresent humanity coordinates all his faculties. He is strong, as nature is strong.” In three lecture-discussion sessions we will explore the thoughts and admonitions left for us by these two authors. We will evaluate which of their practical ideas are useful and which are outdated in our own life experience. This class in collaboration with ConcordCarlisle Community Education and will be held at Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street. (max 5) Thursdays, 7:30-9:00pm, 1/18-2/1 (3wks) Fee: $55 Ron McAdow moved to Massachusetts from Illinois in 1971. In the seventies he made animated films, notably “Hank the Cave Peanut.” He later taught middle school, designed educational software, managed a conservation non-profit, and wrote. Ron 's non-fiction books are The Concord, Sudbury, and Assabet Rivers, The Charles River, Concord Village, and Emerson's Nature. His novels are Ike and The Grove of Hollow Trees.
Personal Interest You Can Afford College IF… Instructor: Don Anderson, Advisor, College Funding Advisors, Inc. of Bedford …you PLAN in advance, you UNDERSTAND the financial aid process and you ACT early enough to be successful. Financial Aid goes to the families that plan in advance - ideally before December of the child’s sophomore year of high school. This course will teach you the concepts and strategies that will help you maximize your financial aid by understanding the process. You will learn strategies that may increase your family’s eligibility even if you have a “high income” or own a business. Procrastination equals less financial aid. All schools are not alike, so it is important to know your options. A free financial aid analysis will be available to all attendees. For more information about this popular seminar, visit the website at www.collegefundingadvisors.com. (max 20) Class held at 12 Mudge Way, Flint Rm. Thursday, March 7, 7:00-9:00pm. Fee: $15 per family Don has been working with college strategies since 1990 and has successfully guided his three children through the financial aid process. He received his BS in Engineering from Northeastern University and his MBA from Syracuse University. As a College Funding Advisors associate, he now lectures extensively throughout the greater Boston area on his experience and insights in the financial aid system and enjoys guiding families through the college financial process.
Lunch and Learn Series: Online Technology Classes (virtual) Instructor: Nickie Welsh, Social Club Simple Please note that each class recording will be sent to all registered students so you do not have to attend at the exact designated time. Follow-up support is also included from the instructor and students are encouraged to reach out with questions at any time before or after the class has concluded. You will be emailed a Zoom link, please provide a current email with registration.
A Parent’s Guide to TikTok: Tuesday, January 23, 1:00-2:00pm
Fee: $29 Have you heard about the latest new app called TikTok? Learn how it's used and how parents can also help their kids stay safe while on it. You'll leave the class with helpful action items with you family to help gain a better understanding on what to do/ what not to do within the app. The class will help set up a healthy foundation for technology habits your family members can use for the rest of their life whether in school or in their professional careers.
Cell Phones & Parenting—Oh My! Tuesday, January 30, 1:00-2:00pm
Fee: $29 When your child has a Smartphone there are key things you should know in order to keep them safe and secure. In this class you’ll understand recommended safety settings on popular social media apps, parental apps for your child’s Smartphone, and more! We simplify this complicated technology so that you and your child can use the phone safely without worry.
My Kid Wants To Be a YouTuber: Thursday, February 8, 1:00-2:00pm
Fee: $29 Does your child dream of having their own YouTube channel? Eliminate the worry with this helpful class as we walk you through the steps on how to set up a YouTube channel, safety settings, and consideration for kids having their own channel. Parents will learn the basic guidelines of being able to help manage and monitor their activity, all while incorporating practical business skills when it comes to managing your own channel. You’ll learn how this hobby can become a practical career, safety practices, and even create fun videos! Parents will leave the class with helpful guidelines to get their kid’s channel started safely and a solid foundation for their child’s new creative outlet in 2024. Please note, children must be age 13 and have parental permission to start a YouTube channel.
How To Use Venmo Safely: Thursday, February 15, 1:00-2:00pm
Fee: $29 Stay up to date by expanding your technology knowledge and learn what you need to know about the mobile payment service called Venmo. Learn how to pay friends, businesses or receive money without using cash or checks. You’ll leave this class with a confident understanding of how to set up Venmo safely, fees to avoid, and real world scenarios you or your family and friends may use with this mobile payment option. Nickie Welsh is an experienced instructor who is passionate about helping Adults and Seniors use technology to improve their lives in a positive way. She provides the best resources on using popular social media platforms, ride sharing apps, online safety, podcasts and more to help eliminate technology overwhelm. She received her B.A. in Communications from Iowa State University and has owned Social Club Simple for 5+ years. Her goal is to empower adults through technology independence, so that you don't have to ask a teenager for tech help again.! For more information, please visit the website: http://www.socialclubsimple.com/
Health & Wellness The RESTART® Program Instructor: Alicia Brickman, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner The RESTART® Program is a simple, powerful way to give your body a vacation from sugar and processed foods. It is a 5-week, holistic, fully-supported, guided program that includes a 3-week sugar and processed food elimination. The program focuses on using REAL FOOD to boost your energy, reduce inflammation and get rid of sugar and carb cravings. You will learn how digestion really works and the truth about fats and so much more. Discover how well you can feel! Class held at 12 Mudge Way, Rm 151 (min 3/max 12) Wednesday, 7:00-8:15pm, 1/10-2/7 (5wks) Fee: $123 Alicia is a Bedford resident and a graduate of the Nutritional Therapy Association as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She is also a 20 year NASM certified Personal trainer.
Boost Your Immunity with Bone Broth Instructor: Saundra Smart During this class you will learn the nutritional and health benefits of bone broth. Bone broth is considered the best source of collagen protein, amino acids, minerals and other beneficial compounds. Bone broth is low in calories, and helps with digestion. In class Saundra will demonstrate the process of how to make the broth and you will go home with a 12 ounce jar. She’ll provide you with recipes and you’ll get to try the beef bone broth along with a soup she will make using a chicken bone broth. Bring along a 610 ounce container for soup if there is any left at the end of class to take home. Ingredient fee $10 payable to instructor in class. Class held at 12 Mudge Way, Rm 149 (min 4/max 12) Tuesday, February 6, 7:00-9:00pm Fee: $30
Improve Your Gut Health Instructor: Saundra Smart We can live healthier lives by paying attention to some natural food-based products that can play an important role in our overall health. This particular class will focus on how we can increase our Gut Health to balance our bodies and train it to absorb nutrients that we need to continue to be healthy, and have healthier, longer lives. She will demonstrate the process of making Kimchi and give you all the information you will need to make at home, a fermentation process that takes three days. She will bring along samples of a variety of store bought products for you to try such as sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, apple cider vinegar, kombucha and a sourdough mixture. Ingredient fee $10 payable to instructor in class. Bring along a few small containers if there are any leftover samples to take home. Class held at 12 Mudge Way, Rm 149 (min 4/max 12) Tuesday, February 27, 7:00-9:00pm Fee: $30 Saundra has been cooking professionally for many years and started a network marketing business educating people about the glycemic index of foods. She has always had a strong interest in nutrition, the value and importance food has in our health and has been teaching nutrition classes for 10 years. She studied through the University of Florida and is currently preparing to become a licensed nutritionist.
First Aid, CPR & AED Instructor: Juanita Allen Kingsley, W-EMT American Safety and Health Institute Certification The ASHI CPR, AED, and First Aid training program provide an ideal training solution for anyone interested in becoming certified or for parents/grandparents, counselors, childcare providers, sports coaches, and others required to learn how to respond to medical emergencies. Topics include: Adult and Pediatric CPR & AED, First Aid Basics, Medical/Injury/Environmental Emergencies, Allergies, Epipens and Asthma. 2-year certification. Cards will be mailed. Please bring a mat or towel for kneeling. Class will be held at 12 Mudge Way, Flint room. Age 15+ (min 6/max 12) Wednesday, March 13, 6:00-8:30pm Fee: $88 Juanita Allen Kingsley is the owner of Allen Kingsley-Lifelong Learning Essentials. She completed her EMT training at Northeastern University and received Wilderness EMT Certification through Mountain Aid Training International. A health educator, she trains more than 2,000 people yearly through her First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, CPR and AED classes in addition to the variety of health and safety programs that she teaches. Juanita serves as an instructor and instructor- trainer with ASHI (American Safety and Health Institute), the American Heart Association, and the National Safety Council.
Health & Wellness Sacred Space Spa Night Instructor: Cheryl Maloney, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 Sacred Space Yoga Therapy LLC Treat yourself to a beautiful night of fun, friends, and pampering. You will craft your own winter inspired organic spa kit. We will be using jojoba oil and essential oils to create a lip balm, exfoliating sugar scrub, body butter, and a eucalyptus shower bundle. Ingredient fee $10 payable to instructor in class. Class held in the Fitch Room, 12 Mudge Way. (min 3/max 15) Thursday, February 8, 7:00-8:30pm Fee: $25
Yoga for Balancing the Body and Pain Relief Instructor: Cheryl Maloney, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 Sacred Space Yoga Therapy LLC Do you ever notice an area of the body that holds tension and causes you discomfort? This class will teach you how to identify negative postural patterns that create muscular imbalances in the body. We will explore how to lengthen the tight holding muscles. Also, strengthen the weaker less dominant muscles to find balance in the body. No previous yoga experience required. Please bring a yoga mat, blocks and a strap to class. Class held at 12 Mudge Way, Rm 153 (min 3/max 12) Thursdays, 9:30-10:30am, 1/11-3/14 (no class 1/25, 2/22) 8wks Fee: $140
Yoga Breathing for Weight Loss Workshop Instructor: Cheryl Maloney, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 Sacred Space Yoga Therapy LLC Deep breathing increases oxidation in your body leading to weight loss. Greater oxygen flow in the body boosts the ability of individual cells to burn calories, increasing energy levels, and making weight loss easier. These practices boost your metabolism, balance your hormones, and help to regulate your body’s stress response. Please bring a yoga mat, blocks and a pillow to sit on. Class held at 12 Mudge Way, Rm 153 (min 3/max 12) Week 1: You will identify if you are a reverse breather. Then learn the diaphragmatic breathing practice. Followed by the alternate nostril practice. Week 2: We will move into more advanced practices that build off of the practices from part 1. Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm, 2/27 & 3/12 (2wks) Fee: $60 Cheryl is a Bedford resident and founder of Sacred Space Yoga Therapy LLC located in Bedford. Her philosophy is to look at the whole being, rather than treating a specific condition. She empowers clients to learn and apply some of these yogic tools to facilitate self-care. Cheryl received her 200 hour teaching certification through Kripalu in February, 2009. She earned her designation from The International Association of Yoga Therapists as a C-IAYT in December, 2016. She is currently registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. For more info see her website: https:// sacredspace108.com/
Health & Wellness Osteofitness™ (virtual) Instructor: Beverley Ikier, Ikier Wellness Center
Beverley Ikier is certified with the National Council of Strength and Fitness, Board Certified Muscular Therapist, member of Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation, and creator of OsteofitnessTM. Contact for more information: The Ikier Wellness Center email: email@example.com phone: (978) 254-5620 website: osteofitness.com Address: 336 Baker Avenue, Concord MA
Evidence shows that treatment for osteoporosis is multifaceted, involving not only strength training, but nutrition and lifestyle changes, too. Osteofitness TM follows this philosophy, combining strength training, stretching, balance and proprioceptive training, and fall-prevention techniques, which specifically target osteoporotic sites, with health education, bone-health nutrition, and stress-management skills. In addition to the biweekly class, the program includes numerous supplemental class perks, including two recorded videos, a monthly newsletter, monthly carne (meat-based) and vegetarian recipes, email coaching outside of class, a 20-minute consultation to discuss your bone scan, and bonus material. OsteofitnessTM is a comprehensive course geared at building new bone and most members have seen improvement in their bone scan Tscores after participating! (min 1/max 10) Equipment needed: "Beverley" ball (which is a 35cm inflatable, bouncy ball), hand weights, an exercise mat (not a yoga mat), and ankle weights. Please visit osteofitness.com under equipment and apparel for more information. Wear comfortable exercise clothing. You will be emailed a Zoom link in advance of each class. Dates: Session 1: 1/16-3/7 Session 2: 3/12-5/2
Schedule options: Fee: $352 per option 1 hour class-2 times per week (16 classes) Option 1: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00am-12:00noon Option 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm
Exercise & Fitness Some adult fitness classes will be in-person and others will be virtual or hybrid (option for in-person or virtual). If not an in-person class, the format will be listed in the class description. If you are uncertain about enrolling and you would like to try a class before registering, please contact us in advance. Virtual Classes: You may not be able to come to us for exercise and fitness classes, but we can come to you! Join your favorite instructors/classes or try something new! Classes will be hosted by the instructors on Zoom in the comfort of your home or space. • Register online at www.bedfordrecreation.org at least 24 hours in advance of the class start and include your email address. • Class instructors will email the Zoom meeting link to join the class and they will provide you with any additional instructions that you will need. • Please ensure that your exercise space is safe and free from tripping or other hazards. Zoom Tutorial: https://support.zoom.us
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Exercise & Fitness Nia Class Instructor: Joan Turnberg Nia is a fabulous fusion of dance, martial arts and yoga designed for all levels. Nia delivers an invigorating cardio workout while developing strength, balance, flexibility, agility, mobility, body awareness and relaxation. You will need a yoga mat or thick towel. Contact Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. A Zoom link will be sent in advance for those registering for virtual only. Class recording will be sent should you miss a class or want to take again during the week. Classes in-person will be held in the Union Rm, 12 Mudge Way. Hybrid option enables you to choose either in-person or virtual class. (min 5/max 30, in-person max 18) Mondays (hybrid) 9:45-10:45am, 1/8-3/25 (no class 1/15, 2/19) 10wks Wednesdays (hybrid) 9:45-10:45am, 1/10-3/27 12wks Free Trial Class: Wednesday, 1/3, 9:45am. Please register in advance.
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Joan is an enthusiastic Nia Instructor and a resident of Bedford. With previous experience in Tae Kwon Do, Kenpo, and Tai Chi, Joan finds that Nia embodies what she loves about martial arts (kicks, punches, blocks, sounding, slow Tai Chi moves) and blends it with dance and fun variety of music. “Nia is the MOST fun exercising I've ever done!” Previously, Joan was a Training & Development Manager at Abbott Laboratories, MediSense Products. She has a
Hatha Yoga Instructor: Bonnie McCulloch Are you new to yoga or just looking to stretch and strengthen your body and quiet your mind? This class consists of centering, warm-ups, performing basic postures, breathing techniques and a period of deep relaxation. Bonnie is a certified Hatha yoga teacher who believes that the practice of yoga is beneficial to people of all fitness levels. In each class, Bonnie offers modifications and advanced forms of the yoga postures practiced. You will need a yoga mat. Optional: use a block and strap. Zoom link will be emailed 24 hours in advance. Classes in-person will be held in the Union Rm, 12 Mudge Way. Age 15+ (max 30, in-person 20) Monday (hybrid) 7:00-8:00pm 1/8-3/11 (no class 1/15, 2/19) (8wks) Tuesday (hybrid) 9:45-10:45am 1/9-3/12 (10wks) Wednesday (hybrid) 7:00-8:00pm 1/10-3/13 (10wks) Friday (virtual) 9:30-10:30am 1/12-3/15 (10wks)
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Bonnie lives in Bedford and she has been practicing yoga for more than 25 years. She received her Hatha Yoga certification from Frog Pond Yoga Centre in Princeton MA and her Children’s Yoga certification from Finding Inner Peace Yoga School. Bonnie’s teaching philosophy is that yoga is universally beneficial and can be practiced by individuals of all physical abilities. Bonnie also holds a Masters in Special Education and she is certified to teach grades PreK-9.
Intro to CrossFit ® Instructor: Ariel Casso, CF-Level 2 Coach, Club 600 CrossFit incorporates constantly varied functional movements at relatively high intensity. You will learn about the movements of CrossFit in a safe and efficient movement pattern. Every workout is different and carefully modified and tailored by the coach to accommodate each individual's experience, fitness level, age and fitness goals. Class held at Club 600, 65 Wiggins Avenue. Age 18+ (max 5) 8wks Tuesdays, 8:15-9:15am, 1/9-2/27 Fee: $115 Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm, 1/11-2/29 Fee: $115 Coach Ariel is Crossfit 600's Head Crossfit Coach. She is a CrossFit Level 2 trainer as well as a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach. She has worked in Physical Therapy and is also certified in Burgener Strength L-1 Weightlifting. Coach Ariel loves watching her athletes achieve their goals and finally get that movement they've been working so hard to get. She truly believes that CrossFit helps her and her athletes live a fuller and more enriched life. You will see her working out at the club with her husband and her 4-year-old daughter.
Exercise & Fitness Body Balance & Core Strength (hybrid) Instructor: Jayne Schmitz, Certified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor This program will challenge you to increase deep core strength, balance, and tone. Drawing from the Pilates discipline, we will work on body awareness, posture, and total body strength from the inside out. Core stability and alignment are emphasized throughout. The majority of movements are floor exercises done on a mat. The program will help you transform the way your body looks, feels and performs as you improve mobility, posture and tone. All levels of fitness and experience are welcome. Bring a mat or large towel, and water bottle. Zoom link will be emailed 24 hours in advance for virtual classes. Class recordings are available throughout the session. In-person class meets at 12 Mudge Way, Union Room. Age 16+ (min 6/max 20, 12 in-person class max) Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00pm, 1/9-3/26 (no class 3/5, 3/12) (10wks) Fee: $180
Pilates Fundamentals (hybrid) Instructor: Jayne Schmitz, Certified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor This program is for those new to Pilates, or anyone wanting a refresher to keep the body strong and mobile. Pilates is a system of exercise and movement that is designed to increase strength, flexibility, and balance. It integrates breath and movement with proper body mechanics to increase greater physical and mental awareness of how the body moves and feels. Most Pilates exercises focus on the pelvis and trunk, using both stability and mobility to train the body. We practice on a mat using our own body and sometimes small props. All levels of fitness and experience are welcome. Bring a mat or large towel, and water bottle. Zoom link will be emailed 24 hours in advance for virtual classes. Class recordings are available throughout the session. In-person class meets at 12 Mudge Way, Union Room. (min 6/max 20, 12 in-person class max) Thursdays, 8:15-9:00am, 1/11-3/21 (no class 3/7, 3/14) (9wks) Fee: $165 Jayne has been a fitness enthusiast in the health promotion and wellness industry for twenty-plus years. Her undergraduate studies concentrated on dance performance at The Boston Conservatory of Music and she received her Masters of Public Health from Boston University. She has found Pilates to be that link back to her love of the dance, first as a student and practitioner, and eventually as a teacher. She has been practicing Pilates for the past fifteen years and more recently she was inspired to become a certified Balanced Body Pilates Mat instructor.
Pilates & Yoga Fusion: Beginner/Intermediate Options (virtual) Instructor: Dawn George, Attitudes Dance and Fitness Join us for a beautiful fusion of these two genres with our Pilates Mat class bookended by some gentle yoga. We will start your weekend off right and kick start your metabolism! Comfortable exercise clothing and socks or bare feet and a Mat. Zoom link will be emailed to you at 6:30am the day of class. Age 18+ (min 5/max 10) Fusion I (Beginner) Saturdays, 9:00-9:45am, 1/20-3/30 (no class 2/24) 10wks Fusion II (Intermediate) Saturdays, 10:00-10:45am, 1/20-3/30 (no class 2/24) 10wks Free Trial Classes: Saturday, 1/13. Please register in-advance.
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Dawn, owner of Attitudes Dance and Fitness, began dancing in Indiana where she studied for most of her formative years under the direction of Margie Thilmont and Irene Hand (London's Royal Academy of Dance). She continued her dance education at Indiana University's Ballet Conservatory with Melissa Lowe and Jory Hancock (University of Arizona). She continues to take classes from top instructors in the field. Dawn’s students have gone on to dance professionally and study with the Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, Broadway Dance Center and many more! For more than 20 years, she has shared her passion with aspiring dancers of all ages and she loves passing on skills, passion, and knowledge. Certifications/Licenses: CPR/AED, AFAA, Pilates Mat, Zumba® and AcroArts.
Exercise Fitness Dance &&Fitness Belly Dancing Instructor: Demet Senturk This super popular class is back for another session! Benefits of belly dance are both mental and physical. Belly dancing provides a good cardiovascular workout and helps increase flexibility and strength. The emphasis on muscular "isolations" teaches the ability to move various muscles or muscle groups independently. This dynamic, fun, easy, and original belly dancing fitness program combines exercise with dance moves. The practice offers mental health benefits including an improved sense of well-being, better body image and self-esteem, and the generally positive outlook that comes with regular, enjoyable exercise. This is suitable for all ages and body types. Regular workout clothes are appropriate. Participants can choose to be barefoot or wear socks. Coin belts will be provided as props to try during class. Class will be in the Union Room, 12 Mudge Way. (min 5/max 17) Beginner/Refresher: Thursdays, 7:05-8:05pm, 1/11-1/18 (2wks) Fee: $26 Returning Dancers: Thursdays, 7:05-8:05pm, 1/25-3/14 (no class 2/22) 7wks Fee: $91 Free Trial: Thursday, 1/4 Demet, a Bedford resident, originally from Turkey, has performed various styles of dance since she was little. She has studied the art of belly dancing for most of her life and developed a style that combines contemporary music and traditional forms of belly dance to encourage self-expression, exercise and empowerment. Her philosophy with this program is to position belly dancing as a great way of building and embracing confidence and elegance. She created and taught her unique belly dancing program at Northeastern University, Smith College and Simmons University. Demet works in biotech and holds her undergraduate (biochemistry) and master’s degree (biotechnology) from Northeastern University and MBA from Simmons University School of Business.
Cardio BarreBLAST! (virtual) Instructor: Dawn George, Attitudes Dance and Fitness This high energy, no impact fitness class combines work at the ballet barre with light weights to give you a continuous fat burning class. Toning and resistance exercises for the glutes, legs, torso and arms will sculpt your muscles, get the blood pumping and make you feel great! Suggested clothing: Comfortable exercise clothes, sneakers. Equipment used: chair, 2-5lb hand weights. All levels are welcome. Zoom link will be emailed to you at 6:30am the day of class. Age 18+ (min 5/max 10) Mondays, 7:00-8:00pm, 1/15-3/25 (no 2/19) 10wks Fee: $90 Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm, 1/18-3/28 (no 2/22) Fee: $90 Free Trial Classes: Monday, 1/8 or Thursday, 1/11. Please register in-advance. Dawn, owner of Attitudes Dance and Fitness, began dancing in Indiana where she studied for most of her formative years under the direction of Margie Thilmont and Irene Hand (London's Royal Academy of Dance). She continued her dance education at Indiana University's Ballet Conservatory with Melissa Lowe and Jory Hancock (University of Arizona). She continues to take classes from top instructors in the field. Dawn’s students have gone on to dance professionally and study with the Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, Broadway Dance Center and many more! For more than 20 years, she has shared her passion with aspiring dancers of all ages and she loves passing on skills, passion, and knowledge. Certifications/Licenses: CPR/AED, AFAA, Pilates Mat, Zumba® and AcroArts.
Zumba® (virtual) Instructor: Jess Martin, Attitudes Dance and Fitness Zumba® classes use hypnotic Latin and International rhythms and routines that feature interval training where fast and slow rhythms are combined to improve coordination and cardiovascular fitness. It feels more like a PARTY than a workout! All levels are welcome. Suggested clothing: comfortable exercise clothes and sneakers. Zoom link will be emailed to you at 6:30am the day of class. Age 18+ (max 20) Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00pm, 1/17-3/27 (no 2/21) (10wks) Fee: $90 Free Trial Classes: Wednesday, 1/10. Please register in-advance. Jess is a licensed Zumba® Fitness instructor, accomplished choreographer, and elementary school teacher. While on summer vacation, a friend brought her to a local Zumba® class and she was hooked! Jess got her license and became a ZIN member in May 2012. Since then, she has happily led classes and fundraisers in the Bedford community and even for her colleagues at school. She regularly choreographs local school musicals as well as other local events. Jess loves to share her passion for dance and teaching with her classes.
Exercise & Fitness Beginner & Intermediate Tai Chi Instructor: Oscar Hsu, Oriental Healing Arts Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art, an excellent form of exercise and meditation in motion. Seemingly effortless movements are executed in a smooth, flowing and non-strenuous manner, promoting awareness, health and longevity. Strengthen your immune system by increasing strength and flexibility and balancing energy. Improve physical health and reduce stress. Learn Chigong routines and the Modified Yang Style Short Form in a format that is friendly and safe. (max 15) Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm, *1/10-3/13 (10wks) Class meets at Bedford High School, 9 Mudge Way, Dance Studio (behind the main gym) *Class on 2/21 will be held in the Town Center, 12 Mudge Way, Kids’ Club Wing Thursdays, 1:00-2:00pm, 1/11-3/14 (10wks) Class meets at 12 Mudge Way, Union room
Oscar has been a Tai Chi practitioner for more than 30 years. He has been trained and qualified by OHAA (Oriental Healing Arts Association) and he has been teaching Tai Chi for several years. Oscar started learning Judo and Chinese martial arts in Hong Kong as a young man where he was a Judo student of the coach who led the Hong Kong Judo team to the Olympics in 1967. He earned a First degree blackbelt in Shaolin Kenpo under the tutelage of Master Eugene Gaudreau.
Small Group Training Instructor: Sandy Morvillo Have the motivation to workout at home but don’t know what to do? Or maybe you need the connection and having a specific time weekly to meet? Sandy will guide you through a simple but challenging workout complete with warm up and stretching in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a few pieces of equipment, an area to do full body exercises and a positive attitude! Need at least one set of dumbbells (2-3 would be optimal), large circular resistance band, small circular glute resistance band. Class held at Town Center, 12 Mudge Way, Kids’ Club Gym, room 153. Age 18+ (min 4/max 8) 6wks Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm, 1/11-2/29 (no class 1/18, 2/22) Fee: $172 Sandy grew up in Maine. She received her undergraduate degree in Business at Bentley College. She began teaching fitness classes in college. Sandy attended the Massage Institute of New England, became a CLMT, and had her own practice in Waltham for 15 years. Sandy has been teaching Fitness classes and working as a Personal trainer for more than two decades. She has certification through AFAA, ACE and various other programs.
Winter Hikes Leader: Mary Hurley “The weather outside is frightful,” but if you can co-exist with Mother Nature and learn to embrace the beauty of winter, life is more tolerable. Come explore where you live and find new places to add to your experiences. Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow walkers as we learn and have fun. Mary has a great following and it will be an adventure as well as a walk! Depending upon the weather we may hike, snowshoe or ice-spikes All terrain or hiking boots are best depending on conditions. Please provide email address when registering and contact instructor at email@example.com for meeting locations. Weather cancellations will be made up at the end. (min 1/max 7) 5wks Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00noon, 2/29-3/28 Fee: $109 Mary, a long time resident of Bedford, has been the spirited leader of hikes, bike trips and other marvelous adventures for more than 30 years in our local area of historic New England. Previously, she worked as the Adult Education Coordinator for the Bedford Public Schools. Her passion has turned into quality leisure time. Now she lives to PLAY. She feels that the reason that folks enroll is for friendship and love of the outdoors. Learning about our region and how it relates to us and to history is her passion. The shared knowledge of these connections and a desire for all of us to feel as though we are young forever is why she continues to lead people through the woods.
Archery Instructor: USA Archery Certified Instructors, On The Mark Archery Learn archery indoors this Winter and enjoy a fun and engaging introduction to one of the world's oldest sports! This unique Olympic sport is one of the fastest growing across America and is easy to learn, but difficult to master. The thrill of shooting a bow is unlike any other body mind experience and it involves form elements and strategy similar to golf, yoga, martial arts and even chess! All equipment is provided. Course led by certified USA Archery instructors. (max 5) Ages 15+ S1: Wednesdays, 6:10-7:10pm, 1/10-2/7 (5wks) Class held at Ripley Elementary School, 120 Meriam Rd, Concord. S2: Wednesdays, 6:10-7:10pm, 2/28-3/27 (5wks) Class held at Ripley Elementary School, 120 Meriam Rd, Concord.
Mark Pirrello is a level 4 NTS Certified Coach and USA Archery Instructor. In 2012, as a camp counselor, he volunteered to help out with archery and after that Summer he was hooked on the sport. The following Fall he started his own company, On the Mark Archery and runs programs for youth and adults through afterschool programs, recreation programs, corporate events and professional outings. He feels archery is a sport to empower people to achieve a new skill, lead to success and build character.
Beginner Pickleball Instructional Clinics Instructor: Kevin Martin, PPR Certified Coach Have you been curious to try pickleball, but not ready to join an open play session? Not sure how to swing the paddle, where to stand on the court, or how to keep score? Here is your chance to learn the fundamentals of the fastest growing sport in the country. Pickleball is a combination of tennis, racquetball, and ping-pong played by four people on a half size tennis court with paddles and a plastic polyball. Each class includes learning a new stroke, hitting drills, and game play. It’s great exercise and easy to learn! Equipment will be provided if needed. Please wear comfortable clothing, court shoes and bring water. Wear or bring pockets; we will be keeping plenty of balls in motion for each lesson. Check out www.usapa.org for detailed information. Age 18+ Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm, 3/19-4/9 (4 lessons) max 12 Thursdays, 5:30-7:00pm, 3/21-4/11 (4 lessons) max 12 Class held at Lane Elementary Gym.
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Kevin is a retired business executive with a lifelong passion for racquet sports. Beyond teaching Pickleball, he is a member of the Professional Pickleball registry and a board member and tournament director for the Burlington Club 50. He has organized and managed multiple Pickleball events and tournaments.
Sports: Pick-Up & Leagues REGISTRATION: Please register for each Sports program (except Men’s Soccer, see description) to participate and to receive email updates including schedule and location updates as they occur. Changes may occur on short notice. www.bedfordrecreation.org to register. (exception: Men’s Soccer) All programs are for ages 18+. Age 16+ may play if there is space, but they must be accompanied by a participating parent or guardian. We are very fortunate to have Volunteer Coordinators managing these programs; please help them set up, keep the areas clean, maintain the equipment and break down at the end. Have fun! • Players must be registered with email and phone contact information in order to participate.
Volleyball: Pick-Up This is a co-ed drop-in program open to Bedford adults only. Please note that this is not a volleyball league and there are no set teams; players must be flexible with regard to team formation in order to enable fair competition for all. Please bring your own volleyballs. Lane School gym. Age 18+ No Fee Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:30 - 10:00pm, 11/27-3/27 (no play 12/25, 12/27, 1/1, 1/15, 2/19, 2/21)
Basketball: Pick-Up This is a co-ed drop-in program open to Bedford adults only. Please note that this is not a basketball league and there are no set teams; players must be flexible with regard to team formation in order to enable fair competition for all. Please bring your own basketballs. Bedford High School gym. Age 18+ Mondays & Wednesdays, 8:00-10:00pm, 11/27-3/27 (no play 12/25, 12/27, 1/1, 1/15, 2/19, 2/21) No Fee
Badminton-Beginner and Intermediate: Pick-Up This is a co-ed drop-in program open to Bedford adults only. Open courts for beginner and intermediate players. Some instruction is available for technique and rules. Intermediate players should provide their own rackets. Some loaner rackets available (beginners are encouraged to play a bit before purchasing a racket). Shuttlecocks are provided. Please wear indoor or tennis shoes. Lane School gym. Age 18+ Thursdays, 7:30-10:00pm, 11/30-3/28 (no play 12/28, 2/22) No Fee
Competitive Badminton Session-Intermediate and Advanced Open courts for intermediate and advanced players. This is a competitive league. Mostly doubles, but singles when court space available. Players must be registered and attend regularly. Bring your own racket; feather shuttlecocks provided. Absences may result in removal from the program session. ONLY REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS MAY PLAY. Guests or waitlisted players may not play. (max 35) Lane School Gym. Age 18+. Tuesdays, 7:30-10:00pm, 1/2-3/26 (no 2/20) 12wks Fee: $35 Shuttle fee Bedford Residents Non-resident registration opens: Monday, 12/11 at 8:00pm Fee: $65 for non-Bedford Residents *Bedford Residency will be verified by Bedford Recreation.
Competitive Badminton: Sunday Program This is a competitive program for intermediate and advanced players. Pre-requisite: 2 prior sessions of Tuesday Competitive play or approval of coordinators, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested 5 days prior to the registration date. Bring your own racket; shuttlecocks provided. Absences may result in removal from the program session. ONLY REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS MAY PLAY. Guests or waitlisted players may not play. (max 30) Lane School Gym. Age 18+. Sundays, 6:30-9:30pm, 1/7-3/3 (no play 2/18) 8wks Fee: $125 includes shuttle fee Resident Registration opens: Monday, 12/4 at 8:00pm. Non-resident registration opens: Monday, 12/11 at 8:00pm *Bedford Residency will be verified by Bedford Recreation.
Sports: Pick-Up & Leagues Pickleball Programs Lesson information can be found on page 23
Pickleball - Recreational Pick-Up: Outdoor What is Pickleball? It’s a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It is played with a paddle and plastic ball on a badminton-sized court using a slightly modified tennis net. Check out www.usapa.org for detailed information. Bring a lawn chair for breaks. Age 18+ No Fee Outdoor Schedule: Schedules are posted on our website on the Courts Schedule link and at the courts.
Pickleball - Competitive Play Program: Outdoor The format is competitive and structured for players who have intermediate/advanced skills (3.5+rating) and who are looking for a high level of competition. Bring your own paddle and balls. Players must be registered each individual session at PlayTimeScheduler.com (Listed under Greater Boston Pickleball for region) Limited number of players. Please also register with Bedford Recreation for program updates and schedule changes. Age 18+ No Fee Outdoor Schedule: Schedules are posted on our website on the Courts Schedule link and at the courts.
Pickleball - Pick-Up: Indoor This program is for BEDFORD RESIDENTS ONLY. Players must be registered and residency will be verified by Bedford Recreation. Lane Elementary Gym. Age 18+. Bring your own paddle. Fridays, 12/1-3/29 (no 12/22, 12/29, 2/23) No Fee Beginner/Intermediate Level: 5:30-7:30pm Intermediate/Advanced Level (3.0+rating): 7:30-9:30pm
Pickleball - Indoor Sundays Open to all levels of play. Players will be grouped based on playing level on courts. Players must be registered for this program. Bedford Residents will have priority in registration, any open spots will be open to non-residents at the listed later registration date. Lane Elementary Gym. Age 18+. Bring your own paddle. (min 24/max 30) Sundays, 4:00-6:15pm, 1/7-3/3 (no play 2/18) 8wks Fee: $75 Resident Registration opens: Monday, 12/4 at 8:00pm. Non-resident registration opens: Monday, 12/11 at 8:00pm *Bedford Residency will be verified by Bedford Recreation.
Soccer: Pick-Up Open to all Bedford Residents, age 18+ and not in high school. Please bring a white shirt & a dark-colored shirt.
Outdoor Soccer: Sabourin Field at Bedford High School (weather dependent) Women: Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm, thru 12/20 (Jan-March tbd) Men: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30-10:30, thru 12/20 (Jan-March tbd)
Indoor Men’s Soccer: Davis School gym Schedule: Mondays, *Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 8:30-10:00pm, 11/27-3/28 (no play 12/25-1/1, 1/15, 2/19, 3/14) *Tuesdays are ages 50+ night REGISTRATION: For Men’s Soccer: https://groups.google.com and join via "Bedford MA Adult Soccer" For Women’s Outdoor Soccer: www.bedfordrecreation.org
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