New Program Proposals for Fall/Winter Brochure due April 21. Click here for form.
Upcoming Special Events Apr. 5 - National Walking Day Apr. 22 - Earth Day May 6 - Green Up Day May 12 - Kites in the Park Young at Heart Club
Director’s Message Some good news to kick-start Spring! Numbers of physically inactive Americans have declined from 83 million people in 2014 down to 81.7 million in 2015, however the underlying numbers on physical inactivity in the U.S. still paint a grave picture according to research released by the Physical Activity Council (PAC). There are some “red flags” highlighting the magnitude of the “Inactivity Pandemic.” • The % of Americans active at 3 times a week or more has dropped to an all-time low of 31.2% • Children active 3 times a week or more has dropped to all-time lows for 6-12 year olds & 13-17 year olds • The number of children who are involved in organized “core” youth sports participation is down, however, there is a trend of “casual” sports participation rising on a more recreational level The silver lining for our youth is that participating in a physical activity 3 times a week will improve this inactivity killer. Activities like walking, hiking, running, biking, swimming, dancing, yoga, or participating in a summer camp or adventure program will help improve health and wellbeing.
Apr. 5 - No Meal or Program
It’s really no different for adults, “use it or lose it” as the saying goes, however it’s true. Keeping the body and mind moving, eating properly, getting enough rest and not sweating the small stuff can help lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Apr. 12 - Birthdays & Prize Bingo
You have the power to Make Life Better! Get out and PLAY!
Apr. 19 - Game Day
Apr. 26 - Music by Ed Schenk
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*Vermont Senior Games would like to invite folks to participate in the 2017
*Young at Heart Club meets each Wednesday, starting with a meal at 12 pm, followed by a free program at 1pm at City Hall. *Call by the Friday before to reserve your meal at 846-4108. *Cost of meal is $4.00.
State Championships. For more information visit www.vermontseniorgames.com
Community Events Kites in the Park — May 12 Veterans Memorial Park 6:00-8:00 pm Come celebrate the first warm days of Spring and the opportunity to get out in the parks. Bring your own kite, or come make one with us. We will provide all the materials for your family to create your own family kite. Color it, construct it, and then, fly it. One kite kit per family.
Youth Programs Coed Baseball Clinic — Ages: 3-5 Decision Deadline: April 7
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This is a parent/child program and is designed to introduce baseball/softball through fun games and activities. It will provide children the opportunity to interact and play within their own age group. Each week consists of different skills and games.
History of Belly Dance
Field Hockey Clinic — Grades: 1-6
Satuday, May 6 @ 1 pm
Decision Deadline: April 12
Shimmies, Sand, and Song - A Brief Interactive History of Belly Dance Taught by Alaia: Belly Dance is a modern term that encompasses a wide range of dance styles that originated in the Middle East. While many people now think of bellydancers as solely stage performers or sensual dancers, the history of the dance is much more complex. This class aims to dispel the myths and unpack some of that history, across several cultures and millennia. Come learn the story, and pick up some fun new dance moves! This is a familyfriendly class, open to participants age 10 and older. Class size is limited, please register to guarantee your spot by calling 652-7080.
Movin’ & Groovin’: A Troll Themed Dance Party Wednesday, April 26 Visit the library this morning to make your own musical instruments and then dance and jam along with the soundtrack to Trolls. Friends ages 5+ are also invited to register for one of the mini dances classes offered by B-Tru Dance. Dance classes will be held at 11:00, 11:20 and 11:40 a.m. Space is limited –please register at the Library Circulation Desk.
This program is for any youngster looking to get outside, be active and learn the sport of field hockey. Separate groupings of 1st-3rd grades and 4th-6th grades if numbers allow. Each week will consist of learning new skills and playing the game.
Tween Programs Babysitting Course — Ages: 11-15 Decision Deadline: April 10 The American Red Cross Babysitting Training course provides individuals with the information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children. Training and leadership, professionalism, basic care, safety, safe play and first aid will be covered. Certification cards can take up to three weeks to be delivered to the students.
Boater’s Safety Course — Ages: 12+ Decision Deadline: April 24 In conjunction with the VT State Police and CVRA the course is open to all youth (12 years of age and older) and adults. The course is 8 hours and is offered over 4 days. Participants must be present at all sessions to be eligible for certification. The course is mandatory for any person, born after January 1, 1974, who will be operating a motorboat on VT waters.
Spring Break Programs Yoga Camp — Ages: 4-9 Decision Deadline: April 10 Yoga awakens the children’s creativity and intrinsic love of exploring. Their body’s movements will be inspired by animals and the natural world. Each class there is a theme or focus that threads through all of the activities. Activities are inspired by the yogic intention of breathing, focusing, creativity, peace, and awareness. Art & writing/literature and discussion of yoga lifestyle is also included in the program.
Tween/Teen Ballet Camp — Ages: 10-14 Decision Deadline: April 10 This intensive program is designed for students who are interested in learning the art of ballet in a rigorous learning environment. Students interested in this program should be prepared for dynamic technique instruction as well as engaging the challenging choreography. The week culminates in a final performance for family and friends.
Spring Yoga Dance Sampler — Ages: 8-12 Decision Deadline: April 10 Based on the spirit of fun, this age-appropriate creatively choreographed program explores all the basics of dance. With activity resources and special music, teachers engage the students’ attention and imagination. Children will learn Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical & Ballet.
Spring Break Camp — Ages: 8-12 Decision Deadline: April 10 At our Spring Break Camp, we explore the natural wonders of the forest, fields, and more at the Wheeler Nature Park, a rich and diverse ecological park of over 100 acres. We will build natural shelters, find vernal pools, play games and enjoy the beginnings of Spring! We also have the Wheeler House for indoor activities and art. Come join us as we follow what curiosity evokes in us!
Adult Programs Adult Golf Clinics Catamount Country Club Visit our program calendar to see the variety of clinics we offer through Catamount Country Club. Clinics start mid May.
Invasive Plant Removal Training Course April 29 — 9 am-12 pm City Center Park - End of Iby Street Join us for a new course focused on training residents in invasive plant identification and removal. The City is creating a corps of volunteers willing to assist us in keeping our parks and natural areas beautiful and free of invasive plants. This opportunity will look at the plant pests found in City Center Park (i.e. buckthorn, multiflora rose, and honeysuckle bush). It will give you the knowledge to confidently id and remove these plants. You do not need to participate in the training event to participate in the volunteer day; but the City wants as many volunteers trained to properly remove invasive plants. Come out and become one of the state’s first Weed Warriors!
Invasive Plant Removal Day May 20 — 9 am-12 pm City Center Park - End of Iby Street
Covered Bridge Tour — 55+ Decision Deadline: April 20 Built for necessity, bridges were (and are) covered to protect the structural timbers from the elements. Vermont’s covered bridges are architecturally stunning, fun to experience, and an important part of Vermont’s legacy. We will travel to visit a few bridges in the Montgomery area. Lunch on the way home will be included.
Summer Camps We are excited to offer over 35 camps this summer beginning as early as June 12 and going right through until August 25. Check out www.sburlrecdept.com for more details.
The City is holding its first Invasive Plant Removal Day on May 20th! We are asking all interested citizens to join our new volunteer Weed Warrior program to help us keep our parks and natural areas beautiful and free of invasive plants. The Invasive Plant Removal Day event will focus on removing non-native plants found in City Center Park. We will target buckthorn, multiflora rose, and honeysuckle bush. You do not need to participate in the training event to participate in the volunteer day. To participate in this event, you should wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves, long pants, a hat, and bring sunscreen and/or bug spray. For more information or to register for these events, please contact Ashley Parker at: email@example.com; 802-846-4146