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Upcoming Special Events Feb. 11 - Valentine Dance

Mar. 18 - Family Skate Mar. 24 - Family Bingo Night

Director’s Message As we begin a new year I wanted to share with you the Top 5 National Predictions for Recreation and Parks in 2017 by: Richard J. Dolesh, NRPA’s VP for Conservation and Parks. 1. Parks are Everywhere. More and more cities and towns will develop parks in spaces never before thought suitable for parks- from transportation spaces, to roofs or even floating parks, there is no limit to the possibilities. 2. Want to Live Longer? Live Near a Park! People who want a better quality of life will move to jurisdictions where there are great parks and recreation systems. Data now collected is showing evidence that your zip code may be one of the most determinative factors on how long you live. •

Young at Heart Club Feb. 1 - Birthdays and Bingo Feb. 8 - Valentine Card Making with Joy McGrath Feb. 15 - SBHS Mentoring Program & FHTMS 7th Gr. Chorus Feb. 22 - Don Davis, the American Master Storyteller *Young at Heart Club meets each Wednesday, starting with a meal at 12pm, 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

Needless to say Vermont is rich with nature and our own South Burlington community has an excellent park system; however we need to be diligent in continuing to provide open space and well maintained parks to ensure benefits for all.

3. Data Will Drive Budgets. Data-driven analysis will continue to factor in preparing agency budgets and the cost/benefit calculations regarding the value of recreation and parks. •

This data will continue to be essential in validating our capital projects and the need for appropriate indoor community & recreation space.

4. Conservation will become as Important as Recreation. As open space is chewed up at the rate of 6,000 acres per day across the U.S. and climate change begins to impact wildlife and landscapes even more directly, the natural values of every park, often taken for granted, will be considered one of the more important community-based means of adapting to climatechange conditions. Our parks will be appreciated for their conservation values; reducing temperatures, protecting nature and biodiversity, naturally managing storm water, protecting and preserving clean air and pure water. It is predicted that more and more community members will turn out in ever greater numbers to volunteer for conservation activities in parks. 5. Virtual Reality Tours Will Replace Maps and Brochures. Recreation and Park agencies will increasingly develop virtual reality (VR), augmented reality and 360-degree tours of our parks. This will become a NEW standard for most agencies. You have the power to Make Life Better! Warmly, Maggie

Community Events Valentine Dance — February 11 DoubleTree Hotel 6pm-8:30pm


Library Programs & Events for Children Tiny Tot Time - Tuesdays @ 9:15am & 10:30am

Join us for the 21st Annual Father & Daughter Valentine Dance at the DoubleTree Hotel. This magical evening will be filled to the brim with special dances, prizes, snacks and giveaways. Photo booth pictures, Big Bear raffle and valentine crafts will also be available. Don’t miss this special event that your daughter will cherish for a lifetime. Registration is available online, however, you will need to register at the Recreation & Parks Dept. if you would like a keepsake ticket for your scrapbook.

Family Skate — ­­ March 18 Cairns Arena 2:40-4:10pm

Baby Book Time - Wednesdays @ 10:30am

Grab your skates and meet us at the rink for a family skate! We will start off with some music and a free skate around the rink, then we will transition into a movie. Hot cocoa and snacks will be provided throughout the event, along with door prizes upon entry. Please dress appropriately, as it will be cold!

Storytime Adventures - Select Fridays @ 9:30am

Youth Programs

Read-A-Thon - Feb. 5 @ 1:003:30pm PBS Kids & Storytime - Feb. 24 @ 9:30am

Library Programs & Events for Adults Morning Book Discussion Series - Bootstrapper by Mardi Jo Link, Feb. 9 @ 10:30am

Winter Break Camp — Feb. 27-Mar. 3 Decision Deadline: February 13 We will explore the natural wonders of the forest, fields, and more at Wheeler Nature Park, a rich and diverse ecological park of over 100 acres. During this camp, our activities will keeps us warm as we build igloos, track animals, tend fires, and engage in winter-inspired crafts and games.

Indoor Soccer — Grades: K-6 Decision Deadline: February 24 This program is designed for those who love to play the game of soccer, or are just looking to just get out and get active on a Saturday morning. The major emphasis is on excercise and fun. Each week teams will be formed for casual play.

Young Rembrandts — Dinosaurs Decision Deadline: February 28

Evening Book Discussion Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Feb. 23 @ 7:00pm

March brings fun and culture into the classroom, as our students learn about perspective drawing, architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, and dive into the mind of master artist Romero Britto. And, get ready for some dinosaur-sized excitement as your elementary student recreates the ferocious T-Rex, Young Rembrandts style.

20s & 30s Book Club - The Absolutely Tru Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Feb. 22 @ 6:00pm

Decision Deadline: March 7

RRecreation News

Floor Hockey — Grades: 1-6 Floor hockey is a fun indoor sport. Come try it out with us! Each week we will split into teams and play. No equipment needed.

Combo Freestyle — Ages: 7-15 Decision Deadline: March 8 This year Green Mountain Training Center is offering a 1.5 hour coached class that combines the disciplines of parkour, ninja warrior and freestyle training. This combo class teaches how to use your body in creative ways to overcome obstacles, upper body obstacle circuit training, and aerial awareness and technique on trampolines.

Cheerleading — Grades: 1-6 Decision Deadline: March 2 Does your child love to Jump and Cheer? If so, then they will love cheerleading! Creative dance moves and low level stunts will be taught. Participants will be grouped by grade and experience. No uniform or special equipment is needed.

Adult Programs Tai Chi — 55+ Tuesdays 11:00 am Drop-in program FREE Starting Feb. 21

Recreation News Save the Date! Summer Camp Registration Night — S.B. City Hall March 15 5:30-6:30 pm

Tai chi originated in ancient China and is practiced for its health benefits throughout the world, by people of all ages. Slow, gentle, and relaxed movements are combined with focused, deep breathing. It can be done standing or sitting by just about anyone, in any location. Tai chi enhances relaxation and focus, reduces pain and stiffness, increases balance and strength, and can even relieve some symptoms of insomnia and depression. Join us for this free health and wellness opportunity!

This registration night is an opportunity to sign-up just for summer camps, and also a great chance to ask any questions you may have about our summer camps.

Such-A-Voice — Mar. 9

Decision Deadline for Summer Camps/Programs are set 1 month prior to the start date of the camp/ program.

Decision Deadline: February 23 You’ve heard Brian Thon on TV and radio commercials! Now hear Brian LIVE as he illustrates how you could actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, and videos! Brian will show you a unique, out-of-the-box way to cash in on one of the most lucrative full or part-time careers out there! This is a business that you can handle on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with practically no overhead! This exciting and fun class could be the game changer you’ve been looking for!

IT Diva — Computer Survival Skills Decision Deadline: March 1 Learn new computer skills! Sign up for all five sessions (256300-A) or register for individual sessions. Visit our website to see other sessions available. Beginners: Get Comfortable with Your Computer (256300-B) Learn about your computer and develop basic skills through hands-on instruction.

Hatha Yoga — Tuesdays Decision Deadline: March 14 Experience a yoga class integrating movement (asana) and mindfulness, energy and breathe (pranayama), and deep rest and relaxation (yoga nidra). Appropriate for beginners, all bodies, and all ages. This class is an eclectic mix of yoga styles, providing for unique and creative sessions.

Middlebury College Museum of Art — 55+ Decision Deadline: March 14 The Middlebury College Museum of Art is an educational and cultural component of Middlebury College whose mission is to enable visitors to understand more fully the artistic achievements represented by a diversity of cultures. We will tour the museum on our own and then, stop for a delicious lunch at the Middlebury Inn before heading home.

Our office will be closed February 20

Summer Camps Refund Policy For all summer camps a nonrefundable $25.00 deposit is required at time of registration. Payment must be paid in full by June 1, 2017. A refund can be processed one month prior to start of the camp (minus the deposit). No refund will be provided within one month or less of camp start.



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SoBu Life We are changing! You are used to seeing the Recreation Guide each season in the Other Paper and around town. Well, we’ve named the magazine—SoBu life. And, we’ve added more City news to this issue, to keep you informed on what’s happening in our community. Look for it February 16 in The Other Paper and online. Have you checked out the new City blog? CityLife ( shares stories and information on a regular basis. So grab your favorite drink, your reading device, and enjoy!

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