Upcoming Special Events Mar. 18 - Family Skate Mar. 24 - Family Bingo Night
Young at Heart Club Mar. 8 - Flower Arranging Mar. 15 - Music by Ed Schenk Mar. 22 - Celebrating Spring with Art Mar. 29 - Movie Matinee *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.
Director’s Message Over the last three years, park and recreation agencies across the country have joined the Commit to Health campaign, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). By implementing the NRPA’s Healthy Eating, Physical Activity standards, more than 1,250 park and recreation sites have improved the lives of 228,000 youth—through increased access to healthy foods and new opportunities for physical activity. This month, the NRPA is celebrating the success of this campaign—implementation, partnerships, and new resources. Here in South Burlington, we are celebrating with them! Last, summer, we received a grant from the NRPA’s Commit to Health program, which enhanced our Junior REC Camp. The funding allowed us to partner with the South Burlington School District Food Service Department to provide a healthy lunch and snacks to our campers, daily. This summer, we will extend this partnership to the Lil’Tykes Camp! You can learn more about Commit to Health with this video. SoBu Life is the new city magazine, which includes our guide to spring and summer programming. Registration for programs is now open, and we are here to help you take advantage of all our department has to offer for the coming season. Check out our article, Taking Care of Our Green Space, which outlines improvement projects for this summer in Red Rocks Park, Wheeler Nature Park, and at the Underwood property. Thanks to you, more than $1 million will be invested into our parks over the next couple of years. You have the power to Make Life Better! Get out and PLAY! Warmly, Maggie
Community Events Family Skate — March 18 Cairns Arena 2:40-4:10 pm 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!
Family Night Bingo — March 24 FHTMS 6:30-8:30pm Bring the whole family and join us for a fun night of Bingo! Cost is $1.00 per card for the night, (limit three cards per person). A parent/adult must accompany children. Refreshments will be available for purchase. COMMUNIT Y LIBRARY
Youth Programs Library Programs & Events for Children Tiny Tot Time - Tuesdays @ 9:15 am & 10:30 am Baby Book Time Wednesdays @ 10:30 am Storytime Adventures Select Fridays @ 9:30 am PBS Kids & Storytime Mar. 31 @ 9:30 am
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.
Floor Hockey — Grades: 1-6 Decision Deadline: March 7 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.
Gymnastics — KinderPros Library Programs & Events for Adults Morning Book Discussion The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter, Mar. 9 @ 10:30 am Evening Book Discussion Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard, Mar. 23 @ 7:00 pm Winter Concert Series Windsong Quintet, Mar. 12 @ 2:00 pm
Decision Deadline: March 18 Does your child love to jump, tumble and roll? If so, they will want to join us and explore climbing, tumbling, balancing and body movement in this basic gymnastics program.
Gymnastics — Youth Decision Deadline: March 18 Classes are designed to improve each student’s motor skills, coordination, physical confidence and self-esteem. In order to achieve these goals our instructors teach their classes with fun and challenging exercises.
Girls Lacrosse — Grades 3-8 Decision Deadline: March 20 This league is part of the Northern Vermont Youth Lacrosse League and requires membership through US Lacrosse prior to registration. Jamborees will take place toward the end of the season on five consecutive Sundays. Travel to jamborees will be required.
Adult Programs Tai Chi — 55+ Tuesdays 11:00 am Drop-in program FREE 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!
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.
Wills for Parents Decision Deadline: March 23 Would you like to walk away from a course with a fully executed, customized legal document, instead of just learning about it? As a service to the community, Jarrett Luitjens Law Office, PLC, is offering their professional services at a fraction of the cost of private “in office” counsel. This course is designed to explain the legal process involved when parents die leaving minor children. It will specifically address the issues of legal guardianship of minor children and the management and distribution of their inheritance. Upon completion of this two-part course, participants will have a fully executed, customized will. One designed to ultimately distribute assets to their children, including the nomination of guardians to care for minor children and trustees to manage their inheritance.
UVM @ Wheeler Nature Park Walt Poleman, a UVM Environmental Studies professor, explains the tapping and boiling process to some Environmental Studies students at Wheeler Nature Park. Stay tuned for more information about Walt’s next visit to the park for boiling.
Recreation News Save the Date! Summer Camp Registration Night — S.B. City Hall March 15 5:30-6:30 pm 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. Decision Deadline for Summer Camps/Programs are set 1 month prior to the start date of the camp/ program.
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.