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Upcoming Special Events May 6 - Green Up Day May 12 - Kites in the Park May 20 - SBCC Spring Concert May 28 - Beauty & The Beast Tea Party June 3 - Day of Play Young at Heart Club May 3 - Birthdays & Prize Bingo May 10 - Let’s Plant an Indoor Herb Garden May 17 - Musical Performance by Margie & Jim May 24 - Vermont Reads 2017 Book May 31 - Name That Tune & Make Your Own Sundae *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 On the National Front the NRPA Agency Performance Review, was just released. This annual review gives us data and insights for park and recreation agencies across the United States. The 2017 NRPA Agency Performance Review (previously known at the NRPA Field Report) summarizes the key findings from NRPA Park Metrics, which is the benchmarking tool that assists park and recreation professionals in the effective management and planning of our operating resources and capital facilities. The Review features 21 charts and tables on a wide variety of financial and performance metrics collected from survey responses of 925 park and recreation agencies. These charts and tables cover: •

Park Facilities (parks and non-parks, indoor and outdoor facilities)

Programming (team sports, fitness and enhancement classes; programs for children, seniors and people with disabilities)

Responsibilities of Park and Recreation Agencies (from operating parks and facilities to programming types)

Staffing (typical FTE counts, key staff responsibilities)

Budget (operating expenditures amounts and purposes)

Agency Funding (sources of funding, cost recovery, capital spending)

The 2017 NRPA Agency Performance Review’s data and insights help park and recreation professionals identify the best decisions for their agency and community. Some of the report’s findings include: •

Operating expenditures per capita: $77.32/year

Revenue to operating expenditures: 29.1 percent

Acres of park land per 1,000 residents: 9.6

Residents per park: 2,266

FTEs per 10,000 residents: 7.3

I wanted to share with you two major findings in comparison. The good news….our department exceeds in parkland per 1,000 residents at 20.7 acres with national average being 9.6 acres However, we seriously lack appropriate indoor space to serve all our population segments. Not having a Community & Recreation Center for the size of our city is putting us at a huge disadvantage in serving our community. If you are interested in receiving the full report please contact our office. You have the power to Make Life Better! Get out and PLAY! Warmly, Maggie *Vermont Senior Games would like to invite folks to participate in the 2017 State Championships. For more information visit

Community Events Kites in the Park — May 12 Veterans Memorial Park 6:00-8:00 pm


History of Belly Dance Satuday, May 6 @ 1 pm 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.

Coming Home from War: The Lost Boys of Sudan Thursday, May 11 @ 7 pm Akol Aguek, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan will present on his life story as a minor who was separated from his parents by Sudan Civil War at the age of nine. He spent over a decade in refugee camps in Africa before he resettled in Vermont in the summer of 2001. Aguek is currently an International Student Advisor and Designated School Official at the University of Vermont.

PBS Kids Storytime Friday, May 12 9:30 - 10:30 am Dinosaur Train: Exploring the Outdoors

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.

Beauty and the Beast Tea Party — May 28 Sheraton Hotel 2:30-4:00 pm Be Our Guest at this first time fanciful event hosted at the Atrium/Gazebo at the Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington. Princes and Princesses grades K-5 are welcome to come dressed to impress as we enjoy a tea and dessert buffet, crafts, Belle Story Hour and more. The Glitter Fairy will be on hand to sprinkle her fairy dust and provide temporary tattoos, as well as games provided by the Big Blue Trunk. Parents are welcome to stay beyond the castle walls and enjoy a refreshment at “Gaston’s” Tavern or come back to pick up their lads or lasses at the end of the event. Everyone in attendance will go home with a crown, a wand and magical memories that will last a lifetime. There is a limited capacity for this event, so be sure to purchase your $25 ticket in advance. Pre-registration is required.

Summer Camps Jr Rec Camp — Grades: K-6 Sessions run from June 26-Aug. 18 This is a wonderful twist on traditional day camp. Packed with recreation, sports, arts & crafts, and nature programs, there is never a dull moment. This activitybased camp is the perfect blend of choice activities, age group rotations, and the ever popular”Themed Ultimates”. The program fee includes: all activities, field trips, lunch, and snack. This is also a Vermont State Licensed day camp. Child Care Resource funding may be used for this program, if families qualify.

Lil’Tykes Camp — Ages: 4-5 Sessions run from June 26-Aug. 18 This camp provides 4-5 year olds the perfect setting for their first day camp experience. New adventures abound as our youngest campers will have opportunities to socialize and play cooperatively in a camp of children their own age. New for this year, lunch will be provided.

On The Go Camp — Grades: 5-8 4 Individual One-Week Sessions Available Join our Adventure Staff and challenge the great outdoors in these one week camps, full of Outdoor Ultimate Recreation. Each week will include hiking, biking, kayaking, teambuilding and a special trip. The cooperative planning of the campers and counselors determines the activities. No two weeks are the same!

Running Camp — Grades: 1-6 Sessions run from June 19-Aug. 4 We will draw from a variety of training methods to incorporate the mechanics and techniques of proper running form through all phases of sport. These camps will provide the necessary strength, endurance, coordination and speed training that all athletes need. Join us for one week of skill sharpening or a full summer of training skill development.

Track & Field Program — Ages: 7-14 June 21-July 22 Youngsters will train in both track and field events and compete in two state track meets, as well as meets with other area Recreation Departments. Age eligibility for this program is based on child’s age as of August 31, 2017.

Karate Camp — Grades: 1-8 Week of June 26 Learn the fundamentals and skills of Kenpo karate, as we work through traditional moves. Learn its history and incorporate our talents in an all camp karate movie.

Claymation Movie Making — Grades: 4-10 Week of June 26 Campers will engage in a fun, hands-on experience to create Claymation videos. Campers will create clay characters, learn to storyboard, and build scenery to make their own movies, using digital cameras and movie-making software. Final videos will be saved electronically as a take home keepsake.

Invasive Plant Removal Day May 20 — 9 am-12 pm City Center Park - End of Iby Street 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:; 802-846-4146

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.

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Stroll Main Street Landing — 55+ Decision Deadline: May 23 Main Street Landing is home to one of the largest collections of art by Chittenden County artists and a major hub of visual art activity. Its various buildings and grounds are brimming with art. As we walk through the buildings, we will find public art and sculpture; murals, art venues with rotating exhibits; permanent, ongoing exhibits; and individual artworks placed in the hallways and rooms throughout the buildings. After taking in the wonderful artwork, we will enjoy lunch at the Skinny Pancake.

Poster art by Hope Petraro, Grade 9, Montpelier.

GREEN UP DAY~ MAY 6, 2017 ~ First Saturday in May To help in your town, go to the How To Participate page at

City Hall Offices Closed May 29

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