• Another session of Chess Class for beginners and intermediates will be offered beginning on Friday, March 4, and will continue through April 22. Chess helps children develop their problem solving skills and increase their attention span. The improved ability to focus and concentration gained from playing chess usually transfers to academics. Instruction will introduce basic principles of chess to participants, along with simple strategies and tactics, and provide a venue for them to play practice games. Eric Strickland will be the class instructor. Classes are held from 3:30-4:45 p.m. for Intermediates and 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. for beginners and will be held at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main Street. Beginner: Assumes no prior knowledge of the game (2nd - 6th grade). There is a max of 8 students. Intermediate: For players who know the basic checkmates, and at least a few tactics and strategies. The cost of the 8 week program is $35 for residents and $50 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required,

Beginning Sewing

• Beginning Sewing Class for Children will begin on March 4 in the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main Street. This six-week program will run Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. All materials will be provided and there is no experience necessary. Participants will learn to sew in a friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere, while making some fun and practical projects. The instructor is Michele Lucy. The cost of the program is $150.00 for residents and $165.00 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required.


Get to know your sewing machine

• A Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine class for adults that will begin on March 4 in the Gibson Aiken Center. This program will be offered on Fridays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Do you own a sewing machine? Do you know how to use it? Do you want to learn how to sew? This 90-minute class is designed to help you feel more comfortable with your sewing machine and basic sewing skills, or give you an opportunity to try sewing without having to purchase a machine! There is no experience necessary. The fee for this class is $30 for residents and $35 for non-residents per session. The instructor, Michele Lucy, encourages pre-registration at the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Office, but it is not required.

Indoor soccer

• A Youth Indoor Soccer Program is being offered for children in grades K-6 beginning March 7 for five weeks. This program will be held as follows: Mondays 5-6 p.m. Grades K-2 Co-ed; Tuesdays 5-6 p.m. Grades 3 and 4 Co-ed; Wednesdays 5-6 p.m. Grades 5 and 6 Co-ed. Children will be broken up into small groups and pick-up games will be played. The focus will be on having fun. Scores will not be kept and shin guards and sneakers are required. The cost is $15 for residents and $30 for non-residents. For more information call 254-5808, visit or "like" us on Facebook.


• A Fencing program will be offered beginning March 14 at the Gibson Aiken Center. Ever wanted to try Fencing? This exciting sport will test your wits, as well as your physical abilities and no prior experience is required. Classes for youth and adults will be held on Monday nights and taught by an experienced instructor. All are welcome! Classes are held from 6 – 7 p.m. for youth and 7:30 – 9 p.m. for adults. The cost of this 7 week session is: Resident Youth $80.50/Non-Resident Youth $95.50 and Resident Adult $87.50/Non-Resident Adult $112.50. Adam Salviani, the class instructor, has been fencing for over 17 years; competes in the USFA circuit and is ranked #2 in the State of Vermont. Adam also has competed internationally and won two national championships. He is excited to bring his knowledge and talent to Brattleboro and offer it to you.

For more information about these and other programs call the Recreation & Parks Office at 802-254-5808, weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For a complete listing of all programs, visit