Brattleboro Recreation & Parks schedule

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department has release a schedule of upcoming classes and programs for residents of all ages.

Gymnastics

The first fall session of Gymnastics Classes will begin the week of Nov. 7 at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main Street. Classes will run for an eight-week session, ending on Jan. 20, 2018. The cost is $80 for Brattleboro residents and $95 for non-residents. Late registrations will be pro-rated. Classes are run Mondays - Saturdays for ages 18 months and up. Pick up a copy of the Fall Activities Flyer for a complete listing of class times. Amanda Montgomery will direct the Gymnastics Program. There is also an Open Gym time available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. for ages 1-5 with a parent for $5 and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 6 - 17 for $10.

Chess Class for Youth

A new session of Intermediate Chess Class, Beginner Class, and Advanced Class will begin on Thursday, Nov. 9 (advanced), or Friday, Nov. 10. The cost of the eight-week program is $35 for residents and $50 for non-residents. The intermediate class will be held on Fridays at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main Street from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m; the Beginner Class will be held Fridays from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.; The Advanced Class will be held on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. 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. Intermediate: For players who know the basic checkmates, and at least a few tactics and strategies.

Parent/Tot Open Gym

The "Parent and Tot Open Gym" program for parents and preschoolers' ages five and under will begin on Nov. 13 and continue through April 26, 2018. This is an unstructured program where the parent is responsible for their child(ren). The gym will be available for this program Mondays and Thursdays from 10 to 11:45 am. Open Gym is a place for parents and tots to get in out of the cold and enjoy playing with blocks, a playhouse, cars, toys, puzzles, a tunnel, a play kitchen, and big rubber balls. The fee is $1 per child per day.     

Fitness Classes      

Another session of Fitness Classes begins the week of Nov. 13 at the Gibson-Aiken Center. This is an eight-week program and is offered for people 16 years of age and older. The cost is: $50 for once a week, $75 for twice a week, and $90 for three times a week. Non-residents add $25 to the cost of the program. There is a drop-in rate of $10 per class. Late registrations are welcome. The class runs 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. and the weekly schedule is as follows: Mondays - Yoga, Wednesdays - Strong Yoga, Fridays - Yoga/Pilates. The instructor, Cyndy Gray, has a B.S. in physical education and is a certified to teach both Yoga and Pilates. She also has a black belt in Karate.

Gray also offers a Kickboxing & Conditioning Class which focuses on strength, agility and athletic conditioning. New participants are welcome to join anytime. The class is held at the Gibson Aiken Center on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. The cost is: once a week for $40 per month or $75 for two months, twice a week for $50 per month or $90 for two months. There is a $10 discount for participants in the Yoga & Pilates classes. Non-residents add $25 to the cost of the program.

Speed Skating

A Speed Skating program will be held Sundays at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility. Skaters ages 7 and up are encouraged to participate in this program which will run Nov. 5 through March 4, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. There is no instructor for this program. The cost is $3 resident students, $4 for non-resident students, $4 for resident adults, $5 non-resident adults. For more information, call the Skating Rink at 802-257-2311.

For more information about these and other programs, or if any special needs are required, call the Recreation & Parks Department at 802-254-5808. Visit the website for a complete listing/description of events at www.brattleboro.org.


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