The Berlin Parks and Recreation Office is accepting registrations for their Winter Programs beginning on Monday, November 26, 2012 for residents and Monday, December 3, 2012 for non-residents. For fees and more information on these programs contact the Berlin Parks and Recreation office at 860-828-7009. All programs held at the Berlin Community Center unless noted.
For Preschool and youth the following programs will be offered for the Winter months.
Fit Toddlers - For 2&3 year olds (age determined by first day of class). 8 week class includes parachute games, obstacle courses, games and much more create a playful environment for your toddler Classes meet Tuesdays 9:30-10:15 a.m. or Fridays at 9:30-10:15 a.m. or 10:30-11:15 a.m. All classes start the week of January 7. When you register you must register for one time slot and attend that class only.
Sports Jam – For 4&5 year olds (age determined by first day of class) – Develop pre-sport skills and team participation in this class created for the child with lots of energy. Soccer, baseball, kickball, basketball and many other sport skills will be incorporated into games and activities. Classes meet Tuesdays 10:30-11:15 a.m. or Thursdays 10:00-10:45 a.m. Classes start the week of January 7. When you register you must register for one time slot and attend that class only.
Me and My Dad – Dad’s, this is a chance for you to participate with your 3 & 4 year (age determined by first class) child for a fun filled, active class filled with activities and games. Saturday mornings starting January 5 for 8 classes from 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Exploring Dance – Will be held on Fridays from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Children 3-5 years old will experience the enjoyment of ballet, tap, jazz and tumbling through creative movement during this 30 minute, 8 week class. Classes start on January 11.
Dance Beginnings – Will be held on Friday’s from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Children 5-7 years of age will discover and create dances while learning the elements of ballet, tap, jazz and tumbling during this 30 minute, 8 week class. Classes start on January 11.
Arts Discovery – An exciting introduction to the arts, for 3-6 year olds! Dance & movement, music & rhythm, arts & crafts and acting & stories will be part of this new program. Creative, developmentally appropriate activities centered around the “theme of the day”. Please bring a water bottle. Arts Discovery will be held on Wednesdays starting January 9 or Thursdays starting January 10 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.,
For hundreds of thousands of families worldwide, Music Together is children and their grownups joyfully sharing songs, rhymes, movement, and instrument play, both in music class and in their daily lives. Music Together is a research based, developmentally appropriate music curriculum for children ages 0-5 years that encourages adult involvement and strongly emphasizes actual music experiences rather than concepts about music. We believe music ability is as much a basic life skill as walking and talking. All children from a very young age can learn to sing in tune and keep a beat. Our goal is to nurture the child's natural enthusiasm for music and movement by playfully introducing them to making music themselves. And with Music Together, the learning continues beyond the classroom! Families receive a professionally recorded CD and illustrated songbook filled with music making ideas to inspire and support music-making in their daily lives. The 10 week class begins Thursday, January 10 thru March 14. Class time is from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Classes are offered through Circle of Friends and Erin Roche is the instructor. For more information contact Erin at (860) 839-2511 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Karate – Little Ninja’s, ages 4-6. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:45-5:30 p.m. for 8 weeks, starting January 8. Fee includes a free uniform and awards ceremony. Held at First Class Martial Arts and Fitness, 158 Mill St., Berlin, CT. Prior registrants not eligible to register. Deadline to register is January 3
Karate – Beginners, ages 7-12. Mondays 5:30-6:15 p.m. and Wednesdays, 4:45-5:30 p.m. for 8 weeks, starts January 7. Fee includes a free uniform and awards ceremony. Held at First Class Martial Arts and Fitness, 158 Mill St.,Prior registrants not eligible to register. Deadline to register is January 3.
Crafty Kids – For ages Preschool -5 years. Come join us for some morning fun making arts and crafts. Your children will enjoy a story, craft and fun each class. Limit 8 children. Classes will be held on Mondays from 9:30-10:15 a.m. starting on January 7.
Art for Two – Parent/Child art class, Winter– Come make a snowman themed craft with your kids in grades K-5 on Saturday, January 12 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. .
Art for Two – Parent/Child art class, Valentines– Come make a valentine themed craft with your kids in grades K-5 on Saturday, February 2 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. .
Art for Two – Parent/Child art class, Easter– Come make a Easter themed craft with your kids in grades K-5 on Saturday, March 16 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Soccer Madness “Soccercise” Program – Soccer Madness “ Soccercise” program for girls and boys 3 ½ to 5 years old (age determined by first day of class). Explore a combination of soccer and exercise. Learn basic soccer skills through unique games and fun activities. Parents are welcome to participate in the fun and games with the children. All children will receive a t shirt and ball for participating. The program will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from February 4 to March 20 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m, meets twice a week for 6 weeks. The minimum number of participants is eight and the maximum is fifteen. Deadline to register is January 25 by 1:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Inc., Mondays, February 4-March 25 for seven weeks, excluding February 18. Grades K-2, 4:15-5:00 p.m. Grades 3-6, 5:05-5:55 p.m. Some of the topics and activities include: exciting theater games, improvisational exercises, acting terminology, concentration exercises, voice and speech, sense memory, subtext, stage skills and script work. For past and more experienced performers, classes will be challenging and offer new and exciting activities. Fee for each class is $100.00 for residents, $105.00 for non-residents to register by mail, or $97.00 for residents, $102.00 for non residents who register on line or by phone. Registration accepted by Performing Arts Inc., only. To register online go to www.town.berlin.ct.us Departments & Officials then Parks & Recreation and look for link in program information, or go directly to www.performingartsprograms.biz, to get reduced price. Each individual registration needs to be entered separately. Enter coupon code PAPCLASS at checkout for each individual. By phone: 860-432-9890, or by mail: Performing Arts Program, Inc., P.O. Box 633, South Windsor, CT 06074. Registration forms for mail registration are available at the Berlin Parks and Recreation Department. Performing Arts Programs, Inc. accepts VISA, American Express, Master Card, PayPal and Discover for online or phone registrations. All refund requests follow the Berlin Parks and Recreation Department policy listed in the winter brochure with the following exceptions, funds for refunds will be issued by Performing Arts Programs, Inc. fees paid by credit card will be refunded by credit card, exceptions to refund policy will be made jointly by Performing Arts Programs Inc. and the Assistant Director of Recreation. If joint decision cannot be made then decision will be sole decision of Assistant Director of Recreation.
Red Cross Babysitting course –is for youths 11 years old and up will help prepare students to supervise children in the absence of parents or guardians. This course offer the youths the opportunity to develop skills in leadership and professionalism, learn how to take care of children from infants up to school age, child development, basic care, simple cooking and crafts, safety, safe play and first aid. Students will receive a babysitting manual and a certificate (upon successfully completing the course). Register for one class which meets 2 nights from 5- 8:15 p.m. Class 1: January 8 and 15 , Class 2: February 6 and 13, Class 3: February 19 and 20.
Instructional Basketball for 2nd Grade Girls and Boys
The programs will begin on Saturday, January 5 at Griswold School Auditorium
2nd grade girls program is from 1:00-2:00 p.m., 2nd grade boys program is from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. This is an instructional program, there will be limited time set aside each week for games. Program will run for 8 weeks. Class space is limited. Indicate t-shirt size on registration form.
Adult Programs offered in the winter months include: Men’s 31+ Basketball - Tuesday’s at McGee Middle School. The program will run 6:00-9:00 p.m. from December 4 through April 2. There is a fee for the season for residents and non residents or you can drop-in and pay at the door for residents or for non residents. Drop-ins must provide verification of eligibility at the door. Teams will be formed on a nightly basis.
Women’s 30+ Volleyball - Wednesday’s at the McGee Middle School gym. The program will run 6:30-8:00 p.m. from January 2 through April 3. There is a fee for this program for residents and 75.00 for non residents or you can drop-in and pay $5.00 at the door for residents or $10.00 for non residents. Drop-ins must provide verification of eligibility at the door. Teams will be formed on a nightly basis. Program #431202A
Our Pilates classes instructors are from Personal Euphoria, Wethersfield. For more information on Pilates visit www.pilatesct.com All classes are co-ed 18 years of age and up.
Core Blast Pilates: Exercises are designed to strengthen and stretch every muscle in the body while also improving balance. Focus is also on developing a strong core while also increasing flexibility and movement. This class is based on traditional Pilates exercises with a modern flare and upbeat music to help keep you energized. Come ready to work your abs, back, arms legs, and glutes. Every exercise can be modified for beginner and intermediate levels. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a mat and water. 10 weeks on Mondays from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. or 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. from January 7-March 25, No Class on Jan. 21 or Feb. 18. Limit of 15 participants.
Barre Physique Bar Class – Pilates Physique is a unique total body workout that focuses on small, controlled movements combined with gentle-on-the-joints but heart-pumping bursts of interval training to define and tone long, lean muscles. With a combination of muscle work and stretching this program creates lean, flexible sculpted arms, flat abs and a lifted seat! Using a chair or bar provided, you’ll be targeting every muscle in the body. A challenging, safe and effective workout set to dynamic music props such as balls, bands and light weights. Class will meet for 10 weeks on Wednesdays from 6:15-7:00 p.m. from January 9-March 13.
Power-Up Pilates - Like our regular Pilates class, this class will provide a full body workout. You’ll work your arms, legs, abs, back, and butt, but use props that will help to strengthen, tighten and tone the entire body quickly and safely. Power-Up Plates integrates the lengthening and stretching principles of traditional Pilates and add strength training. Though exercises might feel more intense, every exercise can be modified for beginner and intermediate levels. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a mat and water. Fee is $87.00 for residents and $97.00 for non-residents Class will meet on Wednesdays for 10 weeks, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. from January 9-March 13
Morning Mat Pilates – Pilates is an exercise option for everyone designed to develop a strong core while maintaining loose, limber limbs. The exercises provide variations to meet the needs of different body types. The exercises strengthen the body while keeping joints mobile and flexible. You’ll feel your muscles working and probably break a sweat. Please bring a yoga mat and water to every class. Mondays for 10 weeks from 9:30-10:30 a.m. from January 7-March 25
Tai Chi for Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention for ages 60 and older - Tai Chi consists of fluid gentle movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo. It has been proven to work by slowing down bone loss, improving balance, reducing falls and improving quality of life. Dress comfortably. This class meets on Wednesdays for 7 weeks. from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A minimum of six participants is needed to conduct the class with a maximum of twenty participants.
Session 1 - January 2- February 13 Session 2 - February 20-April 3
DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES – All classes are held at the former Pistol Creek Golf, 600 Spruce Brook Rd., East Berlin. Dog handlers should be at least 16 years of age.
Kindergarten Puppy Training – The 7 week class is held on Thursdays, January 10 to February 21 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. for puppies aged 2 ½ months to 6 months old. We will work on leash walking and the come, sit and down commands. Your puppy will also develop social skills and confidence. Learn how to praise and correct your puppy appropriately. Start a great relationship with your pup! We will address problems like chewing, housebreaking and crate training. The first class is mandatory unless you are excused by the instructor. You will need a 6 ft. leash and we will discuss leashes and collars in the first class. First class is held without dogs. Please bring a copy of your puppy’s current vaccinations to the first class. Limit of 10.
Basic Dog Obedience – The 7 week class will be held on Tuesdays from January 8 to February 19 will cover basic commands for the family dog. Commands include sit, down, stay, heel, come and stand. You will learn how to correct bad habits such as jumping up and pulling on the leash. Learn how to praise, correct and discipline your dog appropriately. Dogs should be at least 6 months old. The first class is mandatory unless you are excused by the instructor. You will need a 6 ft. leash and we will discuss leashes and collars in the first class. First class is held without dogs! A copy of your dog’s current vaccinations including Bordetella must be given to instructor at the first class. Limit of 10.
Canine Manners – The 6 week class is offered on Wednesdays, January 9 – February 13 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. for dogs and handlers that have successfully completed Basic Dog Obedience. Dogs and handlers should have a working knowledge of the sit, down, stay, come, heel and stand commands. Because we will be indoors, emphasis will be on adapting obedience skills for use in everyday settings. Jumping up, bolting through doors, bouncing out of the car before you have the leash, crowding and wildly greeting visitors are some of the problems we will address. We will use verbal and physical praise to reward our dogs, not food. You will need a 6 ft leash. Please bring a copy of your dog’s vaccinations, including Bordetella, tp the instructor if not on file already. Limit of 10.