Fall Program Schedule for Parks & Recreation Department Released

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The New Britain Parks & Recreation Department is offering a wide variety of programs/events including Adult Yoga, Tai Chi, Piano Lessons, Dog Obedience Classes, Fall Tennis Lessons, Start Smart Soccer, and Timeless Tales. Each of these programs/events are available for registrants through the Parks and Recreation office (27 West Main Street, Room 302) or via online registration at NBParksNRec.org.

“Yoga in the Park” is a free yoga series that will be taking place on Tuesday nights in September at the Walnut Hill Rose Garden beginning on Tuesday September 5th from 6-7 p.m. This free workshop is open to both seasoned yogis and anyone who’s been curious to try yoga. Before and after the class there will be an open discussion to learn about the benefits of yoga, the different practices studios offer, and the upcoming Yoga classes being offered in October at the NBPD Community room. If you have ever been curious but hesitant to take a yoga class this is the perfect place to start and find out if yoga is right for you! The free classes run until September 26th.

Beginning on October 12th and running until November 16th from 6-7:15 p.m,. Adult Yoga classes will be at the NBPD community room (10 Chestnut Street, New Britain, CT). These classes will go in depth about the different principals from various hatha practices. A focus of alignment from Lyengar, breath and movement from Vinyasa, and defined holds from Ashtanga will be the teaching core. The fee for these classes for all participants is $30 per person. All Yoga classes are for ages 18 & up.

In addition to Yoga classes, Tai Chi classes will begin on September 9th at the Walnut Hill Rose Garden and on November 4th at the NBPD Community Room. Both of these sessions will run from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Saturdays for a total of eight classes a piece. With the gentle and graceful body movements of Tai Chi and Qigong, these classes will accelerate healing, restore balance, increase flexibility, boost energy levels, and much more. Participants should dress in comfortable clothing and non-skid shoes. Each session consists of 8 classes with a fee of $45 per person. All Tai Chi classes are for ages 18 & up.

If Tai Chi and Yoga aren’t for you, why not try Piano and Voice lessons beginning on September 11th and on October 16th. Participates can sign up for four or eight, 30 minute classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays. Each class will focus on each individual participants needs based off of their current skill sets. Beginner and Intermediate participants are both eligible to sign up for classes. Piano participants have an age requirement of 8 years or older, and Voice participants have an age requirement of 11 years or older. All classes take place at City Hall in Room 505. Individuals can sign up for time slots between 4-7 p.m. All time slots are given based off of a first come first serve basis. Lessons beginning on September 11th run for 4 classes while lessons beginning on October 16th will run for 8 classes. All participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their talents at a recital in front of family and friends towards the end of lessons.

Looking for an entertaining sport to play? Tennis Lessons will begin mid-September and will take place over at New Britain High School. Lessons are divided up based off of age groups. Lessons are an hour per session and focus on forehand, backhand, volley, and serve. Court time drills and tournaments are put on as participants’ progress through lessons. All lessons take place on Saturdays beginning on September 16th. Ages 18+ practice from noon-1 p.m., ages 7-10 practice 1-2 p.m., and ages 14-18 practice 2-3 p.m. Middle School participants practice on Saturdays from 2-3:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Fees for ages 7-10, 14-18, and 18+ are $30 per person and fees for Middle School lessons is $50 per person. Participants do not require prior tennis experience.

Have you just obtained a new furry friend in need of training? Dog Obedience classes are being offered this fall! Two levels of instruction are scheduled, Basic Dog Obedience Level One curriculum includes: Leash manners, Heel, Sit-stay, Down-stay, Come, Boundary training, No Jumping, Go, Go to place, Drop it, Leave it, and understanding how to progress in anticipated steps leading towards off leash control. This class is appropriate for puppies and dogs of all ages and gives a foundation for a well mannered pet. Basic Dog Obedience Level Two curriculum includes: Getting reliability, especially around distractions, getting off leash reliability, advancing basic commands, like “sit” and “Down” from a dis­tance, coming to heel position while moving, etc. and improving your understanding and communication skills with your dog while keeping your dog mentally active and challenged. Any dog completing a beginner class or who has had basic training may sign up for level II classes at any time. Classes are scheduled for Tuesday evenings September 6th – October 11th. Puppy and Beginner classes are from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Level Two from 7:30-8:30pm at the A.W. Stanley Park’s Swiss Chalet. The fee for each class is $80 per person/dog. If you have any questions about the class curriculum, training methods, or appropriateness of the group for your dog contact Laurie Fass at 860-667-1847 or go to www.lauriefassdogtraining.com for additional information. Space is limited.

Looking to get your child involved in sports for the first time? Start Smart Soccer is making its way back to Willow Brook Park this year. This program prepares children and their parents for organized soccer without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt in a relaxed and fun environment. Parent and child pairs work together in age appropriate lessons on kicking; dribbling; trapping; throw-ins and agility. All participants must be between ages 3-5. Start Smart Soccer runs for three weeks and meets every Tuesday and Saturday beginning on September 12th. Fees for the class are $60 per child. Space is limited.

And finally, for all of you historians and theatrical fans, The Timeless Tales of Fairview Cemetery returns on October 19th and October 20th. For two nights, patrons are taken on a lamplight tour through the grounds of Fairview Cemetery. On their journey, guests and guide alike are greeted by some of New Britain’s most historic and accomplished former residents who have come to rest at Fairview. Beginning in September, tickets will be available for purchase at the Parks and Recreation office for scheduled tours. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Tours depart every quarter hour, each tour lasting approximately 45 minutes. This is a night of light-fright for young and old alike! Tickets are limited.

The New Britain Parks & Recreation Department accepts registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration forms are available and registrations are accepted 8:15 a.m. -3:45 p.m., Monday-Friday in the Recreation Office located in Room 302 in City Hall, 27 West Main Street or call (860)-836-3360 to get your log in number then go to www.nbparknsrec.org to register. Payment must accompany registration. Mail-in registrations as well as Web-Trac registrations are also accepted on this basis. Call the Recreation Hotline at (860) 826-3360 for brochure, application forms, or program information.

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