By Nicole Conley | Contributor
Keep a look out for status updates on the Charlotte town skating rink, located right next to the Charlotte Central School. Lights and a warming hut lend to fun evenings on the ice. Rink opening and ice conditions will be posted on the town website charlottevt.org.
Recreation basketball heads into its third week of practice. It has been an exciting start to the season with six teams from kindergarten to 4th grade representing Charlotte. The 3rd/4th-grade game schedules have been posted on our website.
Youth winter programming
The recreation department will be offering a variety of programs this winter. For more information on any of our winter programs listed below, please check our website.
Winter adventure camp
Looking for some winter break activities for your kids? Join the Common Ground Center’s staff for two fun-filled days in the snow! Campers will enjoy many outdoor activities, including snowshoeing, sledding, exploring the wilderness, building snow forts and much more. In between outdoor activities they’ll warm up inside the lodge with board games, crafts and hot chocolate. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided—participants must bring their own lunches, sleds and winter clothing. Please submit registration forms and payment to the Charlotte recreation department. For 3rd–6th graders, Tuesday, Feb. 23, and Wednesday, Feb. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Common Ground Center. Fee: $90 per person.
American Red Cross babysitter certification
This program prepares youth with training every parent wants in a babysitter, including basic child care, first aid, injury prevention and decision making. Space is limited, so sign up now. Saturday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Charlotte Town Hall. Fee: $85.
After-school piano lessons
After-school piano lessons are back, taught by veteran music teacher Mary Beth Bowman on Wednesdays and Lauren Dabkowski on Thursdays. Tuesday, Jan. 12, through Wednesday, May 18—following the school calendar—for 17 lessons. Lessons are scheduled in four 45-minute blocks (3–3:45, 3:45–4:30, 4:30–5:15 and 5:15–6), with three students in the first two blocks (for younger beginning students) and two students per block for the last two sessions (for older intermediate students). Classes include individual instructional time, small group instructional time and independent practice time. Fee: $17 per lesson for younger beginning students and $26 per lesson for older intermediate students. Students sign up for lessons by semester through the Rec Department starting immediately.
We are excited to have Beth McFadden teaching Celtic dance classes here this spring. The class introduces the fundamentals of Irish step and Scottish Highland technique in a creative and enjoyable environment. Children explore a variety of rhythms and movements associated with Celtic group and solo dances, including jigs, reels and the sword dance. Fee: $90 per session. If you sign up for more than one session at a time there will be a $5 discount for two sessions, a $15 discount for all three sessions. Please sign up using the Charlotte Rrecreation forms. Non-Charlotte residents please add $10 to registration fee. The first session starts on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Charlotte Central School, 10–11 a.m. for 4th grade, 11–12 noon for 5th grade and above.
Indoor pickle ball: Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m. at Charlotte Central School.
Early Morning Boot Camp: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6–7 a.m. at CCS. Fee: $10 per class.
Mat Pilates: Fridays, 6–7 a.m. at CCS. Fee: $8 per class.
Yoga: Coming in Jan. at CCS. Fee: $8 per class.