Rec program offerings

ANSONIA NATURE
and RECREATION CENTER
Deerfield Road
203-736-1053

Bird walk — Saturday, May 18, at 9 a.m., Ranger Alison leads a morning walk to observe resident nesting birds as well as migrants moving through the park to nest farther north. Bring your own binoculars, or borrow a pair from the Nature Center. The program will begin with a short introduction to birds.

Spring cleanup and planting — Sunday, May 19, 10-noon. Gloves, trash bags, weeding implements, plants and pizza will be supplied. Perfect community service project for Scouts, youth groups and student interns. Register in advance.

Night hike — Friday, May 24, 8 p.m., join Rangers Wendy and Martin for a night hike under the moon’s bright light. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Look for signs of the wild creatures.

Guided walks — every Sunday, 1 p.m., weather permitting, join a ranger for a walk through the fields and forests of the park to find out about wildlife, trees, wildflowers and plants.

VALLEY YMCA
12 State St.
Ansonia
203-736-9622

Parent night out — children will enjoy a night of games, music, crafts, swimming and more, Friday, May 24. Supervised fun and activities along with a snack while parents have an evening out on the town. Remember to pack a bathing suit and towel. Ages 4-12,  6-9 p.m., $10 per child; pre-registration is required.

Karate — Little Ninjas, ages 4 to 6, Thursdays, 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. Cost is $64/member; $74/non-member. Beginner Karate, age 7 to adult, Thursdays,  7:15 to 8:05 p.m. Cost is $78/member; $88/non-member. Advanced Karate, age 7 to adult, Thursdays, 8:05 to 9 p.m. Cost is $78/member; $88/non-member. Instructors: Dana McEachem, Gaby Gualpa, Nicky Karas. Chief Instructor:  Chris Sansonetti, fourth degree black belt and PDR certified self-defense instructor.

KELLOGG
ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER
Derby
For information about programs, call 203-734-2513. Kellogg Environmental Center and Osborne Homestead Museum, at 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, are facilities of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Fine art exhibit — Nature studies by professional graphic designer and local artist Barbara Rzasa is on display at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby. Visitors can discover the delicate beauty of local wildflowers along the trails of Osbornedale State Park captured in pastel images. Open from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through May 18.

Derby Park and
Recreation

Introduction to fly fishing —Learn the basics, rod, reel, knots, casting, landing a fish, catch and release. Classes will be in small groups of three to four at Osborndale State Park in Derby. Sessions will be from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost of the four-hour program is $30. All equipment and flies will be provided. A fishing license is required for anyone 16 to 64 years old. For information or to pick a date call (203) 729-0846.

Memberships available — for Veteran’s Community Center, a fitness facility that includes swimming pool, basketball court, weight room, sauna and whirlpool; 35 Fifth Street. Call (203) 735-4222 for information.

Private swim lessons — for children and adults, at Veteran’s Community Center, 35 Fifth St. Cost is $20 for a 30-minute session. Call 203 735-4222.

Zumba toning — Mondays, 5:45-6:45 p.m., at Veteran’s Community Center gymnasium, 35 Fifth St. $5 for walk-ins with no commitments. One- to 2-pound weights recommended. Call (203) 735-4222.

SEYMOUR RECREATION
DEPARTMENT
203-888-0406
All classes are held at the Seymour Community Center gym and fields, 20 Pine St. Out-of-town residents welcome for additional fee. For all programs, call Jack Ahearn or Missy Orosz at 203-888-0406.

Summer jobs — apply for certified lifeguard and swim lesson instructor positions with Recreation Department summer programs. Call for information.

Playground registration open for the Summer Playground program from July 8 to Aug. 16 for Seymour youth who have completed Kindergarten through 7th grade. New playground hours are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $90 for the entire summer per child or families with three or more children pay just$195.

Pre-School classes —  Sign up for Sports Mania for 3-5 year olds, Wednesdays 9:30-10:15 a.m.; crafts for 3-5 year-olds, Wednesdays 10:30-11 a.m.; and parent/child aerobics, 2-5 year-olds, Thursdays 10:30-11 a.m. Fee $20/$25 non residents. Call for dates and to register.

Karate — program is accepting new students ages 6 and up. Call Dean Meier, certified master instructor, at 203-527-5547.

Trips
Boston shopping — Saturday, June 15, to Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall, explore the North End or  harbor on your own. $43. Bus leaves at 7:30 a.m. and returns around 7:30 p.m.

Bus to Broadway to see “Newsies,” Sunday, Sept. 15; $130; leave at 8:45 a.m. for a 1 p.m. curtain.

Musical cities — Eight-day tour to New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville, Oct. 6.

Payment due at time of registration for all programs.

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