With the arrival of fall comes apples, pumpkins, leaves changing color and … the ever-changing situation with the coronavirus.
Despite social protocols and other restrictions, recreation departments continue to offer programs for children and adults.
This fall, the Recreation Department will offer classes in Kenpo Karate/TJitsu for ages 4-13-plus; gymnastics; hiking; and its newest programs, STEM & Play: Soccer and SuperTots Multisports.
STEM & Play: Soccer combines strategic STEM-based activities with traditional soccer instruction and a focus on life skills such as teamwork and sportsmanship. STEM Sports soccer curriculum gives students the opportunity to get behind the sport they love with modules on soccer ball design, throw-in science, angles, goal-line technology. Participants will also learn the fundamentals of passing, shooting, dribbling and defense through skill-based drills and scrimmages.
Sundays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Oct. 4-Nov. 15
SuperTots is a development program for ages 3-5 that uses a variety of fun games to engage kids while teaching the sports of baseball, soccer and basketball and developing fundamental skills. Simple hand-eye, and movement skills are developed using engaging games with appropriately sized, safe equipment. We use a variety of fun games to develop balance, movement, and skills as well as listening to instructions.
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:15 p.m., Oct. 7th-Nov. 11
Register for these programs and more at https://dedham.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t2.wcs
Also, Dedham Recreation will continue its Yoga in the Park program each Saturday at Memorial Park, weather permitting, through October.
The program will take place each Saturday from 9-10 a.m. at Memorial Park on Eastern Avenue. This class is suitable for all levels and will encompass meditation, lots of movement and time for relaxing during the savasana at the end of class.
Please note, due to COVID-19 safety precautions and social distancing requirements, classes will be limited to 20 individuals to ensure everyone has plenty of space while practicing.
The class will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. So please make sure you register at www.dedham-ma.gov.
Please bring your own yoga mat, towel and water. If available, please also bring yoga blocks and a strap.
The Recreation Department is offering a “Reels and Wheels” drive-in experience at 1 Investors Way. Remaining dates are Sept. 25 (“Jurassic Park”) and Oct. 3 (“The Greatest Showman”).
You must reserve a spot through the Recreation Department.
Also being offered this fall – T-ball, field hockey and group yoga classes.
For Halloween, the Recreation Department will offer families a chance to “candy stick” a yard.
The Civic Center will be open for appointments and scheduled recreational activities from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Residents can sign up for weight room times at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday to Friday.
Fitness classes will be held Mondays-Fridays (more information on classes will be released next week). Residents will be required to call ahead and reserve spots for fitness classes. No drop-ins.
All recreational programs will enter/exit near Kennedy Room next to stairs in front of Civic Center.
There will be no drop-in activities (basketball).
The department will be announcing programs on a month-to-month basis.
Room rentals will resume on a very limited basis.
For updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/NORWOOD-RECREATION-DEPARTMENT-167667630925
Westwood had just opened its fall recreation season when a staff member came down with coronavirus-like symptoms (tests turned out to be negative).
On Sept. 10, the Recreation Department shut down all programs, including the pool, out of “an abundance of caution,” according to the release on the town website.
The town had the Recreation Department space, including the pool and administrative office, professionally cleaned and sanitized.
On Sept. 17, the town sounded the all-clear, and programs resumed.
Among the programs offered this fall include swim lessons, how to paddle board, yoga and fitness classes, music lessons, art classes, dog-training classes, coding classes, Lego engineering, soccer, tennis, dodgeball and much more.
For information, visit https://www.townhall.westwood.ma.us/departments/recreation