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Friday December 4, 2020
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Afternoon Fun! - Afternoon Fun
We're happy to announce that we'll be running an after school program this year.  Things will look slightly different as we observe all COVID19 health requirements.  We're also in the process of becoming a licensed after school program.  The licensing should go into effect later in the fall.  Families won't see any difference in our programming from last year to this, except for COVID guidelines and maybe a bit more paper work needed.  :)We will be accepting kids from Kindergarten through Grade 6.  Buses from each school drop kids off at Barlow Street Community Center.  Pick up is anytime before 6pm.  We will provide a healthy snack for kids each afternoon.  A daily menu will be provided soon.  We will offer a great assortment of both indoor and out door activities so kids can have a fun, active down time after school. Kids & Staff will be scanned for temperature upon arrival.  Any person registering a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed in programming. Kids will wash hands upon arrival and put their back pack away. Kids & Staff will wear masks at all times. Parents & Guardians must wear masks at pick up. Any family traveling to areas not deemed "green" by the State of Vermont may be subject to a 14 day quarantine which would prevent them from attending recreation programming for 14 days after returning home.  Expect changes - as guidelines change we will adjust our programming to reflect those changes.  We run our programs to adhere to VDH and CDC guidelines regarding COVID19.  We reserve the right to make changes up to and including canceling programming at any time.  As in keeping with all our program - we keep kids active and outside as much as possible.  When kids need to be indoors, we will adhere to physical distancing and mask wearing.  Kids will wash hands often throughout the afternoon.
 
Monday December 7, 2020
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Afternoon Fun! - Afternoon Fun
We're happy to announce that we'll be running an after school program this year.  Things will look slightly different as we observe all COVID19 health requirements.  We're also in the process of becoming a licensed after school program.  The licensing should go into effect later in the fall.  Families won't see any difference in our programming from last year to this, except for COVID guidelines and maybe a bit more paper work needed.  :)We will be accepting kids from Kindergarten through Grade 6.  Buses from each school drop kids off at Barlow Street Community Center.  Pick up is anytime before 6pm.  We will provide a healthy snack for kids each afternoon.  A daily menu will be provided soon.  We will offer a great assortment of both indoor and out door activities so kids can have a fun, active down time after school. Kids & Staff will be scanned for temperature upon arrival.  Any person registering a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed in programming. Kids will wash hands upon arrival and put their back pack away. Kids & Staff will wear masks at all times. Parents & Guardians must wear masks at pick up. Any family traveling to areas not deemed "green" by the State of Vermont may be subject to a 14 day quarantine which would prevent them from attending recreation programming for 14 days after returning home.  Expect changes - as guidelines change we will adjust our programming to reflect those changes.  We run our programs to adhere to VDH and CDC guidelines regarding COVID19.  We reserve the right to make changes up to and including canceling programming at any time.  As in keeping with all our program - we keep kids active and outside as much as possible.  When kids need to be indoors, we will adhere to physical distancing and mask wearing.  Kids will wash hands often throughout the afternoon.
 
Tuesday December 8, 2020
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Afternoon Fun! - Afternoon Fun
We're happy to announce that we'll be running an after school program this year.  Things will look slightly different as we observe all COVID19 health requirements.  We're also in the process of becoming a licensed after school program.  The licensing should go into effect later in the fall.  Families won't see any difference in our programming from last year to this, except for COVID guidelines and maybe a bit more paper work needed.  :)We will be accepting kids from Kindergarten through Grade 6.  Buses from each school drop kids off at Barlow Street Community Center.  Pick up is anytime before 6pm.  We will provide a healthy snack for kids each afternoon.  A daily menu will be provided soon.  We will offer a great assortment of both indoor and out door activities so kids can have a fun, active down time after school. Kids & Staff will be scanned for temperature upon arrival.  Any person registering a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed in programming. Kids will wash hands upon arrival and put their back pack away. Kids & Staff will wear masks at all times. Parents & Guardians must wear masks at pick up. Any family traveling to areas not deemed "green" by the State of Vermont may be subject to a 14 day quarantine which would prevent them from attending recreation programming for 14 days after returning home.  Expect changes - as guidelines change we will adjust our programming to reflect those changes.  We run our programs to adhere to VDH and CDC guidelines regarding COVID19.  We reserve the right to make changes up to and including canceling programming at any time.  As in keeping with all our program - we keep kids active and outside as much as possible.  When kids need to be indoors, we will adhere to physical distancing and mask wearing.  Kids will wash hands often throughout the afternoon.
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Dog Classes with Deb Helfrich - Dog/Puppy Essentials (6 weeks)
Meet Your Instructor! Deb Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLCEmail: deb@goldstardog.comCovid 19-related InstructionsIn order to support the health of all class participants, we will need to employ a few safety guidelines and rules during class.Participants must:• Keep at least 6 feet distance from others at all times.• Follow all instructions for how to safely engage in class exercises.• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into elbow.• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom.• Bring own hand sanitizer (participants are encouraged to use hand sanitizer regularly).• Wear a mask at all times.• Stay home if having any COVID-19 symptoms/feeling sick, or have recently been exposed to someone whohas COVID-19 (and inform the instructor).• After class, you may be asked to wipe (wipes will be provided) down your chair.• Do not bring family members or guests to class (i.e., only one person may attend class with the dog).Please note that Covid-related policies may change at any time given newrecommendations/information. You will be provided with current policies after you register fora course; should you wish to review these policies before registering for a class, pleasecontact the Recreation Dept sponsoring the class, or contact Gold Star Dog Training.Deb is owner of Gold Star Dog Training LLC, based in Fairfax, Vermont. She enjoys working with dogs and their handlers to solve their challenges, build a healthy dog-handler relationship, and achieve their training goals. She is highly student-focused—adept at explaining concepts, helping every student feel successful, and creating training experiences that are meaningful and effective. Deb’s sense of humor, enthusiastic teaching style, and ability to work with a wide range of students are what clients seem to like about her.  Deb has been a therapy dog handler since 1996 and the volunteer Director of Training and Certification for Therapy Dogs of Vermont (TDV) since 2005. Deb also volunteers with rescues and other organizations as an advisor, training resource, and author.  Read more: www.goldstardog.com We've had inquiries about bringing children to the classes.  Due most importantly to liability and safety issues and secondly to space constraints, we CANNOT have children present at class. These training sessions are for adult participants and their dog only.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363 or the Recreation Office at 524-1500 x *268. DOG/PUPPY ESSENTIALS: BASIC TRAINING AND SOCIAL SKILLSWe’re busy people.  We’ve got other priorities.*  Dog training can feel like One. More. Thing. But, you want a dog you can live with, be proud of, and about which others glowingly remark “What a great dog!” This class shows you how to have a happy, confident, well-behaved dog.  It consists of 3 important skills: practical straight-up obedience (don’t drag me down the street, come when I call, etc.), life skills (don’t jump on my friends, chill out, etc.), and understanding your dog’s body language. What you get: My simple 4-step approach for teaching your dog almost anything; course booklet and weekly training guides; force-free training; ongoing free email/phone support after the class ends; and a student-focused instructor with 20+ years’ experience teaching people and dogs.  And, we’re gonna get results while having  fun! So, to all those wiggly puppies and wonderful dogs out there: are you ready to earn your gold star (get it, Gold Star Dog Training)? *Course is also suitable for those who aren’t all that busy. BEYOND BASICS (Pre-requisite: Deb's BASIC dog class, or instructor approval)Time to take off the training wheels! This course takes your training to the next level. What's the next level? Well, that's the beauty of this class—you decide!! Like many exercise classes that show you various intensity levels of a given exercise, this course shows you various levels of each command or behavior. This permits "perfect fit" training for you and your dog! We teach and use an easy-to-apply, standardized approach to dog training and management that is designed to be useful no matter what level your dog is at with a given command or behavior. The course also continues to build a foundation of manners, training, and social skills. It’s perfect for adolescent and young adult dogs who need help weathering this “teenage” stage in a way that’s constructive and positive. NEW OFFERING - Therapy Dog Academy! (This course does not result in therapy dog certification, nor does it guarantee certification.) Requirements: There are particular requirements for this course; please review the policies for more details (link below). Pre-requisite: Participants and their dogs must have taken Gold Star Dog Training’s Essentials/Basic class. So, your dog wants to be a therapy dog?  Well, we’ve got a course for that!  This 6-week course gives dogs and handlers the necessary skills for taking a therapy dog test, working safely and effectively as a therapy dog team on duty, and developing a close working relationship with your dog. The course is suitable for those: working toward therapy dog certification; already working as a therapy dog team but wanting to develop new skills or hone existing ones; and looking for skills useful for working with his/her dog in public (e.g., in the workplace, for service dog training). Your instructor, Deb, has been a therapy dog handler since the mid-1990s, has had 6 therapy dog partners over the years, and has directed a large therapy dog certification and training program since 2005.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ALL DOG CLASSES: Dogs do not attend the first class. Every dog owner must provide vaccination documentation (described in our policies). Please review all class policies/restrictions (regarding vaccinations, aggressive dogs in class, youth participants, guests, refunds) before registration. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM    Dog Classes with Deb Helfrich - Dog Class - Audit
Meet Your Instructor! Deb Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLCEmail: deb@goldstardog.comCovid 19-related InstructionsIn order to support the health of all class participants, we will need to employ a few safety guidelines and rules during class.Participants must:• Keep at least 6 feet distance from others at all times.• Follow all instructions for how to safely engage in class exercises.• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into elbow.• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom.• Bring own hand sanitizer (participants are encouraged to use hand sanitizer regularly).• Wear a mask at all times.• Stay home if having any COVID-19 symptoms/feeling sick, or have recently been exposed to someone whohas COVID-19 (and inform the instructor).• After class, you may be asked to wipe (wipes will be provided) down your chair.• Do not bring family members or guests to class (i.e., only one person may attend class with the dog).Please note that Covid-related policies may change at any time given newrecommendations/information. You will be provided with current policies after you register fora course; should you wish to review these policies before registering for a class, pleasecontact the Recreation Dept sponsoring the class, or contact Gold Star Dog Training.Deb is owner of Gold Star Dog Training LLC, based in Fairfax, Vermont. She enjoys working with dogs and their handlers to solve their challenges, build a healthy dog-handler relationship, and achieve their training goals. She is highly student-focused—adept at explaining concepts, helping every student feel successful, and creating training experiences that are meaningful and effective. Deb’s sense of humor, enthusiastic teaching style, and ability to work with a wide range of students are what clients seem to like about her.  Deb has been a therapy dog handler since 1996 and the volunteer Director of Training and Certification for Therapy Dogs of Vermont (TDV) since 2005. Deb also volunteers with rescues and other organizations as an advisor, training resource, and author.  Read more: www.goldstardog.com We've had inquiries about bringing children to the classes.  Due most importantly to liability and safety issues and secondly to space constraints, we CANNOT have children present at class. These training sessions are for adult participants and their dog only.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363 or the Recreation Office at 524-1500 x *268. DOG/PUPPY ESSENTIALS: BASIC TRAINING AND SOCIAL SKILLSWe’re busy people.  We’ve got other priorities.*  Dog training can feel like One. More. Thing. But, you want a dog you can live with, be proud of, and about which others glowingly remark “What a great dog!” This class shows you how to have a happy, confident, well-behaved dog.  It consists of 3 important skills: practical straight-up obedience (don’t drag me down the street, come when I call, etc.), life skills (don’t jump on my friends, chill out, etc.), and understanding your dog’s body language. What you get: My simple 4-step approach for teaching your dog almost anything; course booklet and weekly training guides; force-free training; ongoing free email/phone support after the class ends; and a student-focused instructor with 20+ years’ experience teaching people and dogs.  And, we’re gonna get results while having  fun! So, to all those wiggly puppies and wonderful dogs out there: are you ready to earn your gold star (get it, Gold Star Dog Training)? *Course is also suitable for those who aren’t all that busy. BEYOND BASICS (Pre-requisite: Deb's BASIC dog class, or instructor approval)Time to take off the training wheels! This course takes your training to the next level. What's the next level? Well, that's the beauty of this class—you decide!! Like many exercise classes that show you various intensity levels of a given exercise, this course shows you various levels of each command or behavior. This permits "perfect fit" training for you and your dog! We teach and use an easy-to-apply, standardized approach to dog training and management that is designed to be useful no matter what level your dog is at with a given command or behavior. The course also continues to build a foundation of manners, training, and social skills. It’s perfect for adolescent and young adult dogs who need help weathering this “teenage” stage in a way that’s constructive and positive. NEW OFFERING - Therapy Dog Academy! (This course does not result in therapy dog certification, nor does it guarantee certification.) Requirements: There are particular requirements for this course; please review the policies for more details (link below). Pre-requisite: Participants and their dogs must have taken Gold Star Dog Training’s Essentials/Basic class. So, your dog wants to be a therapy dog?  Well, we’ve got a course for that!  This 6-week course gives dogs and handlers the necessary skills for taking a therapy dog test, working safely and effectively as a therapy dog team on duty, and developing a close working relationship with your dog. The course is suitable for those: working toward therapy dog certification; already working as a therapy dog team but wanting to develop new skills or hone existing ones; and looking for skills useful for working with his/her dog in public (e.g., in the workplace, for service dog training). Your instructor, Deb, has been a therapy dog handler since the mid-1990s, has had 6 therapy dog partners over the years, and has directed a large therapy dog certification and training program since 2005.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ALL DOG CLASSES: Dogs do not attend the first class. Every dog owner must provide vaccination documentation (described in our policies). Please review all class policies/restrictions (regarding vaccinations, aggressive dogs in class, youth participants, guests, refunds) before registration. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM    Dog Classes with Deb Helfrich - Dog/Puppy Essentials (6 weeks)
Meet Your Instructor! Deb Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLCEmail: deb@goldstardog.comCovid 19-related InstructionsIn order to support the health of all class participants, we will need to employ a few safety guidelines and rules during class.Participants must:• Keep at least 6 feet distance from others at all times.• Follow all instructions for how to safely engage in class exercises.• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into elbow.• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom.• Bring own hand sanitizer (participants are encouraged to use hand sanitizer regularly).• Wear a mask at all times.• Stay home if having any COVID-19 symptoms/feeling sick, or have recently been exposed to someone whohas COVID-19 (and inform the instructor).• After class, you may be asked to wipe (wipes will be provided) down your chair.• Do not bring family members or guests to class (i.e., only one person may attend class with the dog).Please note that Covid-related policies may change at any time given newrecommendations/information. You will be provided with current policies after you register fora course; should you wish to review these policies before registering for a class, pleasecontact the Recreation Dept sponsoring the class, or contact Gold Star Dog Training.Deb is owner of Gold Star Dog Training LLC, based in Fairfax, Vermont. She enjoys working with dogs and their handlers to solve their challenges, build a healthy dog-handler relationship, and achieve their training goals. She is highly student-focused—adept at explaining concepts, helping every student feel successful, and creating training experiences that are meaningful and effective. Deb’s sense of humor, enthusiastic teaching style, and ability to work with a wide range of students are what clients seem to like about her.  Deb has been a therapy dog handler since 1996 and the volunteer Director of Training and Certification for Therapy Dogs of Vermont (TDV) since 2005. Deb also volunteers with rescues and other organizations as an advisor, training resource, and author.  Read more: www.goldstardog.com We've had inquiries about bringing children to the classes.  Due most importantly to liability and safety issues and secondly to space constraints, we CANNOT have children present at class. These training sessions are for adult participants and their dog only.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363 or the Recreation Office at 524-1500 x *268. DOG/PUPPY ESSENTIALS: BASIC TRAINING AND SOCIAL SKILLSWe’re busy people.  We’ve got other priorities.*  Dog training can feel like One. More. Thing. But, you want a dog you can live with, be proud of, and about which others glowingly remark “What a great dog!” This class shows you how to have a happy, confident, well-behaved dog.  It consists of 3 important skills: practical straight-up obedience (don’t drag me down the street, come when I call, etc.), life skills (don’t jump on my friends, chill out, etc.), and understanding your dog’s body language. What you get: My simple 4-step approach for teaching your dog almost anything; course booklet and weekly training guides; force-free training; ongoing free email/phone support after the class ends; and a student-focused instructor with 20+ years’ experience teaching people and dogs.  And, we’re gonna get results while having  fun! So, to all those wiggly puppies and wonderful dogs out there: are you ready to earn your gold star (get it, Gold Star Dog Training)? *Course is also suitable for those who aren’t all that busy. BEYOND BASICS (Pre-requisite: Deb's BASIC dog class, or instructor approval)Time to take off the training wheels! This course takes your training to the next level. What's the next level? Well, that's the beauty of this class—you decide!! Like many exercise classes that show you various intensity levels of a given exercise, this course shows you various levels of each command or behavior. This permits "perfect fit" training for you and your dog! We teach and use an easy-to-apply, standardized approach to dog training and management that is designed to be useful no matter what level your dog is at with a given command or behavior. The course also continues to build a foundation of manners, training, and social skills. It’s perfect for adolescent and young adult dogs who need help weathering this “teenage” stage in a way that’s constructive and positive. NEW OFFERING - Therapy Dog Academy! (This course does not result in therapy dog certification, nor does it guarantee certification.) Requirements: There are particular requirements for this course; please review the policies for more details (link below). Pre-requisite: Participants and their dogs must have taken Gold Star Dog Training’s Essentials/Basic class. So, your dog wants to be a therapy dog?  Well, we’ve got a course for that!  This 6-week course gives dogs and handlers the necessary skills for taking a therapy dog test, working safely and effectively as a therapy dog team on duty, and developing a close working relationship with your dog. The course is suitable for those: working toward therapy dog certification; already working as a therapy dog team but wanting to develop new skills or hone existing ones; and looking for skills useful for working with his/her dog in public (e.g., in the workplace, for service dog training). Your instructor, Deb, has been a therapy dog handler since the mid-1990s, has had 6 therapy dog partners over the years, and has directed a large therapy dog certification and training program since 2005.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ALL DOG CLASSES: Dogs do not attend the first class. Every dog owner must provide vaccination documentation (described in our policies). Please review all class policies/restrictions (regarding vaccinations, aggressive dogs in class, youth participants, guests, refunds) before registration. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
Wednesday December 9, 2020
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM    Wednesdays with St. Albans Recreation - Wednesdays at Rec
This program aims to provide a fun and safe environment for kids to spend their remote learning day. This will be a full day program from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Drop off will take place from 7:30-8:30am kids will enjoy outdoor play (when weather permits) while kids are arriving. They will then have a breakfast or small snack. After this we will have 2 hours of time for kids to do remote learning activities or homework. We will then have lunch, followed by activities in the afternoon before kids are picked up. This schedule will be very similar to Day Camp program with remote learning time built in during the mornings.        All campers will go through the health screening process when they arrive. No kids with any sickness symptoms will be allowed that day.        Kids & Staff will be scanned for temperature upon arrival.  Any person registering a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed in programming.      Kids will wash hands upon arrival and put their back pack away.      Kids & Staff will wear masks at all times.      Parents & Guardians must wear masks at pick up.      Any family traveling to areas not deemed "green" by the State of Vermont may be subject to a 14 day quarantine which would prevent them from attending recreation programming for 14 days after returning home.       Expect changes - as guidelines change we will adjust our programming to reflect those changes.  We run our programs to adhere to VDH and CDC guidelines regarding COVID19.  We reserve the right to make changes up to and including canceling programming at any time.Our goal is to be outdoors and active as much as possible.  Please be sure your child has what they need to make it enjoyable for everyone!Depending on weather:Rain coat & bootsSneakers - sandals are NOT the best choice for an active day and walking.  No Flip Flops.Sweatshirt or lightweight jacketCoat, snowpants, mittens (2 pair), hat, boots.
 
Thursday December 10, 2020
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Afternoon Fun! - Afternoon Fun
We're happy to announce that we'll be running an after school program this year.  Things will look slightly different as we observe all COVID19 health requirements.  We're also in the process of becoming a licensed after school program.  The licensing should go into effect later in the fall.  Families won't see any difference in our programming from last year to this, except for COVID guidelines and maybe a bit more paper work needed.  :)We will be accepting kids from Kindergarten through Grade 6.  Buses from each school drop kids off at Barlow Street Community Center.  Pick up is anytime before 6pm.  We will provide a healthy snack for kids each afternoon.  A daily menu will be provided soon.  We will offer a great assortment of both indoor and out door activities so kids can have a fun, active down time after school. Kids & Staff will be scanned for temperature upon arrival.  Any person registering a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed in programming. Kids will wash hands upon arrival and put their back pack away. Kids & Staff will wear masks at all times. Parents & Guardians must wear masks at pick up. Any family traveling to areas not deemed "green" by the State of Vermont may be subject to a 14 day quarantine which would prevent them from attending recreation programming for 14 days after returning home.  Expect changes - as guidelines change we will adjust our programming to reflect those changes.  We run our programs to adhere to VDH and CDC guidelines regarding COVID19.  We reserve the right to make changes up to and including canceling programming at any time.  As in keeping with all our program - we keep kids active and outside as much as possible.  When kids need to be indoors, we will adhere to physical distancing and mask wearing.  Kids will wash hands often throughout the afternoon.
 
Friday December 11, 2020
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Afternoon Fun! - Afternoon Fun
We're happy to announce that we'll be running an after school program this year.  Things will look slightly different as we observe all COVID19 health requirements.  We're also in the process of becoming a licensed after school program.  The licensing should go into effect later in the fall.  Families won't see any difference in our programming from last year to this, except for COVID guidelines and maybe a bit more paper work needed.  :)We will be accepting kids from Kindergarten through Grade 6.  Buses from each school drop kids off at Barlow Street Community Center.  Pick up is anytime before 6pm.  We will provide a healthy snack for kids each afternoon.  A daily menu will be provided soon.  We will offer a great assortment of both indoor and out door activities so kids can have a fun, active down time after school. Kids & Staff will be scanned for temperature upon arrival.  Any person registering a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed in programming. Kids will wash hands upon arrival and put their back pack away. Kids & Staff will wear masks at all times. Parents & Guardians must wear masks at pick up. Any family traveling to areas not deemed "green" by the State of Vermont may be subject to a 14 day quarantine which would prevent them from attending recreation programming for 14 days after returning home.  Expect changes - as guidelines change we will adjust our programming to reflect those changes.  We run our programs to adhere to VDH and CDC guidelines regarding COVID19.  We reserve the right to make changes up to and including canceling programming at any time.  As in keeping with all our program - we keep kids active and outside as much as possible.  When kids need to be indoors, we will adhere to physical distancing and mask wearing.  Kids will wash hands often throughout the afternoon.
 
Monday December 14, 2020
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Afternoon Fun! - Afternoon Fun
We're happy to announce that we'll be running an after school program this year.  Things will look slightly different as we observe all COVID19 health requirements.  We're also in the process of becoming a licensed after school program.  The licensing should go into effect later in the fall.  Families won't see any difference in our programming from last year to this, except for COVID guidelines and maybe a bit more paper work needed.  :)We will be accepting kids from Kindergarten through Grade 6.  Buses from each school drop kids off at Barlow Street Community Center.  Pick up is anytime before 6pm.  We will provide a healthy snack for kids each afternoon.  A daily menu will be provided soon.  We will offer a great assortment of both indoor and out door activities so kids can have a fun, active down time after school. Kids & Staff will be scanned for temperature upon arrival.  Any person registering a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed in programming. Kids will wash hands upon arrival and put their back pack away. Kids & Staff will wear masks at all times. Parents & Guardians must wear masks at pick up. Any family traveling to areas not deemed "green" by the State of Vermont may be subject to a 14 day quarantine which would prevent them from attending recreation programming for 14 days after returning home.  Expect changes - as guidelines change we will adjust our programming to reflect those changes.  We run our programs to adhere to VDH and CDC guidelines regarding COVID19.  We reserve the right to make changes up to and including canceling programming at any time.  As in keeping with all our program - we keep kids active and outside as much as possible.  When kids need to be indoors, we will adhere to physical distancing and mask wearing.  Kids will wash hands often throughout the afternoon.
 
Tuesday December 15, 2020
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Afternoon Fun! - Afternoon Fun
We're happy to announce that we'll be running an after school program this year.  Things will look slightly different as we observe all COVID19 health requirements.  We're also in the process of becoming a licensed after school program.  The licensing should go into effect later in the fall.  Families won't see any difference in our programming from last year to this, except for COVID guidelines and maybe a bit more paper work needed.  :)We will be accepting kids from Kindergarten through Grade 6.  Buses from each school drop kids off at Barlow Street Community Center.  Pick up is anytime before 6pm.  We will provide a healthy snack for kids each afternoon.  A daily menu will be provided soon.  We will offer a great assortment of both indoor and out door activities so kids can have a fun, active down time after school. Kids & Staff will be scanned for temperature upon arrival.  Any person registering a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed in programming. Kids will wash hands upon arrival and put their back pack away. Kids & Staff will wear masks at all times. Parents & Guardians must wear masks at pick up. Any family traveling to areas not deemed "green" by the State of Vermont may be subject to a 14 day quarantine which would prevent them from attending recreation programming for 14 days after returning home.  Expect changes - as guidelines change we will adjust our programming to reflect those changes.  We run our programs to adhere to VDH and CDC guidelines regarding COVID19.  We reserve the right to make changes up to and including canceling programming at any time.  As in keeping with all our program - we keep kids active and outside as much as possible.  When kids need to be indoors, we will adhere to physical distancing and mask wearing.  Kids will wash hands often throughout the afternoon.
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Dog Classes with Deb Helfrich - Dog/Puppy Essentials (6 weeks)
Meet Your Instructor! Deb Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLCEmail: deb@goldstardog.comCovid 19-related InstructionsIn order to support the health of all class participants, we will need to employ a few safety guidelines and rules during class.Participants must:• Keep at least 6 feet distance from others at all times.• Follow all instructions for how to safely engage in class exercises.• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into elbow.• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom.• Bring own hand sanitizer (participants are encouraged to use hand sanitizer regularly).• Wear a mask at all times.• Stay home if having any COVID-19 symptoms/feeling sick, or have recently been exposed to someone whohas COVID-19 (and inform the instructor).• After class, you may be asked to wipe (wipes will be provided) down your chair.• Do not bring family members or guests to class (i.e., only one person may attend class with the dog).Please note that Covid-related policies may change at any time given newrecommendations/information. You will be provided with current policies after you register fora course; should you wish to review these policies before registering for a class, pleasecontact the Recreation Dept sponsoring the class, or contact Gold Star Dog Training.Deb is owner of Gold Star Dog Training LLC, based in Fairfax, Vermont. She enjoys working with dogs and their handlers to solve their challenges, build a healthy dog-handler relationship, and achieve their training goals. She is highly student-focused—adept at explaining concepts, helping every student feel successful, and creating training experiences that are meaningful and effective. Deb’s sense of humor, enthusiastic teaching style, and ability to work with a wide range of students are what clients seem to like about her.  Deb has been a therapy dog handler since 1996 and the volunteer Director of Training and Certification for Therapy Dogs of Vermont (TDV) since 2005. Deb also volunteers with rescues and other organizations as an advisor, training resource, and author.  Read more: www.goldstardog.com We've had inquiries about bringing children to the classes.  Due most importantly to liability and safety issues and secondly to space constraints, we CANNOT have children present at class. These training sessions are for adult participants and their dog only.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363 or the Recreation Office at 524-1500 x *268. DOG/PUPPY ESSENTIALS: BASIC TRAINING AND SOCIAL SKILLSWe’re busy people.  We’ve got other priorities.*  Dog training can feel like One. More. Thing. But, you want a dog you can live with, be proud of, and about which others glowingly remark “What a great dog!” This class shows you how to have a happy, confident, well-behaved dog.  It consists of 3 important skills: practical straight-up obedience (don’t drag me down the street, come when I call, etc.), life skills (don’t jump on my friends, chill out, etc.), and understanding your dog’s body language. What you get: My simple 4-step approach for teaching your dog almost anything; course booklet and weekly training guides; force-free training; ongoing free email/phone support after the class ends; and a student-focused instructor with 20+ years’ experience teaching people and dogs.  And, we’re gonna get results while having  fun! So, to all those wiggly puppies and wonderful dogs out there: are you ready to earn your gold star (get it, Gold Star Dog Training)? *Course is also suitable for those who aren’t all that busy. BEYOND BASICS (Pre-requisite: Deb's BASIC dog class, or instructor approval)Time to take off the training wheels! This course takes your training to the next level. What's the next level? Well, that's the beauty of this class—you decide!! Like many exercise classes that show you various intensity levels of a given exercise, this course shows you various levels of each command or behavior. This permits "perfect fit" training for you and your dog! We teach and use an easy-to-apply, standardized approach to dog training and management that is designed to be useful no matter what level your dog is at with a given command or behavior. The course also continues to build a foundation of manners, training, and social skills. It’s perfect for adolescent and young adult dogs who need help weathering this “teenage” stage in a way that’s constructive and positive. NEW OFFERING - Therapy Dog Academy! (This course does not result in therapy dog certification, nor does it guarantee certification.) Requirements: There are particular requirements for this course; please review the policies for more details (link below). Pre-requisite: Participants and their dogs must have taken Gold Star Dog Training’s Essentials/Basic class. So, your dog wants to be a therapy dog?  Well, we’ve got a course for that!  This 6-week course gives dogs and handlers the necessary skills for taking a therapy dog test, working safely and effectively as a therapy dog team on duty, and developing a close working relationship with your dog. The course is suitable for those: working toward therapy dog certification; already working as a therapy dog team but wanting to develop new skills or hone existing ones; and looking for skills useful for working with his/her dog in public (e.g., in the workplace, for service dog training). Your instructor, Deb, has been a therapy dog handler since the mid-1990s, has had 6 therapy dog partners over the years, and has directed a large therapy dog certification and training program since 2005.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ALL DOG CLASSES: Dogs do not attend the first class. Every dog owner must provide vaccination documentation (described in our policies). Please review all class policies/restrictions (regarding vaccinations, aggressive dogs in class, youth participants, guests, refunds) before registration. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM    Dog Classes with Deb Helfrich - Dog Class - Audit
Meet Your Instructor! Deb Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLCEmail: deb@goldstardog.comCovid 19-related InstructionsIn order to support the health of all class participants, we will need to employ a few safety guidelines and rules during class.Participants must:• Keep at least 6 feet distance from others at all times.• Follow all instructions for how to safely engage in class exercises.• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into elbow.• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom.• Bring own hand sanitizer (participants are encouraged to use hand sanitizer regularly).• Wear a mask at all times.• Stay home if having any COVID-19 symptoms/feeling sick, or have recently been exposed to someone whohas COVID-19 (and inform the instructor).• After class, you may be asked to wipe (wipes will be provided) down your chair.• Do not bring family members or guests to class (i.e., only one person may attend class with the dog).Please note that Covid-related policies may change at any time given newrecommendations/information. You will be provided with current policies after you register fora course; should you wish to review these policies before registering for a class, pleasecontact the Recreation Dept sponsoring the class, or contact Gold Star Dog Training.Deb is owner of Gold Star Dog Training LLC, based in Fairfax, Vermont. She enjoys working with dogs and their handlers to solve their challenges, build a healthy dog-handler relationship, and achieve their training goals. She is highly student-focused—adept at explaining concepts, helping every student feel successful, and creating training experiences that are meaningful and effective. Deb’s sense of humor, enthusiastic teaching style, and ability to work with a wide range of students are what clients seem to like about her.  Deb has been a therapy dog handler since 1996 and the volunteer Director of Training and Certification for Therapy Dogs of Vermont (TDV) since 2005. Deb also volunteers with rescues and other organizations as an advisor, training resource, and author.  Read more: www.goldstardog.com We've had inquiries about bringing children to the classes.  Due most importantly to liability and safety issues and secondly to space constraints, we CANNOT have children present at class. These training sessions are for adult participants and their dog only.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363 or the Recreation Office at 524-1500 x *268. DOG/PUPPY ESSENTIALS: BASIC TRAINING AND SOCIAL SKILLSWe’re busy people.  We’ve got other priorities.*  Dog training can feel like One. More. Thing. But, you want a dog you can live with, be proud of, and about which others glowingly remark “What a great dog!” This class shows you how to have a happy, confident, well-behaved dog.  It consists of 3 important skills: practical straight-up obedience (don’t drag me down the street, come when I call, etc.), life skills (don’t jump on my friends, chill out, etc.), and understanding your dog’s body language. What you get: My simple 4-step approach for teaching your dog almost anything; course booklet and weekly training guides; force-free training; ongoing free email/phone support after the class ends; and a student-focused instructor with 20+ years’ experience teaching people and dogs.  And, we’re gonna get results while having  fun! So, to all those wiggly puppies and wonderful dogs out there: are you ready to earn your gold star (get it, Gold Star Dog Training)? *Course is also suitable for those who aren’t all that busy. BEYOND BASICS (Pre-requisite: Deb's BASIC dog class, or instructor approval)Time to take off the training wheels! This course takes your training to the next level. What's the next level? Well, that's the beauty of this class—you decide!! Like many exercise classes that show you various intensity levels of a given exercise, this course shows you various levels of each command or behavior. This permits "perfect fit" training for you and your dog! We teach and use an easy-to-apply, standardized approach to dog training and management that is designed to be useful no matter what level your dog is at with a given command or behavior. The course also continues to build a foundation of manners, training, and social skills. It’s perfect for adolescent and young adult dogs who need help weathering this “teenage” stage in a way that’s constructive and positive. NEW OFFERING - Therapy Dog Academy! (This course does not result in therapy dog certification, nor does it guarantee certification.) Requirements: There are particular requirements for this course; please review the policies for more details (link below). Pre-requisite: Participants and their dogs must have taken Gold Star Dog Training’s Essentials/Basic class. So, your dog wants to be a therapy dog?  Well, we’ve got a course for that!  This 6-week course gives dogs and handlers the necessary skills for taking a therapy dog test, working safely and effectively as a therapy dog team on duty, and developing a close working relationship with your dog. The course is suitable for those: working toward therapy dog certification; already working as a therapy dog team but wanting to develop new skills or hone existing ones; and looking for skills useful for working with his/her dog in public (e.g., in the workplace, for service dog training). Your instructor, Deb, has been a therapy dog handler since the mid-1990s, has had 6 therapy dog partners over the years, and has directed a large therapy dog certification and training program since 2005.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ALL DOG CLASSES: Dogs do not attend the first class. Every dog owner must provide vaccination documentation (described in our policies). Please review all class policies/restrictions (regarding vaccinations, aggressive dogs in class, youth participants, guests, refunds) before registration. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM    Dog Classes with Deb Helfrich - Dog/Puppy Essentials (6 weeks)
Meet Your Instructor! Deb Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLCEmail: deb@goldstardog.comCovid 19-related InstructionsIn order to support the health of all class participants, we will need to employ a few safety guidelines and rules during class.Participants must:• Keep at least 6 feet distance from others at all times.• Follow all instructions for how to safely engage in class exercises.• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into elbow.• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom.• Bring own hand sanitizer (participants are encouraged to use hand sanitizer regularly).• Wear a mask at all times.• Stay home if having any COVID-19 symptoms/feeling sick, or have recently been exposed to someone whohas COVID-19 (and inform the instructor).• After class, you may be asked to wipe (wipes will be provided) down your chair.• Do not bring family members or guests to class (i.e., only one person may attend class with the dog).Please note that Covid-related policies may change at any time given newrecommendations/information. You will be provided with current policies after you register fora course; should you wish to review these policies before registering for a class, pleasecontact the Recreation Dept sponsoring the class, or contact Gold Star Dog Training.Deb is owner of Gold Star Dog Training LLC, based in Fairfax, Vermont. She enjoys working with dogs and their handlers to solve their challenges, build a healthy dog-handler relationship, and achieve their training goals. She is highly student-focused—adept at explaining concepts, helping every student feel successful, and creating training experiences that are meaningful and effective. Deb’s sense of humor, enthusiastic teaching style, and ability to work with a wide range of students are what clients seem to like about her.  Deb has been a therapy dog handler since 1996 and the volunteer Director of Training and Certification for Therapy Dogs of Vermont (TDV) since 2005. Deb also volunteers with rescues and other organizations as an advisor, training resource, and author.  Read more: www.goldstardog.com We've had inquiries about bringing children to the classes.  Due most importantly to liability and safety issues and secondly to space constraints, we CANNOT have children present at class. These training sessions are for adult participants and their dog only.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363 or the Recreation Office at 524-1500 x *268. DOG/PUPPY ESSENTIALS: BASIC TRAINING AND SOCIAL SKILLSWe’re busy people.  We’ve got other priorities.*  Dog training can feel like One. More. Thing. But, you want a dog you can live with, be proud of, and about which others glowingly remark “What a great dog!” This class shows you how to have a happy, confident, well-behaved dog.  It consists of 3 important skills: practical straight-up obedience (don’t drag me down the street, come when I call, etc.), life skills (don’t jump on my friends, chill out, etc.), and understanding your dog’s body language. What you get: My simple 4-step approach for teaching your dog almost anything; course booklet and weekly training guides; force-free training; ongoing free email/phone support after the class ends; and a student-focused instructor with 20+ years’ experience teaching people and dogs.  And, we’re gonna get results while having  fun! So, to all those wiggly puppies and wonderful dogs out there: are you ready to earn your gold star (get it, Gold Star Dog Training)? *Course is also suitable for those who aren’t all that busy. BEYOND BASICS (Pre-requisite: Deb's BASIC dog class, or instructor approval)Time to take off the training wheels! This course takes your training to the next level. What's the next level? Well, that's the beauty of this class—you decide!! Like many exercise classes that show you various intensity levels of a given exercise, this course shows you various levels of each command or behavior. This permits "perfect fit" training for you and your dog! We teach and use an easy-to-apply, standardized approach to dog training and management that is designed to be useful no matter what level your dog is at with a given command or behavior. The course also continues to build a foundation of manners, training, and social skills. It’s perfect for adolescent and young adult dogs who need help weathering this “teenage” stage in a way that’s constructive and positive. NEW OFFERING - Therapy Dog Academy! (This course does not result in therapy dog certification, nor does it guarantee certification.) Requirements: There are particular requirements for this course; please review the policies for more details (link below). Pre-requisite: Participants and their dogs must have taken Gold Star Dog Training’s Essentials/Basic class. So, your dog wants to be a therapy dog?  Well, we’ve got a course for that!  This 6-week course gives dogs and handlers the necessary skills for taking a therapy dog test, working safely and effectively as a therapy dog team on duty, and developing a close working relationship with your dog. The course is suitable for those: working toward therapy dog certification; already working as a therapy dog team but wanting to develop new skills or hone existing ones; and looking for skills useful for working with his/her dog in public (e.g., in the workplace, for service dog training). Your instructor, Deb, has been a therapy dog handler since the mid-1990s, has had 6 therapy dog partners over the years, and has directed a large therapy dog certification and training program since 2005.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ALL DOG CLASSES: Dogs do not attend the first class. Every dog owner must provide vaccination documentation (described in our policies). Please review all class policies/restrictions (regarding vaccinations, aggressive dogs in class, youth participants, guests, refunds) before registration. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
Wednesday December 16, 2020
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM    Wednesdays with St. Albans Recreation - Wednesdays at Rec
This program aims to provide a fun and safe environment for kids to spend their remote learning day. This will be a full day program from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Drop off will take place from 7:30-8:30am kids will enjoy outdoor play (when weather permits) while kids are arriving. They will then have a breakfast or small snack. After this we will have 2 hours of time for kids to do remote learning activities or homework. We will then have lunch, followed by activities in the afternoon before kids are picked up. This schedule will be very similar to Day Camp program with remote learning time built in during the mornings.        All campers will go through the health screening process when they arrive. No kids with any sickness symptoms will be allowed that day.        Kids & Staff will be scanned for temperature upon arrival.  Any person registering a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed in programming.      Kids will wash hands upon arrival and put their back pack away.      Kids & Staff will wear masks at all times.      Parents & Guardians must wear masks at pick up.      Any family traveling to areas not deemed "green" by the State of Vermont may be subject to a 14 day quarantine which would prevent them from attending recreation programming for 14 days after returning home.       Expect changes - as guidelines change we will adjust our programming to reflect those changes.  We run our programs to adhere to VDH and CDC guidelines regarding COVID19.  We reserve the right to make changes up to and including canceling programming at any time.Our goal is to be outdoors and active as much as possible.  Please be sure your child has what they need to make it enjoyable for everyone!Depending on weather:Rain coat & bootsSneakers - sandals are NOT the best choice for an active day and walking.  No Flip Flops.Sweatshirt or lightweight jacketCoat, snowpants, mittens (2 pair), hat, boots.
 
Thursday December 17, 2020
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Afternoon Fun! - Afternoon Fun
We're happy to announce that we'll be running an after school program this year.  Things will look slightly different as we observe all COVID19 health requirements.  We're also in the process of becoming a licensed after school program.  The licensing should go into effect later in the fall.  Families won't see any difference in our programming from last year to this, except for COVID guidelines and maybe a bit more paper work needed.  :)We will be accepting kids from Kindergarten through Grade 6.  Buses from each school drop kids off at Barlow Street Community Center.  Pick up is anytime before 6pm.  We will provide a healthy snack for kids each afternoon.  A daily menu will be provided soon.  We will offer a great assortment of both indoor and out door activities so kids can have a fun, active down time after school. Kids & Staff will be scanned for temperature upon arrival.  Any person registering a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed in programming. Kids will wash hands upon arrival and put their back pack away. Kids & Staff will wear masks at all times. Parents & Guardians must wear masks at pick up. Any family traveling to areas not deemed "green" by the State of Vermont may be subject to a 14 day quarantine which would prevent them from attending recreation programming for 14 days after returning home.  Expect changes - as guidelines change we will adjust our programming to reflect those changes.  We run our programs to adhere to VDH and CDC guidelines regarding COVID19.  We reserve the right to make changes up to and including canceling programming at any time.  As in keeping with all our program - we keep kids active and outside as much as possible.  When kids need to be indoors, we will adhere to physical distancing and mask wearing.  Kids will wash hands often throughout the afternoon.
 
Friday December 18, 2020
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Afternoon Fun! - Afternoon Fun
We're happy to announce that we'll be running an after school program this year.  Things will look slightly different as we observe all COVID19 health requirements.  We're also in the process of becoming a licensed after school program.  The licensing should go into effect later in the fall.  Families won't see any difference in our programming from last year to this, except for COVID guidelines and maybe a bit more paper work needed.  :)We will be accepting kids from Kindergarten through Grade 6.  Buses from each school drop kids off at Barlow Street Community Center.  Pick up is anytime before 6pm.  We will provide a healthy snack for kids each afternoon.  A daily menu will be provided soon.  We will offer a great assortment of both indoor and out door activities so kids can have a fun, active down time after school. Kids & Staff will be scanned for temperature upon arrival.  Any person registering a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed in programming. Kids will wash hands upon arrival and put their back pack away. Kids & Staff will wear masks at all times. Parents & Guardians must wear masks at pick up. Any family traveling to areas not deemed "green" by the State of Vermont may be subject to a 14 day quarantine which would prevent them from attending recreation programming for 14 days after returning home.  Expect changes - as guidelines change we will adjust our programming to reflect those changes.  We run our programs to adhere to VDH and CDC guidelines regarding COVID19.  We reserve the right to make changes up to and including canceling programming at any time.  As in keeping with all our program - we keep kids active and outside as much as possible.  When kids need to be indoors, we will adhere to physical distancing and mask wearing.  Kids will wash hands often throughout the afternoon.
 
Monday December 21, 2020
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Afternoon Fun! - Afternoon Fun
We're happy to announce that we'll be running an after school program this year.  Things will look slightly different as we observe all COVID19 health requirements.  We're also in the process of becoming a licensed after school program.  The licensing should go into effect later in the fall.  Families won't see any difference in our programming from last year to this, except for COVID guidelines and maybe a bit more paper work needed.  :)We will be accepting kids from Kindergarten through Grade 6.  Buses from each school drop kids off at Barlow Street Community Center.  Pick up is anytime before 6pm.  We will provide a healthy snack for kids each afternoon.  A daily menu will be provided soon.  We will offer a great assortment of both indoor and out door activities so kids can have a fun, active down time after school. Kids & Staff will be scanned for temperature upon arrival.  Any person registering a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed in programming. Kids will wash hands upon arrival and put their back pack away. Kids & Staff will wear masks at all times. Parents & Guardians must wear masks at pick up. Any family traveling to areas not deemed "green" by the State of Vermont may be subject to a 14 day quarantine which would prevent them from attending recreation programming for 14 days after returning home.  Expect changes - as guidelines change we will adjust our programming to reflect those changes.  We run our programs to adhere to VDH and CDC guidelines regarding COVID19.  We reserve the right to make changes up to and including canceling programming at any time.  As in keeping with all our program - we keep kids active and outside as much as possible.  When kids need to be indoors, we will adhere to physical distancing and mask wearing.  Kids will wash hands often throughout the afternoon.
 
Tuesday December 22, 2020
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Afternoon Fun! - Afternoon Fun
We're happy to announce that we'll be running an after school program this year.  Things will look slightly different as we observe all COVID19 health requirements.  We're also in the process of becoming a licensed after school program.  The licensing should go into effect later in the fall.  Families won't see any difference in our programming from last year to this, except for COVID guidelines and maybe a bit more paper work needed.  :)We will be accepting kids from Kindergarten through Grade 6.  Buses from each school drop kids off at Barlow Street Community Center.  Pick up is anytime before 6pm.  We will provide a healthy snack for kids each afternoon.  A daily menu will be provided soon.  We will offer a great assortment of both indoor and out door activities so kids can have a fun, active down time after school. Kids & Staff will be scanned for temperature upon arrival.  Any person registering a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed in programming. Kids will wash hands upon arrival and put their back pack away. Kids & Staff will wear masks at all times. Parents & Guardians must wear masks at pick up. Any family traveling to areas not deemed "green" by the State of Vermont may be subject to a 14 day quarantine which would prevent them from attending recreation programming for 14 days after returning home.  Expect changes - as guidelines change we will adjust our programming to reflect those changes.  We run our programs to adhere to VDH and CDC guidelines regarding COVID19.  We reserve the right to make changes up to and including canceling programming at any time.  As in keeping with all our program - we keep kids active and outside as much as possible.  When kids need to be indoors, we will adhere to physical distancing and mask wearing.  Kids will wash hands often throughout the afternoon.
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Dog Classes with Deb Helfrich - Dog/Puppy Essentials (6 weeks)
Meet Your Instructor! Deb Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLCEmail: deb@goldstardog.comCovid 19-related InstructionsIn order to support the health of all class participants, we will need to employ a few safety guidelines and rules during class.Participants must:• Keep at least 6 feet distance from others at all times.• Follow all instructions for how to safely engage in class exercises.• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into elbow.• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom.• Bring own hand sanitizer (participants are encouraged to use hand sanitizer regularly).• Wear a mask at all times.• Stay home if having any COVID-19 symptoms/feeling sick, or have recently been exposed to someone whohas COVID-19 (and inform the instructor).• After class, you may be asked to wipe (wipes will be provided) down your chair.• Do not bring family members or guests to class (i.e., only one person may attend class with the dog).Please note that Covid-related policies may change at any time given newrecommendations/information. You will be provided with current policies after you register fora course; should you wish to review these policies before registering for a class, pleasecontact the Recreation Dept sponsoring the class, or contact Gold Star Dog Training.Deb is owner of Gold Star Dog Training LLC, based in Fairfax, Vermont. She enjoys working with dogs and their handlers to solve their challenges, build a healthy dog-handler relationship, and achieve their training goals. She is highly student-focused—adept at explaining concepts, helping every student feel successful, and creating training experiences that are meaningful and effective. Deb’s sense of humor, enthusiastic teaching style, and ability to work with a wide range of students are what clients seem to like about her.  Deb has been a therapy dog handler since 1996 and the volunteer Director of Training and Certification for Therapy Dogs of Vermont (TDV) since 2005. Deb also volunteers with rescues and other organizations as an advisor, training resource, and author.  Read more: www.goldstardog.com We've had inquiries about bringing children to the classes.  Due most importantly to liability and safety issues and secondly to space constraints, we CANNOT have children present at class. These training sessions are for adult participants and their dog only.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363 or the Recreation Office at 524-1500 x *268. DOG/PUPPY ESSENTIALS: BASIC TRAINING AND SOCIAL SKILLSWe’re busy people.  We’ve got other priorities.*  Dog training can feel like One. More. Thing. But, you want a dog you can live with, be proud of, and about which others glowingly remark “What a great dog!” This class shows you how to have a happy, confident, well-behaved dog.  It consists of 3 important skills: practical straight-up obedience (don’t drag me down the street, come when I call, etc.), life skills (don’t jump on my friends, chill out, etc.), and understanding your dog’s body language. What you get: My simple 4-step approach for teaching your dog almost anything; course booklet and weekly training guides; force-free training; ongoing free email/phone support after the class ends; and a student-focused instructor with 20+ years’ experience teaching people and dogs.  And, we’re gonna get results while having  fun! So, to all those wiggly puppies and wonderful dogs out there: are you ready to earn your gold star (get it, Gold Star Dog Training)? *Course is also suitable for those who aren’t all that busy. BEYOND BASICS (Pre-requisite: Deb's BASIC dog class, or instructor approval)Time to take off the training wheels! This course takes your training to the next level. What's the next level? Well, that's the beauty of this class—you decide!! Like many exercise classes that show you various intensity levels of a given exercise, this course shows you various levels of each command or behavior. This permits "perfect fit" training for you and your dog! We teach and use an easy-to-apply, standardized approach to dog training and management that is designed to be useful no matter what level your dog is at with a given command or behavior. The course also continues to build a foundation of manners, training, and social skills. It’s perfect for adolescent and young adult dogs who need help weathering this “teenage” stage in a way that’s constructive and positive. NEW OFFERING - Therapy Dog Academy! (This course does not result in therapy dog certification, nor does it guarantee certification.) Requirements: There are particular requirements for this course; please review the policies for more details (link below). Pre-requisite: Participants and their dogs must have taken Gold Star Dog Training’s Essentials/Basic class. So, your dog wants to be a therapy dog?  Well, we’ve got a course for that!  This 6-week course gives dogs and handlers the necessary skills for taking a therapy dog test, working safely and effectively as a therapy dog team on duty, and developing a close working relationship with your dog. The course is suitable for those: working toward therapy dog certification; already working as a therapy dog team but wanting to develop new skills or hone existing ones; and looking for skills useful for working with his/her dog in public (e.g., in the workplace, for service dog training). Your instructor, Deb, has been a therapy dog handler since the mid-1990s, has had 6 therapy dog partners over the years, and has directed a large therapy dog certification and training program since 2005.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ALL DOG CLASSES: Dogs do not attend the first class. Every dog owner must provide vaccination documentation (described in our policies). Please review all class policies/restrictions (regarding vaccinations, aggressive dogs in class, youth participants, guests, refunds) before registration. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM    Dog Classes with Deb Helfrich - Dog Class - Audit
Meet Your Instructor! Deb Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLCEmail: deb@goldstardog.comCovid 19-related InstructionsIn order to support the health of all class participants, we will need to employ a few safety guidelines and rules during class.Participants must:• Keep at least 6 feet distance from others at all times.• Follow all instructions for how to safely engage in class exercises.• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into elbow.• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom.• Bring own hand sanitizer (participants are encouraged to use hand sanitizer regularly).• Wear a mask at all times.• Stay home if having any COVID-19 symptoms/feeling sick, or have recently been exposed to someone whohas COVID-19 (and inform the instructor).• After class, you may be asked to wipe (wipes will be provided) down your chair.• Do not bring family members or guests to class (i.e., only one person may attend class with the dog).Please note that Covid-related policies may change at any time given newrecommendations/information. You will be provided with current policies after you register fora course; should you wish to review these policies before registering for a class, pleasecontact the Recreation Dept sponsoring the class, or contact Gold Star Dog Training.Deb is owner of Gold Star Dog Training LLC, based in Fairfax, Vermont. She enjoys working with dogs and their handlers to solve their challenges, build a healthy dog-handler relationship, and achieve their training goals. She is highly student-focused—adept at explaining concepts, helping every student feel successful, and creating training experiences that are meaningful and effective. Deb’s sense of humor, enthusiastic teaching style, and ability to work with a wide range of students are what clients seem to like about her.  Deb has been a therapy dog handler since 1996 and the volunteer Director of Training and Certification for Therapy Dogs of Vermont (TDV) since 2005. Deb also volunteers with rescues and other organizations as an advisor, training resource, and author.  Read more: www.goldstardog.com We've had inquiries about bringing children to the classes.  Due most importantly to liability and safety issues and secondly to space constraints, we CANNOT have children present at class. These training sessions are for adult participants and their dog only.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363 or the Recreation Office at 524-1500 x *268. DOG/PUPPY ESSENTIALS: BASIC TRAINING AND SOCIAL SKILLSWe’re busy people.  We’ve got other priorities.*  Dog training can feel like One. More. Thing. But, you want a dog you can live with, be proud of, and about which others glowingly remark “What a great dog!” This class shows you how to have a happy, confident, well-behaved dog.  It consists of 3 important skills: practical straight-up obedience (don’t drag me down the street, come when I call, etc.), life skills (don’t jump on my friends, chill out, etc.), and understanding your dog’s body language. What you get: My simple 4-step approach for teaching your dog almost anything; course booklet and weekly training guides; force-free training; ongoing free email/phone support after the class ends; and a student-focused instructor with 20+ years’ experience teaching people and dogs.  And, we’re gonna get results while having  fun! So, to all those wiggly puppies and wonderful dogs out there: are you ready to earn your gold star (get it, Gold Star Dog Training)? *Course is also suitable for those who aren’t all that busy. BEYOND BASICS (Pre-requisite: Deb's BASIC dog class, or instructor approval)Time to take off the training wheels! This course takes your training to the next level. What's the next level? Well, that's the beauty of this class—you decide!! Like many exercise classes that show you various intensity levels of a given exercise, this course shows you various levels of each command or behavior. This permits "perfect fit" training for you and your dog! We teach and use an easy-to-apply, standardized approach to dog training and management that is designed to be useful no matter what level your dog is at with a given command or behavior. The course also continues to build a foundation of manners, training, and social skills. It’s perfect for adolescent and young adult dogs who need help weathering this “teenage” stage in a way that’s constructive and positive. NEW OFFERING - Therapy Dog Academy! (This course does not result in therapy dog certification, nor does it guarantee certification.) Requirements: There are particular requirements for this course; please review the policies for more details (link below). Pre-requisite: Participants and their dogs must have taken Gold Star Dog Training’s Essentials/Basic class. So, your dog wants to be a therapy dog?  Well, we’ve got a course for that!  This 6-week course gives dogs and handlers the necessary skills for taking a therapy dog test, working safely and effectively as a therapy dog team on duty, and developing a close working relationship with your dog. The course is suitable for those: working toward therapy dog certification; already working as a therapy dog team but wanting to develop new skills or hone existing ones; and looking for skills useful for working with his/her dog in public (e.g., in the workplace, for service dog training). Your instructor, Deb, has been a therapy dog handler since the mid-1990s, has had 6 therapy dog partners over the years, and has directed a large therapy dog certification and training program since 2005.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ALL DOG CLASSES: Dogs do not attend the first class. Every dog owner must provide vaccination documentation (described in our policies). Please review all class policies/restrictions (regarding vaccinations, aggressive dogs in class, youth participants, guests, refunds) before registration. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM    Dog Classes with Deb Helfrich - Dog/Puppy Essentials (6 weeks)
Meet Your Instructor! Deb Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLCEmail: deb@goldstardog.comCovid 19-related InstructionsIn order to support the health of all class participants, we will need to employ a few safety guidelines and rules during class.Participants must:• Keep at least 6 feet distance from others at all times.• Follow all instructions for how to safely engage in class exercises.• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into elbow.• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after going to the bathroom.• Bring own hand sanitizer (participants are encouraged to use hand sanitizer regularly).• Wear a mask at all times.• Stay home if having any COVID-19 symptoms/feeling sick, or have recently been exposed to someone whohas COVID-19 (and inform the instructor).• After class, you may be asked to wipe (wipes will be provided) down your chair.• Do not bring family members or guests to class (i.e., only one person may attend class with the dog).Please note that Covid-related policies may change at any time given newrecommendations/information. You will be provided with current policies after you register fora course; should you wish to review these policies before registering for a class, pleasecontact the Recreation Dept sponsoring the class, or contact Gold Star Dog Training.Deb is owner of Gold Star Dog Training LLC, based in Fairfax, Vermont. She enjoys working with dogs and their handlers to solve their challenges, build a healthy dog-handler relationship, and achieve their training goals. She is highly student-focused—adept at explaining concepts, helping every student feel successful, and creating training experiences that are meaningful and effective. Deb’s sense of humor, enthusiastic teaching style, and ability to work with a wide range of students are what clients seem to like about her.  Deb has been a therapy dog handler since 1996 and the volunteer Director of Training and Certification for Therapy Dogs of Vermont (TDV) since 2005. Deb also volunteers with rescues and other organizations as an advisor, training resource, and author.  Read more: www.goldstardog.com We've had inquiries about bringing children to the classes.  Due most importantly to liability and safety issues and secondly to space constraints, we CANNOT have children present at class. These training sessions are for adult participants and their dog only.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363 or the Recreation Office at 524-1500 x *268. DOG/PUPPY ESSENTIALS: BASIC TRAINING AND SOCIAL SKILLSWe’re busy people.  We’ve got other priorities.*  Dog training can feel like One. More. Thing. But, you want a dog you can live with, be proud of, and about which others glowingly remark “What a great dog!” This class shows you how to have a happy, confident, well-behaved dog.  It consists of 3 important skills: practical straight-up obedience (don’t drag me down the street, come when I call, etc.), life skills (don’t jump on my friends, chill out, etc.), and understanding your dog’s body language. What you get: My simple 4-step approach for teaching your dog almost anything; course booklet and weekly training guides; force-free training; ongoing free email/phone support after the class ends; and a student-focused instructor with 20+ years’ experience teaching people and dogs.  And, we’re gonna get results while having  fun! So, to all those wiggly puppies and wonderful dogs out there: are you ready to earn your gold star (get it, Gold Star Dog Training)? *Course is also suitable for those who aren’t all that busy. BEYOND BASICS (Pre-requisite: Deb's BASIC dog class, or instructor approval)Time to take off the training wheels! This course takes your training to the next level. What's the next level? Well, that's the beauty of this class—you decide!! Like many exercise classes that show you various intensity levels of a given exercise, this course shows you various levels of each command or behavior. This permits "perfect fit" training for you and your dog! We teach and use an easy-to-apply, standardized approach to dog training and management that is designed to be useful no matter what level your dog is at with a given command or behavior. The course also continues to build a foundation of manners, training, and social skills. It’s perfect for adolescent and young adult dogs who need help weathering this “teenage” stage in a way that’s constructive and positive. NEW OFFERING - Therapy Dog Academy! (This course does not result in therapy dog certification, nor does it guarantee certification.) Requirements: There are particular requirements for this course; please review the policies for more details (link below). Pre-requisite: Participants and their dogs must have taken Gold Star Dog Training’s Essentials/Basic class. So, your dog wants to be a therapy dog?  Well, we’ve got a course for that!  This 6-week course gives dogs and handlers the necessary skills for taking a therapy dog test, working safely and effectively as a therapy dog team on duty, and developing a close working relationship with your dog. The course is suitable for those: working toward therapy dog certification; already working as a therapy dog team but wanting to develop new skills or hone existing ones; and looking for skills useful for working with his/her dog in public (e.g., in the workplace, for service dog training). Your instructor, Deb, has been a therapy dog handler since the mid-1990s, has had 6 therapy dog partners over the years, and has directed a large therapy dog certification and training program since 2005.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ALL DOG CLASSES: Dogs do not attend the first class. Every dog owner must provide vaccination documentation (described in our policies). Please review all class policies/restrictions (regarding vaccinations, aggressive dogs in class, youth participants, guests, refunds) before registration. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
Wednesday December 23, 2020
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM    Vacation Camps & In-service Days - December Break Camp
Looking for a fun, active day for your kids when they're off from school? Send them to Vacation Day Camp! The St. Albans Recreation Department provides day camp options on school breaks and teacher in-services days. We provide fun for kids from Kindergarten to age 12. They'll have a blast playing games, making new friends (and seeing old ones), making great arts/ crafts, hitting up the movies, going on field trips, and having great entertainment presentations. Dress for the weather because we'll be spending part of each day outdoors. Pack a good lunch and snacks to keep fueled up for all this fun.  Vacation Camp entrance is the back door - across from the basketball courts.Each day includes a great mix of activity, both inside and out, down time, art, food creation and just plain fun! Keep in mind the schedule is tentative and subject to change depending on a variety of reasons including weather, transportation, and outdoor conditions. We look at the forecast and make the best use of the circumstances :)Flexible scheduling!You asked for it!  Families can now choose which days they would like to sign up for Vacation Camp!  Pick whichever days work with your schedule!  Sign up for 1 day or the whole break. Feel free to reach out to us anytime. 802-524-1500 extension *268. Are your kids sick?In order to keep kids from passing sickness to others, we encourage parents to keep their kids home from camp when they are sick. If your kids are sick and they stay home we will credit your account for that day. Please let us know via phone or email and we will apply the credit to your account. 
 
Thursday December 24, 2020
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM    Vacation Camps & In-service Days - December Break Camp
Looking for a fun, active day for your kids when they're off from school? Send them to Vacation Day Camp! The St. Albans Recreation Department provides day camp options on school breaks and teacher in-services days. We provide fun for kids from Kindergarten to age 12. They'll have a blast playing games, making new friends (and seeing old ones), making great arts/ crafts, hitting up the movies, going on field trips, and having great entertainment presentations. Dress for the weather because we'll be spending part of each day outdoors. Pack a good lunch and snacks to keep fueled up for all this fun.  Vacation Camp entrance is the back door - across from the basketball courts.Each day includes a great mix of activity, both inside and out, down time, art, food creation and just plain fun! Keep in mind the schedule is tentative and subject to change depending on a variety of reasons including weather, transportation, and outdoor conditions. We look at the forecast and make the best use of the circumstances :)Flexible scheduling!You asked for it!  Families can now choose which days they would like to sign up for Vacation Camp!  Pick whichever days work with your schedule!  Sign up for 1 day or the whole break. Feel free to reach out to us anytime. 802-524-1500 extension *268. Are your kids sick?In order to keep kids from passing sickness to others, we encourage parents to keep their kids home from camp when they are sick. If your kids are sick and they stay home we will credit your account for that day. Please let us know via phone or email and we will apply the credit to your account. 
 
Monday December 28, 2020
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM    Vacation Camps & In-service Days - December Break Camp
Looking for a fun, active day for your kids when they're off from school? Send them to Vacation Day Camp! The St. Albans Recreation Department provides day camp options on school breaks and teacher in-services days. We provide fun for kids from Kindergarten to age 12. They'll have a blast playing games, making new friends (and seeing old ones), making great arts/ crafts, hitting up the movies, going on field trips, and having great entertainment presentations. Dress for the weather because we'll be spending part of each day outdoors. Pack a good lunch and snacks to keep fueled up for all this fun.  Vacation Camp entrance is the back door - across from the basketball courts.Each day includes a great mix of activity, both inside and out, down time, art, food creation and just plain fun! Keep in mind the schedule is tentative and subject to change depending on a variety of reasons including weather, transportation, and outdoor conditions. We look at the forecast and make the best use of the circumstances :)Flexible scheduling!You asked for it!  Families can now choose which days they would like to sign up for Vacation Camp!  Pick whichever days work with your schedule!  Sign up for 1 day or the whole break. Feel free to reach out to us anytime. 802-524-1500 extension *268. Are your kids sick?In order to keep kids from passing sickness to others, we encourage parents to keep their kids home from camp when they are sick. If your kids are sick and they stay home we will credit your account for that day. Please let us know via phone or email and we will apply the credit to your account. 
 
Tuesday December 29, 2020
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM    Vacation Camps & In-service Days - December Break Camp
Looking for a fun, active day for your kids when they're off from school? Send them to Vacation Day Camp! The St. Albans Recreation Department provides day camp options on school breaks and teacher in-services days. We provide fun for kids from Kindergarten to age 12. They'll have a blast playing games, making new friends (and seeing old ones), making great arts/ crafts, hitting up the movies, going on field trips, and having great entertainment presentations. Dress for the weather because we'll be spending part of each day outdoors. Pack a good lunch and snacks to keep fueled up for all this fun.  Vacation Camp entrance is the back door - across from the basketball courts.Each day includes a great mix of activity, both inside and out, down time, art, food creation and just plain fun! Keep in mind the schedule is tentative and subject to change depending on a variety of reasons including weather, transportation, and outdoor conditions. We look at the forecast and make the best use of the circumstances :)Flexible scheduling!You asked for it!  Families can now choose which days they would like to sign up for Vacation Camp!  Pick whichever days work with your schedule!  Sign up for 1 day or the whole break. Feel free to reach out to us anytime. 802-524-1500 extension *268. Are your kids sick?In order to keep kids from passing sickness to others, we encourage parents to keep their kids home from camp when they are sick. If your kids are sick and they stay home we will credit your account for that day. Please let us know via phone or email and we will apply the credit to your account. 
 
Wednesday December 30, 2020
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM    Vacation Camps & In-service Days - New Years Eve Camp!
Looking for a fun, active day for your kids when they're off from school? Send them to Vacation Day Camp! The St. Albans Recreation Department provides day camp options on school breaks and teacher in-services days. We provide fun for kids from Kindergarten to age 12. They'll have a blast playing games, making new friends (and seeing old ones), making great arts/ crafts, hitting up the movies, going on field trips, and having great entertainment presentations. Dress for the weather because we'll be spending part of each day outdoors. Pack a good lunch and snacks to keep fueled up for all this fun.  Vacation Camp entrance is the back door - across from the basketball courts.Each day includes a great mix of activity, both inside and out, down time, art, food creation and just plain fun! Keep in mind the schedule is tentative and subject to change depending on a variety of reasons including weather, transportation, and outdoor conditions. We look at the forecast and make the best use of the circumstances :)Flexible scheduling!You asked for it!  Families can now choose which days they would like to sign up for Vacation Camp!  Pick whichever days work with your schedule!  Sign up for 1 day or the whole break. Feel free to reach out to us anytime. 802-524-1500 extension *268. Are your kids sick?In order to keep kids from passing sickness to others, we encourage parents to keep their kids home from camp when they are sick. If your kids are sick and they stay home we will credit your account for that day. Please let us know via phone or email and we will apply the credit to your account. 
 
Thursday December 31, 2020
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM    Vacation Camps & In-service Days - New Years Eve Camp!
Looking for a fun, active day for your kids when they're off from school? Send them to Vacation Day Camp! The St. Albans Recreation Department provides day camp options on school breaks and teacher in-services days. We provide fun for kids from Kindergarten to age 12. They'll have a blast playing games, making new friends (and seeing old ones), making great arts/ crafts, hitting up the movies, going on field trips, and having great entertainment presentations. Dress for the weather because we'll be spending part of each day outdoors. Pack a good lunch and snacks to keep fueled up for all this fun.  Vacation Camp entrance is the back door - across from the basketball courts.Each day includes a great mix of activity, both inside and out, down time, art, food creation and just plain fun! Keep in mind the schedule is tentative and subject to change depending on a variety of reasons including weather, transportation, and outdoor conditions. We look at the forecast and make the best use of the circumstances :)Flexible scheduling!You asked for it!  Families can now choose which days they would like to sign up for Vacation Camp!  Pick whichever days work with your schedule!  Sign up for 1 day or the whole break. Feel free to reach out to us anytime. 802-524-1500 extension *268. Are your kids sick?In order to keep kids from passing sickness to others, we encourage parents to keep their kids home from camp when they are sick. If your kids are sick and they stay home we will credit your account for that day. Please let us know via phone or email and we will apply the credit to your account. 
 
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM    Hard'ack Rental - Port o let - accessible
Hard'ack Recreation Area with 95 acres of fields, ski, ride & slide hills, mountain bike trails, hiking trails, snowshoe trails and more is available to rent for your functions.  There are all kinds of options - just let us know what you're looking for.
 
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM    Hard'ack Rental - Port o let - regular
Hard'ack Recreation Area with 95 acres of fields, ski, ride & slide hills, mountain bike trails, hiking trails, snowshoe trails and more is available to rent for your functions.  There are all kinds of options - just let us know what you're looking for.
 
Monday January 4, 2021
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Afternoon Fun! - Afternoon Fun
We're happy to announce that we'll be running an after school program this year.  Things will look slightly different as we observe all COVID19 health requirements.  We're also in the process of becoming a licensed after school program.  The licensing should go into effect later in the fall.  Families won't see any difference in our programming from last year to this, except for COVID guidelines and maybe a bit more paper work needed.  :)We will be accepting kids from Kindergarten through Grade 6.  Buses from each school drop kids off at Barlow Street Community Center.  Pick up is anytime before 6pm.  We will provide a healthy snack for kids each afternoon.  A daily menu will be provided soon.  We will offer a great assortment of both indoor and out door activities so kids can have a fun, active down time after school. Kids & Staff will be scanned for temperature upon arrival.  Any person registering a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed in programming. Kids will wash hands upon arrival and put their back pack away. Kids & Staff will wear masks at all times. Parents & Guardians must wear masks at pick up. Any family traveling to areas not deemed "green" by the State of Vermont may be subject to a 14 day quarantine which would prevent them from attending recreation programming for 14 days after returning home.  Expect changes - as guidelines change we will adjust our programming to reflect those changes.  We run our programs to adhere to VDH and CDC guidelines regarding COVID19.  We reserve the right to make changes up to and including canceling programming at any time.  As in keeping with all our program - we keep kids active and outside as much as possible.  When kids need to be indoors, we will adhere to physical distancing and mask wearing.  Kids will wash hands often throughout the afternoon.