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Monday January 31, 2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM    Ski & Ride Lessons for Beginners at Hard'ack - Snowboard Lessons
Learn to ski & ride at Hard'ack - For kids ages 6 and up. The hill is closed to the public for these special nights of lessons. Only kids registered for programming will be allowed to ski/ride. The hill will be closed immediately following lessons.  Bundle up and join us - 'cause if you can ski/ride Hard'ack you can go anywhere! Each participant must supply their own equipment. Lessons are weather (snow :)) dependant. IMPORTANT INFO:- Masks are required in the Lodge.- Tow rope can rip and tear gloves. Make sure to wear glove protectors or older gloves. Members of the BFA ski team and snowboard team instruct these classes. These Athletes will help guide the kids on tips and tricks to help them get better on the snow.Our philosophy?  We want this to be a great introductory experience for participants. If it is extremely cold lessons may run closer to 30 minutes depending upon how the kids are holding up.  It's not fun when you're freezing :(  Program Note:  This schedule is subject to change due to hill/weather conditions as well as changes to the competition schedule of the team members who instruct the classes.  We're all at the mercy of the elements and will try to keep you informed as quickly as possible of any necessary changes.
 
Tuesday February 1, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Cross Country Ski Night Races - Nordic Night Race
Race on 12/21/21 is canceled. Race on 12/28/21 is canceled. Race on 1/1/22 is canceled due to extreme cold.Have a tough time getting our for some fun or exercise during the light of day in the Winter? Come join us for a chance to get out on the trails and have some fun. Tyler Magnan will be hosting races from December 14th - March 14th Tuesday nights at 6:00pm. That is 14 total races but with varying weather conditions we hope to put on at least 5-10 total races. ALL RACES WILL DEPEND ON SNOW AND WEATHER CONDITIONS. Each week we will have a 2k loop with the option to do 1, 2 or 3 laps on the loop, depending on your ability/ stamina. All ages and abilities are welcome, knowing the minimum distance is 2k. Although these are called races, this is a time for people to come together in the cross country ski community and have some fun. The races will be in the dark so be sure to bring a head lamp. Tyler will have head lamps for people who cannot bring their own. Before and afterwards we will get together around the patio and fire place area to stay warm and get ready for the race.
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Ski/Snowboard Races for kids! (Lollipop Races) - Ski/Snowboard Race Wolfpack Member Registration (all ages)
We are bringing back a favorite Hard'ack event - ski and snowboard races at Hard'ack!A fun, easy course - 4 or 5 turns - so that all levels can give it a try.  We'll be premiering our new timing system (courtesy of RiseVT) so kids can chart their progress. All races are for fun. Compete against yourself and try to better your times. This will be an open heat where racers can race as many laps as their hearts, or legs desire. Limit 20 people as we only have 20 timing chips. If we get over 20 people we may have to do 2 half hour heats. Are you a member of The Hard'ack Wolf Pack?  If so - registration is free - see the special registration below!Snack Bar will be open, fire in the pit and music on the patio - join us in bringing back a Hard'ack tradition!Pictures below from 2020 races! Live shots courtesy of David Brueckner
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Ski/Snowboard Races for kids! (Lollipop Races) - Ski/Snowboard Races for kids
We are bringing back a favorite Hard'ack event - ski and snowboard races at Hard'ack!A fun, easy course - 4 or 5 turns - so that all levels can give it a try.  We'll be premiering our new timing system (courtesy of RiseVT) so kids can chart their progress. All races are for fun. Compete against yourself and try to better your times. This will be an open heat where racers can race as many laps as their hearts, or legs desire. Limit 20 people as we only have 20 timing chips. If we get over 20 people we may have to do 2 half hour heats. Are you a member of The Hard'ack Wolf Pack?  If so - registration is free - see the special registration below!Snack Bar will be open, fire in the pit and music on the patio - join us in bringing back a Hard'ack tradition!Pictures below from 2020 races! Live shots courtesy of David Brueckner
 
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.comDeb 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.comIf you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363  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. This class is not appropriate for dogs with reactivity (barking/lunging at other dogs/people), that are very fearful, or have any aggressive tendencies.  Please review course policies.  Should you have any concerns about your dog's suitability for a group class, contact the instructor at least 7 days in advance of the first class to discuss.  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.  Once registered, there are no refunds. Covid-related and all other policies are available at the link below.  Participants should review before registering for class.https://www.goldstardog.com/find-classesor contact Deb directly at her email above. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
Wednesday February 2, 2022
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Wild Wednesdays - Wondering Wednesdays (2/2-3/30)
Join us on Wednesdays in the Wilds of Hard'ack!St. Albans Recreation is offering Wednesday afternoon programming for early release from school 1:45 to 6:00pm for kids in grades 1-8. School buses from SATEC and SACS drop kids off at the lodge directly.Please be sure the school is aware your child is coming to our program so they can be put on the correct bus. Kids will spend the afternoon with staff exploring the trails, playing disc golf, playing field games, enjoying the outdoors and doing creative activities. This program is designed for kids to unwind and have fun after a day at school.Registration is for the complete session not available on a week by week or drop in basis. Parents can register part way through a session for a prorated fee if there is space. **Registration is for the entire program.  There are no refunds or credits for missed sessions.**
 
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM    Square Dance Lessons & Dancing! - Square Dance - Single- Winter/ Spring Session 2021/22
Join Steve, Deb Desrosiers and the Maple Squares on Thursday evenings at the newly renovated St. Albans City Hall Auditorium on Thursdays. See the different sessions options below. No need to pre-register, just show up and pay at the door.Both lessons and dancing will be held each evening with some Contra Dancing in the mix as well.  The cost is $4 per person for St. Albans Residents or $10 maximum per family for St. Albans Residents and $6 per person & $15 maximum per family for non-residents. Fall ScheduleSeptember 8th - December 22nd 2021 (NO CLASS DECEMBER 1st)6:30-8:30pmWinter ScheduleDELAYED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2ndJanuary 5th - March 30th 20216:30-8:30pm
 
Thursday February 3, 2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM    Ski & Ride Lessons for Beginners at Hard'ack - Ski Lessons
Learn to ski & ride at Hard'ack - For kids ages 6 and up. The hill is closed to the public for these special nights of lessons. Only kids registered for programming will be allowed to ski/ride. The hill will be closed immediately following lessons.  Bundle up and join us - 'cause if you can ski/ride Hard'ack you can go anywhere! Each participant must supply their own equipment. Lessons are weather (snow :)) dependant. IMPORTANT INFO:- Masks are required in the Lodge.- Tow rope can rip and tear gloves. Make sure to wear glove protectors or older gloves. Members of the BFA ski team and snowboard team instruct these classes. These Athletes will help guide the kids on tips and tricks to help them get better on the snow.Our philosophy?  We want this to be a great introductory experience for participants. If it is extremely cold lessons may run closer to 30 minutes depending upon how the kids are holding up.  It's not fun when you're freezing :(  Program Note:  This schedule is subject to change due to hill/weather conditions as well as changes to the competition schedule of the team members who instruct the classes.  We're all at the mercy of the elements and will try to keep you informed as quickly as possible of any necessary changes.
 
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM    CPR, AED and/ or First Aid Certification - CPR & AED Adult/ Pediatric
American Red Cross Training  Course completion cards are valid for two years. Every class covers both certification and re-certification. The class is an instructor-led course that teaches adult and child CPR and AED use, infant CPR, and how to relieve choking in adults, children, and infants. This course teaches skills with research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills. American Red Cross CPR Certification–  teaches CPR and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for adults, infants, and children; intended for lay responders.This class can be catered to your needs.  You can come to this course for certification in Adults, Children and Infants or just Adults or just Children and Infants.American Red Cross  CPR Recertification – reviews the skills learned in previous CPR classes.  The class will recertify individuals previously certified by the American Red Cross.  This class can be catered to your needs. You can come to this class for certification in Adults, Children and Infants or just Adults or just Children and Infants.American Red Cross First Aid Certification - Designed to help non-medical professionals provide assistance in times of crisis, this course allows you to gain an understanding of first aid best practices for a wide range of conditions, including: Asthma emergencies Anaphylaxis Burns Choking Diabetic emergencies External bleeding Environmental emergencies Heart Attack Poisoning Neck, head and spinal injuries Stroke Seizure
 
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM    CPR, AED and/ or First Aid Certification - CPR/ AED and FIRST AID Adult/ Pediatric
American Red Cross Training  Course completion cards are valid for two years. Every class covers both certification and re-certification. The class is an instructor-led course that teaches adult and child CPR and AED use, infant CPR, and how to relieve choking in adults, children, and infants. This course teaches skills with research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills. American Red Cross CPR Certification–  teaches CPR and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for adults, infants, and children; intended for lay responders.This class can be catered to your needs.  You can come to this course for certification in Adults, Children and Infants or just Adults or just Children and Infants.American Red Cross  CPR Recertification – reviews the skills learned in previous CPR classes.  The class will recertify individuals previously certified by the American Red Cross.  This class can be catered to your needs. You can come to this class for certification in Adults, Children and Infants or just Adults or just Children and Infants.American Red Cross First Aid Certification - Designed to help non-medical professionals provide assistance in times of crisis, this course allows you to gain an understanding of first aid best practices for a wide range of conditions, including: Asthma emergencies Anaphylaxis Burns Choking Diabetic emergencies External bleeding Environmental emergencies Heart Attack Poisoning Neck, head and spinal injuries Stroke Seizure
 
Monday February 7, 2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM    Ski & Ride Lessons for Beginners at Hard'ack - Snowboard Lessons
Learn to ski & ride at Hard'ack - For kids ages 6 and up. The hill is closed to the public for these special nights of lessons. Only kids registered for programming will be allowed to ski/ride. The hill will be closed immediately following lessons.  Bundle up and join us - 'cause if you can ski/ride Hard'ack you can go anywhere! Each participant must supply their own equipment. Lessons are weather (snow :)) dependant. IMPORTANT INFO:- Masks are required in the Lodge.- Tow rope can rip and tear gloves. Make sure to wear glove protectors or older gloves. Members of the BFA ski team and snowboard team instruct these classes. These Athletes will help guide the kids on tips and tricks to help them get better on the snow.Our philosophy?  We want this to be a great introductory experience for participants. If it is extremely cold lessons may run closer to 30 minutes depending upon how the kids are holding up.  It's not fun when you're freezing :(  Program Note:  This schedule is subject to change due to hill/weather conditions as well as changes to the competition schedule of the team members who instruct the classes.  We're all at the mercy of the elements and will try to keep you informed as quickly as possible of any necessary changes.
 
Tuesday February 8, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Cross Country Ski Night Races - Nordic Night Race
Race on 12/21/21 is canceled. Race on 12/28/21 is canceled. Race on 1/1/22 is canceled due to extreme cold.Have a tough time getting our for some fun or exercise during the light of day in the Winter? Come join us for a chance to get out on the trails and have some fun. Tyler Magnan will be hosting races from December 14th - March 14th Tuesday nights at 6:00pm. That is 14 total races but with varying weather conditions we hope to put on at least 5-10 total races. ALL RACES WILL DEPEND ON SNOW AND WEATHER CONDITIONS. Each week we will have a 2k loop with the option to do 1, 2 or 3 laps on the loop, depending on your ability/ stamina. All ages and abilities are welcome, knowing the minimum distance is 2k. Although these are called races, this is a time for people to come together in the cross country ski community and have some fun. The races will be in the dark so be sure to bring a head lamp. Tyler will have head lamps for people who cannot bring their own. Before and afterwards we will get together around the patio and fire place area to stay warm and get ready for the race.
 
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.comDeb 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.comIf you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363  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. This class is not appropriate for dogs with reactivity (barking/lunging at other dogs/people), that are very fearful, or have any aggressive tendencies.  Please review course policies.  Should you have any concerns about your dog's suitability for a group class, contact the instructor at least 7 days in advance of the first class to discuss.  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.  Once registered, there are no refunds. Covid-related and all other policies are available at the link below.  Participants should review before registering for class.https://www.goldstardog.com/find-classesor contact Deb directly at her email above. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
Wednesday February 9, 2022
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Wild Wednesdays - Wondering Wednesdays (2/2-3/30)
Join us on Wednesdays in the Wilds of Hard'ack!St. Albans Recreation is offering Wednesday afternoon programming for early release from school 1:45 to 6:00pm for kids in grades 1-8. School buses from SATEC and SACS drop kids off at the lodge directly.Please be sure the school is aware your child is coming to our program so they can be put on the correct bus. Kids will spend the afternoon with staff exploring the trails, playing disc golf, playing field games, enjoying the outdoors and doing creative activities. This program is designed for kids to unwind and have fun after a day at school.Registration is for the complete session not available on a week by week or drop in basis. Parents can register part way through a session for a prorated fee if there is space. **Registration is for the entire program.  There are no refunds or credits for missed sessions.**
 
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM    Square Dance Lessons & Dancing! - Square Dance - Single- Winter/ Spring Session 2021/22
Join Steve, Deb Desrosiers and the Maple Squares on Thursday evenings at the newly renovated St. Albans City Hall Auditorium on Thursdays. See the different sessions options below. No need to pre-register, just show up and pay at the door.Both lessons and dancing will be held each evening with some Contra Dancing in the mix as well.  The cost is $4 per person for St. Albans Residents or $10 maximum per family for St. Albans Residents and $6 per person & $15 maximum per family for non-residents. Fall ScheduleSeptember 8th - December 22nd 2021 (NO CLASS DECEMBER 1st)6:30-8:30pmWinter ScheduleDELAYED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2ndJanuary 5th - March 30th 20216:30-8:30pm
 
Thursday February 10, 2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM    Ski & Ride Lessons for Beginners at Hard'ack - Ski Lessons
Learn to ski & ride at Hard'ack - For kids ages 6 and up. The hill is closed to the public for these special nights of lessons. Only kids registered for programming will be allowed to ski/ride. The hill will be closed immediately following lessons.  Bundle up and join us - 'cause if you can ski/ride Hard'ack you can go anywhere! Each participant must supply their own equipment. Lessons are weather (snow :)) dependant. IMPORTANT INFO:- Masks are required in the Lodge.- Tow rope can rip and tear gloves. Make sure to wear glove protectors or older gloves. Members of the BFA ski team and snowboard team instruct these classes. These Athletes will help guide the kids on tips and tricks to help them get better on the snow.Our philosophy?  We want this to be a great introductory experience for participants. If it is extremely cold lessons may run closer to 30 minutes depending upon how the kids are holding up.  It's not fun when you're freezing :(  Program Note:  This schedule is subject to change due to hill/weather conditions as well as changes to the competition schedule of the team members who instruct the classes.  We're all at the mercy of the elements and will try to keep you informed as quickly as possible of any necessary changes.
 
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM    Daughter Gala and Silent Auction 2022 - Daughter Gala & Silent Auction -Additional Single Admission
Registration for the 13th Annual Daughter Gala is open!  This year's theme is Winter Wonderland -The 13th Annual Daughter Gala will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2022. The Gala is an evening of elegance and fun for daughters and their escorts. This formal affair is a fund raising event for The St. Albans Recreation Department. Daughters and their escorts will be treated to refreshments, beautiful atmosphere, music and dancing. It will be an evening not soon forgotten and your participation will help support recreation activities in our community.  Fun silent auction items too! We realize this is a school night, but once in a while it's okay to stay up a little late for a special evening! When you register and pay below your name will be added to the guest list - you can just check in at the door. If you have an item or gift certificate you'd like to donate for the silent auction, please contact the recreation office at 524-1559. 
 
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM    Daughter Gala and Silent Auction 2022 - Daughter Gala & Silent Auction- Admission for 2
Registration for the 13th Annual Daughter Gala is open!  This year's theme is Winter Wonderland -The 13th Annual Daughter Gala will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2022. The Gala is an evening of elegance and fun for daughters and their escorts. This formal affair is a fund raising event for The St. Albans Recreation Department. Daughters and their escorts will be treated to refreshments, beautiful atmosphere, music and dancing. It will be an evening not soon forgotten and your participation will help support recreation activities in our community.  Fun silent auction items too! We realize this is a school night, but once in a while it's okay to stay up a little late for a special evening! When you register and pay below your name will be added to the guest list - you can just check in at the door. If you have an item or gift certificate you'd like to donate for the silent auction, please contact the recreation office at 524-1559. 
 
Monday February 14, 2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM    Ski & Ride Lessons for Beginners at Hard'ack - Snowboard Lessons
Learn to ski & ride at Hard'ack - For kids ages 6 and up. The hill is closed to the public for these special nights of lessons. Only kids registered for programming will be allowed to ski/ride. The hill will be closed immediately following lessons.  Bundle up and join us - 'cause if you can ski/ride Hard'ack you can go anywhere! Each participant must supply their own equipment. Lessons are weather (snow :)) dependant. IMPORTANT INFO:- Masks are required in the Lodge.- Tow rope can rip and tear gloves. Make sure to wear glove protectors or older gloves. Members of the BFA ski team and snowboard team instruct these classes. These Athletes will help guide the kids on tips and tricks to help them get better on the snow.Our philosophy?  We want this to be a great introductory experience for participants. If it is extremely cold lessons may run closer to 30 minutes depending upon how the kids are holding up.  It's not fun when you're freezing :(  Program Note:  This schedule is subject to change due to hill/weather conditions as well as changes to the competition schedule of the team members who instruct the classes.  We're all at the mercy of the elements and will try to keep you informed as quickly as possible of any necessary changes.
 
Tuesday February 15, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Cross Country Ski Night Races - Nordic Night Race
Race on 12/21/21 is canceled. Race on 12/28/21 is canceled. Race on 1/1/22 is canceled due to extreme cold.Have a tough time getting our for some fun or exercise during the light of day in the Winter? Come join us for a chance to get out on the trails and have some fun. Tyler Magnan will be hosting races from December 14th - March 14th Tuesday nights at 6:00pm. That is 14 total races but with varying weather conditions we hope to put on at least 5-10 total races. ALL RACES WILL DEPEND ON SNOW AND WEATHER CONDITIONS. Each week we will have a 2k loop with the option to do 1, 2 or 3 laps on the loop, depending on your ability/ stamina. All ages and abilities are welcome, knowing the minimum distance is 2k. Although these are called races, this is a time for people to come together in the cross country ski community and have some fun. The races will be in the dark so be sure to bring a head lamp. Tyler will have head lamps for people who cannot bring their own. Before and afterwards we will get together around the patio and fire place area to stay warm and get ready for the race.
 
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.comDeb 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.comIf you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363  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. This class is not appropriate for dogs with reactivity (barking/lunging at other dogs/people), that are very fearful, or have any aggressive tendencies.  Please review course policies.  Should you have any concerns about your dog's suitability for a group class, contact the instructor at least 7 days in advance of the first class to discuss.  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.  Once registered, there are no refunds. Covid-related and all other policies are available at the link below.  Participants should review before registering for class.https://www.goldstardog.com/find-classesor contact Deb directly at her email above. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
Wednesday February 16, 2022
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Wild Wednesdays - Wondering Wednesdays (2/2-3/30)
Join us on Wednesdays in the Wilds of Hard'ack!St. Albans Recreation is offering Wednesday afternoon programming for early release from school 1:45 to 6:00pm for kids in grades 1-8. School buses from SATEC and SACS drop kids off at the lodge directly.Please be sure the school is aware your child is coming to our program so they can be put on the correct bus. Kids will spend the afternoon with staff exploring the trails, playing disc golf, playing field games, enjoying the outdoors and doing creative activities. This program is designed for kids to unwind and have fun after a day at school.Registration is for the complete session not available on a week by week or drop in basis. Parents can register part way through a session for a prorated fee if there is space. **Registration is for the entire program.  There are no refunds or credits for missed sessions.**
 
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM    Square Dance Lessons & Dancing! - Square Dance - Single- Winter/ Spring Session 2021/22
Join Steve, Deb Desrosiers and the Maple Squares on Thursday evenings at the newly renovated St. Albans City Hall Auditorium on Thursdays. See the different sessions options below. No need to pre-register, just show up and pay at the door.Both lessons and dancing will be held each evening with some Contra Dancing in the mix as well.  The cost is $4 per person for St. Albans Residents or $10 maximum per family for St. Albans Residents and $6 per person & $15 maximum per family for non-residents. Fall ScheduleSeptember 8th - December 22nd 2021 (NO CLASS DECEMBER 1st)6:30-8:30pmWinter ScheduleDELAYED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2ndJanuary 5th - March 30th 20216:30-8:30pm
 
Thursday February 17, 2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM    Ski & Ride Lessons for Beginners at Hard'ack - Ski Lessons
Learn to ski & ride at Hard'ack - For kids ages 6 and up. The hill is closed to the public for these special nights of lessons. Only kids registered for programming will be allowed to ski/ride. The hill will be closed immediately following lessons.  Bundle up and join us - 'cause if you can ski/ride Hard'ack you can go anywhere! Each participant must supply their own equipment. Lessons are weather (snow :)) dependant. IMPORTANT INFO:- Masks are required in the Lodge.- Tow rope can rip and tear gloves. Make sure to wear glove protectors or older gloves. Members of the BFA ski team and snowboard team instruct these classes. These Athletes will help guide the kids on tips and tricks to help them get better on the snow.Our philosophy?  We want this to be a great introductory experience for participants. If it is extremely cold lessons may run closer to 30 minutes depending upon how the kids are holding up.  It's not fun when you're freezing :(  Program Note:  This schedule is subject to change due to hill/weather conditions as well as changes to the competition schedule of the team members who instruct the classes.  We're all at the mercy of the elements and will try to keep you informed as quickly as possible of any necessary changes.
 
Saturday February 19, 2022
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM    Winter Carnival Activities - Ski/ snowboard races 6-8 year olds
The 14th Annual St. Albans Winter Carnvial kicks off Saturday night February 19, 2022 with a beautiful winter display of Fireworks at Hard'ack Recreation Area in St. Albans and then a fantastic day Sunday, February 20, 2022 of outdoor fun with games, contests, races and all kinds of outdoor adventure for the whole family at Hard'ack Recreation Area.    St. Albans Recreation 14th Annual Winter CarnivalFebruary 19th, 2022Saturday, February 19th, 2022Ski/ Snowboard races - 3:30-5:00pm- Three different age groups each going for a half hour. As many laps as you can do in that time. Chips will record racers time each lap down the hill. Register below.Fireworks - At Hard'ack starting at 6:00 pm to kick off the weekend. We will have a fire on the outdoor patio as well as a full snack bar with items for sale. Sunday, February 20th, 2022 – All Events take place at Hard’ack Recreation Area11:00 am Winter Wonderland Family Nature Walk with Bridget Butler - FREE - but must pre-register. Join naturalist & Bird Diva Bridget Butler for a lively nature walk and some gameplay! We'll explore the trails at Hard'ack solving mysteries in the snow, mimicking animals in winter, and getting in touch with our inner nature artist. Each family will receive a Winter Adventure Hunt to take home! Please dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult.11:00am - 2:00pm - Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides - No pre-register, however once on site the day of the event you can register for your sleigh ride and then go enjoy other activities in the mean time.11:00am - noon Sugar on Snow.Noon - 12:30 pm - Human dog sled races. Parents pull kids in sleds on a down and back course to see who is the fastest. 11:00am-2pm - Family Activities and Kids Games!Scavenger Hunt - Find a list of items for your chance to win!Hot Cocoa and S'mores - Roast your own, don't burn them, unless you want to!Hot Dogs to roast over the fire. Prancer from the Vermont Reindeer Farm Outdoor kids play area with swings, slack line, and climbing featuresSnow tunnelsWood Carving by ......Skiing, snowboarding, sleddingChill cook off with a $100 prize for the winner!!      - Chill must be brought in a crock pot to keep consistent temperature.      - Limited to first 20 entries.Snowshoeing (with snowshoes available for use for Free)Music and fun all day12:00 pm - Snowshoe Trek with Lille Bowler - FREE - but must pre-register2:00 pm - Duct Tape Derby (Derby day Registration begins at 12:30pm). At 1:15pm all contestants will be asked to assemble with their vessels to meet with the judges to get a close look at design and costuming. CLICK HERE TO REGISTERCreate a vessel out of duct tape and cardboard, bring it to Hard’ack and race it!  See complete rules and details below under forms.All day - Cash Bar by JW Ryans  
 
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM    Winter Carnival Activities - Ski/ snowboard races 9-11 year olds
The 14th Annual St. Albans Winter Carnvial kicks off Saturday night February 19, 2022 with a beautiful winter display of Fireworks at Hard'ack Recreation Area in St. Albans and then a fantastic day Sunday, February 20, 2022 of outdoor fun with games, contests, races and all kinds of outdoor adventure for the whole family at Hard'ack Recreation Area.    St. Albans Recreation 14th Annual Winter CarnivalFebruary 19th, 2022Saturday, February 19th, 2022Ski/ Snowboard races - 3:30-5:00pm- Three different age groups each going for a half hour. As many laps as you can do in that time. Chips will record racers time each lap down the hill. Register below.Fireworks - At Hard'ack starting at 6:00 pm to kick off the weekend. We will have a fire on the outdoor patio as well as a full snack bar with items for sale. Sunday, February 20th, 2022 – All Events take place at Hard’ack Recreation Area11:00 am Winter Wonderland Family Nature Walk with Bridget Butler - FREE - but must pre-register. Join naturalist & Bird Diva Bridget Butler for a lively nature walk and some gameplay! We'll explore the trails at Hard'ack solving mysteries in the snow, mimicking animals in winter, and getting in touch with our inner nature artist. Each family will receive a Winter Adventure Hunt to take home! Please dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult.11:00am - 2:00pm - Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides - No pre-register, however once on site the day of the event you can register for your sleigh ride and then go enjoy other activities in the mean time.11:00am - noon Sugar on Snow.Noon - 12:30 pm - Human dog sled races. Parents pull kids in sleds on a down and back course to see who is the fastest. 11:00am-2pm - Family Activities and Kids Games!Scavenger Hunt - Find a list of items for your chance to win!Hot Cocoa and S'mores - Roast your own, don't burn them, unless you want to!Hot Dogs to roast over the fire. Prancer from the Vermont Reindeer Farm Outdoor kids play area with swings, slack line, and climbing featuresSnow tunnelsWood Carving by ......Skiing, snowboarding, sleddingChill cook off with a $100 prize for the winner!!      - Chill must be brought in a crock pot to keep consistent temperature.      - Limited to first 20 entries.Snowshoeing (with snowshoes available for use for Free)Music and fun all day12:00 pm - Snowshoe Trek with Lille Bowler - FREE - but must pre-register2:00 pm - Duct Tape Derby (Derby day Registration begins at 12:30pm). At 1:15pm all contestants will be asked to assemble with their vessels to meet with the judges to get a close look at design and costuming. CLICK HERE TO REGISTERCreate a vessel out of duct tape and cardboard, bring it to Hard’ack and race it!  See complete rules and details below under forms.All day - Cash Bar by JW Ryans  
 
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM    Winter Carnival Activities - Ski/ snowboard races 11-13 year olds
The 14th Annual St. Albans Winter Carnvial kicks off Saturday night February 19, 2022 with a beautiful winter display of Fireworks at Hard'ack Recreation Area in St. Albans and then a fantastic day Sunday, February 20, 2022 of outdoor fun with games, contests, races and all kinds of outdoor adventure for the whole family at Hard'ack Recreation Area.    St. Albans Recreation 14th Annual Winter CarnivalFebruary 19th, 2022Saturday, February 19th, 2022Ski/ Snowboard races - 3:30-5:00pm- Three different age groups each going for a half hour. As many laps as you can do in that time. Chips will record racers time each lap down the hill. Register below.Fireworks - At Hard'ack starting at 6:00 pm to kick off the weekend. We will have a fire on the outdoor patio as well as a full snack bar with items for sale. Sunday, February 20th, 2022 – All Events take place at Hard’ack Recreation Area11:00 am Winter Wonderland Family Nature Walk with Bridget Butler - FREE - but must pre-register. Join naturalist & Bird Diva Bridget Butler for a lively nature walk and some gameplay! We'll explore the trails at Hard'ack solving mysteries in the snow, mimicking animals in winter, and getting in touch with our inner nature artist. Each family will receive a Winter Adventure Hunt to take home! Please dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult.11:00am - 2:00pm - Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides - No pre-register, however once on site the day of the event you can register for your sleigh ride and then go enjoy other activities in the mean time.11:00am - noon Sugar on Snow.Noon - 12:30 pm - Human dog sled races. Parents pull kids in sleds on a down and back course to see who is the fastest. 11:00am-2pm - Family Activities and Kids Games!Scavenger Hunt - Find a list of items for your chance to win!Hot Cocoa and S'mores - Roast your own, don't burn them, unless you want to!Hot Dogs to roast over the fire. Prancer from the Vermont Reindeer Farm Outdoor kids play area with swings, slack line, and climbing featuresSnow tunnelsWood Carving by ......Skiing, snowboarding, sleddingChill cook off with a $100 prize for the winner!!      - Chill must be brought in a crock pot to keep consistent temperature.      - Limited to first 20 entries.Snowshoeing (with snowshoes available for use for Free)Music and fun all day12:00 pm - Snowshoe Trek with Lille Bowler - FREE - but must pre-register2:00 pm - Duct Tape Derby (Derby day Registration begins at 12:30pm). At 1:15pm all contestants will be asked to assemble with their vessels to meet with the judges to get a close look at design and costuming. CLICK HERE TO REGISTERCreate a vessel out of duct tape and cardboard, bring it to Hard’ack and race it!  See complete rules and details below under forms.All day - Cash Bar by JW Ryans  
 
Sunday February 20, 2022
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM    Winter Carnival Activities - Chill Cookoff entry
The 14th Annual St. Albans Winter Carnvial kicks off Saturday night February 19, 2022 with a beautiful winter display of Fireworks at Hard'ack Recreation Area in St. Albans and then a fantastic day Sunday, February 20, 2022 of outdoor fun with games, contests, races and all kinds of outdoor adventure for the whole family at Hard'ack Recreation Area.    St. Albans Recreation 14th Annual Winter CarnivalFebruary 19th, 2022Saturday, February 19th, 2022Ski/ Snowboard races - 3:30-5:00pm- Three different age groups each going for a half hour. As many laps as you can do in that time. Chips will record racers time each lap down the hill. Register below.Fireworks - At Hard'ack starting at 6:00 pm to kick off the weekend. We will have a fire on the outdoor patio as well as a full snack bar with items for sale. Sunday, February 20th, 2022 – All Events take place at Hard’ack Recreation Area11:00 am Winter Wonderland Family Nature Walk with Bridget Butler - FREE - but must pre-register. Join naturalist & Bird Diva Bridget Butler for a lively nature walk and some gameplay! We'll explore the trails at Hard'ack solving mysteries in the snow, mimicking animals in winter, and getting in touch with our inner nature artist. Each family will receive a Winter Adventure Hunt to take home! Please dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult.11:00am - 2:00pm - Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides - No pre-register, however once on site the day of the event you can register for your sleigh ride and then go enjoy other activities in the mean time.11:00am - noon Sugar on Snow.Noon - 12:30 pm - Human dog sled races. Parents pull kids in sleds on a down and back course to see who is the fastest. 11:00am-2pm - Family Activities and Kids Games!Scavenger Hunt - Find a list of items for your chance to win!Hot Cocoa and S'mores - Roast your own, don't burn them, unless you want to!Hot Dogs to roast over the fire. Prancer from the Vermont Reindeer Farm Outdoor kids play area with swings, slack line, and climbing featuresSnow tunnelsWood Carving by ......Skiing, snowboarding, sleddingChill cook off with a $100 prize for the winner!!      - Chill must be brought in a crock pot to keep consistent temperature.      - Limited to first 20 entries.Snowshoeing (with snowshoes available for use for Free)Music and fun all day12:00 pm - Snowshoe Trek with Lille Bowler - FREE - but must pre-register2:00 pm - Duct Tape Derby (Derby day Registration begins at 12:30pm). At 1:15pm all contestants will be asked to assemble with their vessels to meet with the judges to get a close look at design and costuming. CLICK HERE TO REGISTERCreate a vessel out of duct tape and cardboard, bring it to Hard’ack and race it!  See complete rules and details below under forms.All day - Cash Bar by JW Ryans  
 
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM    Duct Tape Derby 2022 - Duct Tape Derby 2022
The Duct Tape Derby and Winter Carnival are back in full swing this winter!For those of you who haven't participated in the past or been lucky enough to be a spectator at this great event - here's what it's all about:You build a sled out of only duct tape and cardboard, register your sled, bring it to Hard'ack and race it on Sunday 2/20 at 2pm!  You can use paint and other items to decorate, but the sled it's self can only be made of cardboard & duct tape.Registration is FREE for residents, $10 for non-residents. See below for rules and waiver form that must be filled out before your sled makes it way down the hill. You can fill out the form and email back to the office at k.viens@stalbansvt.com or bring it with you on race day.Sledding hill will close to the public at Noon to make way for the derby.Duct Tape Derby Participants should arrive between 12noon and 1pm to check in and let the Judges take a look at your creation!CASH prizes for: Fastest SledJudge's ChoiceBest DesignTeam Spirit Cash prizes sponsored by: Here are some of the AMAZING designs from last year!
 
Monday February 21, 2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM    Ski & Ride Lessons for Beginners at Hard'ack - Snowboard Lessons
Learn to ski & ride at Hard'ack - For kids ages 6 and up. The hill is closed to the public for these special nights of lessons. Only kids registered for programming will be allowed to ski/ride. The hill will be closed immediately following lessons.  Bundle up and join us - 'cause if you can ski/ride Hard'ack you can go anywhere! Each participant must supply their own equipment. Lessons are weather (snow :)) dependant. IMPORTANT INFO:- Masks are required in the Lodge.- Tow rope can rip and tear gloves. Make sure to wear glove protectors or older gloves. Members of the BFA ski team and snowboard team instruct these classes. These Athletes will help guide the kids on tips and tricks to help them get better on the snow.Our philosophy?  We want this to be a great introductory experience for participants. If it is extremely cold lessons may run closer to 30 minutes depending upon how the kids are holding up.  It's not fun when you're freezing :(  Program Note:  This schedule is subject to change due to hill/weather conditions as well as changes to the competition schedule of the team members who instruct the classes.  We're all at the mercy of the elements and will try to keep you informed as quickly as possible of any necessary changes.
 
Tuesday February 22, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Cross Country Ski Night Races - Nordic Night Race
Race on 12/21/21 is canceled. Race on 12/28/21 is canceled. Race on 1/1/22 is canceled due to extreme cold.Have a tough time getting our for some fun or exercise during the light of day in the Winter? Come join us for a chance to get out on the trails and have some fun. Tyler Magnan will be hosting races from December 14th - March 14th Tuesday nights at 6:00pm. That is 14 total races but with varying weather conditions we hope to put on at least 5-10 total races. ALL RACES WILL DEPEND ON SNOW AND WEATHER CONDITIONS. Each week we will have a 2k loop with the option to do 1, 2 or 3 laps on the loop, depending on your ability/ stamina. All ages and abilities are welcome, knowing the minimum distance is 2k. Although these are called races, this is a time for people to come together in the cross country ski community and have some fun. The races will be in the dark so be sure to bring a head lamp. Tyler will have head lamps for people who cannot bring their own. Before and afterwards we will get together around the patio and fire place area to stay warm and get ready for the race.
 
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.comDeb 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.comIf you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363  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. This class is not appropriate for dogs with reactivity (barking/lunging at other dogs/people), that are very fearful, or have any aggressive tendencies.  Please review course policies.  Should you have any concerns about your dog's suitability for a group class, contact the instructor at least 7 days in advance of the first class to discuss.  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.  Once registered, there are no refunds. Covid-related and all other policies are available at the link below.  Participants should review before registering for class.https://www.goldstardog.com/find-classesor contact Deb directly at her email above. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
Wednesday February 23, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM    Square Dance Lessons & Dancing! - Square Dance - Single- Winter/ Spring Session 2021/22
Join Steve, Deb Desrosiers and the Maple Squares on Thursday evenings at the newly renovated St. Albans City Hall Auditorium on Thursdays. See the different sessions options below. No need to pre-register, just show up and pay at the door.Both lessons and dancing will be held each evening with some Contra Dancing in the mix as well.  The cost is $4 per person for St. Albans Residents or $10 maximum per family for St. Albans Residents and $6 per person & $15 maximum per family for non-residents. Fall ScheduleSeptember 8th - December 22nd 2021 (NO CLASS DECEMBER 1st)6:30-8:30pmWinter ScheduleDELAYED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2ndJanuary 5th - March 30th 20216:30-8:30pm
 
Thursday February 24, 2022
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM    Ski & Ride Lessons for Beginners at Hard'ack - Ski Lessons
Learn to ski & ride at Hard'ack - For kids ages 6 and up. The hill is closed to the public for these special nights of lessons. Only kids registered for programming will be allowed to ski/ride. The hill will be closed immediately following lessons.  Bundle up and join us - 'cause if you can ski/ride Hard'ack you can go anywhere! Each participant must supply their own equipment. Lessons are weather (snow :)) dependant. IMPORTANT INFO:- Masks are required in the Lodge.- Tow rope can rip and tear gloves. Make sure to wear glove protectors or older gloves. Members of the BFA ski team and snowboard team instruct these classes. These Athletes will help guide the kids on tips and tricks to help them get better on the snow.Our philosophy?  We want this to be a great introductory experience for participants. If it is extremely cold lessons may run closer to 30 minutes depending upon how the kids are holding up.  It's not fun when you're freezing :(  Program Note:  This schedule is subject to change due to hill/weather conditions as well as changes to the competition schedule of the team members who instruct the classes.  We're all at the mercy of the elements and will try to keep you informed as quickly as possible of any necessary changes.
 
Monday February 28, 2022
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Birthday Parties! - Hard'ack Day Time Sledding Party - Option 1
We LOVE Parties!  Who doesn't?  But not everyone has a great place for excited kids to run around (or the desire to have that happen in their home :)  We do!  And we've got some great options!We are now offering two different types of parties at Hard'ack!Option 1: Day Time Hard'ack Sledding Birthday Party! - Looking to get outside and enjoy the snow this Winter? How about a sledding party! Enjoy a private section of the lodge for your group. Limited to 20 people - adults included.     Option 1 Details:  Available Saturdays 9am-6pm, Sundays 9am-5pm and during school vacations 9am-5pm.  Parties are 2 hours long. Party is for 20 people or less. $129 for residents, $179 non-residentsOption 2: Evening Hard'ack Sledding Birthday Party! - Another great way to get outside!  Enjoy private use of the sledding area for your party group.  Access to the patio, fire in the pit, lights on the hill and access to the lodge.       Option 2 Details: Available Mon-Thursdays 5pm-7pm. Parties are 2 hours long. Party is for 30 people or less. $299 for residents, $399 for non-residents Hot Cocoa can be added to your party for $1 per and can be paid for by individual guests or by the host of the party. You can pay for your party online but must call the office 802-524-1559 or 802-524-1971 to confirm date and facility availability.*In the event of inclement weather we will work with families to find a mutually agreeable reschedule date.*There are no refunds for cancelled parties. **Hard'ack 
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Birthday Parties! - Hard'ack Evening Private Sledding Party - Option 2
We LOVE Parties!  Who doesn't?  But not everyone has a great place for excited kids to run around (or the desire to have that happen in their home :)  We do!  And we've got some great options!We are now offering two different types of parties at Hard'ack!Option 1: Day Time Hard'ack Sledding Birthday Party! - Looking to get outside and enjoy the snow this Winter? How about a sledding party! Enjoy a private section of the lodge for your group. Limited to 20 people - adults included.     Option 1 Details:  Available Saturdays 9am-6pm, Sundays 9am-5pm and during school vacations 9am-5pm.  Parties are 2 hours long. Party is for 20 people or less. $129 for residents, $179 non-residentsOption 2: Evening Hard'ack Sledding Birthday Party! - Another great way to get outside!  Enjoy private use of the sledding area for your party group.  Access to the patio, fire in the pit, lights on the hill and access to the lodge.       Option 2 Details: Available Mon-Thursdays 5pm-7pm. Parties are 2 hours long. Party is for 30 people or less. $299 for residents, $399 for non-residents Hot Cocoa can be added to your party for $1 per and can be paid for by individual guests or by the host of the party. You can pay for your party online but must call the office 802-524-1559 or 802-524-1971 to confirm date and facility availability.*In the event of inclement weather we will work with families to find a mutually agreeable reschedule date.*There are no refunds for cancelled parties. **Hard'ack