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Thursday March 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.
 
Friday March 5, 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.
 
Monday March 8, 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.
 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Ski/Snowboard Races for kids! - Ski/Snowboard Race
It's our first night of 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. Each racer should get several runs in. Snack Bar will be open, fire in the pit and music on the patio - join us in bringing back a Hard'ack tradition!Are you a member of The Hard'ack Wolf Pack?  If so - registration is free - see the special registration below!
 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Ski/Snowboard Races for kids! - Wolf Pack - Ski/Snowboard Race
It's our first night of 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. Each racer should get several runs in. Snack Bar will be open, fire in the pit and music on the patio - join us in bringing back a Hard'ack tradition!Are you a member of The Hard'ack Wolf Pack?  If so - registration is free - see the special registration below!
 
Tuesday March 9, 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.
 
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/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!  
 
Thursday March 11, 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.
 
Friday March 12, 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.
 
Monday March 15, 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.
 
Tuesday March 16, 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.
 
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/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!  
 
Thursday March 18, 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.
 
Friday March 19, 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.
 
Monday March 22, 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.
 
Tuesday March 23, 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.
 
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/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!  
 
Thursday March 25, 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.
 
Monday March 29, 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.
 
Tuesday March 30, 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.
 
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/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 March 31, 2021
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM    Hard'ack Wolf Pack - Hard'ack Wolf Pack 20/21 Season
Introducing the Hard'ack Wolf Pack! Borrowed from the history of the large wolf that used to roam the area of Hard'ack we have created a ski/ snowboard/sledding club based at Hard'ack. This club will enjoy the benefits of free hot cocoa in the lodge each time they visit as well as Wolf Pack gear, a membership card and club only events!We're hoping to have the tow rope running and sledding hill open everyday after school as well as full days on weekends and school vacations - conditions permitting.Brand new this year - the opening of the Greg Brown Lodge! Access to bathrooms, the great room to get dressed and warm up, as well as a space for a snack bar. Stop in and check it out!It is not required to be a part of this club to participate in skiing, snowboarding or sledding at Hard'ack. Use of the hill remains free at this time. This club is a fun way to support Hard'ack, get some cool gear and receive exclusive benefits and fun!This is an annual membership that can be renewed each season.All members will receive the hat below as well as a membership card and free hot cocoa in the lodge when available. More gear will be for sale as well. CLICK HERE TO GET A MEMBERSHIP
 
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM    Hard'ack Rental - Hard'ack Night Sledding Party (2 hours)
Hard'ack Recreation Area with 95 acres of fields, ski, ride & slide hills, tow rope, mountain bike trails, hiking trails, snowshoe trails, groomed Nordic Trails, disc golf and more is available to rent for your functions. Interested in booking Hard'ack for a private event, give us a shout. We can host all sorts of different events. Weddings, corporate outings, birthdays and more!! There are all kinds of options - just let us know what you're looking for.Hard'ack Sledding Party - Available evenings 5:30-7:30pm Mon-ThurThis includes 2 hours private sledding hill access at night, lights on, fire on the patio & indoor bathroom access. All people must be wearing masks at all times and adhere to social distance guidelines.Guests must arrive in the same 20 minute window as gate is closed after the party arrives.2 Hour parties $150 for residents, $200 non-residents.Fee is for a party of 30 or less people.  Adults as well as children included in count.Dates must be confirmed with the recreation department before booking. Available add ons:$1.50 per person hot cocoa$3.25 per person - roast your own hot dog (we provide stick, hot dog, roll & condiments)$2.25 per person - Roast your own s'more (we provide stick, marshmallow, chocolate & graham cracker$10 each - Wolf Packs - Cheese, crackers, breadsticks, pepperoni, pretzels, goldfish, apples, grapes & chocolate
 
Thursday April 1, 2021
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Snowshoe Rentals - Adult Showshoe rental
Did you know St. Albans Recreation department has snowshoes available for rent? Due to the generous grant from the St. Albans Rotary Club the St. Albans Recreation Department is able to offer these snowshoes for you and your family to rent when they are not in service for our programming. We have children, women & men's sizes. There are great trails at Hard'ack, or you can go out on your own and make your own fun.  Each rental period is flexible.  Renters usually pick up on a Friday and return on a Monday or Tuesday.Subject to availability.Please call to arrange pickup. 802-524-1559. Pickup at the Hard'ack Recreation Area.
 
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Snowshoe Rentals - Child Snowshoe rental
Did you know St. Albans Recreation department has snowshoes available for rent? Due to the generous grant from the St. Albans Rotary Club the St. Albans Recreation Department is able to offer these snowshoes for you and your family to rent when they are not in service for our programming. We have children, women & men's sizes. There are great trails at Hard'ack, or you can go out on your own and make your own fun.  Each rental period is flexible.  Renters usually pick up on a Friday and return on a Monday or Tuesday.Subject to availability.Please call to arrange pickup. 802-524-1559. Pickup at the Hard'ack Recreation Area.
 
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 April 2, 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.