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Monday April 6, 2020
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    Hula Hooping Cardio and Core! - April Hula Hoop Cardio & Core - 4 classes
Instructor: Rachel Whiting  - Classes will resume in January 2020 HoopnoticaFiT is a low to no impact cardio that strengthens your core and tones the entire body for beginners to intermediate.Health benefits of hooping:You'll burn through excess inches; increase your metabolism; strengthen your core; decrease back pain; as well as tones arms and improve confidence. Also, hooping is a great stress relief and helps foster creativity.Is it hard to learn?Some moves are more challenging than others. You'll be surprised how easy the basics are, and have fun learning the more intermediate moves as well.Is it hard on the joints?Hoopnotica is Zero to low impact aerobics. It is so easy on the joints, even seniors and pregnant women can enjoy Hoopnotica.What if I can't Hoop?Hoopnotica uses larger, weighted hoops that are easier to use than kids hoops. 99% of people find that within 5 minutes of trying they can hoop like they did as a kid.Occasionally, due to events in St. Albans City Hall Auditorium this class has to be moved to an alternate location.  Check in - Rachel will know and we'll post changes here as well as send emails to all registered participants.Drop in rate:  $10 for residents of St. Albans & Fairfield, $15 non-residents.Love the class?  Register by the month and save $$
 
Thursday April 9, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM    Square Dance Lessons & Dancing! - Square Dance - Single- Winter/ Spring Session
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 12th - December 19th6:30-8:30pmWinter ScheduleJanuary 9th - April 23rd(No class February 13th)6:30-8:30pm
 
Friday April 10, 2020
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM    Dungeons and Dragons 5e Edition - Dungeons and Dragons 5e 2019 (Spring)
Become the master wizard you have always wanted and use your intelligence, wisdom and light crossbow to aid the curious tabaxi in striking down the ugly hill giant. Or become a monk that uses his dexterity and strength to help the lizardfolk slay the fierce Demogorgon. St. Albans Recreation will be hosting its fourth session of Dungeons and Dragons at the Barlow Community Center. This program will be run by Kevin Laddison and Josh Labonte both of which have lots of experience in running these types of games. See below for a description and check out the Facebook link HERE to see updated information. Hosted by: Kevin LaddisonIf you are new to the game please contact the DM, Kevin Laddison (802-598-6757), immediately after registration to gain access to the Facebook group for the game, as well as the DnD Beyond campaign link so that we can work together to build your character before the first meeting!All participants must be registered. Registration fee covers all 6 sessions, use of the space and the DnD subscription to avoid making everyone bring the paper book. Feel free to bring one if you have one. Kids ages 10 and up are welcome but must have the energy and concentration to stay up during the sessions (7-11pm). See below for a description from Kevin's Facebook group. Below is a description of the current game hosted by Kevin. Welcome back to the Village of Essex! You've heard of, or participated in, a number of adventures nearby recently. The guard battles against the Twig Blights, the rescue of the living wood Wizard Sharwyn from the Twilight Fortress, and the rescue of the frozen dairy product merchants Jen and Barry from beneath the Ruined Moathouse to name a few successes. But remember that Spugnoir the Wizard was lost to a watery grave beneath the Moathouse, which may still be under the control of the Evil Ohioans. And what possibly-winged creatures have been ripping the hearts out of families across the area?
 
Saturday April 11, 2020
10:00 AM - 10:05 AM    Easter Egg Hunt - I'll help out with a donation!
CANCELED :( Easter Egg Hunt!  Sponsored by Med Associates & Barry Callebaut!  Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 10am in Taylor Park. There will be 3 different areas for hunting - One for 3 years and under, one for 4 & 5 year olds, one for ages 6-9 and new this year a zone for kids ages 10-12. Parents and older siblings are not allowed to help in the "hunting and gathering" of eggs. It's so exciting, but it's for the kids. Questions? Contact the office at 524-1500 x *266 or x *268There will be taped off areas as well as signs to show the ages for each area on the day of the event. 3 and Under = Pink Section4-5 = Green Section6-9 = Yellow Section10-12 = Orange SectionMade possible with help from:
 
10:00 AM - 10:05 AM    Easter Egg Hunt - I'll help out with a donation!
CANCELED :( Easter Egg Hunt!  Sponsored by Med Associates & Barry Callebaut!  Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 10am in Taylor Park. There will be 3 different areas for hunting - One for 3 years and under, one for 4 & 5 year olds, one for ages 6-9 and new this year a zone for kids ages 10-12. Parents and older siblings are not allowed to help in the "hunting and gathering" of eggs. It's so exciting, but it's for the kids. Questions? Contact the office at 524-1500 x *266 or x *268There will be taped off areas as well as signs to show the ages for each area on the day of the event. 3 and Under = Pink Section4-5 = Green Section6-9 = Yellow Section10-12 = Orange SectionMade possible with help from:
 
10:00 AM - 10:05 AM    Easter Egg Hunt - I'll help out with a donation!
CANCELED :( Easter Egg Hunt!  Sponsored by Med Associates & Barry Callebaut!  Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 10am in Taylor Park. There will be 3 different areas for hunting - One for 3 years and under, one for 4 & 5 year olds, one for ages 6-9 and new this year a zone for kids ages 10-12. Parents and older siblings are not allowed to help in the "hunting and gathering" of eggs. It's so exciting, but it's for the kids. Questions? Contact the office at 524-1500 x *266 or x *268There will be taped off areas as well as signs to show the ages for each area on the day of the event. 3 and Under = Pink Section4-5 = Green Section6-9 = Yellow Section10-12 = Orange SectionMade possible with help from:
 
Monday April 13, 2020
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    Hula Hooping Cardio and Core! - April Hula Hoop Cardio & Core - 4 classes
Instructor: Rachel Whiting  - Classes will resume in January 2020 HoopnoticaFiT is a low to no impact cardio that strengthens your core and tones the entire body for beginners to intermediate.Health benefits of hooping:You'll burn through excess inches; increase your metabolism; strengthen your core; decrease back pain; as well as tones arms and improve confidence. Also, hooping is a great stress relief and helps foster creativity.Is it hard to learn?Some moves are more challenging than others. You'll be surprised how easy the basics are, and have fun learning the more intermediate moves as well.Is it hard on the joints?Hoopnotica is Zero to low impact aerobics. It is so easy on the joints, even seniors and pregnant women can enjoy Hoopnotica.What if I can't Hoop?Hoopnotica uses larger, weighted hoops that are easier to use than kids hoops. 99% of people find that within 5 minutes of trying they can hoop like they did as a kid.Occasionally, due to events in St. Albans City Hall Auditorium this class has to be moved to an alternate location.  Check in - Rachel will know and we'll post changes here as well as send emails to all registered participants.Drop in rate:  $10 for residents of St. Albans & Fairfield, $15 non-residents.Love the class?  Register by the month and save $$
 
Thursday April 16, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM    Square Dance Lessons & Dancing! - Square Dance - Single- Winter/ Spring Session
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 12th - December 19th6:30-8:30pmWinter ScheduleJanuary 9th - April 23rd(No class February 13th)6:30-8:30pm
 
Monday April 20, 2020
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    Hula Hooping Cardio and Core! - April Hula Hoop Cardio & Core - 4 classes
Instructor: Rachel Whiting  - Classes will resume in January 2020 HoopnoticaFiT is a low to no impact cardio that strengthens your core and tones the entire body for beginners to intermediate.Health benefits of hooping:You'll burn through excess inches; increase your metabolism; strengthen your core; decrease back pain; as well as tones arms and improve confidence. Also, hooping is a great stress relief and helps foster creativity.Is it hard to learn?Some moves are more challenging than others. You'll be surprised how easy the basics are, and have fun learning the more intermediate moves as well.Is it hard on the joints?Hoopnotica is Zero to low impact aerobics. It is so easy on the joints, even seniors and pregnant women can enjoy Hoopnotica.What if I can't Hoop?Hoopnotica uses larger, weighted hoops that are easier to use than kids hoops. 99% of people find that within 5 minutes of trying they can hoop like they did as a kid.Occasionally, due to events in St. Albans City Hall Auditorium this class has to be moved to an alternate location.  Check in - Rachel will know and we'll post changes here as well as send emails to all registered participants.Drop in rate:  $10 for residents of St. Albans & Fairfield, $15 non-residents.Love the class?  Register by the month and save $$
 
Tuesday April 21, 2020
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.com 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 - Beyond Basics (5 weeks)
Meet Your Instructor! Deb Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLCEmail: deb@goldstardog.com 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 April 23, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM    Square Dance Lessons & Dancing! - Square Dance - Single- Winter/ Spring Session
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 12th - December 19th6:30-8:30pmWinter ScheduleJanuary 9th - April 23rd(No class February 13th)6:30-8:30pm
 
Monday April 27, 2020
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    Hula Hooping Cardio and Core! - April Hula Hoop Cardio & Core - 4 classes
Instructor: Rachel Whiting  - Classes will resume in January 2020 HoopnoticaFiT is a low to no impact cardio that strengthens your core and tones the entire body for beginners to intermediate.Health benefits of hooping:You'll burn through excess inches; increase your metabolism; strengthen your core; decrease back pain; as well as tones arms and improve confidence. Also, hooping is a great stress relief and helps foster creativity.Is it hard to learn?Some moves are more challenging than others. You'll be surprised how easy the basics are, and have fun learning the more intermediate moves as well.Is it hard on the joints?Hoopnotica is Zero to low impact aerobics. It is so easy on the joints, even seniors and pregnant women can enjoy Hoopnotica.What if I can't Hoop?Hoopnotica uses larger, weighted hoops that are easier to use than kids hoops. 99% of people find that within 5 minutes of trying they can hoop like they did as a kid.Occasionally, due to events in St. Albans City Hall Auditorium this class has to be moved to an alternate location.  Check in - Rachel will know and we'll post changes here as well as send emails to all registered participants.Drop in rate:  $10 for residents of St. Albans & Fairfield, $15 non-residents.Love the class?  Register by the month and save $$
 
Tuesday April 28, 2020
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.com 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 - Beyond Basics (5 weeks)
Meet Your Instructor! Deb Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLCEmail: deb@goldstardog.com 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 April 30, 2020
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.
 
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM    Snowshoe Rentals - Child 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.
 
Saturday May 2, 2020
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM    Baseball - Little Sluggers for 4 year olds - Little Sluggers Baseball
Little Slugger Baseball is an introductory baseball program for kids who have turned 4 years old by May 2nd, 2020. A Saturday morning program designed to get little ones in the "swing" of baseball. Parents work together with their children to learn the basics; running bases, throwing and batting. All participants will receive a hat and shirt. This is a parent and child activity with the emphasis on FUN!Please make sure your little baseball player brings a water bottle and wears good running shoes.  Cleats are not necessary. Baseball gloves can be brought if you have them but are not required. There will be no baseball Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday 5/23/20. If it is necessary to cancel baseball due to weather conditions, we will make notification here and on Facebook as well as make phone calls.  "Like" St. Albans Recreation Department on FB to get up to the minute info and make sure your phone number on your recreation account is up to date. 
 
Monday May 4, 2020
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    Hula Hooping Cardio and Core! - May Hula Hoop Cardio & Core - 4 classes
Instructor: Rachel Whiting  - Classes will resume in January 2020 HoopnoticaFiT is a low to no impact cardio that strengthens your core and tones the entire body for beginners to intermediate.Health benefits of hooping:You'll burn through excess inches; increase your metabolism; strengthen your core; decrease back pain; as well as tones arms and improve confidence. Also, hooping is a great stress relief and helps foster creativity.Is it hard to learn?Some moves are more challenging than others. You'll be surprised how easy the basics are, and have fun learning the more intermediate moves as well.Is it hard on the joints?Hoopnotica is Zero to low impact aerobics. It is so easy on the joints, even seniors and pregnant women can enjoy Hoopnotica.What if I can't Hoop?Hoopnotica uses larger, weighted hoops that are easier to use than kids hoops. 99% of people find that within 5 minutes of trying they can hoop like they did as a kid.Occasionally, due to events in St. Albans City Hall Auditorium this class has to be moved to an alternate location.  Check in - Rachel will know and we'll post changes here as well as send emails to all registered participants.Drop in rate:  $10 for residents of St. Albans & Fairfield, $15 non-residents.Love the class?  Register by the month and save $$
 
Tuesday May 5, 2020
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.com 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 - Beyond Basics (5 weeks)
Meet Your Instructor! Deb Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLCEmail: deb@goldstardog.com 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!