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Parks and Recreation announces schedule

Published 9:54 am, Monday, April 21, 2014
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The Darien Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs for residents. Registration for programs takes place online at www.darienct.gov/parkrec, at the Parks and Recreation office in Town Hall or through the mail. For information, call 203-656-7325.

Beach permits

The 2014 park permits and boat launch stickers are on sale. The permit stickers allow entrance into Weed and Pear Tree Point beaches and are available to Darien residents and taxpayers. The 2013 permits are valid through Saturday, May 31.

Beach security guards will be on duty starting Monday, April 21, at Weed Beach and Friday, May 23, at Pear Tree Point Beach. A valid permit will be required for entrance to the beaches.

Youth programs

Youth golf lessons: Clinics take place at Oak Hills Golf Course in Norwalk. The clinics are designed to introduce junior golfers to the game using the correct fundamentals and cover putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and the full swing. The rules of golf and etiquette will be discussed as well. Juniors ages 8 to 14 of all abilities are welcome. The lessons will be taught by PGA certified professionals Ed Ruiz and Paul Alexander, and the clinics will take place Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. starting April 23. The cost is $150 for residents and $180 for nonresidents.

Playground Boot Camp: The program by Bodywise By Betty is designed to enhance the overall development and physical fitness of children through essential physical elements of play, balancing, overhead climbing, climbing, sliding, spinning and swinging. The program is for ages 6 to 12 and will meet Friday at Weed Beach from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. for six weeks starting April 25. The cost is $99 for residents and $119 for nonresidents.

Yoga Hoop Dance: The program starts with a warm-up using hoops, followed by games, obstacle courses and tricks. The class will end with body strengthening yoga on the beach that is infused with Pilates for girls to further work core/abdominal muscles, and strengthen upper and lower body while improving flexibility. The program is for girls ages 8 to 13, and will meet Friday at Weed Beach from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. for six weeks starting April 25. The cost is $99 for residents and $119 for nonresidents.

Lego Green Engineering: The program uses Lego Renewable Energy Lab kits and is designed to help students grasp the abstract and sometimes difficult concept of energy through hands-on activities. Classes for children in grades 2 to 4 meet for four weeks starting May 2 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Darien Town Hall. The cost is $120 for residents and $144 for nonsresidents.

Adult programs

HIIT 2B Fit: The High Intensity Interval Training class pushes participants for short bursts of time and focuses on total body toning during recovery periods. Each small group interval class is focused on the entire body. Basic body weight exercises as well as equipment will be incorporated. Classes start April 23. Visit the website or call the office for specific times and fees. For more information, email nicholearno@gmail.com or call 860-729-2038.

Family programs

Dog obedience and socialization: The course will focus on attention, some limited heeling and sits/downs. The class is designed to be an introduction to obedience and socialization, and will be led by Rick Weatherstone, of Tactical Response LLC. All dogs should be at least 6 months old and must have all their vaccinations. Classes will meet Saturday for five weeks from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Cherry Lawn Park, starting April 26. The cost is $125 for residents and $150 for nonresidents.

Safe boating: Professional Marine Education will offer an eight-hour course that will meet the requirements to obtain a Connecticut safe boating certificate and personal watercraft operations. The class will meet on Tuesday, April 22, and Thursday, April 24, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Darien Town Hall. Participants must attend both dates and all hours to be considered for certification. The cost is $90 for residents and $108 for nonresidents.