Darien Parks and Rec announces programs
The Darien Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs. Registration takes place online at www.darienct.gov/parkrec, at the Parks and Recreation office at Town Hall, or through the mail. For more information, call 203-656-7325.
The department and the Darien Youth Commission will be co-sponsoring a movie night at Weed Beach on Wednesday, June 26, when "Madagascar 3" will be screened at 8:30 p.m. Beach permits are not required for entry to the movie. Uncle's By The Shore will be open, selling popcorn, soda and other refreshments. The Darien Youth Commission will also be sponsoring a Sand Castle Building Contest starting at 4 p.m. and Family Concert starting at 6:30.
Safe boating classes: Professional Marine Education is offering an eight-hour course that will meet the requirements to obtain a Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate and Personal Watercraft Operations certificate. The class will meet July 9 and 11 from 6 to 10 p.m at Town Hall. Participants must attend both dates and all hours. The fee is $90 for residents, $108 for nonresidents. Advance registration is required.
Guitar lessons: Learn chords, scales, theory and to play songs. Classes meet Wednesdays in Town Hall June 26 to July 31. Beginners meet from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. and intermediates from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. The program is for children 8 to 15. The fee is $165 for residents, $198 for non-residents.
Pee Wee Tennis Lessons: Children will learn tennis through the use of fun drills and games. Classes for ages 3 and 4 meet on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Tuesday from noon to 12:45 p.m. and Wednesday from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Classes for ages 4 and 5 meet on Saturday from 12:15 to 1 p.m., Tuesday from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday from noon to 12:45 p.m. Saturday classes will meet at Weed Beach, while weekday classes meet at Darien High School. Lessons take place June 22 to Aug. 14. The fee is $12 for residents, $150 for nonresident. Includes a tennis racket.
Blue Wave Kickers Soccer Camps: Focus will be on skill improvement and fun. Jon Bradley, head coach of the DHS boys varsity soccer team, will direct the camps for ages 3 to 14. Camps meet at the Town Hall fields the weeks of June 24, July 8, 15 and 29, Aug. 12 and 19. The week of June 24 is an International Pro Soccer Camp for children 5 to 18. Participants will receive a soccer ball and T-shirt.
All Star FC Soccer Camps: The camps for ages 3 to 12 will be directed by Leigh Parsons, DHS girls soccer coach. The camps will begin with stations specifically designed to improve all aspects of a player's game and end with scrimmages to practice skills and techniques. Camps will be at the Town Hall fields the weeks of July 22 and Aug. 5.
New Level Tennis Camps: Camps meet from 9 a.m. to noon at DHS in one-week increments starting June 24 through the week of Aug. 19. The fee is $195 for residents, $234 for nonresidents. The camps are for children 6 to 15; participants will be grouped by age and level.
Flag Football Camp: Emphasis of this camp for ages 6 to 12 is placed on rules, teamwork, and fair play. Games and scrimmages occupy the majority of the camp day. Camp meets from 9 a.m. to noon at Cherry Lawn Park the week of June 24. The fee is $205 residents, $246 for nonresidents. The camp is offered by Overtime Athletics and is geared toward beginner football players.
Future Stars Basketball Camp: The camp, for ages 5 to 12, stresses excellence, education, practice, and discipline in a fun-filled environment. Camp will meet the week of June 24 at Town Hall from 9 a.m. to noon. Each participant will receive a Future Stars jersey. The fee is $180 residents, $216 for nonresidents.
Overtime Athletics Sports Camp: The variety sports camp for children 5 to 12 includes instruction in the fundamentals of traditional sports, as well as using Overtime Athletics' signature curriculum incorporating nontraditional sports. Camp meets from 9 a.m. to noon at Cherry Lawn Park the week of June 24. The fee is $165 for residents, $198 for nonresidents.
Horsemanship Camps: Mead Farm in Stamford will offer group camps for children 4 to 10, including riding, horse care and stable management. The program is for riders who did not attend the 2012 Horsemanship Camps at Mead Farm. One-week camps run through mid-August starting June 24 from 8 a.m. to noon. The fee is $550 for residents, $660 for nonresidents.
Techstars Technology Camps: A series of technology classes designed to facilitate science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning. Materials and equipment come from various sources, like Lego Education, MIT Media Lab and 21st Century Skills. Claymation Moviemaker will meet the week of June 24, 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for ages 8 to 12; Lego Fungineering, 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. the week of July 22 for ages 6 to 9, and Lego Robotics, 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. the week of Aug. 5 for ages 6 to 9. Camps will take place in Room 119 of Town Hall. The fee is $225 for residents, $270 for nonresidents.