Rec notes: Aquatics, tennis lessons on tap

For additional program information and registration, visit the Parks & Recreation website at Register early to secure your spot and avoid having programs cancelled due to low enrollment.

Parent and child aquatics (ages 18 months to 3 years old)

Program builds basic water safety for both parents and children, helping young children become comfortable in the water so they are willing and ready to learn to swim. These basic skills include adjusting to the water environment, showing comfort while maintaining a front or back position in the water and demonstrating breath control, including blowing bubbles or voluntarily submerging under water. Adult participation is required. Session 3 is Saturdays, Feb. 3 to March 17 (no class Feb. 17) at 12:30 to 1 p.m. or 1 to 1:30 p.m. Registration deadline is Jan. 29. Fees are $60 resident/$70 non-resident.

Indoor youth tennis lessons

Greg Sansonetti and his adult staff back for a seventh season. Based in Fairfield County, Sansonetti brings more than 25 years worth of tennis teaching experience. For more information on these tennis programs, contact Sansonetti at 203-414-9453. All participants need their own racquet (bring your own or purchase through your instructor). Each participant will learn a different stroke each week. This includes the forehand, backhand, serve and volley in game situations. Session 2 is Tuesdays, Jan. 16 to Feb. 20 at St. Jude gym. Juniors ages 5 to 7 meet at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and ages 7 to 10 meet at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fees are $139 resident/$153 non-resident.

ArtSmart! Studio — School holiday event

These holiday events for ages 7 to 14 are a creative way to enjoy a day off from school. For the Love of Art is Jan. 15 at 9 a.m. to noon at ArtSmart! Studio, 152 Lynn Dr., Monroe. Young crafters are invited to express their love with a morning of Valentine-inspired crafting. Projects will include mixed media canvas, painting, printmaking/cards, holiday décor and more. Fees are $40 resident/$50 non-resident.  

Apple made easy

Join Jane Mahoney on Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. to learn more about your Apple devices. Mahoney is a local graphic designer with more than 25 years of experience working with Apple products. She worked for more than three years at Apple and brings an in-depth knowledge of Apple products along with amazing tips and tricks to show you. Her role with Apple was teaching workshops along with one-to-one training.  For all classes, you must have an Apple ID/password, iPhone 5S or higher, and have current software running on iPhone/iPad. Fees are $10 per class.

iPhone Basics (Jan. 18) — Learn the basics of your phone from settings, iCloud, apple ID, downloading apps, how to use Siri, neat tips and tricks.

iPhone Advanced (Jan. 25) — Learn how to create folders, take a good picture, create new contacts, photo albums, customizing your settings, airdrop, and more.

iPad (Feb. 1) — Learn the basics of your iPad from downloading books or magazines, FaceTime, creating bookmarks in Safari and more.

Write Your Novel (without getting stuck)

Michael Canavan, a local author of two novels, a collection of short stories and nearly a dozen non-fiction books, will guide you through the pitfalls of writing and help you get started to making it to the best-seller list. Canavan has taught creative writing in New England and New York and educated at Parsons and at Lehman College, Bronx N.Y. Class will be Wednesdays from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. from Jan. 17 to March 7 at the St. Jude Parish Center. Fees are $125 resident/$135 non-resident.

2018 summer job applications

The Monroe Parks & Recreation Department began accepting applications for summer jobs on Jan. 2, and will do so until Friday, March 16 (April 16 for counselors and CITs). The following positions are available to be applied for at this time:  admissions monitor, seasonal park security/boat ramp attendant, maintainer 1-3, lifeguard 1-3, swim instructor, summer fun days counselor. All lifeguard applicants must attach a copy of all pertinent certifications or the application will not be accepted. Job descriptions for all positions are available in the Parks & Recreation Department office in the Town Hall. Job applications can be obtained at the office Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Applications can also be downloaded from  All applicants must be 16 years old by May 1, 2018 to be eligible for employment. CITs must be 15 years old by June 1, 2018.

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