Rec notes: Family Swim Race Night Feb. 23

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.

Family Swim Races Night (Feb. 23)

Time to get silly and competitive with your family. Family Swim Race Night held Friday, Feb. 23, from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. This is free to all that have valid memberships to Masuk pool. For those who do not have a membership, it is just $1/resident and $3/non-resident. Pre-registration is required. All fees collected at the door.

Youth swim lessons (ages 4 and older)

Lessons are based on a logical, six-level progression that helps swimmers develop their water safety, survival and swimming skills. It is designed to give participants a positive learning experience. The prerequisite for each level is the successful demonstration of skills from the preceding level, except for Level 1, which has no prerequisites. Maximum of six participants per class for Levels 1-3. Maximum of eight participants per class for levels 4 and 5. Session 9 is Mondays and Wednesdays, March 5 to 21. Times are Level 1, 6:30 to 7 p.m.; Level 2, 7 to 7:30 p.m.; Levels 3 and 4, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.; Level 5, 7:15 to 8 p.m. Registration deadline is Feb. 26. Fees are Level 1 and 2 $60 resident/$70 non-resident; Level 3 and higher, $70 resident/$80 non-resident.

Aqua Cycle class

Aqua Cycling is a spinning class and aqua aerobics class rolled into one. It offers not only impressive fitness benefits, such as a 600 to 900 calories per hour burned but also healing and rehabilitative effects. Water shoes and bathing suits are required. The class is offered Mondays and Wednesdays at Masuk Pool from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Session 5 is Monday, Feb. 26 to March 19 or Wednesdays, Feb. 28 to March 21. Fees are $70 resident/$80 non-resident.

Nature’s Sweet Secret – Feb 16

Discover the ancient craft of making Maple Syrup. Learn about Maple tree identification, the legends, lore and sustainability in the sugar bush. Spend part of your President’s Day recess with master sugar makers Ranger Vin Lavorgna and Naturalist Pete Laffin of Hamden’s Brooksvale Park. The program is geared for families and children grades K to 4. Refreshments will be served. The program will be Friday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library. Register for this free program at as space is limited.

ArtSmart! Studio – School Holiday Event, Feb 19

These holiday events for ages 7 to 14 are a creative way to enjoy a day off from school. On Monday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon join art instructor Kathy Vincent at ArtSmart! Studio, 152 Lynn Dr., Monroe, for the Spring Fling- Spring Crafting Workshop. Spring is only a few weeks away so let’s nudge Mother Nature along with some spring themed art and craft projects — botanical studies, garden décor and more. Fees are $40 resident/$50 non-resident. For more information, contact Kathy at [email protected]

Wolfe Park picnic reservations starting

The Parks & Recreation Department will begin to accept picnic reservations for Wolfe Park on Thursday, Feb. 15. There are two areas (Concert and Pond View) located on the pool side and three picnic areas (Oak Grove, Lake Concession Pavilion and Cedar Grove) located on the lake side of the park that can be reserved. The Cedar Grove picnic area is a small picnic spot near the parking area halfway down Doc Silverstone Drive which can be reserved for a maximum of four hours for up to 12 people. All other picnic areas can be reserved for the day with a maximum of 200 people. Visit for fees, application and additional information. Picnic reservations can be made by calling Parks & Rec at 203-452-2806.

2018 summer job applications for Parks & Rec

The Monroe Parks & Recreation Department is accepting applications for summer jobs 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 located in the Town Hall.  Job applications can be obtained at the office Monday to 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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