Parks and recreation news

Shelburne Recreation Holiday Office Hours: The office will be closed at noon Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Dec. 26 and again on Monday Jan. 2, 2017. We wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season! We have enjoyed working with you and your families throughout the past year and are looking forward to more fun programs and events with you in 2017!

Me & My Guy Valentine Dance! ​Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 ​6:30-8:30pm. This special event is for girls in grades K-5 and their special adult guy (dad, uncle, grandfather, neighbor, etc.). Come enjoy a fun evening together including a photo booth, treats, music & dancing! The fee is $20 per couple and $5 per additional person and held at the Shelburne Town Gym. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 9, 2017 at the recreation office.

Softball Clinics: The Shelburne Little League Softball Committee will be holding free pitching clinics for softball players league ages 8 to 12 in Jan. & Feb. to give players a chance for extra pitching practice and one-on-one instruction prior to the start of the 2017 season. League age is defined as a player’s age as of Dec. 31. Clinics are open to all skill levels. Players can choose from 8 time slots in Jan. and Feb. For more information or to sign up, send your reservation request to Lisa O’Day at

Gardening 101 with Charlotte Albers: Come learn the basics about smart gardening with horticulturalist Charlotte Albers, a Shelburne landscape professional who designed the gardens at the Pierson Library. There will be handouts with each class and a private garden tour following the workshop, date to be determined. Each class will cover a specific topic as described below. Preregistration is required.

  • ​Soil and Sunlight: In this first session, we’ll cover site analysis, soil pH, and how to grow the right plant in the right place given your light conditions.
  • Trees and Shrubs: Learn about the right-size shrubs and trees for your home, how to screen for privacy, and add cold-hardy woody plants with four-season value.
  • Low-Maintenance Perennials: From spring to fall we’ll cover the top plants for Vermont gardens, focusing on easy-to-grow classics and some new varieties that are worth trying.
  • Invasives and More: We’ll review noxious weeds, aggressive spreaders, and plants included on Vermont’s invasive species list, discuss ways to manage invasives, and discuss good alternatives recommended by the Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

​The registration deadline is Jan. 18, 2017. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 15, and 22, 6:30-8:30pm for $50 (includes all 4 sessions). PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATES. This class will be held at the Town Center Activity Room.

Shotokan Karate: ​For adults & kids ages 8 and up. Improve your fitness level, challenge yourself, and have fun! Karate is a weaponless means of self-defense, consisting of dynamic offensive and defensive techniques, using all parts of the body to their maximum advantage. This program will help students develop physical skills such as eye-hand coordination, mental focus, leadership, and partnership skills while building self-confidence and character through basic Shotokan Karate Techniques. Class is held on Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm for $40 per session (fee does not include required uniform). Jan. 5-Feb. 23, 2017. Both sessions will be held in the Shelburne Town Gym with ​instructor Brandon Hier.

​​Dog Obedience Class: ​Develop control, teach your pet manners, and gain a better understanding of your canine companion. This class helps you to be a better owner and your dog to be a better pet! Dogs must be at least 6 months old. Please note, dogs do not attend the first class. Basic obedience training includes basic socialization, heel, sit, stay, come, down-stay and stand-stay. The next session will run Jan. 9-Feb. 20, 2017 ​for $85 ($95 for non-resident). Instructed by James Warden, chief of police​. Maximum of 16 dogs per class. Pre-registration is required.

Free Senior Walking Program: ​Stay active and healthy during the icy and cold winter months by walking in a safe and warm environment. Please bring a pair of clean, dry, soft-soled shoes with you and change before entering the gym. No registration is required. Shelburne residents only. **Monday-Friday, 9-11am through March 31, 2017. **Schedule is subject to change. Call 802-985-9551 for updates.

​Find all these programs and more in our Fall/Winter Program Brochure or online at!

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