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150 recreation programs -- and one just for you

Posted by Leslie Anderson  August 12, 2009 09:00 AM

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Maybe you’re not feeling as fit as you’d like after hours of belly dancing; or you wish there was something more than just regular yoga.

Perhaps you’ve recently become unemployed and need a refresher on how to ace the dreaded job interview; or maybe you just want to learn how to make a miniature replica of Star Wars robot R2-D2.

Whichever of these ideas you’ve been pondering all summer, don’t worry: The Wellesley Recreation Department has you in mind, with over 150 programs to offer this fall.

The department’s assistant director, Matt Chin, said there have been no fall programs cut from last year and more than 20 have been added to the seasonal brochure, which will be posted to the town's website in about one week and mailed to every resident in about two weeks.

For adults, there’s BellyRobics, power yoga, a Gliding workout, fat loss programs and Zumba, which incorporates Latin dancing into a workout. There are instructional classes on having a successful job interview and how to afford putting kids through college, flower arranging and more intense tennis, fitness and French cooking programs

For youth, there’s “Star Wars Jedi Training” arts and crafts, a LEGO program, 3-D computerized rollercoaster building, a class on cooking like celebrity chefs and another called “Alphabet Soup” where kids make food using letters.

Yoga is an especially popular activity among Wellesley residents, Chin said, which is what spurred the idea for two additional kids yoga classes, as well as the adults’ power yoga.

In addition to puppy kindergarten and dog obedience classes, Wellesley will also offer an advanced class to teach tricks to dogs.

However, Chin said some programs aren’t filling up like they did in the past.

“I think the economy is taking a hit on some of our programs,” he said. “Parents are not having their children try new things. They’re just going to stick with one or two programs instead of the four or five they did in the past.”

Dates for the programs vary, and all have fees associated with registering, which also vary.

The recreation department will host a completely free movie night playing “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in Warren Park weather permitting on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.

On Nov. 13, a screening of Disney’s “Wall-E” is being planned, and all guests must bring an unwrapped gift for admission to the event, which will kick of the town’s annual “Toys for Tots” drive.

Online registration for the programs through the town website begins on Sept. 1, while walk-in and call-in registration starts on Sept. 2. Registering online does increase the chances of being accepted to a given program on first-come, first-serve basis, but spots will be held open until Sept. 2, for those who do not have Internet access, Chin said.

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