Kent Park and Recreation notes

The Kent Park and Recreation Department is offering a variety of programs.

Office hours on the second floor at town hall are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Program registration forms are available outside the office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information, call Director Lesly Ferris at 860-927-1003, e-mail, or check the department website,, which includes program information, registration forms, scheduling and links to other community and regional organizations, or "Like" Kent Park and Rec on Facebook at Kent Park and Recreation.


Figure skating

Lessons instructed by Marika Coolbeth for boys and girls aged 6 and up meet Saturdays from 7 to 8 a.m. from Jan. 14 to Feb. 18 at the Kent School ice rink at the cost of $60.

Pre-registration will end Jan. 6. Participants may wear figure or hockey skates and must wear a hat on the ice.


Ice skating

Ice skating is available at Kent and South Kent schools during the holidays and this winter.

A park pass is required to participate and can be purchased at the rink during skating hours or in the Park and Recreation office at town hall.

Passes are $35 for Kent residents; $65 for non-residents or $5/day/person; and free to Kent residents aged 65 and older.

Participants must wear hat and skates on the ice during open skate and skates and helmet for sticks and pucks.

Skating is available at Kent School on Dec. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon for sticks and pucks and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for open skate;

Open skating will be offered Sundays at South Kent School on Jan. 8 and Jan. 15 from noon to 2 p.m.; Jan. 22 from 3 to 5 p.m.; Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12 and 19 from noon to 2 p.m.; and Feb. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Dance classes

Classes instructed by Jeri Kansas will begin Jan. 4 at the Community House. Ballet and tap for those aged 3-5 will meet from 4 to 4:45 p.m.; ballet, jazz and tap for grades one and two will meet from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.; lyrical dance for teens and adults will meet from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

Cost will be $40 for four weeks. Subsequent four-week sessions will be offered. Registration will be offered at class.


Senior luncheon

A luncheon program for residents aged 60 and older will resume Jan. 6 on Fridays at noon at the Senior Center along Swifts Lane, with meals provided by The Kent. Cost is $2. For reservations, call 860-927-4627 by Thursday at noon.

The program is sponsored by The Kent and Marvelwood, Kent and South Kent schools in conjunction with the town.

Senior art

A free art program for seniors is under way with sessions meeting Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center along Swift Lane. Participants should bring their own supplies.

Bus to Torrington

Monthly transportation service to Torrington for Kent residents is provided by the Northwest Connecticut Transit District. The bus provides pickup service in Kent on the second Tuesday of each month for shopping, lunch, medical appointments, etc. between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Torrington. Medical appointments should be made between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Reservations are required by calling 1-866-906-7433.