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. 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 or check the department website,, which includes program information, registration forms, scheduling and community and regional organizations.

Recreation passes

Recreation passes for 2009-10 are $35 for residents and $65 for non-residents. There is no charge for residents aged 65 and older. Passes are sold at the Park and Rec office and at Emery Park. Passes are necessary for swimming and swim lessons at Emery Park, for tennis at Kent Common Park and for holiday ice skating.


Figure skating

Figure skating lessons for youths aged 6 and older will be offered Saturdays from 7 to 8 a.m. from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13 (and a possible Feb. 20 makeup date) at the Kent School rink. Cost will be $60. Signup deadline will be Dec. 31.

After-school program

Signup is open for sessions for Center School students in grades K-6 to meet school days from 3 to 5:30 p.m. starting Aug. 31. Pre-registered participants may attend on a full or part-time basis at the cost of $9 per day including snack. The program features homework time, indoor and outdoor activities, games, sports and arts and crafts. Handbooks and registration forms are available at town hall or by calling the Park and Rec office at (860) 927-1003.

Youth dance

`Tots and taps' and other tap and creative dance classes are available, directed by former Rockettes and Broadway dancer Jeri Kansas at the Community House.


Thanksgiving skating

Ice skating programs hosted by Kent Park and Recreation and Kent School are offered this weekend at the Kent School ice rink. Park passes required for participation are available at $35 for residents or $65 for non-residents. Residents aged 65 and older may skate for free. A $5 daily fee will also be available. Participants must wear a hat and skates for open skate and helmets and skates for sticks and pucks. Open skate is offered today (Friday) from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and tomorrow (Saturday) from 12:30 to 2 p.m.; sticks and pucks will be offered today (Friday) from 10 a.m. to noon.


international travel

Domestic and international trips coordinated by Kent Park and Recreation and Collette Vacations will soon be offered to residents. Trips are planned April 10-19, 2010 to Great Britain and July 12-20, 2010 to the Canadian Rockies. For a travel brochure, information or to book a reservation, call (860) 927-1003.


Senior holiday


Holiday luncheons will be offered soon for resident seniors. A Christmas luncheon featuring singing by Kent School students will be held Dec. 16 at noon at the Senior Center along Swift Lane. Signup with a suggested donation of $3 will be required by Dec. 11. A New Year's luncheon will be held Jan. 6 at non at the Senior Center with a donation asked of $3. Reservations must be made by Jan. 4. For reservations, call Park and Recreation at 960-927-1003 or the Senior Center at 860-927-3403.

Evening yoga

Sessions meet Thursdays from 5:45 to 7 p.m. at the Community House on North Main Street. Cost is $75 for six weeks or $15 per class. Registration may be made at the Park and Rec office.

`Group Power' fitness

Liz Zangrillo instructs full-body workouts at the Community House in sessions meeting Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. at the cost of $75 for four weeks or $10 per class. Signup is available at the Park and Rec office or at class.

Flex appeal for seniors

A free exercise program for seniors designed to increase strength, balance and flexiblity is offered Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Senior Center on Swift Lane. Sessions are conducted by licensed physical therapist from the New Milford Visting Nurse Association. The VNA recommends participants get physicians' approval.