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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.


After-school program

Kent Center School students in grades K-6 meet school days from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Pre-registered participants for after school may attend on a full or part-time basis at the cost of $11 per day including snack. Limited scholarships are available in cooperation with the Kent Community Fund. The program featured homework time, indoor and outdoor activities, games, arts and crafts. Registration forms and handbook are available online at and in the Park and Recreation office. Signup will be offerd Sept. 2 from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. at the school. For more information, call 860-927-1003.


Medicare seminar

"Confused about Medicare and Medicaid," a workshop for Kent seniors and their families in memory of Kent community activist Jim Palmer, will be offered Oct. 8 from 10 to 11 a.m. at town hall. Darryle Willenbrock of Choices in Waterbury will help unscramble the Medicare maze for seniors. Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging will attend to explain what changes are taking place in Medicare for 2015 and answer questions. Individual appointments to review one's Medicare Part D plan will be available Oct. 15. Seniors can sign up for these appointments on Oct. 8.

The workshop is sponsored by the Kent Community Fund, a non-profit organization established in 2006 "to help individuals living in Kent meet emergency needs and to support community charitable programs serving Kent residents." Co-sponsors are Kent Memorial Library and the town of Kent.

Blood pressure screening

The New Milford Visiting Nurse Association holds free monthly blood pressure screenings for Kent seniors on the first Wednesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Senior Center along Swifts Lane. Appointments are not necessary.

Senior suppers

Kent seniors are welcome to dine at New Milford Hospital the second Wednesday of each month. Bus transportation will be provided with departure at 4:30 p.m. from town hall. Cost is $5 per person. Pick-up service is also available. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 860-927-1003.

Wellness clinic

A wellness clinic for Kent residents of all ages is offered the fourth Friday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Kent Senior Center, 16 Swifts Lane, sponsored by the Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association and the town of Kent. The clinic will feature blood pressure, heart rate and pulse oximetry measurements, review of medications, health teaching specific to one's medical condition, as well as a clinic on a specific health topic related to the time of year. For more information, contact Tina Hogan or Michelle Holst-Grubbe at 860-435-0816.

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.