August 17, 2018

Recreation and Parks

July Fourth Celebration

“Friends & Neighbors” is this year’s theme to showcase how Williston residents, businesses and organizations support each other and strive to be good neighbors. Parade and vendor registration forms are available at willistonrec.org. You need to register to be in the parade. There is no cost, but a registration is essential to be aware of parade rules and receive updates. A list of this year’s activities is also listed on the website. The parade and fireworks will be on Wednesday, July 4.

Great Escape Discount Tickets

Any day tickets and parking passes to the Great Escape, N.Y., are now on sale at the town clerk’s office. Tickets are $40 each, all ages (2 and under free). A parking pass is $18. Tickets can be purchased Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Community Garden Plots

There are still some plots available at the Community Gardens off Mountain View Road, near Brennan Park. Plot sizes are: small, 15 feet by 10 feet; medium, 15 feet by 20 feet; large, 15 feet by 30 feet. To register for a plot visit willistonrec.org. Plots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Plots are only available to Williston residents.

Adult Programs

Eating to Prevent and Manage Pre-Diabetes

Has your doctor expressed concern about your blood sugar? Does diabetes run in your family? By taking charge of your food choices, you can help to protect your health. In this workshop, we’ll focus on the foods that help keep your blood sugar on track, and how to work more of them into your eating plan. This is a Hannaford supermarket program. Join Joanne Heidkamp, registered dietitian nutritionist for Hannaford. Ages 18-plus, Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 – 8 p.m. $10 residents/$15 nonresidents

Doggie Drills with Deb

Do you miss the camaraderie, fun and challenges of a group dog class, but don’t need a full session? Then check out this one night, one-hour, group training. Deb Helfrich, Owner of GoldStar, will run a variety of training exercises and offer individual coaching. This session provides a safe, supportive place to practice skills along with other dogs and people. Ages 18-plus, dogs 6 months-plus and have taken a Gold Star course. Thursday, May 24, 6:15-7:15 p.m. $24 residents/$29 nonresidents.

Pickleball 101

Similar to the “Introduction to Pickleball” clinic, but with more time spent on each part of the game. Drills include: serving, return of serve, third shot drop, the soft game, volleying, basic strategies and actual playing time. Bring your own paddle or use an available loaner paddle. The instructor is Corey Gottfried. Ages 16-plus, Monday, Wednesday and Friday June 4-8, 6-8 p.m. $72 residents/$77 nonresidents.

Family Program

Let’s Go Fishing

This program teaches young people and their families the proper skills and ethics of fishing, including respect for water resources and responsibility to know the rules. Children and adults learn water ecology, fish identification, habitat needs and how to find fish. Participants learn to use fishing gear and will make a lure they can take home. This is a parent/child program. Instructor: Chuck Goller. Ages 6-14 and an adult, Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free, pre-registration required.

Youth Programs

Track and Field Program

Children learn the basics of running, jumping, throwing and relays. Each week they warm up with Parisi Speed School instructors and then practice their different events. There are local meets with other rec departments and a state meet Saturday, July 21. This is a great program for children who love to run, jump and throw. Practices are at CVU. Instructors are parent volunteers and Parisi staff. For ages 7-14, Monday and Wednesday, June 20-July 21, 6:15-7:45 p.m. $50 residents/$55 nonresidents.

Camp Registration

Registration is now open for all day and enrichment camps offered this summer. Payment of $25 deposit per camp, per session, per camper is due now to enroll your child. Pay off the balance over the next couple of weeks. Final balance for all camps and sessions is due June 15.

Camps:  June 18-22

Are you looking for a camp the week of June 18-22 — the week after school lets out? We have four camps that you can enroll your children in. Register now, spots are limited.

GPS Soccer Camps — Ages 3-6 and 9-12. Half- or full-day options, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Exploring Shakespeare — Ages 8-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Golf Camps — Ages 8-14, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. or ages 11-14, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Catamount Golf Center.

Horse Camp — Ages 8-13,
8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sailing Camp

Campers learn the basics of rigging, points of sail, maneuvers, safety and recovery in a safe, fun environment. Certified instructors lead a variety of land- and water-based activities designed to promote comfort and independence. The camp is for those looking for an introduction to dinghy sailing or to brush up on skills. Transportation to the Community Sailing Center in Burlington is on your own. Ages 8-12, Thursday and Friday, July 5-6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $215 residents/$220 nonresidents.

Field Hockey Camp

A fun-filled week of instruction and game play with former CVU field hockey coach Kate McDonald. For girls ages 8-14, Monday-Friday, June 25-29, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $125 residents/$135 nonresidents.

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