UPDATED: August 16, 2017

 

AMHERST RECREATION

DEPARTMENT

4 Cross Rd, Amherst, NH 03031

603 673-6248

Peabody Mill Environmental Center

66 Brook Road

603 673-1141

Pre School Programming

I Love Nature

PMEC Coordinator Nicole has plans for taking children outside to explore and learn about the work we live in. Children will collect leaves, peer into ponds to look for tadpoles, take small hikes and learn through a hands-on approach. And please join us for our weekly hike that begins at 10:00am, directly after class. This hike is free of charge.

 

Who: Ages 3-6 and their caregivers

Where: PMEC

When:  Thursdays 9:00 AM- 9:45 AM

Fee: R $15/NR $20

Tiny Toes Dance

Lets get groovy!

Our Tiny Toes Dance program is for girls and boys ages 3-5. In this 4 week program, students will get an intro to dance.

 

Where: Peabody Mill Environmental Center

When: Friday mornings 10:15-11am

Fee: $30R; $35NR

Tot Soccer

Our Tot Soccer is one of our most consistently popular programs, and continues to be coached by terrific instructors. We often have a waiting list, so sign up early!

Tues Afternoons in September!

Youth Programs

Fall Soccer (U4-U12)

Register for Fall Soccer with Amherst Recreation and your player will learn and develop soccer skills, sportsmanship and team spirit! All teams are volunteer-coached- please consider offering your time and talent. We offer various levels of soccer based on age groups. Boys and girls will play together in all leagues. Shin guards are required at all levels. All soccer ages are based upon 82017.

Summer Youth Tennis

Join us at the Davis Lane tennis courts to learn the fundamentals of tennis or brush up on your skills!  Tennis is a lifelong sport enjoyed by both young people and the young at heart.

Please stay tuned, as we are planning to add youth league play in the fall!

 

Who: Grades 1-8

Where: Davis Lane Tennis Court

Fall Tennis

We will be adapting a fall tennis program starting in September. This program will consist of a practice day and a game day. More info to come!

Fall Baseball

Don’t let the game end! Extend your summer playing baseball in our developmental and competitive program. Teams will play against other towns.  Practices are one night a week with games on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Travel time for games will not exceed 45min/1hr. This league will start in September.

Fall Softball

Join girls ages 9-12 on the diamond for a game of softball. The goals are for the girls to learn the game, develop skills and have fun!

Please note: If we cannot field an Amherst only team, we will form a combined team with other surrounding towns.

Fall XC Team

Learn how to love running with our fabulous coaches and Cross Country program! This program will emphasize learning how to run cross country and include trail running. The program is open to athletes ages 7-18.

Compass of Writing

Writing fiction or non-fiction is easy, fun, and so rewarding - both to the writer and the reader!

Come learn the “compass” of good writing.

We will explore how to choose a topic that interests you, how to begin a story, how to research, decide on an audience, and reach a catchy conclusion.

 

Who: Ages 10-14

Where: PMEC; Moose Room

When: Mondays 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16 (times vary)

Fee: $50R; $55NR

2D Game Maker

Create your own Mario-style video game with custom levels, players, sounds, and an epic boss! The only limit is your imagination.

 

Who: Grades 5-8

Where: Amherst Middle School Computer Lab

When: Wednesdays (9/20- 10/25) 6 weeks

Fee: $165R; $170NR

Junior Afterschool Jazzercise

For boys and girls in grades 1-4. Miss Maddi will walk students after school from Wilkins to Clark for class. This high energy dance program will strengthen their dance moves and boost their confidence!

 

Who: Boys and girls, grades 1-4

Where: Wilkins Art Room

When: Wednesday’s from 3:30pm - 4:30pm starting in Sept.

Fee: $60R / $65NR

Home School Science Class at PMEC

Amherst Recreation is pleased to offer a Science classroom experience to children from ages 5-15 at the Peabody Mill Environmental Center, an environmental and science education center abutting almost 600 acres of Joe English conservation land.

Home School Science Class at PMEC

Amherst Recreation is pleased to offer a Science classroom experience to children from ages 5-15 at the Peabody Mill Environmental Center, an environmental and science education center abutting almost 600 acres of Joe English conservation land.

NOW

Safe Sitter Babysitting Course

Safe Sitter® is a medically-accurate, up-to-date babysitting course that teaches young teens life and safety skills. This course includes a copy of The Official Safe Sitter® Babysitter’s Handbook for each registered participant which they will bring along on all accepted babysitting jobs.

Spanish Workshop

These before-school sessions will provide basics for beginners and challenge the more advanced student. Class time will include grammar, phonics, pronunciation and occasional worksheets. Learning will incorporate familiar stories, songs and music.

 

Who: 1st-4th graders

When: 7:55-8:25am Wednesdays 11/1-12/20

Where: Wilkins School, Classroom TBA

JR First Lego League

Get pumped for the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. 2017/2018 season. In the AQUA ADVENTURES M Challenge, more than 40,000 children will navigate the uncharted waters of this important resource.

We will start a program once we have 4-6 registered. Dates/Times TBD by group.

Summer Makerspace  Activities/Classes

Traditional Japanese Tool Box

The Amherst Makerspace is offering a one-day workshop to create this unique, hand-crafted tool box.  You’ll enjoy learning to use a variety of wood working tools in a small-class setting. Customize your box with your name or a design of your choice using the laser engraver!

 

When: Sunday, August 27th, 11am-5pm

Where: Amherst Makerspace

Intro to Robotics with the Finch Robot

Have you ever wanted to control a robot?  In this class, you’ll program a Finch robot to turn in circles, follow a light, and even dance!  You’ll use Scratch, a programming language that lets you move “blocks” that tell the robot what to do.

 

Dates/Times: 9am-12pm from August 21, 22, 23

Program Fees: $100 per person

Who: Ages 9-12

Where: Amherst Makerspace, computer wing

Theater Classes

Youth Theater Camps (6-10 years)

Enchanted Folklore, Aug. 28- Sept 1, 9AM-12PM

Did Cinderella wear glass slippers or gold slippers? What was in Little Red Riding Hood’s basket?  Using a few examples, we will compare and contrast key details throughout history and cultures and examine what makes a good story. We may have our very own version of an Into the Woods.

Masked Theater

In this class the students will learn about various styles of masked theater and character masks, design and create their own characters and masks, and explore movement and performance technique required for masked performance.

 

When: Saturdays Sept 23-Nov 11

Who:   Ages 6-9 from 8:45-9:45

          Ages 9-12 From 10:00-11:00

Where:PMEC, 66 Brook Road

Fee:    $90 Res, $100 Non-Res

YES, AND...SCENE! 8 Week Session

Are you familiar with “Who’s Line Is It Anyway”? That is exactly what this improvisation class is all about. It may seem like fun and games, but comedy is hard work. We will run a practice set week 7 in preparation for a “Friends and Family Improv Night” in week 8!

 

Who and When:  Adult Improv 18+, Mondays 6:30-7:30pm, 9/27-11/15

Teen Improv 12-17,  Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm Sept 2-Nov 18

Where: Souhegan High School

Fee: $80 Res, $90 Non-Res

Adult Fitness and Activities

NEW!! Cardio Kickboxing

Cardio Kickboxing is a boxing inspired cardio fitness class that will elevate the heart rate while having fun.  It is an amazing aerobic experience that utilizes martial arts based kickboxing techniques to increase muscular strength, cardiovascular conditioning, coordination, and balance.

 

When: Wednesday Evenings and Thursday Mornings

Summer YOGA

Morning classes will be held this summer on Tuesdays at Souhegan HS from June 27-August 15. Choose the 6 classes out of 7 weeks that works for your schedule!

More fall classes to come!

True Potential

is a program designed specifically for women which encompasses nutrition, result-based workouts and mindfulness.

New session start in September! morning and evening options available

Mack Hill Riding Academy presents--Fitness by Riding, Especially for Women!

This program is geared specifically for women!

 

Where: Mack Hill Riding Academy

Fee: $160 (includes 4, 1 hour lessons)

 

NEW Adult Pick Up Softball Games

This is a co-ed program running on 3 Thursdays in June, July, and August. It is pick up ball, so show up and split up!

 

Who: 18+ (must have graduated High School)

What: Adult co-ed softball pick up games

Where: Simeon Wilson Field, Amherst NH

When: Th.  Aug 17. Start time 7:30pm

Trail of the Month Outing

Join members of the Amherst Conservation Commission as we kick off a Trail of the Month Outing” the 3rd Saturday of every month at 10am. We will explore a different trail or parcel of conservation land in town each month.

 

August 19: Patch Hill

Tennis Lessons for Adults

Join us on the courts for adult tennis lessons!

 

What: Adult Tennis Lessons

Where: Davis Lane Tennis Courts

Fee: $42R; $50NR

Adult Basketball

Adult Basketball is an opportunity for men and women to play games in an open gym setting on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00-10:00 during the school year at Amherst Middle School.

Adult Volleyball

Adult volleyball is an opportunity for men and women to play in an open gym setting on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 8-10pm during the school calendar year at the Amherst Middle School.

NEW!! Learn to Knit

Amherst Recreation is thrilled to be partnering with Twill this fall for a learn to knit program. This program will meet once a week in the fall (Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm in Amherst). More info to come soon!

All Ages

Adult/Youth Horse Back Riding

This program is open to ages 5 and up. This program includes 4 one hour weekly lessons.

4 Week sessions are now open for registration!

 

Fee: $160 (includes 4, 1 hour lessons)

Trips!

Trip- Monthly Lunch Trips

Let’s eat our way through New England this year with our Monthly lunch Trips! Join the Amherst Recreation crew as we depart for some local lunch outings. We will meet at 10:30am at the Walmart in Amherst, NH on the first Tuesday of every month for a different luncheon outing around NE!

Please view our monthly schedule at www.amhertsrec.org

Trip-Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise

There is no better way to see NH than a cruise aboard the Mount Washington on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. We will be traveling to Laconia, NH on Sunday, October 15th for a Sunday champagne brunch and Fall Foliage Cruise.

 

What: Mt. Washington Champagne Brunch

Where: Laconia, NH

When: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Depart: Meet at the front of Souhegan High School at 10:30am

Fee: $60R; $65NR

Trip-Anything Goes, the Musical

We are heading to the Palace theater on Thursday, November 9th! Join us as we spend a night out for dinner and a live show. We will depart the Walmart Parking lot in Amherst, NH at 4pm and head to the Farm for dinner at 4:45pm. Once we are through, we will head to the Palace theater for a 7:30pm show.

 

Who: 18+

When: Thursday, November 9th

Where: Palace Theater

Fee: $50R; $55NR

Other Community Happenings

Amherst Community Foundation- Souhegan Stadium Gateway Beautification Project

Dear Friends of Amherst,

We are thrilled of the success of the new turf field...our home...our field of dreams! The Amherst Community Foundation is motivated to enhance the entrance to the stadium with new lighting, grounds, and donor dedication area for all to enjoy.

 

Project Goal: $50,000

 

Donations accepted through December 31st, 2017. Every dollar raised will be matched by ACF. Interested?  www.amherstfoundation.org

 

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