Monroe Parks and Rec. offers swimming, volleyball and art

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Monroe Parks and Recreation's indoor pool season at Masuk High School starts on Sept. 16 and runs through July. Contributed

The Monroe Parks and Recreation Department is offering the following programs. For information and registration, visit the Monroe Parks and Recreation website.

Open swim, pool parties

Masuk pool will offer open swims in February at the high school, 1014 Monroe Turnpike, generally on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday afternoons.

The pool will be closed Feb. 14-17.

The schedule may change due to school closings and usage. Check the Parks and Recreaion website and information or call the cancellation line (203-339-6106) for updates.

Masuk Pool memberships are sold at the pool during open swim times. Membership fees are $50 for adult residents (age 18-59) and $100 for non-residents. It is $40 for children (age 3-17) who reside in Monroe and $80 for non-residents. It is $20 for seniors (age 60 and older) who live in Monroe and for $40 non-residents.

Daily fees for non-members (ages 3 and older) are $5 for residents and $10 for non-residents. Payment for membership or daily fees is by cash or check only.

Pool parties are held Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. and Saturday afternoons from 2 to 3:45 p.m. Parties must be booked online at www.monroerec.org.

A maximum of 50 people are allowed per group with up to two groups booked each date. This includes all children and adults staying for the event. Ideal for scouts, youth groups, sports teams and birthday parties. Fees: $175 for residents and $200 for non-residents.

Youth Swim Lessons (ages 4 and older)

The American Red Cross offers a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate swimming and water safety program that teaches you, your child or other family members how to swim skillfully and safely, and think and act safely in, on and around the water.

The prerequisite for each level is the successful demonstration of skills from the preceding level, except for Level 1, which has no prerequisites. A swim placement level guide can be found on the Parks and Recreation Department’s website.

Session 4: Mondays, March 16 through April 20 (there will be no session on April 13). Registration is open from Feb. 4 to March 9.

Times are Level 1 and 2, 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. or 6:45 to 7:15 p.m.

Level 3 is 7:15 to 8 p.m.

Level 4 and 5 is 8 to 8:45 p.m.

Fees are Level 1 and 2 $60 for residents and $70 for non-residents. Level 3 and higher is $70 for residents and $80 for non-residents.

Youth Volleyball
In conjunction with CT Sports Network, Parks and Rec will offer a new volleyball program for youth in grades 5 through 8. These winter clinics can be an introduction or continuation of volleyball skills for each player in a fun, technically challenging clinic.

Weekly classes will work on a variety of techniques including serving, setting, digging, blocking and spiking. Clinics will be held Wednesday nights from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Jockey Hollow Middle School, 365 Fan Hill Road.

Session 2 is Feb. 5 through March 11. Fees are $75 for residents and $85 for non-residents.

ArtSmart! Studio – Friday Night Art Escape (ages 10-14) on Feb 7

This workshop series provide a great opportunity to socialize in a nurturing setting with other creative minds and offers sophisticated projects sure to please. Meet Friday, Feb. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. to create Pop Arts Hearts using carved block printmaking. Fees are $42 for residents and $52 for non-residents.

All ArtSmart classes held at ArtSmart! Studio at 152 Lynn Drive, Monroe. For information, send an email to Kathy Vincent at [email protected].

The office hours for the Monroe Parks and Recreation Department, 7 Fan Hill Road, are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The main number is 203-452-2806 and the email address is [email protected].

For updated information on daily programs, call the information line at 203-339-6106.

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