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Monday January 24, 2022
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM    Bristol Youth Lacrosse Banner
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Peer Education - Peer Education
Peer Education is a leadership program that gives high school students the opportunity to use their talents to help their fellow classmates in need and connect them to supportive adults. There are 2 components of Peer Education: Rising Stars and Youth Court.Rising Star members are trained to provide accurate information to their peers on teenage issues, provide an outlet for their fellow peers to gain advice, and refer students in need to appropriate service providers when necessary. Students are more apt to express themselves or take advice from someone their own age versus an adult and often resist making connections when faced with stressors.Youth Court members form their own Youth Court within their high school. Members will hold roles such as Judge, Court Clerk, Advocate, or Jury Member and will follow a restorative justice approach to the court process. They will manage issues and cases as deemed appropriate by each high school and empower those that come before them. Come join us and use your leadership skills to make a positive change in your school!Click here to fill out the student application form (must be filled out to be considered for this program): https://forms.gle/PnyiTvLZyWBAtVRs7   
 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Skyhawks Volleyball Skills - Skyhawks Volleyball Skills
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description.Skyhawks Volleyball takes the energy and excitement of this great team sport and puts it all together into one fun-filled program. All aspects of the game are taught through drills and exercises that focus on bumping, spiking, hitting and serving. This program is designed for the beginner to intermediate player.
 
Tuesday January 25, 2022
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM    Bristol Youth Lacrosse Banner
 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Parenting 101 - Parenting 101
A group for parents and caregivers who are looking to gain knowledge on developmental skills and expectations, routines, minimizing tantrums and behavioral issues and helping your child build healthy attachments and boundaries. Location: Youth & Community Services (51 High Street, Bristol, CT) For more information, please contact: Lauren Kittle, Clinical/Program Supervisor at  (860) 314-4690 or LaurenKittle@bristolct.gov
 
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM    Mini Hoops Basketball (3-5yrs) - Mini Hoops (Tuesdays) - Winter Session 2
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description: Youth ages 3-5 will be introduced to the sport of basketball in a friendly, safe and fun environment. Kids will be introduced to numerous basketball skills and techniques through a variety of activities and games. This is a parent participation class. Program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School on Tuesdays or Saturdays, times vary. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Pilates and Yoga Fusion - Yoga w/ Heather - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description: We are very excited to bring this amazing class that helps tone and tighten your core which will improve not only your posture but your body awareness and flexibility! The class combines the focus on core stabilization of Pilates with the postures from yoga to flow through movements in order to work your whole body while also giving you strength of both mind and body.This class is for beginners all the way up to advanced so please do not be afraid to give it a try!  We ask that you please bring your own mat!About the Instructor:Instructor, Heather Tartarelli, has a 20 hour Full of Joy Children's Yoga Teaching Certificate, as well as a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. Heather has also taken a 32 hour Trauma Informed Yoga for Youth Certification. Heather boasts over 750 hours of teaching yoga, and has completed the AFAA Practical Pilates course. Heather has been teaching the BPRYCS yoga programs for 5 and 1/2 years.
 
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM    Girls With A Purpose - Girls With A Purpose
Attention all middle school girls! Join us for girl talk and more! Participants have the opportunity to participate in fun activities that promote positive attitude, increased self-esteem, and decreased drama. Group members will turn experience into leadership, talk about how classmates treat each other, stop rumors from spreading, stop bullying in your school, promote positive body image, and ditch the drama. Join us for fun and new friends!*This program requires a full commitment to attending group every week and maintaining club member’s confidentiality.
 
6:50 PM - 7:35 PM    Basketball Skills (5-8yrs) - Basketball Skills (Tuesday) - Winter Session 2
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Participants ages 5-8 will be taught and practices fundamental skills of dribbling, passing, shooting. These skills will be further developed by the implementation of interactive drills. If time allows, participants will be introduced to game play in a fun environment. The Basketball Skills program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School's gymnasium on Tuesdays or Saturdays. Program times vary depending on the session. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
7:40 PM - 8:25 PM    Co-Ed 3 on 3 Basketball (9-13yrs) - 3 on 3 Basketball (Tuesdays) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Boys and Girls ages 9-13 will work on sharpening their basketball skills through various instructional drills. Participants will also have the opportunity to play in 3 on 3 games. New teams will be created each week to give participants the opportunity to socialize with their peers. Program meets Chippen's Hill Middle School on Tuesdays or Saturdays, times vary. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department.   
 
Wednesday January 26, 2022
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM    Bristol Youth Lacrosse Banner
 
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Learning Through Books - Learning Through Books - Session I
Learning Through Books is a free developmental play group where parents and children ages 2.5 - 4 years use books and crafts to explore language, social emotional skills, counting, and engage with other parents, caregivers and children. Books are read aloud to the group and provided for each child to take home. Craft materials are provided for each session as well.Location: Youth & Community Services (51 High Street, Bristol, CT)For more information, please contact:Lauren Kittle, Clinical/Program Supervisor at (860) 314-4690 or LaurenKittle@bristolct.gov
 
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM    Horsemanship at Shepard Meadows - Un-mounted Horsemanship - Winter Session 1
Program Description:Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services is happy to partner with Shepard Meadows in Bristol to offer un-mounted horsemanship lessons to the community. Our un-mounted horsemanship program teaches horse skills such as grooming, tacking, and leading but also provides opportunities to challenge participants to persevere, problem solve, communicate and promotes the development of self-esteem. A growing body of research demonstrates that teaching horsemanship skills can promote emotion and social well-being in participants, serve as character education, and promote the social skills and leadership in youth and children, in particular. This is not a riding program, but you will be working hands on with one of Shepard Meadow's wonderful horses. Shepard Meadows is located at 733 Hill Street in Bristol.Please complete the documents in the forms section and bring them with you to the first class. 
 
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM    Bristol Youth Celebrating Diversity & Pride - Bristol Youth Celebrating Diversity and Pride
What:  A new group combining everything you loved from ‘Let’s Talk About R.A.C.E. & L.G.B.Teens & Queens’ rolled into one! Open to all Bristol high school students who are passionate about advocating for change within their community and schools and explore issues that directly affect them.Ages: 14-18 (High school only)Dates: November 2021- June 2022Days: WednesdaysTimes: 5:30PM – 7:00PMWhere: Bristol Youth and Community Services (51 High St. Bristol, CT 06010)Fees: Free
 
Thursday January 27, 2022
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM    Bristol Youth Lacrosse Banner
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Pilates and Yoga Fusion - Yoga w/ Heather - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description: We are very excited to bring this amazing class that helps tone and tighten your core which will improve not only your posture but your body awareness and flexibility! The class combines the focus on core stabilization of Pilates with the postures from yoga to flow through movements in order to work your whole body while also giving you strength of both mind and body.This class is for beginners all the way up to advanced so please do not be afraid to give it a try!  We ask that you please bring your own mat!About the Instructor:Instructor, Heather Tartarelli, has a 20 hour Full of Joy Children's Yoga Teaching Certificate, as well as a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. Heather has also taken a 32 hour Trauma Informed Yoga for Youth Certification. Heather boasts over 750 hours of teaching yoga, and has completed the AFAA Practical Pilates course. Heather has been teaching the BPRYCS yoga programs for 5 and 1/2 years.
 
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Thursday Night Adult Volleyball Leagues - Competitive 6-Person Adult Indoor Volleyball League - Winter Session
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth, and Community Services Department is excited to offer two Adult Co-ed Volleyball Leagues on Thursday evenings.Teams of 4-8 participants are welcome with the requirement that two female participants are on the courts at all times. Please note this is an 18+ league, but high school players will be considered with parental permission and at the league director’s discretion. The league will run for 12 weeks with the last week being a tournament. The league fee is $300 and due at the time of registration. Participation waivers must be signed and handed to the league director before anyone is allowed to set onto the courts.
 
Friday January 28, 2022
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM    Bristol Youth Lacrosse Banner
 
6:00 PM - 6:50 PM    Co-Ed Flag Football (3rd-8th Grade) - Flag Football (Grades 3-4) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Flag Football is open to boys and girls in grades 3rd through 8th. Participants will be introduced to the game of football while utilizing flags. Players will work on basic football skills such as passing, catching, offense and defense in a safe and fund environment. Each week, teams will be formed to give participants a chance to socialize with everyone in the program. This program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School on Fridays.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
7:00 PM - 7:50 PM    Co-Ed Flag Football (3rd-8th Grade) - Flag Football (Grades 5-8) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Flag Football is open to boys and girls in grades 3rd through 8th. Participants will be introduced to the game of football while utilizing flags. Players will work on basic football skills such as passing, catching, offense and defense in a safe and fund environment. Each week, teams will be formed to give participants a chance to socialize with everyone in the program. This program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School on Fridays.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
Saturday January 29, 2022
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM    Mini Hoops Basketball (3-5yrs) - Mini Hoops (Saturdays) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description: Youth ages 3-5 will be introduced to the sport of basketball in a friendly, safe and fun environment. Kids will be introduced to numerous basketball skills and techniques through a variety of activities and games. This is a parent participation class. Program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School on Tuesdays or Saturdays, times vary. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM    Basketball Skills (5-8yrs) - Basketball Skills (Saturday) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Participants ages 5-8 will be taught and practices fundamental skills of dribbling, passing, shooting. These skills will be further developed by the implementation of interactive drills. If time allows, participants will be introduced to game play in a fun environment. The Basketball Skills program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School's gymnasium on Tuesdays or Saturdays. Program times vary depending on the session. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
Sunday January 30, 2022
10:00 AM - 10:40 AM    Gymnastics at FLIPS - Gymnastics Fun (3-4 YO) - Session 1
Program Description:This program offers participants an introduction to the exciting sport of gymnastics. Our gymnastic classes encourages whole body exercises, including development in strength, flexibility and coordination. Classes are structured and allow for participants to socialize with others in a fun and controlled environment.What to Wear:All participants are required to wear leotards with or without gymnastics shorts. Male students should dress in shorts and a t-shirt. No zippers, belts, skirts, shows, socks, jewelry, watches or gum is allowed. Long hair must be tied back. 
 
11:00 AM - 11:40 AM    Gymnastics at FLIPS - Gymnastics Fun (5-8 YO) - Session 1
Program Description:This program offers participants an introduction to the exciting sport of gymnastics. Our gymnastic classes encourages whole body exercises, including development in strength, flexibility and coordination. Classes are structured and allow for participants to socialize with others in a fun and controlled environment.What to Wear:All participants are required to wear leotards with or without gymnastics shorts. Male students should dress in shorts and a t-shirt. No zippers, belts, skirts, shows, socks, jewelry, watches or gum is allowed. Long hair must be tied back. 
 
Monday January 31, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Peer Education - Peer Education
Peer Education is a leadership program that gives high school students the opportunity to use their talents to help their fellow classmates in need and connect them to supportive adults. There are 2 components of Peer Education: Rising Stars and Youth Court.Rising Star members are trained to provide accurate information to their peers on teenage issues, provide an outlet for their fellow peers to gain advice, and refer students in need to appropriate service providers when necessary. Students are more apt to express themselves or take advice from someone their own age versus an adult and often resist making connections when faced with stressors.Youth Court members form their own Youth Court within their high school. Members will hold roles such as Judge, Court Clerk, Advocate, or Jury Member and will follow a restorative justice approach to the court process. They will manage issues and cases as deemed appropriate by each high school and empower those that come before them. Come join us and use your leadership skills to make a positive change in your school!Click here to fill out the student application form (must be filled out to be considered for this program): https://forms.gle/PnyiTvLZyWBAtVRs7   
 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Skyhawks Volleyball Skills - Skyhawks Volleyball Skills
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description.Skyhawks Volleyball takes the energy and excitement of this great team sport and puts it all together into one fun-filled program. All aspects of the game are taught through drills and exercises that focus on bumping, spiking, hitting and serving. This program is designed for the beginner to intermediate player.
 
Tuesday February 1, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Parenting 101 - Parenting 101
A group for parents and caregivers who are looking to gain knowledge on developmental skills and expectations, routines, minimizing tantrums and behavioral issues and helping your child build healthy attachments and boundaries. Location: Youth & Community Services (51 High Street, Bristol, CT) For more information, please contact: Lauren Kittle, Clinical/Program Supervisor at  (860) 314-4690 or LaurenKittle@bristolct.gov
 
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM    Mini Hoops Basketball (3-5yrs) - Mini Hoops (Tuesdays) - Winter Session 2
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description: Youth ages 3-5 will be introduced to the sport of basketball in a friendly, safe and fun environment. Kids will be introduced to numerous basketball skills and techniques through a variety of activities and games. This is a parent participation class. Program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School on Tuesdays or Saturdays, times vary. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Pilates and Yoga Fusion - Yoga w/ Heather - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description: We are very excited to bring this amazing class that helps tone and tighten your core which will improve not only your posture but your body awareness and flexibility! The class combines the focus on core stabilization of Pilates with the postures from yoga to flow through movements in order to work your whole body while also giving you strength of both mind and body.This class is for beginners all the way up to advanced so please do not be afraid to give it a try!  We ask that you please bring your own mat!About the Instructor:Instructor, Heather Tartarelli, has a 20 hour Full of Joy Children's Yoga Teaching Certificate, as well as a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. Heather has also taken a 32 hour Trauma Informed Yoga for Youth Certification. Heather boasts over 750 hours of teaching yoga, and has completed the AFAA Practical Pilates course. Heather has been teaching the BPRYCS yoga programs for 5 and 1/2 years.
 
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM    Girls With A Purpose - Girls With A Purpose
Attention all middle school girls! Join us for girl talk and more! Participants have the opportunity to participate in fun activities that promote positive attitude, increased self-esteem, and decreased drama. Group members will turn experience into leadership, talk about how classmates treat each other, stop rumors from spreading, stop bullying in your school, promote positive body image, and ditch the drama. Join us for fun and new friends!*This program requires a full commitment to attending group every week and maintaining club member’s confidentiality.
 
6:50 PM - 7:35 PM    Basketball Skills (5-8yrs) - Basketball Skills (Tuesday) - Winter Session 2
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Participants ages 5-8 will be taught and practices fundamental skills of dribbling, passing, shooting. These skills will be further developed by the implementation of interactive drills. If time allows, participants will be introduced to game play in a fun environment. The Basketball Skills program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School's gymnasium on Tuesdays or Saturdays. Program times vary depending on the session. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
7:40 PM - 8:25 PM    Co-Ed 3 on 3 Basketball (9-13yrs) - 3 on 3 Basketball (Tuesdays) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Boys and Girls ages 9-13 will work on sharpening their basketball skills through various instructional drills. Participants will also have the opportunity to play in 3 on 3 games. New teams will be created each week to give participants the opportunity to socialize with their peers. Program meets Chippen's Hill Middle School on Tuesdays or Saturdays, times vary. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department.   
 
Wednesday February 2, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Learning Through Books - Learning Through Books - Session I
Learning Through Books is a free developmental play group where parents and children ages 2.5 - 4 years use books and crafts to explore language, social emotional skills, counting, and engage with other parents, caregivers and children. Books are read aloud to the group and provided for each child to take home. Craft materials are provided for each session as well.Location: Youth & Community Services (51 High Street, Bristol, CT)For more information, please contact:Lauren Kittle, Clinical/Program Supervisor at (860) 314-4690 or LaurenKittle@bristolct.gov
 
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Empower Hour - Empower Hour
Empower Hour is an after school empowerment program for elementary school age children. Participants will enjoy social skill building activities focused on adjusting to change, controlling impulsive behaviors and emotions, improving self-esteem, and making new friends!Elementary Age StudentsAges: 7-11 yearsDates: February 2, 2022-April 27, 2022Days: WednesdaysTime: 4:00-5:00PMLocation: Bristol Youth Services -51 High St. Bristol, CT Fees: Free
 
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM    Horsemanship at Shepard Meadows - Un-mounted Horsemanship - Winter Session 1
Program Description:Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services is happy to partner with Shepard Meadows in Bristol to offer un-mounted horsemanship lessons to the community. Our un-mounted horsemanship program teaches horse skills such as grooming, tacking, and leading but also provides opportunities to challenge participants to persevere, problem solve, communicate and promotes the development of self-esteem. A growing body of research demonstrates that teaching horsemanship skills can promote emotion and social well-being in participants, serve as character education, and promote the social skills and leadership in youth and children, in particular. This is not a riding program, but you will be working hands on with one of Shepard Meadow's wonderful horses. Shepard Meadows is located at 733 Hill Street in Bristol.Please complete the documents in the forms section and bring them with you to the first class. 
 
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM    Bristol Youth Celebrating Diversity & Pride - Bristol Youth Celebrating Diversity and Pride
What:  A new group combining everything you loved from ‘Let’s Talk About R.A.C.E. & L.G.B.Teens & Queens’ rolled into one! Open to all Bristol high school students who are passionate about advocating for change within their community and schools and explore issues that directly affect them.Ages: 14-18 (High school only)Dates: November 2021- June 2022Days: WednesdaysTimes: 5:30PM – 7:00PMWhere: Bristol Youth and Community Services (51 High St. Bristol, CT 06010)Fees: Free
 
6:00 PM - 6:50 PM    Co-Ed Youth Indoor Soccer (Ages 6-12) - Youth Soccer (Ages 6-8) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Bristol Parks and Recreation department is excited to offer a co-ed youth indoor soccer program for players of all abilities. Participants will learn the basic rules of soccer, as well as skills and techniques needed to be successful in the sport. Sneakers and a water bottle are required. Shin guards and cleats are not required. This program meets on Wednesday evenings at Chippens Hill Middle School.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
7:00 PM - 7:50 PM    Co-Ed Youth Indoor Soccer (Ages 6-12) - Youth Soccer (Ages 9-12) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Bristol Parks and Recreation department is excited to offer a co-ed youth indoor soccer program for players of all abilities. Participants will learn the basic rules of soccer, as well as skills and techniques needed to be successful in the sport. Sneakers and a water bottle are required. Shin guards and cleats are not required. This program meets on Wednesday evenings at Chippens Hill Middle School.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
Thursday February 3, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Pilates and Yoga Fusion - Yoga w/ Heather - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description: We are very excited to bring this amazing class that helps tone and tighten your core which will improve not only your posture but your body awareness and flexibility! The class combines the focus on core stabilization of Pilates with the postures from yoga to flow through movements in order to work your whole body while also giving you strength of both mind and body.This class is for beginners all the way up to advanced so please do not be afraid to give it a try!  We ask that you please bring your own mat!About the Instructor:Instructor, Heather Tartarelli, has a 20 hour Full of Joy Children's Yoga Teaching Certificate, as well as a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. Heather has also taken a 32 hour Trauma Informed Yoga for Youth Certification. Heather boasts over 750 hours of teaching yoga, and has completed the AFAA Practical Pilates course. Heather has been teaching the BPRYCS yoga programs for 5 and 1/2 years.
 
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Thursday Night Adult Volleyball Leagues - Competitive 6-Person Adult Indoor Volleyball League - Winter Session
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth, and Community Services Department is excited to offer two Adult Co-ed Volleyball Leagues on Thursday evenings.Teams of 4-8 participants are welcome with the requirement that two female participants are on the courts at all times. Please note this is an 18+ league, but high school players will be considered with parental permission and at the league director’s discretion. The league will run for 12 weeks with the last week being a tournament. The league fee is $300 and due at the time of registration. Participation waivers must be signed and handed to the league director before anyone is allowed to set onto the courts.
 
Friday February 4, 2022
6:00 PM - 6:50 PM    Co-Ed Flag Football (3rd-8th Grade) - Flag Football (Grades 3-4) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Flag Football is open to boys and girls in grades 3rd through 8th. Participants will be introduced to the game of football while utilizing flags. Players will work on basic football skills such as passing, catching, offense and defense in a safe and fund environment. Each week, teams will be formed to give participants a chance to socialize with everyone in the program. This program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School on Fridays.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
7:00 PM - 7:50 PM    Co-Ed Flag Football (3rd-8th Grade) - Flag Football (Grades 5-8) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Flag Football is open to boys and girls in grades 3rd through 8th. Participants will be introduced to the game of football while utilizing flags. Players will work on basic football skills such as passing, catching, offense and defense in a safe and fund environment. Each week, teams will be formed to give participants a chance to socialize with everyone in the program. This program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School on Fridays.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
Saturday February 5, 2022
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM    Mini Hoops Basketball (3-5yrs) - Mini Hoops (Saturdays) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description: Youth ages 3-5 will be introduced to the sport of basketball in a friendly, safe and fun environment. Kids will be introduced to numerous basketball skills and techniques through a variety of activities and games. This is a parent participation class. Program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School on Tuesdays or Saturdays, times vary. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM    Basketball Skills (5-8yrs) - Basketball Skills (Saturday) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Participants ages 5-8 will be taught and practices fundamental skills of dribbling, passing, shooting. These skills will be further developed by the implementation of interactive drills. If time allows, participants will be introduced to game play in a fun environment. The Basketball Skills program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School's gymnasium on Tuesdays or Saturdays. Program times vary depending on the session. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Slime Time - Slime Time
Ooze into a gooey hour of awesome slimy demos and hands-on slime making! Learn how to be the best slime chef ever using our Mad Science recipe and products. Create and take home three unique slimes at our Mad Slime Station with your choice of ingredients included
 
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Come Clay With Me - Come Clay With Me
Explore color mixing and the coil technique while creating colorful cupcake sculptures inspired by the famous American artist, Wayne Thiebaud. Learn more about his cake art while discovering color saturated oil pastels. You’ll have a craving for cupcakes after this funshop!
 
Sunday February 6, 2022
10:00 AM - 10:40 AM    Gymnastics at FLIPS - Gymnastics Fun (3-4 YO) - Session 1
Program Description:This program offers participants an introduction to the exciting sport of gymnastics. Our gymnastic classes encourages whole body exercises, including development in strength, flexibility and coordination. Classes are structured and allow for participants to socialize with others in a fun and controlled environment.What to Wear:All participants are required to wear leotards with or without gymnastics shorts. Male students should dress in shorts and a t-shirt. No zippers, belts, skirts, shows, socks, jewelry, watches or gum is allowed. Long hair must be tied back. 
 
11:00 AM - 11:40 AM    Gymnastics at FLIPS - Gymnastics Fun (5-8 YO) - Session 1
Program Description:This program offers participants an introduction to the exciting sport of gymnastics. Our gymnastic classes encourages whole body exercises, including development in strength, flexibility and coordination. Classes are structured and allow for participants to socialize with others in a fun and controlled environment.What to Wear:All participants are required to wear leotards with or without gymnastics shorts. Male students should dress in shorts and a t-shirt. No zippers, belts, skirts, shows, socks, jewelry, watches or gum is allowed. Long hair must be tied back. 
 
Monday February 7, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Peer Education - Peer Education
Peer Education is a leadership program that gives high school students the opportunity to use their talents to help their fellow classmates in need and connect them to supportive adults. There are 2 components of Peer Education: Rising Stars and Youth Court.Rising Star members are trained to provide accurate information to their peers on teenage issues, provide an outlet for their fellow peers to gain advice, and refer students in need to appropriate service providers when necessary. Students are more apt to express themselves or take advice from someone their own age versus an adult and often resist making connections when faced with stressors.Youth Court members form their own Youth Court within their high school. Members will hold roles such as Judge, Court Clerk, Advocate, or Jury Member and will follow a restorative justice approach to the court process. They will manage issues and cases as deemed appropriate by each high school and empower those that come before them. Come join us and use your leadership skills to make a positive change in your school!Click here to fill out the student application form (must be filled out to be considered for this program): https://forms.gle/PnyiTvLZyWBAtVRs7   
 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Skyhawks Volleyball Skills - Skyhawks Volleyball Skills
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description.Skyhawks Volleyball takes the energy and excitement of this great team sport and puts it all together into one fun-filled program. All aspects of the game are taught through drills and exercises that focus on bumping, spiking, hitting and serving. This program is designed for the beginner to intermediate player.
 
Tuesday February 8, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Basic Drawing - Basic Drawing
Students will learn the importance of identifying and recognizing the difference between seeing and perceiving to draw with high accuracy. They will learn how to better understand their subject and how to view it; how to make the rudimentary mental shift vital to unleashing their creative side; how to stay in creative mode, connected and fully engaged with their subject. Students will also learn about the importance of measuring and how to do it. 
 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Parenting 101 - Parenting 101
A group for parents and caregivers who are looking to gain knowledge on developmental skills and expectations, routines, minimizing tantrums and behavioral issues and helping your child build healthy attachments and boundaries. Location: Youth & Community Services (51 High Street, Bristol, CT) For more information, please contact: Lauren Kittle, Clinical/Program Supervisor at  (860) 314-4690 or LaurenKittle@bristolct.gov
 
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM    Abstract Painting - Abstract Painting
This class offers a fundamental exploration into the beauty of abstract and semi-abstract painting. Instruction focuses on composition, techniques, form, texture and color. Students will develop their own artistic vision while referencing the works of contemporary painters. This class is ideal for beginners and intermediate painters.
 
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM    Abstract Painting Youth Class - Abstract Painting
Abstract art encompasses a wide range of art including paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and video! An abstract painting may be inspired by an object, idea, emotions or even music. Participants will find their inspiration and learn to turn it into a stunning painting.
 
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    Spoken Word Class - Spoken Word Class
Looking for a new way to express yourself, or to gain confidence in performing? Spoken word involves performance-based poetry that focuses on word play and story-telling. It includes experimentation with other art forms such as music, theater and dance, and focuses on the performance of the words themselves, the dynamics of tone, gestures, facial expressions, and more.
 
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM    Mini Hoops Basketball (3-5yrs) - Mini Hoops (Tuesdays) - Winter Session 2
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description: Youth ages 3-5 will be introduced to the sport of basketball in a friendly, safe and fun environment. Kids will be introduced to numerous basketball skills and techniques through a variety of activities and games. This is a parent participation class. Program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School on Tuesdays or Saturdays, times vary. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Pilates and Yoga Fusion - Yoga w/ Heather - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description: We are very excited to bring this amazing class that helps tone and tighten your core which will improve not only your posture but your body awareness and flexibility! The class combines the focus on core stabilization of Pilates with the postures from yoga to flow through movements in order to work your whole body while also giving you strength of both mind and body.This class is for beginners all the way up to advanced so please do not be afraid to give it a try!  We ask that you please bring your own mat!About the Instructor:Instructor, Heather Tartarelli, has a 20 hour Full of Joy Children's Yoga Teaching Certificate, as well as a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. Heather has also taken a 32 hour Trauma Informed Yoga for Youth Certification. Heather boasts over 750 hours of teaching yoga, and has completed the AFAA Practical Pilates course. Heather has been teaching the BPRYCS yoga programs for 5 and 1/2 years.
 
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM    Girls With A Purpose - Girls With A Purpose
Attention all middle school girls! Join us for girl talk and more! Participants have the opportunity to participate in fun activities that promote positive attitude, increased self-esteem, and decreased drama. Group members will turn experience into leadership, talk about how classmates treat each other, stop rumors from spreading, stop bullying in your school, promote positive body image, and ditch the drama. Join us for fun and new friends!*This program requires a full commitment to attending group every week and maintaining club member’s confidentiality.
 
6:50 PM - 7:35 PM    Basketball Skills (5-8yrs) - Basketball Skills (Tuesday) - Winter Session 2
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Participants ages 5-8 will be taught and practices fundamental skills of dribbling, passing, shooting. These skills will be further developed by the implementation of interactive drills. If time allows, participants will be introduced to game play in a fun environment. The Basketball Skills program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School's gymnasium on Tuesdays or Saturdays. Program times vary depending on the session. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Spoken Word Class - Spoken Word Class
Looking for a new way to express yourself, or to gain confidence in performing? Spoken word involves performance-based poetry that focuses on word play and story-telling. It includes experimentation with other art forms such as music, theater and dance, and focuses on the performance of the words themselves, the dynamics of tone, gestures, facial expressions, and more.
 
7:40 PM - 8:25 PM    Co-Ed 3 on 3 Basketball (9-13yrs) - 3 on 3 Basketball (Tuesdays) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Boys and Girls ages 9-13 will work on sharpening their basketball skills through various instructional drills. Participants will also have the opportunity to play in 3 on 3 games. New teams will be created each week to give participants the opportunity to socialize with their peers. Program meets Chippen's Hill Middle School on Tuesdays or Saturdays, times vary. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department.   
 
Wednesday February 9, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Learning Through Books - Learning Through Books - Session I
Learning Through Books is a free developmental play group where parents and children ages 2.5 - 4 years use books and crafts to explore language, social emotional skills, counting, and engage with other parents, caregivers and children. Books are read aloud to the group and provided for each child to take home. Craft materials are provided for each session as well.Location: Youth & Community Services (51 High Street, Bristol, CT)For more information, please contact:Lauren Kittle, Clinical/Program Supervisor at (860) 314-4690 or LaurenKittle@bristolct.gov
 
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Empower Hour - Empower Hour
Empower Hour is an after school empowerment program for elementary school age children. Participants will enjoy social skill building activities focused on adjusting to change, controlling impulsive behaviors and emotions, improving self-esteem, and making new friends!Elementary Age StudentsAges: 7-11 yearsDates: February 2, 2022-April 27, 2022Days: WednesdaysTime: 4:00-5:00PMLocation: Bristol Youth Services -51 High St. Bristol, CT Fees: Free
 
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Just for Fun ART-Ventures - Just for FUN Art-Ventures
Get ready to "create some fun"! Just for Fun Art-ventures lead children on an imaginary tour through the world's greatest art museums, inspiring creativity through exposure to the FUN-damentals of artist's tools, techniques and art forms, many inspired by the masters. But don't just admire these great works—decorate your home with masterpieces of your own! Draw Oil Pastel Flowers like O’Keefe, create colorful canvases in the style of Matisse, and design upside down and inside out Watercolor Dream Paintings inspired by Chagall. Talented instructors encourage children’s creative spirit and imagination; each participant will create art that is uniquely their own!
 
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM    Horsemanship at Shepard Meadows - Un-mounted Horsemanship - Winter Session 1
Program Description:Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services is happy to partner with Shepard Meadows in Bristol to offer un-mounted horsemanship lessons to the community. Our un-mounted horsemanship program teaches horse skills such as grooming, tacking, and leading but also provides opportunities to challenge participants to persevere, problem solve, communicate and promotes the development of self-esteem. A growing body of research demonstrates that teaching horsemanship skills can promote emotion and social well-being in participants, serve as character education, and promote the social skills and leadership in youth and children, in particular. This is not a riding program, but you will be working hands on with one of Shepard Meadow's wonderful horses. Shepard Meadows is located at 733 Hill Street in Bristol.Please complete the documents in the forms section and bring them with you to the first class. 
 
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM    Sports Fun (for ages 2-12 years old) - Sports Fun (Ages 2-3) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:For children ages 2-5 this is a fun introduction to sports and games and a great opportunity to socialize with others their ages! Youth ages 6-12 yrs will enjoy a medley of exciting games which will keep your child engaged in age appropriate activities with their peers. Each child will work on cooperation, sportsmanship, and teamwork throughout the class. Program meets at Stafford Elementary School's gym on WEDNESDAYS for six weeks.About the Instructor:Instructor Alicia Palmisano is a certfied PE and Health Teacher in Manchester, CT. Alicia holds many certifications, including CPR/First Aid, AED, Medical Administration, and Physical Management Training (PMT). Alicia has participated in many sports and has been with the BPRYCS department for over eight years as both a Camp Director and Program Instructor.  
 
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM    Bristol Youth Celebrating Diversity & Pride - Bristol Youth Celebrating Diversity and Pride
What:  A new group combining everything you loved from ‘Let’s Talk About R.A.C.E. & L.G.B.Teens & Queens’ rolled into one! Open to all Bristol high school students who are passionate about advocating for change within their community and schools and explore issues that directly affect them.Ages: 14-18 (High school only)Dates: November 2021- June 2022Days: WednesdaysTimes: 5:30PM – 7:00PMWhere: Bristol Youth and Community Services (51 High St. Bristol, CT 06010)Fees: Free
 
5:35 PM - 6:05 PM    Sports Fun (for ages 2-12 years old) - Sports Fun (Ages 4-5) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:For children ages 2-5 this is a fun introduction to sports and games and a great opportunity to socialize with others their ages! Youth ages 6-12 yrs will enjoy a medley of exciting games which will keep your child engaged in age appropriate activities with their peers. Each child will work on cooperation, sportsmanship, and teamwork throughout the class. Program meets at Stafford Elementary School's gym on WEDNESDAYS for six weeks.About the Instructor:Instructor Alicia Palmisano is a certfied PE and Health Teacher in Manchester, CT. Alicia holds many certifications, including CPR/First Aid, AED, Medical Administration, and Physical Management Training (PMT). Alicia has participated in many sports and has been with the BPRYCS department for over eight years as both a Camp Director and Program Instructor.  
 
6:00 PM - 6:50 PM    Co-Ed Youth Indoor Soccer (Ages 6-12) - Youth Soccer (Ages 6-8) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Bristol Parks and Recreation department is excited to offer a co-ed youth indoor soccer program for players of all abilities. Participants will learn the basic rules of soccer, as well as skills and techniques needed to be successful in the sport. Sneakers and a water bottle are required. Shin guards and cleats are not required. This program meets on Wednesday evenings at Chippens Hill Middle School.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Jewelry Making Class - Jewelry Making Class
Do you love the creative expression of wearing jewelry? Take that creativity up a notch by designing your own! Participants will make everything that dazzles: earrings, bracelets, rings and more!
 
6:10 PM - 6:55 PM    Sports Fun (for ages 2-12 years old) - Sports Fun (Ages 6-12) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:For children ages 2-5 this is a fun introduction to sports and games and a great opportunity to socialize with others their ages! Youth ages 6-12 yrs will enjoy a medley of exciting games which will keep your child engaged in age appropriate activities with their peers. Each child will work on cooperation, sportsmanship, and teamwork throughout the class. Program meets at Stafford Elementary School's gym on WEDNESDAYS for six weeks.About the Instructor:Instructor Alicia Palmisano is a certfied PE and Health Teacher in Manchester, CT. Alicia holds many certifications, including CPR/First Aid, AED, Medical Administration, and Physical Management Training (PMT). Alicia has participated in many sports and has been with the BPRYCS department for over eight years as both a Camp Director and Program Instructor.  
 
7:00 PM - 7:50 PM    Co-Ed Youth Indoor Soccer (Ages 6-12) - Youth Soccer (Ages 9-12) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Bristol Parks and Recreation department is excited to offer a co-ed youth indoor soccer program for players of all abilities. Participants will learn the basic rules of soccer, as well as skills and techniques needed to be successful in the sport. Sneakers and a water bottle are required. Shin guards and cleats are not required. This program meets on Wednesday evenings at Chippens Hill Middle School.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
Thursday February 10, 2022
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Mad Science: Energy, Forces, Flights & Robots! - Mad Science: Energy, Forces, Flights & Robots!
In this exciting after school series, participants explore inertia, gravity, and centripetal force! You will learn about tension and compression as we experiment to see what the strongest shapes are. Humans aren’t the only ones who built things – robots can too….once you build them! Participants will also learn through play about potential and kinetic energy. 
 
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    Drawing Class - Drawing Class
New to drawing, or a seasoned expert? This class is for you! Grid drawing, drawing on a grid over a reference photo, will be the main focus of class. Participants will focus on a square at a time until the entire image is transferred. Learn to replicate a beautiful work of art through this method, and take it home to frame by the end of class!
 
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    Rap Class - Rap Class
Rapping is spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics that are recited in time to a beat. In this class, you’ll learn the components of rap (content, flow, and delivery) and how to perform with accurate timing. Not only will participants learn study tools, but they will have the chance to express their feelings in an alternate way.
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Pilates and Yoga Fusion - Yoga w/ Heather - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description: We are very excited to bring this amazing class that helps tone and tighten your core which will improve not only your posture but your body awareness and flexibility! The class combines the focus on core stabilization of Pilates with the postures from yoga to flow through movements in order to work your whole body while also giving you strength of both mind and body.This class is for beginners all the way up to advanced so please do not be afraid to give it a try!  We ask that you please bring your own mat!About the Instructor:Instructor, Heather Tartarelli, has a 20 hour Full of Joy Children's Yoga Teaching Certificate, as well as a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. Heather has also taken a 32 hour Trauma Informed Yoga for Youth Certification. Heather boasts over 750 hours of teaching yoga, and has completed the AFAA Practical Pilates course. Heather has been teaching the BPRYCS yoga programs for 5 and 1/2 years.
 
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Thursday Night Adult Volleyball Leagues - Competitive 6-Person Adult Indoor Volleyball League - Winter Session
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth, and Community Services Department is excited to offer two Adult Co-ed Volleyball Leagues on Thursday evenings.Teams of 4-8 participants are welcome with the requirement that two female participants are on the courts at all times. Please note this is an 18+ league, but high school players will be considered with parental permission and at the league director’s discretion. The league will run for 12 weeks with the last week being a tournament. The league fee is $300 and due at the time of registration. Participation waivers must be signed and handed to the league director before anyone is allowed to set onto the courts.
 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Rap Class - Rap Class
Rapping is spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics that are recited in time to a beat. In this class, you’ll learn the components of rap (content, flow, and delivery) and how to perform with accurate timing. Not only will participants learn study tools, but they will have the chance to express their feelings in an alternate way.
 
Friday February 11, 2022
6:00 PM - 6:50 PM    Co-Ed Flag Football (3rd-8th Grade) - Flag Football (Grades 3-4) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Flag Football is open to boys and girls in grades 3rd through 8th. Participants will be introduced to the game of football while utilizing flags. Players will work on basic football skills such as passing, catching, offense and defense in a safe and fund environment. Each week, teams will be formed to give participants a chance to socialize with everyone in the program. This program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School on Fridays.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
7:00 PM - 7:50 PM    Co-Ed Flag Football (3rd-8th Grade) - Flag Football (Grades 5-8) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Flag Football is open to boys and girls in grades 3rd through 8th. Participants will be introduced to the game of football while utilizing flags. Players will work on basic football skills such as passing, catching, offense and defense in a safe and fund environment. Each week, teams will be formed to give participants a chance to socialize with everyone in the program. This program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School on Fridays.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Drawing for Teens - Drawing for Teens
Drawing, Painting, and Self Expression for teens that love art, and serious teens interested in building a portfolio. The class is specifically designed to accommodate teens that are looking for a category that meets their needs. We will explore the fundamentals of art and learn basic techniques to learn how to draw. Teens will be encouraged to tap into their creativity and express their imagination freely. We will explore subject matter, such as realism, abstraction, expressionism; we will learn about art history's influence on today's modern artists. Each student will be led based on their own personal interests, needs at their level. 
 
Saturday February 12, 2022
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM    Mini Hoops Basketball (3-5yrs) - Mini Hoops (Saturdays) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description: Youth ages 3-5 will be introduced to the sport of basketball in a friendly, safe and fun environment. Kids will be introduced to numerous basketball skills and techniques through a variety of activities and games. This is a parent participation class. Program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School on Tuesdays or Saturdays, times vary. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM    Basketball Skills (5-8yrs) - Basketball Skills (Saturday) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Participants ages 5-8 will be taught and practices fundamental skills of dribbling, passing, shooting. These skills will be further developed by the implementation of interactive drills. If time allows, participants will be introduced to game play in a fun environment. The Basketball Skills program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School's gymnasium on Tuesdays or Saturdays. Program times vary depending on the session. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
Sunday February 13, 2022
10:00 AM - 10:40 AM    Gymnastics at FLIPS - Gymnastics Fun (3-4 YO) - Session 1
Program Description:This program offers participants an introduction to the exciting sport of gymnastics. Our gymnastic classes encourages whole body exercises, including development in strength, flexibility and coordination. Classes are structured and allow for participants to socialize with others in a fun and controlled environment.What to Wear:All participants are required to wear leotards with or without gymnastics shorts. Male students should dress in shorts and a t-shirt. No zippers, belts, skirts, shows, socks, jewelry, watches or gum is allowed. Long hair must be tied back. 
 
11:00 AM - 11:40 AM    Gymnastics at FLIPS - Gymnastics Fun (5-8 YO) - Session 1
Program Description:This program offers participants an introduction to the exciting sport of gymnastics. Our gymnastic classes encourages whole body exercises, including development in strength, flexibility and coordination. Classes are structured and allow for participants to socialize with others in a fun and controlled environment.What to Wear:All participants are required to wear leotards with or without gymnastics shorts. Male students should dress in shorts and a t-shirt. No zippers, belts, skirts, shows, socks, jewelry, watches or gum is allowed. Long hair must be tied back. 
 
Monday February 14, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Peer Education - Peer Education
Peer Education is a leadership program that gives high school students the opportunity to use their talents to help their fellow classmates in need and connect them to supportive adults. There are 2 components of Peer Education: Rising Stars and Youth Court.Rising Star members are trained to provide accurate information to their peers on teenage issues, provide an outlet for their fellow peers to gain advice, and refer students in need to appropriate service providers when necessary. Students are more apt to express themselves or take advice from someone their own age versus an adult and often resist making connections when faced with stressors.Youth Court members form their own Youth Court within their high school. Members will hold roles such as Judge, Court Clerk, Advocate, or Jury Member and will follow a restorative justice approach to the court process. They will manage issues and cases as deemed appropriate by each high school and empower those that come before them. Come join us and use your leadership skills to make a positive change in your school!Click here to fill out the student application form (must be filled out to be considered for this program): https://forms.gle/PnyiTvLZyWBAtVRs7   
 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Skyhawks Volleyball Skills - Skyhawks Volleyball Skills
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description.Skyhawks Volleyball takes the energy and excitement of this great team sport and puts it all together into one fun-filled program. All aspects of the game are taught through drills and exercises that focus on bumping, spiking, hitting and serving. This program is designed for the beginner to intermediate player.
 
Tuesday February 15, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Basic Drawing - Basic Drawing
Students will learn the importance of identifying and recognizing the difference between seeing and perceiving to draw with high accuracy. They will learn how to better understand their subject and how to view it; how to make the rudimentary mental shift vital to unleashing their creative side; how to stay in creative mode, connected and fully engaged with their subject. Students will also learn about the importance of measuring and how to do it. 
 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Parenting 101 - Parenting 101
A group for parents and caregivers who are looking to gain knowledge on developmental skills and expectations, routines, minimizing tantrums and behavioral issues and helping your child build healthy attachments and boundaries. Location: Youth & Community Services (51 High Street, Bristol, CT) For more information, please contact: Lauren Kittle, Clinical/Program Supervisor at  (860) 314-4690 or LaurenKittle@bristolct.gov
 
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM    Abstract Painting - Abstract Painting
This class offers a fundamental exploration into the beauty of abstract and semi-abstract painting. Instruction focuses on composition, techniques, form, texture and color. Students will develop their own artistic vision while referencing the works of contemporary painters. This class is ideal for beginners and intermediate painters.
 
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM    Abstract Painting Youth Class - Abstract Painting
Abstract art encompasses a wide range of art including paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and video! An abstract painting may be inspired by an object, idea, emotions or even music. Participants will find their inspiration and learn to turn it into a stunning painting.
 
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    Spoken Word Class - Spoken Word Class
Looking for a new way to express yourself, or to gain confidence in performing? Spoken word involves performance-based poetry that focuses on word play and story-telling. It includes experimentation with other art forms such as music, theater and dance, and focuses on the performance of the words themselves, the dynamics of tone, gestures, facial expressions, and more.
 
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM    Mini Hoops Basketball (3-5yrs) - Mini Hoops (Tuesdays) - Winter Session 2
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description: Youth ages 3-5 will be introduced to the sport of basketball in a friendly, safe and fun environment. Kids will be introduced to numerous basketball skills and techniques through a variety of activities and games. This is a parent participation class. Program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School on Tuesdays or Saturdays, times vary. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Pilates and Yoga Fusion - Yoga w/ Heather - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description: We are very excited to bring this amazing class that helps tone and tighten your core which will improve not only your posture but your body awareness and flexibility! The class combines the focus on core stabilization of Pilates with the postures from yoga to flow through movements in order to work your whole body while also giving you strength of both mind and body.This class is for beginners all the way up to advanced so please do not be afraid to give it a try!  We ask that you please bring your own mat!About the Instructor:Instructor, Heather Tartarelli, has a 20 hour Full of Joy Children's Yoga Teaching Certificate, as well as a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. Heather has also taken a 32 hour Trauma Informed Yoga for Youth Certification. Heather boasts over 750 hours of teaching yoga, and has completed the AFAA Practical Pilates course. Heather has been teaching the BPRYCS yoga programs for 5 and 1/2 years.
 
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM    Girls With A Purpose - Girls With A Purpose
Attention all middle school girls! Join us for girl talk and more! Participants have the opportunity to participate in fun activities that promote positive attitude, increased self-esteem, and decreased drama. Group members will turn experience into leadership, talk about how classmates treat each other, stop rumors from spreading, stop bullying in your school, promote positive body image, and ditch the drama. Join us for fun and new friends!*This program requires a full commitment to attending group every week and maintaining club member’s confidentiality.
 
6:50 PM - 7:35 PM    Basketball Skills (5-8yrs) - Basketball Skills (Tuesday) - Winter Session 2
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Participants ages 5-8 will be taught and practices fundamental skills of dribbling, passing, shooting. These skills will be further developed by the implementation of interactive drills. If time allows, participants will be introduced to game play in a fun environment. The Basketball Skills program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School's gymnasium on Tuesdays or Saturdays. Program times vary depending on the session. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Spoken Word Class - Spoken Word Class
Looking for a new way to express yourself, or to gain confidence in performing? Spoken word involves performance-based poetry that focuses on word play and story-telling. It includes experimentation with other art forms such as music, theater and dance, and focuses on the performance of the words themselves, the dynamics of tone, gestures, facial expressions, and more.
 
7:40 PM - 8:25 PM    Co-Ed 3 on 3 Basketball (9-13yrs) - 3 on 3 Basketball (Tuesdays) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Boys and Girls ages 9-13 will work on sharpening their basketball skills through various instructional drills. Participants will also have the opportunity to play in 3 on 3 games. New teams will be created each week to give participants the opportunity to socialize with their peers. Program meets Chippen's Hill Middle School on Tuesdays or Saturdays, times vary. About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department.   
 
Wednesday February 16, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Learning Through Books - Learning Through Books - Session I
Learning Through Books is a free developmental play group where parents and children ages 2.5 - 4 years use books and crafts to explore language, social emotional skills, counting, and engage with other parents, caregivers and children. Books are read aloud to the group and provided for each child to take home. Craft materials are provided for each session as well.Location: Youth & Community Services (51 High Street, Bristol, CT)For more information, please contact:Lauren Kittle, Clinical/Program Supervisor at (860) 314-4690 or LaurenKittle@bristolct.gov
 
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Empower Hour - Empower Hour
Empower Hour is an after school empowerment program for elementary school age children. Participants will enjoy social skill building activities focused on adjusting to change, controlling impulsive behaviors and emotions, improving self-esteem, and making new friends!Elementary Age StudentsAges: 7-11 yearsDates: February 2, 2022-April 27, 2022Days: WednesdaysTime: 4:00-5:00PMLocation: Bristol Youth Services -51 High St. Bristol, CT Fees: Free
 
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Just for Fun ART-Ventures - Just for FUN Art-Ventures
Get ready to "create some fun"! Just for Fun Art-ventures lead children on an imaginary tour through the world's greatest art museums, inspiring creativity through exposure to the FUN-damentals of artist's tools, techniques and art forms, many inspired by the masters. But don't just admire these great works—decorate your home with masterpieces of your own! Draw Oil Pastel Flowers like O’Keefe, create colorful canvases in the style of Matisse, and design upside down and inside out Watercolor Dream Paintings inspired by Chagall. Talented instructors encourage children’s creative spirit and imagination; each participant will create art that is uniquely their own!
 
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM    Horsemanship at Shepard Meadows - Un-mounted Horsemanship - Winter Session 2
Program Description:Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services is happy to partner with Shepard Meadows in Bristol to offer un-mounted horsemanship lessons to the community. Our un-mounted horsemanship program teaches horse skills such as grooming, tacking, and leading but also provides opportunities to challenge participants to persevere, problem solve, communicate and promotes the development of self-esteem. A growing body of research demonstrates that teaching horsemanship skills can promote emotion and social well-being in participants, serve as character education, and promote the social skills and leadership in youth and children, in particular. This is not a riding program, but you will be working hands on with one of Shepard Meadow's wonderful horses. Shepard Meadows is located at 733 Hill Street in Bristol.Please complete the documents in the forms section and bring them with you to the first class. 
 
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM    Sports Fun (for ages 2-12 years old) - Sports Fun (Ages 2-3) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:For children ages 2-5 this is a fun introduction to sports and games and a great opportunity to socialize with others their ages! Youth ages 6-12 yrs will enjoy a medley of exciting games which will keep your child engaged in age appropriate activities with their peers. Each child will work on cooperation, sportsmanship, and teamwork throughout the class. Program meets at Stafford Elementary School's gym on WEDNESDAYS for six weeks.About the Instructor:Instructor Alicia Palmisano is a certfied PE and Health Teacher in Manchester, CT. Alicia holds many certifications, including CPR/First Aid, AED, Medical Administration, and Physical Management Training (PMT). Alicia has participated in many sports and has been with the BPRYCS department for over eight years as both a Camp Director and Program Instructor.  
 
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM    Bristol Youth Celebrating Diversity & Pride - Bristol Youth Celebrating Diversity and Pride
What:  A new group combining everything you loved from ‘Let’s Talk About R.A.C.E. & L.G.B.Teens & Queens’ rolled into one! Open to all Bristol high school students who are passionate about advocating for change within their community and schools and explore issues that directly affect them.Ages: 14-18 (High school only)Dates: November 2021- June 2022Days: WednesdaysTimes: 5:30PM – 7:00PMWhere: Bristol Youth and Community Services (51 High St. Bristol, CT 06010)Fees: Free
 
5:35 PM - 6:05 PM    Sports Fun (for ages 2-12 years old) - Sports Fun (Ages 4-5) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:For children ages 2-5 this is a fun introduction to sports and games and a great opportunity to socialize with others their ages! Youth ages 6-12 yrs will enjoy a medley of exciting games which will keep your child engaged in age appropriate activities with their peers. Each child will work on cooperation, sportsmanship, and teamwork throughout the class. Program meets at Stafford Elementary School's gym on WEDNESDAYS for six weeks.About the Instructor:Instructor Alicia Palmisano is a certfied PE and Health Teacher in Manchester, CT. Alicia holds many certifications, including CPR/First Aid, AED, Medical Administration, and Physical Management Training (PMT). Alicia has participated in many sports and has been with the BPRYCS department for over eight years as both a Camp Director and Program Instructor.  
 
6:00 PM - 6:50 PM    Co-Ed Youth Indoor Soccer (Ages 6-12) - Youth Soccer (Ages 6-8) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Bristol Parks and Recreation department is excited to offer a co-ed youth indoor soccer program for players of all abilities. Participants will learn the basic rules of soccer, as well as skills and techniques needed to be successful in the sport. Sneakers and a water bottle are required. Shin guards and cleats are not required. This program meets on Wednesday evenings at Chippens Hill Middle School.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Jewelry Making Class - Jewelry Making Class
Do you love the creative expression of wearing jewelry? Take that creativity up a notch by designing your own! Participants will make everything that dazzles: earrings, bracelets, rings and more!
 
6:10 PM - 6:55 PM    Sports Fun (for ages 2-12 years old) - Sports Fun (Ages 6-12) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:For children ages 2-5 this is a fun introduction to sports and games and a great opportunity to socialize with others their ages! Youth ages 6-12 yrs will enjoy a medley of exciting games which will keep your child engaged in age appropriate activities with their peers. Each child will work on cooperation, sportsmanship, and teamwork throughout the class. Program meets at Stafford Elementary School's gym on WEDNESDAYS for six weeks.About the Instructor:Instructor Alicia Palmisano is a certfied PE and Health Teacher in Manchester, CT. Alicia holds many certifications, including CPR/First Aid, AED, Medical Administration, and Physical Management Training (PMT). Alicia has participated in many sports and has been with the BPRYCS department for over eight years as both a Camp Director and Program Instructor.  
 
7:00 PM - 7:50 PM    Co-Ed Youth Indoor Soccer (Ages 6-12) - Youth Soccer (Ages 9-12) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Bristol Parks and Recreation department is excited to offer a co-ed youth indoor soccer program for players of all abilities. Participants will learn the basic rules of soccer, as well as skills and techniques needed to be successful in the sport. Sneakers and a water bottle are required. Shin guards and cleats are not required. This program meets on Wednesday evenings at Chippens Hill Middle School.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
Thursday February 17, 2022
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Mad Science: Energy, Forces, Flights & Robots! - Mad Science: Energy, Forces, Flights & Robots!
In this exciting after school series, participants explore inertia, gravity, and centripetal force! You will learn about tension and compression as we experiment to see what the strongest shapes are. Humans aren’t the only ones who built things – robots can too….once you build them! Participants will also learn through play about potential and kinetic energy. 
 
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    Drawing Class - Drawing Class
New to drawing, or a seasoned expert? This class is for you! Grid drawing, drawing on a grid over a reference photo, will be the main focus of class. Participants will focus on a square at a time until the entire image is transferred. Learn to replicate a beautiful work of art through this method, and take it home to frame by the end of class!
 
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    Rap Class - Rap Class
Rapping is spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics that are recited in time to a beat. In this class, you’ll learn the components of rap (content, flow, and delivery) and how to perform with accurate timing. Not only will participants learn study tools, but they will have the chance to express their feelings in an alternate way.
 
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Thursday Night Adult Volleyball Leagues - Competitive 6-Person Adult Indoor Volleyball League - Winter Session
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth, and Community Services Department is excited to offer two Adult Co-ed Volleyball Leagues on Thursday evenings.Teams of 4-8 participants are welcome with the requirement that two female participants are on the courts at all times. Please note this is an 18+ league, but high school players will be considered with parental permission and at the league director’s discretion. The league will run for 12 weeks with the last week being a tournament. The league fee is $300 and due at the time of registration. Participation waivers must be signed and handed to the league director before anyone is allowed to set onto the courts.
 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Rap Class - Rap Class
Rapping is spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics that are recited in time to a beat. In this class, you’ll learn the components of rap (content, flow, and delivery) and how to perform with accurate timing. Not only will participants learn study tools, but they will have the chance to express their feelings in an alternate way.
 
Friday February 18, 2022
6:00 PM - 6:50 PM    Co-Ed Flag Football (3rd-8th Grade) - Flag Football (Grades 3-4) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Flag Football is open to boys and girls in grades 3rd through 8th. Participants will be introduced to the game of football while utilizing flags. Players will work on basic football skills such as passing, catching, offense and defense in a safe and fund environment. Each week, teams will be formed to give participants a chance to socialize with everyone in the program. This program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School on Fridays.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
7:00 PM - 7:50 PM    Co-Ed Flag Football (3rd-8th Grade) - Flag Football (Grades 5-8) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Flag Football is open to boys and girls in grades 3rd through 8th. Participants will be introduced to the game of football while utilizing flags. Players will work on basic football skills such as passing, catching, offense and defense in a safe and fund environment. Each week, teams will be formed to give participants a chance to socialize with everyone in the program. This program meets at Chippens Hill Middle School on Fridays.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Drawing for Teens - Drawing for Teens
Drawing, Painting, and Self Expression for teens that love art, and serious teens interested in building a portfolio. The class is specifically designed to accommodate teens that are looking for a category that meets their needs. We will explore the fundamentals of art and learn basic techniques to learn how to draw. Teens will be encouraged to tap into their creativity and express their imagination freely. We will explore subject matter, such as realism, abstraction, expressionism; we will learn about art history's influence on today's modern artists. Each student will be led based on their own personal interests, needs at their level. 
 
Sunday February 20, 2022
10:00 AM - 10:40 AM    Gymnastics at FLIPS - Gymnastics Fun (3-4 YO) - Session 1
Program Description:This program offers participants an introduction to the exciting sport of gymnastics. Our gymnastic classes encourages whole body exercises, including development in strength, flexibility and coordination. Classes are structured and allow for participants to socialize with others in a fun and controlled environment.What to Wear:All participants are required to wear leotards with or without gymnastics shorts. Male students should dress in shorts and a t-shirt. No zippers, belts, skirts, shows, socks, jewelry, watches or gum is allowed. Long hair must be tied back. 
 
11:00 AM - 11:40 AM    Gymnastics at FLIPS - Gymnastics Fun (5-8 YO) - Session 1
Program Description:This program offers participants an introduction to the exciting sport of gymnastics. Our gymnastic classes encourages whole body exercises, including development in strength, flexibility and coordination. Classes are structured and allow for participants to socialize with others in a fun and controlled environment.What to Wear:All participants are required to wear leotards with or without gymnastics shorts. Male students should dress in shorts and a t-shirt. No zippers, belts, skirts, shows, socks, jewelry, watches or gum is allowed. Long hair must be tied back. 
 
Monday February 21, 2022
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM    February Vacation Camp (6-12 YO) - 2022 February Vacation Camp
February Vacation Paradise Escape Camp (6-12yrs) Come escape the cold with us. Join the Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services team at our February Vacation Camp for fun games and activities while Bristol Public Schools are on break. Campers will have the opportunity to interact socially, play games, participate in craft activities, and even go on a field trip. Meals are not included. Available for Bristol youth ages 6 – 12 and will be held at Page Park's Perry J. Spinelli Pavilion. The camp runs from Monday to Tuesday, and the fee for the entire camp is $50. Due to the scheduling of field trips and purchasing of other camp materials, we are unable to issue refunds. Please note that anyone cancelling out of the camp BEFORE the start of the program will receive a 50% CREDIT. No credit or refund will be issued after the start of the program. Please consider this when considering signing up for the camp.The usage of face masks will be required for participants and staff at the February Vacation Camp. Please check the 2022 February Vacation Camp Flyer under the forms section for more information. Schedule is subject to change. For any questions, please contact Recreation Supervisor, Amry Shelby, at amryshelby@bristolct.gov or 860.584.6160.
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Peer Education - Peer Education
Peer Education is a leadership program that gives high school students the opportunity to use their talents to help their fellow classmates in need and connect them to supportive adults. There are 2 components of Peer Education: Rising Stars and Youth Court.Rising Star members are trained to provide accurate information to their peers on teenage issues, provide an outlet for their fellow peers to gain advice, and refer students in need to appropriate service providers when necessary. Students are more apt to express themselves or take advice from someone their own age versus an adult and often resist making connections when faced with stressors.Youth Court members form their own Youth Court within their high school. Members will hold roles such as Judge, Court Clerk, Advocate, or Jury Member and will follow a restorative justice approach to the court process. They will manage issues and cases as deemed appropriate by each high school and empower those that come before them. Come join us and use your leadership skills to make a positive change in your school!Click here to fill out the student application form (must be filled out to be considered for this program): https://forms.gle/PnyiTvLZyWBAtVRs7   
 
Tuesday February 22, 2022
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM    February Vacation Camp (6-12 YO) - 2022 February Vacation Camp
February Vacation Paradise Escape Camp (6-12yrs) Come escape the cold with us. Join the Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services team at our February Vacation Camp for fun games and activities while Bristol Public Schools are on break. Campers will have the opportunity to interact socially, play games, participate in craft activities, and even go on a field trip. Meals are not included. Available for Bristol youth ages 6 – 12 and will be held at Page Park's Perry J. Spinelli Pavilion. The camp runs from Monday to Tuesday, and the fee for the entire camp is $50. Due to the scheduling of field trips and purchasing of other camp materials, we are unable to issue refunds. Please note that anyone cancelling out of the camp BEFORE the start of the program will receive a 50% CREDIT. No credit or refund will be issued after the start of the program. Please consider this when considering signing up for the camp.The usage of face masks will be required for participants and staff at the February Vacation Camp. Please check the 2022 February Vacation Camp Flyer under the forms section for more information. Schedule is subject to change. For any questions, please contact Recreation Supervisor, Amry Shelby, at amryshelby@bristolct.gov or 860.584.6160.
 
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Basic Drawing - Basic Drawing
Students will learn the importance of identifying and recognizing the difference between seeing and perceiving to draw with high accuracy. They will learn how to better understand their subject and how to view it; how to make the rudimentary mental shift vital to unleashing their creative side; how to stay in creative mode, connected and fully engaged with their subject. Students will also learn about the importance of measuring and how to do it. 
 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Parenting 101 - Parenting 101
A group for parents and caregivers who are looking to gain knowledge on developmental skills and expectations, routines, minimizing tantrums and behavioral issues and helping your child build healthy attachments and boundaries. Location: Youth & Community Services (51 High Street, Bristol, CT) For more information, please contact: Lauren Kittle, Clinical/Program Supervisor at  (860) 314-4690 or LaurenKittle@bristolct.gov
 
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM    Abstract Painting - Abstract Painting
This class offers a fundamental exploration into the beauty of abstract and semi-abstract painting. Instruction focuses on composition, techniques, form, texture and color. Students will develop their own artistic vision while referencing the works of contemporary painters. This class is ideal for beginners and intermediate painters.
 
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM    Abstract Painting Youth Class - Abstract Painting
Abstract art encompasses a wide range of art including paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and video! An abstract painting may be inspired by an object, idea, emotions or even music. Participants will find their inspiration and learn to turn it into a stunning painting.
 
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    Introduction to Bellydance - Introduction to Bellydance
Bellydance is an ancient art form that combines the offerings of exercise, expression, and confidence building. In this six week course, students will learn the foundational movement vocabulary that makes up bellydance while learning several fun and beautiful dance combinations.Learn more about the instructor here: https://www.elishevabellydancer.com/ 
 
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    Spoken Word Class - Spoken Word Class
Looking for a new way to express yourself, or to gain confidence in performing? Spoken word involves performance-based poetry that focuses on word play and story-telling. It includes experimentation with other art forms such as music, theater and dance, and focuses on the performance of the words themselves, the dynamics of tone, gestures, facial expressions, and more.
 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Spoken Word Class - Spoken Word Class
Looking for a new way to express yourself, or to gain confidence in performing? Spoken word involves performance-based poetry that focuses on word play and story-telling. It includes experimentation with other art forms such as music, theater and dance, and focuses on the performance of the words themselves, the dynamics of tone, gestures, facial expressions, and more.
 
Wednesday February 23, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Learning Through Books - Learning Through Books - Session I
Learning Through Books is a free developmental play group where parents and children ages 2.5 - 4 years use books and crafts to explore language, social emotional skills, counting, and engage with other parents, caregivers and children. Books are read aloud to the group and provided for each child to take home. Craft materials are provided for each session as well.Location: Youth & Community Services (51 High Street, Bristol, CT)For more information, please contact:Lauren Kittle, Clinical/Program Supervisor at (860) 314-4690 or LaurenKittle@bristolct.gov
 
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Empower Hour - Empower Hour
Empower Hour is an after school empowerment program for elementary school age children. Participants will enjoy social skill building activities focused on adjusting to change, controlling impulsive behaviors and emotions, improving self-esteem, and making new friends!Elementary Age StudentsAges: 7-11 yearsDates: February 2, 2022-April 27, 2022Days: WednesdaysTime: 4:00-5:00PMLocation: Bristol Youth Services -51 High St. Bristol, CT Fees: Free
 
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Just for Fun ART-Ventures - Just for FUN Art-Ventures
Get ready to "create some fun"! Just for Fun Art-ventures lead children on an imaginary tour through the world's greatest art museums, inspiring creativity through exposure to the FUN-damentals of artist's tools, techniques and art forms, many inspired by the masters. But don't just admire these great works—decorate your home with masterpieces of your own! Draw Oil Pastel Flowers like O’Keefe, create colorful canvases in the style of Matisse, and design upside down and inside out Watercolor Dream Paintings inspired by Chagall. Talented instructors encourage children’s creative spirit and imagination; each participant will create art that is uniquely their own!
 
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM    Horsemanship at Shepard Meadows - Un-mounted Horsemanship - Winter Session 2
Program Description:Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services is happy to partner with Shepard Meadows in Bristol to offer un-mounted horsemanship lessons to the community. Our un-mounted horsemanship program teaches horse skills such as grooming, tacking, and leading but also provides opportunities to challenge participants to persevere, problem solve, communicate and promotes the development of self-esteem. A growing body of research demonstrates that teaching horsemanship skills can promote emotion and social well-being in participants, serve as character education, and promote the social skills and leadership in youth and children, in particular. This is not a riding program, but you will be working hands on with one of Shepard Meadow's wonderful horses. Shepard Meadows is located at 733 Hill Street in Bristol.Please complete the documents in the forms section and bring them with you to the first class. 
 
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM    Sports Fun (for ages 2-12 years old) - Sports Fun (Ages 2-3) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:For children ages 2-5 this is a fun introduction to sports and games and a great opportunity to socialize with others their ages! Youth ages 6-12 yrs will enjoy a medley of exciting games which will keep your child engaged in age appropriate activities with their peers. Each child will work on cooperation, sportsmanship, and teamwork throughout the class. Program meets at Stafford Elementary School's gym on WEDNESDAYS for six weeks.About the Instructor:Instructor Alicia Palmisano is a certfied PE and Health Teacher in Manchester, CT. Alicia holds many certifications, including CPR/First Aid, AED, Medical Administration, and Physical Management Training (PMT). Alicia has participated in many sports and has been with the BPRYCS department for over eight years as both a Camp Director and Program Instructor.  
 
5:35 PM - 6:05 PM    Sports Fun (for ages 2-12 years old) - Sports Fun (Ages 4-5) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:For children ages 2-5 this is a fun introduction to sports and games and a great opportunity to socialize with others their ages! Youth ages 6-12 yrs will enjoy a medley of exciting games which will keep your child engaged in age appropriate activities with their peers. Each child will work on cooperation, sportsmanship, and teamwork throughout the class. Program meets at Stafford Elementary School's gym on WEDNESDAYS for six weeks.About the Instructor:Instructor Alicia Palmisano is a certfied PE and Health Teacher in Manchester, CT. Alicia holds many certifications, including CPR/First Aid, AED, Medical Administration, and Physical Management Training (PMT). Alicia has participated in many sports and has been with the BPRYCS department for over eight years as both a Camp Director and Program Instructor.  
 
6:00 PM - 6:50 PM    Co-Ed Youth Indoor Soccer (Ages 6-12) - Youth Soccer (Ages 6-8) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Bristol Parks and Recreation department is excited to offer a co-ed youth indoor soccer program for players of all abilities. Participants will learn the basic rules of soccer, as well as skills and techniques needed to be successful in the sport. Sneakers and a water bottle are required. Shin guards and cleats are not required. This program meets on Wednesday evenings at Chippens Hill Middle School.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Jewelry Making Class - Jewelry Making Class
Do you love the creative expression of wearing jewelry? Take that creativity up a notch by designing your own! Participants will make everything that dazzles: earrings, bracelets, rings and more!
 
6:10 PM - 6:55 PM    Sports Fun (for ages 2-12 years old) - Sports Fun (Ages 6-12) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:For children ages 2-5 this is a fun introduction to sports and games and a great opportunity to socialize with others their ages! Youth ages 6-12 yrs will enjoy a medley of exciting games which will keep your child engaged in age appropriate activities with their peers. Each child will work on cooperation, sportsmanship, and teamwork throughout the class. Program meets at Stafford Elementary School's gym on WEDNESDAYS for six weeks.About the Instructor:Instructor Alicia Palmisano is a certfied PE and Health Teacher in Manchester, CT. Alicia holds many certifications, including CPR/First Aid, AED, Medical Administration, and Physical Management Training (PMT). Alicia has participated in many sports and has been with the BPRYCS department for over eight years as both a Camp Director and Program Instructor.  
 
7:00 PM - 7:50 PM    Co-Ed Youth Indoor Soccer (Ages 6-12) - Youth Soccer (Ages 9-12) - Winter Session 1
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Bristol Parks and Recreation department is excited to offer a co-ed youth indoor soccer program for players of all abilities. Participants will learn the basic rules of soccer, as well as skills and techniques needed to be successful in the sport. Sneakers and a water bottle are required. Shin guards and cleats are not required. This program meets on Wednesday evenings at Chippens Hill Middle School.About the Instructor(s): This program is instructed by Michael Pirog and Matt Pirog. Michael played football at Central Connecticut State University, and has countless coaching experience at various levels. Michael is a PE Teacher at St. Joseph School, and has a long tenure being a part of the BPRYCS department. 
 
Thursday February 24, 2022
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Mad Science: Energy, Forces, Flights & Robots! - Mad Science: Energy, Forces, Flights & Robots!
In this exciting after school series, participants explore inertia, gravity, and centripetal force! You will learn about tension and compression as we experiment to see what the strongest shapes are. Humans aren’t the only ones who built things – robots can too….once you build them! Participants will also learn through play about potential and kinetic energy. 
 
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    Drawing Class - Drawing Class
New to drawing, or a seasoned expert? This class is for you! Grid drawing, drawing on a grid over a reference photo, will be the main focus of class. Participants will focus on a square at a time until the entire image is transferred. Learn to replicate a beautiful work of art through this method, and take it home to frame by the end of class!
 
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM    Rap Class - Rap Class
Rapping is spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics that are recited in time to a beat. In this class, you’ll learn the components of rap (content, flow, and delivery) and how to perform with accurate timing. Not only will participants learn study tools, but they will have the chance to express their feelings in an alternate way.
 
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM    Thursday Night Adult Volleyball Leagues - Competitive 6-Person Adult Indoor Volleyball League - Winter Session
Per Executive Order 13A (updated 8/5/2021):All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a face-covering mask as all times when inside a public or private school building (PreK-12).Program Description:Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth, and Community Services Department is excited to offer two Adult Co-ed Volleyball Leagues on Thursday evenings.Teams of 4-8 participants are welcome with the requirement that two female participants are on the courts at all times. Please note this is an 18+ league, but high school players will be considered with parental permission and at the league director’s discretion. The league will run for 12 weeks with the last week being a tournament. The league fee is $300 and due at the time of registration. Participation waivers must be signed and handed to the league director before anyone is allowed to set onto the courts.
 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Rap Class - Rap Class
Rapping is spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics that are recited in time to a beat. In this class, you’ll learn the components of rap (content, flow, and delivery) and how to perform with accurate timing. Not only will participants learn study tools, but they will have the chance to express their feelings in an alternate way.