Rec Briefs: Boosted by New Snow, Whaleback Sets Friday Events

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Enfield — Boosted by Wednesday’s unexpectedly large snowfall, Whaleback Mountain is set to kick a couple of Friday programs into gear.

The Friday Night Kids Club will give children a chance to enjoy the snow while their parents relax in the lodge, take an adult clinic or even take care of chores or errands. The program runs 6-8 p.m. every Friday and includes access (for the kids) to the Friday family buffet dinner along with skiing, riding and other fun activities.

Friday will also serve as the night for Whaleback’s new adult clinics. The ski area will offer both adult learn-to-snowboard and women’s ski clinics this season on Fridays from 6:30-8 p.m.

Whaleback will also offer an introduction to racing clinic for adults on Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m.

For other details on costs and times, visit www.whaleback.com or call 603-448-5500.

Full Moon Fiesta

Lebanon — The Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department’s Full Moon Fiesta winter trek and progressive dinner is scheduled for Jan. 19, beginning and ending at the Storrs Hill Ski Area and running from 6-8 p.m.

Participants can make their way through the snow on skis, snowshoes or snowboard to stop at several food stations along the way. At least a half-dozen food vendors have signed up to provide light bites and warm beverages at each stop.

The cost to participate is $10 for ages 13 and older and $5 for ages 6-12. Youths ages 5 and younger get to slide along for free. There is also a $30 option for families. All proceeds benefit the Lebanon Recreation Assistance Program and the Lebanon Outing Club. All participants are also asked to help keep the Full Moon Fiesta an eco-friendly event by bringing their own mugs, bowls and spoons.

Contact Lebanon Recreation and Parks at 603-448-5121 for more information.

With Rod and Reel

Youth Derby Coming

Quechee — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department will hold its 18th youth ice fishing derby on Feb. 2 at Dewey’s Pond.

Young anglers will be placed in age groups based on the number of participants and will compete for prizes in a variety of categories within each age group. Food, refreshments, fishing holes, bait and limited equipment will be available.

Participants should be dressed appropriately for the weather. There is no charge to take part, although would-be anglers should pre-register for the derby at www.hartfordrec.com.

Day-of registration will also be available at Dewey’s Pond.

Additionally, Hartford Rec will hold a pair of learn-to-ice-fish clinics this winter. One will be held on derby day at 8:30 a.m., with another set for Feb. 19 at 9 a.m., also at Dewey’s Pond.

Call 802-295-5036 for more details.

Let’s Go FishingComing to Enfield

Enfield — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is bringing its Let’s Go Fishing introductory ice fishing class to the Enfield Community Building next month.

The program is set up on two dates, a classroom session at the community building on Feb. 1 from 6-8:30 p.m. and a fishing outing on Feb. 3 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The class teaches basic ecological concepts of fishing and are geared toward either first-timers or anglers looked to build on lapsed skills.

The course will cover the various types of equipment used in ice fishing along with ice safety, knot tying, fish identification, rules, ethics and proper clothing for making trips out onto the ice. After attending the Friday classroom session, participants will head out onto the ice for the Sunday morning outing to test out their new skills.

A fishing license is not required in order to take part, but all students must register through New Hampshire Fish and Game in order to be covered. For more information, contact instructor Kyle Glencross at kyle.glencross@wildlife.nh.gov.

In the Pool

Hartford Starting Learn-to-Swim Programs

White River Junction — A new session the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department’s learn-to-swim programs for second- and third-graders.

This free program is open to youths in the town’s three elementary schools. Dothan Brook School second- and third-graders will have their session from Jan. 16-Feb. 13, and the White River School will hold its clinics on March 13-April 10. All lessons will be held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction on Wednesdays from 2:45-5 p.m., and all swim levels are welcome.

Although there is no charge for the program, participants are required to pre-register through www.hartfordrec.com.

On the Run

Red Zone 5K

Wilder — Runners will get their first chance of 2019 to race outdoors while getting ready for another Super Bowl as part of the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department’s Red Zone 5K on Feb. 3.

The five-kilometer walk and run starts and ends at the Dothan Brook School, with action kicking off at 10:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to don football garb, with awards going to the best-dressed among runners and walkers. The event is family-, stroller- and dog-friendly (leash required for all four-legged participants), with benefits going toward Hartford Rec’s scholarship program.

The cost to run or walk is $10 in advance and $20 the day of the race. Contact Hartford Rec at 802-295-5036 for more information or to register.

Shamrock Shuffle 5KRegistration Open

Lebanon — Registration is underway for the Shamrock Shuffle 5K, the unofficial start to the Upper Valley’s outdoor running season.

The 18th edition of the Shuffle is scheduled for March 16, with an 11 a.m. start for the kids one-mile fun run and a noon start for the 5K run around downtown Lebanon. The race begins and ends on Colburn Park in front of Lebanon City Hall.

Once registered, runners can pick up their race packets on the night before the race, from 6-8 p.m. at city hall and can also be received the day of the race. Runners are encouraged to register online through www.shamrock5k.com; pre-registration (through March 10) is $2250 for ages 17 and older, $17.50 for ages 13-17 and $12.50 for ages 12 and younger; late registration fees increase $2.50 across the board after March 10. Long-sleeve T-shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registrants to desire to have one.

Call Lebanon Rec at 603-448-5121 for more information or assistance.

On the Court

Drop-In Games for Adults

Lebanon — The Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department has set up a pair of nights for pickup volleyball and basketball for adults this winter.

Informal open-gym basketball play is under way on Tuesday nights from 8-10 p.m. at the Lebanon Middle School gymnasium. Each session is open to ages 18 and older regardless of ability level.

Volleyballers can get their spikes in with a weekly drop-in session on Thursdays from 7:30-9 p.m. at the former Seminary Hill School gym. This event is also open to ages 18 and older.

For more information, contact Lebanon Recreation at 603-448-5121.

In the Gym

Wear Out Your TrainerFor a Good Cause

Lebanon — Wayne’s World Elite Fitness Training in Lebanon will link up with a variety of other fitness facilities around the Upper Valley for the Crush Cancer (and Your Trainer) charity fundraiser on Jan. 19.

Five years into the event’s existence, Wayne’s World owner Wayne Burwell and his peers are expanding their reach from two gyms to seven with the hope of raising $20,000 for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon. The event will offer two means for achieving that goal.

Each of the seven facilities will host an open boot camp from 10-11 a.m. At a cost of $20, participants can put in some sweat equity for an hour with their favorite trainers and gyms.

At 11 a.m., the tables get turned. Participants can take a train-your-trainer pledge of $5 per minute, where they get to dictate exercises for their trainers to perform. Train your trainer continues until 3 p.m.

For more information on the event, including a list of participating gyms, or to get involved in the fun and fundraising, contact Burwell at waynesworldeft@gmail.com.