WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Hometown Recreation The Weston Recreation Center, conveniently located near the elemen- tary schools, hosts a plethora of youth afterschool programs. Indeed, some are sports-oriented, such as weekly karate and gymnastics, which might help get the nonathletic kid moving. But, "We offer anything you can image that's fun for a kid," says Christopher Fitzgerald, recre- ation director for the town of Weston. Class choices include chess, robotics and Scratch computer pro- gramming, and music and art—from clay to sewing. A new offering is girls' science club. "We offer these classes simply because there's a high demand for a variety of different activities for kids after school," Fitzgerald states. "The classes are educational, but not in the way of a school environment. They're fun experiences." A longtime favorite at the Weston Recreation Center is Diane Benson's afterschool cooking and baking classes, especially since there's an eight-kid maximum per session. The small class size ensures every child gets a hands-on kitchen experience. "We have had plenty of parents tell us they really like our program offerings, even to the point where we've heard about competitors from private companies coming into town to try to duplicate our services," Fitzgerald reveals. "But parents have said that they don't have a need to go elsewhere for a particular class or theme, so they continue filling our recreation classes." Much the same is true at Wellesley Recreation. While many classes, like Star Wars Galaxy Academy, take place at their headquarters on Washington Street, their youth activities are so popular that an after- school pilot program is now a reality. "We run after school enrichment programs directly in the schools with recreation staff on hand, and sometimes in conjunction with teachers, depending on their area of expertise," says Brandon Fitts, deputy director of Wellesley Recreation. "We offer yoga, chess, LEGO robotics, and art themes such as pottery and painting. Based on demand, we also created a nature club after school." These in-school programs typically run from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. seasonally, in six of Wellesley's elementary schools (Bates, Fiske, Hardy, Hunnewell, Schofield, and Sprague). family matters "everything old is new again" L E F T : C O U R T E S Y W E S T O N C U B S C O U T S P A C K 1 5 7 , R I G H T : J O H N H A R M O N 164 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7

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