Winchester Recreation and Community Education Upcoming Events

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Babes in Art Land

This program encourages parents’ and children’s interaction in a creative and challenging environment for the children, along with social involvement with other preschool children. The children will explore working with paint, glue and other craft materials. Parents and children will have loads of fun when they team up and create all sorts of crafts. Each week brings different craft projects that are never duplicated. The 6-session program for ages 2-4 begins Friday, Nov. 1, 10-10:45–pm, at the Recreation Dept.

Top Secret Chefs

At Top Secret Chefs we offer a wonderful environment where your child can build a foundation that will open the doors to a lifetime of learning. Children will learn a wide range of skills probably without even knowing it. Cooking is a process that has a beginning and an ending and the great thing about the ending is that the kids can have a great meal that they cooked hands-on. Cooking is all about math, science, geography, reading, health, nutrition, and history along with the ability to problem solve, and develop both social and fine motor skills. Just look at a few of the individual skills: counting, vocabulary, shapes, food groups, experimenting, weighing, fractions, culture, family history, sorting, chemical reactions, responsibility, team work, safety, sequencing, creativity, sensory aptitudes, healthy eating, sharing, pouring, chopping, mixing, etc. There is no other activity that a child can learn as much in such a short period of time. The 6-session program for ages 6-11 begins Saturday, Nov. 1, time TBA at the 
Recreation Dept. for Grades 1–5.


Super Soccer Stars

Get the ball rolling for ages 2 and up with Super Soccer Stars in Winchester! Super Soccer Stars is quickly becoming the most popular children’s soccer program in Boston. Dynamic, trained coaches work with every student to develop skills, self-confidence, and teamwork in a fun, non-competitive environment. Positive reinforcement and an extremely low child-to-coach ratio ensure that each child will improve his or her soccer skills through engaging warm-ups, drills, and games — all while having endless fun! Each child receives a free t-shirt on the first day of class.
We have many different programs. Beginning the week of Nov. 5.  Please check our website at for more information.


Bricks 4 Kidz Lab

The Bricks 4 Kidz Lab is a hands-on class where children explore science, technology, engineering and math concepts using LEGO® bricks. For 1 hour each week, children will build a model based on exciting themes like space exploration, laws of motion, sports and animals. Each class is structured and designed to stimulate the mind and help reinforce problem solving and collaboration. Oh and by the way, they will have fun too! The 6-session program for ages 6-11 begins Monday, Nov. 4, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, at the 
Recreation Dept. or Tuesday, Nov. 5 2:45–3:45 pm, at the 
V.O. School.


Chemistry Capers

Unlock your inner scientist as you investigate the basics of chemistry in a fun and interactive way. Explore the chemical properties of slime and make super slimy samples to take home. Build a better super-ball, analyze mysterious liquids, and make your own balloons. The 6-session program for ages 5-10 begins Wednesday, Nov. 6, 3:30-4:30 at the 
Recreation Dept.


Seventeenth Annual Halloween Window Painting

Spooky frights, gruesome witches, glowing jack-o-lanterns, and scary ghosts come alive as Winchester residents paint Halloween pictures in this wonderful community event. This special event permits the participants to decorate the outside of designated windows of local businesses using specialized paint. 
This year, you can paint a window by yourself or grab your friend or parent and paint one window together. All windows must have a Halloween theme. This event takes place on Sat., Oct. 26. The rain date is Sun., Oct. 27.  Sponsored by Winchester Recreation & Community Education Dept. and the Winchester Youth Center, it has financial support from the Enka Society.

Eligibility: All residents who attend any school in Winchester or reside in Winchester are eligible for this event. Applications, 
regulations, and instructions are available at the Recreation Dept. There is a $20 fee for entries. Entries are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is guaranteed to the first 200 entries. Other entries will be accepted based on available windows. For further 
information, please contact the Recreation Dept. at 781-721-7125.


Nashoba Skiing for Gr. 3–5

Grab your skis and your friends and head out to Nashoba Valley for five Thursday afternoons starting Jan. 9. Beginners can learn to ski while those who are more advanced can sharpen up their skills. All participants must take a lesson. Children also have free ski time each week. Buses for this five-week lesson program leave Winchester at your school’s regularly scheduled dismissal time. We plan to return to Winchester at approximately 7 pm, depending on traffic and weather conditions. If the program takes place on a school early release day, the buses will leave from a designated place school at 1:45 pm. If lessons are canceled because of poor weather, we will try to add a Thursday at the end of the session. Refunds are not available, even if the season is extended because of bad weather and participants cannot attend on the alternative dates. The forms will be available at the Recreation Dept. by Oct. 1.


Participants are not registered until the Recreation Dept. has received all of their completed forms and the registration fee. Registration must be received by December 1st to guarantee placement. After this date, we accept registrations on a space- available basis. Call the Recreation Dept., 781-721-7125, if you are interested. Visit us at for details.


Waterville Valley Mountain Resort Skiing: Gr. 6–12

Enjoy this premier resort that is sure to match the skills of everyone in the group!

Join us as we head to New Hampshire on a luxury coach bus with bathroom facilities on board for our Saturday ski program. The program will run beginning Jan. 5 for five weeks. If lessons are canceled because of poor weather, we try to add Saturdays until we have gone five times. Refunds are not available, even if the season is extended because of bad weather and participants cannot attend on the alternative dates (this is also true if the make-up day is during Feb. vacation). Those missing sessions will be given a voucher, which must be used during the 201 season. Buses leave the WHS Parking lot at 7:30 am sharp and return by approximately 6:45 pm, depending on traffic and weather conditions. The fee includes lift ticket and transportation. The forms will be available at the Recreation Dept. by Oct. 1.

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Choose Colors With Confidence 

Paint colors give you the biggest bang for your decorating buck, but it can be overwhelming with over 16,000 colors available. Before you open your wallet or grab a paintbrush learn foolproof color selection, how to find your color scheme, and the latest advances in paints. Learn how color can affect the mood of a space and why you should never pick your color in the hardware store. This presentation is filled with practical suggestions, real life examples, and generously illustrated with photo slides. Take home beautiful, practical ideas on how to bring new life into your space with the magic of color. The one-night class is held Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7-9 pm, at a Winchester High School.


Meat 101

Do you ever stand at the meat case and feel totally confused about what to buy? Well, we have the class for you. Come learn the 3C’s

of meat; (cut, cooking method, and choosing the right piece/flavor profiling) with Chef Scott Carta. This class will help you learn

about buying, handling and preparing meats including beef, poultry, pork and exotic meats. Participants will be given handouts

and the opportunity to taste some yummy samples.  The one-night class is held Tuesday, Oct 22, 7:30-9pm, at The Meat House, Arlington.


Chinatown Excursion  

Join Master Chef and cookbook author, Rose Lee, while she guides you to the delights of Chinese culture and foods. Visit Asian markets, Chinese bakeries, favorite restaurants, arts and gift shops, and Chinatown’s oldest herbal shop to meet the herbalists and learn about some of their products. Also learn about Chinatown’s exotic fruits and vegetables and how to prepare them.

Enjoy samples of Chinese pastries and Chinatown’s best BBQ. Enjoy many tastes from noodles to tea and a sit-down lunch at a favorite restaurant (The meal cost is not included in your registration fee. Participants share the costs, payable at the restaurant.) 

This is a walking tour. Wear comfortable shoes. Directions and meeting place will be EMAILED upon registration.  This one-day class is held Sunday, Oct 20, 10 am – 2 pm.


North End Markets and Historical Sites

Join us for an exciting tour of America’s oldest neighborhood, “the North End,” home to Boston’s Italian roots and traditions, that will have you come back time and again to enjoy this charming community’s markets, food, and wine.

Explore the culinary ambiance of old world Italy and meet the merchants who define this “Little Italy.” Discover where to find high quality ingredients for true Italian cooking. Visit the finest Italian deli for the best tasting olives; learn how extra-virgin olive oils and true balsamic vinegar are produced, and sample them; taste imported sausage, prosciutto, and outstanding cheeses; meet culinary experts who offer sumptuous Italian cooking classes. Visit a hundred-year-old spice and coffee shop for a huge selection of coffee beans from around the world and hard to find spices. Discover the best pastry shops that make authentic Italian pastries and a pasta shop that makes large variety of fresh pastas and ravioli Roam through a renowned third generation Italian wine and spirits purveyor and shop in their large selection of wine, spirits, gift baskets, and exquisite imported artisan pasta bowls, vases, platters and serving pieces from Italy.

Visit a wine shop specializing in smaller vineyards from around the world. Enjoy a wine tasting and learn about wines from a wine expert.

This tour includes historical sites in the North End. Wear comfortable shoes. Directions and meeting place will be EMAILED upon registration by the registration host. This one-day class is held Oct. 26, 10 am – 2 pm. Note: lunch and transportation are not provided on the tour.



A Taste Of Blacksmithing

You’ll learn the fundamental smithing techniques: hammering, drawing out, cutting, bending, and twisting. Using these skills and a coal-fired forge, you’ll bring a piece of iron to an incandescent heat, and with anvil, hammer, and tongs, create an S-hook that’s both functional and decorative. Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge: closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped), natural fiber clothing, long pants that cover the tops of the shoes. Please read before attending. Class will meet in Waltham at Prospect Hill Forge, on Guinan Street, just off Bacon Street. Directions and other important information is located on the website The one-night class is held Friday, Oct. 25, 7-10 pm at Prospect Hill Forge, Waltham.




BodyFX 60-Day FX Challenge

Experienced athletes, former athletes as well as those of you aspiring to bring your fitness level to a new dimension will see amazing results with the 60-Day FX Challenge.   You will learn proper form in an ultimate cross training 
format that will help you transform your body, improve your strength, power and endurance beyond what you thought possible. 

The instructors thrive on bringing fresh exciting training techniques to this program including kettle bells, medicine balls, TRX suspension training and more with an 
emphasis on the three F’s of fitness: Form, Function and Fun!! 

The 60-Day FX Challenge also and most importantly includes a nutrition program that encourages participants to “eat outside the box.” The challenge consists of 2 sessions a week as well as weekly support emails. There will be 15 total sessions, which include a kickoff meeting, midpoint benchmark, and a nutrition information session.  The 15-session class begins Tuesday and Thursday, Nov 5 & 7, 6:30- 7:30 pm at the Recreation Dept.


Long Term Care: What Is Your Plan?

The good news is that people are living longer. But living a long life doesn’t guarantee that it’ll be a perfectly healthy one. At least 70% of people over age 65 will require some long-term care services at some point in their lives. (See If you need care, the question is how will caring for you impact your family and your retirement savings? A well-thought out plan for addressing the need for care is essential to the physical, emotional, and financial needs of you and your family.  The one-night class will cover long-term care risks and consequences, the different options, and

the advantages and disadvantages of the combined life insurance and long term care insurance policies. Products will not be discussed. The class is held Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7:30-9:30 pm, at Winchester High School.


Online Computer Classes — Education 2 Go

Do you want to learn new skills but don’t have the time? Now you can pick up valuable new skills right at home. Our instructor-facilitated online courses are informative, fun, convenient, and highly interactive. Our instructors are famous for their ability to create warm and supportive communities of learners. It’s no wonder that many long-lasting friendships have formed in our lively and intelligent discussion areas.

Classes are available in the following categories: 

Basic Computer Literacy      Art, History, Psychology, 
& Literature

Computer Applications         Child Care & Parenting

Sales & Marketing     
Courses for Teaching Professionals

Start Your Own Business      
Digital Photography & Digital Video

Health Care, Nutrition,         
Grant Writing & 
Nonprofit Management


All courses run for six weeks (with a two-week grace period at the end). Courses are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links, and more. You can complete any of these courses entirely from your home or office and at any time of the day or night. Upon completion of the course, you can download a certificate of completion. For further information go to  Classes begin Sept. 18.


Winchester Badminton

Once again, Winchester Recreation has teamed up with the Winchester Badminton Club to continue this adult recreational activity that has been a tradition in our town since 1932. The Winchester Badminton Club is open to all adults and is held on Tuesday evenings at the McCall Middle School Gymnasium from 7–9:30 pm. Supervised play begins on September 10and continues through May 2014, except when School is closed. Four courts are available at McCall, and a unique ladder system is used to ensure equal playing time for all participants.

The program fee is $10 per night and includes the cost of birds provided by the Club. Season passes are available and can be purchased by calling Winchester Recreation.


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