Youth programs offered in Gilford

GILFORD — The Gilford Community Youth center will be offering a variety of youth programs during the upcoming months.

"Lunch Bunch" Preschool Fitness Club, will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. Participants are asked to pack a lunch to eat with friends and then enjoy a variety of fitness games and activities while learning about health and nutrition. Children will be doing everything from basketball, hockey, kickball, dancing, yoga, team building, obstacle courses, relay races, and more. Lunch bunch is for children ages 3-6, and is offered from October to May. Children must be potty trained.

"Lakes Region Twirlers" Children's Baton Twirling Lessons will be offered every Monday from beginning on November 4 and running until January 28. During baton lessons participants will learn the basics of baton twirling. Each session will focus on basic fundamental baton skills to use both individually and as a team. Students who complete a 3-month session and who have their own baton will be eligible to twirl at the Gilford Old Home Day Parade.

Gilford Globetrotters K-1 Basketball League will run on Thursdays, from November 7 to December 19 from 5-6:30 p.m. The league will consist of 6 sessions in November and December. Each session will focus on basic fundamental skills and rules of the game, including dribbling, passing, shooting, team work, and defense. Sessions are run by volunteer coaches and high school students.

Girls Tune-Up Basketball will run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from October 22 to November 6 between 5:30-7:30 p.m. The session will be open for girls in grades 6-8 and will consist of fundamental drills, conditioning and live scrimmaging. Instructors are skilled coaches who will help children prepare for the upcoming season.

Afternoon Kids Fitness Club will meet every Wednesday between October and May, from 3-4:30 p.m. The program is open for children ages 5-8 and will utilize both the Gilford Youth Center and the Fellowship Hall of the Gilford Community Church. There will be a variety of hands-on games and activities to enhance children's gross and fine motor skills. The club will include; team building sports/games, nutrition, relay races, obstacle courses, yoga, dancing, acting, conflict resolution and more. Participants are encouraged to pack a snack.

After School Drawing Classes will be offered Monday Afternoons from October 21 to December 9. Those interested in improving their artistic skills are encouraged to join this 8 week session for students in grades 4-8. The class will run Monday afternoons, 3:30-5 p.m. Students will learn various drawing skills, including proportions, placement, perspective, and shading. The GYC provides students with drawing pads, graphite pencils, colored pencils, reference books, and personalized instruction.

To learn more about the programs listed, or to download a registration brochure, please visit Financial aid is available for families who qualify.  Contact the GYC at 524-6978.