Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bedford Recreation Department cannot offer indoor classes this fall, but thanks to Zoom there is a pretty full slate of activities in the department’s Fall Brochure. The new brochure is available online and will be updated as changes occur
Adult programs include online professional and personal interest courses; food and cooking classes along with arts and crafts. There are online health and well-being classes, and virtual exercise & fitness sessions. There will be in-person outdoor fitness & walking groups, sports instruction, and pick-up sports.
In addition to Bedford Youth Soccer scrimmages and games, there will be a virtual dance program, and plenty of virtual activities for Bedford’s young people.
This year’s newest offering, Dog Training: Basic Commands and Socialization runs in collaboration with the Carlisle Recreation Department, and registration opens tomorrow for ages 14 and up.
Two other collaborative courses are a one-day watercolor workshop run in conjunction with Bedford Arts and Crafts Society, and a 5-week Thursday morning Tyke Hike for caregivers and kids up to age 6 offered without charge by members of the Bedford Trails Committee.
Activity sessions taking place virtually via Zoom include Nia with Joan Turnberg; Hatha Yoga with Bonnie McCulloch; Body Balance & Core Strength with Jayne Schmitz, Certified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor; Zumba® Fitness Dance Party with Renae Nichols; and Beginner / Intermediate Tai Chi with Oscar Hsu & Jim Winner of Oriental Healing Arts.
Co-Ed Outdoor Boot Camp and Fitness Walks at Great Brook Farm in Carlisle will be led in person by Sandy Morvillo. Mary Hurley’s Mystery Walks will also be led in person. Take-Your-Own Trail Walks designed by the Bedford Trails Committee are intended to be self-guided.
Finally, there will be in-person instruction in Tennis, Pickleball, Archery, and Golf as well as pick-up leagues Volleyball, Pickleball, and Soccer for adults.
Youth Sports and Activities
Look for Soccer leagues with specific health and safety guidelines for Grades K-2 on Saturdays from October 2 through November 13 and for Grades 3-8 on one weeknight & Saturdays from the last week of September until the week of November 9.
Add tennis lessons, T-Ball and coach-pitched baseball games, archery, youth volleyball, a virtual dance program, and soccer skills training for the youngest players.
A full complement of youth programming will take place virtually in the fall: Circuit Makers 101 (Grades 1-3); App Inventors (Grades 4-6); M.A.G.E. Systems Roleplaying Game (9-12); Expert Architects (Grades 3-6); Business Sharks (Grades 3-6); Minecraft Exploration (Grades 2-5 & Grades 6-8) Coding with Scratch (Grades 2-5 & Grades 6-8); Mad Science: Home Lab Series (Grades K-2); Drawing Virtually with Simply Sarah Arts (Grades K-2 & Grades 3-5); Virtual Chess (Grades 3-5); Virtual Dungeons and Dragons Chess (Grades 6-8); Yoga (Grades K-2) with Bonnie McCulloch; Home Alone Safety (Ages 9-11) and BLAST Babysitter Lessons and Safety Training (Ages 11-14)