Nicole Conley, Recreation Director
Most children and teens will receive some benefit from Villari’s martial arts after training for just a few short months, but the real benefit comes from long-term training. It helps with confidence, focus, health, work ethic and attitude.
Session 6: March 22-April 19
Session 7: May 03-May 31
Time: 1:40-2:50 p.m.
Cost per session: $85
Players in third through eighth grades will participate in the US Lacrosse league and will need a US Lacrosse membership. Please visit our website for more information. The registration form must be completed and submitted with payment to the town hall by March 6.
Champlain Valley Little League baseball/softball
Registration is open for the 2023 spring Little League baseball/softball season. The famed Shelburne Little League has officially changed the organization’s name to the Champlain Valley Little League to better reflect the more than 400 children registered from Charlotte, Hinesburg and Shelburne The Champlain Valley Little League is able to keep prices at the 2022 rates, but please note costs will increase by $15 per player after Feb. 1. Registration is set to close on March 1.
Mini lacrosse practices will be offered to kindergarten through second graders on Saturday mornings at Charlotte Central School. Each participant will get a chance to learn more about the game while having fun.
Saturdays, April 22-June 3
Time: 9 a.m.
Spring driver’s education
The Charlotte Recreation Department will be offering two driver’s education programs this spring by the 802 Driving school at Charlotte Central School. The driver’s ed programs will be taught by Joe Barch, who has over 15 years of experience teaching in the public schools. Dates will be listed on the website.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Afterschool tennis lessons
The program is open to first through fifth graders and age groups will be split into the two timeslots listed below.
Mondays & Wednesdays
Session 1: May 1-17
Session 2: May 22-June 12 (no lessons May 29)
Grades 1-3: (Mon.) 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Wed.) 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Grades 3-5: (Mon.) 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Wed.) 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $85 (six lessons)
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Session 1: May 2-18
Session 2: May 23-June 8
Grades 1-2: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Grades 3-5: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $85 (six lessons)
Safe Sitter babysitters course
Safe Sitter prepares teens to be safe when they’re home alone, watching siblings or babysitting. The course offers four main content areas: safety skills, child care skills, and first aid and rescue skills, and life and business skills. Lessons are filled with fun activities and role-playing exercises. Teens will practice choking rescue and diapering. Register with the town offering the program.
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Williston-Saturday, March 11
Charlotte-Saturday, May 20
After-school spring soccer
It’s time to lace up those cleats and enjoy a fun afternoon of outdoor soccer. This program will take place after school at Charlotte Central School. Please note: This program is based on volunteers and might be canceled due to lack of coaches.
Start date: Week of May 1
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Boater safety course
Boating safety education is required for any motor boat operator, 12 years of age or older, born after Jan. 1, 1974. The Boat Vermont, eight-hour classroom course, will enable you to get the certification that you need. Participants must be present at all classes to be eligible for certification. Ages: 12+
Dates: May 2, 3, 9 and 10
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Rei Store (Williston)
After-school junior golf program
Cedar Knoll Golf Course pro Mike Slayton has a non-technical teaching philosophy but stresses the fundamentals of grip, stance, posture, balance and tempo. Although understanding that variations in swing techniques can all work, golf ball flight comes down to five basic laws. These laws include club head path, angle of attack, centeredness of contact, club face angle and speed.
Tuesdays and Thursdays (3:30-5 p.m.)
Session 1: May 16-May 25
Session 2: May 30-June 8
Wednesdays (2:30-4 p.m.) and Fridays (3:30-5 p.m.)
Session 1: May 17-26
Session 2: May 31-June 7
Where: Cedar Knoll Golf Course
Tim Serrell Tennis Clinic
Tim Serrell was a summer resident of Charlotte who loved to play tennis. When he died, he left money in a trust fund to provide free tennis lessons to the children of Charlotte. The program began in 1989 and has become a Charlotte summer tradition. Your child will be assigned a time once registration for the clinic is complete.
Date: June 19-22
Time: 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: Charlotte Beach
Cost: Free (please consider making a donation)
Champlain Valley Track and Field
Charlotte is proud to be a part of this three-town track and field program, which includes Charlotte, Hinesburg and Williston, at Champlain Valley Union High. Children learn the basics of running, jumping, throwing and relays with this program. There will be opportunities to compete in various events with other local track and field programs, along with a state meet.
Mondays and Wednesdays
June 14-July 19
Time: 6:15-7:45 p.m.
Cedar Knoll golf course pro Mike Slayton has a non-technical teaching philosophy but stresses the fundamentals of grip, stance, posture, balance and tempo. Although understanding that variations in swing techniques can all work, golf ball flight comes down to five basic laws. These laws include club head path, angle of attack, centeredness of contact, club face angle and speed. The golf swing is a series of movements that must be executed in the proper sequence for optimal results.
Camp days: Tuesday-Friday
Week 1: June 20-23
Week 2: July 18-21
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
International Soccer Camp
The international soccer camp will be held the week of July 17 at Charlotte Central School. The camp staff is selected and trained in the United Kingdom exclusively to work in these camps. They have a genuine interest in helping each player’s development and providing memorable positive experiences.
Tiny Tykes, ages 3-5, 8-9 a.m. Resident $110
Half-day program, ages 6-14, 9-noon Resident $205
Full day program, ages 7-15, 9-3 p.m. Resident $270
Note: Host a coach and receive a rebate on your registration!
Join the basketball fanatics on Monday and Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. at Charlotte Central School. All levels and ages are welcome to join, register online.
The spring season of pickleball in Charlotte begins April 3 at the beach on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. through late fall. Register online to be placed on an e-mail distribution list.
Intro to pickleball
Join Greg Smith for free pickleball instruction on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Charlotte Town Beach courts. The outdoor season will begin the week of April 8 depending on weather. Register online to be placed on an e-mail distribution list.
Full and partial scholarships are available for all youth recreation activities.
You can find additional information on recreation department programs on the website at charlotterec.com.
Questions? Contact Nicole Conley by email.