Kristine Vincent, CPRP: Director of Recreation and Leisure Services
Daphne Shinder: Recreation Supervisor
Terri Ziemnicki: Program Supervisor
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Salmon Brook Park; open 24/7 at GranbyRec.com
Party or Special Event Planning
Have your next family or other private event at Salmon Brook Park or Holcomb Farm. The SB Park House is a beautiful facility that can accommodate up to 99 people, featuring a gas fireplace and central air.
The North Barn Pavilion at Holcomb Farm is built to look like a barn but this gorgeous building has modern amenities to make your event for up to 125 people a day to remember. Dates fill fast so call to get more information or visit GranbyRec.com to see pictures and rental info.
Pawsitive Steps Dog Training Beginner Classes
Mondays, Oct. 26–Dec. 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Salmon Brook Park Gathering Room. Join well-known, certified dog trainer Kim MicHalewicz for this great introductory seven-week course to learn how to effectively communicate with your best friend. Time will be spent learning to socialize your dogs to a variety of situations. Learn about normal canine behavior and how-to problem solve to help your dog fit into the human world. Appropriate household behavior, handler attention, basic obedience and coming when called will be covered. Open to all dogs. There is no prerequisite for this class. Fee: $170
Columbus Day Youth Basketball Clinic
Monday, Oct. 12 at Salmon Brook Park. Grades K–4 from 9–11 a.m.; grades 5–8 from 12–2 p.m. Led by the Granby Memorial Girls Varsity Basketball Coach, Mike D’Angelo. In this fun two-hour coed skills clinic, Coach D’Angelo, his coaching staff and players will work with the kids on ball handling, passing, shooting and incorporate skills games. It is a great way to spend a day off from school and get some outdoor exercise. Each participant should bring their own basketball and water bottle. Masks will be required when not actively playing. Fee: $40
Columbus Day Food Explorers Jr.
Monday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m.–Noon at Holcomb Farm. For grades 2–5. Join Katie, a registered dietitian from Food Explorers, for a morning of cooking, making a Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread and Ricotta Gnocchi Mac and Cheese, all from scratch of course. Food will be eaten outdoors (weather dependent) and children will be making their own food. Recipes are nut free but will contain dairy and eggs. Fee: $52
Food Explorers—Kids Make Dinner
Thursdays, Oct. 8–29, 5:30–6:30 p.m., via Zoom. For grades 2–6. Join Megan, a registered dietitian from Food Explorers to make dinner for your family on Thursday nights. Learn to make homemade pasta, Broccoli Cheddar Melts with Baked Fries, Southwest Quesadillas and Lightened up Mac and Cheese. All recipes use simple and easy to find ingredients, an ingredients list will be provided before each class with ample time for grocery shopping. Fee: $59.
Pumpkin Fun Run (5K)
Sunday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m., at Salmon Brook Park. Rain date is Oct 25. For all ages. Check in begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. This timed, two-loop course in beautiful Salmon Brook Park is mostly grass terrain around the soccer and baseball fields. Run your best 5K ever on a mostly flat course with this no pressure, low key event. Pumpkin medals for all participants. Run, walk, push a stroller or walk your dog—whichever you choose, just have fun! Due to COVID-19 restrictions no “day of” registrations will be accepted, you must pre-register at GranbyRec.com. Fee: $10.
American Red Cross Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
Monday, Oct. 19, 6–8 p.m., at Salmon Brook Park Gathering Room. For adults. This course prepares one to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants and meets OSHA/workplace requirements. This is a blended learning course including an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skill session. The online portion must be completed prior to attending the in-class portion and must be taken on a PC or tablet with a high-speed Internet connection. Allow approximately 2 ½ hours to complete the online portion. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years. Fee: $90
Ongoing on Wednesdays from 6–7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9–10 a.m., at Salmon Brook Park. A yoga practice in the park appropriate for all levels of experience. An outdoor morning yoga experience incorporating breath, balance, flexibility, focus and fun. Instructor Rachel Little will lead the group through movements and yoga postures both standing and down on the mat that build strength, balance and mobility, while encouraging relaxation and release. Modifications offered to accommodate common injuries and limitations. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket/towel and water. Optional items: yoga blocks, strap. You can pay for the whole session or pay per class. Class will be held in the outdoor band shell if weather permits or inside in the Gathering Room. Fee: $15 drop-in or pre-register at GranbyRec.com for an entire session.
Yoga for Strength with Laura Fetzer/Seger
Ongoing Mondays 8–9 a.m., at Salmon Brook Park Gathering Room. Develop strength and flexibility with this more challenging dynamic flow, integrating movement and breath with sun salutations, twists, back bends and core strengthening with an emphasis on proper alignment. Combine this with the cultivation of inner peace and the mindfulness of breath awareness. A complete practice for sure. Modifications always offered. Listening to your body always encouraged. Fee: $15 drop-in or pre-register at GranbyRec.com for an entire session.
Holiday Glass Paint Night
Friday, Oct. 23, 7–9 p.m., at Salmon Brook Park Gathering Room. You pick the styles and themes for the two glasses that you would like to paint. All of the supplies needed to create beautiful glasses will be provided. Many winter and fall options available. Bring your own snacks and beverages and be ready to have fun! Fee: $40
National Scrapbooking Weekend/Crafting Event
For ages 16–99, at Holcomb Farm North Barn Pavilion
The Town of Granby Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Crop/Craft Event. Friday, Oct. 2 goes from 1 to 9 p.m. for $20, and Saturday, Oct. 3 will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $35. If you sign up for both days, pay only $50 and you may leave your supplies set up overnight in our secure facility. Water, soda and ice tea will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own food or other beverage. Register early as the maximum number of participants for either day is 30.