After the launch of the Lewisboro Parks and Recreation’s Learning Lot in the former Lewisboro Elementary School gym, the department is gradually expanding its fall programs, which can be enjoyed by residents even in the midst of a pandemic.

In an email to community members Sept. 18, the town announced it does not plan to have a fall 2020 program brochure because “we have no idea how the fall is going to play out during the 2020 pandemic.” Instead, residents can find notices of new fall programs for adults and children on the Lewisboro Parks and Recreation page of the town website, as well as on the department’s own website.

Several new programs are currently underway and will continue into next month.

One new program designated for participants 18 years and older is a weekly hike led by Marilyn Blaho and Rose Bonanno, who are both members of the Lewisboro Open Space and Preserves Advisory Committee, are experienced hikers, trail builders and trail maintainers.

The hikes will take place Tuesdays through Oct. 27 at local preserves and trails, and the specific schedule is emailed to residents after registration. Each hike will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The fee for the six-week program is $50 per person, and the department encourages people to register as soon as possible, since the program is limited to 10 participants due to COVID-19. The town notes the program is suitable for residents with beginner to moderate hiking ability, and, unfortunately, residents cannot bring their dogs along for the program.

“Enjoy this opportunity to become more familiar with local parks and preserves, learn how to follow trail maps and trail signage plus learn some local lore,” the Parks and Recreation department said in the program information.

Another new adult program is called “Essentrics.” This program is described as a “safe, fun, low-impact fitness program for all ages that combines stretching and strengthening in a flowing full-body workout set to music,” according to the parks department.

The Essentrics program, which costs $60, is also advertised to increase mobility, balance, strengthen bones, improve posture and relieve pain. Two more sessions of the fitness program are scheduled on Tuesdays, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, at Onatru Pavilion from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is open to town and school district residents 18 years and older.

In addition to this fitness program, the department is offering Zumba classes for residents 18 and older.

The Lewisboro Learning Lot program, which is wrapping up its second week, has been “very successful so far,” according to program director Michael Portnoy. Mr. Portnoy said that after a few hectic days of trying to learn the children’s schedules and fix technology issues, the staff has been able to create a master schedule for the children and “get into the swing of things,” Mr. Portnoy said.

Lewisboro Learning lot

A teacher sets up for activities at the Lewisboro Learning Lot in the former Lewisboro Elementary gym.

Mr. Portnoy said the learning lot has been a great way for kids to build new friendships with the others in their designated groups. Even after the start of the program, he added, their phones have still been constantly ringing with calls from people interested in signing up their kids in the program.

Another way for children to socialize and make new friends is through KidzArt & Club Scientific, where the department is offering elementary school children the opportunity to learn about science, art or engineering through three separate programs.   

The science program, called STEM Intergalactic Exploration, is for students in kindergarten through fifth grade to learn about the galaxy and beyond. It takes place at Onatru Park Pavilion on Tuesdays, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The program runs through Oct. 20, with a fee of $185 which includes all STEM materials.

The art program, titled Out of this World, is also available to children in kindergarten through fifth grade for a fee of $185 for the five-week program. It takes place at Fox Valley Park Pavilion on Wednesdays, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., which continues through Oct. 21. In this program, children have the opportunity to use artist-quality materials to create the Northern Lights, rings of Saturn, a star-filled galaxy and other scenes.

Also being offered is Intro to Robotics, with a fee of $195, geared for young children. It takes place Thursdays, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. through Oct. 15 at the Lewisboro Town Park.

Parents can also sign their children up for the upcoming Halloween cookie decorating event for first- and fifth-graders, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, with a fee of $25 per child.

The department is also offering a variety of sports programs to residents, including field hockey, tee-ball, baseball, softball, tennis and basketball open court nights.

For registration and more information, call 232-6162 or visit lewisbororecreation.com.

Jessica Leibman is a staff reporter at The Record-Review where she covers the Town of Lewisboro the Katonah-Lewisboro School District.

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