Greenfield Recreation Department Notebook, Jan. 24, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Winter Carnival: Save the date for the 2018 Winter Carnival, Feb. 2 to 4, and celebrate six more weeks of fun. Kicking off the weekend is live downtown ice carving, the Parade of Lights, followed by fireworks bursting over the iconic Poet Seat Tower. The fun continues throughout the weekend with a Family Fun Fest, Sleigh Bell Run, cribbage tournament, breakfast with Olaf, cardboard sled race, K9 Keg Pull, chili cook-off, vintage snow mobile display, and more.

Winter Carnival Parade of Lights: Help the Greenfield Recreation Department light up the night and kick-off Winter Carnival right by entering your vehicle into the 4th annual Parade of Lights on Friday, Feb. 2. Decorated vehicles will travel from Newton School, along Main Street, down Federal Street, on to Beacon Street, and ending on Gerrett Street at Beacon Field. Prizes awarded for best and brightest, artistic illumination, and Town Council award. Registration is required.

Winter Carnival Family Fun Fest: Join the Recreation Department for a morning full of family fun, Saturday Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Youth Center on 20 Sanderson St.. Events include a performance from ventriloquist and comedian Sylvia Fletcher, art exhibits, face painting, crafts and games from Greenfield Games. Suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 per family.

Winter Carnival Sleigh Bell Run: Registration is open for the Winter Carnival Sleigh Bell Run, a 4-mile road race through a scenic course, starting on Hope Street and running through the Highland Park area. Race will be Saturday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. Register at Recreation Department or Town Hall or day of race at Hope & Olive Restaurant from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Prizes awarded for multiple age divisions. First 75 entrants receive T-shirt and sleigh bell bracelets. $25 registration fee. Those under 18 are half price.

Winter Carnival Breakfast with Olaf: Enjoy breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 4 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the 99 Restaurant with Olaf, the snowman who loves warm hugs! $6 per person; 10 and under, $4. Those under age 2 are free. Tickets available at the door. Cash or check only.

Winter Carnival K9 Keg Pull: Run, dance, do whatever it takes to urge your dog across the finish line on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. at Beacon Field. Dogs of all shapes and sizes will sprint for glory, pulling appropriately sized “kegs.” For a Chihuahua, that’s a beer can, while mighty rotts or shepherds pull full-size kegs (all empty). Register online in advance for $5, $10 day of. Funds benefit the Paws Park Initiative.

February Vacation Week: Sign up for a fun filled week of activities, games and outdoor fun for your child, grades K through 7. This program takes place at the Youth Center, 20 Sanderson St., from Tuesday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with early care available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and late care from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Walking field trips to Beacon Field for sledding, skating, and snow fun. Lunch, afternoon snack and drink must be sent with child. Morning snack provided. Children also must bring appropriate winter clothing (boots, hats, gloves, etc). Registration includes child’s participation in the Community Kids Bringing Art to the Heart of Greenfield program. Registration deadline is Feb. 6. $120 residents, $130 non-residents. Late care and early care $16 each per child.

Follow us on Facebook or visit: www.greenfieldrecreation.com for up to date information. Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise stated. A non-resident fee may apply. Sign up for all programs online or at 20 Sanderson Street or Town Hall. Find out more information about programs and events by calling 772-1553.