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Read the Fall/Winter 2019/2020 Rec Newsletter: Play Mascoma Valley!

To have your local organization or community event added to the next newsletter, please email: mvalleyrec@gmail.com. Our goal is to provide the community with a comprehensive guide of all the great activities and events happening in the Mascoma Valley.

To learn more about local events and attractions, go to the VISIT CANAAN Page.

Regional Recreation Updates:

Cool Things Happening this Season!

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MVPR Youth Cross Country Ski Program

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Learn to Cross Country Ski on Wednesdays in January and February!

Register online: https://mvpr.recdesk.com/Community/Program



Who: Open to students in grades 1-4 in the Mascoma District
Time: 3:30-4:30 pm
Cost: $25
Program Max: 45 students
Location: Canaan Elementary School
Make checks payable to "Mascoma Valley Recreation"

**All equipment provided** Please note, there is no transportation provided from Enfield Village School to Canaan Elementary School. Pick up your student at 4:30 at the CES gym.

Contact Katharine Lary Jopek at mvalleyrec@gmail.com for more information. 



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Do you know what MVPR does on Tuesdays starting January 7th?

We go to Whaleback Mountain for skiing and snowboarding!

Register for our program online: https://www.whaleback.com/mascoma-valley-rec-dept

Mascoma Valley After School Program 6 week program:   Open to all students in grades K-12 Registration Open from 10/1/2019 - 1/1/2020

(Starts) January 7, 2020 to (Ends) February 11, 2020 Tuesday's, 2:45pm to 4:30pm

Bus transportation provided by Mascoma Valley Recreation, from school to Whaleback ($10 p/participant fee is included in the program price).

Parents/Guardians must sign out participant at the mountain!

If renting equipment, participant MUST come to a fit day PRIOR to the start of the program. Fit days will be Dec 2nd- Dec 30th, every Sunday from 12-4 pm and Wed and Thur evenings from 3-7pm

Cost of program is $209. Whaleback offers need-based financial assistance. Information and application’s can be found at this link:

Questions?  Contact Kati Jopek: mvalleyrec@gmail.com or email learning@whaleback.com


After School Arts and Crafts 


This is an afterschool program supervised by the Canaan Recreation staff. The program offers an opportunity for youth to explore new art mediums, instructional projects and free art creation.  The program runs one day a week for three weeks from 3:00-4:30pm and is hosted either at Canaan Elementary school or at the Canaan Town  Library.

Registration and details are available by clicking HERE

Thank You!

Mascoma Valley Parks & Recreation would like to thank the Mascoma Bank Donation and Sponsorship Committee for their generous donation and support of our local recreation summer camp. Without their support, our camp would not have been able to provide transportation for field trips and camp outings to great places like a NH Fisher Cats Baseball Game, the Montshire Museum, Lebanon Memorial Pool and a number of NH hiking destinations. On behalf of the camp staff, the campers and Mascoma Valley Parks & Recreation - THANK YOU MASCOMA BANK!

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Canaan Recreation Commission

Please consider joining the Recreation commission. Meetings are regularly held the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm at the Town Conference Room. Canaan Recreation Commission is seeking support and feedback from community members regarding current programs and several new programs and events that will be added during 2019 and 2020.

In 2019 we have restarted after school arts and craft programs, started an introductory Cheer leading program, hosted a science fair including a performance by Science Tellers, hosted an Easter egg hunt, held an ice cream social and games in the park, offered swim lessons and extended the Canaan Recreation Summer Camp program hours as well as added an extra week to the schedule and continue to run a successful after-school program hosted at Canaan Elementary school .

There is a tentative plan for adding more after school activities for the Canaan Elementary School youth including a fall and spring theater club, monthly arts and crafts sessions September-April, a Garden Club, as well as other interest area activities. We are planning on hosting Group Hikes this fall at The Canaan Town Trail and Cardigan Mountain, Halloween event and Vacation Camps for the 2020 February and April School Vacation weeks.

We are in need of more ideas for adult activities and of course any other ideas and suggestions.

Chelsea Martin
Canaan Recreation Coordinator

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Canaan Afterschool Program 2019-2020

CASP provides a structured environment for kindergarten through fourth grade students to be active, safe and to have fun after their school day at Canaan Elementary School. Homework will also be supported by CASP staff at parent’s request. Children will participate in outdoor/indoor play, arts and crafts, games and special activities.

CASP is not in session during school closings or snow days.
Monday – Friday, 3:15 – 6:00 pm
Cost: $10:00 day for regular school days Early Release Day Charge: $15:00

Drop-In Policy: Parents may request afterschool care for an unexpected need. Student must be already registered and there must be available space.

You can download a Canaan Afterschool Program Application on here. You can also pick up an application at Canaan Elementary School or at the Canaan Town Office.

Contact the Program Administrator, Tammy Daley, at tdaley@mvrsd.org for more information.

Ongoing Programs:

Click on Events Titles for Details!
Click this link if you need a Mascoma Valley Parks & Rec General Recreation Application Form.

Click this link to check if Online Registration is available.

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Recreation Commission 2018 Report

In 2018 Canaan Recreation commission continued to run the Canaan After School Program (CASP), Canaan Summer Camp, swim lessons at Canaan Street Beach. The Canaan recreation Commission partnered with Mascoma Valley Recreation to launch a new summer camp hosted at the Mascoma Valley High School.

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Canaan After school programs: The Canaan After School Program is run by a small group of very dedicated staff that provide a wonderful program that is fun, safe and structured. While attending CASP the students get outside and moving in every season. While down time and fun are a large part of the the program; scheduled homework and reading time is considered equally important. In 2018, the After School program continued to be hosted at Canaan Elementary School. We are continuing to look for additional space to use to grow this and other program. We are also working on expanding the program to possibly include February and April vacation weeks for the 2019-2020 school year. Other enriching activity options continued to be explored.

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Summer Camp:Summer of 2018 brought with it several changes to the Canaan Summer camp. The Regional Coordinator worked with Canaan Recreation Commission to create and launch a camp for students entering fourth grade to sixth grade. This program was hosted at Mascoma Valley high School.

Canaan Street Beach and Swim Programs: Canaan Street Beach hosted another year of very successful swim lessons. This year there was a state wide shortage of Lifeguards and instructors. The Canaan Street Beach Swim lessons were offered in coordination with the Enfield Recreation. Swim instructors provided a great opportunity of quality Swim instruction at both Canaan Street Beach and Shacoma Beach.

Christmas in Canaan: The Canaan Recreation had a station set up on the common with glow in the dark candy cane fishing, glow ring toss and a snowball toss game. The station was well attended. We appreciate all the folks who took the time to fill out the surveys.

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Arts and Crafts program ran on Fridays for three weeks after school in December. Canaan Elementary students participated The program was a huge hit with 18 students participating and still more interested.

Canaan Recreation Commission
Bev Chapman, Out-Going Town Recreation Coordinator
Chelsea Martin, Town Recreation Coordinator