Oct. 25 through

Nov. 19

Newton Recreation Commission — Located at 415 N. Poplar St.; phone: 283-7330. Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays, Wellness Center only.


Oct. 25 through

Nov. 19

Newton Recreation Commission — Located at 415 N. Poplar St.; phone: 283-7330. Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays, Wellness Center only.

Pumpkin Carving — 6 to 7:15 p.m. today. Nothing says “Happy Halloween” better than a smiling jack-o-lantern. Attend for an evening of creative carving. Pumpkins and patterns will be provided. For ages 5 years and older.

Family Candy Scramble and Costume Contest — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. This is a free event. Grab your flashlights, load up the kids and head to Fischer Field where there will be thousands of pieces of candy scattered on the field. There will be three age groups for the children’s candy scramble and lots of prizes for the costume contest winners in four divisions: adult (16 and older), child (6 through 15), tot (5 and younger) and pets.

Witches Brew — 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday. Attend for a spooky cooking session. Participants will making Halloween-themed treats, such as Billy Bob teeth, mummy dogs and boogers on a stick. For ages 5 through 9 years old.

Gymnastics — Beginners meet from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 30 through Dec. 11. Introductory classes will start the kids down the correct road. Basic tumbling, coordination and stretching will be taught. Deanna and Cassandra Folkerts, instructors.

Gymnastics — Intermediate meets from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 30 through Dec. 11.This class builds on existing skills, helps develop coordination, flexibility and confidence. All this, and it is fun. Deanna and Cassandra Folkerts, instructors.

Gymnastics — Parent-Tot meets from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 30 through Dec. 11. This is an interactive class with the instructor leading and the assistance of at least one parent/guardian. Work with your child on basic tumbling skills at her/his own pace with guidance from the instructor. Deanna and Cassandra Folkerts, instructors.

Swimming Lessons — Starting Nov. 1 for all ages. Group classes will have eight levels of instruction. Lessons are at the Newton Activity Center Pool. Private lessons also are offered. For more information, call 283-7330.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (new class) — 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Fridays, Nov. 2 through 19. Developed by physical therapists specifically for arthritis, this low-impact exercise-based program uses gentle activities to help increase joint flexibility and range of motion, and helps maintain muscle strength. This program also helps increase overall stamina. Taught by Tracie Strain, certified Arthritis Foundation instructor. Scholarships are available.

Evening Yoga (new class) — 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 2 through 30. Level 1-2 Yoga is for healthy, new students as well as those with some experience who want to build on their basic knowledge of yoga principles and postures. Instructor: Barbara Thiesen.

Wendy’s Volleyball Tournament — Registration deadline is Nov. 3. Register your co-ed or women’s team in this annual NRC tournament. Women’s teams will play Nov. 6, and co-ed teams will play Nov. 7.

Scrapbooking Crop — 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 5. These sessions are when you can get your scrapbooking work done. Bring any projects and photos you want to work on. Cutters and other tools will be available for your use. You will find plenty of help to get you going and sticking to your projects. For ages 16 and older.

Community CPR (Renew/Refresher) — 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4. Adult, child and infant CPR training will be offered. American Safety and Health Institute certifications offered. Ages 12 and older. Registration deadline is Tuesday.

Pre-School Tae Kwon Do — 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 6 and 13. Has your little one been intrigued by tae kwon do on television? This class is an introductory tae kwon do class which will emphasize discipline, courtesy and respect and help develop motor skills with a whole lot of fun mixed in. The instructor will end each class with a Korean fable. For ages 4 and 5. Registration deadline is Nov. 3.

Jazz/Hip Hop Dance — 2 to 3 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 7 through 28. Join Lexi Coffey for this program. Classes will concentrate on introductory skills and fundamentals. No experience is required, just smiling faces. Prepare to have fun! For ages 7 and up. Registration deadline: Nov. 4.

Cooking-4-Kids — 4 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 9 through 30. Learn to make simple but tasty meals and snacks for the whole family to enjoy. For ages 7 through 10 years old.

Beginners Knitting — 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 9 through 16. Ever wanted to know how to knit? This class is for you. Participants will learning how to read a pattern, the basic knit and purl stitches, and how to cast on. For ages 10 and older. Registration deadline: Nov. 8.

Scout Swim Night — 7:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11. Boys and girls of all ages involved in scouting can swim for 75 cents by showing proof of membership. Leaders swim for free.

Community CPR — 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 18. Adult, child and infant CPR training will be offered. American Safety and Health Institute certifications offered. Ages 12 and older. Registration deadline is Nov. 11.

Pet First Aid — 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 18. This is an American Safety and Health Institute program. Pet owners will be provided with basic pet first aid skills and information. This versatile, comprehensive program is not only ideal for pet owners, but also for anyone working in an occupation that requires pet supervision or services. Ages 10 and older. Registration deadline is Nov. 11.

Free open gym — Anyone may bring a basketball and shoot some hoops in NRC’s gymnasium during business hours.

Climate-controlled indoor walking track — The NRC Gym has a walking track (12 laps equal one mile) available for walking at anytime during business hours. Use of the track is free.