Through March 12

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.

Through March 12

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.

NRC offers Land and Water Fitness Classes — First session is free for all water or land fitness classes taught by NRC instructors. Everyone is invited to try a class. Call 283-7330 for class times.

Cooking-4-Kids — 4 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 22 through March 15. Learn to make simple but tasty meals and snacks for the whole family to enjoy. For ages 7 through 10 years old. Registration deadline: today.

Men’s Spring Softball League — “Swing into Spring” with the spring season of men’s softball. All teams must turn in rosters by the first game. Teams will be allowed to add to their rosters as the season progresses. Games will be played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Games begin on March 8. Registration deadline: Friday.

Women’s Self Defense Class — 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Learn how to defend yourself when someone is trying to attack you. With guidance of NRC tae kwon do instructor Dany Monares, participants will gain self-confidence and learn effective techniques to defend yourself against an attacker. Registration deadline: Tuesday.

Fitness Boot Camp — 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for six weeks. Program begins on Feb. 28. Call 283-7330 for more details.

Evening Yoga — New class begins March 1 and meets from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays. 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.

Music and Rhyme Station — 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursdays, March 3 through 24. Are you sitting at home trying to think of something to do with your toddler? Come join our four week class of pure fun. Each class will focus on different songs about your toddler’s body, movements and shapes. For ages 18 months through 3 years.

The Healthy Plate — 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, March 3 through 24. Need help making healthier food choices? Trying to lose weight? Then join Lydia Gates for informative, hands-on, healthy cooking classes. You will discover fun tricks and treats to creating a healthy plate. Participants will establish connections between carbohydrates, fiber, protein and more. Each participant will receive a packet of healthful information and several recipes. Registration deadline: Saturday.

5th and 6th Grade Social — 7 p.m. to midnight March 4. Don’t miss this big blast for fifth and sixth graders only! Swimming, movies, games, late night pizza and more.

Jazz/Hip Hop Dance — 2 to 3 p.m. Sundays, March 6 through 27. Join Lexi Coffey for this program. Classes will concentrate on introductory skills and fundamentals. No experience is required, just smiling faces. For ages 7 and older.

Drawing — 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, March 9 through April 13. Robyn Brewster will show participants the fundamentals that with practice will give DaVinci a run for his money. Learn to give your drawings depth and lifelike qualities using only charcoal and paper. For ages 16 and older. Registration deadline: Wednesday.

Spa At Home — 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, March14 through April 11. Never pay too much for your spa products again. Make homemade bath salts, lip balms and soaps for a fraction of the cost at the department stores. Learn the basics for aromatherapy and massage to make your bathroom a place for relaxation and rejuvenation. Registration deadline: March 4.

Water Babies — 5 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 15 through 24. Introduce your infant to the water and encourage exploration into the basic concepts of swimming and water enjoyment. This program promotes water safety knowledge and practices, aquatic adjustment and swimming readiness skills. Emphasis in this session will be put on development of warm and trusting relationships between parents and children and instructor.

Lifeguard Training — Starts at 5:30 p.m. March 17. This is a STAR Guard Lifeguard Training course. This course includes lifeguard, CPR for the professional rescuer, first aid and bloodborne Pathogens certifications. Current Red Cross or Ellis Lifeguards can crossover or renew as a STAR guard. American Safety and Health Institute Certifications will be offered.

Pre-School Tae Kwon Do — 1 to 2 p.m. Saturdays, March 19 and 26. 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: March 15.

Spring Break Camp — 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 21 through 25. School is out, and it is the perfect time to head to NRC. The center has five days of activities planned to keep the kids busy having fun! Activities include great games, swimming, adventure day trips, and more! Tuesday and Thursday are Adventure Days. Preregister by March 17. The program is a state-licensed day care and a Social and Rehabilitation Services-approved program. Registration packets and medical release forms are required and are available at the Newton Activity Center front desk.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program — 11 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays. 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 Fred Saab, certified Arthritis Foundation instructor. Scholarships available.


ZUMBA! — New Class begins March 1 — 6 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. This Brazilian/Latin dance class is a low-impact, body-energizing aerobic experience. Zumba features fast and slow rhythms to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Register early, as space is limited. Instructor: Collette Baughman

Free Senior Swim — 1 to 2 p.m. weekdays. Senior swim is free and open to all older than the age of 55. The water temperature is kept between 86 and 89 degrees.

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) which is available for walking at anytime during business hours. Use of the track is free.