Through Dec. 31

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 Dec. 31

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.

Holiday Fitness Boot Camp 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for six weeks. Program began Dec. 19 and runs through Jan. 27. Fitness Boot Camps are about appropriate, challenging, fun and safe exercises that will sculpt your body the right way as quickly as possible. Exercises are done in a group setting where everyone is encouraged to motivate and uplift their peers to accomplish their goals. All classes are taught by Certified Personal Trainers, and each session includes two nutrition seminars. Call 283-7330 for more details.

Winter Discovery Camp 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 26 through 31, and Jan. 2 and 3. School is out, and it is the perfect time to head to the NRC. If you need child care for children 5 to 12 years old during the holiday break, the center is offering 10 days full of activities to keep the kids busy having fun. Activities include gym games, movies, swimming, holiday themed activities, snacks and more. Discovery Camp is a state licensed day care. There is a discount for attending all ten days and a discount for an additional child(ren) attending all 10 days.

Zumba 6 to 6:45 a.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. Instructor: Collette Baughman.

Tai Chi 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. Thursdays. Designed by Dr. Paul Lam especially for people with arthritis, tai chi consists of fluid, gentle movements that are relaxed and slow tempo. Benefits include improved concentration, balance, posture, and heart and lung function. Taught by Rich Hanley.

Yoga Recovering Strength and Flexibility from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Improve strength, balance and range of motion using chairs and other props. Appropriate for those recovering from injury or who have otherwise lost mobility, or those seeking a more gradual approach to learning yoga.

Taught by Cathy Anderson.

Yoga All Levels 8:30 a.m. to9:45 a.m . Wednesdays and Fridays. Explore standing poses, hip-openers, seated poses, twists, backbends, basic inversions, and breathing exercises on deepening levels as you gain experience and skill. Teachers provide variations appropriate for beginners and more advanced students. Taught by Suzanne Chapek, Cathy Anderson and Lynette Roth.

Take Control With Exercise - Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Thursdays or 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays. 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 are available.

NRC offers Land and Water Fitness Classes - First Session 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.

FREE Senior Swim 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Senior swim is free and open to all over the age of 55. The water temperature is kept between 86 and 89 degrees.

Today through Dec. 30

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.