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JCC Activities 8/31/18

JCC Activities 8/31/18

Explore Your Creativity At The JCC Makerspace

The MakerSpace is a place where people of all ages have an opportunity to explore their own interests:  learn to use tools and materials—both physical and virtual—and develop creative projects.  The JCC’s MakerSpace features approximately 900 square feet of creative outlet in two rooms:  a “clean” side with computers, sewing machines, 3-D printer, and design/craft tables; and a “messy” side, which hosts 10+ workstations equipped for woodworking, metal work, ceramics, painting, and more.  People of all ages can take classes for guided projects, or attend one of the open studio times to work on independent projects in a community setting.

Equipment including a CNC Router, 3D printer, drill press, potter’s wheels, and scroll saws, as well as wifi-connected laptops are available for use with proper safety training.  The MakerSpace at the J offers classes, workshops, and presentations focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

Crafternoon, Jr. (Grades K-2) – Using a variety of materials, students will work to complete an age appropriate craft each week to take home.  Mondays, October 8 – December 17, 4 – 5:15PM, Member/$110, Community/$125.

Makerspace Crafternoon (Grades 3+) – Using a variety of materials, students will work to complete an age appropriate craft each week to take home.  Wednesdays, September 26 – December 12, 4 – 5:15 PM, Member/$125, Community/$140.

Afterschool Woodshop (Grades 2+) – Learn age appropriate woodworking skills and build your own wood projects in the JCC MakerSpace.  Thursdays, September 27 – December 13, 4 – 5:15 PM, Member/$125, Community/$150.

Maker Club (Grades 2+) – Join a hands-on club where our mission is to provide a safe space where children can make, explore, and experiment.  Students will make group projects as well as projects to take home.  Tuesdays, October 9 – December 11, 4 – 5:15 PM, Member/$110, Community/$125.

Little Scientists® (Ages 3.5-5) – The goal of Little Scientists® is to excite all children about the world of science, using innovative educational techniques.  Coupling interactive projects, entertaining demonstrations and simple experiments with children’s natural curiosity, Little Scientists® introduces children to the thrill of scientific discovery.  Mondays, October 15 – December 17, 1:15 – 2 PM or 4 – 5:15 PM, Member/$250, Community/$285.

Great Scientists® Science Club (Ages 6-10) – Great Scientists is a comprehensive After-School Science Program for students ages 6-10.  The engaging experiments and activities consist of hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based science investigations that integrate and embed interactive projects, entertaining demonstrations, and experiments with children’s natural curiosity at the forefront.  Great Scientists exposes children to the thrill of scientific discovery and inquiry in a supportive, engaging and reinforcing environment.  Mondays, October 15 – December 17, 4 – 5:15 PM, Member/$250, Community/$285.

Register For The Eighth Annual Murray Lender 5k Bagel Run Today!

The Eighth Annual Murray Lender 5K Bagel Run, sponsored by Titan Energy, will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road in Woodbridge.  The 5K race begins at 9:30 on our USATF Certified Course.  The course starts on the JCC Campus and winds up through the JCC Day Camp site and into a beautiful residential Woodbridge neighborhood.  At the same time, a two-mile Family Fitness Walk will be held.  Groups are encouraged to participate both in the 5k and Family Fun Walk.  Free race event t-shirts are provided to pre-registered participants of both the 5K and Family Fitness Walk.  In addition to the 5K, we have a free Kids Fun Run that starts the day off, at 8:45 a.m., also located on the JCC Campus.

The Bagel Run has been held annually since 2011, but was dedicated and renamed to The Murray Lender 5k Bagel Run, in 2012.  Lender was a leader in the community, planning many events for communal organizations and causes over the years.  He was the driving force in creating the 360 Amity Road Campus for the JCC.  While the rest of the world knows him and his brother Marvin for their bagels, the Murray Lender 5K Bagel Run now pays homage to his generous spirit and love for the community.

We are pleased to announce that Titan Energy will again be our Title Sponsor for the day.  Titan Energy, our title sponsor since 2014, is a national provider of maintenance and repair service for power generators, switches and UPS.

The fun continues after the race with a bounce house and pony rides for kids, a DJ playing all the hits, great food and refreshment tables and of course, lots of bagels.  This year there will be free pre- and post-run massages and trainer-assisted stretching.  Food for the event is donated by local bakeries, grocery stores, and even made in the kitchens of JCC Members and staff.

Stick around after the race for the awards ceremony held at 10:30 a.m., when participants are awarded medals made from real bagels.  There are also opportunities to take photos with Benny, learn about upcoming JCC and community programming, and find out your race time.

Register in advance at for only $25 and receive a free t-shirt, or register on the day of the race for $30.  The kid’s obstacle course is free.  To become a sponsor, visit  For more information, visit or contact JCC Fitness Director Susan Donovan at or (203) 387-2424 ext. 265.

New In Woodbridge – Indoor Climbing

Indoor rock climbing has become increasingly popular in recent years – and for good reason.  It’s a thrilling experience that builds strength, endurance, and character.  Rock climbing activates both small and large muscle groups.  It develops foot and hand muscles and builds lower body strength as well as lean muscle mass.  Rock climbing doesn’t only work on your muscles, but it also contributes to cardiovascular strength, similar to the impact of climbing up a steep hill.  Climbing for one hour can burn more than 700 calories.

Aside from the physical benefits, climbing increases brain function and alleviates stress.  Climbers need to be highly focused and mentally engaged as they plan their route to the top.  Deciding exactly where to reach, how to use body weight, and how to progress requires creative problem solving and concentration.  Rock climbing presents challenges that help build character and improve our ability to concur real-life challenges.  It trains us to overcome our fears, grow a trust in our own abilities, and build determination to name but a few examples.

The new Rothberg Family Climbing Wall at the JCC offers beginners and intermediate climbers a safe, secure, and supervised climbing experience.  The 36-by 20-foot L-shaped wall includes three custom-built overhangs with a custom- built crack climb feature.  It also boasts a 32-foot-by -8-foot area with a 10-degree slope children’s traverse wall with two ledge features.  The system also includes three Perfect Descent auto belays and four regular top rope relay systems and safety harnesses.

Offerings include classes for all ages and open climb sessions which are free for JCC members and $15 for community members.  Open climb sessions are Sundays 10-12 p.m. (adults 18+), Sundays 2-3:30 p.m. (families), Wednesdays 5-6:30 p.m. (all ages), and Saturdays 8-9:30 p.m. (all ages).  Visit or call (203) 387-2424 for additional information.

The JCC of Greater New Haven is a nonprofit organization that provides a warm, friendly atmosphere for health, thought, learning and values.  Our mission is to facilitate total wellness through programs that stimulate mind, body and spirit.

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