BERLIN — Berlin Recreation Department has announced the following upcoming programs.

Playgrounds open: Join the leaders for games, sports, crafts and fun from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, until Aug. 9. USDA lunches will be served at noon and snacks at 2:30 p.m. to all school-age children. USDA summer food is an equal opportunity provider. Children ages 5 and younger should be accompanied by an adult. The program is not a babysitting service, and although children will be asked to sign in, they are free to come and go as they please. Playground sites are at the recreation center, Friendship Park, Community/Central Park, the Brown School and Brookside Park.

Ms. Marisa's Dance Program: Ms Marisa's Dance Program with Marisa Lemoine is for boys and girls entering grades 1-6. The classes meet on Mondays, 4:30-6 p.m. for five weeks, beginning July 8, at Berlin Recreation Center. The cost is $35 per person.

Summer Basketball: Keep your basketball skills sharp this summer with Jim Couhie’s six week program, starting July 11. The program is for boys and girls entering grades 3-6. It meets Thursdays, 8:45-10 a.m., at Berlin Recreation Center. The cost $35 per person.

Beginner baseball for ages 4-6: First time players learn the very basics of the game from Instructor Jim Couhie. Held at the Gilbert Street Field unless inclement weather brings them inside the recreation center. The six-week program begins July 11, and meets 10:15-11:30 a.m. The cost is $35 per person.

Field hockey clinic: Marisa Lemoine returns to conduct a three-day clinic for students entering grades 3-8, Tuesday-Thursday, July 16-18. The clinic held at Community Field. Students must have their own stick, shin guards and mouth guard. The cost is $40 per person. Register at Berlin Recreation Center.

CLIF (Children's Literacy Foundation): CLIF will be hosting story-centered fun and games on Thursday, Aug. 8, starting at 1 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., a CLiF presenter will spin tales and discuss great books while encouraging reading and writing. Each child (the program is geared for ages 0-14) will have the opportunity to choose two books to take home and keep.

Go to or call (603) 752-2010 for program updates and new information.

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