The Hippo


Apr 24, 2014








After-school Specials
Fun activities from martial arts to music

By Cory Francer

8/22/2013 - The first day of school is just around the corner, and with it comes the start of fall activities. The Hippo has the lowdown on all kinds of extracurriculars, from sports to art to music. For the most up-to-date times, dates and costs for any of the following listings, check the websites or call the numbers provided. And if we missed any exciting activities, let us know at 

• Beck's Arts Express (491 Amherst St., Unit 25, Nashua, 566-1393, will offer classes including Budding Artists for ages 2½ to 4 with a caregiver. The class meets on Tuesdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. for six weeks beginning Tuesday, Oct. 8. Paint It, Sculpt It, Love It is for ages 4 to 6 and meets on Tuesdays from 9:15 to 10 a.m. for six weeks beginning Tuesday, Oct. 8. After-school programs include Paintapalooza, which runs for eight weeks beginning Thursday, Oct. 10. Ages 5 to 7 meet Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. and ages 9 to 12 meet Thursdays from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Crazy about Comics runs for eight weeks on Fridays from 4 to 5 p.m. for ages 5 to 7 and 5 to 6:15 p.m. for ages 9 to 12. Private lessons and small class options are also available.
• Currier Art Center (180 Pearl St., Manchester, 669-6144, ext. 122, hosts classes that range from five to nine weeks during its fall term. The term runs from Monday, Sept. 23, to Monday, Dec. 2, and includes classes in a variety of media including drawing, painting, fibers, photography, clay and more. Classes are offered during daytime hours for younger participants, including classes for kids as young as 3. 
• E.W. Poore Frame Shop & Art Gallery (775 Canal St., Manchester, 622-3802, offers fall classes for all levels of artists. Kids classes include “Art Group” for ages 6 and 7, which meets Saturdays, from 10 to 11:15 a.m., starting Sept. 21 (six weeks, $72). Drawing and painting for ages 8 to 14 meets for six weeks on Thursdays, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., or Saturdays, from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m., beginning Sept. 19 or Sept. 21., and costs $96.
• Kimball-Jenkins School of Art (266 N. Main St., Concord, 225-3932, offers a series of “Artventure” classes for kids in drawing, painting and ceramics. Classes are available for teenagers in cartooning, illustration and acrylic paint. Classes run for eight to 10 weeks and are offered to third-graders and above. Classes run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and begin the third week of September and range from $150 to $200.
• League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Retail Gallery (98 Main St., Nashua, 595-8233, offers classes and workshops in a variety of artistic media. Most classes are available for ages 14 and older, but check the website as some classes vary.
• The Refrigerator Door (7 Chestnut Drive, Bedford, 781-8944, is an art studio that offers classes for kids and adults. Art classes are typically held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with workshop classes on Saturdays.
• Sharon Arts Center (457 NH Route 123, Sharon, 924-7256, offers youth programs including Mommy and Me (ages 2 to 4 with parent) and Just Me (ages 3 to 5). Classes for ages 6 to 12 include after school clay classes. For kids 8 and older, the arts center offers classes in printmaking, bookmaking and mosaic picture frames. ArtAccess Jr. is for ages 12 to 15 that will provide students with an opportunity to explore different media. The Art Access Teen Creative Development Program is for high school students and includes portfolio enhancement opportunities and an overnight trip to an out-of-state art destination.
• Studio 550 Arts Center (550 Elm St., Manchester, 232-5597, offers a Kid's Clay After School program that teaches kids to create clay sculptures, cups and bowls, storage boxes and more. Classes run for five weeks, once a week from 4 to 5 p.m. Students can choose between Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday classes. Enrollment is $90.
• Susan Clement's Art Studio (46 Townhouse Road, Allenstown, 661-9306, offers classes for beginner and intermediate artists between ages 7 and 14. Classes are available in oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolors and sculpting. Classes are limited to four students.
• Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center (30 Ash St., Hollis, 465-WILD, offers after school classes that include computer game design, drawing, sculpting and painting, science and art classes, comic arts, craft making, Sketch Up!, fibers, pen and ink and combination classes. Classes are available for ages 5 and older. Wild Salamander also offers home school programs and preschool programs.
• Alicia’s School of Dance (563 Route 106, Units 5 and 6, Loudon, 798-4349, offers classes in tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet and hip-hop. Classes cost $50 per month for one class per week. Each additional class costs $5 extra per month. New students pay a $20 registration fee and returning students pay $10. Classes are available for children, teenagers and adults. 
• Allegro Dance Company (100 Factory St., Nashua, 886-7989, has classes for dancers 2½ and older. Children's classes include ballet, tap, jazz, combination classes and classes that incorporate gymnastics. Beginner through advanced classes are offered in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, musical theater, hip-hop, lyrical and stretch and strength. Call for prices and schedules.
• Bedford Dance Center (172 Route 101, Bedford Village Shoppes, Bedford, 472-5141, offers classes in ballet, hip-hop, jazz, pointe and modern. Classes range from $40 per month to $52 per month, depending on the length of the class. The school also offers a Dance Pass for $240, providing access to unlimited classes.
• Bedford Youth Performing Company (155 Route 101, Bedford, 472-3894, offers classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, theater, tap, contemporary, lyrical and stretch and strength. Classes are available for 6 to 20. Preschool dance classes are available for ages 3 to 5 and include creative movement, ballet, jazz and tap.
• Belinda Bridgeman Academy of Dance (387 DW Highway, Merrimack, 424-9199, offers classes during the school year from Monday, Sept. 30, to Sunday, June 1. Classes include classical ballet, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, pointe, tiny dancers/tumblers (ages 2 to 4), tap, baton, mommy and me (walking age to 2), Stretch, Strength and Tumble and Pro Cheer.
• Broadway Bound Performing Arts Center (501 DW Highway, Merrimack, 429-8844, begins its fall classes on Monday, Sept. 9. Classes are available for ages 2 and older and include the Kidz Korner, which offers tap and ballet classes for kindergarten and below and jazz for kindergarten. Other classes include lyrical, musical theater, hip hop and baton. Dance competition is available in ballet, pointe, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater and tumbling. 
• Capital City Dance Center (128-J Hall St., Concord, 228-1012, offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, pom pom and lyrical. Classes are offered for dancers as young as 2½ and there are also classes for ages 13 and older.
• The Carlene Nazarian Dance Center (26 Keewaydin Drive, Unit J, Salem, 898-9220, will host an open house on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fall classes begin Saturday, Sept. 7 and include ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, stretch and leap, modern, lyrical and hip-hop. Classes are also available for preschool and kindergarten students.
• CKC Dance Academy (198 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 622-4252, offers classes in creative movement, for ages 3 and 4 and pre-dance, which includes ballet and tap, for ages 4 and 5. Classes are also offered in ballet, lyrical, pointe, modern, jazz, hip-hop, tap and musical theater. Fall classes begin Monday, Sept. 9.
• Concord Dance Academy (26 Commercial St., Concord, 226-0200, The fall program runs from Monday, Sept. 16, to Sunday, June 1. The school offers combination classes, ballet, pointe, pre-pointe, lyrical, contemporary, tap, jazz and hip-hop. Boys hip-hop and strength and conditioning classes are also offered, as is karate. 
• Concord Parks and Recreation (at the Green Street Community Center, 39 Green St., Concord, 225-8690, offers ballet and tap for ages 2 to 5 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Class times vary by age group. Classes run Wednesdays, Sept. 18 to Oct. 23 and Saturdays, Sept. 21 to Nov. 2 (no class on Oct. 12). Cost is $40 for residents and $50 for non-residents.
• Creative Dance Workshop of Bow (3 Robinson Road, Bow, 225-7711, offers classes for ages 2 and older. Younger dancers can take part in combination classes and instruction is available in ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip-hop and musical theater. The school also offers a competitive dance team that also performs at a variety of community events. An open house will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4, and fall classes begin Monday, Sept. 16.
• Dance Academy of Windham (288 N. Broadway, Unit F, Salem, 893-9998, will begin fall classes on Monday, Sept. 9. Classes are available for all ages and include jazz, tap, acro, hip-hop, breakdancing, competition teams, pre-dance, mommy and me, toddler classes and more.
• The Dance Company (141 Route 101A, Unit 2B, Amherst, 864-8374, offers classes for ages 1½ and older, Monday through Saturday. Classes include ballet, tap, tumbling, acro, jazz, modern, pointe, expressions, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theater and more.
• Dance Concepts (122 Bridge St., Unit 3B, Pelham, 635-8131, has classes for ages 3 and older with classes available Tuesday through Saturday. Classes include tap, jazz, ballet, ballroom, pointe, hip-hop, Irish step dance and more. 
• Dance Connection Fitness & Performing Arts (8 Rockingham Road, Windham, 893-4919, offers classes in jazz, tap, ballet, gymnastics, hip-hop and cheer dance. Classes are available to pre-school age students and older. 
• Dance Inspirations (248 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 856-8545, offers classes for ages 18 months and older. Classes include tiny tots, tumbling, Inspired Kids (creative movement and dance for preschoolers), tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, combination classes and competition teams.
• Dance Progressions (109 Hillside Ave., Londonderry, 432-2129, offers classes for age 2½ and older in ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop. The studio also offers three theater events during the year and performs at events like Derryfest and holiday parades.
• Dance Studio of Manchester (377 S. Willow St., Manchester, 669-1929, will host fall open house sessions on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and 4:30 to 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and 4:30 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 24, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Classes include mom and tot play, pre-dance for ages 3 and 4, ballet, pointe, tap, hip-hop, lyrical hip-hop, lyrical, jazz and contemporary.
• Dancesteps Etc. (24 Buck St., Ext., Epsom, 736-9019, will host open houses on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and Thurs., Sept. 5, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Fall classes will begin on Monday, Sept. 9. Classes include Mommy and Me, jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical and hip-hop. Classes are available for students of all ages.
• The Dancing Corner (23 Main St., Nashua, 889-7658, offers classes for age 3 and older. Instruction is available in jazz, ballet, tap, modern, pre-dance, pilates and ballroom. Classes run from September through June, ending with a spring performance.
• Dimensions in Dance (84 Myrtle St., Manchester, 668-4196, offers classes in acro-jazz, ballet, boys’ acro and tap combo, combo, contemporary, hip-hop, lyrical, partnering, pointe, pre-ballet and tap. Tuition starts at $38 per month for 30 minutes of lessons per week. The studio offers an unlimited pass for $198 per month.
• Gate City Ballet & Dance Center (125 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 882-0011, will host fall classes in creative movement for ages 2 and 3, pre-ballet I for ages 3 to 5, pre-ballet II to IV for ages 5 and 6. Ballet classes are offered for levels I to VI and advanced. Tuition rates range from $60 per month for one hour of instruction per week to $265 per month for six hours of instruction per week. For $300 per month, students can take unlimited classes.
• Happy Feet Dance School (25 Indian Rock Road, Windham, 434-4437, offers the Tippy Toe Program for ages 2 to 6, the Happy Feet Program for ages 6 to 18 and the Fancy Feet Program for ages 6 to 18. Classes are split into tiny tots (age 2), Creative Dance I (age 3), Creative Dance II (age 4), Kinder Kids (age 5), mini division (ages 6 to 9), intermediate division (ages 8 to 11), junior division (ages 10 to 13) and senior division (ages 13 and older). Classes include ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, tumbling and acro jazz.
• Kathy Blake Dance Studios (3 Northern Blvd., Amherst, 673-3978, will host an open house on Thursday, Aug. 22, Aug. 29 and Sept. 5, from noon to 6 p.m. Classes are available for ages 2 and older and fall classes include ballet, tap, theatre dance, jazz, modern, pointe, hip-hop and contemporary.
• Londonderry Dance Academy (21 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 432-0032, has fall classes beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3. Classes include ballet, contemporary, pointe, dance history, tap, jazz, hip-hop, yoga and voice. Classes are available for ages 3 and older. The school will host open houses on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday Aug. 28, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• McKenna Dance Center (254 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 706-0589, has classes available for ages 2 and older, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, cheerleading, tumbling and ballroom. The school will host an open house on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and fall classes begin Monday, Sept. 16.
• Melissa Hoffman Dance Center (210 Robinson Road, Hudson, 886-7909, offers classes for dancers as young as 2. Classes offered at the studio include jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop, tumble, modern, lyric and more.
• Miss Kelsey’s Dance Studio (2626 Brown Ave., Manchester, and 351 Chester Road, Auburn, 606-2820, offers the majority of its classes at the Manchester location, including creative movement, ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, acro and musical theater. Classes are available for ages 1½ and older. The Auburn studio is open Wednesdays for pre-dance ballet and tap, pre-dance II ballet and jazz, level I ballet and ballet for baton. Classes begin Monday, Sept. 9.
• Moving Spirit – The Center for Yoga, Dance and Wellness (32 DW Highway, Merrimack, 886-7308, offers Creative Kids Yoga classes for ages 3 to 15, including classes for children with special needs. A “moving together” class is offered for parents and children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years. The center also offers yoga and creative dance classes for teenagers.
• New England School of Dance (679 Mast Road, Manchester, 935-7326, will host a fall registration open house on Tuesday, Aug. 27, Wednesday, Aug. 28 and Thursday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Classes are available for preschool age and older and include instruction in ballet, contemporary, musical theater, modern, tap, pointe, jazz, hip-hop and combination classes.
• New Hampshire Academie of Dance (1 Action Blvd., Unit 4, Londonderry, 432-4041, offers classes for ages 3 and older from Monday, Sept. 9 to Sunday, June 22. Classes include ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, acro, hip-hop, modern, combination and preschool options. 
• NH School of Ballet (183 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 668-5330, offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, adagio/partnering, tumbling, lyrical and modern. Classes are available for ages 2 to adult and the fall session begins Monday, Sept. 9. Classes are held Monday through Saturday and each December, the school presents a production of The Nutcracker.
• Northern Ballet Theatre Dance Centre (36 Arlington St., Nashua, 889-8408, will begin its fall schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Classes include pre-dance, pre-ballet, ballet levels one through six, jazz, tap, modern and contemporary. Classes are offered Monday through Saturday. The school will host open house sessions on Friday, Aug. 30, from 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. 
• N-Step Dance Center (1134 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 641-6787, begins its classes on Monday, Sept. 9. Classes include tiny tots (ages 2 to 3½), tumbling (ages 4 and older), tap/jazz combo, tap (five levels of tap are offered), jazz (six levels of jazz are offered), ballet (beginner through advanced), lyrical (requires enrollment in a ballet class), contemporary (ages 10 and older), breakdancing (ages 6 and older) and hip-hop/breakdancing skills (ages 7 and older).
• Paper Moon Dance Center (3 Northern Blvd., Amherst and 36 Arlington St., Nashua, 429-1100, offers beginner, bronze and silver level classes in a variety of ballroom dance styles. Classes include foxtrot, waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, rumba, cha-cha, mambo, East Coast swing, bolero, quickstep, samba and jive.
• Petit Papillion School of Ballet (39 Green St., Concord, 746-2990, will host an open house on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m., and classes begin Monday, Sept. 9. Classes include creative movement, classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and hip-hop. Students as young as 4 can take part in creative movement and classes are available for older students, teenagers and adults. Tuition is based on the full school year and ranges from $408 for one class per week to $1,836 for five classes per week. A $2,048.50 option is available for unlimited classes.
• Salem Dance Network (160 Main St., Salem, 893-1082, splits its classes into divisions from Creative Movement and Tiny Tot divisions through Teen divisions and Adult Divisions. Classes are offered in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, stretch & strength and combination classes. Tuition ranges from $45 to $125 per month, depending on how many hours of class time the student takes. An unlimited pass is available for $135 per month.
• Southern New Hampshire Theater (19 Harvey Road, Bedford, 625-9272, offers classes in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip-hop, pointe and pre-dance options. Sessions run the length of the school year. Tuition options start at $118 bimonthly, depending on the length of class time. An unlimited option is available for a bimonthly cost of $736. Annual registration fees cost $25 per student or $45 per family.
• Step Above Most Dance Studio (1261 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 666-0388, will begin its fall classes on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The studio offers classes in pre-ballet and pre-tap, ballet, pointe, jazz and tap. 
• Turning Pointe Center of Dance (371 Pembroke St., Pembroke, 485-8710, will host open house sessions on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. The school offers classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, tap, pre-ballet and has a performance team. Monthly rates range from $45 for one class to $200 for six classes.
• Yoga Sanctuary (25 Indian Rock Road, Suite 21, Windham, 537-0588, offers a Yoga for Teens program that focuses on basic postures, flexibility, focus and strength and creating a relaxing, stress-free environment.
• A2 Gym & Cheer (31A Pulpit Rock Road, Pelham, 635-4222, offers Wee-Nastics for ages 18 months to 3 years with a parent, Pre-Nastics for ages 4 and 5, Recreational Gymnastics for ages 5 to 11 and tumbling for ages 6 and older. Competitive teams and private lessons are also available. 
• Flipz Gymnastics (134D Hall St., Concord, 224-3223, has fall classes beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3. The school offers tumbling, recreational gymnastics and competition teams. Classes range in length from 45 minutes to one hour and 45 minutes. Costs range from $45 per month to $135 per month. Classes are offered for walking age and up.
• Granite State Gymnastics (71 River Road, Bow, 228-8424 and 35 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 935-9816, offers girls classes, boys classes, preschool classes and competitive teams. Fall classes begin on Monday, Aug. 26. Open gym times cost $13 per session and are available in Bow on Wednesdays (8 to 9:30 p.m., all ages), Saturdays (6 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 12 and younger and 7:30 to 9 p.m., for ages 13 and older) and Sundays (6 to 7:30 p.m., for all ages). Open gym is available in Hooksett on Thursdays (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.) Fridays (10 to 11:30 a.m.) and Saturdays (6 to 7:30 p.m.)
• Gym-Ken Gymnastics (184 Rockingham Road, Windham, 434-9060, offers preschool classes, grade-school classes, cheer-tumbling and parkour classes. Preschool classes include bouncing babies, tiny tots, tumbling tikes, rolling rascals and kinder kidz. Fall classes will begin in September.
• Gymnastics Village (13 Caldwell Drive, Amherst, 889-8092, has classes available for ages 18 months to teenagers. Fall classes begin Thursday, Aug. 29.
• Kelly’s Gymnastics (10 N. Main St., Rochester, 332-9821, offers recreational gymnastics classes for preschoolers and for ages 5 to 11. Boys classes are available for ages 6 and older on Thursdays, from 4 to 5:30. Kids can join a competitive gymnastics team and cheer tumbling classes are also offered.
• Nashua School of Gymnastics (30 Pond St., Nashua, 880-4927, offers preschool and toddler classes, recreational classes for ages 6 and older, boys classes for ages 6 to 10 and tumbling classes for ages 6 and older. The school is split into four sessions running from Tuesday, Sept. 3, to Saturday, Nov. 9; Monday, Nov. 11, to Saturday, Jan. 25; Monday, Jan. 27, to Saturday, April 12; and Monday, April 14, to Saturday, June 21. Tuition ranges from $150 to $250 for the 10-week sessions. The last session is nine weeks and tuition ranges from $135 to $225.
• New England Gymnastics Training Center (5 Tracy Lane, Hudson, 880-8482, offers classes throughout the school year, from September to June. Classes include parent and tot classes, preschool classes, recreational classes for girls and boys and cheer tumbling classes. Tuition is due every eight weeks and costs $130 for the first child and $125 for each additional child. The training center also offers fun nights, preschool open gym sessions and private lessons.
• Spectrum Gymnastic Academy (26 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 434-8388, offers a preschool program including a little munchkins class (parent and tot class for walking age to 3½), a tumble-tot class (ages 3½ to 4½), jumping jacks class (ages 4½ to 5½) and a kinderkiddies class (ages 5 and 6, must be in kindergarten.) Fall classes for school-age students begin Tuesday, Sept. 3. Tuition rates range from $65 per month to $85 per month for 1½ hours of class per week. Each family is assessed a $45 yearly registration fee.
• Tumble Town Gymnastics (444 E. Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, 641-9591, offers pee wee gymnastics for girls ages 3 to 6, school age gymnastics (ages 6 to 12), and tween and teen gymnastics (ages 10 to 17). Competitive teams are also available and are by invitation only. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 3, and run through Saturday, June 28. Costs vary by class. There is a $35 registration fee.
• Voter’s School of Dance and Gymnastics (13-15 Delaware Drive, Salem, 893-5190, will begin its fall classes on Monday, Sept. 9. Classes include gymnastics, karate and dance, with instruction available for all ages and ability levels. Dance classes include ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop. Gymnastics options are available in tiny tumblers, preschool and recreational. Karate is available for ages 6 and older.
Horseback riding
• Apple Tree Farm (Hollis, 465-9592, offers lessons Tuesday through Saturday for all ages. Classes in English balance seat riding are available for beginners. Advanced students will focus on eventing, which includes dressage, stadium jumping and cross-country. Group lessons cost $160 per month and a $42 per week option is available for new students. Private lessons cost $55 per hour, and a $32 per half hour option is available for students younger than 7.
• Boulder Brook Stables (596 Calef Highway, Lee, 659-9907, offers lessons in a variety of horseback riding disciplines and horse related topics. One-hour lessons are available for $45 per lesson and half hour lessons are available for $30 per lesson for ages 6 and younger. Discounts are available if four lessons are pre-paid for.
• Chase Farms (146 Federal Hill Road, Hollis, 203-8313, offers riding lessons for ages 4 and older in saddleseat group, semi-private and private formats. The farm also offers a Tiny Tots package for age 2 to 4 that includes six private lessons.
• Gelinas Farm (471 4th Range Road, Pembroke, 225-7024, offers horseback riding lessons in English and western styles. Students can also learn horsemanship, safety, horse care and tack. The farm has lesson horses and ponies and offers group lessons, clinics and camps throughout the school year. 
• Hillside Equestrian Farm (24 Pasture Road, Auburn, 587-0191, offers private and semi-private lessons for ages 3 and older with a focus on the Sally Swift method of center riding. Lessons will include instruction in horse care, grooming, tacking and untacking. Thirty minute private lessons are available for $35.
• Hollis Ranch (Wheeler Road and Pierce Lane, Hollis, 465-2672, offers one on one lessons for children six and older, but younger students can also be accepted. The lessons are catered to the skill level of the individual student.
• Lucky 7 Stables (154 Litchfield Road, Londonderry, 432-3076, offers classes daily by appointment. Classes are taught in either one-hour or half-hour sessions and are available for riders 3 and older. Lessons will incorporate horse care, cleaning, grooming, tacking and riding (walk, trot and canter). Classes range from $30 to $50.
• Mack Hill Riding Academy (3 Mack Hill Road, Amherst, 801-0958, offers classes for all skill levels and age groups, including 30 minute lead line lessons for students younger than 4. Disciplines taught include hunters, eventing, equitation, western pleasure and horsemanship.  
• Rock Hill Stable (104 Pelham Road, Hudson, 321-5682, offers for beginner riders through advanced and teaches hunt seat, saddleseat and western. Students will learn how to brush and tack horses and will learn horse safety. A half-hour lesson costs $30 and a full hour costs $40. Sibling discounts available. All students begin with private lessons but can advance to group lessons.
• Sport Nature Riding and Recreation Center (Pine Hill Road, Hollis, 236-2132, offers hunter and jumper lessons for all ages and ability levels. Hunter/jumper private lessons are available for $50 per half hour session and group lessons are available for $40 per person for a one-hour session. The Pony Lover’s package is for ages 4 to 9 and costs $150 for one half-hour lesson per week for one month. Lessons include an introduction to grooming, tacking and riding.
• Walnut Hollow Farm (40 Walnut Hill Road, Amherst, 673-6406, offers lessons for all ages and skill levels. Lessons are available in dressage, hunter/jumper and eventing. Students can take 10 lessons for $399 (must take at least one lesson per week) or four lessons for $180.
• Windswept Farm (63 Old Schoolhouse Road, Canterbury, 783-4151, offers instruction in all disciplines at beginner through advanced skill levels. Lessons are customized to the student. Horse training programs are also available.
Martial Arts
• Abaku Karate Academy (336 Nashua St., Milford, 673-7687, offers a youth program for ages 5 to 14 and an adult program for ages 14 and older. The academy aims to teach each student with that individual’s needs in mind and teaches the Chinese Kenpo Karate style.
• Al Lima’s School Studio of Self Defense (216 Central St., Hudson, 595-9098, offers classes for children and adults in Kenpo karate, weapons, self defense and conditioning. 
• American Kenpo Academy (150A Nashua Road, Londonderry, 425-0085, offers a Little Dragons program for ages 3 to 6, Kenpo Kids for ages 7 to 13 and an Adult Kenpo program for ages 13 and older. The school teaches Ed Parker’s American Kenpo Karate System.
• American Self-Defense Concepts (80 N. High St., Unit 5, Derry, 845-6199, offers classes for ages 3 and older that are aimed toward improving focus, drive, attention spans, self respect and fitness.
• Anctil’s Martial Arts & Fitness Super Center (300 Main St., Nashua, 595-4402, offers programs for ages 3 and older including Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts. 
• ATA Martial Arts offers classes at ATA Martial Arts of Southern New Hampshire (292 Route 101, Bedford, 472-4022,, ATA Martial Arts of Derry (7 A St., Derry, 320-7084,, ATA Karate Center of Candia (143 Raymond Road, Unit 7, Candia, 483-5200,, Taekwondo Family Fitness Center (141 Route 101A, No. 11, Amherst, 881-5435, and Epping ATA Martial Arts (17 Prospect St., Epping, 674-6599).
• Averill’s Martial Arts Academy (3 N. Main St., Concord, 223-0300, offers classes in boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and mixed programs for kids. Kids classes are offered to ages 7 to 12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 4 p.m. Youth boxing (ages 12 to 15) is offered Monday and Wednesday at 4:15 p.m., and youth mixed martial arts (ages 7 to 12) is offered Tuesday and Thursday, at 4 p.m.
• Bedford Martial Arts Academy (334 Route 101 West, Bedford, 626-9696, 471-0696, offers the Mini-Masters Program for ages 3 to 6, the Juniors Program for ages 6 to 17 and an adult program for ages 18 and older. The Mini-Masters program introduces basic martial arts body movements. The Juniors Program teaches American Kenpo Karate and touches on a variety of other martial arts as well.
• Body Works Martial Arts (85 Manchester St., Concord, 225-5620, offers karate classes for kids that focus on self discipline, respect, setting goals and improving confidence. 
• Capital City Tae Kwon Do (78 Fisherville Road, Concord, 227-0555, offers children’s classes for ages 5 to 12 and adult classes for ages 13 and older. In addition to offering tae kwon do classes, an after school program is offered for students at Beaver Meadow School, Penacook Elementary School and Boscawen Elementary School.
• Central Tae Kwon Do Academy (222 Central St., Hudson, 882-5617, offers Tae Kwon Do instruction for a TinyTots class for ages 3 to 5, children’s class for ages 6 to 12 and adult class for ages 12 and older. 
• Chaos Martial Arts (89 Fort Eddy Road, Concord, 369-4764, offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for ages 6 to 10 on Saturdays, from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
• Checkmate Martial Arts (250 Commercial St., Suite 1017A, Manchester, 674-9017, 666-JUDO, offers a youth martial arts program for ages 5 to 13 that aims to develop physical, mental and social skills. Classes are offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 5 to 5:45 p.m., and Saturdays, from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
• Chung’s Taekwondo Academy (115 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 883-2577, offers classes for ages 4 and older. Classes are offered Monday through Saturday.
• Concord Parks and Recreation (at the Heights Community Center, 14 Canterbury Road, Concord, 225-8690, offers Tae Kwon Do for ages 5 to 10 on Saturdays from Sept. 7 to Oct. 19 (no class on Oct. 12), from 10 to 11 a.m. Cost is $60 for residents and $70 for non residents.
• Egan’s Karate Academy (3 Robinson Road, Bow, 223-2358, offers martial arts instruction for ages 5 and older, with a focus on self defense and character building. The location also offers a kettlebell boot camp for ages 13 and older.
• Eric Menard’s Complete Martial Arts Academy (295 DW Highway, Nashua, 888-0010, offers martial arts for ages 4 to 12 and martial arts for teenagers. Other programs include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Shaolin Kenpo Karate.
• Family Martial Arts of Pelham (122 Bridge St., Pelham, 809-3003, offers a Little Ninjas program for preschool age students and a children’s curriculum for ages 7 to 13 and 13 and older. 
• Hudson Kenpo Karate Studio (290 Derry Road, Hudson, 595-4507, offers a Little Dragons program for ages 4 to 6, Kenpo Kids for ages 6 to 12 and an Adult Kenpo program for ages 12 and older. The program focuses on a “three-prong” system of self-discipline, self-esteem and self-confidence.
• Golden Crane Traditional Martial Arts (46 Lowell Road, Suite 6, Windham, offers a junior program for ages 4 to 6, a youth program for ages 7 to 11, a teen program for ages 12 to 15 and an adult program for ages 16 and older. 
• Granite State Karate American Kenpo (273 Derry Road, Unit 2, Litchfield, 598-5400, offers a Little Ninjas program for ages 3½ to 6 that focuses on improving motor skills and listening skills. The school also offers a Kenpo Kids program and classes for teens. 
• Kaizen Academy (17 Freetown Road, Raymond, 895-1545, offers a Grasshoppers Program for ages 5 and 6, a basic program for ages 6 and older, a traditional program with rank and style appropriate classes, and more advanced programs including Doshi-Kai and Kobudo.
• Kenpo Academy of Self Defense (40 Manchester Road, Derry, 437-9900, offers classes for ages 3½ and older. The Lil Dragons program is for students in preschool up to 5 years old. A junior program is offered to ages 6 to 9, a junior adult program is available for ages 10 to 16 and the adult program is offered to ages 17 and older.
• Independent Karate School (138 Lake St., Nashua, 882-6917, 282 DW Highway, Merrimack, 881-4987, offers classes for kids and adults in kenpo and jiu-jitsu. Each class consists of a warm up period, practice with basic moves, group instruction and a conclusion with activities like sparring or board breaking.
• Karate International of Windham (60 Rockingham Road, Windham, 898-5367, offers a karate program for ages 7 to 12 that is separated by ability level into leopards, tigers and dragons. A juniors program is offered to students between the ages of 13 to 16.
• Kian Taekwondo (6 S. Broadway, Salem, 894-5425, offers instruction in martial arts for ages 3 and older. Kids start in the Little Tigers program for ages 3 to 6 before progressing to the Junior Program for ages 7 to 12. A teen program is available for ages 13 to 17. Kian Taekwondo offers a sparring program for students who have mastered the basics of the junior programs.
• Koryukan Martial Arts (15 Londonderry Road, Unit 8, Londonderry, 552-0589, offers a Koryu Kubs program for preschoolers and Koryu Kids for grade school students. The location also offers teen classes for ages 12 to 16 and adult programs. Koryu Kubs take half hour lessons, which are available on Mondays at 5:15 p.m., Tuesdays at 4 p.m., Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m., and Saturdays at 9 p.m. Koryu Kids classes include forms and sparring for blue belts and above on Mondays from 6 to 6:45 p.m., Tuesdays from 5 to 5:45 p.m., Wednesdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Kids self defense and mobility classes for all ranks last 45 minutes and are offered Mondays at 5 p.m., Tuesdays at 4 p.m., Wednesdays at 5 p.m., and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. Teen classes are available Tuesdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m.
• Lee’s Martial Arts Center (245 Maple St., Manchester, 623-1022, offers a preschool program for ages 4 and 5. Students can also take a children’s program, juniors program and a young adult’s program. The center teaches Tae Kwon Do and offers an after school pick up program.
• Manchester Karate Studio (24 Bridge St., Manchester, 296-1996, offers classes for ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 12. A free trial program is available for kids to experience the studio, meet instructors and try martial arts. In addition to karate, the studio offers classes in mixed martial arts, kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, fitness and self defense.
• Manchester School of Tae Kwon Do (270 Amory St., Manchester, 668-1813, offers classes for kids as young as 5 to adult level classes. On occasion, children younger than 5 will be permitted to enroll if the instructor deems in acceptable. A traditional class includes stretching, hand techniques, kicking combinations, forms and non-contact sparring. Occasional falling classes, weapon introduction and tests are added to the class time. Concentrated workouts, Saturday morning workouts and open workouts are available. The monthly rate is $65 with discounts available for additional family members.
• MLK Self Defense Academy (138 Wayne St., Manchester, 625-4655, offers a Kickin' Kids program for beginner (white, yellow and orange belts), intermediate (blue, green and purple belts) and advanced (gold, red, brown and black belts) levels. The Little Ninjas program focuses on eight concepts: focus, teamwork, control, fitness, balance, discipline, memory and coordination. The Little Dragons program uses the same eight topics, but is tailored toward preschoolers. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday.
• Mont Vernon Karate Studio (Main Street, Mont Vernon, 672-3570, offers  Tiny Tigers program to its youngest students and has classes for all other ages groups and adults. Beginner kids classes are offered for ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. There are also intermediate kids classes and classes that prepare kids to reach a black belt level.
• Morning Star Martial Arts (307 Elm St., Milford, 654-7701, Milford, offers classes for Tiger Kids (ages 4 to 6), juniors (ages 7 to 14) and adults (ages 13 and older). Tiger Kids classes, in addition to martial arts instruction, includes instruction in skills aimed to improve self-respect, confidence and self-esteem. Arnis classes introduce Filipino stick art for teenagers and adults, and women-only classes are offered for teenagers and adults.
• MyoFu An Dojo (159 Savage Road, Milford, 673-5331, offers classes in ninjutsu, jiu jitsu, bujutso, weapons, tai chi chuan and survival skills. The school offers six week introductory courses for $99.
• The National Karate Institute (401 Main St., Salem, 205-1157, offers a “Knee High Samurai” program for ages 3 to 5, a children’s program for ages 6 to 12 and adult programs for ages 13 and older. In addition to karate, classes include concepts of geometry, psychology, history, kinesiology, anatomy and physiology.
• Neil Stone’s Karate Academy (108 Route 13, Brookline, 672-8933, offers classes for ages 4 to 12, with a focus on character development. Teen classes for ages 13 to 18 focus on team building and unity.
• Penacook School of Martial Arts (15 Village St., Suite 6, Penacook, 753-4159, offers a preschool program for ages 5 and 6 to introduce basic movement, social and life skills. Children’s classes are available for ages 6 to 13 and introduces self defense and incorporates health education. Adult programs are available for ages 14 and older and will incorporate elements of traditional martial arts, small circle jiu jitsu, Brazilian jiu jitsu and modern arnis.
• Prevail Martial Arts & Fitness (3 Howe Drive, Unit 1, Amherst, 249-6639, offers a junior martial arts program for ages 8 to 16. Throughout a student’s journey toward achieving a black belt, instruction will include kickboxing, karate, jiu-jitsu, verbal de-escalation and self defense techniques.
• Salem Self Defense Center (254 N. Broadway, Suite 104, Salem, 890-3412, has tots programs for ages 4 to 6 and kids programs for ages 7 and older. The tots program introduces martial arts basics, gross and fine motor skills and teaches respect, self control, concentration and following directions. The kids program introduces elements of self defense and non-violent conflict resolution.
• Shawn Pacheco’s Professional Martial Arts Academy (416 DW Highway, Merrimack, 429-0008, offers a Lil Champions program for ages 3 to 6 that introduces martial arts and valuable life skills. The academy also offers kickboxing, karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
• Sidekick Taekwondo (10 Nashua Road, Londonderry, 434-4300, offers a Tigers program for ages 6 to 12, which introduces martial arts elements including kicking, punching, blocking, forms, board breaking and controlled sparring. The classes also incorporate self-awareness and respect.
• Strikeback Dynamic Defense Systems (454 Daniel Webster Highway, Suite A, Merrimack, 262-9299, offers youth classes for ages 6 to 12 for beginner and advanced students. Teen classes are available for ages 13 to 17. The studio also offers a sparring class.
• Taoist Arts Center (472 Amherst St., Unit 15, Nashua, 943-5806, offers Tiger and Dragon programs for ages 4 and 5, children's programs for ages 6 to 9 and junior's programs for ages 9 to 12. The center provides instruction in martial arts with a focus on improving self-esteem, confidence, strength, flexibility, balance, nutrition and more.
• Team Link Brazilian Jiu-Jistu (710 Somerville St., Manchester, 782-8915, offers kids jiu-jitsu classes that focus on discipline, focus and self confidence.
• Terry Dow's Academy of Martial Arts (200 Elm St., Manchester, 591-6546, offers kids classes with a focus on confidence, self-esteem, concentration, improved study habits, coordination, focus and discipline.
• Tim Barchard’s Professional Martial Academy (15 E. Broadway, Derry, 434-7995, 58 Range Road, Windham, 893-7990, offers Kids Karate for ages 4 to 12, with a focus on building strength, flexibility and stamina while improving self-discipline and confidence. Other programs include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, mixed martial arts and Muay Thai kickboxing.
• Tokyo Joe's Studios of Self Defense (143 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 889-4165,, 133 Loudon Road, Suite No. 10, Concord 856-7674,, 1338 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 641-3444,, 865 Second St., Unit 9, Manchester, 623-5778,, 20 Hammond Road, Milford, 672-2100, Each location offers classes for kids and adults. 
• World Class Martial Arts (2 Palmer Drive, No. 8, Londonderry, 845-6115, offers a Kids Karate program that focuses on growing self esteem and self confidence. 
• Amy Conley Music offers fall classes at her studio at 102 Elm St., Milford, Temple Beth Abraham (4 Raymond St., Nashua) and at Wild Salamander Community Arts Center (30 Ash St., Hollis). Classes begin Saturday, Sept. 7 and include Little Ukesters (ages 5 to 7), ukulele beginners and advanced, Amy's Family Jam, Musical Naturalists, Music Together and Ukephoria Kids' Chorus. Classes range from $150 to $260 for 10 weeks of class. Visit
•Concord Community Music School (23 Wall St., Concord, 228-1196, offers early childhood programs for babies as young as 5 months to 8-year-olds. Classes introduce musical concepts, movement and singing. Introduction to instrument classes are also available and classes include a Suzuki violin program for students as young as 4, percussion for ages 5 to 7, ukulele for ages 6 to 8 and recorder for ages 5 to 8. The school also offers teen classes and individual instruction.
• Leddy Center School for the Performing Arts (38c Ladd's Lane, Epping, 679-2781, offers classes in musical theater on Wednesdays and Thursdays, voice and piano on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after 3 p.m., brass and woodwinds on Tuesdays after school and guitar and bass on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Classes begin Monday, Sept. 9. Musical theater classes are available for ages 5 to 15, voice and piano classes are available for ages 6 and older and guitar and bass lessons are available for ages 6 and older. Class sessions conclude with a recital. Tuition varies by class and class length.
• The Lidman Music Studio (419 Amherst St., Nashua, 882-5456, has classes in violin, viola and piano. Lessons are available for all ages and students will participate in a recital. Rates vary by the length of the weekly lesson.
• Londonderry Piano (20 N. Broadway, Salem, 800-820-8845, offers lessons in piano, guitar, drums, bass and voice. Lessons are available for ages 3 and older. Classes are available at a monthly rate of $99 for a half hour per week, $139 for 45 minutes per week and $198 for one hour per week.
• Manchester Community Music School (2291 Elm St., Manchester, 644-4548, offers early childhood lessons including options for expectant moms, and classes for ages 18 months to 6 years old. Classes include Music for Little Ones, an introduction to Suzuki instruments and flute classes. Try-It classes will give students ages 6 and older an opportunity to be introduced to several instruments, playing two different instruments per week. Ages 6 and older can take part in the string class, learning violin, cello, ukulele, guitar, piano and harp. Ages 10 and older can enroll in the band instrument class, learning flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and drums. These classes are $75 and run for three weeks. The school also offers group classes for all ages, music theory classes for ages 10 and older and music technology and recording classes.
• Manchester Music Mill (377 Elm St., Manchester, 623-8022, offers private lessons with certified music teachers. The school works with students to find a class time that works for the student's schedule. Lessons cost $20 and consist of 30 minutes per week.
• Mavro Music School (15 Olde Towne Road, Auburn, 483-5779, offers instruction on piano, guitar, drums and bass. Lessons are available for ages 7 and older, but younger students will be considered. Lessons are taught at one half hour per week and cost $20 per lesson. An introductory 15 minute lesson is offered free of charge.
• Nashua Community Music School (5 Pine St., Ext., Nashua, 881-7030, offers private and duo lessons and group classes including flute choir, trash talk (a percussion class for grades nine and above using recycled objects as instruments), jazz band (grades 9 to 12), ukulele group classes, guitar strummers, Harmony Road (a class that incorporates ear training, singing and keyboard playing) and African drumming. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4.
• New Hampshire School of Scottish Arts (classes in Manchester, Concord, Exeter, Rindge, Nashua, Bow, Andover, Mass., and Groton, Mass, 227-0207, will host an open house on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m., at St. Benedict's Academy (85 Third St., Manchester). The open house will introduce prospective students to classes in piping, drumming and highland dance. The school also offers fiddle classes.
• Ted Herbert Music School (922 Elm St., Manchester, 669-9191, offers lessons in brass, guitar, bass, drums, piano, keyboard, strings, vocals and woodwinds. Group classes are available in Native American flute, harmonic ear training and notation and intervalic ear training and notation.
• TLP Music School (1 Bryce Drive, Merrimack, 424-4116 or 493-9214, offers private lessons on instruments (piano/keyboard, guitar, bass, string instruments, woodwinds and brass) and voice, and offers half hour classes and one hour classes. Rates range from $125 to $250 per month, depending on the length of the class and if the student is taking lessons on multiple instruments.
• West Brothers Music (lessons available in Nashua, Manchester, Londonderry and Tewksbury, Mass., 438-1903, offers private lessons in piano in Nashua and Manchester, guitar in Nashua, Tewksbury and Londonderry, bass in Tewksbury and Nashua, drums in Manchester and Londonderry, voice in Nashua and Manchester and bagpipes in Nashua. Lessons are also available in music theory. Weekly half hour scheduled lessons cost $95 per month, weekly one hour scheduled lessons cost $165 per month and one hour lessons scheduled each week per the instructor's availability cost $35 per lesson.
• Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., Manchester, 626-FISH, or visit offers public programs throughout the school year with a focus on the nature surrounding the Merrimack River. Family Friday Nights run from 7 to 8 p.m., and address different topics. The Fishways Fundays series begins its fall series on Thursday, Sept. 12, and run every other Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and 12:30 to 2 p.m. through Dec. 5. The annual Bug Ball, which gives a chance to get up close and personal with bugs and bug experts will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
• Beaver Brook Association (117 Ridge Road, Hollis, 465-7787, offers environmental programs throughout the year for kids and adults. Programs include hiking, animal tracking, snowshoeing, wildflower walks and classes for parents and preschoolers. Costs vary by program.
• Daniel Webster Council Boy Scouts of America (571 Holt Ave., Manchester, 625-6431, is the center of information for Boy Scouts in New Hampshire.
• Educational Farm at Joppa Hill (174 Joppa Hill Road, Bedford, 472-4724, offers one-hour farm tours that introduce agricultural concepts. Each tour will include a time for children to interact with the farm’s animals. Tours can be customized to meet the needs of the group. Tours cost $5 per person and can be reserved by calling ahead.
• Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains (1 Commerce Drive, Bedford, 888-474-9686, offers programs for Daisies (kindergarten and first grade), Brownies (grades 2 and 3), Juniors (grades 4 and 5), Cadettes (grades 6 through 8), Seniors (grades 9 and 10) and ambassadors (grades 11 and 12). In addition to outdoor and nature activities, the Girl Scouts offer art programs, sports programs, cooking programs and more.
• New Hampshire Audubon Centers (Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn, 668-2045, McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, 224-9909, offer various outdoor and nature programs throughout the year. Past programs have including snowshoeing and animal tracking.
• Amherst Recreation Department (4 Cross Road, Amherst, 673-6248, offers fall baseball from Monday, Aug. 8, to Friday, Nov. 1. Minor league is offered for ages 8 to 10, major league for ages 11 to 12 and Babe Ruth for ages 13 to 15. Cost is $85 for residents and $100 for non-residents. Softball for ages 9 to 12 runs from Saturday, Aug. 31, to Saturday, Oct. 26, and costs $80 for residents and $100 for non-residents. Soccer runs from Tuesday, Sept. 3, to Friday, Oct. 25. Instructional soccer for ages 5 to 7 is $30 for residents and $50 for non-residents. Prep soccer for ages 8 and 9 and senior soccer for ages 10 to 14 is $45 for residents and $65 for non-residents.
• Amherst Soccer Club (, offers a tots program for ages 3 to 5 on Wednesdays, Sept. 4, to Oct. 2, 5:15-6:15 p.m., and costs $50. The club also offers an early development U 10 program and Upper Development programs for ages 10 to 19.
• Bedford Basketball League (488-1530, offers boys and girls winter leagues. Recreational leagues are offered for grades 1 through 8, travel leagues for grades 3 through 8, and biddy basketball for grades 9 to 12.
• Concord Recreation Department (14 Canterbury Road, Concord, 225-8690, offers fall programs in tennis, martial arts, archery, dance, and soccer. Quick Start Tennis runs on Wednesdays from Aug. 28 to Oct. 2. Ages 8 to 10 play from 4 to 5 p.m., and ages 11 to 15 play from 5 to 6 p.m. Cost is $45 for residents and $55 for non-residents. Archery classes are offered for beginners, level II and level III. Classes are available on Fridays and Saturdays and are available for ages 6 and older. Cost is $58 for residents and $68 for non-residents. Field hockey for grades two through five meets on Sundays, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Rollins Park (116 Broadway St., Concord). Cost is $45 for residents and $55 for non-residents. Co-ed soccer for high school students meets on Sundays, from Sept. 8 to Oct. 20, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Memorial Field (70 S. Fruit St., Concord). Cost is $45 for residents and $55 for non-residents. Fall soccer programs are available for ages 4 through students in sixth grade. Cost and times vary by age group.
• Concord Sports Center (2 Whitney Road, Concord, 224-1655, offers fall baseball leagues, split into a 10 to 12 year old division, middle school division and high school division. The 10 to 12 year old and middle school divisions play on Saturdays from Sept. 7 to Oct. 26. The high school division plays on Sundays from Sept. 8 to Oct. 27. Cost is $250 per player. 
• Conway Arena (5 Stadium Drive, Nashua, 595-2400, offers a “Learn to Play Hockey” program for ages 5 to 9 (must know how to skate). The program runs from Tues., Sept. 24, to Sunday, Dec. 15. Practices are held Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. and games are held Sundays at 9:50 a.m. or 11 a.m. Figure skating classes include a Learn to Skate program for ages 3 and older, XLR8 on Ice and freestyle.
• Derry Soccer Club ( offers a Hawks in-town recreational league with U6, U8, U10, U12, U15 and U18 leagues available. The Derry Eagles program is a competitive travel team that competes within the Granite State Youth Soccer League. Fall teams are offered for U8 and U14 players.
• FieldHouse Sports (12 Tallwood Drive, Bow, 226-4646, offers Little Strikers and Mini Strikers soccer clinics (ages 3 to 6) and soccer skills clinics for ages 6 and older. Little Strikers (ages 5 and 6) and Mini Strikers (ages 3 and 4) meets on Saturday mornings for five weeks. The next meeting is Saturday, Sept. 14. Clinics are held in the winter and spring and are available on Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m., for ages 6 to 8, Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m., for ages 9 to 11 and Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m., for ages 12 and up.
• Granite State Figure Skating Club (270-1022, offers classes at the Tri-Town Ice Arena (311 W. River Road, Hooksett) offers Learn to Skate and freetyle ice sessions for “tiny tots” to adults. Walk ons for freestyle ice pay $13 per hour, non-members pay $12 members pay $10.
• Hampshire Hills (50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, offers “FAST,” or Fun After School Times, which combines active and academic activities. Cost is $199 per month for five days of care per week. Other kids activities include Games, Games, Games for ages 5 to 7, Combat Kids for ages 8 to 13, Fun Sports for ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 12, Zumba Kids for ages 8 to 13, Teen Spin for ages 11 to 15, Dodgeball Fun for ages 5 to 12, Yoga Kids for ages 8 to 13 and Floor Hockey for ages 6 to 10. Swimming and tennis lessons are also available.
• The Icenter (60 Lowell Road, Salem, 893-4448, offers a Learn to Play hockey program that teaches ice hockey fundamentals. The program meets on Saturdays from Sept. 7 to Nov. 9 from 8:20 to 9:20 p.m., and costs $180. The Original 6 program teaches team dynamics to young players and meets on Sundays from Sept. 8 to Nov. 10 from 8:20 to 9:20 a.m., and costs $180. Basic Skills is a figure skating program that introduces the sport to ages 3 and older. Saturday lessons last a half hour and are offered at 9:20 a.m., 9:50 a.m., and 10 a.m., from Sept. 7 to Dec. 14. Cost is $250. A Wednesday tot lesson is available for ages 5 and younger from Sept. 11 to Dec. 11 from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Freestyle figure skating runs on Saturdays from Sept. 8 to Dec. 14 from 9:20 to 10 a.m. Cost is $250.
• Manchester East Soccer League (626-7833,, offers fall soccer leagues for U6 through U19. The league costs $55 per child with a family max of $125.
• Manchester North Soccer League (647-1766, offers fall programs including a juniors program, fall season and U19 fall season. The season begins on Saturday, Sept. 7 and costs vary by age.
• Manchester Regional Youth Hockey Association ( offers a learn to skate program for children born in 2005 through 2008. The program serves as an intro to ice skating using non-competitive games. Sessions run Friday, Oct. 4, to Sunday, Dec. 20 and Friday, Jan. 3, to Sunday, March 21. Cost is $175 per session or $325 for both sessions. Learn to Play Hockey is for the same age group and runs on the same dates. It introduces kids who are familiar with ice skating to basic hockey skills. The association also offers Manchester Flames teams in the mite, squirt, peewee, bantam and midget divisions. There is a U16 Lady Flames team that offers high school development programs.
• Milford Community Athletic Association ( runs youth leagues for baseball, basketball, soccer and softball. Baseball, softball and soccer are offered in the fall.
• NH Sportsplex (68 Technology Drive, Bedford, 641-1313, has indoor programs for soccer, flag football, tee ball, field hockey, lacrosse, basketball, baseball, softball and Scorebound Hockey. The Lil Kickers soccer program runs from Monday, Sept. 9 to Saturday, Nov. 2. Youth soccer leagues are available for U6 to U17. Flag football is available for ages 5 to 8. Tee ball is held on Saturday mornings for ages 3 to 6.
• Seacoast Fencing Club (267 N Main St., Rochester and 271 Wilson St., Manchester, 428-7040, offers group fencing classes split into beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Classes are available for ages 7 and older and meet weekly for nine weeks. The beginner program costs $195, the intermediate program costs $215 and the advanced program costs $80. 
• Southern NH Fins Swim Team (at the Boys & Girls Club of Nashua, 47 Grand Ave., Nashua, and UMass Lowell, 1 University Ave., Lowell, Mass., offers programs for children of all ages and abilities. The winter team runs from September through March. Practices are held at the Boys & Girls Club of Nashua on weekdays before school and on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Practices are also offered two nights a week at UMass Lowell.
• Bedford Youth Performing Company (155 Route 101, Bedford, 472-3894, offers performance classes including performance/acting I for ages 4 to 6 on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m., performance II for ages 7 and 8 on Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m., performance III for ages 9 and 10 on Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m., performance IV for ages 10 and 11 on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m., and performance V for ages 12 to 18 on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. These classes cost $66.50, except performance V, which costs $79.80. Students can audition for the BYPC Apprentice Company (ages 10 to 19) and the BYPC Company (ages 14 to 19). The apprentice company meets on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. and the company meets on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuition for both programs is $99.50. Acting classes include Fairy Tale Theatre (ages 4 to 6, Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m.), acting II (ages 6 to 8, Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m.), acting III (ages 9 to 12, Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m.), acting IV (ages 13 to 19, Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m.), and film making (ages 11 to 19, Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m.)
• The Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts (922 Elm St., Suite 315, Manchester, 669-7469) offers private lessons in acting, voice, piano and audition preparation. Lessons are available on a weekly basis and can be take twice per month. Scheduling is done with the convenience of the student and instructor in mind. Private lesson rates are $23 for a half hour, $32 for 45 minutes and $40 per hour.
• Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, offers the Palace Youth Theatre and Palace Teen Company for ages 8 to 18. Productions are held throughout the year, including at least three performances for ages 13 to 18. Auditions are held twice per year, prior to each semester. The Palace Youth Theatre also offers classes for students of all ages.
• Peacock Players (14 Court St., Nashua, 889-2330, offers classes for Kindertheatre (ages 5 to 7) and Youtheatre (ages 7 to 10 and 9 to 12). The fall Kindertheatre class is Folklore from Around the World and meets on Thursdays for 10 weeks from 4 to 5 p.m. Ten week Youtheatre options for ages 7 to 10 include Pirates & Princesses (Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m.) and Disney Adventures (Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m.) The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for ages 9 to 12 meets for 10 weeks on Fridays from 4 to 5 p.m., and Super Heroes and Villains meets for 10 weeks on Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. Ten week improvisation classes are offered for ages 9 to 12 (Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m.) and ages 12 to 18 (Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m.) Behind the Curtain: The World of Stagecraft is offered to ages 12 to 18 and meets for 10 weeks on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. or Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Musical Theatre Project for ages 9 to 12 runs for 10 weeks on Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. or Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Audition Studio for ages 12 to 18 runs for 10 weeks on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. All classes cost $150.
Other afterschool programs
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Manchester (555 Union St., Manchester, 625-5982, 625-5031, offers arts, character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills and sports and recreation programs at its Union Street clubhouse. The Kids Club program meets Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m., for grades three and below. Grades 4 through 6 meet at the same time at the clubhouse and grades seven through 12 meet at the Union Street Teen Center. The teen center is open Monday through Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 10 p.m.
• Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua (47 Grand Ave., Nashua, 883-0523, offers programs for ages 5 to 18. Programs are broken down into the categories of academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship. The Grand Avenue Clubhouse offers after school programs for ages 8 to 12 and the Stahl Teen Center (located at the same address as the clubhouse), offers programs for ages 13 to 18. The Kids Club at the clubhouse has programs for ages 5 to 9. Program members have access to art and dance studios, game rooms, indoor gym and outdoor playground.
• Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem (3 Geremonty Drive, Salem, 898-7709, offers after school programs in arts, sports, education, health and life skills and character and leadership. Before and after school care is available to students of all ages and the clubhouse is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Teen Center for grades 6 to 12 offers after school programming from 2:15 to 6 p.m.
• Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley (56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, 672-1002, offers before and after school programs for students of all ages. Kids Club for grades one through five includes academic support, art, theater, rock climbing, computer programs and sports and fitness activities. The Teen Club for grades 6 to 12 includes sports activities, video games, academic programs and a place to hang out with friends from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
• Concord Boys & Girls Club (15 Shawmut St., Concord, 224-1061, offers after school programs for ages 6 through high school, with programs available in Concord, Suncook, Hopkinton and Warner. Activities include leadership, community service, health, lifeskills, arts, sports and technology. The club's after school programs are available from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
• Concord Family YMCA (15 N. State St., Concord, 228-9622, offers after school programs including Fun and Fit Kyds for students of all ages. The program is available until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and offers homework help, sports, arts activities and outdoor playground time. The YMCA also offers before and after school Kydstop programs in Concord, Boscawen, Penacook, Webster, Loudon, Gilmanton and Pittsfield.
• The Culinary Playground (16 Manning St., Suite 105, Derry, offers cooking classes for ages 3 to teen. Classes are offered once a month to ages 3 to 5. Classes are also available in the 6 to 8, 9 to 12 and teen age groups. Prices and class times vary. Visit the web site for an up to date schedule.
• RoboTech Center (3i Taggart Drive, Nashua, 888-6102, offers technology based programs including Xbox/PC Game Creator, Mario Style Game Creator, iPhone/Smart Phone Game Creator, NXT Lego Robotics and Explore Flying Robots. The center will debut a new program this year that teaches students how to design a radio controlled car. Classes available for ages 7 to 17.
• YMCA of Greater Manchester (branches in Manchester, Goffstown, Rochester, Portsmouth and Londonderry, offers before and after school programs in gymnastics, adventure (rock climbing and belay), tennis, dance, aquatics and swimming and sports including soccer, basketball, tee ball, archery, wrestling, floor hockey, lacrosse, dodgeball and Tae Kwon Do. The YMCA also offers teen leadership programs and acting and theater classes. Dates, times, programs and costs vary by branch.
• YMCA of Greater Nashua (24 Stadium Drive, Nashua, 882-2011, and 6 Henry Clay Drive, Merrimack, 881-7778, will host an open house on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at both branches. Programs offered include health and wellbeing, aquatics, dance, arts, sports and various special interest programs.

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