Special classes at Boys and Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley has space available in its after school program. Boys and girls ages 6-18 are eligible for membership, which runs through June. A variety of programs are available to members and are included in the cost of membership, unless otherwise noted.

Cheerleading — Girls 6-13 learn clap, cheer and performance cheer. Practices are 6-7:30 p.m., Mondays, beginning Oct. 29. Games are played on Saturdays or Sundays, cheering for the Boys & Girls Club Travel Basketball Team. Cost is $30 and includes T-shirt and shorts to keep.

Chess — Club meets Thursday nights, 4-6 p.m. Led by instructor Mario Russo, this club is open to players of all skill levels.

Drama — Have a budding thespian on your hands? Children age 10 and older can join and participate in this interactive program where children can learn acting, singing, dancing and musical theater. The club produces a show each school year, and recent productions include Annie Jr. and Willy Wonka, Jr.

KidSafe Karate — Designed to enhance self esteem, self discipline and safety awareness ages 5-15. Students are placed into classes according to age and ability. A black belt instructor teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced self-defense techniques. Weekly safety flyers focus on a range of topics including stranger safety, fire safety and more. Cost: $10 to register, $8 per class. Uniform not required, but recommended at a cost of $30.

Keystone Club — Keystone is a youth leadership club that offers a developmental experience to members ages 14-18. Activities focus on: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystoners aim to have a positive impact on the club and the community.

Music — Learn how to play guitar, keyboard or drums with instructor Casey Gorman. Classes are Mondays, 4-8 p.m., Oct. 15-Dec. 10. Beginner and advanced classes are available for each instrument. Cost is $30 per instrument for all eight sessions. A limited number of instruments are available for instruction for each class.

Smart Kids — This program is designed to help children ages 8-9 identify and understand the importance of self esteem. Meets Tuesdays at 4:45 p.m.

Smart Moves — This program is for children ages 10-12. SMART Moves (Skill Mastery and Resistance Training) is a prevention/education program that addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use. More than simply emphasizing a "Say No" message, the program teaches young people how to say no by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence. Meets Tuesdays at 3:45 p.m.

Smart Leaders — Youth ages 13-18 who have completed Smart Moves and now serve as peer advisors to their younger members. Meets Tuesdays at 3:15 p.m.

TGIF — Every Friday through March for all middle school students (middle school ID required). From 6-9, members can take part in sports tournaments, dance parties, holiday parties, games room tournaments, scavenger hunts and karaoke. Computers and video games are available. $10 per year.

Torch Club — Torch Club is a youth leadership and community service club for boys and girls ages 11-13. It encourages positive community and club involvement by helping others through volunteerism.

Membership Information — Six- and seven-year olds have their own room and program director. Cost is $160 per month. Eight- to 12- year olds cost $100 for the school year. Teen members ages 13-18 cost $50 for the school year.

Transportation is available from all Valley schools. Most Shelton grammar school students are brought by Shelton school bus. Shelton Intermediate, Shelton High, and Derby and Seymour public school members may register for club vans. Cost is $30 per month; first two months are prepaid.

Saturday-only memberships are available for $25 per year. The club is open from 10-4 p.m. October-April. Saturdays are included in membership for 6-12 year olds.

More information may be found at www.BGC-LNV.org.