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Program Guide Fall-Winter 2017


The Monroe Parks and Recreation team strives to provide quality recreation facilities and programs that promote healthy and active living opportunities for our residents. Throughout this Program Guide you will find a variety of offerings for all ages and fitness levels. At our facilities you can enjoy golf, swimming, athletic programs and leagues, fitness classes, senior programs and much more. Day Camps, After School and educational programs are offered year round at many of our facilities. Spend some time in one of our parks picnicking and enjoying the playground with

your children. Explore our downtown area as you enjoy a walk or run on the 1.5 mile Historic Downtown Greenway Loop. Or, if you prefer indoor activities, our Aquatic and Fitness Center has something for everyone. Signup for a membership and start your journey to a healthier life today. Please take a few moments to explore this Guide and see for yourself how these resources can enrich your life. –T  onya Edwards, Parks and Recreation Director

Adult Athletics Activity

Description

Registration Dates

Playing Season

Cost Per Team

August 1 - 31

September - October

$350

October 1 - 31

November - December

$275

FALL Softball Basketball

Church, Men, Women, Co-ed 3v3, 5v5

Registration: The Monroe Parks and Recreation Department | 2325 Hanover Dr. | Monroe NC 28110 Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm | During open registration periods For more information on adult athletics, please contact Rae Moore | 704-282-4663 | rlmoore@monroenc.org

Adult Open Gym

Enjoy full court basketball at a community center close to you! Membership includes access to all amenities at all community centers excluding the Old Armory Community Center and the Monroe Aquatics and Fitness Center. 19 years & Up Yearly membership: Resident $20.00 Non-Resident $75.00 Daily Membership: Resident $1.00 Non-Resident $1.50 16 - 18 Years old Membership: Resident FREE Non-Resident FREE

Recreational Table Tennis Club

Dickerson Center Ages: All ages Day: Mondays & Wednesdays, Ongoing Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm Fee: $1.00/daily Challenge your friends to a game of table tennis. All skill levels are welcome. Equipment is provided. Contact: Karen Ritter | 586-596-2661 or visit monroereacreationaltabletennis.wordpress.com

J. Ray Shute Center Sutton Park Winchester Center Ages: 16 & Up Day: Monday - Friday Time: 5:30 - 8:00pm Day: Saturday Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm Day: Sunday Time: 2:00 - 6:00pm

Ages: 13 & up Day: Monday & Friday Time: 7:00am - 3:00pm Day: Tuesday & Thursday Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm; 5:00 - 9:00pm Day: Wednesday Time: 7:00am - 3:00pm; 5:00 - 9:00pm Day: Saturday Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm Day: Sunday Time: 1:00 - 5:00pm

Pickleball Club

Winchester Center Dickerson Center Tennis Courts Ages: 50 & up as of 12/31 of the current year Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports and is a great way for seniors to stay active. Members receive a discount at Pickleball Central. Day: Tuesdays & Thursdays Time: 9:00am - 12:00 noon Annual Membership Fees Resident: $25.00 Non-Resident: $35.00 Contact: Rae Moore 704-282-4663 rlmoore@monroenc.org

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Dickerson Center Open Gym and Weight Room Schedule

pickleball fall brawl tournament Winchester Center Ages: 50 & up Day: 10/20 & 10/21 Registration deadline 10/13 Fee: 1st event $15 2nd event $10 Doubles & Mixed Doubles Tournament Format: Round Robin & Single Elimination


Youth Athletics contact:

Rae Moore | 704-282-4663 | rlmoore@monroenc.org | parks.monroenc.org For more information on camps or volunteering, please contact Rae Moore.

Youth Leagues Philosophy

The purpose of our youth athletic programs are to create enjoyable and positive opportunities to learn the skills and rules associated with each sport. We would like for all young athletes to learn the fundamental skills, rules, strategies, and discipline association with each sport provided, and to encourage good sportsmanship. Winning will NEVER be the main objective in our youth leagues. All coaches, volunteers, and parents should stress the importance of skill development, good sportsmanship and to have FUN! The Monroe Parks and Recreation Department strongly believes that each player in our Youth Leagues has the RIGHT TO PLAY AS A CHILD, not as an adult and the RIGHT TO HAVE FUN in sports.

VOLUNTEER COACHES AND SCOREKEEPERS NEED!

YOUTH SOCCER

Ages: 5 - 12 / Boys & Girls Season: Spring

If you are interested in playing soccer, please contact Rae Moore at 704-282-4663 or at rlmoore@monroenc.org.

5 Sports Tips for Young Athletes 1

Warm and stretch

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Stay hydrated

• It is always a good idea to warm up before performing any sport or exercise • Dynamic stretching can help enhance performance by increasing his/her power, flexibility, and range of motion

Help ful Tips

• Dehydration can lead to feeling tired, dizziness, or other serious symptoms

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Signs to look for if you suspect an athlete has a concussion • Headache • Concentration problems • Sensitivity to noise

• Nausea or vomiting • Loss of consciousness • Mood or behavior changes

• Dizziness • Confusion

• Blurred vision • Sensitivity to light

Wear the proper gear

• It is important to wear appropriate sports gear and attire because it can help enhance a young athletes sport performance, as well as increase his/her confidence level

Remember to ALWAYS have fun!!!

• Winning should never be the primary goal in youth sports • The purpose of youth sports is focus on player development and teamwork 3


Youth Athletics contact:

Rae Moore | 704-282-4663 | rlmoore@monroenc.org | parks.monroenc.org

BASEBALL, BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL & SOFTBALL 4&5 INSTRUCTIONAL DIVISIONS Introduces new players to a specific sport, and begins teaching the basic skills associated. Focus is on skill development and fun. Rules are modified to present optimum playing experience. Practices and games are held together on week nights and Saturdays. Activity

Description

Age Group

5&6, 7&9 DIVISIONS Begins developing fundamentals for each specific sport. Rules are modified to present the optimum playing experience for novice participants. Practices and games are on week nights and Saturdays. Registration Dates

Age As Of

10&12 DIVISIONS Builds on basic fundamentals for each specific sport. Rules are slightly modified to present the optimum playing experience for participants with limited exposure. Practices and games are on week nights and Saturdays.

13&15 DIVISIONS Designed to promote teamwork, sportsmanship and advance fundamental development. Little to no rule modifications. Practices and games on week nights and Saturdays.

Playing Season

City Resident Cost

Non-Resident Cost

SPRING/SUMMER Baseball

T-Ball

5-6

July 1

March 1 - 31

April - June

$20

$40

Baseball Baseball

Coach Pitch

7-8

July 1

March 1 - 31

April - June

$25

$50

Player Pitch

9 - 12

July 1

March 1 - 31

April - June

$30

$60

FALL Football

Flag

5-7

October 15

July 1 - 30

August - October

$25

$50

Football

Tackle

8 - 11

October 15

July 1 - 30

August - October

$60

$120

Girls Softball

Coach Pitch

8 & Under

December 31

August 1 - 24

September - November

$30

$60

Girls Softball

Player Pitch

10 & Under

December 31

August 1 - 24

September - November

$30

$60

WINTER Basketball

Co-Ed

4-5

October 15

October 1 - 31

November - February

$35

$70

Basketball

Co-Ed

6-7

October 15

October 1 - 31

November - February

$35

$70

Basketball

Co-Ed

8-9

October 15

October 1 - 31

November - February

$35

$70

Basketball

Co-Ed

10 - 11

October 15

October 1 - 31

November - February

$35

$70

Basketball

Co-Ed

12 - 13

October 15

October 1 - 31

November - February

$35

$70

Basketball

Co-Ed

14 - 15

October 15

October 1 - 31

November - February

$35

$70

Volunteer Coaches are needed for all youth sports!!! If you have a passion for sports and would like to share your knowledge and skills, please sign up today! If interested, please contact Rae Moore at 704-282-4663 or rlmoore@monroenc.org. Registration: The Monroe Parks and Recreation Department, 2325 Hanover Dr. Monroe NC 28110 Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm during open registration periods.

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Youth Athletics – Registration Form contact:

Rae Moore | 704-282-4663 | rlmoore@monroenc.org | parks.monroenc.org

Youth Athletics Form Participant’s Name:

Age:

Address:

City:

Date of Birth:

Female

m Male m

Email

Phone #

Secondary Phone #

Parents Name(s) Please indicate any physical limitations:

Have you played with MPRD before? NO

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YES

m which Sport/Team?

Parents, would you like to volunteer to be a Head Coach

If Yes, your Name

Email Address

m

Assistant Coach

m?

Phone

PARENTS READ CAREFULLY I/We hereby agree to release and waive any claim or cause of action which may occur against Monroe Parks and Recreation staff, authorized persons, or agencies participating in youth sports, arising out of any injury to the person or property during youth sports or in transit to and from athletic activities at different locations. I/We hereby agree and consent for the Monroe Parks and Recreation staff to secure emergency medical attention, if necessary. I/We hereby agree and consent to the use of photographs for publicity purposes associated with youth sports.

NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED ONCE PRACTICES BEGIN Parent Signature

Date PLEASE INDICATE ACTIVITY AND UNIFORM SIZE:

m T-Ball m Flag Football S S : o YOUTH o ADULT P S : o YOUTH (Baseball/Softball only) o ADULT Activity:

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ants

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m Coach Pitch m Player Pitch m Tackle Football m Basketball o X-Small o Small o Medium o X-Small o Small o Medium o X-Small o Small o Medium o X-Small o Small o Medium

m Softball o Large o Large o Large o Large

o X-Large o X-Large o X-Large o X-Large

Registration form and fees may be mailed to: PO Box 69 Monroe NC 28111, Attn.: Rae Moore Make checks payable to: City of Monroe *For Department Use Only* Registration Fee received: $ CC

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CASH

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CHECK#

Birth Certificate Date Paid

m Yes m No /

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Staff

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MONROE COUNTRY CLUB contact: Monroe Country Club 704-282-4661 | monroecountryclubgolf.com 1680 Pageland Highway Monroe, NC 28112 contact: Nick Jacobi, PGA Professional | 704-516-7710 njacobi@monroenc.org | www.jacobigolf.com

All clinics & camps are conducted by PGA Master Instructor Nick Jacobi, PGA Professional. Follow us on Facebook for daily updates: Monroe Country Club

Looking for a club to call home? Join Monroe Country Club, the best deal around! •Best greens in the area • Junior Friendly • Great pace of play • Has PGA Master Instructor on staff Take a look at our membership options!

Monroe Country Club Membership Rates CITY RESIDENT (Live in City Limits of Monroe) Annual Pass (Pay for Whole Year Once) Individual: $900 ($100 Initiation) Family: $1,100 ($150 Initiation) Monthly Draft Individual: $80 ($100 Initiation) Family: $95 ($150 Initiation)

Fall Clinic Schedule

$20 for Members of Monroe Country Club per clinic $25 for Non-Members per clinic Day: Saturday, 9/2 Time: 9:00 - 10:00am Topic: Putting & Chipping

Day: Saturday, 10/7 Time: 9:00 - 10:00am Topic: Wedges

Day: Saturday, 9/16 Time: 9:00 - 10:00am Topic: Irons

Day: Saturday, 10/21 Time: 9:00 - 10:00am Topic: Chipping & Pitching

Day: Saturday, 9/23 Time: 99:00 - 10:00am Topic: Driver & Fairway Woods All participants must RSVP by emailing: njacobi@monroenc.org All clinics are subject to change. Individual Lessons available. Visit: www.jacobigolf.com to learn more or email: njacobi@monroenc.org

NON-RESIDENT (Live Outside City Limits of Monroe) Annual Pass (Pay for Whole Year Once) Individual: $1,000 ($125 Initiation) Family: $1,200 ($175 Initiation) Monthly Draft Individual: $90 ($125 Initiation) Family: $105 ($175 Initiation) DAILY RATES Monday - Friday Weekends & Holidays Twilight Rates (1:00 - 4:00pm) Monday - Friday Weekends & Holidays All rates include green fees and cart.

$42.00 $49.00 $27.00 $32.00

JUNIOR SUMMER MEMBERSHIP Dates: June - August Ages: Must be in school, age 22 & under Fee: City Resident: $100 (No Initiation Non-Resident: $150 (No Initiation) JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP Fee: City Resident: $40 a month/ $400 a year (No Initiation) Non-Resident: $45 a month/ $450 a year (No Initiation) Please ask about our Joint 10% discounts for Monroe Aquatic and Fitness Center and Golf Club memberships. Dependent Children may remain on Family Membership until they reach the age of 23 years. Must be 18 years of age to rent a golf cart. Proof of City Residence is required for a City Membership.

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Please call our Pro-Shop at 704-282-4661 for an application or for more information.


COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS Family First Nights

Parent’s Night Out

 eptember - January S Dickerson Recreation Center Ages: 5 - 12 Day: Fridays 9/22 register by 9/15 10/20 register by 10/13 11/17 register by 11/10 12/15 register by 12/8 1/12 register by 1/5 Time: 6:30 - 10:30pm Fee: $8.00/day Drop your kids off with us and enjoy a night out or just relax. Our staff will provide supervised activities including pizza, movie and other fun gym activities!

 eptember - May S J. Ray Shute Center 1st Thursday of every month Sutton Park 2nd Thursday of every month Winchester Center 3rd Thursday of every month Old Armory Community Center 4th Thursday of every month Ages: Open to all families Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm Fee: FREE Bring the entire family for fun activities, pizza, movies and so much more! Meet your neighbors and enjoy all our community centers have to offer. Spend some quality time with your family and friends every Thursday night! Visit all of our facilities for a night filled with fun!!!

Community Center family activities J. Ray Shute Center

FREE MARKET CLOTHING GIVEAWAY Day: Saturday, 8/19 Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm In partnership with the Delta Sigma sorority, the J. Ray Shute Center will be hosting a clothing drive. Join the community, bring your family and stock up on back to school clothing. SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL Day: Tuesday, 10/31 Time: 5:00 - 8:00pm The J. Ray Shute Center is haunted once a year!! You can find all your favorite Halloween activities right in your neighborhood! Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and enjoy Halloween games, music and fun food!

Fee: FREE

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD Day: Saturday, 12/9 Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm Christmas is a special time for families all around the world. Gather your family and friends and find out how different cultures celebrate this wonderful holiday. Sample holiday foods from South America and learn about different Christmas practices from around the globe.

Old Armory Community Center

FAMILY FONDUE NIGHT Day: Thursday, 10/26 Time: 6:30 - 7:30pm Enjoy a delicious and fun-filled family night sampling chocolate and cheese fondue delights. Take home recipes to try at home!

FALL HARVEST COMMUNITY GATHERING Day: Friday, 10/27 Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm Welcome Fall with this year’s harvest! Enjoy the diverse culture that make COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS up the food and families of our CELEBRATION region. The City of Monroe has a rich Day: Saturday, 12/2 agricultural history. Time: 12:00 - 4:00pm Join your friends and family HOT CHOCOLATE PARTY Day: Thursday, 12/14 to celebrate the Holiday Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm season. Food and fun Create personalized family ornaments await you as the Center over a hot cup of cocoa. We have transforms into a Winter several varieties for you to try! Take Wonderland. advantage of some family time and learn creative techniques for gift wrapping and holiday crafts.

J. Ray Shute Center Sutton Park Winchester Center Ages: 5 - 18 years old (Children must be accompanied by an adult) Day: Saturday, 8/12 Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm In partnership with Volunteer 2 Serve and Give, the J. Ray Shute, Sutton Park and Winchester Community Centers are collaborating to provide our community with free back to school supplies. Fill your backpacks with school supplies and more while enjoying music, food and games!!! Visit each of these facilities to make sure you stock up on these important supplies.

Ages: All Families Welcome (unless otherwise noted)

SWEET HEART SOCIAL Day: Friday, 2/23 Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm Join your friends and neighbors for some tasty treats and good times. Whip up your favorite dessert and celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family and friends.

Sutton Park

PARENTS APPRECIATION NIGHT Ages: All ages welcome Day: Saturday, 1/20 Time: 4:00 - 8:00pm Parents work hard every day! It is time we show our appreciation. Bring your mom, dad, grandparents or anyone else you appreciate on a regular basis. This day is for them! Games, food, activities and more await those most special to you. All activities will be planned and provided by Sutton Park Beyond the Bell participants and kids in our community! VALENTINE’S SWEETHEART DANCE Day: Saturday, 2/10 Time: 5:00 - 10:00pm What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to celebrate it with your favorite person. This dance is for kids and a guest that is the most special to them, whether it be a grandparent, mom, dad,

aunt or guardian. Spend a fun filled evening dancing to your favorite songs. Food and games will round out a perfect night!

Winchester Center

COMMUNITY MATTERS Day: Saturday, 8/26 Time: 10:00am - 7:00pm Winchester is the place to be! The Winchester Community is invited to take part in food, fun and fellowship! Your local community center has a lot to offer. Come out and meet your neighbors for a day full of activities! VALENTINE’S PRINCESS DANCE Ages: 5 - 12 Day: Saturday, 2/3 Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your favorite person. This dance is for kids and a guest that is the most special to them, whether it be a grandparent, mom, dad, aunt or guardian. Spend a fun filled evening dancing to your favorite songs. Food and games will round out a perfect night!

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Youth – Afterschool @ Dickerson Center contact:

Dickerson Center

Debbie Reynolds | 704-282-4649 | dreynolds@monroenc.org | parks.monroenc.org Registration required for all Dickerson Center Programs: Call or visit www.monroenc.org for a registration form. SELF DEFENSE - FALL SESSION Ages: 4 - 12 Day: Starts Monday, 9/11 9/11 - 1/29 (No class on 12/25 & 1/1) Time: 6:00 - 6:45pm: New Students & White Belts 6  :45 - 7:30pm: Returning Yellow & Green Belts 7  :30 - 8:15pm: Returning Blue Belts & Above Register: 15 minutes before class time Fee: $10.00 registration fee; $7.00 per class

AFTERSCHOOL @ DICKERSON Ages: 4 - 12, (4 year olds must be enrolled in a pre-school program) Day: Monday - Friday Time: Afterschool - 6:30pm Fee: $45.00/week ($5.00 discount per extra child) This program offers a wide range of activities for children to enjoy on a daily basis. We provide fun, educational and cultural activities that your child will love! Students have the opportunity to take advantage of homework assistance and unwind from a long day at school. After homework is done, our staff and community partners provide fun and enriching activities that expose students to new and exciting opportunities. Activities include gardening classes, arts and crafts, gym games, team building exercises and much more!” Our staff picks up at the following locations: Benton Heights, East, Walter Bickett, Walter Bickett Education Center, Sardis, Porter Ridge, Rocky River, Poplin, Union Academy’s Upper and Lower Schools.

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Promoting safety awareness, self-discipline, physical fitness, self-confidence and lots of fun, this course for children is designed for self-defense purposes emphasizing child safety awareness. This is not a class on bullying tactics, instead the focus is on selfdiscipline rather than aggression. A certified black belt will teach various basic self defense techniques and forms. No physical contact is allowed in the beginner classes. Students completing the course with perfect attendance will receive a medal. CHEERLEADING - FALL SESSION Ages: 4 - 9 Day: Starts Friday, 9/15 Time: 6:15 - 7:00pm: LEVEL 1 7:00 - 7:45pm: LEVEL 2 Register: 15 minutes before class time Fee: $10.00 registration fee; $7.00 per class Cheer America is a fun and exciting cheerleading program for children. The class promotes coordination, confidence, and physical fitness. This program will teach the basic requirements for middle school and high school tryouts.

SCHOOL BREAK OUT CAMPS Ages: 4 - 12 Day: Monday - Friday Fall: 9/25 - 9/29; 10/2 - 10/26 Winter: 12/18 - 12/22; 12/26 - 12/29; 1/1 - 1/5 Spring: 3/26 - 3/30; 4/2 - 4/6 Time: 7:00am - 6:30pm Fee: $20.00/day When school is out, Dickerson Recreation Center is in! Our school break out camps will provide fun activities for your child during school breaks.


BEYOND THE BELL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM contact:

The Recreation Center that is hosting the study assistance | or: Parks & Recreation 704-282-4695 | parks.monroenc.org

All programs are FREE. Locations are listed below each program description, offices are open Monday - Friday: J. Ray Shute Center Old Armory Community Center Sutton Park Winchester Center contact: Patricia Huntley contact: Hope Tanner contact: Thomas Latimer contact: Gail Coffey 704-282-4655 704-282-4669 704-282-4656 704-282-4654

Access to Success

Ages: 5 & up Day: Monday - Friday, August - May Time: Afterschool - 6:00pm Beyond the Bell provides enrichment programs to children after school. Kids will be exposed to cultural activities through community partnerships in a fun and safe environment. Activities will include theatre groups, arts and crafts, gym activities, mentorships, food service and much more. School buses do not drop off for this program. Students are welcome to walk to these centers from their normal drop off spot. Beyond the Bell is a drop in program. While this program does not take a formal registration, we would like to gather contact information for all participants. All participants must sign the daily roster upon arrival. Any contact information that you can provide would be appreciated. J. Ray Shute center | Sutton Park | Winchester Center

Community Youth Workshops Age: Open to all ages

Winchester Center Day:  1st Tuesday; August - May Time:  3:45 - 4:15pm J. Ray Shute Center Day:  2nd Tuesday; August - May Time:  3:45 - 4:15pm Sutton Park Day:  3rd Tuesday; August - May Time:  3:45 - 4:15pm Through a partnership with several community organizations, participants are introduced to innovative approaches to enhance learning, creativity and critical thinking.

Teens for Tomorrow

Ages: 13 - 17 Day: 4th Thursday of the month Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm The Teens for Tomorrow program focuses on college and career awareness. Participants will be exposed to opportunities to help them prepare for the future after High School. This program will help provide the skills needed to become future leaders. Programs include: SAT Preparation, Vocational Training, Stress Management, Time Management, Conflict Resolution This is an important time in a teenager’s life. Let us help you with your future college and/or career decisions. Teens will meet at centers convenient to their homes or schools. Participants will also take part in in social activities with groups from other community centers. J. Ray Shute center: TEENS IN THE LEAD Old Armory Community Center: EMPOWERED TEENS Sutton Park: COMMUNITY YOUTH LEADERS Winchester Center: TEENS WITH PURPOSE

Common Ground Study Assistance

Age: 5 & up Day:  Monday - Friday, August - May Time:  Afterschool - 3:45pm Kids will be exposed to creative methods in studying and will receive help with homework. Staff will lead lesson plans to make sure kids view learning as fun and exciting. J. Ray Shute center Sutton Park Winchester Center

YWCA Afterschool Program

Through a partnership with the YWCA, both afterschool and day camp programs are offered. The Youth Development Program provides activities that are designed to educate, build confidence and character, and encourage healthy choices Old Armory Community Center Day: Monday - Friday, August - May Time: Afterschool - 6:30pm Contact: Kelcey Livingstone 704-282-5765

Partners include: Wingate University, Union County Public Library, Union County Soil, Water Conservation Division, Monroe Garden Club, City of Monroe Police, City of Monroe Fire Departments, Union County Health Department and Union County Community Arts Council

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PROGRAMS FOR TEENS The City of Monroe Parks and Recreation Department has created a wide variety of resource based programs designed to help teenagers navigate through their young lives. These programs will help teenagers enjoy this exciting time in their lives and prepare for their future in a fun, safe and pressure free environment. All programs are FREE. MIDNIGHT MADNESS BASKETBALL Sutton Park Ages: All ages are welcome Day: Friday, 11/17 Time: 8:00pm - midnight Winchester center Ages: 13 - 18 Day: 2nd & 4th Friday; August - September Time: 10:00pm - midnight

J. Ray Shute Center

REAL AMAZING MEN Ages: 13 - 18 (Young men) Day: 2nd & 4th Tuesday; September - March Time: 5:00 - 6:00pm Learn from guest speakers and activities promoting self-esteem, respect, empowerment and self-motivation. Teens are able to discuss issues they face with men who can help guide them towards their goals.

SUCCESSFUL AMAZING WOMEN Ages: 13 - 18 (Young women) Day: 1st & 3rd Wednesday; September - March Time: 5:00 - 6:00pm You can do anything you set your mind to. Learn from female community leaders the importance of self-esteem, pride, and respect and how those characteristics help mold successful and amazing women. EXTRAORDINARY CHEFS Ages: 13 - 18 Day: 2nd & 4th Thursdays; August - October Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm Cooking can be fun and exciting! Learn fun cooking techniques while making 10 healthy dishes!

Bring your A game! The gym will be open for full court games and a 3v3 tournament. Bring a team and challenge your friends in this community tournament! Staff will organize each tournament and will have other activities available for kids! Cap off the evening with a motivational guest speaker.

Old Armory Community Center

NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS – LEMONADE STAND Ages: 13 - 18 Day: Thursdays, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28 Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm Learn all the steps to starting your very own small business. Topics include supply and demand, marketing, budgeting and much more. STAYING SAFE Ages: 13 - 18 Day: Thursdays, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20 Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm Being prepared for emergencies and aware of your surroundings is important. Learn how to recognize and avoid dangerous situations. Hands-on scenarios will help teens learn the best practices in dealing with emergency situations.

GAMES GALORE! Ages: 13 - 18 Day:  Thursdays, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30 Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm Imagine any game you have ever thought of and we will help you bring it to life. We have tons of ideas that will be perfect for your own game night! LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! Ages: 13 - 18 Day: Thursdays, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm Make a movie where you’re the writer, director, and star! Create an idea, learn how to write and storyboard that idea, organize props, secure costumes, and venture out to scout for the perfect location. And then, filming begins! All projects will be professionally edited and available to download online! Experience the thrill of filmmaking from the first call of “Action!” to “That’s a wrap!”


PROGRAMS FOR TEENS

Sutton Park

SKETCHING FOR STARTERS Ages: 13 - 18 Day: Monday, 9/25 Time: 4:00 - 6:00pm Test your creative mind and learn how to sketch whatever your imagination can come up with! Our staff will assist you with online classes that will help you toward being a talented sketch artist! DREAM CHASERS Ages: 13 - 18 Day: Tuesdays, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 & Monday, 10/30 Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm Staff will lead workshops that assist in becoming comfortable with speaking in public and expressing ideas. This program is designed to build confidence and promote setting goals during this very important time in their lives.

SUTTON’S CHEFS Ages: 13 - 18 Day: Fridays, 11/3, 11/10 Time: 4:30 - 5:30pm Kids will be responsible for putting together a menu and preparing a meal f or their peers. This program will teach ways to budget money, as well as cook a healthy meal. CREATE YOUR OWN BUSINESS Ages: 13 - 18 Day: Fridays, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19 Time: 4:30 - 5:30pm Teens will learn about the process of creating their own business. Topics will include the creative process in promoting business ideas, marketing your business, projecting the type of finances needed to run your business and more.

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES Ages: 13 - 18 Day: Fridays, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20 Time: 4:00 - 5:00pm Learn the path to resolving conflict and gain tools to help with the problem solving process. Participants will be exposed to several fun problems and will work together to find a solution to these obstacles. This program is designed to teach teens how to work as a team and find creative ways to solve problems.

Teen Trips Ages: 6 - 18

Sutton Park DAY AT THE MOVIES Day: Friday, 9/29 Time: 12:00 noon - 4:00pm Cost: $8.00 Enjoy a day at the movies with your buddies. We will provide transportation to the local movie theatre to take in a matinée.

Winchester Center

BACK TO SCHOOL STUDY STRATEGIES Ages: 9 - 14 Day: Thursday, 8/31 Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm Take advantage of these easy steps to make homework, studying for exams and staying organized during the school year a breeze. KIDS CREATIONS Ages: 9 - 14 Day: Thursdays, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28 Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm Express your creativity through art projects using canvas, clay and paint. TEEN LIFE HACKS Ages: 9 - 14 Day: Thursdays, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26 Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm Let us help you get things done while having fun. Why do it the hard way, when we can teach you easy and fun ways to organize your room, better your study habits and MORE!! TEEN CUISINE Ages: 9 - 14 Day: Thursdays, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30 Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm Teens take over the kitchen and learn step by step recipes from breakfast to desserts.

MUSEUM OF THE WAXHAW Day: Saturday, 11/11 Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm Fee: Ages 6 - 12: $2.00 Ages 13 - 18: $5.00 Permanent exhibits tell the story of our region’s rich history and culture. From the region’s Native American roots to the area’s involvement in the Revolutionary War, Union County is full of interesting culture and history. Our staff will lead a group through the museum. Transportation is provided from Sutton Park Community Center.

AW SHUCKS FARM Day: Saturday, 11/18 Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm Fee: Ages 6 - 12: $8.00 Ages 13 - 18: $10.00 Find out what it’s like to work on a farm! It is a lot more fun than you think! Participants will learn about the importance of farm animals and how food goes from the ground to the grocery store. Participants will also get to pick out the perfect pumpkin for the Fall season! Transportation is provided from Sutton Park Community Center. 11


Monroe Aquatics & Fitness Center | Greenways Bearskin Creek Greenway – Phase II COMING SOON!!! Phase II of the Bearskin Creek Greenway is under construction! This 1.1 mile asphalt trail will connect Don Griffin Park, the Union County Farmer’s Market and Belk Tonawanda Park. As a part of this project, an additional section is being constructed at the Dickerson Center along the creek connecting the Recreation Center to the Baseball/Softball Complex at this facility. This project was funded by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Bike/Pedestrian (STP-EB) funds and State matching funds. When used in conjunction with Phase I in Don Griffin Park and the Historic Downtown Greenway Loop, it provides approximately 3 miles of greenway within the City for our residents to enjoy. Future plans include a greenway section connecting Belk Tonawanda Park to the Dickerson Center. So lace up your sneakers and look for our Greenway banners to guide the way!

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Events

Easter

Eggstravaganza Saturday, March 24th Parks Williams Athletic Complex

Music on Main

11:00am Easter Egg Dash begins

4th Thursday of the Month 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Bring your own basket! Ages 1-3: Lower Soccer Field Ages 4-6: Upper Soccer Field Ages 7-10: Lower Soccer Field

Festivities: 11:30am - 1:30pm

August 24th Poor Boy Revival

(Rain date: Sunday, March 25th – Dash ONLY)

September 28th Liverpool

Join us for crafts, bounce houses, music and concessions. FREE. 704-282-4695 for more info.

Car Cruise In 2nd Friday of the Month 6:00 - 8:00pm September 8th Trucks October 13th Corvettes w/Art walk

Halloween Happenings Saturday, October 21st 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Main Street - Downtown Costume Contest Registration at the stage at 10:00 am Costume contest starts at 11:00 am Treats and prizes for all; Craft projects; Giant inflatables; Petting zoo; And MUCH MORE!! Activities are FREE; Actividades son gratis.

Monroe Movies in the Park August 25th 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Belk Tonawanda Park Secret Life of Pets (PG)

Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas in Downtown Monroe Saturday, December 2nd 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 6:00 pm Santa arrives 7:00 pm Tree Lighting with Mayor Kilgore Train and Trolly Rides Live Christmas Music on stage Food vendors Downtown business open houses Shake hands with Rudolph and Frosty Strolling carolers Christmas Petting Zoo Amusement Rides SNOW

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Senior Programming contact:

Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center

Hank Baucom | 704-282-4657 | hbaucom@monroenc.org | 327 South Hayne St For a Senior Center Schedule, visit the Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center or online at parks.monroenc.org/ellen-fitzgerald-senior-center

Ages: 55 & up Hours: Monday - Wednesday, 8:00am - 5:00pm Thursday, 8:00am - 5:00pm & 7:00 - 9:00pm Friday, 8:00am - 12:00 noon Membership: There is no charge for residents of the City of Monroe to join. The annual membership fee for non-residents: $60/individual and $90/couple. The majority of classes and activities require no additional charge. MONTHLY • Alzheimer’s & Caregiver Support Group • Diabetes Support Group • Free Blood Pressure Check • Union County Chapter #5164 AARP • Visually Impaired Support Group ANNUALLY • Community Health Services of Union County • Flu Clinic • AARP Tax-Aide Income Tax Preparation • Union County Senior Wellness Expo

HEALTH PROGRAMS • Chronic Disease SelfManagement • Diabetes SelfManagement • Matter of Balance FITNESS CLASSES • Range of Motion • Aerobics • Yoga/Stretch CARDS/GAMES • Bridge • Canasta • Cribbage • Euchre • Pinochle • Spades

TRIPS Exciting and fun trips are offered throughout the year. Refer to monthly schedule at the Senior Center for more details. ACTIVITIES/CLASSES • Advanced Line Dance Class • Art Studio • Baskets • Ceramics • Clay/Pottery • Computer Lab • Exploring Art • Handwork • Jewelry • Line Dance Class • Quilting • Senior Singers • Thursday Night Dance Club • Woodwork

F.L.O.W. Program (Fun and Leisure Offers Wellness) Old Armory Community Center

CARDS, GAMES & SOCIAL CLUB Day: Tuesday & Thursday Time: 10:00am - 12:00 noon Fee: FREE Join us for fellowship and fun. Enjoy a nice conversation while you walk around our indoor walking track or challenge your friends to a game of cards. SENIOR FITNESS Day: Monday, Wednesday & Friday Time: 10:00 - 10:45am Stay in shape at your own pace. Follow our fitness video for fun and easy exercises that are certain to challenge you and keep you active. 14

SECOND CHANCE PROM Day: Saturday, 9/16 Time: 6:00 - 9:00pm Fee: $5 per person Relive a milestone event from your adolescence. Dust off your formal-wear and get down with us on the dance floor. Enjoy the prom a second time around with your sweetheart! “Get on Up” to the Center to enjoy a James Brown themed night complete with fun and refreshments.

Winchester Center

CARDS, GAMES & SOCIAL CLUB Day: 1st Thursday of every month Time: 11:00am - 12:00 noon Participate in a wide range of activities with new and old

SENIOR GAMES Local seniors 50 years of age and better are encouraged to participate in the 2018 United Senior Games program which involves a variety of Sports and SilverArts. United Senior Games will take place in April/May and local winners have a chance to qualify for the North Carolina Senior Games. For information call 704-282-4657.

Ages: 55 & up | August - May

friends. Activities include guest speakers, trips, community service projects and more. Activities include: Estate Planning and Finance, Weatherization, Ceramics, Bingo and Line Dancing SENIOR HEATH CHECK Day: 1st Thursday of every month Time: 9:00 - 11:00am Free Health Screening. SENIOR NUTRITION Day: Thursdays Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm Learn how to cook delicious and healthy meals while on a budget. This program is offered in partnership with the Union County Department of Agriculture.

SENIOR FITNESS @ WINCHESTER FITNESS ROOM Hours: M  onday - Thursday, 5:00 - 8:00pm Tuesday & Thursday, 11:00am - 2:00pm Saturday, 12:00 - 2:00pm Fees: Individual (Daily): Resident - $1.00 Non-Resident - $1.50 Individual (Year): Resident - $20.00 Non-Resident - $75.00 The Winchester Fitness Room is NOW OPEN! Featuring ellipticals, dumbbells, and weight machines, the Winchester Fitness Room has everything you need to stay in shape. Located in the Winchester Gym.


Monroe Parks & Rec Facilities and Parks PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR MOST PROGRAMS. Register by calling the Center where the program takes place. | parks.monroenc.org

Outdoor Parks

RECREATION FACILITIES

Belk Tonawanda 217 IB Shive Dr Amenities: Picnic Tables, Amphitheater, Shelter, Open Space, Playground

Dickerson Center Director: Debbie Reynolds 704-282-4649 | dreynolds@monroenc.org 899 North Johnson St. Operating Hours: Mon/Wed 7:00am - 2:00pm | 5:00 - 9:00pm Tue/Thu 8:00am - 2:00pm | 5:00 - 9:00pm Fri 7:00am - 2:00pm Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm Amenities: Gymnasium, Weights, Racquetball Court, Disc Golf, Softball Fields, Picnic Tables, Playground, Shelters, Tennis Courts. Fees: Gymnasium & Weightroom Under 15: FREE Over 15: $1.00 Racquetball: $3.50/person (Memberships available) Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center Director: Hank Baucom 704-282-4657 | hbaucom@monroenc.org 327 South Hayne St Open to Seniors Age 55 & up Operating Hours: Mon-Thu 8:00am - 5:00pm Fri 8:00am - 12:00 noon Amenities: Meeting Room, Ceramics Room, Wood Shop, Pottery Studio, Aerobics Room, Dance Hall, Arts and Crafts. J. Ray Shute Center Director: Patricia Huntley 704-282-4655 | phuntley@monroenc.org 506 Green St Operating Hours: Mon - Fri 12:00 noon - 8:00 pm Sat 11:00am - 5:00pm (Open Gym) Available for reservation: 9:00am - 10:00pm Sun 2:00 - 6:00pm (Open Gym) Available for reservation: 1:00 - 6:00pm Amenities: Meeting Room, Gymnasium, Game Room, Playground, Picnic Shelter. Monroe Aquatic & Fitness Center Director: Kathy Henderson 704-282-4680 | khenderson@monroenc.org 2325 Hanover Drive Operating Hours: Mon-Fri 5:00am - 9:30pm Sat 6:30am - 7:00pm Sun 1:00 - 7:00pm Amenities: Indoor Jr. Olympic Training Pool, Outdoor Water Park (Open Memorial Day Labor Day, visit website for times), Jacuzzi, Steam Room, Dry Sauna, Fitness Room, Gymnasium, Racquetball, Indoor Walk/Run Track, Wellness Center, Smoothie/Juice Bar, Pro Shop, Massage Therapy

Monroe Country Club Municipal Golf & Country Club Director: Nick Jacobi, PGA Professional 704-282-4661 | njacobi@monroenc.org 1680 Pageland Highway Operating Hours: Pro Shop/Golf Course: Mon-Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm Sat/Sun 7:30am - 5:00pm Amenities: 18 hole golf course, Pro Shop, Ballroom, 1.5 mile walking trail, Picnic Area, Driving Range. Old Armory Community Center Director: Hope Tanner 704-282-4669 | htanner@monroenc.org 500 South Johnson St Operating Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm Sat 9:00am - 12:00 noon Amenities: Meeting Room, Game Room, Computer Lab, Fitness Room, Media Room, Playground. Sutton Park Director: Thomas Latimer 704282-4656 | tlatimer@monroenc.org 2303 Brooks St Operating Hours: Mon - Fri 12:00 noon - 8:00 pm Sat 11:00am - 5:00pm (Open Gym) Available for reservation: 9:00am - 10:00pm Sun 2:00 - 6:00pm (Open Gym) Available for reservation: 1:00 - 6:00pm Amenities:: Gymnasium, Game Room, Meeting Room, Playground, Tennis Court, Softball Field, Baseball Field. Winchester Center Director: Gail Coffey gcoffey@monroenc.org 704-282-4652 Gym 704-282-4654 Bazemore Center 1001 Winchester Avenue Operating Hours: GYM: Mon - Fri 12:00 noon - 8:00 pm Sat 11:00am - 5:00pm (Open Gym) Available for reservation: 9:00am - 10:00pm Sun 2:00 - 6:00pm (Open Gym) Available for reservation: 1:00 - 6:00pm BAZEMORE: Mon-Fri 12:00 noon - 6:00pm Amenities: Gymnasium, Ceramics Room, Meeting Room, Game Room, Playground, Picnic Tables.

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Eric Purser, Parks Superintendent 704-282-4664 | epurser@monroenc.org

Creft Park 803 Burke St Amenities: Playground, Softball Field, Picnic Shelter Don Griffin Park 147 Cedar St Amenities: Picnic Tables, Playground, Baseball Field, Shelter Parks Williams Athletic Complex 2011 Ashton Ave Amenities: Soccer Fields, Softball Fields, Walking Track Sunset Park 306 West Sunset Dr Amenities: Playground, Baseball Fields, Picnic Tables It is our privilege to serve the citizens of this wonderful community and welcome your feedback and input. Please feel free to contact our staff with any questions, concerns or suggestions and help us make “Monroe a Great Place to Play”. – Tonya Edwards, Director

DIRECTORY Parks & Recreation Director Tonya Edwards 704-282-4659 | tedwards@monroenc.org Afterschool @ Dickerson Debbie Reynolds 704-282-4649 | dreynolds@monroenc.org Athletic Programs/Special Events Rae Moore 704-282-4663 | rlmoore@monroenc.org Aquatics & Fitness Center Kathy Henderson 704-282-4662 | khenderson@monroenc.org Community Center Programs/Special Events Ryan Jones 704-282-4695 | rjones@monroenc.org Golf Course Nick Jacobi, PGA Professional 704-282-4661 | njacobi@monroenc.org Scott Huss, Grounds Superintendent 704-282-4660 | shuss@monroenc.org Parks Maintenance Eric Purser 704-282-4664 | epurser@monroenc.org Reservations/Rentals Carol Hinson 704-282-4651 | chinson@monroenc.org Senior Programs Hank Baucom 704-282-4657 | hbaucom@monroenc.org 15


The Winchester Center is situated in the historic Winchester community, minutes from Downtown Monroe. The Winchester Center features a beautiful gymnasium which hosts youth league basketball games, pickleball and open gym. The Winchester Center also includes the Bazemore Center which provides our community with meeting space and a game room. The Beyond the Bell Program is offered in the Bazemore Meeting rooms, as well as, several activities and programs.

The Winchester Fitness Room is NOW OPEN! Featuring ellipticals, dumbbells, and weight machines, the Winchester Fitness Room has everything you need to stay in shape. Located in the Winchester Gym.

Fees: Individual (Daily): Resident - $1.00 Non-Resident - $1.50 Individual (Year): Resident - $20.00 Non-Resident - $75.00

WINCHESTER FITNESS ROOM Hours: M  onday - Thursday, 5:00 - 8:00pm Tuesday & Thursday, 11:00am - 2:00pm Saturday, 12:00 - 2:00pm

WINCHESTER FITNESS ROOM

WINCHESTER CENTER DIRECTOR Gail Coffey 704-282-4654 gcoffey@monroenc.org 1005 Winchester Avenue

HOURS OF OPERATION The Winchester Community Center is open to the public throughout the week. Specific hours vary based on the season. Please contact the Center Director for hours of operation.

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