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Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

GetGoing Going Spring 2012 G U I D E

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Spring 2012 / Resource and Program Guide

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Contents About Us

Pre-School

Frequently Called Numbers........................2 Letter from the Director ..............................3

Programs & Special Events ................42-44

Elementary Parks, Preserves & Greenways Major Facilities Map ................................4-5 Dog Parks ....................................................6 Skate Parks ..................................................7 Volunteers....................................................7 Bark in the Park ..........................................8 Fishing ........................................................8 Disc Golf ......................................................9 Race Events ................................................9 Historic Sites ..............................................9 Go Play Festival ........................................10 Tennis Facilities and Lessons..............12-18 NC Cooperative Extension ..................19-20 Greenway Map ....................................21-23 Recreation and Nature Centers Map ..32-33

Programs & Special Events ................45-48 Youth Sports ..............................................49 Schools Out/Teacher Workdays ..............50

Teens Schools Out/Teacher Workdays ..............50 Programs & Special Events..................51-53

Charlie Cowins-Mecklenburg County

Programs & Special Events ................54-56

Family Holiday Events Programs & Special Events ......................57

Programs & Special Events ................58-64

Programs & Special Events ................24-26

Aquatics Latta Plantation Nature Center Programs & Special Events ................27-29

Aquatic Center, Marion Diehl & Ray’s Splash Planet..............................65-69

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners: Karen Bentley, Dumont Clarke, Harold Cogdell (Chairman), Neil Cooksey, George Dunlap, Bill James, Vilma Leake, Dan Murrey, Jennifer Roberts Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commissioners: Rob Brisley (Chairman), Paul Bailey, Kendel Bryant, Doug Burnett, Ed Burnhart, Phillip Carey, Beverly Cotton Lawston, Norman Mitchell, Scott McClure, Brenda McMoore, Charlie McRee, Joe Pata, Elaine Powell, Jeff Tarte Members are appointed by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. They promote parks and recreation for Mecklenburg County residents and advise County Commissioners on facilities, programs and activities.

Programs & Special Events..................30-31

Summer Camps & Schools Out Kids & Teens........................................34-37 Tennis ........................................................38 Therapeutic Recreation ......................39-40 Schools Out/Teacher Workdays ..............50

Freedom park baseball

Adults

Seniors McDowell Nature Center

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Register One of Three Ways Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select one option: CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number CALL 311 (704.336.7600) or the number listed. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pages 4, 5, 32 & 33. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

Bill Carroll, Managing Editor, Mecklenburg County Public Service and Information Department Leo Caplanides, Co-editor, Mecklenburg County Public Service and Information Department Copy Editors: Terri Stowers Art Direction: Jason Boys, www.idesign2inc.com Copyright 2012 Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or reprinted without written permission.

Cherry blossums are a welcomed sight in Freedom Park!

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Frequently Called Numbers City/County Information Line ..........................................311 Administration ..............................................704.336.3854 Aquatic Center ..............................................704.336.3483 Athletics........................................................704.336.3854 Ballfield Rainout Line ....................................704.336.5800 Dog Parks ....................................................704.336.8840 Facility Reservations/Rentals ..........................................311 Grady Cole Center/Memorial Stadium ............704.336.2884 Greenways & Trails ........................................704.336.3854 Natural Resources ........................................704.598.8857 Ray’s Splash Planet ......................................704.432.4729 Therapeutic Recreation ..................................704.432.0237 For more information on anything in this publication, call 704.336.3854, visit www.parkandrec.com or call 311.

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Dear Mecklenburg County Residents, On behalf of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, I would like to welcome you to the spring 2012 issue of the Get Going Guide. The issue features information on programs and events happening in March, April and May as well as an overview of our 2012 summer camps.

People • Pride Progress Partnerships 5841 Brookshire Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28216 704.336.3854 Fax: 704.336.5472

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This program guide, which was published in print twice a year for several years, has transformed into an electronic book issued on a quarterly basis. The new format allows for fresher content and easier methods of registration since the guide is linked directly to EParks. Our goal is to continue enhancing the guide by adding more hyperlinks, features stories and even video to really show what Park and Recreation has to offer. So save this file to your desktop or laptop and refer to it often so that you will always be upto-date on all the ways you can get going! Sincerely,

James “Jim” R. Garges Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Director

All services are available without regard to origin, sex or disability.

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Mecklenburg County Parks, Preserves and Facilities

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Parks

Discover Our Good Nature!

Dog Parks Mecklenburg County has six dog parks. They offer a place for dogs to run off-leash in a fenced area and frolic with other canines. Admission is free and open to all dogs of suitable disposition. Dogs must have rabies vaccinations and licenses as required by law. Owners are responsible for their pets. Dog parks are open every day, 7:30am–sunset (for more information call 311):

Swaney Point K-9 Park in Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road Cornelius, four acres fenced-in. Separate sections for large dogs (more than 20lbs) and small dogs (less than 20lbs).

Barkingham Park at Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road, four acres inside fence.

Ray’s Fetching Meadow at McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road, one acre, fenced-in.

Davie Dog Park in William R. Davie Park, 4635 Pineville-Matthews Road, more than five acres with separate sections for large dogs and small dogs.

Discover a park near you Many miles of trails exist and are waiting for you to discover. We have trails for wandering, running, strolling, walking, and hiking. Sign up for one of our many nature programs on pages 24-31.

Frazier Dog Park in Frazier Park, 1201 West 4th Street in uptown Charlotte, 1.3 acres inside fence. Sections for large and small dogs. Fenced enclosure is along I-77 near West Trade and Sycamore streets.

Shuffletown Dog Park in Shuffletown Park, 9500 Belhaven Blvd. This new dog park is 4.6 acres with sections for large and small dogs.

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Parks Volunteer Opportunities MISSION POSSIBLE! For more information on volunteering for any on the opportunities listed please contact: Lori.Saylor@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.353.0504

WHO CAN VOLUNTEER? Families, Businesses, Individuals, Church Groups, Scout Troops, Garden Clubs, ROTC Groups, Neighborhood Groups, School/College Groups, Teens needing community service for school Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult that is at least 21 years old. Volunteers working with the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Division must be at least 18 years old. All potential volunteers must undergo a thorough background check before volunteering. Opportunities For Business Adoptions: park/greenway/recreation center Periodic Projects: special projects geared for your group Special Events: volunteering to help with one of the departments events. Recreation Center Opportunities Youth Sports Coaches (Baseball, Track and Field), Afterschool Rec Buddies, Program Assistants, Front Desk Assistants, Therapeutic Program Assistants, Therapeutic Sports Coaches Individual Opportunities Park Ambassadors, Nature Preserve Greeters, General Gardening and Landscaping Help

Special Events BARK IN THE PARK • April 28, 2012 SENIOR GAMES • Beginning in February 2012 Interested in volunteering for one of our upcoming special events you can register by calling 311, visiting eParks at www.parkandrec.com or by going into your local recreation center. Be sure to reference the course number for the event.

s k r a P e t Ska Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation offers a skate park for in-line skaters and skateboarders, plus BMX bikers at specified times. Admission charge, helmets and pads required. Skate parks require signed waiver of liability, with waiver signed by parents and notarized for ages 17 or younger. For waiver forms, hours, and more info, check www.parkandrec.com, click on Facilities, then Skate Parks, or call 311 or 704.432.5231. Come visit: Grayson SkatePark: 750 Beal Street at Naomi Drenan Recreation Center. 13,000 square feet of concrete skating surface. Suitable for novices to professionals. Features a street course with banks, transitions, corners, rails, ledges and two bowls with depths of 5 feet and 10 feet.

Thrills on Wheels Discover mountain biking trails at Jetton, Col. Francis Beatty, Renaissance, Ramsey Creek, and Southwest Parks. Also bike at North Meck Park (operated by Huntersville), at US National Whitewater Center, and on 32 miles of greenways all over the county. Check www.parkandrec.com for details and locations: Click on Activities and Biking, or call 311. Jetton and Southwest Parks have special trails for riders with disabilities who can borrow special “handcycle trikes.”

VOLUNTEER!

Segway tours available at Latta Plantation. See page 29.

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Parks Fishing Tackle Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation can lend you a fishing rod and tackle for a day, so you can try angling in any of our ponds and lakes. This program is a partnership with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. It is free, to increase fishing opportunities. Just bring a valid ID and fill out a form. NC Fishing License is required for age 16 and older. For license information check www.ncwildlife.org or call toll free: 888-248-6834. For more information call 311 or the check the nature centers at: • Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, 5226 Sample Road, Huntersville, 704-875-1391 • McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, 704-588-5224 • Reedy Creek Nature Preserve and Park, 2900 Rocky River Rd., 704-598-8857

Go Fish!

April 28, 2012 10 am – 4 pm Rural Hill 4431 Neck Rd • Huntersville, NC Please join us for the largest dog event in Charlotte! The annual Pedigree Bark in the Park, an event for dogs and the people they own!

Which will become your favorite fishing hole? We’ve got small ponds and big lakes! Fishing is free at: Blythe Landing, 15901 NC Highway 73, Huntersville (Lake Norman) Colonel Francis Beatty Park, 4330 Weddington Rd., Matthews Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd. Hornets Nest Park, 6310 Beatties Ford Rd. Jetton Park, 1900 Jetton Rd., Cornelius (Lake Norman) Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, 5226 Sample Rd., Huntersville (Mountain Island Lake) McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Rd. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Rd. (Lake Wylie) Park Road Park, 6220 Park Rd. Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Rd., Cornelius (Lake Norman) Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Rd. A North Carolina Fishing License is required for ages 16 and older. For license information, check www.ncwildlife.org or call toll free: 888.248.6834. NC Wildlife Resources Officers enforce license regulations. For information on types of fish, depth of ponds and lakes, etc. check www.parkandrec.com, then click on Activities and Fishing, or call 311.

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Parks DISC GOLF - no cart or green fees! Discover the playing power of disc golf! It’s an inexpensive game and courses are located throughout the County. There is no charge to play these courses. Try each course and see which one is your favorite. Two new courses opened in early 2010. Elon Park has a second, longer course for the more serious player and Nevin Park added a disc golf course. The courses listed offer 18 holes except for Squirrel Lake Park in Matthews and Mint Hill Park which has nine. For more information check www.parkandrec.com.Visit the Charlotte Disc Golf Club at www.charlottedgc.com for information about local events. Course Elon Park (2) Hornets Nest Kilborne Park Mint Hill Park Nevin Park Reedy Creek Park Renaissance Park Sugaw Creek Park Squirrel Lake Park

Location: 11401 Ardrey Kell Rd. Park 6301 Beatties Ford Rd. 2600 Kilborne Dr. 8850 Fairview Rd./Mint Hill 6000 Statesville Rd. 2900 Rocky River Rd. 1525 Tyvola Rd. 939 W. Sugar Creek Rd. 1631 Pleasant Plains Rd.

Skill Level: beginner/intermediate/advanced advanced/professional beginner/intermediate beginner/intermediate intermediate/advanced beginner/intermediate advanced/professional intermediate/advanced intermediate/advanced

Historic Sites Mecklenburg County has rich history, and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is the steward of several historic sites that host visitors. Many sites offer a hands-on opportunity to learn about life in another time.

Race Events Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation partners with many local groups to host more than 70 races a year. Races consist of trail and road running events as well as Mountain Bike events. McAlpine Creek Park, which includes a Nationally Certified Cross Country Course, serves as the main venue for trail running events including; Wendy’s Invitational, Footlocker Regional Championships, UNCC 49er Challenge, Queens University Royal Challenge, NCAA Division II Regional’s and over a dozen charity events. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is also involved with the Charlotte Turkey Trot held each year on Thanksgiving morning and the Charlotte RaceFest at South Park held on April 14, 2012. Cycling events include a Winter Mountain Bike Short Track Series and a Summer Mountain Bike Series. Mountain Bike events are held at Renaissance Park and Colonel Francis Beatty Park. For more information on all race events visit www.parkandrec.com, adult athletics or contact Preston.Buckman@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-529-3273.

Alexandriana: Site has a monument which commemorates the signing of Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, 9921 Old Statesville Rd., Huntersville Dowd House: World War I training camp, 2216 Monument Ave., Charlotte Historic Latta Plantation: Plantation of James Latta, circa 1800, 5225 Sample Rd., Huntersville. See www.lattaplantation.org Independence Park: Oldest park in Mecklenburg County, 300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte McIntyre Historic Site: Revolutionary War skirmish and gold mining site, 4125 McIntyre Ave., Charlotte Rural Hill: 265 acre plantation of Revolutionary War Maj. John Davidson and six generations of his family, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville. See: www.ruralhill.net . St. Mary’s Chapel: Victorian chapel of Thompson Orphanage, now a popular wedding venue, 1129 East 3rd St., Charlotte. Holly Bend House: Circa 1795-1800 plantation home of Robert and Margaret Davidson at 3710 Neck Rd. near Mountain Island Lake. Robinson Rockhouse Trail: at Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road.

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Aeromodeler Field Mecklenburg Park and Recreation has a special facility for flying model airplanes. The David B. Waymer Aeromodelers Flying Field, 15401 Holbrooks Road, in Huntersville has areas for both wire controlled and radio-controlled models. To fly here you need an AMA membership and an annual pass. Visitors may fly up to three visits before applying for the annual pass. Contact Waymer Aeromodeler Chapter of AMA (WACAMA) for more information. www.flyingacesrc.com/wacama.htm

Visit: www.MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Your one stop for news and information about Mecklenburg County.

Americans With Disabilities Mecklenburg County will comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Mecklenburg County will make reasonable accommodations in all programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability who meets essential eligibility requirements. Mecklenburg County programs will be available in the most integrated setting for each individual. If any accommodations are necessary for participation in any program or service, participants are encouraged to notify staff at least one week prior to program commencement. Upon request, this information is available in an alternative format for persons with disabilities.

Nature makes the bbest playground! After all, where else can you ca c tch a fish,

bake a mud pie, and d build an awesome sticck fort? Families and kid ds of all ages will have a blast at this first annual fe estival tha t t’s all about getting outside, being active, and haaving fun in nature. Actiivities will include cano oeing, hunting for bugs, building saand castles, making mu ud art, and much more messy m fun fun. The only limit is you ur imagination! So dresss for the mess and join us as we get outdoors and play at Latta! All Ages - FREE

May 12, 2012 10aam - 4pm For mor m e information call 704-875-1391 7

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WATCH THE VIDEO

American Legion Memorial Stadium and Grady Cole Center For the past several decades, the American Legion Memorial Stadium and Grady Cole Center have helped shape the landscape for sports and entertainment in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

FITNESS CENTER Adult Admission Fees Monthly, Annual and “RAY” passes available with bank draft. Mallard Creek Daily admission: $4 county /$6 non-county Tuckasegee, West Charlotte, Southview and Bette Rae Thomas Daily admission: $3 county /$5 non-county Ray’s Splash Planet Daily admission: $8 county / $11 non-county Fitness Center Only Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Daily admission: $5 county / $8 non-county Includes hot tub and pool.

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Tennis Facilities Park and Recreation is proud to offer tennis clinics, lessons and camps for players of all ages at 6 facilities. For more information and to register please contact the tennis professionals directly using the information below.

Park Road Park Park Road Park provides lighting on 12 tennis courts. For information on leagues, lessons, and clinics, please visit; Website: www.parkandrec.com Phone: 704-529-3273 Email: Preston.Buckman@mecklenburgcountync.gov

Tennis Education and Endowment 6220 Park Rd. • Charlotte, NC 28210

Colonel Francis Beatty Park Colonel Francis Beatty Park offers lighting on 6 tennis courts. For clinics, tournaments, trips and special events, please visit; Website: www.tanctennis.com Phone: 704-340-0013 Email: playtennischarlotte@gmail.com

Tennis Academy of North Carolina 4330 Weddington Rd. • Matthews, NC 28105

Veterans Park Veterans Park offers lighting on 6 tennis courts. For clinics, programming, and private lessons, please visit; Website: www.midwoodtennisacademy.com Phone: 704-491-1846 Email: info@midwoodtennisacademy.com

Midwood Tennis Academy 2136 Central Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28205

Jeff Adams Tennis Center Jeff Adams Tennis Center offers lighting on 13 tennis courts. For more information on lessons and clinics, please visit; Website: www.charlottecitytennis.com Phone: 704-284-9844 Email: allen@upchurchtennis.com

Upchurch Tennis 1200 W. Tyvola Rd. • Charlotte, NC 28217

Tom Sykes/Latta Park Latta Park provides 6 tennis courts. For clinics, programming, and private lessons, please visit; Website: www.midwoodtennisacademy.com Phone: 704-491-1846 Email: info@midwoodtennisacademy.com

Midwood Tennis Academy 601 East Park Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28203

Freedom Park Freedom Park offers lighting on 12 tennis courts. For scheduling and pricing of lessons, please visit; Website: www.upchurchtennis.com Phone: 704-625-6552 Email: todd@upchurchtennis.com

Upchurch Tennis 1900 East Blvd. • Charlotte, NC 28203

Mecklenburg County has over 140 tennis courts within 33 tennis facilities

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Tennis Lessons: Colonel Francis Beatty Park - Tennis Academy of North Carolina For detailed schedule visit www.tanctennis.com.

Session Dates:

3/5 - 5/17 (10 weeks)

JUNIOR CLASSES BEGINNER (Ages 4 - 10) - Classes will be broken into two groups based on age and skill level. Players will learn proper stoke techniques, score keeping and point play. INTERMEDIATE (Ages 8 - 12) - Class will utilize 60’ court and full court. Juniors will train using both regular balls and compression balls. Focus will be on matchplay and serving. MATCH READY - Clinic for juniors who are looking to participate in Level 4 and 5 USTA tournaments or on their middle school/high school teams. Focus will be on learning the modern game of tennis, while mastering technique and footwork. ADVANCED 1 - Class is for juniors who demonstrate a talent for competitive match play. Juniors should be looking to compete in Level 3 and 4 USTA tournament and play for their school.

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Tennis Lessons: Freedom Park - Upchurch Tennis Classes run on a monthly basis. Students choose the same days each week to attend for the entire session. Students pay for all classes at the beginning of the session. Class offerings may change, for up-to-date information and to register visit www.upchurchtennis.com

Sessions run monthly JUNIOR CLASSES LITTLE ACES (Ages 4 - 6) - Students learn the basics through live ball games and hand-eye coordination drills and footwork. Instructors use the 36’ Quickstart format. Monday - Thursday Saturday

4:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 10:00am

FUTURE STARS (Ages 8-10) - Students will use the 60’ Quickstart format and live ball drills to rapidly advance their skills. This is a fast pace clinic with active instruction. Monday - Thursday Saturday

4:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 10:00am

STARS (Ages 11 - 14) - Students add to their skills with cooperative drills, situational feed-based games and increased footwork. This class is for players who will be or are beginning to play in tournaments Monday - Thursday Saturday

4:30pm - 6:00pm 9:00am - 10:30am

COMPETITIVE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT (11 & up) - Students in this level are looking to be pushed hard to the next level in their tournament or high school play. Monday - Thursday Saturday

4:00pm - 6:00pm 10:00am - 12:00pm

ADULT CLASSES LADIES BEGINNER - Focus on developing the proper kills to help everyone quickly learn and enjoy the game. Monday Wednesday

10:00am - 11:30am 10:00am - 11:30am

LADIES INTERMEDIATE - Class will focus on developing a full court game, with particular emphais on identifying strengths and protecting weaknesses. Monday Wednesday

10:00am - 11:30am 10:00am - 11:30am

LADIES BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE - Focus on moving players forward rapidly through cooperative and competitive games based instruction. Tuesday

10:00am - 11:30am

SENIOR MEN & WOMEN HIT & MOVE - Clinic is about good, safe movement through tennis games and creating relationships while developing their skill sets. Thursday Thursday

9:00am - 10:00am 10:00am - 11:00am

LADIES CARDIO & PLAY - Fast, upbeat class using fun music matched with live ball drills. Focus on keeping the heart rate elevated, skill development and safety around the court. Friday

10:00am - 12:00pm

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Tennis Lessons: Jeff Adams Tennis Center - Upchurch Tennis Classes run on a monthly basis. Students choose the same days each week to attend for the entire session. Students pay for all classes at the beginning of the session. Class offerings may change, for up-to-date information and to register visit www.charlottecitytennis.com

JUNIOR CLASSES-Sessions run monthly LITTLE ACES (Ages 4 - 6) - Students learn the basics through live ball games and hand-eye coordination drills and footwork. Instructors use the 36’ Quickstart format. Monday - Thursday Saturday Saturday

4:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 10:00am 10:00am - 11:00am

FUTURE STARS (Ages 8-10) - Students will use the 60’ Quickstart format and live ball drills to rapidly advance their skills. This is a fast pace clinic with active instruction. Monday - Thursday Saturday Saturday

4:00pm - 5:00pm 9:00am - 10:00am 10:00am - 11:00am

STARS (Ages 11 - 14) - Students add to their skills with cooperative drills, situational feed-based games and increased footwork. This class is for players who will be or are beginning to play in tournaments Monday - Thursday Saturday Saturday

4:30pm - 6:00pm 9:00am - 10:30am 10:30am - 12:00pm

COMPETITIVE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT (11 & up) - Students in this level are looking to be pushed hard to the next level in their tournament or high school play. Monday - Thursday Saturday

4:00pm - 6:00pm 10:00am - 12:00pm

ADULT CLASSES-Sessions run monthly BEGINNER (Learn to Play) - Focus on developing the proper skills to hel everyone learn and enjoy the game. Monday Wednesday

6:00pm - 7:00pm 6:00pm - 7:00pm

INTERMEDIATE - Class will focus on developing a full court game, with particular emphais on identifying strengths and protecting weaknesses. Monday Wednesday

7:00pm - 8:00pm 7:00pm - 8:00pm

BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE - Focus on moving players forward rapidly through cooperative and competitive games based instruction. Tuesday Thursday

7:00pm - 8:30pm 7:00pm - 8:30pm

LADIES GROUP - Program focuses on good, safe movement through tennis games and creating relationships while developing their skill sets. Monday Thursday

9:00am - 10:00am 10:00am - 11:00am

LADIES CARIO & PLAY - Fast, upbeat class using fun music matched with live ball drills. Focus on keeping the heart rate elevated, skill development and safety around the court. Friday

10:00am - 12:00pm

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Tennis Lessons: Park Road Park For more information on price and schedule for all programming contact 704-529-3273.

Session Dates: Junior Adult

Spring Session 1

Spring Session 2

Spring Session 3

3/5-3/31 (4 Weeks)

4/2-4/28 (4 Weeks)

4/30-5/26 (4 Weeks)

$40 $60

$40 $60

$40 $60

JUNIOR CLASSES PEE-WEE TENNIS (Ages 5 - 8) - An introduction to the game of tennis. Instructors will use 36’ court and age approriate equipment to develop hand-eye coordination and basic tennis skills Monday Wednesday Saturday:

4:00pm - 5:00pm 5:00pm - 6:00pm 9:00am-10:00am

BIG SHOTS (Ages 8 - 10) - Instructors will use the 60’ court and full court to develop basic coordination and balance. Players will work to develop basic strokes; forehand and backhand, and will begin to rally. Game play and basic scoring will be introduced. Monday Wednesday Saturday

5:00pm - 6:00pm 4:00pm - 5:00pm 10:00am-11:00am

CHALLENGERS (Ages 11- 14) - Players should be able to hit a consistent forehand and backhand groundstrokes. Instructors will introduce serves, returns, volleys and overheads. Saturday

11:00am - 12:00pm

HIGH PERFORMANCE JUNIOR - Advanced level clinic for juniors who are looking to play in high level tournaments or for their school team.

ADULT CLASSES BEGINNER ADULT - A clinic designed for new players or those who have not played in a while. Focus is on general fundamentals, learning to rally and keep score. Tuesday Thursday Saturday

6:00pm - 7:30pm 7:30pm - 9:00pm 8:00am - 9:30am

INTERMEDIATE ADULT - Players can rally, but are looking to build upon there game. Focus on point play, match strategy, aerobic activity and fun. Monday Wednesday Saturday

6:00pm - 7:30pm 7:00pm - 8:30pm 9:30am - 11:00am

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Tennis Lessons: Latta Park (Tom Sykes RC) - Midwood Tennis Academy *To register for all programs visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com. For more information contact 704-529-3273.

Session Dates: Junior Adult

Spring Session 1

Spring Session 2

Spring Session 2

2/27-4/8 (6 Weeks)

4/9-6/3 (8 Weeks)

4/9-5/20 (6 Weeks)

$81 $120

$108 $120

JUNIOR CLASSES LITTLE STARS (Ages 5 & 6) - This is an introduction to the game of tennis and overall athleticism. Balance, movement and hand-eye coordination are taught and developed. Monday Wednesday

3:00pm - 4:00pm 4:00pm - 5:00pm

SUPER STARS (Ages 6 - 8) - Players develop basic coordination and balance, and can throw and catch without assistance. Players develop forehand and backhand groundstrokes and will begin to rally. Simple game play and scoring are introduced. Monday Friday

4:00pm - 5:00pm 3:00pm - 4:00pm

BIG STARS (Ages 9 - 11) - Players can hit consistent forehand and backhand groundstrokes. Serves, returns, volleys and overheads are introduced. Class focus in on rally skills, basic match play strategy and scoring. Wednesday Friday

3:00pm - 4:00pm 4:00pm - 5:00pm

ADULT CLASSES Level I (beginner - 2.5) - This clinic is for new players or those who have not played in a while. Focus is on general fundamentals, learning to rally and keep score. Monday Wednesday

5:30pm - 7:00pm 9:30am - 11:00am

Level II (2.5 - 3.5) - Players can rally, but are looking to gain consistency and develop weapons. Focus on point play, match strategy, aerobic activity and fun. Wednesday Friday

5:30pm - 7:00pm 9:30am - 11:00am

Level III (3.5 - 4.0) - Players play regular matches on leagues, teams or challenge ladders. Focus on continued development of weapons, advanced strategies and conditioning. Monday Friday

9:30am - 11:00am 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Cardio Tennis (2.0 - 5.0) - For players of all levels. A very intense hour long workout where players hit balls and do a lot of moving. Dynamic movement and agility drills as well as some plyometic exercises will be used. Monday Wednesday Friday

8:30am - 9:30am 8:30am - 9:30am 8:30am - 9:30am

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Tennis Lessons: Veterans Park - Midwood Tennis Academy *To register for all programs visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com. For more information contact 704-529-3273.

Session Dates: Junior Adult

Spring Session 1

Spring Session 2

Spring Session 2

2/27-4/8 (6 Weeks)

4/9-6/3 (8 Weeks)

4/9-5/20 (6 Weeks)

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$108 $120

JUNIOR CLASSES LITTLE STARS (Ages 5 & 6) - This is an introduction to the game of tennis and overall athleticism. Balance, movement and hand-eye coordination are taught and developed. Saturday

9:00am-10:00am

SUPER STARS (Ages 6 - 8) - Players develop basic coordination and balance, and can throw and catch without assistance. Players develop forehand and backhand groundstrokes and will begin to rally. Simple game play and scoring are introduced. Saturday

10:00am-11:00am

BIG STARS (Ages 9 - 11) - Players can hit consistent forehand and backhand groundstrokes.Serves, returns, volleys and overheads are introduced. Class focus in on rally skills, basic match play strategy and scoring. Saturday

11:00am - 12:00pm

ADULT CLASSES Level I (beginner - 2.5) - This clinic is for new players or those who have not played in a while. Focus is on general fundamentals, learning to rally and keep score. Tuesday Thursday

6:00pm - 7:30pm 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Level II (2.5 - 3.5) - Players can rally, but are looking to gain consistency and develop weapons. Focus on point play, match strategy, aerobic activity and fun. Monday Wednesday

6:00pm - 7:30pm 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Level III (3.5 - 4.0) - Players play regular matches on leagues, teams or challenge ladders. Focus on continued development of weapons, advanced strategies and conditioning. Tuesday Thursday

7:30pm - 9:00pm 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Level IV (4.0 and Above) - Advanced players who compete regularly in tournaments or leagues. Focus on spins, specialty shots, advanced strategy and developing multiple game plans. Monday

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Cardio Tennis (2.0 - 5.0) - For players of all levels. A very intense hour long workout where players hit balls and do a lot of moving. Dynamic movement and agility drills as well as some plyometic exercises will be used. Wednesday Saturday

6:00pm - 7:00pm 8:00am - 9:00am

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NC Cooperative Extension The NC Cooperative Extension provides educational programs, resources and technical assistance in the areas of consumer/commercial horticulture, 4-H youth development, food and nutrition, food safety and preservation, and local foods. To learn more about NC Cooperative Extension, visit our website at http://mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu or call 704.336.2082.

Family and Consumer Sciences views the family, in all its diverse forms, as the cornerstone of a healthy society. Our mission is to improve the well-being of the family through programs that educate, influence public policy, and help families put research-based knowledge to work in their lives. In Mecklenburg County, the Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent provides education regarding nutrition, food safety and food preservation with a focus on local foods. Educational opportunities include: • Home Food Preservation Classes and Advice • Nutrition Classes and Cooking Demonstrations • Collaborative partnerships with local agencies For more information: Kristin Davis, FCS Extension Agent, 704.336.4006, Kristin_Davis@ncsu.edu

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and North Carolina Cooperative Extension is committed to building North Carolina’s sustainable local food economy. North Carolinians spend about $35 billion a year on food. If individuals spent 10 percent—$1.05 per day—locally, about $3.5 billion would be available in the local economy. To further our commitment, we are encouraging consumers to commit 10 percent of their existing food dollars to support local food producers and related businesses. For more information about how you, your business or organization can become involved in Mecklenburg County 10% Campaign contact Kristin Davis at 704-336-4006 or visit nc10percent.com!

Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program EFNEP helps limited resource families with children learn how to eat healthier meals and snacks, stretch their food dollars and reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses. Additionally, in collaboration with many organizations through the Eat Smart and Move More initiative, NC EFNEP aims to reduce the rising tide of obesity by teaching youth and families practical skills resulting in changed behaviors that help them to eat smart, move more and achieve a healthy weight. For more information about EFNEP in Mecklenburg County, contact Sharon_Pearson@ncus.edu or call 704.336.4013.

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The NC Cooperative Extension

Horticulture Cooperative Extension horticulture assistance is available in the areas of: • Fruit and Vegetable Production • Landscape and turf grass management • Community gardens • Master gardener training • Commercial pesticide training, licensing and recertification • Home horticulture questions

Master Gardener Hotline Extension Master Gardener volunteers are available to answer your home gardening questions weekdays from 9am until noon beginning March 1. You can reach your local Extension Master Gardener by calling 704-336-4011.

4-H Curriculum Trainings Mecklenburg County 4-H offers monthly curriculum trainings open to 4-H volunteers, school-age professionals, and other youth workers. These sessions are five hours long and provide .5 CEU’s (Continuing Education Units). All sessions include hands-on experiences with curriculum lessons, practical experience working with youth, and opportunity to share and evaluate what you have learned. For information on curriculum training sessions available in the coming months, visit our website: www.mecklenburgcounty4h.org or call 704-336-2082.

Community Gardens Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension manages the community gardens program offered through Park and Recreation. Currently, there are gardens in the following Park and Recreation locations: • Frazier Park, 4th Street and Sycamore Street • Little Sugar Creek, Alexander and 17th Street • Hoskins Park, 3801 Gossett Avenue • Huntingtowne Farms Park, 2400 Ramblewood Lane • McAlpine Creek Community Park, Holly Lane, off of Sardis Road • Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road • Winget Park, 12025 Winget Rd; across from tennis courts All gardens are currently full. To be added to the waiting list, contact scott_ewers@ncsu.edu or call 704.336.4008.

Mecklenburg County 4-H Mecklenburg County has a large and diverse 4-H Program. About 65 4-H clubs operate in our recreation centers and other sites all over Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The 4-H program is open to youth ages 5-18 interested learning about subjects such as photography, visual arts, health and fitness, and entrepreneurship. Through 4-H, they also have the opportunity to participate in summer camps, leadership retreats, competitive events, and district and state conferences. Our 4-H is oriented to urban and suburban activities. Parents are encouraged to participate as volunteers. For more information on 4-H, visit www.mecklenburgcounty4h.org

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Greenways

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Greenways are linear parks that connect people and places by linking neighborhoods, offices, parks, schools and shopping areas. They also protect water quality and wildlife habitat while providing alternative ways to move through our city, suburbs and small towns. Currently there are more than 38 miles of greenway trails in the Mecklenburg County system, with more greenways being built every year.

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Mecklenburg County Greenways

Whether you are biking, running, strolling or walking, discover the 35 miles of greenways throughout Mecklenburg County. For downloads of specific greenways, visit parkandrec.com/greenways. Fascinating views of birds, flora and fauna abound. Greenways are linear parks that connect people and places. They act as buffers that filter out pollutants from storm water before it enters our creeks. They also preserve natural areas for wildlife and native plant communities. In Mecklenburg County, greenways offer visitors opportunities to enjoy nature and provide alternate ways to move through our city, suburbs and towns. Mecklenburg County operates 35 miles of trails. The greenway master plan envisions a system that will eventually stretch throughout the county and connect neighborhoods within Charlotte, the six surrounding towns and surrounding counties. To learn more about greenways and to download trail maps, please visit www.parkandrec.com/greenways

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There are two developed sections of this greenway. One 0.4 mile paved section includes a bridge over Briar Creek and provides an important connection between the Merry Oaks and Plaza-Midwood neighborhoods. On street parking is available along Masonic Drive. Another 0.9 mile gravel trail follows Briar Creek behind Myers Park High School between Colony Road and Runnymeade Lane.

3 Four Mile Creek Greenway This 2 mile criss-cross greenway is nested in the center of the town of Matthews, allowing residential areas direct access to the Matthews Community Center and downtown area. The greenway opened in 2011.

4 Irwin Creek & Stewart Creek Greenway These trails comprise a continuos 2.1 mile creekside walk in the center city area of Charlotte. The trail takes visitors through the historic Wesley Heights neighborhood and connects Rayas Splash Planet, Frazier Park and Phillip O. Berry Center. The trail is only a few minutes walk from Johnson & Wales University, Gateway Center and uptown condos and offers a quiet place to relax during a busy day. Parking is available at Ray’s Splash Planet, Frazier Park and Bruns Avenue.

5 Irwin Creek Greenway - Clanton Park This 0.8 mile paved greenway crosses Clanton Park in the Revolution Park neighborhood and connects the new Clanton Indoor Pavilion and soccer fields with Arbor Glen Outreach Center. Parking is available at either end of this greenway.

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There are four developed sections totaling 4.4 miles of trail. Almost a mile of trail is located in the Belmont neighborhood northeast of uptown Charlotte, including a railroad underpass connecting to Alexander St. Park. The longest developed stretch of trail is 2.8 miles beginning at Charlottetowne Avenue through Freedom Park and ending at Brandywine Road. Liz Hair Nature Walk runs from Morehead Street to East Boulevard and is dedicated to the first woman to chair the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. Almost a mile of paved trail is developed through Huntingtowne Farms Park in south Charlotte. Parking is available at the YWCA on Parkwood Av., Freedom Park, Park Road Shopping Center and Huntingtowne Farms Park.

10 Lower McAlpine, McMullen & Four Mile Creek Greenways This horseshoe shaped greenway runs 5.8 miles through south Charlotte and passes under Interstate 485. The trail is composed of a variety of surfaces, including asphalt, gravel and boardwalk. Parking is available off of Hwy 51 across from McMullen Creek Market. The most recently developed Four Mile Creek Greenway section features significant boardwalk through scenic wetlands with abundant wildlife. A parking lot and restrooms are available off Johnston Road.

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Mecklenburg County Greenways

11 Mallard Creek and Clark’s Creek Greenways Located in the University area, the trail is 7.1 miles long and is currently the longest trail in the County. While much of the greenway is paved, a 1.2 mile gravel trail through University Research Park connects to the newly constructed section from David Taylor Drive to Kirk Farm Fields off of Mallard Creek Church Road.

12 McAlpine Creek & Campbell Creek Greenways This greenway stretches for 4.1 miles in east Charlotte and is a favorite of runners. McAlpine Creek Greenway is composed primarily of gravel trail and boardwalk. It connects with Cottonwood Nature Trail and the 3.1 mile McAlpine Creek Cross Country course. Surrounded by urban development, the greenway is home to 188 different documented species of birds, as well as beavers and river otters. Parking is available at Margaret Wallace Road, McAlpine Creek Park and Old Bell Road.

13 McDowell Creek Greenway Linking the Towns of Cornelius and Huntersville, this 1.5 mile paved greenway is the first developed section of McDowell Creek. The greenway links several new and existing neighborhoods to great destinations like Birkdale Village and the future Robbins Park location in Cornelius.

14 Six Mile Creek Greenway This 0.9 mile paved greenway runs along the County’s southern border. It will eventually link neighborhoods within Mecklenburg and Union counties. The trail was developed through a partnership with LUESA (Land Use & Environmental Services Agency). Parking is available off of Marvin Road.

15 SouthProng Rocky River & West Branch Rocky River Greenways This 2.9 mile greenway connects downtown Davidson with neighborhoods to the southeast along the South Prong of the Rocky River. Parking is available at South Street near Davidson Elementary School, on-street at the Hudson Place trailhead and at River Run Athletic Field. Although part of the Mecklenburg County Greenway system, this greenway is operated by the Town of Davidson. Please visit http://www.ci.davidson.nc.us/ for more information. Continuing approximately 3.2 miles long the sidewalk and bike lanes which begins on Robert Walker Drive and continue on roads into River Run including River Ford Drive. This overland connector leads to the entrance plaza for West Branch Rocky River Greenway. The greenway opened in 2011 and provides 1 mile of restful travel and natural areas. This greenway feels far from urban areas. Parking is not currently available but will be provided in the future.

16 Toby Creek Greenway Toby Creek Greenway opened in 2011 and adds 2 miles of trails to the system and a significant connection to the UNC Charlotte Campus. Parking is available at Mallard Creek Elementary School and Kirk Farm Fields.

17 Torrence Creek Greenway Located in Huntersville, the 1.4 mile trail is composed of asphalt and boardwalk, meandering through woods and wetlands. This greenway features large rock formations along the eastern end and meadows of wildflowers along the western end. On-street parking is available on Bradford Hill Lane.

18 Walker Branch Greenway The first greenway in the Southwest Park District, this half mile paved trail runs southeast from South Tryon Street along Rivergate Parkway. Parking is located adjacent to the Home Depot on Rivergate Parkway.

Growing Greenways: Over the next year, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation will add additional mileage to the greenway system. Look for greenway trail construction along the following creeks: Four Mile Creek, Irwin Creek, Little Sugar Creek, McDowell Creek, Toby Creek and Torrence Creek.

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McDowell Nature Center Homeschool Special: Worms and Vermiculture

15222 York Road Charlotte 704.588.5224 Spring Hours: Mar-May: Open Mon-Sat 9:00 am to 5:00pm, Sun 1:00pm to 5:00pm

All programs meet at McDowell Nature Center unless otherwise noted.

Homeschool Family Hike

Wiggly Worms

Preschool Family Prairie Hayride

Grab the family and a bottle of water and join us on a nature hike within McDowell Nature Preserve. Each hike will explore different areas of the park and be filled with activities, games, and adventure! Ages 6 and older • FREE • #30842 Mar 2 F 10:00am to 11:30am #30894 Apr 6 F 10:00am to 11:30am #30978 May 11 F 10:00am to 11:30am

Wiggle on over with your little one and learn about worms through an age appropriate group time and parent-child activity stations. Ages 2 to 3 - $3 #30863 Mar 5 M 10:30am to 11:15am

Embark on a scenic hayride around through the McDowell Prairie, we will stop to give children a chance to explore and play in this unique habitat on foot. Ages 2 to 6 - $3/child #30909 Mar 16 Th 10:30am to 11:30am #30871 Apr 20 F 10:30am to 11:30am #30981 May 14 M 10:30am to 11:30am

Fishing with Dr. Seuss Hear Dr. Seuss’ classic story, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and learn about the fish in our lakes and ponds. Kids will also learn how to cast with a fun fishing game! Ages 3 and older - $3/child #30843 Mar 2 F 10:30am to 11:30am

Nature Explore Family Club Every Sunday in March enjoy the beginning of spring with your family as we help you connect in nature together. Each week has a specific topic that is designed to help you as a family work together to explore something in nature on your own. Easy to moderate hiking along our paved 4 seasons trail as well as any adventures your family wants to embark off trail. Please come dressed comfortably for the weather. 4 seasons trail head Ages 4 and older • FREE • Shapes in Nature #30693 Mar 4 Su 3:00pm to 4:30pm Get to know a tree #30694 Mar 11 Su 3:00pm to 4:30pm Animal Signs #30845 Mar 18 Su 3:00pm to 4:30pm Hidden Picture Hunt #30846 Mar 25 Su 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Homeschool Series: Amphibian Study Take an in depth look at Amphibians during this 3 class investigation. We will use Microscopes and even dissect a frog during this in depth study. Ages 12 to 15 - $25 #30853 Mar 9 F 2:00pm to 3:30pm #30856 April 13 F 2:00pm to 3:30pm #30858 May 4 F 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Animal Tales: Wiggly Wonderful Worms The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out! Find out why worms are wonderful in this hands-on, close encounter of the squirmy kind. Age 4 to 6 - $3 #30862 Mar 9 F 10:30am to 11:15am

Cache In/Trash Out Join us as we use GPS units to trek through the preserve and pick up litter. This is an environmentally friendly twist on the sport of geocaching (a high tech treasure hunt). All supplies are provided, but feel free to bring your own GPS unit. Ages 18 and older • FREE • #30864 Mar 10 Sa 9:00am to 1:00pm

Peeper Prowl Jeepers, Peepers! Come for a nighttime prowl to discover how a thumbnail-sized frog can make sounds heard a quarter mile away. These tiny amphibians signal the start to spring. Flashlights and boots or old shoes recommended. Miles: ½ mile, moderate terrain. All ages • FREE • #30868 Mar 10 Sa 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Babes in the Woods Take your baby on a journey to discover all the good things about nature! Learn how to spark the sense of wonder in your little one. June through July we will get our feet wet in the creek so dress appropriately. Ages 18 months to 3 years • FREE • 4 Seasons trail entrance #30869 Mar 12 M 10:30am to 11:15am #30885 Mar 30 F 10:30am to 11:15am #30895 Apr 6 F 10:30am to 11:15am #30898 Apr 16 M 10:30am to 11:15am #30972 May 4 F 10:30am to 11:15am

Ever wonder about those slimy creatures that come out after the rain? Learn all about worms and why they are important to our environment. Each participant will need to bring a plastic shoe box sized, closable, colored container to learn what worm composting is and how to establish a worm composting bin in their home. Ages 7 to12 - $3 F 2:00pm to 3:30pm #30881 Mar 23

Boats and Bites: Canoeing Pack yourself a lunch and come out to McDowell Nature Preserve to let one of our skilled instructors teach you the basics of flat water canoeing. This class will begin with canoe instruction to familiarize you with paddling skills or to give you time to brush up on your skills. Beginners are welcome! After learning tips and tricks for canoeing we will head out on Lake Wylie to find a sunny spot for lunch. Bring your favorite snacks and lunch foods along with plenty of water. Ages 10 and older - $35/ boat #30882 Mar 24 Sa 10:00am to 2:00pm Sa 10:00am to 2:00pm #30883 Mar 31

Five-Mile Redbud Ramble Stretch out those legs on this moderate paced hike through the rolling hills of McDowell Nature Preserve. We will soak in the beauty of spring, including the pink sprays of Eastern Redbuds. Be prepared to hike five miles over primitive trails and moderately steep terrain. Adults and Ages 9 and up, • FREE • #30884 Mar 24 Sa 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Stone Mountain Day Trip

Digital Photo Scavenger Hunt

Ride along with us to hike around Stone Mountain, the 600 foot granite dome that is the park’s namesake. Make sure to bring plenty of snacks, water, and lunch for yourself as we will be out in the park all day. Wear sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. We will depart from McDowell Nature Center at 7:00am. Ages 10 and older - $20 #30874 Mar 17 Sa 7:00am to 6:30pm

Stop by the nature center any Sunday in April for a for a scavenger hunt list filled with fun and adventure for your family. Bring your digital camera, or use our FREE loaner camera, and sense of exploration. All Ages • FREE • #30888 Apr 1 Su 1:00pm to 4:00pm #30889 Apr 8 Su 1:00pm to 4:00pm #30891 Apr 15 Su 1:00pm to 4:00pm #30891 Apr 22 Su 1:00pm to 4:00pm #30892 Apr 29 Su 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Fabulous Frogs Discover nature with your little one through crafts and activities related to the theme. Ages 2 to 3 - $3 #30875 Mar 19 M 10:30am to 11:15am

Homeschool Special: Geocaching Have you ever been geocaching? We will discuss what geocaching is, how to create and place a cache, how GPS units work and what you’ll need to bring along when you go geocaching. Be sure to bring water, weather-appropriate clothes and sturdy shoes. Ages 12 to 15 - $3 #30879 Mar 23 F 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Animal Tales: Funky Frogs! Join us with your preschooler as we read a fabulous animal tale and then enjoy crafts and activities related to each month’s theme. Ages 4 to 6 - $3 #30880 Mar 23 F 10:30am to 11:15am

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Flowering Fun

Family Sunset Kayak Tour

Discover nature with your little one through crafts and activities related to the theme. Age 2 to 3 - $3 #30893 Apr 2 M 10:30am to 11:15am

Join us for a relaxing kayak tour. During this class we will learn the basics of flat water kayaking while watching the sunset over Lake Wylie. We will also learn some of the history of the lake including Buster Boyd Bridge which connects North Carolina to South Carolina. Children ages 5-9 are required to share a tandem kayak with an adult. Registration required. Ages 5 and older - $15/single, $20/tandem Waterfront Deck #30907 (single) Apr 18 W 6:30pm to 8:30pm #30908 (tandem) Apr 18 W 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Homeschool Special: Camping 101 Have you ever been totally confused by how to set up a tent? Have you ever wondered why your tent is leaky or your feet are cold when you go camping? Let us help you get your technique down before heading out into the woods. Gear will be provided. Ages 7 to 12 - $3 #30896 April 13 F 2:00pm to 3:30pm

A Tree, a Book and Me Weather permitting; we will enjoy a story under the trees in the fresh spring air. A short tree gratitude hike will follow. Ages 4 to 6 • FREE • F 10:30am to 11:15am #30897 Apr 13

Family Campfire Enjoy Stories, eat s’mores, and sing songs around a campfire with family and friends. Groups are welcome to attend. All Ages • FREE • #30899 Apr 16 M 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Homeschool Field Trip: Kings Mountain Pack a lunch and join us for a trip to Kings Mountain! We will enjoy our lunch picnic style, take a hike, explore the visitor center, and learn a little piece of our local history. Participant’s ages 8 to adult are all welcome to meet us at McDowell Nature Center at 9 am and ride in our van to Kings Mountain. Any families who prefer to drive separate or who have children under 8 can follow behind us for a reduced rate. While parents are welcome to join, participants over 8 years old are not required to bring an adult. Ages 8 to Adult - $15 #30904 Apr 17 W 9:00am to 5:00pm Separate Drivers Ages 8 to Adult - $10 #30905 Apr 17 W 9:00am to 5:00pm

Free Family Fishing Bring the whole family out for an evening of fishing and fun. Fishing gear and bait will be provided. Children 15 and under do not need a NC fishing license. No registration required. All Ages • FREE • Waterfront Deck #30906 Apr 17 Tu 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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McDowell Nature Center Many programs require registration and have limited space available. To ensure that you can participate, please register by calling 311 or 704.336.7600. All programs require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information, call McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224. You can also register online at www.parkandrec.com.

Homeschool Special: Weather Watchers As the season’s turn the weather will change. Learn what different instruments are used to monitor and track the weather. Then create some simple weather instruments which you can bring home and use to monitor and study the weather outside. Ages 7 to12 - $3 #30910 Apr 20 F 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Homeschool Special: Leave No Trace Join us for some great activities that will teach you about Leave No Trace principles. We will discuss issues regarding recreational use of the environment, why it’s important to stick to trails, how long some common trash items actually last, and some minimum impact techniques. Ages 12 to15 - $3 #30911 Apr 20 F 2:00pm to 3:30pm Ages 7 to12 - $3 #30912 Apr 27 F 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Bird Walk Migration is in full swing, bringing colorful migrants from faraway places. We will walk, look and listen for spring migrants and recently returned nesting birds. Binoculars recommended. Some are available to loan. Miles: 0.5 – 1.0, paved and gravel trails, easy to moderate terrain Adults and Ages 9 and older • FREE • #30913 April 21 Sa 8:30am to 10:30am

Leapin’ Lizards! Bring your sense of curiosity and adventure as we try to uncover the mysteries of lizards. Fence lizards, anoles and skinks are all found at McDowell Nature Preserve, and we will try to see them in the wild and up close. All ages • FREE • #30914 April 21 Sa 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Outdoor Cooking

Nature at Night Hayride

Join us and learn how to cook some campsite cuisine from an apple dump cake to campfire pizzas. We will learn how to cook with some not so obvious methods and make a wonderful lunch. Everyone is cooking so come hungry and ready to serve lunch to each other. Southview Recreation Center Ages 7 to 12 - $3 #30915 Apr 21 Sa 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Bring your family and experience McDowell Nature Preserve at night. Weather permitting we will venture into our Prairie in search of coyote, bobcat, deer, and owls while taking in the sights and sounds of the night. Limited seating available, pre-register (15 spots) or come to the Family Campfire early to take advantage of first-come first-serve seating (min. 10 spots), contact McDowell Nature Center at 704-5885224 for more information. All Ages - $1/person McDowell Campground Fire Pit Every Friday May – September #30938 May 4 F 8:15pm to 9:45pm #30939 May 11 F 8:15pm to 9:45pm #30940 May 18 F 8:15pm to 9:45pm #30941 May 25 F 8:15pm to 9:45pm

Reptile Feeding Come to the nature center as we talk about the special adaptations that allow our local snakes turtles and lizards to be such efficient hunters in the wild. We will be feeding the box turtle and yellow bellied slider along with our fence lizard and one of the snakes in the nature center exhibit hall. Call McDowell Nature Center at704-588-5224 for more information. All ages • FREE • #30924 Apr 28 Sa 11:00am to 12:00pm

Playing with Fire The ability to create fire has been called one of humanities greatest accomplishments and one that might save your life! Get hands on and discover a variety of ways to start a “matchless” fire and help kick off our family campfire program. No registration required. All Ages • FREE • McDowell Campground Fire Pit Every Friday May to September #30930 May 4 F 6:30pm to 7:00pm #30931 May 11 F 6:30pm to 7:00pm #30932 May 18 F 6:30pm to 7:00pm #30933 May 25 F 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Family Campfire Enjoy Stories, eat s’mores, and sing songs around a campfire with family and friends. Groups are welcome to attend, come early to get tickets to the Nature at Night Hayride immediately following the Campfire. No registration required. All Ages • FREE • McDowell Campground Fire Pit Every Friday May – September #30934 May 4 F 7:00pm to 8:00pm #30935 May 11 F 7:00pm to 8:00pm #30936 May 18 F 7:00pm to 8:00pm #30937 May 25 F 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Messy by Nature Visit the Nature Center between 1 and 4 pm and enjoy a variety of messy crafts outside in our natural play area, including painting, pottery, mud-pies and more. Dress to mess! No registration required. All Ages • FREE • Every Saturday May - September #30945 May 5 Sa 1:00pm to 4:00pm #30946 May 12 Sa 1:00pm to 4:00pm #30947 May 19 Sa 1:00pm to 4:00pm #30948 May 26 Sa 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Live Animal Talk What does a snake feel like? Can turtles trade shells? Discover these answers and more while you get up close to several resident animals of McDowell Nature Center, the Preserve, and possibly your backyard. No registration required. All Ages • FREE • Every Saturday and Sunday, May – September #30949 May 5 Sa 2:00pm to 2:30pm; #30945 4:15pm to 4:45pm #30957 May 6 Su 4:15pm to 4:45pm #30953 May 12 Sa 2:00pm to 2:30pm; #30950 4:15pm to 4:45pm #30958 May 13 Su 4:15pm to 4:45pm #30951 May 19 Sa 2:00pm to 2:30pm; #30955 4:15pm to 4:45pm #30959 May 20 Su 4:15pm to 4:45pm #30952 May 26 Sa 2:00pm to 2:30pm; #30956 4:15pm to 4:45pm #30960 May 27 Su 4:15pm to 4:45pm

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McDowell Nature Center Summer Camps 2012

Lake Wylie Family Kayak Tour Paddle the border of the Carolinas with views of the Buster Boyd Bridge, Copperhead Island and more. All equipment and instruction provided. Children ages 59 are required to share a tandem kayak with an adult. Registration required. Ages 5 and older - $15/single, $20/tandem Every Saturday and Sunday, May – September Waterfront Deck Programming Area #30991 (single) May 5 Sa 9:00am to 11:00am #31000 (tandem) May 5 Sa 9:00am to 11:00am #30992 (single) May 6 Su 1:30pm to 3:30pm #31004 (tandem) May 6 Su 1:30pm to 3:30pm #30994 (single) May 12 Sa 9:00am to 11:00am #31006 (tandem) May 12 Sa 9:00am to 11:00am #30995 (single) May 13 Su 1:30pm to 3:30pm #31009 (tandem) May 13 Su 1:30pm to 3:30pm #30996 (single) May 19 Sa 9:00am to 11:00am #31011 (tandem) May 19 Sa 9:00am to 11:00am #30997 (single) May 20 Su 1:30pm to 3:30pm #31014 (tandem) May 20 Su 1:30pm to 3:30pm #30998 (single) May 26 Sa 9:00am to 11:00am #31018 (tandem) May 26 Sa 9:00am to 11:00am #30999 (single) May 27 Su 1:30pm to 3:30pm #31021 (tandem) May 27 Su 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Insect Mania! What has six legs, three body parts, and can be found just about everywhere you look? Insects! Bring your child out to discover insects as we investigate different areas of the nature preserve including the forest, gardens, streams, and meadows. Each day will be packed full with fun activities, crafts, stories, and much more! Ages 4 to 6 - $75 McDowell Nature Center #31371 Jun 18 - 22 M-F 9:00am to Noon M-F 1:00pm to 4:00pm #31372 Jun 18 - 22 #31373 Aug 13 - 17 M-F 9:00am to Noon #31374 Aug 13 - 17 M-F 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Outdoor Explorers Camp Summer is a great time to spend time outdoors recreating and enjoying nature! Let your child spend a week exploring the nature around them through kayaking, fishing, hiking and other outdoor recreation opportunities. As always animal encounters, crafts, games, and lots of fun are included. Ages 7 to 9 - $160 McDowell Nature Center #31383 Jun 25 - 29 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm #31384 Jul 2 - 6 #33297 Jul 16 - 20 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm #31387 Jul 23 - 27 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm #31386 Jul 30 - Aug 3 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Lake Wylie Sunset Kayak Tour Join us for a relaxing kayak tour. During this class we will learn the basics of flat water kayaking while watching the sunset over Lake Wylie. We will also learn some of the history of the lake including Buster Boyd Bridge which connects North Carolina to South Carolina. Ages 16 and older - $15/person Every Wednesday evening, May – September #30967 May 2 W 6:30pm to 8:30pm #30968 May 9 W 6:30pm to 8:30pm #30969 May 16 W 6:30pm to 8:30pm #30970 May 23 W 6:30pm to 8:30pm #30971 May 30 W 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Adventure Camp Develop your kayaking skills, learn basic survival skills, and explore nature at night! The week will be spending time in the outdoors, exploring and interacting with their environment, all while developing important life skills. The week will sum up with an Exciting Day at the National Whitewater Center followed by an overnight camping experience! (Camp ends at 10 a.m. on Fri. following the overnight Campout) Ages 10 to 12 - $175 McDowell Nature Center #31389 Jul 9 - 13 M-W 9:00am to 4:00pm & Thu 9:00am to F 10:00am #31390 Aug 6 - 10 M-W 9:00am to 4:00pm & Thu 9:00am to F 10:00am

Bird Walk Warblers, Tanagers and Buntings, Oh My! Early May can bring many colorful birds to McDowell Nature Preserve. We will walk, look and listen for migrants and nesting species. Binoculars recommended. Some are available to loan. Miles: 1.5 – 2, dirt and gravel trails, easy to moderate terrain. Adults and Ages 8 and older • FREE • #30973 May 5 Sa 8:30am to 10:30am

Bountiful Butterflies

Family Adventure Camp

Discover nature with your little one through crafts and activities related to the theme. Ages 2 to 3 - $3 #30976 May 7 M 10:30am to 11:15am

Copperhead! Come and learn about one of the most feared animals in North Carolina – the copperhead. We will separate fact from fiction, then face the fear and actually go in search of copperheads! Sightings are not guaranteed, but we do have a chance of finding this venomous reptile in McDowell Nature Preserve. Limited Registration. Adults and ages 9 and older • FREE • #30979 May 5 Sa 8:00pm to 9:30pm #30980 May 12 Sa 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Home School Family Field Day Copperhead Island Bring the whole family out for a fun filled day at the preserve! Enjoy a collection of fun activities including relays, fishing, kayaking and hiking. A hotdog lunch will be served so just bring a towel and desire for fun! Ages 4 and older - $8 #30988 May 25 F 9:00am to 2:00pm

Looking for some quality family time in the great outdoors? Learn essential skills such as Fire building, Fishing, Kayaking, Campfire cooking…then cap it off with a Campout where we will Sing songs, Roast S’mores, and take a Nature at Night Hayride before falling asleep in a private tent with your family. All gear and meals are provided (Lunch Wed. – Fri. and Dinner Fri. night) and additional adults are welcome for the campout. (At least 1 adult from each family is required to be registered) All Ages - $65/person McDowell Nature Center #31076 Jun 13 - Jun 16 W-Th 9:00am to 4:00pm & F 9:00am to Sa 10:00am

Homeschool Special: Pollination Ecology Plants and animals are intimately tied together in many ways. From seed dispersal to pollination, plants depend on animals as much as animals on them. We will investigate the parts of a flower, perform a flower dissection, and learn how animals can help pollination take place. Ages 7 to12 - $3 #30985 May 18 F 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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Latta Plantation Nature Center 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville 704.875.1391 Open Mon-Sat 9:00 am to 5:00pm, Sun 1:00pm to 5:00pm Closed on 4/22/11

All programs meet at Latta Plantation Nature Center unless otherwise noted.

each class; please call for details. Ages 8 and older - $8 W 11:00am to 1:00pm #30664 Mar 14 W 11:00am to 1:00pm #30668 May 16

Pre-K Gardeners: Radical Roots Prepare for an exciting journey down under the ground to find out how roots work and why plants need them. Age 3 to 6 - $2 Th 10:00am to 11:00am #30687 Mar 15

The Giving Tree Celebrate Arbor Day with Shel Silverstein’s classic, The Giving Tree! After reading the story, we will explore the parts of a tree and discover some of the wonderful items that come from trees. Ages 4 to 7 - $2 #30725 Mar 16 F 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Webelos Forester Badge Join us at Latta Plantation Nature Center for this two hour program and earn your Forester Badge. Age 8 to 10 - $4/scout #30726 Mar 18 Su 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Canoe Rentals

Paw Prints and Poop

NEW for 2012, Hourly canoe rentals will be available at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve on Saturdays, Sundays and Monday holidays beginning in March. Call 704875-1391 for details

Discover the wildlife in our area by the signs they leave behind. Bring the family for some hands-on activities and a trail hike as we learn to track wildlife. Terrain: Easy, 1.0 – 1.5 miles Age 4 and older - $4/adult, $3/child #30649 Mar 4 Su 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Guided Nature Walks Join us on a fun nature walk through one of the nearby nature preserves. What a great way to stay active and healthy while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors! No registration required. Adults • FREE • Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month 9:00am to 11:00am

Community Garden Work Days We invite you to join us for our garden work days. Help make our garden a beautiful place while learning new gardening techniques. There will be opportunities to mulch, plant, trim bushes, compost, harvest and more. Ages 12 and older • FREE • Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Land of the Lorax Join us as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday by reading his timeless classic, The Lorax. We will go on a tree walk, discover items made from trees, and plant a tree seed to take home! Ages 4 to 7 - $2 #30622 Mar 2 F 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop Cub Scouts and Webelos will complete all of the requirements to earn their Wildlife Conservation belt loops. They will learn about natural resources, food chains, and endangered species in North Carolina. Ages 7 to 10 - $2 #30648 Mar 3 Sa 10:00am to 11:30am

Young Scientist Series: Air, Air, All Around The air is important to us all. Come learn why it is important to life and experiment with air and the many things it can do. Age 3 to 6 - $2 #30650 Mar 5 M 10:00am to 11:00am

Homeschool Adventure Club: Geocaching Ever heard of the high tech treasure hunt known as Geocaching? Come learn the basics of this exciting outdoor hobby. We will use a handheld GPS unit to navigate through the nature preserve in search of hidden treasures (known as caches). All equipment provided. Terrain: Easy, 1.5 - 2 miles. Ages 8 to 12 - $6 #30654 Mar 7 W 9:00am to 11:00am #30655 Apr 4 W 2:00pm to 4:00pm #30657 May 2 W 9:00am to 11:00am

Homeschool Eco-Crew: Wildlife Detectives The nature preserve is home to many different species of wildlife, though you might not always see them. Instead, we will learn to look for the clues that they leave behind like tracks, scat, and more. Ages 3 to 6 - $3 #30671 Mar 7 W 1:00pm to 2:30pm Ages 7 to 12 - $3 #30672 Mar 7 W 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Family Nature Explorer Club: Exploring Clouds Bring the family out and explore nature. Learning to calm down is important and one way is to watch the clouds. Clouds are unique and come in many different shapes and types. Come discover the world of clouds! All Ages • FREE • #30923 Mar 8 Th 3:00pm to 4:30pm

O.A.T.S.: Mt. Rogers Backpacking Expedition Experience a wilderness adventure by hiking to Virginia’s highest point as we follow sections of the Appalachian Trail to the top of Mt. Rogers. This threeday, two-night trip offers views of scenic meadows and rolling hills from the cross bald ridges unique to this section of the Appalachian Trail before reaching the spruce-fir forest which grows on the summit. We will also pay a visit to the Thomas Knob Shelter which is known as one of the most scenic views from an Appalachian Trail Shelter. Food, transportation and basic equipment provided. Be prepared for a moderate 20-30 mile hike and primitive camping. Adults - $60 #31177 Mar 9-11 F-Su11:00am to 5:00pm

Latta Homeschoolers: Wildlife as Symbols Many wildlife species are used as national symbols. Come learn why they are so important to different countries and why those wildlife are chosen as national symbols. Age 3 to 6 - $3 #30677 Mar 21 W 9:30am to 11:00am Age 7 to 12 - $3 #30678 Mar 21 W 9:30am to 11:00am

Survival Hike Have you ever wondered what it takes to survive if you got lost in the wilderness? Where would you find food? What would you use for shelter? Join us on this hike and learn a few of the basics for surviving in

Bird Bingo Join us for a fun and easy game of Bird Bingo! As we play the game, we will talk about birds living in the nature preserve and then we’ll go out for a short walk to find them. Age 3 to 8 - $3 #30717 Mar 11 Su 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Composting Basics Want to learn how to compost? Join us for this hands-on program and learn how to start a compost bin, how to maintain it, and what to do with the finished compost. Age 15 and older - $4 #30718 Mar 11 Su 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Homeschool Nature Hike Latta Plantation Nature Preserve may be the biggest nature preserve in Mecklenburg County, but it is definitely not the only one. Get off the beaten path as we explore some of the hidden gems near Latta. Terrain: Easy, 1.5 2.0 miles. Ages 6 and older • FREE • #30720 Mar 14 W 9:00am to 11:00am #30722 May 9 W 9:00am to 11:00am

Homeschool Adventure Club: Outdoor Cooking Have you ever wondered what to cook on your next family camping trip? Join us to learn several easy methods of outdoor cooking including a campfire, Dutch oven, and cardboard box oven. Learn easy recipes for your next campout. Students will help prepare food and learn to safely cook in the outdoors. And the class would not be complete without chowing down on our outdoor masterpieces! Menu varies with

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Latta Plantation Nature Center the wilderness. Learn about the essential items to keep in your survival kit, how to build a shelter, and different ways to filter water. Terrain: Easy, 1.0 mile. Meet at Waterfront Picnic Area Ages 8 and older - $8 #30727 Mar 21 W 1:00pm to 3:00pm W 1:00pm to 3:00pm #30728 Apr 18 #30729 May 30 W 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Wetland Walk Explore the amazing wetland at Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge. Catch newts and tadpoles, search for frogs, and more! Wear your water shoes and prepare to get wet! Terrain: Easy 1.0 mile. Meet at Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge All Ages - $3 #30730 Mar 24 Sa 3:00pm to 4:30pm

BSA: Wilderness Survival

Sunrise Paddling and Fishing

Reptile Day

Upon completion of this course, all registered Boy Scouts in the Mecklenburg Council will earn the Wilderness Survival merit badge. Lunch, dinner, and breakfast will be provided. Clothing and equipment requirements will be explained upon registration. Meet at Rural Hill at the Shelter Ages 13 to 18 - $35 #30735 Apr 2-3 M-Tu9:00am to 12:00pm

Get up early and enjoy some early morning fishing and canoeing on Mountain Island Lake. Bring your own equipment or use ours for no additional charge. Some live bait provided. At least one adult required in each boat. Maximum three people per boat. Meet at Waterfront Picnic Area Ages 12 and older- $15 per boat #30742 Apr 15 Su 7:00am to 9:00am

Come inside and warm up to our cold-blooded friends, the reptiles! Reptiles are fascinating animals but often misunderstood. Featuring native and nonnative species, your visit to the nature center is sure to clear up misconceptions. Drop by anytime, no registration required. All ages • FREE • Su 1:00pm to 5:00pm #30749 Apr 22

Young Scientist Series: Slimy Soil Science

Latta Homeschoolers: Plant Adaptations

Young Scientist Day

What happens to soil when it gets wet? It gets icky and slimy! Come learn about the properties of soil as we do a few experiments and learn why soil is important to every living thing. Age 3 to 6 - $2 M 10:00am to 11:00am #30651 Apr 2

Examine the lives of green plants through hands-on activities. Investigate plant structures as adaptations for survival. Learn how plants compete with each other and defend themselves from predators. Age 3 to 6 - $3 W 9:30am to 11:00am #30680 Apr 18 Age 7 to 12 - $3 W 9:30am to 11:00am #30682 Apr 18

Homeschool Kite Class Learn to make two different kites from copier paper. We will meet at the shelter at Rural Hill Farm and once the kites are made, we will fly them in Rural Hill’s open fields. Meet at Rural Hill at the Shelter Ages 6 and older - $3 #30731 Mar 28 W 9:00am to 11:00am W 9:00am to 11:00am #30738 Apr 11 #30739 May 30 W 9:00am to 11:00am

Kayaking and Segway Adventure Day Spend the day with us as we explore the nature preserve’s trails on all-terrain Segways and enjoy the beauty of Mountain Island Lake by kayak. Your adventure starts with the Segway Tour and a catered lunch, followed by the Mountain Island Lake kayak tour in the afternoon. All equipment provided. Meet at Segway Building at Waterfront Parking Lot Ages 18 and older - $55 #30732 Mar 31 Sa 9:00am to 4:00pm

Lights of Nature Celebration Learn about nocturnal animals, roast marshmallows at our campfire, investigate electricity with special guests from Duke Energy’s Energy Explorium, and more at this family event. And, at 8:30pm, all of the lights at the nature center will be turned off in celebration of Earth Hour, a global event supporting the environment! We will also be making recycled candles so bring in your burned-out candle stubs. No registration required. All ages • FREE • #30733 Mar 31 Sa 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Fantastic Fish This is a chance for you to learn more about fish and go fishing all in the same day. First we will talk about why fish are unique and then we will go fishing on Mountain Island Lake. Meet at Waterfront Parking Lot Age 5 to 12 - $3 #30734 Apr 1 Su 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Full Moon Hike Experience the magic of hiking in the nature preserve guided by the light of the full moon. We will talk about animals that come out at night and maybe even catch glimpses of them on our hike! Ages 12 and older - $4 F 8:00pm to 9:30pm #30736 Apr 6

Whose Egg Is That? Lots of animals lay eggs, from frogs to birds and even some snakes. We will investigate the parts of an egg, meet some egg-laying animals, and dye an egg to take home. Ages 4 to 7 - $2 #30737 Apr 7 Sa 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Homeschool Adventure Club: Cooking on the Trail

Pre-K Gardeners: Flower Power Come learn about the flowers we have in the garden and why insects are vital for flowers. We will be dissecting flowers and going on a bug hunt. Age 3 to 6 - $2 #30688 Apr 19 Th 10:00am to 11:00am

Family Nature Explore Club: Amazing Seeds Bring the family out and explore nature. There is a whole new world inside a seed. If you nurture seeds, they will show their magic. Let’s go outside and start looking! All Ages • FREE • #30743 Apr 26 Th 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Join us as we put a twist on our traditional Outdoor Cooking class. We will pack our daypacks and hit the trail to learn the best food to have on the trail and several easy methods of cooking. All food and cooking equipment will be provided. Terrain: Easy 1.0-2.0 miles. Ages 8 and older - $8 #30740 Apr 11 W 11:00am to 1:00pm

Stream Science Hike

Homeschool Eco-Crew: Wonders of Wetlands

O.A.T.S.: Earth Day River Clean-up Expedition

Meet us at Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge to investigate a wetland and learn why they are so important to wildlife and to us. Wear your water shoes and prepare to get wet as we catch newts, tadpoles, and more! Meet at Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge Ages 3 to 6 - $3 #30673 Apr 11 W 1:00pm to 2:30pm Ages 7 to 12 - $3 #30674 Apr 11 W 1:00pm to 2:30pm

In recognition of Earth Day weekend, we will be canoeing and picking up trash along the shoreline of Mountain Island Lake. After a day of paddling, enjoy a night of camping near the shore of the lake. We will finish our clean-up efforts Sunday morning by canoeing to the boat ramp at the US 16 bridge, where our ride back to Latta Plantation Nature Center will be waiting. Dinner, breakfast and lunch will be provided as well as canoeing equipment and basic camping gear. Personal packing list will be explained upon registration. Ages 18 and older- $35 #31190 Apr 21-22 Sa-Su 12:00pm-3:00pm

Family Nature Explorer Club: Animal Signs and Homes Bring the family out and explore nature. Animals have very unique homes and often leave behind prints or tracks as they travel. If you pay close attention you could find these signs as well. Let’s start looking! All Ages • FREE • #30927 Apr 12 Th 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Sunset Paddling and Fishing Enjoy the “magic hours” of fishing and canoeing as the sun sets over Mountain Island Lake. Join our staff as we fish the areas not accessible from the shore and enjoy a peaceful paddle on the lake. Bring your own equipment or use ours for no additional charge. Some live bait provided. At least one adult required in each boat. Maximum three people per boat. Meet at Waterfront Picnic Area Ages 12 and older - $15 per boat #30741 Apr 14 Sa 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Come out for a hike through the northern part of Latta Plantation Nature Preserve to find a stream teeming with life. Once we arrive at the stream, we will hunt for critters and test the waters to see how clean our environment is. Terrain: Moderate, 4.0-5.0 miles. Age 7 and older - $4/adults, $3/child #30745 Apr 29 Su 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Holly Bend Plantation Tours Holly Bend Plantation, built in 1800 by Robert Davidson, will be open to the public during the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games. Just a stone’s throw from Rural Hill, don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to discover one of Mecklenburg County’s historical gems. No registration required. Meet at Holly Bend House (located near the end of Neck Rd, blue house on right) All ages • FREE • #30748 Apr 21 Sa 10:00am to 4:00pm

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Be a scientist today…and everyday! Learn how to use a microscope, make a polymer out of glue, and much more. Participants will be grouped by age and rotate through five different science activities with an educator chaperone. Lunch will be provided. Ages 7 to 12 - $12 #30751 Apr 25 W 9:30am to 3:00pm

Family Canoeing Instead of watching TV or playing video games, bring your family out to the nature preserve for free canoeing! Canoes are available on a first come-first serve basis and can be checked out for 30 minutes at a time. They will hold up to four people, with at least one adult per canoe required. Meet at Waterfront Picnic Area All ages • FREE • #30752 May 1 Tu 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Homeschool Eco-Crew: Nature in your Backyard Your backyard can be an important habitat for insects, birds, and more! We will learn the parts of a habitat and how to transform any backyard into a home for wildlife. Ages 3 to 6 - $3 #30675 May 2 W 1:00pm to 2:30pm Ages 7 to 12 - $3 #30676 May 2 W 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Spring Creations Celebrate the start of spring by creating your own piece of the season. Each participant will get to paint a flower pot and more. Age 3 to 10 - $3 #30753 May 6 Su 1:00pm to 2:00pm

NC Tree ID Become a tree detective! Learn some of North Carolina’s most common trees and how to identify them using simple techniques. Age 15 and older - $4 #30754 May 6 Su 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Young Scientist Series: Fun with Food Food is necessary for life. Learn why we need food and where we get it from as we experiment with the things we eat and talk about nutrition. Age 3 to 6 - $2 #30652 May 7 M 10:00am to 11:00am

Family Nature Explorer Club: Get to Know a Tree Bring the family out and explore nature. Trees are important to us all. Come explore the world of trees as we get out and walk around the woods. All Ages • FREE • #30695 May 10 Th 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Get Outdoors! Play Festival Nature makes the best playground! After all, where else can you catch a fish, bake a mud pie, and build an awesome stick fort? Families and kids of all ages will have a blast at this first annual festival that’s all about getting outside, being active, and having fun in nature. Activities will include canoeing, hunting for bugs, building sand castles, making mud art, and much more messy fun. The only limit is your imagination! So, dress for mess and join us as we get outdoors and play at Latta! All Ages • FREE • #31214 May 12 Sa 10:00am to 4:00pm

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Latta Plantation Nature Center Family Nature Explorer Club: Leaf Shape Adventure

Kayaking Tour on Mountain Island Lake

Bring the family out and explore nature. Use your senses to learn more about leaves. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Let’s get outside and explore! All Ages • FREE • Th 3:00pm to 4:30pm #30696 May 24

Join us as we paddle on Mountain Island Lake, the oldest lake in the Charlotte area. Learn the basics of flatwater kayaking and then enjoy a guided tour of the lake. Discover its history, significance and what you can do to help protect it. All equipment provided. Please wear appropriate clothing, and bring water and snacks. Meet at Horse Trailer Overflow Parking Lot Ages 12 and older - $15/single kayak $20/tandem kayak #30815 Mar 10 Sa 9:00am to 11:00am Sa 12:00pm to 2:00pm #30816 Mar 10 #30817 Mar 11 Su 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Spend Memorial Day weekend on the scenic Lumber River. We will be paddling the beautiful black water of the Lumber River and camping at the canoe campsites within the Lumber River State Park. Enjoy a relaxing weekend away from the city and learn the basics of wilderness canoe travel. Paddling equipment, basic camping gear, food, and transportation provided. Personal packing list will be explained upon registration. Ages 18 and older - $65 #31192 May 26-28 Sa-M 8:00am-5:00pm

BSA: Bird Study Muffins with Mom Bring that special mom out and enjoy a snack while learning the basics of birding. We will then get a chance to test our skills in the preserve. Terrain: Moderate, 1.0-2.0 miles Age 5 and older - $4/adult, $3/child Su 1:00pm to 2:30pm #30758 May 13

Latta Homeschoolers: Migration Madness Birds are not the only animals that migrate, but their journeys are among the most challenging in the world. Learn why birds migrate, what habitats are important to them during their journeys, and how biologists learn about their travels. Age 3 to 6 - $3 #30683 May 16 W 9:30am to 11:00am Age 7 to 12 - $3 #30684 May 16 W 9:30am to 11:00am

Pre-K Gardeners: Edible Plants Come explore the garden and forest for “wild” and “not so wild” edible plants. We will taste-test some of these yummy plants and sow seeds to grow on our own. Age 3 to 6 - $2 #30692 May 17 Th 10:00am to 11:00am

BSA: Geocaching Merit Badge Want to go on a high tech treasure hunt and earn a merit badge at the same time? Then join us for the Geocaching merit badge! We will cover many of the badge requirements and then hit the trail to find some actual caches placed in the nature preserve. Ages 11 to 18 - $15 #30764 May 19 Sa 9:00am to 4:00pm

BSA: Fly Fishing Merit Badge Upon completion of this course all registered Boy Scouts in the Mecklenburg Council will earn the Fly Fishing Merit Badge. All equipment and lunch provided. Meet at Waterfront Picnic Area Ages 11 to 18 - $15 #30770 May 19 Sa 9:00am to 4:00pm

Upon completion of this course, all registered Boy Scouts in the Mecklenburg Council will earn the Bird Study merit badge. All equipment and lunch provided. Ages 11 to 18 - $15 #30771 May 26 Sa 9:00am to 4:30pm

Kayaking and Segway Adventure Day Spend the day with us as we explore the nature preserve’s trails on all-terrain Segways and enjoy the beauty of Mountain Island Lake by kayak. Your adventure starts with the Segway Tour and catered lunch, followed by the Mountain Island Lake kayak tour in the afternoon. All equipment provided. Meet at Segway Building at Waterfront Parking Lot Ages 18 and older - $55 #30772 May 26 Sa 9:00am to 4:00pm

Segway Adventure Tour Explore the trails of Latta Plantation Nature Preserve on an all-terrain Segway. Learn to ride these selfbalancing machines and see nature like never before! Highlights include Shady and Catawba Trails, the Buzzard Rock Overlook and beautiful views of Mountain Island Lake. Call for details and rider restrictions. Meet at Segway Building at Waterfront Parking Lot Ages 18 and older - $35 #30791 Mar 3 Sa 9:00am to 12:00pm #30792 Mar 3 Sa 2:00pm to 5:00pm #30793 Mar 4 Su 9:00am to 12:00pm #30794 Mar 4 Su 2:00pm to 5:00pm #30795 Mar 17 Sa 9:00am to 12:00pm #30796 Mar 17 Sa 2:00pm to 5:00pm #30797 Mar 18 Su 9:00am to 12:00pm #30798 Mar 18 Su 2:00pm to 5:00pm #30799 Apr 7 Sa 9:00am to 12:00pm #30800 Apr 7 Sa 2:00pm to 5:00pm #30801 Apr 8 Su 9:00am to 12:00pm #30802 Apr 8 Sa 2:00pm to 5:00pm #30803 Apr 21 Sa 9:00am to 12:00pm #30804 Apr 21 Sa 2:00pm to 5:00pm #30805 Apr 22 Su 9:00am to 12:00pm #30806 Apr 22 Su 2:00pm to 5:00pm #32867 May 5 Sa 2:00pm to 5:00pm #30808 May 6 Su 9:00am to 12:00pm #30809 May 6 Su 2:00pm to 5:00pm #30810 May 19 Sa 9:00am to 12:00pm #30811 May 19 Sa 2:00pm to 5:00pm #30812 May 20 Su 9:00am to 12:00pm #30813 May 20 Su 2:00pm to 5:00pm

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Summer Camps 2012 L.A.N.D. Camp: Animal Olympics Michael Phelps, who? At 68mph, Sailfish are 15x faster than this famous Olympic swimmer! There are amazing animals all over the world that can run, swim, and jump better than the best athletes. Each day campers will investigate a new “Animal Olympian” with games, crafts, and more! Ages 4 to 6 - $75 #30829 Jun 25-29 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #30830 Jul 2-6 #30831 Jul 9 to 13 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

L.A.N.D. Camp: Tree Soup What are the “ingredients” for a tree? Just like us, these forest giants need specific things to grow and thrive. Through hands-on activities, crafts, and more, campers will investigate the stages in a tree’s life and learn the “ingredients” for tree soup. They will also learn to indentify a different tree species each day. Ages 4 to 6 - $75 #30825 Jul 16-20 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #30826 Jul 23-27 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #30827 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #30828 Aug 6-10 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

Young Explorers Camp Not sure if your child is ready for a full day at camp? Then this half-day version of our ever-popular Outdoor Adventure Camp is just what you’re searching for! Each day will focus on a different outdoor recreation activity. Campers will explore the nature preserve by going canoeing, using a map and compass, hunting for hidden treasure, and more. Ages 6 to 7 - $75 #30832 June 18-22 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #30833 June 18-22 M-F 2:00pm to 5:00pm #30834 Aug 13-17 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #30835 Aug 13-17 M-F 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Outdoor Adventure Camp Campers will explore Latta Plantation Nature Preserve as they have never done before! Canoeing, fishing, geocaching, shelter building and hiking are just some of the fun activities we will enjoy during

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this weeklong day camp. This camp will culminate with a field trip adventure to Crowder’s Mountain State Park. Ages 7 to 10 - $150 #30836 Jun 25-29 M-F 9:00am to 3:00pm #30837 Jul 9-13 M-F 9:00am to 3:00pm #30838 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 9:00am to 3:00pm

Camp H2O Kids will have a splash at our water-themed camp! We will investigate everything from aquatic animals to water quality with cool, water-based activities and games. Some highlights of the week will include canoeing, stream explorations, and even a visit to Ray’s Splash Planet. Ages 8 to 11 - $150 #30839 Jul 16-20 M-F 9:00am to 3:00pm #30840 Jul 23-27 M-F 9:00am to 3:00pm

Outdoor Survival Camp Latta Plantation Nature Preserve can provide everything we need to survive and during this funfilled weeklong camp campers will learn how to survive in the outdoors. They will learn about water survival as we canoe, wild edibles and medicinal plants as we hike, how to build shelters, cook in the outdoors, and make emergency hiking kits. This will all culminate in an overnight camping experience at McDowell Nature Preserve. Ages 10 to 12 - $150 #30841 Aug 6-8 M Tu W 9:00am to 3:00pm & Aug 9-10 Th F 9:00am(Th) to 10:00am(F)

All programs require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register call Latta Plantation Nature Center. Check out Latta Plantation Nature Center on Facebook for upcoming events and pictures of events and wildlife.

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Reedy Creek Nature Center Stream Creatures

2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC 28215 704.432.6459 Open Mon-Sat 9:00 am to 5:00pm, Sun 1:00pm to 5:00pm

All programs meet at Reedy Creek Nature Center unless otherwise noted.

Spring HomeSchool: Forest Ecology

Yoga in the Preserve

Home School: Woodland Mammals

This spring our home school classes will investigate the ins and out of our local forest. We will explore the forest through hands-on activities developed to encourage an appreciation of the diversity of life and the importance of forest in everyday life. PLEASE NOTE NEW TIMES! Ages 8 to 12 - $5 per class Adopt-a-Forest #31070 Mar 13 T 1:30pm to 3:00pm Forest Inventory #31079 Mar 27 T 1:30pm to 3:00pm The Nature of Plants #31080 Apr 10 T 1:30pm to 3:00pm Invaders of the Forest #31081 Apr 24 T 1:30pm to 3:00pm Story of Succession #31082 May 8 T 1:30pm to 3:00pm Understanding Fire #31083 May 22 T 1:30pm to 3:00pm (For the May 22 class we will be going to/meeting at Latta Plantation. Transportation can be provided for the first 10 participants)

Slow down and breathe while surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. This is a gentle vinyasa style class. No experience needed. Age 16 and older - $8/drop-in or $25/4 class pass #31094 Every Tuesday 6:15pm to 7:15pm #31097 Every Tuesday 6:15pm to 7:15pm #31142 Every Tuesday 6:15pm to- 7:15pm

Discover more about woodland mammals by identifying them by their scat and tracks. We will learn about their habits and appetites as well as their place in the forest ecology. Ages 12 and older - $5.00 #31117 Mar 5 M 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Spring HomeSchool: Animal Planet Reedy Creek Nature Preserve is filled with live animals, some of them are big and some other are tiny. We will focus on a different animal each session to discover who lives in the woods. Ages 5 to 7 - $5 per class Frogs and toads #31086 Mar 13 T 1:30pm to 3:00pm Birds #31088 Mar 27 T 1:30pm to 3:00pm Snakes #31090 Apr 10 T 1:30pm to 3:00pm Insects #31091 Apr 24 T 1:30pm to 3:00pm Mammals #31092 May 8 T 1:30pm to 3:00pm Pond life #31093 May 22 T 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Hike for Your Health Get outside, get moving, get healthy! Fresh air, sunshine, beautiful surroundings and wonderful people are included! This is a medium to fast pace walk. Age 12 and older • FREE • Every Tuesday 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Animal Encounters Snakes, turtles, frogs and other critters call Reedy Creek Nature Center home. Meet some of the animals at the nature center and learn how you can help them in the wild. All ages • FREE • #31103 Mar 17 Sa 10:30am to 11:30am #31104 Mar 25 Su 1:30am to 2:30pm #31106 Apr 8 Sa 1:30pm to 2:30pm #31107 Apr 29 Su 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Winter Weeds Walk Learn about weeds in the winter and how to identify them from their seeds and dried form - a quiet walk in the woods to enjoy the winter season. We may see signs of Spring as well. Must be able to walk 1 – 2 miles on uneven terrain. Not stroller accessible. All ages • FREE • #31112 Mar 3 Sa 10:00am to11:00am

A Forest Awakening at RibbonWalk Nature Preserve Explore the forest as it is waking from its winter slumber. Engage your senses and experience the magnificent hints of the springs arrival. Participants must be able to hike 2 - 3 miles on uneven terrain. All Ages • FREE • #31114 Mar 3 Sa 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Nature Art Have fun creating with natural materials. Fun for all ages. Take home an art project. All ages • FREE • #31115 Mar 3 Sa 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The Lorax Meet this character that speaks for the trees, listen to the story and walk in the woods that he is protecting. Ages 6 and older • FREE • #31116 Mar 4 Su 1:30 to 2:30pm

Creature Feature and Story Time: Snakes Reedy Creek Nature Preserve is home to some amazing critters! Discover a new and exciting creature each month through a story, activity and/or craft. Ages 6 and older • FREE • #31118 Mar 7 W 10:00am to 11:00am

Full Moon Hike Discover the preserve after hours. We will explore the trails by the light of the moon. We may hear an owl or see a beaver….who knows what the night will bring. Participants must be able to hike 2 - 3 miles on uneven terrain. Ages 5 and older • FREE • #31120 Mar 8 Th 6:00pm to 7:00pm #31132 Apr 6 F 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Biodiversity Hike: Catawba Lands Conservancy Property Explore a local treasure right here in your backyard! Discover one of the many special places that the CLC is working so hard to protect. Participants must be able to hike 7 - 9 miles on uneven terrain at a moderate pace. Age 12 and older • FREE • #31121 Mar 10 Sa 8:00am to 5:00pm

Creating a Backyard Habitat Join a naturalist and see how easy it is to create your own wildlife friendly area. Discover how and why these critical areas are so beneficial to wildlife and to you! Ages 12 and older • FREE • #31122 Mar 11 Su 2:00pm to 3:00pm

CASP Workshop - LD Join Reedy Creek and a North Carolina Wildlife Biologist and discover this important citizen science project. The North Carolina Calling Amphibian Survey Program (CASP) is a volunteer-based monitoring program administered by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Ages 12 and older • FREE • #31127 Mar 15 Th 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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Explore the stream to find insect larvae and other animals that live in the water. We will look for creatures by netting and screening and stay dry while finding them. Ages 6 and older • FREE • Su 2:00pm to 3:00pm #31123 Mar 18

Home School: Twig and Fruit ID Workshop Learn to identify trees by their twigs and fruits. We will learn the basics then explore the woods for different species of trees. Ages 12 and older - $5.00 M 3:30pm to 5:00pm #31126 Mar 19

Nature Art What is nature? What is Art? What happens when you put the two of the together will be up to you. Let your inside artist come out and create a master piece with supplies from nature, always being respectful with the environment. No experience is required. Ages 6 and older • FREE • #31124 Mar 24 Sa 10:30am to 11:30am Sa 2:30pm to 3:30pm #31125 Mar 24

Kayaking 101 If you have never been on a kayak and want to learn the basics this is the right program for you. We will go over the basic paddle strokes and safety before launching the boats on Dragonfly Pond where you can get familiar with the gear and experience nature on a new way. No experience is required; bring shoes that can get wet and be secured to your feet. Ages 13 and older - $12 #31128 Mar 31 Sa 10:30am to 12:00pm

Geocaching Get involved with the high tech treasure hunt that’s sweeping the nation, and the world! You’ll learn the basics of geocaching, then we’ll hit the trails to find caches hidden right here at Reedy Creek. Please bring a small item of $1 - $5 value if you would like to swap items from a cache. Close toed shoes are recommended. GPS units provided, or bring your own. Age 12 and older • FREE • #31129 Apr 1 Su 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Home School: Geology and Plate Tectonics Rock around the world with geology topics and plate tectonics! Learn rock types and their origins. Learn about how our area was formed from the ancient land masses. Ages 12 and older - $5.00 #31130 Apr 2 M 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Creature Feature and Story Time: Beaver Reedy Creek Nature Preserve is home to some amazing critters! Discover a new and exciting creature each month through a story, activity and/or craft. Ages 6 and older • FREE • #31119 Apr 4 W 10:00am to 11:00am

Spring Night Hike When people go to bed our nature preserve comes back to life. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the night with a naturalist guiding you through the trails at Reedy Creek. Participants must be able to hike 2 - 3 miles on uneven terrain. Ages 5 and older • FREE • #31131 Apr 4 W 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Waterfront Wildlife All animals need water to live and Reedy Creek Nature Preserve provides great spaces for wildlife to enjoy ponds and creek. An educator will guide you down to the water front and help you identify the wildlife that congregates to satisfy its thirst. All Ages • FREE • #31133 Apr 7 Sa 10:00am to 11:00am

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Reedy Creek Nature Center Explore the world of this amazing critter on a hike through a beaver habitat! Must be able to hike 1 mile on uneven terrain. All Ages • FREE • Sa 1:00pm to 2:00pm #31134 Apr 7

Spring Scavenger Hunt Look for signs of spring by joining our scavenger hunt for nature. Families are welcome. Must be able to walk 1 – 2 miles on uneven terrain. Not stroller accessible. All ages • FREE • #31135 Apr 14 Sa 10:00am to 11:00am

Signs of Spring Hike Look for spring wildflowers, emerging insects and other signs of spring arriving! Hike the trails at Reedy Creek Preserve and enjoy the changing season. Must be able to hike 2-3 miles on uneven trails. Ages 6 and older • FREE • Su 2:00pm to 3:00pm #31138 Apr 22

Home School: Growth and Development in Nature Learn about larval and immature forms of wild forest animals. We will look at different groups of animals and the types of life stages. Ages 12 and older - $5.00 #31139 Apr 23 M 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Bird Encounters!

Kayak Mountain Island

Birds up close and personal! Learn about bird biology and eggs. See live birds and learn about avian flight. Ages 6 to 10 • FREE • #31136 Apr 14 Sa 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Reedy Creek is going kayaking! Join a naturalist for a serene paddle on Mountain Island Lake as we take in the fresh air and discover the natural world around us. Van leaves Reedy Creek at 6 pm and will return by 9 pm. Total time on the water is 1 ½ hours. Age 12 and older - $15 W 6:00pm to 9:00pm #31140 Apr 25 #31161 May 23 W 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Biodiversity Hike: South Mountain State Park This month brings us to South Mountains State Park, nestled deep within the woods. It is the perfect place to enjoy nature. Here you can see a majestic mountain range peeking out from the gently rolling landscape of the piedmont. Participants must be able to hike 7 - 9 miles at a moderated pace on uneven terrain. This is a moderate to strenuous hike! Age 12 and older - $12 #31137 Apr 21 Sa 8:00am to 6:00pm

Animal Planet

Bring your child out to discover the wonders of nature as we investigate different areas of the preserve including the forest, gardens, and meadows. This exciting camp will be packed full with fun activities, crafts, stories, and much more! Ages 4 to 6 - $75 #31170 Jun 11 – Jun 15 9:00am to 12:00pm

Reptiles, mammals, fish and other animals live at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. During this week of exploration, discovery and fun you will find out how much wildlife Charlotte has to offer. A trip to the zoo will be the end of this week long experience with furry and scaly friends. Ages 10 to 12 - $150 #31186 July 16 - Jul 20 9:00am to 4:00pm

Explorers Camp

Eco-Wonders

Put on your explorers’ cap and get ready for some adventure. We will spend our time discovering the many adventures that nature has to offer. Wading through creeks, geocaching and canoeing are just a few examples of the fun that awaits you! Ages 7 to 9 - $150 #31183 Jun 18 - Jun 22 9:00am to 4:00pm

Come explore the wonders of the Nature Preserve! We will go hiking letter boxing, fishing and much more while experiencing all that is wild and wonderful at Reedy Creek. Ages 7 to 9 - $150 #31187 Jul 16 – Jul 20 9:00am to 4:00pm

Teen Adventure Extravaganza Camp L.A.N.D. Camp (Learning About Nature through Discovery) Bring your child out to discover the wonders of nature as we investigate different areas of the preserve including the forest, gardens, and meadows. This exciting camp will be packed full with fun activities, crafts, stories, and much more! Ages 4 to 6 - $75 #31182 Jun 25 – Jun 29 9:00am to 12:00pm

Nature Adventure Camp Let nature guide you on a fun filled week of adventure and discovery in the great outdoors! You can look forward to kayaking, hiking geocaching and more. This camp will be spending one night camping, leaving on Thursday morning and returning of Friday. Ages 10 to 12 - $160 #31184 Jul 9 – Jul 13 9:00am to 4:00pm

Ecological Field Studies Academy Educators! Teachers! Each day you will hone your field studies skills while working with biologists who use these techniques in their work. Earn CEUs and have fun rediscovering your passion! Ages 18 and older $150 (a limited number of scholarships are available) #31185 Jul19 - Jul 13 9:00am to 4:00pm

Many programs require registration and have limited space available. To ensure that you can participate, please register by calling 311 or 704.336.7600. All programs require preregistration unless otherwise noted. For more information, call Reedy Creek Nature Center at 704.432.6459. You can also register online at www.parkandrec.com.

Early Birders Around the Charlotte Region Birding has a long history in Mecklenburg County, we will share stories of the early scientists, what their legacy is and understand how easy and important it is for you to become citizen scientists. We will provide you with information to become the next big scientist in Charlotte. Age 14 and older • FREE • Th 6:30pm to 7:30pm #31141 Apr 26

Go Native! Native Plants in Your Landscape Why Use Native Plants? What Native Plants to Choose for Gardens in Southern Piedmont of NC? Join our guest speaker; a Master Gardener of Mecklenburg County will share information about native plants, what are your options to have a beautiful, low maintenance and very attractive yard. Age 14 and older • FREE • #31722 Apr 28 Sa 9:30am to 10:30am

Summer Camps 2012 L.A.N.D. Camp (Learning About Nature through Discovery)

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Join us for a memorable week of adventure in the great outdoors. Kayaking, hiking, camping and more! This camp will be spending two nights in the mountains, leaving on Wednesday morning and returning on Friday afternoon. Ages 13 to 15 - $175 #31188 Jul 23 - Jul 27 9:00am to 4:00pm

The Great Outdoors There are so many fun activities outdoors like hiking, paddling on a lake, outdoor cooking and much more that you will not miss being inside. We will provide all the gear and fun for a full week of outdoor adventures. Ages 7 to 9 - $150 #31189 Jul 30 – Aug 3 9:00am to 4:00pm

Animal Encounters Snakes, turtles, frogs and other critters call Reedy Creek Nature Center home. Meet some of the animals at the nature center and learn how you can help them in the wild. All ages • FREE • #31143 May 13 Su 1:30pm to 2:30pm #31144 May 26 Sa 10:30am to 11:30am

Creature Feature and Story Time: Owls Reedy Creek Nature Preserve is home to some amazing critters! Discover a new and exciting creature each month through a story, activity and/or craft. Ages 6 and older • FREE • #31145 May 2 W 10:00am to 11:00am

Fishing Derby Let’s go fishing! Reedy Creek Nature Preserve is hosting a fishing derby for children ages 3 to 15. Bring the whole family to enjoy this wonderful outdoor adventure. All children must be accompanied by a parent of guardian and al participants must have their own fishing equipment and bait. All fishing adults must have a North Carolina fishing license. Ages 3 to 15 • FREE • #31146 May 5 Sa 9:00am to 12:00pm

Wildflower Wander at RibbonWalk Nature Preserve All those who wander are not lost! Join a naturalist as we explore the forest in search of spring wildflowers. Participants must be able to hike 2 - 3 miles on uneven terrain. All Ages • FREE • #31147 May 5 Sa 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Investigate the nutrient cycle and the wildlife ecology of the forest. Study the pathway of energy through plants and animals and how they are interdependent on each other. Ages 12 and older - $5.00 M 3:30pm to 5:00pm #31149 May 7

Biodiversity Hike: DuPont State Forest Join us for a waterfall tour through the DuPont State Forest! We will hike through parts of its 10,400 acres of forest stopping at several waterfalls along the way. What a beautiful way to spend a spring day. Participants must be able to hike 7 - 9 miles on uneven terrain at a moderate pace. This is a moderate to strenuous hike! Age 12 and older - $12 #31166 May 12 Sa 8:00am to 8:00pm

Dragonfly Pond Hike Hike the preserve trails and see plants and animals of the forest. We will walk around the Dragonfly Pond and look for aquatic animals and insects. All ages • FREE • #31167 May 12 Sa 10:00am to 11:30am

Backyard Bugs Investigate the common “bugs” you find in your backyard. We will look at specimens and then see what we can find in the preserve. Ages 6 to 12 • FREE • #31168 May 12 Sa 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Celebrate Birds! International Migratory Bird Day Celebrate the amazing journey of our fine feathered friends as they make their way back from their winter travels! Explore all things “birdy” through games, hikes and hands-on activities. All Ages • FREE • #31158 May 19 Sa 11:00am to 3:00pm

Spring Beauties Awaken your senses to the beauty of life in the spring! Explore the trails at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve in search of wildflowers and wildlife. Participants must be able to hike 1 - 2 miles on uneven terrain. All Ages • FREE • #31169 May 20 Su 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Black Light Insectigations Look for nocturnal life with a professional black light to attract insects. We will see how many different kinds are out in the dark. Ages 8 and older • FREE • #31163 May 25 F 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Toads, Frogs and Pollywogs

Amazing Race Wildlife Edition Camp This will be a week long adventure where participants will solve puzzles, find locations, figure out clues and complete challenges while discovering the nature preserves in Charlotte. Be ready to race around the county to find your next clue! Ages 10 to 12 - $150 #31191 Aug 5 – Aug 10 9:00am to 4:00pm

Home School: Forest Ecology

Attracting Birds If you love bird watching or just enjoy the sounds of bird call by your window join us to share ideas to attract winged friends near you. All Ages • FREE • #31148 May 6 Su 1:30pm to 2:30pm

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Discover the world of amphibians. Look at frogs, toads and salamanders in a different way. Study their life stages and life styles. All Ages • FREE • #31164 May 27 Su 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Mecklenburg County Recreation Centers & School Recreation Sites

Recreation centers and school rec. sites offer a variety of programs and services for groups and individuals of all ages. Join us for fitness, sports, cultural arts, youth development and most of all...FUN. Come play with us today!

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Nature centers offer many nature-based programs for all ages. Come see educational exhibits and live animals on display. Experience the natural side of Mecklenburg! FREE admission.Open 7 days a week.

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Mallard Creek Recreation Center 2530 Johnston-Oehler Road Marion Diehl Recreation Center 2219 Tyvola Road Martin Luther King Jr. School Recreation Site 500 Bilmark Avenue Merry Oaks School Recreation Site 508 Draper Avenue Methodist Home Recreation Center 3200 Shamrock Drive

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Dance Studio

Ivory Baker Recreation Center 1920 Stroud Park Court

Stage

Ray’s Splash Planet 215 N Sycamore Street

Hickory Grove Recreation Center 6709 Pence Road

Performing Arts Room

Elon Recreation Center 11401 Ardrey Kell Road

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Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 2921 Tuckaseegee Road

Ray’s Playhouse

Berewick Recreation Center 5910 Dixie River Road

Youth Activity Room

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center/ Grayson SkatePark 750 Beal Street

Arbor Glen Outreach Center 1520 Clanton Road

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Albemarle Road Recreation Center 5027 Idlewild Road North

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2012 Summer Camps for Kids & Teens Registration for Summer Camp now! To register, see the “Register One of Three Ways” box.

PRESCHOOL NATURE Insect Mania! What has six legs, three body parts, and can be found just about everywhere you look? Insects! Bring your child out to discover insects as we investigate different areas of the nature preserve including the forest, gardens, streams, and meadows. Each day will be packed full with fun activities, crafts, stories, and much more! For more information contact Mcdowell Nature Center at 704-588-5224. Ages 4 to 6 $75 McDowell Nature Center 31371 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm 31372 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 1:00pm to 4:00pm 31373 Aug 13-Aug 17 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm 31374 Aug 13-Aug 17 M-F 1:00pm to 4:00pm

L.A.N.D. Camp (Learning About Nature through Discovery) Bring your child outside to discover the wonders of nature as we investigate different areas of the preserve including the forest, gardens and meadows. This exciting camp will be packed full with fun activities, crafts, stories, and much more! Ages 4 to 6 $75 Reedy Creek Nature Center 31170 Jun 11-Jun 15 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm 31182 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

L.A.N.D. Camp: Animal Olympics Michael Phelps, who? At 68mph, Sailfish are 15x faster than this famous Olympic swimmer! There are amazing animals all over the world that can run, swim, and jump better than the best athletes. Each day campers will investigate a new ‘Animal Olympian’ with games, crafts, and more! Ages 4 to 6 $75 Latta Plantation Nature Center 30829 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm 30830 Jul 2-Jul 6 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm 30831 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

L.A.N.D. Camp: Tree Soup What are the ‘ingredients’ for a tree? Just like us, these forest giants need specific things to grow and thrive. Through hands-on activities, crafts, and more, campers will investigate the stages in a tree’s life and learn the ‘ingredients’ for tree soup. They will also learn to identify a different tree species each day. Ages 4 to 6 $75 Latta Plantation Nature Center 30825 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm 30826 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm 30827 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm 30828 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

SPECIALTY Mad Science Summer Camp PreSchool Have your little ones become mini science experts for the week. They will have fun learning through arts and crafts, games, and activities. For more information, contact Kimberly.Golden@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4934 Ages 4 to 6 $110 Berewick Recreation Center Creature Features 32676 Jun 11-Jun 15 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm Earth Explorations 32680 Jun 11-Jun 15 M-F 1:00pm to 4:00pm

SPORTS Shorty Sporty Camp Participants will learn basic motor skills and sports skills in this half day camp. For more information, contact ElonRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.540.2426 Ages 3 to 5 $40 Elon Recreation Center 33171 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm 33173 Jul 9–Jul 13 M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm 33174 Jul 23–Jul 27 M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm 33175 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm 33176 Aug 13-Aug17 M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Solar Camp This camp has two projects, the first being “Solar Energy: Racing with the Sun”: This project introduces kids to ways in which solar panels can be used to generate electricity to power a car. The second project will be “Solar Energy: Cooking with the Sun”: This project introduces students to solar thermal energy and how to utilize that energy. Ages 8 to 12 $75 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 32420 Aug 20-Aug 24 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm Elon Recreation Center 33170 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

AQUATICS Camp Cannonball Beat the heat and make a splash with any session of Camp Cannonball! Fun includes water games, crafts, field trips and loads of swimming! For more information email Calvin.Covington@mecklenburgcountync.gov or call 704-432-1140. Ages 6 to 12 $175 /$150 Ray’s Splash Planet 33135 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 7:30am to 6:00pm 33136 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 7:30am to 6:00pm 33137 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 7:30am to 6:00pm 33138 Aug 13-Aug 17 M-F 7:30am to 6:00pm

Camp Neptune

4-H Motorsports Day Camp Participants in the one-week day camp will experience the life of a pit crew as they design, update and race radio-controlled cars. Using specific math, engineering and technology skills, the campers will solve real-life racing problems. We will also visit local racing shops and the Nascar Hall of Fame. Ages 6 to 11 $70 Mallard Creek Recreation Center 33104 Aug 13-Aug 17 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Tom Sykes Recreation Center 32415 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm 32416 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm 32417 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm Elon Recreation Center 33168 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm 33167 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

Charlotte’s original swim camp. Activities include wakeboarding, water polo, snorkeling and field trips to water parks. Swim tests are available. Must be able to swim in 200 yards in deep water independently. For more information, contact Matthew.Jakubowski@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704.336.3483. Ages 8 to 13 $175 /$150 Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center 33139 Jun 11-Jun 15 M-F 7:30am to 6:00pm 33140 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 7:30am to 6:00pm 33141 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 7:30am to 6:00pm 33142 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 7:30am to 6:00pm

NATURE

Adventure Camp at Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center Kayaking, fishing, hiking and fire building are just a few of the outdoor adventures that campers will participate in as they discover nature while visiting local nature preserves and state parks. Campers will get up close with local wildlife, create works of art, and have lots of fun while learning new skills and developing confidence in the outdoors. Interest in nature and outdoor recreation starts at an early age, sign your camper up today! Ages 10 to 12 $45 Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center 31221 Jul 23 - Jul 27 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Ecowonders Come explore the wonders of the Nature Preserve! we will go hiking letter boxing, fishing and canoeing while experiencing all that is wild and wonderful. Ages 7 to 9 $150 Reedy Creek Nature Center 31187 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Explorers Camp Put on your explorers’ cap and get ready for some adventure. We will spend our time discovering the many adventures that nature has to offer. Wading through creeks, geocaching and canoeing are just a few examples of the fun that awaits you! Ages 7 to 9 $150 Reedy Creek Nature Center 31183 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Outdoor Adventure Camp Campers will explore Latta Plantation Nature Preserve as they have never done before! Canoeing, fishing, geocaching, shelter building and hiking are just some of the fun activities we will enjoy during this weeklong day camp. This camp will culminate with a field trip adventure to Crowder’s Mountain State Park. Ages 7 to 10 $150 Latta Plantation Nature Center 30836 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 9:00am to 3:00pm 30837 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 9:00am to 3:00pm 30838 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 9:00am to 3:00pm

Adventure Camp Let nature guide you on a fun filled week of adventure and discovery in the great outdoors! You can look forward to kayaking, hiking, geocaching and more. This camp will be spending one night camping, leaving on Thursday morning and returning on Friday. Ages 10 to 12 $160 Reedy Creek Nature Center 31184 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Outdoor Explorers Camp 2012 Summer is a great time to spend time outdoors in nature enjoying outdoor recreation! Let your child spend a week exploring the nature around them through kayaking, fishing, hiking and other outdoor recreation opportunities. As always animal encounters, crafts, games, and lots of fun are included. For more information contact McDowell Nature Center at 704-588-5224. Ages 7 to 9 $160 McDowell Nature Center 31383 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm 31384 Jul 2-Jul 6 33297 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm 31386 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm 31387 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Outdoor Explorers Camp at Methodist Home Kayaking, fishing, hiking and fire building are just a few of the outdoor adventures that campers will participate in as they discover nature while visiting local nature preserves and state parks. Campers will get up close with local wildlife, create works of art, and have lots of fun while learning new skills and developing confidence in the outdoors. Interest in nature and outdoor recreation starts at an early age, sign your camper up today! Ages 7 to 9 $45 Methodist Home Recreation Center 31215 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm 31216 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm 31217 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Outdoor Explorers Camp at Sugaw Creek Kayaking, fishing, hiking and fire building are just a few of the outdoor adventures that campers will participate in as they discover nature while visiting local nature preserves and state parks. Campers will get up close with local wildlife, create works of art, and have lots of fun while learning new skills and developing confidence in the outdoors. Interest in nature and outdoor recreation starts at an early age, sign your camper up today! Ages 7 to 9 $45 Sugaw Creek Recreation Center 31218 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm 31219 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Outdoor Explorers Camp at Tuckaseegee Rec Center Kayaking, fishing, hiking and fire building are just a few of the outdoor adventures that campers will participate in as they discover nature while visiting local nature preserves and state parks. Campers will get up close with local wildlife, create works of art, and have lots of fun while learning new skills and developing confidence in the outdoors. Interest in nature and outdoor recreation starts at an early age, sign your camper up today! Ages 7 to 9 $45 Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 31212 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm 31213 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Outdoor Explorers Camp at Wallace Pruitt Kayaking, fishing, hiking and hayrides are just a few of the outdoor adventures that campers will participate in as they discover nature while visiting local nature preserves and state parks. Campers will get up close with local wildlife, create works of art, and have lots of fun while learning new skills and developing confidence in the outdoors. Interest in nature and outdoor recreation starts at an early age, sign your camper up today! Ages 7 to 9 $45 Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center 31203 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm 31205 Jul 9-Jul 13 31208 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

The Great Outdoors There are so many fun activities outdoors like hiking, paddling on a lake, outdoor cooking and much more that you will not miss being inside. We will provide all the gear and fun for a full week of outdoor adventures. Ages 7 to 9 $150 Reedy Creek Nature Center 31189 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Young Explorers Camp Not sure if your child is ready for a full day at camp? Then this half-day version of our ever-popular Outdoor Adventure Camp is just what you’re searching for! Each day will focus on a different outdoor recreation activity. Campers will explore the nature preserve by going canoeing, using a map and compass, hunting for hidden treasure, and more. Ages 6 to 7 $75 Latta Plantation Nature Center 30832 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm 30833 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 2:00pm to 5:00pm 30834 Aug 13-Aug 17 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm 30835 Aug 13-Aug 17 M-F 2:00pm to 5:00pm

SPECIALTY Backyard Games Camp Our favorite childhood games, hopscotch, jump ropes, kickball, and more! This camp focuses on cardiovascular exercise and sportsmanship lessons. For more information please contact Kimberly.Golden@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4934 Ages 4 to 8 $160 Berewick Recreation Center 32588 Aug 13-Aug 17 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

Princess Dance Camp Let your child express their inner princess through creative movement, ballet, and dramatic play. Princess themed activities will set the stage for a fun and imaginative camp. For more information, contact Kimberly.Golden@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4934 Ages 4 to 8 $160 Berewick Recreation Center 32589 Jun 11-Jun 15 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

Mad Science: Steam Camp Science, technology, engineering, art, and math are all explored in this exciting camp. Kids will have fun problem solving and designing solutions to engineering challenges such as pulleys, catapults, levers and more. For more information, contact Kimberly.Golden@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4934 Ages 6 to 11 $190 Winget School Recreation Site 32670 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Mad Science: Crazy Chemworks Camp This camp explores crazy concoctions and awe inspiring chemical combinations in a safe environment. The kids will experiment with supersticky-stuff, explore glow-in-the-dark technology, make slime and grow crystals. For more information, contact Kimberly.Golden@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4934 Ages 6 to 11 $190 Winget School Recreation Site 32672 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

SK8-A-Million This program is designed to teach participants the basic techniques of skating in order to enhance their freestyle skills. For more information, contact AlbemarleRoadRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCounty NC.gov or 704.567.1941. Ages 13 to 17 $45 Albemarle Road Recreation Center 33042 Jul 9 M 10:00am to 1:00pm 33043 Jul 16 M 10:00am to 1:00pm

Mad Science: Secret Agent Lab Camp Step into the shoes of a detective and become a spy. Kids uncover the science involved in evidence gathering and analysis, from decoding messages to metal detectors and night vision. Campers will check out all sorts of spy equipment. For more information, contact Kimberly.Golden@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4934 Ages 6 to 11 $190 Berewick Recreation Center 32674 Aug 13-Aug 17 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm Winget School Recreation Site 32671 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Register One of Three Ways Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select one option: CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. CALL 311 (704.336.7600) or the number listed. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs 4, 5, 32 & 33.

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SPORTS Call Your Shot Basketball Camp Summer Basketball Camp emphasizes individual skills, basic fundamentals, and team play in a positive coaching environment. For more information contact Clarence.Johnson4@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.504.5433. Summer Basketball Camp Ages 8 to 11 $25 Martin Luther King School Recreation Site 32969 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm Winget School Recreation Site M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm 32668 Jul 9-Jul 13

Sports Camp Revolution Park Sports Academy Sports Camp will enhance children’s knowledge and development of non-traditional and traditional sports. Choose a specialty sport(s) each week designed for beginners, intermediate, and advance participants(no experience necessary). Ages 9 to 10 $65 Revolution Park Sports Academy Baseball/Softball 33147 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Boxing 33148 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Soccer 33149 Jul 2-Jul 6 M,Tu,Th,F 7:30am to 5:30pm Football 33150 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Basketball/Volleyball 33152 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Golf 33153 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Track & Field 33154 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Wrestling 33155 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

TRADITIONAL 360° of PLAY - World Adventures A traditional day camp for children in elementary school (Participants should have completed Kindergarten. Travel with us as we explore the culture, food, and everyday customs of people around the world through games, 4-H enrichment activities, outdoor play and nature activities, fitness, field trips, swimming, arts and crafts and guest speakers. For more information, contact SummerCamps@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Camps will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. Ages 6 to 11 $70 Berewick Recreation Center Africa 32955 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Asia 32956 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm North America 32957 Jul 2-Jul 6 M-Tu & Th-F7:30am to 5:30pm South America 32958 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Europe 32959 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Australia 32960 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Antacrtica 32961 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Oceans 32962 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Hickory Grove Recreation Center Africa 32947 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Asia 32948 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm North America 32949 Jul 2-Jul 6 M,Tu,Th,F 7:30am to 5:30pm South America 32950 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

Europe 32951 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Australia 32952 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Antarctica 32953 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Oceans 32954 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Mallard Creek Recreation Center Africa 32939 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Asia 32940 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm North America 32941 Jul 2-Jul 6 M,Tu,Th,F 7:30am to 5:30pm South America M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 32942 Jul 9-Jul 13 Europe 32943 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Australia 32944 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Antarctica 32945 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Oceans 32946 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

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AQUATICS Jr. Lifeguarding Camp An educational program, that provides a foundation of aquatic and leadership knowledge, attitudes and skills preparing them for future and successful completion of the red Cross Lifeguarding course. Must know how to swim. For more information, contact Jody.Corum@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.1141. Ages 11 to 14 $150 Ray’s Splash Planet Aquatic: JR Life Guarding Camp 33146 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 8:30am to 4:30pm

Kayaking, fishing, hiking and fire building are just a few of the outdoor adventures that campers will participate in as they discover nature while visiting local nature preserves and state parks. Campers will get up close with local wildlife, create works of art, and have lots of fun while learning new skills and developing confidence in the outdoors. Interest in nature and outdoor recreation starts at an early age, sign your camper up today! Ages 10 to 12 $45 Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 31222 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Amazing Race Wildlife Edition Camp

Camp H2O Kids will have a splash at our water-themed camp! We will investigate everything from aquatic animals to water quality with cool, water-based activities and games. Some highlights of the week will include canoeing, stream explorations, and even a visit to Ray’s Splash Planet. $150 Ages 8 to 11 Latta Plantation Nature Center 30839 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 9:00am to 3:00pm 30840 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 9:00am to 3:00pm

A traditional outdoor day camp in keeping with the ‘No Child Left Inside’ initiative. Enrichment using the 4-H curriculum, active games & sports, art projects, swimming, social and self-directed play opportunities, nature and environmental activities and lots of time to play outside. For more information, contact SummerCamps@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 6 to 11 $45 Ivory Baker Recreation Center 32887 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32888 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32889 Jul 2-Jul 6 M,Tu,Th,F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32890 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32891 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32892 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32893 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32894 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm

Adventure Camp

Methodist Home Recreation Center 32904 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32905 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32906 Jul 2-Jul 6 M,Tu,Th,F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32907 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32908 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32909 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32910 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32911 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm

Kayaking, fishing, hiking and fire building are just a few of the outdoor adventures that campers will participate in as they discover nature while visiting local nature preserves and state parks. Campers will get up close with local wildlife, create works of art, and have lots of fun while learning new skills and developing confidence in the outdoors. Interest in nature and outdoor recreation starts at an early age, sign your camper up today! Ages 10 to 12 $45 Methodist Home Recreation Center 31223 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center 32895 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32896 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32897 Jul 2-Jul 6 M,Tu,Th,F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32898 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32900 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32901 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32902 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm 32903 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm

TEEN 4-H Motorsports Day Camp (Middle School) Participants in the one-week day camp will experience the life of a pit crew as they design, update and race radio-controlled cars. Using specific math, engineering and technology skills, the campers will solve real-life racing problems. We will also visit local racing shops and the Nascar Hall of Fame. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704-432-4803 Ages 12 to 14 $75 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 4-H: Motorsports Day Camp (middle school) 32418 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

Adventure Camp at Tuckaseegee Rec Center

Develop your kayaking skills, learn basic survival skills, and explore nature at night! The week will be spending time in the outdoors, exploring and interacting with their environment, all while developing important life skills. The week will sum up with an Exciting Day at the National Whitewater Center followed by an overnight camping experience! (Camp ends at 10 a.m. on Fri. following the overnight Campout). For more information contact McDowell Nature Center at 704-588-5224. Ages 10 to 12 $175 McDowell Nature Center 31389 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm 31390 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

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This will be a week long adventure where participants will solve puzzles, find locations, figure out clues and complete challenges while discovering the nature preserves in Charlotte. Be ready to race around the county to find your next clue. Ages 10 to 12 $150 Reedy Creek Nature Center 31191 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Animal Planet Reptiles, mammals, fish and other animals live at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. During this week of exploration, discovery and fun you will find out how much wildlife Charlotte has to offer. A trip to the zoo will be the end of this week long experience with furry and scaly friends. Ages 10 to 12 $150 Reedy Creek Nature Center 31186 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Outdoor Survival Camp Latta Plantation Nature Preserve can provide everything we need to survive and during this funfilled weeklong camp campers will learn how to survive in the outdoors. They will learn about water survival as we canoe, wild edibles and medicinal plants as we hike, how to build shelters, cook in the outdoors, and make emergency hiking kits. This will all culminate in an overnight camping experience at McDowell Nature Preserve. Ages 10 to 12 $150 Latta Plantation Nature Center 30841 Aug 6- Aug 8 M,Tu,W 9:00am to 3:00pm Aug 9-10 Th-F 9:00am(Th) to 10:00am(F)

Adventure Camp at Sugaw Creek Kayaking, fishing, hiking and fire building are just a few of the outdoor adventures that campers will participate in as they discover nature while visiting local nature preserves and state parks. Campers will get up close with local wildlife, create works of art, and have lots of fun while learning new skills and developing confidence in the outdoors. Interest in nature and outdoor recreation starts at an early age, sign your camper up today! Ages 10 to 12 $45 Sugaw Creek Recreation Center 31224 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Teen Adventure Extravaganza Camp

Skate Camp

Sports Camp

Join us for a memorable week of adventure in the great outdoors. Kayaking, hiking, camping, and more! This camp will be spending two nights in the mountains, leaving on Wednesday morning and returning on Friday afternoon. Ages 13 to 15 $175 Reedy Creek Nature Center 31188 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Ever wish you could spend your summer skating all day long? Now you can! Come out and improve your skills, learn some new tricks and most of all have fun. Instruction provided. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or call 704.432.5231. Ages 7 to 14 $150 /$30 Grayson SkatePark 32568 Jun 11-Jun 15 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm 32569 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm 32570 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm 32571 Jul 2-Jul 6 32572 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm 32573 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

Revolution Park Sports Academy Sports Camp will enhance children’s knowledge and development of non-traditional and traditional sports. Choose a specialty sport(s) each week designed for beginners, intermediate, and advance participants(no experience necessary). Ages 11 to 13 $65 Revolution Park Sports Academy Baseball/Softball Camp will cover individual skills, game strategies, instructions, controlled scrimmages, along with wellness education history of each sport and field trips. 33156 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Boxing 33157 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Soccer 33158 Jul 2-Jul 6 M-Tu & Th-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Football 33159 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Basketball/Volleyball 33160 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Golf 33161 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Track & Field 33162 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Wrestling 33163 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

SPECIALTY Cultural Arts Camp Using drama, poetry, dance and song, participants will be engaged in the world of performing arts, theater, music, fashion and design. The camp will include speakers and field trips related to cultural arts venues. Ages 12 to 15 $45 Methodist Home Recreation Center 33143 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm 33144 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm 33145 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

Dance and Academics Summer Camp This camp will be lead by former Carolina Panther and Charlotte Bobcat cheerleader Nekeata Perdue. Camp will consist of dance activities, academic time, arts and crafts, and reading time. Ages 11 to 14 $55 Winget School Recreation Site 33041 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm 33178 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm

MeckTeen Chefs Summer Day Camp Teens!! Have dreams about becoming a chef? If so, this class is for you. You will learn about cake decorating, food prep, garnishing, world cuisine and more from a license chef at CPCC. For more information contact: Tari.Turner@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Ages 13 to 16 $120 Armory Training Facility 32662 Jun 18-Jun 29 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm 32663 Jul 9-Jul 20 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

MeckTeens X-treme Want an incredible summer? Learn new skills, explore new interests and experience a variety of activities, such as career choices, fitness/wellness, visual/performing arts, literacy, technology, trips, team building, outdoor adventure and X-tremely Cool Fun! For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or 704.432.5231. Ages 12 to 15 $45 Naomi Drenan Recreation Center 31904 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 1:00pm to 5:00pm 32419 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 1:00pm to 5:00pm

SPORTS Basketball Summer Camp This camp will balance teaching skills and fundamentals with games, contests and fun. For more information, contact AlbemarleRoadRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCounty NC.gov or 704.567.1941. Ages 5 to 17 $80 Albemarle Road Recreation Center 33044 Jun 11-Jun 15 M-F 8:00am to 10:00am 33045 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 8:00am to 10:00am 33046 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 8:00am to 10:00am M-F 8:00am to 10:00am 33047 Jul 2-Jul 6 33048 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 8:00am to 10:00am 33049 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 8:00am to 10:00am 33050 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 8:00am to 10:00am 33051 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 8:00am to 10:00am 33052 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 8:00am to 10:00am 33053 Aug 13-Aug 17 M-F 8:00am to 10:00am

Call Your Shot Basketball Camp Summer Basketball Camp emphasizes individual skills, basic fundamentals, and team play in positive coaching environment. For more information contact, Clarence4.Johnson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.504.5433 Ages 12 to 15 $25 Martin Luther King School Recreation Site 32970 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm Winget School Recreation Site 32669 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm

Soccer Camp Challenger Sports’ First Kicks is a new and exciting program that teaches basic soccer skills while developing strength, balance, coordination, listening skills, cooperation and teamwork in children. For more information, contact bcook@challengersports.com or 877.263.7909. Ages 3 to 16 $122 Grayson Park 31896 Jun 25-Jun 27 M & W9:00am to 12:00pm 31897 Jul 16-Jul 18 M & W9:00am to 12:00pm

Teen Adventure Camp Every day we will set off on a new adventure. Canoeing, Kayaking and Rock Climbing are just a few of the adventures you will experience. For more information, contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCou ntyNC.gov or 704.432.3048. Ages 13 to 15 $20 Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32530 Jun 18-Jun 21 M-Th 4:00pm to 8:00pm 32531 Jul 23-Jul 26 M-Th 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Teen Adventure Camp Every day we will set off on a new adventure. Canoeing, Kayaking and Rock Climbing are just a few of the adventures you will experience. For more information, contact Tari.Turner@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.0061. Ages 13 to 15 $45 Armory Training Facility 33129 Jul 2-Jul 6 M,Tu,Th,F 9:00am to 5:00pm

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TRADITIONAL 21st Century Summer Camp An all inclusive program that offers campers a wide variety of activities in the areas of team and individual sports, visual, studio, performing arts and academics. For more information, contact AlbemarleRoadRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCounty NC.gov or 704.567.1941. Ages 5 to 12 $65 Albemarle Road Recreation Center 33054 Jun 11-Jun 15 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 33055 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 33056 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 33057 Jul 2-Jul 6 33058 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 33059 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 33061 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 33062 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 33063 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

Teen Summer Camp A traditional day camp for youth in middle/high school (Participants should have completed 6th grade). Travel with us as we participant in games, 4-H enrichment activities, outdoor play and nature activities, fitness, field trips, swimming arts and crafts and guest speakers. For more information, contact SummerCamps@MecklenburgCountyNC.govThe Camp will be closed on July 4. $50 Ages 12 to 15 West Charlotte Recreation Center 33024 Jun 18-Jun 22 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 33025 Jun 25-Jun 29 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 33026 Jul 2-Jul 6 M-Tu & Th-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 33027 Jul 9-Jul 13 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 33028 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 33029 Jul 23-Jul 27 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 33030 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 33031 Aug 6-Aug 10 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

ADULT Ecological Field Studies Academy Educators! Teachers! Each day you will hone your field studies skills while working with biologists who use these techniques in their work. Earn CEU’s and have fun rediscovering your passion! Ages 18 and older $150 Reedy Creek Nature Center 31185 Jul 19-Jul 25 Th-F, M-Th 9:00am to 4:00pm

SENIORS Grandparent Camp: A Day in the Woods It’s summer time! unplug yourself and your grandchild, join us for a full day of outdoor activities at Reedy Creek Nature Center. We will teach you how to fish, go on a hike and have a great time. Lunch is included. Ages 7 and older $20/$8 Reedy Creek Nature Center 33085 Jul 3 Tu 9:30am to 4:00pm

FAMILY Family Adventure Camp Looking for some quality family time in the great outdoors? Learn essential skills such as fire building, fishing, kayaking, campfire cooking…then cap it off with a campout where we will sing songs, roast s’mores, and take a nature at night hayride before falling asleep in a private tent with your family. All gear and meals are provided (Lunch Wed. - Fri. and Dinner Fri. night) and additional adults are welcome for the campout. (At least 1 adult from each family is required to be registered). For more information, contact McDowell Nature Center at 704-588-5224. All Ages $65 McDowell Nature Center 31076 Jun 13-Jun 16 W-Sa 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Tennis Camps Colonel Francis Beatty Park Tennis Academy of North Carolina Summer Camps: Session 1 - June 11 - 14 Session 2 - June 18 - 21 Session 3 - July 9 -12

Session 4 - July 16 - 19 Session 5- August 6 - 9

Half Day Camp

9:00am - 11:30am

*To register for all programs visit www.tanctennis.com. Half Day Camp: (Ages 5 & up) - Campers will be broken into small groups based on age and skill level. Participants 8U will utilize the 36’ Quickstart format, players 10U will utilize the 60’ Quickstart format. All other ages will use the full court. For more information on price visit www.tanctennis.com.

Freedom Park Upchurch Tennis Summer Camps: Session 1 - June 11 - 15 Session 2 - June 18 - 22 Session 3 - June 25 - 29 Session 4 - July 2 - 6 Session 5 - July 9 -13

Session 6 - July 16 - 20 Session 7 - July 23 - 27 Session 8 - July 30 - August 3 Session 9 - August 6 -10 Session 10 - August 13 - 17

Half Day Camp

8:30am - 12:00pm

$165 per week

Half Day Camp: Participants receive on court tennis instruction, snack time and supervised play on and off the courts daily.

Half Day Camp

8:30am - 12:00pm

Summer Camps: Session 1 - June 18 - 22 Session 2 - June 25 - 29 Session 3 - July 9 - 13 Session 4 - July 16 - 20 Session 5 - July 23 - 27

Session 6 - July 30 - August 3 Session 7 - August 6 - 10 Session 8 - August 13 - 17 Session 9 - August 20 - 24

Half Day Camp Full Day Camp

9:00am - 1:00pm 9:00am - 5:00pm

$150 per week $250 per week

*To register for all programs visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com. Half Day Camp: Participate in an hour or more of tennis clinics in the morning and another hour of match play in the afternoon. In addition to tennis campers will have the opportunity to play other sports like; soccer, basketball, kickball, volleyball and more. Campers will also participate in arts and crafts, silent reading and other enrichment programs.

Park Road Park Summer Camps: Session 1 - June 11 - 15 Session 2 - June 25 - 29 Session 3 - July 2 - 6 Session 4 - July 9 - 13

Session 5 - July 23 - 27 Session 6 - July 30 - August 3 Session 7 - August 6 - 10

ADVANCED LEVEL SUMMER CAMP: Camp is designed for high level players who are looking to take their game to the next level. Camp will focus on footwork, match play strategies mastering all strokes as well as conditioning and overall fitness. Full and half day sessions are available. For more information and pricing contact 704-451-3133.

Jeff Adams Tennis Center Upchurch Tennis Session 5 - July 16 - 20 Session 6 - July 23 - 27 Session 7 - July 30 - August 3 Session 8 - August 6 -10

Latta Park (Tom Sykes RC) Midwood Tennis Academy

Full Day Camp: Participate in an hour or more of tennis clinics in the morning and another hour of match play mid day and another hour of tennis in the afternoon. In addition to tennis campers will have the opportunity to play other sports like; soccer, basketball, kickball, volleyball and more. Campers will also participate in arts and crafts, silent reading and other enrichment programs. Facilities include: 6 Outdoor tennis courts, indoor classrooms, indoor gymnasium, outdoor soccer fields, outdoor playgrounds, and outdoor spray park.

*To register for all programs visit www.upchurchtennis.com.

Summer Camps: Session 1 - June 11 - 15 Session 2 - June 25 - 29 Session 3 - July 2 - 6 Session 4 - July 9 -13

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT 704-529-3273.

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center

$165 per week

*To register for all programs visit www.charlottecitytennis.com. Half Day Camp : Participants receive on court tennis instruction, snack time and supervised play on and off the courts daily.

Learn the fundamentals of a fun lifelong sport! Camp is designed to serve as an introduction to basic strokes, rule of the game and tennis etiquette. Ages 6 to 17 $125 Tennis Camp (Contracted Camp) 31999 Jun 18-Aug 24 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm *To register for program visit www.parkandrec.com or call 311

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center This camp provides the basic skills involved with the game of tennis such as the rules, swing mechanics, ball placement, etc. This camp teaches the fitness components needed to stay in shape. Ages 8 to 15 $25 32881 Jul 16-Jul 20 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm 32882 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm *To register for program visit www.parkandrec.com or call 311

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Therapeutic Recreation

Summer Camps

June 18 - August 10, 2012 No Camp July 2-6

Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm Therapeutic Recreation Summer Day Camps are offered to individuals with disabilities. Camps are goal-oriented and include field trips, swimming, games, music, sports, arts & crafts, and fun with friends! Imagination Station 2-5 years old Natural Wonders 6-8 years old Summer Express 6-9 years old World of Adventures 9-10 years old World of Wonders 11-13 years old Camp Quest 14-16 years old TREC 17-21 years old Mail-in Registration Begins March 2012 Walk-in Registration Begins April 2012 Camps are $100 per week and payment is due at time of registration For more information: Call 704.432.0237 or Visit us online at http://tr.charmeck.org

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Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camps Pre-School (ages 2-5): Imagination Station: for pre-school, ages 2-5 with disabilities All aboard! Spend you summer on the Discovery Train exploring yourself and the world around you. Camp will allow for curious discovery through science, art, health, music, friendship development, sports, and games. Each week the Discovery Train will travel to a different children’s book setting, exploring Dinosaur Roar, Chicka Chicka ABC, Rapunzel, and more! Imagination Station is a great opportunity to introduce children to a group recreation setting or allow for continued interaction with their peers during the summer months. There’s no doubt, kids will enjoy this camp that encourages non-stop fun and imagination! Location: Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 Fee: $100.00 per week Time: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Contact: Angela Tate at 704-432-4329 or Angela.Tate@mecklenburgcountync.gov

Youth (ages 6-13): Natural Wonders: for youth, ages 6 – 8 years with disabilities This program is designed to introduce the joys of summer to children with disabilities ages 6 -8. Together they will learn about nature, sports, group games, arts and crafts, aquatics, outdoor adventure, science, theatre and friendship. They will participate in group play, fitness, sports, music, art projects and be involved in camp field trips. Location: Tom Sykes Recreation Center, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203 Fee: $100.00 per week Time: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Contact: Margot Howell at 704-432-4328 or Margot.Howell@mecklenburgcountync.gov

Summer Express: for youth, ages 6-9 with disabilities Climb aboard the “Summer Express”! This camp is designed for children who are at their best in a small group setting. Our travels will take us to Summer Fun Depot, Stars & Stripes Station, Great Outdoors Center, Musical Mountain, Sporty City and other exciting destinations! Camp activities will also include water play, group games, arts & crafts, gardening activities, playground time, field trips and more. Location: Tom Sykes Recreation Center, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203 Fee: $100.00 per week Time: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Contact: Karen Howard at 704-432-4325 or Karen.Howard@mecklenburgcountync.gov

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Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camps World of Adventures: for youth, ages 9 - 10 years with disabilities Explore the world of adventures this summer! Each week we will go on a different type of adventure. Some of our adventures will include: Adventures of the Wild, Adventures of the Air, Adventures of the Sea and more. Traditional summertime activities will include music, gardening, swimming, outdoor play, crafts and more! Children should bring a bag lunch with a drink each day. Location: Tom Sykes Recreation Center, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203 Fee: $100.00 per week Time: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Contact: Therapeutic Recreation at 704-432-0237 or TrInfo@mecklenburgcountync.gov World of Wonders: for youth/teens, ages 11-13 with disabilities World of Wonders is an eight week summer camp experience where youth and teens will participate in hands-on activities, crafts, music and dance, and group games. We will enjoy weekly field trips, swimming, sports, outdoor play, and much more! Location: Sugaw Creek Recreation Center, 943 W. Sugar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28213 Fee: $100 per week Time: 7AM-6PM Contact: Ariel Kliem at 704-432-4327 or Ariel.Kliem@MecklnburgcountyNC.gov

Teens (ages 13-21): Camp Quest: for teens ages 14-16 with disabilities Camp Quest is an eight week summer camp experience where teens will participate in weekly activities including; outdoor adventures, arts and crafts, theater, science, sports, music, and much more. We’ll also go swimming and on a field trip each week. Join us this summer on a quest for fun and excitement! Location: Ivory Baker Recreation Center, 1920 Stroud Park Ct., Charlotte, NC 28206 Fee: $100.00 per week Time: 7:00AM-6:00PM Contact: Megan Hotze at 704-432-4326 or Megan.Hotze@mecklenburgcountync.gov Therapeutic Recreation Experience Camp (TREC): for teens, ages 17-21 and still in High School, with disabilities TREC is a seven-week summer day camp for teens ages 17-21 with disabilities who are still enrolled in high school. This camp will feature weekly themes and activities. Campers will participate in sports, swimming, arts and crafts, music and art therapy, cooperative games, guest speakers and a weekly field trip. Location: Ivory Baker Recreation Center, 1920 Stroud Park Ct., Charlotte, NC 28206 Fee: $100.00 per week Time: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Contact: Jana McMullen at 704-432-4330 or Jana.McMullen@mecklenburgcountync.gov

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Visit: http://TR.Charmeck.org to find out more about all the programs offered by Therapeutic Recreation. No matter what your age or what kind of disability you may have, we have programs that are sure to keep you involved in the community and having fun.

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Pre-School

ATHLETICS Baseball: Start Smart Children learn the basic motor skills necessary to play organized baseball while they work one-on-one and spend quality time with their parents. Focus is on teaching hitting, throwing, catching, base running and agility. Ages 3 to 5 $55 Ivory Baker Recreation Center 32503 Mar 14-May 2 W 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Flag Football: Start Smart Children learn the basic motor skills necessary to play organized flag football while they work one-on-one and spend quality time with their parents. Focus is on teaching children and their parents skills in throwing, catching, kicking/punting and running/agility. Ages 3 to 5 $65 Albemarle Road Recreation Center Fields 31542 Apr 5-May 10 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 31543 Apr 15-May 20 Su 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Shorty Sporty Tots will get moving while learning the lead up skills of various sports. Parent participation required. Ages 3 to 6 $12 Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31618 Mar 7-Apr 18 W 10:00am to 10:45am

Soccer: Indoor Fun League

Arts for Tots

Learn the basic skills of soccer, while having fun. Participants will receive a uniform, shin guards, socks and a participation award. This is a six game league. Ages 3 to 4 $45 Arbor Glen Outreach Center 30653 Mar 22-May 19 Th, Sa 6:00pm to 7:00pm Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 30789 Mar 22-May 19 Th, Sa 6:00pm to 7:00pm Thomasboro School Recreation Site 32144 Mar 22-May 19 Th, Sa 6:00pm to 7:00pm Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30364 Mar 22-May 19 Th, Sa 6:00pm to 7:00pm Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 32143 Mar 22-May 19 Th, Sa 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This program will promote dramatic play, confidence, body awareness and social skills through theatre, song, dance, creative expression and craft projects. Parent participation is required. Ages 3 to 5 $2 Albemarle Road Recreation Center 30600 Mar 6 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 30601 Mar 13 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 30602 Mar 20 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 30603 Mar 27 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 30604 Apr 3 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 30605 Apr 10 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 30606 Apr 17 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 30607 Apr 24 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 30608 May 1 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 30609 May 8 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 30610 May 15 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 30611 May 22 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 30612 May 29 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am

33073 Apr 10 Tu 10:00am to 11:30am 33074 Apr 17 Tu 10:00am to 11:30am 33075 Apr 24 Tu 10:00am to 11:30am 33013 May 1 Tu 10:00am to 11:30am Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31465 Mar 15 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 31466 Mar 15 Th 11:15am to 12:15pm 31467 Apr 19 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 31468 Apr 19 Th 11:15am to 12:15pm 31469 May 17 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 31470 May 17 Th 11:15am to 12:15pm

Cooking: Mini Chefs

Dance School: KDK On the Road

Children will have fun getting messy while following recipes and creating healthy foods. Each child will leave with a recipe card. Parent participation required. For more information, contact the Recreation Center listed. Ages Up to 5 $2 Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 33079 Mar 9 F 10:30am to 11:30am 33080 Apr 13 F 10:30am to 11:30am 33081 May 4 F 10:30am to 11:30am Hickory Grove Recreation Center 31691 Apr 5 Th 10:30am to 11:30am 31692 May 3 Th 10:30am to 11:30am Ivory Baker Recreation Center 33012 Apr 3 Tu 10:00am to 11:30am 32486 Feb 7 Tu 10:00am to 11:30am 33067 Feb 14 Tu 10:00am to 11:30am 33069 Feb 28 Tu 10:00am to 11:30am 33011 Mar 6 Tu 10:00am to 11:30am 33070 Mar 13 Tu 10:00am to 11:30am 33071 Mar 20 Tu 10:00am to 11:30am 33072 Mar 27 Tu 10:00am to 11:30am

Offering a variety of dance classes consisting of jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and tap for all ages and genders. For more information, contact Patricia Brinson at 704.222.3872. Ages 9 to 15 $25 31228 Mar 6-Mar 27 Tu 6:00pm to 7:00pm 31229 Apr 3-Apr 24 Tu 6:00pm to 7:00pm 31230 May 1-May 29 Tu 6:00pm to 7:00pm

CULTURAL ARTS Art: Painting Without Brushes Kids will enjoy getting creative with paint, while painting their own masterpieces. Pre-registration required! Parent guided class. For more information, contact MallardCreekRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov at 704.548.8234 Ages 2 to 6 $2 Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31471 Mar 7 W 10:00am to 11:00am 31472 Apr 4 W 10:00am to 11:00am 31473 May 2 W 10:00am to 11:00am

Art: Sponge Painting Get messy and creative with paint. This is a parent guided class. Clothing may get stained - dress appropriately. For more information, contact MallardCreekRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or 704.548.8234. Ages 2 to 6 $2 Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31480 Mar 12 M 10:00am to 11:00am 31481 Mar 26 M 10:00am to 11:00am 31482 Apr 9 M 10:00am to 11:00am 31483 Apr 23 M 10:00am to 11:00am 31484 May 14 M 10:00am to 11:00am

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Dance: Ballet You remember their first steps, she’ll remember her first plie; your child will enjoy learning ballet. The Royal Academy of Dance syllabus is taught by a trained professional dancer. For more information or to register, contact Amanda Sheppard at ukmiz@aol.com or call 704.542.5777. Ages 3 to 5 $40 Elon Recreation Center 31020 Mar 1-Mar 29 Tu & Th 3:00pm to 3:30pm 31022 Apr 3-Apr 26 Tu & Th 10:15am to 10:45am 31023 May 1-May 31 Tu & Th10:15am to 10:45am

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Pre-School Programs and Activities Dress Up Drama!

Krafty Kids

Music Together of Charlotte

Learn the basics of acting through arts and crafts, activities. Follow each weeks theme by coming dressed in costumes for added fun. For more information, contact Kimberly.Golden@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4934. Ages 3 to 6 $24 Berewick Recreation Center 31159 Mar 14-Apr 25 W 10:15am to 11:00am

Have fun learning and painting while making theme related crafts. For more information, contact the recreation center offering the program. $3 Ages 4 to 6 Hickory Grove Recreation Center Spring Creations Tu 10:30am to 11:30am 31649 Mar 6 Th 10:30am to 11:30am 31655 Mar 8 31653 Apr 3 Tu 10:30am to 11:30am Th 10:30am to 11:30am 31656 Apr 12 31654 May 1 Tu 10:30am to 11:30am Th 10:30am to 11:30am 31657 May 10 Ivory Baker Recreation Center Th 10:00am to 11:00am 32487 Feb 9 32488 Mar 22 Th 10:00am to 11:00am Th 10:00am to 11:00am 32489 Feb 23 32490 Mar 8 Th 10:00am to 11:00am Th 10:00am to 11:00am 32491 Apr 12 32492 Apr 26 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 32493 May 10 Th 10:00am to 11:00am Th 10:00am to 11:00am 32494 May 24 Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31459 Mar 6 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 31460 Mar 20 31461 Apr 3 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 31462 Apr 17 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 31463 May 1 31464 May 15 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am

Experience the joy of sharing music with your child as you both learn to sing, dance and play instruments together. For more information, contact musictogetherofcharlotte@gmail.com or 704.449.6761. $185 Ages 8 mo to 5 yrs Tom Sykes Recreation Center M-Sa Times Vary 30345 Ongoing

Kids Dance Company: Mom and Me A comfortable environment with Mom-perfect for beginning dancers! The class will focus on movement, coordination, balance, rhythm, stretching and kinetic skills all set to music. For more information, contact Patricia Brinson 704.299.2442. $25 Ages 18 to 36 mo Berewick Recreation Center 31225 Mar 7-Mar 28 W 10:00am to 11:00am 31226 Apr 4-Apr 25 W 10:00am to 11:00am 31227 May 2-May 30 W 10:00am to 11:00am

Kids Kraft Have fun learning and painting while making theme related crafts. For more information, contact the recreation center offering the program. Ages 5 to 12 • FREE • Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 31335 Mar 5-Mar 26 M 10:00am to 11:00am 31336 Apr 2-Apr 23 M 10:00am to 11:00am 31337 May 7-May 21 M 10:00am to 11:00am

Kindermusik Each week a trained expert in music and child development provides an interactive learning experience. Ages 3 to 10 $15 Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32886 Mar 6-Mar 27 Tu 10:30am to 11:30am 32916 Mar 8-Mar 29 Th 6:30am to 7:30am 32918 Apr 3-Apr 24 Tu 10:30am to 11:30am 32919 Apr 5-Apr 26 Th 6:30am to 7:30am 32920 May 1-May 22 Tu 10:30am to 11:30am 32922 May 3-May 24 Th 6:30am to 7:30am

Little Diva Dance Little Diva Dance is a ballet, tap and creative dance program designed to teach children a life-long love of movement and provide a foundation for all dance genres. Divas participate in a weekly session which includes ballet and tap technique, movement patterns and games, and dramatic play. For more information, visit www.launchyourkids.com/little-diva-dance.htm or email hillaryfulgum@gmail.com Ages 2 to 8 $50 Berewick Recreation Center 31253 Ongoing Th 6:00pm to 7:00pm Tom Sykes Recreation Center 31300 Ongoing M 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Musical Exploration Parent and child explore music through the use of mini instruments in a relaxed self paced environment. $1 Ages 3 to 6 Hickory Grove Recreation Center 31639 Mar 12 M 10:00am to 2:00pm M 10:00am to 2:00pm 31640 Apr 9 31641 May 14 M 10:00am to 2:00pm

Parent and Tot Splash Time Parents and toddlers can enjoy valuable play time together on various Mondays in the splash park. Visit www.rayssplashplanet.com for a complete schedule. No registration required. For more information, contact 704.432.4729. Ages 1 to 5 $3 Ray’s Splash Planet M 10:00am to 3:00pm 32310 Mar 5 32311 Mar 19 M 10:00am to 3:00pm 32312 Apr 9 M 10:00am to 3:00pm M 10:00am to 3:00pm 32313 Apr 23 32314 May 7 M 10:00am to 3:00pm 32378 May 21 M 10:00am to 3:00pm

RAY’s Jr. Explorers Calling all kids! Join Ray’s Jr. Explorers for a learning adventure. Ray’s education adventures will feature topics such as weather/seasons, hibernating animals, and plant life. For more information, contact MallardCreekRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or 704.548.8234 Ages 2 to 4 $2 Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31485 Mar 2 F 10:00am to 11:00am 31487 Mar 16 F 10:00am to 11:00am 31488 Apr 13 F 10:00am to 11:00am 31489 Apr 20 F 10:00am to 11:00am 31490 Apr 27 F 10:00am to 11:00am 31491 May 4 F 10:00am to 11:00am 31492 Jun 1 F 10:00am to 11:00am 31493 May 18 F 10:00am to 11:00am

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS Young Energetic Scholars Join other preschoolers as we explore games, fun and arts & crafts together. For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.392.7452. Ages 3 to 5 • FREE • Southview Recreation Center 31635 Mar 6-Mar 27 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 31636 Apr 3-Apr 24 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am 31637 May 1-May 29 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am

FITNESS AND WELLNESS Mommy and Me Tumble Time Class is designed to keep children active while developing cognitive, social, physical and emotional learning skills. For more information, contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCou ntyNC.gov or 704.432.3048. Ages 3 to 7 $4 Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32446 Ongoing Tu 9:00am to 9:45am

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Register One of Three Ways Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select one option: CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. CALL 311 (704.336.7600) or the number listed. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs 4, 5, 32 & 33. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

Ray Fit Play Tots will use their endless energy to engage in structured activities designed to enhance motor skills, balance, hand-eye coordination and overall fitness. Parental participation is required. For more information, contact Erica.Espinoza@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.548.8234 Ages 2 to 5 $2 31608 Mar 6 Tu 10:00am to 10:30am 31612 Mar 13 Tu 10:00am to 10:30am 31613 Mar 20 Tu 10:00am to 10:30am 31614 Mar 27 Tu 10:00am to 10:30am 31616 Apr 3 Tu 10:00am to 10:30am 31617 Apr 10 Tu 10:00am to 10:30am

Toddler Time Toddler Time is designed to keep children active and develop cognitive, social, physical and emotional learning styles. Preschoolers and parents will learn, explore and interact with age appropriate crafts. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or 704.432.5231. Ages 2 to 5 $2 Ivory Baker Recreation Center 32495 Feb 2 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 32496 Feb 16 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 32497 Mar 1 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 32498 Mar 15 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 32499 Apr 5 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 32500 Apr 19 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 32501 May 3 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 32502 May 17 Th 10:00am to 11:00am

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES Easter Egg Scrambler What an Easter egg hunting we will go! Collect as many eggs as you can, make a fantastic Easter craft and dance the Bunny Hop. For more information, contact Clarence.Johnson4@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.504.5433 or Berewick Recreation Center at 704.432.4934. Ages 2 to 10 $5 Berewick Recreation Center 31036 Apr 7 Sa 9:00am to 12:00pm

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Pre-School Programs and Activities SOCIAL ACTIVITIES MusicPups Moms and children attend this unique music class together! Classes involve singing, playing instruments, dancing, stories and fun. This class includes a downloadable cd and sheet music. To register: visit www.MusicDiscoveryClass.com For more information, contact Kimberly.Golden@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4934. $130 Ages 1 to 6 Berewick Recreation Center 31066 Mar 2-May 11 F 10:30am to 12:30pm

Playdates at Ray’s Playhouse Play dates include themed activities and a daily pass for Ray’s Playhouse.. Parent participation required. Pre-Registration Required. Ages 3 to 7 $4 Hickory Grove Recreation Center Dinosaurs Th 5:00pm to 6:00pm 31675 Mar 15 Karaoke 31680 Apr 19 Th 5:00pm to 6:00pm Th 5:00pm to 6:00pm 31681 May 17

Preschool Adventures Let’s explore something different in each adventure we take. As preschoolers develop their socialization skills they will enjoy fun and creative themed activities. Parents are required to stay with for the programs. Pre-registration is required for the program. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.432.4803. Ages 3 to 5 $5 Tom Sykes Recreation Center St. Patrick’s Day Party 31303 Mar 16 F 10:00am to 11:00am National Pajama Day 31304 Apr 20 F 10:00am to 11:00am Gifts from the Garden Day 31306 May 18 F 10:00am to 11:00am

Ray Play Your tot can make new friends and play with a variety of interactive, age-appropriate toys and games. Parental participation required. Ages 3 to 5 $2 Sugaw Creek Recreation Center 31398 Ongoing Tu 10:00am to 1:00pm Arbor Glen Outreach Center 33133 Ongoing W 10:30am to 11:30am

Pre-school Easter Egg Hunt Kids will make crafts, play games, see the Easter Bunny and have fun hunting for eggs. Don’t forget your basket for hunting eggs and your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. For more information, contact Stephanie.Frisbee@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.548.8234 Ages 2 to 6 $3 Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31500 Apr 11 W 10:00am to 11:30am

Wacky Holidays There are traditional holidays and there are holidays that not everyone has heard of yet. Come join us in celebrating some of these non-traditional fun days. Ages 1 to 6 $1 Berewick Recreation Center Dr. Seuss’s Birthday 31037 Mar 2 F 11:00am to 12:00pm Barbie’s Birthday 31038 Mar 9 F 11:00am to 12:00pm Butterflies Day 31039 Mar 14 W 11:00am to 12:00pm National Animal Cracker Day 31040 Apr 18 W 11:00am to 12:00pm

National Crayola Day 31074 Apr 25 W 11:00am to 12:00pm Mr. Potato Head Day 31075 Apr 30 M 11:00am to 12:00pm Cheerio’s Birthday 31077 May 1 Tu 11:00am to 12:00pm Space Day 31078 May 4 F 11:00am to 12:00pm Hooray for Buttons Day National Dance like a Chicken Day 31102 May 14 M 11:00am to 12:00pm Children’s Poetry Day 31105 Mar 21 W 3:00pm to 5:00pm Photography Day 31108 Mar 27 Tu 3:00pm to 5:00pm Encourage a Young Writer Day 31109 Apr 10 Tu 3:00pm to 5:00pm National Windmill Day 31110 May 15 Tu 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Tuck’s Tots

Take advantage of these popular Park & Recreation Preschool Classes (Under $10 Each):

Cultural Arts • • • • • •

Art: Paint Without Brushes Art: Sponge Painting Cooking: Mini Chefs Krafty Kids Parent and Tot Splash Time Tiny Tots Story Time

Fitness and Wellness • Ray Fit Play • Zumba for Preschoolers

Social Activities • • • • •

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party Play Dates at Ray’s Playhouse Ray Play Social: Ray’s Playhouse Tuck’s Tots

Visit various Locations: Hickory Grove Recreation Center Mallard Creek Recreation Center Ray’s Splash Planet Berewick Recreation Center Methodist Home Recreation Center Sugaw Creek Recreation Center Tuckaseegee Recreation Center

Join other preschoolers as we explore games, fun and arts and crafts together. For more information, contact Sonia.Lemon@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.6472. All Ages $2 Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 31356 Ongoing Tu 10:00am to 11:00am

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Elementary

4-H Club: 4-H Recreation Center Clubs 4-H clubs expose youth to science, social activities, civic and community service. Ages 5 to 8 • FREE • Berewick Recreation Center 31171 Mar 9-Mar 23 F 3:00pm to 5:00pm 31172 Apr 20 F 3:00pm to 5:00pm 31173 May 4-May 18 F 3:00pm to 5:00pm 31174 Mar 2-Mar 16 F 3:00pm to 5:00pm 31175 Apr 13-Apr 27 F 3:00pm to 5:00pm 31176 May 11-May 25 F 3:00pm to 5:00pm Hickory Grove Recreation Center 31642 Mar 9 F 4:00pm to 6:00pm 31643 Mar 16 F 4:30pm to 6:00pm 31644 Apr 13 F 4:30pm to 6:00pm 31647 May 11 F 4:30pm to 6:00pm 31648 May 18 F 4:30pm to 6:00pm 31645 Apr 20 F 4:00pm to 6:00pm Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center 31984 Mar 2-Mar 30 F 3:00pm to 5:00pm 31985 Apr 6-Apr 27 F 3:00pm to 5:00pm 31986 May 4-May 25 F 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Club: 4-H Homeschool Homeschool students will use the Treasures of 4-H curriculum and complete a variety of activities in areas of plants, animals, foods, citizenship, communications and leadership. For more information, contact MarionDiehlRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC .gov or 704.432.4332. Ages 6 to 17 $2 Marion Diehl Recreation Center 31809 Ongoing F 11:00am to 1:00pm

Club: Arbor Glen 4-H

Basketball Academy

Come learn the principles of 4-H: healthy hearts, heads, hands, and health, as well as many other life skills. You will enjoy fun activities and games using the 4-H curriculum: Health Rocks! and Arts & Crafts. Ages 6 to 12 • FREE • Arbor Glen Outreach Center Puppetry 31824 Mar 8-May 24 Th 5:00pm to 6:00pm

We focus on the fundamentals of the game, by stressing teamwork and sportsmanship. Get better as a player with drills and physical training. For more information, contact Terence.McMurray@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4580. Ages 8 to 12 $5 Ivory Baker Recreation Center 31956 Apr 5-Apr 26 Th 7:30pm to 8:30pm 31957 May 3-May 31 Th 7:30pm to 8:30pm 31958 Mar 1-Mar 29 Th 7:30pm to 8:30pm

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS Fun Fridays Join us as our very own Charlotte Checkers and United Way come to give back to the community. Players will introduce the game of hockey to our participants. For more information, contact recreation center staff at 704.432.5231. Ages 10 to 16 • FREE • Naomi Drenan Recreation Center 31864 Mar 2 F 6:30pm to 8:00pm 31865 Apr 6 F 6:30pm to 8:00pm 31866 May 4 F 6:30pm to 8:00pm 32542 Mar 30 F 6:30pm to 8:00pm

ATHLETICS Baseball Hitting Clinic Youth will learn proper skills and techniques through innovative and situational drills. For more information, contact Alvis.James@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov at 704.432.2924 Ages 8 to 12 • FREE • Martin Luther King School Recreation Site 30579 Mar 24 Sa 11:00am to 2:00pm Winget School Recreation Site 31043 Mar 24-Mar 31 Sa 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Charlotte Boxing Academy Fundamentals of boxing, weight training and conditioning in addition to self discipline and self control are taught in this program. For more information, contact Alivin.Simpson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4963. All Ages $30 Revolution Park Sports Academy 31849 Mar 5-May 31 M-Th 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Flag Football Clinic Children will gain the skills of flag football to compete in flag football league play. For more information, contact Clarence.Johnson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.504.5433 Ages 5 to 12 • FREE • Winget School Recreation Site 31053 Mar 19-Apr 9 M 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Golf: Instructional Clinic Instructional golf clinic designed to introduce the basics of golf with modified, age appropriate equipment. Parental participation required. For more information, contact WingetRecreationSite@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.504.5433. Ages 8 to 12 $5 Winget School Recreation Site 31052 Apr 18-May 9 W 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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Register One of Three Ways Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select one option: CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. CALL 311 (704.336.7600) or the number listed. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs 4, 5, 32 & 33. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Elementary Programs and Activities Pitch Hit & Run Competition

Broadway SuperStar Actors

Kids will perform different baseball skills in competition setting. For more information, contact Clarence.Johnson4@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.504-5433 Ages 5 to 12 • FREE • Winget School Recreation Site 31042 Apr 26-Apr 28 Th, Sa4:00pm to 5:30pm

Participants will learn the basics of acting through activities, arts and crafts and theatre games. The class will write the script and give a performance on the last night for family members. For more information, contact Kimberly.Golden@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4934. $36 Ages 6 to 11 Berewick Recreation Center 5:30pm to 6:30pm 31156 Mar 12-May 14 M

Soccer - Indoor Fun League Learn the basic skills of soccer, while having fun. Participants will receive a uniform, shin guards, socks, and a participation award. This is a six game league. $45 Ages 5 to 6 Arbor Glen Outreach Center 30656 Mar 20-May 19 Tu, Sa 6:00pm to 7:00pm Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 30790 Mar 20-May 19 Tu, Sa 6:00pm to 7:00pm Thomasboro School Recreation Site 32146 Mar 20-May 19 Tu, Sa 6:00pm to 7:00pm Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30363 Mar 20-May 19 Tu, Sa 6:00pm to 7:00pm Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 32145 Mar 20-May 19 Tu, Sa 6:00pm to 7:00pm

CULTURAL ARTS Acting Workshops Come learn the fundamentals and craft of acting/ drama classes. For more information, contact 704.432.6472 Ages 8 to 16 • FREE • Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 31305 Mar 7-Mar 28 W 6:00pm to 8:00pm 31307 Apr 4-Apr 25 W 6:00pm to 8:00pm 31308 May 2-May 30 W 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cheer: Young Champions Children will learn the basics and improve their current skills of cheer, dance, and stunts. For more information, contact Young Champions at 1.877.313.6893. $6 Ages 4 to 18 Berewick Recreation Center Th 5:45pm to 9:00pm 31067 Ongoing

Cultural: Arts & Crafts 101 Make a variety of fun, creative and original artwork to be displayed. For more information, contact Nikole.Simmons@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.5231 • FREE • Ages 5 and older Naomi Drenan Recreation Center 31926 Ongoing W,F 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Dance Academy Learn various dance forms. Ages 6 to 11 • FREE • Southview Recreation Center 31711 Mar 5-Mar 26 M 5:30pm to 6:30pm 31712 Apr 2-Apr 30 M 5:30pm to 6:30pm 31713 May 7-May 28 M 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Afro Russe Everybody DANCE This program is designed to inspire, build strong character, and give students an all around cultural and dance experience by fusing African, Ballet, and Contemporary Dance. For more information, contact Elsie Mufuka at mufukaworks@gmail.com or 843.441.8803 Ages 5 to 6 $1 /$6 /$18 Albemarle Road Recreation Center The Afro Russe Everybody Dance-Elementary 32699 Ongoing Tu 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Art Adventures Build the fundamentals of art awareness and learn the ‘language’ of art. Explore drawing, painting, collage, and construction, designed around themes to develop your imagination and observation skills. Art Adventures meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month and pre-registration is required. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.432.4803. Ages 5 to 10 $2 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30304 Mar 6 Tu 2:45pm to 4:00pm 30305 Mar 20 Tu 2:45pm to 4:00pm 30306 Apr 17 Tu 2:45pm to 4:00pm 30307 May 1 Tu 2:45pm to 4:00pm 30308 May 15 Tu 2:45pm to 4:00pm

ASEP Arts and Crafts Arts and Craft activities for Afterschool Enrichment Program. Ages 7 to 12 • FREE • Winget School Recreation Site 31054 Mar 6-Apr 3 Tu 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Dance School: KDK On The Road Offering a variety of dance classes consisting of jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and tap for all ages and genders. For more information/registration, contact Patricia Brinson at 704.299.2442. Ages 3 to 5 $5 31237 Ongoing Th 10:00am to 11:00am Hickory Grove Recreation Center 28029 Ongoing Tu 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Dance: Ballet You remember their first steps, she’ll remember her first plie; your child will enjoy learning ballet. The Royal Academy of Dance syllabus is taught by a trained professional dancer. For more information or to register contact, Amanda Sheppard at ukmiz@aol.com or call 704.542.5777. Ages 5 to 7 $40 Elon Recreation Center Dance: Ballet ages 5-7 31010 Ongoing Th 3:30pm to 4:15pm

Dance: Hip Hop Dance Ongoing: This class is designed to promote coordination, confidence, artistic expression and physical fitness through the development of rhythmical awareness and dance education. For more information, contact Young Champions of America at 1.888.655.9404 or 919.535.8304 Ages 4 to 14 $7 Hickory Grove Recreation Center 27738 Ongoing W 5:30pm to 8:00pm Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31506 Ongoing W 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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RODNEY’S GREAT KIDS TRIATHLON: Top Notch Program At the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center-May 19 The Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center’s staff is excited for an even bigger and better event in 2012. One hundred and fifty-two kids participated in last year’s triathlon. Started 15 years ago by Rodney Sellars, this event is truly one of the unique and special programs in the area. The sports are swimming, biking, and running. The kids triathlon will be held on Saturday, May 19 starting at 8:30am. “It is a great opportunity for kids to be exposed to a unique and fun sport in a safe environment,” says Jeff Carwile, facility manager. The triathlon is a competition for kids in various age groups with boys and girls divisions for —ages 8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-17. Kids start out swimming, jump out of the pool, put on shoes and bike helmets, jump on bicycles, ride the required distance, then jump off and run to the finish line. The distance of each leg of competition varies in the various age groups. The older the kids, the farther they have to go in each leg of the race: • The Swimming distance ranges from 100 yards to 400 yards. • The Bike Rides vary from 1.4 miles to 5.6 miles. • The Run covers distances from .7 miles to 2.8 miles. The Aquatic Center is operated by the Mecklenburg Park and Recreation Department, which sponsors the triathlon. The Aquatic Center is located at McDowell St..and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in downtown Charlotte. Registration brochures and more information about Rodney’s Great Kids Triathlon are available at the Aquatic Center, or from Rodney Sellers: 704 3367859 or Matt Jakubowski 704 336-7855. The cost to enter is $20.

Ballet Dance Come mesmerize yourself and get fit through the art of dance! For more information, contact Stacie Smith at 704.975.7736 All Ages • FREE • Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 31310 Ongoing F, Tu 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Elementary Programs and Activities Dance: Making a Difference Everywhere (M.A.D.E.)

FITNESS AND WELLNESS

SCHOOL DAY OUT (CMS)

Ongoing: M.A.D.E. - Making A Difference Everywhere, cheer and dance provides fun, structured classes that will help your child learn the basics of ballet, tap, hiphop, jazz and cheer. Financial aid is available. For more information, contact Eisha Williamson at madecheerdance@hotmail.com or 704.333.4062. Ages 3 to 15 $5 Elon Recreation Center Tu & Th5:30pm to 8:30pm 31024 Ongoing Ray’s Splash Planet Tu 6:00pm to 8:00pm 32286 Ongoing Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30318 Ongoing W 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Karate Kids

Basketball & Beyond Clinics

Students will learn self-confidence, discipline, and physical fitness through lessons from a certified martial arts instructor. • FREE • Ages 4 to 11 Southview Recreation Center 31702 Mar 7-Mar 28 W 5:30pm to 6:30pm 31703 Apr 4-Apr 25 W 5:30pm to 6:30pm 31704 May 2-May 30 W 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Boys and girls will participate in basic fundamentals and individual basketball drills as they look to improve their overall skills. Ages 8 to 11 Hickory Grove Recreation Center Sa 11:00am to 1:00pm 31690 May 19 $5 Ivory Baker Recreation Center F 10:00am to 6:00pm 31929 Mar 30 $15 31934 Apr 2-Apr 5 M-Th10:00am to 6:00pm $15 31937 May 28 M 10:00am to 6:00pm $15

Drama Club This program is offered to youth in the community between the ages of 7 and 18 to help them develop self expression. The program will provide an outlet to issues that they are facing. $30 Ages 6 to 11 Berewick Recreation Center 31157 Ongoing M 3:00pm to 4:00pm

KidzArt A drawing based art enrichment program. For more information, contact www.kidzartcharlotte.com or 704.843.5439. $180 Ages 4 to 12 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30353 Ongoing W 2:45pm to 4:45pm

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS Homeschool Special: Pollination Ecology Plants and animals are intimately tied together in many ways. From seed dispersal to pollination, plants depend on animals as much as animals on them. We will investigate the parts of a flower, perform a flower dissection, and learn how animals can help pollination take place. For more information, contact McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224. Ages 7 to 12 $3 McDowell Nature Center 30985 May 18 F 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Homeschool: The Scoop Ongoing: Homeschool group that meets on Mondays. For more information, contact Missy Willis at missywillis@live.com Ages 6 to 13 $17.50 /$35 Elon Recreation Center 31027 Mar 5-Mar 26 M 10:30am to 2:30pm 31028 Apr 2-Apr 23 M 10:30am to 2:30pm 31029 May 7-May 28 M 10:30am to 2:30pm

i-Read Each week participants read books in an effort to meet or exceed the minimum standard of monthly pages read and receive incentives. Ages 5 to 12 • FREE • Winget School Recreation Site 31049 Ongoing Tu 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Martial Arts: Young Champions Students are invited to learn martial arts and selfdefense with Young Champions. For more information, contact Young Champions at 1.877.313.6893. Ages 4 to 18 $6 Berewick Recreation Center 31071 Mar 3-Mar 31 Sa 11:45am to 3:00pm 31072 Apr 14-May 5 Sa 11:45am to 3:00pm 31073 May 5-May 26 Sa 11:45am to 3:00pm Colonel Francis Beatty Park 31324 Mar 6-Mar 27 Tu 5:15pm to 8:30pm 31590 Apr 3-Apr 24 Tu 5:15pm to 8:30pm 31591 May 1-May 29 Tu 5:15pm to 8:30pm Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31531 Mar 1-Mar 29 Th 6:00pm to 8:30pm 31532 Apr 5-Apr 26 Th 6:00pm to 8:30pm 31533 May 3-May 31 Th 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Start Smart Golf Start Smart Golf is a developmentally appropriate introductory golf program that teaches children golf using fun,age appropriate equipment from SNAG® that can be used almost anywhere. Start Smart Golf prepares children for traditional golf without the threat of competition or the fear of failure. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.432.4803. Ages 5 to 8 $55 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 32440 May 24-Jun 28 Th 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Tennis: Tennis FUNdamentals Youth will learn the basic fundamentals of tennis with emphasis on rules of the game, court placement and conditioning. For more information, contact 704.432.6474 Ages 8 to 11 • FREE • West Charlotte Recreation Center 32781 Ongoing Su 2:30pm to 3:30pm

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES Holiday Egg Hunt Hunt for eggs with small prizes and candy. There will be one special ‘Golden Egg’ with a special prize!! For information contact MethodistHomeRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCount yNC.gov or 704.432.6455 Ages 3 to 8 • FREE • Methodist Home Recreation Center Easter Egg Hunt 2012 32993 Apr 7 Sa 10:00am to 11:00am

Underwater Egg Hunt Join Ray’s Splash Planet for their annual Easter Egg Hunt in the water! Kids can jump in and hunt as many Eggs as possible in the shallow water. Admission includes swimming, egg hunt and meeting the Easter Bunny. Children are separated into age groups and need to bring their own baskets. For more information, contact Jody.Corum@mecklenburgcountync.gov or 704-4321141 Ages 1 to 14 $6/$8 Ray’s Splash Planet Underwater Easter Egg Hunt 32333 Mar 29 Th 10:00am to 12:00pm 32392 Mar 30 F 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Basketball & Beyond Skills Camp Open to boys and girls. All camp participants will learn skills and drills along with game situations and individual skills competitions. Advanced registration required. Ages 5 to 17 $45 Naomi Drenan Recreation Center 32543 Apr 2-Apr 6 M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm

MACK Prep Basketball Camp A skills and drills camp lead by Coaches and players of MACK Prep Academy. Participants must bring their own lunch. For more information, contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.go v or 704.432.1531. Ages 8 to 12 $20 Arbor Glen Outreach Center 31748 Apr 2-Apr 5 M-Th10:00am to 4:00pm

Out of School - PLAY Days We’re offering a variety of activities on CMS Out of School days to keep participants moving and engaged. Fun activities may include sports, games, social time and fitness. Ages 5 to 11 $20 Berewick Recreation Center 31162 Mar 30 F 9:00am to 5:00pm

Out of School PLAY Days - Spring Break (Positive Leisure Activities for Youth) offers a variety of activities on CMS Out of School days to keep participants moving and engaged. Activities may include games, social time, fitness and some field trips and are offered at multiple recreation centers on various schedules. Ages 5 to 12 Ivory Baker Recreation Center 32474 Apr 2-Apr 5 M-Th8:00am to 6:00pm $35 West Charlotte Recreation Center 32765 Apr 2-Apr 5 M-Th8:30am to 5:00pm $45

Play the Day Away Schools out and all we want to do is play. We will enjoy arts and crafts, games, adventures and more. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.432.4803. Ages 5 to 10 $20 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 33077 Mar 30 F 9:00am to 5:00pm 30366 Apr 2 M 9:00am to 5:00pm 30367 Apr 3 Tu 9:00am to 5:00pm 30368 Apr 4 W 9:00am to 5:00pm

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Day Out: Recreation and Fitness Enjoy the day out with friends. Various trips and activities will be planned. Ages 5 to 12 $10 Ivory Baker Recreation Center 32472 Mar 30 F 8:00am to 6:00pm 32473 May 28 M 8:00am to 6:00pm

Spring Break - Camp Camp for school aged youth featuring creative writing, performing arts, crafts, sports/fitness, technology, a community service project and field trips. Ages 5 to 11 $45 Methodist Home Recreation Center 32523 Apr 2-Apr 6 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

Spring Break Camp This camp is designed to promote fun, fitness and wellness through games and play. Participants will learn about sportsmanship, eating right and exercise. Ages 8 to 12 $25 Winget School Recreation Site 31041 Apr 2 M 9:00am to 1:00pm

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES April Fools Day Pranks Are you someone who enjoys playing pranks and practical jokes? Join us as we plan the most memorable safe pranks. For more information, contact Alvis.James@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.2924 Ages 8 to 12 • FREE • Martin Luther King School Recreation Site 30572 Mar 21 W 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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Elementary Programs and Activities Bright Blessing Party

Lego Engineering

Salvation Army brings the simple childhood joy of birthday parties to homeless children, giving them a sense of recognition and value for their special day. Those with birthdays in that month are celebrated. Party themes offer a wide variety of hands-on educational and enrichment activities. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or 704.432.5321. • FREE • Ages 4 to 14 Naomi Drenan Recreation Center 31858 Mar 6 Tu 6:30pm to 7:30pm 31859 Apr 3 Tu 6:30pm to 7:30pm Tu 6:30pm to 7:30pm 31860 May 1

Learn by making and developing creative, social and expressive skills. We will work together to build cool projects. Lego Engineering meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month and requires pre-registration. For more information, contact Joel.Kent@MecklenburgCountyNC.govMecklenburgCo untyNC.gov or 704.432.4806. $2 Ages 5 to 10 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30333 Mar 13 Tu 2:45pm to 4:00pm Tu 2:45pm to 4:00pm 30334 Mar 27 30335 Apr 10 Tu 2:45pm to 4:00pm 30336 Apr 24 Tu 2:45pm to 4:00pm Tu 2:45pm to 4:00pm 30337 May 8 30338 May 22 Tu 2:45pm to 4:00pm Tu 4:45pm to 5:45pm 30339 Mar 13 30340 Mar 27 Tu 4:45pm to 5:45pm Tu 4:45pm to 5:45pm 30341 Apr 10 30342 Apr 24 Tu 4:45pm to 5:45pm 30343 May 8 Tu 4:45pm to 5:45pm Tu 4:45pm to 5:45pm 30344 May 22

Fantastic Fridays We will kick back and relax and just play. Bring your friends and gear up for an afternoon of fun and excitement. Pre-registration is required. Ages 12 to 15 • FREE • Hickory Grove Recreation Center F 12:00pm to 3:00pm 31695 Apr 6 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30371 Mar 23 F 2:45pm to 5:00pm F 2:45pm to 5:00pm 30372 Apr 27 30373 May 25 F 2:45pm to 5:00pm

Girl Scouts Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential, relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect. It develops values to guide actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making as well as contributes to the improvement of society using their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others. Ages 6 to 10 • FREE • Berewick Recreation Center 31062 Ongoing W 5:00pm to 7:00pm Sugaw Creek Recreation Center Girl Scouts - Daisey Troop 2462 31430 Ongoing Sa 10:00am to 1:00pm Tom Sykes Recreation Center Girl Scouts- Brownies 30277 Ongoing Tu 6:00pm to 7:30pm Girl Scouts- Daisey 30280 Ongoing Tu 6:00pm to 7:30pm Winget School Recreation Site 31051 Mar 7-Apr 11 W 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Sizzling Sports Afternoons! Participants will have fun learning the basics of a different sport, we will offer soccer, football, basketball, and some non-traditional sports. This program meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month and pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Joel.Kent@MecklenburgCountyNC.Gov or 704.432.4806. Ages 5 to 12 $5 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30356 Mar 8 Th 2:45pm to 5:00pm 30357 Mar 22 Th 2:45pm to 5:00pm 30358 Apr 12 Th 2:45pm to 5:00pm 30359 Apr 26 Th 2:45pm to 5:00pm 30360 May 10 Th 2:45pm to 5:00pm 30361 May 24 Th 2:45pm to 5:00pm

Technology Battle From newbies to the elite gamers, you are encouraged to participate in this first ever technology battle. Program consists of playing video games. For more information, contact Alvis.James@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.2924. Ages 8 to 12 • FREE • Martin Luther King School Recreation Site 30580 May 9 W 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Girls Groups

Youth Fun Time

Girls will participate in various activities that teach them how to be young ladies. For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.392.7452 Ages 10 to 11 • FREE • Southview Recreation Center Sisters With Amazing Gifts (S.W.A.G.)-Elem 31797 Ongoing W 5:30pm to 6:15pm

Supervised activities include group games, competitions, snacks, arts & crafts, guest speakers and more. For more information, contact Ariel.Henderson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4580. Ages 5 to 12 • FREE • Ivory Baker Recreation Center 32483 Mar 6-Mar 27 Tu 5:00pm to 6:00pm 32484 Apr 3-Apr 24 Tu 5:00pm to 6:00pm 32485 May 1-May 29 Tu 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Interactive Gaming Sharpen your skills through interactive video games including the latest games. Interactive Gaming meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month and requires pre-registration. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.432.4803. Ages 5 to 12 $1 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30321 Mar 1 Th 2:45pm to 5:00pm 30322 Mar 15 Th 2:45pm to 5:00pm 30323 Apr 19 Th 2:45pm to 5:00pm 30324 May 3 Th 2:45pm to 5:00pm 30325 May 17 Th 2:45pm to 5:00pm

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Spotlight: Youth Sports Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department encourages and promotes inclusive leisure experiences in all of our programs, activities and sports. Inclusive leisure experiences enhance opportunities for people of varying abilities to participate and interact in life’s activities together with dignity. It also provides an environment that promotes and fosters physical, social and psychological inclusion of people with diverse experiences and skill levels. Inclusion enhances individuals’ potential for full and active participation in leisure activities and experiences.

YOUTH TRACK & FIELD Youth track and field registration will begin on Monday, January 30 and run through Friday, February 24. Meets will begin in late March and the season will run for approximately 7 weeks. The registration fee is $65 per participant and includes uniform and trophy. Age divisions include 3-6 -“Pee Wee”, 7-8 -“Primary”, 9-10 -“Bantam”, 11-12 - “Midget”, 13-14 “Youth”, 15-16 - “Intermediate” and 17-18 - “Young”. Age divisions are determined by the participants age as of December 31, 2012. To register, call 311, visit your closest recreation center or go to www.parkandrec.com. For more information, email YouthSports@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-4963.

YOUTH BASEBALL Youth Baseball registration will begin on Monday, January 30 and run through Friday, February 24. Practices will start in March and games begin in April. The season will run for approximately 8 weeks. The registration fee is $65 per participant and includes uniform and trophy. Age divisions include 3-6 -“Tee Ball”, 7-8 -“Coach Pitch”, 9-10 - “Player Pitch” and 11-12 - “Player Pitch”. Age divisions are determined by the participants age as of May 1, 2012. To register, call 311, visit your closest recreation center or go to www.parkandrec.com. For more information, email YouthSports@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-4963.

YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL **NEW FOR SPRING FOR AGES 9-12** Youth Flag Football registration will begin on Monday, January 30 and run through Friday, February 24. Practices will begin in March and games will begin in April. The season will run for approximately 6 weeks. The registration fee is $65 per participant and includes uniform and trophy. Age divisions include 9-10 year olds and 11-12 year olds. Age divisions are determined by the participants age as of May 1, 2012. To register, call 311, visit your closest recreation center or go to www.parkandrec.com. For more information, email YouthSports@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-4963.

TOT OLYMPICS Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department will sponsor the 12th Annual Tots Olympics on Friday, May 11, 2012, from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Irwin Belk Track and Football Complex, located 500 Summit Avenue on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University. This event is for boys and girls, ages 3 to 5. There will be a variety of events for the children to participate in to include Ball Throw, Ball Kick, Long Jump, Hurdles Jump, and the 50 Meter Run. Each child will receive an award at the end of the program. Participants must register by May 7, 2012. The cost is $2 per child. To register, call 311, visit Revolution Park Sports Academy or go to www.parkandrec.com. For more information, email YouthSports@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-4963.

HERSHEY’S TRACK & FIELD The Hershey’s Track & Field Games are the largest youth sports program of their kind in North America, with hundreds of thousands of children competing every year. Participants from ages 9-14 have a chance to be among the 480 athletes who will qualify to compete at the North American Final. This year’s local meet will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Irwin Belk Track and Football Complex, located 500 Summit Avenue on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University. To register, go to www.CoachO.com. For more information, go to www.parkandrec.com, email YouthSports@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-4963.

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School’s Out...Cool is In! OUT OF SCHOOL/TEACHER WORKDAY PROGRAMS

TEACHER WORKDAYS

SPRING BREAK

Basketball & Beyond Clinics

Basketball & Beyond Clinics

Boys and girls will participate in basic fundamentals and individual basketball drills as they look to improve their overall skills. For more information, contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or 704.432.4580. $15 Ages 8 to 11 Ivory Baker Recreation Center F 10:00am to 6:00pm 31929 Mar 30 31937 May 28 M 10:00am to 6:00pm

Boys and girls will participate in basic fundamentals and individual basketball drills as they look to improve their overall skills. For more information, contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or 704.432.4580. $45 Ages 8 to 11 Ivory Baker Recreation Center M-Th10:00am to 6:00pm 31934 Apr 2-Apr 5

Out of School - PLAY Days We’re offering a variety of activities on CMS Out of School days to keep participants moving and engaged. Fun activities may include sports, games, social time and fitness. $20 Ages 5 to 11 Berewick Recreation Center 31162 Mar 30 F 9:00am to 5:00pm Elon Recreation Center 33090 Mar 30 F 9:00am to 5:00pm 33091 May 28 M 9:00am to 5:00pm

Play the Day Away Schools out and all we want to do is play. We will enjoy arts and crafts, games, adventures and more. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or 704.432.4803. Ages 5 to 10 $20 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 33077 Mar 30 F 9:00am to 5:00pm

School Day Out: Recreation and Fitness Enjoy the day out with friends. Various trips and activities will be planned. For more information, contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or 704.432.4580. Ages 5 to 12 $10 Ivory Baker Recreation Center 32472 Mar 30 F 8:00am to 6:00pm 32473 May 28 M 8:00am to 6:00pm

Drop in Sports Girls and boys will play different sports: basketball, volleyball, kickball,etc. For more information, contact Alvis.James@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.2924 Ages 13 to 17 • FREE • Martin Luther King School Recreation Site 30574 Mar 30 F 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Basketball & Beyond Skills Camp Open to boys and girls. All camp participants will learn skills and drills along with game situations and individual skills competitions. Advanced registration required. Ages 5 to 17 $45 Naomi Drenan Recreation Center M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm 32543 Apr 2-Apr 6

MACK Prep Basketball Camp A skills and drills camp lead by Coaches and players of MACK Prep Academy. Participants must bring their own lunch. For more information, contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.432.1531. Ages 8 to 12 $20 Arbor Glen Outreach Center 31748 Apr 2-Apr 5 M-Th10:00am to 4:00pm

Spring Break Camp This camp is designed to promote fun, fitness and wellness through games and play. Particpants will learn about sportsmanship, eating right and exercise. $25 Ages 8 to 12 Winget School Recreation Site M 9:00am to 1:00pm 31041 Apr 2

Spring Break Skate Camp Enjoy a week of skating boarding, lessons, learn new tricks and competitions during your spring break. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCounty NC.gov or 704.432.5231 Ages 7 to 16 $125 Grayson SkatePark 31885 Apr 2-Apr 6 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

MeckTeens Future Prep Spring Break Camp TEENS get ready now. Prepare for your future: education and the workplace are important. Learn resume writing, leadership skills, college prep and more. For more information, contact Tari.Turner@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.0061. Ages 12 to 16 $40 Methodist Home Recreation Center 31826 Apr 2-Apr 6 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm

MLK Hang Time Out of School PLAY Days - Spring Break (Positive Leisure Activities for Youth) offers a variety of activities on CMS Out of School days to keep participants moving and engaged. Activities may include games, social time, fitness and some field trips and are offered at multiple recreation centers on various schedules. Ages 5 to 12 $35 Ivory Baker Recreation Center 32474 Apr 2-Apr 5 M-Th 8:00am to 6:00pm

To give teens a safe place and time to call their own and get involved in leisure activities that help them grow emotionally, mentally and socially. Ages 12 to 15 • FREE • Martin Luther King School Recreation Site 30575 Apr 2-Apr 5 M-Th 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Play the Day Away Schools out and all we want to do is play. We will enjoy arts and crafts, games, adventures and more. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or 704.432.4803. Ages 5 to 10 $20 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30366 Apr 2 M 9:00am to 5:00pm 30367 Apr 3 Tu 9:00am to 5:00pm 30368 Apr 4 W 9:00am to 5:00pm

Spring Break - Camp Hot Shot Basketball - School Day Out Ages 7 to 15 • FREE • Methodist Home Recreation Center 32524 Mar 30 F 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Camp for school aged youth featuring creative writing, performing arts, crafts, sports/fitness, technology, a community service project and field trips. Ages 5 to 11 $45 Methodist Home Recreation Center 32523 Apr 2-Apr 6 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS End Zone Your team is in the end zone and wants out! Pass the ball to your teammates and help them escape to the throwing zone. For more information please contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or 704.432.5231. Ages 5 to 12 • FREE • Naomi Drenan Recreation Center 31938 Ongoing F 5:30pm to 6:30pm

ATHLETICS Charlotte Boxing Academy Fundamentals of boxing, weight training and conditioning in addition to self discipline and self control are taught in this program. For more information, contact Alivin.Simpson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4963. All Ages $45 Revolution Park Sports Academy 31850 Ongoing M-Th 6:00pm to 7:30pm 31851 Ongoing M-Th 6:00pm to 7:30pm

CULTURAL ARTS Cheer & Dance Children will learn the basics and improve their current skills of cheer, dance, and stunts with Young Champions. For more information contact Young Champions at 1.877.313.6893. Ages 4 to 18 $6 Albemarle Road Recreation Center 30773 Ongoing Th 6:00pm to 8:45pm

Dance Academy - Hip Hop Dance Team

Ivory Baker Steppers Club

Participants will learn various dance techniques. For more information, contact Kiana.Brooks@MecklenburgCountyNC.Gov or at 704.392.7452. Ages 12 to 14 • FREE • Southview Recreation Center 31737 Ongoing M 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Ongoing: Students will increase physical fitness, flexibility and coordination through step and dance routines. For more information, contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or 704.432.4580. Ages 13 to 16 • FREE • Ivory Baker Recreation Center 32478 Ongoing F 6:00pm to 8:00pm

MeckTeen Chefs All-Stars

Afro Russe Everybody DANCE

Teens!! Have dreams about becoming a chef? If so, this class is for you. You will learn about cake decorating, food prep, garnishing, world cuisine and more. Must register for all sessions! For more information, contact Tari.Turner@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov (Prerequisite: MeckTeen Chefs Beginners Class) Ages 11 to 17 $20 Sugaw Creek Recreation Center Week 1 31806 Apr 9 M 6:00pm to 8:30pm Week 2 32971 Apr 16 M 6:00pm to 8:30pm Week 3 32972 Apr 23 M 6:00pm to 8:30pm Week 4 32973 Apr 30 M 6:00pm to 8:30pm Week 5 32974 May 7 M 6:00pm to 8:30pm Week 6 32975 May 14 M 6:00pm to 8:30pm Week 7 32976 May 21 M 6:00pm to 8:30pm

This program is designed to inspire, build strong character, and give students an all around cultural and dance experience by fusing African, Ballet, and Contemporary Dance. For more information contact Elsie Mufuka at mufukaworks@gmail.com or 843.441.8803 Ages 13 to 17 $1 /$6 /$18 Albemarle Road Recreation Center 32733 Ongoing Tu 7:15pm to 8:30pm

Write Your Wrongs Youths are encouraged to voice themselves through creative writing, poetry, or song. They also learn to recognize internal and external obstacles and how to deal with it in a positive manner. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or 704.432.5231. Ages 12 to 17 • FREE • Naomi Drenan Recreation Center 31948 Ongoing F 4:30pm to 5:30pm

SCHOOL DAY OUT (CMS) MLK Hang Time To give teens a safe place and time to call their own and get involved in leisure activities that help them grow emotionally, mentally and socially. Ages 12 to 15 • FREE • Martin Luther King School Recreation Site 30575 Apr 2-Apr 5 M-Th 2:00pm to 5:00pm

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Teen Spring Break Skate Camp Enjoy a week of skating, lessons, and competitions during your spring break. For more information, contact Kobeyeh.Riley@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.5231 Ages 8 to 16 $30/$125 Grayson SkatePark 31885 Apr 2-Apr 6 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

Register One of Three Ways Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select one option: CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. CALL 311 (704.336.7600) or the number listed. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs 4, 5, 32 & 33. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Teens Drop in Sports

Nutri-Teen

Martial Arts

Teen Girls Club

Girls and boys will play different sports: basketball, volleyball, kickball, and more. For more information, contact Alvis.James@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.2924 Ages 13 to 17 • FREE • Martin Luther King School Recreation Site F 12:00pm to 3:00pm 30574 Mar 30

Come learn how to prepare quick and easy healthy foods for everyday living while having fun! For more information, contact AlbemarleRoadRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCounty NC.gov or 704.567.1941. Ages 14 to 17 $15 Albemarle Road Recreation Center 32602 Mar 7-Mar 28 W 7:00pm to 8:00pm 32603 Apr 4-Apr 25 W 7:00pm to 8:00pm 32604 May 2-May 30 W 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Ongoing program, students are invited to learn martial arts and self-defense with Young Champions. For more information contact Young Champions at 1.877.313.6893. $8 /$6 Ages 5 to 17 Albemarle Road Recreation Center Tu 6:00pm to 8:45pm 30755 Ongoing

Learn and discuss topics about school, life and recreation. Girls will participate in many hands on activities. Ages 13 to 18 • FREE • Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center Th 6:30pm to 7:30pm 32879 Ongoing Sugaw Creek Recreation Center Sa 10:00am to 1:00pm 31436 Ongoing

MeckTeens Future Prep Spring Break Camp TEENS get ready now. Prepare for your future: education and the workplace are important. Learn resume writing, leadership skills, college prep and more. For more information, contact Tari.Turner@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.0061. Ages 12 to 16 $40 Methodist Home Recreation Center 31826 Apr 2-Apr 6 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Operation Teen Outreach To discuss everyday issues that teens face in their lives. Group will encourage positive and critical thinking, promote self-respect, teach life skills, and develop leadership qualities. For more information, contact AlbemarleRoadRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCounty NC.gov or 704.567.1941 Ages 14 to 17 • FREE • Albemarle Road Recreation Center Su 1:00pm to 3:30pm 30703 Ongoing

Boys To Men Designed to teach young men how to make positive decisions and obtain strong leadership skills. For more information, contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.go v or 704.432.1532. Ages 12 to 17 • FREE • Arbor Glen Outreach Center 31746 Ongoing M 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Girlz Link Club promotes mentoring, tutoring and workshops about education and self preservation for young girls. Ages 8 to 15 • FREE • Methodist Home Recreation Center 32516 Mar 3-May 19 Sa 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Nutri-Teen Come learn how to prepare quick, easy and healthy foods for everyday living while having fun! For more information contact AlbemarleRoadRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCounty NC.gov Ages 11 to 13 $15 Albemarle Road Recreation Center 32599 Mar 7-Mar 28 W 6:00pm to 7:00pm 32600 Apr 4-Apr 25 W 6:00pm to 7:00pm 32601 May 2-May 30 W 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Teens Success Organization Teens will have fun learning, developing social and community engagement skills while participating in a variety of programs such as literacy training, science and technology discovery, computer workshops and more. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or 704.432.5231. Ages 12 to 18 • FREE • Naomi Drenan Recreation Center 31898 Ongoing Tu & Th7:00pm to 9:00pm

Guiding You Into Your Future This program provides valuable information on how to apply for scholarships to colleges, educational advice, and guest speakers on topics teens may face growing up and vocational guidance. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.432.4803. Ages 14 to 18 • FREE • Tom Sykes Recreation Center 32984 Feb 23 Th 6:30pm to 7:30pm 32985 Mar 15 Th 6:30pm to 7:30pm 32986 Apr 12 Th 6:30pm to 7:30pm 32987 May 10 Th 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Y.E.S. Youth Entrepreneur Series Learn how to start your own business, live your dream, be your own boss, make money, follow your passion, meet consumer’s needs and have fun. For more information, contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCou ntyNC.gov or 704.432.3048. Ages 13 to 18 • FREE • Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32871 Mar 1-Apr 5 Th 6:00pm to 7:15pm

FITNESS AND WELLNESS Boxing: Train Like A Boxing Champ Revolution Park Sports Academy will offer 4 week sessions. Learn authentic boxing based on techniques to improve fitness, use speed bags and equipment and more without sparing. For more information, contact Alvin.Simpson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4963. All Ages $15 Revolution Park Sports Academy Boxing: Train Like A Boxing Champ. March 31845 Mar 5-Mar 28 M & W6:00pm to 7:00pm Boxing: Train Like A Boxing Champ. April 31846 Apr 2-Apr 30 M & W6:00pm to 7:00pm Boxing: Train Like A Boxing Champ. May 31847 May 2-May 30 M & W6:00pm to 7:00pm

Jump Xtreme The program emphasizes building self-confidence while teaching the importance of teamwork and developing healthy habits through the sport of jump rope. For more information, contact Nikole.Simmons@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.5231. Ages 12 to 15 • FREE • Hickory Grove Recreation Center 31687 Apr 28 Sa 11:00am to 1:00pm Naomi Drenan Recreation Center 31914 Ongoing Th 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Healthy Lifestyles for Homeschooler’s Participants will learn how to maintain a wellbalanced and healthy lifestyle that will help them to effectively manage their life, learning and work. For more information contact, Erica.Espinoza@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704548-8234. Ages 11 to 17 $3 Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31601 Mar 6-Apr 17 Tu 12:30pm to 1:20pm

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Teens Karate

D.I.V.A.S Step Team

Students will learn self-confidence, discipline, and physical fitness through lessons from a certified martial arts instructor. For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov Ages 12 to 15 • FREE • Southview Recreation Center W 6:30pm to 7:30pm 31672 Ongoing

This female mentoring and step team will participate in fun trips and educational activities. For more information, contact TuckaseegeeRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or 704.432.6472. Ages 11 to 15 • FREE • Tuckaseegee Recreation Center M & W6:00pm to 8:00pm 31320 Ongoing

Karate with Master Dukes

Game Night

Have fun learning the basic skills, techniques and discipline of karate. Classes are conducted by trained instructors. For more information, contact Ernest Dukes at materdukes@juno.net or 704.796.8902. $50 Ages 13 and older Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30326 Ongoing M,Tu,Th,F 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Show us your game skills. We will have board games, gaming systems and ping pong for you to play. Ages 13 to 17 • FREE • Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32933 Ongoing Th 7:00am to 8:30am Ivory Baker Recreation Center 32393 Ongoing Th 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Stomp the Ground

Sisters With Amazing Gifts (S.W.A.G.)

Teens will explore the great outdoors on the beautiful greenways of Mecklenburg County. Basic hiking techniques will be taught for safety. Once a month students will explore the treasures of Charlotte. For more information, contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCou ntyNC.gov or 704.432.3048. Ages 12 to 17 • FREE • Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32868 Mar 19 M 3:00pm to 5:30pm M 3:00pm to 5:30pm 32869 May 21 32870 Apr 23 M 3:00pm to 5:30pm

Girls will participate in various activities that teach them how to be LADIES. For more information contact SouthviewRecreatioCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.go v or 704.392.7452 Ages 12 to 14 • FREE • Southview Recreation Center W 5:30pm to 6:15pm 31778 Ongoing

Teen Fit Club This program is designed to educate teens about healthy habits and promote fitness through exercise and weight training. For more information, contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCou ntyNC.gov or 704.432.3048. Ages 12 to 17 • FREE • Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32442 Ongoing M 4:00pm to 5:00pm

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES Boy Scouts The mission of the Boy Scouts of America and the Mecklenburg County Council is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. For more information, contact WallacePruittRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or 704.432.6775. Ages 10 to 18 • FREE • Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center 31978 Ongoing M,Th 6:00pm to 7:00pm

MeckTeens Adventure Saturday Let’s explore the outdoors at McDowell Nature Preserve. We’ll kayak, fish, and cook outdoors. For more information, contact Tari.Turner@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.0061 Ages 11 to 17 $8 McDowell Nature Center 31777 May 5 Sa 10:00am to 3:00pm

Drug Abuse Prevention Program will help teens develop critical thinking and decision making skills, and show other useful methods to assist with the prevention of drug use and abuse. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or 704.432.5231. Ages 8 to 14 • FREE • Naomi Drenan Recreation Center 31870 Ongoing Th, M 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Teen Scene An opportunity to socialize with friends while you play Wii, ping pong, board games, cards, basketball and more. Ages 10 to 15 • FREE • Berewick Recreation Center 31153 Mar 16 F 6:00pm to 8:00pm 31154 Apr 20 F 6:00pm to 8:00pm 31155 May 18 F 6:00pm to 8:00pm Hickory Grove Recreation Center 31688 Apr 28 Sa 10:00am to 2:00pm 31689 May 19 Sa 10:00am to 2:00pm

MeckTeens Advisory Board How often do you feel your voice is not heard? As a teen this is too frequently said! Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department is now presenting the MeckTeens Advisory Board. The advisory board is designed to give teens a voice and be a part of creative program planning for their peers in the community. Join the MeckTeens Advisory Board and let your voice be heard! For more information, contact Tari Turner at 704.432.0061.

MeckTeens Adventure Saturday Check out this new program for teens, ages 11-17. MeckTeens Adventure Saturday begins Saturday, May 5, 2012. In this all day program, we will explore the outdoors at McDowell Nature Preserve. Activities to include, kayaking, fishing, canoeing and cooking outdoors. All of this for $8.00 per person. For more information, contact Tari Turner at 704.432.0061.

MeckTeens Future Prep Spring Break Camp Teens stay ahead of the game and plan for your life after high school now! Join us for a week of job skills development, job shadowing, college prep, resume writing, and more. Be responsible develop the skills necessary for a successful future. For more information, contact Tari Turner at 704.432.0061.

MeckTeen Chefs Summer Day Camp MeckTeen Chefs now offers a summer day camp at CPCC! The teen chefs ages 12-17 receive a wealth of instruction and hands on learning regarding food preparation, storage, ingredient substitutions and measurement conversions. They also learn how to read menus and prepare world cuisine, stocks, sauces, soups, and desserts all from scratch. At the end of the two week session, the MeckTeen Chefs, will execute the skills learned, by preparing an exquisite lunch for their family, friends, staff and volunteers. For more information, contact Tari Turner at 704.432.0061.

MeckTeens Advisory Board

Men Stepping Up

Be a part of planning and execution of MeckTeens programs, events. The advisory board is designed to give teens a voice in the community and be a part of teen programming. For information contact, Tari.Turner@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Ages 12 to 17 • FREE • Methodist Home Recreation Center 31819 Mar 14 W 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This mentoring program was formed to help male teens beat the struggles of everyday life. For more information, contact MLKRecreationSite@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.2924. Ages 15 to 18 • FREE • Martin Luther King School Recreation Site 30576 Ongoing Sa 10:00am to 2:00pm

MeckTeens Night Out

Teen Date Night

Join us for a night out. Activities vary, but may include bowling, skating, laser tag and more. Make new friends and explore Charlotte. For more information, contact Tari.Turner@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.0061 Ages 11 to 17 $10 Sugaw Creek Recreation Center 31827 Mar 22 Th 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Participants will enjoy a night of supervised fun with games, snacks and activities in a safe environment. For more information, contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or 704.432.4580. Ages 13 to 17 $8 Ivory Baker Recreation Center 32475 Mar 2 F 6:00pm to 9:00pm 32477 Apr 6 F 6:00pm to 9:00pm 32476 May 4 F 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The First Tee: For Golf and Life The First Tee of Charlotte partners with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to offer golf instruction and mentoring of life skills to youth, ages 5-18. The First Tee has more than 200 chapters worldwide, and operates a Golf Learning Academy at Park and Recreation’s Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park, 2661 Barringer Drive. This program reaches out to youth who otherwise might not learn the game. The First Tee stresses nine core values of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. For more information call 704.348.2515 or visit: www.thefirstteecharlotte.org.

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Adults

ATHLETICS Adult Volleyball Participants will learn the basic fundamentals and current techniques of volleyball, as well as more advanced strategies to become a more successful, confident and stronger player. For more information contact MarionDiehlRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC .gov or 704.432.0237. Ages 18 to 100 $2/$1 Marion Diehl Recreation Center 31779 Ongoing M 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Basketball: U Got Game Adult Basketball Tournament Annual Queen City ‘U Got Game’ adult basketball tournament. Tournament will be double elimination and the team registration fee is $150. For more information contact Aaron Cheeks at 704-336-7639 or Aaron.Cheeks@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov All Ages $150 Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 30571 Mar 23-Mar 25 F-Su6:00pm to 10:00pm

Hot Shot Gym League Games will be played with 7 man teams. Ages 18 to 65 $70 Methodist Home Recreation Center Adult shoot out gym league 32521 Ongoing Tu & Th6:00pm to 9:00pm

Softball: Spring Softball Leagues (ASA) New Leagues!! Sunday Spring Adult Softball Leagues. Men’s and Co-Rec D leagues offered. Games will be played using ASA rules at Renaissance Park. Season starts on March 18. For more information contact Aaron Cheeks at 704-336-7639 or Aaron.Cheeks@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov All Ages $500

Renaissance Park Men’s D League (ASA) Monday Men’s D League 32999 Mar 19-Jul 30 M 6:00pm to 11:00pm Co-Rec D League (ASA) 33000 Mar 19-Jul 30 M 6:00pm to 11:00pm Men’s D League (ASA) 33001 Mar 18-Jul 29 Su 2:00pm to 7:00pm Men’s D League (ASA) 33002 Mar 20-Jul 31 Tu 6:00pm to 11:00pm Co-Rec D League (ASA) 33003 Mar 20-Jul 31 Tu 6:00pm to 11:00pm Men’s C League (ASA) 33004 Mar 20-Jul 31 Tu 6:00pm to 11:00pm Men’s D League (ASA) 33005 Mar 21-Aug 1 W 6:00pm to 11:00pm Men’s C League (ASA) 33006 Mar 21-Aug 1 W 6:00pm to 11:00pm Men’s D League (ASA) 33007 Mar 22-Aug 2 Th 6:00pm to 11:00pm Men’s C League (ASA) 33008 Mar 22-Aug 2 Th 6:00pm to 11:00pm Co-Rec C League (ASA) 33009 Mar 22-Aug 2 Th 6:00pm to 11:00pm Well’s Fargo Softball League (ASA) 33010 Mar 22-Aug 2 Th 6:00pm to 11:00pm 33014 Mar 18-Jul 29 Su 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Team Handball Team Handball is a team sport that will feature 5 field players and 1 goalie on the court per team. Games will be played Sundays in the gym. Opportunities for single players and teams are available. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.432.4803. Ages 18 and older $40 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 32988 Feb 19-Apr 8 Su 2:00pm to 5:00pm

CULTURAL ARTS Easter Basket Workshop Easter baskets are the traditional Easter gift from parent or grandparent to child. This program will show you how to make your very own Easter basket. For more information, contact Alvis.James@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.2924. Ages 18 and older $5 Martin Luther King School Recreation Site 30573 Mar 28-Mar 29 W-Th 6:00pm to 7:00pm

International Cooking Club Club members share food, recipes and cultural experiences. Classes are the 3rd Friday of each month. For more information, contact WallacePruittRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or 704.432.6775. Ages 18 and older • FREE • Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center 31993 Mar 16 F 7:00pm to 8:00pm 31994 Apr 20 F 7:00pm to 8:00pm 31995 May 18 F 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Scrapbooking Scrapbooking seeks to create positive memories and unique experiences for every participant in the program. Ages 15 and older $5 Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32544 Mar 3 Sa 12:00pm to 1:00pm 32923 Mar 31 Sa 12:00pm to 1:00pm 32924 Apr 14 Sa 12:00pm to 1:00pm 32926 Apr 21 Sa 12:00pm to 1:00pm 32927 May 5 Sa 12:00pm to 1:00pm 32928 May 12 Sa 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Register One of Three Ways Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select one option: CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. CALL 311 (704.336.7600) or the number listed. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs 4, 5, 32 & 33. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Adults Programs and Activities Scrapbooking at Mallard Creek Class meets monthly on the third Saturday of each month and are themed based on the previous month’s holiday or season. Class prices will vary depending on the layout and supplies for that specific month. For more information contact Erica.Espinoza@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704548-8234 Prices Vary $8-25 Ages 18 and older Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31623 Mar 17 Sa 9:00am to 11:00am Sa 9:00am to 11:00am 31624 Apr 21 31625 May 19 Sa 9:00am to 11:00am

Easter Basket Workshop Easter baskets are the traditional Easter gift from parent or grandparent to child. This program will show you how to make your very own Easter basket. For more information, contact Alvis.James@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.2924. $5 Ages 18 and older Martin Luther King School Recreation Site 30573 Mar 28-Mar 29 W-Th 6:00pm to 7:00pm

FITNESS AND WELLNESS

Aerobics: DanceOut Megamix DanceOut involves fun, easy to follow, hot dance moves from all different styles of dance and movement, including Hip Hop, Pop, Latin, Reggae, African, Belly, Swing & Martial Arts to give you a cardio workout that feels more like a party than a workout! For more information, contact info@queencitydancing.com or 704.999.4071. Ages 18 and older $8 Tom Sykes Recreation Center M 7:00pm to 8:30pm 30295 Ongoing

Aerobics: DanceOut!

The class with include computer basics, Windows® operating system, data storage, working with folders and files and provides an introduction to word processing, spreadsheet, how to access your email, and surf the internet. For more information please call 704-432-3048 or BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCou ntyNC.Gov Ages 18 and older $5 Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 31726 Mar 1-Apr 5 Th 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Beginner Computer Class

Aerobics: Nia

The class with include computer basics, Windows® operating system, data storage, working with folders and files and provides an introduction to word processing, spreadsheet, how to access your email, and surf the internet. For more information please call 704-432-3048 or BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCou ntyNC.Gov Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center Ages 18 and older $5 31727 Mar 1-Apr 5 Th 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Get moving in low-impact class where you will learn basic step moves and floor aerobics! For more information, contact Kimberly.Golden@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4934 Ages 18 to 99 $8/$30/$50 Berewick Recreation Center 31250 Ongoing Tu 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Intermediate Computer Class

Budget Bustin’ Meals Learn how to make lowcost meals, advise on budget grocery shopping and how to use coupons. The program’s goal is to keep your wallet and stomach full. For more information, contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCou ntyNC.gov or 704.432.3048. Ages 16 and older $5 Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32527 Mar 7 W 5:00pm to 6:00pm 32791 Mar 14 W 5:00pm to 6:00pm 32792 Mar 21 W 5:00pm to 6:00pm 32794 Mar 28 W 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Women With Willpower (WWW) Women will meet weekly to gain the skills and training necessary to become powerful women. Topics include Financial Advising, Healthy Relationships, Computer Skills, Resume’ Writing and MORE! For more information, contact Kiana.Brooks@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.392.7452. Ages 18 and older • FREE • Southview Recreation Center 31740 Ongoing W 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Usingbreathing techniques and concentration you will learn how to train your deep torso (core) muscles, improve your posture and flexibility while becoming stronger and more fit. For more information, please contact Calvin.Covington@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.1139. $3 Ages 18 and older Ray’s Splash Planet Sa 10:30am to 11:30am 32291 Ongoing

Get moving in this low-impact class where you will learn basic step moves while getting your heart rate up! For more information, contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.go v or 704.432.1533. $2 /$5/ • FREE • Ages 18 and older Arbor Glen Outreach Center 31745 Ongoing Th 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Making the vital connection between fitness and fun, our classes feel more like a party than a workout. We combine the best parts of dancing and fitness to deliver a high-energy, body toning and fat burning experience that leaves your whole spirit invigorated! All fitness and dance levels welcome. For more information, contact Angie@queencitydancingqueen.com or 704.526.8845 or visit QueenCityDancingQueen.com. Ages 18 and older $10 /$55 Berewick Recreation Center 31256 Ongoing M & W5:45pm to 7:00pm Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30301 Ongoing F 5:45pm to 7:00pm

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Pilates

Aerobics: Cardio Step

Body Pump Fitness This class focuses on aerobic circuit training. Ages 18 and older $2 Sugaw Creek Recreation Center 31443 Ongoing W 12:00pm to 2:00pm Tuckaseegee Recreation Center M,Th 5:00pm to 6:00pm 31316 Ongoing

Dance Impact Come relieve some stress and jam to the beat while throwing some punches, blocks & kicks. Dance Impact is an exhilarating fusion of dance & martial arts set to tone the entire body. For more info, contact info@queencitydancingqueen.com or 704.999.4071 or www.QueenCityDancingQueen.com $7 Ages 18 and older Hickory Grove Recreation Center 27732 Ongoing M 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Express Workout Express fitness program for women that are short on time. Enjoy a vigorous 30 minute workout with other women with the same busy schedule as you. For more information contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCou ntyNC.gov or 704.432.3048. Ages 18 and older $2 /$4 Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32444 Ongoing M 7:30am to 8:00am

Fitness Room Orientation Program is designed to orient new members to the fitness center. For more information, contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCou ntyNC.gov or 704.432.3048. Ages 18 and older • FREE • Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32526 By Appointment

Anusara Yoga Anusara Yoga a life-affirming yoga weaving an uplifting philosophy with alignment principles is being offered in fun-filled classes at Lake Point Hall in Colonel Francis Beatty Park. For more information or to sign up contact Linda Oelschlaeger at 704.843.9699 or visit www.yoga.9k.com. Ages 18 and older $10 Colonel Francis Beatty Park 31319 Ongoing M-Tu9:00am to 11:15am

Fit Tummies This is an strictly ab training which is instructed by the Fittness Coordinator. For more information call or email John Kelley at 704.432.6472 or John.Kelley@mecklenburgcountync.gov Ages 18 and over • FREE • Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 31329 Mar 6-Mar 27 Tu 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Kickboxing Get a great cardio workout while participating in a fast paced session that combines boxing and kicking. For more information, contact Calvin.Covington@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.1139. Ages 18 and older $3 Ray’s Splash Planet 32290 Ongoing Sa 9:30am to 10:15am

N’Shape with ‘N Funky Fit is dance based aerobics that puts emphasis on fun. You will also receive fitness and nutrition tips. For more information, contact Nettie Reeves at 704.334.4848 or visit nshapewithn.com Ages 18 and older $5 Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center 31975 Ongoing Tu & Th6:00pm to 7:00pm

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Jazzercise An effective, total body conditioning program that will help you feel great, look terrific, and bring new energy to your life. Jazzercise combines the art of jazz dance with the beat of today’s hottest music. For more information please contact Charlene Bisiada at 704.502.3074 Ages 18 to 55 $45 Elon Recreation Center 31030 Ongoing M-Th 6:00pm to 7:45pm

Jazzercise An effective, total body conditioning program that will help you feel great, look terrific, and bring new energy to your life. Jazzercise combines the art of jazz dance with the beat of today’s hottest music. For information contact Pat Wilson at 704.455.1355. Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31509 Ongoing Tu & Th & Sa 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Jazzercise Body Sculpting Ongoing: An effective, total body conditioning program that will help you feel great, look terrific, and bring new energy to your life. Classes focus on muscle toning, strength and stretching. For information contact Pat Wilson at 704.455.1355. Ages 18 and older $10 Mallard Creek Recreation Center Jazzercise Body Sculpting-March 31515 Ongoing Sa 9:30am to 10:30am Jazzercise Body Sculpting-Feb 31516 Ongoing M 5:45pm to 7:30pm

Laughter Yoga Laughter Yoga is one of the best anti-stress exercises. Guru Ranjit will teach you a number of simple physical group exercises to help you ‘fake it until your mind gets it.’ This class meets every other Saturday, please call the instructor for the dates. For more information, contact Guru Ranjit at 704.277.6049 or rdeora@yogahealthsolutions.com Ages 18 and older • FREE • Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30330 Alternate Sa 10:00am to 11:30am

Power Walking Participants will enjoy intense power walking while socializing, toning and strengthening your body. For more information, contact the recreation center offering the program. Ages 55 and older • FREE • 30714 Ongoin Tu & Th 10:00am to 12:00pm

Revolution Park Sports Academy Boxing Fitness ‘Train Like a Boxer’ ,reduce stress, gain strength and toning along with fundamentals of boxing that focuses on physical fitness. For more information contact Revolution Park Sports Academy 704-432-4963. All Ages $40 Revolution Park Sports Academy 31852 Mar 5-30 M & W & F 8:30am to 10:00am 31853 Mar 6-29 T & W & Th 4:00pm to 5:30pm 31854 Apr 2- 30 M & W & F 8:30am to 10:00am 31854 Apr 3-20 T & W & Th 4:00pm to 5:30pm 31856 May 2-Jun 1 M & W & F8:30am to 10:00am 31857 May 01- May 30 T & W & Th4:00pm to 5:30pm

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Adults Programs and Activities Train Like The Pros

Zumba by Michelle

Train like your favorite athletes. During this 6 week course participants will perform drills that include: speed, agility, core and power training. For more information contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCou ntyNC.gov or 704.432.3048. $60 Ages 18 and older Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32439 Mar 7-Apr 13 W&F 6:00pm to 7:00pm 32441 Apr 18-May 25 W&F 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Ongoing: Zumba combines Latin, Hip Hop and International Music with a fun and effective workout system. For more information, contact Michelle at Bunnycoop@yahoo.com. $8 Ages 18 to 60 Ray’s Splash Planet 32535 Ongoing M&W 6:00pm to 7:00pm

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Vinyasa Flow with Cassie

Celebrate Life! LIFELINE Support Group

Vinyasa flow is a series of linked yoga movements with focus breathing. Most classes will include a breathing exercise, warm up, flow series, standing practice, balancing practice and floor work. The class will be appropriate for all levels. For more information contact Cassie Moore at 843.312.3438 or cammyann@hotmail.com. $5 Ages 13 and older Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center Sa 10:00am to 11:00am 32433 Ongoing

This is a support group is for women who have been newly diagnosed with cancer or have already gone through the cancer journey. For more information, contact Kiana.Brooks@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.392.7452. Ages 18 and older • FREE • Southview Recreation Center 31626 Mar 10 Sa 10:00am to 12:00pm Sa 10:00am to 12:00pm 31627 Apr 14 31628 May 12 Sa 10:00am to 12:00pm

Zumba

Checker & Chess Challenge

Let’s Zumba! This Latin-dance inspired fitness class uses international rhythms and dance moves for an invigorating and exciting workout! All fitness levels welcome. Contact info@queencitydancingqueen.com or 704.999.4071 or www.QueenCityDancingQueen.com Ages 18 and older $8 Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32423 Ongoing Sa 10:00am to 11:00am Hickory Grove Recreation Center 27726 Ongoing W 7:00pm to 8:00pm Marion Diehl Recreation Center 31820 Ongoing Tu 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Checkers/Chess is an entertaining and challenging game. Our center staff challenge all participants. All Ages • FREE • Hickory Grove Recreation Center 31683 Mar 24 Sa 1:00pm to 2:00pm 31684 Apr 28 Sa 2:00pm to 4:00pm Sa 2:00pm to 4:00pm 31685 May 19

Fantasy Baseball 101 & Advanced These classes will go over some of the basics about fantasy baseball, types of leagues, draft strategies, and sleeper picks. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.432.4803. Ages 16 and older • FREE • Tom Sykes Recreation Center 32989 Feb 16, Mar 1,8 Th 7:00pm to 8:00pm

ADULT ATHLETICS The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department’s Adult Athletics Unit offers a variety of program options in softball, volleyball and basketball. For more information contact Aaron Cheeks at 704-336-7639 or Aaron.Cheeks@Mecklenburg CountyNC.gov Programs Offered Softball: March-May (Team fee is $500) ASA Leagues (Games are played at Renaissance Park) Mondays- Men’s D, Men’s C, Co-Rec D Tuesdays-Men’s D, Men’s C, Co-Rec D Wednesdays-Men’s D, Men’s C Thursdays- Men’s D, Men’s C, Co-Rec C NSA Leagues (Games are played at Nevin Park) Tuesdays-Men’s C Wednesdays-Men’s B Thursdays-Co-Rec C, Co-Rec B Basketball: Men: April-June (Team fee is $450) Men’s A (Highly Competitive) Men’s B (Intermediate) 40 & Over 30 & Over Basketball: Women’s League: April-June (Team Fee is $400)-This league is competitive. Volleyball: March-May (Team Fee is $225) Mondays: Co-Rec B (Recreation) Tuesdays: Co-Rec AA (Advanced) *Fall and Winter only* Wednesdays: Co-Rec BB (Intermediate) Thursdays: Women’s A (Competitive)

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Family Holiday Events EASTER EGG HUNTS Easter Egg Scrambler What an Easter egg hunting we will go! Collect as many eggs as you can, make a fantastic Easter craft and dance the Bunny Hop. For more information, contact Clarence.Johnson4@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.504.5433 or Berewick Recreation Center at 704.432.4934. Ages 2 to 10 $5 Berewick Recreation Center 31036 Apr 7 Sa 9:00am to 12:00pm Methodist Home Recreation Center 32993 Apr 7 Sa 10:00am to 11:00am

Underwater Egg Hunt Join Ray’s Splash Planet for their annual Easter Egg Hunt in the water! Kids can jump in and hunt as many Eggs as possible in the shallow water. Admission includes swimming, egg hunt and meeting the Easter Bunny. Children are separated into age groups and need to bring their own baskets. For more information, contact Jody.Corum@mecklenburgcountync.gov or 704-432-1141 Ages 1 to 14 $6/$8 Ray’s Splash Planet 32333 Mar 29 Th 10:00am to 12:00pm 32392 Mar 30 F 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Easter Bunny Brunch Make a craft and meet the Easter Bunny while enjoying brunch. Then we will head outside for an Easter Egg Hunt. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact TomsykesRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4803. Ages 2 to 6 $6 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30370 Apr 5 Th 10:00am to 11:00am

Pre-school Easter Egg Hunt Kids will make crafts, play games, see the Easter Bunny and have fun hunting for eggs. Don’t forget your basket for hunting eggs and your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. For more information, contact Stephanie.Frisbee@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.548.8234 Ages 2 to 6 $3 Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31500 Apr 5 Th 10:00am to 11:30am

Easter Egg Hunt Bring your basket to find and collect colorful eggs. For more information, contact the Recreation Center listed. All Ages • FREE • Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32877 Mar 31 Sa 10:00am to 1:00pm Sugaw Creek Recreation Center 31442 Apr 3 Tu 11:00am to 1:00pm Hickory Grove Recreation Center 31694 Apr 6 F 11:00am to 12:00pm Albemarle Road Recreation Center Fields 33066 Apr 6 F 1:00pm to 3:00pm Naomi Drenan Recreation Center 31886 Apr 7 Sa 9:00am to 2:00pm Elon Recreation Center 33100 Apr 7 Sa 10:00am to 11:00am Methodist Home Recreation Center 32993 Apr 7 Sa 10:00am to 11:00am West Charlotte Recreation Center 32764 Apr 7 Sa 10:00am to 12:00pm

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Register One of Three Ways Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select one option: CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. CALL 311 (704.336.7600) or the number listed. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs 4, 5, 32 & 33. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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ATHLETICS

CULTURAL ARTS

Basketball: Senior Women’s League

Arts: Oil Painting

Join this women’s league, specifically for those 55 and better, in advance of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Games. Coaches and volunteers are needed. For more information, contact Betty Davis at 704.588.1264 or Jean Grayson at 704.545.7880. Ages 55 and older $31 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30309 Ongoing M 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This program is a self paced oil painting social activity for all levels. New painters are welcome. Participants will need to bring their own supplies. For more information, contact AlbemarleRoadRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC .gov or 704.567.1941. Ages 50 and older • FREE • Albemarle Road Recreation Center 30661 Ongoing Th 10:00am to 11:00am

Senior Basketball Dance: Adult Clogging

Enjoy Senior Basketball while socializing. For more information contact, TuckaseegeeRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.432.6472. Ages 55 and older $1/$40 Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 31347 Ongoing M & W 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Ever wanted to learn to clog but didn’t know how to get started, join one of the groups in the area that offers this timeless dance style. Ages 18 and older $31 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 30312 Ongoing M&Th 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cheerleaders: Silver Fox

Senior Crafts

Senior Cheerleading is alive and running full speed ahead as they represent Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Games throughout North Carolina. For More Information, contact WallacePruittRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.432.6775 Ages 55 and older • FREE • Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center 31981 Ongoing Tu & W 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Socialize with new friends while creating various arts and crafts. Ages 50 and older $2 Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32883 Mar 7 W 11:00am to 12:00pm 32884 Apr 4 W 11:00am to 12:00pm 32885 May 2 W 11:00am to 12:00pm Hickory Grove Recreation Center 31665 Mar 20 Tu 10:30am to 11:30am 31667 Apr 17 Tu 10:30am to 11:30am 31668 May 15 Tu 10:30am to 11:30am

Register One of Three Ways Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select one option: CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. CALL 311 (704.336.7600) or the number listed. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs 4, 5, 32 & 33. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Senior Programs and Activities EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS Ageless Grace Ageless Grace® is a fitness and wellness program created by Denise Medved. The program consists of 21 simple exercise Tools designed for all ages and abilities. These exercises, based on everyday movements that are natural and organic, focus on the healthy longevity of the body and mind. The 21 Tools have creative, imaginative names, so they are easy to remember. They are simple to do at home or a class. For more information, contact Sherrie Flack @ 704 588-3275 or visit www.mindbodydancefitness.com Ages 50 and older $6/$5 Berewick Recreation Center 31181 Ongoing W 11:00am to 11:45am

Add years to your life…participate

Computers: Senior Computer Class Beginners learn computer advanced techniques...For more information, contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4580. Ages 55 and older • FREE • Ivory Baker Recreation Center 32454 Ongoing Tu & W 11:00am to 2:30pm

Food and Nutrition for Seniors Learn concepts of healthy meal preparation, discuss overall health issues and how to develop daily meal plans. For more information contact AlbemarleRoadRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC .gov or 704.567.1941. Ages 55 and older $7 Albemarle Road Recreation Center 32593 Ongoing W 11:30am to 1:00pm

Join the Charlotte Mecklenburg Senior Games today! You don’t have to be an athlete to get involved. The Senior Games have been promoting health and wellness for persons 55 and better since 1983.

Call 704-332-4020 or visit www.cmseniorgames.org Final schedule and Registration packet will be posted on www.ncseniorgames.org on February 1.

FITNESS AND WELLNESS Aerobics: “N shape with N” Chair Aerobics

Registration Dates February 1 - March 23, 2012

Take your seat for “N Shape with N” Chair Aerobics; these exercises can increase your strength, balance and vitality all while sitting down. For more information, contact WallacePruittRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.432.6775. Ages 55 and older • FREE • Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center 31972 Ongoing M & W-Th 10:30am to 11:30am

February 1: Kickoff Event: Bette Rae, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Highlights: Pickleball – 4/15 at Levine Jewish Community Center Bowling – 4/16, 4/17 and 4/20 at Park Lanes Archery – 4/18 at Mecklenburg Wildlife Club

Badminton Open Play Badminton is a great way to stay active and keep your competitive spirit alive for Seniors & Adults. Your serve! Ages 18 and older $2 Albemarle Road Recreation Center 31234 Ongoing Th 10:00am to 12:00pm Marion Diehl Recreation Center 31800 Ongoing W 5:00pm to 7:00pm 31801 Ongoing Sa 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Corn Hole – 4/28 at Marion Diehl NEW EVENT! Golf – 4/30 at Rocky River Golf Club Cycling – 5/1 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Swim Meet – 5/2 at Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Little Saturday – 5/5 at Nevin Community Park Big Saturday – 5/12 at Alexander Graham Middle School

Chair Aerobics Take your seat for Chair Aerobics, these exercises will increase your strength, balance and vitality all while sitting down. Ages 50 and older • FREE •

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Senior Programs and Activities Arbor Glen Outreach Center 31814 Ongoing F 10:30am to 11:30am Naomi Drenan Recreation Center 31861 Ongoing T,TH 10:30am to 11:30am

Chair Yoga Try this unique style of yoga that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative use of a chair. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of the body. Participants are able to warm up the body safely and perform yoga poses with support and stability. For more information contact, BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or 704.432.3048. Ages 55 and older • FREE • Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32427 Ongoing F 10:00am to 11:00am

Feeling Fine After 59 This program encourages seniors 60 and older to become more active and develop better health habits through education and exercise. Participants also benefit from the onsite senior fitness consultant provided in partnership with the Mecklenburg County Senior Center. For more information, contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or 704.432.3048 Ages 59 and older • FREE • Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 31723 Ongoing M-F 9:00am to 2:00pm

Fitness: A.B.L.E. All Bodies Like Exercise Self paced chair exercise class for low impact exercise, stretching and conditioning. For more information, contact AlbemarleRoadRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC .gov or 704.567.1941. Ages 55 and older • FREE • Albemarle Road Recreation Center 30667 Ongoing M-F 10:00am to 11:00am

Inspirational Walking Walk around the gym while listening to gospel music. For more information call 704-432-6472 Ages 50 and older • FREE • Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 31350 Ongoing M-Tu 9:00am to 11:00am

Light & Lively Designed to maintain cardiovascular fitness, improve strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and activities of daily life. For more information, contact MallardCreekRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.548.8234. Ages 55 and older $1/$3 Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31518 Ongoing M,W,F 9:00am to 9:45am

Pickleball and Cornhole Ever wanted to try your hand at pickleball or cornhole? Join us as we introduce these two games. Pickleball is a game that resembles tennis and table tennis with a little badmitton thrown in. Cornhole is a grownup version of beanbag toss. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@MecklenbugrCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4803. Ages 55 and older $1 Tom Sykes Recreation Center 32983 Apr 4-May 30 W 10:00am to 12:00pm

Rhythm & Grooves Got a passion for line and cultural dancing? Come out and move your feet and dance to the beat. For more information, contact WestCharlotteRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or 704.432.6474. Ages 55 and older • FREE • West Charlotte Recreation Center 32766 Ongoing 11:00am to 11:30am

Senior Fitness Designed to get seniors moving with light resistance training which can help manage arthritis and improve movement. Ages 55 and older • FREE • Sugaw Creek Recreation Center 31411 Mar 1 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 31412 Mar 15 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 31413 Apr 5 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 31414 Apr 19 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 31415 May 3 Th 10:00am to 11:00am 31416 May 17 Th 10:00am to 11:00am

Senior Fitness Club Engage in low-impact exercise and chart your progress to better physical and mental health. For more information, contact Kiana.Brooks@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.392.7452. Ages 50 and older • FREE • Marion Diehl Recreation Center 31815 Ongoing M,W,F 7:30am to 8:00am Southview Recreation Center 30854 Ongoing M-F 10:00am to 11:00am Step by Step Walking West Charlotte Recreation Center 32769 Ongoing W,F 9:30am to 11:00am

Fitness after 55 Join participants in improving overall health and wellness with a variety of exercises. Ages 55 and older • FREE • West Charlotte Recreation Center 32772 Ongoing W 11:00am to 11:30am

Active Adult Yoga The class will help to increase strength, flexibility and balance while relieving soreness, stiffness and reducing stress. All skill levels welcome. For more information, contact Ann Mason at 704.542.8952. Free with Membership, annual membership is $5 Ages 55 and older • FREE • Elon Recreation Center 31033 Ongoing T,F 10:00am to 11:30am W 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Yolates If you are looking to learn and try basic yoga and pilates postures, this is the class for you! Expect to gain strength and flexibility, tone your muscles and improve your balance. For information contact Erica.Espinoza@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.548.8234. Ages 55 and older $3/$1 Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31602 Ongoing Tu,Th 8:00am to 8:45am

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Senior Programs and Activities SOCIAL ACTIVITIES Bingo Come play one of America’s favorite games. Fun, friendship and bingo. Ages 55 and older • FREE • Albemarle Road Recreation Center 31245 Ongoing M 10:00am to 12:00pm Naomi Drenan Recreation Center 31879 Ongoing T 11:30am to 12:30 pm

Club: District 8 Golden Angels Club provides seniors with leadership, leisure, and social activities. For more information contact WallacePruittRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov or 704.432.6775. Ages 55 and older • FREE • Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center 31987 Ongoing W 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Club: District 8 Senior Rockers Club provides seniors with leadership, leisure, and social activities. For more information, contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4580. Ages 55 and older • FREE • Ivory Baker Recreation Center 32469 Mar 22 Th 10:30am to 12:00pm 32470 Apr 26 Th 10:30am to 12:00pm 32471 May 24 Th 10:30am to 12:00pm

Golden Hearts Club

MeckSeniors Coupon Club

Meeting with seasonal celebrations and the opportunity to socialize. For more information, contact Carolina.Carver@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.6472 Ages 55 and older $2 Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 31332 Mar 6 Tu 11:00am to 12:30pm 31333 Apr 3 Tu 11:00am to 12:30pm 31334 May 1 Tu 11:00am to 12:30pm

Join the MeckSeniors as we clip, exchange, and save, save, save together. Various workshops from Extreme Couponers and other money saving presenters. For more information, contact MeckSeniors@MecklenburgCourntyNC.gov or call 704432-4580. Ages 55 and older • FREE • Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 31502 Mar 6 Tu 10:00am to 11:00am

Leisure and Learn

Metrolina Duplicate Bridge Club

Enjoy seminars with dynamic keynote speakers, workshops, lunch and fun while meeting new friends and learning something new. Transportation provided from various Recreation Centers. For information contact MeckSeniors@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.4324580. Ages 55 and older $5 William R Davie Park 27262 Mar 15 Th 9:30am to 2:00pm 27263 Apr 19 Th 9:30am to 2:00pm 27264 May 17 Th 9:30am to 2:00pm

Join your peers, play or learn to play bridge with other experienced players. Ages 55 and older • FREE • Ivory Baker Recreation Center 31960 Ongoing Tu 4:30pm to 7:45pm 31961 Ongoing Th 11:00am to 2:00pm

Club: District 8 Naomi Drenan Club provides seniors with leadership, leisure, and social activities. For more information contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or 704.432.5231. Naomi Drenan Recreation Center Ages 55 and older • FREE • 32561 Ongoing Th 11:00am to 1:00pm

Coffee and Cards Participate in various card games ranging from bridge to pinochle. The program will focus on fellowship and socialization of the participants. Ages 50 and older • FREE • Berewick Recreation Center 31178 Ongoing M 1:00pm to 3:30pm Hickory Grove Recreation Center 31671 Mar 22 Th 10:30am to 12:00pm 31673 Apr 26 Th 10:30am to 12:00pm 31674 May 24 Th 10:30am to 12:00pm

Bridge For more information contact, Carla.Hoover@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Free with Membership, annual membership is $5 Elon Recreation Center 31001 Ongoing F 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Lunch Bunch Enjoy socializing and making new friends while tasting new cuisines. For more information contact Caroline.Carver@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.6472 All Ages $1 Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 31338 Mar 8 Th 11:00am to 2:30pm 31339 Apr 26 Th 11:00am to 2:30pm 31340 May 10 Th 11:00am to 2:30pm

Senior Bid Whist Senior Citizens enjoy an afternoon of Bidwiz. Learn the basic fundamental of the game from experienced bidwiz players and engage in all the social activities associated with playing the game. For more information, contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyN C.gov or 704.432.3048. All Ages • FREE • Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32866 Ongoing M-F 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Senior Bingo Fun program designed specifically for those who enjoy a little friendly competition. Opportunity to get out and socialize with friends or make new ones. All Ages • FREE • Naomi Drenan Recreation Center 31879 Mar 6 Tu 11:30am to 12:30pm 31880 Apr 3 Tu 11:30am to 12:30pm 31881 May 1 Tu 11:30am to 12:30pm

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Senior Programs and Activities

Senior Recreation Club

Senior Video Games

Want to experience some great programs plus make new friends? Join our Senior Club. Meetings include educational programs, mini field trips, lunch bunch and guest speakers. For more information, contact AlbemarleRoadRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC .gov or 704.567.1941. Ages 55 and older $5 Albemarle Road Recreation Center 30689 Mar 13 Tu 11:00am to 1:00pm 30690 Apr 10 Tu 11:00am to 1:00pm 30691 May 8 Tu 11:00am to 1:00pm

Bowling, tennis, and dancing practiced weekly on the Wii gaming system. Tournament play with other area Senior groups offered quarterly. Ages 50 and older • FREE • Albemarle Road Recreation Center 31360 Ongoing F 10:00am to 11:00am Hickory Grove Recreation Center 31658 Mar 13 Tu 10:30am to 12:30pm 31659 Apr 10 Tu 10:30am to 12:30pm 31660 May 8 Tu 10:30am to 12:30pm

Bridge

Senior Time This program will be an opportunity for seniors to enjoy different sport activities. For information, contact Alvis.James@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.2924 Ages 55 and older $2 Martin Luther King School Recreation Site 30577 Apr 2-Apr 5 M-Th 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Social interaction within the senior population throughout the Charlotte area. All are welcome to come and enjoy themselves in a quiet, yet competitive atmosphere that promotes the card game known as Bridge. Ages 55 and older • FREE • Mallard Creek Recreation Center 31578 Ongoing M 10:00am to 2:00pm 31580 Ongoing W 10:00am to 2:00pm 31581 Ongoing F 10:00am to 12:00pm

Senior: See Charlotte!

Youth After Fifty-Five Club

Seniors, enjoy smiling faces and great places as we journey and See Charlotte! Ages 55 and older $5 Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 32912 Mar 13 Tu 10:00am to 4:00pm 32913 Apr 10 Tu 10:00am to 4:00pm 32914 May 15 Tu 10:00am to 4:00pm Ivory Baker Recreation Center 32466 Mar 14 W 10:00am to 2:00pm 32467 Apr 11 W 10:00am to 2:00pm 32468 May 9 W 10:00am to 2:00pm Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 31353 Mar 27 Tu 9:30am to 3:30pm 31354 Apr 24 Tu 9:30am to 3:30pm 31355 May 29 Tu 9:30am to 3:30pm

Join these mature adults for wholesome recreational, cultural, and educational experiences for ‘Youth After 55 Club’ participants. This club is a District VIII Member with the North Carolina Association of Senior Citizen Clubs. Ages 55 and older • FREE • West Charlotte Recreation Center 32775 Mar 6 Tu 10:00am to 12:00pm 32776 Mar 20 Tu 10:00am to 12:00pm 32777 Apr 3 Tu 10:00am to 12:00pm 32778 Apr 17 Tu 10:00am to 12:00pm 32779 May 1 Tu 10:00am to 12:00pm 32780 May 15 Tu 10:00am to 12:00pm

TRIPS Senior Social Club We’re not old, we’re just wise for our age! Socialize with others in a relaxed atmosphere while engaging in a variety of fun activities such as games, crafting, trips, educational learning, fitness & much more. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4803. Ages 55 and older $5 Tom Sykes Recreation Center Rocky River Vineyards Trip 32447 Mar 22 Th 11:00am to 3:00pm Matthews Playhouse - Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory 32448 Apr 28 Sa 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Young at Heart Senior Club Participants will have the opportunity to travel to see various events: plays, craft shows, health fairs, concerts and workshops. For information contact SugawCreekRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.g ov Ages 55 and older • FREE • Sugaw Creek Recreation Center 31391 Mar 1 Th 11:00am to 1:00pm 31392 Mar 15 Th 11:00am to 1:00pm 31393 Apr 5 Th 11:00am to 1:00pm 31394 Apr 19 Th 11:00am to 1:00pm 31395 May 3 Th 11:00am to 1:00pm 31396 May 17 Th 11:00am to 1:00pm

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Senior Programs and Activities Yadkin Valley Wineries & Vineyards Tour We will be roaming through the Swan Creek Wine Region enjoying a picnic lunch, vineyard tour, winery tour, and tastings from Shadow Springs, Raffaldini, and Laurel Gray. We will visit a local Amish Store. Bagged lunch provided. Ages 55 and older $67 27904 Apr 25 W 8:00am to 6:00pm

MeckSeniors Day Trips Join us as we travel across the state for exciting day trips. For more information contact MeckSeniors@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704.432.4580. Ages 55 and older Picking up from Mallard Creek Recreation Center and Marion Deihl Recreation Center

Cape Fear Botanical Gardens & Historical Tour Join us to explore the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens. Over 79 acres nestled between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek. Start with a guided one hour tour around the grounds. Lunch on your own. Ages 55 and older $40 27905 May 22 Tu 7:00am to 7:00pm Chautauqua Festival & Falls Park on the Reedy Far more than a nature lover’s paradise, Falls Park on the Reedy, located in downtown Greenville’s Historic West End, is one of Greenville’s greatest treasures. Lunch on your own at Festival. Ages 55 and older $40 27913

Chautauqua: Marquis de Lafayette & Bob Jones Museum The show takes you on an astonishing journey into the life of Marquis de Lafayette. When they answer your questions, you become an eyewitness to History. Performed by nationally prominent historical interpreters, the performances reflect America’s diversity, feature compelling discussions. The Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery houses one of the most important collections of religious art in America. Lunch on your own Ages 55 and older $37 27594 Feb 21 Tu 8:00am to 7:00pm NC Zoo & NC Aviation Museum Enjoy being a kid again at the NC Zoological Park! The NC Zoo is recognized as one of the nations finest zoological parks. It was the first American zoo designed from its inception around the natural habitat philosophy which presents animals and plants in exhibits that closely resemble habitats in which they would be found in the wild. This 20,000-square-foot museum features this famous 1941 Piper Flitfire which Orville Wright, 71, flew in just five years before his death (in 1948) and many historical, wartime, experimental, unmanned aircraft and much, MUCH more! Lunch is on your own. Ages 55 and older $48 27903 Mar 27 Tu 7:00am to 6:00pm

Jun 19

Tu

7:00am to 7:00pm

A Wohlfahrt Haus Motown Sound! Get ready to dance, dance, dance at the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre. This spectacular production features dazzling costumes fantastic choreography & beautiful voices of the past! Lunch is Included. Ages 55 and older $70 27914 Jul 24 Tu 7:00am to 7:00pm The Flight of the Purple Martin Dinner Cruise We board the Spirit of Lake Murray for a trip to a phenomenon you have to see to believe. This 2 ½ hour cruise takes you out to historic Bomb Island, where hundreds of thousands of birds (Purple Martins) circle and roost largest in North America. The boat departs at 6:30 pm and we will return to Charlotte at 11:00 pm. Dinner is Included. Ages 55 and older $70 27915 Aug 14 Tu 2:00pm to 11:00pm BMW Factory Tour & Zentrum Museum BMW’s only American factory is a marvel of the blending of modern engineering and design aesthetics. See for yourself how the ultimate driving machine is built during a guided plant tour. Or take a self-guided journey through time and all things BMW at the beautiful Zentrum museum, where you can explore BMW’s dynamic history as one of the world’s finest automakers. Lunch on your own. Ages 55 and older $37 27917 Sep 25 Tu 7:00am to 6:00pm

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Special Dress Rehearsal Program for Senior Adults! North Carolina Dance Theatre invites Mecklenburg County Senior Adults to the Dress Rehearsal of Sleeping Beauty on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. This fully costumed and staged dance production will take you on a whimsical journey to an enchanted kingdom!

When:

Wednesday March 7, 2012 3:30-5:30 PM

Where:

Knight Theater 430 South Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202

Cost: $12 per person

To reserve seats: x Use Course Code 30078 and x Register online at parkandrec.com or x Call Park & Rec at: 704.432.4580 or E-mail: MeckSeniors @MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Note: Transportation provided for Mallard Creek Rec Center and Marion Diehl/Tyvola Senior Center

Sleeping Beauty is a timeless tale of a beautiful princess, dashing prince and the triumph of good over evil! NC Dance Theatre is thrilled to perform Sleeping Beauty for the first time, an all new production with choreography by NC Dance 7KHDWUHÂśV $UWLVWLF 'LUHFWRU -HDQ-Pierre Bonnefoux, beautiful costumes, magical sets and 7FKDLNRYVN\ÂśV XQIRUJHWWDEOH VFRUH For additional program information, contact: North Carolina Dance Theatre Education and Outreach Dept. 704.372.0101 or aberry@ncdance.org

Photos: Jeff Cravotta Top Photo: Addul Manzano & Alessandra Ball Bottom Photo: Addul Manzano

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Swim Lessons: Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Session Dates:

Weekday Weekday Weekday Saturday Saturday 3/12 - 4/5 4/9 - 5/3 5/7 - 6/1 4/7 - 4/28 5/19 - 6/9 no class 5/28

Public Member

$80 $64

$80 $64

$70 $56

$40 $32

PUDDLE DUCKS Ages 6 mon - 2 yrs Introductory Level A parent and child program that introduces the child to the aquatic environment. Fun and water adjustment are emphasized. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 32169 Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 32170 SAND DOLLAR Ages 3-5 Beginner Level No entry skills required. Students learn blowing bubbles, front float and glide, back float and glide, and total submersion. M/W 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 32173 32182 32191 M/W 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 32174 32183 32192 M/W 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 32175 32184 32193 M/W 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 32176 32185 32194 Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 32178 Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 32179 Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m 32180 Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 32181 SEAL Ages 3-5 Advanced Level Must be able to swim 10 feet independently to enroll. Students will learn rotary breathing on front and over arm recovery on front and back. M/W 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 32196 32198 32200 Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 32197 OTTER Ages 6-12 Beginner Level No entry skills required. Students learn blowing bubbles, front float and glide, back float and glide, and total submersion. M/W 4:45 p.m - 5:30 p.m 32153 32159 32165 M/W 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. 32154 32160 32265 M/W 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. 32155 32161 32266 Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 32156 Saturday 9:45 a.m - 10:30 a.m. 32157 Saturday 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 32158

$40 $32

32171 32172

800 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28202 704.336.DIVE (3483) www.parkandrec.com/aquatics

Register One of Three Ways Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select one option:

32187 32188 32189 32190

CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. CALL 311 (704.336.7600) or the number listed. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs 4, 5, 32 & 33. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

32199

For more information, visit

www.parkandrec.com/aquatics or call the facility where the activity is listed.

32162 32163 32164

MANATEE Ages 6-12 Advanced Level Must be able to swim 25 yards using over arm recovery to enroll. Students will improve over arm recovery, rotary breathing on front, flutter kick, and backstroke. M/W 6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 32017 32009 32152 Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 32010 32011 TEEN/ADULT BEGINNER Ages 13+ Beginner Level No entry skills required. The class for the soon-to-be swimmer. Students learn front float and glide, back float and glide and total submersion. M/W 6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 32201 32203 32205 Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 32202

32204

TEEN/ADULT INTERMEDIATE Ages 13+ Intermediate Level Students will improve their freestyle and backstroke in order to swim distances, get some exercise or just have fun. M/W 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. 32206 32207 32208

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Water Fitness Programs: Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Session Dates: Mon & Wed & Fri Tues & Thurs

3/12 - 4/5

4/9 - 5/3

5/7 - 6/1

no class 3/23, 3/29, 3/30

no class 4/25

no class 5/10, 5/11, 5/28

$36/$27

$40/$30

$40/$30

public/member

public/member

public/member

$28/$21

$32/$24

$28/$21

public/member

public/member

public/member

800 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28202 704.336.DIVE (3483) www.parkandrec.com/aquatics

HYDROMANIA Moderate-High Intensity SHALLOW WATER. All-over body toning and cardiovascular workout. Since each participant works at their own pace, this class is great for the beginner to the most advanced fitness level. Mon & Wed & Fri Tues & Thurs

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

32248 32249

32250 32251

32252 32253

EASY DOES IT Beginner-Moderate Intensity SHALLOW WATER. A low-level, low-impact exercise class. Activities include water walking, aerobic exercise to build cardiovascular endurance and range-of-motion classes. Mon & Wed & Fri

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

32245

32246

32247

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION Beginner Intensity SHALLOW WATER. Gentle stretches and range-of-motion exercises keep tender joints mobile. The buoyancy of the water assists movements, while the resistance strengthens muscles that support joints. A physician’s release is required to participate. Tues & Thurs

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

32239

32240

32241

Kayak Polo

Masters Swimming

Water Polo

If you’re looking for adventure and a fun challenge that will help you develop some top-notch kayak paddling skills, come join in a game of Kayak Polo – a combination of water polo, basketball, and kayaking. Any Age Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Thursday nights from 8 to 9 p.m. $5 a person Contact Matt Jakubowski at Matthew.jakubowski@mecklenburgc ountync.gov

The Aquatic Center’s Masters Program is open to all adult swimmers (fitness, triathlete, competitive, non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. Advantages include a structured workout with a coach, multiple swim times, support through friendship and camaraderie, and improved fitness and training. Age 18+ Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Monday-Friday 6:00 am – 7:30 am and 12:00-1:00 pm, and Saturday 8:00 – 9:30 am $8/visit, $35/month (member rate), $55/month (non-member rate) Contact Coach Heather Hageman at theaquabug@yahoo.com

Come play a team water sport that combines elements of swimming and handball. Water polo has become a major sport played by both men and women and develops swimming, ball handling, reflexes, and awareness. Any Age Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Wednesday nights from 8 to 9 p.m. $5 a person Contact Matt Jakubowski at Matthew.jakubowski@mecklenburgc ountync.gov

Scuba Certification The Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center is your place to get certified in scuba diving. Contact Matthew.jakubowski@mecklenburgc ountync.gov to receive more information.

For more information, visit

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215 N. Sycamore St. Charlotte, NC 28202 704.432.4RAY (4729) www.rayssplashplanet.com

Preschool and Learn to Swim: Ray’s Splash Planet Days Dates

Tu/Thurs Tu/Thurs 3/6-3/29 4/3-4/26

Public Member

$80 $64

$80 $64

Tu/Thurs 5/1-5/31 $80 $64

Saturday Saturday Saturday 3/3-3/24 4/7-4/28 5/5-5/26 $40 $32

$40 $32

$40 $32

SAND DOLLAR/PS LEVEL 1 Ages 3-5 Beginner Level No entry skills required. Students learn blowing bubbles, front float and glide, back float and glide, and total submersion. T/Th 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 32321 32353 32355 Saturday 9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 32322 32354 32356 STARFISH/PS LEVEL 2 Ages 3-5 Intermediate Level Must be able to float independently to enroll. Students will learn front and back glide, arm and leg movement and are introduced to swimming independently. T/Th 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 32325 32357 32359 Saturday 9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 32326 32358

32360

OTTER/LTS LEVEL 1 Ages 6-9 Beginner Level No entry skills required. Students learn blowing bubbles, front float and glide, back float and glide, and total submersion. T/Th 8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 32317 32319 32351 Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 32318 32320 32352 WALRUS/LTS LEVEL 2 Ages 6-9 Intermediate Level Must be able to swim 25 yards using over arm recovery to enroll. Students will improve over arm recovery, rotary breathing on front, flutter kick, and backstroke. T/Th 8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 32085 32401 32403 Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 32086 32402

32404

OTTER/LTS LEVEL 1 Ages 10-12 Beginner Level No entry skills required. Students learn blowing bubbles, front float and glide, back float and glide, and total submersion. T/Th 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. 32394 32396 32398 Saturday 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 32395 32397 32399 WALRUS/LTS LEVEL 2 Ages 10-12 Intermediate Level Must be able to swim 25 yards using over arm recovery to enroll. Students will improve over arm recovery, rotary breathing on front, flutter kick, and backstroke. T/Th 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. 32405 32407 32409 Saturday 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 32406 32408

Register One of Three Ways Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select one option:

32410

Parent/Child-Puddle Ducks/Level 1 Suggested: Ages 6 months - 18 months No water experience required. Parent will learn holding and supporting techniques. Child will learn entry and exiting water safely, getting comfortable in water, buoyancy, leg action and learn how to play safely. (All activities must involve Parent or Guardian in the water.) Tues-Thurs 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 32362 32363 32364 Parent/Child-Puddle Ducks/Level 2 Suggested: Ages 18 months - 3 yrs. No water experience required. Parent will learn holding and supporting techniques. Child will learn entry and exiting water safely, getting comfortable in water, buoyancy, leg action and learn how to play safely. (All activities must involve Parent or Guardian in the water.) Tues-Thurs 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 32411 32412 32413

CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. CALL 311 (704.336.7600) or the number listed. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs 4, 5, 32 & 33. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

For more information, visit

www.parkandrec.com/aquatics or call the facility where the activity is listed.

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Marion Diehl Pool Swim Lessons: Marion Diehl Pool

2219 Tyvola Road Charlotte, NC 28210 704.432.0237 www.parkandrec.com/aquatics

Swim Lessons

2 days/week 2 days/week

2 days/week

1 day/week

1 day/week

Public Member

2/27-3/29 4/9/-5/3 $100 $80 $80 $64

5/7-5/31 2/28-3/31 4/14-5/5 $80 $50 $40 $64 $40 $32

5/12-6/2 $40 $32

1 day/week

*no class 5/28 PUDDLE DUCKS Ages 6 mon - 2 yrs Introductory Level A parent and child program that introduces the child to the aquatic environment Fun and water adjustment are emphasized. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (6 -18 mo) 32040 32043 32042 Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (19 - 35 mo) 32041 32044 32045 SAND DOLLAR Ages 3-5 Beginner Level No entry skills required. Students learn blowing bubbles, front float and glide, back float and glide, and total submersion. M/W 5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. 32046 32055 32064 T/Th 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 32049 32058 32067 M/W 6:15 p.m - 6:45 p.m. 32047 32056 32065 T/Th 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 32050 32059 32068 M/W 6:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. 32048 32057 32066 T/Th 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 32051 32060 32069 Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 32052 32061 32070 Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 32053 32062 32071 Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 32054 32063 32072 SEAL Ages 3-5 Intermediate Level

Saturday

Must be able to swim 10 feet independently to enroll. Students will learn rotary breathing on front and over arm recovery on front and back. 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 32073 32075

32074

OTTER Ages 6-12 Beginner Level No entry skills required. Students learn blowing bubbles, front float and glide, back float and glide, and total submersion. M/W 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. 32034 32035 32036 Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 32028 32033 32031 Saturday 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 32029 32030 32032 MANATEE Ages 6-12 Intermediate Level Must be able to swim 25 yards using over arm recovery to enroll. Students will improve over arm recovery, rotary breathing on front, flutter kick, and backstroke. T/Th 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. 32013 32018 32015 Saturday 8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 32012 32014

32016

MARLIN Ages 6-12 Advanced Level Must be able to swim freestyle and backstroke for 25 yards to enroll. Students will improve current strokes and are introduced to breaststroke, butterfly and flip turns. M/W 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 32019 32021 32023 T/Th 6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 32025 32026 32027 Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 32020 32022

32024

TEEN/ADULT BEGINNER Ages 13+ Beginner Level No entry skills required. The class for the soon-to-be swimmer. Students learn front float and glide, back float and glide and total submersion. M/W 7:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 32079 32080 32081 Tuesday 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 32272 32273 32274 Saturday 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 32078 32076

32077

Register One of Three Ways Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select one option: CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. CALL 311 (704.336.7600) or the number listed. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs 4, 5, 32 & 33. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

TEEN/ADULT INTERMEDIATE Ages 13+ Intermediate Level Students will improve their freestyle and backstroke in order to swim distances, get some exercise or just have fun. Thursday 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. 32275 32276 32277 Saturday 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 32082 32083 32084

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Water Exercise Programs: Marion Diehl Pool Session Dates:

2/27-4/1

4/9-5/6

5/7-6/3 *no class 5/28

3 days a week 2 days a week 1 day a week

$30 $20 $10

$24 $16 $8

$22 $16 $8

Marion Diehl Pool 2219 Tyvola Road Charlotte, NC 28210 704.432.0237 www.parkandrec.com/aquatics

HYDROMANIA Moderate-High Intensity SHALLOW WATER. All-over body toning and cardiovascular workout. Since each participant works at their own pace, this class is great for the beginner to the most advanced fitness level. Mon & Wed & Fri Mon & Wed & Fri Mon & Wed Tues & Thurs Tues & Thurs

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

32128 32134 32278 32129 32135

32137 32136 32279 32138 32139

32130 32131 32280 32132 32133

DEEP WATER FITNESS Moderate-High Intensity DEEP WATER. No swimming skills required, float belts are worn. All-over toning and cardiovascular program held in deep water with float belts. A great upper body workout. Sunday Mon & Wed & Fri Mon & Wed & Fri Tues & Thurs Tues & Thurs Tues & Thurs Tues & Thurs

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

32107 32101 32092 32112 32093 32094 32095

32108 32102 32103 32110 32104 32105 32106

32109 32096 32097 32111 32098 32099 32100

EASY DOES IT Beginner-Moderate Intensity SHALLOW WATER. A low-level, low-impact exercise class. Activities include water walking, aerobic exercise to build cardiovascular endurance and range-of-motion classes. Tues & Thurs Tues & Thurs Tues & Thurs Tues & Thurs

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

32116 32117 32118 32119

32124 32125 32126 32127

32120 32121 32122 32123

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION Beginner Intensity SHALLOW WATER. Gentle stretches and range-of-motion exercises keep tender joints mobile.The buoyancy of the water assists movements, while the resistance strengthens muscles that support joints. A physician’s release is required to participate. Tues & Thurs

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

32089 $40

32090 $32

32091 $32

DEEP WATER RUNNING Moderate DEEP WATER No swimming skills required, float belts are worn. Class format involves interval running cadence class designed to improve endurance, stamina, breathing, muscle toning. Tues & Thurs

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

32113

32114

32115

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For more information, visit

www.parkandrec.com/aquatics or call the facility where the activity is listed.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Must be 15 and be able to swim 300 yards continuosly. Tread water and retrieve a 10lb brick from 7-9 feet of water Cost $225 Class 1 3/9-3/17 32231 Class 2 4/13-4/21 32390 Class 3 5/11-5/19 32391 Classes meet Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Wednesday

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m 1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m 6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m 6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m

American Red Cross Lifeguard Recertification Must be 15 and be able to swim 300 yards continuously Tread Water and rettrieve a 10lb brick from 7-9 feet of water. All participants in this class MUST hold a current ARC LG certification Cost $125 Class 1 3/10 & 3/17 32230 Class 2 4/14 & 4/21 32452 Class 3 5/12 & 5/18 32453 American Red Cross CPR/PRO Recertification This class is for currently certified staff and public Certification is 2 years. Class 1 3/10/12 32330 Class 2 4/14/12 32331 Class 3 5/12/12 32332 Fees Public Staff + Mask Public and brings mask Staff w/mask

$50 $35 $35 $20

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