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Winter 2013

Mecklenburg County Park and Rec - 2012 NRPA Gold Medal Award Winner!

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In This Issue: • Romare Bearden Park Now Open! • Mecklenburg County Sportsplex Phase 1 Open for Business

PLUS... • County-Wide Facility Listings and Contacts • Maps to all County Park and Rec Sites • Information on Special Senior Programs


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Mecklenburg County Recreation Resource and Program Guide Mecklenburg CountyPark Parkand & Recreation

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Welcome!

Therapeutic Recreation

Dates To Remember................................4 Frequently Called Numbers....................4 Letter from the Director.......................... 5 Park and Rec News............................... 6-7 Major Facilities Map................................9

Programs and Events........................ 45-47

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Americans with Disabilities...................10 Dog Parks...............................................10 Charlotte B-Cycle................................... 11 Volunteering.......................................... 11 Partners for Parks/Park Road Park........ 11 Park Rangers.......................................... 12 Fairy House Festival............................... 12 Historic Sites.......................................... 13 Fishing.................................................... 13 Youth Sports Leagues.......................14-15 Adult Athletic Leagues......................... 16 Grayson Skateboarding Park................ 16 Golf Facilities......................................... 17 Disc Golf................................................. 17 Fitness Center........................................18 Cycling & Race Events...........................18 NC Sailing and Rowing.........................18 Grady Cole Center Events.....................19 Tennis Facilities and Lessons............ 20-21 NC Cooperative Extension...............22-23 Greenways and Map........................24-26

Programs and Events........................53-59

Recreation Centers Rec Centers and School Rec Site Map..... 27 Rec Centers and School Rec Site Chart...29

Preschool Programs and Events........................48-52

Teens Programs and Events........................60-64

Adults Programs and Events........................65-68

Seniors Programs and Events........................69-75 MeckSenior Day Trips.......................73-74 Senior Nutrition Program..................... 75

Aquatics Programs and Events........................76-82 MC-Aquatics Center - Lessons............... 77 MC-Aquatics Center - Water Exercise....78 Ray’s Splash Planet - Lessons................79 Marion Diehl Pool - Lessons................. 80 Marion Deihl Pool - Water Exercise..... 81 Starfish Aquatics Program.................... 82

Nature Centers McDowell Programs and Events.........31-35 Latta Plantation Programs and Events..... 36-39 Reedy Creek Programs and Events.... 40-44

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ON THE COVER: Boy’s Basketball at Elon Recreation Center

Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners: George Dunlap (District 3); Bill James (District 6); Dumont Clarke (District 4); Karen Bentley (District 1); Matthew Ridenhour (District 5); Kim M. Ratliff (Vice Chair, At Large); Pat Cotham (Chair, At Large); Trevor Fuller (At Large); Vilma Leake (District 2). Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commissioners Joe Pata, Kendel Bryant, Rob Brisley (Chairman) Elaine Powell, Norman Mitchell, Tistan McMannis, Charlie McRee, Ed Barnhart, Doug Burnett , Brenda McMoore, Sheryl Smith, Travis Dancy, Jude Harding, Ed Barnhart. 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. Bill Carroll, Managing Editor BBSA Public Information Department Leo Caplanides, Editor BBSA Public Information Department Copy Editor Terri Stowers Art Direction Spitfire Marketing + Creative, Inc. www.ispitfire.com Copyright ©2013 Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or reprinted without written permission. Photo of Bank of America building, Downtown Charlotte, NC By jbarreiros (Flickr [1]) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (httpcreativecommons.orglicensesby-sa2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Dates to Remember Print out this page to put on your fridge as a reminder of key dates! Santa’s Workshop

Romare Bearden Park - December 7

Baseball, Track & Field, Disc Golf Registration

February 1-28

Fairy House Festival

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve - February 8

Senior Trips

See Senior Section (pages 73 and 74)

Frequently Called Numbers City/County Information Line.................................. 311 Facility Reservations/Rentals.................................... 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 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

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Dear Mecklenburg County Residents, On behalf of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, I would like to welcome you to the Winter 2013-2014 issue of the Get Going Guide. This issue features information on the many programs and events happening in December, January and February – many of which are FREE!

People • Pride Progress Partnerships 5841 Brookshire Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28216 704-336-3854 Fax: 704-336-5472

The Get Going Guide serves Mecklenburg County and is published on a quarterly basis. Our new format allows for fresher content and easier methods of registration since the guide is linked directly to our EParks registration area. You’ll also notice that each web address shown can be simply clicked on to obtain more information. Along the same lines, all email addresses shown can be clicked on to send inquiries quickly and easily. Our goal is to continue enhancing the guide by adding even more hyperlinks, feature stories and more to really showcase what Park and Recreation has to offer. Save this file to your desktop or laptop and refer to it often so you will always be up-to-date on all the ways you and your family can all get going this winter! Sincerely,

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

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Park & Rec News Mecklenburg County’s Sportsplex at Matthews Now Open! The Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews opened September 30, 2013! Phase I of the complex includes five multi-use, lighted synthetic turf fields now available for use. Upon completion of Phase II, the facility will have 12 multi-use fields capable of holding a variety of events such as soccer, lacrosse, football and rugby. The focus of this facility is to host a wide variety of weekend tournaments as well as weekday practices and league play for local teams and organizations. Events that will be happening in the upcoming months include: November 8-10: FCCA Carolina Shootout - Soccer Tournament November 16 -17: Charlotte United Under Armour Cup - Soccer Tournament November 23-24: Nike Blue Chip Lacrosse Camp January 3-5: Overtime Lacrosse Tournament January 18-19: Carolina 150 Winter Showcase – Lacrosse Tournament February 1-2: CSA Adidas Cup – Soccer Tournament February 8-9: CSA Adidas Cup (cont’d) – Soccer Tournament March 8-9: NCYRU Spring Ruggerfest – Rugby Tournament For more information on the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews as well as reservation policies please visit Mecklenburg County Sportsplex.

This Holiday Season & Throughout the Year

Give More by Using Less

During the Holidays and any gift giving time, we create mountains of used wrapping paper, cardboard and tissue paper. Here are a few tips to help you get it all under control and maybe help save a tree or two while you’re at it. Have children make their own wrapping paper by designing and coloring on paper grocery bags. Save gift boxes, bags, bows and ribbon to use again.

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The Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte opened Labor Day Weekend, and was a huge success! The pristine, 5.4 acre plot serves as the symbolic focus of uptown Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, and will provide an elegant entryway to the new BB&T Charlotte Knights Ballpark, scheduled to open in Spring of 2014. The grand opening was a great success and featured special events and live music, including country music superstar Jo Dee Messina and others. Click HERE to watch the video on the grand opening of Romare Bearden Park.

On Saturday, December 7, Santa will make a special trip  to Romare Bearden Park - all the way from the North Pole!  Families are invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays while visiting with Santa, creating crafts and participating in children’s ctivities. Santa’s Workshop will also feature various holiday-themed music performances. In addition, Santa’s Workshop will have a Toy and Gift Collection Drive to benefit local children and families in need. Bring your families and friends to create cherished holiday memories while supporting our community! Happy Holidays!

Santa’s Workshop Romare Bearden Park 300 S. Church Street Saturday, December 7 11:00am – 4:00pm


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Mecklenburg County Parks, Preserves and Facilities Map Legend: Interstate Major Streets

Greenway Developed Overland Connector

Mecklenburg County has more than 18,000 acres of parkland and 210 facilities, including 26 recreation centers. This map is only a sample of what Park & Recreation offers.

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Dog Parks

Did you know that 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 Rd., Cornelius, four acres fenced-in. Separate sections for large dogs (more than 20 lbs) and small dogs (less than 20 lbs).

Barkingham Park at Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky

Ray’s Fetching Meadow at McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Rd., one acre, fenced-in. Davie Dog Park in William R. Davie Park, 4635 PinevilleMatthews Rd., more than five acres with separate sections for large dogs and small dogs. Frazier Dog Park in Frazier Park, 1201 West 4th St. 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.

River Rd., four acres inside fence.

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. This information is available upon request, in an alternative format for persons with disabilities. For more information on these programs visit www.parkandrec.com.

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Parks, Preserves and Greenways Charlotte B-Cycle! Hello Charlotte B-Cycle! Through a partnership with Charlotte Center City Partners, NC Blue Cross Blue Shield, Carolinas HealthCare System and the City of Charlotte – there will soon be 200 blue bikes located among 20 bike share stations all over Uptown, South End and the Little Sugar Creek Greenway!

The system aims to provide access to bicycles for short-distance trips in the Center City and offer an alternative to motorized public transportation or private vehicles. The effect: cleaner air, healthier people and less congestion. Just unlock a bike from any station and return it to any station system wide.

www.charlottebikes.org/tag/charlotte-bicycle-share/

Volunteer Opportunities: Mission POSSIBLE! 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.

Recreation Center Opportunities

Youth Sports coaches (baseball, track and field), After School 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.

Interested in volunteering for one of our upcoming special events? It ís easy! Register by calling 311, visiting www.parkandrec.com or by contacting Lori Saylor at 704-353-0504 or lori.saylor@ mecklenburgcountync.gov.

Help us build a Playground 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.

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Park and Recreation will construct a playground at Park Road Park to memorialize the students and teachers lost in the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Construction is under way.

School Age Playground

Please make a Tax Deductible Donation of any amount to help Park and Recreation and Partners for Parks build this special playground. Donate HERE! Click HERE For more information!

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Tot Lot Playground

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Parks, Preserves and Greenways 6th Annual Fairy House Festival 6th ANNUAL

Latta Plantation Nature Center

presents

February 8, 2014 - 10am - 4pm *FREE*

Come spend an afternoon discovering the joy and magic of

fairy houses! Storytelling, face painting, crafts, activities, pony rides and food will be available. Prizes for children dressed in fairy or gnome costumes will be awarded while supplies last. Learn how to build your own fairy house on one of our nature trails! Enchanting fun for all ages! Check our facebook page for festival schedule

Special Appearance By:

Tracy Kane

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Location: 5226 Sample Rd. Huntersville, NC 28078 704-875-1391

Mecklenburg County’s Park Rangers - Keeping Parks Running Smooth! Did you know that Mecklenburg County Park Rangers have 200 hours of training in search and rescue, wildfire suppression, emergency medical techniques, and four months of law enforcement basic training? Sporting a new , professional uniform for better visibility, our Park Rangers are available to assist our guests any way they can. The next time you’re enjoying one of our Parks, be sure to take a minute and say hello to our friendly Park Rangers!

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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. 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 Ln., 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 Rd

Try Your Hand at Fishing! It’s Fun... and FREE! 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 and designed to increase fishing opportunities. Just bring a valid ID and fill out a form. A 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:

Go Fish! 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 Resource 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.

• Latta Plantation Nature Preserve 5226 Sample Rd., Huntersville, 704-875-1391 • McDowell Nature Preserve 15222 York Rd., 704-588-5224 • Reedy Creek Nature Preserve and Park 2900 Rocky River Rd., 704-432-6459

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Youth Sports Youth Sports Philosophy The Youth Sports Philosophy in Mecklenburg County is based on three main goals:

1. Safety 2. Fun 3. Participation development based on the following: Everyone Plays - Providing opportunities to learn skills and improve conditioning by minimizing roster sizes and ensuring that players play at least half of every game. Balanced Teams - Building teams that are evenly balanced with regard to skill level and ability. Positive Coaching - Providing training and education for coaches to assist in the development of the player’s self-worth and confidence. See our Youth Sports League programs on the following page.

Sportsmanship - Creating a positive environment that fosters mutual respect.

VOLUNTEER TO BE A YOUTH SPORTS COACH!

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department Youth Sports Leagues rely heavily on the support of volunteer coaches. Anyone who may be interested in volunteering as a head or assistant coach should contact their preferred recreation center to begin the application process. Volunteer sports coaches will receive extensive training in their respective sport. Any parent choosing to be a volunteer coach will receive a fee waiver for their child.

Visit www.parkandrec.com Or call the Athletics Division: 704-432-4963 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.

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Youth Sports Join a Youth Sports League... and Join the Fun!

For more specific information about our leagues visit the Youth Athletics Web Page at www.parkandrec.com Youth Soccer

Youth Golf

Age Divisions: 3 to 5, 5 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 10 & 11 to 12 Girls, Boys and Co-ed leagues are available Registration Period: Jul 1 – 31 Practices begin Aug., Season begins in Sept. $45.00 Ages 3 to 5 (Start Smart) $55.00 Ages 5 to 6 $65.00 Ages 7 and up

Ages 5 to 18 The First Tee of Charlotte partners with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to bring golf instruction programs to youth, ages 5 to 18. Click HERE to learn more about The First Tee.

Winter Season Sports Leagues Youth Basketball

Spring Season Sports Leagues Youth Disc Golf Ages 7 to 18 Co-ed Registration Period: Feb 1-28 Practices begin in Mar., Season begins in Apr. $30.00 Standard Equipment $45.00 Extra Equipment

Youth Baseball and Softball Ages 3 to 12 Girls, Boys and Co-ed leagues are available Registration Period: Feb 1-28 Practices begin in Mar., Season begins in Apr. $45.00 Ages 3 to 5 (Start Smart) $55.00 Ages 5 to 6 (Tee Ball) $65.00 Ages 7 and up (Coach and Player Pitch

Youth Track and Field Ages 4 to 18 Co-ed Registration Period: Feb 1 - 28 Practices begin in Mar., Season begins in Apr. The “Win with Integrity” Track and Field program is a partnership between Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, USA Track & Field and The Charlotte Flights. $65.00 Ages 4 to 18

Age Divisions: 3 to 18 Girls, Boys and Co-ed leagues are available Registration Period: Oct 1 - 31 $45.00 Ages 3 to 5 (Start Smart) $55.00 Ages 5 to 6 $65.00 Ages 7 and up

Individual Sports Opportunities Youth Cross Country Age Divisions: 9 to 14 This program is a partnership between Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and Cross-Country for Youth (CCFY). Registration Opens August 1 To register, please visit the website www.crosscountryforyouth.org and select the “Register” tab or email crosscountryforyouth@ gmail.com.

Youth Tennis Park and Recreation works with local tennis professionals to provide lessons and clinics at eight facilities county-wide. Current program sites are: Veterans Park, Freedom Park, Park Road Park, Jeff Adams Tennis Center, Colonel Francis Beatty Park, Elon Recreation Center, Tom Sykes Recreation Center and Berewick Recreation Center. Program schedules vary per facility. For more information and a detailed schedule per facility, visit the Youth Tennis Web page or contact Preston.Buckman@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-529-3273.

Fall Season Sports Leagues Youth Flag Football Age Divisions: 3 to 5, 5 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 10 Girls, Boys and Co-ed leagues are available Registration Period: Jul 1 – 31 Practices begin Aug., Season begins in Sept. $45.00 Ages 3 to 5 (Start Smart) $55.00 Ages 5 to 6 $65.00 Ages 7 and up

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Youth Boxing Age Divisions: 9 to 14 The boxing program at Revolution Park Sports Academy is a joint venture between the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department and the Charlotte Boxing Academy, a private club funded by donations. Participants focus on learning techniques to improve fitness, mental focus and fun. Call 704-432-4963 for more information.

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Wins National Excellence In Youth Sports Award! Congrats to Mecklenburg County for winning the 2013 Excellence in Youth Sports Award! For more than a decade, the Excellence in Youth Sports Awards have recognized programs doing superior jobs of conducting diverse activities with a focus on providing a safe and positive experiences for all participants, including children, parents and coaches. Each year hundreds of youth sports programs across the country and military bases worldwide strive to be an award winner. Developed by the National Alliance for Youth Sports and Athletic Business magazine, the first awards were presented in 2000. Mecklenburg County will accept the award this November at the 2013 Athletic Business Conference and Expo in San Diego, California.

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Adult Athletic Leagues Have Fun... and Stay In Shape! Adult Volleyball Leagues Divisions: Co-Rec B (Recreation) Mon - Wallace Pruitt Co-Rec BB Doubles Grass (Intermediate- Spring-Summer only) Tue - Nevin Park Co-Rec BB (Intermediate) Wed - Tom Sykes (Dilworth) Co-Rec AA (Fall-Winter only) Tue - Bette Rae Thomas Rec Center Women’s A (Advanced) Thurs – West Charlotte Rec Costs: $225.00 / TEAM For more information contact Aaron. Cheeks@mecklenburgcountync.gov.

Adult Basketball Leagues Divisions: Men’s A - (very competitive) 18 and up Grady Cole Recreation Center Men’s B - Tue, Thur 30 and up (competitive) - Sun Bette Rae Thomas Rec Center 40 and up - Mon, Wed Women - Sun Tuckaseegee Recreation Center Costs: $450.00 MEN’S TEAM $400.00 WOMEN’S TEAM For more information contact Aaron. Cheeks@mecklenburgcountync.gov.

Adult 7v7 Flag Football Leagues Costs:

$400.00 CO-REC TEAM $425.00 MEN’S TEAM

For more information contact Aaron. Cheeks@mecklenburgcountync.gov.

Adult Softball Leagues

Nevin and Renaissance Parks Costs: $475.00 / TEAM For more information contact Aaron. Cheeks@mecklenburgcountync.gov.

Adult Tennis

Park and Recreation works with local tennis professionals to provide lessons and clinics at six facilities county-wide. Current program sites are: Veterans Park, Freedom Park, Park Road Park, Jeff Adams Tennis Center and Colonel Francis Beatty Park. Program schedules vary per facility. For more information and a detailed schedule per facility visit the Adult Tennis Web page or contact Preston.Buckman@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-529-3273.

Grayson SkatePark 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, go to www.parkandrec.com, click on Facilities, then Skate Parks, or call 311 or 704-432-5231. Grayson SkatePark: 750 Beal St. at the 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 five feet and 10 feet.

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Golf Facilities Cadillac Golf Ranch: The Cadillac Golf Ranch is a state-of-the-art golf learning and practice facility that opened in August 2010 in Pineville. The Cadillac Golf Ranch was conceived to be a “club” without a golf course. Our vision is for a place where golfers can meet, socialize, practice, learn and discuss the game of golf in a clean and pleasant atmosphere. We hope to create a place where golfers of all skill levels will find “their” place to fulfill their practice, learning, equipment and recreational needs. Charles T. Myers Golf Course: 18-hole course (Ladies-2761, Blue-3315, Gold-6334), driving range, chipping/putting green, bent-grass greens. Renaissance Park: 18-hole course (Ladies-5315, Mens- 6270, Championship-7465), driving range, chipping/putting green, bent-grass greens. Revolution Park Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course: 9-hole regulation course (Red-2211, White-2825, Blue-2976), chipping/putting green, Bermuda greens. Sunset Hills: 18-hole course (Red-5185, White-5810, Blue-6146), driving range, putting green, practice sand trap, Bermuda greens. The Tradition: 18-hole (Forward-5498, Middle-6201, Back-6561, Championship-7054), two putting greens, driving range, chipping green, bent-grass greens.

The Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department owns five public golf courses and a learning and practice facility, including a driving range in Pineville. Each course has its own distinctive charm. Don’t waste all day trying to get tee time somewhere else! Play our courses and spend your time playing. Reserving tee time is fast and easy and can be done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Click HERE to Reserve Tee Times

Disc Golf - Never any Cart or Green Fees! Discover the great fun of playing disc golf! It’s inexpensive and courses are located throughout the county. There is no charge to play. Five new courses have been recently added: Eastway Park, Winget Park, R.L. Smith Park, Idlewild Park and Bradford Park. This now gives Mecklenburg County more quality disc golf courses than any other county in the United States! The courses listed offer 18 holes except for Matthews Squirrel Lake Park (12 holes) and Mint Hill Park (9 holes). For more information check www.parkandrec.com, or visit the Charlotte Disc Golf Club at www.charlottedgc.com for more information about local events.

Professional Disc Golf Championships In July 2012, more than 1,000 players from around the world competed in the Professional Disc Golf World Championships at Mecklenburg County Parks! Click HERE to watch the video.

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Location: 11536 Bailey Rd. 17005 Davidson-Concord Rd. 423 Eastway Dr. 11401 Ardrey Kell Rd. 6301 Beatties Ford Rd. 10512 Idelwild Rd. 2600 Kilborne Dr. 8850 Fairview Rd./Mint Hill 6000 Statesville Rd. 2900 Rocky River Rd. 1525 Tyvola Rd. 1604 Little Rock Rd. 939 W. Sugar Creek Rd. 1631 Pleasant Plains Rd. 12235 Winget Rd.

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

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Cycling and Races 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 Regionals 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. 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, or contact Preston.Buckman@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-529-3273.

NC Community Sailing and Rowing NC Community Sailing and Rowing operates in partnership with Park and Recreation on Lake Norman. Their mission is to provide an opportunity for residents of all ages to learn the fundamentals of sailing or rowing at an affordable cost. Visit www.nccsailrowing.org.

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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Grady Cole Center & Memorial Stadium - Fall Events The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department operates two major special event facilities, the Grady Cole Center and American Legion Memorial Stadium which are located adjacent to each other at 310 N. Kings Dr., Charlotte, NC 28204. The Grady Cole Center is a 3,000 maximum capacity civic center that can accommodate multiple sport and leisure activities such as concerts, festivals, trade shows, basketball games (youth, high school, college and professional) and community meetings. The facility has great sight lines from any seat to the permanent stage and arena floor. Annual events include Step Shows, Roller Derby bouts, MMA events, Career Fairs and Charitable Fundraisers.

Grady Cole Center Fall Events: 12/3/13

CMS High School Basketball

12/5/13

CMS High School Basketball

12/13/13 CMS High School Basketball 1/7/14

CMS High School Basketball

1/11/14

AAU Wrestling Tournament

1/21/14

CMS High School Basketball

1/25/14

Comic Book Convention

1/28/14

CMS High School Basketball

2/1/14

AAU Wrestling Tournament

2/7/14

CMS High School Basketball

2/8/14

MMA event (tentative)

2/11/14

CMS High School Basketball

2/22/14

Brazilian Festival

2/28/14

CIAA Step Show

Memorial Stadium Events: 12/6/13

CMS High School Football (tentative)

For additional information on upcoming events or to reserve the facility, please contact facility management staff at 704-336-2884 or check www.parkandrec.com for updates and/or to download a rental application.

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Tennis Instruction Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is proud to partner with contracted tennis professionals to offer youth and adult programming at locations throughout the county. Locations and contracted professional information is listed below. For more information on a specific program contact the tennis professional directly using the contact information listed below. Colonel Francis Beatty Park

Park Road Park

Tennis Academy of North Carolina (TANC) TANC offers great, quality year round programs for adults & juniors. For more information on lessons & clinics please visit www.tanctennis.com. PHONE: 704-340-0013 EMAIL: p laytennischarlotte@gmail.com

Tennis Education and Endowment (TEE) TEE offers high level training for individuals who focus on tournament play as well as school teams. For more information contact Preston Buckman. PHONE: 704-529-3273 EMAIL: Preston.Buckman@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Freedom Park

Tom Sykes/Latta Park

Charlotte City Tennis (CCT) CCT’s programs are designed to provide a fun, social, exercise-based structure with a goal of improving your tennis game. For more information on Clinics and 1-on-1 instruction please visit www.charlottecitytennis.com. PHONE: 704-284-9844 EMAIL: allen@charlottecitytennis.com

Midwood Tennis Academy (MTA) MTA has been providing high quality tennis instruction in Charlotte since 2008. For more information on clinics, private lessons and summer camps please visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com. PHONE: 704-491-1846 EMAIL: info@midwoodtennisacademy. com

Jeff Adams Tennis Center

Veterans Park

Charlotte City Tennis (CCT) CCT’s programs are designed to provide a fun, social, exercise-based structure with a goal of improving your tennis game. For more information on Clinics and 1-on-1 instruction please visit www.charlottecitytennis.com. PHONE: 704-284-9844 EMAIL: allen@charlottecitytennis.com

Midwood Tennis Academy (MTA) MTA has been providing high quality tennis instruction in Charlotte since 2008. For information on clinics, private lessons and summer camps please visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com. PHONE: 704-491-1846 EMAIL: info@midwoodtennisacademy. com

Jetton Park Lake Norman Tennis Academy (LNTA)LNTA offers a variety of tennis training to all levels and ages. Instruction includes technical, tactical, mental and physical training. For more information on LNTA please visit www.lnta. wordpress.com. PHONE: 864-934-5069 EMAIL: scotttuckertennis@gmail.com

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Tennis Complexes MAJOR COMPLEXES Jeff Adams Tennis Center 13 Courts Lit

Latta Park 6 Courts Unlit

Frazier Park 2 Courts Unlit

601 East Park Avenue Charlotte, NC

1201 West 4th Street Ext. Charlotte, NC

1200 West Tyvola Road Charlotte, NC

Mason Wallace Park 8 Courts (4 Lit)

Hornet’s Nest 12 Courts Lit

7301 Monroe Road Charlotte, NC

6301 Beatties Ford Road Charlotte, NC

Park Road Park 12 Courts Lit

Sugaw Creek Park 6 Courts Lit 943 West Sugar Creek Road Charlotte, NC

Fred Alexander Park 1 Court Unlit 1832 Griers Grove Road Charlotte, NC

Grayson Park 2 Courts Unlit 750 Beal Street Charlotte, NC

6220 Park Road Charlotte, NC

Alexander Street Park 6 Courts Unlit

Freedom Park 12 Courts Lit

739 E. 12th Street Charlotte, NC

Independence Park 2 Courts Unlit

NEIGHBORHOOD COMPLEXES

300 Hawthrone Lane Charlotte, NC

Abbott Park 2 Courts Unlit

Kilborne Park 2 Courts Unlit

1900 East Boulevard Charlotte, NC

Jetton Park 8 Courts Lit 19000 Jetton Road Cornelius, NC

1300 Spruce Street Charlotte, NC

Carmel Road Park 2 Courts Unlit

Veterans Park 6 Courts lit 2136 Central Avenue Charlotte, NC

Cololnel Francis Beattey 6 Courts lit 4330 Weddington Road Matthews, NC

2365 Carmel Road Charlotte, NC

Collins Park 1 Court Unlit 4500 Applegate Road Charlotte, NC

Colonial Park 2 Courts Unlit 219 Providence Road Charlotte, NC

2300 Kilborne Drive Charlotte, NC

L.C. Coleman Park 1 Court Unlit 1501 McDonald Street Charlotte, NC

Martin Luther King Park 2 Courts Unlit 2600 Ravencroft Drive Charlotte, NC

Midwood Park 1 Court Unlit

Coulwood Park 4 Courts Unlit

2100 Wilhelmina Avenue Charlotte, NC

100 Coulwood Park Drive

Shamrock Park 1 Court Unlit

E.B. Moore Park 2 Courts Unlit 901 Marsh Road Charlotte, NC

Edgehill Park 1 Court Unlit

2545 Jeff Street Charlotte, NC

Sheffield Park 1 Court Unlit 1300 Tarrington Avenue Charlotte, NC

975 South Edgehill Road Charlotte, NC

Enderley Park 2 Courts Unlit 1501 Enderley Road Charlotte, NC

Tuckaseegee Park 6 Courts Lit 4820 Tuckaseegee Road Charlotte, NC

Five Points Park 2 Courts Unlit

Unity Park 2 Courts Unlit

200 French Street Charlotte, NC

6401 Kelsey Drive Charlotte, NC

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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.

Family and Consumer Sciences 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 and 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 call Kristin Davis, FCS Extension Agent, at 704-336-4006, or email 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 www.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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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 • Gardener training • Commercial pesticide training, licensing and recertification • H ome horticulture questions

Master Gardener Hotline

Extension Master Gardener volunteers are available to answer your home gardening questions weekdays from 9:00 am until noon beginning March 1, 2013. You can also 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 St. and Sycamore St. Little Sugar Creek, Alexander and 17th St. Hoskins Park, 3801 Gossett Ave. Huntingtowne Farms Park, 2400 Ramblewood Ln. McAlpine Creek Community Park, Holly Ln., off of Sardis Rd. Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Rd. 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 to 18 interested in 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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Mecklenburg County Greenways Map Legend:

Greenways

Interstate

Click on a number below for a printable map of that Greenway.

Major Streets

Greenway

Briar Creek Greenway 1 Arnold Dr. to Masonic Dr.

Developed Overland Connector Future Trail Design/Construction Research Park Trail

Briar Creek Greenway 2 Myers Park High School Four Mile Creek Greenway 3 E. John St. to Trade St. Irwin Creek & Stewart 4 Creek Greenways Irwin Creek Greenway 5 Clanton Park Little Sugar Creek Greenway 6 Cordelia Park to Alexander St. Park Little Sugar Creek Greenway 7 E. 7th St. to Morehead St. Little Sugar Creek Greenway 8 Morehead St. to Brandywine Rd.

9 Little Sugar Creek Greenway Huntingtowne Farms Park

10 Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen

Creek & Four Mile Creek Greenways

Mallard Creek & Clark’s 11 Creek Greenways McAlpine Creek & Campbell 12 Creek Greenways McDowell Creek Greenway 13 Westmoreland Rd. to Birkdale Village

14 Six Mile Creek Greenway Prong & West Branch Rocky 15 South River Greenway - Town of Davidson Creek Greenway 16 Toby Hwy 49 to Mallard Creek Greenway

17 Torrence Creek Greenway 18 Walker Branch Greenway

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 being built every year. See the following pages for more details, or visit

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Mecklenburg County Greenways Whether you are biking, running, strolling or walking, discover the 35 miles of greenways throughout Mecklenburg County. Fascinating views of birds, flora and fauna abound. For downloads of specific greenways, visit parkandrec.com/greenways or click on the number. 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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2 Briar Creek Greenway

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.

4 Irwin Creek & Stewart Creek Greenway

These trails comprise a continuous 2.1 mile creek side walk in the center city area of Charlotte. The trail takes visitors through the historic Wesley Heights neighborhood and connects Ray’s 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 at Colony Road and Runnymeade Lane.

6 7 8 9 Little Sugar

Creek Greenway

There are four developed sections totaling 5.91 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 4.70 miles beginning at East 7th street though Freedom Park and ending at Brandywine Road. Urban Little Sugar Creek runs from East 7th Street to Morehead. 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 YWCA on Parkwood Ave., 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 and Bevington Place.

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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: Four Mile Creek, Irwin Creek, Little Sugar Creek, McDowell Creek, Toby Creek and Torrence Creek.

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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, Colony Road and Runnymeade Lane.

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.

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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.

16 Toby Creek Greenway

15 South Prong 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 begin 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 available off of Marvin Road.

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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 southwest Mecklenburg County, 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.

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Recreation Centers Mecklenburg County Recreation Centers & School Recreation Sites Nature Center Recreation Center Recreation Center w/ Fitness Center School Rec. Site

Recreation 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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Dance Studio

Stage

Performing Arts Room

Lockers/Showers

Ray’s Playhouse

Youth Activity Room

Computer Lab

Pool/ Water park

Fitness Center

Kitchen

Hours vary at each recreation center. Some offer room rentals for birthday parties and events. Call the recreation center for rates, or visit www.parkandrec.com

Gymnasium

RECREATION CENTERS AND SCHOOL RECREATION SITES

Multi-purpose Room

Recreation Centers

Methodist Home Recreation Center 3200 Shamrock Dr.

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Naomi Drenan Recreation Center/ Grayson SkatePark 750 Beal Str.

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Ray’s Splash Planet 215 N Sycamore St.

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Revolution Park Sports Academy 1225 Remount Rd.

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Albemarle Road Recreation Center 5027 Idlewild Rd. North Arbor Glen Outreach Center 1520 Clanton Rd. Berewick Recreation Center 5910 Dixie River Rd. Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center 2921 Tuckaseegee Rd. Elon Recreation Center 11401 Ardrey Kell Rd. Hickory Grove Recreation Center 6709 Pence Rd. Ivory/Baker Recreation Center 1920 Stroud Park Ct. Mallard Creek Recreation Center 2530 Johnston-Oehler Rd. Marion Diehl Recreation Center 2219 Tyvola Rd. Martin Luther King Jr. School Recreation Site 500 Bilmark Ave.

Southview Recreation Center 1720 Vilma St. Sugaw Creek Recreation Center 943 W. Sugar Creek Rd. Tom Sykes Recreation Center 1501 Euvlid Ave. Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 4820 Tuckaseegee Rd. Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center 440 Tuckaseegee Rd. West Charlotte Recreation Center 2401 Kendall Dr. Winget School Recreation Site 12235 Winget Rd.

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Nature McDowell Nature Center 15222 York Road • Charlotte • 704-588-5224 • Open Mon-Sat, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sun 1:00pm to 5:00pm

The McDowell Nature Center serves as the gateway to the 1,107 acre McDowell Nature Preserve and is the source for educational programs and information on the preserve’s natural communities, flora and fauna. The preserve, the oldest in Mecklenburg County, has been left 90% undeveloped and protects mostly forested, rolling terrain along the banks of Lake Wylie. • Covers 1,107 Acres • Indoor Nature Center • 56-Site Campground • Copperhead Island - Fishing and Boating Access, Primitive Group Camping • 7 Miles of Hiking Trails • Playgrounds • Picnic Areas • Wildlife Viewing Opportunities

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The McDowell Nature Center is a proud (Click Star for Directions) member of the North Carolina Association of Environmental Education Centers and supports Environmental Educators of North Carolina. The Nature Center is recognized as a WNCW Oasis and accepts the Oasis member discount card for gift shop purchases. The Nature Center is also a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Water Quality Coalition, a certified National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat, participates in the Groundwater Guardian program and serves as an ambassador for Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch.

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McDowell Nature Center Environmental Education Mother Nature’s Story Corner Join us in the children’s play area every Wednesday morning for a special nature-based story. All Ages FREE

McDowell Nature Center Every Wednesday

10:30am to 11:00am

Animal Encounters Did you know a soft-shell turtle’s neck is as long as its body? Or that a king snake is immune to copperheads’ venom? Learn these and other surprising facts about the animals in your backyard! All Ages FREE

McDowell Nature Center Every Saturday Every Sunday

10:00am and 2:00pm 2:00pm

McDowell Nature Center Dec 1 Dec 8 Jan 4 Jan 19 Feb 22 Feb 23

Sun Sun Sat Sun Sat Sun

1:30pm to 2:15pm 1:30pm to 2:15pm 1:30pm to 2:15pm 1:30pm to 2:15pm 1:30pm to 2:15pm 1:30pm to 2:15pm

Babes in the Woods Tuck your little one in a stroller and join one of our educators the first Monday of each month for an easy walk along our paved nature trail. Registration required. Ages 1 to 3 FREE

Four Seasons Trail #51772 #51773 #51774

Dec 2 Jan 6 Feb 3

McDowell Feeding Time!

What do ants, trees, and bacteria all have in common? They are all alive! Join us as we discover the wonders of biology - the study of LIFE. This series will introduce your student to cells, protists, photosynthesis, and more. Each class is hands-on and contains a lab, so students will also learn about the scientific method. Curriculum is appropriate for 3rd5th grade and all materials are provided. Students must attend all classes. Registration required. Ages 8 to 11 $32.00

McDowell Nature Center

#51839

Dec 5 Dec 19 Jan 2 Jan 16 Jan 30 Feb 13 Feb 27

Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu

2:00pm to 3:45pm 2:00pm to 3:45pm 2:00pm to 3:45pm 2:00pm to 3:45pm 2:00pm to 3:45pm 2:00pm to 3:45pm 2:00pm to 3:45pm

Paint with Nature

Nature’s Artists Do you like nature? Do you like art? Join us to combine the two and make our very own nature-inspired masterpieces. Who knows, we may even have a special animal guest join us for some craftwork! Registration required. Ages 5 and up FREE #51748 #51749 #51751 #51752 #51753 #51754

Homeschool Series: Biology 101

Mon 10:30am to 11:30am Mon 10:30am to 11:30am Mon 10:30am to 11:30am

Natural items can be used to create beautiful works of art! Discover what happens when paint and nature meet! Registration required. Ages 2 to 6 $3.00

McDowell Nature Center #51880 #51881 #51882

Dec 6 Jan 10 Feb 7

Fri 10:30am to 11:15am Fri 10:30am to 11:15am Fri 10:30am to 11:15am

Nature Scavenger Hunt Scavenger hunts are a great way to take in nature and see things that you may not have noticed before. Each month will be a different collection of items to locate. Prizes awarded! Come and join us! Registration required. All Ages FREE

McDowell Nature Center #51853 #51854 #51855

Dec 6 Jan 3 Feb 7

Fri Fri Fri

3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm 3:30pm to 4:30pm

First Friday: McDowell after Dark McDowell Nature Center will stay open late under the cool glow of moonlight as we listen to the sounds of nature around our campfire, learn about nocturnal animals, or take a night hike. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate during your visit. Registration required. All Ages FREE

McDowell Nature Center #51759 #51760 #51761

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Fri Fri Fri

6:00pm to 8:00pm 6:00pm to 8:00pm 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Learn about a few of our nature center exhibit animals by joining us for their feeding time! Registration required. All Ages FREE

McDowell Nature Center #51856 #51857 #51858

Dec 7 Jan 4 Feb 1

Sat Sat Sat

2:00pm to 3:00pm 2:00pm to 3:00pm 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Preschool Explorer Series Little ones and adults will discover nature together through crafts, games, songs, animal encounters, and outdoor exploration. Each week features a different theme – try one to start or sign up for them all! Registration required. Ages 2 to 6 $3.00

McDowell Nature Center Animals in Winter #51775 Dec 9 Mon 10:30am to 11:15am #51776 Dec 12 Thu 10:30am to 11:15am #51777 Dec 13 Fri 10:30am to 11:15am Evergreens #51778 Dec 16 Mon 10:30am to 11:15am #51779 Dec 19 Thu 10:30am to 11:15am #51780 Dec 20 Fri 10:30am to 11:15am Everyone Needs a Rock #51788 Jan 13 Mon 10:30am to 11:15am #51789 Jan 16 Thu 10:30am to 11:15am #51791 Jan 17 Fri 10:30am to 11:15am That’s Gross! #51792 Jan 20 Mon 10:30am to 11:15am #51793 Jan 23 Thu 10:30am to 11:15am #51794 Jan 24 Fri 10:30am to 11:15am Under The Ice #51795 Jan 27 Mon 10:30am to 11:15am #51796 Jan 30 Thu 10:30am to 11:15am #51797 Jan 31 Fri 10:30am to 11:15am Worms Eat My Garbage #51798 Feb 10 Mon 10:30am to 11:15am #51799 Feb 13 Thu 10:30am to 11:15am #51800 Feb 14 Fri 10:30am to 11:15am Four Fur Feet #51801 Feb 17 Mon 10:30am to 11:15am #51802 Feb 20 Thu 10:30am to 11:15am #51803 Feb 21 Fri 10:30am to 11:15am From Seed to Stump #51804 Feb 24 Mon 10:30am to 11:15am #51806 Feb 27 Thu 10:30am to 11:15am #51803 Feb 28 Fri 10:30am to 11:15am

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McDowell Nature Center McDowell Nature Center Volunteer Corps

Homeschool Woodland Story Walk The trails at McDowell are full of inspiration for aspiring storytellers. We’ll provide the pencil and journal then venture on a hike to collect ideas and props for imaginative stories. Registration required. Ages 6 to 12 $3.00

McDowell Nature Center #51845 #51846 #51847

Dec 13 Jan 10 Feb 14

Fri 10:00am to 11:00am Fri 10:00am to 11:00am Fri 10:00am to 11:00am

Nature Creations Join us on select Saturdays to embellish nature! We will create festive stars, cool pine cone critters, magic wands, forts and many other wonderful creations out and about in the preserve. Dress to get messy! Registration required. Ages 4 and up FREE

McDowell Nature Center Twig Stars #51848 Dec 14 Cone Creatures #51849 Dec 28 Stick Weaving #51850 Jan 11 Magic Wands #51851 Jan 25 Fort Building #51852 Feb 22

Sat

3:30pm to 4:30pm

Sat

3:30pm to 4:30pm

Sat

3:30pm to 4:30pm

Sat

3:30pm to 4:30pm

Sat

3:30pm to 4:30pm

No School? Cool! Attention school parents! Wonder what to do with your kids when school is closed but work is not? Bring them to McDowell Nature Center for a day of natural fun and learning. Each program features unique themes plus hikes, games, live animals, crafts, and so much more. Sign up for one program or the entire series. Registration required.

McDowell Nature Center Grades K-2 $45.00 #48856 Dec 27,30,31 Fri, Mon, Tue 9:00am to 4:00pm Grades 3-5 $45.00 #48857 Dec 27,30,31 Fri, Mon, Tue 9:00am to 4:00pm Grades K-2 $30.00 #48858 Jan 20, 21 Mon,Tue 9:00am to 4:00pm Grades 3-5 $30.00 #48859 Jan 20, 21 Mon,Tue 9:00am to 4:00pm

McDowell Nature Center Dec 21 Jan 18 Feb 15

Get Going Guide

Sat 11:00am Sat 11:00am Sat 11:00am

11:00am to 12:00pm 11:00am to 12:00pm

Snow Party We may not get a lot of snow here in Charlotte, but we can still celebrate the winter season. Create paper snowflake chains to help decorate the nature center, view snowflakes under a microscope, paint with ice cubes, and make your own snowflake catcher. Hot chocolate included! All Ages FREE

McDowell Nature Center #51764 Dec 7 Sat Ongoing,10:00am to 12:00pm

Evergreens for Everyone!

Grades 3-5 $75.00 #48863 Apr 14-18 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm

#51840 Dec 14

Homeschool Family Hike

#51860 #51861 #51862

Sat Sat

Grades K-2 $75.00 #48862 Apr 14-18 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm

Grades 3-5 $30.00 #48861 Feb 17, 18 Mon,Tue 9:00am to 4:00pm

McDowell Tree House Theater

McDowell Nature Center #51757 Jan 4 #51758 Feb 22

Nothing matches the smell of fresh-cut evergreens.  When most trees are bare, many forest animals depend on evergreens like holly, pine, cedar, and mistletoe for food and shelter.  Join us to learn about the different types of evergreens that grow in our area and make your own evergreen decoration to keep. Registration required. Ages 8 and up FREE

Grades K-2 $30.00 #48860 Feb 17, 18 Mon,Tue 9:00am to 4:00pm

Enjoy a nature-oriented puppet show and afterwards encourage your child to perform their own puppet show! Ages 2 to 7 FREE

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work at a nature center? Do you enjoy doing service for your community? Are you interested in learning about animal husbandry? Do you enjoy working with the public? If you can answer yes to one or more of these questions, then consider volunteering at the McDowell Nature Center. We have lots of opportunities including animal care, docent, greenhouse care, and administrative services. Sign up for an information session to learn about these and other exciting opportunities! Registration required. Ages 16 and up FREE

Grab the family and a bottle of water then join us on a nature hike within McDowell Nature Preserve. Each hike will explore different areas of the park. Enjoy an adventure! Registration required. Ages 6 and up FREE

McDowell Nature Center #51884 #51885 #51886

Dec 27 Jan 24 Feb 28

Fri Fri Fri

10:00am to 11:30am 10:00am to 11:30am 10:00am to 11:30am

For More Information or to Register Visit

Winter 2013 - 2014

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McDowell Nature Center Sat

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 31, 36 & 40. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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McDowell Nature Center Decorating Trees

Morning Bird Walk

Birds, squirrels, deer, and other animals that stay in the woods for the winter are always on the look-out for extra treats to eat. Spend a relaxing afternoon before the holidays stringing popcorn, cranberries and other animal-friendly snacks to hang on the trees outside. The animals will thank you! All Ages FREE

Winter weather is here and birds are settling into their cold-weather routines. We will walk, look, and listen for wintering birds in the McDowell prairie. Registration required. Ages 8 and up FREE

McDowell Nature Center #51768

Jan 18

Sat

9:00am to 11:00am

McDowell Nature Center #51767 Dec 15 Sun Ongoing, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Tracks and Traces Learn how to ID common animals by the signs they leave behind and create your own animal track to take home. Ages 6 to 12 $3.00

Kids Night in Nature

Waterfront Deck #51841

Dec 15

Sun

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Have No Fear!

BSA: Environmental Science Merit Badge Boy scouts in the Mecklenburg council will achieve their Nature Merit Badge upon completion of this course. All scouts must bring their Merit Badge books. Lunch is provided. Registration required. Ages 12 to 18 $15.00

McDowell Nature Center #51842

Jan 11

Sat

9:00am to 4:00pm

Animal Bingo Get out of the cold and join us for an afternoon of bingo with a nature center twist! Enjoy the chance to win prizes while testing your animal knowledge! Registration required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 5 and up $5.00 #51844 Jan 12 Sun

1:30pm to 2:30pm

For More Information or to Register Visit

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Get Going Guide

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 31, 36 & 40. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

Scared of snakes? Bugged out by bugs? Terrified of turtles? Have no fear – these animals are not out to get you and are actually quite beneficial! We will separate fact from fiction about some commonly misunderstood animals like brown recluse spiders, venomous snakes, and snapping turtles, and learn why these animals should be revered instead of feared. Registration required. All Ages FREE

McDowell Nature Center #51769 Jan 26

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

McDowell Winter Tree ID Whose bark is that? Join our naturalists on a hike to learn identification techniques for when their branches are bare. Registration required.

Parents, leave the kids with us and take the evening off! After enjoying a special dinner, kids will test their nocturnal senses during a flashlight hike, meet our resident animals, and make s’mores around the campfire. Registration required. Ages 6 to 12 $15.00

McDowell Nature Center #51770 Feb 15

Sat

6:00pm to 9:00pm

We Love Animals Everyone loves our turtles, toads, snakes, and other critters that call the McDowell Nature Center home. Create a Valentine’s Day card for your favorite animal, offer it a special snack, and learn to hold it! Participants will also decorate a picture frame to take home to keep a picture of their animal valentine. All Ages FREE

McDowell Nature Center #51771 Feb 16 Sun Ongoing, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

McDowell Nature Center Ages 18 and up FREE #51843 Feb 9 Sun

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Nature’s Wonders - Woodcocks in the Prairie Normally well camouflaged, the American Woodcock is a strange looking bird that is rarely spotted except for this time of year. In early February, the males put on an amazing aerial mating display just as the sun goes down. Join McDowell staff for a rare glimpse at this elusive creature. Registration required. Ages 8 and up FREE

McDowell Nature Center #51838

Winter 2013 - 2014

Feb 11

Tue

5:30pm to 7:30pm

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McDowell Nature Center Outdoor Recreation Fitness Hikes Suffering from the winter blues? This scenic hike is just the cure. Along the way we will discover some of the sights and sounds of winter as we set off at a comfortable, yet steady pace to keep ourselves warm and burn off some holiday treats. Ages listed below FREE

McDowell Nature Center Ages 18 and up Dec 1 #51742 All Ages Dec 8 #51743 All Ages Jan 4 #51744 Ages 18 and up Jan 19 #51745 All Ages Feb 22 #51746 Ages 18 and up Feb 23 #51747

Sun

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Sun

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Sat

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Sun

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Sat

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Sun

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Outdoor Skills Clinics Are you interested in outdoor activities? Or in sharing tips and tricks you’ve picked up over the years while learning new skills? We’ll talk about thermoregulation, the latest gadgets and gear, and favorite outdoor goodies. Discussions and demonstrations will be led by our Outdoor Recreation staff.Registration required. Ages 18 and up $5.00

McDowell Nature Center #51870 #51871

Dec 21 Jan 17

Sat Fri

3:00pm to 7:30pm 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Winter Campout! Enjoy this underappreciated time of year to camp. Escape the hustle and stress of the season while learning the basics of winter camping. All food and supplies are provided. Registration required.

McDowell Campground

Leave No Trace

Ages 18 and up #51865 Dec 21-22

Learn how to enjoy nature through the seven principles of Leave No Trace. During a hike through the preserve, learn these principles and put them into practice! Ages 8 and up FREE Dec 7 Dec 28 Jan 5 Jan 25 Feb 9 Feb 23

Sat Sat Sun Sat Sun Sun

Now that your Christmas shopping is done, why not enjoy some free time hanging out in the McDowell Nature Preserve? We will hike to find 3 different geocaches in the park and place a Christmas Trackable that you can follow along its journey after the program. Registration required.

1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm

McDowell Nature Center Ages 7 and up #51883 Dec 22

Evening Campfire We love to play in the woods during winter; how about you? Join us for an evening of fire demonstrations, s’mores, and camaraderie. All Ages FREE

McDowell Campgroud

Dec 13 Dec 20 Jan 10 Jan 24 Feb 28

Fri Fri Fri Fri Fri

6:00pm to 7:30pm 6:00pm to 7:30pm 6:00pm to 7:30pm 6:00pm to 7:30pm 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Hiker’s Palate

McDowell Nature Center

Join one of our guides for a night hike through McDowell Nature Preserve. Stop to listen for some of our crepuscular and nocturnal critters and possibly catch a glimpse of them! Registration required. Ages 8 and up FREE

Dutch Oven Palooza

#51878 #51879

Dec 17 Jan 16

Get Going Guide

Tue Thu

5:30pm until... 5:30pm until...

FREE Sun 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Bring a blanket and plenty of warm clothes as the Hiker’s Palate continues through the winter. Each month’s activities are designed to provide an inexpensive night out while enjoying the outdoors. Activities will change each month, ranging from natural and cultural history to good ole’ outdoor adventure with special hor d’oeuvres. Registration required. Ages 18 and up $10.00

Full Moon Hike

McDowell Nature Center

$14.00 Sat-Sun 8:30pm to 9:00am

Christmas Geocaching

McDowell Nature Center #51872 #51873 #51874 #51875 #51876 #51877

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 31, 36 & 40. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

Learn to make your own Dutch oven dish beside the fire. You bring the appetite, we’ll provide the recipes with ingredients, ideas, and advice.

#51755 Jan 10

Fri

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Love is In The Air -Literally!

We’ll hike around the prairie to check out the mating rituals of the American Woodcock and enjoy chocolate fondue beside the fire.

#51756 Feb 14

Winter 2013 - 2014

Fri

For More Information or to Register Visit

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6:30pm to 8:30pm

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Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation

Nature Latta Plantation Nature Center 6211 Sample Road • Huntersville • 704-875-1391

Latta Plantation Nature Center serves as the gateway to the 1,351 acres of Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. It is the source for many educational programs and information on the preserve’s natural communities, flora and fauna. Mecklenburg County’s largest preserve, it forms a green peninsula extending into Mountain Island Lake and protects a natural heritage site and several endangered plants.

Open Mon-Sat, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sun 1:00pm to 5:00pm Latta Plantation Nature Center (Click Star for Directions)

• Covers over 1,350 Acres • 16 miles of Hiking Trails • Nature Center & Gift Shop • Carolina Raptor Center • Latta Plantation Equestrian Center • Historic Latta Plantation • Lakeview Picnicking • Canoe and Kayak Landing Areas VISIT US ON

Latta Plantation Nature Center features live native animals, a discovery hall, an outdoor amphitheater and a gift shop. Latta Plantation Nature Preserve also has the Carolina Raptor Center, an education and rehabilitation facility dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey and home to the Southeast’s largest eagle aviary. In addition, the park is also home to the Latta Plantation Equestrian Center, a facility providing guided horseback rides, pony rides, horse shows, lessons and a tack store; and the Historic Latta Plantation, a restored 19th century federal-style home and living history farm of James Latta, open to public tours and interpretive programs.

2013 Winter Programs & Activities Get Going Guide

Winter 2013 - 2014

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Latta Plantation Nature Center Nature Detectives Become a young nature investigator! Participants will become nature detectives as they investigate and learn about fun things that are found in the woods. Each session will feature stories, games and activities related to the topic. Ages 4 to 6

$3.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center

6th Annual Fairy House Festival Come spend an afternoon discovering the joy and magic of fairy houses! Storytelling, face painting, crafts, activities and food will be available. Prizes for children dressed in fairy or gnome costumes will be awarded while supplies last. Learn how to build your own fairy house on one of our nature trails! Enchanting fun for all ages! FREE

All Ages

Bird Feast #51305 Dec 19 Thu 10:00am to 11:30am Squirrel Survivors #51306 Jan 9 Thu 10:00am to 11:30am Weather #51307 Jan 23 Thu 10:00am to 11:30am Who’s Sleeping in the Woods? #51308 Feb 6 Thu 10:00am to 11:30am Who’s Calling? (Nature Sounds) #51309 Feb 20 Thu 10:00am to 11:30am

Backyard Winter Animals Ever wonder what animals do in the winter? Discover the winter habits and habitats of our backyard animals and learn how they get along in the cold weather. We will also be meeting some of those animals up close! FREE

Latta Plantation Nature Center

Ages 3 and up

#52344

Latta Plantation Nature Center

Feb 8

Sat

10:00am to 4:00pm

#51310

Dec 8

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

All Ages

Get Going Guide

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

FREE

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51314

Edible Ornaments Winter can be a tough time for wildlife. Why not help out by decorating a tree with tasty treats for them? We will go on a short hike to gather materials for the edible ornaments. Take your creations home or leave them in our garden for all the animals to enjoy! Ages 3 and up

$4.00

Winter 2013 - 2014

Dec 15

S un

Jan 12

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Winter Tree ID Want to know how to identify trees in the winter? Come join our naturalist on a hike and learn techniques to ID trees when there are no leaves on them. Terrain: Easy to moderate, 1.5 – 2 miles Ages 15 and up

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51311

Visit Us On

Jan 5

All Ages

Wed 10:15am to 11:00am

www.parkandrec.com

FREE

Radical Reptiles

Wed 10:15am to 11:00am

For More Information or to Register Visit

1:00pm to 4:30pm

Come and learn about some of the snakes and turtles that live around the nature preserve and meet some up close.

Latta Plantation Nature Center

Wed 10:15am to 11:00am

Sun

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51313

$3.00

Wed 10:15am to 11:00am

Dec 29

Winter Wildlife Hike

Exploring the wonders of the great outdoors helps spark creativity and starts a real appreciation for the beauty of nature. Participants will become Young Explorers as they learn about animals and plants and how everything works together in nature. Each session will feature stories, games and activities related to the topic.

Wed 10:15am to 11:00am

FREE

Latta Plantation Nature Center

Take a break from your busy schedule and join us for a wintry hike at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. We’ll search for signs of animal life in winter including tracks, scat, and sounds. Terrain: Easy, 1 mile

Young Explorers

Holiday for the Birds #51300 Dec 11 Squirrels #51301 Jan 8 Winter Friends #51302 Jan 22 Groundhogs #51303 Feb 5 Slimy Salamanders #51304 Feb 19

All Ages #51312

Environmental Education

Ages 2 to 3

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt Bring your camera and a thirst for adventure as you embark on a hunt for pictures of the wonders within this protected area. Make sure to stop by the nature center first to pick up your scavenger hunt clue sheet!

FREE

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51315

Jan 26

Sun

2:00pm to 4:00pm

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Latta Plantation Nature Center Nature Journals

Register 1 of 3 Ways:

Let the forest inspire you. Slow down and connect with nature in a different way during this introductory nature journal class and learn about trees, wildlife, and ways of expressing the joy of nature. Ages 15 and up

Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 31, 36 & 40. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

FREE

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51316

Feb 2

Sun

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Wolf Cub Scouts: Birds Join us this Sunday afternoon and earn your Birding Elective. We will read a book about birds, take a short hike to identify birds we see and start making a list of those birds. Ages 7 to 11

$3.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51317

Feb 16

Sun

1:30pm to 2:30pm

BSA: Environmental Science Merit Badge Scouts will complete the requirements to earn their Environmental Science merit badge under the guidance of a qualified environmental educator. Due to the rigors of this badge, scouts are required to complete requirements 1, 2, and 3F prior to class. Scouts should bring their merit badge book and a pencil; lunch will be provided. Ages 12 to 18

$15.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51324

Jan 18

Sat

9:30am to 4:00pm

BSA: Mammal Study Merit Badge Scouts will complete the requirements to earn their Mammal Study merit badge under the guidance of a qualified environmental educator. Scouts should complete requirement 3C prior to class. Lunch will be provided. Ages 12 to 18

Latta Plantation Nature Center

Birding Basics Want to learn more about birds and how to identify them? During this program we will learn the basic techniques on how to identify birds and will use our skills to identify them in the garden and in the nature preserve. Ages 12 and up

FREE

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51318

Feb 16

$15.00

Sun

3:00pm to 4:30pm

#51325 Feb 1

Sat

9:30am to 4:00pm

Winter Family Fun Bring the whole family out and beat back the winter blues with a fun-filled afternoon in the woods! We will have a campfire going and materials will be available to build forts, explore the Habitat Trail, and much more. Be sure to dress for the weather! No registration required.

Webelos Naturalist Badge

All Ages

Come join us at Latta Plantation Nature Center for this 2 hour program and earn your Naturalist Badge.

Latta Plantation Nature Center

Ages 8 to 11

#51326

$4.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51319

Feb 23

Get Going Guide

Sun

•

Jan 4

Woodland Sprites Preschool Modeled on the forest schools of Europe, this unique, child-led preschool class is held ENTIRELY outdoors! Children will be allowed to learn and grow at their own pace as they explore, experience, and come to appreciate the natural world and all it has to offer. On any given day, children may choose to investigate a stream, make a mud pie buffet, follow deer tracks through the woods, and much more - all under the guidance of experienced environmental educators. Research has shown that time spent in nature, especially engaged in play, is critical to a child’s development. Not only does it lead to increased physical activity but it can alleviate the symptoms of ADHD and asthma and promote creativity, self-discipline, problemsolving skills, cooperation, and confidence. Please call Anne-Marie Stevenson, 704-9473099, with any questions or to register. Ages 4 to 6

$35.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51320

Jan 10 Jan 17 Jan 24 Jan 31

Fri Fri Fri Fri

9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm

#51321

Feb 7 Feb 14 Feb 21 Feb 28

Fri Fri Fri Fri

9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm

FREE Sat

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Visit Us On

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Winter 2013 - 2014

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Latta Plantation Nature Center Latta Homeschoolers: Introduction to Chemistry In this series, students will be introduced to the basics of chemistry including the properties of matter, molecular bonds, and chemical reactions. There will be a special focus on environmental chemistry and its importance in monitoring the health of our ecosystems. Each class is inquiry-based and includes a lab. Curriculum is appropriate for 2nd-4th grade and all materials are provided. Ages 7 to 9

$27.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51322

Jan 9 Jan 23 Feb 6 Feb 20 Mar 6 Mar 20

Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu

10:00am to 11:30am 10:00am to 11:30am 10:00am to 11:30am 10:00am to 11:30am 10:00am to 11:30am 10:00am to 11:30am

Latta Homeschoolers: Laboratory Studies Lab skills are an important component of any science curriculum as they are the backbone of most scientific studies and experiments. In each two-part series, students will focus on a particular lab skill, gaining confidence in performing it and learning how it is utilized by scientists. All materials are provided. Ages 10 to 12

$15.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51323

Jan 9 Jan 23 Feb 6 Feb 20

Thu Thu Thu Thu

1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Outdoor Recreation Latta Homeschoolers: Winter Hike Think it’s too cold to hike in the winter? Come hike with us as we learn how to dress properly, how much water to drink along the way, and how to safely interact with nature. We will explore a different trail for each hike. FREE

Ages 12 and up

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51331 Dec 4 #51335 Dec 18

Wed Wed

10:30pm to 12:00pm 10:30pm to 12:00pm

BSA: Geocaching Merit Badge Want to go on a high-tech treasure hunt and earn a merit badge at the same time? Join us for the Geocaching merit badge! We will complete many of the badge requirements and hit the trail to find some actual caches placed in the nature preserve. Lunch and all equipment provided. Ages 10 and up

$15.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51336

Dec 7

Sat

9:00am to 4:00pm

Ages 9 to 12

$3.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51383

Jan 10

Fri

10:30am to 12:00pm

Latta Homeschoolers: Camping Merit Badge Going on a campout? Not really sure how to prepare or what to bring? Come learn how to be properly prepared for your next camping adventure. If you are a Boy Scout, you can complete many of the requirements toward your Camping merit badge. Supplies are provided.

Free Family Geocaching

Ages 9 to 12

Latta Plantation Nature Center

FREE

Ages 5 and up

Latta Plantation Nature Center Dec 14

Sat

9:00am to 4:00pm

Outdoor Cooking Master Chef Competition In the first class of this two-part series, learn the many ways of cooking in the outdoors with easy-to-make recipes. The second class consists of teams competing to make the best outdoor cooking recipe. Teams will cook with a Dutch oven, box oven, or campfire. All equipment and food is provided. Ages 9 to 12

$10.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51376

Dec 12 Dec 19

Thu Thu

10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm

For More Information or to Register Visit

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Ever cooked dinner in a cardboard box? Come learn how a box oven works and how to build your own. Then, compete for the best oven being judged on style, functionality, and heating. All supplies are provided.

Bring the family on an exciting high-tech treasure hunt known as Geocaching! Borrow one of our GPS units (pre-loaded with coordinates) to explore the nature preserve and find some hidden treasures along the way. Staff will be available to give brief instruction.

#51352

Get Going Guide

Box Oven Construction Competition

Winter 2013 - 2014

#51388

Feb 13 Feb 27

$10.00 Thu Thu

10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm

Valentine’s Day Segway Tour Bundle up and bring your sweetheart to explore the trails of Latta Plantation Nature Preserve on an all-terrain Segway! Learn to ride these self-balancing machines and see the nature preserve like never before. Highlights include the Shady Trail and beautiful views of Mountain Island Lake. Enjoy hot chocolate to help get warmed up at the end of the tour. Ages 18 and up

$40.00/Couple

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51391

Feb 14

Fri

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Orienteering Competition If you are looking for a way to enjoy the New Year in the outdoors, then this friendly competition is for you! Whether experienced in orienteering or a beginner in using a map and compass, this competition has a course for every skill level. Registration and purchase of the course map is on-site the morning of the competition. Sponsored by the Carolina Orienteering Klubb. Ages 12 and up

$6.00/$7.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #51633

Jan 4

Sun

10:00am to 3:00pm

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Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation

Nature Reedy Creek Nature Center 2900 Rocky River Road • 704-432-6459 • Open Mon-Sat, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sun 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve protects 737 acres of natural, forested habitat within Reedy Creek Park. There are over 10 miles of hiking trails in the nature preserve for the outdoor enthusiast, giving visitors the opportunity to explore a variety of terrains while enjoying scenic views of small lakes, forests, fields, streams and wildlife. Reedy Creek Nature Center is also home to the Dr. James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies.

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• Covers over 737 Acres • 10 Miles of Hiking Trails • Nature Center & Gift Shop • Historic Robinson Rock House • 18-hole Disc Golf Course • 10 Reservable Picnic Shelters • Fishing at Dragonfly or Slider Ponds • Barkingham Park Dog Park

Outside, visitors can stop and observe nature in action at the National Wildlife Federation certified Backyard Habitat Garden, which includes bird feeding stations and a demonstration compost area. Self-interpretive trail guides are available for several nature preserve trails.

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Reedy Creek Nature Center Environmental Education Krafty Kidz Have fun learning while making nature themed crafts with your child. Each day will be a new set of crafts based on a different theme. Parent participation is required. Ages 2 to 7

$2.00

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Dec 7 Jan 11 Feb 8

Sat Sat Sat

11:00am to 12:00pm 11:00am to 12:00pm 11:00am to 12:00pm

Nature Story Corner Settle in and get comfortable as we read a variety of nature based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as we learn about the wonders of nature! After the story, we will hike into the forest to do a themed activity based on the story. Ages 3 and up

FREE

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Dec 2 Mon Dec 16 Mon Jan 6 Mon Jan 20 Mon Feb 3 Mon Feb 17 Mon

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

Lil’ Sprouts Nature Preschool At Lil’ Sprouts Nature Preschool, we believe in teaching the “whole child”; physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains. The curriculum is built upon authentic experiences that foster your child’s excitiment in the natural world. The program balances structure and choice play and offer developmentally appropriate activities in science, the creative arts, writing, reading, math, fine and gross motor skills and more. Come and experience “The Natural Way of Learning!” Ages 4 to 5

Night Tree Tradition Join us on this special day as we read the classic Eve Bunting tale, Night Tree. Night Tree tells the story of one family’s special holiday tradition and celebrates the special bond of a family and of nature. After the reading we will create animal friendly ornaments and walk to our own special place in the forest to place them on a tree for all the animals to enjoy. All Ages

FREE

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Dec 1 Dec 7

Sun Sat

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Ages 12 and up

2:00pm to 3:00pm 2:00pm to 3:00pm

FREE

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9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm

FREE

9:30am to 10:15am 9:30am to 10:15am 9:30am to 10:15am

Winter 2013 - 2014

Ongoing Tuesdays

Yoga at the Nature Center Slow down and connect with your breath in this gentle yoga class. No experience needed. Ages 16 and up

$5.00/class

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Ongoing Tuesdays

6:15pm to 7:15pm

Young Naturalist Club of Mecklenburg County Youth interested in exploring the natural world, this club is for you! We will meet on the first Saturday of every month for hikes, presentations and fun! We will partner with local environmental groups to explore the world of birding, herpetology, native plants and more! Bring a bag lunch, plenty of water and comfortable hiking shoes. Ages 12 to 18

FREE

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Thu Thu Thu

Hike for Your Health

Experience nature together with your child. Hikes will be sensory based surrouding your child in nature’s beauty. It will also give you, the parent, the experience of how to use nature as a learning platform.

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Dec 5 Jan 2 Feb 6

Get outside, get moving and get healthy! Enjoy fresh air, sunshine and beautiful surroundings with like-minded people.

Parent and Me Tot Trots

Ages 1 to 2

$35.00/month

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 31, 36 & 40. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

5:00pm to 6:00pm

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Dec 7 Feb 1

Sat Sat

9:00am to 1:00pm 9:00am to 1:00pm

Robinson Rockhouse Hike Join a naturalist as we hike to the Robinson Rockhouse and learn about the cultural and natural history of the area. Must be able to hike 3 miles on uneven terrain. Ages 8 and up

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #52234

Dec 7

Sat 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Holiday Scavenger Hunt Can you find the signs of the carols in our woods? We’ll look for some fun symbols of the holidays in our woods on this scavenger hunt. Be prepared to walk 1-2 miles on uneven trails. Parent participation required. Ages 8 and up

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #52241

Dec 8

Sun 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Reedy Creek Nature Center Budding Adventures

Hike for Your Health

Calling all kids and parents! Discover the awakening of the winter plants and animals. Through various hands-on activities such as crafts, games, stories, puppets, hikes and more, we will learn about plant life, animals and their homes, weather, and more. Come and explore with us. Parent participation encouraged.

Get outside, get moving and get healthy! Enjoy fresh air, sunshine and beautiful surroundings with like-minded people. Must be able to hike 4 -5 miles at a moderate pace on uneven terrain.

Ages 3 to 6

Ages 12 and up #52263

FREE

Dec 9 Dec 30 Jan 13 Jan 27 Feb 10 Feb 24

Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

Make Your Own Hiking Stick Come and customize your very own hiking stick using your imagination and a variety of supplies. You will be able to add your choice of many useful items to your hiking stick. After personalizing you hiking stick, we will hit the trail for for a 1.5 to 2 mile hike through the nature preserve. Ages 9 to 12

$3.00

Reedy Creek Nature Center #52242

Dec 11

Wed

2:30pm to 4:00pm

Weekday Wanderers This month we will be offering a special tour of Mecklenburg County Preserves. We will travel to several preserves looking at the diverse and important lands that have been protected in our County. Over the course of the day we will hike 5 - 7 miles on uneven terrain. Bring a bag lunch, plenty of water and comfortable hiking shoes.

Holiday Open House Join us as we open our center to share ideas about how you can green your holiday. We will also offer hikes as well as the chance to make a gift for wildlife! Refreshments will be served. All Ages #52255

Dec 14

Sat

9:00am to 4:00pm

Ages 18 and up

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Dec 27

Fri

10:00am to 11:30am

FREE

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Dec 21

Sat

9:00am to 4:00pm

Make a Wisteria Holiday Wreath

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 31, 36 & 40. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Reedy Creek Nature Center

Biodiversity Hike

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Ages 6 and up

This month we will be offering a special tour of Mecklenburg County Preserves. We will travel to several preserves looking at the diverse and important lands that have been protected in our County. Over the course of the day we will hike 5 - 7 miles on uneven terrain. Bring a bag lunch, plenty of water and comfortable hiking shoes.

Ages 18 and up

Fri

Join a naturalist for a guided hike along the trails of Reedy Creek. We will hike at a moderate pace stopping along the way to observe, explore and appreciate nature. Must be able to hike 2 miles on uneven terrain.

11:00am to 2:00pm

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Dec 13

10:00am to 12:00pm

FREE

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Thu

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Create a rustic vine holiday wreath from an invasive plant. Decorate your wreath with autumn natural objects. Space is limited.

Ages 18 and up

Dec 26

Naturalist Led Hike

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FREE

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Dec 21

Sat

1:30pm to 3:00pm

During this season of giving join us as we stroll along the trails exploring all the gifts that nature has to offer. This is a family friendly hike. Participants must be able to hike 2 miles on uneven terrain. Ages 6 and up

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #52259

Winter 2013 - 2014

Dec 22

Sun

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Winter Scavenger Hunt Join a naturalist as we hit the trails in search of some of nature’s treasures. This is a family friendly program but participants must be able to hike 1 mile on uneven terrain. Ages 6 and up

Reedy Creek Nature Center #52266

Dec 27

Fri

2:00pm to 3:30pm

A Walk in the Woods Relax and release the stress of the holidays as we walk the trails in the Preserve. See what we can see in the winter and look for signs of life. You may be surprised to see what is lurking in the cold! All Ages

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FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #52267

Dec 28

Sat

2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Reedy Creek Nature Center Homeschool Adventure Hikes

The Art of Paper Making

In this hiking series, we will travel by park van to some of North Carolina’s premier hiking destinations. Students will learn some basic map reading skills as well as safety practices for day-hikes. Students should come prepared with a bag lunch (that does not require refrigeration), a small backpack, water bottle, light snack, weather appropriate clothing, and sturdy shoes/boots. This is a great way to get some exercise and explore the excellent hiking available in close proximity to Charlotte.

Ages 6 and up

Ages 9 to 12

Back in the Day Series: Baking Goods Do you know how people lived 200 years ago in Charlotte? We will learn how a family who lived at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve lived without electricity or any modern technology. All Ages

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #52268

Dec 29

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Back in the Day Series: Cornhusk Dolls Do you know how people lived 200 years ago in Charlotte? We will learn how a family who lived at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve lived without electricity or any modern technology. All Ages

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #52269

Jan 4

Sat

10:30am to 11:30am

Ever want to see how a snake can eat a mouse without chewing or watch a turtle chase its prey? If you answered yes, then this is the program for you! On this day we will feed a variety of the nature center’s animals and talk about their feeding habits.

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #52270

Jan 5

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Finding Your Way Series If you like to explore, then come and find your way with us as we learn to use three different types of navigation. Each month will focus on a different way to navigate through the wilderness including GPS, map and compass, and trail markers. Ages 9 to 12

$15.00/Hike

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Jan 15 Jan 29 Feb 12 Feb 26

Wed Wed Wed Wed

BSA Orienteering Merit Badge

$6.00

Jan 8 Wed Jan 22 Wed Feb 5 Wed Feb 19 Wed

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FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #52285

Jan 25

Sat

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Biodiversity Hike This month we will be taking a tour of some of Catawba Lands Conservancy properties. Join us to learn about this organization and visit some of their amazing work. Must be able to hike 5 - 7 miles on uneven terrain. FREE

Ages 18 and up

Reedy Creek Nature Center #52289

Jan 25

Sat

9:00am to 4:00pm

Have you ever tried to use a magnetic compass and a topographical map, but still got lost? Then, join us for this 2 day Orienteering Merit Badge and learn how to master the sport of cross-country navigation. Learn the terms, safety aspects, and skills needed to meet the requirements of this badge. Lunch and all equipment provided. Scouts must attend both days to meet all requirements covered in class. Ages 12 and up

$15.00

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Jan 18 Jan 25

Sat Sat

9:00am to 4:00pm 9:00am to 4:00pm

How do squirrels keep warm without mittens? Where do snakes go when it snows? Come discover how all our woodland friends stay nice and cozy during the winter months. We will explore their habitat, and you may even get to meet some of these exciting creatures! All Ages

FREE

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Jan 18

Sat

11:00am to 12:00pm

Nature Art You can always discover beauty in nature, no matter the season. Let’s get outside and build art using natural materials, such as sticks, leaves, and acorns. Use your imagination to create all kinds of structures and shapes. All Ages

FREE

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Jan 19

Sun

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9:00am to 4:00pm 9:00am to 4:00pm 9:00am to 4:00pm 9:00am to 4:00pm

Animals in the Winter

Feeding Frenzy

All Ages

Come and learn how to make your own paper! We will recycle old paper into brand new paper that can be used for note cards and letters. You can bring paper from your own recycling bin to use!

2:00pm to 4:00pm 2:00pm to 4:00pm 2:00pm to 4:00pm 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Winter 2013 - 2014

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2:00pm to 3:00pm

Owls of Mecklenburg County Explore the various owls that call Mecklenburg County home. We will explore their natural history through a classroom presentation. We will then venture out to hike along the trails in search of our fine feathered friends. Must be able to hike 1 mile on uneven terrain. Ages 6 and up

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center #52290

Jan 26

Sun

2:30pm to 4:00pm

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 31, 36 & 40. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Reedy Creek Nature Center Project WILD Project WILD workshops are for adults interested in teaching young people about wildlife. Participants receive the Project WILD K-12 educator guide along with materials specifically about North Carolina wildlife. The educator guide contains more than 150 hands-on activities that focus on wildlife and natural resources. http://www.projectwild.org FREE

Ages 18 and up

Reedy Creek Nature Center #52300

Jan 29

Wed

9:30am to 4:00pm

Weekday Wanderers This month we will be taking a tour of some of Catawba Lands Conservancy properties. Join us to learn about this organization and visit some of their amazing work. Must be able to hike 5 - 7 miles on uneven terrain.

Great Backyard Bird Count Workshop The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place from February 14 - 17. This workshop will give you the information and tools needed to be a participant on your own at home. FREE

Ages 14 and up

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Feb 5

Wed

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Advanced WILD WorkshopsAmphibians Advanced WILD workshops are single-topic programs designed for educators by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Programs concentrate on a particular wildlife species, habitat or natural resource. This Advanced workshop will focus on the amazing world of amphibians! Ages 18 and up

Weekday Wanderers This month we will take our annual trek to the great Uwharrie Mountains! There are always new places to explore in this National Forest that is so close to Charlotte. Must be able to hike 7 - 8 miles on uneven terrain.

FREE

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Feb 19

Wed

4:00pm to 9:00pm

CASP Workshop (Calling Amphibian Survey Program)

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Class will spend time inside learning anuran (frog and toad) ID and ecology and FrogWatch and CASP protocols. We will conclude with an outdoor field study. Dress for the weather, bring a bag dinner, and prepare to learn more about these voices of the night!

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Ages 18 and up

FREE

Ages 18 and up Jan 31

Fri

$10.00

Ages 18 and up

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Feb 7

Fri

10:00am to 5:00pm

9:00am to 4:00pm

Salamanders of Mecklenburg County

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Join a naturalist as we discover the amazing world of Salamanders. The first 30 minutes will be reviewing a power point presentation on the life history of these amazing critters. We will then hit the trails in search of egg masses laid with the late winter rains. Must be able to hike 1 - 2 miles on uneven terrain. Ages 8 and up

FREE

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Feb 1

Sat

2:30pm to 4:00pm

Back In The Day Series: Candle Making Do you know how people lived 200 years ago in Charlotte? We will learn how a family who lived at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve lived without electricity or any modern technology. All Ages

FREE

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Feb 1

Sat

10:30am to 11:30am

Animal Clues

FREE

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Feb 2

Sun

Bird Feeders Come and learn how to turn recycled materials into eco-friendly bird feeders. These bird feeders are easy to make and birds will flock to your one of a kind feeder! Parent participation is encouraged. Ages 6 and up

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Feb 9

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Pioneer Days in the Preseve Experience life in the 1800’s first hand and how life changed the landscape of Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. Experience quilting, rope making, butter making and others, as well as a brisk walk to the historic Robinson Rock House on the property. Learn history the fun way! All Ages #52310

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Feb 15

Sat

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Where do snakes go in the winter? Are all snakes venomous? What do they like to eat? Why do snakes shed their skin? Get up close and personal with snakes at Reedy Creek to answer these questions and more! Parents must be present with their children. All Ages

Winter 2013 - 2014

Feb 16

FREE Sun

Ever cooked dinner in a cardboard box? Come learn how a box oven works and how to build your own. Then, compete for the best oven being judged on style, functionality, and how well it heats up. All supplies are provided. Ages 9 to 12 #52318

$3.00

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Feb 21

Fri

2:30pm to 4:00pm

Biodiversity Hike This month we will take our annual trek to the great Uwharrie Mountains! There are always new places to explore in this National Forest that is so close to Charlotte. Must be able to hike 7 - 8 miles on uneven terrain. Ages 18 and up

$10.00

Reedy Creek Nature Center #52314

FREE

Sssssensational Snakes

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Thu

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FREE

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2:00pm to 3:00pm

Feb 20

Box Oven Construction Competition

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Bring the whole family for this fun discussion of secret animal lives. We’ll take a brief stroll through the preserve in search of clues that animals have left behind. Following our hike, we will warm up inside while discovering more examples of animal evidence. All Ages

FREE

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Feb 22

Sat

9:00am to 5:00pm

Campfire Fun Nothing is better than the warmth of the fire on a cold winter day, especially when there are s’mores!! Join us for a short nature hike that will conclude with the perfect s’more. All Ages

$2.00

Reedy Creek Nature Center #52315

Feb 23

Sun

2:00pm to 3:30pm

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Therapeutic Recreation

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Therapeutic Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Winter 2013 Programs Ages 2 to 4

Just Dance (For those ages 13 to 35 with disabilities)

Young Athletes

Just Dance is a NEW program for individuals ages 13 to 35 with disabilities. Just Dance will provide individuals the opportunity to learn the basic foundational moves of hip-hop dancing along with plenty of free style and fun! Over a six-week session we will learn a group routine and complete a final performance at the end of the program. Classes will be held at the Dance District Studio. For more information, contact Ariel.Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

(For preschool aged children, ages 2 to 4 with disabilities) Various locations

FREE

Young Athletes, in partnership with Special Olympics, started in the Mecklenburg County schools on September 23 and will continue until December 13. Young Athletes is an innovative sports play program for children with intellectual disabilities, intended to introduce them to sports prior to Special Olympics. We are excited for a fun-filled school year! For more information about Young Athletes, please contact Abigail. Wilkerson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or Ariel.Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

Wilderness Bunch (For those ages 16 to 35 with disabilities) Various locations

Ages 3 to 12 Adaptive Karate (For youth ages 3 to 12 with disabilities) This program is geared to introduce karate to children and youth with disabilities aged 3 to 12. Participants will work on listening, cooperation, balance, safety and beginner karate skills while being challenged and encouraged to succeed. Most importantly, they will have fun and burn energy! For additional information, contact Stacey Thomas at 704-432-4326 or Stacey.Thomas@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

Ages 6 to 21

Wilderness Bunch is designed to teach basic skills needed for tent camping and participating in outdoor recreation. Trips include such activities as hiking, kayaking, nature outdoor games, and nature lessons. For more information about Wilderness Bunch, please contact Abigail.Wilkerson@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

Challenger Basketball

(For youth and teens ages 6 to 21 with disabilities) Be a part of Challenger Basketball, a league for youth, teens and young adults aged 6 to 21. Participants will learn ball handling, shooting techniques, offense and defense, and good sportsmanship. For additional information, contact Stacey Thomas at 704-432-4326 or Stacey.Thomas@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

Ages 13 and Up Holiday Crafts & Cooking

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Saturday, Dec 14, 10:00am-1:00pm

age or type of disability, we have

Prepare for the winter holidays by making delightful decorations and great gifts and preparing a light holiday lunch. Learn about cooking skills and healthy food choices while enjoying a social occasion and exercising your creativity! For more information, contact Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

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Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road $15.00

Winter 2013 - 2014

programs that will keep you involved in the community – and having fun!

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Therapeutic Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Winter 2013 Programs Ages 13 and Up, cont. Zumba Gold (For teens to adults, ages 16 and up with disabilities) The Zumba Gold Program is an inclusive workout designed to teach students who are new to a fit and healthy style, students with disabilities and active older adults. The Zumba Gold program addresses the anatomical, physiological and psychological needs specific to the population. Every class feels like a party! Join us to get fit and have a great time! For more information, contact Ariel. Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

Howie’s Café (For adults ages 18 and up with disabilities) Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road $75.00 Saturdays, Jan 18 - Feb 15, 10:00am-1:00pm

Spill Your Beans (For female teens and adults, ages 16 and up with disabilities) Spill Your Beans is a social support group for women ages 16 and up with disabilities. The program provides the opportunity for young women to talk about and gain support for issues they are facing in their lives, such as health and safety, independent living, relationships, friendships and self-esteem. Participants will have the opportunity to choose the topics to discuss each month. For more information, contact Ariel.Kliem@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. For More Information or to Register Visit

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Welcome to Howie’s Cafe, where you are the chefs! Adult participants with developmental disabilities will improve or master basic cooking skills, with an emphasis on attractive food presentation and restaurant-style table serving. Additional skills taught will include kitchen safety and hygiene, making healthy food choices, and proper food handling and storage practices. Fees for this five-week class include all materials and food. For more information, contact Karen.Howard@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

Adult Weekday Programs ((For adults ages 18 and up with disabilities) Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road Popular programs for adults with developmental disabilities continue in the new year! Spend weekday mornings enjoying a variety of instructional classes. From cooking to creative arts, and gardening to sports and fitness, there’s a weekday class for you! New classes begin the second week of January 2014. Contact Karen.Howard@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4325 for more information. Ask about discounts for multiple class registrations.

Winter 2013 - 2014

Paralympic Sports Club ~ Metrolina ~ Paralympic Sport Metrolina offers community-based programs developed to involve youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity, regardless of skill level. Being involved in sports raises self-esteem, increases peer relationships, enhances overall health and improves quality of life.

Get involved today! For more information on Paralympic sport opportunities, contact Jana.McMullen@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.

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Preschool Programs & Activities Athletics Basketball: Start Smart Participants progressively develop motor skills specific to the game of basketball while spending quality time with their parent partner in a fun, non-threatening environment. The program focus is on teaching dribbling, ball handling, passing, catching, shooting, running and agility. The program includes equipment and an award. For more information contact the recreation center listed. Ages 3 to 4 $45.00

Apriendiendo Espanol (Learning Spanish) Learn a new language through interactive games and songs. Let’s have fun with the basics of Spanish, like colors, numbers and shapes. This class is an introductory class to the Spanish language and will transition to understanding and speaking Spanish. Not intended for fluency of language. Please contact TuckaseegeeRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6472. Ages 1 to 5 FREE

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #52453 Ongoing

Mon

10:00am to 11:30am

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #50812 Jan 16-Feb 27 Thu Thu

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Tots Time These sessions will consist of learning the fundamentals of gymnastics and the techniques to improve fitness, mental focus and fun. Let us help lay the foundation for your child’s physical well-being and regular exercise. For more information contact Revolution Park Sports Academy at 704-432-4963. Ages 2 to 5 $2.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #51790 Mar 17-Apr 21 Mon 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cultural Arts Sponge Painting Get messy and creative with paint. This is a parent-guided class. Clothing may get stained; please dress appropriately. For more information, contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4811. Ages 3 to 6 $2.00

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Fri Fri Fri

10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am

Tue 10:30am to 11:30am Tue 10:30am to 11:30am Tue 10:30am to 11:30am

Creative Hands

#52463 Ongoing

Mon

10:00am to 11:00am

Little Tykes Art

#52369 Ongoing Tue & Thu 10:00am to 11:00am

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. For more information contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 3 to 4 $45.00

Dec 3-17 Jan 7-28 Feb 4-25

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center

Revolution Park Sports Academy

Soccer: Little Ray Indoor Fun League

Elon Recreation Center #50216 #50217 #50218

Have fun learning and painting while making theme related crafts. This is a creative art program designed to allow your children to make art their way. They will learn how to glue, color, paint, cut and design art according to how they see it. Contact Tuckaseegee Recreation Center at 704-432-6472 or TuckaseegeeRecreationCenter@ mecklenburgcountync.gov. Ages 1 to 5 $1.00

5:30pm to 6:30pm

Berewick Recreation Center #51808 Jan 9-Feb 13

Dance: Ballet You remember their first steps, she’ll remember her first plié; 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 $40.00

Preschool Dance AcademyTutu Toddlers Children will learn proper ballet techniques, positions and movements appropriate for age, level and style. All children are required to wear a leotard and tights each week to class. For more information, contact BerewickRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4934. Ages 3 to 4 $40.00

Have fun learning and creating while making crafts. For more information, contact the recreation center listed below. Ages 2 to 6 $3.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50330 Dec 2 #50331 Dec 16 #50332 Jan 6 #50333 Jan 20 #50334 Feb 3 #50335 Feb 17

Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

Berewick Recreation Center #51819 Feb 6-Apr 3

Thu

4:30pm to 5:00pm

Preschool Dance AcademyTapping Toddlers Children will learn proper tap dance techniques, positions and movements appropriate for age, level and style. All children are required to wear a leotard and tights and must provide and wear tap shoes each week. For more information, contact BerewickRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4934. Ages 3 to 4 $40.00

Berewick Recreation Center #51820 Feb 6-Apr 3

Winter 2013 - 2014

Thu

5:00pm to 5:30pm

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Preschool Programs & Activities Little Tykes Painting

Mommy and Me Art

RAY’s Junior Explorers

Get messy and creative with paint. Clothing may get stained; please dress appropriately. Parent-guided class. For more information, contact the recreation center listed. Ages 2 to 5 $2.00

Enjoy getting a bit messy and very creative with your toddler in this fun-filled class! Each week, children will have a new experience using various art materials and create pint-sized masterpieces. Dress for a mess! For more information, contact BerewickRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 2 to 4 $60.00

Calling all kids! Join Ray’s Jr. Explorers for a learning adventure. Join us on the first Friday of each month for Ray’s Jr. Explorers education series and the third Friday of the month for the story time series. New to this program is our Nature Series! For more information contact MallardCreekRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 2 to 6 $2.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

Berewick Recreation Center

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

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#51823 Jan 16-Feb 20 Thu 10:30am to 11:15am

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #51273 Dec 18 #51274 Jan 15 #51275 Feb 19

Wed Wed Wed

Dec 17 Jan 14 Jan 28 Feb 11 Feb 25

Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

Music Together of Charlotte 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. Ages 5 mo to 6 yrs $190.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #50832 Ongoing Contact instructor for schedule

RAY’s Education #50356 Dec 6 #50357 Jan 3 #50358 Feb 28 RAY’s Story Time #50359 Dec 20 #50360 Jan 17 #50361 Feb 21 RAY’s Nature #52347 Dec 13 #52348 Jan 10 #52349 Feb 7

Fri Fri Fri

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

Fri Fri Fri

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

Fri Fri Fri

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

RAY’s Story Time

Mini Chefs Children will have fun getting messy while following recipes and creating healthy foods. Parent participation required. Note that meat and dairy products are sometimes used in the class. For more information, contact the recreation center listed. Ages 3 to 6 $4.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #51374 #51375 #51377 #51378 #51379 #51380 #51381 #51383 #51384 #51385 #51386

Dec 11 Dec 25 Jan 8 Jan 22 Feb 12 Feb 26 Dec 10 Jan 14 Jan 28 Feb 11 Feb 25

Wed Wed Wed Wed Wed Wed Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue

11:30am to 12:30pm 11:30am to 12:30pm 11:30am to 12:30pm 11:30am to 12:30pm 11:30am to 12:30pm 11:30am to 12:30pm 6:30pm to 7:30pm 6:30pm to 7:30pm 6:30pm to 7:30pm 6:30pm to 7:30pm 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #51659 Dec 18 #51661 Jan 15 #51660 Feb 12

Wed Wed Wed

10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am

Mallard Creek Recreation Center Ages 2 to 6 #50347 Dec 12 #50348 Dec 12 #50349 Jan 9 #50350 Jan 9 #50351 Feb 13 #50352 Feb 13

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Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu

10:00am to 11:00am 11:15am to 12:15pm 10:00am to 11:00am 11:15am to 12:15pm 10:00am to 11:00am 11:15am to 12:15am

Participants will engage in many creative activities such as music time and story time, and show off their creative skills. Parents will also be encouraged to engage in their child’s activities. Pre-registration Required. For more information, please contact ElonRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or 704-540-2426. Ages 3 to 5 $2.00

Elon Recreation Center #50121 #50122 #50123 #50124 #50125 #50126

Dec 9 Dec 23 Jan 13 Jan 27 Feb 10 Feb 24

Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 31, 36 & 40. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

Winter 2013 - 2014

Tiny Tots Story Time Enjoy an hour of interactive story time followed by an arts and craft activity. Creativity will come alive as social skills are developed. Ages 2 to 5

FREE

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #51270 Dec 13 #51271 Jan 10 #51272 Feb 7

Fri Fri Fri

10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am

NCDT School of Dance: Creative Movement In a fun and encouraging environment, students explore musicality, rhythm, creativity and movement through space. This class introduces age appropriate stretching, basic strengthening, balance, motor skill development and coordination. For more information or to register visit: www.ncdance. org/earlydivision. Ages 3 to 4

$65.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #50863 Ongoing

Sat

9:30am to 10:15am

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Preschool Programs & Activities Educational Programs Bricks For Kidz Children will be engaged with building models based on the letters of the alphabet and animals. Each week brings new models and new challenges to build while children work on letter recognition, patterning, counting, colors, and fine motor skills. For more information contact BerewickRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 3 to 5 $70.00

Berewick Recreation Center #51837 Jan 10-Feb 28

Fri

10:30am to 11:15am

Tuck’s Tot’s Join other preschoolers as we explore music, sight words, reading, letter recognition, colors and shapes. Children have fun playing, learning and growing. For more information please contact TuckaseegeeRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6472. Ages 3 to 5 FREE

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #52497 Ongoing

Tue

10:00am to 11:00am

Wild Wednesdays Children will explore stories, crafts, science, engineering and fitness throughout this exciting class. Each week brings a new adventure of projects! Class has a rotating schedule; call 704-432-4934 for class schedule. Ages 3 to 5 $2.00

Berewick Recreation Center #51863

Jan 8-Feb 26 Wed 10:30am to 11:15am

Fitness and Wellness Homeschool Pre-K P.E.

Young Energetic Scholars Join other preschoolers as we explore games, fun and arts and crafts together. For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-392-7452. Ages 3 to 5 FREE

Southview Recreation Center #51175 Dec 3-17 #51176 Jan 7-28 #51177 Feb 4-25

Tue Tue Tue

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

Sight Words Galore Come enjoy learning with friends and see the world in a whole new light. This program is designed to help toddlers identify words through interactive games, memorization and letter recognition. For more information please contact TuckaseegeeRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6472. Ages 3 to 5 FREE

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #52494 Ongoing

Thu

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50420 Jan 6-May 12 Mon 12:00pm to 12:50pm

Tots will use their endless energy to engage in structured activities designed to enhance motor skills, balance, hand-eye coordination and overall fitness. Parent participation is required. For more information, contact the recreation center listed. Ages 2 to 5 $1.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #51267 #51268 #51269

Dec 4 Jan 22 Feb 5

Wed 10:00am to 10:45am Wed 10:00am to 10:45am Wed 10:00am to 10:45am

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50336 #50337 #50338 #50340 #50341

Dec 3 Dec 17 Jan 7 Feb 11 Feb 25

Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue

9:00am to 9:30am 9:00am to 9:30am 9:00am to 9:30am 9:00am to 9:30am 9:00am to 9:30am

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Winter 2013 - 2014

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #51563 #51564 #51565

Dec 3-31 Jan 7-28 Feb 4-25

Tue 10:30am to 11:30am Tue 10:30am to 11:30am Tue 10:30am to 11:30am

Ray Sports Play Participants will be engaged in mini sports games that will help develop motor skills. We will also have some free play with equipment that is age appropriate. Parents will also be encouraged to participate in activities with their children. Pre-registration required. For more information, please contact ElonRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or 704-540-2426. Ages 3 to 5 $2.00

Elon Recreation Center

Ray Fit Play

For More Information or to Register Visit

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10:00am to 11:00am

This program gives the participant the opportunity to participate in a traditional P.E. class while meeting new friends. For more information, contact MallardCreekRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-548-8234. Ages 4 to 5 $50.00

Ray Play II Designed to keep children active as they develop cognitive, social, physical and emotional skills. Preschoolers and parents will learn, explore and interact with age appropriate equipment. (No class Dec. 24) Ages 2 to 5 $10.00

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Dec 2 Dec 16 Jan 6 Jan 20 Feb 3 Feb 17

Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

Tots on the Move Program focuses on helping young children enhance their gross and fine motor skills and use all senses in learning. This is done with projects, sports, group play activities, and free play. Children will also learn to make decisions, cooperate, take turns with others, practice listening, explore their environment, express themselves, and understand and handle their feelings. For more information, contact the recreation center listed. Ages 3 to 5 FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51949 Ongoing

Wed

10:00am to 11:00am

Southview Recreation Center #51172 Ongoing

Thu

10:00am to 11:00am

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Preschool Programs & Activities Holiday Activities Holiday Workshops Create holiday crafts while meeting community friends and celebrating the upcoming season. Instructions provided for a seasonal craft that participants can ‘Make and Take.’ For more information, contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4811. Ages 3 to 6 $2.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #51597 Dec 17

Tue

10:30am to 11:30am

Santa is Coming to Town The jolly one is making a stop at RAY’s Playhouse. Join us for crafts, pictures and fun. For more information, contact WallacePruittRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6775. Ages 2 to 6 $2.00

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center #52146 Dec 20

Fri

10:00am to 12:00pm

Cookies and Crafts with Santa Kids will enjoy making Christmas crafts, eating holiday cookies, reading a Christmas Story and having a special visit from Old Saint Nick! Ages 2 to 6 $3.00

Berewick Recreation Center #51813

Dec 20

Fri

10:30am to 11:15am

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50354 #50355

Dec 19 Dec 19

Thu 10:00am to 11:00am Thu 11:15am to 12:15pm

Valentine’s Day Craft Celebrate your love for your child and Valentine’s Day with a special preschool Valentine craft. You and your preschooler will have fun and learn by doing heart crafts and more. For more information, contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4811. Ages 2 to 6 $2.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #51609 Feb 11

Tue

10:30am to 11:30am

Heart Day Celebration Celebrate Valentine’s Day by enjoying a heart healthy snack, making a Valentine craft and exchanging Valentines. Parent participation is required. Please bring 11 Valentines to exchange. Ages 2 to 6 $3.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50353 Feb 14

Get Going Guide

Fri

10:00am to 11:00am

Social Activities Preschool Open Gym A time for preschoolers and their parents to come out and enjoy playing with assorted equipment during open gym time. Parent participation is required. Ages 1 to 6 FREE

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

#50464 Dec 2-30 #50465 Jan 6-27 #50466 Feb 3-24

Mon 1:30pm to 3:00pm Mon 1:30pm to 3:00pm Mon 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Ray’s Playhouse In this ongoing class, families are encouraged to interact and have fun in our Youth Activity Room. Enjoy age appropriate toys and get your child ready for school through play. Parent involvement required. For ages 6 and under. Hours subject to change due to rentals and programs. For more information, contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4811. Ages 6 and Under $1.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #50902 Ongoing Mon-Fri

Character Parties

12:00pm to 5:30pm

Join us as we visit with some of our favorite characters. As preschoolers develop their socialization skills, they will also enjoy fun and creative character themed activities. Parents are required to stay for the program. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-4803. Ages 2 to 6 $6.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #50815 #50817

Jan 23 Feb 27

Thu Thu

5:30pm to 6:30pm 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Ray Play Make new friends and play with a variety of interactive, age appropriate toys and games. Parent participation required. Ages 2 to 6 $2.00

The cool place for preschoolers to visit or to have a birthday party! Features five great sites with different amenities. Visit and play for just $2.00 or less per visit - or rent the playroom for a party for only $41.00/hour!

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50342 Dec 5 #50343 Jan 2 #50344 Jan 16 #50345 Feb 6 #50346 Feb 20

Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu

10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am 10:30am to 11:30am

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center Christmas Stations #51650 Dec 3 Tue Kwanzaa #51651 Dec 10 Tue Christmas Play #51652 Dec 17 Tue New Year’s Celebration #51653 Jan 7 Tue MLK Day of Service #51654 Jan 14 Tue National Bird Day #51655 Jan 21 Tue Black History Month #51656 Feb 4 Tue Valentine’s Day #51657 Feb 11 Tue President’s Day #51658 Feb 18 Tue Endangered Animals Day #51662 Feb 25 Tue

Winter 2013 - 2014

10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm

Berewick Recreation Center 5910 Dixie River Road, Charlotte, NC 28278

10:00am to 12:00pm

704-432-4934

10:00am to 12:00pm

Hickory Grove Recreation Center 6709 Pence Road, Charlotte, NC 28215

10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm

704-432-4811 Mallard Creek Recreation Center 2530 Johnston-Oehler Road, Charlotte, NC 28269

704-548-8234 Southview Recreation Center 1720 Vilma Street, Charlotte, NC 28208

704-392-7452 Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center 440 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28208

704-432-6775

10:00am to 12:00pm

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Elementary Programs & Activities 4-H

Athletics

4-H Health & Fitness Join the 4-H group to learn about staying healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle using health projects and activities. Curriculum provided by the National 4-H Cooperative. Ages 6 to 11 FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51584 #51587

Jan 17 Feb 14

Fri Fri

4-H Recreation Center Clubs

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #51516 #51517 #51518 #51519

Dec 12 Jan 8 Jan 23 Feb 27

Thu Wed Thu Thu

4:00pm to 6:00pm 4:00pm to 6:00pm 4:00pm to 6:00pm 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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 704-432-4335. Ages 6 to 17 $2.00

Marion Diehl Recreation Center #50741

Ongoing

Fri

Tom Sykes Recreation Center

4:00pm to 5:00pm 4:00pm to 5:00pm

4-H clubs expose youth to science, social activities, civic and community service. Ages 5 to 12 FREE

11:00am to 1:00pm

#50799 Dec 4-Jan 22 Wed

Baseball Hitting Clinic Youth will learn proper skills and techniques through innovative and situational drills. Ages 8 to 12 $5.00

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center #51504 #51505 #51506 #51507 #51508

Jan 31 Feb 7 Feb 14 Feb 21 Feb 28

Fri Fri Fri Fri Fri

6:00pm to 7:30pm 6:00pm to 7:30pm 6:00pm to 7:30pm 6:00pm to 7:30pm 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Charlotte Cheer Elite Cheer & Gymnastics Ongoing Program: Get Ready for the Next Level! Our dynamic cheer staff is eager to provide challenging instruction in gymnastics, cheer motions, jumps, stunts and dance. We offer the opportunity to participate on our competition teams. For more information, contact Latoya Cornish at 704-241-1871 or visit www.charlottecheerelite.com. Ages 6 to 12 $10.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #50476

Ongoing

Mon

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cheerleading This program offers youth the opportunity to learn the fundamental skills and teamwork needed to be a cheerleader. Ages 4 to 17 $65.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #51835 Oct 7-Dec 23 Mon

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #52373 Nov 11-Jan 27 Mon

After School Programs Leaders in Training This program focuses on tutoring, character building and hands-on activities. Youth will be engaged through various speakers, projects and field trips to create a fun and exciting adventure while interacting with friends. Ages 6 to 11 $55.00/month

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #51598

Ongoing Mon-Fri 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Get Going Guide

Golf: Start Smart- Introductory This developmentally appropriate program teaches children golf using fun and age appropriate equipment from SNAG® that can be used anywhere. The program prepares children for traditional golf without competition or the fear of failure. For more information, contact the recreation center listed. Ages 6 to 9 $55.00

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #51530 Nov 1-Dec 17 Tue

6:15pm to 7:15pm

2:45pm to 4:30pm

Y.I. Get Buckets Take part in basketball activities that include skills and drills, competitions, and more! For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-392-7452. Ages 10 to 11 FREE

Southview Recreation Center #50875

Ongoing

Tue

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Cultural Arts 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 843-441-8803, www. dancemufukaworks.com, or mufukaworks@ gmail.com. Ages 8 to 11 $6.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #50507

Ongoing

Sat

9:00am to 10:00am

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.gov or 704-432-4803. Ages 5 to 10 $4.00

Serve It Up Tennis Class

Tom Sykes Recreation Center

No experience necessary! Students receive 8 weeks of tennis instruction, match play and weekly homework. All equipment is provided. For more information or to register, please log on to serveituptennisacademy.com. Ages 5 to 10 $65.00

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Berewick Recreation Center #51831 Jan 19-Feb 23 Sun

Winter 2013 - 2014

1:30pm to 2:30pm

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Dec 3 Dec 17 Jan 7 Feb 4

Tue Tue Tue Tue

2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm

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Elementary Programs & Activities Broadway Mini Actors

Arts and Crafts – Christmas Crafts

Children will learn the basics of acting through arts and crafts, activities, games and performing plays. Participants and the teacher create a class play; children come up with the setting, problem, characters and the solution, and the teacher creates a custom play for the children to perform for family and friends. Each child gets their own script to take home and practice weekly. Children are encouraged to memorize their lines, but it is not required. During class time, children rehearse lines, stage directions and create set pieces to enhance their performance. Children perform during the last week of class at normal class time. For more information, contact BerewickRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 6 to 11 $45.00

Participants will have the opportunity to get creative and make Christmas and winter themed crafts: ornaments, snowmen, lanterns and more! Students will be picked up directly from school dismissal or afterschool. For more information, contact BerewickRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4934. Ages 5 to 11 $8.00

Berewick Recreation Center #51821

Dec 9

Mon

3:00pm to 4:30pm

Arts and Crafts – Valentine’s Day Crafts Participants will have the opportunity to get creative and make Valentine’s Day themed crafts: heart frames, stained glass and wind chimes. Students will be picked up directly from school dismissal or afterschool. For more information, contact BerewickRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4934. Ages 5 to 11 $8.00

Berewick Recreation Center

Berewick Dance Academy Elementary

Berewick Recreation Center

Children will be exposed to various dance forms through this program. Ages 5 to 6 $40.00

#51822

Berewick Recreation Center

Feb 10

Mon

3:00pm to 4:30pm

#51812 Feb 4-Apr 1

Tue

5:30pm to 6:30pm

Budding Ballerinas Children will learn proper Ballet techniques, positions and movements appropriate for age and level of children. Children are required to wear a leotard, tights and ballet shoes weekly to class.

#51814

Feb 6-Apr 3 Thu

5:30pm to 6:00pm

Tiny Tappers Children will learn proper tap techniques, positions and movements appropriate for age and level. Children are required to wear a leotard, tights and tap shoes weekly to class.

#51815

Feb 6-Apr 3 Thu

6:00pm to 6:30pm

Jazz’n Juniors

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 31, 36 & 40. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

Get Going Guide

Children will learn proper jazz techniques, positions and movements appropriate for age and level. Children are required to wear a leotard, tights and ballet/jazz shoes weekly to class.

#51816

Feb 6-Apr 3 Thu

6:30pm to 7:00pm

Beginning Ballet

Feb 6-Apr 3 Thu

7:00pm to 7:30pm

Beginning Tap Children will learn proper tap techniques, positions and movements appropriate for age and level. Children are required to wear a leotard, tights and tap shoes weekly to class.

#51818

Winter 2013 - 2014

Feb 6-Apr 3 Thu

Learn cheers, chants and dance routines! Recreational and competition classes available! Prepare for school tryouts! There is an $8.00 registration fee. For more information, contact Young Champions at 980-237-4738. Ages 4 to 12 $7.00/class

Berewick Recreation Center #51833

7:30pm to 8:00pm

Ongoing

Tue

5:45pm to 7:30pm

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #50896

Ongoing

Wed

5:30pm to 8:30pm

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50458

Children will learn proper ballet techniques, positions and movements appropriate for age and level of children. Children are required to wear a leotard, tights and ballet shoes weekly to class.

#51817

Cheerleading

Ongoing

Tue

5:30pm to 8:30pm

Creative Expressions Join us as we explore and enjoy making art! Students will build their art skills as they develop their own artistic voices making unique works. For more information, contact BerewickRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 6 to 9 $75.00

Berewick Recreation Center #51859 Jan 13-Mar 3 Mon

4:00pm to 5:00pm

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Elementary Programs & Activities Hip-Hop: Permanent Structure Come learn hip-hop moves in a structured, fun and upbeat environment. Age appropriate routines are put together to a variety of old and new school music, and will be showcased at public events. Ages 7 to 10 $8.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51606

Ongoing

Thu

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Fitness and Wellness Karate Kids Students will learn self-confidence, discipline and physical fitness through lessons from a certified martial arts instructor. All Ages FREE

Southview Recreation Center #50967 Ongoing Wed

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Sky Hy Step Team

Dance: Making a Difference Everywhere (M.A.D.E.) M.A.D.E. Today provides fun and structured classes that will help your child learn the basics of ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz and cheer. Financial aid is available. For more information and costs, contact Eiesha Williamson at 704-333-4062. Ages 6 and older $55.00

Elon Recreation Center #50210

Ongoing

Thu

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Tue

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Ray’s Splash Planet #51904

Ongoing

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #51443

Ongoing

Mon

5:00pm to 6:00pm

March, dance, drum and compete in step shows, contests and community events with the beat of learning discipline, self-esteem and having fun. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 9 to 11 $55.00

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #51578 Ongoing Mon&Wed 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Dance: Creative Expressions Develop creative expression! Popular with boys and girls! This is a fun, high energy class! Come learn pom, hip-hop, funk and dance techniques! There is an $8.00 registration fee. For more information, contact Young Champions of America at 980-237-4738. Ages 4 to 18 $7.00/class

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50455

Mufuka Works African Drumming

Albemarle Road Recreation Center Ongoing

Fri

5:15pm to 6:15pm

Mufuka Works Ballet Come join Mufuka Works Ballet, where students focus on correct body alignment and ballet technique as a vehicle to tell human life stories in dance education and performance. For more information, contact Elsie Mufuka at 843-441-8803, www.dancemufukaworks.com, or mufukaworks@gmail.com. Ages 6 to 11 $6.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51251

Ongoing

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Wed

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Educational Programs

Come enjoy African drumming where students will be provided with the drum techniques from the Ashiko (West African Drum) as a vehicle to tell human life stories in drum education and performance. For more information, contact Elsie Mufuka at 843441-8803, www.dancemufukaworks.com, or mufukaworks@gmail.com. Ages 6 to 11 $6.00 #51203

Ongoing

6:15pm to 7:15pm

Academy of Achievers Join us for activities that will encourage academic growth and achievement. For more information, contact Kiana.Brooks@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-392-7452. Ages 6 to 11 FREE

Southview Recreation Center #50830

Feb 12

Wed

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Young Writers Academy Classes offer fun and engaging creative writing skills that increase the participants love for and skill in writing. Students will create a stage play and act it out, uncover the secret world of a detective before developing an original mystery, report on news for a TV show, develop an art and poetry book and much more.... come on an adventure with us. For more information and to register, visit www.YoungWritersAcademy.com or call 704-779-0232. Ages 8 to 13 $122.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50062 Jan 7-Mar 11 Tue

Winter 2013 - 2014

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Karate Kidz2 Learn discipline, karate techniques and form from a certified karate instructor. Ages 7 to 17 FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #51362

Ongoing

Tue

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #51440

Ongoing

Mon

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Home School P.E. - K-5th Grades This program gives children the opportunity to participate in a traditional P.E. class while meeting new friends. For more information, contact MallardCreekRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-548-8234. Ages 5 to 10 $50.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50421 Jan 6-May 12 Mon 11:00am to 11:50am

Self Defense Learn physical self-defense skills! Receive safety awareness education! Earn your Black Belt! There is an $8.00 registration fee. For more information, contact Young Champions at 980-237-4738. Ages 5 to 11 $7.00/Class

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #50891

Ongoing

Mon

5:00pm to 8:30pm

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51566

Ongoing

Tue

5:30pm to 8:45pm

Berewick Recreation Center #52286

Ongoing

Sat 11:30am to 1:45pm

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50461

Ongoing

Thu

6:00pm to 8:30pm

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Elementary Programs & Activities Holiday Activities Reindeer Games This class is a series of games involving reindeer skills. Three or more events make up the reindeer games and the reindeer with the best skills gets a special prize. For more information, contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-3048. Ages 6 to 14 FREE

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #52185

Dec 18

Wed

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Wacky Holidays: Ginger Bread House Day Children will participate in making their own Ginger Bread Houses to take home. Pre-registration and parent participation is required. For more information, contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-4580. Ages 5 to 8 $2.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #52545

Dec 12

Thu

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Children will create and put together their own puzzles, while participating in solving various types of puzzles. Pre-registration and parent participation is required. For more information, contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-4580. Ages 5 to 8 $2.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center Dec 12

Thu

Children will hear a short story of Saint Valentine, make a fun holiday craft and enjoy a heart healthy snack. Pre-registration and parent participation is required. For more information, contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4580. Ages 5 to 8 $2.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #52547

Feb 14

Fri

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Wacky Holidays: Kid’s Invention Showcase Children, show off your creativity through an innovative invention you have and go against your peers. Let’s see who is the next Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla or Leonardo DaVinci. Prize awarded for the best invention. Preregistration is required. For more information, contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4580. Ages 8 to 12 $2.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #52548

Jan 17

Fri

5:00pm to 7:30pm

School Day Out (CMS)

Wacky Holidays: National Puzzle Day

#52546

Wacky Holidays: Heart Day Celebration

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Come Out & Play Stay active on school days out by participating in fun sports throughout the year. For more information, contact MethodistHomeRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6455 Ages 7 to 12 $10.00

Methodist Home Recreation Center #51195 #51198 #51200 #51201 #51202

Nov 1 Dec 23 Jan 21 Feb 17 Mar 31

Fri Mon Tue Mon Mon

1:30pm to 4:30pm 1:30pm to 4:30pm 1:30pm to 4:30pm 1:30pm to 4:30pm 1:30pm to 4:30pm

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 the recreation center listed. Ages 8 to 14 $10.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #51524 #51525 #51526 #51527 #51528

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Dec 30 Dec 31 Jan 21 Feb 17 Feb 18

Mon Tue Tue Mon Tue

8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm

Out of School PLAY Days Children will participate in a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, 4-H activities, sports/fitness, group games and take a field trip! Field trip will be 1/2 day to local places. Parents are to provide a lunch and 2 snacks per day. For more information, contact the recreation center listed. Ages 5 to 12 Various Fees

Berewick Recreation Center #51919 #51920 #51921 #51922

Dec 30 Dec 31 Jan 2 Jan 3

Mon Tue Thu Fri

9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center Out of School - PLAY Day #52376 Dec 31 Tue #52380 Jan 20 Mon

9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm

Hickory Grove Recreation Center Ages 9 to 12 #51629 Dec 23

Mon 12:30pm to 5:30pm

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #51276 #51277 #51278 #51279 #51280 #51281 #51282 #51283 #51284

Dec 23 Dec 30 Dec 31 Jan 2 Jan 3 Jan 20 Jan 21 Feb 17 Feb 18

Mon Mon Tue Thu Fri Mon Tue Mon Tue

8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50731 #50732

Jan 2 Jan 3

Thu Fri

7:30am to 5:30pm 7:30am to 5:30pm

Play the Day Away School’s out and all we want to do is play. We will enjoy arts and crafts, games, adventures and more. For more information, contact the recreation center listed. Ages 5 to 10 Various Fees

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #50802 #50803 #50804 #50805 #50806 #50807 #50808 #50809

Dec 27 Dec 30 Jan2 Jan 3 Jan 20 Jan 21 Feb 17 Feb 18

Fri Mon Thu Fri Mon Tue Mon Tue

9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center #52152 #52156 #52211 #52212 #52213

Dec 27 Dec 30 Jan 2 Jan 3 Jan 21

Fri Mon Thu Fri Tue

9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm

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Elementary Programs & Activities Social Activities Brain Teasers It is always good to learn about our brains and to exercise them. Join us as we tackle some of the toughest brain teasers. For more information, contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4811. Ages 8 to 12 FREE

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #51557

Jan 30

Thu

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Excel Mentoring for Boys Males will participate in a weekly mentoring session that will include social, educational and outdoor activities. For more information, contact AlbemarleRoadRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-567-1941. Ages 6 to 12 FREE

School Day Out

Albemarle Road Recreation Center

Come and join us for a day of fun filled activities, games and trips! For more information, contact us at 704-567-1941 or AlbemarleRoadRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 5 to 12 $20.00

#51196

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #52265 #51912 #51913

Dec 23 Jan 27 Feb 17

Mon 11:00am to 4:00pm Mon 11:00am to 5:00pm Mon 11:00am to 4:00pm

Winter Break Basketball Skills Camp Gain the competitive edge over your peers while staying in the gym and continuing to work hard through winter break. For more information, contact the recreation center listed. Ages 6 to 12 $10.00

Ongoing

Mon

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Fort Building Using teamwork and engineering skills, participants will design a template for their forts and build them together with materials gathered from around the facility. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803. Ages 5 to 10 $4.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #50784 #50785 #50786 #50787 #50788

Dec 9 Jan 13 Jan 27 Feb 10 Feb 24

Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon

2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm

Games Galore An opportunity to play cards, board games, video games and make new friends. For more information, contact the recreation center listed. Ages 7 to 15 FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #51337 Ongoing

Tue & Thu 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #51287 #51286 #51522 #51523 #51288

Dec 4 Jan 9 Jan 29 Feb 5 Feb 13

Wed Thu Wed Wed Thu

4:00pm to 6:00pm 4:00pm to 6:00pm 4:00pm to 6:00pm 4:00pm to 6:00pm 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Girl Scouts Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential and relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect. It develops values to guide actions and provides the foundation for sound decision making, as well as contributes to the improvement of society using abilities, leadership skills and cooperation with others. For more information, contact the recreation center listed. Ages 5 to 11

FREE

Berewick Recreation Center #52111 #52120

Ongoing Ongoing

Wed Sun

5:00pm to 7:00pm 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Hickory Grove Recreation Center Girl Scouts: Daisy #50172 Ongoing

Sat

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Winget School Recreation Site #52133

Ongoing

Mon

2:30pm to 4:30pm

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #51538

Ongoing

Fri

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51915

Dec 30

Mon

9:00am to 2:00pm

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #51621 Dec 30-Jan 3 Mon,Tue,Thu,Fri 8:00am to 12:00pm

Winter Break Camp Take part in various activities including arts and crafts, gingerbread contests, fitness, games and fun! For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 6 to 11 $1.00

Southview Recreation Center #50878

Dec 23-24

Mon-Tue 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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Elementary Programs & Activities Interactive Gaming

Sizzling Sports Afternoons!

Sharpen your skills through playing the latest interactive video games. Interactive Gaming meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month and requires pre-registration. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803. Ages 5 to 10 $4.00

Participants will have fun learning the basics of a different sport each week. Soccer, football, basketball and nontraditional sports will be explored. This program meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month and preregistration is required. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803.

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #50793 #50794 #50795 #50797 #50798

Dec 5 Dec 19 Jan 16 Feb 6 Feb 20

Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu

2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm

Game of S.K.A.T.E - at Grayson SkatePark Join us every Friday for a fun and friendly game of S.K.A.T.E. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 6 to 11

$4.00

Ages 5 to 10

Skate Park Programs

$2.00/$5.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center

Grayson SkatePark

#50789 #50790 #51728 #50791 #50792

#51940

Dec 12 Jan 9 Jan 23 Feb 13 Feb 27

Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu

2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm

Ongoing

Fri

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Youth Fun Time Supervised activities include group games, minute to win it competitions, snacks, arts and crafts, guest speakers and more. For more information, contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov at 704-432-4811. Ages 8 to 12

FREE

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #51532

Jan 16

Thu

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Happy Heart Girls A social activities program introducing young females to a variety of activities and encouraging developmental growth through socialization skills. For more information, contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4580.

Lego Engineering

Ages 6 to 11

Learn by making things while developing creative, social and expressive skills. We will work together to build cool projects. Limited spots available! Lego Engineering meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays and the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month and requires pre-registration. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803.

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center

Ages 5 to 10

$4.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #50780 #50781 #50782 #50783 #50775 #50776 #50777 #50778 #50779

Dec 2 Dec 16 Jan 6 Feb 3 Dec 10 Jan 14 Jan 28 Feb 11 Feb 25

Mon Mon Mon Mon Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue

2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm 2:45pm to 4:30pm

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#52542 #52543 #52544

$1.00 Dec 8 Jan 12 Feb 9

Sat Sat Sat

2:00pm to 3:00pm 2:00pm to 3:00pm 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 31, 36 & 40. Phone and Web registration requires

Group Skate Lessons at Grayson SkatePark Sessions are designed to introduce participants to the basics of skateboarding. Topics will include: safety, foot position and making transitions to build confidence. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 6 to 11

$55.00

Grayson SkatePark #51937 #51938 #51939

Dec 7-28 Jan 4-25 Feb 1-22

Sat 9:00am to 10:00am Sat 9:00am to 10:00am Sat 9:00am to 10:00am

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Teen Programs & Activities After School Programs Leaders in Training: Afterschool High School Our afterschool program focuses on tutoring, character building and hands-on activities. Youth will be engaged by various speakers, projects and field trips to create a fun and exciting adventure while enjoying friends. Ages 15 to 18 $55.00/month

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #51583 Dec 2-Feb 28 Mon-Fri 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Basketball: Kings of the Court Designed to give teens an opportunity to enjoy basketball in a friendly environment. If you enjoy playing the game, this program is for you! For more information, contact the recreation center listed. Ages 12 to 17 FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center Ongoing

Fri

Participants will be able to participate in a gatorball clinic where they can work on their football and soccer skills. There will be fun drills to help develop skills for the game. Our goal is to develop teams for league play. For more information, contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov at 704-432-4811. Ages 12 to 16 FREE

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #51562

Jan 21

Tue

3:00pm to 6:00pm

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #51204 Ongoing Tue,Thu,Fri 3:00pm to 5:30pm

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center

These workshops will provide athletes assistance with completing a college application and will assist with finding and applying for college scholarships, as well as prepping for the SAT and ACT tests. Ages 14 to 18 FREE

Revolution Park Sports Academy Application Assitance #50322 Jan 18 Sat SAT/ACT Prep (Math) #50323 Feb 8 Sat SAT/ACT Prep (Vocabulary) #50324 Feb 22 Sat

9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm

Afro Russe Everybody Dance This program is designed to inspire, build strong character, and give students an allaround cultural and dance experience by fusing African, Ballet, and Contemporary dance. For more information, contact Elsie Mufuka at 843-441-8803, www. dancemufukaworks.com, or mufukaworks@ gmail.com. Ages 12 to 14 $1.00 registration, $6.00/class, $18.00/mo.

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #50513 Dec 7-Feb 22 Sat 11:15am to 12:15pm

Marion Diehl Recreation Center #51353 Dec 1-Feb 16 Sun

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Southview Recreation Center #50818

Dec 4-Feb 26

Wed 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Piano lessons available for all ages and skill levels by appointment. For more information, contact Amouel Brackett at amouel@aol.com or 704-965-1235. Ages 5 and older $18.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #50821 Dec 2-Feb 26 Mon-Wed 4:30pm to 8:30pm

Sky Hy Step and Drill Team Ongoing: March, dance, drum, and compete in step shows, contests and community events. Learn discipline, gain self-esteem and have fun. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 12 to 18 $55.00

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center

Cultural Arts

Participants will gain the optimal skill set and athletic ability to be able to perform at their highest potential! For more information, contact Scotty10scott@aim.com or 704-287-2755. Ages 13 to 19 $20.00

Participants learn how to put feelings into words, and express thoughts and emotions through expressive writing. For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-392-7452. Ages 12 to 17 FREE

Music: Piano Lessons

#51628 Dec 4-Feb 28 Wed,Thu,Fri 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Basketball: Scott’s Creation Skills Clinics

Poetry: Express Yourself Poetry Team

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Track & Field: Facilitating Excellence and Enrichment Development

Athletics

#50575

Gatorball Experience

Dance: Hip Hop Participants will learn various dance techniques. For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-392-7452. Ages 12 to 17 FREE

Southview Recreation Center #50955 Dec 3-Feb 25 Tue

5:30pm to 7:00pm

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#51577 Dec 2-Jan 22 Mon & Wed 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Step Team: Stepping Up Learn basic step routines. For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 12 to 17 FREE

Southview Recreation Center #50884 Dec 2-Feb 24 Mon

5:30pm to 6:30pm

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 31, 36 & 40. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Teen Programs & Activities Writers Block Participants are encouraged to voice themselves through creative writing, poetry and song. They will also learn to recognize internal and external obstacles and how to deal with them in a positive manner. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 12 to 17 FREE

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #51675

Dec 5-Feb 27

Thu 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Cheer & Dance: Young Champions Children will learn the basics and improve their current skills of cheer, dance, and stunts during this 17-week session with Young Champions. For more information, contact Young Champions at 1-877-313-6893. Ages 13 to 18 $7.00/class, $8.00 registration

Berewick Recreation Center #51834

Jan 21-May 6

Tue 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Dance: Mufuka Works Ballet In Mufuka Works Ballet, students focus on correct body alignment and ballet technique as a vehicle to tell life stories in dance education and performance. For more information, contact Elsie Mufuka at 843-441-8803, www.dancemufukaworks.com, or mufukaworks@gmail.com. Ages 12 to 14 $1.00 registration, $6.00/class, $18.00/mo.

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51254

Dec 6-Feb 28 Fri

6:15pm to 7:15pm

Dance: Permanent Structure Hip-Hop Come learn hip-hop moves in a structured, fun and upbeat environment. Age appropriate routines are put together to a variety of old school and new school music and will be showcased at public events. Ages 11 to 17 $7.00/class, $8.00 registration

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51614

Dec 5-Feb 27 Thu 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Club: Step Team Rhythm Phi Soul is a step team that promotes leadership, positive self-image, being active and performance. Learn the history, fundamentals and performance arts though stepping. Ages 10 to 17 FREE

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #51156

Dec 1-Feb 23 Sun 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Drumming: Mufuka Works African Drumming Participants enjoy African drumming; students will be provided with the drum techniques from the Ashiko (West African Drum) as a vehicle to tell life stories in drum education and performance. Ages 12 to 14 $1.00 registration, $6.00/class, $18.00/mo.

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51219

Dec 6-Feb 28 Fri

5:15pm to 6:15pm

Educational Programs Against All Odds In partnership with AAONC, teen moms and pregnant teens will gain assistance with their education, job readiness, preparation for motherhood and access to helpful resources to become more selfsufficient and successful. For information contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-392-7452. Ages 14 to 17 FREE

Southview Recreation Center #51190 #51191 #51192 #51193 #51194

Dec 21 Jan 11 Jan 25 Feb 8 Feb 22

Sat Sat Sat Sat Sat

1:00pm to 4:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Brothers on Your Side Young men will take part in mentoring and workshop style programming to help progress towards manhood. For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-392-7452. Ages 12 to 17 FREE

Southview Recreation Center #50936 Dec 5-Feb 27 Thu

5:30pm to 6:30pm

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Girls’ Group: Sisters with Amazing Gifts Young women will participate in various activities that teach them how to be ladies. For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-392-7452. Ages 12 to 17 FREE

Southview Recreation Center #51163 Dec 4-Feb 26 Wed

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Male Mentoring Program Youth will establish and increase peace in our communities by completing a course of self-improvement, maximizing their leadership potential. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 12 to 18 FREE

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #51732 Dec 7-Feb 22 Sat

2:30pm to 4:30pm

Teens Together Program contributes to development of leadership, education, career and healthy lifestyle. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 13 to 18 FREE

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #51580 Dec 3-Feb 25 Tue 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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Teen Programs & Activities Young Achievers This program is designed to provide information relevant to the important life transitions that our teens face. This program will stimulate teenagers’ participation through team building activities, out of school day trips and hands-on training to help teens become self-sufficient, responsible with their time and money, prepare resumes, research careers and make positive life choices. Ages 13 to 17 $5.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51260 Dec 4-Feb 26 Wed

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Boys Club Designed to teach young men how to make positive decisions and obtain strong leadership skills. Ages 12 to 16 FREE

Fitness & Wellness Home School P.E. - Grades 6 - 12 This program gives the participant the opportunity to participate in a traditional P.E. class while meeting new friends. Ages 10 to 18 $50.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center

#50422 Jan 6-May 12 Mon 10:00am to 10:50am

#52201 Dec 3-Feb 25

Martial Arts: Young Champions

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51573 Dec 3-Feb 25

Earn A Bike

Methodist Home Recreation Center Nov 6 Nov 9 Nov 16

Tue

5:30pm to 8:45pm

Berewick Recreation Center

This program provides kids with the tools for responsibility and achievement through bike safety and bike mechanics. For more information, contact MethodistHomeRecreationCenter@ mecklenburgcountync.gov Ages 9 to 14 $5.00 #52421 #52419 #52420

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Ages 12 to 14

#52134 Dec 5-Feb 27

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Tue

Holiday Activities

Students learn martial arts and self-defense through this 16-week session with Young Champions. For more information, contact Young Champions at 1-877-313-6893. $8.00 registration, $7.00/class

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center Thu

Fitness: Jump X-Treme Program emphasizes building self-confidence while teaching the importance of teamwork and developing healthy habits through the sport of jump rope. For information, contact Coach Toni at 704-249-3262 or info@ jumpxfitness.com. Ages 5 to 17 FREE

Wed 6:00pm to 8:00pm Sat 10:00am to 12:00pm Sat 10:00am to 12:00pm

#52281 Jan 18-Feb 22

Sat

1:45pm to 3:00pm

Ages 15 to 18

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51570 Dec 3-Feb 25

Tue

5:30pm to 8:45pm

Y.I. Get Buckets Participants take part in basketball activities that include skills and drills, competitions and more! For more information, contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-392-7452. Ages 12 to 17 FREE

Southview Recreation Center #50854 Dec 3-Feb 25

Tue

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Boxing: Train Like A Boxing Champ Learn authentic boxing based on techniques to improve fitness. Use speed bags, equipment and more. No sparring. For more information, contact Alvin.Simpson@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4963. Ages 8 to 17 $15.00

Revolution Park Sports Academy #52359 Dec 2-Feb 26 Mon & Wed 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Fitness: Jump X-Treme The purpose of this program is to motivate and encourage youth to use jump ropes for sport, cross training, fitness, weight loss and recreational jump rope as a way of life. Ages 5 to 17 $15.00

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center #51487 Dec 5-Feb 27

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Winter Break Basketball Skills Camp Come and gain the competitive edge over your peers while staying in the gym and continuing to work hard through winter break. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 12 to 18 $65.00

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #51622

Dec 30-Jan 3 Mon-Fri 8:00am to 12:00pm

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Teen Programs & Activities Skate Park Programs

School Day Out (CMS)

Game of S.K.A.T.E.

Hang Time Teens will participate in a variety of activities such as assorted sports, video games, board games, computer activities, trips and more. For more information, contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4809. Ages 13 to 17 FREE

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #51616

Dec 30

Mon

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Belk Bowl Fan Fest Participants will ride in a van to downtown for the Belk Bowl Fan Fest. For more information, contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4809. Ages 13 to 17 $5.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #51634

Dec 28

Sat 10:00am to 1:00pm

Tom Sykes College Tours Students will get a chance to explore local colleges and universities. We will take guided tours and interact with the staff and students at each college. Participants will need to bring money for lunch on campus for each trip. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803. Ages 14 to 18 $5.00

Join us on Fridays for a fun and friendly game of S.K.A.T.E. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 12 to 18 $2.00 County/$5.00 Non-County

Grayson SkatePark

Girl Spirit Foundation of America This program meets on the first and third Friday of the month and is designed to build character and develop leadership skills. Join the fun with our girl talk session, field trips, special events and more. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 12 to 14 FREE

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #51551 Dec 6-Feb 21 Fri

This girls only program meets every first and third Saturday. Recreate, take field trips, do community service and discuss college and technical schools. For more information, contact 704-336-7655 or SugawCreekRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 12 to 16 FREE

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center #51462

Jan 21 Feb 18

Tue Tue

Dec 7-Feb 15 Sat

Dec 6-Feb 28 Fri

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Skate Lessons: Group Sessions are designed to introduce participants to the basics of skateboarding. Topics covered will include safety, foot position and making transitions to build confidence. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 12 to 17 $55.00/month

Grayson SkatePark

Teens In Action

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #50800 #50801

6:00pm to 7:30pm

#51943

10:00am to 1:00pm

#51931

Dec 7-Feb 22 Sat

9:00am to 10:00am

Skate Lessons: Private Participants will receive one-on-one private instruction. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 6 to 17 $25.00/hour

Grayson SkatePark #51924 Dec 2-Jan 22 Mon & Wed 3:30pm to 4:30pm

8:00am to 5:00pm 8:00am to 5:00pm

Winter Break Camp Take part in various activities including arts and crafts, gingerbread contests, fitness, games and fun! For more info contact SouthviewRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 12 to 17 $1.00

Southview Recreation Center #50880 Dec 23-30 Mon-Tue

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Social Activities Gaming Tournament Test your skills on the latest video games. Prizes will be awarded. For more information, contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4580. Ages 13 and up FREE

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #51520 #51521

Jan 6-27 Feb 3-17

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#48643 Sep 14-Oct 19 Sat 10:30am to 12:30pm

Cultural Arts

Computer Class

Bath Salt Craft Do you have a desire to widen your knowledge in arts and crafts? Well, come out and make your own personal bath salts. These bath salts can help soothe and relax your body. All crafts made by participants will be allowed to be taken home. For more information, contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov at 704-432-4811. Ages 18 and up $5.00

The class will include computer basics, WindowsÂŽ operating system, data storage and working with folders and files, and provides an introduction to word processing, spreadsheets, and how to access your email and surf the Internet. For more information, contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-3048. Ages 16 and up $5.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center

#51418

#51533

Jan 14

Tue

Basketball open gym for ages 21 and up. Ages 21 and up $2.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

Hickory Grove Recreation Center

Ongoing

Sun

1:00pm to 3:00pm

#51765

Adult Volleyball Ongoing: Participants will learn the basic fundamentals and current techniques of volleyball, as well as more advanced strategies to become a stronger, more successful and confident player. Ages 18 and up $2.00

Marion Diehl Recreation Center #51328

Ongoing

Mon

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Basketball: Adult Gym Open Play Open gym time for adult basketball and adult badminton. Ages 18 and up $2.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50666

Ongoing Tue-Fri 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Marion Diehl Recreation Center #51359

Ongoing

Sun

3:30pm to 5:00pm

Lunch Time Basketball Escape from work during lunch to relax and play some hoops. Ages 18 and up $2.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51618

Ongoing Mon-Fri 11:15am to 2:45pm

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Dec 3- 26 Tue & Thu 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Fitness & Wellness

Learn the basics of the Gel Printing plate using acrylic paints and stencils as well as textured utensils and plates. Participants will have use of classroom Gelli Plate, primary colors and all teaching tools, as well as a brayer. If you prefer other utensils or colors, please bring them along. For more information,contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov at 704-432-4811. Ages 18 and up $5.00

#50669

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Gelli Printing 101

21 and Up Basketball

Educational Programs

2:00pm to 4:00pm

1Body2Build Boot Camp Come join 1Body2Build Boot Camp where each muscle group of the body will be targeted while strengthening the heart, endurance and stability and burning calories. For more information, contact Lisa Dalton at 704-412-2051 or e-mail 1body2build@gmail.com. Ages 18 and up $5.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #50482

Ongoing

Sat

9:30am to 10:15am

1Body2Build Strength Training Come join 1Body2Build Strength Training where each muscle group of the body will be targeted, after which participants will lose fat and gain a leaner body physique. For more information, contact Lisa Dalton at 704-4122051 or e-mail 1body2build@gmail.com. Ages 18 and up $5.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #50494

Ongoing

Tue

6:30pm to 7:15pm

Aerobics: DanceOut! DanceOut! is a dance-inspired fitness class that feels more like a party than a workout. Jam to hot tunes from many different music styles, including hip-hop, latin, pop, swing, oldies, reggae and more. The moves are simple and repetitive so everyone can do it, plus you will move your entire body and have fun while doing it. For more information, contact Angie@queencitydancingqueen.com, call 704526-8845 or visit QueenCityDanceOut.com. Ages 18 and up $10.00

Berewick Recreation Center #51824

Ongoing

Mon

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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Adult Programs & Activities Personal Training

Aerobics: Dance, Burn, Repeat Dance. Burn. Repeat. Deconstructs familiar dance moves, allowing you to feel the muscles at the root of each dance movement. We will also incorporate total body conditioning moves that will truly take your muscles to the burn. Light weights are optional, but recommended for this class (1-2 lbs). For more information, contact BerewickRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 18 and up $10.00

Need that one-on-one time with a trainer? Sign up for this great program and get on the right track! Develop a personal training routine with our trainer and learn proper techniques. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Multi-session and Member Discounts. For more information, contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.Gov or 704-432-3048 Ages 16 and up $15.00

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center Individual by Appointment

Ongoing

Wed

#50516

Ongoing

Wed

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Dance Impact Come relieve some stress and jam to the beat while throwing some punches, blocks and kicks. Dance Impact is an exhilarating fusion of dance and martial arts, set to tone the entire body. For more information, contact info@ queencitydanceout.com, call 704-999-4071 or visit www.QueenCityDanceOut.com. Ages 18 and up $7.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #50881

Ongoing

Mon

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Challenge your body by doing a total body workout using the Bosu ball. Jump, balance and push your way to fitness with Bosu Balance. Increase strength and endurance by lifting the Bosu ball in various directions using the entire body. For more information contact us at BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov at 704-432-3048. Ages 16 and up $5.00

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #52094 Ongoing Tue & Thu 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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#52140

Ongoing

Tue

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Cardio Funk

Ongoing

Tue

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Queen City Dancing

Zumba10 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. For more information, contact info@ queencitydanceout.com at 704-999-4071 or www.QueenCityDanceOut.com. Ages 16 and up $10.00

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #50625 Ongoing

Sat

10:00am to 11:00am

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #50887 Ongoing

Wed

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Marion Diehl Recreation Center #51356 Ongoing

Tue

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Martin Luther King School Recreation Site

Bosu Balance

Thu

Elon Recreation Center

Beach Body Fit

Albemarle Road Recreation Center

Ongoing

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center

#50232

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Come enjoy Beach Body, a program that is designed to target every muscle group of the body through a mixture of cardio-based martial arts and cross fit classes. Space is limited; registration is required. Ages 18 and up FREE

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #51115

Join us for the latest dance moves in class that will make you feel like you are having fun and not working out! Ages 18 and up $5.00/class

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51827

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 up $5.00

Combining the hottest music with easy-tofollow moves, our unique routines feature a lot of hip swinging and booty shakin’, laughing and singing, and a contagious energy that can’t be beat. At Queen City DanceOut, you escape the daily grind one hour at a time, losing pounds, gaining confidence and dancing your cares away! For more information email info@queencitydanceout. com or call 704-999-4071. Ages 18 and up $10.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #50857 #50858

Ongoing Ongoing

Mon Fri

7:00pm to 8:30pm 5:45pm to 7:30pm

Revolution Park Sports Academy Boxing Fitness ‘Train Like a Boxer,’ reduce stress, and gain strength and toning, along with fundamentals of boxing that focuses on physical fitness. For more information contact Revolution Park Sports Academy at 704-432-4963. All Ages $40.00

Revolution Park Sports Academy #52356 Ongoing Mon, Wed, Fri 8:30am to 10:00am

#51492 Ongoing Tue & Thu 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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. Ages 18 and up $36.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50423 Ongoing #50425 Ongoing

Winter 2013 - 2014

Mon-Thu 6:00pm to 7:15pm Sat 8:00am to 9:30am

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Adult Programs & Activities Tabata Class

Social Activities

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) 8 rounds of exercise - 4 minutes long - 20 seconds of intense training -10 seconds of rest...No need to spend hours at a gym. This type of interval circuit training will have you burning fat quicker and speed up your metabolism in no time. Ages 18 and up $5.00

Adult Men’s Fellowship Still got game? If so, come out and join friends while whipping into shape on the court. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 18 and up $2.00

Martin Luther King School Recreation Site

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center

#51501 Ongoing Mon & Wed 6:00pm to 8:00pm

#51678 Ongoing

Valentine’s Day

Yoga A practice of gentle flowing postures that will warm and open the body, encourage internal health and quiet the mind. Students link standing and seated postures with breath. Great for beginners and experienced students. Ages 7 and up $4.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #51635

Ongoing

Sat 9:30am to 10:30pm

Zumba Join us for fun latin, hip-hop and international inspired dance workouts. Let’s get moving to a healthier you! Ages 18 and up $5.00/class

West Charlotte Recreation Center #51720 Ongoing Mon & Wed 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Holiday Activities

No matter how old you are, crafts are fun to make. Holiday crafts in particular are usually very enjoyable. Join us as we work our fingers to make the latest Valentine’s Day crafts. For more information, contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4811. Ages 18 and up $5.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #51601

Feb 13

Thu

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Paper Clay Ornaments Create ornaments using paper clay. Saturday: The class will teach the method of creating 3D versions using tools, stamps and texture plates. Each participant will get clay to make 2 or more ornaments (depending on size desired) and use of tools. Clay requires overnight drying time before painting. Sunday: Painting techniques will be taught and ribbon for the ornament will be attached. For more information, contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4811. Ages 18 and up $5.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center

Mon-Fri 10:00am to 2:00pm

Card Night Bring your best game! Spades, Bid Whist, Rummy and Bridge. Bring your partner and meet new people, while enjoying an evening of competition, prizes, light refreshments and lots of fun! For more information, contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4811. Ages 18 and up FREE

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #51644

Dec 4

Wed

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Scrapbooking Class meets monthly on the third Saturday of each month and is themed based on the previous month’s holiday or season. Class prices may vary depending on the layout and supplies for that specific month. For more information contact Erica.Espinoza@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-548-8234. Ages 18 and up $12.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50362 #50363 #50364

Dec 21 Jan 18 Feb 15

Sat Sat Sat

9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm

#51763 Dec 21-22 Sat-Sun 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Valentine’s Gelli Printed Cards

A Crafty Christmas Participants will learn how to make bows, ornaments and wreaths in this program. For more information, contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4811. Ages 18 and up $5.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #51579

Dec 19

Thu

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Use a Gelli Plate to create beautiful printed Valentine’s Day cards for all your loved ones using acrylic paints and stencils, as well as textured utensils and plates. Participants will have use of classroom Gelli Plate, primary colors and all teaching tools, as well as a brayer. Paper will be provided as well as a few mini folders for cards. If you prefer other utensils or colors, please bring them along. For more information, contact HickoryGroveRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4811. Ages 18 and up $5.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #51766

Feb 2

Sun

2:00pm to 4:00pm

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Cultural Arts

Badminton

Arts: Oil Painting

Badminton is a great way to stay active and keep your competitive spirit alive for seniors. Your serve! Ages 55 and up $1.00

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 up FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #52351 Ongoing Mon & Wed 10:30am to 11:30am

Marion Diehl Recreation Center #51332 Ongoing Wed 5:00pm to 7:00pm #51333 Ongoing Sat 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #50384 Ongoing

Thu 10:00am to 11:00am

Clogging Ever wanted to learn to clog but didn’t know how to get started? Join one of the many groups in the area that offers this timeless dance style. Ages 55 and up $31.00/YEAR

Tom Sykes Recreation Center Carolina Classic Cloggers #50839 Ongoing Mon Firehouse Cloggers #50843 Ongoing Thu

5:30pm to 8:30pm 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Senior Valentine’s Day Ball

Basketball: Senior Women’s League 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 704588-1264 or Jean Grayson at 704-545-7880. Ages 55 and up $1.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #50836 Ongoing

Mon

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Cheerleaders: Silver Fox Senior Cheerleading is alive and running full speed ahead as they represent CharlotteMecklenburg Senior Games throughout North Carolina. For more information, contact IvoryBakerRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4580. Ages 55 and up FREE

This special evening will be a great time for every person to create lasting memories. Dress up, grab your friends, put your dance shoes on and let’s party. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 55 and up $5.00

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #51181

Fri

Fri

7:00pm to 10:00pm

Senior Crafts Show your creative side as you socialize with other crafters. Ages 55 and up FREE

Southview Recreation Center #51072 Ongoing

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #51139 Ongoing

Feb 14

5:45pm to 7:45pm

Thu 10:30am to 12:00pm

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Educational Programs Computers: Senior Computer Class Learn to use a computer, access the Internet and connect to family and friends through e-mail in a low-pressure environment. Class offerings include Computer Fundamentals, Intermediate Computer Skills, Introduction to the Internet, Introduction to Microsoft Office, E-Mail and Computer Security. Ages 55 and up FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center Savvy Senior Computer Class #51588 Dec 4-18 Wed 11:30am to 1:00pm #51590 Jan 8-29 Wed 11:30am to 1:00pm #51592 Feb 5-26 Wed 11:30am to 1:00pm

Hickory Grove Recreation Center Computers: Senior Computer Class (Beginner) #51632 Dec 9 Mon 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center Computers: Senior Computer Class (Beginner) #51292 Feb 4-25 Tue 10:00am to 11:00am Computers: Senior Computer Class (Intermediate) #51293 Feb 4-25 Tue 11:05am to 12:05pm

Fitness and Wellness Aerobics: N’Chair Aerobics Take your seat for N’Chair Aerobics. These exercises can increase your strength, balance and vitality all while sitting down. For more information, contact WallacePruittRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6775. Ages 50 and up FREE

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center #52117 Ongoing Mon/Wed/Thu 10:30am to 11:30am

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option: 1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number. 2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program. 3. COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 31, 36 and 40. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Senior Programs & Activities Beach Body Fit-Seniors

Senior Fitness

Come enjoy Beach Body, a program designed to target every muscle group of the body through a mixture of cardio based martial arts and cross fit classes. Space is limited; registration is required. For more information, contact Julienne Perez at 702-508-1506. Ages 55 and up FREE

Designed to get seniors moving with light resistance training, which can help manage arthritis and improve movement. For more information, contact BerewickRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCounty.gov or 704-432-4934. Ages 55 and up $3.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center

Berewick Recreation Center

#50528 Ongoing

#51867 Ongoing

Mon

10:00am to 11:00am

Wed

10:00am to 11:00am

West Charlotte Senior Fitness Club Join participants in improving overall health and wellness with chair exercise, stretching and other age appropriate fitness opportunities. Ages 55 and up FREE

West Charlotte Recreation Center Step By Step #51696 Ongoing Mon-Fri 9:30am to 11:30am Fitness After 55 #51701 Ongoing Wed 10:00am to 10:30am

Arbor Glen Outreach Center Freedom to Move #51704 Ongoing

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #52352 Ongoing Wed & Fri 9:30am to 10:30am

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #51435 Ongoing

Mon

11:00am to 11:30am

Light & Lively Designed to maintain cardiovascular fitness and improve strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and activities of daily life. For more information, contact MallardCreekRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-548-8234. Ages 55 and up $2.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #50264 Ongoing Mon,Wed,Fri 9:00am to 9:45am

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 up FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51225 Ongoing Tue & Thu 10:00am to 11:00am

Hickory Grove Recreation Center- Morning Walkers #51667 Ongoing

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Holiday Activities

Stretch and Tone This program includes various stretching techniques to help keep your body in tip-top shape. Ages 55 and up FREE

Fri

New Year’s Eve at Noon Count down the New Year at Noon! We will mark the event by reminiscing about the past year and planning for the new one. Come dressed to party the afternoon away. For more information, contact BetteRaeThomasRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCounty.gov or 704-432-3048. Ages 55 and up $10.00

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #51461

Jan 6

Mon

8:00am to 1:30pm

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #51613

Dec 31

Tue

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Social Activities Active Adults Playing Cards Participate in various card games ranging from bridge to pinochle. The program will focus on fellowship and socialization of the participants. For more information, contact Carla.Hoover@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Ages 55 and up FREE

Elon Recreation Center Poker #50205 Ongoing

10:00am to 11:00am

Winter 2013 - 2014

Wed

Berewick Bridge Seniors will have the opportunity to play bridge once a week in a social atmosphere with all their friends. Each week participants will challenge their minds as they focus on their concentration and learning new strategies with each game. For more information, contact BerewickRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCounty.gov Ages 55 and up FREE

Berewick Recreation Center #51809 Ongoing

Mon

1:00pm to 3:30pm

Bingo and Beyond Enjoy a morning of fun and fellowship with other seniors. For more information, contact the centers listed. Ages 55 and up FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #51222 Ongoing

Tue

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #52353 Ongoing

Fri

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51234 #51235 #51236

Dec 16 Jan 20 Feb 17

Mon Mon Mon

11:00am to 12:00pm 11:00am to 12:00pm 11:00am to 12:00pm

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #51568

Dec 13

Fri

10:00am to 12:00pm

Club: Bid Whist Senior Citizens enjoy an afternoon of bid whist. Learn the basic fundamentals of the game from experienced bid whist players and engage in all the social activities associated with playing the game. Ages 50 and up FREE

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #52104 Ongoing Mon-Fri 1:00pm to 5:00pm

10:00am to 1:00pm

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Seniors, enjoy smiling faces and great places as we journey and See Charlotte! Lunch is on your own. For more information, contact the recreation center listed. Ages 55 and up $5.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

#51257 #51258 #51259

#50432 Ongoing Mon & Wed-Fri 10:00am to 3:00pm

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center #51473 Ongoing

Mon

5:00pm to 8:00pm

Super Senior Advocates Enjoy a morning of fun and fellowship with other seniors’ participation in educational workshops and creative activities. For more information, contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-1531. Ages 60 and up FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #51399 #51400 #51401

Club: District 8 Golden Angels Club provides seniors with leadership, leisure, and social activities. For more information, contact WallacePruittRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-6775. Ages 50 and up FREE

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center #52137 Dec 4 #52138 Jan 8-29 #52139 Feb 5-26

Wed Wed Wed

12:00pm to 1:00pm 12:00pm to 1:00pm 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Club: Seniors Stepping Into Fun, Adventure & Excitement Enjoy trips, games, recreation and social time with other active adults. For more information, contact NaomiDrenanRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-5231. Ages 55 and up FREE

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #51535 #51536 #51537

Feb 6 Dec 5 Jan 2

Thu Thu Thu

10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm

Senior Recreation Club 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. Ages 55 and up FREE

Dec 4 Jan 1 Feb 5

Wed Wed Wed

10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm

Dec 3 Jan 7 Feb 4

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Albemarle Road Recreation Center Dec 17 Jan 21 Feb 18

Tue Tue Tue

10:00am to 1:00pm 10:00am to 1:00pm 10:00am to 1:00pm

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #51396 #51397 #51398

Dec 18 Jan 15 Feb 19

Wed Wed Wed

10:00am to 4:00pm 10:00am to 4:00pm 10:00am to 4:00pm

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center Trip: NC Pops Symphony Tickets #52197 Dec 3 Tue 10:00am to 4:00pm

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #51289 #51290 #51291

Dec 16 Jan 15 Feb 19

Mon Wed Wed

5:00pm to 9:00pm 10:00am to 3:00pm 10:00am to 3:00pm

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 Cynthia.SmithPerkins@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-336-7655. Ages 55 and up FREE

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center #51663 #51664 #51665 #51666 #51669

Dec 5 Dec 12 Dec 19 Jan 2 Jan 16

Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu

11:00am to 1:00pm 11:00am to 1:00pm 11:00am to 1:00pm 11:00am to 1:00pm 11:00am to 1:00pm

Youth After Fifty-Five Club Join these mature adults for wholesome recreational, cultural and educational experiences for ‘Youth After Fifty-Five Club’ participants. This club is a District VIII Member with the North Carolina Association of Senior Citizen Clubs. Ages 55 and up FREE

West Charlotte Recreation Center #51714 Dec 3 #51715 Dec 20 #51716 Jan 7 #51717 Jan 21 #51718 Feb 4 #51719 Feb 18

Tue Fri Tue Tue Tue Tue

10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm 10:00am to 12:00pm

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51263 #51264 #51265

See Charlotte!

Ongoing: Social interaction for Charlotte area seniors. All are welcome, come and enjoy yourself in a quiet, yet competitive atmosphere that promotes the card game known as bridge. Ages 55 and up FREE

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Senior Day Trips Enjoy adventures including new and exciting destinations as well as the tried and true offered yearly. Excursions include tourist attractions, theaters, parks, festivals, special events, shopping, golf outings, fishing trips and more! Transportation provided on motor coach for most trips when minimum registration quota is achieved. Ages 55 and up FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #51266

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MeckSeniors Day Trips Join us as we travel across the state for exciting day trips! For more information contact MeckSeniors@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-4580. Trips are for those ages 55 and up.

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Trips depart from Mallard Creek Recreation Center (North) and Marion Deihl Recreation Center (South)

Old Salem and a Tanglewood Christmas! Saturday, December 14 NC Museum of Art: Porsche by Design- Seducing Speed Car lovers will appreciate the rarity and engineering genius of automobiles on view at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Featuring 22 automobiles owned by Ralph Lauren, Steve McQueen, and Janis Joplin, as well as the one-of-a-kind Pan-American concept car on loan from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Lunch on your own. Return at 7 pm. Marion Diehl Recreation Center (9:00am) Mallard Creek Recreation Center (9:30am) Ages 55 and up #52398 Jan 7

$45.00 Tue 9:00 / 9:30am to 7:00pm

Yadkin Valley Vineyard Tour

Experience 18th century Moravian Christmas customs at the Single Brother’s House in Old Salem with a Candle Tea and Candlelight 19th century tour through the Historic District where the customs and traditions of a 19th century Salem Christmas come to life. Conclude your trip with the Tanglewood Festival of Lights with over 100 spectacular displays in Tanglewood Park. Lunch at K&W on your own.

North Carolina’s Piedmont region is filled with rolling hills, growing skylines, picturesque farms, and exciting venues. You’ll also find many NC vineyards with the same unique mix of experiences. Spend some time experiencing North Carolina’s finest vineyards through the Yadkin Valley. Tour includes stops at: Deveste Vineyards, Shadow Springs Vineyard, and Brandon Hills Vineyard. Lunch on your own. Return at 8 pm.

Marion Diehl Rec Center (1:00pm) & Mallard Creek Rec Center (1:30pm) - return at 10:30pm

Marion Diehl Recreation Center (10:00am) Mallard Creek Recreation Center (10:30am)

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The Nutcracker

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Dress Rehearsal Program for Seniors

To reserve seats: Use Course Code #50059 and register online at parkandrec.com, call 311 at Park and Rec, call 704-336-8105, or E-mail MeckSeniors@Mecklenburg CountyNC.gov for more details. Transportation to be provided from Mallard Creek Center and Marion Diehl Senior Center.

Nutcracker, the classic ballet, celebrates the sights and sounds of the season. Come and hear Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music and see two acts of dazzling dancing! The Nutcracker celebrates the sights and sounds of the holiday season! Come along for this holiday voyage featuring choreography by Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score and over 100 performers. Be there as the Nutcracker Prince triumphs over the evil Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy entertains Clara, her Nutcracker Prince and the audience with dazzling dancing sweets.

Thursday, December 12, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm Off-site Location: Belk Theater - Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC #50059 Cost: $12.00 per person Call 704-336-8105 for complete details about transportation.

For specific program information, call the North Carolina Dance Theatre Education and Outreach Department at 704-372-0101 x2767 Ballerina Photo by Jeff Cravotta, Pictured: Anna Gerberich. Stage Photo by Peter Zay.

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Senior Nutrition Program

Make A Difference! While these important nutritional services are provided without cost to Meckenburg Seniors 60 and older, voluntary contributions are greatly appreciated. Call 704-336-3144 today to learn more about how you can make a difference!

The Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department and the Senior Citizens Nutrition Program Partner to Provide Nutritional Services to Senior Citizens. Congregate Meals are offered at 3 Recreation Centers: Bette Rae Thomas, Mallard Creek and Southview This program provides dine-in meals for Mecklenburg County residents 60 years of age and older who are looking for fun, fellowship and a healthy, delicious, hot lunch. Seniors come together Monday - Friday at the recreation centers, as well as at 15 other nutrition sites located throughout Mecklenburg County. This service also offers a variety of educational and recreational activities. Each site is staffed by a full time coordinator who is responsible for all functions of that site. The Park and Recreation Department and the Senior Citizens Nutrition Program (SCNP) are strong advocates of health and wellness for senior citizens. We offer many opportunities to our customers to participate in health promotion activities such as medical screenings,

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wellness education and a variety of exercise programs. SCNP also provides arthritis self-management classes which are taught by registered nurses and physical therapists/ certified exercise trainers. Park and Recreation staff provide support to the programming at the site. Pre-registration is required for participation in the meal program. For more information, contact the SCNP Information Line at 704-336-3144. In addition, the SCNP provides other types of meal services to seniors. Homedelivered meals are provided to those who are unable to leave their homes because of physical or mental impairment. Liquid nutrition supplement is provided to those who are at nutrition risk and their doctors recommend them to drink supplements to get the nutrition they need. The short-term

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meal service provides home delivered meals to those who become temporary disabled and homebound after being discharged from a hospital or a longterm care facility. All these services are provided at no cost to Mecklenburg County seniors 60 years of age and above. Voluntary contributions are accepted from customers. To inquire about any of these services, call our meal hotline at 704-336-3144.

Signing up is easy! Pre-register by contacting the Senior Citizens Nutrition Program Information Line:

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Aquatics Swim Lessons - Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Session Dates: Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Sat Sat Dec 2–18 Jan 6–29 Feb 3–26 Jan 4–25 Feb 8–Mar 8 No class Jan 20 No class Feb 17 Fees: Public $60.00 $70.00 $70.00 $40.00 $50.00 Member $48.00 $56.00 $56.00 $32.00 $40.00

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

STARBABIES / STARTOTS Ages 6 mo. to 36 mo. Introductory Level The purpose of this course is to develop a high comfort level in the water in very young children. Fun and water adjustment are emphasized. Saturday 10:00am to 10:30am 6 mo. to 18 mo. (StarBabies) #49839 #49840 Saturday 10:30am to 11:00am 19 mo. to 36 mo. (StarTots) #49843 #49844 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - PRESCHOOL Ages 3 to 5 Beginner Level Designed to meet the needs of preschoolers, this course will develop a high comfort level in the water, readiness to swim and will teach basic swimming skills for children who are developmentally ready. Mon & Wed 5:00pm to 5:30pm #49860 #49868 #49944 Mon & Wed 6:00pm to 6:30pm #49861 #49869 #49945 Mon & Wed 6:30pm to 7:00pm #49862 #49870 #49946 Mon & Wed 7:00pm to 7:30pm #49863 #49871 #49947 Saturday 9:00am to 9:30am #49864 #49872 Saturday 9:30am to 10:00am #49865 #49873 Saturday 10:30am to 11:00am #49866 #49874 Saturday 11:00am to 11:30am #49867 #49875 STARFISH STROKE SCHOOL - PRESCHOOL Ages 3 to 5 Intermediate/Advanced Level Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more. Mon & Wed 5:30pm to 6:00pm #49845 #49846 #49948 Saturday 10:00am to 10:30am #49847 #49848

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 are listed throughout this guide. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - ELEMENTARY Ages 6 to 9 Beginner Level Students work toward the core competencies and progress to basic strokes. Learning is self-paced but challenging. Mon & Wed 5:30pm to 6:15pm #49855 #49856 #49857 Saturday 9:45am to 10:30am #49858 #49859 STARFISH STROKE SCHOOL - ELEMENTARY Ages 6 to 9 Intermediate/Advanced Level Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breastroke, butterfly and more. Mon & Wed 6:15pm to 7:00pm #49841 #49842 #49954 Saturday 9:00am to 9:45am #49955 #49956 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - PRIMARY Ages 10 to 13 Beginner Level Students work toward development of the five core competencies and progess to advanced strokes. Learning is self-paced but challenging. Mon & Wed 7:00pm to 7:45pm #49879 #49880 #49881 Saturday 10:30am to 11:15am #49878 #52208 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - ADULT Ages 14+ Beginner Level This course is to improve comfort and skill in the water, regardless of past swimming experience. Perfect for adults who desire to learn or improve strokes and water skills for fitness fun. Students work toward five basic core swim competencies. Mon & Wed 6:15pm to 7:00pm #49851 #49854 #49957 Saturday 9:15am to 10:00am #49852 #49853 STARFISH STROKE SCHOOL - ADULT Ages 14+ Intermediate Level Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breastroke, butterfly and more. Mon & Wed 7:00pm to 7:45pm #49849 #49850 #49958

800 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28202 704-336-DIVE (3483)

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Aquatics Water Exercise - Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Session Dates: Fees: Mon, Wed, Fri Tue, Thu

Jan 6-30

Register One of Three Ways

Feb 3-28

No class Jan 20

$40.00 Public $30.00 Member $32.00 Public $24.00 Member

$48.00 Public $36.00 Member $32.00 Public $24.00 Member

Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select one option:

HYDROMANIA Moderate-High Intensity SHALLOW WATER CLICK on Eparks at All-over body toning and cardiovascular workout. Since each participant works at www.parkandrec.com their own pace, this class is great for the beginner to the most advanced fitness level. Mon, Wed, Fri 5:30pm to 6:30pm #49924 #49926 and use the course code number. Tue & Thu 6:00pm to 7:00pm #49925 #49927 CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed.

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 11:30am to 12:30pm #49922 #49923

COME to the location where the program is offered. Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers are listed throughout this guide.

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. Tue & Thu 11:00am to 12:00pm #49920 #49921

Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

STARGUARD LIFEGUARD TRAINING - Learn water rescue techniques, team lifeguarding and CPR with defibulator certifications in this 21-hour course. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Starfish Aquatics Institute Lifeguard License and the possibility to become a member of one of the finest aquatic staff in North Carolina! Includes your books and guard license. Register for one of our courses today and become a responsible, professional, respectful lifeguard! NEW GUARD FEE: $150.00. Call 704-336-3483 and ask for a manager for registration dates and times of the classes.

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Aquatics Swim Lessons - Ray’s Splash Planet Session Dates: Tue & Thu Tue & Thu Tue & Thu Sat Sat Sat Dec 3–19 Jan 7-30 Feb 4–30 Dec 7–28 Jan 4-25 Feb 1-22 No class Jan 20 No class Feb 17 Fees: Public $60.00 $70.00 $70.00 $40.00 $40.00 $40.00 Member $48.00 $56.00 $56.00 $32.00 $32.00 $32.00 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - PRESCHOOL Ages 3 to 5 Beginner Level Designed to meet the needs of preschoolers, this course will develop high comfort level in the water, readiness to swim and for those children who are developmentally ready, teach beginning swimming skills. Tue & Thu 5:30pm to 6:00pm #51082 #51083 #51109 Sat 9:15am to 9:45am #51084 #51085 #51086 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - ELEMENTARY Ages 6 to 9 Beginner Level Students work toward development of the five core competencies and progess to basic strokes. Learning is self-paced but challenging. Tue & Thu 6:00pm to 6:45pm #51077 #51078 #51113 Sat 9:45am to 10:30am #51079 #51080 #51081 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - PRIMARY Ages 10 to 13 Beginner Level Students work toward development of the five core competencies and progess to advanced strokes. Learning is self-paced but challenging. Tue & Thu 6:45pm to 7:30pm #51090 #51094 #51095 Sat 10:30am to 11:15am #51091 #51092 #51093 PARENT AND TOT/ MEET AND GREET Dec 2, 16, Jan 6, 27, Feb 10, 24 (Dates subject to change) 10:00am to 3:00pm Cost $3.00 Dollars for toddlers, 0-5 (Mom/Dad are Free) Additional guests will be charged admission fees, other coupons and/or discounts may not be applied. This will be not be offered on a CMS no school day or when other programs occur. HOME SCHOOL THURSDAYS Dec 5, 12, 19, Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 (Dates subject to change) 12:00pm to 3:00pm Costs $4.00 per child, $2.00 per adult, $3.00 dry ticket WATER FITNESS SENIOR AEROBICS CLUB Ages 55 and up Seniors 55+ can join us for gentle water movement in shallow water with beach entry. This is a free program that is offered year-round. Contact Jody Corum at 704-432-1141 for more information. Mon & Wed 3:30pm to 4:30pm (Club does not meet on CMS no school days)

SWIM WITH SANTA Get in the holiday spirit early and spend some quality time with the man himself....SANTA! Join St. Nick for a swim in the splash park this holiday season. Be sure to bring your wish list. Santa will be available for photos, so please bring your own camera to take pictures! Dec 13, 5:00pm to 7:30pm General admission rates to apply. No coupons or discounts allowed.

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Aquatics Swim Lessons - Marion Diehl Pool Session Dates: Fees: Public Member

2 Days a Week 2 Days a Week 1 Day a Week 1 Day a Week Jan 13–30 Feb 3–27 Jan 18–Feb 1 Feb 8–Mar 1 No class 1/20, 1/22 $50.00 $80.00 $30.00 $40.00 $40.00 $64.00 $24.00 $32.00

STARBABIES/ STARTOTS Ages 6 mo. to 36 mo. Introductory Level The purpose of this course is to develop in very young children a high comfort level in the water with a parent. Fun and water adjustment are emphasized. Sat 10:00am to 10:30am Starbabies (6 mo. to 18 mo.) #50970 #50971 Sat 10:30am to 11:00am Startots (19 mo. to 35 mo.) #50985 #50986 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - PRESCHOOL Ages 3 to 5 Beginner Level Designed to meet the needs of preschoolers, this course will develop high comfort level in the water, readiness to swim and for those children who are developmentally ready, teach beginning swimming skills. Tue & Thu 5:30pm to 6:00pm #51018 #51023 Mon & Wed 6:15pm to 6:45pm #51017 #51029 Tue & Thu 6:00pm to 6:30pm #51019 #51024 Tue & Thu 6:30pm to 7:00pm #51011 #51013 Mon & Wed 6:45pm to 7:15pm #51016 #51025 Sat 9:00am to 9:30am #51020 #51026 Sat 9:30am to 10:00am #51021 #51028 Sat 10:00am to 10:30am #51022 #51027 STARFISH STROKE SCHOOL - PRESCHOOL Ages 3 to 5 Intermediate/Advanced Level Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more. Mon & Wed 5:45pm to 6:15pm #50991 #50992 Sat 9:30am to 10:00am #50988 #50989 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - ELEMENTARY / PRIMARY Ages 6 to 13 Beginner Level Students work toward development of the five core competancies and progress to basic strokes. Learning is self-paced but challenging. Tue & Thu 4:45pm to 5:30pm #51009 #51118 Mon & Wed 6:30pm to 7:15pm #51007 #51008 Sat 10:30am to 11:15am #51003 #51004 STARFISH STROKE SCHOOL - ELEMENTARY / PRIMARY Ages 6 to 13 Intermediate/Advanced Level Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more! Tue & Thu 5:30pm to 6:15pm #50975 #50976 Mon & Wed 5:45pm to 6:30pm #50979 #50980 Tue & Thu 6:15pm to 7:00pm #50977 #50978 Sat 8:45am to 9:30am #50973 #50974 Sat 11:00am to 11:45am #50983 #50984 Sat 11:15am to 12:00pm #50981 #50982 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - ADULT Ages 14+ Beginner Level This course is designed to improve comfort and skill in the water, regardless of past swimming experience. Perfect for adults who desire to learn or improve strokes and water skills for fitness fun. Students work toward development of the five basic core swimming competencies. Mon & Wed 7:15pm to 8:00pm #50999 #51000 Sat 8:15am to 9:00am #51001 #51002 STARFISH STROKE SCHOOL - ADULT Ages 14+ Intermediate Level Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more. Mon & Wed 7:15pm to 8:00pm #51122 #51123 Sat 11:45am to 12:30pm #50997

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Aquatics Water Exercise - Marion Diehl Pool Session Dates:

Session 1 Jan 13-31 No class 1/20

Session 2 Feb 3-28

Fees: Mon, Wed, Fri Adult/Member/Senior $32.00/$24.00/$16.00 $48.00/$36.00/$24.00 Tue & Thu Adult/Member/Senior $24.00/$18.00/$12.00 $32.00/$24.00/$16.00 Sat Adult/Member/Senior $12.00/$9.00/$6.00 $16.00/$12.00/$8.00 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 7:30am to 8:30am #51067 #51070 Mon, Wed, Fri 8:30am to 9:30am #51069 #51071 Tue & Thu 8:00am to 9:00am #51064 #51065 Tue & Thu 7:00pm to 8:00pm #51066 #51068 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. Sat 10:00am to 11:00am #51044 #51045 Mon, Wed, Fri 7:15am to 8:15am #51040 #51042 Mon, Wed, Fri 8:15am to 9:15am #51041 #51043 Tue & Thu 9:00am to 10:00am #51052 #51046 Tue & Thu 10:00am to 11:00am #51047 #51048 Tue & Thu 1:00pm to 2:00pm #51049 #51050 Tue & Thu 7:00pm to 8:00pm #51053 #51051 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 exercise. Tue & Thu 10:00am to 11:00am #51056 #51057 Tue & Thu 1:00pm to 2:00pm #51058 #51059 Tue & Thu 2:00pm to 3:00pm #51060 #51061 Tue & Thu 3:00pm to 4:00pm #51062 #51063 ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION Beginner Intensity SHALLOW WATER Gentle stretches and range-of-motion exercises keep tender joints mobile. Water bouyancy assists movements while resistance strengthens muscles that support joints. A physician’s release is required to participate. Tue & Thu 9:15am to 10:00am #51038 #51039 DEEP WATER RUNNING Moderate Intensity 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. Tue & Thu 2:00pm to 3:00pm #51054 #51055 MARION DIEHL SWIM TEAM 01/15/14 to Mid March 2014 (End Date TBA) $150.00 #48980 Do you want to gain that winning edge and get ready for summer? If so, the Marion Diehl Winter Swim Team is the program for you! We work on all of the competitive strokes and kicks. The cost includes: t-shirt, awards and an end-of-season party. All meets are held on Saturdays. Call 704-432-4333 for more information. Mon, Wed, Fri 4:45pm to 5:45pm

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Aquatics Starfish Aquatics Swimming The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is proud to implement its Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) “Starfish Swimming” program format at each of the aquatic facilities. SAI offers a nationally recognized swim instruction program for children and adults of all ages and abilities. The different programs offered are StarBabies (6 to 18 months), StarTots (19 to 36 months), Starfish Swim School (3 and up), Starfish Stroke School (once they have surpassed Starfish Swim School) and the Starfish Swim Team (a development program designed to transition students from swim lessons to a competitive swim team program). Each of these programs is benchmark focused and contains five stages that each focus on a specific core competency. The core competencies are the building blocks of swimming. All lead-up skills, activities and benchmarks in each stage focus on the core competency. Each stage has two benchmarks to achieve: a safety skill benchmark and a swim skill benchmark. Please read about the different levels below. StarBabies (formerly Puddle Ducks) Parent or Guardian with child 6 months to 18 months StarTots (formerly Puddle Ducks) Parent or Guardian with child 19 months to 36 months The purpose of this course is to develop in very young children a high comfort level in the water while at the same time training parents in water safety and drowning prevention. This course does not teach children to become accomplished swimmers or survive in the water; it does provide a confidence-building, fun-loving experience. One parent or guardian must be in the water with each child. Swim diapers required, along with plastic pants (recommended) and a lined swim suit. Starfish Swim School Preschool (formerly Sand Dollar and Seal) Ages 3 to 5 Designed to meet the needs of preschoolers, this course develops a high comfort level in the water, a readiness to swim and for children who are developmentally ready, teaches beginning swimming skills. This class teaches swimming through creative, fun activities in the water. Students work toward development of the five core swimming competencies and receive color level stars in their personal record books for each achievement. Children progress at their own pace in a small group setting. Starfish Swim School Elementary (formerly Otter) Ages 6 to 8, Age 5 can register upon completion of preschool program Starfish Swim School Primary (formerly Otter) Ages 9 to 13 Children progress at individual rates with the opportunity to learn the core swimming skills and progress to basic strokes. Learning is self-paced but challenging. Starfish Swim School Adult Beginner (formerly Teen/Adult Beginner) Ages 14 and up This course is designed to improve comfort and skill in the water, regardless of past swimming experience. Perfect for adults who desire to learn or improve strokes and water skills for fitness fun. Students work toward development of the five basic core swimming competencies. Starfish Stroke School (formerly Manatee and Marlin) Ages up to 14 that meet skill prerequisites Starfish Stroke School Adult Intermediate (formerly Teen/Adult Intermediate) Ages 14 and up Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more!

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