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Your Complete Source for Mecklenburg Parks, Programs, Greenways and Recreation Spring 2013

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

www.parkandrec.com In This Issue: • Park and Rec Rolls Out OlympicCaliber Track at JCSU • Romare Bearden Park Grand Opening

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


Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Resource and Program Guide

Spring 2013 Welcome!

Therapeutic Recreation

Dates To Remember................................ 2 Frequently Called Numbers.................... 2 Letter from the Director.......................... 3 Park and Rec News...............................4-5 Major Facilities Map................................ 6

Spring Programs....................................58 Summer Camps......................................59

Parks, Preserves & Greenways Dog Parks.................................................8 Charlotte B-Cycle.....................................8 Mentoring Program................................9 Volunteering............................................9 Historic Sites..........................................10 Fishing....................................................10 Youth Sports Leagues.......................11-12 Adult Athletic Leagues......................... 13 Grayson Skateboarding Park................ 13 Golf Facilities.........................................14 Disc Golf.................................................14 Cycling & Race Events........................... 15 Sailing and Rowing...............................14 Fitness Center........................................ 15 Grady Cole Center Events..................... 16 Americans with Disabilities................... 16 Tennis Facilities and Lessons............17-22 NC Cooperative Extension...............23-24 Greenways and Map........................ 25-27 Rec Centers & School Rec Site Map........28 Rec Centers & School Rec Site Chart.......29

Nature Centers McDowell Programs and Events.........31-37 Latta Plantation Programs & Events....35-43 Reedy Creek Programs & Events........ 44-49

Summer Camps Preschool & Elementary...................51-54 Teens & Adults..................................54-56

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Preschool Programs and Events........................61-64 Ray’s Playhouse.....................................64

On the cover: Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Elementary Programs and Events........................66-70 School Day Out (CMS)...........................70

Teens Programs and Events........................72-75 School Day Out (CMS)...........................74

Family Programs and Events............................. 77

Adults Programs and Events........................ 79-81

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, Kristen Shaben, Charlie McRee, Ed Barnhart, Doug Burnett , Brenda McMoore, Sheryl Smith, Jeff Tarte. Members are appointed by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. They promote parks and recreation for Mecklenburg County residents and advise County Commissioners on facilities, programs and activities. Bill Carroll, Managing Editor Mecklenburg County Public Service and Information Department

Seniors

Leo Caplanides, Editor Mecklenburg County Public Service and Information Department

Programs and Events........................83-85 MeckSenior Day Trips....................... 86-87 Senior Nutrition Program.....................88

Copy Editor Terri Stowers

Aquatics Programs and Events........................90-96 Starfish Aquatics Program....................90 MC-Aquatics Center - Lessons............... 91 MC-Aquatics Center - Water Exercise.... 92 Ray’s Splash Planet - Lessons................ 93 Marion Diehl Pool - Lessons..................94 Marion Deihl Pool - Water Exercise..... 95

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Dates to Remember Print out this page to put on your fridge as a reminder of key dates! Bark in the Park April 27 Rural Hill

Youth Baseball and Disc Golf league Registration February 1 –28

Summer Camps

Romare Bearden Park Grand Opening June 14

Rodney’s Great Kids Triathlon

Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center – May 18 Registration Starts April 1

See Summer Camps Section

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 Spring 2013 issue of the Get Going Guide. This issue features information on programs and events happening in Spring 2013 and also has a new, easy-to-navigate Summer Camps section.

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

This program guide, serving Mecklenburg County, 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 videos to really showcase what Park and Recreation has to offer. So save this file to your desktop or laptop and refer to it often so that you will always be up-to-date on all the ways you can get going! Sincerely,

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Park & Rec News Park and Rec Rolls Out Olympic-Caliber Track at JCSU Want to test your running speed on the same track as an Olympic athlete? Thanks to a newly resurfaced track at Johnson C. Smith University, you won’t have to leave Charlotte to do it. The new track surface was laid last summer using material made by Mondo, an Italian company that has provided all the tracks at the main Olympic stadiums since 1992. The track is truly a community resource. It is used by the track team at Johnson C. Smith, by the Charlotte Flights Track & Field Club, by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation for its “Win With Integrity” program, and by the community. Except on “meet days,” two lanes are kept free and open for residents from 6 a.m. until dusk, seven days a week.

Together We Can

Wipe Out Waste in Mecklenburg County Residential Recycling Everyone can easily recycle from their home with curbside pickup (if available) or you can bring recyclables to one of the many drop-off centers

Composting Turn your kitchen vegetable scraps and fall leaves into beneficial compost, or bring your yard waste to one of the County’s four full service recycling drop-off centers or Compost Central

Litter Cleanup Take part in this year’s “Great American Cleanup” (March 1st - May 31st) and help Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful

School Recycling Remind kids to recycle milk cartons at lunch, and paper, plastic & cardboard in the classroom

For more information and recycling tips & ideas visit WipeOutWaste.com

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New Romare Bearden Park Grand Opening! June 14 -15, 2013 Friday, 6/14: Opening Ceremonies • Grand Opening Party • Park Tours • Jazz in the Park with Nnenna Freelon

World-renowned Jazz singer, Composer, Producer, Arranger, and a six-time Grammy nominee... and our Headline Act for the evening!

Saturday, 6/15: Continuing Celebration • Family Friendly Activities • Music throughout the day • Dance throughout the day • Art exhibitions • The Music of Branford Marsalis Grammy Award-winning musician, producer, writer and performer of film scores... and our Headline Act for the evening!

Upcoming Events: Bearden Music Series: This is a series of music driven events to be held once a month, April through September. Each month a different genre of music will be performed with additional programming supporting the music style. There will be a total of 6 performances. Music Box Lunch Series: These are small, informal

musical presentations featuring local and regional talent performing 11:30 am – 1:00 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, April through September. The target audience is the Uptown Employees. There will be a total of approximately 56 performances.

Party in the Park Series: This is a series of weekly

performances featuring new and upcoming talent. The series will run April through June for a total of approximately 11 performances. The series will take place on a weekday from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

Art and Photography Classes: Free Art and

Photography classes will be offered to the public on our Art in the Park Saturdays which occur once a month March through October. Artists and art teachers will be hired to run the classes; park and recreation will supply a limited amount of supplies. Participants will need to sign up online ahead of time so that supplies can be purchased. There will be no fee for this program.

Art Shows: These shows will feature regional artists and art leagues. There will be 5 shows a year (April, May, July, September and November). The shows will take place during our Art in the Park weekends and at our 2 major festivals each year.

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Fitness Program: The fitness program proposes to

provide high quality, full-service fitness programming, scheduling and support at Romare Bearden Park on a weekly, and monthly reoccurring basis. Programs include weekly Yoga, Tai Chi and Boot Camp sessions. There will be a monthly Fitness program for Special Populations and also monthly Specialty Workshops. Some of the classes included in the Specialty Workshops will be Self Defense, Line Dancing, and a Cooking Light Series.

Shakespeare in the Park: The Charlotte Shakespeare Company would like to move their performances from the Green to Romare Bearden Park. The package would include a three-week run, one show daily on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and two shows on Sunday. Along with the performances. there will be workshops for patrons and visits to the Park by the Actors in costume to promote their shows. Romare Bearden Birthday Bash: This will be

an annual Festival that will be held over Labor Day weekend which is the closest to the actual September 2nd birthday of Romare Bearden. This will be a two day event full of musical entertainment, dance and art. There will be feature bands on both Friday and Saturday nights with regional talent playing throughout the Saturday. There will also be at least one Dance performance and the Art show will be expanded upon. Family-friendly activities will be run throughout the day.

Jack-O-Lanterns Light the Night: This is a family

event held in the park during the month of October. There will be pumpkins to carve, contests and lots of children friendly games. The event will be supported with a least one musical act during the day.

Winter Wonderland: This event is a familyfriendly event held in the late afternoon to evening on a Saturday in December. It will feature the park lit for Christmas, Holiday musical presentations, hot chocolate accompanied by light food and a visit from Santa. Santa’s Workshop: This event is a familyfriendly event held in the morning to afternoon on a Saturday in December. There will be a sided tent provided. Inside the tent there will be several “Workshops” set up where youth can go to make Christmas crafts and presents. These workshops will be managed by staff or artists from the community. We will also provide a wrap station with the opportunity for the youth to design their own wrapping paper. In the background will be holiday music, hot chocolate and light snacks. Parents will need to accompany their children. Easter Egg Hunt: This is an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt. Eggs (plastic with surprises inside) will be hid throughout a designated portion of the park. Children are invited to bring their baskets to collect as many eggs as they can. We will divide the hunt into age specific groups starting at different times or at the same time in different areas of the park. The hunt will be backed up with child-friendly games and activities. RomareFest: This will be a yearly Festival that will kick off our Spring Season in the park. This will be a two day event full of musical entertainment, dance and art. There will be featured bands on both Friday and Saturday nights with regional talent playing throughout Saturday. There will also be at least one Dance performance and the Art show will be expanded upon. Family-friendly activities will be run throughout the day.

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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.

Research Park Trail

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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.

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation invites “dogs and people they own” to join the fun again this year at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road in Huntersville. Rural Hill has plenty of easy and FREE parking. Admission is FREE. Enter contests for best costume, best bark, largest dog, smallest dog, best trick, throw & catch and more. Enjoy exhibits, dog related products, prize drawings, music, good food and more! All dogs must enter on a leash.

The 2013 Purina Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival is presented by Harris Teeter

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/

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Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Mentoring Program Provides Valuable Work Experience to Local Youth Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department began a Recreation Employment Corp. program to help local youth gain valuable first time work experience and positive life skills.

The program provides teens, ages 14 – 17, with the opportunity to serve as mentees at various recreation facilities around the County. Each participant works closely with an assigned recreation supervisor for 10 hours a week through November. Mentees are compensated for their time and are held accountable for adhering to policies and procedures like other County employees.

Click HERE to learn more about our Mentor Program.

Recruitment for the REC program began in fall 2011. Park and Recreation staff identified potential candidates – teens currently active in Park and Recreation programs – and developed an application process consisting of a written essay and an in-person interview. Sixty teens applied and 20 were selected to participate. “We are proud to offer this wonderful program which gives students the chance to develop positive working skills and habits which will serve them throughout life,” said Park and Recreation Director Jim Garges. “It is a great example of Park and Rec’s commitment to providing an atmosphere that stresses both education and personal growth.” For more information on youth mentoring programs, contact the Park and Rec department or visit www.parkandrec.com.

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. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult that is at least 21 years old. Volunteers working with the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Division must be at least 18 years old. All potential volunteers must undergo a thorough background check before volunteering.

Opportunities For Business

Adoptions, park/greenway/recreation center Periodic Projects, special projects geared for your group Special Events, volunteering to help with one of the departments events.

Recreation Center Opportunities

Youth Sports Coaches (Baseball, Track and Field), 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’s easy! Register by calling 311, visiting eParks at www.parkandrec.com or by going into your local recreation center. Be sure to reference the course number for the event that you would like to volunteer for!

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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.

Historic Sites

• 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. Sportsmanship - Creating a positive environment that fosters mutual respect.

See our 2013 Youth Sports League programs on the following page.

VOLUNTEER TO BE A YOUTH SPORTS COACH! 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. Any parent choosing to be a volunteer head coach will receive a refund for $65.00 at the completion of the season for their child’s registration fee. Refund limited to one 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! Youth Disc Golf Leagues - NEW!

Youth Cross Country

Youth Golf

Ages 7-18 The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department will offer Youth Disc Golf Leagues this spring. Participants ages 5-18 will apply the strategies and techniques of the sport and compete against several courses county wide. Registration Period: Feb 11 – Mar 1

Age Divisions: 9 -14 Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation in partnership with Cross-Country for Youth (CCFY) is proud to offer a unique fitness program that introduces young people to cross-country training and character-building concepts to aid in overall development. Girls and Boys. Registration Opens August 1 To register, please visit the website www.crosscountryforyouth.org and select the “Register” tab or email crosscountryforyouth@gmail.com.

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

Youth Flag Football Leagues Age Divisions: 3-5, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 (Age as of Aug 1, 2013) Girls, Boys and Co-Ed leagues are available Registration Period: Jul 1 - 31 $45.00 ages 3-5 (Start Smart) $55.00 ages 5-6 $65.00 ages 7-8

Youth Tennis

Age Divisions: 3-5, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 & 11-12 (Age as of May 1, 2013) Girls, Boys and Co-Ed leagues are available Registration Period: Feb 1 - 28 $45.00 ages 3-5 (Start Smart) $55.00 ages 5-6 (Tee Ball) $65.00 ages 7 & up (Coach Pitch and Player Pitch)

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 by calling 704-529-3273.

Youth Soccer Leagues

Youth Track and Field

Youth Baseball and Softball Leagues

Age Divisions: 3-5, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 & 11-12 (Age as of Aug 1, 2013) Girls, Boys and Co-Ed leagues are available Registration Period: Jul 1 - 31 $45.00 ages 3-5 (Start Smart) $55.00 ages 5-6 $65.00 ages 7 & up

Age Divisions: 4 -18 (Age as of Dec 1, 2013) The “Win with Integrity” Track and Field program is a partnership between Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, USA Track & Field and The Charlotte Flights designed to use training and competition to expose participants to proper mechanics and advanced techniques, healthy choices, physical fitness and overall wellness. Girls and Boys. Registration Period: Feb 1 - 28 $65.00 (Includes uniform and award)

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Youth Boxing Ages 8-17 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 704-432-496 for more information.

Youth Basketball Leagues Age Divisions: 3-5, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 & 17-18 (Age as of Jan 1, 2014) Girls, Boys and Co-Ed leagues are available. A Player Skills Assessment and Team Formation Process will be conducted. Registration Period: Oct 1 - 31 $45.00 ages 3-5 (Start Smart) $55.00 ages 5-6 $65.00 ages 7 & up

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.

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Adult Athletic Leagues Adult Volleyball Leagues Divisions: Co-Rec B (Recreation) Mon - Wallace Pruitt Co-Rec AA (Very Competitive/Advanced) Tues - Betty Rae Co-Rec BB (Intermediate) Wed - Tom Sykes (Dilworth) 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 B Late March (site TBA) 30 & Over-Late April (site TBA) 40 & Over- Late March (site TBA) Women- Early March Tuckaseegee Recreation Center Costs: $450.00 Men’s Team $400.00 Women’s Team For more information contact Aaron. Cheeks@mecklenburgcountync.gov

Adult 7 v 7 Flag Football Leagues

Season Starts March 26 at Nevin Park Costs: $400.00 Co-Rec Team $425.00 Men’s Team For more information contact Aaron. Cheeks@mecklenburgcountync.gov

Adult Softball Leagues

Season Starts March 18 at various locations Costs: $475.00 Per 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, 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.

Have Fun... and Stay In Shape!

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 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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Course Bailey Road Park Bradford Park Eastway Park Elon Park (2) Hornet’s Nest Park Idlewild Park Kilborne Park Mint Hill Park Nevin Park Reedy Creek Park Renaissance Park R.L. Smith Park Sugaw Creek Park Squirrel Lake Park Winget Park

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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 - Spring 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 Spring Events: Mar 1st 2013 CIAA Step Show Mar 2nd 2013 CIAA Step Show Mar 7th 2013 CPCC Career Fair Mar 23rd 2013 Roller Derby Apr 6th 2013 Roller Derby May 18th 2013 Charlotte Roller Derby

Memorial Stadium Events April 27th Charlotte Hounds May 11th Charlotte Hounds For additional information on upcoming events or to reserve the facility, please contact facility management staff at 704336-2884 or check www.parkandrec.com for updates and/or to download a rental application.

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

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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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Tennis Facilities Park and Recreation is proud to offer tennis clinics, lessons and camps for players of all ages at six facilities. Mecklenburg County has over 140 tennis courts within 33 tennis facilities. For more information and to register contact the tennis professionals directly using the information below.

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

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

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

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

Jeff Adams Tennis Center

Veterans Park

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

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

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

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

Freedom Park Freedom Park provides lighting on 12 tennis courts. For information on leagues,

Tom Sykes/Latta Park Latta Park provides 6 tennis courts. For clinics, programming, and private les-

lessons, and clinics, please visit www.upchurchtennis.com

sons, please visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com

Phone: 704-625-6552 Email: todd@upchurchtennis.com

Phone: 704-491-1846 Email: i nfo@midwoodtennisacademy.com

Upchurch Tennis 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203

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

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Tennis Lessons Park and Recreation is proud to offer tennis lessons for players of all ages. For more information and to register, contact the tennis facility directly using the information below.

Colonel Francis Beatty Park - Tennis Academy of North Carolina

For detailed schedule visit www.tanctennis.com. For more information contact 704-529-3273.

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

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Tennis Lessons Park and Recreation is proud to offer tennis lessons for players of all ages. For more information and to register, contact the tennis facility directly using the information below. Freedom Park - Upchurch Tennis - Juniors Classes run on a monthly basis. Students choose the same days each week to attend for the entire session. Students pay for all classes at the beginning of the session. Class offerings may change. For up-to-date information and to register contact 704-529-3273 or visit www.upchurchtennis.com.

Session dates, times and costs to be announced. Visit www.upchurchtennis.com for more information. JUNIOR CLASSES LITTLE ACES (Ages 4 - 6) - Students learn the basics through live ball games and hand-eye coordination drills and footwork. Instructors use the 36’ Quickstart format. FUTURE STARS (Ages 8-10) - Students will use the 60’ Quickstart format and live ball drills to rapidly advance their skills. This is a fast pace clinic with active instruction. STARS (Ages 11 - 14) - Students add to their skills with cooperative drills, situational feed-based games and increased footwork. This class is for players who will be or are beginning to play in tournaments. COMPETITIVE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT (11 & up) - Students in this level are looking to be pushed hard to the next level in their tournament or high school play.

Freedom Park - Upchurch Tennis - Adults Classes run on a monthly basis. Students choose the same days each week to attend for the entire session. Students pay for all classes at the beginning of the session. Class offerings may change. For up-to-date information and to register contact 704-529-3273 or visit www.upchurchtennis.com.

Session dates, times and costs to be announced. Visit www.upchurchtennis.com for more information. ADULT CLASSES LADIES BEGINNER - Focus on developing the proper skills to help everyone quickly learn and enjoy the game. LADIES BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE - Focus on moving players forward rapidly through cooperative and competitive games based instruction. LADIES INTERMEDIATE - Class will focus on developing a full court game, with particular emphais on identifying strengths and protecting weaknesses. SENIOR MEN & WOMEN HIT & MOVE - Clinic is about good, safe movement through tennis games and creating relationships while developing skill sets. LADIES CARDIO & PLAY - Fast, upbeat class using fun music matched with live ball drills. Focus on keeping the heart rate elevated, skill development and safety around the court.

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Tennis Lessons Park and Recreation is proud to offer tennis lessons for players of all ages. For more information and to register, contact the tennis facility directly using the information below. Jeff Adams Tennis Center - Upchurch Tennis - Juniors Classes run on a monthly basis. Students choose the same days each week to attend for the entire session. Students pay for all classes at the beginning of the session. Class offerings may change. For up-to-date information and to register contact 704-529-3273 or visit www.charlottecitytennis.com

Session dates, times and costs to be announced. Visit www.charlottecitytennis.com for more information JUNIOR CLASSES LITTLE ACES (Ages 4 - 6) - Students learn the basics through live ball games and hand-eye coordination drills and footwork. Instructors use the 36’ Quickstart format. FUTURE STARS (Ages 8-10) - Students will use the 60’ Quickstart format and live ball drills to rapidly advance their skills. This is a fast pace clinic with active instruction. STARS (Ages 11 - 14) - Students add to their skills with cooperative drills, situational feed-based games and increased footwork. This class is for players who will be or are beginning to play in tournaments COMPETITIVE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT (11 & up) - Students in this level are looking to be pushed hard to the next level in their tournament or high school play.

Freedom Park - Jeff Adams Tennis Center - Adults Classes run on a monthly basis. Students choose the same days each week to attend for the entire session. Students pay for all classes at the beginning of the session. Class offerings may change. For up-to-date information and to register contact 704-529-3273 or visit www.charlottecitytennis.com

Session dates, times and costs to be announced. Visit www.charlottecitytennis.com for more information ADULT CLASSES BEGINNER (Learn To Play)- Focus on developing the proper skills to help everyone quickly learn and enjoy the game. BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE - Focus on moving players forward rapidly through cooperative and competitive games-based instruction. INTERMEDIATE - Class will focus on developing a full court game, with particular emphasis on identifying strengths and protecting weaknesses. LADIES GROUP - Program focuses on good, safe movement through tennis games and creating relationships while developing their skill sets. LADIES CARDIO & PLAY - Fast, upbeat class using fun music matched with live ball drills. Focus on keeping the heart rate elevated, skill development and safety around the court.

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Tennis Lessons Park and Recreation is proud to offer tennis lessons for players of all ages. For more information and to register, contact the tennis facility directly using the information below.

Latta Park (Tom Sykes RC) - Midwood Tennis Academy - Juniors Classes run on a monthly basis. Students choose the same days each week to attend for the entire session. Students pay for all classes at the beginning of the session. Class offerings may change. For up-to-date information and to register contact 704-529-3273 or visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com

Session dates, times and costs to be announced. Visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com for more information JUNIOR CLASSES LITTLE STARS (Ages 5 - 6) - This is an introduction to the game of tennis and overall athleticism. Balance, movement and hand-eye coordination are taught and developed. SUPER STARS (Ages 6 - 8) - Players develop basic coordination and balance, and can throw and catch without assistance. Players develop forehand and backhand groundstrokes and will begin to rally. Simple game play and scoring are introduced. BIG STARS (Ages 9 - 11) - Players can hit consistent forehand and backhand groundstrokes. Serves, returns, volleys and overheads are introduced. Class focus in on rally skills, basic match play, strategy and scoring.

Latta Park (Tom Sykes RC) - Midwood Tennis Academy - Adults Classes run on a monthly basis. Students choose the same days each week to attend for the entire session. Students pay for all classes at the beginning of the session. Class offerings may change. For up-to-date information and to register contact 704-529-3273 or visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com

Session dates, times and costs to be announced. Visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com for more information ADULT CLASSES LEVEL I (Beginner – 2.5 )- This clinic is for new players or those who have not played in a while. Focus is on general fundamentals, learning to rally and keep score. LEVEL II (2.5 – 3.5)- Players can rally, but are looking to gain consistency and develop weapons. Focus on point play, match strategy, aerobic activity and fun. LEVEL III 3.5 – 4.5) - Players play regular matches on leagues, teams or challenge ladders. Focus on continued development of weapons, advanced strategies and conditioning. CARDIO TENNIS (2.0 – 5.0) - For players of all levels. A very intense hour long workout where players hit balls and do a lot of moving. Dynamic movement and agility drills as well as some plyometic exercises will be used.

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Tennis Lessons Park and Recreation is proud to offer tennis lessons for players of all ages. For more information and to register, contact the tennis facility directly using the information below. Veterans Park - Midwood Tennis Academy - Juniors Classes run on a monthly basis. Students choose the same days each week to attend for the entire session. Students pay for all classes at the beginning of the session. Class offerings may change, for up-to-date information and to register contact 704-529-3273 or visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com

Session dates and times to be announced. Visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com for more information JUNIOR CLASSES LITTLE STARS (Ages 5 & 6) - This is an introduction to the game of tennis and overall athleticism. Balance, movement and hand-eye coordination are taught and developed. SUPER STARS (Ages 6 - 8) - Players develop basic coordination and balance, and can throw and catch without assistance. Players develop forehand and backhand groundstrokes and will begin to rally. Simple game play and scoring are introduced. BIG STARS (Ages 9 - 11) - Players can hit consistent forehand and backhand groundstrokes. Serves, returns, volleys and overheads are introduced. Class focus in on rally skills, basic match play strategy and scoring.

Veterans Park - Midwood Tennis Academy - Adults

Classes run on a monthly basis. Students choose the same days each week to attend for the entire session. Students pay for all classes at the beginning of the session. Class offerings may change, for up-to-date information and to register contact 704-529-3273 or visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com

Session dates and times to be announced. Visit www.midwoodtennisacademy.com for more information ADULT CLASSES LEVEL I (Beginner – 2.5 )- This clinic is for new players or those who have not played in a while. Focus is on general fundamentals, learning to rally and keep score. LEVEL II (2.5 – 3.5)- Players can rally, but are looking to gain consistency and develop weapons. Focus on point play, match strategy, aerobic activity and fun. LEVEL III 3.5 – 4.5) - Players play regular matches on leagues, teams or challenge ladders. Focus on continued development of weapons, advanced strategies and conditioning. LEVEL III 3.5 – 4.5) - Advanced players who compete regularly in tournaments or leagues. Focus on spins, specialty shots, strategy and developing multiple game plans. CARDIO TENNIS (2.0 – 5.0) - For players of all levels. A very intense hour long workout where players hit balls and do a lot of moving. Dynamic movement and agility drills as well as some plyometic exercises will be used.

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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 & 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 5-18 interested learning about subjects such as photography, visual arts, health and fitness, and entrepreneurship. Through 4-H, they also have the opportunity to participate in summer camps, leadership retreats, competitive events, and district and state conferences. Our 4-H is oriented to urban and suburban activities. Parents are encouraged to participate as volunteers. For more information on 4-H, visit www.mecklenburgcounty4h.org

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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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Creek 2 Briar 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.

Creek & Stewart 4 Irwin 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.

Creek Greenway 5 Irwin 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. Colony Road and Runnymeade Lane.

Sugar 6 7 8 9 Little 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.

McAlpine, 10 Lower McMullen & Four Mile Creek Greenways

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

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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 Creek and Clark’s 11 Mallard 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.

Creek & Camp12 McAlpine bell 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.

Creek 13 McDowell 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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Mile Creek 14 Six 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.

Creek 16 Toby Greenway

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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 which begins on Robert Walker Drive and continue on roads into River Run including River Ford Drive. This overland connector leads to the entrance plaza for West Branch Rocky River Greenway. The greenway opened in 2011 and provides 1 mile of restful travel and natural areas. This greenway feels far from urban areas. Parking is available off of Marvin Road.

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.

Creek 17 Torrence 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.

Branch 18 Walker 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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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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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. Thomasboro School Recreation Site 538 Bradford Dr. 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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Naomi Drenan Recreation Center/ Grayson SkatePark 750 Beal Str.

Arbor Glen Outreach Center 1520 Clanton Rd.

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Ray’s Playhouse

Computer Lab

Multi-purpose Room

Gymnasium

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

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 Educator’s 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, is 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 Outdoor Recreation Wilderness First Responder Landmark Learning/Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS Nationally recognized program that trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings. The 80-hour curriculum includes standards for urban and extended care situations. Special topics include but are not limited to: wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long term management problems, up-to-date information on all environmental emergencies, plus advice on drug therapies. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision-making, not the memorization of lists. This course is designed specifically to provide you with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Half of your time will be spent completing practical skills, case studies and scenarios designed to challenge your decision making abilities. Adult CPR is included in this course. For information and registration, contact Landmark Learning at (828) 293-5384 or visit www. landmarklearning.org. Registration Required. Ages 16 and up

Reedy Creek Park Shelter #3 Ages 16 and up Call Landmark Learning for more information Mar 2-10 Sat - Sun All Day

Camps Spring Break Camp Enjoy some of your favorite pastimes from summer camp, like fire building and capture the flag, plus special springtime games and activities during this 5-day camp. Registration Required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 5 - 7 $75.00 per child #43863 Apr 1-5 Mon - Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm Ages 8 - 12 $75.00 per child #43864 Apr 1-5 Mon - Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm

Family Adventure Camp Explore the great outdoors and the skills you need to do so, like fire building, fishing, kayaking, and campfire cooking. Then cap it off with an overnight campout where we will sing songs, roast s’mores, and take a “Nature at Night” Hayride before sleeping in a private tent with your family. Gear and meals are provided, and include lunch on Thursday and Friday, dinner on Friday night, and breakfast on Saturday morning. Additional family members are welcome to join us for the Friday evening campfire cookout and hayride without camping out for a small additional fee. Registration required.

McDowell Nature Center All Ages $65.00 #44042 Jun 13 - 15 - Thu 9:00am to 4:00pm Fri 9:00am to Sat 10:00am All Ages $10.00 #44042 Jun 14 Fri Eve Only - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Urban Outdoor Connection Camp Kayaking, fishing, hiking, and fire building are just a few of the outdoor adventures that campers will participate in as they discover nature. Each day, campers will travel to local natural areas, state parks, and preserves. Weekly themes focus on different aspects of outdoor fun, so campers learn new skills while developing confidence in nature. Participants must register and pay before filling out paperwork from McDowell Nature Center 35(704-588-5224). Registration Required. 8:00am to 5:00pm $65.00 per child (Scholarships available)

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center Theme: Survival #43875 Jun 17-21 Mon - Fri #43876 Jun 17-21 Mon - Fri Theme: Water #43877 Jun 24-28 Mon - Fri Theme: Adventure #43878 Jun 24-28 Mon - Fri Theme: Animals #43879 Jul 1-5 Mon - Fri

Ages 7 to 9 Ages 10 to 12 Ages 7 to 9 Ages 10 to 12 Ages 7 to 9

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center

Theme: Explorers #43881 Jul 8-12 Mon - Fri Ages 7 to 9 Theme: Survival #43882 Jul 15-19 Mon - Fri Ages 7 to 9 #43883 Jul 15-19 Mon - Fri Ages 10 to 12 Theme: Water #43884 Jul 22-26 Mon - Fri Ages 7 to 9 Theme: Adventure #43885 Jul 22-26 Mon - Fri Ages 10 to 12 Theme: Animals #43886 Jul 29-Aug 2 Mon - Fri Ages 7 to 9

F.U.N. (Fabulous Understanding of Nature!) Camp What are all the wonderfully wild things here at the McDowell Nature Preserve? Young explorers will discover animals and habitats at the Preserve while completing crafts and a variety of fun-filled activities! Four sessions of this half-day camp are available. Campers may choose either the AM or PM session for the week. Registration Required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 4 - 6 $70.00 #44043 Jun 17-21 #44044 Jun 17-21 #44045 Aug 12-16 #44046 Aug 12-16

Mon - Fri Mon - Fri Mon - Fri Mon - Fri

9:00am to 12:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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McDowell Nature Center Outdoor Explorers Camp! Interest in nature and outdoor recreation starts at an early age. Help your child get a jump on discovering both as we investigate the natural world around them through stream explorations, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor recreation opportunities. As always, animal encounters, games, and lots of fun are included. Week 1: Animals, Week 2: Plants and Week 3: Earth and Space. Registration Required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 7 - 9 $160.00 #44047 Jun 24-28 (wk.1) Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm #44048 Jul 22-26 (wk.2) Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm #44049 Jul 29-Aug 2 (wk.3) Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm

Sustainability Summer Seminar Learn about sustainability through several hands-on experiences. Experiment with solar and wind power. Discover energy saving techniques. See firsthand how several businesses and institutions are implementing sustainable practices through a series of field trips. Brainstorm ideas... You never know we may come up with a new sustainable solution! Registration Required.

Family Animal Talks Turtles, snakes, toads…everyone loves the resident animals of McDowell Nature Center. Here is your chance to ask questions about them and even touch your favorite!

McDowell Nature Center All Ages FREE Every Saturday Every Saturday Every Sunday

10:00am to 10:30am 2:00pm to 2:30pm 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Bird Nests Spring has sprung and birds are busy preparing nests and laying eggs. Learn how to identify many common nests and make a take-home craft that will benefit your feathered friends in your own backyard.

McDowell Nature Center All Ages #43870

FREE Mar 24 Sun 2:30pm to 4:00pm

McDowell Nature Center Ages 8 and Older #43865 Mar 9

FREE Sat 12:30pm to 2:30pm

12:30pm to 1:00pm 12:30pm to 1:00pm 12:30pm to 1:00pm

Night Insects Have you ever noticed that insects like to fly around lights? Come join us as we intentionally lure insects at night using light and a method called “sugaring.” This program is a must for anyone interested in learning more about insects. A sweater and a working flashlight are highly recommended. Registration Required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 10 - 12 $160.00 #44050 Jul 15-19 Mon - Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm #44051 Aug 5-9 Mon - Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm

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lunch and eat with our Park Representative from 1212:30pm - before the program!)

McDowell Nature Center

McDowell’s camp for pre-teens who are ready for bigger adventures! Expect to climb mountains, paddle lakes, cook your own food, and have fun outside in a week of nature-based learning and recreation. As always animal encounters, games, and lots of adventure are included. Registration Required.

Animal Care Behind-the-Scenes Thinking of getting a pet turtle or snake? Want to see what it takes to care for over a dozen reptiles and amphibians? This behind-thescenes opportunity allows kids to get hands-on with McDowell’s resident critters, including feeding, watering, and touching them. Registration required. (Optional: bring a brown bag

All Ages FREE #44015 Mar 2 Sat #44016 Apr 6 Sat #44017 May 4 Sat

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McDowell Treehouse Theatre

McDowell Nature Center

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, 38 and 44. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

McDowell Nature Center All Ages FREE #44035 Mar 30

Join us on the 1st Saturday of the month for a puppet show about nature and the environment!

Ages 13 - 17 $150.00 #44022 Jul 8-11 Mon - Thu 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Family Fitness Hike Grab the family and get outdoors at the McDowell Nature Preserve! Participants will enjoy a moderately-paced hike through winding trails and look for signs of spring along the way. Wear shoes suitable for moderate hiking. Bring water.

Hiking with Hounds Come enjoy a hike with your beloved K-9 companion and a McDowell Nature Center staff member. Learn about dog etiquette while on the trail. Bring water and waste bags, and wear suitable shoes. Must have a 6 ft. leash (Sorry, no retractable leashes allowed). 5 Person maximum (one dog per registrant).

McDowell Nature Center All Ages FREE #44036 Mar 9 Sat 2:00pm to 4:00pm #44037 Apr 13 Sat 2:00pm to 4:00pm #44038 May 11 Sat 2:00pm to 4:00pm

McDowell Nature Center All Ages FREE #44008 May 10 Fri

8:00pm to 9:30pm

Close Up Insects! Join us as we look at insects under the microscope! We will learn about the different ways that insects have evolved.

McDowell Nature Center All Ages FREE #44020 May 18 Sat

2:30pm to 3:30pm

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McDowell Nature Center Prairie Hayride Weather permitting, we will venture deep into the McDowell Nature Preserve to spot and identify the wide range of flora and fauna that live and thrive in our Piedmont Prairie. Registration Required.

McDowell Nature Preserve Campground All Ages $1.00 #43914 Mar 15 Fri #43980 May 24 Fri #43981 May 31 Fri

7:15pm to 9:00pm 7:15pm to 9:00pm 7:15pm to 9:00pm

Family Kayak Tour Paddle the border of the Carolinas with views of the Buster Boyd Bridge, Copperhead Island and more. All equipment and instruction provided. Children ages 5-9 are required to share a tandem kayak with an adult. Max 8 singles, 4 tandems, max 10 participant boats per trip. Registration Required.

Toddlers Babes in the Woods Join McDowell Nature Center staff the first Monday of each month and tuck your little one in a stroller for an easy walk along our paved nature trail. Meets at the Four Seasons Trail. Registration Required.

Four Seasons Trail Ages 0 - 3 with adult FREE #43449 Mar 4 Mon 10:30am to 11:15am #43458 Apr 1 Mon 10:30am to 11:15am #43460 May 6 Mon 10:30am to 11:15am

It is incredible to discover how much life can live in a drop of water! Join us as we examine pond and stream water under the microscope.

McDowell Nature Center 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Family Creek Exploration Prepare to get your feet wet! Bring the whole family to explore the creek in search of insects, crayfish, frogs, and other critters that live in the water. All materials provided; wear shoes that can get wet (no flip flops for safety reasons).

McDowell Nature Preserve Four Seasons Trail All Ages FREE #43874 May 26 Sun 1:00pm to 3:00pm Ongoing

Family Campfire Visit McDowell Nature Preserve’s campground and hang out around a roaring campfire. We teach you how to build a fire, show you our favorite s’mores techniques, and visit several of our favorite places in the preserve. Bring the whole family for a fun, safe experience!

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McDowell Nature Center Ages 5 and Older $3.00 #44023 Mar 7 Thu #44024 Mar 21 Thu #44025 Apr 4 Thu #44026 April 18 Thu #44027 May 2 Thu #44028 May 16 Thu

Preschool Pioneers Series

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All Ages

Do you like nature? Do you like art? Join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday to combine the two and make your very own masterpieces. Who knows, we may even have a special animal guest join us for some craftwork! Registration Required.

Adventurous and curious, preschoolers explore the outdoors with wide-eyed wonder. Each week features a different theme that incorporates age-appropriate games, stories, animal encounters and more. Try one to start or sign up for them all! This is a drop-off class. Registration Required.

Ages 5 and Older $15.00 Single; $20.00 Tandem #43982 May 19 Sun 1:30pm to 3:30pm

All Ages FREE #44021 May 25 Sat

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Little Explorers Series Toddlers and adults 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! This is a program for parents and their children. Registration Required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 2 - 3 with adult $3.00 Theme: Is Mother Nature Irish? #43551 Mar 11 Mon 9:30am to 10:15am #43552 Mar 11 Mon 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: Whoo’s in These Woods? #43556 Mar 18 Mon 9:30am to 10:15am #43557 Mar 18 Mon 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: Signs of Spring #43559 Mar 25 Mon 9:30am to 10:15am #43560 Mar 25 Mon 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: Who Lives in a Tree? #43580 Apr 22 Mon 9:30am to 10:15am #43581 Apr 22 Mon 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: What Comes from Eggs? #43583 Apr 29 Mon 9:30am to 10:15am #43585 Apr 29 Mon 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: Praying Mantis #43593 May 13 Mon 9:30am to 10:15am #43594 May 13 Mon 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: Ants on Parade #43596 May 20 Mon 9:30am to 10:15am #43597 May 20 Mon 11:00am to 11:45am

Ages 4-6 $3.00 Theme: Dr. Suess’ Birthday #43837 Mar 1 Fri 9:30am to 10:15am #43838 Mar 1 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: Bouncing Bunnies #43840 Mar 8 Fri 9:30am to 10:15am #43841 Mar 8 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: Is Mother Nature Irish? #43842 Mar 15 Fri 9:30am to 10:15am #43843 Mar 15 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: Whoo’s in These Woods? #43845 Mar 22 Fri 9:30am to 10:15am #43846 Mar 22 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: Signs of Spring #43866 Mar 29 Fri 9:30am to 10:15am #43867 Mar 29 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: Earth Day! #43848 Apr 19 Fri 9:30am to 10:15am #43849 Apr 19 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: Lovely Trees #43850 Apr 26 Fri 9:30am to 10:15am #43851 Apr 26 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: What Comes From An Egg? #43853 May 3 Fri 9:30am to 10:15am #43854 May 3 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: Flowers #43856 May 10 Fri 9:30am to 10:15am #43857 May 10 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: Praying Mantis #43858 May 17 Fri 9:30am to 10:15am #43859 May 17 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am Theme: Birds of a Feather #43860 May 31 Fri 9:30am to 10:15am #43861 May 31 Fri 11:00am to 11:45am

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McDowell Nature Center Teddy Bear Picnic Bring your teddy bear and bag lunch for a picnic. Read a story and enjoy a nature walk with your bear! Meet at the Large Pavilion. Registration Required. Don’t forget your lunch!

McDowell Nature Center Large Pavilion Ages 2 - 6 FREE #44018 May 15 Wed 11:00am to 12:30pm

Adolescent What’s Up in Space? – Astronomy This Month Every month the night sky offers something new – come find out what’s up in space. This educational program will meet monthly at sunset in the Nature Center with a “virtual sky” regardless of weather. If skies are clear we’ll head outside after dark to use McDowell’s 8-inch telescope to observe the moon, planets, and beyond. Registration Required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 6 and Older FREE Theme: Winter Stars: Orion, & More #43988 Mar 6 Wed 6:30pm to 8:00pm Theme: Up Late for State-wide Star Party! #43989 Apr 5 Fri 8:00pm to 10:00pm Theme: Saturn’s Rings & a Crescent Moon #43990 May 15 Wed 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Geotastic Geocaching Do you like to play hide and seek? Do you like to hike around in the woods? Then you will love geocaching! Geocaching is a high tech hide and seek. On the 2nd Wednesday in March, April and May we will meet at the nature center to learn a few tips and techniques and then we will go on a hunt for different caches. In May, we will hide our own cache for others to find! We can provide a GPS unit if needed or you can bring your own. Wear shoes suitable for moderate hiking. Registration required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 8 and Older #44009 Mar 13 #44010 Apr 10 #44011 May 8

FREE Wed 4:30pm to 6:00pm Wed 4:30pm to 6:00pm Wed 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Spring Bird & Wildflower Walks Every spring, the forest floor comes alive with the blooms of wildflowers at McDowell Nature Preserve, and warmer weather means birds are on the move once again. Come prepared to walk approximately one mile on forest trails. Binoculars are available to loan or bring your own. Registration required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 8 and Older #43997 Mar 16 #43998 Apr 20 #43999 May 11

FREE Sat 9:00am to 11:00am Sat 9:00am to 11:00am Sat 9:00am to 11:00am

Secret Parks of South Charlotte The Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department is home to 210 parks and facilities located on more than 17,600 acres of parkland throughout Mecklenburg County. Each month, we’ll visit one of the best-kept “secret” park properties. We may see 19th-century ruins, undisturbed forests, or the perfect spot for your next morning jog, all here in South Charlotte. Meets at McDowell Nature Center. We will shuttle in a van or caravan to the “secret” park-of-the-month. Registration required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 8 and Older #44000 Mar 16 #44001 Apr 20 #44002 May 11

FREE Sat 2:00pm to 4:00pm Sat 2:00pm to 4:00pm Sat 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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Natural Dyes Prepare to get messy and have fun as you learn to make home-made cloth dyes from natural materials and dye your own bandana to take home. Registration required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 8 and Older $3.00 #43873 May 4 Sat 10:00am to 11:30am

Pre-Teen & Teen Backyard Habitats Celebrate Earth Month by learning how to create a Backyard Habitat at home! Participants will learn the basic needs of wildlife, ideas and examples for low cost ways to meet these needs, and even participate in creating a habitat outside the nature center. Registration required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 12 and Older FREE #44034 Apr 14 Sun 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Butterfly and Dragonfly Hike

McDowell Nature Center Ages 8 to Adult FREE #44019 May 18 Sat 10:00am to 11:30pm

Birds on the Water Kayak Tour Kayaking and bird watching come together during this leisurely paddle on Lake Wylie. After covering the basics of kayaking, we will set out in search of Kingfishers, Wood Ducks, Osprey and all the other birds that live or hang out on the water. Bring binoculars if possible; some available to borrow. Please layer clothes and dress appropriately for the weather, and understand that staff retains the right to cancel due to weather or temperature. Registration required. Ages 8 and Older $15.00 Single or $20.00 Tandem #43871 Apr 13 Sat 9:00am to 11:00am

McDowell Nature Center Ages 8 and Older $3.00 #43872 Apr 21 Sun 1:00pm to 2:30pm

The prairie at McDowell is a great place to find butterflies and dragonflies. Join us and learn to identify several of the beautiful species that call McDowell their home.

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Earth Day Event: Composting 101 Composting is an easy way to reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill. Learn two methods of home composting and take home your own “vermicomposting”cup. Registration Required.

Environmental Issues Forum Join us on the 4th Wednesday evening of the month for a discussion about relevant environmental issues and some of the things being done to address these issues. Topics will vary each month. Registration required.

McDowell Nature Center Teen to Adult FREE #44012 Mar 27 Wed 6:00pm to 7:00pm #44013 Apr 24 Wed 6:00pm to 7:00pm #44014 May 22 Wed 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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McDowell Nature Center Teen Backpack Trip

Kayak and Camping on Mountain Island Lake Pack an overnight bag and join us for kayaking and camping on Mountain Island Lake! We will be enjoying an afternoon kayaking tour of the lake that will depart from Latta Plantation Nature Preserve and end at a camp that will be set up for you by our staff. We will enjoy dinner while watching the sunset from a secluded cove, a campfire, and an optional night paddle. In the morning we will wake up to breakfast prepared by our staff and enjoy a morning paddle back to Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Be prepared for semi-primitive camping and please pack weather appropriate clothing. Camping and paddling gear will be provided as well as dinner and breakfast. Contact Kelly Alford at 704-8751392 with questions. Registration Required.

Horse Trailer Overflow Lot Latta Plantation Nature Preserve Ages 13 and Older (under 18 must have adult) $25.00 Single Ages 13 and up $40.00 Tandem Ages 10 and up with adult #43155 May 11-12, 3:00pm Sat to 11:00am Sun

BSA: Wilderness Survival Upon completion of this course, all registered Boy Scouts will earn the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge. Scouts will have instructional and practical sessions during the day then complete their requirements by sleeping overnight in a shelter that they have constructed out of natural materials. Please bring clothing and rain gear that will be safe and appropriate for an overnight stay in your shelter without the use of a sleeping bag. Lunch, dinner and breakfast will be provided. This will take place at Rural Hill near Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. All day Saturday, ends at noon Sunday. Max 12 students. Please bring a water bottle, snacks, and a bed sheet that can get dirty. Note any food allergies. Call Latta Plantation Nature Center for directions at 704-875-1392. Registration Required.

Rural Hill Shelter

Ages 13 - 17 $35.00 #43095 Mar 23-24 9:00am Sat to 12:00pm Sun

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Get out of town during spring break and visit the beautiful Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia. We will travel by van to St. Mary’s, Georgia where we will catch a ferry ride over to this historic island. Once on the island, we will hike to several campsites while exploring the historical sites, forests, and beaches that the island has to offer. Be prepared for primitive camping and backpacking during this trip. Meals will be provided during the camping portions. Bring money for food stops to and from Cumberland Island. Basic camping and backpacking gear will be provided and a packing list will be explained upon registration. A pre-trip meeting is required and will be scheduled approximately 2 weeks before the trip. Registration required.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 14 - 17 $115.00 #43096 Apr 3-7 9:00am Wed to 9:00am Sun

Wilderness First Aid We are proud to announce that we will be offering Wilderness First Aid certification through partnership with Landmark Learning and the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. Upon successful completion of this training, each participant will receive their certification in Wilderness First Aid. There will be an optional CPR class Friday night and the First Aid class will take place Saturday and Sunday. This is a hands-on intensive training perfect for outdoor professionals and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Join us for a fun and practical training that just might save your life! Max 30 students. Students should bring a bag lunch, writing utensils, and paper. Students should be prepared with weather appropriate clothing. Hours are subject to class needs and certification is dependent on the outcome of the final test. Registration Required.

Reedy Creek Park Shelter #3 Ages 16 and Older #43097 First Aid Only $200.00 #43098 CPR & Wilderness First Aid $265.00 CPR Apr 26 Fri 6:00pm to 9:00pm Wilderness First Aid Apr 27-28 Sat - Sun 9:00am to 6:00pm

American Canoe Association: Fundamentals of Kayaking Develop your kayaking skills through this ACA Level 1 kayaking class on Mountain Island Lake. This class is perfect for beginners or those wanting to practice their skills with ACA certified instructors. We will cover topics including: boat types, entering/exiting the boat, paddle strokes, rescues, and safety equipment. Please bring a lunch, change of clothes (one set will get wet!),

and shoes that can get wet. All kayaking equipment will be provided. This class will be held at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Maximum 10 students. Registration Required.

Horse Trailer Overflow Lot Latta Plantation Nature Preserve Ages 16 and Older $50.00 #43149 May 4

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Lake Wylie Sunset Kayak Tour Join us for a relaxing kayak tour. During this class we will learn the basics of flat water kayaking while watching the sunset over Lake Wylie. We will also learn some of the history of the lake including Buster Boyd Bridge which connects North Carolina to South Carolina. Maximum 8 singles, 4 tandems, max 10 participant boats per trip. Registration Required.

McDowell Preserve Waterfront Dock Ages 16 and Older

$15.00 Single, $20.00 Tandem

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May 1 May 8 May 15 May 22 May 29

Wed Wed Wed Wed Wed

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

Homeschool Homeschool Family Nature Hikes Bring out the family for our monthly guided nature hike. Each month we will explore different areas within McDowell Nature Preserve and stop along the way to learn about our plant and animal neighbors. Registration Required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 6 and older #43991 Mar 1 #43992 Apr 1 #43993 May 3

FREE Fri 10:00am to 11:30am Mon 10:00am to 11:30am Fri 10:00am to 11:30am

Comparative Zoology & Anatomy In this homeschool series, we take an in-depth look at how different groups of animals use very different organs and body parts to achieve the essential functions of locomotion, respiration and digestion. NOTE: Participants will use dissection to study the anatomy of the animal of that particular class. Registration Required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 12 - 15 $8.00 per class Theme: Invertebrates (Earthworms) #43994 Mar 8 Fri 2:00pm to 3:30pm Theme: Invertebrates (Crayfish) #43995 Apr 5 Fri 2:00pm to 3:30pm Theme: Invertebrates (Frogs) #43996 May 10 Fri 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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McDowell Nature Center Homeschool-Spring Edible Plants Every plant has a story, and many of our spring wildflowers were important as food or medicine to both European settlers and Native Americans. In this class we’ll search for edible plants and get a true “taste” of history. Registration Required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 7 - 12 $3.00 #44003 Mar 22 Fri

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Homeschool Map & Compass This class will serve as a basis for learning to navigate with map and compass. Students will learn about the essentials of a map, what the features on a topographic map mean, parts of a compass, and how to use a compass with a map. These skills will provide the foundation for learning land navigation. Registration Required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 9 - 12 $3.00 #43915 Apr 10 Wed 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Homeschool - Invasive Species What do Snakehead Fish, Fire Ants and Kudzu have in common? These are all invasive species – living things humans have brought to places we wish we hadn’t! We will learn what makes a species invasive, which invasive species are in our area, and things everyone can do to help control these invaders. Registration Required.

Homeschool Series Field Trip: Reed Gold Mine Pack a lunch and join us for a trip to the Reed Gold Mine! This National Historic Site was the location of the first gold discovery in the United States and tells the story of the original “gold rush” to North Carolina. We explore underground tunnels, enjoy our lunch “picnic style,” learn how local geology shaped Charlotte’s history, and even pan for gold! Participants age 8 to adult are all welcome to meet us at McDowell Nature Center at 9 am to ride in our van (or drive separately). Parents are welcome, but not required to attend. Registration Required.

McDowell Nature Center Ages 8 to Adult $15.00 #44005 Apr 24 Wed 9:00am to 5:00pm

Homeshool Family Field Day Bring the whole family out for a fun filled day by the shores of Lake Wylie! Enjoy a collection of fun activities including games, fishing, kayaking and hiking. A hotdog lunch will be served so just bring a towel and desire for fun! Registration Required.

Copperhead Island Specialty Park Ages 4 and Older $8.00 #44007 May 24 Fri 9:00am to 2:00pm

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Homeschool - Weather Watchers

McDowell Nature Center Ages 7 - 12 $3.00 #44004 Apr 19 Fri

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Homeschool Adventure Hike Join us at McDowell for a hike on our trails. We will attempt to spot signs of wildlife as we trek through the hills and varied landscape in the McDowell Nature Preserve. Registration Required.

McDowell Nature Center All Ages FREE #44665 May 1 Wed 10:30am to 12:00pm

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#44040 Apr 19 Fri 7:00pm to 10:00pm Caribbean Kayaking: While kayaking, we will experience local lake ecology and discuss the Catawba River Basin and the role it plays in the region. The evening features multiple dishes from the Antilles including a traditional Puerto Rican Pincho (kabob) with Mojito sauce. We’ll splash it down with some traditional Caribbean refreshments. Meet at the Waterfront ready to kayak with closed toed shoes and a water bottle. #44041 May 17 Fri 7:00pm to 10:00pm Creole Creek Hike: We’ll hike the creeks in search of life to test the water quality. The evening’s pairings will feature some refreshments that complement the spicy Cajun food. Bring a change of clothes and closed toed shoes to get wet in. We will meet behind the Nature Center.

Adult Fitness Hike Springtime is here! Get active with McDowell Nature Center staff as we set out on a moderate pace around the preserve. This is a great hike for all fitness levels including those who are new to exercise. Wear shoes suitable for moderate hiking. Bring water. Registration Required.

Ages 7 - 12 $3.00 #44006 May 17 Fri 2:00pm to 3:30pm

How is weather different from climate? How do you track a hurricane? In this class we’ll become meteorologists and learn how to use tools including barometers, hygrometers, anemometers, and sling psychrometers to gather data and create our own weather forecast. Registration Required.

popular appetizer with some kind of twist. Wear long pants and hiking boots, as you might head off trail and over difficult terrain. All maps and flashlights will be provided. If you have a head lamp, we suggest you bring it as well. Meet behind the Nature Center.

McDowell Nature Center

Adults The Hikers Palate It’s starting to warm up a bit for our Nighttime outings group. Every month’s activities in the park are designed to provide an inexpensive night out, enjoying the outdoors. Activities will change each month and will range from natural and cultural history to good ole’ outdoor adventure. We will also feature some type of hor d’oeuvres and will incorporate it into the evening’s activities. This is no family picnic, so don’t forget the sitter! Registration Required.

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Ages 18 and Older $10.00 per event #44039 Mar 15 Fri 7:00pm to 10:00pm Night Caching: Explore the woods in search of the McDowell caches at night while your food is prepared over the campfire. Each dish will be a

Ages 18 and Older FREE #44030 Mar 31 Sun 3:00pm to 4:30pm #44031 Apr 28 Sun 3:00pm to 4:30pm #44033 May 19 Sun 3:00pm to 4:30pm

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, 38 and 44. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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

Open Mon-Sat, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sun 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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.

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

Latta Plantation Nature Center features live, native animals, a discovery hall, an outdoor amphitheater, and a gift shop. It 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.

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Latta Plantation Nature Center Spring Family Fun Hike

Camps

Join us for a walk through the nature preserve as we investigate the early signs of spring.

L.A.N.D. Camp: Slimy and Scaly Adventures

Latta Plantation Nature Center All Ages #43280

Interested in creatures that are slimy or scaly? Join us for this week long, half-day camp where we become Herpetologists and explore different reptiles and amphibians. Get up close and personal with some of our residential herps and be prepared to visit them in the wild as well!

Full Moon Hike Test your trail skills (and your night sight!) as we hike around the nature preserve by the light of the stars and the full moon. Terrain: Easy to moderate. 1.5 - 2.0 miles.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 4 - 6 $75.00 per session #43295 Jun 17 - 21 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm #43296 Jul 8 - 12 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm #43297 Jul 22 - 26 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm

Camp H2O Kids will have a splash at our water-themed camp! We will investigate everything from aquatic animals to water quality with cool, water-based activities and games. Some highlights of the week will include canoeing, stream explorations, and even a visit to Ray’s Splash Planet.

L.A.N.D. Camp: Eco-Fantasy Join us for this week long, half day camp where we will encourage your child’s imagination to grow while making connections to real animals found in nature. Imagination, creativity and nature

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education work together in this fun camp week.

Ages 8 - 11 $150.00 per session #43308 Jul 8 - 12 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 3:00pm #43309 Jul 22 - 26 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 3:00pm #43310 Aug 12 - 16 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 3:00pm

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 4 - 6 $75.00 per session #43298 Jun 24 - 28 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm #43299 Jul 15 - 19 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm #43300 Aug 5 - 9 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm

Young Explorers Camp Not sure if your child is ready for a full day at camp? Then this half-day version of our everpopular Outdoor Adventure Camp is just what you’re searching for! Each day will focus on a different outdoor recreation activity. Campers will explore the nature preserve by going canoeing, using a map and compass, hunting for hidden treasure, and more.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 6 - 7 $75.00 per session #43301 Jul 1 - 5 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm #43302 Jul 29-Aug 2 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm #43303 Aug 12 - 16 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm

Outdoor Adventure Camp Campers will explore Latta Plantation Nature Preserve as they have never done before! Canoeing, fishing, geocaching, shelter building and hiking are just some of the fun activities we will enjoy during this week long day camp. This camp will culminate with a field trip adventure to Crowder’s Mountain State Park.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 7 - 10 $150.00 per session #43304 Jun 24 - 28 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 3:00pm #43305 Jul 1 - 5 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 3:00pm #43306 Jul 29 - Aug 2 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 3:00pm #43307 Aug 5 - 9 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 3:00pm

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FREE Mar 3 Sun 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Outdoor Survival Camp Latta Plantation Nature Preserve provides everything we need in order to survive. During this fun-filled, week long camp, campers will learn how to survive in the outdoors. We will learn about water survival as we canoe, land navigation with a map and compass, how to build shelters, cooking in the outdoors, and, most importantly, to keep a positive mental attitude. This will culminate in an overnight camping experience. The overnight camping will take place at Copperhead Island adjacent to McDowell Nature Preserve. Campers will need to be picked up on Friday morning at 10:00am.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 10 - 12 $150.00 per session #43311 Jun 17 - 21 Mon-Wed 9:00am to 3:00pm Thu 9:00am to Fri 10:00am #43312 Jul 15 - 19 Mon-Wed 9:00am to 3:00pm Thu 9:00am to Fri 10:00am

Family Wetland Walk Explore the amazing wetland at Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge. Catch newts and tadpoles, search for frogs, and more! Wear your water shoes and prepare to get wet!

Latta Plantation Nature Center at Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge Entrance All Ages FREE #43288 Apr 20

Sat

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 10 and Older FREE #43293 May 25 Sat

9:00pm to 10:00pm

G.O. Play! Festival Nature makes the best playground! After all, where else can you catch a fish, bake a mud pie, and build an awesome stick fort? Families and kids of all ages will have a blast at this annual festival that’s all about getting outside, being active, and having fun in nature. Activities will include canoeing, hunting for bugs, building sand castles, making mud art, and much more messy fun. The only limit is your imagination! So, dress for a mess - and join us at Latta Plantation!

Latta Plantation Nature Center at Waterfront Picnic Area Parking Lot All Ages FREE #43880 May 18 Sat 11:00am to 3:00pm

Kayak and Camping on Mountain Island Lake Pack an overnight bag and join us for kayaking and camping on Mountain Island Lake! We will be enjoying an afternoon kayaking tour of the lake that will depart from Latta Plantation Nature Preserve and end at a camp that will be set up for you by our staff. We will enjoy dinner while watching the sunset from a secluded cove, a campfire, and an optional night paddle. In the morning we will wake up to breakfast prepared by our staff and enjoy a morning paddle back to Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Be prepared for semi-primitive camping and please pack weather appropriate clothing. Camping and paddling gear will be provided as well as dinner and breakfast.

Latta Plantation Nature Center - Horse Trailer Overflow Parking Lot Ages 10 and Older

Single Kayak - Ages 13 and Older - $25.00 Tandem Kayak - Ages 10 and Older (w/ adult) - $40.00 #43155 May 11 Sat 3:00pm to May 12 Sun 11:00am

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Latta Plantation Nature Center Kayaking Tour on Mountain Island Lake

Young Explorer Series

Canopy Climb Experience: Learning the Ropes

Young Scientist Series: Einstein Adventures, Adventures in Gravity

This unique experience gives you an unforgettable birds-eye view of the world around you, immersed in the canopy of majestic trees.  In this 2-hour experience, expert instructors will introduce you to the extraordinary, diverse world of trees and forests, while teaching you the basics of tree climbing mechanics, including “Double-Rope” climbing technique, balance and safety. Throughout this session, climbers will have the opportunity to ascend and descend multiple times, exploring different parts of the tree’s structure, limb and canopy. This course is designed for first-time climbers, with an emphasis on basic tree climbing mechanics along with introductory tree/forest ecology.  All equipment such as helmets and tree climbing saddles are provided.

Albert Einstein is a famous scientist and he discovered many things, one of which is gravity. Come learn more about Einstein and discover what gravity is all about.

Muddy Boots Club

Discover nature with you little one through stories, This hiking club for kids is about getting outside, exploring nature, and having fun! Our muddy Join us as we paddle on Mountain Island Lake, crafts, and activities related to the theme. boots will take us on-trail, off-trail, through the oldest lake in the Charlotte area. Learn the Latta Plantation Nature Center basics of flat water kayaking and then enjoy streams, and all around Latta. Each participant Ages 2 to 3 $3.00 a guided tour of the lake. Discover its history, will receive a nature journal to record their Theme: Frogs significance and what you can do to help discoveries in, take home, and bring back with #43169 Mar 6 Wed 10:15am to 11:00am protect it. All equipment provided. Please wear Theme: Worms them on their next hike. appropriate clothing, and bring water and snacks. #43170 Mar 20 Wed 10:15am to 11:00am Latta Plantation Nature Center Theme: Seeds & Flowers Latta Plantation Nature Center - Horse Ages 4 to 6 $3.00 #43171 Apr 3 Wed 10:15am to 11:00am Trailer Overflow Parking Lot #43177 Mar 14 Thu 1:30pm to 3:00pm Theme: Leaves Ages 10 and Older #43179 Apr 11 Thu 1:30pm to 3:00pm #43172 Apr 17 Wed 10:15am to 11:00am Single Kayak - Ages 13 and Older - $25.00 #43181 Apr 25 Thu 1:30pm to 3:00pm Theme: Butterflies Tandem Kayak - Ages 10 and Older #43183 May 9 Thu 1:30pm to 3:00pm #43173 May 1 Wed 10:15am to 11:00am (w/ adult) - $40.00 #43185 May 23 Thu 1:30pm to 3:00pm Theme: Nocturnal Animals #43099 May 19 Sun 1:00pm to 3:00pm #43174 May 15 Wed 10:15am to 11:00am

Adolescents

Latta Plantation Nature Center - Gazebo on left just past the Raptor Center Ages 10 to Older $35.00 #43553 Mar 23 Sat 10:00am to 12:00pm #43554 Mar 23 Sat 12:30pm to 2:30pm #43555 Mar 23 Sat 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Toddlers Bubbles If you enjoy blowing bubbles then this hour of fun is right up your alley! Enjoy interactive bubble fun and even create some bubble art before the day is through!

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 3 and Older $3.00 #43279 Mar 3 Sun 1:30pm to 2:30pm

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Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 3 to 5 $3.00 #43285 Apr 8 Mon 10:00am to 11:00am

Young Scientist Series: Weather Come learn how to predict the weather by making some simple tools and learn how the weather can affects our everyday live.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 3 to 5 $3.00 #43286 May 13 Mon 10:00am to 11:00am

PreSchool Preschool Nature Club: Explorations in Ecology Discovering nature helps spark inner curiosity and creativity. During this series preschoolers will become soil investigators as they learn what soil is, who uses it, what lives in it, and why soil is an important habitat. Each session will feature stories, games, and activities related to the topic.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 4 to 6 $3.00 Theme: Habitat and Web of Life #43187 Mar 14 Thu 10:00am to 11:30am Theme: What is Soil? #43188 Apr 11 Thu 10:00am to 11:30am Theme: Who Uses Soil? #43189 Apr 25 Thu 10:00am to 11:30am Theme: What Lives In Soil? #43190 May 9 Thu 10:00am to 11:30am Theme: Where Is Our Soil Going? #43190 May 23 Thu 10:00am to 11:30am

School’s Out! Let’s Go Fishing Come enjoy some fun outdoors while school is out and go fishing. First we will talk about fish and what makes them unique and then we will go fishing on Mountain Island Lake.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Waterfront Picnic Area Parking Lot Ages 5 to 12 #43283 Apr 4

$4.00 Thu 10:00am to 12:00pm

Fantastic Fish This is a chance for you to learn more about fish and go fishing all in the same day. First we will talk about why fish are unique and then we will go fishing on Mountain Island Lake.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Waterfront Picnic Area Parking Lot Ages 5 to 12 $4.00 #43284 Apr 7 Sun 2:00pm to 4:00pm #43290 May 5 Sun 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Cub Scouts Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop and Pin Join us at Latta Plantation Nature Center for this two and a half hour program and earn your Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop and Pin.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 7 to 12 $5.00 #43281 Mar 17 Sun 1:30pm to 4:00pm

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Latta Plantation Nature Center Muddy Boots Club This hiking club for kids is about getting outside, exploring nature, and having fun! Our muddy boots will take us on-trail, off-trail, through streams, and all around Latta. Each participant will receive a nature journal to record their discoveries in, take home, and bring back with them on their next hike.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 7 to 10 $3.00 #43178 Mar 14 Sun 1:30pm to 3:00pm #43180 Apr 11 Thu 1:30pm to 3:00pm #43182 Apr 25 Thu 1:30pm to 3:00pm #43184 May 9 Thu 1:30pm to 3:00pm #43186 May 23 Thu 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Webelos Naturalist Badge Join us at Latta Plantation Nature Center for this two-hour program and earn your Naturalist Badge.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 8 to 10 $4.00 #43287 Apr 14 Sun 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Webelos Forester Badge Join us at Latta Plantation Nature Center for this two-hour program and earn your Forester Badge.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 8 to 10 $4.00 #43292 May 12 Sun 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Make Your Own Hiking Stick Come and learn about the many uses for a hiking stick and the many useful accessories that can be added to your hiking stick. You will select your own and personalize it anyway you want. Then, learn the many great benefits of using a hiking stick on your next hike. All supplies provided.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 10 to 12 $8.00

Homeschool

#43151 May 8 Wed 10:00am to 12:30pm

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Ages 9 to 12 $42.00 #43103 Mar 12 Tue 9:00am to 12:30pm Mar 26 Tue 9:00am to 12:30pm Apr 9 Tue 9:00am to 12:30pm Apr 23 Tue 9:00am to 12:30pm

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Home School Adventure Hikes

In this hiking series, we will travel by park van to some of North Carolina’s premier hiking Latta Homeschoolers: destinations. Students will learn some basic Nature Explorations map reading skills as well as safety practices In this unique experience, homeschool students for day-hikes. Students should come prepared are given the opportunity to learn about a with a bag lunch (that does not require variety of topics through labs, experiments, crafts refrigeration), a small backpack, water bottle, and more. Topics we will investigate include light snack, weather appropriate clothing, and animal flight, pollination, and the mystery sturdy shoes/boots. This is a great way to enjoy behind bioluminescence in some organisms. the warm spring weather, get some exercise, Latta Plantation Nature Center and explore the excellent hiking available in Theme: Animal Flight close proximity to Charlotte. Ages 4 to 6 $3.00 Latta Plantation Nature Center #43157 Mar 19 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm Ages 9 to 12 $15.00 Ages 7 to 10 $3.00 Crowders Mountain State Park #43158 Mar 19 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm #43092 Mar 20 Wed 9:00am to 4:00pm Ages 11 to 14 $3.00 Morrow Mountain State Park #43159 Mar 19 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm #43093 Apr 17 Wed 9:00am to 4:00pm Theme: Pollination Table Rock Ages 4 to 6 $6.00 #43094 May 15 Wed 9:00am to 4:00pm #43160 Apr 16 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm Ages 7 to 10 $6.00 #43161 Apr 16 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm Latta Homeschoolers: Ages 11 to 14 $6.00 Ecology Series #43164 Apr 16 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm All life on Earth is wonderfully complex and Theme: Bioluminescence connected. Ecologists study these connections Ages 4 to 6 $3.00 and attempt to unravel and understand them #43165 May 21 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm including how humans fit in! In this 6-class series, Ages 7 to 10 $3.00 students will learn about various ecosystems, #43166 May 21 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm the plants and animals that inhabit them, and Ages 11 to 14 $3.00 #43167 May 21 Tue 1:30pm to 3:00pm the ecological processes that make life possible. Each class is inquiry-based and hands-on with a focus on field studies and labs. Curriculum is Latta Homeschoolers: appropriate for 4th - 6th grade and all materials Geocaching Adventure Series If you like treasure hunting, then this adventure are provided. series is for you! Come learn about Geocaching, Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 9 to 12 $36.00 a high tech treasure hunt, for the first time or learn new details of this exciting outdoor hobby. #43156 Apr 2 Tue 2:00pm to 3:30pm Apr 9 Tue 2:00pm to 3:30pm We will travel to four different nature preserves Apr 23 Tue 2:00pm to 3:30pm to find new and interesting caches. Nature May 7 Tue 2:00pm to 3:30pm Preserves include Latta Plantation, McDowell, May 14 Tue 2:00pm to 3:30pm Reedy Creek and Ribbon Walk. All equipment May 28 Tue 2:00pm to 3:30pm provided. Please bring water and a snack.

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, 38 and 44. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Latta Plantation Nature Center Latta Homeschoolers: Aquatic Ecology Series

Latta Homeschoolers: Geocaching Merit Badge

From lakes to streams to wetlands, Mecklenburg County is blessed with an abundance of freshwater habitats. Students will learn about the importance of these habitats through field investigations where they will perform water quality tests and collect and identify aquatic invertebrates. Each class is field-based so students should dress appropriately. Curriculum is appropriate for 5th – 7th grade and all materials and transportation are provided. Students should be enrolled in, or have already taken, the introductory ecology series.

Want to learn more details about the high tech treasure hunt known as Geocaching? Using the Boy Scout Merit badge handbook as our guide, we will learn what it takes to have fun and be successful at this exciting outdoor hobby. Learn what it takes to be the First to Find, how to use proper Geocaching etiquette and how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace. All equipment provided, please bring water and a snack.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 9 to 13 $32.00 #43175 May 7 Tue May 14 Tue May 21 Tue May 28 Tue

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

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 10 to 12 $12.00 #43144 May 2 Thu 10:00am to 12:00pm May 16 Thu 10:00am to 12:00pm

Latta Homeschoolers: Orienteering Merit Badge Not a scout, but interested in some of the requirements of the badge? We will go into more detail about the sport of orienteering: what it is, how to read a map and use a compass, and why these navigation skills are good to have in this modern age of technology. We will use the Boy Scout Orienteering Merit badge handbook as our guide, working through many of the requirements and practicing these skills on our permanent orienteering course. All equipment provided, please bring water and a snack.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 10 to 12 $12.00 #43122 Mar 7 Thu 10:00am to 12:00pm Mar 21 Thu 10:00am to 12:00pm

Teens BSA: Wilderness Survival

Latta Homeschoolers: Outdoor Cooking Merit Badge Not a scout, but interested in some of the requirements of the Boy Scout merit badge? Using the Cooking Merit badge handbook as our guide, we will learn how to plan, pack, and prepare a meal while camping in the great outdoors, using a variety of cooking equipment. Students will also be involved in the preparing the meals during class. All equipment provided. Please bring water and a snack.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 10 to 12 $12.00 #43123 Apr 4 Thu 10:00am to 12:00pm Apr 18 Thu 10:00am to 12:00pm

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Upon completion of this course, all registered Boy Scouts will earn the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge. Scouts will have instructional and practical sessions during the day and complete their requirements by sleeping in a shelter that they have constructed out of natural materials. Please bring clothing and rain gear that will be safe and appropriate for an overnight stay in your shelter without the use of a sleeping bag. Lunch, dinner and breakfast will be provided.

Spring Break Backpacking Trip: Cumberland Island National Seashore Get out of town during spring break and visit the beautiful Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia. We will travel by van to St. Mary’s, Georgia, where we will catch a ferry ride over to this historic island. Once on the island, we will hike to several campsites while exploring the historical sites, forests, and beaches that the island has to offer. Be prepared for primitive camping and backpacking during this trip. Meals will be provided during the camping portions. Bring money for food stops to and from Cumberland Island. Basic camping and backpacking gear will be provided and a packing list will be explained upon registration. A pretrip meeting is required and will be scheduled approximately 2 weeks before the trip.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Boys, Ages 14 to 17 $115.00 #43096 Apr 3 - 7 Wed-Sun Time: TBD

Adults American Canoe Association: Fundamentals of Kayaking Develop your kayaking skills through this ACA level 1 kayaking class on Mountain Island Lake. This class is perfect for beginners or those wanting to practice their skills with ACA certified instructors. We will cover topics including: boat types, entering/exiting the boat, paddle strokes, rescues, and safety equipment. Please bring a lunch, change of clothes (one set will get wet!), and shoes that can get wet. All kayaking equipment will be provided.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Horse Trailer Overflow Parking Lot Ages 16 and Older $50.00 #43149 May 4 Sat

9:00am to 5:00pm

Backyard Birding Backyard birding is one of the easiest and most convenient naturalist skills to learn. Fly on down as we learn how to attract and recognize our feathered friends in our backyards.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 15 and Older FREE #43289 Apr 21 Sun 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Latta Plantation Nature Center Rural Hill Shelter Ages 13 to 17 $35.00 #43095 March 23-24 Sat 9:00am to Sun 12:00pm

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Latta Plantation Nature Center NC Tree ID

Segway Adventure Tour

Become a tree detective! Learn some of North Carolina’s most common trees and how to identify them using simple techniques. Easy 1.5-2 mile hike.

Explore the trails of Latta Plantation Nature Preserve on an all-terrain Segway! Learn to ride these self-balancing machines and see nature like never before! Highlights include Shady and Catawba Trails, the Buzzard Rock Overlook and beautiful views of Mountain Island Lake. Call for details and rider restrictions.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Ages 15 and Older FREE #43294 May 26 Sun

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Wilderness First Aid - CPR We are proud to announce that we will be offering Wilderness First Aid certification through partnership with Landmark Learning and the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. Upon successful completion of this training, each participant will receive their certification in Wilderness First Aid. There will be an optional CPR class Friday night and the First Aid class will take place Saturday and Sunday. This is a hands-on intensive training perfect for outdoor professionals and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Join us for a fun and practical training that just might save your life!

Latta Plantation Nature Center - Meet at Reedy Creek Park Shelter 3 Ages 16 and Older $65.00 #43098 Apr 26 Fri

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Latta Plantation Nature Center - Segway Building at Waterfront Parking Lot Ages 18 and Older $35.00 #43074 Mar 2 Sat 9:00am to 12:00pm #43075 Mar 2 Sat 2:00pm to 5:00pm #43076 Mar 3 Sun 9:00am to 12:00pm #43077 Mar 9 Sat 9:00am to 12:00pm #43078 Mar 9 Sat 2:00pm to 5:00pm #43079 Mar 10 Sun 9:00am to 12:00pm #43080 Apr 6 Sat 9:00am to 12:00pm #43081 Apr 6 Sat 2:00pm to 5:00pm #43082 Apr 7 Sun 9:00am to 12:00pm #43083 Apr 13 Sat 9:00am to 12:00pm #43084 Apr 13 Sat 2:00pm to 5:00pm #43085 Apr 14 Sun 9:00am to 12:00pm #43086 May 4 Sat 9:00am to 12:00pm #43087 May 4 Sat 2:00pm to 5:00pm #43088 May 5 Sun 9:00am to 12:00pm #43089 May 11 Sat 9:00am to 12:00pm #43090 May 11 Sat 2:00pm to 5:00pm #43091 May 12 Sun 9:00am to 12:00pm

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Spring Wildflower Hike The piedmont forests explode in a quiet riot of colorful woodland wildflowers throughout spring. These delicate forest flowers can be found along the Beechwood Trail in the nature preserve. Participants must be able to hike one mile on uneven ground.

Latta Plantation Nature Center Horse Trailer Overflow Parking Lot Ages 15 and Older FREE #43282 Mar 24 Sun 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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, 38 and 44. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

www.parkandrec.com

Wilderness First Aid We are proud to announce that we will be offering Wilderness First Aid certification through partnership with Landmark Learning and the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. Upon successful completion of this training, each participant will receive their certification in Wilderness First Aid. There will be an optional CPR class Friday night and the First Aid class will take place Saturday and Sunday. This is a hands-on intensive training perfect for outdoor professionals and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Join us for a fun and practical training that just might save your life!

Latta Plantation Nature Center - Meet at Reedy Creek Park Shelter 3 Ages 16 and Older $200.00 #43097 Apr 27-28 Sat and Sun 9:00am to 6:00pm

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

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 N.S.I. (Nature Scence Invesitgators)

Scaly and Slimy Herpetology Camp

Camps Wunderlust Kidz Find the fun in nature! Explore the great outdoors and engage in some hands-on learning from stomping in the creek to observing live wildlife. Each week will be a new adventure and each day will take us on a new journey. Join us for the “Natural Way of Learning!”

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 4 to 6 $75.00 #42908 June 17-21 Mon - Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm #42915 Jul 8-12 Mon - Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm #42916 Jul 8-12 Mon - Fri 1:00pm to 4:00pm #42917 Jul 22-26 Mon - Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm #42918 Jul 22-26 Mon - Fri 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Snakes, Lizards and Frogs….oh my! A journey into the life of these scaly and slimy creatures promises to be a fun filled adventure! Highlights include Herptile hunts by land and water (searching for reptiles and amphibians) and a trip to the zoo.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 7 to 9 $150.00 #42925 Jul 15-19 Mon - Fri

9:00am to 4:00pm

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 10 to 12 $150.00 #42919 Jul 15-19 Mon - Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm

Wild Adventures in Nature Discover the wild side of nature during this adventure camp focused on the wildlife of North Carolina. Highlights include kayaking and an overnight camping experience.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 13 to 15 $160.00 #42926 Jul 29-Aug 2 Mon - Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm

Wings of Wonder Ornithology Camp Enter the fascinating world of birds through this hands-on week-long adventure. Highlights include birding by kayak, visiting Carolina Raptor Center and a trip to the zoo!

Family Nature Art

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Have you ever noticed how much nature plays a role in all aspects of art? Nature provides the canvas and the tools to create magnificent pieces of art. Join us as we hike the preserve looking at the ways nature is art, and then we will create some art in the woods for all to see. It surely will be a great time using rocks, sticks, leaves and more as our paints.

Ages 10 to 12 $150.00 #42924 June 17-21 Mon - Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm

Earth Adventures Discover what lies underneath that rock, what is hidden in the mud, and peeks through the grasses and trees of the forest. This action packed week will have campers scanning the tree tops, examining the stones beneath their feet, and exploring the well kept secrets of the preserve. Join us for a hands-on, outdoor experience that your child will rave about!

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 7 to 9 $150.00 #42904 June 24-28 Mon - Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm

Eco Odyssey Put on your explorer’s cap and get ready for some adventure. We will spend our time discovering the many adventures that nature has to offer. Wading through creeks, geocaching and canoeing are just a few examples of the fun that awaits you!

Predator and Prey Camp

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Explore animal survival strategies like sneaking, stalking, and camouflage while searching for predators and their prey throughout the preserve. Campers will learn about the relationship between predator and prey and end the camp with a visit to the NC Zoo.

Ages 7 to 9 $150.00 #42920 Aug 5-Aug 9 Mon - Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 7 to 9 $90.00 #42909 Jul 1-3 Mon - Wed 9:00am to 4:00pm

Wilderness Living Skills Camp Get in sync with nature and learn wilderness living skills. We will tune ourselves into the natural world and learn how to track wild animals, learn their calls, and know their life. We will learn the art of shelter building and how to make ourselves warm and comfortable, wild crafting, orienteering, and so much more. Start your journey into how to thrive in the wilderness not just survive. A one night camping trip (Thursday to Friday) will conclude the week’s journey.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 10 to 12 $160.00 #42903 June 24-28 Mon - Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Who left that track in the mud? Who made that nest? Who lives in that burrow? Campers will investigate clues in nature during this week of exploration and sleuthing. Come be a Nature Scene Investigator!

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Reedy Creek Nature Center All Ages FREE #42787 Mar 2 Sat

10:00am to 11:00am

Family Birding Extravaganza! Bring the whole family for this fun-filled afternoon! Learn why birds can bring joy to any time of year by hiking through their habitat with binoculars and field guides. We’ll also play games and create treats to bring home to the birds in your own backyard.

Reedy Creek Nature Center All Ages FREE #42788 Mar 2

Sat

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Animal Evidence ID Have you ever found an animal track in the mud? Or a bird nest in a tree? Learn how to be a nature detective and identify clues left by different kinds of animals. We will hike for about 30 minutes on some uneven terrain.

Reedy Creek Nature Center All Ages FREE #42789 Mar 3

Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Reedy Creek Nature Center Slithering Snakes Are all snakes venomous? What do they like to eat? Why do snakes shed their skin? Visit with the nature center snakes and learn all about these amazing creatures!

Reedy Creek Nature Center All Ages FREE #42791 Mar 23 Sat

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Scales and Slime What do snakes and turtles have in common? How can snakes move without any feet? Can touching a toad really give you warts? Come get up close and personal with these animals and find out!

Reedy Creek Nature Center All Ages FREE #42792 Apr 6

Reedy’s Animals Meet and Greet

Sat

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Eggstravaganza

Come and encounter Reedy’s animals close up and ask those questions you’ve been dying to know the answer to. There might even be the opportunity to touch some of these creatures!

Join us for an Easter egg hunt on the preserve and once you’ve found an egg decorate it with natural dyes.

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All Ages $2.00 #42793 Mar 31 Sun

All Ages #42783 #42784 #42785

FREE Mar 16 Sat Apr 20 Sat May 18 Sat

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

Reedy Creek Nature Center 2:30pm to 4:00pm

All Ages FREE #42796 Mar 10 Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

The Art of Papermaking Come and learn how to make your own paper! We will be repurposing old paper into brand new paper that can be used for note cards and letters. Fun for all ages!

Reedy Creek Nature Center All Ages FREE #42790 Mar 17 Sun

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2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Reedy Creek Nature Center All Ages FREE #42798 Apr 27 Sat

10:00am to 11:00am

International Migratory Bird Day Celebrate the miraculous journey of our fine feathered friends as we welcome them back from the south. A fun-filled day awaits you full of bird hikes, hands-on activites and crafts.

Reedy Creek Nature Center 10:00am to 2:00pm

Reedy Creek Nature Center All Ages FREE #42805 May 26 Sun

1:00pm to 2:30pm 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Stream Search Come prepared to get wet and muddy as we discover what lives under that rock and in the mud in Reedy Creek’s stream. We will use hand nets to try and capture these creatures and identify them. How many fish or insects can you catch?

Not So Scary Snakes

RibbonWalk Nature Preserve

Look for signs of spring by joining our scavenger hunt for nature. Families are welcome. Must be able to walk 1-2 miles on uneven terrain. Not stroller accessible.

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Think snakes are yucky and slimy? Many myths make people fear rather than respect these beautiful and mysterious creatures. You will discover why snakes are beneficial for the environment, and you can even meet a snake!

Join a naturalist on a laid back stroll through the preserve connecting with nature. We will explore the sights and sounds around us during this 2 - 3 mile hike. Must be able to hike 2 - 3 miles on uneven terrain.

Spring Scavenger Hunt

Reedy Creek Nature Center All Ages FREE #42797 Apr 14 Sun

All Ages FREE #42879 May 11 Sat

Naturalist Led Hike at RibbonWalk Preserve

All Ages FREE #42863 Mar 9 Sat #42872 Apr 13 Sat

Creature Feature: Decomposers! Come explore the world of special animals with a very important job. Meet some worms, bugs, and slugs and learn how these critters help us out more than we may realize.

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Ahh, Arthropods Six legs, eight legs, 14 and more! Explore the preserve for these small, over-looked animals that are ever so important. Learn how and why we humans depend on them.

Reedy Creek Nature Center All Ages FREE #42799 Apr 28 Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Signs of Spring Hike Look for spring wildflowers, emerging insects and other signs of spring arriving! Hike the trails of the preserve and enjoy the changing season. Must be able to hike 2-3 miles on uneven terrain

Reedy Creek Nature Center All Ages FREE #42795 Apr 13 Sat

3:00pm to 4:00pm

10:00am to 11:00am

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

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 1 to 2 FREE #42780 Mar 9 Sat #42781 Apr 20 Sat #42782 May 4 Sat

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

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Reedy Creek Nature Center Krafty Kids

Lil’ Sprouts Nature Preschool

Have fun learning while making nature themed related crafts with your child. Each day will be a new set of crafts based on a different theme. Parent participation is required.

Lil’ Sprouts is a one-of-a-kind program in the area that is built upon fostering your child’s excitement and enthusiasm of the natural world. It will encourage their growth and learning about the world around them. The curriculum is structured around authentic experiences that will have the children exploring nature with opportunities for play-based learning, art, music, dramatic play, stories, and so much more. Math, language arts, and reading are also incorporated into the curriculum. Come and experience “The Natural Way of Learning!” Limited to 6 participants per month.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 2 to 7 $2.00 #42772 Mar 9 Sat 11:00am to 12:00pm #42773 Mar 23 Sat 11:00am to 12:00pm #42774 Apr 6 Sat 11:00am to 12:00pm #42775 Apr 20 Sat 11:00am to 12:00pm #42776 May 4 Sat 11:00am to 12:00pm #42777 May 18 Sat 11:00am to 12:00pm

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 4 to 5 $35.00 #42769 Mar 7 Thu #42770 Apr 4 Thu #42771 May 2 Thu

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

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Adolescents Natural Beauty

PreSchool

Reedy Creek Nature Center

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. Parent participation required.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 3 and Older #42763 Mar 4 #42764 Apr 1 #42765 May 6

FREE Mon 10:00am to 11:00am Mon 10:00am to 11:00am Mon 10:00am to 11:00am

Budding Adventures Calling all kids and parents! Discover the awakening of the spring 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 explore with us and discover all of what nature has to offer. Parent particpation is required.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 3 to 6 FREE #42766 Mar 18 Mon 10:00am to 11:00am #42767 Apr 15 Mon 10:00am to 11:00am #42768 May 20 Mon 10:00am to 11:00am

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Nature can inspire all sorts of creativity! Explore your artistic side and create some amazing art using natural materials. Paint with twigs, make stamps with leaves and create some all natural art right here in the preserve.

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Ages 5 and Older FREE #42794 Apr 7 Sun 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Nature Noises Take a walk in the woods with a naturalist and listen to the sounds of nature, from birds songs to babbling brooks. Get inspired by nature and create your own musical instruments using natural and recycled materials. A short hike will be included, followed by an all natural jam session. Musicians are encouraged to bring thier own recyclables to use.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 5 and Older FREE #42801 May 12 Sun 2:00pm to 3:00pm

100-mile Hike Club Ready for a challenge? Come hike a hundred miles, register for our hikes throughout the year and earn credit miles to earn a T-shirt, patch, and more. Membership to the club is free, but each hike may have a small fee. Any naturalist led hike counts toward your credit miles. A staff signature is required for credit.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 5 and Older Ongoing

FREE

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

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 12 and Older FREE Ongoing Tue 5:00pm to 6:00pm

RibbonWalk Volunteer Day with Charlotte Sierra Club Join Park and Rec and the Sierra Club as we fight invasive species at the beautiful RibbonWalk Preserve. Other duties may include light trail work and trash clean-up. Come out and take ownership of your preserve!. Tools and gloves provided but bring your own if you have them. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

RibbonWalk Nature Preserve Ages 8 and Older FREE #42862 Mar 9 Sat #42871 Apr 13 Sat

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

Geocaching Join us for an introduction to this wonderful pastime that blends nature and technology and is fun for the whole family! No experience needed, but must be able to walk 1 – 2 miles on uneven terrain.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 8 and Older #42800 May 5

FREE Sun

2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Reedy Creek Nature Center Twilight and Campfire Hike

Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake

Following a twilight walk along Reedy’s trails, we will enjoy a warm campfire that provides the perfect setting for storytelling. Hear some of our favorite nighttime stories, and roast marshmallows over the fire.

Enjoy a naturalist-led kayak on Mountain Island Lake. This will be a relaxing paddle weaving in and out through the coves of the lake. All levels welcome.

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Ages 8 and Older FREE #42901 May 10 Fri

Ages 12 and Older $15.00 Single kayak $20.00 Tandem kayak #42881 May 23 Thu 5:30pm to 9:30pm

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Creek Walkin’ Join us on an exciting expedition into the depths of the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. We will travel not by trail, but through water. It will feel as though you stepped back in time. Come prepared to get wet and muddy.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 8 and Older FREE #42802 May 19 Sun

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Wonderful Weather Weather can be exciting and surprising! Through fun and easy activities, you’ll learn why we see morning dew, rain and clouds. We’ll then go outside and observe the weather here at Reedy Creek.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 8 and Older FREE #42804 May 25 Sat

11:00am to 12:00pm

Homeschool Homeschool: Animals a la Mode Our planet is full of life and amazing animals! Explore the many different kinds of animal life our planet supports. In these sessions, students will interact with live animals and learn about the specific needs of each. Then we will venture out in the preserve in search of these animals and learn the complex relationships that exist between animals and their habitats.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 5 to 7 $5.00 #42987 Mar 12 Tue #42989 Mar 26 Tue #42990 Apr 9 Tue #42991 Apr 23 Tue #42992 May 14 Tue #42993 May 28 Tue

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

Homeschool: Living Laboratory Learn the basics of biology in the laboratory. We will use the tools of the biologist such as microscopes and experiments to investigate life science.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 8 to 12 $5.00 #43037 Mar 12 Tue #43038 Mar 26 Tue #43039 Apr 9 Tue #43040 Apr 23 Tue #43041 May 14 Tue #43042 May 28 Tue

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

Homeschool: Advanced Life Science Field Study Learn field techniques of biological science while doing actual data collection in the following topics. Be prepared to be outside and on the trails most of the time with some additional time in the lab.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 13 to 18 $5.00/session Soil Biology - Mollusk Survey #44581 Mar 4 Mon 3:00pm to 4:30pm Biotic Index of Streams #44583 Mar 18 Mon 3:00pm to 4:30pm Botanical Basics and Herbarium Collections #44584 Apr 8 Mon 3:00pm to 4:30pm Wetland Species Survey #44585 Apr 22 Mon 3:00pm to 4:30pm Insect Specimen Survey #44586 May 6 Mon 3:00pm to 4:30pm Forestry Techniques #44587 May 20 Mon 3:00pm to 4:30pm

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

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 16 and Older $5.00 Ongoing Tue 6:15pm to 7:15pm

BioDiversity Hike: Weymouth Woods This month we will be exploring the beautiful and unique sandhills ecosystem. Some of the highlights include walking along towering longleaf pines and possibly getting a glance at the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Must be able to hike 7 - 9 miles on uneven terrain. Some trails are strenuous.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 16 and Older $12.00 #42860 Mar 2 Sat 8:00am to 6:00pm

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Reedy Creek Nature Center Rain Garden Benefits This past fall and winter, Reedy Creek has been designing a new unique garden; a rain garden. Come out to see the rain garden the native plants utilize, and learn the benefits of installing a rain garden.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 15 and Older FREE #42778 Mar 15 Fri 4:00pm to 5:00pm #42779 Apr 24 Wed 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Wildlife and Native Plants Ever wonder what plants attract which animals? Join us for a discussion on the importance of native plants and the animals they attract. Program will be followed by a tour of the gardens.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 15 and Older FREE #42803 May 24 Fri 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Congaree Canoe/Kayak They say the best way to see this park is by boat. Choose a canoe or kayak to float through this Internationl Biosphere and National Park. This guided trip will focus on the Natural History of the area. Must be able to paddle 7 miles. Trip is dependent on water levels and will become a hiking trip if water levels are low.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 16 and Older $15.00 #42867 Mar 16 Sat 8:00am to 6:00pm

Spring Equinox Evening Hike Celebrate the spring equinox with a brisk hike through Reedy Creek Preserve. We will hike 3 - 5 miles on uneven terrain at a moderate pace.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 16 and Older FREE #42868 Mar 20 Wed 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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BioDiversity Hike: Table Rock Mountain Join us for a beautiful spring day in the foothills! This 3,000+ acre park hosts a wonderful variety of natural features and is said to be one of South Carolina’s most popular parks. Must be able to hike 7 - 9 miles on uneven terrain. Some trails are strenuous.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 16 and Older $12.00 #42878 Apr 27 Sat 8:00am to 7:00pm

BioDiversity Hike: Doughton Park Just off the Blueridge Parkway at MP 240, Doughton Park offers a wide variety of hiking options. We will combine easy and strenuous trails to witness all this park has to offer. Must be able to hike 7 - 9 miles on uneven terrain. Some trails are strenuous.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 16 and Older $12.00 #42882 May 25 Sat 8:00am to 7:00pm

Adults Weekday Wanderers: Weymouth Woods

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Contact the Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 18 and Older $ TBD #42876 Apr 19 Fri 12:00pm to Apr 21 Sun 7:00pm

Full Moon Hike Celebrate the energy of a full moon with a hike through the preserve after hours. We will hike 3 - 5 miles on uneven terrain at a moderate pace.

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 18 and Older FREE #42877 Apr 25 Thu 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Join us as we visit this 434 acre natural treasure in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Connect with nature as we stroll through the many trails and exhibits.

Ages 18 and Older $12.00 Adults $10.00 Seniors 55 and Older #42861 Mar 8 Fri 8:00am to 5:00pm

Weekday Wanderers: Piedmont Environmental Center This month we will be visiting the Piedmont Environmental Center to learn about their green building and hike along the shores of High Point Lake looking for spring wildflowers. It’s a beautiful time of year to explore the Piedmont!

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Discover the Natural History of our coast on this naturalist led adventure. Highlight activities include hiking, birding, shelling, kayaking and searching for wild horses!

This month we will be exploring the beautiful and unique sandhills ecosystem. Some of the highlights include walking along towering longleaf pines and possibly getting a glance at the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker.

Ages 18 and Older $12.00 Adults $10.00 Seniors 55 and Older #42869 Apr 4 Thu 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Coastal Adventure

Weekday Wanderers: North Carolina Arboretum

Reedy Creek Nature Center Ages 18 and Older $12.00 Adults $10.00 Seniors 55 and Older #42880 May 17 Fri 8:00am to 5:00pm

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, 38 and 44. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Summer Camps Preschool F.U.N. (Fabulous Understanding of Nature!) Camp What are all the wonderfully wild things here at McDowell Nature Preserve? Young explorers will discover animals and habitats at the Preserve while completing fun crafts and a variety of fun filled activities! Four sessions of this half-day camp are available. Campers may choose either the AM or PM session for the week. Registration required. Ages 4 to 6 $70.00

McDowell Nature Center #44043 Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #44044 Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F 1:00pm to 4:00pm #44045 Aug 12-Aug 16 M-F 9:00am to 2:00pm #44046 Aug 12-Aug 16 M-F 1:00pm to 4:00pm

L.A.N.D. Camp: Slimy & Scaly Adventures Interested in creatures that are slimy or scaly? Join us for this week long, half-day camp where we become Herpetologists and explore different reptiles and amphibians. Get up close and personal with some of our residential herps and be prepared to visit them in the wild as well! Ages 4 to 6 $75.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #43295 Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #43296 Jul 8-Jul 12 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #43297 Jul 22-Jul 26 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

L.A.N.D. Camp: EcoFantasy

4-H: Motorsports Day Camp

Join us for this weeklong, half day camp where we will encourage your child’s imagination to grow while making connections to real animals found in nature. Imagination, creativity and nature education work together in this fun camp week. Ages 4 to 6 $75.00

Participants in the one-week day camp will experience the life of a pit crew as they design, update and race radio-controlled cars. Using specific math, engineering and technology skills, the campers will solve real-life racing problems. We will also visit local racing shops and the Nascar Hall of Fame. Ages 9 to 12 $75.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #43298 Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #43299 Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #43300 Aug 5-Aug 9 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

Shorty Sporty Camp Participants will learn basic motor skills and sports skills in this half day camp. For more information, please contact ElonRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or call 704-540-2426 Ages 3 to 5 $40.00

Elementary School

4-H: Residential Summer Camp

Overnight residential camp located near the 4-H Cloverbud Day Camp Outer Banks in Columbia North Carolina open What is 4-H all about? What do 4-H’ers do? This to any Mecklenburg County youth. While at 4-H campers enjoy swimming, archery, day camp allows young people to experience a jambalaya of 4-H activities and programs ranging crafts, kayaking, canoeing, marine science, from cooking and crafts to science experiements. and much more. Transportation to and from camp provided. For more information and to This week long day camp runs from 9am until register, contact 704-336-2082 or visit: www. noon. Cost for the camp includes daily snacks, a mecklenburgcounty4h.org. field trip to Discovery place and lunch on Friday. Ages 8 to 12 $500.00 Ages 5 to 8 $35.00

4-H Youth Day Camp Come experience a Jambalaya of 4-H through our youth day camp July 15-19. Camp hours are 9:00am until noon. Throughout the week, campers will experience a variety of activities ranging from cooking and crafts to science experiments. Camp fee includes daily snacks, and uptown scavenger hunt and trip to Fuel Pizza. For more details call 704-336-2082 or visit www.mecklenburgcounty4h.org. Ages 9 to 13 $35.00

Armory Training Facility #44589 Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

Spring 2013

#44160 Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm #44161 Jul 8-Jul 12 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm #44162 Aug 5-Aug 9 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

Elon Recreation Center

#44588 Jul 8-Jul 12 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

Tom Sykes Recreation Center

#44444 Jun 10-Jun 14 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #44446 Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #44447 Aug 5-Aug 9 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

Armory Training Facility

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Elon Recreation Center

#44442 Jul 8-Jul 12 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm #44443 Jul 22-Jul 26 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

Armory Training Facility

#42260 Jul 28-Aug 2 Su-F 6:00am to 11:00pm

Outdoor Explorers Camp Interest in nature and outdoor recreation starts at an early age. Help your child get a jump on discovering both as we investigate the natural world around them through stream explorations, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor recreation opportunities. As always, animal encounters, games, and lots of fun are included. Each week focuses on a different theme - Week 1, Animals; Week 2, Plants; Week 3, Earth & Space. Ages 7 – 9 $160.00

McDowell Nature Center #44047 Jun 24 - Jun 28 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm #44048 Jul 22 - Jul 26 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm #44049 Jul 29 – Aug 2 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Summer Camps All Sports Camp

Camp H2O

Campers will be exposed to a different sport each day, from the gridiron to the water. Children will learn fundamentals, make sports related crafts and visit and or play at a sports venue each day! Ages 6 to 11 $120.00

Kids will have a splash at our water-themed camp! We will investigate everything from aquatic animals to water quality with cool, water-based activities and games. Some highlights of the week will include canoeing, stream explorations, and even a visit to Ray’s Splash Planet. Ages 8 to 11 $150.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #43550 Aug 12-Aug 16 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

Aquatics: Camp Neptune Charlotte’s original swim camp. Activities include wakeboarding, water polo, snorkeling and field trips to water parks. Swim tests are available. Must be able to swim in 200 yards in deep water independently. For more information, contact Matthew.Jakubowski@MecklenburgCountyNC. gov or call 704-336-3483. Ages 8 to 13 $175.00 / $150.00

Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center #42927 #42928 #42929 #42930

Jun 17-Jun 21 Jul 8-Jul 12 Jul 22-Jul 26 Aug 5-Aug 9

M-F M-F M-F M-F

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

Latta Plantation Nature Center

Camp Chrononaut: Travelers Through Time (Participants should have completed Kindergarten) Travel through time from PreHistoric to the Future learning about various eras via interactive games, 4-H & STEM enrichment, outdoor play and nature activities, fitness, field trips, swimming, arts and crafts and guest speakers. For more information, contact the Recreation Center listed. Camps will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Ages 6 to 11 $70.00

Berewick Recreation Center #44217 Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #44219 Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #44220 Jul 1-Jul 5 M-W & F 7:30am to 5:30pm #44221 Jul 8-Jul 12 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #44222 Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #44223 Jul 22-Jul 26 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #44224 Jul 29-Aug 2 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #44225 Aug 5-Aug 9 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #44194 #44196 #44197 #44198 #44199 #44200 #44201 #44202

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

Camp Cannonball Beat the heat and make a splash with any session of Camp Cannonball! Fun includes water games, crafts, field trips and loads of swimming! For more information email Calvin.Covington@ mecklenburgcountync.gov or call 704-432-1140. Ages 6 to 11 $175.00 / $150.00

Ray’s Splash Planet #42934 #42935 #42936 #42937

Jun 10-Jun 14 M-F Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F Jul 29-Aug 2 M-F Aug 12-Aug 16 M-F

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Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Jul 1-Jul 5 M-W & F 7:30am to 5:30pm Jul 8-Jul 12 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Jul 22-Jul 26 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Jul 29-Aug 2 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Aug 5-Aug 9 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

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

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Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Jul 1-Jul 5 M-W & F 7:30am to 5:30pm Jul 8-Jul 12 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Jul 22-Jul 26 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Jul 29-Aug 2 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Aug 5-Aug 9 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

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#43308 Jul 8-Jul 12 M-F 9:00am to 3:00pm #43309 Jul 22-Jul 26 M-F 9:00am to 3:00pm #43310 Aug 12-Aug 16 M-F 9:00am to 3:00pm

Charlotte Cheer Elite Camp This camp is designed to introduce young ladies to the fundamentals of cheerleading in an exciting, encouraging, and safe environment! Campers will have the opportunity to bond with others who share the same desire to learn and master the cheer sport while in addition participating in afternoon group activity and discussions on positive choices, peer pressure, and building self-esteem. For more information please contact Latoya Cornish at 704-241-1871 or visit www.charlottecheerelite.com. Ages 5 to 11 $65.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43326 #43327 #43328 #43329

Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F Aug 5-Aug 9 M-F Aug 12-Aug 16 M-F

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

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, 38 and 44. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Summer Camps Inventive Builders Camp Your creative builder will have a chance to test their best building techniques. We will work on LEGO projects and use our imaginations to build our own projects. Campers will learn hands on techniques that will allow them to become creative thinkers, problem solvers and effectively work in organized team activities. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803 Ages 9 to 14 $75.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #44164 Jun 10-Jun 14 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm #44165 Aug 12-Aug 16 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

Earth Adventures Camp Discover what lies underneath that rock, what is hidden in the mud, and peeks through the grasses and trees of the forest. This action packed week will have campers scanning the tree tops, examining the stones beneath their feet, and exploring the well kept secrets of the preserve. Join us for a hands-on, outdoor experience that your child will rave about! Ages 7 to 9 $150.00

N.S.I. (Nature Scene Investigators)

Scaly and Slimy Herpetology Camp

Who left that track in the mud? Who made that nest? Who lives in that burrow? Campers will investigate clues in nature during this week of exploration and sleuthing. Come be a Nature Scene Investigator! Ages 10 to 12 $150.00

Snakes, Lizards and Frogs….oh my! A journey into the life of these scaly and slimy creatures promises to be a fun filled adventure! Highlights include Herptile hunts by land and water (searching for reptiles and amphibians) and a trip to the zoo. Ages 7 to 9 $150.00

Reedy Creek Nature Center #42919 Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Outdoor Adventure Camp Campers will explore Latta Plantation Nature Preserve as they have never done before! Canoeing, fishing, geocaching, shelter building and hiking are just some of the fun activities we will enjoy during this weeklong day camp. This camp will culminate with a field trip adventure to Crowder’s Mountain State Park. Ages 7 to 10 $150.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #43304 #43305 #43306 #43307

Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F Jul 1-Jul 5 M-F Jul 29-Aug 2 M-F Aug 5-Aug 9 M-F

9:00am to 3:00pm 9:00am to 3:00pm 9:00am to 3:00pm 9:00am to 3:00pm

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Outdoor Survival Camp

#42904 Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve provides everything we need in order to survive and during this fun-filled weeklong camp, campers will learn how to survive in the outdoors. We will learn about water survival as we canoe, land navigation with a map and compass, how to build shelters, cook in the outdoors, and; most importantly, keep a positive mental attitude. This will all culminate in an overnight camping experience. Ages 10 to 12 $150.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #43311 Jun 17-Jun 21    M-W   9:00am to 3:00pm                        Th-F  9:00am (Th) to 10:00am (F) #43312 Jul 15-Jul 19     M-W   9:00am to 3:00pm                         Th-F  9:00am (Th) to 10:00am (F)

Predator and Prey Camp Explore animal survival strategies like sneaking, stalking, and camouflage while searching Eco Odyssey Camp for predators and their prey throughout Put on your explorer’s cap on and get ready the preserve. Campers will learn about the for some adventure. We will spend our time relationship between predator and prey and end discovering the many adventures that nature has the camp with a visit to the NC Zoo. to offer. Wading through creeks, geocaching and Ages 7 to 9 $90.00 canoeing are just a few examples of the fun that Reedy Creek Nature Center awaits you! #42909 Jul 1-Jul 3 M-W 9:00am to 4:00pm Ages 7 to 9 $150.00

Reedy Creek Nature Center #42920 Aug 5-Aug 9 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Reedy Creek Nature Center #42925 Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Sports: Multi Sports Camps The US Sports Institute will provide campers with the opportunity to experience a variety of sports from around the world (over 15 sports each week). The focus is on development and fun. For more information, contact Bryan.Joyner@ MecklenburgCountNC.gov or call 704-432-4963. Visit http://www.USSportsInstitute.com Ages 6 -12 Full Day (9:00am - 4:00pm) $199.00 Ages 5 -12 Half Day (9:00am - 12:30pm) $169.00 Ages 5 -12 Half Day (1:00pm - 4:00pm) $109.00 Ages 11 -14 Evening (4:30pm - 6:30pm) $65.00 Ages 3 -5 Evening (4:30pm - 5:30pm) $65.00

Revolution Park Jun 10-Jun 14, Jun 17-Jun 21, Jun 24-28

Sports: Basketball and Beyond Skills Day Camp Children of any experience level will learn fundamental basketball skills. Basic drills, ball handling, shooting and more. For more information, contact Terence.McMurray@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4580. Ages 8 to 14 $40.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center 44733 Jun 10-Jun 14

M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

Tennis Camp at Sugaw Creek Learn the fundamentals of a fun life long sport! Camp is designed to serve as an introduction to basic strokes, rule of the game and tennis etiquette. For more information please contact William Brown at 704-449-7897. Ages 6 to 17 $125.00

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center #43441 Jun 10-Aug 30 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Summer Camps Urban Outdoor Connection Camp

Wunderlust Kidz Camp

Kayaking, fishing, hiking and fire building are just a few of the outdoor adventures that campers participate in as they discover the great outdoors. Each day, campers travel to local natural areas, state parks, and preserves, exploring amazing places and developing confidence in nature. New this year - weekly themes and extended hours for busy parents! Scholarships available. Participants must register and pay before filling out paperwork from McDowell Nature Center (704-588-5224). Registration required. Ages 7 to 9 $65.00

Find the fun in nature! Explore the great outdoors and engage in some hands-on learning from stomping in the creek to observing live wildlife. Each week will be a new adventure and each day will take us on a new journey. Join us for the Natural Way of Learning! Ages 4 to 6 $75.00

Reedy Creek Nature Center #42908 Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F #42915 Jul 8-Jul 12 M-F #42916 Jul 8-Jul 12 M-F #42917 Jul 22-Jul 26 M-F #42918 Jul 22-Jul 26 M-F

9:00am to 12:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm 9:00am to 12:00pm 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center Explorers #43881 Survival #43882 Water #43884 Animals #43886

Jul 8-Jul 12

M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm

Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm Jul 22-Jul 26 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm Jul 29-Aug 2 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center Survival #43875 Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm Water #43877 Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm Animals #43879 Jul 1-Jul 5 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm

Urban Outdoor Connection Camp Kayaking, fishing, hiking and fire building are just a few of the outdoor adventures that campers participate in as they discover the great outdoors. Each day, campers travel to local natural areas, state parks, and preserves, exploring amazing places and developing confidence in nature. New this year - weekly themes and extended hours for busy parents! Scholarships available. Participants must register and pay before filling out paperwork from McDowell Nature Center (704-588-5224). Registration required. Ages 10 to 12 $65.00

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center Survival #43883 Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm Adventure #43885 Jul 22-Jul 26 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center Survival #43876 Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm Adventure #43878 Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Teens Young Explorers Camp Not sure if your child is ready for a full day at camp? Then this half-day version of our everpopular Outdoor Adventure Camp is just what you’re searching for! Each day will focus on a different outdoor recreation activity. Campers will explore the nature preserve by going canoeing, using a map and compass, hunting for hidden treasure, and more. Ages 6 to 7 $75.00

Latta Plantation Nature Center #43301 Jul 1-Jul 5 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #43302 Jul 29-Aug 2 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm #43303 Aug 12-Aug 16 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm

4-H: Motorsports Day Camp Participants in the one-week day camp will experience the life of a pit crew as they design, update and race radio-controlled cars. Using specific math, engineering and technology skills, the campers will solve real-life racing problems. We will also visit local racing shops and the Nascar Hall of Fame. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803 Ages 12 to 15 $75.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #44163 Jul 22-Jul 26 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

Wilderness Skills Camp Get in sync with nature and learn wilderness living skills. We will tune ourselves into the natural world and learn how to track wild animals, learn their calls, and know their life. We will learn the art of shelter building and how to make ourselves warm and comfortable, wild crafting, orienteering, and so much more. Start your journey into how to thrive in the wilderness not just survive. A one night camping trip (Thursday to Friday) will conclude the week’s journey. Ages 10 to 12 $150.00

Reedy Creek Nature Center 42903 Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Wings of Wonder Ornithology Camp Enter the fascinating world of birds through this hands-on week long adventure. Highlights include birding by kayak, visiting Carolina Raptor Center and a trip to the zoo! Ages 10 to 12 $150.00

Reedy Creek Nature Center #42924 Jun 17-Jun 2 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Summer Camps Adventure Camp

Charlotte Cheer Elite Camp-Middle

McDowell’s camp for pre-teens who are ready for bigger adventures! Expect to climb mountains, paddle lakes, cook your own food, and have fun outside in a week of nature-based learning and recreation. As always animal encounters, games, and lots of adventure are included. Registration required. Ages 10 to 12 $160.00

This camp is designed to introduce young ladies to the fundamentals of cheerleading in an exciting, encouraging, and safe environment! Campers will have the opportunity to bond with others who share the same desire to learn and master the cheer sport while in addition participating in afternoon group activity and discussions on positive choices, peer pressure, and building self-esteem. For more information please contact Latoya Cornish at 704-241-1871 or visit www.charlottecheerelite.com. Ages 12 to 14 $65.00

McDowell Nature Center #44050 Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm #44051 Aug 5-Aug 9 M-F 9:00am to 4:00pm

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43334 #43335 #43336 #43337

Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F Aug 5-Aug 9 M-F Aug 12-Aug 16 M-F

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

Cheer Camp This Camp will focus on basic gymnastics for the field, some dance and a short spirit routine. Pom Poms are included with the program. Great preparation for Middle School Cheerleading Squad. For more information contact ArborGlenOutreachCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4580. Ages 9 to 13 $65.00

4-H Teen Day Camp Are you a teen looking for something to do during the summer? Come to Mecklenburg 4-H Teen Day Camp the week of June 10-14. Day camp hours are only 9am until noon (except for Friday). During the week, teens will particpate in a variety of activities including cooking, arts and crafts and science experiments. We will end the week with a full day trip to the US National Whitewater Center. Camp fee covers daily snacks, field trip and Friday lunch. For more information, call 704-336-2082 or visit www. mecklenburgcounty4h.org Ages 14 to 18 $75.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #44710 Jun 10-Jun 14 M-F 8:30am to 5:30pm

Elite Skills & Drills Basketball Camp

Camp is a complete basketball training program for athletes who are serious about improving their basketball skills. Each athlete will participate in intense, comprehensive, and challenging workouts consisting of individual skill development, small group instruction, and game simulation sessions. Participants will train like the pros and the program is for the serious, Armory Training Facility dedicated athlete ONLY. For more information #44582 Jun 10-Jun 14 M-F 9:00am to 12:00pm contact 704-336-7655 or alvis.james@mecklenburgcountync.gov 4-H: Teen Congress Ages 10 to 17 $25.00 Held on the campus of North Carolina State Martin Luther King School Recreation Ste University in Raleigh, NC. The week consist Girls Only of workshops and seminars surrounding the #44070 Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm state 4-H theme, government and citizenship, #44074 Jun 10-Jun 14 M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm leadership and teamwork and lots of social Boys Only opportunities. For more information and to #44076 Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm register, contact 704-336-2082 or visit: www. #44078 Jul 8-Jul 12 M-F 9:00am to 1:00pm mecklenburgcounty4h.org. Ages 13 to 18 $275.00

Armory Training Facility

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#42287 Jun 22-Jun 25 Sa-Tu 8:00am to 11:00pm

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Jr. Lifeguarding Camp An educational program that provides a foundation of aquatic and leadership, knowledge, attitudes and skills preparing them for the future and successful completion of the Red Cross Lifeguarding course. Must know how to swim. For more information, contact Jody. Corum@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-1141. Ages 11 to 14 $150.00

Ray’s Splash Planet #42941 Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F 7:30am to 6:00pm

Science Galore Camp Science Galore camp is geared at introducing participants to some of the exciting fields with in technology and engineering. During camp participants will experience working and building wireless communication devices and bio-med tech devices like a bionic arm. Participants will be surrounded by science and will get hands on experience and knowledge from the projects. For more information, contact TomSykesRecreationCenter@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4803. Ages 10 to 15 $75.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #44394 Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

Sustainability Seminar Learn about sustainability through several hands-on experiences. Experiment with solar and wind power. Discover energy saving techniques. See firsthand how several businesses and institutions are implementing sustainable practices through a series of field trips. Brainstorm ideas - you never know - we may come up with a new sustainable solution! Ages 13 - 17 $150.00

McDowell Nature Center #44022 Jul 8 - Jul 11 M-Th 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Summer Camps Sports Camp Sports Camp will enhance children’s knowledge and development of non-traditional and traditional sports. Choose a specialty sport(s) each week designed for beginners, intermediate, and advance participants (no experience necessary). Ages 7 to 10 $65.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center Basketball #44319 Jul 8-Jul 12 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Soccer #44320 Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Baseball #44321 Jul 22-Jul 26 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Football #44322 Jul 29-Aug 2 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

Tennis: Midwood Tennis Academy Summer Camp

Summer Tennis and Sports Camps will focus mainly on tennis, but will also include a variety of other sports that teach not only athletic skills like balance, coordination, and quickness, but life skills including teamwork, character Revolution Park Sports Academy and personal responsibility. Additionally Football #42171 Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm campers will be participating in educational and enrichment programs for a part of Soccer #42172 Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm every day. For more information, contact tom@midwoodtennisacademy or visit www. Boxing midwoodtennisacademy.com #42173 Jul 1-Jul 5 M-W & F 7:30am to 5:30pm Ages 6 to 18 $190.00 Lacrosse #42174 Jul 8-Jul 12 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Tom Sykes Recreation Center Golf #44548 Jun 10-Aug 24 Mon 8:00am to 5:00pm #42175 Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Baseball Traditional: MECK Teens REC #42176 Jul 22-Jul 26 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm Summer Camp Wrestling A traditional day camp for youth in middle/high #42177 Jul 29-Aug 2 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm school (Participants should have completed 6th Track and Field grade). Travel with us as we participant in games, #42178 Aug 5-Aug 9 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 4-H enrichment activities, outdoor play and nature activities, fitness, field trips, swimming, arts and crafts and guest speakers. For more information, contact West Charlotte or Noami Drenan Recreation Centers. The Camp will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Ages 12 to 15 $55.00

Naomi Drenan Recreation 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, 38, and 44. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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#43498 #43499 #43500 #43501 #43502 #43503 #43504 #43505

Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F Jul 1-Jul 5 M-W & F Jul 8-Jul 12 M-F Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F Jul 22-Jul 26 M-F Jul 29-Aug 2 M-F Aug 5-Aug 9 M-F

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

Traditional: 21st Century Summer Camp An all inclusive program that offers campers a wide variety of activities in the areas of team and individual sports, visual, studio, performing arts and academics. For more information, contact Clara Witherspoon at 704-264-4763 Ages 5 to 12 $65.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43202 #43203 #43204 #43205 #43206 #43207 #43208 #43209 #43210

Jun 10-Jun 14 Jun 17-Jun 21 Jun 24-Jun 28 Jul 1-Jul 5 Jul 8-Jul 12 Jul 15-Jul 19 Jul 22-Jul 26 Jul 29-Aug 2 Aug 5-Aug 9

M-F M-F M-F M-F M-F M-F M-F M-F M-F

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

Wild Adventures in Nature Discover the wild side of nature during this adventure camp focussed on the wildlife of North Carolina. Highlights include kayaking and an overnight camping experience. Ages 13 to 15 $150.00

Reedy Creek Nature Center #42926 Jul 29 Mon 9:00am to 4:00pm

Adult Family Adventure Camp

Explore the great outdoors and the skills you need to do so...fire building, fishing, kayaking, and campfire cooking. Then cap it off with a camp out where we will sing songs, roast s’mores, and take a Nature at Night Hayride before falling asleep in a private tent with your family. All gear and meals are provided (Lunch: Thurs – Fri., Dinner: Fri. night, and Breakfast: West Charlotte Recreation Center Sat. morning). Additional family members #44504 Jun 17-Jun 21 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #44505 Jun 24-Jun 28 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm are welcome to join us for the Friday evening campfire cookout and hayride for an additional #44506 Jul 1-Jul 5 M-W & F 7:30am to 5:30pm fee. Registration required. #44507 Jul 8-Jul 12 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm All Ages $65.00 / $10.00 #44508 Jul 15-Jul 19 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm #44509 Jul 22-Jul 26 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm McDowell Nature Center #44510 Jul 29-Aug 2 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm 44042 Jun 13-Jun 15 Thu 9:00am to 4:00pm, Fri 9:00am to Sat 10:00am #44511 Aug 5-Aug 9 M-F 7:30am to 5:30pm

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Therapeutic Recreation The Therapeutic Recreation Section of the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department seeks to provide therapeutic recreation services to individuals who have disabilities. We focus on abilities rather than disabilities and encourage people to attain their highest level of independent leisure functioning by increasing leisure, social and communication skills, increasing independent living skills and their awareness and involvement in community and recreational activities. We advocate for and ensure inclusive opportunities in all programs and services and act on behalf of individuals with disabilities by promoting accessibility at all Department parks, facilities, programs, special events and classes.

Therapeutic Recreation Spring 2013 Programs

TR Pep Squad Cheerleading

Ages 3-6 Marion Diehl Park Adaptive Field, 2219 Tyvola Road Saturdays, March 16-May 4 9:00-9:45am $35.00 (NO practice March 30 due to the Easter Holiday)

Ages 13-25 Marion Diehl Recreation Center Games: Saturdays, March 16-May 4 11:00am-12:00pm (No Games March 30) Practice: Wednesdays, March 13 - May 1 6:00-7:00pm (No Practice April 3) $50.00 (fee includes the cost of shirt)

To register, contact Abigail.Bergman@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-4328.

Register by Feb. 22. Contact Ariel.Kliem@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-4327.

Pee Wee Sports Tee Ball

Tandem cycling for youth and adults with visual impairments Ages 6 and Older Park Road Park, 6220 Park Road Saturdays, April 6-27 9:00-10:30am

$25.00

To register, contact: Jana.McMullen@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-4330.

Adaptive Baseball

Youth ages 6-12, Teens/Young Adults 13-21 Marion Diehl Park Adaptive Field, 2219 Tyvola Road Games: Saturdays, March 16-May 4 10:00am-11:00am (youth), 11:00am-12:00pm (teens) Practice: Wednesday, March 13 – May 1 6:00-7:00pm (No practices or games March 31 or April 3 due to CMS Spring Break)

$50.00 (fee includes jersey, cap, & equipment use) Register by Feb. 22. Contact Stacey.Thomas@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-4326.

TR Tennis

Ages 13-35 Park Road Park, Court #12 Tuesdays, March 12 - April 23, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm $40.00 (No class on April 2) To register, contact Stacey.Thomas@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-4326.

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Fuel for Life

Young Men 16-35 McAlister’s Deli, 4805 Park Road Come hang with the guys and fuel your life with good conversation. Fuel for Life provides the opportunity for young men to talk about and gain support for issues they’re facing in their lives. Each session we will host guest speakers and discuss different topics, such as employment and job skills, relationships, life goals and values, and other topics that are important to you. Mondays, March 18, April 22, May 13 6:00-7:30pm

$10.00 (plus the cost of food) To register, contact Abigail.Bergman@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or call 704-432-4328.

Wilderness Bunch Teens and Young Adults 16-35 Join the Wilderness Bunch as we sleep under the stars, cook our own food, hike, and enjoy the great outdoors. This program is designed to teach basic skills needed for tent camping and participating in outdoor recreation. Day trips include hiking, fishing and nature lessons. McDowell Nature Preserve March 8-10, 2013 4:00pm (Friday) - 4:00pm (Sunday) (Drop off and pick up at Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road) $150.00 Participants should be independent in self-care and be able to hike approximately 1 mile. To register, contact Karen.Howard@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-432-4325.

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Therapeutic Recreation Therapeutic Recreation 2013 Summer Camp Programs Preschool (Ages 2-4) Imagination Station (For preschool, ages 2-4 with disabilities)

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center, 440 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, NC 28208 Join us this summer on the Discovery Train! Imagination Station will allow you to explore the world around you while making new friends! We will explore such things as science, art, health, music and sports & games! Each week will have a different theme such as: Chika Chika ABC and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which will allow your child to use their imagination and creativity! Imagination Station is a great opportunity to introduce children to a group recreation setting or allow for continued interaction with their peers during the summer months. There’s no doubt, kids will enjoy this camp that encourages non-stop fun and imagination! 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM $100.00 per week Contact: Abigail Bergman at 704-432-4328 or Abigail.Bergman@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Youth (Ages 5-10) Camp Fun Flics (For youth, ages 5-6 with disabilities)

Tom Sykes Recreation Center, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203 Come and join us for a camp full of animated fun. Explore the wonderful world of helping Nemo find matching colors and shapes. Learn about friends and sharing with Buzz Lightyear. How about arts and crafts with Shrek? Let’s work it out with Zebra Marty. This camp offers an array of hidden educational treasures with great interactive activities, music, games, trips, exercise and more! 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM $100.00 per week Contact: Tari Turner at 704-432-4329 or Tari.Turner@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

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

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X-Treme Kids (For youth, ages 7-8 with disabilities)

Tom Sykes Recreation Center, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203 Campers will be engaged in sports, group games, playground fun, swimming, and other interactive activities, designed to promote friendship, fun, and social skills. We will exercise our minds and bodies through music, dance, art projects, and by taking weekly field trips. Each week will have a different theme so kids can look forward to spending time under the sea, exploring dinosaurs, getting shipwrecked and more! 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM $100.00 per week Contact: Stacey Thomas at 704-432-4326 or Stacey.Thomas@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Young Explorers (For youth, ages 9-10 with disabilities)

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center, 950 Beal St., Charlotte, NC 28211 Join us for an eight-week summer camp full of fun and exploration where youth will enjoy many different hands-on activities and group games. Get ready to come with us on a Journey through the Jungle, Tropical Exploration and more! We will enjoy weekly field trips, swimming, music, pottery, sports and outdoor activities. Children should bring a bag lunch with a drink each day. 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM $100.00 per week Contact: Shannon Maxwell, 704-432-4331 or Shannon.Maxwell@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Tweens (Ages 11-13) Camp BE-Tween (For youth, ages 11-13 with disabilities)

Clanton Pavillion, 3132 Manchester Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28217 During this eight-week summer experience for “tween-agers,” we’ll enjoy weekly field trips, swimming, sports, arts and crafts and much more! Join us as we explore outer space, around the globe, our amazing brains and our own backyards. BE active, BE yourself, BE curious, BE creative…at Camp BE-Tween! 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM $100.00 per week Contact: Karen Howard at 704-432-4325 or Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Teens (Ages 14-16) Summer Quest (For teens age, 14-16 with disabilities)

Methodist Homes Recreation Center, 3200 Shamrock Dr. Charlotte, NC 28215 Summer Quest is an eight-week summer camp experience where teens will participate in hands-on activities, crafts, music and dance, and group games. We will enjoy weekly field trips, swimming, sports, special events, and much more! 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM $100.00 per week Contact: Ariel Kliem at 704-432-4327 or Ariel.Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Therapeutic Recreation Experience Camp (TREC) (For teens ages 17-21 with disabilities, and still in High School)

Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 Spend your summer with friends and participate in sports, swimming, arts and crafts, music and art therapy, cooperative games, guest speakers and a weekly field trip. Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM $100.00 per week Contact: Jana McMullen at 704-432-4330 or Jana.McMullen@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

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Preschool Programs & Activities Athletics

Cultural Arts

Jump Buddies

Art: Sponge Painting

Learn how to jump, in a music filled, non competitive, self paced environment. This program is comprised of jump ropes, hurdles, broad jumping, jumping jacks and more. Ages 4 to 6 $1.00

Get messy and creative with paint. This is a parent guided class. Clothing may get stained - dress appropriately. Ages 3 to 5 $2.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

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Fri Fri

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

Shorty Sporty Tots will get moving while learning new skills from various sports. Parent participation required. Ages 4 to 6 $5.00

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center

#44305 Apr 18-May 23 Thurs 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Hickory Grove Recreation Center

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Mar 14 Mar 28 Apr 11 Apr 25 May 9 May 23

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

Arts for Tots This program will promote dramatic play, confidence, body awareness and social skills through theatre, song, dance, creative expression and craft projects. Parent participation is required. Ages 1 to 3 $2.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center

#44095 Mar 6 #44096 Mar 6 #44097 Mar 6

Soccer: Little Ray Indoor Fun League Learn the basic skills of soccer, while having fun. Participants will receive a uniform, shin guards, socks and a participation award. This is a six game league. Games will be played on Saturdays, Apr 13–May 18. Ages 3 to 4 $45.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center

#44373 Mar 18-May 18 Mon 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center

#44398 Mar 20-May 18 Wed 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center

#44369 Mar 18-May 18 Mon 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Tom Sykes Recreation Center

#42973 Mar 21-May 18 Thurs 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center

#44370 Mar 18-May 18 Mon/Wed 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Track & Field: Tots Olympics Do you have future Olympians? Or do your preschoolers just have energy to burn? Sprints, obstacle courses, relays, baseball throws and long jumps are just a few of the events during this fun filled activity. Ages 3 to 6 $4.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #44191 May 4 Sat

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Wed 10:00am to 10:30am Wed 10:45am to 11:30am Wed 6:15pm to 7:00pm

Broadway Babies Children will join the world of acting through arts & crafts, activities, games and creative play. Ages 3 to 5 $30.00

Berewick Recreation Center

#43440 Mar 11-Apr 22 Mon 11:00am to 11:45am

Cooking: Mini Chefs Children will have fun getting messy while following recipes and creating healthy foods. Each child will leave with a recipe card. 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

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Wed Wed Wed Wed Wed Wed Tues Tues Tues Tues Tues Tues

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 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Dress up Craft Class

Hickory Grove Recreation Center

Ahoy kids, come dressed up for this themed craft class. Dress up as a pirate for a fun filled craft class that will end with a treasure hunt. Parent guided class.

#43682 Mar 22 Fri #43692 Apr 26 Fri #43696 May 24 Fri

Ages 4 to 6 $3.00 #43267 May 15 Weds 10:00am to 11:00am

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Mallard Creek Recreation Center

Jungle Time Explore the world of jungle animals through crafts, stories, and creative play. Ages 3 to 5 $20.00

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

Mallard Creek Recreation Center Thurs Thurs Thurs Thurs Thurs Thurs

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

Berewick Recreation Center

Kids Kraft

#43439 Mar 11-Apr 15 Mon 10:00am to 10:45am

Have fun learning and painting while making theme related crafts. Ages 5 to 12 $2.00 Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #42825 Ongoing Mon 10:00am to 11:00am

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Preschool Programs & Activities Krafty Kids

Play With Clay

Have fun learning and painting while making theme related crafts. For more information, contact the recreation center offering the program. Ages 2 to 6 $3.00

Come join us for a parent guided adventure with clay. Various utensils and tools will be provided for child to use their imagination to create. Ages 3 to 6 $2.00

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Mallard Creek Recreation Center 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

Little Gardeners Kids will have fun learning about gardening. They will learn about different vegetables, try some yummy veggies and plant in the beds at the recreation center. Parent guided class.

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

Ages 2 to 6 $4.00 #43276 May 29 Wed 10:00am to 11:00am

Little Tykes Painting Get messy and creative with paint. Clothing may get stained, please dress appropriately. Parent guided class. Ages 2 to 6 $2.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

#43251 Mar 12 #44635 Mar 26 #43263 Apr 9 #43264 Apr 23 #43265 May 14 #43266 May 28

Tues Tues Tues Tues Tues Tues

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

Parent and Tot Splash Time Parents and toddlers can enjoy valuable play time together on various Mondays in the splash park. Visit www.rayssplashplanet. com for a complete schedule. No registration required. Ages 1 to 5 $3.00

Ray’s Splash Planet

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Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon

10:00am to 3:00pm 10:00am to 3:00pm 10:00am to 3:00pm 10:00am to 3:00pm 10:00am to 3:00pm 10:00am to 3:00pm

Hickory Grove Recreation Center Tues Tues Tues Tues Tues Tues

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

RAY’s Jr. Explorers Calling all kids! Join Rays Jr. Explorers for a learning adventure. Rays education adventures will feature topics such as weather/ seasons, hibernating animals, and plant life. Ages 2 to 6 $2.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

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Fri Fri Fri Fri Fri Fri Fri Fri Fri

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 10:00am to 11:00am

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

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center

#44309 Mar 8 #44310 Apr 12 #44311 May10

Fri Fri Fri

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

Berewick Preschool Dance Academy Preschoolers will have the opportunity to experience and learn various dance forms through this program. Ages 3 to 4 $40.00

Berewick Recreation Center Tutu Toddlers #43521 Mar 21-May 23 Thurs 4:30pm to 5:00pm Tapping Toddlers #43522 Mar 21-May 23 Thurs 5:00pm to 5:30pm

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

#42695 Ongoing Contact Instructor for days and times

Little Hand Scrapbooking Kids will have fun making scrapbooking pages that can be treasured for years. Parents will learn the basics of scrapbooking. Parent participation is required.

Mallard Creek Recreation Center Ages 2 to 6 $5.00 #43275 May 9 Thu 10:00am to 11:00am

MusicPups Moms and children attend this unique music class together! Classes involve singing, playing instruments, dancing, stories and fun. This class includes a downloadable cd and sheet music. To register: visit www. MusicDiscoveryClass.com. Ages 1 to 6 $130.00

Berewick Recreation Center

#43448 Ongoing Fri

10:30am to 11:15am

Dance: Ballet You remember their first steps, she’ll remember her first plie; your child will enjoy learning ballet. The Royal Academy of Dance syllabus is taught by a trained professional dancer. For more information or to register, contact Amanda Sheppard at ukmiz@aol.com or call 704-542-5777. Ages 3 to 5 $40.00

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Preschool Programs & Activities 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

Baby Sign and Play

Tumbling Tots

Babies learn to crawl before they can walk and sign before they talk. Join us for classes filled with fun activities, story time, music, laughter and American Sign Language. For more information or to register, contact 704-624-0473 or littlehandsinmotion@gmail.com. Ages 2 mo to 3 yrs $40.00

Take part in tumbling, fitness and other activities that help build your large motor skills. Ages 3 to 5 FREE

Tom Sykes Recreation Center

#42732 Ongoing Wed 11:00am to 12:00pm

#42741 Ongoing Sat 9:00am to 9:45am

Tucks Tots

NCDT School of Dance: Pre-Ballet

Join other preschoolers as we get them prepared for preschool with lessons taught by a certified instructor. All Ages FREE

This class introduces classical ballet vocabulary, emphasizing musicality and individual creative expression in an innovative, fun and easy to learn manner. For more information or to register visit: www.ncdance.org/earlydivision Ages 5 to 6 $65.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center

#42735 Ongoing Sat 9:45am to 10:30am

Educational Programs Aprendiendo Espanol (Learning Spanish) Learn a new language through interactive games and songs. This class will be an introductory class to the Spanish language and transition to understanding and speaking Spanish. Ages 1 to 5 FREE

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #44351 Ongoing Fri

10:00am to 11:00am

Arbor Day: A Tree, a Book and Me Join us for a reading of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. Weather permitting; we will enjoy this story under the trees in the fresh spring air. A short tree gratitude hike will follow. Ages 2 to 6 $2.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center

#44114 Apr 26

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Tuckaseegee Recreation Center

#42837 Ongoing Tues 10:00am to 11:00am

Fitness & Wellness

Holiday Activities Easter Bunny Brunch Make a craft and meet the Easter Bunny while enjoying brunch. Then we will head outside for an Easter Egg Hunt. Pre-registration is required. Ages 2 to 6 $6.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42744 Mar 29

Fri

10:00am to 11:00am

Easter Egg Scrambler Easter egg hunting we will go! Collect as many eggs as you can, make a fantastic Easter craft and dance the Bunny Hop. Ages 2 to 6 $2.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center

Ray Fit Play Tots will use their endless energy to engage in structured activities designed to enhance motor skills, balance, hand-eye coordination and overall fitness. Parental participation is required. Ages 2 to 5 $1.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

#43355 Mar 26 #43356 Apr 9 #43357 Apr 23 #43358 May 7 #43359 May 21

Southview Recreation Center

#44326 Ongoing Thurs 10:00am to 11:00 a.m.

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

TAPP - Toddlers & Parent Playtime Participants will be engaged in creative activities, such as story and music time, arts and crafts, and motor skill development. Parental participation is required. Ages 3 to 5 $2.00

Elon Recreation Center

#44512 Mar 30

Sat

10:00am to 12:00pm

In The Dark Egg Hunt Search for eggs in the dark inside and outside using flashlights. Please bring your basket and flashlight. Hunt begins promptly on time and last until all eggs are found. Ages 1 to 6 FREE

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #43734 Mar 28

Thurs 6:30pm to 6:45pm

Easter Egg Hunt Kids will make crafts, play games, see the Easter Bunny and have fun hunting for eggs. Don’t forget your basket for hunting eggs and your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. Ages 2 to 6 $3.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #43237 Mar 26

Tues 10:00am to 11:30am

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center #44284 Mar 28

Thurs 10:00am to 2:00pm

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center #43462 Mar 26

Tues 10:00am to 1:00pm

#43928 Ongoing Tues 10:00am to 11:00am

10:00am to 11:00am

Young Energetic Scholars Join other preschoolers as we explore games, fun and arts & crafts together. Ages 3 to 5 FREE

Southview Recreation Center

#44323 Ongoing Tues 10:00am to 11:00am

Tumble Time Class is designed to keep children active while developing cognitive, social, physical and emotional learning skills. Ages 3 to 5 FREE

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center

#44302 Mar 5-26 Tues 10:00am to 11:00am

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Preschool Programs & Activities Wacky Holidays There are traditional holidays and there are holidays that not everyone has heard of yet. Come join us in celebrating some of these non-traditional fun days. Ages 1 to 6 $1.00

Berewick Recreation Center

Dr. Seuss Birthday #43426 Mar 1 Fri Porky Pigs Birthday #43427 Mar 8 Fri Butterflies Day #43429 Mar 15 Fri Big Birds Birthday #43430 Mar 22 Fri Pocahontas Birthday #43431 Apr 12 Fri Animal Cracker Day #43432 Apr 19 Fri Mr. Potato Head Day #43433 Apr 26 Fri Cheerios Birthday #43434 May 3 Fri Space Day #43435 May 10 Fri Rainbow Day #43436 May 17 Fri Arthur’s Birthday #43437 May 24 Fri

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

LEGO Fun Time

Ray’s Playhouse

Come join us for a parent guided LEGO fun time. Create anything and have fun using LEGOS. Ages 3 to 6 $2.00

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. Ages 7 & Under $1.00

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Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon

10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am 2:00pm to 3:00pm 10:00am to 11:00am 10:00am to 11:00am

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #44632 Mar 5 #44633 May 7

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

Ray Play Your tot can make new friends and play with a variety of interactive, age-appropriate toys and games. Parental participation required. Ages 2 to 6 $2.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #43227 Apr 11 #43228 Apr 25 #43229 May 16 #43230 May 30 #44448 Mar 14

Thurs 11:00am to 11:45am Thurs 11:00am to 11:45am Thurs 11:00am to 11:45am Thurs 11:00am to 11:45am Thurs 11:00am to 11:45am

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center 10:30am to 11:15am

Social Activities

Hickory Grove Recreation Center

#43632 Ongoing Mon-Fri 12:00pm to 5:30pm

#42999 Mar 19 #43000 Apr 16 #43001 May 14 #43002 May 28

Tues Tues Tues Tues

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

The cool place for pre-schoolers 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!

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center #43226 Ongoing Thurs 10:00am to 1:00pm

Crazy Play Days Bring your preschooler to one or all of our crazy play days. We’ll sing, dance, do a craft and have lots of fun. Parental participation required. Ages 2 to 5 $2.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center Donald Duck Day #44697 Mar 13 Wed 11:00am to 12:00pm Barnum & Bailey Circus Day #44698 Mar 28 Thurs 11:00am to 12:00pm Bugs Bunny’s Birthday #44699 Apr 30 Tues 11:00am to 12:00pm Batman Day #44700 May 1 Wed 11:00am to 12:00pm Mother Goose Day #44701 May 1 Wed 6:00pm to 7:00pm Mother Goose Day #44702 May 24 Fri 6:00pm to 7:00pm

West Charlotte Recreation Center #44268 Mar 12 #44269 Mar 26 #44270 Apr 9 #44271 Apr 23 #44272 May 14 #44273 May 28

Tues Tues Tues Tues Tues Tues

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

Snoopy Snacks Join us and one of our favorite characters for story and craft time. We will have a healthy snack and crafts. Ages 2 to 6 $6.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #44052 Apr 25

Thurs 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Elmo Eats Join us and one of our favorite characters for story and craft time. We will have a healthy snack and crafts. Ages 2 to 6 $6.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #44053 May 23

Thurs 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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Berewick Recreation Center 5910 Dixie River Road Charlotte, NC 28278 704-432-4934 Hickory Grove Recreation Center 6709 Pence Road Charlotte, NC 28215 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

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Elementary Programs & Activities 4-H Club Programs 4-H Clubs Come learn the principles of 4-H: healthy hearts, heads, hands, and health, and many other life skills. You will enjoy fun activities and games using the 4-H curriculum: Health Rocks! and Arts & Crafts. Ages 6 to 12 FREE

Creative Writing After School Children will be provided with fun, exciting and imaginative ways to express their voices through writing. Ages 7 to 11 $25.00

Berewick Recreation Center

#43548 Mar 13-Apr 24 Wed 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Athletics

Arbor Glen Outreach Center

Jump Buddies

#43735 Ongoing Mon

Learn how to jump, in a music filled, non competitive, self paced environment. This program is comprised of jump ropes, hurdles, broad jumping, jumping jacks and more. Ages 6 to 11 $1.00

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44256 Ongoing Thu

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center #44274 Ongoing Thu

5:00pm to 6:00pm

West Charlotte Recreation Center #44231 Ongoing Mon

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43211 Mar 20 Wed #43212 Apr 17 Wed #43213 May 15 Wed

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

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #43479 Mar 1 Fri #43480 Apr 12 Fri #43481 May 10 Fri

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

Club: 4-H Home School Home School 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. Ages 6 to 17 FREE

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

#43547 Mar 22

Fri 11:00am to 12:00pm

H.E.A.T. Basketball Camp This program is designed to enhance children’s knowledge and development of basketball. (No experience necessary). Extended camp hours 3:00pm-5:30pm are available. For more information, contact Philip Clay at 704-712-8370. Ages 8 to 11 $25.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43604 Apr 1-5

Mon-Fri 9:00am to 3:00pm

Basketball Skills Challenge

Marion Diehl Recreation Center

Boys and girls will have the opportunity to showcase their dribbling, passing and shooting skills. Winners will receive trophies and awards. Ages 8 to 13 FREE

#42323 Ongoing Fri

Albemarle Road Recreation Center

11:00am to 1:00pm

After School Programs 21st Century Afterschool Program This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children. For more information, contact ckspoon@carolina.rr.com or 704-264-4763. Ages 5 to 11 $40.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #44335 Ongoing Mon-Fri 2:45pm to 6:00pm

After School Recreation Time Don’t be bored after school; join us for games, arts and crafts and much more. Ages 5 to 15 FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #43713 Ongoing Tue-Thu

Get Going Guide

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Spring 2013

#42157 Mar 3 #42158 Mar 17

Sun Sun

3:00pm to 4:30pm 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Basketball: Y.I. Get Buckets Take part in basketball activities that include skills & drills, competitions, and more! All Ages FREE

Southview Recreation Center #44353 Ongoing Tue & Thu

5:30pm to 7:30pm

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

Berewick Recreation Center #43576 Apr 17-May 22 Wed 7:15pm to 8:00pm

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, 38, and 44. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

Charlotte Cheer Elite: Cheer & Gymnastics Ready for the Next Level! Come experience Cheer Athletics with Charlotte Cheer Elite. Our dynamic cheer staff is eager to provide challenging instruction in gymnastics, cheer motions, jumps, stunts and dance. We also offer an 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 #42953 Ongoing Mon 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Soccer: Indoor Fun League Learn the basic skills of soccer, while having fun. Participants will receive a uniform, shin guards, socks and a participation award. This is a sixgame league. Games will be played on Saturdays, April 13 - May 18. Ages 5 to 6 $45.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #43836 Mar 19-May 18 Tue 5:45pm to 7:00pm

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #42972 Mar 18-May 18 Mon 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #44399 Mar 20-May 18 Wed 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44374 Mar 21-May 18 Thu 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #44375 Mar 19-May 18 Mon & Wed 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center #42938 Mar 19-May 18 Sat 10:00am to 11:00am

For More Information or to Register Visit

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Elementary Programs & Activities Soccer Shootout Test your soccer skills and score as many goals as possible! The winner receives a prize. Ages 6 to 12 FREE

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44678 Mar 8

Fri

4:30pm to 6:00pm

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 email mufukaworks@gmail.com. Ages 6 to 11 $6.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43106 Ongoing Thu

6:15pm to 7:15pm

Art: CSA Art Exploration Art ‘sampler class’, children will explore 3 different art mediums during the class. For more information, contact the Community School of the Arts 704-887-0291 or www.csarts.org. Ages 5 to 10 $47.00

Elon Recreation Center

Sports: Basketball & Beyond Clinics Boys and girls will participate in basic fundamentals and individual basketball drills, as they look to improve their overall skills. Ages 8 to 14 $10.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44312 Mar 29 Fri

9:00am to 5:00pm

Tennis FUNdamentals Youth will learn the basic fundamentals of tennis with emphasis on rules of the game, court placement and conditioning. Ages 6 to 12 FREE

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center #44287 Ongoing Wed

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Tennis: Serve It Up Tennis Class No experience necessary! Students receive 8 weeks of tennis instruction, match play and weekly home work. All equipment is provided. For more information or to register, visit www.serveituptennisacademy.com Ages 5 to 10 $40.00

Elon Recreation Center #44429 Mar 5-Apr 23 Tue 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Cultural Arts Acting Workshops Learn the fundamentals and craft of acting/ drama. Ages 8 to 16 FREE

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #42807 Ongoing Weds 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Get Going Guide

Spring 2013

#41930 Ongoing Tue CSA Drawing Concepts #41933 Ongoing Tue

4:30pm to 5:30pm 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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 preregister is required. Ages 5 to 10 $3.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue

2:45pm to 4:00pm 2:45pm to 4:00pm 2:45pm to 4:00pm 2:45pm to 4:00pm 2:45pm to 4:00pm

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

Berewick Recreation Center Budding Ballerinas #43525 Mar 21-May 23 Tiny Tappers #43526 Mar 21-May 23 Jazz’n Juniors #43527 Mar 21-May 23 Beginning Ballet #43531 Mar 21-May 23 Beginning Tap #43533 Mar 21-May 23 Beginning Jazz #43534 Mar 21-May 23

Berewick Recreation Center #43477 Mar 19-May 21 Tue 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Cheer: Young Champions Students learn arm motions, hand, leg and feet formations and voice projection. Cheers, chants and dance movements are taught with flair and enthusiasm by our experienced instructors. Returning students learn advanced techniques. Students are prepared for school team tryouts looking sharp and jazzy! For more information, contact Young Champions at 1-877-313-6893. Ages 4 to 18 $7.00

Berewick Recreation Center #43465 Ongoing Tue

Thu 5:30pm to 6:00pm Thu 6:00pm to 6:30pm Thu 6:30pm to 7:00pm Thu 7:00pm to 7:30pm Thu 7:30pm to 8:00pm Thu 8:00pm to 8:30pm

5:45pm to 9:00pm

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #43398 Ongoing Tue

5:30pm to 8:30pm

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42632 Ongoing Mon

Art Adventures

#42639 Mar 5 #42640 Mar 19 #42641 Apr 16 #42642 May 7 #42643 May 21

Broadway Mini Actors Learn the basics of acting through arts and crafts, activities, and games. Children will perform a play on the last day for friends and family. Ages 6 to 11 $45.00

5:00pm to 8:30pm

Creative Expressions: Art for Tots This program will promote dramatic play, confidence, body awareness and social skills through theatre, song, dance, creative expression and craft projects. Parent participation is required. Ages 4 to 7 $50.00

Berewick Recreation Center #43603 Apr 8-May 13 Mon 3:45pm to 4:30pm

Cultural: Arts & Crafts 101 This program helps children develop their creativity in a nurturing, non-competitive environment. These classes encourage children to develop new talents, confidence, and self-esteem, while exploring a broad spectrum of the arts and humanities. Ages 6 to 12 FREE

Southview Recreation Center #44331 Ongoing Sat

10:00am to 1:00pm

Dance: Making a Difference Everywhere (M.A.D.E.) Cheer and dance provides fun, 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, contact Eisha Williamson at madecheerdance@hotmail.com or 704-333-4062. Ages 3 to 15 $45.00

Elon Recreation Center #43922 Ongoing Thur

5:30pm to 8:30pm

Thomasboro School Recreation Site #42843 Ongoing Mon

6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Elementary Programs & Activities Hip Hop Dance This class is designed to promote coordination, confidence, artistic expression and physical fitness through the development of rhythmical awareness and dance education. For more information, contact Young Champions of America at 1-888-655-9404 or 919-535-8304 Ages 6 and older $7.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #42982 Ongoing Wed

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #43651 Ongoing Wed

5:30pm to 8:00pm

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #43388 Ongoing Wed

6:00pm to 9:00pm

KidzArt This international drawing-based program is taught through guided instruction. Children learn to ‘see’ like an artist and draw what they see. For more information, contact www.kidzartcharlotte.com or 704-843-5439. Ages 6 to 12 $264.00 per session

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42668 Ongoing Wed

2:45pm to 4:45pm

Music: CSA Guitar Lessons Could your child be the next musical prodigy? Learn to play the instrument that has made many people famous. For more information, contact the Community School of the Arts 704-887-0291 or www.csarts.org. Ages 5 to 18 $47.00 per lesson

Elon Recreation Center #41913 Ongoing Wed

3:00pm to 7:00pm

Music: CSA Piano Lessons Could your child be the next musical prodigy? Learn to play the instrument that has made many people famous. For more information, contact the Community School of the Arts 704-887-0291 or www.csarts.org. Ages 5 to 18 $47.00 per lesson

Elon Recreation Center #41916 Ongoing Mon, Tue & Thu 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Music: CSA Suzuki Violin Classes In addition to violin instruction, your child can have more personal lessons taught by professionally certified instructors who teach the repertoire and teachings philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. For more information, contact the Community School of the Arts 704-887-0291 or www.csarts.org. Ages 5 to 30 $49.00 per lesson

Elon Recreation Center #41919 Ongoing Tue, Wed & Fri 3:00pm to 7:00pm

NCDT School of Dance: Beginner Ballet 1 Fundamental exercise of ballet are introduced while maintaining an emphasis on musicality, development of overall body strength, alignment and the enjoyment of moving. Students expand their knowledge of French ballet terminology at this level. For more information or to register visit: www.ncdance.org/earlydivision Ages 6 to 7 $70.00 per session

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42738 Ongoing Sat

Youth Dance Program Youth will receive an introduction to the fundamentals of dance that include the different mediums such as hip hop, lyrical, ballet, and modern dance. Ages 6 to 16 FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #43774 Mar 12 #43775 Mar 26 #43776 Apr 9 #43777 Apr 23 #43778 May 14 #43779 May 28

Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue

Spring 2013

5:00pm to 6:00pm 5:00pm to 6:00pm 5:00pm to 6:00pm 5:00pm to 6:00pm 5:00pm to 6:00pm 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Educational Programs Dirty Hands Gardening Let’s see if you have a green thumb? Participants will learn the techniques & benefits of eating healthy, growing your own vegetable garden and other environmental elements to gardening. Ages 5 to 10 $3.00 per class

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #42962 Ongoing Tue

5:30pm to 8:45pm

Berewick Recreation Center #43485 Ongoing Sat

11:45am to 3:00pm

Colonel Francis Beatty Park #42619 Ongoing Tue

5:15pm to 8:30pm

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #41751 Ongoing Mon

5:00pm to 8:30pm

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #43401 Ongoing Thu

6:00pm to 8:30pm

Home School: Physical Education Students will be exposed to a variety of physical fitness activities as they develop motor skills and learn the basic lead up skills to different sports such as baseball, tennis, basketball. Ages 7 to 12 $2.00 per class

Elon Recreation Center #43899 Ongoing

Tue

11:30am to 1:00pm

Karate Kidz2 Youth and teens will be able to learn discipline, karate techniques, and form from a certified karate instructor. For more information, contact Johnny Wilson at 704-605-4628. Ages 7 to 17 FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #43670 Ongoing Tue

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #44174 Ongoing Mon

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44513 Apr 11–May 30 Thu 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Etiquette Classes Receive instruction on common courtesy, table manners, telephone and text etiquette, chivalry, health & hygiene, avoiding rude behavior, peer pressure & good sportsmanship. Ages 12 to 18 FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #44115 Mar 16

Sat

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Fitness and Wellness Homeschool P.E. Kids learn healthy lifestyle choices in a classroom setting as well as playing fun gym games. Ages 5 to 12 $2.00

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #42819 Ongoing

Get Going Guide

10:30am to 11:30am

Martial Arts: Young Champions Students are invited to learn martial arts and self-defense with Young Champions. For more information, contact Young Champions at 1-877-313-6893. Ages 4 to 18 $8.00 per class

Tue

1:00pm to 2:00pm

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, 38, and 44. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

For More Information or to Register Visit

www.parkandrec.com www.parkandrec.com

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Elementary Programs & Activities Holiday Activities Arts and Crafts Participants will learn about and engage in a variety of arts & crafts activities. Ages 6 to 11 $5.00

Berewick Recreation Center

Fantastic Fridays

Girl Scouts- Daisy Troop 1035

We will kick back, relax and just play. Bring your friends and gear up for an afternoon of fun and excitement. Ages 5 to 10 $5.00

Girl Scout Daisies are in grades K-1 and meet in a nurturing, inclusive environment. They go on trips, learn about nature and science, and explore the arts and their communities. Girl Scout Daisies can also earn Learning Petals and receive participation patches. For more information, contact Lee Ann Clark at wilson9229@bellsouth.net. Ages 5 to 6 $12.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42666 Apr 26 Fri #42667 May 31 Fri

2:45pm to 5:00pm 2:45pm to 5:00pm

St. Patrick’s Day Arts and Crafts #43561 Mar 13 Wed 5:30pm to 7:00pm Easter Arts and Crafts #43562 Mar 27 Wed 5:30pm to 7:00pm Mothers Day Arts and Crafts #43563 May 8 Wed 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42701 Ongoing Tue

Girl Scouts- Brownies Troop 2150

Fort Building Fridays Using teamwork and engineering skills, participants will design a template for their forts and build them together with materials gathered from around the facility. Ages 5 to 10 $5.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42664 Mar 1 #42665 May 3

Card Making for Mom Make a special card for your mother or grandmother to show them how much they truly mean to you. Ages 6 to 12 $2.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44684 May 10 Fri

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Easter Egg Explosion This is not your typical Easter Egg hunt. We will decorate our eggs and then launch them at different targets. This activity is fun and messy. Ages 6 to 12 $2.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44682 Mar 26 Tues

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Social Activities

Fri Fri

2:45pm to 5:00pm 2:45pm to 5:00pm

Funky Dancing Contest Are you a crazy dancer? Do you have a wacky dance that no one else can do? Show off your dance moves in this fun event! Ages 6 to 12 FREE

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44683 Apr 5

Fri

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Girl Scouts Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential, relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect. It develops values to guide actions and provides the foundation for sound decision making as well as contributing to the improvement of society using their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others. Ages 4 to 18 FREE

Berewick Recreation Center

Boys Club Designed to teach young men how to make positive decisions and obtain strong leadership skills as they are exposed to activities such as fishing, camping, and sporting events. For more information contact the recreation center listed. Ages 10 to 14 FREE

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center #43130 Ongoing Mon,Wed 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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Girl Scout Brownies Troop 3437 Hefney #43595 Mar 5-26 Tues 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Hickory Grove Recreation Center Daisy Troops #41829 Mar 2 #41830 Mar 16 #41831 Mar 30 #41832 Apr 13 #41833 May 25 #41834 Jun 8

Sat Sat Sat Sat Sat Sat

1:30pm to 4:30pm 1:30pm to 4:30pm 1:30pm to 4:30pm 1:30pm to 4:30pm 12:00pm to 2:00pm 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Girl Scouts Brownies (grades 2-3) work together, earn Girl Scout Brownie Awards, and explore their community. Friendship, fun, and age-appropriate activities begin at the Girl Scout Brownie meeting and move out to the community and wider world. For more information, contact Heather Ruckterstuhl at hrwolfe@bellsouth.net Ages 7 to 8 $12.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42705 Ongoing Tue

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Interactive Gaming Sharpen your skills through the latest interactive video games. Interactive Gaming meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month and requires preregistration. Ages 5 to 10 $2.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42653 Mar 7 #42654 Mar 21 #42655 Apr 18 #42656 May 2 #42657 May 16

Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu

2:45pm to 5:00pm 2:45pm to 5:00pm 2:45pm to 5:00pm 2:45pm to 5:00pm 2:45pm to 5:00pm

Sizzling Sports Afternoons! 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. Ages 5 to 10 $5.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42658 Mar 14 #42659 Mar 28 #42660 Apr 11 #42661 Apr 25 #42662 May 9 #42663 May 23

Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu Thu

2:45pm to 5:00pm 2:45pm to 5:00pm 2:45pm to 5:00pm 2:45pm to 5:00pm 2:45pm to 5:00pm 2:45pm to 5:00pm

For More Information or to Register Visit

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Elementary Programs & Activities School Day Out CMS Out-of-School and Teacher Workday Programs

LEGO Engineering

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42644 Mar 12 #42645 Mar 26 #42646 Apr 9 #42647 Apr 23 #42648 May 14 #42649 May 28 #42650 Mar 8 #42651 Apr 12 #42652 May 10

Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Fri Fri Fri

2:45pm to 4:00pm 2:45pm to 4:00pm 2:45pm to 4:00pm 2:45pm to 4:00pm 2:45pm to 4:00pm 2:45pm to 4:00pm 2:45pm to 4:00pm 2:45pm to 4:00pm 2:45pm to 4:00pm

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #43544 Mar 5 #43545 May 7

Tue Tue

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

Little Engineers Using LEGO’s and other building materials, participants will use their imaginations to create while socializing with others. Ages 5 to 12 FREE

Berewick Recreation Center

Out of School PLAY Days

#43516 Apr 3 #44204 Apr 4 #44205 Apr 5

Positive Leisure Activities for Youth offers a variety of activities on CMS Out of School days to keep participants moving and engaged. Activities may include games, social time, fitness and some field trips and are offered at multiple recreation centers on various schedules. Ages 5 to 12 $10.00

The camp is designed to promote fun, fitness and wellness through games and play and is filled with lessons on sportsmanship, eating right and exercise. Ages 6 to 11 $100.00

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center LEGO Engineering meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month and requires pre-registration. Ages 5 to 10 $3.00

Out of School - PLAY Days We’re offering a variety of activities on CMS Out of School days to keep participants moving and engaged. Fun activities may include sports, games, social time and fitness. Ages 5 to 11 $20.00

#44414 Apr 2 #44415 Apr 3 #44416 Apr 4 #44417 Apr 5

Tue Wed Thu Fri

8:30am to 5:00pm 8:30am to 5:00pm 8:30am to 5:00pm 8:30am to 5:00pm

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44365 Apr 2 #44366 Apr 3 #44367 Apr 4 #44368 Apr 5

Tue Wed Thu Fri

8:30am to 5:00pm 8:30am to 5:00pm 8:30am to 5:00pm 8:30am to 5:00pm

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center #44423 Mar 29 #44424 Apr 2 #44425 Apr 3 #44426 Apr 4 #44427 Apr 5

Fri Tue Wed Thu Fri

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

MACK Prep Basketball Camp A skills and drills camp lead by coaches and players of MACK Prep Academy. Participants must bring their own lunch. Ages 6 to 15 $40.00

Wed Thu Fri

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

Spring Break: Fit Camp

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #43353 Apr 1-5 Mon-Fri 7:00am to 6:00pm

Play the Day Away Schools out and all we want to do is play. We will enjoy arts and crafts, games, adventures and more. Ages 5 to 10 $25.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #44568 Apr 2 #44569 Apr 3 #44570 Apr 4 #44571 Apr 5

Tue Wed Thu Fri

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

Sports: 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

Arbor Glen Outreach Center

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center

#43781 Apr 1-4 Mon-Thu 9:30am to 5:00pm

#44312 Mar 29 Fri

9:00am to 5:00pm

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #44412 Mar 21-Apr 25 Thu 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Virtuous Diamonds in the Rough This program is design to encourage sisterhood, self-esteem, education, and community service among girls and young women within the community. We offer a positive support system to avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives. Ages 6 to 11 FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43338 Mar 9 Sat #43339 Apr 13 Sat #43340 May 11 Sat

Get Going Guide

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

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Teen Programs & Activities Football Clinic

4-H Programs

Program is designed to enhance the skill level of each participant. We will conduct daily drills that involve passing, catching, and blocking. The program will also incorporate fitness components needed to improve mobility and overall health. Ages 8 to 13 $2.00

BioMedTech Learn ways in which engineers design technology to help people with disabilities. Explore the design considerations of developing a prosthetic arm to improve the quality of life for someone who has lost their arm. Ages 12 to 14 FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #44371 May 5 #44372 May 19

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center

#43474 Mar 4-25 Mon

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Learn about staying healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle using health projects and activities provided by the National 4H Cooperative. Ages 15 to 18 FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center Thu Thu Thu

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

Athletics Basketball Camp This program is designed to enhance children’s knowledge and development of basketball. For more information contact Philip Clay at 704-712-8370. Ages 12 to 14 $25.00 camp $10.00 extended hours

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43605 Apr 1-5

Mon-Fri 9:00am to 3:00pm

Basketball & Beyond Basketball skills, games, and contests. Learn sportsmanship both on and off the court. Ages 8 to 14 $40.00/$30.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44440 Jun 10-14 Mon-Fri 9:00am to 5:00pm

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #43007 Ongoing Fri

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Just Us Girls Basketball Academy Designed to give young female basketball players an opportunity to develop their selfconfidence and awareness by learning skills and fundamentals of basketball. Ages 10 to 14 FREE

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #43529 Apr 27

Sat

10:30am to 12:00pm

For More Information or to Register Visit

www.parkandrec.com

Get Going Guide

3:00pm to 4:30pm 3:00pm to 4:30pm

MLB’s Pitch, Hit, Run

Health & Fitness

#43318 Mar 14 #43319 Apr 11 #43320 May 9

Sun Sun

Spring 2013

Basketball: Behind the Scenes Teens will practice the art of basketball behind the scenes. Teens will be exposed to roster building, score keeping, refereeing and basketball score sheets. Ages 12 to 17 FREE

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #43538 Mar 18 #43539 Mar 25 #43540 Apr 15 #43541 Apr 22 #43542 May 13 #43543 May 20

Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon Mon

3:00pm to 4:00pm 3:00pm to 4:00pm 3:00pm to 4:00pm 3:00pm to 4:00pm 3:00pm to 4:00pm 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Basketball: March Madness 3-on-3 Tournament It’s that time of the year for Cinderellas and upsets! See if your team is capable of surviving the Madness! Ages 12 to 18 $5.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44689 Mar 16

Sat

11:00am to 4:00pm

Boxing: Train Like A Champ Revolution Park Sports Academy will offer 4 week sessions. Learn authentic boxing based on techniques to improve fitness, use speed bags and equipment and more. No sparring. Ages 8 to 16 $15.00

Revolution Park Sports Academy #43629 Ongoing Mon,Wed 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Fencing Join the School of Fencing group and learn the ins and outs of one of the world’s oldest sports. Fencing is fast paced, exciting and challenging, but a safe and fun activity. For more information, contact Adam Kuchavik at 704-654-6739 or www.schooloffencing.com. Ages 9 to 50 $75.00

Elon Recreation Center #43896 Ongoing Mon

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) is a 1-day event for boys and girls ages 7-14. Try to throw strikes like Major League pitchers, swing away from home plate, and test your speed at running the bases. Ages 7 to 14 FREE

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center #43142 Apr 13

Sat

11:00am to 3:00pm

Ray Day Ready This is a sports introduction training and character-building program for youth, utilizing a leadership based curriculum that focuses on various sports. Ages 12 to 14 $25.00

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #43492 Ongoing Thu

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Kickball Challenge Kickball will give children an opportunity to do something they don’t do enough: Play a kid’s game and have an opportunity to get involved with community activities. Ages 14 to 18 FREE

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #43486 Mar 29

Fri

5:00pm to 7:00pm

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, 38, and 44. Phone and web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Teen Programs & Activities Kings of the Court

Sky Hy Step and Drill Team

Program designed to give teens an opportunity to enjoy basketball in a relaxed environment. If you enjoy playing the game, this is for you! Ages 12 to 17 FREE Ages 18 to 21 $2.00

March, dance, drum, compete in step shows, contests, community events with the beat of learning discipline, self-esteem and having fun. Ages 7 to 17 $15.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center

#42985 Ongoing Mon,Wed 6:00pm to 8:00pm

#43748 Ongoing Tue,Thu

3:30pm to 5:30pm

Scott’s Creation Skills Clinics 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, 704-287-2755 or www.scottyscott.net Ages 13 to 19 $20.00

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center

Writer’s Block Make your voice heard through creative writing, poetry, or song. Learn to recognize internal and external obstacles and how to deal with them in a positive manner. Ages 12 to 14 FREE

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #43495 Ongoing Thu

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Marion Diehl Recreation Center #42310 Ongoing Sun

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 843441-8803, www.dancemufukaworks.com, or mufukaworks@gmail.com. Ages 12 to 14 $1.00/$6.00/$18.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43109 Ongoing Thu 6:15pm to 7:15pm Ages 15 to 18 $1.00/$6.00/$18.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43110 Ongoing Thu

7:15pm to 8:15pm

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43146 Ongoing Fri

Get Going Guide

5:30pm to 7:45pm

Spring 2013

12:00pm to 2:00pm

College and Career Connection

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center

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

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42683 Ongoing Mon-Wed 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Educational Programs Academic Achievers Designed for students who would like structured academic support in order to achieve their very best. Ages 8 to 17 FREE #44059 Ongoing Tue-Thu

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 5 to 17 $8.00

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

Gain knowledge and valuable skills as you prepare to enter college or begin a career. Ages 13 to 18 FREE

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center

Cheer & Dance: Young Champions

Recreation & Nature Center addresses and phone numbers listed on pgs. 31, 38, and 44.

Methodist Home Recreation Center

5:00pm to 7:00pm 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Afro Russe Everybody DANCE

3. COME to the location where the program is offered.

#43620 Ongoing Sat

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center

Cultural Arts

2. CALL 311 (704.336.7600) or the number listed for that program.

Club promotes mentoring, tutoring and workshops about education and self preservation for young girls. Ages 8 to 15 FREE

Batter up! Start with the basics of hitting, running, throwing, and catching in a fun and simple way that beginners will understand & enjoy! Ages 12 to 14 FREE Mon Mon

1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number.

Girlz Link

1:30pm to 3:30pm

Softball Mania

#43490 Apr 1 #43489 May 27

Register 1 of 3 Ways: Registration is required for most programs whether or not there is a fee. Select an option:

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Boys Club at Wallace Pruitt Designed to teach young men how to make positive decisions and obtain strong leadership skills. Ages 11 to 14 FREE

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center #44290 Ongoing Wed

5:00pm to 6:00pm

#44686 Mar 22 #44687 Apr 19 #44688 May 3

Fri Fri Fri

5:00pm to 6:00pm 5:00pm to 6:00pm 5:00pm to 6:00pm

College Bound Mentoring If you need help preparing for college, this is the program for you. This program is designed to offer life coaching, SAT prep, college tours, guest speakers, and personal development workshops for high school students. Ages 14 to 18 $3.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #43418 Mar 27 #43420 Apr 24 #43422 May 22

Wed Wed Wed

5:30pm to 7:00pm 5:30pm to 7:00pm 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Mentoring Matters Program contributes to leadership development, education, career development and healthy living/personal development. Ages 12 to 18 FREE

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #42994 Ongoing Wed

6:00pm to 8:00pm

For More Information or to Register Visit

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Teen Programs & Activities Young Achievers

Hip-Hop Dance

This program is designed to provide information relevant to life transitions. They will participate in team building activities, out of school day trips, financial advice, time management, preparing resumes as well as making positive life choices. Ages 13 to 17 $5.00

Do you love to dance? Come learn the latest dance moves and meet new people. Ages 11 to 16 FREE

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #42816 Ongoing Thu

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43324 Ongoing Wed

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Martial Arts: OYAMA

4:00pm to 6:00pm

OYAMA is the art, method and technique of Karate. Come challenge yourself with full contact traditional Japanese Style World Oyama Karate, taught by a 2nd degree black belt and world champion. All Ages $25.00

Fitness and Wellness Are You Tough Enough?

Revolution Park Sports Academy

So you think you’re a fighter? We’ll train like the pros and see who is still standing. Ages 13 to 18 $15.00

#43657 Ongoing Sat 10:00am to 12:00pm #43658 Ongoing Tue, Thu 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44685 May 1-29 Mon, Wed 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Young Champions Hip Hop Dance Class is designed to promote coordination, confidence, artistic expression and physical fitness through the development of rhythmical awareness and dance education. For more information, contact Young Champions of America at 1-888-655-9404 or 919-535-8304. Ages 11 to 16 FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #42982 Ongoing Wed

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Fitness: Jump Xtreme

Martial Arts: Young Champions

The program emphasizes building selfconfidence while teaching the importance of teamwork and developing healthy habits through the sport of jump rope. Ages 6 to 18 $35.00

Students are invited to 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. Ages 12 to 18 $8.00/$7.00

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center

Albemarle Road Recreation Center

#44177 Ongoing Fri

#42969 Ongoing Tue

6:00pm to 7:00pm

5:30pm to 8:45pm

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #43012 Ongoing Thu

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center #42921 Ongoing Tue

6:00pm to 8:00pm

For More Information or to Register Visit

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School Day Out

CMS Out-of-School and Teacher Workday Programs Out of School PLAY Days Spring Break Positive Leisure Activities for Youth offers a variety of activities on CMS Out of School days to keep participants moving and engaged. Activities may include games, social time, fitness and some field trips. Ages 12 to 15 $55.00

West Charlotte Recreation Center #44234 Apr 1-5

Mon-Fri 8:00am to 5:00pm

Spring Break Basketball Camp Your kids will grow and learn about more than basketball at Drenan Basketball Camp. While they practice ball-handling, dribbling, and shooting, they will also learn about self-esteem, teamwork, and the value of hard work. Ages 7 to 14 $40.00

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center

#42960 Apr 2-5

Tue-Fri 9:00am to 5:00pm

Get Going Guide

Spring 2013

Spring Break Skate Camp Enjoy a week of skate boarding lessons, learn new tricks and participate in competitions during your spring break. Ages 7 to 17 $125.00 week/$40.00 day

Grayson SkatePark

#43035 Apr 2-5

Tue-Fri 9:00am to 5:00pm

School Day Out: Laser Quest Laser Quest is a fast paced game which includes a high tech combination of tag and hide & seek in a fun and safe environment. Fee includes 2 games. Pre-registration is required. Ages 11 to 14 $15.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center

#43660 Apr 2

Tue

1:00pm to 5:00pm

For More Information or to Register Visit

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College Tours Students will get a chance to explore some of the 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. Ages 14 to 17 FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center

#44638 Apr 2 Tue 9:00am to 5:00pm

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Teen Programs & Activities Shukokai Karate

Game Night

Virtuous Diamonds in the Rough

Improve gross motor skills, reflexes, agility, focus, discipline, confidence and determination. This style of karate teaches the student to use the biggest muscle groups of the body to generate power and speed. For more information, contact Sensei Ruiz at CharlotteShukokai@gmail. com or www.facebook.com/CharlotteShukokai Ages 16-19 $55.00

Show us your game skills. We will have board games, gaming systems and ping pong for you to play. Ages 6 to 12 FREE

Program is designed to encourage sisterhood, spiritual growth, self-esteem, education, and community service among girls. This is a positive support system that may allow them to avoid pitfalls in life. Ages 12 to 14 FREE

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42669 Ongoing Tue,Wed 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Fitness: Teen Fit Club This program is designed to educate teens about healthy habits and promote fitness through exercise and weight training. Ages 12 to 17 $5.00

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #44330 Mar 19-Apr 25 Tue, Thu 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Homeschool PE: Grades 6-12 This program gives the participant the opportunity to participate in a traditional P.E. class while meeting new friends. Ages 6 to 15 $5.00

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center #42892 Ongoing Wed

1:00pm to 3:00pm

iFit: Foundation Teens will challenge themselves to build a solid fitness foundation by performing exercises to improve strength, endurance, balance, flexibility and overall fitness. Ages 14 to 18 FREE

Mallard Creek Recreation Center iStrong - March #43423 Ongoing Thu

3:00pm to 3:45pm

Teen Girls Club Learn and discuss topics about school, life and recreation. Girls will participate in many hands on activities. Ages 12 to 16 FREE

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center #42910 Mar 2 #42911 Apr 13 #42912 Apr 27 #42913 May 11

Sat Sat Sat Sat

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

Social Activities Club: D.I.V.A.S Step Team This female mentoring and step team will participate in fun trips and educational activities. Ages 9 to 15 FREE

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center #44295 Ongoing Fri

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Gaming Tournament Test your skills on the latest video games. Prizes will be awarded. Ages 13 to 18 FREE

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44242 Mar 4-25 Mon

4:00pm to 7:00pm

Team Building The team building program will ensure self development, positive communication, leadership skills and the ability to work closely together as a team to problem solve. Ages 13 to 15 FREE

Hickory Grove Recreation Center

#43662 Mar 28

Thu

6:00pm to 7:30pm

From newbies to the elite gamers, you are encouraged to participate in this first ever senior technology battle. Program consists of playing various interactive video games. Ages 13 to 15 FREE

Hickory Grove Recreation Center Thu

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Teen Activity Night We will have different activities the first Thursday or Friday of each month. Teens will be able to interact with other teens through recreational games. Preregistration Required. Ages 13 to 17 $2.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43321 Mar 7 #43322 Apr 4 #43323 May 2

Thu Thu Thu

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

Elon Recreation Center #44554 Mar 1 #44555 Apr 5 #44556 May 3

Fri Fri Fri

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

Men Stepping Up This mentoring program is designed to help male teens beat the struggles of everyday life. Ages 15 to 17 FREE

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #43661 Apr 9-30 Tue

Sat Sat Sat

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

H.O.M.E. (Helping Our Males Excel) Teen Club Workshops, guest speakers and trips will be a part of this teen mentoring program. Ages 13 to 18 FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #44146 Mar 6 #44147 Mar 13 #44148 Mar 20 #44149 Mar 27

Wed Wed Wed Wed

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

Teen Clubs

Technology Battle

#43663 May 30

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43453 Mar 9 #43454 Apr 13 #43455 May 11

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join your peers for social activities, community projects and group discussion. Ages 13 to 16 FREE

West Charlotte Recreation Center #44264 Ongoing Thu

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Teen Zone Club Nothing to do at home? Join the teen club and plan fun activities with your friends. Each month we will plan and complete one community project. Ages 12 to 17 FREE

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #43528 Apr 27

Sat

12:30pm to 2:30pm

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #44642 Ongoing Mon

6:00pm to 7:00 pm

Virtuous Diamonds in the RoughHigh School This program is designed to encourage sisterhood, spiritual growth, self-esteem, education, and community service among girls. This is a positive support system that may allow them to avoid the pitfalls of life. Ages 15 to 18 FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43450 Mar 9 #43451 Apr 13 #43452 May 11

Sat Sat Sat

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

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #42810 Ongoing Sat

Get Going Guide

1:00pm to 3:00pm

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Family Programs & Activities Cultural Arts African Drumming Experience hands-on instructions and playing techniques for instruments of the Jembe orchestra. Participants will be exposed to the many uses of the West African drums, music, dance movements, the history, songs, storytelling, repertoire, choreography, costuming and cultural lessons. All Ages FREE

Martial Arts: Tora Ha Kempo Learn safety awareness and self-defense through martial arts in a fun, structured and disciplined environment. For more information, contact Kevin Hinson at 704-533-2994. Ages 4 to 16 $5.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #43385 Ongoing Mon

5:30pm to 9:00pm

Marion Diehl Recreation Center #42309 Ongoing Wed

6:00pm to 8:00pm

William R Davie Park #42625 Ongoing Thu

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #41941 Ongoing Sun

3:00pm to 4:30pm

Holiday Activities

Learn the basics of praise dance and participate in a recital at the end of this fun program. Separate classes for children, adults and seniors are offered at the recreation center. All Ages FREE

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Easter Egg Hunt Bring your basket to find and collect colorful eggs. For more information, contact the Recreation Center listed. Ages 5 to 18 FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #42957 Mar 30

Sat

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center

Fitness & Wellness

#44181 Mar 23

Sat

11:00am to 1:00pm

Elon Recreation Center #44553 Mar 30

Sat

#42988 Mar 30

Sat

1:00pm to 3:00pm

West Charlotte Recreation Center #44267 Mar 30

Sat

10:00am to 12:00pm

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center

Easter Egg Jam

#42828 Ongoing Sat

Bring your basket to find and collect colorful eggs. There will be contests, games, food and prizes to be given away. Ages 1 and Older FREE

10:00am to 12:00pm

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #41499 Mar 30

Sat

12:00pm to 4:00pm

Grandparents-Grandkids Easter Basket Making Come and create your own custom basket to fill with eggs and candy for the Easter Holiday. Ages 2 and Older $2.00

Methodist Home Recreation Center #43608 Mar 29

Fri

11:00am to 1:00pm

Methodist Home Easter Egg Hunt Methodist Home is welcoming the Shamrock community out to our annual Easter egg hunt. Ages 2 and Older FREE

Methodist Home Recreation Center #43609 Mar 30

Sat

12:00pm to 2:00pm

For More Information or to Register Visit

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Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43314 Ongoing Wed

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44316 Mar 15 #44317 Apr 19 #44318 May 17

Fri Fri Fri

5:00pm to 7:30pm 5:00pm to 7:30pm 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Spring 2013

Celebrate National Kite Flying Month with kite making, kite flying lessons and competitions. Registration required. All Ages FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #44189 Apr 20

Sat

10:00am to 2:00pm

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center #44286 Apr 20

Sat

10:00am to 12:00pm

Special Events

10:00am to 12:00pm

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center

Martial Arts: Karate Students will learn self-confidence, discipline, and physical fitness through lessons from a certified black belt martial arts instructor. All Ages FREE

Get Going Guide

Family Game Night Come socialize with friends and family while playing a variety of games and activities. Fun for all ages. Parent participation is required. Ages 5 and Older FREE

National Kite Day

Dance: Praise Dance

#42813 Ongoing Thu

Social Activities

MH Spring Fest 2013 Come out to the Methodist Home Recreation Center and help us kick off Spring with our annual Spring Festival! There will be plenty of fun games, crafts, food and prizes. Ages 1 and Older FREE

Methodist Home Recreation Center #43627 Apr 20

Sat

11:00am to 3:00pm

School Out Celebration School is out and summer is in. Middle school kids and parents join us for music, refreshments, a magic show and fun. Ages 12 to 14 $2.00

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #42956 May 31

Fri

6:00pm to 8:00pm

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

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Adult Programs & Activities 4-H

Cultural Arts

Families Eating Smart and Moving More The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a nine-week program that offers practical nutrition information, food preparation, food resource management and food safety education. Pre-registration is required. Ages 18 and Older FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43271 Mar 1-Apr 15 Mon Fri #43272 Apr 22-Jun 7 Mon Fri

6:00pm to 7:00pm 11:00am to 12:30pm 6:00pm to 7:30pm 11:00am to 12:30pm

Athletics

Ballroom Dancing Learn various ballroom dancing techniques while meeting new friends with the Charlotte Purple Steppers Group. For more information, contact Daniel Felton at 704-713-0919 or felton2307@gmail.com Ages 16 and Older $10.00

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #44173 Mar 5-26 Tue

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Easter Basket Workshop Easter baskets are the traditional Easter gift from parent or grandparent to child. This program will show you how to make your very own Easter basket. Ages 18 and Older $5.00

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #43655 Mar 19

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

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #43654 May 9-30 Thu

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Marion Diehl Recreation Center #42304 Ongoing Mon

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Lunch Time Basketball Escape from work during lunch to relax and play a little hoops. Ages 18 and Older $2.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #42958 Ongoing Mon-Fri 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #43475 Ongoing Mon-Fri 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Tue

6:00pm to 7:30pm

International Cooking Club Club members share food, recipes and cultural experiences. Classes are the 3rd Friday of each month. Ages 18 and Older FREE Fri Fri Fri

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #44133 Ongoing Wed

7:30pm to 8:30pm

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 info@ queencitydanceout.com, call 704-999-4071 or visit www.QueenCityDanceOut.com. Ages 18 and Older $10.00

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42724 Ongoing Fri

5:45pm to 7:00pm

Educational Programs Book Club Participants will discuss various topics and questions about the book of the month. For more information, contact the Recreation Center listed. Ages 18 and Older FREE Tues Tues Tues

7:00pm to 9:00pm 7:00pm to 9:00pm 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44529 Mar 13 #44530 Mar 27 #44531 Apr 17 #44532 May 8 #44533 May 22

Wed Wed Wed Wed Wed

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

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Exercise beginners will learn how to use multiple forms of resistance training such as functional movement and free weights in order to achieve their fitness goals. Ages 17 and Older $5.00

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

Berewick Recreation Center

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Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center #44281 Mar 15 #44282 Apr 19 #44283 May 17

#43482 Mar 26 #43483 Apr 30 #43484 May 28

Get Going Guide

Fitness & Wellness

Afternoon Slow Flow Yoga Afternoon Slow Flow Yoga is a great class to help you relax; perfect for Beginners. Ages 18 and Older $5.00

Elon Recreation Center #44534 Ongoing Wed

4:30pm to 5:45pm

Anusara Yoga Anusara Yoga, a life-affirming yoga weaving an uplifting philosophy with alignment principles, is being offered in fun-filled classes at Lake Point Hall in Colonel Francis Beatty Park. For more information or to sign up contact Linda Oelschlaeger at 704-843-9699 or visit www.yoga.9k.com. Ages 18 and Older $10.00

Colonel Francis Beatty Park #42613 Ongoing Mon,Tue 9:00am to 11:15am #42614 Ongoing Mon 6:00pm to 8:15pm

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Adult Programs & Activities Dance Impact

Fitness: Express Workout

Personal Training

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

A vigorous 30 minute workout to keep up with your busy schedule. Get ready to work hard using only your body and a set of dumbbells doing Cardio and Strength Training. All Ages FREE members $2.00 nonmembers

Need that one on one trainer? Then sign up for this great program and let us get you on the right track! Develop a personal training routine with our Personal Trainer and learn proper stretching techniques, strength training moves and cardio routines. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Ages 16 and Older $10.00 members $15.00 nonmembers

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #42875 Ongoing Mon-Fri 8:00am to 9:00am

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #43648 Ongoing Mon

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Dance Out! Check out this dance-inspired weekly fitness class. Dance and have fun! All fitness and dance levels welcome. For more information, visit www.QueenCityDanceOut.com or call 704-999-4071. Ages 18 and Older $10.00

Berewick Recreation Center #43456 Ongoing Mon, Wed 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Fitness Dance Class Come learn the latest dance moves while you exercise!! All Ages $3.00 daily / $10.00 monthly

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #44118 Mar 6- Apr 10 Wed 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Fitness: Body Pump Fitness This class focuses on aerobic circuit training. Ages 16 and Older FREE members $2.00 nonmembers

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #44329 Mar 5

Tue

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Fitness: N’Shape with ‘N Funky Fit is dance based aerobics that puts emphasis on fun. You will also receive fitness and nutrition tips. For more information, contact Nettie Reeves at 704-334-4848 or visit nshapewithn.com Ages 18 and Older $5.00

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #42995 Ongoing Mon, Wed 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center

#44334 Mar 5

Tues

1:00pm to 2:00pm

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 18 and Older FREE

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center

Albemarle Road Recreation Center

#44192 Ongoing Tue

#42978 Ongoing Tue & Thu

6:00pm to 7:00pm

10:00am to 12:00pm

Jazzercise

Queen City Dancing Megamix

An effective, total body conditioning program that will help you feel great, look terrific, and bring new energy to your life. Jazzercise combines the art of jazz dance with the beat of today’s hottest music. For more information contact Charlene Bisiada at 704-502-3074 Ages 18 to 55 $45.00

The MegaMix will give you both toning and cardio results in our 90 minute calorie-blasting, booty bouncing, droppin’ it low class. Each class will incorporate key toning songs that will target your major muscle groups - legs, booty, abs and arms. Plus you will still get your cardio with all of your favorite songs. For more information, contact info@queencitydanceout. com, visit www.QueenCityDanceOut.com or call 704-999-4071. Ages 18 and Older $10.00

Elon Recreation Center #43916 Ongoing Mon-Thu

6:00pm to 7:45pm

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #43350 Ongoing Sat 8:30am to 9:15am #43351 Ongoing Mon-Thu 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42718 Ongoing Mon

7:00pm to 8:30pm

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, 38, and 44. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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Zumba Fit Class

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 information, contact info@queencitydanceout.com, visit www. QueenCityDanceOut.com or call 704-999-4071. Ages 18 and Older $10.00

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. This class is designed to promote physical and mental health. Ages 18 and Older $5.00

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #42864 Ongoing Sat

10:00am to 11:00am

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #42975 Ongoing Tue 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Revolution Park Sports Academy #43969 Mar 5-28 Tue & Thu

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Hickory Grove Recreation Center

Thomasboro School Recreation Site

#43645 Ongoing Wed

#42849 Ongoing Mon,Thu 6:30pm to 7:30pm Sat 10:00am to 11:00am

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Marion Diehl Recreation Center #42316 Ongoing Tue 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Social Activities

Train Like a Boxer Reduce stress, gain strength and toning along with fundamentals of boxing that focus on physical fitness. For more information contact Revolution Park Sports Academy 704-432-4963. Ages 16 and Older $40.00

Adult Men’s Fellowship

Scrapbooking at Mallard Creek 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. Ages 18 and Older $12.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center

Revolution Park Sports Academy

Come out and join others while whipping into shape. Have fun in a little friendly competition amongst friends. Ages 18 and older $2.00

#43369 Mar 16 #43370 Apr 20 #43371 May 18

#43963 Ongoing Mon, Wed, Fri 8:30am to 10:00am #43966 Ongoing Tue-Thu 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #43015 Ongoing Mon-Fri 9:00am to 12:00pm

Scrapbooking Working Together

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.

Gaming Club A noncompetitive electronic game night for adults to encourage socialization and new game skills. Ages 18 and Older FREE

Hickory Grove Recreation Center #43656 May 9-23 Thu 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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

Do you have shoeboxes overflowing with pictures? Come learn how to personalize your own scrapbook and use various techniques and methods on your layouts. Ages 18 and Older $5.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44313 Mar 12 #44314 Apr 9 #44315 May 14

Tues 10:30am to 12:00pm Tues 10:30am to 12:00pm Tues 10:30am to 12:00pm

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, 38 and 44. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

Universal Deep Stretch Yoga A slow paced yoga class focusing on flexibility. Longer held poses supported with props gently lengthen muscles and release connective tissue. This class is easily adapted to individual needs deeper options are offered for more advanced practitioners and athletes, and very gentle modifications are provided when needed. Ages 18 to 54 $5.00

Elon Recreation Center #44437 Ongoing Fri

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Senior Programs & Activities Athletics Basketball: Senior Women’s League Join this women’s league, specifically for those 55 and better, in advance of the CharlotteMecklenburg Senior Games. Coaches and volunteers are needed. For more information, contact Betty Davis at 704-588-1264 or Jean Grayson at 704-545- 7880. Ages 55 and Older $1.00

Crafty Seniors Seniors will take part in unique arts and crafts projects. For more information contact the Recreation Center listed. Ages 55 and Older $2.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #44101 Ongoing Tue

10:30am to 11:30am

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center #44623 Mar 5 #44624 Apr 16 #44625 May 7

Tue Tue Tue

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

Tom Sykes Recreation Center #42689 Ongoing Mon

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Basketball: Men’s Senior Enjoy Senior Basketball while socializing. Ages 55 and Older $1.00

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #42834 Ongoing Mon & Weds 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Cheerleaders: Silver Fox Senior Cheerleading is alive and running full speed ahead as they represent CharlotteMecklenburg Senior Games throughout North Carolina. Ages 50 and Older FREE

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center #44226 Ongoing Wed

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Cultural Arts Oil Painting 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. Ages 50 and Older FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center 42945 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 18 and Older $31.00

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 Older FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43116 Ongoing Wed

11:30am to 1:00pm

Aerobics: N’Chair Aerobics Take your seat for N’Chair Aerobics. These exercises can increase your strength, balance and vitality - all while sitting down. Ages 50 and Older FREE

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center #44182 Ongoing Mon,Wed,Thu 10:30am to 11:30am

Badminton Open Play/ Seniors & Adults Badminton is a great way to stay active and keep your competitive spirit alive for Seniors & Adults. Your serve! Ages 55 and Older $1.00

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center

Marion Diehl Recreation Center

Computers: Beginner Senior Computer Class #44247 Ongoing Tue 10:00am to 11:00am Computers: Advanced Senior Computer Class #44248 Ongoing Tue 11:00am to 12:00pm

#42320 Ongoing Sat #42321 Ongoing Wed

Fitness & Wellness Active Adult Yoga - Senior The class will help to increase strength, flexibility and balance while relieving soreness, stiffness and reducing stress. All skill levels welcome. For more information, contact Ann Mason at 704-542-8952. Ages 55 and Older FREE

Elon Recreation Center #43941 Ongoing Wed 4:30pm to 5:45pm #43954 Ongoing Tue, Fri 10:00am to 11:30am

12:00pm to 2:00pm 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Aerobics: N’Chair Aerobics Take your seat for N’Chair Aerobics. These exercises can increase your strength, balance and vitality - all while sitting down. Ages 50 and Older FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #43807 Ongoing Fri

10:30am to 11:30am

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

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #44301 Ongoing Mon

10:00am to 11:00am

Tom Sykes Recreation Center Carolina Classic Cloggers #42677 Ongoing Mon 6:00pm to 8:30pm Firehouse Cloggers #42671 Ongoing Thu 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Senior Programs & Activities Inspirational Walking Walk around the gym while listening to gospel music. Ages 55 and Older FREE

Tuckaseegee Recreation Center #42822 Ongoing Mon,Tue 9:00am to 11:00am

Light & Lively Designed to maintain cardiovascular fitness, improve strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and activities of daily life. Ages 18 to 100 $1.00/$3.00

Mallard Creek Recreation Center #43360 Ongoing Mon,Wed,Thu 9:00am to 9:45am

Senior: Fitness Join participants in improving overall health and wellness with chair exercise. Ages 55 and Older FREE

West Charlotte Recreation Center Fitness After 55 #44235 Ongoing Wed Freedom to Move #44239 Ongoing Fri

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

A slow paced yoga class focusing on flexibility. Longer held poses supported with props gently lengthen muscles and release connective tissue. This class is easily adapted to individual needs deeper options are offered for more advanced practitioners and athletes, and very gentle modifications are provided when needed. Ages 55 and Older FREE

Elon Recreation Center Fri Fri Fri

2:00pm to 3:30pm 2:00pm to 3:30pm 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Holiday Activities Cinco de Mayo Deje que la parte! (Let’s Party!) Join us as we celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. Learn to Salsa dance and break a piñata. Light refreshments will be served. Ages 55 and Older $5.00

Senior Fitness Club Engage in low-impact exercise and chart your progress to better physical and mental health. Ages 50 and Older FREE

Marion Diehl Recreation Center Senior Walking Club #42313 Ongoing Mon,Weds,Fri 7:30am to 8:00am

Southview Recreation Center Senior Walking Club #44340 Ongoing Mon-Fri 10:00am to 11:00am

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Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #44422 May 3

Fri

Coffee and Cards: Bridge Join your peers, play or learn to play bridge with other experienced players.

Berewick Recreation Center #43443 Ongoing Mon

Universal Deep Stretch Yoga

#44434 Mar 1 #44435 Apr 5 #44436 May 3

Social Activities

10:30am to 12:30pm

1:00pm to 3:30pm

Elon Recreation Center Bridge #43887 Ongoing Fri Poker #43890 Ongoing Wed

12:00pm to 4:00pm 10:00am to 1:00pm

Bid Whist Senior Citizens enjoy an afternoon of Bid Whist. Learn the basic fundamental of the game from experienced bidwiz players and engage in all the social activities associated with playing the game. Ages 55 and Older FREE

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #42870 Ongoing Mon-Fri 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Bid Whist Tournament Quarterly Card Tournament to show off your skills. We will have healthy snacks for everyone. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Ages 55 and Older $3.00

Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center #44360 Apr 25

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1:00pm to 6:00pm

Bingo and Beyond Enjoy a morning of fun and fellowship with other seniors. Ages 55 and Older FREE

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #43824 Ongoing

Mon

12:30pm to 2:00pm

Bingo: Senior Bingo Come play one of America’s favorite games. Fun, friendship and bingo. Ages 55 and Older FREE

Albemarle Road Recreation Center #43119 Mar 18 Mon 10:00am to 12:00pm #43120 Apr 15 Mon 10:00am to 12:00pm #43121 May 20 Mon 10:00am to 12:00pm

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Senior Programs & Activities Club: District 8 Golden Angels

Super Senior Advocates

Club provides seniors with leadership, leisure, and social activities. Ages 50 and Older FREE

Enjoy a morning of fun and fellowship with other seniors. Ages 50 and Older FREE

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center

Arbor Glen Outreach Center

#44278 Ongoing Wed

#43820 Mar 6

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Wed 10:00am to 12:00pm

Youth After Fifty-Five Club

Club: Senior Club

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

Enjoy trips, games, recreation and social time with other active adults. Ages 55 and Older FREE

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center #43010 Mar 7 Thur 10:00am to 12:00pm #43011 Apr 4 Thu 10:00am to 12:00pm #44377 May 2 Thu 10:00am to 12:00pm

See Charlotte! 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 Older $5.00

Arbor Glen Outreach Center #43821 Mar 20 Wed 10:00am to 4:00pm #43822 Apr 17 Wed 10:00am to 4:00pm #43823 May 15 Wed 10:00am to 4:00pm

West Charlotte Recreation Center #44258 #44259 #44260 #44261 #44262 #44263

Mar 5 Mar 19 Apr 2 Apr 16 May 7 May 21

Tue Tue 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

Ivory/Baker Recreation Center

#44253 Mar 6 Wed 10:00am to 4:00pm #44254 Apr 3 Wed 10:00am to 4:00pm #44255 May 1 Wed 10:00am to 4:00pm

Senior Bingo Extravaganza All Seniors are invited to play Bingo while relaxing, enjoying yourself and socializing with friends. Must bring a prize for entry. Ages 55 and Older FREE

Naomi Drenan Recreation Center

Leisure and Learn

#39210 Apr 19 Fri

Enjoy seminars with dynamic keynote speakers, workshops, lunch and fun while meeting new friends and learning something new. Transportation provided from various locations. For more information, contact MeckSeniors@ MecklenburgCountyNC.gov or 704-336-8105. Ages 55 and Older $8.00

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 18 and Older FREE

Clanton Park #44395 Mar 21 Thu #44396 Apr 18 Thu #44397 May 16 Thu

If you love to play Spades, Bid Whist, Bridge, or Pinochle and love to meet new people, join us for an afternoon of competition, prizes, light refreshment and lots of fun. Ages 50 and Older $2.00

Albemarle Road Recreation Center

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Mallard Creek Recreation Center 9:30am to 2:00pm 9:30am to 2:00pm 9:30am to 2:00pm

MeckSeniors Card Tournament

#42950 Apr 13 Sat

10:00am to 1:00pm

11:00am to 3:00pm

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#43404 Ongoing Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri 1:00pm to 4:00pm

1. CLICK on Eparks at www.parkandrec.com and use the course code number.

Sugaw Creek District VIII Events

2. CALL 311 (704-336-7600) or the number listed for that program.

Come join in the fun with our senior meetings, parties and special events. Ages 55 and Older FREE

Sugaw Creek Recreation Center #43468 Apr 1

Mon 11:00am to 1:00pm

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MeckSeniors Day Trips

April 9, 2013 Valdese, NC Trail of Faith & Historic Valdese

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 older. Picking up from the Mallard Creek Recreation Center and the Marion Deihl Recreation Center

Departs Marion Diehl at 8:00am and Mallard Creek at 7:15am. Returns at 6:00pm Course code: #41123 Cost: $52.00 Register by March 30, 2013 Chronicle the journey of faith as the Waldensians made their exile from the Alpine Valleys of Italy to America.

February 26, 2013 Winston Salem, NC

Relive their experience on a tour of the Waldensian Trail of Faith, which brings their struggles to life, commemorates their

Reynolda House & Germanton Vineyard & Winery Departs Marion Deihl at 8:15am and Mallard Creek at 9:00am. Returns at 6:00pm Course code: #41103 Cost: $46.00 Register by February 16, 2013 Discover Reynolda House, a centerpiece of the Reynolda Historic District showcasing masterpieces of American art and history. Shop and dine in Historic Reynolda Village and stroll the formal gardens, greenhouses, and Woodland walking trails of the Reynolda Gardens. After touring the home we will visit the award winning Germanton Winery for a tasting which includes Gold Medal winner Sweet Red. Lunch on your own. For More Information or to Register Visit

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sacrifices and celebrates their triumphs. Visit the Waldensian Heritage Museum and Gift Shop and enjoy a tasting and tour of the Waldensian Heritage Winery. Lunch provided.

March 12, 2013 Raleigh, NC

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Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

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

Departs Marion Deihl @ 8:30am and Mallard Creek at 9:00am. Returns at 6:00pm. Course code: #41107 Cost: $45.00 Register by March 2, 2013 The Titanic has arrived at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. Experience Titanic’s fateful voyage through artifacts and re-creations of the ships interior. Lunch on your own.

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, 38 and 44. Phone and Web registration requires payment with Visa or MasterCard only.

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MeckSeniors Day Trips, cont. May 14, 2013 Crumpler, NC Shatley Springs & Cheese Factory Tour Departs Marion Diehl at 7:30am and Mallard Creek at 8:15am. Returns at 7:00pm Course code: #41124

Cost: $35.00

Register by May 4, 2013 Come enjoy country cooking, the famous spring water, and the beautiful mountain scenery. We will stop to see the Ben Long Frescos and the Ashe County Cheese Factory. Lunch not included. Shatley Springs Buffet or a-la-carte; prices at $16.95+tax.

Add Life to your Years

...Join the Fun!

Calling all Seniors 55 years of age or better. Artists and Athletes from all over Mecklenburg County are ready to have some fun and showcase their talents and abilities.

April 9th – May 18th 2013 For more information please call

704.332.4020

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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 704-3363144 today to learn more about how you can make a difference!

The Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department and the Senior Citizens Nutrition Program Partner up 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 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, wellness education and a variety of exercise programs. SCNP

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also provides arthritis self management classes which are taught by registered nurses and physical therapists/ certified exercise trainers. Park and Recreation staff provides support to the programming at the site. Pre-registration is required for participation in the meal program. For more information, contact the Senior Citizens Nutrition Program Information Line at 704-336-3144.

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 704-3363144.

In addition, the Senior Citizens Nutrition Program provides other types of meal services to seniors. Home-delivered 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 meal service provides home delivered

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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 8 months), StarTots (18 to 36 months), Starfish Swim School (ages 3 years and Older), 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 18 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 Pre-School (formerly Sand Dollar and Seal) Ages 3 to 5 years 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, teach 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 years, Age 5 can register upon completion of pre-school 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 Older Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more!

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Mon/Wed Mon/Wed Mon/Wed Sat Sat Mar 4-27 Apr 1-24 Apr 29-May 22 Mar 2-16 Apr 13-27 $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 $30.00 $30.00 $64.00 $64.00 $64.00 $24.00 $24.00

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. Fun and water adjustment are emphasized. Saturday 10:00am to 10:30am 6 to 18 mo. (StarBabies) #42191 #42192 Saturday 10:30am to 11:00am 18 to 36 mo. (StarTots) #42193 #42194 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 will teach basic swimming skills for children who are developmentally ready. Mon/Wed 5:00pm to 5:30pm #42195 #42203 #42207 Mon/Wed 6:00pm to 6:30pm #42196 #42204 #42208 Mon/Wed 6:30pm to 7:00pm #42197 #42205 #42209 Mon/Wed 7:00pm to 7:30pm #42198 #42206 #42210 Saturday 9:00am to 9:30am #42199 #42288 Saturday 9:30am to 10:00am #42200 #42289 Saturday 10:00am to 10:30am #42201 #42290 Saturday 10:30am to 11:00am #42202 #42291 STARFISH STROKE SCHOOL - PRESCHOOL Ages 3 to 5 Intermediate Level Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more. Mon/Wed 5:30pm to 6:00pm #42211 #42212 #42213 Saturday 11:00am to 11:30am #42214 #42292 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - ELEMENTARY Ages 6 to 9 Introductory Level No entry skills required. Students learn blowing bubbles, front and back float and glide, and submersion Mon/Wed 5:30pm to 6:15pm #42215 #42216 #42217 Saturday 9:00am to 9:45am #42218 #42294

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

STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - PRIMARY Ages 10 to 13 Introductory Level No entry skills required. Students learn blowing bubbles, front and back float and glide, and submersion. Mon/Wed 7:00pm to 7:45pm #42222 #42223 #42224 Saturday 10:30am -11:15am #42225 #42293 STARFISH STROKE SCHOOL - PRIMARY Ages 10 to 13 Intermediate Level *Saturday Ages 6 to 13 Must be able to swim 25 yards using over arm recovery to enroll. Students will improve over arm recovery, rotary breathing on front, flutter kick, and backstroke. Mon/Wed 6:15pm to 7:00pm #42220 #42221 #42232 *Saturday 9:45am to 10:30am (Ages 6 to 13) #42233 #42295 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - TEEN/ADULT Ages 14 and Older Beginner Level No entry skills required. The class for the soon-to-be swimmer. Students learn front and back float and glide, and total submersion. Mon/Wed 6:15pm to 7:00pm #42226 #42227 #42228 Saturday 9:00am to 9:45am #42234 #42296 STARFISH STROKE SCHOOL - TEEN/ADULT Ages 14 and Older Intermediate Level 800 East Martin Luther Students will improve their freestyle and backstroke in order to swim distances, get some exercise or just have fun. King Jr. Blvd. Mon/Wed 7:00pm to 7:45 p.m. #42230 #42231 #42240 Charlotte, NC 28202

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Aquatics Water Exercise - Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Session Dates: Fees: Mon/Wed/Fri Tues/Thurs

Mar 4-28

Apr 1-26

Apr 29-May 31

No class Mar 22

No class Apr 4, 5, 24

No class May 3, 9, 10, 27

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

$40.00 Public $30.00 Member $28.00 Public $21.00 Member

$48.00 Public $36.00 Member $36.00 Public $27.00 Member

HYDROMANIA Moderate-High Intensity SHALLOW WATER All-over body toning and cardiovascular workout. Hydromania is a great way to exercise joints and muscles. Mon/Wed/Fri 5:30pm to 6:30pm #42254 #42259 #42856 Tues & Thurs 6:00pm to 7:00pm #42253 #42255 #42857 EASY DOES IT Beginner-Moderate Intensity SHALLOW WATER A low-level, low-impact exercise class. Activities include water walking, aerobic exercises to build cardiovascular endurance and range-of-motion classes. Mon/Wed/Fri 11:00am to 12:00pm #42264 #42263 #42853 ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION Beginner Intensity SHALLOW WATER Gentle stretches and range-of-motion exercises keep tender joints mobile. The buoyancy of the water assists movements, while the resistance strengthens muscles that support joints. A physician’s release is required to participate. Tues/Thurs 11:00am to 12:00pm #42261 #42262 #42852 WATER FIT Moderate 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. Tues/Thurs 9:00am to 10:00am #42265 #42854 #42855

LIFEGUARD TRAINING COURSE Ages 15 and up $150.00 Learn water rescue techniques, team life guarding and CPR with oxygen and AED (defibrillator) certifications in this 20-hour course. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Starfish Aquatics Institute Lifeguard license and the opportunity 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 and respectful lifeguard! Fri/Sat/Sun Mar 8-10 6:00pm to 10:00pm #44897 Fri/Sat/Sun Apr 12-14 8:00am to 5:00pm #44899

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

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Aquatics Swim Lessons - Ray’s Splash Planet Session Dates: Fees: Public: Member:

Tues/Thurs Tues/Thurs Tues/Thurs Saturday Saturday Mar 5-28 Apr 9-May 2 May 7-30 Mar 2-Apr 6 Apr 13-May 18 $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 $60.00 $60.00 $64.00 $64.00 $64.00 $48.00 $48.00

STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL-PRESCHOOL Ages 3 to 5 Introductory Level (formally Sand Dollar) Designed to meet the needs of preschoolers, this course will develop high comfort level in the water, readiness to swim, and will teach basic swimming skills for children who are developmentally ready. Tue/Thur 5:30pm to 6:00pm #42542 #42587 #42588 Saturday 9:15am to 9:45am #42545 #42598 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - ELEMENTARY Ages 6 to 9 Intermediate Level (formally Otter and Walrus) Students work toward development of the five core competencies and progress to basic strokes. Learning is self paced but challenging. Tue/Thur 6:00pm to 6:45pm #42537 #42589 #42591 Saturday 9:45am to 10:30am #42540 #42599 STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - PRIMARY Ages 10 to 13 Introductory Level (formally Otter and Walrus) Students work toward development of the five core competencies and progress to basic strokes. Learning is self paced but challenging. Tue/Thur 6:45pm to 7:30pm #42552 #42553 #42597 Saturday 10:30am to 11:15am #42550 #42601 PARENT & TOT / MEET & GREET Dates: Mar 4, 18 / Apr 15, 29 / May 6, 20 Time: 10:00am to 3 :00pm Cost: $3.00 for toddlers 0 to 5 (Mom and Dad are Free) Additional guests will be charged admission fees. Other coupons and/or discounts may not be applied. This discount will not be offered on CMS no school days. HOMESCHOOL THURSDAYS Open to home school students Dates: Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 / Apr 11, 18, 25 / May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 on Thursdays Time: 12:00pm to 3:00pm Cost: $4.00 child, $2.00 adult, $3.00 dry ticket WATER FITNESS: SENIOR AEROBICS CLUB Mon/Wed 4:30pm to 5:30pm Cost: FREE Seniors 55 and Older 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. Club does not meet on CMS no school days / Summer dates and times subject to change. EASTER EGG HUNT Thu Mar 28th 5:30pm to 8pm Join Ray’s Splash Planet for their annual Easter Egg Hunt in the water! Kids can jump in and hunt as many eggs as possible in the shallow water. Admission includes swimming, the egg hunt and the chance to meet the Easter Bunny. Children are separated into age groups and need to bring their own “waterproof” baskets. For more information contact: Jody.Corum@mecklenburgcountync.gov or call 704-432-1141. Egg Hunts will be split into age groups 0-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Standard Admission will apply

215 N Sycamore St., Charlotte NC 28202

704.432.4729

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WATER SAFETY DAYS May 2nd Home School 12pm-3pm May 6th Mom/Tot 10am-1pm Learn how to be safe around pools at home, in the community, and in public areas as well as life jacket safety and other important water safety topics.

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Aquatics Swim Lessons - Marion Diehl Pool Session Dates: 2 Days/Wk 2 Days/Wk 2 Days/Wk 1 Day/Wk 1 Day/Wk 1 Day/Wk Mar 4-27 Apr 8-24 Apr 29-May 22 Mar 2-23 Apr 13-27 May 4-18 Fees: Public $80.00 $60.00 $80.00 $40.00 $30.00 $30.00 Member $64.00 $48.00 $64.00 $32.00 $24.00 $24.00 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. Saturday 10:00am to 10:30am 6 to 18 mo. #42006 #42007 Saturday 10:30am to 11:00am 19 to 36 mo. #42021 #42022

#42008 #42023

STARFISH SWIM SCHOOL - PRESCHOOL Ages 3 to 5 Introductory 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, to teach beginning swimming skills. Tues/Thur 5:30pm to 6:00pm #42050 #42057 #43196 Mon/Wed 6:15pm to 6:45pm #42047 #42055 #43535 Tues/Thur 6:00pm to 6:30pm #42049 #42058 #43197 Mon/Wed 6:45pm to 7:15pm #42048 #43191 #42060 Saturday 9:00am to 9:30am #42052 #43194 Saturday 9:30am to 10:00am #42053 #43195 Saturday 10:00am to 10:30am #42054 #43193

#42062 #42064 #42063

Starfish STROKE School - PRESCHOOL Ages 3 to 5 Intermediate/Advanced Level (formally SEAL) Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more. Tues/Thur 5:00 pm to 5:30pm #42031 #42032 #43200 Mon/Wed 5:45pm to 6:15pm #42027 #42028 #43198 Tues/Thur 6:30pm to 7:00pm #42029 #42030 #43199 Saturday 9:30am to 10:00am #42024 #42025

#42026

Starfish SWIM School - ELEMENTARY/PRIMARY Ages 6 to 13 Introductory Level (formally Otter and Walrus) Students work toward development of the five core competencies and progress to basic strokes. Learning is self-paced but challenging. Mon/Wed 6:30pm to 7:15pm #42043 #42044 #42045 Saturday 10:30am to 11:15am #42039 #42040 #42041 Starfish Stroke School - ELEMENTARY/PRIMARY Ages 6 to 13 Intermediate/Advanced Level (formally Manatee and Marlin) Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more. Tues/Thur 5:30pm to 6:15pm #42011 #42012 #43216 Mon/Wed 5:45pm to 6:30pm #42015 #42016 #43223 Tues/Thur 6:15pm to 7:00pm #42013 #42014 #43219 Saturday 8:45am to 9:30am #42009 #42010 #43214 Saturday 11:00am to 11:45pm #42019 #42020 #43225 Saturday 11:15am to 12:00pm #42017 42018 #43224 Starfish Swim School Adult Ages 14 and Older Introductory Level (formally Teen/Adult Beginner) 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 #42035 #42036 #43072 Saturday 8:15am to 9:00am #42037 #42038 #43073 Starfish Stroke School Adult Intermediate Ages 14 and Older Intermediate Level (formally Teen/Adult Intermediate) Students refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more. Saturday 11:45am to 12:30pm #42033 #42034 #43071

Marion Diehl Pool

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2219 Tyvola Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210 704.432.0237

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Aquatics Water Exercise - Marion Diehl Pool Session Dates: Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Mar 4-28 Apr 8-27 Apr 29-May 23 No Class Mar 29 Fees: Mon/Wed/Fri Adult/Member/Senior $44/33/22 $36/27/18 $48/36/24 Tues/Thurs Adult/Member/Senior $32/24/16 $24/18/12 $32/24/16 Saturday Adult/Member/Senior $16/12/8 $12/9/6 $12/9/6 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 #41995 #41990 #43067 Mon/Wed/Fri 8:30am to 9:30am #41996 #41991 #43068 Tues/Thurs 8:00am to 9:00am #41992 #41993 #43069 Tues/Thurs 7:00pm to 8:00pm #41994 #41997 #43070 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. Saturday 10:00am to 11:00am #41970 #41971 #43057 Mon/Wed/Fri 7:15am to 8:15am #41966 #41968 #43055 Mon/Wed/Fri 8:15am to 9:15am #41967 #41969 #43056 Tues/Thurs 9:00am to 10:00am #41978 #41972 #43058 Tues/Thurs 10:00am to 11:00am #41973 #41974 #43059 Tues/Thurs 1:00pm to 2:00pm #41975 #41976 #43060 Tues/Thurs 7:00pm to 8:00pm #41979 #41977 #43061 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 classes. Tues/Thurs 10:00am to 11:00am #41982 #41983 #43063 Tues/Thurs 1:00pm to 2:00pm #41984 #41985 #43064 Tues/Thurs 2:00pm to 3:00pm #41986 #41987 #43065 Tues/Thurs 3:00pm to 4:00pm #41988 #41989 #43066 ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION Beginner Intensity SHALLOW WATER Gentle stretches and range-of-motion exercises keep tender joints mobile. The buoyancy of the water assists movements, while the resistance strengthens muscles that support joints. A physician’s release is required to participate. Tues/Thurs 9:15am to 10:00am #41964 #41965 #43054

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DEEP WATER RUNNING Moderate DEEP WATER No swimming skills required, float belts are worn. Class format involves interval running cadence class d esigned to improve endurance, stamina, breathing, and muscle toning. Tues/Thurs 2:00pm to 3:00pm #41980 #41981 #43062

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SPRING STROKE CLINIC Do you want to gain that winning edge and get ready for summer? If so, the Marion Diehl Spring Stroke Clinic is the program for you! We work on all of the competitive strokes and kicks. Call 704-432-4333 for more information. Spring Stroke Clinic #41954

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Marion Diehl Pool 2219 Tyvola Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210

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