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Volume 1, Issue 3 April 2013

Cultural Arts Initiative In support of Youth Arts Month (YAM) Macon Bibb Parks and Recreation offered several free cultural arts classes during the month of March for children ages 3-14 at the LH Williams Community Center. Our classes included drama, dance, and auditory classes. Our instructors agree that the program has been going well and we are pleased to announce a new selection of cultural arts classes beginning in mid-April.

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Please be sure to check out Page 2 for a full list of class offerings. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call at 478-751-7694 for more information!

In December Macon Bibb County Parks & Recreation applied for a couple of Knight Neighborhood Challenge (KNC) Grants. The KNC is a $3 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that is helping Macon take major steps toward revitalizing the College Hill Corridor. The goal of the Knight Neighborhood Challenge is to invest in ideas to restore the land use and social fabric of the College Hill neighborhood, to reawaken the soul of the community through active participation in a wide array of community arts, cultural and sports activities, and to connect us to one another through digital and traditional information gathering/sharing channels. More information can be found at We have received notification that we have been awarded funding for two exciting special events; Yappy Hour and the Tattnall Square Sidewalk Chalk Festival! Be sure to check out page 3 for more information on both events!

Inside this issue: Cultural Arts Schedule


Knight Neighborhood Challenge Grants


Magnolia Street Soapbox Derby


Earth Day


Community Center Happenings


Summer Camp!


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Cultural Arts Course Schedule To register for classes please contact Dominique at the LH Williams Community Center Monday-Friday 3pm-8pm or Saturdays 11-3 in person or by phone at 478-751-7036. Classes may be paid for in full or in two installments with cash, check, or money order (payable to: Macon Bibb County Parks & Recreation). Payment is due during the first class of the session. All supplies are included for the classes. A performance showcase is scheduled for Saturday May 25th, 2013 at 3pm. This showcase will highlight all of our classes and performers on the stage at the LH Williams Community Center.

Creative Writing Dates: Tuesdays 4/16-5/21 Time: 5-6pm Ages: 8-14 Location: LH Williams Community Center, Multi Purpose Room Instructor: Y-O Latimore

Children ages 10-14 will learn the ins and outs of creative writing. Topics will include but are not limited to: character development, plot and theme, shorts stories, poetry, sentence structure, focusing on a specific topic, and what to do when you get writers block! Participants will read aloud their story creations during the performance showcase. Cost: $30 for 6 weeks ($5 per class).

Intro to Dance (ages 6-9) Dates: Tuesdays 4/16-5/21 Time: 6-7pm Location: LH Williams Community, Multi Purpose Room Instructor: Keyona McCarthy

A beginners class which incorporates Pre-Ballet and a variety of other dance techniques to promote creative movement. This class will improve primary motor skills to build self assurance and confidence. Cost: $30 for 6 weeks ($5 per class).

Intro to Dance (ages 10-14) Dates: Thursdays 4/18-5/23 Time: 6-7pm Location: LH Williams Community, Multi Purpose Room Instructor: Keyona McCarthy

A beginners class which incorporates Pre-Ballet and a variety of other dance techniques to promote creative movement. This class will improve primary motor skills to build self assurance and confidence. Cost: $30 for 6 weeks ($5 per class).

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Kaleidoscope: Taste of Broadway Dates: Fridays 4/19-5/25 Time:6-8pm Ages: 6-12 Location: LH Williams Community Center, Multi Purpose Room Instructors: Richard and Lisa Owens

A performance class for children ages 6-12. Participants will learn the history of Broadway, stage presence, vocal performance and character development. Each Kaleidoscope class cycle will culminate with a closing miniproduction with excerpts from the Wiz, Annie, and The Lion King. Cost: $30 for 6 weeks ($5 per class).

Mixed Media Visual Arts Dates: Mondays 4/15-5/20 Times:6-7pm Ages: 8-12 Location: LH Williams Community Center, Multi Purpose Room Instructor: Ellen Banas

Children ages 8-12 will participate in a visual art project each week. This class will encompass drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Participants artwork will be on exhibit during our session ending performance. Cost: $30 for 6 weeks ($5 per class).

Playwright Dates: Mondays 4/15-5/20 Times:5-6pm Ages: 8-12 Location: LH Williams Community Center, Multi Purpose Room Instructor: Shelton Land

Children ages 8-12 will have fun while they learn basic theatre concepts around developing a character, adlibbing, and performing on stage. Each theatre activity helps develop critical thinking, writing and memorization skills, team building, leadership, and

improved socialization/ communication skills (i.e. eye contact, diction, etc.). Participants will participate in a session ending performance. Cost: $30 for 6 weeks ($5 per class).

Tiny Toy Theater Days: Tues. & Thur. 4/16-5/23 Time: 5:30-6:15pm Ages: 3-5 Location: LH Williams, CafĂŠ Instructor: Moira Potter

Children ages 3-5 will learn to use their voices and their bodies to create sounds and characters as well as expand their imaginations, learn selfcontrol, and build confidence. While we play games, dance, sing and act out our favorite stories we will also be learning the fundamentals of theatre. Participants will participate in a session ending performance. Cost: $42 for 6 weeks ($3.50 per class).

Theater 101 Days: Mon. & Wed. 4/15-5/22 Time: 5:30-6:30pm Ages :10-15 Location: LH Williams, CafĂŠ Instructor: Weldon Ledbetter

This introduction to theater is for children ages 10-15 who are interested in dance, drama, music, and performance. This class is a combined performance/play-writing class. Participants will work with the instructor to bring a short story to life on stage. Costume design, set design, and story creation will culminate at the end of the 6weeks through a live production. Cost: $42 for 6 weeks ($3.50 per class).


Yappy Hour Those of us who have dogs know that although they may have four legs and try to eat things we would not dare touch they are an important part of our families. To celebrate our fluffy four legged friends Macon Bibb Parks and Recreation would like to invite you to the Macon Dog Park for Yappy Hour!

Every 3rd Thursday beginning in May 2013 come on out to the Macon Dog Park, located at the corner of Adams and Chestnut near Mercer University to enjoy one of our most unique greenspaces! Thursday May 16th from 5-8 join us for our kick-off event! Dog yogurt will be served to help cool down your pup while you enjoy free demonstrations from the Macon Kennel Club, live music, door prizes and refreshments. Take advantage of our dog wash before you head home and visit with some of the rescue groups to see how you can get involved or possibly find that new addition to add to your pack!

Yappy Hour is a monthly event designed to increase awareness, attendance,and involvement at the dog park. The Macon Dog Park is a safe, natural environment where dogs and their owners can run and play without leashes. Open daily from dawn until dusk. The purpose of the park is to promote responsible dog ownership by providing a beautiful, well-maintained greenspace where pets and people can enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle. For more information about Yappy Hour, the Macon Dog Park, or how you can get involved call Ellen Banas at 478-751-7694.

Magnolia Street Soapbox Derby Join us April 14th 2013 for the 5th annual Magnolia Street Soap Box Derby at Washington Park in Downtown Macon before the Second Sunday Concert Event featuring Yacht Rock Schooner. Register your car by 4/5/2013 to race!

Teams compete for bragging rights, glory, and swag as they race down Magnolia Street in all kinds of crazy race cars. Fans line the streets cheering on their favorites with DJ Shawty Slim.

Live music featuring The Cotton Avenue Hustlers plays on stage and vendors offer food, drink, and more! For more information check out

Tattnall Square Sidewalk Chalk Festival Imagine a warm fall day, children giggling, and Macon’s art community coming together to infuse the walkways of Tattnall Square Park with temporary artwork...this vision is soon to become a reality.


Thanks to the Knight Neighborhood Challenge Saturday September 14th Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreation will hold Tattnall Square Parks 1st Sidewalk Arts Festival!

will be working to create the largest display of public art Tattnall Square Park has ever seen! Although we are several months away we are very excited to announce this new annual event! If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering please don’t hesitate to give us a call 478-751-7694.

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April 22- 24, 2013 Middle Georgia Earth Day Celebration: A Billion Acts of Green With over one billion actions to date, Earth Day Network's is steadily building commitments by individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments to protect the planet. A Billion Acts of Green® inspires and rewards both individual acts and larger organizational initiatives that reduce carbon emissions and support sustainability. Middle Georgia is hosting a variety of events to be a part of this global movement. Together, these actions add up to something big and we want you to be a part of this exciting event. Join us! Monday, April 22nd

Tuesday, April 23rd

Wednesday, April 24th

12:00-1:30pm: Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition “Earth Day Kickoff” at the Ocmulgee National Monument. This event is for sponsors, committee members, and elected officials.

10:00am-12:00pm: Tour Historic Macon Decorators Showhouse! Transportation will be provided by the Macon Bibb County Transit Authority on one of their new low emission buses and the afternoon will end with lunch at the Gallery of Macon Arts Alliance. Cost is $20 per person and space is limited! Contact Sam Kitchens at 478-621-6612

4:00-7:00pm: Mulberry Street Market Join us from at the Mulberry Street Market to visit with farmers at the Mulberry Street Market and Earth Day exhibitors! At the market, you’ll find fresh local produce, organic meats, eggs, cheese and much more. There will be vendors who specialize in sustainability, animal adoptions, kids arts and crafts, live music, giveaways, and a free cooking demonstration!

6:00-7:00pm: Health Walk Join us at the Ocmulgee Riverwalk on Spring Street between 6-7 to checkout what some of our local fitness centers have to offer! Body Evolution Gorilla Crossfit, Pure Balance, Trained by Cain Studios, and Johnny Roquemore will be hosting a free training session for their members and the general public! This is a free training session with no obligation! So join us for these mini training sessions to kick start your health goals. Registration and warm-ups begin around 5:30, free training session begin at 6pm.

6:00-8:00pm: Bring the kids out to the Museum of Arts and Sciences for a free Earth Day movie! Help them understand the value of recycling by bringing one recyclable item and donating it to the cause!

7:00-9:00pm: Movie on the Hill After shopping for your local produce and visiting our vendors join us on Coleman Hill for live music and an outdoor movie sponsored by Macon Bibb Parks & Rec and InTown Macon!

Macon-Bibb County Parks & Rec is HIRING! That’s right! We are looking for Summer Camp Activity Leaders and Lifeguards for our busy summer season! If you or someone you know is at lease 18 years of age and is looking for some fun and rewarding seasonal work send them to the Bibb County Human Resources page for more information. Positions will be posted until filled

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MBCPR Community Center Ongoing Programs Each center has a variety of rental facilities including meeting and banquet rooms, outdoor pavilions and athletic fields. A few of them also have hiking trails, lakes, and pools. Centers provide special monthly events as well as weekly educational, athletic, cultural arts, and community driven programs. Give them a call or drop by to see what is going on in your community! Bloomfield Park 4115 Lions Pl. (478) 781-6000 East Macon Park 3326 Ocmulgee East Blvd. (478) 751-9271

Frank Johnson Recreation Center 2227 Mercer University Dr. (478) 751-9274

Rosa Jackson Center 1121 Maynard St. (478) 751-9169

Freedom Park 3301 Roff Ave. (478) 751-9248

The Senior Center 1283 Adams St. (478) 751-2790

L.H. Williams Community Center 325 Pursley St. (478) 751-7036 Memorial Park 2465 Second St. (478) 751-9210 North Macon Park 815 N. Macon Park Dr. (478) 477-8526

MBCPR Adaptive Program Did you know that Parks & Rec has an adaptive program specifically geared for adults with special needs? Located in the East Macon Park Community Center , open 10am-8:30pm Monday– Friday. Check out some of our events below and give us a call to find out more about out services! (478)751-9271

Special Events Bloomfield Park Community Tournaments During the month of April Bloomfield Park is hosting a kickball and teen basketball tournament. Dates listed below, for more info give them a call at 478-781-6000. Kickball: April 10th, 17th and 24th Teen Basketball: April 16th, 23rd and 30th

Fishing For Fun Join Freedom Park April 16th, 23rd, and 30th from 6-7pm for an interactive course in the fine art of angling. For ages 4-14. Register through April 13, cost is only $3.00 to cover supplies. For more info call 478-751-9248

Open Mic Night Join Memorial Park April 19th at 6pm to showcase your vocal skills. Music, refreshments, fun and games. There is no cover for this event! For more info call 478-751-9210.

Bloomfield Park Earth Day Clean Up Join Bloomfield Park and get in the spirit of giving back during their Earth day Community Clean Up! Saturday April 20th from 11:00-2:30. Food, drink, games, and entertainment will be provided. For more information call 478-781-6000

Earth Day at Memorial Park Celebrate Earth Day with Memorial Park at 4:00pm Monday, April 22nd! Games, prizes, refreshments and fun! For more info call 478-751-9210.

Memorial Park College Fair Saturday April 27th Memorial Park will be hosting a free college fair from 11:00-2:00. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn how easy it is to further your education! For more info call 478-751-9210.


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Macon Bibb County Parks & Rec Summer Camp 2013 When: June 3rd-July 12th Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm Who: Ages 6-15 Registration begins May 4th and space is limited so register early! Cost: $30.00 weekly per child Early drop off (7am) and extended day (until 6pm) are available and included in the weekly camp fee. Summer camp is a supervised program that introduces campers to a combination of arts and athletic activities as well as participating in a theme each week incorporating nature, science, literacy, movements, safety, music, art, history, and critical thinking! Participants will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of guest speakers, weekly field trips and new sports! Please contact the park directly for more information! Bloomfield Park 781-6000

Freedom Park 751-9248

East Macon Park 751-9271

Memorial Park 751-9210

Frank Johnson Park 751-9274

L.H. Williams 751-7036

North Macon Park 477-8526

Rosa Jackson 751-9169

The mission of the Bibb County Parks & Recreation Department is to create recreational opportunities for growth and enhancement by developing diverse services and programs that promote citizen involvement and a strong sense of community while striving to increase the social, cultural, and physical well-being of its residents and visitors. For more information check out our website

John Drew Smith Tennis Center Summer Camp 1/2 day and full day programs offered all summer long. Sign up for one week or multiple weeks! Half day morning sessions will consist of on-court tennis instruction using fun games and drill. Our full day campers will take a daily field trip that includes swimming, skating, movies, bowling and museums. 1/2 day - $85.00 per week Full day - $145.00 per week ($20.00 registration fee is not included in the above fees) Early drop-off and late pick-up is offered for additional cost. For more information contact the Johns Dew Smith Tennis Center at 478-751-5075.

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