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PARK AND REC E-NEWSLETTER, MAY 2009 



Greetings from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.  If you are looking
for maximum recreation opportunities at minimum prices this spring and
summer, often for FREE, check out these listings and visit
www.parkandrec.com <http://www.parkandrec.com/>  for many more! 

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HUGE TURNOUT FOR BARK IN THE PARK AT NEW LOCATION; BASSET HOUND BRENTSON
WINS TOP DOG PHOTO CONTEST 

An estimated 14,500 people, most with dogs, came to the 2009 PedigreeR Bark
in the Park Dog Festival presented by Food Lion on Sat. April 25. The new
location at Metrolina Expo on Stateville Ave. was a huge success with plenty
of parking and plenty of space for "dogs and the people they own."
Attendance set a new record! Many dogs participated in contests such as
Pet/Owner Look-a-Like, Best Bark, and Best Trick. Competitions included
Frisbee catching and freestyle routines. A 3-year-old Basset Hound named
Brentson, with sad eyes and long ears, was runaway winner in the Top Dog
Photo Contest. Brentson's picture will be on the logo for 2010 dog festival!


 
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Bark in the Park calls attention to our five dog parks.  Click
<http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Parks/Dog+Parks/Home.htm>
Here for locations and rules.  


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SPECIAL TWO-FOR-ONE WEEKS OFFERED IN HARD ECONOMY AT PARK AND REC'S "YES WE
CAN!" TEEN SUMMER CAMPS AT SIX VENUES 

Sign-up now for Park and Recreation's "Yes We Can!" Teen Summer Camps for
ages 12-15, Mondays-Fridays, 8am-5pm, Jun. 22-Aug. 14. Attend any number of
weeks. New two-for-one special price helps families in a tough economy! Day
camps focus on self-esteem and social skills. Camps include speakers, team
building, college tours, entrepreneur workshops, visual and performing arts,
learning projects, culinary arts, sports, trips, etc. Cost: $55 a week, get
second week FREE!  Camps will be held at Amay James Recreation Center,
Phillip O. Berry Recreation Center, St. Paul "Ray of Hope" Center, Methodist
Home Recreation Center, West Charlotte Recreation Center, Martin Luther
King, Jr. School Site. Register at recreation centers or
<http://eparks.charmeck.org/Activities/ActivitiesDetails.asp?aid=12378>
click here for online registration.  Registration deadline is June 5. For
more information call 311 or 704 432-1341. 
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Kids love to play in Park and Rec spraygrounds, think they're real cool 


PARK AND REC SPRAYGROUND AND POOLS OPEN IN MAY.  COOL FUN FOR HOT WEATHER. 

Park and Rec's five "spraygrounds" open for the summer season Friday, May
15, 2009. They will be open seven days a week, 10am-8pm. Spraygrounds are
FREE! The opening is just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Spraygrounds
offer water sprays, nozzles and spouts for children (and adults) to frolic
under.  Spraygrounds venues are in: Nevin Park,, Cordelia Park, Latta Park,
Veterans Park , and at West Charlotte Recreation Center Park.  Click
<http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Facilities/Spraygrounds.ht
m> here for more info.  


Park and Rec's two outdoor pools, Cordelia and Double Oaks, open May 23, the
Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.  The pools offer a great bargain again
this-swimming for only a dollar a day!  They also offer FREE swim lessons
many mornings.  Click here for more information
<http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Aquatics/Outdoor+Pools+-+S
easonal.htm>  including pool hours and addresses. 
  


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NEW KICKBALL PROGRAM OFFERS GREAT CHANCE FOR FATHERS AND YOUNGSTERS TO PLAY
TOGETHER 

"Dads and Kids Kickball" at Park Road Park, begins May 16.  This fun new
recreation program is sponsored by Coca-Cola. The sponsorship means Park and
Rec can present it to Dads and Kids for FREE!  Kids must be ages 6-12.  We
expect many will want to play. A kickoff program to get everyone interested
is Sat. May 2, from 2-6pm at Park Road Park.  Everyone is invited.
<http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Activities/Athletics/Dads+
and+Kids+Kickball+Program.htm> For more information , click here. 
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2009 ASIAN FESTIVAL AND DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL PROMISE PAGEANTRY AND RACES AT
RAMSEY CREEK PARK MAY 16 

Park and Rec joins with the Carolinas Asian American Chamber of Commerce to
present 10th annual Asian Festival and 4th annual Charlotte Dragon Boat
Festival on Sat., May 16, 11am-4pm, at Ramsey Creek Park.on Lake Norman.
Admission is FREE. Festivals include competitive dragon boat races as teams
represent many groups. Dragon dance features a giant, dragon's head with
long trailers carried by many marchers.  Other componants: Miss Asian
Festival pageant, Asian cultural performances, music, dance, crafts, and
Asian food. FREE parking available at Kenton Place (at old Palace Cinema),
17220 West Catawba Ave. with shuttles to and from park, 7am-5pm. For more
info contact Stephanie Frisbee: 704-432-1157 or click
<http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/_News/Apr/Asian+Festival+a
nd+Dragon+Boat+Festival.htm> here.   



 
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Dragon Boats have 22 person crews and really move fast when everyone is
pulling the oars 


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FOR FAMILIES LOOKING FOR A FUN EVENT FOR FREE, ALBEMARLE ROAD RECREATION
CENTER PRESENTS NEW MOVIE AND FUN SERIES ON THE GREEN 

Albemarle Road Recreation Center  announces a series of events in May called
"Charlotte East on the Green." The events are on May 12, 15 and 29 and will
include movies, magic, music, wrestling, and gospel singing.  Each session
has FREE entertainment!  Bring a lawn chair and blanket and join us on the
front lawn of the rec center. Bring a picnic dinner!  On the Green shows are
5pm-9pm.  Popcorn during the movies is even FREE!  Click
<http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Facilities/Recreation+Cent
ers/Albemarle.htm> here for more information and names of movies. 

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Kayak Polo is not a game for the timed.  It offers plenty of action and
excitement 



PUBLIC INVITED TO WATCH "KAYAK POLO" TOURNAMENT AT MCDOWELL NATURE PRESERVE
ON LAKE WYLIE 

Carolina Kayak Polo Club hosts the Carolina Spring Regional Tournament for
Kayak Polo at McDowell Nature Preserve, Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3.  This
is presented on Lake Wylie in partnership with Park and Recreation
Department. At least five teams are expected to compete, with 30-40 players.



Kayak Polo is an exciting, fast pace team game, kind of like expected from
across eastern North America. Kayak Polo soccer or hockey, but played on
water in kayaks! Tournament games will run from 2pm 'til dusk on Saturday.
Play on Sunday runs 8am-1pm.  Spectators can watch for FREE. 

  


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FOR FITNESS AND TO FEEL BETTER, TRY YOGA OR TAI CHI; CLASSES NOW AVAILABLE
AT MECKLENBURG PARK AND REC 

 Park and Recreation invites anyone who wants to improve conditioning and
reduce stress to join a yoga or tai chi class. Programs offered are: 

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        Active Adults Yoga (for ages 45+) at  South Meck Presbyterian
Church, 8601 Bryant Farms Road (during repairs at 521 Rec Center) Classes
onging: Mondays 10am-11:30am, Wednesdays  4pm-5:30pm, Thursdays
10am-11:30am.  Proram is for all skill levels; gently introducing beginners
to yoga while challenging experienced yogis in a nurturing environment.
Morning classes include optional use of light weights for 30 minutes. For
more info call instructor Ann Mason: 704-542-8952.  Register online at
Eparks Course Barcode #44763
<http://eparks.charmeck.org/Activities/ActivitiesCourseDetails.asp?cid=46977
> . 
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        Yoga in the Preserve (for ages 12+) at Reedy Creek Nature Center.
$12/class or $6 classes for $60.  Classes ongoing, Tuesdays 6:15pm-7:15pm.
Great for fitness and relaxation, reduces stress. For more information call
Reedy Creek Nature Center: 704 598-8857 or 311. To register use Course
Barcode #45273 or call 311. More
<http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/_News/Prior+Years/2008/Jan
/080116-Yoga.htm> information 
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        Tai Chi  (for ages 18+) at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, $15/class or
$40/month.  Classes ongoing Wednesdays 6pm-7pm, indoor and outdoor. Relax
and improve range of motion with the gentle art of tai chi, a Chinese form
of exercise and slow body movements. For more information call Reedy Creek
Nature Center at 704 598-8857 or 311. To register use Eparks Course Barcode
#45272.  More
<http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/_News/Prior+Years/2008/Dec
/Tai-12182008.htm> information 

  
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SPECIAL DAY CAMP OFFERED FOR YOUNGSTERS WHO WANT TO LEARN FROM THE BEST
ABOUT HOW BEST TO PLAY TACKLE FOOTBALL 

For young football players (ages 7-15) to learn about tackle football, sign
up now for "full contact football camp" June 23-26.  Park and Rec teams with
Game Day Sports to present this camp at William R Davie park, 4635
Matthews-Pineville Road.  Coaches are from area colleges and/or are former
NFL players!  Lots of one on one instruction.  Whole teams welcome to
participate. Lunch and snacks provided each day.  Cost is $225 per camper.


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STEP TEAMS SHOWCASE THEIR SOUL AND SPIRIT AT "MECK STEPPERS STEP INTO SPRING
CHAMPIONSHIPS" MAY 31 

Park and Rec sponsors "Meck Steppers Countywide Annual Step into Spring
Championships" on Sunday, May 31, 2pm-7pm in Grady Cole Center. Admission:
$5 or  $4 with donation canned food for  Second Harvest Food Bank. Step
teams are invited to "step-up" and compete from recreation centers,
community groups, churches, schools and colleges. Participants may range in
age from youngsters (as young as 4 years) to adults of any age. Teams may be
all male, all female, or co-ed steppers. Competition promises soul,
movement, foot stomping, hand-clapping, stunts, history and culture! 

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BRING YOUR GREEN THRUMB OR QUEST FOR ADVICE TO THE MASTER GARDENERS PLANT
SALES MAY 2 AND 9 OFFERING MANY UNUSUAL VARIETIES 

Master Gardeners of Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Service offer a
wide selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees at this year's
spring plant sales: 

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        Saturday, May 2:  7am-1pm at Mecklenburg County Farmers Market
Building A, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte.  
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        Saturday, May 9: 7am-1pm at the Matthews Farmers Market on North
Trade St., Matthews. 

Plants for sale are propagated from the gardens of Master Gardeners. With
low prices and wide selection, including unusual varieties, this is a great
sale for anyone who loves gardening. Prices range from $2-$20 a plant.
Proceeds support an annual horticulture scholarship at CPCC.  For more
information contact Plant Sale Chair Shannon Stober, at sbstober@xxxxxxxxx
or Scott Ewers, Extension Horticulture Agent at or 704 336-4008 or
scott_ewers@xxxxxxxx . 

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E-PLANT TIPS FOR WINTER FROM THE NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE 

In Mecklenburg County the Cooperative Extension Service is part of Park and
Recreation and offers the tips for gardeners. Be on the lookout for these
pests this spring: 

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        Lace bugs on azalea, rhododendron, sycamore, broad-leaved
evergreens, and many deciduous trees and shrubs. Signs of infestation are
white specks on topside of leaf and black spots on underside of leaf. 
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        Eastern tent caterpillars on black cherry, chokecherry and apple are
favored; also feeds on hawthorn, pear, plum, and flowering fruits. 
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        Black vine weevils on hemlock, yew, rhododendron and other
broad-leaved evergreens. The larval form is destructive on these evergreens.
Adults and larvae will sometimes feed on strawberry and impatiens. 

Call Extension at 704-336-4011 for control recommendations 

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT PARK AND RECREATION; COME HELP US WITH MANY
EVENTS 

For information on volunteering for any of these programs contact: Lori
Saylor at 704 336-5478 or  <mailto:Saylola@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Lori.Saylor@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx NOTE: Volunteers younger than age 16
must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers for Therapeutic Recreation (TR)
must be at least 18. Join the fun. Volunteer for any of the following:


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        Girls Club at Greenville Recreation Center, Mondays 5:30pm-6:30pm.
This is an outreach program for young girls in the community, ages 7-18.
assistence needed. 
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        Be -A-Champion Track and Field: Tuesdays in May, 5:30pm-8:30pm, Belk
Stadium complex at JCSU.  Ages 16 and up needed. Help run youth track and
field league. Conduct check-ins, measure, rake sand pits, give awards, etc 
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        Keeping Kids, Freedom Park & Little Sugar Creek Greenway,  May 2 and
6, 8am-12noon. 
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        Quickstart Tenniswith   Practices at Naomi Drenan Rec Center.
Matches at Sugar Creek Rec Center. Volunteers needed to teach basic tennis
skills to Ages 6 to 8 year olds, one night a week practice, matches on
Saturday.  
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        Triathlon at Jetton Park, May 9, 7am-12 pm. Volunteers help with
registration, give information, run events and clean-up. TEENS WELCOME. 
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        Events on the Green, Sat May 16, 6pm-10pm, Albemarle Rd Recreation
Center. Volunteers will assist crowd for music, movie, motorcycles,
children's area, concessions, wrestling etc. Ages 16 and up needed. 
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        Indoor FUN Soccer League at Arbor Glen Outreach Center. Now through
end of June.  Coaches needed. 
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        National Trails Day, Saturday 6/6, McDowell Nature Preserve, 9am - 2
pm 

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Volunteers will help clean the Nature Preserve's trails. This is a nation
wide event. ALL AGES. 

For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities, click
<http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Park+and+Rec/Volunteer.htm> here. 

                
        

 
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UPCOMING EVENTS 



For more information or to register for any of the following programs, click
the online link and use course number or call 311. 

TOT'S OBSTACLE COURSE 
Thur., May 7 10-11am. Course # 42945
<http://parkrez.co.mecklenburg.nc.us/Activities/ActivitiesCourseDetails.asp?
cid=45130>   $2. Parents get toddlers on their mark as they participate in a
high-energy course of physical fun. 

MOM'S SWIM FREE AT SPLASH PLANET 
Sun., May 10. Mothers get special treat on their special day at Ray's Splash
Planet. Free admission for moms between 1 - 6 p.m.! Bring picnic lunch for
the lawn afterwards or check great nearby restaurants. 

CHEF KIDZ 
Mon., May 18 3:30 - 5pm. Course # 41935.  $10.  Kids invited to Albemarle Rd
Rec Center to learn kitchen safety and healthy cooking. Prepare a fun
creations, get a personalized apron and chef's hat. 

PAW PRINTS & POOP 
Sat., May 23 10-noon. Course #39685  $3-4.  All ages are welcome to Latta
Plantation Nature Preserve to discover how to track wildlife. Trail hike and
hands-on activities. 

LETTERBOXING 
Mon., May 25 10-11:30am.Course #42296  $3. All ages welcome to letterboxing
hike.  Discover how letterboxing works. Journal and stamp provided. Meet at
McDowell Nature Center. 

SENIOR FUN DAY 
Thur., May 28 10 a.m. - 1 pm. Course # 40340  FREE!  Seniors invited to
Clanton Park for variety of fun games. Also info on nutrition, fitness,
volunteering. 

FITNESS & CARDIO CLASSES 
Many recreation centers offer fitness, cardio, boot camp, etc. classes for
kids, teens, adults,seniors. Click
<http://cmsauthor.co.mecklenburg.nc.us/NR/exeres/4FA40F95-2FAE-47EC-A7F6-453
92A3C6193.htm?NRMODE=Unpublished> here for Rec centers pages 

CHARLOTTE BOXING ACADEMY 
Mon. - Fri.,ongoing 6 -7:30 pm. Course # 42435  $20 per month. Kids, ages 8
and up learn basics of boxing, weight training, conditioning,
self-discipline from internationally known coach! 

SUMMER DAY CAMP 
To register for more than sixty different camps with a range of activities,
click here
<http://parkrez.co.mecklenburg.nc.us/Activities/Activities.asp?SCheck=968654
958&SDT=39934.5088430208&sectionId=31> . 

 
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