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JANUARY 2013
Fitness Centers2013: NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!

Come visit and join one of our eight fitness centers today and start your journey to a healthier, more fit you. Our facilities offer cardiovascular, weight resistance, and free weight equipment at a great value. Our enthusiastic fitness staff are available to help get you started and motivated.

Father-Daughter Date Night Set for Jan 18 
 
Park and Recreation will host a Father/ Daughter Date Night on Friday, Jan. 18, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The event will take place at Elon Recreation Center, 11401 Ardrey Kell Road. Festivities include music and dancing, food and an opportunity for photos. The dress code is semi-formal. Participants must register by Wednesday, Jan 16. Cost is $10 per couple and $3 per additional child. For more information, contact Trinette Mumford at 704 540-2426.

PARK AND REC MENTORING PROGRAM PROVIDES VALUABLE WORK EXPERIENCE TO LOCAL YOUTH

In 2012, the department launched the Recreation Employment Corp. Mentor program enabling students, ages 14-17, the opportunity to get a glimpse at what it’s like to work in the park and recreation field. 20 students were partnered with Park and Rec staff for 10 hours a week for nine months at various Recreation Centers and the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. Mentees learned how to provide good customer service, prepare for large events such as a swim meet and how to plan and carry out a successful program. Volunteering was also an important assignment. On one Saturday in October, students participated in a beautification project at Clanton Greenway. The program even provided students the opportunity to sharpen their resume writing and job interviewing skills. “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." Watch a video highlighting the inaugural year.

LATTA PLANTATION'S ANNUAL FAIRY HOUSE FESTIVAL SET FOR FEB. 9

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation invites children and families to the fifth annual “Fairy House Festival,” on Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., rain or shine, at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. This is a FREE event. A fairy house is an outdoor natural habitat structure for fairies, insects and small animals. Come discover the joy and magic of fairy houses! This event includes storytelling, face painting, crafts, and children’s activities with refreshments available. Prizes will be given for best fairy and gnome costumes and for construction of the best fairy house. Children will learn how to build their own fairy house on one of the preserve’s nature trails. Enchanting fun for all ages! The whole family will enjoy this festival that encourages outdoor play.

Skyline runCHARLOTTE SKYLINE RACE RETURNS IN APRIL

The 18th Annual Skyline Run is set for April 27 at Central Piedmont Community College, 1206 Elizabeth Avenue. The event features a 5K run, a 5K Walk for Health, the Charlotte Baby Jogger 5K Championship and a 1K Family Fun Run. After the run, the whole family can enjoy the Kids Zone, Health/Fitness Zone and Food Zones where vendors will be on hand to discuss everything from weight management and healthy food products to the hottest trends in running gear. New this year is an opportunity for your child to mingle with WTVI PBS Charlotte’s Curious George and Seemore Goodstuff mascots. Race participants will receive a T-shirt and a virtual race bag with great deals from local vendors, and be entered into a drawing to receive great prizes following the race. For more information, visit www.cpccfoundation.com/skyline




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