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OCTOBER 2010
Greetings from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. We hope this newsletter provides you with plenty of fun and healthy activities to choose from in October. Be sure to check out all the Halloween events occurring this month. 

Fall is a great time to enjoy nature and there is no better place than at one of Park and Rec's nature preserves. The video below shows a group of children who recently got a chance to explore all that Reedy Creek Nature Preserve has to offer.
 

 Reedy Creek Video

 

SPARE A TREE (OR 60) 'GET GOING GUIDE' GOING ONLINE

About 60 trees were spared when the Fall 2010 edition of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s Get Going Guide hit the web September 20. The popular publication, which has been printed twice a year for several years, has transformed into a quarterly online-only document – saving enough paper to spare about 60 trees per issue. The new online-only format allows for quicker access to program and event registration since it is linked directly to Eparks. And, for extra convenience, the Get Going Guide will be easy to download and save to your computer desktop for reference or printing. The fall 2010 Get Going Guide covers September, October and November. Future releases include: winter 2011 – (December, January, February), spring 2011 – (March, April, May), and summer 2011 – (June, July, August).


PARK AND RECREATION OFFERS FUN AND SAFE EVENTS FOR HALLOWEEN AND AUTUMN

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of events and activities for Halloween and autumn. Events are offered for all members of the family and are sure to make for a scary good time:
  • Sunset Family Hayride, McDowell Nature Center, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. All ages, $5, children 5-under FREE. Bring the family to enjoy a fun hayride through McDowell Nature Preserve. Wed. Oct. 13 Course Code 16266 Wed. Oct. 20 Course Code 16267
  • Nature at Night Fest, McDowell Nature Center, Fri. Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. All ages, FREE.  Peer at the moon through a telescope, roast marshmallows and go on a hayride.  Course Code 16316
  • Full Moon Hike, Latta Plantation Nature Center, Fri. Oct. 22, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Ages 7-up, $4. Experience the magic of hiking in the nature preserve guided by the light of the moon. Course Code 16403
  • October Fest, Bette Rae Thomas Rec Center, Sat. Oct. 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. All ages, $1. Enjoy food, games, prizes, entertainment and more. Course Code 15782
  • Halloween Family Pumpkin Carve, Tom Sykes Rec Center, Sat. Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m. All ages, $10. Carve a pumpkin to take home and put on your porch for Halloween. Pumpkins and supplies will be provided. Course Code 15838
  • Halloween Party, Wear your favorite scary or funny costume and celebrate Halloween with music, games and more! All ages, $1. Thomasboro School Rec Site  Wed.Oct 27  6 p.m.-8 p.m. Course Code 16508 Martin Luther King School Rec Ste Thurs. Oct 28 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Course Code 16505 Methodist Home Rec Center Sat. Oct 30 11 a.m.-1p.m. Course Code 16535
  • Halloween Carnival, Thurs. Oct. 28, 6 p.m. All ages $1. Enjoy games, treats and all around fun with a costume contest, art, games and more. Ivory Baker Course Code 14263 Wallace Pruitt Course Code 15002 
  • Fall Festival at Albemarle Road, Albemarle Road Rec Center, Fri. Oct. 29, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. All Ages, FREE. Join us for family fun, food, music and outdoor activities. Course Code 16396
  • Creepy Crawly Critter Celebration! Reedy Creek Nature Center, Fri. Oct. 29, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. All Ages, FREE. Celebrate all that is creepy and crawly at Reedy Creek. See for yourself how all creatures play an important role in our environment. Live animals, costume contest, marshmallow roast, and trick or treating all included. Course Code 16225
  • Ray's Haunted Tour and Halloween Carnival, Ray's Splash Planet, Fri. Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. All ages, $2 carnival in gym, $3 haunted tour. Join us for the spook-tacular haunted tour through the facility and the carnival in the gym. This event is open to your whole family and promises to provide a howling good time for the little ones. We’ll have games, contests and of course trick-or-treating. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Call for more info: 704-432-4729
  • Haunted Hallway, Bette Rae Thomas Rec Center, Fri. Oct. 29, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. All ages, $1. Enjoy a fun and interactive alternative to a traditional
    haunted house. There will also be games and prizes! Course Code 15860


   
Registration for youth basketball runs through Oct. 22  
REGISTER NOW FOR PARK AND REC'S YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUES

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites parents with children interested in playing basketball, ages 4-18, to register for the upcoming winter co-ed recreation season. Space is limited, so register early! A birth certificate is required for proof of age, determined as of Jan. 1, 2011. Registration fee is $65, which includes league play and uniform. The deadline for individual players to register is Friday, October 22. League play runs December to February with practices beginning in November. Teams will be formed utilizing a blind draft system in hopes of balancing the competition. For organizations registering teams to play in open, competitive leagues, the fee is $400 per team. Open league teams have until October 8 to register. The open league ages are: 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. Groups that register as a team must provide their own uniforms and secure their own practice sites. To register, visit Eparks, click on "Program Registration," select "School Level” and “Athletics” to see league offerings. You may also call 311 or register in person at your nearest recreation center. 


   
   The Charlotte Boxing Academy is a non-profit organization created in a partnership with Park and Recreation and the Police Athletic League.
GANG AWARENESS FAIR AND BOXING TOURNEY TAKE CENTER STAGE AT SUGAW CREEK RECREATION CENTER


Sugaw Creek Recreation Center will host the 13th annual Queen City Amateur Boxing Invitational Saturday Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. The tournament will be open to both male and female boxers and feature clubs from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, and Tennessee competing in three categories: Youth (ages 8-14), Senior youth/Novice (ages 15-16), and Open (ages 17–older. Admission is $5 for ages 12 years and under and $10 for ages 13 and over. Prior to the event, Sugaw Creek will host the 2010 Queen City Gang Awareness and Resource Fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Fair will feature booths providing information about activities and resources available to youth in the community. In addition, there will be a food drive and clothing drive. Participants are asked to bring non- perishable food or new or gently used clothing such as gloves, scarves, coats, hats or back-packs. For more information contact Al Simpson: 704-241-0314.

SENIOR "LEISURE AND LEARN" EACH THURSDAY IN OCTOBER AT ELON RECREATION CENTER

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites active seniors to attend the “Leisure and Learn” series each Thursday in October at Elon Recreation Center. Classes are 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and cost $20 per person for the entire four-week session. Classes will provide seniors the opportunity to engage in several healthy activities that are both educational and entertaining. Activities include:

• Blood pressure checks
• Healthy cooking tips from the garden
• Technology 101
• Bingo
• Tackle fishing
• The chance to learn disc golf techniques
• Fitness/line dancing
• Ask the pharmacist.

Lunch will be provided for each session. Register through Eparks or call Dianna Monroe at 704-540-2426 . Seats are limited.

ARBOR GLEN OUTREACH CENTER HOSTS SENIOR WELLNESS AND SAFETY FAIR

Arbor Glen Outreach Center will have a Senior Wellness and Safety Fair on October 20 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will promote safety awareness, senior programs and activities, and healthy medical tips to senior citizens in the county. Vendors present at the fair will include:

• The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Charlotte Fire Department providing safety tips
• Helen Ruth “HR” Harwell Law Firm offering free legal information
• C.W. Williams offering free health screenings
• Charlotte Senior Center providing information about Medicaid

If you or your business would like to participate or learn more about this event, please contact Olema Edwards at 704.432.1533.

REGISTER NOW FOR THERAPEUTIC RECREATION'S AMAZING RACE

The Therapeutic Recreation Amazing Race is a fun filled urban adventure where two person teams solve puzzles, figure out clues, find locations and complete challenges while discovering uptown Charlotte. Your registration fee of $100 per team will be deposited directly into the Therapeutic Recreation Summer Day Camp Scholarship fund that is administered through Partners for Parks Inc. This year, Therapeutic Recreation’s Amazing Race will be on Saturday, November 6. The race will begin in Charlotte’s Marshall Park with the first team leaving on their adventure of Uptown Charlotte at 9 a.m. Register by contacting karla Gray the deadline is Monday, October 25.

   
Advisory Councils consist of individuals who serve as liaisons between the Park and Rec Dept. and citizens of the county.  
POSITIONS OPEN ON THE NORTH PARK REGION ADVISORY COUNCIL


The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is looking to fill several vacant spots on its North Park Region Advisory Council. The council meets at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Park and Recreation headquarters, 5841 Brookshire Blvd. Prospective members can expect to commit 4-6 hours per month in regional activities such as monthly meetings, park inspections, and park tours. Advisory Councils consist of individuals who serve as liaisons between the Park and Recreation Department and citizens of the county. All councils report to the Park and Recreation Commission. Councils consult with and advise in matters affecting recreation promotion, marketing, membership, programming, planning and other leisure services related to Park and Recreation programs. Members also assist with long-range planning for capital projects, design and/or development for indoor/outdoor recreation. If you are interested in participating on the North Park Advisory Council, please fill out this form.

E PLANT TIPS FOR OCTOBER FROM THE NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PROGRAM

• Fall is the ideal time to control certain broadleaf weeds in the lawn including chickweed, white clover, dandelion, wild onion, plantain, and Canada thistle.
• Cut down stems and foliage of herbaceous perennials when the leaves begin to brown. Cut back perennial herbs to encourage well-branched growth next year.
• If you’re planning to add mulch this fall be sure to limit the overall mulch layer to 2-3 inches in depth.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT MECKLENBURG COUNTY PARK AND RECREATION

Park and Recreation thanks all of its volunteers who helped in the past year. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for October. For more information contact:  Lori Saylor.











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