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FEBRUARY 2012
Greetings from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. This newsletter is filled with great activities that will help you stay active during the month of February. We would also like to remind you that Park & Rec Summer Camps are now open for registration.


 Fairy House Festival  
Fairy House Festival  
'FAIRY HOUSE FESTIVAL' PROMISES ENCHANTING TIME FOR YOUNGSTERS 

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation invites children and families to the fourth annual “Fairy House Festival,” on Saturday, Feb. 11, 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. 


   Get Going Guide
  Spring 2012 Get Going Guide
SPRING 2012 GET GOING GUIDE NOW ONLINE 

The spring 2012 Get Going Guide is now available online! This issue features program listings for March, April and May as well as a comprehensive list of Park and Rec summer camps that are now available for registration. The summer 2012 issue will be available in May and cover June, July and August. 



PARK AND REC YOUTH BASEBALL LEAGUES READY TO PLAY BALL!  

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites parents with children ages 4-12 interested in playing baseball to register now through Feb. 24 for the upcoming spring co-ed recreation season. Space is limited, so register early! A birth certificate is required to establish proof of age of the child as of May 1, 2012. The registration fee is $65, which includes league play and uniform. League play runs April through June with practices beginning in March. The leagues are formed utilizing a player skills assessment process which allows the creation of teams that are competitively balanced. 


 American Legion Memorial Stadium  
 American Legion Memorial Stadium  
WHAT'S NEXT FOR AMERICAN LEGION MEMORIAL STADIUM?

What’s the future have in store for historic American Legion Memorial Stadium? Last November, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation asked the community just that. Now they’re ready to present the survey results from that meeting and discuss what steps to take from here forward during a community forum set for Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Armory Building, 1418 Armory Drive. Park and Recreation staff will talk about survey results collected from respondents between Nov. 17 and Dec. 2, 2011. Forty-one respondents said they are interested in becoming stakeholders to track the Memorial Stadium project from concept to completion. Four stakeholders offered monetary donations, and four stakeholders said they were interested in working with Park and Recreation to identify potential funding sources. An update on the next steps in the planning process will also be presented at the forum. Memorial Stadium has been the site of 4th of July fireworks events, high school and collegiate football games, soccer and lacrosse games and most recently the 30th anniversary of the Carolina Lightnin’s American Soccer league championship reunion. Free parking for the event is available in the surface parking lot adjacent to the Armory Building. 


DANCE WITH YOUR SWEETHEART AT NAOMI DRENAN REC CENTER

Active adults, ages 50 and over, are invited to a Senior Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Ball, Saturday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at Naomi Drenan Recreation Center. This event is for singles or couples. No alcohol, please. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy the Cha cha cha, Tango, and line dancing. This event offers great music, refreshments, door prizes and a wonderful time to start the New Year! The dance will be in the gym of the recreation center. Admission is $3 at the door, $2 in advance. The event is “dress casual”-- party dress or pantsuit for ladies, dress shirt and dress pants for gentlemen. For additional information, contact Naomi Drenan at 704-432-5231. 


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Park and Rec offers many great volunteer opportunities. For more information, contactLori Saylor.  



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