Dec 2019 Director's Corner
Your Feedback Matters
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is beginning to develop a new master plan and they want to hear from you. There will be a series of public meetings throughout the county in 2020 to gather input, along with some surveys. Want more parks, greenways, rec centers, programs, etc., in this part of the county? Use these opportunities to LET THEM KNOW! For more information, and to take the first survey, visit today!
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Be fun and creative this year with the gift of an art class, recreation class or more!  
Purchase a gift certificate in the amount of your choosing - each can be used for art or fitness classes, workshops, sports leagues or even for our popular summer camps. There's something for everyone!

Cornelius Book  


A Town by Any Other Name: A History of Cornelius is on sale!

This book, written as part of the Town's centennial celebration, is on sale now

for $20, including tax.
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Teen Council 150
It's not too late to join Lake Norman Teen Council (for teens in grades 6-12) or Cornelius Youth Orchestras (with programs for both beginners and experienced youth muscians).
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Closed for the holidays


Cornelius Town Hall will be closed on the following dates:

Tuesday, December 24

Wednesday, December 25

Wednesday, January 1


The Cornelius Arts Center will be closed
December 17 - January 5
and will reopen on January 6 for our winter session.


The Cornelius PARC Department staff wishes you and your family a safe and
happy holiday season!

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Did you know PARC is on Instagram? Follow @townofcornelius or link through the image below:
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2016 LUC
Happy Holidays!
We hope amid the hustle and bustle of the season, you are able to stop by and enjoy the Town's Christmas tree, located at Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue. It's a great place to take a family photo! Also, remember to shop at our local businesses in Cornelius, where you're sure to find unique gifts. View photos from the 8th Annual Light Up Cornelius event.

Don't Miss the 37th Annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade
Held on Saturday, December 7, and sponsored by the Davidson and Cornelius-Lemley Fire Departments. The route begins along Griffith Street in Davidson at 1:00 pm and winds south down Highway 115, where it ends at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius. Your whole family can enjoy this annual hometown favorite!  Read more about the parade and associated road closures.
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Registration for our Winter Session of classes and workshops opens at 7:00 am on Monday, December 9, for Cornelius residents and at 7:00 am on Wednesday, December 11, for all other participants. 
Classes for all ages will start the week of January 6, 2020.

Santa's Mailbox will be at the Cornelius Arts Center through December 13. Bring your letter to Santa and we will send it to the North Pole. Must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope in order to receive a response from Santa! Visit during business hours or drop off at our after-hours mail intake. 

Drop-In Art
Thursdays, through December 12
10:00 am-12:00 pm; $5 per child, per hour; register online or pay at the door.
Children 3 and up can join us for one project or roam the stations and do them all! Children 5 and older can be dropped off; those 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult.   After December 12, Drop-In Art will return the week of January 6 and will be offered on both Mondays and Thursdays.

Cocoa with Santa
Friday, December 6,  10:00 am-12:00 pm
Free, drop-in
Preschoolers are invited to join us for warm cocoa, cool holiday crafts and, of course, a visit with Santa! Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the fun. 

Preschool Holiday Party
Monday, December 16, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Free, requires pre-registration
Enjoy a fun-filled morning with Mickey's Christmas Carol, crafts and snack time. Ages 3 to 6 are welcome, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Horse of a Different Color is an exhibition featuring lively works focused on the animals we love, by local artists Tyler Helfrich, Susan Lawson and Valerie Phillips. On display in our gallery through January 17. Meet the artists and curator at the closing reception on Friday, January 10, 6:30-8:30 pm.
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  Fitness Classes    Work out!
Give yourself or someone you love the gift of fitness this year. It's never too late to join - even if the classes have already started - no excuses! 

Next Sessions of Favorite Classes: 
Tai Chi:  This ancient practice offers a fitness exercise as well as  a moving meditation. Beginner classes are held Thursdays (Town Hall) or Saturdays (Bailey Road Rec Center), 9:00-10:00 am; intermediate classes are held 10:15-11:15 am. The next 8-week sessions begin January 2 and 4.

Senior Fit Club : For participants ages 50 and up, using low-impact aerobics, resistance exercises, and flexibility training designed to increase muscular strength and improved mobility and balance. Meets twice per week for 6 weeks, on Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00-10:50 am at Town Hall. Next session begins December 2. (*No class December 23 & 25 or January 1) 

SKWOD Fit Camp Start the New Year with this exercise class to get you moving and feeling great! What is S.K.W.O.D.? It's
Stef + Kim + Work0ut of the Day! Participants will improve cardiovascular fitness, strength, and body composition. Open for all fitness levels with modifications if/when needed. For adults ages 18 and up. The next 6-week session will meet Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, beginning January 7.   

Drop-In Classes:
Cardio Funk with Lem Houston: Use dance moves and music inspired by pop and hip hop in this ongoing, high-energy cardio class. Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm, and/or Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 am, at Bailey Road Recreation Center. Registration will be taken at the door, so come early!  Cost is $5 per person per class or $40 for a 10-class pass.
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Open, Lighted Track
Track lights

Ready to get a jump start on your New Year's resolution? The regulation-sized track at Bailey Road Park is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays in December through March 7, 6:00-8:00 pm. Come out and enjoy our lighted track for a safe place to exercise!
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Sports Balls
Senior Pickleball: Join us for open gym/free play each Sunday, 1:00-3:00 pm, at JV Washam Recreation Center. Starts December 8, but no pickleball on December 29. 

Youth Basketball : We are still accepting registrations for the coed Instructional Division, ages 5-6. Beginning on Saturday, January 11, these young players will participate in practice and skills development as directed by Larry Garloch, founder of Hoops Help and a professional basketball instructor, along with assistance from volunteer coaches and Parks and Recreation staff.

lacrosse_sticks.jpg Youth Lacrosse: Register now with Xtreme Lacrosse for Winter Training Camps for boys in grades 3-8. These sessions will take place on Sundays at Bailey Road Park, 11:45 am-12:45 pm, beginning December 15.

Save the Date: Registration for Lake Norman Little League opens January 1. Save $25 with Early Bird Savings through January 14! 
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Therapeutic & Inclusive Recreation
Be sure to check out the December issue of Mecklenburg County Therapeutic & Inclusive Recreation Service's TR Wire , listing programs for preschoolers to adults within the county.
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