Happy Thanksgiving
November 2019 Director's Corner
The Cornelius PARC Department wants to help you be a healthier you!

We just opened Antiquity Greenway, which connects downtown Cornelius to the north end of the Davidson Greenway. Construction has started on the Plum Creek Greenway, which will connect the south end of the Davidson Greenway to Bailey Road, right across from Hough High, where you'll be able to pick up the wide sidewalks to enjoy Bailey Road Park and continue on to Caldwell Station Creek Greenway!

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of fitness classes and open gym opportunities - you can read more about these activities in this newsletter and on our website. Also, starting November 5, 2019, through March 5, 2020, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 pm, the Bailey Road Park Track will be open and lighted for public use.

Let us help get you moving!
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Therapeutic Recreation
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation offers programs for children, teens and adults with disabilities. W ith proposed improved and new facilities coming to north Mecklenburg, t hey have put together a survey so that you can share your needs and wants for TR programming. Your input counts! (Survey best taken using Chrome)

Take the Survey!

Survey deadline: Nov. 30
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Have Your Party in the Park

Enjoy these cool days outside at one of our park shelters.  Read more!
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Consider giving the gift of recreation this year! 
Purchase a gift certificate in the amount of your choice - each can be used for art or fitness classes, sports leagues or summer camps. There's something for everyone!


Cornelius Book 


A Town by Any Other Name: A History of Cornelius

This book, written as part of the Town's centennial celebration, is on sale for
$20 including tax.
Read more! 

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Open Sign 
Join us for open gym/free play each week:
Senior Pickleball : Thursdays,
 6-8pm, JV Washam Recreation Center (no pickleball on Nov. 14 or 28). Pickleball moves to Sunday afternoons in December.

Adult Basketball: Tuesdays, 6:30-9pm, Bailey Road Recreation Center. Open gym basketball will take a break December 2019-March 2020.
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Upcoming Events

Santa's Mailbox

December 2-13


Cocoa with Santa

Friday, December 6

Monday, December 16 

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Hike Cornelius
Outdoor Adventures Hike
Sunday, November 10
2:00 pm
Ramsey Creek Park
Enjoy a leisurely, two-mile, guided hike along with Cornelius PARC, Davidson Parks & Recreation, Davidson Lands Conservancy and Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. Because capacity is limited, pre-registration is required for this free event. No strollers or pets.

Monday, November 11
11:00 am
Town Hall
Join Cornelius PARC and American Legion Post 86 at the Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza, behind Town Hall, for this annual event honoring veterans and those currently serving in our Armed Forces.

Santa Paws in the Park
Saturday, November 16
12:00-2:00 pm
Robbins Park
Families are invited to bring their pets and cameras to take photos with Santa, shop for unique dog gifts, and take a hike along the beautiful trails at this free event. Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor, Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Light Up Cornelius Christmas at Town Center
Saturday, November 30
4:00-7:00 pm
Town Hall
Kick off the holidays by joining us for our  8th annual tree lighting event. Festivities will include a visit from Santa, carriage rides, arts & crafts, train display, special performances and more! The tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5:30 pm. A special thank you to Presenting Sponsor, LightStyles, Inc; North Pole Sponsor, Modern Nissan; Tree Lighting Sponsors, EnergyUnited and Champion Tire & Wheel; Snowflake Sponsors, The Goddard School CorneliusPrimrose Schools, and Carolina Oral & Facial Surgery; and Media Sponsors, Lake Norman Media Group and WSIC.
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We offer a variety of challenging and fun fitness options all year long, so you don't need to wait for a New Year's resolution! No classes November 25-30 during Thanksgiving week. Currently registering for the following, or call us to join sessions already underway of:  

tai chi Tai Chi:  This ancient practice offers a fitness exercise as well as a moving meditation. Beginner classes are held Thursdays or Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 am; intermediate classes are held 10:15-11:15 am. New sessions just started but you can still register! $40 residents, $53 non-residents. Next sessions start the 1st week of January.

SKWOD SKWOD Fit Camp: Try a free trial class! Participants in this 6-week program will increase strength and body composition through circuit training. Designed for ages 18 and up, but also open to kids 10 and up accompanied by an adult. Two days per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, at Bailey Road Recreation Center. The next 6-week session begins November 5. $50 for adult residents, $65 for adult non-residents, $30 for youth residents, $40 for youth non-residents.

Senior Fit Senior Fit Club : Low impact workouts designed for adults ages 50 and up to increase strength, flexibility and balance. Two days per week, Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00-10:50 am, at Town Hall. The next six-week session begins December 9. $72 residents, $87 non-residents.

Life is Better When You Cardio Funk Cardio Funk with Lem Houston:  Use dance moves and music inspired by pop and hip hop in this 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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Registration will open Monday, December 9, at 7:00 am for six-week youth and adult classes beginning the week of January 6, 2020.

Drop-In Art is so fun! Ages 3 and up can join us for one or more mixed-media projects adaptable to each child's ability on Thursdays, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Register online or pay at the door, $5 per child per hour.

Hurry! Mud at the Mill features 46 works by 18 local artists that incorporate clay, either functional or sculptural, and will remain on display in our gallery only through November 2.

Beyond Walls, the Town's 4th annual, award-winning public art exhibition, is on display through January 31 at Robbins Park.
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Lake Norman Teen Council: Want to meet new friends or have something fun to do that looks great on your college application? This group provides service projects, workshops, trips and more! Now accepting applications.

Lake Norman Bridge Center conducts ACBL-sanctioned, open, stratified bridge games at Town Hall on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, as well as lessons, for all ages and skill levels. Get in on the game! (No bridge Thanksgiving week)

Cornelius Youth Orchestras: Calling student musicians! Do you dream of playing in an orchestra? CYO invites you to attend our youth orchestra rehearsals on Tuesday evenings.
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basketball-basket.jpg Youth Basketball:  The regular registration period is now closed for all divisions except Instructional (coed, ages 5-6). if you are interested. We still need volunteer coaches, timers/ scorekeepers and sponsors. Don't forget about Skills Assessments, November 9-14.

Lacrosse sticks Winter LacrosseRegister now for winter training camps with Xtreme Lacrosse. The sessions for boys in grades 3-8 will run on Sundays at Bailey Road Park, 11:45 am-12:45 pm, beginning in December.

Tennis Lessons: We partner with Lake Norman Tennis Academy to offer lessons for children, teens and adults throughout the year. Youth lessons are offered in monthly blocks and your child can attend 1-4 days per week. Adult clinics are a drop-in format, with both daytime and evening options. 
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Summer Camp Instructors Wanted
Do you love working with children? Are you able to teach a skill, whether sports, arts, or recreation? Or perhaps you own a business that would be a perfect match for half-day summer camps? We are planning now for our 2020 camps and seeking individuals and businesses to partner as instructors. Please email us  or call 704-892-6031 x160 to share your idea or for more information.
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Northern Regional Recreation Center
This month's Connecting Cornelius will feature an update on the Northern Regional Recreation Center by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation staff. Join us at Harvey's Cornelius on Monday morning, November 4, 8:30-9:30 am.