Oct 19 Director's Corner
For the third time in four years, the Cornelius PARC Department has been recognized by the North Carolina Recreation & Park Association for its high-quality programming. At this year's convention, we were presented with the 2019 Innovative Programs Award for Laketoberfest! Coming up on October 12, which will mark its seventh year, this event at Bailey Road Park is a family-friendly, fall experience that has become one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations around Lake Norman, attracting thousands of guests each year.  

Laketoberfest's unique partnership with Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists (LNWC) is what caught the attention of the award panel. The partnership has resulted in much needed funding for their environmental and conservation efforts throughout the year. In the first six years, the combined net proceeds raised by the event and donated to LNWC totaled over $50,000. They have used the money to support their regional conservation efforts and to give back to the Cornelius PARC Department, by providing park amenities and educational opportunities such as interpretive nature signs, pollinator gardens, guided nature hikes, learn-to-fish programs and, most recently, a chimney swift tower.

Previously, Cornelius PARC received NCRPA's 2016 Arts & Humanities Award for our annual public art exhibition, Beyond Walls, and the 2017 Arts & Humanities Award for the Never Forget/9-11 Monument.
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The Towns of Cornelius and Davidson are proud to announce OUR 23nd SEASON of youth basketballRegistration for the 2019-2020 season is open first to Cornelius and Davidson residents only October 1-7. Registration will then extend to residents of all towns October 8-31, or until full.
This program is open to girls, ages 5-15, and boys, ages 5-18.

Coaches and timers/ scorekeepers are needed. 
Get more information.

Consider sponsoring our league. Your company's name will appear on one team's jerseys for only $250 per team.
Get more information.
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Teen Council 150   

Now accepting applications for the Lake Norman Teen Council, where area teens can make new friends and have something fun to do that looks great on college applications! This organization offers service projects, trips and workshops.  Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. Come join us!

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Open Sign 
Join us for open gym/free play each week:

Adult Basketball - Tuesdays, 
6:30-9:00 pm, at Bailey Road Recreation Center. Ages 18+ 

Senior Pickleball - Thursdays,  6:00-8:00 pm, at JV Washam Recreation Center. Ages 50+ 
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Upcoming Events
Outdoor Adventures Hike
Sunday, November 10
2:00 pm, Ramsey Creek Park 

Veterans Day Program

Monday, November 11 
11:00 am, Town Hall

Santa Paws in the Park
Saturday, November 16
12:00-2:00 pm, Robbins Park


Light Up Cornelius 

Saturday, November 30
4:00-7:00 pm, Town Hall 

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Stay Connected!


Robbins Park
Saturday, October 5
3:00-6:00 pm

Bring your furry friend to enjoy competitions in fun categories - or just come out for a bow wow of a good time! Register  onsite beginning at 3:00 pm. Enjoy the fun contests, the vendors, the concessions, and more! We want to thank the following for their support of this "paw-some" event:  Jack Russell Sponsor, Pet Paradise ; Media Sponsor, Lake Norman Media Group ; 1st Place Prize Sponsor, Main Street Veterinary 2nd Place Prize Sponsor, Hollywood Feed; 3rd Place Prize Sponsor, PetPeople; and Raffle Prize Sponsor, Pampered Pets Inn .

WEATHER IN QUESTION? Call our Weather Hotline at 704-896-2460 ext. 290 or check our Facebook page .

Bailey Road Park
Saturday, October 12
4:00-9:00 pm

Join us for this award-winning community event, showcasing some amazing bands (The Trailblazers, Chrome, and Machine Gun Band) plus craft beer from local NC breweries, enough food trucks to satisfy any palette, kid's play area and more! Free admission, parking, and shuttle service. A portion of the proceeds benefit Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists.   

Robbins Park
Saturday, October 19
10:00 am-12:00 pm 

Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists will lead this fun and educational fishing event, open to youth ages 7-12. Parents or guardians are encouraged to participate with their children. Space is limited and registration is required.
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We offer a variety of challenging and fun fitness options all year long - register now! No classes will meet Thanksgiving week. 

Tai Chi - Separate classes for beginner and intermediate students on Thursday (Town Hall) or Saturday (Bailey Road Rec Ctr) mornings. The next 7-week sessions begin October 31 and November 2. 

SKWOD Fit Camp - Meets twice per week at Bailey Road Rec Ctr on Tuesday and Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm. For adults, as well as kids 10 and up accompanied by an adult. The next 6-week session starts November 5, or join the current session at a prorated fee!

Senior Fit Club  - Meets twice per week at Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00-10:50 am. The next 6-week session starts October 23. Ages 50 and up. (No classes on October 21 or 28; these classes will be made up on Fridays, October 25 and November 1).

                      DROP-IN CLASSES - ONGOING
Cardio Funk - Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm, and Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 am, at Bailey Road Rec Ctr.
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Registration is now open for five-week adult and youth classes beginning the week of October 28.  Choose from a variety of ceramics instruction for all levels, watercolor, acrylics, drawing, afterschool art and more!

Drop-In Art, ages 3 and up, on Thursdays, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Join us for one of the projects or roam the stations and do them all! Children 5 and older may be dropped off; those 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Register online or pay at the door, $5 per child, per hour.

Register now for our not-too-spooky
Preschool Halloween Party , including  crafts, snacks and more. Wear your favorite costume! On Thursday, October 17, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, for ages 3-6. Free, but pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

Celebrate Halloween in Old Town Cornelius! Stop by CAC, along with other downtown businesses, for trick-or-treating, seasonal crafts, costume contests, and great photo opportunities on Saturday, October 26, 2:00-6:00 pm. This family-friendly event is free. Don't forget your camera!

Stop by our gallery all month to view this juried show featuring 46 works by 18 local artists that incorporate clay, either functional or sculptural, on display and many for purchase!

Beautiful fall days are the perfect time for a walk in the park - be sure to visit our outdoor public sculpture exhibition, Beyond Walls, on display at Robbins Park through January 31, 2020.

Spend the Day Off From School with PARC!
Teacher Workday
Wednesday, October 9, is a CMS teacher workday, so join us for  Art in the Park.  The Cornelius Arts Center invites children of all ages to drop in for a fun-filled afternoon of fall-themed arts and crafts at Robbins Park, 1:00-3:00 pm. Parent or guardian is required to stay onsite in the playground area. Free; no registration.
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Pickleball Madness
Adult Beginner Pickleball Clinic: Monday, October 21, 6:30-8:00 pm - for ages 16 and up
Youth Beginner Pickleball Clinic: Tuesday, October 28, 1:00-2:30 pm - for ages 7-15
Bailey Road Park Tennis Courts

Beginners are invited to come learn about this growing support from experienced instructors! Free to attend but online pre-registration  is strongly encouraged. On-site registration will be accepted only if space allows. Paddles available if needed.

Youth Lacrosse Beginner Clinics: Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26 and/or November 2, 9:00-10:30 am - for grades 1-5. Robbins Park

Xtreme Lacrosse is offering these Grow-the-Game clinics to Cornelius residents. Choose one day or more! Free to attend but  online pre-registration is required. Lacrosse sticks will be available if needed.
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pumpkin puzzle
The Halloween Spooktacular will be held on Friday, October 4, 6:30-9:00 pm at North Meck Senior Center. Pre-registration for this program is highly suggested, online at parkandrec.com and click on EParks 2.0. The program number is 102790 and listed as TR: Party North - October. The cost of the program is $10. For more information email  Madeline Jones. For ages 13 and up with a disability.