See What’s Blooming with Kernersville Parks & Recreation

march-prBy Heather Wood

Groundhog Day took place on February 2, and according to “Phil” the groundhog, we are expecting six more weeks of winter weather.  Although it may not feel like it, spring is right around the corner and we want YOU to get excited!  The Kernersville Parks & Recreation Department is ready to entice the community to come out of hibernation and visit a park, attend a program/event, or take a hike.

Kick-off your Spring Break with our Movie in the Park Series beginning on Friday, March 27th.  Family and friends of all ages will enjoy a free family movie in Harmon Park at dusk.  Mark your calendars for an awesome evening with our featured presentation, DESPICABLE ME 2.  Kernersville Parks & Recreation has the whole thing planned for the entire family including games, giveaways, and the opportunity to create your own minion using balloons.  We will also have food vendors on-site to delight your taste buds including Giada’s Mobile Brick Oven, Chick-fil-A, and Kona Ice.  Bring a chair, kick back, and enjoy the start of spring!

This time of year, there could be snow on the ground or blue skies and 70 degrees.  Plan for fun no matter what the weather is.  Your child can spend the day in our programs that are designed to provide fun, constructive, and supervised activities.  Do not let your child get stuck channel-surfing on the couch during this time.  Get on over to our Community Recreation Center and sign your child up today!

KPRD has some fun and challenging camps available over Spring Break.  Basketball Camp (K-8th graders) provides boys and girls a chance to take their game to the next level by giving them an opportunity to improve fundamentals.  Campers will learn passing, ball handling, rebounding, court spacing, team offense, and defensive skills.  Participate Monday-Thursday from 9am -12pm.

Keith G. Hunter, Owner and Instructor of the Kernersville Golf Center, will assist young golfers in enjoying a fun-filled weeklong Golf Camp (Ages 7-16).  Campers will learn to play golf better (and smarter!), important golf fundamentals, proper etiquette, and rules.  Participate in this camp Monday, March 30-Friday, April 3 from 9am-2pm.  Campers will enjoy a pizza party on Friday to celebrate their achievements from the week!  To learn more information about camps and pricing, visit our website at www.toknc.com/pr.

Join Kernersville Parks & Recreation for a great lineup of our full day Summer Camp & Specialty Camps for all ages.  Summer Camps are designed for everyone, from tots-up-to teenagers.  The variety of camps include: arts and crafts, outdoor programs, athletics, games, trips, and swimming activities.

Our full day Summer Camp program is an 8-week recreational “playground” camp designed for 6-12 year olds, featuring creative group activities as well as opportunities for individual growth.  Campers may attend either full or half days.  Our goals are simple–to provide positive experiences for the development of leisure activities, good sportsmanship, positive self-esteem, respect for others, teamwork, and self-discipline.  The number one goal for the summer is FUN!  Specialty camps are half day weekly camps designed for ages 3 and up.  Specialty camps include lacrosse, basketball, tennis, golf, science, drama, and more!  “Early Bird” registration deals will begin mid-March.  Please call 996-3062 for more details—the fun begins June 15th!

Spring also kicks-off many new and existing programs such as Adult Softball, Adult Soccer, Stop Bullying, and Mommy & Me.  Be sure to check out the highlighted classes below:

 

Macro Photography – Exploring Plants and Nature Up Close –         Ages 18+

By exploring the world of macro photography in this 4-week class, you will be amazed at what you will see!  Interesting patterns, textures, and colors that often go unnoticed, unless you get up close!  We will learn techniques & tricks to best capture images by getting up close with your camera.  We will also discuss the best equipment to use to get these shots, and where to get it. Join us Thursdays (3/19-4/9) from 4-6pm.  This is ideal for intermediate-level students with some knowledge of photography preferred.  The instructor Elizabeth Larson is a professional photographer with 25 years’ experience with 4 years of teaching.

Oil Painting for Beginners – Ages 18+

These classes will focus on design and techniques to create pleasing oil paintings.  We will go over basic elements of drawing, composition, and tone values.  Gain confidence in your artistic abilities and approach to oil painting alongside new friends.  Classes are offered monthly; join us March 27 from 6-9pm for “Landscaping.”

RDU Spring Tennis Clinics – Adults and Youth

RDU Tennis offers opportunities to learn the game, grab a fun workout, and meet new friends.  With clinics for all ages and levels of experience, you are sure to have a great time with Coach Rod.  Tennis clinics are offered on Saturdays starting March 14. To learn more about the above programs or to see a full list, visit our website at www.toknc.com/pr.

The Town of Kernersville invites residents to attend the 7th Annual Earth Day Celebration!  This year’s event will be held Thursday, April 16th from 12-6pm in front of Town Hall at 134 East Mountain Street.  Kernersville’s Earth Day is a free program that centers on teaching environmental stewardship.  It will feature many exciting eco-friendly products and services, live demonstrations, food trucks, t-shirt giveaways, and much more!

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina will have a truck at the event where you can donate your unwanted computers, printers, and electronic equipment.  They accept any brand in any condition. Goodwill, in partnership with Dell RECONNECT, responsibly recycles 100% of the consumer electronics that they receive.  Your donations to Goodwill support their training programs that help people find jobs.

As part of Earth Day 2015, the Town will host an Art for Earth contest, in which students preK-12 grade submit works of art with an environmental theme.  The Town will display submitted works of art, and the winner will be announced as part of the festivities!  Preschools and home schools are invited to participate.

Come learn more about composting, energy efficiency, recycling, protecting our water quality, and much more!  For more information, contact Public Services at 336-996-6916 or recycle@toknc.com.

 

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