GET OUTSIDE THIS SEASON
BY HEATHER WOOD
The weather is starting to get warmer and that means its festival time! Load up car and grab the family and head out to some of these great events!
Kernersville is embracing the Hispanic Culture that surrounds us every day! Join us in celebrating the Hispanic Heritage at this year’s Carnaval on Saturday, May 18 from 4-7pm! The festival is a rich and beautiful blend of culture, music, food. You will experience bright and bustling colors preparing you for the aromas of incredible food and song. The celebration will kick off in Fourth of July Park with Latin music featured by Ricardo Diquez & La Orcquesta Tropico, exquisite cuisine from Pequeno Mexico food truck, Kona Ice, dancing and games. The festival is a free event for the whole family. To learn details, check out www.kvparks.com.
Enjoy a movie in the park! Your favorite family-friendly box office hits return to Harmon Park this summer, as our Movies in the Park Series brings big-screen entertainment to local parks. This month’s feature presentation will be Incredibles 2 on Friday, May 17 at dusk. Arrive early to grab a bite to eat from our favorite vendors including Home Slice Pizza, Kona Ice, Patriot Pretzel, and the local girl scouts selling popcorn. Follow us on Facebook for updates and weather-related cancellations.
With summer arriving, we are also kicking off our programs and athletics for the season. We are here to make sure everyone has a happy and productive summer. Kernersville offers a comprehensive Summer Recreation Program for young residents and adults. The programs and athletics featured are cost effective summer recreation activities for all. The 2019 summer fun kicks off May – August and residents may register for weekly or entire summer options.
Music Movers is a new program we are offering this summer! Emily Merriam has a BM in Music and has been a private music teacher for several years. Parents/caregivers and their babies/toddlers will learn rhymes, finger plays, action songs, and music games. These classes will be 30 minutes of fun for everyone! Move, dance, play instruments, and sing with your children. Babies and toddlers will develop listening skills, language, sense of timing and rhythm, imagination, and more. Join us Tuesdays from 4:30-5:00pm. This program is designed for children ages 3 years and under. To learn more, visit our website.
Speaking of getting into the rhythm, has your child tried out our Dance Combo classes? Instructor Jennifer Antonosanti, a former Carolina Panthers cheerleader, is introducing our dancers to ballet and jazz while exploring movement and music in a fun, creative way! Jennifer teaches Mondays for two different age groups. To find out times and more program details visit our website.
With the arrival of spring many are dealing with seasonal allergies. When everything starts to bloom, it also brings pollen. Have you ever seen a honeybee flying from flower to flower carrying pollen? Most of us have seen honeybees (and other bees too!) collecting pollen. It is often noticed as colorful balls attached to the rear legs of the bee. But, why do bees collect pollen – do they use it to make honey? Not at all! Pollen is the protein source for the honeybee colony. Without protein no young bees could be raised and the colony would die. Only a continuous source of new bees during the warm season allows the colony to survive. No pollen = no baby bees. Bees use protein rich pollen to feed baby bees. Worker bees eat pollen to produce brood food for growing larva. Join the Journeyman Level Beekeeping Class. It is a unique opportunity for those who are passionate about learning more about Honeybees! We will teach a theoretical class from the Honeybee biology book from Georgia University. We will also do research as a part of the curriculum. For more information/details, visit our website. Class takes place on Tuesdays in June.
Have cycles, will travel – adaptive cycling coming to you! The Triad Region Adaptive Cycling event will be held on Thursday, May 16 at Fourth of July Park. The Community Adaptive Cycling event will be held from 4:00-6:30pm for individuals who may benefit from a non-traditional bicycle. Come try various adaptive bikes and enjoy a short ride in the park. Trained personnel will be located on-site for bike fittings and information. Register by May 10 and join in the cycling fun to kick start your summer recreation!