Seasons Change and the Fun Begins

Seasons Change and the Fun BeginsBy  Heather Wood

With summer coming to a swift end, it is about time to break out the sweaters and apple cider!  Fall is officially upon us on September 23.  As the days are becoming shorter and the temperature is dropping, you might not be too happy that autumn is arriving.  Or maybe, the opposite is true and fall is your favorite season.  Whether you love fall or you are already missing summer, here are a few ways to enjoy yourself.

Plan ahead to gather up the family for an exciting morning on Saturday, October 24 in Fourth of July Park!  The Kernersville Parks & Recreation Pumpkin 5K Run and 1-mile walk is for all ages (and dogs!), and promotes health and wellness while having fun!  We invite you to run or walk the exciting streetscape course through a neighborhood setting, and end up in beautiful Fourth of July Park.  Participants are encouraged to come in costume for this festive event.  After the race, enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities, and a costume contest for adults, children, and dogs with lots of prizes and pumpkins for contest winners!  Health, wellness, and pet vendors/exhibitors are welcome.  Do not miss the Health and Safety Expo from 8:30-10:30am after the run/walk.  Register early, no later than October 16 (11:59 pm), to take advantage of the discounted rate and to ensure your goodie bags and t-shirts are ready for pick-up.  For more information, pricing, and to register visit our website at

Kernersville Parks and Recreation Department maintains several unique parks which include features like playgrounds, athletic facilities, a community center, fishing lakes, nature creek preserves, dog parks, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a skate park, and open spaces.  With innovative programs offered throughout the year, there are endless opportunities to learn something new, refine skills, or meet new friends.

Kernersville Parks and Recreation will be kicking off the fall season with lots of opportunities for all ages!  Children can enjoy self-defense and cheerleading classes, bust a move in our hip hop/combo classes, take center stage with our Drama Kids Acting Academy, or learn a new language while studying Mandarin Chinese.

Our Cruise Control basketball one-day clinics are back on September 12, October 10, November 7, and December 5.  This clinic provides boys and girls (Kindergarten-8th grade) a chance to learn the fundamentals of basketball.  They will learn the proper techniques of shooting, passing, ball handling, rebounding, court spacing, team offense, and defensive skills.  Kids will learn in a fun environment and gain self-confidence, allowing them to create their own winning formulas on and off the court.

Inspire your young child’s love of art with Young Rembrandts drawing classes.  All new lessons are coming up this session, inspiring your child’s imaginative spirit and bolstering educational skills that will benefit them all year long.  Don’t miss out, enroll now for fall classes!

While your kids are enjoying the activities listed above, parents can keep busy as well.  Revive your energy while getting in shape and having fun in our Zumba & Devoted Fitness class with Dance Fit Divas!  Tone and shape your muscles with Anna Carter Fitness Boot Camp, and Pump Tabata Boot Camp with Jessica!  For the creative minds, take a beginners knitting/crocheting class or paint a prize winning masterpiece in our oil painting classes.

Get outside and enjoy the cool brisk air at the Fourth of July Tennis Courts with the Kernersville Area Tennis Leagues.  Join a men’s and women’s doubles match or learn the basics in our beginner’s classes.

It would not be fall without a host of athletics underway.  Adult Softball, Adult Soccer, and Cannons Lacrosse were excited to be playing on newly renovated/updated fields at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex and Bagley Field Complex this season.  During the summer months, many improvements were made including outfield grading, sodding, and leveling as well as infield clay, laser grading, and leveling.  The Lacrosse fields also have new fencing at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex!

Kernersville Sister City welcomes the brilliant Taiwanese young pianist Tzu-Yi Chen!  Born in Taiwan, she became one of Taiwan’s best talents and a leading pianists of her generation.  Tzu-Yi Chen’s honors include the prestigious Premier Prix from the Paris Conservatory.  A recent performance gathered acclaim by Frank Dakin with New York Concert Review, Inc.  He noted that, “A magnificent recital (at Carnegie Hall) took place on October 11, 2014 by Taipei-born pianist Tzu-Yi Chen….in a wide-ranging program, she displayed not only the usual technical command one expects, but beautiful tone, total artistic involvement, deep feeling, stylistic understanding, and in an era of cookie-cutter musicians, the feeling of spontaneity, even risk, that makes an evening truly memorable, often electrifying.”

Kernersville Sister City Association is proud to offer the opportunity to experience the musical stylings of Tzu-Yi Chen on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Ardmore Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.  The concert will begin at 3:00pm with a meet and greet reception to follow from 5:00-6:00pm.  Tickets are available at  General/online admission is $20, or $25 at the door.  VIP tickets for the concert and the reception are $30.





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