Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Section

Therapeutic Recreation Section Contact Information
Karla Gray TR Senior Manager Karla.Gray@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov 704.432.4322 Megan Hotze TR Specialist Megan.Hotze@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov 704.432.4326 Karen Howard TR Specialist Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov 704.432.4325 Margot Howell TR Specialist Margot.Howell@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov 704.432.4328 Ariel Kliem TR Specialist Ariel.Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov 704.432.4327 Jana McMullen TR Specialist Jana.McMullen@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov 704.432.4330 Angela Tate TR Specialist Angela.Conti@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov 704.432.4329 Peggy Walker TR Specialist Peggy.Walker@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov 704.432.4331

Happy New Year 2012! As you plan the beginning of this new year, please consider participating in TR programming. You will notice several new programs. There is a Putt Putt practice program for persons with visual impairments, a Sled Hockey clinic and a chance to meet the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, and Beyond the Bell: an afterschool program for teens. The TR Staff looks forward to serving you in 2012.

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Table of Contents
Programs by Age Group
Page Preschool Youth Teen Young Adult Adult Seniors Parents & Caregivers 3 3-4 3-6 3-7 3-8 7-8 8 Enrichment Creative Arts School‘s Out Youth School‘s Out Teens Beyond the Bell Gifted Gardeners Howie‘s Café Dance and Fitness Young Adult Program Clubs & Socials Band of Brothers Fuel for Life REC Connect Spill Your Beans Supper Club TR Dance VIP Travel Club Community Summit Sports Bumper Bowlers Challenger Basketball Paralympic Swim Club Sled Hockey Clinic VI Putt Putt

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Sports
Bumper Bowlers for kids, ages 3—12, with disabilities Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Drive January 19—February 23 (Thursdays) January 21—February 25 (Saturdays) 4:00 pm (Thursdays) 10:00 am (Saturdays) - 3—7 year olds 11:00 am (Saturdays) - 8—12 year olds $45.00 Angela.Conti@mecklenburgcountync.gov Come to Park Lanes for a fun time learning how to bowl, or improving your bowling skills. Kids will love learning a new sport and playing with friends, and parents are welcome to stay and watch their children‘s skills. The program fee includes 6 weeks of two games of bowling and shoe rental. Challenger Basketball for youth and teens, ages 6—21, with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road January 3—February 7 (Tuesdays) 6:00 pm—7:00 pm $45.00 Margot.Howell@mecklenburgcountync.gov Paralympic Swim Club for youth and adults, ages 12 and up, with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road January 9, 23, 30 (Mondays) - no swim on 1/16 5:30 pm—6:30 pm $25.00 Jana.McMullen@mecklenburgcountync.gov Paralympic swim club offers a unique social setting to learn, develop & improve swim skills. Sled Hockey Clinic and Meet and Greet with the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team for persons with physical disabilities, ages 6—adult Extreme Ice Center, 4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Rd January 14 (Saturday) 6:00 pm—7:00 pm Free Jana.McMullen@mecklenburgcountync.gov Sled hockey is an official Paralympic sport that adapts hockey using a sled with skates mounted under the seat and two modified sticks. Program is offered to participants with a physical disability.

VI Putt Putt Practice Team Participants will learn the fundamental skills of for adults, ages 18 and up, with visual impairments Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road basketball, working as a team, and good January 19 (Thursdays) sportsmanship. February 2 and 16 (Thursdays) 3:00 pm—4:00 pm $5.00 per date Karen.Howard@mecklenburgcountync.gov Sharpen your Putt-Putt skills! Adults who have visual impairments are invited to practice for the North Carolina tournament in April—volunteers are also needed to help with guiding players.
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Youth & Teens
School’s Out Club for Youth for kids, ages 6—12, with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road January 23 (Monday) 8:30 am—4:30 pm $35.00 Angela.Conti@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Jana.McMullen@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov During these holiday and seasonally themed days, children will play games, make crafts, learn about special topics, and possibly take a field trip! All of these activities are used to promote peer interaction and appropriate social skills, physical activity, and independence. School’s Out Club for Teens for teens, ages 13—21, with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road January 23 (Monday) 8:30 am—4:30 pm $35.00 Megan.Hotze@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Ariel.Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov On your School Day Out, come and enjoy a variety of activities to promote social skills and physical activity while spending time with your friends!

Beyond the Bell: Teen Afterschool Program for teens and young adults, ages 13-21, with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road (Monday—Friday) 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm $75 per week $250 for four weeks Megan.Hotze@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Ariel.Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov The school day is over, but you‘re still looking for something to do? Come join us for the Teen Afterschool Program! This is a great opportunity to make friends, have fun, and learn new skills! We will enjoy group games, participate in exciting activities and enjoy weekly swimming.

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Teen & Young Adult Programs
Spill Your Beans for young women, ages 16 and up, with disabilities Caribou Coffee, 4327 Park Road January 23 (Monday) 5:30 - 7:00 pm $10.00 (does not include the cost of dinner) Ariel.Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Welcome to a super-charged ladies night! Spill Your Beans provides the opportunity for young women to talk about and gain support for issues they‘re facing in their lives, such as health & safety, independent living, relationships, friendships, and self-esteem. Each month we will host a guest speaker or lead a discussion about issues that are important to you. Band of Brothers for young men, ages 18-35, with disabilities Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Rd. January 11 (Wednesday) 6:00 pm—8:00 pm $10.00 Ariel.Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Do you need a night out with the guys to relax and enjoy new activities? Come hang out with ―Band of Brothers‖. You can practice social skills, meet new people, enjoy community outings and develop positive relationships, all while enjoying some ―guy time‖. REC Connect for young adults, ages 18-35, with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road January 14 (Saturday) - Kai’s Cookies 1:00 - 4:00 pm $15.00 Megan.Hotze@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov REC Connect is a social group for young adults with disabilities, ages 18 –35, who are interested in finding fun things to do in their community, make new friends, and learn new skills. Each month, we will take a trip that focuses on learning and having fun! TR Performing Arts Club for teens, ages 13 and up, with disabilities Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Rd. January 9—March 3 (Mondays and Saturdays) 5:30 pm—6:30 pm (Mondays) 1:00 pm—3:00 pm (Saturdays) $70.00 Margot.Howell@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Ariel.Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Do you like to sing, dance, act, or entertain a crowd? The spotlight is calling you! In the TR Performing Arts Club, participants will increase their awareness and involvement in various acting and performance skills. No prior skills are required. Bring your inner performer and be ready to shine!

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Teen & Young Adult Programs
Fuel for Life for young men, ages 16 and up, with disabilities McAlister’s Deli, 4805 Park Road January 9 (Monday) 6:00 - 7:30 pm $10.00 (does not include the cost of dinner) Angela.Conti@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Come hang out with the guys, fuel your body with a good dinner, and fuel your life with good conversation. Fuel for Life provides the opportunity for young men to talk about and gain support for issues they‘re facing in their lives. Each month we will host guest speakers and discuss different topics, such as employment and job skills, relationships, life goals and values, and other topics that are important to you. Young Adult Day Program for young adults, ages 18-35, with disabilities Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, 800 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Starting January 9, 2012 Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00 pm—5:00 pm $15.00 daily or $30.00 per week Margot.Howell@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Jana.McMullen@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov The YADP offers support in leisure skills, independent living skills, and community service. Instructional opportunities offer a ‗hands-on‘ approach to learning, and incorporate role-playing activities, expressive activities, communication, problem-solving, and team building. Supper Club for teens and adults, ages 13 and up, with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road January 20 (Friday) - Chinese New Year 6:00 pm—7:00 pm $7.00 Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Be part of a favorite tradition by spending an evening out with your friends. We will enjoy a healthy meal before each TR Section Dance...sign up today! Registration is due one week prior to program date. TR Dance for teens and adults, ages 13 and up, with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road January 20 (Friday) - Chinese New Year 7:00 pm—9:00 pm $8.00 TRinfo@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Pre-register or register at the door.

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Young Adult & Adult Programs
Gifted Gardeners for adults, ages 18 and up with disabilities January 11—February 15 (Wednesdays) 10:00 am—12:00 pm $60.00 Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Gardening class in winter? Yes! There‘s plenty to do in the winter garden, including composting and soil improvements; starting seedlings for spring vegetables, flowers and herbs; caring for houseplants; and crafting items using plant materials. All equipment and supplies are provided. Howie’s Cafe for adults and seniors, ages 18and up, with disabilities January 28—March 3 (Saturdays) 10:00 am—1:00 pm $75.00 Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Welcome to Howie‘s Café, where you are the chefs! Participants will improve basic cooking skills, with an emphasis on attractive food presentation and restaurant-style table serving. Additional skills taught will include kitchen safety and hygiene; making healthy food choices; and proper food handling and storage practices. Fees for this 5 week course include all materials and food. Dance and Fitness for adults, ages 18and up, with disabilities January 10—March 2 (Tuesdays and Fridays) 10:30 am—11:30 am $80.00 Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Dance and move your way to fitness! This session keeps you active 2 days per week. Activities include basic line dance instruction; sport skill practice; and stretches and exercise movements to music. All equipment is provided. VIP Travel Club for adults and seniors, ages 35 and up, with a visual impairment January 24 (Tuesday) - Race Shop Tours in Concord, NC Pick up: MDRC 9:00 am; MAB 9:30 am Drop off: MAB 3:30 pm; MDRC 4:00 pm $15.00 Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Enjoy a social day with friends, while building independence in the community. Learn about historical, educational and recreational attractions in the Charlotte area. Please bring money for lunch.

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Adult Programs
“Summit” - a Parent/Caregiver Group Donato’s/Bojangles, 6555 Morrison Blvd. January 10 (Tuesday) - please note 2nd Tuesday! 6:00 - 7:00 pm FREE! Group members may purchase food individually if desired. Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov A monthly group for parents, guardians, and caregivers that is facilitated by a Therapeutic Recreation staff person but is directed by the group members. This FREE informal group gives participants the opportunity to meet and talk with other parents and caregivers who are experiencing the challenges of parenting a child, teen, or young adult with a disability.

Creative Arts Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road January 30—March 19 (Mondays) 10:00 am—Noon $75.00 Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Break out the brushes, paints, clay and much more! Spend Monday mornings expressing yourself through a variety of art media: painting, sculpture, collage, drawing and pottery, to name a few. All materials for this 8 week class are included in the program fee.

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