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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

The Therapeutic Recreation Section is looking forward to a great fall season with some exciting new programming. The new programs include: a Teen Afterschool program, new days for the Young Adult program, and a program for young men Band of Brothers. If you are 13 years or older, consider joining us for the TR Dance on September 23. This is one program that you may pay at the door. We look forward to working with you soon. Therapeutic Recreation Staff

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Table of Contents
Programs by Age Group
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Programs by Category
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Preschool Youth Teen Young Adult Adult Seniors Parents & Caregivers

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Enrichment
Adult Cooking Classes Beyond the Bell Dance and Fitness Rhythm Makers Super Saturday Chefs Young Adult Program Wilderness Bunch 7 6 7 3 7 4 4 6 4 8 6 5 5 8 9 9 8

Clubs & Socials


Band of Brothers Fuel for Life Paralympic Swim Club Spill Your Beans Supper Club TR Dance VIP Travel Club

Community
Garden 2 You Summit

Sports
Tennis

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Youth
Rhythm Makers
for kids ages 312, with disabilities Tom Sykes Recreation Center, 1501 Euclid Ave. September 10October 15 (Saturdays) 9:30 am10:15 am $55.00 Angela.Conti@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

This energizing Music Therapy group will teach kids about different sounds and music patterns, creating music, expressing feelings through songs, and sharing fun with friends. Come experience the proven benefits of Music Therapy provided by a certified professional.

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Teen & Young Adult Programs


Fuel for Life
for young men, ages 16 and up, with disabilities Southpark Mall Food Court, 4400 Sharon Road September 12 (Monday) 6:00 - 7:30 pm $10.00 (does not include the cost of dinner) Angela.Conti@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Young Adult Day Program

for young adults, ages 18-35, with disabilities Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, 800 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. September 19December 16 Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00 pm5:00 pm $15.00 daily or $30.00 per week Come hang out with the guys, fuel your body Margot.Howell@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov with a good dinner, and fuel your life with Jana.McMullen@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov good conversation. Fuel for Life provides the The YADP offers support in leisure skills, opportunity for young men to talk about and independent living skills, and community gain support for issues theyre facing in their service. Instructional opportunities offer a lives. Each month we will host guest speakers hands-on approach to learning, and incorporate role-playing activities, expressive and discuss different topics, such as employment and job skills, relationships, life activities, communication, problem-solving, goals and values, and other topics that are im- and team building. portant to you.

Wilderness Bunch

for teens and young adults, ages 13-30, with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road October 2830 (FridaySunday) 8:30 am (Fri..) - 4:30 pm (Sun.) $150.00 Megan.Hotze@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Join the Wilderness Bunch as we sleep under the stars, cook our own food, hike, kayak, and enjoy the great outdoors. This program is designed to teach basic skills needed for tent camping and participating in outdoor recreation. Day trips include hiking, nature lessons, and kayaking.
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Teen & Young Adult Programs


Supper Club
for teens and adults, ages 13 and up, with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road September 23 (Friday) 6:00 pm7:00 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 September 23 (Friday) 7:00 pm9:00 pm $8.00 TRinfo@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Come dance the night away at the Luau! Registration at the door.

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Teen & Young Adult Programs


Spill Your Beans
for young women, ages 16 and up, with disabilities September 19 (Monday) 6:00 - 7:30 pm $10.00 (does not include the cost of dinner) Ariel.Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Band of Brothers
for young men, ages 18-35, with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road September 14October 12 (Wednesdays) 6:00 pm8:00 pm $10.00 per meeting 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 theyre facing, such as health & safety, independent living, relationships, friendships, and self-esteem (participants will have the opportunity to choose the topics to learn about). Each month we will host a guest speaker or lead a discussion about issues that are important to you.

Do you need a night out with the guys to relax and enjoy new activities? Come hang out with Band of Brothers every Wednesday night from 6 8 pm. You can practice social skills, meet new people, enjoy community outings and develop positive relationships, all while enjoying some guy time.

Beyond the Bell: Teen Afterschool Program


for teens and young adults, ages 13-21, with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road Beginning September 6 (MondayFriday) 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm $75.00 per week Megan.Hotze@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Ariel.Kliem@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov The School Day is over, but youre 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 & Adult Programs


Super Saturday Chefs
for teens and adults, ages 13 and up, with disabilities September 24 (Saturday) 10:00 am1:00 pm $15.00 Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Adult Cooking Classes


for teens to adults, ages 18 and up, with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road September 12October 24 (Mondays) 10:00 amNoon $70.00 Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Teaching great cooking...one Saturday at a time! Join us for instructional cooking classes with a side order of fun and conversation! Each 1-day class has a different focusin addition to learning or improving basic cooking skills, participants will learn about kitchen safety and hygiene; making healthy food choices; and proper food handling and storage practices.

Adults with disabilities can spend Monday mornings in the kitchen! In addition to learning or improving basic cooking skills, participants will learn about kitchen safety and hygiene; making healthy food choices; and proper food handling and storage practices. All materials and food supplies included in program fee.

Dance & Fitness


for teens to adults, ages 18 and up, with disabilities Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road September 6October 28 (Tuesdays and Fridays) 10:30 am11:30 am $80.00 Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov Dance and move your way to fitness! This session is expanded to 2 days per week. Activities include basic line dance instructions; simple sport skills; and stretches and exercise movements to music. All equipment provided.
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Sports & Clubs


VIP Travel Club
for adults and seniors, ages 35 and up, with disabilities September 13 (Tuesday) - Aviation Museum 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

Tennis for youth and teens, ages 1021, with disabilities.


Park Road Park, Court #12 September 13October 18 (Tuesdays) 5:00 pm 6:00 pm $45.00 Margot.Howell@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.

Paralympic Swim Club for youth to adults, ages 12 and up, with physical and visual disabilities.
Marion Diehl Recreation Center - Pool September 12, 19, 26 (Mondays) 5:30 pm 6:30 pm $25.00 Jana.McMullen@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Energize your Fall with the chance to learn or improve on your tennis skills. This program is designed to teach the basic skills and knowledge needed to begin playing tennis. Racquets and balls will be provided. Participants should come dressed in appropriate athletic attire.

Paralympic swim club offers a unique social setting to learn, develop & improve swim skills.

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Community
Summit - Parent/Caregiver Group
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.
Donatos / Bojangles Cafeteria 6555 Morrison Boulevard September 6 (Tuesday) 6:00 - 7:00 pm FREE! - group members may purchase food individually if desired Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Garden 2 You Farmers Market


Marion Diehl Recreation Center Patio and Kitchen September 9 (Friday) 1:00 pm 5:00 pm Free to attend; inquire about booth rental to sell produce Karen.Howard@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov

Come out to a new, one-of-a-kind farmers market! Vegetables, herbs and plants will be available for purchase, to benefit the Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camp scholarship fund. Produce and plants will be grown by the Gifted Gardeners TR horticulture class, and donated by local gardeners. The Garden 2 You market is a great place to find the freshest local food, in your neighborhood!

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