Classes

 

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YOUTH ACTIVITIES

**NEW**

MESSY ART

Ages 4-8. Bring your creativity and some old clothes because we are going to be getting messy! Join us in this 6 session art program that your parents probably won't let you do in the house. Each class is something entirely different, but we will always be having fun!
Day: Tuesday, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Fee per session: $10; $5 city resident discount
Location: Academy Recreation Center Arts and Crafts room

SNAP, ROLL AND POP

Activity # 9034.416
Utilizing crazy objects that snap, roll and pop, we are going to make creative and colorful pictures. Come prepared with splatter proof clothes!
Day: 1/26
Pre-register by 1/22



 

CRAYON the RAINBOW

Activity # 9032.416
Everyone likes coloring with crayons, but today we are going use crayons in an entirely new way! We will watch them melt and blend together into a beautiful rainbow design.
Day: 2/9
Pre-register by 2/4


 

GRITTY PLAYDOUGH

 Activity # 9033.416
Can't you usually let sand run through your fingers with no problem? Well this time, we are going to make it sticky and gooey and turn it in to play dough! Be ready to get your hands dirty!
​Day: 2/23
Pre-register by 2/18

 

 

 
           

 BEAD-A-LICIOUS

Activity # 9035.416
This fun activity lets you arrange beads instead of string them on a piece of jewelry. After we create our design, we will melt it together into a colorful masterpiece!
Day: 3/8
Pre-register by 3/3

 

 

PAVEMENT PICASSO

Activity # 9036.416
Paint? And chalk? That fizzes?! It will be an art/science experiment to never forget! We will create a special kind of chalk that will ooze and fizz on the sidewalk!
Day: 3/22
Pre-register by 3/17



 

TWISTART

Activity # 9037.116
Four our final Messy Art class, you will turn into the canvas! We will play a wild and crazy game of twister that will definitely require some old clothes!
Day: 4/5
Pre-register by 3/31 

 

 

 

GREENWAY ADVENTURES

Ages 4 & up. Equipped with our special gear and imaginations, the Greenways will be our class room. We will explore critters, their habitats and nature for engaging, educational and creative activities. Parents are encouraged to participate. Each program will meet at the designated greenway. Min. 6/Max. 20 participants.
Day: Thursday, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Fee for each program: $10; $5 city resident discount 
Locations: 
  Hector H. Henry II Greenway – meet at trail head,1215 Moss Farm St. NW 
  McEachern Greenway – meet at the McGee Park shelter,219 Corban Avenue E





CRAFTY CRITTERS

Activity # 9039.416
Scavenger hunt list in hand (and critters in mind), we will venture down the Greenway to collect our natural supplies. Back to the shelter we go to sculpt and create our own unique critters.                       
Day: 3/17
  Pre-register by 3/14
Location: McGee Park



 

 

                                      

 
             
 


CREATURE FEATURE 

Activity # 9041.416
It might be furry, scaly, squirmy, big, little, or strange! One thing for sure, it came from the wild. Join our guest speaker and animal friends as we learn more about a unique creature and its day-to-day life.
Day: 4/28
  Pre-register by 4/25
Location: McGee Park

 

 

 

 

IT'S A BIRDS LIFE 

Activity # 9042.116
It's time we put on our wings and take a bird's eye view of life in the sky. Along our flight we will learn the life cycle of a bird and create our own nests.
Day: 5/12
  Pre-register by 5/9
Location: Hector H. Henry II Greenway

 

LAND ART

Activity # 9043.116
While preserving the beauty of nature, we will use natural materials to create art unique to its surroundings. This special sculpting is known as land art! Prepare to get dirty!!!                           
Day: 5/26
Pre-register by 5/23
Location: Hector H. Henry II Greenway

 


FLUTTER-BY EARTH DAY

All ages are invited to join us for Earth Week celebrations showcasing the monarch butterfly. You'll be enlightened with information about this endangered pollinator and its native plants. Kids and adults alike can participate in fluttering fun crafts and activities.
No registration required.
Day 1: Tuesday, 4/19, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  Location: James L. Dorton Park, Large shelter
  5790 Poplar Tent Road
Day 2: Thursday, 4/21, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  Location: Les Myers Park, Paul's Shelter
  338 Lawndale Ave


HABITAT HEROES CLUB

Ages 6-12. School's out! Let's get outside (weather permitting) and check out habitats of rabbits, deer, fish, frogs, and birds in a fun, creative way. Come prepared for the weather and bring a change of clothes and a snack. Min. 4 - Max. 15 participants.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Day: Tuesday, 3/29 Activity # 9026.116
  Pre-register by 3/22
Fee for each program: $10; $5 city resident discount
Location: Academy Recreation Center

YOUTH ART PARTY!!

Ages 9-19. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Each participant will create an original acrylic masterpiece through step by step instruction. Please have your young artist dress in clothing suited for painting or send an apron/smock to wear. Beverages and snacks of your choice are welcome. The instructor will provide all materials. Min. 4/Max. 10 participants.
Instructor: Melynda Enslow
Day: Saturday, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
STARRY NIGHT Activity # 5141.416
Day: 2/6
  Pre-register by 1/29
FAUVISM STYLE FLOWERS Activity # 5142.416
Day: 3/12
  Pre-register by 3/4
ABSTRACT STYLE PAINTING Activity # 5143.116
Day: 4/9
  Pre-register by 4/1
THE SCREAM Activity # 5144.116
Day: 5/7
  Pre-register by 4/29
Location: Fire Station #7
  250 International Dr. NW
FEE per class: $40; $5 city resident discount


Ballet

Learn the fundamentals of ballet dance building positive and healthy bodies, along with developmental skills of dance. This dance form will take students through the firs ballet principles, stressing body position, carriage and posture. Meaningful skills combine the mind, body and spirit through fun movement using a variety of music. Ages 3-5. Instructor: Tuwanna McNeely
Days: Mondays, 10 - 10:45 a.m.
Session I: 2/1 - 2/25       Activity # 1048.116
Session II: 3/7 - 3/22      Activity # 1049.116
Session III: 4/4 - 4/28      Activity # 1050.116
Session IV: 5/2 - 5/26 Activity # 1051.116
Fee per session: $15; $5 city resident discount
Location: Hartsell Recreation Center


 

HARTSELL KARATE CLUB

The Hartsell Karate Club will teach you how to kick, block, punch and strike. Ages 3 and up.
Instructor: James Reid
Date: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Session I: 1/4 - 1/29        Activity # 1048.416
  NO CLASS 1/18
Session II: 2/1 - 2/26       Activity # 1050.416
Session III: 2/29 - 3/23    Activity # 1051.416
Session IV: 4/4 - 4/29   Activity # 1052.116
Session V: 5/2 - 5/27  Activity # 1053.116
Fee per session: $25; $5 city resident discount
Location: Hartsell Recreation Center


 

SOUTHWEST KARATE

Age 4 and up learn how to defend themselves, gain confidence and get in shape. No fee.
Contact Tony Moody at 704.701.1346 for additional information.
Date: Tuesday  & Thursday, Continual    
  5:30 p.m. – Ages 4 & 5
  6:00 p.m. – Ages 6-10
  7:00 p.m. – Ages 11 and up 


 

ADULT

ART & SPECIAL INTEREST

GO HIKING

Activity # 9040.416
For adults and youth ages 14-18. An adult must register and accompany youth 14-18 years of age.
Hiking is a lifelong activity that will impact your physical and mental health. We will learn the importance of proper footwear, ways to pack for each hike, terrains and the many perspectives on the trails we seek. The program begins with easy hikes along the greenways, graduating to more advanced trails. See below for dates, trail-heads or pickup locations. Min. 6/Max 14 participants.
Fee: $70; $10 city resident discount

 

STEP 1: FEET ON THE GROUND    

Our journey begins with an introduction to footwear and hike difficulty calculators before our first trek on the McEachern Greenway.          
Diff. Level: Easy
Day: Monday, 3/14, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: McGee Park
  219 Corban Ave., E.

 

STEP 2: DAY? NIGHT? PACK RIGHT

Before each hike you must determine what is necessary to bring along. We will explore the do’s and don’ts of packing before testing our gear on the Hector H. Henry II Greenway.                       
Diff. Level: Easy
Day: Monday, 3/21, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hector H. Henry II Greenway trailhead
  1215 Moss Farm St., NW

STEP 3: GAIN ON TERRAIN

As we advance in hiking difficulty levels we must account for the conditions ahead. We will challenge ourselves to short feats of terrain alterations before a short trek on the Carolina Thread Trail.              
Diff. Level: Easy - strenuous
Day: Saturday, 4/2, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Weddington Road Bark Park
  8955 Weddington Rd.

STEP 4: MOUNTAIN TREK

At Crowder's Mountain we will trek the Crowders trail to the summit. We will experience varying terrain and views for miles. Pack a picnic lunch.    
Diff. Level: Moderate               
Day: Saturday, 4/9
  Depart: 8:00 a.m.; Return: 3:30 p.m.
Meet at Academy Recreation Center  
  147 Academy Ave., NW               

 

STEP 5: ROUGH RIDGE WRAP UP


Concluding this season's hikes, we will venture to the Blue Ridge Parkway to celebrate and test our knowledge and skills at the Hebron Rock Colony Falls. Unlike most of our hikes, we begin with a descent into the rock colony to reach the beautiful waterfalls. Pack a picnic lunch. Diff. Level: Moderate - strenuous
Day: Saturday, 4/16
  Depart: 8:00 a.m.; Return: 6:00 p.m.
Meet at Academy Recreation Center
  147 Academy Ave., NW


 
 

ADULT ART PARTY!!

Ages 18 and up. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Each participant will create an original acrylic painting on canvas to display in their own home. Wear clothing that can get dirty or bring an apron/smock to wear. Bring non-alcoholic beverages and snacks of choice and the instructor will provide the rest! Min. 4/Max. 10 participants. Instructor: Melynda Enslow
FEE per class: $40; $5 city resident discount
Day: Saturday, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Fire Station #7, 250 International Dr. NW

STARRY NIGHT by Vincent Van Gogh Activity # 5137.416
Day: 2/6
  Pre-register by 1/29
FAUVISM STYLE FLOWERS Activity # 5138.416
Day: 3/12
  Pre-register by 3/4
ABSTRACT STYLE PAINTING Activity # 5139.116
Day: 4/9
  Pre-register by 4/1
THE SCREAM Activity # 5140.116
Day: 5/7
  Pre-register by 4/29


ART WITH LINDA LONG

Colored Pencils, Watercolor Pencils and Fabric Painting are instructed by Linda Long, member of National Society of Decorative Painters (NSDP) and Tarheel Decorative Painters. Please contact Linda at 704.938.1420 for information about the medium as well as a materials list prior to the class.
All classes are located at Academy Recreation Center.
Day: Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Fee: $25; $5 city resident discount
  PLUS $12 materials fee paid to instructor
Location: Academy Recreation Center

WATERCOLOR PENCILS

Learn the basic techniques of watercolor pencils. Min. 6/Max. 15 participants.
SESSION I: Activity # 5009.416
Day: 1/27  
  Pre-register by 1/20
 SESSION II: Activity # 5010.116
Day: 4/27
  Pre-register by 4/20

COLORED PENCILS


Learn the basic techniques of colored pencil drawing. Min. 6/Max. 15 participants.
SESSION I: Activity # 5007.416
Day: 2/24
  Pre-register by 2/17
SESSION II: Activity # 5008.116
Day: 5/25
  Pre-register by 5/18

 

FABRIC PAINTING


Activity # 5009.116
Learn the basic techniques of fabric painting. Min. 6/Max. 15 participants.
Day: 3/23
  Pre-registerby 3/16


LIVING HEALTHY CLASSES

Ages 18 & up. Two educational series are geared to those with ongoing health conditions such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, heart disease or anxiety. Discover ways to deal with pain & fatigue, talk to you doctor and family about your health and learn better nutrition and exercise choices. Min. 8 - Max. 15 participants. NO FEE. 
Instructors: Dawn Grant & Michelle Briggs
Time: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Academy Recreation Center

Living Healthy
Day: Tuesday, 1/19 - 2/23 Activity # 4041.416

Living Health with Diabetes
Day: Tuesday 4/5- 5/10 Activity # 4044.116

 


 

QUILTING

Enjoy creating a lifetime keepsake. Open to beginner and intermediate quilters. For a materials list call 704.920.5603.

DAY CLASS

Instructor: Carolyn Sweet
Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

SESSION I: 2/2 - 3/22  Activity # 5020.416
SESSION II: 4/5 - 5/24   Activity # 5021.116
Fee per 8 week session: $40; $5 city resident discount
Location: Logan Multi-Purpose Center


EVENING CLASS

Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
SPRING SESSION: Activity # 5024.416
  Day: 1/7 - 5/26
Fee per 8 week session: $30; $5 city resident discount
Location: Fire Station #7
  250 International Drive N.W.


CAROLINA SHAG DANCE CLASS

Learn the fundamentals of the dance that originated in the Carolinas. Open to singles and couples.  Minimum 10 participants
Instructor: Patty Blackmon
  Pre-registration required

JANUARY Session:Thursday, 1/7 - 1/28
 BEGINNERS: Activity # 8077.416 
  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
 INTERMEDIATE: Activity # 8078.416 
  7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
 ADVANCED: Activity # 8079.416
  8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

FEBRUARY Session: Thursday, 2/4 - 2/25
 BEGINNERS: Activity # 8080.416
  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
 INTERMEDIATE: Activity # 8081.416 
  7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
 ADVANCED: Activity # 8082.416
  8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

MARCH Session: ​Thursday, 3/3 - 3/24
  BEGINNERS: Activity # 8083.416
   6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  INTERMEDIATE: Activity # 8084.416
   7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  ADVANCED:
Activity # 8085.416
   8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

APRIL Session: Thursday 4/7 - 4/28
  BEGINNERS: Activity # 8077.116
   6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  INTERMEDIATE: Activity # 8078.116
   7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  ADVANCED: Activity # 8079.116
   8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

MAY Session: Thursday 5/5 - 5/26
  BEGINNERS: Activity # 8080.116
   6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  INTERMEDIATE:
Activity # 8081.116
   7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  ADVANCED:
Activity # 8082.116
   8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Fee per session: $40; $5 city resident discount

Location: Academy Recreation Center


PIN SPLITTERS

Activity # 8013.414
Pin Splitters is a bowling league designed for individuals with developmental disabilities. Participants will gain skills in league play, competition, socialize with friends and be active!
Day: Saturday, 1/16 - 3/5
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Registration fee: $15; $5 city resident discount.
Weekly fee: $9, payable to Foxfire Lanes. Includes 3 games and shoes.
Location: Foxfire Lanes
  225 Security St., Kannapolis