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Leland Parks and Rec. January 2012 Update

1/2/2012 9:42:33 PM

Leland Parks and Recreation January 2012 Update

Out with the old and in with the new! We hope 2012 is an even better year for you and your family. This year we will roll out many new programs and hope to open several new facilities. If you are interested in participating in any event or program or simply would like more information, please contact Niel Brooks, Manager of Parks, Recreation and Environmental Programs at or 910-332-4818. Feel free to forward this message on to your friends and neighbors!


Seeking Guest Readers for Leland’s Little Learners
We are currently looking for a few guest readers for our Leland’s Little Learners program. If you have experience working with kids and would like to volunteer your time to read to a great group of preschoolers once a month or so, please contact us.

Hometown Opry now the Sam Miller Jam
We have christened the 2012 season of the Leland Hometown Opry as the Sam Miller Jam in honor of longtime supporter Sam Miller, who passed away in November after a battle with cancer. Mr. Sam was an inspiration to us all with his positive attitude and love for the Town of Leland. He will be greatly missed. See below for more details on the jam session.

Wednesdays in Nature to Return in February
The ever-popular Wednesdays in Nature series returns in February for its fourth installment. See below for registration details.

Upcoming Programs and Events:

Wednesdays in Nature (Spring 2012)
* What: The Town of Leland is again partnering with UNCW’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) to offer the popular Wednesdays in Nature series where various experts speak on the nature, beauty and history of the Cape Fear region. This spring’s lineup includes the following:
o Feb. 22 – Introduction to Birds of the Lower Cape Fear Region, James Parnell, PhD, Professor Emeritus UNCW
o Feb. 29 – Protecting Eagles Island, Eagles Island Coalition
o March 7 – Underwater Research with the Underwater Vehicle Program, Glenn Taylor and Lance Horn, UNCW Center for Marine Science
o March 14 – Lake Waccamaw State Park “An Island of Neutrality in a Sea of Acidity,” Lake Waccamaw Ranger
o March 21 – Conserving Biological Diversity in the Southeast Coastal Plain, Dan Ryan, Nature Conservancy
o March 28 – Energy from Algae and other Biofuels, Kimberly Jones, PhD, CEO and Senior Research Scientist for Alganomics LLC
o April 4 – Modern Greece – The Ship that Launched Steam Blockade Running During the Civil War – Mark Wilde-Ramsing PhD, NC Office of State Archaeology
o April 11 – Sea Turtles – Hope Sutton, NC Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve
* Where: Leland Classroom Annex (102 Town Hall Dr.; Travel through Town Hall parking lot. Building will be straight ahead. Park in gravel lot on the right).
* When:  Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
* Fee: $35 for OLLI members, $65 for nonmembers. To register call 910-962-3195 or visit

Leland’s Little Learners 
* What:  This free program for children ages 3-5 seeks to stimulate the minds of Leland’s children through story time, arts and crafts/activities and time outside on the playground! During the program, parents or guardians must remain with their children. Please contact Amy Ryan at (910) 332-4823 for registration or more information. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early.
* Where: Classroom Annex beside Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Dr.
* When:  Each Tuesday at 9 a.m.
* Fee: FREE!

Leland Community Garden 
* What: The Town of Leland Community Garden has several plots available for Fall/Winter gardens. The garden provides a supportive environment where local gardeners can exchange ideas and knowhow while having fun at the same time with their neighbors. Individual plots are available in the following sizes: 10’x20’, 10’x10’ and 4’x10’. Participants may also chose to garden the community plot where all produce will be donated to the Manna Ministries food bank. There is no charge for the plots and water is provided on site. The Town is now accepting applications and plots will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis. If you are interested, please stop by the Leland Parks and Recreation office to pick up an application.
* Where: Leland Community Garden. Across the street from the playground on the municipal campus, 102 Town Hall Drive 
* When: Community work day each Friday at 3:30 p.m.
* Fee: Plots are FREE and water is provided on site! Please contact Leland Parks and Recreation at 910-332-4823 for more information. 

Hooks and Needles
* What: Do you love to knit or crochet? Are you looking for a place to get together with others to share your craft? Have you always been interested in the needle arts, but wondered how to get started? Then the Hooks and Needles group is for you. All levels are invited to attend from beginner to advanced. Just bring your current project or materials to start a new one.
* Where: Classroom Annex beside Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Dr.
* When:  The second and fourth Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.
* Fee: FREE! Contact Darla Rhind at 910-371-5563 for more information.

Expressive Art Group
* What:  Do you love to paint and create?  Bring whatever you are working on and join others in a supportive environment. All mediums (oils, acrylic, watercolor, pencils) are welcome. This will be a gathering place to share ideas and learn other techniques. Please bring your own materials.
* Where: Classroom Annex beside Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Dr. 
*  When:  The first and third Thursday of each month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: FREE! Contact Doris Jean Young 910-371-9176 for more information. 

Leland Hometown Opry (Sam Miller Jam)
* What: Ready for some pickin’ and grinnin’? The Town of Leland is sponsoring a twice-monthly bluegrass/country/gospel/folk jam session at the Leland Recreation Building. Musicians of all levels of experience are welcome to attend. Spectators are encouraged to come sit a spell and enjoy the music.
* Where: Classroom Annex beside Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Dr. 
* When: First and Third Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. 
* Fee: FREE! Contact Leland Parks and Recreation at 910-332-4823 for more information.

Intermediate/Advanced Line Dancing Group
* What: The Town of Leland offers a free line dancing group for residents. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to meet some new friends and have a great time.
* Where: Classroom Annex beside Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Dr.
* When: Each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
* Fee: FREE! Contact Leland Parks and Recreation at 910-332-4823 for more information.

Leland Garden Club 
* What: Like to play in the dirt? Love to see the fruits of your hard work come into full bloom? Then the Leland Garden Club is for you. This is an opportunity for all of Leland’s gardeners to come together to learn more and work on a variety of beautification projects. 
* Where: Classroom Annex beside Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Dr.
* When: Fourth Tuesday of the month; 6:30 p.m.
* Fee: FREE! Contact Leland Parks and Recreation at 910-332-4823 for more information.

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