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Leland Parks and Rec. February 2012 Update

2/3/2012 9:40:13 PM

Leland Parks and Recreation February 2012 Update

Love is in the air! We hope you will love the new programs we are rolling out this year. 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!


Events Calendar on the Web
We have a new events calendar on the Town’s Web site so you can keep track of the many activities we have going on with Leland Parks and Rec. Please visit regularly to keep up to date.

New Scrapbooking Group
For all you scrapbookers out there, a new group is forming in Leland that will meet on the second Saturday of each month. See below for more details.

Community Garden Plots Available for Spring
The spring planting season will be here before you know it. We currently have a few plots available. See below for more information.

Mark your Calendar for Bark in the Park
Leland’s popular Bark in the Park will return on March 10 at 10 a.m. This is a fun-filled day dedicated to you and your best 4-legged friend. See below for details. If you are interested in being a vendor, please call 910-332-4823.

Sea Leland Returns in March
Ever wanted to explore Leland from the water? Here’s your chance with our award-winning Sea Leland program, which will return with two tours on March 24. Book now as these tours will sell out. See below for 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: TBD; 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 Space is limited.

March 10 – A Bark in the Park
* What: A Bark in the Park is an event centered on people and their dogs!  This event will include a free rabies clinic, contests (cutest dog, look-a-like and best trick) and prizes, a dog adoption, demonstrations and more from other pet-centric businesses in Leland and surrounding areas.  Come out and enjoy a day in the park with your best friend! Sponsored by Capeside Animal Hospital.
* Where: Leland Municipal Complex Park (102 Town Hall Dr.) 
* When: March 10, 2012; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
* Fee: FREE!

March 24 – Sea Leland
* What: Building on the success of our award-winning Leland We Don’t Know tours, this year we will again take to the water to explore Leland and northern Brunswick County by boat. We will shove off on the 46-foot Wilmington from the Wilmington Waterfront and learn about area waterways from naturalist Doug Springer, former Cape Fear River Keeper. The tour will last approximately two hours and will feature Eagles Island, the Brunswick River, area creeks and discussion of the area Rice Culture, Liberty Ships and other historical points. This will be a unique experience for both new and long-time residents alike.
* Where:  Meet at 212 S. Water St. (Wilmington) along the Cape Fear Riverwalk between Orange Street and Ann Street. For a map click here: 
* When:  March 24, 2012. Tours begin at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your tour to load the boat. Tours begin promptly at their scheduled times.
* Fee:  Enjoy a two-hour tour and hors d’oeuvres for only $5 per person. Please call 910-338-3134 or visit to make your reservations. Registration begins February 1.

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.. 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. Plots will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis. If you are interested, please visit for 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. 

Scrapbooking Group
* What:  Have you caught the scrapbooking bug?  Bring your latest scrapbooking project and join others in a fun, supportive environment.
* Where: Classroom Annex beside Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Dr. 
*  When:  The second Saturday of each month all day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
*  Fee: FREE! Contact Faye Burckhalter at 910-471-7498 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.

Other Community Programs and Events:

Wilmington Senior Softball Association 2012 Season
* What: If you are retired and between the ages of 55 and 75 and love to play softball, this is the game for you. 
* Where: Olsen Park, Ogden Park, Empie Park
* When: Season runs from April to October
* Fee: For more information visit or call Phil at 910-791-0852.

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