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Leland Parks and Rec. January 2013 Newsletter

1/2/2013 9:44:57 PM

Leland Parks and Recreation January 2013 Update

Happy New Year! Get 2013 started off right by keeping your resolution to get fit and healthy. We have several health and fitness programs that can help you achieve your goals. We even have a 5k race you can train for next month. If you are interested in participating in any event or program or simply would like more information, please contact Amy Ryan, Recreation Specialist at or 910-332-4823. Feel free to forward this message on to your friends and neighbors!


What’s a Whistle Pig?
It’s a groundhog! And to celebrate this fine rodent’s special day on February 2, we are hosting the inaugural Whistle Pig 5k race and 1 mile fun run/walk at our new Westgate Nature Park. See below for more details or click here for registration.

New Fitness Program
Our new fitness program – Body Sculpting – begins January 14. See below for details.

Youth Art Day
The Town of Leland will host its third annual Youth Art Day on Saturday, February 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Leland Recreation Building (102 Town Hall Drive). See below for more information.

Healthy Living Leland
On Tuesday, January 8 we will host the third meeting of our new Healthy Living Leland program. This month’s theme is “On the Trail to Good Health.” Come learn how to make tasty trail mix and start a walking program! This new program, offered in conjunction with NC Cooperative Extension, is packed with great information, food and prizes. See below for details.

Common Threads
The Town of Leland is expanding its popular knitting and crochet programs to include cross stitch and other needle arts. This exciting new program will be appropriate for all levels from beginner to advanced. See below for more details.

Wednesdays in Nature Now Registering
The popular Wednesdays in Nature program will begin in February and is now taking registrations.  Come learn about the natural environment of Leland and the Cape Fear Region. See below for details.

New Leland Website 
We recently redesigned the Town's Website. Visit to give the new site a spin. Be sure to bookmark the Town Calendar to keep up to date on happenings in Leland.

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Upcoming Programs and Events:

Whistle Pig 5k
  • What:  It's Groundhog Day! Just one month after New Year's. Keep your resolution by training for the Whistle Pig. The inaugural race is a great opportunity to get your run in and check out the new Westgate Nature Park in Leland. The park is the Town's first major park on nearly 150 acres on the south side of Highway 17 in the Westgate area. Phase I includes a 10'-wide paved and elevated boardwalk trail for hiking and biking, an outdoor classroom overlooking the wetlands environment, a playground, picnic area, multipurpose field and associated amenities. Runners in this event will be given first access to some of the newest trails in the region. Come help us bring an end to winter by enjoying the park, the competition and the fun of our area's first Groundhog Day event. You may even see your shadow!
  • Where:  Westgate Nature Park (1260 Westgate Drive)
  • When:  Saturday, February 2, race at 9 a.m.
  • Fee:  5k - Preregistration by Jan. 18: $25; Beginning Jan. 19: $30; 1 mile -Preregistration by Jan. 18: $15; Beginning Jan. 19: $20. Race shirts are guaranteed to those who register by January 18. To register or for more detailed information click here for the Whistle Pig.

Body Sculpting
  • What:  Rev up your metabolism with a challenging full-body workout combining cardio bursts, athletic drills and strength training exercises using hand weights. All fitness levels are welcome no matter if you already have a core strength in place and are ready to take your fitness to the next level, or if you are a beginner who wants to get into a workout. Please bring a water bottle, an exercise mat and a towel.
  • Where:  Leland Recreation Building (102 Town Hall Dr.)
  • When:   New Classes begin in January 14. Pre-registration is required.
  • Fee:  $95 for 8-week program (Less than $6 per class!). Gift certificates are available. Call 910-332-4823 to register or for more information.

Youth Art Day
  • What:  Youth Art Day is a time for local youth to come out and experience the many aspects of art from visual art to music. DREAMS of Wilmington will provide several hands-on stations where youth will be able to create visual art projects including pottery and crafts and participate in African Drumming. Kids will also have the opportunity to learn about and participate in the art of woodturning with instruction by the Wilmington Area Woodturners Association.  There will be free face painting, and Leland Parks and Recreation will provide hot dogs and drinks for children. Art activities are geared for youth ages 8 and up, but all are welcome to attend. This event is offered free of charge thanks to support from the Brunswick Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council.
  • Where:  Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive
  • When:  Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Fee:  FREE! Contact Amy Ryan at 910-332-4823 for more information.

Healthy Living Leland
  • What:  Our own health can easily escape our attention during the busy times in our lives. Being healthy, active and taking care of ourselves can help us enjoy a higher quality of life. Join us each month as we learn how to make nutritious and delicious meals and get active. Each month will have a different health-related topic and tons of great information, food and prizes. 
  • Where:  Leland Classroom Annex (102 Town Hall Dr.)
  • When:   The second Tuesday of each month 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (January 8 – On the Trail to Good Health)
  • Fee:  FREE! To register call 910-332-4823 or e-mail  Space is limited; call now to reserve your spot.

Common Threads
  • What:  Do you love to knit, crochet or stitch? 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 Common Threads is for you. All levels are invited to attend from beginner to advanced. Each week we will work on a basic fundamental. 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 for instruction and practice. The third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. for work group.
  • Fee:  FREE! Contact Amy Ryan at 910-332-4823 for more information.

Wednesdays in Nature (Spring 2013)
  • 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:
  • Feb. 6 – Butterfly Biodiversity in NC – Matt Collogan, Airlie Gardens Education Manager
  • Feb. 13 – Tracking and Tagging Anadromous Fish of the Cape Fear – Chip Collier, Marine Fisheries
  • Feb. 20 – Oysters, Scallops and Aquaculture – Ami Wilbur, Center for Marine Science
  • Feb. 27 – CAFOs and their Effects on the Environment – Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear River Watch
  • March 6 – Introduction to Beekeeping – Deborah Flora, New Hanover County Beekeeper 
  • March 13 – Marine Mammals of the NC Coast – Ann Pabst, UNCW
  • March 20 – Snakes of Southeastern NC – Keith Farmer, NC Aquarium Herpetologist
  • March 27 – Black Bears in Coastal NC – Tom Padgett, Tom Padgett, NC Wildlife Resources
  • Where:  Leland Best Western (1120 Town Lake Dr.)
  • When:  February 6-March 27; 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

Ongoing Programs: 

Our ongoing recreation programs include: Leland's Little Learners, Garden Club, Scrapbooking, Line Dancing, Common Threads, Expressive Art and Leland Hometown Opry (Sam Miller Jam). For more information on these programs, please click here.

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