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Leland Parks and Rec. February 2013 Newsletter

2/7/2013 9:01:53 PM

Leland Parks and Recreation February 2013 Update

Did you see your shadow on Groundhog Day? Punxsutawny Phil didn’t. That means we will have an early spring! So get ready to wake from your winter slumber and head outside. 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!


Arts Center Coming to Leland
We often get the question, “What’s happening at the building in front of Magnolia Greens that the Town purchased?” We are happy to say that the Town is in the process of creating the Leland Cultural Arts Center at 1212 Magnolia Village Way. The Town has been working with John Sawyer Architects of Wilmington to design a facility that will provide a hub of activity for Leland and northern Brunswick County. For more information on the center and how you can get involved with this exciting project, visit

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.

CPR Class this Month
Our CPR training classes resume this month. See below for details.

Bark in the Park Returns in March, Seeks Vendors
Mark your calendars now for our annual Bark in the Park on March 9. The event will feature a rabies clinic, contests, demonstrations and more. If you have a pet-centric business in the area, don’t miss this great opportunity to meet hundreds of dog owners by signing up as a vendor. For more information, see below.

New Fitness Classes Begin in March
We have new fitness classes beginning next month, including one on Saturday mornings. See below for more details.

Programs on Break
Line Dancing is currently on break until March 5 and Common Threads until February 22.

Get Heart Healthy
Learn ways to be heart healthy this month with our Healthy Living Leland series. See below for details.

Wednesdays in Nature Starts this Month
The popular Wednesdays in Nature program begins this month and is still taking registrations.  Come learn about the natural environment of Leland and the Cape Fear Region. See program schedule below.

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Upcoming Programs and Events:

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.

CPR Certification Class
* What: Leland Parks and Recreation is partnering with Leland Fire and Rescue to provide the public with CPR Certification Classes.  This class will cover CPR training along with first aid.  
* Where: Leland Fire and Rescue, 1004 Village Rd.
* When:  Wednesday, February 13, from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
* Fee: $20. This includes the course book and certification card.  To register call 910-332-4823.  Class space is limited; call now to reserve your spot.

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 needs modifications. Please bring water, an exercise mat and a towel.
* Where: Leland Recreation Building (102 Town Hall Dr.)
* When: Every Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. *NEW CLASSES BEGIN MARCH 11*
* Fee:  $95 for 8-week program (Less than $6 per class!). Pre-registration is required. Call 910-332-4823 to register or for more information.
* What: This boot-camp style workout promises to give you 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 needs modifications. Please bring water, an exercise mat and a towel.
* Where: Leland Municipal Park and Recreation Building (102 Town Hall Dr.)
* When: Each Saturday at 9:30 a.m.  *CLASSES BEGIN MARCH 2*
* Fee: $8 per class or you can purchase a Bootcamp Card of 10 classes for $70!  Call 910-332-4823 to register or 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. (February 12 – Heart Healthy)
* Fee: FREE! To register call 910-332-4823 or e-mail  Space is limited; call now to reserve your spot.

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

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 presented by Capeside Animal Hospital, contests (cutest dog, look-a-like and best trick) and prizes, demonstrations and more from other pet businesses in Leland and surrounding areas.  Come out and enjoy a day in the park with your best friend!
* Where: Brunswick River Park (580 River Rd. across from Belville Elementary) 
* When: March 9; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
* Fee:  FREE!

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.

Other Community Events:

Kiwanis Chili Cookoff – The new North Brunswick Kiwanis Club is seeking contestant teams for its inaugural Chili Cookoff on Saturday, March 9. For more information contact Lisa Myers at or (910) 399-5433.

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