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    Therapeutic Recreations Wirehttp://tr.charmeck.org

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    TR Programming:

    Summer Camp InformationCamps, Page 11

    Youth Programs (ages 612)

    SEALSAfterschool program, Page 8Night Owls, Page 4

    Teen Programs (ages 1321)Fuel for Life, Page 9Paddlers Club, Page 3Paralympic Sports Club, Page 8Supper Club, Page 7

    TR Dance, Page 7

    Young Adult (ages 1835)Fuel for Life, Page 9Paddlers Club, Page 3Y-Lites, Page 10Sports R Fun, Page 5Young Adult Spring Fling,, Page 10Supper Club, Page 7

    TR Dance, Page 7VIP Travel Club, Page 4

    Adult (ages 35 and up)Sports R Fun, Page 5Supper Club, Page 7TR Dance, Page 7VIP Travel Club, Page 4

    CommunitySummit, Page 6Movies with a Message, Page 6Learn 2 Sign, Page 6

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    Paddlers Clubfor teens ages 1321 with AD/HD or LD

    This new weekend enrichment program will provide a safe andnurturing environment that will promote a greater sense of self,improve social interactions, leisure skills & awareness while providingsupports in developing skills in the areas of communication,

    socialization, cognition, motor skills, and cooperation.The Paddlers Clubis a leisure program which will include skills and drillsin canoeing and kayaking/tandem kayaking as well as other fun activitiesand games.Location: Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola RoadDate: June 5 and 12 (Saturdays)Time: 9:00 AM3:00 PMFee: $40.00Contact: Karen Noel, [email protected]

    Wilderness Bunchfor teens and young adults ages 1330 with disabilities

    Wilderness Bunch is designed to teach basic skills needed for tentcamping and participating in outdoor recreation. Day trips includehiking, geocaching, nature lessons, and kayaking.

    Location: Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola RoadDate: June 1113 (FridaySunday)Time: 8:30 AM (Friday)4:30 PM (Sunday)Fee: $150.00Participants will need to bring: toiletries, towel, change of clothes,bathing suit, a sleeping bag, and a flash light.Contact: Margot Howell, [email protected]

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    VIP Travel Clubfor adults and seniors, ages 35 and up with a visual impairment

    Enjoy a social day with friends, while building independence in thecommunity. Learn about historical, educational, and recreationalattractions in the Charlotte areaplease bring money for lunch.Location: Pick-up/Drop-off locations:

    Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Rd.Metrolina Association for the Blind (MAB), 704 Louise Ave.

    Date: June 9 (Wednesday) - Transportation DayTime: Pick-up: MDRC at 9:00 AM, MAB at 9:30 AM

    Drop-off: MAB at 3:30 PM, MDRC at 4:00 PMFee: $15.00Contact: Karen Howard, [email protected] deadline: three business days before each program date

    Night Owlsfor children ages 615 with visual impairments

    This month will be a Night Owls super sports instruction camp! In thisovernight adventure kids will participate in mini sports clinics, learn anassortment of sports and games, go swimming, and just have fun! Kids willdevelop a variety of new skills and gain confidence from theirexperiences.Location: Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola RoadDate: June 11June 13 (FridaySunday)Time: 9:00 AM (Friday)12:00 PM (Sunday)Fee: S75.00Contact: Angela Conti, [email protected] deadline: June 7

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    Sports R Funfor adults, ages 22 and up, with disabilities

    Lets play badminton, flag football, and kickball! The Sports R Fun

    program is an introduction to various sports with the focus on Fun,Fitness, Friends, and showing your Team Spirit!Location: Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola RoadDate: May 3June 14 (Mondays)Time: 6:00 PM8:00 PMFee: S30.00Contact: Vernice Gallon, [email protected] deadline: April 19

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    SummitParent/Caregiver GroupA monthly group for parents, guardians, and caregivers that is facilitated by aTherapeutic Recreation staff person but is directed by the group members.This FREE informal group will give participants the opportunity to meet andtalk with other parents and caregivers who are experiencing the challenges ofparenting a child, teen, or young adult with a disability.Location: Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola RoadDate: June 1 (Tuesday)Time: 6:00PM to 7:00 PMFee: FREEContact: Karen Howard, [email protected]

    Movies with a MessageA monthly opportunity to view inspirational and thought-provoking moviesand documentaries related to individuals with disabilities. Share theexperience amazing human beings using their talents and abilities to reachtheir ultimate goals: to be members of their community and live full lives.Each FREE movie presentation is followed by time to discuss personalexperiences, and thoughts or feelings raised by the situations portrayed in themovie.Location: Mahlon Adams Pavilion, 2435 Cumberland AveDate: June 8 (Tuesday) - Simon BirchTime: 6:30PM to 8:30 PMFee: FREEContact: Karen Howard, [email protected]

    Learn 2 Signfor adults ages 18 and up

    Learn 2 Sign is a program designed to teach basic sign language skills. Theprogram will focus on conversational words, alphabet, numbers, andtechniques on how to interact with individuals who are deaf or hard ofhearing.Location: First Ward Recreation Center, 610 East 7th StreetDate: May 19June 23 (Wednesdays)Time: 7:00 PM9:00 PMFee: S60.00Contact: Vernice Gallon, [email protected] deadline: May 13

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    Supper Clubfor teens and adults, ages 13 and up with disabilitiesCome start a new tradition by spending an evening out with yourfriends! We will enjoy a healthy meal before each TR Dance...sign uptoday! You must register at least 1 week before the program dateNoExceptions!Location: Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola RoadDate: June 4 (Friday) - Hollywood Costume BallTime: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PMFee: S7.00Contact: Karen Howard, [email protected]

    TR Dancefor teens and adults, ages 13 and up with disabilitiesDance the night away with friends at our monthly TherapeuticRecreation Section themed dances! Meet new people and make newfriends while having fun in a relaxed social atmosphere. Lightrefreshments will be served.Location: Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola RoadDate: June 4 (Friday) - Hollywood Costume BallTime: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMFee: S8.00Contact: Kerri Good, [email protected]

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    SEALS (Socialization Empowerment and Life Skills)for children ages 6-12 with visual impairments

    SEALS is an after school program for elementary aged children, offeredin partnership with the North Carolina Parents of Blind Children.Participants spend their afternoons having fun while gaining valuablesocial, recreation, & life skills, becoming more independent, and making

    friends!Location: Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola RoadDates: Tuesdays & Thursdays during the CMS school yearTime: 2:00 PM6:00 PMFee: $10 per week(pre-registration is required)Contact: Angela Conti, [email protected]

    Paralympic After School Sportsfor youth and teens ages 1118 with physical disabilities

    Paralympic After School Sports is for middle and high school youth andteens who have a physical disability. This program focuses on sportdevelopment and participation while interacting with peers and goal

    setting.Location: Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola RoadDates: May 3June 9 (Monday and Wednesday)during the CMS school yearTime: 3:30 PM6:00 PMFee: $40 per week(pre-registration is required)

    Contact: Jana McMullen, [email protected]

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    Fuel for Lifefor young men, ages 1635, with disabilities

    Come hang out with the guys, fuel your body with a good dinner, andfuel your life with good conversation. Fuel for Life provides theopportunity for young men to talk about and gain support for issuestheyre facing in their lives. Each month we will host guest speakers and

    discuss different topics such as employment and job skills, relationships,life goals and values, and other topics that are important to you.Location: Donatos/Bojangles Cafeteria, 6555 Morrison BoulevardDates: June 7 (Monday)Time: 6:00 PM7:30 PMFee: $10.00 per meeting (does not include dinner)Contact: Angela Conti, [email protected]

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    Y-Litesfor young adults, ages 18 -35 with disabilities

    If you enjoy having fun and socializing with your friends, this is the groupfor you. We will participate in leisure activities while socializing with yourfriends. We will also learn some valuable life skills.Location: Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola RoadDate: June 12 (Saturday) - Light MuseumTime: 12:30 PM3:30 PMDate: June 18 (Friday) - Dave and BustersTime: 6:30 PM9:00 PMFee: $15.00 per person (bring money for snacks or lunch/dinner)Contact: Peggy Walker, [email protected]

    Young Adult Spring Flingfor young adults, ages 1835, with disabilities

    The Young Adult Spring Fling will be four weeks of activities, educationalinstruction, outings, and fun. Participants will have the opportunity to goswimming, socialize in the community, engage in instruction, and meetnew friends all while having the supervision of a TRSLocation: Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, 800 E. MLK, Jr. Blvd.Date: June 1, 2 & 4 (week four)Time: 8:00 AM4:00 PMFee: $65.00 per weekContact: Peggy Walker, [email protected]

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    SumCmnomo

    Visit http;//tr.charmeck.org to download a registration form for camp.Imagination Stationfor preschool, ages 26, with disabilitiesContact: Angela Conti, [email protected]

    Natural Wondersfor youth, ages 6-9, with disabilities

    Contact: Margot Howell, [email protected]

    World of Wondersfor youth, ages 1012, with disabilities

    Contact: Vernice Gallon, [email protected]

    Teen Scenefor teens, ages 1321, with disabilities

    Contact: Karen Noel, [email protected] McMullen, [email protected]

    TRuefor young adults, ages 2235, with disabilities

    Contact: Peggy Walker, [email protected]

    TRACESfor adults with disabilities

    Contact: Karen Howard, [email protected]

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    Park and Recreation Department Mission Statement:To enrich the lives of our citizens through the stewardship of the

    Countys natural resources and the efficient and responsive provision

    of quality leisure opportunities, experiences, and partnerships.

    Therapeutic Recreation Section Mission Statement:To provide therapeutic recreation services for individuals who have disabilities

    that focus on abilities, rather than disabilities and encourage people to attain

    their highest level of independent leisure functioning by increasing leisure skills,improving social and communication skills, increasing independent living skills

    and increasing their awareness of and involvement in community recreational

    activities; to advocate for and ensure inclusive opportunities in all programservices; to act as advocates for individuals with disabilities by promoting

    accessibility at all Department parks, facilities, programs, special events and

    classes.

    Therapeutic Recreation Section Staff

    Karla Gray [email protected] 704.432.4322

    Kerri Good [email protected] 704.432.4323

    Therapeutic Recreation Specialists

    Angela Conti [email protected] 704.432.4329

    Vernice Gallon [email protected] 704.432.4327

    Karen Howard [email protected] 704.432.4325

    Margot Howell [email protected] 704.432.4328

    Jana McMullen [email protected] 704.432.4330

    Karen Noel Karen. [email protected] 704.432.4326

    Peggy Walker [email protected] 704.432.4331


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