Cornelius PARC Department has plenty to offer this spring
Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Cornelius PARC Department has plenty to offer this spring

Now that the weather’s getting warmer, there’s a lot to do in Cornelius. Here are just some of the things the Cornelius PARC Department has to offer.

Adult sailing class

If you’re new to sailing, take this class, and N.C. Community Sailing and Rowing will help you become confident on the water.

Lessons start in the classroom, then progress to the water, where you’ll be in a Sunfish – a very small sailboat – with an instructor alongside in a powerboat. Capsizing is a required part of the first lesson, so plan to get wet.

The two-day classes meet at Blythe Landing from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 24-25, June 28-29, July 19-20 and Aug. 9-10. The fee is $150. Register online at

Stand-up paddleboarding

My Aloha Paddle Sports & Fitness offers one-day Introduction to Paddleboarding classes. You have to be able to swim, must weigh between 60 and 275 pounds, must be in good health and must be able to stand up from a kneeling position with only the ground as assistance. A parent or guardian must accompany participants 8 to 11 years old.

Classes will be offered 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Ramsey Creek Park on Sundays, May 4 and 18, June 1, 15 and 19, July 13 and 27, Aug. 10 and 24 and Sept. 7 and 21. The fee is $35 for Cornelius residents, $40 for others. Register online at

Tai Chi: inside or outside

Tai Chi classes focus on exercising, stretching, and strengthening while placing little stress and tension on the body. The eight-week class is open to beginners and those with some experience.

Classes will begin at 9:30 a.m. One session will start May 1 and will meet indoors on Thursdays at the town hall through June 19. A second session will start May 3 and will meet outdoors on Saturdays at Jetton Park through June 21. The fee for either session is $40 for Cornelius residents, $46 for others.

Register online at

Beginner youth cheerleading

Ages 5-12 can learn the fundamentals of cheerleading, work on the proper execution of motions and jump techniques, and incorporate them into cheers, sideline chants and a dance.

Classes will meet 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting April 23 at Bailey Road Recreation Center. The fee is $70 for Cornelius residents, $80 for others.

For more information or to register, call 704-892-6031 ext. 188 or visit

School of Rock Charlotte

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. May 3 at Bailey Road Park for this family-friendly event. There will be inflatables, arts and crafts, face painting, a balloon artist, interactive games, concessions and more.

The evening entertainment, emceed by WNKS-FM (“Kiss” 95.1), will begin at 5 p.m. with a performance by the winner of “Lake Norman Has Talent,” Ricky Calud-Ellis. Then, from 5:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., the talented young musicians of School of Rock Charlotte will perform songs from current Top 40 hits.

Lisa Daidone is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Lisa? Email her at

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