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Clayton Parks and Rec Notes

Free MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Competition

A free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, at Clayton Community Park Field No. 3. Boys and girls (competing separately) in ages 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 (as of July 17) will have the opportunity to compete in the first of four levels of competition. Later rounds include events at all 30 MLB parks, the national finals and the MLB All-Star Game. For info or to register visit mlb.com/kids and click on the Pitch Hit and Run header.

2015 Clayton Road Race

The Clayton 5K Road Race will be held Saturday, May 9, at 9 a.m. Register by May 5 for just $20 or $30 thereafter. Race day registration is from 7:30 until 8:30 a.m. The tot trot fee for ages 6 and under is $5. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in six age groups. Ribbons go to all of the participants in the 0.1-mile tot trot. Registration forms are available online, the Clayton Community Center, Town hall and the Hocutt-Ellington Library. The race begins and ends at Town Hall.

Girls Volleyball Camp

A Volleyball Camp for girls ages 9-14 will be held at the Clayton Community Center gym from 9 a.m. until noon from June 16-19. Basic skills and other fundamental basic game principals of volleyball will be the focus. The camp fee is $45 for residents and $90 for non-residents.

Weekly Baseball Camps

Two half-day instructional baseball camps will focus on the fundamentals of the game with college coaches from William Peace University at the East Clayton Community Park in July. The camps will help participants enhance their skills, while going through drills and game situations. A camp for ages 7-10 will be held July 20-24 and a camp for ages 11-14 is July 27-31. Camp runs from 9 a.m. until noon each day. The camp fee is $100 for residents $130 for others.

Two-day Keys to Hitting Baseball Camp

Two-day three-hour baseball hitting clinics are planned for April 27-28 (for ages 11-14) and April 29-30 (for ages 7-10) at East Clayton Community Park. The clinic will help participants work on the basics of the swing and mechanics of swing movement. The instructor will be Chris Duty, head coach at William Peace University. Camp runs from 6:30 until 8 p.m. each night. The cost is $45 for residents, $60 for others. For more info: Call the Parks Dept. at 919-553-1551 or visit townofclaytonnc.org

Two-Day Keys to Fielding Baseball Camp

Two-day three-hour baseball hitting clinics are planned for April 20-21 (for ages 11-14) and April 22-23 (for ages 7-10) at East Clayton Community Park. The clinic will help participants work on all aspects of fielding your position. The instructor will be Chris Duty, head coach at William Peace University. Camp runs from 6:30 until 8 p.m. each night. The cost is $45 for residents, $60 for others.

Summer Playground Program

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Playground Program runs from June 15 until Aug. 14 from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. weekdays. Registration is now open. The fee is $60-110 per week plus a $25 registration fee. There is a 10 percent discount for multiple siblings. The Summer Playground Program features daily activities including indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, gardening, and many more activities. Campers will need to bring lunch, two snacks and drinks. Our Summer Camp is mainly outdoors, weather permitting.

Tennis Camps planned for summer

Two tennis camps with the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department will be held July 27-31 (a Quickstart camp for ages 7-10) and Aug. 3-7 (a camp for ages 11-16) at Clayton Community Park. The camps run from 9 a.m. until noon daily and if a rain day is needed, it will be held on Saturday of that week. The fee is $60 for residents, $75 for others.

Exercise classes

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of exercise classes, including Zumba, yoga, pilates, cardio kick and more for all ages. For information on the offerings, times and costs visit townofclaytonnc.org online.

Clayton Community Center Memberships

Memberships for use of the Clayton Community Center are available through the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department for residents of the Town of Clayton and non-residents. Non-residents rates vary from $50-160 yearly (depending on ages/numbers of family members), $8-20 monthly or $6-10 monthly. Residents fees are only $5 per year.

Tae Kwon Do

This Tae Kwon Do program for ages 7 and up focuses on self-confidence, discipline and physical fitness. The instructor, Joey Reeder, is an International Tae Kwon Do Federation certified black belt. Regulation uniforms are not mandatory. Testing to advance in belt rank is done for an additional fee. Classes start on the first Tuesday of each month and run from 6-8 p.m. Fees are $25-40.

Tennis lessons

Beginner tennis classes will be held at Clayton Community Park this month for ages 11 and up. Lessons for ages 11-15 will be from 6:30 until 7:25 p.m. on Tuesdays; lessons for ages 16 and up are from 7:30 until 8:25 p.m. The cost is $30-45.

Intermediate tennis lessons will also be offered at Clayton Community Park this month for ages 16 and older. Classes are on Thursday nights from 6:30 until 8 p.m. and cost $35-55.

Volunteers needed

The Clayton Parks Dept. is always looking for volunteers. Opportunities include park beautification, special events and work in our community garden.

If you are interested or know a group that is looking for community service opportunities, call 919-553-1550 or come by the Clayton Community Center (715 Amelia Church Road).

Info: 919-553-1551 or townofclayton.org

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