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Clayton Parks and Rec Notes: June 24

Quick Start Tennis

Quick Start Tennis is designed for ages 10 and under to learn the basics of the game: hand-eye coordination, footwork and racquet control. Lessons will be held in six-week sessions at Clayton Community Park. Ages 5-7 are from 6 until 6:45 p.m., and 8-10 from 7 until 7:45 on Tuesdays from July 7 until Aug. 8. The cost is $40-55.

Intermediate tennis lessons

Intermediate tennis classes for ages 14 and up (some experience required) will be held on Thursdays at Clayton Community Park from July 23 until Aug. 10 from 6:30 until 8 p.m.. The cost is $35-50.

Beginner tennis lessons

Beginner tennis classes will be held at Clayton Community Park from July 21 until Aug. 8 for ages 11 and up. Lessons for ages 11-14 will be from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays; lessons for ages 15 and up are from 7-8 p.m. The cost is $30-45.

Fall youth sport sign-ups

The Clayton Parks and Recreation Department's fall fast-pitch softball, youth soccer and girls volleyball seasons is now open. Sign-ups close on June 29 or when the group is full. The fee is $25-60.

Coed soccer is offered for ages 4-5 and 6-7) as of July 31. Fast-pitch softball is for the 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U age groups (as of Jan. 1, 2016).

Volleyball will have age groups 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14 (as of Oct. 15). The softball and volleyball teams will travel for games throughout Johnston County and into Wake County for games.

All seasons run from August through October.

Pacers’ 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.

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 online.

Tennis Camps

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.

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.

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.

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