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Clarksville Parks and Recreation Report for January 13th, 2013


Clarksville Parks and RecreationClarksville, TN – The weekly Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department Recreation Report provides Clarksvillians with a glimpse at the activities and events that are available from the Parks and Recreation Department for them to enjoy together as a family.

This weeks highlights include:

  • New Program Seeks Mentors
  • *NEW* Cumberland Arts Experience
  • Indoor Aquatic Center to host event just for toddlers
  • Surrender of Clarksville

New Program Seeks Mentors

The deadline for those wishing to volunteer as mentors has been extended! Volunteer mentors are needed for the upcoming Dream Chasers Group Mentoring Program. Mentors will be working with at-risk youth, ages 13-17 in a small group atmosphere. Small group leaders, guided by professionals, will mentor youth as they discuss dealing with negative influences that affect teens and will promote making healthy and informed decisions.

Mentors must be at least 18-years-old. The program accepts both male and female mentors but is in need of more male mentors. The Dream Chasers program will meet Tuesdays from 4:00pm until 5:30pm at the Burt-Cobb Community Center, beginning January 22nd, 2013.

If interested, please contact Joseph Bailey by phone at 931.645.7476 or by e-mail, . Mentor spots are limited.

*NEW* Cumberland Arts Experience

The Kleeman Community Center is excited to offer a new program, the Cumberland Arts Experience, beginning Saturday, January 26th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This program will teach basic painting skills as participants paint along with an instructor to create a piece of art they can take home with them.

Classes are held monthly from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and feature a different painting, all inspired by things and places in the Cumberland region. January’s painting will be “Dawn at the Greenway”. Cost is $35.00 per class and includes paint & canvas.

The Cumberland Arts Experience is much more than a painting class, but an entire night of fun as participants will be treated to light music, “mocktails” and food tastings from local chef Kristina Waters.

Pre-registration is required and available online at If you can’t make the January class, the next two classes will take place Saturday, February 23rd and Saturday, March 23rd.

Indoor Aquatic Center to host event just for toddlers

The Indoor Aquatic Center, located at 166 Cunningham Lane, is excited to host the first-ever Toddler Splash on February 6th. Kids, ages 1 to 5-years-old, can enjoy fun such as a water parade, penny hunt, water games, crafts and even a “fishing pond.”

The event is open to children ages 1-5 from 10:00am to 2;00pm. Cost to attend is $3.00 per person, including adults. A parent or adult guardian must accompany toddlers in the water.

Pre-registration is available at and is strongly encouraged.

Surrender of Clarksville

The Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, located at 120 Duncan Street, will host a living history weekend to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the Surrender of Clarksville, Saturday, February 16th from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, February 17th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Come see uniformed Civil War re-enactors from the 50th Tennessee Reenactment Group who will provide living history and musket firing demonstrations. Musket firing demonstrations will take place at 11:00am and 2:00pm on Saturday, and 1:00pm and 3:00pm on Sunday. Visitors can also tour the permanent exhibit which includes the 18-minute film, “Crossroads of Change 1861-1865”.

This two-day event is free and open to the public. Visit for more information.

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