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Waccamaw park meeting
Brunswick County Parks and Recreation will have a public meeting for citizens to view the recently adopted Waccamaw master plan. The meeting is 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Waccamaw Community Building, 5855 Waccamaw School Road NW, Ash. Call 253-2670 for more information.

Bridge Run for Food is Jan. 5
The ninth annual Ocean Isle Beach Bridge Run for Food half-marathon run and 5K run/walk is 9 a.m. Jan. 5. All proceeds benefit the South Brunswick Interchurch Council Food Pantry. This event is the biggest fundraiser the SBIC has to provide the foods at the pantry. The race last year attracted a record number of 637 runners and walkers and raised $21,340 for the pantry. Newly designed high performance shirts will be provided to the first 700 registrants. Trophies are awarded by age groups and gender. Applicants may sign up online at www.active.com. For more information, contact Tom Horan at 579-5994. If you want to volunteer, call Mary Pritchard at 579-4684.

Coed volleyball program
Open play volleyball for those 55 or older is
10:15 a.m.-noon every Monday at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center on the Brunswick Community College Campus. Free. All skill levels welcome. Call 253-2677 for more information.

Silver paddles
Open play table tennis for those 50 or older is 1-3 p.m. every Tuesday at the Brunswick Center at Southport. Free. All skill levels welcome. Call 454-0583 or 253-2677 for more information.

SilverSneakers is a program that helps adults 65 or older take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events. If you are part of a Medicare health plan or if you are a group retiree, this program may be covered by your plan. Eligible participants receive a free membership to the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center. Call 846-2348 for more information or visit the SilverSneakers website at www.silversneakers.com.

Brunswick County Gator Senior Games
Registration is open for the 2013 Gator Senior Games and SilverArts Program, set for April 3-
May 10. This is friendly competition covering 80 athletics events. SilverArts includes all heritage, literary, visual and performing arts. The program is for participants 55 or older. Registration includes senior games T-shirt. Deadline to register is March 6. This program is co-sponsored by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center, Rich Tours Travel and Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. Call 253-2670 or email khaselden@brunsco.net for more information or download registration packet at www.brunswickcountync.gov.

Brunswick County Gator and Gatorettes
The Gator and Gatorettes 55 and older cheerleading team is accepting new members. Team is open to men and women residents of Brunswick County. Team practices weekly and performs throughout the area and competes in local and state competition. Orientation meeting is 1 p.m.
Jan. 8 at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center or call 253-2670 or email khaselden@brunsco.net for more information.

Dixie Baseball and Softball
Dixie Boys Baseball, Dixie Belles, Debs Softball and Pre-Majors registration lasts until March 2. Registration fee is $50. Program is for girls 13-19 and boys 13-15 years old. Call 253-2670 for more information.
Champion Youth Outreach-Youth Karate
Classes for youth karate are Thursdays Jan. 24-May 23 at the 5th District Building, Room 4, Leland. Registration is 30 minutes before class on Jan. 24. Class for new students is 6-6:45 p.m. Class for returning students is 6:45-7:30 p.m. Fee: $7 per week plus a one-time registration fee: $8. For more information, call (877) 313-6893.

Dance lessons
Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is offering dance lessons. These are the classes: Dance Like a Star for couples, square dancing and shag dancing. All begin in January except Dance Like a Star, which begins in February. Call 253-2583 for dates, sites and fees.

Couch to 5K fitness program
Starting in January, Brunswick County Parks and Recreation will offer a New Year fitness program to focus on increasing/maintaining your physical activity. Training is nine weeks beginning on Jan. 14 to complete your goal of participating in the Lucky Leprechaun 5K on March 16 at the Winds Beach Resort in Ocean Isle Beach. There will be weekly raffle prizes and training programs to help you complete your goal. Choose from the beginner program, walking program, or the walking/jogging program based on your skill level. Contact Ruthie McHugh at 253-2583 or email rmchugh@brunsco.net.

Women’s weight-loss program
Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is offering a 16-week behavioral weight- loss program for women ages 18-64 with a BMI of 27 or higher. Classes will meet weekly 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays Jan. 22-April 9 at South Brunswick Island Center or Thursdays Jan. 24-April 11 at Bolivia Government Complex. Cost is $65 per person. Mandatory private consultation required by Jan. 18. Call Ruthie McHugh for more information or to register at 253-2583 or email rmchugh@brunsco.net.