Up & Coming Weekly

January 14, 2020

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JANUARY 15-21, 2020 UCW 23 Hope Mills News & Views Earlier this fall Sue Moody was looking at some pictures taken by children of her friends that were posted on Facebook when she came up with an idea. While the pictures were good, Moody wondered if the youngsters might be able to benefit from some expertise provided by people trained in the art of photography. She spoke with Elizabeth Blevins of the Hope Mills Creative Arts Council and worked with her to schedule a series of presentations for budding young photog- raphers. The classes are scheduled to meet from February until May at The Studio on Trade Street at a cost of $10 per student. There is a limit on class size so anyone interested needs to sign up as soon as possible by calling 910-853-4536 or emailing HopeMillscac@gmail.com. Moody said response to the initial class sessions will dictate whether plans are made for other events in the future. She said there has been discussion of sessions for adults. "We know there is a need in our community,'' Moody said. "Other artists are affiliated with the Creative Arts Council. We just want an inventory to find out what the community wants. We hope peo- ple will register soon so we have everything in place and are prepared for them.'' All classes for the sessions with students ages 12-18 will be from 6-8 p.m. Following are the instructors for the initial series of classes and the dates they will be teaching: Cherri Stoute, Tuesday, Feb. 11 — Stoute owns The Studio on Trade Street. Stoute is a film school gradu- ate who has worked in a variety of roles. She'll study cameras and smartphone cam- eras with the students and discuss editing. Elizabeth Blevins, Tuesday, March 10 — Blevins is a member of the N.C. Press Association and the U.S. Press Association. She's been a staff member and contribut- ing writer to four regional publications including Up & Coming Weekly. Her topics will be perspective and photography fads. Michelle DeHetre, Tuesday, April 21 — For the last five years, DeHetre has worked as the operations manager at The Studio on Trade Street. Based out of Greensboro, DeHetre has a background in portrait photography. Her workshop will cover the topics of composition and improvising backdrops. Bill McQueen, Tuesday, May 12 — McQueen has called Hope Mills home for 31 years. He is the owner of Response Marketing Group, which offers consult- ing services to large and small businesses around the country. His topic will be thinking outside the box and putting into practice the instruction stu- dents have received during the class. Youth photo workshop scheduled by EARL VAUGHAN JR. NEWS Youth sports registration begins by EARL VAUGHAN JR. One of the busiest times of the year is in progress for the Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department as par- ents are signing up youngsters from the town and beyond for the various youth sports teams offered during the spring. Registration began last week at the Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department head- quarters on Rockfish Road and will continue for the most part through the month of February. Maxey Dove of the Parks and Recreation staff encour- aged parents to sign up early and avoid the last-minute rush caused by folks who wait until the final days of February to get their children enrolled in the program. "We get 70% of our registration the last two or three days,'' Dove said. "Until we close the doors on that last day it's hard to project how many teams we will have.'' The sports offered in the spring include base- ball, softball, indoor soccer and wrestling. All registration is required in person at the rec- reation headquarters. Dove said the town is con- tinuing to work on offering online registration and hopes to be able to offer that by the fall. Any youngster who has never played in the Hope Mills recreation program before is required to provide a copy of a birth certificate and proof of residence, which can be done with a utility bill. People outside of Hope Mills can sign their children up to play, but there is a difference in the fee charged. It's $30 for Hope Mills resi- dents and $40 for non-residents. Times for registration are 8:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday. Baseball and softball are the most popular of the two spring sports, Dove said. Categories for baseball include T-ball for age 5, junior pee wee age 6, coach-pitch ages 7-8, minor baseball ages 9-10, major ages 11-12 and Dixie boys ages 13-14. Softball is the Darlings at ages 7-8, Angels at ages 9-10, Ponytails ages 11-12 and Belles ages 13-15. Last season, four Hope Mills teams won state titles and advanced to regional competi- tion in Dixie Youth play. A fifth team supported by the town won the state Lady Legion soft- ball championship, with sever- al of the players on that team former competi- tors in the Hope Mills youth sports program. Soccer has an instructional level for ages 5-7 and individual teams for ages 7-12. Wrestling is divided both by weight and age from 6-12. Dove said if there are specific questions about any sport or registration call during reg- ular business hours at 910-426-4109. Signing up early to avoid the last-minute rush is a good idea.

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