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Food for the Soul, Clothes for the Cold
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The Community-wide Advisory Commission(CAC) is partnering with Davis Chapel Baptist Church, Divine Habitation Ministries International, Exquizid Cuts 2.0 and Eastside Barbershop to have open soup kitchens and clothes drives for those in need. On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, starting Tuesday, November 14, 2023, Davis Chapel Baptist Church will be providing clothes and serving food to those in need of a meal from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Anyone that would like to donate clothes can drop them off at Aycock Recreation Center, Eastside Barbershop or Exquizid Cuts 2.0 barbershop. Anyone that would like to give donations to help cover the cost for food please contact Darius Pitt at 252-431-6099 or or contact Charles Turrentine Jr. at

Night Flight Fridays
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Starting Friday, April 12, 2024 the Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department will be hosting Night Flight Fridays every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. Hoopers ages 15 and older can come play timed pickup games from 9:00pm to 11:30pm. all players must pay a fee of $5.00 and spectators must pay a fee of $2.00. All proceeds will be donated to the Chestnut St Park Beautification Project. For more information contact Kendrick Vann at or 252-431-6093.

Community Baby Shower
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Donate to parents in need! Starting Sunday, September 1st, 2024, you can help parents in your community by donating clothes, diapers, and other essentials at the drop-off location at Aycock Recreation Center.

Youth Programs

Chess Club

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Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department is opening registration for chess club. Statistics show that people that play chess are better at problem solving and decision making. Playing chess has proven to enhance their creativity, critical thinking skills, academic performance and their ability to focus. Youth will learn to play chess and have the opportunity to compete in friendly competition with their peers. Register online at or at Aycock Recreation Center.

Teen Court
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Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks Department’s Youth Services Unit is looking for adult volunteers and youth volunteers ages 14-18 for Teen Court Club.  Teen Court Club is a group of youth volunteers that are trained under adult supervision to perform several duties during the Teen Court process. Youth volunteers serve as Defense Attorneys, Prosecutors, Bailiffs, Clerks and Jury Members. Adult volunteer roles include Jury Facilitator, Court Room Monitor, Attorney Coach, Teen Court Trainer or Guest Speaker.  For more information, please contact Darius Pitt at 252.431.6099 (

Project Lift
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Project Lift is a youth program that has been in existence since 1997 and is one the longest running youth fitness programs in Vance County. They currently serve Vance County Middle School’s Football and Wrestling programs through its partnership with the Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department and Vance County Schools. For more information contact William Hawkins at 252-767-0143 or

Summer Camp
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The first week of this fun-filled day camp begins on Monday, June 17th, 2024! Payment details and fee waivers are available. Contact Shantel Hargrove at (252)438-3948 or for more info.

Adult Programs

Senior Bingo
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Other Programs

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The Golden Age Club is a group of Senior Ladies who meet every Wednesday at 10:00am at the First Presbyterian Church.  The group enjoys fellowship, weekly brunch and monthly field trips.  For more information, please contact Crystal Allen at 252.431.6091 (

The Recreation Department serves as the Vance County host for Region K Senior Games during the Spring.  Seniors age 50 and older can enjoy cornhole, table tennis, croquet, and badminton at the Aycock Recreation Center. Registration forms can be picked up at the Vance County Senior Center. For more information, please contact Crystal Allen at 252. 431.6091 (

Recreation activities are offered for area residents who have a visual impairment. The department offers a variety of monthly activities that include athletic programs, trips, support group meetings, family outings and special events. Average attendance for the group is 15. Call for a schedule.  For more information, please contact Crystal Allen at 252.431.6091 (

Special Olympics strives to provide children and adults with intellectual disabilities hope for a healthier, longer, and more fulfilling life through sports training and competition that keeps them engaged in regular physical activity within a structured peer network. Our program currently includes Basketball, Golf, Volleyball, and Bocce.  For more information, please contact Crystal Allen at 252.431.6091 (

D.R.E.A.M  – Diverse Roles in Entertainment Arts and Music

The Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department’s D.R.E.A.M  – Diverse Roles in Entertainment Arts and Music is a program that was developed to offer a widespread performing arts program that uses numerous instructional approaches in all aspects of entertainment for ages of 5-17. Participants may take up to two disciplines per session. These disciplines may include step, music, dance, modeling as well as production of these disciplines. Participants will showcase these acquired skills in a final performance after each session has been completed. These participants practice every Wednesday 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. and even more to prepare for performances at the Aycock Recreation Center. 

Queen of Diamonds is under the D.R.E.A.M program with the Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks Department. For more information please contact Crystal Allen at 252.431.6091  (

Do you want to learn the skills to be a leader, improve your public speaking skills and be a voice for your peers in the community? Then join the Henderson – Vance Teen Council. Meets the third Monday of each month starting at 6:00pm at the City of Henderson O’Geary Conference Room. For more information, please contact Shantel Hargrove at 252.430.0382 (