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Are there any etiquette classes available for children and teens in the Wilmington area?

Cece Nunn

This summer, at least two instructors in the Wilmington area are offering classes on etiquette for children and teens: Christine Parker of Teapot Manners and Tracee Meyer of Cape Fear Cotillion.

FOR CHILDREN AGES 4 TO 7: Manners Matter, a class taught by Christine Parker, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. June 13 at Kiddin’ Around Drop-In Play Care, 3715 Patriot Way, Wilmington [Map this]. Children will learn about who needs manners, introductions, setting the table, table manners and tea party manners. To register, call Parker at 686-6999. The cost is $13. Parker, who has taught students from pre-school age to college, holds California teaching credentials and is a broker/Realtor. She began teaching etiquette classes more than two years ago at a school for dance in Durham.

FOR CHILDREN AGES 3 TO 7: A Cape Fear Cotillion Pre-Cotillion class for ages 3 to 7 begins at 3 p.m. June 6. Through July 11, the class meets for five 40-minute sessions on Sundays at Mayfaire Towncenter in the space on Main Street between Talbot’s and Bath & Body Works. The class will not meet July 4 because of the holiday. The cost is $100. Students will learn about introductions, eye contact, table/restaurant manners, sportsmanship, playdate etiquette and more. A Pre-Cotillion Part 2 class, where Meyer will refresh students’ memories on manners and etiquette as well as build on their skills, will start Aug. 2. To register, contact Tracee Meyer at 262-7447 or corporatetnt@yahoo.com. Meyer, who has taught numerous classes throughout Wilmington, is a Chattahoochee Cotillion Club Debutante of Atlanta, Ga. She has been involved in the art of dance since age 3. For more information about Cape Fear Cotillion, visit capefearcotillion.webs.com.

FOR CHILDREN AGES 4 (MUST BE ENTERING KINDERGARTEN IN THE FALL) to 8: A Cape Fear Cotillion Manners Camp will be held 9 a.m. to noon July 26-30 at the Wrightsville Beach’s Fran Russ Recreation Center. To register, call the Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Department, at (910) 256-7925 or download a registration form at http://tinyurl.com/2eh5y2v. The cost is $140 for Wrightsville Beach residents and $175 for non-residents. The camp will make manners fun with games, crafts, activities, on the tennis/basketball courts practicing sportsmanship, learning ballroom and popular dances and serving lunch to practice table manners every day.

FOR TEENAGERS 13 AND OLDER: Etiquette For Teens is being offered at the Cape Fear Community College Kids College 2010 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 14-18 or June 21-25 at CFCC’s Downtown Campus, Wilmington. Essential etiquette and manners for teens are emphasized in this hands-on course that includes role modeling of appropriate behaviors. The lesson plans focus on basic civility expectations, good table manners, appropriate dress, language, mannerisms, carriage and more. The cost is $65. Pre-registration is required; Call (910) 362-7199 or e-mail bsmalls@cfcc.edu.

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