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Abundance of summertime fun

Organizations open doors to kids for the next couple months
By: Jenifer Gee, Journal staff writer
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While summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, there are already a plethora of activities to keep kids occupied during their time off from school. The following is a sampling of what local organizations are offering for area youth. Boys & Girls Club of Auburn Summer programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Auburn will give kids an opportunity to try new activities and events that will help them develop new skills and interests, according to Jana Iverson, director of programs and training. The summer camp at Regional Park, open to children ages 6-13, focuses on character development, exploring nature, peaking creativity, improving sportsmanship and more thorough a variety of outdoor activities. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 16 through Aug. 1. It will be closed July 4. Lunch and snack will be provided daily. The fee is $15 for a club membership plus $10 per week. Register at 7 p.m. June 4 at the Rock Creek School Boys & Girls Club site, 3050 Bell Road. The club is also hosting summer activities at the Downtown Clubhouse. The clubhouse is open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 16 to Aug. 1. Lunch and snack provided daily at a cost of $15 for a club membership plus $10 a week. The Downtown Clubhouse caters to children ages 6 to 18 with an interactive programs in sports, recreation, arts and crafts, cooking and science, according to Iverson. The club also has a teen room, computer lab and game room. Register at 7 p.m. June 4 at the Boys & Girls Club of Auburn, located on 1103 High St. Call (530) 889-2273 for more information. Music & More Arts Academy Music & More Arts Academy offers a variety of music and theatre classes and summer workshops in Auburn. The Summer Musical Theatre Workshop for ages 10 through 17 will open with rehearsals for “Alice the Musical” from 1 to 4 p.m. June 10. Performers and crew will meet Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. through July 17. Performances of the musical, which is based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” will be held July 18-20 and July 24-27. The workshop will offer students training in acting, voice, dance, make-up, technical theatre and full production. The workshop costs $350 and includes instruction, materials, costume and a T-shirt. For the younger crowd, the academy offers and integrated arts program for ages 3 through 7. The summer theme will be “All Creatures Great and Small” and promotes music, dance, drama and more. Miniature musicians, mini Mozarts, mini songsters and munchkin theatre are also programs geared toward children ages 4 through 7. The academy is located at the historic DeWitt Theatre on 11596 D Avenue in Auburn. For more information, call (530) 885-0594, (530) 305-6806 or visit www.musicandmore.net. Theatre Play: Professional Actor Training Camp From June 16 through June 27, Placer High School graduates Bryan Marshall and Lindsay Lucas will hold a theater camp ending in performance for area students. Participants will receive training in monologues, scene work, improv games, dance, singing, voice work and ensemble work. The camp will end with a performance of a mini musical. “We want to encourage and model the exploration of ‘play’ in theatre,” Lucas said in a press release. “We will spend two weeks of training that will have our students laughing, sweating and being full of new ideas of life and theatre.” The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Del Oro High School Performing Arts Theatre, 3301 Taylor Road, Loomis. The cost is $495 for a total of 80 hours of training. For more information, contact Lindsay Lucas at (503) 544-8225 or mermaidsong13@hotmail.com. Challenger Sports For the sports-minded youth, Challenger Sports will offer several summer soccer camps in the area. Two British soccer training camps will be held in Auburn, one from June 16-20 and another July 14-18 at Railhead Park. There are additional camps in Grass Valley July 7-11 and July 14-18, as well as a camp in Meadow Vista July 7-11. Each camp ends with a Camp World Cup. Campers are asked to make up cheers, bring flags and dress up to represent their country, according to a Challenger’s news release. Camps are for kids ages 3-16 and range in price from $73 to $114. Participants receive a camp T-shirt, soccer ball, player evaluation and end of camp gift. Also, those who sign up 45 days before camp receive a British Soccer replica jersey. For more information, visit www.challengersports.com or contact Sheryl Peterson, Auburn Recreation District recreation services manager, at (530) 885-8461, ext. 15. Placer Nature Center The Placer Nature Center will help children experience the great outdoors through a series of nature-related summer camps. The center will host four, weeklong nature day camps are for children ages 6 through 12. Kids are encouraged to sign up for more than one. The first camp, Howlers, starts June 16 and lasts until June 20. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. participants will explore the world of mammals by investigating skulls and pelts. The next camp, Flutterbys, will focus on flying insects. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June 23 through 27. Geology Rocks, the third camp, will have kids digging in the earth to discover the importance of rocks. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 7-11. The fourth and final camp will be Wings. Day campers will dissect owl pellets and learn about birds of prey. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 14-18. Each camp is $85 per session or $75 for nature center members. Camps include nature crafts and games, puppet shows, plant and animal investigations, trail hikes and nature songs. Trained docents and junior naturalists lead each camp. For more information, call (530) 878-6053 or e-mail Linda@placernaturecenter.org. Summer Theatre Academy The Summer Theatre Academy has already started rehearsal but spaces are still open for their summer production of “Seussical,” which will run from July 17-26 at the Placer High School Theatre. Incoming seventh-graders through outgoing high-school seniors are encouraged to sign up for the academy. Rehearsals will be held for six to eight hours each day but not every child will be called every day, according to Miccie McNee, one of the show’s producers. Participants are asked to bring a suggested donation of $150, which will include costumes. Rehearsal will be held at E.V. Cain Middle School. “It provides a place for kids to begin or continue growing their theatre skills,” McNee said. “It teaches them a lot of good community skills such as learning to get up and speak in front of people.” For more information, contact McNee at miccielizabeth@gmail.com or call (530) 906-7034. The Journal’s Jenifer Gee can be reached at jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com.