Summer classes kick off

Jewelry making and stroller fitness are options
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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The Auburn Recreation District is kicking off summer with new classes and programs. A wide selection of offerings means there is something to appeal to most everyone, from preschoolers to seniors. To get the summer started the recreation district is hosting a Summer Kick Off event May 28. Locals can enjoy free swimming, hot dogs and sodas at the Sierra Pool from 1-5 p.m. Recreation District Manager, Sheryl Petersen said attendees should plan on getting there early. “It’s a great way to start summer,” Petersen said. “We will have hot dogs and sodas for the first 400 people.” Representatives from the various summer camps offered through the recreation district will also be on hand to answer questions. Youth can explore the mystical world of dragons at Dragon Camp, learn how to make films and video games at the Freshi Film Camp or learn the basics of babysitting at Babysitting Camp. Residents of all ages can get relief from the heat and their competitive juices flowing in inner tube water polo. This fast-paced game makes playing water polo more accessible to all levels. “It’s a really fun way to spend the end of summer,” Petersen said. “We wanted to create a program for those dog days of summer where it’s still hot in August and September.” After getting some heart-pumping activity, adults can enrich their minds through the Movies as Literature Class. Members discuss the monthly Silver Screen Movie played at the Auburn Library. “I’m really intrigued by the class,” Petersen said. “It’s like a book club for movie buffs.” Films being analyzed include “White Heat” and “The Seven Year Itch.” The whole family can join in on Jewelry Making Basics. Instructor Suzanne DelSarto often sells out of her jewelry at craft fairs and comes armed with a wealth of knowledge. She said students will learn composition, how to use tools and benefit from group interaction. “It’s a hands-on class. I’m really excited about it,” DelSarto said. “I love making jewelry. It’s nice to have a classroom to get great feedback.” DelSarto said making jewelry is both more cost-effective and personal than buying it. “You can pay an awful lot to buy something or not pay quite as much and make it yourself,” DelSarto said. “It’s a very economical way to learn a skill.” She also invites students to bring broken or unwearable jewelry to incorporate into new pieces. Moms can come with their tots in strollers to get a workout in the Stroller Strides of Auburn total fitness program. The program includes power walking and body toning exercises with a stroller, led by certified instructor Shannon Smith. “I have a heart for young mothers and a desire to bless them. I love Stroller Strides and the opportunity it gives me to connect with other moms,” Smith said. “I want to listen to, encourage, support and empower mothers to be the best they can be for their children, their families, their world and themselves.” With more programs ranging from the Auburn Robles Swim Team to Co-Rec Grass Volleyball, Petersen said the offerings are worth checking out. For more information on these and many more programs being offered in 2011, pick up an activity guide from the recreation district at 123 Recreation Drive in Auburn, visit the website or call (530) 885-8461. Reach Sara Seyydin at ______________________________________________________ For more information on ARD Programs, Call (530) 885-8461, Click,, or visit 123 Recreation Drive, Auburn