With school ending for summer break, parents face the dilemma of just how they will keep their little ones busy. Look no further. A variety of activities are offered in the Mountain Area to educate and entertain your child.
Golden Chain Theatre’s Summer Workshop
In this four-week camp that runs 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday-Friday, June 13 - July 10, students will work together to rehearse and perform in the full-length musical “Seussical, Jr.” During each four-hour day, students will engage in physical and vocal warm-ups, learn choreography, staging and vocal parts, as well as rotate through specialized workshops taught by professional teaching artists that develop skills in acting, stagecraft, and character development. Students will also work together to build costume, prop and set pieces that will be used in a fully produced performance under the bright lights on the GCT stage.
This camp will be jam packed with activities to ignite the imagination, build self esteem, and help form lasting friendships. Weekly newsletters will be sent home with updates on both the production and the camp, from the perspective of the directors.
Cost for the program is $225. To secure your child’s spot, a $100 deposit is required, with the balance due the first day of the workshop. Discounts are available for multiple children. Limited availability.
Details: (559) 683-7112.
Oakhurst Library Reading Program
The following reading program is for children 4 years of age to fourth grade, and will be held 10-11 a.m., Wednesdays, June 15 - July 27, at the Oakhurst Community Center.
* June 15 - The Fresno Grizzlies, Read for the Win
* June 22 - Melodrama, The Myth & Adventures of Melanie Moe
* June 29 - Victory in Books with Steve Riley
* July 6 - Read & Sing for the Win with Oklin Bloodworth
* July 13 - Omni Puppets present “Tortoise and the Hare”
* July 20 - Read for the Win Magic Show with Chris Lopez
* July 27 - Finale party
The following reading program is for children fifth - twelfth grade, and will be held 11:30 a.m., Wednesdays, also June 15 - July 27, at the Oakhurst Community Center.
* June 15 - We’re in this Together with Steve Riley
* June 22 - Ken Adams Interactive Theatrical Workshop
* June 29 - The Winner you were Born to Be with Shawn Plummer
* July 6 - Eat like a Champion with Pizza, Virginia Eaton
* July 13 - Steampunk Olympics with Diana Polly
* July 20 - The Power of Magic with Chris Lopez
* July 27 - Finale party
Oakhurst Library’s Art Program
For third through fifth grades, the art program will be held 9:30 - 11 a.m., Tuesdays in the library’s community room. Children will learn how to make paper collages, puppets, origami, draw super heroes, and watercolor techniques.
* July 12 - paper crafts, origami, paper collage, and puppets
* July 19 - drawing super heroes
* July 26 - watercolor scenic views
For sixth through twelfth grades, the art program will be held 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tuesdays, also in the library’s community room.
* June 14, 21, and 28 - block printing, ink, and design printing
* July 12, 19 and 26 - mixed media acrylics, watercolor and pen, along with washes, glazes, splatter and more techniques on paper
Space is limited for the art program, with sign ups at the library.
Oakhurst Library’s Writing Program
This program starts from scratch, covering the elements of creating an exciting story from beginning to end. Throughout the workshop, examples from literature, movies and television will be used to work on your own story.
For grades sixth through twelfth, 1 - 3 p.m., Wednesdays June 15 - July 27 in the library’s community room.
* June 15 - storytelling and the elements of fiction
* June 22 - creating cool characters
* June 29 - voice and point of view
* July 13 - plotting and story arc
* July 20 - hooking the reader and creating worlds
* July 27 - the writing process and getting published
Oakhurst Library’s Board Games
Board games for all ages will be offered, 1-3 p.m., Thursdays, June 16 - July 28.
The Summer Reading Program is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library. The Oakhurst Library’s Community Room is located at 49044 Civic Circle Drive.
Details: (559) 683-4838, or www.oakhurstfobl.com.
The Baker Swim Complex at Yosemite High School will open to the public, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., June 11. The regular schedule will be 1-7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturdays. Cost is $4 per person for those one year and up before 5 p.m., and $3 per person after 5 p.m.; senior discount at $3.50. Family passes are $140 for a family of up to four people, additional people are $20 per person up to six people.
Aqua aerobics will be offered 8-9 a.m., Monday through Friday ($4 daily, $15 weekly, or $30 monthly), and lap swimming will be available during recreational swim hours ($4 daily, $15 weekly, $30 monthly).
Swim lessons for preschool and school-age children, at a cost of $119 per full session, June 13-24; the second session will run June 27 - July 8; third session, July 11-22; and fourth, July 25 - Aug. 5. Classes are held between 3-7 p.m., in 30-minute time slots. Tight fitting swim diapers are required for infants and toddlers not potty trained.
There is a once per year registration/liability fee of $35 per family.
Details: Lindsay Adler, (559) 683-4667, ext. 335.
Vision Academy of the Arts
Three camps with three themes will be held for three weeks at Oakhurst Elementary School. Camps are open to students going into second to eighth grade in the fall. Each theme is one week long, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, culminating in a show each Friday at 5:15 p.m. for parents and friends. The cost for the full course is $150; half day mornings or afternoons, $80.
The cost includes professional instruction in art (Rita Adams), musical theater (Jackie Byers), band (Shirley Lay), guitar (Kirk Moulin), dance (Elseana Skowronski), and writing (Monika Moulin). Students will need to bring a sack lunch. Two snacks are provided for 50 cents, with additional snacks available for 25 cents each. Payment plans and partial scholarships are available.
* June 13-17, “River Child,” by John Jacobson and Rollo Dillworth. Join the river children on an exciting exploration of the great waterways of the world, and discover the integral roles these rivers play in our lives. Whether used for fishing, food, irrigation, or transportation, every river child knows that water is life.
* June 20-24, “Harmony High,” by John Jacobson and Mac Huff. At this school, everyone sings and everything’s cool. It’s the first day of school and new students Michael, Michele and Junior are about to discover what the singing is all about. The principal is quite cheery and loves to vocalize. Everyone’s a winner in Jim the gym teacher’s gym and those classical cooks of the cafeteria are always ready to dine. Even the students in detention are singing ... the blues and wacky science class is really rockin’.
* June 27-July 1, “On the Radio,” by John Jacobson and Tom Anderson. Meet disc jockey Marvelous Mike and sidekick Jivin’ Judy as they play the oldies, the goodies, and all the songs kids have loved throughout the years. From the Great Depression and WWII to Elvis, the Beatles, and Disco, the radio is where America hears the songs that become the soundtracks of their lives.
Registration deadline is June 10.
Details: Jackie Byers, (559) 683-7071, or (559) 658-0639.
The Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst
The Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst is now accepting sign ups for the club’s summer program, noon - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, running June 20 - Aug. 13.
The summer program includes nine weekly themes, 16 field trips, barbecues, arts & crafts, the Book for Bikes Reading Program, sports and tournaments, in-house movies, swimming outings, pizza parties, and lots of action-packed fun for all aged members.
Cost of the nine-week summer program is $100 per child, with a maximum of $200 per family. Field trips cost extra and are on a first-come first-serve basis with sign ups a week in advance.
Details: (559) 642-4600, or see the club’s Facebook page.