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"I'm bored" Local programs, events and nature offer antidote to kids' summer blahs

School is almost out for the summer and once the joy of  the end of school wears off,  parents will begin hearing the annual summer children’s refrain, “I’m bored!”

Photo courtesy of The Spec Department
Photo courtesy of The Spec Department
In Gold Beach, Central Curry School District students will start their summer vacations on June 5, while their peers at Brookings-Harbor School District follow on June 10.

So, what does a parent do with bored children?

How about giving them a chance to swim, read, paint, act, build sand castles and dive into big-screen fantasies?

KASPER Summer Program

The KASPER (Kids’ After School Program of Education and Recreation)  summer program is for children entering grades 1-6.

There are three sessions. which run from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday and are held at Kalmiopsis Elementary School. 

Session 1: June 15-26

Session 2: June 29 - July 10

Session 3: July 13-31

The first two sessions last two weeks and cost $50 each, the final three-week session is $75 per child. Limited scholarships are available.

Registration includes a morning snack, a lunch option and supplies for activities.

Registration forms must be mailed by June 5 to KASPER, P.O. Box 772, Brookings, Ore,. 97415 or dropped off at the Kalmiopsis Elementary School office.

Registration forms can be downloaded at www.kasperkids.com or call (541) 251-2124 for more information.

Summer Reading Program

Chetco Community Public Library in Brookings will begin the Summer Reading Program in the third week of June, offering a variety of fun activities, including games, coloring and reading.

Participants will record their reading hours each week and receive prizes.

•Grades 1-3 1:30 - 3 p.m., Tuesdays, beginning  June 16

•Grades 4-6 1:30 - 3 p.m.,  Thursdays, beginning June 18.

The summer reading program is funded in part by the Friends of the Library.

Story-time for children 5 and younger and their families  will be held in 10:30 am Wednesdays beginning June 10.

The library will also hold a Fourth of July parade.

For more information, call (541) 469-7738.

Art camp

The Manley Art Center’s Summer Art Camp for Kids offers seven weeks of watercolor art instruction to children age 7-14.

Classes are taught by local artist Janeen Vick.

Camp is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, Mondays through Wednesdays from June 15 through July 29.

The art camp costs $160 and accepts drop-ins for $8 per day. Full and half scholarships are available.

Call Vick for location and information at (541) 469-4590.


Theater camp

The Lighthouse Repertory Theater, of Crescent City, Calif., is offering a Summer Performing Arts Day Camp for aspiring young actors and actresses.

Thespians age 8-14 will learn elements of acting, set design, dancing, and singing.

Camp will be held August 10-14 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 664 H St. in Brookings. Cost is $90 for the week and scholarships are available.

Participants will perform “Alice in Wonderland”  at 7 p.m. Aug. 14.

For more information, call LRT at (707) 465-3740.

A trip to the beach or river

Nothing says summer like a day splashing in the surf or swimming in the river.

The Brookings area features several free beach alternatives including Harris Beach, Lone Ranch Beach, and Whaleshead state parks, , all on Highway 101 north of Brookings, and Sporthaven Beach at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

For a less chilly dip in the water, a trip to Loeb State Park, 8 miles east of Brookings on North Bank Chetco River Road offers tubing and swimming and picnic opportunities on the Chetco River.

Afternoon at the movies

The summer blockbuster season is upon us. Darkened, air conditioned theaters can be just the ticket on hot, sun-baked summer days.

The usual cavalcade of blockbusters and summertime kid-flicks are set to hit the theater this summer, beginning with Friday’s (May 29) release of the animated comedy “Up.”

Red’s Crescent Drive-In is the only one of it’s kind in the region – and a blast from the past. Walk-in theaters in Brookings and Crescent City will be featuring many of the blockbusters (see box above). 


Summer movies
Source: http://www.IMDb.com

Movies for families

•Up - May 29

By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he’s not alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.

•Land of the Lost  - June 5

On his latest expedition, Dr. Rick Marshall is sucked into a space-time vortex alongside his research assistant and a redneck survivalist. In this alternate universe, the trio make friends with a primate named Chaka, their only ally in a world full of dinosaurs and other fantastic creatures.

•Imagine That - June 12

A struggling businessman is invited into his young daughter’s imaginary world, where he finds the solutions to his problems.

•Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - July 1

Sid the ground sloth is jealous when old friend Manny the wooly mammoth is about to become a father and decides he wants his own family. When he steals some eggs to hatch his own family, he discovers his new family comes from a very old family - dinosaurs.

•Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - July 15

As Harry Potter begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously "This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.

•G-Force - July 24

A specially trained squad of guinea pigs is dispatched to stop a diabolical billionaire from taking over the world.

•Aliens in the Attic - July 31

In Maine a group of kids must protect their vacation home from invading aliens.

•Shorts - Aug. 7

A young boy's discovery of a colorful, wish-granting rock causes chaos in the suburban town of Black Falls when jealous kids and scheming adults alike set out to get their hands on it.

Movies for teens

•Year One - June 19

When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world.

•Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - June 26

Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers. Joining the mission to protect humankind is Optimus Prime, who forms an alliance with international armies for a second epic battle.

•Brüno - July 10

Flamboyant Austrian fashion reporter Brüno travels the world in search of the latest style trends.

 •I Love You, Beth Cooper - July 10

The last night of high school takes an unexpected turn after geeky grad Denis Cooverman declares his love for hottie cheerleader Beth Cooper in his valedictorian speech.

•G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra - Aug. 7

An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.

•Bandslam (Aug. 14)

A new kid in town assembles a fledgling rock band -- together, they achieve their dreams and compete against the best in the biggest event of the year, a battle of the bands

For showtimes and ticket prices call:

•Redwood Theater, 621 Chetco Ave., (541) 412-7575

•Crescent City Cinema, 375 M Street, Crescent City, Calif., (707) 465-4567

•Red's Crescent Drive-In,   2303 Elk Valley Rd., Crescent City, Calif., (707) 464-1813.


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