For hundreds of local youths, the arrival of summer means the beginning of several months of boredom and TV-induced vegetation.
Hoping to combat the local tradition of summer inactivity, the Imperial County Arts Council is launching its annual summer youth program next week.
The program offers mostly introductory arts classes in visual art, dance, music, creative writing and drama.
Additions to this year's program include a lecture series and arts classes aimed at adults.
"We are branching out and hopefully hitting a wider age," said Teresa Novinger, ICAC interim director. "Not only do kids need something to do, but also adults as well."
Age ranges for classes span from pre-school to adults.
A creative writing class for high school age students will be taught by Frank Jarrell. The class is part of the University of California, San Diego's "San Diego Writing Project." Novinger said the class will be open to adults.