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E.C. summer rec programs offer something for everyone

June 28, 2001|By VANESSA DE LA TORRE, Staff Writer

Alas, the dog days of summer are upon us, and with the sultry weather comes the want for air conditioning, swimming pools and other welcomed distractions from the heat.

No need to worry, though, as the El Centro Community Services Department is on the case. Whether it's at the Conrad Harrison Youth Center, the Community Center or the Plunge, youngsters and adults can stay cool and remain active by participating in a variety of city-sponsored summer programs.

Registration for the following city summer programs runs from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays until Aug. 10 at the youth center at 750 Park Ave. Those interested should sign up prior to the start of each activity's session.

· You supply the imagination and they'll supply the materials. Arts and crafts classes are open to kids age 6 and older from 3-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays year-round at the Community Center, 375 S. 1st St. There will also be indoor games from 3-5 p.m. and the library is open from 1-5 p.m. during the summer. Internet access is available.


· Evening swim lessons are available in 30-minute slots from 4-6:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the Plunge in three sessions: July 2-13, July 16-27 and July 30-Aug. 10. There are a variety of classes for different age ranges, including one for mothers and their children. The fee is $45 a person per session or $30 each for two or more persons in a family.

· The Fourth of July five-on-five basketball tourney starts at 8 a.m. at the youth center gymnasium and is open to teams of sixth- to eighth-graders. The fee is $75 per team.

· "Friday Night Movies at the Gym" runs from 8-10 p.m. July 13-Aug. 10. The program is for children and teens. The cost for each movie is 50 cents, which includes a snack. Kids are encouraged to bring their own lounge chair.

· The junior lifeguard program will run 9-11 a.m. Saturdays at the Plunge and is open to kids 12-15 years old who want to gain experience as future lifeguards. Participants receive water safety training and a certificate of completion at the end of the program. The program is free.

· The Imperial Valley Special Olympics has many events scheduled for the summer, including bocci, swimming, basketball and regional competitions. There will be a swim meet July 14 at the Plunge. Those interested in participating or volunteering can contact Rene Caltigirone at 336-8979.

· The National Youth Project Using Mini-Bikes program provides kids ages 10-15 with the opportunity to learn how to ride mini-bikes safely and responsibly. NYPUM offers a host of camping and fishing trips, rock art and desert-trail hiking. For more information about NYPUM, contact Tony Gracia at 336-8979.

· The "Nothin' But Net" basketball league's "Midnight Basketball" will begin play the first week of July and is a great opportunity for youngsters and adults to participate in team sports. Games are from 6:30-10 p.m. Saturdays and teams practice three times a week. Junior league (sixth- to eighth-graders) and high school teams are encouraged to sign up. Call 337-4570 for sign-up dates.

· The "Over Night" softball tournament will start at 8 p.m. July 28 at Stark Field in El Centro and will carry on to July 29. If there's enough participation, the tournament will consist of separate men's and women's brackets; otherwise, teams will be coed. The cost is $150 per team, and players must be 18 years or older. Those interested in signing up can call the youth center at 337-4570.

· Public swim runs from noon-3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays until Aug. 10 at the city Plunge. The cost is $1 for those 17 years old and younger and $1.50 for adults.

· Take a dip in the pool while a DJ spins the latest tracks in the background. "Music Nights" are 7-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays until Aug. 10 at the Plunge. The cost is the same as public swim.

· The city's senior citizen program gives seniors an opportunity to socialize and have a great time while staying active. Seniors have access to an exercise room furnished with a number of workout machines at the Community Center. Activities planned throughout the summer include crochet classes from 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays until Aug. 10 at the Community Center, as well as a fishing trip. Call 337-4555 for more information.

· A summer day camp is open to kids entering grades 1-8. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, campers will participate in various activities held at the Plunge, Community Center and Conrad Harrison Youth Center. Transportation will be provided from one facility to another. Three sessions will run: July 2-13, July 16-27 and July 30-Aug. 10. The cost is $45 per child or $30 each for two or more children from a family, and campers will need to provide their own lunch.

· Looking for an energizing workout before heading to work? Tae-bo is available to adults from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until Aug. 10 at the youth center gym. The cost is $20. For more information, call 336-8973.

· "Volleyball Night at the Gym" is an adult league starting in the next couple of weeks. Games will be played Tuesdays and Thursdays at the youth center. The cost is $20, which will go toward league expenses and T-shirts for all participants. Players are still needed. To register call 337-4570.

· Water aerobics classes will be open to adults 18 years and older from 8-9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until Aug. 10 at the Plunge. The fee is $20 a month per person.

· Youth aerobics classes are open to kids ages 8-15 from 5-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays until Aug. 10 at the youth center. The class is free.

· Other special events scheduled this summer: Fourth of July Water Carnival, a Sock Hop on July 16 and a trip to a San Diego Padres game on Aug. 14.

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