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From soccer to ‘baby ballet,' Calexico parks and rec, school district has it all

July 05, 2001|By VANESSA DE LA TORRE, Staff Writer

There's only so much a kid can do all day when it's summer. He can watch TV, play with his new Game Boy Advance, shoot marbles, sleep and, if he's a good kid, read a book.

But after nearly four weeks of being on vacation, the aforementioned pursuits may have become a bit tiresome.

Still, there's no reason to be bored when the city of Calexico's Parks and Recreation department is offering plenty of fun activities to keep youngsters occupied.

Through a collaboration between the city and the Calexico Unified School District through its 21st Century Community Learning Center funding, Calexico youth are able to enjoy an assortment of programs for all ages at minimal or no cost.

As some of the following city-sponsored programs are already under way, interested participants should register as soon as possible. Registration for all programs runs from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the Calexico Community Center, 707 Dool Ave., until the start of each activity.


Beginning in August, the adult softball league will hold games on weeknights at the American Legion Field. There is a $250 team entry fee and a $5 fee per game for umpires. Call 786-2176 to sign up.

Aerobics classes are open to those 16 and older at 8 a.m. and 7 and 8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays at the community center year round. The fee is $15 per month.

Arts and crafts classes are offered to teens and adults at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays until July 19 at the senior citizens' hall at the community center complex. Learn the fine arts of ceramics, painting, stenciling, candle- and soap-making and more. The class is free and materials are available for purchase.

"Lap swim" and "family time" are pool programs available 8-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays until Aug. 16 at the Calexico High School pool on Encinas Avenue, which also serves as the city pool. The cost is $1 for children and $1.50 for adults.

Experience a new and relaxing way to exercise in the water. Aqua Tae-Bo is open to kids and adults from 8-8:45 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays at the city pool until Aug. 16. The fee is the same as lap swim.

Public swim is open from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. daily until Aug. 16. Friday-Sunday public swim hours may be canceled if the pool is privately rented. The fee is $1 for children 15 years old and younger and $1.50 for those 16 and older.

Swim lessons are open to children ages 4-12 and are held in 40-minute slots from 8:50-11 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays. The first session ends July 12, the second runs July 16-26 and the third is July 30-Aug. 8. The fee is $25 per session and those interested in registering can call the pool from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays at 357-7467.

"Teen Nights" are 6-8 p.m. Thursdays at the pool until Aug. 16. The fee is $1 for 13-15-year-olds and $1.50 for teens 16 and older.

The city pool is available for gatherings and birthday parties from 6-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. The rental fee is $200 for four hours and includes lifeguards. To make a reservation, call the pool at 357-7467 or the parks and recreation office at 768-2176.

Senior citizens' hall is open between 8:30 a.m. and noon Monday-Thursday for the following senior activities: Arts and crafts, morning chair-dancing exercises, bingo, loteria and much more. Call coordinator Mary Alvarez at 768-2176 for additional information.

Aerobics for seniors is from 9-9:45 a.m. Mondays-Wednesdays year round at the senior citizens' hall. The class is free.

Senior citizens' bingo is from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays at the seniors' center.

"Club de los Amigos," a club for seniors, meets at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the seniors' hall.

"Summer Day Camp" is open to second- through sixth-graders Mondays-Thursdays July 16-Aug. 17 at the community center in two sessions: 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. Kids will enjoy group games, indoor and outdoor activities, trips to the pool, arts and crafts, snacks and more. The fee is $7 per week.

"Chiquito Day Camp" is available to 3-5-year-olds from 1:30-3:30 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays July 16-Aug. 17 at the senior citizens' hall. Children will take part in a variety of fun activities. The fee is $7 per week.

There will be a tennis camp open to kids 7-17 years old at 6:30 p.m. for beginners and 7:30 p.m. for advanced players Mondays-Thursdays from July 10-Aug. 2 at the recently renovated Calexico High tennis courts. Javier Leos will instruct in forehand, backhand, serve and volley techniques. The fee is $7.

A youth soccer clinic is already under way for children 5-12 years old. Coach Pasqual Gonzalez will instruct beginners and advanced players from 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Valle Real Soccer Park adjacent to Calexico school district administrative offices. The clinic lasts until July 30 and the fee is $7.

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