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Creative Ways to Keep Kids Learning this Summer
For families, summertime is all about active fun -- from vacations to ballgames, and fireworks to poolside picnics. But being on-the-go can mean lots of downtime in transit and waiting for activities to start. While research shows that students can lose up to two months’ worth of learning during the summer break, parents can seize the opportunity to turn downtime into a time for purposeful entertainment, and keep kids off the summer learning slide.  “Parents can easily keep kids’ minds active and learning as part of existing summer activities,” says Jessica Hodges, Director of School Marketing at ACCO Brands, maker of Mead school supplies. “Rather than relying on phones, tablets and DVD players to fill time while waiting for summer fun, try packing creative, age-appropriate learning activities instead.” When you’re loading up the car this season with sunscreen, bug spray and bathing suits, don’t forget to also pack portable entertainment that is both educational and fun. With a bit of creativity and a few extra items, you’ll keep kids learning, and they’ll think they’re playing -- all summer long. • Make old games new.  Fill the entertainment void while running errands with portable dry erase boards that make traditional games like hangman, tic-tac-toe and bingo easy to play, erase, and play again. Encourage siblings to play together as they build words, form letters and solve logic puzzles.  • Think convenience. In the car, opt for games and activities specifically designed for early learners on the go. For example, Mead Dry Erase Tangrams, stored in a • Unplug. Taking a break from “screen-time” doesn’t convenient carrying case, are easy to pack and feature have to mean sacrificing fun. Books, flashcards, puzzles non-slip geometric shapes that can be arranged to create and games not only make great alternatives, but they fit designs along a template.  The non-slip material means easily into day packs. that your kid’s design will survive even the bumpiest of wagon rides or road trips. Reinforce math concepts, the alphabet, or colors and shapes with teacher-approved, age-appropriate learning • Explore. Make a game of your surroundings, no matter tools such as flashcards. Or help kids learn to spell with where you are. Taking a trip? Ask kids to track car colors, Mead Puzzle Words, which give kids practice building license plate origins or types of trees. At the store, play a words while playing with puzzles. game of “I Spy.” The key is to turn everyday activities into With no need for batteries or an outlet, these traditional learning games and exploration. activities are ready to go whenever you are. • Capture memories. Designate a special notebook for the summer for artwork and writing. Journaling encourages children to express their thoughts and emotions while building essential writing skills. More tips for fun learning on-the-go can be found at www.MeadEarlyLearning.com. With some extra planning, parents can make good use of free time by incorporating easy-to-use activities that make early learning memorable and impactful.

CITY OF AIKEN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
YOUTH AND ADULT Glenn Cox Volleyball Camp For beginners and intermediates July 8-9. It is open to all girls 8 and up. Learn and fine-tune all aspects of the game. The ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS ages cost is $145 for a commuter, $170 for a boarder. Camp staff stays
Mike Brandt Basketball Camps
For boys and girls ages 6-17. All aspects of the game are taught for players of all levels. Offensive and defensive stations are run daily. Each camper will participate in at least two full court games per day. Dates are June 24-27 and Aug. 5-8. The cost for each camp is $165 per camper or $300 for both if paid by June 1. For more information, call 803-641-3491. more. These camps are designed for fun for everyone. The cost is $160. For more information, call 803-603-6868. in the dorms with the boarders. The advanced positional camp is July 15-18 and is for girls grades 8-12 with at least two years of volleyball experience. The cost is $235 for a commuter and $310 for a boarder. For more information, call 803-641-3373.

Summer Spirit Camp

All-Sports Camp

On July 8-12 or July 29-Aug. 2 for boys and girls ages 5-15. Campers will be exposed to a number of different sports including basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, swimming, relays, and

July 22-26. They are available for girls and boys ages 5-14. There will be two camp sessions daily. The 8:30 a.m. to noon camp is designed for individuals. The 1-4 p.m. camp is designed for squads. Programs include cheers and chants, dance routines, tumbling, and stunts. The pre-registered cost is $75 per camper. The walk-in cost is $85. For more information, call 803-641-3301 or 803-641-3455.

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CITY OF AIKEN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS
Wild World of Weather
DuPont Planetarium presents Blown Away: Wild World Of Weather. Viewers will be blown away as they experience the fascinating world of weather in this planetarium show June 1-10 at 9 p.m. This show presents weather images, features a journey into space to explore the sun’s effect on weather. You will also travel through water cycle with Drippy, the water drop, and meet news meteorologists who explain what causes weather. You’ll learn about storm prediction and safety as you are swept into thunderstorm, immersed in a hurricane, and caught up in a tornado. Target audience is ages 8 and up. For more information, contact DuPont Planetarium at 803-641-3654.

Hopelands Gardens Concert Series
This year marks the 39th season for the program. The series will begin on Monday, May 6, and continues each Monday evening until Aug. 26 at Hopelands Gardens. All concerts will begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted, and admission to each is free. All those in attendance should bring a lawn chair or blanket. Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. Picnic dinners are permitted. Well-behaved pets are welcome, but must be on a leash at all times. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center at 1700 Whiskey Road in Gym 2. For more information, call 803643-4661 or visit www.facebook.com/experienceaiken.

Concert Schedule:
May 6 — Aiken Concert Band, sponsored by Security Federal
(performs classical and contemporary music) (male, mostly a cappella ensemble)

Farming, Food, and Faith Conference
The Gravatt Camp and Conference Center is offering a Farming, Food, and Faith Conference June 28-30. Learn how to create effective and low-cost programs and practices for your church, community center, school, and home that address healthful living, hunger, and poverty. Participants should come ready to work hands on in the Gravatt garden, build their own container garden to take home, and work together to develop strategies for implementation in their own organizations and personal lives. Registration deadline is June 14. The cost is $200. For more information, call 803-648-1817.

May 13 — South Boundary

May 20 — Savannah River Winds, sponsored by Right at Home CSRA (performs a Broadway revue featuring classic show tunes) May 27 — Aiken Civic Ballet
(performs selections from original ballets and contemporary dance works)

Yoga Retreat
The Gravatt Camp and Conference Center is offering a Yoga Retreat July 19-21. Connect mind, body, and spirit during this weekend yoga event. Experience full and healthful living through yoga classes, meditation, healthy and delicious meals, and outdoor activities. Registration deadline is June 5. The cost is $250. For more information, call 803-648-1817.

(performs a variety of music on violins played by local youth)

June 3 — Suzuki Strings, sponsored by the Aiken Performing Arts Group

June 10 — Maureen Simpson/Aiken Choral Society (performs variety of musical styles including choral, opera and Broadway music) June 17 — Mike Frost Band, sponsored by DayBreak Adult Care Services (performs jazz standards and modern ballads)
bohm Realtors (performs traditional dance forms originating in Ireland)

Downtown Aiken Beach Blast
Friday: Community movie night; bring your lawn chair and come enjoy a classic beach film on Newberry “Beach.” Food vendors will be on hand. Saturday: Badminton tournament, Aiken Horsepower Cruise-In, sand castle building, and much more family-friendly games/activities throughout the day. Then join us for shag dancing into the night. A day of shopping, dining and fun for the whole family. Contact 803-649-2221 for more information, or visit our website at www.downtownaiken.com.

June 24 — Glor na Daire Academy of Irish Dance, sponsored by Vikki Crossland, MeyJuly 1 — To be announced July 8 — To be announced July 15 — Karen Gordon & Garden City Jazz, sponsored by Cumberland Village
(classic and vocal jazz favorites and standards)

June 21st -22nd 2013

July 22 — 4 Cats in the Dog House, sponsored by The Willcox (performs jazz and pop music) July 29 — Ken Gabriel Band, sponsored by Allegra Print & Imaging (performs Americana music, including classic pop and soft rock) Aug. 5 — Aiken Big Band, sponsored by Cumberland Village
(performs big band music, classic and contemporary)

YOUTH AND ADULT ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
Crop Night

Aug. 12 — Aiken Brass, sponsored by Right at Home CSRA
(performs a variety of musical styles)

Aug. 19 — Fort Gordon, The Semifours Trombone, sponsored by Hearing Associates of S.C. (performs jazz, popular, avant-garde and contemporary music) Aug. 26 — Aiken Concert Band, sponsored by Security Federal
(performs classical and contemporary music) * This concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

Bring your photos and scrapbooking supplies to finish past-due projects or inspire some new. Ages 18 and up. Cost: $5 per session (non-resident fees apply). When: Crop night is on the first Friday of each month from 5–9 p.m. at Odell Weeks Center room 3. Call 803-642-7631 for more information.

Great American Lobster Race

Be a part of Aiken’s biggest annual reunion and party during 29th running of the Lobster Race. Proceeds from the Lobster Races benefit clients served by Hitchcock Healthcare, Tri-Development Center of Aiken County, and The Aiken County Special Olympics. 100 thoroughbred lobsters will compete in several heats leading to the main races that will start at 7:30 p.m. The children’s area features activities and interactive rides and games. Featured bands have included Merging Traffic, Palmetto Groove, Anybody’s Guess and Midnight Crossing. Many local restaurants will be on hand to provide food for festival goers as well as vendors on Newberry Street. For additional information please contact Robin at 803-646-0523 or email us at lobsterrace@gmail.com Newberry Street Festival Center Aiken, South Carolina Gates open at 6:00 p.m. near Newberry Street and the Alley At the Gate - $10 Children under 6 – Free Students - $5 with a student ID T-shirts are $20, those wearing a 2013 Lobster Race T-shirt get in free. T-shirts and Ride Bands may be purchased at Atlantic Broadband, Hitchcock Healthcare, All Star Rents, Lionel Smith Ltd. and Screenprint Factory.

Friday, May 3, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Mead Hall Strawberry Festival
This is a day of fun for the whole family. From 10am – 3pm there will be games, entertainment, a bake sale, food and plenty of fresh strawberries. This is PTO’s primary fundraising event with the proceeds benefiting the school. For more information call 803.644.1122. www.meadhallschool.org

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2013 Aiken Bluegrass Festival
Tickets are available at www.aikenbluegrassfestival.org and Boots, Bridles and Britches Aiken and Grovetown , Mellow Mushroom - Downtown Augusta, Aiken Brewing Company, and Hotel Aiken VIP tickets include BBQ dinner, 5 Drink tickets for Beer & Wine , VIP restrooms and a large Tented area $45 General Admission $15 adv. $20 day of event. Camping $20 per night $30 for 2 5pm gates open 6pm BlueBilly Grit 7:30 Hackensaw Boys 9:30 Larry Keel & Natural Bridge General Admission $20 adv $30 day of event includes access to large tented area 2pm kick off the festival with a bicycle parade from downtown Aiken to the festival. 2:30 Doug and the Henrys 3:30-Della Mae 5:15-Larry Keel & Natural Bridge 6:45-Keller Williams 7:20 Keller & The Keels 7:45 The Travelin’ McCourys 9pm Keller & The Travelin’ McCourys Food & Craft vendors will be onsite For more information please call 803-640-9287 or visit the website at www.aikenbluegrassfestival.org
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Location: The Highfields 198 Gaston Road

FRIDAY MAY 10th

Saturday May 11th gates open @ 1pm

12 & under free

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CITY OF AIKEN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
YOUTH AND ADULT Camp Invention The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USC Aiken ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS will offer Camp Invention on June 17-21 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Camp Invention program makes science and

Storytime At The Park

The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department will be offering Story-time at the Park beginning Wednesday April 3, 2013. This program will be held at 10:00 a.m. every first Wednesday of the month from April 1 – August 7. Locations include the Smith Hazel Shelter, Osborn Park Shelter, Eustis Park Shelter, Crosland Park Shelter, and the Perry Park Shelter. Story-time at the Park will be moved inside Smith-Hazel Recreation Center in the case of inclement weather. The program is free and appropriate for children ages 8 and under, accompanied by an adult. Story-time at the Park offers a time for children to be read to and will include games, and light refreshments. You may bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Each child ages 8 and under that attends the program will receive a free book to take home. The stories will be ready by volunteers. For more information please call 803-642-7634.

learning fun through hands-on activities for children entering grades 1-6. Camp Invention is designed to provide quality enrichment programming in the fields of science, mathematics, history, and the arts. The base price is $220. For more information, call 803-641-3474.

contests for juniors ages 7-12. Space is limited to 16 juniors each week. Camp dates and times are June 11-14, July 23-26, and Aug. 6-9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch and snacks and beverages will be provided. Rates are $160 for members or $180 for non-members. For more information, call 803-649-4735.

Storytime in the Gardens

2013 Summer Art Camp - “This Aiken Summer Belongs to Us!”

Summer Adventure Camps
Woodside Plantation Country Club is offering Summer Adventure Camps, an action-packed week of instruction and funs for kids ages 6-12. Kids will participate in tennis skills and games, golf skills and games, swimming, and much more. Camp dates and times are June 18-21, July 9-12, and Aug. 13-16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch and snacks and beverages will be provided. Rates are $160 for members or $180 for non-members. For more information, call 803-641-7974.

The Aiken Center for the Arts is offering its annual art camps for ages 4 years and up. The theme for the 2013 Summer Art Camp is “This Aiken Summer Belongs to Us!” Storytime in the Gardens is a free event and will be held and is inspired by a very popular current children’s at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place, at 4 p.m. every cartoon. Morning camps are offered for children aged 4-6 Tuesday until May 28. The reading will take place in the years who have not completed kindergarten. Children grassy area behind the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of who will be entering grades 1-4 or 5-8 in the fall may Fame and museum. The program is appropriate for choose between full and half-day camps. These weekly children ages 9 and younger. Attendees are encouraged camps are held the weeks of June 17, 24, July 8, 15 and 22. to bring a blanket or chair to sit on and snacks are There is only one high school camp offered this year, and welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult that will be the week of July 15. Campers themes include during the reading. Each family will be given a copy of the Art Across the Globe, Odd Animals ... Platypus, Monkeys book read to take home. If inclement weather occurs, the and More, and Take a Ride in Outer Space. Registration event will be moved to the H. Odell Weeks Activities begins April 15. The cost is full-day camps: $215. Half-day Center located at 1700 Whiskey Road. For inclement camps: $130. For further information contact the Art weather information, call 803-643-4661. For more Center at (803) 641-9094 or visit information on Storytime in the Gardens, call www.aikencenterforthearts.org. 803-642-7631.

Register now for Aiken County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism’s Summer Day Camp for Kids at the Recreation Center in Graniteville. Kids ages 6-12, join us this summer for an adventure each day. Camps will feature arts and crafts, outdoor play, open swim pool time, science exploration, international themes, games, and more. Camp sessions begin June 10. Use the gym space to run, chase and release a lot of The schedule is June 10-21, June 24-July 5 (no camp July energy! This program allows for kids to interact with 4), July 8-19, July 22-Aug. 2 and Aug. 5-16. Camp time is others of the same age, and gives parents a chance to from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Campers socialize with one another. Equipment and toys such as are to bring a bag lunch; snacks will be provided. Camp balls, scooters, mats, hoola-hoops, parachutes and more fees are $100 for two weeks per camper or $55 for one will be provided to stimulate free play. Personal toys are week. Local off-site field trips will be available for an welcomed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. additional cost. Call 803-663-6142 or 803-642-7559 for Sibling policy: Only enrolled participants ages 5 and under more information. may participate in the activity. Infants in strollers who are not yet walking are welcome to attend. Siblings older than 5 may be present but must stay seated on the bleachers at all times. Age: 5 and under (accompanied by an adult). Woodside Plantation Country Club is offering Junior Cost: $2 per visit or $16 per 5-visit pass. Mondays and Golf Camps, a fun-filled week of learning the game Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Odell Weeks through professional instructions, games, and special Center, Gym 2. Call 803-642-7631 for more information.

Summer Summer Day Camps at Juilliard Jazz Camp the Graniteville The Julliard School, Julliard in Aiken and USC Aiken present the Summer Jazz Camp which offers a Recreation Center once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to young musicians

Toddler Time

ages 13-18 who are disciplined and passionate about jazz. This week long camp is June 10-14 and is taught by Julliard jazz faculty and students. The camp will explore techniques and performance skills and broaden participants understanding of various jazz styles. Housing and meals will be available on the USCA campus. Instruments eligible are trumpet, saxophone, trombone, guitar, double bass, electric bass, guitar and piano. For further information, please call Dee Crawford at 803-661-JAZZ. This event takes place at the Etherredge Center For the Fine and Performing Arts, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. ENOPION Theater Conservatory at the Kroc Center

Junior Golf Camps

June 10 -14, 2013. An exciting half-day theater camp exploring the tales of Hans Christian Anderson, one of the most beloved writers of the 19th Century. Students will learn core theater skills such as scene study, voice, and movement/stage craft - all with a Biblical emphasis. Closing with a play demonstration for friends and family on Friday, June 14 at 7pm. Classes will be held each day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for students that have completed Kindergarten through 8th grade. $125. For more information or to register, call (706)771-7777 or visit www.enopion.com

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Connect with Your Children Outdoors this Summer
Do you have treasured childhood memories of spending time outdoors with your parents or grandparents? This summer, take the time to share this experience with your own children. Pack a lunch, put on some sunscreen and take them on your own hiking or fishing adventure. The time you spend outdoors with kids is where some of their best memories will come from and can be a great way to teach valuable life lessons. “Beyond fresh air and an expansive playground, the outdoors provide an opportunity to pass key values on from one generation to the next, like sportsmanship, environmental stewardship and the importance of friendship,” says Mike Holliday, a father of three and world-class fishing guide from Stuart, Florida, who wrote the “FishingKids” series of books aimed at luring kids into outdoor adventure and family fun.

You can get the whole family prepared for your trip in advance:
• Read the FishingKids series together. The stories revolve around two best friends, Spinner and Bobber whose fishing adventures teach them about friendship and responsibility.  When fun turns to trouble they look to Spinner’s grandfather, Chief, to help them sort things out.  Chief teaches them about fishing, friendship and responsibility.  In the FishingKids world, it is always summer, life lessons are learned and everything turns out for the best.  • Before you head for the dock, make sure you’re prepared. At www.TakeMeFishing.org, you’ll find everything you need to know about planning a successful fishing trip with a child. The site is packed with tips and tricks, as well cool tools like a marina finder and a fishing hotspot locator. Kids will enjoy the games in the Little Lunkers section. • Gear up! In addition to the chapter book series, FishingKids offers a line of action figures, toys and gear that gives children the opportunity to imagine outdoor adventures even after the boat returns to the dock.  FishingKids books, toys, clothing and gear are available at www.FishingKids.com. • Be sure to check out the fishing activities in your area, too. Many communities hold Youth Fishing events and clinics during the summer. These events are often free, and young anglers may take home a bag of goodies from event sponsors. This summer, take the opportunity to get outdoors and connect with the people who matter most.

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CITY OF AIKEN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
YOUTH AND ADULT Youth Archery Camp FITNESS CLASSES & The City of Aiken PRT Department is offering a Youth Camp. Sign up for a week of Archery Camp. Learn ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS Archery INFORMATION archery safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration,

Puppy Class This class is a six-week course of instruction for

and self-improvement. Participants will shoot at a bullseye target placed before an arrow resistant net. Equipment used is state-of-the-art and designed to fit every participant. Camp puppies ten weeks to twenty weeks of age. The puppy can accommodate up to 20 participants. Equipment is class is designed to provide owners with information on provided. Youth Archery Camp is for ages 5–17. The cost is $55 how to handle a new puppy. Puppies will learn a variety per session; non-resident fees apply. Camp is Monday–Friday of skills and commands, and will take the S.T.A.R. Puppy from 3–4:30 p.m. at the Weeks Center, Gym 2. Session 1 of Test at the end of the course. Puppies must have record of camp runs June 24–28. Session 2 of camp runs July 15–19. Call 2 sets of shots. 803-642-7631 for more information. Age: All Cost: $67 per session. Non-resident fees apply. Wednesdays: April 10 – May 15, 5:30 -6:30 p.m. Weeks Center, Room 1 & 2 Call 642-7631 for more information.

Personal Training

Schedule a Personal Trainer for a one-on-one individualized fitness session in the Fitness Room. We have Certified Personal Trainers available to help you meet your fitness goals. Participants MUST have a valid Fitness Room membership. Contact: Lori Comshaw (803) 648 – 5768 or (803) 443-9971 and Tom Clements (803) 257 – 7800

Basic Dog Training The Basic Dog Training class is for dogs that are five

months old or older. This class runs for six weeks. Your dog will learn the basic commands of come, sit, down, stay, wait, stand, etc. Topics will include basic care of dogs and what to expect as the training progresses. Dogs must be registered with the City if residing within the City of Aiken and you must provide a copy of your dog’s rabies certificate. Age: All Cost: $67 per session. Non-resident fees apply. Wednesdays: April 10 – May 15, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Weeks Center, Rooms 1 & 2 Call 642 – 7631 for more information.

Fun Day Camps
The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will be offering their summer Fun Day Camp Program June 10-Aug. 16. The program is held at the SmithHazel Recreation Center Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The program is for children ages 5-14. The cost for the program is $50 per week. Additional fees apply for those living outside the city without a recreation membership. Activities includes sports, games, arts and crafts, swimming, special guests and field trips. Registration begins May 1 at 9 a.m. For more information, please call the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center at 803-642-7634.

Odell Weeks Skate Park Hours of Operation.
Monday-Friday 3:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturdays (the first Saturday of each month is a free skate day) 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays 1-5:00 p.m. Daily pass - $3 in city, $5 out of city. Five-day Pass - $10 in city, $15 out of city. Yearly pass - $100 in city, $100 out of city with a recreation membership. Individual membership and family membership available. Session hours will vary throughout the year and are subject to change without notice. Session hours may be changed or cancelled due to inclement weather. Call 803-642-7631 for more information.

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CITY OF AIKEN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
FITNESS ROOM EQUIPMENT ORIENTATION
FITNESS CLASSES & INFORMATION
Learn how to safely use and make adjustments on the fitness room equipment based on your fitness needs and level. This is a one-time session offered by personal trainer Tom Clements and is for fitness room members only. You must pre-register to attend the orientation and be a valid Fitness Room participant. Sign up at the Weeks Center Front Desk. Age: 18 and up Cost: Free Weeks Fitness Room Call 642-7631 for more information.

First Saturday of the month, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

FITNESS ROOM
The Weeks Center Fitness Room is equipped with a variety of cardiovascular and strength training equipment, with ample space for stretching and free weight exercise. Participants must check in at the Weeks Center front desk. Age: 14 and up (teens age 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult) Cost: $15 per month (must have a Recreation Membership) Monday – Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 p.m. Saturday: 9:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Sunday: 1:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Weeks Fitness Room Call 642-7631 for more information.

RECREATION RAMBLERS WALKING CLUB
Join this free club and keep track of the miles you walk throughout the year. You can join anytime! We will celebrate with an end of the year party. Age: 18 and up Cost: Free Weeks Center Walking Track Call 642-7631 for more information.

SWIMMING LESSONS AND OPEN SWIM
The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation, and Tourism is pleased to announce the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center Pool will be offering American Red Cross swimming lessons and open swim for the 2013 Summer. Registration for American Red Cross swimming lessons, offered to infants, children, adults, and persons with disabilities, will begin May 1 at 8:30 a.m. Lessons, offered in two-week sessions, are held Monday through Thursday and are 45 minutes in length. Four sessions will be available this summer during both the day and evening. For pricing and more information contact the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center at 803-642-7634. In addition, the pool will be available to the public for open weekend swim on May 25-27 and June 1-3. The pool will open for the summer on June 8.

FIT 4 EVER
This low-impact, moderate-paced fitness class is great for a total body workout. Enjoy aerobics, resistance exercises with light weights, and floor exercises all set to fun, upbeat music. Ages 16 and up. Cost: $27 for 10 tickets. Non-resident fees apply. Fit 4 Ever is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10-11 a.m. at Odell Weeks Center, rooms 6 and 7. Call 803-642-7631 for more information.

ZUMBA GOLD

Zumba Gold is the lower-impact, high-energy, easy-to-follow Latin inspired calorie Appropriate swimming attire is required. Anyone under 3’6” must be acburning Zumba fitness party. Classes feature exotic rhythms set to Latin and companied by an adult while in the pool. If disability accommodations are international beats. This fun and friendly dance fitness class suits the needs of active needed, please notify the City of Aiken PRT Department in advance. Smitholder participants, those that are just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle, as well as those that prefer a lower impact, high energy Zumba fitness party. Wear tennis Hazel is located at 400 Kershaw St. N.E. shoes you can dance in, bring a towel, and some water. Ages 18 and up. Cost: $35 for 10 tickets. Non-resident fees apply. Zumba Gold is offered on Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Odell Weeks Center, rooms 6 and 7. Call 803-642-7631 for more information.

Open swim times are: Monday through Friday from 1–5:45 p.m. Saturday from noon– 5 p.m. Sunday from 1:30– 5 p.m. Entry fee is $1 for children 15 and under and $2 for ages 16 and over.

ZUMBA TONING
Zumba Toning combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party. Bring some tennis shoes you can dance in, a towel, and some water. Ages 15 and up. Cost: $35 for 10 tickets or $6 drop-in fee. Non-resident fees apply. Zumba Toning is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30–6:30 p.m. at Odell Weeks Center, rooms 6 and 7. Call 803-642-7631 for more information.

YOGA
In this gentle mind/body workout, you will strengthen and tone your body, improve your balance, flexibility, and calm your mind. Traditional yoga poses combined with soothing music will give your day a whole new focus. The first Tuesday of each month will introduce basic poses. The Friday class will offer several more challenging options. Participants may attend any combination of Yoga I, II, and Evening Yoga classes. Ages 16 and up. Cost: $41 for 10 tickets. Non-resident fees apply. Odell Weeks Center, rooms 6 and 7. Yoga I: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45-9:45 a.m. Yoga II: Fridays from 8:45-9:45 a.m. Evening Yoga: Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Call 803-642-7631 for more information.

LINE DANCING
Learn country line dances as well as those taught to jazz, big band, and modern music in this moderately-paced fitness class. Brush-up classes are offered to help new students learn the dance. Ages 16 and up. Cost: $31 for 10 tickets. Non-resident fees apply. Line dancing is offered on Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. at Odell Weeks Center, rooms 6 and 7. Call 803-642-7631 for more information.

JUNIOR BEGINNER TENNIS CLINICS
Two, one-hour group lessons per week for anyone age 10 and up interested in learning the skills necessary to play tennis. The clinics will offer a series of drills and fun games designed to improve hand-eye coordination and increase small and large motor skills, with progressive instruction geared to fit the participants’ readiness level. Our certified teaching professionals will teach everything from the proper way to hold a racket, proper footwork, and the fundamental techniques of hitting ground strokes, volleys, serves, and how to keep score. Registration is ongoing year round. Ages 10 and up. Cost: $7 resident or non-resident recreation member per visit, $10 nonresident. Clinics are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. Call 803-642-7739 for more information.

JUNIOR ADVANCED TENNIS CLINICS
Take part in two, 1 1/2 hour group lessons per week for anyone ages 10-18 interested in further developing the skills necessary to play tennis. These lessons are for those who have completed Junior Beginner Tennis Clinics or a comparable class and have a basic knowledge of the game. The clinics are designed to improve what was learned in the beginner program as well as teach advanced skills, strategy, and shot selection. Registration is ongoing year round. Ages 10-18. Cost: $10 resident or non-resident recreation member per visit, $13 nonresident. Clinics are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. Call 803-642-7739 for more information.

FALL SPORTS REGISTRATION AT CITIZENS PARK July 23 – August 8, 2013. This includes Youth Soccer, Youth Flag Football, Cheerleading
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and Girls Volleyball! Previous participants register online at www.cityofaikensc.gov , new players need to come to the Citizens Park office at 651 Old Airport Road. Call 642-7761 for more information.

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Encourage Kids to Have Gadget - Free Fun this Summer
You may remember your parents telling you to turn off the television and go outside or read a book. But these days, it’s harder than ever to separate kids from media devices, especially as their options become more mobile. But parents can help their children spend their time differently, in ways that not only increase personal interaction, but help keep minds fresh during the long summer vacation. “If you make it a game -particularly one you’re playing with them -- kids will be more than happy to turn away from those screens. And if they’re learning something along the way, all the better,” says Susan Bolotin at Brain Quest, maker of educational quiz games for kids.

Play a Game

Keep Kids Healthy and Safe this Summer
It’s summer, and for kids that means it’s time for sports, swimming, biking and picnics. And while active outdoor time is healthy and fun, experts say it’s crucial for parents and kids to brush up on some seasonal safety tips. According to the experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the summer poses its own set of risks. In order to help parents keep kids happy, healthy and safe all summer long, they are offering these timely tips: four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Parents, caregivers, and pool owners should learn CPR and keep equipment approved by the U.S. Coast Guard, such as life preservers and life jackets at poolside.

Visit the Library

Whether you’re at home, on a road trip, or running errands, there’s no need to stick a gadget in your kids’ hands to keep them occupied. Engage your children with on-the-go games that are both fun and educational. For example, Brain Quest question and answer decks are easy to pack in a small bag and offer ageappropriate, curriculum-based challenges on themes like presidents and American history. The interactive question and answer sessions are sure to keep everyone entertained. More information along with free downloadable projects and resources can be found at www.BrainQuest.com.

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On the go, bring along crayons and construction paper so kids can draw whenever the artistic spirit moves them. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out project books and kits like Recycled Robots and My First Bird Feeder and Bird Book.

Don’t make cooking a boring chore. Get your kids off the couch and into the kitchen. By preparing meals together, you will give your children an opportunity to learn about nutrition and help them develop a practical skill.  And there are tasks in the kitchen that are just right for any age.

Outdoor Fun

Trampolines
Even with netting, padding and adult supervision, experts say that home trampolines are dangerous. “Trampoline injuries are common, and can be potentially catastrophic,” says Dr. McInerny. “From temporarily debilitating sprains, strains and contusions to cervical spine injuries with lasting consequences, the risks associated with recreational trampoline use are easily avoided.” Thousands of people are injured on trampolines annually. Encourage your child to get exercise in safer ways.

Each week, make a point of visiting the library with your children to get them a new stash of books to read throughout the week. You can motivate them to dig right in by posting a chart somewhere handy like the fridge, tracking the books they have enjoyed so far.

Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts not only offer children an opportunity to use their creativity to make something useful, beautiful or both, but can also help hone hand-eye coordination. At home, you can opt for involved projects like bird feeders, necklaces and watercolors.

Help your kids organize outdoor games with other neighborhood children or get outside and play alongside them. Nature walks exploring local parks and streams can also be a great way to get the entire family to have fun while learning about the great outdoors.

School may be out, but learning is in. In honor of summer, make it fun.

Sun Safety
Sunburns are not only unpleasant, they are damaging to skin health. Minimize your family’s exposure to harmful ultraviolet radiation by dressing your children (and yourself for that matter) in cotton clothing with a tight weave, sunglasses and hats with a brim or bill. Stay in the shade whenever possible and use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater, even on cloudy days, and reapply it every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. Always keep plenty of water on hand when you’re playing or exercising outside. Unless kids are exercising vigorously for extended periods, plain water – not sports drinks – is the best way to rehydrate.

Bike Safety
Children should wear a helmet on every bike ride. Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. Get your child a helmet specific for biking. Football helmets, for example, are made to protect the head from other types of injuries. Teach your children traffic and bike safety before allowing them to bike in the street. For example, they should always ride with traffic and use hand signals. If your child doesn’t have the skills necessary to use hand signals without swerving, he or she shouldn’t be riding in the street. For more summer safety tips, visit the AAP’s website for parents, www.HealthyChildren. org. By taking proper precautions, you can maximize the fun this summer by keeping kids healthy, safe and sound.

Water Safety
Drowning is a leading cause of death among children, including infants and toddlers, but parents can make swimming safer for kids with the right safety equipment, instruction and supervision. “While swimming lessons are helpful, they are not a foolproof plan. Parents should never -- even for a moment -- leave children alone near open bodies of water,” says Dr. Thomas K. McInerny, the 2013 president of the AAP. Home swimming pools should be surrounded by a four-foot-high, non-climbable,

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