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Summer activities abound for kids

When Chase Maier, 18, returned home to Nevada City for the summer after his first year in college, he wanted to get into shape for the fall.

He found help and a fun, summertime activity at Scott Jackson Real Life Fitness Center in Nevada City.

“We’re teaching him to work out so, when he goes back to college, he can work out on his own,” gym co-owner Barbi Jackson said.

Jackson, a life-long fitness fanatic, taught aerobics and nutrition to students and helped teachers set up fitness courses in local schools as a volunteer when her three daughters were small. But she struggled to find summertime activities for them when school let out, Jackson said.

Jackson’s girls have grown, and so has the smorgasbord of summertime recreation opportunities in western Nevada County. With help from Jackson and Amanda Rogerson, The Union’s readership liaison, the following list of activities can give families ideas for filling the summer months.

“I wished somebody did this when my children were little,” Jackson said with a laugh.

If your favorite activity isn’t on this list, e-mail the information to Rogerson at for publication in a later edition of the Learning page.


To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail trinak@theunion. com or call 477-4230.

Sports and fitness

– Scott Jackson’s Real Life Fitness, 265-4041 ext. 2: Cardio Tennis, ages 10 and up. Promotes fitness and one’s game. Kids’ Camp, ages 10-14. “Boot camp” style fitness program in three two-week sessions meeting at Pioneer Park.

– Aikido’Ka, 273-2727: Summer Japanese Culture Camp with Grass Valley Taiko. Origami, basic Japanese language, singing and dancing, ages 7-16, July 9-13 and July 23-27. Youth Classes: Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays. Adding classes for younger kids.

– Grass Valley Aikikai, 274-1453: On-going classes for all levels, ages 8 and up.

– Gold Country Kuk Sool Won, 478-1412: On-going classes for all levels.

– Ridge Racket Club, 273-8514: Tennis camps for all ages 4-and-a-half and up all summer. USTA Junior League play for more advanced players who have shown match play ability. Sacramento Area Tennis Association League for beginners, 4-and-a-half and up.

– Gold Country Soccer League, 272-5357: Registration is closed. However, once they have put together the teams, they will accept players as space is available. If parents are interested in coaching, they may be able to open up more teams.

– Bowman-Solinsky Warm Water Pool, 265-3245: Year-round swim lessons.

– Wolf Creek Wilderness, 477-2722: Kayak camp for kids, three days, whitewater specific, ages 11 to 14 years, July 10-12. Teen camp, ages 15 to 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 17-19. Private, semi-private or small group lessons can be arranged at any time.

– Nevada City Parks and Rec., 265-2496: Day camp program: ages 5-12, Monday though Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pioneer Park, July 2-20. Weeks are themed: Building rockets; science week with live animals and creek exploration; theater arts week at the Miners Foundry, dance, skits and artwork. Regular games and crafts, pool time on Fridays.

Pool: “Dive-in Movies” on three Fridays during the summer, ages 11-17. Swimming, music, games, raffle prizes. Open at 7 p.m. for swimming, movie starts at dark.

Swimming lessons: Mostly full, continuing through Aug. 9.

Art Classes: Keeping an illustrated nature journal, botanical illustration, family nature art adventures, introduction to drawing from nature. Christine Elder, instructor. All ages, on-going.

Tennis lessons: Ages 10 and up, working with Jackson’s Real Life Fitness.


– Mana Beads, 470-8399: Kids can get help with whatever they want on a walk-in basis. Help with design, materials and production. Classes (children under 12 accompanied by adult) on basic to advanced beading, wire work and seed beading.

– Ben Franklin, 273-1348: Children: Kids’ beading class 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 12, $10; Mommy and Me acrylic painting, 1-3 p.m. July 16-17 and July 18-19, $25 per person plus supplies; Kids’ beading bracelet class, 1-3 p.m. July 21, $10;

kids’ daisy-chain beaded bracelet class, 1-3 p.m. July 30, $10.

– The Studio, 274-9003: A full-service pottery studio for all levels. Ongoing parent/child clay class, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays. Parents can come with children for drop-in hours: Painting ceramics 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays.

– Beads Galore, 274-9650: Beading classes for children for all ages; workshops in July for different ages; stress bracelets, sun catchers, key chains, macrame, earrings and charm necklaces.

– Fibers, 272-9276: Will teach kids to knit on a drop-in basis.

The arts

– Gold Country Piano Institute, 478-0315 or 432-3451: Piano lessons

– Center for the Arts, 271-7000: Academy of the Creative Arts. Session for ages 8-12 July 9-13; session for teens July 23-29; watercolor, sculpture, paper mache, cartooning and acrylic and oil painting. Little Players acting school and summer day camp. Contact Shawnna S. Frazer at 273-8899 or

– North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, 265-8141: Ask about kids’ art camp. Classes in tai chi, African dance, belly dancing, yoga

– Nevada County TeleVision (NCTV), 478-6400, ext. 250: Classes in video and video editing for ages 12 and up. Two classes in July: Home/family movies; film editing using Final Cut Pro.


– Sierra Dance Institute, 477-7644: Performing & teaching jazz, ballet, tap & voice. Summer Dance Workshop July 9-Aug. 3. All ages.

– Dance With Laura Bishop, 265-2690: Dance Camp for ages 2-and-a-half and up, with creative movement, jazz, ballet and tap, July 10 to Aug. 7.

– Nevada City Ballet Academy, 265-6892

– Moving Ground, 272-4240

– Expressions School of Dance, 265-3512

– Penn Valley Academy of Dance, 432-8985

– Salsa Sierra, 477-0767


– “Get a Clue at your Library” summer program for kids at the Nevada County libraries. June 20-July 25. Kids go to a library and get a book bag with goodies. They track the books they read with stickers. Targeting youths, 13 and younger.

– All branches offer story time. Call your local branch for dates and times.

– Madelyn Helling County Library, 265-1407: Ask about free art classes on Saturday mornings.

– Grass Valley Library, 273-4117: Special events include a magic show and puppet show and the end of program ice cream party with a Latin American music group. The library will be giving out free books at the party, July 25.

– The Bookseller, 272-2131: Bookworm Club. For every book a child buys, the store punches a hole in their club card. Prizes are given for four and eight holes in the card. After 10 holes, children receive a gift certificate. Storytime first Saturday of the month for all ages. Books chosen depending on who shows up.

” Compiled by The Union staff

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