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Park and Rec gives children something to do

Nevada City has an answer to a child’s age-old complaint about having nothing to do.

It’s the Youth Center summer activities program, which is in its first season, and the summer day camp programs that run from now until early August at Pioneer Park.

“So far, it’s been real fun,” said Doe Grady, while helping eight girls do some styling while preparing for a fashion show to be held last Thursday.



Grady and Emily Baker, part-time employees of the Nevada City Park and Recreation Department, were helping the girls make dresses from recycled material as part of the weeklong Runway Spirit camp at the Veteran’s Center in Nevada City.

“I like the feeling of making something on your own, and it feels good when you get done,” Sophie Carr, a 12-year-old Nevada City girl, said with obvious pride while showing off a dress made from swimming pool liner that featured a floral arrangement created from packing foam.




This week’s camp will be more physically challenging. The Outdoors Travels camp will include opportunities to learn about biking from Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop owner Duane Strawser and kayaking from Wolf Creek Wilderness owner Danny Childs, according to Grady.

The department will hold a third camp from Aug. 4 to Aug. 7 called No Reservations, which will teach campgoers how to make a “signature dish.” All camps are for children ages 10 to 13 and go from noon to 4 p.m. at the Veterans Center. The cost is $100.

The Park and Recreation Department is holding camp programs for children ages 4 to 10 for a second summer. Two of the camps, Extreme Adventure and Pirates Passage, are filled up, according to Dawn Zydonis, director of the program.

But three other one-week camps, X-games, Wacky World of Science and Drama Rama, still have openings, she said. The camps go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., are held at Pioneer Park and cost $185.

The department also will host two “dive-in” movies at the pool. “Transformers” will be shown on the night of July 11 and the Disney movie “High School Musical” on July 25.

The charge for those is $3 for individuals or $7 for a party of three.

For more details on all these programs, call 265-8223.

To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail pbutler@theunion.com or call 477-4239.


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