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Rec department has plans for you this summer

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - Updated: 9:35 AM

The city of Amsterdam Recreation Department announces the following summer classes and camps at the Creative Connections Art Center, 303 E. Main St., and the Bacon school:

Bacon School All Day Summer Camp

July 7 through Aug. 15, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. -- An all-day summer camp will take place at the Youth Center at Bacon School, 40 Henrietta Blvd. Cost is $60 per child per week; $95 per family per week; $15 per day, and includes free breakfast and free lunch. Pickup ends at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Children will be in age-appropriate groups led by certified staff. Camp activities will include sports fitness, training, team building, fun, exciting activities. Visit for more information or contact Samantha Bonanno at or call 841-4369.

Introduction to Acting, presented by Xavier Aleman

July 8-Aug. 14, 1-3:30 p.m. -- Every Tuesday and Thursday. Open for Middle School, High School and Adult ages. Limited class size is 15 students. Cost is $10 a class. Pre-register with Xavier by email

Kids Crafts, presented by Dani Whelly

July 8-Aug. 26, 3:30-5 p.m. -- Every Tuesday. Open for ages K-6. Cost is $5 per student. General arts and crafts with a new project every week. The projects will be loosely developed to allow for creativity and "free thinking." Will use a variety of mediums and supplies. Limited to 15 students. Pre-register by email

Dance, presented by Michele Marzullo

Beginning July 14 and every Monday in July from 5 to 6 p.m. Open for ages 9-12. Pre-register with Sam by email or call 841-4369. A Hip Hop class.

Big Bold Brass, presented by Richard China

July 15-17, 4-5 p.m.; July 22-24, 4-5 p.m.; July 25 concert time, TBD. Pre-register with Richard China by email or call 369-1982.

Wondrous World of Woodwinds, presented by Stephanie Boice

July 15-17, 5-6 p.m.; July 22-24, 5-6 p.m.; July 25 concert time, TBD. Pre-register with Stephanie Boice by email or call 331-7436,

Both classes open for Middle School grades 6 to 8. Don't go flat this summer, stay sharp. No matter what instrument you play, this summer group is just for you. Find out what it's like to perform in a chamber group. Participants will be able to perform in duets, trios, quartets and even bigger groups. Not only will you get the opportunity to play more independently with your instrument, you will also get the chance to get to improve your technique and enjoy making music with your friends. Impress your teacher when you come back to school sounding better than ever.

Cooking up Fun, presented by Jean and Roseanne

July 21 and Aug. 18 open to anyone. Vary your veggie sessions for your Garden Club on the third Monday of each month. Each session, a combination of a brief nutrition topic and food preparation, would last approximately one and half hours. The recipes will be determined later on and will correlate to some of the vegetables that are planted in the garden. Vary your veggies is a hands-on skill based program which combines a brief nutrition topic with food preparation. Participants will prepare recipes that feature nutrient-rich vegetables from each of the following groups: deep orange, cruciferous, leafy greens and legumes. Covered nutrition topics are: Basic Cooking Skills and Food Safety; Making Health Choices using MyPlate; Eat Your Colors; Calorie Balance-Go, Slow, Whoa Foods.

July 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. -- Channel the Artist and Inner Beauty Within at the Arts Center. There will be a free lunch after session. Girls are welcome to participate in this day of learning how to paint, experience self-expression and become the artist within.

July 21-Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m.-noon -- Great Girls Art/Crafts/Sharing, presented by Carol Jordan. This class will take place every Monday. Free lunch will be available. Open for girls ages 7-16. Each class will involve a time of creative crafting, writing or other activity will be linked into the subject of the day that will be discussed before and during the time together. Each girl will bring home a finished craft or writing, that day, which will remind her of what was talked about that day. Subjects will range from realistic, to abstract. A few being "True Beauty come from within"; "Planning our future...what's it all about?"; "Love for others"; "Creative and Worthwhile Pursuits"; "Manners 101"; "We are what we wear"; "Being "Real" in an "Unreal" World." Register with Carol by email or call 842-6651.

July 28 and Aug. 25, 7:30-9 p.m. -- Nature in the Neighborhood with George Steel, fourth Monday of the month.

Garden Club meets every Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. Bring gloves, tools and a dish or snack to share.

Aug. 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m. -- Healthy Living, Fun with Food at the Arts Center. There will be a free lunch after session. "You are what you eat," so test your knowledge. Girls will be learning the importance of labels on the foods everyone eats, making healthy food choices and preparing healthy snacks.

Aug. 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m. -- Get Moving Zumba Party at the Arts Center. There will be a free lunch after session. Girls are welcome to join in for a morning of Zumba fitness, tips and tricks for staying active, healthy and stress-free.


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