Summer Fun Guide
June, 2011 - Issue #80
Keeping Busy, Having Fun
Unstructured time is essential for a child's growth and development. Every kid should have a chance to be mesmerized by a trail of ants or enthralled by the newest tween bestseller. But a summer entirely without focus can be wearing for both kids and parents alike. This is the time to discover great answers to the inevitable first-day-of-school question: "What did you do this summer?"

"I performed in a 'Broadway' show."

Camp VIBE Broadway
Every kid - at every level - is a star at Camp VIBE Broadway. Your little thespian will learn character development, voice and stage techniques. Five summer sessions are available (June 20 to June 24; June 27 to July 1; July 11 to July 22; July 25 to July 29 and August 1 to August 5); 255-7464

ESCAPE Summer Broadway Review
Children in the first through seventh grade who love to sing and dance will have a new "audience" (besides your dinner guests) to entertain this summer when you enroll them in ESCAPE's Broadway Review, beginning July 18. Convenient evening rehearsal times seal the deal for busy parents; 299-5264

"I (finally) learned how to conquer algebra."

Math Support Services
Yes, math and science can be fun - when you no longer feel lost in a world of algorithms and confusing formulas. Math Support Services offers junior-high and high-school courses in math, chemistry and physics (Honors credit is available, too!). The five-week course, which begins June 22 (So hurry!), is entirely transferable to the William S. Hart School District. Private options, scholarships and student loans are available, too; 255-1730

"I walked the catwalk in a fashion show."

Ms. Mardi's Modeling Workshop for Girls
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 5 through July 28, girls 8 to 17 years old will learn self-image analysis, hair and nail care, time management, modeling, etiquette, speech, fitness, nutrition and goal setting. Your daughter will also participate in a photo shoot and fashion show finale. She'll never walk, talk or look the same after this workshop (In a good way. Say "goodbye" to the slouch, poor manners and questionable fashion choices!) Ms. Mardi has been teaching girls and women since 1977; 252-3232

"I mastered the balance beam."

Wallers' GymJam Academy Summer Day Camp
Wallers' GymJam Academy is directed by Olympian and Olympic Coach Chris Waller, so you know that this is a place for real gymnastics. And it's also a place for fun! Now in session, your 4 to 12 year old will love the high-energy excitement a day at Wallers' GymJam provides. Early and late drop off are available for your convenience; 251-3390

"I made this tie-dye tee-shirt."

Craft Camp at Creative U Studios
Give yourself the gift of a little time (and sanity) and treat your kids to a chance to flex their creative muscles. Craft Camp, available each week from June 28 through August 3, is designed to suit girls and boys ages 5 and older. A different craft is planned each day that works within a different theme each week. All supplies for the craft are included in one low cost. (And there's a Sibling Discount. Score!) Camp is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Plan for the week or drop in (subject to availability) for $20 a day. Planned crafts include tie dye, garden stepping stones, a chance for your kids to design their own flip flops, make leather crafts and much more! Space is limited to ensure that each child receives plenty of attention, so book your session(s) today; 260-0800

"I toured a high-school campus."

William S. Hart Union High School District
The District has been celebrated for its safety, academic excellence and superior co-curricular opportunities like choir, band, theater, video production, robotics and debate. Parents are invited to tour a campus, meet with a principal or administrator and learn about alternative school options like independent study, Middle College High School and homeschooling; 259-0033, extension 227

The Oaks Grille Specials & Events
Half-price Happy Hour
Enjoy half-priced drinks and appetizers during Happy Hour every Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Last Wednesday Wine Tasting
Savor special wine pairings from featured wineries for only $18 per person, plus tax and service charge. On June 29, experience the offerings of Heck Estates. On July 27, taste the best from Wente Vineyards. Reservations are recommended.

Live Friday Night Entertainment on the Veranda
Relax and kiss the week's stresses goodbye while sipping and noshing to the tunes of great live bands like Lost in Time (June 17) and Inferno (June 24).

Fourth of July Celebration
Beginning at 6 p.m., celebrate our nation's independence with a traditional barbecue, including savory assorted grilled brats, hot dogs, chicken and hamburgers. Then stick around for the valley's best view of the fireworks. Adults are $25, kids ages 6 to 12 are $15 and children 5 and under are free. Prices do not include tax or service charge. Reservations recommended. The Oaks Grille is located at Tournament Players Club Valencia; 288-1995

Vino 100's Summer Wine Education Series
Discover everything you ever wanted to know about wine but didn't know who to ask in this summer's wine education series at Vino 100. Join Brent Erickson, chef and wine representative for Quintessential Wines, in Vino 100's newest Wine Education Series, a seven-part series exploring the world of wine. On Thursday, June 30, Brent begins the journey with Wine 101: The Basics. Other classes include Aroma on July 14, Summer Whites on July 28, Pinot Noir on August 11, Chardonnay on August 25, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot together on September 8, ending with Bubbles on September 22. Cost is $25 a class; sign up for one class or receive a discount when you reserve several or all classes. Space is limited, so reserve early; 294-6886

If Golf is on your Summer Bucket List...
Know that success may start with your feet. The biomechanics of golf make your feet as important to the success of your swing as any other part of the body. Getting and keeping your feet in the right position to help properly carry the force of the swing can be impacted by the shoes you wear, explains Dr. Tony Avakian, DPM, of Valencia Foot & Ankle Center (288-2321).

Improper golf shoes can bring on blisters, neuromas and other pain in the feet. Whichever style you choose, look for shoes that are lightweight, well-cushioned in the soles and heels, made from a breathable material, water resistant and offer traction. The middle of the shoe should feel a little tighter than your everyday shoes to support your swing, advises Avakian.

And whether golf is your sport of choice or another activity has your attention, make sure to take good care of your feet - especially in the summer. "Your running style, quality of footwear, and even minor limb length differences can contribute to injury," says Dr. Robert Abrams, DPM, of the Footcare Center of Santa Clarita (253-3668). He advises that you wash your feet daily (and dry thoroughly); wear only high-quality, well-fitting socks; always use the correct shoe for each sport and surface and get in shape, because being overweight places added stress on the feet.

Adam Philipson, managing director of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook and COC Interim Vice President and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Floyd Moos at the 2011-2012 sea
Adam Philipson, managing director of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook and COC Interim Vice President and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Floyd Moos at the 2011-2012 sea
Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at COC's 2011-2012 Series Subscriptions Now Available
Phenomenal entertainment and world-renowned performers will be headlining the 2011-2012 season at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at COC. Dozens of first-rate shows are scheduled, including Chancellor's Choice Series events like the Blue Sky Riders opening for Kenny Loggins (September), Dionne Warwick (January) and Martin Short (June 2012). Ozomatli will rock the center in January and the Almost Free Family Series ("Peter and the Wolf," "The Mask Messenger") is sure to be a hit. Series subscriptions go on sale June 15; 362-5304

For the Family
Vacation Bible School
Legacy Christian Academy will be hosting Vacation Bible School from July 19 to July 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily. Children in grades first through sixth are invited to attend. The cost is $25 per child for the four-day event featuring Mr. J Band live in concert;

Unlimited Play Specials & Extended Hours at Mountasia
Spend your summer at Mountasia Fun Center and Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour. Extended hours begin June 13, open Monday through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Farrell's opens daily at 11 a.m. Unlimited Play Specials are available daily through Labor Day; 253-4FUN (386)

Drink Up
Summer backyard barbecues, kids parties and adult soirees alike all can be improved with one frosty addition: The Drink Dr. These easy-to-use, affordable-to-rent machines will turn a simple margarita or icee mix into frozen fabulousness in a glass. Your guests will pour their own beverages while you sit back and collect the compliments; 250-6106

Gun Safety & Training
This may be the summer to teach your children to respect, and fire, a gun. Kids under 10 shoot free, and kids under 16 shoot for 50 percent off at Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall (with a responsible adult present, of course.); 259-7441

On the Road Again
We're big fans of Nostalgic Creations' famous $9.95 Shell Oil Change & Lube Special, $49.95 Tune Up Special, $29.95 Air Conditioning Service and $59.95 Front or Rear Brake Special. Nostalgic Creations is your complete full service auto repair and complete collision center; heck, they even sell tires.Visit them at 26536 Ruether Avenue in Santa Clarita near Sam's Club and Home Depot; 250-0555

...And Prepare
You should always carry an abundant supply of food and water in your car in a backpack that you can take with you if you need to exit the vehicle. Some earthquake supply stores carry food and water with a shelf life of up to seven years. Any essential medications should also be kept in your car, especially for illnesses like diabetes. Also, diapers and other special necessities are a must. Basic tools, such as flashlights with extra batteries, may also come in handy. A set of good quality jumper cables and flares are a good idea, too. You should also have a full change of clothing and walking shoes. Of course, an operating cellular phone can be your savior. Another must-have: a disposable camera. In the case of an accident, the camera should be used to take photographs of all of the cars involved and the area where the accident occurred, as well as the injured parties, if applicable; Law Offices of Barry L. Edzant
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