Family Time
April, 2009 - Issue #54
College of the Canyons' Junior High Summer Institute Back for Second Season
Offering more than the typical summer camp experience, the popular Junior High Summer Institute (JSI) at College of the Canyons is back and better than ever, with new curriculum tracks and activities that are sure to provide students with a fun and engaging atmosphere all summer long.

Available to incoming sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, JSI allows students the option of enrolling in week-long curriculum tracks - taught primarily by College of the Canyons instructors or field experts - in areas including art, film, math and science and musical theatre. New to JSI this summer will be tracks focused on animation, 3-D design, teen fitness, young entrepreneurship, lake recreation and much more.

JSI will run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., from June 15 through July 24 (no meeting July 3) and will consist of six one-week sessions.

At a cost of $185 per child per week, parents have the option of enrolling their student in different tracks for as many as six weeks. However some tracks may require an additional $15 materials fee.

For working parents, an extended care option will allow students to remain at JSI from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day at an additional cost of $60 per child per week. Also new for the 2009 summer session, JSI will be offering a limited number of need-based camp scholarships.

For more information about how to apply for a JSI scholarship or to register for the 2009 Junior High Summer Institute at College of the Canyons call 362-3300 or visit

It's "All About You Babe" at the 2009 SCV Healthy Baby Expo
Babies will take center stage this year at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's 2009 SCV Healthy Baby Expo, set to take place Sunday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the hospital campus in the Pavilion parking area at 23845 McBean Parkway in Valencia.
Through a series of 60 interactive educational booths, the SCV Healthy Baby Expo is a health fair focusing on prenatal and postpartum mothers, fathers and babies, including information on how to have a better pregnancy and birthing experience and a healthier baby.

In addition to learning about and meeting local physicians on the medical staff at Henry Mayo, expectant parents will have the opportunity to be educated on several pregnancy-related health topics and learn about what to expect when delivering at Henry Mayo.

Postpartum moms and dads can learn more about breastfeeding, how to soothe a baby, postpartum physical therapy, exercise and how to properly install a child safety seat.

The free community event includes a number of activities for the entire family. For more information, call 253-8060 or visit

Saturday, April 4
City of Santa Clarita Hosts Annual Community Health & Children's Safety Fair
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Newhall Community Center located at 22421 Market Street in Newhall. This collaborative event will bring over 40 local service agencies together to provide information, demonstrations and essential health services at no cost to the public. The health services and screenings will include vision, hearing, dental, diabetes, cholesterol, immunizations for children and annual exams for women. Raffle prizes and entertainment will be presented. Families can obtain information on no- or low-cost children's health insurance programs. Enrollment will be conducted for those who call ahead and come prepared. For more information on the children's healthcare program visit: or contact Judy Woodworth at 286-4006.

City of Santa Clarita Hosts Daddy-Daughter Dance Starting at 6 p.m., fathers and daughters (between the ages of 5 and 10) will dance the night away at the formal event. Daddies and daughters will take a memorable photo, eat dinner and enter dance contests; 286-4018

Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at COC Presents The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion Starting at 8 p.m. Combining drama, comedy and suspense with elaborate illusions that include dazzling special effects and puzzling feats of legerdemain, The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion creates a powerful theatrical experience audiences will never forget. This international illusion sensation has garnered numerous awards and rave reviews, and their performance will thrill, delight and captivate young and old alike; 362-5304

Sunday, April 12 to Saturday, April 18
City of Santa Clarita Hosts Annual Pride Week Hundreds of residents volunteer to clean up and beautify streets, parks, schools and other areas around town; 290-2911

Invisalign Now Available for Teens
The popular "invisible braces" that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of adults now are available for teens, too. The clear, removable aligners are especially convenient for teens who may feel socially and physically "held back" by traditional metal wire braces. Financing is available to those who qualify. Invisalign Teen is available through Dr. Bobby Irani of Valencia Dental Arts 799-9989.

This Month, Why Don't You...
loudly declare "April Fools!" On Wednesday, April 1, turn the tables on your kids and set up an age-appropriate April Fools gag. (We know it's tempting, but the "There's no school today... April Fools!" ruse is just cruel.) P.S. Your boss called; seems that you don't have to go to work on April 1...

make up. Much-loved advice columnist Ann Landers declared April 2 Reconciliation Day. Remember: There should never be a "but" after the phrase, "I'm sorry."

shamelessly re-introduce your feet to the sun. 'Tis the season of spring sandals. Yes, the economy's in the toilet, but Girl - you need a pedicure. Bad. Spend an extra few bucks for go-with-everything French Tips and let the healing begin.

take a shorter shower. Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day. Answer this question: Is the future of the planet less important than your assumption that turning off your computer/lights/etc. is just too time consuming? Make recycling, along with saving water and energy, a family habit. The money you save will easily pay for your pedicure.
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