Nobody likes to hear bad news, but unfortunately it is necessary for me to inform you noncalendar watchers that this is the last weekend of spring.
In seven days we'll unofficially enter those lazy, crazy days of summer. All too soon the last school bell will ring, and parents will again be presented with the problem of keeping the kids busy over the long, hot summer.
Hot off the presses for your soon-to-be-bored brood is the summer program guide from the county Recreation & Parks Department, listing loads of programs for kids in the Pasadena area.
Downs Park will be a site for the countywide day camp program for youngsters 5 1/2 though 12. Three, two-week sessions will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, June 28 through Aug. 6.
Activities include drama, music, nature programs, sports, swimming, arts and crafts, field trips, guest performers, cookouts, theme days and lots more.
Session One will run from June 28 to July 9, with no camp on July 5. The fee is $120 per child and the registration deadline is June 14.
Session Two will be held July 12-23. Session Three will be from July 26 to Aug. 6. The cost for session two and three is $130 each. Discounts are offered for campers attending all three sessions. Family discounts also are available.
Bus transportation from selected sites around the county is included in the fee.
For more details, call Tim Chesnutt, 222-3551.
* Eight- to 12-year-olds in your crew can test their spirit of high adventure in the Wilderness Challenge Camp offering.
Activities include canoeing, rock climbing, caving, inner tubing, a ropes course and an overnight camping trip.
Van transportation is provided, with stops at various county schools.
The cost is $140 per camper.
A session for ages 8-10 is set for July 19-23. Three sessions are planned for ages 11-13, July 5-9, July 12-16 and July 26-30. The session for 14- through 16-year-olds is scheduled Aug. 2-6.
All sessions are co-educational and are supervised by qualified staff members and experienced guides.
For more details, call Bob Brandenburger, 222-3538.
* Summer playgrounds for children ages 5 1/2 through 12, will be offered at Fort Smallwood, High Point, Jacobsville, Bodkin, Pasadena and Riviera Beach elementary schools and Freetown Recreation Center.
Daily playground hours will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 28 to Aug. 6.
Activities vary by site, but will include sports, arts and crafts and indoor/outdoor camps. Parents must provide transportation and lunch.
The cost for the six-week program is $70 per child. Family discounts are available.
Preschoolers, age 3-5, can attend a morning or afternoon playground program offered at Sunset Elementary School weekdays from June 28 to Aug. 6.
Children must be 3 years old by June 28 and be toilet trained.
The morning session will operate from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The afternoon session will run from noon to 2:30 p.m.
The fee for the half-day six week program is $75 per child.
* Tennis anyone? Recreation & Parks will offer tennis lessons for kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Lake Shore Elementary starting June 29.
Lessons are scheduled at 8:15 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Class size for each 50-minute lesson is limited to 16. Early registration is encouraged.
The fee for the six-week program is $20.
Beginning to advanced players can benefit from evening clinics at Lake Waterford Park from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 28 and 30.
Directed by tennis coordinator Keith Murphy, clinics help players improve strokes and build talents.
The fee is $25 for players ages 12-16, $30 for those over 17 and older.
For more details about tennis programs, call Ron Mox at 222-3600.
The United Methodist Women of Faith United Methodist Church are sponsoring an Everything Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the church.
Along with a little bit everything from crafts to flea market finds, shoppers will be able to buy some of the most delicious barbecued chicken in Pasadena, grilled with a secret sauce, chef Walt Kinder said.
The church is at Duvall Highway at Edgewood Road. Proceeds will benefit church projects.
Downs Park and the B&A Trail volunteers are sponsoring a flower sale from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Downs Park.
Flowers will consist primarily of native perennials, like daisies, bee balm and black-eyed Susans, Ranger Dave Devault said.
Seeds collected from wildlife areas of both parks will be on sale.
Proceeds will benefit the Friends organizations from both county parks.
Volunteers and items are needed.
If you can help, call Ranger Devault at 222-6230 or B&A Ranger Sharon Alfinito at 222-6244.
They're off and crawling in St. Jane Frances School's annual turtle derby this morning.
Student owners have been coddling their potential winners for weeks now giving them lots of sunshine and good turtle grub. Like all wild animals, turtles are better off living free so students have been advised to return them to the wild after race day, school spokesman Rene Hammond said.
Heats will take place during recess times, with the grand prize race taking place at 1:15 p.m.
Parents are welcomed to attend.
For details, call the school 255-4750.