Parks classes promise to keep teens busy


May 14, 2000|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COUNTY REC and Parks class offerings in Brooklyn Park used to be few and far between. Not any more. In addition to getting ready for the opening of the department's new facilities at Brooklyn Park Middle School, the staff is offering teens entering grades 6 through 9 a preview of these new programs at Summer Teen Camp.

Emily Tomasini, youth programs coordinator for Rec and Parks, says this is not just another summer camp. Participants will be "on the road," traveling to popular summer activity centers in the area.

"We will only have one day a week in camp; the other four days we'll be traveling to Ocean City, Hershey Park, King's Dominion, ESPN Zone or Washington. We will also go sailing and bowling," she said.

Tomasini said the summer camp is the department's most popular teen program. "It's because this isn't arts and crafts. They want to do something else. These are the places that they ask their parents to go to anyway," she said.

Once the new middle school opens, the department plans to expand its youth programs. A three-day-a-week Teen and Travel Program is in the works, along with teen dances and field trips.

The fact that their offices will be located in the same complex as the middle school is exciting for staff members of Rec and Parks. "We'll be so close, the kids can come right out of school and come here. We've never had this in the county before," Tomasini said.

Offered for the first time in the area, the camp will be held at Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26 to Aug. 4. The cost is $130 a week for the first child in a family and $120 for each additional child.

Transportation will be provided. Buses will pick up students at 8 a.m. at Brooklyn Park Elementary and the Brooklyn Park Library.

Registration information is available in the Rec and Parks brochure available at county libraries, stores and area middle schools. For more information, call 410-222-7313.

Meet the principal

The Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, Morgan Road and 14th Ave.

Guest speaker will be Brenda Hurbanis, principal of the new Brooklyn Park Middle School."This school is state of the art, and any child attending this facility will have educational opportunities and access to special programs never before offered in our neighborhood," said Arleen Hodges, asociation president.

Hurbanis will provide a firsthand view of the programs and her hopes for the children of the community. Residents are welcome. Information: 410-636-3269

Blood drive

There's an opportunity to give the gift of life Thursday at the Red Cross Spring Blood Drive at St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church.

The drive will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the church hall. Anyone 18 or older may donate. Refreshments will be served.

The church is located at 4708 Prudence St. For information, call Bill Shenton, 410-752-8152.

Christian school registration

The St. John Christian Day School is accepting registration of new students for the 2000-2001 school year.

St. John's offers classes for children age 3 through sixth grade, as well as a day care program for its students. There are openings in all grade levels.

The school is located at 226 Washburn Ave. Information: 410-355-7296

Get in shape

The summer session of the Harbor Fitness programs is getting under way, with a wide range of exercise programs - for those beginning a workout program as well as those who are more advanced.

Classes include cardio kickboxing, country line dancing, yoga, women's self defense and a variety of aerobics. Tai-chi, the ancient Chinese art of body movement, and Tai Bo, a workout combining self defense, dance and boxing, also will be offered.

All classes will begin in early June and will be held at theLifeResource Center on Hanover Street, across from the main entrance to Harbor Hospital Center. There are morning and evening sessions available, each running six weeks and with a cost of $25.

For information or to register, call 410-354-9655between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

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