City, Boys and Girls Club join efforts to produce summer activities

Sean C. Morgan

Library’s Summer Reading Program adds to mix of

plenty to do for kids

The City of Sweet Home and the Public Library have a long list of activities planned for Sweet Home kids beginning this month.

The Summer Reading Program begins with sign-ups on June 19, and in cooperation with the Boys and Girls Club, the city’s summer recreation program kicks off on June 17 with fishing at Sunnyside Park.

The Summer Recreation program will be quite a bit different this year as the city provides Sweet Home children special activities and field trips they might not have otherwise.

Planning Assistant Julie Fisher said she had learned that some students at Foster School had never been to Foster Lake, and that inspired this year’s activities.

“I’d like to give these kids that chance,” she said. She has developed a schedule of 11 events that will take children from Sunnyside Park to the Oregon coast.

Usually, the Summer Recreation program is held in Sweet Home’s city parks, she said. To that end, the city also is planning three free Friday movie nights in Sankey Park.

Children’s activities begin at 7:30 p.m., and the movie shows at sunset in the grass by Weddle Bridge. The Oregon Jamboree is providing the screen, and Les Schwab Tire Center is providing popcorn, with drinks and snacks sold by the Sweet Home Booster Club. Families should bring a lawn chair and a blanket.

“The Lego Movie” shows on July 11. “Despicable Me 2” is scheduled for July 18, and “The Lorax” screens on July 25.

Weekly events begin on June 17.

“Each event has a fee, but we don’t want that to scare anybody away,” Fisher said. The Summer Recreation budget will provide scholarships for families who cannot afford the fee. Funds are available to all families, but depending on how many request scholarships, it will be based on income, serving the neediest first. The events also require Boys and Girls Club membership, $20 per year.

To sign up for events, families should go the Boys and Girls Club, Fisher said. For scholarships, visit her office, 1140 12th Ave., City Hall.

Free lunch is provided at each activity. Transportation is provided to and from events at the Boys and Girls Club, 890 18th Ave.

Children are also eligible to use the club from noon to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the program.

Summer Reading

Summer Reading signups run from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 20 and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 21.

All programs are free.

The first Summer Reading event is June 25.

Science is the theme this year, “Spark Reaction” for teens and “Fizz, Boom, Read” for younger children.

The programs include hands-on activities, experiments and more while children read books all summer long for prizes.

Sandi Leonard, the librarian who organizes the programs each year, hasn’t been able to resist the hands-on activities and is already incorporating them into story time on Friday. Last week, she and the participating children lifted fingerprints.

Teens begin with a pizza party on June 26, followed by Duct Tape Creativity on July 3. On July 10, they’ll dress as science fiction characters, with others guessing who they are. July 17, they will play new board games, “Pandemic” with the “On the Brink” expansion and “Castle Panic.” On July 24, they’ll “defend their castles” by learning to create catapults.

Program times are 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Kindergarten through sixth-grade children will begin on June 25 when The Dragon Theater Puppets present “You’re Electric,” a puppet show about the history, science, invention and safety behind electricity.

On July 2, Curt Nelson will present “Science: The Magic in Your Own Backyard.” Professor Mega-Noggin and his assortment of zany puppets will share hilarious magical science fun.

July 9 is “Grossology” with Sylvia Branzei. Demonstrations may include how to make fake poo, fake blood or maybe edible fake barf. Educational information will slip its way into the show.

July 16, Penny Puppets present “Whiz, Bang, Boom,” a program with the excitable Professor Gabby, who will show that science is more than beakers, test tubes and explosions.

July 23, Mad Science presents “Spin, Pop, Boom,” which will teach children about chemical reactions, including experiments featuring both chemical and physical changes.

Program times are 10 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Tots and preschoolers, everyone under age 5, start their program on June 27 with Color Magic. They will learn about the science of color, creating rainbows and mixing and matching colors to make new ones.

July 11 is “Splish, Splash, Water World,” exploring the many forms of water.

July 18 is “Critter Fun – Bees and Pollination.” Children will be bees making honey and wax and pollinating flowers.

July 25 is “Can You Sense It?” a program where students learn about their five senses.

Programs begin at 9:30 a.m. on Fridays.

During the sign-up period, students will receive a free book and a free library card.

Each child will receive a challenge sheet with reading assignments. The more challenges they complete, the more prizes they can win. Parents may read to children who can1not read yet.

The Library Dragon also returns to Sweet Home, visiting a different business each week. Those finding the dragon have a chance to grab treasures from his hoard.

Librarian Rose Peda said the library staff is grateful for support from the Friends of the Sweet Home Public Library, the State Library and the Ready to Read Grant, and Comcast for the Summer Reading Program.

For more information about the Summer Reading Program, call (541) 367-5007.

For more information about the Summer Recreation Program, call the Boys and Girls Club at (541) 367-6421 or Fisher at (541) 367-8113.

City Recreation Summer Activities

n June 17: Fishing at Sunnyside Park, $10 per child.

n June 23: Olympics at the Sweet Home High School track, free.

n June 24, McDowell Creek Falls, $10 per child.

n July 1: Fishing at Cheadle Lake, $10 per child.

n July 8: Brownsville Museum, $11 per child.

n July 22: Splash!, $5 per child.

n July 29: Chafin Farms, $11 per child.

n Aug. 5: Coast trip, $10 per child.

n Aug. 12: Clear Lake hike, $10 per child.

n Aug. 19: South Santiam Fish Hatchery, $10 per child.

n Aug. 21: Cascadia Cave, $10 per child.