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Ahhh, summer, the season of long days in the sand, flip-flops and cut-offs, and a slow pace that’s just right for vacation. Oh, wait, that was before you had a job you were expected to perform every day and kids who really don’t have a slow speed to shift into. And that, dear readers, is why summer camp was invented. So instead of spending the next couple months in blissful denial or in frenzied stress, just sit down with Coastal View News’ Summer Camp Guide and find a camp or two to fit the little people in your life. Carpinteria may be small, but it’s big on opportunities to keep growing minds expanding and growing bodies in motion. And once you’ve got your summer plans nailed down, you can get back to reminiscing about those slow paced summers of yore.

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cornerstone house of santa barbara a day camp for persons with developmental disabilities

Operated by Cornerstone House of Santa Barbara, the Happy Adventure Camp is committed to providing children and young adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience all the joys of summer camp ! Camp includes trips to the Beach, Pool, Zoo and Parks along with many other Special Activities! Staff is trained to work with seizures and medication administration. Our counselor to camper ratio is 1-1 or 1-2. • Campers must be at least 5 years old • Campers are limited to one - 1 week session. • Camp Dates: July 24th to July 28th or July 31st to August 4th • Camp Hours: 8:3O am to 3:OO pm • Cost : $150 per 1 week session. Financial assistance available • Applications due by June 15th

For more information contact : Cornerstone House of Santa Barbara 805/684-5840

Summer is a great time for a new activity !

Piano Lessons

The Studio of Music

Call to Schedule Lessons • 453-3481

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Getting the most out of summer

By Jamie Persoon, Administrator in Charge

Oh, those long summer days and fun summer nights! Parents look forward to summer, when the stressful mad dash to get out of the house on time comes to a temporary halt. Parents also wonder what to do with their kids all summer, and how to keep them academically in shape for the coming school year. Carpinteria Unified School District offers a summer school program run by our After School Program folks, and will host the program at Aliso School this year. Please contact your child’s teacher or principal for more information. In addition, there will KARLSSON be Seamless Summer Lunch available free to all kids, Sara Rochlitzer and kids Jade and Beau spend ages 0 to 18, available at a sunny day with the Carpinteria Family School Carpinteria High School from making Jelly Bowl beach litter free. June 12 through July 14 on a daily basis. Stay tuned for more details. It is also helpful to ensure that your child continues reading and writing practice over the summer, including daily routines of reading as a family. Telling stories is also an important routine, letting your child share their own, and parents and grandparents talking about family members’ experiences in the past. Students feel anchored when they know their family history. When you’re at the store, have your child help you estimate the total cost of the groceries in the cart, and pay attention to what each item costs. Have them help you determine which brand is the better buy and whether “buy two, get one free” is actually a bargain. Math is everywhere. If you’re taking a road trip, work as a family to determine what the mileage of the trip will be, and how much it will cost in gas. Chart your trip on a map, and discuss distance, counties, states and countries. Students need to know about place in the world and understand the larger national and global perspective. You don’t have to travel far to give your children some fabulous experiences. Here in our own town we have a wealth of resources, like daily walks exploring the Bluffs, watching the harbor seals, searching the tide pools at low tide, tracking the phases of the moon and heading out as a family to watch a full moon rise. Discuss the gravitational pull that affects tides and how everything is connected! Visit the Salt Marsh, an incredible and increasingly rare natural resource. Above all, spend time with your children during the summer. Many of us are working parents, and our kids are in junior lifeguards, summer school or other camps. We can still come home from work and take advantage of the extra daylight and truly get to know and explore the community in which we live.

Summer Break Early Bird 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM $75 Weekly or $20 Daily Drop-In Program 12 PM - Close Free with membership

Art! Sports! STEM! Field Trips! Fun!

For more information call 805-684-1568

Have a Super Summer!

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Sign up for Summer Camp today at the Montecito Family YMCA!

Checklist to Summer Fun! •

ACA approved camps

Character-building activities

Enthusiastic and encouraging staff

Day Camps that spark kids’ imagination and exploration

Team-building Sports Camps that keep kids active and encourage overall health

MONTECITO FAMILY YMCA 591 Santa Rosa Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 • 805.969.3288 Download your Summer Camp Guide at

Photo: Tony Luna

Make this summer come to life at camp! Every camp offers excitement, enrichment and exploration. We believe imagination is the key to learning and growth, which is why we make sure camp is filled with activities to expand every camper’s imagination and creativity.

Why Choose One? Six Zoo Camps to Choose From! July 10–August 18. Visit for schedules, information, and registration. (805) 962-5339 • Just off Cabrillo Blvd. at East Beach •

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Get out and play By Lea Boyd

Nobody needs to read 1,000 words to know the beach, the bluffs or the foothills are better places for a kid than parked before a screen. It’s tough though, in an era when to-do lists always seem to grow longer, to carve out time to get kids out of the house and disconnected from devices to just be kids. Here’s why it’s so important: Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods,” coined the term Nature Deficit Disorder nearly a decade ago in response to a growing body of evidence indicating that children who don’t spend time in nature suffer for it in many ways—cognitive, physical, emotional. Since then, a movement to “leave no child inside” has gained momentum in the effort to reconnect children and nature. Fear is one of the forces that keep kids indoors. Fueled by media hype and social pressure, parents are now ever wary of kidnapping and other crimes and draw their play boundaries accordingly. The reality, however, tends to be less scary than the perception. Crime is down overall in the United States, and only 115 of the 800,000 children reported “missing” each year are snatched by a stranger, according to the Department of Justice. The vast majority of missing

children are teenage runaways who return home within 24 hours. Dan Fontaine, Executive Director of the Wilderness Youth Project, points to parental fear and “stranger danger” as a major factor reducing kids’ connection to nature. His childhood was marked by the autonomy to roam and explore, a freedom the children in his outdoor education programs don’t enjoy today. “I don’t think the world has actually changed as much as our relationship with it has changed,” Fontaine says. Even when parents are willing to give their children longer leashes, there is less nature within reach. Rampant development has left fewer wild places to explore and loads more technology to lure kids inside. A 2010 study by Kaiser Family Foundation found 8- to 18-year-olds spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes per day using entertainment media. Navigating one’s neighborhood has become a lot less comfortable for children than navigating an iPad. “Much of society no longer sees time spent in the natural world and independent, imaginary play as ‘enrichment,’” says Louv. “Technology now dominates almost every aspect of our lives. Technology is not, in itself, the enemy; but our lack of bal-

Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation

YOUTH SUMMER SAILING PROGRAM Sail in the Santa Barbara Harbor! Two-week sessions, mornings and afternoons. June 12th to August 18th. All levels, ages 8 to 18. Sailboats provided. Tuition starts at $375 per two-week session. Limited scholarships available.

Register online now at For additional information call 805-965-4603

ALMA BILLGREN From left, Amaya Kuryliw, Holyn Vega and Ameila Isaac perform their yay-it’salmost-summer dance.

ance is lethal.” A nationwide poll conducted in 2015 by The Nature Conservancy found that the vast majority of today’s kids use a computer, watch TV or play video games on a daily basis, but only about 10 percent say they are spending time outdoors every day. Neighborhood attitudes have influenced the trend toward indoor childhoods as well. Louv noted that residential communities are often governed by homeowners associations that do not take kindly to children logging outdoor experiences. “One woman told me her community association banned chalk drawing on the sidewalks. Just try to put up a basketball hoop in some of these neighborhoods, let alone let the kids build a fort or treehouse in the field beyond the cul de sac,” he said. A generation ago, kids connected with nature simply because mom shooed them outside the house and told them to come back when the streets lights turned on. Parents didn’t calculate the value of climbing trees, catching tadpoles or trampling a path through the vacant lot. They took for granted the benefits of spending time outside because kids did so much of it.

Not so much today. “There is growing evidence that indicates direct exposure to nature is essential for children’s physical and emotional health, improving their cognitive abilities and resistance to negative stresses and depression,” stated Martha Driessnack in the Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing. Inactivity is now a national pandemic, and new research links those hours upon hours sitting on the couch with shorter lifespans. As childhood has been contained between four walls, obesity rates have climbed, along with other health issues associated with sedentary lifestyles. And even kids who are scheduled from dawn to dusk with physical activities like soccer and tae kwon do, are missing out on the benefits of unstructured outdoor play. Recent studies indicate that time in nature improves academic success. Providing regular experiences in nature takes work on the part of parents. Children accustomed to zombying out in front of a screen may be reluctant to up their outdoor time, but the benefits are worth the parental prodding. “One thing to keep in mind,” Louv says, “people seldom look back on their childhoods and recall the best day they ever spent watching TV.”

Piano Lessons Summer is a great time for a new activity !

The Studio of Music

Call to Schedule Lessons • 453-3481

Coastal View News • Tel: (805) 684-4428

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“There’s nothing to do” Photos by Robin Karlsson

Parents hear it all the time, and sometimes they think it as well. For those who have exhausted their lists of free, local activities for kids, maybe there’s something new here.

Tide pooling: Carpinteria has no shortage of opportunities to meet some new invertebrate friends in the tide pools. The east end of the State Beach, near Jelly Bowl, boasts a fantastic pool playground exposed at a low tide. At Rincon Point, acres of tide pools emerge at low tide, full of sea anemones, hermit crabs, mussels and even sea stars. Low tide walks: Low tides aren’t just for tide pooling. When more sand is uncovered, new walking routes are also revealed. Trek the beach between Santa Claus Lane and Ash Avenue when the tide drops, or round Loon Point for another rare and special stroll. Kite flying at Linden Field: When gusty weather makes a beach day unpalatable, grab the toy that requires a little wind. Linden Field is great kite flying territory—wide open and frequented by other flyers. Franklin Trail: Carpinteria’s still new-ish hiking trail allows families to get out in nature while feeling the burn. For those who have made it to the first bench, aim for the second bench. For those who’ve mastered the second bench, make an attempt at the trail’s third phase. And for the truly ambitious, pack your camping gear on your back and trek to Alder Camp for an overnight. Movies in the Park: Watching family-favorite films under the stars has become a tradition in Carpinteria. This year, Movies in the Park will be back with another six-week series at Linden Field. Films roll after sunset on Thursday evenings starting in early July. Toro Canyon Park: Tucked into the foothills, this 74-acre park packs a punch. The diverse landscape includes oak woodlands, open grassland, a boulder field and a short hike leading to a gazebo and great views of the Pacific.

SUMMMER CAMPS 2017 FOCUSING ON THE FUTURE Weekdays ~ Grades K through 5th 9:00 am – 6:00 pm 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for fun weekly themes that are sure to ignite the Strong, Smart and Bold in every girl. Girls will enjoy a combination of hands-on enrichment and academic support that is sure to keep them excited about learning. 6/19-6/23



















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Sports Camps Volleyball

Grades 2 & 3 Grades 4 & 5 Grades 6-8


Grades 2 & 3 Grades 4 & 5 Grades 6-8

More information on dates and times please call or email

Teen Center 9am-5pm Grades, 6th-8th More information email

Carpinteria Salt Marsh: The marsh is an oft-overlooked local gem. Its trails are just long enough for little legs to walk, and they offer views of wetland bird species like great blue herons, egrets and even ospreys. The bridge over Franklin Creek can provide glimpses of sting rays and mullets. Carpinteria Valley Museum of History: Quiet and cool, the history museum is a great place to beat the heat while learning loads about Carpinteria’s past. The space may be small, but it’s chock full of local artifacts and info. Open hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m. Carpinteria State Beach Interpretive Center: This new facility located near the Palm Avenue entrance to the State Beach has interactive exhibits focused on the local history—both natural and human.

REGISTRATION: (805) 684-6364

Summer Programs begin Monday, June 19th Scholarships available! 5315 FOOTHILL ROAD CARPINTERIA

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ART BY THE SEA 7 one-week day camp sessions Monday – Friday for children ages 6 -11 Fine Arts in the Morning

9:00-12:30 starting June 26

Performing Arts in the Afternoon Music Sessions

12:30-3:00, June 26-30, July 3-7, July 10-14

Drama Camp 12:30-3:00

July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug. 4, Aug. 7-11

Mornings: 9:00am-12:30pm $180 per week Afternoons: 12:30pm-3:00pm $125 per week Full day: 9:00am-3:00pm $250 per week All materials, supplies, snack and t-shirt are included. 1O% Discount for members Stop by the gallery at 855 Linden Ave. or register online at Tuition assistance available. Call 805-684-7789 with questions.

HEATHER SCHuyLER Grant Feramisco says “Come on in, the tide pools are fine!”

Reconnecting kids with nature: Tips from the pros Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods,” Dan Fontaine, Executive Director of the Wilderness Project, Heather King, Executive Director of Ventura Wild, and Justin Canty of the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum weigh in on how to grow an outdoor kid.

Just do it.

Rather than worrying too much about providing the perfect nature experience for children, Fontaine says, just get kids outside. Overthinking it can add another hurdle to doing it.

Lead by example.

“When parents rediscover their sense of wonder, so do most kids,” Louv says.

Don’t be scared. Helicopter parents can hinder their children’s abilities to connect with nature and build self-confidence. “Do whatever you can to manage your own sense of fear,” Fontaine advises. Keep at it. There’s no prescription for precisely how much time kids should spend exploring outside, but Louv says, “A rule of thumb is that some experience in nature is better than none, and more is better than some.” Spin it. If kids are unmotivated

to spend time outside, use language that excites. King tells children, “We’re going exploring,” “We’re going on an adventure,” or “Let’s go find treasures.”

Ask, don’t tell. Canty em-

phasizes that asking questions rather than giving information helps to engage children and cultivate natural curiosity and higher level thinking.

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CITY OF CARPINTERIA FILE PHOTO The CIty of Carpinteria offers many opportunities throughout the year for youth to learn to swim. Above, Carpinteria City Pool Superintendent Tamara Cloud teaches swimming and water safety to an eager group of students.

Coastal community and the importance of swimming By Morgan Youngs City of Carpinteria Aquatic Program Coordinator Growing up in a coastal community offers many opportunities and benefits that other communities may not have. Here in Carpinteria we are blessed with one of the most beautiful coastal views and mountain ranges full of different activities and adventures. With our beloved ocean and mountain terrain we are also faced with potential dangerous situations. Raising a family in a beach town it is important for families to ensure that their children are safe and educated about the potential risks and rewards of the ocean. Swimming is a life-long skill and is something that everyone needs to learn and practice. Each year there are hundreds of unintentional drownings, and one in five of those are children 14 and younger. These drownings can be prevented, and the rates have been continually dropping over the years. With the movement of Junior Lifeguard programs and swim lesson education across the nation, swimming and swimming awareness has grown. Swimming education is something that thrives in our Carpinteria community. The community of Carpinteria offers many different opportunities for youth to take part in swimming with swim lessons, physical education in swimming through the junior high school, sports in aquatics in our local high schools and the junior lifeguard program. Swimming programs here in Carpinteria are designed to help everyone from infants and toddlers, to adolescents and young adults and adults of any age. These programs offer swimming education that involves learning all the different strokes, how to be safe in the water, swimming with ease and comfort, and of course the love of swimming. Learning to swim is important—

Swimming is for everyone and can promote a longer, healthier and more enjoyable life. But safety is the mostimportant aspect of developing strong swimming skills in our community. especially in a town so close to the ocean and a community with so many aquatic opportunities. Swimming is a basic life skill. Swim lessons at a young age can set kids up for lifelong enjoyment of the water with many possibilities. Swimming is for everyone and can promote a longer, healthier and more enjoyable life. But safety is the most-important aspect of developing strong swimming skills in our community. We want our youth and community to feel safe in and out of the water, and for everyone to enjoy it. It is important to have swim lessons that teach safety, and to enroll children in swimming programs like the Junior Lifeguards to educate them about our amazing community pools and all the opportunities of our oceanfront. Swimming in Carpinteria is something that we can take pride in, and strive to be a better swimming community. With everything our ocean offer—from our natural reefs, to our historical salt marsh and alluring tide pools—it’s our duty to educate and teach our community about swimming. Swimming teaches important safety skills to prevent drowning, improves strength and health, and provides a fun and challenging activity for all.

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Summer Activity Guide 2017  

Lots of ideas to keep your kids busy this summer!

Summer Activity Guide 2017  

Lots of ideas to keep your kids busy this summer!