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A Resource for Families in Athens, Oconee County and the Surrounding Area

Building Families... Building Businesses


Beach Memories The Science of a Busy Summer Storytelling Creating a Dialogue with Your Kids Sunburns & Bug Bites

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May/June 2017 Vol. 19 No. 4

“Building Families...Building Businesses” Locally Owned and Operated. Now In Our 19th Year! PRODUCTION DIRECTOR A.W. Blalock MANAGING EDITOR Sarah Danis WEB DESIGN/CALENDAR Chris Parsons DISTRIBUTION Claire Phillips FOUNDER Shannon H. Baker


John Baker, Liz Conroy, Sarah Danis, Dr. Amy Kim, Amy Patterson Neubert, Chris Parsons, Dr. Jon Robinson, Kimberly Wise

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on the cover Photo by Kemberly Mixon, Full of Grace Photography Rylan Mixon (now 9) at age 6, Sullivan’s Island, SC



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ello summer! It is with mixed feelings that you are arriving here, summertime. I love the fun activities that take place during the summer, along with having a more laid back schedule since school is out. On the other hand, it can be challenging to feel like you have to find entertainment to fill the long days. For working parents, it can feel like an even bigger juggling act than it may during the school year. In this issue, we hope to share with you ways to help you and your family stay happy, healthy, busy, and sane throughout the summer. Liz Conroy will help us to have fun storytelling experiences with our children and Kimberly Wise has ideas for activities to keep our kids busy. Dr. Jon Robinson will offer great advice about planning a vacation with our children and also ways to be less stressed out and exhausted this summer. Dr. Amy Kim has helpful tips to keep our skin healthy in the summer sun, while we get advice for preventing bug bites from the American Academy of Dermatology.We are reminded of the importance of summer sleep schedules by Amy Patterson Neubert. If you are looking to find a fabulous camp for your kids this summer, you will appreciate our camp guide for suggestions too. Enjoy this time with your children because school will be back in session before we know it!

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Summer at Home Don’t Give Sleep the Summer Off! Beach Memories: A Family Trip to Flora-Bama Storytelling and Your Child Opening Up: Dialogue With Kids Skin Deep: Bug Bites and Sunburns

6 12 Trey, Oliver, and Sarah visiting the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn, Ga.

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Endless Summer 16 Calendar 30 ‘Til We Meet Again

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give this! New Mom Comics:The First Year makes for a great new mom/new baby or baby shower gift! Based on her own experience as a new mom, Alison Wong’s comics touch on everything from blowouts to breastfeeding with wit and humor that any parent will appreciate! Talk about a parenting book that parents can actually relate to!

fruit necklace You’ll need: elastic cord, string or embroidery floss; yarn needle; fresh fruit and berries


ash a variety of fruit and berries (we like grapes, strawberries and blueberries). Cut two-foot lengths of string or yarn and thread onto a chunky yarn needle (you could also use embroidery floss and an embroidery needle – just make sure it’s a blunt-ended needle). Knot the end of the string to hold your first piece of fruit, then add your fruit “beads” to create your necklace design. Wear it, eat it, and enjoy! (Note: cut fruit into small pieces if you’re concerned about your kids choking on large pieces of fruit).

Thanks to for this delicious and healthy treat idea and wonderful photo!

try these! The latest Motorola Talkabout T600 H20 two-way radios are ideal for keeping in touch and for safety when out of cell phone range.Two-way radios are important for communication and for emergency preparedness, which is especially important during summer camps, family travel, paddling, and hiking trips. These are also great gifts for the outdoor lovers who enjoy fishing, boating and active outdoor adventures.These T600 H20 radios feature NOAA weather updates and alerts and are completely waterproof and float, so no need to worry if it accidentally falls off the canoe or in the river. It also comes equipped with a handy water-activated flashlight, which includes a white and red LED (to preserve night vision).

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he YWCO Pool to Path is a transformation of the YWCO’s previous event, Kids Tri the Y. Pool to Path is an evening swimming and running event open to all ages and suitable for families.The swim will take place indoors at the YWCO pool, followed by a short transition to a run around the YWCO property including some light trail running.There are short and long distance options and both distances may be completed as an individual or as part of a 2-person mixed relay. Following the race there will be a post-race celebration with food, entertainment, and awards. Join this fun competition on Saturday, June 3 at 6pm! ywco-pool-to-path

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get out! “experience camp” T KidsFest at AthFest starts Friday, June 23, with the UpNext Showcase, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, featuring performances on the KidsFest stage by middle and high school aged musicians. KidsFest bounce houses will also be up and running, while the 21st Annual AthFest Music & Arts Festival kicks off, with music on two outdoor stages, an artist market and various vendors. KidsFest continues Saturday, June 24 from 10:30am to 5:30pm and Sunday, June 25 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm with family-friendly performances all day on the KidsFest stage, multiple arts and craft stations, bounce houses and a kids dance party at Ciné on Saturday.The festival is free.

read this! ... and support ESP Extra Special People, Inc. is a non-profit in the Athens/Oconee area serving children and young adults with developmental disabilities and their families.This year, they wrote an illustrated children’s book in conjunction with their biggest fundraiser of the year, Big Hearts. A Tail of Belief is the story of a bird born without tail feathers and his journey to discover his place in his tribe.The story was inspired by the participants and is a cool resource for having a discussion about being unique with children. Follow the journey of Jay, a sparrow born without tail feathers. Jay must travel to find a legendary creature, the Dreamweaver, to discover his place in his tribe. Along the way, he meets new animal friends who help him to believe beyond limitations.


“One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” Jeanette Walls, from The Glass Castle

his extraordinary summer camp brings grieving boys and girls together for a free, one-week sleep-away magical experience. From August 1-6, 2017 – at Camp Blue Ridge in Mountain City, Ga. – boys and girls from the Southeast will come together to spend a week at the “Blue Ridge Experience,” the fourth Experience Camp to be launched in the United States. Experience Camps provide free, one-week camps for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. Along with swimming, arts and crafts, and team sports, the kids take part in bereavement activities including sharing circles where they are encouraged to talk about their grief. Experience Camps help grieving children feel more “normal” and supported through friendship, teamwork, camp activities, and the common bond of loss. It is a safe environment where kids can Hallie explore their grief, break the isolation they may feel with their non-camp peers, and have a whole lot of fun.They have the opportunity to meet and connect with kids who are going through similar challenges, while getting all of the benefits of the traditional summer camp experience. In 2017, Experience Camps will have over 450 campers at camps in Maine, California, New York, and Georgia. Camper applications for boys and girls entering grades 4-7 are being accepted until July 1st for Summer 2017 Camp. For more information about the non-profit camp, visit


I’m bored!

By Kimberly Wise

The Science of a Busy Summer at Home


ummers are long and hot and can be boring.And then you throw some active children into the mix and you’ve got a disaster on your hands if you’re not prepared. I speak from experience here. Last year I thought we wouldn’t need summer camps. I thought that a 5year-old would naturally find things to do without me. I was wrong. So very wrong. Pool memberships and outdoor nature hikes are always a nice go-to, but what I wanted to do was look at more handson scientific learning for this summer. Maybe not prevent the “summer slide,” but maybe keep my child from becoming a vegetable. Now, full disclosure: I’m not what you would call a very scientific person. I mean, I like science and I acknowledge its benefits, but I don’t really understand some of the finer points and about how to go about teaching it. But that is why we have books. Books have never steered me wrong and they continue to provide me with joy and knowledge to this day.What I did find were a couple of books at local stores (Avid and TREEHOUSE. kid and craft), some educational online resources, and a couple of children in the same age group.Then we explored science!

The porch is set up as a 24/7 art station

The Animalian Activity Book


he first thing we did was make a food chain. I chose this activity because it is a common core item for kindergartners, and seeing how my test subjects were kindergartners, I thought it would be an easy activity to start with. One would assume they remembered something from a week earlier and I also have a pretty good idea of where I am on the food chain in regards to most animals. So we looked at the book and we saw what food chains were and then, on a piece of paper, we drew 3 circles with arrows. I encouraged them to make their own food chain.This went over very well. Both children started talking about various foods that animals like to eat and what foods they like to eat.They then asked to paint their food chains. Since I have an art station set up for kids 24/7 on the porch, it was easy to turn science into art. I totally recommend having something similar set up if you have space and don’t mind mess because exploration and creativity not only boost other skills, but it also buys you a great 10 minutes of quiet time.

Let’s Garden


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rom the gardening book, we decided to paint flower pots and then plant plants in them to make it look like heads sprouting hair. It is a little bit high on the motor skills set for both of them and neither wanted to paint anything resembling something with hair, so the pots became just decorated pots with plants. But that’s ok. It allowed us to plant our own plants, talk about the various parts of a plant, and get the responsibility of watering it and making sure it gets enough sun. Just remember that when you have two or more children, get the same starter plants so there isn’t fighting and tears. Next we made seed bombs. Now the book recommended that we make bird seed bombs.This would have been fine, but I didn’t have a lot of extra lard just lying around the

house and I wasn’t crazy about the kids using knives to cut up nuts, especially after their epic battle over clay pots. So, what we did was we pulled up a recipe off the Internet for seed bombs.This utilized ingredients I had lying around the house. Neither child liked the consistency of the dirt, but I found it remarkably soothing to play with. Adult playdough one could say. So I wound up rolling a lot of balls and listening to jokes about poop. Because, yes, it looked a little like poop.They both were actually quite insistent that I had mistakenly made the recipe with used/dirty cat litter instead of fresh/unused cat litter. So if you like poop jokes, this is perfect for you, but do skip this activity if your child has sensory issues. I put these bombs in Easter eggs at Easter egg hunts and when the kids found the eggs, they could plant the balls by lobbing them somewhere or save them until they got home. Isaac, 6

Seed Bombs Ingredients: Cheap, unscented clay kitty litter; Potting soil; Flower seeds;Water; Nontoxic paint (optional) Method: 1. In a large bowl, combine roughly 5 parts clean, dry, granulated kitty litter and 1 part soil. 2. Stir, adding water a little at a time, until the clay granules soften and blend with the soil to make a uniform dough with a mud patty consistency. You want it just moist enough that when you squeeze a handful firmly, it stays together and doesn’t fall apart when you poke it with your finger. 3. Form your dough into rough balls, about the size of a golf ball, poking a finger or a stick into the middle of each to make a little “well.” Set the balls on a cookie sheet or a cardboard tray lined with newspaper, well side up. 4.Wash and dry your hands and drop just 2 or 3 of the seeds of your choice (all the same or a variety) into each of the “wells.” Once all have seeds in them, pick up each ball and gently squeeze it to seal the seeds into the center of a solid ball of dough and put it back on the tray. Let the balls dry and harden in a sunny spot. 5. Once the balls are hard and dry, store them in paper bags until you are ready to throw them out onto your ground. 6. If you want to “plant” them right away, you can set them down gently rather than lobbing them long distances. - Thanks to for this fun idea! The opportunity to explore our environment is all around us. I am not a huge fan of the outdoors but was able to find activities that worked for both active children and myself. All these activities and more can be found in books at your library and local stores. ■ Kimberly Wise is the mother of 2 boys who adores shade and sunscreen and is learning to enjoy the little things.


summer sleep

By Amy Patterson Neubert

Don’t give sleep the summer off!


onger summer days, endless free time, and a new schedule can make it tough to follow a regular sleep schedule for children, but it is a must for all ages. “School is out and children want to stay up later, especially to play outside, but it’s crucial to keep them on a regular sleep schedule,” says Blake Jones, an assistant professor of human development and family studies. “Summer also is often a time when many kids gain weight.There are several potential reasons, such as staying up later while eating fatty, salty, and sugary foods; increasing screen time and sedentary behaviors; and changing sleep patterns by disrupting sleep and sleeping less in general.” Research shows that children who go to bed earlier do better than children who stay up late. Children who don’t get enough sleep can experience emotional regulation challenges, and that can affect their self-esteem, says Jones. Sleep also affects academic performance, attention and overall health including appetite and weight maintenance, says Jones, who studies family daily routines, including sleeping and how it relates to health and obesity. “It can be hard to commit to a regular schedule with vacations, sporting events, and playing with neighborhood friends, but establishing sound sleeping habits at a young age can help children’s well-being and establish healthy habits for life,” Jones says. “I think following a structured sleep pattern is one behavior on a list of important behaviors to keep consistent in the summer time. Sleep may be one of the more controllable behaviors but it will require discipline by the kids and parents to maintain healthy routines when they are not as strongly tied to required early waking times because school is out of session.” ■

Age-appropriate recommendations for sleep each night from the National Sleep Foundation. • Ages 3-5: 10 to 13 hours • Ages 6-13: 9 to 11 hours • Ages 14-17: 8 to 10 hours


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on your mind

By Dr. Jon Robinson

“Endless Summer” Dear Dr. Robinson, Every year, my husband and I sit down and plan a vacation for a week or two that’s within our budget and when we can get time off from work. Our three children, ages 7, 10, and 12, seem to always find something wrong with our choice and plans. By this time we’ve made reservations and accommodations, but the kids just seem to complain, even though we are doing this for them! Go figure. Help. - Signed, At Wit’s End Dear At Wit’s End, Good for you for making annual plans to get away and have some fun. I’m sad that it seems the kids are intent on spoiling your efforts. I have some thoughts, though. First, I ask two questions.Why this? Why now? Things don’t happen in a vacuum, and our kids will often take their cues from each other and from their parents. It sounds like your family has a bad case of the glass half empty.When making vacation plans, or for that matter any time things go awry, start with active listening. Remember, this is your go-to response when you see your child having an emotional fever. Listen for their feelings and say them back to them.When they feel heard, they will then become more agreeable. 12

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Second, don’t let the kids gang up on the grown-ups. Remember, a family is not a democracy. There’s no voting. Parents are in charge, but the key is to be a benevolent despot. That is, understand the needs and feelings of all parties before making decisions. Also, I don’t know the make-up of your children, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the 7 year old is mimicking the older two to get their approval and attention.You might want to encourage individual perspective to avoid the power play. Third, vacation planning is great opportunity for family meetings. Set the agenda a week ahead of time, and meet for an hour. If you need more time, set another meeting. Brainstorm any vacation ideas from anyone in the family. No comments, just list making. Then, go back through the list more realistically with regard to time, expense, and feasibility. Focus on ideas that meet the most needs and where each family member can find good about it. Encourage discussion, but not bickering. Set firm boundaries and hold to them. Assign something for each person to do in preparation for the vacation, so that all feel included. Always, where there is blow-back, start with active listening to help the tension come down. Have consequences for non-par-

ticipation. Focus on the fun of it.The kids will take your lead and end up having fun themselves, and all of you will feel closer to each other. Enjoy. Have fun.

Dear Dr. Robinson, I love my kids, but summer time, when school is out, is exhausting for me! Both my husband and I work full time, so we share kid duty, but that seems to be 24/7 during the summer. I just hold my breath and count the days until school starts back up again. Suggestions? - Signed, Frantic Dear Frantic, I’m exhausted just reading your letter (LOL). It does seem that everything during the summer off from school is inside out and backwards. You didn’t give me a lot to go on, but I’ll give it a shot.You said “kids,” so I assume you have more than one and that they are all in school with some variation in age and development.The key to survival with children in any family is structure, supervision, and accountability. Structure begins with a family meeting where all parties voice what would be a fantastic summer experience. Brainstorm available activities and allow for those items within your time and financial constraints. If you don’t already have one, create a dry erase monthly calendar with big blocks for each day in the month. For kids old enough, they can post events on the calendar as well, as long as they are cleared with you. Review calendar events weekly, usually on Sunday afternoons, to keep it current and make corrections/additions.This structure will take a ton of stress off you. It spreads the load and each family member takes responsibility for their events. It also teaches to ask permission, plan ahead, and post. If it’s not on the calendar, it’s not going to happen. Next is supervision. Kids 12 years and older can be left alone and/or in charge of younger siblings for up to 3 hours, but that’s a last resort. If finances exist, week-long, summer day camps are available and usually involve specific interests. My granddaughter is going to two weeks of cartooning camp at UGA this summer. Less expensive options include day camps at local schools, churches, or the YMCA. Idle time is the devil’s workshop, so keep your kids active and engaged. Computer gaming 24/7 in their rooms is not a viable option. Most studies limit gaming time to an hour per day for children. Social media may be engaging but also has its downside and should be likewise limited. Finally, accountability is critical. Even older teens need to ask permission, check in, and advise when there is a change of plans. I encourage the principle of responsible freedom.That is, give your teen as much freedom as he/she demonstrates responsibility for.When he becomes irresponsible, pull back on the freedom. Kids 12 and older should be responsible for a cell phone with limited capability and a GPS app. If your kids are younger than 12, and you both are working with limited time off, you may want to consider hiring a local college student to be a work-day nanny for your children. Accountability also means talk about and follow through on The Rules, with attending reward and consequence. Hopefully attention to these details will yield less stress, less worry, and more fun for all of you. Hang in there, Frantic, and you might rename yourself “Calmer.” ■ Dr. Robinson is a licensed, clinical psychologist. His specialty is in school-clinical, child psychology, with emphasis on child development, parenting and family counseling. He is also author of Teachable Moments: Building Blocks of Christian Parenting, now available nationwide in bookstores and on-line as an e-book.


family trip

By John Baker



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This is a location where status no longer applies... ...OR WHAT WE DID ON OUR SUMMER VACATION


here is no single state in the Union where everyone can hang out side by side in good spirits with white sand and the turquoise Gulf of Mexico as the backdrop.There is, however, a place in between states that defies convention in a remarkable way with oysters, bingo, lounge singers, and water sports. Flora-Bama. There are pretentious cookie-cutter vacations; and, then, there is the original Redneck Riviera. On one hand there is affirmation for those willing to pay for purported status and, on the other, there is a location where status no longer applies.While pretention may be lacking, the space between states makes up for it by being what it is – one of the most beautiful places on earth where nobody has any worries ... at least for a week. Fishing is big here.Very big. So are the frozen drinks.When staying at the condo, you have no state loyalty because you are a ‘tweener.While the jurisdictional quandary of crimes committed therein would keep lawyers up at nights, staying up at night is the best part of the vacation.There is no better dive bar in the world than the Flora-Bama Lounge and I have the visor to prove it.What did you do on your vacation? When the most important decision of the day is whether to eat and drink on the balcony overlooking the Gulf, the pool patio, the beach 100 yards away, or in the company of the aforementioned loungers with live music in the background, life is definitely good. These are some difficult decisions; but, persevere. There is a national park to the east where the sand is even whiter, the sea even clearer, and the population even more sparse to enjoy for a day if a scenery change is in

order.There is shopping east and west, but who cares. Connect with the kids without distractions in a place where a redneck is a paternal badge of honor. If life is short, spend at least part of it here. ■ John Baker is an attorney by day. He may not fish as much as he did before having children, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. He has found a new love of disc golf and was able to scout out some spots near the beach, but decided the beach and his family were too beautiful to leave.

stayed here... Luxury Gulf Rentals provided a wonderful and easy way to find the right place for the family to stay and were great to work with! We found Spanish Key Condos on Perdido Key, offering us comfort, a pool, and easy access to area sights. (

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At Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, encounters with lemurs, sloths and kangaroos make this zoo one of the most unique in the south! (

Gulf Islands National Seashore offers recreational opportunities and preserves natural and historic resources along the Gulf of Mexico barrier islands of Florida and Mississippi.The protected regions include mainland areas and parts of seven islands. 15

calendar Ongoing ■ Be sure to check out the

summer reading programs offered at area libraries.

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Some events, dates and times are subject to change. Please call individual event organizers to confirm schedules. All area codes are 706 unless otherwise noted.

20 Family Fun Day

3 Snake Day

Festivities include a petting zoo, crafts, Little Golden Book van (provided by Avid Bookshop), and special rhythm performer Dave Holland. Athens-Clarke County Library, 10am-1pm 613-3650

Come out to the annual Snake Day event. Enjoy games, crafts, and live animal interaction. Sandy Creek Nature Center, noon-4pm, $3-$5, 613-3615

23 Do Dragons Love Tacos?

■ Summer Kid Shows June 6 – July 27: Enjoy your favorite movies Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10am. $1.50 admission, $1.50 drinks, $1.50 popcorn, features begin at 10am. Doors open at 9:15am, GTC University 16 Cinemas 3559122, list of movies and dates available at

■ Farmers Markets Enjoy locally and naturally grown food, crafts, art and sometimes music and cooking demonstrations at these weekly events. • ATHENS Saturdays at Bishop Park 8am-noon; Wednesdays at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on Hancock 4-7pm, • WATKINSVILLE Saturdays at Oconee County Courthouse 8am-1pm,

■ Georgia Renaissance Festival Saturdays & Sundays plus Memorial Day, 10:30am - 6:00pm,

May 2017 13 Family Fun Day A petting zoo, moonwalk, crafts, music, games, and more! Fun for the whole family – and it’s free! Pick up your reading log and you can earn prizes for reading all summer long. Oconee County Library, 10am-1pm 769-3950


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Do dragons REALLY love tacos? Do raccoons love pizza? Find out at this wacky storytime based on the books Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Party. Make fun taco crafts and help us build a giant felt pizza. For children ages 4-11 and their caregiver. Athens-Clarke County Library, 2:30pm 613-3650

25 Family Music Jam Join us for a sing-a-long and lots of fun! Children and caregivers play musical instruments, sing, and dance together. Oconee County Library, 10:30am 769-3950

25 “Moana” at Bogart Library Join us for a family-friendly screening of “Moana” (rated PG)! Popcorn provided. 35pm 770-725-9443 or bogart

June 2017 1 Beauty and the Beast Fairy Tale Ball You are cordially invited to a fairy tale ball inspired by the beloved story of Beauty and the Beast. Don your favorite fairy tale inspired costume and be transported to “a tale as old as time”! Our ball will include special crafts and simple dance lessons. For children ages 4-11 and their caregiver. AthensClarke County Library, 10:30am, 613-3650

2 First Friday on Main First Friday activities include free tractor hay rides, inflatables, shows, and popcorn for the kids to outdoor music, great shopping and quality restaurants. Downtown Watkinsville, beginning at 6pm

3 YWCO Pool to Path: Swim + Run for Everyone The YWCO Pool to Path is a transformation of the YWCO’s previous event, Kids Tri the Y. The Pool to Path is an evening swimming and running event open to all ages and suitable for families.The swim will take place indoors at the YWCO pool, followed by a short transition to a run around the YWCO property including some light trail running.There are short and long distance options and both distances may be completed as an individual or as part of a 2-person mixed relay. Following the race there will be a post-race celebration with food, entertainment and awards.YWCO, 562 Research Rd, 6-9pm, $30-$55 354-7880

7 Keith Karnok Magic Show Join Oconee County Library for a special Summer Reading Performance – a magic show! This event will be held at the Oconee Civic Center (2661 Hog Mountain Rd, Watkinsville, GA) at 10:30am. 769-3950

10 Star Wars Saturday Love Star Wars? Meet Star Wars characters, practice your trivia, and make amazing Star Wars crafts! Bring your cameras! Oconee County Library, 11am-1pm 769-3950

10 GMOA Family Day: Flowers & Birds Explore paintings featuring beautiful landscapes, flowers and birds in the exhibition “The Genius of Martin Johnson Heade,” then create your own nature-inspired work of art. Georgia Museum of Art, 10am-noon, 542-4662

10 Saturday Cinema: “SING!” Bring the whole family for a special screening of “Sing!” (rated PG). Popcorn and juice provided. Bogart Library, 2-4pm 770-725-9443

13 Super Hero: Super Origins Did you ever want to know how Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, or Spider-Man got their super powers? Wear your favorite superhero costume and discover the origin story of your favorite superheroes. Join us for crafts, activities, and super fun. For children ages 4-11 and their caregiver. Athens-Clarke County Library, 2:30pm 613-3650

100’s more events at! 15 The Bean & Bear Show

24 Critter Tales

Bean and Bear are the best of friends and partners in magic, puppetry, and other silly stuff! They are here to share their one-of-akind performance of storytelling and imagination. For children of all ages and their caregiver. Athens-Clarke County Library, 10:30am 613-3650

Listen to a story about nature and then bring it to life with an animal visit or outdoor activity. Sandy Creek Nature Center, 2:30-3:30, 613-3615, also on 7/22

21 Bean & Bear Come meet Bean and Bear, the silliest best friends ever! They’ll share stories, puppets, and wacky hijinks! This Oconee County Library event will be held at the Oconee Civic Center (2661 Hog Mountain Rd, Watkinsville, GA) at 10:30am. 769-3950

22 Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Escape Room Oh, no! Nancy Drew and Frank and Joe Hardy are trapped in the library! Can your team solve the clues to help them escape in time? Come to the library to find out! For children ages 6-11 and their caregiver. AthensClarke County Library, 10:30am 613-3650

29 Miss Spider’s Tea Party Miss Spider is having a tea party; all the insects are invited and so are you! Dress up as your favorite bug, and join us for a special tea party based on David Kirk’s classic book. Enjoy a host of creepy crawly crafts and activities. For children ages 2-8 and their caregiver.AthensClarke County Library, 10:30am 613-3650

July 2017 1 Star Spangled Classic Save the date! Celebrate the 4th with this annual event to be held in Downtown Athens this year. Check out the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services site for emerging details at

4 Oconee 4th of July Spectacular 22 Lunch & Learn Bug Fun Join us for creepy, crawly bug fun! We’ll learn about nature’s wiggliest creatures and enjoy fun crafts and activities. Lunch provided by USDA. Bogart Library, 12:15-1:15pm 770725-9443

23-25 AthFest & KidsFest On Friday, enjoy the UpNext showcase, where local middle and high school students perform on stage. Additional activities include free crafts for children to make plus an activity provided by Home Depot. Local vendors and a few nonprofits from the community will also offer activities with children. Saturday and Sunday are full of music, crafts, and activities for the kids. During the heat of the day on Saturday (1-3pm) there will be a dance party in Cine full of fun music for the children and their parents. Downtown Athens, Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 10:30am-5:30pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm

Music and activities at 6pm, fireworks at 9:30pm, Oconee Veterans Park,

5 Todd Key Juggling Extravaganzapalooza Todd Key combines comedy and juggling in a show that will amaze you! This Oconee

County Library event will be held at the Oconee Civic Center (2661 Hog Mountain Rd,Watkinsville, GA) at 10:30am. 769-3950

6 Cirque du Todd Join us for Todd Key’s amazing circus extravaganza combining juggling, magic, and comedy fun. It’s wacky, it’s witty, it’s cirque du Todd! For children of all ages and their caregiver. Athens-Clarke County Library, 10:30am 613-3650

15 Elephant and Piggie LIVE! We are so excited to present Mo Willems’ beloved characters Elephant and Piggie LIVE and in-person! Do not miss this chance to meet these favorite characters and have your picture made with them! Stories and crafts, too! Bogart Library, 11am-12pm 770-725-9443

15 Journey through the Stars: Summer Skies Hear famous tales of Ophiuchus and the Scorpion at the Sandy Creek Nature Center Planetarium. 10-11am, $2-$3, register at 613-3615

18 Elephant & Piggie Visit the Library! Meet the superstars of Mo Willems’s famous early reader books, Gerald the elephant and his best friend Piggie. Get your picture taken with Gerald and Piggie, make silly crafts, and watch a short film about Mo Willems. For children of all ages and their caregiver. Athens-Clarke County Library, 2:30pm 613-3650

20 Lunch & Learn: LIVE SNAKES Don’t miss your chance to see snakes up close and personal! Drop by for a free lunch from the USDA and stay to learn about snakes. Bogart Library, 12:151:15pm 770-725-9443

24 Mud Day Come play in the mud with us and appreciate all the benefits of mud.Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and shoes that will stay on your feet in the sticky mud. Drop in for a few minutes or play the entire time.Wash station available. Sandy Creek Nature Center, 1-4pm, register at 613-3615 17


By Liz Conroy


he bright fire lit up our faces in the circle. A friend had invited us to an evening of family storytelling. He asked us each to tell a story about surprise. My nine-year-old daughter, Mary, seemed worried. “Mom, I don’t know what to say,” she whispered. “Just say ‘pass’ if you’d like,” I replied. “Or you could describe what happened at the beach.” Suddenly, it was her turn. She took a deep breath and blurted out how much she enjoyed Tybee Island on a recent family vacation. She described playing in the waves on the windy, empty beach at sunset. Suddenly, a big wave knocked her over and tumbled her ashore. Coughing and sputtering, she reached deep into the sand with both hands to keep from being pulled back by the outgoing wave. Her fingers hit something small and round.When she pulled up a fistful of sand, she discovered a little silver ring with a lovely design. “That’s the end,” she said and looked around. Everyone was smiling. Mary had overcome her fear and appeared pleased with her story. I saw then how storytelling builds confidence in youngsters. The head of Athens Academy’s drama department, Lorraine Thompson, teaches storytelling to seventh graders. She agrees that storytelling is a wonderful way for children to gain confidence and other skills. She says, “Children discover their own voices, creativity, spontaneity, and rhythm. They also learn how to communicate with an audience, not just verbally, but also with facial expressions and other body language.” She noted that problem-solving is inherent to storytelling. “Each student must weave different parts of the story together and figure

from corporate leaders is that people don’t know how to be creative. Instead, they are accustomed to looking for the one right answer. Many children live in such a structured environment they have no idea how to deviate from the straight path and play the wild card,” Thompson says. She suggests parents join their kids for creative storytelling. “I participate in everything in class,” she says. “It helps children become confident and let their own creativity run free.” When parents loosen up and realize Rebecca Ballard (left), Oconee County Library Children’s Specialist, listens while Verity Baugh tells a story. PHOTO BY SARAH BAUGH

they don’t have to be perfect, then everyone feels at ease about using their imaginations, she adds. “Tell Me about the Time You. . . (TMATTY)”is her favorite approach to creative storytelling. Families can try TMATTY around the table, in the car, or at bedtime. “An example might be: ‘Tell me about the time you got a job as a singing birthday cake,’” she says. “Or, ‘tell me about the time you found a nose in your soup.’” Rebecca Ballard, Children’s Specialist at Oconee County Library, suggests giving children time to collect their thoughts about a story. “Be patient and wait for a child to speak without prompting,” she says. “Waiting in silence for a minute while a child thinks is okay.” Asking children to finish a story can also be fun, especially if more than one child is involved, she says. “I love when kids go wild with their imaginations! Anything is possible

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out when important factors need to be incorporated for the story to make sense to the audience.” It’s challenging for children to begin their story while thinking ahead to what comes next.They must learn to trust their own voices and imagination as they convey ideas by speaking without electronic devices, books or notes. Encouraging imagination is especially important. “A common complaint these days

to them.” However, some children, especially the younger ones, sometimes forget where they are in their story. “But that can also lead to some hilarious stories. Not knowing where to end can be hard for kids of any age,” Ballard says. Story coaching can help children learn how to begin and end their stories, especially when they start telling about their personal experiences. Many children need practice in organizing their ideas for a good beginning, the climax, and a good ending.They will use this life skill in work and social settings for years to come. Pat Priest is a story coach for “Rabbit Box” a local non-profit organization that provides a forum for people (usually adults) in Athens tell their own true stories ( It’s important for families to encourage storytelling often—not just holidays or special gatherings, she says. It helps family members learn more about each other. “Sometimes siblings don’t even know each other very well.When they are encouraged to share their personal stories, they may become closer and get a sense about the unfolding of someone’s life.” Another story coach for “Rabbit Box,” Matthew Epperson, recommends introducing games to help children learn to tell their personal stories. He plays “Two Truths and One Lie” to help them relax and freely use their imaginations. Each child tells two true stories and one made-up story, then asks the others to guess which story is not true. “Every personal story needs more than just a strong beginning, middle and a strong end,” he says. “It needs to answer the question: ‘Why does it matter?’” He asks children to think about what changed in their lives because of what happened to them and to incorporate that into their story. Epperson has worked with children who came to the U.S. from other countries and experienced intense emotions about their travels or when other family members arrived here. “How did you feel when you saw your father arrive in this country?” he might ask a child.When a child is shy, Epperson works one-on-one with the individual. It takes practice to share inner feelings as well as a personal story.The biggest challenge in helping children tell their own stories, he says, is helping them overcome the belief that they don’t have a story to tell. “Everyone has a story to share!” ■ Liz Conroy is a freelance journalist based in Athens, Georgia, who loves hearing a good story!


opening up

By Liz Conroy


alk may be cheap, as the saying goes, but regular dialogue with a growing child is invaluable. Discussions with your child build far more skills than we may realize, as Dr. Diane Bales, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science at UGA recently noted. “Regular dialogue, starting at an early age, helps children with their language skills as well as with their social development,” she emphasizes. “By learning to express themselves early, it’s easier for them later on as teens and young adults to engage in conversation. It’s also a great way to build a relationship with a child.” She adds that dialogue with children adds to their selfesteem. They know that they’re important because someone wants to hear what they have to say. “What I’m describing as dialogue is face-to-face conversation in which both individuals are listening and take turns responding to one another,” Bales says. It’s an exchange of ideas where no one dominates the discussion, but rather, there is a back and forth exchange. It’s helpful to imagine it as a game of verbal badminton. Each player has his or her turn. “Of course, parents must share information with children,” she notes.“It’s important to tell children what time they need to be home or other specific information. But they also need time carved out for dialogue.That means having time for a genuine conversation.” Hectic schedules make it harder to have lengthy one-on-one conversations with a child. Short amounts of time, even just fifteen minutes or so, often work well.“The car is a great place to have a conversation with your child,” Bales says.“It’s a relatively quiet setting with a captive audience.” Riding in a car may not allow for face-to-face dialogue, but it’s still a good opportunity for a one-on-one discussion. It’s important not to allow any electronic devices to interrupt the conversation. No phones, computers, radios or other distractions should be part of the scene wherever the dialogue is taking place, whether in the car, at the supper table or bedtime.This is a special time carved out of a busy day to focus

detail that no one would have known had it not been for that simple question. She adds, “It brought me gently into their worlds. And I was really surprised at the answers.” Sometimes, however, her children might say, “The day isn’t over yet. I reserve my answer until later.” And, that’s okay, too. Bales supports allowing the child to take a pass. She says,“The parent is genuinely interested in the discussion and shows that it’s not an interrogation by allowing the child to say,‘I don’t want to talk about it.’” Then the parent can ask another question to show there’s no pressure about a particular topic.” Still, some children may be reluctant to talk about themselves. Bales recommends taking the focus off of the child by trying a neutral approach to stimulate the child’s imagination. The question could be:“What do you suppose the dog did today while we were gone?” I found such an approach helpful with my quieter child, Laura. She often was unwilling to talk about herself when I picked her up from school, but she would always open up if we talked about animals, especially our dogs. Sometimes, the discussion would then go onto to other happenings in her day. “Puppets are also an effective tool when kids don’t want to talk about themselves,” says Bales. For preschool and early elementary age children, puppets may help begin dialogue when asking questions doesn’t work. “Sometimes, kids will tell something to a puppet that they wouldn’t discuss with an adult, such as an argument with a friend.” Whether it’s a dialogue with puppets or directly with adults, some busy parents forget how important dialogue is. “The ability to engage in dialogue is a life skill and contributes to a person’s ability to do well at school, at work, and in the community,” Bales says. She recommends giving dialogue with children a high priority and finding ways to engage a child, even for short spans of time, in a one-on-one conversation. ■

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on what the child is sharing. Sometimes, it takes a little prompting to begin a discussion. “The question, ‘How was your day?’ may result in a one word response such as ‘Fine,’” says Bales. “Young children, in particular, need more specific prompts to recall what they did.” She recommends asking specific, open-ended questions, such as: “Who did you play with on the playground today?” My sister agrees with that approach. She often asked this question when she picked up her daughter Brynne from school: “Who did you sit with at lunch today?” Brynne would begin with her friend’s name and describe what they ate.The dialogue would continue from there. By answering a simple, non-judgmental question, her daughter felt free to expand on it as she chose. Athens parent Skipper StipeMaas also finds that asking simple questions at suppertime allows every person at the table to speak. To lead by example, she and her husband Jim don’t allow cell phones at the table. Rather, they take time for dialogue.They model diplomatic skills by giving everyone at the table a chance to participate.They ask:“What was your favorite thing today?” Then each family member has unhurried time to take a turn. She notes, “I learn something every time.” Her children might tell a story in great

Liz Conroy is an Athens-based freelance journalist who is still learning about the importance of dialogue.


skin deep

By Dr. Amy Kim / The American Academy of Dermatology

Don’t Burn!


Know the facts. Even one blistering sunburn in childhood can double a person’s risk of getting melanoma later in life. Risk of melanoma has risen from one in 2000 in 1900 to one in 60 in 2013. There are medically sound studies that confirm that regular sunscreen use decreases risk of getting melanoma. Babies less than six months of age have more sensitive skin and less pigment to tolerate sunscreens and the sun. Special care should be given to protect infants from the sun. An ounce of prevention. By taking just a few important steps you can lessen your child’s chance of getting a sunburn and melanoma later in life. Be sure to do the following: 1) Avoid peak hours. Try to avoid taking your baby during peak sun times (from 10 am to 4 pm). 2) Apply baby sunscreen. Slather babies six months and older with a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more and reapply every 1 1/2 hours. No sunscreen is truly waterproof so be sure to reapply after any wetness from swimming or sweating. Cover up. Dress your little one in appropriate UV protective clothing and a floppy hat when you’re planning to be

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outdoors for an extended period of time. UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) is a measurement that quantifies how much clothing shields the sun. This depends on fabric traits such as color, weight, content and construction. UPF signifies both UVA and UVB protection. Clothing should have a UPF of 50 or higher to be effective in sun protection. Be able to spot a sunburn. The onset of sunburn is usually not immediate. It is often a delayed reaction to the sun’s harmful rays that begins to appear 6-8 hours after exposure and can remain on the skin for 1-2 days. Sunburn usually begins with redness but significant burns can involve swelling and may or may not involve blisters. Soothe your little one. If your baby begins to show signs of redness after sun exposure, apply a low dose hydrocortisone cream to the affected areas two times a day for up to two days. A cool compress can also provide additional relief and an over-thecounter baby ibuprofen (an anti-inflammatory) can be used to slow down the sunburn reaction. Check with your pediatrician before administering ibuprofen, hydrocortisone or any

other medicine. If you notice significant swelling with or without blisters, consult with your pediatrician or dermatologist. ■ Dr. Amy Kim is a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon who practices in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also the first dermatologist mom to release a line of infant skincare products, Baby Pibu.


Bugs Bite!



lthough summer weather means more time outdoors, it also means more bugs – like bees, ticks and mosquitoes.The best way to deal with pesky bites and stings, say dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, is to prevent them in the first place.This can also help you avoid an insect-related disease, which can put a damper on anyone’s spring. “Although most bug bites are harmless, some can spread dangerous diseases like Lyme disease,” said board-certified dermatol-

ogist Lindsay Strowd, MD, FAAD, an assistant professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in WinstonSalem, North Carolina. “Particularly if you’re visiting areas with known insect-borne diseases, it’s important to take steps to reduce your risk.” To help prevent bug bites, Dr. Strowd recommends the following tips: Use insect repellent.To protect against mosquitoes, ticks and other bugs, use insect repellent that contains 20 to 30 percent DEET on exposed skin and clothing. Always follow the instructions on the repellent and reapply as directed. If you are also wearing sunscreen, apply your sunscreen first, let it dry, and then apply the insect repellent. Do not use sunscreen that contains insect repellent, as sunscreen must be applied liberally and often while insect repellant should be applied sparingly. Wear appropriate clothing. If you know you’re going to be out at night or hiking in a densely wooded area, dress appropriately to prevent bug bites. Cover exposed skin as much as possible by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and closed shoes instead of sandals. For additional protection, pull your socks up over your pants and tuck your shirt into your pants.You can also pretreat outer layers of clothing with insect repellent containing the active ingredient permethrin. Follow the directions carefully and allow the clothes to dry for at least two hours before wearing them. Use bed nets. If sleeping

outdoors, use bed nets to protect against mosquitoes. Look for one that has been pretreated with pyrethroid insecticide. If it doesn’t reach the floor, tuck it under the mattress for maximum protection. Pay attention to outbreaks. Check the CDC Travel Health Notices website ( and heed travel warnings and recommendations.


ometimes, despite one’s greatest efforts, bug bites still happen. Fortunately, most bug bites and stings can be safely treated at home.” To treat bug bites and stings, Dr. Strowd recommends the following tips: For painful bites, such as a bee sting, take an over-thecounter painkiller, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Always follow the directions on the label and use the correct dose. For bites that itch, apply an ice pack or an over-the-counter anti-itch cream, such as hydrocortisone. Another option is to take an over-the-counter oral antihistamine. To reduce swelling, apply an ice pack to the bite. “If you experience any serious symptoms after a bug bite, such as a rash, fever or body aches, see your doctor or a board-certified dermatologist immediately,” said Dr. Strowd.“Make sure you tell the doctor about your recent bite so that they can examine you for a transmitted disease.” ■

Thanks to the American Academy of Dermatology for these great tips!


PART TWO: 2017


Consider these great camps that Athens and Oconee County have to offer for children of all ages during the summer! We have tried to include the important information for each camp. However, due to changes that may have occurred after press time, please call individual camps or visit their web sites for the most up-to-date details.

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TINKERBELL’S BALLET CAMP Ages 2.5-3.5; June 5-7; 9:30-11:00am; $65 (includes snack and craft materials). Calling all tiny dancers! Tinkerbell invites all of her fairy friends to join us for this special introduction to ballet, which includes dance instruction, movement games, dress-up, story time, and fun fairy crafts! CINDERELLA’S DANCE & ACTING CAMP Ages 3-6; June 12-14; 9:30-11:00am; $65 (includes snack and craft materials). Come join us as we explore the classic fairytale of Cinderella through dance, pantomime, dressup, crafts, and storytelling! BELLE’S BALLET CAMP: New this year! 2 sessions to choose from! Ages 3-8 (divided into 2 groups according to age/experience); $65 (includes snack and craft materials). Belle invites all of her friends to come join us for ballet class, dress-up, story time, princess crafts, and lots of fun! • Session I: June 19-21; 9:30-11:00am • Session II: July 17-19 (Monday-Wednesday) from 9:30-11:00am ELSA AND ANNA’S DANCE & ACTING CAMP Ages 3-8 (divided into 2 groups according to age/experience); June 26-28; 9:30-11:00am; $65 (includes snack and craft materials). Elsa and Anna invite all of their friends to come join us for ballet, pantomime, dress-up, story time, snowy crafts, and lots of fun! RAPUNZEL’S DANCE & ACTING CAMP Ages 3-6; July 10-12; 9:30-11:00am; $65 (includes snack and craft materials). Rapunzel invites all of her princess friends to come join us for ballet, pantomime, dress-up, story time, princess crafts, and lots of fun!

• CREATIVE ARTS FOR IMAGINATIVE HEARTS An action-packed week of creative learning, invention, and play.Themes include: puppetry arts; culinary arts; musical theater; and multimedia arts and crafts. For ages 6-9. May 22 26 (Athens Eastside). $150/week. Check website for full description. Call 706-340-7461 or go to website for registration. • PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS FOR PHONES WITH SMARTS A week long photographic journey through Athens, GA using smart phone technology. Daily activities will include: lessons on photographic arts, a unique photography project, and digital arts workshops. For ages 11-15. May 29 - June 2. $150/week. Check website for full description. Call 706-340-7461 or go to website for registration. • BACKYARD BROADWAY CREATIVE ARTS A full week of theater, writing, and creative arts that will culminate in a performance imagined, designed, and performed by the participants on an outdoor stage. For ages 10-14. June 5-9 and July 17-21(Athens Eastside). $150/week. Call 706-340-7461 or go to website for registration. • CAFÉ KIDS, JR. SUMMER READING AND WRITING ADVENTURE! A fun-filled week focused on reading and writing skills through games, arts and crafts, and exciting creative writing projects in a supportive and inclusive environment. For Ages 6-8. July 24-28 (Athens Eastside). $150/week. Call 706-340-7461 or go to website for registration.

Summer Camps & Summer Programs Athens Academy offers over 50 different athletic, arts, technology, and academic programs for rising K5-12th graders as well as a sixweek Summer Day Camp for ages 4 to rising 5th graders. Our camps are open to all students in our community.Visit athens for details, updates, and registration. New camps are added frequently! 706-769-1177


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Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Day Camps & Mini Camps REGISTRATION takes place online at If you haven’t done so already, create your free online account today! ACC residents may register starting Saturday, April 8 at 9:00 a.m. Non-residents may register starting Monday, April 10 at noon. DAY CAMPS • Camp-a-looza Gymnastics Day Camps May 30-July 28, 9am-4pm, ages 6-12, Bishop Park • East Athens Summer Day Camp: “Back to the Future: Where Recreation and Education Meet” June 5-July 28, 9am-4pm, ages 6-12, East Athens Community Center • Lay Park Summer Day Camp: “Camp Fun-Tastic” June 5-July 28, 9am-4pm, ages 6-12 • Memorial Park Summer Day Camp: “Occupation Exploration” June 5-July 28, 9am-4pm, ages 6-12 • Rocksprings Park Summer Day Camp: “MACH 1: Multi-Adventure Challenge” June 5-July 28, 9am-4pm, ages 6-12 • Sandy Creek Day Camp

June 5-July 21, 9am-4pm, ages 712 • Sandy Creek Teen Camp June 5-July 21, 9am-4pm, ages 1315 TEENS IN ACTION June 12-21, 9am-4pm, ages 13-15, Sandy Creek Nature Center ZOO CAMP Ages: 7-9 (June 5-30) and ages 10-12 (July 3-28), 9am-4pm, Bear Hollow Zoo at Memorial Park THEATRE CAMPS • Teen Encore Camp June Session June 5-9, ages 13-18, 9am-4pm, Quinn Hall at Memorial Park • Musical Theatre Performance Program: “The Stories of Sheherazade” June 12-23, 9am-4pm, ages 8-12, Quinn Hall at Memorial Park • Teen Encore Camp July Session July 10-14, ages 13-18, 9am-4pm, Quinn Hall at Memorial Park • Theatre Performance Camp: “The Emperor’s New Clothes” July 17-28, 9am-4pm, ages 8-12, Quinn Hall at Memorial Park ART MINI CAMPS A variety of Art Camps from June 5-July 28, for ages 4-16 Lyndon House Arts Center, 706613-3623 DANCE MINI CAMPS A variety of Dance Camps from May 30-July 21, for ages 4-18 East Athens Educational Dance Center, 706-613-3624 SPORTS MINI CAMPS A variety of sports camps including Kidventures Gymnastics, Skate,Tennis, Soccer, Sportstime, and Triatholon, May 30-Aug. 4 for ages 3-17 with a variety of weeks and times at different parks. www.athensclarke 706-613-3800

Athens YMCA Summer Programs CAMP KELLEY DAY CAMP Join us for our 81st summer of Camp Kelley! Available for ages 5 to 13. May 22 - July 28, no camp

on May 29 or the week of Independence Day. Camp runs 7:50 am to 6 pm. $115 for full week, $70 for half week (3 days) plus a $25 non-refundable registration fee. Camp Kelley is a fun, high-energy camp for children of all interests and ability levels. From art to sports, there’s something for everyone at Camp Kelley! SPORTS CAMPS The Athens YMCA will hold 3 separate sports camps. Soccer Camp: June 19 - 23, ages 6 - 13, 9 am to 12 pm. Put on by the coaches of Clarke Central High School. Football Camp: June 26 - 30, ages 6 - 13, 9 am to 12 pm. Put on by the coaches of Clarke Central High School. Basketball Camp: July 10 - 14, ages 7 - 13, 9 am to 12 pm. Put on by Carlos Strong and his coaches. $70 per week. All ability levels welcome! SUMMER SWIM At the Y, we believe everyone should know how to swim.That’s why we have swim lessons for ages 6 months and up. Please see our website,, for information on sessions and times. $70 per 8 class session.

Brightstone CREATE CAMP 2017 Create something this summer! Everyone has something to give. Try your hand at creating a short play with your team, then perform your original work for a live audience who will vote for the best show.The winning team receives a CASH PRIZE! Camp Dates: June 29-30, 9:00am-6:00pm Performance: June 30, 6:00pm Ages: Open to completed 6th12th graders; $90 fee (includes lunch both days) Contact: directors@bright, Leia Boone;, Amy L. Smock



2017 SUMMER CAMPS PART TWO Brightstone DRAMA CAMP 2017 MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL 2017 SUMMER DRAMA CAMP:THE STAND-OUT SIX Open to completed 6th-12th grades. Featuring songs previously performed by six of Broadway’s best performers: Jeremy Jordan, Sutton Foster, Aaron Tveit, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, and Christian Borle. Camp will also feature workshops, technique training, master class, guest teachers, and more! Camp Dates: July 10-14, 1:005:00pm, $120, at our studio, 1410 Greensboro Hwy.,Watkinsville, Ga. Showcase: Friday, July 14, 5:00 & 7:00pm, FREE Contact: directors@bright, Leia Boone;, Amy L Smock

Exploring the Earth / Little Rose Nature School Come enjoy our planet! Each day we will focus on a different continent, embarking on a performing and visual arts adventure that explores the ancient and modern culture, music, art, food, games and environmental science of each unique region. In addition to learning about our global community, we will connect with the natural world around us by playing in 85 magical acres of forest, creeks, and meadows. For more details or registration visit: Ages: 5-10yrs. Times and Price: 5 Full Days 9am- 2pm ($130) or Half Days 9-11:30am ($80) SCHEDULE FOR SESSION 1: Week 1 June 5-9: Antarctica, Australia, Asia Week 2 June 12-16: South America, Africa, Europe and North America


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SCHEDULE FOR SESSION 2: Week 1 June 26-30: Antarctica, Australia, Asia Week 2 July 3-7: South America, Africa, Europe and North America 706-224-4495

Frog Stomp Come spend the week at Frog Stomp! Each week will explore a new theme; artists will create one masterpiece painting and one 3-D piece. Along with these, artists will participate in several small creative play projects that will be fun and messy while developing skills that will improve their masterpieces and encourage collaboration and expression.We will also be creating an “eye spy scavenger sketchbook” that we take out each day during lunch and take a walk around Chase Park. Artists should wear clothes that are for messy fun, and bring a lunch and refillable water bottle (snack provided). Camp day starts at 10:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm. Early drop off and late pick up available. Cost: $200 Ages: 5-11yrs.(except for MiniCamper week) Times: 10am-1pm (aftercare extended day is available 9am2pm) Schedule: WEEK 1: May 29-June 2, “Under the Sea” WEEK 2: June 5-9, “Upcycling” WEEK 3: June 12-16, “Movement and Simple Machines” (*week 3 is for advanced ages, 6-11) WEEK 4: June 19-23, “Do It Yourself: Homesteading” WEEK 5: June 26-30, “Welcome to the Jungle” (*week 5 is for mini-campers ages 3-5) WEEK 6: July 10-14, “To The Beach” WEEK 7: July 17-21, “Space Dreams and Shooting Stars”

WEEK 8: July 24-29, “Fairytales and Magic” Please call for questions and registration. 706-286-8449

Frozen Ropes Baseball & Softball Training Center Frozen Ropes Baseball & Softball Training Center is excited to have you join us this summer at a Frozen Ropes All Star Camp! We are proud to offer a first class experience by fostering a love of sports, friendships and fun.We will be offering baseball, softball, and multi-sport camps throughout the entire summer. Under the direction of our professionally trained and highly experienced staff, your child will spend their summer days developing their skills and having fun through a variety of safe and structured activities. • Camps are for players ages 5-7 and 8-12 and will begin May 22nd and will run every Monday through Friday until July 28th. You can sign up for one day or multiple days each week. You can also choose half days or full days. For more details, costs, and registration please come see us, call us at 706-705-6050, or visit our website at www.frozen Frozen Ropes Baseball & Softball Training Center, 7920 Macon Hwy,Watkinsville, Ga. watkinsville 706-705-6050

Intermezzo Piano Academy Intermezzo Piano Academy is an exciting summer camp for pianists ages 5-17 and is proud to be returning to Athens for its seventh consecutive year, July 10-14, 2017. Students will participate in a wide variety of music and piano classes taught in a fun and relevant way by our highly-skilled and energetic faculty. Classes include: Music History, Theory, Rhythm, Composition, Music Technology, Piano Literature, Piano Ensemble, Performance

opportunities and much more! We offer a half-day camp for ages 5-12 and a full-day option for students ages 11-17. All students will learn a unique piano ensemble piece and perform it on the final recital at the end of the week. Date: July 10-14, 2017 Location: The Church at College Station, 1225 College Station Rd, Athens, Ga. 30605 • PRIMO CAMP: Time: 1-5pm; Ages: 5-12; Level: Beginner-Intermediate;Tuition: $160 • MUSIC ARTIST CAMP: Time 9am-5pm; Ages: 11-17; Level: Intermediate-Advanced; Tuition: $260 We have online registration and payment options available. Ask about our sibling discount! Check out our website for more info on classes and to see our outstanding faculty bios! piano-academy

Lego Engineering Day Camp Our Engineering Day Camp using LEGO elements will ignite your child’s engineering capabilities using the Lego bricks they already love! Build and operate a motorized Lego crane. Create and race your own Giant Bug Walker. Build a pet Dog-Bot. Use your Lego knowledge and our brick collection to engineer one epic summer! Camp Dates: June 12-15 with two sessions: K-rising through 3rd graders are 9 am-noon and 4th-rising through 7th graders are 1-4 pm. Cost: $150 Location: Watkinsville First United Methodist Church, 1331 New High Shoals Rd., Watkinsville, GA 30677 Contact: Erin Duke, Registration/more information: CONTINUED ON PAGE 28


2017 SUMMER CAMPS PART TWO New Moon Summer Adventure Camp Travel to different locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina. Activities include hiking, swimming, boating, ropes course, trips to museums, farms, zoos and much more! Ages 6-12. $175 per week covers all activity and travel expenses. Operating weeks of June 12-16 and 19-23 and July 10-14 and 17-21 from 8:30am-5pm. To register contact Cindy Jones 706-310-0013

OCAF Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation Summer Art Camp Designed for children ages 5-12 with a keen interest in art and a desire to learn more. Each two-week session consists of one week of clay and one week of painting & drawing. Camp is held each day from 9am-12noon, Monday-Friday at the School Street Studios


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facilities in Watkinsville. Campers Exhibit at the end of July. • FULL 2 WEEK SESSION: $240 (includes materials, t-shirt & light snack.) • TEEN ART WORKSHOPS for ages 12-18, $110 a week plus $20 for materials. 9am12noon, Monday-Friday. Study under advanced artists.Week of June 26th is Drawing,Week of July 10th is Painting,Week of July 17th is Pottery. 706-769-4565

Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department Join the fun as a fantastic season of activities is currently being planned for our SUPER HERO SUMMER! We offer opportunities in field trips, swimming, sports, crafts, games, nature walks, and much more! Weekly sessions: May 22 through July 28 Location: Herman C. Michael Park Eligibility: Camp is open to participants who are residents of Oconee County and have

turned age 6 on or before September 1, 2017 or will complete Kindergarten during the 2016-2017 school year. Registration Information: Summer Registration for Summer Day Camps,Teen Extreme Camp and Summer Sports Camps begins Monday, April 17 at 8 a.m. at Herman C. Michael Park on a first come first served basis until all spaces are filled. Fees for Summer Day Camps and Teen Exteme Camp are $110 per session. First week’s payment is due in full at the time of registration. A $30 per child, per session, non-refundable deposit is due at registration to reserve any weekly session.The balance of the weekly fee will be due on the Friday preceding each session for which the child is enrolled. Summer Sports Camps include all-sports, basketball, baseball, football, golf, lacrosse girls camp, mountain bike, softball, soccer, speed and agility, volleyball, and Volunteer Oconee! camp. Ages and fees vary by camp.You can print an Oconee County summer sports camps chart at For complete information: 706-769-3965

Oconee Youth School of Performance At OYSP summer camp, we put on a show in a week! Two camp weeks to choose from: June 5-9 and June 26-30. Performance for parents at the end of each week! For more inform or to download a registration form, go to or email us at

drinks are provided daily.The camps are broken down by age into groups of 10 so everyone gets special attention from our tutors. Camps start 6/5, 6/19, 7/10 and 7/17. Space is limited. Cost is $165. 706-548-4470

STEM Summer Camps

Prince Avenue Christian School Join the fun this summer at Prince Avenue Christian School where we learn to work and play The Wolverine Way ... by honoring God, pursuing excellence and discipling students! We offer 12 DIFFERENT CAMPS for rising Kindergarteners through 12th grade. Visit campus-life/summeratprince for more details and to register.

Rose of Athens Theatre Academy “Teaching Life Skills Through Stage Skills” Grades: 1st-12th Where: Seney-Stovall Chapel 201 N. Milledge Ave., Athens, GA When: June 5-June 23, 2017 (varying dates for different grades) • 9th-12th Grade High School Session: June 516, 2017 9:30 am-4:30 pm • 6th-8th Grade Middle School Session 1: June 5-9, 2017 9:30 am-4:30 pm • 6th-8th Grade Middle School Session 2: June 19-23, 2017 9:30 am-4:30 pm • 3rd-5th Grade Elementary Session 1: June 12-16, 2017 1:20 pm-4:30 pm • 3rd-5th Grade Elementary Session 2: June 19-23, 2017 9:30 am-12:30 pm • 1st Grade-2nd Grade Lower Elementary Session 1: June 12-16, 2017 9:30 am-12:30 pm For information contact: 706-340-9181

RUSH / This year we are working with to bring you the most fun STEM summer camps in Athens! Join us Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for trampoline fun as well as real life applications on Science,Technology, Engineering and Math using our foam cubes, trampolines, the ninja course and other games. Lunch and

MathMindWorkshop and RUSH are partnering to offer the premier STEM Camp in Athens this summer! Get a jump on the science of trampolines as we explore velocity, acceleration, potential and kinetic energy, laws of motion, gravity, and more. Build a physical understanding of math while you jump number lines, create edible exponents, explore dimensions, investigate Platonic Solids, and predict parabolic trajectories. Build a trampoline. Launch a water balloon. Design and test a structure. And jump! Camps are available for rising 2nd-3rd graders, 4th-5th graders, and 6th-8th graders. They run the weeks of June 5, June 19, July 10, and July 17 from 9am-3pm.The cost is $165.00 and requires a signed waiver for both RUSH Athens and MathMindWorkshop.Visit our website at or call 678-718-8068 for more information or to register. 678-718-8068

UGA Community Music School Private and group instruction for students ages 18 mos. to adult seniors. Available yearround. Private instruction in piano, voice, guitar, strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, music theory, songwriting, and music composition. Group instruction available for guitar, piano, bluegrass and string chamber music. All styles of music available. 706-542-2894

Have a great summer!


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