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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. athfest.com/kidsfest

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.

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“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 www.experience.camp. www.athensparent.com

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