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starring all of the students. Ages 5–8 years old attend from 10–11:15 a.m. and ages 9–18 years old attend from 10 a.m.–noon, $85. Kids in Showbiz, August 1–5. Students will learn the basics of musical theatre performances by singing, dancing and acting to songs and scenes from Broadway shows. Ages 5–8 years old attend from 10–11:15 a.m. and ages 9–18 years old attend from 10 a.m.–noon, $85.

The Arts Calcasieu Parish Art Camp June 2–29 Lake Charles Boston Learning Academy, 1509 Enterprise Blvd. Three classes offered daily from 8:30–11:30a.m. Open to students completing grades kindergarten–8th. Tuition is $250 with installments accepted. Campers have the opportunity to choose a variety of class options. Sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the Calcasieu Parish School System. For more information, call Bobbi Yancy, (337) 526-2908. Children’s Theatre Summer Starz Series The Children’s Theatre, 809 Kirby Street, Ste. 313, Lake Charles Contact the Children’s Theatre at (337) 433-7323, or register online at All workshops include a t-shirt. Wild Things, July 7–9. Children ages 5–8 years old participate in creative drama exercises, games, movement and music in this workshop just for youngsters. Classes are from 10–11:15 a.m.; $65. Acting for the Camera, July 7–9. This workshop covers auditioning for commercials, reading commercial scripts, exploring different commercial techniques, and beginning improvisational skills. Information and samples are shared on resumes, headshots and finding the best agent or manager. The class is for ages 8–18 years old from noon–1:30 p.m.; $85. Mid Summer Fun, July 18–22. This workshop teaches the language, ideas and adventures of Shakespeare. Students will perform excerpts from some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays while experiencing the technical aspects of lighting, set design, and creating costumes. The workshop concludes with a free public performance

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Jamm Camp, June 20–July 1 Swicegood Music, 308 E. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles Play in a live band setting with professional coaching. Two-week Jamm Camp begins June 20. There will be two age-group combos offered: beginners and intermediate/advanced. Classes meet on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6–8 p.m. Registration is $25. Cost is $300.00 For information, call Swicegood Music Company at (337) 477-2704. MSU 2011 High School Summer Band Camps, June 19–23 McNeese State University Campus Instructional sessions are held throughout the day, with various social activities each night. Students may stay on campus in the apartmentstyle residence halls or commute each day. All three areas present a camp-finale performance for family and friends on the final day of camp. Residents–$300 (covers instruction, housing and all meals). Commuter–$200 (covers instruction, daily lunch and dinner). Go to for more information, or contact Jay N. Jacobs, Director at (337) 475-5004, Registration deadline is June 1. The Leadership & Drum Major Camp: Ideal for aspiring drum majors and section leaders. The Colorguard and Drumline Camps: Address all levels of ability. The All-Star Summer Band Camps: These are part of a series of yearly honors events for high school band students. These events also include the McNeese All-Star Marching Band (September) and the All-Star Honor Band (April). Second Saturdays Sulphur Arts Camp June 11–August 13 Henning Cultural Center, 923 Ruth St., Sulphur On the second Saturday of each month children will have a chance to create art and valuable memories. There is no cost but pre-registration is required as space is limited. For more information, contact Thom Trahan at (337) 527-0357. Splash Dance with Watercolor, June 21–25 McNeese State Univeristy Watercolor techniques, drawing and painting subjects with instructor, Nancy Melton. From June 21–25, 1–2:15pm. $35/$39 until June 7 plus supply list fees. To enroll, contact May Gray at (337) 475-5130 or

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Day Camps Camp Tabby – Making Memories, June 20–August 5 Club Tabby, Prien Lake Mall, Lake Charles Club Tabby will be host its 3rd Annual Camp Tabby each week. Every camp day is themed and filled with fun, prizes, games, crafts and snacks. Tuition rates include Weekly ($100), Daily ($35), and Hourly ($10). Registration has begun and limited spaces are available. For more information, call (337) 478-3600. City of Lake Charles Department of Recreation & Parks Summer Day Camp, Drew Park & University Community Center Offered daily from 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. for children ages 6–12 only. $100 per child, per two-week session. Locations include Drew Park and University Community Center. Session 1: June 6–June 17; Session 2: June 20–July 1; Session 3: July 5–July 15; Session 4: July 18–July 29 *No camp on July 4 (Holiday) Activities include movies, bowling, swimming, skating and fun. Camp participants will receive free breakfast and lunch daily, go on field trips, play exciting games, and much more. A minimum of 50 children must attend to have a camp at each site. Registration prior to the session is required. For more information, contact Helen Lewis Dunn at (337) 4911280 or visit to register.

Foreman-Reynard Community Center Summer Camp, June 2 Foreman-Reynard Community Center, Lake Charles Registration is open for the Foreman-Reynard Community Center Summer Camp, which starts June 2. Campers pay a one-time fee of $20. Call (337) 436-2500 for more information. Lake Charles Country Club Kids Camp, June 6–July 29 Lake Charles Country Club Kids Camp is offered Monday through Friday in June and July for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Activities include fishing, arts and crafts, golf, swimming and more. $175 per week for members, $215 per week for non-members, $65 daily rate for members, and $75 daily rate for non-members. For more information, call (337) 477-5511. St. Luke-Simpson’s Summer Day Camp, June 6–August 10 St. Luke Simpson United Methodist Church St. Luke Simpson’s will host a summer day camp from June 6–August 10 from 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. The camp will include field trips, special themed days and Christian Education opportunities. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information, call (337) 474-1500. WinShape C3 Camp, July 25–29 Trinity Baptist Church, Lake Charles Children will enjoy activities centered around science, athletics, dance, food prep, secret ops, crafts, music and drama. The camp is for children who will have completed grades 1–5 in May 2011. Camp is from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Register online only at $179 registration fee.


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Adult Reading Program Novel Destinations will be centered on travel programs to include music, food, guest speakers, and author events. Philip Melancon, crooner and piano player from New Orleans, will return to entertain in July. “One World, Many Stories” This is the theme for the 2011 Summer Reading Program for children. Children will be given a reading log, with the goal of reading 10 books of their choice during the sixweek program. Those too young to read may have ten books read to them. Weekly programs will be offered at each parish library.


Teen Reading Program “You Are Here”, will include weekly activities in libraries throughout the parish to include game days, making and playing Australian didgeridoos, creating dream catchers, a video battle of the bands, digital storytelling, and more. Teens are invited to join The Tale Weavers, a group that writes and performs stories. Chefs from L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort will also demonstrate Asian food preparations.

Calcasieu Parish Library Summer Reading Programs For more information on the programs listed below, call (337) 721-7148 or visit Kick-off The Summer Reading Program Kick-off will be held 4–7p.m. on Friday, May 27, at the Harbor’s Edge Pavilion of Prien Lake Park. Families are invited to enjoy the activities at the event while signing up for the reading programs offered to all ages during the summer. Activities at the kick-off include cookie decorating, juggling taught by Geebo the Clown, face painting, temporary tattooing, bookmark making, visiting the dress-up corner, and watching Habibi Clowns make balloon creations to take home. A new attraction for the 2011 kick-off will be live music by the Jazz Katz, a group who also plays with the Lake Charles Community Band.

Homework Night, Monday Nights Zion Tabernacle Community Center, Shattuck St., Lake Charles Each Monday from 5–7 p.m., Homework Night will be held at Zion Tabernacle Community Center on Shattuck St. in Lake Charles. Parents are encouraged to bring their children for help with homework or to go over other education materials as needed. Around 6:30 p.m., snacks and drinks are served and each night will end with a fun activity.

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Summer School—

Outside of the Classroom Learning does not need to take a vacation just because school is out for the summer. “Within 24 to 48 hours after learning new concepts, students often begin to forget information unless it is reinforced or applied immediately,” said Renee Reina, director at Sylvan Learning Center of Lake Charles. “That’s why, during summer break, even the best students forget lessons they have learned during the school year.” Reina suggests the following tips to kick off a fun, learning-filled summer: Writing—Encourage your child to start a diary or write letters to a grandparent or friend. If you are traveling on a vacation, ask your child to keep a travel journal recording where you stayed and what you did. At the end of every day, talk through the activities with your child. It not only improves writing skills, but also creates great family memories. Mathematics—Helping mom or dad with grocery shopping develops opportunities to use math skills, such as making change, weighing fruits and vegetables, etc. Providing assistance with cooking can also familiarize children with weight and measures, organization and planning and following a recipe. Reading—Reading to young children nurtures interest in language, words and communication. For older kids, reading together can be fun and interesting. Children also learn by example. If parents are setting time aside to read, it reinforces the fun and enjoyment of reading. Local libraries offer infinite resources for children. Librarians can recommend books appropriate for your child’s reading level and interests, and many libraries offer free children’s programs and clubs. The most important thing is to keep learning fun. For more ideas on how to make the most, academically, of your child’s summer break, contact Sylvan Learning Center at (337) 474-9998.

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Playground Pitfalls Playgrounds are not all fun and games. Some nasty spills and falls occur every day. Physicians with The Clinic’s Urgent Care Centers in Lake Charles and Moss Bluff remind parents to be mindful of safety while kids are playing. Falls on playgrounds resulted in a higher number of moderate-to-severe injuries in children than accidents involving vehicles and bicycles. Severe accidents can cause fractures of the head and neck. Pay attention to surfaces. Sponge rubber synthetics are the most impact-absorbing. If the surface is concrete or hard-packed dirt, falls from as low as a foot or two can result in a severe head injury.

•  Outside play time is important, and kids are encouraged to get plenty of exercise and fresh air, but parents shouldn’t assume all playgrounds are safe. Here are a few things to watch: •  Swing seats should be made of plastic or rubber; avoid hard surfaces like metal or wood. • C  heck out the playground equipment before your child plays; watch for protruding bolt ends, open “s” hooks, sharp metal edges or handles that aren’t secured. •  Safe surfaces have a cushion of wood chips, mulch, sand, peasized gravel or rubber-like materials. Avoid playgrounds that have asphalt, concrete, or hard-packed dirt. •  Children younger than five years old should play on equipment that is four feet high or under. Parents and caregivers should be able to see the child clearly on the playground and pay attention to them as they play.

cause extreme discomfort. Of course, prevention is the most important thing to focus on, but if your child does get sunburned, it’s important to begin treatment right away.”


Relief from Sunburn Peeling and Pain

Everyone knows they should wear sunscreen—and put it on their children—but in the bright sun of a Southwest Louisiana summer, it is almost inevitable that your children will experience at least one sunburn. “A sunburn is just that—a burn,” says pediatrician Luis Apellaniz MD, with the Jennings Pediatric Center. “ The inflammation of the skin caused by the UV radiation can


He says it is vital for them to drink plenty of fluids to rehydrate the body. Taking a cool shower or placing a wet, cold compress on the inflamed area can temporary relieve the pain and help with the redness. Nonprescription pain relievers in the appropriate doses for children can help with pain and inflammation. To speed up the recovery process skin, take nonprescription pain relievers and moisturize skin with hydrocortisone cream and aloe vera lotion. “If a sunburn is accompanied by fever, chills, severe headache and/or nausea, the child should see a doctor as soon as possible to determine if they are experiencing heat stress or heat stroke in addition to a sunburn,” adds Dr. Appellaniz. If the sunburn results in water blisters, he says you should not pop them. This could cause bleeding and scaring; let them burst on their own. Dr. Appellaniz says once a sunburn fades, it is typically followed by peeling, and the skin will require extra-gentle care in order to avoid an infection. “Continue to apply the moisturizing creams, but keep it away from the peeling area. Apply an antibacterial cream to fresh, new skin and cover the area with gauze to prevent bacteria from getting in. “ Thrive Funsational Summer Guide

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Destination: Healthy Vacation

You’re all ready for vacation: the bags are all packed, you’ve checked the spare tire and the neighbor’s feeding the dog. But many people don’t take the time to plan for one key ingredient for a great vacation -- good health. Although you can’t plan for every contingency, there are some steps you can take to increase your family’s chances of having an enjoyable, healthy vacation. All it takes is a little planning. Dr. Ben Williams, family physician with Lake Charles Medical and Surgical Clinic offers these suggestions:

• Pack basic first-aid supplies • Pack any prescriptions or over-the-counter medications, making sure you have an adequate supply for the duration of your trip. These items should always be packed in a carry-on bag to ensure they will be available even if luggage is lost or delayed. • Consider the climate at your destination, and bring along sunscreen, insect repellent and bottled water if you’ll be spending time outdoors.

•C  arry a list of allergies, medications and dosages and health conditions in your wallet or purse. Include an emergency contact person as well as your physician’s name and phone number. •C  onsult your physician before leaving for advice if anyone in your family has a condition or symptoms that may become a problem during your trip.

Setting a

Summer Schedule Choosing summer activities and/or camps for your child can be a difficult task, especially with all the options there are today. Counselor Keri Forbess-McCorquodale, MS, CEAP, LPC, LMFT, Director of Solutions EAP, says it’s important to take your time and choose carefully to make sure you child gets the most out of their summer activities. As you consider all possibilities for the summer ahead that fit your child’s interests and your budget, she says you should evaluate the total programs of each choice you are considering, and examine the quality of the staff, facilities and activities. Talk to parents whose children have attended in the past and gather some background information. Forbess-McCorquodale says it’s also very important to involve your child in the process. “Make sure the camp is of interest to them – it should be fun; something they will look forward to. If you do academic camps, make sure the topics will be taught in an engaging way – or it will just seem like a continuation of the school year.” If you need to find a camp or activity for your child for the whole summer, consider a program that lasts the entire time, or at least for a large portion of it. “That way they aren’t constantly having to acclimate to a new environment and new people,” advises Forbess-McCorquodale. She says burn-out can become a problem if you try to cram too many different activities into the short summer timeframe. “If possible, don’t ‘camp them out’ every single week. Let some weeks be lazy and unscheduled.” Ideally, she says the goal is to “find a good balance in your choices for your child’s summer schedule – one that incorporates what is structure programs with fun and relaxing activities they will really enjoy.”

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EDUCATIONAL, cont. The tutors at Homework Night will also be offering motivational and self esteem talks on certain evenings. For more information, call Wanda at (337) 278-8004. Mathnasium Summer Camps and Classes, Various sessions 2744 Country Club Rd., Lake Charles For more information on the camps and classes listed below, call (337) 478-0550. Summer Workouts These flexible programs are designed to give students an extra boost heading into the new school year. Two, 60-minute sessions per week are planned for these workouts. Students can come in any time during regular hours, 1–7 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The summer schedule will run June 1–August 11. A variety of programs will be offered, so call for more information. Summer Math Camp Join Mathnasium this summer to explore math in a new way through hands-on activities. Activities include paper folding, scavenger hunt, mobius strip, puzzles, games and more. Students that have completed 3rd – 6th grade are eligible to enroll with two sessions available. Session 1: June 24– 29; Session 2: August 1–5. Camp’s will be held Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–noon. The total cost per student is $150, which includes a $50 nonrefundable deposit due upon registration. Each additional child receives a $25 discount.

First Steps Program This new program is designed to give students going into Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade the foundations for a lifetime of math success. Ten, 50-minute sessions over two weeks are planned for these enrichment classes. Classes are limited to five students, so register soon to reserve your child’s place. Class dates will be July 25–August 5, Monday– Friday. $20.00 per session plus a $50.00 deposit is required. McNeese Summer Reading Clinic, June 6–30 McNeese State University From 9–11:30a.m., Monday–Thursday, students entering grades 1–6 will receive one-on-one tutoring for 60 minutes a day and participate in reading enriched activities with a master teacher. The fee is $175, which includes a deposit of $50 with the completed application. For more information or to request an application, call the McNeese Department of Teacher Education at (337) 475-5471. McNeese Leisure Learning Classes, Various dates McNeese State University McNeese Leisure Learning will offer a number of classes for students during the summer months including phonics, math, reading and study skills, 3-D cupcakes, tie dye, folktales, creative drama, violin, cello, guitar, advanced music study, creative clay, creating writing, watercolor magic, poetry for teens, and many more. For more information on dates, pricing or registration, call (337) 475-5130.

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EDUCATIONAL, cont. Sylvan Learning Center Summer Camps 29 W. College St., Lake Charles All camps offered are a fun approach to learning, taught by certified teachers in small groups for individualized attention, and are flexible to fit your summer schedule. Spaces are limited. For more information or to sign up, call (337) 474-9998.

Camps offered: Read Ahead! (Early Reading Camp), Fraction Action! (Fraction Fun), Write On! (Writing Styles/Techniques), Solve This! (Word Problems), Addition Fun Facts, Subtraction Fun Facts and Multiplication and Division Fun Facts

Health & Fitness LA Fitness, Various dates and times 4324 Lake St., Lake Charles LA Fitness will offer children’s fitness camp and swimming lesons with certified instructors throughout the summer at their facility. For more information on classes and prices, call (337) 478-8686.

Unique Fitness, June 7–July 28 1421 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles Now offering Zumba for Kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. Class will begin on June 7 and last through the end of July. Price per class is $6. For more information, call (337) 499-6675.

Just For Teachers Unique Fitness, Various Days 421 W. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles The training facility will be offering two summer specials just for teachers. For more information on the classes listed below, call (337) 499-6675. Half-price Personal Training/Pilates Every Monday and Wednesday from 9–10 a.m., Unique Fitness will offer half price personal training and pilates. Sessions will begin on June 6 and lasting through the end of July. Zumba Fit Every Friday’s class will be 10:30–11:30 a.m. and offer a Zumba Fit class specifically for teachers. The classes will begin on June 3 and last through the end of July. The price is $8 per class.

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Resident Camps Webelos Resident Day Camp, June 26–29 Camp Edgewood Boys finishing 3rd and 4th grades are encouraged to attend camp for 2 ½ days, working toward Webelos Activity badges. Some Webelos scouts leave camp with seven of the 20 Webelos Badges completed. $75.00 per Webelo, $40 per Webelos Den Leader, $40 per adult. The camp begins at 1p.m. on June 26 and ends June 29 at10 a.m. For more information, call Shawn at the Boy Scouts office (337) 436-3376.

Sports 2011 Summer Tennis Camp, Various weeks Lake Charles Racquet Club The main emphasis will be tennis, however, other activities will include swimming and arts and crafts. Each child should bring a towel, swimsuit, hat or visor, and tennis racquet. Lunch is included. Camp is open to ages 4–13 from 8 a.m.–noon. Session 1, May 30–June 10; Session 2, July 11–22; Session 3, August 1–5. Cost for Session 1 and 2 is $260 for members and $290 for non-members. Cost for Session 3 is $140 for members and $175 for non-members. For more information, visit or contact Bobby Walker, (337) 433-8811,

2011 Summer Junior Golf Camp, Various weeks Mallard Cove Golf Course Offered Monday–Thursday, 8–10 a.m. for children ages 7–13. $50 per child, per session. Each golf camp will be limited to the first 40 paid entrants. Session 1: June 6–9 Session 2: July 11–14 Session 3: August 1–4 If camper does not have equipment, he/she will be supplied with the proper equipment to be able to participate in the clinic activities. Instruction will be lead by the PGA Head Golf Professional. Each camper will receive a golf camp T-shirt. For more information, contact Derek Smith at (337) 491-1204. MSU Athletic Camps, Various weeks McNeese State University Dave Simmons Men’s Basketball Camp Session 1: June 6–9; Session 2: June 20–23 For more information, contact Patrick Haynes at (337) 263-1619.

Brooks Donald Women’s Basketball Camp Fundamental: June 1–3, Grades K–8 Position: June 12, Grades 7–12 Elite: June 13–14, Grades 9–12

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SPORTS, cont. Team Camp 1: June 16–18 Team Camp 2: July 28–30 For more information, call (337) 475-5477. Competitive Challenge Youth Soccer, July 18–21 for boys and girls ages 6–14 Competitive Challenge Girls Elite Camp, July 17–20 for girls age 13–18 For more information about these camps, call (337) 475-5368 or email

Natalie Poole’s Women’s Softball Camp, June 12–15 For more information, call (337) 475-5000.

Football Camp, July 10–12 For more information, contact Coach Lark Hebert at (337) 475-5211.

Volleyball Camp, July 7–9 For girls grades 6–12. The first session will be from 1:30–4:30 p.m. for girls grades 6–8. The second session is from 6–9 p.m. for girls in grades 9–12. The cost is $95 per camper and includes a free volleyball at the conclusion of the camp. For more information, contact Nicole Wilson at (337) 475-5109. McNeese Cowgirl Kicker Kutie Camp, July 25–29 Burton Colliseum Paige Harkins-Caldwell and the McNeese Cowgirl Kickers will host their annual Cowgirl Kicker Kutie Camp for children ages 5–12.

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Straighten Up This Summer with Crawford Orthodontics

The camp will be held July 25–29 at the Burton Coliseum, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with early drop available. Registration will be $160. For more information, call (337) 475-5604.

Swimming & Watersports LA Fitness Swim Lessons, May 23–Aug. 19 4324 Lake St., Lake Charles Lessons for children ages 3 & up. All classes taught by a certified instructor with over seven years experience. Members $50/5 lessons; Non-Members, $55/5 lessons. Register at LA Fitness. Call (337) 478-8686. SPAR Waterpark 933 W. Parish Rd., Sulphur SPAR WATERPARK is open weekends only May 15-May 23, open daily May 26-August 13, and open weekends August 14– August 22 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays; and 1-7 p.m. Sundays. Gate fee is $4 for in-district residents and $5 for out-of-district residents. Thirty-visit punchcards are available for $100, in-district and $140, outof-district. Waterpark parties are held from 6–8 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, call 721-3052 or visit

Time for your child’s

annual checkup! Schedule before the new school year begins. Foster C. Kordisch, Jr., MD Bruce M. Thompson, MD, FAAP David R. Wallace, MD, FAAP Stuart G. Landry, MD, FAAP Edgar E. McCanless, MD, FAAP Bryan S. Karriker, MD, FAAP Jay Maust, II, MD, FAAP Deborah M. Decker, MD, FAAP Anatole J. Karpovs, MD, FAAP Elizabeth S. Murray, MD, FAAP Kipp Ardoin, MD

Summer is the perfect time to start orthodontic treatment. We offer orthondontic options that provide: • increased comfort • advanced technology • faster results We accept most insurance and flexible benefit plans, and offer affordable, convenient payment plans to fit any budget, including no-down payment options. We’ll give you - and your kids - something to smile about. Call Crawford Orthodontics today to schedule a free consultation.

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Juan M. Bossano, MD, FAAP Neonatologist Jamal G. Saqer, MD, FAAP Pediatric Critical Care Specialist

Children have different health care needs than adults— both medical and emotional. At the Children’s Clinic, you can know that your child is being treated by an expert in children’s health.

Pediatricians are trained to prevent and manage health problems in infants, children, teens and young adults.

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SWIMMING, cont. SwimSational Swim School, Various Sessions For more information on the classes listed below, call (337) 527-0950. 878 N. Beglis Pkwy., Sulphur Private Classes Each class will be one-on-one with an instructor for 30 minutes per day. Perfect for anyone who needs a little extra TLC. $35 per lesson or 4 for $110.  Summer Splash Swim Clinics Clinics offered in June and July for students 3 years and up, beginners to advanced. Each class will last thirty-minutes, Monday through Friday for 1 week. $75-90 per student and registration fee waived. All students receive certificates of completion. In between summer camps, there are fun activities to do right in the backyard. Some can be done with one child, others are best with a group of kids. Here are a few ideas:

Vacation Bible School Trinity Baptist Vacation Bible School, June 6–10 Trinity Baptist Church, Lake Charles Trinity Baptist Church VBS is for children who will start kindergarten in fall of 2011 through those completing fifth grade in May of 2011. Sessions are from 9 a.m.–noon. For more information, call (337) 480-1555 or visit First Baptist Vacation Bible School, June 13–17 First Baptist Church, Lake Charles Join First Baptist Church for a fun-filled week of learning about God’s Word, especially designed for children ages 4–10. For more information, contact Laurie Perks at (337) 433-1443. St. Luke-Simpson Vacation Bible School, June 13–17 St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church The theme will be Cokesbury’s “Shake it Up Café” where kids carry out God’s recipe. $15 cost per child, which will include a t-shirt and CD. For more information or to register, call (337) 474-1500.

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May 2011

Playing It Safe in the


The summer temps in Southwest Louisiana can reach dangerous levels. As kids play outside, parents should be aware of the potential for health risks in the heat. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children’s bodies have a greater surface area to body mass ratio, so they absorb more heat. Also, children have a considerable lower sweating capacity than adults, so they are less able to dissipate body heat by sweating. It’s very important for parents, coaches, summer camp workers and anyone else supervising children in outdoor activities to be aware of the risk of heat illness and take precautions, such as: • Reducing the intensity of physical activity that lasts for more than 15 minutes. • Ensure that kids are well-hydrated before prolonged activity. • Even if the child isn’t thirsty, insist they drink at least 5 ounces of water every 15–20 minutes. • Encourage kids to wear light-colored, lightweight clothing. High temps aren’t the only problem, high humidity is also a culprit. Humid days prevent the body from effectively cooling off through perspiration. With our high humidity and high temperatures, keep water on hand and insist on rest breaks every now and then. It’ll keep the fun going, despite the temps.

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