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Lake Charles Civic Ballet Workshop – Six-week summer intensive workshop from June 21-July 30 for sixth grade through college. Classical, jazz, contemporary, character, pointe and musical theatre. Lectures on nutrition, stage makeup and injury prevention. For information, call 304-5445. Melissa Pousson Art Camps – 9-11 a.m. July 12-16, painting; July 19-23, pottery. Ages 8 and up. Cost is $20 for registration, $125 for the week. Two-hour art classes are also available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Cost is $25 for registration, and $15 per lesson. For more information, call 764-5862. Family discounts available.

The Arts Calcasieu Parish Art Camp – Sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the Calcasieu Parish School System. Three classes daily from 8:30-11:30 a.m. June 2-24 at the Lake Charles Boston Learning Academy, 1509 Enterprise Blvd. Open to students completing grades kindergarten through eighth. Tuition is $250. Installments accepted. Campers have the opportunity to choose a variety of class options. For more information, call Bobbi Yancey, 5262908. Cuccios Summer Art Camp – Children will create ceramics and mosaics at Cuccios, 3415 Louisiana Avenue. Camp is 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday from the first week of June through the first week of August. Each Monday starts a new week of art camp, with a cost of $85. Limited to 23 campers. For information, 479-1434. Einstein Art Camp – June 7-11; June 14-18; July 12-16. Times: Ages 3-5 – 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 6-12 – 1-4 p.m. Cost: $95 Contact: Tracy Lemieux, 540-2968 or Henning Cultural Center – The Henning Cultural Center at 900 South Huntington in Sulphur will host interactive activities for children ages 5-12 years from 9 a.m.-noon June 12, July 10 and August 14. Activities include painting, photography, ceramics, and crafts, with renowned local artists. The event is sponsored by Cameron LNG. There is no cost. Pre-registration is due by June 10. Space is limited. For information, call Thomas Trahan at 527-0357. Imperial Calcasieu Museum – The theme of this year’s Summer Arts Camp is “The World of Picasso.” Sessions are July 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, and 26-30. For more information, call 439-3792 or 437-3797. Jamm Camp – Play in a live band setting with professional coaching. Two-week Jamm Camp for high school begins June 7; middle school, June 21; and third, fourth and fifth graders, July 12. Classes meet from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Registration fee is $25. Cost is $300. For information call Swicegood Music, 477-2704.

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Nancy Melton Kids College – Watercolor techniques, drawing, and painting subjects including lizards, alligators, snakes, flowers and landscapes. From June 21-25. For information, call McNeese Leisure Learning, 475-5616. Children’s Theatre Summer Starz Series The Children’s Theatre, located at 809 Kirby Street, Suite 313, will host a variety of events for children this summer. For more information, contact the Children’s Theatre at 433-7323, or register online at Below is the schedule: Wild Things: Children participate in creative drama exercises, games, movement and music in this workshop just for youngsters. 5 - 8 years old, July 7 – 9, 10:- 11:15 AM. $65. Acting for the Camera: This workshop covers auditioning for commercials, reading commercial scripts, exploring different commercial techniques, and beginning improvisational skills. Information and samples are shared on resumes, head shots and finding the best agent or manager. 8 - 18 years old, July 7 – 9, noon-1:30 p.m.; $85. Mid Summer Fun: Students learn how a play is produced by participation in a Shakespeare production. Studies include makeup, costuming, lighting, movement, acting, stage combat, script analysis and theatre games. 5 - 8 Years Old , July 19 - 23,10-11:15 AM; 9 - 18 years old, July 19 - 23, 10 a.m.-noon, $85. Kids in Showbiz: Students learn the basics of musical theatre performance by singing, dancing and acting to songs and scenes from Broadway shows. 5 - 8 Years Old , August 2 - 6, 10- 11:15 AM; 9 - 18 years old, August 2 - 6, 2010, 10:00 - 12:00 Noon. $85. Technical Theatre Workshop: Discover the art created behind-thescenes. An intriguing backstage tour is combined with hands-on experiences in lights, sets, costumes and more. 12 - 20 years old, August 2 - 6, 10 a.m. - Noon, $85.




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Day Camps Camp Wi-Ta-Wentin – First Day Camp: June 21-25. Second Day Camp: June 28-July 2.Third Day Cap: July 5-9. For more information, call 4786550. City of Lake Charles: Department of Recreation and Parks Summer Day Camp – Activities include movies, bowling, swimming, skating and fun days. Offered daily from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for ages 6-12 only. Camps are available at Drew Park Community Center, 416 Dr. DeBakey Drive, or University Community Center, 1001 Central Parkway. Session 1: June 7-18. Session II: June 21-July 2. Session III: July 6-16. Session IV: July 19-30. Cost is $100 per child, per two-week session. For information on Drew Park camp, call 491-1498. For information on University camp, call 491-8787.

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Day Camps, cont. Foreman Reynaud Community Center – Camp Kids R Us for ages 3-12, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. May 31-August 13, $55 per week, includes breakfast and lunch. Activities include swimming lessons, arts and crafts, sports and field trips. For information call 436-2509. Girl Scouts – Canoeing, swimming, archery, games, crafts, camping. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, July 23-25. Camper fee is $55. Deadline to register July 6. For information, contact tara, tarahoffman_45@yahoo. com, or call (402) 540-6458. The Leadership Center – The Leadership Center is designed to offer youth a one-stop system of support through leadership development. For more information, call Amy or Taylor, 436-9533. The following is the center’s summer schedule: June 2-4, 2010 Wednesday: Learning Circles for Girls, 3– 4:30 p.m., girls only 10 – 13 years Friday: Leadership Development, 8–3 p.m. June 7-11, 2010 Monday: Career Exploration, 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday: Team VIP (anger management), 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday: Learning Circles for Girls, 3-4:30 p.m., girls only 10 – 13 years Friday: Positive Action, 3-4 p.m.; Leadership Development, 4-5 p.m. June 14-18, 2010 Monday: Career Exploration, 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday: Team VIP (anger management), 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday: Learning Circles for Girls, 3-4:30 p.m., girls only 10 – 13 years

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Friday: Positive Action, 8-9 a.m.; Leadership Development, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 21-25, 2010 Monday: Career Exploration, 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday: Team VIP (anger management), 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday: Learning Circles for Girls, 3-4:30 p.m., girls only 10 – 13 years Friday: Positive Action, 3-4 p.m.; Leadership Development, 4-5 p.m. June 28-30 – July 1- 2, 2010 Monday: Career Exploration, 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday: Team VIP (anger management), 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday: Learning Circles for Girls, 3- 4:30 p.m., girls only 10 – 13 years Friday: Positive Action, 8-9 a.m.; Leadership Development, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Winshape C3 Camp – Dates: July 26-30, 7:45am-5:00pm. Sign Up: Register online at or by calling 800.448.6955 ext. 2396 Activities: science, athletics, dance, food prep, secret ops, crafts, music and drama. Ages: The camp is for children who will have completed grades 1-6 in May 2010. For information or to register, visit YMCA Summer Day Camp – For ages 5-12. Counselors in training, ages 13-15. June 1-August 16. Camp hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; however, early drop off is available as early as 6:30 a.m. and late pickup is available through 5:30 p.m. Children enjoy such activities such as arts and crafts, field trips, games, and visits from members for the community.

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Calcasieu Parish Library Summer Reading Program – “Make a Splash—READ!” is the theme. Children will explore the world of water and water fun through stories, songs, games and other activities about oceans, rivers, lakes, and pools and the creatures that live there. The 2010 Summer Reading Program is open preschool through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, story hours, and more held throughout the summer. A kick-off party will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 28, at the Harbor’s Edge Pavilion in Prien Lake Park. The party will include performances by Geebo the Clown (, cookie decorating, bookmark creations, dress-up booth, temporary tattoos, face painting and balloon art. SRP registration may also be completed at participating public library branches after May 28. Library programs are free. For more information, call the library at 721-7147 or visit the website at

Kid Power of Southwest Louisiana – An 8-week healthy nutrition and physical activity weight loss program uniquely designed for area children, ages 6 to 14, June 5-July 31. Cost of the program is $10 cash per child per household and $5 cash for each additional sibling. Payment is required at the time of the screening - cash only. For more information, or to register for any of the upcoming Kid Power health screening sessions, call Kid Power of SWLA, 478-3780.

Mathnasium First Steps – Provides Pre K, Kindergarten, and firstgraders foundations for a lifetime of math success through a five-week, Monday-Thursday math camp. Camp dates are June 7-24; June 28-July 15; and July 19-August 5. Pre-K & K meet from 8 a.m.-8:50 a.m. and K- first grade, 9 a.m.-9:50 a.m. Cost is $300. For more information, visit 2744 Country Club Road, or call 478-0550.

LA Fitness – LA Fitness will offer children’s fitness camp and swimming lessons throughout the summer at their new upgraded facility at 4324 Lake Street. For information on classes and prices, call 478-8686. SPAR Tween Fitness Classes – June 1-August 5, 2010. Tuesday/ Thursday 4:30-5 p.m. Ages: 8-14 years. Parents MUST remain within SPAR Recreation & Aquatic Center, 933 W. Parish Road, Sulphur. Skills covered: Each class will consist of warm-up, cardiovascular exercise, bodyweight strength training, cool-down, and stretching. Program Fee: daily admission, $3 for In-District, $4 Out of District. For information, call 721-3040.

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As we know all too well in Louisiana, bug bites and stings are a nearly unavoidable seasonal hazard. Here’s a rundown of the most common, along with recommended first aid recommended by physicians at the Urgent Care Centers of The Clinic in Lake Charles and Moss Bluff: Mosquitoes: Mosquito bites are characterized by a small red bump and localized itching. Over-the-counter topical sprays and lotions are available to discourage mosquitoes, although their effectiveness varies widely from product to product. Topical application of antihistamine, hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotions will usually stop the itch. Ants: Ant bites are very similar to mosquito bites, with the exception of those from fire ants. The venom of a fire ant causes stinging and swells into a bump, which can be painful and irritating, especially if a child is stung repeatedly. The bump often forms into a white pustule, which is painful when active and can become infected. The same topical anti-itch treatments recommended for mosquitoes will also help minimize discomfort from fire ant bites. Bees and Wasps: With bees and wasps, a sharp pain is followed by a burning sensation that soon becomes a major itch. A red ring

or bump appears at the site of the wound. The important thing to remember is that bees’ stingers are barbed and usually remain in the wound. If the stinger or poison sac remains in the skin, it should be removed as quickly as possible to minimize the poison dose and the risk of infection. To remove a stinger, scrape sideways with a dull, clean edge to prevent getting more venom into the skin. Wash with soap and water, use antiseptic ointment, and treat with ice, aspirin, antihistamines, hydrocortisone cream and/or calamine lotion. Avoidance of stinging and biting insects is key. Keep kids away from open ditches, tall grass and other areas where mosquitoes like to swarm. Teach them to stay away from flowers, especially during the day when bees and wasps are most active. And make sure they know what an ant hill looks like, and that they should avoid it. Fortunately, the itch from most bites and stings will only last a day or two. If your child has more severe allergic reactions, you should see your pediatrician for more specific treatment.

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Heat can be a serious health risk for children, according to pediatrician Luis Appeleniz, MD, a member of the medical staff of Jennings American Legion Hospital. He advises parents to take steps to protect their children from the summer sun: • Limit sun exposure during the hours when the sun’s rays are the strongest, 10am to 4pm. Your shadow is an indicator of the sun’s intensity. If your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun is at its highest intensity. • Refer to the daily UV index when planning outdoor events. The UV Index is a daily forecast of the intensity of the sun’s UV rays. The Index indicates the risk of overexposure to skin-damaging UV radiation and can be used to help plan outdoor activities to minimize overexposure. • Use broad-spectrum sunscreens whose active ingredients block UVA and UVB rays. The Sun Protective Factor (SPF)

should be a minimum of 15. Sunscreens should be used every day, including cloudy days. They should be applied liberally and evenly before going out into the sun and should be applied frequently, especially after swimming. • Limit exposure to the reflective surfaces like water. UV rays can be reflected off of sand, tile, water, snow, and buildings.


• Choose a polycarbonate lens. These shield the eyes from UV radiation as well as offer protection against injuries that can happen during sports or play. • Wrap-around styles offer the greatest protection against the sun.

· Remove all objects surrounding the pool gate that a child could use to climb over the fence, such as buckets. · Enroll your child in swimming lessons. Lessons are available from infants to adults. · Drownings often occur when adults misunderstand who is watching the children. Make sure it is always clear who is responsible for keeping an eye on the kids. · Teach children how to dial 911. · Install and check safety equipment, such as rescue lines and buoys.

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• Polarized lenses tend to reduce reflection and glare, helpful while boating, at the beach, or lake. • Sunglass cords are often a good idea for kids. • Opt for a style your child likes so they are more likely to wear them.

Road Trip Entertainment A road trip can be a great bonding experience for the whole family, but if the kids get bored, it can make for an even longer drive. By taking some time to plan ahead, the trip can go off without a hitch. Here are some tips from seasoned parents on how to keep the whole family entertained. How To Keep Kids Busy • Purchase travel sized games. Many discount stores sell smaller versions of games that can be played on the road. • Have a portable DVD player handy. They are fairly inexpensive and can entertain kids for hours. • Let them compile a CD of their favorite songs and encourage everyone to sing along. • Bring along healthy snacks. Kids can munch on fruit, pretzels, nuts and other easy to eat snacks. • Pack a blanket and pillow. On long road trips, staying comfortable is key and can lead to naptime.

Babies need special precautions for summer sun safety. Their skin is thinner and much more delicate than an older child. Keep these tips in mind for baby sun safety: • Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of the direct sunlight. Move your baby to the shade or under a tree, umbrella, or the stroller canopy. • Do not apply sunscreen to a baby under 6 months of age.

Parents: Prevent a Drowning Accident

One day they’re rolling over, the next day they’re crawling and next thing you know, they’re walking. Unfortunately, these exciting growth spurts can create some household hazards; one of the most frightening prospects is the potential for drowning. Luckily, drowning is preventable. What can you do to prevent a drowning accident? Swimsational Swim School in Sulphur provides these tips: · Learn to swim. If you don’t know how, take a class. · Learn CPR, and make sure everyone else in the family knows it, too – including your children. · Fence all pool and spa areas. · Install a pool alarm if possible. · Use an extra latch on pool gates.

Sunglasses are more than just a novelty; they can protect young eyes from the sun and help prevent long-term damage from the sun’s rays. According to doctors at The Eye Clinic, kids can get 80 percent of their lifetime exposure to the sun’s UV rays by age 18. Here are a few things to keep in mind when buying sunglasses for kids:

Popular Travel Games • Alphabet Find – This is a good game for young children who are learning their alphabet. In this game, while going in order A through Z, find objects outside of the car for each letter of the alphabet. First person to call it gets a point. • I Spy – A classic road trip game. Each person in the car takes terns finding nearby objects then announces, “I spy something green,” for example. Every else in the car then takes turns guessing until the correct answer is given. • Who Are They? – A popular game of choosing another group in a vehicle next to you on the road, and coming up with stories about who they might be and where they might be going.

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Summer time presents a dilemma for working parents and their children. This dilemma is even more of challenge for parents of pre-teens, who would prefer to stay home rather than attend a day care program. How does a parent know when their child can safety be left home alone? The legal age for a child to stay home varies by state, and Louisiana, like many other states, does not have an age requirement. Experts agree it depends greatly on the maturity, circumstances and responsibility of the young person. The Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana offers these tips for parents to keep when they do decide their child is ready: • Lock all doors when alone. • Post emergency numbers beside the telephone. • Answer the phone with safety in mind and never indicate • Make sure all guns are locked up apart from ammunition. they are home alone. • Decide on whether friends are allowed over or not. If so, how • Appropriate snacks should be left in easy reach. many and for how long. • Discuss if using the stove or oven is allowed. For most kids, • Decide if using the internet is allowed. If so, parents should it’s better to not cook without adult supervision. install a monitoring device to protect their children from • Arrange for an “emergency person” – a parent with a cell adult sites and advertisements. phone always on, or a neighbor who has agreed to be on call and could respond quickly if an emergency occurred. May 2010

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Resident Camps Camp Wi-Ta-Wentin – For ages 6-15. First residential camp: June 6-11. Second residential camp: June 13-18. For information, call 478-6550. Trinity Overnight Camp – Overnight camp for children who have completed third through fifth grade by May 2010. This is a four-day camp in Trinity Pines, Texas, June 23-26. For more information call Reba at the Children’s Department at Trinity Baptist Church, 480-1555. Webelos Resident Day Camp at Camp Edgewood – July 8-11, 304 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive. For more information call Shawn at the Boy Scouts office, 436-3376

Sports All-Star Sports Camp for ages 6-14 – For the sports enthusiast, this camp at Graywood offers top-notch sports activities and coaching divided into four periods. Each period, a different activity is introduced

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including tennis, golf, volleyball, athletic games, or swimming. Non-competitive atmosphere. Focus is on sportsmanship, fair play, learning and skill improvement; not on winning and losing. The goal is for every camper to have some degree of success and fun in each and every activity they participate. Lunch is provided daily and a gift and trophy will be awarded. Times are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Session I: June 21-25. Session II: July 19-23. Cost: $295 for members, $325 non-members. For more information call Ronnie Walters at 477-1114 or email

Lake Charles Racquet Club 2010 Summer Tennis Camp – 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, June 7-18; Session 2, July 12-23; Session 3, August 2-6. Cost for Sessions 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, 433-8811,

Frasch Park Junior Golf Clinic – Ages 7-17. Pre-registration required. Camps and clinics are available in June, July and August. Financial assistance may be available. For information or to register, visit

McNeese Athletic Camps – The university offers camps for football, baseball, men and women’s basketball, softball, soccer and volleyball as follows: Baseball June 8-10, Youth Camp June 19, High School Showcase June 21-23, Youth All-Skills June 29-30, Youth/High School Pitching Camp For more information: 475-5903 or 475-5482

Golf Camp at Graywood – Graywood will offer a week-long golf camp for ages 6-14 designed for both beginning students and those who want to improve their golf skills. The camp will offer 15 hours of instruction mixed with a variety of recreational and swim activities. Lunch is provided daily. Camp times are 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Early drop off is available beginning at 8 a.m. Each participant receives a camp gift and trophy. Session I: June 7-11. Session II: June 28-July 2. Session III: July 12-16. Cost is $195 for members, $225 for non-members. For more information call Mark Moore (Director of Teaching Academy), 562-1663, option 1, or email Gymnastics, Etc. Summer Fun Camp – Open to boys and girls ages 5-12. Gymnastics, tumbling, arts and crafts. Camp times are 8 a.m.-noon. Sessions are June 14-18 and July 12-16.Cost is $225, non members; $200, members. For more information, call 625-flip (3547)

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Putting Clinic – The Optimist Putting Clinic and Lake Area Putting Association will hold a camp for ages 8-18 from 9 a.m.-noon Monday, June 7-Friday, June 11, at the Lake Charles Putt Putt Family Fun Center, 620 Petro Point Drive. Early drop-off is available as early as 8 a.m. Early registration fee (before May 24) is $7.50 per child, per day, or $25 per child for the week. Prizes are awarded daily and trophies will be awarded. For more information, call 480-1954.

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Affordable, Top-Quality Above Ground Pools

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Sports, cont. The Stables at Le Bocage — Horsemanship camp teaches children the fundamentals of riding with an emphasis on horse safety. It also teaches responsibility and builds self confidence. Camp is 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. at 4550 South Park Road. Session 1 June 7-10 Session 2 June 14-17 Session 3 June 21-24 Session 4 June 28 - July 1 Session 5 July 5-9 Session 6 July 12-15 Session 7 July 19-22 Session 8 July 26-29 Session 9 August 2-5 Session 10 August 9-12 For more information call 905-JUMP (5867). Student Trainer Workshop for Grades 9-12 – June 13-15. Registration fees for overnight, $175; non-overnight, $135. For details call Tammy, 562-4320. Tennis Camp at Graywood – Graywood will offer a week-long tennis camp for ages 5-13 designed to provide general skills and preparation for recreation and competitive play. The camp will offer 15 hours of instruction mixed with a variety of recreational and swim activities. Lunch is provided daily. Camp times are 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Early drop off is available beginning at 8 a.m. Each participant receives a camp gift and trophy. Session I: June 4-18. Session II: July 5-9. Session III: July 26-30. Cost is $185 for members,$225 for non-members. For more information call Ronnie Walters at 477-1114 or email

YMCA Football – Games and practice are held at 618 Kirby Street. All practices are on game day before the game. All games are on Saturdays, July 31-September 4. Times are based on the following age groups: 5 yr-6 yr: 10-11 a.m. 7 yr-8 yr: 11 a.m.-noon 9 yr-10 yr: noon- 1 p.m. 11 yr-12 yr: 1-2 p.m. A parents meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 30. Registration deadline is July 19. Early registration fee is $40. Late registration fee is $50. An awards celebration will take place Saturday, September 4.

The 5S Program

“Sasol’s Second Saturday

Science Show” Year-round fun for kids!

Swimming & Watersports

On the second Saturday of each month, Sasol Volunteers perform science shows at the Children’s Museum. The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. and lasts for about 30 minutes. This program, in its third year, welcomes all area children and their families to participate in the year-round fun.

This Summer’s Events May 8 June 12 July 10 August 14

Liquid Nitrogen: it’s not just cool, it’s freezing! It’s Not Magic, it’s Chemistry Magnets & Electricity Understanding Ground-level Ozone

Center Circle Pool – Pool season is from May 29-August 8. Admission is $1.50 per day per person, and $1 with current SPAR membership. Swim lessons are also available based on the following schedule: Session I: June 7- June 17 Registration deadline: June 4 Session II: June 28- July 8 Registration deadline: June 25 Session III: July 19- July 29 Registration deadline: July 16 SPAR Waterpark – 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.

Get Your Kids to

Straighten Up This Summer with Crawford Orthodontics

School’s Out, Horse Camp’s In! Our Horsemanship camp teaches children the fundamentals of riding with an emphasis on horse safety. With our qualified staff and experienced horses, your child will be ready to jump any hurdle life throws their way.

Time for your child’s

annual checkup! Schedule before the new school year begins.

Every Monday–Thursday 9am to 12pm Beginner, intermediate & advanced riders welcome.

Foster C. Kordisch, Jr., MD Bruce M. Thompson, MD, FAAP David R. Wallace, MD, FAAP Stuart G. Landry, MD, FAAP

$60.00 per day or a special rate of $200 when you book a 4 day session.

Edgar E. McCanless, MD, FAAP Bryan S. Karriker, MD, FAAP Jay Maust, II, MD, FAAP Deborah M. Decker, MD, FAAP

Space is limited. Reserve your spot early!

Summer time is the right time to start orthodontic treatment. At Crawford Orthodontics, we make the process as kid-friendly as possible, with the latest advances in conventional orthodontics and the new Invisalign Teen system, a virtually invisible way to straighten teeth using clear aligners instead of wires. We accept most insurance and flexible benefit plans, and offer affordable, convenient payment plans to fit any budget, including no-down payment options.

Anatole J. Karpovs, MD, FAAP Elizabeth S. Murray, MD, FAAP 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.

We’ll give you—and your kids—something to smile about this summer. Call today to schedule a free consultation.

4550 South Park road • L ake CharLeS, L a 70607 •


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(337) 478-7590 701 West College Street, Lake Charles

(337) 905-JUMP (5867) May 2010

May 2010

Serving Southwest Louisiana since 1962 Lake Charles • Sulphur • Moss Bluff • Jennings

337-478-6480 •

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True Blue Swimming Lessons – Heated indoor pool; scheduled to meet individual needs; lessons year-round; professional instructors; escalating curriculum; private or group lessons. Cost is $125 for five lessons. For information call 310-1681. True Blue Watersports Summer Camp – Campers receive 20 hours of learning, snorkeling and marine science at 5959 Common Street. Camp hours are 8 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday based on the following schedule: May 31-June 4: “Fish and Fun”; June 7-11: “Ocean Organisms; and July 5-9: “Marine Mammals.” Cost is $249 per week. For more information, call 310-1681 or visit

Technology iCamp 2010 – Technology camp from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. July 12-16, at the Calcasieu Parish School Board Technology Training Center, 1724 Kirkman Street. Cost is $275 and includes iPod Nano, camp T-shirt, and daily snack. For more information, contact Yvette Ardoin or Nancy Rougeau at 217-4120 or email

Vacation Bible School

All That Jazz

Spar, cont. - 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, out-of-district. Waterpark parties are held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, call 721-3052 or visit Swimsational Swim School – Swimsational, 878 North Beglis Parkway in Sulphur, offers free interactive water safety presentations for preschool age children. Attendees receive free literature, a small toy and award certificates. Swimsational also offers swimming classes for all other aptitude levels, from pre-school to expert, all year. Two-week Summer Splash clinics in June, July and August. Week-long, half-day “Camp Swimsational” also available throughout the summer. Swim team tryouts held May 15. For more information, call 527-0950.

All That Jazz presents

KidZone Need fun activities for the kids? Need a break? All that Jazz has got you covered! We provide many supervised fun and educational hands-on activities for your kids (ages 5-14) while you work or play. Jewelry Making • Game Tables • Fitness Center Dance • Arts & Crafts, and much more! Summer Hours: 8am-6pm 213 S. Huntington St. Sulphur, LA • 337-302-9046

Lakewood Bible Fellowship – “Egypt: Josephs Journey,” 5:30-8 p.m. July 5-9. Music, snacks, games, arts, crafts. For information call 474-4600. Our Lady Queen of Heaven – Week of July 19, 9 a.m.-noon, Queen of Heaven Church. For information call 477-1236. St. Luke Simpson – For grades kindergarten through fifth, 9-11:30 a.m., June 14-18. For information call 474-1500. Trinity Baptist Church – “Saddle Ridge Ranch,” June 14-18, 9 a.m.-noon. Trinity Baptist Church VBS is for children who will start kindergarten in fall of 2010 through those completing fifth grade in May of 2010. For information call 480-1555.

Summer Art Camps 2010 Father’s Day Camp

June 8, 9 or 10 $16–20

My Louisiana & Proud to be an American

Princess Camp

June 22, 23 & 24 $70

Who Dat Camp

Garden Fun

July 13, 14 & 15 $70

For My Room

July 20, 21 & 22 $70

June 15, 16 & 17 $70 June 15, 16 & 17 $70

Peace Love & Pottery

June 29, 30 & July 1 $70

Glass Camp

July 27, 28 & 29 $80

Safe Sitter® is a nationally recognized, medically accurate babysitting preparation program designed for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. The program teaches sitters how to recognize and handle medical emergencies, how to handle specific ages, prevent problem behavior, and the business of babysitting.

UPCOMING CLASS Tuesday, June 8 Dynamic Dimensions in Sulphur $35 per student Class space is limited.

To register, please call (337) 527-4361.

CaMp SeSSioNS 10am–Noon each Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Classes for ages 6 and older unless otherwise specified. Payment due at registration. Call for more information and detailed class descriptions. STory Hour 10am–11am every Friday in June! Ages 3 and up. Call for details.

526 N. Main St., Jennings • 337-824.2223 •

701 Cypress Street, Sulphur (337) 527-7034

Kemah, Texas So Close…and So Much Fun! Fabulous Restaurants O Live Music Nightly O Kemah Boardwalk Amusements Lighthouse District Shops & Boutiques O Rock the Dock concert series every Thursday night all summer long! MAy 1–2 Boats on the Boardwalk—Nautical vendors & boating displays 2 49th Annual Blessing the Fleet–Watch as decorated shrimp boats & pleasure craft cruise past the Cadillac Bar and down Galveston Bay. 6 Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series Begins 9 Mother’s Day—Bring Mom & the entire family for lunch or dinner while enjoying live entertainment. 15 Bay Day—The Galveston Bay Foundation presents interactive exhibits, activities & demonstrations to introduce people to the Galveston Bay ecosystem. 22–23 Spring Kids Festival—Two exiting days of activities for children, including live entertainment & hands-on educational fun!

JuNe 4, 11 Fireworks Fridays—Enjoy the fireworks show over Galveston Bay at 9:30pm. 18, 25 Fireworks Fridays—Enjoy the fireworks show over Galveston Bay at 9:30pm. 5, 6 Military Discount Days—$12 All Day Ride Pass wristbands with valid Military I.D. (Up to 6 guests). JuLy Kid Krazy Mondays every Monday—special prices for kids for food and ride wristbands. 3 The Kemah 4th of July Independence Day Parade “Hats off to Heroes” New eveNTS CoMiNg ThiS FALL: September 25 The Kemah Art Festival November 11–14 Wounded Warrior & Veteran’s Appreciation Celebration

So…what are you waiting for? Kemah’s the place to play. Stay for the day, or stay for the weekend! 14

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Here’s a Bright Idea Let’s spend the summer saving. I know you can find a few spare coins here and there. (Hey, be sure to check the couch cushions. Grownups are always spilling change.) Those nickels and dimes really add up. Let your parents, grandparents, and even Aunt Tilley know that you’re willing to work for some cash.

Bring your money into any Cameron State Bank and deposit into your Moolah Mallard Kids’ Club account. For each new level of savings you reach, you’ll get some great prizes! Saving money is a big step toward being responsible. Super heroes save all the time, so join the club and be a saver this summer!

Your Kids’ Club account is more than just a savings account. You’ll earn points for every $10 you deposit, and you can “cash” these in for great prizes. When you join, you’ll receive

H A welcome packet H Membership card H Quarterly newsletter H Birthday card H Invitations to special H H

events Great prizes Much more!

Stop by any Cameron State Bank location for more details about Moolah Mallard Kids’ Club.

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