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a special supplement of the April 27, 2012 edition of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.

Outdoor

and indoor fun

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Check Out more than just books at the library

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SUMMER camps guide

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Kids Activities

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Summer returns to area libraries By ANDREW WELLNER Frontiersman.com

PALMER — “Summer reading program” is probably a poor encapsulation of what libraries are up to this year. Big Lake’s going to have circus jugglers and clowns. Palmer’s planning a pet parade. Sutton’s bringing in folks from the planetarium at the Anchorage Museum. “Especially in small towns outside the core area, there’s very little activities for kids. I think we offer some of the only activities for kids on a weekly basis,” Sutton Librarian Nancy Bertels said. In addition to the planetarium, she’s planning to have a lady bring in some bats — as in flying mammals — and a visit from a storyteller. “We’re kind of all over the map,” she said. “It’s really fun for us.” In Big Lake, the popular Mad Science day last year featured fireballs, toilet paper and plungers. The libraries in the Mat-Su have settled on a theme — “Dream Big, Read!” — and each is planning some kind of program. The programs encourage kids to read with prizes — books, pizza, candy — and are pretty much perennial favorites in the Valley. Most seem to start in early to mid-June and run for most of the summer. As for exactly when they start and what days and times they meet, it tends to vary. Check the accompanying list of library web pages and phone numbers to get the specifics. And if your kids are on the younger end, don’t fret. Most libraries couple a program for preschoolers with the school-aged program.

ROBERT DeBERRY/Frontiersman file photos

Above, Mad Scientist Jeff Mitchell demonstrates a science experiment at the Big Lake Library during an hour-long science demonstration as part of the library’s summer library program. Below, kids watch the Mad Science activity.

CONTACT Big Lake Library 892-6475, BigLake.Library@matsugov.us, or visit matsulibraries.org/biglake. Palmer Public Library 745-4690, BSkow@palmerak.org, or tinyurl.com/ bvb93jz. Sutton Public Library 745-4467, Sutton.Library@matsugov.us, or matsulibraries.org/Sutton. Talkeetna Public Library 733-2359, Talkeetna.Library@matsugov.us, or matsulibraries.org/talkeetna.

Contact reporter Andrew Wellner at andrew.wellner@frontiersman.com or 352-2270.

Trapper Creek Public Library 733-1546, TrapperCreek.Library@matsugov.us, or matsulibraries.org/trappercreek. Wasilla Public Library 376-5913, library@ci.wasilla.ak.us, or cityofwasilla.com/ index.aspx?page=72.

ON THE WEB

Matsulibraries.org has pages for Mat-Su Borough libraries in Big Lake, Sutton, Talkeetna, Trapper Creek and Willow. It also links to the city-run libraries in Palmer and Wasilla.

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Willow Public Library 495-7323, Willow.Library@matsugov.us, or matsulibraries.org/willow.

Kids Activities

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KIDS SUMMER ACTIVITY GUIDE SUMMER CAMPS ALPINE ALTERNATIVES CAMPS

Location: All camps are at Meier Lake Conference Center off Wasilla-Fishhook Rd. Contact Name: Alpine Alternatives, Inc. Contact Phone: 907.561.6655 Alpine also has 21 day outing excursions from 10 am to 4pm. Day outings run between camps. CAMP ALPINE I — ADD/ADHD CAMP Start/End Dates: June 25-30 Cost: $425, plus membership Description: This camp is very physically active; for campers who are independent, ambulatory, learning disabled, ADD/ADHD; must be able to hike 2 miles at a steady pace CAMP ALPINE II — PARTIAL ASSISTANCE CAMP Start/End Dates: July 27-31 Cost: $425, plus membership Description: This camp is for individuals that have developmental disabilities, behavior challenges, mental challenges and those who need partial/minimal assistance with daily needs CAMP ALPINE III — MATURE CAMP Start/End Dates: Aug. 6-10 Cost: $425, plus membership Description: This camp is for older individuals and adults experiencing disabilities who want a camp of their own; camp is structured to activities elected by members CAMP ABILITIES Start/End Dates: July 9-14 Cost: $425, plus membership Ages: 8-19 Location: Based at UAA dorms; travels to different sports venues throughout the day Description: Developmental sports camp for blind and visually impaired. Teaches sports created for and played by professional blind athletes — very high-energy camp

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION CAMP K

Start/End Dates: June 24- 29 Time: Overnight Ages: 7-17 Cost: $400, financial assistance available Location: Cooper Landing Description: Campers will enjoy classic camp activities and have a memorable experience; camp is medically staffed by health professionals Contact Name: Sara Lucey Contact Phone: 907.272.1424 Email: slucey@diabetes.org Website: diabetes.org/adacampk

BIRCHWOOD CAMPS

Location: 17161 David Blackburn Road, Chugiak Contact Name: Marie Sweezey Contact Phone: 907.688.2734 Email: director@birchwoodcamp.org Website: birchwoodcamp.org/camps 5-K, 1-MILE FUN RUN AND OPEN HOUSE Start/End Dates: May 12 Times: 10 a.m, 5-K trail race and 1-mile fun run; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., open house Cost: Adults $20 for 5-K, $10 for 1-mile; youth $10 for 5-K, $5 for 1-mile; add $5 on day of race; military and family rates available Description: Hot dogs and s’mores around the campfire, tours of cabins and the grounds will be available; there may even be a duct tape boat race BIRCHWOOD FAMILY VOLUNTEER WEEKEND Start/End Dates: May 18-20 Cost: $40 adult, $25 child or student, children younger than 5 free Description: All skill levels are needed for various projects around camp; participants will volunteer time on Saturday and spend the rest of the weekend enjoying the camp and fellowshipping with others. BIRCHWOOD FAITH ADVENTURE CAMP Activity: For grades four through six Start/End Dates: June 4-8 Cost: $255 (save $20 if registered by May 1) Description: Geared for older elementary-age kids who are ready to spend a whole week at camp; campers learn to work together in small family groups and develop a caring community with other kids; campers are encouraged to explore their faith and to see God all around them BIRCHWOOD GOD SEEKERS CAMP Start/End Dates: June 11-13 Cost: $155 (save $20 if registered by May 1) Description: Days are packed with fun games, worship experiences, small group times, nature activities and more; children are given the opportunity to grow and thrive through these new experiences in a safe and fun environment

BIRCHWOOD MUSIC AND DRAMA CAMP Activity: For grades five through 10 Start/End Dates: June 25 to July 1 Cost: $335 (save $20 if registered by May 1) Description: Participants audition for, learn, practice and choreograph a prepared musical during their week at camp, then put on two performances at the end of the week for family, friends and the community ADULT BACKPACKING TREK Activity: For ages 18 and older Start/End Dates: July 6-8 Cost: $75 Description: Participants will trek through the Alaska wilderness with Birchwood staff as guide; trip will be a three-day, two-night backpacking hike BIRCHWOOD ADVENTURE CANOE CAMP Activity: For grades nine through recent grads Start/End Dates: July 30 to Aug. 4 Cost: $255 (save $20 if registered by May 1) Description: Campers gain experience in outdoor living skills, wilderness smarts and survival, and develop deep friendships as they enjoy Alaska’s backcountry

CAMP FIRE ALASKA COUNCIL Contact Phone: 907.279.3551 Email: tserr@campfireak.org Website: campfireak.org

CAMP K ON KENAI LAKE

Start/End Dates: July 1 to Aug. 3 Times: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ages: 6-17 Cost: $215-$470 per session. Location: Snug Harbor Road, Cooper Landing Description: Residential camp with swimming, archery, canoeing, backpacking, rafting and outdoor skills; round-trip transportation from Anchorage provided.

CAMP SI-LA-MEO

BIRCHWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP Activity: For grades seven and eight Start/End Dates: June 18-22 Cost: $255 (save $20 if registered by May 1) Description: Campers experience exciting team building, meaningful worship and opportunities for growth, leadership and fun; a place for campers to explore what life is like in a genuine Christian community

Start/End Dates: May 21 to Aug. 18 Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ages: 4-13 Cost: $190/week Location: Alaska Pacific University Campus, Anchorage Description: Day camp with outdoor focus; swimming lessons, archery, canoeing, hiking, field trips, nature exploration, horseback riding, crafts and games

BIRCHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL CAMP Activity: For grades nine through recent grads Start/End Dates: June 18-22

GEEK SQUAD SUMMER ACADEMY

For those seeking a Christ-centered, fun filled atmosphere in which kids of all ages can enjoy the carefree youthfulness of summertime thrills, Victory Bible Camps has plenty to offer for the upcoming summer of 2012. Situated amid the vast beauty of the Chugach and Talkeetna mountains, Victory Bible Camps has provided a picturesque haven for kindling both spiritual growth and exuberant memories. Existing with the sole purpose of bringing glory to God, the goal of Victory Bible Camps is to enable each camper to draw one step closer to Jesus while attending a week of camp. Camps range from our horse-focused Ranch Camps and Pack Trips to our adventerous Frontier and Alpine Camps. Whether you are in 2nd grade, high school or somewhere in between, we have a program for you.

For more information contact us at 907-745-4203 or visit us online at www.victorymin.org.

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Cost: $255 (save $20 if registered by May 1) Description: Campers will experience fellowship, team building and worship, and will practice servant leadership through camp service projects; this is a time for busy teens to relax and grow in their faith

Start/End Dates: July 17-18 Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ages: 10-17 Cost: $45 Location: BP Energy Center, 1014 Energy Court, Anchorage Description: Fun, interactive learning about technology — PC hardware, digital photography, digital video and music, building computers, etc.

HOWL CAMPS

Location: Homer, Alaska Contact Name: Libby Veasey Contact Phone: 907.399.4695 Email: howlalaska@gmail.com Website: howlalaska.org HOWL WILDERNESS CAMP Start/End Dates: June 11-15 Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: Meet new friends, build fires, learn map and compass navigation, bear safety and everything you need to know to camp in the Alaskan wilderness HOWLIN’ ARTS, CRAFTS AND MUSIC CAMP Start/End Dates: June 21-22 Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kids Activities

Description: Beach art and natural music, including an overnight camp-out full of arts, crafts, music and fun as campers HOWL all night long HOWL RED MOUNTAIN BIKING EXPEDITION Start/End Dates: June 25-29 Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: Bike, mountaineer and camp with friends on incredible Red Mountain; learn basic mountaineering skills and spend your days biking and climbing in the backcountry HOWL INTERMEDIATE CANOEING CAMP Start/End Dates: July 9-13 Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: Spend two days learning basic canoeing, hiking and camping skills in Homer, then depart for three days into the backcountry on canoes and camping each night HOWL KACHEMAK CRACK CLIMB AND SURF Start/End Dates: July 16-18 Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $375 Description: Spend three awesome days rock climbing, camping and stand-up paddle boarding on the beaches of Kachemak Bay HOWL EDIBLE OCEAN KAYAK CAMP Start/End Dates: July 20-22 Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: Paddle Kachemak Bay and learn what ocean animals and plants are good to eat and how to harvest them, plus sleep on the beach HOWL INTERMEDIATE MOUNTAINEERING CAMP Start/End Dates: July 6-10 Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $375 Description: Spend two days learning all necessary backpacking skills, then head to the hills for three days to camp, climb and summit Broken Knife HOWL DAY TRIPS Start/End Dates: June 15 to Aug. 15 Times: noon to 4 p.m., Sundays and Tuesdays Description: Get outside and hike, geo-cache, build fires, canoe, build shelters, stand-up paddle board and much more

JUNIOR NATURALIST PROGRAMS

Sponsor: ConocoPhillips Start/End Dates: Every Saturday at 2 p.m., year-round. Times: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Ages: kindergarten through sixth grade Cost: $5 for non-members, free for members Location: Eagle River Nature Center Description: Junior Naturalist Programs offer an array of activities; typically start indoors, then go outside Contact Name: Asta Spurgis Contact Phone: 907.694.2108 Website: ernc.org

LAVERNE GRIFFIN YOUTH CAMPS

Location: 4495 West Little Cloud Drive, Wasilla Contact Phone: 907.376.6887 Email: lgyrc@mtaonline.net Website: lgyrc.org; registration forms can be downloaded from website GIRLS CAMP Start/End Dates: June 4Times: Overnight camp registration 2 to 4 p.m. on first day of camp; parent pick-up at 1 p.m. on last day of camp Ages: Finished kindergarten through sixth grade Cost: $175 for the week; to apply for scholarship, please contact camp director Description: Camp is filled with activities focused on missions around the world; girls will get to swim, fish, go boating, cook, knit, scrapbook and much more

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AK NATIVE YOUTH CO-ED CAMP Start/End Dates: June 11-15 Times: Overnight camp registration 2 to 4 p.m. on first day of camp; parent pick-up at 1 p.m. on last day of camp Ages: Finished kindergarten through sixth grade Cost: $175 for the week; to apply for scholarship, please contact camp director Description: Camp theme for the week is “Live Loud,” and includes opportunities for Bible study, worship, swimming, fishing, canoeing, basketball, crafts, group games and more. FAITH YOUTH CAMP Start/End Dates: June 18-22 Times: Overnight camp registration 2 to 4 p.m. on first day of camp; parent pick-up at 1 p.m. on last day of camp Ages: Finished sixth grade through 12th Cost: $175 for the week; to apply for scholarship, please contact camp director Description: A week of fun times, games, Bible study, awesome music and relevant teaching focused on teen topics and God’s word BOYS CAMP Start/End Dates: June 25-29 Times: Overnight camp registration 2 to 4 p.m. on first day of camp; parent pick-up at 1 p.m. on last day of camp Ages: Finished kindergarten through sixth grade Cost: $175 for the week; to apply for scholarship, please contact camp director Description: Recruiting all stars for Boys Camp, a highenergy, God-focused week specifically designed for young boys

PARTY PONIES AND FRIENDS

Start Date: One-week sessions, May 23 to Aug 15 Times: Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; early drop-off and/or late pick-up available Ages: 4-12 Location: Off the Glenn Highway near Palmer Fairfrounds, ideal for Anchorage commuters Description: Experience farm life with animal adventures and farm crafts

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Here When You Need Us

Contact Name: Party Ponies and Friends Contact Phone: 907.230.6775 or 907.745.2742 Email: partyponies@mtaonline.net Website: ponyparties-alaska.com

SUMMER ADVENTURE PROGRAM

Start/End Dates: May 29 to Aug. 3 Times: 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Ages: kindergarten through sixth grade Cost: $39/day, childcare assistance welcome Location: Abbott Loop, Airport Heights and Homestead (Eagle River) elementary schools in Anchorage and Eagle River Description: Full-day, municipally licensed with games, sports, drama, arts and crafts, cooking, hikes, community exploration and lots of fun

TAE KWON DO SUMMER DAY CAMP

Start/End Dates: July 30 to Aug. 3 Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: 1151 E. Shenandoah Ave., Palmer Description: Come learn traditional aspects of tae kwon do while having a blast playing fun games like dodgeball, pad attack and more; arly arrival/late pickup available Contact Name: Grandmaster Keller Contact Phone: 907.376.7433 Email: master@alaskataekwondo.com Website: tkdcamp.com

TRAILSIDE DISCOVERY CAMPS — PALMER

Start Date: Weekly programs starting June 6, ending Aug. 10 Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; pre- and after-care available Ages: 4-13 (may vary depending on program) Cost: registration fee $40.; $175 per week; four weeks or more (any site) $7 discount per week Location: Meet at Spring Creek Farm, 6225 Farm Loop Road, Palmer Description: Explore the great outdoors with a hands-on naturalist’s program Contact Name: Trailside Discovery Camps Contact Phone: 907.274.5437

Providence Campus

3340 Providence Dr., Ste. #452 Anchorage, AK 99508 Mon - Fri 8am-8pm • Sat 8am-4pm Sun 10am-4pm

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South Anchorage

1301 Huffman Rd., Ste. #101, Anchorage, AK 99515 Mon - Fri 8:30am-5pm

Eagle River

17101 Snowmobile Lane, Ste. #203 Eagle River, AK 99577 Mon - Fri 9am-5pm

(907) 562-2120 www.latouchepediatrics.com

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Email: trailside@akcenter.org Website: akcenter.org

EDUCATIONAL

TRAILSIDE DISCOVERY CAMPS — WASILLA

ALASKA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Start Date: July 16-20 and July 23-27 Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; van pick-up and drop-off at Wasilla Carrs Ages: ages 5-12 Cost: registration fee $40.; $175 per week; four weeks or more (any site) $7 discount per week Location: Meet at Cottonwood Creek Management Area Trailhead, off Hayfield Road Description: One-week survival programs; explore the great outdoors with naturalist programs Contact Name: Trailside Discovery Camps Contact Phone: 907.274.5437 Email: trailside@akcenter.org Website: akcenter.org

Location: 201 N Bragaw St., Anchorage Contact Name: Kerri Jackson, education director Contact Phone: 907.274.2400 Website: alaskamuseum.org Cost: $3 children age 12 and younger; $5 adult; $4 senior and military Hours: Programs Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; activities are self-guided. SURVIVE THE LIVING FOSSILS Start/End Dates: June 4-9 Description: Think all fossils are in the past? You might be surprised to learn which creatures have survived when others have failed. The question is, can you survive?

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All Smiles Dentistry Mary Coyne, DMD • 746-5678

Children Welcome!

SURVIVE THE VOLCANOES Start/End Dates: June 11-16 Description: With Alaska’s place in the Ring of Fire, it is home to more than 100 volcanoes; can you survive the effects of a volcanic eruption? SURVIVE THE TRIASSIC Start/End Dates: June 18-23 Description: Journey back more than 200 million years to the rise of the dinosaurs; explore which early dinosaurs stomped on land and which creatures lurked in the oceans and flew through the air; can you survive the early days of the dinosaurs? SURVIVE THE CRETACEOUS Start/End Dates: June 25 to July 7 Description: What would you do if you found yourself in the middle of a Cretaceous landscape when dinosaurs were at their peak? In the end, you’ll see if you have what it takes to survive; would you have been a T-Rex snack? SURVIVE ALASKA’S ANIMALS Start/End Dates: July 9-14 Description: Explore Alaska’s variety of carnivores and herbivores and discover what you can learn from their poo, peepers and paws; see if you can survive our state’s impressive animals SURVIVE THE ANCIENT OCEANS Start/End Dates: July 16-21 Description: Be amazed at the creatures that have swam in Earth’s oceans; figure out if you could survive their watery world ALASKA ICE Start/End Dates: Aug. 13-18 Description: Discover how ancient ice has shaped your backyard and the Anchorage bowl; learn what can be found in ice cores, how ice changes over time, why glaciers look blue and what you need to know to survive

SURVIVE AFTER THE DINOSAURS Start/End Dates: July 23-28 Description: Not everything went extinct with the dinosaurs; explore which treacherous creatures came out of the shadows and what you would need to survive this treacherous world SURVIVE YOUR PET DINSAUR Start/End Dates: July 30 to Aug. 4 Description: Have you ever thought about what it would be like to have a dinosaur as a pet? Could you survive the experience? SURVIVE THE JURASSIC Start/End Dates: Aug. 6-11 Description: Explore when dinosaurs and creatures all over the Earth were exploding with diversity, from the towering Brachiosaurus to the gliding Archaeopteryx; can you survive these beasts?

ALASKA BUSINESS WEEK

Location: University of Alaska Fairbanks Contact Name: Ann Ringstad Contact Phone: 907.474.5922 Email: akbusinesssweek@gmail.com Website: uaf.edu/abw Start/End Dates: July 14-21 Ages: High school students finishing ninth through 12th grades as of May Cost: $450 for the week, scholarships available Description: Learn what it takes to be a successful business leader and be part of an exciting learning experience; earn college credits and make lifelong friends

ALASKA SEALIFE CENTER

Activity: Discovery Lab Start/End Dates: May 26 to Aug. 26 Time: 1 p.m., 7 days a week Ages: All

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Cost: $8 per participant Location: Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward Description: Summertime group activity led by education staff explores rotating topics, including dissecting squid, fish printing and more Contact Name: Shannon Wolf for reservations Contact Phone: 907.224.6300 or 907.224.6206 Email: visitaslc@alaskasealife.org Website: alaskasealife.org

ANCHORAGE MUSEUM

Times: Weeklong sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 4 to July 27 Contact Name: Renae Bookman Contact Phone: 907.929.9279 Email: rbookman@anchoragemuseum.org Website: alaskamuseum.org UP, UP AND AWAY Start/End Dates: June 4-8 or June 11-15 Ages: 6 to 8 Cost: $235 member/$255 non-member Description: Build a kite and test it on the Delaney Park Strip, experiment with airflow at the Imaginarium Discovery Center and craft a mobile to accentuate the airspace at home FANTASTIC FORTS Start/End Dates: June 4-8 or June 11-15 Ages: 6 to 8 Cost: $230 member/$250 non-member Description: Campers will build a fort, get inside and tell stories by flashlight; play in the Imaginarium Discovery Center’s tree house; and design and build a model of a fantasy fort NATURE EXPLORERS Start/End Dates: June 4-8 or June 11-15 Ages: 6 to 8 Cost: $265 member/$285 non-member Description: Find the important connections between flora and fauna

ART SMARTS Start/End Dates: June 18-22 or June 25-29 Ages: 6 to 8 Cost: $245 member/$265 non-member Description: In this colorful camp, make paint from house hold ingredients, build sculptures and design wearable art CREATIVE CLIMBERS Start/End Dates: June 18-22 or June 25-29 Ages: 6 to 8 Cost: $275 member/$295 non-member Description: Check out climbing’s creative side; Campers will make mountain collages, paint pet rocks and learn weaving techniques and knot tying LOTIONS, POTIONS AND SCIENTIFIC NOTIONS Start/End Dates: July 9-13 or July 16-20 Ages: 6 to 8 Cost: $230 member/$250 non-member Description: This camp is full of mixing, measuring and fizzy, foamy experiments; make slime, super freeze balloons using liquid nitrogen and create other mysterious concoctions WATER WONDERS Start/End Dates: July 9-13, July 16-20 or July 23-27 Ages: 6 to 8 Cost: $275 member/$295 non-member Description: Dive into the study of rivers, lakes, oceans and the creatures that call them home, then construct a papier-mâché marine creature WILD THINGS Start/End Dates: July 23-27 Ages: 6 to 8 Cost: $245 member/$265 non-member Description: Pet alligators, hunt for insects and see salmon in this wildly popular camp TRASH ‘N’ TREASURE Start/End Dates: June 4-8 or June 11-15

$25 off

Ages: 9 to 12 Cost: $230 member/$250 non-member Description: At this camp, explore simple machines, invest-igate circuits and design innovative robot sculptures with pieces of old toys, metal, plastic and electronics SURVIVE: ALASKA Start/End Dates: June 4-8 or June 11-15 Ages: 9 to 12 Cost: $270 member/$290 non-member Description: Have what it takes to make fire without matches, use an atlatl or build a shelter from driftwood? Test your survival skills, Alaska style ROBOT QUEST 101 Start/End Dates: June 18-22 or June 25-29 Ages: 9 to 12 Cost: $230 member/$250 non-member

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MIGHTY MOUNTAINEERS Start/End Dates: June 18-22 or June 25-29 Ages: 9 to 12 Cost: $275 member/$295 non-member

For information check out www.salvationarmy.org/alaska, facebook.com/kingslakecamp or contact Steve Pavlakis (907)339-3438 3313 East Lakeview Rd • Wasilla, Alaska 99654

June - August or any inflatable rental

2951 E. Bogard Rd. • Wasilla • 376-5800

TALL TALES Start/End Dates: June 18-22 or June 25-29 Ages: 9 to 12 Cost: $230 member/$250 non-member Description: Dragons, fairies and aliens unite; Imaginations run wild as campers explore all aspects of storytelling; read, write and tell stories and design a puppet

The Salvation Army King’s Lake Camp operates summer camping programs designed for kids to experience the love of God through the great outdoors. See our listing in the directory for more camp information!

any summer party

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Description: Get excited about robotics and learn to use Lego Mindstorms education software and robotic parts to build and program working robots

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Basketball Camps Lil’ Kickers Soccer Lil’ Tacklers Football Lil’ Hoopers Basketball Babysitter Bootcamp and more!

7GO.PLAY 746-7529 1507 N. Double B St.

Kids Activities

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You Are The Future Discover your leadership potential In one short week you will: • Run a successful business venture • Take on many leadership roles, create a new product or service, and be a part of an exciting learning experience! • Live on a college campus and experience college life. • Earn college credits! • Make lifelong friends and

Have Fun!

Don’t DelayApply Today!

www.uaf.edu/abw • $450 tuition • Scholarships available • Free round-trip tickets on the Alaska Railroad • Program runs July 14-21 at UAF • All high school students are eligible Hope Bickmeier Program Coordinator hope.bickmeier@alaska.edu 907-474-5942 www.uaf.edu/abw

Description: Scale new heights and build survival skills; explore the Anchorage Museum’s mountaineering exhibit to learn the science of mountains and avalanche rescue

Description: Learn how to change a 2D drawing into a 3D sculpture, create a series of expressive wire sculptures using a variety of tools and explore sculptural art

ROBOT QUEST 102 Start/End Dates: July 9-13 or July 16-20 Ages: 9 to 12 Cost: $230 member/$250 non-member Description: Build and program Lego Mindstorms robots to face greater engineering challenges that require plan ning and teamwork; for students who have attended Robot Quest camp before

ON LOCATION Start/End Dates: June 18-22 or June 25-29 Ages: 12 to 15 Cost: $270 member/$290 non-member Description: Learn sketching techniques and how to work with water-based paints while gazing at the spectacular Alaska landscape

BUILD THIS Start/End Dates: July 9-13 or July 16-20 Ages: 9 to 12 Cost: $245 member/$265 non-member Description: Learn how to build a solid structure; challenge your engineering skills, test an earthquake-proof house in the Imaginarium Discovery Center and design/ construct a building out of Legos BOATS, MOATS AND THINGS THAT FLOAT Start/End Dates: July 9-13, July 16-20 or July 23-27 Ages: 9 to 12 Cost: $275 member/ $295 non-member Description: Explore water in all its states; build a boat, explore the ancient art of marine navigation and examine what makes life possible in this watery world EARLY EXPLORERS Start/End Dates: July 23-27 Ages: 9 to 12 Cost: $270 member/$290 non-member Description: Discover how maps have evolved as new lands were discovered; use orienteering and celestial navi gation to create a map of an unknown destination and test your navigation skills with a scavenger hunt EXPRESSIVE SCULPTURE Start/End Dates: June 4-8 or June 11-15 Ages: 12 to 15 Cost: $245 member/$265 non-member

HIGH-TECH FASHION Start/End Dates: July 9-13 or July 16-20 Ages: 12 to 15 Cost: $250 member/$270 non-member Description: Pick up clothing with LED lights using conductive thread instead of wire; learn basic sewing skills and how to create electronic circuits; includes a Friday fashion show MULTI-MEDIA MANIA Start/End Dates: July 23-27 Ages: 12 to 15 Cost: $245 member/$265 non-member Description: In this creative camp, students tell stories of life in the North using video, animation, digital photography, painting or sculpture ROBOT REVOLUTION Start/End Dates: July 23-27 Ages: 12 to 15 Cost: $230 member/$250 non-member Description: Conquer challenges with increasing difficulty using Lego Mindstorms education software and robotic parts; explore how robots are used to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks TEEN DIGITAL VIDEO Start/End Dates: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, June 2-23 Ages: 13 to 17

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VPA

SUMMER THEATRE ARTS PROGRAM Class size limited. Applications on-line.

Three Sessions | Two Weeks Each ■ June 18th – 29th ■ July 9th – 20th ■ July 23rd – August 3rd Monday- Friday ■ AGES 6-11 9 am- 12 noon ■ AGES 12-17 1 pm-4 pm

VPA’S SUMMER THEATRE ARTS PROGRAM is funded by in part by BP and with a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS

www.valleyperformingarts.org | 373-0195 251 W. Swanson Ave., Wasilla

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Cost: $130 member/$150 non-member Description: Teens can take their tech savvy to the next level by learning to improve the quality of videos taken with still cameras SALMON AND THE LANDSCAPE Start/End Dates: 9 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 4-8 Ages: Grades 10-12 Cost: $270 member/$290 non-member Description: Through field trips, experiments and art projects, teens learn about the life cycle of salmon and the impacts that landscaping and development can have on fish

CENTER FOR ALASKAN COASTAL STUDIES Location: 708 Smokey Bay Way, Homer Contact Name: Melanie Dufour Contact Phone: 907.235.6746 Email: info@akcoastalstudies.org Website: akcoastalstudies.org

JUNIOR NATURALIST SUMMER CAMP Start/End Dates: July 16-19 Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Description: Release your inner scientist during a week of discovery; two days at the Wynn Nature Center and two overnights at the field station MARINE MAMMAL MYSTERIES Start/End Dates: June 4-8 Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Description: Learn how to put together a sea otter skeleton TEEN ECO-ADVENTURE CAMPS Activity: Sustainable Foods Start/End Dates: Aug. 6-11 Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Description: You can make a difference; six-day outdoor adventure and environmental stewardship camp includes five overnights and kayaking COMMUNICATING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE Start/End Dates: June 18-23 Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Description: Six-day outdoor adventure and environmental stewardship camp includes five overnights and kayaking

CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER Location: 9711 Kenai Spur Hwy., Kenai Contact Name: Jodie Titus Contact Phone: 907.283.2000 Email: jodie.titus@akchallenger.org Website: akchallenger.org

CSI ACADEMY — GRADES 9-12 Start/End Dates: June 17-22 Times: Overnight camp; arrive 5 p.m., June 17 Description: Learn the science behind fingerprinting, GPS tracking, photographing a crime scene, face recognition and much more CSI ACADEMY — GRADES 6-8 Start/End Dates: June 18-22 Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: Learn the science behind fingerprinting, GPS tracking, photographing a scene, face recognition and much more SPORTS IN MOTION — GRADES 8-10 Start/End Dates: June 24-29 Times: Overnight camp; arrive 5 p.m., June 24 Description: Enjoy sports science as campers learn about forces in action, acceleration and gravity while trying their skills at several sports COSMIC EXPLORERS — GRADES 4-5 Start/End Dates: June 25-29 Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: Campers participate with hands-on activities, including team building, rocketry, flight, living in space and robotics SHUTTLE PILOTS — GRADES 9-12 Start/End Dates: July 8-13 Times: Overnight camp; arrive 5 p.m., July 8

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Description: Campers learn team-building skills, rocketry, flight, living in space, robotics and using communi cation while building an underwater project SPACE EXPLORERS — GRADES 1-3 Start/End Dates: July 9-13 Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: Journey through space with us and imagine what it would be like to live and work in outer space PAYLOAD SPECIALIST — GRADES 5-7 Start/End Dates: July 15-20 Times: Overnight camp; arrive 5 p.m., July 15 Description: Campers will learn about our solar system through rocketry, robotics, flight, microgravity and much more MOON EXPLORERS — GRADES 6-8 Start/End Dates: July 16-20 Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: Will you be ready to colonize the moon? Plan for living and working on the moon ADVANCE ROBOTICS — GRADES 10-12 Start/End Dates: July 22-27 Times: Overnight camp; arrive 5 p.m., July 22 Description: Campers will be introduced to the programming language of RobotC, which is very close to the C programming language, while assembling VEX robots MARS — GRADES 5-7 Start/End Dates: July 30 to Aug. 3 Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: Image what it would be like to live and work on another planet; journey through space and discover the Red Planet JR. EARTH EXPLORERES — GRADES K-1 Start/End Dates: Aug. 6-10 Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: Explore science in the world around us; creative play and exploration is used to discover the science behind the Earth’s mysteries ROBITIC SPECIALIST — GRADES 5-8 Start/End Dates: July 30 to Aug. 3 Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: Roll into robot science as campers learn to design and program robots while experiencing the rewards and excitement of building robots SURVIVAL SCIENCE — GRADES 7-8 Start/End Dates: Aug. 5-10 Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: Enjoy the outdoors safely by using science and technology; activities include GPS tracking, boat safety skills, first aid/CPR training and much more FUN FOODS — GRADES 2-4 Start/End Dates: July 23-27 Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: Cooking encourages creativity and expression; for hands-on food prep to creative crafts, this is the camp for your little chef

PALMER ARTS COUNCIL ACTIVITIES

Contact Phone: 907.745.7735 Email: info@thepalmerartscouncil.org Website: For full details and registration for any of the Palmer Arts Council programs, visit thepalmerartscouncil.org; scholarships are available to those who need financial assistance THEATRE ACADEMIES FOR YOUTH Start/End Dates: June 4 through July 20 Ages: 8 through middle school Location: Sherrod Elementary School Description: Theatre training under professional leadership for younger youth; organized in two-week blocks concluded by a theatrical production for public enjoyment VALLEY ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS Start/End Dates: June 4 to Aug. 4 Ages: High school students, including graduating seniors Location: Colony High School Description: Summer-long theatre program for high school youth in repertory; professionally led program in

acting and theatre crafts and skills; two or three productions are planned MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND Start/End Dates: June 5-29 Ages: Middle school students, including graduating eighth-graders Location: Teeland Middle School Description: Intensive four-week program to enhance playing skills of middle school students with professional leadership and instruction in the context of a quality band experience

ciples are investigated using hands-on experiments, problemsolving and active learning methods; lodging and meals at UAA are included with resident fee Contact Name: Dr. Alice Chen Contact Phone: 907.830.3595 Email: seekalaska@aol.com Website: seekalaska.org

SPECIAL EVENTS RIVERS BOOKS YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOPS

YOUTH BAND Start/End Dates: June 26 to July 26 Ages: High school students; also open to middle school students with high school skill level Location: Colony High School Description: Challenging five-week program for student instrumentalists; a professionally directed program that produces a high-quality community band with a heavy public concert schedule

Start/End Dates: May 5 Times: 8 a.m. to noon Ages: Grades four through six Cost: Free Location: Sherrod Elementary School Description: Stories of a blind Alaska racing sled dog Contact Name: Mike Dillingham Contact Phone: 907.357.4524 Website: riversbooks.com

FINE ARTS PROGRAM Start/End Dates: June 4-22 Ages: Elementary and middle school students Location: Birchtree Charter School Description: A fun-filled three-week adventure into the world of creative art — including painting, sculpture, drawing and potting — organized into blocks appropriate for age and skills

SUMMER HOCKEY FOR FUN

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING KAMP

Start/End Dates: May 29, two evenings per week Location: Brett Memorial Ice Arena Description: Mini-mites/mites, squirts, peewees, bantams, U-16/U-18 boys, U-18 girls; register early as enrollment is limited Contact Phone: 907.376.9260 Website: maxsolutionsonline.com/matsu

VALLEY ADULT SUMMER LEAGUE

Start/End Dates: SEEK Alaska Camp 2012-A: July 9-13; SEEK Alaska Camp 2012-B: July 16-20 Times: 7:30 a.m., Monday; 5 p.m., Friday Ages: Entering seventh- to 10th-graders Cost: $575 camp resident; $450 non-resident Location: University of Alaska Anchorage Activity: Super fun science, math and engineering prin-

Start/End Dates: early June Ages: 18 and older Location: Brett Memorial Ice Arena Description: Novice/intermediate fun hockey for adults; sign up for the draft at the ice arena before May 18 Contact Phone: 907.376.9260 Website: maxsolutionsonline.com/matsu

Summer Arts Programs for Children and Youth! Music

Fine Arts

Theatre

MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND

FINE ARTS PROGRAM

YOUTH BAND

A fun filled three week adventure into the world of creative art, including painting, sculpture, drawing and potting. June 4- June 22 Elementary and Middle School students.

THEATRE ACADEMIES FOR YOUTH

Four week program to enhance students’ playing skills June 5 – June 29 Middle school students including graduating 8th graders Five week program June 26 – July 26 High School students. Open also to Middle School Students with high school level playing skills.

Theatre Training concluded by theatrical productions June 4 – July 20 Age 8 through Middle School

VALLEY ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS

A summer long theatre program for high school youth in acting and theatre crafts and skills. 2 – 3 productions are planned. June 4- July 20 High School students including graduating seniors. Admission by audition.

Scholarships are available for all programs for those who need financial assistance. Go to www.thepalmerartscouncil.org to register and for a complete course listing.

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Enrollment is limited! Sign up today!

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Denali Gymnastics summer programs are a great way to build gymnastics skills as well as confidence in young athletes.

ROBERT DeBERRY/Frontiersman file photo

Kids learn, stay active at Denali Gymnastics Summer Camp By JEREMIAH BARTZ Frontiersman.com

WASILLA — Denali Gymnastics Summer Camp is more than just gymnastics. The licensed child care program for children ages 5 through 12 may include time in Denali’s gym, but director of early childhood education Adam Barrett said it’s the number of activities that separates Denali’s summer camp from other programs. “Five days a week the kids are outside doing just about everything,” Barrett said before listing a batch of activities. Swimming, bowling, berry picking, hiking, canoeing

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and fossil hunting are among the activities on Denali’s summer to-do list. Barrett said staff members routinely take children on field trips to places such as Hatcher Pass to hike. The key, he said, is getting kids outside and active. “Parents really want their kids doing something other than playing video games,” Barrett said. Barrett said there is a major specialized activity planned for each day. One week may include skating one day, swimming another day and canoeing the next. Participants are also split into age groups. Barrett said Denali generally keeps the younger kids, ages 5 through 8, together, and the older kids together as well. This also

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allows Denali to further specialize the activities for the different age groups. “It’s easier to gear activities,” Barrett said. The program lasts 11 weeks, from late May until early August, and runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The facility is open 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Barrett said spots in the program generally fill up very quickly. Earlier this week, only a handful of slots were still open. Barrett said parents can always add their children to the program’s wait list. Enrollment generally begins about April 1. For more information, contact Barrett at 373-3547.

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EASY ROAD TRIP

RIVERS BOOKS The adventures of a blind Alaska racing sled dog

Visit web site for ordering information www.riversbooks.com

E-mail

rivers@riversbooks.com

Books

Book #1 Rivers, Diary of a Blind Alaska Racing Sled Dog Book #2 Rivers, Through the Eyes of a Blind Dog

ROBERT DeBERRY/Frontiersman file photo

The Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry features antique cars, trains, planes, tractors and even a Colonist barn for those wanting a large dose of Alaska and Valley history. Located at 3800 W. Museum Dr. just north of Wasilla off the Parks Highway, the museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., every day in the summer and hosts a number of community events. Visit museumofalaska.org for more information.

Mike Dillingham, Author Palmer, Alaska

The Learning Farm’s Summer Camp 2012

Who knew the Dentist could be so much fun! Pediatric Dentistry by Dr. Kelly Maixner •Infants to Teens •Kid Friendly Environment • Denali Kid Care Accepted

357-6684 • Pediatric/Oral Surgery 357-1628 open saturdays

emergencies welcome

Dr. Scott Methven, Dr. Nick Methven, Dr. Drew Pickens, Dr. William Imlach, Dr. Kelly Maixner & Dr. Carl Johnson

general dentistry • pediatric dentistry • oral surgery • endodontics

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Book #3 Rivers, Unknown Trails

Come join the fun at The Learning Farm! Ride horses, feed the pigs, sheep and chickens, walk the goats and sheep, bottle feed the baby calf and pet the pony. Learn to drive the pony cart. Summer time brings new cheese. Sing songs around a camp fire. Learn about organic gardening and ways to live green. What plants grow best in Alaska? Build a worm compost bin. Art instructor will lead various craft activities including wool projects from our own sheep’s wool, potter, drawing and painting. Horse activities feature demonstrations on wilderness packing, trick riding, how to harness, various horse breeds, horse care and grooming. Guest appearances and demonstrations by various animal clubs and animal rescue organizations. Here at The Learning Farm we seek to teach responsibility, respect for each other and respect for animals along with compassion for life.

Ages 5 - 11 • Preschool Schedule to be announced Monday – Friday starting May 18-August 21, 2012 Sessions: 9am-1pm ($60) 1pm-5pm ($60) Full day $100 Full Week $450 For registration call Deborah (907) 229-0359 www.TheLearningFarm.net

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For child ren ages 4-1 2

Experience The Fun of Farm Life with Animal Adventures on our Learning Farm! Taught by Certified Teachers and Lifetime Alaskans!

Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 3 pm 6 students per teacher • One-Week Sessions starting May 23 through August 15 Conveniently located off the Glenn Highway for those commuting to Anchorage. Learn fun and silly facts about farm life while interacting with all the farm animals at camp. Science Curriculum • Horsemenship • Cart Driving Lessons Animal Husbandry • Hatch Chicks • Milk a Goat Shear a Sheep • Bottle Feed a Calf • Fun Farm Games Crafts may include: Making Ice Cream, Butter, Lotion or Soap • Carding and Weaving the Wool from the Sheep • Creating Stepping Stones

Each child will have their very own craft to take home each week!

www.ponyparties-alaska.com • 907-230-6775 • 745-2742


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