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2011 Eagle River Boys and Girls Summer Camp Schedule

For the Star


Summer is a time for fun, as evidenced by Wyatt Jones, rolling down a hill in May 2010. Summer camps are filling now, with plenty of local options.

May signals the end of the school year, and parents looking to keep their children active have plenty of options in the Eagle River area this summer. Listed below are a number of summer programs offered by Alaska Fine Arts Academy, Anchorage School District and Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation.

Alaska Fine Arts Academy

• Fiddling Intensive: A folk-tune tutorial taught by Brendon Mezzetti, Alaska State Fair fiddle champion. Cost is $40 for ages 5-8 and $80 for students age 9 and older.

May 31-June 3, 1-2 p.m., ages 5-8; 2:30-4 p.m. ages 9 and older.

• Lego Robotics: Students will use math, science and engineering skills to assemble Lego creations. Cost is $150 if students bring their own materials and $250 with materials provided.

May 31-June 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., ages 8 and older.

• Ballroom Blitz: Instructors Jordan and Marissa Gingery show young dancers technique, timing and other subtleties of ballroom dancing. Cost is $150.

May 31-June 3, 6-9 p.m., ages 13 and older.

• Whimsy Frenzy: Fairy tale favorites are brought to life through the energetic interpretations by instructors Betsy McGrew and Abby Keller. Cost is $250.

July 25-29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., ages 6-9.

• TV production Intensive: Learn the ins and outs of TV production with producer Elisa Fleener, formerly of KTUU News. Cost is $150.

Aug. 8-12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., ages 10 and older.

Call 694-8909, or e-mail For a complete list of programs, visit Registration rates increase after May 16.

Anchorage School District Summer Career Camps

• Film School: Students will learn essential Apple software, such as iCreate, iDirect, and iFilm.

• Project Runway/ Textile 1

• Microsoft Office Suites Review/ Certification

• Teaching as a Profession

Classes are 8 a.m.-2:40 p.m. June 8-24 at Chugiak High School. Cost is $90 per class. For more information, go to, or speak to your school counselor.

• Chugiak Ram Camp: July 25-29, evening camp with 90-minute classes starting at 4 p.m. and continuing through 8:30 p.m. Ram Camp courses focus on sports, science, arts, dance, prekindergarten, foreign language, music and more. A Red Cross certified babysitting safety course will also be offered. Deadline to register is May 19. Cost is $65 per week. Open to students at Chugiak Elementary, Mirror Lake and Chugiak High only. For more information e-mail

Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation

For more information call 343-1500 or visit

• Summer Recreation Day Camp: Now in its 21st year, the popular camp includes physical education, outdoor education, arts and crafts, hiking, biking and much more.

7 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 31 to Aug. 5, ages 5 to 13. Opt to sign up for one to 10 weeks of activities. Cost is $150 per week. Current immunizations, a nonrefundable $35 deposit fee are needed for registration. Children entering kindergarten in the fall must provide a physical.

Trailside Discovery 2011

Kids Camp/Outdoor Adventure: Plenty of outdoor play and exercise for children ages 4-13. Cost is $210 per week or up to $812 for four weeks. Pre-care and after-care available for an additional fee.

May 23-June17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Eagle River Nature Center. Call 274-KIDS or go to to register.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.