All Kinds of Summer Activities

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Looking for something to do this summer?

There are all kinds of events planned this summer including summer camps, sports camps, and those activities with little or no cost.

“We continue to provide information on youth activities this summer,” said Jewell Walker-Harps at Thursday’s Educational Prosperity Initiative, saying getting out the word on whatever is happening in those areas fulfills the mission of this organization.”

One such effort is Youth Summer Enrichment Program at New Mercy Baptist Church. Entitled, Intentional, as “this summer, we are intentionally setting the course for our future,” explained Alicia Best, from New Mercy’s youth program. Best said the program is to help middle and high school students set and reach academic goals and get back on track for graduation.

The cost is $25 per student for all four weeks, with sessions on academic goals, basic life skills, community service and finance. She said there’s room for up to 15 students and lunch is included for the sessions which run from 10 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, for four weeks starting June 20 through July 13.

“Last year we had 10 students. We had a student who failed classes in 9th grade, but he’s now back on track for graduation,” Davis said. “The goal is not to leave them. I call to check on them, they stay in my bubble. The goal is to graduate and have a plan. I don’t sugarcoat it — it’s going to be hard to get back on track, but it can be done.”

For registration and information, email ysepgriffin@gmail.com or call 678-653-5239. Applications are available on the New Mercy Facebook page.

Summer in the Garden started this past week at the Healthy Life Community Garden on North 3rd Street, and continues on Wednesdays, through July 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. It is for kids of all ages; please bring a parent. Snacks will be provided.

Activities include reading each day, with different things each week including making stepping stones, learning about bugs, butterflies and bees and kids workshop with Home Depot.

For more information call Patty Beckham at 770-337-0329.

There’s also the 4-H Summer of Fun for Everyone, with activities planned, most with a low cost, according to Beckham. Those started June 1, with a summer service day at the Healthy Life Community Gardens.

Upcoming events include:

  • June 14: Fun Day at Tyus Park, 10 a..m. to 3 p.m., cool summer workshops, $5.
  • June 16: Campfire Frenzy at Dundee Lake, 4 to 8 p.m., campfire cooking and other fun science activities, $5.
  • June 30: Pizza and a Movie at 4-H office, 6 to 8 p.m., fun, fellowship and a movie, $3.
  • July 7: Search & ‘Stache 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., scavenger hunt downtown, lunch and paint a picture at ‘Stache Studios, $30.
  • July 2:, Water Field Day at High Falls, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., field games in the morning, cool off in the water park in the afternoon, $25.

Mary Smith of Small Treasures Learning Center, said they are providing a summer feeding program with a food truck starting on Monday, making several stops starting at 10:30 a.m., including Mt. Nebo Baptist and Raymond Head Jr. Park. “The demand has been overwhelming,” Smith said.

The Griffin Police Department will have free Crime Scene Investigation Summer Camp, July 11-15. This is first time for this, said Eddie Bogan with the police department, with a class size of 10-15 students. Classes will be held at the police station, 868 West Poplar St.

Call the Griffin Police Department to sign up at 770-229-6450.

Spalding County Parks and Recreation also has several events planned for the summer.

Those include:

  • The free movie series downtown at the Park at Sixth continues with “Inside Out” on June 10 and “Minions” on July 8. Fun and games start at 7:30 p.m., and the movies start at dark.
  • Summer Day Camp at the City Park Community Center, June 6 to July 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for youth ages 5-12. There will be games, crafts, swimming, and field trips (for an additional fee.) The cost is $35 a week for Spalding County residents and $50 a week for out-of-county residents.
  • The Kids in Motion Club meets at Fairmont Community Center, June 6 to July 29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for youth ages 5-12. There will be swimming, field trips, national celebration days, crafts, Adventures in Reading, themed weeks and more. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided free for all club members. Registration is limited. For more information and to register, contact Joyce Head Hollis at the Fairmont Community Center at 770-467-4758 or jhead-hollis@spaldingcounty.com or www.spaldingcountyparksandrec.com.
  • Kids Spring Fishing Rodeo is Saturday, June 18, at the lake at Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. It is open to Spalding County residents ages 5-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult to fish, only children can fish and they and must bring their own fishing gear. Registration is open for this free event at www.spaldingcountyparksandrec.com.
  • Dance Camp is 6 to 8 p.m., June 6-9, at the City Park Community Center, sponsored by Impact Dance and Cheer. Pre-register at the Parks and Recreation Office, 843 Memorial Drive, or online at www.spaldingcountyparksandrec.com.
  • Cheerleading Camp is 6 to 8 p.m., June 13-16, at the City Park Community Center, sponsored by Impact Cheerleading Association. Pre-register at the Parks and Recreation Office, or online at www.spaldingcountyparksandrec.com.
  • Pro Day 2016 is a tailgate event featuring professional athletes past and present from Griffin. This day is all about professional athletes giving back to local youth. The event will be from 3 to 7 p.m., June 25, at 843 Memorial Drive, and include activities and games for youth, free food, drinks and entertainments and a tour of the Spalding County Sports Hall of Fame. For more information, call Robby Milner at 770-467-4750.

Ray Lightner
Griffin Daily News