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East Chicago gears up for a summer of fun activities

2013-05-24T00:00:00Z East Chicago gears up for a summer of fun activitiesBy Steve Segura Times Columnist
May 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

We only have a few weeks left in the school year and summer will be here. The City of East Chicago, Mayor Anthony Copeland and the East Chicago Parks and Recreation Department are announcing an exciting, safe and fun-filled Spring to Summer Program.

Our community centers offer a secure environment for children to partake in various summer programs from dance to sports. We have been working hard to come up with a summer program that will be of interest to all ages.

Summer can be filled with fun activities, special events, sports camps, and field trips, all the while keeping children safe. The community centers offer children a place to unwind and a place to just be kids.

Stars Summer Camp

STARS (Students Targeted at Reaching Success) summer day camp is offered at all neighborhood community centers.

Our program goal is to help our youth build strong character by experiencing a variety of programs and field trips. All children deserve a safe place to develop their personalities through play, team sports and special events, all the while building lifelong friendships. STARS Summer Camp is just the place for that.

East Chicago Parks and Recreation Department is holding registration through June 21 for STARS Summer Camp, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at its recreation office, 1615 E. 142nd St.

To register, children must be East Chicago residents, and parents are required to bring a State of Indiana ID, proof of residency (school records or current bill) and the child's birth certificate.

Field trips are only offered to children registered in STARS Summer Camp. Children must participate three full days a week in order to qualify for field trips. A small fee will be required for some trips; parents will be informed in advance.

For more information, call (219) 391-8476.

STARS Summer Camp will offer: Box Car Making, Hook A Kid on Golf, 30 Powerful Minutes, Mac Arthur Golf Course, CSC Program, Learn To Swim, Lincoln Park Zoo trip, Wicker Park Splash Park trip, Olympia Lanes trip, Waste Water Plant tour, Planetarium/Museum trip, Batting Cages Miniature Golf Trips, STARS Beautification Program, Basketball Program and weekly park team sports day and pool visits.

The fun will culminate Aug. 9 with closing ceremonies, where children will receive certificates and school supplies. Children share their talents in performances rehearsed all summer. Ceremonies will be held at Veterans Park, weather permitting, with Heritage Hall as the alternative site.

Senior citizen activities

Just for senior citizens, a trip to Shipshewana is planned June 19. Cost is $15 for residents and $20 for nonresidents. There will also be a Pamper our Senior Ladies Day, painting, puzzles, gardening and the eighth annual Seniors Boat Trip to Chicago’s Navy Pier on Aug. 20.

All interested participants must have a new registration form completed and signed.

Call or visit the recreation office and/or the community center of your choice, just ask to speak to the recreation leader of the Recreation Department.

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