Summer arts, science will keep youths busy

Austen Thibault, The Union Democrat

Some of the Mother Lode's most popular summer youth programs are filled up, but there are still plenty of organized activities to keep kids entertained over the summer months.

The Tuolumne County Arts Alliance Summer Camp at Columbia State Historic Park and county Office of Education Mad About Science camp are full. So is Calaveras River Academy's STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - summer camp.

But both counties still have affordable summer activities.

The Tuolumne County Arts Alliance will, for the first time this year, offer three additional weeklong "KASA Kamps" through the Kids Art Studies Academy on Barretta Street in Sonora.

The camps will feature a variety of arts including fine art, dance, theater, music, mask-making and cooking. Kids can go for four or seven hours a day for a full week. The camps will run June 23 to 27, July 7 to 11 and July 28 to Aug. 2.

KASA features various other classes and activities. For more information, go online to, or call 532-3234 or 532-2787.

Other artistic options in Tuolumne County include youth music and theater programs.

Sonora High School will offer Gold Country Music Day Camp for students entering grades six through nine with enough skill to perform in a beginner band. Classes will run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14 to 18 at Columbia Elementary School. For more information, contact Yvonne Denton at 532-5511, ext. 451 or

Nonprofit theaters, MYACT - Mountain Youth and Community Theatre - and Sierra Repertory Theatre both have summer theater programs.

MYACT has a "Pipsqueaks Camp" for 5 to 9 year olds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16 to July 11 and a "Summer Hideout Camp" for kids 10 and older from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16 to July 18 and June 23 to July 28. For more information, go online

Sierra Repertory Theatre has new summer youth programs. Children ages 4 to 6 can learn theater from 8 to 11 a.m. July 14 to 18. Camp for children ages 7 to 9 will be held from 8 to 11 a.m July 21 to 25. Kids 10 and older can practice from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28 to Aug. 8. For more information, go online to

The Tuolumne County Recreation Department has several athletic programs this summer including baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, volleyball, martial arts and horseback riding. A soccer program has already begun.

The Sonora, Tuolumne and Columbia public pools will be open this summer. Go online to or call 533-5663 for more information on athletics over summer.

In Calaveras County, two of three public pools will be open.

Bret Harte High School's Aquatic Center in Angels Camp will offer various water activities including water polo and competitive-swimming programs. Call 536-8334 for more information.

Calaveras High School in San Andreas will open its pool to the public for the summer. Go online for more information.

The Murphys pool is being sold and will not open this summer.

The AMA - Angels Camp, Murphys, Arnold - Youth Sports organization will offer a physical examination and open registration day at 6 p.m. July 15 at Bret Harte High School for their football season.

Dance classes and camps are available this month from nonprofit organizations, and there are several for-profit activities in both counties from summer camps, athletic facilities and more.

For more information on Calaveras County activities, go online to . For more information about Tuolumne County activities, go online to .

The U.S. Forest Service also will offer a full summer of summer activities in the Stanislaus National Forest. For the schedule, go to

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