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Kim Riggs
For the Appeal

I think the more positive items we can share about the children in our community the better.

Shannon Bell sent over a news story that hit USA Today about her 18-year-old daughter, MacKena Bell. I had to share! MacKena, with the total support from her parents Kelly and Shannon Bell, and so many sponsors throughout the community, has finally made it to the top. Yes! Beautiful MacKena has hit the big time and will be featured in NASCAR’s Whelen All American Series. MacKena was honored as Carson High School 2008 Prom Queen, and now will be juggling her racing, and attending Western Nevada College when she gets back from living the dream. Good luck and reach for the moon, Mackena. We all will be cheering you on in Carson City. Check out her Web site for her latest news or if you would like to help sponsor this young lady. http://www.mackenabell.com.

Keeping the Kids Occupied

So school’s out for the summer and you’ve given the kiddos a week to sleep in. Now it’s time to find them something to do that is fun, safe and entertaining. Here’s a quick reference list of what’s located here for children to participate in.

Aquatic Facility

Web site: http://www.carson-city.nv.us. Click on Aquatic Facility.

Contact: 887-2242

Polo Club, Outdoor Swim Pool Fun, Summer Swim Lessons 2008

Summer hours of operation: weekdays from 5:45 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and weekends 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Cost Adult: Drop In $4; 10-Punch Pass $30; 25-Punch Pass $75; 1-Month Pass $50; 3-Month Pass $120.

Senior (55+): Drop In $3; 10-Punch Pass $22.50; 25- Punch Pass $56.25; 1-Month Pass $37.50; 3-Month Pass $90.

Youth (4-17): Drop In – $3; 10-Punch Pass $22.50; 25-Punch Pass $56.25; 1-Month Pass $37.50; 3 Month Pass $90.

Child (0-3): Free with admission of an adult 18 years old (swimming adult cannot be left unattended).

Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Nevada

Web site: http://www.bgcwn.org

Contact: 882-8820

Any child between the ages of 7 and 18 can become a member of the club.

Art & Education, Athletics, Teens, Tech Center, Mentor Center and Summer Program include Friday’s Fun with Food Day.

June 27 Talent Show; July 11 H2O Futuristic Water Day; July 18 Crazy Game Day; July 25 Yuck! It Up Day

August 1 Splash Zone; August 8 Winter Wonderland; and August 15 End of Summer BBQ and Carnival.

Cost: Membership is just $15 a year (summer hours are 7:30-6:30 p.m. weekdays.

Carson City Library

Web site: http://www.carson-city.nv.us. Click on library.

Contact: 887-2244

If you are younger than age 12, you will need your parent or guardian with you. If you are between 12 and 18, you will need your school ID.

Open: Mon., Fri., Sat.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m./ Tue., Wed., Thu. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Summer Reading Program, sign your children up for the program, and enjoy

June 17, Tuesday. Magic Dan, 1 p.m.

June 18, Wednesday morning. Family Storytime 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

June 19, Thursday morning. Family Storytime, 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

June 25, Wednesday morning. Family Storytime 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

June 25, Wednesday evening. Carson City Historical Society: Reflections Carson City. 6:30 p.m.

June 26, Thursday morning. Family Storytime 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

June 26, Thursday evening. Tom McCormack, Storymaster 6:30 p.m.

June 28, Saturday afternoon. Bug songs with Tom Cornwell. 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Carson City Recreation Department

Web site: http://www.carson-city.nv.us.

Contact: 887-2290, Youth Programs, ext. 30428.

Summer Kamp 2008 – Kick Back Kamp is programmed to meet the needs of children going into 1st through 4th grades. Activities include: sports, arts and crafts, group games, field trips, and movie days. Wagoneers: Children entering the 1st grade. Pioneers: Children entering the 2nd grade.

Explorers: Children entering the 3rd grade. Mountaineers: Children entering the 4th grade. Wolverines/Summer Loafers: This program is designed for children entering 5th and 6th grade. It features sports activities, arts and crafts, walking field trips, and trips to Zephyr Cove, Boomtown, Wild Waters, etc. Kamp price includes a kamp bag (while supplies last), field trips and movie day. For the older children, Trailblazers: Trailblazers is an exciting program for teens entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. Two days a week, they go on field trips to places such as Zephyr Cove, Wild Waters, Fun Quest, Jump Man Jump, etc. The other days, the Trailblazers play fun, mind-challenging games, and of course, swimming! The camp price for Trailblazers includes all field trips, arts & crafts, swimming, and movie day. Enrollment is limited to 45 participants per week.

Cost: $85-$105 per week

Latch Key for the 2007-2008 School Year; Kids Klub Preschool 2008-2009.

Registration Information: Karate, Acrobatics, Dance and Mom’s Club

Children’s Museum

Web site: http://www.cmnn.org

Contact: 884-2226

Gift Shop, Birthday Parties, Field Trips, New Virtual Reality Teen Game, Books & Brags, Star Lab Planetarium, Kindermusik, Baby Signs, Musical Mentoring, Summer Solace Contra Dance and so much more check the calendar on the web-site or call

Open every day from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Toddlers (1 and younger) Free; Children (2+) $3; Adults (14+) $5; seniors (55+) $4.

Specialty Kamps

Web site: http://www.carson-city.nv.us

Contact: 887-2290, Youth Programs, ext. 30428

Equestrian Kamp at River Bottom Ranch, Theatre Kamp with the Brewery Arts Center, Rafting/Kayaking Kamp with Great Basin Sport, Recreation Leader in Training (L.I.T.)

Cost: varies for each Kamp

Young Shakespeare

Web site: http://www.laketahoeshakespeare.com/education/young_shakespeare

Contact: (775) 832-1616 or (800) 74-SHOWS

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: All performances are FREE to young people of all ages and their chaperones. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and reservations are required for these performances.

Sand Harbor State Park Tuesday, July 22, 10 a.m.

CVIC Hall, Minden Wednesday, July 23, 10 a.m.

Community Center Bob Boldrick Theatre, Carson City, July 23 -2 p.m.

Sand Harbor State Park Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m.

Nevada Cooperative Extension

Web site: http://www.unce.unr.edu/4H/counties/carson-storey/

Contact: Jim Barcellos or Sandy Wallin, 887-2252.

Typical 4-H age for club members range from 9 to 19 years of age; however many of the clubs accept “Cloverbuds,” youth ages 5 to 8.

4 Paws Dog Care and Training, ALITAS, Arrowhead 4-H Livestock Child Care Workshops, Carson 4-H Photography, Carson Bouncing Bunnies

Carson City Archery, Target Rippers Monday nights ” Fuji Exhibit Hall or Centennial Archery Ranch 6-8 p.m.

Carson City Hot Shots (4-H Shotgun) Capitol City Gun Club most Friday nights 6-8:30 p.m.; some Saturdays, weather dependent.

Carson City Savvy Riders Horse Club, Carson Musketeers and Community Service Call for meetings and project information.

Western Nevada College – College for Kids

Web site: http://www.wnc.edu/academics/schedule/20082/cfk/

Contact: 445-4431

College classes for Kids is exactly what is says from Babysitting CPR certification to Bob Ross Method of Painting

Check out the Web site for classes throughout the summer June 21 through August 3.

– To have your information included, contact Kim Riggs at kimriggs@att.net.

Reminder: Don’t Forget the Taste of Downtown this Saturday – Call 883-7654