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Getting ready for summer

Rainy weather met with summer forecasts at La Mesa Junior High fair

Posted: February 8, 2009 1:01 a.m.
Updated: February 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Deandre James, left, of the Boys & Girls Club, hands out information on summer events to the Kimoto family of Canyon Country at the La Mesa Junior High School Summer Activities Fair Saturday.

Wintry clouds loomed and cool drizzle fell Saturday, while several local residents thought about summer and sunshine at the second Summer Activities Fair hosted at La Mesa Junior High School.

The fair featured 27 exhibitors from local programs like The Boys & Girls Club of SCV and The Mitchell Eagles Summer Fun Club to further camps like Colorado College Summer for high school students.

"I think it's awesome they offer a venue like this because being in a smaller community like Santa Clarita, we don't have all this stuff readily available to see," said Helene White, of Newhall, who picked up information for her two young daughters.

White's comment reflected the goal of the fair, according to director Kathy Gorlick, a La Mesa school counselor.

"I don't think our community is aware of how many things there are for kids to do instead of just going to the mall or staying at home and playing video games," Gorlick said.

Michele Orr is one parent who was unaware of the summer resources for youth.

"There's a lot offered that I didn't know about," she said.

Orr appreciated the spectrum of camps from sports for her son to a family camp where she could take her 1-year-old.

The fair, however, did not attract as much traffic as the previous year's, possibly because of the chilly weather and troubling economy, Gorlick said.

"I'm sure with the economy, people are worried about whether they're going to have a job, not what they're going to do with their kids over summer," she said. "But that's why we have opportunities like the Boys & Girls (Club) that are not expensive."

The event proved to be resourceful for Santa Clarita newcomers, too.

"We're new to the area, we just moved here from New York a couple months ago," said Debbie Schindler.

"We don't know much yet so we wanted to find opportunities in the area. A couple places seem good, we just have to look into prices."

Four-year-old Sierra Schindler wants a camp with swimming.

"I just need fun," said Sierra's sister Lindsay Schindler, 7.

The Schindler girls were found spinning a wheel to win prizes like free classes from A+ Teaching Supplies and S.C.V. Tutors.

The two organizations provide educational workshops to prepare kids for the following school year, according to information provided at the fair.


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