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These are classes that were announced in the Berkeley Parents Network newsletters beginning March 2004. Of course this list does not include everything the Bay Area has to offer - just what appeared in the newsletter. See Summer Programs for past reviews. Also see Summer 2004 - Teens.

Some of these may be full - please check with the particular program you are interested in! The date that follows the title of each program is the date it appeared in the newsletter. Last updated: 4/16/04 newsletter.

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Summer Writing and Literacy Groups for Kids (3/26/04)
submitted by: Ivy Sandz (ivy at

Summer Classes at Literacy Access!

First/Second grade writing group:  Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30, 
July 6 - August 24
First/second grade writing group #2:  Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m., 
June 23 - August 11
Spelling/Word Work Workshop, grades 2-3, Mondays 11 a.m. to 
12 p.m., June 28 - August 16
Multicultural Cinderella Genre Study, 2nd and 3rd grades.  
Fun! Educational!, Wednesdays, 11:15-12:15, June 23 - 
August 11
Patricia Polacco Author Study, 2nd and 3rd grades.  
Thursdays, 2-3 p.m., July 1 - August 19
Girlp.m., July 1 - August 19
BoyJune 24 - August 12
Girlp.m., June 28 - August 16.  
All workshops are $150/eight sessions.  
Individual reading and writing instruction also available.
For further information/registration, contact Ivy Sandz, 
(510) 528-8773  Writers Writers Writer

Arts & Crafts

Art Yowza - Bold Creative Fun! (4/16/04)
submitted by: rebecca stees (artyowza AT

Come to our exciting Open House May 1, from 11am-2pm!
(We promise a HUGE surprise and a WHALE of a good time!)
R.S.V.P. by e-mailing us at
your answer to our creative question.....

ART YOWZA, Alameda\222s creative summer camp, starts June 21.  We have
amazing one week sessions; 9am- 4 pm . Themes include:
What's the wildest thing you can imagine?
-----June 21-June 25
-----June 28-July 2

Are you ready for an Adventure?
-----July 12-July 16
-----July 19-July 23

How many things with wings can you imagine?
-----July 26-July 30
-----August 2-August 6

It's all about you!
STARRING ME,  ages 9-11
-----August 9-August 13
-----August 23 - August 27
Bold Creative Fun.  Brochure Available!
Sign up now and get $20 off if you register before May 15. 

Clayarts Summer Schedule  (4/9/04)
submitted by: Kent Fries (ksmfries at

clayarts ceramic studio
summer camp schedule
Four weeks only, small class sizes  
For Ages 7 and Up & Grownups
Call for pricing , all materials included 

June 21 - 25   The Teapot Workshop (5 day)  
                                   10:30 - 12:00
                        *Open Studio Workshop (5 day)  
                                      1:00 - 2:30

June 28 - June 30  The Bizarre Bug Workshop (3 day)                                                                         
                                     10:30 - 12:00
                     *Open Studio Workshop (3 day)  
                                        1:00 - 2:30
                             More scheduled for July!

where: 5900 McBryde Ave. in Richmond Located in 
Wildcat Canyon near beautiful Alvarado Park  call Kent 
Fries to sign up:  510.215.9394.  References available.

Jun 04: Summer Arts Camp still has some openings (4/2/04)
submitted by: Laura Raboff (Laura.R at

We still have openings for Weeks 1, 2, and 3 of Pleiades' 
Palette Summer Art Camp for Girls.  This is our third 
year.  The camp presents recognized women artists as 
inspiration for the campers' hands-on projects using a 
variety of interesting materials and techniques.  There are 
just a few spots left in Week 4.  The camp will be held at 
Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito June 21-25 and at 
Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito the weeks of June 28 - 
July 2, July 5 - 9, and July 12 - 16. The camp hours are 
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the fee is $320/week. If 
you would like a flyer, please e-mail Laura.  Thanks so 
Laura Raboff, Janet Lipkin, and Elizabeth Addison

SUMMER SEWING CAMPS ages 9-15 , ages 15-18  (3/26/04)
submitted by: Marianne Henri (mjhenri at

''SEW MUCH FUN'' SUMMER SEWING CAMPS.Learn hand and machine 
sewing skills that will last a lifetime!Gain knowledge of 
fabrics.Choose your project and learn at your own pace.Make 
simple crafts for yourself,your home or for personal gifts. 
All levels and abilities welcomed.
AGES  9-15: JUNE 14-18  ,JUNE 28-JULY 2   
AGES  9-15: JULY 12-16  ,JULY 26-30
AGES 15-18: AUGUST 9-13
each camp is:M-F, 9am-5pm ,$260/week,all materials 
included. Please bring fabric scissors, your sewing machine 
(I can provide) and a bag lunch.Camps are limited to 5 
students per week.Please sign up early to secure your space.
Taught by Marianne henri,a professional seamstress-designer-
artist,with her own buisness(fine sewing for interiors)with 
over 25 years' experience working with fabrics and 
for more info call 525-6436 (M-F,9am-5pm svp)

summer art class ($325) (3/19/04)
submitted by: Deborah Harris (dharris at

(Appropriate for all ages)

Summer Art Class for Young People: Deborah Harris is once
again offering a summer art class in her Berkeley studio. 
The class will meet Monday through Friday, from June 28 to
July 2, 10:00 to 12:00. The cost of $325 includes materials.
Ideal for elementary and middle school children, the class
will create artwork in a variety of media and styles,
including painting, clay sculpture and printmaking.  A
separate class for teens will be added if there is
sufficient interest. Deborah is a professional artist, with
many years of teaching experience with all ages and levels.
Currently she teaches at Berkwood Hedge School, Pixar
Animation Studios.  Past reviews are archived on this site
and references are available.  View Deborah's work at For more information, please email
Deborah at:dharris at

Summer Jammin' Arts Group  ($8/hr) (3/12/03)
submitted by: Ruha Benjamin (ruha9 at

(Appropriate for ages 2 to 3)

!!A Summer Jammin Arts Group!!  WHO: 2 1/2 - 3 Yr olds 
that like to dance, sing, or play instruments  WHAT: 
Parent-Run Childcare that focuses on creativity and 
character bldg (sharing, taking turns, using courtesy 
words), and will incl. outdoor play in our grassy 
courtyard and village playground, vegan snacks, and some 
structured group time (learning songs and other 
activities)  WHEN: 9am-1pm M-F starting June 1st; # of 
days/wk negotiable LOCATION: Our apt in the new section of 
UC Village.   uuuh, WHY: We want to spend as much time 
with our son...And as grad students we need to pay the 
rent too! So providing childcare lets us do both.   Sooo, 
HOW MUCH: $8/hr   Interested? NEXT STEP: Contact Us. We 
will be setting up a playdate the week of 3/22 so the 
families who are interested in our Summer Jammin Arts 
Group can meet us and vice versa. If our energy feels 
right to you, then we hope to have a good time together 
this summer.

Summer Ceramics for ages 6-15 (3/19/03)
submitted by: Dianne Stockler (d_stockler at

Moderator: Here is a corrected ad for the newsletter - 
please drop the previous one. Thanks

In my Summer Art Camp kids work intensively with clay, 
making whimsical sculptures and functional pieces. Now in 
its eighth year, this program consists of half-day one week 
sessions. Camp takes place in my Berkeley ceramics studio 
located near the Julia Morgan Theater. 

There are six sessions between June 14 -August 20 
(different age group for each session). During  the week 
of  June 28-July 2  (for 11-15 year olds)  campers make 
fountains and other special projects. Call for details and 
a brochure at (510) 849-3654.

Day Camps

  • Social Skills Camp at UC Berkeley Strawberry Canyon
  • Summer Camp for Kids with Asperger's (April 2004)
    Toddler Family Program Summer Session (4/16/04)
    submitted by: Cynthia Adams (ccadams at
    Toddler Family Program is offering a Summer Session during the month 
    of July.  Activities include open play with a broad variety of activities and 
    tactile experiences, art projects, circle time with songs and finger play, 
    story time, and plenty of outdoor play time.  Toddler Family provides 
    positive and informative support to parents and toddlers through a 
    program of parent participation, education, and toddler play.  Children 
    range in age from 16 months to preschool age.  Toddler Family is 
    located at 397 Euclid Ave in Oakland, two blocks up from Grand, near 
    Lake Merritt and the Grand Lake Theater.  Call 510-251-8000 for more 
    information or go to
    Summer Camp for Girls (4/9/04)
    submitted by: Debra Richerson (Debra.Richerson at
    A summer camp for girls entering sixth through eighth grade 
    will provide enjoyable experiences in classes focusing on 
    the arts, science, fitness, and technology. Applications 
    are being accepted for girls to attend a two week camp from 
    June 21 - July 2, 2004 from 8:30am to 3:30pm daily at Holy 
    Names Summer Camp located in the Oakland hills at Holy 
    Names High School. 
    Camp activities include: singing and acting in a musical 
    theatre workshop, creating a digital movie, working out to 
    the latest hit music and participating in teams sports, 
    learning the science of what makes things work, and 
    developing artistic drawing talents. The two week camp 
    costs $500. 
    Applications from Nancy Barrett (510) 540-1110 ext 117 or 
    by email nbarrett at
    D. Richerson, parent
    Summer Preschool Camp at Broadmoor Preschool (4/2/04)
    submitted by: Debra Weinstein (debrafw at
    Preschool Summer Camp at Broadmoor Parent Cooperative 
    Preschool, 951 Dowling Boulevard, San Leandro, CA (next to 
    Roosevelt Elementary School). 
    Each day features art, science, cooking, and games plus music 
    and movement and plenty of outdoor activities.
    $60 per week.  9:30-12:00 M-F. 
    Age: 2.5 yrs - 4.5 yrs.
    Parents assist in class once per week.
    Sign-up for weekly sessions from June 21-July 30.
    See website for more information and registration form: or call 510-569-5360.
    Classes subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment isn't 
    City Camp Spring Break and Summer Program (4/2/04)
    submitted by: Tim Alley (info at
    City Camp named best camp by almost 90% of kids in 2003! City 
    Camp takes kids 5-12 on fun field trips to find out what makes 
    cities special and how to be safe and healthy urban explorers.  In 
    2004, sessions available Spring Break, April 5-9 and 12-16, 
    meeting on UC Berkeley campus. Summer sessions July 12-23, 
    July 26-Aug 6, and Aug 9-20, meeting at Ohlone Park, downtown 
    Berkeley. CIT programs, discounts also available.
    Please visit for more information and instant 
    online registration.  
    A parent review from last year:
    City Camp offered our daughter unique encounters with a city 
    Mayor, history and art museums, sporting events, and the wealth of 
    other Bay Area resources that are too often hidden in plain sight. 
    More than just entertaining, City Camp educated her about her 
    own community. For us, this was money well spent. We were 
    proud of all the things our child learned while having a great time.
    KH, parent of 9 year old girl
    Mar 27: Summer Camp Sign Up Day (3/19/04)
    submitted by: Eden O'brien-brenner (eobrienbrenner at
    Downtown Berkeley YMCA
    Summer Camp Sign Up Day
    Saturday March 27
     at  Washington Elementary School
    *register for summer camp, pick up camp t-shirt, meet 
    staff, crafts, face painting, bounce house!
    City of Albany SUMMER CAMPS (3/19/04)
    submitted by: Chelle (cputzer at
    The City of Albany Summer Camps-NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS!
    Plan ahead for the summer break-we are offering a series of 
    camps for youth-teens. 
    If you would like a brochure & info mailed to you email: 
    cputzer at or 
    call (510)524-9283 or go online to see our Spring Activity 
    Sports Camps:
    Tennis, Baseball, Mini Hawk (age 4-7), Soccer, 
    Cheerleading, Multi-Sport, Basketball, British Soccer, Golf
    Other Camps:
    Mad Science, Music, Drama, Carpentry
    Child Care:
    Spring Break Camp- April 12-16
    Camp Friendship (9 weeks)-starts June 21st
    Teen Center:
    Spring Break Camp-April 12-16 
    Summer Camp (9 weeks)-starts June 21st
    Summer Camps-Albany Community Center (3/5/04)
    submitted by: Chelle (cputzer at
    The Albany Recreation & Community Services Dept has put 
    together a wonderful selection of Summer Camps. We will 
    offer the following week long camps this summer:
    Skyhawks Baseball, Skyhawks Basketball, British Soccer, 
    Cheerleading, Make Me A Pro Soccer & Multi-sport, Might 
    Hawk Golf, Tennis, Mini Hawk-Multi-sport, Mad Science, 
    Summer Music, Summer Drama, Teen Center Summer Camps-9 
    weeks, Childcare Summer Camps-9 weeks
    I can mail you a brochure if you email me your address. 
    You can go online to register quick 
    links click on register for recreation classes. 
    Give us a call if you want more information (510) 524-9283.
    Monkey Business Summer Camp now Enrolling! (4/16/04)
    submitted by: Monkey Business Camp (monkeybusinesscamp at
    6th Annual Monkey Business Summer Camp!
    Summer Sessions in Oakland & Berkeley          
    Berkeley: Tilden Park
    In Berkeley, we split into two sites, according to age: 5-
    7.5 year olds at one site, 7.5-11 year olds at the other.
    Oakland: Roberts Regional Park
    In Oakland, we gather as one group near Redwood Bowl.
    Throughout the day we split into age appropriate 
    Program Details  
    Dates: 2 week sessions from June 14-August 27
    1 week session from August 30-September 3
    No split sessions
    Hours: 9:00 am- 3:30 pm
    With optional extended care
    8:00-9:00am, 3:30-5:30pm and/or 5:30-6:00pm
     Campers: 5-9 years old Junior Counselors-in-Training: 10-11 years old Counselor in Training Program: 12+ years old
    Group Size/ Ratio Info:
    35-40 campers per site/ 1:8 counselor: camper ratio
    download a registration form at
    email us at monkeybusinesscamp at
    or call us at 540.6025 for more info!


    submitted by: Joanie McBrien (joanie at
    The Kaleidoscope program of the Julia Morgan Center for the
    Arts (2640 College Ave. between Derby and Parker in
    Berkeley) offers fun and challenging Summer Theater Camps.
    Performing Arts Camps (grades 1-6) include morning classes
    in acting, dance, improv and more and afternoons are 
    spent in our exciting play creation workshop where campers
    create an original script! Rainbow Camps (grades pre-K and 
    K) explore world cultures through creative drama, movement, 
    music and visual art. Camp dates: Performing Arts Session 
    1: July 5 – July 19; Session 2: July 19 – 30; Session 3: 
    August 2 – 13.  Rainbow Camp Session 1: August 2 – 6; 
    Session 2: August 9 – 13.  Tuition for two-week Performing 
    Arts Camps is $ 495.00.  Tuition for one-week Rainbow Camps 
    is $ 250.00. Mention the Berkeley Parents Network and get 
    25.00 off the price of tuition! 
    Call Melissa  at (510)845-8542 x301 for
    information and to register or go to
    Marsh Youth Theater Summer Workshops (4/9/04)
    submitted by: Aimee Allison (aallison at
    Marsh Youth Theater Summer Workshops in association with 
    Glitter & Razz Productions presents 3 week-long highly 
    hands-on, seriously social, and fabulously fun theater 
    workshops for rising 1st- - 4th graders.  During each 
    workshop, young folks will have the adventure of creating 
    their very own original play.  Incorporating drama, dance, 
    music, and visual art, each week will culminate in a 
    community celebration which brings kids together with 
    family and friends in interactive performance.  July 26 - 
    August 13 2004, Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm (with extended 
    care available) at The Marsh, 1062 Valencia Street (near 
    22nd).  For more information, contact Marsh Youth Theater, 
    415-826-5750 x3 or myt at 
    SUMMER DRAMA CAMP (4/2/04)
    submitted by: zeze (narniaph at
    Presented by the Narnia Playhouse at Redwood Day School in
    Oakland - for students entering grades 3 through 6
    Two 2 week sessions \226 Session 1 June 21st until July 2nd
    Session 2 July 5th \226 16th
    from 9am \226 3pm (before/after care available at an
    additional cost)
    The focus of the camp will be the production of a full
    length play to be presented at the end of the session. We
    have staged many wonderful productions including, \223The
    Emperor\222s Nightingale\224, Stinky Lake\224, a madcap
    comedy; \223Damon and Pythis\224 based on an exciting hero tale
    from Greek legend, etc.
    All of the plays have been written by  Doug Cole who has
    been directing the Summer Drama Camp for 15 years. For
    more information call 510-531-5546 or e-mail
    douglasrcole at


    Awesome Summer Singing Camps (4/2/04)
    submitted by: Andrew Galpern (Andrew_Galpern at
    My friend Malcolm Dalglish runs an awesome singing 
    camp with world class performers and excellent 
    Check out the website for complete info
    Ooolation! is where two of the most fun things in the 
    world happen: being outdoors and singing.
    Eastern Sierras
    East of Yosemite overlooking Mono Lake
    With Malcolm Dalglish,  Moira Smiley, Naomi Dalglish, 
    Joshua Kartes 
    Friday August 6 - Sunday August 15, 2004
    Ages 14 - 20 (with flexibility) 
    Check the website for information about the Big Basin weekend camp for adults!
    Jun 14: Music & Art in the Summer (3/26/04)
    submitted by: Linda (LndSchneid at
    Summer 1/2-day music and art programs for children 5 and 
    up, including Introduction to Cello, Bamboo Flute Making 
    and Instruction, music-related mixed-media art, and Pre-
    Piano and Eurythmics, taught by professional musicians and 
    artists in Albany.  For more information e-mail, or call 
    (510) 527-6202.  Sessions run throughout the summer.  Pre-
    registration required.

    Overnight Camps

    Recommendations received for:
  • Echo Lake Camp (4/2/04)

  • Sports & Outdoors

    Junior Tennis Camp at Mills College (4/9/04)
    submitted by: Lisa Langhoff (langhoff at
    Junior Tennis Camp at Mills College
    A high quality tennis camp for kids ages 6-12 providing 
    instruction in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Positive 
    reinforcement and cooperative learning techniques are 
    emphasized throughout.  The junior camp will include a 
    “Tennis Olympics”, complete with medals and an 
    awards ceremony, on the last day of each week. 
    Recreational swim at the conclusion of tennis each day 
    will be supervised by the tennis coaches in addition to 
    the trained and certified lifeguards at the Mills College 
    Aquatic Center.
    Junior Camp Ages 8-12 Monday thru Friday  
    Tennis 12:30-3:00, Supervised Swim 3:00-5:00
    Kids Camp Ages 6-7 Monday thru Friday
    Tennis 3:15-4:00, Supervised Swim 4:00-5:00
    Week One    June 14 - 18     
    Week Two    June 21 - 25    
    Week Three  June 28 - July 2    
    Week Four   July 5 - 9      
    Week Five   July 19 - 23
    For more information contact Marc Weinstein 
    at 510-430-3257 or mweinste at
    MARTIAL ARTS & SPORTS Summer Day Camp (3/26/04)
    submitted by: Terri Giamartino (terri at
    July 26-30
    9-4 pm
    This small specialty camp is suitable for children ages 
    7-14. Held in Emeryville at our beautiful new dojo 
    location, your child will spend 5 fun-filled days learning 
    judo, karate and aikido. Stretch each morning with 
    yoga, learn about personal safety and
    self-defense. From flying kicks to wrestling, kids will 
    kick and shout on and off throughout the day! Classes 
    are geared from beginner to advanced students. Daily 
    swimming and sports play.  Down time will include a 
    library of appropriate books and  journal writing.  
    Snacks provided twice daily. 
    $225 with a $50 non-refundable deposit due by June 
    1st. Balance due by July 15th. All registrations after 
    June 1st, $245, payable in full.
    Call 428-1979 or visit our website at
    Summer Tennis Programs (3/12/04)
    submitted by: Lee Elgie (pettingzoo at
    Summer junior tennis programs. Prestigious facility. Top 
    level instruction. Non-members welcome to most tennis 
    programs. Adult tennis programs as well. Email for more 
    pettingzoo at


    Summer Exchange Opportunity to Prague, Czech (3/5/03)
    submitted by: Ann Appert (aappert at
    All youth 12 to 15 yrs old are invited to apply for 
    Interchange to Prague through Children's International 
    Summer Village, a non-profit, all volunteer organization 
    that cpromotes peace through cross-cultural friendships.
    Interchange provides an opportunity for youth to travel in 
    a supervised group/delegation to Prague.  Each of our 
    delegates will be paried with a Czech delegate and live in 
    their partner's home for 3 weeks, then host their partners 
    here for another 3 weeks.  The two delegations meet 
    frequently to socialize and sightsee.  This is a family 
    based dual exchange program. Travel will occur June 25 to 
    Aug 16 with a week off between visits.
    For information please log on to our web site or contact Debra Fuller (510)770-0439 or 
    dsfuller at 
    Jun 28: Great summer opportunity for your 10yr. old (3/5/04)
    submitted by: desiree mourad (desiree at
    Children'non-political volunteer organization that offers children and adults the 
    opportunity to make new friendships worldwide.  Please explore our 
    website, www.cisvsf.orgs International Summer Villages (CISV)* Passport Village 2004
    A Multi-Cultural Day Camp for 10-year-olds  June 28-July 2 Monday-
    Wednesday 9 am - 3 pm Thursday 9 am through Friday noon (overnight)
    Passport Village 2004 Information Mtg 
    Sat, March 20, 2004   10:00 am
    Union City Library, 34007Alvarado-Niles Road  
    Village Location Niles Congregational Church 255 H Street, Fremont
    The Passport Village encourages peace through friendship. Twenty-five 
    children, six teens, and adult staff come together to learn  to appreciate 
    their own cultures and to see others in new ways.
    Scholarships  available. For more information Contact Canice 
    McLaughlin,  canice at, (510) 490-0737


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