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December 16, 2009 > Winter camps galore

Winter camps galore

By Meenu Gupta

When schools break for winter vacation, there is plenty to keep children busy even if you have no travel plans. The greater Tri-City area offers a host of sports, academic and creative camps that promise a blend of learning and fun. The following offerings are provided for those who not yet made plans for winter school break.


Fremont

The City of Fremont Parks and Recreation Department is hosting several camps that are accepting registrations now. Tennis Holiday Half and Full Day Camps for children ages 5 - 13 (Dec 21 - 24 and Dec 28 - 31) and Winterland Half and Full Day Camps for children ages 5 to 11 (Dec 21 - 23 and Dec 28 - 30). Another options are Academic Writing and Public Speaking Camps for ages 8 - 9 and 10 - 11 (Dec 21 - 24 and Dec 28 - 31), Magic Wizard Camp for children ages 6 - 11 (Dec 28 - 30), Indoor Sports Jam for ages 5 - 12 (Dec 28 - 30) and Rock Climbing Camp for children ages 6 - 15 (Dec 21 - 23 and Dec 28 - 30). Sign up online at www.regerec.com. For more information call the registration desk at (510) 494-4300.


Sports Camp
Baseball players can stay on their game over the holidays with the Ohlone College Baseball Junior Renegades Holiday Camp. The three day camp (Dec. 21- Dec. 23) is for players ages 7-14. Each day, each player will have defensive practice at his position, hitting or pitching stations and a competitive game. This camp will also cover proper base running and situational baseball. The camp will be taught by Ohlone College Head Baseball Coach Jordon Twohig and his coaching staff and current players. Camp Check-in will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Dec. 21 at Ohlone College Baseball Field. For more information and online registration visit http://commed.ohlone.edu or write to commed@ohlone.edu or call (510) 742-2303.


Hayward

Hayward Area Recreation and Park District is hosting a Winter Break Camp for Grades 1st - 12th comprising of a variety of computer games, sports, tournaments, arts& crafts and special events.
First Class will begin Monday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Dec. 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the fee is $60 per person. Next class will start Monday, Dec. 28 till Thursday, Dec. 31 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. costing $75 per person. A small nutritious breakfast will be provided, parents should send in lunch. For more information contact Matt Jimenez Community Center at 28200 Ruus Rd., Hayward or call (510) 887-0400 ext 111. "We are also offering a camp during the week of Jan. 4, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. that is designed for year-round school students," said MJCC Recreation Coordinator, Brad Helfenberger.

How about creating your own edible treats for wildlife during "Mother Nature's Holiday Gift" program. Supplies will be provided to make a variety of edible delights at the Sulphur Creek Nature Center on Tuesday, December 29. Refreshments and music will make this free event fun for the entire family during the holidays. Drop in any time between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Sulphur Creek Nature Center located at 1801 D Street, Hayward. For more information, contact Recreation Coordinator, Wendy Winsted at (510) 881-6747.

Teen Band Nights
Hayward Rocks! Teen Band Nights! Local bands are lined up to play every month throughout the year. Come hang out with your friends, dance, sit and relax, you may even win a door prize. Space is limited. "We are always looking for fresh, new talented bands," said Recreation Specialist, Hayward Area Recreation and Park, Vicente N. Zuniga. For more information call (510) 888.0211 or write to Youthteen@haywardrec.org

Pre K Learn and Play
Pre-K Learn and Play programs are activity-oriented programs that foster social, physical, and intellectual development as well as promote health and wellness. These low cost specialized winter camps are for kids ages 3 to 5 years old and will be held at Castro Valley, Hayward and San Lorenzo
3 to 5 years old. To sign-up call (510) 888.0211 or write to Youthteen@haywardrec.org.

Sports Camp
Registrations have started for California State University East Bay (CSUEB) College I.D. Camp for Women's Soccer Session 3 which starts January 16, 2010. This camp is recommended for players 14-18 years of age. Camp will be taught by coaches and players from Cal State East Bay Amy Gerace, nine years Head Coach at Cal State East Bay and Don Williams, 11 years Assistant Coach at Cal State East Bay. All participants will receive quality small group instruction. For more information, please contact Don Williams, 510-885-4190 or write to don.williams@csueastbay.edu. Please send checks ($40 for each camp date) and registration forms to: CSUEB Women's Soccer 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward.


Newark

Olympic Winter Break Camp (Dec 21- Dec. 23)
Each day will feature different games complete with medal ceremonies for the winners and craft projects to show your Olympic pride. The camp runs from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with extended care from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. for an additional fee. Half of the camper's day will be spent in the water, so participants must bring a swimsuit, towels, dry clothes and athletic shoes. A morning and afternoon snack is included every day. Participants must bring a lunch daily or may purchase food through our onsite cafˇ. The camp fee is $101 for Newark Residents and $106 for Nonresidents. Registration is available online at www.newark.org or at any of the Recreation Department locations. Please contact Amy Davis or Rebecca Toussaint at (510) 578-4620 for more information.

Aquatic Winter Break Camp (Dec 28- Dec. 30)
This camp features swim lessons, crafts, aquatic sports and much more. A half- hour of swim instruction is provided each day. The camp runs from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with extended care from 7 a.m. - 9a.m. and 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. for an additional fee. Half of the camper's day will be spent in the water, so participants must bring a swimsuit, towels, dry clothes and athletic shoes. A morning and afternoon snack is included every day. Participants must bring a lunch daily or may purchase food through our onsite cafˇ. The camp fee is $101 for Newark Residents and $106 for Nonresidents. Registration is available online at www.newark.org or at any of our Recreation Department locations. For more information call (510) 578-4620.

The Big Chill Holiday Bash
Exclusive party for 6th-12th graders at the Silliman Center will be held on Friday, December 18 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. with the fee of $5 per teen but free for all Silliman Teen Pass Holders. This night will feature a D.J., Free Hot Cocoa Bar, holiday crafts, games, and photos with Santa. Tickets sales begin a 6:30 p.m. on December 18. No entry after 8:30 p.m. No in and out privileges. All teens must have current school ID or a parent permission letter stating teen's grade, school, and parent contact information for entry. For more information, please contact Amy Davis at (510)578-4406.

Sports Camps
"We have a winter break basketball camp run by the Warriors from December 28 to December 30. For youth sports the Warriors camp is on the web site where interested students may register through the Golden State Warriors for the camps," said Recreation Coordinator, Youth and Adult Sports, Bryan Cobb. For details visit www.nba.com and go to warriors homepage, click Winter Basketball camps under section 'Community'.

"Our next girls basketball camp is April 8 - 10 at the Silliman Center in Newark," said Coach Darryl Reina. Registration is now underway, with the Newark resident fee at $84, non-resident fee at $92. For more information call (510) 578-4620 or visit www.newark.org.


Union City

Patton School of Tennis
Private lessons in tennis during holidays
Logan High School, Union City
(510)881-2525
www.pattonschooloftennis.com

Union City Leisure Services is offering a variety of day camp programs for children starting Monday, Dec. 21 till Thursday, Dec. 31. Camp Polliwog, ages 3 - 5 years, Winter Escape Camp, ages 6 to 11 and Winter Teen Camp for ages 11 to 16 years.

Union City Leisure Services Day Camps will also host a variety of weekly field trips, sports, holiday arts and crafts, cooking and games. Programs are available Monday through Thursday during the winter vacation, between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. and are located at either the Holly Community Center at 31600 Alvarado Blvd. or the Kennedy Community Center at 1333 Decoto Road. Weekly fees vary per camp, but limited scholarships are available. Weekly fee includes supervision by trained recreation leaders, all supplies, any entrance fees and transportation costs. A bag lunch and snack should be brought each day. For more information, call (510) 675-5488 or (510) 675-5329, or online at www.UnionCity.org.


Milpitas

India Community Center Table Tennis Christmas Camp will go on from Dec 21 through Jan 1. Beginner level camp and Intermediate level camp, based on skills, (ages 5 and above) will offer three hours of Table Tennis besides additional activities ranging from Chess, Bollywood dance, Kids aerobics, or art classes. Fee for the camps is $250 per camp for a week. Morning and afternoon extended care is also available. Advanced Level camps (ages 6 and above) is meant for tournament players. Fee is $225 per camp per week. To register visit www. Indiacc.org and click Camps.

Given the varied activities that the winter holiday camps offer, a computer geek could find he or she enjoys tennis or a star athlete may discover an artistic inclination while making holiday crafts. Take your pick.

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