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Sterling Blog: Camps and Craft Shows

It may not seem like it, but summer is just around the corner. As much as kids thrill to the sounds of summer, the mere mention of the season can strike dread in the hearts of most parents. Nothing on heaven and earth is as terrifying as a bored child.

Although kids do need free time, a little structure during the summer months is also beneficial. And camps, day or sleepover, definitely fit that bill. Whether it’s art or sports or something your child has never even thought of doing before, summer camps have been shown to make a huge impact on a child’s life. Studies demonstrate that kids who go to camp make new friends, build self-esteem, and create new interests.
Plus there are so many choices. To steal a popular saying: “There’s a camp for that.”

On Saturday, March 25, the Claude Moore Community Center (located conveniently in the Claude Moore Recreation Center building) will be holding a camp expo for their summer camps. Whether your child is the next Picasso or the next Messi, you’ll be sure to find the right camp for them. While you ponder your choices, your children will be in the inflatable bounce houses, looking at the animals, and climbing the rock wall. All in all, not a bad way to spend a Saturday. The fun starts at 10:00 am and goes on until 3:00 pm, and admission is totally free. If you’re interested in being a vendor at the event, contact Heather Rushing, 571-258-3600.

While you’re considering your camp choices, be sure to keep in mind that our own Sterling Playmakers will be hosting a two-week camp, Rising Stars, this summer, July 10 through 24, for our local budding thespians. This camp will explore at all aspects of theatre, from audition to backstage to performance. The group is currently looking for volunteers to help make this camp star-studded and will be holding an informational meeting soon. Find out more at sterlingplaymakers.com or http://www.facebook.com/sterlingplaymakers.

If camps aren’t your thing, then you can spend your Saturday at the Park View High School Craft and Vendor Show. This amazing event held twice a year (and we might wish even more often) benefits Project Graduation—which provides scholarships, gifts, and college supplies to our local graduates who are going on to great things. The least we can do for our local scholars is buy ourselves some nice stuff. More than 70 vendors, artisans, and crafters will be at the high school, 10am-3pm, to show off their wares—and the floor for this show is completely sold out. Be sure to stop by, shop, and justify all your purchases by saying “I did it for the kids.” I’ll back up your story. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/ParkViewCraftShow.

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