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Summer diversions offered for youths

Art classes, reading and camps are among the fun activities available countywide for children this summer.

By PAULETTE LASH RITCHIE

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 3, 2000


With summer approaching, parents around Citrus County are looking for fun and creative activities for their children. Here are a few summer opportunities available for children in Citrus County.

FUN SUMMER PROGRAM: The Citrus County Library System invites children ages 6 to 12 to explore the world through the adventure of the Florida Library Youth Program. It is free, fun and runs for four weeks beginning Monday. It will be held at 10 a.m. each Wednesday at the Central Ridge Library in Beverly Hills and Lakes Region Library in Inverness. The Crystal River program will be held at 10 a.m. Mondays at the Coastal Region Library. For information, call Coastal Region at 795-3716, Lakes at 726-2357 or Central Ridge at 746-6622.

STORY TIME: The Citrus County Library System is offering free story time programs for children ages 3 to 6 which may include finger plays, flannelboard stories, book sharing, games, songs, dance or crafts. The programs will be held at the following times and locations: 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Central Ridge Library; 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Lakes Region Library; 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the Homosassa Public Library; and 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Floral City Public Library. No registration is required.

Bedtime stories are read at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Central Ridge Library and 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Lakes Region Library. Children age 2 and older are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal to this reading time.

PERFORMING ARTS DAY CAMP: The Citrus Performing Arts Center, Inverness, is offering two-week summer sessions with an emphasis on the performing arts. Session 1 runs from June 12 through June 23. The second session runs from July 10 through July 21. They are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays ending with a performance for family and friends. The two-week fee is $130 and includes supplies, registration and performance costs. It is for children age 6 and up. To reserve a place in the program, call 726-5757 or 344-4422.

ART LEAGUE YOUTH PROGRAM: The Citrus County Art League is offering a five-week, 10-lesson Youth Art Program for students ages 8 through 12. Classes will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, through July 6. The classes will be at the Citrus County Art League Cultural Center at Annapolis Avenue and County Road 486 in Citrus Hills. The course will be taught by retired arts educator Marian Fox and the cost is $100. All supplies are included. SUMMER YOUTH CAMP: Citrus County Parks and Recreation is offering its summer youth camp for children ages 6 through 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays June 12 through July 28 at Inverness Primary School, Citrus Springs Middle School or Rock Crusher Elementary School. The cost is $15 for registration and $40 per week for the first child, $38 for the second child and $36 for a third or more children per week.

Activities will include indoor and outdoor games, board games, sports, arts and crafts. There will be two field trips per week.

Registration will be held at Inverness Primary School 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday; at Citrus Springs Middle School 4 to 7 p.m. Monday; at Rock Crusher 4 to 7 p.m. June 8. Children can also be registered at the Parks and Recreation Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through July 17.

PORTRAIT GROUP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: The Citrus County Art League invites high school students interested in portrait painting to join the Portrait Artist Group, which meets from 9:45 a.m. to noon each Friday during summer break. There is no charge or obligation to join the league. Live models and seat easels will be available, but artists must provide their own medium and supports. For information, call Wilbur at 527-3227.

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