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After School Activity Guide 2006


School days are just around the corner, and, while parents may be looking forward to getting the kids out of the house, their kids are more likely dreading the sound of that ringing bell. But, never fear: Santa Barbara has a ton of after-school activities for kids who may need a little something to look forward to, and The Indy’s After-School Activity Guide has ’em all. From sports to dance, drama to art  —  there’s something for everyone.

General Programs

Girls Inc. of Greater S.B. Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. After-school program offers computers, dance, cooking, homework help, and gymnastics. Grades K-8. School pick-up available. Open until 6pm. 531 E. Ortega St. and 4973 Hollister Ave. Call 963-4017 (S.B. Center) or 967-0319 (Goleta Valley Center), or email info@girlsincsb.org.

Isla Vista Children’s Center After-school care for kindergartners, year-round. Activities include reading time, arts and crafts, dramatic play, field trips, and playground time. Snacks provided. Flexible scheduling, low tuition, and scholarships. For ages 3 months - 6 years; breakfast and lunch served. 6:45am-5:45pm, 6842 Phelps Rd. Call 968-0488.

Isla Vista Youth Projects After-school enrichment program at I.V. Elementary School. Grades 1-6. $45/month and scholarships available. 6875 El Colegio Rd. Call 968-1624.

Rainbow School’s After-School Program Offers arts and crafts, special theme days, chess instruction, outdoor activities, and homework time for students in grades K-6. Mon.-Fri., 1:30-5:30pm. All-day care available during elementary school holidays. $18/day for kindergarten and $13/day grades 1-6. 5689 Hollister Ave. (behind the GVCC). Call 964-4511.

S.B. YMCA After-School Care Licensed program that offers homework help, arts and crafts, and games. Hope and Monte Vista schools, grades K-6. After school until 6:15pm; morning care: 7:30-10am. Five days/week. $340/month. Sept. 1, 2006-June 22, 2007. Contact Alysia Hendricks at 687-7727 x262, email alysia@ciymca.org, or visit ciymca.org.

Preschool, Toddler, and Baby & Me Programs

Beit HaYeladim (House of the Children) For children ages 18 months to 5 years. Teachers and parents create a inspiring and loving atmosphere. Supports and nurtures Jewish values, culture, and identity held by the preschool staff, families, and community. Small class sizes; teachers are dedicated, experienced, and credentialed in early childhood education. Half-day and full-day options. Tours offered Thu. mornings. Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Rd. Call Director Michele Martin, 967-6619.

RAP (Recreation After-School Program) Helps participants unwind after a day at school and get a jump start on their homework. Activities include sports, games, crafts, guest speakers, and walking field trips. League sports and tournaments available for an additional fee (discount offered to RAP participants). For grades 1-6 at all schools (César Chávez, Monroe, Open Alternative, Washington) except Roosevelt, which offers a separate kindergarten program Mon.-Thu. $120/30-schoolday session; $60/10-use RAP Drop-in Pass. Registration forms available at the City Parks & Recreation office, 620 Laguna St., 564‑5418, sbparksandrecreation.com, and at the offices of all participating schools.

SBParent.com Local family resource that links parents from pregnancy through the teen years to everything that is available. Find kids classes, camps, birthday party resources, babysitters, event calendar, and more. Links to more than 300 local businesses and nonprofits including schools and libraries. Call 448-2426 or email rachael@sbparent.com. S.B. YMCA Preschool Year-round, licensed program offers a curriculum based on cognitive activities to prepare children for kindergarten. Ages 2½-5 years. 7:30am-6pm. 5 days/week: $697/month. Contact Alysia Hendricks at 687-7727x262, alysia@ciymca.org, ciymca.org.

Art

2000 Degrees Learn all phases of ceramics-making, glazing, and baking. Experts on hand for questions regarding setup and design. Mon.-Fri., 11:30am-8pm; Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Prices range from $5-$60 per piece. Daily workshop fee of $5 for all ages includes use of materials. 1206 State St. Call 882-1817.

Art from the Heart Ages 1-7. Instructor Karen Putnam helps stir up artistic gifts in your child through stories, drama, dance, music, American Sign Language, and art projects. Call 966-9078.

Art from the Heart Tuesday Tea Time Ages 4-6. Each young lady or gentleman will be seated at a table accompanied by fresh flowers, candles, music, lace table cloths, feather boas, hats, dainty desserts, and tea. Each guest will be honored with a personal gift to remember moments shared. Limited to 8 guests. 12:30-2pm or 3:30-5pm. Fall Feathery Tea on Oct. 10; Thanksgiving Tea on Nov. 14; Holiday Tea on Dec. 12; Teddy Bear Tea on Jan. 16; Valentine Tea on Feb. 13; Princess Fairly Tea on Mar. 6. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo. Call 966-9078 (Karen Putnam, instructor) or 897-2519.

Arts Alive! Creativity Center Camps, workshops, and after-school and Sat. classes in sculpture, painting, ceramics, sewing, fashion design, music, jewelry, drama, and more. Sept. 12 - Dec. 17. Ask about scholarships for teens and intergenerational classes. 1 N. Calle César Chávez, Ste. 100. Call 963-2278 or visit artsalivesb.com. BEE Happy Ages: 1-3, 1-7, 4-7, Wed., four sessions, times vary. Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo St. For multi-generational fun, try Thu. classes at Villa Riviera retirement home. Two sessions, 9:30-10:20am, 10:30-11:20am, at Villa Riviera, 1621 Grand Ave. Sample for free the Wed. class on Sept. 13 during Open House Week at Carrillo Recreation Ctr. Ages 1-3, 9:30-10:20am. Ages 4-7, 3:30-4:30pm. Call 966-9078 (Karen Putnam, instructor) or 897-2519.

Earthlight Pictures Ages 9-adult. Animation moviemaking training at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, with technical instruction, history, and one-on-one coaching in production of students’ own movies. Classroom, teletraining, and private instruction options. Field trips to major animation studios. Call (503) 697‑7914, earthlightpictures.com, or jt@earthlightpictures.com.

Frogs & Princesses Four Wed. sessions, times vary. Ages 1-3, 1-7, 4-7. Starts Jan. 17. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. Call 966-9078 (Karen Putnam, instructor) or 897-2519.

Play Drums & Make Masks with Dancing Drum Experience the diversity of the world through hands-on music and art activities with Steve Campbell and Lindsay Rust. Each 90-minute session includes lessons on our African drums and multicultural mask-making projects. Ages 5-12. Four sessions, 3:30-5pm starting Sept. 19. Dancing Drum Rhythm and Art Center, 810 E. Gutierrez St. (between Milpas and Nopal). Pre-registration required. $20 materials fee per student due first day of class. Call 682-8250 or visit dancingdrum.com. Sample class for free on Tue., Sept. 12, 3:30-4:30pm, during Open House Week.

SBMA After-School ArtVentures California Dreamin’: Art from the West Coast Find out why California has long been a favorite destination for artists and what makes art from California so special. Draw, paint, print, collage, and sculpt unique and fun art projects inspired by Californian artists. A visit to the SBMA to study original works of art is part of the camp. $215 members, $265 non-members. Ages 6 and up. Thu., Oct. 12-Nov. 16, 3:30-5pm. For information or registration call 962-1661 or email rtec@sbma.net. SBMA After-School ArtVentures for Older Kids: Draw Like Crazy For comic and cartoon lovers. Doodle, sketch, paint, and write your own unique work of story art. Taught by Monika Molnar-Metzenthin. Ridley-Tree Education Center. $90 members, $140 non-members. Ages 6 and up. Thu., Oct. 12-Nov. 16, 3:30-5pm. For information or registration call 962-1661 or email rtec@sbma.net. SBMA After-School ArtVentures: Winter ArtVenture Camp ArtVenture camps are unique, week-long art experiences where campers spend their day immersed in hands-on art-making, cultural history, and creative problem-solving, in an inspiring atmosphere with lots of personal attention. Ages 6-12. Dec. 18-22, 9am-3pm. For information or registration call 962-1661 or email rtec@sbma.net. SBMA ArtVentures Art Explorers Come along on an artful journey around the world and invent creations inspired by art, music, and stories from exotic cultures. Taught by Kendall Pata. Ridley-Tree Education Center, SBMA, at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara St. $135 members, $185 non-members. For information or registration call 962-1661 or email rtec@sbma.net. SBMA ArtVentures Circus Artists Animals, acrobats, and clowns tickle the imagination and inspire exciting drawings, paintings, and sculptures. Taught by Rebecca Hansen. Thu., Oct. 12-Nov. 16, 3:30-5pm. For information or registration call 962-1661 or email rtec@sbma.net. SBMA ArtVentures Holiday Ornaments and Gift Boxes Get into the spirit of the season while creating decorative holiday ornaments and gift boxes inspired by works of art from the museum’s collections. Taught by Monika Molnar-Metzenthin. 1130 State St. $15 members, $20 non-members. Call 962-1661 or email rtec@sbma.net. SBMA ArtVentures Museum Masterpieces In the galleries, sketch and discuss favorite paintings. In the art studio, transform sketches into colorful master studies. Sat., Nov. 11, 11am-1pm. Call 962-1661 or email rtec@sbma.net. SBMA ArtVentures Parent/Child Classes Parents and children ages 3-5 learn together while exploring imaginative techniques that promote manual dexterity and creative thinking. Class size limited to eight parent/child pairs. Thu., Oct. 12-Nov. 16, 9:30-11am. For information or registration call 962-1661 or email rtec@sbma.net. SBMA ArtVentures Second Sat. at SBMA Kids age 6 and up are invited to explore a work of art featured in the Museum’s collection. Discussion and hands-on art projects make a unique, creative experience. Parents are welcome to participate. Sat., Oct. 14, 11am-1pm. Call 962-1661 or email rtec@sbma.net. SBMA ArtVentures Wood Sculptures Go on a sculpture treasure hunt in the museum’s galleries, then build and decorate your own imaginative wood sculptures. Sat., Dec. 9, 11am-1pm. Call 962-1661 or email rtec@sbma.net. S.B. Parks & Recreation Youth Ceramics: Clay Animals Workshop One-day workshop where children create a variety of animals/creatures using different hand-building techniques. Thursdays Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Jan. 18, 3:30-5:30pm. Full range of low-fire materials. Inspiring, fun, educational atmosphere. Small classes; personal attention guaranteed. Pre-registration one week prior to start of class required. Ages: 7-12. Chase Palm Park Craft Ctr., 236 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Register online at sbparksandrecreation.com, at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to City of S.B. residents. Call 897-1982.

S.B. Parks & Recreation Youth Ceramics: Colors of the World Learn about the “geography of color” in this four-week workshop. Make pieces that reflect the individuality of a colored habitat. Mondays, Nov. 6-27, 3:30-5:30pm. Full range of low-fire materials. Inspiring, fun, educational atmosphere. Small classes; personal attention guaranteed. Pre-registration one week prior to start of class required. Ages: 8-18. Chase Palm Park Craft Ctr., 236 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Register online at sbparksandrecreation.com, at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to City of S.B. residents. Call 897-1982.

S.B. Parks & Recreation Youth Ceramics: Family Clay Days Share quality creative time with family and friends in a personalized hand-building workshop tailored to the interests of the participants. No experience necessary. Seven sessions, Sat., 9:30-11:30am, starts Sept. 16. Full range of low-fire materials. Inspiring, fun, educational atmosphere. Small classes; personal attention guaranteed. Pre-registration one week prior to start of class required. Ages: 5 and up. Chase Palm Park Craft Ctr., 236 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Register online at sbparksandrecreation.com, at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to City of S.B. residents. Call 897-1982.

S.B. Parks & Recreation Youth Ceramics: Halloween Clay Workshop A hand-building Halloween workshop. Thu., Oct. 12, 3:30-5:30pm. Full range of low-fire materials. Inspiring, fun, educational atmosphere. Small classes; personal attention guaranteed. Pre-registration one week prior to start of class required. Ages: 7-12. Chase Palm Park Craft Ctr., 236 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Register online at sbparksandrecreation.com, at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to City of S.B. residents. Call 897-1982.

S.B. Parks & Recreation Youth Ceramics: Stories & Clay Young children enjoy hearing stories and will create artwork inspired by the books read in this six-week session. Two sessions. Tuesdays, 10-11:15am, Sept. 19-Oct. 21; and Feb. 6-Mar. 13. Full range of low-fire materials. Inspiring, fun, educational atmosphere. Small classes; personal attention guaranteed. Pre-registration one week prior to start of class required. Ages: 3-4. Chase Palm Park Craft Ctr., 236 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Register online at sbparksandrecreation.com, at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to City of S.B. residents. Call 897-1982.

S.B. Parks & Recreation Youth Ceramics: Throwing on the Potter’s Wheel Learn throwing techniques in the art of making forms on the wheel. Potters will make functional pieces and are encouraged to do hand-built projects as well. Limited to 10 students. Six sessions, days and times vary, starts Aug. 14. Full range of low-fire materials. Inspiring, fun, educational atmosphere. Small classes; personal attention guaranteed. Pre-registration one week prior to start of class required. Ages: 8-18. Chase Palm Park Craft Ctr., 236 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Register online at sbparksandrecreation .com, at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to City of S.B. residents. Call 897-1982.

S.B. Parks & Recreation Youth Ceramics: Tile Making Workshop Explore different formats in making tile projects. Two sessions: Mondays, Oct. 9-30 and Feb. 5-26, 3:30-5:30pm. Full range of low-fire materials. Inspiring, fun, educational atmosphere. Small classes; personal attention guaranteed. Pre-registration one week prior to start of class required. Ages: 7-18. Chase Palm Park Craft Ctr., 236 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Register online at sbparksandrecreation .com, at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to City of S.B. residents. Call 897-1982.

S.B. Parks & Recreation Youth Ceramics: Valentine’s Clay Creations Artists use hand-building techniques to make ceramic pieces with a Valentine’s Day theme. Mon., Jan.29, 3:30-5:30pm. Full range of low-fire materials. Inspiring, fun, educational atmosphere. Small classes; personal attention guaranteed. Pre-registration one week prior to start of class required. Ages: 7-18. Chase Palm Park Craft Ctr., 236 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Register online at sbparksandrecreation.com, at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to City of S.B. residents. Call 897-1982.

S.B. Parks & Recreation Youth Ceramics: Winter Solstice Ceramics Work Take note of the season’s change by sculpting from different themes in nature. Sat., Dec. 2, 9:30-11:30am. Full range of low-fire materials. Inspiring, fun, educational atmosphere. Small classes; personal attention guaranteed. Pre-registration one week prior to start of class required. Ages: 7-12. Chase Palm Park Craft Ctr., 236 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Register online at sbparksandrecreation.com or at 620 Laguna St. 564‑5418. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide available online, at all P&R offices and by mail to City of S.B. residents. Call 897-1982.

Winter & Spring Break Art from the Heart Week Gingerbread Cookies: Mon.-Thu., Dec. 18-21, 9:15am-12:15pm. Paint on My Shoes: Mon.-Thu., Mar. 26-29, 9:15am-12:15pm. Dogs & Cats: Mon.-Thu., Apr. 2-5, 9:15am-12:15pm. Ages: 4-7. Call 966-9078.

Dance & Music

Ballet 1 Four 6-week sessions, Fri. 3:30-4:30pm. Begins Sept. 22. Ages: 4-6. Sample this class for free on Fri., Sept. 15, 3:30-4:30pm, during Open House Week. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. Call 451-2304 (Susan Manchak, instructor) or 897-2519.

Ballet 2 Four 6-week sessions, Fri., 4:30-5:30pm. Begins Sept.22. Ages: 7-10. Sample this class for free on Fri., Sept. 15, 4:30-5:30pm during Open House Week. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. Call 451-2304 (Susan Manchak, instructor) or 897-2519.

Beginning Flamenco Dance Introduction to the art of flamenco focusing on technique and style. Experience the basics of flamenco using the rhythm of rumba as the basic foundation. Ages: 8-11. Four sessions: Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm, starting Sept. 18. Sample this class for free on Mon., Sept. 11, 3:30-4:30pm, during Open House Week. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo. Call 453-6264 (Antoinette Lopez, instructor) or 897-2519.

Beginning Flamenco Dance for Older Kids Learn the basics and experience the rhythm of this exciting art. Class focuses on technique and style as students learn body movement, arm work, and footwork patterns. Ages: 12-15. Four sessions: Mondays, 4:30-5:30pm, starting Sept. 18. Sample this class for free on Mon., Sept.11, 4:30-5:30pm, during Open House Week. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo. Call 453-6264 (Antoinette Lopez, instructor) or 897-2519.

Children’s Creative Dance Four sessions: Thursdays, 3-3:40pm, starting Sept. 21. Ages: 3-5. Sample this class for free on Thu., Sept. 14, 3-3:40pm, during Open House Week. For ages 6-8: Thursdays, 3:45-4:40pm, starting Sept. 21. Sample this class for free on Thu., Sept. 14, 3:45-4:40pm. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo. Call 963-4585 (Marilee Krause, instructor) or 897-2519.

Cruz Dance & Entertainment Studio Fiesta’s revered dance studio brings a full array of dance styles to all ages. This year-round performing company offers dance classes at three locations, taught by director Rose Marie Cruz and her professional staff. Top dancers have the opportunity to perform around the world. Call 964-1590.

Goleta Valley Community Center School of Ballet Kids ages 4-18 learn classical ballet with a carefully graded syllabus from creative movement to pre-professional. Two performances during the school year. Lessons for students ages 4-9 are Thu.-Sat. (see Web site for times), at the GVCC, 5679 Hollister Ave. Cost begins at $36-$42/month for one lesson per week. Contact Director Lisa Abshere at 683-0871 or visit gvccschoolofballet.com.

Gustafson Dance Gustafson Dance is the official school of S.B.’s only professional ballet company, State Street Ballet. Classical ballet, creative dance, jazz, and tap training for students ages 2 and up. Three annual school performances and other performing opportunities for upper levels. Fall classes begin Sept. 12. Call 965-6690.

Jensen Music After-School Acoustic & Electric Guitar and Bass Lessons for kids 7 and older. One-on-one lessons with experienced instructors seven days a week for beginning to advanced players. Students take one half-hour lesson per week. Learn a variety of styles including rock, folk, jazz, classical, blues, country, and bluegrass. When kids study music they get better grades and have better social skills. Give your kids an edge in life, get them playing guitar or bass today. $25. Acoustic Shop: 2830 De la Vina St., 687-4027. Electric Shop: 2905 De la Vina St., 563-3200. Kindermusik with Kathy Kindermusik introduces your child to a multicultural musical world filled with singing/vocal development, rhythm, notation, instruments, pre-keyboarding, movement, and dance. Music classes are offered with the parent in the morning and afternoon for children 3 months -  4 years, and after-school drop-off classes for children 3-5 and 5-7 years old. Kathy Hayden is a Kindermusik maestro awarded internationally for her exceptional contribution to bringing music to children’s lives. Call 884-4009 or visit kindermusikwithkathy.com.

Linda Vega Dance Studio Specializing in Fiesta activities, this dance studio focuses on Spanish dance. Children ages 3 and up, levels range from beginners to professionals. 215 W. Victoria St. Call 963-0073.

Sandcastle Music Together For infants through 4-year-old kids and their parents. Nurture the musical growth of your child regardless of your own musical ability. Classes build on children’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement. The Sandcastle Music Together Program provides children with the basic music skills needed to enjoy any kind of musical activity. Call 964-3940 or sandcastlemusictogether.com.

S.B. Jazz Dance Academy at Arts Alive! The S.B. Jazz Dance Academy offers classes for all ages and levels in jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, ballet for jazz dancers, Pilates, tap, and more. All levels are welcome whether the aspiration is professional or for enjoyment. Convenient scheduling has concurrent adult classes, plus weekend and morning classes that take place in the new 8,200-square-foot arts center and dance studios at 1 N. Calle César Chávez, Suite 100. Call 966-JAZZ or visit artsalivesb.com.

Enrichment

A Charming Experience Etiquette Consulting Customized programs to fit all students’ needs. Table manners, social skills, homecoming, prom, girl/boy scouts, career day, graduation, career programs, global student exchange, school club guest speaker, and fundraisers. Ms. Rosalyn, Certified Etiquette and Image Instructor, is a Charm School graduate, former child actress, model, and pageant judge. Teaching manners with charm for today’s student and tomorrow’s leader. Call 963-3436 or visit experiencecharm.com.

Berlitz Kids Sesame Español Two 10-week sessions, Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Nov. 21 and Jan. 9-Mar. 13, 3:30-4:30pm. Eight-child minimum per class. MacKenzie Park Lawn Bowls Clubhouse, Las Positas and McCaw Ave. Sample this class for free on Tue., Sept. 12, 3:30-4:30pm, during Open House Week. Call 962-3020.

Berlitz Language Programs Berlitz Kids instructors, through a joint venture with Children’s Television Workshop, deliver stimulating and dynamic lessons in French and Spanish through a variety of activities. Using a communicative approach, students are able to converse, sing songs, play games, and take part in small role-plays according to their age level. Native-fluent instructors give students the opportunity to learn authentic pronunciation and gain a broader perspective in cultural awareness. Ages 4-6. Call 962-3020.

German School of S.B. German grammar, reading, conversation, writing, and geography taught by experienced instructors on Sat. mornings beginning mid-Sept. Students learn everything from folk songs to poetry. Ages 5-14 years. Call Mrs. Kortz, 968-0284.

MA Tongue Speaks: English A unique, holistic way of building words from their smallest meaningful units into word families derived from the roots of the Indo-European mother tongue. Taught in a game format called “Verbicide” to children grades 4 and up by Holmworks. Call Carol Holm, 965-6224.

Mind Your Manners Learn the cues and the how-do-you-dos, how to make the handshake take and to shine when you dine. How to give a toast all the better, and how to write a gracious letter. If this sounds fine, here is the line, 565-4149. Taught by Tara Stockton. mindyourmanners.biz.

Nature and Sports

Adapted Bowling Adapted bowling provides an opportunity for children and adults to socialize and get physical exercise. The group bowls all year round and competes in a tournament each quarter. Saturdays, Aug. 19, Sept. 9, 23, Oct. 14, 28, Nov. 11, Dec. 16, Jan.-Apr. 2007 dates TBD. Bowling Tournament: Sun. Dec. 3, 9am-noon. $15 includes bowling, shoes, and lunch. Zodo’s Bowling and Beyond, 5925 Calle Real. Call 564-5421.

Aikido for Kids Aikido helps children learn physical defense while sharpening their mental skills. Highlights cooperation and safety in fundamental skills. Call 692-9850 or visit akisb.com.

Aikido of Santa Barbara Aikido of S.B. offers classes for kids and teenagers in aikido, a martial art of self-defense. Students become stronger, gain better balance and agility, increase their stamina, and develop non-competitive community spirit. Classes are in a large Japanese-style dojo on Cota and Milpas streets. Children 4-7 ($120/three months, unlimited classes): Mon.-Wed. and Fri., 4-4:45pm. Juniors 7-17 ($180/three months, unlimited classes): Mon., Tue., Fri., 4:50-5:50pm, and Thu., 4pm. Call 962-4741.

Aikido with Ki and Judo Discipline, self-confidence, focus, and respect are stressed while learning this nonviolent but powerful martial art. Classes for girls and boys. Associated with the Cultural School, instructors bring 38 years of experience to the classroom. 255 Magnolia Ave. Call Ken or Miye Ota, 967-3103.

First Tee at Twin Lakes With PGA player Doug Crane. Tue. and Thu., 3:30-5pm; and first and third Sat. of each month, 8-10am. 6034 Hollister Ave. Call 964-1414.

Flag Football Divisions for grades 1-3 grade and 4-6. Oct. 7-Dec. 9. Practices during the week; Saturday morning games. Registration deadline, Sept. 10. Facility members, $60; program members, $70. Program members must purchase a program membership, $30/year. Montecito Family YMCA. Contact Cary Young at 969-3288 or email cary@ciymca.org. Goleta Valley Tennis Academy Have fun and experience a challenge while developing solid tennis fundamentals that will last a lifetime. Lessons Mon.-Fri. at the GVCC, 5679 Hollister Ave. Ages 7-17. Rackets and balls provided. Call USPTA Certified Tennis Professional Peter Gerstenfeld at 964-3361 for lesson times and pricing.

Great Escape Camp Tennis, swimming, hiking, climbing wall, field games, day trips, arts and crafts, and more for grades 1-6. Most activities take place in city parks. Session 1 ($135-$160): Mon.-Fri., Dec. 18-22, 7:30am-5:30pm; Session 2 ($108-$130): Tue.-Fri., Jan. 2-5, 7:30am-5:30pm. Drop-off from 7:30-9am, pick-up from 4-5:30pm. Monroe School, 431 Flora Vista Dr. Call 564-5495.

Gymboree A long-running after-school activity program. Located at 5148 Hollister. Call 683-7780.

Inline Hockey Boys and girls ages 5-15 are invited to join the S.B. Youth Hockey League for the fall season. Includes one weeknight practice and up to two games per week played at the Earl Warren Showgrounds’ hockey rink (gate C off Calle Real). Safety is a priority: protective gear required and no “checking.” Sept. 9-Dec. 9. Register at sbhockey.com or in person Aug. 26, 9am-noon, at the rink. There will also be an equipment sale/swap at registration on Aug. 26. Call 564-2035.

Raintree Ranch Equestrian Center S.B.’s premier riding school offers lessons for children and adults throughout the year. Enjoy a full-service facility, including a cross-country course with water jumps, large jumping arena, and full-size dressage court. Located in the Goleta foothills. Tuesdays-Sundays. Call 571-6995 or visit raintreeranch.com.

S.B. Gymnastics Club Competitive boys’ and girls’ teams, birthday parties, camps, and much more. Ages 18 months-adult. Located at 4179 State St. Call 683-1724.

S.B. Museum of Natural History: Explorers Begin your child’s journey of discovery. Classes foster curiosity through experimentation. 3:15-5pm each session. Members $76; non-members $86 (six sessions/class). Ages 4-6. Pre-registration required. Download the registration form at sbnature.org/education/natadv .php and fax back to 569-3170, or mail to the Museum of Natural History at 2559 Puesta del Sol, attention: Nature Adventures.

S.B. Museum of Natural History: Halloween Harvest Explore the science of Halloween! Discover the animals that make this holiday so spooky, have fun with pumpkins, and make Halloween masks. Mon. and Wed., Sept. 18-Oct. 4; Tue. and Thu., Oct. 10-26. Pre-registration required. Download the registration form at sbnature .org/education/natadv.php and fax back to 569-3170, or mail to the Museum of Natural History at 2559 Puesta del Sol, attention: Nature Adventures.

S.B. Museum of Natural History: Predator and Prey Hide and Seek! Examine the relationship between predators and their prey. Hunt down scurrying animals that run away and hide. Spy on creatures that appear invisible. Tue. and Thu., Sept. 19-Oct. 5; Mon. and Wed., Oct. 9-25. Pre-registration required. Download the registration form at sbnature.org/education/natadv .php and fax back to 569-3170, or mail to the Museum of Natural History at 2559 Puesta del Sol, attention: Nature Adventures.

S.B. Museum of Natural History: Tykes Classes include stories, games, puppetry, and engaging hands-on activities perfect for budding scientists. What Do You See? Wed.-Thu., Sept. 20-21. What Color Is This? Wed.-Thu., Sept. 27-28. What’s Under a Rock? Wed.-Thu., Oct. 4-5. Where Do You Live? Wed.-Thu., Oct. 11-12. Who Takes Care of You? Wed.-Thu., Oct. 18-19. What Sleeps in the Winter? Wed.-Thu., Oct. 25-26. What’s in the Night Sky? Wed.-Thu., Nov. 8-9. What Comes Out at Night? Wed.-Thu., Nov. 15-16. Ages 2-3. 10:15-11am. $15 members; $20 non-members (pre-registration required.) Fun for mommies (or daddies) and toddlers. Contact Eugenia Pappas at 682-4711x171 or email epappas@sbnature2.org.

S.B. Museum of Natural History: Weekend Workshop Witch’s Brew: Ages 6-10. Stir up some magic. Have a bubbling, oozing, gooey time mixing chemistry with nature. Learn about mixtures, molecules, reactions, solutions, and more, conducting fun and creepy scientific experiments. Sat., Oct. 21, 10am-noon or 2-4pm. Members $22; Non-members $28. Call 682-4711 or visit sbnature.org.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Advanced Drills Fast-paced, fun, competitive, high-performance workout for the tournament-minded athlete; intermediate to advanced levels. Players are separated into appropriate playing groups. Class size: 4-12 students. Wednesdays, 4-5:30pm; Saturdays, 9-10:30am. Las Positas Courts. $65-$78. Ages 7-17. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Information: 564-5422. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents. Call 564-5573.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Boys and Girls Blacktop Basketball Represent your school team and have fun with your friends. Jan. 8-Mar. 2, weekdays after school. Blacktop courts at various local elementary schools. Registration deadline: Dec. 15. Ages 9-12. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Information: 564-5422. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Coed Biddy Indoor Basketball Learn the fundamental skills of basketball in a highly energetic, fun environment. Rules and equipment have been modified for maximum fun. Jan. 8-Mar. 2, weekdays after school. Franklin School indoor gym and/or Westside Boys and Girls Club. Fee includes shirt. Ages 5-9. Registration deadline: Dec. 15. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Info: 564-5422. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Coed T-Ball Clinic This program is a unique opportunity for parents to learn about the sport and to prepare to be a volunteer coach in the future. Spend quality active time with your children and learn the fundamentals of t-ball together in this parent-mandatory instructional program. Saturdays, Apr. 14-June 2, 10:30am-noon. Ortega Park. Registration deadline: Mar. 30. Ages 4-5. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Information: 564‑5422. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Coed T-Ball League Play Saturday games with your friends. Emphasis is on fun and skill development. No score is kept. One practice and one game per week. Saturdays, Apr. 14-June 2, and various weekdays. Ortega Park. Registration deadline: Mar. 30. Ages 5-7. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Information: 564-5422. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Fall Flag Football Play flag football with your elementary school team. Home games at your campus. Learn the fundamentals of football and share school pride. Oct. 9-Dec. 8, days vary. Ages 8-12. Registration deadline: Sept. 13. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Information: 564‑5422. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Free Recreation Swim Relax, have fun, stay cool, and enjoy the fresh air. Children must wear bathing suits. Children not toilet-trained must wear non-disposable swim diapers and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please follow the pool rules. Hours open, weather-permitting. Daily, 11am-5pm, through Sept. 4. Oak Park Wading Pool, 300 W. Alamar Ave. Ages 7 and under. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Information: 564‑5422. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Junior High After-School Sports and Recreation Programs Jointly sponsored by the City of S.B. and the S.B. High School District, this free program provides after-school sports in a positive recreational setting. Includes flag football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross country, and track and field for skill development and fun. Sept. 12-Feb. 15. Check eRecreation online for spring 2007 schedule. S.B., La Colina, La Cumbre, and Goleta Valley junior high schools. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Info: 564-5422. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Learn to Swim Non-swimmers and beginners learn to swim for safety. Mon.-Fri., Aug. 28-Sept. 8; Sept. 11-22. Ortega Park Pool, 600 N. Salsipuedes St. Ages 4-7. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 966-6110 or 564‑5418. Info: 564‑5422. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Pee Wee Tennis Basic hand-eye coordination and exposure to stroke production is taught through the use of on-court games. All classes taught by a USPTA certified instructor. Class size: 4-6 students. Begins Sept. 11. Las Positas and Municipal courts. Fee: $38-$46 for four classes. Ages 4-6. Register at sbparksand recreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418 or 564-5573. Info: 564-5422. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Pony League Baseball Take the next step. This program offers years of baseball coaching experience at the youth level. Four age-based divisions: Coach-Pitch (8-9); Mustang (9-10); Bronco (11-12); Pony (13-14). For info, contact Ken Doss at 898-4304. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418. Information: 564-5422. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Private and Custom Group Lessons Create your own class. You set the time and place for individual instruction or organize friends for your own group lesson taught by a USPTA/PTR certified professional. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418 or 564-5573. Information: 564-5422. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Russ Morrison Junior Golf Provides opportunities for youth interested in learning golf at the S.B. Municipal Golf Club. Regular Saturday clinics, 4:30-6pm. Annual fee: $60. Ages 7-17. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418 or 687-7087. For info, call 564-5422. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Saturday Clinics Drop in any Sat. morning and find out from a professional instructor what the game of tennis is all about. All equipment is provided; just bring yourself and be ready to have fun. First clinic is free, then $7/clinic (financial assistance available). Saturdays, 10am-noon. Municipal Tennis Center and Pershing Park Tennis Courts. Ages 7-17. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418 or 564-5422. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Softball for Girls Softball fundamentals taught in a nurturing environment. Modified fast-pitch softball played weekday evenings. Apr. 16-June 8. Ortega Park and Santa Barbara High softball fields. Ages 9-12. Registration deadline: Mar. 31. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418 or 564-5422. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents.

S.B. Parks & Recreation: Tennis Classes Learn much more than the fundamentals in these group lessons. Sportsmanship, problem-solving, social skills, and responsibility are just some of the additional life skills that tennis offers. Class size: 4-6 students. Begins Sept. 11. Ages 7-17. Register at sbparksandrecreation.com, in person at 620 Laguna St., or call 564‑5418 or 687-7087. Parks and Recreation Activity Guide is available online, at all P&R offices, and by mail to all City of S.B. residents.

S.B. Swim Club Swimmers can improve technique, and develop new friendships and team camaraderie with the opportunity to compete. Mon.-Fri., 8-10am and 4-6pm; Sat., 7-10am, through Aug. 27. Mon.-Fri., 3-6pm; Sat., 7-10am, starting Aug. 28. Ages 5-21. Los Baños Pool, 401 Shoreline Dr. 966-9757 or sbswim.org.

S.B. Water Polo Club Learn the game or take it to a higher level in the S.B. Water Polo Club’s year-round program. Director and three-time Olympian Wolf Wigo and his coaches will define your child’s specific needs, determine personal training guidelines, and develop goals to increase performance. Visit sbwaterpolo.com for registration info.

S.B. YMCA Flag Football Sept. 25-Dec. 9. $60-$70. Located at the S.B. YMCA. Grades 1-6. Call Aaron Martinez at 687-7727 x261 or email aaronm@ciymca.org.

S.B. YMCA Itty Bitty Soccer Sept. 10-Oct. 28. $45-$65. Located at the S.B. YMCA. Ages 4-5. Call Aaron Martinez at 687-7727 x261 or email aaronm@ciymca.org.

S.B. YMCA Youth Basketball Jan.-Mar. 2007. $75-$100. Located at the S.B. YMCA. Grades 1-6. Call Aaron Martinez at 687-7727 x261 or email aaronm@ciymca.org. Skater’s Point Skater’s Point has 14,600 square feet of beachside ramps and rails. Located in Chase Palm Park on Cabrillo Blvd. at Garden St.; open from 8am to sunset. Younger and less experienced skaters are encouraged to skate on weekends before noon. Helmets, elbow pads, and kneepads are required.

South Coast Karate Tiny Tigers class offered to ages 3-6 yrs. Call Brian Jordan at 687-5001 for a free guest pass and see why South Coast Karate has been voted the “Best Martial Arts Studio” for the last four years. Mention The Independent to get a family rate.

Sport Shorts A month of fundamentals in soccer, basketball, and floor hockey. Tue. and Thu., 3:30-4:30pm. Sept. 19-Dec. 7. Ages 4-6. Registration deadline: Sept. 12. Facility members, $110; program members, $140. Program members must purchase a program membership $30/year. Montecito Family YMCA. Contact Cary Young at 969-3288 or cary@ciymca.org.

Surf Happens! Santa Barbara’s premier surf school run by locals. Fall/winter programs offered: Elite & Junior Elite Daily After-School Program focuses on competitive strategy and innovation. Gromstyle After-School Program for beginning students focuses on developing life skills learned via surfing. Adult coaching, corporate retreats, private and group lessons. Registration for independent physical education and community service for the fall now available. Call 966-3613 or visit surfhappens.com. Tae-Kwon-Do Martial arts training provides healthy physical activity, builds self-confidence, and gives children important leadership skills. Ages 8-12. Seven sessions, Mondays, 4:30-5:30pm. Sample this class for free on Fri., Sept. 15, 4:30-5:30pm during Open House Week. Carrillo Recreation Ctr., 100 E. Carrillo St. Call 897-2519.

Tykes at the Ty Warner Sea Center On Stearns Wharf at the foot of State St. Sounds of the Sea: Sat., Sept. 16. Soft and Spiny: Sat., Sept. 23. Creature Colors: Sat., Sept. 30. Ocean Senses: Sat., Oct. 7. Move Like a Sea Jelly: Sat., Oct. 14. Seashore Shapes: Sat., Oct. 21. Contact Amanda Hendrickson at 962-2526 x110 or ahendrickson@sbnature2.org.

Winter Skate Clinic Popular skateboard clinic for ages 7-12. Exclusive access to Skater’s Point during clinic time. Groups organized by skill level. Helmet, knee, elbow pads required. Session 1 ($105-$126): Mon.-Fri., Dec. 18-22, 8:30-11:30am; Session 2 ($84-$101): Tue.-Fri., Jan. 2-5, 8:30-11:30am. Skater’s Point. Space limited. Registration begins Nov. 20. Pre-registration required at least one week in advance at sbparksandrecreation.com, or call Youth Activities at 564-5495.

Youth Fitness Classes Session I: Sept. 18-Oct. 20; registration deadline, Sept. 11. Session II: Oct. 30-Dec. 1; registration deadline, Oct. 23. Times, ages, and costs vary. Montecito Family YMCA. Call Cary Young at 969-3288 or email cary@ciymca.org. Youth Swim Lessons and Swim Teams Mon. and Wed.; and Tue./Thu., Sept. 11-Oct. 12. Times vary (2:30-5:15pm). Registration deadline: Sept. 4. Facility members, $10; program members, $50. Program members must purchase a program membership, $30/year. Ages 6 months-13 years. Montecito Family YMCA. Call Cary Young at 969-3288 or email cary@ciymca.org.

Tutoring

California Learning Center Individualized tutoring in math, algebra, test prep, writing, reading, Spanish, plus study skills for children in grades K-12. Also assists with homework support in most subjects. Center is open Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-7:30pm; Sat., 9am-1pm. Prices vary. Call 563-1579.

Dubin Learning Center The Dubin Learning Center is celebrating 26 years of successfully helping hundreds of S.B. families meet the educational needs of their children. Works with students ranging from learning disablities, dyslexia, ADD, to gifted; offers diagnostic evaluations and remedial programs; organization, planning, and focus strategies; tutoring in all academic areas kindergarten-college; test prep for SAT and GATE. 112 W. Cota St. Call 962-7122 or visit dubinlearningcenter.com.

Fast ForWord Help your children increase their foundational language-processing and listening skills that are critical for reading. Fast ForWord trains the brain to process better and faster in just weeks. 30 W. Mission St. #1. Call Shelley Greenbaum at 569-9647.

Huntington Learning Center More than better grades, it’s about your child. Every student can benefit from professional academic assistance. At Huntington, instructors determine what skills each student requires and design a detailed program to develop those needs and build academic skills that will last a lifetime. Test preparation including: SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, and the high school exit exam. Call 898‑3948 for a no-cost or obligation consultation, or visit 3905 State St.

Kumon Math and Reading Centers Kumon is an after-school math and reading program. Founded in Japan in 1958, the learning method uses a systematic approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration, and develop better study skills. 3230 State St., Ste B. Call 687-5944 or visit kumon.com. S.B. Center for Educational Therapy Highly trained educators utilize structured, sequential, multi-sensory techniques to remediate a student’s weaknesses in reading, spelling, memory, and/or mathematics. A unique program is designed for each individual’s age level and needs, taught one-on-one, for ages K-12. The center also provides instruction in essential academic skills: organization, studying, test-taking, writing techniques, computer-assisted technology. Call 687-3711 or 560-3711.

Teens

Leadership Opportunities for Teens Have your voices heard and gain valuable experience connecting with the adult world through these programs. Earn Community Service hours. Join the S.B. Youth Council or ADAP (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention). Serve as a youth intern on adult advisory boards or join the Teen Center Planning Committee. All programs offer community service hours. Some programs pay a monthly stipend. Applications are available online at sbparksandrecreation.com/teens, by calling 897-2650, or at the Teen Programs office at Carrillo Recreation Ctr.

PAL Teen Programs The S.B. Police Activities League strives to provide quality educational, cultural, and athletic programming for the youth of Santa Barbara, and to build positive relationships between the police department and all members of the community. Call 962-5560 or visit santabarbarapal.com.

S.B. Parks & Recreation Teen Programs Offers various activities and volunteer opportunities. Call 897-2650 or sbparksandrecreation.com/teens.



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