Child proofed: After-school specials

: City@Peace invites kids 13-19 years old to the Carrillo Recreation Center (100 E. Carrillo St.) every Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. for theater improv, singing, playwriting, and songwriting. The group’s meetings will culminate with a performance at Center Stage Theater in 2008. Call 963-6765 or email

: Project Renaissance’s free weekly art workshop offers youths 12 years and older a chance to discuss issues and resolve problems that matter to them through creativity and conversation. Fridays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Harding Recreation Center (1607 Gillespie St.). Call 541-7835.

: On Thursday, October 16, from 3-6 p.m., the Carpinteria Unified School District and the After-School Alliance will celebrate Lights On After School, a national event recognizing the importance of extracurricular activities. The festivities will feature math games, garden activities, a pumpkin patch, and volunteer opportunities. Head over to Canalino Elementary School (1480 Linden Ave., Carpinteria). Call 684-4141.