The end of summer heralds the start of the much-dreaded school year, much to the grief of your summer-soaked student, for whom lazy days spent lying beside sun-drenched seas are now replaced with Scantrons and weighty backpacks. So, to distract them from the woes of all that is schoolwork, The Independent is here to dish out our annual After-School Guide, to help you fill up all your youngsters’ free time. We’ve got you-and your child-covered with myriad afternoon activities catering to out-of-classroom enrichment, ranging from dancing to engineering, cooking to painting, aikido to acting, and a whole lot more.


Girls Inc. of Greater S.B.

After-school enrichment programs for girls, incorporating sports, science, art, dance, prevention, reading, drama, computers, and homework help.

Ages 5-14. Mon.-Fri., noon-6pm, starting Aug. 26. 531 E. Ortega St. $90/week; scholarships available. Call 963-4017 or email

Montecito Family YMCA After-School Care

Designed to provide fun experiences in a variety of activities, including swimming, sports, cooking, and crafts. Includes field trips and homework assistance. Staffed by mature, caring professionals.

Mon.-Fri., 3-6pm, starting Sept. 1. Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Ln., Montecito. Call 969-3288.

S.B. Parks and Recreation After-School Program (RAP)

Crafts, clubs, field trips, free sports leagues, and homework assistance to children attending Adams, Franklin/Cesar Ch¡vez, Monroe, Open Alternative, Roosevelt, or Washington Elementary Schools.

Grade 1-6. Six 30-day sessions; $130 each. Registration begins Mon., Aug. 3.; registration forms available at 620 Laguna St.,, and at all participating school offices. Call 564-5495.

S.B. YMCA After-School Care

Licensed after-school care program that offers homework help, arts and crafts, games, and character development.

Grades K-6. Mon.-Fri., noon-6:15pm, beginning Aug. 26. Located at Hope and Monte Vista elementary schools. Scholarships available. Call 687-7720×266 or email

United Boys and Girls Clubs Carpinteria Club House

Providing transportation from school, homework instruction, outdoor activities, and computer access.

Mon.-Fri., after school-6pm, year-round. UBGC Clubhouse, 4849 Foothill Rd., Carpinteria. Ages 5-12. Call 684-4718 or email for pricing and scholarship info.

Overnights for Groups at the Ty Warner Sea Center

Imagine falling asleep as jellyfish float by and sea stars cruise through the night! After the Sea Center closes its doors for the night, that’s what kids will experience during their group sleepover inside. Schools, scouts, recreation programs, churches, and other youth groups are invited to bring their sleeping bags and pajamas for an exciting night of exploration through a variety of special activities, tours, and presentations with staff.

By reservation only. Sleepovers held inside Ty Warner Sea Ctr., 211 Stearns Wharf.

Contact Lee Anne Bastian at 682-4711 x171 or for more details.


Learningden Preschool

Imagine, explore, create, and learn, at the Learningden Preschool! Tours available.

Now enrolling kids ages 18mo.-pre-K for fall session. Open Mon.-Fri., 7:30am-5:30pm, starting Aug. 24. 4485 Hollister Ave. Call 683-5801.

Little Rebels Daycare

Educational and nurturing at-home environment. Kids enjoy fun activities like arts and crafts, dance, field trips, and music. Licensed experience and excellent references for 25 years.

Now enrolling kids ages 18 mo.kindergarten. Mon.-Fri., 7am- 5:30pm, year-round. 410 Lincolnwood Pl. Call 682-0024

S.B. Family YMCA Preschool

Fun, safe, warm, and education-friendly place for young children to strengthen their social and emotional development, and gain kindergarten readiness. Swim lessons included in tuition.

Ages 2½-kindergarten. Mon.-Fri., 7:30am-6pm; full- and half-day options, plus scholarships available. Call 687-7727 x263 or email

Tykes Preschool Learning Series

“What lives in our woods?” This five-class series encourages kids to explore the creatures of the sky, creek, rocks, trees, and the plants they live by. Each child must be accompanied by one adult.

Ages 2-3. Series begins Thu., Sept. 17, 9:45-10:30am. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. $75/members; $95/non-members. Call 682-4711 x171.


Art from the Heart

Multigenerational art sessions offered to children in a retirement home setting. Parents can stay with younger children or drop-off older ones.

Princesses and Pirates

Sail the sea with our imaginations.

Ages 6 mo.-8 years. Mon., Sept. 28-Nov. 9, 10-11:30am, or Wed., Sept. 30.-Nov 11, 3:30-5pm. Maravilla Retirement Community, 5486 Calle Real. $134/$124* (includes materials). Call Karen at 966-9078 or register online at

Heart Beat

Create and dance to the rhythm of the heart beat.

Ages 6 mo.-8 years. Sessions held at Maravilla Retirement Community, Villa Riviera Assisted Living, and at the Carrillo Recreation Ctr. $134/$124*. Call Karen at 966-9078 for dates and times or visit

*Discounted price to city residents with a Resident Discount Card, available through Parks and Rec.

Art Programs for Girl Scouts

Learn about ceramics while meeting badge requirements. Open to all currently registered local Girl Scout troops. All girls must be chaperoned.

Reservations and a $25 nonrefundable credit card deposit required. Cost: $210 for up to 15 participants for 90 minutes. $12/student beyond 15. Maximum 20 children. Call 897-1982 for info.

Ceramics Parties for Children

Instructor-led activities for 90 minutes; sponsored by the S.B. Parks and Rec Dept. Birthday cakes, refreshments, and decorations provided by parents.

Parties must be reserved at least two weeks in advance and require a $25 nonrefundable credit card deposit. Cost: Up to 15 children: $210. $12/child beyond 15. Maximum 20 children. Call 897-1982.

French Impressionist Oil Painting Classes for Kids

Your child will paint a masterpiece on canvas while learning the oil techniques of the Impressionists from renowned teacher Rebecca Brand. Emphasis on Monet’s garden. Small classes; snacks, and all materials included. Flexible drop-off and pickup by arrangement.

Ages 6-13. Classes held at artist’s studio, Mon. and/or Thu., Sept. 21Nov.12, after school-4:45pm. Also, at Montecito Union Elementary School Art Room, Fri., Sept. 25-Nov. 13, after school-5pm (all are welcome from any school). Call 563-0945 or email

S.B. Parks and Recreation Ceramics

Chase Palm Park Craft Center (234 E. Cabrillo Blvd.) boasts a terrific waterfront studio location offering a full range of low-fire materials in an inspiring, fun, and educational atmosphere. Call 897-1982 or register for any of these classes at

Throwing on the Potters Wheel

Practice the steps in making a pot, trimming, and using a variety of underglazes to finish pieces. Hand-building projects incorporated in class as well.

Wed., 3:30-5:30pm. Three sessions: Oct. 7-28, Nov. 18-Dec. 9, and Feb. 3-24, 2010. $100/$92*. Ages 7-17.

Tile Making Workshop

Have fun learning different techniques for fabricating tiles. We will craft tiles using textures, relief, molds, and more. Design and experimentation encouraged.

Ages 7-17. Mon., Nov. 2-23, 3:30-5:30pm. $100/$92*.

Halloween Clay Workshop

A pre-Halloween party! Kids make pieces to keep for spooky Halloween displays-witches, pumpkins, and more.

Ages 6-12. Thu., Oct.1, 3:30-5:30pm. $25/$23*.

Boat Building Workshop

Kids will learn how to model and craft a clay “vessel” of their choosing.

Ages 7-17. Sat., Dec. 12, 9:30-11:30am. $25/23*.

Stories and Clay

We will read a story prior to creating work inspired by a great book.

Thu.-Fri., Feb. 18-19, 10-11:15am. Ages 3-6 with parent/guardian.


Beginning Flamenco Dance

Rumba rhythm as basic foundation.

Classes begin Sept. 14. Ages 3-5: Mon., 3:30-4:30pm. Ages 5-8: Mon., 4:30-5:30pm. FlamenColores Dance Academy, 2919 De la Vina St. Cost: $79 for a six-week session, or $14 per drop-in class. Sign-up at the first class or preregister at Call 453-6264 for more info.

Capoeira Lessons

A Brazilian art form combining martial arts and dance. The unique genre was created by African slaves in Brazil.

Classes begin Mon., Aug. 17. Ages 7-12: Mon. and Wed., 4-5pm. Ages 3-6: Thu., 4:15-5pm. 617 E. Gutierrez St. Detailed class schedule available at Call 637-5355 or email for more info.

Children’s Choirs and Voice Classes

Voice instruction and performance programs for all ages and all levels. Classes and choirs meet once a week and learn to sing and perform songs from Broadway, Disney, and jazz.

Instruction begins the week of Sept. 21. Located near San Marcos High School. Call 681-7078 or for more info.

Children’s Ballet: Ages 3-5, 3-6, and 6-10

Focus on basic moves, like balances, turns, jumps.

Six-week sessions, all age-specific, begin the week of Sept. 17. Classes for ages 3-5 meet Fri., 4-5pm; ages 3-6 meet Thu., 5-6pm; ages 6-10 meet Fri., 5-6pm. MacKenzie Park Adult Bldg., 3111 State St. $63/57* per session, or $12/$10 drop-in fee. Register at, or sign up at the first class. For info, call 451-2034.

Dance, Cotillionaires, and Etiquette

For tweens and teens. Learn social dancing and etiquette. Make friends! Good manners are important.

Classes are ongoing every Fri. 255 Magnolia Ave. Beginning level meets 6:30pm; intermediate meets at 7:35pm; advanced meets at 8:45pm Call 967-3103 for more info.

Gufstason Dance

Gustafson Dance offers a variety of classes in the mornings and afternoons in ballet, tap, and jazz to children. A morning schedule is available for children not yet in school, as well as a full program in the afternoons. All students will perform in one of the studio’s annual holiday shows-Rudolph at the Lobero, or The Nutcracker at the Granada.

Ages 2+. Classes begin Sept. 14. 2285 Las Positas Ln. Call 563-3262 or email

Instrumentally Inspired

Students will make a rain stick, sculpt a clay rattle, whistle,` and coil the base for a drum. Make music with art!

Ages 7-12. Two sessions: Jan. 20-Feb. 10, and Mar. 3-24; both from 3:30-5:30pm. Chase Palm Park Craft Ctr., 234 E. Cabrillo Blvd. $100/$92. Call 897-1982 or visit

Montecito School of Ballet Dance Lessons

Montecito School of Ballet offers a comprehensive dance program for students, offering classes in creative movement, pre-ballet, classical ballet, modern dance, jazz, and hip hop. Classes cover all levels, from beginning to advanced. Students participate in two main performances per year, one at Christmas, and one in June, as well as additional performances throughout the year.

Ages 3-18. Classes begin the week of Sept. 29, and are held Mon-Fri., 3:30-8:30pm, and Sat., 10am-4pm. 529 E. Gutierrez St. Costs range from $13/class, to $50/month with one class per week, to $250/month for classes six days per week. Call 560-0597.

S.B. Ballet Center Dance Programs

Offering a pre-professional ballet program, plus modern and tap classes to students of all ages. Creative movement class available for kids ages 3-5. Home of The Nutcracker at the Arlington Theatre.

Classes enrolling now; Nutcracker auditions begin Sept. 12. Santa Barbara Ballet Ctr., 1019-B Chapala St. Financial aid available for qualified families. Call 966-0711.

S.B. Dance Arts

S.B. Dance Arts is now celebrating its 13th year under the direction of Alana Tillim and Steven Lovelace. Learn from Broadway veterans and internationally trained professionals in classes for all levels and ages. Classes include jazz, hip hop, Broadway, lyrical, ballet, tap, and tiny tots.

Enrolling now. S.B. Dance Arts, 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez #100. Call 966-5299 or visit

S.B. Youth Music Academy

Now enrolling students for classes in piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums, and wind and string instruments. Bands are currently forming in jazz, reggae, latin and rock. Come join the fun!

Fall session starts Mon., Aug. 31. 1 N. Calle Cesar Ch¡vez, #21. Ages 5-18. Call 895-4327 or visit

S.B. Theatre Conservatory Lessons and Performance

Santa Barbara Theatre will hold auditions for children interested in professional theater training. Successful completion will result in paid roles in a production of Bernstein’s Peter Pan later this year.

Classes held every Sat., 9am-noon, starting Sept 19. Performances run Dec. 20-Jan. 3. Ages 9-12. Call 963-7282.

Youth Acting Program

Role-play, improvise, learn mime. No memorization required. Multi-week sessions.

Ages 6-12. Tue., 4:30-5:30pm. Classes meet at Carrillo Recreation Ctr. (100 E. Carrillo St.) from now until Sept. 8, then relocate to the MacKenzie Park Adult Building (3111 State St.) after Sept. 15. $138/$125* per session. Register at, or sign up at the first class. For info, call 569-2852.


Lego Junkyard Maniacs

Young graduates of Teaching Engineering to Kids with LEGO will love this advanced LEGO junkyard challenge. Students are challenged to build systems, mechanisms, and machines to accomplish certain tasks.

Wed., Sept. 19-Oct. 14, 5-6:30pm. Preregister at $93. Ages 8-12. Call 569-2852 for more info.

Washington Elementary Cooking Class

This class teaches children the true joy of cooking and being self-sufficient in the kitchen. We will make a variety of dishes that your child will eat in class or take home for everyone to enjoy, like homemade bread or an entire chicken!

Twelve-week session starts Tue., Sept. 21, 2:45-4pm, and meets at the same time every following week. Washington Elementary Science Lab, 120 Lighthouse Ln. $240. Grades 1-6. Call 563-0945 or email

YMCA Mock Youth Government

Delegates will learn the roles and responsibilities of state legislators and members of the court sytem at training and election conferences. During weekly meetings, delegates learn how to write bills, fundraise, and build a team. Elected student officials will be able to attend conferences with other teens from across California, including a three-day trip to Sacramento in February.

Meets every Tue., 7pm, starting Sept. 15. The majority of special events will occur between Sept. and April 2010. S.B. Family YMCA, 36 Hitchcock Wy. Call 687-7720 x259 or email

YMCA Model United Nations

“It’s Your World!” Come and be a part of this award-winning delegation! Participants take on the roles of ambassadors of countries to address global issues, write resolutions, discover other cultures, and make new friends.

Meets every Tue. at 4:30pm, starting Sept. 22. S.B. Family YMCA, 36 Hitchcock Wy. Call 687-7720 x259 or email


Blacktop Basketball League: Grades 4-6

Get ready for March Madness! Students attending S.B. School District elementaries can play for their own basketball teams.

Practices held Dec. 14-Feb. 19 on campus after school, with six regular season games at schools. Registration deadline: Fri., Dec. 11. $50 per player. For info, visit or call 564-5422.

Cathedral Oaks Tennis Club Junior Tennis Clinics

A super fun, high-energy tennis program where kids learn the awesome sport of tennis. For beginner-, intermediate- and advanced-level players.

Ages 4-16. Mon.-Thu., Aug. 31-Nov. 19, 3:30-6pm. Class days, times, and cost vary depending on age and levels. 5800 Cathedral Oaks Rd., Goleta. Call 964-7762 x25.

Cross-Country for Junior High Students

Train your body and mind in cross-country! Prepare for the 2nd JHS Cross-Country Championships on Oct. 29 at Elings Park.

Practices held once a week, starting Sept. 14, during after-school sports practice at all S.B. School District junior high schools, including Goleta Valley Junior High. Sign up for this after-school sports program at your junior high or visit For info, call 564-3400 or email

Flag Football Fall League: Grades 3-4 and 5-6

Students attending S.B. School District elementary schools can join their school’s flag football team. After school practices.

Thu. or Fri., Sept. 24-Nov. 19, 4-6pm. Registration deadline: Mon., Sept. 14. Games held at Dwight Murphy Park, Ni±os Dr. and Por la Mar; playoffs at SBCC’s La Playa Stadium underneath the lights. $60. For info, visit or call 564-5422.

Girls’ Softball: Ages 9-14

Perfect for the beginner to intermediate players.

Practices held on Mon. or Wed.; games on Tue. or Thu.. Registration deadline: Mar. 1, 2010. S.B. High School softball fields. $66/$60 includes a team shirt and softball visor. Register at or call 564-5422 for info.

Ken Ota’s Aikido, Ki, and Judo

Aikido: The martial art with class! Powerful and effective, but nonviolent. Develop confidence, coordination, and respect. Children’s and teen’s classes: one hour Aikido/ki + one hour judo, for a two-hour class.

Ongoing classes run Tue. and Thu., 46pm. 255 Magnolia Ave., Goleta. Call 967-3103.

Little Hoopster Basketball

Introduction to basketball skills in a fun and supportive environment. One Tue. practice and one Thu. scrimmage each week.

Jan. 19-Mar. 2, 4-4:45pm. Registration deadline: Dec 18. West Side Boys and Girls Club, 602 W. Anapamu St. $66/$60 per player. or call 564-5422.

Mommy, Daddy, and Me Soccer: Ages 2-3

Fun happens on the field. You won’t have to watch from the sidelines.

Sept. 26-Nov. 11, and Jan. 6-Mar. 6, 8:30-9am. Registration deadline: one week prior to the first class; register at or at 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Practices held at Dwight Murphy Softball Field, Ni±os Dr. and Por la Mar. $98/$89*. Call 564-5422.

Woodland Adventures

Nature Adventures offer camps, classes and workshops for children to inspire a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world. Have fun experimenting and experiencing hands-on science.

For age divisions 4-5, 6-8, and 8-10. Five-week class series starts Sept. 15. S.B. Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. Members $75; nonmembers $95. Call 682-4711 x171 or

Pony League Baseball: Ages 8-14

This program offers kids the opportunity to have fun while receiving instruction from experienced coaches.

Four age divisions: Coach-Pitch (8-9); Mustang (9-10); Bronco (11-12); and Pony (13-14). For more information, visit or email

Presidio Fencing Club After-School Classes

After-school fencing classes for students ages 8-18. Classes are grouped by ability level and include exercises to develop coordination, strength, and self-confidence.

Ongoing, Mon. and Wed., 4-6pm; or Tue. and Thu., 4-5:30pm, Classes held at Presidio Fencing Club, 216 E. Cota St. Call 403-6895.

Private Tennis Lessons

Create your own class! You set the time and place for individual or group instruction with our experienced USPTA/PTR certified professionals. Sponsored by S.B. Parks and Recreation Dept.

For information on our instructors call 564-5573.

Ridgewood Farms Horseback Riding Lessons

Ridgewood Riding School has been turning out top riders since 1978! The organization’s program works with riders of all ages and ability levels. We have great school ponies to start out young riders, and well-schooled horses to enhance the skills of an advanced rider. We welcome riders of all ages to begin riding with us. It is our recommendation to begin horseback riding lessons privately, at least one time per week. Ridgewood’s program stresses safety and horsemanship, as well as learning basic hunt-seat equitation.

Lessons available Tue.-Sun., 9am-5pm. Private location in Santa Barbara. Call 684-2619.

Russa-Yog: Rope-Based Yoga for Youth

An innovative yoga program for youth. Great for sports injury prevention.

Classes start Sept. 16, 4:30-5:30pm. Russa Yog Studio, 1905 Cliff Dr., Ste E. $50/six weeks; $10/class drop-in fee. Sibling discount available. Register at or sign up at first class. For information, call 569-2852.

Saturday Tennis Clinics: Ages 7-17

Drop in any Saturday morning: All equipment is provided, so just be ready to have fun! Cosponsored by the City of S.B. Parks and Recreation and S.B. Tennis Patrons.

Sat, 10am-noon. Municipal Tennis Center, 1414 Park Pl. First lesson free, then $7/clinic (financial assistance available). Register at or call 564-5573.

S.B. Family YMCA Kung Fu

Children learn the Chinese martial art of kung fu using the “Kung Fu Five Animal Movements” with emphasis on coordination, balance, self-defense, and health. Parents are welcome to attend and participate with their child. Classes led by Chris Millner, a black belt instructor who has been teaching at the YMCA for many years.

Ongoing classes; enrollment available year-round. S.B. Family YMCA, 36 Hitchcock Wy. For info on schedules and fees, contact Aaron Martinez at 687-7720 x261 or

S.B Family YMCA Youth Basketball Leagues

This program, designed for boys and girls in the 1st-8th grades, places each player on a team where they will learn fundamental basketball skills, teamwork, and character development. The league is headed by trained coaches and referees.

League season runs from early Jan. to mid/late Mar.; registration begins Oct. 1. All teams practice once per week at the S.B. Family YMCA on various days and times; the tentative schedule for game times, based on league divisions, is as follows:

• grades 1-2: games held Saturday mornings

• grades 3-4: games held Saturday afternoons

• grades 5-6: games held Friday evenings

• grades 7-8: game times are TBA.

For more info on schedules and fees, contact Aaron Martinez at 687-7720 x261 or at

S.B. Family YMCA Youth Soccer League

This co-ed program will provide young players with an opportunity to enjoy soccer in a positive and fun learning environment. The eight-game season will kick off with a clinic so that children can meet their coaches and practice the fundamentals.

League divisions: kindergarten, grades 1-2, and grades 3-4. Practices and games held every Saturday between Sept. 12-Nov. 7 at the S.B. Family YMCA, 36 Hitchcock Wy. Fee: $75/YMCA members; $100 nonmembers. For more details on schedules, contact Aaron Martinez at 687-7720 x261 or at

S.B. Family YMCA Youth Flag Football League

This eight-man flag football team will consist of one practice per week plus nine games.

League divisions: grades 1-3, grades 4-6, and junior high. Games to be held on Sat., Oct. 3-Dec. 5 (times and locations TBA). Practices start in mid Sept., one hour per week at the S.B. Family YMCA (times TBA). Fee: $75/YMCA members; $100 nonmembers. For more details on times and schedules, contact Aaron Martinez at 687-7720 x261 or at

Spirals Gymnastics Programs

Recreational classes, competition teams, birthday parties, and more for both girls and boys.

Ages preschool-adult. Classes held in UCSB’s Robertson Gymnasium. Call 968-2453 for more info, or visit

Tot-Soccer: Ages 3½-4

Little players run and kick just like the big kids! Shin guards required after the first meeting.

Sat., Sept. 26-Nov. 14, 9:15-9:45am. Registration deadline: one week prior to the first class. Dwight Murphy Softball Field, Ni±os Dr. and Por la Mar. $98/$89*. Register at or call 564-5422.

Pre-Soccer: Ages 4-5

Build self-esteem through fun activities; follow instructions in a nurturing environment. Shin guards are required after the first meeting.

Various days, Sept. 26-Nov. 14 and Jan. 6- Mar. 6, 9:45-10:20am. Registration deadline: one week prior to the first class. Dwight Murphy Softball Field, Ni±os Dr. and Por la Mar. $98/$89*. Register at or call 564-5422.

Soccer 1: Ages 5-6

Fun skill games. Small soccer matches are introduced gradually. Shin guards are required after the first meeting.

Various days, Sept. 26-Nov. 14 and Jan. 6- Mar. 6, 9:45-10:20am. Registration deadline: one week prior to the first class. Dwight Murphy Softball Field, Ni±os Dr. and Por la Mar. $98/$89*. Register at or call 564-5422.

Soccer 2 and 3: Ages 7-9 and 9-12

Kidz Love Soccer : where the score is always fun-to-fun!

Sat.. Sept. 26-Nov.14:

• Soccer 2:11:05-11:50am

• Soccer 3:11:05am-12:05pm

Registration deadline: one week prior to the first class. Dwight Murphy Softball Field, Ni±os Dr. and Por la Mar. $98/$89*. Register at or call

T-Ball Clinic: Ages 4-5

Fun clinic geared for beginners. Each session ends with a scrimmage. Parents are encouraged to participate.

Sat., Apr. 17-June 5, 9-10:15am. Registration deadline: March 1, 2010. Held at S.B. High School softball fields. $88/$80 includes a team shirt and baseball hat. Register at or call 564-5422.

T-Ball League (Coed): Ages 6-8

Emphasis is on fun and skill development. No score kept.

One weekday practice and one game per week between Apr. 17-June 5, 11am-1pm. Registration deadline: March 1, 2010. Held at S.B. High School softball fields. $88/$80 includes a team shirt and baseball hat. Register at or call 564-5422.

Tennis classes: Ages 4-18

Beginning classes that focus on basic eye-hand coordination and stroke production to advanced drills for footwork. All classes are taught by experienced USPTA-certified instructors.

Four to six students per class. Las Positas and Municipal Tennis Courts. Register at or call 564-5573.

Valhalla Elite Martial Arts Training Center

With ethics and honor, we train kids in the basics of personal safety to defend themselves or others from physical threat.

Ages 3-11. Array of martial arts classes available between 3-5pm. Valhalla Elite Training Ctr., 1722 State St. Call 687-1514 or email

Wilderness Youth Project After-School Programs

Introduction to nature in a way that encourages children ages 3-18 to build meaningful relationships with the natural world.

Tue.-Thu. 3-6pm, starting the week of Aug. 31. Tucker’s Grove. Call 964-8096 or email

Youth Swim Lessons: Ages 4-7

Non-swimmers and beginners learn to swim for safety.

• Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills

• Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

• Level 3: Stroke Development

Two-week sessions meets weekdays from Aug. 31-Sept. 11. Ortega Park Pool, 600 N. Salsipuedes St. $52/$47. Register at or call 966-6110.


California Learning Center

California Learning Center provides affordable tutoring to students of all ages and skill levels in math, reading, writing, study skills, homework help, test prep, and more.

Hours: Mon.-Thu., 9am-6:30pm and Sat.,. 9am-1pm. 350 S. Hope Ave., Ste. A104. Call 563-1579 or visit

Dubin Learning Center

The Dubin Learning Center, an educational leader for 30 years in Santa Barbara, provides educational therapy for learning differences, dyslexia, asperger’s and ADD. Tutoring is available in all subjects, in addition to test prep for SAT, ISEE, GATE, and more.

Located at 112 W. Cota St. For info, call 962-7122 or visit

Cynthia-Ann Morrow Drop-In Center Tutoring Program

Free tutoring for students in grades 7-12; bilingual tutors available. The Center also has computers available, plus recreation and snacks.

Mon.-Thu., 2:30-5pm, beginning Aug. 24. Tutoring held at First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. Call 963 3579 x19


The Great Escape Winter Drop-in Program: Grades 1-6

Trained and certified staff offers a variety of activities including holiday games, crafts, walking field trips, and more.

Mon.-Fri., Dec. 21-31, 7:30am-5:30pm. Drop-off and pickup at McKinley School, 350 Loma Alta. $175/$157 for a four-day week; or $44 per day drop-in fee. Register at or call 564-5495.

Holiday Ceramics Camp: Ages 7-17

Enjoy four days before and after the winter school break with fun and challenging clay projects. Bring your imagination. Be prepared for a lot of fun!

Mon.-Thu., 9am-noon, between Dec. 21-24 or Dec. 28-31. Chase Palm Park Craft Ctr., 234 E. Cabrillo. $150/$138. Register at or call 897-1982.

Holiday Lego Workshop: Ages 6-7

Create a fun festive holiday village, including a motorized Polar Express, during this one-day workshop. Parents drop off their engineer and return to view their fabulous creation and enjoy holiday goodies.

Mon., Dec. 21, 1-4pm. MacKenzie Park Adult Building, 3111 State St. $50. Register at or call 564-5495.

Winter Art Camp: Animals and Art-Ages 3½-8

An opportunity to artistically present a favorite animal, or to create an original one.

Mon.-Thu., 9:15am-4pm, dates and location to be determined. $304/$280 includes snacks and supplies used in class and take-home materials. Register at or contact Karen Putnam 966-9078.

Winter Solstice Appreciation Day: Ages 7-17

Artists will make sculptures and create a ceramic environmental piece inspired by themes in nature.

Sat., Dec. 5, 9:30-11:30am. Chase Palm Park Craft Ctr., 234 E. Cabrillo Blvd. $25/$23*. Register at or call 897-1982.


The Great Escape Spring Drop-In Program: Grades 1-6

Trained and certified staff offers a variety of activities including holiday games, crafts, walking field trips, and more.

Mon.-Fri., 7:30am-5:30pm, dates TBA. Drop-off and pickup at McKinley School, 350 Loma Alta. $175/$157 for a four-day week; or $44 per day drop-in fee. Register at or call 564-5495

Kidz Love Soccer Clinic: Ages 4½-12

Drills for younger players. Advanced moves for older players. Each participant receives a soccer ball and spring break camp T-shirt. Bring a full water bottle and a snack.

Mon.-Fri., Mar. 29-Apr. 2, 9am-1pm. Dwight Murphy Soccer Field, Ni±os Dr. and Por la Mar. $154/$140*. Register at or call 564-5422.

Skate Clinic: Ages 7-13

Popular skateboard clinic with Director Steve Fancher teaches kids to fly like the pros. Exclusive access to Skater’s Point during clinic time. Groups organized by skill level. Helmet, knee and elbow pads required.

Mon.-Fri., 8:30-11:30am, dates TBA. $130/$120. Register at or call 564-5495.

Spring Volleyball Clinic: Ages 3-13

Volleypop introduces volleyball to younger, inexperienced players in a fun, supportive environment. Each participant receives a spring break camp T-shirt. Participants should bring a full water bottle and a snack every day of instruction.

Mon.-Fri., Mar. 29-Apr. 2, 9am-noon. East Beach Volleyball Courts. $165/$150. Register at or call 564-5422.

Spring Art Camp: Puppies and Polka Dots-Ages 3½-8

We will play, paint, and dream with puppies; have creative thoughts with polka dots.

Mon.-Thu., 9:15am-4pm, dates TBA. $304/$280 includes snacks and supplies for the week and take-home materials. Register at, or for information contact Karen Putnam at 966-9078.


AHA! Programs for Teens

Dedicated to emotional intelligence and social conscience in teens ages 14-19, AHA! programs include creative expression, leadership training, emotional support, sexual wisdom, and community service. By donation, thanks to the Santa Barbara and Orfalea Foundations, among others.

Small-group after-school programs held Mon.-Thu., 3:30-5pm (ongoing), at various locations. Sexual wisdom class held in Santa Barbara on Mon., 6-7:30pm; and in Carpinteria, on Wed., 3:30-5pm. Call 882-2400 x108 for info on interviews and locations, or visit

American Red Cross Babysitter Training: Ages 11-15

This program is designed to provide young adolescents with information on leadership, professionalism, basic care, safety, safe play, and first aid that can help make them safe, responsible babysitters. The course includes hands-on practice, small group interactive learning, and role playing, and games all taught by trained instructors. A more intensive babysitter “Supercamp” is also available, offering more intensive first aid training and American Red Cross CPR certification.

Three sessions for standard babysitter training: Sat., Sept. 26, 9am-3:30pm; Wed.-Thu., Oct. 14-15, 4-7pm; or Wed., Nov. 11, 9am-3:30pm. Supercamp training: Mon.-Tue., Dec. 21-22, 9am-3:30pm. S.B. Family YMCA, 36 Hitchcock Wy. Cost: $59 per babysitter for standard sessions; $149 per sitter for Supercamp. Contact coordinator Megan Bishop at 687-7720 x259 or

Sewing Parlour Programs

Learn to sew! Develop a lifelong skill, increase spatial awareness, feel a great sense of accomplishment, and let your creativity rule.

Currently enrolling students ages 12+ for after-school programs. The Sewing Parlour, 1333 De la Vina St. For more info, call 899-0058, or visit

Teen Leaders Club

Do you still need to earn community service hours for graduation? Do you want meet new friends while having fun getting this requirement completed? The Teen Leaders Club is a volunteer group that allows local teens the opportunity to earn service hours while helping their community. The club is designed to teach members responsible decision-making and team-building skills while encouraging personal growth and positive development. Teens create their own community service projects, service learning, and fundraisers.

Meets the first Wed. of each month, starting Sept. 2, at 4:30pm. S.B. Family YMCA, 36 Hitchcock Wy. Call 687-7720 x259 or email

Twelve35 Teen Center

Drop in and check out S.B.’s teens-only facility, located in downtown Santa Barbara. Twelve35 is the only place teens have access to Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, a full DDR system, the Internet and free wi-fi, air hockey, a pool table, foosball, a snack bar : and to top it all off-a recording studio-all under one roof! Weekly activities, classes, special events, homework help, and community service opportunities are offered throughout the year.

Open Mon.-Thu., 2:30-7pm; Fri., 2:30-9pm; and Sat.,1-6pm.1235 Chapala St. For info, call 882-1235.


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