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Friday, July 01, 2016
Challenge Program for Students K-12
Organization: Saint Vincent College
Description: Saint Vincent College will once again offer its popular Challenge program, a STEM-based academic summer program for students from kindergarten to grade 12 featuring a Galaxy theme in programs, housing and activities. This program is appropriate for any student that finds this program interesting.

A Micro Force day program is being offered for students in grades K-4 from Monday, June 27 to Friday, July 1. A Galaxy overnight program is offered for students in grades 5-12 from Sunday, June 26 to Friday, July 1.

Further details about the programs, costs and registration are available online at www.stvincent.edu/challenge.

“The Challenge program is a week-long summer program that provides students in grades K-12 with an innovative academic experience that incorporates activities as well as evening events,” commented Dr. Kathleen A. Beining, assistant professor of education and director of the Challenge program. “The Summer 2016 Challenge program at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, has a unique Galaxy theme that lovers of the Star Wars series and space adventure will find incorporated into fun events, academic courses, activities and even campus housing. With the wide range of opportunities, all students will enjoy the experience, even if a Galaxy theme isn’t their first choice.”

The instructors for the program are certified teachers that are SVC alumni and current graduate students. All program counselors are undergraduate education majors training to become teachers.

The Micro Force day program is designed to offer students in grades K-4 opportunities to explore hands-on enrichment experiences through a STEM-based approach, while also incorporating art, music and physical activities. The day program has the opportunity to enjoy a planetarium show offered on campus. Children are divided into appropriate age groupings with a counselor assigned to every eight students.

“The Galaxy offers a broad spectrum of courses from science to the arts that are designed for exploration and hands-on challenges.” Beining added. Parents of children who wish to attend but may have a special concern are asked to contact Beining. In the past the program has been able to address a variety of concerns to enable many students to attend.

Courses include Scientific Studies of the Cosmos, Creative Cadet Creations, Superconduction: Integrated Resistances and Expulsions for Quantum Leaps, Extraterrestrial Creature Biology: Adaptations for a Foreign World, Planetary Friends: Spheres, Rings, Eclipses, Clusters and Moons, Mission Control: Using Software, Apps and the WWW to Control Remote Worlds, Solar Mash-Ups: Abstract Digital Design with Space Images with Cosmic Sounds, Geostationary: Earthbound Printmaking and Mixed-Media on the Ecliptic Plane, Glitter Galaxy: Belts of Bling and Twinkling Body Art, Constellations: The Legends and Lore of the Nighttime Sky, The Right Ascension: Stars on the Celestial Stage, Nebula Blasts: Rocket Gas Gusts and Chemical Combustions, Shutter Speed: Photographic Imaging of Our Terrestrial Sphere and Bolometers and Pyroelectrics: Measuring the Heat Rays of the Ionosphere.

Other courses are Hypernova Explosives: Chemicals that Change Space, Universal Positioning: Passages through our Geosynchronous Worlds, Battle Power: Controlling Bots to Create Paths that Others Will Follow, Spacesounds: Generate Electromagnetic Vibrations and Songs Using Musical Instrument Digital Interfaces, Creating the Third Dimension: Sculpting Spaces, Hubble Telescope-Out: Photographing the Universe Around Us, The Untold Stories of Space Exploration: Writing Today’s Orbiting Short Stories, Perturbation: Debate, Influence and Change and Double Stars: Performing Multiple Roles on the Stage.

In addition to academic classes, themed activities include a light and star show in the planetarium, swim party, outdoor challenges and the traditional end of the week dance. All overnight students are housed in the Rooney residence hall and meals are provided by Parkhurst Dining Service on campus.

Location: St. Vincent College, Latrobe
Time(s): 

Registration is required

Contact information:
Website: www.stvincent.edu/challenge.

2016 Summer Day Camp
Organization: Latrobe- GLSD Parks & Recreation
Description: Get your children outside so they can enjoy crafts, sports, games and a visit to the Rogers McFeely Memorial Pool every day. We accommodate those working parents by offering an early drop off and a late pick up for your convenience. Each camper should bring a backpack with the following items: lunch, snack, water bottle, bathing suit, and sunscreen.
Summer Camp Hours: 6/6 to 8/12 ~ 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Deadline for registration is May 20.

Fee: $1200 per season ~ 2nd child $900 - 3rd child $600.

$500 per month ~ 2nd child $400 - 3rd child $300.

$150 per week ~ 2nd child $125 - 3rd child $100.

Daily: $35

Location: , Latrobe
Time(s):  8:30 AM

Registration is required

Contact information:
Contact: Latrobe-GLSD Parks & Recreation
Website: www.latroberecreation.org

Fur and Feathers Camp for 6 to 8 Year Olds/2016
Organization: Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve
Description: Curiosity will take flight as students learn about song-birds, birds of prey, and other birds native to our state. They will also learn about mammals that inhabit our region. They will take part in explorations, experiments, games, hikes, and more as they explore the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve.

Registration required: $125.00/ child. Registration opens March 1st.
Registration deadline: June 13, 2016 Late fee: $25.00
Early Bird Discount - $25.00 off if registered and paid by June 1, 2016.

Location: Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, Latrobe
Time(s):  9:00 AM

Registration is required
Fee: $125.00

Contact information:
Website: www.wpnr.org

Summer@ Derry First
Organization: Derry First United Methodist Church
Description: The Derry First United Methodist Church in collaboration with the Derry Area School District and the Westmoreland County Food Bank will host "Summer @ Derry First" beginning June 15 and running until Aug. 5. Each day will start at 9:30 a.m. with a free breakfast, 10 to 11:30 a.m. with "Passport Through Summer" and 11:30 a.m. to noon with free lunch.

All children age 18 and younger are welcome!

Location: Church Social Hall, 311 N. Ligonier Street, Derry
Time(s):  9:30 AM

Contact information:
Phone: (724) 694-8333

Vacation Bible School - 2016
Organization: St. John the Evangelist Church
Description: Vacation Bible School is being sponsored by Holy Family, Saint John the Evangelist. Saint Rose and Saint Vincent Basilica Parishes. It will be held June 27-July 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., for children ages 4 through 6th grade.

Location: St. John the Evangelist Church, 306 St. John Drive, Latrobe
Time(s):  9:30 AM

Registration is required

Contact information:
Phone: (724) 537-9322

2016 Learn To Swim
Organization: Latrobe- GLSD Parks & Recreation
Description: Ages 6 to 14. American Red Cross Beginner and Intermediate classes offered. Children will be grouped by skill level. Classes are held 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.~ Tuesday thru Friday. Registration due one week prior to start of class.

Session 1: 6/7 to 6/24

Session 2: 6/28 to 7/15

Session 3: 7/19 to 8/5

Fee: $40/50/55

Evening lessons - Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6/14 to 7/7 ~ 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Fee: $35/45/50

Location: Rogers- McFeely Memorial Pool, Latrobe
Time(s):  10:00 AM

Registration is required

Contact information:
Contact: Latrobe-GLSD Parks & Recreation
Website: www.latroberecreation.org

Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival-2016
Organization: Westmoreland County Parks & Recreation
Description: 2014 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Fesitval. One of the top 100 events in North America. Festival includes live performances, over 200 arts and craft exhibitors, heritage and history demonstrations and ethnic food booths.

Admission to the festival is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Please check website for more information.

Location: Twin Lakes Park, Greensburg
Time(s):  11:00 AM

Contact information:
Phone: (724) 834-7474
Website: www.artsandheritage.com

2016 Guard Start
Organization: Latrobe- GLSD Parks & Recreation
Description: For ages 11-15. Would you like to become a lifeguard? Take this exciting course that will prepare you for taking the Lifeguard Certification Course. To be eligible you must be able to swim for 25 yards, tread water for 1 minute and swim underwater for 10 yards. Tuesday Through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to noon.

FEES: $70/85/90 - Attendance is mandatory for course certification.

Location: Rogers-McFeely Memorial Pool, Latrobe
Time(s):  11:00 AM

Registration is required

Contact information:
Contact: Latrobe-GLSD Parks & Recreation
Website: www.latroberecreation.org

2016 Aqua Tots
Organization: Latrobe- GLSD Parks & Recreation
Description: Ages 18 months to 3 years. Fundamental Aquatics teaches parents how to safely handle children in and around water ~ Parent participation required. Classes are held 11:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.~ Tuesday thru Friday. Registration due one week prior to start of class.

Session 1: 6/7 to 6/24

Session 2: 6/28 to 7/15

Session 3: 7/19 to 8/5

Fee: $35/45/50

Saturday classes for Aqua Tots: June 11 to July 23 ~ 11:10 to 11:40 a.m. Fee for Saturday class - $35/45/50

Location: Rogers- McFeely Memorial Pool, Latrobe
Time(s):  11:10 AM

Registration is required

Contact information:
Contact: Latrobe-GLSD Parks & Recreation
Website: www.latroberecreation.org

2016 Midway Activities
Organization: Latrobe 4th of July Celebration, Inc.
Description: Midway activities open at 5 p.m.- Amusement rides, food, crafts and game booths.

Bingo provided by Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Tony Angelo Aerie #01188 in the Large Pavilion at 6 p.m.

The Dancer's Workshop - A spectacular performance with sound sysyem by Scotty G. at the Bandshell at 6:30 p.m.

Midway activities close at 10 p.m.

Location: Legion Keener Park, Latrobe
Time(s):  5:00 PM

Contact information:
Phone: (724) 537-8417
Website: www.latrobe4thofjulycelebration.com

Movie Night - 2016
Organization: Keystone State Park
Description: Bring the entire family for free Movie Night at the Park! Bring your blankets, chairs, drinks and popcorn. Make sure you dress for the weather; movies will NOT be shown in inclement weather.

All movies are PG-13 or lower and will be shown following sunset. Movies are provided by Family Video in Latrobe.

May 27 - Max
June 3 - Minions
June 10 - The Amazing Wizard of Paws
June 17 - Courageous
June 24 - Hotel Transylvania 2
July 1 - In The Heart of the Sea
July 8 - Underdogs
July 15 - Good Dinosaurs
July 22 - Shaun the Sheep
July 29 - Fantastic Four
August 5 - The Peanuts Movie
August 12 - Ant Man
August 19 - Russell Madness
August 26 - Paddington
Sept. 2 - Where Hope Grows

Location: Beach House Area at Keystone State Park, Derry
Time(s):  8:30 PM

Contact information:
Contact: Park Office
Phone: (724) 668-2939

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