Directory of Summer Learning Enrichment Resources

ARTS

STERN GROVE FREE KIDS DAYS ARTS/PERFORMANCE ACTIVITIES

19th and Sloat, served by many Muni lines. Register your group while there’s still room! http://www.sterngrove.org/kidsdays.html. Kids Days are interactive and fun arts education programs for children ages 4-13. Kids Days are open to the public and admission-free. Pre-registration is required. PLEASE NOTE: Groups of 10 or more, call Alyssa Stone at 415.252.6252 x108 or email astone@sterngrove.org to register.

Build a Band Kids Day with Magik*Magik Orchestra | June 28(Wed.), 29 (Thurs.), and 30 (Fri.). 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Blvd.

Cuban Dance and Culture Kids Day with Dance Mission | July 5 (Tues.), 6 (Wed.), and 7 (Thurs.). 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Blvd.

Modern Dance and Theater Kids Day with LEAP…imagination in learning | July 12 (Tues.), 13 (Wed.) and 14 (Thurs.). 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Blvd.

Kids Day with San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education July 26 (Tues.), 27 (Wed.) and 28 (Thurs.). 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Blvd.

Flamenco and Brazilian Samba Kids Day with Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts | August 9 (Tues.), 10 (Wed.), 11 (Thurs.). 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Blvd.

YERBA BUENA GARDENS FREE PERFORMANCES

Free music, dance, spoken word and theater performances throughout the summer – including a special Friday performance series for kids under 10. (The others are for all ages.) YBG has them divided up onto several separate calendars, below.

CHILDREN’S PERFORMANCE SERIES | Performances for children under 10, all on Fridays, 11 a.m. and repeating at 12:15 p.m. (also on Saturdays). Children’s performance series — midday on Fridays in the Children’s Garden at Yerba Buena. http://www.ybgf.org/Programs/Childrens.php

THURSDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERTS | Latin, jazz, world music and more: Every Thursday June 2-Sept. 29, 12:30-1:30 p.m. See schedule here: http://www.ybgf.org/Programs/Lunchtime.php. On Thursday, July 14, the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble will perform, featuring many SOTA musicians

LATIN JAZZ SERIES | Some of those concerts are part of the YBG Latin Jazz Series, which also includes free Saturday and Sunday concerts — see schedule here: http://www.ybgf.org/Programs/LatinJazz.php

DANCE PERFORMANCES | Traditional and contemporary — free! http://www.ybgf.org/Programs/Dance.php

POETRY, SPOKEN WORD AND THEATER | Performances include two with local teen spoken-word artists in Youth Speaks – Tuesday, June 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, July 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

http://www.ybgf.org/Programs/TheaterPoetry.php

MORE ARTS ENRICHMENTS:

Bayview Hunters Point Radio Network | Contact: Johny Radio, johnyradio@bvhpradio.org (or contact through website). Free: BVHP Radio is planning an event for summer 2011 (date to be announced): the Boom Parade, “a parade of music- and sound-producing art-cars, art-trucks, art-bikes, art-go-carts, art-rollerblades, and art-shoes, all designed, built, and driven by local residents. The Boom Parade will drive up and down the hardest-hit streets and housing projects” of Bayview-Hunters Point. The project plans to team up with summer programs to guide young people’s participation in creating the event.

Handful PlayersContact: Judith Cohen, judithc@handfulplayers.org. Fee-based: Can do a program or workshop in musical theater at the summer program site. www.handfulplayers.org

Marsh Youth Theater | Contact: Emily Klion, 415/641-0235
1062 Valencia St. @ 22nd Street (Mission District). Fee-based: From June 6-24, the Marsh can offer dance workshops or classes – one-time or more — in Latin and Hip-Hop, by arrangement, at its site. Free: On Friday, Aug. 5, the Marsh’s middle school ensemble will present a daytime performance of a stage play based on the work of Mark Twain, with free admission.

The San Francisco Mime Troupe | Contact: Jenee Gill, 415/285-1717. 855 Treat St. between 21st and 22nd streets (Mission District). Free: This renowned San Francisco theater troupe presents a traveling political satire production every year, opening every July 4 in Dolores Park. Summer programs are welcome to observe a rehearsal during June. The productions are sophisticated, but lively enough to be kid-friendly.

Museum of Craft and Folk Art | Contact: Linda Janklow, ljanklow@mocfa.org or 415/227-4888 ext. 23. 51 Yerba Buena Lane (between Market, Mission, Third and Fourth streets), South of Market. Fee-based: All the workshops described on the Education page of MOCFA’s website are offered during the summer as well, from African-American quilting to rice as food and folk art. Can travel to your site.

Performing Arts Workshop | Contact:  Aurora King, Program Manager, (415) 673-2634 ext. 203;aurora@PerformingArtsWorkshop.org. Fee based, matched funding available on occasion.  Performing Arts Workshop artist residencies develop critical thinking, creative expression, and basic learning skills through the arts.  Residencies in the performing arts are tailored to meet site needs and foster self-efficacy skills, cultural understanding, and engaging discussions around community & social issues.  Summer residencies available on a first come, first serve basis

Precita Eyes Mural Center | Contact: Missy Ablin, 415/285-2287. Mural arts and visitors’ center: 2981 24th St. @ Harrison, Mission District. Studio: 348 Precita Ave. @ Treat St., Mission/Bernal Heights. Fee-based: Mural art workshops for all ages, one day or longer period, onsite or offsite. See also guided mural tours in the category “Exploring San Francisco.” Workshops for educators are offered the third Tuesday of every month, 7-9 p.m., by reservation(415/285-2287), $50. www.precitaeyes.org

Recology: Art at the dump | Contact: Micah Gibson, mgibson@recology.com. 501 Tunnel Ave., Visitacion Valley. Free: Check availability early for a great tour of the Recology (formerly Sunset Scavenger) recycling facility, Artist-in-Residence Program and Sculpture Garden. All students on the tour must be 9 and older, and groups are limited to 35 students and five chaperones. This is a fun tour that educates kids about the environment, recycling and reuse, as well as the interesting technology that handles tons of recyclable materials – and also inspires them with art made from discarded items, including the Sculpture Garden right at the dump.

Young Audiences-Northern California | Contact: Lilia Aguero, Lilia@ya-nc.org. Fee-based: Young Audiences brings arts education, residencies and performances in all types of arts to youth programs. Look for a separate post giving more details.

This list is from the Summer Learning Network material that participants received at the Feb. 25 Summer Program Development Conference at the Unitarian Church. I’m posting it here category by category.

COOKING/NUTRITION

Community Grows | Contact: Barbara Wenger, 415/431-8112, or Nora Brereton, 415/424-5700. Fee-based: Can arrange a cooking demonstration/class at the Hayward Playground Recreation Center, 1016 Laguna St. between Golden Gate and Turk, Western Addition. (Also listed under “Science//Tech/Outdoors/Environment” for its gardening program.) www.communitygrows.org

E.J.’s Cookin’ with Class | Contact: E.J. Yurkov, 415/425-5222. Fee-based: One-time workshop or ongoing sessions teaching basic cooking skills through creating culturally, ethnically diverse menus and recipes. Ages 4-15; groups up to 20. Will come to your site and bring all equipment and ingredients. http://www.ejscookinwithclass.com

EXPLORING SAN FRANCISCO

City Guides | Contact: Libby Zazzera, 415/557-4266 or schooltours@sfcityguides.org. Fee-based, grades 4-12: City Guides offers guided two-hour walking tours designed to fascinate kids. Go to the website and click on Walking Tours for the School Tours list. Examples include: “1906 Earthquake & Fire — From South of Market to Union Square, explore how a massive earthquake toppled buildings, ripped apart city water pipes, and led to a fire that burned for 3 days.” And: “Fisherman’s Wharf: Learn about swimmers who survived (or didn’t) the treacherous bay, the baseball great whose dad wanted him to be a fisherman, and what is underneath Aquatic Park.” Please allow 3-4 weeks lead time to plan a group youth program tour.

San Francisco City Hall tours | Contact: Ellen Schumer, 415/554-6139. Free: Tours are 45-60 minutes and can be tailored to all ages. Reserve in advance.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum | Contact: Cecile Puretz, tours@thecjm.org or 415/655-7856
736 Mission St. between Third and Fourth streets (South of Market)
Fee-based: The CJM offers a museum tour that’s a hands-on exploration of architecture, with projects and activities tailored by age.

Hyde Street Pier and San Francisco Maritime Museum | Contact: Mariah Gardner, 415/292-6664 or mgardner@maritime.org. Foot of Hyde Street at Jefferson. Free to ages 15 and under, fee-based for older teens and adults: The Hyde Street Pier offers four permanently docked ships that visitors can tour. Allow two weeks’ notice. Visitors can tour theBalclutha, an 1886 full-rigged ship; the Eureka, an 1890 San Francisco ferry; the C.A. Thayer, an 1895 lumber schooner; and the Hercules, a 1907 ocean tugboat – and admire the small craft and huge freighters plying the bay while soaking up the maritime atmosphere. Groups require a ratio of at least one adult per 10 children and youth.

Precita Eyes Mural Center | Contact: Missy Ablin, 415/285-2287. Mural arts and visitors’ center: 2981 24th St. @ Harrison, Mission District. Studio: 348 Precita Ave. @ Treat St., Mission/Bernal Heights. Fee-based: Guided mural tours for all ages. See also mural arts workshops in the “Arts” category. www.precitaeyes.org

Recology (aka the city dump) | Contact: Micah Gibson, mgibson@recology.com. 501 Tunnel Ave., Visitacion Valley. Free: Check availability early for a great tour of the Recology (formerly Sunset Scavenger) recycling facilityArtist-in-Residence Program and Sculpture Garden. All students on the tour must be 9 and older, and groups are limited to 35 students and five chaperones. This is a fun tour that educates kids about the environment, recycling and reuse, as well as the interesting technology that handles tons of recyclable materials – and also inspires them with art made from discarded items, including the Sculpture Garden right at the dump.

LITERACY/SPOKEN WORD

NOTE: The San Francisco Public Library is the premier community resource. Check the www.sfpl.org website for programs and events. The Summer Learning Network will continue to update information on SFPL programs.

FIRST BOOK: Register to receive free books. http://www.firstbook.org/receive-books

YOUTH SPEAKS EVENTS AND THE BRAVE NEW VOICES INTERNATIONAL YOUTH POETRY SLAM FESTIVAL, various venues
This year, the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival is set for San Francisco the evening of Saturday, July 23, at the Opera House. Brave New Voices represents youth from all across the United States and Europe, making it the largest ongoing spoken word event in the world. Youth Speaks events in connection with Brave New Voices offer enrichment and educational activities that stimulate the creativity and nurture the soul — mostly free – during the day on weekdays during the week of July 18-23. Writing workshops and spectator opportunities are to be announced. See www.youthspeaks.org for details.

MOVEMENT

Abada Capoeira | Contact: Lisa Willoughby, bookings@abada.org or 415/206-0650. 3221 22nd St. near Mission, Mission District. Fee-based: Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art self-defense form that incorporates acrobatics, dance, percussion, and songs. Abada can offer options ranging from one-time workshops to ongoing classes, onsite or offsite, for ages 5 and up.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY/OUTDOORS/ENVIRONMENT

Community Grows | Contact: Barbara Wenger, 415/431-8112, or Nora Brereton, 415/424-5700. Fee-based: Can arrange a workshop in one of the gardens Community Grows is creating in various locations. (Also listed under “Nutrition” for its cooking workshops.)

Mission Science Workshop | Contact: Dan Sudran, 415/621-1240. Located at Mission High School, 3750 18th St. (Church Street side), Mission District/Castro. Fee-based: Can arrange one-shot or longer-term session at the Mission Science site, for second grade and up. “Combines traditional activities in experimental sciences – use of microscopes, balances, thermometers, culturing plants and animals – with building a variety of projects with clay, wood, and plastic, including pendulums, electric and mechanical toys, musical instruments, and apparatuses that enhance our explorations of sound, light and color. In all our activities … the emphasis is upon learning from observation and direct experience with real things.”

MOUSE Squad | Contact: Jan Half, 408/712-5912, jhalf@ca.mousesquad.org. Fee-based: MOUSE Squad works with young people ages 9-18 to build technology and leadership skills. Programs must have computers and Internet access on site, and a program leader or staffer who can be trained to work with the students (teaching credential not required). The program needs to be at least a week, which can be half-days, and can extend up to 12 weeks.

Outdoor Exploratorium @ Fort Mason
Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street, Marina District. (415)561-0360. The Outdoor Exploratorium features a collection of 20 outdoor interactive science exhibits and artworks. Dotted along the waterfront at Fort Mason Center and in the adjoining 55-acre National Park of Upper Ft. Mason, these exhibits harness the wind, the waves, marine life, and the man-made and natural environments in this urban waterfront site. Maps are available at Fort Mason Center, Bldg A, open seven days a week.

San Francisco Botanical Garden | Contact: Annette Huddle, 415/661-1316 ext. 407. Ninth Avenue @ Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, Inner Sunset District. Free to youth programs: Tours and programs in an urban oasis.

San Francisco State University Kayaking/Sailing Camp | Contact: Dr. Patrick Tierney, 415/338-1531. Lake Merced, Lakeshore/Sunset District. Full scholarships for groups representing low-income urban youth: Weeklong day camps on Lake Merced offer kayaking, sailing, science and environmental activities. Ages 8-15; ability to swim strongly preferred but not mandatory. Groups must commit to the full week of camp. Program run by the SFSU Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism.

San Francisco Zoo | Contact: Stella Egar, 415/753-7122. Sloat Boulevard at Great Highway, Outer Sunset District/Beach. Free to programs funded by SFUSD or DCYF: Arrange tours at least two weeks in advance. 1-5 ratio of adults to children/youth required. Additional adults pay admission fee. Grades 1-12. www.sfzoo.org

University of California San Francisco Outdoor Programs Kayak Adventure | Contact: Kirk McLaughlin, 415/502-2121. Mission Creek, Mission Bay/South of Market. Free under scholarship program: Take your group on an urban aquatic adventure! UCSF Outdoor Programs has 440 full-scholarship spots for sea kayaking outings on Mission Creek for young people over 8 years old. Make arrangements directly with the program. Ability to swim strongly preferred but not mandatory.