MILTON-FREEWATER - The Horizon Project, the group that helped with Central Middle School's ambitious after-school care program, is now getting ready to tackle the issues of what happens to children during summer vacation.

Space is limited in the programs, which are funded by the Umatilla County Commission on Children and Families, the United Way of Umatilla County, the U.S. Forest Service Title III, the Wildhorse Foundation, the Blue Mountain Community Foundation and the 21st Century Community Learning Program.

Early sign up is encouraged for the four programs, which range from a wilderness experience to producing a play.

Cougar Science Camp

From 10 a.m. to noon starting this Wednesday through Aug. 11, middle school students can experiment in science. There will be numerous scientific activities, including building kit rockets and field trips.

Summer Cougars

Middle school students are invited to become Summer Cougars and enjoy a variety of activities including swimming, arts, crafts, sports, biking, cooking and field trips. The Cougars meet from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday in the Central Middle School cafeteria.

Exploring the Blues

This summer camp is available to young people entering sixth, seventh or eighth grades who are enrolled in the Summer Central Community Learning Center. The week-long overnight resident camp is at the Kiwanis Cabins on the south fork of the Umatilla River. The cost is $40 per camper, but no youth will be denied participation due to family hardship. Space is limited. The camp will be held July 5-9 and Aug. 8-12.

Live Theater

All young people have to do to have a shot at stardom with the Missoula Children's Theater is show up for auditions at McLoughlin High School's auditorium at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 12. Auditions last until noon. Children selected for roles will stay for their first two-hour rehearsal after auditions.

The program costs $25 for each child cast in the play and includes a lunch served at noon during rehearsal week. Daily rehearsals will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A variety of characters are needed. In addition to Hansel, Gretel and the witch; the production also calls for servants, cooks campers, various wild beasts and a flock of cuddly Wallybirds. Students aged five to 18 are invited to audition. Older students are also needed to serve as assistant directors.

The play will be presented at at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at Mac-Hi.

Sign up

Those interested in registering for the summer camp or the children's theater should contact the Horizon Project at 938-5658.

People interested in signing up for Summer Cougars and the Cougar Science Club should call Mike Odman at 938-5504 .

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