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Lots of summer from City Parks and Rec

Mike Conway

Post Date:05/05/2017

Lots of summer fun from Merced City Parks and Rec  Cha Cha Cha dance lessons

The Merced Senior Community Center will be offering free Cha Cha Cha dance lessons on Mondays through May 22, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  No partner is required.  Classes will be held at the Senior Community Center, 755 West 15th street.  For more information or to sign up please call 209-628-0683 or 209-723-0839.

Movies in the Park

The City of Merced will be providing another summer of family nights for the 'Summer Movies in the Park.'   These free movies nights are open to anyone and will be held in different parks throughout Merced. This year there will even be a movie at a pool. These movies will play throughout the summer and end in fall.  Come out and join us for a night of fun, bring your family, friends and neighbors. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs and a blanket to stay cozy. Movies begins when the sun sets.

Movie Lineup:

May 19th:  Moana @ Applegate Park

June 2nd: Fantastic Beasts @ Rahilly Park

June 16th:  Star Wars: Rogue One @ Joe Herb Park

June 30th: The Wizard of Oz @ Rudolph Merino Park

July 7th: Marvel's Doctor Strange @ McNamara Park

July 14th: SING @ Stephen Leonard Park

July 28th: Finding Dory @ El Capitan High School Pool.

August 4th: The Lego Batman @ Applegate Park

 Summer Playground Program sign-ups start

Make summer memorable for your youngster with the 'Summer Playground Program at Rahilly Park.'

The eight-week program by the City of Merced's Parks and Recreation Department offers a summer of fun for kids ages K-6th grade in a great outdoor setting. Activities include arts and crafts, science projects, themed days, special events, guest appearances, field trips, and other fun.

The camp runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 5 through July 28. The cost is $15 a week, and $10 for additional family members. The program will take place at the Rahilly Park Outdoor Shelter, 3400 N. Parsons Ave. For more information or to register, call 385-6855.

 Tennis H.I.T.S.

The City of Merced is offering a free tennis program for this summer called H.I.T.S., a program developed by the U.S. Tennis Association. H.I.T.S (Honesty, Inspiration, Teamwork, Sportsmanship) focuses on playing, learning and having fun.  This program will help build friendships and engages kids in physical activity.  It combines learning tennis with life skills.  There will be 4 sessions offered throughout summer beginning on June 6 and ending on July 27th.  Each session is 2 weeks long, Monday-Thursday.   The H.I.T.S. program will be hosted in different parks throughout Merced and all sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon.  Youth 6 to 10 are free, 11 and up have a $20 registration fee. For more information or to register, please call 385-6235 or visit our office 678 W. 18th St.

 Summer at City Hall

The City of Merced is offering opportunities for students who would like to learn more about local government and the 21st Century workforce skills.  This summer program is looking to increase youth knowledge of how local government operates and to strengthen intergenerational relationships.  There will be guest speakers and field trips throughout the city in the 2-week period.  Students who live in the city or attend a high school in Merced are eligible to apply. Registration is for students who will be in the 9th, 10th, 11th grade and incoming seniors.  Students will receive a $100 stipend for completing the program.  The program will take place July 10 through 21 at City Hall.  For more information, please log onto our website at or call 385-6855.  

Youth Council vacancies

The City of Merced Youth Council is looking for motivated youth ages 13-18 years who would be interested in representing youth in the community.  Youths who have the desire to engage with the community, create change, promote the livelihood of young people and raise up awareness or concerns that impact youth should take this opportunity.  The Merced Youth Council act as a liaison between the youth and City Council and hold their public meetings on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at City Hall located at 678 W. 18th St in the Council Chambers.  For more information on how to apply, check out our website at 

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