Through June 30

Consider yourself the next great modern-day artist? If so, enter the 2012 All-Army Arts and Crafts Contest at Apache Arts and Crafts Center, 761st Tank Battalion and 62nd Streets, Building 2337. Enter your best 2D and 3D artwork to compete for cash prizes against the best artists in the U.S. Army. There are two groups in which to enter: novice and accomplished. The categories for both groups are ceramics, drawings, fibers and textiles, glass, metals and jewelry, mixed media 2-D, mixed media 3-D, oil base painting, prints, water base painting and wood. The deadline for submission is June 30. Contact Apache Arts and Crafts for rules and entry forms. This contest is open to active-duty soldiers, Airmen, Reservists, retirees, National Guard soldiers and families, Gold Star Family members, DOD civilian employees and their families. For more information, call (254) 532-2586.

May 26 - 27

Central Texas water enthusiasts can kick off summer, May 26-27, at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area at Water Fest. Each day patrons may attend the event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities will include the Drowned Rat Race, 21-foot Slide-n-slip, Gator Slip-n-Slide, kayak pools, inflatable bouncers, water slide rides, swimming at Sierra Beach and more. Patrons may also enjoy BLORA Ranch, the mountain bike riding trails and camping opportunities. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. Water Fest is open to all and the cost is $6 per vehicle each day. For more information, call (254) 287-2523. Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area is located on North Nolan Road (Sparta Road), approximately 10 miles from East Range Road. Access to BLORA also is possible from Farm-to-Market 439 and Sparta Road.

June 4 - Aug. 24

Super High Adventure Middle School Camp offers fun and exciting activities for teens during summer vacation. The program includes activities such as field trips, arts and crafts, mentoring, sports and cooking. The camp takes place at Comanche Youth Center, June 4 through Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (if accommodations are required prior to 9 a.m., youth can participate in the "Promise Passport Community Service" program and help set up daily activities starting at 7 a.m.). Attendance is limited to youth in grades 6 to 9 (based on the grade participants just completed). Camp fees are based on the sponsor's CYSS category with the exception of the weekly field trips. For more information, call (254) 287-5834.

June 4 - Aug. 24

School Age Care Summer Spectrum Day Camp is an exciting and adventurous way for children (grades 1 through 5) to spend their summer vacation. This year's theme is "Our Super Heroes," but with a 4-H twist. The camp takes place June 4 through Aug. 24, from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Leadership is an individual characteristic constantly developing. Youth will have a chance through drama to recognize individual talents and understand healthy self-esteem. Microwave cooking helps them learn to zap fun, healthy snacks in an instant. Children will learn about the world above them and let Aerospace take them in space. Children will do energizing exercises and review the benefits of exercise and Get Fit. Learn what it takes to nurture a garden with seeds, soil, water and loving care. Camp fees are based on Total Family Income Categories (15 percent discount for each additional child enrolled per family). For more information, call (254) 287-7950.

June 4 - July 20

Reading is vital in the development of children but more importantly, reading is fun so why stop reading when school is out for summer? Here at "The Great Place," we don't stop reading but encourage everyone to continue reading throughout the summer in the Casey Memorial Library Summer Reading Program, June 4 through July 20 at Casey Memorial Library, 72nd Street and 761st Tank Battalion Avenue, Building 3202. Reading is so delicious. Each week children will enjoy stories, crafts, activities, snacks and more.

Take part in: Wednesday activities for children and teens, Book Club for Adults and the Opening Food Prep Demo. Kids, teens and adults earn weekly prizes for reading two hours or four books and more. Register online at For more information, call (254) 287-4921.

- Compiled by Colleen Flaherty

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