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Summer Reading Logs

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Spend Your Summer in the Garden

Have some free time this summer? Want to enjoy an hour or so in the beautiful green gardens at Mira Vista? The garden committee is looking for volunteers to help tend the gardens over the summer break. If you’re interested, please attend one of the orientation meetings to find out how to gain access and

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Summer activities: Khan Academy

For the ultimate online learning experience, during the summer or any time from kindergarten through retirement, check out Khan Academy. It’s a free, trackable library of videos and interactive lessons on science and math for everyone. It’s fun and challenging—go on, parents, test your skills. We dare you.

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Summer activities: Get wet!

Here’s the lowdown on where to get into the swim of things in Richmond and surrounding areas this summer.

Richmond Plunge 1 East Richmond Avenue Richmond, CA 94801 510-620-6820 Family & Recreation Swim: W, F 11–1, F 6–7:30, weekends 1–5 Fees: Adults $5R/$6NR Children $3R/$4NR Closed July 15 from 5–2:30; regular programming will resume

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Summer Activities: Keep the Learning Going


Two quick lists from Summer Matters, an organization dedicated to bridging the learning gap between students who benefit from organized summer learning programs and those who don’t. Take a look around the site for some ideas on ways to benefit your own child and the greater community. But first:

Five ways to keep

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Summer Activities: Reading Lists


Check out these lists for summer reading! The first is a comprehensive group of downloadable and printable lists arranged by age and brought to you by the wonderful people at the Association for Library Service to Children. The second is a more whimsical checklist for literary parents. Enjoy!

Get your nose in a

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Summer Activities: Writing Prompts


Summer brings the challenge of kids needing activities for mind and body. Every year, we put together a list of different things you can do with your kids over the summer. Check back — we’ll post every week. You can click the graphic in the sidebar for an index of everything we put

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Summer Camps

Starting to think about summer programs for your child ? Most camps in the East Bay begin registration in February or March. Here we’ve listed some great options to look into.

Kids For the Bay Kids for the Bay is the organization that comes into Mira Vista classrooms now, so extending those experiences might be

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Guide to Sunscreens

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a bunch of information on the best sunscreens, and recently released its 2013 guide to the best sunscreens. Here’s the full information, but you can also peruse their website. Here’s a recap: EWG’s Top 4 Things NOT to Bring to the Beach, Pool or on Vacation: No sprays. Given

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El Cerrito Parks



Get outside and play this summer! Following is a list of parks and natural areas in or near your neighborhood. Click the link for a map.

Canyon Trail – El Monte Softball Field Location: 6757 Gatto Ave. El Cerrito, CA 94530 Located across the street from Canyon Trail Park is a newly

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