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Recreation Programs Kick Into Gear
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Just a few weeks remain in the school year for 2009-2010 and that means the summer recreation season isn't far behind.

Escalon city officials report several activities are already on the schedule, from tennis to swim lessons to adult softball.

The biggest need, however, is in the area of swimming, with City Recreation Director Bridget Gaines noting that there is no swim team coach at the present time.

"If anyone is interested, they can stop in or just call me," Gaines said.

She can be reached at 691-7305 and her office is in the city's Civic Center at 2040 McHenry Ave.

Swimmers interested in being a part of the city swim team can also contact Gaines. In the past, the Escalon Orcas have competed against Riverbank and Patterson.

Swimming lessons are scheduled to begin with Session one from June 7 through 17. Session two runs June 21 through July 1, session three, July 5 through 15 and session four, July 19 through 29. Six different levels of instruction are offered, with classes both in the morning and afternoon, to accommodate a variety of working schedules.

Mommy and Me meets at 11 a.m. each day and the adult swim is at noon. Lessons are $30 per session for the first child in a family, $25 for each additional child. Adult lessons are $30 and the Mommy and Me class is $25. The deadline to register for each session is 4 p.m. the Friday before the next session starts. Friday, June 4 is the deadline to sign up for the first session.

Public swimming starts Monday, June 7 and the pool will be open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 pm., at a cost of $2 per person. Contact the recreation department for swim passes.

Aquatic Discount Scuba of Escalon will be offering its introduction to scuba diving lessons again this summer and all proceeds will help support the local recreation program. The classes are planned for Saturdays, June 26, July 17 and Aug. 7. Cost is $10 and the class runs from 10 a.m. to noon each Saturday.

Outside the pool, there will be tennis, golf and softball.

The popular tennis clinic is a six-week program, featuring instruction in the fundamentals of tennis. Ryan Poling returns for another year to teach, with classes each Monday evening at the Escalon High School tennis courts, June 7 through July 12. Instruction offers the basics of forehand, backhand, volley, serve and game strategy. Two age groups are featured, with more information available by contacting Poling at 996-5880.

The golf clinic, also taught by Poling, runs Tuesday evenings at the Escalon Golf Course, June 8 through July 13. Instruction will focus on putting, chipping, wood and iron play and the class also includes one round of golf at the local course.

Register for either the tennis or golf clinic at the recreation department.

Summer league sign ups for adult softball are going on now through June 28. Teams play at Hogan Park throughout the week and the fee is $500 per team.

Youth soccer sign ups are on as well, with that season starting in the fall. Divisions are based on the child's age as of Dec. 1, 2010.

For more information about any of the recreation programs, contact rec department officials at 691-7305.