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Summer Recreation Up And Running
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Though Monday didn't feel like it, the hot weather is imminent and a few days have already seen the temperature pushing toward the 100-degree mark. Escalon's community pool is open for business and the first few days found quite a few takers, as the May 29 opening officially kicked off the 'summer swim season.'

Pool hours are Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at a cost of $2 per person.

Thursday and Friday, the temperature was in the upper 90s, and the pool was packed.

Recreation Director Bridget Gaines said they have had a good response to swim lessons as well, with many people signing up for the first session.

"They are pretty full, it helped that we had some heat right at the end of school, people thought about the pool," she said.

Lessons are in two-week sessions, with the first one going on now, continuing through June 14.

Session two will run from June 18 through 28, Session 3 from July 9 through 19 and Session 4 from July 23 through Aug. 2.

Both morning and afternoon lessons are available at all levels, 1 through 6 depending on age and experience. The popular Mommy & Me class returns at 11 a.m. and adult swim lessons are also offered at 11 a.m.

Fees per session are $35 for the first child and $25 for each additional child in the same family. Adult lessons are $35, Mommy & Me class is $30. Deadline to register is 4 p.m. the Friday prior to each session.

"We have everyone back," Gaines said of the lifeguard and swimming instructor crew for the Escalon pool. "Our pool supervisor is Eric Metzler and the back-up is Ian Fitzgerald and our head swim instructor is Cory Arlt."

Also back are the 'Discover Scuba' classes offered through Aquatic Discount Scuba, hosted at the pool. The introduction to scuba diving lessons will be Saturday, June 16 and Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $10 for ages eight and above. All proceeds support local recreation programs. Bring a towel, swim suit and sunscreen to class and register at the Recreation Department at 2040 McHenry.

For those who want to try some other recreational activities this summer besides swimming, there are some intro to dance classes being offered through Kid Time Fitness Company, with parent/tot ballet movement and intro to ballet and hip hop. Classes are at the Community center. Call the rec department at 691-7371 for more information.