Kids' Coming Up

Summer reading at Edgewood Library

During the free “Libraries Rock!” Summer Reading Program, participants in kindergarten through sixth grade will enjoy arts and crafts, guest speakers, educational performances and more.

Events and activities have a musical theme this year, are family-friendly, are open to anyone and will be held in-library every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., through Tuesday, July 24.

Upon registration, participants will receive a program packet with a calendar of events, reading log and other details about the program.

If you can’t make it to the summer reading program events, participants can earn incentives simply by reading at home.

Every time participants complete a reading log, they may turn it into the library for a prize.

At the end of the program, all participants are invited to a pizza party sponsored by the local Domino’s.

Summer reading events:

June 19: The Way of the Drum (Native American drumming)

June 26: Curious Chris, The Singing Scientist

July 3: The Dynamic Classical Guitar

July 10: Let’s Polka, People, featuring Edgewood town councilor Linda Holle and library volunteer Ellen Wymer

July 17: A Scottish Tradition, featuring Highland Desert Pipes and Drums

July 24: End of Summer Pizza Party

Summer reading at Moriarty Library

The Moriarty Library Summer Reading Program is going through Saturday, July 28, and is sponsored by Blake’s Lotaburger.

For every three programs children attend, they receive a free kid’s meal from Blake’s.

Summer reading events:

• June 20: Singing Poet Guy, 10:30 a.m.

• June 27: Water Day at city park, 10:30 a.m.

• July 3: Fractals are SMArt Science Math and Art! 3 p.m.

• July 7: Zumba at the library, 11 a.m.

• July 18: East Mountain Dance, 10:30 a.m.

• July 25: Christmas in July, 10:30 a.m.

• July 28: End of Summer Party at Read Write Center, noon

Harvest Bible Fellowship hosts family-friendly summer outreach

From 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, July 14, at the Edgewood Soccer Complex, Harvest Bible Fellowship will host a free event featuring live music, an arts and crafts fair, bounce houses for children and hot dogs and hamburgers.

For more information, contact Pastor Gary at 975-3658 or Suzanne at 907-9324. No animals except certified service animals are allowed at this event.

BernCo Movies in the Park coming to area

Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation is again hosting its popular and family-friendly series Movies in the Park this summer through Saturday, Aug. 11, at various locations throughout the county.

Residents and their families can enjoy today’s version of the drive-in movie outdoors, and can bring their blankets, lawn chairs and even food and drinks from home.

Additionally, food trucks will be available at all Movies in the Park showings.

All movies are free and begin at dusk, but may be canceled due to weather. Movies in the Park will show on:

• Saturday, July 21: Los Vecinos Community Center, “Despicable Me 3.”

No alcohol, glass, sharp/dangerous items or video recording are allowed at any Movies in the Park showing.

For more information or for weather-related questions, call the Movies in the Park hotline at 314-0477. Visit bernco.gov for the full schedule.

Summer Camps

Junior Zookeepers Camp

Wildlife West Nature Park is now taking registrations for their week-long Junior Zookeeper day camps in Edgewood.

These five-day camps run from 9 a.m. to noon, June 18-22 and June 25-29. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 can get a rare opportunity to experience and learn about New Mexico’s native wildlife, and observe what the zookeepers do on a daily basis.

They will interact with animals in a safe and educational environment, make toys for the wildlife, observe their behavior and get behind-the-scenes tours led by the zookeepers.

The camps are taught by two certified teachers, who will cover everything from bird-watching techniques to animal enrichment projects. Children will learn about the care and basic biology of native wildlife and plants.

This program helps children develop life-long values about wildlife and the environment.

The camps are $30 per child for families who live in Santa Fe County, thanks to funding from the county, or $70 per child outside the county.

Daily snacks and drinks, along with a family barbecue at the end of each camp, will be provided.

Space is limited, so register now by going to wildlifewest.org to get the registration form, which needs to be mailed along with payment or hand-delivered Wildlife West at 87 North Frontage Road, Edgewood.

For more information, call 281-7655.

Cibola National Forest offers Forest Bound program

Forest Bound is a new free summer training program offered to youth in the age range of 14-18.

Last summer was the launch of the program in Santa Fe National Forest.

This summer, the program is expanding to Cibola National Forest, the Sandia Mountains area, and organizers are looking for students who are interested in the program and extending an invitation to educate youth about native plants.

Organizers are dedicating three one-week sessions in the Cibola National Forest with daily activities associated with native-plant identification, botanical terms, plant monitoring, ethnobotany and bringing in professional mentors in other natural-resource careers.

After the week is over, all participants will receive a certificate in Basic Native Plant Ecology.

Visit npsnm.org/summer-training for more information.