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City filled with activities this summer

Published 2:44pm Tuesday, June 11, 2013

As with every transition from spring to summer, the mindset of millions around the country shifts from work to play.

Yes, summer is a time for recreation.

College students usually celebrate the end of the school year by going to places away from home, such as the beach.

Younger children usually see summer as a time to do nothing but play all day.

I remember when I was in high school, I would often complain how there was nothing to do or how bored was.

But quite frankly, there’s no such thing as having nothing to do.

During the past couple of weeks, I have gotten a chance to look at some of Alexander City’s many summer programs for area youths.

It seems like every time I look up in the newsroom, we talk about a new summer program or event that is available for young people around the community to relish.

Obviously, one of the biggest events was this past weekend’s 23rd annual Jazz Fest.

Friday’s festivities in Strand Park alone were a testament to what the community has to offer to people of all ages.

During Friday, I saw young children and adults enjoying the music and interacting in a truly enjoyable atmosphere.

For any college-aged young people from the community, I point to Jazz Fest as an example of what’s right here in your hometown when you are looking for something fun to do.

The city will play host to the first ever SunFest in July, which will also aim to have a fun-filled atmosphere for the entire community.

For parents with young children, there is so much out there available to make sure children stay active during the summer months and even learn something in the process.

Alexander City Parks and Recreation, along with many other community organizations, have been hosting camps that focus on reading, science and outdoor fun for weeks now.

Ensuring that your children stay out of trouble, stay in shape and gain some knowledge instead of sitting in the house watching cartoons or playing video games all day – that’s easy when we live in a community that has so much to offer.

Keeping your child involved in something productive could be as simple as getting a gym membership or taking them to a park each day.

The city also has swimming classes going on, and with Lake Martin very close by, there’s no excuse not to go out and stay active.

Young people with siblings, enjoy a day with your brothers or sisters.

Parents, take a day and teach your child to fish.

There’s really too much out there to claim boredom in Alexander City.

Hudson is a staff writer for The Outlook.