Summer Fun-Learn about flying, read a good book

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:20 a.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:23 a.m.

ASCEND aviation summer camp

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Aviation Summer Camp, ASCEND. This event is for youth 13-18 and will be held from June 17-22 in the EAA Chapter 1083’s EAAgles Nest home hangar at the Rowan County Airport.

During the weeklong program, student campers will be immersed in all aspects of aviation for both hobby and career enthusiasts.

The curriculum is a mixture of classroom training and hands-on discovery. During the week, instructors will feature all aspects of aviation, including maintenance such as mechanical, sheet metal work and fabric-covering skills, plus a ground school program teaching parts of aircraft, the four forces of flight, navigation, weight and balance, aviation weather, traffic patterns and more.

Guests from business and industry flight departments will show their equipment, from single-engine, propeller-driven aircraft to business jets and helicopters. Local TV stations, air ambulance, police and National Guard helicopters will also be invited to show off their professions and equipment.

Each year the camp takes one day for a field trip to places like area aviation museums, business flight operations, airport management departments, and FAA air traffic control facilities when available.

Following the weeklong program, each camper will get a free introductory flight from area volunteer pilots in coordination with the EAA Oshkosh’s “Young Eagle Program.” This program has provided more than 1.8 million young people the chance to take flight worldwide. Included in that tally are nearly 3,000 first flights by volunteer pilots here in central North Carolina.

Helping to fund this project and to expand on its original concept is a grant from the Taco Bell “Graduate of Go” Foundation. With this grant, the group was able to give certificates for ongoing flight instruction from FAA certified flight instructors of the student’s choice, flight and navigation tools the students use in class and in their future endeavors in aviation and more.

The tuition for the camp is $125; scholarships are available on a need-based system. The camp is limited to 25 attendees to give personal attention to each camper.

New this year: For students wishing to attend and not living nearby, we will have available student lodging in the homes of chapter members.

Deadline to apply is May 30. Information and application can be found at, or phone or e-mail Lewis or Jana Brown at 336-752-2574,

Rowan Public Library programs for kids and teens

This summer, Rowan Public Library invites kids to join the library for a summer of programs and great reads with Dig Into Reading!

Pre-registration begins on Monday, May 13 at all library locations for children age 12 months to rising fifth-graders. Prizes for every five, 10, 15 and 20 hours read with door prizes at the school-aged programs.

Kick-off celebrations will be held at each location: 3:30-5 p.m., Thursday, June 13 at South Rowan Regional in China Grove; 1:30-3 p.m., Friday, June 14 at East Branch in Rockwell; 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 15 at RPL headquarters in Salisbury.

Weekly programs begin June 17 and run until Aug. 1. Due to the July 4 holiday on Thursday, programs that week will be held on July 5. RPL staff will entertain the youngest participants and professional performers will help the school-age children “Dig In.” Family programs will again be offered at Cleveland Town Hall and reading hours can be tracked there at the time of the program.

• Tiny Treasures: 12- to 24-month-olds, Mondays, 10 a.m., East; Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Headquarters; Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., South. Each program lasts about 30 minutes; runs for four weeks.

• Little Diggers: 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m.; Tuesdays, East; Wednesdays, South; Thursdays, Headquarters. Each program lasts about 30 minutes; runs for four weeks.

• Fossil Finders: 3- to 5-year-olds, 10:30 a.m.; Mondays, South; Tuesdays, Headquarters; Thursdays, East. Each program lasts 30-45 minutes and runs for seven weeks.

• Paleontologists: Rising first- through fifth-graders, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., South; Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., East; Wednesdays, 2 p.m., Headquarters; Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Cleveland Town Hall. Programs last about 45 minutes and runs for seven weeks.

— June 17-20: Pint Sized Polka, musical fun.

— June 24-27: Captain Jim, Magical Pirate.

— July 1-5: Ro and Mo, stories, songs and silliness.

— July 8-11: Flows Circus, variety show.

— July 15-18: Dapper Dion, stories and songs.

— July 22-25: Discovery Place Science Reach, A Matter of Science.

— July 29-Aug. 1: Blue Moon Puppets, Pea Pickin’ Tales.

Programs are also available for camps and daycares. Call 704-216-8234 for more information.

Calling all Teens: Beneath the Surface @ your Library

There are many ways for teens to discover what is “Beneath the Surface” this summer at Rowan Public Library. Starting June 18 and running through Aug. 1, all rising sixth-graders to 12th-graders are invited to participate in events at the library. Teens can earn library dollars to be used at the end of the summer to enter raffles on prizes provided by the Friends of Rowan Public Library.

Programs will be held on from 3:30-5 p.m. on Tuesdays at Headquarters; on Wednesdays at East Branch in Rockwell; on Thursdays at South Rowan Regional in China Grove. The July 4 program will be held on July 5.

This year, Beneath the Surface events include Fossils and Gems; Inside Out; Game Show Challenge; Skill Toys Workshop; Scratch the Surface and Beneath Your Feet.

Each teen will receive a booklet when they register for summer reading. The booklet is a way to keep track of library dollars, which can be used to earn raffle tickets for prizes provided by local organizations and the Friends of Rowan Public Library. Prize raffles will be drawn at the special teen event Masked Ball to be held at South Rowan Regional in China Grove on Aug. 1.

Teen event schedule:

• Fossils and Gems: Gem Panning and Creating Fossils — Headquarters, Salisbury, June 18; East, Rockwell, June 19; South, China Grove, June 20.

• Inside Out: Crafts from the inside out — Headquarters, June 25; East, June 26; South, June 27.

• Game Show Challenge: How much do you know about bugs, mummies and all things housed “Beneath the Surface”? Headquarters, July 2; East, July 3; South, July 5.

• Skill Toys Workshop: Learn how to use flower sticks, a Chinese yo-yo and more. Headquarters, July 8; East, July 9; South, July 10.

• Scratch the Surface: Scratch Crafts and more. Headquarters, July 16; East, July 17; South, July 18.

• Beneath Your Feet: Underground Cities and Tunnels. Headquarters, July 24; East, July 25; South, July 26.

• Masked Ball and Prize Raffle: Aug. 1, 3:30-5 p.m., end of summer celebration at South Rowan Regional.

Also this summer

• Parent and Family Reading Workshop: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, June 17, Headquarters, Salisbury.

• Special Literacy Event at Patterson Farm, Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children will be able to participate in special literacy activities and receive a free book. Hosted by Altrusa.

For more information visit or call your closest RPL location — Headquarters, 704-216-8234; South Rowan Regional, 704-216-7728; East Branch, 704-216-7842.

Horizons summer camps

Science Discovery — For rising first- and second-graders; 8 a.m.-noon, July 8-11; $125 includes all camp materials and snacks. Science Discovery Camp will spark the imagination and curiosity of children by providing fun, interactive and educational programs that instill a clear understanding of what science is about and how it affects their world. The four-day camp will consist of big ideas in science including birds, force and motion, astronomy and design engineering.

Themes: Birds and the beasts; force and motion; astronomy; engineering. Instructor: Anne Ellis, science specialist. Maximum enrollment: 25.

Elementary Engineering Experience (E3) — For rising fourth- and fifth-graders; 8 a.m.-noon, July 15-18; $125 includes all camp materials and snacks. Campers will learn how engineers impact society, and they will experience engineering through hands-on, creative investigations and design activities.

Themes: electrical explorers; Cool Chemical Concoctions; Splish Splash Water World; flight academy. Instructors: Anne Ellis, science specialist; Jennifer Barbee, science specialist. Maximum enrollment: 30.

Environmental Awareness & Art — For rising second- and third-graders; 8 a.m.-noon, July 22-25; $125 includes all camp materials and snacks. Explore the natural world through art. This camp is an opportunity for children to immerse themselves in the wonders of the living earth. The program uses art experiences to explore different aspects of ecology such as air pollution, water quality, land conservation, plants and animals. Young artists will be inspired to make connections between art and the environment. This camp will contain a combination of conservation games, outdoor discovery and art creation. Campers will create environmental art to encourage stewardship and to raise awareness of habitat conservation.

Instructors: Tonya Brinegar-German, science specialist; Jennifer Barbee, science specialist. Maximum enrollment: 30.

Horizons is at 1636 Parkview Circle; 704-639-3004.

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