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Seriously, teens, The Vault is gonna be way cool

By June 8, 2010

Enterprise staff writer

Is laser tag your thing? Or maybe cooking? Perhaps youÕve always wanted to be hypnotized or featured in a photo shoot? What about inflatable homerun baseball, dodgeball tournaments or slippery limbo?

No matter what strikes your fancy this summer, youÕre likely to find it at The Vault, the de facto teen center for the city of Davis, which opens its doors on Saturday, June 19, at King High School on the corner of Sixth and B streets downtown.

All seventh- through 12th-graders are invited to check out the various activities being offered Ñ all for the whopping fee of $1 per day, or $25 for the summer. The Vault will be open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 3:30 to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 3:30 to 10 p.m. until Saturday, Aug. 7.

Old teen center favorites like air hockey, foosball, capture the flag and video games will be featured, along with many new activities that will take place at both King High and the nearby Senior Center.

ÒWeÕre stepping up the quality of the program,Ó said Caitlyn Hughes, community services coordinator for the city.

ÒItÕs going to be 35 days of lots of fun,Ó added Moret Chavez, program director for the Vault.

Like the old teen center, The Vault will be a drop-in program, with the nominal fee and signed medical release form the only requirements for participation.

Chavez will be one of a number of staffers.

ÒThere will be two to four staff members on site at all times,Ó she said. ÒSomeone will always be in the room with the teens, whether theyÕre in the kitchen, playing games or doing any other activity.Ó

In addition to a snack bar selling soda, candy and cookies, there will be weekly cooking projects as well. On the menu this summer: Strawberry shortcake, sushi, cupcakes, pizza and more.

Chavez has spent a lot of time in the King High kitchen this year; as the teen activity specialist at that school, she organized weekly cooking projects with the students there. Just last week she was barbecuing tri tip with students for their end-of-the-year lunch.

Other activities that proved popular with teens at school sites this year will continue over the summer at King High, including dodgeball tournaments, dance classes, movie nights and musical jam sessions, with on-site musical equipment available.

In order to promote participation Ñ and reward good behavior Ñ teens can earn ÒVault bucksÓ that can be redeemed throughout the summer for Vault merchandise like water bottles, key chains, beach balls and Frisbees.

To download the medical release form, visit the city website at http://www.cityofdavis.org/cs/teens. For more information, call (530) 757-5626.

Students who participated in the cityÕs teen activities during the 2009-2010 school year already will have a medical release form on file, as will incoming seventh-graders who filled out a form for the upcoming sixth-grade graduation party.

The VaultÕs opening day on Saturday, June 19, will feature free food and cake, jungle relays, tricycle obstacle courses, a Velcro wall and inflatable jousting.

Ñ Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at (530) 747-8051 or [email protected] Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.com

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

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