'Catch the Bug' of Summer Recreation

School’s out. In a few days, some children may be bored with nothing to do--and bugging mom. An enjoyable, healthy alternative to hanging out is “Catch the Bug,” the 2003 Summer Recreation program offered by the Long Beach Unified School District and the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. Beginning June 16, supervised crafts and sports will be offered at Barton, Birney, Hudson, International, Longfellow, McKinley, Muir, Riley, Sutter and Webster. Beginning June 23, the activity will be offered at Buffum, Burcham, Cubberley, Fremont, Gant, Gompers, Kettering, Lowell, Mann, MacArthur, Newcomb, Prisk and Tincher. The activities are offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, for five weeks. Schools will conduct summer sports tournaments, arts and crafts sessions and popular field trips to school-age youth. “These activities keep thousands of kids safe and constructively occupied, while treating them to a fascinating look into the world of insects and entomology,” said Jodi Metz, recreation supervisor. Crafts for children include making models of bugs and works of art featuring colorful insects. Summer sports include soccer, basketball, softball and kickball tournaments. Students also may go on five popular field trips: Frisbee golf and a fishing derby at El Dorado Park, beach day at Seal Beach, a talent show at Recreation Park and a track meet at Millikan High School.