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The Mary C. O’Keefe in partnership with its Friends Plus donors is pleased to announce partial and full scholarships available for the 2019 Summer Camp season. Click here for an application. Scholarship applications will be accepted April 20th through May 20th.  Recipients will be notified May 24th.

Jul
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Performing Arts Camps: WINGS Jungle Book Theatre Camp
Jul 8 – Jul 19 all-day
Performing Arts Camps: WINGS Jungle Book Theatre Camp

This two-week Musical Theatre Camp will be under the direction of Cayson Miles!

Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids – The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in this exciting Disney classic! Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical for elementary or middle schools includes all your favorite Disney tunes, like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wanna Be Like You.” With colorful characters and that toe-tapping jungle rhythm.

A fun-filled Musical Theatre Camp open to experienced actors as well as first-time performers. The camp will culminate with the production to be performed for friends, family and the general public on Friday. July 19th at 6PM.

In this two-week camp, there will be training in stage movement, voice, choreography and costume design. Along with rehearsals and performances, participants will receive technical training including learning about costumes, designing scenery, lights and sound.

Instructor: Cayson Miles
Ages: 6-13
Dates: July 8-12 and 15-19
Times: 9 AM – 4 PM
Price: Members: $350/ Non-Members: $375

Jul
15
Mon
Jr. Chef Camp: Introduction to Cakes
Jul 15 – Jul 19 all-day
Jr. Chef Camp: Introduction to Cakes

The Jr. Chefs will immerse themselves into the vast world of cakes this week. They will learn about the different types of cakes and their traditional fillings. The Jr. Chefs will create their own mini cakes such as German chocolate cake and lemon pound cake, as well as cupcakes and cake truffles.

 

  • 7/15-7/16: Yellow Cake, Chocolate Cake, Red Velvet Cake, and Lemon Pound Cake
  • 7/17: Cream Cheese Icing, Buttercream, and Fudge Icing
  • 7/18: Cake Design
  • 7/19: Cake Truffles and Cupcakes
Jr. Chef Camp: Travel Across the Americas
Jul 15 – Jul 19 all-day
Jr. Chef Camp: Travel Across the Americas

This week your Jr. Chef will learn the different food styles and cultures from different parts of North America. We will touch on different cities and their cuisines such as the Mississippi Gulf Coast, New Orleans, Miami, San Francisco, and Chicago. Your Jr. Chefs will learn some of the staple recipes and foods from the areas discussed.

 

  • 7/15: Mississippi Gulf Coast- Boiled Shrimp, Corn, Potatoes, Cocktail Sauce, and Tartar Sauce
  • 7/16: New Orleans- Roast Beef and Gravy Po’Boy, Tater Tots, and Coleslaw
  • 7/17: Miami- Seafood Ceviche and Tropical Popsicle
  • 7/18: San Francisco- Mission Burrito
  • 7/19: Chicago- Chicago Deep Dish Pizza and Chicago Style Hot Dog
Visual Arts Camps: Art Exploration Encore!
Jul 15 – Jul 19 all-day
Visual Arts Camps: Art Exploration Encore!

Due to the popularity of this class, we are offering a second session! Children Ages 6-11 will learn drawing, painting, and collage in this class for beginning artists. This class is highly popular throughout the school year, and is now available for summer!

Instructor: Carmen Lugo
Ages: 6-11
Times: 9 AM-12 PM
Price: Members: $135/ Non-Members: $160

Visual Arts Camps: Painting for Teens- Mixed Media & Abstract
Jul 15 – Jul 19 all-day

This class will focus primarily on Mixed Media and Abstract painting techniques for teens, to help navigate the world of both abstract and non-objective painting, and learn to create successful abstract work. We will focus on learning to work the canvas as a whole, creating interesting shifts in color and value, mark making, and texture.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo
Ages: 11-up
Times: 1-4 PM
Price: Members: $135/ Non-Members: $160

Visual Arts Camps: The Art of Glass Making
Jul 15 – Jul 19 all-day

Students will begin to understand the fluid nature of hot glass by working directly with the molten material. Students will learn to apply color and shape the material with specialized hand tools. Lessons will include the steps to make flowers, hearts, birds, paperweights and more. This class will provide the students with a basic understanding of how to work with the material so that they can begin to create their own designs with their skills.

Solange Ledwith began working with glass in 2002 at Chico State University, CA, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. Shortly after, she made her way to Los Angeles where she completed her Master’s of Arts degree at the California State University of Fullerton. “I was fortunate to be able to study with and work professionally with LA’s finest. It was there that I learned to love the delicate art of precision glass working.” To further advance her working skills and knowledge, she spent many summers at the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington where she was exposed to the incredible talent that came from all over the world. In 2010, she made my way back to my birth home, Louisiana. “It was here that I really began to learn about myself and what is important to me; my love for family and home, and my appreciation for how precious life is.” Solange’s core foundation remains fond of the delicate aesthetics of precision glass and has now found a way to balance that precision with more colorful and playful designs. “I love what I do, and my world has become more playful and brighter because of it. My hope is to share that delight for life and glass with all of you.”

  • Instructor: Solange Ledwith
  • Class times: 9 AM-12 PM; 1PM-4PM
  • Ages: 9-17
  • Price: Members: $300/ Non-Members: $325

($100.00 Supply Fee is included in price.) 

Jul
22
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Jr. Chef Camp: Explore Different Cuisines
Jul 22 – Jul 26 all-day
Jr. Chef Camp: Explore Different Cuisines

Becky’s Kitchen at The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center will be offering summer Jr. Chef Camps for young food enthusiasts ages 7-14. In addition to preparing a varied menu each week, the Jr. Chefs will be taught kitchen safety, knife skills (age appropriate), a variety of food preparation techniques, table setting and service, dining etiquette, and proper cleaning of the kitchen. Parents are invited to dine with students the last day (Friday) of each session with a reservation and a lunch fee of $5.00 per guest (max of 2 guests). There is a minimum/maximum on class attendees of 7/14. All camps include a 9- 12 PM session and 1- 4 PM session for each.

For Ages: 7- 14

1- 4 PM

Throughout the week we will explore different cuisines from different countries such as Italian, French, Asian, and American. The Jr. Chefs will learn what makes each cuisine different and learn staple ingredients to go along with each country. The Jr. Chefs will then take what they learned and cook dishes native to the different countries.

 

  • 7/22: American- Cheeseburger and French Fries
  • 7/23: Italian- Homemade Pasta Noodles and Pesto
  • 7/24: French- Roast Chicken, Truffle Potatoes, and Ratatouille
  • 7/25: Chinese- Sesame Glazed Chicken and Fried Rice
  • 7/26: Mexican- Tacos el Pastor and Beans and Rice
Jr. Chef Camp: Fundamentals of Cooking
Jul 22 – Jul 26 all-day
Jr. Chef Camp: Fundamentals of Cooking

Becky’s Kitchen at The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center will be offering summer Jr. Chef Camps for young food enthusiasts ages 7-14. In addition to preparing a varied menu each week, the Jr. Chefs will be taught kitchen safety, knife skills (age appropriate), a variety of food preparation techniques, table setting and service, dining etiquette, and proper cleaning of the kitchen. Parents are invited to dine with students the last day (Friday) of each session with a reservation and a lunch fee of $5.00 per guest (max of 2 guests). There is a minimum/maximum on class attendees of 7/14. All camps include a 9- 12 PM session and 1- 4 PM session for each.

For Ages: 7- 14

In this class, your Jr. Chefs will learn basic knife skills and knife cuts. We will show them the different types of cooking- braising, sautéing, grilling, etc. They will also learn how to identify different herbs and vegetables, and how to then cook different recipes utilizing what they have learned.

 

  • 7/22: Knife Cuts, Vegetable Identification, and Stocks
  • 7/23: Braised Chicken, Glazed Carrots, and Mashed Potatoes
  • 7/24: Chicken and Dumplings and Chicken Noodle Soup
  • 7/25: Seared Pork Tenderloin with Grits and Bacon
  • 7/26: Family Showcase
Performing Arts Camps: WINGS American Idol Camp (Ages 12-16)
Jul 22 – Jul 26 all-day
Performing Arts Camps: WINGS American Idol Camp (Ages 12-16)

The Mary C. & Lynn Meadows’ WINGS Performing Arts present American Idol Camp.

Learn how to prepare an audition, what to expect, get constructive feedback and more! Participants will also have the chance to show off their skills in a showcase at the end of the week.

​Instructor: Cayson Miles
Ages: 12-16
Dates: July 22– 26
Times: 1– 4 PM
Price: Members: $125/ Non-Members: $150

Jul
29
Mon
Jr. Chef Camp: Eggs & Breakfast
Jul 29 – Aug 2 all-day
Jr. Chef Camp: Eggs & Breakfast

Becky’s Kitchen at The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center will be offering summer Jr. Chef Camps for young food enthusiasts ages 7-14. In addition to preparing a varied menu each week, the Jr. Chefs will be taught kitchen safety, knife skills (age appropriate), a variety of food preparation techniques, table setting and service, dining etiquette, and proper cleaning of the kitchen. Parents are invited to dine with students the last day (Friday) of each session with a reservation and a lunch fee of $5.00 per guest (max of 2 guests). There is a minimum/maximum on class attendees of 7/14. All camps include a 9- 12 PM session and 1- 4 PM session for each.

For Ages: 7- 14

This week we will learn the history behind eggs and how they are in every food culture across the globe. The Jr. Chefs will learn basic knife skills, how to properly cook all kinds of eggs, as well as breakfast foods such as French toast, pancakes, and waffles. They will also learn the different breakfast cuisines across the globe.

  • 7/15-7/16: All Eggs- Scrambled, Poached, Sunny Side Up, Over Easy, Over Medium, Over Hard, Fried, and Omelets
  • 7/17: Waffles, Pancakes, and French Toast
  • 7/18: Shakshuka, Hangtown Fry, Peasants Frittata
  • 7/19: Family Showcase

 

  • 7/29-7/30: All Eggs- Scrambled, Poached, Sunny Side Up, Over Easy, Over Medium, Over Hard, Fried, and Omelets
  • 7/31: Waffles, Pancakes, and French Toast
  • 8/1: Shakshuka, Hangtown Fry, Peasants Frittata
  • 8/2: Family Showcase