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City’s Teen Connection summer program registration has begun

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The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department began registration May 9, for its Teen Connection Summer Program.

Limited spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Options are available for attending the program the entire summer or for individual weeks.

Teen Connection is free and serves youth in grades 6-12 at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell Ave. The program’s summer hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some special activities for teens happening outside regular hours. Meals will be provided through a partnership with Families & Youth Innovations Plus and Las Cruces Public Schools’ Summer Food Services Program.

Here is a tentative schedule of the activities:

  • June 1-3: Summer Kick Off: Hike at Leasburg Dam State Park, movies and open recreation; in partnership with the nonprofit Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks.
  • June 6-10: Ready Set Gold: Wacky Olympics, sports and cooperative games.
  • June 13-17: Lights, Camera, Action! Arts, drama, theater and music production.
  • June 21-24: Adventure Week: Explore through hikes, obstacle courses and adventures; in partnership with the New Mexico Army National Guard and Rocking at NMSU.
  • June 27-July 1: Splash Week: Water conservation and water-focused activities.
  • July 5-8: Stranger Things: Paranormal experiences through video, tours and adventures.
  • July 11-15: Out of this World: Tour of Spaceport America, explore science and space.

For registration, visit www.las-cruces.org/31/Play and click on the online registration link.

Register in person at A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven, 906 N. Tornillo St., 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell Ave., 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; and City Parks and Recreation administrative office, 1501 E. Hadley Ave., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday.

No telephone registrations will be accepted.

For information, contact Teen Connection at 575/528-4235 or email teenconnection@las-cruces.org.