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SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS

SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS PREVIEW – continued from page 39 There are opportunities for everyone at South Pasadena’s popular K-12 Summer School. Our High School is WASC accredited. Take classes such as Robotics, Science, History, Languages, Writing, Sports, Arts, Theater and Math. Classes are fun and hands-on, allowing students’ opportunities to engage in the curriculum in unique ways. High School allows students to gain credits, advance in academics, or make up credits. Age Range: Grades K-12, Dates: June 18, 2018 – July 20, 2018, Times: 8:00 – 2:30 Tuition: Varies depending on classes chosen, Registration Deadline: Registration opens on February 28 and will close when camps are full. South Pasadena School Sites, (626) 441-5810 ext. 1163 Email: spetersen@spef4kids.org SPEF4kids.org STRATFORD SCHOOL SUMMER@STRATFORD FULL DAY, HALF DAY, ARTS, NATURE & SCIENCE, SPORTS, ENRICHMENT AND ACADEMICS Stratford infuses its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum into an innovative and enriching summer camp experience. Younger campers learn, explore, and engage in hands-on learning projects, while Elementary-age students collaborate to tackle real-world problems by utilizing academic principles and concepts in a fun and engaging way. Age Range: Preschool – 5th Grade, Dates: June 25 – August 6, 2018, Times: 8:15a.m – 3:30p.m. Half-day times: 8:15a.m. – 11:30a.m., Full-day times: 8:15a.m. – 3:30p.m., Extended Day time: 3:30p.m. – 6:00p.m. Preschool – Kindergarten: 4-week camps with two, three, or fi ve day sessions starting at $379* Elementary (Grades 1 – 5): 2-week, full day sessions starting at $893; Grades 1 – 5: Destination Science week long, full day camps (Los Angeles Campus Only): $349 per week, Registration Deadline: June 4, 2018 Los Angeles Address: 1200 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, 90038 Los Angeles Phone: (323) 962-3075 Los Angeles Email: melrose@stratfordschools.com Altadena Campus Address: 2046 Allen Ave., Altadena, 91001 Altadena Phone: (626) 794-1000 Email: Altadena@stratfordschools.com StratfordSchools.com/ summer-camp SUMMERKIDS CAMP FULL DAY, ARTS, NATURE & SCIENCE, SPORTS, SWIMMING, HIKING, ARCHERY, GARDENING, COOKING, CRAFTS Summerkids, voted “Best Summer Camp” by the readers of Pasadena Weekly, is the only camp in the greater Pasadena area to operate on a real campground. Our #1 rule is to “Have Fun.” Campers choose hourly from activities such as archery, swimming, crafts, hiking, fort building, sports, games, gardening, science, cooking and more. Age Range: entering PK through 9th grades, Dates: June 11-August 31 for our K-6 program June 18-August 31 for our PreK Program, June 18-August 17 for our 7-9th grade program Times: The camp day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for our K-6 and 7-9th grade programs and from 8:30-3:30 for our PreK program. We offer extended care from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Half-day times: N/A, Full-day times: See above, Extended Day time: We offer extended care from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuition: depends on session and length of time. Range is from $405-$4800, Registration Deadline: Rolling deadline. Returning families have priority registration until March 1. 3697 Fair Oaks Avenue, Altadena (626) 577-9979 Email: info@summerkids.net summerkids.net SUMMER OF SURF FULL DAY Age range: 7 and up, Dates: June 4 August 34th (weekdays only), Times: 8/8:45 -3/4:00 + aftercare option to 6:00, Tuition: $155/day $629/wk., Registration Deadline: None 2351 Braeburn Rd., Altadena (818) 433-2694 Jamie@summerofsurf.com No deadline TOM SAWYER CAMPS, INC. FULL DAY Celebrating its 92nd summer, Tom Sawyer Camps provides local youth unique opportunities to foster positive new relationships, build confi dence and develop a sense of independence. The program achieves this through a traditional outdoor program that includes horseback riding, swimming, hiking, group games and more. While campers attend camp to play, our directors and staff know that the outcomes of their experiences are far greater. Age Range: 3 and up, Dates: June 18-August 24, Time: Vary according to camp, Full-day: 9-2 pre camp, 9-3 Tsc Too, 9-3:45 Sdc, Extended Day Time: 7:30 am-start, end of camp until 6pm, Tuition: $111-$130/day 707 W. Woodbury Rd., Altadena (626) 794-1156 email: info@tomsawyercamps.com tomsawyercamps.com WESTRIDGE SCHOOL WESTRIDGE SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM ENRICHMENT AND ACADEMICS, GIRLS ONLY Westridge School will offer two camps this summer. Girl Powered Engineering and Robotics with LEGO® teaches girls the fundamental principles of engineering and physics while boosting their confi dence and creativity. Bizzy Girls Entrepreneurship Camp is a fun, project-based camp that empowers girls to create and market their own product line. Age Range: Girls entering grades 3-8. For information about Westridge School’s program for girls entering grades 9-12, visit www.westridge.org/summerprogram. Dates: We are offering 4 sessions: June 18-22, June 25-29 (Girl-Powered Engineering is not offered this session), July 9-13, July 16-20, Times: Girl-Powered Engineering and Robotics with LEGO®: 9 am- 4 pm Bizzy Girls Entrepreneurship Camp: 9 am-3 pm, Extended Day time: Extended care available until 5:30 pm (fee: $10/day), Tuition: $425 / Session 324 Madeline Dr., Pasadena (626) 799-1053 ext. 177 summerprogram@westridge.org westridge.org/summerprogram |||| 40 | ARROYO | 03.17

1246 El Vago St., La Cañada Flintridge WHAT YOU GET FOR… BY BETTIJANE LEVINE PHOTO: Rita Benelian Area real estate experts say the seesaw stockmarket and bouncy consumer confidence stats have not affected the housing market here. They predict that the good times (for sellers) will continue to roll. Housing inventory and interest rates are at a low ebb; with so little on the market, multiple offers on desirable homes keep prices escalating. They’re not talking about McMansions, which take longer to sell, but about quality moderate-size homes in quality neighborhoods. In Pasadena’s leafy Linda Vista neighborhood, for example, there’s virtually nothing under $1 million, and even the smallest homes there can cost a few hundred thousand more than that. So it’s still a seller’s market, Realtors say, because there are so few properties to choose from and so many competitive offers. (For tax reform’s negative impact on housing prices, see page 13.) Many hundreds of people have visited a meticuously upgraded midcentury modern house in Glendale’s Whiting Woods area, says Realtor Valerie Levitt Halsey of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. “We’re really in no hurry to sell,” she says. “We want everyone to get a chance to see it, and we’ve set a date on which all offers should be submitted.” Interest is exceptionally high in an area like this, she says, because so many buyers are seeking well-built family homes in the peaceful woodsy residential neighborhoods the area is noted for. In Whiting Woods, she says, the setting is bucolic, schools are good and homes rarely come on the market. “People tend to buy their forever homes there, and settle in for decades. It’s a big challenge under current market conditions, especially for those trying to set themselves up to get a good education for their kids. There’s so little to choose from, and so many more buyers than there are properties. And that keeps prices going up.” Would-be buyers who already own a home and want to move to a bigger or smaller one face the trickiest situation, Realtors say. “It’s hard to figure out how to sell your current home and buy your next home successfully in this market,” Halsey says. “If you need the equity from selling your home in order to buy your next home, you have a problem. The great properties that people want are so competitive that if you haven’t sold your house yet, you can’t make an offer competitive enough to buy the new home. Someone else will snap it up. And if you sell your house before buying a new one, you have no idea how long it will take to find that right new home, and then make the winning bid. You’re faced with having to rent for an unknown amount of time. This is a problem we’ve been seeing and lots of us are talking about.” While most top Arroyoland residential neighborhoods have remained architecturally intact thanks to Pasadena’s fervent preservation community, there are signs that is slowly changing — already massive homes are being enlarged or torn down and replaced with something even larger, introducing architectural styles that are anything but the hallowed traditional style of the neighborhood. An example is a newly constructed home in La Caňada Flintridge, which Rita Benelian, a Realtor with Keller Williams’ West Hollywood office, calls “an entertainer’s dream home,” with one level that’s an extraordinary “man cave” that would have suited the Rat Pack. The upper levels are traditional in design, the kind of home you might find in Beverly Hills or Doheny Estates, she says. But “it would be about $20 million if it were on the Westside,” she adds. Because it’s in La Caňada, it’s what she calls a real bargain. Condominiums with spacious open floor plans are having a heyday in Arroyoland, Realtors say, not just because prices can be more affordable, but also because increasing numbers of people are deciding to embrace the freer lifestyle that comes with owning a condo. Realtor Ryan Sarkissian, with Compass Pasadena, says that much the same situation exists for condos as for private homes. “There’s not a lot on the market now in an affordable price range, in good condition and that has a nice, spacious layout,” he notes. “Prices are escalating for condos, because so many buyers have so little to choose from.” And when something good comes on the market, he notes, the bidding competition will be stiff, the price will go up and it will go fast. Following is a sampling of what you can get for your money: –continued on page 42 03.18 | ARROYO | 41