CHISHOLM — The Chisholm Summer Recreation Program (CSRP) has a number of summertime activities and field trips in store for its youth participants.
The program is based out of the Chisholm Curling Club, and is offered through the Chisholm Parks and Recreation Department with support from Balkan Township in the form of a $1,000 grant, as well as Chisholm Community Education with funding for busing of up to $1,000.
Tammy Nevalainen, park and recreation director, said as of Monday there were 80 youth pre-registered for CSRP. Nevalainen anticipates additional registrations as the program typically attracts more than 100 kids per year.
CRSP is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, running June 17- July 25. It’s closed July 4 and 5 in observance of Independence Day.
Attendees earn points for attendance and for participation. Points are also given for participation in the summer reading program at the Chisholm Public Library. Top point getters will be rewarded at the conclusion of the program with a field trip to a destination to be determined.
Participants at CRSP are offered a variety of activities, including a variety of games, sports, pool and crafts. There will also be opportunities for swimming in the pool at Chisholm High School.
Field trips planned for this year include Mr. Ed’s Farm in Hibbing, the Cherry Greenhouse in Cherry, bowling, trips to parks in Hibbing and Virginia and a nursing home visit.
New to the program this summer is “A Painting Journey” painting lessons by 3-2-1 Art Studio in Chisholm.
Youth who participate in A Painting Journey can participate in up to 12 different painting sessions, according to a press release from the studio. Three different paint media will be used: watercolor, acrylic and water-miscible oil paints.
“I think it’s going to be really exciting for the kids to experience the different media and painting,” Nevalainen said. “I think they’ll really enjoy it.”
Youth participating in A Painting Journey will also be invited to participate in an exhibit of artwork at the Chisholm Public Library as well as an independent study art course after the CSRP program is finished. All of the artwork will be rotated throughout the library, from July 8 through Aug. 1. A closing celebration is also being planned and will involve art students and the public.
Funding for the art program is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, through a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Registration forms for CRSP are available on the city website at www.ci.chisholm.mn.us, under recreation. For questions, contact the parks and recreation office at 218-254-7909. Starting June 17, registration and payment must be done at the curling club during CSRP hours.