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During July, a couple of our summer camps at the Dietrich will reflect the movies with “Despicable You: Theatre and Visual Arts Camp” and “Your Epic Journey: Theatre and Visual Arts Camp.” During Despicable You Camp, students ages five to 12 will be invited to join in the fun as they decide if they will play the role of a hero or a despicable arch nemeses. Campers will create characters and a unique story about the epic battle between good and evil while learning about famous heroes and villains. Along the way they will also design their own costumes, props and set. At the end the week, the group will present a casual performance for family and friends. Camp will be held Monday through Friday, July 22 through 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is $60 for the week and all materials will be provided. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

The following week, July 29 through August 2 from 10 a.m. to noon, campers will go as far as their imaginations will take them in Your Epic Journey Camp. During this fantastical camp, students will create magical characters while developing magic wands, costumes, gadgets, a set and an original play about their unique journey. Friends and family will be invited to attend their performance at the end of the week. Admission is $60 for the camp.

Amy Colley and Michaela Moore teach both of these classes and have a way of drawing children’s creativity and enthusiasm for the arts out. Michaela Moore will also teaching Acting Camp for Kids during the week of July 22 through 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. During this weeklong camp, students will learn all about acting through theatre games, improvisation, storytelling, play making, character creation and more. Amy Colley will also be teaching Trash to Treasures Camp, All About Pottery & Sculpture Camp and Art Explorers Camp this summer. For more information or to register, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

I also want to tell you more about Tunkhannock’s free event River Day, which is coming up on Saturday, July 20 from 1 to 8 p.m. at Tunkhannock’s scenic Riverside Park. During the day’s festivities there will be live music by Sadie Green Sales Jugband, local favorites the Coal Town Rounders and the reggae/rock inspired George Wesley Band. The Ross Park Zoo Mobile will be there with amazing animals to visit with and learn about. There will be nature explorations with naturalists Bob Daniels and Jerry Skinner. There will be a host of nature displays and activities for children and adults. There will be farm vendors selling items including jam, local organically grown produce, hone and garlic and great food by Simply Savory BBQ, Hillside Farms and more. Lazy Daisy Alpacas will be in attendance with clothing and live alpacas. There will also be a karate demo at 2:00 p.m. by High Energy Fitness and Karate. There will be free face painting, mural painting and balloon creations for kids to enjoy. Plus Gail Vieczorek will show us how to make baskets.

Earlier in the day there will be a River Float. All participants will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Riverside Park and then kayak down the Susquehanna from Mehoopany to the park. For more information or to register, please contact David Buck at Endless Mountain Outfitters at 570-746-9140.

There will also be a Volunteer Spirit Trail Walk at 10 a.m. that morning. This walk will take place at the Iroquois Trail next to the Tunkhannock Little League Park on Sunnyside Road. This walk will be held to honor all volunteers who give unselfishly to make a difference to the community. Registration is $10 per adult and registration is free for children to age 15. For more information or to pre-register, please visit www.volunteerstrong.org.

If you are interested in yoga, there will be a free yoga class on River Day at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park with instructor Barbara Tierney from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

So don’t miss out on the fun; mark your calendars for Tunkhannock’s River Day on July 20!

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

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