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Center offers range of camps, classes

Even though the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts’ performance season is over for the summer, the building still is hosting numerous classes, workshops and camps throughout the warm months.

“One thing we try to make sure we do here at the center is carry out arts education at all levels,” director Paul Lasakow said. “We’ve got everything from yoga classes to theater camp.”

An extensive lineup of summer classes is offered through Sept. 2, and includes everything from exercise and theater to loom weaving and photography.

“One of the most popular programs is weaving,” Lasakow said. “It’s a pretty unique program we have.”

In addition to classes, a number of camps are offered during the summer. A theater camp for ages 7 to 12 will be held Aug. 16-20, and Krendl’s Circus Camp will be Aug. 2-8, also for ages 7 to 12.

“He is bringing his wonderful act to us,” Lasakow said of Krendl, a local magician. The circus camp will include circus skills like juggling, balancing and balloon-twisting.

Theater camp also will provide an opportunity for children to learn, he said.

“We’re trying to make it a multicultural experience where kids will learn about other cultures through the magic of theater,” Lasakow said. “Theater helps kids build confidence as well as creativity, and it’s a lot of fun.”

A preschool playhouse also will be offered during August for ages 4 and 5. The playhouse will help children who are not used to spending time with other children get used to sharing and playing with others.

For more information about the summer lineup, or to register, visit www.suffolkcenter.org or call 923-0003. The center is located at 110 W. Finney Ave. in the downtown area.