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WORRIED ABOUT where to send your children this summer? Here are a few options.

If your child is interested in reading, take him/her to Treasure Island. The lending library located in Trustpuram, Kodambakkam, offers a wide variety of books and magazines. Beginners can delight in picture books and read-aloud stories. For those under 10, there are fairy tales, animal and folk tales, junior classics and the ever-popular Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle collections. Children can also get to read mystery, horror, adventure and school stories. The library also stocks unabridged classics, biographies, self-development books and timeless favourites such as Agatha Christie and P.G Wodehouse. Story-telling sessions are also conducted regularly for the members. For details contact: 24849398/24812700.

Established in 1995, Akara organises indoor and outdoor camps. The indoor camps include activities such as effective communication, archery, aerobics, martial art, roller skating, gymnastics, chess, magic, etc, while the outdoor camps focus on confidence building and decision making. The camp offers activities such as trekking, rock climbing, parasailing, river-crossing etc. Both camps are held under the supervision of trained and experienced professionals. For details contact Akara, 14, 4th Street, Dr Thirumoorthy Nagar, Nungambakkam, Ph: 28275498.

Nestlings, a play school based in Gopalapuram, is conducting summer camps in yoga, dancing (western and folk dance), drawing, painting, scrabble and word power. The institute is conducting a craft workshop, which includes glass painting, pot painting and soft toys.

G.N Lakshmi Narasimhan, a Fevicryl tutor, is conducting free art classes in pot painting, fabric painting, nib painting, glass painting, hand embroidery, sheet foil work etc. for candidates in the age group three to 18 years from April 18 to 20 at the Seethalakshmi Vidyalaya Matriculation School. For details contact G.N Lakshmi Narasimhan, C1, T-13 A, Nagappan Street, Jafferkhanpet, Ph: 23712113.

`Summer Fest 2003'

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Temptations and Madras Coastal Round Table 162 are organising a summer camp for children between the age group 5 and 15 years at the Sweety's Ark, No.9, 2 nd Main Road, Seetha Nagar, Nungambakkam, from April 15 to 30. The activities include arts, crafts, dance, yoga, pottery, theatre, mask making, candle making, glass painting, martial arts like kalari, clay modelling, etc. For details, contact Shilpa Darshan Kumar, ph: 28276301/28218228.

In keeping with their motto of innovate and educate, `Summer Kittens' is organising a variety of activities ranging from encyclopaedic skills, origami, Tai-Chi, Silambam to dance aerobics, kungfu, puppet making, puppet theatre, calligraphy and arts and crafts. For details contact Lovenya Veeraraghavan, ph: 24344471/24333513/52126662.

The Clarence Matriculation Higher Secondary School is conducting a summer camp titled `Clarion 2003' for kids and teenagers from April 15 to 30. The kids will be trained in arts and crafts, computers, solving crossword puzzles, painting, indoor games and songs. The teenagers can try a hand at pot painting, thermocol art and fabric painting. For details, contact the school at No.1 Karunanidhi Road, Saligramam, ph: 23762110.

Centerstage, the city based event management company is organising some exciting activities for children this summer. The programmes include glass, T-shirt, ceramic painting, beadwork, pot decoration, stickers designing, cooking, movie, games, dance, hip-hop etc. The camp will be conducted at "23/10 Wallace Garden, 3rd Street, Nungambakkam, from April 21 to May 9. For details contact Centerstage at Ph:52117595.

The Chennai Chess Academy is conducting a coaching camp for children in the age group of 5 to 14 years at K.K Nagar, Nungambakkam, Mylapore and Kilpauk from April 14 to 25. The camp will led by various internationally rated players. For details contact Ph: 9841117291/25922712.

Thapasiya conducts drawing and painting classes for kids that are four years and above.

This summer the school will hold crash courses in oil painting, sketching, glass painting, Tanjore painting, fabric painting, calligraphy toy-making, flower and greeting card making, aluminium embossing, origami, candle making and pot painting.

Dance and music classes will also be held.

Fevicryl and the Thapasiya School of Arts are jointly conducting drawing and painting competition on April 15. The age criterion is four ears and above. The contestants have to express their views on "War & Peace" on a 25-metre canvas. Register yourself before 13th April at Thapasiya School of Arts, which is located at 49/1, Tana Street, Purasawakkam, ph: 26480387/26205371.

Useful service

ONE CAN get an ultra sonogram of the abdomen done at the day care hospital of the Indian Red Cross Society between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on all days except Sundays and government holidays. The cost is Rs. 100 per person. For details contact Red Cross buildings, Montieth Road, Egmore, ph: 28511711.