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City’s Teen Connection summer program registration has begun


The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department began registration May 9, for its Teen Connection Summer Program.

Limited spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Options are available for attending the program the entire summer or for individual weeks.

Teen Connection is free and serves youth in grades 6-12 at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell Ave. The program’s summer hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some special activities for teens happening outside regular hours. Meals will be provided through a partnership with Families & Youth Innovations Plus and Las Cruces Public Schools’ Summer Food Services Program.

Here is a tentative schedule of the activities:

  • June 1-3: Summer Kick Off: Hike at Leasburg Dam State Park, movies and open recreation; in partnership with the nonprofit Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks.
  • June 6-10: Ready Set Gold: Wacky Olympics, sports and cooperative games.
  • June 13-17: Lights, Camera, Action! Arts, drama, theater and music production.
  • June 21-24: Adventure Week: Explore through hikes, obstacle courses and adventures; in partnership with the New Mexico Army National Guard and Rocking at NMSU.
  • June 27-July 1: Splash Week: Water conservation and water-focused activities.
  • July 5-8: Stranger Things: Paranormal experiences through video, tours and adventures.
  • July 11-15: Out of this World: Tour of Spaceport America, explore science and space.

For registration, visit www.las-cruces.org/31/Play and click on the online registration link.

Register in person at A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven, 906 N. Tornillo St., 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell Ave., 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; and City Parks and Recreation administrative office, 1501 E. Hadley Ave., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday.

No telephone registrations will be accepted.

For information, contact Teen Connection at 575/528-4235 or email teenconnection@las-cruces.org.