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Westside Community Center offering basketball camp, weekly jam session

This was a scene from a previous basketball camp (in 2013) at the Westside Community Center. A coach hasn't been available to run the program since 2014. A difference this year will be that the girls and boys will have separate camps.
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Two new activities are being offered at the Westside Community Center this summer. One is a youth basketball camp; the other is a musical jam session.
       Basketball camp: After a two-year absence, a hoops training opportunity will be provided again this summer at the Westside Community Center.
       Retired PE teacher/coach Debbie Thomson has volunteered to guide the activity from July 10-14 (girls) and July 24-28 (boys).
       For both the girls and boys camps, the duration each day will be two hours - from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
       There is no charge, but advance signups are requested because of the required paperwork, according to Kathy Phillips, the Community Center coordinator.
       The location will be the center's outdoor basketball court.
       Owned by the city and operated by an outreach arm of the Woodmen Valley Church, the center is at 1628 W. Bijou St. For more information, call 385-7920 x100, or e-mail Randy Atencio of the center at ratencio@ourwestside.org.
       Basketball camp participants can also get lunch at the center beforehand through the free District 11 breakfast/lunch program, Phillips pointed out.
       Jam session: Since mid-June, instrumentalists have been able to gather Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Westside Community Center's Cottage A (16th and Bijou).
       Called “Music Jams,” the activity is organized by the area's Black Rose Acoustic Society.
       The sessions are open to singers or acoustic musicians, from beginners to advanced. “We'll offer bluegrass, folk, swing, gospel and oldies jams, each led from song books by one of our enthusiastic volunteers,” a press release states.
       A $2 donation is requested to help pay for the room rental.
       Black Rose is a nonprofit roots music organization.
       For more information, go to blackroseacoustic.org.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 7/5/17; Community: Westside Community Center)

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