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City packs the summer with aquatics, special classes
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The Ceres High School pool will be open this summer for city recreation programs, allowing families like this one from year's past to enjoy.

The Ceres Recreation Department has planned a heavy offering of classes, sports and aquatics this summer designed to interest just about any youth – and a smattering of things for the adults to do as well.

The summer aquatics program offered by the city of Ceres begins June 13 at the Ceres High School pool. A team of Red Cross certified staff members will be offering classes at the Ceres High School pool to teach youngsters six months and up how to swim.

“Parent & Me” swimming lessons for children six months to three years and 11 months of age are offered beginning June 13 at morning and evening time slots. Cost is $46. Preregistration is required.

The pre-school and toddler class is basically about weaning students from their parents and making them more independent in the water. 

The goal of Level I is have students aged five to 13 to float on their back without fear.

Level II focuses on freestyle swimming across the pool. Levels 3-5 hone swimming skills and become better divers and learning breast- and back-strokes.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at, in person at 2701 Fourth Street, or by calling 538-5682 for more information.

Recreational swim sessions will be offered at the pool from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from June 13 to August 4. Cost is $2 per person. Children 12 and younger must be supervised by an adult. All participants must wear swimming suits only in the pool. Flotation devices are not allowed, however Coast Guard approved life jackets are. Concessions (excluding sodas) will be available.

New this year is two Family Aquatic Nights, held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, August 27. Cost is $10 per family (up to five members) and $3 per additional person. Included is two hours of swimming pool, with each person getting a hotdog, bag of chips and bottle of water. Registration is preferred to get a proper food count but not required. Drop-ins will be allowed based on how many sign up ahead of time. 

Pre-registration is required. Register online at, in person at 2701 Fourth Street, or by calling (209) 538-5682 for more information.

Aqua-Fit Ceres classes for adults will be available this summer.

Aqua Fitness and Aqua Zumba classes will be offered twice a week for a water aerobics workout which incorporates a blend of cardio and resistance training designed to tone the body with no impacts to the joints. The low-impact Aqua Fitness class is suitable for persons of all ages and fitness levels. Participants 18 and older will need to bring buoyant water weights, a noodle and water to drink.

Cost is $30. For schedules, visit the city’s website at

Pre-registration is required. Register online at, in person at 2701 Fourth Street, or by calling Traci Farris at 538-5682 for more information.

New this summer is youth basketball and volleyball camps at multiple locations, a summer youth basketball mini-league at Cesar Chavez Junior School, Junior Culinary cooking classes at the Community Center, Adult/Youth Yoga and specialty dancing classes at the Community Center; and various other classes.

Adult Yoga and Adult Jazz Dance classes will be taught at various sessions on Saturdays by Harveen Gill, who studied dance in college.

Yoga classes start July 2 and continue through October. The session for all Saturdays in July and August runs $40 with individual classes offered through the fall at $10 per person.

Adult jazz classes for the months of July and August cost $50 per adult.

Adult Zumba classes will be held Tuesday mornings and Thursday mornings at $15 for the month.

The city is also offering adult pottery painting classes beginning June 18 through March 2023. Cost is $10 per class.

Youth programs

The city has an extensive lineup of classes and programs for youth.

Pottery painting for those five and older are offered Saturdays beginning June 18 through July 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and costs $10 per child.

Youth jazz dance and modern dance classes for those aged 10 to 16 will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays through the summer. Cost is $80.

The Youth Summer Basketball League will be offered 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 11-28 at four different grade levels – kindergarten; first/second-grader; third/fourth-graders; and fifth/sixth-graders. Cost is $75 per child. Games will be held at Cesar Chavez Junior High School, 2701 Eastgate Blvd. Registration runs until June 27 at the Community Center only, which is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Also offered this summer is youth tennis lessons for intermediate (11-17 years) and beginner (6-10 years) at Central Valley High School. Cost is $35 for beginner and $49 for intermediate. Consult the city website for dates and times.

Youth robotics classes through Project Spark are offered Saturdays, June 18, July 9, July 23 and August 6 and there is no cost.