Even though it doesn't quite feel like it yet, summer is right around the corner. And, so is Spring Grove's Summer Recreation program.

According to coach Chris Strinmoen, the baseball program will start practicing on Monday, June 9. "This is a great game with many life lessons that can be learned through participation. It also gives the community some good outdoor entertainment to watch at the diamond when the weather is nice."

His goals for the program are to "teach the game of baseball and hopefully keep kids interested in the sport." He'd like to see "more kids play beyond sixth grade, and get involved in spring high school baseball." Strinmoen is also "exploring the possibility of adding a 16U team during the summer to keep that interest alive."

In addition to T-ball for children age 3 through kindergarten, baseball activities are available for kids who have completed grades one through seven.

All baseball activities are held at the city baseball field.

Lisa Bornholdt, organizer for all other activities, says summer rec is a great way to keep kids happy, occupied and active throughout the summer. Being active also helps reduce "brain drain" kids can experience being out of school for the summer.

A new mini trip to Lark Toys will be offered on July 25. Discounts for large families are available for this trip. The trip to High Roller will also be held this year on Aug. 7.

According to Bornholdt the trips are designed to be fun, affordable opportunities for the whole family.

New events this year are "Photo Fun Dress-Up," on Thursday, June 12, and "Candy Apples" on Wednesday, July 9.

As offered in the past, activities will include: Soccer Mini Camp, Soccer Saturdays, Tennis, T-ball, Flag Football, Volleyball Mini Camp, "Your Parents' Childhood Games," and Thursday Crafts.

Thursday Crafts are held at Rural City, 123 S. Division Street at 11 a.m., and will include the following:

6/12 Cozy Fleece Pillow

6/19 Owl Craft

6/26 Mini Hoop Tie Dye

7/3 Rockets

7/10 Canvas Foam Art

7/17 Pom Pom Creations

7/24 GAK!!!

7/31 Personalized Letters

Bornholdt says folks from other communities are welcome to participate in any of these activities. And, she thanks the city of Spring Grove for their commitment to the program, and for "doing what's best for the community and kids."

Find more information on Facebook by searching for "Spring Grove Summer Recreation Sports" on Facebook or call Bornholdt at (608) 406-0374. For more information about the baseball program, call or text Strinmoen at (507) 923-5586.

Sign up for summer recreation at the Log Cabin on Tuesday, May 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., and bring your completed form and payment. City Hall will also take registration during normal office hours. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 23.