Community Center showcases all that it has to offer

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Amazing Dana is a professional magician who came to the Open House/Demo Day at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center on Aug. 31. The day was set aside for children and their parents to stop by and try out class offerings available in Session I at the center.
Dana, who will be giving classes, said he will teach the kids basic magic.
“My class will appeal to kids who want to be a magician,” he said. “I will teach them how to impress their friends and family with magic tricks.”
He said his own interest in magic began at about age 8, which is about the same age of many of the children coming to the after school programs. He said magic helped him overcome shyness and become comfortable in front of an audience.
His class is just one of the ones available this fall. Also coming to the event to demonstrate their classes were representatives of the woodworking bus, Gamez on Wheelz, mural artist Linda Luisi, golf and tennis lessons, Jazzercise, ceramics, a rock band class, a music video class, Spanish, dancing and community theater all along with a visit from the Kona Ice Snow Cone truck.
“It is an exciting way to choose which after school program fits your child,” said Christie McGonagle, program director. “We wanted a way to come up with a way for a family to have a meet and greet with our new teachers and to try out our new and returning programs.”
Inside the Community Center, Teal Guion and Zac Markham drew a crowd telling them about taking tennis and golf lessons at Morgan Run.
“We take them over on a bus,” Guion said.
Over at the next table, Ellen Fan and Carmen Ybarra of Yak Academy were giving a sample Spanish lesson to Brandon Haw, 5.
Club Xcite, always popular at the center, drew a big crowd to the table. This program teaches kids about engineering and robotics while they have fun building things like bottle rockets and slingshots.
Elias Berlinger will be teaching music lessons for those interested. Danny Gram, of San Diego United Training Center, gave Giulio Vitti a sample gymnastics lesson by showing him how to somersault.
“Our Session I catalog is online and we’ve already opened enrollment,” said Erin Weidner, executive director.
“In addition we have plenty of returning popular favorites including Boy’s Junior Dunkers, Pee Wee Dance with Hammond Dance Studio, gymnastics with San Diego United, Community Theatre as well as our golf and tennis programs at Morgan Run Resort.”
Oliver is the next production of the community theatre and auditions are from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the community center. Rehearsals are after school.
To learn more about any of the classes or programs, call (858) 756-2461, e-mail, or visit


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