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S.A.M.A. Karate Of DeKalb

Learn discipline, focus, self-confidence, coordination, fitness, self-defense and more through the study of karate. Classes are taught by Sensei Shannon Marbutt and his assistants. Belt, tests, uniforms, and other equipment are available at reasonable fees payable to the instructor. These are NO CONTACT classes. Voted "One of the Best" Martial Arts programs in DeKalb County's Finest, as part of the Daily Chronicle Reader's Choice Awards.

FREE KARATE TRIAL! Have you always wanted to try karate, but not sure if you're ready to sign-up? Join us on May 25 and 27 at Haish Gym for a free trial of our S.A.M.A. Karate. No registration necessary, just show up and Sensei Shannon will show you the rest! Tiny Dragons (Ages 3-4: must be potty trained), 5:00-5:30 pm Beginner/Intermediate Kids (Ages 5-13), 5:30-6:30 pm Advanced Kids (Ages 5-13), 6:30-7:30 pm Teen/Adult (Ages 14 +), 7:30-8:30 pm

Spring Sessions

Tiny Dragons (Ages 3-4: must be potty trained) April 6 - May 27 | 5:00-5:30pm | Tuesdays & Thursdays | Haish Gymnasium| $72 IDR/$86 R

Beginner/Intermediate Kids (Ages 5-13)(white, orange, yellow belts) April 6 - May 27 | 5:30-6:30pm | Tuesdays & Thursdays | Haish Gymnasium| $72 IDR/$86 R

Advanced Kids (Ages 5-13) (green belt and higher) April 6 - May 27 | 6:30-7:30pm| Tuesdays & Thursdays | Haish Gymnasium | $72 IDR/$86 R

Summer Sessions

Tiny Dragons (Ages 3-4: must be potty trained) Session 1: June 1-24; Session 2: July 6-29; Session 3: August 2-26 | 5:00-5:30pm | Tuesdays & Thursdays | Haish Gymnasium| $36 IDR/$43 R

Beginner/Intermediate Kids (Ages 5-13)(white, orange, yellow belts) Session 1: June1-24; Session 2: July 6-29; Session 3: August 2-26 | 5:30-6:30pm | Tuesdays & Thursdays | Haish Gymnasium| $36 IDR/$43 R

Advanced Kids (Ages 5-13) (green belt and higher) Session 1: June1-24; Session 2: July 6-29; Session 3: August 2-26 | 6:30-7:30pm |Tuesdays & Thursdays | Haish Gymnasium | $36 IDR/$43R


Chess Wizards (K-5th Grade)

Participate in epic chess games, fun and interactive lessons, tournaments, team matches, trivia and more! Our specialized classes are a blast for everyone kindergarten through fifth. Whether you have been playing chess for your entire life and want to improve, are brand new to the game, or you just want to have a fun experience with your friends - Chess Wizards is the place for you! Classes are offered through zoom.

Thursdays | 4:30-5:30pm | $93 IDR/ $111 R Virtual Session: April 15 - May 20

Chess Camp (Ages 6-12)

For most kids, Summer vacations is their favorite time of year, when they have the whole day to play, have fun, and pursue some of their own interests. Your children will be happy to know that even though our regular after school programs wrap up when school is not in session, they can still have fun with us at our many chess day camps! In 2021, Chess Wizards will be offering full and half day summer camp programs for children at DeKalb Park District's Sports and Recreation Center. Our summer camp expands on our everyday exciting curriculum, providing an in-depth look at the game which will improve your child's skills, regardless of their experience level. Students will also participate in exciting, strategy-themed physical activities, drawing from both classic summer camp games and new activities of our own design. Add in some team chess games, healthy snacks, camp awards (and swag), and you have an experience that your kids will be ask for on their next break.

Location: Sports & Recreation Center Conference Room
Full Camp June 21 - 25 or August 15-20 9:00 am - 3:00 pm | Each full camp week fee is $320 Half Camp June 21 - 25 or August 15-209:00 am - noon| Each half camp week fee is $195


STEAM Studio Sessions- Become a Weather Forecaster

Ages 8-11
Before satellites and advanced radar, weather forecasts were made by understanding cloud formations and wind directions. As a beginning weather forecaster, you will explore the science of weather systems and use your senses to make your own weather forecasts. Each week you will explore a new weather system and make your own weather instruments and engage in fun, hands-on activities that will increase your understanding of weather forecasting. Instruction will include a combination of live online interactions with NIU STEAM Experts and downloadable step-by-step instruction. In this NIU STEAM Studio you will: o Interpret and understand weather maps o Investigate pressure, and fog o Learn the types of participation and how to identify differ storms. o You will use household items build weather instruments and models o Create your own weather forecast video. Instructors: Jeremy Benson and K.C. Sauer.

Thursdays | 4:00-5:30pm | Fee is $120 | Virtual Session April 1 - May 20

STEAM Studio Sessions- Minecraft: Building and Block Coding

Ages 8-11
Are you interested in Minecraft, block coding, world building and Redstone? This fun online workshop helps to develop skills in coding, problem solving and teamwork. Join us for eight sessions of STEAM Studio fun. Minecraft Education Edition is available on Windows, MAC, iPad, and Chromebook! Instruction will include a combination of live online interactions with NIU STEAM Experts, along with recorded videos, and downloadable step-by-step instruction. In this workshop you will: o Build 3D worlds in a community server o Learn the basics of coding logic o Animate your Minecraft build with Redstone o Use block coding in Microsoft MakeCode o Code the Minecraft Agent to build, dance, and more Computer Hardware and Software Requirements: View this list of minimum requirements for attending the Minecraft Workshop. (https://www.niusteamstudio.com/technical-info/) Additional Equipment: o Computer Mouse (For PC, MAC, and Chromebook) o Headphone with microphone capability o Webcam

Mondays | 4:00-5:30pm | Fee is $120 | Virtual Session April 5 - May 24


I Think Green-NEW! (Ages 6-10)

Each week will be a different topic and will include sessions on Worms, Insects, Butterflies and Moths, Pollinators, and general gardening information. Hallgren Park Garden is a perennial garden with an emphasis on native plants and pollinators. Participants will have a chance to divide and plant some of the many perennials at the park gardens. We will be following all the current state COVID guidelines and U of I Extension regulations in place at the time of the event. Meet at the Gazebo.

June 3-24 | 9:00-10:00 am Thursdays | Hallgren Park, at 701 Franklin Street | $6 IDR/ $7 R

Jr. Master Gardener-NEW! (Ages 6-10)

Children will spend the morning engaged in nature-related activities, lessons, and crafts adapted from the U of I Extension's Jr. Master Gardener program. Each session will follow a different theme and is independent from other sessions.
June 1: Garden Basics - This lesson will focus on developing an understanding of the needs of plants and wildlife. We'll learn how to evaluate the ability of a site to provide for wildlife.

June 8: Essential Elements - This lesson will focus on wildlife habitat restoration. We'll learn how to identify the four basic elements of habitat needed for animal survival.

June 15: Reptiles & Amphibians - This lesson will focus on the benefits reptiles & amphibians bring to a garden. We'll learn how to build a lizard lair.

June 22: Birds - This lesson will focus on comparing the tools birds use for eating. We'll learn how to build simple bird feeders.

June 29: Mammals - This lesson will focus on exploring situations from different points of view. We'll learn about how animals find food.

July 6: Insects - This lesson will focus on identifying insects. We'll learn about how to use a code key to identify different types of insects.

June 1, 8, 15, 22, or 29; July 6 | 9:00-10:30 am
Tuesdays | $6 IDR/ $7 R per session | Must sign up for each class you are interested in attending. Location: Dolce Vita/ Northwestern Garden, 2475 Bethany Road, Sycamore


If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in these programs, please contact the DeKalb Extension Office at (815)758-8194. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your needs.


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