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Boys & Girls adds tennis lessons to offerings
One of the more popular fall programs at the Boys & Girls Club is the flag football league. - photo by HIME ROMERO

• WHAT: Manteca Boys & Girls Club
• WHERE: 545 W. Alameda St.
• WHEN: Open Monday thru Friday from 3:30 to 8 p.m.
• COST: Annual membership is $24
• MORE INFO: Call 239-KIDS (5437)

Tennis is the latest activity being served up by the Manteca/Lathrop Boys & Girls Club.

Future Stars 2000 is working with the staff at the clubhouse at 545 W. Alameda to launch a tennis program for the non-profit’s 1,500 members. Tennis is included in the $24 annual membership fee that covers all activities. Scholarships are available for youth between 6 and 18 that can’t afford the annual fee.

The club reopens today after a short closure for cleaning and repairs. School hours are Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 8 p.m.

Attendance this past summer jumped up an average of 10 youth a day with 171 club members participating daily.

The club offers homework assistance, computers for doing school work, and various character building programs. It also offers a variety of recreation games, sports leagues, arts classes, or simply a safe place to spend time with friends.

The club has stepped up its homework assistance and tutoring by securing volunteers with specific expertise in various subjects. Kids hit the computer lab to tackle school work before joining in other club activities that run the gamut from sports and arts to table games or just hanging around with friends.

The club works closely with members’ teachers and parents. They often have a representative at parent-teacher conferences so they can dial in on exactly what help a student needs. And in cases where there are single parent households and the parent can’t get off work, club volunteers will step in to meet with teachers.

Among the popular programs are the teen room, flag football in the fall, basketball in the winter, year-round karate lessons offered by Robin Taberna, and free music lessons conducted by GK Music.

For more information, call the club at 239-KIDS.