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August 5, 2011 > Releasing your energy

Releasing your energy

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Between the ages of 3 and 14 years old and still have a lot more energy to burn? City Beach and the city of Fremont have just the thing for you. Held at the Rock Gym in the massive facility that is City Beach, kids can now participate in all-things rock climbing.

In the mini pebble program for kids 3-6, the youngsters are taught by climbing instructors who specialize in working with children. One parent will participate with their child and work as a team. The mini pebble program is designed to build confidence while trying to climb to new heights. Each program runs for four weeks and continues all year round.

In the after-school climbing for ages 7-14, City Beach staff will supervise the kids in rock climbing, interactive entertainment and much more. This also runs for four weeks and is offered all year round.

In the parent-child belay lessons, for kids 3-11 years old, parents learn from professionals how to tie knots, put on harnesses and communicate with their climbing partner, as well as learning safe rope techniques. Parents will also learn how to monitor the child's safety. After class, the parents and child are invited to climb the rest of the day. This class ends after August, with two opportunities left: Aug. 14 and 28. Both classes run 1-3 p.m. and are $35 each session.

And in the pebble program for kids ages 7-11, each Saturday class is taught by expert instructors. Kids will learn about safety, tying knots, belaying and working as a team. Each session of the four-week program is designed to build upon the last; the session includes a Rock Gym membership during the month of the class.

Each pebble session - mini and regular - run each Saturday, from Aug. 6-27 and go from 9-11 a.m. Each program is $85; registration must be done online at After school climbing is every Friday from Aug. 5-26, 4-6 p.m. and is $99; registration must be done online, also at

For more information on any of these programs, call the city of Fremont at 510-494-4371.

Spar like no other

Rock climbing isn't the only thing Fremont offers year round. Among the many things you can find to do, the unique sport of fencing is one of them. Run by Fremont Fencer's Inc., fencing classes for kids ages 7-19 are offered all year round.

Kids are broken up, pairing those from 7-12 and 13-19 with each other. Depending on your experience, you can decide to join the intro to fencing or intermediate fencing for your respective age groups. Each session runs Tuesdays and Thursdays and is $99.

Intro for 7-12 runs from 1-2 p.m.; intermediate for 7-12 year olds runs 2-3; intro for 13-19 runs 3-4 p.m.; and intermediate for 13-19 runs 4-6 p.m. Fremont Fencer's William Brown instructs each session.

All fencing classes are held at the Centerville Community Center. To register for an upcoming class, log onto and for more information, call 510-494-4371.

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