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It’s spring and many California parents are signing their kids up for summer camp. Sports, science, church, camping, general recreation — one for every interest. But, are they safe? How do you know? Can you check? Should you?

It’s not just the Texas and Florida football camps where kids are hospitalized every year when coaches push them too hard. Every camp has risks, but some are vastly more safety conscious than others.

Parents must look beyond the enticing websites and brochures for a safety check.

For Alameda youngsters just itching to get their hands on new technology, the Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech weekly summer camps will return to Alameda this summer at Bay Farm Elementary School. The camps will celebrate eight years on the Island presenting cutting-edge programming.

Camp Edmo is designed for children in grades pre-K through fourth grade, and Camp EdTech caters to young people in grades five through eight.

Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) learners love their poetry. They love it so much they have selected poets laureate from among the learners — this year’s are Ellie Dodds and Sophia Moore, juniors at ACLC. They’re both members of Poetry Club, which meets on Fridays.

Back in the last century, some English teachers and a handful of students started a literary magazine at St. Joseph Notre Dame high school (SJND). It was 1991, and Elizabeth Norris helped design and plan the first collection of student art and writing in English and Spanish. The first issue, hand-pasted and Xeroxed, was dubbed Prisms.

Alameda resident Roswitha McIntosh recently announced the release of her new book, The ABC’s of Staying Young, a 100-page guide to studying one’s own life with illustrations by Mimi Stuart.

McIntosh, the best-selling author of The Madman and His Mistress, takes an "introspective, yet simple and profound take on aging gracefully and living right," according to the U.S. Review of Books which recommends the title. The book is described as well-researched, well-referenced, and filled with insights on preserving the energy of one’s youth.