Chris Collins
The Baker City Herald

The day that parents dread is less than three weeks away.


It's no longer a school day in Baker City.

The Baker School District's new four-day schedule debuts Aug. 29. Sept. 2 is the first non-school Friday.

Fortunately, local groups have an array of events that not only

disqualify the excuse that students don't have anything to do on

Fridays, but also help parents ensure their kids have safe, healthy

activities to keep them busy.

The Baker County Family YMCA, for instance, has designed "Plugged In,"

a program that will run at North Baker School, 2725 Seventh St., on

Friday and other weekdays when school's out.

The program, for students in kindergarten through Grade 6, includes physical fitness, pajama parties and field trips.

Volunteers will help kids with homework, too.

Two free options: the Lutheran Church's Kids Club, which remains a

Friday staple; and the Baker County Library, which opens at 8 a.m.

every Friday.

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center offers a variety of classes throughout the year.

And in a pinch, you could volunteer at a local nonprofit organization.