Want to have fun while helping to send a kid to summer camp?

Visit Apple Ridge Farm in Copper Hill for its annual homecoming from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 8.

It costs more than $300 to send a kid to camp for a week, according to John Lewis, executive director of Apple Ridge, which was founded 31 years ago by his father, Peter Lewis.

Lewis, in a newsletter, said, “The primary focus of our camp has been to strengthen academic development and prepare campers for the school year.”

Each summer, Apple Ridge works with about 120 young people ages 6 to 16 during the eight-week camping season.

Most of the campers are inner-city youth or underserved children from low-income families who attend camp for free, thanks to grants, sponsorships and donations. Other campers attend on a sliding-fee basis.

Apple Ridge not only offers outdoor activities such as swimming, rope climbing, tennis, basketball, hiking and gardening, it also provides opportunities to strengthen academic development and prepare for the school year.

The homecoming event will include tours, music, food trucks, beer, an obstacle course, a zip line and a climbing wall.

General admission is $15 and free for those under 12.

Sweet Union Baptist Church, on Madison Avenue Northwest, will provide free transportation to the mountain-top camp from its parking lot beginning at 10 a.m. and from the Cave Spring Kroger store at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 982-1322 or visit appleridge.org.

Lions on the Lake slated for June 22

The annual Lions on the Lake fun event is June 22 at Claytor Lake State Park.

From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Blacksburg Breakfast Lions Club will offer boat rides, a picnic, games and other activities for blind and visually impaired individuals.

The club is asking that RSVPs be made by June 17 so an accurate headcount can be made for preparing the food and supplies for the event.

The Lions Club is working with New Vision at Goodwill to provide transportation from Roanoke on a first-come, first-served basis.

Anyone from the Roanoke Valley who wants to attend should contact David Ward at New Vision at 985-8900 or dward@goodwillvalleys.com. People living in the New River Valley should contact Suzanne Ament at 381-0963 or seament@radford.edu.

Each person is limited to two seats: one for the blind individual and the second for a friend or family member. The event is free.

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