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POST-Q'AZ'EWE, JULY 5, 2000Z Page 5 Independence Day Celebration (Continued from Page 1) Patriotism Wins the Day. Uncle Sam on stilts waves the flag at Christopher Columbus Park. Riccio Ladies with Uncle Sam. Meredith Piscitelli under the FOCCP tent. Listening to Big Joe the_Storyteller. Boston Fireman shows the kids how to NEMPAC's Sherri Snow with Sophia on the work the fire hose. violin. Mayor Menino Encourages Boston Families to Take Advantage of Summer Programming Boston R.O.C.K.S/// Kicks Off July 8 'h, Connects Youth with Positive Recreational Activities With the kick-off of summer programming set for July 8 th, Mayor Thomas M. Menino reminds Boston families that the City of Boston and Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF} have a wide variety of sum- mer programs and activities across the city available to children and families. "It's so important to keep our young people active, engaged and on the right track in the summer months," Mayor Menino said. "I hope everyone will take advantage of these great programs -- whether it be drop- ping in on a community center, coming out for a block party or registering for camp. It's not too late to make great plans for the summer." Now in its seventh year, Boston R.O.C.K.S!!! (Recreational Opportunities for City Kids,) is a coordinated summer programming cam- paign aimed at connecting Boston youth with programs and activities. Led by BCYF, the signature programs for R.O.C.K.S!!! Are free daily drop-in programs at 11 locations in Boston called "Boston R.O.C.K.S Out!!F and family-friendly cookouts at different BCYF swimming pools each week sponsored by JetBlue called "Boston R.O.C.K.S the Blocktt!?" New this year are three "R.O.C.K. 'n Block Parties" which build on the popular R.O.C.K.S the Blockt!! Adding more activi- ties and food options. In addition to these programs, BCYF offers over 50 summer day camps, dozens of recreational programs and many special events. Many of these pro- grams still have openings and the BCYF website, www.cityoJboston.gov/bc, contains information about all of their programs. Neighborhood R.O.C.K.S Out!!! sites and R.O.C.K.S the Block!!! dates and locations are listed below. Mark your calendars! These programs are also listed with hun- dreds more at www.cityofboston.gov/summer. This wcbsite is a clearinghouse for all things summer in Boston. Here young people can find information about summer programs, events, jobs, volunteering and much more. Families can find out about concerts, park activities and other fun (Continued on Page 10) T-Bone, the modern Pied Piper, gets the kids dancing. (Photos by Matt Conti)