Franciscan Life Process Center Announces Summer Experiences for Kids and Adults

Franciscan Life Process Center

We received the following press release from the Franciscan Life Process Center.

Lowell, Michigan, May 1, 2024 – Beginning in June, the Franciscan Life Process Center will again host an array of summer experiences at its Lowell and Grand Rapids campuses.

The Center’s popular Pioneer Days program will return to offer children a glimpse into what life was like for early settlers, in addition to a new workshop for budding artists in elementary and middle school. Also new this year, music classes will be available for both children and adults.

“With the return of our popular Pioneer Days and new additions in music and art, this year’s summer experiences cater to a range of interests and ages,” Center Director Sandy Koteskey said. “We are looking forward to welcoming community members to the Center all summer long to enjoy these fun, educational and creative camps.”

Genres & Jammin’

This year’s summer experiences will kick off with the new Genres & Jammin’ class for kids ages 6-12 who are interested in music. Children will get to experience a variety of genres, learn music history, play instruments and create a musical craft over the course of three days. No prior music experience is needed. Children may attend one of three sessions for $150:

Session 1 – 9 a.m.-noon June 10-12 Lowell campus.
Session 2 – 9 a.m.-noon July 8-10 Grand Rapids campus.
Session 3 – 1-4 p.m. Aug. 5-7 Lowell campus.

Singing thru the Eras

A music series for adults will also be offered this summer with the new Singing thru the Eras three-day program. Each three-hour class will take participants on a musical journey through the decades of the 1900s. Participants will learn about different musical styles, listen to popular hits and create music together. No prior music experience is needed. Adults may attend one of three sessions for $150:

Session 1 – 1-4 p.m. June 10-12 Lowell campus.
Session 2 – 1-4 p.m. July 8-10 Grand Rapids campus.
Session 3 – 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 5-7 Lowell campus.

Pioneer Days

Pioneer Days provide a window into what life was like for early settlers before there was electricity and running water. Designed for children ages 8-12, participants will join Sister Mary Paul Moller as she leads activities such as panning for gold, making soap, berry picking, archery and more. Children may sign up for one of three sessions at the Lowell campus for $200:

Session 1 – 9 a.m.-noon June 17-20
Session 2 – 9 a.m.-noon June 24-27
Session 3 – 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 5-8

Summer Art Experience

Aspiring artists going into third through eighth grade are invited to dive into the colorful world of art with an engaging pencil and pastel drawing workshop July 29-31 at the Lowell campus. From 1-4 p.m. each day, participants will learn the basics of handling pencils, creating various strokes and using pastels to add vibrant colors to their artwork.

The workshop will encourage budding artists to experiment with different subjects like animals, nature, self-portraits and more. Those interested may register online for $200.

The Franciscan Life Process Center operates two locations under one mission: to promote a relationship with God that brings dignity and hope to the sacred process of all life through programs that assist, educate, enrich and inform. The rural farm campus in Lowell is located at 11650 Downes St. NE and the urban city campus is located at 654 Davis St. NW in Grand Rapids.

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