Monthly Archives: July 2013

Superhero Week

Members gearing up to become great citizens of our planet.

Members gearing up to become great citizens of our planet.

Superhero Week at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club has been spectacular with 83 youth and Teen Members participating. Members engaged in themed Get Fit Challenges and other Triple Play games throughout the week. Members also created their own superheros complete with masks during Arts & Crafts, drafted superhero comic during Power Hour and even learned how to make catapults during Project Learn. 

The theme for Week 6 is Get Dirty, so bring some extra clothes and be ready to get messy.

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Whippersnappers v Falc-o-larks

Teams come together  before getting into it.

Teams come together before getting down to business.

It was a sunny Thursday afternoon in July when two teams of athletic giants met in the air conditioned comfort of the dining room of Country Meadow Village. The time had come for the second annual Flyswatter Volleyball match between the Falc-o-larks of Country Meadow Village and the Whippersnappers of the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club. It was an intense match full of close saves and unexpected follies. The Falc-o-larks got an early lead of eight points, but once the Whippersnappers got into their rhythm, they soon caught up. The final half of the match was a neck-and-neck battle for the lead until the Whippersnappers found themselves ahead with 14 points to the Falc-o-larks’ 13 points. The first team to make 15 points would win, as long as they had a two-point lead. It continued back and forth until finally the Whippersnappers were able to get the final point and win, 15-13.

What really mattered though, was that these Sedro-Woolley teens had the chance to get out in their community and have a wonderful time playing a unique game with a group of Country Meadow residents. As always, a huge thanks to Program Director David Bricka for arranging the whole event, and to the Falc-o-larks for hosting it. The staff and residents of Country Meadow Village have been great supporters of the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club for the last two years and the Whippersnappers are looking forward to a rematch next year.

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Around the World Week

Members bending their mind to perfect the art of origami during Asia Day.

Members teaching others the art of origami during Around the World Week.

Around the World Week at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club has been adventurous with 79 youth and Teen Members participating. Members explored the different cultures across all seven continents, and even learned a little about our solar system during Project Learn.

Members continue to avidly participate during our Summer Reading Loss Prevention Program. Teen Members have taken the initiative to help out younger Members with reading and even created a story corner where the younger Members can listen to Teens read stories. 

The theme for Week 5 is Superheros, so bring your ideals and creativity as we learn what the word hero means to different people. 

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Dinos & Dinettes Draw Dinosaurs

Fraboom Drawing Academy

An example of a Member’s work from the Fraboom Drawing Academy.

 This week at the La Conner Club, Members took part in the Fraboom Drawing Academy during Brain Tech hour. Their task: To create their own dinosaur drawing. With the help of our Program Assistant Audrey and a creativity teacher from the Drawing Academy, Members learned how a series of circles, triangles, and some lines can produce prehistoric masterpieces. 

Next week, the Drawing Academy will be teaching how to draw bugs & rodents. Members can sign up for the Fraboom Drawing Academy during Brain Tech, which takes place every day from 2:00pm – 3:oopm in the Technology Lab at La Conner Elementary School.
 The Boys & Girls Club of La Conner is excited to offer Club Tech Programming for our Members ages 6-18 thanks to the generous support of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.
What is Fraboom?
Fraboom is the world’s first live, interactive online children’s museum. Members can attend real-time classes featuring live teachers, play games, watch cartoons, collect points, create a customized brain character and participate in a variety of interactive activities meant to entertain while stimulating the mind. La Conner Club Members have unlimited access to this exciting world full of amazing educational online experiences.

What is the Drawing Academy?
In order to help meet the creative demand of parents, kids and public schools, has
created the Fraboom Drawing Academy. This online program features a new technology that allows students and Creativity Teachers to interact live, in ways that have not been seen before. Club Members will get to work with Creativity Teachers who provide inspiration and instruction, as well as immediate feedback. Members can see, hear and chat with the Creativity Teachers. Fraboom teachers can see a child’s work and their creations can be shared with the entire virtual class, filled with students from all over the world. The Creativity Teachers have been submitted to a rigorous background check and do an excellent job of creating a class experience that is nurturing, easy to use and VERY safe.
Fraboom creativity teachers aren’t just ordinary teachers though… Fraboom teachers actually teach while playing the role of cartoon characters that have come to life. As kids attend classes, they’re not only learning, they’re having a great time.
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Craft-A-Palousa Week

Members engaging their creative minds during Craft-A-Palousa Week.

Members engaging their creative minds during Craft-A-Palousa Week.

Craft-A-Palousa Week at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club has been quite productive with 76 youth and Teen Members participating. Members created a variety of art projects along with crafty Triple Play Daily Challenges during Boot Camp. 

Members in the Power Hour Summer Reading Program and Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program have reached their first benchmark this week. Most Members have completed their first chapter book or have reached the goal of five creative writing tasks. Members earn points as they progress toward their benchmarks which they can then redeem at the end of the Summer Program for an ice cream party.

The theme for Week 4 is Around the World, so bring your sense of adventure as we take a journey to explore the seven continents. 

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Community games & crafts

Retirement Inn Trip

Members spend time with residents at the La Conner Retirement Inn.

Whether you’re 9 or 59, everyone loves balloons, snack, and paint! Every Monday during the summer, Club Members from the La Conner Boys & Girls Club take part in Activity Hour at he La Conner Retirement Inn. These trips give these two groups the opportunity to connect and learn about each other. Most importantly, our Members learn the importance of developing Good Character & Citizenship by giving back to their community.

Thank you to BJ and all the of the residents at the La Conner Retirement Inn for spending time with our Members each week.

Trips to the La Conner Retirement Inn take place every Monday from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

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Stars & Stripes

Club Members in the Fourth of July Parade with Director of Organizational Development Noah Bannister

Club Members in the Fourth of July Parade with Director of Organizational Development Noah Bannister

The Anacortes Club used its second week of Summer Camp to celebrate the USA with its Stars & Stripes theme. Each day introduced new activities and games with patriotic fun. Club favorites included Capture the American Flag and Patriotic Sun Catchers. Fifteen Club Members also joined Club Staff in the Anacortes Fourth of July Parade, enjoying the sunshine and waving at families along the parade route. We had a GREAT week.

This week, the Club is enjoying a “To Infinity & Beyond” week, focused on space exploration and fun. Check back for more pictures from our Stars & Stripes week and for an update on our To Infinity & Beyond week.

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Regal Summer Movie Express

Regal Summer Movie Express

Regal Summer Movie Express

Members at the La Conner Club have been giving their weekly trips to the Regal Barkley 16 IMAX & RPX Cinema “Two Thumbs Up.”
Thanks to Regal Entertainment Group and Boys & Girls of America, La Conner has been able to take its great Members to see G/PG-rated movies twice a week. For Club Members, the Regal Summer Movie Express program also provides an opportunity for fun with a purpose—including the chance for the La Conner Boys & Girls Club to implement at least two learning activities that incorporate the Regal experience. The Club will select from such activities as establishing a book club, reading movie-themed book, and taking a tour of the theater and projection rooms.
Families interested in signing up for these trips can learning about registering at the front desk of the Club.
2013 Regal Summer Movie Express Lineup
La Conner Members Watching Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

La Conner Members Watching Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

7/9 – Mr. Poppers’ Penguins 
7/10 – Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
7/16 – Monte Carlo
7/17 – Rio
7/23 – Coraline 
7/24 – ParaNorman 
7/30 – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 
7/31 – Big Miracle
8/6 – Yogi Bear
8/7 – Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
8/13 – Racing Stripes
8/14 – Happy Feet Too
About Regal Entertainment Group
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 6,558 screens in 520 theatres in 37 states and the District of Columbia as of May 24, 2012, with over 211 million attendees for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2011. Our geographically diverse circuit includes theatres in 43 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We operate multi-screen theatres and have an average of 12.6 screens per location, which is well above the North American motion picture exhibition industry average. We develop, acquire and operate multi-screen theatres primarily in mid-sized metropolitan markets and suburban growth areas of larger metropolitan markets throughout the United States. Additional information is available on the company’s website at
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June 2013 Investors

Thanks for the following individuals, businesses, and foundations for Investing in Our Kids:

Evelyn Adams, Miriam Ambrose, American Endowment Foundation, Anacortes Community Health Council, Sandi Andersen, Anonymous, Marie Anthony, Jennifer Aylor, Paul Benz, Elizabeth & David Bishop, Annette Booth, Gerald & Bonnie Bowers, Anne Braaten, Central Moving & Storage, Gerry & Susan Christensen, David Conover, graphixCORP, Mike & Dianne Crawford, Erik & Jennifer Crawford, Ian & Whitney Crawford, Jim Eberhardt & Kaylene Farley, James & Janet Ebersole, Edco, Inc., Cory Ertel, Marc & Pam Estvold, Jerry & Eva Fader, Soroptimist International of Anacortes, Kendall & Nancy Gentry, James & Pat Grenfell, Robert Gruber, Mike & Victorian Gubrud, Guemes Church Women’s Fellowship, Nancy Hadington, Thomas Harker, Carolyn Howe, Loretta Hudson, Michael & Elizabeth Jackets, Michael & Lisa Janicki, Elliot Johnson, Barbara Kehoe, Ron & Renee Kitchener, Kelly M. Kutchick, La Conner Senior Center, Lakeside Industries, TJ & Karen Larrick, Doug & Laurie Lundgren, Douglas & Linda MacGregor, Keith Magee, Renee Majumdar, Daniele Malone, Skagit Community Foundation, Brad Methner, Gary & Pam Miller, Karen Mills, Ronald & Jamie Mitchell, Terril A. Moore, Frederick & Elaine Morton, Diane Morton, Joyce Nagel, Hope Noyes, Vince Oliver, Lois Owen, Sue Palmer, Howard & Carol Pellett, Peoples Bank, Eva Perry, John Jr. Piazza Construction & Remodeling, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Maggie Potter, Jessica Reik,Dwayne Resnik, Harold & Georganne Robertson, Franklin D. Rozak, Chuck & Toni Ruhl, Donald & Colleen Slack, Jim V. & Judy Smith, Bart & Patty Smith, Soroptimist International of La Conner, Tesoro Anacortes Refinery, Ann Thompson, Truckvault, Inc., Truist, James & Elizabeth Walker, Cecilia Weldon, Wells Fargo, Jason & Sara Welty, Christina West, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Robert & Marilyn Wheeler, Pat Rimmer’s Les Schwab Tire Centers, and Brian & Christine Youngquist.

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Red, White & Blue Week

Members showing their patriotism and celebrating our day of independence.

Members showing their patriotism in celebration of Independence Day.

Red, White & Blue Week at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club has been great with 72 youth and Teen Members served. Members created art projects themed around the Fourth of July and participated in good old American games during Triple Play, ending the week with a Get Wet Play-Day. 

All Members continue to participate during our one-hour Power Hour Summer Reading Program and Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program. Members have been  bringing their own books to the Club to read, keeping track of their progress in logs. Members earn points for each chapter they  complete which they will be able to redeem for prizes at the end of our Summer Program. 

The theme for Week 3 is Craft-a-Palousa, so bring your creativity. We will be having another Get Wet Play-Day on Thursday, July 11. 

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