Monthly Archives: May 2014

Anacortes Family PLUS Night

Youth of the Month with Police Chief Bonnie Bowers

Youth of the Month with Police Chief Bonnie Bowers

The Anacortes Club held a great Family PLUS Night on Thursday, May 29th. Sponsored by Columbia Distributing, the Anacortes CLub was able to hold an event focused on prevention of underage drinking. Families enjoyed a great dinner from Village Pizza before congratulating the May Youth of the Month, presented by Chief of Police Bonnie Bowers. After dinner parents were able to attend an informative talk with Chief Bowers and Lyndie Case with the Skagit County Child and Family Consortium on underage drinking and prevention. Club kids passed the time with great games such as I Like People Who, Bow and Stern, and a Good Vs. Bad relay race. 

Thank you to Columbia Distributing for sponsoring our family night, and to Chief Bowers and Lyndie Case for their time and presentation.

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Make sure to join us for our end of the year celebration and Luau on the last day of school – June 18th. More information will be out shortly.

 

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Club Kids on the Road to Gold

Hershey Track & Field District Meet

Club kids burst out of the blocks during the 100 meter dash.

Club members who participate in the Be Active: Run Happy program had a great showing at the Hershey’s Track & Field District Meet on Wednesday evening. Of the ten members who signed up and participated, all of them placed in the top two in at least one of their events. By competing at and placing in the top two at this local meet, all 10 members are qualified for the Hershey’s 2014 Washington State Track & Field Finals hosted by One Team Kids Foundation.

Club members will be treated like rock stars the weekend of June 27th– 29th

On Friday, all qualified athletes will attend a pre-meet party at Big Al’s in Vancouver, WA consisting of a spaghetti dinner, two free games of bowling, and a $5 arcade card. This will allow our members to have some fun with other competitors from around the state.  

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Thank you to Brooks Running for the opportunity to launch Be Active: Run Happy

Saturday is the big day! Members will participate in the Parade of Athletes as they take a collective lap around legendary McKenzie Stadium. After the Opening Ceremonies, the completion will begin. Kids will compete in three different divisions: 9 & 10, 11 & 12, and 13 & 14 year olds. After the meet, all athletes will be treated to a movie at Cinetopia, a luxurious moving viewing experience in town, before heading back home. 

We’d like to congratulate our Hershey’s Track & Field District Meet Finalists:
Alex, Sammy, Chloe, Eleann, Soleil, Juliette, Frank,  Zack, Tyler, and Jacob

The Boys & Girls Club of La Conner is excited to offer Be Active: Run Happy and other Healthy Lifestyles Programs for our Members ages 6-18 thanks to the generous support of Brooks RunningThank you Brooks Running for this incredible fitness opportunity to our Members.

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Glass is in Session!

Glass Mosaics

Club members’ tiles wait to be completed before they are fired in the kiln.

On Thursday,  Club members began creating their own glass mosaics. By utilizing small 6″x6″ pieces of colored plate glass and their mosaic skills, they made individual glass tiles by gluing small pieces of glass to the glass plate.  The tiles will then be fused in the kiln to form the completed glass tile!

Some members chose to make nature scenes and included flower and suns on their tiles, while other members took a more abstract approach.

The Fine Arts Exhibit program in La Conner  encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6-18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture while providing opportunities for members to create artwork for display in a local exhibit. Fine Arts

Thank you to Spectrum Glass Company for the generous donation of glass fusing supplies.

The Art Room will be bustling with members participating in Glass Expressions every Friday through June.  For more information regarding this program, For more information on upcoming art projects or any other Targeted Programs at the La Conner Club, please contact Arts Coordinator Jeff Mariott or Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email leahv@skagitclubs.org.

 

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Progressive Pictures

Progressive Pictures

Club members show off the final result of their creative collaborations.

The La Conner Learning Center was bustling this week with science experiments, board games and Power Hour.  Club members also participated in an activity called Progressive Stories.  In this activity, members first begin a sketch.  After a short time, each sketch is passed to the next member to continue the picture with their own interpretation of what they see occurring.  The pictures continue to travel around the group until the original owner has their drawing back, at which point the sketch is shared with the group.

Youth get a kick out of this activity because there is no telling how the sketches will change and morph.  The end result is usually silly and creative and the progression of the changing ideas can be very surprising!  Progressive Pictures helps Club members develop real world skills in their ability to adapt and appreciate others’ thoughts, while making positive additions of their own.

For more information on activities in the La Conner Learning Center, please contact Program Director Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email leahv@skagitclubs.org.

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Growing a Balanced Diet

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Positive Sprouts water their seedlings in hopes of a hearty harvest this summer.

During the Positive Sprouts program, youth get the chance to plant seeds and watch fruits, vegetables, and flowers grow.  Club members learn what the plants need to survive and how to take care of them.  On Wednesday’s session of Positive Sprouts, La Conner youth discussed what people need to survive and how to take care of themselves through the food that they eat.  Club members participated in a relay game to separate a list of foods into different categories: Vegetable, fruit, grain, protein or dairy.  Next, youth discussed what they learned during the activity, like that beans are a good source of protein.    Several Club members were also surprised to learn that popcorn is a grain and can be a healthy snack option when not covered in butter and salt.

To finish off the session, youth headed to their raised beds where they tended to their plants by watering and weeding.  Later this summer the La Conner Positive Sprouts hope to be snacking on strawberries, lettuce, snap peas and more, all from their very own garden!

The Boys & Girls Club of La Conner is excited to offer Positive Sprouts The National Gardening Associationfor our Members ages 6-18 thanks to the generous support of the National Gardening The National Gardening Association and Jamba Juice’s “It’s All About the Fruit and Veggies” Garden Grant.  Thank you to both the National Gardening Association and Jamba Juice for providing this valuable educational opportunity to our Members.

Positive Sprouts runs every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 – 4:00pm. For more information regarding this, or any of La Conner’s targeted programs, please contact Program Director Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email leahv@bgcskagit.org.

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Anacortes Breakfast a Huge Success!

Club members help greet guests at the Anacortes Breakfast

Club members help greet guests at the Anacortes Breakfast

On Thursday, May 15th the Anacortes Club held it’s annual Breakfast Fundraiser at the Anacortes Club.   200 Community leaders and citizens were in attendance to lend their financial support.  Thanks to their generosity over $31,000 were raised for Club programs. 

The program was led by Teen Club members who shared their personal Club stories, experiences, and even musical talent. Each of them are wonderful examples of the impact the Club has on helping youth become successful adults:

  •  Alexis Huffstodt, Age 16
  • Conor Powell, Age 13
  • Peter Correa, Age 15
  • Karen Gallardo, Age 16
  • Hunter Durand, Age 18

We are overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of support for the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club and it’s children.  Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible!

$2000 Title Sponsor:  Anacortes Kiwanis Sunrisers

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$1000 Event Sponsors:  Cap Sante Inn, RIS Insurance, CPI Plumbing and Heating, Curt Oppel @ John L. Scott, The Brown Lantern

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$500 Table Sponsors:

  • Chief of Police Bonnie Bowers & Officer Emerson Nordmark
  • Cap Sante Court Retirement
  • Barrett Financial, Ltd.
  • Alice Bohnker Insurance
  • Anacortes Pizza Factory
  • Anacortes Community Health Council
  • State Representative Jeff Morris
  • Soroptimist International of Anacortes
  • Island Hospital

A special Thanks to Pacific Design for the Flower Centerpieces and Jack Hamilton for providing the Sound for the event.

 

 

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LC Members Get Caught Reading

Reading Tree

Club members gather around the Reading Tree and show off some of their favorite books.

Fun doesn’t have to be a game, contest or outside challenge.  The  Learning Center’s Reading Tree recognizes the FUN of the mind – learning, exploring, growing and using the imagination.  There are so many good books to chose from; adventure, mystery, science fiction, comics, puzzles, magic and more!  Club members are encouraged to Pick 1-Read 1 and when they are caught reading, Education Coordinator Ellen Vaughan adds their names to the Reading Tree.  As the month continues, the tree will continue to bloom as more names are added to it!

For more information activities in the La Conner Learning Center, please contact Program Director Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email leahv@skagitclubs.org.

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Expressions through Glass

Glass Resized

Club members start exploring glass as an art medium by making mosaics.

A unique program kicked off last week in the  Art Room called Glass Expressions. An  an introduction to mosaic and tile making. Club members used glass shards to design and produce beautiful mosaics on paper. Glass Expressions will be exploring the fascinating medium of art glass in fused, blown, and mosaic styles to create beautiful works of art in glass.

The response from club members was overwhelming, they loved it!

The Fine Arts Exhibit program in La Conner  encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6-18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture while providing opportunities for members to create artwork for display in a local exhibit. Fine Arts

Thank you to Spectrum Glass Company for the generous donation of glass fusing supplies.

The Art Room will be bustling with members participating in Glass Expressions every Friday through June.  For more information regarding this program, For more information on upcoming art projects or any other Targeted Programs at the La Conner Club, please contact Arts Coordinator Jeff Mariott or Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email leahv@skagitclubs.org.
 
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Teens Celebrate Free Comic Book Day

 Levi reading his free comics in the Teen Center.

Levi reading his free comics in the Teen Center.

This past Saturday members of the Teen Center in Sedro-Woolley got the chance to celebrate Free Comic Book Day with a field trip to the comic store. Every year on the first Saturday in May comic book companies and stores participate in a promotional giveaway where people can get free copies of comic books. Our local comic store and Boys & Girls Club supporter, Docking Bay 93, has been involved since the first Free Comic Book Day back in 2002. There were eight teens who participated in the event and are taking this opportunity to promote reading, exploring new stories, and then turning the old ones into art projects. Free Comic Book Day collages soon to come.

In addition to getting free comic books members were able to meet local artists who have worked in the comic book field. They also got to play games in the classic arcade at the back of the store. The best part of all is that after the field trip was over they had a stack of reading to do. Thank you Dan Macken of Docking Bay 93 for making these teens’ day.

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Youth of the Month – May 2014

Rachel, age 8

Rachel has been a member for 2 years.  While she is at the club, she gets involved in Power Hour, SMART Girls, Positive Sprouts, Project Learn and Art activities.  When asked what her favorite thing about the Club is, she said that it is spending time with her friends.  Rachel always helps staff when they need a hand and she sets a great example for other members.  Her goal for the future is to be an astronaut. 

 
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Rachel

     

Kade, age 6

Kade has been a member for 1 year.  While he is at the club he gets involved in Tournaments, Triple Play, Project Learn activities.  When asked what his favorite thing about the Club is, he said that he enjoys going to the playground and using Legos to build houses and airplanes.  His goals for the future are to cook food and clean houses. 

 
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Kade

     

Riley, age 11

Riley has been a Club member for 2 years.  While at the club she gets involved in Triple Play, SMART Girls and Torch Club.  When asked what her favorite thing about the club is, she said running the concession stand because it gives her practice in learning useful skills.  Riley’s goal for the future is to be a chef and own her own restaurant.

 
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Riley

Homework All-Star
Jensen
, 8

Jensen has been a member for 2 years. While at the Club she gets involved in Power Hour, Project Learn, SMART Girls, Drama Matters and Art activities.  When asked what her favorite thing about the Club is, she said that it is art projects, like kite making or wire bugs.  Her goal for the future is to become a doctor.

 
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Jensen

     

Triple Play MVP
Chason
, 10

Chason has been a Club member for 2 years.  While at the Club he gets involved in Triple Play, Tournaments and Project Learn activities.  When asked what his favorite thing about the club is, he said playing games outside and going to the playground are the best.  His goal for the future is to take over his dad’s business. 

 
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Chason

Artist of the Month
Emily, 6

Emily has been a Club member for 2 years.  While at the Club she gets involved in Brain Tech, and Art Room activities.  When asked what her favorite thing about the club is, she said that getting a chance to work on her paper dollhouse is by far her favorite thing to do. Her goal for the future is to become a geologist or an animal caretaker.

   
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Emily

     
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