Monthly Archives: September 2014

Cooking Club Turns Up the Heat

Saucy Salsa

Club members enjoying some saucy salsa!

This week at the La Conner Club, members made some saucy salsa during Cooking Club. Here is the recipe so you can try at home with your family.

Ingredients:

  • (This recipe calls for a blender)
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 2 jalapeno chiles
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • 2 tablespoons corn oil
  • 2 dashes salt (to taste)
  • 2 dashes pepper (to taste)

Instructions:

Remove the skin from the tomatoes and chiles. Add tomatoes, chilies and salt to blender and blend for thirty seconds.Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. When hot, pour in salsa from blender and fry for one minute. Add eggs, salt and pepper to salsa and cook until eggs are set. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

Cooking Club  takes place every Tuesday & Wednesday. For more information about Cooking Club or any of our Targeted Programs that focus on Healthy Lifestyles, please contact the Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email: leahv@skagitclubs.org.

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La Conner Connects With SMART Girls

SMART Girls meets weekly on Thursdays at 4:45pm in the Dr. Kenyon & Siddy Knopf Education Center

SMART Girls meets weekly on Thursdays at 4:45pm in the Dr. Kenyon & Siddy Knopf Education Center

This world is a big place for all youth, and for girls, growing up means changing relationships and friendships, changing bodies and changing self images. SMART (Skills Mastery And Resistance Training) Girls is a group that meets weekly to talk about these topics, and others, in a fun, engaging and safe manner where girls can feel comfortable sharing their experiences and questions. Girls are exposed to new ideas and given the knowledge and tools that will help them on their road to creating a strong, smart, and positive sense of self. SmartGirls_CLR

Each week, as new topics are discussed, members will have the opportunity to earn SMART Girls Badges to decorate and affix to their own personal SMART Girls Journal. At the first meeting, girls talked about the meaning of words such as trust, respect and effective communication. Youth then worked together to develop a set of group values and used them to create a Smart Girls Contract. This contract will ensure that each girl will have the opportunity to have her voice heard and to enjoy SMART Girls meetings to the fullest!

La Conner SMART Girls is open to girls ages 8-10 and meets on Thursdays from 4:45 – 5:45pm. For more information regarding this program, please contact Program Director Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email: leahv@skagitclubs.org

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Round Up 4 BGCA

Brianna R. & Lauren N. helping to serve our amazing Olive Garden dinner.

Brianna R. & Lauren N. helping to serve our amazing Olive Garden dinner.

Olive Garden has officially started their Round Up 4 BGCA campaign that allows customers to “round-up” their receipts in support of more than 700 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide. 50% of the proceeds raised at the Burlington Olive Garden will directly benefit the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club. To kick start the campaign the Burlington Olive Garden treated our Mount Vernon Club with enough spaghetti, bread sticks and salad to stuff 90 Members. 

Be sure to stop by your local Olive Garden and Round Up 4 BGCA!

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Youth of the Month – June 2014

Youth of the Month 
Julie W., age 11

Julie has been a Member of both the Mount Vernon and Sedro Woolley Boys & Girls Clubs since 2011. 

Julie always has a positive, can-do attitude and is never seen without a smile on her face. Julie loves to play Movie Star Planet on the computers. However, she is more often found helping out Staff with snack prep or helping younger Members with their homework during Power Hour. 

 
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Julie W.

 
     

 

   
     

 

   
     
     

 

   
     
     
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Youth of the Month – Summer 2014

Youth of the Month 
Gaby G.
, age 12

Gaby has been a Member of the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club for one year and attends La Venture Middle School. 

Over the summer Gaby has learned a lot of life lessons at the Club. She has matured tremendously and now loves to volunteer and be involved with the Club in any way shape or form she can.   

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Gaby G.


 
 
     

Book Chomper Champ
Ariana R., age 9

Ariana has only been a Member at the Mount Vernon Club since the beginning of this summer but she set a great example to other Members for our reading program. She was and still is an amazing reader and was often found reading before Book Chompers and well past it as well. 

 
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Ariana R.

 
     

 

   
     
     

 

   
     
     
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Daily Challenges Kick Off on the Gridiron

 

Daily Challenges Kick Off

Football Daily Challenges in La Conner

Every day, things kick off at the La Conner Club with the Daily Challenge, a sports activity centered around a monthly theme.  With our local Braves teams and the Seahawks starting their seasons, it’s only natural that the theme for September is football!    Club members of all ages are taking part in drills focused on improving skills such as ball handling, throwing and catching, maneuvering and even strategy. Triple Play

Whether members are participating in a game of keep away, a fancy footwork drill or a Friday scrimmage, they are learning about the sport of football together, and challenging themselves to complete each activity to the best of their ability.  And to have fun, of course!

Triple Play activities like our Football Daily Challenges take place every day at the Club from 3:00-4:00pm and 4:00-5:00pm.  For more information about Triple Play or any of our Targeted Programs that focus on Healthy Lifestyles, please contact the Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email: 
leahv@skagitclubs.org.
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La Conner Club Kids Get Cooking

 

La Conner Cooking Club

Club kids take & bake their own pizzas.

The Cooking Club meets twice a week to learn about different food groups, a balanced diet and of course, how to cook!  This week, they dove into cheese, pepperoni, ham, pineapple and more, which can only mean one thing…pizza!  Members were each provided with their very own personal pizza crust to top however they wanted.  Some ended up as plain cheese pizzas and some had the works.  Youth also took this opportunity to get creative and make a design using their toppings.  

Once members were finished with their creations, the pizzas were wrapped up and sent home to be enjoyed later that night for dinner, or baked and packed for lunch the next day.  Although some members couldn’t help but sneak a bite or two early, before their pizza had even made it home. 
 
Cooking Club  takes place every Tuesday & Wednesday. For more information about Cooking Club or any of our Targeted Programs that focus on Healthy Lifestyles, please contact the Program Director, Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email: leahv@skagitclubs.org.
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Anacortes Club “Digs” Gardening

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Enjoying the “Secret Garden” Next Door!

From flower power to potatoes and tomatoes, these Anacortes Club kids found armfuls of treasure just across the street!  Wednesday, September 10th, our kids traveled next door to the Anacortes American’s garden where publisher Jack Darnton helped harvest a bountiful feast for the eyes and dinner table.  

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Potatoes grown in garbage cans and raised flower beds wreathed in old newspapers illustrated a beautiful lesson in recycling and re-purposing that the kids could literally take home with them.  

The Anacortes Boys & Girls Club would like to thank Jack Darnton and the folks over at Anacortes American for a great afternoon! Stop in and see us Monday- Friday from 2:30-6:00pm

 

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Youth Of The Month – September 2014

Ronnie R., Age 6

Ronnie attends Island View Elementary and just became a Club member this summer!  He has quickly become a model member by actively participating in as many games and crafts as time allows!  By consistently bringing a great attitude to the Club, Ronnie  leaves smiles everywhere he goes throughout the day!

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Hannah S., Age 9

Hannah attends Fidalgo Elementary and also recently joined the Club this summer!  It was easy for Hannah to make friends immediately around the club as she shows her caring and thoughtful side daily.  Helpful but silly, she reminds us all how to have fun and enjoy all that the Club has to offer!

 

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Logan T., Age 12

Logan attends Anacortes Middle School and is a long time member of the Club, dating back to 2008!  Finally gaining access to the Teen Center, Logan brings a comical desire to mingle with fellow teens and discuss all things ridiculous.  If he’s not playing the role of Willy Wonka by doling out treats, he’s always finding a way to share his infectious laugh! 

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Youth of the Month -September 2014

Sammy, age 9

Sammy has been a member for 4 years. When she is at the Club, she gets involved in many different activities including Torch Club, Positive Sprouts, SMART Girls, Image Makers and more!  When asked what her favorite thing about the Club is, she said it is the Cooking Club, that just started because loves baking and cooking (and eating!), and Image Makers, because she likes to work with a partner and explore the town of La Conner to take photos.  Sammy is currently writing a book and hopes to become and actor or director in the future.

 
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Sammy

     

Kody, age 8

Kody joined the Club this past June.  He attended the Club almost every single day this summer and participated in so much, although Triple Play and all things Pokemon were first to draw his attention.  When asked what is favorite thing about the Club is, he said that it is playing air hockey and getting to go outside and to the gym to play games like Fliers Up.  Kody is currently on the Braves football team and hopes to play football in college for the University of Washington Huskies.

 
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Kody

     

Riley, age 12

Riley has been a member of for 3 years.  She is involved in a wide variety of activities at the Club and is always volunteering to help when it is needed.  She has been a leader during targeted activities, such as Torch Club and SMART Girls, and also enjoys getting outside to play games like tag and dodgeball.  When asked what her favorite thing about the club is, Riley said it is getting to see all of her friends, and her mom, who works at the La Conner Club!  Riley also likes learning new skills during the Triple Play games.  In the future, she hopes to get a volleyball scholarship and play through college.

 

 
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Riley

Artist of the Month
Raegan, age 9

Raegan joined the club this past June.  Throughout the summer, she showed an interest in many different art projects and always puts her all into her artwork.  She also enjoys Triple Play games, Pokemon and reading.  When asked what her favorite thing about the Club is, Raegan said it is drawing, especially animals, and looking at Pokemon cards with her friends.  Her goal for the future is to be a really smart scientist. 

 
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Raegan

     

Triple Play MVP
Carter, age 8

Carter has been a member for 3 years.  While at the Club, he gets involved in Triple Play activities the most, and he has shown a great improvement in his positive sportsmanship over the summer.  When asked what his favorite thing about the club is, Carter said it is seeing his friends, playing air hockey, creating new things with the Legos, and his two favorite TP games: dodgeball and fire in the jungle.  His goal for the future is to become a racer.  And to get Pokemon X. 

 
Carter

Carter

     
     
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