Monthly Archives: February 2015

Torch Club members tour La Conner Wastewater Facility

16579422288_b2d406839f_oThe National award-winning Brave Heroes Torch Club has not lost momentum as they are committed to learning more about the environment and how they, through educating their peers, can become better stewards of it. On February 18th, Brave Heroes Torch Club took a field trip to the La Conner Wastewater Facility located on Chilberg Road in La Conner, WA. The purpose of this educational experience was to learn about how the Waste Water Facility operates as well as the composting the facility does with the waste that comes from the towns water. Before this trip, most members only knew composting as food scraps that can be stored and used in gardens like we do at the Club for Positive Sprouts.

At the La Conner Wastewater Facility Club members learned that through filtering the water the facility takes the bio-waste and creates bio-solids which are then mixed with wood chips and soil, heated to 160 degrees for 30 days which removes any leftover bacteria, and is then sent out into the community for gardening in flower beds and vegetable gardens as well as some local farming fields. The most interesting fact of this experience was learning that after all the filtering and treatment, the facility pumps 330,000 gallons of water daily out into the La Conner channel.

Brave Heroes Torch Club is a small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. Through service activities, Torch Club Members identify Club and community needs, develop programs and activities and actively participate in their community.

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Club Kid Yoga Returns in March

Club Kid Yoga

The second season of Club Kid Yoga starts Tuesday, March 17th.

The La Conner Club is pleased to announce the second season of Club Kid Yoga with Crescent Moon Yoga Studio!

Athletics are a huge part of growing up these days for many youth in the area. They provide fun, a good source of exercise, create a sense of both pride and teamwork. Unfortunately, even young athletes can get injured while participating in sports at their age. Most of the common injuries that are experienced include strains, sprains, and motion injuries and breaks that, when repetitive, can affect the growth plates which can cause serious damage long term. Studies have shown that among the many ways to support young athletes, the one that is most underutilized is yoga. 

Crescent Moon Yoga

Thank you to Crescent Moon Yoga for this amazing fitness opportunity

Yoga can balance the body by building flexibility and strength. Adult athletes across many sports have used yoga to improve their performance. From Kobe Bryant to Russell Wilson, these stars have credited their success to incorporated yoga in their training routine.

For six weeks starting on Tuesday, March  17th, kids will head over to the Crescent Moon Yoga Studio and be lead through an hour-long workout by a professional instructor that will teach new skills, have fun, and feel good about themselves while getting better at their respective sport.

Age: 8 & older
Program Size & Length: Max 15 participants | 6 weeks
Cost: $15 per member
Club Kids Yoga Registration Deadline: March 13th. Member can’t participate until registration fee is paid. 

Club Kid Yoga take place Tuesdays in March/April from 3:30-4:30pm. For more information about Club Kid Yoga or any of our Targeted Programs that focus on Healthy Lifestyles, please contact the Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at 360-466-3672 or email

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MLK Day on the Hill

MLK Day 2015On Monday, January 19th Mount Vernon and Anacortes Boys & Girls Club Youth spent the day in Olympia at the Capital as part of the MLK Day on the Hill event.  Skagit Valley Club youth represented the 40th District, joining other Boys & Girls Club Youth from around the state.
Youth had the opportunity to tour the state Capital, Legislature Building, and Governor’s mansion. The day also included sitting in on a live Congressional roll call, learning the journey from Bill to Law in the Senate Gallery, and a visit to the Vietnam memorial.  Club members also had the opportunity to meet with Senator Kevin Ranker for a question and answer time.

This event organized by the Boys & Girls Club Washington State Association provides youth the opportunity to not just learn about civic engagement but to get inspired to make a difference in their own community.  Boys & Girls Club strive to instill leadership skills and empower it’s young people to find their voice and become engaged individual who will continue to make a difference in their community as adults.

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ImageMakers Photography Program at the La Conner Club

 EmmaWorgum_Cross-2-B-FitLa Conner Boys & Girls Club recently announced the winners of its ImageMakers National Photography Contest, sponsored by Sony Electronics Inc. The winners are:

    •    Isabel Dowrey, Jump, Portrait, 6-9
    •    Jensen Brooks, Shades, Surroundings, 6-9
    •    Eliza Schnabel, Tribal Sunset, Culture & Tradition, 6-9
    •    Riley Brooks, Boundaries, Surroundings, 10-12
    •    Emma Worgum, Cross-2-B-Fit, Portrait, 10-12

With more than 38,000 kids participating annually and 50 kids locally, the ImageMakers Photography Program teaches Club Members age 6-18 the art and science of photography. As part of the program, the ImageMakers National Photography Contest, which has a rich, 50-plus-year history in Boys & Girls Clubs, invited young people to capture photographs in four different categories: culture and tradition, surroundings, portraits and photo with essay or poem.

As a local winner, these five members will advance to regional competitions in Monterey Park, California for a chance to advance to the national competition later this spring. National winners’ artwork will be featured by Boys & Girls Clubs of America throughout the year, and the winners will receive educational opportunities to celebrate their success.

“We are proud of our members whose artwork has been recognized with the local awards of the ImageMakers National Photography Contest and wish each of them luck as they advance to the regional competition,” said Kendrick Davis-Pittmon, La Conner Club Director “We are grateful to Sony Electronics for their support in providing our Club access to programs and tools in the area of photography to educate and engage all young people in the arts.”

The La Conner Boys & Girls Club also received a photography package, which included several Sony point-and-shoot cameras, Sony interchangeable lens cameras and Sony VAIO computers, as well as a stipend to help offset printing and other photography-related costs. This program, to be led by Program Lead Bailey Wyles will begin again on Thursdays & Fridays starting in April, and is free to any student in the community. All photographs from the Winter session of ImageMakers will be on display at the La Conner Club located at 305 North 6th Street, at Maple Hall on March 21st during the Kiwaffodil – presented by the La Conner Kiwanis.

All the winning photos can be viewed on our Facebook Page.

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Youth of the Month – February 2015

Sahara, age 7

Sahara attends Jefferson Elementary and this is her first year at the Club.   She always has a smile on her face and is willing to help, especially if it’s as the Front Desk Helper.  Sahara enjoys all kinds of activities at the Club, from art to outdoor games, she’s always busy!




Trent, age 11

Trent attends Little Mountain Elementary and has been a member for two years.  He has a great attitude and excellent manners.  Trent enjoys hanging out in the Gamesroom and participating in Triple Play activities.




Artist of the Month 
, age 6

Addison attends Little Mountain Elementary and is in her first year at the Club.  She loves crafting and art projects of all sorts.  Addison also enjoys spending time with her friends and big sister, Dakota, while at the Club. 



Homework All-Star
, age 10

Johanna attends Centennial Elementary and has been a Club member for four years.  One of the first members in the Learning Center each day, Johanna takes homework seriously and always put in 100% effort.  She also enjoys Triple Play games and hanging out in the art room.




Triple Play MVP
, age 6

Cam attends Little Mountain Elementary and is in his first year at the Club.  He enjoys participating in Triple Play games and running outside.  Cam shows great sportsmanship and is wonderful at listening to directions.



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Club Members Jump for Fitness in La Conner

Jump Rope Daily Challenges

Jump rope is a fun, bone-strengthening activity that can be played year round — indoors or outside!

Throughout the month of February, the La Conner Club will hold Daily Challenges all geared towards jump rope. With benefits such as improved balance, burning calories, and strengthening bones,  Club members are getting a chance to get out and be active while learning how to set short term as well as long term goals for fitness. Triple Play

Triple Play Daily Challenges take place every day at the Club from 3:00-4:00pm. For more information about Triple Play Daily Challenges or any of our Targeted Programs that focus on Healthy Lifestyles, please contact the Club Director, Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360) 466-3672 or email

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Springtime Art Brightens Up the Club

Spring Pastels

The Fine Arts Exhibit Program encourages artistic expression among Club members

All this week in the Art Room, Club members have been dreaming of blue skies, warm weather, and the familiar sight of tulips. All of these things are telltale signs of spring in Skagit County.  So they put their dreams on paper using bright oil pastels. The finished products were absolutely amazing!

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

The Fine Arts Exhibit program runs every Tuesday & Wednesday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. For more information on upcoming art projects or any other Targeted Programs at the La Conner Club, please contact Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360)-466-3672 or email:

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Cheesy Gold Potatoes are a Hit


#ClubCooks is a weekly program for Teens to learn how to meal plan on a budget. Thanks to a partnership with the La Conner Sunrise Food Bank.

This week during #ClubCooks, members made some garlicky gold potatoes with a homemade cheese sauce. Every Monday, Teen Coordinator Jennifer gets a box of food from the La Conner Sunrise Food Bank. The teens help craft a menu from the items received and learn more about meal planning on a budget.  Here is the recipe so you can try at home with your family.

Ingredients for Sauce:

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
¾ cup grated cheddar cheese
½ teaspoon salt

Ingredients for Potatoes:

3 pounds shredded hashbrowns
4 or more cloves garlic peeled and chopped
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup grated cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Sauce: In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour until combined. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk until smooth and lump free. Add cheese and stir until melted. Stir in salt. Set aside.

Potatoes: Grease a 10 inch baking dish. Layer the bottom with 1/3 of the potatoes. Sprinkle 1/3 of the garlic evenly over potatoes. Dot the potatoes with 1/3 of the butter. Repeat with 2 additional layers of potatoes, garlic and butter. Pour cheese sauce over the potatoes. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the dish. Cover and bake and for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender and cheese topping is browned and melted.

#ClubCooks takes place every Wednesday afternoon at 4:30pm. For more information about #ClubCooks or any of our Targeted Programs hat focus on Healthy Lifestyles, please contact the Club Director, Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360)-466-3672 or email: Don’t forget to follow @laconnerteens on Instagram for Teen Programming news, updates, and photos from The Club.



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ROSS to “Open the Door to GREAT Futures” in Skagit County

Ross Fundraiser

ROSS to “Open the Door to GREAT Futures” in Skagit County. In-store giving campaign to provide funds to Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County

Every year, nearly 4 million young people are served by Boys & Girls Clubs. To celebrate these extraordinary efforts, Ross Stores, Inc. announced that it is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) with a four-week program called, “Open the Door to Great Futures.” Beginning February 8th, Ross customers in Burlington, WA can make a monetary contribution at checkout to be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. The Ross “Open the Door to GREAT Futures” in-store giving campaign will run throughout the month of February.

“Ross is committed to supporting the youth in the communities we serve,” said Gary Cribb, executive vice president, Stores and Loss Prevention for Ross Stores, Inc. “In the month of February, we invite our customers to join us in donating to the Power Hour program to help youth develop the study skills they need to excel in their studies and beyond.”

“Power Hour is important because it provides members with an opportunity to complete their homework before even going home for the day, which means more time to spend with their families”, says Director of Operations for Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, Noah Bannister. “Staff and volunteers are available to help members work on challenging math problems or practice their spelling. Not only is Power Hour a great place to get homework done but it’s also a quiet place to read a book. Power Hour happens 4 days at week, throughout the school year, at all of our Clubs. We are grateful to Ross, for their support of Boys & Girls Clubs and for their dedication to programs like Power Hour”

During February Ross stores invite customers to give at the register during the month of February to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 100% of proceeds raised at each store will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs. Ross will match donations up to $350,000. Every $3 donation helps provide one hour of homework help for a Club youth and $15 helps keep a kid safe after school today.

About Ross:
Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2013 revenues of $10.2 billion. The Company operates Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with over 1,200 locations in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at everyday savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices. The Company also operates approximately 150 dd’s DISCOUNTS® in 15 states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at everyday savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices. Additional information is available at

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