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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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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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The One Man Human Knot

HumanKnotMount Vernon Boys & Girls Club Members were challenged to a unique version of the human knot game, building on their leadership and communication skills. Members were told only one person, called the ONE, was allowed to give them instructions during the untangling process. 

Once the task was complete, Members were asked how it differed from the regular game, in which everyone is allowed to talk. All Members agreed having only one person talking during the game challenged the group to listen closely to instruction. They also agreed that it challenged the ONE by having to communicate exactly what he needed. Kids took turns being the ONE and had a blast leading their group to success! 

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Members Take Flight During Superhero Week

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Club members Baylee S. and Anna T. soar above the Seattle skyline.



Club members tested their super powers last week during La Conner’s Superhero Week as themed activities exercised youths’ minds and bodies while providing a whole lot of fun at the same time!
 
Members invented their own superheros and thought up new super powers while making paper doll versions of their caped crusaders and were challenged creatively on Friday for the Superhero Costume Contest.  Youth brainstormed all week to develop super identities and personalities, which they brought to life for the contest.  Each participant described their powers and showed off their signature move for fighting crime while the rest of the club watched and voted for their favorite hero.
 
Project Learn activities of Superhero Jeopardy and the X-Ray Vision Test had members thinking hard during the week.  For the X-Ray Vision Test, youth had to put their hand into paper bags containing common objects and, without looking, decide what the object was.  After 10 hidden objects, LC members proved that they are well on their way to having 20/20 X-Ray Vision.
 
 
Spidermans Web

Club members pose after participating in Spiderman’s Web.

Physical challenges for the week included the Kryptonite Relay Race, which required youth to return scattered kryptonite rocks to Krypton using only chopsticks, Spiderman’s Web, where youth tested their throwing accuracy by tossing paper balls at a doorway covered in a masking tape web, and a Laser Obstacle Course.  Every club member participated in the Obstacle course, where youth were timed while they navigated through yarn ‘laser beams’ to retrieve magic crystals while trying their hardest not to touch any lasers. 

 
Club member’s excitement for Superhero Week was well captured in the Superhero Photo Booth, where youth dawned capes and laid on a cityscape backdrop to give the illusion of flight.
 
The La Conner Boys & Girls Club will be open for the final two weeks of summer before school starts.  The club will be closed on Monday, September 1st for Labor Day, and will reopen on Tuesday, September 2nd for the first day of school.  For more information on any of our fun and engaging programming, please contact the Club at (360)466-3672 or email laconner@skagitclubs.org.
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Anacortes Club Visits Padilla Bay

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Anacortes kids “digging” up fun!

Thursday, July 17th Anacortes Club kids explored Padilla Bay and left no stone unturned!  22 of our most curious Club members spent a day scouring the mudflats for sea life and other unique treasures.  After enjoying an outdoor lunch provided by The Food Lifeline Kid’s Cafe, we toured the aquarium and learned about this delicate ecosystem as part of our “Going Green” week at the Club.    

The Club’s operational hours are 12:30-6:00 Monday-Friday and remains excited to offer free lunches @12:30!

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PacMan, Roller Skating & More During 80’s Week

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Club members take a break from skating to pose for a quick photo.

Although Club members weren’t able to experience the 80’s first hand, they sure enjoyed celebrating 80’s Week at the Club.

During arts & crafts time club members of all ages used fuse beads to make brightly colored designs reminiscent of pixelated 8 bit images from early computers.  Later in the week a group of older members used bright yellow fleece and string to sew their own PacMan plushie.  Most of them underestimated the ease of sewing and got quite tied to the challenge.  To round out flashback crafts, members chose from a variety of colored craft lace to weave their very own Boondoggle key chain using the box stitch.  
 
In the world of Project Learn, members were most excited about all the Uno!  Card games are always popular at the club but from young to old, all members had a great time playing this colorful game, which was actually invented in the 70’s but became popular in the 80’s.
 
Triple Play games revolved around retro classics too! Dodgeball, Red Light, Green Light, Red Rover and Scooter Races were all a hit, though the Triple Play Field Trip to Skagit Skate in Burlington was Club members’ favorite way to exercise during 80’s week.
 
The La Conner Boys & Girls Club will be open all summer long. For more information about Olympic Day, or any of our other fun & engaging summer programming, please contact the Club at (360) 466-3672 or email laconner@skagitclubs.org
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LC Rings in Summer with Olympic Week

 

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Members pose with their official Olympic Day flag outside of the Club.

Summer is in full swing at the La Conner Club.  Last week members celebrated athletics and sportsmanship with Olympic themed activities.  Through Arts and Crafts, Project Learn and Triple Play, members learned about different types of sports and about different countries from around the world.

A simple project using just paper, scissors and glue allowed members to recreate national flags for many different countries.  Later in the week youth used empty toilet paper rolls dipped in paint to make abstract paintings resembling the Olympic Rings.  The most popular craft project of the week was the Olympic Medals though!  Youth used salt dough to design and shape their very own medals, which were then baked by a staff member, and painted by members.  With the addition of a ribbon, La Conner athletes had their very own medals!
 
In the Learning Center, youth had fun learning about different Olympic sports through word searches, crossword puzzles and games.  They learned about Italy and engineering while 
participating in an activity called the Leaning Tower of Pisa, where members were given 20 sheets of paper, and had to work together in teams to construct the tallest tower.  Focus was a must for this project! 

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And of course, Triple Play activities revolved around Olympic sports, too.  Soccer, basketball, tennis, table tennis, and track and field events kept kids moving and outside for large portions of the days.  Thursday, June 26th the Club celebrated National Olympic Day by participating in a Pentathlon consisting of five different track and field events and signing this year’s Olympic Day Flag.  Youth had fun participating in a little friendly competition with their fellow Club members while getting in some good, old fashioned exercise too.
 
The La Conner Boys & Girls Club will be open all summer long. For more information about Olympic Day, or any of our other fun & engaging summer programming, please contact the Club at (360) 466-3672 or email laconner@skagitclubs.org
 
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Something Old…Something New

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Club members playing dominoes in the Learning Center

Club members in La Conner have sparked interest in a new game, dominoes!  The game of dominoes is actually very old and was thought to have originated in China in the 12th century to keep guards awake while on duty.  Many of the LC youth were unfamiliar with the game though, and took interest when Education Coordinator Ellen Vaughan held a dominoes teaching session in the Learning Center.  Many variations of the game exist but even the simplest form requires math, visual perception and concentration.

Fun and interesting games like dominoes are played in the La Conner Learning Center every day!  For more information these activities, please contact Program Director Leah Vazquez at (360) 466-3672 or email leahv@skagitclubs.org.

 

 

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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

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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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