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Happenings: 1/27/14

In the Art room, our main project is “Painting One of our Dreams.” It can be a “night” dream or a “day” dream. Use of watercolors in the primary and secondary colors only, mixing with care, to make our dreams bright!

Other projects this week include drawing or sculpting a Bald Eagle and other winter animals/birds. Playdough, coloring printed mndalas, building with wooden slats, free drawing, are some other creative possibilities as well, from which the kids can always choose.

The kids are enjoying two afternoons a week at our awesome ice skating rink. Our amazing
friends, the Lewistown Ice Skating Rink Association, have been helping us locate enough skates so that there are several sizes available and the kids can continue to use those over and over. They also provide volunteers to assist while the kids have fun on the ice. Some of the kids bring their hockey gear and are really playing hard and having a blast.

The teen group has been going door to door to sell the coupon card. If you were not at home, they would have left information for you to order from the Club if you would like the amazing savings it offers.

The Pinewood Derby was a great success, this past weekend, at the Montana Winter Fair. Many kids came out to enjoy the track and some great prizes were offered. Thanks again to HCR for the really cool trophies and to A Few of My Favorite Things for sponsoring the event.

Our Facebook page remains a great way to find out what is happening at the Club. A great resource for parents to ask questions and get answers as well.

Some of our week-long activities:

The first graders are meeting to discuss “Real Heroes” and what they do for us and how we can strive to be heroes in our community. This is a part of a 4 week-long series on heroes and community activism. Each class will be designing a “Hero” logo for a new t-shirt.

The second graders are really getting into Scrabble, a fun game that helps with reading and letter skills. The kinders will also be playing scrabble this week.

The third graders work on a science, technology, engineering and math project every Wednesday. This Wednesday we began research on how to grow seeds in sponges. We are also interested in how to use recycled items to grow seeds. We are also doing experiments with baking soda.

In February:

On February 5th, the Boys and Girls Club will host Klaire Kramer, a speaker who recently traveled to Austria and France as part of the International 4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) program. Klaire graduated from Beaverhead County High School in 2011 and attended Montana State University where she majored in graphic design. Klaire was a nine-year member of the Sagebrush and Snowdrifts 4-H Club in Beaverhead County. Klaire plans to return to college in the fall to pursue an art degree.

The Club is excited to welcome Klaire and learn about her international experience staying with host families in Austria and France.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR PARENTS:
• February 3rd, 5:30 – Mandatory Parent meeting, 6:30 – Summer Safari signups, 7:00 – Mandatory Parent meeting
• Summer Safari – our summer program – is a first come, first served sign up and parents
must attend the mandatory parent meeting before they can sign up for the summer program. Multiple meeting times offered- CHOOSE ONE.
• February 4th, 5:30 – Mandatory Parent meeting
• February 5th, 7:00 – Mandatory Parent meeting
• February 13th, 5:30 – Mandatory Parent meeting

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Happenings: 1/20/14

The Boys and Girls Club has a new and exciting Teen Program for Junior High students every Tuesday and for High school students every Thursday beginning after school. We also have volunteer opportunities for students as well. Come and join us; the club is a fun and positive place to be!

Important information for member parents:
• February 3rd, 5:30-Mandatory Parent meeting, 6:30-Summer Safari signups,7:00-Mandatory Parent meeting
• Summer Safari is a first come, first served sign up and parents must attend the mandatory parent meeting before they can sign up for the summer program. Multiple meeting times offered.
• February 4th, 5:30-Mandatory Parent meeting
• February 5th, 7:00-Mandatory Parent meeting

NEW AT THE CLUB:

Check out our new website, created by Webtiste. Go to www.BGClubLewistown.com.

Our Coupon Card fundraiser continues through November 2014. Cards are on sale now at the following locations:
• Country Corner
• Fort Lewis
• The Connection
• DOGOS
• Flowers Flowers
• Big Spring Spa
• Beans N Things
• A Few of My Favorite Things
• Huffine, McMillan, Arntzen and Ruckman CPAs

Featured Club Programs:

Summer Safari is the name we give to the 3-month blur others refer to as summer break. This summer program begins June 9th and goes through August 8th. Open 7:50 am to 5:10 pm, Monday through Friday. We offer 2 snacks and lunch is served to the kids daily. We base our summer program on the idea that we should be having fun while we learn.

Some of the things our members will do during the summer will be: fishing, swimming at the City Pool, a reading program, gardening, participating in a week long Horse Camp, soccer camp, jump rope camp and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities will also be implemented to reduce summer “brain drain”.

Our Fantastic Art Program:

For the week of Jan. 20, we are getting into the painting style of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) who came to live in New York and became a leader of Modernism painting. What I thought would attract our youth, are the lines, colorful squares and rectangles of Mondrian, dividing the canvas space, a way of designing somewhat reminiscent of what they often watch on their computer screen, when playing their “robot” games.

Last week, overflowing on this week, we made our own Mandalas (circle paintings) as a way to”journey into our lives” These mixed writing with layers of colors. BGC also has a “Draw Wall” right now, for EVERYBODY who chooses to put pencil to paper and make a small, beautiful drawing. Just watch, downstairs, the paper is stretched between the Subway room and the Art room.(Yes, between the bathrooms!) We’ll give you a pencil!

BACK A KID! Scholarship programs that make a difference

The Club is overflowing with fun, play and learning but we are literally OVERFLOWING with requests to add more children to the already 80 per day that we currently serve, during the school year. Yes, we have waiting lists for EVERY SINGLE CLASSROOM! It is our goal to never have to turn away a single child. Despite the fact that in the past five years, the Club has lost over $93k from two State and Federal grants, we have not cut one program, NOT ONE! We continue to be grateful to each and every individual and business in this community who has seen the need and met the call. Success brings challenges. Challenges bring out the best in us all and frankly, the kids are worth every second of it. We will never turn a child away for their family’s inability to pay but we rely on the support of individuals like you to make the difference.

We begin our annual individual campaign – The Back A Kid Campaign – once again for 2014 with new zest and vigor knowing that every child in our community deserves a meal, a positive and safe place to be and our renewed commitment to making room for everyone!

We invite each and every one of you to tour the Club. Give us a call today to schedule your tour. 535-2257

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Local artists donate talent for Boys and Girls Club fundraiser

The Boys and Girls Club is gearing up for the annual Festival of Trees fundraising event, and this year they have added something extra-special: painted church pews.

Since 2007, the Boys and Girls Club has been located in what used to be Emmanuel Baptist Church, and with a sanctuary filled with church pews, Club Director Abby Franks saw an opportunity for a unique way to raise funds. (more…)

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Pennies for Boys & Girls

Decades of pinching pennies will now benefit the many children who attend the Lewistown Boys and Girls Club.

Daryll Lundgren recently donated 125 pounds of pennies to the local Club. He said the donation was the idea of the woman he was married to for 54 wonderful years – his late wife Mary who passed away on Aug. 3. (more…)

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Boys & Girls Club to host dueling pianos at civic center

A fun-filled evening is in store Saturday at the Civic Center as two Las Vegas performers will bring their pianos to town and challenge each other on a “song-off.”

The event, known as “dueling pianos,” will feature songs spanning the decades as the two pianists go back and forth, singing Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” contemporary hits and beyond, with sheer showmanship, wit and absurdity.

(more…)

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