Free fam­ily fun day Satur­day at Boys & Girls

Lowe’s do­nates 20 bi­cy­cles to club; some will be raf­fled at event

Manteca Bulletin - - Local - By DEN­NIS WY­ATT

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Man­teca/Lathrop are stag­ing a free Day for Kids on Satur­day, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Man­teca club­house at 545 W. Alameda St.

The free event in­cludes live wrestling shows start­ing at noon in the gym. They will start ev­ery half hour.

There will be food, a car show, bi­cy­cle raf­fle, pedal cars, laser tag, games, mu­sic and face paint­ing. The face paint­ing takes place from noon to 3 p.m. in the parks.

All ac­tiv­i­ties and food are free.

In­for­ma­tion about the club will be avail­able Satur­day. Club mem­ber­ship is open to youth 6 to 17 years of age. The price of $60 a year comes down to $1.15 a week. Youth from low-in­come fam­i­lies can qual­ify for free schol­ar­ships. School year hours at the Man­teca lo­ca­tion are 3:30 to 7 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day and at the Lathrop School site the hours are 3 to 6:30 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day.

The fee cov­ers all of­fer­ings in­clud­ing karate lessons from long­time in­struc­tor Robin Taberna twice a week.

The club of­fers home­work as­sis­tance, com­put­ers for do­ing school work, and var­i­ous char­ac­ter build­ing pro­grams. It also of­fers a va­ri­ety of recre­ation games, dance classes, sports leagues, arts classes, or sim­ply a safe place to spend time with friends.

Among the pop­u­lar pro­grams are the teen room, flag foot­ball in the fall, bas­ket­ball in the win­ter, year­round karate lessons of­fered by Robin Taberna, and free mu­sic lessons.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the club at 239-KIDS.

Lowe’s part­ners with Boys & Girls na­tion­ally

Lowe’s has a na­tional part- ner­ship with the Boys & Girls Club.

Staff from the 20 stores in the lo­cal district that cov­ers Lodi to Sali­nas and the Bay Area gath­ered re­cently for a team build­ing event that in­cluded putting to­gether over 300 bi­cy­cles, The two Stock­ton stores se­lected the Man­teca-Lathrop clubs to present 20 of those bi­cy­cles to as part of the home im­prove­ment store’s na­tional ef­fort.

“The do­na­tion in­cluded bi­cy­cle hel­mets and bi­cy­cle locks as safety is im­por­tant,” noted Tina Ste­wart who serves as hu­man re­sources man­ager for the North Stock­ton store on ham­mer lane.

Boys & Girls Club Pro­gram Di­rec­tor Mark McCool said the bi­cy­cles will be used for as free raf­fle items for two events — this Satur­day’s Day for Kids open to all youth of the com­mu­nity and the club’s Christ­mas Party that is open to club mem­bers.

DEN­NIS WY­ATT/The Bul­letin

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the two Stock­ton Lowe’s Home Im­prove­ment stores pose with Boys & Girls Club mem­bers and some of the 20 bi­cy­cles they do­nated to the club.

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