October 31st, 2013 by Doree
The King County Council this week recognized the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club in Greenwood for its 70th anniversary.
Pat Murray, Regional Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, and Calvin Lyons, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, with the members of the Metropolitan King County Council.
According to the press release, the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club became the first Boys and Girls Club in King County in 1943. It was created to address the problem of juvenile crime after a riot involving more than 100 teens on the corner of North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North.
The club provides athletic programs, after-school programs and day camps when school is out.
The council also donated a used Metro Transit Vanpool van to the club, to transport kids between school and the club, on field trips and during summer break.
Tags: King County Council, North Seattle Boys & Girls Club
July 15th, 2013 by Doree
North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood is celebrating its 70th anniversary at 7 p.m. Saturday with a party for ages 21 and over with appetizers, music, dancing, a silent auction, local wine and beer, alumni speeches and memorabilia displays. Tickets are $25 online.
The North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, at 8635 Fremont Ave. N, is the oldest Boys & Girls Club in the state.
Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large had a great story about the club and its history a few days ago.
Tags: fundraising, North Seattle Boys & Girls Club
February 2nd, 2013 by Doree
Fred Meyer reopened its Greenwood store on Friday to huge crowds, which continued through Saturday. The remodeled store added 55,000 square feet, for a total of 192,000 square feet on two levels.
Neighbors turned out for the grand opening ceremony, complete with hundreds of cupcakes, on Friday afternoon.
And Fred Meyer donated $5,000 each to the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Food Bank, Greenwood Library, North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood, and PAWS.
Store Director Pete Laudadio presents a $5,000 check to Greenwood Senior Center Director Cecily Kaplan (right) and PNA Board President Kris Cummings (left). (Photos courtesy of Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Membership Group.)
Tags: Fred Meyer, Greenwood Food Bank, Greenwood Library, greenwood senior center, North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, PAWS
May 17th, 2012 by Doree
Volunteers from BlackRock and Rebuilding Together Seattle made some improvements today at the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club in Greenwood.
They painted, organized, made one bathroom ADA compliant and built a new bathroom at the club, at 8635 Fremont Ave. N.
Rebuilding Together Seattle is a nonprofit organization that provides free home repairs for low-income homeowners and nonprofit facilities. (Photos courtesy of Rebuilding Together Seattle.)
Tags: BlackRock, North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, Rebuilding Together
February 8th, 2012 by Doree
Thieves broke into the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood three weeks ago during the snow storm and stole all of the club’s electronic toys, including an Xbox, Kinect, Wii, Play Station 2 and recording studio equipment. They also broke eight doors. The club estimates a loss of at least $15,000 in stolen items and damage.
“It’s just been frustrating,” Operations Director Joan Caldon said this afternoon. “Kind of shocking more than anything else.”
Caldon said the thieves appeared to be professionals, using a crowbar to pry out the steel-enforced windows from eight steel doors.
“The majority of the cost will be fixing and replacing the doors and door frames and the door jambs,” she said.
The thieves took about $5,000 worth of electronics, including a mixing board and keyboard for a recording studio that the club was in the process of setting up. They also took a lot of video games and accessories, including the microphone and guitar for “Guitar Hero,” and steering wheel for racing games, as well as power tools, DVD players, flat-screen TV, and a shop vacuum. They did not steal any computers.
The club isn’t sure exactly when it happened, because the club was closed for several days during the snow storm.
Parents of club members got together and decided to hold a fundraiser Friday night, providing a meal for $15 per person from 5-7 p.m. at the club at 8635 Fremont Ave. N.
“That’s really exciting to see the parents step up to the plate,” Caldon said.
If you can’t attend the fundraiser, you can donate online. Caldon said donations of electronics and video games are also welcome, but please call her first to make sure it’s something they can use. You can reach Caldon at 206-436-1850.
Tags: crime, North Seattle Boys & Girls Club
December 12th, 2011 by Doree
The North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, in Greenwood at 8635 Fremont Ave. NE, asked us to tell the community about two of their upcoming programs.
Their Pre-school Rainy Day Gym will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, from Jan. 4 – April 25. Cost to drop in is a donation of $3-$6. The gym will be filled with age-appropriate toys, including mats, balls, trikes, blocks, etc.
The Club’s Winter Basketball Program for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade starts in January.
- K-1st grade: Mondays from 5-6 p.m. or 6-7 p.m.; Jan. 23 – March 19. Cost is $30 for the season.
- 2nd-3rd grade: Practices are Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. or 6-7 p.m.; games are on Saturdays. Jan. 25 – March 24. $40 for the season.
- 4th-5th grade: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. or 6-7: p.m.; Jan. 5 – March 8. $55 for the season.
Register online at www.ns.positiveplace.org.
Tags: basketball, gym, North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, preschool