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Youth group will offer babysitting for Valentine's Day weekend

LYON MOUNTAIN - If the only thing missing this Valentine's Day weekend is a babysitter, then all hope is not lost.

Lyon Mountain Methodist Church will host "Parents Nite Out," a babysitting service, this Saturday, Feb. 13. The service, organized by the Methodist Youth Fellowship, will give parents a chance to enjoy a kid-free evening on the town, at home or anywhere in a nearby radius.

Angela Spahr, one of the adults helping coordinate the event, said the youth group came up with the idea as a way to raise money to go to a Methodist youth convention later this year.

"They were brainstorming and came up with an idea that would give parents a chance for a night out," said Spahr. "It's an amazing idea."

Spahr, a parent herself, said she values time she and her husband have with their children but also understand the importance of time together for just the two of them.

"It gives parents a chance to reconnect," said Spahr. "It's nice to be able to have a relaxing time, knowing your kids are being well-taken care of."

Spahr, who is a certified teacher, and Suzanne Davis, a medical assistant and wife of the Rev. Kenneth Davis, the church's pastor, will be on-hand for Parents Nite Out, assisting the youth group with the service. Several games and activities are planned, including hide-and-go-seek, a treasure hunt, arts and crafts time, board games and pizza making, among others.

"So, they're not going to be just plopped in front of a TV," said Spahr. "The kids have this pretty well-planned."

The babysitting service is one of several fundraisers the youth group will be hosting in the coming weeks, said Spahr. Other events at the church include a Wii tournament Saturday, Feb. 27, from 4-8 p.m., and a movie night at a date to be determined in March.

"We're hoping to get a lot of kids involved," said Spahr.

Parents Nite Out will be offered this Saturday from 5-9 p.m., and is open to children ages 3-12. The cost is $15 per child, $20 for two children, and $25 for three. All children must be toilet-trained.

The church is located at 3909 State Route 374. For more information or to register in advance, call 735-4033 or 293-1147.

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