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Teens Only! seeks adult volunteers

Program Schedule

1/27 Welcome to the New Year Dance, Tannery Pond

3/2 Tubing, Ski Bowl Park

3/9 Game Night, Tannery Pond

3/30 Winter Blues Dance, Tannery Pond

4/20 Manhunt, Ski Bowl Park

5/11 Paintball, Word of Life

5/18 Movie Night, Tannery Pond

6/8 Party Night at the Beach, Ski Bowl Pavilion

9/14 Welcome Back Dance!, Tannery Pond

9/28 Scavenger Hunt, Ski Bowl Park

10/5 Murder Mystery Night, Tannery Pond

10/26 Themed Halloween Dance, Tannery Pond

11/9 Coffee House, Tannery Pond

11/30 Kick Off to Winter Dance, Tannery Pond

12/14 Chinese Auction, Tannery Pond

— The program may be called Teens Only!, but adults can get a chance to be part of their teens' social lives while volunteering for the 10-year-old program.

The program runs on volunteer chaperones, and more are always needed, according to Director Trena Reidinger.

“It's a great opportunity for parents to be involved with the kids in our community,” she said. “It opens up a forum for us to talk to our teens. How often does that happen?”

The program runs events every other week, except in summer, to give teens a place to socialize in a safe environment.

Teens Only! hosts free events for community youth. They include movie nights, at least a couple a year, said Reidinger, an annual scavenger hunt, chinese auction gift exchanges, paintball battles and coffeehouses. The coffeehouse events are driven by the creative talents of local teens, though Reidinger said their popularity has waned recently.

“You really have to have a group of kids that enjoy that kind of thing,” she said.

Their most popular events are dances, of which they hold six to eight a year. The dances often attract more than 100 teens for the DJ'd evenings with food and prizes. The first dance of the year was cancelled because of bad weather Jan. 13, but it's rescheduled for Jan. 27.

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