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Keystone Club News

One of our ongoing teen programs, the Keystone Club, is a leadership development program that meets every other week to plan community service projects, fundraisers and social activities. During the past several weeks this group has volunteered at the Rodman Ride for Kids, served at a Food Pantry with The Greater Boston Food Bank, attended our recent Financial Literacy Night and this past Saturday, took part in a Leadership Training with the Dale Carnegie program. Upcoming projects include a Canned Goods Drive for the month of November, a second Food Pantry (11/7) at the Condon School in South Boston, and two Job Shadow Days with State Street (11/8 & 11/9). The group recently accepted nominations for new members, each of whom attended an orientation session run by current members. Congratulations to the following new members: Cole Garvey, Olivia McGrath, Dahlia DaSilva, Elizabeth Johnson, Declan Harrington, Manny Brandao, Angela Bazzinotti, Colleen Garside, Devin Connolly, Meghan Lescinskas, Alexa Lescinskas, Fiona McCarthy, Oscar Wahlberg, Samantha Smith, Philip Chomicki, Sam Murray, Nicole Casey, Niamh Kerr and Giulia Fenton. For info on the Keystone Club please contact VP of Programming, Mike Joyce at ext. 2110.

150 Members to attend 3rd Annual Outing to Shawnee Peak
The Boys and Girls Club is pleased to announce the return of a special event to our Winter calendar. Thanks to our friends at the Shawnee Peak Ski Area, 150 Club members will return for the third year to enjoy a full day of skiing or snowboarding at the Bridgton, ME mountain. Chet Homer, owner of the Shawnee Peak Ski Area stated, “I am lucky to be able to provide a day on the slopes for the kids of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester. It should be a day of great fun for all!!” Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Homer, lift tickets, equipment, lessons and more will be made available to our members attending at no cost. The 150 pre-invited members on the trip will be heading north on 1/5 after attending fitting sessions on 12/10 & 12/11. While there our members will spend a full day on the slopes, for many, their only time each year to experience skiing or snowboarding. We would like to extend our thanks to Mr. Homer and his staff for their continued hospitality and generosity and we congratulate those members selected to participate.

Patriot’s Kids Café Thanksgiving Dinner
The Patriot’s Kids Café program, which is run in partnership with The Greater Boston Food Bank, will host its 9th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, November 14th. The dinner will begin at 4:45 p.m. and take place in the Social Recreation Gamesroom. The Dinner is open to all members and their parents. On the same night, our Denney Center Unit, located in Harbor Point, will host their Dinner for Club members and families as well. The Patriot’s Kids Café program allows members ages 5 to 12 the opportunity to receive a hot, nutritious meal five nights a week at 4:45 p.m. Parents interested in registering their children must fill out a program application which are available at the reception desk of all three of our sites. For information on the upcoming Thanksgiving Dinners, please contact Kids Café Coordinator, Maureen Cooper at ext. 2130.

Fine Arts Program to See “Spiderman” in New York City
On Saturday, November 10th, a group of 50 members and chaperones will head to New York City to see the Award Winning Play “Spiderman” at the Foxwoods Theater. The trip is being made possible through the Marilyn Rodman Theater for Kids program which provides year-round opportunities for our members to experience the Theater. During the current year members have been to such shows as Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia, War Horse, Beauty and the Beast and South Pacific. Our thanks to the Rodman Theater for Kids program for making this trip possible. In other news from our Fine Arts program the second session of classes will begin the week of 11/5 and will include: Beginning Digital Photography, Photography and Cartooning (Mondays); Art Explorations, Beginning Painting, Advanced Painting, and Drawing (Tuesdays); Art Explorations, Beginning Sculpture, Advanced Sculpture, and Jewelry Making (Wednesdays); Art Sampler, Printmaking, and Teen T-Shirt Making (Thursdays); and Recycled Arts & Crafts (2 classes) and Plaster Fun Time (Fridays). Within the Fine Arts program we also offer a Film component. The Film/Video Club currently meets on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 and is open to members ages 13 to 18. For more information on the Fine Arts program please contact Donna Seery at 617-288-7120, ext. 1320.