As the Mineral County Boys & Girls Club continues their after-school programs with crafts, games, homework assistance, social interaction and learning projects, they have now included outreach to their list of events.

Every month the Boys & Girls Club has been hosting a family night to involve the area children and their families in an evening of food and fun. November’s spaghetti feed was also full of crafting, as they created custom placemats which were given to the Care and Share Senior facility on Friday, Dec. 8. Laminated placemats were decorated with seasonal cutouts and colors and each family took home supplies to make their own placemats at home. With over 30 people in attendance, the seniors were happy to add these donated table-settings to their luncheon decor.

On Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. family night is entitled “Oh What Fun” and will be hosting a chili dinner with hot cider and cocoa provided. Families will be decorating cookies, making homemade ornaments and create a family mailbox. Part of the evening will include a letter writing effort to Santa, which all family members will be invited to participate in – no matter what your age.

Director Lyndsey Burall, shared that teen involvement has been growing and has been encouraged by school staff, as there are programs for teenagers to receive volunteer credits for participation, as well as earning future positions of importance within the club structure.

“As we can expand, we hope to create a teen center area, as well as including a computer room. Our vision for this Hawthorne club facility is big and we appreciate the supportive efforts from our Yerington sponsorship, as they are helping in showing us the way,” Burall said.

Burall also invited the public to stop in for a tour any afternoon or on Fridays. Enrollment costs are remaining low and attendance continues to grow every week.

“We could always use proper volunteer help, donations and inquiries. Hawthorne Elementary School and the county commissioners continued to be our local advocates as we grow this program for our county children to come. Once school takes a holiday break, we will become the happening place for local kids to come and be part of something special.”

Burall included that forms of enrollment are necessary for participation and an awards ceremony will be held at the main Yerington facility, Jan. 20, to honor those within the club that have aligned themselves to assist in growing the endeavor of the Boys and Girls Club outreach.

Contact by calling 775-945-5026 or stop by the facility at 525 W. 9th St., on the corner of Armory Road.