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Inaugural event will be fun-filled for all ages

The Lynden Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County is holding their inaugural Day for Kids event on Saturday, September 17th starting at 5:00 PM. The event is a gathering for Lynden-area families to have fun, get to know the Boys & Girls Club, and maybe even leave with a sweet raffle prize.

Event tickets are $5 and can be purchased online in advance or at the door. Barbecue lunch is included, as well as a ticket to enter one of several raffles (one additional raffle ticket will be given for each $2 donated to the club at the event). Raffle prizes include an Edaleen Dairy punch card, Dave’s Sports Shop fishing gift basket, a beach house getaway, Nuthouse Grill gift card, E2 Fitness membership, Lynden Skateway $100 gift card, a vehicle detailing basket from S&H Auto parts, and a personalized t-shirt from Bellingham Baby Co.

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A young Lynden club member does art during After School club recently.

The Lynden Clubhouse is located at 8800 Bender Road, in the Sonlight Community Church building. The Day for Kids will feature fun games such as tug-of-war, giant jenga, dodgeball, 3-legged race, 4-square and more. Families with kids of all ages are welcome to the event, while the Clubhouse’s regular weekday hours are designed for students in 1st grade and higher.

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Lynden Clubhouse members pause from active play to enjoy a moment of friendship.

Boys & Girls Club throughout the year

As another school year begins, it’s a great time to learn a bit about the Lynden Boys & Girls Club. The club hosts weekday ‘Early Bird’ hours from 7:00 A.M. until schools open (bus transportation is provided), and After School hours from 2:30 to 6:30 P.M. The goal is to provide a positive environment, quality programs and lifelong learning skills for school-age youth — a safe environment for kids to have fun and be themselves.

Academic Success

The Club provides time and space for kids to complete their homework, with academic success coordinators focused on helping kids learn.

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When kids need a break from all the play, they can find a quiet spot on the couch to read a book.
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Club members work on their homework at the Lynden Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County.

Healthy Lifestyles

Physical and emotional health are a focus of the Boys & Girls Club, too. In addition to lots of active play, kids enjoy healthy snacks prepared at the Ferndale Clubhouse by the Healthy Foods Coordinator.

Club members play a favorite game in the club fields.
Club members play a favorite game in the club fields.

Good Citizenship

In addition, members learn valuable skills to be positive participants in their community. Good role models are found in the staff and volunteers at the club, who inspire kids to be the change that our community benefits from.

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Lynden Club Director Elsha Grimes poses with a member outside the Lynden Clubhouse on Bender Road.

Lynden Clubhouse Director Elsha Grimes can be reached at 360-354-9959 or by email, egrimes@whatcomclubs.org.

Photos courtesy of HOEK Photography.

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Joel grew up in Lynden, attended Lynden High School, then moved to Seattle to study business at Seattle Pacific University, where he met his wife Lindsey. After 8 years in Seattle, Joel and Lindsey moved back to Lynden in 2013. Joel is the founder of ourLynden and Borderview International, and serves on the Lynden Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors [ourLynden is not directly affiliated with the Chamber]. Joel and Lindsey make their church home at Calvary Creekside on the Badger. Their son Jude Hanson VanderHoek was born in 2017. “Lynden is home and we love it!”