Northwest NEWS

December 14, 1998

Front Page

Club is positive place for kids, teens

pool game

Northlake Boys and Girls Club director Stu Spence is getting ready for a game of pool with NJHS students (left to right) Spencer Sabo, Tyler Haley, and Quin Arntson.
Photo by Tom Traeger.

by Tom Traeger

   The new Northlake Boys and Girls Club is only a few weeks old, and participation by Kenmore area youth is increasing each week. The club flyer Teen Scene calls it a "Positive Place for Kids and Teens," and looking at the variety of activities happening each week, it is right on target.

   Club director Stu Spence "likes the smalltown feel the club gives to kids who have a place to go in the neighborhood." The club draws mainly from junior high age youth and is strategically located at the old fire station on 70th Ave NE, which is about halfway between Northshore and Kenmore Junior High Schools.

   In addition to activities such as pool, foosball, ping-pong, weight training, and mini-basketball, there are also formal programs offered. Beginning in January, kids can sign up for classes in beginning guitar, weight training, and publishing, or opt to get some tutorial help in a session call "Power Hour."

   The Northlake Club is an extension of the Kirkland/Redmond Boys & Girls Club and has received assistance from the King County Sheriff's Department. Captain Dave Maehren has been instrumental in helping the Northlake Club become a reality. He encourages adults in the community to let Stu know if they can volunteer their times or resources. Dave says, "I can't think of a better investment we can make than in the lives of the young people in our community."

   For only $20 per year, boys and girls can take part in all the activities available at the club or at any other Boys & Girls clubs in King County. Hours are 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. During the Northshore schools' winter vacation, the club will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday. For additional information, call 425-488-9871.