Please help us welcome Leslie Linkkila to the Village Green. She started in late September in a part-time capacity at the Village Green as adult program coordinator. She’s a long-time Kingston resident who returned one year ago from 14 years in the South Pacific teaching and cruising with her husband.
Every day at the Village Green Community Center, our community connects. Kids visit the Boys & Girls Club. Seniors play mind-stretching games or enjoy nutritious meals. Instructors present classes such as tai chi or chair yoga. Volunteers help with technology, and the library feeds our curiosity and inspires our youth. And, participation continues to grow! Our community is you, and what you need and what you want to do matters to the Village Green. That is why our Adult Programming Committee is conducting a community survey, developed by Leslie, in October. Survey results will help us to prioritize programs and budget for 2019. The survey is open until Nov. 1. We hope you have had the chance to give us input. Call the Village Green at 360-297-1263 if you missed the window and want to talk with Leslie.
Great news! The Village Green will be hosting the mahjong tournament for the West Sound Senior Games, similar to Senior Olympics, in July. If you are interested in practicing this ancient, tactical and tactile game, the mahjong group meets Mondays at 1 p.m. at the Village Green. A set of mahjong tiles has been donated for community use, but if you have a set, please bring it along with your enthusiasm.
It’s still early enough to plan on other activities for the Senior Games; organizers begin meeting in January. We are limited to activities not yet hosted but bring your ideas. Lawn games, perhaps? Our park is a magnificent venue for bocce, badminton, croquet, etc. Contact Leslie with your ideas.
Bounce off the moon!
Amateur radio operators (hams) are ambassadors, innovators and public servants. They can talk to astronauts, the Vatican or the South Pole or can send a signal around the Earth with only one watt of power. In times of emergency, hams voluntarily help with efforts to provide food, shelter and to restore vital services. It is a hobby for kids of all ages. Join our informal information session on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Village Green.
Connecting generations through mentoring
We are considering how to leverage a generous gift made via a family fund at Seattle Foundation, designated for kids’ activities. We like the idea of fortifying the Boys & Girls Club’s existing homework assistance programs and want to build on existing library programs as well as our strong cadre of senior volunteers to launch programs focused on intergenerational mentoring. If you are interested in lending ideas and support to programs like these, please call Leslie at the Village Green 360-297-1263.