Seattle Mariners pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith gathered 60 elementary school-aged children in the gym at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club on Jan. 31 to talk about his experience with the team and answer questions related to baseball skills.
Rowland-Smith, who lives in Greenlake, organized the clinic independently of the Mariners and said he picked out the closest Boys & Girls Club to get children excited for the start of baseball season.
It is the second year that Rowland-Smith has held the clinic. Attendance last year was limited to club members, but this year the spike in participants was partly thanks to the fact that attendance was opened to the community.
Rowland-Smith signed photos after the talk.
Ballard resident Mitchell Below said it was generous of Rowland-Smith to share his time with the children and he seems to have a great way with children.
“[I came to the clinic because] my sister-in-law has an immense crush on him, and I wanted to get a photo,” said Below.
Our Beginning, a new Fremont daycare center, is taking its cues from what its founder sees as the ethos of the surrounding neighborhood – alternative, eclectic and environmentally aware.
Our Beginning, which opened its doors at 123 N.W. 36th St. Jan. 4 to children ages 6 weeks to 6 years, serves all organic food in its cafeteria, uses nontoxic paint on its walls and has only nontoxic toys.
Our Beginning follows the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, which is child-centered and based on principles of self-directed learning and respect for the child’s wishes.
Paula Jones, founder and owner, said her mother owned a daycare center for low-income children in Seattle, so she grew up in the business.
Jones initially worked as a state licenser for childcare centers and later as the executive director of a Headstart program, but opening her own daycare was always in the back of her mind.
“I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit,” she said.
Jones said she could never have done it alone, and she had a great team of people helping her along the way, including her broker and her architect.
The Ballard Kiwanis Club will be hosting the first annual Yonny Yohnson Memorial Putt Putt Golf Tournament Feb. 12. All proceeds will go to the Ballard Boys & Girls Club.
Entry is $75 for two-person teams. The first-place team will win $500. Second-place takes $250. Third-place and fourth-place win $100 and $50 respectively.
Check-in and registration starts at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Interbay Golf Center, located at 2501 15th Ave. W. The tournament starts at 7 p.m.
Non-alcoholic refreshments will be served, and the event will take place rain or shine.
Download the registration form attached to this article, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Signup is now open for the Ballard Boys & Girls Club Mid-Winter Break Hoops Camp.
The camp runs from Feb. 16 to Feb. 19 and is open to boys and girls from kindergarten to fourth grade.
Camp starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until noon.
The cost is $85. Interested Ballardites can sign up at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club, located at 1767 N.W. 64th St.
For more information, visit www.ballard-bgc.com or download the flyer attached to this story.
The new Educare Early Learning Center in the Greenbridge community of White Center is scheduled to open in late February 2010. The Center will offer full-day, year-round preschool and child care programs for 132 children from income eligible families and children with disabilities. The Center will also offer caregiver and educator resources and training programs that focus on preparing all children in the community to be successful in school and life.
The Educare Early Learning Center is now enrolling children ages birth to five for 32 openings for infants and toddlers, and 20 new openings for preschoolers. Classes are scheduled to begin the end of February. An additional 50 preschool openings will be available in June.
The Educare Early Learning Center is part of a growing national network of Educare early learning programs that combine Head Start and Early Head Start with full day child care services.
Core features of the Educare Program are:
• Research-based practices and strategies
• Small class size
• Focus on language and literacy
• Emphasis on social-emotional development to promote school readiness
Signup for the Ballard Boys and Girls Club spring baseball season starts Feb. 8.
The cost is $60, plus $15 for a current Boys and Girls Club membership.
There are four leagues available: Rookie Teeball, Teeball, Rookie Machine Pitch and Machine Pitch.
Rookie Teeball is coed and open to preschoolers and kindergartners. It runs from April 12 to June 9, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Salmon Bay Field.
Teeball is coed and open to kindergartners and first-graders. It runs from April 12 to june 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Salmon Bay Field.
Rookie Machine Pitch is coed and open to first and second-graders. It runs from April 5 to June 10 on Mondays Tuesdays and Thursdays at Ballard Boys and Girls Club Field.
Machine Pitch is coed and open to third and fourth-graders. It runs from April 7 to June 11 on Wednesdays and Fridays at Ballard Boys and Girls Club Field.
For more information and to sign up, visit www.ballard-bgc.org.