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Goldfield offers discovery fun

‘Discovering Summer’ gives kids something to do when they say they’re bored

June 12, 2010
Messenger News


Messenger correspondent

GOLDFIELD - "Discovering Summer" fun arrives in Goldfield on Monday.

The statements "Mom, I'm bored" and "There's nothing to do" no longer apply to the youth living in and around Goldfield this summer because Crossroads Youth & Family Center, in conjunction with several other area groups, will begin a twice-a-week summer program for eight weeks.

Craig Carlson, director of Youth Ministries at Crossroads, said all young people may participate in the sessions on Mondays and Thursdays, beginning on Monday and ending Aug. 5.

"On Mondays, we will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. here at Crossroads," he said. That's at 502 N. Main in Goldfield. "On Thursdays, we will meet here, but will travel some place else for an event or an activity." Thursday hours are 10 a.m. to noon.

Learning doesn't have to stop when the school year ends, and it can be in a fun setting, Carlson said.

"We are working with the Eagle Grove library, and they will bring their "Make a Splash" reading program to Goldfield on Mondays."

Other places working the with the program are Connections After School teachers, Community and Family Services, Wright County Coalition to Encourage Healthy Choices, Clarion-Goldfield TAP, SADD, TAP and the Wright County Conservation Commission.

Carlson said said there are 11 people on the planning committee, ranging in age from 17 to 60, who have a wide-range of talents and interests.

Activity days, which are Thursdays, include building bug barns, fishing, field trips, a pool party and monitoring water quality, among others.

"We found that some Master Gardeners need a project to complete their work," said Carlson. "They are willing to help and share their love of gardening. Some Clarion-Goldfield seniors need a Life Project to complete their senior English assignment next fall, so they are on board with us."

There is no cost for the programming, and the program is open the all area youths.

"We won't turn anyone away," Carlson said.

Information is available from Carlson at Box 191, Goldfield, IA 50542, by calling 293-2767 or by e-mail at



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