Verde Valley Teen Center to open Friday
COTTONWOOD-Volunteers that have organized a locally grown teen center will cut the ribbon on a new after-school operation, across the street from the Cottonwood Middle School.
The ribbon cutting is set for 5 p.m. Friday at 345 Mingus Ave.
Volunteer construction workers, led by Bob Backus, have brought up to code the building that once housed the Cottonwood City Fire Department. The Teen Center will operate out of three former equipment bays and the associated offices.
Allan Marx, who is now leading the organization, says, "We have about 10 volunteers, but we will need a lot more. We would like to open seven days a week, but it will depend upon the number of volunteers we get."
"We don't want to charge for the teen center, just provide a safe neutral place so people can attend and have fun, but no charge."
Volunteers and the Moose Lodge have held fund-raisers to get the facility open. The Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival donated $10,000 to the teen center operation.
The club has announced it will open, initially, three days each week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The club will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for seventh and eighth graders and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for students in ninth through 12th grades.
"It is going to be all volunteer.," Marx says, "So we will start small and build up as we go."
The club already has a donated pool table, Foos ball, ping pong table and a craft room with TV books and computers.
They will also provide for dances, too.
The club hopes to offer programs kids want. "We know that the school have been cutting back on a slot of instruction that used to be commonplace. Some kinds will want to learn how to cook or how to sew, balance a check book or do simple repairs on cars and change a tire."
Marx says they are also looking for adults who can offer that instruction, but he says, "we want to offer what the kids want, not necessarily what adults want."
To volunteer some time to the Teen Center, contact Allan Marx at (928) 821-2116.