Totally for teens

October 14, 2008|By MIKKEL WALLECH / Pulse Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Williamsport Moose Family Center is letting teens take control -- at least for a night.

The Moose is hosting a teen night from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the center, 119 N. Conococheague St. Admission is $3 per person.

"This is an opportunity for teens to come out, be with their friends and just have a good time," said Russ Robinson, governor of the Moose. "It also gives the parents peace of mind knowing their kids are in a safe environment instead of out with no supervision."

Robinson said this is the second straight month the center has held a teen night and there are plans to hold at least two more, one in November and one in December.


With this event, Robinson is hoping for a larger crowd. "The first event we held really didn't do so well, I think we had less than five kids show up," he said. "We just failed to get the message out to the teens the first time."

In order to get more teens through the door, the Moose has adjusted the range in ages for the dance. "The first event we only opened it up to teens in grades nine to 12, but this time we have allowed all 13 to 18-year-olds to attend," he said.

Robinson said Moose members want to give teens a place to go. "I know from having teens of my own that there really isn't much for them to do in this area," he said. "Younger children and adults seem to have plenty to choose from, but the teenagers seem to have been forgotten about. That is something we would like to change and that is a big reason for putting these teen nights together."

That's one reason why the Moose hosting the event. "This is really an opportunity for teens of all ages to have a place to call their own for one night a month and we want everyone to feel comfortable when they come," Robinson said.

There will be a DJ, who will play all styles of music and will take requests, Robinson said. The dance also will feature darts, shuffleboard and other activities. Hot dogs and soft drinks can be purchased for 50 cents each.

"The only thing we ask of the teens, so everyone feels comfortable is they dress appropriately, don't use foul language, and behave properly," he said.

Robinson said he wants this dance to be a place where teens want to go. "This is a safe, inexpensive way for teens to go out and have a good time," he said. "I really hope this is just the beginning for teens here at the Moose."

If you go ...

What: Teen Night

When: 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18

Where: Williamsport Moose Family Center, 119 N. Conococheague St., Williamsport

Cost: $3

More: For more information, call 301-223-7072

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