At the April 26 meeting of the Optimist Club, President Jim Vandrovec announced that the club made a donation of $375 to the police department and Safety Council to purchase 100 bicycle helmets to be given to local children. They will be given out at upcoming bicycle safety programs.
The speaker was Troy Gunderson of James Valley Youth for Christ. Its after school program is in its second year. The Christian Youth Center, 202 Fourth Ave. S.E., is open from 3 to 5:30 p.m. each school day for youth from sixth grade through high school. There are computers, video games, pool tables and air hockey available for them, or the kids can just visit with friends. They have been averaging 40 in attendance. There are also Bible studies and other activities available to develop faith. The center is also open Friday evenings.
In June, Youth for Christ will be taking about 80 young people to the Twin Cities to take in a Twins game, visit the Mall of America and go to Valley Fair. In July, 10 young people and two adults will go on a Colorado caravan. They will camp, hike and go rafting.
On May 19 the seventh annual Youth for Christ Golf Scramble will take place at the Jamestown Country Club. Registration is at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The scramble is one of the organization's major fundraisers. Anyone interested in the event should call 252-5501 for more information.