We had some really cool looking commercials being created last week.  Let’s keep that going!  Keep working on your commercial, or, if you have not started one, stop by the Basement and we will set you up!

At 4pm we will be starting a game of cornhole.  Come down if you’re interested.  If you have no idea what cornhole is, it is kind of similar to horseshoes, but with bean bags and wood boxes with holes in them (see picture below).

Tomorrow, I (Tyler) will be posting a new challenge on Facebook.  Check tomorrow morning to find out what that is.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be up to Jackie and Nick as I will be at VYDC training.  I know that they’ve got some awesome stuff planned, so stay tuned to the blog and facebook for updates on the rest of the week.

And don’t forget to keep thinking of ideas for a short film!  I really liked the Emily’s bridge one, maybe we can expand on that!  Remember, we’ll have a meeting next Thursday, October 6, for anyone interested about that project.

Also, we will be closing the Basement at 5:30 Today through Thursday.  Friday we will be open until 10pm.

And another reminder, Next Friday, October 7, we will be re-showing the documentary from this summer at the Basement at 6:30pm!  Friends and family are welcomed and encouraged.

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Teen Council! This Wednesday! For real this time.

This Wednesday we will be holding the Basement’s monthly Teen Council.  For sure.  Sorry about the confusion last week.

Being that it is the first one of the school year, we have a lot to talk about.

As mentioned in the previous post, The Teen Coordinator position has been reopened.  For anyone curious about the position, Wednesday’s Teen Council will be the perfect time for you to learn more about it.

We will also be planning events for the fall, presenting an updated star system, and a whole lot more.  Tell us want you want and we will try to make it happen.  And, of course, we’ll have pizza!

And the rest of the week we’ll have plenty going on, so stop on by!

Be the next Teen Coordinator at the Basement

For the past year, Kevin has been an excellent Teen Coordinator for the Basement.  He has been here week in, week out for the past year; cleaning up, acting as a leader at the basement and just being a standup individual in general.

It has been a year now, though, and that means that it is time to reopen the position.  We will be taking applications until September 27.  If you would like to find out more, check out the description page on this blog or stop by the Basement.  Competition will be fierce as everyone, including Kevin is eligible to apply.

This week…

This week we’ve got State House lawn games, a necklace making workshop, teen council and more!

TODAY:  State House lawn games!  Wiffleball?  Frisbee?  Cornhole?  Do you have a suggestion?  Come down to the Basement and let’s get something going!

TODAY or TOMORROW: The sketchbook project got postponed a bit, but we will be sending it out onto the streets either today or tomorrow.  We would like a group of teens to help us find the first community member to get it, so if you’re free this afternoon and are interested in sketchbooks, you should come help us out.

TOMORROW: Jackie will be hosting a workshop on necklace making.  If you’re interested in making your own jewelery, or just want something unique and cool to wear, you should definitely check this out.

WEDNESDAY will be September’s Teen Council.  As always, there will be pizza, and we want to hear whatever you have to say.  What are some things you would like to see happening at the Teen Center this month?  Let us know and we’ll tell you about some fun ideas we have, too!

UPDATE: Teen Council will be next Wednesday, September 21.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  This WEDNESDAY, we will instead be doing a tournament day.  What kind of tournament?  What kind would you like to play?

Montpelier is not the biggest place in the world and sometimes it can feel even smaller.  The devastating floods from Irene have brought a lot of attention to issues in Vermont recently, but what, exactly, is happening beyond the Green Mountains?  And what are people your own age doing in different parts of the globe?  What have you heard about the riots in London?  What about Greece?  TV news can be unreliable and the internet is so massive that knowing how to find good information is not always that easy.  We know that you’re back in school now, but what are things that you want to know about that you don’t hear at school?  If this sounds like it might be interesting to you, come down to the Basement on THURSDAY and we can delve further into these topics.

Update:  Thursday might also be a good time to talk about the flooding in Vermont.  Montpelier may not have been hit that bad this time around, but you don’t have to go too far to find places that did get hit hard (Northfield, Waterbury, and Moretown are just a short drive).  There’s a good chance that you know someone effected.  There has been a lot of help pouring out from all over Vermont, but there is still much more to be done.  How can you help your friends and neighbors?

FRIDAY:  Open until 10pm!  Sorry about closing early last week.  We’ll figure out a way to make it up to you this week.

Let’s get Creative!

Well, summer’s over and school has begun; Vermont has been flooded, and Jen is gone. 😦

But it’s not all bad news.  The Basement Teen Center is still here and it will be open for you Monday thru Friday, after school, from 3-6pm and 3-10pm on Fridays.

This week we have a lot of exciting stuff to get the school-year off to a great start.

First off, today we begin the Community Sketchbook project.  Jackie has designed a sketchbook to be passed around town for whomever has it to write, draw or paint in it whatever they want.  Today begins its maiden voyage.  A group of us will be taking this sketchbook out to the Montpelier public this afternoon in order to find the first person to receive it.  After that, who knows where it will go.  Anyone could end up with it, perhaps even you.

If you are interested in this sketchbook project, or just sketchbooks in general, you can check out The Sketchbook Project, a collection of over 10,000 sketchbooks that will be touring galleries and museums around the world, here.

For the rest of the week: on Wednesday, we will be starting a ping pong tournament and, on Thursday, Tyler will be starting a film and video workshop for anyone interested.