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Adults. Kids. Pick. Click. Give. and Play!

Photo courtesy FVCS More circuit stations

Adults. Kids. Pick. Click. Give. and Play!

By Briana Sullivan
Four Valley Community School

LEGO League Season
Girdwood’s Galactic Grizzlies and Robo-Storm Grizzlies represented in the Jan. 19 LEGO League State Tournament. The Galactic Grizzlies placed an impressive 8th overall out of 51 teams, standing out as one of the youngest teams in the tournament. Our Girdwood teams are primarily 4th and 5th graders.

This unique and highly focused activity taps into the minds and problem solving capabilities of all ages, truly making groups work together to solve problems. LEGO League is not only made possible by parents of youth who participate and age-out of the activity: Volunteer community members and coaches Mike Edgington, Amanda Locke, Janice Crocker and Matt Green took hours out of their weeks for four months of preparation to ensure the program’s potential was reached. Thank you to team mentors Emily Hickox and Nathan Crocker, Team Sponsors Jeff and Sharon Samuels, and t-shirts from Tim Ball and Krystal Hoke. If you see these people, give them a big thank you.

For weeks our days are becoming increasingly longer and it may come as no surprise, but adults in the Girdwood valley have several options indoors and out. At FVCS, every day has something for all from intense independent and group fitness, to joining team fun, all while staying off the ice and bathing in additional lighting for any exercise regime. The indoor track is open from 5-9 p.m. each weekday night with a consistent ambient-gym temperature, decent scenery, no bumpy or slippery surfaces, limited traffic, and zero animals. Leave those ice bugs and kahtoolas behind and cruise on the track in your comfy runners.

Alarms are set for Circuit Training, where the enthusiasm is high with trainer and motivator Melanee Stiassny. She has led a solid group of 15 adults from 6-7 a.m. on Tue./Thur. mornings. The energy perks up and is going strong in the Girdwood gym during Circuit Training! Every Mon.-Thur. night below the oval track is team sports for ages 18 and up from 7-9 p.m.

Mon. night is pick up volleyball with no coach, so join your friends and come play. Pickleball is Tue. and Wed. is pickup basketball. Pickup soccer for ages 16 and up is Thur. nights. The drop in rate is just $5, unless you register for weeks at a time, which is undoubtedly a good deal for both your health and your wallet.

For youth in the valley, winter offers fun activities inside and out. Four Valleys Jr. Nordic Club has record participation this season. Groomed trail conditions have been ideal for the awe-inspiring mass of kids and volunteers scooting around the Nordic 5k and upper meadows on Mondays.

Inside, Chess Club continues Wednesdays after school and coed basketball is currently underway. Scholarships are always available, thanks to the Girdwood Forest Fair and individual donors, who help enable access to educational, recreational, and cultural activities for everyone. Join something new this week!

Glass fused mosaic returns for ages 13 and up Tue. Feb. 19 and Thur. Feb 21 from 6-9 p.m. Sign up now to secure space. From absolute beginners to those with experience can create a plate, bowl, window or wall hanging from glass. The finished product will be returned to students ready to use or give as gifts. Artist Laura Walter will lead this class. See more at

Remember to Pick. Click. Give. Right in your community.

Photo courtesy FVCS Rope circuit training is available.

Photo courtesy FVCS
Rope circuit training is available.

Photo courtesy FVCS Jump rope station

Photo courtesy FVCS
Jump rope station

Photo courtesy FVCS More circuit stations

Photo courtesy FVCS
More circuit stations