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Green hosting Valentine’s Day Parent/Child Social

1/16/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Olivia Sites, at left, shares her traditional Hawaiian lei with her grandmother, Connie Overholt, during last year’s Green’s Valentine’s Day Parent/Child Social.
Photo: Lew Stamp
GREEN — The city of Green’s Valentine’s Day Parent/Child Social offers an opportunity for an evening of sweet memories and fun activities.

According to Kim Goodhart, Green Parks and Recreation Division special events and program coordinator, the event, scheduled for Feb. 8 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the gym at Green Primary School, 2300 Graybill Road, is usually a sell-out for mothers, fathers or grandparents who attend the event with a child up to age 12.

“This is the 17th year for this event,” she said. “It offers an inexpensive form of entertainment, where family members can enjoy Valentine’s Day together in an age-controlled environment.”

Goodhart added that in addition to the traditional father/daughter and mother/son pairing, a mother can bring a daughter or an aunt can come with a niece, a father can attend with a son or an uncle can bring a nephew, and a grandparent can enjoy the event with a grandchild. A mother and father also can attend with all of their children as a family.

“This event offers some bonding between an adult and a child through fun activities,” said Goodhart. “We decorate the place just for the occasion, and participants can come dressed comfortably to enjoy the many activities.”

Those fun activities include music and dancing, as well as dinner by Charlie Brown Catering. Dinner includes chicken, macaroni and cheese, salad, roll, soft drink and cookie.

New this year is a special magic show by Jason Alan. He will offer close-up magic, interactive entertainment and a stage show, according to his website, www.jasonalonmag ic.com. He will perform in a show at 7 p.m., and he will also go table-to-table to do some one-on-one magic, according to Goodhart.

In addition, the Valentine’s Social will offer a lot of other activities for both adults and children to enjoy. Those activities include two caricature artists creating keepsake drawings and a photo booth for visitors to take photos to preserve memories of the night, both available for free.

The Valentine’s Social also will include door prizes. Among the prizes are three separate family memberships to Akron General Health & Wellness Center’s Lifestyles, certificates for golf at area establishments, gift cards for area restaurants and merchants, movie tickets, a voucher for West Side Bakery cupcakes, service for a heating and air-conditioning overhaul and more.

The cost for one adult with one child to attend the Valentine’s Social is $20. Each additional child costs $5 and each additional adult is $15 each. Tickets, available to all, must be purchased in advance and are available in the Parks and Recreation office, located in the Central Administration Building at 1755 Town Park Blvd., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or online at www.cityofgreen.org under “Upcoming Events.”

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