Houlton church plans New Year’s youth event

Posted Dec. 31, 2010, at 12:19 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 05, 2011, at 7:05 p.m.

HOULTON, Maine — Organizers say the world’s biggest game of Ninja is just one highlight of the New Year’s Eve celebration for local teens and preteens at the Gentle Memorial Building Rec Center in Houlton on Friday. The Ninja game, which combines athletic skills and gaming prowess, will be accompanied by several other games and activities “with a goal of providing a safe alternative for junior and senior high school students,” according to Lisa Surran. She is Military Street Baptist Church’s coordinator of youth ministries. This is the fifth year that churches will stage the event.

Basketball and softball games, in addition to board games such as Scrabble, Uno and Battleship, also will be set up for teens at the event. Surran added that a local DJ will provide music throughout the evening. Viral videos as well as vintage classics such as “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” will be playing in various areas of the Rec Center.

“There will be lots of food and drinks, with special lighting decor. Admission is only $5 plus a canned good that will go to our Adopt-A-Block program for families,” said Surran. She added that local churches share responsibilities for hosting and providing chaperones, food and beverages.

The event runs from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Rec Center, 128 Main St. For more information, contact Lisa Surran, Military Street Baptist Church, 532-2783.

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