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Spirit Dance & Tumbling

Sunday, November 18th 2-3:30 pm

Children with special needs and their parents are invited to spend an afternoon learning jazz, hip hop, and basic tumbling skills. Come have refreshments and make new friends. Area dance and tumbling instructors will be on staff for this fun afternoon.

Non-residents are welcome!

email: spiritdance5678@gmail.com


Community Meeting

The next meeting of the Decide to be kind community committee will be Wednesday, October 17th at 7:30 pm at Ellington Youth services at 31 arbor way. for information contact youth services at 860-870-3130 or email dstauffer@ellington-ct.gov.


Spirit Lacrosse

Free Lacrosse Clinic for Children with          Special Needs ages 5-14

Sunday, May 6th from 2 pm to 3:30 pm at Pinney Street Fields in Ellington

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Children with special needs and their parents are invited to spend an afternoon playing fun lacrosse activities, learn skills, have snacks and make new friends.

Each child will receive a T-shirt.

Pre-register at https://apm.activecommunities.com/ellingtonrec/Home

Code: SPIRIT.LAX18 or in person at Youth Services at 31 Arbor Way.


Peyton Heart Project-Round Two

Friday, April 27th from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Youth Services, 31 Arbor Way

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FREE! Join us as we make small hearts from felt and yarn. Each heart will have a tag with a message of hope attached to it. The hearts will be placed around the community and on a tree at Arbor Park.

Visit www.thepeytonheartproject.org to learn more. Refreshments will be served.  To register, email Debbie Stauffer at dstauffer@ellington-ct.gov or call Youth Services at 860-870-3130.


Kindness Clean-up Day at Brookside Park

Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm

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Join the Decide to be Kind Committee on Saturday, March 24th to pick up litter around Brookside Park on Route 140 as we get ready for the spring sports season. Two-hour shifts are suggested, however, if anyone would like to volunteer the entire four hours that is great! We will supply the garbage bags, gloves, waters and snacks.

Please let us know if you can help. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Email dstauffer@ellington-ct.gov or call Ellington Youth Services at 860-870-3130 to volunteer.


Angst Movie: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

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second showing!

Monday, April 23rd at     The Ellington Senior Center

6 pm to 8 pm

We are all affected by anxiety. Please join us to start the conversation on what we can do to control anxiety in our children and ourselves.

This is a free event!


Spirit Karate

Ellington Youth Services, American Karate

and Decide to Be Kind proudly sponsors:

SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018 2:00 PM TO 3:15 PM

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Children with special needs and their parents are invited to spend an afternoon learning karate in an environment that is safe and fun. There is no charge. Every participant receives a free t-shirt. Snacks are included. This will be held at American Karate at 175 West Road in Ellington.

Visit youth.ellington-ct.gov. Register on Activenet.

 


Spirit Dance

Ellington Youth Services and Decide to Be Kind proudly sponsors:

  November 19, 2017 2 pm to 3:30 pm

November 19, 2017 2 pm to 3:30 pm

To become a sponsor, please email spiritdance5678@gmail.com

Children with special needs and their parents are invited to spend an afternoon learning to dance ballet, jazz, and hip hop by area dance instructors. Non-residents are welcome. There will be special guests and a t-shirt provided for each participant.

Refreshments will be included.

Admission is free!

To register visit Activenet and use the code: SPIRIT.DANCE

 


Community Meeting

The next Community Meeting is Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:15 pm at Ellington Youth Services at 31 Arbor Way. Contact Deb Stauffer for details at dstauffer@ellington-ct.gov.


Wind Chimes

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Join us and create a wind chime that can be hung on a tree for others to enjoy or keep. Pass on the sounds of kindness! The Wind Chime workshop will take place on May 16th from 6-7 pm or June 2nd from 5-6:30 pm at Ellington Youth Services at 31 Arbor Way. To register, please visit Youth Services or go on Activenet. The cost is $10 per session.


Free Lacrosse Clinic
for Children with
special needs
ages 5-14

 

Children with special needs and their parents are invited to spend an afternoon playing fun lacrosse activities, learn skills, have snacks and make new friends. Area high school and college level coaches will be on staff.

Non-Residents Welcome!

Each child will receive a T-shirt!

Sunday, May 7th

         1:30 to 3:30 pm

     Pinney Street Fields, Ellington, CT

      Questions? email spiritlaxct@gmail.coom

       Pre-register on Activenet.Code: SPIRIT.LAX


2016/2017 Events

Next Community Meeting: March 15, 2017 at Ellington Youth Services at 7:30 pm


Community Meeting- Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm, Ellington Yough Services

Join us for our next meeting to plan events for the year. Many ideas are on the table.


Community Meeting - September 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm, Ellington Youth Services

Join us for our first fall community meeting to discuss ways to come together to encourage kindness in our community.

 

2015/2016 - Previous Events

 Congratulations to our winner Ryan!

Congratulations to our winner Ryan!


Poster Contest

Show your creativity. Enter our Decide to Be Kind poster contest showing acts of kindness or ways to be kind. Here are the rules and directions

  • Enter in your appropriate grade category: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Please mark clearly your name and grade on the back of your drawing and supply a parent’s email address and phone number with drawing.

  • Use your choice of crayons, colored pencils or markers.

  • Use standard 12”X 18” poster size paper. Paper is available at Youth Services at 31 Arbor Way.

  • Show an act of kindness or present ways to be kind through pictures and words. Be creative!

  • Send or drop off posters to Ellington Youth Services at 31 Arbor Way. Deadline is 4 pm on April 20, 2016.

  • One winner in each category will be chosen at the end of April.

  • Winners will be announced and exhibited at our Decide To Be Kind booth at the Ellington Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 7th. All participants are invited to have their photo taken with the Kindness Cow! A real cow!

  • Each winner will receive a gift card.

  • Questions? Contact Youth Services at youth@ellington-ct.gov or call 860-870-3130.


Kindness Clean-Up Day

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Be kind to our environment! Join us on Saturday, April 23rd to celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) and clean up our community. We will meet at Brookside Park Pavilion at 10 am and teams will either pick up litter at Brookside or drive to an elderly resident's house to pick up sticks and do light raking. We will meet back at noon at the Pavilion for lunch provided by local businesses. Glove and bags will be provided. Bring a rake if you have one. A volunteer with a truck to transport sticks to brush dump is needed. Contact Youth Services at 860-870-3130 or email dstauffer@ellington-ct.gov to volunteer.


Celebrate Kindness and Cultural Diversity in Ellington the weekend of May 6-7th

Kindness Kick Off

SATURDAY, MAY 7TH WE WILL KICK OFF THE SPRING "JOIN THE MOO-VEMENT" CAMPAIGN AT THE ELLINGTON FARMERs' MARKET

 arbor park from 9 am to noon.

COME VISIT US AND SEE WHAT WE ARE UP TO:

  • POSTER CONTEST WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED

  • A COW CRAFT FOR KIDS 

  • GET A "JOIN THE MOO-VEMENT" SIGN WHILE THEY LAST.

  • FREE GIVEAWAYS!

  • HAVE YOUR PHOTO TAKEN WITH OUR KINDNESS COW! A REAL COW!

 

 


Around the World in One Knight

 

Also ON Saturday, May 7th The Ellington Youth Services' High School Cultural Club hosts

"Around the World in One Knight."

Ellington High School Cafeteria

from 5 pm to 8 pm

This FREE event will include:

  • The Ellington High School Steel Drum Band

  • Irish Step Dancing

  • Bollywood Dancing

  • Henna

  • Crafts for children

  • Martial Arts Demonstrations by American Karate Center

  • Zumba Fitness

  • International Refreshments


Events at Hall Memorial Library

93 Main Street, Ellington

Friday, May 6th

  • 7 pm - Li Liu and The Traditions of Chinese Acrobats

Saturday, May 7th

  • 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Holi Festival

    • A traditional Indian celebration that announces the passing of winter and the coming of spring. This is an outdoor event (rain date is June 11th). There will be music, dance, food and colored powders.

    • The activities are free but preregistration is required.

    • visit http://library.ellington-ct.gov/ for more details or call 860-870-3160