Galt Community Park on Walnut and Carillion will be the venue for the Galt Teen Center Carnival, this Friday, July 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. The carnival will be staffed with teens hoping to raise money for their project. Board of Directors President Sarah McFadyen said there would be lots of fun for the whole family.

“Admission is free,” McFadyen said. “Free activities include parachute play, corn hole, volleyball and photo booth. Tickets are two for one dollar to play other games. Carnival activities include bean bag toss, boat race, bowling, cupcake walk, dunk hat, egg race, face painting, football throw, knock’em down, pin the nose on the clown, ping pong game, potato sack race, and ring toss. Along with a shaved ice truck, there will be raffle tickets, two for one dollar. Raffle prizes include gift certificates, gaming headphones, kids’ baskets, dog basket, coffee basket, spa baskets, baking basket, tool basket and more.”

The group has made progress in securing a location for the center, according to McFadyen.

“The Galt Teen Center has a potential temporary location we hope to be announcing soon,” she said. “We anticipate opening in a couple months. The center will provide a safe, fun place for teens to hang out. There will be game tables, computers, snacks, and comfortable seating. We also plan on having monthly activities for the teens.”

The group has a full board of trustees and a teen council that include Arelly Benavidez, Emma McFadyen, Caleb Wikel, Ty Miller, Brianna Blumberg, Cole McFadyen, Logan Feltner, Dominic Schroeder and Madison Johnson.

“I personally have struggled with not having a place to feel safe and accepted in town, and I think a Teen Center will give teens the resources I didn’t have when I needed them,” said Miller, a teen council member.

“There’s nowhere for our kids to connect and hang out, to help each other study and teach each other,” Wikel said. “We’re in desperate need of a place where we, as the future of this town and even the world, can feel comfortable and welcomed.”

McFadyen encourages all who might be interested to get involved.

“We are almost done with the process of becoming a 501c3 non-profit organization,” she said. “To stay informed about our progress, join our Galt Teen Center Facebook page. Please sign the online petition on our Facebook page. More than 700 people have already signed it so far. You can also visit our website at galtteencenter.org to view events on our calendar.”