Optimist Club to host annual event

ALPENA – The annual Alpena Optimist Club Spring Break Fun Day will be held at Alpena High School and Plaza Pool with a variety of activities next week. Throughout the day there will be an obstacle course courtesy of the Bay Athletic Club, Guitar Hero courtesy of Frontier Communications, face painting, and open swimming with a coin toss.

Children must register to go into the pool, and those under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. The swim times for ages 0-8 are 9-10 a.m., ages 9-13 swim between 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., and ages 14 and up swim from 12-1:30 p.m. After each age groups’ time in the pool, movies will be shown for that group. The movies this year, in the order they will be shown are, “Dolphin Tales,” “Horton Hears a Who,” and “Tangled.”

There will be three bicycle raffles starting at 10:45 am for the youngest registered swim participants, and repeating every two hours for the larger bicycles. Children must be present to win.

A concession stand will be open all day offering hot dogs, pop, and snacks to all. Games this year are supervised by volunteers from the Boys and Girls Club, the AHS Joii Club, and students around the area. The craft table will be operating all day and offer a variety of hands on projects supervised by Connie Laclerc.

“We rely on this community a lot, and they provide very strongly for us,” said fun day co-chair Pat Pfeifer. “This has been going on for 20 years.”

The Optimist Club has been hosting a fun day since 1992, when it started as a day of free movies for youth at the theater. In 1997, the event moved to Plaza Pool and the high school, and has been steadily growing since.

“Last year we went through over 900 hot dogs,” Pfeifer said. “There were at least 500 kids that were there throughout the day.”

Perch’s IGA is donating hot dogs and buns for the concessions, and Alpena Walmart donates money toward the purchase of the bicycles for the raffle.

“The whole community is involved in one way or another through contributions and donations,” co-chair Mark Hulsey said. “It has a tremendous impact on the kids. They look forward to it every year.”

Fun day is open to everyone in Alpena County, and the Optimist Club encourages parents to come and enjoy the day with their children.

Nicole Grulke can be reached via email at ngrulke@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687. Follow Nicole on Twitter @ng_alpenanews.