Fun for kids and families in Dunsmuir

Cassandra Tiersma
A BBQ dinner was served at the 2nd Annual Family Fun Night in the Babe Ruth Ballpark in Dunsmuir last Friday. Serving the hotdogs, hamburgers and roast beef hoagie sandwiches was DCRC employee, Phil.

The second annual Dunsmuir Community Resource Center Family Fun Night at the Dunsmuir Babe Ruth Ballpark was well-attended last Friday, in spite of a heavy downpour that washed the park just moments before the event was scheduled to begin.

Nevertheless, nature cooperated, and the weather was perfect throughout the event. Numerous Dunsmuir families, as well as families from Weed that participate in the Dunsmuir Community Resource Center weekly parenting classes and cooking classes turned out for the night of games, activities, and a barbecue dinner.

Steven Bryan, the South Siskiyou County Regional Director of the Siskiyou Community Resource Collaborative explained the event was sponsored by the Dunsmuir Rotary, the Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, Shasta Cascade Health Clinics, and the Dunsmuir Library. Games and activities included a bounce house, bubbles, kickball, Bingo and chess with prizes for the winners. The games and lawn toys were in constant use by the boys and girls.

An unexpected bonus to the event’s festivities was the uke (pronounced ook)/ukelele music provided by Navy vet Greg “Arious,” who grew up in Redding and was visiting Dunsmuir looking for local work.

In addition to the DCRC staff, members of the Dunsmuir Rotary Club and the Dunsmuir Lions Club were also in attendance, as well as the Dunsmuir Librarian, Karen O’Quinn, offering free books for the children. Quinn said the library is taking sign-ups for their Summer Reading Program for kids of all ages.

The program is scheduled to start on Wednesday, June 26 at 3:30 p.m.

Quinn said there will be crafts, snacks and free books as incentive to encourage the children of Dunsmuir to have fun reading this summer.

Parents can register their kids ]by calling library at (530) 235-2035.

When asked about the Shasta Cascade Health Clinic’s role in the event, Director of Clinical Operations at the Shasta Cascade Health Clinics Dalene Shoop said they were there to set up assorted lawn games for the children and to give out informational handouts on healthy eating on a budget to parents.

Shoop said she and representatives from the Dunsmuir Rotary, the DCRC, the Dunsmuir Library, Public Health, and the Dunsmuir school principals meet monthly as members of the Dunsmuir Community Care Team to share ideas and plans for how to serve the needs of the Dunsmuir community. The family fun night was one of the products of their collaboration.