TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. - The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows Afterschool Program will sponsor a Lights On Afterschool rally, Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m. The rally will be one of more than 7,500 such events around the nation that day, the 13th annual Lights On Afterschool, organized by the Afterschool Alliance. The event calls for expanding afterschool opportunities so every child who needs a program has access to one.The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows event showcases after school programming activities including Halloween arts & crafts, Book give-away, bounce houses, face painting and dinner by the Club Caf. The event also features a resource fair with community partners including: Boys Scouts of America, Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, WCSD Team Up, ACCEPT, TMCC, Morrison University, The First Tee of Northern Nevada, WCSD Volunteer Services, The Holland Project, The Children's Cabinet, Washoe County School District, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ken-Ju-Bo-Ai Kenpo Karate, American Lung Association, JTNN, SOS Outreach, Kiwanis and KNPB Channel 5.This is a free event and open to the public, 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more information please call 775-331-KIDS (5437).In Chandler, Ariz. on Thursday, parents will join their children and community members at a "Family Science Explorers Night." In Carmichael, Calif., afterschool students will hold an expo featuring exhibits about world culture, including that of Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. Students and parents in Albion, Ind. will interact with storybook characters while they explore the program's service learning project on Charger Trail. The Boys & Girls Club of Eden, N.C. will hold a "Lights On Afterschool Spelling Bee" for community leaders, families and elected officials. These are just a few of the more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events that will take place in nearly every community in the country, and at U.S. military bases worldwide, this week. A million people are expected to join these events, which will feature everything from children's performances to youth art exhibits to science experiments and robotics demonstrations. This year marks the 13th annual Lights On Afterschool, organized by the Afterschool Alliance. For the sixth year in a row, the Empire State Building will be lit up in yellow to commemorate Lights On Afterschool. Special preview screenings of the award-winning documentary film "Brooklyn Castle" will be held in Austin, Dallas, New York City, Philadelphia and Portland, Ore. The film chronicles the story of a Brooklyn afterschool chess program, home to the nation's most winning chess team, as the afterschool program credited for the school's "culture of success" struggles for survival after budget cuts decimate city programs. Across the country, parents, children, educators and others will also take the opportunity to urge lawmakers not to deny or divert crucial federal funds from the afterschool programs upon which families rely.Several hundred event descriptions are at http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loaEvents2012.pdf.Find a complete list of 7,500 events at www.afterschoolalliance.org/loaFindEvent.cfm.The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs. More information is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.
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