Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September 2015

On Sept. 13, 34 members attended our annual Family Picnic at the North Jefferson Recreational Area. After a potluck meal of delicious food, we all fellowshipped, enjoying the gorgeous fall weather. The kids played several games, including a water relay and an egg and spoon race. We are looking forward to next year's picnic!

On Sept. 14, two families helped out The Pantry as part of our monthly service project. They put together packets of oatmeal and spices and did inventory.

Part of Jill F.'s presentation.
On Sept. 17, the Art and Science clubs met together at the library for a combined monthly meeting. The two groups were led by Jill F., who introduced color theories and how they apply to science and art. The kids participated in an experiment that tested their visual cues of color on taste. They had three glasses of three different colored liquids. They tasted them and picked their favorite. Some children guessed correctly--that the liquids all tasted the same regardless the color--but others were “fooled” by their brains that the different colors had different tastes. Then Jill F. introduced two color theories and what they mean in relation to art and science. The kids then did their art project, which was to make a two-sided color wheel that they could spin on a string and witness the colors combining. Thanks Jill F. for a great Art and Science Club meeting!

Making color wheels to see how colors combine.

On Sept. 28, members interested in forming a Quest Club met at the library. We had a large group of parents and kids in attendance, 28 people all together! We discussed Quest Clubs, how meetings would be run, when the group would meet and how members earn badges. Everyone left energized and ready to begin a new JCSHG activity!

--by Biilie S. and Jeannette F.

Monday, August 31, 2015

August 2015

On Aug. 10, we continued with our on-going service project to help The Pantry. For more information about what foods are available or to volunteer to help on distribution day, visit their website.

Mom looks on as daughter crochets.
On Aug. 20, Art Club members learned the basics of crocheting and some attempted to crochet a bookmark. Thank you for organizing this, Jessica R.!
Bubbles at Science and Nature Club.

On Aug. 25, Science and Nature Club members met to learn about surface tension by experimenting with bubbles. They learned how to make a bubble solution. Then they discussed what substances mix to create the water tension which holds air thus creates a bubble. Members also blew bubbles with different wands that they created. It was a perfect summer science activity. Thank you for organizing this, Jennifer K.!
Bubbles with a homemade wand.

Our members who attended The Magic House field trip this month.
On Aug. 28, we took this year's Annual Fall Field Trip to The Magic House in St. Louis. Forty-four members attended. We began our time in The Magic House by playing together in the traveling exhibit "Forts & Clubhouses."  We also enjoyed the "Children's China: Celebrating Culture, Character, and Confucius" temporary exhibit, as well as all of the other wonderful hands-on activities at this children's museum. Thank you for organizing this, Evie M.!
Making forts with our friends.

Playing with friends at Park Day . . .
Also, this month we have been enjoying some beautiful weather at our weekly Park Day.

. . . and more friends.
--text by Evie M., Billie S., and Jeannette F.
--photos by Jeannette F., Billie S., Evie M., and Matthew M.

Friday, July 31, 2015

July 1015

The beginning of our walk in the Salute to America parade.

This month we were busy with marching in the Independence Day parade, helping at The Pantry, painting with watercolors in Art Club, and playing with ooblek in Science Club.

Our walkers before the parade.
On July 3, 29 of our members walked in the Salute to America parade through downtown Jefferson City. We carried a group banner and passed out candy while waving and cheering. It was a lot of fun and we look forward to doing it again next year. Here is a link to the video; our group can be seen beginning at the 10:45 minute mark.

On July 13, some of our members helped out at a local food shelf, The Pantry. We generally serve there once a month. This month we helped with inventory, helped prepare a game for The Pantry's booth at an upcoming fair, and prepared handouts for the next distribution day.

Watercolor done at Art Club.

On July 16, Art Club worked with watercolors. Members learned the technique of using small cardboard strips instead of paintbrushes to paint. Thank you, Debbie E., for leading Art Club this month.

Making ooblek, a non-Newtontian fluid.
On July 21, Science Club met at the park to learn more about matter--because, "Matter matters!" The club discussed the five possible types of matter, what matter is made of, and the characteristics of molecules in each type of matter. Then things got messy. Members inflated a balloon with baking soda and vinegar, made ooblek (from corn starch and water) to experience a liquid that acts like a solid under pressure, and then mixed baking soda into the pan of ooblek, pouring vinegar on it to make a fun, frothy mess.

--by Evie M., Billie S., and Jeannette F.
--photos by Matthew M., Evie M., and Billie S.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 2015

This month we had our second annual Family Dance, Science and Nature Club took a tour of the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, and Art Club made dreamcatchers. Members who ordered new t-shirts also got them.

Freeze dance.
On June 7, six of our families--26 persons--danced the afternoon away. We also played musical chairs; Red Light, Green Light; and Simon Says; and did freeze dancing. Snacks were prepared and shared and everyone, young and old, got to hang out with their friends.

Looking for salamanders at the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery.
On June 10, the Science and Nature Club met at the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery. There was a guided tour of the nursery where we learned what the nursery does, what plants it grows, and why those plants are important for Missouri's ecosystem. Two of the highlights of the tour were the "seed room" and looking for salamanders among duckweed and other aquatic plants.
Original dream catchers.

On June 18, the Art Club met at the library to make dream catchers. After a discussion on the origin of  dream catchers, the ten attendees made their own out of small paper plates, yarn, beads, and feathers.
The front of our t-shirts . . .

and the back.
This year's t-shirts were ordered in white, black, honey, and kelly green. Kelly green was, by far, the most popular. The shirts feature our group's logo on the front and its acronym on the back.

--by Billie S. and Jeannette F.
--photos by Billie S., Evie M. and Jeannette F.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fall Fun at Binder Park

Getting ready for the hayride
We had beautiful weather for our Jefferson City Parks and Rec hayride and bonfire at Binder Park last Wednesday. We roasted hot dogs, veggies, and marshmallows over a bonfire. The kids had an awesome time playing in the field and in the trees. Who needs play equipment?

--by Evie M.

A very burnt marshmallow.

Playing catch.

Playing in the trees.

Roasting away.

Fischer Farms Fun!

Hayride at Fischer Farms.

We had a great turn out for our annual trip to Fischer Farms, held on Oct. 23 this year. The hayride took us to the pumpkin patch to select our pie pumpkins and gourds. Then it was playtime in the corn box, hay-bale maze, corn maze, and the new Cotton House. We also enjoyed seeing the animals. Thank you Fischer Farms for a great field trip!

--by Evie M.


Watch out!

Some of our kids in front of the corn maze.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Helping out The Pantry

Brothers packaging oatmeal.
The Pantry is a new food pantry in Jefferson City where anyone who needs food can go without having to fill out any paperwork or meet any requirements. If you need food, come get it! The Pantry distributes real ingredients and recipes to those in need so they can prepare nutritious meals (instead of just handing them a prepackaged boxed meal).

On Oct. 20 we helped The Pantry package up ingredients for their October distribution day. We made up packets of oatmeal, grits, dried beans, homemade biscuit mix, rice, and seasonings. The Pantry has a simple menu of meals to choose from: homemade family-size chicken pot pie, white chicken chili, red beans and rice, chicken with rice and vegetables, and more. In some meals, people even get to select which seasonings they want, including Italian garlic, curry, Mexican, and lemon-pepper. Breakfast options include oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, grits, and homemade biscuits.

Pantry volunteer Kolbi W. organized our group's work party. Later that day she wrote, "Our realistic projections for October are to serve 84 families and 260 people. . . . To serve those 260 people, we estimate using 77 pounds of rice, 54 pounds of pasta, 70 pounds of beans, 432 pounds of chicken, 198 pounds of vegetables, and 250 seasoning packs and you guys packed a good deal of that today! Thank you!"

We look forward to helping The Pantry on a regular basis. Please check out their blog to learn more.

--by Evie M.
Packaging seasonings.

Mom and son packaging rice.