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November 24, 2014

Boating with a cause: Callie’s Kids

Poker run Saturday on tap to benefit arts opportunities for kids

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Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 12:04 am | Updated: 12:07 am, Wed Jun 4, 2014.

There’s a “boat thing” coming up, one that lake lovers will want to be in the know about and one that translates into offering a long list of arts opportunities for the young folks.

It’s the second year for the Callie’s Kids Charity Poker Run this Saturday, and boating aficionados from all over Logan Martin Lake are cordially invited to get in the running for the fun and frolic, the friends and new friends to meet and become part of a base of arts opportunities supporters.

To join in, all you have to do is arrive at Clear Creek Marina on Logan Martin’s Talladega side by 9:30 a.m. The first boats out will depart at 10 a.m. from Clear Creek and the adventure will also end there.

The marina is reached by land from Renfroe Road for those who may be arriving by car or towing boats to the site and you may call Jenifer Peters at 256-493-1976, Shae Williams at 256-223-1173 or Kelly Hubbard at 256-223-0347 for more details.

Food will also be available once you arrive, and the entry fee is $15 per poker hand.

Return for prizes that will be awarded is set for 2 p.m. Awards will be presented for first, second and third places and for the “high hand” as well.

The organization Callie’s Kids formed in 2010, following the death of 23-year-old Callie Wright, whose family and friends formed the non-profit to pursue arts opportunities for youth.

The organization is now based inside the building called Peace ‘a Work located on Eastaboga Road in Talladega, where art gatherings of all kinds take place for youth.

Callie’s Kids hosts writing and art camps and seminars, opportunities for drama experiences and expects to add more with time.

“One of the most rewarding things about our camps is the number of scholarships we award to children who might otherwise not be able to participate,” said co-founder Kelly Hubbard. “This year, between the three camps we’ll hold, we will be awarding almost 90 scholarships to children from the Talladega City and Talladega County School Systems to attend. The generous support and corporate sponsorships from our community allows us to provide these and other unique opportunities for children in our area.”

Other opportunities include after school art classes co-sponsored by Peace ‘a Work Art and Entertainment Studio, Hubbard said.

“We also cosponsor the Children’s Missoula Theater with The Ritz Theater,” she said.

If you’re looking for a way to relax with friends while possibly exploring your creative talents, Peace ‘a Work is the perfect place for enjoying the whimsical side of life while supporting art enrichment activities for children in our area, Hubbard said.

“Peace ‘a Work is located at a unique setting and is designed to provide Talladega and the surrounding area an option for arts enrichment and unique entertainment,” she said.

The facility is available for rent for such occasions as wedding showers, graduation parties, and class reunions.

Locally owned, the studio is home to Callie’s Kids Children’s Foundation and Bellevue Catering. In addition, a variety of arts education classes and other specialty courses are offered at the studio by artist Tommy Moorehead, as well as other local professionals. “Our goal is to encourage and support life-long learning opportunities for people in the community,” Hubbard said.

Callie’s Kids is one of the organizations supported by Peace ‘a Work.

By hosting your parties the studio you are helping to support Callie’s Kids, Hubbard said.

This year’s Arts Camps are scheduled for June 15-20 and July 21-25. The June camp is full but there are a few slots left for the July camp.

Artist Tommy Moorehead will be the director for both camps. June instructors include Abby Kuhn (Moorehead’s daughter and an art teacher at Munford Elementary), Jim Gasser, (pottery) and Mary Lauren Kulovitz (dance).

July instructors are Mary Lauren Kulovitz, Beth Payne (art teacher at AIDB), and Teresa Bussie (professional art teacher).

Applications can be downloaded from the Callie’s Kids website.

The Nancy King Young Writer’s Art Camp will be held

July 14-18 at Peace a’ Work.

“This is one of the most exciting things that we have coming up is our second annual Writing and Art Camp,” Hubbard said.

The camp was established in memory of the late Nancy King, a former board member and teacher at Graham Elementary School who passed away from cancer in 2013.

In addition to painting and crafts, the teachers focus on teaching children how to enjoy writing.

Instructors for the camp include Rick Shelton, Lee Roberson, Donna Edmiston, Teresa Bussie and Lindsay Moses.

“This year we have a special guest joining us, award winning singer and songwriter Troy Jones of Sylacauga,” Hubbard said.

In addition to the camps for kids, Callie’s Kids is partnering with writing consultant Rick Shelton to add a unique professional development opportunity for teachers this year.

Two afternoons during the camp week, Shelton will offer a workshop for teachers from the local school systems.

These workshops will provide an overview of approaches to teaching four modes of writing that include opinion, informational/explanatory, persuasive and narrative.

“We will focus on their connections to both the ACT Aspire Writing rubrics and the College and Career Readiness Standards,” Hubbard said.

Particular issues will include motivating students to write, writing across disciplines, thinking strategies for planning essays and stories, structure and developing precision and elaboration in students’ writing.

“In addition, we are planning to extend these opportunities along with special art projects through several local elementary schools during the upcoming school year,” Hubbard said.

“Finally, we could not come close to offering any of our programs without our dedicated and hard-working board members,” Hubbard said.

Those serving on the board of directors include Sandra Brown, Teresa Bussie, Carly Camp, Jessica Cheatwood, Emma Cunningham, Graham Hadley, Brian Hutton, Kim Knight, Lindsay Moses, Rita Patton, Blair Sims, Powell Sims, Shae Williams, Leslie Wright, Jennifer Peters, Renee Riggins, Jennifer Rosato, Luke Montgomery, Chip Moore and Kelly Hubbard.

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