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Big Give CNY

April 15th, 2008

I am pleased to announce that we were recently awarded $1,500 by 9WSYR as part of “Oprah’s Big Give”. Thank you!

Springtime: A Cultural Extravaganza!

April 7th, 2008

As springtime advances in Central New York, temperatures warm, and the Town Shop transitions from indoor activity to reduced building hours and more emphasis on outdoor (away from the building) activity. By the end of April, field trips, volleyball at Gillie Lake, picnics, and kayaking adventures become the norm. All outdoor activities are weather permitting.

There is a bit of international “flavor” on this current program calendar. April 17th will be the first of a newly suggested program idea; exploring local ethnic cuisine. First stop on the world culinary tour will be The Secret Garden (Japanese & Korean) with future possibilities that include meals from Mexico, Poland, Jamaica, Cuba, Thailand, Italy, India, the Middle East, and China.

On April 18th, the Town Shop will venture down to Hartwick College to see the amazing young Swedish musical group Väsen in concert.

On Tuesday, April 22nd, the Town Shop will host a group of visiting youth workers from Saudi Arabia, visiting the United States for the first time with an interest in visiting youth organizations. They’ll be arriving at 5pm and the Town Shop will be providing pizza and salad for dinner, plus time for casual conversation and interaction. Come greet them and help out with hospitality. :)

The Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association was founded in 1961 and is a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. There are approximately 100,000 Saudi scouts between the ages of 6 and 21 from urban and rural regions throughout the country. Scouts participate in a variety of charitable activities, including an annual volunteer outreach to assist pilgrims at the Hajj, and study Islam and Saudi history, customs, and tradition. Under the leadership of King Abdullah, the Scouts have been instrumental in the establishment of Gifts for Peace, the largest program ever undertaken by the worldwide scouting movement, which aims to build understanding among young people of different communities and countries.

List of Attendants

  • Mr. Walid Mohammed A. Abdulfattah
    Commissioner, Social Service Development, Ministry of Education
  • Mr. Saleh Mohammad S. Abdullah
    Supervisor, Scouting Activities
  • Mr. Yakoub Elias J. Al Sabt
  • Dr. Abdullah Sulaiman M. Alfahad
    Vice President, Saudi Boy Scout Association
  • Mr. Mohammad Sulaiman M. Alferaih
    Director of Administration, Training and Scholarships, Ministry of Education
  • Mr. Ahmad Mhamoud M. Alfraj
  • Dr. Mohammed Abdullah A. Alnatheer
    Assistant Professor, Teachers’ College
  • Mr. Khalid Mohammed E. Alshnktie
    Teacher, Ministry of Education
  • Dr. Mohammed Saleh I. Altowayan
    Educational Advisor, Agency Affairs School Education of Girls, Ministry of Education
  • Mr. Hamad Abdulrahman H. Alyahya
    Boy Scout Leader
  • Mr. Waleed Khalid A. Filmban
    Architecture Engineer