Stanwood’s after-school spot a big hit

STANWOOD — Davis Place is fast becoming a popular after-school destination.

At the youth activity hang-out at the Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center, middle and high school students can get help with their homework, play a game, take a class, have a snack or just visit with friends, program coordinator Andrea Wyatt Detrick said.

“Davis Place provides kids with a safe, enriching environment where they can learn new things and socialize, all without cost to them,” she said. “We are thrilled with the response so far.”

Named for the late Davis Carlson, Davis Place is open for drop-in activities and classes from 2 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at 9620 271st St. NW, across the street from the Stanwood Library.

During spring break next week, the youth center is set to be open for drop-in visits from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Special classes include a guitar clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, art projects on Tuesday, a rock band competition on Wednesday and a pampering party for girls from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Other classes planned include a Girls’ Garage class, which gives young people of both genders the skills to take care of their own vehicles, and a photography class. Currently the homework-help class is offered on Thursday afternoons and the Davis Place Youth Leadership Council meets Wednesdays.

A fundraising event for Davis Place and Stanwood Camano Resource Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 21 during the Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field. Longtime resource center and food bank volunteer Zach Furney is to be recognized for his work before the game. Proceeds from game ticket sales support the resource center.

Last spring Furney, 22, was honored with the 2008 Governor’s Volunteer Recognition award. Furney is disabled with a brain injury suffered during a cardiac arrest when he was 15.

Game tickets, $16 each, can be purchased at or at the resource center, 9620 271st. St. NW. A bus ride to Seattle and game ticket package is $40, with limited seats available.

To learn more

To learn more about youth activities at Davis Place and the Zach Furney fundraiser, call 360-629-5257.

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