Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Drug Coalition plans New Year’s Eve party

Youth invited to have fun without drugs or alcohol


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    The Blaine County Community Drug Coalition and Boulder Mountain Crossfit are organizing an all-night New Year’s Eve party to show high school-aged youths that drugs and alcohol aren’t necessary to have a good time.
    “We want to show the youth that there are fun and exciting ways to spend the holidays that don’t involve drugs or alcohol,” said Coalition Programs Director Stephanie Miller. “There will be adults there as well that are modeling that they are having fun without it, too.
    “For our youth, the temptation to attend parties where drugs and alcohol are available for New Year’s Eve is high,” she said. “We know these kids are going to make their decisions and it is inevitable that some will be using on this night. We just want to provide our youth with options and communicate that making a healthy choice has its benefits and rewards, too.”
    The party, officially called the New Year’s Eve Bash/Lock-in, will be held at the Boulder Mountain Crossfit fitness center on Main Street in Hailey. It starts at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and runs until 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day. With parental permission, kids can catch a shuttle home at 12:30 a.m.
    “If they do not get the shuttle home, they are locked in for the night,” Miller said.
    She said the fitness center has room for up to 60 kids. They are expected to bring pillows and blankets and there will be space for them to sleep if they would like.
    There will be movies, games, music, food, a photo booth and prizes. Donations have been made by Iconoclast Books, the Elephant’s Perch, the Wildflower, the YMCA and Sturto’s in Hailey.
    The event is free. Tickets are available at the Coalition office at the Community Campus on Fox Acres Road in Hailey.
    For more information about the party, or information on how to relieve stress during the holidays, contact the Drug Coalition at (208) 578-5466.
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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