New youth group offers summer programs

KNOX — The Helderberg Family and Community Organization, which formed just last year, is offering these opportunities for area youth and the community:

— The Helderberg Hearts and Hands Club, for students in grades 3 to 8 to participate in community-service projects along with their siblings and families. The first meeting will be June 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Knox Reformed Church;

— A fundraiser for the Jean Forti Memorial Scholarship Fund, with which the HFCO has recently partnered, on June 21 at 6 p.m. in the Berne town park for a concert with The Bluestones. Any donation is welcome for admittance, and festivities will include face-painting, hamburgers and hotdogs for sale, a bake sale and a 50/50 raffle;

— A summer art camp, from July 15 to 19. A morning session from 9 a.m. to noon and an afternoon session from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. are both available. Students will study different art media and contemporary artists that they will use as an inspiration for their own art;

— A summer soccer camp from July 15 to 19. A session for children in prekindergarten to first grade will be held from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and a session for grades 2 through 12 will be held from 6 to 7:45 p.m; and

— An eight-week fall soccer program beginning on Sept. 15 with practices on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons for children aged 3 and up to grade 4, and coach-scheduled practices and Sunday afternoon sessions for children in grades 5 and 6.

Those in the Hilltowns interested in any of these programs may register online and find more information at To join an email list for meeting reminders, minutes, and program announcements, write to Meetings for the HFCO are held on the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Knox Reformed Church.

— H. Rose Schneider

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