Tasty event planned for Nikiski Clubhouse

Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Summer is traditionally a time for kids to play in the dirt, splash in the water and eat ice cream. The Boys and Girls Club Nikiski Clubhouse is inviting people to take part in the latter today, and there will be no limit to the amount of sweet treats a person can indulge on.

"It'll be an 'all-you-can-eat' ice cream fundraiser," said organizer Shanette Wik.

The purpose of the event is to raise funds to offset the cost for bringing up Terry Inokuma, a professional potter from Oregon who worked with kids from Nikiski, Kenai and Soldotna, teaching them the fundamentals of transforming clay into art, as well as useful objects.

"We brought her up during the school year, and she was so fantastic we brought her back again this summer for two weeks," Wik said.

Inokuma taught the children about pottery and using a kiln. She also tied the craft making lessons to Alaska themes.

"Each kid made four or five projects with her, including seal-oil lamps and Athabascan masks made of clay. The kids also made bowls for this fundraiser," Wik said.

As to the way the fundraiser will work, Wik explained people can purchase a bowl for $10, and in addition to keeping the bowl, the cost includes as much ice cream and toppings as a person cares to consume.

"We have about 20 gallons of ice cream, so we're hoping for a good turnout. We went with straight vanilla, but we have tons of toppings like crushed Oreos, crushed candy, and all kinds of other delicious things," Wik said.

As tempting as this treat may sound, Wik said the bowls -- made by children in kindergarten through sixth grade -- are the real draw.

"We have about 75 of them and no two are alike. There's different colors and sizes, and each is uniquely designed," she said.

In addition to the ice cream, Wik said there will also be entertainment provided by Niksiki Clubhouse members who also belong to the Encore Dance Academy. Peninsula Artists in Motion will also perform for the event.

The all-you-can-eat event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Niksiki Clubhouse, located in the Nikiski North Star Elementary School. For more information, call 776-2668 during the day, or 398-2191 in the evening.

Joseph Robertia can be reached at joseph.robertia@peninsulaclarion.com.

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