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NEWS | March 23, 2010

Youth Programs' Fam-A-Ganza celebrates Air Force family, military child

By Robert Goetz 502nd Air Base Wing OL-B Public Affairs

The families of Randolph's military personnel and Department of Defense civilians will share a day in the sun April 10 as the 902nd Force Support Squadron's Youth Programs hosts its annual Fam-A-Ganza on the grounds of the youth center, Bldg. 585.

This year's event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will follow the theme "Creating Greener Kids for Tomorrow" while celebrating the Year of the Air Force Family and Month of the Military Child.

Fam-A-Ganza will feature games, inflatables, face painting, a book fair, arts and crafts, demonstrations, dance and gymnastics performances and informational booths with giveaways.

"It's a big event for the entire family," said Andrea Black, Youth Programs coordinator. "This year we have a green theme, so we're asking participants to come up with green activities, such as coloring books with a recycling theme."

She said Fam-A-Ganza will include some 30 informational booths representing base organizations, from the Health and Wellness Center, the Airman and Family Readiness Center and the Family Advocacy Program to the library and education center.

In addition to playing a variety of games, younger participants will be able to ride ponies; military working dog and other demonstrations are also planned. Snacks, juice and water will be available.

The book fair, presented by the Parent Advisory Council, will allow parents and children to buy or order books, with proceeds helping the council pay for programs that benefit the youth center and the Child Development Center.

The event continues to grow in popularity: Ms. Black said between 3,000 and 4,000 children and adults are expected to attend this year's Fam-A-Ganza.

"We encourage everyone to come out for all the fun," she said.

For more information, call the youth center at 652-3298.