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News from the Beach
July 15, 2013
What is KBIA to you?
KBIA is a 103-year-old summer enrichment and recreational program serving children ages 3 to 17. But what is KBIA to you? To local residents, KBIA is the new playground at the beach. KBIA is also summer friends. For others, KBIA is a road race or a cove swim. To visitors, KBIA is sanity during a week’s vacation at the beach. (KBIA is also that babysitter you found at the last moment). KBIA is that mom friend you met while your kids were taking swim lessons, which turned into a dinner playdate with her family.  night by the cove at our annual Seaside Celebration (coming up Saturday) or winning the class ribbon and wedges (also Saturday). Through the years we have found KBIA is many different things to many our different members. What does it mean to you? Please share your “KBIA is” story with us! 
Please join us Saturday
July Watersports/BBQ/Awards, followed by Seaside Celebration
Please join us at KBIA this Saturday, July 20, for the first of our two annual barbecue and awards ceremonies. The July BBQ and Awards Ceremony will kick off with assorted watersports in the pool for various ages:
9:00 AM:  3- to 4-year-olds
9:30 AM:  5- to 6-year-olds
10:00 AM: 7- to 8-year-olds
10:30 AM: 9- to 10-year-olds
11:00 AM: 11 and older
At noon, KBIA volunteers will serve up a barbecue lunch (hot dogs and hamburgers, lemonade, iced tea, chips and cake.)
At 1 PM, we will begin the awards portion of the day, handing out various KBIA “wedges” and traditional KBIA honors.
Be sure to check next week’s e-newsletter for a list of the winners!
From 6 to 8 PM, please join us on the KBIA lawn for our sixth annual Seaside Celebration. In honor of our “older” members of this KBIA community (21 and older, please), we will be serving up cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres by the shore. Please come celebrate the summer with us. We kindly ask you RSVP by Wednesday, July 17; please email [email protected] or call the office at 967-2180.
CLYNK is yet another way to help preserve our beach and help KBIA at the same time! We now have those green bags available at our office for members to pick up, fill with returnables, and redeem them at the Kennebunk Hannaford (or any CLYNK redemption center). Proceeds from KBIA-tagged bags will benefit our nonprofit organization.
CLYNK is a Maine recycling company with an innovative bottle redemption system offered exclusively in Hannaford supermarkets in Maine. CLYNK’s mission is to make recycling easier, to offer educational resources focused on recycling and to show customers how their personal recycling positively impacts our environment. 
Is your CIT up for the challenge?
Counselor-in-Training coordinator Maureen McEnaney has arranged a special field trip for our youngest leaders. On Tuesday, July 30, our teens will head out for a day on the CIT Ropes Challenge Course at the Sweeyser campus in Saco. Teens should meet at 9 AM by the steps of Strong Cottage at KBIA, where they will return for pickup by 3:30 PM. All CITs enrolled in any week this summer is welcome and encouraged to attend. Intesreted participants may sign up in the office or by emailing Maureen.
This week at KBIA
TWEEN NIGHT: Pizza & Pool Party, KBIA, 6 to 8 PM Tuesday. $24.
MOVIE NIGHT “Monsters, Inc.” at Smith House, 7 to 9 PM Wednesday. $7.
TEEN NIGHT: Portland Sea Dogs vs. Reading Fightin’ Phils. $24.
COVE WALK: 3 to 5 PM Sunday, July 21, meeting at the steps of Strong Cottage at KBIA. $10 per family; open to the public.
OPEN SAIL/KAYAK: 9 AM to 1 PM Sunday, July 21; free and open to members.
Please pre-register for all events at the office so we may accurately order movie tickets for teens and transportation for tweens; families may pay at the door for Movie Night.
LOOKING AHEAD: Back by popular demand, we will once again host G-Force Laser Tag at the beach on Tuesday, July 23! This will be a combined Teen/Tween Night (tweens vs. tweens, perhaps?) and we will need at least 30 pre-registered participants to make this possible. We will also need volunteers to help set up the course at 4 p.m. (we will provide dinner for all volunteers!)