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18th Annual Bowlathon

16th Annual Bowlathon

Come and bowl with Kids 'n Kinship
Sunday April 23rd 2017

Choose your time to bowl:
3:00pm-4:30pm OR 5:30pm-7:00pm

Cedarvale Lanes
3883 Cedar Grove Parkway Eagan, MN

Community members, groups, and business Please register online here. Each member of your team must be registered online. Donate online or bring pledges with to the event
Cost: $25 in Pledges per bowler

Kids 'n Kinship mentors, youth and families
Please register online. Cost is free to the youth and families/ mentors in our program

Join us for the silent auction, refreshments, and fun!!

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14870 Granada Avenue #127
Apple Valley MN, 55124
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Thank you to this Quarter's Donors!

Thank You Individual Donors

Andrew Abeyta Barb Andersen
Barb Choban Betsy Hovland
Beverly & Richard Mayer David and Joyce Anderson
Debra Alt Drew Hendrickson & Linnea Pratt
Gary & Cynthia Webb Heather Seifert
Hillary Swanson Holly & Mark Roth
Jan & Dave Belmore Jan Cady
Janet Lekson Jason Ash
Jeffrey & Dianne Frick Jenna Rangel

Thank You Individual Donors

Judy Olhoft Karen & John Peters
Karen Anderson Karla & Allan Kosel
Kelly McCarragher Ken Koty
Kirsten & Gordon Storlie Lanny & Millie Stapp
Lawrence & Bev Stirtz Linda Ferguson
Linda Harty Lisa & Matthew Wendt
Logan Mortenson Marlene Robertson
Martha & Chris Hoyt Melinda Staff

Thank You Individual Donors

Mike & Lisa Pelzel Monte & Lisa Amundson
Nellie & Jim Gosh Pamela Garvey
Philip and Sharon Lindau Rita Younger
Robert & Gail Weinholzer Roger & Melinda Martin
Scott Berres Staci Poole
Susan Ojeda-Collins Taud Hoopingarner
Tim & Jan Menning Timothy & Denise Lutz
Wendy Haroldson & Missy Boyd

Thank You Donors

Amazon Smiles donors Ameriprise Financial
Apple Valley American Legion Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Dakota Electric Association FICO % Karen Anderson
Grace Lutheran Church Endowment Fund MN Energy Resources
MN Vikings Prince of Peace Church
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church The Nerdery
Thomson Reuters % Jerod Lass Thrivent % Bob Ward, Jim Gosh
Thrivent % Dave Belmore, Joel Carberry Thrivent Action Team % Dawn Kalb
Valley Natural Foods Youth Intervention Prevention

Thank You In-Kind Donors

Advanced Imaging Solutions
Apple Valley American Legion Auxiliary
Eagan Mom's Bible Study
Media Relations
Papa John's Eagan Cliff Road
Patty Perfetti
Shepherd of the Valley

A look back to the summer of '14

We caught up with this active match before an 8 mile bike ride. Josh and his mentor Brad take frequent bike rides around the city lakes or where ever their interests take them. When I asked Brad what he liked most about Josh, he said "Josh likes to try new things - and we have done lots of things Josh has never done before. Also he is very curious and aware - he is inquisitive and he doesn't miss a thing!

We asked Josh a similar question: What do you like most about Brad? Josh said, "Well that will take about 5 hours to answer because there is so much! Together we like biking and running and seeing the city and then we started playing a bean bag toss game. I always beat him. Always." Brad piped up "Well not always.

Rick’s Community Bike Sale – Saturday, May 13

Over 300 bikes available with all proceeds supporting Kids ‘n Kinship. Volunteer mentor Rick Anderson’s annual sale will be Saturday May 13th from 9 am to 1 pm at a new location: Goodyear Superior Service Center, 14580 Glenda Drive in Apple Valley. The Red Line stops 5 steps from the bike sale. People in Minneapolis can take the light rail and bus and end up right at the sale.

Kids ‘n Kinship participants are also invited to a pre-sale on Friday evening,
May 12th from 5 pm. - 8 pm.

Bike prices range from $25 to $300, with many under $100.

Don’t miss it! More information available at

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Remember when you were growing up?  Playing outside all day until someone called  "DINNER"?  Days spent at the soccer field, climbing trees, camping, playing kick the can or perhaps exploring your hometown parks? Kids and outdoor play are a natural combination, but, they are memories that many of today’s kids will not have without guidance.

"A typical U.S. child spends mere minutes a day on unstructured outdoor play versus more than seven hours in front of an electronic screen, according to the National Wildlife Federation. Research shows that spending time outdoors has a host of mental and physical health benefits, including:
  • Decreased stress
  • Improved physical fitness
  • Better distance vision
  • Reduced symptoms of ADHD"
So what can we do? How do we get them outside and off those screens and excited about nature? One idea that has been fun for us is Geocaching. It combines technology and the outdoor in a way kids will LOVE!!

According to the website
  Geocaching 101

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
Go to this link

Here you will find coordinates for cache locations throughout Dakota County Parks. Once you have the coordinates for a cache, visit the park and try to find the cache using your GPS.

Do you want to read about great stories first? Here's a story from The Geocaching Blog:

Sometimes history sneaks up on you… while you’re trying to preserve the future. It happened to a group of geocachers clearing garbage from a roadside marshland just west of Calgary, Alberta. The geocaching event is called a CITO (Cache in Trash Out). The group cleans up geocaching friendly locations. They had already found and removed a room-sized carpet, a fractured row boat and a steel rope. The location they chose to help cleanup is a wild space frequented by migratory birds. Jean-Francois Cianci (known in the Geocaching word as Monkeyturtle) was headed back to the meeting area when his team decided to clean up one more patch of land
Go here to finish the story!!
Happy Geocaching and please comment here or send me an email ( if you do go and send PICTURES too!!




Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota

Kids 'n Kinship has achieved Expert Partner status through Mentoring Partnership Minnesota's Quality Mentoring Assesment Path (QMAP) and has a 100% overall implementation rating on an extensive list of best practices and quality standards for mentoring programs. We are 1 of only 9 other programs to earn this distinguished rating under these rigorous guidelines.


Medical Monkeys

Kids 'n Kinship wishes to acknowledge the partnership with Medical Monkeys. Funds received from the purchase of the Medical Monkeys goes towards finding mentors for our waiting youth.

Kids 'n Kinship wishes to acknowledge the generous support of Mail Pack and Ship, Apple Valley and their wonderful donation of printing of our newsletter, and Media Relations, Inc for their pro bono work on publicity.