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Taking note of teen’s interests

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By Kirsten Laskey

Surveys have indicated that when looking for things to do, young people like to head over to a bowling alley and the Los Alamos Recreation Department is working to satisfy this interest.

From 9 p.m. - midnight Friday, the recreation staff is inviting ninth- through 12th-graders to the Strike Gold Bowling Center at the Cities of Gold Casino, located at 10 D Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque. Tickets will be sold for $7 Friday at the Los Alamos High School and then for $10 at the door.

During the event, there will be prizes awarded and a drawing will be held for a $50 gas card and a $50 ITunes gift card.

Plus, the lights will be dimmed and the lanes will glow as part of the bowling alley’s Galaxy Bowl feature.

The recreation department is hosting the event, but it is getting some outside help. Briana Radosevich, a junior at Los Alamos High School and an intern at the recreation department, is assisting with the program.

Krystal Zellner, recreation specialist, explained a bowling event seemed attractive because it is affordable, it is held in a safe place and it is something different for teens to do.

“(We’re) trying to poke our noses around, see what kids want to do,” she said. “This is a good, safe activity for our youth to be involved in. It’s a good way to celebrate the end of the year.”

The bowling alley staff is more than happy to open their doors to the young bowlers. “We’re open to any kind of organization … (we’re) open anytime to cater to their needs,” Manager Jason Warner said.

Radosevich added her peers continuously say there is nothing to do in Los Alamos, but the recreation department is offering an opportunity to spend their time in a fun way. She added she has enjoyed spending her own time with the recreation department.

“I learned how to organize a lot of stuff and how to advertise,” Radosevich said. “I got a lot out of the work experience.”