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Girls Just Have Fun at Yorktown Teen Center

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Teen Center was a mixture of sugar, yoga and everything nice Friday night.

For the first Girls Only Night held Friday at the center, more than 70 girls used the facilities ranging in activities from classes like self-defense and Zumba, and chocolate candy lollipop and cupcake making.

“Our goal was to have at least 20 girls, but having 70 was awesome,” said Helena Rodriguez, teen center board president. “Until recently, our membership was almost all males. We need the diversity and energy the young women bring. Friday was amazing to feel the energy.”

Women from the community also participated in the event, such as the Lions Club President Maria Marks who taught the girls candy making, as well as donated a five-pound chocolate bunny she made.

Other activities included a self-defense class led by Killeen Good, the ever-popular Zumba led by Eileen Rottes and yoga led by Roxanne Gamory. The Dance Shop II led the girls in a hip-hop session, among other activities such as dancing with Xbox Kinect, karaoke and a movie. Sorority members Kappa Kappa Gama from Marist College attended the event to help the girls decorate cupcakes in different ways, such as to look like an owl or a carousel. That wasn’t the only help the girls got for the night, those boys who couldn’t attend the center due to the “girls only” aspect showed up at the event around 9:30 p.m. with the only intention to help clean up.

“I think they all had fun. We had fun watching them go from one thing to another,” said Melissa Montaruli, board vice president. “We appreciate the instructors’ generous gift of sharing their skills with the girls.”

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