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New teen night will target middle schoolers

Attention Rosemount Middle School students: gather up your friends and head to the Rosemount Communitiy Center April 20 for a night of fun.

Teens in sixth, seventh and eighth grades can enjoy a night of dancing, games and food.

The event is being put on through a partnership of the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department, Southwest YMCA, Lighthouse Christian Church and Community of Hope Church. First State Bank of Rosemount has offered financial support so the event can be held for a nominal fee of $2.

Parks supervisor Lisa Maurer said the event came out of discussions at the Rosemount Community Leaders meetings. The group meets once a month with the aim of making Rosemount a safe and thriving community.

Leaders in the community wanted to offer teens an opportunity to have a safe night out. Maurer said the parks and recreation department used to host frequent teen nights, but waning attendance led the department to cancel the monthly program.

To understand better what teens want, she consulted the city's youth commission. Many of the members had attended the city's teen nights and shared what they thought worked with the program and what didn't. Out of her conversations with the youth commission, Maurer said she found that the teens wanted the activities changed up more often.

Maurer planned the event with those comments in mind.

For the first Friday Night Live, teens can expect a night filled with upbeat music, dancing, games such as foosball, air hockey, ping pong, basketball and dodge ball.

If there is enough interest, Maurer hopes to make it a quarterly event. Maurer hopes the event will appeal to teens and offer an opportunity to have some safe fun.

To let teens know about the event, Rosemount Middle School has included information in their morning announcements. Maurer hopes the partnerships with the various community organizations will help attract teens to the event as well.

Friday Night Live will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 20 in the Rosemount Community Center gymnasium. Cost is $2 or free with the donation of two non-perishable food items. For more information visit the city's website at

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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