Duckies race down the track at last year’s Lucky Ducky Carnival. Courtesy photo
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
They’ll be off and floating Saturday at the Second Annual Lucky Ducky Carnival at Family Strengths Network (FSN).
The main event is the rubber duck races. For $5 per duck, races will urge their ducks down a rain gutter with cups of water. There will be three race tracks and winners will receive small prizes and raffle tickets for a chance to win larger prizes geared to boys, girls and families.
The Lucky Ducky Carnival will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FSN, 3540 Orange St. There will be other free carnival games, food and a silent auction. Proceeds will help to support the work of Family Strengths Network.
Sponsors of the Los Alamos Health Fair urge fair-goers to take the short walk from Griffith Gym to FSN and enjoy both events Saturday.
“The Carnival is a great opportunity to learn about Family Strengths and have fun!” Executive Director Carie Fanning said.
FSN has undergone big changes in the past year. The main one is its move to new digs at 3540 Orange St., the former home of PEEC.
The new facility better fits the needs of the non-profit. Visitors, especially kids, enjoy the big lawn outside the Center.
“The outdoor space has really allowed us to expand what we can do,” Fanning said.
FSN has expanded its hours. The Center is now open until 3 p.m. on Wednesdays as well as from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The Center is also open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
“Our new Working Parents Group is popular,” Fanning said. “The group meets for a dinner once a month with childcare available on site.”
FSN provides education and activities to all types of families, parents, teens, and children in Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico. FSN’s goal is to help all types of families and their members with the challenge of being healthy, self-sufficient, and able to share with and learn from other families.
Among the many services at FSN are a check-out toy library, a book library with material on family topics, play space, meeting space, classes for parents and kids, and many support, and just-for fun groups for kids and adults.
“We’re constantly helping people connect with each other,” Fanning said.