Teen Club, for teens and adults with disabilities, is celebrating its 10th anniversary from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs.

The group meets from 5:30 to 9 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month.

The anniversary theme is “A Pirate’s Promenade” and includes costumes, pirate treasure, DJ and a dance. Bring $5 for pizza and pop. To register, contact Diane Chrisman Schiefelbein at 816-229-2034 or dianesingsforjoy@comcast.net, or call the church at 816-228-5300.

This club began out of a family’s loss. Diane Chrisman Schiefelbein’s first husband died unexpectedly in February 2003. Her friend at the church, Gayl Calvin, realized that the church had no supports in place for families with members with disabilities. Gayl brought together several church members into the Access Task Team to see what programs the church could provide.

During 2003, Diane also discovered that her daughter Michelle, who has down syndrome and a hearing loss, had a gift for photography, but there was nowhere for her to utilize it. Finding that art was a great grief working tool, Diane felt that a fine-arts club for those with disabilities would be a great place to help them express themselves, as well as finding opportunities to experience life’s activities that so often pass them by.

The club has taken field trips to Powell Gardens, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Patee House Museum in St. Joseph and other places, and it has held workshops on scrapbooking, balloon sculpture, dancing and clowning.

Teen Club members and friends did a landscaping job at the Nolen Manor Group Home in Grain Valley, and they made and delivered items for patients at St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs. Their next project is to make gift bags for patients at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Teen Club greatly appreciates donations of funds, art supplies, volunteers and people who want to share their gift or talent with them, and they offer a fun place for high school and college students to earn community service hours. For more information, contact Diane or the church at the above numbers.

– Submitted to The Examiner