As fall begins and teens seek to settle into their school schedule, Crosswalk Teen Center continues to provide and pursue ways to assist students in achieving their full potential.

The month of October is packed with opportunities for students to stretch their horizons and try new things. Teens are encouraged to sign-up for classes as soon as possible, due to limited space. Classes include:

Frugal Foods – Mondays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Foods don’t have to be expensive to taste great.  Sign-up to create meals that can stretch the dollar while providing a delicious entrée.

An Introduction to Stress Management — Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Learn a simple technique that has been scientifically proven to reduce the harmful effects of stress, resulting in a healthier, more productive life. You will leave this class relaxed and renewed with everything you need to start a daily practice to manage your stress. Teens and adults are welcome. Instructors are Holly Makimaa and Mike Limauro.

Intro to Piano Keyboard — Wednesdays, Oct. 8, 15 and 22 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. It’s never too late to learn the piano. Take the leap, learn the basics, and be on your way to becoming a musician. Whether you’ve dreamed of becoming a musician or are just curious as to whether you might like playing the piano, this is the perfect class to get your feet wet. Beginners are welcome.

Fall Crafts — Wednesdays, Oct. 1, 8 and 15 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sign-up for one or all three afternoons of these three art/craft classes. You may enjoy art because you like to create beautiful pieces, or you might enjoy art because you enjoy the process no matter the outcome of your project. Either way, you are welcome as we create three unique artwork projects.

Saturday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 9 p.m. marks Crosswalk’s first Halloween party. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Crosswalk continues to offer free homework help and tutoring each afternoon. Students can also reserve space in the studio for web radio and music recording. Come and laydown your latest music tracks or add your commentary to the music of your choice.  Students can also reserve lab time to explore C Programming with Robotics.

Teens are encouraged to stop by the center and sign up for events or to email

All these free programs and low-cost events require funds and supplies. If you would like to invest locally in the lives of students in your community, please consider donating in one of the following ways: Make a donation, one-time or monthly; consider volunteering and sharing one of your talents and interests.

For more information, contact Rick Todd at or (248) 987-8336.

Crosswalk Teen Center is located at 103 W. Lawrence Avenue (on the SW corner of Cochran and Lawrence) in Charlotte and is open Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m.


Article submitted by Crosswalk Teen Center.