Kaitlynn Balmer-Brown has been dancing since age 3, studying jazz, tap and ballet. She also expresses herself through art, drawing graffiti-like designs on paper.
“She was good in art class,” said her stepmother, Emily Brown.
And she was plenty good enough to win the Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest.
The Lower Paxton Township sixth-grader’s drawing of a flower and balloons graces the electronic card that Royer’s Kids Club members will receive on their birthdays in the coming year. For Kaitlynn’s effort, she will receive a flower delivery on her next birthday.
The Royer’s Kids Club is free to ages 5 to 12. With parental permission, children may register for the kids club at any Royer’s store or online at www.royers.com/kidsclub.
Santa needs a helper.
Royer’s has developed a new arrangement for the holiday season, but we need help naming it.
This is where you come in, by entering our name-the-Christmas-arrangement contest. A lucky winner will receive one of the arrangements that he or she has named.
The arrangement, in a red mason jar, will include red carnations, white alstroemeria, hypericum, tips of Douglas fir and white pine, pinecones, and shiny red stick-ins.
The deadline to enter is Aug. 15; limit one entry daily per email address
Candace Oliver, a designer at Royer’s flagship store in Lebanon, said she enjoys making people laugh and smile and loves teaching.
She delivered on each of those counts with her June 22 visit to Cornwall Manor, an active senior living community in Lebanon County. Candace presented a flower-arranging class to Cornwall Manor residents.
“I love doing stuff like that,” Candace said. “Love it, love it, love it.”
She showed the residents how to tape a vase, creating a grid that keeps flowers standing up. Step by step, she guided them in adding greens, selecting flowers and completing their arrangements.
A Lebanon resident since age 7, Candace graduated from Lebanon High School in 1998. In November, she will celebrate her fourth anniversary with Royer’s.
Meanwhile, Cornwall Manor is celebrating her visit.
Stacia Layser, Cornwall Manor’s public relations, development and volunteer coordinator, wrote in an email to Candace:
“Your attention to detail, energy and compassion were what made this a great event for our residents. Many of them are still talking about how much fun they had and the beautiful arrangements they made.”
Before they go back to school, they can go back to the Royer’s Kids Club.
We’ll celebrate the start of a new school year with a free kids club event Aug. 22 in each of our 16 stores.
Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to create a fall arrangement adorned with a “back-to-school” stick-in. Participants also will receive a free balloon.
Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.
With proceeds from the sale of our Power of Pink bouquet, Royer’s recently donated $2,000 to the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.
Ten dollars from each bouquet sold is earmarked for breast cancer groups. The bouquet is available year-round.
Based in Lebanon, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants.
Photo, Jennifer Pensinger, executive director, PA Breast Cancer Coalition, is flanked by Royer’s Barry Spengler, vice president of operations, left, and Tom Royer, senior vice president.
Royer’s recently donated $2,000 to the Feel Your Boobies Foundation.
The donation reflects proceeds from the sale of our Power of Pink bouquet, which is available year-round. With every bouquet sold, Royer’s earmarks $10 to breast cancer organizations.
A Middletown-based nonprofit, Feel Your Boobies promotes proactive breast health in young women. The foundation’s college outreach program provides free breast health education materials to nearly 200 college health centers in 38 states.
Photo from left: Barry Spengler, vice president of operations, Royer’s; Leigh Hurst, founder/president, Feel Your Boobies Foundation; Tom Royer, senior vice president, Royer’s.
For someone who claims not to have a green thumb, Fox 43 Morning News’ Amy Lutz got the hang of floral arranging pretty quickly.
“How do you know where to put them?” she asked Barry Spengler, Royer’s vice president of operations, as he handed her cut carnations, daisies and roses.
“Well, that’s the beauty of it,” Barry said. “There is no right or wrong to it.”
Barry returned to Fox 43 to talk about Royer’s fifth annual “Stems Hunger” food drive to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank. A Royer’s Kids Club event will help to kick off the food drive, which runs June 20-27.
Children ages 5 to 12 will get to do what Lutz did: make a floral arrangement in an empty food can.
She wasn’t entirely satisfied with her work, but Barry insisted that once she placed a flower in the can, she had to leave it.
“What if it doesn’t fit right?” she said.
“It looks wonderful,” he said. “It’s in the eye of the beholder.”
You can view the full segment here:
As we noted in the June 2015 issue of the Royer’s Kids Club newsletter, Buds, it’s important to keep reading and learning even during summer vacation. Here’s an expanded version of a list of books that families can read aloud together that we touched on in Buds:
“Mr. Popper’s Penguins” by Richard and Florence Atwater
The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.
“The End of the Beginning” by Avi
Avon the snail and Edward, a take-charge ant, set off together on a journey to an undetermined destination in search of unspecified adventures.
“The Penderwicks” by Jeanne Birdsall
While vacationing with their father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.
“A Bear Called Paddington” by Michael Bond
A very small bear found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington Station becomes a member of the family.
“The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.
“My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett
A young boy runs away from home to rescue an abused baby dragon held captive to serve as a free 24-hour, seven-days-a-week ferry for the lazy wild animals living on Wild Island.
“The Year of Billy Miller” by Kevin Henkes
Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and has learned many important lessons.
“Toys Go Out” by Emily Jenkins
Lumphy is a stuffed buffalo. StingRay is a stuffed stingray. And Plastic… well, Plastic isn’t quite sure what she is. They all belong to the Little Girl who lives on the high bed with the fluffy pillows. A very nice person to belong to.
“Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren
Annalina’s diary entries reflect her feelings and experiences as she goes from being afraid to go to kindergarten to loving it during her first month of school.
“Gooney Bird Greene” by Lois Lowry
A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.
“Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” by Betty MacDonald
From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children’s diseases as Won’t-Put-Away-Toys-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis.
“The World of Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne
The world of Pooh is a world of enchantment. It is a world where Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga and the others share unforgettable adventures with Christopher Robin.
We’re looking for budding artists to enter our annual birthday card design contest.
The winning design will adorn the Royer’s Kids Club birthday card, which will be emailed to all kids club members on their birthdays. (You can see last year’s winning card to the left.)
The artist will receive free flowers on his or her birthday.
The contest is open to children ages 5 to 12. The deadline to enter is July 17.
Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive – Royer’s Stems Hunger – will take place June 20-27 to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.
Royer’s Kids Club will help out with a special event on June 20 for children ages 5 to 12. They are asked to donate a non-perishable food item as the price of admission and to bring an empty food can to fill with flowers and take home.
Participants also will have an opportunity to enter the kids club’s birthday card design contest and to create a Father’s Day card.
Time slots are available at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at each of Royer’s 16 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.
Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.