By Danielle Church

Harker Heights Herald

Summer is here, and there's no better way to spend it than being surrounded by lots of fun activities and people your own age.

Saturday, the Armed Services YMCA Teen Center in Harker Heights will be hosting an open house.

"The open house is basically our grand opening," Teen Center Director Gary Johnson said. "We've been working hard to get the place ready."

Since opening its doors in March, the center has seen an increase in participation and foresees continued growth.

Johnson said he believes that the open house will be an opportunity to introduce it to the community as a teen center and that it will be the one day when anyone can come in and take advantage of what they have to offer.

One of the major additions to the center that is set to debut during the open house is a mini-movie theater room.

In partnering up with Cinemark at Market Heights for movie posters to enhance the room and give it more of that movie theater atmosphere, the center has been provided with a full-length "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" movie poster that will cover an entire wall in the theater. Smaller posters also have been donated to frame the room.

The theater has two rows of stadium-type seating and a large projection screen. For additional seating, beanbag chairs scattered throughout the floor area will be another option for those interested in more-relaxed movie viewing.

Daily movie times are planned to be scheduled once the theater is fully up and running. Johnson revealed that requests for movie showings have already been generated.

"We hope to have the ability for kids to make a request for a certain movie and instantly be able to show the movie that day," Johnson said.

For those teens who are a bit more active, an alternative to movie watching is always available at the center.

Johnson said that in the near future they are looking to evolve another room in the center as the "sports lounge." Already equipping the room with an Xbox Kinect gaming system, Johnson plans to take the white walls in that room and decorate them with sports memorabilia. This will be a place where the teens can go to play games or grab a snack from the snack bar and just hang out.

Also available during the open house will be a pool tournament and a "Call of Duty: Black Ops" tournament for Xbox. Free hot dogs, popcorn and Cinemark movie passes also will be given away as part of the celebration.

The Teen Center is for ages 12 to 18 years old. It is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For additional information, contact the center at (254) 634-5445.

Contact Danielle Church at or (254) 501-7567.

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