Archive for November, 2017

M.A.C. Gift Card Drive + Community Coat Drive

November 21st, 2017

We have two wonderful community charity drives this month. Please read below and don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions.


Many of you are familiar with our charitable partner, Mercy for America’s Children (M.A.C.). They are a local, non-profit organization founded by club members, Pam and Mac Taylor, that supports foster care families and promotes adoption through the foster care system.

Mercy for America’s Children works especially hard this time of year to ensure the kids have a happy holiday season. While you may see many toy drives around town, often the teens in foster care are overlooked. Granite Falls would like to help them out again this year by asking for gift card donations to age appropriate stores. Smaller increments are best ($5 or $10) so that they can be shared with the most teens possible. Stores like GameStop, Target, Walmart are GREAT! They also love iTunes and Google Play.

The next time you are out shopping for your family, take a moment to think about these kids that face many struggles and obstacles. If you feel compelled to help, please pick up an inexpensive gift card and drop it off at the front desk. We will collect them through December 23rd.

Last year we were able to donate many gift cards that were well received and much appreciated. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

We are also collecting coats for a Community Coat Drive. Please drop off your new or clean, gently used coats (adult and kids’ sizes) at our box in the front foyer. You can drop off coats until Friday, December 8.

Thank you in advance for helping our local community members.

Thanksgiving Unplugged

November 21st, 2017

Whether you are traveling for Thanksgiving or staying home, there is always a lot to do to get ready for the big day! With so much to do it can be easy for us to let our kids slip into a technology induced coma during all the days off from school (some schools have the entire week of Thanksgiving off) while we get the packing done, bake the pies, prepare the food, clean up from it all, plan the shopping excursions, and, maybe, enjoy a few football games. Here are some ideas for some fun things your kids (and adults) can do during this busy week that don’t involve a screen.

Crafts or games that need materials purchased or rounded up in advance…

Popsicle Stick Turkeys – The Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club track out camp Thanksgiving week campers made these in 2016 and they were ADORABLE. So many options for each child to make their own.

Thanksgiving Minute to Win it Games – When you are with a crowd, you can’t go wrong with Minute to Win it Games! The silliness, simplicity, and short time for each activity are great for making memories.

A little advanced preparation needed….

Stuff the Turkey Game – Make two and it can be a Thanksgiving day version of corn hole.

Turkey Feather Hunt – If you’ve got older kids, get them involved in the hiding of the feather. Large group? Take it outside and hide them like Easter Eggs. Make teams and assign colors to add a competitive element to it.

Thanksgiving Photo Booth Props – Set up an area for fun Thanksgiving photos with these Thanksgiving photo booth props and let your selfie loving tweens go to town!

Turkey Tag – #7 on this list is sure to get your family and friends moving! Hilarity abounds as you try to maneuver out of each other’s way to avoid having your “feathers” taken.

Print, cut, and go….

Thanksgiving Mad Libs – Hilariously fun, unless you run into an abundance of “potty words” being used…might want to caution before playing.

Thanksgiving Bingo – Everyone loves playing Bingo! This particular one has 8 unique boards. To add a fun twist to it, use fall flavored M&M’s as markers and let the winner be the first to choose a piece of pie or cake!

Turkey Trivia – Boys vs. Girls? Millennials vs. Gen X? So many options here!

No materials needed…

Thanksgiving Dinner – Choose and leader. The leader points to a family member and says either “MEAT,” “VEGETABLE,” or “FRUIT.” The family member must come up with the name of something that fits the category before the leader counts to seven. No fair using a name more than once! If the family member does not respond before the leader gets to seven, he/she is out. The game continues until only one person remains. After a few rounds it can be hard to think of something that has not already been mentioned!

Whether you choose to do any of these activities or not, we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope for time well spent with those you love.

Sip & Shop THIS Friday!

November 15th, 2017

Come join us for our famous Sip & Shop Vendor Fair THIS Friday, November 17th from 6pm-8pm!

Over 40 vendors, a free glass of wine, and a chance to win one of two HUGE grand prizes worth over $700 each!

VIP Vendors

Silly Little Boutique

Beans Soy Candle Co

Blooming Beanies



 That’s Good Chocolate

 Rodan & Fields


 Young Living

 Yankee South

 Pampered Chef

 Hick’s Chic Boot-ique


 Stella & Dot

 Nu Skin




 Trades of Hope

 Lemongrass Spa

 Ruby Ribbon

 Christine’s Vinyl Creations

 Team Chiropractic of Wakefield

 Traditional Wood Creations

 The Wilde Project

 Premier Designs

 Juice Plus

 Dream and Believe Travel

 J. Rig Wood Works

 Matilda & Jane

 Lilla Rose

 Divine Decades

 Northern Harbor

 Alaska Dixie Darling

 Pure Haven Essentials

 Bronze Flower


 Traci Lynn Jewelry

 Twinkleberry Signs and Designs



Usborne Books & More





Levity Beauty

 Fancy Pants

The Annex

November 7th, 2017

Introducing the ANNEX: Small Group Training Studio at GFSAC

Located in the Lazy River Cabana, our new studio is creating a buzz. This new space will house our small group training programs: Boxing, Functional Movement, Max Strength, Outdoor Bootcamp, Mako’s Dry Land coaching, the Biggest Chooser groups, Personal Training, Run Club stretch & much more!!!

Small Group Training offers the best of two worlds—social dimensions of Group Fitness with the accountability and attention of Personal Training. Typical sessions meet for five weeks with a coach/personal trainer and a small group of peers.

Sign up for a scheduled session or bring your own group for a custom training program.