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Dublin fifth-grader is this year’s kids club birthday card contest winner

Maya Ibrahim returned home one night this month bearing an abstract painting on canvas that she had created at a friend’s house.

“We’re waiting for that to dry, and we’ll hang it up,” said her mother, Deanna.

It’s not Maya’s only work of distinction this summer, however.

Maya, a fifth-grader at Riverside Elementary School in Dublin, is the winner of this year’s Connells Maple Lee birthday card contest.

Her design, featuring presents, stars, party hats and a hand-lettered “Happy Birthday!,” will adorn the electronic card that kids club members receive on their birthdays in the coming year. Her prize is a free flower delivery on her next birthday.

The kids club is free to ages 5 to 12. With parental permission, children may register for the kids club at any Connells Maple Lee store or online at cmlflowers.com/kidsclub. Membership benefits include a membership card, website activities, an e-mail newsletter, contests and in-store events.

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club seeking birthday card entries through July 15

They say that it’s better to give than to receive.

But you could do both if you win this year’s Connells Maple Lee Kids Club birthday card design contest.

The winning design will adorn the email birthday card that every kids club member receives on his or her special day. The winning artist will receive a free flower delivery on his or her birthday.

The contest is open to kids club members, ages 5 to 12. If you aren’t a kids club member yet, you can register for free at cmlflowers.com/kidsclub.

To enter the contest, simply download the entry form here, create your design and drop it off at your nearest Connells Maple Lee store: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.

The winner will be chosen in late July.

Good luck to everyone!

Introducing a hopeful new coloring page for these uncertain times

The Connells Maple Lee Kids Club has offered coloring pages since its earliest days.

But we’ve never had one quite as poignant as the new one you see above. We created it in response to the fear and anxiety that children and even a lot of adults are experiencing in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

This new design shows a strong, vibrant iris rising out of a crack in a sidewalk and the powerful words of Corita Kent (1918-1986), an artist, educator and advocate for social justice.

Those words come from a longer quote: “Love the moment,” Kent said. “Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each is to succeed.”

For many of us, these are dark moments because of the harm the pandemic has done to people’s health and to the economy. We are fearful for the safety and well-being of ourselves, of our family and friends, of our fellow human beings.

In another quote, Kent noted that there’s a “huge danger” in pretending that awful things don’t happen.

“But you need enough hope to keep going. Flowers grow out of darkness.”

The blue iris, for instance, is sometimes described as symbolizing “faith and hope.” And those are two qualities that will serve us well in the days, weeks and months to come as each of us plays a part in the fight against the pandemic.

For kids club members and their parents alike, we hope you’ll download our “Flowers Grow Out of Dark Moments” coloring page, make it completely your own by coloring it, and give it a place of prominence in your home: refrigerator, window, bedroom wall.

We’d love to see what you come up with and share pictures of your work on our social media pages. Photos can be emailed to marketing@royers.com.

As Corita Kent said, we need hope. Perhaps this simple coloring page, after you’ve brought it to life in your unique way, can be a beacon of hope to you and your family.

Dark moments don’t last. Hope endures.

Keep cooped-up children busy with free Connells Maple Lee Kids Club activity pages

The coronavirus pandemic already is altering our lives in ways that would have seemed unimaginable just weeks ago.

Instead of going to school, participating in sports or visiting friends, children will be home. And while nothing is better than having the whole family together, it can lead to stressful moments.

Keeping the kids busy is important. The Connells Maple Lee Kids Club can help.

We have a bunch of activity pages that can be downloaded for free from our website.

Children can:

  • Give a Connells Maple Lee delivery truck a fresh look
  • Decorate the exterior of a Connells Maple Lee store for spring
  • Test their sense of direction in a flower maze
  • Challenge their reading skills with a word find

What’s more, we’d love to share some of the completed work on our social media pages. Just take a photo of the page(s) and email them to marketing@royers.com.

We know these are challenging times, but we’ll get through them together. In the meantime, we hope everyone stays healthy and productive.

We look forward to seeing you in person at a future Connells Maple Lee Kids Club event.

 

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with free event March 14

Mum’s the word at the March 14 Connells Maple Lee Kids Club event. Molly O’Mum, that is.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make their own St. Patrick’s Day mum character, complete with smiling face, shamrock ribbon and green top hat.

Slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store:

  • 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley, 614-237-8653;
  • 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and
  • 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.

The other remaining 2020 kids club events are June 27, Aug. 15 and Nov. 7.

Design your own bouquet at Jan. 11 Connells Maple Lee Kids Club event

A new year, a new Connells Maple Lee Kids Club event.

On Jan. 11, children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to choose from a selection of flowers to create their own bouquets.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley, 614-237-8653; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club making patriotic arrangement at Veterans Day event on Nov. 2

The Connells Maple Lee Kids Club will salute Veterans Day with a free event on Nov. 2 in all Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts stores.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a patriotic arrangement that includes an American flag.

Participants also may decorate a coloring page for the annual Holidays for Heroes event, for which Connells Maple Lee works in conjunction with the American Red Cross to honor veterans and active military.

Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the Nov. 2 event.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley, 614-237-8653; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.

Blacklick third-grader wins Connells Maple Lee Kids Club birthday card design contest

Abby Hollstrom of Licking Heights describes her son Logan, 8, as a “big drawer.”

“He’s constantly drawing and coloring,” she said of Logan, who is entering third grade. “Legos, lots of Legos. And reading, too. He’s very creative.”

That creativity no doubt contributed to Logan winning this year’s Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts Kids Club birthday card design contest.

Logan’s aquatic design will be featured on the electronic card that kids club members will receive on their birthdays in the coming year. His prize is a free flower delivery on his next birthday.

The kids club is free to ages 5 to 12. With parental permission, children may register for the kids club at any Connells Maple Lee store or at cmlflowers.com/kidsclub.

Membership benefits include a membership card, website activities, an e-mail newsletter, contests and in-store events.

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club offers free back-to-school event Aug. 17

We’ll celebrate the start of a new school year with a free kids club event on Aug. 17.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to create an arrangement featuring lavender and yellow daisy pompons, tree fern, limonium, and a back-to-school stick-in in an orange diamond-cut vase.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley, 614-237-8653; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.

Enter the kids club birthday card contest by July 15 for a chance to win a free flower delivery

It’s like sending a gift to yourself.

One lucky child between the ages of 5 and 12 will receive a flower delivery on his or her birthday by winning this year’s Connells Maple Lee Kids Club birthday card design contest.

The deadline for submissions is July 15. The winning design will grace the official e-card that all kids club members will receive in the coming year. (Here’s how to become a member.)

One way to enter the contest is to attend the June 29 kids club event, where everyone who participates also will have an opportunity to make a sundae out of carnations. Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required by contacting your nearest store.

The other way to enter the contest is by downloading the entry form and dropping it off at your nearest store.

You’ll see the 2018 winning design at the top of this post.

To everyone who enters the contest, we wish you good luck! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.