On Wednesday April 25 at 7:00 p.m., Beaverton Activity Center will debut the new “Think Big” Talk Series. The featured speaker is David Rowe, Information Technology Manager for LAIKA Entertainment, LLC, Portland, Oregon, a stop-motion animation studio specializing in feature films. Rowe will share the unique story of his early years and his creative work that merges the arts, technology and design. In his presentations to the community and students, Rowe will share distinct memories of his formative years in Beaverton and Gladwin County. He will focus on encouraging participants to create, inspire, share, and achieve.
A Beaverton Rural Schools student in the 1980s, Rowe began his career as a Disney Animation Studios technical support engineer in 1990. In 2001 he moved on to his current position as IT Manager at LAIKA, a community of storytellers, artists, inventors, technicians and craftspeople who fuse filmmaking’s state-of-the-art technologies with handcrafted animation. Rowe has earned 21 feature film credits for digital animation, including Hercules, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Boxtrolls and Coraline.
Plans for the “Think Big” series are to offer two presenters annually in a format that is informal, interactive, and entertaining. Focused on bringing a positive message of “thinking big” aimed at both students and adults, the presentations will feature professionals working in art, education, science, technology, and business, who are either alumni of area high schools or residents of the local community.
The highly successful animation technician will also make use of the BAC's new high tech Cedar River conference room to offer 90-minute presentations to BRS students. Teachers and administrators have recommended students with specific interests and skills in the arts and technology fields to personally interact with Rowe in these small group sessions.
Rowe’s grandfather, Robert Brown, married Isabelle Mercer in 1920 and served as mayor of Beaverton in the 1960s. Rowe grew up less than a block away from his junior high school, now known as Beaverton Activity Center. He fondly recalls bike rides on Glidden Road, movies at the Gem Theater, and has maintained connections with a number of his classmates and teachers. "Beaverton," he says, "is in my DNA." (Coincidentally, Rowe currently lives about fifteen miles from Beaverton. Beaverton, Oregon that is.) If you were to visit his office at LAIKA, you would notice a plaque he proudly displays as a reminder of his days in central Michigan. It is the 1985 “Best in Show” award for a computer competition at Gladwin County Fair.
BAC’s “Think Big” Series is free to students and the public, with the help of generous contributors. Donations to help support the development of the program will be gratefully accepted.
For more information, or for suggestions regarding future THINK BIG presentations,contact Beaverton Activity Center 989-435-4104, or www.beavertonactivitycenter.com
Due to the weather and road conditions Tumble Tots is cancelled Monday, 2/5/18. A make up day will be scheduled soon. Thank you!
Monday, January 22A private reception at Beaverton Activity Center served as a debut for a renovation of the second floor Cedar River Room. For many years the room housed Beaverton High School business education classes. After February 1, it will be available for use for conferences and special presentations. White and glass boards will complement a seventy- inch touchscreen webcam monitor, with condenser mic. The entire system will provide a unique bluetooth connectivity opportunity allowing participants to make creative use of graphics and information. A high-tech conference table and a smaller breakout and brainstorm area are also featured. The room will be used for business and educational presentations encouraging our small community to "think big." It all ties in to the original mission statement of the Activity Center, linking the community's past and present with a promising future.Former Beaverton High School business teacher Howard Weaver was one of the guests who had an opportunity to see the room in operation at the reception. Weaver, born and raised in Gladwin, approached BAC officials in 2017 and proposed a remodeling project for the very room where he taught business classes in 1960 and 1961. Weaver, who now lives in Southeastern Michigan, went on to form his own highly successful business education company. In first suggesting the renovation, he encouraged a project committee to " think big" in encouraging growth in the fields of business, education, and community development. The committee came back with a plan to design a high- tech room that also featured historical displays depicting the evolution of business education in Beaverton Schools. Mr. Weaver liked the concept, and ended up being one of the many special people on site January 22. Persons interested in renting the room can do so beginning February 1 by completing a room use request at beavertonactivitycenter.com Additional information about the Cedar Room project is posted under the "Room Use" tab of the BAC Website.
Own a part of Beaverton history by purchasing the newly released DVD shown at the Beaverton Activity Center Grand Opening. Created by former Beaverton grad and award winning videographer Jason Brown, the film weaves historical footage of the community with heartfelt stories about the building told by former educators, students and the leaders who helped to create the BAC. You won’t want to miss your chance to own this personal piece of local history. DVD’s are available for sale at the BAC, Sweet B’ Café’ and fitness center. Sale price is $20 each or two (2) for $30.00 with all proceeds going to the BAC, a non-profit, volunteer based organization.
If you have questions, call 989 435-4104.
The Beaverton Activity Center will remain open unless otherwise posted by the BAC. This includes the Fitness Center, all programs and classes, and all community rooms and room rentals. If the BAC Executive Board decides to close the BAC, we will alert via posting on our website, Facebook, television and local radio.
Other organizations in the building, MidMichigan Health Rehabilitation Services, Gladwin County District Library, and the Mid Michigan Community Action Agency Pre-School will make their own decisions about closure. People should contact them directly for information.