Arts and Crafts update
"We're moving ahead and have heard from over 110 vendors so far," YWCA Executive Director Katie Smith said. "Now we need a cadre of volunteers. Volunteers have been the backbone and one of the reasons the festival can claim 40 years of success. We can use clerical help with registration and welcoming, manual labor to help set up the park, help keeping the park and surrounding area clean and free of litter and volunteers willing to provide breaks to the artists, just to name a few. I'd be happy to talk with anyone interested in being a part of this, just give me a call at the Y, 326-2011 and I'll work with you to find the perfect volunteer opportunity."
Students ages 11 to 15 who are interested in becoming trained and certified babysitters are encouraged to call the YWCA and add their name to the class list. Once enough people are interested, there will be a class scheduled. Classes traditionally meet on a Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and provide those in attendance with first aid, home safety guidelines and emergency training. Those who complete the class receive a variety of take home materials and written proof of their training. The class cost is $35 per person, but financial aid is available. Call the YWCA at 326-2011 to register your interest.
Parents are reminded the YWCA Youth Center will not be open on Thursday nights for the remainder of the summer.
"We talked with the kids about the summer and decided we'd take some time off," youth center director Michele Meleen said. "Plans are underway to reopen in the fall with a new schedule and new activities planned. Registration forms, emergency contact information requests and waiver forms will be available early in September. All the kids who attend the YWCA Youth Center will need to have a youth membership and completed forms on file, but we will provide notice to all the families so anyone interested in YWCA Youth Center will be able to attend."
YWCA Child Services Director Brenda Backus is pleased to announce the following staff is in place for summer childcare and girls program. Julie Devlin will work as Interim After School Advantage Program coordinator and Girls Program Coordinator while Shannon Bills, Chris Perkins, Andrew Webster, Emily Colt and Justin Wilkins will be the staff members working in the school-age childcare center at the YWCA. Preschool Day Care teachers over the summer months will be Terri MacCubbin and Jennifer Polletto.
Limited openings remain in the girls program, the summer childcare schedule and pre-school day care. For details regarding availability and costs associated with childcare, contact Brenda Backus at 326-4012. Parents who are interested in child care services during the school year or the advantage after school program are also welcome to contact Backus for more details.
Fitness visits go on sale Thursday, June 14 and will remain discounted at $1 each through the end of the month. There is no limit to the number of visits. YWCA office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesday evenings from 5 to 7:30 p.m.