Arts and Crafts Festival
The annual YWCA arts and crafts festival kicks off Friday, July 27 at 9 a.m., in Moore Park. The show continues until 6 p.m., on Friday and the vendors are available on Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to the vendors selling high quality, hand crafted items, entertainment will be featured in the gazebo both afternoons, the YWCA will be selling juice and water, the popular pie tent operated by the Westfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be open, the Farmers Market will operate on Saturday morning and local resident Dick Marshall will be creating balloon animals and shapes for the crowd. There is no admission charge, free parking is available at the Theatre Motel and free shuttle service is provided.
Senior exercise class
There will be no senior exercise class on Friday, July 27. Classes will resume on Tuesday, July 31 at 10:30 a.m. This low impact, self-directed exercise class is open and free to all YWCA members. They meet each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m., for an hour of stretching activities, balancing exercises, weight lifting and aerobic activity. The group is led by Ann Cochran, and the YWCA provides free weights, balance balls and music. No reservations are required, and walk-ins are welcome. Contact the YWCA at 326-2011 for more details.
YWCA Girls Program
Under the leadership of Julie Devlin, the YWCA Girls Program has begun summer classes. The goal of the girls program is to provide the young women with a fun, safe environment and give them opportunities to increase their social skills, life skills and self-esteem. Plans for this summer include a community clean up, story hour at the YWCA pre-school, a visit to the fire hall and help with the arts and crafts festival. Devlin is currently looking for women willing to come and talk with girls about non-traditional or unusual jobs. The program continues through Thursday, Aug. 16. More details are available by contacting Devlin at 326-2011.
Like the YWCA on Facebook
The YWCA has created two Facebook pages to supplement its website material. In addition to finding the YWCA at www.ywcawestfield.org, the agency can also be found at www.facebook.com/pages/YWCA-of-Westfield and at www.facebook.com/pages/YWCA-Westfield-Arts-Crafts-Festivalfor specific details on the Arts and Crafts Festival.
"This allows us to communicate with a wider audience," Administrative Assistant Michelle Sunday-Warner said. "Our website is a great tool for information and it allows people to get an overview of our services. The Facebook postings add another layer and let people check into class cancellations, current events and updates."
About the YWCA
The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For over a century, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1300 locations across the U.S. worldwide, YWCA serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.
Locally the YWCA Westfield is a member of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, the Northeastern Region of YWCA and the national YWCA organization.