Drop-in adult and youth gym privileges
YWCA youth and adult members with current memberships have drop in gym privileges on a space and time available basis. Interested members are welcome to use the gym, and basketballs, hoops and soccer balls are available at the Y or members may bring their own equipment. Call ahead of time to determine availability.
Memberships, renewals and fitness visits
YWCA fitness members are reminded visits to the fitness center are only valid if their membership is current.
"We have had a longstanding policy of keeping fitness visits on your account," Executive Director Katie Smith said. "They don't have an expiration date, but they can only be used if the membership is current. Memberships are paid on an annual basis, $20 for adults, $12 for seniors. Fitness visits are purchased and added to member accounts as needed, 30 visits for $40. We have some great tracking software in place with several databases we can refer to. Members are welcome to call and inquire about their status, or stop into our offices. We don't want to deny anyone their workout, we just want to keep the membership and visits current."
Limited space remains for the Saturday, Sept. 29 babysitting class offered at the YWCA. Trained, certified teachers will lead the students through this daylong learning experience. At the end of the class, students will know basic first aid, child care techniques and emergency procedures. Pre-registration is required and there is a $25 fee to cover materials. More details available by calling the YWCA at 326-2011.
Zumba returns, karate continues, tumbling pending
Zumba classes will be offered at the YWCA each Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. The classes began Sept. 12 and will be taught by certified instructor Holly Spoon. This fast-paced workout set to popular music is suitable for all ages. No registration is required and walk-ins are welcome. The $5 fee is payable at the door each week.
Karate classes continue each Tuesday evening at the YWCA. Classes are open to children over the age of 7 as well as adults. Each session begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs for two hours. A current YWCA membership is required and there is a monthly fee of $36.
"Tumbling class is in need of an instructor," YWCA administrative assistant Michelle Warner said. "We've had a significant number of inquiries and we're ready to go, once we find a teacher. The classes work on basic tumbling skills - summersaults, balancing, headstands and so on. We only use a low balance beam, no other equipment. The leader must be over 18, able to work with kids ages 3 to 8. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about teaching this class to contact us at 326-2011."
Tonight, Thursday, Sept. 13, is Parents Night for the YWCA 2-, 3- and 4-year-old preschool program. Parents and other family members with children enrolled in the pre school program are invited to visit the classrooms beginning at 7 p.m. YWCA Child Services Director Brenda Backus, preschool teacher Terri MacCubbin and other support staff will be on hand to provide tours, answer questions and give parents an overview of the program. Limited openings remain for the classes scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 17. More information and details are available from Child Services Director Brenda Backus at 326-4012.
The YWCA After School Advantage Program and the Universal Prekindergarten classes have reached capacity and a waiting list has been created. Openings do remain in the before school program offered at Westfield Academy and Central School. More details are available by calling Julie Devlin at 326-4012.
Making Strides Walk
The YWCA Westfield will be participating in the Sunday, Oct. 14 Making Strides Walk, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Individuals interested in walking with the Y team or making a donation is encouraged to contact the YWCA or log onto the official website, www.cancer.org/strideslonline, and search for the YWCA Women team.
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 was chartered in 1906 and 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.