Lights On celebration
The After School Advantage Program operated by the YWCA celebrated Lights On After School with a variety of programs. Several groups wrote stories about the program while others created picture boards and made volcanoes. Three groups designed volcanoes, did research on chemical reactions and then demonstrated the explosive properties of each.
"This was a wonderful chance for the kids to showcase their talents and share their after school activities with friends and families," program director Julie Devlin said. "Research shows that kids benefit from after school activities and the YWCA is pleased to be a part of the NYS After School Alliance Network."
For more information on the Advantage Program, contact Devlin at 326-4012.
Classes at the YWCA
Adult exercise, Zumba, karate and tumbling classes all continue to meet at the YWCA. Adult exercise meets at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning. Zumba meets at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Karate is scheduled for Tuesday evening, and the tumbling classes are held on Mondays. Each class has open, ongoing enrollment, but its own registration and fee structure so interested individuals are encouraged to contact the YWCA at 326-2011.
Thursday Night Youth Center has begun its fall schedule. Each Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., middle and high school students are welcome to visit the Y. Staff is always on hand to offer a safe, secure setting. Activities include basketball games, use of the fitness center, cooking and craft activities and a snack each week. Pre-registration is not required, walk-ins are welcome, and the information and registration packet will be sent home after the initial visit. For more details on the YWCA Youth Center, contact the YWCA at 326-2011.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, the membership fees at the YWCA will be $25 for adults, $15 for seniors age 60 and over and the youth registration/membership fee for students through age 17 will remain at $10. Renewals can be done through the mail. New members are welcome to come into the office and complete the paperwork.
Save the dates
The YWCA Board of Directors has reserved the following dates for upcoming activities. Dec. 13 will be the annual Community Open House and staff holiday party. Jan. 13, 2013, will be the indoor yard sale at the YWCA. Feb. 16, 2013, will be the annual spa day, and June 15, 2013, will be the Father Daughter Dance. More details will be provided as the dates near.
The YWCA is pleased to announce an extensive landscaping project around the building has been completed.
"Through the efforts of the Village of Westfield and the Lakeview Incarceration Facility, we have had our foundation beds mulched and the lower terrace level cleaned and readied for us," executive director Katie Smith said. "Many area residents will remember the backyard of the YWCA, the stairs and the lower area that had been used in past years for gatherings. Over the years those areas had become overgrown and inaccessible. Now the stairs, the rock wall and the fire pit are all visible and available for use. People may consider using the area for pictures and, weather permitting, other outdoor events."
For more details on renting or accessing the area, contact the YWCA at 326-2011.
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 1,300 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.
The After School Advantage Program operated by the YWCA celebrated Lights On After School with a variety of programs, including making volcanoes. Watching for the lava explosion, from left to right, are: Justin Emmons; Austin Bourgeois; Katelyn Haltiner; Haileigh Cruz; Erica Readon; Bret Babcock; and Vinnie Raimonde.