Free self defense class
Space is still available for the free self-defense class scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m., at the YWCA. The class is open to all women and girls over the age of 14. Instructor Albert Rameriz will lead the class and talk about awareness and demonstrate effective self-defense techniques. Based on interest, future classes will be scheduled. There is no fee for the initial class. Space is limited, so reservations are appreciated, but walk ins will be accommodated. Contact the YWCA at 326-2011 for more details.
Pre-sale tickets for the annual spaghetti dinner, set for Monday, March 18, are now available. The tickets can be purchased at the YWCA office or from students enrolled in any of the YWCA childcare programs. The dinner features pasta, sauce and meatballs as well as bread, salad, homemade desserts and a beverage. Prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children 10 and under. In addition to dinner, there will be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Proceeds are used for supplies, field trips and other costs associated with the childcare programs.
The YWCA is pleased to announce it is now able to accept MasterCard and Visa credit cards. The cards can be used to pay for childcare services, to purchase memberships, to add fitness visits to an account or to rent meeting rooms or overnight accommodations.
Arts and crafts
Planning continues for the annual YWCA Arts and Crafts Festival in Moore Park. This years' show is scheduled for Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27.
"There are a good number of artists already registered, but we have room for more," event organizer and agency executive director Katie Smith said. "We count on the returning favorites, but we always look forward to seeing new and interesting artists. Entertainment was a big hit last year, so that will be in place again, and we'll be publishing the program also. We are always interested in talking with new artists, musicians and entertainers, volunteers and sponsors."
Contact the YWCA at 326-2011 for more information about the 41st annual Arts and Crafts Festival.
The YWCA is pleased to announce the annual Spa Day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 1.
"Already area providers are excited about this day and time," executive director Katie Smith said. "We plan on having services available from 4 p.m., on into the evening hours and making this a more relaxing, girls night out. Anyone interested in providing spa like services is invited to call and learn more. This will be a great opportunity to advertise your shop or salon and help the Y at the same time."
Contact the YWCA at 326-2011 for more details.
Other Upcoming Events
Tuesday, March 19: YWCA Board of Directors meeting
Tuesday, April 16: YWCA annual meeting - the public welcome
Saturday, April 27: Stand Against Racism
Saturday, June 15: Annual Father Daughter Dance
The YWCA Westfield is a member of the National YWCA, a women's advocacy organization with affiliates worldwide. The mission of the YWCA centers on "empowering women, eliminating racism and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all." Locally the YWCA Westfield is a United Way partner and a member of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. The mailing address for the YWCA is 58 S. Portage St., Westfield, N.Y. 14787 and the phone number is 326-2011.