New year, new self
The YWCA Westfield is pleased to announce a fitness program designed to carry people through the holidays and set the stage for a "New Year, New You." This six-week program will begin Saturday morning, Dec. 15 with sign-ups including a weigh-in and blood pressure check. For the next six Saturdays, local personal trainer Jillann Lindstrom will lead a "Total Body Toner Circuit Class" specially designed for beginner and intermediate levels. Fitness levels, including weight and blood pressures, will be checked on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Participants who have maintained their weight and blood pressure or show weight loss and blood pressure reductions will be awarded prizes and invited to be a guest at the annual YWCA Spa Day event.
Initial sign up and registration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., on Saturday, Dec. 15 and the hour-long classes will meet Saturday, Dec. 22 and 29 as well as Jan. 5, 12, 19, 2013, concluding on Jan. 26. Each class will begin at 9 a.m., in the YWCA gymnasium and run about one hour. The class is open to both men and women over the age of 18. The cost for the entire six-week session is $10 plus a current YWCA membership. More information is available by contacting the YWCA at 326-2011, but in person registration and sign up is required.
Holiday Open House
The annual YWCA Holiday Open House will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
"In YWCA history, this has been called the 'Hanging of The Greens,'" board president Ivy Higginbotham said. "In fact, our building is already decorated and this is a great opportunity for the community to come and visit us. Light refreshments will be served, and staff, board members and trustees will be on hand to extend Christmas greetings to our guests. No reservations are needed, everyone is welcome."
Youth Center projects
Participants at a recent Thursday night Youth Center made chocolate treats for the Union Relief gift bags.
"Each year, the YWCA partners with Union Relief to give back to the community, and this year our youth center kids created over 35 bags of chocolate covered pretzels that will be included in the Union Relief packages," youth center director Julie Devlin said. "We're pleased to be invited to participate and look forward to this project each year."
The YWCA Youth Center is open every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Middle and high school students are welcome to attend. There is no charge to attend, but a $10 youth membership is suggested.
Dollar Day specials
Fitness visits are on sale for $1 each until Dec. 21. These visits can be added to a YWCA fitness membership and used anytime. There is no limit to the number of visits, and they remain valid as long as the membership is current. Purchases can be made at the YWCA office during business hours. Checks and cash are accepted.
The YWCA preschool Christmas celebration will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the YWCA. All preschool participants and their families are welcome. The students will present a short Christmas program, featuring holiday songs. Santa will be on hand and refreshments will be served.
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.