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January•February 2011 | Volume 6 Issue 1

In our community, a neighbor is in need. We believe that every child and adult deserves the experience of YMCA programs, regardless of the financial difficulties they may be facing. YMCA programs such as child care, camping, swim lessons, youth sports, membership and teen leadership do more than teach skills or keep someone healthy. They enable our friends to be strong in spirit, mind and body. Please give a tax-deductible donation to the YMCA Strong Kids & Communities Campaign. Your support allows the YMCA to provide over $1,000,000 to 5,000 neighbors in membership and program assistance every year. Donate at today! We provide over $1,200,000 to over 8,000 of our friends and neighbors.

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Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA Officers

J. Stephen Smith, Chairman Phyllis Hall, Vice Chairman Michael Temple, Treasurer Joseph Mays, Jr., Secretary BOARD MEMBERS Tracey Morant Adams Charles Ball Tim Blair Cecil Bostany Milton Bresler Libby Carpenter Denise Dauphin Harold Goings Ann Haas Roderick Hawkins Robert L. Holman Robert Holmes, Jr. Wayne Houston Mallie Ireland Anthony A. Joseph Robert E. Kelly Scott Kenny Tom L. Larkin John Lauriello Alan Lott Harrison Manning Yvonne McBeth Ann D. McMillan Judge John Ott Leigh Davis Perry Henry Ray, Jr. Allen Rice Joey Ritchey Lloyd Shelton Reeves Sims, Jr. Walker Sorrell Judge Andra Sparks Cedric Sparks Michael Suco Jami Wadkins David Woodruff Phyllis Wyne BOARD OF TRUSTEES Allen D. Rushton, Chairman Joseph S. Bluestein William N. Clark Ann Huckstep Frank S. James, III James W. Shepherd Judge Scott Vowell President and CEO James N. Lombard YLife birmingham is published five times a year by the Metropolitan Birmingham YMCA. Copyright 2006 by the Metropolitan Birmingham YMCA. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA. YLife birmingham welcomes letters and story ideas. Please send them to: YLife Birmingham 2101 4th Avenue North Birmingham, Alabama 35203 or to YLife birmingham Staff David G. Hill, Vice President, Marketing and Communications Loyd McIntosh, Marketing Manager

Mission: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Vision: We will lead our community to become the healthiest in America.





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For 2011 … The YMCA of Birmingham intends to define itself, using the transitive verb that states or describes something exactly, location by location. It’s a long-held truth: each YMCA location in every community, town, city, and state, has a personality all its own. From its members to the ways that the community’s needs are met, the YMCA is positioned to respond … for youth development, for healthy living, for social responsibility. We asked each location to open its internal dictionary to find what Jim Lombard, President & CEO Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA defines it. This annual report issue Stephen Smith, Board Chairman holds what the members, program Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA participants, volunteers, and donors said: in their own words. For Alabaster, 40 years of community service to children became the rock on which a new full-service branch was opened late last year. For the Youth Center downtown, it’s all about the mainstream of life, for every young person served. The full alphabet of locations comes in between, with stories that describe exactly what makes each YMCA a special place in the life of its community. It’s the X-Y-Z of it all. For all of this self defining, there are your personal reasons for being a part of the YMCA of Birmingham. When you first engaged with us, we asked that you spell out precisely what you are looking to achieve: yes, A-B-C. We work hard to get you on a pathway to that success, as you define it. No matter your motivation, or need, your YMCA partners are at your side, encouraging you, motivating you, cheering you on/cheering us all towards our vision of leading our communities to be the healthiest in America: spirit, mind, and body. Your success defines us as a national movement, as a city-wide association, and as individual locations. In 2011, tell us again, what are you for at the YMCA?

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‘It’s a long-held truth: each YMCA location in every community, town, city, and state, has a personality all its own.’

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Checking In YMCA offers estate planning consultations News from around the Birmingham YMCA


ould you like to reduce taxes, possibly increase your income, provide an appropriate inheritance for your family and contribute to the charities you passionately support? This year, the YMCA began working with Thompson & Associates, a national estate planning consulting firm. Their values-based approach focuses on helping individuals redirect their “social capital,” or money that would otherwise go to the government in the form of taxes. Through thoughtful planning, you actually can increase the benefit that your estate provides to your family and charities while reducing money sent to Uncle Sam!

Key reasons to utilize the Thompson & Associates planning process

• No charge – Your YMCA is offering this service to its members at no cost • Confidentiality – No one at the Y will receive any of the information that you discuss with Thompson & Associates • Work with an unbiased third party • Thoughtful, values-based process focuses on your objectives •No time limit – Members/donors work at their own pace • No competition with existing advisors (Thompson & Associates doesn’t draft documents or sell products)

Here’s what fellow Y members are saying about Thompson & Associates

“As Chairman of the YMCA Board of Trustees, I decided to participate in this process, simply to gain an understanding of what the YMCA was offering to us. I’m glad I did. Our consultant, Susann Montgomery-Clark, maintains absolute confidentiality about everything we discuss, and doesn’t pressure us in any way. Because it costs us nothing, the YMCA gave us a wonderful gift. If you choose, you can also receive this same gift.” —Allen Rushton, YMCA 46 year member “I’m like the painter who paints everyone else’s house first, and leaves mine for last. I’ve counseled with clients for many years on the creative ways to transfer assets to their heirs that 4

avoid paying taxes to the government, provide for children later in life, and sometimes include charities. This has been a good incentive for me to take the time to update my existing plan. My own attorney will draft my documents, which is an excellent benefit of this program. I feel good about this program.” —Joe Bluestein, Estate Planning Attorney and 43-year YMCA member "Leigh and I feel very fortunate that we have had the opportunity to take advantage of this free service offered through the Y to update our estate plan. Susann is so easy to work with. There is definite value in this process.” —Kevin Collins, Trust Officer Whether you would like to discuss a specific estate planning issue, have your current plan reviewed, or create a new plan, this new service could benefit you and your family. We work with the consulting firm one day per month, and space is limited. If you’re interested in learning more or being placed on a waiting list to take advantage of this opportunity, please call Leigh Laser Collins at 801-6053.

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January 14 Y Night – Game night YMCA Youth Center January 15 “March-2 Higher Education” Undergraduate Admissions Lecture “Pathway to Success” seminars Sessions include: ACT/SAT Preparation How to make better grades How to present your best self in resumes and personal statements Self esteem and making the right choices Educational and career information from a roundtable of professionals BRIDGE DA GAP Dinner and Concert, featuring multi-platinum producer Kevin “Khao” Cates Cost $40 | $20 first 100 students to register OTHER COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY EVENTS Jefferson State Community College February 13 | 2-4 p.m. Lawson State Community College, Birmingham Campus February 20 | 2 - 4 p.m. Lawson State Community College, Bessemer Campus February 27, 2 - 4 p.m. FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION ON ALL EVENTS, contact Marsha KelleySutton at 934-7975. January•February 2011 | Y Life 5

2010 Annual Report

Defining Alabaster

“As I reflect back over the years and the history of the Alabaster Y I am excited about all that has been accomplished and all that is to come.

Al•a•bas•ter / For more than 40 years the Alabaster branch has been a safe and fun place for the community’s children. Now Alabaster has a second location helping adults live healthy and active lifestyles.

The history begins more than 40 years ago in a small building with a volunteer that is still involved to this day named Dan Acker While programs have come and gone some have merely grown with the community. Near and dear to many hearts is the aquatic and summer camp program; others that evoke many great memories are youth sports, leader’s club (teens) and after school care. The Alabaster YMCA has lived through changes, growth (the Shelby County YMCA is now known as the Pelham Family Branch) and now a new facility. How are we accomplishing the mission? Just ask those who have had a part in the great history here - from the kids, parents, staff and volunteers; to the community itself.”

The Alabaster YMCA has lived through changes, growth and now a new facility. — Lane Vines, Alabaster Family Branch Executive Director 6

2010 Annual Report

Defining Camp Cosby

Camp•Cos•by / For outdoor adventure, Camp Cosby, the Birmingham YMCA’s residence camp, opportunities abound for boys and girls to build self esteem, grow, learn, and challenge themselves.

“The other day I was in class and my teacher asked me, "Elise, if you could be anywhere in the world but here at the moment where would you be and why?" I responded back in a second. I didn’t even have to think twice ‘Camp Cosby. It’s where I can be myself and not be judged about what people think of me. It’s where I can Catch the Spirit and Live the Adventure. It’s where I learned that I am third. It’s my other half.’ I said it so well that the teacher gave me an A+! I meant every word of it and always will.”

— Anna Elise Robinson, Camper

“My daughter loves Camp Cosby and talks about it for months afterwards. Her first project at school was about her fondest memory of the summer. She responded: ‘Camp Cosby, where I have lifelong friends, great fun, and learn new adventures.’ I only wish I was back in her shoes each summer at Cosby)!”

— Mandi Dewitt Gonzalez, Camp Cosby Parent

(Camp Cosby is) where I can be myself and not be judged about what people think of me.

— Anna Elise Robinson

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2010 Annual Report

Defining Downtown

When the doors of the brand new Downtown YMCA opened to women in 1985, I was more than ready to join the place that I knew from my father’s days as a volleyball “set” man. I have worked in downtown offices since college days and always longed for a great place to renew my body and my spirit before, during or after the business day.

Down•town / For the city's business community and in-town residents, the Downtown branch is a place for an intense workout, a visit with a close friend, and a place to hear a tall tale or two.

During the 1960s, my childhood summers were framed by Shades Valley YMCA day camp, where I spent many weeks as a camper and counselor. In more recent years, my weeks have been shaped by visits to the Downtown YMCA, where a series of faithful personal trainers have patiently helped me improve my strength. Jayme Creamer and others gave me the information and encouragement I needed to make my right knee more flexible and my weight more controlled. And all of this great help has always been provided in the context of the things that really matter, including a Youth Center that teaches skills and values to the next generation. As a former Downtown Y board chair and current Youth Center volunteer, I am so proud that the Downtown YMCA remains more than just a great place to work out, but continues to support the Youth Center as an amazing opportunity to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

As a former Downtown Y board chair and current Youth Center volunteer, I am so proud that the Downtown YMCA remains more than just a great place to work out. — Emily Rushing, Downtown Member 8

2010 Annual Report

“I am not your typical lap swimmer. I do not wear goggles or a swim cap. I wear a tankini with ruffles. I am there for different reasons."

Defining Greystone

I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia when I was 38. Since that time, I tried many forms of exercise. My Doctors told me that swimming was the best thing for my joints. Since joining the Greystone Y in May, I have found that swimming offers the least amount of pressure to my joints, and gives me a great workout at the same time.

Grey•stone / For the residents along Highway 280, the Greystone Family Branch is fulfilling its goal to build a healthy community in spirit, mind and body, inspiring a new 'pathway' to success.

I first met with Kristen Harris when joining the Y. She explained the rewards program to me. I am very motivated by rewards, so this sounded great! I then met with Kelly Kidd to come up with my own personalized Pathway Plan, one that would work for me and my personal health goals. Kelly help me set realistic goals for myself that was geared towards helping me achieve success in the Pathway Program, and explained how this plan would help me obtain points in the Chip Rewards Program. If I can do this, anyone can! If you are struggling with a chronic health condition, be encouraged that there is a place for you at the Y, where they will work with you to find something that fits your individual need. They did that for me, through the Pathway Program. I truly have so much for which to be thankful. I am so thankful for my loving, supportive family. I am also thankful that the Greystone Y makes it that much easier to take care of myself.

If you are struggling with a chronic health condition, be encouraged that there is a place for you at the Y.

— Stephanie Walsh, Greystone Member & Pathways Participant January•February 2011 | Y Life 9

2010 Annual Report

Defining Hargis Retreat

Aaron Manville, a home- schooled camper of 13 with autism has been coming Hargis for a couple of years. This year he was in our Survivor camp and had a great time learning how to build fires and camping overnight. Aaron was also in Hargis Retreat’s Mentor’s program and worked with our youngest Explorer campers ages five and six. Aaron worked with them, helping them learn how to canoe, fish, and showing them the ropes around the pool and the pioneer village.

Har•gis•Re•treat / For all of the hustle and bustle of US Highway 280, Hargis Retreat makes any visitor feel a million miles away, with its walking trails, peaceful lake and hundreds of acres of tranquility.

Aaron and his mom thought it was a great experience for him. He came almost the entire summer and next year he plans on being a Leader In Training. Captain Planet, Jay Brock’s camp name, was one of Aaron’s counselors and they really bonded througout the summer. Aaron’s Mom brought baked goods every week, grateful that hers son could be at a place where he could make friends and participate in fun and educational activities without being made fun of or ridiculed. It was a good thing for all of us. And the baked goods were spectacular!

Aaron and his mom thought it was a great experience for him. He came almost the entire summer and next year he plans on being a Leader In Training. — Kevin Casey, Hargis Retreat Exective Director 10

2010 Annual Report

Defining Mountain Brook

For Nebraska native Andrea Gage, her home branch, Mountain Brook, is more than a place to pursue a healthy lifestyle, it’s a community of friends and a support system, too. Andrea and her husband, Brent, and their three children, Carter, Luke, and Kenna, moved from the Chicago area to Birmingham in the fall of 2009. With no family or friends to lean on, Andrea has come to rely on the Mountain Brook Branch for help with an occasional childcare need, a place to meet new people and make social connections, and a retreat from the craziness of a full, busy life.

Moun•tain•Brook / For more than 30 years the Mountain Brook Branch has been a keystone in the city's health and wellness scene, and is now spreading that knowledge to surrounding communities.

“I’ve never been a very flexible person, so I decided to start with Yoga. I figured I can sit in a dark room quietly and focus on breathing deeply,” says Andrea. Since then she has started taking Pilates classes and recently joined in the party atmosphere of a Zumba class at the Mountain Brook branch. “I had a blast. It was so much fun to be with a group of women all laughing, having a great time and not taking themselves too seriously,” Andrea said. Her entire family is also enjoying their time at the Y. Her three-year-old daughter, Kenna, loves the playroom and her boys look forward to playing basketball and swimming yearround. In November, for instance, Andrea gave her son Carter a swim party at the Y for his seventh birthday. “In the Midwest you never get to have a swim party when your birthday is in November,” Andrea said. “We had 14 first grade boys who got to swim a little, wear themselves out and just have a great time.”

In the Midwest you never get to have a swim party when your birthday is in November. — Andrea Gage, Mountain Brook member and parent of three January•February 2011 | Y Life 11

2010 Annual Report

Defining Northeast

North•east / For the people in the northesstern section of Birmingham, the Northeast Family Branch extends outside its walls, impacting the classrooms, sidewalks and churches throughout the community.

When you think of most of the the Y’s member branches, turning out strong adults is what normally comes to mind. But the Northeast Family Branch is known for developing strong kids, like Ebony Moore. Ebony is a long time participant in children’s and youth programs at Northeast, and a high school delegate in the YMCA-sponsored Youth In Government program. Through the program Ebony gained experience drafting bills, debating issues and policies and campaigning for office. An excellent student in government and economics, she believes young people have to become more involved and better understand how democracy works. “I believe our democracy as a whole is in peril and I believe it is up to young people to participate in the democratic process and save it for future generations.” During last year's Youth In Government program, Ebony drafted a bill that would require inmates to continue their education while incarcerated. “Often times inmates go back into society without the skills to find work,” she says. “This could remove the excuse many of them have to become repeat offenders.” Not only is Ebony a bright student, but she is also a hard worker, and was the winner of the Fox 6 Kids And Jobs draft last spring, a program which matches several high school students with companies throughout Birmingham. Ebony was matched with the YMCA, working at her home branch and gaining valuable experience as she prepares for the next phase in her life. She is a living example of how the YMCA builds strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

I believe our democracy is in peril and I believe it is up to young people to save it for future generations. — Ebony Moore, Northeast Youth Programs Participant 12

2010 Annual Report

Defining Shades Valley

For Isabel Palmer, coming to the Shades Valley Family Branch is about connecting with friends - old and new- while sharing the experience of water aerobics three days a week. “It’s about friendship. I know people who have said ‘why don’t you go to suchand-such pool.’ But, by that time I had made a lot of friends here and I don’t want to leave,” Palmer said. “I have met wonderful people here. It’s a friendship thing and I really do enjoy it.”

Shades•Val•ley / For well over 40 years, the Shades Valley Family Branch has served families in Homewood with an array of programs. Soon, a new facelift will begin to enhance Shades Valley's place in the community.

The Illinois native began coming to the Shades Valley Branch in the 1960s. Now 92, Palmer has been a vital part of the branch’s family for over four decades. She understands how important belonging to a close-knit group can be. Over the years, she and her group of friends have welcomed newcomers with their class and have kept in touch with those who no longer make it on a regular basis. Palmer says taking care of each other emotionally and spiritually is just as important as taking care of yourself physically. “It’s more than exercise. I think you don’t exercise as much if you don’t have a reason to come and be part of a class,” Palmer said. “It’s very good for a person to be able to feel like somebody cares about you.”

It’s about friendship. I have met wonderful people here. It’s a friendship thing and I really do enjoy it. — Isabel Palmer, Shades Valley Member January•February 2011 | Y Life 13

2010 Annual Report

Defining Shelby County

“Village People” connotations notwithstanding, I love the YMCA. It’s the best health club I’ve ever found. My YMCA, the Shelby County Family Branch, is housed in the most architecturally -interesting modern building I’ve seen in this county. The staff is friendly and professional, and the clientele are a cordial and like-minded community of people who like to exercise. I started when I was engaged in the battle to lose 30 pounds - a battle I won, thanks in part to the swimming. I’m not a great swimmer, but I love to swim.

Shel•by•Coun•ty / For families throughout Pelham and surrounding neighborhoods, the Shelby County branch is a trusted friend and caretaker as well as a place to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle.

If you’re thinking you could stand to lose a few pounds may I recommend the

YMCA? If you’ve been thinking it for some time, saying it to friends and family, making excuses to yourself and everyone else, and feeling lousy because you can’t catch your breath, move without a twinge, or zip up your jeans – then may I say, “Quit whining and do what you know is good for you.” Exercise, sensible eating habits, and perseverance are all it takes. Follow these two simple steps: 1) Start. 2) Don’t stop. You’ll feel and look better, I promise. Give it 3 weeks and you can call me to complain if you don’t see a difference. Whatever your exercise of choice, you’ll find what you need at the YMCA. It’s affordable and there are branches everywhere. See you at the Y!

If you’re thinking you could stand to lose a few pounds may I recommend the YMCA? — Deborah Layman, Shelby County Member Quotes reprinted with permission from her blog 'Verbiage.' 14

2010 Annual Report

Defining Trussville

The YMCA is important to me for many reasons but two stand out. First, when my parents, 76 and 82, moved here from Minnesota, I noticed that they were not in good shape physically, especially my father. He had trouble on the stairs, his knees hurt, he had arthritis in his neck, and he was getting hunched over. Rather than wait for a fall, we retained a physical trainer from the YMCA. Within six months of training, we saw marked change in both of my parents. They are stronger, more balanced, have less joint pain and being involved at the YMCA has also brightened their outlook on life. We enjoy exercising together at the YMCA.

Truss•ville / For communities north and east, the Trussville Family Branch has a character all its own. Parents can rest assured their children are cared for, while the adults can pump iron or play a pick-up game of hoops.

My ministry is with incarcerated youth and so my volunteer work at the YMCA is in hope that our Y programs and scholarships will give kids a chance to experience wholesome activities that encourage strong character and healthy lifestyles. Positive experience at the Y might just keep some children out the DYS system. Having ministered to incarcerated youth, I believe that Y programs and the scholarships provide children the opportunity to experience wholesome activities that encourage strong character and healthy lifestyles and discourage the behaviors that get children into trouble.

The YMCA has improved the quality of life for my 76 and 82 year old parents.

— Kim Strifert, Trussville Family Branch member

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2010 Annual Report

Defining Vestavia Xpress

As we all know, Vestavia Express is exactly that, express. But what you do not know is that we are mighty in character & caring. Want an example of just how one group at our Vestavia Express Branch exemplifies these traits, which is what Vestavia is all about?

Ves•ta•vi•a•X•press / For over 20 years, Vestavia Xpress has defied its name and expectations. Serving the Vestavia Hills community since 1988, Vestavia Xpress is one of most generous and friendly branches in Birmingham.

They are called “The Coffee Club”, having been given this name because they meet early every morning, except Sunday (they are in church that day!) and they have coffee. That is what appears to be happening. Here is what really happens within that group! And I can state all this as fact as I have been privileged to become a part of this endearing group of members. Not one of these people has EVER failed to ask how I am doing each morning that I come in. They offer advice which absolutely comes from their caring hearts. They all put money into a “Coffee Club Kitty” to help each other, to buy gifts for birthdays, flowers for funerals or a token of love when one of them is in need to true friendship. They laugh together, cry together and love together. They are the “greeters of Vestavia” for the morning members. In need of seeing some true friends in action? Come to the Vestavia Express YMCA around 7:15 am. I promise you will be a much better person for observing this remarkable group of, what I am very proud to say, are my friends!

In need of seeing some true friends in action? Come to the Vestavia Express YMCA around 7:15 am. — Beth Wyss, Vestavia Xpress Childcare Director and Coffee Club member 16

2010 Annual Report

Defining Western Area

If you’re looking for anyone who exemplifies the spunk, vitality and spirit of the Western Area Family Branch, look no further than Martha Ogletree. The 80-year-old Birmingham native has been coming to the Western Y since 2005 as a participant in the branch’s senior program. Regardless of what may be happening in her life, Mrs. Ogletree says she enjoys coming to the Y and makes it a priority in her day.

West•ern•Ar•e•a / For the people throughout west Birmingham, the Western Area branch is more than a building, it's a place where LOVE makes the difference.

“I like to come to the center because it’s something for me to do and get out of the house,” Ms. Ogletree said. “We come and we play games and have a good time. I like the center manager, I like the staff and I just like to come. I don’t like to stay at home. I get up every day and come five days a week.” Mrs. Ogletree says she enjoys playing Bingo with a group of close-knit friends most of all, but also enjoys the time shen spends in Bible study, shopping, eating out, and exercising at the YMCA. Most of all, however, she says coming to the Y gives her a sense of purpose, a community to engage with, and a reason to stay active in spirit, mind and body. “It’s excitement. When you get to this age and living by yourself, to get up in the morning, get a bath, get your clothes on, look in the mirror and think you’re looking pretty, then come down here is a blessing,” Mrs. Ogletree said. “It’s just a joy to come down here everyday at 80 years old.”

I don’t like to stay at home. I get up every day and come five days a week. — Martha Ogletree, Western Area senior programs participant January•February 2011 | Y Life 17

2010 Annual Report

Defining Youth Center

Victoria Jackson is the mother of twin boys with autism, Victor and Christian, and has trusted the staff at the Birmingham YMCA Youth Center to care for her boys, and to play a major role in their development. Now 10 and 12, Victor and Christian began attending Afterschool and summer programming at the YMCA when they were only three and five. Jackson said she found a place that was open to accepting her sons and was also up to the challenges of caring for children with autism.

Youth•Cen•ter / For the children of Downtown, and the greater community, the Youth Center is an oasis of fun, learning, safety and growth - and, of course, a 30-foot climbing tower.

“We came to the Y because no one else wanted to take them on,” Victoria said. “They understand the subtleties about the condition and have always been willing to make accommodations for them.” For instance, the Youth Center staff takes special care to make sure the boys’ special dietary needs are met, and Jackson says she appreciates the positive male role models on staff, a concern since her husband is away from home occasionally on military service. In addition, Jackson says the Youth Center has made a difference in one seemingly small matter: tying shoes. After years of hard work, Victor achieved success with the help of one of the Youth Center’s young counselors. “Shatanna Holley taught Victor to tie his shoes. We’re still teaching Christian, but Victor has it,” Jackson said. “She told me and I began crying. She didn’t understand how important this was.”

They understand the subtleties about the condition and have always been willing to make accommodations for them. — Victoria Jackson, Youth Center parent 18


Connecting you to the Birmingham YMCA branch by branch.

January 3-27 | Mountain Brook Boot Camp to Jump Start the New Year to a New You with Danny Haralson 6-7 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Another camp will begin on March 3 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Classes limited to 30 participants. Mixing ply metrics with dynamic stretching torches calories while helping you shape up and get to your “resolution body.” Cost $149 YMCA Members | $199 Non-members CONTACT Lisa Hart at 445-2823 January 3 | Vestavia Xpress Zumba at Bluff Park Methodist Church Monday nights, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. with Cristina Rodriguez Cost $80 for 10 weeks (receive a punch card and use whenever you want) | $10 drop-in rate YMCA members half off, plus bring a friend and get a free class CONTACT India Gold at 823-0144 January 4 | Shades Valley Meet-N-Greet the New Personal Trainers 9-10 a.m.; Noon-1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Enter your name in the PT raffle and receive a free personalized workout plan detailed for you and your success! CONTACT Mickal Thomas at 870-0144 January 5-Feburary 2 & February 7-March 2 | PELHAM Homeschool P.E. Monday and Wednesday| 1-2:30 p.m. Classes are designed to teach not only physical fitness

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and sports, but also teamwork and confidence. Our staff will structure each class toward the level and age of the participants. Limited space available. Register online at Cost $20 YMCA Members | $35 Non-Members Contact Rhonda Elmore at 685-6510.

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Alabaster Family Branch

117 Plaza Circle Alabaster AL, 35007 Executive Director Lane Vines Branch Hours Monday - Thursday | 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday | 5 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Alabaster Childcare Branch

January 5 | Vestavia Xpress Shingo-ha Yoshukai Karate with Sensei Becky Givens Wednesday, 30 and 45 minute classes Juniors, 5-7 years, 5:15 - 5:45 p.m. Seniors, 8-13 years, 5:50 - 6:35 p.m. Shingo unites heart, mind, and spirit through exercise, fun, self confidence, self discipline and self defense. Cost (per month) $25 YMCA members| $45 Non members Try out a FREE class | One time $30 uniform fee CONTACT India Gold at 823-0144.

11th Avenue and 7th SW Alabaster, AL 35007 205.663.6504 Branch Hours Monday - Friday: Noon - 6 p.m. September - April 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. May - August Program Executive Gwen Hatcher

January 10 | Multiple Branches Polar Bear Club Starting counting your laps as of January 10, last laps are to be logged by March 4 Lap Swimmers this one is for you. Start the New Year off right by joining the Polar Bear club. See how many miles you can swim in 6 weeks. All you have to do is register with the lifeguard at your local YMCA and then every time you swim at your local YMCA you log in the number of lengths of the pool that you swim in the log book that the lifeguard will have. The top ten finishers will receive a prize. This is a free program for all members. CONTACT your neighborhood branches Aquatics Director.

2101 4th Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 205.324.4563 Branch Hours Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday: Closed Executive Director Andrew Freeman Membership Director Shelly Mitchell

January 1-31 | Shades Valley Boot Camp Evolution Kick-off Date January 1, 10 a.m. (“Bring a friend day” and receive a 20-35% discount on the monthly fee) Daily 60-minute workouts: Mondays at 5:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Noon Wednesdays at 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays (Active Recovery provided by instructor) Fridays at 5:30 a.m. Workouts contain one or more of the following ingredients: improved quality of life, toning, strength, performance, and weight loss. Call the branch at 870-9622 to register

YMCA Camp Cosby

2290 Paul Bear Bryant Road Alpine, AL 35014 256.268.2007 Director of Camping Services Kevin Casey

Downtown Branch

Greystone Family Branch

5414 Highway 280 Birmingham, AL 35242 205.981.0144 Branch Hours Monday - Thursday: 5 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Childwatch Hours Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday: 2 - 6 p.m. Executive Director Pat Tate Membership Director Kristin Harris

Hargis Retreat

928 Hargis Drive Chelsea, AL 35043 205.678.6512 Branch Hours Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Director of Camping Services Kevin Casey

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Swim lessons continue all winter long

Group Swim Lessons Multiple Branches Classes are offered mornings, afternoons, and evenings after work and Saturdays for all age groups. Cost $56 YMCA Members | $92 Non-Members Lessons begin the week of January 3 January 3-27 | January 31-Feb 24 | February 28-March 24 Contact your local YMCA for days and times

Private and Semi Private Swimming Lessons Ages 3 and up | All skill levels These 30 minute lessons are customized to meet individual needs of every swimmer. Cost Private Lessons $92 YMCA Members | $120 Non-Members Semi Private Lessons $72 per child YMCA Members | $98 per child Non-Members This is for families who wish to have multiple children instructed during the same session. Each session is 6 30-minute lessons Saturday Swim Lessons Greystone Parent/Tot swim lessons | January 8-29 | February 5-26 | Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. CONTACT Susan Becker at 981-0144 Shades Valley Group & Private Lessons | January 8 | February 19 CONTACT Katie Watkins at 870-0144

Register online at

Pre Teen and Teen Swim Lesson

Pelham T.O.W – Terrified of Water | Ages 11-13 Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. or 6:45 p.m. Cost $56 members $92 non members CONTACT Jennifer Dick at 685-6512

New Swimming Classes

Pike (3-5 year olds) For children who have a fear of the water and have never had formal lessons before, this class helps preschool swimmers to become comfortable in the water, using float belt. Pike II (3-5 year olds) For children who are ready to learn how to swim and who have no fear of the water, this class teaches the front and back paddle, floating on the backs, and swimming on front and back without a float belt. Polliwog I (6-10 year olds) For swimmers who have never had lessons before, this class teaches youngsters how to handle their own bodies in the water, going under and blowing bubbles, and floating on their backs. They will also be introduced to the front crawl. Prerequisite for Polliwog II. Polliwog II (6-10 year olds) For youngsters who are ready to learn how to swim and who have no fear of water, they will learn the front and back crawl and will have to swim half the length of the pool to move to the Guppy level. Blowfish (2 year olds only) Children that have completed the Parent/Child class will continue to blow bubble through their mouth and nose and learn to use their arm, kick and put their faces in the water while wearing a float belt. They will also be introduced to pool and boating safety. Requirements • Children must be comfortable in the water without parents in a class setting. • Children must be 2 years of age only • Swim diapers are required if not potty trained. Contact Jennifer Dick at 685-6512.


Up To Date | January 10-March 4 January 10, 11, 13 & 14 | Shades Valley Chaplain’s Talk “Living with the goals we set” January 10, 5 p.m. | 11, 8 a.m. | 13, 5 p.m. | 14, 8 a.m. Branch Chaplin Peggy Sanderford, is offering this seminar series to anyone who struggles with adjusting their daily lifestyle to the new goals/ expectations set for 2011. Cost FREE Contact Mickal Thomas at 870-9622 January 18-March 10 | Mountain Brook Y Samplers YOUNGER MEMBERS (16-22 years old) 4:15-5:30 p.m. ADULT MEMBERS 5:30-6:30 p.m. Eight-week program, with two sessions a week, designed to acclimate new members to our facility and services. Sessions include cardio equipment orientation, Kinesis, Fitlinxx set-up, nsutrition, and private classes such as Pilates, cycle, yoga, Muscleworks, and Zumba. Cost $100 YMCA Members | $125 Non-members. CONTACT Ashley Snow at 445-2822 January 28, February 11 & 25 | Pelham CPR for the Professional Rescuer and AED (CPR for Lifegaurds) All classes start at 4 p.m. | Class minimum: 4 participants Cost $50 CONTACT Jennifer Dick at 664-9622 February 11 | Western Area Annual Valentines Day Sock Hop 6:30p -9 p.m.


Cost $5 per participant CONTACT Shayla Crawford at 923-1195 February 14-March 22 | Shades Valley Adult Volleyball Registration Team Captains Meeting March 22, 6:15pm Games and Practices TBA Cost $240 per team | $35 per person (eight player maximum) CONTACT Jerry Wrenn at 870-9622 February 18 & 19 | Pelham Babysitting Classes February 18, 6-9 p.m. | February 19 9-4 p.m. Participants will be certified in child and infant CPR, Firstaid, and learn how to change a diaper, and what to look out for when babysitting. CONTACT Jennifer Dick at 685.6512. Cost $60 CONTACT Jennifer Dick at 664-9622 February 5 | Mountain Brook Mercedes Runner’s Symposium 10:30 a.m.-Noon In anticipation of the Mercedes Marathon/Half Marathon, the Mountain Brook Branch is hosting a free Runner’s Symposium February covering everything you need to know to get you through a marathon/half marathon successfully. Lunch will be served so a head count is needed. CONTACT Lisa Hart at 445-2823.

Run, and Zumba, for Strong Kids March | GREYSTONE & trussville APSO Power Run 10K, 5K, 1 Mile FUN run/walk, Strong Kids Run For complete information and to register: March 4 &5 | pelham ZUMBA to a Strong Kids beat! Two special March Zumba classes will benefit the 2011 Strong Kids and Communities Campaign. March 4 Master Class | 6:30 - 8 p.m. Features Zumba education specialists Erick Santana and Marcie Gill and Miami DJ Francis. March 5 “Family” Master Class | Kids 4 and up with parents | 11 a.m. Features education specialist Marcie Gill & Miami DJ Francis. Suggested Donation $15 per family prior to event | $20 day of event. CONTACT Robyn Boatman at 664-09622.


Mountain Brook Branch

2401 20th Place South Birmingham, AL 35223 205.870.0144 Branch Hours Monday-Thursday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Childwatch Hours Mon – Thursday: 8:15 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday: 8:15 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday: 8:15 a.m.-Noon Sunday: 2-6 p.m.. Executive Director Michelle Oliver Membership Director Kristi Nix

Northeast Family Branch

628 Red Lane Road Birmingham, AL 35216 205.833.7616 Branch Hours Monday & Tuesday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. - Noon Executive Director Terri A. Harvill

Pelham Family Branch

2610 Pelham Parkway Pelham, AL 35124 205.664.9622 Branch Hours Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 1 - 6 p.m. Child Watch Hours (School Year) Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3:30-7:45 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. -12 p.m. (Summer) Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-7:45 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Executive Director Lane Vines Membership Director Cindy Reams

Shades Valley Family Branch 3551 Montgomery Highway Birmingham, AL 35209 205.870.9622 Branch Hours Monday -Friday: 5 .a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 1 - 6 p.m. Executive Director Cham Norman Membership Director Dawn Pilliteri

Proceeds will benefit the Strong Kids & Communities Campaign. January•February 2011 | Y Life 21


New swimmates are waiting for you! Teams forming for 2011 season

Greystone, Shelby County, Shades Valley, Trussville, Vestavia Xpress Starting January 3, 2011 Year-round competitive team for ages 5-18. The benefits of swimming include sportsmanship; time management, self discipline, goal setting, and an increased sense of self worth though sport participation. Participation on the team is based on the basic swimming abilities. To participate in the 8 and under groups, your child must be able to swim at least on length of the pool doing freestyle/front crawl and backstroke/back crawl. Nine and older must do 2 lengths of the pool doing freestyle/front crawl and backstroke/back crawl. Contact your local YMCA to see what levels are offered. Cost $95 Registration fee for all groups and all new swimmers for this session Super Squad $175 YMCA Members | $227 Non-Members $45 monthly YMCA Members | $57 monthly Non-Members Bronze $200 YMCA Members | $260 Non-Members $50 monthly YMCA Members | $65 Monthly Non-Members Silver $250 YMCA Members | $325 Non-Members $63 monthly YMCA Members | $82 Monthly NonMembers Gold $280 YMCA Members | $340 Non-Members $70 monthly YMCA Members | $85 monthly NonMembers Pre Senior $320 YMCA Members | $410 Non-Members $80 monthly YMCA Members | $103 monthly Non Members Senior $354 YMCA Members | $442 Non-Members $89 monthly YMCA Members | $111 monthly NonMembers Home school $220 YMCA Members | $280 Non-Members $55 monthly YMCA Members | $70 monthly Non-Members Monthly payment plans are done by draft only. New swimmers must pay registration fee and first month to set up draft. Financial assistance is available.

Swim Team Prep Class

Pelham Ages 7-12 | Class focuses on endurance exercises and intense stroke technique work. Schedule is flexible based on your schedule you can pick from 1, 2, or 3 days a week for an hour on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7-8 p.m. and Saturday at Noon-1 p.m. for one month. Monthly fees: January-April Cost One per week $50 YMCA Members | $80 Non-Members Twice per week $75 YMCA Members | $120 Non-Members Three times per week week $100 YMCA Members | $160 Non-Members Drafts occur monthly from January-April or register monthly. CONTACT Jennifer Dick at 685-6512

Masters Swim

Greystone Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays | 5-6:30 a.m. For adults training or just enjoying a scheduled workout. Certified 22

coaches on deck for stroke development and work out plans. CONTACT Susan Becker at 981-0144 Mountain Brook Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays | 5-6:30 a.m. Coaches John Hanna & Sherry Colgin Magic City Masters is for anyone who wants to improve their swimming abilities. Open to anyone 19 years of age or older who knows how to swim. The club is made up of all types of swimmers, from former college athletes, to rising and experienced tri-athletes, to recreational swimmers, to folks just wanting to stay in shape and do something that will not pound their body. Workouts typically include swim sets, kick sets, pull sets and drills to improve technique. There are multiple workouts available at each practice so that any and all levels of skill can be met. Cost Per Month $25 YMCA Members | $38 Non-Members Per Quarter $60 YMCA Members | $100 Non-Members CONTACT Laysea Newsome at 445.2825. Trussville Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. & Sundays 2:15-3:30 p.m. For anyone 19 and over that would like to participate in an organized practice. Triathletes, competitive swimmers, or recreational fitness swimmers. Cost $25 YMCA Members per month | $38 Non-Members per month Contact Missy Gooden at 655-2224

Private Certified Swim Coaching

Greystone & Pelham Available for those who are training or in a swim team program. Advanced stroke development and techniques to be a more effective and competitive swimmer. Scheduled on an individual basis: 30 minute and 1-hour sessions available. Contact Greystone Susan Becker at 981-0144 Pelham Jennifer Dick at 685-6512

Get a leg up


Winter/Spring Youth Sports ALABASTER, Greystone & Pelham Soccer, Flag Football, Girls Volleyball Registration begins January 10 Volleyball – Ages 9-16 | Soccer – Ages 3-12 Flag Football – ages 5-11 Contact Alabaster at 663-6504 | Greystone George Becker at 981-0144 | Pelham Tamar Harrelson at 664-9622 Northeast & Youth Center Instructional Basketball League Game Schedule Februray 26-April 30 Ages: 9 – 15 | Registration January 3-February 19 Cost $400 per team

Instructional Basketball Camp Camp Dates February 26-April 30 Ages: 4-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15 Registration January 3-February 19 Cost: $50 SHADES VALLEY Girls Volleyball Registration January 1 – February 18 Cost $84 YMCA Members | $110 Non-members (includes entire uniform and award) Coaches and Parents Meeting February 3 | 6:15 p.m. Team Assignments and Uniform Fitting February 5 First Game of the 8 game season February 21 Youth Soccer Registration January 10 – March 5 Cost YMCA Members $84 | Non-members $110 (includes uniform and award) Coaches Clinic March 5 | 11 a.m. First week of practice March 21 | First Game of the 8 game season April 2

Flag Football Cost YMCA Members $75 | Non-members $100 (includes uniform and award) Registration April 1 – May 14 Coaches and Parent Meeting May 19 | 6:15 p.m. Games and Practices TBA Register online at CONTACT Jerry Wrenn at 870-9622. Western Area Baseball and T-Ball Registration Begins February 15, 2011 Cost: $60 Contact Shayla Crawford or Terry Drake at 923-1195


Trussville Family Branch

5920 Valley Road Trussville, AL 35173 205.655.2224 Branch Hours Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 7 p.m. Childwatch Hours Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday: 1-5 p.m. Executive Director Jerry Wang Membership Director Wendy Newland

Vestavia Xpress Branch

2086 Columbiana Road Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205.823.0144 Branch Hours Monday - Thursday: 5:15 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday: 5:15 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Childwatch Hours Monday & Wednesday 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 3:30 -7:30 p.m. Thursday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 3:30-7 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 3:30- 6 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday: 2-5:30 p.m. Execitive Director Julie Broday Membership Director Clay Coleman

Western Area Family Branch

1195 Bessemer Road Birmingham, AL 35228 205.923.1195 Branch Hours Monday - Thursday: 6 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Executive Director Terri A. Harvill

Birmingham YMCA Youth Center 2400 7th Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 205.324.1643 Branch Hours 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Program Executive Anthony Sparks

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Lifeguard Training


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Blended Learning

Online CPR/AED In the continuing collaboration between our association and the American Red Cross, an online-experiential “Blended Learning First Aid/CPR/AED” certification program is now available. The program is designed to prepare individuals to respond to life-threatening emergencies through a combination of online (web-based) lessons and traditional instructor-led training. Blended Learning participants complete the knowledge portion online at home and at their own pace, and then demonstrate those learned skills at you neighborhood branch. Being a lifeguard can be a very challenging and rewarding job. This class will certify participants in the new American Red Cross Lifeguard Course, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid as well as AED. Participants must attend all classes as well as pass a final written and water test. Class Prerequisites All participants must be 15 years old or older before the final exam, be able to swim 300 yards continuously (using freestyle and breast stroke) and recover a 10pound brick from the bottom of the pool. NOTE If you want to be a lifeguard but you aren't ready to pass the prerequisites, there is practice sessions available. Contact Aquatics Director for details.

Lifeguard Recertification Classes Pelham January 28-30 | February 11-13 | February 25-27 Cost $100 (Must be pre registered to attend class) Friday, 4-9 p.m. | Saturday, 8-4 p.m. | Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. CPR for the Professional Rescuer and AED( CPR for Lifegaurds) Pelham January 28 | February 11 | February 25 | All classes start at 4 p.m. Cost $50 (Must have at least 4 for the class to make) 24

Skills session Pelham January 22 | February 26 Saturdays from 9-11am Greystone January 10 & February 7 | 5-8p.m. Trussville January 15 & February 19 | 9-11 a.m. Shades Valley January 12 & February 9 | 5-9 p.m. Cost $35 Adult CPR /AED only $60 CPR/AED and First Aid


Downtown January 12-16 | February 16-21 Greystone January 19-23 | February 16-20 Wednesday-Friday, 4-9 p.m. | Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Sunday 1-6 p.m. Mountain Brook January 12-16 | February 16-21 Pelham January 26-30 | February 9-13 | February 23-27 | Shades Valley February 23-27 Trussville January 26-30 | February 9-13 | Classes are Wednesday-Friday, 4-9 p.m. | Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sunday, 9-1 p.m. Vestavia January 12-17 | February16-21 Wednesday-Friday, 4-8 p.m. | Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost $70 non refundable deposit due at time of registration $150 due on the second day of class

Registration For complete information and to register, contact the aquatics director at your branch.

Birthday Splash Parties Multpile Branches A picnic area or a room will be provided for opening gifts, playing games and enjoying cake and snacks. (please no glass containers) Partiers get one hour of recreational swimming and one hour at the picnic area or in the room. CONTACT the Aquatics Director at your neighborhood branch. Splash Party Friday Pelham Feb 18 | 6-8 p.m. | Grades K-6 Fun theme parties for children on Friday evenings. See you in the pool for fun, games, water safety and pizza! Cost $7 per child CONTACT Jennifer Dick at 685-6512

fitness & group ex


Workout with a group; challenge yourself Y-Cross coming this winter

Check out the newest class on the group exercise schedule… and fitness is sweeping across the association. Y CROSS combines a “bootcamp” atmosphere and old school fitness to create a fun challenge for all fitness levels. We promise no boring music or complicated choreography just a great workout. You don’t have to be super fit (yet…) or a dancer to join in. Guess what – this is a class guys will like too. Nothing sissy here. In a single class you will work on total fitness; strength and endurance, cardio fitness, flexibility, balance and core strength; and should we say it again? NO CHOREOGRAPHY! Watch your branch for scheduled class times and give it a try. Y CROSS is the total body workout designed to help you have fun with fitness again. Don’t miss our new group personal training experience. Y CROSS2 Train with a group; compete with yourself. Whether you are ready to tackle the next level; or you just enjoy the motivation of a small group Y CROSS2 is your next step to get back in the game. Under the leadership and challenge of one of our nationally certified trainers Y CROSS2 will give you all the instruction and motivation you GREYSTONE, VESTAVIA & PELHAM YMCA Zumbatomic® Coming in 2011 Zumba classes for kids ages 4-12 The music, dances, and games are 100 percent kid friendly and focus on making fitness a natural part of life. Each class is safe and effective and allows kids to max out on fun and fitness at the same time! Cost (6-week session Registration is required for each session) $60 YMCA Members | $90 Non-Members ZumbaToning™ Blends body sculpting techniques with Zumba moves using maracalike toning sticks. This calorie-burning, strength-training class is designed for those who have participated in at least three Zumba classes. This group training course is designed to be a four week series. Cost $40 YMCA Members per month | $60 Non-Members per month Registration is required for each session. Contact Greystone Renae McCullough at 981-0144 Vestavia Xpress India Gold at 823-0144 Pelham Robyn Boatman at 664-9622 MOUNTAIN BROOK

Runner’s Boot Camp

With Danny Harrelson Begins April 7 on Mondays/Thursdays, 6 - 7 a.m. for four weeks of not only intensive training but injury prevention, stretching, and all the other practices that make strong and healthy runners. Cost $149 for YMCA Members | $199 for Non-Members Contact Lisa Hart at 445-2823

need to succeed. Groups will experience extensive use of training equipment (toys), motivation and encouragement, group engagement and trainers that won’t let you quit. PLUS – you will have a chance to demonstrate your progress in one of our association wide Y CROSS2 Challenge events. Get ready to get fit and have fun. Contact the Fitness or Healthy Lifestyles Director at your branch about details (group class times and rates). No excuses the first class is on us.

TRY Y CROSS2 FOR FREE! Contact the Fitness or Healthy Lifestyles Director at your branch to find out when the next group meets. Then plan to step in and step up. Limit 1 pass per person.

Expires Feb. 28, 2011

Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA

Fuel + Fitness presents: Top Diet Mistakes and How to Fix Them with Sandra Koulourides M.S., R.D. Schedule January 12 | Mountain Brook, 6:30-8 p.m. January 19 | Pelham, 6:30-8 p.m. January 26 | Western, 6:30-8 p.m. February 2 | Downtown, 5:30-7 p.m. February 9 | Vestavia/Shades Valley, 6:30-8 p.m. February 16 | Northeast, , 6:30-8 p.m. Contact Lisa Hart at 445-2823

SHADES VALLEY Whole Foods – Whole Body; a Holistic Approach to Nutrition With Rachel Beiber “Certified Nutritional Coach” Taking a holistic approach to how nutrition can affect overall health and well-being, this series includes information on lifestyle, eating habits, physical activity, stress levels, and emotions. Food journal & Specialized Nutrition Assessment provided to indicate deficiencies and weaknesses in eating lifestyle. Cost @220 for Four 60-minute sessions (Initial one-hour consultation and 3 one-hour follow-up consultations) CONTACT Mickal Thomas at 870-9622 New Group Exercise Classes Zumba | Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Energy Zone Spinning | Thursdays at 8:15 a.m. CONTACT Mickal Thomas at 870-9622 January•February 2011 | Y Life 25


Too cold? Just think about summer!

Summer Camp Registration

ALABASTER, PELHAM, GREYSTONE, SHADES VALLEY Registration Begins January 3 Sign up early for Summer Day Camp. Camps will fill up fast so don’t miss out on a fun-filled summer for your child. CONTACT Alabaster Gwen Hatcher at 663-6504 Greystone Tanya Hiers at 981-0144 Pelham Rhonda Elmore at 685-6510 Shades Valley Mallory Smith at 870-0144 ALABASTER, PELHAM, GREYSTONE, NORTHEAST, WESTERN, SHADES VALLEY, TRUSSVILLE, YOUTH CENTER

Afterschool at the YMCA

Open to children in grades K-8 | Ongoing until full The Birmingham YMCA currently has openings in the Afterschool Program. Afterschool provides daily transportation service from over 50 schools throughout the Birmingham area. Children participate in games, sports, weekly swimming, daily devotions, character development activities and more. Financial assistance available. Apply in person at your neighborhood branch. Contact Alabaster Gwen Hatcher at 663-6504 Greystone Tanya Hiers at 981-0144 Northeast Sophia Glenn at 833-7616 Pelham Rhonda Elmore at 685-6510 Shades Valley Mallory Smith at 870-0144 Trussville Fred Hatcher at 655-2224 Western Area Shayla Crawford at 923-1195 Youth Center Bethany Davis at 324-1643

Parents Night Out

Bring your child to the YMCA for a safe and fun evening. Activities may include swimming, games, arts & crafts, and much more! Also, a pizza or hot dog dinner, drinks, & snacks are included. Open to members and non-members. Deadline to register is the Wednesday prior to the dates listed. Schedule January 7 | Shades Valley - 6-9:45 p.m. - ages 5 & up February 11 | Alabaster - 6-11 p.m. - ages 2-14 February 21 | Shades Valley - 6-9:45 p.m. - ages 5 & up CONTACT Shades Valley Mallory Smith at 870-0144 Alabaster Gwen Hatcher at 663-6504 WESTERN, NORTHEAST, VESTAVIA, HARGIS RETREAT, YOUTH CENTER, TRUSSVILLE Registration Begins in February Sign up early for Summer Day Camp. Camps will fill up fast so don’t miss out on a fun-filled summer for your child. CONTACT Hargis Retreat Kevin Casey at 678-6511 Northeast Sophia Glenn at 833-7616 26

Trussville Fred Hatcher at 655-2224 Vestavia Xpress Beth Wyss at 823-0144 Western Area Shayla Crawford at 923-1195 Youth Center Bethany Davis at 324-1643 ALABASTER, GREYSTONE, PELHAM, SHADES VALLEY, WESTERN, NORTHEAST, YOUTH CENTER, TRUSSVILLE

Holiday Camps

Fun Club | February 21 Spend your school holiday at the YMCA. Children will participate in a variety of activities such as swimming, sports, games, archery, crafts and more! Space is limited. CONTACT Greystone Tanya Hiers at 981-0144 Alabaster Gwen Hatcher at 663-6504 Northeast Sophia Glenn at 833-7616 Pelham Rhonda Elmore at 685-6510 Shades Valley Mallory Smith at 870-0144 Trussville Fred Hatcher at 655-2224 Western Area Shayla Crawford at 923-1195 Youth Center Bethany Davis at 324-1643 Shades Valley

Drop & Go

Monday-Thursday | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages 6 weeks-6 years | Members only Cost Up to 2 hours $10 first child | $7 each additional child 2-4 Hours $15 first child | $12 each additional child CONTACT Shades Valley Mallory Smith at 870-0144

Register online at

My Mission:


. . . to make sure my son is cared for and having fun


any people throughout the area have heard for years about the children’s program at the Trussville Family Branch. Led by longtime Childcare Director, Fred Hatcher, hundreds of parents have trusted the Trussville branch to care for their children over the years. One of the program’s biggest cheerleaders is a hard-working mother named Diane Poole. The Executive Director of the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce, Diane made the decision to reenter the workforce in 2008. Like many mothers, she worried about how to make sure her son, Andy, was cared for after school and during holidays. “We were looking for a place that he was going to be taken care of,” said Diane. “I had been a stay-athome mom since he was born, and it was a really tough decision for me to go back to work and know that he was in good hands.” Diane says she and her husband researched available childcare options in the community before finally checking out the Trussville YMCA on the recommendation of a friend whose children attended childcare programs years before. “He said ‘if Fred is still there, he will take care of him.’ Fred was the first person we knew about, but everyone we have met since then has just reaffirmed this was the right thing to do,” Diane said. “We searched a lot of places and we felt like, through the research we had done, that the Y was the best place for him and it has not disappointed. Diane says Andy enjoys the sports and other activities that help him stay active and having fun while she finishes her day at the office. “They keep him occupied with things he enjoys doing,” she said. “He loves it.” Since enrolling Andy in Afterschool a little over two years ago, Diane has become a dedicated ambassador for Trussville children’s programs. She says whenever she is asked about quality childcare options in the area, she always recommends the Trussville Y. “Periodically we get phone calls at the chamber from people asking ‘I’m looking for childcare for my child,’ I always recommend the Y first and tell them about my experience,” Diane said. “In my job I have plenty of opportunities to make that recommendation and I don’t hesitate.” January•February 2011 | Y Life 27

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Y Life Birmingham | January-February 2011  

The 2010 Annual Report issue of the Y Life Birmingham for the Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA.

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