November 2022 Newsletter

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No Joining Fee: November 27 - December 3 SAW Tut oring: Free K- 12 online and in person t ut oring available! Go t o bit .ly/sawt ut oring t o regist er a new st udent . See page 17. Blood Drive: See next page. We're Hiring: We're hiring f or mult iple posit ions. Visit opport unit ies/ Team Expresso: Let 's keep it up wit h weekly and mont hly Expresso Bike challenges! See below.

Let 's Eat and Be Thankf ul. The Staunton- Augusta Family YMCA's Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon has returned! Tuesday, Nov. 15 1:00 PM

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church 2807 North Augusta St *Parking and Hall in back of church off of N Coalter St.

This is a covered dish luncheon with the Y providing drinks, paper products, and meat. Sign- up at t he f ront desk and t ell what you will be bringing. Open t o all.


For Ride of t he Week updat es, check your email or our social media pages. 2

Thank you to all that have participated in Y Madness 2022! We can achieve great things when community can come together and support one another. Y Madness 2022 wraps up on Thursday, November 17th with the Championship round. Let's keep up the momentum and teamwork and see ourselves to the finish line!


COPING CORNER GRATITUDE By Bruce Blair, Ment al Healt h America of August

As the holiday season approaches and the days become shorter, we know that almost 40% of individuals see an increase in stress, which in turn can lead to an increase in depression, illness, anxiety, and substance abuse. Yet, as we all take time at the end of the month to pause for Thanksgiving, we are reminded of the importance of being thankful. Gratitude is an effective coping skill that can reduce stress and build your emotional resilience during the holidays. When we express gratitude, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin, the two crucial neurotransmitters responsible for our emotions, and they make us feel ?good?. They enhance our mood immediately, making us feel happy from the inside. By consciously practicing gratitude every day, we can help these neural pathways to strengthen and ultimately create a permanent grateful and positive nature within ourselves which builds our inner strength to combat stress.


Grat it ude reduces st ress and creat es emot ional resilience by: -

Helping us see the positive things in life


Improving your physical health


Positively changes your brain

Here are some ways t o pract ice Grat it ude consist ent ly by yourself or wit h ot hers: -

Self - appreciat ion: Daily, practice saying five good things about yourself. It may be awkward or difficult at first, but over time it will become easier.


Grat it ude Journal or Jar: Write down things you are thankful for each day. When you need a little pick me up, reach into the jar, and be encouraged.


At t end t he YMCA Medit at ion Workshop: November 7, 14, 21, and 28. Meditation can be a healthy way to relax and de- stress.


Tell someone t hey are special: Take time this month to write a thank you card, visit, or call someone who has impacted your life. Practicing gratitude is essential to improving our mental health. Take time this month to slow down, recognize the things in your life you are thankful for and appreciate yourself and others. If you or a loved one needs extra support during the holidays, MHA- A can connect you with the support you need. Give us a call at 540- 886- 7181. If it is an emergency contact 988.



By Celie Collins Sammy Buckland is a positive and involved role model. Buckland is a mechanical engineer student at Blue Ridge Community College with a unique aptitude for mathematics. He came to the Y in August of this year in search of his first job. "I thought the Y would be a fun environment to work in," said Buckland. "My mom, Sandra Buckland, also worked here at the front desk when I was little and it seemed like one of her favorite jobs." After submitting his application, he came to the facility to re- familiarize himself with the building,

taking extra steps to prepare himself to work if he were hired. The moment he walked in the front doors, he ran into Program and Youth Development Director Eddie Santiago. The two met years ago through the Boys and Girls Club when Buckland was in the sixth and seventh grades. "He showed up at the Y and said 'Hey, I remember you!' and I said, 'do you want a job?" Santiago said. And the rest was history. Buckland is now a Teen Development Staff member and is enjoying working with the teens. "He does especially well with the sports activities with the kids," Santiago mentioned. "The kids nicknamed him 'Luka' from the Mavericks because


he loves playing sports with them. He's just so involved."

BIBLE STUDY: In 1844, 22- year- old George Williams founded the first Young Men?s Christian Association (YMCA), a refuge of Bible study and prayer for young men seeking escape from the hazards of life on the streets of London. The Staunton- Augusta Family YMCA carries on the tradition of non- denominational Bible study. Bring your Bible and a friend. This hour- long study is led by YMCA Chaplain Carol Byrd.

This may be Buckland's first job, but he recalls spending time with his younger family members over the years at family events and reunions, noting his joy in building relationships. He carries this attitude with him in his work, especially when it comes to meeting new people. "There's this warm feeling I get when I meet someone new, hang out with them, and help them learn new things; it's fulfilling," Buckland said. "I've never had a bad time doing something like this. Even at school, like most people, there are days where I question what I'm pursuing or where I'm just not feeling great. I've never had that feeling here and I'm happy to have something like this."

Dat e and Time: Mondays, 11:00 AM in the Multi- Purpose Room Fees: Free

Buckland enjoys filling his time with many different experiences for personal growth. "Engineering and Youth Development are two opposite things, but I like that," Buckland said with bright enthusiasm. "You're not going to broaden your learning by continuing to do the same sorts of things." "One of the biggest lessons I've learned is keeping my ground," Buckland said. "You can be that nice, cool guy, but you have to find balance and uphold the rules so they respect you." His main goal is to uphold the safety standards of the Y for the physical and mental well- being of the students that come to the Teen Center. "Here, it's just supposed to be a safe space to be yourself and be free as long as you are respecting the rules," said Buckland.



Y NOT SING? SINGERS: Do you enjoy singing, ad- libbing, and having a good time? Come join us on Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm ? 8:00 pm in the Multi- Purpose Room. We will be choosing music, practicing, and then taking our program out to local nursing homes, senior centers and retirement communities. If you have questions, please contact Carol Byrd. Fees: Free



Dance, daily movement f uel work of int ernat ional visual art ist Claudia Bernardi By Dawn Medley The first visible brushstrokes guided by Claudia Bernardi in our community appeared in 2007 on a long, exterior facade at the former site of Newtown Baking on West Beverley Street. Then came the vibrant hues of a collaborative mural on the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement at Mary Baldwin University. A few years later, Bernardi worked with schoolchildren to transform an unassuming

roadside wall in Waynesboro into a dramatic, yet playful, expression of togetherness and hope. For more than 15 years, the momentum of those projects has continued to expand.

PAINTING THE PAST FOR A BETTER FUTURE What most people don?t realize is that hardly any of the painting in the murals is done by Bernardi herself. 7

A native of Argentina, Bernardi is an internationally recognized artist in her own right ? working primarily in the medium of fresco on paper. But her role in community- based projects is to be a conduit for others to express themselves while often working through difficult memories and challenging present- day situations. Through conversations, observations, and preliminary sketches, she empowers participants to illustrate their stories. It is all part of the process she affectionately calls ?art in community.? ?We [referring to the ?Mural Chicas,?a small group of Salvadoran women with whom she has worked for decades], don?t come into a place and announce, ?this is what we?re here to paint,?? said Bernardi, who was first invited to Mary Baldwin as a visiting lecturer in 2006. Soon after, she was asked to serve as artist- in- residence on campus, where she served on the faculty for 15 years. ?We wait for a community to ask for our presence. Quite often it happens because someone in that community sees a need for peace- building, unity, or healing,? she explained. In the years since she was introduced to the Shenandoah Valley, Bernardi has worked in concert with diverse populations to create murals at nearly a dozen local sites, including Staunton?s Booker T. Washington Community Center, the Shenandoah LGBTQ Center and James Madison University?s Center for Global Engagement.


Although her international travel has picked up again in the wake of the global pandemic, Bernardi had time while in the States this summer to reconnect with a few MBU alums and local friends to guide her most recent mural in Staunton. When the popular Salvadoran eatery, Gloria?s Pupuseria, reopened at its new location in July 2022 ? following a devastating flood the previous year ? customers were greeted by the captivating illustration just inside the door. In scenes envisioned by owners Gloria and John Gerber and their children, patrons learned more about the family?s connection to El Salvador and plans for their restaurant. John Gerber wasn?t planning on picking up a brush himself, but is now grateful he was convinced to make his mark by Bernardi and previous mural painters Hannah Scott, Susan Fenton, and Marlena Hobson. ?We met Claudia when she came by our food truck at the Farmer?s Market years ago, and had many conversations about her work in El Salvador. Moving to a new location gave us the perfect opportunity to invite her to help us tell our story in a visual way,? he said.

METHOD TO HER MOVEMENT At age 68, Bernardi is also committed to daily exercise, which she sees as critical fuel for her frequently emotionally and physically demanding artistic work. She was a member of the YMCA in

Berkeley, California, where she lived and worked as a professor at California College for the Arts. When she relocated to Staunton in 2016, joining the STAUNTON- AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA was one of her priorities as a new resident. ?I am a deep believer that paying attention to the body is a good thing for the spirit and the head,? said Bernardi. ?I am 100% convinced that I am able to do the work that I do because I make a point to fit in physical activity whenever I can. My body is a tool in my art, and I need it to work with me in peak form so that I can do what I love and find meaning in.? For much of her young adulthood in Buenos Aires, Bernardi?s physical activity was centered around intense dance instruction and performances. She pursued her degree in fine arts and dance training in tandem for several years. ?When the military junta came to Argentina, that changed my life ? and everyone?s life ? in our country,? Bernardi said. The violent episode of governmental takeover that began in 1976 resulted in the ?disappearance? of more than 30,000 Argentinians. It also shaped Bernardi?s personal journey, solidifying her place as a visual artist and social justice activist. She worked alongside her sister, an anthropologist, at burial sites in Argentina, El Salvador, and other countries around the world, unearthing the remains of those killed during conflicts and

working to heal their communities. Throughout Bernardi?s life, dance has been a refuge. From discovering Afro- Haitain rhythmic movement as a grad student at UC Berkeley to participating in Zumba and Barre at the SAYMCA today, dance continues to hold an important place as the activity she can return to for a release and a mental lift. ?I noticed her poise, how she carries herself, right away, even though I didn?t find out until later that she had trained as a dancer,? said Melissa Anderson Morgan, YMCA Barre and yoga instructor. Anderson Morgan met Bernardi when both women were faculty members at MBU. They shared an immediate connection over working in the arts. ?She continues to see herself as a student who still has something to learn in every situation,? Anderson Morgan said. ?She would come up to me [after Barre] with a question about positioning or a very keen observation, and we got to know each other more that way. ?I would describe her as a genuinely humble, authentic person,? she added. Recently, Bernardi has discovered an affinity for Fit for Life classes, crediting Group Fitness Instructor Cathy Leonard with creating a lively and challenging environment that she can?t wait to get back to each week. ?The body can move fluidly and naturally, or it can become very stiff and uncooperative,? she explained. ?I still find myself in awe when I go to class and I can move and see others around me moving in unison. I think the way that we can ?trick? our bodies in conjunction with other bodies that all believe movement is important is how to find true happiness at my age!? 9


By Celie Collins Entitled "My Living Courage", Joanna Keller recently gave a speech to the congregation of Harrisonburg Unitarian Fellowship. The STAUNTON- AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA member reflects on her life and transgender journey and has shared it with the YMCA. "I recounted my life from eight years old until now," said Keller, who grew up with three siblings and her stay- at- home mother while her father was in the Navy. "I went through a period when I was eight where I started dressing in my sister's clothes. I had no idea why, I mean, this was the early 60s. I just knew that it felt like 'me.'" She shared that the idea of gender dysphoria didn't come around until the late 70s and the term 'transgender' wasn't recognized until the late 80s. "There was nothing out there," Keller said. 10

CAREER BEGINNINGS "I started taking industrial and technical drafting in high school," Keller said. "I was pretty much a loner; tall and lanky. No one called me by my name. They called me 'bean pole' or 'string bean', that type of thing. So, drafting was my reason to go to school. I'm very good at math and I loved drawing 3D objects." She would later design and layout her entire home. Keller worked for an engineering company her junior year, attending class in the morning and then attending work the rest of the day. When she graduated high school, she attended community college to become a civil engineer. "But, college wasn't for me," Keller said. Keller joined the Air Force and became an air traffic controller.

"Tech school was a rigorous course, but I blossomed," Keller said. She recalls having quick spatial difference. "Take an F- 4 jet flying at 240 miles an hour; is it going to get in front of that Cessna 172 who's one mile from the runway while the jet is five miles out? You have to figure out whether the Cessna is going to get on the ground, taxi off the runway before that F- 4 hits the runway."

DR. JEKYLL AND MRS. HYDE Passing tech school automatically promoted her to Sergeant. With this came a particular perk: her own room. "It allowed me to have dresses and clothes that I could lock up and keep to myself," Keller said. "I was playing Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde, living my life as my 'male' self, and coming home to be Joanna," Keller explained. "I ended up moving to Anchorage, Alaska in 1975 and lived there for 26 years," Keller said. "It was perfect for me because it allowed me to come out to myself even though I couldn't come out in public." While in Anchorage, Keller joined the Federal Aviation Administration and was an air traffic controller at Anchorage International Airport after leaving the Air Force. "I was dual- rated, both tower and radar," said Keller. "I loved my job. I served this role for 21 years."

MARIE AND THE BLUE MOON "I was finding myself while in Anchorage," Keller stated. There was a club called The Blue Moon, a safe space where Keller "could live as [herself] on the weekends." "I felt free," Keller said. "But, there was always a chance a co- worker could walk in and see me, so I always had to be aware." "At the club, I met a gal named Marie," Keller said. "She was a cis- woman about 25 years older than me." Marie and Keller found a friendship with each other and enjoyed each other's company. "When I walked in, we were together the whole time," Keller said. "We could talk about anything. She gave me a safe space to be out."

Marie was also a mentor to Keller, a significant piece to her journey. "She was very helpful in teaching me how to accessorize, do makeup, and live as myself," Keller said. "She was a lifesaver for me."

HIKING THROUGH NEW CHAPTERS I got married in 1979 and had a son, Kyle, in October of 1980," said Keller. "Everyone told me if I got married and settled down, the 'female' side of me would go away. Well..." Keller trailed off, giggling. "It doesn't just go away." Keller's marriage ended after a couple of years and she received custody of her son. "So, now I had a full- time job, I was raising a two- year- old by myself, all while trying to become female," said Keller. "It was a pretty tough combo." As her son got older and began attending school and visiting his mother or friends on the weekends, Keller was able to find balance and go out again as herself. "Kyle received a full academic scholarship for a college in Wisconsin, so he left to study computer science and biology," said Keller. "So, in 1999, I decided to hike the Appalachian Trail." In March of 1999, Keller began hiking from Georgia to Maine, finishing in early July of that same year. She returned home to Alaska, but was contemplating moving down to "the lower 48" to be closer to her son. "Maine was the original concept, but I ultimately decided to move to the Shenandoah Valley in 1999," Keller said. She began working in Waynesboro as a maintenance director for an apartment complex. "By then, I was still working as my male self and coming home to be Joanna," Keller said. "I worked up my experience as a maintenance director and accepted a job in Harrisonburg, in student housing, where this career took off." Keller was named Supervisor of the Year for the Shenandoah Apartment Association in Harrisonburg six different years and then later State Supervisor of the Year. "Between all this time, I found out Planned Parenthood was working with transgender 11

individuals, so I began HRT, hormone replacement therapy, in 2006," Keller explained. "I was on cloud nine."

"Those t wo doct ors changed my life." This was just the beginning of an extensive process and series of procedures. For Keller, this process lasted more than a decade. "People don't realize that those who are transgender, who for their entire life they know this about themselves, how extensive and final the process is," Keller said. "It's not a pursuit we endure just willy- nilly." As Keller continually increased her HRT, she was eventually ready to meet with Dr. John Stranix and Dr. Sean Corbett in Charlottesville and begin the process of surgery. "Those two doctors changed my life," Keller said. After a six hour surgery, Keller spent about eight months in recovery, noting that she was bedridden for the first two weeks. "This was just my personal recovery experience. It was challenging, but I am lucky to have had people in my life who came to stay with me during [those two weeks] - I even had trouble walking," Keller said. "But, it was all worth it."

JOANNA "I decided it was time for Joanna to come out," Keller said. Following her medical procedures, Transgender Equality in Richmond helped Keller initiate her name change process by holding a seminar and appointing her lawyers at no charge. Once her paperwork was prepared, Keller brought her paperwork to the courthouse, full of joy and excitement. After resolving a form issue, Keller's paperwork was accepted later that day on the updated version of the forms. "I didn't even have to go in front of the judge because I'm older, I had a career, and I was already living full- time as a female," Keller explained. "He signed off to change my name to Joanna Marie Keller," named after her friend Marie in Alaska "because of all the years she helped [Keller]." Keller then broke the news to her coworkers. "Basically, I went to work, went up to my general 12

manager, and said, 'Starting tomorrow, I'm coming as Joanna full- time,' and he said, 'Well, it's about time!'" Keller said. "He and the students were very supportive, but at the same time, the owners never spoke to me again, after 13 years of working for them, for the next year and four months before I retired in 2020." After her retirement, Keller became the Chairwoman for the Virginia LGBTQ+ Advisory Board. She also belongs to six other LGBTQ+ organizations throughout the state, including Shenandoah Valley Equality, Transgender Equality in Richmond, Equality Virginia, the LGBTQ+ Center in Staunton, and Transgender American Veterans Association.

COMMUNITY AND ACCEPTANCE Keller became a member of the Y in March of 2022 after moving closer to the facility. She frequents the weight room, pool table, and has worked with Personal Trainer Eleanor Rixey. "Everyone has been very gracious, open, and friendly, so I tell other LGBTQ+ folks about my experience," Keller said. "I tell them, ' Hey, if you want to work out, check out the Y! It's a great place to do it.'" Keller is an involved member, typically coming in every morning to work out and get to know the staff. She also attends events hosted by the Y in fashionable attire (always complete with a pair of heels) and has been a dedicated member on Team Expresso. She is currently in the overall top 25 riders in Y Madness 2022. "I don't want to put myself on a pedestal; I'm just me," Keller stated. "I'm just another human being just as everyone is simply who they are."


DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH Ongoing educat ion, advocacy highlight ed By Dawn Medley Madilynn Langston remembers wanting cookies. They were vanilla sandwich cookies. Not the name- brand kind, but that didn?t matter. She was just a typical 5- year- old. That is, a typical 5- year- old who was in the hospital being evaluated for what her family suspected was diabetes. ?My grandmother is a type 2 diabetic. When she noticed that I was always dehydrated, she recognized that I needed to be checked out,? explained Langston, who joined the STAUNTON- AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA team this fall, working at the front desk and in the wellness center.

Diabet es Dialogue World Diabetes Day, November 14, is an opportunity to join other YMCA members in raising awareness of the chronic disease that affects nearly 537 million people around the globe. Many community programs and organizations can connect people with support systems and help reduce the risk of complications of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Learn more: International Diabetes Federation American Diabetes Association CDC Diabetes Information

Characterized by dips and spikes in blood sugar that result from a lack of the hormone insulin, the American Diabetes Association estimates that the chronic disease affects about 1 in 10 adults in the United States. With approximately 4,500 members aged 18 and older, that means that around 450 adults on the SAYMCA roster could have diabetes. Now 21, Langston has been living with her type 1 diabetes diagnosis for 16 years. Since the condition was identified when she was young, she doesn?t really stop to take note of how her lifestyle and diet are different from others? anymore. Paying attention to her body?s signals and managing her blood sugar are part of her daily routine. ?In some ways, I think it?s easier because I was diagnosed at a young age. I don?t really miss or long for certain foods as much as someone who might have had to dramatically change their diet due to their diagnosis,? she said. But that does not mean that there haven?t been challenges along the way. 13

Common Sympt oms of Diabet es Frequent urination


Feeling very thirsty Feeling very hungry, even though you are eating Extreme fatigue Blurry vision Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal Tingling, pain, or numbness in hands/feet

Before she learned more about how to use diet and exercise to live healthy with diabetes, Langston experienced a few bouts of ketoacidosis as a child. A potentially life- threatening 537 million diabetes- related Number of people condition where worldwide diagnosed with diabetes high levels of ketones can 1.4 million poison the body, Americans newly ketoacidosis is diagnosed with diabetes each year more common in type 1 diabetics, 7t h since they do not Diabetes?rank among any leading causes of death in produce insulin at all. the U.S. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 1, the body can produce Sources:, insulin, but doesn?t use it properly or effectively to regulate blood glucose levels. Of the approximately 37 million children and adults in the U.S. who have diabetes, about 35 million are type 2 diabetics, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). 1 in 3 Estimated number of Americans who have prediabetes

Although diabetes has no cure, prediabetes ? characterized by blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes ? can be reversed with diet and regular physical activity. ?Diabetes is not an easy fix, it?s something you need to manage for the rest of your life,? said Wendy Shutty, YMCA Fitness Director. ?But we know that exercise helps, and the YMCA is 14

absolutely a communal place for getting your body moving.? Echoing guidelines from the ADA, Shutty explained that when you?re active, your cells become more sensitive to insulin so it works more effectively to control blood glucose. The key is finding activities you love and doing them as regularly. Regardless of fitness level, a little activity every day can help diabetics take charge of their lives. ?Not to mention, exercise just makes you feel better in general,? she said. The SAYMCA has piloted a few diabetes education and training programs over the past several years, the most recent being a 12- week session called LEAN (Lifelong Essentials for Activity and Nutrition) in collaboration with the Waynesboro YMCA and Augusta Health in spring 2021. The Staunton Lions Club has supported diabetes prevention efforts at the Y through donation. Although the Staunton- Augusta Y doesn?t have a formal diabetes care program running currently, organization leaders are open to suggestions about what might work for local members and address the needs of the community as a whole. Langston - like many other members and employees - is happy to share her journey in hopes of helping the next person with diabetes who comes through the Y?s sliding glass doors. Recently, she was able to give personal insight during a CPR/First Aid Training class at the facility. ?I feel like even the little pieces of experience that I have can help others,? Langston said. ?Working at a health and wellness organization is an opportunity to share what diabetes is like in real life, and I can be a resource.?


1 League, 6 Divisions: Girls: Boys: Ages 7- 9 Ages 7- 9 Ages 10- 11 Ages 10- 11 Middle School Middle School Fees: $60 Members $75 Non- members Regist rat ion open Oct. 10th - Nov. 7th. Register at the front desk. Pract ice begins December 4th. Games begin January 7th. Got quest ions? Contact Eddie Santiago at STAUNTON- AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA 708 N COALTER ST, STAUNTON, VA 24401 540 - 885 - 8089

Clinics: 7- 9 Boys: Nov. 15th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM 7- 9 Girls: Nov. 15th, 6:00 - 7:00 PM 10- 11 Boys: Nov. 16th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM 10- 11 Girls: Nov. 16th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM Middle School Boys: Nov. 17th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM Middle School Girls: Nov. 17th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM Draf t Dat es: Nov. 21- 23 (Coaches will contact players within one week.)

Players will be drafted in divisions based on age and skill level. Games run through Feb. 18th for 7- 11yo leagues. Middle School Playof f s are Feb. 18th, 25th, and March 4th


YOUTH TENNIS With Chris Stambaugh Early Hit t ers Will teach the basics of tennis for ages 5- 8. Must pre- register at the front desk. December Session: Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:00 PM November 29 - December 20 OR Thursdays, 5:00 - 6:00 PM December 1 - 22 Fees: $60 Members per session $75 Non- members per session Pre-Teen Tennis Will teach your pre- teen(s) intermediate tennis skills. Must pre- register at the front desk. December Session: Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:00 PM November 30 - December 21 Fees: $60 Members per session $75 Non- members per session High School Tennis This will get your high schooler prepared for high school tennis. Must pre- register at the front desk. December Session: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 PM November 30 - December 21 Fees: $70 Members per session $85 Non- members per session Privat e Lessons 1 HR: $49 Members / $64 Non- members 30 Min: $25 Members / $40 Non- members Semi- Privat e Lessons Per person $35 Members / $50 Non- Members *If siblings, second person receives 10% off


YOUTH SWIM Tuesday/Thursday Group Lessons: November 15 - December 15 *No class Nov. 22/24 Registration for Members: Nov. 3 at 5:00 PM - Nov. 11 Registration for Non- members: Nov. 4 - Nov. 11 January 10 - February 2 Registration for Members: Dec. 10 at 5:00 PM - Jan. 6 Registration for Non- members: Dec. 16 - Jan. 6 February 14 - March 9 Registration for Members: Feb. 3 at 5:00 PM - Feb. 10 Registration for Non- members: Feb. 4 - Feb. 10 Sat urday Group Lessons: January 7 - February 11 Registration for Members: Dec. 10 - Jan. 4 Registration for Non- members: Dec. 11 - Jan 4 February 25 - April 1 Registration for Members: Feb. 11 - Feb. 22 Registration for Non- members: Feb. 12 - Feb. 22 Group Lesson Fees: Members: $50 Non- Members: $65 Privat e Lessons Members: $22, second child $17 Non- members: $34, second child $29 Semi- Privat e Lessons Members: $15, second child $13 Non- members: $24, second child $22 Swim Clinic Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM January 9 - February 15, 2023 Member Registration: Dec. 21 - Jan. 5 Non- member Reg.: Dec. 22 - Jan. 5

YOUTH HOMESCHOOL P.E. Come join us for fun, games, and sports at the Y. Your kids will learn new skills, tackle different obstacles, and make new friends. Please wear athletic clothing and closed- toe shoes. Each week will feature a different focus (e.g.: yoga, fitness, and dance), so please come prepared to move! Dat es and Times: Ages 9- 12: November 7 - December 19 Mondays, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Ages 5- 8: November 9 - December 21 Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 AM Cont act : Program Director Windsor Vaughn at Fees: $50 Members / $65 Non- Members *10% additional discount available for families enrolling multiple children

YOUTH VOLUNTEER CORPS Are you tired of your children being a permanent arm?s length away from their phones or hibernating indoors glued to their TV? Do you want them to learn how to make a difference in their community while boosting their resume for college? Youth Volunteer Corps is a network of affiliates hosted by non- profit organizations, schools or individuals that offer youth ages 11- 18 the opportunity to serve their community.

LITTLE DRIBBLERS Introduction to the fundamental elements of basketball. Dat es and Times: Wednesdays, Nov. 9 - Dec. 21 Ages 3- 4: 5:00 - 5:45 PM Ages 5- 6: 6:00 - 6:45 PM Cont act : Program Director Windsor Vaughn at Fees: $50 Members / $65 Non- Members *10% additional discount available for families enrolling multiple children SAW TUTORING NETWORK Session schedules are emailed to families weekly and posted to the SAW Tutoring Network Facebook Page. Cont act : SAW Tutoring Coordinator Brian Ringgold at Fees: All sessions are free. New students must fill out a registration form to access sessions. PARENTS' NIGHT OUT When and Where: YMCA Afterschool Room Nov. 26, 3:00 - 9:30 PM *Dinner included Regist rat ion closes Nov. 18 Cont act : Child Care Program Director Andrea Ryder at Fees: $30 Members / $40 Non- members 10% Sibling Discount Financial Assistance available Theme: Carnival

Registration forms are available at the Y front desk and at Shelburne Middle School and Staunton High School Guidance Offices. Cont act : Stephanie Mason at Fees: FREE

Parents' Night Out - Skeeter's Maze Adventure


Mont hly schedules for t he Basket ball Court , Group Fit ness, t he Pool, and t he Playroom are available at on t he Homepage. 18

FITNESS & WELLNESS Yoga 4 Cancer The Yoga For Cancer program follows a specialized yoga methodology designed to address the physical and emotional needs of cancer patients and survivors. Participants build community and support while engaging in classes that incorporate relaxation, breathing, and restorative poses as well as gentle poses and flows performed on a mat, with yoga props, and with the use of a wall. Classes are taught by certified yoga4cancer (y4c) instructor Melissa Anderson- Morgan with knowledge and awareness of the special needs of cancer patients and survivors. The SAYMCA is excited to be offering a monthly Yoga For Cancer program. Email Wendy Shutty at if interested to be put on the list for December.

Rock Steady Boxing

Fees: $35 / Members $50 / Non- Members Regist er before the 1st of each month.

Women's Basketball League


Senior Fit with Eleanor

CERTIFIED GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTORS The STAUNTON- AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA is actively hiring for Certified Group Fitness Instructors in a variety of formats including cycling, strength, low- impact, and senior populations. Got quest ions? Contact Fitness Director Wendy Shutty at

Broadway Jazz Master Class with Melissa A.


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Ride of the Week: Dragon Fire Women's Basket ball League games


Bible Study

Swim Clinic begins!


Ride of the Week: Grape Stomper

Bible Study

Homeschool P.E. Medit at ion Workshop

Women's Basket ball League games

World Diabet es Day



ROTW: Rabbit Run

Women's Basket ball League Championshiop


No Joining Fee

Check t he SAW Tut oring schedule f or sessions!


Adult Volleyball Wednesdays 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Y Madness Elect ric Eight !


Vet eran's Cof f ee Try Pickleball on the Basketball 9:00- 11:00 AM Court, 9:00 AM Homeschool P.E. 12:45 PM. Lit t le Dribblers begins! Y Madness Fearsome Four! Adult Volleyball



Homeschool P.E.

Youth Basketball League registration closes.

Adult Volleyball


Brush up on your swimming.

Medit at ion Workshop

Privat e Swim Lessons available


23 Adult Volleyball


Try a Wellbeats class! Schedules available on our website,

Sign up t o t ut or in our t ut oring program and help your local st udent s.



Theme Day: Red, Whit e, & Blue Vet eran's Day

18 Try Tennis! Private Lessons available.


Homeschool P.E.

Medit at ion Workshop

Tennis Lessons begin!

Adult Volleyball

No Joining Fee

No Joining Fee

No Joining Fee

19 Ref er f riends t o join t he Y. You could win our ref erral prize.



The Y is CLOSED!

Theme Day: Team Expresso

Get ready for December and pick up the Group Fitness schedule at the Y.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Need a break? Check out our pool, ping pong, and foosball tables.

Take a mental health screening at mha-

CPR/First Aid class: 8:00 AM 1:00 PM



Homeschool P.E.



Y Madness Championship!


Bible Study



Bible Study


Ride of the Week: Apple Grinder


Homeschool P.E. Medit at ion Workshop


2 Swim Clinic regist rat ion closes



Pick up needed materials at the front desk.

NO Group Fit ness classes t oday.