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New Edition Vol. 1 • Issue 3 • Spring 2011

YMCA CONNECT A COMMUNITY MAGAZINE FROM THE YMCA OF GREATER RICHMOND

Youth enrichment programs at the Y

Building assets Relief for survivors | Squash your lunch | Flatiron garden Decade of dreams | Spring program guide


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MARCH - MAY

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APRIL 9, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. A community event celebrating healthy living with family-friendly games, entertainment and activities

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Chester Family YMCA | Midlothian Family YMCA | Shady Grove Family YMCA | North Richmond YMCA Community Center

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THANK YOU FOR BRINGING SUPERSIBS! TO RICHMOND Because of your online votes, the YMCA of Greater Richmond was one of two Ys in the country to receive the Supersibs! program grant from the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Supersibs! offers support to an underserved population affected by cancer – the siblings of children with cancer. For details and location information, contact Monica Atnip at (804) 360-8767.

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YMCA Girlforce instructor Jae Farrow serves as a mentor for girls throughout the metro area

NEWS Volunteer appreciation

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Swift Creek Family YMCA breaks ground

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New pool for Manchester 7 Family YMCA Southside VA Family improvements

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New Y in Mechanicsville

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FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

FOR HEALTHY LIVING

Building assets: 8 Youth enrichment programs at the Y

Squash your lunch

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Relief for survivors

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Post-run brunch recipe

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SPRING PROGRAM GUIDE

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FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Decade of dreams

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Flatiron garden

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To make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Richmond, visit www.ymcarichmond.org

JOIN US FOR HEALTHY KIDS DAY 2011

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On the Cover: Boys from Echo Lake Elementary learn to appreciation themselves, their peers, and exercise through YMCA Guyforce

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The YMCA of Greater Richmond is ready to help you realize the greatest benefits from your planned gifts to the Y.

YMCA of Greater Richmond President & CEO Barry M. Taylor Executive Vice President/Operations Dick Lyons Executive Vice President/Operations Membership and Programs Karen Keegan Senior Vice President & CFO Randy Spears

YMCA Connect Editorial Board Vice President Marketing & Communications D. Todd Gray Communications Director Shelby Little

Bequest Language We will provide you with legal language for your will including how to designate a specific YMCA branch for your bequest. Gifts we receive through wills ensure that the Y will continue its mission for future generations. You may also designate the YMCA as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance or other financial instruments.

Charitable Income Plans We can assist you in establishing a charitable trust or other charitable income plans, or work with your financial advisor to provide you with a clear plan for your gift to the YMCA of Greater Richmond.

Customized Illustrations We will prepare a customized gift illustration that estimates both income and tax benefits for charitable gift annuities or charitable trusts. Or you can go to www.ymcarichmond.plannedgifts.org and use our gift calculator to prepare your own estimate in the privacy of your home.

For more information, please contact Jane Hamilton at (804) 474-4332 or hamiltonj@ymcarichmond.org. 4

Community Development Director Tito Luna Planned Giving Director Jane Hamilton Tuckahoe Membership and Wellness Senior Director Steve Sylvester YMCA Connect Contributors Valerie Callahan, Ryan Dalton, Bruce Yoder, Evelyn Zak Designers Valerie Callahan, Robin Payne Photographer Scott Elmquist Contact (804) 649-9622 or ymcarichmond.org Follow us on social media sites

As you read the following pages, I ask that you embrace this issue of Connect that features new and fascinating stories of hope for the future. I invite you to pause as you read and consider how the Y serves as a community center, enabling so many people of diverse backgrounds to come together and dream. I have been assembling my thoughts on this page for more than two years. And, as I began writing this letter, I realized that I frequently write about fresh starts, new beginnings or hope for the future. I paused, and then decided to proceed with this message – following the same theme. In this issue of YMCA Connect you’ll see encouragement and life skills offered to students; dreams realized for high school girls; opportunities for nutrition education in the North Richmond community; a team of professionals who started something new to support their healthy pursuit; and a program that offers hope to cancer survivors while nurturing their spirit, mind and body. This quarter’s cover story, “Building Assets” on page 8, is a glimpse into a one-of-a kind program in our region committed to youth development. GirlForce and GuyForce provide students, at a critical age, tools to foster developmental assets that will support their growth into young men and women who are equipped to face a myriad of adolescent challenges. Adolescent challenges often strike young women hard. As a father, it’s been a great privilege to see and hear the excitement of my two eldest daughters as they selected dresses for their proms. “A Decade of Dreams,” on page 10, profiles the Cinderella Dreams project, which for 10 years has relied on Y members for donations and event space. The women who started the program committed themselves to providing teen girls, whose families may not be as fortunate, with an opportunity to attend prom in a beautiful gown.

The “Flatiron Garden,” on page 12, is a collaboration between adults and children to give back to their community. In this story, you’ll read about volunteers, sociallyconscious corporate leaders and students committed to learning about agriculture amongst an urban oasis and the nutritional value fresh food offers their families, friends and neighbors. Fellowship and fitness take many forms at the Y. On page 14, read “Squash Your Lunch” and meet a team of downtown professionals who find time each day for a lively racquet sport. And, just up the street, another group assembles with similar benefits. On page 16, you’ll be touched by the Relief for Survivors the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program offers area residents battling back from the ravages of cancer. Two very different groups forging new friendships and support while pursuing very different goals. As you read the following pages, I ask that you embrace this issue of Connect that features new and fascinating stories of hope for the future. I invite you to pause as you read and consider how the Y serves as a community center, enabling so many people of diverse backgrounds to come together and dream.

To make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Richmond, visit www.ymcarichmond.org

Senior Vice President of Philanthropy Nancy Trego

President’s Letter

Barry M. Taylor President & CEO YMCA of Greater Richmond

YMCA Connect is produced quarterly by the YMCA of Greater Richmond. The YMCA of Greater Richmond is a nonprofit, charitable organization. Contributions are deductible for income tax purposes to the extent provided by law.

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NEWS Volunteer appreciation

Exterior rendering of the Swift Creek Family YMCA

Swift Creek Family YMCA update After a well-publicized groundbreaking last fall, the Swift Creek Y is now under construction. This is the sixteenth branch of the YMCA of Greater Richmond and the fifth location in Chesterfield County. The Swift Creek Y will serve residents in the southwestern portion of the county, with a location near the intersection of Otterdale Road and Hampton Park Drive. Worley Architects included many green features in the building plans, such as LEEDstandard design, low water landscaping, recycled and local flooring, and Neptune brand pool filter. Under the direction of Loughridge and Company LLC, the facility is on-target to open by the first quarter of 2012.

Southside VA Family YMCA improvements

The Manchester Y pool is scheduled to reopen May 1 after a complete redesign and rebuild of the aquatics area. The previous pool was original to the building and served swimmers for more than thirty years but was outdated and inefficient. Manchester’s new aquatics facility incorporates a state-of-the-art water filter system that will save approximately two million gallons of water per year, compared to the old filter. A new dehumidification unit will offer better air quality in the facility. Manchester’s new pool promises to be more conducive to families while still offering lap lanes and a water fitness area for adults. A beach-entry ramp will provide handicap access, and carbonation-like bubble features will entertain children as they enter the pool. Additional water features and ceiling toys will also cater to youngsters. Swim lessons and water-fitness classes will resume this spring upon the pool’s completion. Manchester members have access to all YMCA of Greater Richmond pools during the construction period.

The Y serves as a community center in Petersburg and recent renovations make this facility more inviting to everyone by providing additional safety and space to serve a larger constituency. An expanded child watch area gives children more room to socialize and play New locker rooms are now complete while their parents work out. Adjoining restrooms add convenience and safety by keeping children in a self-contained area. New member locker rooms are designed to take older adult safety concerns into consideration. This is the first update to locker rooms since the Y was built in 1974, and they now offer many modern amenities. Additionally, a new steam room and sauna on the pool deck is available to members. As part of the Y’s commitment to improving community, the renovations incorporated environmentally-friendly elements such as energy-efficient, motion-sensor lights in the gymnasium, locker rooms, and child-watch area. New HVAC units, added insulation, and an eco-friendly white roof were installed to lower facility carbon emissions. Many of these features were also included in recent upgrades to Y facilities in Midlothian and Ashland. Renovations were completed this winter and are the result of valuable member feedback. Executive Director Floyd Johnson says the renovations, “Reflect the spirit of the Petersburg community and offer a wonderful experience for all who visit the Y.”

New Y in Mechanicsville We are excited to announce the establishment of a new Y in the Mechanicsville area. Located on Route 301 in the Rutland Business Park, this branch will provide YMCA programs and services for all ages, such as: child watch, youth sports, swim lessons, wellness and group exercise. The facility opens this November and will be the second location serving Hanover County. The Patrick Henry Family YMCA in Ashland has been operating since 1990.

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APRIL

Women’s History Month

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Arthritis Month

YMCA Annual Meeting and Strengthening Communities Campaign Kickoff – 3/2 Midlothian Family YMCA

Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k – 4/2

Youth Day of Service – 5/7

St. Patrick’s Day – 3/17

YMCA Healthy Kids Day – 4/9 Chester Family YMCA Midlothian Family YMCA Shady Grove Family YMCA North Richmond YMCA Community Center Palm Sunday – 4/17 Earth Day – 4/22

Volunteers from Capital One replanting the Tuckahoe YMCA garden.

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Front Entrance of the Swift Creek Family YMCA

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Easter – 4/24 All YMCA locations are closed

To make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Richmond, visit www.ymcarichmond.org

As part of their Day of Service initiative late last fall, Capital One employees volunteered at the Shady Grove and Goochland Family YMCAs. They weren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and provide physical labor or lend a hand in the YMCA administrative offices. “The generosity of others is at the core of our existence,” says Y staff member Laura Garneski, who organizes volunteers at the Shady Grove Y. Garneski reports that twenty-five volunteers cleared the ropes course of trash, fallen branches and other debris. Once the land was cleared, the volunteers added a layer of fresh mulch. Several volunteers put their clerical skills to work for the Y, assisting with a large branch mailing. Capital One employees were just as industrious and determined to improve the Goochland Y. Program Director Jan Kenney organized nine volunteers into teams focused on maintaining the multi-purpose room, entryway, or the pavilion. The multi-purpose room carpet was steam-cleaned, and the baseboards were scrubbed. Two other teams worked outside, power-washing the exterior entryways, cleaning the pavilion and repairing picnic tables. The spirit of social responsibility shared by Capital One employees is not reserved for special occasions. Twenty employees came together in September to replant the Tuckahoe Family YMCA garden, and many contribute to their local branches as year-round volunteers. “At Capital One, we believe in creating value in the communities in which we live and work – it’s the right thing to do,” said Rob Alexander, CIO of Capital One and YMCA of Greater Richmond board member. The Y is thankful for the volunteers’ enthusiasm and commitment to community.

New Pool for Manchester Family YMCA

Mother’s Day – 5/8 Memorial Day – 5/30 Outdoor pools open by Memorial Day weekend, conditions permitting Elizabeth Randolph Lewis Powhatan YMCA Goochland Family YMCA Midlothian Family YMCA 7


YOUTH DEVELOPMENT Nurturing the potential of every child and teen

The YMCA of Greater Richmond adopted the Search Institute’s Developmental Assets in 2004, many of which serve as a foundation for the child care curriculum. The assets identify the factors young people need to become healthy, caring and responsible adults. Some assets are external, such as the need for positive role models, while others involve internal factors, such as healthy self-esteem or peaceful conflict resolution skills. “The more of these assets children have by the time they graduate high school, the stronger they will be as members of society,” explains Nan Brennan, association child care director. Two partner programs, YMCA GirlForce for girls and GuyForce for boys, align with the Y’s focus on youth asset development. YMCA GirlForce and YMCA GuyForce offer 7 to 12 year olds experiential learning though risk-prevention lessons, physical activity, and mentoring. Small groups are created and sessions begin with creative journaling. This time is also a chance for students to open up to instructors and discuss personal issues. “GirlForce isn’t just about leading and instructing. It’s about mentoring the girls and showing them that you care,” says Jae Farrow, who leads the program at Martin Luther King Middle School (MLK) with Debbie Hite. Jae has been an instructor since 2007, when she was a VCU undergrad, and has led GirlForce throughout the metro area. Many girls in the program at MLK benefit from positive role models in their lives, so the instructors’ concern for them or interest in their report cards can have a big impact. “I like Ms. Jae and Ms. Debbie, they brighten my day,” says eighth-grader Erika. After the mentoring sessions, students participate in thirty minutes of physical activity. For some students, such as India at MLK, this is her only opportunity to exercise during the school day. “I like when we roll the cubes and that tells you what to do, like push ups or crunches,” she says. Jacob at Echo Lake elementary in Glen Allen likes soccer and the obstacle course. “I have them play games because they don’t realize that it’s exercise,” says GuyForce Instructor Joseph Lute. He is a VCU health and physical education major and wants the boys to enjoy exercise. “I want to teach students how to be more fit and healthy, especially since there is such a problem with obesity now,” he says. “I’ve had them tell me that they don’t like exercise, and even had one boy tell me he didn’t like to sweat.” 8

Team games help boys at Echo Lake Elementary develop a healthy affinity for exercise

Adolescents are gaining weight and becoming more sedentary with each passing decade, explains GirlForce founder Susan McDonald. “Our role (as instructors) is to remove the obstacles to physical activity whether it’s a lack of body confidence, lack of energy from eating a nutrientpoor diet, or lack of choices. We can let them know how much we enjoy working out; that it’s not drudgery, but one of the greatest joys in life,” she says. Susan formed GirlForce in 1998 with a small group of health and fitness professionals from Vanderbilt University Medical Center who wanted to nurture a healthier generation of young women. GuyForce was developed several years later in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Richmond which

To make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Richmond, visit www.ymcarichmond.org

Building assets: Youth enrichment programs at the Y

recognized the need for a similar program for boys. GirlForce and GuyForce are now practiced by service organizations around the world; however, the YMCA of Greater Richmond’s investment in the programs is distinctive from all others. Most host organizations offer the programs as one-day mini-workshops. Locally, the miniworkshops are followed by eight weeks of programming. Each bi-weekly session is viewed as an opportunity for children to build developmental assets. “By incorporating programs such as GirlForce and GuyForce that help us build these assets, we are moving towards the Y promise of strengthening community,” says Nan Brennan.

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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Giving back and providing support to our neighbors

To make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Richmond, visit www.ymcarichmond.org

A decade of dreams Since 2001, the Cinderella Dreams project has made dreams come true for underprivileged, Richmond-area high school girls in need of prom attire. The program collects gently used gowns and accessories from locations such as the Y and hosts an annual shopping event for the girls in the spring. For a suggested donation of five dollars, shoppers may select a flattering formal dress, matching shoes, makeup, and one accessory such as a purse or jewelry. The Midlothian Family YMCA hosted the first shopping event for Cinderella Dreams. “We wanted everybody who came in to leave with a dress – that was our goal – and to be happy with the dress,” says Jan Wood, who was program director at the Midlothian YMCA in 2001. She worked with Cinderella Dreams founder, Tracey Moody, to get the project off the ground. Jan organized a dress collection each February from YMCA of Greater Richmond branches and was key in planning and hosting the spring shopping event. During the first few years, Jan and Tracey outfitted approximately fifty young ladies with prom gear. “It was heartwarming. I had two younger girls, so I knew what a nice prom dress cost, and shoes and to buy the necklace and earrings – forgetting manicures and all of those things.” Ten years later, Cinderella Dreams is still a reality, now under the direction of the Midlothian Junior Women’s Club. Beth Fitzwater is chairman of the project and like Jan, tells stories of gleeful and thankful girls who have benefited from the project. “We’ve had moms tell us that their daughters couldn’t have gone to the prom without our help. We’ve had girls who are ecstatic to get a dress, and we’ve had mothers leave in tears,” says Beth. The program now serves approximately 250 girls per year, and hosts the shopping event in a donated retail space in the Midlothian area. With the help of school officials, some girls arrive by buses from as far away as Powhatan and Nottaway Counties. Donation sites have expanded beyond the Y, but Y members continue to donate approximately 300 dresses annually through collection boxes at local branches. This year shopping will be held on March 18, 19 and 26. Visit www.cinderelladreams.net for 2011 shopping location information.

YMCA staff member Jan Wood started the Y’s partnership with Cinderella Dreams

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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Giving back and providing support to our neighbors

Flatiron garden

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To make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Richmond, visit www.ymcarichmond.org

Volunteer Dale Dean shows kids the winter rye grass growing in the Flatiron Garden at the North Richmond YMCA

The Flatiron Garden at the North Richmond YMCA Community Center is a growing example of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. Members, staff and volunteers have collaborated to make the dream of this garden a reality. In 1983, a one-half acre parcel of land was donated to the Y. It is situated directly across the street from the North Richmond branch with easy access to nearby apartment communities and schools. In 2009, Executive Director Marilyn Milio and community volunteer Dale Dean began to promote the vision for this triangular piece of ground as the Flatiron Garden. They envisioned a learning garden where children and their families would be engaged from start to finish in the cultivation of vegetables, fruits and flowers. “The Flatiron Garden will be a place of both beauty and bounty. We are creating a jewel in the City that will feed and teach children from the Y as well as the surrounding community,” says Dale. Water Street Studio, a multi-disciplinary environmental design firm, collaborates with the Y by donating their landscape design services and teaching teens about CAD design. Southern States, WalMart, and Home Depot partner with the Y by donating supplies and materials. James River Land Management and Truetimber donated their services to help prepare the ground for planting. The plot has been covered with winter rye, which was planted by the children with help from Virginia Commonwealth University volunteers. The group used reclaimed wood to create signs painted with pictures of vegetables and fruit to show where plants are to be located. The signs have established the footprint of the upcoming harvest and created visible excitement. Edible schoolyards and kitchen classrooms are popular in many areas of the country. The North Richmond Y is happy and proud to help foster a deeper appreciation of how nature sustains us all. The Y is grateful for the continued support from the many hands that have contributed to this project.

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HEALTHY LIVING Improving the nation’s health and well-being

Squash your lunch

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Thirty-year-old Y member Brian Pontius is eating his words, “I used to make fun of squash. I played racquetball and thought squash was for sissies.” Now he plays lunchtime squash nearly every weekday at the YMCA James Center III with the men who introduced him to the game, Rodney Williams and Mark Rempe. “We like squash because it is demanding both mentally and physically and played at a frantic pace,” Rodney says. Like many Y members, these men are at the top of their game both physically and professionally. They are entrepreneurs, owning businesses in the real estate and construction markets. Their flexible schedules allow them to make time for daily workouts. “Exercise is a high priority for us. It puts us in an existential funk to miss a workout,” says Rodney. The James Center is a short walk from their offices and offers a convenient outlet with two squash courts. “They are here every day and are enthusiastic to be here,” says Operations Director Lauren Reyes. “They have made connections with a lot of the members; they recognize them and know them,” she adds. Networking at the Y has its professional rewards for these self-starters. “We do a fair amount of business with the members we’ve met through the Y,” says Rodney. But professional networking is just an added bonus; they are really here for the squash competition. They founded the American Squash Society to organize pick-up games with fellow James Center YMCA squash players, which has blossomed to over thirty participants. “We’re like the U.N.,” jokes Mark Rempe, explaining that squash is an international sport, and the society is comprised of players who represent several nationalities. They also compete regionally in the Virginia Squash Racquets Association, which hosts matches at private clubs and schools throughout the state. With exposure to Richmond’s elite clubs and squash facilities, these guys agree on a few factors that distinguish the James Center YMCA. “The people who work here – we love them – and that really makes a difference. It’s friendlier than most clubs,” says Brian. They also list reasonable membership dues, laundry service, and the YMCA metro-facility access as crucial factors. But what brings them back every day at lunch is a hunger for squash – one that they have yet to squelch.

Left to right: Rodney Williams, Brian Pontius and Mark Rempe enjoy a lunchtime game of squash

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HEALTHY LIVING Improving the nation’s health and well-being

Breast cancer survivor Theodora Merry (right) with LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Program Advisor Holly Austin

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Breast cancer survivor Theodora Merry represents many who fought cancer through the recession, unemployed and uninsured. A friend referred her to the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, which helps cancer survivors come to terms with their illness and recover from treatments – at no cost. She was one of eight cancer survivors, ranging in age from 42-79, who participated in the pilot program last fall at the Downtown YMCA. Each participant was battling a different form of the disease: breast cancer, prostate, colon, pancreatic, and other types of cancer – but all were attempting to regain the life they had before their diagnosis. “There’s a new normal that you have to establish,” explains Operations Director and LIVESTRONG Program Advisor Holly Austin. Through strength and cardio activities, her team helped participants regain abilities they lost as a result of cancer. Tasks that we take for granted, such as tying shoelaces or putting groceries in an overhead kitchen cabinet, had to be relearned. “We wanted them to integrate back into interacting with everyone and to see themselves as being somewhat normal again,” says Holly. “If we had told them that was the goal at the beginning of the twelve weeks they would have turned around and walked out the door, but that is what happened.” Prior to joining the program, Theodora was on a difficult path to recovery. She had a mammogram at a local free clinic, but her doctor resigned before informing her of the test results. The lump in her breast advanced from the size of a pecan to the size of a grapefruit before she was able to start treatment thirteen months later. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA supported her throughout her treatments. “I have been given an incredible gift: the opportunity to rebuild my crumbling body, recover my wits and lift my spirits,” she says. Theodora recently re-entered the workforce and her health is improving. A follow-up appointment with her doctor shows her cancer is in remission. With renewed strength and a positive outlook, she says, “As my body grows stronger so does my resolve to make the most of the rest of my life.” LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is currently offered at the Downtown YMCA and will be offered at the Midlothian and Tuckahoe YMCAs beginning this summer. Check upcoming program guides for details.

To make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Richmond, visit www.ymcarichmond.org

Relief for survivors

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HEALTHY LIVING Post-10k brunch recipe:

Mushroom & Spinach Egg Crepes Makes 2 


After your training runs and the 10k, it is important to replenish your body with a healthy meal. This vegetarian crepe is adapted from a recipe from the December 2010 issue of Runner’s World. If you prefer, substitute sautéed vegetables for mushrooms. In a 10-inch skillet, heat one teaspoon oil over moderate heat for approximately 1 minute. Add two tablespoons of water and spinach; cook two minutes or until tender. Drain excess water, slice to desired size, and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Set aside with sautéed mushrooms and pepper. Combine one tablespoon water and one egg in a bowl. Lightly beat. Add 1/2 teaspoon oil to skillet on high. Slowly pour mixture into skillet, tilting pan as you pour, so a thin layer covers the pan. Cook for one minute. Remove from heat and fill center of the skillet with half of the sautéed mushrooms, pepper, herbs and cheese. Fold sides of crepe over filling. Repeat with second egg. Serve with fresh fruit juice and a wheat roll.

2011 SPRING PROGRAM GUIDE YMCA OF GREATER RICHMOND

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2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 6 large sautéed mushrooms, thinly sliced 1 sautéed chili pepper, chopped (optional) Fine sea salt 8 ounces fresh spinach Freshly grated nutmeg 2 large eggs, at room temperature 2 teaspoons chopped mixed herbs 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese Freshly ground pepper

[ we want your recipes ] Please submit your favorites to feedback@ymcarichmond.org.

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WELCOME!

Active Adults

Using this guide, you can browse programs offered at 15 YMCA branch locations throughout the Greater Richmond and Petersburg areas! Programs may vary by branch. Please call your local YMCA or go online to www.ymcarichmond.org for more information about any program in this guide.

Using Your Program Guide A lot has changed from the previous branch-only version of the Program Guide. Please follow these simple steps to take advantage of this great resource:

Your YMCA Membership Your YMCA Facility or Community Membership allows you to take advantage of all the programs offered in this guide. Below are just a few of the many opportunities your membership provides: •  Bond with your family, friends and community • Meet your health and fitness goals •  Get professional fitness and health evaluations • Learn to swim • Play your favorite sport •  Take advantage of free Child Watch (at most locations) while you work out

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Open to All The YMCA is dedicated to remaining open to people of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities and financial circumstances. Families with annual household incomes less than $75,000 and individuals earning less than $60,000 qualify for income-based rates. Financial assistance is also available.

Chester Family YMCA.......................CH

Land Fitness Classes CK, CH, DT, GO, JR, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Improve your health and socialize in land-based fitness classes. We offer a large variety of classes designed to suit a wide range of abilities and interests.

Chickahominy Family YMCA..............CK Downtown YMCA.............................DT Goochland Family YMCA...................GO James Center YMCA.........................JC John Rolfe Family YMCA...................JR Manchester Family YMCA.................MN Midlothian Family YMCA..................MD North Richmond YMCA Community Center...........................NR Patrick Henry Family YMCA..............PH Elizabeth Randolph Lewis Powhatan YMCA..............................PO

YMCA Day Camps and YMCA Camp Thunderbird

Games and Social Opportunities CH, CK, DT, GO, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, TK Join us for a wide range of games and social opportunities for active older adults. Activities vary by branch, but include card games, art groups, bingo, Bunco, board games, chess, bocce ball, group knitting sessions, bible study, luncheons, book clubs, art classes, birthday socials, guest speakers and much more.

Shady Grove Family YMCA................SG Southside Virginia Family YMCA......SS Swift Creek Family YMCA.................SC Tuckahoe Family YMCA....................TK Camp Thunderbird Outdoor Center...CT

Facility Membership Facility Membership allows access to all 15 branch locations throughout the Greater Richmond and Petersburg areas, including all programs offered. You also gain access to the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA’s branch locations throughout the Williamsburg area as well as most YMCAs nationally through our Always Welcome At a YMCA (A.W.A.Y.) program. Community Membership Community Members pay an annual membership fee, plus the Community Member rate for selected programs. Community Members receive an official YMCA member card, access to locker rooms and lounge areas, a quarterly YMCA magazine and invitations to special Community Member events. Community Members must join at their local branch. Join Today! Visit your local branch or go to www.ymcarichmond.org to join. Branch contact information is located on the back cover of this Program Guide.

Allow your child to grow this summer at a YMCA Day Camp, Specialty Camp or Sports Camp! With 14 branch locations including the expansive YMCA Camp Thunderbird Outdoor Center, there’s always a camp that’s close to where you live or work. Sign up online or at your local YMCA. www.ymcarichmond.org/camp

Table of Contents

Active Adults.................................21 Aquatics.........................................21 Arts & Humanities.......................23 Sports.............................................24 Teens...............................................25 Wellness.........................................27 Family & Parent/Child.................29

Silver Sneakers CH, CK, DT, GO, JR, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase strength, range of movement and daily active living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing and a ball are used for resistance. Chairs may be used for seated and/or standing support. ®

Silver Sneakers® Yoga Stretch DT, GO, JR, TK This class will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and a final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

Trips GO, MD, MN, NR, PO, SG, SS, TK Go on trips and socialize with other active adults. Branches coordinate various trips, often in conjunction with one another. Trips may range from daytime outings to multiple-day getaways. Game Fit CK, MD This weekly session uses interactive video games to encourage healthy activity and interaction among older adults of all physical abilities.

Aquatics Adult Swim Lessons CH, CK, DT, GO, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK It’s never too late to learn how to swim or to brush up on your technique. Our adult swim lesson participants are grouped by ability to ensure fundamental swimming techniques are mastered before advancing to more difficult classes. We have beginner and intermediate classes for participants ages 13 and up. Aquatic Fitness Classes CH, CK, DT, GO, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Participants ages 15 and older can improve their cardiovascular fitness, muscular conditioning and flexibility. We offer a large variety of water-based exercise classes including water walking, water aerobics, water volleyball, tai chi and more.

To make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Richmond, visit www.ymcarichmond.org

• Find programs that interest you by type. A table of contents is located below. • Once you find a program of interest, you will notice a list of branch initials directly under the program. • Reference those initials to the Branch Key at right to determine which branch offers the program. • Call your local branch or go online to www.ymcarichmond.org for specific dates, times and age requirements for the program, and also to register. Branch contact information is located on the back cover of this Program Guide.

BRANCH KEY

Aquatic Fitness Classes CH, CK, DT, GO, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Improve your cardiovascular fitness, muscular conditioning and flexibility. We offer a large variety of water-based exercise classes including water walking, water aerobics, water sports and more.

Lifeguard Certification – Red Cross CH, CK, DT, GO, MD, PO, TK This program allows individuals to become certified lifeguards. It includes lifeguard, first aid and CPR/AED certification. Participants must be able to swim 300 yards continuously including 100 yards breaststroke and 100 freestyle or breaststroke.

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Swim Clinics – Between Seasons CH, CK, DT, GO, MD, MN, NR, PH, TK Designed to allow current swim team members ages 5-18 the opportunity to stay in shape during the off season or for prospective members to learn technique and strengthen endurance.

Masters Swimming DT, MD, PH, SG, TK This program for ages 14 and up is geared toward the individual who wants to improve endurance, technique and learn new strokes. Beginner, intermediate and advanced workouts are available. This is a great training program for triathletes. Medically-Based Classes CH, CK, MD, SG, SS, TK The Y offers aquatics classes for those with certain medical conditions including arthritis and multiple sclerosis. All of our branches are open to populations with special needs. Classes vary by branch. Please contact your local Y to learn more. One-on-One Swim Lessons CH, CK, DT, GO, MD, MN, NR, PO, SG, SS, TK Take advantage of one-on-one time with a knowledgeable instructor to work on basic or advanced fundamentals of swimming and water safety. For ages 3 and older. Parent/Child Swim Lessons CH, CK, DT, GO, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK You and your six-month to three-year-old child will love these fun, game-filled, half-hour lessons. Positive reinforcement helps your child enjoy the water, never forcing them to submerge. This is an excellent introduction to the pool and our preschool swim lessons.

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Preschool Swim Lessons CH, CK, DT, GO, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Preschool swim lessons teach fundamental swimming skills to children ages 3-5. Basic skills and water safety are taught throughout the course as children are encouraged to interact with instructors in a relaxed and fun environment. Participants are grouped into classes by ability, which include the following levels: Pike (beginner), Eel (advanced beginner), Ray (intermediate), and Starfish (advanced).

USS Long Course Swim Team SG, TK We offer a year-round, progressive swim team program that involves a higher level of competition and a more advanced workout schedule. This is a larger commitment on the swimmer and parents when compared to our swim league. This program involves travel swim meets out of the area as well as several local United States Swimming (USS) meets. YMCA Swim Teams CH, CK, DT, GO, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Participants ages 5-18 must be able to swim at least one length of the pool. Skilled coaching staff will help your child with stroke technique and endurance while always incorporating the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Teams will compete against other branches during swim meets. Youth Swim Lessons CH, CK, DT, GO, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Beginners focus on developing freestyle and proper rotary breathing, while advanced levels focus on other skills such as backstroke. This progressive program for children ages 6-12 is divided into six levels based on participant ability. These include Polliwog (beginner), Guppy (advanced beginner), Minnow (intermediate), Fish (advanced intermediate), Flying Fish (advanced) and Shark (most advanced).

Chester Family YMCA.................................................... CH Chickahominy Family YMCA........................................... CK Downtown YMCA.......................................................... DT Goochland Family YMCA................................................ GO James Center YMCA...................................................... JC John Rolfe Family YMCA................................................ JR Manchester Family YMCA.............................................. MN Midlothian Family YMCA............................................... MD North Richmond YMCA Community Center.................... NR Patrick Henry Family YMCA........................................... PH Elizabeth Randolph Lewis Powhatan YMCA................... PO Shady Grove Family YMCA............................................. SG Southside Virginia Family YMCA................................... SS Swift Creek Family YMCA.............................................. SC Tuckahoe Family YMCA................................................. TK Camp Thunderbird Outdoor Center................................ CT

Songwriter’s Workshop SG This monthly workshop focuses on the art and craft of songwriting. Local songwriters will perform songs and discuss the stories behind their favorites, as well as answer questions and describe their songwriting techniques. The workshop meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Youth Dance GO, JR, MD, PO, SG Explore different styles of dance. Try out ballet, hip hop, jazz and more. Instruction and styles taught vary by branch.

Arts and Humanities Adult Dance DT, GO, NR, SG, TK Learn how to dance or brush up on your skills. Instruction and styles taught vary by branch. Art Classes SG You and your family will love our various art classes, ranging from pottery to painting to drawing to portraits. Film-Making Class SG This 8-10 week class offers young people a great first experience making a film. Students will learn basics of writing, storyboarding, filming, directing, acting, editing and much more. Each student will receive a DVD copy of their group’s finished product. A final showing will unveil the projects to friends, family and Y staff on the last day of the program. Group Music Classes SG If one-on-one lessons are too expensive or time consuming, then you can choose group instruction. Choose from Preschool Piano, Group Guitar for Adults, Group Piano for Adults, and more. Classes are usually 4 weeks in length for an hour each class. Many classes are offered year-round. Music Lessons JR, MD, PH, PO, SG Enjoy weekly one-on-one lessons on a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, bass, flute, strings, drums, woodwinds and brass. Recitals and performance opportunities available. Music lessons offered vary by branch.

Child Care Licensed Early Childhood Education CH, DT, MD, NR, PO, SG Full- and half-day programs are offered for children ages 2½-5. Based on the Creative Curriculum, these programs address social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language development, embracing hands-on learning through play. Structured activities help children bond with peers and caring adults while they prepare for kindergarten. Licensed Elementary School Age Child Care CH, CK, CT, DT, GO, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK YMCA Licensed Elementary School Age Child Care is designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Programs for this age group complement and enhance formal education, and provide learning opportunities that build relationships, develop character and inspire discovery to help foster your child’s academic success. Contact your local branch or go online for a list of schools served.

To make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Richmond, visit www.ymcarichmond.org

Swim For Life CH, CK, PH Swim for Life is a get-healthy, get-fit program for all ages tailored to your schedule. Swim laps any time that’s convenient for you! Just list your name and laps swum on a provided index card and your miles will be tracked for you. See how far you can swim! Available anytime there is a lap lane open.

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Recording Services SG Take advantage of our digital recording capabilities to capture your budding musician, songwriting teenager or your open mic talent. Or let us convert your old tapes and records to CD. Studio times are in two- or four-hour blocks. Conversion is priced on filling a CD.

Middle School-Age Child Care CH, CK, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, TK The Y has a positive impact on the lives of middle schoolage youth. Youth learn new skills, spend time with caring leaders and discover new interests. This program also provides a safe and fun environment that benefits each child. Contact your local branch or go online for a list of schools served.

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Lacrosse SG

Martial Arts DT, MD, PH, PO, SG, TK

Soccer CH, CK, GO, MD, MN, PO, SG, SS, TK Softball SG Sports Samplers MD, GO

T-Ball CH, MD, MN, SG, TK Tennis MD, PO Volleyball PO, TK, SG

Sports Youth Sports The Y offers opportunities for youth to participate in a wide variety of sports. Emphasis is placed on sportsmanship in a fun, competitive environment while incorporating the four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Many of the youth sports listed below offer a wide range of programs and instructional classes to suit youth of all ages and abilities. Sports teams may compete in Y leagues with children from other branches. Please go online or call your local branch to learn more about all of our youth sports programs. Basketball CH, MD, MN, NR, PO, SG, SS, TK Blastball® CK, GO, MD, MN, NR, PO, SG, TK An entry-level form of T-Ball for children ages 3-4. Players learn the foundations of batting, catching and throwing. Cheerleading NR, SG Field Hockey SG

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Flag Football CH, MD, SG, TK

Gym & Swim MD, TK

Gymnastics GO, MN, TK

Adult Sports The Y offers sports leagues for adults who like to play in a competitive environment with an emphasis on sportsmanship and fun. Please go online or call your local branch to find out more about our adult sports programs. Basketball MD, NR, SG Flag Football MD Racquetball JC Squash JC Volleyball MD Rockwall Programs MD, TK Bouldering and climbing walls offer many routes suitable for all abilities. All climbers must be four years or older and have a signed waiver (a parent or legal guardian must sign for youth under 18 years of age). Skate Parks GO, MN Skaters must wear a helmet at all times. Skaters 17 years old and younger must wear elbow and knee pads. Skaters 9 years old and younger must have an adult present at all times.

Babysitting Certification Program GO, MD, PO, SG, TK Learn first aid, emergency procedures, good nutrition, bottle-feeding, proper hygiene and bedtime tasks and techniques. Develop your babysitting expertise while earning extra money doing important work. Please bring a bag lunch; for ages 11-15. Black Achievers Program DT This program, designed for minority high school students, organizes college tours, SAT preparation, career exploration activities, homework help, and volunteer opportunities to help teens prepare for college. Minority professionals serve as mentors and lead career clusters in order for teens to gain knowledge and obtain more information about specific professions. Junior Leaders’ Club MN, PO, SG, TK This program is similar to Leaders’ Club, but is offered for middle school-aged youth. Middle School Enrichment Programs GO G.M.A.C. (Goochland Middle Action Challenge) is an after-school enrichment program for middle schoolaged youth. Participants meet three times a week (twice at their school and once at the Y) for structured recreational activities and academic assistance. Leaders’ Club CH, CK, DT, GO, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK YMCA Leaders’ Club provides teens ages 13-18 with knowledge, training, communication skills and valuable team-building experience through volunteering in Y programs and the community. Leaders’ Club trains teens to better serve their community and the Y as they encourage each other to make a positive impact for present and future generations. Qualifying leaders may participate in Blue Ridge Leaders’ School, a week-long school held in June that is run by the South Field YMCAs with a main focus on fitness and leadership development.

Metro Teen DT Metro Teens practice the skills they need to become tomorrow’s leaders. Through hands-on activities, group projects and guest speakers, teens learn about the issues that affect their community and discuss youth-oriented solutions. Available to rising high school students. Middle School After-Hours Night CH, CK, GO, MD, MN, PH, PO, SG, TK Participating branches host after-hours nights for middle school teens. The Y provides a safe place for teens to come and hang out, sing, dance, play sports, video games and more. Teen Achievers SG This program for high school students organizes college tours, SAT preparation, career exploration activities, homework help and volunteer opportunities to prepare teens for a bright future.

To make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Richmond, visit www.ymcarichmond.org

Teens

Teen Bible Study SG, TK Teen Bible Study is a free program that offers participants opportunities to join in Christian fellowship with other teens and to delve into God’s word. Teens in Action MD, TK The mission of the Teens in Action club is to provide volunteer and social opportunities for teens in the Y while developing leadership skills in a positive atmosphere that fosters a sense of belonging and encouragement. Teens will be required to attend a volunteer workshop. Club members are also asked to participate in essential monthly meetings. 25


Youth in Government/Model General Assembly CH, GO, MD, PO, SG, TK This program for high school youth grades 9-12 helps to promote leadership and civic responsibility in the youth of our community. The Model General Assembly provides youth with an invaluable experience as future leaders of Virginia’s system of government. Youth learn the importance of citizen participation and public service.

Exercise Evaluations DT, GO, JC, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Our fitness assessment specialist has the information you need to take your exercise goals to the next level. Test options available:

Wellness

Components include: 10-week training program (Sat, Jan 22- Apr 2, 2011) with detailed written schedule; guidance from experienced coaches; organized weekly group runs/ walks; special YMCA 10k Training Team shirt; entry in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k; special clinics on subjects like running shoes and related topics. ActivTrax CH, CK, DT, GO, JC, JR, MN, MD, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK ActivTrax is a web-based program that helps you reach your wellness and nutrition goals. After an initial, personalized setup session with wellness staff, ActivTrax will develop workouts and nutrition plans to meet your needs. Best of all, ActivTrax is accessible from anywhere with an Internet connection including the branch kiosk, your work or home computer, or your smartphone! Adrenaline Sports SG This outdoor group exercise program uses no equipment and incorporates all components of fitness into an intense one-hour workout.

Cholesterol/Glucose Testing CH, CK, DT, GO, JC, JR, MN, NR, PO, SG, SS, TK A simple, five-minute test will give you accurate measurements of your total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose. The test requires a 12-hour fast. For ages 18 and up. Comprehensive Fitness Testing Package DT, GO, MD, NR, PO, SG, TK This test will tell you the efficiency of your cardiovascular system, an estimation of your maximal oxygen consumption during cardiovascular exercise and will provide you with information on optimum exercise intensity to better achieve your fitness goals. CPR/AED Certification CH, CK, DT, GO, JR, MD, PO, SG This is an American Red Cross Certification for adult and child.

BRANCH KEY Chester Family YMCA.................................................... CH Chickahominy Family YMCA........................................... CK Downtown YMCA.......................................................... DT Goochland Family YMCA................................................ GO

Adult Cooking Classes GO, PO Learn to turn every meal into a delicious dose of healthy nutrition through demonstrations of simple recipes that can be recreated easily at home in this hands-on cooking class.

James Center YMCA...................................................... JC

Blood Pressure Screenings CH, CK, DT, GO, JC, JR, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Free monthly blood pressure screenings are available to members. Speak with a wellness coach for branch-specific details.

Elizabeth Randolph Lewis Powhatan YMCA................... PO

John Rolfe Family YMCA................................................ JR Manchester Family YMCA.............................................. MN Midlothian Family YMCA............................................... MD North Richmond YMCA Community Center.................... NR Patrick Henry Family YMCA........................................... PH Shady Grove Family YMCA............................................. SG Southside Virginia Family YMCA................................... SS Swift Creek Family YMCA.............................................. SC Tuckahoe Family YMCA................................................. TK Camp Thunderbird Outdoor Center................................ CT

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Fast Five Fitness Check CH, CK, DT, GO, JC, JR, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Measure your blood pressure, target heart rate, strength, flexibility and body composition. For ages 15 and up. First Aid Certification CK, DT, GO, MD, SG This class teaches how to properly give first aid to those in need. General Wellness Orientation CH, CK, DT, GO, JC, JR, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Get started right! Learn how to use the entire wellness center. We have treadmills, bikes, cross trainers, free weights and strength training machines. For ages 15 and up. Group Exercise Classes CH, CK, DT, GO, JC, JR, MN, MD, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Whatever your goal - weight loss, toning, stress relief, endurance - there is a class to suit your needs. For safety and enjoyment, class sizes are limited. Branch-specific schedules, class offerings and descriptions are available online. One-on-one orientation with a wellness coach required for ages 9-14. Please contact your local branch to schedule this appointment. Group Exercise Instruction & Certification Course DT, MD, TK This course covers the basics of anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology, class formatting and injury prevention including instruction to teach floor aerobics and strength training. Certification examination given during the last class. Hot Stone Massage JC, JR, MD, SG Experience the ultimate in therapeutic relaxation with a 60-minute hot stone massage. Known as generators of energy, warm stones are gently applied to your muscles, relaxing your body at its deepest level.

Kid Fit CH, MD, PH, SG This youth fitness class will improve cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility while having fun. A variety of fitness activities and games will be included. LIVESTRONG™ at the YMCA DT This free program is designed for cancer survivors 17 years and older who have become deconditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment or disease. Participants receive a free 12-week Metro Family Membership and may use Y facilities at any time. Participants may bring a support person who can assist in the class or work out on their out. Medical clearance required. Contact Holly Austin, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Advisor at 474-4306 to learn more. Martial Arts DT, MD, PH, PO, SG, TK Improved balance, relaxation, stress reduction and overall health are just some of the benefits of martial arts classes at the Y. Styles offered vary by branch and may include Tai Chi, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Cuong Nhu and others.

To make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Richmond, visit www.ymcarichmond.org

2011 YMCA 10k Training Teams CH, CK, DT, GO, JC, JR, MN, MD, NR, PH, PO, SG, SC, SS, TK The Sports Backers and the Y partner to offer YMCA 10k Training Teams again this year. Individuals of all levels interested in running or walking the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k on Saturday, April 2, will work together to reach this goal. Non-Y members are encouraged to participate and will receive a guest pass for 10 free visits to a Y branch to work out.

• Sub-maximal cardiovascular testing (e.g. bike or treadmill) • Muscular Strength (e.g. maximum press) • Muscular Endurance (e.g. sit-ups, push-ups, 50% reps, etc.) • Body Composition (e.g. skinfold calipers, height/ weight, circumference) • Flexibility (e.g., sit and reach)

Massage Therapy JC, JR, MD, NR, PH, SG, TK Relax and give yourself or someone you love a treat. Enjoy all types of massage given by our certified massage therapists. Medically-Based Classes CH, CK, JR, MD, NR, PH, SG, SS, TK The Y offers medically-based classes for many conditions including arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cardiac rehab, cancer, conditions involving chronic pain and more. All of our branches are open to populations with special needs. Please contact your local Y or visit us online for specific information. 27


N.E.W. YOU (Nutrition, Exercise, and Wellness for You) MN, NR, TK Looking to turn over a new leaf? N.E.W. YOU is a comprehensive program that offers education, motivation and support for those ready to lead a healthier lifestyle. Participants will have the opportunity to build a fitness and nutrition program geared toward their individual goals and needs, track their progress and learn about general wellness topics such as the role of stress on health, the latest research on weight loss management, exercise tips and food preparation suggestions. Off-season Training PO Conditioning training for youth ages 11-14 to help prepare for spring sport season. Paired Personal Training CH, CK, DT, GO, JC, JR, MD MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK With a good friend and an expert fitness trainer to motivate you, better health is yours for the taking. For ages 15 and up. Personal Training CH, CK, DT, GO, JC, JR, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Team up with a certified personal trainer who can help you reach your fitness goals more efficiently. Youth ages 1114 must be Youth Fitness Certified prior to registration. Personal Training for Three DT, JC, SG, TK If you are interested in training with two friends, then we have the program for you. For ages 15 and older.

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Facility Rentals CH, CK, DT, GO, MD, MN, NR, PH, SS Let the Y make your event special. Many branches offer facility rentals including gymnasiums, pools and other social spaces. Please call a participating branch for more information.

Registered Dietician Service CH, CK, DT, GO, JC, JR, MN, MD, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Your body is a machine and food is its fuel. Ever wonder what effects your nutrition might be having on your “healthy lifestyle” engine? If you are eating poorly and getting inadequate nutrition, your workout could be suffering. Take advantage of the Registered Dietician Service and receive a private consultation featuring a complete nutrition analysis.

Family Craft Corner TK Parents and children, join us to make a craft. All ages are welcome. All supplies are provided. Family Nights and Special Events CH, CK, DT, GO, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Bring your family and enjoy a variety of opportunities for fun. Activities range from float nights, movie nights, ice cream socials, Easter egg hunts, father/daughter dances, religious observances, games and more!

Teen Fit/Game Fit MD, TK This is a program devoted to youth and teens. Teens can enjoy Dance Dance Revolution and Wii projected on a wall screen to encourage healthy activity and interaction. The program is taught by a certified group exercise instructor. Triathlon Training Team CH, MD, SG These training teams are for athletes wanting the support, guidance, and knowledge to complete a sprint triathlon. Team members receive swimming, biking and running instruction; a sprint triathlon training program; a strength training program for triathletes; and weekly support and activities. W.O.W. (Women on Weights) GO This small group class meets weekly and is just for the ladies! We will determine training loads and practice proper form and technique for several strength training exercises. Training principles will be discussed along with muscle group anatomy. Participants will learn exercises using various equipment including weight machines and free weights.

Finger Food Classes JR, SG Children learn to create healthy, tasty foods, the basics of cooking and how to be comfortable in the kitchen.

Weight Loss Challenge CH, CK, DT, GO, JC, JR, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, TK Whether it’s called “Mission Possible,” “Fit by Fall” or another name, numerous Y branches offer weightloss challenges. Come benefit from group support and encouragement as you reach your weight-loss goal. Wellness Incentives CH, CK, DT, GO, JC, JR, MD, MN, SG, TK Need motivation to exercise? Join one of our wellness incentive programs and stay motivated to exercise and win prizes! The goal is friendly competition to become healthy, fit and motivated.

Family & Parent/Child

It Takes Two SG, TK Marriage education for couples taught by First Things First of Greater Richmond. Fee includes instruction, participant workbook and take-home materials. Parent/Child Classes GO, MD, PO, SG, TK We offer numerous parent/child programs for children up to five years old. Programs may include fitness, nutrition education and cooking, yoga, gymnastics, music and free play. Age limits may vary by branch.

To make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Richmond, visit www.ymcarichmond.org

Member Running Groups DT, GO, MN, PH, PO, SG Members organize and lead running groups from Y branches.

Personal Wellness Profile CH, CK, DT, GO, JC, JR, MD, MN, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK A comprehensive, personal assessment of your current health status including your fitness prescription, nutritional analysis, health risk evaluation and much more. For ages 15 and older.

Birthday Parties CH, CK, DT, GO, MD, NR, PH, PO, SG, SS, TK Celebrate your birthday with the Y! A variety of options are available to make this a truly special day. Children’s Yoga MD, PO A mind and body workout, focusing on stretching, strengthening and breathing for children ages 7-13. Creative Movement MD Specific classes are taught for ages 3-5 and 6-9. This program offers a mix of dance, imagery and group interaction designed to stretch your child’s creativity. Appropriate clothing is required.

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Branch Hours

Parents’ Night Out CH, DT, GO, JR, MD, MN, PH, PO, SG These fun evenings at the Y promise to be filled with awesome games, music, crafts, movies, swimming and much more for your children.

YMCA CAMP THUNDERBIRD OUTDOOR CENTER 9300 Shawonodasee Rd. Chesterfield, VA 23832 Phone: (804) 748-6714 Fax: (804) 748-8365

Prenatal Yoga DT This quarterly, six-week, prenatal yoga program is designed for expectant mothers and any other participants who seek a gentler form of yoga. Ropes Course SG With over 20 high and low challenge elements, we can provide your corporate team, youth group, sports team, camp or any other group with a fun, challenging and educational experience. Come to us or let us bring the course to you! Y Guides CT, PH, SG, TK The Y-Guides, Y-Princesses and Y-Papoose programs are unique opportunities for fathers to spend uninterrupted time with their children. The purpose of the programs is to strengthen families. Fathers, sons and daughters participate in fun and educational activities that help them grow closer together. Activities range from camping canoeing, archery, crafts, and games to special events and outings organized by the Y.

CHICKAHOMINY FAMILY YMCA 5401 Whiteside Rd. Sandston, VA 23150 Phone: (804) 737-9622 Fax: (804) 737-8651 Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Friday: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m.

BRANCH KEY Chester Family YMCA.................................................... CH Chickahominy Family YMCA........................................... CK Downtown YMCA.......................................................... DT Goochland Family YMCA................................................ GO James Center YMCA...................................................... JC John Rolfe Family YMCA................................................ JR Manchester Family YMCA.............................................. MN Midlothian Family YMCA............................................... MD North Richmond YMCA Community Center.................... NR Patrick Henry Family YMCA........................................... PH Elizabeth Randolph Lewis Powhatan YMCA................... PO Shady Grove Family YMCA............................................. SG Southside Virginia Family YMCA................................... SS Swift Creek Family YMCA.............................................. SC Tuckahoe Family YMCA................................................. TK Camp Thunderbird Outdoor Center................................ CT

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DOWNTOWN YMCA 2 W. Franklin St. Richmond, VA 23220 Phone: (804) 644-9622 Fax: (804) 644-3223 Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: 12 – 6 p.m. GOOCHLAND FAMILY YMCA 1800 Dickinson Rd. Goochland, VA 23063 Phone: (804) 556-9887 Fax: (804) 556-6847 Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5:30 a.m – 9 p.m. Friday – 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday: 12 – 6 p.m.

PATRICK HENRY FAMILY YMCA 217 Ashcake Rd. Ashland, VA 23005 Phone: (804) 798-5770 Fax: (804) 798-5941 Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: 12 – 6 p.m.

JOHN ROLFE FAMILY YMCA 2244 John Rolfe Parkway Henrico, VA 23233 Phone: (804) 360-8767 Fax: (804) 237-8497 Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: Closed

ELIZABETH RANDOLPH LEWIS POWHATAN YMCA 2269 Mann Rd Powhatan, VA 23139 Phone: (804) 598-0250 Fax: (804) 403-6040 Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday: 12 – 6 p.m.

MANCHESTER FAMILY YMCA 7540 Hull Street Rd. Richmond, VA 23235 Phone: (804) 276-9622 Fax: (804) 745-4866 Hours: Monday – Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

SHADY GROVE FAMILY YMCA 11255 Nuckols Rd. Glen Allen, VA 23059 Phone: (804) 270-3866 Fax: (804) 270-0478 Hours: Monday – Friday: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

MIDLOTHIAN FAMILY YMCA 737 Coalfield Rd. Midlothian, VA 23114 Phone: (804) 379-5668 Fax: (804) 379-5329 Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

SOUTHSIDE VA FAMILY YMCA 120 North Madison Street Petersburg, VA 23803 Phone: (804) 733-9333 Fax: (804) 862-2585 Hours: Monday – Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

NORTH RICHMOND YMCA COMMUNITY CENTER 4207 Old Brook Rd. Richmond, VA 23227 Phone: (804) 329-9622 Membership Fax: (804) 329-1618 Childcare Fax: (804) 329-1613 Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m.

To make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Richmond, visit www.ymcarichmond.org

CHESTER FAMILY YMCA 3011 W. Hundred Road Chester, VA 23831 Phone: (804) 748-9622 Fax: (804) 751-0276 Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: 12 – 6 p.m.

JAMES CENTER YMCA Three James Center 1051 E. Cary St., Suite 300 Richmond, VA 23219 Phone: (804) 200-6070 Fax: (804) 200-6084 Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday: Closed

TUCKAHOE FAMILY YMCA 9211 Patterson Avenue Henrico, Virginia 23229 Phone: (804) 740-9622 Fax: (804) 741-9606 Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday, 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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YMCA OF GREATER RICHMOND 2 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220 P 804.649.9622 www.ymcarichmond.org

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE Rarely do campaigns close with a gift that rivals the lead gift in size and impact. But that’s what happened in the Growing Stronger Together Campaign to expand the Y in Hanover County. At the Patrick Henry Family YMCA ribbon cutting celebration, the Jane and Arthur Flippo Foundation surprised the gathered guests with their gift to fully fund the construction of a new gymnasium. With this donation, the Flippo Foundation, which had already made significant gifts to both the capital and 2010 annual campaign, turned the ribbon cutting ceremony into a virtual ground breaking with the announcement. The gym, opening this summer, will have a state-of-the-art walking track, a tribute to Mr. Flippo who did rehab work at the Patrick Henry Y after his stroke. His physical therapy included walking the small indoor track at the storefront Y or walking around

Sylvia Acors, Franklin Jones, Norman Long

the deck of the swimming pool in the Jane and Arthur Flippo Aquatic Center, a sign of the family’s generosity in a previous campaign. The Flippo Foundation gift is the capstone to a successful campaign that will help to ensure that everyone in Hanover County can grow stronger together.

YMCA Connect Magazine Spring 2011  

A Community Magazine from the YMCA of Greater Richmond

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