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What’s Happening at the West Suburban YMCA

Fall 2018 After School Program

Enrollment for Fall 2018 Out-of-School Time at the West Suburban YMCA is open. Out-of-School Time (OST) is an engaging after-school care program for grades K-8. The school-year program follows the Newton Public School calendar, including extended hours and Early Release Days, and transportation to the Y is available from most elementary and middle schools in Newton. For more information, visit wsymca.org or contact Jeremy Smith at 617-244-6050 x3068 or jeremys@wsymca.org.


Fall Program Registration – Discover What You Can Do!

Registration is open for Early Fall Programs at the YMCA! Programs begin the week September 4th. Pick up a fall program guide at the Y or view online at wsymca.org/find-a-program. Highlights include:

  • Sports: Discover teamwork and sportsmanship by registering for one of the many sports programs at the Y. The YMCA’s Youth Soccer Association (YSA) League welcomes children ages 4-8 to have fun learning the game of soccer. Saturday NFL Flag Football is another option for kids to learn football skills and positions while playing in a fun league. Teen 3v3 Basketball League is starting up this fall as well. Visit wsymca.org for more sports programs including basketball, gymnastics, lacrosse, adaptive sports and more.
  • Music & Creative Arts: Discover your voice and learn to collaborate with a group in our Rock Band class! Rock Band is a 13-week program for ages 9+. Students have weekly rehearsals with their group in preparation for performances and will explore a variety of genres. The Y also offers private music lessons for guitar, bass, drums, piano and voice. New students can schedule a free introductory lesson.
  • Fitness & Wellness: Discover your strength with new offerings from our Fitness & Wellness Department. Try Run 101, a class for participants who would like to learn the basics of running with a small, supportive training group, Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi, a program to help participants relieve pain and improve balance through gentle, fluid movements, and Y Warriors, a fun class for ages 10-12 that uses games, obstacles and other activities to keep kids active and healthy.
  • Also new this fall is Y Empower, a new free program designed specifically for girls ages 10-14. This program will allow girls to explore their health holistically and be prepared to manage the stress that adolescence often brings. Participants will learn about topics such as nutrition, social media, job preparedness and self care, while also trying fitness activities like yoga, Zumba and swimming in a supportive environment. Contact Jane Carroll at janec@wsymca.org for more information about this program.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. The next session will begin in late September. To learn more or participate in an upcoming session, contact Jane Carroll at janec@wsymca.org.


Swim Lessons for All Ages

Learn and improve upon a lifelong skill so you can be confident and capable in the water. YMCA Swim Lessons are available for all ages – infants through adults – and accommodate all abilities with three categories of lessons (swim starters, swim basics and swim strokes) and eight developmental stages.


For Teens

The Y offers a variety of options for teens at the YMCA. Students in the Leaders Club develop leadership skills through community building and volunteer service, while those interested in participating in a model government and learning how to create change can get involved in the Youth and Government program. The Y also offers regular open recreation hours and teen fitness hours.


Blue Waves Swim Team Try Outs

The Blue Waves Swim Team at the West Suburban YMCA is a nationally ranked competitive swim team for ages 6-17. All new swimmers looking to join the Blue Waves Swim Team for the Fall/Winter Short Course Season are required to try out. Try outs slots are available August 21-23 and September 4-6. Swimmers must pre-register for a try out slot ($5 for members / $10 for community). Try out registration is available online at wsymca.org or by calling 617-244-6050 x3086.


Fall 2018 Preschool

Fall 2018 Preschool is enrolling. The Y’s Preschool Center for Youth Development is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and provides a year-round, high quality early education experience for children 2.9 years to 5 years old. The program features a safe teacher-child ratio, a large, bright and open classroom with secure entrance, a weekly 30-minute swim lesson, and access to the Y’s outdoor playground, turf field and full gymnasium. For more information, visit wsymca.org/preschool or contact Kim Benzan at kimberlyb@wsymca.org.


Pickleball starts up September 4th!

Come to the Y on Tuesdays from 9:30am-11:30am and take up a new sport: Pickleball! Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and ping-pong. All are welcome. Free for members and a $10 drop-in fee for non-members.


Poetry Night – September 7th, 7:00-9:00 pm

Organized by Barbara Helfogtt-Hyett of Poemworks, the event begins with readings by two local poets. Then 10-12 guests participate in the Open Mic portion of evening to share their own written work. This event is free and open to the public.


Family Fun Night –  September 11th, 6:00-7:00 pm

Bring the whole family to the Y for some family fun time. Featuring arts & crafts, bouncy house, games and more! FREE and open to all. Family Fun Nights are generously sponsored by the Belmont Savings Bank Foundation.


Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs

The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is our mission to never turn anyone away due to their inability to pay. Please contact our Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

Visit wsymca.org to register online or stop by the Y’s Welcome Center at 276 Church Street.

Dance Class Options

Looking for Summer and Fall dance class options? All That Jazz Dance Studio in Nonantum is still accepting registration for their award winning dance classes! It is not too late to sign up for summer week-long dance intensives or an 8-week class session. Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is ongoing as well.

Please contact Miss Deb Lifson Vogel, Studio Director and also a fellow Newton Parent, at missdeb@allthatjazznewton.com or 617-641-0784 for more information about this wonderful dance community. Register online at www.allthatjazznewton.com!

Newton Girls Soccer

Did you know that more than 1300 girls and 250 volunteers participate in Newton Girls Soccer each season? For 40 years, they have occupied a special place not only in our city but in the world of youth soccer, as one of the only programs focusing exclusively on the needs of girls. NGS strives to give each player the opportunity to learn and play soccer in a supportive and rewarding environment that emphasizes fun, individual skills development, teamwork and sportsmanship, all at a level that fits her interest and ability.

Registration is now open for the Newton Girls Soccer Fall 2018 Juniors and City Soccer Programs. The NGS Juniors and City programs offer a recreation-focused soccer experience that emphasizes fun, health and exercise. Programs are open to girls entering Kindergarten through 9th grade who live in or attend school in Newton. Players of all skill levels are welcome to register.

For additional details and registration instructions, please click to review the Fall 2018 Juniors/City Program Overview or visit http://newtongirlssoccer.org/home/register/.

The 10-week fall season starts on September 8th and ends November 10th. Games are played on Saturdays; players in Grade 2 and up also have one practice per week. The
registration fee is $180.00 for the season. If you register before August 1st, you’ll receive a $50.00 early registration discount. Late registrations are accepted, but players must be registered by August 1st to be guaranteed a spot on a team.As a community-based program, each team includes a mix of girls from multiple neighboring schools. However, the league will honor one mutual friend request per player for girls registered by August 1st and make every effort to place players on a team with at least one schoolmate.

Try the Y

Saturdays are free all summer long! Guests must present a valid ID at the front desk. Summer Programs begin the week of June 18th. Keep your mind and body active all summer long with programs to keep you and your children busy.

Summer program highlights:

• Swim lessons for all ages, with day and time options to fit every schedule!
• TRX suspension training for ages 55+
• Youth basketball league
• Summer Session, a youth music writing and recording program for ages 12+
• And more!

View all summer programs and register online at wsymca.org or call 617-244-6050.

Pick-Up Ultimate Frisbee for Adults

The West Suburban YMCA is offering Wednesday night pick-up ultimate frisbee on the New Balance Track & Field. Meet on the turf field at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays, June 27th through August 8th (no frisbee on July 4). Cost is $10 to drop-in. Please contact Chris Ellison, Sports and Recreation Director, at 617-244-6050 x3806 for more information.

Pickleball is Back!

Join us Tuesdays from 9:30 am-11:30 am and take up a new sport: Pickleball! What’s Pickleball, you ask? Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. All are welcome. $5 drop-in fee.

Summer is upon us, and there’s a camp experience to fit every child’s needs!

• Camp Pikati is a summer day camp at the West Suburban YMCA, offering a traditional camp option or sports camp option, for children ages 3-15.

• Camp Chickami is a traditional outdoor summer day camp in Wayland, MA for ages 6-15.

• Camp Frank A. Day is an overnight camp in East Brookfield, MA for ages 7-15.

Registration for summer camp is ongoing, but sessions are beginning to fill. For more information, visit wsymca.org or contact Camping Services at 617-244-6050 x3008 or email campingservices@wsymca.org.

West Suburban YMCA Center for Creative Arts Outdoor Concert & BBQ – June 16th

Join the Y’s Center for Creative Arts (YCCA) for their final concert of the school year hosted at the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre! There will be food, games and music all day long for friends and family. Music starts at 10:00 am. For more information, contact Kevin O’Connell at kevino@wsymca.org.

Annual Golf Tournament – June 18th

Join Y Staff and Volunteers on Monday, June 18th for our Annual Golf Tournament being held at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord. The golf tournament is a fun day on the course and supports the Y’s Annual Campaign, providing financial assistance to local families in need. For more information or to register as an individual, contact Sara Pollock DeMedeiros at 617-244-6050 x3099.

World’s Largest Swim Lesson – June 21st

The West Suburban YMCA is participating in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson, a global event designed to build awareness and generate attention about the vital importance of teaching kids to swim to help prevent drowning. The Y is offering several time options throughout the day on June 21st for children and families to access a free swim lesson. Visit wsymca.org for more information and to register.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs

The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is our mission to never turn anyone away due to their inability to pay. Please contact our Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

Newton Area Flag Football League “Sunday Night Lights” Registration Is Open for the Fall Season

For more information visit the website here and see the attached flyer: Newton Area Flag Football.

 

Sign up for the Village Day 5K by May 28th to Guarantee Your T-Shirt!

Come for the Run. Stay for the Fun! We encourage adult and child runners/walkers of all types to start June 10th with the Village Day 5K and then stick around for Village Day in the Highlands.

This annual family-friendly, community-oriented run starts and ends at the Hyde Center in Newton Highlands at 10:00 am. Sign up at villageday5k.racewire.com and while you are at it… tell your friends and neighbors. All registrations by May 28th are guaranteed a t-shirt. The street festival that follows at 11:00 am has great bands, food, booths, inflatables, face painting, magic and more. Looking forward to seeing you there! For more details, check out highlandsvillageday.org.

SplitFit – a New Way to Connect to Personal Trainers

SplitFit is a new app that lets you find personal trainers when and where it works for you. Every session is $20.00 and you don’t need a gym membership. This is a great way to get fit for the summer and to help training fit into your schedule.There are trainers at 15 different gyms in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Newton, Wellesley, and other communities.

A local mom of 3 and a personal trainer at Bodyscapes in Wellesley is offering a code to discount your first session to just $5.00. Enter code KSTHRYN961.

Newton Family February Ski Vacation to the Alps

Newton dad, Randy Friedman, of Seven Travel has lined up a family ski vacation to the Alps over February school break. Come join other Newton families and friends as you head to Innsbruck, Austria February 15-22, 2019!

Great skiing, scenery, sightseeing, shopping and much more. Skiers and non-skiers alike will have a blast visiting this historic cultural Capital of the Tirol.

Click http://www.seventravel.org/ and go to Trips.

Calling all runners, joggers and walkers!

Come for the run, stay for the fun!

We encourage parents and children to sign up for the Newton Highlands Village Day 5K. It’s a low-key, family-friendly run starting and ending at the Hyde Center in Newton Highlands. Many kids from elementary school to high school run their first 5K at this event which is such a great accomplishment. (It’s also fun to watch kids trying to out sprint their parents at the finish!)

Village Day in the Highlands follows at 11:00 am with all sorts of great activities — from bands to food to booths, face painting and more. Registration is $30.00 per adult, $15.00 per child.

Register online by clicking this link: villageday5k.racewire.com. Online registrations before May 28th are guaranteed a t-shirt in their requested size. Contact Maureen Oates at villageday5k@gmail.com if you have any questions! Happy run!

June 10th,  10:00 am
Hyde Center, Newton Highlands

6th annual Tour de Newton registration is open

Register now for the 6th annual Tour de Newton. Register by May 24th and pay 2015 rates of $5.00 child, $10.00 adult, under 3 FREE. Go to https://www.bikereg.com/tour-de-newton-2018.

This year there will be a new format. Tour de Newton Magical Mystery Tour will have 4 start locations (Newton Centre, West Newton, Newtonville and Waban),  a contra tour,  and a petite tour. Each bike route will travel to several other villages, experience fun surprises, see hidden Newton treasures and back roads and then lead to an 11:00 am rally at Newton City Hall with all the riders and birthday wishes for Bike Newton, that turns 10 years old this year. Return when you wish or with a ride leader to your start location to finish by 12:30. As always, the rides are guided, family friendly, no rider left behind.

While the tour is in action, City Hall will be busy with a new event for cyclists who aren’t yet road ready, #BikeHappyKids. This event will include leveled ride areas aimed at teaching skills, building confidence and having fun. There will be inclusive elements such as balance bikes and (hopefully) adaptive bikes. There will also be demonstrations of different styles of bikes, useful accessories and information on biking gear that makes biking safer and easier.

June 17th,  9:00 am

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Signup now https://www.bikereg.com/tour-de-newton-2018