RYE YMCA NEWSLETTER      December 2012  
Rye Y Blog: The Rye Y Community, by Gregg Howells
I was recently asked to submit a quote answering the question "what is community?" for an exhibit at the Rye Arts Center. It wasn't easy even though I experience community every day here at the Y, at Rotary Club luncheons, at my son's cross country meets - I was hard-pressed to define it. Read more.
Rye Y Story Project
Rye Y Collects Stories of Hope, Determination, Gratitude
Rye Y members, staff and volunteers shared their personal stories, from the back stories that brought them to the Y to the successes and challenges encountered on the road to healthy living.  Read more.
Finding Success in the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program 
When Lisa Dumas married her husband Charlie in 1987, she promised to love him through sickness and health.  They couldn't foresee that middle age would bring cancer for Charlie, and a renewed commitment to healthy living for them both. Read more. 
New  Kids Outdoors! Program kids outdoors   
Kids Outdoors! is a community collaboration to promote unstructured, physically active outdoor play and exploration for children of all ages.  Click here to read an article in the Rye Record. Please contact Denise Woodin to learn more about Kids Outdoors! Click here to view the first edition of the Kids Outdoors! e-calendar with upcoming activities at local nature and environmental centers.

During the week of Dec. 8-16, we are collecting the following NEW items:

Brooms & Dustpans;  Sponges/Rags;  Cleaning/Work Gloves;  Clear Contractor Garbage Bags
Shovels & Rakes;  Bedding (sheet sets & pillows)
Towel Sets;  Pots and Pan Sets;  Air Mattresses; 
Boxed Plate Sets; New Utensil Sets; All items above must be NEW.  We are also collecting new or gently used Winter Coats. Click here for more details.

December Vacation Camps - Don't Miss Out, Register Now!
Dec. 26, 27, 28 & 31
Basketball  - ages 5 to 11 - 9 am-12 pm
Gymnastics - ages 5 and up - 9 am to 12 pm or 9 to 4 pm
Mix it Up - ages 5-11 - 9 am-12 pm
Fun Club - Grades K to 6 - 9 am-4 pm
Teen Fitness Camp - Ages 12-17 (12/26-28) 9:30-1:30 pm
Click here for details and to register online.  
giftcard Give the gift of Health and Well-being!
Stop by our Member Services desk and purchase a gift card for everyone on your holiday list - Gift cards can be applied to membership, programs, camp and personal training!
Holiday Personal Training Incentive
Buy ten 1/2 hour personal training sessions and receive a $40 Rye Y gift card (equivalent to one free 1/2 hour training session). Buy ten full hour personal training sessions and receive a $75 gift card (equivalent to one free hour training session) Ends 12/23.
December Yoga Workshops at the Wainwright
Thursdays, 5:30-6:15 pm
Dec. 6: Yoga-a-Go-Go; Dec. 13: The Five Tibetans
Dec. 20: De Stress for the Holidays; Dec. 27: Standing Poses
Free to members. Click here for details.  
Gymnastics Open Workout
Come and take part in our open workout program once a month. You'll have a chance to work on all four Olympic events, plus Tumble Trac and Mini Trampoline. $20/class
Adult Workout - Monday, Dec. 3, 6:30-7:30 pm
Youth Workout (ages 7 & up)- Thurs., Dec. 20, 6:30-7:30 pm
Swim Lesson Family Fun
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2-3 pm
Aquatics program participants are invited to join the aquatics staff for some family fun in the water. Free to swim program participants of current session. Registration is required.
Y2Night! Middle School Nights at the Rye Y
7-10 pm Saturdays

12/8 - Community Service -bring a non perishable item; Decorate canvas bags for a local Food Pantry. 
Members free; $5 non-Members
12/15 - Luau Pool Party - $5 for all 
Healthy Eating through the Holidays
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 7pm - Free to Rye Y members.
Join Gavin Pritchard, a registered dietitian and professional chef from Greenwich Hospital, as he shares tips and strategies for healthy nutrition though the holidays. Click for details 
Santa's Visit
Friday, Dec. 14, 5:30-7:30pm  
Santa's making a special stop at the Rye Y! Drop by and say hello and make an ornament to take home. Refreshments will be served.
Healing 5 Element Qi Gong - 7 week series
Click here for details.
Winter Solstice Celebration at the Wainwright
Friday, December 21, 7-9 pm
Fire Ceremony and Drumming with Susan Wright
Click here for details. 
Giving Tree

Every year, members of the Rye Y help support our neighboring community-in-need in Port Chester. The Carver Center manages a large community gift-giving drive in which over 600 Port-Chester families, that couldn't afford a gift otherwise, are able to choose a toy, coat, gloves, new clothes and other items for their children. We ask that you help us in our continued support for these 600 families. Bring an unwrapped gift to the Rye Ys drop box in the lobby.  The following are some basic guidelines:
- Toys and Games for children up to 11 years old. You may choose an ornament with a specific age from our giving tree as a  guideline.
- Gift Cards to major department stores for tweens/teens 12 through 16 (hand directly to the front desk)
Deadline is December 13th 

Watch for our Camp Guide and Program Guide - both will be online by mid-month!

The Rye Y is committed to nurturing the potential

of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility.
21 Locust Avenue, Rye, NY 10580

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In This Issue
Operation Y Cares
Dec. Vacation Camps
Y Gift Card
Fall Yoga Workshops
Gymnastics Open Workout
Swim Lesson Family Fun
Y 2Night!
Holiday Healthy Eating
Santa's Visit
Wainwright Programs
Giving Tree
Fall Safety Classes
Annual Campaign
Cancer Survivor Survey
Centennial - need your help
Wishing you a very happy and healthy holiday season! We are closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  We close at 6 pm on New Year's Eve and are closed on New Year's Day.
Swim Meet Pool Schedule/ Parking:
Please note that parking may be difficult on Sunday, 12/9 - 12:45-5 pm
Consider parking in the municipal lot across the street.
Adult Lap in Pa Cope is 2:30-4:30 pm and
Family Swim
4:30-6:00 pm


Lifeguard Class: starts 12/26

Lifeguard Precourse: 12/5 or 12/19 or 1/2 or 1/16  

Lifeguard Review & Waterfront Review Classes: starts 1/2  CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Review
12/8 or 12/18 or 1/10

Water Safety Instructor starts 1/11
Babysitting Training
starts Sat., Dec. 15 

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Help us reach our goal of $275,000. Click here to learn more about our annual campaign.   

Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer? The LIVESTRONG Foundation needs you to help us shape our programs and resources for others. Help us by taking the LIVESTRONG Survey. Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer can fill out the survey, so please share with any survivors you know who are in or out of treatement.   

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We're getting ready for our Centennial Celebration in 2014 and need your help!
Do you have any Rye Y memories, photos or memorabilia from the early 1900s through the 1990s to share? Contact Sally Wright at 967-6363, ext. 202 or click here to email. 

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