Happy Valentine's Day! 

February 2016
Winter Activities for the Spirit and Mind
by Penny Cozza, Wellness Program Assistant & Active Older Adult Advocate
Brrr! Winter is here! But that doesn't mean you have to hibernate. Come to the Y to create crafts, join a book club, and catch up with friends! The newly formed Crafty Crew group meets on Tuesdays from 10:30 am to noon and we have all types of fun planned for the year. During our start-up project - 'Warm Up America' -members knitted and crocheted rectangles that were sewn together to make warm blankets for a local shelter.

February is heart month and we'll be covering heart pillow forms with soft fleece for patients at White Plains Hospital. Please register at Member Services to join this fun project, which is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16 at 10:30 am ($5 material fee).  Other weeks, you can bring your own projects. Don't worry if you don't know how to knit or crochet; we'll teach you!

Prefer reading over crafts? Our first Rye YMCA book club will begin on Friday, February 12 at 10:30 am to noon, free to members.  Bring your friends and help us decide on our first monthly selection. Going forward, the book club will meet monthly on the second Friday of the month. Please contact pennycozza@ryeymca.org for more information. 

Highlight - February Vacation Clubs and Summer Camp
Basketball, Gymnastics, Fun Club & Teen Fitness: February 15-19
Basketball, ages 5-11: Basketball instruction and games: half or full day.
Gymnastics, ages 5 & up: Gymnastics skills and open workouts: half or full day
Fun Club, Grades K-6: Sports, games, swimming, arts & crafts, nature, science and more. 9 am-4 pm with extended care.
Teen Fitness Clinic, Ages 11-14: Four hours of fun and fitness. Choose between 3 or 5-day options.

REGISTER NOW for SUMMER CAMP!  Don't miss out - camps are starting to fill up!  Ages 3-14, including  Kinder, Gymnastics, Discovery, STEAM, Sports, Adventure and Teen Fitness Camp.  Click here for details and to register.

Family Fun
February Family Calendar: Printable Calendar with Family and Teen events
Click here

First Family Friday: Friday, February 5, 6:30-7:30 pm
Chinese New Year themed activities.
Free to family members. Youth/Non-Member: $10
Click here to register.

Family Nerf Night: Friday, February 12, 6:30-7:30 pm
Fun challenges, NERF tag and more.  Click here for details and to register. 
Adventure Guides Snow Tubing: We're planning a fun outdoor adventure to Powder Ridge this month.  The Adventure Guides program is for dads (or favorite male role model) and kids, Kindergarten-4th grade. Date to TBA.  Contact John Rice for more details.

Family ExerZone Fun!  Join us for our family classes in the ExerZone!
(Classes for families with children ages 7 and up)
Family ExerCore: Monday-Thursday, 3:45-4:30 pm
Family ExerFun: Friday, 6:15-7 pm 
Children ages 7-10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

Cardboard Boat Regatta: Friday, March 11, 6:30 pm
Save the date for our 3rd annual regatta with boats made only from cardboard and duct tape.  Click here for details and boat design information. 

February Vacation Club:  February 15-19
Enjoy your school vacation at the Y. Choose from basketball, gymnastics and fun club. Click here for details and to register.

Parents Night Out: Friday, February 26, 6:30-9 pm
Enjoy a night out while we provide a safe and fun environment for the kids.
Ages 3 mos- 5 years - in Child Watch; Grades K-6 in Child Care  

We now offer Birthday Parties in the ExerZone for ages 7 and up on Saturdays and Sundays from 3-5 pm. Reservations can be made no earlier than 2 months in advance. Call Member Services at 967-6363 to check availability! 

2nd Saturday - Grades 6-8: February 13, 7-10 pm
Red Carpet theme:  Zoolander Fashion Show, 'Money' Fight, Photo Prop Booth. Pizza & Concession Stand, Game Rooms, ExerZone Workout,
Free to Members; Non-Member: $5  Click here to register in advance

American Red Cross Water Safety InstructorAges 16+ 
Learn a useful skill over February break!  February 16-19: 10:00am - 4:00pm  

Teen Fitness Camp - 
Ages 11-14: Feb. 15-19,  9:30-1:30 pm.
Choose 3-day or 5-day option.
Fun and fitness including agililty, cardio, games, strength conditioning & instructional swim.  Click here to register.  

Snow Tubing Adventure: Grades 6-8, February 16, 9 am - 4 pm
Join us as we travel to Powder Ridge Park on a fun outdoor adventure!
Click here for details and to register.

Leaders Clubs - Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12: 6:30-7:30 pm
An amazing opportunity for high school and middle school students who wish to develop leadership skills and make a positive impact in the community. Contact John Rice for details.  

New Age for Fitness Center Use: Teens ages 15+ may now use the Fitness Center! 
Part Time Rye Y Positions Available
Chess Instructor; Family Activity Leader, After School Program Instructor and Building Supervisor.  For details, please click here.
For information about summer camp openings, click here. 

TRIBE Information Session. Learn more about our triathlon team for women, ages 18+.  February 9: 10:30 am or 7 pm. To RSVP (or for questions), contact Laura Tiedge: laura@ryeymca.org
Rye Y Book Club:  Friday, February 12, 10:30-noon. Come to our  book club meeting and help us decide on the first selection.  Will meet the 2nd Friday of each month.

Blood Drive hosted by Red Cross: February 27, 9 am-2 pm in the Childcare Room  
Weight Watchers at the Y: Thursdays, 1-2 pm -Teen Lounge. All are welcome - the group has lost 200 pounds since September! If you are interested in joining, please contact Diana Vita at 967-6363, ext. 211

Don't miss the chance to be a sponsor listed on the Derby t-shirt, always a collectible! Contact Margaret Mead  for more information. The Rye Derby and Healthy Kids Day will take place Sunday, April 24.

Save The Date -April 1, 2016.  An Evening with Oz Pearlman. April Fools Day will never look the same! Contact Margaret Mead for more information.


Eating for Heart Health: Thursday, February 11, 11:30 am. & 7:00 pm. Guest speaker: Angela Vita, Nutrition & Wellness Advisor, Mrs. Green's. Heart-healthy snacks and samples provided. Free to Members. Details

Hug a Heart: Tuesday, February 16, 10:30 am - 12:00 p.m.  Come together to create cozy heart pillows for recovering open-heart surgery patients at White Plains Hospital. $5 material fee.

Know your Numbers - Blood Pressure Screenings:  In addition to our regular weekly (Mondays from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.) blood pressure screenings, Greenwich Hospital will be at the Rye Y on Tuesday, February 9 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm and Saturday, February 27 from 9:30 - 11:00 am.  

Commit to Change Challenge:  February 1-29 - We are offering a challenge for members who want to achieve a measureable wellness goal. There will be weekly check-ins and support to help keep you focused on your goals. Click here to register online.  Fee: $25 
Complimentary Body Composition Analysis:  Join Certified Personal Trainers and Nutrition Specialists, Gina Forgione & Laura Laura for a FREE Body Fat Analysis and BMI reading.  Table will be located outside the Fitness Center.
February 2, 8:00 -10:00 am; February 9,  6:00 -7:30 pm
February 16,  8:00 -10:00 am; February 27,  10:00 -12:00 pm
Introduction to Meditation with Nora:  Sunday, February 21, 12:15-1:30 pm (Group Ex Studio) Discover the benefits of meditation and focus on how to improve your everyday life. Class will end with a guided relaxation.
Candlelight Meditation with Nora: Wednesday, February 24, 7:15 - 8:30 pm (Child Care Room) Learn the benefits of meditation and discover how easy and accessible it is. The class is designed for beginners or for those who want to deepen their practice of meditation. Learn a variety of meditation techniques and finish with a guided relaxation.

Heart Health discussion with a panel of doctors - February 24, 7 pm,  Watch for details!
In the News

Rye Y Announces Winners of Distracted Walking and Driving Poster Contest
Teens are getting the message: texting while walking or driving can lead to tragedy. As part of the Rye YMCA's 5th Annual Heads Up! Poster Contest, 58 Rye High School students have created posters that show the dangers of distraction. Read more

Story Exhibit Reflects Hope, Determination and Gratitude of Rye Y Members
The framed photographs and personal narratives of 36 Rye Y members and staff are currently on display at the Y as part of the 4th Annual "Voices from the Community: The Rye Y Story Project." Read more.

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