Parents Organize Party After Prom

High school juniors and their prom dates, as well as juniors who aren't going to the event, are welcome to attend the after prom party at the YMCA.

Free Fun, Fitness at YMCA Kids Day

At the YMCA from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, kids and families are invited to take part in fun, creative activities that help foster a more active lifestyle.

Safe Swimming Lessons for Babies

The YMCA offers a four-week class that teaches children six months to six years old the skills they need to survive should they find themselves accidentally submerged in water.

Y Camp for Winter Break

Winter break day camp is an option for students having a stay-cation next week. The YMCA offers themed activities, field trips, swimming, arts and crafts and more from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday next week.

Lifeguard Certification Course

The YMCA is offering a lifeguard certification course for those age 15 and older. A pretest is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Writing for Teens at the Y

Teens can find out if they have the right stuff at the Write Stuff summer poetry workshop running July 15 to 19 at Alex’s Place at the Martha’s Vineyard YMCA in Oak Bluffs. Enrollment is open for teens ages 13 to 18 for this 9 a.m. to noon writing experience.

Stars + Stripes Rocks Flatbread in Benefit for YMCA

The stage was filled nearly to capacity with musicians, fans and their instruments. The crowd was raucous. The lights were bright. As a special birthday treat to Derek Davies, one of the organizers of the Stars & Stripes Festival, the band St. Lucia was going to play their hit single September with the help of Haerts and a full entourage of Derek’s friends. St. Lucia’s frontman Jean-Philip Grobler pressed keys and twisted knobs on his synthesizer, cueing up September’s opening chords.

Open Mic at YMCA

The stage is set at Alex’s Place at the YMCA every Friday night in July and August during open stage nights. Singing, dancing, performing stand-up comedy — you decide on community open stage night. A candlelit atmosphere sets the mood and all equipment is provided.

YMCA Kids Help Brighten Elders' Days and Vice Versa

The community center at Woodside Village is a comfortable place with a decorated tree in one corner and a wall of drawings. “You are my BFF,” reads one.

The drawings are created by children in the afterschool programs at the YMCA who visit Woodside once a week as part of the Island Elderly Housing Bridging program, the brainchild of Blueberry Van driver Kevin McFarland.

“It’s a long walk,” said kindergartner Kamari Clements of the journey from the Y to the community center next door.

Back In the Swim of Things, Champion Leads YMCA Youth

On a recent Monday afternoon the Makos youth swim team is practicing its freestyle strokes, swimming up and down the lanes of the YMCA, as co-coach Rainy Goodale, 42, demonstrates proper technique by making slicing motions though the air. A group of swim-capped youngsters watches, trying to learn by osmosis.

This weekend Mrs. Goodale will travel with the team to Eastham for the annual Southeastern Massachusetts Swim League distance meet. But the sport has taken her far outside the state lines of Massachusetts

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