Pain Pals of Franklin County: This is a peer-to-peer support group for people who suffer with chronic pain. The group meets on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. at the YMCA. Participants gain emotional and physical support while sharing thoughts and personal skills to help them heal through awareness. Participation is free and open to the community. Registration is not required. For more information, call Jayne at 773-3646 ext. 448.
The Power of Breath: Learn how to engage your nervous system, massage your heart and lower your blood pressure. This class is taught by Carol Pedigree, a teacher of Conscious Diaphragmatic Breathing at the University of Fitchburg and Berkshire Community College. Carol shares her own deep love of using the body/mind/breath/sound as an instrument for healing. Her studies of anatomy include the unique relationship breath has to the nervous system and neuroplasticity of the brain. Classes will be on Mondays, March 27, April 3, 10 and 17 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the YMCA Social Room. The cost is $40 per person; sign up at the Welcome Center. For more information, call 773-3646 ext. 448.
Nutrition Presentation: On Wednesday, March 22 at noon, the Y will be hosting a free presentation “Nutrition for Vibrant Health.” Aaron Greenstein, Physician Assistant from Valley Medical Group will be speaking about the science of nutrition and how it can improve overall health. The Y will provide soup, salad and beverages. Seating is limited; sign up at the Y’s Welcome Center.
Scuba Course: Once a year the YMCA offers an open-water scuba certification course taught by Dave McDonald, a NAUI certified instructor. The course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. starting April 25. Course fees are $350 for Y members and $385 for non-members. Space is limited so people should sign up soon.
Pickleball & Badminton: The Y has two courts for either pickleball or badminton. These activities are included with a Y membership. Nonmembers can pay $10 for a day pass. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the country, especially in the 50 and over age group. The game is easy to learn and fun exercise. The Y has playing time for beginners, intermediates and advanced players. For a gymnasium schedule go to “schedules” at ymcaingreenfield.org or call 773-3646 ext. 0.
Sports Camps ages 6 to 14: The Y will be offering eight weeks of indoor sports camps in an air-conditioned gymnasium. There are full day options (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and half day options (9 a.m. to noon). The camps are for boys and girls ages 6 to 14 of all sports abilities. There are two girls-only basketball weeks as well. Financial aid is available on a first come first served basis for up to six weeks of the summer. The Y also provides early and late care from 6:15 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. in the Game Room/Kid Fit Center. See “Camp Brochure” at ymcaingreenfield.org or pick up a copy at the Welcome Center.
Summer Child care: This summer the YMCA is offering 10 weeks of camps with early and late care to help parents with childcare. The camps, which are for boys and girls ages 3.5 to 14, include two indoor camps with air conditioning and Camp Apex in the great outdoors. There is a camp for every interest from gymnastics to Ninja Challenge, basketball to Star Wars, cooking to girls’ basketball. The 2017 Camp Brochure has all the info; parents can get a copy at ymcaingreenfield.org or by stopping by the Y. Camp enrollment is now in progress. Financial aid is available on a first come first serve basis starting April 1. Call 773-3646 ext. 0 for more info.