YMCA in Greenfield Notebook, Feb. 6, 2018

Monday, February 05, 2018

Full-day Preschool Openings: The Y has a few mid-year openings for its full-day preschool. There are two classrooms; one for 3 to 4 year olds and another for 4 to 5 year olds. There are two day (Tuesday and Thursday) and five day options available. The students get to use the gym, pool and gymnastics center for weekly P.E. options. Call Lisa at 773-3646, ext. 431, to schedule a tour.

Y Night: Fun nights for all 5th- to 7th-graders are back at the YMCA. Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. enjoy music, dancing, game room play, basketball, dodgeball and pizza (50 cents a slice). Cost is $5. Drop-off and pick-up at the rear entrance. Parents should fill out an information card before leaving. Call Dave at 773-3646, ext. 436, with questions.

Trivia Night: On Saturday, Feb. 24, the Y will have a trivia night fundraiser to support YMCA programs for veterans. The event will take place at the Moose Lodge of Greenfield, and doors will open at 6:15 p.m. There will be ten quick rounds, which will start at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per player, tables of eight players. $100 for the winning team. Bring your own snacks, cash bar available. Raffle tickets available to win great prizes. Questions about trivia night, or to sponsor a table, call Jayne Trosin at 773-3646, ext. 448.

Middle School Basketball: YMCA middle school basketball league is open to boys and girls in grades 5 to 8 who want to further develop skills and play more competitively. Players will participate in basketball workouts where they will fine tune fundamentals and learn advanced basketball techniques and offenses. Begins Tuesday, Feb. 27, and runs six weeks. Practice is on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., scrimmages on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Potential games on Sundays with other YMCAs, times to be determined. Fees are $20 for Y members and $30 for non-members. For more information, call Dave at 773-3646, ext. 436.

Pain Pals of Franklin County: This is a chronic pain support group that meets on Wednesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the YMCA conference room. The group is led by a medical social worker who understands chronic pain. Meet with others who suffer from chronic pain in a safe and supportive environment, and discuss topics relevant to life with pain. Learn to live your life to the fullest despite your pain. Free and open to the community. For more information, call Terry Desautels at 659-3413 or Jayne Trosin at 773-3646, ext. 448.

Birthday Party Options: The Y has nine birthday party options offered at 14 different times each week for children ages 1 to 14. The party options are swimming, scuba, game room, inflatable obstacle course, Gaga ball, climbing wall, gymnastics center, gym games and the all new Ninja Challenge. The Y has three rooms for the cake/present portion of the parties. Call 773-3646, ext. 447, to schedule a party.

Community Wellness Programs for people with Parkinson’s Disease: Have you had difficulty beginning or sustaining a regular exercise program? The Boston University Center for Neurorehabilitation has an evidence based group exercise program for people with Parkinson’s disease that gives you the tools to get started with exercise and keep going. Under the guidance of a licensed physical therapist, participants will learn an exercise program specifically designed to meet the needs of persons with Parkinson’s disease; problem-solving approaches that can help you more effectively manage challenges you may experience related to daily mobility; and strategies to help manage your health more effectively. Evaluation sessions will be scheduled before and after the program. Measurements will be taken at these times to help show your progress from the start to the end of the program. Contact Debra R. Ellis at 413-695-6069 or deb@debellispt.com if you are interested in participating. This is an eight-week program that begins Feb. 7 and is held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fees are $239 for Y members and $249 for non-members; financial aid is available. For more information about this program, visit: www.debellisphysicaltherapy.com.