YMCA in Greenfield Notebook, April 17, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Youth Swim Lessons: The last eight-week session of youth swim lessons runs April 23 to June 17. There are lessons for children ages 3 to 14, from beginner to advanced classes. This is a great time for children to improve their swim skills and water safety knowledge before summer. Registration is now open. See page 14 of the “Brochure” at: ymcaingreenfield.org or call 773-3646, ext. 0, for more information.

Session Five Classes: Registration for the April 23 to June 17 session of classes is now open. This is the last session before summer and a good time for children to improve their swim skills. Classes for youth also include gymnastics, soccer and basketball skills for three age groups (4- to 5-, 6- to 8- and 9- to 12-year-olds), Ninja Challenge and parkour. Classes for adults include water fitness and therapy, Diabetes Care Program, basic strength training and scuba. See the “Brochure” at: ymcaingreenfield.org or call 773-3646, ext. 0, for details.

10 Percent off Camps: On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Y is offering a special camp sign-up day. Camp directors will be available to help parents plan a fun, exciting summer for their 4- to 14-year-olds. Parents will get a 10 percent discount on whatever they pay that day for full-price camps and summer early/late care (no other discount apply). Parents can select a few weeks of fun at the Y’s three summer camps or a whole summer of childcare. The Y offers two indoor camps and outdoor Camp Apex. See the “Camp Brochure” at: ymcaingreenfield.org for camp forms and more information.

Long-Term Care Presentation: On Wednesday, April 25, from noon to 1 p.m. Kate Downes, a local estate planning and elder law attorney, will present a free workshop on “Paying for Long-Term Care.” A light lunch will be served. Attorney Downes will discuss strategies for paying for the cost of in-home, assisted living and skilled nursing care, including qualifying for various MassHealth programs and why there is no such thing as ‘too much income’ or ‘too many assets.’ She will answer questions following the presentation. Call 773-3646, ext. 0, to reserve a seat.

Scuba: Once a year the Y offers a NAUI scuba course taught by Dave McDonald. The class meets on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6 to 9 p.m., starting April 24. Course fees are $350 for Y members and $385 for nonmembers. Call 773-3646, ext. 427, with questions.

Annual Campaign: The Y’s Annual Sustaining Campaign will run until the end of April. All of the funds raised help sustain the Y, a locally funded nonprofit charity, and provide about one-third of the $425,000 in financial aid the Y provides to local children, families and seniors each year so they can participate in Y programs and camps. Please send tax deductible donations to YMCA Annual Campaign or use the “donate” button at: ymcaingreenfield.org.

2018 Summer Camps: The Y’s 2018 Summer Camp Brochure is now available with camps for 4- to 14-year-olds. The Y has two indoor camps, sports and gymnastics, that each provide a full-day or half-day option. Camp Apex, the Y’s outdoor camp, has nine weeks to choose from, each with a fun theme. Apex also has seven specialty camps for 8- to 14-year-olds. There is also early and late care available so parents can have dependable childcare all summer. The Y provides $70,000 in financial aid thanks to donations from the Annual Sustaining Campaign, Y Kids to Camp Golf Tournament and the United Way of Franklin County. See the “Camp Brochure” at: ymcaingreenfield.org or stop by the Y for more information.