YMCA of Greenfield Notebook: June 4, 2019 

  • Deborah Yaffee leads a tai chi class at the Greenfield YMCA. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 6/4/2019 5:59:10 PM

Summer Class Registration: Registration for summer classes for youth and adults begins June 3 for Y members and June 10 for all others. Classes for youth include swim and gymnastics lessons (ages 1 to 12), track and field (ages 2 to 16), and basketball (grades seven to 10). Classes for adults include water fitness and therapy, strength training, diabetes care and blood pressure self-monitoring. The summer session runs from June 24 through Aug. 18. Financial aid is available for all classes. See “Brochure” at ymcaingreenfield.org for details or call 413-773-3646, ext. 0.

Two Free Community Presentations: On Wednesday at noon, nurse and herbalist Kathleen O’Rourke will be presenting “Lung Percussion.” Lung Percussion helps soothe and heal colds, congestion and coughs, and can be learned in just five minutes. On Monday, June 10, at noon, there will be an Alzheimer’s Community Forum. Learn about Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss. Share your thoughts about how we can help people in your community. Each presentation includes free lunch. Register for these forums by calling 413-773-3646, ext. 0.

Sports Camps: The Y offers eight weeks of sports camps for boys and girls of all abilities ages 6 to 14. The campers use the Y’s air-conditioned gym, game room, Kid Fit Center and pool. The sports offered are basketball, recess games, Gaga/dodge ball, flag football and multi-sport. There are half-day options for 9 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m., and a full-day option from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full-day campers get a free lunch provided by the Greenfield Public Schools summer food program. See camp brochure at ymcaingreenfield.org for more information and all camp forms. A limited amount of financial aid is available, which can cover up to 70 percent of camp fees. Call 413-773-3646, ext. 0 for more information.

Gymnastics Camps: Eight weeks of Y gymnastics camps run from June 24 through Aug. 16. There are half-day camps from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or noon to 4 p.m., or full-day camps from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Care available. These camps, held in the Y’s gymnastics center, are for boys and girls age 4 to 14. The camps also have a swim lesson and recreational swim every day. See camp brochure at ymcaingreenfield.org for details or call Camp Director Caitlyn O’Leary at 413-773-3646, ext. 423.

Prescribe the Y Program: Summer is a good time to ask your primary care provider for a free referral to the Y’s Prescribe the Y program (RxY). At the referral appointment, a Y fitness specialist goes over each person’s wellness goals and then recommends the proper Y program to start with. RxY is a 12-week starter wellness program with lots of staff support to help each patient feel the benefits of regular exercise. RxY is only $139 and financial aid is available. Contact Jayne Trosin at 413-773-3646, ext. 448 for more information.

Camp Apex: Since 1952, the Camp Apex staff have provided area boys and girls with fun, safe, outdoor summer activities. Camp Apex has a solar heated pool, hiking trails, 100-foot tube slide, Gaga ball, archery range, ball field, craft and nature centers, and lots of shelters for rainy days. The camp runs from June 24 to Aug. 23 and is for 5- to 14-year-olds. There is early and late care from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free lunches are provided by the Greenfield Public Schools summer food program. See pages 5, 6 and 7 of the camp brochure at ymcaingreenfield.org or call 413-773-3646 for more information.

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