April 4, 2023
Greetings!
Mark your calendars for Healthy Kids Day at the Y on May 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free, annual event features a variety of family-friendly activities to encourage healthy kids, healthy families and a healthy start to the summer season!

Kids and families can enjoy free games, activities, group exercise demonstrations, healthy snacks, raffles and prizes, local vendors and community partner booths.
Come early and check out some special community partner booths! Safe Kids West Oregon will pass out free bike helmets to the first 300 families in attendance. Oregon Paddle Sports will give away free life jackets to the first 200 families at the event.

Intentionally held each year in the spring, Healthy Kids Day sets youth up for a summer of success by creating healthy habits they can continue while they’re away from the classroom. Come have fun, learn something new and make connections with others in our community.
From the Ground Up — New Y Construction Update
Can you believe the new Y construction is over halfway done?! The project continues to be on budget and on schedule to open December 2023. Some of the exciting progress includes:
  • The roof and decking work continues on the south face of the new Y. You may notice the crane moving steel around the site in the next month.
  • Workers are currently installing the roof joists above the cardio section of the PeaceHealth Wellness Center. The decking between the roof and the 2nd floor will be installed by mid-April.
  • The roof joists and metal roof decking over the gymnasium will be mostly installed by the end of April.
  • The plumbing for the showers in the locker rooms is currently being installed.
  • The wood frames for the pool walls are being built. The pool walls will be poured by April 10.
  • The metal studs for the group exercise rooms on the 2nd floor will be installed by April 14.
We'll continue to give you updates here and on social media as we head toward our grand opening!
Middle School Madness
6-8th graders are invited to the Y on April 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Y (while the Y is closed to members) for a night full of Middle School centered Madness! Make friends, have fun, learn a new game (or two!) and build confidence with other teens outside of the school day.
Become Whistle Worthy
Gain valuable Lifeguarding skills before summer with American Red Cross Trainings! Your Y is offering 3 Lifeguard Certification Trainings from now through June. Already a Lifeguard? Enhance your skills with our Lifeguard Instructor Training in May.
Group Exercise: Class Highlight
Boot Camp with Michelle: Fridays from 6:15 to 7:15 a.m.
Try out this full-body workout with intervals of intensity. You’re in control of how hard you work. It’s dynamic. It’s fun. Gather motivation and drive from others in the room.

Cardio Fuse with Talia: Thursdays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.
This class is a fusion of cardio, dance, booty-shaking and strength all rolled into 60 minutes of fun! All levels of fitness welcome.
Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
Join us on Sunday, April 16 at 11 a.m. to learn about Alzheimer's and Dementia. This class includes information from expert professionals in the field and first-hand accounts from people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Pre-Order Extended: Tennis Center T-Shirts
Rep your favorite game with your Y's tennis & pickleball shirts! Short and long sleeve options are available. Click below to view designs and to pre-order your shirt today!
Pre-order before April 17!
Local Artist Marina Hajek Displays Work on Art for All Wall
Marina Hajek's popular collections Letters from Immigrants to the People of the United States: Let's Hear the Other Side of the Story and A Letter from the Artist to Eliborio Rodriguez Jr. are on display on the Y's Art for All Wall through the end of May. Next time you're in the Y, take a moment to check out Marina's show and appreciate the stories and faces she's displayed.
Open Positions at your Y!
We're hiring more AMAZING staff who want to impact our community positively. Enjoy flexible schedules, competitive wages and wonderful co-workers.

Hiring for:
  • Youth Sports Staff
  • Group Fitness Instructors
  • Child Care Staff
  • Lifeguards
  • Human Resources Specialist
Eugene Marathon Hydration Station
Keep an eye out for Y staff at the Eugene Marathon on Sunday, April 30. We'll be handing out water, having fun & cheering all you runners on from the sidelines! Say hi as you run by!
Congrats to our most recent LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Class
The 2023 Spring LIVESTRONG at the YMCA class kicked off with an awesome group of survivors! Each student is dedicated to improving their health, reducing their risk of cancer recurrence and finding strength and community at the Y. One of our students was even able to share information she learned in our program about reducing risk of Lymphedema with a member in her community. We could not be prouder of the work they have done or happier to help them on this journey!
Keep an eye out for our Pinwheel Garden!
In 2008 Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign. Pinwheels are a reminder that we all play a role in children’s lives. Look for our blue pinwheels in front of the Y soon!
Feeding our Neighbors
Little Free Pantries around Eugene, including the pantry at the Y, have been emptying quickly. Our community needs our help! If you can, bring a non-perishable food item (or two!) when you come to the Y and help keep our community nourished. THANK YOU!
Your Y is older than sliced bread!
Founded in 1887, your Y has been serving Lane County for 136 years! Join us in celebrating our birthday on Saturday, April 22. Stop by the Welcome Center on our birthday and sing us "Happy Birthday" to receive a free guest pass!
HEARD AROUND TOWN

KEZI 9 News updated our community on the construction progress at the new Y. The new Y will be twice as large as our current facility and will allow for more people to participate in our programs and classes.

CEO Brian Steffen says, “It's a transformational growth phase for us, and our ability to educate more youth, launch more disease and illness prevention programs, have more health classes and just an overall broader partnerships and collaborations will be significantly larger at the new Y."
Community Rec Magazine hosted your Y on the latest episode of their podcast! Listen in as Brian & Danielle deep dive into the history of the new Y project and what's to come when it opens in December 2023!