Happy Valentine's Day!

February 2018
6th Annual Rye Y "Voices of the Community" Story Project Exhibit
Each year, Y staff and volunteers encourage members to share their personal stories, from the back stories that brought them to the Y to the successes and challenges encountered on the road to healthy living. Interviews are conducted in the Y's lobby in the fall, within a story "booth" made from a large gym mat.
Since 2012, nearly 250 members, staff and volunteers have shared their hopes, their accomplishments and their gratitude for the support and friendships they've found here. Some members, including Carolyn Grain, have shared their stories more than once. Carolyn says "My story here keeps evolving, that's why I keep telling it. I come here for my health but it's not just physical - it's my mental and emotional health as well."  The exhibit will be up until the end of February. 

Highlight:  Vacation Clubs 
Vacation Clubs - February 19-23
Register now for your child or teen's fun-filled February vacation! Choose from Basketball, Gymnastics, Fun Club, Teen Travel or Teen Fitness.
Fun Club: Grades K-6, full day.  Activities include sports, games, swimming, arts & crafts, nature, science, STEAM and special events. Extended care available. Register.
Basketball: Ages 5-11, half day or full day.  Instructors will focus on skill development and fundamentals as well as game play. Extended care available.  Register full day. Register half day. 
Gymnastics: Ages 5 and up, half day or full day. Join us for a week of  gymnastics skills, drills, tumbling, and open workouts. Extended care available. Register full dayRegister half day.
Teen Travel: Grades 5-9,  NEW! Join us for a new adventure each day!
Monday - Liberty Paintball; Tuesday - The Cliffs at Valhalla; Wednesday - Liberty Science Center & Movie; Thursday -  Spinbowl (indoor ropes course and more)
Friday - New Roc City (bowling, golf and more) Register
Teen Fitness: Ages 11-15, A morning of fun and fitness including  agility, cardio,  games, strength conditioning and instructional  swim. Register.

Family Fun
February Family/Primetime Calendar

First Family Friday - Family Bowl
Every 1st Friday of the month, we invite your family to join us for an  evening activity with themed crafts, activities, snacks and fun.  Click here to register.
Questions: kathy@ryeymca.org
Family: FREE; Youth: $10/family; Non-Member: $20/family

Family Ski/Snowboarding Trip to Thunder Ridge Ski Resort
Saturday, February 10, 9:00am-5:00pm - Register now!
Families will have the opportunity to sit back and relax  while we do the driving. Participants will enjoy a day of skiing and  snowboarding! Fee includes transportation, lift ticket, and equipment  rental. Questions: kathy@ryeymca.org.  Registration is required.  Pair adult/child: $210.00; Pair + add'l child or adult (3): $300
Family of Four: $400.00

Save the Date!
5th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta
Friday, March 9 - 6:30pm - Start planning your boat today! Click here for details.


Summer Camp Q&A : Wednesday, February 7, 6:30-7:30pm
Prospective and registered summer camp families are welcome. 
Rye Y camp directors will be present to answer your questions!
Please click here to register for the Q&A.  We ask that parents/guardians only attend. 

The Best Summer Ever will be here soon!
Register for summer camp before March 1 and receive early bird rates!
New this year: Kinder Camp extended hours and extended afternoon care at the Y.  We also have extended ages for Gymnastics, Adventure  and Sports Camps, plus much more! 
Click here to view the camp guide.   
Click here to register.  

2nd Saturday: Saturday, February 10, 7:00-10:00pm 
Grades 6-8. Members: FREE; Non-Members: $5;  Click here to register

Fun Club Day: Friday, February 16, 9:00am-4:00pm
Grades K-6. Enjoy your school vacation at the Rye Y with a day of fun activities!
Members & ASA participants: $76; Non-Members: $92.  Extended care available.  

Parent's Night Out:  Friday, February 16, 6:30-9:00pm
Enjoy a night out while we provide a safe and fun environment for the  kids! 
Ages 3 mos-5 years: Storybook Activities: "Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse"
Located in Child Watch and includes an age appropriate snack.
Family: $20/child; Youth: $25/child; Non-Member: $40/child
Grades K-6: Night at the Movies. Located in Child Care Room and includes
a light dinner.  Family: $25/child; Youth: $35/child; Non-Member: $50/child

Safety Around Water Workshop: February 20-23
This 4-session course teaches children water safety and basic  swimming skills that help reduce the risk of drowning and builds  confidence in and around water. Ages 3-5: 11-11:30am  Ages 6-9: 11:30-noon   Free and open to the community. Registration required.
SAW video

Junior Leaders Club (middle schoolers) and Leaders Club (high schoolers) 
meet weekly. Click here for details.  If interested in joining, contact Kathy Lynam. 

Leaders in Training and Counselors in Training
Learn more about our leadership development summer camp programs for tweens and teens.  Click here. 
EXERDROP in the ExerZone: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm
Drop your kids off in the ExerZone for supervised, safe and structured play!
Ages 5-10, 1 hour limit. No reservations needed; purchase wristbands ($5/child) at Member Services. Limited to 16 children, supervised by two trained Rye Y staff. (No other adults are allowed in the ExerZone during this time.)

Celebrate your child's birthday in the ExerZone!
Birthday parties are held on Saturdays and Sundays from 3-5pm for ages 7 and up. Now open to Non-Members.   Click here to view details in the program guide.

Ninja Zone in the ExerZone: Mondays, 4:30-5:15pm.
After school active fun for ages 11 and up.  Free to Members.
Reminder - De-stress after school! Teens ages 14+ are welcome to join in our group exercise and indoor cycling classes.  Free to Members.

Get ready to be wowed at our annual benefit at Shenorock Shore Club on Friday, March 2, 2018, from 7:00-11:00pm featuring "Stand up Magician" Derek Hughes, a finalist on "America's Got Talent." 
Click here for tickets.  Contact Margaret Mead for more information.

Weight Watchers at the Rye Y
If you are interested in joining an interactive group at the Rye YMCA to help you meet your goals, please contact Diana Vita or Penny Cozza  to add your name to a list of interested participants.

Blood Drive: Saturday, February 3, 9:00am-2:00pm
Give the gift of life!

Togetherhood: Caring for Kids Together - February 5-9 and February 10
Join the Rye Y's Togetherhood Committee for a Children's Clothing Drive and Day of Service at The Sharing Shelf.  Please bring new or gently used seasonal (winter/spring) clothing for babies, children and teens to the Rye Y lobby, February 5-9. Join us at the Sharing Shelf, Saturday, February 10, from 10am-1pm to sort, fold and organize clothing. Click here to register (Ages 12 and up. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.) 

February American Red Cross Safety Classes
February safety classes include: Lifeguard Training; First Aid Original, CPR Review, Lifeguard Review and CPR reviewClick here for details and to register

Aqua Jog Coffee: Wednesday, February 7, 10:30-11:30am
All are welcome. RSVP to Penny Cozza.

Booked at the Y: Monday, February 12, 11:30am-12:30pm
Meets the 2nd Monday of each month. The February  selection is  The Bell Jar.   All are welcome. RSVP to   Penny Cozza.

Reducing Sodium Intake:  Wednesday, February 21, 11:30am-12:30pm
Join us for a FREE nutrition seminar.  Located in the Rye Y's 2nd floor conference room.  For more information,  contact Elana Reynolds.

February is American Heart Month and a great time to get started with our Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program!
An evidence-based program that features personalized support for people who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. 
Wednesdays from 9am-10:30am and  Thursdays from 1:30pm-3pm
Click here for details. For more information, contact Elana Reynolds.

Mah Jongg/Canasta 
Canasta: Thursdays, 10:30am-12:30pm;  Mah Jongg: Fridays, 10:30am-12:30pm. Beginners welcome! We will also have a Bridge table available if you are interested in playing Bridge. RSVP to   Penny Cozza.

Crafty Crew: Tuesdays, 11am-12:30pm
Meets weekly on Tuesdays to work on individual or community craft projects. No experience necessary.  RSVP to Penny Cozza

LIVE STRONG at the YMCA - Register now for classes beginning the week of February 26
Daytime: Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Evening: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15pm -7:30pm
A FREE, 12-week small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. 
Advance registration required. Contact  Elana Reynolds , or  click here  for more information.

In the News
Wave Ryeders Start the New  Year with a Splash
The Rye Y Wave Ryeders Swim Team battled to a victory at the White Plains YWCA on Sunday, January 21 over the formidable Middies Swim Team. The depth of the Wave Ryders, with age groups ranging from 6 through 18, allowed the team to take home their first road victory against the Middies.  Read more

Rye Y Recognizes Winners of Distracted Walking and Driving Poster Contest
Rye High School students, their parents, and community leaders gathered at the Rye Arts Center on January 24 to recognize the winners of the Rye YMCA's Heads Up! Distracted Driving and Walking Poster Contest.  Read more


Check In So We Can Better Serve You
It is important that you have your Y membership card  with you,  or a smart phone with the Rye Y's app,  and check in each time you enter the facility. Checking in is important for security and accurate facility usage records. We appreciate your cooperation in helping to keep our members safe. You will see changes to the way we improve the check-in process in 2018.  
Ask your insurance company if they reimburse part of your Y membership fees. Checking in is required to receive this benefit.

Summer Job Openings at the Rye Y
We have several open positions for our Rye Y camps, especially for those 18 years and older. Click here to learn more. 

For everyone's safety we ask that you abide by the following: 
* Pedestrians have the right of way in our parking lot. 
* Please... do not speed through the parking lot or in the Mead Place neighborhood. 
* Handicapped parking spaces are only for those people  with valid handicap stickers. These spots are NOT for pick-up and drop-off. The Rye Police Department will ticket violators. 
* Rye Y parking spaces are only for use when you are using the Y. No long term or commuter parking allowed.
*For environmental, health and legal reasons, please do not idle your car in the parking lot or circle.
*Our free, assisted parking is available for your convenience.  When our lot is busy,  we recommend you use one of the municipal lots. The lots are free on Sunday and after 6pm on weekdays and Saturday. 
*Please consider using the municipal lot, free after 6pm, as an alternative during the busy 6-7pm drop-off and pick-up timeframe.  

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21 Locust Avenue
Rye, NY 10580