October 2017

Rye Y's 6th Annual Story Project
October 16-20
The Rye Y is more than a building. It is a place where members, staff and volunteers share their hopes, their goals, and their stories with each other, making the Y a richly diverse and wonderful community. To further this sense of community, we want to hear your story!

During our story project, we invite you to visit our "story booth" in our lobby and share your story with a staff or volunteer interviewer. We want to hear about your Y experience! What are your goals, your successes and challenges?  After you share your story, we'll write it up in narrative form and share it with you before publishing. Your story will be included in a Story Project exhibit at the Y and with your permission it may also be posted on our website or used in our annual Impact Report or Rye Y newsletter.  Click here to read stories from our 2016 Story Project.

If you prefer, feel free to make an appointment with Denise Woodin Lisa Tidball or click here to share your story online.


Session II Registration starts with Rollover Week
October 21-27
Members currently enrolled in a class have the option of continuing the class for the next session. Non-Members may upgrade to a membership to take advantage of rollover week and reduced member rates.    Click here to view the Program Guide

Member Experience Survey
Our 2017 annual Membership Experience Survey will arrive via email mid-month from surveys@seeranalytics.com with a subject line of:  Your YMCA Annual Member Experience Survey. Please take the time to fill it out and submit. Your feedback helps us focus on improvements that are meaningful to you!

Men's and Women's Locker Rooms
The renovation work in our men's and women's locker rooms is nearing completion and we plan to re-open both rooms this week - stay tuned! In the meantime, please use the universal locker room across from the wet corridor or our boys and girls locker rooms on the 2nd floor.

Family Memberships at the Rye Y - the best value for you and your family!
If your child is currently a youth member or non-member, we encourage you to upgrade to a family membership so everyone can join in the fun and stay active together! From October 21-29, we are waiving our $100 joiner's fee for all current program participants and youth members. (There is never a joiner's fee for a non-member to upgrade to a youth membership). As a family member you are eligible for dozens of benefits including free family events, daily family swim, family gym and ExerZone time, a selection of free baby/toddler classes and much more. Members also receive priority program registration and reduced member rates for our upcoming session.

October Family Calendar
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First Family Friday - Mad Science: Friday, Oct. 6, 6:30-7:30pm
Join us for an evening activity with themed crafts, activities, snacks and fun!
Family: FREE; Youth: $10/person; Non-Member: $20/person

Family Weekend: Friday, October 20, 7pm - Sunday, October 22, 2pm
Join us for a fun-filled weekend at the beautiful YMCA Greenkill Retreat Center in Huguenot, NY - now for the whole family! We will participate in hikes, canoeing and even nightly camp fires! Fee includes lodging, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus activities. Open to all families including Adventure Guide participants. Transportation not provided.   Register now - space is limited. Questions, please contact Kathy Lynam.
Join the Rye Y for a Day of Community Service at the Rye Nature Center!
Saturday, October 28, 2-4pm
The Rye Y's Togetherhood Committee is teaming up with Friends of the Rye Nature Center for a family-friendly day of service in the woods. Enjoy an afternoon outdoors clearing and building garden beds.  Projects for younger children (ages 5+) and older children/teens. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Space limited; registration required. Click here to register.  For additional information, contact Denise Woodin.

Sunday, October 29, 2-4pm
Join us for a fun afternoon for the whole family! Live music, carnival games, bounce house, maze, pumpkin patch, spooky swim (bring swim suits and caps), crafts and more! FREE AND OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY! Registration required. Click here to register.  We will be waiving our $100 joiner's fee on Oct. 29 for new members. 
Youth Basketball League Registration Starts this Week!
Games are played starting in November. Girls League registration starts Oct 3 for Members (Oct. 10 for Non-Members) at 6am online. Co-ed League registration starts Oct. 6 (Oct. 11 for Non-Members) at 6am online. Click here for details and to register.
Fall/Winter Fun Club Days: Oct. 9, Nov. 10 & Dec. 26-29: 9am-4pm
Don't miss out on our upcoming Oct. 9 Fun Club Day. We recommend that you register early for the remaining Fun Club days this year to avoid disappointment as there is limited availability. Activities include sports, games, swimming, STEM, arts & crafts and more! Click here to register

Paintball: Monday, Oct. 9, 9am-4:30pm - Grades 5-9
Join us as we travel to Liberty Paintball in Patterson, NY. Our group will play on our own reserved fields and will be chaperoned by our professional team of teen staff, along with Liberty referees.   Click here to register

Gymnastics Night In: Friday, October 13 - Ages 5 and up
Join us for a fun-filled evening which includes dinner, gymnastics, group games, open workouts and much more. No experience necessary. 

Red Cross Babysitter Training: Sunday, October 15,  9am-4pm - Ages 11-15
This course will help participants develop the skills necessary to care for infants and children of all ages. Click here for details and to register

Parent's Night Out:  Friday, October 20, 6-9pm
Ages 3 mos-5 years: Parents enjoy a night off while we provide the supervision and entertainment for the kids in Child Watch. Storybook activity: "Five Little Pumpkins" (Please feed children ahead of time, dinner not provided and packed dinners are not allowed due to allergies. Light snack provided.) Click here to register.
Grades K-6: Halloween Fun! Located in Child Care Room, includes a light dinner.  Click here to register  
Cartwheel Clinic: Saturday, October 21, 1:15-2:30pm
Ages 4 and up. Gymnasts will learn the fundamentals of a cartwheel. Beginners to advanced. Click here to register.

Red Cross CPR/AID for the Professional Rescuer: Oct. 10 or Oct. 25. Click here for details and to register

Junior Leaders Club (middle schoolers) and Leaders Club (high schoolers) 
will begin meeting in October.   Click here for details.   If interested, contact Kathy Lynam.  

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 & Sundays from 3-5pm for ages 7 & up. Now open to Non-Members.   Click here to view details in the program guide.

New - Ninja Zone in the ExerZone: Mondays, 4:30-5:15pm.
After school active fun for ages 11 and up.  Free to Members.

New Group Exercise Classes - Free to Members! 
Zumba Blast, Thursdays, 12-12:45pm:  Join Martha for  a combination of Zumba, weights and core in the Group Ex studio.
Yoga Bar - Wednesdays, 7:05-7:50am: Join Julia for a Yoga  lengthening exercises similar to the Barre technique.
Functional Fitness - Weights & Toning, Tuesdays, 1-2pm with JT.  A class using weights and functional moves to tone the whole body.  Low impact for all levels  

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program: new session begins week of Oct. 4
Wednesdays: 6:30-7:30pm. Advance registration required.

LIVE STRONG at the YMCA: new session starts week of Oct. 16
Mondays and Wednesdays 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 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.

Booked at the Y: Monday, Oct. 9, 11:30am-12:30pm
Meets the 2nd Monday of each month. The October selection is:  Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane.  All are welcome. RSVP to   Penny Cozza, ext. 201

  "Reducing Sodium Intake" Seminar: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 11:30am-12:30pm
Join us for a FREE nutrition seminar.  Located in Rye Y 2nd floor Conference Room.  For more information,  contact Elana Reynolds.

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
An evidence-based program that features personalized support for people who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.  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! RSVP to   Penny Cozza, ext. 201

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 , ext. 201

Weight Watchers at the Y:  Due to the success of many members reaching their goals, we are currently looking for new members to join our Weight Watchers meetings. This lively and supportive group is led by a Weight Watcher leader on Thursdays from 1:00-2:00 pm. Come join the fun!
If you would like more information, please contact  Diana Vita, 967-6363, ext. 211

After our locker room renovations are complete, we will offer limited locker rental opportunities in our wet corridor, outside of the pools. Lockers inside the renovated locker rooms will for day use only. Please note that the rental lockers in the wet corridor are available on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in renting a locker, please contact the member service staff. Locker rental prices are below:
KIT Locker (quarter locker/monthly rate added on to membership draft): $10.00
KIT Locker (quarter locker/yearly rate): $120.00
Half Locker (monthly rate/added on to membership draft):  $15.00
Half Locker (yearly rate):  $180.00

In the News
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Rye Y Tribe Goes the Distance
It takes more than age, bad knees, illness and 60-degree water to slow the Rye YMCA's Tribe. Twenty-eight members of this women's triathlon training group traveled to Farmington, CT on Saturday, September 9 for the Wearsafe Women's Triathlon. Ranging in age from 27 to 73, the women were part of a larger group of "Tribees" who trained for months for this difficult race... Read more.

In the Swim with Kristina Dorfman
After volunteering with the Rye Y's Parent-Child swim class for a decade, Kristina Dorfman has seen all kinds: babies who cry or won't leave their mothers' arms; excited toddlers proudly showing off their new bathing suits; the fearful; and the kids who show no fear at all . Read more

Fall prevention Rye Y Marks Falls Prevention Day with Activities for Seniors
The Rye YMCA celebrated the first day of autumn-Friday, September 22-by offering free resources and classes on preventing falls to seniors. The activities tied into a nation-wide Falls Prevention Day, which was launched ten years ago by the National Council on Aging and a coalition of organizations. Read more
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