A Moment With Audrie
Hello, Y Family!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Was 2021 the fastest year ever? It sure felt like it.

The Corona-Norco Family YMCA has so much to be grateful for this year. As Covid-19 continued to cause life to be different, we were fortunate to continue serving our community through our child care program, outdoor sports programming, family nights and much more. Over 500 children per day attended the YMCA and spent time with their friends and teachers. They belonged with the Y and knew they had a place away from home to call home. It has been our true honor to take part in each and every child’s development throughout the past year.

As we sit with our loved ones this holiday season, and share what we are grateful for, we at the Y will share that we are grateful for each of you. Our children, our parents, our community members, and our partners. Thank you for your continued support, your trust and your love. On behalf of our staff team and our YMCA Board of Directors, we wish you a beautiful Thanksgiving filled with reflection and gratitude. We are truly grateful for each of you.


Thanksgiving Cornucopia · Holiday Celebration
Youth & Government · Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring
Sports Registrations · Employee Spotlight
Vaccine Education · Y Music Registration · Site Celebrations
Community Involvement · Facilities Safety Visit
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Thanksgiving Cornucopia Meaning: Why Is the Horn of Plenty a Symbol of Thanksgiving?
There's a whole lot of history regarding your favorite Turkey Day centerpiece.

It's time to brush up on your Thanksgiving trivia! On November 25, impress your guests with your knowledge of everyone's favorite centerpiece: the cornucopia. You've likely seen a cornucopia before—you know, one of these hollow, horn-shaped baskets that's ubiquitous in late November. In fact, as you read this, you might even be preparing to fill one with gourds and flowers for your Thanksgiving centerpiece, setting a delightful, eye-catching scene for your family and friends. After all, cornucopias and Thanksgiving go together like pie and pumpkin spice, roasted turkey and homemade gravy, and cranberry sauce and leftover sandwiches. It's just expected.

In modern depictions, the cornucopia is typically a hollow, horn-shaped wicker basket filled with various kinds of festive fruit and vegetables. In most of North America, the cornucopia has come to be associated with Thanksgiving and the harvest. Cornucopia is also the name of the annual November Food and Wine celebration in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Two cornucopias are seen in the flag and state seal of Idaho. The Great Seal of North Carolina depicts Liberty standing and Plenty holding a cornucopia. The coat of arms of ColombiaPanamaPeru and Venezuela, and the Coat of Arms of the State of Victoria, Australia, also feature the cornucopia, symbolizing prosperity. (Wikipedia)

But have you ever wondered about the the meaning and symbolism behind this classic Thanksgiving symbol—let alone how it became associated with the holiday in the first place?

Join Us on
December 8, 2021
@ 5:00 to 8:00 PM
for Our Holiday Celebration & Investment in the Future 2022

Did you know it costs about $22 to fund one child's activities at the YMCA per ?
Help us reach more families in 2022 by investing $22, and enjoy a fun party while you're with us at
980 Montecito Dr. #110, Corona.

Special thanks to Vulcan Materials and Corona Firefighters Association for sponsoring this event!
Youth & Government

High Blood Pressure, “The Silent Killer” is preventable. 80 Million adults have it, yet less than half have it under control. Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States.
Sharing readings from a home monitor with your physician may help you reach your blood pressure goal more quickly.

For treating certain health problems, finding the best drug or combination of drugs at the correct dose often requires some trial and error. High blood pressure is a good example. Because this common problem raises heart attack and stroke risk, the sooner you can get your blood pressure down to a healthy range (130/80 millimeters of mercury [mm Hg] or lower), the better. New research suggests that people could speed things up a bit by taking a more active role in the process (see "Tracking your blood pressure at home: Does it help?").
"The study showed that a period of home blood pressure monitoring — one week per month — was sufficient to guide people to better blood pressure control," says Dr. Paul Conlin, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief, Medical Service, at the VA Boston Healthcare System.
British researchers wanted to know whether adding home blood pressure monitoring could improve on standard care for people with high blood pressure. Here's a summary of their findings, which were published in the March 10 issue of The Lancet.
Who: Just over 1,000 adults (average age 67) with poorly controlled blood pressure. Their blood pressure readings averaged about 153/86 mm Hg when the study began.
How: Researchers randomly assigned each participant to one of three groups: standard care (the control group), self-monitoring, or telemonitoring.
When: Those in the control group had their blood pressure measured at their doctors' offices. Those in other two groups also measured their blood pressure at home (twice in the morning and twice at night) for one week every month over the course of one year. The self-monitors mailed their readings to their doctors. The telemonitoring patients texted their results, and got reminders if they didn't transmit their readings as well as alerts to contact their doctors if their readings were very high or very low.
Key findings: By the end of the year, people in the control group had lowered their average systolic (top number) blood pressure to 140 mm Hg. But those in the self-monitoring group and the telemonitoring group had lowered theirs to 137 and 136, respectively. Read More

  • The YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring (BPSM) Program is:
  • A four month commitment to communicate with a Healthy Heart Ambassador once a week
  • Participants attend monthly nutrition education seminars
  • Participants “self-monitor”, or measure and track their own blood pressure at home

  •  The YMCA’s BPSM Program is designed to help participants:
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Better blood pressure management
  •  Increase awareness of triggers that elevate blood pressure
  • Enhance knowledge to develop healthier eating habits
If you are interested in participating in our BPSM Program at the Corona-Norco Family YMCA, please contact Lori Drengson at ldrengson@ymcacornor.org or 951-736-1415
Many Popular Professional Athletes Also Played Soccer

Fall 2021 Soccer Registration is NOW OPEN!
Practices start 11/16/21. First games are on 12/2/21.
We still have spots available!
Employee Spotlight - Tosha Pesic
My name is Tosha Pesic and I have been at the YMCA for two years. Something I love about working at the Y is the work family I have been blessed with!

I am a proud mom of two girls, Emmalyn Grace who is 19 years old and Emelia Skye is 14 years old. They are my greatest joy and my reason for fighting the battles I have faced.

I am a 5-year cancer survivor and that battle led me to working with Crystal Roses. Crystal Roses is a non-profit that reaches out to men, women, and children on their cancer journey by providing them with a free chemo care bag/backpack. I am the proud director of Crystal Roses Youth and on the board for the organization.

I am learning at this time of my life how to choose self-care and loving me for me! One of my favorite things to do is sing in my car and give the other cars around me a super amazing concert experience! LOL! As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine

In these challenging years I would love for each of you to remember what has been my cancer motto and now is my daily life motto, JUST KEEP SWIMMING!

YMCA Vaccine Education

Thank you to El Sol Neighborhood Education Center for sharing their Vaccine education resources.
For more information on COVID-19 testing and support services call 1-800-901-5541.
The Corona-Norco Family YMCA Fender Music School

Registration is now open for our next session.

We offer Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Drums, Band, and Voice lessons for
ages 5 to Adults. 
We've Opened a New Child Care Site!

We are thrilled to be able to serve more families in Corona! We now offer before and after school child care at Lincoln Fundamental Elementary School in Corona.

The Y's Child Development Program is more than just care for children; it's an opportunity to learn, create, play, empower and grow. It's designed to meet the needs of working families based on State Department of Education guidelines. We provide full day services in a safe, loving place where children can explore in their own way. Afternoon snack is included.

Call 951-734-8026 to register today!
City Park Site Update
At City Park our children had a wonderful time celebrating the Fall Season on our Harvest Day. They wore costumes and Trick-or-Treated around the classroom and outside and had a little GLOW party. It was great fun!
In October our children participated in The Great American Shakeout and learned what to do in the event of an earthquake. International Shake Out Day is always the third Thursday of October. Our kids did a great job!
For Fire Safety Week our children created fire trucks, practiced 911 emergency numbers, finger painting, made firefighter hats, and painted. The Corona Firefighters came to talk to our children about fire safety, and what to do in case of a fire: Stop, Drop and Roll. They also showed the equipment they use while putting out fires. Our students had so much fun and enjoyed meeting some of our local fire fighters.
Trunk-or-Treat at Silverlakes

The YMCA continues to expand our community outreach as we attended the Silverlakes Trunk or Treat event. We had a great time making hundreds of trick-or-treaters smile last month. Look how adorable these two are!!
YMCA Board Visits

On October 29th, our YMCA Board of Directors Facilities Safety Committee visited our Y sites to inspect the facilities for safety and compliance - just in time to be sure our children would have a safe Halloween. Board members were welcomed with open arms at each site and had snacks and good conversation.
Have you seen our new vans around town?? With the help of our consistent community support, we were able to purchase 2 new vans to get our students from school to the Y safely. We're pretty excited about them! Say HELLO when you see us on the road.