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YMCA Express at Gainsboro

May 2018

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May 1
Cooking with Gina
Y at Woodlawn

May 8
Cooking with Gina
Y at Woodlawn

May 10
Y Teens

May 15
Y at Woodlawn

May 24
Y Teens

June 1
Volunteer Gardening Group starts

June 2
Y Outside Summer Soccer starts
Y Dance classes start

June 5
Little Chefs starts

June 16
Father, Son & Family Banquet 
The countdown to summer camp is on! Is your child in? Swimming, sports, creative arts and more! Enjoy the outdoors, discover new adventures, create lasting friendships and be part of our camp family this summer! 

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May is National Water Safety Month
Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 14. With National Water Safety Month in May and summer around the corner, it's a great time for parents to remember the importance of ensuring their children are equipped with essential water safety skills. 

In our Y Splash program, we teach every second grader in Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem City how to be safe in and around the water.  The Y Splash program is a proven method for teaching children fundamental water safety skills. Children take part in six, 45-minute instructional sessions that will reduce the risk of drowning and give children confidence in and around water.

Also, the Kirk Family YMCA and Salem Family YMCA offers youth swim lessons year round towards reducing the risk of childhood drowning, instilling a lifelong love of swimming and educating children on safety around different water environments.  Teaching children how to be safe around water is one of the most important life skills the YMCA can provide. It not only saves lives, it builds confidence. 
Volunteer Gardening Group
Ages 16+
Wed, June 1 - August 31
9:00 - 11:00 am
YMCA Express at Gainsboro
Come be part of the Gainsboro community by joining our volunteer Gardening Group. Produce from our garden goes to vital community support organizations, such as: The Rescue Mission, The Hope House and Apple Ridge Farms. Our produce also provides fresh fruit and vegetables for our youth and adult culinary education programs. We would love to have your support as a volunteer
86th Annual Father, Son & Family Banquet
Saturday, June 16
3:00-7:00 pm 
Lucy Addison Middle School
Hailed as the longest running YMCA event in Roanoke, the Father, Son and Family Banquet has been inspiring, educating and imparting values into families for over 85 years.

Celebrate with your family with a community fair along with an evening of dinner and fun for the kids of all ages. For more information, call the YMCA Express at Gainsboro at 540.344.9622

Will Smith,  Y Teens Volunteer
Tell us about yourself.
I have been working with my wife, Lakesha Smith, with youth for years. I have worked in broadcasting and I am currently still working with WKBA Radio, WTOY Radio, Channels WSLS and WDBJ TV Channels. My wife and I are also youth counselors and work with young people in the community including William Fleming's MEN IN ACTION.

How did you first get involved with the Y?
I got involved by first being a member and working out at the gym then after meeting Gina and Jonathan I got involved as a volunteer.

What is the best thing that has happened since you started working with the Y?
The best thing is the opportunity to work with young people, volunteer in the garden and with Read and Feed program. The young people are the future and we have to invest in the future. So many people have given up on our young people but we need to pass the baton to them, we cannot wait until later, we have to do it today!
What do you wish others knew about the Y?
I wish other people understood young people do wish for guidance from older generations. They want and need guidance, they are looking for love, guidance and time - and it's up to us to be there and be available.
Youth and Family
Y Dance
Ages 7-10 years old
Sat, June 2 - August 18

Beginner Ballet
10:00-11:00 am
Future Ballerinas will learn about the history and technique of ballet.  Dancers will learn ballet skills, terminology, rhythm and coordination.  Dancers will also develop strength, flexibility, balance and the ability to travel through space, jump and turn in a fun and welcoming environment.
Tap/Jazz Combo
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Students will be introduced to these American dance forms, learn the history and culture, and developing fundamental skills in these dance techniques.  Focal to tap instruction will be toe heel, stamp, stomp, step, hop, flap heel, flap ball change and traveling steps.  Focal to jazz instruction will be learning jazz fourth, isolation and jazz walks.  These skills will lead into practicing longer movement combinations in both tap and jazz.

Hip Hop
12:00-1:00 pm
Dancers will learn the history of hip hop and terminology while engaging their body in rhythm, coordination and style.  A fun environment of "breakin" and many cyphers will allow dancers to be expressive and master the art of hip hop.
Y Outdoor Summer Soccer
Ages 5-7 years old
Sat, June 2 - July 7
9:00-10:00 am
Spark you child's love of soccer at an early age by having them participate in these summer soccer sessions.  Kids will develop skills in dribbling, shooting, passing and goalkeeping and will participate in organized games.
Little Chefs:  The Garden Chef
Ages 7-15 years old
Tues June 5 - July 10
M/NM: $60
Our future chefs will learn the steps of planting, gardening, harvesting and preparing fresh vegetables and fruits from our community garden.  This plot to plate process will develop fundamental culinary skills such as:  knife skills, sauteing, roasting, braising, baking and fresh preparations that will highlight the importance of healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle.
Les Mills Certification Classes
Greatness is teaching classes driven by results and cutting edge research. We are searching for talent to add to our Rockstar Team!

Class formats and certification training will be held on the following dates:
May 5-6:  BODYPUMP at Kirk YMCA
May 12-13:  BODYCOMBAT at Rockbridge YMCA
June 9-10:  BODYFLOW at Kirk YMCA
June 2-3:   RPM at Rockbridge YMCA
June 23-24:  SH'BAM at Kirk YMCA
July 14-15:  BODYSTEP at Kirk YMCA

If you are interested in this seminar or becoming certified, please contact John Napotnik at jnapotnik@ymcavbr.org.
Y at Woodlawn
April 10-May 15
6:00-7:00 pm
Ages 50+
M/NM: $30
Woodlawn Methodist Church 2922 CorbieshawRd

The Y is providing dynamic functional fitness and nutritional workshops for the Woodlawn Methodist congregation and surrounding community.