Eye on the Y: Summer is here — are you ready?

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The 2008 Taste of Marco was held Sunday, April 27 at the Esplanade. Attendees were able to taste food from about 20 Marco Island restaurants.

The 2008 Taste of Marco was held Sunday, April 27 at the Esplanade. Attendees were able to taste food from about 20 Marco Island restaurants. Watch »

Wow! What a great time everyone had at the Taste of Marco held last Sunday at the Esplanade.

Myles Loud’s show was fantastic at the main stage and D.J. Tony D, of Jukebox Productions, entertained with his library of classic oldies.

The capacity crowd had a fine time and a huge thank you to all the participants and especially the volunteers who helped make this annual event a success. All proceeds from the event go right to the Marco Island YMCA. Again, thank you!

The buzz going on at the YMCA pertains to Summer Camp 2008 and all the specialty camps that will be held through out the summer. Summer camp 2008 is scheduled to run for 11 weeks and all the fun and excitement begins June 2. Each week has a theme for the K-2 grades and the 3 to 6 grades.

The theme for the first week is “Summer Safari” for the little folks and “Pizza and Pasta Week” for the older kids. I can’t wait for this week because I love my pasta!

Check out the May issue of the Eye on the Y newsletter for each specialty camp listing. Summer Camp 2008 runs through August 15. The camp hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

There are three field trips per week scheduled. Children must be 5 years old by June 1 to attend camp. You can sign your child (children) up for the whole summer and also for selected weeks, days and half–days.

Summer Day camp is also held at the Manatee Elementary School. Camp is scheduled from June 2 to August 8 and camp hours will be 7:30 a .m. to 5:30 p.m. This camp is open for grades K-8. Breakfast and lunch is included and all children participate in daily English classes! This camp is made possible by the Naples Children Education Foundation, the Marriott Vacation Club Crystal Shores and the United Way. Scholarships are available for qualified families. Sign up today at the Marco Island YMCA Customer Service desk. Guarantee a “funtastic” summer for your family!

Specialty Camps available to attend include the following: Zoo Camp, Computer/Swim camp, Theater Camp, Guitar camp, Saturday Morning Cheerleading Camp, All Skills Volleyball Camp, Scott Stewart Basketball Camp and British Challenger Soccer Camp.

Information on summer tennis, aquatics and fitness programs will be announced soon, all information about the programs is on line at www.marcoislandymca.org.

Now is a great time to join the Marco Island Family YMCA. We have numerous programs tailored to fit your needs and keep in mind your membership entitles you to special price savings for specific programs. Your Marco Island Family YMCA is located at 101 Sandhill Street, corner of San Marco Road on Marco Island. We are proud to serve the communities of Marco Island, East Naples, Port of the Islands, Chocoloskee and Everglades City. Contact phone number is 394-3144

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