Black Friday services available at the Y

Wow, what a week it has been at the Greater Marco Family YMCA! The Y membership rolls have increased by a good margin with the first wave of returning members to Marco Island. Thanks to everyone who participated in the “Ride ‘til your Fried” cycle fundraising event held Oct. 31. This first-time event proved to be very popular with all participants. I’m sure it will be held again in the future.

November kicked off with the ever popular Oktoberfest. The event was held at the Esplanade and the crowd was entertained throughout the afternoon by the extremely talented Stratton Mountain Boys, who play the traditional style of Austrian polka music. If you want more of this great music by the band, then head on out to Stan’s in Goodland this afternoon. The band will play from 1 to 6 p.m. A big thank-you goes out to all who attended the Oktoberfest, the volunteers who manned the different areas and the staff and management of CJ’s on the Bay, House of Mozart, Publix Supermarkets, Kretch’s Restaurant, Manatee Coffee Co., Marco Eagle and the Naples Daily News with Del Ackerman, who served up some tasty food and drink items and other specials for the attendees.

The Greater Marco Family YMCA will offer Tai-Chi Ai/Chi at Miss Dottie’s pool pavilion and in the pool itself, starting today at 1:30 p.m., and every second Sunday of the month. This program is free to Y members and just $10 for a day pass for others. If you would like to learn graceful moves to enhance joint flexibility, balance, circulation, muscle tone and strength, then this is a class for you.

The Greater Marco Family YMCA will recognize Nov. 9-13 as Prayer and Fellowship Week. We ask you to participate in this event to help unite our community. So often we are caught up in our busy lives that we forget to take a break to enjoy our friends and out families.

Come join the Y at a kick off Prayer and Fellowship Breakfest scheduled for tomorrow, Monday, at 7:30 a.m., Nov. 9, the event will be held at the Dottie Weiner Pavilion, at the Y pool. The invocation will be by Marco Island Charter School Principal George Abounader, with entertainment by recording artists Knights for Christ. This event is free, and we welcome all community members.

Registration continues for Thanksgiving Camp Drop-in Days at the Y, slated for Nov. 25 and 27. The camp hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Y. The cost is $20 for Y members and $25 for community members. Lots of fun activities are scheduled. Sign up today.

Do you find shopping difficult with your children? Do you need to catch those Black Friday deals? The Y can help you. Bring your child to the Y from 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 27, and have them enjoy a fun day while you shop. Our child care staff will care for your children and provide age-appropriate activities. The staff is state certified and trained in CPR/first-aid. Cost for 2-5-year-olds is $25 for members/$30 others. Cost for K-fifth grade is $15 members/$20 others. Bring a healthy sack lunch and be sure to wear your sneakers. All participants must be registered by Nov. 24. See you at the Y

The Greater Marco Island Family YMCA provides this column to keep you the readers informed about the group. If your club or organization is interested in submitting a column or content, please contact Editor Bill Green at

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