A plethora of programs are available to all age groups at the Greater Marco Family YMCA during the month of October. (I just love to use the word “plethora” in a sentence). I don’t have that many chances. In this case, it’s the perfect word to use and I will explain further in this space.
I am now going to present the magnificent multitude of things to do. Are you ready? Here we go!
Miss Dottie will conduct her last swim lessons program for 2009 from Oct. 12-22. The next series of lessons will start in March 2010. Dottie is available for private lessons, just call her at 394-3144, ext. 204. Next up on Dottie’s plate is Mah- Jongg classes for adults. I’ll let you know in a future column of the details of this exciting, thought-provoking game.
Connie Kormanyos has scheduled Junior Tennis classes to begin on Oct. 19. There are four levels available, from age 4 to 11 years and older. Classes are scheduled after school, so there is no excuse for you not to sign up for these informative classes.
Catherine Gorman’s Irish Step Dance classes continue to be popular, with new students welcome. Class meets from 6-7 p.m., Thursdays, starting at age 6 through adult.
Spanish for adults 18 and over is available from 6-8 p.m., Thursdays. Eleven sessions are offered for $80 if you’re a Y member and $100 for all others. This fun class introduces busy professionals to Spanish through hands-on, fun activities.
Nicole Wood will again be the instructor for season four of cheerleading class. Classes started from 3:30-4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2. You can still register for this class at the Customer Service desk. The fee is $70 for members and $90 all others.
Adult Coed Volleyball begins at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12. Individuals can sign up for $75 and team registration is $325.
Did you play Badminton as a child? Do you remember the fun you had? Relive those memories at the Tuesday Family Badminton Night at the Y that begins Oct. 13. Family matches for ages 10 and up will be held from 6:30-8: p.m. Adults can play from noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesdays. The session lasts for eight weeks, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 14. The cost is $40 for adult members and $60 for teams of two. Community members can play for $50 and $70 for teams of two. The fee for children is $10 when signed up with a parent or adult. Equipment will be provided by the Y. Wear comfortable shorts and tops and tennis shoes. Instruction will be given on how to play as participants enjoy their matches in an air-conditioned gym.
Monthly Gymnastics is back for all boys and girls aged 3-16. This program will be available starting Oct. 15 and is scheduled from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the First Baptist Church. The fee for members is $80 and $100 for others. The program will include developing strength, balance and grace needed for tumbling, mat work, vaults and beams. This is an ongoing program that welcomes children of all skill levels. The program instructor is Kamal Farhat.
Girls Volleyball is back again for Fall 2009. This program is for girls 7-14 or grade eight. Everyone makes the team and everyone gets to play every game. Games will be played at the Y here and some games will be played at the Naples Y. Registration deadline is Oct. 16. $55 signs you up. Practice begins Oct. 24 and first games are scheduled for Oct. 31.
Take a trip with the YMCA to “Boo at the Zoo,” scheduled for 2:30-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24. Costumes are required. The outing is for boys and girls in grades 1-5. The trip is limited to 30 children and the cost is $20 per child. The YMCA will transport and chaperone your child for this event.
The Boo-taculer Bash is back again from 7-9 p.m., Oct. 30. Wear your costumes for this fun event, to be held at the YMCA aquatic complex. Entertainment will be provided by Knights for Christ. The members are all Lely football team graduates and have worked as Y camp counselors for three years. $10 advance tickets are available up to the day of the event.
Jennifer Bristow and her group of cycle instructors are staging a, Ride ‘Till you’re Fried, event from 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 31. This is a four-hour spin challenge, open to singles or a team of four. The cost is $100 per bike, which includes a T-shirt and light refreshments. Bikes are limited, so sign up now. You can also sponsor a team for $150.
Last up for the month of October is Oktoberfest, at the Esplanade. The Stratton Mountain Boys are the featured entertainers and fabulous German food will be provided by House of Mozart, Guy Harvey’s, Tara Steakhouse and CJ’s on the Bay. Food and drink tickets will be sold in $1 increments.
This Greater Marco YMCA Fundraising event is scheduled from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1.
Whew! Now, there is a line up of programs available to everyone! Remember, we are your YMCA. Support the programs. Become a volunteer. Join the fun! See you at the Y.
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