Last Thursday was a monumental day at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. Why? Because that was the day that I went to school at the Y. Margo Heidenreich, a Spanish teacher at Marco Island Charter Middle School, has put together a wonderful Spanish for Adults program that is informal, yet educational.
This interactive, dynamic class introduces Spanish to busy professionals. Topics include basic everyday terms that relate to family, home, shopping, food and clothing. This basic program will continue from 6-8 p.m., Thursdays, through Dec. 17 at the Y for adults 18 years and up. The fee is only $80 for Y members and $100 for community members. There still is room for a few new students, so if you ever wanted to learn Spanish, now is the time. You can register at the customer service desk. Gracias!
Next up on the Y menu is tennis and badminton. Junior Tennis session B begins on Oct. 19 for ages 4 and up. Classes are divided by age group. Tiny Tots, for ages 4-5 will have lessons from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays. Little Slam is for 6-8-year-olds, with lessons from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., also on Mondays and Wednesdays. Slam Junior Tennis is for ages 8-10 and meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mighty Slam Tennis is for ages 10- 12 and is for the experienced tennis player. Lessons are scheduled from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fees are $50 for each group for Y members and $65 for others, but if the child is enrolled in the after school ASPIRE program, the fee is only $40 per session. Wow, what a deal!
There is a Tennis Social scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23 with tennis scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and a pot luck dinner afterwards, so bring your favorite dish. Cost is $8 for dinner only, $10 members and $15 for others. Please pay at the customer service desk by Oct 22.
When was the last time you played badminton? Probably, you last played at a family picnic or reunion of friends. The Y brings badminton back for adults and families starting Oct. 13 and 14. Tuesday night. from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will be family night, for ages 10 and up with adult.
Adults can play from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the Y Gym. Equipment will be provided by the Y and the fee is $40 for members and $60 for teams of two. Community member fees are $50 and $70 for teams of two. The child rate is $10. These fees are for the entire eight-week season. Play will be doubles, in a round-robin format. That means you will be playing against another team that plays at your level. Come and join the fun!
Gymnastics is back again for the season. The class is for boys and girls ages 3-16 years and starts Oct. 15. The classes will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the First Baptist Church of Marco. The monthly rate is $80 for members and $100 for others. Participants should wear clothing that is comfortable and bring a towel and bottled water. The instructor for the program is Kamal Farhat.
Miss Dottie has announced the new season of Learn to Play Mah Jongg classes are scheduled for the four Mondays of November, starting Nov. 2.
Lunch (optional – bring your own) is from noon to 12:30 p.m. and lessons are from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The fees are $30 for members and $50 for others. Registration and payment are required in advance.
Mark your calendars for three major fund raising events to benefit the Greater Marco Family YMCA.
1. Sunday, Nov. 1 – Oktoberfest at the Esplanade, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with $5 admission (children under 12 free). Entertainment provided by Stratton Mountain Boys and DJ Steve Reynolds. Fabulous German food by Guy Harvey’s, House of Mozart, Tara Steakhouse and CJ’s on the Bay.
2. The popular Super 50/50 Christmas Raffle, with a chance to win up to $10,000, is back for 2009. Purchase your tickets today. One ticket is only $50 or buy three for $100. Tickets are available at the customer service desk and the drawing will be held at the Christmas Tree Lighting event scheduled for Dec. 5 at Veteran’s Park. Winners need not be present.
3. The 15th annual Greater Marco YMCA Golf Tournament _ Saturday, Dec. 12, at Cedar Hammock Golf & Country Club, with 7 a.m. registration and continental breakfast and 8 a.m. shotgun start. Lunch and awards follow the tournament. Individual player signup is $110 each and/or hole sponsor, $100 each. Register today at the customer service desk.
Have a great week and I hope to see you at the Greater Marco Family YMCA.
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