Eye On The Y: New look, many programs at Marco YMCA

Shane Totten, with his daughter Helen, enjoyed the 2012 Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. This year the dance is on Feb. 7.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Shane Totten, with his daughter Helen, enjoyed the 2012 Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. This year the dance is on Feb. 7.

Fritzi Holmes calls numbers at the Greater Marco Family YMCA Bingo games, which are  every Tuesday afternoon.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Fritzi Holmes calls numbers at the Greater Marco Family YMCA Bingo games, which are every Tuesday afternoon.

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New and returning members of the Greater Marco Family YMCA enjoy the fresh look at the Y that includes painting, interior renovations and landscape enhancements.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Steve Reynolds/Submitted (4) New and returning members of the Greater Marco Family YMCA enjoy the fresh look at the Y that includes painting, interior renovations and landscape enhancements.

Pat Newman, left and Dottie Weiner are Bingo greeters each Tuesday at the Greater Marco Family YMCA.

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Pat Newman, left and Dottie Weiner are Bingo greeters each Tuesday at the Greater Marco Family YMCA.

The Greater Marco Family YMCA is welcoming new and returning members this week after a number of improvement to the facility.

The exterior has been painted, sidewalks edged and curbed, trees and shrubbery cut back and the front entrance landscaped, courtesy of Affordable Landscaping and Design.

Our eight tennis courts have new lighting and new wind screens. The pool area has been repainted and restrooms and changing areas updated, along with new lane marker flags.

The Fitness Center carpets have been shampooed, walls painted and new fitness equipment is in place. The Spin Center has been repainted and two new Spin Bikes have been added. The gym floor was revarnished and looks like a coat of glass was applied.

Three exciting program events return for January and February.

The first is the Winter Session of Adult Co- Ed Volleyball. Get ready to bump, set and spike, starting Monday. This program is for ages 16 and up. League play will continue through April 15 and the team sign-up fee is $350. You also can sign up as a single entrant for $75 and you will be assigned to a team. Women players are needed to fill team rosters.

If you would like to play, contact Steve Reynolds at 239-394-9622, ext. 228.

Raul Saad , tennis director, is holding his popular "Mental Toughness Seminar" on Jan. 19, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Y gym. Saad is a sports psychologist, USPTA Master Professional and USTA High Performance Coach. Refreshments will be provided. The fee is $5 for Marco YMCA members and $10 for the community. Space is limited so sign up at the Customer Service desk today.

The "Daddy-Daughter" Sweetheart Dance returns on Feb. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.. The 5th Annual Dance gives daddy's a chance to celebrate Valentine's Day with their daughters and make memories that will last a lifetime. This special YMCA event includes music, appetizers, games and free portraits. The fee in advance is $20 a couple and $5 for each additional daughter. The day of the event the cost is $30 a couple and $5 for each additional daughter. Register today at the Customer Service desk.

Mark your calendar for other important events

n Jan. 27, YMCA Board of Directors Installation and Awards Day.

n Feb. 7-9, For the Love of the Y Tennis Tournament.

n March 1-3, Fair on Marco Island , Veterans Park.

n March 16- 18, Annual Dottie's Duck Derby and 2nd Annual Splash N Dash.

n April 7, 26th Annual Taste of Marco, at The Esplanade

n April 14, 3rd Annual Tour de Marco, begins and ends at the Marco YMCAHave a great week and we will see you at your Greater Marco Family YMCA.

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