Ridgewood YMCA- Latest News and Events

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010

Interested in signing up for classes at the Ridgewood Y? Registration opens Monday, October 25th at 8:30AM. Classes start just one week later on November 1st and will run through December 26th. We've got lots of great new classes this session so be sure to download our new Program Guide from the YMCA website or stop by the Y to pick up a copy. Alternatively, send us your address via reply and we'll be happy to put a copy in the mail for you. Active membership is required to register for classes so please call or come in to activate your membership first. Then register for classes in person, by phone, or online at www.ridgewoodymca.org.

Please contribute to the 2010 Annual Campaign to support the Ridgewood YMCA's Good Works Programs.
Each year, the Ridgewood Y raises funds to support the many initiatives that makes up the Ridgewood Y Good Works Programs. Examples of our Good Works Programs include:
-Summer Camp and Program Scholarships
-Rainbows (providing peer support for children who have experienced a painful family tradition)
-Living Strong, Living Well (a fitness and strength training program for cancer patients and survivors)
-Learn to Swim Programs for Paterson youths
-Youth Mentoring
-Supported Employment for Special Needs Students
-Scholarships for Families of Deployed Military Personnel
-Autistic Therapeutic Recreation Program
At the Ridgewood Y, no one who is experiencing a financial hardship is turned away for inability to pay and each year over $200,000 is raised to provide financial assistance to hundreds of young people and families throughout the community. This year, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to our 2010 Annual Campaign to support our Good Works Programs. To make a donation, please visit the website and click the DONATE button. Thank you!

School Vacation Day Camp
With school vacation days approaching, the Ridgewood YMCA is pleased to offer School Vacation Day Camp throughout November and December. Children can enjoy recreational and educational activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, sports, and theme days. Upcoming School Vacation Day Camp dates are as follows:
-November 4 Carnival Game Madness
-November 5 Funtime America Field Trip
-December 27 Kids in the Kitchen
-December 28 Mini Golf and Bowling
-December 29 Camp Winter Olympics
-December 30 Movie Day
For further info, please contact Chris Wolfstirn at ext.339 or email cwolfstirn@ridgewoodymc.org

Danny's Red Ball Weekend
November 13 and 14
Danny's Red Ball Weekend at YMCA Camp Bernie is a special camping weekend for adolescents and adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their families. The program is designed for 5 to 10 families (approximately 20-40 total participants) and all activities scheduled for the weekend are designed to include parents and/or guardians and siblings. Camp staff will facilitate all program activity sites to ensure participants a safe and fun-filled weekend!
For further info, please contact Jennifer Forestiere at (908)832-5315 or email jforestiere@campbernieymca.org.

Win by Losing Fitness Program
October 25 through December 17
Come and join this exciting and effective 8-week health and fitness program offered by the Bolger Fitness Center, the Ridgewood YMCA and YWCA of Bergen County. The Win by Losing Fitness program is for anyone looking to improve their overall health and reach their fitness goals. Winner will be determined by highest percentage of body weight lost. Sign up now as the program begins this Monday, October 25 and will run through December 17.
For further details, please contact BFC Director, Matt Bansch, at ext.306 or email mbansch@ymcaywca.org

Mischief Night Masquerade Ball
Saturday, October 30 - 5:00 to 7:30 PM
Come one, come all to the Ridgewood YMCA Mischief Night Masquerade Ball! Single and couples are welcome to attend this evening of festivities including ballroom dancing, refreshments, and prizes for best costume (although costumes are optional). Attendees will also receive a free half hour ballroom dance lesson from Dance Master Lestat and a 20% discount coupon for a pre- or post-dinner at participating Ridgewood restaurants Smith Brothers, The Office, or Winberries.
Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Please contact Carol Livingstone at ext.330 or email clivingstone@ridgewoodym.org

Everything Diabetes Day
In honor of National Diabetes Month Saturday, November 20 - 1:30 to 5:30 PM
Free and Open to All
Everything Diabetes Day is a day of information for adults or children with diabetes or those at risk for diabetes. Come join us and receive expert advice on nutrition, exercise, complications of diabetes, risk factors, and prevention tips, along with screening for blood pressure, blood sugar, and eye screenings. Refreshments, handouts, and prizes will be offered. This event is brought to you by the Ridgewood YMCA and the Diabetes Foundation.
For further info, please contact Chris Wolfstirn at ext.339 or email cwolfstirn@ridgewoodym.org

Tryouts for the Youth Basketball League
Saturday, November 6 at 2:00PM
The Ridgewood YMCA Youth Basketball League teaches essential basketball skills while building confidence and self-esteem. With an emphasis on fair play, sportsmanship and fun, everyone plays in YBL league games and practices! Tryouts for the Youth Basketball League are open to children grades 1-6 and will take place Saturday, November 6 at 2PM at the Ridgewood Y.
For further details please contact Chris Wolfstirn at ext.339 or email cwolfstirn@ridgewoodym.org

Free Pumpkin Painting at the Ridgewood Y
Saturday, October 23 2:00-5:00PM
Free and Open to All
Get ready for Halloween with free pumpkin painting and decorating at the Ridgewood Y! Bring your own pumpkin and we'll supply all the materials including paints, apple cider, and snacks.
For further info, please contact John Duke at ext.337 or email jduke@ridgewoodym.org

How to Handle Home Emergencies
Thursday, November 11 - 7:30PM
Free and Open to All
When accidents happen at home, having the right first-aid supplies and knowing what to do are essential. During this free event, we'll discuss how to respond to home emergencies such as cuts and scrapes, bleeding, burns and scalds, falls, poisoning and when to call 911 or go to the hospital. We'll also provide useful info on putting together a well stocked first aid kit.
For further info, please contact Janet Oliver at ext.304 or email joliver@ridgewoodym.org.

F.I.T. Together at the YMCA
November 1 through December 20
F.I.T. Together at the YMCA is a small group step Aerobics exercise class specifically designed to improve the fitness, coordination, socialization, self-confidence and independence of young adults affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). F.I.T. Together is for people with ASD who have sufficient communication and self-help skills to independently participate. It is not appropriate for individuals with significant behavioral and sensory challenges. F.I.T. Together will meet on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00PM and Friday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30PM at the Ridgewood Y from November 1 through December 20.
For program application, please contact Julie Gallanty at ext.332 or email jgallanty@ridgewoodym.org

Your Path to Good Health
Wednesday October 27 from 4:00 to 8:00PM
Free and Open to All
Your Path to Good Health is a free health fair for adults of all ages and will include health screenings for skin and oral cancer, blood pressure checks, and diabetes screenings. Tips for preventing falls in the home and screening for risk factors for falls will be offered. Representatives from local service providers and business will also be on hand to provide free information on helping you remain healthy. Chair massage, reflexology, and door prizes will be available!
Pre-registration for flu shots is necessary. To make an appointment to receive a flu shot please call (201)291-6090

Ridgewood Cares A Festival of Opportunities
Saturday, November 13 - 10:00 to 3:00PM
Come visit the Ridgewood YMCA booth at Ridgewood Cares- A Festival of Opportunities and discover ways to make a positive impact and address social injustices locally and worldwide. This is a free event for all and will include speakers, documentary films, fair trade handcrafts sale, dance performances, a photography exhibit and hands on activities for kids, teens, and adults.
November 13 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at the Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton Street, Ridgewood.

The Breakers
The Ridgewood YMCA Breaker Swim Team dual meet season starts October 23 with our boys swimming against Wyckoff. The girls season will begin the weekend of October 30. The team is currently preparing to host the annual Gingerbread Man Mini Meet in which 320 swimmers, ages 5 through 9, will be participating.
Best of luck to this year's Breakers!