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‘EVB Y Wonderland’ set for Dec. 3

by Clark Laster
Program Director

The Middlesex Family YMCA is excited to announce the first annual “EVB Y Wonderland” on Wednesday, December 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the YMCA’s program center.  Parents are encouraged to bring their little ones for an evening of shopping and fun. 

The program center will be transformed into a holiday one-stop shop where all gifts are $10 or less. Children will be able to complete their shopping lists for their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends, neighbors, and even their teachers. 

In addition to shopping, children will be invited to dabble in Santa’s Workshop, where they will enjoy creating holiday crafts such as Christmas cards, ornaments, picture frames and wrapping paper. 

Come and warm up with hot cocoa and homemade baked goods, and don’t worry about dinner because one will be available for $3. 

There will also be a surprise visit from the North Pole with photo opportunities available for all the little ones.  

Donations of $10 for the Y Wonderland are now being accepted. All proceeds benefit the YMCA’s Strong Communities Annual Giving Campaign.  Donations may be dropped off at the YMCA between now and December 3. 

For more information, contact Jessica Wilson at 776-8846.

To assist in the holiday season, the Middlesex Family YMCA will be conducting a Holiday Camp on December 22-23, December 29-31 and January 2, while the youth are out of school. During the camp, the youth will be doing numerous arts and crafts projects and will go on a trip every day of camp. 

In addition to field trips, the youth will also have the opportunity to see youth in surrounding YMCA Holiday Camps and will participate in games and interact with new friends.  Some of the trips during Holiday Camp include going to an indoor swimming pool, Chuck E Cheese, rockwall climbing, movie theatre, and bowling.  The cost of Holiday Camp is $75 for members and $90 for program participants for the entire week. 

The Middlesex Family YMCA has numerous activities going on before the year ends.  On Tuesday nights at 6 p.m., Keri Smallwood has started another season of the YMCA cheerleading program that partners with the Middlesex High JV boys basketball team. The cost of the program is $100 for members and $125 for program participants. All youth will receive a cheerleading uniform for them to keep, and the league will run through February 17. “I am excited to see some of the girls from last year and continue to build the cheering in our community,” said Smallwood. Signup continues even though the program has started.  On November 21, the YMCA will host another adult dodgeball competition at 6:45 p.m. Adults will come as teams of five for the double-elimination tournament. Teams will have the opportunity to buy into the loser’s bracket for an additional $5. “We are excited to come back and defend our title,” said Taylor Wilson, a member of the 2007 championship team. The winner will receive T-shirts and the title of 2008 YMCA Dodgeball Champions.

Youth ages 3-5 also have numerous programs with the Tumble Tots and Little Dribblers. Tumble Tots will be held twice a week Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m.  The program will begin on December 4 and will end on December 23 with a recital.  The cost of the program is $20 for members and $40 for program participants. 

On Wednesdays, beginning December 3, the Little Dribblers basketball program will begin at Middlesex Elementary School. The Little Dribblers program will last until January 28.  The cost of the program is $20 for members and $40 for program participants.

By request, the gymnastics program will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., from December 3 through January 21. As an incentive, participants may ride the YMCA bus from the elementary school to join the program at the YMCA. If parents are interested in using this service they are asked to fill out an emergency contact card, and bring a shot record, birth certificate, and physical form to the YMCA prior to the children riding the bus.

For information on any YMCA program, contact the YMCA at 776-8846. 

posted 11.19.2008

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