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Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Fall Activities, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Youth Development |

Have a Fun, Safe Halloween

Have a Fun, Safe Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and we want to make sure all of our members remain Safe this year! Follow these tips from the Centers for Disease Control to keep your child safe this year! S-Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible. A-Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. F-Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. E-Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat. H-Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house. A-Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation. L-Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible. L-Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses. O-Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road...

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Fall Activities, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Teen, Youth Development, Youth Investment |

Tee Off for Teens a Big Success

Tee Off for Teens a Big Success

The Tee Off for Teens Golf Tournament took place on September 15th at the Manito Golf and Country Club. The event was a fantastic occasion. We had a full tournament with 36 teams for a total of 144 players. The players really enjoyed themselves, and for many, this was their first time golfing at Manito. In addition to the golf, 6 chefs participated in the Chef Bite Showdown, providing delicious treats for event goers. The event also featured an exciting helicopter ball drop, along with a classy dinner and silent auction. The auction produced a few bidding wars, creating some excitement at the dinner tables. It was all for a great cause; the money raised supports YMCA Teen Programs. Thank you sponsors, participants, and event organizers for making Tee Off for Teens an outstanding success. We hope to see some of you on the course next...

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Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Fall Activities, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Slider |

Healthy Tips for Fall

Healthy Tips for Fall

With summer ending, our daily physical activities become more limited and less spontaneous. Shorter daylight hours and changing weather requires more preparation and planning for outdoor fun. While we establish our fall routines, creating a year-long fitness plan now gives us time to build habits before the pressures of the holidays distract us from making healthy choices a priority. The recommended minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week can be easily met through these guidelines (borrowed from the Step UP and Go website): Cardiovascular Exercise Set 30 minute goals, 5 times per week to achieve the minimum. Increase goals to 60 minutes to build stamina, strength and lose weight. You can meet your daily goal all at once or by breaking it up into smaller increments throughout the day (at least 10 minutes at a time). Resistance Exercise Adults should train each major muscle group two to three days per week using a variety of exercises and equipment. For each exercise perform 8-12 repetitions to improve...

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Fall Activities, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

Autumn Notes on Continued Retreading

Autumn Notes on Continued Retreading

Every fall the Y sells lily bulbs. A good-hearted gentleman donates the bulbs to the Y, which in turn sells them to help support its youth program.   Last fall I purchased some lily bulbs from a lovely young lady at the Valley YMCA. She guaranteed that they each would have as many as twenty blooms in the summer, and I believed her.   Not knowing a great deal about flowers, since I was on the road for many years, I have usually told people that I have lovely colored plants and left it at that. What is wonderfully amazing is that last year I bought lily bulbs from the Y and planted them at this time of year in front of my porch without knowing what colors would come out, and they bloomed in beautiful red and white colors uniformly across the front span of my porch. A couple weeks ago I bought more lily bulbs at the Y, Asiatic ones the size of baseballs. Having planted them...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Arts and Crafts, Fall Activities, School Age Care, Slider, Teen | 1 comment

How to Carve a Pumpkin

How to Carve a Pumpkin

For me at least, it seems every holiday needs to have some sort of decoration around to help celebrate. With all the festivities happening this October, particularly Halloween, decorating is an absolute must. Some of my favorite decorations during this time are carved pumpkins. Carved pumpkins, or jack-o-lanterns, allow creativity, the ability to get down and dirty (kids especially love this aspect), and provide a traditional decoration which has been used for hundreds of years. Creativity is a big must when decorating your house for Halloween, and carving pumpkins provides the perfect touch to make my house look different from my neighbors (after all, no one wants to make their house look like their neighbors). While most houses traditionally have a jack-o-lantern out front it is unlikely you will find two that are the same. This means you can really make the trick or treaters “oooh” and “ahhh” at the sight of your amazing design. For those who have carved a pumpkin, we all know how messy the pumpkins...

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