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Spring/Summer Program Registration Now Open to Everyone!

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Spring Program Registration is now open to everyone!

YMCA Calgary offers a variety of programs to accommodate all children, youth, adults and families. You do not need to be a YMCA member to sign-up for our programs. We strive to serve the community by offering programs to promote healthy lifestyles, strong families, and positive youth development to help build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

 

>>SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDES<<

Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA

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Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot

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Saddletowne YMCA

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Shawnessy YMCA

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South Health Campus YMCA

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REGISTRATION DATES

REGISTRATION DATES: MEMBER NON-MEMBER
2016 Spring Session Feb 22, 2016 Mar 7, 2016
2016 Summer Session Feb 22, 2016 June 6, 2016

 

HOW TO REGISTER

There are many ways to register for a program — by PHONE, IN PERSON or ONLINE (YMCA members only).

Click the link below to register for Programs, view and change your YMCA account information (including linked memberships) and access your receipts.

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New to online registration?

As a member, you ALREADY have an account. Contact your YMCA location for your login information or access Member Zone and Click Login > Forgot login information? to get started.

Please note: Members on Financial Assistance will not be able to receive a discounted rate on Programs through Member Zone. Please call or visit your YMCA location to register for programs.

 

 


2016 Strong Kids Kick-off Events

Today marks the YMCA Strong Kids kick-off for the year! Lots of fun & exciting activities happening across Calgary supporting children and youth!

YMCA Megathon

YMCA Megathon is happening today at Shawnessy YMCA, Saddletowne YMCA and South Health Campus YMCA! Be sure to visit them dressed as your favourite superhero.

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Cycle for YMCA Strong Kids

Next week on March 7, the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA will be hosting Cycle for Strong Kids event. Get on a bike and raise money for kids.

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Learn about YMCA Strong Kids

Stop by Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot to learn how YMCA Strong Kids supports your community.

 

Can’t make any of these events?

You can still support kids and youth by donating online.


Introducing the WIBIT!

We’re excited to bring on-board the WIBIT, a new aquatic obstacle course at YMCA!

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A Wibit is an inflatable obstacle course for the swimming pool.  It’s a chance for both children and adults to have some fun and enjoy the swimming pool in a new way!

The WIBIT is available at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA:

  • Fridays 6:30-8:30pm Open
  • Sundays 3:00-5:00pm Open

Now Booking WIBIT Birthday Parties!

Looking for a fun party idea?   Host a WIBIT birthday party at the YMCA! Available on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:00pm.  Party room also available.

Learn more about birthday parties at the YMCA.


Crowfoot YMCA Renamed as Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot

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In a significant boost to its Power of Potential Campaign, YMCA Calgary has received a $1-million donation from Melcor Developments Ltd. celebrating the strong relationship between the YMCA, Melcor and its founding family, the Meltons. In recognition of this substantial and meaningful gift, YMCA Calgary has renamed its Crowfoot YMCA facility in northwest Calgary as the Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot. A YMCA member and champion for decades, Andy Melton says the fit between Melcor and the YMCA is a perfect match. “We are builders of communities at Melcor. But, like our company, the YMCA isn’t only about bricks and mortar; it’s about providing value to the community.”

“The Y humbly and quietly goes about its business, making a real impact,” Melton says. “We hope this investment will inspire others to consider YMCA Calgary as worthy of support and investment as it raises $30-million to make a healthier more connected Calgary.”

YMCA Calgary President and CEO Helene Weir says Andy Melton’s – and Melcor’s – commitment demonstrates a match in values. “The words honesty, caring, responsibility and respect hang prominently inside the Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot,” she says. “Andy and the team at Melcor embody those values and put them to good use creating communities and investing in the success of kids, families and everyone who lives and works within them.”

“Through this contribution to the YMCA campaign, Melcor has shown tremendous leadership.” says Evan Hazell, Co-Chair of the Power of Potential Campaign cabinet. “This support will go a long way in engaging more people of all ages and abilities in reaching their full potential – the anchor purpose of our campaign.”

Brian Baker, President and CEO of Melcor Developments adds, “we are proud to have the Melcor name associated with an organization focused so selflessly on the health of children, youth and adults, building leaders and creating great community opportunities for wellness. ”

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View more photos from today’s event.


Mid-January ‘blues’

It’s that time again – Mid January! Did you know, that mid-to-late January is called, “Blue Monday?” Yes! One reason is because it is during this time, that we start to fail, or drop our New Year Resolution’s (NYR) after the short period of creating them. Here’s a few ways to assist you in maintaining those fitness goals and New Year’s Resolutions!

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Choose an Obtainable/Realistic Goal: One step at a time. Don’t set yourself up to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger in a month, or the next top model. Firstly, that isn’t healthy and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

Break it down into small steps: Creating small goals throughout the month (Ex. running on the treadmill for 15 min. 3 times a week and making my way to running for 30 min. 3 times a week until the end of February) makes a much bigger difference in accomplishing your goals.

Tell/ask friend’s/family regarding your fitness goals: The great thing about telling someone about your fitness goals is you then have someone to be accountable to. Next time they see you, a simple, “Hey, did you workout this week? How’s the progress?” can greatly help in motivating you to keep at your goals. Personally, I know that when I have a major goal, I tell my close friends and family so they can help me stay on track as well as give me incentive to do better.

Write them down, display them: To help in motivating you to keep at it’ during this year, try writing your resolutions and goals down where you can see them. For example, the fridgerator, the pantry where the chocolates are… (haha), in your vehicle, etc. I find that material objects I use daily such as my laptop, and cell phone are great places to create a ‘note’ so it will stay in the back of my mind throughout the day.

Don’t be too hard on yourself, we all fall: It’s okay to slip-up and make a mistake. We all do! In Batman Begins, Thomas Wayne (Bruce’s father) tells him: “And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” So don’t be too hard on yourself. As cliché as it sounds, Never give up! It’s okay to admit we need assistance or help. The staff at the YMCA will always be ready to assist you in attaining your fitness goals!

Reward Yourself: After setting those little goals for yourself, it’s good to reward yourself after every ‘milestone’. Treat yourself that white chocolate raspberry Crème brûlée you’ve been drooling over! Buy yourself those new sneakers. When you work hard, you deserve it!


Join in January and We will Waive the Joining Fee

YMCA Calgary will be waiving the joining fee in January!

This January, YMCA is making it easier than ever to get involved and make a difference in your health and wellness. For the first time ever, YMCA is waiving the joining fee! Join in January and you’ll save up to $75.00.

Because YMCA Calgary understands that every dollar counts, especially now. Take control and join a community that will keep you motivated to reach all your health goals.

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Get started today!

 


NBA LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE ALL-STAR 2016 PROGRAMMING ACROSS 14 CANADIAN CITIES IN 10 PROVINCES

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– Bell NBA All-Star Challenge Presented by AIRMILES Invites Canada’s Top Competitors on All-Expenses Paid Trip to Compete at NBA All-Star 2016 –

– BMO All-Star Kidsfest at the YMCA Includes Jr. NBA Clinics, NBA Cares Activities, and More –

TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2015 – The NBA today announced a nationwide All-Star 2016 program that will bring the excitement of All-Star to 14 Canadian cities in 10 provinces from November through February.
Anchored by the BMO Financial Group (BMO) NBA All-Star Kidsfest at the YMCA and the Bell NBA All-Star Challenge presented by AIRMILES, the events will take place in Calgary, Charlottetown, Edmonton, Fredericton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Sherbrooke, St. John’s, Toronto, Vancouver, Windsor and Winnipeg. NBA Global Ambassador and Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo and former NBA players Muggsy Bogues and Ron Harper, among others, will interact with fans across the country as they participate in All-Star-themed events and basketball activities, including appearances by NBA mascots and NBA team dancers.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring NBA All-Star 2016 programming to 14 cities across the country,” said NBA Canada Vice President and Managing Director Dan MacKenzie. “As part of our largest grassroots initiative in Canada to date, these events will allow us to grow the game in the birthplace of basketball while also providing top young talent with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend NBA All-Star. We thank our partners BMO, Bell, AIRMILES, Samsung and the YMCA for helping us make these events possible.”

Each event will tip off with the BMO NBA All-Star Kidsfest at the YMCA, an interactive family-friendly event featuring Jr. NBA clinics and NBA Cares activities such as dance classes led by NBA dancers, and a youth art program that invites the community to design a canvas that will be displayed during NBA All-Star 2016 in February. The YMCA is the community partner of Kidsfest, where young sports enthusiasts will also have the chance to try their hand at news making through the popular BMO Junior Reporter Contest.

The Bell NBA All-Star Challenge presented by AIRMILES, which builds on Bell’s commitment to growing basketball across the country and developing homegrown talent, invites basketball enthusiasts ages 14 and older to realize their All-Star dreams and show off their talent. A cross-country initiative to identify and showcase the country’s next generation of rising stars, the Challenge will invite Canada’s top three-point 2 shooters, skills challenge competitors and dunkers on an all-expenses paid trip to compete for a national title at NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto. The regional challenges will be held at local universities and tie into each school’s basketball games.

In addition, ambassadors from Samsung Canada will be onsite at each event to provide fans and participants with the ability to personalize their own videos from the events with footage from NBA All-Star 2015.

NBA All-Star 2016 will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the birth of basketball. Toronto also hosted the first game in NBA history on Nov. 1, 1946 at Maple Leaf Gardens. NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto is the first NBA All-Star to be held outside of the United States.

For more information on the nationwide NBA All-Star 2016 programming and to learn about the events in each market, visit www.nba.com/allstarevents. Fans can follow @NBACanada on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and unique content.

NBA ALL-STAR TOUR – CALGARY INFORMATION

  • Thursday, January 7 – 6:30-7:30pm Jr. Clinic at Shawnessy YMCA – 400 333 Shawville Blvd SE
  • Friday, January 8 – 530pm-8pm (Clinic 6-645pm & 7-745pm)
    BMO All-Star Kidsfest on Friday Night at Saddletowne YMCA – 7555 Falconridge Blvd.  NE
  • Sunday, January 10 – 10:30-11:30am  Jr. Clinic at Crowfoot YMCA – 8100 John Laurie Blvd N.W

NBA ALL-STAR TOUR DATES LOCATION
Thursday, Nov. 19 – Sunday, Nov. 22 – Winnipeg, MB
Thursday, Nov. 19 – Sunday, Nov. 22 – St. John’s, NL
Thursday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 29 – Toronto, ON
Thursday, Nov. 26 –Sunday, Nov. 29 – Fredericton, NB
Thursday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 6 – Regina, SK
Thursday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 6 – Montreal, QC
Thursday, Jan. 7 – Sunday, Jan. 10 – Calgary, AB
Thursday, Jan. 7 – Sunday, Jan. 10 – Charlottetown, PEI
Thursday, Jan. 14 – Sunday, Jan. 17 – Halifax, NS
Thursday, Jan. 14 – Sunday, Jan. 17 – Windsor, ON
Thursday, Jan. 21 – Sunday, Jan. 24 – Edmonton, AB
Thursday, Jan. 21 – Sunday, Jan. 24 – Vancouver, BC
Thursday, Jan. 28 – Sunday, Jan. 31 – Ottawa, ON
Thursday, Jan. 28 – Sunday, Jan. 31 – Sherbrooke, QC
Thursday, Feb. 4 – Sunday, Feb. 7 – Toronto, ON

About NBA All-Star 2016
NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto – the first All-Star to be held outside of the U.S. – will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. The 65th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Air Canada Centre, will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game in the U.S. for the 14th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 31st year of All-Star coverage. The Air Canada Centre will also host the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 12 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 13. Other events at NBA All-Star 2016 include the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory.

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Contact for more information
Tiffany Fisher, NBA Canada, 416-680-2062 or TiFisher@nba.com


Christmas Tree Sales at Crowfoot YMCA

This year, support Crowfoot YMCA youth leadership programs with your Christmas tree purchase!

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Trees cost $5/foot. All trees are Douglas Fir and come from Jaffray B.C

Location: Crowfoot YMCA 8100 John Laurie Blvd. NW

Time:  Monday-Friday (5:30AM-10:30PM) and Saturday, Sunday & Holidays (7:00AM-8:30PM)

We will be selling trees until the 20th of December or until sold out.

Proceeds allow Leaders and LIT’s to attend the Western Canada Leadership Conference and fund the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.


Three Holiday Gift Ideas at the YMCA

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Three Holiday Gift Ideas at the YMCA

This year, give a gift that’s really valuable to someone’s health.

Here are great ways to tell friends and family you care.

1. DROP-IN PUNCH CARDS
A Punch Card allows guests to drop-in at their convenience so they can have more time enjoying
YMCA and time for themselves. Purchase a 10-Visit Punch Card for the Price of 9-Visits!

2. GIFT CARDS
A YMCA Gift Card can be used towards any program or service at the YMCA including membership, massage services (available at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA) a summer camp week, babysitting services, personal training, swimming lessons, and any YMCA program. Available in any denominations and there is no expiration date.

3. CHARITABLE GIVING
Can’t find a unique gift for the person who has everything? Donate to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign on their behalf and help kids belong, grow, thrive and lead in your community.

Visit any YMCA location to purchase these items.

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Adopt a Family 2015

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Help us Bring Holiday Cheer to a Family This Year

Every year approaching Christmas, YMCA Calgary helps many families from our YMCA programs by coming together to purchase gifts for families in need.

This week, you will see different displays pop up in each YMCA branch. The displays will contain details about each family (genders and ages) and a listing of their needs and suggested gift ideas.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Check the display for each family’s needs or gift suggestions
2. Take the tag(s) that describes the item you would like to donate.
3. Buy the gift(s).
4. Bring your tag and unwrapped item to Member Services.
5. YMCA staff will wrap and deliver gifts to the families in time for Christmas.

The families the YMCA helps are gathered from several Community YMCA Programs including YMAP (YMCA Achievement Program), Aboriginal Programs and Services, LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada), and Outreach.

Thanks very much for helping out in your community and let the spirit of giving begin!

For more information or to donate, contact your YMCA Branch today.

*Please note: All 2015 Adopt a Family families have been selected.

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