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Eau Claire Family Night

family-revised_94700359Eau Claire is hosting a grade 6 family night! Join us on Thursday March 12th from 6:00-8:00 PM! This is a great opportunity for you try something new and to find out what Eau Claire has to offer your children everyday! Family members of all ages are welcome to attend!

We will be offering a variety of activities for you and your family to try free of charge. We will have paper copies of the schedule (below) posted within the branch on the day of our Family Night. 

Time Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
6:00-6:30 Hapkido – Gymnasium Gaga Ball – RB/HB Court Y Skip – Squash Court
 

6:30-7:00

 

Family Yoga – Yoga Studio

 

Cooking Class (First come
first serve. max. 10) –
Multi Purpose Room

 

Art Activity – Lobby

 

7:00-7:30

 

Pop-up Youth Café  – Studio West

 

Drop-in Floor Hockey – Gymnasium

 None Planned
 

7:30-8:00

 

Pop-up Youth Café – Studio West

 

Drop-in Floor Hockey – Gymnasium

None Planned

Click here for a printable version of the night’s schedule!

All are welcome to attend – activity options will be adapted to suit a variety of ages and experience levels.

Please note that there is no need to register for this opportunity as it will be running on a drop-in basis.

For any further questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact Sarah Thornton, Youth Coordinator at 403-781-1685 or via e-mail at sarah.thornton@calgary.ymca.ca

 


Youth Week Has Arrived!

YMCA Locations are offering inexpensive and FREE activities for youth ages 12-17. This is a week to celebrate youth!

Eau Claire YMCA staff are jumping up and down with excitement.

Wednesday, April 23 | 5pm-7pm | Eau Claire YMCA Lobby |$6.50
A special 2 hour edition of Art in the City featuring a guided art walk throughout downtown Calgary’s Urban Art Scene. This will include public pieces, studios and chats with local artists as well as a chance to practice our own Urban Art

Friday, April 25 | 7pm-9pm | Eau Claire Gym | $4
5 on 5 Basketball Tournament. Sign up from 1pm-6pm, tournament starts at 7:00pm. Slots for 40 youth will be filled then randomly selected to create teams of 5. Tournament will be half court followed by a full court final.

Saturday April 26 | 12pm-3pm | Eau Claire 3rd Floor | Free
Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centre and YMCA Eau Claire have teamed up to bring you the Global Café. We will transform one of the studios into a serene café like setting, complete with nut free sweets and hot beverages. Discussions and self-reflection surrounding a spiritual approach to self and Earth Day will be facilitated by Nora from Calgary Brahma Kumaris.

 

Crowfoot YMCA staff are stoked to offer tons of free events.

Monday, April 21 | 5pm-5:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP2 | Free
Hip Hop dance class.

Monday, April 21 | 6pm-6:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP1 | Free
Art by Youth class.

Wednesday, April 23 | 5pm-5:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP2 | Free
Improv class.

Wednesday, April 23 | 6pm-6:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP3 | Free
Parkour lessons.

Friday, April 25 | 5pm-5:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP3 | Free
Zumba

Friday, April 25 | 6pm-6:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA Weight Floor | Free
Youth Resistance Training

Friday, April 25 | 7pm-10pm | Crowfoot YMCA | $4
Teen Night: Drop-in Basketball, Drop-in Dance, Drop-in Ping Pong, Open workout on the weight floor, open swim in the pool.

Saturday, April 26 | 2pm-2:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA Gym | Free
Parkour lessons.

Saturday, April 26 | 3pm-3:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP2 | Free
Art by Youth class.

Saturday, April 26 | 3pm-3:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA Gym | Free
Scatterball game.

Saturday, April 26 | 4pm-4:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP3 | Free
Youth Yoga class.

Saturday, April 26 | 4pm-4:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA Gym | Free
Drop-in Soccer.

Saturday, April 26 | 5pm-5:45pm | Crowfoot YMCA MP3 | Free
Breakdancing and hip hop class.

 

Come check out all the cool stuff, try something new, and meet some other youth!

See youthcentral.com/youthweek/ for more activities and events happening around the city.

hip hop dance girls


5 Activities You Didn’t Know You Could Do at the YMCA

Squash

The Eau Claire YMCA has 2 squash/racquetball courts. You can book online or by talking to member services. There are even racquets you can use.

Tai Chi

There are multiple Tai Chi classes offered throughout the week at a number of YMCA Calgary locations. This ancient martial art is about centering your focus and improving your mental and physical stamina. Other martial arts offered include Hap Ki Do, Capoeira, Karate

Parkour

Parkour is a whole body sport aimed at getting around the urban landscape in the quickest, most efficient way possible – using only your body and your surroundings.

It uses movements like rolls, jumps and climbing in combination with free running; freestyle gymnastics. Youth can learn moves to scale walls, jump gaps, balance on rails, and climb poles. There are classes offered to youth at a number of YMCA Calgary locations.

Belly dancing and Social Dance

Move your hips and learn to coordinate dancing with a veil in belly dancing classes with other women. Or, as a couple, you can learn the basic steps for classic dances like the Fox Trot, Rhumba, Waltz, Jive and Two Step.

There’s even a children’s cooking class for 3-5 year olds!

The South Health Campus YMCA is part of the South Health Campus Wellness Centre which includes a Wellness Kitchen. The Cookie Monster’s class gives kids the opportunity to learn about nutrition and food preparation by making some simple and easy recipes. And they get to eat what they make!
Check out our program guides to learn more about the classes and programs available to you and your family!!

Registration (members) for Spring and Summer sessions opens February 24.

Saddletowne Program Guide Cover


 

 

 


Youth Programs at the Eau Claire YMCA

YMCA Calgary is dedicated to making sure our youth get the skills and experiences needed to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Through regular physical activity, organized sports, leadership and mentoring programs, YMCA programs will help develop you youth giving them a place to Belong, to Grow, to Thrive and to Lead.

Youth Programs include: Parkour, Soccer, Volleyball, Steve Nash Basketball, Floor Hockey, Badminton, Swim lessons, H20 Extreme, Recreational Swim Club

* Financial assistance is available.

Leadership Programs include: Jr. Lifeguard Club, Babysitting Certification, Leaders, Adventures, Leaders in Training, Active Y Kids.

* These programs are free of charge

Other options available for your youth to experience the Eau Claire YMCA –

Youth open basketball (supervised open basketball Saturdays 12-1pm)

Youth open badminton (Sundays 1-2pm)

Teen Night (ages 12-17 Fridays 7-10pm),

H20-Extreme (ages 8-12 Fridays 6-7pm).

Jr. Squash Drills (Ages 7-11 Saturdays 10-11am)

Aboriginal Active Life Drop-in (offered to Aboriginal youth ages 13 to 30, Tuesday evenings) For more information, contact the Aboriginal Community Outreach Coordinator at 403-537-1723.

*These opportunities are available free of charge for members and minimal drop in cost for non members.

For more information on these or any other programs please call – 403-269-6701


YMCA Spring Summer Program Registration

Spring/Summer Program Registration is open

Spring Programs start April 1st – it’s not too late to register!

Members – February 25th 5:30am.

Non Members – Spring March 5th 5:30am

Non Members – Summer June 3rd 5:30am

Don’t miss your chance to register for your favorite programs.

Choose from:

Preschool – Swim Lessons, Variety, Sports, Tumble Time, Kangaroos and Climbers, Gym and Swim and much more.

Youth – Swim Lessons, Junior Lifeguard Club, H20 Extreme, Steve Nash Basketball, Parkour, Court Sports, Floor Hockey, Badminton, Handball, Indoor Soccer and more!

Adult – Yoga, Pilates, Fusion, Resistance Training for Triathlon, Kettlebell Bootcamp, Yoga for Runners, Tai Chi, Zumba, Xfit, Outdoor Bootcamps, TRX, Running programs, Boxer’s workout, Metabolic Conditioining, Triathlon Swim, Masters Swim, Learn to Swim, Stroke Improvement, Swim Fit and Aqua Boot Camp!


Inspiring Urban Ninja’s at Eau Claire with Parkour

Written by Volunteer Blogger Rita Gore

Eau Claire Youth and Pre-school Director, Fan Wu, names two components that are front and centre in Youth programs at the YMCA.

“We give them space to make friends and give them a chance so they feel like they belong”

Wu is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Parks and Recreation Program. She spends half her job teaching pre-school programs with names like Kangaroo Climbers and Gym and Swim. Badminton and Leadership are just two of the programs she facilitates for older youth.

Describing her typical workday Wu says: “I can have a stressful day at work dealing with paperwork, and then go and teach a class and everything will be better. They say the funniest things; I just like being with them. It’s a lot of fun!”

To experience one of the programs for youth, offered at the Eau Claire Y; I sat in on a Monday night Parkour class, for ages 12 and up.

Parkour was brand new to me. The on line description reads “utilizes movements such as rolls, vaults and climbing in combination with free running and free style gymnastics to navigate through any environment. Obstacles are seen as opportunities.” Watching on-line videos helped me grasp more, but once I got into the classroom it became obvious that there was much I had missed.

Apparently I wasn’t even pronouncing “Parkour” right, by the “eye-rolling” I got from the young man at the door of Studio C/D.

As the instructor Jim Sinclair and the students pulled mats, lifts and equipment out on the floor I quizzed parent, Charito Macaroy how her son Eric Knight came to be enrolled. “I heard about it from friends “Macaroy said. “It (Parkour) works both sides; there is order and control by the instructor, but its fun too”

She sees the class as a way for her son to be with friends, plus it’s a good way for him to be safely tryout the sport.

“It gets them away from computers and being active, instead” she says and at the end of class when Macaroy picks Eric up “every time he’s smiling.”  Now 15, Eric’s been coming to Y programs since the age of 5.

Another thing that appeals to this mom is that it’s non-competitive. “It is a way for Eric to interact with other kids where he doesn’t have to fight for position.”  The camaraderie and positive energy in the room is easy to spot.

The instructor just might have something to do with that. Says Macaroy “Jim is always calm and kind, but always in control; and he seems to love what he’s doing”

Terence Shoults(13) explains that after watching videos on the internet he decided “it looked like fun” so he “tried it outdoors on concrete.” Shoults is quick to admit “it did not work out, I hurt myself”. Enrolled in the Eau Claire class now, he reasons that “mastering the skills is going to make it safer;” and “let me perform like a ninja” he says with a smile.

Shoults says “agility and stamina” are part of what he’s learning; that plus the mental part “It makes you more aware of your body, and where it is”

Instructor Sinclair, acknowledges that he too, first learned Parkour skills “the hard way “; now he’s in demand for teaching the skills safely and creatively to others at Eau Claire YMCA and two other studios.

He’s taught students from 3- 55 years of age and believes that it’s an activity where age, weight, size or gender doesn’t matter.

Describing himself as “the poster boy for how you change, once you start Parkour,” Sinclair hints at the personal growth that’s occurred in his own life from learning to “overcome fears”

It looks like understanding the philosophy behind this activity is just as important as learning technique and strength building exercises. Parkour it’s said can have a positive impact on creativity, problem solving skills and attitude too.

Sinclair’s parting words make you think: “So much of Parkour is about perspective; your head defeats you before anything else” Sounds like this is a program where all of us could learn something.

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Parkour is just one of the many programs available at Eau Claire for youth. Check the web-site to register for classes. For those teens looking for a less scheduled approach, Friday night is Drop-in night at Eau Claire. Options include basketball, badminton, swimming racquetball sports and break dancing.

Popular right now too is a Hip-Hop group whose members have organized themselves.

Wu describes this as “Pretty impressive actually, typically 30 dancers ages 15 and up appear Friday nights; the Y provides the studio space and the group runs itself.”

Youth will be the focus through-out Calgary, April 20-27 during Celebrate Youth Week. To see what’s happening check out: youthcentral.com/youthweek

Eau Claire YMCA will celebrate youth that week, by offering a 2 for 1 drop- in for Friday night. For what’s available at other YMCA’s check the website.

 


Inspiring Urban Ninja’s at Eau Claire with Parkour

Written by Volunteer Blogger Rita Gore

Eau Claire Youth and Pre-school Director, Fan Wu, names two components that are front and centre in Youth programs at the YMCA.

“We give them space to make friends and give them a chance so they feel like they belong”

Wu is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Parks and Recreation Program. She spends half her job teaching pre-school programs with names like Kangaroo Climbers and Gym and Swim. Badminton and Leadership are just two of the programs she facilitates for older youth.

Describing her typical workday Wu says: “I can have a stressful day at work dealing with paperwork, and then go and teach a class and everything will be better. They say the funniest things; I just like being with them. It’s a lot of fun!”

To experience one of the programs for youth, offered at the Eau Claire Y; I sat in on a Monday night Parkour class, for ages 12 and up.

Parkour was brand new to me. The on line description reads “utilizes movements such as rolls, vaults and climbing in combination with free running and free style gymnastics to navigate through any environment. Obstacles are seen as opportunities.” Watching on-line videos helped me grasp more, but once I got into the classroom it became obvious that there was much I had missed.

Apparently I wasn’t even pronouncing “Parkour” right, by the “eye-rolling” I got from the young man at the door of Studio C/D.

As the instructor Jim Sinclair and the students pulled mats, lifts and equipment out on the floor I quizzed parent, Charito Macaroy how her son Eric Knight came to be enrolled. “I heard about it from friends “Macaroy said. “It (Parkour) works both sides; there is order and control by the instructor, but its fun too”

She sees the class as a way for her son to be with friends, plus it’s a good way for him to be safely tryout the sport.

“It gets them away from computers and being active, instead” she says and at the end of class when Macaroy picks Eric up “every time he’s smiling.”  Now 15, Eric’s been coming to Y programs since the age of 5.

Another thing that appeals to this mom is that it’s non-competitive. “It is a way for Eric to interact with other kids where he doesn’t have to fight for position.”  The camaraderie and positive energy in the room is easy to spot.

The instructor just might have something to do with that. Says Macaroy “Jim is always calm and kind, but always in control; and he seems to love what he’s doing”

Terence Shoults(13) explains that after watching videos on the internet he decided “it looked like fun” so he “tried it outdoors on concrete.” Shoults is quick to admit “it did not work out, I hurt myself”. Enrolled in the Eau Claire class now, he reasons that “mastering the skills is going to make it safer;” and “let me perform like a ninja” he says with a smile.

Shoults says “agility and stamina” are part of what he’s learning; that plus the mental part “It makes you more aware of your body, and where it is”

Instructor Sinclair, acknowledges that he too, first learned Parkour skills “the hard way “; now he’s in demand for teaching the skills safely and creatively to others at Eau Claire YMCA and two other studios.

He’s taught students from 3- 55 years of age and believes that it’s an activity where age, weight, size or gender doesn’t matter.

Describing himself as “the poster boy for how you change, once you start Parkour,” Sinclair hints at the personal growth that’s occurred in his own life from learning to “overcome fears”

It looks like understanding the philosophy behind this activity is just as important as learning technique and strength building exercises. Parkour it’s said can have a positive impact on creativity, problem solving skills and attitude too.

Sinclair’s parting words make you think: “So much of Parkour is about perspective; your head defeats you before anything else” Sounds like this is a program where all of us could learn something.

*********************************************************************************************************

Parkour is just one of the many programs available at Eau Claire for youth. Check the web-site to register for classes. For those teens looking for a less scheduled approach, Friday night is Drop-in night at Eau Claire. Options include basketball, badminton, swimming racquetball sports and break dancing.

Popular right now too is a Hip-Hop group whose members have organized themselves.

Wu describes this as “Pretty impressive actually, typically 30 dancers ages 15 and up appear Friday nights; the Y provides the studio space and the group runs itself.”

Youth will be the focus through-out Calgary, April 20-27 during Celebrate Youth Week. To see what’s happening check out: youthcentral.com/youthweek

Eau Claire YMCA will celebrate youth that week, by offering a 2 for 1 drop- in for Friday night. For what’s available at other YMCA’s check the website.

 


Shining A Bright YMCA Spotlight On Youth

YMCA associations across the globe are known for their youth and family programming, but do you know everything that we do for youth right here in Calgary?

YMCA Calgary has 5 Health/Fitness/Recreation locations as well as school and community locations to serve the youth with opportunities right in your community. There is a wide variety of youth opportunities that we offer, both free of charge to members and some at an additional cost. Listed below are just a few amazing youth opportunities offered by YMCA Calgary.

Volunteering – Youth can get involved in their YMCA community by applying to volunteer! Taking ownership and pride in their YMCA, youth are accepted for a variety of positions that include clerical, sports programming, and membership services. Volunteer application acceptance is ongoing; we love to see youth getting involved in our YMCA communities.

Leadership – Leadership skills are sharpened in YMCA Leaders, and Leaders In Training programming  Youth leadership programs give youth the opportunity to step up and leard to create change in themselves and our community.

Steve Nash Basketball – An association-wide program, taking place at Crowfoot, Eau Claire, Saddletowne, and Shawnessy locations. Open to ages 6-13yrs, Steve Nash Basketball is a national youth basketball program designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship and a love of the game for basketball among Canadian youth.

Active Y Kids – Offers youth a chance to improve and sustain a healthy lifestyle. Designed to improve overall health, Active Y Kids incorporates cardiovascular and muscular conditioning activities, nutrition sessions, and self-development education.

Skip Time – Offered exclusively at Crowfoot YMCA in the NW, Skip Time boasts high energy games, double dutch skipping, partner skipping and individual tricks are used to teach focused jump rope skills, coordination, power, rhythm, fitness development and teamwork. Open to ages 6-16yrs.

Bugaboos Climbing – Introducing youth to the fundamentals of wall climbing. Along with basic climbing skills, Bugaboos (6-8yrs) will learn an understanding of the importance of trust and communication as they develop mental focus and improve muscular endurance and body awareness. Bugaboos can be found on climbing walls at Saddletowne, South Health Campus, and Shawnessy locations.

Parkour – Offered exclusively at Eau Claire YMCA in the heart of Calgary’s downtown, Parkour is all about moving efficiently and effectively. Parkour get youth moving, utilizing movements such as rolls, vaults and climbing in combination with free running; freestyle gymnastics and Martial Arts to navigate through any environment.

Junior Lifeguard Club – Introduces you to lifesaving techniques and first aid skills. Youth will gain experience in accident prevention and dealing with the public. Participants must be aged 10-15yrs, and able to swim 50 metres and tread water for one minute.

For more information on these and other YMCA Youth programming, please contact your closest YMCA branch.


Parkour @ Eau Claire

Come and join Jim Sinclair on Mondays during our winter session from 6:30 – 7:30pm at the Eau Claire YMCA to learn the movements of Parkour. Jim is one of Calgary’s most experienced Parkour instructors and is passionate and dedicated to the sport . Join his class and you’ll be scaling and vaulting over structures in no time!

For more information, contact us at 403-269-6701


It’s not too late to sign up for Registered Programs!

Registered programs start this week! There is still space in many of our upcoming fall experiences. 

Adults can choose from: Zumba, Introduction to Olympic Lifting, TRX Suspension training, Yoga, Pilates, Boxer’s workout, Metabolic Conditioning, Crossfit, Ski and Snowboard Conditioning, Military Bootcamps, Learn to/Improve your Run, Aqua Bootcamp, Tai Chi.

Youth Program options include: Badminton, Swimming Lessons, Soccer, Steve Nash Basketball, Parkour, Leadership and Leader in Training programs.

Preschooler’s can enjoy Court Sports, Twist and Shout, Gym and Swim, Swimming Lessons, Tumble Time, Little Einsteins, Kangaroos and Climbers and variety lessons.

Check out our website at www.ymcacalgary.org or call 403-269-6701 for more information and to register today!



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