NEWS & UPDATES
HOCKOMOCK AREA YMCA


Posted on: Thursday, December 7th, 2017

New Technology Club & Lab Announced

GET AHEAD WITH OUR NEW TECHNOLOGY LAB & TECHNOLOGY CLUB

Thanks to a generous donation from a good friend, a technology lab has been created at our Franklin Y.

The goal of this space is to teach middle school and high school students about careers in technology.

Join us for our first Technology Club Meeting on Monday, December 11th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at our Franklin Y.

This is a free member opportunity.

We will have guest speakers at this first meeting who are technology field experts from Dell EMC, Math Works and Gartner.

At this meeting, we will discuss future meeting topics and speakers, helping to form a fun and productive Technology Club!

For more information about the Technology Club or Technology Lab, contact Kim Jennings at kjennings@hockymca.org.

Posted on: Thursday, December 7th, 2017

A great gift for the holidays

It’s easy to get sidetracked on fitness goals during December with all of the holiday preparations and gatherings.

Give yourself or a loved one the gift of good health with a personal training package to start off the new year—a 10 pack of 1-hour personal training sessions for only $399, a $51 savings from our regular price.

We all need the advice of an expert sometimes, as well as the personal attention that comes with a trainer or coach. All of our trainers are nationally certified and will help set goals that are challenging and achievable. Our trainers will guide you or your loved one to a stronger, healthier and more confident self.

  • Promotion runs December 1-31, 2017.
  • Purchase the ten 1-hour personal training sessions at any of our Member Service Desks.
  • Sessions expire by May 1, 2018.
  • Only one 10-pack purchase per person.

In the meantime, a couple of tips to stay healthy over the holidays.

Stay active. Exercise is just as important during the holidays as any other time of the year. Tight for time? Try our Sprint class… you’ll get an awesome workout in just 30 minutes. Exercise will help reduce the stress brought on by the holidays.
Include your family and be healthy together. Go for a hike or come to the Y for family swim.
Plan ahead. Make a to do list each night as you get ready for the holidays. This will help you be efficient, get a lot accomplished, and reduce your stress.
And remember to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep helps your body lose weight, fight infections, and reduces stress.

For more information and tips on how to help you or a loved one reach your healthy living and nutrition goals, speak to one of our branch’s health and wellness directors and have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends from all of us here at the Hockomock Area YMCA.

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Posted on: Friday, December 1st, 2017

Holiday Break Programs

When School Is Out, the Fun Is In!

When school is out for December school break, children ages 5-17 are invited to join us at the Y for fun, educational, and social happenings.

We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve! That’s why, at the Y we offer flexible schedules and the opportunity for kids to learn skills and build relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, educational achievement, all while having a lot of fun.

Our experienced staff takes the right steps to ensure your child’s safety and happiness during an action-packed day!

in North Attleboro

We are pleased to offer variety and specialized options out of the North Attleboro Y. Choose from Elmwood Days for a range of activities and a great way to “try out” camp. Field trips include Launch Trampoline Park, Snow Tubing at New England Sports Park, Disney on Ice & an Optional Overnight, North Bowl & Camp Day. Or, for specialty camps, select from Swim, Gymnastics, Craft & Enrichment, and Super Sports options. For teens and pre-teens, outdoor enthusiasts will get together from our branches and take part in rock climbing as well as a ski trip with transportation to and from the Y.

REGISTER TODAY (NORTH ATTLEBORO)!

Details on the North Attleboro programs are found on the flyer below.

Download the North Attleboro Flyer

in Foxboro:

We are pleased to host special visitors daily to offer enriching experiences for our Foxboro campers ages 3-5 enrolled in Junior Wapawca.

Our school-aged campers will have a great time in our popular Foxboro Wapawca Days, with field trips to Lazer Gate, Amesbury Sports Park to go tubing, Legoland, and the Boston Museum of Science! Or, check out Voyagers Adventures and travel with friends to the Museum of Fine Arts, Rock Climbing at Rock Spot, go Snow Tubing, and ride Go-Karts at RI Race Cars.

We also offer Vacation Combo programs, for our sports enthusiasts between the ages of 4-7.

REGISTER TODAY (FOXBORO)!

Details on the Foxboro programs are found on the flyer below.

Download the Foxboro Flyer

in Franklin

At the Franklin Y, we offer full day camps and extended day options, whether your interests include playing games/sports, exploring new destinations, learning new skills, or improving your swimming, we’ve got something to engage and support you. Please contact carlym@hockymca.org or 774-235-2731.

For teens, outdoor enthusiasts like yourself will get together from our branches and take part in rock climbing and/or skiing day trips, with transportation to and from the Y.

REGISTER TODAY (FRANKLIN)!

Details on the Franklin programs are found on the flyer below.

Download the Franklin Flyer

Posted on: Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

New YMCA Swim Lessons Curriculum

This winter, our YMCA is updating our swim lesson program, so expect to see a great new look and simpler class names. The latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates varying abilities and will foster a sense of achievement as swimmers progress between levels. Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.

Our Youth Program Guide explains everything and provides a schedule for all the new classes, but here’s a quick overview. In our updated curriculum, there are three general categories of Y Swim Lessons:

SWIM STARTERS: Baby & Toddler Lessons with Parent
Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills. Parents are coached to guide their child toward greater water independence while learning about the importance of supervision.
Swim Starters classes are Stages A, B, C.

SWIM BASICS: Fundamentals of Swimming
Students develop basic swimming competency and learn personal water safety. They begin by developing comfort in the water, then work on proper body position and control. While developing fundamental techniques, swimmers increase stamina for longer distance swimming.
Swim Basics classes are Stages 1, 2, 3.

SWIM STROKES: Refining Stroke Technique
Having mastered the fundamentals, swimmers build on stroke technique, including all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues, and swimmers learn about competitive swimming and how to incorporate exercise swimming into a healthy lifestyle.
Swim Strokes classes are Stages 4, 5, 6.

Each Swim Lessons category has three stages or levels that are designed for swimmers of every age and ability.

SWIM STARTERS BABY & TODDLER LESSONS WITH PARENT

Parent/Child
6 Months – 3 Years

Accompanied by a parent, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills. Parents are coached to guide their child toward greater water independence while learning about the importance of supervision.

A / WATER DISCOVERY

Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

B / WATER EXPLORATION

In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

C / WATER INDEPENDENCE

Parents work with their children to develop comfort in underwater exploration by learning self rescue techniques. This class is geared for children not ready to be independent from parents.

SWIM BASICS FUNDAMENTALS OF SWIMMING

Everyone
Ages 3 and up

Students develop basic swimming competency and learn personal water safety. They begin by developing comfort in the water, then work on proper body position and control. While developing fundamental techniques, swimmers increase stamina for longer distance swimming.

1 / WATER ACCLIMATION

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage lays the foundation for a student’s future progress in swimming.

2 / WATER MOVEMENT

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

3 / WATER STAMINA

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

SWIM STROKES REFINING STROKE TECHNIQUE

Everyone
Ages 5 and up

Having mastered the fundamentals, swimmers build on stroke technique, including all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues, and swimmers learn about competitive swimming and how to incorporate exercise swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

4 / STROKE INTRODUCTION

Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.

5 / STROKE DEVELOPMENT

Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.

6 / STROKE MECHANICS

In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

In the coming days, we’ll provide some helpful resources to make sure everyone in your family will know how to choose the right Swim Lesson class, and if you have any questions please stop in at your local YMCA or give us a call.

Posted on: Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Babysitting Courses Offered (ages 11-15)

LEARN TO BABYSIT & RECEIVE A.S.H.I. CERTIFICATION

Are you interested in receiving a babysitting certification? Boys and girls ages 11- 15 can take the American Safety & Health course and become a certified babysitter!

Topics include: basic childcare and leadership skills, first aid, diapering, feeding, and employment skills. After completing the course, certificates will be mailed home.

COURSE DATES/TIMES:

Register today

cost: $60 member / $90 program member

Posted on: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Ski Club

The Hockomock Area YMCA really is WHERE TEENS THRIVE.

What a great time youth ages 11-17 will have this winter as YMCA Ski Club returns to spend Sundays on the slopes of nearby Wachusett Mountain! Our club is chaperoned by the Director of Outdooor Education Dave Lovely-Taillon and his volunteers. This group shows their passion for the program by coming out, skiing with the kids, and ensuring the safety of all. Developing friendships with new kids from different towns and being active makes this a great time for all.

Of course, all skills are welcome to participate in Ski Club. Rentals and lessons are available through Wachusett. The club’s first outing will be from 2:00pm–9:30pm on January 14th, 2018. The program will run through February 25 (no program will run on Feb. 4).

Participants will travel by bus to Princeton, MA where they will ski and board at Wachusett Mountain. The ski area offers progressive group lessons and equipment rentals, along with a great variety of trails to accommodate beginners to experienced outdoor enthusiasts.

FIRST, Visit Wachusett Mountain to purchase lift tickets. Use code HCOM when making your purchase. This code will link your lift tickets to the group throughout the season and Dave will be contacted immediately in case of emergency. You may also purchase lessons or rent equipment.

NEXT, Secure Transportation from your local Y — we leave the North Attleboro Y at 2pm and the Franklin Y at 2:30pm. We will return to the Franklin Y at 9pm and the North Attleboro Y by 9:30pm. Transportation costs $155 per member, $233 per program member.

Ski Club is a great gift idea for anyone who wants to get outside this winter no matter their experience level! Space is limited. For more information, contact codya@hockymca.org


Please note! davidlt@hockymca.org or call 508-643-5290.

Please note, proof of lift ticket purchase must be sent to davidlt@hockymca.org by Friday, January 12.

Posted on: Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Legends Online Auction

For 13 years, our Integration Initiative has been responding to the emerging needs of local children and families, providing opportunities for children with special needs and disabilities to participate alongside their typically developing peers in Hockomock Area YMCA programs, activities and services.

MAKE A BID!

Even if you cannot attend our LEGENDS BALL, here is an excellent opportunity to contribute and get a great deal on items up for bid in many popular categories. A sample of our auction items follows.

DINING, TRAVEL, ENTERTAINMENT:

  • Kenny Chesney Trip Around the Sun Tour @Gillette Stadium, August 24. Includes parking and $100 Davio’s gift card to use before the show
  • Overnight stay at Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel
  • Tickets for a PPAC show (On Your Feet, the Gloria Estefan Musical) with overnight stay at the Renaissance in Providence
  • Newport Experience (2) Mansion Tickets

HOME, ART, FAMILY:

  • Family Fun Packages – experience New England like never before when you bid and win. Multiple gift packages to include admission tickets, dining, and more
  • Willow Tree Thanksgiving Dinner (bids accepted on this item until midnight NOV 19)

SPORTS & MEMORABILIA:

  • Selection of Dell Technologies Championship Pin Flags signed by: Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, and Jason Day
  • Matthew Slater Autographed Jersey
  • coming: New England Sports bundle – includes tickets to see every one of our professional sports teams!

We look forward to accepting your bids. This auction will run through noon on Thursday, December 14. Items will be delivered in time for the holidays. Be sure to check back often, as new items will be added to the auction weekly. Thank you for your support of our Hockomock Area YMCA.

Posted on: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Read Margaret’s Story

LEARN ABOUT MARGARET’S SUCCESS WITH THE YMCA’S DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM:

“The guidance and accountability I receive from the Hockomock Area YMCA through the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is amazing. This is a great opportunity to join a structured, proven program. February 2017 was the kickoff of our program in collaboration with the Foxborough Council on Aging and we are nearing the end of the program’s yearlong commitment.

The program’s weight loss focus is counting fat grams. This approach turned out to be very powerful and successful for me. The results for me thus far has been losing 7% of my weight as well as fat loss and inches off my body. My blood pressure rating is now 122. I now own skinny jeans! I have a laugh about it but it was such a marker in my weight loss journey. It’s very clear you can make better choices and you have to focus on it. You also have to focus on moving.

My weight is much more enjoyable for me. When I get up every day, I’m going off into the world in simply my best shape. That is significant. I’m better prepared to face anything and I’m able to enjoy my life more fully.”

– Margaret Stark, YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program participant

Margaret participated in our YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program at the Foxborough Senior Center.

READ VICKI LOWE’S THOUGHTS ON THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN OUR YMCA AND HER ORGANIZATION IN OUR COMMUNITY:

“We chose to pilot the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program at our Foxborough Council on Aging in November 2016. A key to the program’s success was partnering with the Hockomock Y’s outreach efforts to host the program here. There’s a comfort level for seniors here and a convenience to participate in the program while seniors are already at the Senior Center – whether taking an exercise class or a music or arts program.

We have a long-standing relationship with the YMCA that has garnered the seniors to have a high level of confidence in the Y certified instructors. Participants were receptive to this year-long program because of the trust in the Y. We had people committed to this program and to living healthier lifestyles. I was pleased that the group experienced more than double the weight loss predicted for this program.”

– Vicki Lowe LSW, CD Executive Director, Council on Aging & Human Services, Foxborough, MA

The goal of the program is to help adults at risk for diabetes reduce their body weight by 5 to 7 percent and increase their physical activity to 150 minutes per week. Studies have shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can prevent or delay new cases of type 2 diabetes in adults by 58 percent and by as much as 71 percent in those over age 60.

LEARN MORE about our program and register with us. You may also call Donna Higgins at 508-772-1310 or phl@hockymca.org.

Posted on: Monday, November 6th, 2017

Legends Ball
A benefit for our Integration Initiative

OPPORTUNITY
INCLUSION
IMPACT

TUESDAY
NOVEMBER 28, 2017

Matthew Slater, New England Patriots Special Teams Captain and Super Bowl Champion, To Receive 2017 Legends Ball Award

Join us for an evening of distinction featuring New England sports legends and honoring our 2017 Legends Award Honoree Matthew Slater for his passion and commitment to children with special needs and their families.

Cocktail Reception 6:00pm
Introduction of Legends 7:15pm
Dinner with Legends 8:00pm
 Lake Pearl 299 Creek Street, Wrentham, MA

Our Hockomock Area YMCA’s Integration Initiative continues to provide unique, innovative and impactful opportunities for children with special needs and their families. The Integration Initiative was created to meet an emerging need in the communities we serve, recognizing the importance of supporting children with special needs and their families, nurturing a community of inclusion at our YMCA.

Since 2004, more than 1,000 children and families have participated in our Initiative. Many participants have grown up in the program and families continue to look to our Y to provide more opportunities as children transition into the challenges of young adulthood.

Thank you for your role in creating a culture of inclusion and diversity celebrated at our YMCA every day. The important funds raised through your support and generosity make a tremendous difference in the lives of young people and their families.

Presenting Sponsor: CVS Health


Sponsorship information is available here. Please contact Bill Chouinard at billc@hockymca.org or call 508-643-5251 with questions. We kindly request RSVP’s be received before November 10, 2017.

Posted on: Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Join us for National Family Week

National Family Week is an annual celebration observed during the week of Thanksgiving.

Our Y is proud to help area families connect to the opportunities, networks, support, and services that enable them to succeed. We encourage you to join our celebration of National Family Week. Our activities begin starting November 17th and continue through November 26, 2017.

Bring a friend with you this week! We invite all families in our service area to come and take part in National Family Week activities and experience all our Y has to offer, free of charge.

On Thanksgiving Day, our branches will be open 7:00am-11:00am with child watch open from 8:00am-11:00am. We wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving! Bring a guest in for free and bring in a non-perishable food item for our local food pantry. Donations to our local food pantries are encouraged throughout the week. And don’t forget to stop by and choose a tag from our Giving Tree in one of our branch lobbies to help a Y family in need for the holidays.

FOXBORO Y EVENTS:

Friday, November 17:

  • Our Giving Trees are here! Give to a Y family in need.
  • 10:00am-2:00pm – Candlemania, our giant candle sale is back! All candles are $3-$5.

Saturday, November 18:

  • 9:00am-4:00pm – Candlemania in our lobby

Sunday, November 19:

  • 9:00-9:55am – Family Zumba – Studio A
  • 10:00am-2:00pm – Candlemania in our lobby
  • 12:00-12:55pm – Family Yoga

Monday, November 20:

  • 10:00-11:00am – Free Stem Activity for ages 3-5. Sign up in advance (12 kids max).
  • 11:30am – Lunch with Elmo – Pizza, Milk, & Fruit. Members $5 / Program Members $8. Sign up in advance (50 people max).
  • 12:00-1:00pm – Free Family Open Gymnastics
  • 4:00-5:00pm – Free Stem Activity for ages 6-10. Sign up in advance (12 kids max).

Tuesday, November 21:

  • 12:00pm – Teddy Bear Picnic Lunch – Bring your favorite teddy bear and we’ll bring lunch. $12 per family. Sign up in advance (40 people max).
  • 2:00-5:00pm – Jumparoo, tattoos, & snack
  • 6:30-7:15pm – Healthy Fall Dessert Workshop – sign up in advance. Learn how to turn your favorite desserts into healthy ones! Members $12 / Program Members – $18.

Wednesday, November 22:

  • 11:00am-1:00pm – Swim with the Turkeys during family swim
  • 12:00-3:00pm – Free Child Watch
  • 6:00-8:00pm – Swim with the Turkeys during family swim

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! – Thursday, November 23:

  • 7:00-7:55am – Sunrise Yoga with Paula – Studio A
  • 7:00-8:15am – Y Cycle – Cycle Studio
  • 7:30-8:25am – Pound with Jenna – Studio B
  • 8:15-9:10am – Boot Camp with Paula – Studio A
  • 9:15-10:10am – Y Cycle with Kate – Cycle Studio – Sign up at Member Service Desk

Friday, November 24:

  • 9:15-10:15am – Family Cardio Hip Hop

FRANKLIN Y EVENTS:

Friday, November 17:

  • Our Giving Trees are here! Give to a Y family in need.
  • 10:00am-2:00pm – Candlemania, our giant candle sale is back! All candles are $3-$5.

Saturday, November 18:

  • 9:00am-4:00pm – Candlemania in our lobby

Sunday, November 19:

  • 10:00am-2:00pm – Candlemania in our lobby

Monday, November 20:

  • 12:00pm – Teddy Bear Picnic Lunch – Bring your favorite teddy bear and we’ll bring lunch. $12 per family. Sign up in advance (40 people max).

Tuesday, November 21:

  • 10:00-11:00am – Free Stem Activity for ages 3-5. Sign up in advance (12 kids max).
  • 11:30am – Lunch with Elmo – Pizza, Milk, & Fruit. Members $5 / Program Members $8. Sign up in advance (25 people max).
  • 4:00-5:00pm – Free Stem Activity for ages 6-10. Sign up in advance 912 max).
  • 4:30-5:30pm – Family Boot Camp

Wednesday, November 22:

  • 12:00-3:00pm – Free Child Watch
  • 3:00-4:00pm – Turkey Trot on the track for ages 6-10. Sign up in advance (20 kids max).

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! – Thursday, November 23:

  • 7:00-7:55am – Y Cycle with Robin – Community Room
  • 8:00-8:55am – Turkey Burn Boot Camp with Kristen – Studio
  • 9:00-9:55am – Zumba with Gisela and Traci – Studio or Gym
  • 10:00-10:45am – Strong with Judith and Ana – Studio
  • 10:00-10:55am – Aqua Zumba with Gisela – Pool

Friday, November 24:

  • 10:30-12:00pm – Jumparoo, tattoos, and snacks

Saturday, November 25:

  • 10:00-11:00pm – Family Boot Camp
  • 1:30-3:30pm – Swim with the Turkeys during Family Swim

Sunday, November 26:

  • 2:00-3:30pm – Free Family Open Gymnastics

NORTH ATTLEBORO Y EVENTS:

Friday, November 17:

  • Our Giving Trees are here! Give to a Y family in need.
  • 10:00am-2:00pm – Candlemania, our giant candle sale is back! All candles are $3-$5.
  • 4:00-8:00pm – Candlemania – Book sale in the lobby to support teen programming.

Saturday, November 18:

  • 9:00am-4:00pm – Candlemania in our lobby
  • 9:00am-1:00pm – Candlemania – Book sale in the lobby to support teen programming

Sunday, November 19:

  • 10:00am-2:00pm – Candlemania in our lobby

Monday, November 20:

  • 11:00am-12:00pm – Snack in our lobby.
  • 1:15-2:30pm – Free Family Open Gymnastics
  • 4:30-5:25pm – Yoga

Tuesday, November 21:

  • 11:30am-2:30pm – Free Family Open Gymnastics
  • 12:00pm – Teddy Bear Picnic Lunch – Bring your favorite teddy bear and we’ll bring lunch. $12 per family. Sign up in advance (25 people max).
  • 5:00-8:00pm – Free Parent CPR – sign up in advance by 11/17 for online course.

Wednesday, November 22:

  • 9:30am – Breakfast with Elmo – Pancakes, Milk, & Fruit. Members $5 / Program Members $8. Sign up in advance (25 people max).
  • 10:00am – Family Walk at World War 1 Memorial Park – Meet in lobby.
  • 10:00-11:00am – Stem Activity for ages 3-5. Sign up in advance (12 kids max).
  • 12:00-3:00pm – Free Family Open Gymnastics
  • 12:00-3:00pm – Free Child Watch
  • 12:30-1:30pm – Stem Activity for ages 6-10. Sign up in advance (12 kids max)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! – Thursday, November 23:

  • 8:00-8:55am – Barre with Sarah, Studio 1
  • 8:00-8:55am – BodyVive with Karen – Studio 2
  • 9:00-9:55am – Zumba with Pattie – Studio 1
  • 10:00-10:55am – Yoga for Every Body with Bob – Studio 1

Friday, November 24:

  • 9:00-11:00am – Jumparoo, tatoos, and snack
  • 9:00am-12:00pm – Drop ‘n Shop in Kids Club. Register at Member Service Desk. Members: $10 / Program Members: $15
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – Swim with the Turkeys during family swim
  • 1:30-3:30pm – Free Family Open Gymnastics

Saturday, November 25:

  • 9:00-1:00pm – Small Business Saturday – Begin Holiday Shopping! Email dawnd@hockymca.org for a booth.
  • 11:30am-1:30pm – Special 2-hour Yoga Class – Studio 1 with JoAnn


We hope you have a great time celebrating Thanksgiving with your family and thank you for having fun and being active at the Y. For tips on healthy living, visit ymca healthy family home.