YMCA to Host Painting Class in December

The Washington County Family YMCA will be offering art classes at their Salem location this December to give the community the chance to express themselves through painting.

On Thursday, December 15th, there will be an adult geared “Sip and Swirl” class held from 5:30pm-7:30pm in the YMCA lobby. The class is open to all experience levels, and will accommodate ages 16 and up. Childcare will be made available through the YMCA’s Kids Club program at no additional charge.

On Saturday, December 17th, there will be a youth geared “Pint-Sized Picasso” class held from 1:00pm-2:00pm in the YMCA lobby. The class is open to ALL budding artists in 3rd grade and up.

Both classes will enjoy a holiday themed painting, and will have light refreshments served during the session. The price per participant is $20 if you are a member of the YMCA, and $30 for guests. The price will include childcare, art supplies, and light refreshments.

“We are looking forward enriching the culture of our community with our new art classes,” said Rosie Morehous, Youth First Director at the Washington County Family YMCA. “This year, we continue to focus on how we can fill voids in our community, and one of the areas we feel that we can bring some enrichment is in the arts. We look forward to many more offerings in the future.”

Morehous also stated that the Y is interested in featuring many different artists, and multiple forms of art, and encouraged any local artists interested to contact her for more details on how they can get involved.

Call 812-883-YMCA, or stop by our front desk for details.



Rookie Basketball Now Enrolling!

Rookie Basketball begins in January, but it's not too early to register for a nice Christmas surprise for your boy or girl ages 3-9! Register by 12/17/16 for an EARLY BIRD discount.

Registrations made past 1/4/17 are subject to a case by case approval, must be made in office, and will be assessed a $15 late fee.

Contact Hillary Emery for more information. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Catch Hoops Hysteria With YMCA Rookie Basketball

Rookie Basketball is back at the YMCA! Using modified rules and lowered hoops in a non-competitive environment, children can learn the fundamentals of basketball. Sportsmanship and fun are emphasized in this league, with each player getting equal playing time. Teams will meet on Sundays at the Bradie Shrum Elementary Gym for an 1 hr of practice and game time beginning January 8th and going through February 12th, 2017. The YMCA will provide team t-shirts and a participation prize of a YMCA water bottle at the end of the season. Registration is now open for this program that serves boys and girls ages 3 to 9 years old. Divisions of play will be 3-4 year olds, 5-6 year olds and 7-9 year olds.

“We are looking forward to another great season of Rookie Basketball,” said Rosie Morehous, Youth First Director at the Washington County Family YMCA. “This year, the venue will be changing from the Salem High School Auxilary gym to the Bradie Shrum Elementary Gymnasium. We are excited for the change of scene, and look forward to utilizing the lowered hoops in the gym to have a great experience for our participants!”

The YMCA is also excited about one more change to the program—a new friendly face! Hilllary Emery, the new Membership Engagement and Activities Coordinator at the Washington County Family YMCA, will be heading up the program this year.

“I am so excited for the opportunity to impact youth in our community,” said Emery. “We are also looking for some GREAT volunteers to help coach the program, and I look forward to working closely with the volunteers to give the kids skills for life, on and off the court!”

This year, the YMCA is offering an incentive for those who plan ahead. Any participants who register by 12/17/16 will receive a $5 discount on the regular registration cost. Cost for this 6 week program is $45 for members and $65 for nonmembers. Registration is open through 1/4/17. Late registrations MAY be accepted, space permitting, through 1/8/17, however are not guaranteed and will be subject to an additional $15 late fee.

“We would encourage parents to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount and use it as a Christmas Present,” said Emery. “I am happy to make up a beautiful gift certificate for you to wrap up for Christmas morning—just stop by and see me at the Y!”

As always, the YMCA’s values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility will be modeled and encouraged throughout each practice and game time as we focus on new friendships, personal growth, and fun! Check our website www.wcfymca.org to register online, call 812-883-YMCA, or stop by our front desk for details! Financial Assistance is available if needed.

VOLUNTEER COACHES ARE NEEDED. The YMCA will provide training for all volunteer coaches.

CONTACT THE Y TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OUR YOUTH! CONTACT HILLARY EMERY AT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., OR BY CALLING OR STOPPING IN AT THE Y.


Breath Easy Salem

Did you know that the State Indoor Smoking Ban passed in 2008 left some workers unprotected??

The Washington County Family YMCA is proud to be a supporting organization of the Breathe Easy Salem Initiative—a group working towards protection for ALL workers in the City of Salem from second hand smoke in the work place.

Come out and support the first reading of the city ordinance at the City Council Meeting on November 14th at 7:00 pm.  Contact Rosie Morehous This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details, or to find out more about Breathe Easy Salem.

Click here to show your support on the Salem Leader Reader Poll

Your vote is SO IMPORTANT to show that our community is READY for this POSITIVE Change.

Also, I would love to see you out on Monday, November 14th at 7:00pm at City Hall for the City Council Meeting to support Breathe Easy Salem. We are hoping to push for the first reading of the ordinance, and need numbers to show how much our community wants this to pass. Wear your green or blue! The desire and community support is there--NOW IT'S TIME WE SHOW IT BY SHOWING UP!


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