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Protecting Against Coronavirus: Darien Library, YMCA Each Issue Statements on What They’re Doing

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Both the Darien YMCA and Darien Library have issued statements to the public about what they’re doing to protect people from COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus. Cleaners “are taking extra care while wiping down door handles, elevator buttons, push bars and other public services,” said the March 3 emailed statement signed by Library Director Alan Kirk Gray. The Darien YMCA statement described essentially the same policy: “Our staff has increased wiping down of door handles, ledges and counter surfaces throughout all shifts,” said the statement signed by Darien YMCA CEO Jennifer Gardner. “After closing all surfaces which include floors, counters, bathroom/shower fixtures, equipment, and gymnastics mats are cleaned with hospital grade cleaners and sanitizers.” Other Recent Darien Statements on COVID-19

School District Letter to Families: Here’s What We’re Doing to Protect Students From the COVID-19 Virus (March 2)
How to Guard Against Covid-19 Coronavirus: Here’s What Darien Health Director Advises for Town Employees (Feb.

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Learn How to Be a Lifeguard at Darien YMCA’s Upcoming Red Cross Training Program

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Make a difference, save a life! You can sign up today for one of Darien YMCA’s upcoming lifeguard courses and be certified in time for summer. — an announcement from the Darien YMCA

The Darien Y offers the most up-to-date and nationally recognized American Red Cross Lifeguard Training program. The course content and activities prepare lifeguard candidates to recognize emergencies, respond quickly and effectively to emergencies, and prevent drowning and other incidents. Certifications included in this class include:

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (valid for 2 years)
First Aid (valid for 2 years)
Lifeguard Training (valid for 2 years)

Lifeguard Certification (please click date for details)
Fee for Lifeguard Certification: $360 Members, $525 Non-Members
Class Availability: 2019-2020 Dates

February 18-21 — 5 to 9:45 p.m.

April 6-9 — 5 to 9:45 p.m.

May 11-14— 5 to 9:45 p.m.

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Darien YMCA Gymnastics Team Shines at Rhode Island Invitational

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The Darien YMCA Gymnastics Team achieved 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place rankings in various levels at the Rhode Island Invitational earlier this month. — an announcement from Darien YMCA
The Level 6 Gymnasts finished in 1st place, Level 8 finished 3rd and Level 9 finished 2nd. The team also had four All-Around Champions and 13 Event Champions. Results and photos provided by John Swartz, Darien YMCA gymnastics director.

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Darien YMCA Marks Child Abuse Prevention Month with ‘Five Days of Action’

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The Darien YMCA is marking Child Abuse Prevention Month with Five Days of Action, April 22 to 26, 2019. Leading up to Healthy Kids Day on April 27 — a national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids — Five Days of Action focuses on preventing child sexual abuse by sharing tips on how adults can prevent child sexual abuse. — an announcement from Darien YMCA

During April and all year long, the Darien YMCA encourages adults and organizations in the community to play a vital role in making Darien a safer place for children. This year’s Five Days of Action theme is “Know. See.

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Registration Begins Soon for Darien YMCA Spring Programs

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It’s time to browse through the Darien YMCA’s spring programs brochure: Registration begins Tuesday, Feb. 12 on a tiered schedule. Priority registration for Y members who are currently enrolled in the winter session begins at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12. Darien Y members who are residents of Darien can register beginning Thursday, Feb.

Darien YMCA’s ‘Lean Machine’ Customized System for Losing Weight: Registration Now Open

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Darien YMCA is offering a two-month “Lean Machine” class from Jan. 5 to March 2with a “customized system for losing weight, getting fit and feeling like a million bucks.” Here are the details:

— an announcement from the Darien YMCA

* A full INBODY consultation
* Biweekly 1-hour group training sessions with a trainer
* 8 1-hour guided health coaching workshops with Amy Kiser, NTP
* Weekly health coaching advice and an exercise plan
* Optional halfway INBODY Consultation
* Ongoing support via our Facebook Group
* 10% discount at Little Bites
* 20% off all personal training packages
(Up to two purchased February 17 – March 2, 2018)

EARN FITNESS BUCKS FOR YOUR SUCCESS! Earn $20 for every % body fat lost and $5 per every pound lost. Fees: 

Members ages 15+, $470
Non-members ages 15+, $570

Register Online Here

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More information from the Darien YMCA website:

You may choose from one of the following groups:
Wednesdays & Fridays at 5:30 am
Mondays & Wednesday at 6:30 am
Wednesdays & Fridays at 8:30 am
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:30 am
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:00 pm

Upon registering, you’ll receive a fact sheet with everything you need to know:
Important Dates & Times
Contact Information
An outline of what you can expect throughout the competition and remember, you get the chance to win fitness bucks based on your own personal success.

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Darien YMCA Winter Class Registration Starts on Oct 30 on the Usual Staggered Basis

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You can register soon for the Darien YMCA’s 2018-2019 winter programs, in some cases as early as Tuesday, Oct. 30 on the Y’s usual tiered schedule. The Darien Y offers a variety of programs for all ages during its 13-week winter session, from Nov. 26th to March 10. A brochure of the programs for this session is available on the Darien YMCA website. — an announcement from the Darien YMCA

New this session is a winter stroke evaluation for the Piranhas Swim Team which is considered a tryout.

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Health Fair at Darien Y on Wednesday, Oct 24, Organized by Stamford Hospital

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The Darien YMCA will have a health fair organized by Stamford Hospital in the Y’s lobby on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Featured at the event:

Free blood pressure screenings
Hand hygiene education
Skin analysis
Biodot/stress management tips
Chair massages by a Darien Y’s Massage Therapist
Q & A about exercise and sports injury prevention with a Stamford Hospital Physical Therapist

—an announcement from the Darien YMCA at 2420 Post Road

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REMINDER: Darien Y Spin-a-Thon Sunday, Oct 14 Raises Funds for ‘Revive’ Cancer Rehab

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The Darien YMCA is holding a spin-a-thon fundraising event for the community on Sunday, Oct. 14 to benefit their “revive” cancer rehabilitation program. The event will include 3 back-to-back classes of 1 hour each starting at 9:15 a.m. Darien Y spin instructors, Cheryl Curthoys, Keri Harden, Alli Taylor Mannle, and Beverly Wagner will teach all three classes together. — an announcement from the Darien YMCA

Participants can register for 1, 2, or all 3 of the 1 hour classes. 1-2 classes cost $30 each for members, $40 each for non-members including a raffle ticket to win a free massage for each ride completed.

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Letter: Thanks to Volunteers Who Made 2018 Family Day Dinner a Success

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To the editor:

On Friday, Sept. 21, over 150 people enjoyed the hospitality of the YMCA at the Annual Family Day Dinner. Sponsored by the Darien YMCA, the Community Fund of Darien’s Thriving Youth Task Force and the Darien Youth Commission, “Family Day: A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children” was launched in 2001 by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Family Day is a national movement that reminds parents that the engagement fostered during frequent family dinners is an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free. Family meals are the perfect time to talk to your kids and to listen to what’s on their mind.

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Member Appreciation Day Means ‘Bring Somebody For Free’ to Darien YMCA on Saturday

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Darien Y members can bring a non-member friend this Saturday, Sept. 8 to fitness classes during the Y’s Member Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. New Darien YMCA CEO Jennifer Gardner will be greeting members, according to an announcement from the organization. The announcement continues:

We’ll have a free raffle, giveaways and chair massages. Trainer’s Choice with Jermaine at 9:45 am in the gym
Meet with Kim Bealle and Andrea McDonough to learn more about their My Daughter, Myself Workshop
Chair Massages with Susan starting at 9:30 am in the lobby
Learn about Nutritional Therapy offered by certified nutritionist,Amy Kiser, NTP
Enter our free raffle to win a Mind, Body & Spirit shirt, a 1-hour PT Session with an Inbody Assessment, and a 1 -hour Massage
Giveaways and more!

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Reserve Seats Early for Darien’s Family Dinner Day on Sept 21

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Come to the Darien YMCA on Friday, Sept. 21 for Darien’s annual “Family Dinner Day,” a free dinner for parents and their kids celebrating the simple things that keep families connected and strong. The evening event, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., includes dinner, swimming, open gym, arts & crafts, games, goodie bags and an evening of fun for the whole family. 

Space is limited so reservations are required. (See details below.)

While this event is open to all, the organizers are focusing on families with preschool through elementary school aged children. The event is sponsored by the Thriving Youth Task Force, the Darien YMCA, The Community Fund of Darien & the Darien Youth Commission.

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REMINDER: Parking Will Be Limited at Darien YMCA on Monday and Friday, June 18, 22

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On Monday, June 18, and on Friday, June 22, parking will be limited at certain hours at the Darien YMCA parking lot because the Y’s Pre-school Camp program begins that week, the organization said in an emailed announcement. The announcement also said:

Parking will be limited between 8 and 9 a.m. and 3 and 4 p.m. on both these days. Please allow for extra time when planning your trip to the Y.

Also, our summer pool and gym schedules will begin this week as well. Please view our schedule here. __________

In other recent Darien YMCA news:

Darien YMCA Selects New CEO: Jennifer Gardner, Who Runs a Y in New Jersey (June 5)

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Editor’s note: This article originally was published on June 15. The time stamp has been changed to move the link higher up on the home page.

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Darien YMCA Selects New CEO: Jennifer Gardner, Who Runs a Y in New Jersey

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The Darien YMCA has named Jennifer Gardner as its new chief executive officer, effective July 16. Selected by the Y’s Board of Directors after a six-month search, Gardner will succeed Pat Morrissey, who is retiring after 22 years with the Darien YMCA. — an announcement from the Darien YMCA

In her new role, Gardner will be responsible for carrying out a newly created strategic plan and raising awareness of and contributed support for the Y’s charitable mission. “During our search for a new CEO/executive director, we looked at candidates from throughout the country, but Jennifer stood out among a very capable and experienced pool of applicants,” said John Schrenker, president of the Darien YMCA Board. Gardner comes to the Y with over 10 years of leadership experience in the non-profit world, currently serving at the Sussex County YMCA in Hardyston, NJ.