Family Day Dinner 10-03-17

Letter: Darien Family Day Dinner Attended by 150

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To the editor:

On Friday, Sept. 22, approximately 150 people enjoyed the hospitality of the YMCA at the 7th Annual Family Day Dinner. Sponsored by the Darien YMCA, the Thriving Youth Task Force (a subcommittee of The Community Fund of Darien) 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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Register Now for the Sept 22 Darien Family Day Dinner

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Join the Darien community for “Family Day Dinner” on Friday, Sept, 22, at the Darien Y. “Family Day Dinner” will include dinner, swimming, open gym time, arts & crafts, games, and an evening of fun for the whole family. This free, fun-filled family event promotes the concept that families who regularly dine together minimize future risk factors. Family Day Dinner was originally launched in 2001 by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. “Research shows that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to engage in risky behaviors.  In addition, these kids are more likely to have more family support, positive peer influences and positive adult role models.

Kim Beale YMCA 08-25-17

Workshop at Darien Y for Mothers Considering Rejoining Workforce

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The Darien YMCA is hosting “Graceful Transitions”, a workshop for women who are considering a return to work after having children. This 4 ½ hour workshop will help women begin to navigate an important transition back to work with grace, openness and a perspective of growth. The workshop will not deliver “tips and tricks”. Rather, it will focus on identifying values, purpose, vision and creating a narrative for change. Participants will emerge inspired, nourished, connected and confident.

Darien YMCA Invites Community to Mind*Body*Spirit Festival Sept 16

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The Darien YMCA invites the community to meditate, enjoy massages, shop local businesses, and bend with the Y’s community of yogis for a great cause at the second annual Mind*Body*Spirit Festival. The festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Darien YMCA. A variety of the Y’s yoga and meditation instructors, stand up paddle boarding coaches, rock wall guides, and trainers, will be providing special workshops throughout the day. The workshops have been designed to transform the mind, body, and spirit of participants.

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Darien Y Offers Youth Stand Up Paddleboard Classes

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Registration for the new “SUP Youth” (stand up paddleboard) classes for ages 11 to 14 is currently open with registration online at the Darien YMCA website or at the Front Desk. ___________

— an announcement from Darien YMCA


SUP Youth offers two classes: SUP Yoga and SUP Fitness. Both require no prior paddleboard experience, making it a great place to start:

SUP Yoga takes yoga to the next level. It will help to improve core strength, balance, and focus, all while enjoying the aesthetic Holly Pond. SUP Yoga will be offered on Mondays (July 10, 17, and 24) and Fridays (July 14, 21, and 28) from 4 to 5:15 p.m.

SUP Fitness is a great way to switch up a workout.

Paddleboard Classes Darien YMCA 06-09-17

Stand Up Paddleboard Classes Continue Through Summer at Darien YMCA

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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) classes have begun at the Darien YMCA. The Y offers a variety of classes including PaddleFit Intro, SUP Fitness, SUP Yoga, and SUP Pilates. Registration is available online or at the front desk. Unlike many Stand Up Paddleboard rental establishments, the Y paddleboard programs are taught by the best instructors, emphasize fitness, and use only high-quality boards tailored for paddleboard workouts in a safe, serene location. The YMCA offers the tranquil Holly Pond as the backdrop for these classes.

Darien YMCA Golf Scramble Rescheduled from Monday to June 21

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The Darien YMCA Golf Scramble event, which had been scheduled for this coming Monday, June 5, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, June 21 due to expected bad weather. 

The annual event raises money to fund programs for children with special needs. __________

— an announcement from Darien YMCA


Times will remain the same:

7:30 a.m. Check-In & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Shotgun Format Tee Time
1 – 4 p.m. Lunch, Prizes, and Open Bar
$175 per golfer
$75 per non-golfer Luncheon Only

Please see our website for further details. For questions, please contact Amy Kiser at

The event takes place at the Griffith E. Harris Golf Club, 1300 King St., Greenwich.

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Stand Up Paddleboard Classes with Discounts Available May 21 to June 17 at Darien Y

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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) season will begin May 21 at the Darien YMCA. Registration has already begun on the Darien Y website and at the Y’s front desk for classes including PaddleFit Intro, SUP Fitness, SUP Pilates and SUP Yoga. A discounted rate is available for classes offered May 21 to June 17. PaddleFit Intro is a one-hour introductory paddling course, will be offered starting Sunday, May 21. The course will cover paddle techniques, safety, and more, to give participants a great foundation for their stand up paddleboarding excursions.

Darien Public Schools

Opening Time: Darien Schools on a Two-Hour Delay Friday Morning [UPDATES]

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Update: 8:46 p.m.: Darien Public Schools have announced that when they open Friday, they’ll be on a two-hour delay. Here’s the full text of the announcement on the school district website:
The Darien Public Schools will have a 2 hour delay for February 10, 2017. The Board of Education Budget Committee meeting scheduled for 8 a.m. has been postponed.  

Update 9:31 p.m.: The Darien YMCA will be open starting at 5 a.m., Friday. Here’s their announcement (via email):

Our facility will open at 5am with fitness programs as scheduled.

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Register Now for Darien YMCA February School Break Vacation Camp (Feb 16 to 21)

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The Darien YMCA will be offering vacation camp during the winter break for kids from 3 years old through 5th grade. Children will enjoy their time off by swimming, creating arts & crafts, playing in the gym and participating in field trips and special events. Register now by visiting the Front Desk or online. _____________

This announcement originally was published by on Jan. 25.

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Darien YMCA Summer Camp Registration Begins Tuesday, Feb 7

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Registration for Darien YMCA Summer Camp starts this week, with various start dates depending on whether your kid was in camp before, whether you’re a member of the Darien Y and whether or not you live in town. Here are the complicated details:


— This announcement is from the Darien YMCA website. ___________

Tuesday, Feb. 7 — Returning 2016 Campers who have a current Darien YMCA membership.  Registration begins at 10 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 9 — New Campers who have a current Darien YMCA membership and are Darien Residents.  Registration begins at 10 a.m.
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Lifeguard class Darien YMCA 02-05-17

Darien YMCA Offers Lifeguard Training Program, Feb 16 to 21

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The Darien YMCA 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. ________

— an announcement from the Darien YMCA Newsletter


Certifications included:

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

Fee for Lifeguard Certification: $315 Members, $475 Non-Members
Fee for Lifeguard Re-certification: $175 Members, $225 Non-Members

Class Availability:

Winter Break, Feb. 16 to 21
Re certification Class, Feb. 18

Please contact Jim Matthews at (203) 655-8228 ext. 1332 with any questions.

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Parts of Darien YMCA to Shut Down for Days in August, then the Whole Shebang for a Weekend

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The Darien YMCA will be performing our annual maintenance during August.  Below is the schedule of dates indicating when different areas of our facility will be temporarily shut down. _________

— an announcement from the Darien YMCA


Please feel free to use our neighboring YMCAs during this time or, YMCAs in the town where you are vacationing (you have access to them through the A.W.A.Y. program). Shutdown Schedule

Closed: 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13
Reopen: Monday, Aug.

meditation darien ymca 5-3-16

Darien YMCA Adds Evening Meditation Classes

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Starting on Tuesday, May 2, we will be adding three meditation classes to the weekly Group Exercise Class schedule! Class Schedule:

Mondays — 6:30-7 p.m.
Wednesdays — 7:15-7:45 p.m.
Thursdays — 6:30-7:00 p.m.

Classes will be held in the Mind/Body Studio (Studio 2). Come and meditate with certified meditation instructor Debbie Barry. Debbie is a Certified Meditation Instructor from The Chopra Center. She is currently teaching Primordial Sound Meditation and is studying “Perfect Health”, Ayurveda, for her second certification from The Chopra Center. __________

— an announcement from the Darien YMCA


She believes we each have a true self and it is through the quieting of our minds that we find happiness, creativity and infinite possibilities.

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You’re Invited to the Darien Y Games Team Charity Fitness Challenge

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The Darien YMCA is proud to invite the community to take part in the second annual Y Games: Team Charity Challenge 8 a.m. Sunday, June 12. All proceeds from the Y Games will benefit the Darien YMCA Financial Assistance Program. Last year the Darien YMCA provided over $500,000 in financial assistance to children, families, and seniors in our community which included scholarships to camp and scholarships to special needs programs.

The Y’s goal is to never turn anyone away for inability to pay, and community participation in the Y Games can help continue to make this a reality. ___________

— an announcement from the Darien YMCA


The Y Games: Team Charity Challenge will be comprised of seven different fitness challenges, created by Jess Van Sciver, Health and Fitness Director, and Gene DeNota, Training and Exercise Director. Each of the seven fitness challenges are designed to test specific muscle groups and movements, so be prepared for a wide variety of exercises! The seven events will each last fifteen minutes with a short transition period in between.