Spin-a-thon for Darien YMCA ‘Revive’ Cancer Rehab Program

The Darien YMCA is holding a spin-a-thon fundraising event for the community on Sunday, Oct. 15 to benefit the Y’s “revive” cancer rehabilitation program. The Cause
The Darien YMCA’s “Revive” cancer rehabilitation program is open to local residents who are currently undergoing or have undergone treatment in the past year. _________

— an announcement from the Darien YMCA


The program is complimentary, and its goal is to provide patients with renewed stamina for day-to-day living. Revive participants receive 12 one-hour personal training sessions each week with one of the Y’s certified Cancer Exercise Specialist (CES) trainers.

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Darien YMCA’s Last Summer Camp Parent Info Session

The YMCA will offer a Summer Camp information session on March 8. This is a great opportunity for you to meet the camp directors, and hear about all the wonderful and diverse programs we offer. 5:30-6:00PM     Gymnastics Camp session
6:00-6:30PM     Pre-School Camp session
6:30-7:00PM     School Age Camp session

For more information about our Summer Camp programs, please contact Suzanne Richards at sirchards@darien-ymca.org or (203) 655-8228 ext. 1331. For Gymnastics Camp questions, please contact Nicole Kapitan at ext.

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Friday Night for Kids at Darien Y: Dinner, Gym Time, Crafts, Movie, Snacks

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Parents: You can enjoy an evening out while your kids (ages 3 to 10 years old) have fun at the Darien Y from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday. Here are the details, from the YMCA website:

Join us on Friday, December 11th for Kid’s Night Out at the Darien YMCA. Our youth staff will entertain your child while you enjoy a nice evening out. We will have dinner, gym time, arts & crafts, snacks, movie and more. Time: 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Ages: 3 yrs— 10 yrs (must be fully potty trained)

Members- $25 1st child, $20 each additional child
Non members-$30 1st child, $25 each additional child
Register now at the Front Desk!

Take a Few Minutes to Go on the Darien YMCA Video Tour

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The Darien YMCA has posted a video tour of the facility on its website. You can check it out below. The video is about 3 1/2 minutes long. It mentions an interesting bit of information (just before the 3-minute mark): A fifth of Darien’s kindergarten enrollment is made up of kids who attended Holly Pond Preschool at the Darien Y.

Here’s part of an announcement that the Y posted on Facebook:

A video tour of our facility is now up on our website! Many thanks to our very own Tom Griffin (on our staff at the check in desk and a former Middlesex Middle School Vice Principal) who provided the voice over.

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Darien YMCA and Palmwich Have a Fit Club Challenge For You

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From the Darien YMCA Facebook timeline:

WE CHALLENGE YOU, to take THE FIT CLUB CHALLENGE with The Darien YMCA and Palmwich! This challenge is free to members, and non-members can also participate with the purchase of a class pass. The participants will commit to improving their health and fitness level by completing 20 fitness classes in 4 weeks. And have a lot of fun doing it! Stop by the Wellness Center today to learn more, or come by our big Kick-off event this Wednesday, Oct.

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Darien Schools Close Wednesday for Yom Kippur: Darien Y Has a Vacation Camp

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Darien Public Schools, Darien Nature Center, Pear Tree Point School and Holly Pond School will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 23, for Yom Kippur, but Darien YMCA has a Vacation Camp day for kids up to 5th Grade (register now). Darien YMCA conducts a Vacation Camp on days that Darien schools are closed. Here’s more information about it from the Darien Y’s Facebook page:

“Looking for something to do on Wednesday’s school holiday? Bring your 3 year old through 5th Grader to the Y’s Vacation Camp!

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Darien YMCA Maintenance Closures Wrap up in a Week

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Darien YMCA’s annual maintenance program has shut down pools, gyms and the men’s steam room, but much of it has reopened Monday. Here’s the status of various facilities, according to the Y’s website:

Open again:

Fitness classes
Basketball gym
Locker rooms
Training room
Wellness Center

Closed through Monday, Aug. 31:

Small Pool
Large Pool
Men’s Steam Room

YMCA members have the option of using Y facilities in other towns, some of which have also had maintenance shutdowns. The New Canaan YMCA’s shutdowns were scheduled to end on Sunday. The Westport/Weston Family Y has ongoing shutdowns of various facilities, including the indoor pools, which are closed through Aug.

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From a YMCA in One of America’s Richest Places to a Y in One of the Poorest

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Article and photos provided by the Darien YMCA:

Darien residents Jake Greene and Liz Morrissey never thought they would spend two weeks living on an Indian reservation in the middle of the rolling prairies of South Dakota, until they joined the Darien YMCA’s partner, the Sioux YMCA, in the Sioux YMCA Initiative this spring. The Sioux YMCA Initiative began 9 years ago as a way to provide day camp-type programming for the children living in various communities on the reservation. For 12 weeks each summer, the Twin Cities YMCA coordinates the Y staff who journey to the reservation and conduct programming. The immersion provides Y staff with an understanding of cultural and socio-economic realities they have little previous experience with. The priority is community development, with focus on the youth.


Water Main Break to Close Darien YMCA at 9:30 PM Wednesday, Repairs Overnight

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A six-inch water main has disrupted service in the neighborhood of Darien YMCA, the organization says, and it has announced that overnight repairs will require the Y to close down at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Aquarion Water Co. says the water main is in the vicinity of Seagate Road, which is just to the east of the YMCA. In a 2:07 p.m. announcement, the utility said about 20 customers were affected and repairs were expected to be complete by 5 to 7 p.m.

But the more recent YMCA announcement on Facebook, shortly after 5 p.m., has a much later timeframe. Here’s what the YMCA said:
Due to a water main break in the neighborhood, the water will need to be shut off at 9:30 PM this evening.

Darien YMCA Fall Program Registration Begins Soon

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A Darien YMCA announcement:

Registration for the Darien YMCA’s fall programs starts Tuesday, July 28 on a tiered schedule:

Priority registration for current Y members who are now enrolled in the summer session begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 28. Darien Y members who are also residents of Darien can register at 10 a.m. starting Thursday, July 30. Darien Y members who are not residents of Darien can register starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Open registration for non-members starts at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug.