YMCA

MONTGOMERY — The Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA will offer up some Christmas cheer and a little bit of pool time today.

At the same time, YMCA representatives will allow the public to see the many activities available at the Y and begin planning for 2019 memberships with an open house.

The December open house at the YMCA will be Friday, Dec. 14. The YMCA will waive joiner’s fees on Friday. The open house will run from 12 to 2 p.m. for senior citizens and from 4 to 7 p.m. for families.

To cap the evening, the second annual Swim with Santa will be held tonight. Members can participate beginning at 5:30 p.m. and non-members at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for that event are still available, according to Jessica Wagner, the YMCA's aquatics director.

"We're always excited to get people from the community in to take a tour, as well as to see new faces," Wagner said.

A representative from UniCare is slated to be on site for the open house today. UniCare provides Medicaid, and, according to Wagner, for those who qualify for it, the organization helps cover the cost of gym memberships to allow individuals to take charge of their physical well-being.

That, she said, is similar to the YMCA's Silver Sneakers program for seniors, already in place, which covers 12 visits a month through the individual's insurance.

The YMCA has also been collecting toys for its second annual toy drive, and will still do so for the next week. Toys can be brought in to the front desk.

"We want to encourage folks to think outside of the box when purchasing gifts this holiday season," Wagner said earlier. "What better gift than to purchase someone a Y membership, or pay the registration fee for someone to take swimming lessons or a lifeguard course?"

To help promote participation in the YMCA's various activities for the coming year, a special packaging of three-month memberships is currently available, Wagner said. They are $125 for adults and $175 for households.

Looking ahead, the YMCA's December Senior Spirit Luncheon will be Thursday, Dec. 20 at 12 p.m. It will be a Christmas luncheon, and Y officials invite all seniors to bring a friend and covered dish and join in.

Similar luncheons will be hosted monthly, with each having different themes and speakers addressing topics such as health and fitness, identity theft and more.

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