Upcoming Events at the North Suburban YMCA

Watch this blog for weekly news from your North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Road in Northbrook. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates too!

Family Fun Day Open House. Help us celebrate the opening of the Y’s new Youth and Family Wellness Center and X-Zone Climbing Wall! The public is welcome to a free open house on Sunday, March 2 from 2:00 to 4:00pm, featuring activities, open swim with the WIBIT, art projects, yoga and TRX demonstrations, and much more. Become a member during the Open House and pay no joiner’s fee! Visit www.nsymca.org for more info.

Spring Break Slim Down! Trading your snowpants for shorts? Get ready for spring with this new four-week jumpstart fitness program. Y fitness instructors will get your in shape with two small group exercise classes per week plus nutrition counseling. For more info, contact Megan Vasquez, mvasquez@nsymca.org.

Community Vendor Marketplace. Business owners: meet and greet your future customers at the Y’s annual Local Vendor Community Market Day! Local businesses from around the Y’s 15-city region are invited to showcase their products and talents at the Y on Saturday, March 16 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. This is a great opportunity to engage with Y members and visitors – up to 1500 people on a typical weekend! Participants must make a minimum $100 donation (tax deductible) to the NSYMCA Strong Kids Fund. Space is limited! For registration information, contact Barb Flanagin, bflanagin@nsymca.org.

Substance Abuse Workshops. NCDAA also will partner with Family Service Center for two substance abuse presentations at the Northbrook Covenant Church, 2737 Techny Road. The presentations will be held from 7:00 to 8:30pm on Tuesday, February 25 and Wednesday, March 5. Click here  to register for February 25 or click here for March 5  . For more information, contact Sari Glazebrook, sglazebrook@nsymca.org.

Teen Body Image Workshop. The Y will partner with Center for Discovery for “Inside Out”, a workshop for teens and parents to address issues of healthy body image, on March 15 from 1:00 to 4:00pm. This fun and informative program encourages parents and teens to support each other in building a healthy self-image from the inside out. Fees for members are $30 for one parent with one teen, $10 for each additional family member; non-members, $35 for one parent with one teen and $15 for each additional family member. To register, contact Sari Glazebrook, sglazebrook@nsymca.org.

Family Fitness Fridays. Bring the kids – and the grandparents – for a fun fitness class every Friday in February from 6:00 to 6:45pm. This members-only class is free of charge! Join us for Zumba on February 21 and Boot Camp on February 28. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Margo Leaman, mleaman@nsymca.org.

Community Gallery for February. The Y’s Community Gallery will feature a dual show for the month of February: paintings by members the Northbrook Senior Center’s Drop-In Painting Group, and portrait photography by Northbrook artist Bill Sanders. A reception for Sanders will be held on Wednesday, February 26 from 5:30 to 6:30pm. The artwork will be on display all month, and many pieces are available for purchase with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Y’s Visual Arts Program. For more information about the Y’s Community Gallery, contact Cathie Winnie, cwinnie@nsymca.org.

Black History Month Celebration. In recognition of Black History Month, the Y is proud to host “Journeys” – an engaging and meaningful reflection on the African Experience in Chicagoland and the northern suburbs told in rap, storytelling, dance, and other creative expressions. All are welcome to learn and share on February 26 from 6:00 to 8:30pm. Journeys is presented by the Northbrook Community Relations Commission. For more information, contact Jason Batalden at the Village of Northbrook, 847 664 4417 or Jason.Batalden@northbrook.il.us.

Family Movie Night: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Bring a pillow and join your friends for a fun family movie at the Y, complete with fresh popcorn. This month’s movie, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”, will be February 28 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Free to Y members.

Basketball Tournament—Register by Feb.28! The Y will host its 7th Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 8. Players in grades 3 through 8, boys and girls, are eligible in teams of up to four members. All teams are guaranteed at least two games and each participant receives a tournament t-shirt. Games start at 11:00am. Registration fee of $80/team is due by Friday, February 28 at 6:00pm. For details and registration forms, visit www.nsymca.org.

Free Yoga! Great news – all of the Y’s popular mind-body classes are now FREE for members! Yoga nurtures the body and uplifts the spirit like nothing else. To take advantage of this opportunity, become a member today. Contact Margo Leaman, mleaman@nsymca.org, for more information.

Kids Ride to the Y. Simplify your life – let the Y Bus pick up your kids after school and bring them to their Y classes! Transportation is available for a small fee from elementary and middle schools in Northbrook and Glenview. Contact Shannon Cartier at scartier@nsymca.org for more information.

Basketball/Volleyball Private Lessons. Hoping to jumpstart a new sport, or focus on perfecting your skills? The Y offers private basketball and volleyball lessons for all ages to deliver customized coaching in a comfortable setting. Contact Carol Sassorossi, csassorossi@nsymca.org,  for more information.

Exercise Connection, a leader in physical fitness training for individuals with special needs, now offers a fitness course for youth and adults with autism spectrum disorders at the North Suburban Y. Classes focus on core skills including body image, posture, motor coordination, muscular fitness and cardiovascular fitness.  Northbrook resident and Director in Training for the Exercise Connection, Laura Fine will lead the class. Class size is limited and one-on-one aide support is available. See the Program Guide at www.nsymca.org for registration information.

Ready for a Break? The Y is proud to offer professional massage services from Align Wellness Center. Appointments are available for 25 minute or 55 minute sessions in our comfortable Health Center, adjacent to our adult locker rooms. Sign up for appointments at the Y front desk. Y members also qualify for Value Added Partner discounts on massages at Align’s office in Northbrook. Visit www.nsymca.org for more information and pricing.

Do you have a child in half-day kindergarten? Enrich their experience with the Y’s Kindergarten Club extension program! Kindergarten Club creates a fun, full-day experience to support your child’s social and academic development. Afternoon sessions are available, including transportation to/from public schools in Northbrook  as well as St. Norbert’s. Hot lunches, snacks, and even swim lessons are all included! Also, check out Y-Time, the NSYMCA’s afterschool program for grades K-5. Limited openings available in each program. For information, contact Shannon Cartier, scartier@nsymca.org, 847 272 7250 x. 1246.

Parents, please note: non-member guests under the age of 18 must have a signed waiver on file to use YMCA facilities. Please stop by the front desk for more information. Also, unattended children under age 10 are not permitted in the building.

Party at the Y! The Y is the perfect place for your next special event. We have the facilities and expertise to make your event fun for everyone. Birthday Parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Corporate Parties/Meetings, Reunions – the Y has party packages to fit any need. Contact Dawn Dillon, ddillon@nsymca.org. 

Looking for a great way to participate in the Y community? We are always in need of volunteers!  Openings are available for coaches, child care assistants, office assistants, and special events. Contact Vera Mayer at v_mayer@msn.com or Carol Sassorossi at csassorossi@nsymca.org for more information. 

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