YWCA plans upcoming events

WESTFIELD – YWCA Westfield has made the following announcements:

Spa Day Rescheduled

The Spa Day scheduled for Feb. 9 at the YWCA has been canceled.

“Several of our favorite providers were unavailable and there were other scheduling issues that led us to make this decision,” said Executive Director Katie Smith. “We’re working to reschedule the event later in the spring and will make that announcement soon. Any service providers interested in being a part of this are encouraged to call us, we’d like to offer a variety of spa services facials, massage therapy, manicures, pedicures, hair care and more.”

After School Advantage Program

YWCA children in the after school Advantage program recently completed the “Train Like An Astronaut” program. This is a component of the NASA Let’s Move Program and is designed to help students develop the skills needed to become astronauts. Students participated in physical challenges; they studied the planets and then created a vacation plan that involved a trip to their favorite planet. Students decorated postcards, listed planetary facts on them and mailed them “home.”

Babysitting Class

The YWCA will be hosting a babysitting class on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The class is open to students ages 11 to 15 and will cover basic child care techniques, first aid and emergency procedures and responsible decision making. Students who complete the class will receive a take home manual and a certificate identifying them as a trained babysitter. There is a $30 class fee and space is limited. Call the YWCA at 326-2011 to reserve a spot.

Save the Date

The Spaghetti Dinner is scheduled for Monday, March 18. The annual event is a fund raiser for the YWCA Child Services Programs. In addition to the pasta dinner there is an auction, raffle and other prize offerings. Tickets are available early in March.

Tax Help

On Saturday, Feb. 23, a representative from the Northern Chautauqua County United Way and the VITA program will be at the YWCA from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be able to assist eligible individuals with preparation and filing of their 2012 taxes no appointments will be made, service is provided on a walk in basis. Applicants must bring photo ID and the required documentation. For a complete list of the requirements or for more details, contact the YWCA at 326-2011 or the United Way at 366-5424.

Details related to the tax preparation assistance program offered through RSVP will be announced as soon as they are available.

Classes at the YWCA

Tumbling, karate, Zumba and adult exercise classes are all continuing at the YWCA. Tumbling meets each Monday evening, karate meets each Tuesday night and is open to students 7 and up as well as interested adults. The adult exercise is held each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. and the Zumba class meets each Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. This class features dance moves set to popular music and while it appeals to adults, older teenagers are welcome. All these classes meet in the gym of the YWCA and have membership guidelines and fees associated with them. To enroll in the class or get more information, contact the YWCA at 326-2011.

The YWCA Westfield is a member of the National YWCA a women’s advocacy organization with affiliates worldwide. The mission of the YWCA centers on ’empowering women, eliminating racism and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Locally the YWCA Westfield is a United Way partner and a member of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. The mailing address for the YWCA is 58 S. Portage St., Westfield, N.Y. 14787 and the phone number is 326-2011.