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Kids Can TRI at the Y this summer!

 

Kids can TRI Trainings will be offered at the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA July 8-August 12 to prepare for the Atlanta Kids Triathlon. Trainings held on Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm. Visit the Y website to register. 

 

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McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA Invites Families to YMCA’s Easter Egg Hunt & Healthy Kids Day®, March 29

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On Sunday, March 29th from 1:30 – 4 p.m., the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA’s Easter Egg Hunt & Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, and features activities such as: games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, 1K race and more all to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.  LIFE University serves as this year’s sponsor with planned community support by the Atlanta Braves BAT team, Atlanta Hawks, Cobb County Safety House and more. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA 1055 E. Piedmont Marietta, GA  30062.  Arrive early as the Easter Egg Hunt starts promptly at 1:30 p.m.

 

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McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA Celebrates 25 Years

YMCA Executive Directors past and present gathered at the 25th Anniversary reception on November 18. Pictured left to right are: Becky Shipley, current YMCA Executive Director; Marilyn Patoprsty; Tom McCleskey, and Maureen Nipaver.

YMCA Executive Directors past and present gathered at the 25th Anniversary reception on November 18. Pictured left to right are: Becky Shipley, current YMCA Executive Director; Marilyn Patoprsty; Tom McCleskey, and Maureen Nipaver.

 

Meet me at the Y. Soccer Saturdays at the Y. Healthy Kids Day at the Y. Weekly workouts with neighbors at the Y. For thousands of East Cobbers, these activities are a regular part of their routine. The  McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA has been a fixture of the East Cobb lifestyle for longer than many residents in our community can remember.

But there are neighbors who do remember life before the Y was built at the corner of Roswell and East Piedmont roads. In fact, before the Y was built, East Piedmont was just a gravel road, according to  Tom McCleskey, the first director of the Y bearing his name.

The East Cobb YMCA, christened the McCleskey- East Cobb YMCA in 2005 when Tom McCleskey retired, was built to fulfill a need for a family-friendly community center in rapidly growing East Cobb County. Though the Y has had a presence in Cobb County since 1954, it wasn’t until 1983 that they  moved from the location on Highway 41 to a temporary administrative facility in Sprayberry Crossing, near the intersection of Sandy Plains and East Piedmont Roads. At just 1,200 square feet, the Sprayberry Crossing facility was only a place for administrative tasks. Organized activities took place in borrowed spaces around town like churches and parks. McCleskey remembers vividly the  disappointment that met residents who were familiar with “the Y lifestyle” when they arrived at the facility.

“They would pile the family in the car to go the YMCA, and couldn’t believe it when they pulled up to find a building with only desks,” McCleskey said. To fulfill the need of creating a functioning YMCA in East Cobb, a massive fundraising campaign had to take place. The cost of the East Cobb YMCA was $6 million, of which $2.5 million was raised, the largest fundraising effort in Cobb County at that time.

McCleskey credits three East Cobb individuals with seeing the project to fruition – Earl Smith, the former chairman of the Cobb County Commission; Jack Demerest, formerly of First Atlanta Bank; and Barbara Williams, a former State Farm Agent who has served on the Cobb County Commission and as a board member at the Cobb Galleria Authority.

“If those three people didn’t step forward, (the Y) would never have been built,” McCleskey said. The YMCA was built on land acquired from East Cobber Robert Moon, who lived off of Roswell Road until his death in the early 1990s. The original building opened in April 1989. Though the original  structure has remained largely unchanged, two major renovations have added group exercise areas, climbing walls, playground equipment and childcare spaces. Three years ago the purchase of the  adjacent eight acre Hembree Farm allowed for expansion of the soccer fields and parking as well as room for future growth.

According to McCleskey, the original vision was to establish a “Main Street” type of gathering place here
residents could congregate, hold meetings, participate in a healthy lifestyle and develop roots in the  community.

Twenty-five years later, that community-building mission is still a primary focus at the Y.

“The Y is a cornerstone of all of the development in East Cobb,” said Becky Shipley, executive director of the McCleskey-East Cobb and Northeast Cobb YMCAs. In addition to organized sports, group exercise and fitness opportunities, Shipley said the activities of the Y transition based on the needs of the current community.

For 2015, community activities will include sports leagues, Healthy Kids Day, the Halloween  Spectacular, Cookies with Santa, Middle School nights and the creation of a Teen Leadership Board, where local youth can become involved in government and civic activities.

The McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA serves 12,000 members/3,000 families. A family membership costs $84 and includes two parents, one grandparent and all the children in the family. During the month of January, the $99 admission fee will be waived. Shipley said that no family is ever turned away because of financial reasons and a sliding scaled based on income is available.

For more about the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA, visit www.ymcaatlanta.org/mcy.

(Reprinted from the January issue of EAST COBBER. Written by Elizabeth G. Wentz.)

 

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Register now for Spring Break Camp at the Y – a few spots remain!

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Spring Break is March 31-April 4 for Cobb County Schools. Keep your kids busy and entertained all week long at the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA.

Kids ages 5-12 are eligible to attend. Cost is $40/day for members, $60/day for non-members. The camp day begins at 7:30am and ends at 6pm.

The Y camp offers a variety of activities for kids. Activities will be themed and consist of arts and crafts, swimming in a heated pool, cooperative games, sports and team building activities.

Click HERE to register online. McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA is located at  1055 East Piedmont Road, Marietta. For more information, call 770-977-5991.

 

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Volunteer Opportunity for Active Older Adults‏ at the YMCA

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Volunteers are needed for inter-generational program that encourages healthy eating and active living.  Lunch and Learn is planned to share more information about this opportunity. To learn more, attend the FREE Lunch and Learn on Friday, April 19th, from 11am-1pm at the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA Activity Room, 1055 East Piedmont Road. Open to Everyone (ages 50+) interested in learning more about volunteering with the YMCA and kids ages 5-10.  Time commitment is short, but the return is HUGE!
RSVP  by Wednesday, April 17th by calling Membership Desk (770) 977-5991

 

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Widow-to-widow support group offers grief help

Have you recently become a widow or know someone who has? The widow-to-widow grief support group can help. Held every Monday from 7-8pm at McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA, the group is free and open to the public. Contact Stacey Doutherty at: s.doughterty@bellsouth.net for more info.

McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA is located at 1055 East Piedmont Road.

 

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Not just for members – Family fun at the Y!

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Family Nights at the McCleskey Y allow families a time and a place to come together to have a good time, participate in a variety of fun activities, share and communicate and strengthen their relationships and meet other families. Family Fun Nights are free and open to all facility members as well as program and community members.

The next Family Fun Night will be held at the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA March 2 from 6-8 pm and the theme is Magic, Magic, Magic! Parents and kids will enjoy a special night of mesmerizing, magical fun!

McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA is located at 1055 East Piedmont Road. For more information call (770) 977-5991.

 

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Dynamite Days Off Camp at the McCleskey YMCA

During school holiday breaks the Y is excited to provide healthy and fun activities for children ages 5-12. Qualified counselors will lead activities that will help build your child’s self confidence, strengthen their social skills, deepen their respect for others and build lasting relationships. Activities may include swimming, crafts, sports and group games. Pack a lunch, drink, two snacks, swim suit and towel.

2013 camps will be held at the McCleskey YMCA January 2-4, January 7, April 8-12, Aug 5-6, Oct 7-8, Nov 25-27, Dec 23, 26, 27, 30.

Camp costs $35/day for members, $55/day non-members, and is from 9 am-4 pm. Free extended care is available from 7:30 am-6 pm.

McCleskey East Cobb YMCA is located at  1055 East Piedmont Road, Marietta. More info: 770-977-5991.

Calling all artists: Arts & Crafts Fair at McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA

McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA will be hosting an exhibit of artists and crafters offering their creations, products and services at the Y on September 14-15 9am-5pm. Admission is FREE. A $1 raffle for items donated by artists will also be held. Items will be on display a week before the fair and the drawing will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. You do not need to be present to win. Booths are available for vendors of hand-made arts and crafts. Contact Linda Jackson for more information at: lindaj@ymcaatlanta.org or 678-564-2120.

McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA is located at 1055 E. Piedmont Rd. Marietta, GA  30062.

 

Attention Seniors: Register now for the Fall Prevention & Home Safety Lunch and Learn at the YMCA

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Lunch and Learn Fall Prevention and Safety in the Home (Ages 50+). Cobb in Home Care will be presenting this workshop held at the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA on Friday, May 18. Learn to protect yourself in the home and take steps to prevent falls. Free lunch is provided. RSVP by calling 770-977-5991.

McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA is located at 1055 E. Piedmont Road in East Cobb.