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Tween Nights, teen and tween outdoor activities and trips, and clubs for teens and tweens with special needs. Area tweens ages 10 to 12 and teens ages 13 to 17 are invited to join other youngsters for weekend evening activities, uBOu and Wii games, basketball, swimming, dancing, socialization and more. Teens and tweens can also be part of outdoor physically active experiences on Saturdays. Biking, hiking and white water rafting are some of the offerings. There are also upcoming teenLtween trips on weekends and days off from school to area museums, Washington a.C., local amusement parks and the Jersey shore. solunteers are welcome to assist. The cost is affordable, but no one is turned away from the YMCA because of an inability to pay. For more information and dates, call 215-6289950 x1540. You can also visit www.philaymca.org.
• Come out and join the Ambler Area YMCA’s Teen and Junior Leaders Club. Participants are given the freedom to plan community service projects year round and truly make a difference in the lives of people in need. Those in Teen and Junior Leaders also attend leadership retreats all along the East Coast three times a year and meet other leaders who are doing the same great work in their respective areas. aon’t miss out on this inspiring opportunity. Teen Leaders, ages 13-17, meet every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Junior Leaders, ages 10-12, will begin in the spring and will meet every Monday. For more information, call 215- 628-9950 ext. 1540.
• Did you know that the new Ambler Area YMCA holds children’s birthday parties at its site for members and non members as well. The Ambler Y does all the work from start to finish and birthday parties include a personalized cake, ice cream, beverage and paper products. Parties are held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and include two party hosts to lead activities, set-up, clean-up and assist with serving. You can have a Splash Party for children ages six to 12 in the new zero depth entry pool with water slide and spray fountains. rp to 25 children have exclusive use of the pool area with 30 minutes in the party room. Sports Parties are offered for kids ages four to 12 with age appropriate activities and games, and sports such as floor hockey, soccer, basketball or dodge ball. Children ages three to five years of age will enjoy parties in the Family Active Center with use of the Moon Bounce and organized activities, such as parachute play and songs. For information, 215-628-9950 ext. 1583.
• YAchievers YMCA Achievers is a developmentally based, extracurricular, educational and team mentoring program designed to help students in grades five through 12 prepare for fulfilled livelihoods in college and beyond. Participation is free and all students in this program receive a free YMCA membership. Registration for the 2009 program begins now. You do not need to be a YMCA member to utilize these special services. Call 215-628-9950 to register. in Blue Bell is actively recruiting patients with periodontal (gum) disease for the fall semester. Patients will be screened for eligibility Sept. 10 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. by appointment, and those who qualify will begin treatment the following week. The treatment includes complete assessment of the patient’s oral and periodontal health, dental x-rays (if necessary), education in self-care, scaling, tooth polishing and fluoride treatment. Multiple, three-hour appointments are necessary. Interested persons should contact the aental Hygiene Clinic at 215-641-6483 and leave a message with their name and telephone number. The clinic is located in room 211 of the Science Center, 340 aehalb Pike, Blue Bell, near the Morris Road entrance to the campus.
The Ambler Area YMCA will be holding the following classes:
• American Red Cross Baby Sitting Course: The American Red Cross Baby Sitting Class is designed for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 15. Class instruction includes asa outlines, lively discussions and hands-on instruction using dolls. Students will learn how to handle emergencies, how to pick up and hold a baby and toddler, how to change a diaper and also feed a bottle to a baby. In addition, age appropriate play is taught and how to be a good role model. Students will also learn how to write a resume. Each student receives a Red Cross certification card. For upcoming date and time call Stephanie Bennett at 215-654-5289.
• SilverSneakers Fitness Program. The Ambler Area YMCA is a designated site for the SilverSneakers Program, which is a fitness program specifically designed for Medicare beneficiaries. The activities in the program engage members and help keep them motivated to improve overall health and well-being. Classes in muscular strength, range of motion and activities for daily living are often set to music for a fun way to stay in shape while increasing strength and enjoying socialization. Chair exercises or standing support are also offered. For more information, contact the Ambler Y Wellness Center at 215-628-9950 or stop by the Y at 1325 Mchean Road, Ambler.
• Zumba Fitness offers ZuPED GDNFH/fiWNHSS FODSSes at Academy of Dance and Music/BBAD Studio located at 1524 aehalb Pike in Blue Bell (behind Sherwin Williams). Classes are offered three times a week: Tuesdays at 6 p.m., Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. For a free trial pass for your first class, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-2772557. For more info, visit our site at www.academyofdanceandmusic.org.
Chestnut Hill Health Systems presents the following Health Education Programs: FITNESS CLASSES • Golden Yoga: A Breathing, Stretching and Relaxation Class Fridays, 2:303:30 p.m. Lea Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave. Registration for four classes at a time required. Golden Yoga is Classical Yoga, adapted by the ShY Foundation, to accommodate those who have difficulty getting up and down from the floor. The program includes postures, breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques, all performed while sitting in a chair and standing. Registration required. Call 215-2473029. Cost: $20 for 4 classes per month. SUPPORT GROUPS • Weight Loss Surgery Support Group: Fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-8 p.m. Williams Conference Room, Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. Join us for a monthly get-together where we’ll share information for those interested in weight loss surgery, learn from guest speakers discussing current news on issues including lifestyle modification, nutrition and exercise and provide ongoing support for those who have completed surgery. Registration required. Call 215-753-2000.
• Breast Cancer Networking Group: Fourth Tuesday of the month 5:30 – 7 p.m. Williams Conference Room, Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. A free, confidential support group for women living with a diagnosis of breast cancer designed to provide a forum for sharing information, feelings and concerns associated with breast cancer. Facilitated by Tish Wakefield, LCSW, oncology Social Worker. Registration required. To register or for more information, call 215-248-8047.
• New Moms Support Groups Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; contact Jeanine O’Rourke, MSW or 2:30 – 4 p.m.; contact Susan Schack, Ph.a solunteer Conference Room, Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave. The Center for Postpartum aepression at Chestnut Hill Hospital is pleased to offer two new support groups to support new moms. Both groups will be run by experienced mental health professionals who really “get it” when it comes to new motherhood and juggling relationships, extended family, workLfamily balance and self-care. If you are experiencing “new mom challenges” that often heighten anxiety and involve hormonally driven depression, join us for an informative and supportive forum to connect with other moms. Infants are welcome. $30 per session (flexible based on need). Registration is required. Call ar. Schack, 646-265-2484, or Ms. o’Rourke, 215-2062931.
• Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group Third Thursday of the month 8-9 a.m. Williams Conference Room, Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave. A networking group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer designed to provide education, support and encouragement. Spouses and partners welcome. Harry M. Baer, Ma, Chief, rrol- ogy aivision, will host “Ask the aoctor.” Registration required. Call 215-248-8325.
Contact the Senior Center by phone 215-248-0180 or email (chseniors@cavtel. net) with your questions about these programs or any of our on-going activities and classes.
Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice seeks compassionate and emotionally mature volunteers to provide support to local hospice patients and their families in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. solunteers may also assist with pet therapy and administrative work within the hospice department and are requested to have daytime availability. Hospice patient care volunteers visit with patients in their homes or nursing facilities once a week for two to three hours. They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, assist with errands or provide respite for caregivers. Bereavement volunteers support the families of hospice patients following the loss of a loved one, while administrative volunteers assist with typing, mailings andLor filing. Hospice care workers provide a great service to families and loved ones of hospice patients. Many volunteers also report a great deal of personal satisfaction as a result of their services. Patient care and bereavement volunteers complete an application and attend an 18-hour volunteer training program that covers the medical, psychological and spiritual aspects of hospice volunteering. aay and evening training programs are offered. To sign up for volunteer opportunities in Pennsylvania, contact Holy Redeemer solunteer Coordinator Jean Francis at 215698-3737 or email jfrancis@ holyredeemer.com.