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November 2018

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Are you a Central Texas musician, performer, or visual artist? Do you know someone who is? The YMCA wants to connect with you!

As you visit with family members both near and far in these last days of the year, now is the perfect time to chat about your family’s health history. Collecting and organizing this information can be critical to the health care of you and your children.

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Dear YMCA members and friends,

In this season of gratitude, we at the Y want to take time to give thanks for you. Whatever branch you call home, whatever Y program you call your own, it would not be the same without you.

ACT I: The Jubilee

In an odd autumn season that has fluctuated between scorching heat and dreary month-long downpours, you could easily say it has been a challenge for families to plan great activities together.

The weather is changing and the holiday season is here. Sometimes this is a time of great joy -- falling leaves, cool air, and time off from work to spending cooking, eating, and relaxing with family. Other times, the cold and dark of autumn mean a sadder mood, and the holidays bring up feelings of loss and loneliness.

The holiday season is a great time to reflect on blessings and give back to our community. And getting our children involved can help strengthen family bonds, reinforce family values and provide lessons in caring. With that in mind, here are some ways the whole family can lend a helping hand.

Dearest YMCA community,

I woke up today with so much hope because of the kindness we share in our Ys every day. Then I glanced at the news, only to see the headline of yet another mass shooting. My heart sank.