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Check out the awesome new mural in Child Watch, by renowned local artist and Y member Avery Orendorf. Did you know Avery's very first mural was painted at the Y a few years ago? Avery's sons, both elementary schoolers now, have been among the many wonderful kids in Child Watch over the years. There's nothing like the smiles from kids and parents when there's fresh art or toys in the kids' areas. 

Here at the YMCA, personal training is about body, mind, and spirit. At Y branches around Central Texas, our members and trainers develop strong relationships that support members' goals. We love spotlighting those relationships and accomplishments.

THIS IS A Y-MEMBER GUEST POST

By Rebekah Manley of the Brave Tutu blog:

I circled the packed YMCA parking lot. My anxious pre-yoga pep talk did not go well: “I’m not going to get a spot and I’ll be late for class. There might not be room for me. Even if there is, I don’t want to be that person.”

‘Tis the season for potlucks and holiday parties. Celebrate the healthy way this year and be the potluck hero when you provide this nutritious alternative to the traditional fare. It’s easy to make, and the portions are scalable to feed many people or only a few. Your fellow partygoers will thank you for bringing this tasty treat! 

As you prepare your gift lists for the holidays, consider supporting your local community through charities and by buying from small, local businesses. Choices like this put your dollars right back into the place you live and help keep local economies thriving.

Texas is big in land and heart. We can't wait to see how (and what!) you give this season! 

Give Texas-Made Gifts

What drives a person to run a marathon? While I’ve always admired the determination and discipline in people who take on the challenge, I’m curious what motivates them to do it in the first place.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There’s lots of things going and room for heart growing with holiday cheer. Join your YMCA friends for a December to remember. This month is packed full of family-friendly events and celebrations for all ages to enjoy. Stop by one or all of your favorite events during the holiday season.

Bastrop Y: 

With the holidays approaching, many families are gearing up to travel near and far. No matter where you're headed, or how long it takes to get there, we've compiled our favorite travel tips right here so you can be confident, stay sane, and enjoy the journey!