What’s Happening at TownLake YMCA in September 2023

September 7, 2023|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Marathon Training

Looking to start or improve your marathon training journey? Our program is perfect for all runners, offering tailored plans for every level. Join our marathon kick-off events in September to meet coaches, preview programs and registration discounts.

Kick off event schedule –

  • East Communities YMCA:September 16
  • Springs Family YMCA: September 23
  • Hays Communities YMCA: September 30
  • Note: Events start at 10AM and end at 12PM.

Calling All Women Entrepreneurs

The Mayor’s Task Force for Austin Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is aimed at ensuring Austin’s entrepreneurial women have equal opportunities to start and build their

Recycled Craft Ideas

September 1, 2023|Categories: Blog|

There’s no better cure for boredom than a day of crafts with your kids! Best part is, you don’t need to spend a fortune at the store on crafting supplies; just take a look in your recycling bin and you’ll find everything you need. At the same time, you can teach your kids a valuable lesson about the importance of recycling.

Plastic and other material waste is extremely high in this country. In fact, of the 40 million tons of plastic waste generated in the United States in 2021, just five to six percent, or about two million tons, was actually

Train to Run the Austin Marathon with the YMCA

August 30, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Do you want to run a marathon, but you’re not sure where to start? Have you run a marathon and want to improve your time? Are you looking for a group of runners with the same goals as you to train with?  

Our Marathon training program is the right place for all distance runners. We have training plans and small groups for everyone, from beginner to advanced.  

Greater Austin YMCA’s New Program Addresses Mental Health Crisis

August 18, 2023|Categories: Blog|

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” — Helen Keller

In a world facing unprecedented challenges, mental health has taken center stage as one of the most pressing concerns of our time. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed a deeply concerning trend: suicides in the U.S. reached a new high in 2022. This sobering information should not come as a surprise as in the last few years the U.S. Surgeon General, American Academy of Pediatrics, American

Fun Ways to Celebrate the First Day of School

August 3, 2023|Categories: Blog|

It’s back to school season! Whether it’s your little one’s first year at school or not, the first day of school is always exciting. A new year, a new class, new teachers—there’s a lot happening! Celebrating the first day of school can be a great way to make the day special and memorable for kids. Here are some fun and creative ideas to celebrate the start of a new school year.

Back-to-School Breakfast

Prepare a special breakfast for the whole family or just the kiddos before heading off to school. It could be a themed breakfast with pancakes shaped like pencils, apple slices,

Why do we work out with Bob every year?

August 3, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Workout with Bob Day is coming up on Friday, August 11. With so many new YMCA members and staff, we asked Bob to give us a refresher about why we celebrate this day. Here’s what he had to say:

How did the Work Out At All the Branches day start in the first place?

It was 2010  —  and I was thinking about how much growth and expansion the YMCA of Austin had achieved since I first joined the Metro Board in 1989.

I thought it might be fun to spend one full day going to each center of the Association.

I took

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