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‘Tis the season to celebrate family, friends, and traditions. Here is a list of children’s books perfect for reading throughout the winter. It’s always inspiring and fun to explore other cultures and expand our horizons. Reading opens up new worlds every day!

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NOTE: The YMCA of Austin offers a variety of Healthy Living programs across our Central Texas branches. Today we spotlight Moving Stronger at TownLake. Click here to browse programs at the branch nearest you!

Y Program Spotlight: Moving Stronger for People with MS

By Nehaa Dambala, Community Engagement intern


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As the days become cooler in Central Texas, it’s the perfect time to explore nature without the punishing heat of summer. Creating immersive family experiences in the natural world is not only a great fitness choice, it also promotes play, creativity, problem solving, and relationship building. Here are a few ways to embrace nature during school breaks, during the weekends, or after school. Get outside!


Cindy Reeves Kidney Donor

When Cindy Reeves learned her friend in Denver was in failing health and needed a kidney, she didn’t hesitate. “I’ll do it,” she thought. “I’ll give him my kidney.” 

Only six months earlier, Reeves had learned that her friend and fellow yoga classmate at Springs Family YMCA was an organ transplant recipient, so she knew firsthand how impactful living organ donation can be for those in need. 

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on November 20 to honor the people killed by anti-transgender violence and celebrate the community members who are still with us. The Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) and Austin Black Pride will be holding this year’s ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7-9pm in the TownLake YMCA gymnasium, followed by a mixer and a community conversation.

On Monday, Nov. 11, we celebrate Veterans Day, a federal holiday in the United States for honoring military veterans.  U.S. Veterans Day coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.

Dear YMCA members and friends,

I am pleased to share with you two newly updated documents: our YMCA community standards and staff pledge.

Before you read those documents, I want to share with you the mission and meaning behind them.