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From Our Neighborhood

Celebrating Brenda Hernandez: A Heart for Service

April 4, 2024|Categories: Blog, Community & Culture, From Our Neighborhood|

Brenda Hernandez will be wrapping up her YMCA career this month after nearly 22 years. From her work at the Northwest Family YMCA Welcome Center to her recent tenure as Donor Relations Manager in the Metro Office, Brenda has embodied the Y’s spirit of community service. During a recent conversation, Brenda shared some of the insights gleaned over two decades. We all owe it to ourselves to invest a few minutes to hear her words of wisdom.

How did you begin working for the Y?

We had moved from Del Rio, and we were hurting. My boys were young, and I remember

30 Minute Meals the Family Will Love

March 8, 2023|Categories: From Our Neighborhood|

For busy families with kids on the go, dinners might often look like boxed mac n’ cheese or frozen chicken nuggets. While there’s nothing wrong with that, you might be looking for easy meals that your whole family will love. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled some of our favorite recipes for weekday dinners that are easy to make, affordable, and generally healthy. If you need some ideas for this week’s meals, you’re in the right place!

Southwest Chicken Soup

This delicious soup will warm you

Acorn Squash Recipes

October 4, 2022|Categories: From Our Neighborhood|

With fall upon us, you might begin noticing different types of squash appearing at your grocery store or local farmers market. Fall is squash season, so there’s a good chance you’ll see acorn squash on sale pretty often in the next few months. Next time you see one, grab one! Even if you’ve never cooked one before, we can promise you that it’s super easy to do. Then, choose one of the acorn squash recipes below to try! Learn what other produce is in season during the fall.

YMCA of Austin Adds Ninth Location to Serve Communities in West Austin

September 28, 2022|Categories: From Our Neighborhood, Top Stories|

Plans include major partnership with Concordia University Texas to create shared community sports and wellness facilities.

The YMCA of Austin has purchased a property in West Austin that it will transform into its first center in the Four Points community. The facility is expected to open in 2024 and will provide health and wellness and recreational programs as well as education, enrichment and care for kids.

Located on RM 620 between Anderson Mill and RM 2222, the site had previously served as a Children’s Learning Adventure Child Care Center. The property is 9 acres,

The Importance of Daily Movement for Kids

September 21, 2021|Categories: From Our Neighborhood|

Daily movement is important for everyone. Adults often think of this as exercise, which can have negative connotations to some people. Kids shouldn’t be worried about going to the gym, burning a certain amount of calories, or hitting a step goal every day. Instead, parents and guardians should encourage children to be active in fun ways, such as playing at the park or riding their bikes.

Daily movement should be fun for kids, not stressful. As they enjoy daily movement of some sort, their little bodies will be reaping benefits they don’t even realize. When

Outdoor Water Games for Kids

August 12, 2020|Categories: From Our Neighborhood|

With summer in full swing, and an unusual summer at that, you may find yourself running out of activities to keep your kids out of your hair–we mean entertained! While it’s easy for the hot Texas sun to send us indoors for movies or crafts, why not embrace the summer heat in a way the kids will love? Today we’re sharing the best outdoor water games for your kids to play at home! Whether you have a hose, sprinkler, or just buckets of water, we’re sure there’s a water game or two your kiddos will love playing with each other.

Water Balloon

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