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Easy Crafts that Make for Great Holiday Memories

Posted on 12/9/14 8:12 AM by Shakarra McGuire
Contributed by YMCA Fairfax County Reston Coming up with things to do when the kids are out of school does not have to be stressful! Here are some quick crafts you can do with the kids that are easy, fun and make for great gifts.
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What will you give on Giving Tuesday?

Posted on 12/2/14 9:04 AM by Shakarra McGuire
The Penney Family spent their summers at YMCA Camp Letts.
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Holiday Cheer, we sing of thee!

Posted on 12/2/14 11:20 AM by Shakarra McGuire
 
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Photo of the Week

Posted on 12/24/13 12:44 PM by Tracey Mitchell
Season's Greetings “This year I have 3 new additions to my family,” Ms. Crawford said as she left our Association Services Office yesterday morning after picking up gifts for her kids. “The Y has been a help in my kids’ life for swimming, camps and even the holidays! Thanks to the Y, the gifts give my kids something to look forward to in the morning.”
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Try this Pomegranate Bark Recipe – Seasonal & Scrumptious

Posted on 12/20/13 12:42 PM by Tracey Mitchell
The holidays are here! And while desserts and sweets are inevitable, we can cut down on the calories by eliminating some of the carbs in our after-dinner snacks. The following recipe, a Dark Chocolate and Pomegranate Bark was recently posted by the New York Times. The seniors in our program at the Hayes Center and I thought it would make a great gift to give to friends for the holidays. It’s a cinch to make, and is also incredibly beautiful with its dark/white chocolate and deep red colors from the pomegranate seeds – how seasonal!
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Photo of the Week

Posted on 12/17/13 12:41 PM by Tracey Mitchell
Kids & Mayor Get an Early Visit from Santa In just one week, Santa will dash, dance and prance around the globe spreading joy and reigniting the spirit of childhood. YMCA Alexandria kids were lucky enough to get an early visit from Father Christmas himself. Mrs. Claus and Santa stopped by the Alexandria Y on Dec. 12th for their annual gift giving event. Members, staff and volunteers donated and wrapped gifts for children in need of a happy holiday experience. While our staff gave out gifts, every child whispered their hopes and wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Claus. A merry sight to see!
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Y Kids Win Big with their Original Video Game

Posted on 12/12/13 12:41 PM by Tracey Mitchell
25 little innovators created quite a big deal with their imaginations: their own video games! They prepared, played and presented their video games on Saturday, December 7th at the Patriots Video Game Competition hosted by the Patriot Technology Center. “This is another example of the power of our children exploring STEM in an engaging, fun-filled manner,” said Janice Williams, Senior VP of Program Development. “What better way to teach real life application than to employ the gaming skills of young, impressionable children?”  
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Photo of the Week

Posted on 12/10/13 12:40 PM by Tracey Mitchell
Getting in the Holiday Spirit at Y Arlington
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David’s YouTube Story: Dreaming Big at the Y

Posted on 12/6/13 12:40 PM by Tracey Mitchell
Courtesy of the YMCA of the USA, 5 Ys across the country were asked to share their impactful Youth Development stories on camera. Our very own YMCA Youth & Family Services is filled with life-changing moments and was asked to participate! This inspiring video tells David’s story: an 18 year-old freshman member of YFS’ Man to Man mentoring program, who is defeating the odds in his community. Help us spread the impact of their awe-inspiring work!
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Photo of the Week

Posted on 12/4/13 12:39 PM by Tracey Mitchell
A Cozy Surprise this Holiday Season
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