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The Y Hosts Breakfast with Santa to Benefit Annual Campaign

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is inviting families to its Breakfast with Santa events at various locations on December 6 and December 13. Families will enjoy a delicious breakfast, fun activities and pictures with Santa.

Proceeds from Breakfast with Santa benefit the YMCA’s Annual Campaign. Funds raised for the campaign allows the Y to provide financial assistance to individuals and families for memberships and programs. Register your family today by calling your local Y.

Saturday, December 6th


Two locations to choose from: Olive Garden, 10243 E US Highway 36, Avon OR Boulder Creek, 1551 N. Green Street, Brownsburg

8-10 a.m.

Children will have an opportunity to visit with Santa and listen to a Christmas story.

Members:  $8/adult and $5/child

Guests:  $10/person

Ages 2 and under are free. Call 317-273-9622 to register and for more information. Read more…

YMCA Locations Free for Veterans, Their Families on Nov. 11

To pay tribute to active and retired military, all 11 full-service YMCA locations in Greater Indianapolis will welcome veterans and their families for free on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Veterans simply need to show a photo ID and badge or other indication of current or past military service, and they and their families will be able to participate in classes, swim, work out in the wellness center, and enjoy everything else the Y has to offer.

Plus, veterans who join the Y on Nov. 11, will pay no joining fee. Veterans always receive a discounted monthly membership. During deployment, military families receive respite child care at participating centers. For a list of the 11 full-service Y locations, visit

Program Expansion

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is working to bring three new full-service centers to underserved areas through its Strengthening the Heart of the City campaign.

It marked its first milestone in this effort with last year’s opening of the Avondale Meadows facility. Construction is underway on the $22 million CityWay YMCA, slated to open at the corner of Delaware and South streets at the end of 2015. Plans are underway to begin construction on a new full-service Y in Pike soon. For more information, visit

Halloween at the Y

The community is invited to celebrate Halloween with safe, family friendly activities at the following YMCA locations:

Sat., Oct. 11

Avondale Meadows YMCA | 3908 Meadows Dr., Indpls.

5-10 pm

Our Kids Night Out will transform into the Happy Harvest Party. Sign your kid up today and they will enjoy painting pumpkins, hay rides, food and more!

Members: $23 for first child/$10 each additional child

Guests: $38 for first child/$15 each additional child

To register and for more information call 317-549-9622.

Pike YMCA | 7114 Lakeview Parkway West Dr., Indpls.

10:30 am- 1:30 pm

You’re invited to our 4th Annual Fall Festival. This is a FREE community event sponsored by Teachers Credit Union, Dow Agro Sciences and Endangered Species Chocolate. Activities include face painting, free haircuts, bounce house, crafts, games, a chili cook-off and more! Volunteers are also needed to help with this event.

For more information and to volunteer call 317-297-9622. Read more…

YMCA Youth & Govt. Students Give Halloween Safety Tips in PSA

Public Service Announcement, 2014

Youth and Government students from the Avondale Meadows YMCA had the opportunity to participate in a Halloween Public Service Announcement (PSA) along with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD). The PSA will run throughout the month of October on the Government Channel (check your local listing for the exact channel).

Let’s Replicate Avondale Meadows Success

Indy Star, 9/29/2014

Steve Corbitt, board member for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, submitted an opinion article to the Indy Star about the success of the Avondale Meadows YMCA. He encouraged the community to support the Y’s Heart of the City Capital Campaign in order to replicate the success of Avondale Meadows in Pike Township.

Jemele Hill of ESPN is Guest Speaker for 5th Annual Y-Achievers Scholarship Banquet

WTHR, Ch. 13, 9/25/2014

The Avondale Meadows YMCA celebrated its 5th Annual Y-Achievers Scholarship Banquet on Sept. 25. Jemele Hill, reporter for ESPN, was the guest speaker and had encouraging words to share with the students and guests. The event helped give more than $10,000 in scholarships to college bound students.

The Benefits of Early Childhood Education

WTHR, Ch. 13, 9/24/2014

Indiana is planning to make preschool available at no cost for up to 2,000 students in select areas of the state next year. Shael Weidenbach, Associate Program Director, YMCA at the Athenaeum, shared her thoughts with the media about the benefits of early education.

Annual Senior Health Fair Draws Crowd

The Daily Journal, 9/15/2014

On Sept. 19 the Baxter YMCA held its annual Senior Health Fair. More than 300 members and guests came out for education, free screenings and more!

Y Trainer Qualifies for Ironman World Championship

The Southsider Voice, 9/10/2014

Southside Times, 9/25/2014

Baxter YMCA’s Triathlon Coach and Personal Trainer, Todd Shellenberger, has qualified to participate in the World Ironman Championship in Hawaii on Oct. 11. Congratulations to Todd and to all of our members who have or will be competing in upcoming Ironman races.

Y Instructor Organizes Walk from Obesity

The Current in Fishers, 9/16/2014

Indy Style, 9/29/2014

Robanne Robin, Exercise Instructor, Fishers YMCA, is looking for participants and supporters for the Walk from Obesity event, which will take place on Oct. 4 at Garfield Park. For more information visit

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