WESTFIELD - Guests recently enjoyed the 2013 YWCA annual spaghetti dinner. Over 275 people attended the meal, prepared by Evelyn Quagliana and Renee Kawski from Triana's Catering. Members of the board of directors, YWCA staff and students from the After School Advantage Program helped set up the room, acted as hosts for the evening, served meals and assisted with clean up. In addition to dinner there was a Chinese auction, featuring donations from a variety of local businesses and a 50/50 raffle.
"Proceeds from this evening are used across our child care services and youth programming," Brenda Backus, YWCA child services director, said. "Our community and our parents are very supportive and generous of this event," she continued. "This wouldn't happen without all the help and donations they provide. Everyone deserves credit and thanks for making our spaghetti dinner a success."
The YWCA will begin the following community classes this spring:
Taekwondo Classes at the YWCA
Taekwondo classes will begin on Tuesday, April 2 for students ages 8 through adults.
"We are pleased to bring instructor Albert Rameriz to the area," board member Dana Corwin reported. "He has an impressive background in martial arts and is offering students and adults in the area the opportunity to learn from him."
Classes will be FREE during the month of April; fees will not be charged until May. Students ages 8 to 15 will meet each Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.; ages 16 and up will meet at 6:30 p.m., also on Tuesdays. Although there is no charge for the classes during April, pre-registration is requested. Call the YWCA at 326-2011 to reserve a spot.
Women's Self Defense Class
Self defense classes for Women will begin on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.
"Instructor Albert Ramirez will return to the YWCA and continue teaching the lessons introduced during his recent workshop," executive director Katie Smith said. "He was very well received, we had a great turnout and we're excited to have him teaching this class. An added bonus - during April the class will be FREE. There will be no fees, no membership requirements; just call to reserve your spot and make plans to join us each Tuesday evening." Limited space is available. Call 326-2011 for a reservation.
The YWCA will be hosting a babysitting class on Saturday, April 27. The class is open to boys and girls ages 11 to 15 and will focus on child care techniques, basic first aid and responsible decision making. Class begins at 9 a.m. and will run until 3 p.m. Each student should bring a bagged lunch, pen and notebook. Reservations are required and there is a $25 fee for the course. Scholarship help is available; to make a reservation or inquire about financial aid, contact the YWCA.
AARP Safe Driving
On Thursday, April 25 there will be an AARP sponsored safe driving course held at the YWCA. The course, set from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is open to the general public. AARP membership is not required. The cost is $17 for AARP members; $19 for all others. Pre-registration is required. Call the YWCA at 326-2011 to reserve a spot.
Space remains for the May 1 Spa Day at the YWCA. This annual event is a fundraiser for the YWCA and offers ticket holders the opportunity to take advantage of a variety of spa services as well as other health and wellness options. The 2013 Spa Day is set for a Wednesday evening to make it a girls' night out. Technicians, massage therapists and other service providers are encouraged to contact the YWCA and make arrangements to promote their businesses and offer their services. Ticket sales will begin soon.
The YWCA is currently working on updating their emailing system to make communication with their members easier and more streamlined.
"We're working on an email list that will allow us to communicate quickly and easier with our members," administrative assistant Michelle Sunday-Warner said. "If you receive our mail, that's great, but if you're a YWCA member who hasn't gotten any email from us, please stop in or call to give us your address. This is an in-house list; we don't share it or make it public."