YMCA seeking community input about youth, adult programs for Cambria center

San Luis Obispo - The TribuneJanuary 19, 2013 

There’s a new YMCA North Coast Advisory Committee in the area, and members want to know what recreational and other opportunities are on the want lists of area residents.

To accomplish that, and introduce the new YMCA Recreation Center (formerly known as the Cambria Teen Center), the committee is planning a free open house, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the center, 870 Main St., complete with free popcorn, cookies and hot apple cider.

The event also is to include a wine raffle and sale of pork tamales, along with a bicycle raffle for those younger than 21. Tamales can be pre-ordered ($15 per dozen) by calling 927-2461 or 924-2935 (se habla Español) by Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Representatives from the county Sheriff’s department, including from the canine division, are expected to attend, as is the DARE Viper Car.

Wine raffle ticket holders need not be present to win one of the wines from local wineries. One ticket is $2 and three cost $5. Buy tickets at the YMCA after-school programs at the Cambria Grammar School from 3 to 5:30 p.m. or Santa Lucia Middle School, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., or at the YMCA Recreation Center Tuesdays through Fridays from 2 to 6:30 p.m. or Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

The YMCA’s mission is to help community members of all ages develop their minds, bodies and spirits “in a relaxed atmosphere that makes all feel comfortable and welcome,” according to Audrey Negley, chairman of the Y committee.

The committee is conducting an online survey at www.theYatcambria.com to determine “which programs and activities are most desired by area youth and the adult community,” Negley said.
Negley said preliminary results indicate enthusiastic interest in such classes as karate, art, cooking/baking, dancing/singing, writing and yoga. Other activities such as horticulture projects and sale, jewelry making, furniture refurbishing, babysitting, photography and leatherwork, also might be made available.

Not only would such activities widen the scope of offerings to North Coast young and young-at heart, she said, the classes and programs (which could start in early 2013) could generate funds to help operate the recreation center.

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