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[August 22, 2009]  Register now for YMCA Preschool Play Day programs and Preschool P.E. These fun programs will be offered throughout the school year. Dates and times for all preschool program activities are available at

For information on Lincoln Area YMCA programs and events, visit the downtown office, 604 Broadway St., Suite 1; call 735-3915; or visit  The YMCA Activity Center is at the former Odd Fellows gymnasium on Wyatt Avenue.

Lincoln Area YMCA recently accepted and processed applications for Beta Sigma Phi sorority's "Book Bags for Kids" project. In all, 206 book bags and supplies were assembled for local children whose families qualified financially. Special thanks to Lincoln IGA and Walmart Supercenter for assistance with this worthwhile program.

YMCA is still accepting registrations for the Before and After School programs offered at all District 27, Chester-East Lincoln and Olympia South elementary schools.

Megan Kissel Fall Soccer League -- In remembrance of Megan Kissel, the Lincoln Area YMCA and the Kissel family have dedicated the fall soccer season to her as a memorial in her name. New this season is seven exciting weeks of soccer. In this program children will learn sound soccer fundamentals, good physical conditioning techniques, meet new friends and have FUN. The first week's session, Sept. 26 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., will be a clinic led by LCHS soccer coach Tim Stuckey for players and coaches. Games are on Saturday mornings at the LDC soccer fields on State Street.

New Fall Volleyball League -- New to YMCA fall sports is a volleyball league for children in first through sixth grade, broken down into two divisions: first to third grade and fourth to sixth grade. The children will learn basic volleyball fundaments and rules while coaches emphasize teamwork and sportsmanship at weekly games played at the YMCA Activity Center on Wyatt Avenue. There will be a one practice per week. Register as soon as possible to ensure there are enough participants for each division! More info about this new program is available at

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YMCA Cheerleading -- Children from 4 years through fifth grade and sixth through 12th grade will learn cheers, cheer techniques and forms. Cheer coach Cathy Sanders will conduct practices on Monday evenings. Also, the cheerleaders will be highlighted as special guests as they perform at local community events such as football games, basketball games, parades and more.

Adult fitness -- Heather and the Y Fitness Crew are back with new, even more exciting classes. Beginning Sept. 15, join us on Tuesdays at 5:30 for Dance Fitness, which highlights a variety of dance genres that will get you into shape! On Thursdays, a crowd favorite is back: Punch/Kick Fitness, a mix of kickboxing, dance and martial arts. These are progressive programs that will teach you great new moves each week! Classes are at the YMCA Activity Center on Wyatt Avenue.

Biking Blast -- The YMCA is hosting a family bike ride on Sept. 20 for both experienced and novice cyclists. There will be well-marked courses of approximately 30 miles and five miles with great scenic routes for the entire family. Registrations have begun. Sign up early to receive discounts.

[Text from file received from Lincoln Area YMCA]

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