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Sara Metz


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and at our Y we are planning, decorating and looking forward to the many activities this season brings.

Remember to treat yourself well. Get plenty of sleep. Maintain your fitness schedule and most of all, cherish your family time.

Here is a rundown of activities for December:

Coping with Loss During the Holidays — Tuesday, Dec. 3, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. VITAS Hospice will discuss the dynamics of loss and grief. In addition, they will discuss the reactions and strategies to cope with loss and grief that is so difficult during the holiday season. This session is open to the public.

Breakfast with Santa — Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring the family to one of the best events of the year — a pancake breakfast with Santa. Children will receive a gift, a photo op with Santa in his sleigh and opportunities to create holiday crafts in our craft corner. Breakfast is provided by the Breakfast Station of Beverly Hills.

This is a community event. You do not have to be a Y member to attend. Tickets are limited and going fast. The cost is $5 per person. Children 2 and younger are free. Buy your tickets for the 9, 10:15 or 11:30 a.m. seating.

The Hartford Aging Series: Part 2 Lunch & Learn — Tuesday, Dec. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Five Ways Technology Will Change the Way We Age. Join Kelly Shane Kipnis, regional vice president-adviser consultant of Hartford Funds, as she discusses how technology will help us live longer and healthier because of advancements in nutrition, medicine, public health and sanitation.

Now, thanks to innovation in technology, we’re transforming growing older into a more vibrant period of life that is about living better as much as it is about living longer. This series was developed by the MIT AgeLab and is brought to us by Justin Brashear of EdwardJones. You do not have to be a member of the Y to attend. RSVP to Joan Luebbe, 352-500-9622,

Dr. Joseph Samuels: Oriental Medical Nutrition — Thursday, Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oriental medical nutrition is one of the modalities that make up the field of Oriental medicine. It is called medical nutrition because from an Eastern perspective, food is considered to be a form of medicine.

This talk, which is open to the public, will give all participants the opportunity to ask questions about how Oriental medicine addresses nutrition, as well as questions about medicine in general.

Senior Holiday Party: Bake Off and Ugly Sweater Contest — Saturday, Dec. 21, noon to 2 p.m. Enjoy a holly jolly afternoon of fun with your Y family at our annual holiday bake off and ugly sweater contest. Prepare to bake your best for the bake off, or come to taste the competition!

Don’t forget your ugliest (and coziest) sweater for a chance to win a Y prize. There will be music, heavy appetizers, a hot cocoa bar and holiday cheer. Get your tickets at the front desk. They are only $3. This is a 50 and older event.

Dr. Sreekanth Chandrupatla — Monday, Dec. 23, noon to 1 p.m. Dr. “Sree” of Gastroenterology Associates will present another of his timely and interesting talks. This is open to the public.

Kid’s NYE Bash — Join Foster2Adoption for a fun-filled New Year’s Eve bash for kids. We will have a ball drop at midnight, face painting, DJ and food for purchase.

Foster2Adoption is a licensed 501(c)(3) organization committed to helping foster and adoptive families with the support they need as they transition their lives to giving the children they take in the best life possible. For more information, email

Ongoing community program meetings are:

Scrapbooking Club — Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Florida Sewing Sew-Ciety — second Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Overeaters Anonymous — Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m.

Bereavement Group — Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. Current group ends Dec. 18 and will start again in January.

Art from the Heart Memory Café — second Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. This month will be Dec. 11.

Pickleball — Wednesdays from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

Citrus Pickers — every other Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Kid Central Adoption Support Group — first Monday from 6 to 8:15 p.m.

Sara Metz is branch operations director at the YMCA of the Suncoast — Citrus County Branch. She can be reached at 352-500-9622, or

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