Metz, Sara YMCA new mug 2018

Sara Metz


The holiday season is about to begin again. Everyone is busier than usual and the frantic pace can be stressful.

Reduce your stress by staying fit. Give yourself the gift of fitness by spending 30 to 60 minutes a day devoted to you. Walk, bike, run, take an exercise class, swim, play pickleball — whatever works for you. At the Y, we offer a wide variety of physical and educational activities. Join the Y family for a less stressful holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving!

Here’s what’s coming up:

TLC Physical Therapy — Osteoporosis

Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Join Nurse Practitioner Robin Holloway and Physical Therapist Tammy Wallen as they discuss the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. They will also provide simple suggestions for modifications to home/lifestyle for safety and to prevent falls.

A simple exercise program for strengthening/stretching with the use of Therabands will be offered. TLC will provide the Therabands with printed instructions.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Information Session

Thursday, Nov. 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for volunteers to spend one hour per week at a school during school hours. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1 to 1 relationships that change their lives for the better.

Join Darlene Carlson and Sheri Chancey of Big Brothers Big Sisters at our Y and they will provide an information session for potential volunteers.

Dr. Joseph Samuels — Veterans Wellness

Thursday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Dr. Joseph Samuels and our YMCA have partnered on a project to provide veterans with the tools to support wellness. On Nov. 21, Dr. Samuels will be talking about the specifics of the program.

All veterans and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the Veterans Wellness Program, as well as any other medical questions you may have. This talk is open to the public.

Senior Trip — Light Up Mount Dora

Saturday, Nov. 30, from 2:30 to about 9 p.m. — Join us for a bus ride to Mount Dora to see the lighting of Donnelly Park and downtown Mount Dora with over 2 million sparkling lights. After the lighting, you will be on your own for dinner in Mount Dora. The bus will leave to return to the Y promptly at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $25 each. There are only 52 tickets available. No refunds. This trip is for people age 55-plus. You do not have to be a member to buy a ticket. Tickets are available online. For more information, contact Joan Luebbe, 352-500-9622;

Ongoing Community Program meetings

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

Florida Sewing Sew-Ciety — Second Monday every month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Overeaters Anonymous — Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m.

Bereavement Group — Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Current group runs through Dec. 18.

Art from the Heart Memory Café — Second Wednesday monthly from 1 to 3 p.m.

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 each month from 6 to 8:15 p.m.

Adoption2Action — Third Saturday monthly from 10 a.m. to noon

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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