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Candy Buy-Back

Excited to take your kids trick-or-treating, but not thrilled about them eating a lot of candy?  Our Santa Anita Family YMCA's Candy Buy-Back event on November 1st is the perfect solution!

For the sixth consecutive year, we’re encouraging our Members and elementary school students located near our Santa Anita Family YMCA to donate their Halloween treats to our Candy Buy-Back event.  As an effort to keep our kids healthy by asking them to share their Halloween swag with others, we “buy back” their sweet stash and give every child a raffle ticket (one per each pound of candy they turn in) for a chance to win a brand new bicycle. 

We then sort, box and transport all of the collected candy to Operation Gratitude, which supports and sends care packages to over 250,000 deployed soldiers across the globe.  Last year, we collected approximately 2,000 pounds of candy, which became a part of over 100,000 care packages mailed to U.S. troops around the world.

“Candy provides a lot of calories in the form of sugar and fat, and too much sugar can promote cavities and raise the risk of obesity and other health issues,” says Karen MacNair, Santa Anita Family YMCA’s Executive Director.  “We’re proud to help keep kids healthy during Halloween, and are thrilled we can help provide our troops with much-deserved sweet treats at the same time.”

Santa Anita Family YMCA will deliver one new bicycle to a child from every participating elementary school in the area on Monday, November 3rd.

Your child’s chance to participate in Candy Buy-Back and become entered in the bike raffle is on Saturday, November 1st from 8am – 2pm at the Y.

For more information, call 626 359 9244

YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles Partners with MundoFOX 22 for upcoming Feria de Salud Y Educación Community Event

We’re excited to announce our participation in the upcoming Feria De Salud y Educación free community health fair, taking place on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 11am – 4pm at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.  Recognized as an official event sponsor, your YMCA LA has teamed up with MundoFOX 22 to provide important health information during this lively and entertaining event.

This is the health and education fair’s second year, and it will once again provide Angelenos with free health screenings, flu shots, group fitness classes, healthy food options, and general information on how to live a healthier life. Featuring live entertainment and interactive activities, the community health fair event is free and open to everyone - and this year, Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and revered Mexican actress, Angélica María.

As a first-time Feria De Salud y Educación participant, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with our neighbors and help educate them about how to adapt and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Our interactive on-site booth will deliver a fun and welcoming hands-on experience for the entire family, as our friendly staff will lead games and hand out prizes, fitness tips and pertinent health information to help empower everyone to lead a happy and healthy life.

Look for ongoing Feria De Salud y Educación event updates at #TuSaludEsTodo and at

West Valley Family YMCA’s 1st Annual 10K Missle Run & 2 Mile Family Fun Run to Take Place on November 15th

Get ready for our West Valley Family YMCA’s 1st Annual 10k Missile Run & 2 Mile Family Fun Run on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  Dedicated to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, this special event will help reinforce the importance of physical activity to local families and kids, which also raising funds to support our West Valley Family YMCA’s financial assistance and community outreach programs.

Located at Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park (also known as the Old Nike Missile site), the 10k Missile Run and 2 Mile Family Fun Run will take place on a 6.2 mile trail in Tarzana.  Offering scenic mountain views, the paths are ideal for individuals and families of all ages and skill levels, regardless of their financial situation.

“Being able to offer financial assistance to families and individuals is extremely important to us,” said Greg Koubek, Executive Director of West Valley Family YMCA.  “We know how impactful our Y programs and classes are in helping our neighbors feel healthy, happy and connected.  Ensuring everyone – regardless of their income – is able to benefit from our services is a vital part of our mission to serve the community.”

For more information about the 10k Missile Run and 2 Mile Family Fun Run, visit