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Rebecca Pate

Reading, you either love it or hate it. Some of us will take any and every opportunity to snag a few minutes of reading time; at the doctor’s office, during an oil change, those precious few minutes we get at lunchtime. Other people haven’t...

Andrew Keener

It is a little-known fact that the Gateway Region YMCA is in the midst of a love affair...with books!  Our annual Book Fair, from August 18-22 at Queeny Park is among the biggest book resales in the entire Midwest.  

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Summertime is the perfect season for family outings. While eating out and going to the movies are fun, those trips can quickly start to get expensive. Luckily, there are plenty of things to do in St. Louis with the kids that don’t cost anything at...

Nick Weaver

It felt like stepping into a time capsule. Raised buildings of crimson, blue, and faded yellow lined streets littered with speed bumps. They stood on stilts six to ten feet above the ground in order to avoid the tropical storms that are staples of...

Siteman Cancer Center

In June, we typically think about the men we love in our lives, for Father’s Day. Husbands, brothers, fathers may all be significant people in your life. So think about the last time you asked each about his health. Is he eating a healthy diet? Is...

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With summer almost here, and parents working hard to find a plan for their children to spend the next three months, we must consider how these children will continue to learn and not lose the knowledge they have gained the previous nine months in...

Alzheimer's Association - St. Louis Chapter

Alzheimer's Caregiving is Exceptionally Demanding A new study released by the Alzheimer's Association shows that caring for someone with Alzheimer's often exacts a significant physical, mental and emotional toll on the caregiver.  According to the...

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During the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, volunteers gather to help children enjoy reading. This event takes place in celebration of the treasured children’s author, Dr. Seuss, on his birthday. His rhyming style helps...

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Can you name some of your favorite African-American children's book authors? We’ve compiled a list of a few of our favs!

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Our Leaders Club and Junior Leaders provide youth the opportunity to learn to become more effective in their interactions with others. Teens improve their social and leadership skills all while discovering how they can give back to their...

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1. It’s fun! Can you imagine being a kid again? Running around and playing games? Seeing something for the first time and being amazed by it? By becoming a mentor, YOU can spend a few hours each week, just being a kid again. The whole goal of...

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It’s one of the many ways that the YMCA practices Social Responsibility. The Y is a charitable cause and, as such, we raise funds during the Annual Campaign to ensure that all community members have access to the Y, and continue to advance...

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Looking for a perfect gift for your child, one that they’ll love to receive and that will encourage them to be active? How about a ball for their favorite sport, or a new sport they will try next year? While many organizations like the YMCA...

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Have you ever wondered how to go about choosing a charity, or finding more information about a charity before making a donation? It can be an overwhelming experience, especially when there are so many wonderful causes and places to support. Well,...

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Taking Care of the CaregiverMore than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  During the month of November – designated as National Caregivers Month – the Alzheimer’s Association is hoping to...

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November is Military Family Month, and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Gateway Region YMCA offers the following tips to help children of military...

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What’s it all about? Creating, Collaborating, and Innovating are a few words that are widely used to describe the Makerspace Movement. Makerspace is an open community where creativity and innovation are enhanced through collaboration. At its core...

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Even children who are too young for social media seem to be aware that the country will soon elect a new president. The youth who will inherit our future may not yet be old enough to vote, but their voices can still be a part of the conversation.

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Our older adults are valuable members of our families and communities. Let’s work together to keep them healthy and safe. On Falls Prevention Awareness Day (9/22), learn how to help your parent, grandparent, friend or neighbor reduce their risk...

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You’ve heard it before, volunteering is good for you! But do you know some of the benefits volunteering has besides strengthening community?Here are 5 great reasons to volunteer:

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Summer is peak season for vegetable gardens, but don’t dismiss Fall! YMCA community gardeners love fall gardens and have found that they actually offer many benefits and rewards. It turns out, we are not the only ones to enjoy the crisp air and...