, 2015


Come join the parade in Irvington on July 4 and, for a small donation, enjoy a hotdog, chips and drink prepared and served by the Northern Neck Family YMCA.

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For over eight years the YMCA and the town of Irvington have teamed up to present the best in patriotic holiday entertainment and refreshments, said Allen. 

“Come feel the sunshine on your face, hear the band music play and feel the satisfying crunch of a perfectly grilled hot dog and chips,” she said. “Wash it all down with your choice of water or soft drink and bask in the glow of knowing that your donation helps to care for the school-age kids of our community and teach them the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and the hot dogs are not far behind.


Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. today. To date, there are approximately 2,500 Pickleball locations in the U.S. alone.  

Pickleball is a combination of badminton, tennis and ping pong, said Allen. The net is lower, and the court size is smaller than tennis. Instead of a racquet, one plays Pickleball with a paddle. Pickleball can be played either singles or doubles. 

The Northern Neck YMCA has about 50 regular players ages 7 to 107. All are welcome, as courts are never reserved and games are played in a pickup style.

Regular play is 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

All skill levels are represented. Beginner players are urged to come and join as there are always advanced players available to teach and guide.

The annual Northern Neck Family YMCA tournament is every November. Players from around the country participate in this fun event. To connect to this group, stop by the YMCA, 39 William B. Graham Court, Kilmarnock, or join the community group “Rivah Pickleball Plus” on Facebook.

Kids Fit Club

Kids Fit Club is designed for youth ages 7-15.  Classes are fun-filled, active, and offer a variety of low-impact movements, said Allen. Athletic conditioning is achieved using free weights, body weight, strength bands and stability balls.

The format varies each week to keep things exciting and fresh, she added. Outdoor activities are incorporated such as obstacle courses for cardiovascular endurance.  Join the club at 4:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Classes start July 3. The class is free to members. 

Sign up at the YMCA, or call 435-0223.

Pain management

YMCA staff member Troy Wyne recently produced a Common Sense Pain Management DVD.

Wyne teaches Qigong at the YMCA, Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m.  

Troy studied Massage Therapy at Boca Raton Institute in 1994. While practicing as a Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer, Troy began giving behavior modification and stretching exercises to improve his clients’ results. A few years later a self-empowerment course was born called “Common Sense Pain Management.” 

This program teaches how 21st-century lifestyles clash with the body’s design causing imbalances and pain, said Allen.

“You’ll learn simple behavioral modifications and stretches to restore balance and reduce your pain,” she said. “Troy has been using this system successfully with his clients for almost 20 years.”

He will offer a small presentation, discussion and DVD signing at 10 a.m. July 23 at the YMCA. All are invited. 

The YMCA is his charity of choice.

“I believe the YMCA’s mission to improve healthy mind, body, and spirit mirrors my own philosophy to eliminate pain and stress in the modern day world,” said Wyne.

Through July 31, he will donate $5 to the YMCA for every DVD purchased. DVDs are available for purchase on amazon or at the YMCA.  

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