The Palisades-Malibu YMCA will reopen for customers on Monday, April 5. The offerings will include the fitness equipment at the gym, group classes at Simon Meadow and possible lap-swimming time at PaliHi’s aquatic center. Initially, the hours at the facility on Via de la Paz will be limited to 8 a.m. to noon. Old and new members must sign a waiver.
Good Friday Breakfast on Zoom:
The YMCA offers its 62 Annual Good Friday Celebration, “Full of Possibilities and Promise,” at 9 a.m. on Friday, via Zoom. The keynote speaker will be Father Gregory Boyle, S.J., the founder of Homeboy Industries.
Also speaking will be L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Reading from the New Testament will be John Emerson, vice chairman of Capital Group International and a former U.S. Ambassador to Germany.
Giving the benediction will be Maria Salinas, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. (To register, visit: ymcagfc.hosted.events).
Parents Salute Palisades YMCA’s “Get Out, Get Moving” Program; Urge Donations from Community
Our local YMCA offered a safe space at Simon Meadow that enabled children to get outside their homes and run around during Covid. Two parents wrote the following letter urging people to donate to the YMCA during the nonprofit’s annual campaign.
“This has been a challenging year for all of us. People of all ages and backgrounds are struggling to reach their full potential. Many children haven’t stepped foot inside their schools for over a year and are suffering as a result. Families are finding it difficult to spend quality time together. People aren’t feeling as connected when their interactions with others are online. In times like these, we turn to our community.
“This is why we’re volunteering with our Palisades-Malibu YMCA. The Y understands what our community needs to be its best. It provides everyone the opportunity to be healthy and thrive, connect with others, and contribute to a better community.
“As parents, we’re especially grateful for the Get Out, Get Moving program that Y has offered to our kids this year. Providing a way for our kids to spend time with friends, build relationships, move their bodies and play outside away from screens has been such a positive experience during this time. We are so grateful for this, as well as the many other programs the Y offers to build communities and improve lives (i.e., Grab ‘n Go meals for those in need, emergency day care and preschool for children of essential workers, high-speed internet to help close digital divide, grocery delivery to seniors, etc.)
“The Y has been able to keep offering these programs thanks to gifts from generous friends and family like YOU. Please join us in partnering with the Y to make us – as individuals and a community – better.”
— Kelly Sullivan & Genevieve Bostic