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Tentative Schedule for the Week of 6/11/18

by Kristi Potts on 06/08/18

Tentative Schedule for 6/11/18-6/17/18 

This week Farmer's Market starts coming to the Y on Tuesdays! Be sure to stop by between 3pm - 5pm for some great fresh fruits, veggie, and even crafts! We have a Father's Day drawing going on this week - members can sign up until Friday @ noon! Also this Saturday is our VERY FIRST Baseball Star League baseball game! This league is for kids with special needs who cannot play in other leagues - Stop by the Y or check out our website for more info!


by Kristi Potts on 06/04/18

Last year, in a Questers-Calendar Girls group meeting at the Wilson Performing Arts Center Diane Brower mentioned some of her personal goals for the community such as to have different groups in Red Oak working together for positive growth. Kattie Lewis, the Center Coordinator at SWCC said she had just the program, the Walking School Bus, which involved Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, the Iowa Extension Office, Montgomery County Family YMCA, and the Red Oak Public Library. The program is coordinated and organized by Live Well Montgomery County in partnership with SWCC, ISU Extension and Outreach, and Questers-Calendar Girls 1254 with the goal to educate and encourage youth to move. 

Last year, the Walking School Buses and Afterschool Programs kicked-off on Wednesday, April 5th for the second year in a row for students in Villisca and Stanton to walk to school for six weeks promoting physical activity, safety and a healthy lifestyle. In Red Oak, the Walking School Bus program was an afterschool program available to youth enrolled in 4th – 8th grades and started at both Washington Intermediate School and the Red Oak Middle School. 

Red Oak students were walked to an afterschool program of their choice for the duration of the program on Wednesday early-outs from April 5th through May 10th. The afterschool programs included Literacy at the Red Oak Library (hosted by Red Oak Library and Questers-Calendar Girls 1254) and Wellness at the YMCA (hosted by MCMH and the YMCA). 

Youth were walked to an afterschool program of their choice for the duration of the program on Wednesday early-outs from April 5th through May 10th. Three afterschool programs included Literacy at the Red Oak Library (hosted by Red Oak Library and Questers-Calendar Girls 1254), Wellness at the YMCA (hosted by MCMH and the YMCA) and Career Exploration at the Gold Fair Building (hosted by SWCC and ISU Extension and Outreach).

This year the program got a new name “STAR”– Students Taking an Active Role” with the Altrusa joining in to help. The programs have included learning about cooking from MCMH Staff at the Y, having kayak races in the Y pool, participating in an outdoor scavenger hunt, and having theme days at the library led by librarian Kathi Most. They celebrated with a pizza party at the end of the program. 

The new kayaks received last year through donations were utilized the most at the Montgomery County Family YMCA with the special safety rules explained to the kids. 

Diane’s grandson, Jacob, was encouraged last year to join her and enjoyed it so much he’s back this year. As Diane commented about the program, “STAR is allowing students to learn healthy life and eating styles, to grow physically and mentally, and learn more about their community and appreciating the world around them.”

The leadership committee of Live Well Montgomery County includes Ashley Peterson (chairperson), Doug Rieken, Mike Webb, Larry Brandstetter, Sue Drake, John Blomstedt, Justin Miller, Kattie Lewis, Monica Blay, Beau Boeye and Grant Focht. Jamie Werges of MCMH serves as an advisory member. Live Well Montgomery County continually strives for excellence in promoting health and wellness for all!

A strong partnership between volunteers and staff is at the heart of YMCAs, where volunteer development is everyone’s job and where meaningful volunteer opportunities and operational strategies are in place to support program volunteers.

For more information about the about the Montgomery County Family YMCA and its programs, memberships, and volunteer/donor opportunities, call us at 712-623-2161, stop by the Y located at 101 East Cherry Street, Red Oak, Iowa, visit us on Facebook, or our website at

Tentative Schedule for the Week of 6/4/18

by Kristi Potts on 06/01/18

Tentative Schedule for June 4th - 10th

We have LOTS of great NEW programs starting this week! Tai Chi starts Monday @ 5:30PM - THIS IS A FREE EVENT FOR EVERYONE! Member or not! 
Check out Yoga on the Square at Farmer's Market on Thursday, the Kid's Summer Garden Program starts Tuesday, and for the adults we have Coffee, Cards, and Conversation - come enjoy the company of others, play some cards or dominoes and sip coffee. Feel free to bring snacks to share!

Tentative Schedule for Week of 5/28/18

by Kristi Potts on 05/25/18

Tentative Schedule 5/28/18 - 6/3/18:

*Stop by Tuesday for the Stroke Detection Clinic going on in the Multipurpose room.
*Wed. is the kick off for Strength Train Together!
*Thursday be sure to come to the T-Ball Parent's Meeting for those of you with kids Pre-K/Kindergarten!

Farmer's Market Coming to the Y!

by Kristi Potts on 05/14/18

The Montgomery County YMCA Has Something New and Exciting Happening This Summer!
Introducing the Red Oak Farmers Market at the Y!

The Red Oak Farmers Market vendors are thrilled to offer our community members two more ways to enjoy farm-fresh, healthy vegetables, fruits, herbs and baked goods this summer. The generous cooperation and support of the Montgomery County YMCA made this possible!

There are two ways for you to participate. (Both programs run from June 12 through August 21.)

1.                 1. Subscribe to a Farm Fresh Share.

2.      Shop the Red Oak Farmers Market at the Y. 

Farm Fresh Share Program

The Farm Fresh Share (FFS) program offers a weekly container of seasonal produce, pre-packed and ready to pick up for just $10.00 per week. Each week your FFS container will be filled with different items - whatever is freshest, in-season and plentiful in the garden that week. Our vendor gardeners take pride in providing a fun assortment and often enclose recipe ideas plus tips on how to store and prepare the items in that week's FFS. This option is perfect for the busy family, busy young professional, anyone frustrated with buying mass-grown, tasteless produce and people curious to learn more about eating fresh and healthy.


The FFS program offers you eleven weeks of farm fresh produce for just $10 per week - a total of $110 for the season. Shareholders can pay upfront or monthly. For example;

         A typical June $10 FFS container might include: crisp garden lettuce ($2.00), a bunch of radishes ($1.00), fresh spinach ($1.00), garden asparagus ($4.00), cucumbers ($1.00) and cilantro or basil ($1.00).

         A typical July $10 FFS container might include: green beans ($2.00), kohlrabi ($1.00), zucchini or yellow summer squash ($2.00), tomatoes ($3.00) and new potatoes ($2.00).


As an FFS shareholder, you simply stop by the Y on Tuesday afternoons, 3-5 pm, pick up your pre­-packed container and go! It's simple, fresh and fun! Information sheets and a sign-up contract are attached to this newsletter. Please consider experiencing a weekly container of farm-fresh goodness for your family by buying a Farm Fresh Share today!

Farm Fresh Share Contract Deadline: Friday, May 25, 5 pm. Be sure to mail your signed contract and payment in advance of the deadline. If you are mailing them close to the deadline, please contact your vendor to reserve your share. Remember, Farm Fresh Shares are available on a first come, first serve basis. Be sure to register early; don't miss out!

Red Oak Farmers Market at the Y
Every Tuesday, June 12 through August 21, 3-5 pm, the Red Oak Farmers Market will be open for business just outside the Y entrance. Everyone is welcome to shop the Market and experience farm fresh produce and fresh-baked goods. Rain or shine, the Red Oak Farmers Market vendors will be there ready to provide fresh vegetables, fruits, honey, homemade baked goods and other items for your family. Please make time in your busy schedules to shop the NEW Red Oak Farmers Market at the Y!

If you have questions about either of the above programs, please contact Maggie McQuown, Co-Manager of the Red Oak Farmers Market at or 712-623-8919.