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AUSTIN EDITION - Austin YMCA's Mother's Day breakfast helps kids

Dad's Belgian Waffles will be serving their fabulous Waffle Breakfast on Mother's Day, May 8, from 9 am to 1 pm at Corcoran Hall. The Cost is $6 for all-you-can-eat waffles, sausage, toppings and beverages. Children under 5 are free. The Event is the second-annual Dad's Belgian Waffle Breakfast sponsored by the Early Riser Kiwanis, Apple Lane Pre-School and the YMCA of Austin gymnastic and swim teams. Proceeds benefit the youth in Austin and surrounding communities.

But it's just not breakfast, there'll be entertainment, family photos available and crafts for the children. If you've never had the opportunity to have Dad's Belg

ian Waffles you are missing out on a culinary treat. Plan now to attend -- Dad's, you can "make breakfast for Mom."

Tickets may be purchase from any Early Riser Kiwanis, at Apple Lane or from a YMCA Gymnast or YMCA Aqua Pack Swim Team member. Don't miss the opportunity for a "Special Mother's Breakfast" while helping the youth in our community.

YMCA swim lessons to get under way soon

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"Everyone in the pool!"

It's not just a saying at the YMCA –; it's our philosophy.

Aquatic programs are a priority for YMCA organizations in the United States, and the Austin YMCA is no exception.

There's great self-esteem that kids learn and adults get when they learn to swim. And like all exercise programs, aquatic programs contribute to good health.

All our swim instructors are American Red Cross lifeguards, and most are American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors.

YMCA swim lessons incorporate swim skills, personal and group safety skills wet ball and synchronized swim skills.

We also offer private lessons, competitive swim class which concentrates on competitive swim skills and technique besides our pre-school and school aged programs.

Questions often come up about wet ball skills –; why do we play games in swim lessons? Water polo is one of the fastest growing aquatic sports in the United States. This energetic sport emphasizes swimming ability, conditioning, ball skills and teamwork. It is a game that is both fun and safe for people of all ages.

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What's with the synchronized swim skills? Synchronized swimming is a great adaptation of the swimming skills children are already learning. In our higher levels of lessons developing a synchronized swim show helps the children develop leadership skills and teamwork.

Children also learn skills for snorkeling, volunteerism and they learn about our character development traits respect, caring, responsibility and honesty.

One of the best parts about YMCA swim lessons is that's our pool temperature is always 84 while our air is 80 –; so it's never cold or rainy in our pool area. Our school aged classes are 45 minutes long, while our preschool classes are 30 minutes.

Spring II swim sessions begin May 2. Spring II Swim Lessons are generally our most participated session of the year. Spring II gives your child the chance to redevelop skills they may have forgotten since last summer; it also gives them a chance to work on endurance before summer arrives –; giving them a chance to be ahead when summer lessons start.

As all our classes we try to work around family schedules. Our classes are offered Mon. and Wed. from 3:30 pm to 6:45 pm and on Tues. and Thurs. from 3:30 pm to 6:45 pm.

Remember: youth membership is just $1 for those 7 yrs. And financial assistance is available. If you have questions call our Aquatic Director Cindy Bowe at 433-1804.

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