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09

Sep
One projected meltdown per week was penciled into my calendar. I knew that either I, one of my children, or both would potentially be overwhelmed each time. Was it a blessing that the trials were spaced out, or would it...

13

Aug
College Student Self-Defense by Stephen Lage Sensei, 5th Degree Black Belt, Isshinryu Karate I normally give Self-Defense Seminars in the Summer months, as the demand for them is greater with parents preparing to send their kids off to college. They...

10

Aug
If we are feeling a little (or a lot) out of control of our lives right now, perhaps a vigorous hand washing can help. Running water, plain old soap, and a serious scrub can kill the germs that cause viruses...

06

Jul
Since March, bicycles have sold in record numbers. The stars aligned in favor of outdoor cycling when the spring thaw coincided with stay-at-home orders and gym closures. Those of us who had bikes dusted them off and got them repaired;...

23

Jun
YMCA and Venues Parks & Arts form new partnership at O’Brien Center SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Venues Parks & Arts and the YMCA of Greater Michiana are entering into a new partnership at the O’Brien Fitness Center on Walter Street...

08

Jun
Before COVID-19, I had worn two types of masks: a bandana for particularly dusty cleaning jobs (like my young teenager’s room), and an N95 when I helped sand our wood floors. The purpose of both of these face coverings was...

22

May
5/22/2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kayla Foster, Marketing Director, kfoster@ymcagm.org YMCA of Greater Michiana to close South Bend-Mishawaka YMCA branch SOUTH BEND, Ind . – The YMCA of Greater Michiana is permanently closing the South Bend-Mishawaka YMCA branch effective Tuesday,...

13

May
When the stay-at-home orders began, I felt disoriented. New information and guidelines seemed to accost us on a daily basis. Stress mounted as we waited for the next decision: would schools close completely? Businesses? If normal life were a rug,...

24

Apr
Dear Members, Thank you for navigating the past few weeks with us. Our hearts go out to anyone who's been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. Our thoughts are especially with those who are sick, to whom we...

24

Apr
Dear Members, Attendees, and Supporters, Thank you for your continued support of Hope Grows. Without you, we would not able to make such a difference in our community. In an effort to do our part and reduce the spread of...