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Councilman David Yates (D-25) and Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) are once again hosting their annual Southwest YMCA Fall Family Festival on Friday, October 19th.

It’s a free event for the whole family and the entire community.

“The Fall Family Festival gives parents and children a safe place to celebrate Halloween a little early and just enjoy the season,” says Yates. “We have a very strong partnership with the YMCA. The festival provides an opportunity for everyone in the community to learn more about the great programs offered at the Y.”

“Events like Family Fall Festival bring our neighborhoods together in Southwest Louisville,” says Blackwell. “This is a perfect opportunity for neighbors and families to gather together and enjoy fun activities for all ages.”

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The Southwest YMCA Fall Family Festival will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Y located at 2800 Fordhaven Road. It will include the following activities: Pick your own Pumpkin, Inflatable Fun, Group Fitness Demonstrations, Face Painting, Games and other activities.

Both Councilmen will be provide free hot dogs and bottled water.

The event will get underway rain or shine. In the event of bad weather, all festivities will move indoors.

For more information you can contact President Yates’ office at 574-1125 or Councilman Blackwell’s office at 574-1112. Or contact to the Southwest YMCA at 502-933-9622.

Mayor Greg Fischer and Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith joined the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund (LAHTF) as it celebrated a ribbon cutting and open house at its first major project.

“Housing is a basic need for all people in our city and I want to thank the partnership of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and YMCA of Greater Louisville for preserving these 41 units at the Chestnut Street YMCA,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Over the last two years, the city is proud to have made an unprecedented investment of almost $30 million in affordable housing. I look forward to celebrating more groundbreaking and ribbon cuttings of affordable housing opportunities across the city.”

The LAHTF provided $477,000 in forgivable funds to the YMCA for major deferred maintenance repairs for its 41-unit permanent supported housing program. The program is the only such program in the city that provides housing for men moving towards self-sufficiency.

“This is a great day for affordable housing in Louisville,” proclaimed Councilwoman Sexton Smith. “The renovation of these apartments was very much needed and thanks to the collaboration and leadership of so many people, it a reality for those that depend on us.”

The renovation included upgrading plumbing and bathroom facilities, laundry facilities, individual HVAC units for residents and common areas and new appliances in the main community room. This renovation has enhanced not only our facility, but the self-worth and hopes of every man that lives here,” said Leah Mullaney, Senior Program Director for Housing at the Chestnut Street YMCA.

In total, LAHTF was allocated $2.5 million for the 2017 funding period. Other projects funded last year are in various stages of progress.

“We are excited to be able to fund the types of projects that have been presented and also understand that, without the flexible type of funding available through the Trust Fund, programs like the YMCA would not receive the funds needed to continue to provide these services in our community,” said Christie McCravy, Director of the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund. “This is just one example of what is possible when the Trust Fund receives funding. Next year the impact will be even broader and greater.”

For more information on the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund, please visit…

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The KFC Yum! Center, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Louisville, will host “Fit Tuesday” exercise classes on the arena’s Norton Healthcare Plaza every Tuesday evening at 5:45PM from June 6-August 29. No classed will be held July 4 or 11. The 45-50 minute complimentary classes will be taught by certified fitness instructors from the YMCA and are open to people of all ages and fitness levels. Advance registration is not required and participants do not need to bring any equipment, though an exercise mat, water bottle and sweat towel are recommended for most classes.

iHeart Media’s 100.5 Kiss-FM will play music for each class, conduct prize giveaways and give guests a chance to meet their favorite on-air radio personalities.

Class Schedule:

  • June 6 – Dance Fitness
  • August 1 – Turbokick
  • June 13 – Boot Camp
  • August 8 – Zumba
  • June 20 – Insanity
  • August 15 – POUND
  • June 27 – POUND
  • August 22 – Yoga
  • July 18 – POUND
  • August 29 – Boot Camp
  • July 25 – Zumba

“We’re excited to bring Fit Tuesdays to our plaza,” said Dennis Petrullo, General Manager of the KFC Yum! Center. “Creating unique events to keep the community engaged with the KFC Yum! Center is important to us so this opportunity for area residents and visitors to exercise together and enjoy Downtown Louisville helps us meet that goal.”

“This partnership provides a great opportunity for the Y to enhance our focus of improving the health and well-being of our community,” said Steve Tarver, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Louisville.  “Group fitness classes are fun and offer a great way for residents to connect.  Providing free classes is a perfect way to extend the Y’s mission of building healthy spirit, mind and body for ALL.”

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Families are invited to the North Great Lawn inside Kroger’s Festival today, Sunday, April 30, from 1-4 p.m. for the YMCA Healthy Kids Day Presented by Humana.  The Derby Festival joined forces with the YMCA of Greater Louisville and Humana to bring free family fun to the Waterfront.

“We are excited to join forces with the award-winning Kentucky Derby Festival team,” said Steve Tarver, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Louisville. “It’s community partnerships like this and the support of Humana that make YMCA Healthy Kids Day a truly unique family event that emphasizes the value of health and fitness for everyone during an exciting time of year in our city.”

Geared toward children ages 3 and older, plus adults, the event will feature interactive and family fitness activities, inflatables and giveaways. The fifth annual miniFun Run for Kids will also be a part of the festivities. The best part is, admission is free!

“This partnership allows us to expand on our miniFun Run event for kids, which started in 2013,” said Mike Berry, KDF President and CEO. “There will be activities for children and adults alike, all while promoting healthy lifestyles and healthy families.”

The event is coordinated by YMCA of Greater Louisville with Presenting Sponsor Humana.  Joining them are Media Sponsors Today’s Family Magazine and 102.3 The Max.

Food, drink and pets are not permitted. For more information, visit or call 502-587-9622.

Event set for tomorrow at Southwest YMCA

YMCAbashCouncilmen Rick Blackwell (D-12) and David Yates (D-25) have a special night planned to help kick off the new school year for students. The Back to School Bash is set for Friday, August 21st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Southwest YMCA.

“As an educator, I know the importance of starting the new school year on a positive note,” says Blackwell. “I am excited to again partner with the Southwest YMCA to host this celebration for our students and their families.”

The Back to School Bash will feature swimming, food and fun; and it’s all free. There will be inflatables, group fitness demonstrations and swim time at the Y’s pool. Mad Science will be on hand for kids to make their own slime and cotton candy.

“This is a great family event that helps our children ease into the new school year as the summer winds down,” says Yates. “It is also an opportunity to explore the many programs offered by the Southwest YMCA and how it serves our community year round.”

For Safety reasons the Southwest YMCA has the following rules in place:

  • Family appropriate swim wear must be worn in the swimming pool. A white t-shirt can be worn on top of suit for women and as a shirt for men if you choose. Cut-offs or shorts will not be permitted as swim wear in the pool.
  • Minimum of one adult per child in the pool for children 6 and under.
  • One parent required to stay in pool area (not necessarily in the water) for children 7 and older.
  • Children 7 and older who want to swim in the deep end will be required to take a swim safety test.
  • This is a family event—an adult must stay with the children—no drop offs.

Pizza, drinks, and cookies will be provided by Metro Council Districts 12 and 25.

The Southwest YMCA is located at 2800 Fordhaven Road, just off of St. Anthony Church Road. The event is free and no reservations or YMCA membership are required.

If you would like more information about the Back to School Bash, contact Councilman Blackwell’s office at 574-1112 or Councilman Yates’ office at 574-1125.