With the school year coming to a close and summer break just around the corner, the Hopkinsville-Christian County YMCA announced its plans for the month of April as the weather warms, businesses are continuing to open more to the public and everyone is gearing up for the summer.

The Y is beginning to offer more programs as the number of members visiting the Y and utilizing its programs has increased, according to YMCA President and CEO Sheryl Ellis.

“Our numbers are increasing, and we are thrilled to see everyone,” Ellis stated in a press release. “It is busy around the Y as we continue to offer new programs and plan for the summer.”

The YMCA first announced its Children’s Programs for the month of April and on through the summer.

The Y will be hosting the At Risk Feeding Program every day that the Y is open. The program provides free healthy snacks and meals for children during the summer months for children that rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year.

The program will be available every day at 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. for snack time and 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. for supper. The YMCA asks that if you know of a location or an individual that would like to be a site to ensure we reach everyone in the community for this program, to please contact the YMCA at 270-887-5382.

The Y will also be hosting the Pryme Tyme program Tuesday through Friday weekly at two locations.

On Tuesday through Thursday the program will be from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School located at 14405 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Way, while on Friday it will be held from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Means Ave Baptist Church located at 143 Means Ave.

The Pryme Tyme program is in partnership with Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary school and provides year-round opportunities for at-risk children, according to the YMCA website.

The Pryme Tyme Afterschool program provides tutoring, mentoring and homework assistance to participants.

“With a focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement, Y afterschool programs serve kindergartners through sixth-grade schoolers with a variety of programmatic and activity options to explore and develop their interests and talents,” the website said regarding the Pryme Tyme program.

The Y will officially host its Summer Camp again this year beginning June 1. This year’s summer camp has a theme of “Farm to Table” with a more focused theme concerning Farm to Table each week, according to the press release.

“Visitors from Christian Way Farms will explain how and where our meals come from. The campers will begin a garden the first week of camp and get to see the garden incorporated into the meals that they are eating,” the release said.

“Campers will enjoy YMCA pool time all to themselves. We are getting full fast, so please be sure to come by and register or go online. We look forward to seeing you at CAMP!”

Summer Camp will run through each week beginning June 1 and ending on Aug. 6.

Meals will be provided and dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Y.

To register for Summer Camp, visit hopkinsvilleymca.org.

The Y is once again hosting the Parents Night Out every Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The program allows parents to drop off their kids at the Y and provide them activities as well as dinner while parents enjoy a night out by themselves.

Each month of the program is based around a theme, the Y added.

The Y is excited to announce that it will be hosting the Third Annual Derby Day Gallop, in which community leaders saddle up for a stick-pony race and gives the public an opportunity to place bets on the race.

The race is a fundraiser to benefit the annual campaign, which funds various programs and scholarships provided by the YMCA. Each jockey is asked to raise $500, according to the Y and New Era archives.

This year’s race will take place April 24 with the pre-race beginning at 1 p.m. and the race takes place at 2 p.m.

To donate to the event, visit https://www.hopkinsvilleymca.org/main/donate-now/ and then Derby Gallop and select your favorite jockey under “Campaigner.”

This year’s Jockeys are Tyler Jones with Edward Jones (and Joe Wilson, Y Senior Program Director); Martha Argotte with United Southern Bank; Darold Lando with Oak Grove Racing, Gaming and Hotel; Nancy Askew with Higgins Insurance: Marvin “B.J.” Barnes, YMCA Chief Volunteer Officer; Josue Parris with Crowne Services; Becky Willliams with WKDZ Radio; Adam Murphy with Harbor Insurance; Amy Rogers with Christian County Chamber of Commerce; and Ashlee Campbell with South Christian Elementary School.

The event will be held on the track at Oak Grove Racing, Gaming and Hotel.

The Y is also once again offering pickleball on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-noon. The Y added a Thursday evening session that will also be open to non-members for $3 to play, the release said. Non-members can purchase a punch card for $30, which is good for 10 visits.

Tee ball and baseball is making a return as the registration period has already started for the 2021 Tee Ball and Baseball season. Games will begin around June 7 and end around July 17.

People can now sign up for swim lessons as registration for members started March 1. However, registration for both members and non-members began on April 1.

For more information on events and programs happening at the local YMCA, visit hopkinsvilleymca.org or follow the Hopkinsville Christian County Family YMCA Facebook page.

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