Bucks Tennis Association ready to serve to you!

The non-profit Bucks County Tennis Association’s (BCTA) popular low-cost county wide outdoor community tennis programs swing into action this spring with the first of multiple outdoor seasons at public parks throughout Bucks County – affordable fun and fitness for family and friends of all ages and abilities. This year’s programs include BCTA’s signature five-week Learn, Practice & Play for ages four through 94-plus, Jr. Team Tennis for ages seven through 17, high school and middle school training programs, summer youth camps, and adult leagues. Registration deadline for Season 1 is April 8th. For program details and to register, log onto www.buckscountytennis.usta.com.

Programs run in Bensalem Township, Doylestown Borough, Doylestown (Camp Curiosity), Durham Township (Palisades Community School), Falls Township, Frosty Hollow (Levittown), Hilltown Township, Langhorne (Core Creek Park), Middletown Township, New Hope-Solebury High School (Community School of New Hope-Solebury), Newtown Township, Plumstead Township, Quakertown Borough, Warminster Township, and Warrington Township.

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Central Bucks Family YMCA

Central Bucks Family YMCA is one of the largest non-profit organizations in Bucks County with a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Membership at CB Family YMCA provides full access to the Y facility. Membership includes a wide variety of programs including free group exercises classes and member rates for fee-based programs including swim classes and camp. The national AWAY Program allows access to over 2000 YMCAs across the country when traveling.

In 2014, CB Family YMCA added membership categories to suit the unique household situations of individuals and families in the community. Y membership now includes a new “one adult & dependents” category for a single adult and their dependents who are living in the same household.

As part of their outreach pathways, The Y offers free memberships to current seventh grade students. The Y’s THRIVE cancer wellness program provides 12-weeks of membership and specialized programs to local cancer survivors and financial assistance to individuals and families who cannot afford membership and programs. An Ability (special needs) membership is also available for individuals who need a caregiver by their side while accessing the Y.

The Y, located in Doylestown, features an aquatics center with six-lane, 25-meter competition pool and 25 yard Instructional Pool with 13’ water slide and hot tub. The Y has a large gymnasium, fitness center with weight and spin rooms, three aerobic studios, sauna, Child Watch services, teen center, Skate Park, and five locker rooms.  The Y also operates a year-round preschool for children age 2-5 offering flexible schedules and Kinder Enrichment with transportation to and from all Central Bucks elementary schools.

Find out more about Central Bucks Family YMCA on their website at www.cbfymca.org or contact their Welcome Center at 215.348.8131.

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Middletown Parks and Recreation

Middletown Township’s Parks and Recreation Department has many exciting new programs, which will keep children, teens and adults active through the winter months. They also offer several financial seminars for the community.

Children can dig fossils at Dinosaur Dig on Sunday, February 9th at 2:00pm. Teens can participate in Drivers Ed, Babysitting, and Teen Zumba. Teen Zumba is just for teens, ages 13-18.

Adults can start the New Year off healthy with exercise programs: Beginning, Intermediate & Hot Yoga, Strength Training for Women, Toning & Sculpting, Zumba Interval Training, and Pilates. Boating for Beginners, Computer Photography and Crocheting are great winter classes to participate in as well.

Join the Strong Senior Fitness program designed for people age 65+.

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Middletown Parks and Recreation

Middletown Township’s Parks and Recreation Department has many exciting new programs, which will keep children, teens and adults active through the winter months. They also offer several financial seminars for the community.

Children can dig fossils at Dinosaur Dig on Sunday, February 9th at 2:00pm. Teens can participate in Drivers Ed, Babysitting, and Teen Zumba. Teen Zumba is just for teens, ages 13-18.

Adults can start the New Year off healthy with exercise programs: Beginning, Intermediate & Hot Yoga, Strength Training for Women, Toning & Sculpting, Zumba Interval Training, and Pilates. Boating for Beginners, Computer Photography and Crocheting are great winter classes to participate in as well.

Join the Strong Senior Fitness program designed for people age 65+.

Anyone can increase their financial IQ in 2014 by registering for any of these three seminars. Each seminar is $5 per person at 6:30 PM:

  • Foundations of Investing, Thursday, February 6th;
  • Retirement by Design, Thursday, February 27th;
  • Your Credit Score, Thursday, March 6th. 

The Township’s blowout spring weekend includes the Sports Block Party on Friday night, April 25th, at Community Park, and Earth Day on Saturday morning, April 26th at Core Creek Park.  

Do not forget to mark your calendar for the Township’s Summer Rec Program, scheduled to start June 23rd.

Call Parks and Recreation at 215-750-3890 to be involved as a sponsor or get more information on these and many other offerings this winter or download the 2014 Winter Guide at http://www.middletowntwpbucks.org/.

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Central Bucks Family YMCA

Central Bucks Family YMCA is one of the largest non-profit organizations in Bucks County with a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Membership at CB Family YMCA provides full access to the Y facility. Membership includes a wide variety of programs including free group exercises classes and member rates for fee-based programs including swim classes and camp. The national AWAY Program allows access to over 2000 YMCAs across the country when traveling.

In 2014, CB Family YMCA added membership categories to suit the unique household situations of individuals and families in the community. Y membership now includes a new “one adult & dependents” category for a single adult and their dependents who are living in the same household.

As part of their outreach pathways, The Y offers free memberships to current seventh grade students. The Y’s THRIVE cancer wellness program provides 12-weeks of membership and specialized programs to local cancer survivors and financial assistance to individuals and families who cannot afford membership and programs. An Ability (special needs) membership is also available for individuals who need a caregiver by their side while accessing the Y.

The Y, located in Doylestown, features an aquatics center with six-lane, 25-meter competition pool and 25 yard Instructional Pool with 13’ water slide and hot tub. The Y has a large gymnasium, fitness center with weight and spin rooms, three aerobic studios, sauna, Child Watch services, teen center, Skate Park, and five locker rooms.  The Y also operates a year-round preschool for children age 2-5 offering flexible schedules and Kinder Enrichment with transportation to and from all Central Bucks elementary schools.

Find out more about Central Bucks Family YMCA on their website at www.cbfymca.org or contact their Welcome Center at 215.348.8131.

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CrossFit Mix hosts open house

CrossFit Mix will hold an open house on Saturday, January 4th, featuring facility tours, sample services, program information and much more. The open house is from noon to 3:00pm at CrossFit Mix, located inside of Optimal Health Center, 301 Oxford Valley Road, Suite 1405, Yardley. It is free and open to the public.

“The event offers a perfect opportunity to learn what makes CrossFit Mix different, see the facility and meet the awesome staff,” Optimal Health Centers’ Dr. Kathleen K Petrucci said. “CrossFit Mix provides a solid “Mix” of fitness for its clients. There will be a special presentation – “Nutrition for 2014: The 30 Day Reset” - by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, nutritionist and author of five recent health and lifestyle books.

CrossFit Mix also offers fitness classes in Pilates, Kickboxing Bootcamp, Yoga, Barre and more to facilitate your journey to good health.

For more information email info@crossfitmix.com or call 215-268-3848.

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Northampton Parks & Rec looks ahead to fall

Fall planning will be just around the corner and new classes and programs are coming your way from Northampton Parks & Recreation.  Take time to look over the fall brochure online at northamptonrec.com.  Try a healthy way to cook with Vine Dining, perk up your home with a Floral Arranging class, maybe try a new sport.

Give yourself the gift of a fitness class. Don’t get closed out as many classes are popular. Sign up at least one week prior to the class to ensure your spot.

Special events start in September for all kids and their families. Kid’s FitPic is planned for Sunday, September 22nd at the Municipal Park amphitheater from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Fee is $8 per child. Miss Yvonne will bring her energy with lots of activities, crafts, exercise and fun. Bring a picnic dinner and P&R will supply the dessert and bedtime story.  

View the P & R brochure online or call for details at 215-357-6800 ext. 249. Follow them on Facebook and become a fan.

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B&R Family Fitness Club: The fitness mall that has it all!

 

by June Portnoy

With today’s fitness craze, people are spending hundreds of dollars a month to join various boutique studios that each specialize in specific fitness areas. Add that expense to the cost of gas to drive from studio to studio, and you’re talking about a lot of money to work out!

That’s why B&R Family Fitness Club is literally the fitness mall that has it all! Monthly memberships from $15 to $34.99 a month, depending on age, give you complete access to a large selection of individual studios, all in one location.

“When we recently renovated B&R, my vision was to create area-specific fitness studios,” says Jody Bender, B&R owner and fitness industry veteran of 32 years.

Each individual studio is custom designed for the specific exercise practiced within those walls. For example, yoga does not feel like yoga in a gym environment; instead it’s in a real yoga studio taught by experienced, certified instructors.

Its spin room, the largest one in the area, has 41 bikes, and all spin classes are led by instructors with Johnny G’s certification.

“The magic of this club is that most of us are industry veterans who have been working here for 15 plus years,” says Jody Bender. “So many of us started working here when we were in our 20’s and now we’re in our late 40’s,” adds Linda Donahoe, Group Fitness and Customer Service Director.

“Many of our members have been with us just as long.”

As a result, there’s an unusual camaraderie and warm, family feel about this fitness club. It’s a lot more than just a gym. Also, there’s nothing more beneficial than going to a fitness club with an experienced, knowledgeable staff.

“We have survived the test of time because of our customer service, expertise and cleanliness,” says Jody. “We are celebrating our 35th anniversary, and I believe we’ve sustained a privately owned and managed health club because we try to meet our member’s fitness expectations and goals.”

B&R has incorporated its individual personal training with its group fitness classes to create a unique Burned and R.I.P.P.E.D (resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet) class for all levels. Personal Training instructors teach this group fitness class to provide a full body workout.

Another highlight at B&R is its award-winning aquatics facility consisting of a 25-meter Olympic size lap pool and a therapy pool. Its cardio room features some of the newest machines, and its free weight studio have CPR certified trainers to ensure a challenging, safe workout.

In addition, B&R offers four racquetball courts, MMA (mixed martial arts), boxing, indoor basketball with an all-sports floor, a suspended indoor track, plus an outdoor field for softball, soccer, basketball and a lit outdoor beach volleyball court!

As an added bonus, NovaCare, a leading provider of rehabilitation, is located on site.

B&R has the largest Silver Sneakers program in the area. Call your health care provider to see if it offers Silver Sneakers, designed specifically for seniors 60 and older and free!

For younger members, B&R offers a secured nursery; Kids Central ~ a separate secured room for tweens; a Kid’s Fitness Center for ages eight through 14 with a full line of Jr. Strive equipment designed for small bodies; and kids birthday parties.

B&R is currently accepting registration for its Kids Kamp this summer for ages four through 14. This one-of-a-kind camp offers indoor and outdoor activities, air conditioning, heated pools, free American Red Cross swim lessons, Zumba Kids, Yoga Kids, the Kids Fit Center, arts and crafts, personalized attention, and much more! Lunch and extended hours are also available. Registration starts March 1st.

B&R invites you to its Yoga Open House on Sunday, February 24th from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Call for free registration, as space is limited. You’ll also meet six of B&R’s yoga instructors, including Lt. John Wylie, a police lieutenant who teaches power yoga. Many police officers and firefighters take Lt. Wylite’s power yoga class because it’s a phenomenal stress reducer. Power yoga can be modified for all levels, as can all of B&R’s yoga classes.

For more information about the Yoga Open House, Kids Kamp registration or membership, call B&R Family Fitness Club, located at 1040 Mill Creek Drive, Feasterville, at 215-355-2700.

Also, visit www.bandrfamilyfitness.com.

PHOTO CAP: From left, Linda Donohoe, Group Fitness and Customer Service Director; Lt. John L. Wylie, Power Yoga Instructor; and Jody Lang Bender, B&R owner and fitness industry veteran.

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