By Kathy Feist

One thing the Red Bridge YMCA would like for you to know is that they are not under new management regardless of what the banner says in front of their facility. The banner is actually that of their neighbors, Coach House Apartment.

And that’s a good thing, because lately the Red Bridge YMCA is on the go.
In early April they partnered with St. Joseph Medical Center to present a two-day Senior Expo and both facilities.

On April 29, from 10 to 12:30, the Red Bridge YMCA will hold its annual Healthy Kids Day event, featuring vendors, water safety information, and Rubber Ducks. The fire department, the Kansas City zoo, Research Hospital and the dental community will present on the topic of health.

Adults can purchase rubber ducks for the cost of $3 for one and $5 for two between now and the moment of the race. The ducks will be placed in the pool while the children splash their feet to create waves. The first few ducks to reach the other end of the pool will win prizes which includes Royals tickets.

The money raised will go toward the YMCA’s aquatic program. The Healthy Kids Day is open to the public and is a free event.

On May 5, the Red Bridge YMCA will help the PB&J Initiative attempt to break a world record by making 50,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for needy families. That amount will break the Guiness Book of World Records It will also raise awareness of poverty among our children.

The event was originally scheduled on April 2, National PB&J Day. But it was rained out.

The rescheduled date will include various fun activities at the 18th & Vine Jazz District, including making the sandwiches.

This partnership is the first of many collaborative projects that the Red Bridge YMCA’s Togetherhood Projects will participate in.

In addition, the YMCA is gearing up for its summer camps for kids and a new summer reading program.

For more information, call 816-942-2020.

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