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May 15, 2013

Learn to swim at Lawrence YMCA this summer

LAWRENCE — Beginning this month, the Lawrence YMCA is partnering with the Henry K. Oliver School to provide free swim lessons to build swimming skills and water safety awareness for hundreds of students, many of whom do not yet know how to swim.

The Merrimack Valley YMCA is one of several YMCAs around the country to receive a Swim Lesson Access Project grant from the YMCA of the USA as part of an effort to provide free swim lessons to children from low-income communities that have a large Hispanic/Latino and African American population. The Merrimack Valley YMCA is kicking off this effort through a partnership with the Oliver School and hopes to provide this program to many more Lawrence Public School students this year. The YMCA’s goal is to provide swim lessons to over 400 children, ages 6 months to 15 years old, throughout the City of Lawrence this year.

The Lawrence YMCA has provided swimming lessons and programs to the community for years. In addition to swim lessons and swim team practices, the Lawrence YMCA Family Aquatic Center also hosts family recreational times, triathlon events, Junior Swim Club, lifeguard training courses, adult swim lessons, and water safety programs for the community. To learn more about the Lawrence YMCA’s swim programs, please contact Julian Villegas at 978-686-6191, or jvillegas@mvymca.org.

Sons of Italy road race/walk May 25

The Methuen Sons of Italy, formerly the Lawrence Sons of Italy, will hold its 24th annual 5K Road Race, Health Walk and 1K Youth Run on May 25. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The walk and youth run begin at 9:30 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m. at the Lodge, 459 Merrimack St., (Route 110) Methuen.

Runners and walkers may designate a person or persons to honor on their application form. Certificates will be presented with the honorees’ names. The race supports the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill and the Merrimack Valley Hospice. A ceremony will honor our armed forces, our veterans, and especially our Vietnam veterans.

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