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Farmer's Market Coming to the Y!

by Kristi Potts on 05/14/18

The Montgomery County YMCA Has Something New and Exciting Happening This Summer!
Introducing the Red Oak Farmers Market at the Y!

The Red Oak Farmers Market vendors are thrilled to offer our community members two more ways to enjoy farm-fresh, healthy vegetables, fruits, herbs and baked goods this summer. The generous cooperation and support of the Montgomery County YMCA made this possible!

There are two ways for you to participate. (Both programs run from June 12 through August 21.)

1.                 1. Subscribe to a Farm Fresh Share.

2.      Shop the Red Oak Farmers Market at the Y. 

Farm Fresh Share Program

The Farm Fresh Share (FFS) program offers a weekly container of seasonal produce, pre-packed and ready to pick up for just $10.00 per week. Each week your FFS container will be filled with different items - whatever is freshest, in-season and plentiful in the garden that week. Our vendor gardeners take pride in providing a fun assortment and often enclose recipe ideas plus tips on how to store and prepare the items in that week's FFS. This option is perfect for the busy family, busy young professional, anyone frustrated with buying mass-grown, tasteless produce and people curious to learn more about eating fresh and healthy.


The FFS program offers you eleven weeks of farm fresh produce for just $10 per week - a total of $110 for the season. Shareholders can pay upfront or monthly. For example;

         A typical June $10 FFS container might include: crisp garden lettuce ($2.00), a bunch of radishes ($1.00), fresh spinach ($1.00), garden asparagus ($4.00), cucumbers ($1.00) and cilantro or basil ($1.00).

         A typical July $10 FFS container might include: green beans ($2.00), kohlrabi ($1.00), zucchini or yellow summer squash ($2.00), tomatoes ($3.00) and new potatoes ($2.00).


As an FFS shareholder, you simply stop by the Y on Tuesday afternoons, 3-5 pm, pick up your pre­-packed container and go! It's simple, fresh and fun! Information sheets and a sign-up contract are attached to this newsletter. Please consider experiencing a weekly container of farm-fresh goodness for your family by buying a Farm Fresh Share today!

Farm Fresh Share Contract Deadline: Friday, May 25, 5 pm. Be sure to mail your signed contract and payment in advance of the deadline. If you are mailing them close to the deadline, please contact your vendor to reserve your share. Remember, Farm Fresh Shares are available on a first come, first serve basis. Be sure to register early; don't miss out!

Red Oak Farmers Market at the Y
Every Tuesday, June 12 through August 21, 3-5 pm, the Red Oak Farmers Market will be open for business just outside the Y entrance. Everyone is welcome to shop the Market and experience farm fresh produce and fresh-baked goods. Rain or shine, the Red Oak Farmers Market vendors will be there ready to provide fresh vegetables, fruits, honey, homemade baked goods and other items for your family. Please make time in your busy schedules to shop the NEW Red Oak Farmers Market at the Y!

If you have questions about either of the above programs, please contact Maggie McQuown, Co-Manager of the Red Oak Farmers Market at or 712-623-8919.

Casa de Oro Named Business of the Month!

by Kristi Potts on 05/11/18

Montgomery County Family YMCA Press Release (Red Oak, Iowa)


In recognition of Casa de Oro’s leadership, the Montgomery County Family YMCA would like to honor them as our Business of the Month for the month of June, 2018.

In recognition for being chosen as the Business of the Month, Casa de Oro’s employees and their immediate families will receive a free one month membership to the YMCA. This benefit applies to only the employees that are not current members.

Join us in congratulating Casa de Oro on behalf of the entire YMCA for being our Business of the Month!

For more information on how one can become a member, volunteer, donor, or simply involved with the Montgomery County Family YMCA, please stop in for a visit or tour of the YMCA, call 712-623-2161, or visit us on Facebook, or the Y’s website at

Weekly Schedule for 5-14-18

by Kristi Potts on 05/11/18

Tentative schedule for 5/14/18 through 5/20/18 - 

This week we have our FREE Demonstration of our *new* group fitness class Strength Train Together! Stop by the Y, whether you are a member or not, @ 5:30PM on Wednesday to check out this great new class that will get you moving and help increase your strength! 

This week we are also saying goodbye to one of our favorite long-term Water Aerobics instructors, Maggie Dawson, as she moves away to be with family. Come join us at 10am Monday morning to wish her a fond-farewell.

Pool Resurfacing this Summer

by Kristi Potts on 05/07/18

May 7, 2018
Dear YMCA member,
The Montgomery County Family YMCA will be undertaking its second major pool project of the year this summer. The YMCA will be replacing the interior surface of the YMCA pool during the time frame of July 16th through August 20th.
The normal life expectancy of a plaster surface pool is 12 – 15 years. Our pool has exceeded that average as it has been in operation for over 17½ years.
The YMCA has received grant money from the Montgomery County Community Foundation, a YMCA Facility Improvement Grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and a gift from the Ruth Nelson estate to complete this project. A stipulation of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grant is that the project be completed by the end of the 2018 fiscal year.
We looked at different time frames to complete the project; however, our contractor’s schedule only has this time frame available to complete the project. Also, the cost for the project has gone up $10,000 since the last bid a year ago.
We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause our members and guests. However, members of the YMCA can take advantage of the Nationwide Membership benefit and visit the Mills County Family YMCA in Glenwood, the Southern Prairie YMCA in Creston or the Nishna Valley Family YMCA in Atlantic to name a few of the nearby YMCAs. However, the Nishna Valley Family YMCA is also undergoing a pool renovation project of its own during this time and is scheduled not to be open until August 6th.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding the pool closure at either my email or phone number listed below.
John Blomstedt Executive Director MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAMILY YMCA 101 E. Cherry St., Red Oak, IA 51566 (P) 712-623-2161 ext. 141 (F) 712-623-4920 (E) (W)
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POSTPONED: Tiger Baseball Camp and Scotts MLB Pitch Hit and Run

by Kristi Potts on 04/04/18

ATTENTION: The Tiger Baseball Camp (for 3-7th grade) and the Scotts MLB Pitch Hit and Run competition scheduled for this Saturday, April 7th has been CANCELED due to impending weather conditions.

The Camp has been rescheduled for Friday, April 20th from 4:45pm – 10:00pm at the Red Oak Sports Complex. The Scotts MLB Pitch Hit and Run competition has also been rescheduled to Friday, April 20th starting at 6:00pm at the Red Oak Sports Complex.

Registration deadlines will remain open until April 18th for the Camp. The Pitch Hit and Run registration is online at or by completing the form available at the YMCA.