Community fun day in west Tuscaloosa promotes youth development

A community fun day sponsored by a local outreach, MindChangers, and the Benjamin Barnes YMCA ...

News Brief: Campus cleanup day set for Friday

A campus-wide effort to clean campus facilities and grounds will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. Classroom buildings, central facilities and residence halls will be included in the cleanup, as well as the grounds. Volunteers should bring their own tools such as wash pails, cleaning solutions, trash bags, weed eaters [...]

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Barnes 2014 All-Stars place fifth in state tournament

TUSCALOOSA | The Benjamin Barnes YMCA 11- and 12-Year-Old All-Star team won its district tourney for Tuscaloosa, Bibb and Hale counties in June. The team sailed on to fifth place in the Dixie Youth Baseball Association’s state competition July 18-24 in Headland. Team player Cameron Burns described the moxie that got the 12 Barnes All-Stars [...]

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Zumba fans say Barnes YMCA class a ‘rainbow’ of energy

Leonda Hardy swiveled her hips and stepped in synch to the samba and other Latin beats in her first Zumba class Saturday. She was still going strong for the cool-down with the Temptations’ 1964 Motown classic, “My Girl.” “It was very awesome and high energy,” said Hardy, a longtime Tuscaloosa resident. She smiled and toweled [...]

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Vacation Bible School: A Barnes summer camp legacy

Last week, the Barnes YMCA summer campers went to vacation bible school at First Baptist Church in downtown Tuscaloosa. We played games to memorize each others’ names, made crafts and had Bible study every morning for four days. We also enjoyed snacks and table games in a youth fellowship center. Barnes YMCA summer camp has [...]

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Barnes campers learn new skills at swim lessons

Kids at the Benjamin Barnes YMCA summer camp are taking swim lessons from June 2-26. Students from the University of Alabama give the lessons four days a week at the A.L. Freeman indoor pool across the street from the YMCA. The children and youth said that learning to swim is a lot of fun. “My [...]

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Friday field trips: Skating rink, water park fun places to play

Kids of all heights and ages streamed in sync to Pharrell Williams song, “Happy,” on the big rink at Tuscaloosa’s Super Skate one recent Friday afternoon. At least 120 of those children were transported in shifts from the Benjamin Barnes YMCA summer camp for one of several end-of-the-week field trips in June. Annette Shelby Park [...]

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Barnes YMCA staff, teachers, volunteers are daily mentors

During summer camp, the Benjamin Barnes YMCA staff, teachers and volunteers helped to make sure our daily schedule for nearly 130 children ran smoothly — from morning devotions, snacks, walks across the street to swim lessons, and on bus rides to lunch and back. They led us campers on field trips to parks for fun [...]

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Top five college football staff picks favor UA

Basketball, baseball and flag football are big parts of what kids say they love about the Benjamin Barnes YMCA. From when in the early 1960s the Barnes YMCA started hosting sports leagues, kids and adults have been playing some kind of ball — dunking hoops, hitting home runs or passing a pigskin. Basketball was held [...]

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Safety key for Fourth of July fireworks, picnics

The Fourth of July is a tremendous holiday. It represents the nation’s independence from Great Britain and honors the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Now kids and families all over the nation celebrate Independence Day, usually a hot day in Alabama, wearing shorts and having get-togethers. Some people go swimming, [...]

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Campers gain insight into newspaper production

For a daily newspaper to run smoothly, it takes a lot of paper, ink and people working together. Henry Burt, commercial print manager of The Tuscaloosa News, made that message clear to Benjamin Barnes YMCA summer campers on a tour of the city’s daily newspaper June 12. “Every single job is important,” Burt said. The [...]

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