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YMCA stages annual Pinewood Derby

Posted: January 27, 2010 6:03 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2010 8:38 p.m.
More than 150 YMCA "Pinewood Derby" racers ages 5 through 9 will "start their engines" -- or, more accurately, drop their cars from the starting line of the track at Saugus High School at noon Sunday, Jan. 31.

A carefully constructed track with computerized timing devices will determine who places first, second and third in this highly anticipated yearly event.

"While the computer decides who wins the race, each of the youth participating is a winner," said Chris Clark, executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA.

"The Pinewood Derby is a clear example of what the Y-Guides are all about," Clark said. "Y-Guides are groups of parent-child pairs who have the opportunity to come together to strengthen their relationship through activities that are challenging and enjoyable, such as volunteering in the community, attending weekend campouts and other community driven events.

"This program is aimed at parents and their school aged children," Clark said. "One parent and one child spend time together on their own, sharing experiences that lead to a better understanding of each other and a closer relationship."

About the SCV Family YMCA:
For 22 years, the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA has been building strong kids, strong families and a strong community right here in our home town. Best known for its youth and family programs, the YMCA provides school-age childcare, parent-child programs, swim lessons, activities for seniors, camping and healthy lifestyles. The abundance of offerings allows the YMCA to effectively meet the needs of a growing and more diverse community.

The Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA is one of the largest nonprofit community organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley and is an important part of community life in the many neighborhoods it serves. The YMCA puts Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.


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