The new YMCA in Denver celebrated its grand opening Jan. 29 with a community event, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a catered lunch, a DJ, a bounce house and tours of the 23,000-square-foot facility.
Sally's Y, as it is called, is named for Sally Clark, the daughter of Jo and David Clark. In 2004, when she was 19, Sally and her cousin Grace Jordan died in a car accident. The Clarks wanted to honor the girls' memory by creating a legacy that would foster a sense of community in Denver.
"One thing we've always known about East Lincoln is that it's a community on the move," said David Clark at the ceremony. He and others who spoke, including Jo Clark and their pastor, Farrell Lemings of Grace Covenant Church in Cornelius, remembered Sally's vibrancy, her love of the outdoors and her Christian faith, all of which pointed the way toward the creation of a new YMCA.
The facility, situated on 19 acres near Optimist Club Road, has a fitness center with weight-lifting and cardio equipment, group exercise studios, a gymnasium, child-care classrooms and a community space with a chapel area named for Grace Jordan. The outdoor amenities will include a water park, walking and biking trails and sports fields.
As hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the Y's grand opening, they donned green T-shirts and gathered under a huge tent to eat together. New friendships were sparked as kids registered for spring soccer, parents checked out the group fitness class schedule and grandparents tested out the elliptical trainers.
The YMCA's aim is to strengthen community by bringing together people of all ages and fostering physical health as well as spiritual well-being. This goal coincided with the Clarks' wish to turn tragedy into triumph as they remembered their daughter. On Jan. 29, that wish came true.
Learn more at www.ymcacharlotte.org/branches/sallys/sy.aspx.
Half Dozen Brass Band
The Half Dozen Brass Band will perform at 2 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Episcopal Church of St. Peter by-the-Lake in Denver. The New Orleans-style band, based in Athens, Ga., features Denver native Joshua Cutchin.
The concert is part of the Alexander Community Concert Series, named for Richard and Clara Alexander, church members and longtime supporters of community arts. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students and senior adults. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free. 704-483-3460.
The Sherrills Ford Lions Club's annual scholarship dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Denver. The Bandys High School choir will provide entertainment. Tickets are $15. Contact Guy Ross at 828-478-9221 for more information.
Online job hunt service
The Catawba County Library is offering access to Job and Career Accelerator. The online service has tools to help job seekers create résumés and cover letters, learn popular software applications and polish interviewing techniques. Access the service by clicking on the Job and Career Accelerator button at nclive.org.