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YMCA of Suncoast promoting exercise

(ran East Lake & Oldsmar Extra edition)

If your New Year's resolution includes more exercise, the YMCA of the Suncoast has two branches available for North Pinellas residents.

The YMCA of the Suncoast is a charitable, nonprofit organization with branches in Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties. Membership rates vary according to age and family structure. Scholarship assistance is available for those who need it. One of the group's mantras is "The YMCA doesn't turn anyone away due to inability to pay."

The initial fee to join the North Pinellas Branch, 4550 Village Center Dr., varies from $50 for youth and young adults to $100 for families. Monthly membership rates vary from $30 for youth and young adults to $62 for families. Call (727) 772-9622.

Residents of the Palm Harbor Fire District get $25 off the initial fee to join the YMCA of the Suncoast Greater Palm Harbor Branch, 1600 16th Street. Call (727) 451-7220. Monthly membership rates range from $30 for a youth or young adult to $62 for a family. Call (727) 451-7220.

In East Lake, the YMCA of North Pinellas will offer the following programs:

Rookie tennis for boys and girls 3 to 5 on Tuesdays from Tuesday through Feb. 1. Beginners meet from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Others with some experience and instructors' permission meet from 5 to 5:45 p.m. The cost is $45 for facility members, $65 for program members.

Five weeks of tennis classes for older children, teens and adults start in the first and second weeks of January. Times vary by age group. The cost for children 5 to 6 is $23 for five 30-minute lessons for facility members, $35 for program members. For other age groups, five one-hour lessons cost $45 for facility members, $65 for program members.

Call (727) 772-9622.

If you have news or photos about East Lake schools, churches, businesses, neighborhood groups, community organizations or people, call Theresa Blackwell at (727) 771-4305, fax it to her at (727) 771-4301, e-mail blackwellsptimes.com or mail material to her at the North Pinellas Times, 34342 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684.

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