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Before you read the body of my monthly newsletter, I wanted to share something that has been on my heart for the last couple of weeks. I am constantly reminded of how fortunate we are to live in a community and country that is safe and allows us to reach our full potential.

Sadly, that is not the case worldwide, especially for our family and loved ones in Artsakh during the latest military aggression in the region from Azerbaijan. Our hearts are collectively broken as we see photos and news from the region where families must survive through the daily reality of war. In times like these, I am emboldened by our Y mission and work to help enrich and serve the lives of others – whether here in the foothills or abroad. I ask to keep those of the Armenian Diaspora living here in the foothills and the brave souls living through this senseless violence in Artsakh and Armenia at the top of our minds and deep in our hearts.

Fall is officially here, and I know our family squeezed every drop out of summer as we could. For Labor Day Weekend, we camped in one of our favorite spots on the Central Coast – Jalama Beach Campground in Santa Barbara County, which helped to “fill up” our wellness cup. I hope you got a chance to enjoy an activity, trip, or experience that highlighted National Selfcare Awareness Month.


Join us this year for our annual Halloween at the Y event! This is a super-fun, family-friendly event that is entirely free and open to the whole community! You and your family can enjoy trunk-or-treating, face painting, a costume parade, pumpkin decorating, food trucks, candy, and much more! To register for this event, or sign up to host a trunk, click below.


On Saturday, October 14th, the YMCA of the Foothills will be holding our 32nd Annual Community Prayer Breakfast in the Upper Parking Lot at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA. This year’s Keynote Speaker is Father Tony Marti of St Francis High School. This is a limited-space event, so to secure your spot as a $600 table sponsor, or learn more about the event, please click below.

I wish you all good health and happiness as we welcome you to the fall season. Onward and Upward!

Vince Iuculano

Chief Executive Officer

YMCA of the Foothills


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