Gaston County Family YMCA

Stowe Family YMCA

The Stowe Family YMCA is a non-profit organization committed to helping you live a balanced, healthy life in spirit, mind and body. We make a positive impact in the Gaston County community through encouraging wellness and family.

Address & Phone:

196 YMCA Drive
Belmont, NC 28012
Phone (704) 822-9622
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Monday – Friday: 5:30am – 9:30pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 1:30pm – 5:30pm

CLOSED July 4th 



Childwatch Hours:

Mon – Sat: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Friday: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
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Youth Flag Football

Youth Flag Football

Ages: 5-14 (In 4 age divisions, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11,  and Middle School 12-14)

Youth Flag Football is a great sports opportunity to play football in a contact free league.  Players will learn football fundamentals and game concepts in a fun, safe environtment where they can learn how to work together and succeed together.  Register today for this co-ed, recreational league.

Registration: Now – October 4th. This program does have a registration limit.  There is a $10 non-refundable late fee for all players registered after October 4th, if space is available.
Download the registration form.

Register Online Here!

Practice and Games: Practice begins the week of October 19th.  Teams will have 4 practices before games start, with practices on Mondays or Tuesdays and Saturdays for 2 weeks.  Games will follow with each team playing games twice a week, on Monday or Tuesday and Saturday for the rest of the season starting the week of November 2nd.  The final game of this 8-game season is scheduled for Saturday, December 5th.

Where: All games and practices will take place at the Pharr Family YMCA 208 Main Street McAdenville with the exception of the games on November 7th and 21st, which will be held at the Central YMCA.

Coaches: We need volunteer coaches in every age group.  Please consider coaching this season by indicating so on your registration form and by contacting Ben Oeser at the Pharr Family YMCA.  All coaches must submit a volunteer application which can be picked up at any YMCA branch, or by clicking here.  The coaches meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 13th, at 7:00 pm at the Stowe Family YMCA.

Mouth Guards: All player are required to wear mouth guards.

Member – $52
Participant – $77
Includes a uniform top, end of season award, and an 8-game season.

Contact: Ben Oeser –,  704.824.1131.

YMCA Auction and Dinner

YMCA Auction and Dinner


6:30—9:00 pm

Gastonia Conference Center

Gastonia, NC


Join us for dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment and dancing while supporting the Gaston County Family YMCA Annual Giving Campaign.


Tickets—$55/each or $100/couple

Buy them online or at your local YMCA front desk today!

Contact Tammy Dickerson at 704.865.8551 or email today to reserve your seat.


Inquire at the front desk. 

Afterschool Program Gymnastics and Dance Classes

Afterschool Gymnastics and Dance Classes (Fall 2015 Semester)

The Afterschool Gymnastics and Dance classes are for boys and girls that are currently enrolled in the YMCA Afterschool Program.  Your child will be picked up by the YMCA bus from their Afterschool site and brought to the Pharr YMCA for a gymnastics or dance class which will begin at 5:00 pm.  Parents should pick up their children at the Pharr YMCA when their class is over at 5:45 pm.  Registration is on-going, however, you must register no later than Wednesday of the week before your child begins the program.  You can register for 1 month, or for the entire fall semester.  Fall semester classes begin September 14th and 15th, and end December 14th and 15th.  Stowe YMCA Afterschool site participants will attend these classes on Mondays, while Central and South Gaston YMCA Afterschool site participants will attend these classes on Tuesdays throughout the semester.  Check the list of Afterschool sites by branch below the class descriptions to see which day your child will attend.

Afterschool Gymnastics

In this gymnastics class, your child will learn age-appropriate skills in tumbling, floor exercises, bars and beams. Rolls, handstands, cartwheels and other fundamental floor exercises are also taught in this fun and noncompetitive atmosphere.

Afterschool Dance

This dance class is for boys and girls that offers age-specific ballet and creative movement skills.  Students will learn French ballet vocabulary and movements.  They will also choreograph and create dances based on books and educational concepts like “outer space.”  At the end of the semester, students will share their dancing skills and choreography at a recital that will be held during regular class time.

Stowe YMCA Afterschool Sites (Participants at these sites attend classes on Mondays)

Central and South Gaston YMCA Afterschool Sites (Participants at these sites attend classes on Tuesdays)

Class fees: $30 for all YMCA Afterschool participants.

All classes are held at the Pharr YMCA.

Click here for a printable registration form for Stowe YMCA Afterschool sites.

Click here for a printable registration form for Central and South Gaston YMCA Afterschool sites.

Register online by clicking here for DANCE or GYMNASTICS.

Contact Ben Oeser at or (704) 824-1131.

Togetherhood Volunteer Project

Togetherhood invites Y members to activate their social responsibility by participating in the Y’s cause to strengthen community. Togetherhood provides Y members with fun, convenient and rewarding ways to give back and support their neighbors.


Habitat Build Project

Join your Y friends and Neighbors as they support the community through Habitat for Humanity.  During this build our team will focus on the installation of doors and windows! 10 volunteers are needed!

When: September 12, 2015

Where: Meet at 7:30 am

Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm

Visit your local YMCA to reserve your space at the front desk.

Printable Information Available – Togetherhood Habitat Information

For more information contact Sharon Stephens at 704.810.8594 or email today!

Active Older Adult Trips

Be Together with Friends!

Active Older Adults Fall Trips


We have exactly what you are looking for in terms of fitness, family, and community. Take a look at the fall schedule of both day and overnight trips. Each trip has limited registration.

Details will be shared as each trip approaches.

Apple Picking

Thursday, September 24th
 Apple Picking  Printable Information Available – Apple Picking Flier
Monday, October 19— Wednesday, October 21st

Fall Mountain Trip

Blue Ridge Assembly

Black Mountain, NC

Printable Information Available – Fall Mountain Trip Filer
Thursday, November 12th

Southern Women’s Christmas Show


Monday, December 7th

Christmas Spirit

Blue Ridge Assembly

Black Mountain, NC

 Printable Information Available – Christmas Lights Tour


Contact Sharon Stephens at or 704.865.8551


Annual Indoor Triathlon

Annual Indoor Triathlon


This physical challenge will get your blood pumping as you participate in three timed events.

Ages: 9 years to Adult

Date: September 26, 2015

Members: $15      Program Participants: $25

Event time—

1:00—3:00 pm, every 15 minutes.  Participants will be contacted  the day before for start time.  Heats begin every 15 minutes.  If you would like to compete with friends, or at a certain time, note this on your registration form and we will try to accommodate.


Race Details—

10 minutes in the pool

20 minutes indoor cycle on the Stationary Spin Bike

15 minutes on treadmill run

Composite place finishing equals total score.  (example—1st in swim, 5th in bike, 7th in run is a total of 13 points)  Lowest point total wins! Awards will be announced after final finisher.


Printable Information Available – Indoor Tri Flier

Parents Night Out

Ages: 3 – 12 year old

Once a month the YMCA is THE PLACE for kids! Kids can enjoy an evening at the YMCA while keeping busy with actives such as swimming, baking, playing games, eating dinner, and being silly while their parents are out and about!

All children must be potty trained.


Stowe Parents Night Out Dates and Times: Fridays from 5:30 – 10:00 pm

September 11               November 6

October 9                     December 11

Printable Information Available – Stowe Parents Night Out Flier

Contact Mandy Lail with questions at or 704.822.9622


South Parents Night Out Dates and Times: TBA

Contact Yolanda Franklin with questions at or 704.865.2193


Stowe YMCA Family Nights


Join the Stowe Family YMCA this fall of one of their fun Family Nights! These events feature activities for the entire family to participate together!

Printable Information Available – Fall Family Nights Flier

More information will be available closer to each event.

School Year Gymnastics and Dance Classes

Gymnastics Classes 

KinderGym for ages 3 & 4.
JuniorGym for ages 5, 6, & 7
SeniorGym for ages 8-11.

Dance Classes


KinderDance for ages 3 & 4
JuniorDance 1 for ages 4, 5, & 6
JuniorDance 2 for ages 7 and up
SeniorDance for ages 8 and up

The Pharr Family YMCA is excited to offer dance and gymnastics classes for ages 3– Teens. Our dance and gymnastics classes are designed to enhance fine and gross motor skills and cultivate imagination, creativity and social development in a caring environment. Students will grow and develop as they learn the fundamental vocabulary and skills associated with gymnastics and dance. Classes start September 1, 2015 and run through May, 2015. Registration is continuous.

All class are held at the Pharr YMCA.

Days & Times:
 KINDER GYM (Ages 3-4) Mon 3:00pm, Tue 2:45pm, Tue 3:30pm, Tue 5:45pm, Wed 2:15pm, Wed 3:00pm
 KINDER DANCE (Ages 3-5 Ballet &Tap)  Mon 3:30pm   Wed 5:00pm
 JUNIOR GYM (Ages 5-7)  Mon 3:45pm   Tue 3:30pm   Tue 5:45pm   Wed 3:45pm
 JUNIOR DANCE 1 (Ages 4-6 Ballet & Tap)  Mon 4:15pm
 JUNIOR DANCE 2 (Ages 7+ Ballet & Tap)  Mon 5:00pm
 SENIOR GYM (Ages 8+)  Mon 4:30pm   Tue 4:15pm   Wed 4:30pm
 SENIOR DANCE (Ages 8+ Ballet & Tap)  Wed 3:45pm
 ADVANCED GYM  Tue 4:15pm   Wed 5:15pm

Class fees: Non-refundable registration fee $20.00 per student

Members – $40.00/month
Program Participants – $50.00/month

Printable Information Available – Gymnastics and Dance Registration

Register online by clicking here for dance or gymnastics.

Contact Ben Oeser at or (704) 824-1131.

Adult Swim Lessons

Adult Swim Lessons


Join us for this session of Adult Swim Lessons. This session will instill confidence in and around the water. We have highly trained instructors that will work with you at your own pace. Enjoy learning how to swim in a no pressure atmosphere.

Printable Information Available – Adult Swim Lesson Flier


Swim Lesson Session Dates: 

9/2—9/28 from 9:00-9:45 AM



Swim Lessons Session Dates:

9/1—9/24 from 10:15-11:00 AM



Y Members: $40

Program Participants: $80


Contact Jeff Pesesky with questions at or call 704.822.9622.




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