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YMCA grand opening postponed due to storm
The Snoqualmie Valley YMCA's grand moment will have to wait for brighter days.
With the Snoqualmie Valley without power and the YMCA and Community Center serving as an emergency shelter, a grand opened planned for the morning of Saturday, Jan. 21, has been postponed, city and YMCA staff say.
The YMCA opened on Jan. 1, and had been attracting plenty of attention and new members in the run-up to this weekend. But Thursday's ice storm put the facility on generator power. A small crew has kept the center open as an emergency shelter, one of two in Snoqualmie; the other is located at City Hall.
Residents are welcome to come to the YMCA to warm up, grab a hot shower, plug in electronics and shake off the cabin fever by playing a board game with their family, ping pong or basketball.
"We will continue to serve in this capacity until the power is restored," Valley YMCA director Dave Mayer told the Record in an e-mail. "Once the power is on we will be open to everyone in the general public to come and join the facility."
Mayer, Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson and Bob Gilbertson, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Seattle, had planned to speak at Saturday's dedication. A new date has not yet been set. The dedication of the new Snoqualmie public artwork, a moving sculpture called "Tah-Dah," on the community center lawn will also be rescheduled.
According to Snoqualmie city spokeswoman Joan Pliego, the new event date will be communicated via many channels such as the city website and Facebook page. Citizens can get direct notification by subscribing to the “City News” email list at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• You can learn more about the Snoqualmie YMCA at http://www.seattleymca.org/locations/snoqualmie/pages/home.aspx
• To follow city emergency information, visit http://www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us/