The Rancho Family YMCA – which serves the 4S Ranch neighborhood and surrounding areas – has an “Active Adult” event planned in January, certain to be of significant interest to local residents:  A chance to catch a performance of “Steel Magnolias” at the Welk Theatre.

Starring former Olympian and renowned Broadway actress Cathy Rigby, “Steel Magnolias” is based on the highly acclaimed motion picture by the same name.  The YMCA excursion is scheduled for Jan. 20 for the 1 p.m. curtain call.

A $65 fee for members ($75 fee for participants) includes transportation, theater admission, and a brunch buffet at Canyon Grill.  Registration deadline for the event is Jan. 15.  More information on the event and other similar activities is available at the YMCA’s website, – or by calling (858) 484-8788.

In addition, the Rancho Family YMCA offers a variety of “Active Adult” fitness programs at the main facility at 9410 Fairgrove Lane.  Among the activities:

Sit and Get Fit:  Held in the YMCA Multi-Purpose Room, this 55-minute fitness class provides a variety of exercise designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and active daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing, and a ball are offered for resistance, as well as a chair for seated or standing support during exercise.  Schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

Arthritis Foundation YMCA Aquatic Program (AFYAP): Held in the YMCA Main Pool, this 55-minute warm water exercise program is designed for anyone living with arthritis (the aquatic facility is easily accessible through a convenient pool ramp).  Schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:45 a.m.-10:40 a.m.

Cardio Flex & Balance: Held in the YMCA Multi-Purpose Room, this 90-minute class includes moving to the music through a variety of cardio, strength and flexibility exercises. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing and a ball are offered for resistance and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support. This class is broken down into two segments — 45 minutes of cardio and strength followed by 45 minutes of chair yoga.  Schedule is Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Call (858) 484-8788 for membership and fee information or visit  The Rancho Family YMCA features more than 200 programs for youth and adults, and is affiliated with the YMCA of San Diego County.