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YMCA Welcoming Week: September 12-20

We believe our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good. Created by YMCA of the USA's national partner Welcoming America, Welcoming Week, which takes place each year in September, celebrates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace newcomer immigrants. It's a chance for neighbors - both immigrants and U.S.-born residents - to get to know one another and celebrate what unites us as a community!

While Welcoming Week will look different this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this opportunity to bring neighbors together in a spirit of unity remains critically important as we seek to build bridges and heal communities suffering from the effects of systemic racism and discrimination. 

Check below for all of this year's virtual & in-person ways to celebrate Welcoming Week!

Not a YMCA member? Stop into any of our locations and pick up a 3 day pass, valid during Welcoming Week.

Please note: Reservations are required to attend group fitness classes or use the pool at this time. Click here to learn more about reserving your spot in group fitness classes. Click here to learn how to reserve your spot in the pool.

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Join Alethea for a dance party Saturday, September 19 at 11:00 am at the Maple Street YMCA or Virtual via Zoom!

Join us for an exciting hour of dance fitness with Alethea! African Rhythms is a variety of dances inspired from dancehall, Soca, Afrobeats, Reggae and more. This class is open to the community, both in person at the Y AND virtually on Zoom. The in-person option will require registration as spots are limited to ensure social distancing - see details below.

Learn how to reserve your spot!


If you'd like to join in the Dance Party virtually via ZOOM, click below at 11:00 am on September 19 and enter the following Meeting ID: 849 3291 9426.

ZOOM Dance Party





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Join Michael, Group Fitness Manager/Member Engagement Specialist at the Charles E. Lakin YMCA, as he cooks this recipe that his family has been making for generations, usually around the holidays. Click the link below to download the recipe.

  Michael's Grandma's Italian 'S' Cookies

Join Hadeel, Zumba instructor at the Maple Street YMCA & Twin Rivers YMCA, as she makes Eggplant Fetah, a recipe that she learned from her auntie in Jordan. Eggplant Fetah is enjoyed all over the Middle East in many forms, some with meat, some without. Click the link below to download the recipe.


  Hadeel's Eggplant Fetah