Welcoming Week

 
We know communities are stronger and more cohesive when people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to get to know one another and work side by side to advance the common good. Created by YMCA of the USA's national partner, Welcoming America, Welcoming Week is a national celebration that brings together immigrants and U.S.-born residents at community-based events to promote cross-cultural understanding and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone!
 

On September 10 through September 19, 2021, the Summit Area YMCA will join in the nationwide movement with Y-USA and Welcoming America in Welcoming Week — a week of events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees, as well as inspire people to build inclusive communities that embrace immigrants and foster opportunity for all.

The Summit YMCA and The Berkeley Heights YMCA will open its doors to the community for various special activities as well as a chance to connect with neighbors in a nurturing environment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit. We welcome all, regardless of financial or physical circumstance and we strive every day to promote understanding, tolerance and compassion within our community.

Welcoming Week is open to the public - Members and Non-Members are welcome to participate in the week-long event and learn about different cultures, traditions, music, dance, fitness, and wellness.

Please note: Community members must sign-in and fill out a guest waiver at the front desk or online here before any class or facility usage. The schedule below is subject to change without notice. Please contact our member services team or front desk staff with any questions about events or registration.

 

SCHEDULES & ACTIVITIES

Summit YMCA

 Activity Day  Time  Location   Description
Group Exercise Class Demo September 10 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM Wellness Center Guests can try out a group exercise class of their choosing and join in on the fun with YMCA members. Test your strength, stability and endurance with a wide variety of classes. Check our class schedules for exact times and locations.
Flags Around The World September 10 All Day Kid Zone Check out and learn about different flags from across the globe in the Kid Zone Center. 
Story Time September 10 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM Kid Zone Sit back and listen to a story spoken in Spanish and learn about different cultures.
Group Exercise Class Demo September 11 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Wellness Center Guests can try out a group exercise class of their choosing and join in on the fun with YMCA members. Test your strength, stability and endurance with a wide variety of classes. Check our class schedules for exact times and locations.
Blood Pressure & Chronic Disease Information Session September 11 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Wellness Center Get your blood pressure taken and learn about the Y's Chronic Diseases programs such as Livestrong® at the YMCA and Self Blood Pressure Monitoring.
Henna Tattoo September 11 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Wellness Center Pick out a design and get a henna tattoo! Henna is a temporary body artwork that uses organic dyes. 
Exploring Cultures Around the World September 11 All Day Kid Zone Color pictures and learn about different ethnic clothing worn in a variety of cultures. 
Group Exercise Marathon Demo September 12 7:15 AM - 11:00 AM Wellness Center Work out back-to-back in 30 minute marathon group exercise classes. Start out with cycling and then flow into yoga, Zumba, PlyoFit, and Les Mills Flow.
Group Exercise Class Demo September 13 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM Wellness Center Guests can try out a group exercise class of their choosing and join in on the fun with YMCA members. Test your strength, stability and endurance with a wide variety of classes. Check our class schedules for exact times and locations.
What Does the Y Mean to You September 13 All Day Membership Services Desk Guess how many jelly beans are in the jar and the closest guess receives $25 Visa Gift Card!
Picture Booth September 13 All Day Kid Zone Say cheese! Take a picture with your family as you celebrate Welcoming Week.
Story Time September 13 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Kid Zone Sit back and listen to a story spoken in Spanish and learn about different cultures.
Group Exercise Class Demo September 14 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM Wellness Center Guests can try out a group exercise class of their choosing and join in on the fun with YMCA members. Test your strength, stability and endurance with a wide variety of classes. Check our class schedules for exact times and locations.
Musica pa'bailar September 14 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Kid Zone Let your children release their energy to kid-friendly rhythms and beats from different cultures. 
Henna Tattoo September 14 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Wellness Center Pick out a design and get a henna tattoo! Henna is a temporary body artwork that uses organic dyes.
Group Exercise Class Demo September 15 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM Wellness Center Guests can try out a group exercise class of their choosing and join in on the fun with YMCA members. Test your strength, stability and endurance with a wide variety of classes. Check our class schedules for exact times and locations.
Story Time September 15 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Kid Zone Sit back and listen to a story spoken in Spanish and learn about different cultures.
Group Exercise Class Demo September 16 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM Wellness Center Guests can try out a group exercise class of their choosing and join in on the fun with YMCA members. Test your strength, stability and endurance with a wide variety of classes. Check our class schedules for exact times and locations.
Henna Tattoo September 16 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Wellness Center Pick out a design and get a henna tattoo! Henna is a temporary body artwork that uses organic dyes.
Story Time September 16 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Wellness Center Sit back and listen to a story spoken in Spanish and learn about different cultures.
Group Exercise Class Demo September 17 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM Wellness Center Guests can try out a group exercise class of their choosing and join in on the fun with YMCA members. Test your strength, stability and endurance with a wide variety of classes. Check our class schedules for exact times and locations.
Cultural Food Tasting September 17 All Day Membership Services Desk Try out different foods from all over the world. You never know what new foods you'll like!
Story Time September 17 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Wellness Center Sit back and listen to a story spoken in Spanish and learn about different cultures.
Meet-A-Trainer September 18 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Wellness Center Two personal trainers from the Summit Area YMCA will share about our personal training programs.
Group Exercise Class Demo September 19 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM Wellness Center Guests can try out a group exercise class of their choosing and join in on the fun with YMCA members. Test your strength, stability and endurance with a wide variety of classes. Check our class schedules for exact times and locations.

 


BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA

 

 Activity Day  Time  Location   Description
Group Exercise Class Demo September 10 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM Wellness Center Guests can try out a group exercise class of their choosing and join in on the fun with YMCA members. Test your strength, stability and endurance with a wide variety of classes. Check our class schedules for exact times and locations.
Meet-A-Trainer September 11 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Wellness Center Two personal trainers from the Summit Area YMCA will share about our personal training programs.
In-Body Wellness September 11 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Wellness Center Try out the InBody 570 scale to receive a comprehensive body composition analysis by our certified trainers. Learn more about the InBody scale here.
Group Exercise Class Demo September 13 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM Wellness Center Guests can try out a group exercise class of their choosing and join in on the fun with YMCA members. Test your strength, stability and endurance with a wide variety of classes. Check our class schedules for exact times and locations.
What Does the Y Mean to You September 13 All Day Membership Services Desk Guess how many jelly beans are in the jar and the closest guess receives $25 Visa Gift Card!
Group Exercise Class Demo September 14 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM Wellness Center Guests can try out a group exercise class of their choosing and join in on the fun with YMCA members. Test your strength, stability and endurance with a wide variety of classes. Check our class schedules for exact times and locations.
Bollywood Class September 14 6:30 PM Wellness Center An introduction to basic and intermediate Bollywood Dance, including technique, movement, musical rhythm, phrases, and choreography. Inspired by the high-energy music from Indian films, Bollywood is a form that combines Indian folk and classical dances with Hip Hip, Jazz, Latin, and other popular forms.
Group Exercise Class Demo September 15 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM Wellness Center Guests can try out a group exercise class of their choosing and join in on the fun with YMCA members. Test your strength, stability and endurance with a wide variety of classes. Check our class schedules for exact times and locations.
Story Time September 15 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Kid Zone Sit back and listen to a story spoken in Spanish and learn about different cultures.
Group Exercise Class Demo September 16 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM Wellness Center Guests can try out a group exercise class of their choosing and join in on the fun with YMCA members. Test your strength, stability and endurance with a wide variety of classes. Check our class schedules for exact times and locations.
Group Exercise Class Demo September 17 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM Wellness Center Guests can try out a group exercise class of their choosing and join in on the fun with YMCA members. Test your strength, stability and endurance with a wide variety of classes. Check our class schedules for exact times and locations.
Group Exercise Marathon Demo September 18 7:15 AM - 11:00 AM Wellness Center Work out back-to-back in 30 minute marathon group exercise classes. Start out with cycling and then flow into yoga, Zumba, PlyoFit, and Les Mills Flow.
Blood Pressure & Chronic Disease Information Session  September 18 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Wellness Center Get your blood pressure taken and learn about the Y's Chronic Diseases programs such as Livestrong® at the YMCA and Self Blood Pressure Monitoring.
Henna Tattoo September 18 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Wellness Center Pick out a design and get a henna tattoo! Henna is a temporary body artwork that uses organic dyes.
Group Exercise Class Demo September 19 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM Wellness Center Guests can try out a group exercise class of their choosing and join in on the fun with YMCA members. Test your strength, stability and endurance with a wide variety of classes. Check our class schedules for exact times and locations.
In-Body Wellness September 19 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Wellness Center Try out the InBody 570 scale to receive a comprehensive body composition analysis by our certified trainers. Learn more about the InBody scale here.

 

SUMMIT AREA YMCA

BERKELEY HEIGHTS YMCA | SUMMIT YMCA | THE LEARNING CIRCLE YMCA

In 1886, we were founded as the Young Men's Christian Association, but today, we are The Y. An association that values, and is made stronger by, its diverse people. We stand for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility — For a better us. We are committed to creating equal opportunity for all regardless of gender, age, disability, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive culture in which our four core values — responsibility, honesty, caring and respect — are integral to everyday operations.

Each year, as one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations, the Summit Area YMCA serves more than 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the New Jersey communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Our history is rooted in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those in need.