BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerville YMCA, a branch of the Somerset County YMCA, is inviting the community to three free events at the beginning of the new year, with the hope of inspiring healthy living and a sense of community.

The first event, according to a release, will be a community day Jan. 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The second event will be an open house Jan. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the third event is a Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service volunteer project Jan. 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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All of the events will be held at 2 Green Street, and the Somerville YMCA will also be unveiling its newly renovated Wellness Center in January.

As a charitable organization, the release said, the Y's cause is to strengthen community through healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. Every day, the Y offers individuals and families a welcoming environment with support needed to reach their goals.

"We are thrilled to open our doors so that more kids, teens, adults and seniors can experience the unique sense of community at the YMCA," David M. Carcieri, president and CEO of the Somerset County YMCA, said in the release. "Our programs and services are designed to help everyone build and maintain health in spirit, mind and body. We recognized that happy, healthy and connected individuals make our community stronger."

On Jan. 1, all members of the community will be welcome at the YMCA.

On Jan. 6, at the open house, those who join the YMCA at the open house will receive a complementary 30-minute personal training session, and be entered into a drawing to win a three-month membership. In addition, all those who join one of the branches on the day of the open house will be entered to win a free one-year membership.

For Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, community members ages 11 and older are invited to the Somerville YMCA to create no-sew lap blankets for patients from Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson. Supplies have been donated by Tupler Financial Group.

To register for that event, call 908-526-0688, ext. 511.

For more information about the YMCA, visit