LIVINGSTON, NJ — Beginning Friday, the West Essex YMCA will begin celebrating “Welcome Week” as part of a nationwide event in which many Y’s across the country have opted to participate.

From now until Sept. 24, the West Essex Y will open its doors to the community to participate in many free special events.

On the morning of Sept. 15, events will begin with a Rangoli Indian art exhibit, featuring powdered chalk art that symbolizes the theme “Welcome to Our Home.” The exhibit will be followed by a welcoming party on the front lawn at 11 a.m. and will include adapted recreation activities for those with special abilities. 

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The week continues with the following schedule:

  • An open house for the Y’s English as a Second language program on Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m.;
  • An intergenerational coffee hour on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 2:30 p.m.;
  • A Multicultural luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 12:30 p.m.; and
  • Free fitness classes on the front lawn on both Sept. 17 and Sept. 24. 

“There is something for everyone,” said West Essex Y Associate Executive Director Cheryl Francione. “All events are designed to encourage getting to know our community neighbors who come from all different walks of life.”

See the full list of scheduled activities pictured above

To learn more, visit or call 973-992-7500.