WESTFIELD, NJAfter the success of its first free program samplers for young adults with special needs this summer, the Westfield Area Y is offering a new round of samplers for members and non-members ages 18-26 with special needs: 

Fitness: Resistance & Flexibility Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. This class will incorporate bodyweight, resistance tubing and light weights for strength training along with dynamic and static postures for stretching. Class is designed for participants who are ambulatory.

Yoga Thursday, Aug. 21, 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. This class is instructed in a relaxing environment to improve flexibility and muscle tone. Class is designed for participants who are ambulatory. Parents and caregivers are welcome to participate. 

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Fitness: Movement & Balance – Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. This class will be done to music, incorporating large and small muscle groups in a fluid, rhythmic fashion. Class is designed for participants who are ambulatory. 

The samplers are being offered at the Main Y Facility, 220 Clark Street. Y Members can register online or at the Main Y Facility. Non-members should email Ben Nanna at bnanna@westfieldynj.org to register. For more information, call Nanna at 908-233-2700 x279 or visit www.westfieldynj.org.

The free events are made possible by proceeds from the 2013 Greta’s Run, a 5K fundraiser in memory of Westfield High School Student Greta Schoenemann. The second annual Greta’s Run will be held Sept. 14.  All members of the community are encouraged to run, walk or roll. For more information, click here.

The goal of the program samplers is to determine next steps for programming at the Y for young adults with special needs. Future programs will require a Y membership. Financial assistance is available and class cost will be subsidized by Greta’s Run proceeds. The Westfield Area Y accepts Easter Seals.