Fall is almost here and the Westfield Area Y is offering a wonderful array of events and activities to celebrate the season for active older adults at the Main Y Facility, 220 Clark Street in Westfield.

On September 24, the Westfield Area Y will host a Lunch and Learn from 12:30 pm -2:00 pm entitled “Protect Yourself Online.”  This lecture is FREE for members and the community. Debra Price is the presenter.  She has 15 years experience in Internet security at AT&T and is a Certified Systems Security Professional.  Debra will teach participants how to keep personal information on your computer safe and secure within the online world.  Lecture includes: recognizing email scams, determining if a link leads to a virus, deciding if a website is safe and creating strong passwords.    

On Wednesday, October 15 from 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm, the Y will host an Italian Festival for active adults to celebrate with friends in honor of the Famous New York City Feast of San Gennaro. Participants will enjoy Italian foods, desserts and fellowships.  Admission fee is $12 for members and $15 for non members.  Please register by October 8.

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A trip to the Culinary Institute of America in the beautiful Hudson River Valley, alma mater of food world luminaries around the world has been scheduled for Monday, November 24.  There will be a guided tour and a three-course lunch at St. Andrew’s Café.  The cost for this trip is $99 and includes bus transportation. Interested participants should register by October 27.

Beginner, intermediate and supervised play bridge classes are available this fall.  Bridge players can also improve their skills by taking a bridge lesson or two at the Y.  The Y’s bridge program is instructed by Robin Gillett, ACBL accredited bridge instructor and ACBL Tournament Director. 

Exercise programs for special health groups are available such as:  Arthritis Exercise, Project Healthy Bones, Delay the Disease: Exercise to Fight Parkinson’s Symptoms and Aquatics for People with Disabilities. Daily adult water and group fitness classes are available for active older adults to enjoy, stay fit and get a fresh start this fall. 

Interested participants must register in advance for the above events or programs at the Welcome Center of the Main Y facility.  Please call Jean White with any questions at (908) 233-2700 x246 or email jwhite@westfieldynj.org.

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Visit westfieldynj.org to learn more about Westfield Area Y programs.  Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.