The Sammamish Community YMCA is excited to celebrate Welcome Week with our co-sponsor The City of Sammamish. The week kicks off on Friday, September 15th, with all events taking place at the Sammamish Community YMCA.
We believe our community is stronger when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good. Welcoming Week is chock-full of activities that provide a chance for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born residents—to get to know one another and celebrate what unites us as a community.
Here is a breakdown of the fun events we have planned. Please note only those events with a bit.ly link you will need to register for, as space is limited:
Welcoming Cards – Help to create welcome cards for immigrants and refugee families new to the Puget Sound region. Sign up for one of these dates: September 15, 11 am – 1 pm, September 18, 10 am – Noon and September 21, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Create Smiles Project – Saturday, September 16, 3 – 5 pm
Experience the joy of making people happy! Together with the Creative Children for Charity we are offering you a project that makes your neighbors smile by gifting them a bouquet or beautiful note. Register here to participate: http://bit.ly/CreateSmilesYMCA
Preschool Cooking – Tuesday, September 19, 11 am – 12 pm
Kids ages 4 to 6 can attend our FREE specialty cultural cooking program that includes story time, a themed make-and-take cooking project and a group game. Register here: http://bit.ly/WelcomePreschoolCooking
Meet Your Chinese Neighbor – Tuesday, September 19, 12:15 – 2:15 pm
Many people from China have made East King County their home. Help the Eastside Cultural Navigators, International Communities Health Services and the Eastside Refugee and Immigration Coalition make Chinese newcomers feel welcome by joining us for a bi-lingual gathering with snacks, games and family fun. Just knock on your neighbor’s door, introduce yourself and invite them to attend. Interpreters will be at the event to help you break the ice!
Moving for Better Balance – Wednesday, September 20, 4 – 4:20 pm or 4:30 – 4:50 pm
Improve your balance, mobility, walking and mental well-being in our adapted Tai Ji Quan program. Tai Ji Quan is a Chinese martial art practiced for its health benefits and is the most widely practiced material art in the world. Join us at this FREE class to learn a variety of movements tailored to train balance and control body movements for performing daily activities.
Leap into High School – September 22, 6 – 7:30 pm
The Teen Volunteer Corp will lead the discussion among a panel of local high school students from the Plateau for incoming high school freshmen. The topic: How to transition smoothly from middle school to high school.
Park Restoration Day – September 23, 10 am – 1pm
Come and join our YMCA teen leaders and the City of Sammamish on this joint day of service to help clean up our local parks. Register here: http://bit.ly/ParkRestorDay
Questions? Call our membership desk at (425) 391-4840. We look forward to seeing you soon!