Santa Monica Family YMCA Joins Welcoming America in Celebrating New Americans Sept. 13-18

The Santa Monica Family YMCA will join Welcoming America and other YMCAs and organizations nationwide to celebrate the contributions of immigrants to our communities while bringing together all residents in a spirit of unity and healing.

The Y’s 2021 Welcoming Week event will be provided via Zoom. On Saturday, September 18, the Y will provide the Health Fair event in person in collaboration with the USC School of Pharmacy Students.

“It is critically important to celebrate Welcoming Week in 2021, as our country faces the challenges of COVID-19,” says Lidia Magarian, Y Director. “At the Y, we seek to build bridges and heal communities, and we invite neighbors – both immigrants and U.S.-born residents – to use this event as an opportunity to connect, find common ground and celebrate our shared values and contributions.”

During this event, the Santa Monica Family YMCA will host live stream sessions and activities including educational health seminars, dance classes, yoga, meditation and Chi gong, nutrition and exercise, and programs in collaboration with Providence Saint Johns, Partner in Care Foundation, and the Dairy Council of California.

The Y will also be sharing Y members’ stories and celebrating National Fall Prevention, Intergenerational, and Cholesterol month. The Welcoming Week is free and open to the community.

Monday, September 13 is the virtual Welcoming Week Event opening day at noon. At 12:15 p.m., the Santa Monica YMCA’s Board Member Nathaniel Trives will be the guest speaker.

Virtual week events feature stories, pre-recorded activities and more, including oil painting by artist Martin Katon, Arthritis Foundation exercise with Partners In Care Foundation, L.A. County Department Of Mental Health, YMCA’s Chronic Disease Prevention program presentation, Bollywood Boom Dance, Zumba Gold Chair Dance, a cooking demonstration by The Santa Monica Star’s Teen Chef Jahrid, and much more.

For more information and to register for the week’s events, contact Lidia Magarian, Chronic Disease Prevention Director at 310-393-2721, Ext. 129, or email: Once you RSVP, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom meetings. Visit the Y website to register online. See you soon.

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