Capital District YMCA Welcoming Week
September 9-18, 2022
Capital District, New York

Welcoming Week, September 9-18, 2022, celebrates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace newcomer immigrants and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. Ys across the country are planning virtual or physically-distanced events to help immigrant and U.S.-born neighbors connect and celebrate what unites us as a community.

Free and Open to All

To celebrate Welcoming Week, all 8 locations of the Capital District YMCA will be free and open to all from September 9-18. Stop by, take a tour, jump in our pool, enjoy a class, and learn how we are working towards creating a better community for all.

Welcoming Week – Restaurants

The CDYMCA is celebrating throughout our community! We will be hosting events at our 8 branches; schedule TBD. During this week, Capital District restaurant owners and workers will offer a favorite dish from the country their families came from, celebrating our community’s rich diverse history. 10% of the proceeds from this dish will go towards CDYMCA refugee and immigrant programming including sending immigrant and refugee children to camp, swim lessons for adults and children, and wellness programming.

To sign up your restaurant to participate, click here.

Questions or concerns? Contact Emily Lang at

Participating Restaurants

9 Miles East

Food Delivery Service and Restaurant at 64 Excelsior Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Dish: Banh Mi salad – Our Vietnamese inspired salad, the Banh Mi GO Box, is bursting with flavor from quick-pickled cucumbers and carrots, as well as cabbage, radish, jalapeno, mint, and cilantro. The salad, which also contains edamame, whole grain rice, and organic baby greens, comes with a zesty Sriracha lime vinaigrette that makes the whole thing pop. Gluten Free. Nut Free. Dairy Free. Contains Soy – GF soy sauce and edamame.

Dish: Mezze salad – Our Western Asia, Middle East inspired salad, the Mezze GO Box reflects the boldly seasoned cooking of the Mediterranean. The grain is organic sorghum. The salad is topped with fresh parsley, mint, and sunflower seeds and served with a flavorful North African style dressing with extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, cumin, paprika, garlic, and coriander. Gluten Free. Dairy Free. Nut Free. Soy Free.

Extra Napkin

159 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054

Dish: Chicken Kebab from Turkey.

Henry’s Tavern

19 Front St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020


Kismet Grill

1116 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12208

Dish: Chicken Kavourma: stir-fried chicken with seasonal vegetables, mushrooms, & garlic. Cooked and served on a hot iron pan with rice and house salad.


Chit Chaat Cafe

1275 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205

Dish: Samosa Chaat. Samosa is prime snack food for all occasions, available across India.


CDYMCA Schedule of Events


Saturday, September 17, 3:30-5 pm: Soccer at Bleecker Stadium

This fall, the CDYMCA is launching a new program for refugee children in our community to learn to play soccer. Join us for a drop-in game on Saturday, September 17 from 3:30-5 pm to meet and play a match with refugee and immigrant children in Albany.



September 14, 12:00 – 2:00 pm: Learn to Skate
September 16, 3:00 – 5:00 pm: Learn to Skate
September 17, 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Learn to Skate

Ice skating developed in Scandinavia as early as 1000 BCE, the first skates being made from shank or rib bones of elk, oxen, reindeer, and other animals. Modern ice hockey played was invented by James Creighton in 1872. He moved from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Montreal, bringing skates, hockey sticks, and a game with a basic set of rules with him.

Learn from instructors on the ice for those that have questions or just want a few tips and pointers. Stop by the membership desk for a schedule or visit




September 9-18: Celebrate Family Traditions

Stop by our lobby and fill out a card with your family traditions! Mark on our map where your family came from and take a pic in front of our international flag display.

September 14, 6 pm

Belly Dancing – no registration needed

September 17, 10:30 am

Tae Kwon Do – no registration needed



September 9-18: Traditional Food Recipe Swap

Do you have a recipe from your family’s immigration story you want to share? Drop it off at our front desk; we will be compiling a recipe book to share with all members!

Friday, September 9, 7-9 pm: Family Fun Night: Moana

Sunday, September 11, 9:30 am: Yin Yoga 

Monday, September 12, 7-8 pm: Art Night

Wednesday, September 14, 4-7 pm: Farmers’ Market – Euro Delicacies Special


Greene County

September 9-18: International Music Week

Explore music from our around the world during classes including Zumba, spin, and more!



Tuesday, September 13, 4-7 pm:  Guilderland Food Drive

Help us feed our community! Full list to come. Drop off non-perishables and household items at the Guilderland YMCA and check out our facility while you are there! Take a swim, try out a class, or shoot some hoops with your family.

Tuesday, September 15, 5:30-6:20 pm: Outdoor Zumba

Tuesday, September 15, 7-9 pm: Open Badminton

Tuesday, September 15, 7-9 pm: Open Ping Pong

Thursday, September 17, 5:30-7 pm: Outdoor Zumba


Southern Saratoga (Clifton Park)

September 9-18: International Music Week

Explore music from our around the world during Zumba, Aqua, and Spin!

September 9-18: Lobby Map

Stop by our lobby and drop a pin into our world map on the country your family is from! Check out our diverse and vibrant community, with roots all over the world.

Saturday, September 10, 10 am: Goat Yoga

Goat yoga is similar in a regular yoga class but is has a twist. Baby goats, known as kids, join into the mix. These baby goats go with the students as they perform different yoga poses. $50 for adults, $25 for kids; register here.

Monday, September 12, 10 am – 2 pm: 9 Miles East

Drop by SSY and taste international samplings from 9 Miles East! Learn about our partnership and how you can sign up to have healthy meals delivered to you weekly.

Monday, September 12, 5-6 pm: Belly Dancing with SunDancers Community Belly Dance

Join Lisa from SunDancers Community Belly Dance as she guides you through of a brief stretch and warm-up, an overview of some basic belly dance vocabulary commonly recognized across many styles, and uncomplicated movements using that vocabulary.

Free; please consider bringing a food or monetary donation for our Thanksgiving Basket Brigade where we provide Thanksgiving Meals to families across the capital region. Click here to register.

Tuesday, September 13, 3:30-5:30 pm: Open Gaga Ball

Gaga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. Fun and easy, everyone gets a serious workout!



September 9-18: Explore Racquetball

Racquetball was created by a YMCA in the Connecticut in the 1950s, but quickly became a worldwide sport. Also known as squash, learn hot to play one of the most popular games in the United Kingdom and India during this week. Reservations required; see the front desk for more.