National Welcoming Week in York: Events to look out for

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
Chief of Staff Sully Pinos, left, of York City and former intern Ximena Diaz, of Manchester Township, work the Rep. Kevin J. Schreiber's booth during the Resource Fair at Welcoming week Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Foundry Park. Amanda J. Cain photo

York City has released this year's festivities to celebrate National Welcoming Week 2018.

The events will take place from Friday, Sept. 14, to Thursday, Sept. 20, and will feature free activities to strengthen the community through unity, according to city news release.

The weeklong celebration takes place in the city each year and acts as a "celebration of diversity as we include newcomers to our community and create neighborhoods where people can feel a sense of belonging," York City Mayor Michael Helfrich said.

“York is a genuinely unique city with the diversity of nations represented within our city limits," he said. "I am proud to say that York is for everyone; a source of pride in our heritage for our oldest families, a source of hope for our newest residents and a city of  opportunity for all."

The week's events are:

  • Friday, Sept. 14: Pedi cab rides through Downtown York from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the C-Town Parking Lot near Aurora’s Bakery, 131-139 N. Duke St.
  • Saturday, Sept. 15: Intercultural celebration with live music and the naming of Miss Latina of York from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the York Fair's Intercultural Pavilion, 334 Carlisle Ave.
  • Sunday, Sept. 16: Free showing of "The Book of Life" at 2 p.m. at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts' Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. Kids' activities and concessions begin at 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 17: Welcoming Week proclamation and panel discussion from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the York YMCA, 90 N. Newberry St. Light food and refreshments provided.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18: "Cultural Jam: Teens Creating Community" from 5-8 p.m. at Martin Library, 159 E. Market St. Snacks will be provided.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19: Fellowship Dinner from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Union Lutheran Church, 408 W Market St.
  • Thursday, Sept. 20: Welcoming Week Closing Celebration from 4-8:30 p.m. at Renaissance Park, 230 E. Princess St. CASA, an immigrant-advocacy organization, will provide a citizenship clinic from 4-6 p.m. DJ will began at 6 p.m. with music, dance and street foods. A vigil for Puerto Rico will take place at 8 p.m. Princess Street will close between Pine Street and Queen Street.