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Welcoming Newcomers to Palo Alto

Welcoming Newcomers to Palo Alto

Palo Alto is already known as a diverse, inclusive community and we are once again partnering with the Palo Alto Family YMCA for the second annual Palo Alto Welcome Week from September 12-22.

The week is part of the national Welcoming Week dedicated to celebrating newcomers to America. It’s a chance for both immigrants and local residents to get to know each other, acknowledge immigrants’ contributions to our communities and bring together all residents in the spirit of unity.

Palo Alto Welcome Week is open to the public and includes several free activities throughout the week such as the Moon Festival Cultural Diversity Celebration, walking tours sharing historical and contemporary stories of our community, family story times, a community potluck and much more.

Here are the highlights of the week:

  • Meet friends old and new at the Moon Festival Cultural Diversity Celebration, Palo Alto Welcome Week’s kick-off party, hosted by Avenidas at Cubberly Community Center on Thursday, September 12
  • Take one of several self-guided storytelling walking tours hosted by the Y, Palo Alto Museum, and City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission
  • Bring your kids to learn about other cultures at children's story time at the Y and Palo Alto libraries
  • Explore immigrant stories through written word and videos at the Palo Alto Libraries and around the community, and videos from “Made into America” from Midpeninsula Community Media Center
  • Share your newcomer story of when you (or your family) arrived, and how you contribute to our community (personal or business) - through our online portal
  • Join us at Mitchell Park Community Center for the Welcome Week Potluck on Saturday, September 21 

The entire Palo Alto community is invited to participate in these free activities throughout the week. You can find more details and a list of times and dates for all these events by clicking here.

Last Updated: September 5, 2019