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YMCAs will conduct free guided walks in WB, Hazleton

The YMCAs in Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton will kick off a series of free, guided, evening walks on June 12 featuring downtown neighborhoods, history, architecture, wildlife, nature and new developments in the two cities.

All walks begin at 6 p.m., leaving from either the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St., or the Hazleton YMCA, 75 S. Church St. Walks are approximately 90 minutes and are led by volunteers. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water. In case of rain, walks will be postponed until the same time the following evening.

For information, contact the Wilkes-Barre YMCA at 570-823-2191 or the Hazleton YMCA at 570-455-2046, or visit Keystone Active Zone Passport’s website at www.kazpassport.org.

Scheduled walks include:

June 12: Diamond City Architecture Now and Then, Wilkes-Barre. Walkers will see and learn about historic buildings, old and new, in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Guide: Larry Newman.

June 19: A Walk on the Wild Side, The Kirby Park Natural Area, Wilkes-Barre. Walkers will explore the natural and wild side of Kirby Park, learning about the park’s history, its riparian forest, wildlife that inhabits it and its connection to the Chesapeake Bay. Guide: Vinnie Cotrone.

June 26: Growing Gardens, Nurturing Neighborhoods, Wilkes-Barre. Walkers will wander through several different community gardens throughout the city and see how these gardens benefit the neighborhoods. Guide: Ted Kross.

July 10: King’s Campus Stroll, Wilkes-Barre. Walkers will explore the campus, inside and out, focusing on its historic and new buildings, landscaping, monuments and memorials. Guide: Tish Last.

July 17: Review the New in Hazleton. Walkers will learn about the changes that are transforming Hazleton’s downtown streetscape. Guide: Marijo Penkala.

July 24: Wings Over Wilkes-Barre. Walkers will enjoy breathtaking city views and sweeping river vistas from city rooftops and along the River Commons. Guide: Mayor Tom Leighton.

July 31: What’s New at the Old Y? Learn about the changes at the Wilkes-Barre YMCA, built in 1934, since its recent $15 million renovation. Guide: Joan Angeli.

Aug. 7: Hazleton’s Hispanic Eateries Bodegas. Walkers will discover where to find a wide variety of tastes exploring the many small markets and shops that the city’s newest neighbors are establishing throughout downtown. Guide: Marijo Penkala.

Aug. 14: Walk Wilkes U, Wilkes-Barre. Walkers will discover what a great place a college campus is to walk as they enjoy the grounds and gardens and see what’s new at Wilkes University. Guide: Jill Price.

Aug. 21: Nature in Your Neighborhood, Wilkes-Barre. Walkers will enjoy a summer evening discovering some of the plants and wildlife along the River Common. Guide: Diane Madl.

Article source: http://citizensvoice.com/news/ymcas-will-conduct-free-guided-walks-in-w-b-hazleton-1.1497953