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NLRA plans spring, summer events

The Northern Lehigh Recreation Authority, a multimunicipal authority supported by the borough of Slatington and Washington Township, has put together a diverse schedule of programs and events for this spring and summer that are available to Northern Lehigh residents at little or no cost.

• Strength & Stretch for Seniors continues at Diamond Fire Company on Mondays and Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. This adult group fitness class combines getting into shape with fun and friendship using a combination of stretching, light weights and resistance bands and balls.

The instructor is Tiffany Lakatosh. Cost is $3 per class or $25 for 10 classes for NLRA Residents and $3.50 per class or $30 for 10 classes for nonresidents.

• Registration will open for the Bulldog Blast Summer Rec. Program on March 15. The popular program will be at two locations this summer, Slatington and Peters Elementary schools.

Should the pandemic make schools once again unavailable, camp will be held at Eagles Nest Park and Victory Park.

The program will offer seven weeks of fun, games, team building, arts and crafts and swimming and will run from June 21 until Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with Fridays being field days at Eagles Nest Park in Washington Township.

An optional extended day until 4 p.m. is available at Slatington Elementary School only.

• A Spring Break Vacation Camp guaranteed to keep children active and engaged during spring break offered by the team at Amazing Athletes will be offered April 1 through April 5 (three weekdays) from 9 a.m. to noon at Friedens Fire Company on Friedens Road.

Activities will include games, skill-building and just plain fun. The cost for the program is $35 for NLRA residents and $40 for nonresidents. Those interested can register directly with Amazing Athletes at www.amazingathletes.com.

• Amazing Athletes programs continue into the spring with a variety of daytime and after-school programs for children ages 2½ years up to 12.

Amazing Athletes uses a multisport program to benefit children mentally socially and emotionally. The program introduces the fundamentals of 10 different sports in a noncompetitive environment. Children will gain greater confidence, learn to combine fitness with fun and develop key motor skills. Classes will be held at Eagles Nest Park.

Information and to register for any of the Amazing Athletes programs can be done directly with Amazing Athletes.

• Tennis for Beginners returns for the spring, beginning April 19 until May 23 at Eagles Nest Park from 5-7 p.m.

One-hour classes for beginners and advanced beginners are available from fourth-graders up to adults.

The cost is $30 for NLRA residents, and $35 for nonresidents.

• Walk with Ease (WWE) is back for another session at the Slatington Trailhead. This six-week session will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11 a.m., beginning April 27.

WWE is an evidence-based program, through the Arthritis Foundation, that has been proven to help people with arthritis or other related conditions reduce pain, improve balance, strength and walking pace and improve overall health. The instructor is Peggy Shannon. Cost is $10 for NLRA residents and $12 for nonresidents.

• Many outdoor activities and events are planned for the year, starting with the first community night hike of the season that will focus on Birds of Prey, May 13 at Slate Heritage Trail’s Covered Bridge Trailhead. There is no charge for the night hikes that are offered by Wildlands Conservancy.

• Several programs are in the works, with details still be finalized, including The Great Community Scavenger Hunt, a Spring Nature Photography class and Amazing Athletes after school programs.

Check out Northern Lehigh Rec.’s website, www.northernlehighrec.org, or Facebook page for more information.