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Northern Lehigh recreation authority announces programs

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 fall and holiday season that are available to Northern Lehigh residents at little or no cost.

• The landmark 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. The instructor is Erna Lake. Cost for the class for residents is $25 for 10 classes or a drop-in fee of $3 per class or $30 for 10 classes or $3.50 drop-in fee for nonresidents. Discount punch cards can be purchased from the instructor.

• Instructional Tennis returns for the fall, beginning Sept. 7 and running until Oct. 12 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 residents, and $35 for nonresidents. Online pre-registration with NLRA is required.

• Amazing Athletes programs continue into the fall with a variety of daytime programs for children ages 18 months, 2½ years up to 5 years Friday mornings beginning on Sept. 10 and running until Oct. 15.

Amazing Athletes uses a multi-sport 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 at www.amazingathletes.com.

• Two Mini-Bulldog Vacation Camps run by the Amazing Athletes team are guaranteed to keep children active and engaged during the Thanksgiving and holiday breaks will offered Nov. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon and Dec. 27 and Dec. 28.

Activities will include games, skill-building and just plain fun. Those interested can register directly with Amazing Athletes at www.amazingathletes.com.

• Walk with Ease is back for another session at the Slatington Trailhead. The program will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 2-21 from 10-11 a.m.

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 for the program is $5 for residents and $7 for nonresidents.

• Yoga on Thursday returns Oct. 7 at Peters Elementary School from 6-7 p.m.

The instructor is Sharon Schnyder. For $55 ($65 nonresidents), participants can get 9 weeks of Thursday Yoga at $6 per class. Online pre-registration with NLRA is required.

• Art is coming to the D&L Slatington Trailhead with two Sunday afternoon classes on Sept. 27th (Board Art) and Oct. 17 (Canvas Painting) through Art Fusion in Whitehall. The cost for residents, $35 and $40 for nonresidents.

Participants can register online directly with Art Fusion.

• Outdoor activities and events are also planned for the fall. The Community Night Hikes with Wildlands Conservancy will continue with a “Meet the Natives” on Sept. 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the D&L Slatington Trailhead.

• A second “Hoot Hike & Scary Ghost Stories” will be held on Oct. 14 at the Covered Bridge at Trout Creek. After the hike, at 7 p.m., noted storyteller John Adams III will tell ghost stories around the campfire.

Both night hikes will be led by the Wildlands Conservancy and are free. Hikers are encouraged to dress appropriately for the cool weather, to wear sturdy shoes and to bring a flashlight.

• A Nature Photography class will be offered on the D&L Trail on Oct. 24 from 1-3 p.m.

Photography enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a hike along the D&L Trail, taking in the beautiful fall foliage while learning tips and tricks to nature based photography from Alyssa Grimm.

The cost of the class is $10 for residents and $12 for nonresidents. Online pre-registration with NLRA is required.

• NLRA has two new events planned for the fall. The first, a Halloween Window Painting Contest will be held Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Kids will be able to paint a fall or Halloween themed window along the Main Street Halloween parade route. Windows will be judged in three categories and prizes awarded.

A Turkey Shot Fowl Shooting Contest will be held on Nov. 12 at Northern Lehigh Middle School from 6-8 p.m. The winners of each age group will receive a frozen turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner.

More information on both of these new events will follow.

• A family favorite special event, Trunk or Treat, will be held on Oct. 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Eagles Nest Park in Washington Township.

There will be fun, activities, treats and prizes for the best decorated trunks.

Anyone interested in entering a Trunk can contact NLRA at nlrecauthority@gmail.com.

• Northern Lehigh Recreation will celebrate the season with its annual Candy Cane Hunt on Dec. 11 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Similar to an Easter Egg Hunt, thousands of candy canes will be hidden around Victory Park. Several will be specially marked and able to be redeemed for a new holiday toy.

Families are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable item to benefit the Northern Lehigh Food bank.

Additional programs continue to be planned. Check out Northern Lehigh Recreation’s website www.northernlehighrec.org or Facebook and Instagram pages for more information.