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First Posted: 12/11/2014

THIS WEEK: Dec. 17 to 23, 2014

Winter Solstice Celebration, with a yoga session followed by snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on the rail trail. Rail-Trail Council Headquarters, 948 N. Main St., Union Dale. 10 a.m. Dec. 21. Reservations required for yoga ($5) and snowshoe loaners (free). 570-222-4429.

Hickory Run State Park Hike, 7.5 moderate miles. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Mountain Top Fire Company back lot. 10:15 a.m. Dec. 21. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-655-4979.

FUTURE

Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch, Wilkes-Barre. 8 a.m. Dec. 28. 570-542-5948.

1000 Steps at Glen Onoko, an eight-mile difficult hike at Lehigh Gorge State Park. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 9:45 a.m. Dec. 28. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.

First Day Hike, a three-mile walk through various habitats in Hickory Run State Park. Meet at the Gould Trail parking area, Route 534, White Haven. 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 1. Free. 570-474-5884.

Animal Tracks, interpreting tracks and signs left in the snow. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 24. $5. Registration: 570-629-3061.

Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch, Wilkes-Barre. 8 a.m. Jan. 25. 570-542-5948.

Scranton Half-Marathon, the second annual 13.1-mile race through the streets of Scranton and the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. Also: a quarter-mile Kids Fun Run for ages 5 to 10. April 12 with half-marathon at 9 a.m. and Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. $75 by Dec. 31; $80 thereafter. Register at scrantonhalf.com.