Y's 'Burn the Bird' throws open doors

The YMCA will be open for free on the morning of the day typically tied to big eating.

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WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla YMCA is turning up the heat on Thanksgiving day with this year's "Burn the Bird" event.

For the second year, the organization will open its doors to the public, from 8-11 a.m., offering fitness classes, lap and open swim times and child care for children six weeks to age 6, all at no charge.

The Y tried the concept on for size last year and staff was "amazed" and how many people responded, noted Christy Druffel, director of healthy living.

Studies point to the benefit of working out to burn those pumpkin pie calories, even before the fact, she added. "Plus it's a chance to build family time together."

The Kids Activity Zone will be open, as well as games of the infamous "Pickleball" -- a fast-paced and mutant blend of tennis, Wiffle ball and pingpong, Druffel said. "It's a great workout and a lot of fun doing it."

Participation does not require YMCA membership, and current members are encouraged to bring guests.

The holiday schedule is as follows:

8:10 a.m. -- Power pump

8:45 a.m. -- Cardio kickboxing

9:20 a.m. -- Boot Camp

9:55 a.m. -- Latin dance

10:30 a.m. -- Yoga

8:45 a.m. and 9:55 a.m. -- Indoor cycling

8 a.m. -- Lap swim

9:30 a.m. -- Family swim

For more information call 525-8863.

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