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May 5-7, 2017

Waterloo Region walks to discover community

11th Annual Jane’s Walk Festival happens May 5 - 7

Waterloo Region - The 11th Annual Jane's Walk Festival is coming up on May 5, 6 and 7. Twenty walks are already scheduled for across Waterloo Region. Hundreds of people will participate in the free, citizen-lead walking tours which put bring people together face to face to engage in spontaneous conversations about our communities. Thousands more will join walks around the world in nearly 200 cities across 6 continents.

The annual festival is in memory of the influential urbanist Jane Jacobs who famously wrote that “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” The new documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City captures the showdown, half a century ago, between the activist Jane Jacobs and New York City planner Robert Moses. It plays at the Princess Original four times April 24 – 28.

Here’s a sample of the opportunities to discover more about our communities:

• Sustainable Food on Campus lead by Tyler Plant explores issues related to food accessibility in our community (and the Wilfrid Laurier University campus), food waste, urban agriculture, benefits of pollinator and rain gardens, and more. Friday, May 5 at 12 p.m.

• Aboriginal Life until 1840 in Victoria Park, Kitchener lead by Anne Cameron will use stories, artists' renderings and a family fun dramatic re-creation of daily life to imagine Victoria Park in the time of the Neutral First Nation. Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m.

• Jane's Dog Walk lead by Kerri Hutchinson and her dogs Max and Scout helps you discover Midtown from a dog’s eye view. Dogs can be great community builders - they get you out walking, exploring your neighbourhood and connecting you with neighbours! Sunday, May 7 at 9:30 a.m.

• Hespeler River Trail lead by Linda Lennox and the Silverheights Neighbourhood Association follows the five km of Mill Pond Trails to share the area’s history and how people enjoy the area today including those living in the new subdivision. Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m.

All walks are free. No registration is required. All local walks are conveniently located on one page this year. Visit janeswalk.org/canada/waterloo-region for the most current schedule as walks will continue to be added until the festival weekend.

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