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Yoga in the Park, held in the 13th Street District, returns for the fourth season from 8-9 a.m. this Saturday.

Sponsored by the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA and the 13th Street District committee, these summer yoga classes are offered with two goals in mind: provide free fitness activities for the community, and promote the 13th Street District.

Sessions will be offered on select Saturdays: May 19, June 2 and 16, July 14 and 28, and Aug. 11 and 25.

“This is a great example of the ‘I Give a Damn About Marshalltown’ [initiative] — to bring yoga to the area of the ‘Echo’ sculpture, and it’s really been a partnership,” said Yoga in the Park instructor Heidi Draisey, who serves as the Y’s health and wellness coordinator and is a YogaFit certified teacher. “Restore Church provides our sound system, and we wouldn’t have the quality experience without them.”

Draisey also serves as the events and marketing chairwoman for the 13th Street District committee.

“I’ve enjoyed watching the revitalization of that area and see it bloom,” she noted.

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