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Something Historical

Walk, talk and learn at the same time
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Learn while you walk and talk!

Want to learn more about our area and get some exercise? Well, July’s got you covered.

History buffs will find two opportunities this month. A Haunted History of Kalamazoo walking tour is set for 8–10 p.m. July 6, starting and ending at Bronson Park. For information on prices and to register, call 833-472-7264 or visit paranormalmichigan.com.

Local historian Steve Rossio will tell walkers about the Elijah Root Sawmill site near Lovers Lane and Milham Park, during the free Elijah Root Mill Walking Tour, starting at 6:30 p.m. July 10. Hosted by Portage’s Parks and Recreation Division, the tour begins at the Bicentennial Park trailhead, 910 Milham Ave. For more information, call 329-4522 or visit bit.ly/2WuCr8G.

If beer is more your thing, you can learn all about local beer culture on Walking Tours of Downtown Kalamazoo Breweries. The scheduled tours this month are July 6 and 20, starting at the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, 211 E. Water St.; July 13, starting at Central City Tap House, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall; and July 27, starting at Old Burdick's Bar & Grill, 100 W. Michigan Ave. The tours, hosted by West Michigan Beer Tours, run from noon–4:15 p.m. and feature stops at three breweries, with samples at each stop.

The cost is $29 per person in advance for the first eight guests and $35 for additional guests, or $40 for guests purchasing tickets the day of the tour. For more information, visit westmichiganbeertours.com or call 350-4598.