Written by: Elizabeth Byrum

La Voz of Lakewood YMCA reaches out to growing Hispanic community

By Elizabeth Byrum

April 10, 2013

¿Hablas español? The staff and members of the Lakewood YMCA in Durham want the community to know they do. The La Voz (The Voice) Spanish-speaking Advisory Committee aims to address the needs of the Latino community in the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as the greater city of Durham. The idea for the committee began as part […]

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Preserving Durham’s historical heritage, one house at a time

By Elizabeth Byrum

March 28, 2013

No matter how big or small, there’s a story to be told behind the door of every old house in a neighborhood. “All my life I have always liked old houses,” said Denise Harrison, a Durham homeowner and board member of Preservation Durham, a historical preservation society. Her affinity for houses is clear: Harrison has […]

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Zumbathon will benefit Durham’s El Centro Hispano

By Elizabeth Byrum

February 20, 2013

Twelve instructors. Three hours. One Zumbathon. Latin-influenced notes of salsa, bachata, merengue and cumbia will fill the Downtown Durham YMCA on Saturday, as participants of El Centro Hispano’s Zumbathon dance and shimmy into the night. Since 2011, the Zumbathon has brought hundreds of community members together for several hours of high-energy Latin dancing. Zumba Fitness […]

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El Centro Hispano helps immigrants work toward citizenship

By Elizabeth Byrum

February 6, 2013

Sofía Castro, originally from Colombia, has enjoyed spending the last 18 years in the United States and she plans to stay — but as a full citizen. “This country has very good people, of God, more than any other part,” Castro said. On Thursday nights, Castro, along with a handful of other students, attends the […]

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