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Nordic Walking


with Barbara McGranahan

Calendar Jun 1, 2022 at 5 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Nordic Walking is like cross country skiing without the skis and is one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities in the world. It burns 20 to 40 percent more calories than regular walking, develops upper body strength, increases safety by adding upright stability, while educing the impact on lower body weight-bearing joints. It improves neck and chest mobility, enhances mood, and is a fun and social way to enjoy the outdoors year round. Nordic walking is suitable for everyone from the beginning exerciser to the active athlete. Please wear comfortable footwear and dress for outdoor weather. Equipment rental fee $9 or bring a set of Nordic Walking poles.

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Introduction to Yoga


with Barbara McGranahan

Calendar Jun 1, 2022 at 6:15 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Yoga has been around for 5,000 years - and for a good reason: It works. By practicing yoga, you can rejuvenate, care for, and nurture yourself at the deepest levels, resulting in greater reservoirs of compassion and tolerance for other people and a positive impact on your relationships. Most importantly, you will develop a better relationship with yourself. Learn about yoga's history and philosophy, yoga postures to practice, relaxation and meditation practices, and even a bit of Sanskrit. Please bring a yoga mat. Optional, but recommended props include a cushion and/or yoga blanket for seated postures. Covid 19 safety protocols will follow state and school district recommendations for in-person events. Instructor: Barbara McGranahan

KRAV MAGA Women’s ONLY Self-Defense


with Graydon Lewis

Calendar Jun 21, 2022 at 5 pm, runs for 5 weeks

1 in 6 American women has been the victim of an assault in their lifetime. These numbers are not only astounding but sickening. Learn to defend yourself today; we want survivors, not statistics. Our instructors use the Krav Maga training for this class. Krav Maga is a top-of-the-line training that the military uses. Krav Maga teaches you how to anticipate an attack! It helps you to know exactly how to escape in any real-life scenario. You'll learn throughout your class some of the strikes and blows that work in specific scenarios. Light fitness movements, along with punches, kicks, groin kicks, choke defenses, and more incorporated into our classes!

Let It Go! w/ Tony


with Tony Garreton

Calendar Jun 21, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 9 weeks

"Let it Go with Tony" is under TDF (Tony Dance Fiesta LLC) and is not only a dance program that helps you physically by burning calories and keeping you fit, but it also helps you fight depression, it will encourage you to feel empowered and confident. It will be a time dedicated especially to you, where you will laugh, dance, without being judged. This class is for everybody, gender, age and shape… you will go at your own pace, just like you would in a nightclub or in a family party! Course fee is for 6 sessions with Tony.

Living Well for Better Health


with Jen Paquet

Calendar Jun 22, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Living Well for Better Health is a group-based, participatory class led by two trained peer leaders over 6 weekly sessions. Participants learn and practice effective strategies for symptom management and general wellness in a supportive environment. Through the use of action-planning, brainstorming, and problem-solving participants identify and pursue goals for life and health. Participants get a book and cover healthy eating, managing pain and emotions, getting good sleep and physical activity, communication, mindfulness, decision-making, medications, and breathing techniques, and more, in this program that is proven to work.

Journaling for Total Health & Wellness


with Stephanie Garrity

Calendar Jun 22, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

We live in a world where there seem to be constant demands on our bodies and minds. Sometimes the accumulated mental and physical stress can get so overwhelming that it is hard to know how to deal with it all without dissolving into a puddle of anxiety. Keeping a journal can help you create order out of chaos when your world feels like it is falling apart. It can help you to keep track of and work through both physical and mental symptoms. It can help you organize and keep track of any personal or professional projects you may be working on. Daily journaling can help you to keep excess thoughts and worries from overwhelming you and help you to discover your physically and emotionally healthy and authentic self. In this class on Journaling for Total Health & Wellness, your instructor, Stephanie Garrity, will walk you through the various types and styles of journaling to help you find the kind that is best suited to you and your needs. Bring a set of colored pens (minimum four different colors). Blank journals will be provided.

Appreciate the Good Things in Life: The Art of Savoring and Gratitude


with Heather Shaughnessy-Cato

Calendar Jun 23, 2022 at 12 pm, runs for 1 week

Ah, the sweetness of summer. The summer can be a wonderful time to adopt savoring and gratitude practices to notice and appreciate beauty, and to connect with joy in ordinary life.  This session will focus on experiential practices for savoring and gratitude, with resources provided after the session to support your continued practice. A variety of savoring and gratitude practices will be offered, including a meditative walk, writing exercise, guided visualization, gentle movement, and poetry.

Close Quarters Combat Defense


with Graydon Lewis

Calendar Jun 23, 2022 at 5 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Unless an attacker or mugger threatens you with a gun, most instances where self-defense is necessary will be up close and personal. Learning close combat moves is essential to protecting yourself in these dangerous situations. It can help you defend yourself quickly when in close quarters. Members of the military, as well as other servicemen and women, frequently practice close combat training so they can safeguard themselves in a hand-to-hand fighting scenario. From elbow strikes and punches to knee strikes and even grapples, these concepts often allow them to defend against larger, stronger opponents. If you ever find yourself up close in a violent physical confrontation, knowing how to fight in close combat may help you save your wallet or possibly your life. You will be taught Advanced techniques of Krav Maga and Israeli fighting systems. Open to ALL!

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