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Tai Chi is a slow and gentle movement practice from China that is gaining popularity in the United States. Tai Chi provides exercise that enhances strength and stamina while improving balance and bone density. The practice helps reduce stress and increases body awareness. The gentle movements are suitable for all ages and all fitness levels.
The Homer Senior Center has been in partnership with the Independent Living Center’s TRAILS program to host a weekly Tai Chi class on Thursdays at 3:00. We meet in the movement room at the Senior Center. Classes are also being offered through the Seward and Kenai Senor Centers but you will have to contact them for their schedules.
As the instructor, I was recently able to travel to a training in Kenai and become certified to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention. Prior to this I had been teaching a more complex Tai Chi form that was difficult for some to learn. Tai Chi for Arthritis retains the core principals of improving balance and strength but with a simplified movement routine. This program was created by family physician and Tai Chi expert Dr. Paul Lam. He studied the effects of Tai Chi for Arthritis and found that the program was successful in improving health, balance and eased the discomfort of Arthritis. You can read more about The Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention Program at the Tai Chi for Health Institute website.
Although the program is primarily done standing and stepping, it can be adapted to a seated position and retains many of the stretching and calming benefits.
We will continue our weekly Tai Chi classes but will change the focus to the Tai Chi for Arthritis program. I’d like to invite anyone that has been curious about Tai Chi to try our class. We have a nice group people practicing together that are very supportive to new people trying out the art. If you have questions about the Tai Chi program please feel free to call me, Dean Sundmark at the Independent Living Center, my number is 235-7911. Instructor Certification
Some fun highlights this week include tomorrow’s Easter Bazaar, Tela’s presentation on Thursday, and TRAILS’ potluck and bonfire on Friday at Bishop’s Beach.
But as this calendar shows: weekly events March 24-31.pdf, there’s LOTS more great stuff to do this week, from hearing expert finger-pickin’ guitar (FREE this Saturday) to learning to hike with a happy body (FREE on Tuesday) to savoring poetry read by an award-winning poet (FREE on Thursday).
And isn't the sun feeling WARM! See you at the noon potluck on Friday at Bishop's Beach!
Here's this week's calendar: weekly events March 17-24.pdf.
And for those looking for something really fun and satisfying to do this summer, CHECK OUT SUMMER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES this Wednesday and Thursday! Drop in at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center on March 21 or 22 from 3:00 to 6:30 pm to learn about ways to volunteer this summer with one of these great organizations:
Check out the Seward area TRAILS activities for March 2018. March 2018.pdf March Event Descriptions 2018.pdf
Here's this week's calendar for your enjoyment: weekly events March 10-17.pdf
It's gonna be a super fun, super busy week, beginning with an Easter Bazaar this Saturday, a Sunday poetry workshop, and a Monday poetry reading. Then there are all kinds of chances to learn and explore this week at places like Islands and Ocean, Wynn Nature Center, and Center for Coastal Studies! And you can get out and play in fresh snow!
A highlight worth noting is the FREE movie on Thursday at the DeStig Film Festival: The Ringer, starts at 6:30 at the Homer Theater.
Here's your weekly calendar so you can plan a fun week: weekly events March 3-10.pdf
A special highlight for the coming week is the 2018 Kachemak Bay Science Conference at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center March 7-10. What's special is that the intended audience is US--the public--not other scientists. So come learn some fascinating things about the place we live. And registration is FREE! Get more info at: https://kbayscience.org/
And don't forget about the meeting to learn more about local transportation planning (including things like taxi vouchers). The drop-in open house about local transportation planning is on Monday, 4-6 pm, at the City Hall Council Chamber. Contact TRAILS if you need a ride!
This week's calendar ends in March--so spring equinox is only 3 weeks away! Longer daylight means more time for enjoying outdoor activities--and TRAILS will soon begin Wednesday Walkabouts again! Check out this week's calendar right here: weekly events February 24-March 3.pdf, and go get some sun on your face.
And here are two IMPORTANT HEADS UP announcements:
* (CARTS stands for Central Area Rural Transit System.)
Wow! The sun's getting so high in the sky! And putting out warmth!
Lots of fun things to do during the run-up to spring! Here's a calendar full of ideas: weekly events February 17-24.pdf
It's Friday, so it must be weekly calendar day! Here are a couple of FUN highlights for the coming week...
And remember, next week is Random Acts of Kindness week, so smile and!
Lots of fun activities coming up, so check out the calendar for some ideas: weekly events February 3-10.pdf. If you'd like to join Thursday's Wynn Nature Center outdoor extravaganza and need a ride, call and leave me a message at 299-3244. I'd be happy to take a few folks up there for the fun.
Also, here comes Winter Carnival next weekend, so check out the parade and other carnival delights. Never a dull moment!