Tai Chi class offered
Liberty Community Center will host a Tai Chi class beginning Aug. 31 for six weeks.
Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise which helps maintain strength, flexibility and balance, according to LeAnn Lawlor, Community Services manager with Liberty.
“Tai Chi can help maintain strength, flexibility and balance, but differs from other types of exercise in several respects,” she said. “The movements are usually slow and focused and never forced, the muscles are relaxed, the joints are not fully extended or bent and connective tissues are not stretched.”
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The class is open to all ages and abilities. Even those recovering from surgery or confined to wheelchairs can participate.
Classes are held on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 31 at the Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road, Liberty.
Class fees are $30 for center members and $36 for others.
“It is a great program> Men and women are participating in it and they are seeing some improvement in their flexibility and ability to stand longer, too,” Lawlor said. “I like that’s good for all levels.””
Register online at www.libertymissouri.gov or by calling 816-439-4360.
NAWS Dog Days
Pets and people are invited to the annual Dogs Days of Summer Aug. 13 hosted by Northland Animal Welfare Society at Green Acres Market, 4175 N. Mulberry, Kansas City, North.
The annual event benefits the NAWS Spay/Neuter Clinic which serves low-income families needing financial assistance to alter their pets.
Dog Days runs from noon to 3 p.m. and includes pet contests, pet vendors, a doggie pool, pet grooming, canine massages, caricatures, food and raffles. Great Plains SPCA will bring dogs available for adoption.
Pets can be micro-chipped for $25.
A Kansas City Fire Department truck and DART Response Team will be on hand.
Susan Hiland of Fox 4 News will be the judge for pet contests.
For information call 816-336-1888 or go to pcnaws.org.
Heart support group
Liberty Hospital’s Healing Hearts Support Group will learn about hands-only CPR at its Aug. 11 meeting.
The group is for those who have experienced a heart attack, undergone heart surgery or had any cardiac event. It is facilitated by a member of Liberty Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department. Spouses and family members are welcome to attend.
The group will meet at 10 a.m. in classroom 2 of the Doctor’s Building, 2521 Glenn Hendren Drive, Liberty.
Call 816-792-7087 for information.
By Norma King, Special to the Star