By Mickey Harnage, board member, Northeast Community Center
The public is invited to help celebrate the Northeast Community Center’s eighth birthday on February 12. Everyone is welcome to enjoy treats in the lobby of the Northeast Community Center (NECC) at 1630 N.E. 38th Ave., meet members and tour the facility. The NECC began when the community’s reaction to the closing of the Northeast Family YMCA resulted in the buying of the building and the next-day opening of the member-owned non-profit NECC. Many of the volunteers who scrubbed, painted and repaired the run-down building eight years ago are still active and volunteering, along with new members who carry on the tradition of volunteering at NECC.
Many of the classes that were offered then are still offered, with the same experienced teachers. New offerings would surprise those who were present eight years ago. Jillayne Sorenson — a Nia teacher, psychologist and stress-reduction educator— is offering a Weight and Stress Connection Workshop to unravel the mystery of stress and weight gain. The February 23 session will explain how habits work and how to change them. The March 23 session will help participants learn how to build balance with key habits. The $49 cost for each session includes written material, exercises and guided practice CD’s.
A second new offering is a Partner Massage Workshop offered on February 15 at 7 p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by learning how to give your partner the gift of relaxation. Participants will learn to give a full-body massage and chair massage. Bring a partner and learn why massage is so good for you. Taught by Chase Szucs, master bodywork therapist. Members pay a fee of $12; non-members $15.
Finally, personal trainer Patrick Johnston will lead Small Group Boot Camp Mondays through Fridays from February 4 to March 1. The fee for all 20 sessions is $100 for members, $200 for non-members. The intensive four-week training will get you in shape as quickly as possible.